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21 October 2010
  Who Is Trying To Steal America?

And for that matter, send whatever remaining jobs it can overseas? A memo explaining these things about the Chamber of Commerce comes to light.

– Corporate “investors” at the Koch meeting included businesses with a strong profit motive in rolling back President Obama’s enacted reforms. Several companies impacted by health reform, including Allan Hubbard of A & E Industries, a manufacturer of medical devices and Judson Green, a board member of health insurance conglomerate Aon, were present at the meeting. Other businessmen at the meeting, like Omaha Burger King franchiser Mike Simmonds, are owners of fast food stores which have fought efforts to provide health insurance to their employees. Many corporate attendees of the meeting represent the financial industry impacted by Wall Street reform. For instance, attendee Bill Cooper is the CEO of TCF Financial, a corporation involved in the mortgage banking industry. Cooper recently filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Wall Street reform. Other financial industry players in the meeting hail from firms ranging from Bank of America, JLM Investment, Allied Capital Corp, AMG National Trust, the Blackstone Group and Citadel Investment. Annie Dickerson, a representative of Paul Singer, a powerful hedge fund manager who also gives tens of millions to Republican causes, was present. In addition, Koch Industries itself has a hedge fund and other financial derivative products in its portfolio of interests, which include oil pipelines, coal shipping, asphalt, refineries, consumer goods, timber, ranching, and chemicals.

– Corporate “investors” at the Koch meeting included businesses with a strong profit motive in preventing progressive reforms promised by President Obama. Several executives at the meeting have an incentive to stop Democrats and President Obama from addressing climate change and enacting clean energy reform. The meeting included oil executives from Aspect Energy, Murfin Drilling, Anschutz Company, GeoPark Holdings, Smoky Oil, and several members of Koch’s various subsidiaries. The meeting documents explicitly state that funding efforts to curb “climate change alarmism” were discussed.

– Fred Malek, Karl Rove’s top fundraiser for his $56 million attack ad campaign against Democrats, attended the meeting, along with leaders of other secret attack groups. Heather Higgins, who leads the Independent Women’s Forum, a shadowy group that has spent millions of dollars in attack ads on health reform, attended the meeting. So did Gretchen Hamel, a former Bush flak who now runs an attack ad group called “Public Notice,” which denounces spending programs.

– Participants collaborated with infamous consultants who specialize in generating fake grassroots movements, as well as experts on how corporations should take advantage of Citizens United. One session, about how to “mobilize citizens for November,” involved a discussion with Republican strategists Tim Phillips and Sean Noble, anti-union leader Mark Mix, and longtime Koch operative Karl Crow. Phillips — a veteran astroturf lobbyist who previously managed a deceptive grassroots lobbying campaign to help the Hong Kong-based Tan family maintain their forced abortion sweatshops in the Mariana Islands — now leads the day-to-day operations of Americans for Prosperity, the group ThinkProgress first reported to have helped organize many of the initial Tea Party rallies against Obama. Americans for Prosperity, founded and financed by David Koch, has a field team of over 80 campaign staffers spread out around the country, and additionally plans to spend $45 million dollars worth of attack ads against Democrats. Shortly before the planning meeting, Crow authored a campaign finance memo explaining that because of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, he advised specifically that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 501(c)(6) and Americans for Prosperity’s 501(c)(4) can “now use general treasury funds to produce communications materials opposing or supporting specific candidates” and corporations can aggressively pressure their employees to vote a certain way.


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19 October 2010
  GOP Rejects the Latino Vote

I have never seen such an insane strategy. To actually tell a segment of the populace that you're already demonizing not that they should vote for you, but that they should not vote at all--do they realize this will just drive whatever Latinos were on the fence right to the Democrats? Which is fine, I just call that suicidal. They have simply decided that they don't want the Latino vote, which they used to have. Breathtaking. Who's doing their strategy, Master Shake?

They'll vote, GOP. But it won't be for you. Thanks for helping turnout.

Seriously, Republicans, how did you get quite this self-destructive?

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  Christine O'Donnell Doesn't Know What's In The First Amendment

Oh my god, you
FREAKING IDIOT HA HA HAHA...Read this. Your jaw will hang right the hell open. She's...not bright.
"The First Amendment does?" O'Donnell asked. "Let me just
clarify: You're telling me that the separation of church and state is
found in the First Amendment?"
"Government shall make no establishment of religion," Coons responded, reciting from memory the First Amendment... to the U.S. Constitution. (Coons was off slightly: The first amendment actually reads "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.")
"That's in the First Amendment...?" O'Donnell responded.

Which tells us just how far she's read the Constitution she claims to want to return us to. Not even the very first amendment. Thank God she'll lose.

Jesus, O'Donnell, you're setting the image of the Religious Right back a thousand years. Cool!

What's most remarkable? I think I wrote recently that O'Donnell not only doesn't understand she's not being laughed with, but at, she doesn't quite understand what laughter is. Well, watch her here. She was incredibly smug. She thought she'd nailed Coons. She honestly had no idea the whole room--law professors and students at that--were laughing at her intense density and ignorance.

Self-esteem. It's all she has. She knows nothing, she understands nothing, and she could not be more confident. I was under the impression conservatives used to criticize liberals for supposedly promoting such thinking. Identity politics, situational ethics, self-esteem psychology--those all belong to the conservatives now. And boy, do they whine. How did we come to this?

How, tell me how, did the GOP find such a slate of total morons this year? Whether they take the House(where you cannot filibuster) or not, they can kiss the Senate and governorships bye-bye.

It can always be depended on for the GOP to do its victory dance long before it's actually won, usually resulting in its losing. Some of them, like Joe Miller, seemed to have thought the election merely a formality. You'll notice these candidates all seem irritated and impatient lately. That's because they think they've been appointed and don't like having to wait for the election.

So they're all losing it as we get closer. They're getting tense, and careless, and showing what absolute amateurs they are. Because at this point they can't rely on anger to get them through--they have to now seem competent. But not one of them is, nor were they coached in that. You'd think Angle, with 7 years legislative experience, would at least have learned that much by now. But no, she hasn't.

They all thought this would be easy and they have a problem with that which is NOT easy, as most children with ADHD often do.

I think it was wise for the Democrats to focus their attacks on these past few weeks, because this is the point at which they've run their course and are easily provoked. And these candidates got NOTHIN'. And the GOP is probably wishing they've vetted these people themselves rather than outsourcing it to the Chamber(and, no doubt, focus groups entirely made of GOP bubble-dwellers), but gosh, too late. They'd have done better with boring but trustworthy candidates, like the Dems have. But the GOP can be suckered into anything right now. Too late.

Even if they take the House, it doesn't matter that much(just the same, vote early and vote Democratic--I live in WA and already have, for Murray, as will a lot of others). Because the House has passed a LOT of legislation in the past few years, but the Senate has been blocking it, and they still can--as long as the Senate remains Democratic.

You see, the House has no filibuster.

Oh, you didn't think of that, Teashirts? Of course not. Tsk.

UPDATE (Thurs. 10/21):
It's amazing her brain can generate enough energy to move her legs. She honestly thought she won the debate with Coons in which she revealed she didn't know the First Amendment; that was not your or my imagination. And she STILL thinks so.

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18 October 2010
  Sharron Angle: Any Non-White Looks the Same To Her

I was actually being kind of facetious when I wondered yesterday how Sharron Angle would top Joe Miller handcuffing a reporter. Well, Angle didn't bring the angry or crazy, but she sure did bring the stupid and racist, when she accuses kids in a Hispanic Student Union of lying about their race. Or maybe just being mistaken about it, racial expert that Angle is.

"So that’s what we want is a secure and sovereign nation and, you know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that. [Note: it's the Hispanic Student Union. The whole room is Hispanic teenagers.] What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I’m evidence of that. I’ve been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly."

You've been called the huh?

Oh, that can't look good when everyone reports on it...

Or sees it!

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17 October 2010
  Joe Miller Handcuffs Reporter, and Other Teashirt Flameouts

Because I stupidly retain hope in cosmic justice, I expected these people, being total amateurs, to blow it in the final month, but not so spectacularly as we're seeing them crash and burn in succession. Carl Paladino is at 24%(that's about 20 points in one week lost) to Cuomo's 53 and climbing. Rand Paul is revealed in his debate to be a whiny, petty twerp. Christine O'Donnell whines too, about the GOP that she made threats against not giving her any help.

But Joe Miller, last heard from when he told reporters he will not answer any questions ever, has gone the extra mile into a rehearsal of police-state tactics, doing what Nixon only dreamed of: handcuffing a reporter. Which will only focus more attention on the dirty laundry Miller is trying to hide under his bed. My god, these candidates; such stupid amateurs that thought they could get through on self-esteem alone. Not long ago, Joe Miller said he was picking out drapes for his Washington office, apparently thinking he'd already won. He must be tense because Lisa Murkowski, still a write-in candidate, is even with him now in the polls. But not for long--tomorrow she'll be ahead. The seat will remain Republican, but at least not him.

I will give them this, they have the Republican propensity to count their chickens before they're hatched down pat.

Were the GOP involved in choosing these candidates at all, or did they simply outsource that to the Chamber of Commerce this year? Because I think these candidates were just picked because of some perceived appeal to a focus group or the like, rather than having been vetted even slightly.

In any case, it's just proof that stupid will eventually reach critical mass and explode itself. I wonder how Sharron Angle will top this.

Update: We now have video!

Update 2: Even more video!

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14 October 2010
  O'Donnell Makes A Threat To The Republican Party. Oh, My Aching Sides.

You're in which party again?

"...according to two top GOP insiders, she said at a strategy meeting with DC types last week: "I've got Sean Hannity in my back pocket, and I can go on his show and raise money by attacking you guys."

Huh! Fancy that.

Then they're not going to cry a tear when you go down in screaming flames. In fact, it explains why they're not lifting a finger to help you. You seem to have an...inflated idea of your importance. Or competence. Or intelligence. Or electability. You don't even have the sense of humor to know you're a joke.

Even a brain-dead worm would know this is political suicide. She really believes Hannity would give up the whole party just for
her? He's got a sweet thing going with them and she doesn't even put out, so I doubt it.

She thinks she's following the Palin playbook. She misunderstood. God, I really don't wanna say this BUT...Palin has at least political cunning in terms of how to get ahead in party politics. This is one reason she's been stumping for everyone: that's how you become important. That's how you build up party goodwill. That's how you get owed favors. That's how you get to be the candidate. Palin is a very clever confidence trickster. She's a snake, but very good at being one.

O'Donnell is an utter amateur, even at that.

O'Donnell's remark--which I don't think was a joke--last night about SNL says a lot. She thinks it's just a matter of visibility. She thinks it's an honor and vindication to be mocked on SNL. She thinks, somehow, that this is all she needs to be elected.

She thinks, in short, in an AMERICAN IDOL mentality. She's sitting there thinking she's a star now, as opposed to a very entertaining laughingstock. Not only does she think we're not laughing at her, she doesn't even know laughter when she hears it.

But someone who has plenty of boyfriends who keep saving her from foreclosures and bankruptcy without even sleeping with them("boyfriends," remember--and by the way, I really doubt the chastity, but--) would end up with this sense of being entitled. She's gone through her life getting away with this because she's cute. She's used to it. And while I cannot predict what women think, I don't think I've ever known a woman that didn't have utter contempt for her type.

For years after this, campaign managers will use her as the Goofus example. What not to do.

She's like Tracy Flick without the work ethic or intellect.

And the only Republican who will lose more crushingly than her will be Carl Paladino. Whose concession speech I predict will be:

"Fuck you all." Stompy stompy stompy SLAM!

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13 October 2010
  Christine O'Donnell Absolutely Does NOT Have Sex With Her Boyfriend When He Stays Overnight. Nuh-uh.

A simply fascinating detail from today's piece in the Daily Beast on ol' Chastity McChaste over in Delaware.

"And, neighbors couldn’t help but note, for a candidate who’s been so vocally opposed to any pre-marital sexual activity, O’Donnell had frequent overnight visits from her boyfriend Brent, a Philadelphia lawyer who bought her house just before it went into foreclosure and still owns it to this day."

Uh-huh. And I'm sure those visits were absolutely Platonic. And so are you. Right? I mean, it couldn't be she's a total flaming liar and hypocrite, could it? Republican moralists never, ever practice the opposite of what they preach. Never.

UPDATE: Well, the debate happened and we learned that she's better to wipe the floor with than a Swiffer. Just one example: she can't name a single recent Supreme Court decision. Like Palin, she only knows Roe vs. Wade.

Pathetic, sad amateur, in over your fat little head. Look forward to utter humiliation, O'Donnell, and don't think people won't be looking into what personal expenses you lavish your campaign money on this time. Nice scam you've had going though. That and finding men--purely platonic boyfriends, I'm sure, of course--to buy your homes when the bank or IRS come for them. (see the Daily Beast story above)

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  Crazy Doesn't Win. One Hopes.

Paladino 24 points behind Cuomo, and can a Republican win in New York with the New York Post against him--which they very much are? O'Donnell's at 36%, while her opponent Coons is at 53%. Joe Miller doesn't like all the scrutiny that comes with being a public figure and hypocrite, so he takes his ball and goes home. And all Rand Paul has left is dated, snide remarks about Clinton's scandal from over a decade ago(Will Rand ask where the beef is next?), which no one cares about, at least not as much as the fact he's a liar and would destroy our government if given a chance.

And the gaps keep growing. The Teashirt poll numbers, dropping like hanged men. Turns out that if Republicans had stuck with boring ol' centrists, they'd be winning these races, as the centrists who were not purged, in fact, are. For instance, had Delaware's Castle not been taken out by O'Donnell, Coons would be losing right now.

The kindest poll has O'Donnell 16 points behind Chris Coons. That's FOX. And it seems to be increasing every day. That'll happen when you demonstrate not the slightest interest in your potential constituents' issues and try to parasitically use them for a national agenda no one wants.

What's happened this year is this: the "Tea Party" is nothing but an amorphous front for corporate money. Does the mainstream GOP seem--uninvolved with this year's elections? That's because they are. They outsourced to the corporations and let them build candidates, who know nothing about government and so will be good little rubber stamps for what business wants.

The one good thing about that: corporations usually build very, very bad candidates. Their idea of what the public wants being always as patronizing and inaccurate as it is. Consider New Coke.

The lesson the GOP may learn from their little experiment in crazy this year is: people don't vote for crazy after the primaries. Well, 25-36% might. (Which is generally how much support these candidates have been polling consistently, not coincidentally about the same as Bush's approval ratings most of his presidency) There's always that hard core. But you won't win with that, which is why usually after the primaries, one tacks to the center. And as we get closer to election day, they ramp up the crazy and more run away. Will that teach the GOP anything?

Nah, they won't learn a thing. Which is good.
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07 October 2010
  Art Robinson Wants To Give You A Pleasant Plutonium-238 Bath

Art Robinson, the Republican House "candidate" from Oregon that Rachel Maddow just fought with, calls himself a scientist in his defense when Maddow points out the anonymous foreign(Bahrain, India and Egypt, for three) donations he has been receiving, like other Republican candidates, via the "Chamber of Commerce," have been.

All right, Mr. Art Robinson. Though it is a cliched excuse. The racist and pro-bestiality porn candidate Carl Paladino in New York, yourself in Oregon, and all other cornered GOP politicians claim you're anything else but a politician when cornered.

Now, if someone doing my plumbing fucked it up and then explained, "I'm not a plumber," I'd sue him or charge him with fraud. But okay.

He calls himself a businessman. You call yourself a scientist. Why you're not using your talents for business or science rather than politics, which you clearly aren't good at, I don't know. Why would that be that you don't remain in your field of expertise, benefiting the world with your sciencey wonders and miracles, Mr. Art Robinson?

Well, he has called attention to it...

Let's just see about his science, which also comes up, and just how good it looks when you, well, look at it. He believes that we can get rid of radioactive waste by diluting it and then sprinkling it over the oceans, or "even over America." You may say, even if the radioactivity is somehow diluted by water(and it's not, it takes a very small amount of these substances to kill you), in accumulation--which water, which has a cycle, tends to do--that would nullify any possibility of that. Well, he thinks it's good for us, and this is the rather rubbish hypothesis--not theory; theories are explanations that have been proven consistent with observable and repeatable phenomena--he applies that makes him think that. Which does not apply to RADIOACTIVE WASTE. Which includes such proven biological cleansers and exfoliants as uranium-234, neptunium-237, plutonium-238 and americium-241.

Mmm. Such long names, with numbers even; that's got to be good for you. Telling, ya, I can feel that hot shower right now. Right after I have my humours leeched.

A "scientist", sure; like Trofim Lysenko was a scientist.

UPDATE: He lost with 45% of the vote, to incumbent Pete DeFazio.

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  "South Park" Returns!

"Poor and Stupid," in which Cartman out of nowhere wants to be a NASCAR driver.


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06 October 2010
  Caprica Mid-Season Premiere: "Unvanquished"

Watch here.

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05 October 2010
  Joe Miller, Unemployment, and His Wife

An interesting angle on hirsute Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller's wife having gotten unemployment in 2002 and 2003, which he claims no one should get 'cause it ain't in da Constitution.

It gets better: the job from which she was fired was working part-time for HER HUSBAND, while he was a magistrate judge.

Meaning, I guess, that he too was benefiting from said benefits. Now this sounds not just hypocritical, but fishy.

Of course, there's also the fact that a rift seems to be growing between himself and his benefactor, Sarah Palin. Apparently he hasn't been grateful enough, one example being a recent TV appearance where he declined to speculate whether she'd be a good president. And Todd Palin took to his Blackberry and wrote this:

Joe and Tim,

Hold off on any letter for Joe. Sarah put her ass on the line for Joe and yet he can't answer a simple question " is Sarah Palin Qualified to be President". I DON'T KNOW IF SHE IS.

Joe, please explain how this endorsement stuff works, is it to be completely one sided.

Sarah spent all morning working on a Face book post for Joe, she won't use it, not now.

Put yourself in her shoe's Joe for one day.


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There's also the NRSC abandoning Carly Fiorina, and Sharron Angle recently angering the national party. Which has also not been very strong in its support for Christine O'Donnell, who, unlike her opponent, Chris Coons, is doing no local events, allowing no reporter access, talks about Delaware issues never and may not even exist.

One can wonder how happy the establishment GOP is with all these overt true-believing crazies suddenly being the face of their party, people who could never govern and have no true wish to--except to govern the destruction of government itself.

The recent Gene Cranick fire tells us what the point is of their trying to pare government down to the local, "community" level. Once you're down to that with nothing to protect you, they tell you there is no such thing as society or community. And smirk and tell you that you deserve it.

Seems to be a lot of fractures opening up on that side, something that happens in groups when they have no real apparent opposition and are only talking amongst themselves: eventually, often, they eat each other. One can only hope, and vote.

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  About the Gene Cranick Fire and Ayn Rand

A lot of jerks among the right wing have been positively enjoying the recent fire that was not put out--even though the firemen were there--because the homeowner had not paid the fee required for fire protection. Which is not uncommon in rural areas; they were attempting to make this the case in Charleston when I was a kid, but it should tell you that, even in staunchly red SC, in the 70s, it failed.

In any event, Gene Cranick, the victim, offered to pay, but they refused, though they did put it out in the neighbor's property when it spread.

Interestingly, the richest man in Julius Caesar's time, and his benefactor, Crassus (and even adjusted for time period, he still stands as one of the richest men ever) partly made his money by owning a private fire department. He'd show up when your house was on fire, and then you'd have to pay. In fact, you'd have to sign a contract, a sort of subscription, for a lot. But most paid. (As most of the plebeians were not homeowners but lived in apartments, this was usually landlords) If you'd pay Crassus, he would at least put your fire out.

Crassus, the man who crucified Spartacus and his whole army, was more human than this fire department.

This, by the way, is a classic failing of privatized fire departments, and one reason the practice ended in civilized parts of America. If a fire occurs, it can endanger the entire community, and it makes more sense to get rid of the source of the fire than to have to take care of the ones it spreads to. For one thing, you stop the spread.

Here's a question for our clever philosophes on the right wing: suppose a lightning strike causes a fire on an abandoned property(I hear the US has a lot of those these days) that belongs to no one? And if this fire is not put out, it will cause something on adjacent, paid-up properties that would be harder to put out, like dry fields or the like? Would they put out the fire on the abandoned property? If not, isn't that insane?

The adjacent places are, it would seem, less likely to catch fire if the fire is out before it gets there. I realize this is hard for the right wing, in their Ayn Randian glee over this, to understand. And as far as any argument that a human being deserves to have his fire put out, if community has any meaning--I won't even try. I know they're Christians, so they say, so I expect them to think compassion is kinda gay. I get it.

But you know, I fell completely into the Ayn Rand cult when I was in high school. Anthem was required reading in my high school--I'm guessing as a tradeoff for Catcher in the Rye also being required, but in my view they shouldn't have bothered either way; the Bell Jar was also required, which may explain how many Mt. Pleasant girls tried to kill themselves. Anthem was the horrible gateway. I read every single thing she wrote. Really. Everything. Including Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology. And yes, all of Atlas Shrugged. Did you know they use an infrasound machine to kill people near the end of the book? Sadly, I do.

As I've said before, she's appealing to teenagers because she gives you a mental system by which you can always prove yourself to be right. That's how I was. I was never more of a jerk than I was in that period. Possibly partly because when you're in the grip of Rand, all you can spout at people, write, or anything, is more Ayn Rand, no different than a Jesus-obsessed born-again, Scientologist, or doctrinaire Marxist.

That's how it's a cult. This is what happened to Steve Ditko and Neal Peart. The latter being no loss.

And that's all this kind of rhetoric is. Take it from someone who's forgotten more about Ayn Rand than most of her drooling followers know, it's nothing but a few forests' worth of excuses to be a dick.

That some actually want to extol this as a triumph of the Free Market, firstly: damn you, I can't write satire anymore because it's impossible to exaggerate something as horrible as that. Secondly, everyone else should look long and hard at what they could possibly mean when they say "Free Market," and what they consider a "triumph," and for whom. And notice that they enjoy the suffering of other people, because they believe that's the best way to bring people around to their opinions. Through pain and desperation to the bad ideas, because we've ruined everything else.

Many say this might save more lives because if people hadn't paid before, they certainly will now. Maybe, maybe not. But I seem to recall that the Mafia sold protection in a similar sort of way.

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  Meg Whitman Now Has The Most Expensive Vanity Campaign Ever

Over $140 million and still counting, and it'll most likely have taken her less time and trouble to have burned it. Michael Huffington only spent $100 million on his failed vanity run, which gave us his wife, after divorce, changing sides and creating the Huffington Post, and he turned out to be gay. So the GOP trying to buy the CA governorship has an amusing history.

A substantial and escalating amount of money paid for what turns out to be disappointment. Well, in a way it's appropriate this should be happening to an Ebay exec.

Looks like California may soon be safe to return to...that would be nice.

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  Maureen Tucker Is A Teashirt

And it's rather interesting to see the reaction on HuffPo about it, which is literally hysterical. Lots of "I'll burn their albums!" and "they were never any good!" and "my kid could drum better than that!" Childish.

One even says that she was no Neal Peart. That gave me a good belly laugh, as I seem to know more about Rush than a Rush fan, and I hate Rush. The idea that Rush could be a standard for anything is already nauseating, but this person obviously doesn't know Neal is not just right-wing, but an Ayn Randroid: objectivism is as much a part of his crappy lyrics as it is a part of Steve Ditko's comics.

Look, of course this depresses me a tiny bit, because ever since I was 17 and the first reissues of the Velvets came out (that would be 1986) they have been one of my very favorite bands. But anyone who ever looked to them for politics is...well...weird.

Because they were never a political band. They were never hippies--they were in fact resolutely anti-hippie. They were never part of protest movements, they were part of the NY downtown art scene. That's leaving aside that the VU, despite occasional reunions, have not been a band for...at least as long as I've been alive.

And a punk(or in her case, proto-punk) having stupid ideas politically? Shock me! Johnny Ramone, Lee Ving, Iggy Pop, the list goes on(especially when you look at LA hardcore). Not at all uncommon. Even David Bowie had a flirtation with fascism, but then, he was also on a lot of coke and in LA at the time.

And finally, anyone who knows Lou Reed's history of interviews and public statements is already jaded on this. Lou has said much worse and more right-wing things all through his career. (Lester Bangs made a career out of Lou being an asshole, for god's sake) Being a visionary artist does not prevent political stupidity--in fact the two often coincide. Neil Young was a Reagan supporter but that didn't make me burn my albums. (Of course, that was also in the 80s, his worst period, and I own none of those)

In fact, I have a rule named after Lou that I use in moments like this. "He's an asshole and has no idea what he's talking about but the music is still good."

This doesn't matter. They were still great, as artists. (WERE. Lou hasn't done a good album since MAGIC & LOSS. But Cale was always my favorite) And I guess it's fortunate she's obscure, as this will have less influence than the untalented Victoria Jackson's sadly similar ideas.

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04 October 2010
  The Republican Candidates Want to Repeal the Minimum Wage

...just to name one of the many things you don't hear them talking about much. Not just Joe Miller(who is talking about it)or Rand Paul--most of them.

Democrats, if you can't run against that, what can you?

And the rest of you: if you do not vote against these lunatics, you deserve to suffer.

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  Sharron Angle Hands Opponent Loaded Weapon

Seriously, she does NOT know when to shut up. It's beautiful. If she took a bribe and was asked about it, she'd probably think it normal and clever to say, "Well, how else do you make money in politics?" in full seriousness, and would say it to the questioner as though they were so naive to even ask about that. I'm trying to decide if it's stupidity, self-absorption or...what? But she has no awareness whatsoever of how she sounds.

Best part? Besides that she also trashes the Republican Party in the course of her little spiel?(which is hopefully a sign they're not giving her much support, much as they just cut off Carly Fiorina) She said all these things to her Tea Party opponent, Jon Scott Ashjian, trying to get him to drop out of the race(because he will split the vote, helping Harry Reid) for her sake and did not expect him to use this against her.

But he did. Shocking! Sharron, had you noticed he's literally running as a TP candidate, rather than as a Republican? He has no reason to help you, idiot.

And then there's the whole issue of this: she attacks the GOP for having given up what she calls its "principles," then explains that she is running as a Republican, rather than as, say, a Tea Party candidate, to be "pragmatic." That's very principled of you, Angle. And like any of us didn't know this was just a way for Republicans to run pretending they aren't Republicans.

Angle, seriously, is it difficult to breathe with your head so far up your ass? I dunno, but thank God you're so crazy and stupid because you will suffer a crushing defeat. At which point you'll probably scream for your supporters to get out their guns and fight for you. Can't wait.

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03 October 2010
  Frank Rich: "The Very Useful Idiocy of Christine O'Donnell"

It would be a very good idea to read it, here.

They are acing it, these guys. Election Day is now only a month away. The demoralized Democrats are held hostage by the unemployment numbers. And along comes this marvelous gift out of nowhere, Christine O’Donnell, Tea Party everywoman, who just may be the final ingredient needed to camouflage a billionaires’ coup as a populist surge. By the time her fans discover that any post-election cuts in government spending will be billed to them, and not the Tea Party’s shadowy backers, she’ll surely be settling her own debts with fat paychecks from “Fox & Friends.”

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02 October 2010
  One of Many Reasons I'm Still Voting

"There's a big difference between a disappointing friend and a deadly enemy."--Bill Maher, last night.

I rail on Obama for not being as strong a president as he could be; for mouthing progressive rhetoric that he doesn't tend to carry through; for allowing his enemies to dictate the terms and barely even defend himself and his purported policies from their actually-very-vulnerable onslaught. I say these things because I believe he could succeed, but seems not to have the will for it that he could. It also disgusts me to see supposed liberals thinking denial is any answer. That's what Republicans do, hide, deny, and never fix their mistakes nor learn from. It repulses me when any side insists on a rah-rah team spirit approach to politics, and blind orthodoxy. I am not a Democrat per se. It's just (a) there is no viable third party that can do more than spolit the vote in favor of someone I definitely don't want, and (b) the Democrats and I are in agreement on a majority of issues, and at least what I take to be their basic principles. They disappoint me. They lack courage. But this implies that they could and would do good if they did put some more bone in their backs.

This, of course, means that I think the Republicans are no sane or smart alternative. Especially in their current form. My first president was Nixon(inaugurated two days before I was born, but I had to come out anyway), and my first memory is cartoons interrupted for John Dean's testimony, so my standard is high. But I have never seen the GOP as crazy, stupid and frightening as it is right now, and they deserve nothing. They ran the country into the hole it's in now, regardless of Obama's success or failure or mediocrity in fixing it. Whatever Obama does can be no worse, or even as bad, as what they did and would do if brought back into power.

Seriously, there is every reason to be critical, but no reason for this country to kill itself. And that's what giving these Republicans power again would do.

So don't. Vote your self-preservation, not self-destruction. Voting GOP this year will kill America when we're just climbing back to life. With any further power in Congress, with more governors, they will stall any progress all the more brutally, because there's still two more years to weaken Obama till 2012. If you did not like the last two years, do not make it worse. Do not break any chance of its getting better.

And then maybe Obama's will may make its appearance and not see its shadow.

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  Democrats Suddenly Realize Christmas Came Early

It's been a good Friday. Not only did Rick Sanchez destroy himself faster than any media figure I've ever seen(and really, Sanchez, antisemitism? Not only stupid and vile but...cliched), but it appears the Democrats are finally going on offense. As I've been saying, if the Democrats press the thing just a bit, the GOP candidates couldn't have made it easier to tear them apart with their own scary positions. Waiting this long only makes sense if, now, you say, "Okay, are you done? Now let me repeat your positions back to everyone."

And suddenly all the crazy shit they said to get attention and thought, because they weren't being challenged and never talked to anything but Teashirt audiences, people were swallowing, that they thought was their battle armor, becomes poison coating every inch of their reptilian skin. And, much as Meg Whitman will now spend every day till the election trying to extricate herself from the fact she's been caught lying, violating the law and her own campaign rhetoric, while Brown gains ground without breaking a sweat, they will then be stuck fresh in the mind looking like weasels. They will be so occupied backing off their positions that they will not be able to properly campaign, and at the very least the voters will abandon them for the safer-looking candidate. This is part of the danger of not softening your stance after you're out of primaries.

These are, for god's sake, people who will embrace privatizing Social Security in FLORIDA. (sucks to be you, Marco Rubio) In fact, between that and Angle wanting to privatize the VA, one wonders if they realized much of their potential voter demo was senior citizens, who make up, for instance, Fox's main demo. Were they looking at all those grey and bald heads in the crowds at those rallies and town hall meetings?

And also always vote in great numbers. And are still alive. And are listening. And this is just one example of the toxic muck these candidates have been freely coughing all over themselves.

The Democrats couldn't have more useful material. Politicians of previous generations would've killed for this much public dirt to use. If the thing is pressed, the actually rather weak(now) GOP will not only break but they will have ruined their brand for a generation.

So, as Lincoln once said to Sherman, "Let the thing be pressed."

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