Category Archives: Stupid Blue Dog Tricks

we’re all very sorry but what are we doing?

Hillary, finally: 

We can’t ignore the inequities that persist in our justice system that undermine our most deeply held values of fairness and equality. Imagine what he with would feel and what we would do if white drivers were three times as likely to be searched by police during a traffic stop as black drivers. Instead of the other way around; if white offenders received prison sentences 10 percent longer than black offenders for the same crimes; if a third of all white men, just look at this room and take one-third, went to prison during their lifetime. Imagine that. That is the reality in the lives of so many of our fellow Americans and so many of the communities in which they live.

I applaud President Obama for sending the attorney general to Ferguson and demanding a thorough and speedy investigation, to find out what happened, to see that justice is done, to help this community begin healing itself. We should all add our voices to those that have come together in recent days to work for peace, justice and reconciliation in Ferguson, and beyond, to stand against violence and for the values that we cherish. We can do better.

We can work to rebuild the bonds of trust from the ground up. It starts within families and communities. It was 51 years ago today that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr called us to live out true meaning of our creed, to make the dream real for all Americans. That mission is as fiercely urgent today as when he stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the hot August sun all those years ago.

So we have a lot of work to do together. At Nexenta, you say, better living for a better world. At the Clinton Foundation, we say, we’re all in this together. If you put those together, it comes out to a pretty good road map for the future. We need all of you, your energy and your efforts, your innovation, your building, your creating to help us achieve that better world.

And I have the same problem with her statement as I had with Obama’s: YEAH AND SO WHAT?

We have these problems and we’re all very sorry about them, white people, “good” white people, people with consciences and such, who aren’t at the moment setting police dogs on anybody. We’re very, very sorry, and we believe everyone should look into their hearts and not harbor so much hate. Hold hands in church. Take flowers to your neighbor.

Yet when it comes time for welfare “reform” or bankruptcy cramdown or anything else that would actually help the poor communities of color and address injustice the only way it can be addressed, with goddamn MONEY, suddenly all those good intentions fucking evaporate and everybody goes off whistling like “Man, I wasn’t even THERE.”

This country does not need Dr. Phil-in-Chief. This country doesn’t need beer summits. This country needs goddamn pallets of cash being dropped from helicopters, to build playgrounds and staff building inspection departments and pick up litter and oh, yeah, hire some cops that aren’t total mouthbreathing doucheturtles who have to use beanbag rounds on grandmothers because otherwise granny would outrun them. This country is not going to repair itself with love and understanding. It’s going to do it with giant fucking checks.

These powerful people act like the only thing they have the power to do is say nice things, and if they do, then it’s all “Oooh, he used the bully pulpit,” or “Oooh, she made a strong statement.” And next week, when the cameras are off Ferguson and in some other shithole town we’re going to pretend doesn’t exist until it implodes? All the national therapy won’t mean dick. The town will still be neglected and the people will still be broke and there will still be no fucking jobs.

Until some politician proposes spending on America like we spend on Iraq, until somebody takes the photos of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner blowing goats out of the safe and uses them to get us to “waste” money in every direction on U.S. soil the way we do whenever there are people to freedom-bomb, you can spare me the peace, love and understanding rhetoric.

Is it better than saying nothing? Maybe. But not much.

A.

Your problems are nothing

Charlie, trying to be patient: 

If Obama’s speeches aren’t as dramatic as they used to be, this is why: the White House                   believes a presidential speech on a politically charged topic is as likely to make things worse as to make things better. It is as likely to infuriate conservatives as it is to inspire liberals.

[snip]

Weariness in a president is understandable. It’s the worst job in the world. I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that I should never vote for anyone who campaigns for the office because they are either power-mad or insane. But weariness in a president can be dangerous. Vietnam — and the national upheaval it occasioned — nearly killed LBJ. Nixon was eaten alive by Watergate. Reagan was a symptomatic Alzheimer’s patient for most of his second term. Lincoln once said that he felt like “the tiredest man on earth.” But, even at the end of their respective ropes, LBJ got a gun-control law passed, and Nixon increased the minimum wage, and Reagan managed to work with Gorbachev, and Lincoln managed to win the Civil War. The president can say anything he wants now. He will never run for re-election again. His opponents are going to screech like ravens on meth no matter what he says. Weary or not, he should take a tip from Ron Johnson and walk his beat again tonight.

I’m out of patience. The fucking earth is caving in, and you can’t bestir yourself because, what, the angry race warrior thing again? The midterms? How this is going to LOOK? How about how it is? How about the dead kid lying in the street for hours, Mr. President? A politically charged topic? Are you kidding me with this bullshit?

This isn’t a politically charged topic. It’s a dead kid in the street. It’s a police force that really thought “bring it you fucking animals” was their FIRST BEST OPTION. It’s arresting reporters and tear-gassing protesters and fencing off a place where people were assembling and petitioning their government for a redress of grievances. It’s a culture that says black men are better off met with bullets first and questions later.

It’s not a politically charged topic. It’s fucking American lives.

This isn’t about inspiring liberals or inflaming conservatives. Those are just these abstract Beltway media whore … Fucking hell. At some point we all decided that nothing that is happening is real, that nothing we can do is going to affect anything, that Both Sides Do It, that it’s all just too hard, and that anyway what did you expect? At some point we stopped expecting our leaders to lead because fear of some asshole on TV saying something mean was taken as an actual excuse to suck, no matter what was really going on in the world.

