Archive for September 23, 2010
So, Republicans have bad ideas and Democrats have good ideas but they’re afraid of their own shadow.
Can’t wait to vote in November!
…and it made me think of this:
Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce “Addison Mitchell ‘Mitch” McConnell, Jr.“
Sounds kinda gay doesn’t it?
(Hey, two can play this little game.)
Apologies to Greg Sargent over at the Washington Posts‘ “The Plum Line” for copying his entire post on this but I hope and want ya’ll to read the whole thing.
Not only that, I can’t decide which part to leave out; it’s so juicy:
Top Obama adviser David Axelrod got an earful of the liberal blogosphere’s anger at the White House moments ago, when a blogger on a conference call directly called out Axelrod over White House criticism of the left, accusing the administration of “hippie punching.”
“We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day,” the blogger, Susan Madrak of Crooks and Liars, pointedly told Axelrod on the call, which was organzied for liberal bloggers and progressive media.
The call seeme [sic] to perfectly capture the tense dynamic that exists between the White House and the online and organized left: Though White House advisers in the past have dumped on the left, anonymously and even on the record, Axelrod repeatedly pleaded with the bloggers on the call for help in pumping up the flagging enthusiasm of rank and file Dems.
“You play a great role in informing people about the stakes of elections,” Axelrod told the bloggers. “One of the reasons I was eager to expend time was to enlist you.”
But hovering over the call was the obvious disconnect between this plea for help and statements like those of Robert Gibbs, who recently pilloried the “professional left” for being overly critical of the White House.
That tension burst out into the open when Madrak directly asked Axelrod: “Have you ever heard of hippie punching?” That prompted a long silence from Axelrod.
“You want us to help you, the first thing I would suggest is enough of the hippie punching,” Madrak added. “We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day.”
Axelrod didn’t engage on “hippie punching,” but he said he agreed with the blogger. “To the extent that we shouldn’t get involved in intramural skirmishing, I couldn’t agree more,” Axelrod said. “We just can’t afford that. There are big things at stake here.”
Madrak replied that Axelrod was missing the point — that the criticism of the left made it tougher for bloggers like herself to motivate the base. “Don’t make our jobs harder,” she said.
“Right back at’cha. Right back at’cha,” Axelrod replied, a bit testily, an apparent reference to blogospheric criticism of the administration.
At any rate, for Axelrod to plead with liberal bloggers for their help turning out the base, only to get accused of “hippie punching,” is an iconic moment in Campaign 2010.
So, less than six weeks before the mid-terms, and after almost two years of administration officials calling liberal bloggers things like “f**king retards,” and the “professional left,” and telling Democrats they need to “wake up,” they come crawling asking for “help in pumping up the flagging enthusiasm of rank and file Dems?”
It’s disgusing. I wish I hadn’t seen this. Damm!
Someone sh*ts on you for two years and then asks for your help at the last minute and everyone’s supposed to jump up and down and say oh yeah, we’re there for ya?!
What was it Georgie boy said? “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”
The unmitigated gall!
Inside Cable News just tweeted that Fox’s Shepard Smith will interview Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tomorrow on “Studio B” and the “Fox Report.” It isn’t clear whether the same interview will air on both shows or if there will be a live interview on each one but nonetheless, this should be interesting.
Shepard Smith is arguably one of the sanest people at Fox but hey, he’s still at Fox.
The election is less than six weeks away. Drink a case or two of this and get going!
The EBay founder who hired Meg Whitman as his company’s chief operating officer, giving her a platform on which to run for governor, said Tuesday that he would not endorse her because of Whitman’s opposition to same-sex marriage and her alliance with former Gov. Pete Wilson.
“I was disappointed in her not-correct decision, in my view, to support Proposition 8 in California. I was disappointed in her alignment with former Gov. Pete Wilson on immigration issues, who I think took some very extreme views years ago about denying benefits to illegal immigrants. And so because of those types of issues, I think we are a little bit apart, and I can’t quite support her because of that.”
This is pretty cool: Paris Offers Water With Bubbles, but No Bottles:
In the latest in a series of unusual efforts to make Paris green, the city is now offering residents free sparkling water to try to wean Parisians not from red wine, but from overconsumption of plastic bottles.
Inaugurated on Tuesday by Eau de Paris, the public water company, “la pétillante” — “the bubbly” — is a water fountain installed in a wooden hut of the Jardin de Reuilly, in eastern Paris, that delivers sparkling water.
“We chill the water between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius,” said Philippe Burguière, the spokesman for Eau de Paris, “and then we inject carbon dioxide into regular tap water to make the bubbles thin and tasty.” Those temperatures translate to 42.8 to 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
The new water fountain is part of an operation “aimed at promoting tap water in a country where we invest a lot to preserve its quality,” Mr. Burguière added.
The fountain is connected to the public water system and uses six taps to provide both sparkling and flat water.
The idea was conceived in Italy and grew very popular there, Mr. Burguière said.
Italians, who are known as the world’s biggest consumers of sparkling water, have installed 215 fountains of the same type in the country’s northern regions.
I love that some countries are actually talking about and taking steps to help ween people off of plastic water bottles. That buying water and drinking it out of disposable bottles was turned into a “necessity,” all so companies could turn a profit, was one of the biggest con jobs ever.
How did this happen?
When Jason Grodensky bought his modest Fort Lauderdale home last December, he paid cash. But seven months later, he was surprised to learn that Bank of America had foreclosed on the house, even though Grodensky did not have a mortgage.
Grodensky knew nothing about the foreclosure until July, when he learned that the title to his home had been transferred to a government-backed lender. “I feel like I’m hanging in the wind and I’m scared to death,” said Grodensky. “How did some attorney put through a foreclosure illegally?”
Bank of America has acknowledged the error and will correct it at its own expense, said spokeswoman Jumana Bauwens.
Ah, yeah. They better correct it at their own expense.
A California Marine has admitted he helped kill 50 ducks at an Iowa petting zoo two years ago that police say were stoned to death.
The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reports that Shayne Smalling of Twentynine Palms, Calif., entered his guilty plea in writing to a misdemeanor charge of livestock abuse on Wednesday in Linn County District Court. He was ordered to pay a $625 fine.
Smalling is stationed in California.
Marine or not, one would think stoning one duck would cause the guilt, empathy and remorse to kick in. But 50?
This is what class warfare looks like:
Charles Munger, the billionaire vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., defended the U.S. financial-company rescues of 2008 and told students that people in economic distress should “suck it in and cope.”
“You should thank God” for bank bailouts, Mr. Munger said in a discussion at the University of Michigan last Tuesday, according to a video posted on the Internet. “Now, if you talk about bailouts for everybody else, there comes a place where if you just start bailing out all the individuals instead of telling them to adapt, the culture dies.”
That, in a nutshell, is how the top 2% think.
It’s a good morning because it’s the first day of fall and I LOVE the fall!