Monthly Archives: September 2013

Both Sides Do It!!!

Congressional gridlock.

There were no signs from Congress or the White House of last-minute negotiations to resolve the standoff. Instead, Democrats and Republicans spent their energies trying to pin blame on the other side for failing to avoid a calamity.

If only there was some way to tell who was truly at fault.

Boehner and Reid have taken a low profile as the deadline draws closer, leaving on-camera appearances to deputies and often speaking through their press staffs.

Guess not then.

And if the battle over “Obamacare” pushes up to the mid-October deadline to raise the debt ceiling, U.S. stocks may suffer. When gridlock threatened a debt default in 2011, the Dow Jones industrials fell about 2,100 points from July 21 to August 9, with the market needing two more months to regain its footing.

“Gridlock” threatened stock prices. All by itself.

I hate gridlock! Someone repeal gridlock!

The last government shutdown ran from December 16, 1995, to January 6, 1996, and was the product of a budget battle between Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republicans, led by then-Speaker Newt Gingrich.

There’s that gridlock again. If only both sides would stop doing it.

A.

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Cruz to nowhere edition

Good morning, everyone!

As a Texan, I’m proud to be from the state that brought the world Molly Ivins and Wendy Davis. Unfortunately, we also brought the world Gohmert Pyle and Ted Cruz (leaving Canada out of it for the moment).

So – the first in a series of Carnival Cruzes –Cruz Amuses!

Senate votes 100-0 to move ahead on debate over ObamacareLos Angeles Times ^ | 09/25/2013 | Lisa Mascaro

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:54:39 PM by SeekAndFind


Edited on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:03:36 PM by Admin Moderator. [history]

The Senate easily overcame Wednesday’s first hurdle to a fizzling GOP strategy to strip funding for President Obama’s healthcare law in exchange for keeping the government running.

Top Republicans are now for a new — more modest — way to chip away at the Affordable Care Act.

1 posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:54:39 PM by SeekAndFind

DamnYouAll
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To: SeekAndFind

100-0? After all that, Cruz voted to move the measure forward?

Am I missing something?

2 posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:56:26 PM by Personal Responsibility (Government: Slimy used car salesmen writing laws forcing you to buy their cars)

Only your sanity – but you never used it anyway, did you?

To: SeekAndFind

This was NOT the cloture vote Cruz wants to stop!

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

That will come Friday or Saturday.

(Seems to be a lot of confusion on this…)

3 posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:56:28 PM by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)

To: SeekAndFind
Cruz voted for this? So, what was the point?

Carmen Ghia: “Keep searching around – you’ll find it.”

I have an uncomfortable feeling this whole thing was about maximum TV time for Cruz and a possible Presidential run. From what I’m seeing here, it’s working.

10 posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:01:40 PM by colorado tanker

Bingo

To: Personal Responsibility

This was the motion to proceed (to debate), basically bringing the bill to the floor.

In the old days there would have been an actual debate, but now, Reid files for cloture at the same time he files a bill so he can call for an end to debate whenever he wants, which is usually after the mandatory 30 hours of debate, i.e. the next morning or afternoon.

18 posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:05:32 PM by cotton1706

That was a close one!

To: JRandomFreeper
Look at FR today. All we’re doing is fighting each other, and not the Dems.The fact is we can’t repeal Obamacare with only control of the House. When people sat on their hands and refused to vote for Romney they lost the chance for repeal.

As long as we are this divided we have no chance to win the Senate or the Presidency. Or repeal Obamacare.

24 posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:09:05 PM by colorado tanker

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To: Repeal The 17th

No. What Cruz is doing has no chance of success but sure is getting him a lot of TV time. Plus, overnight he has become the darling of FR and other conservatives without actually accomplishing anything. He won’t be up for reelection for years but wants the House Republicans, who are up for reelection next year, to take the political heat for him. That sets off my antennae.

58 posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 2:30:53 PM by colorado tanker

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More Cruz Snooze after the wrinkle in space and time…

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Dance Dance Devolution: Shutdown Coverage

Chris Cilizza, proving that nothing is too stupid to say to the entire Internet:

So, the shutdown seems damn near inevitable. Distract yourself with our shutdown@ Spotify playlist.http://ow.ly/pmpJP

Sure, sure, it’s not like he killed anybody with that tweet. And putting a shutdown playlist together is totally something that we’d do in any newsroom where I worked. But I hope we wouldn’t tell the whole Internet we were doing it and ask them to take it as just as big a joke as we found it, because the stakes aren’t the same for us as they are for the people affected by the shutdown. The black humor you use to get through your day is rarely, if ever, for public consumption.