There’s an American city burning down and there’s a country rotting from the inside out and somebody’s counseling the president that there’s no upside to showing up for work today? There’s no upside to, just for example, hopping in the giant plane he controls, getting his ass down to St. Louis, and convening a “fuck you summit” on the rights of protesters and reporters and the apparent need of local cops to pretend they’re Chuck Goddamn Norris? No upside?

How about he can look himself in the mirror for the rest of his life? How’s that for a goddamn upside? I swear to you all, there are things you do or you risk your immortal soul. There are things you do or you spend the rest of your life, you spend every waking hour, making up for not doing them, and it’s not about politically charged topics. It’s about you being able to live with your actions and stare down the barrel of them at three in the morning. You’re going to tell me the president is fucking tired now?

How tired will he be contemplating what he could have done, and didn’t?

And most importantly, how tired is Michael Brown’s mother right now?

Weariness in a president is only understandable, only permissible, on the understanding that if the president is weary that means many, many other people are wearier. And those are the people that have it rough. Those are the people who need championing. Those are the people whose voices need to be amplified and recognized. Those are the people whose upside need to be considered.

A.

Oh Spare Me, Now That You’ve Got Yours

He's not wrong about this: 

He turned out to be something else altogether. To blame Republicans ignores a glaring truth: Obama’s record is worst where they had little or no role to play. It wasn’t Republicans who prosecuted all those whistle-blowers and hired all those lobbyists; who authorized drone strikes or kept the NSA chugging along; who reneged on the public option, the minimum wage and aid to homeowners. It wasn’t even Republicans who turned a blind eye to Wall Street corruption and excessive executive compensation. It was Obama.

But for fuck's sake, this didn't happen in the past eight years alone: 

In the late ’70s, deregulation fever swept the nation. Carter deregulated trucks and airlines; Reagan broke up Ma Bell, ending real oversight of phone companies. But those forays paled next to the assaults of the late ’90s. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 had solid Democratic backing as did the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999. The communications bill authorized a massive giveaway of public airwaves to big business and ended the ban on cross ownership of media. The resultant concentration of ownership hastened the rise of hate radio and demise of local news and public affairs programming across America. As for the “modernization” of financial services, suffice to say its effect proved even more devastating. Clinton signed and still defends both bills with seeming enthusiasm.

Where was this impassioned dissent when you were cashing Bill Clinton's checks? Did you fight against both those bills and the type of triangulating bullshit for which your employer was known? Or did you figure eh, politics, whaddayagonnado, and keep on getting paid? 

God, I am just so done with the "once I got my paycheck I realized everything my masters had done was horrible and wrong and I'm sorry" genre of political journalism. See also every Bush aide who has come out against the war in Iraq in recent months, saying they knew it was going to be a clusterfuck from the start but somehow just managed not to say anything at the time that would have stopped it. See also every post-campaign campaign manager confessional piece in which whoever is admitting his sins was of course the lone voice in the wildnerness, powerless to effect change in the campaign they were running. 

You know what? You see something happening you know is fucked up, you either stop it then and there (COLIN GODDAMN POWELL) or you spend the rest of your life making up for your failure not in your words in some airhead thinkpiece but in your actions. Jimmy Carter, God love him may he live a thousand years, went and built houses for poor people after he screwed the presidential pooch. Everybody else needs to heed his example and shut the fuck up. Nobody cares about your guilty consciences but you. 

A. 

Because Nobody Cares About Blowjobs Anymore

For serious:

“A huge portion of the electorate that’s going to be her target don’t remember the Clinton administration at all,” Tim Miller, who’s heading an anti-Hillary PAC called America Rising, told TPM recently. “A lot of the negative stuff about the Clinton era has congealed into like a joke or a historical blip, but people don’t remember the details.”

“While that’s not going to be central to our nominee’s campaign against Hillary, what was happening in 1994,” he continued, “I do think it’s important for that to be part of the discussion about her, so that the folks who are getting information about 2016 don’t have a clouded vision, a nostalgic vision of the Clinton era.”

They have a lot of ground to make up. For starters, young people vote for Democrats in droves. They might identify more as independent, but they reliably vote for Democrats. That’s a fundamental element of the American electorate for the foreseeable future, which Miller acknowledged.

But even more troubling for Republicans, the Clintons themselves are more popular with young Americans than older voters. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week showed the Clinton family with a 77 percent favorability rating among those ages 18 to 39. That dropped off to 62 percent for those from 40 to 64 and down to 55 percent among those older than 65.

Before Candy Crush became a thing (I HAVE A PROBLEM) maybe we had time to worry about this crap. Like, before On Demand and Netflix and a whole Internet devoted to amusing us with quizzes about what Star Wars character we’d be if we weren’t already a My Little Pony and a breakfast food, we had time to freak out over if the president was being blown.

I don’t mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about real issues. I mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about STUPID BULLSHIT. Is it getting me a job or feeding me a burrito? Okay, then whatever, man, get back to me when I need to be here for this meeting because if I have to do nothing I’d rather look at pictures of cats wearing fedoras. I actually applaud the blasé-ness of the Modern Young Things to sexual peccadillos and if the president wore the appropriate tie today or has too much Nelly on his phone or whatever.

Most of what the 24-hour networks and the “name” pundits tell us to pay attention to is utter crap, and that was massively the case during the Clinton years. You know why young people tune this out? Because they’re smart. Their parents nuked the entire U.S. economy, they’re bazillions of dollars in debt to predatory loan companies, and potential employers can’t believe they don’t want to be treated like slaves. Put up against that, what exactly about getting some head in the Oval is supposed to turn them off?

Besides, these are abstinence-educated kids, it’s not like they don’t know how oral works.

A.

Because Nobody Cares About Blowjobs Anymore

For serious:

“A huge portion of the electorate that’s going to be her target don’t remember the Clinton administration at all,” Tim Miller, who’s heading an anti-Hillary PAC called America Rising, told TPM recently. “A lot of the negative stuff about the Clinton era has congealed into like a joke or a historical blip, but people don’t remember the details.”

“While that’s not going to be central to our nominee’s campaign against Hillary, what was happening in 1994,” he continued, “I do think it’s important for that to be part of the discussion about her, so that the folks who are getting information about 2016 don’t have a clouded vision, a nostalgic vision of the Clinton era.”

They have a lot of ground to make up. For starters, young people vote for Democrats in droves. They might identify more as independent, but they reliably vote for Democrats. That’s a fundamental element of the American electorate for the foreseeable future, which Miller acknowledged.

But even more troubling for Republicans, the Clintons themselves are more popular with young Americans than older voters. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week showed the Clinton family with a 77 percent favorability rating among those ages 18 to 39. That dropped off to 62 percent for those from 40 to 64 and down to 55 percent among those older than 65.

Before Candy Crush became a thing (I HAVE A PROBLEM) maybe we had time to worry about this crap. Like, before On Demand and Netflix and a whole Internet devoted to amusing us with quizzes about what Star Wars character we’d be if we weren’t already a My Little Pony and a breakfast food, we had time to freak out over if the president was being blown.

I don’t mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about real issues. I mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about STUPID BULLSHIT. Is it getting me a job or feeding me a burrito? Okay, then whatever, man, get back to me when I need to be here for this meeting because if I have to do nothing I’d rather look at pictures of cats wearing fedoras. I actually applaud the blasé-ness of the Modern Young Things to sexual peccadillos and if the president wore the appropriate tie today or has too much Nelly on his phone or whatever.

Most of what the 24-hour networks and the “name” pundits tell us to pay attention to is utter crap, and that was massively the case during the Clinton years. You know why young people tune this out? Because they’re smart. Their parents nuked the entire U.S. economy, they’re bazillions of dollars in debt to predatory loan companies, and potential employers can’t believe they don’t want to be treated like slaves. Put up against that, what exactly about getting some head in the Oval is supposed to turn them off?

Besides, these are abstinence-educated kids, it’s not like they don’t know how oral works.

A.

Because Nobody Cares About Blowjobs Anymore

For serious:

“A huge portion of the electorate that’s going to be her target don’t remember the Clinton administration at all,” Tim Miller, who’s heading an anti-Hillary PAC called America Rising, told TPM recently. “A lot of the negative stuff about the Clinton era has congealed into like a joke or a historical blip, but people don’t remember the details.”

“While that’s not going to be central to our nominee’s campaign against Hillary, what was happening in 1994,” he continued, “I do think it’s important for that to be part of the discussion about her, so that the folks who are getting information about 2016 don’t have a clouded vision, a nostalgic vision of the Clinton era.”

They have a lot of ground to make up. For starters, young people vote for Democrats in droves. They might identify more as independent, but they reliably vote for Democrats. That’s a fundamental element of the American electorate for the foreseeable future, which Miller acknowledged.

But even more troubling for Republicans, the Clintons themselves are more popular with young Americans than older voters. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week showed the Clinton family with a 77 percent favorability rating among those ages 18 to 39. That dropped off to 62 percent for those from 40 to 64 and down to 55 percent among those older than 65.

Before Candy Crush became a thing (I HAVE A PROBLEM) maybe we had time to worry about this crap. Like, before On Demand and Netflix and a whole Internet devoted to amusing us with quizzes about what Star Wars character we’d be if we weren’t already a My Little Pony and a breakfast food, we had time to freak out over if the president was being blown.

I don’t mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about real issues. I mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about STUPID BULLSHIT. Is it getting me a job or feeding me a burrito? Okay, then whatever, man, get back to me when I need to be here for this meeting because if I have to do nothing I’d rather look at pictures of cats wearing fedoras. I actually applaud the blasé-ness of the Modern Young Things to sexual peccadillos and if the president wore the appropriate tie today or has too much Nelly on his phone or whatever.

Most of what the 24-hour networks and the “name” pundits tell us to pay attention to is utter crap, and that was massively the case during the Clinton years. You know why young people tune this out? Because they’re smart. Their parents nuked the entire U.S. economy, they’re bazillions of dollars in debt to predatory loan companies, and potential employers can’t believe they don’t want to be treated like slaves. Put up against that, what exactly about getting some head in the Oval is supposed to turn them off?

Besides, these are abstinence-educated kids, it’s not like they don’t know how oral works.

A.

