September 30, 2009

Oh Now You Want a Coup

Now we got a right-wing columnist speculating about a military coup to overthrow Obama. Nice.

The piece contains the following classic lines:

America isn't the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized.


Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution...

So how does overthrowing the duly elected President "restore" the Constitution? Is there a hidden clause in Article 2 that says no black guys?

Oh and how is your coup going to be bloodless when the 99.9% of the military that actually take the Constitution seriously arrest or shoot the crazy-people who try and overthrow the President of United States?

We are only eight months in.

September 29, 2009

Let's All Go to the Mall

to avoid the zombie hoard.

Ever since reading World War Z, I been putting far to much time into my zombie escape and evasion plans. Some nights, it was the only way to get to sleep. That book really freaked me out.

One of the key issues of any effort to escape a zombie uprising is where to go. Do you hold up in your house? Head towards the countryside? Just sit there thinking about it, till you get eaten?

But thanks to SCIENCE, we now know the answer. According to a physics from Università di Parma, a very complex building, such as a mall or school, offers the best bet to evade the zombie threat.

And now you know.

Going Rogue

is the name of Sarah Palin's memoir.

Sarah Palin is publishing a memoir.

Of her life.

Called Going Rogue.

That is all.

Dude, Still not Funny

Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi is still making jokes about the Obamas being tanned. It is as if your crazy, vaguely racist Uncle ran a country.

September 28, 2009

The Right Words for a Wake

Normally, when a conservative of great note or high profile dies, I find myself very strained to come up with anything nice to say at all. Hell, Jerry Falwell has been dead for over two years and I still can't come up with a single nice thing to say.

But I have nice things to say about William Safire.

He was a Nixon guy and the house conservative of the NY Times for decades.

That is not what I liked about him.

What I liked about him was his love of language, words and writing. Alongside the political columns, he had one on words and language. The man could just turn a phrase. Spiro Agnew's "nattering nabobs of negativism" come straight from him. He was, first and foremost, good with words. He gave all of us who strive to be clever with words something to aim at.

So here are Safire's “rules for writers”:

Remember to never split an infinitive. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors. Proofread carefully to see if you words out. Avoid clichés like the plague. And don’t overuse exclamation marks!!

More Time to Blog

Looks like your humble blogger is going to be without a day job. Good news for you readers: more time for posts! I might do three a day now. I am now available for personal appearances as well.

But hey, if any of you out there in blog land have something available or a hot tip, I'm not too proud to beg you for it.

September 25, 2009


You know those old guys you see wandering around with metal detectors, looking for "treasure?"

Well, one of them just had the best day in the history of old guys with metal detectors and possibly in the history of metal detectors or old guys.

September 24, 2009


So now its ok to drag the Flag through crap. "Stain it with tea" I thought these were the anti-flag desecration types. So its now ok to soil the flag, as long as the right-wingers do it?

Good News

Progress on an HIV vaccine.


September 23, 2009

World Leading Wackness

Muammar Qaddafi, staking his claim for craziest world leader, with a very strong hour and a half UN rant.

Your move Kim Jong. Your move.

Protect Insurance Companies


The Constitution is a really great document in a lot of ways. One thing it does well is coral idiotic congressional moves. Its not constitutional to pass a law targeting just one person or entity. So when congress tries to say, target ACORN with a measure, it has to write the law broadly. The law they passed applies to "any organization" that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency.

Which, as it turns out, stings a whole bunch of defense contractors. In fact, if this thing actually becomes law, it could end the entire defense-industrial complex as we know it. Wouldn't that be something?

September 22, 2009

Can't Watch

Here's a link to video of Tom Delay on Dancing the Cha-Cha on Dancing with the Stars. I can't actually bear to watch it myself, but feel free to follow the link if you are braver than I.

September 17, 2009

How the Maddness Spreads

I am always fascinated by the concept of memes and looking at how ideas are spread and evolve. So this look by Alexander Zaitchik of Salon at the intellectual origins of Beckism.

Turns out, it can be traced back to one W. Cleon Skousen, a man who was many things, but first a foremost a radical right nutball of the first order. As in declare Dwight Eisenhower to be a communist brand of nutball.

This is where the teabaggers are coming from.

September 16, 2009

Just Think

At this point in the Bush Administration, 3,000 Americans had been killed by terrorists.

Bring On the Race War

A "wedge issue" was famously described as "dividing the country, and we get the bigger half." Well, there are currently more white people in this Country than other shades of people, so conservatives figure if they can divide the Country on race, and get the white part, they win.


and thus.

September 15, 2009

"Nobody ever wins a fight"

Patrick Swayze RIP.

You can keep the dance and the ghost movie. For me Swayze shall always be remembered for the immortal classic Road House, where he played James Dalton, king of all bouncers. Featuring such immortal lines as the one above, as well as "Pain don't hurt" and "I used to fuck guys like you in prison."

September 14, 2009

Come Together

In these troubled times of partisanship and strife, at least we can all come together to agree on something:

Kanye West is a dick

September 12, 2009



Newt Gingrich names a Porn Company ‘Entrepreneur of The Year’ For Stimulating The Economy.

Looks like this is some sort of fundraising bit that went astray. I guess porn is still hanging in there despite the bad economy.

September 10, 2009

They Heckle Now

Apparently, the GOP, having had so much fun shouting down people at town halls they figure they can try and do it to the President now. I for one do not want to bring over the "British System" of speech heckling. Heckling is annoying! It favors the loud and the rude over the smart, which gives conservatives an inherent advantage. Take Rep. Joe Wilson here. He was lying! There's nothing in the health care plan to cover illegal immigrants. Personally, I think it should, cause its not like TB will stop and check immigration papers. But it doesn't but the GOP love to demagogue illegal immigration so they lie about it.

Those interesting in the sustance of the speech, go here.

September 8, 2009

Can't Wait

Tuesday is Indoctrination Day

Read all the horrible things the President has to say to our children.

The conservative position can't just be against everything Obama favors. It leads to some pretty stupid places. Now conservatives are against hard work in school. Obama favors eating right and playing sports. Is the conservative response going to be pro-junk food? Is anti basketball legislation the next GOP priority.

Obama favors breathing. Are you stupid enough to oppose that?

September 2, 2009

Where are His Wife and Kids?

Tom Ridge has rather, um, dramatically reversed himself on the issue of playing politics with the terror alerts.