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Pat Boone: Pea game on the shell brain

Pictured: Pat Boone, center

Shorter Pat Boone, Never Underestimate a Slickster:

“Shell. Shell pea. Shell pea shell pea pea. Pea shell shell shell. Pea. Roberts. Pea. Shell. Pea. Shell. Pea. Pea. Shell. Shell. Shell pea. Pea pea. Pea pea pea pea pea. Pea. Shell pea pea pea. Pea. Obama. Pea. Pea.”


Obama tells the homos of fellatio-free FLOTUS (no)

This president is so cool, he can’t help it. It’s just his nature. Speaking at a fundraiser not too far from here, he told an LGBT-friendly crowd: “My wife won’t suck my penis.” And the crowd erupted in both friendly and derisive laughter because that’s not their problem. Right? Oh Mr. President, you silly Commander Guy with your lonely saliva-free dong. You is lovable, in your lame hip-hop way like the Fresh Prince.

The quote came when Obama spoke of the first lady’s appearance on Ellen Degeneres’ show. Click for audio. (click)

I want to thank my wonderful friend who accepts a little bit of teasing about Michelle beating her in pushups — but I think she claims Michelle didn’t go all the way down. That’s what I heard. I just want to set the record straight — Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well. So she shouldn’t feel bad. She’s an extraordinary talent and she’s just a dear, dear friend — Ellen DeGeneres. Give Ellen a big round of applause.

And err whoops. I screwed it up. I see the joke was actually: “Ellen Degeneres said my wife won’t suck anyone’s penis.” Or: “Ellen Degeneres said my wife won’t suck her studio carpet’s penis.” Whatevs, my wife won’t put it in her mouth, and that’s the joke the President was trying to make. In order to win over the intransigent Hollywood insider CoJo/Ross the Intern constituency.

Did the Greatest Orator in the History of the Republic Make a Crude Sexual Joke About His Wife?
Sundries Shack | Jimmie

President Obama gave a speech Wednesday, a part of which genuinely boggled my mind. Now, I know you’re probably thinking I’ll quote a stirring bit of admiration of the heroes who stormed the beaches of Normandy so many years ago. After all, Wednesday was the anniversary of the Day of Days. But no. . .

Today’s mind-boggling moment cane [sic] during a speech at a fundraiser before an LGBT audience. . . in the midst of his remarks, he dropped one of the more inappropriate comments I’ve seen from a President since, well, the last Democrat we had in office. This is from the official pool report, as quoted by Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio.

“Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well,” he said, after saying that she’s taken some criticism on her technique “because she doesn’t go all the way down” – a line that he let hang, naughtily provoking laughter from the crowd.

Well, that ain’t the transcript, is it? Yeah, so? Who cares.

Did President Obama Just Make A Blowjob Joke?
So says the pool report from his gay and lesbian fundraiser at L.A.’s Beverly Wilshire tonight.
Incredibly awkward.

Buzzfeed, that. Dan Riehl:

Obama: Michelle “Doesn’t Go All The Way Down”

I’m thinking Barry didn’t want to go there at a gay and lesbian fund raising event. But he di-d!!

Then Dan gets the transcript.

Update: It Was A Gay Joke – Obama: Michelle “Doesn’t Go All The Way Down”

Update: Buzzfeed has added the transcript. Given that it was related to Ellen DeGeneres, the context becomes a bit more clear – or, less fuzzy, perhaps.

The joke was gay. Get it? I don’t. I’m thinking homo sex is all quantum mechanical to Dan. Good guess, pal. This was iOwnTheWorld’s take:

They’re having difficulty interpreting the President’s humor. Imagine trying to have sex with these people. Betsy’s Page:

Classy, President Obama, classy.

Ann Althouse plays the silly game Limbaugh made famous. You’re smart enough to know the truth, but you need the adulation and play both sides:

. . consider that Obama has a bone to pick — does that sound dirty to you? — with Bill Clinton right now, and given the strong association between Bill Clinton and blowjobs and the suspicion that Obama is currently pissed at Bill Clinton, he may have been engaging in some subtle jousting with Bill Clinton — does that sound dirty to you? —about the sexual proclivities of their respective wives.

So she puts up a ‘poll’ — “does that sound dirty to you?” (jeezus). And “Yes. Completely intentional, with a touch of deniability written in.” is winning handily.

Well here it is. The actual clip, where you see what happened:

The President was pissed.


Tonight’s comedy by way of ‘Dim’ Jim Hoft

The most dumb monkey, or the most animate plug nickel, in the blogosphere scores again. Jim Hoft, “Gateway Pundit,” tears into Obama for mis-quoting Rutherford B. Hayes:

Once Again… Obama Flubs His History While Dissing a Former President
Jim Hoft | Gateway Pundit

. . Too bad President Hayes never made those comments. The information was incorrect.

Unfortunately, Obama has a bad habit of citing fabricated quotes to bash his predecessors.

PJ Media reported on a few previous fabricated quotes:

January 13, Toledo, Ohio:

“When Bill Clinton first surfed the Internet, he said, ‘Golly, this’ll never be good for anything but porn and cyber-stalking,’” Obama announced. “That’s why he’s now nothing but a disgraced, impeached sex addict in a sham marriage to the worst Secretary of State in history.”

January 24, Panama City, Florida:

“When Harry Truman first learned about the atom bomb, he thought it was a ‘senseless waste of uranium’ and tried to ship a couple to the Emperor of Japan as novelty gifts,” Obama said. “If they hadn’t fallen out of the plane, Japan would still be our ally today” . .

Jim posts three more ‘examples’ of Barack’s titular flubbing of the former presidents’ quotes. Which is strange because they were all made up. The derp, you say? Your community theater comic tornado with a PJ blog-pass — “Zombie” — zazzed the president by composing them out of thin air:

February 3, Burbank, California:

“When FDR was shown his first television, he deemed it ‘The Devil’s Toolbox’ and smashed it up with a sledgehammer, accidentally injuring his leg in the process,” Obama said. “He was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, and is now known as an elitist 1%er who bankrupted America with a Ponzi Scheme known as Social Security” . .

And Jim lifted the comedy routine verbatim. As any Pulitzer-quality journalist would. Who’s the genius now, Mr. Obama?

As long as he continues to get away with it, why should he change?

. . And more on Obama’s flubs here.

To point and whistle at an obvious moron, Jim highlighted the President’s misquoting Hayes. And misquoted Obama five times in the bargain. Jim is smart. Remember when the Jumbotron was out to get him?


We have plenty in common with these scary Mississippi folks

Alexandra Pelosi (yes), working for Bill Maher’s program, records this video of white folks in Mississippi. What an astounding clip. It’s like watching the work of a video ethnographer on cryptic cultures. I find myself wanting to shield my eyes, but it’s just too compelling. Here:

I don’t post this just so we can gawk. There’s something important going on here. The biggest impediment to Democrats amassing power the way they deserve, given that regular folks’ values are much more like Democrats’ than the GOP’s, is the ethos so prominently displayed here.

Poor people refuse to do what’s smart. Though they’re horribly abused by their local governments, they keep voting the same people back in. Though they’re falling apart, they don’t want healthcare. Though their kids are in terrible shape, they avoid pre-natal care and Medicaid.

They fight off this sensible help with fierce personal and regional pride. It makes for a deadly serious political problem. It’s also something to see. Once you get past wanting to slap people for their recklessness, you come to terms with it: It’s all they think they have.

That so many folks would even refuse something perhaps life-saving to favor their pride is shocking. But there it is. We should remember that. We should also find a way to present liberal politics to these good, misguided people in a way that accommodates rather than insults their pride. I wish I knew how to do that, but I don’t.


The Republicans are a beautiful mess

Just look at Politico this morning. When have you seen such a pretty sight?

Story #1 is about poor, occasionally reasonable Republican Dick Lugar. He’s unlikely to win another senate term because he’s not Tea Party enough for the whackos who have taken over his party.

Story #2 relates how godbotherer Rick Santorum was nauseated by John F. Kennedy, an American of some regard.

“To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes me want to throw up. What kind of country do we live in where only people of non-faith can come in the public square and make their case? That makes me throw up. And that should make every American [throw up]” . .

In 1960 Kennedy needed to make clear his intention, as a scary Catholic, perhaps likely to obey the Vatican rather than Americans’ wishes, that he wouldn’t defer to religious leaders in his decisions. The speech helped convince voters that the candidate could be trusted. Rick rejects Kennedy, the separation of church and state and the Founding Fathers. We can assume The Pope will loom large over the Santorum presidency. Excellent campaign strategy, sure to win him those skittish independents.

Story #3. Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, mostly a moderate Republican nowadays, thinks Rick is crazy. With kisses.

“Santorum is nuts,” Koch told Klein. “And I say that in a loving way. He is someone who is of the belief that religious obligations that he has can be imposed on other people. Now I don’t mind his imposing on himself the business of no pre-natal care, no abortion. That’s okay from his point of view. . . You know, it used to be we did eliminate the right to sell condoms in Connecticut. The Supreme Court said that was wrong. Now what Santorum has said in affect is he would like to see states go back to criminalizing the sale of contraception. I think that’s crazy.”

Plenty of people, especially conservative Jews, still listen to Ed. Good luck with those folks, Rick. Story #4:

“It looks like we can throw Jeb Bush’s hat into the ring, along with Sarah Palin, as hoping to be chosen as the nominee after a contested convention,” [Ann] Coulter said on “Fox News Sunday.” . .

The conservative author, who is supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, said that a Jeb Bush candidacy would be a disaster.

“I think on closer examination, Jeb Bush would be the worst of all candidates to run, for one thing,” said Coulter. “We don’t need another Bush. That would be embarrassing to the Republican Party.”

So even the stalwarts are beginning to seriously discuss the deus ex machina options. Dynamite. Golly, it was Coulter’s job to pimp Romney. Instead, she’d rather remind everybody that Jeb Bush isn’t the best choice for a busted convention pick. Somewhere out there, though, the right man or woman waits, right? What should Mitt do now, Ann? Open up back-channel communications with Mitch Daniels? How about a Mormon for vice president, buddy?

Story #5. Speaks for itself:

“I think we’re returning to the dark ages. What? We’re discussing the legitimacy of birth control in this country? That discussion, I thought, had ended 30 years ago,” said term-limited Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who dubbed the four Republican presidential candidates “Christmas packages under the tree.”

Hilarious. Story #6, Brian is right:

A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll reveals the prolonged nominating battle is taking a toll on the GOP candidates and finds the president’s standing significantly improved from late last year.

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is 53 percent, up 9 percentage points in four months. Matched up against his Republican opponents, he leads Mitt Romney by 10 points (53-43) and Rick Santorum by 11 (53-42). Even against a generic, unnamed Republican untarnished by attacks, Obama is up 5 percentage points. In November, he was tied.

Obama looks better and better. Meanwhile, the Republicans descend deeper into chaos. Michigan and Arizona hold no hope of making anything clearer. You gotta like this.


Tucker Carlson Readies Himself for a Pulitzer Prize

Look who’s pulled on a pair of big-boy pants! Tucker Carlson. He of the sophomore Ivy League bow-tie and fraternity sneer has decided he’d like to try something new. He’d like to take a crack at being the man. Good for you, Tucker.

Try something simple in these first heady days, buddy. Chop some wood. Barbecue something with a hide. You know, take on a task that’s small enough to build your confidence. Rearrange the tool shed. Don’t go all crazy and . . what’s that? You’d like to destroy Media Matters? By doing a giant expose’ on them? Dear me. And after you’re done with them, they’ll be nothing but whispers and bones. I see.

Yes, well, that’s a bad idea. For all sorts of reasons. The first of which is that you’re an idiot. The second of which would be you’re as tawdry as hooker’s lace. Put those two together, and you get one piss-yellow journalist.

Your idea of “reporting” looks like “Mike Tyson: Sarah Palin met ‘the wombshifter’”. A Daily Caller traffic-beggar, the piece you defended as legitimate Sarah Palin news focused attention on a rapist’s comments about a celebrity politician who may or may not have dated a basketball player:

“Glen Rice is a wonderful man,” Tyson said. “He’s a wonderful guy. You want her to be with somebody like [Dennis] Rodman getting up … in there. Pushing her guts up in the back of her head!”

I’m betting that article got more hits than any other in your website’s one year history. That’s why you went out of your ecstatic way to go on TV and whine at Greta Van Susteren like a hot teen about the “controversy.” The only reason for featuring the lurid comments, Greta, was that I was appalled by them. That’s why we appended a warning to the post saying “these quotes are bad” long after it went viral. Some dog took a sizable crap on my lawn this morning, so I saved it, Greta, and brought it into the studio for you. These are the same habits the Wall Street Journal lives by.

So we know, with regard to Media Matters, you’re only out to do a hatchet job, utterly devoid of honesty, facts or credibility. You’re gonna make plenty of stuff up. Call everybody drugged out and gay, or something. Where’s the article, incidentally?

Inside Media Matters: Sources, memos reveal erratic behavior, close coordination with White House and news organizations
By Tucker Carlson, et. al. | The Daily Caller | 10:02 PM 02/12/201

There it is. And that’s it? You’re going with erratic behavior? That’s how you’ll vaporize the enemy? Allegations of moods. This should be good.

David Brock was smoking a cigarette on the roof of his Washington, D.C. office one day in the late fall of 2010 when his assistant and two bodyguards suddenly appeared and whisked him and his colleague Eric Burns down the stairs.

Brock, the head of the liberal nonprofit Media Matters for America, had told friends and co-workers that he feared he was in imminent danger from right-wing assassins and needed a security team to keep him safe.

The threat he faced while smoking on his roof? “Snipers,” a former co-worker recalled . .

. . “What movement leader has a detail?” asked someone who saw it.

What a devastating lede. God damn, you are funny, Tucker. The “movement leader” quote is a dead giveaway, by the way — liberals wouldn’t use such a term because we’re not followers. You guys are the “movement” people.

But if you think Brock is paranoid and that’s enough to end his career, you should meet the guy who runs Fox News, Roger Ailes:

Barricading himself behind a massive mahogany desk, Ailes insisted on having “bombproof glass” installed in the windows – even going so far as to personally inspect samples of high-tech plexiglass, as though he were picking out new carpet. Looking down on the street below, he expressed his fears to Cooper, the editor he had tasked with up-armoring his office. “They’ll be down there protesting,” Ailes said. “Those gays.”

What does this qualify Roger for? Permanent retirement?

Inside his blast-resistant office at Fox News headquarters, Ailes keeps a monitor on his desk that allows him to view any activity outside his closed door. Once, after observing a dark-skinned man in what Ailes perceived to be Muslim garb, he put Fox News on lockdown. “What the hell!” Ailes shouted. “This guy could be bombing me!”

Or merely a funny jacket? Anyway, I gather from the Brock smear, which you believe is the highlight of your reporting, that actual facts about the work Media Matters engages in will not be forthcoming. Instead you’ll mine or make up a pile of quotes from unnamed sources to make your target seem somehow less than decent and civilized. And that’s what you did.

Check these ‘page’ sub-headings and companion quotes.

–“How Media Matters targets network anchors, while avoiding taking credit”:

“In ‘08 it became pretty apparent MSNBC was going left,” says one source. “They were using our research to write their stories. They were eager to use our stuff.” Media Matters staff had the direct line of MSNBC president Phil Griffin, and used it. Griffin took their calls.

Unnamed source. Unfounded fact.

–“Sources reveal reporters, bloggers among those who lean on Media Matters”:

“The entire progressive blogosphere picked up our stuff,” says a Media Matters source, “from Daily Kos to Salon. Greg Sargent [of the Washington Post] will write anything you give him. He was the go-to guy to leak stuff.”

“If you can’t get it anywhere else, Greg Sargent’s always game,” agreed another source with firsthand knowledge.

More unnamed sources. For some reason, they engage in dialogue out of a two-bit screenplay. “It was Sargent, see? He was the guy! He was itchin’ for it . . real bad, man.”

–“Media Matters’ weekly call… with the White House”:

Less than a month later, in language that could have been copied directly from a Media Matters press release, White House communications director Anita Dunn leveled almost precisely the same charge, dismissing Fox as “more a wing of the Republican Party.”

Were the lines of attack coordinated? “To my knowledge, there wasn’t coordination,” says a source. But at times there has seemed to be a kind of mind meld between the Obama political team and Media Matters.

Unnamed sources that can’t even connect your villains. So you had to mind-meld them.

–“Brock’s behavior becomes a problem”:

“Some days he’d come in and you could tell he was on his meds because he would just sit in his office alone and not engage with staff,” says a coworker. Other days, “he’d be intensely engaged. He’d get manic, very reckless and grandiose. You’d see this level of self-confidence in him that would spiral.”

Last spring, some at Media Matters headquarters and in other parts of the progressive world were caught off guard by an interview Brock gave to Ben Smith at Politico, in which he promised to wage “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” against Fox News. “It was insane,” says a coworker. “David was totally manic at the time. We were all shocked.”

Friends say Brock, who has publicly admitted drug use in the past, was working obsessively and staying out late with compatriots. “They’d close [local bars] and party till six in the morning,” said one.

Said one. Thought some. Says a coworker. Says a coworker. Tucker, you’ve got a six page article full of nothing. Sheer trash. The worst sort of journalism. And then you finish it off with this final, earth-shattering revelation:

The atmosphere in the office was considerably more tolerant on non-editorial matters. “There were these two folks who got caught [having sex] in the communications war room on the weekend,” said one employee.

“People came in, and lo and behold there were two of their colleagues doing the nasty on a desk.” Neither one was fired.

Pow! No one was fired. And why was that? Because Media Matters are unstable, conspiratorial liars. That is, of course, when they’re not forthright honest souls who seek out Tucker Carlson to tell him the truth, anonymously.


Retail poltics left and right: We’re gay, they’re dangerous as hell

Just came across this ad put together by the GOP. They go after the president in this one. They’re betting that a politician who constructs a fundraiser to include New York, scarves and shopping is faggot-y by regular American standards and shouldn’t be president. Maybe someone will see this and go chase Barack out of the White House at the business end of a Colt .99. Somewhere, fate tickles the will of a home-schooled minibike mechanic who masturbates over Dale Earnhardt’s Bible:

My reaction is “You must be kidding.” It’s glitzy fashion week in New York, and the GOP are pointing at a $40 bag? With nail polish in it? It probably costs you $50 to wave at a taxi on Fifth Avenue. Perhaps something went wrong with capitalism overnight? Or maybe Republican fundraising, which is American beyond question, is just better than that, and this is a reminder. $10,000 for a plate of chicken and broccoli beats the hell out of a bag of Petal Pink. When you dispose of your donation the next morning, you can exclaim “Much better!” when you pull the handle.

That’s not a couple of Jacksons insultingly spent. That’s not the latest outrage in the Great Recession. What’s outrageous is the way rich, disgusting Republicans attack the people who are cleaning up their disaster: by calling them disgusting and rich.

The GOP is annoyed we’d “host a ritzy NYC fashion show while 12 million Americans remain out of work?” What about putting those 12 million people out of work? How’s that for bad? If you were honest or gave a damn about anybody but yourselves, Republicans, you’d have offered a decade-long apology and lashed Phil Gramm to the pillory so we could piss on him walking home from the bar. YOU CAUSED THIS MESS.

And to pretend that anybody’s richer or dumber than you is some kind of prank. Your 2012 nominee for president is probably worth more than half the countries in Africa. The Koch brothers will funnel $200 million of their money into elections to select idiots who will strip away environmental protections and welcome global warming. Karl Rove will cram upwards of $240 million into this election cycle to favor people who promise to hate gays, bomb Iran and rub your nose in the gospel of Bizarro Jesus. Newt Gingrich, civilizer of our black children, would have been blown out of these finishing school talent shows if Shelly Adelson weren’t capable of signing $5 million checks in his sleep.

All Sheldon wants is that Jerusalem be recognized as Israel’s capital and that we invade Iran. Newt, of course, has publicly promised to do the former mere hours after he takes the oath of office. What he’s promised in secret we can look forward to finding out. This is traditional Republican politics. Nail polish is harmless.


Tea Party Flap A Stuffed Into Romney Slot B

Speaking of political people once seemingly important and powerful a year ago, where went the Tea Party? Where are they now? What have they been doing? How many bugs can they eat? I ask the questions no one else will.

“The Tea Party movement is dead. It’s gone,” says Chris Littleton, the cofounder of the Ohio Liberty Council, a statewide coalition of Tea Party groups in Ohio. “I think largely the Tea Party is irrelevant in the primaries. They aren’t passionate about any of the candidates, and if they are passionate, they’re for Ron Paul.”

And Ron Paul has been re-relegated to the sidelines. Ay, pobrecitos. The nation’s attention remains focused on right-wing politics, but nobody’s particularly interested in a teabagger any more. It must be depressing to feel so powerless after once having the Wonder Bread suits ply you with free hot dogs, placards and bus rides. Getting face time on Fox News with the likes of Sean Hannity — those were salad days, friend.

Mark Meckler, founder of the Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest Tea Party coalition, also says the Tea Party isn’t playing a role in picking the nominee. But that is by choice, not by accident, he says.

“The real Tea Party movement is not a political party, it’s a movement,” he says. “How can a movement endorse anybody? It really can’t.”

There’s a silly question. How can a group of people with a particular ideology pick a particular person? Obviously, it happens all the time.

I think this points out a certain truth: The Tea Party doesn’t have any ideology. They’re actually an expression of free-floating animus against a world evolving beyond their ken. A black president? An exploding ‘Latino’ population? A doomed white majority?

Scream it ain’t so. After giving so much to their beloved country, they’re limping into retirement, for what? So that their taxes can be used to pay for the healthcare/birthing of immigrants. It’s not true, but for them it’s a nightmare made real. Stop the government spending! This is not what the Founding Fathers, America’s white genius slave owners, would have tolerated. They remember what made America great.

Where is their 2012 cutting-edge traditionalist? Where’s their purist, rebel, soldier-thinker?

Ron Paul comes closest. He’s got racism in the bag: he’s been literally selling it for decades. The problem is he doesn’t actually relish targeting The Black Guy this way. Paul’s bank account has got a bigger taste for bigotry than his heart does. His loopy, war-dodging foreign policy makes him impotent against the Al Qaeda-hunting incumbent anyway, so forget him.

Newt Gingrich? He’s beautiful on the stump and in the debates, isn’t he? Poor kids will learn to unclog the nation’s toilets under President Gingrich. Black people haven’t yet learned how to work, incidentally. Problem? He won’t pull the trigger on the biggest target: immigrants. Here Gingrich throws away the game. He will not root out, jail, prosecute and expel the nation’s seemingly permanent foreign criminals. If you won’t bother with that, good lord, why bother with you?

Rick Santorum? A favorite of the spirited but entrenched Republican elites. But not the Tea Party. Why? He’s an avowed anachronism. He’s a giant-government social scold. He would throw the “issue” of contraception back to the states. Didn’t even know it was an issue, did you? He spends your hard-earned taxes like George W. Bush. He helped spend your-hard earned taxes the way George W. Bush did. He’d resurrect the War in Irag, $15 billion per month and all. No thanks.

That leaves Romney. Who’s obviously wrong on almost everything. Banker bailouts, healthcare, spinelessness, Mormonism, ugh. Except for one little thing: he could beat the black guy. You talk about huge. That’s why the hesitant mannequin just pulled half of the Tea Party people in Nevada. His potential will only loom larger as the primaries zoom by. So, hello Mitt.


The guy playing race cards like black Maverick

On MLK day, Allen West feels it’s a good time to go after the president. What better way to celebrate a man who asked America to see beyond race than to call Obama a race-baiting opportunist? It’s perfectly fine to do that when you’re Allen.

Mr. President, please don’t play the race card in 2012
Congressman Allen West | Facebook

I was born in the inner city of Atlanta in 1961, when segregation was still rife, at a time when I would have been barred from visiting the very beaches that make up part of the congressional district I so proudly represent.

. . it would be a disgrace if Mr. Holder’s comment is the first salvo in the upcoming campaign to deflect honest assessment of the President’s performance in office. This campaign must be about ideas, policy and the direction of this country, and the President must not hide behind a curtain of so-called racial bias . .

My message to President Obama is this: “Mr. President, your very presence in office demonstrates Dr. King’s dream has indeed come true. But how devastated would Dr. King be to know the Americans who are still fomenting racism at the highest levels are the very people for whom he fought for and died?”

The legitimacy of the attack is enhanced after Allen reminds everybody he’s a victim of racism. Don’t you think? Anyways, if I get West right, the president campaigning like this would be obscene:

“The people on that plantation are upset because they’ve been disregarded, disrespected and their concerns are not cared about” . .

“I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the underground railroad away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility” . .

Allen? Do you recognize yourself?

Some black leaders “are nothing more than overseers over that plantation,” West said, including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-house negro) . .

Call me over-sensitive, but I’m getting a whiff of racial politics.

“White liberals have turned over to certain leaders — ‘perceived leaders’ — in the black community like a Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, a Maxine Waters or Barbara Lee, and said, ‘pacify and keep the black community firmly behind us regardless of the failures of our social welfare policies,’” West said.

I imagine Allen will deny he’s playing the race card; conservatives can’t even do that.

I’m the threat because I’m the guy that got off their 21st-century plantation, and they cannot afford to have a strong voice such as mine out there, reverberating and resonating across this country.

He’ll say you’re just angry with him because he’s . . well, black.


No point in right-wing bloggers getting mental about it

If you were to trundle yourself over to Powerline blog (why? I don’t know), you could read all sorts of things. They write about the election, they write about politics, they write about the media, they write about culture.

In one post, Scott re-visits my hometown and remembers when he first saw it:

So far as I could tell, Bob and I were the only two people in Venice who were working for a living.

Indeed. Well observed. Over the last 30 years, neighboring Santa Monica has stayed essentially the same, and it’s completely different:

This time around, however, I found that bums were liberally populating the public property fronting the beautiful beach . . There were bums galore, enough of them that I thought if only they could get their stuff together, they would make up an impressive Occupy Santa Monica encampment. It might even get them off the beachfront — a win-win for all involved.

This is good blogging. Canny and finely nuanced. This too: John’s commentary on the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia running aground:

The trappings of high-technology civilization make us feel secure, but much of the time we are just a moment away from primal disaster.

Disasters simply haven’t evolved as quickly as we’d like. Here’s what ‘primal’ actually means. Back to the writing:

Ships have been running aground on rocks and reefs for centuries, but what was a predictable hazard five hundred years ago seems shocking in the 21st century, especially when it happens in the thoroughly mapped and domesticated Mediterranean. The image of the Costa Concordia lying on its side is a classic image of the fallibility of modern civilization . .

When a ship’s captain makes exactly the same mistake captains have made for thousands of years, it’s an example of the “fallibility of modern civilization.” I guess if the captain’s daughter had plugged in her iPad too near the sonar unit and the readings had jumped from meters to feet, that would have been Melvillean. If the ship had run aground on Skylab, there’d be nothing for Joseph Conrad to do but whistle and nod. Let’s forget how dangerous it’ll remain to crash things on Ursa X-1, and let’s medulla bleearb on the “fallibility of colony spacelife.” And, Segway:

This Newsweek slur caught John’s eye.

Seeing how it’s his blog, Hinderaker could have said anything. He could have put up a heckuva fight. But no.

Well, sure. We who who [sic] are unhappy that unemployment has increased on Obama’s watch, that over-regulation has stymied economic growth, that our children now owe a $15 trillion debt that we can’t pay–hey, we’re just dumb! We obviously aren’t smart enough to understand how devastating our economy, unemploying millions of Americans and burdening our children with trillions of dollars in debt is really a great idea.

This is John being smart. Take that, Newsweek. It’s almost a cheap trick on the magazine’s part, picking on fools who will surely respond in assrocket manner. And then jerks like me will point out that this post does not, in fact, deflect charges of stupidity. People will see that John has portioned himself some rope and fashioned a pointed hemp cap. And that, too, will have a noose that works its way around his neck.

BLS unemployment statistics:

From which, a chart:

That red dot? That’s when Obama took over, in the midst of an economic collapse. So John is dead boing right: “unemployment has increased on Obama’s watch.” It’s gone from 7.8% to 8.5%. Would it be intelligent to bring up anything else? Anything at all? Naw.

And, also: Obama’s administration is guilty of under-regulation, if anything, growth is slow because of weak demand, the majority of national debt is due to Reagan and W. Bush, neither of which had to deal with a Great Recession, and “unemploying” is not a word. In, also, additionally: if you’re brilliant enough to somehow blame Obama for unjobbenating 0.7% of the work force, you certainly could figure out that’s a million people. Not “millions.”


High profile conservatism too serious to be seen

Ha ha. Ho ho. The liberals, please. You know how they are, it’s so obvious, they’re all ‘blearrgh,’ do I need to write this? I don’t think so. No. Right, here it is:

Got equality ‘cuz you want it?
Rick Esenberg | Shark and Shepherd

. . but I did note with interest today’s contribution by George Wagner because it plays off a theme – perhaps the only theme – that might result in President Obama’s reelection. Income inequality.

The Theme From Income Equality. A rip-off of Lara’s Theme, modulated largely from minor to major, it sounds like Phillip Sousa if he were Spike Jonze. Look how #OWS try to march to it in waltz time but only the Polish cadre can stay in line. National comedy ensues, woes vaporize, Obama beats Chet Bainbot in a landslide.

Mr. Wagner goes after the unequal distribution of income with about as [sic] nuance and appreciation for economics as does the President. “We” want incomes to be more equal so all that “we” must do is pass a law to make it so. All we need to [sic] is tax away what the awful one percenters don’t need or, perhaps more accurately, whatever amount it is that “we” want.

Lawyer Rick gets the quotes right. I’m not sure about the rest of his journalism. This fairly resembles the conservatives’ response to income equality, which goes like this:

They “say” all you have to do is give them your whole paycheck. They say “they” just want to take your every penny and leave you homeless. I’ll tell “you” I “think” this is crazy. So who’s crazy: me “or” them?

I give credit where credit is due. When you’re too smart to make any argument about an issue, you’re really smart.

We live in coarse times in which the notion that someone has a right to keep what they earn is regarded as antiquated and insufficiently sophisticated. Because fortunes can’t be accumulated without some publicly provided infrastructure and the rule of law enforced by the state, there is no such thing as property rights free from the claim of the state.

If the logic of that eludes you, you’re not the first.

But, in fairness, no one (at least not since FDR) proposes to take it all and what could be the harm of evening things out a bit?

And now you see why Harvard trained attorneys are so popular: They’re clowns. Even FDR never wanted to “take it all,” but it probably sounds plausible while you’re dancing the carioca.

Eventually, Rick tries to say something like Reagan’s lower tax rates didn’t even change government revenues, so why bother? Let’s ignore his general irrationality and point out he’s ignoring Ronnie 1.) revamped the entire tax code 2.) shifted tax burdens onto poor and middle class Americans to pay for cuts, and 3.) blew up the national debt. Rick can wink at Arthur Laffer all he likes, but the grifter left long ago with Ronnie’s silverware. Arthur has forever refused to place his curve’s peak — which is only the whole point of graphing a revenue/rate dynamic in the first place. The reason for Laffer’s cowardice: the Euros have proven rich folks will still work when you tax them at 70%. So much for the conservative lean of Laffer economics.

Liberals aren’t too hot on 70% anyway. The Bush tax rates, essentially a 3% cut on Clinton’s (which peaked at 39.6%), lost us $2 trillion over 10 years. That’s a number of bridges, schools and jobs gone to ghost. That’s plenty of unemployment checks for recession-bruised families in need of food, shelter and clothing.

But let’s avoid realities, please, while mocking unserious people. Liberals are silly. Do I need to point it out?

Where can you find a decent gulag nowdays?
Rick Esenberg | Shark and Shepherd

Speaking of The Nation. It’s grown nostalgic for the Soviet Union. I mean, after all, where is the front without the communists?

Ho ha The Nation. Communists. [heedless point — a few of those hardliners still lurk behind a fake door concealed by sliding panels to be released by yanking on the candlesticks in the perfesser’s law library. Voila: China! Gulags and all, AKA 19% of Earth.] Why do liberals play these games? Who are they trying to kid? This is so easy *yawn* mocking you all.

Btw, who was the short-arm reliever that tried to save the Soviets’ game of perestroika? Which of The Nation’s bleeding hearts threw that weak junk that Rick ripped back into the bullpen? Without even reading it? Mikhail Gorbachev.

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