Because Nobody Cares About Blowjobs Anymore

For serious:

“A huge portion of the electorate that’s going to be her target don’t remember the Clinton administration at all,” Tim Miller, who’s heading an anti-Hillary PAC called America Rising, told TPM recently. “A lot of the negative stuff about the Clinton era has congealed into like a joke or a historical blip, but people don’t remember the details.”

“While that’s not going to be central to our nominee’s campaign against Hillary, what was happening in 1994,” he continued, “I do think it’s important for that to be part of the discussion about her, so that the folks who are getting information about 2016 don’t have a clouded vision, a nostalgic vision of the Clinton era.”

They have a lot of ground to make up. For starters, young people vote for Democrats in droves. They might identify more as independent, but they reliably vote for Democrats. That’s a fundamental element of the American electorate for the foreseeable future, which Miller acknowledged.

But even more troubling for Republicans, the Clintons themselves are more popular with young Americans than older voters. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week showed the Clinton family with a 77 percent favorability rating among those ages 18 to 39. That dropped off to 62 percent for those from 40 to 64 and down to 55 percent among those older than 65.

Before Candy Crush became a thing (I HAVE A PROBLEM) maybe we had time to worry about this crap. Like, before On Demand and Netflix and a whole Internet devoted to amusing us with quizzes about what Star Wars character we’d be if we weren’t already a My Little Pony and a breakfast food, we had time to freak out over if the president was being blown.

I don’t mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about real issues. I mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about STUPID BULLSHIT. Is it getting me a job or feeding me a burrito? Okay, then whatever, man, get back to me when I need to be here for this meeting because if I have to do nothing I’d rather look at pictures of cats wearing fedoras. I actually applaud the blasé-ness of the Modern Young Things to sexual peccadillos and if the president wore the appropriate tie today or has too much Nelly on his phone or whatever.

Most of what the 24-hour networks and the “name” pundits tell us to pay attention to is utter crap, and that was massively the case during the Clinton years. You know why young people tune this out? Because they’re smart. Their parents nuked the entire U.S. economy, they’re bazillions of dollars in debt to predatory loan companies, and potential employers can’t believe they don’t want to be treated like slaves. Put up against that, what exactly about getting some head in the Oval is supposed to turn them off?

Besides, these are abstinence-educated kids, it’s not like they don’t know how oral works.

A.

Because Nobody Cares About Blowjobs Anymore

For serious:

“A huge portion of the electorate that’s going to be her target don’t remember the Clinton administration at all,” Tim Miller, who’s heading an anti-Hillary PAC called America Rising, told TPM recently. “A lot of the negative stuff about the Clinton era has congealed into like a joke or a historical blip, but people don’t remember the details.”

“While that’s not going to be central to our nominee’s campaign against Hillary, what was happening in 1994,” he continued, “I do think it’s important for that to be part of the discussion about her, so that the folks who are getting information about 2016 don’t have a clouded vision, a nostalgic vision of the Clinton era.”

They have a lot of ground to make up. For starters, young people vote for Democrats in droves. They might identify more as independent, but they reliably vote for Democrats. That’s a fundamental element of the American electorate for the foreseeable future, which Miller acknowledged.

But even more troubling for Republicans, the Clintons themselves are more popular with young Americans than older voters. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week showed the Clinton family with a 77 percent favorability rating among those ages 18 to 39. That dropped off to 62 percent for those from 40 to 64 and down to 55 percent among those older than 65.

Before Candy Crush became a thing (I HAVE A PROBLEM) maybe we had time to worry about this crap. Like, before On Demand and Netflix and a whole Internet devoted to amusing us with quizzes about what Star Wars character we’d be if we weren’t already a My Little Pony and a breakfast food, we had time to freak out over if the president was being blown.

I don’t mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about real issues. I mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about STUPID BULLSHIT. Is it getting me a job or feeding me a burrito? Okay, then whatever, man, get back to me when I need to be here for this meeting because if I have to do nothing I’d rather look at pictures of cats wearing fedoras. I actually applaud the blasé-ness of the Modern Young Things to sexual peccadillos and if the president wore the appropriate tie today or has too much Nelly on his phone or whatever.

Most of what the 24-hour networks and the “name” pundits tell us to pay attention to is utter crap, and that was massively the case during the Clinton years. You know why young people tune this out? Because they’re smart. Their parents nuked the entire U.S. economy, they’re bazillions of dollars in debt to predatory loan companies, and potential employers can’t believe they don’t want to be treated like slaves. Put up against that, what exactly about getting some head in the Oval is supposed to turn them off?

Besides, these are abstinence-educated kids, it’s not like they don’t know how oral works.

A.

Because Nobody Cares About Blowjobs Anymore

For serious:

“A huge portion of the electorate that’s going to be her target don’t remember the Clinton administration at all,” Tim Miller, who’s heading an anti-Hillary PAC called America Rising, told TPM recently. “A lot of the negative stuff about the Clinton era has congealed into like a joke or a historical blip, but people don’t remember the details.”

“While that’s not going to be central to our nominee’s campaign against Hillary, what was happening in 1994,” he continued, “I do think it’s important for that to be part of the discussion about her, so that the folks who are getting information about 2016 don’t have a clouded vision, a nostalgic vision of the Clinton era.”

They have a lot of ground to make up. For starters, young people vote for Democrats in droves. They might identify more as independent, but they reliably vote for Democrats. That’s a fundamental element of the American electorate for the foreseeable future, which Miller acknowledged.

But even more troubling for Republicans, the Clintons themselves are more popular with young Americans than older voters. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week showed the Clinton family with a 77 percent favorability rating among those ages 18 to 39. That dropped off to 62 percent for those from 40 to 64 and down to 55 percent among those older than 65.

Before Candy Crush became a thing (I HAVE A PROBLEM) maybe we had time to worry about this crap. Like, before On Demand and Netflix and a whole Internet devoted to amusing us with quizzes about what Star Wars character we’d be if we weren’t already a My Little Pony and a breakfast food, we had time to freak out over if the president was being blown.

I don’t mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about real issues. I mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about STUPID BULLSHIT. Is it getting me a job or feeding me a burrito? Okay, then whatever, man, get back to me when I need to be here for this meeting because if I have to do nothing I’d rather look at pictures of cats wearing fedoras. I actually applaud the blasé-ness of the Modern Young Things to sexual peccadillos and if the president wore the appropriate tie today or has too much Nelly on his phone or whatever.

Most of what the 24-hour networks and the “name” pundits tell us to pay attention to is utter crap, and that was massively the case during the Clinton years. You know why young people tune this out? Because they’re smart. Their parents nuked the entire U.S. economy, they’re bazillions of dollars in debt to predatory loan companies, and potential employers can’t believe they don’t want to be treated like slaves. Put up against that, what exactly about getting some head in the Oval is supposed to turn them off?

Besides, these are abstinence-educated kids, it’s not like they don’t know how oral works.

A.

Because Nobody Cares About Blowjobs Anymore

For serious:

“A huge portion of the electorate that’s going to be her target don’t remember the Clinton administration at all,” Tim Miller, who’s heading an anti-Hillary PAC called America Rising, told TPM recently. “A lot of the negative stuff about the Clinton era has congealed into like a joke or a historical blip, but people don’t remember the details.”

“While that’s not going to be central to our nominee’s campaign against Hillary, what was happening in 1994,” he continued, “I do think it’s important for that to be part of the discussion about her, so that the folks who are getting information about 2016 don’t have a clouded vision, a nostalgic vision of the Clinton era.”

They have a lot of ground to make up. For starters, young people vote for Democrats in droves. They might identify more as independent, but they reliably vote for Democrats. That’s a fundamental element of the American electorate for the foreseeable future, which Miller acknowledged.

But even more troubling for Republicans, the Clintons themselves are more popular with young Americans than older voters. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week showed the Clinton family with a 77 percent favorability rating among those ages 18 to 39. That dropped off to 62 percent for those from 40 to 64 and down to 55 percent among those older than 65.

Before Candy Crush became a thing (I HAVE A PROBLEM) maybe we had time to worry about this crap. Like, before On Demand and Netflix and a whole Internet devoted to amusing us with quizzes about what Star Wars character we’d be if we weren’t already a My Little Pony and a breakfast food, we had time to freak out over if the president was being blown.

I don’t mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about real issues. I mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about STUPID BULLSHIT. Is it getting me a job or feeding me a burrito? Okay, then whatever, man, get back to me when I need to be here for this meeting because if I have to do nothing I’d rather look at pictures of cats wearing fedoras. I actually applaud the blasé-ness of the Modern Young Things to sexual peccadillos and if the president wore the appropriate tie today or has too much Nelly on his phone or whatever.

Most of what the 24-hour networks and the “name” pundits tell us to pay attention to is utter crap, and that was massively the case during the Clinton years. You know why young people tune this out? Because they’re smart. Their parents nuked the entire U.S. economy, they’re bazillions of dollars in debt to predatory loan companies, and potential employers can’t believe they don’t want to be treated like slaves. Put up against that, what exactly about getting some head in the Oval is supposed to turn them off?

Besides, these are abstinence-educated kids, it’s not like they don’t know how oral works.

A.

Because Nobody Cares About Blowjobs Anymore

For serious:

“A huge portion of the electorate that’s going to be her target don’t remember the Clinton administration at all,” Tim Miller, who’s heading an anti-Hillary PAC called America Rising, told TPM recently. “A lot of the negative stuff about the Clinton era has congealed into like a joke or a historical blip, but people don’t remember the details.”

“While that’s not going to be central to our nominee’s campaign against Hillary, what was happening in 1994,” he continued, “I do think it’s important for that to be part of the discussion about her, so that the folks who are getting information about 2016 don’t have a clouded vision, a nostalgic vision of the Clinton era.”

They have a lot of ground to make up. For starters, young people vote for Democrats in droves. They might identify more as independent, but they reliably vote for Democrats. That’s a fundamental element of the American electorate for the foreseeable future, which Miller acknowledged.

But even more troubling for Republicans, the Clintons themselves are more popular with young Americans than older voters. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week showed the Clinton family with a 77 percent favorability rating among those ages 18 to 39. That dropped off to 62 percent for those from 40 to 64 and down to 55 percent among those older than 65.

Before Candy Crush became a thing (I HAVE A PROBLEM) maybe we had time to worry about this crap. Like, before On Demand and Netflix and a whole Internet devoted to amusing us with quizzes about what Star Wars character we’d be if we weren’t already a My Little Pony and a breakfast food, we had time to freak out over if the president was being blown.

I don’t mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about real issues. I mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about STUPID BULLSHIT. Is it getting me a job or feeding me a burrito? Okay, then whatever, man, get back to me when I need to be here for this meeting because if I have to do nothing I’d rather look at pictures of cats wearing fedoras. I actually applaud the blasé-ness of the Modern Young Things to sexual peccadillos and if the president wore the appropriate tie today or has too much Nelly on his phone or whatever.

Most of what the 24-hour networks and the “name” pundits tell us to pay attention to is utter crap, and that was massively the case during the Clinton years. You know why young people tune this out? Because they’re smart. Their parents nuked the entire U.S. economy, they’re bazillions of dollars in debt to predatory loan companies, and potential employers can’t believe they don’t want to be treated like slaves. Put up against that, what exactly about getting some head in the Oval is supposed to turn them off?

Besides, these are abstinence-educated kids, it’s not like they don’t know how oral works.

A.

Because Nobody Cares About Blowjobs Anymore

For serious:

“A huge portion of the electorate that’s going to be her target don’t remember the Clinton administration at all,” Tim Miller, who’s heading an anti-Hillary PAC called America Rising, told TPM recently. “A lot of the negative stuff about the Clinton era has congealed into like a joke or a historical blip, but people don’t remember the details.”

“While that’s not going to be central to our nominee’s campaign against Hillary, what was happening in 1994,” he continued, “I do think it’s important for that to be part of the discussion about her, so that the folks who are getting information about 2016 don’t have a clouded vision, a nostalgic vision of the Clinton era.”

They have a lot of ground to make up. For starters, young people vote for Democrats in droves. They might identify more as independent, but they reliably vote for Democrats. That’s a fundamental element of the American electorate for the foreseeable future, which Miller acknowledged.

But even more troubling for Republicans, the Clintons themselves are more popular with young Americans than older voters. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week showed the Clinton family with a 77 percent favorability rating among those ages 18 to 39. That dropped off to 62 percent for those from 40 to 64 and down to 55 percent among those older than 65.

Before Candy Crush became a thing (I HAVE A PROBLEM) maybe we had time to worry about this crap. Like, before On Demand and Netflix and a whole Internet devoted to amusing us with quizzes about what Star Wars character we’d be if we weren’t already a My Little Pony and a breakfast food, we had time to freak out over if the president was being blown.

I don’t mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about real issues. I mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about STUPID BULLSHIT. Is it getting me a job or feeding me a burrito? Okay, then whatever, man, get back to me when I need to be here for this meeting because if I have to do nothing I’d rather look at pictures of cats wearing fedoras. I actually applaud the blasé-ness of the Modern Young Things to sexual peccadillos and if the president wore the appropriate tie today or has too much Nelly on his phone or whatever.

Most of what the 24-hour networks and the “name” pundits tell us to pay attention to is utter crap, and that was massively the case during the Clinton years. You know why young people tune this out? Because they’re smart. Their parents nuked the entire U.S. economy, they’re bazillions of dollars in debt to predatory loan companies, and potential employers can’t believe they don’t want to be treated like slaves. Put up against that, what exactly about getting some head in the Oval is supposed to turn them off?

Besides, these are abstinence-educated kids, it’s not like they don’t know how oral works.

A.

Because Nobody Cares About Blowjobs Anymore

For serious:

“A huge portion of the electorate that’s going to be her target don’t remember the Clinton administration at all,” Tim Miller, who’s heading an anti-Hillary PAC called America Rising, told TPM recently. “A lot of the negative stuff about the Clinton era has congealed into like a joke or a historical blip, but people don’t remember the details.”

“While that’s not going to be central to our nominee’s campaign against Hillary, what was happening in 1994,” he continued, “I do think it’s important for that to be part of the discussion about her, so that the folks who are getting information about 2016 don’t have a clouded vision, a nostalgic vision of the Clinton era.”

They have a lot of ground to make up. For starters, young people vote for Democrats in droves. They might identify more as independent, but they reliably vote for Democrats. That’s a fundamental element of the American electorate for the foreseeable future, which Miller acknowledged.

But even more troubling for Republicans, the Clintons themselves are more popular with young Americans than older voters. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week showed the Clinton family with a 77 percent favorability rating among those ages 18 to 39. That dropped off to 62 percent for those from 40 to 64 and down to 55 percent among those older than 65.

Before Candy Crush became a thing (I HAVE A PROBLEM) maybe we had time to worry about this crap. Like, before On Demand and Netflix and a whole Internet devoted to amusing us with quizzes about what Star Wars character we’d be if we weren’t already a My Little Pony and a breakfast food, we had time to freak out over if the president was being blown.

I don’t mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about real issues. I mean kids are too concerned about their iPods to worry about STUPID BULLSHIT. Is it getting me a job or feeding me a burrito? Okay, then whatever, man, get back to me when I need to be here for this meeting because if I have to do nothing I’d rather look at pictures of cats wearing fedoras. I actually applaud the blasé-ness of the Modern Young Things to sexual peccadillos and if the president wore the appropriate tie today or has too much Nelly on his phone or whatever.

Most of what the 24-hour networks and the “name” pundits tell us to pay attention to is utter crap, and that was massively the case during the Clinton years. You know why young people tune this out? Because they’re smart. Their parents nuked the entire U.S. economy, they’re bazillions of dollars in debt to predatory loan companies, and potential employers can’t believe they don’t want to be treated like slaves. Put up against that, what exactly about getting some head in the Oval is supposed to turn them off?

