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Thursday, December 06, 2012

At what point do we get to consign the Republicans to the dustbin of history?
Posted by Jill | 7:56 PM
American history since 1900 is full of "What were we thinking?" moments. From flagpole-sitting to goldfish-eating, from the War of the Worlds broadcast to Honey Boo-Boo, from Warren G. Harding to George W. Bush, there are so many instances of this country losing its collective mind that it's a wonder we've survived this long.

Every time, cooler heads eventually prevail. We realize that lining kids up against the walls school hallways with their arms over their heads will not protect them from nuclear holocaust. We realize that Martians have not in fact landed. Rock 'n' roll proves not to destroy the fabric of our nation. The Eastern bloc behemoth falls not with a bang but with a whimper, making us wonder what all the fuss was about. Osama Bin Laden is dispatched and shown to be an old man watching an old tube TV.

Few people are better at whipping up hysteria than Republicans. For my entire lifetime, it's been Republicans promising Dire Consequences lurking right around the corner. Their stock in trade, at least since the 1950s, has been fear. Yes, there's loathing too, but the primary focus of Republican energy is fear. Fear of Communism. Fear of the Devil's music. Fear of terrorists. Fear of interracial marriage. Fear of GAY marriage. Fear of black people. Fear of brown people. Fear of women. Fear of children. Fear of job loss. Fear of church authority figures. Fear of hellfire. Fear of God. Republicans champion fear, and then do whatever they can to create the conditions under which that fear can grow and thrive, because at least up until this past election, fearmongering had shown to be very effective for them.

Hope can be a powerful antidote against fear. I'm not talking about platitudinous hope like the slogan on the Shepard Fairey Obama poster, nor am I talking about the hope of a guy spending his last fifty bucks that were supposed to be spent on groceries on Powerball tickets. I'm talking about the hope that keeps us alive, that lets us get through one more day without blowing our brains out no matter how bad things get. It's that kind of hope that is keeping people in the Rockaways and Staten Island and the Jersey shore waking up every morning with the courage to get through one more day of devastation, cold, and hunger.

Republicans have been winning elections, or at least trying to, based on fear for three decades. It was Reagan's mythical welfare queen. It was Jesse Helms' "White Hands" ad. It was George H.W. Bush's Willie Horton ad. It was the hippie-punching of the campaign against the Clintons. It was the outrage against Common appearing at the White House. It was seeing terrorists around every corner and branding everyone who didn't panic at the site of a swarthy man or a woman in a headscarf as a terrorist sympathizer. We see it in the ridiculous idea that if we allow gay marriage everyone will HAVE to marry someone of the same sex.

This kind of fearmongering reached its pinnacle with the rise of the Tea Party. A loose amalgamation of racists, religious nuts, reactionaries, old John Birchers, and perhaps a few people who really DO care about the Constitution, the Tea Party was quickly co-opted by super-PACs, and so you ended up with a bunch of people talking about freedom while wanting to see women prosecuted for seeking abortions and old people screaming about Big Government while waiting in line to deposit their Social Security checks. It was the triumph of Teh Stoopid, and Republicans were only too willing to hold their hands out to catch some of the spittle escaping from such people's mouths as they ranted about Obama conspiracies that are based on nothing.

There was a time when people like Bob Dole, who appeared on the Senate floor in a wheelchair the other day to advocate for ratification of a United Nations treaty that would basically encourage the rest of the world to make accommodations for the disabled along the lines of Dole's own Americans with Disabilities Act. But as Jon Stewart noted, Tea-crazed Republicans hate the U.N. more than they care about their own citizens, including those brain-damaged babies that they would force women to bear and raise with no help from them.

There are no limits to the crazy and the moronic coming from the mouths of these people. Rick Santorum, one of the nation's leading fetophiles, thinks that making accommodations for kids with cerebral palsy somehow means that dark-skinned people from the U.N. will forbid him from home-schooling his kids (NYT link alert) and teaching them that gay people should be hated with every fiber of their being. Marco Rubio said last week that because there's a "dispute amongst theologians" about how old the earth is, he has no idea. He then backtracked yesterday, but made sure that the mouth-breathers know that yes, he does believe that there's a giant man who lives in the sky who micromanages everything. Former Bush spokesmodel Dana Perino says that women who are victims of domestic abuse "should make better decisions." Kooky "pastor" Bryan Brown has a grand unifying theory of Obama that seems to involve Communism, Islam, Robocop, and Willie Horton. The craziest woman in Alaska continues to prove that "Socialist" is just another word for "N----r". And speaking of the man who lives in the sky, THIS fucking guy KNOWS that God has forgiven him for pressuring his mistress to have an abortion while he serves as a family values fetophile. When do we stop taking these people seriously? When do we stop giving them microphones? It is a parade of crazy, and if this country doesn't get its shit together soon and toss these people onto the dustbin of history, we're going to have to watch the media treat them as if they are good-faith operators until they succeed in driving the entire country off the cliff.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

They Didn't Build That
Posted by Jill | 5:55 AM
I read this morning that the theme for the Republican National Convention is going to be "We Built It" -- flogging a comment by the President that was expressed far less artfully than Elizabeth Warren did while saying the same thing. All of this makes me hope that the theme for the Democratic National Convention is "The Uterus Is Not a Garage Door Opener", and would make me hope for the Goddess to turn Isaac into a nice Cat-3 or 4 hurricane and smite Tampa with it just as some fundie nutball is on the podium speaking derisively how climate change is a myth concocted by left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers, were it not for the fact that such a hurricane would also strike Naples, where my father is going for his first post-chemotherapy lymph node scan next Thursday and then up to New Orleans, where Liberal Dan lives. So scratch that second part.

But rest assured, there will be a whole lot of people who made their money from a government paycheck and K-street campaign dollars up there talking about how business owners are rugged individualists who headed west on foot and in covered wagons, armed only with their rifles and a dream, facing rain, desert, floods, and injuns as they soldiered on with their individual grit and determination, and praising the edifice in which they're sitting,

Oh, wait:

The Republican Party's convention site is creating an awkward reality at odds with the conservative media mythology that is at the center of the convention's theme.

In recent days, Fox News has praised Republicans for adopting "We Built It" as a theme for its upcoming convention. "We Built It" is based on the Fox-fueled distortion of President Obama's remarks tying the success of businesses to "this unbelievable American System" that includes government spending on infrastructure and education.

However, the selection of the Republican convention site actually proves President Obama's point about the role of government assistance. The construction of the Tampa Bay Times Forum was majority financed by the public; the arena is owned by local government; and the Republican convention has received tens of millions in government funds to help with costs and security.   

Republican Convention Site: Publicly Financed, Publicly Owned

Republicans will host their 2012 convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, an indoor arena that is publicly owned and whose construction was majority financed by the public.

The Forum was built in 1996 by the Tampa Bay Sports Authority, which was created as a public agency in 1965 for the purpose of "planning, developing and maintaining a comprehensive complex of sports and recreational facilities" in the area. According to the Authority's 2011 financial statements, the Forum is actually owned by Hillsborough County, which then leases it back to the Authority. This step was taken specifically to avoid the inclusion of the arena on the county's tax rolls.

Reports on the actual cost of construction are inconsistent, ranging from $139 million to $162 million [Tampa Tribune, 8/17/97, via Nexis]. But the Forum was reportedly majority-financed using more than $80 million in city and county bonds backed in part by taxes, with additional funding from the Tampa Bay Lightning professional hockey team. 

The Tampa Bay Lightning is owned by a small businessman named Jeff Vinik. He's a hedge fund manager. You know, a small business -- just like the mom 'n' pop bagel shop around the corner.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Getting ready for the "family values" party
Posted by Jill | 4:57 AM
Tampa strip clubs are gearing up for an influx of sexually repressed GOP men (NYT link):
As Tampa gears up for the Republican National Convention, the biggest party it has ever held, the city and its businesses are primping and polishing for the August arrival of tens of thousands of visitors. Like it or not — mostly not, for city officials — Tampa’s well-known strip clubs have joined the welcome wagon.

Club owners here say they have schmoozed with their counterparts in former host cities, like Denver, and have been told that revenue pours in during conventions, sometimes quadrupling earnings from a Super Bowl week. As for party affiliation, this is one place where the country’s caustic partisan differences fall away, owners say.

Angelina Spencer, the executive director of the Association of Club Executives, which serves as a trade association for strip clubs, said an informal survey of convention business in New York and Denver had determined that Republicans dropped more money at clubs, by far.


... Jazmin, 19, prepared to live-chat on a webcam to a faraway customer, one of the club’s new features. She is also preparing for the convention. Given the opportunity to stand up before a politician, she will do her job, naturally, but also share her own tale of financial struggle, as many voters here would do.

Laid off from a job in the Medicaid billing industry, she scraped by as a cashier at a grocery store. The paycheck scarcely covered her car payments, she said. Then a friend of a friend told her about the strip club, and now there she is, saving her money (the most she’s ever made) for nursing school.

How fitting. The party that is getting ready to nominate a guy whose signature acheivement is saving a few minimum-wage jobs at Staples is goingto by night stuff dollar bills into the G-strings of nineteen-year-olds for whom the only job paying more than minimum wage is giving lap dances to Republicans.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

I Think We're All Bozos On This Bus: The Day in Stupid
Posted by Jill | 6:15 PM
Someone please tell Rick Santorum that Puerto Ricans are already American citizens.

Dumbass teabagger Pennsylvania Governor to women: Close your eyes and think of England.

We're perfectly happy to be equal-opportunity finger-pointers at Teh Stoopid, but is this the best you got?

OK, all you Mississippi teabaggers that Alexandra Pelosi talked with last week. You go first.

Admit it. You're going to miss him. I know Jon Stewart is.

This guy can ALWAYS be relied upon.

So can this one.

Gail Collins, you have the thanks of a grateful nation.

The TSA brings Teh Stoopid every day.

Son of Dobson is a chip off the old block.

Oh for God's sake, give it a rest already. Jeez.

What's tragic is that there are Republican men who would pay to see this.

Pot, kettle, etc.

Live in the future! A fair for all and no fair to anybody!

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

And this is the GOP front-runner
Posted by Jill | 7:47 AM

This is not a political war at all. This is not a cultural war. This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country - the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age? There is no one else to go after other than the United States and that has been the case now for almost two hundred years, once America's preeminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers.

He didn't have much success in the early days. Our foundation was very strong, in fact, is very strong. But over time, that great, acidic quality of time corrodes even the strongest foundations. And Satan has done so by attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that have so deeply rooted in the American tradition.

He was successful. He attacks all of us and he attacks all of our institutions. The place where he was, in my mind, the most successful and first successful was in academia. He understood pride of smart people. He attacked them at their weakest, that they were, in fact, smarter than everybody else and could come up with something new and different. Pursue new truths, deny the existence of truth, play with it because they're smart. And so academia, a long time ago, fell.

And you say "what could be the impact of academia falling?" Well, I would have the argument that the other structures that I'm going to talk about here had root of their destruction because of academia. Because what academia does is educate the elites in our society, educates the leaders in our society, particularly at the college level. And they were the first to fall.

And so what we saw this domino effect, once the colleges fell and those who were being education in our institutions, the next was the church. Now you’d say, ‘wait, the Catholic Church’? No. We all know that this country was founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic but the Judeo-Christian ethic was a Protestant Judeo-Christian ethic, sure the Catholics had some influence, but this was a Protestant country and the Protestant ethic, mainstream, mainline Protestantism, and of course we look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it. So they attacked mainline Protestantism, they attacked the Church, and what better way to go after smart people who also believe they’re pious to use both vanity and pride to also go after the Church.

After that, you start destroying the Church and you start destroying academia, the culture is where their next success was and I need not even go into the state of the popular culture today. Whether its sensuality of vanity of the famous in America, they are peacocks on display and they have taken their poor behavior and made it fashionable. The corruption of culture, the corruption of manners, the corruption of decency is now on display whether it’s the NBA or whether it’s a rock concert or whether it’s on a movie set.

The fourth, and this was harder, now I know you’re going to challenge me on this one, but politics and government was the next to fall. You say, ‘you would think they would be the first to fall, as fallible as we are in politics,’ but people in political life get elected by ordinary folks from lots of places all over the country where the foundations of this country are still strong. So while we may certainly have had examples, the body politic held up fairly well up until the last couple of decades, but it is falling too.

I repeat. This man is the GOP front-runner for the party's nomination for President of the United States. He made this speech not 20 years ago, nor 10 years ago. It was made THREE years ago, at Ave Maria University, a "college" that's part of the Florida town of Ave Maria, a Catholic enclave founded by Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan.

Rick Santorum is a hatemonger of the first order. His hate knows no boundaries -- it's directed at women, at gay people, at even Christians whose beliefs don't coincide 100% with his.

We have spent a decade in Afghanistan so that the Taliban don't take power again. And yet, the same party that has supported that war may very well nominate its own Taliban leader right here. It'll be a Christian Taliban, but it'll be a theocrat just the same.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Around the Blogroll and Elsewhere: Never Second-Guess the Money Guys edition
Posted by Jill | 5:45 AM
Was there ever any doubt? The minute the money guys sensed that Mittens the Chosen One might be in trouble, a no-holds-barred push in Iowa began for the "unemployed", "middle-class" quarter-billionaire.

I could only stand so much of the coverage and ended up watching an old American Masters on the Warner Brothers on WLIW instead, but my cousin says on Facebook that Rachel Maddow managed to slip in a comment that Rick Santorum "came from behind", which is of course all kinds of win and why we adore her so. Of course said cousin couldn't leave well enough alone and also snarked " Rick Santorum has come from behind, pushed past #2 and finished first with another man in the end." But that's another story, Iowa is over, and it looks like we'll have Rick Santorum to kick around for a while longer, something for which we should all thank Dan Savage every day from now until Mittens' coronation, even if Dan DOES hate fat people.

Instaputz had not just Iowa but the nomination called by 8:26 PM.

We have been badly remiss in not linking to Doghouse Riley in a long time, but yesterday he got into the Dan Savage spirit quite nicely in putting Iowa in context.

Smell the Chris-mentum!! Hopeful over at Blue Jersey notes that the good looks, charm, and charisma Blue Collar Messiah from Joisey brought Mittens six fewer votes than in 2008.

I know that Newt is blustering his way to utter irrelevance,but his golf-ball-through-a-garden-hose spouse provides so much comedy gold that Princess Sparkle Pony can't resist. (Note in particular the photo accompanying the December 29 entry. I half-expected Christian Camargo to appear in it.)

BadTux sings "Heigh-ho" about the final placement.

Not Iowa-related, but this entry by Southern Beale is so good, and we are SO going to get Sally Quinn (who was golfball-through-a-garden-hose before it was cool) all over the place today punditizing alongside the equally idiotic David Brooks, that we should remind ourselves just how awful the Villagers are.

Speaking of Callista, Ken reassures us that we're going to have her (and her husband, the Pillsbury Doughboy), around to kick around for a while longer.

Laffy on the Jon Huntsman/Ron Paul trash-talkin'.

Rick Ungar on how Frothy wants you to have your baby so it can inhale a whole bunch of mercury.

And finally...if you aren't reading Charles Pierce during this ridiculous charade of a primary season, you should be.

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Monday, January 02, 2012

Insert your own "finishing up with a bang" joke here.
Posted by Jill | 12:17 PM
According to TPM, the Iowa Caucus of Ricks Perry and Santorum is all about Teh Sodomy.

I don't think even gay ninteen-year-olds think about gay sex as much as the Two Ricks do.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The natural order of things will not be tampered with
Posted by Jill | 5:41 AM
It's been interesting to watch the Republican clown car over the last couple of weeks, as lunatic after lunatic has risen to the top of the cable news feeding frenzy (and as a result, in the Pavolvian response of GOP voters), then crashed and burned after each one's lunacy and idiocy has been so out there for the world to see, that not even a 24/7 news-o-tainment cycle could save them.

For a while there, it seemed as if Newt Gingrich would be the Big Winner™ of the Iowa caucuses, thus demonstrating what a foolish and ridiculous country we are that we allow a bunch of people who get paid to go to meetings to essentially pick our presidential nominees. But whether it's his party turning against him, or Gingrich's own socipathic narcissistic self-aggrandizing musings on The World According to Newt, his own meteoric rise seems to be over. Claiming that low-income children in cities have no role models other than pimps and hos and crack dealers so they should become school janitors after school didn't quite do it in the Party of Mean (perhaps even THAT wasn't quite mean enough), but the Money Wing of the party is concerned enough about this loose cannon that they've been pulling out the stops (NYT link):
Attack ads are blanketing Iowa, fueled by millions of dollars from his rivals and a group supporting Mitt Romney. Mailboxes are filling up with anti-Gingrich leaflets. And on the stump, his rivals have stepped up their assault on Mr. Gingrich’s time in Congress and his commitment to conservative causes.

Mr. Gingrich, the former House speaker, emerged in early December with a strong lead in some national polls and with commanding leads in Iowa and South Carolina. But new surveys suggest that political gravity could be dragging him down, opening the race up again and highlighting once more the fickle search among conservatives for an alternative to Mr. Romney.

“It’s definitely a full frontal assault,” said John Stineman, a Republican strategist who managed the 2000 presidential campaign of Steve Forbes in Iowa. He said the criticism of Mr. Gingrich has been impossible to avoid in Iowa. “The fact is, he’s getting killed,” he said.

For most of December, Mr. Gingrich has refused to push back aggressively against the attacks, promising a positive approach and pursuing a relatively limited schedule of traditional campaigning. He spent last weekend largely off the trail, attending a concert in Virginia where his wife, Callista, played the French horn.

Perhaps because not attending would have required another half-million in Tiffany's jewelry to placate the former bent-over-the-desk Newtie plaything.
A daily tracking poll by Gallup released on Monday showed that Mr. Gingrich’s lead has all but evaporated, leaving him in a dead heat with Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor. A new CNN survey also showed the race tied nationally. And an automated poll of Iowa voters showed an even steeper drop for Mr. Gingrich, though many news organizations have reservations about its methodology.

His decline highlighted the unsettled nature of a contest in which many Republican voters say they are still open minded about whom they will vote for; a New York Times/CBS News poll this month found that two-thirds of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa were still willing to change their minds. On Monday, Sarah Palin said on Fox Business Network that “it’s not too late” for “folks” to jump into the Republican contest.

Just in case you thought that Evita Mooselini had disappeared.

But you needn't fear that we're going to have another media love affair with Sarah Palin. What this GOP race shows is that when the rubber meets the road, the Money Wing of the Republican Party trumps the God Wing every single time. And right now, Mitt Romney, he of the millions of dollars flowing into his pockets from Bain Capital every year who is and the planned $167/year tax cut for the middle class that he claims will help because "It's not nothing", barring a surge by the Ron Paulites, should do well enough in Iowa to hit New Hampshire in pretty good shape.

Except for one thing. Jeb Bush had an op-ed in the Murdoch Street Journal the other day that sure reads both like like a cri de coeur of the Money Wing of the GOP and a campaign speech.

Let's face it: A Jeb Bush/Paul Ryan ticket is the Money Wing's dream team. Utterly committed to corporate power, huge tax cuts for the richest Americans, and a complete and radical dismantling of the social safety net, combined with a family history of complete and utter loyalty to the haves and the have-mores, and without all that Mormon baggage, it's been clear from the beginning, long before George W. Bush and Dick Cheney managed to steal the executive branch of the United States government and begin their appointed task of wrecking the nation in just eight years, that Jeb Bush has always been the one they wanted. Jeb is smarter than his brother, but every bit as heartless and committed to the destruction of the middle class -- and he's one of THEM in a way Mitt Romney, despite his second-generation money made by putting thousands of middle-class Americans out of work, just isn't -- because of all this stuff about golden plates and Jesus living here in the U.S....and that pesky governor of Massachusetts thing.

But whether Jeb decides to be a late entry, swatting the Grifter Palin away with one hand and riding in on his valiant steed to be Savior of the GOP, or the Paulie Walnuts of Bain Capital prevails, one thing is certain: The Money Wing of the Republican Party always, always, always gets its way.

Even when the Democrat wins.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Meet the Yahoos

Now that Herman Cain has "suspended" his campaign so he can spend more time with his attorneys and the GOP field once again bleached to its usual levels, the differences between the candidates become less obvious (four of the five men taking part in the debate wore red ties). Minus Jon Huntsman, last night's ABC News-Yahoo debate looked like the 19th Hole at Augusta with Michele Bachmann as the barfly at 1:59 AM hoping to get noticed.

Obeying the laws of campaign politics, the other nominees played Capture the Flag, taking turns taking swipes at Grand Old Philanderer Newt Gingrich. At 68, this is obviously Newt's last hurrah in his quest for the Oval Office. By process of attrition and running against a clearly mentally unbalanced field consisting of non-entities, morons and psychopaths, Newt is currently on the top of the dunghill even while crowing about making children janitors. And Mitt Romney, Newt's closest competitor and in a process straight out of Last Action Hero or The Purple Rose of Cairo is playing Gordon Gecko to the hilt, proving, as always, to be about as popular as Pat Buchanan in the Castro.

As usual, the punches and counter-punches were done under the guise of civility, with Mitt stiffly laughing as only a possessed Gentleman's Wearhouse mannequin can at Newt Gingrich's jibe that the only thing that kept him from being a career politician was getting his uptight ass slapped over his well-coiffed head by Ted Kennedy, which is true (One can only imagine Romney after the debate, seething with fury and looking for someone's dog to strap on a car roof). But it hardly made Gingrich any less of an insider, an image that he's trying to belie in the current wave of anti-incumbency that was powerful enough to make even Barney Frank retire.

Rick Perry's neurons fired together just long enough to note that the American electorate is quite justified in factoring in a man's infidelity to his wife and to extrapolate from that a suspicion about his moral turpitude in general. Gingrich got points in the always-supine MSM for "smoothly" parrying Perry's thrust. Yet it's notable that while agreeing the American public has a right to ask any questions of any presidential candidate, he also referred to his own serial adultery as if talking about some other Newt Gingrich or a ne'er do well kid brother. Never once in his agreement with Perry did Gingrich admit to any wrongdoing except to say in the abstract, "I've made some mistakes". Nor did giving the American public a blank check to ask any questions it saw fit jibe with the typical Republican surliness and thuggery that comes with trying to hold the candidates' feet to the fire.

Despite currently leading in three of the four early primary states. Gingrich will not survive the holiday season and will be put on a shelf with the other fruitcakes so we can start all over again. Romney is running away from his "liberal" past and flip-flopping about as successfully as a three legged elephant. Romney's detested for that and two other reasons: His Mormonism and the fact that he's just not nasty enough. Republican voters, I think, have come to the consensus that Romney intends to do what's best for Wall Street and purging the nation of unions, gays and liberals may be just an afterthought.

Huntsman and Paul, who are more adroit at hiding their own particular lunacy, are the two scrawny kids always picked last for the kickball game and will never even get to be the flavor of the day. And even among a demographic that revels in watching traffic at NASCAR tracks and WWE wrestling, Bachmann and Perry are just too stupid for even these people to elect (although, how George W. Bush slipped by them 12 years ago is still anyone's guess).

Santorum can forget having any political future ever again thanks to Dan Savage and Google. Plus, as the field's only other Catholic, he'll never pass muster with the evangelical vote that's still waiting for Republican Jesus to come down in a golf cart made of light and wearing a Brooks Brothers suit. Santorum is the worst of both worlds: He's simply crazy and stupid, a shithouse rat that's been clonked on the head too many times with a pipe wrench.

That leaves Romney, a guy who could name his campaign "Bridesmaid Revisited" and who changes positions more often than a double-jointed porn star with ADHD. But the truth is, Romney and Gingrich both have one thing handicapping them: They both present an appearance of being career politicians at least in ambition while being miserable failures at it. Year after year, after getting hounded out of the House when his Contract With America crashed and burned on the Lakehurst, New Jersey part of the political landscape, the Lizard King has spent his time forming exploratory committees that told him every fours that no one wanted him as President.

Romney, when he wasn't taking over weakened companies in hostile takeovers with Bain Capital and throwing American workers on the streets, has only a failed single term as Massachusetts' Governor to point to and otherwise has failed like he's failing now to secure any other position. Because even the mouth-breathing electorate that make up Crazy Base World know the difference between someone who wants to do something (even if it's destroying our social safety net and making unions a quaint thing of the past) and someone who just wants to be something.

Romney and Gingrich, moreso than the also-rans, are coldly ambitious. Beneath that transparently disingenuous veneer of affability and reasonableness squirms two wannabes who would literally cut the tendons above their grandmothers' heels if they thought it would augment by one iota their chances of getting into the Oval Office.

And, as always, the biggest thing they have going for them is the "R" after their names and their dedication to getting that Muslim, Kenyan, Commie nigger out of the White House. And Gingrich has the edge simply because he's not Mitt.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Around the Blogroll and Elsewhere: Special Republican Clown Car edition
Posted by Jill | 6:33 AM
Before I proceed to the linkitude, I want to congratulate my and longtime friends Gabriel (my original blogbrother) and Dennis on 19 years of showing those irresponsible, hedonistic red staters what love and commitment look like.

Now, our shirts are clean and pressed and our haircuts are precise, so let's start the show:

Tom Degan, who can always be relied on for some damn fine rantin', makes me want to go downstairs and dig out Mr. Brilliant's copy of "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" for some summer reading now that I have a brief breather of living like a normal person.

Addicting Info has the Bachmann/corn dog photo you've all been waiting for. And Down With Tyranny has even more fun photos from Crazytown, Iowa.

More hilarious Iowa Straw Poll photographs at Princess Sparkle Pony's photo blog. Nothing like people with a million dollar line of credit at Tiffany's pretending to be Just Like Iowa Farm Folks.

Batocchio: Thou Shalt Not Question Supply-Side Jesus.

Beeryblog identifies America's dummy belt.

At Driftglass, a Photoshop job that should give you nightmares. Especially since the homonculus you're looking at is going to be the next president.

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