Twitter’s best use as a news tool may be the ease with which it allows beltway “journalists” to display the amorality that makes “both sides do it” journalism inevitable. They’ve progressed from bitching about their jobs to their co-workers to bitching about them in public, acting like this is all either a giant ironic joke or the biggest chore EVAR. And let’s dial down the drama: Reporters are about to spend a week covering various types of nonsense from Republicans.

People without health insurance or paychecks are about to get sick and starve.

Not that you’d know it from CNN.com’s homepage these days:

THE LATEST

MORE TOP STORIES

These are all stories displayed alongside coverage of a government shutdown, coverage that relies almost entirely on statements from various public officials and stock market analysts. Glad to see even that isn’t getting in the way of stories like what the “top brand” is and if young ladies should be showing their titties in pictures.

These are the things we’ve chosen to care about, right now. These are the things we’ve made a priority. No wonder Cilizza thinks a dance party is the best way to cope with the shutdown. They have no idea anything else might be happening. They have no clue what this looks like from anywhere but where they are.

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Dance Dance Devolution: Shutdown Coverage

Chris Cilizza, proving that nothing is too stupid to say to the entire Internet:

So, the shutdown seems damn near inevitable. Distract yourself with our shutdown @Spotify playlist.http://ow.ly/pmpJP

Sure, sure, it’s not like he killed anybody with that tweet. And putting a shutdown playlist together is totally something that we’d do in any newsroom where I worked. But I hope we wouldn’t tell the whole Internet we were doing it and ask them to take it as just as big a joke as we found it, because the stakes aren’t the same for us as they are for the people affected by the shutdown. The black humor you use to get through your day is rarely, if ever, for public consumption.

Twitter’s best use as a news tool may be the ease with which it allows beltway “journalists” to display the amorality that makes “both sides do it” journalism inevitable. They’ve progressed from bitching about their jobs to their co-workers to bitching about them in public, acting like this is all either a giant ironic joke or the biggest chore EVAR. And let’s dial down the drama: Reporters are about to spend a week covering various types of nonsense from Republicans.

People without health insurance or paychecks are about to get sick and starve.

Not that you’d know it from CNN.com’s homepage these days:

THE LATEST

MORE TOP STORIES

These are all stories displayed alongside coverage of a government shutdown, coverage that relies almost entirely on statements from various public officials and stock market analysts. Glad to see even that isn’t getting in the way of stories like what the “top brand” is and if young ladies should be showing their titties in pictures.

These are the things we’ve chosen to care about, right now. These are the things we’ve made a priority. No wonder Cilizza thinks a dance party is the best way to cope with the shutdown. They have no idea anything else might be happening. They have no clue what this looks like from anywhere but where they are.

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Athenae, Congress

Both Sides Do It!!!

Congressional gridlock.

There were no signs from Congress or the White House of last-minute negotiations to resolve the standoff. Instead, Democrats and Republicans spent their energies trying to pin blame on the other side for failing to avoid a calamity.

If only there was some way to tell who was truly at fault.

Boehner and Reid have taken a low profile as the deadline draws closer, leaving on-camera appearances to deputies and often speaking through their press staffs.

Guess not then.

And if the battle over “Obamacare” pushes up to the mid-October deadline to raise the debt ceiling, U.S. stocks may suffer. When gridlock threatened a debt default in 2011, the Dow Jones industrials fell about 2,100 points from July 21 to August 9, with the market needing two more months to regain its footing.

“Gridlock” threatened stock prices. All by itself.

I hate gridlock! Someone repeal gridlock!

The last government shutdown ran from December 16, 1995, to January 6, 1996, and was the product of a budget battle between Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republicans, led by then-Speaker Newt Gingrich.

There’s that gridlock again. If only both sides would stop doing it.

