Category: see you so long fare thee well

When the Texan thought of the Baroness

Representative Steve Stockman of Texas gets himself plenty riled up over the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:

“While many mourn, Baroness Thatcher reminded us ‘I fight on I fight to win,’” Stockman said in statement. “The best way to honor Baroness Thatcher is to crush liberalism and sweep it into the dustbin of history.”

Annhilation. Extinction. Aaarghh. Curiously, in the middle of all this death, and ruin to come, the Republican shows a remarkable dainty side.

. . Baroness Thatcher inherited a country that was demoralized, economically broken and bankrupted by expansive government. Unlike Obama, Baroness Thatcher restored prosperity and optimism. Where Obama has failed, Baroness Thatcher succeeded. While Obama forges chains of dependency and government bloat, Baroness Thatcher took a sledgehammer to the machinery of liberalism. Baroness Thatcher’s record . .

Hoo the Baroness, and the Baroness, and the Baroness. I had no idea the same guys who enjoyed whittling the pig fat from their teeth could hold such respect for peerage. Had it been the Queen who died, they’d have had to wheel in a crane to pick Stockman from the floor. This too is a howler:

In a statement following the announcement of Thatcher’s death President Obama called the Iron Lady “one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend.”

A champion of liberty? In a swine’s eye. How about these doings, for freedom’s sake? Thatcher called the African National Congress “a typical terrorist organisation.” Their leader, Nelson Mandela, later negotiated the end of Apartheid, freeing millions from government oppression. He then became South Africa’s first democratically elected president.

Meanwhile she called herself “President Botha’s candid friend.” P.W. Botha was the last great champion of official state-sponsored racism. He suffered a stroke while trying futilely to preserve it, then resigned his presidency. Botha later refused to testify at the Truth and Reconciliation hearings because, among other atrocities, he’d have to confess to being a domestic terrorist. He authorized the bombing of the South African Council of Churches headquarters.

And:

The Thatcher government supported the Khmer Rouge keeping their seat in the UN after they were ousted from power in Cambodia by the Cambodian–Vietnamese War. Although denying it at the time they also sent the SAS to train the Khmer Rouge alliance to fight against the Vietnamese-backed People’s Republic of Kampuchea government.

This would be after, not before, the Khmer Rouge slaughtered two million Cambodians in a genocide. Given a situation where it wasn’t necessary to choose between evils, Thatcher chose to support the modern-day Nazis.

Maggie never cared for freedom. She favored authority. And rather than use that power to liberate the oppressed, she employed it to decimate her political enemies, like the union coal miners. Which is exactly why Rep. Stockman is such a big fan, with his ‘destroy all liberals’ schtick. Good luck with that.

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I defer to Elvis Costello

When England was the whore of the world
Margaret was the Madame
And the future looked as bright and as clear
as the black tarmacadam

. . I never thought for a moment
that human life could be so cheap
But when they finally put you in the ground
they’ll stand their laughing and tramp the dirt down

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Like if Muhammad Ali had Godzilla for a dick

The greatest man who ever lived. I will buy America a ballroom. Why am I seeing China in a tent? I have made eight billion dollars. Why do you think you can criticize me? I have purchased a golf course. It will become incredible? Yes. Iraq had as much oil as Soadie Arabia. Why didn’t we steal it? Why not give it to the Marines? Everybody is stupid.

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Not being scared of Paul Ryan

August 15, 2012. Krauthammer To Romney: Unleash Paul Ryan.

September 21, 2012. Scott Walker: Unleash Paul Ryan.

March 12, 2013. American Enterprise Institute: Unleash Paul Ryan!

A free Paul Ryan is preferred to the one we know. The familiar Ryan has played this game too long:

He cuts deep into spending on health care for the poor and some combination of education, infrastructure, research, public-safety, and low-income programs. The Affordable Care Act’s Medicare cuts remain, but the military is spared, as is Social Security. There’s a vague individual tax reform plan that leaves only two tax brackets — 10 percent and 25 percent — and will require either huge, deficit-busting tax cuts or increasing taxes on poor and middle-class households, as well as a vague corporate tax reform plan that lowers the rate from 35 percent to 25 percent.

Ryan is an ideologue and a clown, and even apolitical Americans have figured it out. He proposes massive tax cuts for corporations and the rich, then couples those with throwing millions of people out of Obamacare and Medicaid. He leaves military spending intact, but of course he slashes Medicare. In other words: The programs and adjustments Americans favor, he decimates. The villains, he hands your tax dollars.

It’s a fantastical right-wing dream. Nothing but an effort to turn the government inside out and hang it on a philosophical hook. It’s a wizard’s spell cast upon the commons, courtesy the political Dungeons And Dragons crowd. Speaking of which, the American Enterprise Institute:

1. If the GOP’s Medicare reform plan is such a good idea (and budget deficits are such a problem), it should be implemented before 2024. Ryan knows this, surely.

2. There’s no Social Security reform plan.

3. The plan repeals Obamacare, which is highly unlikely. Better to have shown how the ACA can be fixed.

4. The plan lowers the top tax rate to 25%, which, like an Obamacare repeal, ain’t going to happen . .

Even his best friends know he’s full of shit. This would be a good time to remind ourselves what the real Paul Ryan is like.

He’s been in Congress for nearly 13 years, but Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has only seen two of his bills pass into law during that time.

Ryan, who Mitt Romney has tapped as his running mate, passed a bill into law in July 2000 that renames a post office in his district. Thanks to Ryan, the post office on 1818 Milton Ave. in Janesville, Wis., is now known as “Les Aspin Post Office Building.”

The other time Ryan saw one of his bills become law was in December 2008, with legislation to change the way arrows (as in bows and arrows) are hit with an excise tax.

He’s managed to rename a post office. And lowered the tax on arrows. So should he remake the government we’ve had in place since World War II, resulting in the upheaval of millions of lives? I don’t think so.

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Goodbye Molester Pope

K-Lo with the perfunctory Hosannas:

Benedict’s Message: Go to Jesus
by KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ

The message: Catholics, be who you claim to be — live lives of prayer and faith . .

Every visible thing this man has said and done as pope has pointed us to Jesus, seeking to build up the body of Christ to a radically new level of engagement.

Pointed to Jesus you say?

Father Stephen Kiesle was assigned to the Oakland, California, diocese. After molesting two boys in a rectory in 1978, he was tried and convicted of sexual assault. But the Church would not release him. After serving his probation, he asked to be de-frocked. The Church would not release him. Diocese officials sent a formal entreaty to the Vatican asking for a ruling on Kiesle, but the Church refused. Finally in 1985, after two more requests, the Vatican’s ethics chief responded:

. . This court, although it regards the arguments presented in favour of removal in this case to be of grave significance, nevertheless deems it necessary to consider the good of the Universal Church together with that of the petitioner, and it is also unable to make light of the detriment that granting the dispensation can provoke with the community of Christ’s faithful, particularly regarding the young age of the petitioner.

It is necessary for this Congregation to submit incidents of this sort to very careful consideration, which necessitates a longer period of time.

In the meantime your Excellency must not fail to provide the petitioner with as much paternal care as possible and in addition to explain to same the rationale of this court, which is accustomed to proceed keeping the common good especially before its eyes.

Let me take this occasion to convey sentiments of the highest regard always to you.

Your most Reverend Excellency

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Kiesle was finally de-frocked two years later. In 2004, he was imprisoned.

More than a half-dozen victims reached a settlement in 2005 with the Oakland diocese alleging Kiesle had molested them as young children.

“He admitted molesting many children and bragged that he was the Pied Piper and said he tried to molest every child that sat on his lap,” said Lewis VanBlois, an attorney for six Kiesle victims who interviewed the former priest in prison. “When asked how many children he had molested over the years, he said ‘tons.’”

Benedict’s message: Screw the Children. Good riddance.

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Ed Koch, deceased asshole

The former New York mayor has gone and died.

“Of course, the vast majority of Muslims — there are a billion four hundred million — are not terrorists. But there are hundreds of millions who are. They want to kill every Christian, every Jew, every Hindu who won’t convert.”

Good riddance.

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Republicans losing heart, having to learn impulse control

Lessons learned.

Roxanne Rubin was a loyal Republican who worked on the Las Vegas strip. She hated the way Democrats got away with cheating our American voting system.

“This has always been an issue with me. I just feel the system is flawed,” she told the AP Thursday. “If we’re showing ID for everything else, why wouldn’t we show our ID in order to vote?”

So last November she decided to do something about it. Roxanne decided that she would vote twice. That would show everybody.

Rubin voted at the Anthem Community Center in Henderson. Later that day, she appeared at a Las Vegas polling station at 9725 S. Eastern Ave., and attempted to vote a second time.

A records search showed she already voted, but Rubin insisted she had not and should be allowed to cast a ballot. Poll workers did not allow it…

Rubin’s deal requires her to pay $2,481 to the state in restitution, complete 100 hours of community service, stay out of trouble and complete an impulse control course.

Oh sure, go and hassle the Republican. A Mexican immigrant votes ten times before breakfast, do you ever see that in the news? Does a prosecutor ever bring him before a judge? NO. Because liberal media communism. His oldest kid can barely walk, but they gave him a trophy. His wife can’t add two and two, but they made her an accountant. She’s got a corporate job with a salary and a company car. ‘Kim Kardashian’? Really?

Roxy wasn’t the only fematriot who’s had enough.

Bay Buchanan, a top Mitt Romney lieutenant who’s been involved in politics ever since serving as treasurer of Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign, saw last November’s loss as a signal to get out of presidential politics.

“It was so tough. It was brutal,” she said of the loss to President Obama. “I think it’s the toughest because we really expected to win it,” added Buchanan, a former Treasurer of the United States who also ran her brother Pat’s three campaigns for president.

“I thought to myself in November, I have another career in me,” Buchanan said. So two days after the election, she started an online real estate course and now has her sales license and a firm: McEnearney Associates Inc. in McLean, Va.

Is there a lesson here? Maybe don’t watch Fox News, that’s a good one. Also: Be careful what you name your daughters, that’s important. ‘Bay’ and ‘Roxanne’ come with some risks.

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Hillary crushes Ron Johnson’s manly pride

Polyester manufacturer Sen. Ron Johnson harbored himself a real whopping hard-on for Benghazi. [Libyan Tom Jones jokes here.] And boy did he get the chance of a nutter’s lifetime yesterday: The dissembler, the coward, the Clinton!, Hillary finally deigned to show up before him and weasel out of the truth.

If she figured the hearing would be a cakewalk, the Senior Senator would destroy the idea. Because the Benghazi charade was about to be exposed by a simple Ron Johnson fact: You could have made a phone call. The Secretary of State could simply have talked to anybody near the tragedy and cleared the whole thing up. Fairly obvious! Ring up that payphone hanging on the compound wall and say “This is Hillary Clinton. Now tell me what happened.” Done.

Forget all the CIA spooks and intelligence nerds and khaki security rangers and the careful way in which an entire government labels someone a “terrorist” though you well know this has life-and-death consequences and why not leave it all up to some random civilian? Hmm?



Oops, alright. She’s not just a coward and a Clinton and a liberal squish. She knows what’s she’s doing, and she gives better than she gets.

“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” she said. “Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this. The fact is that people were trying, in real time, to get to the best information.”

The Senator then yields his inquiry like the pig who bit the porcupine. That wasn’t fun.

And then he runs right to the press. Because everybody in America, and soon to be everyone with an internet, has seen him get his sorry butt kicked from here to the moon. Things didn’t go as planned for you, did they Senator? Your comments?

“I think she just decided before she was going to describe emotionally the four dead Americans, the heroes, and use that as her trump card to get out of the questions,” Johnson told BuzzFeed after the Senate hearing. “It was a good way of getting out of really having to respond to me.”

Translation: She beat me like the better man she is. Ouch.

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Scientology’s bitch for a day

Monday afternoon in The Atlantic. They run a gushing piece on the Church of Scientology’s bizarre and, if we’re to believe first-hand accounts, frequently unhinged leader David Miscavige. What a year he’s had. What a year for the Church of Scientology too.



Quote:

2012 was a milestone year for Scientology, with the religion expanding to more than 10,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, spanning 167 nations–figures that represent a growth rate 20 times that of a decade ago.

The driving force behind this unparalleled era of growth is David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion. Mr. Miscavige is unrelenting in his work for millions of parishioners and the cities served by Scientology Churches. He has led a renaissance for the religion itself, while driving worldwide programs to serve communities through Church-sponsored social and humanitarian initiatives.

What follow are amazing accomplishments, and a series of spectacular photos showing Scientologists by the hundreds and thousands rejoicing in locations across the globe: Washington D.C., Tel Aviv, Hamburg. The wide-eyed kudos and congratulations pour in from The Atlantic’s readership:



That’s when The Atlantic realizes. This does not look good.

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Oh well fellas, nice try.

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Please, not while my vapors are in retrograde

What color are the ginger ponies in your world?

John Boehner looks bad, though to many in Washington he’s a sympathetic figure because they know how much he wanted a historic agreement on the great issue of his time. Some say he would have been happy to crown his career with it, and if that meant losing a job, well, a short-term loss is worth a long-term crown. Mr. Obama couldn’t even make a deal with a man like that, even when it would have made the president look good.

Johnny twied, but Bawack was mean. Aww. Let someone remind Peggers that the Speaker walked away from bargaining in order to accessorize his ‘Plan B’ truncheon with poison spikes and accordingly wave it at the President. The bill raised the highest tax threshold to a million dollars, threw the estate taxes back to the Bush era, and retained the miniscule rates on dividends and capital gains. Meanwhile it let expire the Child Tax and American Opportunity Tax Credits. Net result: Millionaires got a $118,000 tax break, the working poor got a $1,000 tax increase.

It was everything a Republican guerrilla could want. And Boehner’s people pissed on it. Had any survived, a single ‘Plan B’ provision would have caused the President to veto whatever bill came his way. But Boehner couldn’t get his own terrorists to carry the dynamite. The legislation wasn’t bad enough. Not nearly destructive enough. Though it favored the rich over the poor by hundreds of billions of dollars, it was too liberal. Give us something really despicable, they said, something we can get behind. The Speaker quickly adjourned the House and flew home. Oh Peggy the President has lost his mind.

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Today’s worst Jeff G. post

And now. A man yoinks on his weensy.

Obama, silent about union violence in Michigan, immediately reacts to Connecticut school shooting
Jeff G. | Protein Wisdom

Predictable as the sunrise. Sayeth the Light Bringer and erstwhile armory to the Mexican drug cartels . .

Look at him go!

. . stoking race hatred, engaging in class warfare, and terming our political opponent our enemies, or “teabaggers,” or mental defectives — then use every last tragedy, be it the shooting of Gabby Giffords or the Aurora theater shooting or the murder suicide of an NFL linebacker or the Oregon mall shooting or today’s shooting . .

UNNGGH! AARRGGH.

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Losing the White House by the numbers

It seems like months ago, but it was only days. Really only hours. On the Big Day, candidate Mitt Romney was asked about his chances.

This is the sign of a confident man on election night: Mitt Romney says he has written only one speech for tonight. It’s a victory speech. And it’s 1,118 words long.

Romney told reporters on his plane today that “intellectually” he’s felt he’s won the race for a while . .

“I am very pleased. I feel we have put it all on the field. We left nothing in the locker room,” Romney said.

At the time I felt this was something he had to say. His supporters needed the boost. He’d had a good first debate and the polls had shifted his way slightly. But the days and debates went past and darned if the numbers didn’t shift back to where they started. He’d needed to change the contest in the swing states drastically to change his fate, and he hadn’t done it. But it was bold of him to act bold in a nice way, if fantastical.

The returns came in, and just as Nate Silver had predicted, Romney having no better than 1 chance in 11 of surviving, the election wasn’t close. And the Romney camp could not have been more STUNNED. Knocked completely sideways.

And they wouldn’t concede the contest. They didn’t believe the numbers. Don’t you buy what Fox News just told you about Ohio, Karl Rove lectured. Then even if Ohio magically flipped it didn’t matter, the election was lost far past that. And so Mitt Romney, the sure winner, had to ask the networks for time to cobble together a concession speech. The nightmare.

For contrast, look at what the pollsters had said all along. I mean the real data crunchers, not the Rasmussens of the cocktail party circuit. Nothing about Tuesday could be called surprising.

Two university-based pollsters joined Silver in correctly predicting Obama’s win, and one of them will be dead-on about the electoral vote tally.

Drew Linzer, an assistant professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta and a former pollster based in California, predicted yesterday morning on the website votamatic.org that Obama would end the race with 332 electoral votes and Romney 206.

Of [Nate] Silver, Linzer wrote in that post, “his most likely outcome is still Obama 332, followed by 303 and 347, just like me.” Linzer also wrote that his model for votamatic.org had been predicting since June the Obama win with 332 electoral votes.

Since June. More than four months ago. Linzer had predicted the outcome, and very little had occurred to change things since then.

Sam Wang, a Princeton University professor of neuroscience, posted his final prediction — that Obama would likely receive 303 electoral votes to Romney’s 235 — on the school’s election blog at 2 p.m. yesterday. He reduced Obama’s total from 332 based on late polls yesterday.

Sam had perhaps missed only Florida (and Florida’s still too close for an official call). It seems that using numbers to make accurate predictions is possible. When you’ve got the right person, or the right method, reality can be assessed. The question remains: Why didn’t Republicans bother? They didn’t seem to care.

Then they got hit by a train.

. . how stunned so many of Romney’s supporters were. Many said they were influenced by the prominent conservatives who predicted a big Romney win, and they fully expected Tuesday night to be a victory celebration.

“I am shocked, I am blown away,” said Joe Sweeney, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “I thought I had a pretty good pulse on this stuff. I thought there was a trend that was going on underground.”

There was no Romney tsunami in the country that only our people knew about? I thought we had a handle on that.

“We were so convinced that the people of this country had more common sense than that,” said Nan Strauch, of Hilton Head, South Carolina. “It was just a very big surprise. We felt so confident.”

We thought people who answered Public Policy Polling questionnaires would later come to their senses. Our message would kick in as they drove to the polls, we figured. That’s politics, right?

“It makes me wonder who my fellow citizens are,” said Marianne Doherty of Boston. “I’ve got to be honest, I feel like I’ve lost touch with what the identity of America is right now. I really do.”

Welcome back to reality. You’ve spent the whole election season shrugging it off. You said Nate Silver was from the New York Times, CBS and NBC were liberals, and the polling firms were skewing the samples. Everybody was also picking on you, all the time. And statistics were not necessarily a good way of doing things. Though you’ve painfully lost, Jonah Goldberg is here to reaffirm you:

The truth is that any statistician can build a model. They do it all the time. They make assumptions about the electorate, assign weights to polls and economic indicators, etc., and then they wait for the sausage to come out. No doubt some models are better than others, and some models are simply better for a while and then regress to the mean. But ultimately, the numbers are dependent on the values you place in them. As the computer programmers like to say, garbage in, garbage out.

Sausage and garbage. These are numbers.

Don’t get me wrong; I do understand that math can be ironclad. We know the decay rates of isotopes, how fast things will fall in a vacuum, what compounded interest rates will yield, and all that.

But I like to think that people are different, more open to reason, and that the soul — particularly when multiplied into the complexity of a society — is not so easily number-crunched.

Everybody knows Global Warming is a lie, incidentally.

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