The Revolution Will be Televised

10 12 2010

I didn’t think it was possible for him to get any crazier, but then

What’s amazing to me is that we’ve already had a couple of incidents of Beck-inspired near bloodshed.  And then Glenn goes on teevee or the radio and makes some quiet noises about how he [cough cough cough] abhors violence, and that’s good enough for the powers that be at Fox and he’s back at it again the next day.

—Jason





He’s-a-Liberal Watch

30 11 2010

Joe Scarborough is about to become a liberal.  You heard it hear first.  (Okay, not really.)

Palin’s usefulness lies not so much in her political utility (she’s pretty bog standard, when it comes to that) but rather in an almost devout conviction among conservatives that she Pisses Off Liberals [tm].  They’ve even invented an amusing (if grim) little myth that liberals hate her because she refused to abort one of her pregnancies.  How this makes any sense at all—how exactly it’s supposed to enrage pro-choicers—is never quite detailed, but details aren’t really what matters.  In a way, I admire Palin.  Far from hating her, I find her an almost quintessentially American creation:  A relentlessly, catastrophically self-assured grifter who uses her purported love of country like a cudgel, and who when she’s not nattering on about “liberty” and “freedom of speech” is quacking insults and volleying outrageous slanders at those who disagree with her.  Her tweets about ordinary Americanness emanate from her enormous mansion and the thumbs of a paid employee, and the rubes are so besotted by it all that even though they never take their eyes off the hustle they never quite manage to see it.  What’s more American than that?

—Jason





Psychopaths Rule Our Discourse

23 11 2010

The Ol’Perfesser:

JUST WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW: North Korea fires artillery barrage on South. If they start anything, I say nuke ‘em. And not with just a few bombs. They’ve caused enough trouble — and it would be a useful lesson for Iran, too. We can’t afford another Korean war, but hey, we’re already dismantling warheads. . . .

What kind of human do you have to be to so causally call for this kind of violence?  Obviously, such a thing would pretty much signal a horrendous and utterly catastrophic turn in the course of human history.  The bloodshed and suffering would be positively incalculable and the United States would be forever remembered as a global mass-murderer. And all that means so little to this insane asshole that he even manages a stab at New START.

The only question is when does Newt hop on board?

—Jason





Dim Bulb

19 11 2010

Thanks America. I can’t wait to live through at least two years of mind numbing stupid like this.

Hoping to counter attacks from his right, Rep. Fred Upton is promising to reexamine a controversial ban on incandescent light bulbs if he becomes chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Michigan Republican told POLITICO on Thursday that he’s not afraid to go back after an issue he once supported but that has come under withering assault on the conservative airwaves, including on Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck’s talk shows.

“If I become chairman, we’ll be reexamining the light bulb issue, no problem,” Upton said.

Upton’s bid to be the next Energy and Commerce Committee leader has been rocked by allegations that he’s too moderate for the post.

Beck called him “all socialist” for cosponsoring legislation phasing out incandescent light bulbs that made it into a 2007 energy law signed by President George W. Bush. An unsigned 22-page document highlighting Upton’s voting record on a range of fiscal, social and policy has also been circulating around Capitol Hill this month.

Also, too.

-Ian





Dumber by the Day

5 11 2010

We’ve been witness to a lot of insane nonsense over the past couple of years (almost too much to keep track of. Remember the flash-craziness over President Obama’s personal flag?), but this $200 million/day India trip bullshit has got to take the cake.  They nutjobs are now so lazy—or so keyed-up after Tuesday’s election—that they’re outsourcing their distortions to anonymous rumors on Indian Web sites, though perhaps this is just another form of acceptance of our current economic realities.  There’s pushback now, at least, which is not only a marvelously appropriate use of taxpayer dollars but also almost perfectly emblemizes our idiotic times:  Government officials wasting their time arguing with mentally ill propagandists over fact-free assertions designed to feed the sociopathic needs of a lunatic base.  And all for nothing, of course.  It’s not the specific lie that matters at all.  It’s that they get to pout and posture and get invited on Fox News and then wait for the next outrage to come along.  The cost of Bo’s kibble maybe.  Or something to do with Michelle.  That one always puts butts in the seats.

—Jason





McRibs

5 11 2010

It’s no surprise that Mitch is acting like the little dog half of the little dog/bulldog combo from the old Warner Bros. cartoons.  The Orange Man is going to be Speaker and wield actual power, but McConnell is still going to only wield pretend power, and it’s obviously driving him nuts.  More interesting has been watching the power dynamic over the past couple of days.  At least to some degree, the Republicans have tried to keep a lid on their satanic glee, but it’s a sad act—a little like a fat, stupid kid who can barely contain his amazement that he’s found his way back into the larder—and before another week or two have passed I have a sense that the mask will have slipped off entirely.

Of course, it’s not as though they’re trying too hard.  No one’s tied Michele Bachmann to a chair.  And handing off Grand Inquisitor duties to Darrell Issa isn’t exactly a subtle move, either.  And, in a way, that’s okay.  Character is destiny, after all, and the GOP’s character is all about grievance and triumphalism.  I’d say that it’s going to be amusing watching the Tea Party people (to the extent that they actually exist) wake up to the monsters they’ve just returned to power, but somehow I don’t think we’re going to have to worry too much about that, either.

—Jason





Liberal Treason Watch

27 10 2010

I keep thinking about all that talk a few months ago about “peak wingnut” and I almost want to cry.

—Jason