by Bill Kavanagh: Two
of my colleagues here at Buck Naked Politics are based in Florida, the home of
the dimpled chad. For a decade,
we’ve all been cringing when we hear they have an election down
there. Will they elect another
member of the Bush family, or someone like Kathleen Harris, unable to discern
the difference between serving the Bushes and performing her responsibility to
voters? Perhaps they’d send us
another a moral-majority type like Mark Foley, leading one (creepy) life for
himself and espousing another very conservative set of rules for the rest of
us? Who would Floridians send to
by bartleby the scrivener | On the dismaying of MoDo by internet bloggers who hide behind pseudonyms ("On the Internet, it’s often less about being constructive and more about being cowardly," writes Dowd), Bats Left, Throws Right rejoins:
Y'know, thirty-five years ago news media strode the earth like a
Colossus. And from that vantage point they saw bigger profits on the
horizon from cable, and space phones, and billboards on the Moon, and,
especially, unfettered mergering and acquistioning and other rapining.
And they decided that the Supermarket Tabloid model of making shit up
was an unfair advantage, costing them literally hundreds of dollars a
week in fact-checking. Pretty soon you can't say Time without
the guy sitting next to you on the bus replying, "Warner." And what
happens? When there are no standards left, aside from that byline
thing, people discover they can make shit up for themselves and cut out
by Teh Nutroots | curv3ball over at The Toot, commenting on the relationship between astroturfers and attendant loonies and our useless media:
The stupid has reached supernova and all the media can do is applaud
the ability of those firing up the stupid to capture the media’s
attention with a particularly shiny stupid. Rather than, you know,
point out that stupid mendacity is actually stupid and mendacious,
and its purveyors likewise (or, in the alternative, cynical and
mendacious). ("Nobody Dumbs It Better")
of 'concerned citizens'...have banded together to
make sure that abortion funding is not included in whatever half-assed
health care plan the gutless Democrats finally cobble together. The
idea being that....women will wake up in the morning and be all, "Hmm.... should I go to
the mall or have an abortion today?" because woman just love abortin',
particularly if it's free, just like a makeover at M•A•C.
Abortion is only for those who can afford it. The uninsured Poors will just have to have their babies.
When Sean Hannity wants a burger he makes his
own. He pulls up to a pasture, selects a cow, head-butts it, strangles the
stunned animal WITH HIS BARE HANDS, rips a chunk of meat from the still warm
body WITH HIS BARE HANDS, throws into a fire he has made by rubbing two sticks
together WITH HIS BARE HANDS, pulls the smoldering burnt flesh from the fire
WITH HIS BARE HANDS, and then rips at it with his sharpened incisors. He
doesn't need a bun. Buns are for pussies.....
Later there is pudding. But no spoon. Spoons
are for pussies.
by Teh Nutroots | MoDo (and other members of the print media) rage, rage against the dying of the light. Man, I missed this when it came out: Alex Goodall's response to MoDo's pissing and moaning over how the Google and the internets will eventually cost her her job -- prime stuff, this.
For context, here's a bit of MoDo's standard brand of self-serving whinging, following a conversation with Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt -- all good, risible material when you consider the source. [And let me say at the outset that I don't want to see the disappearance of
the print media. As the photograph shows, it still has uses which the internet can never serve, such as a comfy bed for your cat.]
Out of the Mouths of Rugrats. Princess Sparkle Pony, long-time Condi watcher, comments on Condi's
recent run-in with a fourth grader on the subject of torture (Condi Lies to Children About Torture):
[I]t seems that all anybody wants to ask Condi about these days is
torture, which is icky and totally rude because it makes her
uncomfortable. This time it was a fourth grader who wanted to ask the question newspapers refuse to ask, and...it made Condi's meet-children-cute thing a little tense....
So the kid was all, like, "OMG, which Jonas Brother is your favorite
and why did we, like, torture 'n' stuff?" Condi then scrunched up her
forehead and gave her standard response....Sheesh! Look, it's a simple logic
Self-appointed mouthpiece of white working men Joe the Plumber (Samuel Wurzelbacher) thinks "queer" is a fact, not an insult. (Think Progress) Gay people, he opines, are "strange and unusual," which he thinks you'll find is what "queer" means. And he sure wouldn't let one near his children! (Think Progress) I feel pretty sure the gay friends would feel exactly the same way about Joe the Plumber's children. I can't wait till some reporter tracks one of them down to ask!
by Teh Nutroots | Replacing Souter.The Field Negro has some advice for Obama on picking the next Supreme.
O man, here is a little advise from the field: Please pick a
woman, any woman. I don't care if it's Judge Judy. One out of nine just
isn't going to cut it. There are more female lawyers in this country
than men, so it shouldn't be too hard.
Whoever you pick, just get ready for a fight, because the wingnuts are already foaming at the mouth.
by Damozel | Despite the support of Obama and one bank (Citigroup), the Senate voted 45-51 against the bill that would have let bankruptcy judges rewrite -- "cram down" in the vernacular -- mortgage payments for homeowners. (abc news; think progress)
This bill was part and parcel of "a central element" in the Dems' plan to stabilize the economy. (Wash. Independent) Tragically, "[s]everal Democrats, including the newest Democrat, Sen. Arlen Specter of PA, opposed [the bill]."(abc news) "Nays included all Republicans and Baucus, Bennet, Byrd, Carper, Dorgan
(?), Johnson, Landrieu, Lincoln, Nelson (NE), Pryor, Specter
(awesome!), Tester," dday says. Ryan Grimm at HuffPost discusses the millions in contributions raked in to their campaign coffers by some of those Dems.
And -- wow -- Sen. Dick Durbin is seriously annoyed. Siding with those who don't have "paid lobbyists" and against bankers who "own the place," he slammed the argument being mounted by the banks:
by Teh Nutroots | Dolphins of Hope & Change. The polls show that Obama gets "high marks" (with qualifications) for his first 100 days. Agitprop sums it up thus: "Just ridin' the waves. Upon dolphins." Photographic evidence here.
Changing Lanes. At Fables of the Reconstruction, Mithras in South Philly muses on the sudden acquisition of Sen. Specter as a Pennsylvania Dem: