Unconventional convention

  No "Obsession" this week, folks. I've been attending the Texas Democratic Party convention (as delegate for SD12), and boy, is my left wing tired! . (this pic is mine – all following pics are from kut.org) . Turnout Friday at the convention was unbelievable. It was standing room only at many of the caucuses. The caucus rooms were huge, but the crowd was huger. . The sole unifying factor of the attendees (other than enthusiasm)? There wasn't one.  Young, older, men, women, caucasians, hispanics, blacks, etc etc, a true cross-section of this state. This makes me feel better than … Continue reading Unconventional convention

The Fog Of History: The Princip Principle

It is often said that one person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter. That eternal argument rages on in Sarajevo where the Bosnian Serbs have erected a statute of Gavrilo Princip. Yes, *that* Gavrilo Princip; the man who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Reaction to that event, of course, spiraled out of control and led to the Great War. The shots that changed the world occurred 100 years ago today: June 28, 1914. The Bosnian Serbs regard Princip as a hero, which is not an analysis that I agree with. He was a fanatic with a gun whose actions unleashed a … Continue reading The Fog Of History: The Princip Principle

A Very Thoughtful Guy

All his thoughts are about murdering kittens, but hey:  Toobin asked, “Is listening to Dick Cheney like listening to an arsonist on fire preventin?” CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd admitted while Cheney’s “always claiming the sky is falling,” he’s a “very thoughtful guy” and so people shouldn’t be “ignoring the message because we don’t like the messenger.” What "message" would that be?  A.  Continue reading A Very Thoughtful Guy

‘I saw he was carrying a Bible, and I knew right away that was a bad sign’

When doctrine is a bludgeon:  I was hungry and tired and anxious and I knew I needed to get Plan B, the drug that people said wasn’t as bad as an abortion really (the abortion drug was different), but it prevented a baby from being conceived and that meant it was at least some kind of evil. And I got out of the cab, and a man in overalls with a big white beard stared at me, and I just wanted to have a nice interaction with a person, especially a man, and I said “Good morning” and that’s when … Continue reading ‘I saw he was carrying a Bible, and I knew right away that was a bad sign’

The Skeptics Are Not Heard From Again

NYT, way to learn:  The Times’s access to administration sources has produced important news stories, but my reading suggests that there has not been enough effort to challenge and vet the views of these government sources. Here’s one small example. In a military analysis, “U.S. Airstrikes Could Help in Reversing Insurgent Offensive, Experts Say,” the only acknowledgment of opposition came in a partial sentence: “Despite skeptics, particularly Democrats, who say that American airstrikes are unlikely to change the course of events in Iraq, President Obama is considering them among a range of options to help the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal … Continue reading The Skeptics Are Not Heard From Again

Sponsored?

Blogger ethics panel ahoy. Blue Cross Blue Shield "sponsors" the Chicago Sun-Times's political coverage, and certain articles are listed as "sponsored." Such as this one:  The genesis of health care reform was to focus on three objectives: Expand access to coverage and services for more Americans; improve the overall quality and outcomes of care; and lower health care costs. Taken together, these three aims are almost counter-intuitive — how does one offer greater access to more people and deliver higher quality care, while still lowering overall cost?  In the weeks ahead, several colleagues of mine – prominent health care subject … Continue reading Sponsored?

It’s More Like the United States of Too Bad

Pierce:  We cheer for cruelty and say that we are asking for personal responsibility among those people who are not us, because the people who are not us do not deserve the same benefits of the political commonwealth that we have. In our politics, we have become masters of camouflage. We practice fiscal cruelty and call it an economy. We practice legal cruelty and call it justice. We practice environmental cruelty and call it opportunity. We practice vicarious cruelty and call it entertainment. We practice rhetorical cruelty and call it debate. We set the best instincts of ourselves in conflict … Continue reading It’s More Like the United States of Too Bad

Bitter Divisiveness Now, Bitter Divisiveness Tomorrow, Bitter Divisiveness Forever

From Album 5 First, Billmon is right — about the only thing missing from Chris McDaniel's non-concession screed was a schoolhouse door. And at least some are apparently flirting with the idea of turning the Teahadists into the Dixiecrats of the GOP (calling Trent Lott…though I'm guessing while Trent's heart might be with them, his legacy/record is closer to Cochran's bring-home-the-bacon approach). More seriously, I call bullshit — McDaniel and his Teahad allies can holler as much as they want for "less government," but if they don't cut Defense, or Homeland Security…or step on the third rail and demand cuts … Continue reading Bitter Divisiveness Now, Bitter Divisiveness Tomorrow, Bitter Divisiveness Forever