Besides, these are abstinence-educated kids, it’s not like they don’t know how oral works.

A.

Drum’s Gone Full Troll Now

Oh, for shit’s sake:

And it’s not just changing culture. Over the last half century, various branches of government have also taken plenty of proactive steps to marginalize religion. Prayer in public school has been banned. Creches can no longer be set up in front of city hall. Parochial schools are forbidden from receiving public funds. The Ten Commandments can’t be displayed in courtrooms. Catholic hospitals are required to cover contraceptives for their employees. Gay marriage is legal in more than a dozen states and the number is growing rapidly.

In order:

No.

No.

Except not.

Big fucking deal.

Horseshit.

“Gay marriage” being legal doesn’t marginalize “religion,” just some flavors of some faiths, not all of which have made up their doctrinal minds on the subject.

Marginalizing cetain ostentatious displays of faux Christianity isn’t marginalizing “religion,” either, unless you define religion down to the six things your sanctimonious sister-in-law is pissed about this week. Taking a bunch of fake issues that have fuck-all to do with the actual practice of religion in this country and using incorrect assumptions about them to agree with the general wingnut position that Christianity is somehow under siege, is … reductive, at best.

I expect this kind of half-assed shorhand from middlebrow media outlets and commentators whose audiences are just biding time until the orderly comes round with the pudding, but my standards for Mother Jones are a little bit higher.

A.

Drum’s Gone Full Troll Now

Oh, for shit’s sake:

And it’s not just changing culture. Over the last half century, various branches of government have also taken plenty of proactive steps to marginalize religion. Prayer in public school has been banned. Creches can no longer be set up in front of city hall. Parochial schools are forbidden from receiving public funds. The Ten Commandments can’t be displayed in courtrooms. Catholic hospitals are required to cover contraceptives for their employees. Gay marriage is legal in more than a dozen states and the number is growing rapidly.

In order:

No.

No.

Except not.

Big fucking deal.

Horseshit.

“Gay marriage” being legal doesn’t marginalize “religion,” just some flavors of some faiths, not all of which have made up their doctrinal minds on the subject.

Marginalizing cetain ostentatious displays of faux Christianity isn’t marginalizing “religion,” either, unless you define religion down to the six things your sanctimonious sister-in-law is pissed about this week. Taking a bunch of fake issues that have fuck-all to do with the actual practice of religion in this country and using incorrect assumptions about them to agree with the general wingnut position that Christianity is somehow under siege, is … reductive, at best.

I expect this kind of half-assed shorhand from middlebrow media outlets and commentators whose audiences are just biding time until the orderly comes round with the pudding, but my standards for Mother Jones are a little bit higher.

A.

Drum’s Gone Full Troll Now

Oh, for shit’s sake:

And it’s not just changing culture. Over the last half century, various branches of government have also taken plenty of proactive steps to marginalize religion. Prayer in public school has been banned. Creches can no longer be set up in front of city hall. Parochial schools are forbidden from receiving public funds. The Ten Commandments can’t be displayed in courtrooms. Catholic hospitals are required to cover contraceptives for their employees. Gay marriage is legal in more than a dozen states and the number is growing rapidly.

In order:

No.

No.

Except not.

Big fucking deal.

Horseshit.

“Gay marriage” being legal doesn’t marginalize “religion,” just some flavors of some faiths, not all of which have made up their doctrinal minds on the subject.

Marginalizing cetain ostentatious displays of faux Christianity isn’t marginalizing “religion,” either, unless you define religion down to the six things your sanctimonious sister-in-law is pissed about this week. Taking a bunch of fake issues that have fuck-all to do with the actual practice of religion in this country and using incorrect assumptions about them to agree with the general wingnut position that Christianity is somehow under siege, is … reductive, at best.

I expect this kind of half-assed shorhand from middlebrow media outlets and commentators whose audiences are just biding time until the orderly comes round with the pudding, but my standards for Mother Jones are a little bit higher.

A.

Drum’s Gone Full Troll Now

Oh, for shit’s sake:

And it’s not just changing culture. Over the last half century, various branches of government have also taken plenty of proactive steps to marginalize religion. Prayer in public school has been banned. Creches can no longer be set up in front of city hall. Parochial schools are forbidden from receiving public funds. The Ten Commandments can’t be displayed in courtrooms. Catholic hospitals are required to cover contraceptives for their employees. Gay marriage is legal in more than a dozen states and the number is growing rapidly.

In order:

No.

No.

Except not.

Big fucking deal.

Horseshit.

“Gay marriage” being legal doesn’t marginalize “religion,” just some flavors of some faiths, not all of which have made up their doctrinal minds on the subject.

Marginalizing cetain ostentatious displays of faux Christianity isn’t marginalizing “religion,” either, unless you define religion down to the six things your sanctimonious sister-in-law is pissed about this week. Taking a bunch of fake issues that have fuck-all to do with the actual practice of religion in this country and using incorrect assumptions about them to agree with the general wingnut position that Christianity is somehow under siege, is … reductive, at best.

I expect this kind of half-assed shorhand from middlebrow media outlets and commentators whose audiences are just biding time until the orderly comes round with the pudding, but my standards for Mother Jones are a little bit higher.

A.

