Wednesday, July 30, 2008

OMG the comments (Wonkette edition)

I have friends that, for whatever reason ( "It's too mean!" "It's too evil!") still don't read Wonkette. But oh my god the comments. The names alone - dogless liberal, speakerblowupdoll (with tiny Newt icon!), ronaldpagan, MoodProcessor, NoWireHangers, neitscheprojectile, The Incomparable Tiny Valdez - bring sunshine to my day. Not to mention the wit and the pithy, pithy, insidery insight.

Here are a few selections regarding McCain's latest whine memo on Obama's popularity with the elite:
  • SayItWith Wookies: John McCain eats fried squirrel and olive stones. And frequently gums them.
  • AxmxZ: So Hopey is hot, sexy, beloved by the world, eats well, keeps in rockin’ shape, - and is therefore unelectable?
  • Larry McAwful: Ben, moi aussi, j’aime bien la forêt noire. Je me suis promèné là-bas souvent quand j’habitais Strasbourg… Alors! Est-ce que je suis élitiste moi-même? Passe-moi l’arugula!
  • sezme: I’m elitist for worrying about the price of Arugula? WHY? It’s fucking expensive! Here I am scrounging for Japanese Knotweed, purlane and dandelions in the back alley because they’re free (and bitter!) but unless I eat iceberg lettuce from Yuma picked by some migrant worker for $50/hr (John McCain wages) I’m elitist.
  • capt. tim: I looked up arugala. I totally eat that all the time, just never knew what it was called.
  • El Bombastico: Motherfucker, your candidate is wearing $520 Salvatore Ferragamo loafers! WITH BUCKLES!
Read Wonkette. You know you want to.

UPDATE 7-31-08. Special bonus comment from today's story on Lanny Davis:
  • Obfuscator: I can’t listen to Lanny Davis interviews unless he’s constantly being drowned out by the sound of metal folding chairs.

Monday, July 28, 2008

I am very tired of polling Democrats who plan to support Susan Collins

Here, courtesy of Collins Watch, is a list of key Bush initiatives she supported:
    • Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq
    • Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001
    • Defeating withdrawal time lines in Iraq supplementals--multiple votes
    • Military Commissions Act of 2006
    • Confirmation of Samuel A. Alito to the Supreme Court
    • Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003
    • Legalizing warantless wiretapping via Protect America Act of 2007
    • Medicare Part 'D'
    • No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
    • Energy Policy Act of 2005
    • Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005
    • Retroactive legal immunity for telecom companies
    • Confirmation of John Roberts to the Supreme Court
    She voted with Bush 81% of the time overall, and when the stakes were highest she was with him 100%. Tom Allen should be kicking her hind end all over the state with a story like this. Instead, Dems, Greens, and Unenrolled are telling pollsters like me they're going for Collins, Undecided, or (boding worst of all for their intelligence) Hoffman.

    I'm told not to worry because the DSCC has budgeted a huge ad buy here. That is good news. But when do we start seeing a change in the "Collins is doing a good job" narrative?

    Monday, July 21, 2008

    We're #12! We're # 12! human development, that is, as measured by health, education, and income. The BBC reports on Oxfam's American Human Development Project:
    • Americans live shorter lives than citizens of almost every other developed nation.
    • The US ranked 42nd in the world for life expectancy despite spending more on health care per person than any other country.
    • Overall, the American Human Development Report ranked the world's richest country 12th for human development.
    • Of the world's richest nations, the US has the most children (15%) living in poverty.
    • Of the OECD nations, the US has the most people in prison - as a percentage and in absolute numbers.
    • 25% of 15-year-old students performed at or below the lowest level in an international math test - worse than Canada, France, Germany and Japan.
    Those dirty effing hippies at Oxfam! Why don't they do something useful instead of digging up stupid America-hating facts? Incidentally, I wonder how much coverage we'll see of this study in our own national press? (Hat tip: Don M.)

    Sunday, July 06, 2008

    The policies behind the bad news

    They add up to neofeudalism, and it's time to push back:
    Growth means 'more billionaires'. Progress means 'less taxes' and 'lower wages'. Freedom means anything that brings "growth" and "progress."

    Wednesday, July 02, 2008

    Five kinds of stupid

    Collect the whole set:
    1. sheer ignorance: Ignorance of critical facts about important events in the news, and ignorance of how our government functions and who's in charge.
    2. negligence: The disinclination to seek reliable sources of information about important news events.
    3. wooden-headedness: The inclination to believe what we want to believe regardless of the facts.
    4. shortsightedness: The support of public policies that are mutually contradictory, or contrary to the country's long-term interests.
    5. bone-headedness: The susceptibility to meaningless phrases, stereotypes, irrational biases, and simplistic diagnoses and solutions that play on our hopes and fears.
    Which would help explain why during poll calls, when voters tell me that "energy & the environment" is their top concern this election cycle, they're voting a straight Republican ticket.