Paragraph Of The Day: Charlie Pierce Edition

My blogging patron saint wrote a brilliant and blistering post about the Mississippi GOP's little electoral shindig. Here's the kick ass opening 'graph: The triumph of sheep-humping in Mississippi last night was clear and unequivocal. Incumbent Republican Thad Cochran, an otherwise nondescript elderly pork-ladling conservative, waited until very late in the campaign to bring out his heavy, er, artillery, explaining to his constituents that he not only brings home the bacon, but also entertains the bacon while it's still ambulatory. Cochran's political masterstroke turned the entire election against his opponent, Tea Party neo-Confederate Chris McDaniel, who could not come up with an … Continue reading Paragraph Of The Day: Charlie Pierce Edition

Thursday Night Music: Temptation Eyes

I've been a bad blogger because I have a gig this week that keeps me away from the computer. Additionally, a certain mouthy tuxedo cat has been body slamming our bedroom door and waking me up at horrendous hours, hence no post on the surprising triumph of Senator Animal Husbandry in the Mississippi GOP primary. Who knew that boring old Thad Cochran was a walking Aggie joke? I do, however, have an earworm to share and it's a good un by the Grass Roots as opposed to the Astro Turfs:   Continue reading Thursday Night Music: Temptation Eyes

Kids Are Not Insurance

Jesus H. Christ in a chicken basket:  When asked by Gallup why they aren't having more kids, 65 percent of respondents mentioned "not having enough money or the cost of raising a child." Another 11 percent blamed the state of the economy or the paucity of jobs in the U.S. You can at least partially blame government for that, at least to the extent that bad policy slows economic growth and makes education and health care less affordable. But there is another way government may hinder family formation. Considerable academic research suggests social insurance programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, reduce fertility … Continue reading Kids Are Not Insurance

Album Cover Art Wednesday: Imperial Bedroom

Imperial Bedroom was Elvis Costello's first foray into Sgt. Pepper-style art pop/rock. It shouldn't surprise anyone that this is one of my favorite EC albums. The  cover was designed by Barney Bubbles. I'm uncertain as to whether he's related to either Charlie or Tiny Bubbles. Here's how the LP package is described at Wikipedia: The name of the album "Imperial Bedroom" appears on the sleeve as IbMePdErRoIoAmL. The cover painting, titled "Snakecharmer & Reclining Octopus"[4] by Barney Bubbles (but credited to "Sal Forlenza") is a pastiche of "Three Musicians" by Pablo Picasso, and letters on the zipper-like creatures in the upper right spell "PABLO SI".[1] Without … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Imperial Bedroom

It SOUNDS Silly?

Only sounds? Is the length of Hillary’s ever-changing hairstyle a litmus test for a presidential run? It sounds silly, but Sneed has been suggesting for years the state of Hillary Clinton’s hairdo may indicate just that. ◆ To wit: During Hillary’s run for the U.S. Senate from New York and her subsequent bid for the presidency, her hair was short, close-cropped and serious. “No hair out of place,” said a Hillary source — contrary to the trendy hairstyles she wore when she was first lady. There's no money for journalism, and the Internet is killing it anyway.  A.  Continue reading It SOUNDS Silly?

Welfare Queens

We're perfectly comfortable making poor people answer for the brands of cereal they buy because HERF DERF OUR TAX DOLLAHS, but this stuff is beyond our scope:  "Beside a roster of pier employees and salaries, Brodsky also declined to make public contracts that Navy Pier Inc. has signed with restaurants and other vendors – all public information before his group took over in July 2011. "I don't know if we want to create the precedent in giving these things out," Brodsky says. "I want to operate this as a business." But you're not a business! Plus, the business you are running is … Continue reading Welfare Queens

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – CogNUTive Dissonance edition

Morning, good people!

Well, there's nothing the Freeperati nutcases are better at than holding two completely opposing ideas close to their alleged hearts at the same time, so let's open up a few drums of the stupid and let it flow.

In reverse order, of course.

First up – That's not racist!

A Defiant Rancher Savors the Audience That Rallied to His Side
NYT ^ | 4/23/14 | Adam Nagourney

Posted on 4‎/‎24‎/‎2014‎ ‎8‎:‎49‎:‎32‎ ‎AM by smokingfrog

BUNKERVILLE, Nev. — Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures. For 55 minutes, Mr. Bundy held forth to a clutch of supporters about his views on the troubled state of America — the overreaching federal government, the harassment of Western ranchers, the societal upheaval caused by abortion, even musing about whether slavery was so bad.

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“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

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Bundy is now being slammed by the left for being a racist.
 
1 posted on ‎4‎/‎24‎/‎2014‎ ‎8‎:‎49‎:‎32‎ ‎AM by smokingfrog
 
I have no idea why.
 
To: smokingfrog
 
Like clockwork, the slime’rat response – smear and attack the victim.

These people are despicable.

4 posted on 4‎/‎24‎/‎2014‎ ‎8‎:‎59‎:‎22‎ ‎AM by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
 
The only thing Bundy is a victim of is himself. Or of the media, for quoting him accurately.
 
To: smokingfrog
 
Some say that "deadbeat journalist" Adam Nagourney of the New York Times is good friends with certain Hollywood honchos and puppeteers…
 
6 posted on ‎4‎/‎24‎/‎2014‎ ‎9‎:‎07‎:‎12‎ ‎AM by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
 
See?
 
