Friday, September 30, 2011

Sanctioned assasination of American citizens

GG, of course, asks the right questions, eg, How would this authority look in the hands of President Rick Perry or Michelle Bachmann?

UPDATE: Some historical perspective from Charles Pierce (old voice, new blog - bookmark it!).

Why Wingnuts Can't Do Humor

Example No. Eleventy Gazillion: They're just too damn stupid.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Barbara O'Brien

Gawd, I used to like her blog, The Mahablog, I really did. Now I'm afraid I have to admit to a certain lurid fascination with reading it. Was she always this snide, or did I only just notice it after she deleted one of my comments? Am I seeing her only through the lens of injured pride, and is that distorting? Probably, but nevertheless, take a gander at this latest post of hers and tell me if it isn't the most pompously bitchy thing you've read about, of all things, The Wall Street protesters!

Whew. Where to start. I love how she brushes off an early commenter with:
I’ve probably done more effective protest against the system in the past 24 hours than you’ve done in your whole life.
Uh huh. The gist of her post appears to be that the protests are "counterproductive" because they aren't "organized". Or something. I read through the thing a couple of times, and I couldn't find any explanation of specifically how these protests are "counterproductive". If I have any readers left (!) who care to read through it, I'd love to hear your reaction. I think the woman is unhinged. I was glad to see that she at least acknowledged this excellent post by Glenn Greenwald, but of course she ends up haughtily dismissing him too. Now that's downright funny!

Finally, a bit of cattiness of my own: At one point she snips at another of her commenters whom she deleted:
[If you can't express yourself without being vulgar, please don't bother. And FYI, I am 60 years old and self-supporting, thanks. -- maha]
Yeah. Except, you know, not quite. I distinctly remember a time when she was begging her readers to send her money to help her pay her rent. I remember at the time feeling bad for her, but I was having money issues of my own, so I didn't send her any. Now I'm glad I didn't.

P.S. I should also point out that Barbara lives in New York City. The protests are happening in her own town. To me, this makes her petty sniping all the more egregious, given how relatively easy it would be for her to lend a little support to them. Sheesh.

P.S.P.S. It' heartening to see her getting pretty well trounced in the comments, though to one commenter who pointed out that her repeated use of the word "dear" sounded "extraordinarily condescending" Barbara replied:
It’s intended to be condescending. I guess it’s working. Thanks.
You know, it would be tempting to admire her self-confidence if it didn't seem so terribly unwarranted. She reminds me of GWB in that regard, I'm afraid.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I don't know about Obama, but I sure do!

TexasFred has been running the past couple of days with the following blog post headline featured prominently:
Barack Hussein Obama thinks WE are MORONS!
Write your own caption!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

That'll show 'em

I'm cancelling my subscription to Mother Jones.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Paul Krugman nails it, as he so often does. I understand that his post prompted much hysteria in wingnut-land, but how could anyone tell?

Friday, September 9, 2011

It's Personal

When I started working where I am now, about 7 years ago, I met a woman (Diane) who turned out to be the sister of a woman (Deb) I had worked with at another facility about 15 years ago (yikes, maybe longer!). Anyway, Deb and I had been friends the way many people are sometimes at work, which is to say not outside of work. But I liked her a lot, and was happy to learn from Diane that Deb had gotten married, no children, and she and her husband had a place in the country and were raising a small herd of about 7 horses. It sounded like she was very happy and living an idyllic life.

But their place in the country was outside of Bastrop and on Tuesday I learned from Diane that it had burned to the ground. What about the horses?? I asked, and Diane said that they had just enough time to load up the dogs and cats and a few belongings and that they had turned the horses loose. Today I found out that six of the horses died, there is one missing. They never left the pen.

The news stories will cover the property losses (which are horrible) and will talk about how lucky we are that there have been few deaths (human), which is good. But not many accounts will talk about the loss of wildlife and livestock, which is rampant across our state and which is heartbreaking.