Monthly Archives: October 2013

It’s good to be a former President

It has been awhile since Bill Clinton rewrote history to make himself look better than the current occupant:

Bill Clinton has criticised the lack of deal-makers in Washington politics, hinting at the frustration some in his camp feel toward the isolated Obama White House during a campaign rally for long-time fundraiser and current Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.

Though primarily attacking Republican intransigence during the government shutdown, the former president made a series of arguments for more consensus-building across the partisan divide and defended the would-be governor of Virginia’s reputation for being a power broker.

“When people sneeringly say McAuliffe is a deal-maker, I say: oh, if we only had one in Washington,” Clinton told a cheering crowd of supporters in Norfolk, Virginia.

“The constitution might as well be subtitled the art of the deal,” he added. “It is exhausting seeing politicians wasting time with all these heated arguments when people need jobs.”

Clinton faced two government shutdowns of his own while president, but the failure of the current administration to win bipartisan support for any of its major policy initiatives has led to veiled criticism from veteran aides, who, when speaking privately, say the White House today lacks figures who can reach across the party divide and strike deals.

First of all, who on the other side is ready, willing, and able to cut deals? The GOP strategy during the Obama administration has been a neo-Confederate one: massive resistance to everything proposed by this President even if it’s based on a GOP idea. The ACA is very close to Congressional health care plans proposed by Republican Senators John Chaffee and Chuck Grassley. Guess whose plan they were countering? Bill and Hillary Clinton’s, that’s who. 1990’s health care reform died on the vine without any GOP support. So much for reaching across the aisle in a good cause.

Second, the *major* legislative success of the Clinton administration (I consider NAFTA to be a disaster, take a look at Juarez and you’ll see what I mean) was the 1993 budget that included tax hikes on the rich. It passed on a party line vote in the House and needed Vice President Gore’s tie breaking vote in the Senate.

Yes, they passed some other things with the assistance of congressional Republicans, but they were right wing measures such as welfare “reform” and the repeal of Glass-Steagall. This is hardly a record for the Obamans to emulate or envy.

Bill Clinton’s comments play in to the “Obama can’t work with Congress” narrative favored by the courtier press. It’s rich coming from a guy who faced the same accusations, and was eventually impeached by the Gingrichian House. Btw, one of the impeachment ringleaders was “moderate deal maker” Lindsey Graham of Sunday show fame.

This is obviously the first stage in a future Hillary campaign’s need to differentiate itself from the current Democratic President. Not that Bill liked it very much when his own Veep saw him as toxic in 2000.

There’s nothing better for a President’s reputation than being out of office. In Clinton’s case, he’s a warm, likeable and colorful ex-President, but even President Beavis’ numbers have improved since the end of his tenure as the oval one. Even the austere and icy Jimmy Carter, who was hooted out of office in 1980, has good ratings 33 years after his landslide defeat.

The moral of this story is that it’s good to be an ex-King:

Tuesday Night Music: Never Found A Girl

Here’s Booker T without the MGs onLive From Daryl’s House:

Tuesday Night Music: Never Found A Girl

Here’s Booker T without the MGs on Live From Daryl’s House:

Quote Of The Day: Civility Edition

It comes from “moderate deal maker” Senator Tom Coburn from the state where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain:

“There’s no comity with Harry Reid. I think he’s an absolute asshole.”

Coburn said this at a fundraiser for Noo Yawk Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota. The only comity with Tom Coburn comes from the comedy that ensues when MSM media types insist that he’s a non-crazy, semi-pragmatic Republican. Wrong, he’s just another surrey with a wingnut fringe on top. That’s my last Rodgers and Hammerstein reference. I promise.

I am, however, glad that Coburn no longer has a beard. He might have been mistaken for a Boston Red Sox player, which wouldn’t go down well in Yankee country…

Stop Blaming Technology for How Your Kids Suck

Seriously, these assholes:

Justin promised Emily that nobody else would ever see the photos, and it seems he meant to keep that promise. But Justin left his phone unattended at a party, and another boy, we’ll call him Brett, picked up Justin’s phone, scrolled through the photos, and saw the ones Emily had sent. Brett forwarded the photos of Emily from Justin’s phone to his phone, and then posted the photos on Instagram, using an account with a fictitious name.

Within their suburban community, the photos went viral. Other girls began calling her “Emily the slut.” Boys came up to Emily and asked her to put on a show for them. She was uninvited from a ski weekend with friends when the parents of one of the other girls said they didn’t want their daughter to be around Emily’s bad influence.

Emily never had any psychological issues until this episode. But she crumbled—refusing to go to school, and cutting herself with a razorblade on her upper thigh where she didn’t think her parents would see. She began talking about suicide.

Who is to blame in this situation? Not Emily, in my judgment. Not Justin. Not even Brett. They’re just kids.

I blame their parents. The parents provided their kids with cellphones capable of taking, sending and receiving photographs, but they provided no oversight.

Let’s start with Judgy Mom Who Won’t Let Her Precious Angel Associate With Sluts: Fuck you. Go back to human school. What on EARTH. On the basis of some crazy shit you heard, probably from your bitchy kid, you’re further shaming a young woman for something that had nothing to do with her on the basis that sexual behavior is contagious and that contagion is what, airborne, or something? Touch Emily on the ski slopes and you’ll die of sluttiness? I don’t think there’s anybody in this story I hate more than this person.

If your child is so fragile and impressionable that being around a slut is going to make her one, get ready for a prom night baby, Grandma.

I don’t blame the parents in this story for giving their kids cell phones. I blame them for not raising human beings instead of little shitheads. You can talk all you want about out-of-control hormones and how cell phones have made all this behavior more convenient, but you cannot credibly talk about how stealing someone else’s property is some new thing we’ve just decided is wrong, and that’s what this Brett kid did.

If you buy a smartphone for your child, and your child is victimized by messages received on that phone, or uses the phone to bully another child, the person most responsible for that behavior is you, the parent.

I’m not saying it’s easy: There is no analogue in our own upbringing.

Actually, there is. If the photos were prints from the mall kiosk and this douchebag mimeographed them and pasted them around the school, the theft would be the same. The invasion of privacy would be the same. The cruelty and the disregard for the girl’s essential humanity would be the same.

Yes, you can monitor your child’s phone and Internet activity, and I think that’s actually a good idea no matter how well-behaved your child is.

But a better one would be raising kind people who even in the presence of a technological wonder that made torturing their peers so so easy, would decline to do so on the basis of simple decency. The tech can change in an instant. Respect for other people won’t.

A.

It’s good to be a former President

It has been awhile since Bill Clinton rewrote history to make himself look better than the current occupant:

Bill Clinton has criticised the lack of deal-makers in Washington politics, hinting at the frustration some in his camp feel toward the isolated Obama White House during a campaign rally for long-time fundraiser and currentVirginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.

Though primarily attacking Republican intransigence during the government shutdown, the former president made a series of arguments for more consensus-building across the partisan divide and defended the would-be governor of Virginia’s reputation for being a power broker.

“When people sneeringly say McAuliffe is a deal-maker, I say: oh, if we only had one in Washington,” Clinton told a cheering crowd of supporters in Norfolk, Virginia.

“The constitution might as well be subtitled the art of the deal,” he added. “It is exhausting seeing politicians wasting time with all these heated arguments when people need jobs.”

Clinton faced two government shutdowns of his own while president, but the failure of the current administration to win bipartisan support for any of its major policy initiatives has led to veiled criticism from veteran aides, who, when speaking privately, say the White House today lacks figures who can reach across the party divide and strike deals.

First of all, who on the other side is ready, willing, and able to cut deals? The GOP strategy during the Obama administration has been a neo-Confederate one: massive resistance to everything proposed by this President even if it’s based on a GOP idea. The ACA is very close to Congressional health care plans proposed by Republican Senators John Chaffee and Chuck Grassley. Guess whose plan they were countering? Bill and Hillary Clinton’s, that’s who. 1990’s health care reform died on the vine without any GOP support. So much for reaching across the aisle in a good cause.

Second, the *major* legislative success of the Clinton administration (I consider NAFTA to be a disaster, take a look at Juarez and you’ll see what I mean) was the 1993 budget that included tax hikes on the rich. It passed on a party line vote in the House and needed Vice President Gore’s tie breaking vote in the Senate.

Yes, they passed some other things with the assistance of congressional Republicans, but they were right wing measures such as welfare “reform” and the repeal of Glass-Steagall. This is hardly a record for the Obamans to emulate or envy.

Bill Clinton’s comments play in to the “Obama can’t work with Congress” narrative favored by the courtier press. It’s rich coming from a guy who faced the same accusations, and was eventually impeached by the Gingrichian House. Btw, one of the impeachment ringleaders was “moderate deal maker” Lindsey Graham of Sunday show fame.

This is obviously the first stage in a future Hillary campaign’s need to differentiate itself from the current Democratic President. Not that Bill liked it very much when his own Veep saw him as toxic in 2000.

There’s nothing better for a President’s reputation than being out of office. In Clinton’s case, he’s a warm, likeable and colorful ex-President, but even President Beavis’ numbers have improved since the end of his tenure as the oval one. Even the austere and icy Jimmy Carter, who was hooted out of office in 1980, has good ratings 33 years after his landslide defeat.

The moral of this story is that it’s good to be an ex-King:

Or They Know Resale is a Forlorn Hope

I can’t imagine why resale value isn’t a major consideration for home improvement anymore:

Q: For a while, the industry was saying that future resale value was driving consumers’ kitchen design choices, which seemed to result in an ocean of beige, which they perceived as “safe.” Is that still the case?

A: In our survey, resale value seemed to be a motivation for about a third of the people who were remodeling, so it is meaningful but not the most important thing. That’s been consistent for the past couple of years. They’re doing things they like and picking things that are going to fit their own tastes.

“Improving the look and feel” was the No. 1 motivation, claimed by 79 percent. Other motivators that trumped resale value concerns were to improve function (59 percent); upgrade appliances (52 percent); and improve storage (48 percent).

“I will never be able to sell this place for anywhere near what I’ve put into it, so might as well make it nice if I’m going to die here” is the motivation for almost every remodeling choice I’VE made in the past decade. I mean, sure, would it have been near-impossible to sell our place with a caved-in bathroom and a kitchen from the cheaper end of the early ’90s, but let’s not pretend it was a decision predicated on optimism about the housing market.

If you’re gonna write a trend piece, fine, but try to ground it in reality.

A.

Can Republicans Once Again Hide Their Bigotry Enough to Get Elected?

Which should be the real title of this piece: 

But competitive districts — where moderates tend to thrive — are becoming a thing of the past thanks in large part to redistricting. And that means an uphill battle of a primary for any moderate candidate who tries to challenge a conservative member.

Asked whether a moderate Republican movement could really materialize, former Rep. Steve LaTourette, who now is the president of the Main Street Partnership, was cautiously optimistic.

“It’s possible; it’s going to be difficult and it’s not going to happen overnight. There is an appetite for it but it remains to be seen if we can get to there from here,” said LaTourette. “Some of the well heeled donors and the money people in the Republican Party are rethinking about directing that money to people who can actually govern. We’re getting a lot of calls and interest at Main Street, we have a big meeting up on Wall Street in November. So we will see, we are up against some well entrenched organizations.”

Ah yes. Steve LaTourette, a model of moderate Republicanism: 

  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)

  • Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)


  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)



  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)

  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)

  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)



  • Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)


  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)

I like the idea that there are these imaginary Republicans out there who are so, so different from the Tea Party. In tactics, perhaps, but in doctrine these people believe the same things. They vote for the same things. They think the same things. There are no moderate Republicans on the issues. There are just moderate Republicans in rhetoric. 

The wish for acceptable, moderate Republicans who don’t scare away the business guys is just a wish for bigots who keep their mouths shut in polite company, and then go back to work and vote with the loudmouths anyway.

A.

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – more catchup and flies edition

Good Monday morning, faithful followers! It’s time again for clearance on older drums of Freepitude, so let’s crack them open!

From WAY back in September –Weiner shizzle!

How Long Will Muslim Brotherhood Force Huma Abedin to Stay Married to Anthony Weiner?Godfather Politics ^ | 7/27/2013 | Dave Jolly

Posted on Monday, September 02, 2013 6:05:55 AM by IbJensen

Anthony Weiner was a promising Democratic congressman from New York’s 9th District which is located entirely within Brooklyn. First elected in 1999, Weiner easily won re-elections with no less than 59% of the vote. In 2005, he ran for Mayor of New York City and lost, but still remained a very popular congressman.

In 2009, Weiner, a Jew, got engaged to Huma Abedin, a Muslim and aide to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They married in 2010 and now have a son named Jordan Zain Weiner.

Last year, Weiner was caught sexting messages and nude images of himself, forcing him to resign from Congress in shame, but Abedin stood by him. Weiner is now running for Mayor of New York City again and he has been caught with even more sexting with over half a dozen different women. Weiner refuses to withdraw from the race and his popularity in New York does not seem to be diminished by the scandal. Once again, Abedin stands by her husband.

Huma Abedin is a devout Muslim from a powerful Muslim family. Her mother is Saleha Mahmoud Abedin, a professor and dean at Dar El-Hekma College in Saudi Arabia. She is also a prominent official in the Muslim Sisterhood, the female counterpart to the Muslim Brotherhood. Although Huma married a Jew, a mortal enemy of all Muslims, she is still accepted by her Muslim family and friends. Normally her marriage would have constituted her being disowned by the family and subjected to an honor killing.

So one has to beg the question why she had been allowed to marry a Jew and not face disgrace from her family and fellow Muslims?

I believe the answer can be found in a Muslim word ‘Muruna’. There are times when Muslim leadership believe it is more important to plant a spy to gain valuable information than it is for that spy to follow all Muslim law. It is not uncommon for Muslim leadership to push a woman into a relationship with a non-Muslim in order to gain the confidence and trust of an infidel. Once that trust has been gained, the Muslim woman can begin to exert some influence into the dealings of her husband and in the process learn important secrets that she can pass on to her Muslim handlers back home.

I believe Huma Abedin is a Muruna and that her marriage to the Rep. Anthony Weiner was planned and sanctioned by the Muslim Brotherhood. At the time, Weiner had high expectations of furthering his political career, possibly a run for senate seat once held by Hillary Clinton or even higher. Having a husband in the US Congress would be a great asset to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Then Weiner was disgraced and ended up resigning from Congress. If that was the end of his political career, it would seem that a divorce would have been proper, but for some reason, it wasn’t to be. This makes me wonder if Weiner’s run for mayor could have been prompted by the strong encouragement of his wife, Abedin.The Muslim Brotherhood has invested too much into Abedin’s marriage with Weiner to throw it down the tubes so soon, so he is being advised or pressured to run for office again.

If Weiner loses the mayoral election, then perhaps the Muslim Brotherhood will advise her to get a divorce and concentrate on her position as an advisor to the State Department. Abedin will still be a valuable asset to the Muslim Brotherhood, even without Weiner because of her relationship with Hillary Clinton. She was Clinton’s number one confidant while she was Secretary of State. If Hillary manages to win the presidential election in 2016, you can bet your bottom dollar that Abedin will be by her side in some key role, enabling her to pass many state secrets back to her Muslim Brotherhood family.

In my opinion, Huma Abedin is a dangerous enemy of the United States and should be treated as such.

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Democrats, like Hillary and Obama, surround themselves with the enemy
(In this case, “the enemy” being someone the Freeper doesn’t regard as white)

because they have so much in common. Weener marrying Huma was a stroke of the bazaar (sic).

Huma’s no beauty,

Well, she’s no Ann Coulter, that’s for sure:

HumaAbedin

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but she’s a damn site (sic) better looking that the pencil-necked geek Weener. What she could gain from this scrawny pervert is difficult to fathom.

1 posted on Monday, September 02, 2013 6:05:55 AM by IbJensen

OK Freepers – what’s the REAL reason for this “enemy”‘s Tammy Wynette impression?

To: IbJensen

Weiner was a member of Congress with the perfect blackmail qualifications. It was a setup from the beginning otherwise Huma would have already been dead for marrying a Jew.

9 posted on Monday, September 02, 2013 6:27:05 AM by ImNotLying (The MSM bears a close resemblance to the world’s oldest profession!)

Of course! I can’t even count the number of women in New York who’ve been assassinated for marrying Jewish men. And he deliberately got caught sexting girls to make the blackmail easier.
If only he’d been a Repub and got caught sexting boys….

To: IbJensen

The marriage to Weiner is a beard for her association with Hillary.
Weiner is nothing.
Hillary is the ticket .
As Secretary of State Hillary was Huma’s source of information.
If Hillary can be elected President sleeping with Hillary will be Abedins source in the White House.

Michelle Bachman suggested Abedin be investigated,

Michelle Bachman barks at passing cars.

and Obama the head Muslims and even many Republicans in Congress attacked Bachman unmercifully. Bachman was right. Abedin has no business being associated with people in high places in our country. She is a Muslim spy IMO.

Bachman’s a Muslim spy?

She will stay with Weiner as long as he works as a beard for Abedins lesbian association with Hillary, until Hillary loses her run for President. When Hillary is no longer useful Abedin will make a move out of her disgusting job as lover to a fat nasty foul mouthed witch

10 posted on Monday, September 02, 2013 6:31:58 AM by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)

It’s all so clear now! Thanks, Venturer!!
HillaryTextingFuckYourself
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Well, I’m glad we got THAT cleared up.
More fine old whine after the enemy jump!

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The Internet Fired The Editor, Unless It Didn’t

Evil Internet blogger made a newspaper editor resign … unless he didn’t!

When he talks about being a “whipping boy” to “one and all,” he’s obviously not talking about being censored; the context of the whole piece is that meanies like that one evil blogger are accusing him of showing bias.

Well… now he admits the evil blogger was right. Now he admits all the readers’ observations about bias were true. And that, my friends, is kind of a big deal. Now, he all but admits that my conspiracy-dripping inquiry was pretty much spot-on. Now that he’s off the Tribune’s payroll. How courageous!

The idea that the oh-so-horrible complaints from readers (and bloggers do read the newspaper, so as you’re pissing and whining about them, remember that) drove someone out of journalism is … Well, look, maybe this guy’s skin was really thin, but I gotta tell you, after a while complaints from readers become like hammering and you don’t even notice them anymore. A good 2/3 of newspaper readers live to complain. They get up in the morning looking for something to be angry about and if you’re doing your job right you give it to them. That hardly sounds like something that would drive someone out of the job.

Now, censorship, that’s much more valid, and if you’re going to talk about it publicly (EVERYONE CAN SEE THE INTERNET) then you owe it to the people you trashed on your way out the door to tell them if it really was all their fault for being big meanies, or if they were right all along.

A.

The Internet Fired The Editor, Unless It Didn’t

Evil Internet blogger made a newspaper editor resign … unless he didn’t!

When he talks about being a “whipping boy” to “one and all,” he’s obviously not talking about being censored; the context of the whole piece is that meanies like that one evil blogger are accusing him of showing bias.

Well… now he admits the evil blogger was right. Now he admits all the readers’ observations about bias were true. And that, my friends, is kind of a big deal. Now, he all but admits that my conspiracy-dripping inquiry was pretty much spot-on. Now that he’s off the Tribune’s payroll. How courageous!

The idea that the oh-so-horrible complaints from readers (and bloggers do read the newspaper, so as you’re pissing and whining about them, remember that) drove someone out of journalism is … Well, look, maybe this guy’s skin was really thin, but I gotta tell you, after a while complaints from readers become like hammering and you don’t even notice them anymore. A good 2/3 of newspaper readers live to complain. They get up in the morning looking for something to be angry about and if you’re doing your job right you give it to them. That hardly sounds like something that would drive someone out of the job.

Now, censorship, that’s much more valid, and if you’re going to talk about it publicly (EVERYONE CAN SEE THE INTERNET) then you owe it to the people you trashed on your way out the door to tell them if it really was all their fault for being big meanies, or if they were right all along.

A.

This Wasn’t Just Our Failure

This has been making the rounds, mostly approvingly, and I think some of it’s goat shit:

Unlike the Tea Party, most left wingers don’t really believe their own ideology. They put partisanship first, or they put the color of a candidate’s skin or the shape of their genitals over the candidate’s policy. Identity is more important to them than how many brown children that politician is killing.

So progressives have no power, because they have no principles: they cannot be expected to actually vote for the most progressive candidate, to successfully primary candidates, to care about policy first and identity second, to not take scraps from the table and sell out other progressive’s interests.

The Tea Party, say what you will about them, gets a great deal of obeisance from Republicans for one simple reason: they will primary you if they don’t like how you’ve been voting, and they’ll probably win that primary. They are feared. Progressives are not feared, because they do not believe enough in their ostensible principles to act on them in an effective fashion.

Things the Tea Party had that the “progressive blog movement” did not: An entirely approving 24-hour news network, plus a compliant network of “centrist” pundits all too willing to bow to pressure from that 24-hour news network to be less horribly liberal and consider “both sides” to issues like the fundamental humanity of women and morality of hideous torture and pre-emptive war.

Also a publishing network which made people who otherwise would be screaming on soapboxes into “bestselling authors” who then received fawning profiles in national “news” magazines. Magazines, too, which supported such leading lights of modern thought as Jonah Fucking Goldberg, and a syndicated columnist base consisting of such brilliance and fierce compassion as Kathleen Parker. All of this was set up during the Reagan and Clinton years, while Democrats were still cowering in fear of having their pictures taken with Jane Fonda.

All that existed before the first progressive blog ever lit up, and well before the Tea Party became a Bright New Light in American Politics. Their message gets reinforced every day, every hour, every minute, from a goddamn MEGAPHONE. It’s overwhelming, especially to low-info voters, which is most voters, because in case you hadn’t noticed this country is fucked and everybody’s working hella hard just to stay in cereal and hand-me-downs.

And even more overwhelming than the conservative message is the apathy in the opposite direction, which is reinforced by every media outlet that is not overtly conservative: That none of this matters, that it’s all too exhausting, that all politicians are horrible and destined to break your heart and why even fucking bother because boring, and here’s something we can report that someone tweeted.

Look, I’ve noticed the blog audience cratering and my own efforts at publishing stories that should matter to progressives going nowhere, and I’m as pissed as anyone that I can’t support a staff after nearly a decade of doing this, and that Ned Lamont isn’t in Congress, and that John Kerry won’t be Mr. President for the rest of his life, and that Howard Dean got fucked over, and that Obama isn’t more liberal.

But I fault Obama voters and progressive “principles” in general much less than I fault the people who had the money to build a media empire of their own and focused it on vanity projects intead, or kept their powder dry so as to appease moral monsters at dinner parties. A failure of money and a failure to understand media infrastructure (miscasting the NYT as liberal and thinking that would be enough, for example) is not a failure to “believe your own ideology.”

A.

Odd & Sods: Falling Into Fall Edition

The-who odds--sods
It was a long, grueling summer here in Debrisville. Fall didn’t fall until last week and it’s heating up a bit again, but I’m hoping for a period of running neither the air dish or heater. Now that I’ve bored you with that brief weather update on with my first omnibus post in eons.

Spooked: I have a confession, I’m an espionage buff. I grew up reading John LeCarre and Graham Greene’s spy novels and I’ve had a lifelong fascination with the real life Cambridge Spy Ring. Right now I’m reading a biography of Wild Bill Donovan who established and ran the OSS during World War II. This is kind of weird for a hemophiliac liberal such as myself but what can I tell ya?

Now that I’ve set the table, on with the main course, such as it is. I’ve been cynical about the Greenwald-Snowden revelations, but they remind me of what a double edged sword all forms of spying can be. It’s fine when it works but when it’s exposed it blows up in your face. Kapow. That’s an apt description of the Merkel affair. It’s no secret that the US spied on German pols during the Cold War and this seems to be a vestige of that period. But the time has passed for that, all it does it punch Germany’s STASI button and end up embarrassing the administration that inherited the tap, bug or whatever the hell it is.

Even for cynical folks like me who think that every country spies on their friends, allies, and even in-laws, the NSA has gone too far and needs to reign it in considerably both at home and abroad. Bugging foreign political leaders is bad form even if George Smiley would have done it.

World Serious: I get all curmudgeonly and old farty when I watch baseball today. The games are sloooooow and to speed them up all they’d have to do is to enforce the rules and make the players stop farting around so goddamn much. I guess it’s hard for umps to tell millionaires what to do. Anyway, the endings of the last 2 games remind me why I fell in love with the game as a kid. I’ve never seen consecutive games that ended so weirdly: an interference call and a pick-off. That’s why live sports can be so exciting. Now if they could only make them stop fucking around, the games wouldn’t all last 44 hours…

The George Will Of The Left: The recent dust-up betweenJoan Walsh and Ezra Kleinreminded me of how insufferable I find the latter. Even when I agree with him, I find him to be OTT pompous and self-important. He’s one of the reasons that I DVR MSNBC programming. If I see his smirking, smug face, I can either zip through the segment or erase it if he’s the guest host. The only thing separating his teevee style from George Will’s is a bow tie.

Speaking Ill Of The Dead: I was on the tweeter tube yesterday when Lou Reed died. I’m down with all the paeans to the importance of his early music, but then the tributes verved into what a great, humble and nice guy he was. I got in trouble for pointing out that the great man was a major dick when encountering his fans, the press or even innocent bystanders. I saw Reed in stage door action once. A woman approached him and said: “You’re my hero.” Now I understand that that kind of stuff can be weird, but his response was OTT nasty: “Who gives a shit?” When she got all sniffly about it, he laughed at her. As my pal Liprap tweeted yesterday: “Lou Reed, one of the awful people who’ve brought us awesome things. It happens.”

That sums it up nicely. I’ll give Lou Reed the last word with a tune from hisNew York album:

One more numbah with Reed at his crankiest featuring jabs at Jesse Jackson, Kurt Waldehim and Pope John Paul:

Odd & Sods: Falling Into Fall Edition

The-who odds--sods

It was a long, grueling summer here in Debrisville. Fall didn’t fall until last week and it’s heating up a bit again, but I’m hoping for a period of running neither the air dish or heater. Now that I’ve bored you with that brief weather update on with my first omnibus post in eons.

Spooked: I have a confession, I’m an espionage buff. I grew up reading John LeCarre and Graham Greene’s spy novels and I’ve had a lifelong fascination with the real life Cambridge Spy Ring. Right now I’m reading a biography of Wild Bill Donovan who established and ran the OSS during World War II. This is kind of weird for a hemophiliac liberal such as myself but what can I tell ya?

Now that I’ve set the table, on with the main course, such as it is. I’ve been cynical about the Greenwald-Snowden revelations, but they remind me of what a double edged sword all forms of spying can be. It’s fine when it works but when it’s exposed it blows up in your face. Kapow. That’s an apt description of the Merkel affair. It’s no secret that the US spied on German pols during the Cold War and this seems to be a vestige of that period. But the time has passed for that, all it does it punch Germany’s STASI button and end up embarrassing the administration that inherited the tap, bug or whatever the hell it is.

Even for cynical folks like me who think that every country spies on their friends, allies, and even in-laws, the NSA has gone too far and needs to reign it in considerably both at home and abroad. Bugging foreign political leaders is bad form even if George Smiley would have done it.

World Serious: I get all curmudgeonly and old farty when I watch baseball today. The games are sloooooow and to speed them up all they’d have to do is to enforce the rules and make the players stop farting around so goddamn much. I guess it’s hard for umps to tell millionaires what to do. Anyway, the endings of the last 2 games remind me why I fell in love with the game as a kid. I’ve never seen consecutive games that ended so weirdly: an interference call and a pick-off. That’s why live sports can be so exciting. Now if they could only make them stop fucking around, the games wouldn’t all last 44 hours…

The George Will Of The Left: The recent dust-up between Joan Walsh and Ezra Kleinreminded me of how insufferable I find the latter. Even when I agree with him, I find him to be OTT pompous and self-important. He’s one of the reasons that I DVR MSNBC programming. If I see his smirking, smug face, I can either zip through the segment or erase it if he’s the guest host. The only thing separating his teevee style from George Will’s is a bow tie.

Speaking Ill Of The Dead: I was on the tweeter tube yesterday when Lou Reed died. I’m down with all the paeans to the importance of his early music, but then the tributes verved into what a great, humble and nice guy he was. I got in trouble for pointing out that the great man was a major dick when encountering his fans, the press or even innocent bystanders. I saw Reed in stage door action once. A woman approached him and said: “You’re my hero.” Now I understand that that kind of stuff can be weird, but his response was OTT nasty: “Who gives a shit?” When she got all sniffly about it, he laughed at her. As my pal Liprap tweeted yesterday: “Lou Reed, one of the awful people who’ve brought us awesome things. It happens.”

That sums it up nicely. I’ll give Lou Reed the last word with a tune from his New York album:

One more numbah with Reed at his crankiest featuring jabs at Jesse Jackson, Kurt Waldehim and Pope John Paul:

Weekend Question Thread

Mr. A and I and our in-laws have spent the better part of the past two weekends putting up new bookshelves. There are books all over the house, in various states of organization, and boxes everywhere. The ferrets are confined to his office, much to Bucky’s rage and dismay, lest they crawl into a package and be returned to IKEA by mistake.

When it’s done, it’s going to be amazing, but right now it looks like a furniture truck and Bob Villa got into an accident in the living room.

What’s the biggest home improvement/construction project you’ve ever undertaken?

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – more catchup and flies edition

Good Monday morning, faithful followers! It’s time again for clearance on older drums of Freepitude, so let’s crack them open!

From WAY back in September – Weiner shizzle!

How Long Will Muslim Brotherhood Force Huma Abedin to Stay Married to Anthony Weiner? Godfather Politics ^ | 7/27/2013 | Dave Jolly

Posted on Monday, September 02, 2013 6:05:55 AM byIbJensen

Anthony Weiner was a promising Democratic congressman from New York’s 9th District which is located entirely within Brooklyn. First elected in 1999, Weiner easily won re-elections with no less than 59% of the vote. In 2005, he ran for Mayor of New York City and lost, but still remained a very popular congressman.

In 2009, Weiner, a Jew, got engaged to Huma Abedin, a Muslim and aide to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They married in 2010 and now have a son named Jordan Zain Weiner.

Last year, Weiner was caught sexting messages and nude images of himself, forcing him to resign from Congress in shame, but Abedin stood by him. Weiner is now running for Mayor of New York City again and he has been caught with even more sexting with over half a dozen different women. Weiner refuses to withdraw from the race and his popularity in New York does not seem to be diminished by the scandal. Once again, Abedin stands by her husband.

Huma Abedin is a devout Muslim from a powerful Muslim family. Her mother is Saleha Mahmoud Abedin, a professor and dean at Dar El-Hekma College in Saudi Arabia. She is also a prominent official in the Muslim Sisterhood, the female counterpart to the Muslim Brotherhood. Although Huma married a Jew, a mortal enemy of all Muslims, she is still accepted by her Muslim family and friends. Normally her marriage would have constituted her being disowned by the family and subjected to an honor killing.

So one has to beg the question why she had been allowed to marry a Jew and not face disgrace from her family and fellow Muslims?

I believe the answer can be found in a Muslim word ‘Muruna’. There are times when Muslim leadership believe it is more important to plant a spy to gain valuable information than it is for that spy to follow all Muslim law. It is not uncommon for Muslim leadership to push a woman into a relationship with a non-Muslim in order to gain the confidence and trust of an infidel. Once that trust has been gained, the Muslim woman can begin to exert some influence into the dealings of her husband and in the process learn important secrets that she can pass on to her Muslim handlers back home.

I believe Huma Abedin is a Muruna and that her marriage to the Rep. Anthony Weiner was planned and sanctioned by the Muslim Brotherhood. At the time, Weiner had high expectations of furthering his political career, possibly a run for senate seat once held by Hillary Clinton or even higher. Having a husband in the US Congress would be a great asset to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Then Weiner was disgraced and ended up resigning from Congress. If that was the end of his political career, it would seem that a divorce would have been proper, but for some reason, it wasn’t to be. This makes me wonder if Weiner’s run for mayor could have been prompted by the strong encouragement of his wife, Abedin. The Muslim Brotherhood has invested too much into Abedin’s marriage with Weiner to throw it down the tubes so soon, so he is being advised or pressured to run for office again.

If Weiner loses the mayoral election, then perhaps the Muslim Brotherhood will advise her to get a divorce and concentrate on her position as an advisor to the State Department. Abedin will still be a valuable asset to the Muslim Brotherhood, even without Weiner because of her relationship with Hillary Clinton. She was Clinton’s number one confidant while she was Secretary of State. If Hillary manages to win the presidential election in 2016, you can bet your bottom dollar that Abedin will be by her side in some key role, enabling her to pass many state secrets back to her Muslim Brotherhood family.

In my opinion, Huma Abedin is a dangerous enemy of the United States and should be treated as such.

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Democrats, like Hillary and Obama, surround themselves with the enemy
(In this case, “the enemy” being someone the Freeper doesn’t regard as white)
because they have so much in common. Weener marrying Huma was a stroke of the bazaar(sic).

Huma’s no beauty,

Well, she’s no Ann Coulter, that’s for sure:

HumaAbedin

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but she’s a damn site(sic) better looking that the pencil-necked geek Weener. What she could gain from this scrawny pervert is difficult to fathom.

1 posted on Monday, September 02, 2013 6:05:55 AM byIbJensen
OK Freepers – what’s the REAL reason for this “enemy”‘s Tammy Wynette impression?
To: IbJensen

Weiner was a member of Congress with the perfect blackmail qualifications. It was a setup from the beginning otherwise Huma would have already been dead for marrying a Jew.

9 posted on Monday, September 02, 2013 6:27:05 AM byImNotLying (The MSM bears a close resemblance to the world’s oldest profession!)
Of course! I can’t even count the number of women in New York who’ve been assassinated for marrying Jewish men. And he deliberately got caught sexting girls to make the blackmail easier.
If only he’d been a Repub and got caught sexting boys….
To: IbJensen

The marriage to Weiner is a beard for her association with Hillary.
Weiner is nothing.
Hillary is the ticket .
As Secretary of State Hillary was Huma’s source of information.
If Hillary can be elected President sleeping with Hillary will be Abedins source in the White House.

Michelle Bachman suggested Abedin be investigated,

Michelle Bachman barks at passing cars.

and Obama the head Muslims and even many Republicans in Congress attacked Bachman unmercifully. Bachman was right. Abedin has no business being associated with people in high places in our country. She is a Muslim spy IMO.

Bachman’s a Muslim spy?

She will stay with Weiner as long as he works as a beard for Abedins lesbian association with Hillary, until Hillary loses her run for President. When Hillary is no longer useful Abedin will make a move out of her disgusting job as lover to a fat nasty foul mouthed witch

10 posted on Monday, September 02, 2013 6:31:58 AM byVenturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
It’s all so clear now! Thanks, Venturer!!
HillaryTextingFuckYourself.
Well, I’m glad we got THAT cleared up.
More fine old whine after the enemy jump!

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Saturday Night Music: Theme From An Imaginary Western

Here’s an oldie from Jack Bruce. Not sure if it’s an imaginary spaghetti Western or a Ford Western but it’s a helluva tune:

Malaka Of The Week: Sharon Schuetz

There’s a new truther bandwagon pulling into the station, if, in fact, bandwagons pull into stations but that’s neither here nor there. Recently, a pregnant woman fainted at the White House while the President was holding a ACA press event. According to this week’s “honoree”Dr. Sharon Schuetz it’s part of some deep dark plot:

For some strange reason, Obama has to have props around him when he does
one of his con-jobs in the Rose Garden, or wherever he chooses to
receive his worshipers. This was no different, except that he had
animated props this time. Although it was well staged there were enough
holes in this little scene to drive the proverbial truck through.

It is obvious that there are quite a few people involved in this
latest fraud put out by the Whitehouse. Why did Obama think it was
necessary to “catch” a fainting woman just when he said the words, “To
free families from the pervasive fear that one illness…?” He said it,
and down she went. Well not actually down. She just weaved and wobbled a
little and never quite fainted. And, consequently, Obama never actually
caught her. He turned around and put his hand on her shoulder as if to
steady her and turned back to the camera to make sure it got a clear
shot of his “rescue” efforts.

You will see in the following video that the pregnant woman is
standing with a friend who is holding her hand with her arm wrapped
around her waist. That is until she starts to “faint”. Then she steps
slightly aside and never even looks at the women she is holding. She
smiles a nervous smile for the camera because she has done her part in
this extremely poorly orchestrated drama.

Schuetz is the founder of something called Lady Patriots and given their teabaggery and support for the recent shutdown, they are neither. I declined to call her Dr. more than once since she has a degree in “clinical Christian counseling” from an unlisted (on her site) school. I guess she got her doctorate in a Cracker Jack box or at some biblethumper college. If she were an MD, I’d call her a quack but since she’s not I’ll call her a malaka.

I’m not quite sure where to begin in detailing Schuetz’s malakatude but the whole thing about “props” is a good place to start. The evil, Marxist, mau mau, Nazi President didn’t invent staged photo ops or press events, they’ve been with us forever. Saint Ronnie’s media Mephistopheles, Mike Deaver, was a master of political stagecraft. He was the man behind Reagan kicking off his 1980 General Election campaign in Philadelphia, MS to send a signal to the neo-Confederates that the genial Reagan was down with the redneck homies.

I could go into some detail about Schuetz’s egregious nuttery but why expend brain cells on sheer nonsense? The mere thought gives me the vapors. Here’s the deal: pregnant women get light headed and faint even outside of the ante-bellum or post-bellum South. (Hmm, I wonder if they ever wear bellum bottoms?) And when people faint, the guy next to them catches them and prevents them from falling. It’s that simple. It takes a nasty, conspiratorial turn of mind to think that President Obama is incapable of simple human decency or of staging such an event. That’s the state of “conservatism” in America today: everything’s a plot.

Every time I take a dip into the shallow end (intellectually) of the wingnut pool I admire Tommy T even more for doing it on a regular basis. Truthers like Schuetz are toxic, browsing her site made me feel the need to be deloused and that’s why she’s the malaka of the week.

Rest Easy

Frank Perconte:

James Madio, the actor who portrayed Frank Perconte in the series, watched the premiere with him.

“It’s incredible how these guys operate, because the minute the show ended, the first thing he asked was why he didn’t see enough of his best friend, George Luz. He wasn’t worried how he looked, he was worried about the guy who was at his side throughout,” Madio said.

Madio and Mr. Perconte became close friends, and a few years after the release they and some of the men Mr. Perconte served with went to Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day.

Afterward they retraced Mr. Perconte’s route through Europe. It was the first time Mr. Perconte had returned to many of the battle sites, but Madio said Mr. Perconte remembered the events of more than 60 years earlier vividly, even pointing out the window from which a sniper had shot him in Bastogne.

When they stopped in Eindhoven, Netherlands, a town Perconte helped liberate, he was greeted by a crowd of children thanking him with cards on which they’d drawn paratroopers falling from the sky, Madio said. “They were truly looking at him as a hero, and it was a beautiful moment.”

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Or They Know Resale is a Forlorn Hope

I can’t imagine why resale value isn’t a major consideration for home improvement anymore:

Q: For a while, the industry was saying that future resale value was driving consumers’ kitchen design choices, which seemed to result in an ocean of beige, which they perceived as “safe.” Is that still the case?

A: In our survey, resale value seemed to be a motivation for about a third of the people who were remodeling, so it is meaningful but not the most important thing. That’s been consistent for the past couple of years. They’re doing things they like and picking things that are going to fit their own tastes.

“Improving the look and feel” was the No. 1 motivation, claimed by 79 percent. Other motivators that trumped resale value concerns were to improve function (59 percent); upgrade appliances (52 percent); and improve storage (48 percent).

“I will never be able to sell this place for anywhere near what I’ve put into it, so might as well make it nice if I’m going to die here” is the motivation for almost every remodeling choice I’VE made in the past decade. I mean, sure, would it have been near-impossible to sell our place with a caved-in bathroom and a kitchen from the cheaper end of the early ’90s, but let’s not pretend it was a decision predicated on optimism about the housing market.

If you’re gonna write a trend piece, fine, but try to ground it in reality.

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