To: BuckeyeTexan
 
Exactly.

Bundy and everyone that supported him are now racists.
Of course they knew that all along…

9 posted on ‎4‎/‎24‎/‎2014‎ ‎9‎:‎10‎:‎29‎ ‎AM by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> —)
 
Only because they (unlike yourself) have sequentially firing neurons.
 
Some of the Freeperati have enough single-direction cognition to understand that this was a shit-stupid thing to admit (although not to believe):
 
To: Fido969
 
the slime’rat response – smear and attack the victim.

When a man sticks a "kick me" sign on his own behind…

If he had a better grasp of the fact that black family life has disintegrated in direct correlation to the "War on Poverty", he has a defensible position. Throwing out that "picking cotton" allusion is just stupid.

11 posted on 4‎/‎24‎/‎2014‎ ‎9‎:‎11‎:‎06‎ ‎AM by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: smokingfrog
 
Bundy is now being slammed by the left for being a racist.

Actually, if these statements are accurate he will be slammed by 90% of America for pretty blatant racist remarks. Paul, Heller, etc, pretty much everyone is going to walk about from someone who talks like this.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

I mean, come on now. You can't stand around talking about how the negro should have learned to pick cotton. I mean, even the most hard headed amongst us should understand that you can't ally yourself politically with a person who makes such remarks.

Conservatives really, really, need to pick their battles better. How so many of us get suckered into supporting cranks, completely unelectable candidates, scam artists like Herman Cain who run for office to fund a book tour, etc, etc, I will never understand.

12 posted on ‎4‎/‎24‎/‎2014‎ ‎9‎:‎12‎:‎08‎ ‎AM by Longbow1969
 
That one's easy:
 
 
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To: Longbow1969
 
Actually, if these statements are accurate he will be slammed by 90% of America for pretty blatant racist remarks.

I wonder what those percentages are on this board. I can see this thread turning into a powder keg.

13 posted on 4‎/‎24‎/‎2014‎ ‎9‎:‎15‎:‎21‎ ‎AM by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
 
So can I.
Fuse lights after the jump..
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Continue reading “Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – CogNUTive Dissonance edition”

To Be Worthy of Remembrance

Not everyone lost their minds, you know. It's tempting to talk about it that way now, isn't it? Especially if you favored the war, or at least, didn't oppose it. It's tempting to talk about it as if everybody in the world agreed that "we" needed to do something to "them" and this was the answer "we" all agreed upon.  It's tempting because it absolves those who were wrong of the failure to listen to those who were right. It's tempting because it lets us all off the hook, for not doing more to stop it. No matter what we … Continue reading To Be Worthy of Remembrance

Young Men, Punished

George Will, everybody:  "What's going to result is a lot of young men and young women in this sea of hormones and alcohol, that gets into so much trouble on campuses, you're going to have charges of sexual assault," he said. "And you're going to have young men disciplined, their lives often permanently and seriously blighted by this — don't get into medical school, don't get to law school, all the rest." Yes, you're going to have young men punished, IF THEY RAPE SOMEBODY. There's a very easy way to avoid punishment, even in this "sea of hormones and alcohol." … Continue reading Young Men, Punished

Fire This Person

I don't know who's doing messaging for the DGA but if this is your statement in response to the revelation that Scott Walker is, in fact, a total crook:  “While the seemingly incriminating email to Karl Rove should satisfy the Beltway-centric appetite, the real potential political fallout involves Walker’s already tenuous reelection prospects, not the 2016 race for the White House,” the Democratic Governors Association said in a statement. BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH. I've read that three times and I still don't entirely understand what they're saying. "This is bad for Scott Walker's re-election, not his presidential run" or … Continue reading Fire This Person

Malaka Of The Week: Brian Schweitzer

I had postus interruptus yesterday because we had to scramble to get someone to repair a dangling rain gutter. Mission accomplished as it were.  I was going to write this before Brian Schweitzer apologized for his malakatudinous remarks to the National Journal but it's too much fun not to pile on. Besides, malakatude is not an exclusively Republican thing, there are buffoons and loud mouths in both parties and that's why Brian Schweitzer is malaka of the week. The former Montany ( I always spell it Gus McCrae style) Governor has been flirting with challenging Hillary Clinton from the populist … Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Brian Schweitzer

Album Cover Art Wednesday: Rumor and Sigh

I usually stick to pre-CD era covers, but there's an exception to every rule. Rumor and Sigh was one of Richard Thompson's periodic reaches for a hit album. By his standards, it sold quite well and the video for I Feel So Good was in VH1's regular rotation. It also caused some controversy among his UK fan base by using the American spelling for the word rumor. In short, he's a u-dropper. The cover by Laura Levine is folk art inspired but she is no Howard Finster style outsider artist. Levine is a veteran music photog who did many album … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Rumor and Sigh