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Adrastos, Music, Sunday Morning Video

Sunday Morning Video: Smile Live

Smile was one of the great lost albums of the Sixties. Neither the other Beach Boys nor Capitol Records liked Brian Wilson’s ground breaking music so the album as whole was shelved although vast chunks of it were recorded by the Beach Boys. In 2004, Brian recorded a version of Smile. Here’s a live performance by Brian and his crack band:

Uncategorized

Weekend Question Thread

What sports do you play, either recreationally or competitively?

I played basketball in grade school, and you know, for all that I enjoyed playing it, I cannot watch it on TV. Bores me absolutely witless.

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Current Affairs, Doc, Scott Walker's Horcruxes, Stupid Republican Tricks

Scott Walker is Werner Heisenberg in “The Jobs Effect.”

It’s always someone or something else’s fault…

Scott Walker never graduated from college, or probably passed a course where the Uncertainty Principle was discussed. That said, he has no problem whatsoever blaming everyone else for the uncertainty that led to the shitty job numbers his state seems to be pumping out at a record pace:

“There’s no doubt in our first two years, because of the protests, the
recalls, that they had an impact early on. Much as there is concern
nationally about the impact of Obamacare and the impact it has on
employers, they just wonder with uncertainty.”

Right. Totally sure it was the hippies in the capitol who were singing loudly that scared off all the job-creator folk for the first two years that you were in office. Nice job, by the way, of weaving in the “impact of Obamacare” thing at the end of that quote. This will clearly excuse you from any shitty job numbers that happen over the next year or so. Glad we managed to clear that up.

But wait, why were all those people using your office as a camping ground?Oh, yeah… The uncertainty caused when you killed collective bargaining rights that were present for decades, stripped unions of their power and started jacking around everything out there that had the word “education” in it. Bet that wasn’t creating “uncertainty” for these employers.

It really doesn’t matter. This is how Governor Deadeyes rolls…

He told us originally he planned to create 250,000 new jobs in the state by the end of his first term, a ridiculous statement that defies any normal growth pattern. Now, it’s somehow not really a promise. Even more, now it’s not really even about jobs:

“When I made the promise that we would help the people of the state
create 250,000 new jobs — I made that promise four years ago, that we’d
get there by 2015 — I also as part of that said I’ll help us create
10,000 or more new (businesses) in the state.”

In a statement issued Wednesday, Walker said 11,590 new businesses have been created since he took office in January 2011.

One of the most basic rules I’ve told students is that when they fuck up, fess up. People don’t like it when you’re wrong, I explain, but people also will probably be likely to believe you later if you explain when you’ve screwed up.

Then again, this is Scott Walker we’re talking about.

Athenae, Diary

Friday Ferretblogging: Bucky Yoga Edition

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Adrastos, Catblogging, Diary, Music

Friday Catblogging: Drinking Buddies

Oscar and Della not only have a huge water bowl, they insist on it being filled to the brim at all times:

Drinking Buddies

Adrastos, Art, Film, Pulp Fiction Thursday

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Bad Day At Black Rock

Bad Day At Black Rock is almost a genre unto itself. It’s a socially concerned, anti-racist, noir Western. How’s that for a mouthful? The hero, Spencer Tracy, is a wounded veteran who learns that bad things happened to the Japanese American family of one of his ARMY buddies. Two of the nicest people in movies, Robert Ryan and Ernest Borgnine, played racist, hiss provoking villains and played them well. This is a must see 4 star flick.

Poster4 bad day at black rock

Here’s the trailer:

Adrastos, Current Affairs, Law/Justice

The Malakatude Files

The “the world is my living room” trend has just exploded in Sweden:

Slightly inconveniently, society is often divided over what counts as
acceptable behaviour in public. Eating in the street, for instance: I
found to my dismay that this is considered rude in polite (southern
English) society while wrestling a Greggs cheese pasty into my mouth on a
London high street in front a horrified university course-mate, circa
2007. Doing your makeup: another activity I didn’t know was frowned upon
in communal areas, until I was enlightened by Celia Walden’s Telegraph article on the matter (in which she described the very idea of a woman dolling up on the train as “mesmerisingly awful”.)

I dread to think what the hyperbolic Walden, who suggested a complete “ban on public grooming”, would have to say about a Swedish court’s recent decision
that it is “OK” (the technical term, from a court prosecutor) that a
man masturbated on a crowded beach because he wasn’t aiming his lust at
one particular person. I bet she’d renege upon her statement that “there
is nothing more indecent than a half made-up face” pretty fast. Try a
middle-aged man pleasuring himself over a freshly built sandcastle,
Cece. Lipstick doesn’t look so bad now, does it?

That image is now burned (seared?) into my memory, so I thought I’d share my gobsmakatude over this malakatude. I’ve gotta say that this makes people who tweet, talk, and text during movies look like disciples of Miss Manners. And, yes, Holly Baxter’s piece goes on to discuss Paul Rubens’ public pulling on his Pee Wee but I’m not going there. Oops, I just did.

That is all.

Athenae, So Called Liberal Media

JUST STOP SUCKING

I keep saying it, guys:

1) On the print business overall: “My biggest problem is the ‘death of print’ doom and gloom talk, which scares advertisers into thinking no one will see their ads. But as long as people keep picking up our paper, which they do, the ads get seen.”

Why yes. When you go around with your hair on fire screaming EVERYTHING IS HORRIBLE AND WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE people treat you like you have cooties and they don’t want to buy your shit. Advertisers read the trades, too, so if you spend all your time talking about how your product is doomed, it’s not, shall we say, more attractive to them.

The rest of the piece, about a newspaper whose print circ is growing and growing, is interesting in that it reinforces the very simple idea that if you set out to do something in business you shouldn’t blow at it. You shouldn’t run syndicated crap nobody cares about and you shouldn’t yell at the kids to get off your lawn and you shouldn’t stop selling ads because everything’s all over now, man, and nobody reads anymore. You should cover your community and do it well. Revolutionary. I hope it catches on.

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Adrastos, Congress, Political Crack, Stupid Republican Tricks

The Case of the Mormon Pirate

No, I’m not talking about Willard Mittbot Romney, I’m talking about Utah Senator Mike Lee who has a terminal case of stupid and said the following during the fake filibuster:

“Regardless
of how long I might serve in the United States Senate I hope one day to
be granted a letter of marque and reprisal so that I could become a
pirate as I longed to be as a child. And you’re all invited
to join me when I get that letter of marque and reprisal.”

My condolences to the Senators Udall who are related to this bombastic bozo but are not brain dead like their kissing (hissing?) pirate wannabe cousin. We can only hope that the surgery to remove Mike Lee’s head from Ted Cruz’s ass will be successful.

The only thing as over the top and bombastic as Mike Lee’s comments is this ELP song:

Avast. Ahoy. Shiver me timbers and all that shit.

Michael F

Definitely Not The Most Interesting Man In The World

From Album 5

He once spoke for 21 hours, just to hear himself talk.

Optional musical accompaniment.

So, we’ve now been treated to a piece of Ted’s mind, and,, to paraphrase (allegedly) Dan Quayle of all people, what a terrible thing to have…or not to have at all. How true.

Anyway, while Old Teahaddist Ted might not be the most interesting man in the world, he sure is one of the biggest snobs I’ve ever heard of. Even Texas should be embarrassed.

Athenae, Congress, So Called Liberal Media

All The Bitches Love Ted Cruz

Oh my GOD, you guys, is Nedra Pickler writing for “Tribune Wire Services” now?

Whether or not he actually seeks his party’s presidential nomination in 2016, as some pundits expect, the former Texas solicitor general has become a “name,” and a potential presidential contender.

“Ted Cruz” was the top search on Google, ahead of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” a drama that premiered on ABC, National League Football star quarterback Peyton Manning and NBC’S “The Voice.”

Ted Cruz was trending on CNN’s website, overtaking the attack by Islamist militants in a Kenyan shopping mall and singer Miley Cyrus.

Well, if he beat out “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” I mean, what more is there to say about him?

As usual, the only place I watch cable news is the gym, and today’s CNN “special report” on Ted Cruz included super-informative facts about EXACTLY HOW MANY MINUTES Cruz spoke, and how that compared to other long talking that has happened by Strom Thurmond and others. Because that’s totally the point of his talking. The length of it.

That was a cut above this story, which is all about how sexy Ted Cruz is. No, really.

The Tribune story goes on:

Cruz’s speech, which had the look of an old-fashioned filibuster used traditionally by senators to block legislation, aimed to build support for a Republican bill that would withhold funds to operate the government unless Obamacare was gutted.

It had the LOOK!

No word on if it had the feel as well.

Even if he isn’t a presidential candidate yet, Cruz was getting the media attention of one.

When he left the Senate chamber at the end of his speech, he was swarmed by reporters.

Which apparently is the measure of whether one is worthy of media attention: If one is already “swarmed” by reporters. If no one is listening to you, apparently no one ever should, whereas if you are in the media, you are worthy of being in the media.

Good to know.

Cruz showed overnight that he will be a formidable presence in primary election debates if he makes a White House bid.

He’s got the folksiness of a Texas politician, the aggressiveness of a Harvard Law School-trained litigator and the theatrical flair and delivery of a televangelist.

We’re now 2/3 of the way through this story and there’s still no sign of an objective fact of any kind.

Also, as a gentle reminder: The primary debates are three years away. You know who was a formidable presence in the 2008 Republican presidential primary debates? I DON’T FUCKING REMEMBER AND NEITHER DOES ANYONE ELSE BECAUSE IT WAS A THOUSAND EONS AGO IN THE MOUSE YEARS POLITICAL JOURNALISTS USE TO CHART THE PASSAGE OF TIME.

But Cruz has what political consultants call “a story.”

Boy, I sure hope you tell us what that story is, so that we know what political consultants think.

His father fled to Texas from Cuba in the 1950s, worked as a dishwasher to put himself through college and started a business.

Ted Cruz won scholarships by competing in libertarian-sponsored oratorical contests, became a debater at Princeton, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1995 and clerked for a conservative icon, the late U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

He became a successful lawyer, was appointed solicitor general of Texas in 2003 and ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012, with the endorsement of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and the conservative Club for Growth.

Every single noun and verb in that last paragraph makes me want to punch a grizzly bear in the face, in the hopes that it will rip my head off and eat it.

Most of Cruz’s 99 colleagues didn’t bother to enter the Senate to watch his performance, but many Americans saw it on the C-Span cable network, and on videos that went viral through the night and on Wednesday.

How many watched the speech? We don’t know. The story doesn’t say. VIRAL IS A WORD WITH NO DEFINITION. I CAN USE IT WHENEVER SOME TEAWAD E-MAILS ME SOMETHING TWICE.

Martin’s group helped organize a “defund Obamacare” rally outside the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 10 that greeted Cruz, who was in attendance, with chants of “run, run, run.”

Like the virality of the viral videos, people yelling stuff at a rally is also currency, and I know this because of how seriously the anti-war movement was treated in 2003.

This shitpile of a story via my Facebook pal BV, to whom I will be sending the bill for my blood pressure meds and my liquor store tab.

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Athenae, Immoral Values

A ‘Strong Pro-Abstinence Message’ … for Women

I heard about this on the radio yesterday and nearly drove off the road. I’ve never called in to a radio show before, and I’ve pretty much given up on the local teeny-bopper station since they replaced my favorite host anyway, but I spent 20 minutes on hold trying to give this entire idea what for:

Sharyn Alfonsi’s insightful interview with Harvey who has found success with his down-to-earth advice found in his book. “A guy that’s really serious about you, he’s gotta be talking to you,” Harvey told Alfonsi. “He’s gotta wanna have one-on-one, in your face interaction. That’s how we are! The guy that’s just texting you, that’s no effort. He doesn’t have to get in the car, he doesn’t have to remember your number, he can just text you. And you sit there and you see all these wonderful things he’s texting you. Well, guess what, he could be ccing that same text to six other women. And you think you’re special? … Please.”

But it is Harvey’s stance on sex in a dating relationship that is not typically represented on ABC. “And to that end, Harvey says no woman should quote give up the cookie for 90 days,” Alfonsi said. Harvey likened sex to a benefit package.

“I worked at Ford motor company. They have a probation period. You have to be on the job 90 days in order for Ford motor company to release their benefit package to you. Why do women, who possess the greatest benefit of them all, why you passing out your benefits to a guy who has not been on the job for 90 days and has not proven to you that he’s worthy of a benefit package?”

Various points in no particular order:

1. WOMEN ARE NOT CARS. Neither are men for that matter.

2. Sex is not a reward for good behavior. At best, it should be a mutually enjoyable activity. It is not something a woman “gives” a man for showing up on time and meeting quota. How many orgasms are included in the benefit package, anyway? Is it pro-rated?

3. OH MY FUCKING GOD. Okay, look, if you want to give abstinence advice, how about this:Nobody have sex with anybody for the first 90 days of dating.

I would still think it was kind of bullshit, because life is short and if you want to bang on day 36 or even day 1 and as long as you’re all of age who am I to tell you no? But at least then we’d be focused on the timeline and the idea of waiting to make sure somebody isn’t a douchebag, rather than the tired old idea that men are predators who have to be prevented from obtaining sex from women, who are prey.

At least then we’d be focused on the idea of waiting as something both of you do, rather than making women out to be teases who hold sex back, which is supposed to, what, titillate men or something? I hear this a lot, this idea that tempting a dude, making him “work for it,” is some kind of epic level of hotness, and I just don’t get it. Here’s why:

It’s day 90. You give him the “cookie” (eww). Then what?

Then you have, in the very scenario you have created, ended the conversation. He’s achieved the objective. He’s won the game, stolen the idol, and put it on a shelf in his house. He’s done. You’ve made sex a prize and allowed him to win it. So even if the sex is mind-blowing, you’ve still set it up as a finish line. Which implies an end.

You’ve also done what all these abstinence freaks do, which is to set sex up as some otherworldly thing, some epic moment of all-consuming love. (A hell of a lot of Purity Ball girls are going to be bitterly disappointed in a few years when they discover that their first times aren’t always the stars exploding and then going dark or whatever the hell romance novels tell women these days.) Can it be? Sure. Is it always, instantly, especially between a couple of fumbling virgins? Hell no.

So then when it’s not, after you’ve spent three months making it out to be the ultimate golden ticket, where do you go from there?

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Adrastos, Music

Tuesday Night Music: The Sail On, Sailor Variations

Sail On, Sailor is one of the best songs the Beach Boys ever recorded. It was on the underrated Holland album and was co-written by Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks and two dudes I’ve never heard of. The album was released during Brian’s Howard Hughes phase, so Blondie Chaplin sang lead on the original version. It has one of the *best* bridges in rock history. We begin with the 1973 studio version:

Here’s a sloppy but spirited live version featuring Brian Wilson, Matthew Sweet and Darius Rucker:

Finally, an oddball version wherein Rodney Crowell rehearses the song with the Beach Boys for a 1996 live performance:

Athenae, Congress, So Called Liberal Media

Dire Warnings and Sharpening Rhetoric!

Tell me what I need to know about a potential government shutdown over Obamacare, CNN:

Polls showing a decrease in public support for the health care reforms embolden the Republican stance. Meanwhile, surveys showing most people oppose a government shutdown and that more would blame Republicans if it happens bolster Democratic resolve.

What polls and surveys, in both cases? No idea. There’s no link and no numbers. These are apparently indisputable facts that no longer need any kind of explanation.

Maybe this poll would help:

Sixty-two percent in a new ABC News-Washington Post poll say they lack the information needed to understand the changes that will take effect as the Affordable Care Act is implemented. Barely one in 10, moreover, thinks the federal government, their state government or the health insurance industry is fully prepared to implement the law.

On the law itself, moreover, 52 percent are opposed, vs. 42 percent in support; in 16 ABC-Post polls since August 2009, it has never received majority support.

So 62 percent say they have no idea what is going on, but we’ll continue to talk to them as if they know things, since they have no problem giving an opinion on that about which they know dick.

And goddamn, I wonder if a constant drumbeat of “both sides do it” could be to blame for people not having any idea who to trust:

Only a third would consider the president responsible for a shutdown, with 51% pointing a finger at Republicans in Congress, up from 40% who felt that way in March, the last time both sides were at loggerheads.

So only a third would consider the president responsible! What’s the headline on this story?

Polls give both sides ammunition in shutdown fight

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Adrastos, Album Cover Art, Art, Music

Album Cover Art Wednesday: Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)

Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart was one of the quirkiest and most interesting musicians of the 1960’s and ’70’s. His style was avant garde Delta blues/jazz with a Dada twist. His voice was so raspy that he made Howlin’ Wolf sound like Jackie Wilson.

He was also a very talented painter as you can see below on the cover of his 1978 LPShiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller.). In fact, Van Vliet retired his Captain Beefheart persona in 1982 and focused on his artwork for the remainder of his life:

Shiny beast

Here’s the entire LP via the YouTube: