Friday, October 31, 2008

God Bless You, Dr. McNabb!

From today's San Antonio Express-News:
Identifying ‘grave evil’

In his comment on Wednesday, “Voters must know stances on ‘life’ issues,” Archbishop José Gomez wants the pro-choice vs. pro-life issue highlighted in the Express-News voter’s guide.

He states, “Society should not insist that people of faith be silent in the face of grave evil.”

Let’s remember a few basic facts. Half of all pregnancies in this country are unplanned, and half of the unplanned pregnancies end in abortion. One out of every three American women will have an abortion.

The leadership of the Catholic Church opposes contraception to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

The leadership of the Catholic Church opposes access to safe, legal abortion care.

When Archbishop Gomez points his finger at ”grave evil,” he’s pointing at women who make difficult decisions every day. He is, in fact, pointing at one-third of the female population.

Archbishop Gomez wants to speak for the innocent, by which he means fetuses with the future potential for independent, human life.

I’d like to hear him speak for living, breathing women.

Deborah McNabb, M.D

Learn, young grasshopper

As She-Who-Would-Be-President expounds upon the Constitution and, in particular, The First Amendment.

Intellectual violence

Behold another great post from Digby. Here's part of it:
This is why I say that they have retired the concept of hypocrisy. It goes far beyond double standards or duplicity or bad faith. There's an aggression to it, a boldness, that dares people to bring up the bald and obvious fact that the person making the charge is herself a far worse perpetrator of the thing she is decrying. There's an intellectual violence in it.

In a world in which the conservatives weren't such post modern shape shifters, we could come to a consensus on certain issues in this country --- like privacy, for instance. We could agree that it's wrong for government employees to use private information for partisan purposes --- or for the media, including bloggers, to stalk and publish private information of anyone who dares speak out for a political cause. But we don't live in a world like that.

We live in a world where the right wing ruthlessly and without mercy degrades and attacks by any means necessary what they perceive as the enemy, and then uses the great principles of democracy and fair play when the same is done to them. They leave the rest of us standing on the sidelines looking like fools for ever caring about anything but winning.
I would also include crap like this in the same category. "Intellectual violence" is a perfect term for it.

Happy Halloween!

What's your favorite scary movie? I'm no good at "favorites" myself - just too indecisive, I suppose. But "Wait Until Dark" would certainly make any list of my, say, Best Ten. I have long heard of - but never seen - this interview with Alan Arkin in which he described how distressing it was for him to be mean to Audrey Hepburn, so it was fun to find a clip of it on YouTube and I decided to go with it instead of an actual clip from the movie. Bwaaaahahahahahah!

Well, for some reason, yesterday and today I have been unable to upload YouTube videos to my blog. So, in lieu of the video, here is the link.

UPDATE: This year's installation of the saga of The Headless Bikeman is not to be missed!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

From the mouths of babes

And of course by "babes" I mean devastatingly handsome young adolescents.

Sandy (my 15-yr-old) and I seem to have our best conversations in the car. Tonight, as we were on our way to go buy a pumpkin, I was rattling on about how exciting a time this is in the history of our country - to be on the brink of electing our first black president. And I had to say, "Of course, Texas will go for McCain.." and Sandy burst out (with real feeling), "I just wonder what it would be like to live in a SMART part of the country!"

God I love that kid. I also noticed tonight that when he described a television show that he likes, he said it was "real liberal".

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Sign

Capconnundrum sends in an idea for a new yard sign:

Palin, the Anti-Feminist

Digby nails it again. This is for my boys who, despite my lame efforts, are still somewhat unclear on the concept of "feminism." Excerpt:
Just being a woman who made it in a man's world doesn't make you a feminist. (Some of the worst anti-feminists I've ever known were women I worked for --- and one of the most committed feminists was a man.) Being a feminist is not determined by what genitalia you have but rather the principles for which you fight. Palin's priorities are obvious. She's more interested aerial wolf hunting than she is in woman's equality.

I don't know if she will flame out or if she will end up being the second coming of Abraham Lincoln. But whatever happens, the fact remains that she got to where she was because of feminism but not because she was a feminist. She walked on all our backs so she could step on our throats. She's a typical right wing Republican.
Do read the whole thing.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Signs

I'm going out to buy my third yard sign. The first two have lasted about a week apiece before they were stolen. I notice that the 3 McCain/Palin signs on my street never get stolen. Guess nobody wants them!

Shout out to Donna who is bruised, inside and out. Glad no one was seriously hurt, Donna.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Countdown

Sorry - again! - about the lack of posting here. Been out of town (HI LISA! Thanks for dinner Saturday night!) and just flat TIRED of it all! I mean, Atrios' advice sounds really appealing right about now.

I suppose part of what's wearing me out is the effort it is taking to not get too over-confident at this point. Things are looking really good for us, but you know, we've been here before. Not quite exactly here, but close enough. And, of course, there's no limit to what the Bush administration will try to get away with before they leave. This is going to be a nerve-wracking week.

So let's take what good news we can find, and let our hearts be warmed.

Because these creatures are out there, and they are not going away any time soon.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Get out your violins

Poor TexasFred. He tells a crude and rather stupid joke (no link, 'cause, you know, he doesn't want me to) in which he compares Michelle Obama to a chimpanzee, then his first commenter tells him how funny it is, and Fred replies:
comment number 2 by: TexasFred
Today at 1:39 pm (2 hours ago)

Rob, here’s the deal….

I am tired of the bullshit… I am tired of the accusations… I am tired of the goddamned hypocrisy of the leftist, libbers, ACLU, NAACP, the nappy headed ho’s, ALL of it…

For 8 goddamned years we have heard Bush called McChimpy, Bush-Hitler, The Chimperor, all kind of shit…

We see the left BLAST Sarah Palin, the “Sarah Palin is a Cunt” T-Shirts that are popping up all over, all of THAT bullshit…

Let these leftist sons a bitches call me a racist… Let their hypocrisy be exposed… Screw em ALL, save 6 for pall bearers, THIS IS WAR!!
Life is so hard when the nappy headed hos at the NAACP keep calling you a racist. Poor Fred is so beleaguered. And, after all, we "libbers" have been calling Bush a chimp (ed. note: I know I sure have!) and why isn't that the same thing as comparing Michelle Obama to a monkey? Huh? HUH?

Socialism!

My friend MW passes along this article which he found in, of all places, Fortune Magazine! A clip:
Ronald Reagan told us that government was the problem, and that low taxes and deregulation were the solutions. The result, even more than Americans recognize, is a government so shrunken in skill and mandate that our gravest problems - financial collapse, natural hazards like Hurricane Katrina, broken health care and education, unsustainable energy systems, and growing global instability - are left without a serious response.

Either we once again invest in our future, notably through an expanded public sector, or we will lose our future.

I presume that John McCain and Sarah Palin will lose the election. Never has a national ticket been less equipped intellectually, temperamentally, and practically to confront America's problems than this one. I also presume that Palin's winks to America will prove to be the equivalent of the Cheshire Cat's grin: the last expressions of an ideology disappearing from the scene.
Wow. Heckuvajob, George! We do appear to be on the precipice of a sea change, thank God. It makes stories like this all the more puzzling, and infuriating.

UPDATE: See also Maha.

Can Republicans do anything right?


How much did they spend on her wardrobe? Wouldn't it be great if the money spent on this item went straight into DNC coffers?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

High Apple Pie in the Sky Hopes!

Can this actually be true? What do you all think?

Huh? Wha...?

Dear God, this is funny! You can practically hear his audience scratching their heads trying to figure out what this doddering old fool is trying to say:



(H/T Talking Points Memo)

Hey Fred!

This one's for you. And please don't think you need to leave a comment.

UPDATE: LOL! Apparently Fred was somewhat miffed that I deleted his spittle-flecked invective from the comments here and tacked on this little coded message to one of his posts today. Guess who the highlighted part refers to!
And I am fairly certain there will be some bleeding heart libbers that read this and will have tacky comments to make on their nothing little blogs and journals, but that’s OK, at least for now we’re still getting some of these WETBACKS out of the USA, and before the moonbats in Lbberville even start, WETBACK is NOT a race, it’s a statement of fact, deal with it!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

On a happier note

I voted today and it was a breeze. I gave the check-in person a hard time (not too much, really) when he asked for my driver's license until he pointed out that my voter registration card was expired......Heh. And get this: Yesterday, the first day of early voting, my little rural county (population approx. 30,000) saw about 900 people come through to vote! Woo hoo!

Bases Covered

Gawd, I don't know why I read this idiot. Mike warned me not to, but do I listen? Nooo. One thing that I can't help but be fascinated by is how difficult it appears to be for these folks to come to terms with their racism. They seem to be both proud and ashamed of it at the same time. Their comments are peppered with statements that begin: "I'm not a racist, BUT...." or, "Okay, you want racist? I'll give you racist!", yadda yadda. Behold:
There are some seriously ignorant people on both sides of the *race* issue, some scream nigger, some scream cracker and that’s all they have, ignorance and name calling. I truly HATE Barack HUSSEIN Obama, but his skin color is NOT the reason, I hate him because I feel he’s a halfbreed Muslim MUTT with a buried agenda for America! His being part black has absolutely nothing to do with it.
Course not. Nothing at all. Uh huh.

Or how about this little gem:
We have not even begun to see racial strife in America. IF Obama is elected there will be serious repercussions, if McCain is elected there will be serious repercussions, any way it goes, the black race baiters are going to have a field day. An Obama loss triggers riots because they will claim that he was cheated, an Obama win triggers civil insurrection on their part because with Obama as POTUS the ghetto gang bangers and wannabe bad boys are going to feel they have been given a free pass of sorts and there is already serious word on the street in the law enforcement community in regards to the threats of potential racial violence against ALL white police officers.

White supremacists, black radicals, all of them are IDIOTS. Obama may not be the Islamic tool I fear he is, but suppose he is. Do the pimps and drug dealers honestly believe that radical Islam is going to allow them to run like wild animals in the street? Islam will destroy them as easily as it will anyone else that doesn’t submit to and ardently practice their *Religion of Peace*.
No racism there! None at all! And you gotta love that: "Obama may not be the Islamic tool I fear he is, but suppose he is." Good old Fred, he's got his bases covered.

This is a great post actually. He's telling us how bad it's going to be, no matter who wins the election. It's gonna be bad, and it's all the Democrats' fault, of course. Certainly it's not the fault of race-baiting xenophobes like him! Oh noooo.

ALSO: Sane stuff on the race issue here. See the post immediately preceding this one also, entitled "Base: How Low Can You Go?" (H/T Atrios) For some reason, I can't get a link to work on it.

Monday, October 20, 2008

A view from France

Nettie sends us the Dancing Frenchman.

Sorry for light posting. We had to put down our beloved Labrador retriever, Buddy, this weekend and I'm still feeling kind of blue. Yeesh, that's a hard thing to do.

To distract ourselves, Sandy and I went to see "Body of Lies". Pretty good, we recommend it.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Cap hits the Big Time!

Creative talent pays off! Congratulations, Cap!

RIP Levi Stubbs

Damn. We lost another one of the great ones. I heard this news on the radio when I went out to lunch today. This was one of my favorites:

Comparisons

In the comments to my mildly-tempered "WTH" post below, friend heydave contributes an apt comparison to the GOP debating style. Ezra Klein found another:

Friday Music!

A recommendation from Richard:

Thursday, October 16, 2008

McCain and the torture issue

Digby discusses something I noticed and was bothered by, also. I have heard some Democrats say that, while they are voting for Obama, it "wouldn't be too bad" if McCain won because he's a "pretty good guy" who is "not as bad as Bush." This seems to be based on this myth of McCain's maverickiness and his so-called "principled" stand on the torture issue. Digby shows exactly what a crock all that is.

WTH??



Best captions to these pictures here. Seriously, WTH? There was a time when I would have felt sorry for John McCain, but no more. He has carved out his place in hell and he deserves it.

Schadenfreude

Palin and (ex?) Friends? Hilarious. If only the same were true of George W. Bush and his operatives. Well, it is, I guess, to some extent, but just not enough. Karl Rove has no business sitting in a cushy job as a pundit anywhere and Cheney and his Chimp should be in jail, along with at least half of his administration. At least. Period.

For Joe, The Plumber



What I was looking for was Ethel Waters doing this song in Cabin in the Sky, but YouTube seemed to have everything but. So Ella will have to do, even though, lovely as she is, she just doesn't bring the same ebullience to the number that Ethel did.

And Lord knows, a certain joi de vivre is what this day calls for in view of the fact that last night's debate seems to have put another nail in the coffin of John McCain's '08 presidential campaign! I don't think I'd go this far though. It's not "conservatism" that has been repudiated at the polls, it's rightwing reactionary McCain/Bush/Republicanism. Not the same thing. As Digby and Greenwald have both noted repeatedly, we have a long way to go in order to restore the good name of "liberalism" from the trashing that GOP extremists have given it and, unintentially I think, the same is true for "conservative." What a relief it will be, just to get back to actual centrism!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Outta here

One might wonder what took so long.

Monday, October 13, 2008

TBogg can have his Bassett Hounds, adorable as they are

But I would give my eyeteeth (remember that expression?) for one of these:

"We make our own reality"

Apparently assuming that their supporters are too stupid to read the Troopergate Report for themselves (and, really, who can blame them) the McMavriks are going around claiming that it completely exonerates Governor Pitbull! Yup, and "the fundamentals of our economy are strong", "we're WINNING in Iraq", "I said Thanks, but no thanks to that Bridge to Nowhere" and "we've got 'em just where we want 'em"! The GOP appears to be running their own version of Baghdad Bob for president.

Armchair Travelling

Well, not quite "armchair" I suppose - but what I am trying to convey is that, while I don't get out of Texas much (okay hardly AT ALL) I am not wanting for exposure to global cultures thanks to my dear friends (talking to YOU, L, G, S and V, you lurkers you!) who lured me out of my house to attend San Antonio's annual International Accordion Festival where we drank copious amounts of beer and swayed (helped by the beer) to the likes of Rupa and the April Fishes:

Travelling Friends

Jeannette reports that it's very refreshing to observe our elections from Europe which is "unanimously OBAMA" and, to prove her point, sends this:



Meanwhile, pal MW has been enjoying the fall foliage on a hiking vacation in North Carolina at a spot called Sugar Mountain, and also sends pictures:




Saturday, October 11, 2008

Still waiting for his parade...

The sheer magnitude of this man's delusional arrogance still boggles the mind.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Kitchen Sink

I thought he was an "elitist"?

Oooh! Most librul evah! (H/T Atrios)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sweet Home Chicago

Buddy Guy was on Letterman last night. Reminded me that it has been awhile since I posted any music. What's up with that?

Crack'd

Yesterday I speculated, and Mike concurred, that it seems likely that GOP bigwigs know that they are going to lose this election, and are probably just going through the motions this last few weeks. But things are getting really weird.

Frankly, I'm worried. I remember all too well how happy I was when Clinton won in '92, how foaming-at-the-mouth the wingnuts were at the time, and how I, in my naivete, thought that this was a good thing because, after all, the more they showed themselves, the more normal Americans would surely reject them, right? Uh, no.

Hoo boy, wingnuts sure do hate to lose, don't they? So here we are, facing a pretty solid Democratic sweep in November and the nut base of the GOP, including the two Head Nuts at the top of the ticket, appear to be in full-bore meltdown mode.

Hilzoy noticed it:
This is the kind of thing that really makes me fear for Obama. They are already screaming "terrorist" at Palin's rallies and shouting "kill him." The whole "Obama is a muslim" thing is bizarre, but with his name and childhood spent partly in a Muslim country --- and the fact that he's black, which makes everyone flash on Louis Farrakhan --- the collective right wing lizard brain twitches uncontrollably. They will use this, I have no doubt. There is an entire wingnut industry devoted to stirring up tensions in the middle east and another on devoted to character assassination of Democrats. Obama brings them together in serendipitous loathing and paranoia. It's going to be ugly.
Maha noticed that Hilzoy noticed:
Hilzoy says that the gang at The Corner "seems to have gone well and truly insane." I don't know where she gets the "seems."
It's gotten so bad that even the normally clueless are beginning to take heed:
Oct
8 Shorter Kathleen Parker

Put the Gloves Back On

Has anyone else ever noticed that Republican politicians speak in a sort of code whose subtext communicates certain tribal messages about race, religion and regionalism, which – if taken to their logical extreme – could poison political discourse or even inspire politically motivated acts of violence? Who knew?

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‘Shorter’ concept created by Daniel Davies and perfected by Elton Beard. We are aware of all Internet traditions.™

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Brad adds: This is remarkable. I can’t remember seeing anyone inside Wingnut Nation ever give up the game like this:

The McCain campaign knows that Obama isn’t a Muslim or a terrorist, but they’re willing to help a certain kind of voter think he is. Just the way certain South Carolinians in 2000 were allowed to think that McCain’s adopted daughter from Bangladesh was his illegitimate black child.

Could Kathleen Parker be having her Terri Schiavo moment? Hey John, do you think you could help us with the deprogramming?
'Course, down here in Texas, we are no strangers to redneck lunacy:

Example One.

Example Two.

And, as this example clearly shows, this trend is nothing new.

So, in sum, McCain and Palin are out on the campaign trail, whipping up the nutter base of their party for no clear discernable reason whatsoever. Maybe just because they can? Maybe becaue this is how they get their sick jollies? What? Is it any wonder that our country is in the sad shape that it's in with these idiots having been in charge for the last 8 years?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Still here!

Sorry to have been so absent here lately. I've been fighting off the annual allergy attack that always fells me this time of year, and finally gave in yesterday and went to the doctor and got a shot. Much better now, thank you very much! Ah, drugs!

So, what, there's an election in a couple of weeks? Things are looking good for our side - not here in Texas, of course, but there you go. I've got my Obama yard sign up and consider it a major victory if I get through the day without some redneck expressing his/her disagreement through whatever form of vandalism is in vogue at the time. So far, so good. Sandy was able to wear his "Hippies for Obama" button to school and not get beat up. So yeah, we're doing good.

I have to wonder if the GOP isn't just going through the motions now. They surely know that, unless they rig another Supreme Court ruling or fix enough electronic voting machines and/or throw out truckloads of ballots in Democratic counties, they are going to lose, big time. Doesn't mean they wouldn't try, though, if they thought they could get away with it. I just wonder if they don't realize - now - that they might not be able to get away with it, and that they may as well just pack this one in and start making their plans for 2012. Of course, I won't rule out an attack on Iran until Bush is actually gone from the White House on January 21, 2009. There is nothing, nothing at all, that those lunatics won't do.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Four weeks to go....

Hilzoy maps out the landscape.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

O.J. Behind Bars

I'd be interested to hear what our friend, Donna, over at Happiness Anyway has to say about the conviction of O.J. Simpson and his imminent sentencing. I can't help but be pleased that the man is going to jail, finally - I have no doubt that he did kill his wife and her friend, Ron Goldman. But the path that he has taken to jail, it seems to me, doesn't reflect very well on our justice system, which all too often favors the rich and the famous. It seems to me that this case, while still feeding off of Simpson's notoriety, was designed to compensate for the failing of his earlier criminal trial, but is that really the proper role of our courts?

Friday, October 3, 2008

Holy Mackerel Moose!

We could call her "Georgina".
She isn't a politician at all. She's a caricature of a politician, as he is. They are both figureheads who represent something important to voters who believe that the biggest problem in the world is that pointy headed elites are incompetent because they lack comm on sense. And the funny thing is that it's the product of one of the harshest conservative criticisms of liberalism over the years ---- the self-esteem movement. Both George W. Bush and Sarah Palin are self-esteem symbols, put forth to prove to people who have been convinced that liberal elites are ruining everything, that the world would be better led by someone just like them. It's the ultimate social promotion. That people like David Brooks would celebrate Palin's mastery of its aggressive know nothingness, says that the conservative elites, even after Bush, are still committed to using this for their own cynical, Straussian ends.

Ed Rollins just said that Sarah Palin is now the front runner for the GOP nomination in 2012.

Best Headline About the Debate

This sums it up pretty well, I think:
Sarah Palin exceeds expectations -- and still loses

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Rage and Self-Pity

Glenzilla strikes again! Behold:
As they've ruled the country, it's been driven into the ground on every level. The President they revered and endlessly glorified is the most unpopular in modern American history. They've ushered in disastrous wars, virtual economic panic, state-sanctioned torture and astonishing debt. Their leaders have been exposed as bloated, corrupted criminals and hypocrites. Their current candidate chose as his Vice President someone who can barely string together a complete sentence or opine on the simplest of matters, and himself acknowledges that he's been joined at the hip with the failed Bush Presidency on virtually all key issues.

But still -- they're about to lose not because of anything they did, but because the corporate-owned Media hates them and is distorting their message; because they're being persecuted for their religion (which more than 75% of Americans share); because they are just weak, kind, good little Davids being hopelessly crushed by the Goliath forces arrayed in a confederacy against them. That they belong to virtually every majority group and wield most power makes no impact on any of that. This kind of self-centered, self-victimizing, self-pitying worldview provides great psychological comfort and a release from any responsibility for one's actions, and so they are highly motivated never to give it up. To the contrary, they'll cling to it -- are clinging to it -- even more desperately as their failures and rejection by the public become more vividly apparent.

Stealing

Everyone's doing it. So, since I'm having some kind of burnout I guess and can't come up with anything of my own to say that isn't Palinesque babbling, I thought I'd get in on the action by stealing this great post from Mike today which goes very well with this very apt YouTube that Atrios posted a few days ago (it's the only thing I ever liked that Liza Minnelli did):