Martin Luther Beck, Jr.?

1 09 2010

I'm shocked I tell you. Shocked!

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Party Of No Devolves Again

12 04 2010

The former party of Lincoln has moved one tea-bag closer to hunkering down in the far right wing of their survival bunker and armory.  Sara “Partial-Term-Gubernatorial-Abortion” Palin gave a speech where she was bragging that the Republican party has devolved further from the simple five-year-old-tantrum style “Party of  No” to the more intentionally intransigent “Party of Hell No!

It’s not like it was that far of a journey though.  The “Hell No” is frankly far more succinct than the multitude of other labels the Republicans have been dragging around in their carpet bags since the age of Reagan.

They’ve of course always been the party of no unions but Saint Ronnie started them down the now well worn path of the party of no fiscal responsibility, the party of no health care, the party of no effective drug policy and even the party of we have no problem with apartheid.

Other proudly advertised monikers include these greats:

The party of no food regulations

The party of no financial regulations

The party of no science

The party of no military service (except for John “I can’t fly” McCain)

The party of no empathy

The party of no rational thoughts

The party of no sense of hypocrisy

The party of no consistency and no shame

The party of no uppity blacks

The party of no integrity, and of course

The party of no real ideas.

Yeah, the party of “Hell No!” is so much easier to remember.

That and it really contrasts nicely against the party of “Yes we can!”.

PS: I’m sure I missed more than a few so feel free to add to the list in the comments





Clever Monkeys

8 03 2010

Some of our cousins in this video are more capable than some half-term Alaskan Governors I can think of.





Something Is Wrong In America

5 10 2009

A pretty good essay.  Give it a whirl.





Out Of The Mouths Of Octogenarians

16 08 2009

I remember an America where black men didn’t grow up to be President.

Margaret is it just me or did combing your hair become optional when going out in public?  I’ve been watching news clips of these town hall free-for-alls and we have definitely become a nation of tired,  poor, and huddled masses  clearly tempest-tossed, but without access to a good beauty salon.   Universal Hygiene – now that is something I could get behind.  And all of them are asking for their America back.  I wonder which America that would be?

Would that be the America where the Supreme Court picks your president instead of counting all the votes?  Would that be the America where rights to privacy are ignored?  Would that be the America where the Vice President shoots his best friend in the face?  Or would that be the America where an idiot from Alaska and a college drop-out with a radio show could become the torchbearers for the now illiterate Republican party?

I fear that would not be the America they want back.  I fear that the America they want back is the one where black men don’t become President.

I remember that America.  In that America people screaming at public gatherings were called out for what they were – an angry mob.   Of course, they wore sheets to cover up their bad hair.  Let’s be clear about something:  if you show up to a town hall meeting with a gun strapped to your leg, the point you are trying to make isn’t a good one.  Fear never produced anything worthwhile.

And what’s all this crap about killing your grandmother?  Are you people honestly that stupid?  This has become less an argument about healthcare reform and more a statement about our failed education system.  Margaret, I don’t know what plans you’ve made up there with Howard, but down here with Harold, we have living wills to determine how we will leave this world when the time comes.  Mine states that unless the feeding tube is large enough for a piece of pie, I don’t want to be hooked up to it.  Harold, of course, says his can only be connected to him if the other end is connected to a bottle of single malt scotch.

Now shame on me for making a joke about a serious subject, but if these morons are going to show up and scream at their elected officials, they need to educate themselves about the subject at hand.   No one is planning on killing you or your grandmother with rationed healthcare or death squads.  By the looks of the American citizenry turning out for these town hall meetings,  we’re doing a fine  job of killing ourselves with fast food, cigarettes and an overindulgence of ignorance.

The Founding Fathers couldn’t have seen this coming.  If they had, the right to free speech would have been conditional upon one’s ability to read.  But the  Founding Fathers didn’t plan on the likes of Palin, Cheney and Limbaugh.

I too long for the America I remember as a child, Margaret.  The one where men used guns to hunt quail and women visited a beauty salon at least once a week.  Oh, those were the days. I wish we had them back.  I mean it. Really.

(A tip of my thorny crown to Margaret and Helen.  Check out their site for other clever commentaries, it’s well worth the click.)





The Family And Cult Mentality

11 07 2009

The connections between Gov. Mark Sanford and Sen. John Ensign seem to be getting more and more creepy.  Please watch this clip from the Rachael Maddow show and explain again to me how these guys are not in an uber-Machiavellian-cult of self aggrandizement and hypocrisy?

Seriously, why can’t more Republicans show real courage and leadership and just quit like Sarah Palin?





Grandma Palin vs. David Letterman

12 06 2009

Of course by now you know about that scamp David Letterman making jokes about a Palin girl getting “knocked up” by a player at a Yankees game. Obviously he was referring to 18-year-old Bristol Palin, the famously unwed mother who swears abstinence works…or at least it did until her boyfriend tricked her into playing “Hide Obama in the Cave”…again.

Isn’t that cute, she got her Dad’s nose and her Mom’s brains.

Of course Grandma Palin thinks she sees some political advantage by pretending Letterman was talking about her 14 year old saying she thought it was ”a degrading comment about a young woman. And I would hope that people would start really rising up and not accepting this.”

I get a special kind of headache reading poor grammar like that.  It’s almost as though Dubaya was still president.Palin Newser

Palin went on pretending she understood the actual target of the joke saying ”it’s no wonder girls have such low self-esteem in America when a comedian can make a remark like this.”

You know, girls could also have low self esteem because a beauty pageant runner up sporting 4th grade logic and 3rd grade grammar skills was considered the best person the Republicans could find to run for vice president.

So in one deft move Grandma Palin not only pretends baby momma Bristol was not the obvious subject of the joke, but then goes on to needlessly embarrass 14 year old Willow who is only guilty of being born into a family of hypocrites and craven opportunists.   It is a truly impressive display of unchecked ambition when someone is willing to throw her own little girl under the bus for some cheap, short term, political points.

I can see the 2012 bumper stickers now.  “Sarah Palin…I’ll screw over anyone for this job”