Drum’s Gone Full Troll Now

Oh, for shit’s sake:

And it’s not just changing culture. Over the last half century, various branches of government have also taken plenty of proactive steps to marginalize religion. Prayer in public school has been banned. Creches can no longer be set up in front of city hall. Parochial schools are forbidden from receiving public funds. The Ten Commandments can’t be displayed in courtrooms. Catholic hospitals are required to cover contraceptives for their employees. Gay marriage is legal in more than a dozen states and the number is growing rapidly.

In order:

No.

No.

Except not.

Big fucking deal.

Horseshit.

“Gay marriage” being legal doesn’t marginalize “religion,” just some flavors of some faiths, not all of which have made up their doctrinal minds on the subject.

Marginalizing cetain ostentatious displays of faux Christianity isn’t marginalizing “religion,” either, unless you define religion down to the six things your sanctimonious sister-in-law is pissed about this week. Taking a bunch of fake issues that have fuck-all to do with the actual practice of religion in this country and using incorrect assumptions about them to agree with the general wingnut position that Christianity is somehow under siege, is … reductive, at best.

I expect this kind of half-assed shorhand from middlebrow media outlets and commentators whose audiences are just biding time until the orderly comes round with the pudding, but my standards for Mother Jones are a little bit higher.

A.

Drum’s Gone Full Troll Now

Oh, for shit’s sake:

And it’s not just changing culture. Over the last half century, various branches of government have also taken plenty of proactive steps to marginalize religion. Prayer in public school has been banned. Creches can no longer be set up in front of city hall. Parochial schools are forbidden from receiving public funds. The Ten Commandments can’t be displayed in courtrooms. Catholic hospitals are required to cover contraceptives for their employees. Gay marriage is legal in more than a dozen states and the number is growing rapidly.

In order:

No.

No.

Except not.

Big fucking deal.

Horseshit.

“Gay marriage” being legal doesn’t marginalize “religion,” just some flavors of some faiths, not all of which have made up their doctrinal minds on the subject.

Marginalizing cetain ostentatious displays of faux Christianity isn’t marginalizing “religion,” either, unless you define religion down to the six things your sanctimonious sister-in-law is pissed about this week. Taking a bunch of fake issues that have fuck-all to do with the actual practice of religion in this country and using incorrect assumptions about them to agree with the general wingnut position that Christianity is somehow under siege, is … reductive, at best.

I expect this kind of half-assed shorhand from middlebrow media outlets and commentators whose audiences are just biding time until the orderly comes round with the pudding, but my standards for Mother Jones are a little bit higher.

A.

America Held Hostage Day 12

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Progress in ending the nutty teabagger guvmint shutdown has been
slower than molasses today but I think it will be over by Tuesday.
Unlike Politico I have no anonymous sources, just blogger’s intuition. I
could be wrong but I’m certain that the neo-Confederates want to delay reopening the guvmint until after Columbus Day to avoid angering Silvio Dante and Paulie Walnuts.

Brief Reading Assignment: Dave Weigelhas been on fire during the shutdown and this piece about teanut voting patternsis
a must read. Dave does a good job of trying to explain the inexplicable
behavior of the teahadists. Me, I just think they’re crazy stupid.

Take Me Out To The Shutdown: I live in a blue island in a red ocean so I don’t need to write my Congressman about the shutdown but a grieving Atlanta Braves fan wrote his winger congresscritter a sarcastic screed:

Paul Kaplan sent a letter this week
to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) after the Braves were eliminated by the
Los Angeles Dodgers. “LA’s stubborn refusal to even talk to us about
reversing the results
of this series is un-sportsmanlike and un-American,” Kaplan wrote. “But
there is an answer: If the Dodgers won’t listen to the cries of average
Americans like you and me, then Congress should outlaw Major League
Baseball until the Dodgers cave.”

As a Giants fan, a Dodger shutdown has some appeal to me but since I
believe in truth, justice and the American way, all I can say is: play
ball.

John McCain versus Louis Gohmet Pyle:Senator Walnuts has been partying like it’s 2000.
First, he went on Fox News to state the obvious, that GOP nutbags were
responsible for what Fox calls the “slimdown.” That enraged nit wit
teanut Louis Gohmert Pyle who promptly said some more weird shit:

“I heard just before I came, some senator from Arizona, a guy that liked
Gaddafi before he wanted to bomb him,” Gohmert said. “A guy that’s been
to Syria and supported al Qaeda and the rebels. But he was saying today
the shutdown has been a fools’ errand. And I agree with him, the
president and Harry Reid should not have shut this government down.”

This
is, of course, classic Gohmert Pyle incoherence. Since John McCain
takes *everything* personally, it will push him into the “moderate”
camp, which consists of people who are only mildly crazy as opposed to
ready for a straitjacket fitting.

Truckin’ (Not):
It looks as if the great teawad trucker protest crapped out and only a
handful of big rigs showed up, good buddy. It rained in DC, so I guess they were
afraid they’d melt or something. Even Fox News admitted it was a flop as this headline indicates:

Dozens, not thousands, show up for DC trucker protest

Maybe their CB radio band got overloaded and they ended up in Balmer, good buddy. Actually, does anybody still use CB radios or say good buddy? Beats the hell out of me.

Truckers like country music and I like the Grateful Dead so let’s meet in the middle with Dwight Yoakam singing this Hunter-Garcia classic: