Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Bibi And Boehner Show (Cont.)


Rick Ungar writes in Forbes.com about the political miscalculation "screw-up" that neither Bibi "Bomb Bomb" Netanyahu nor Weeper of the House John "Mr. Tangerine Man" Boehner saw coming with their "Don't tell Obama you're making a speech to Congress" scheme:
Boehner’s hubris, in conjunction with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s desire to interfere with American policy while seeking to bolster his re-election campaign, may turn out to be the very political screw-up that will allow the joint ticket forged by the Labor-Hatnuah political parties to bring an end to Netanyahu’s long reign atop the Israeli government. 
According to a Channel 10 poll out this past Thursday in Israel, the joint ticket offered by the Labor-Hatnuah coalition currently stands to grab 24 seats in the Israeli Knesset in the coming election—up one seat from the previous poll—while Netanyahu’s Likud Party is holding steady with just 20 seats.  [snip]
It turns out that there are no shortage of Israeli voters who don’t care for the idea of their Prime Minister jumping into the middle of America’s internal disagreements over foreign policy and further understand that, at the end of the day, Israel remains deeply dependent upon the United States for critical assistance in the never-ending battle to preserve and protect their nation. 
Ungar also discusses the role of current Israeli ambassador to the United States and former Republican operative (and therefore ethically challenged) Ron Dermer played in the burgeoning fiasco for his boss:
It turns out, the plan to have the Israeli Prime Minister speak to Congress, without first discussing with the White House, was the brainchild of Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer who has, for weeks now, been endorsing the re-election of Bibi Netanyahu on American television programs despite explicit Israeli Civil Service regulations prohibiting him from doing so.
And "Mr. Tangerine Man?"
Considering that Speaker Boehner has failed to accomplish anything of note during his Speakership, I can only wonder how it must feel to have his legacy be his effort to disgrace the American President in the effort to bolster the political chances of a foreign leader.
Ungar has a lot more to say, so please read the entire post.  (h/t to dear P.E.C.)

(Photo: "After you, Alphonse." "No, you first, my dear Gaston.")

"Jeb" Bush: "Vindictive, Untrustworthy Coward"


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(Darrin Bell, via gocomics.com)

Now that serial flip-flopping plutocrat Willard "Lord Mittens" Romney has (for now) taken his name out of consideration for the Republican/ New Confederate/ Stupid/ White Supremacist Party's presidential nomination, John Ellis "J.E.B." Bush has one less competitor for the role of "establishment" favorite.  We hope that will engender a re-discovery by those with short-term memories of the former Florida governor's most egregious pander to the ultra-right: the Terry Schiavo case.

We'll let Terry's husband Michael Schiavo sum things up:
Sitting recently on his brick back patio here, Michael Schiavo called Jeb Bush a vindictive, untrustworthy coward. 
For years, the self-described “average Joe” felt harassed, targeted and tormented by the most important person in the state. 
It was a living hell,” he said, “and I blame him.”  (our emphasis)
The linked article by Karoli at "Crooks and Liars" brings out five facts embedded in the underlying Politico piece that more accurately describe Bush not as a "moderate" but as a hypocrite and a hard-core right-winger who should never be allowed anywhere near the Oval Office.  Worth a read.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Weekend Song Grandpa Twofer


This is a more personal music posting this week, as I've been a bit remiss in recognizing a certain someone very close to me who's going to be a grandfather three times over later this spring.  We have a little inside joke going on about this song from Buffalo Springfield, "Mr. Soul," so in brief recognition of his upcoming grandpappy-hood, this one's for you, Mr. Soul (enjoy the brief raga rock at the end of the guitar bridge):



I can never play a Buffalo Springfield song without doubling down with this joyous Neil Young composition, "On The Way Home."  Enjoy your weekend!

Gov. Krispykreme's Tumble


When New Jersey Governor and man-with-his-own-gravitational-field Chris "Krispykreme" Christie went full, flailing Dallas Cowboys fan at a game earlier this month -- where his juvenile high-ten went unnoticed by owner Jerry Jones -- his New Jersey constituents weren't happy.  Northern New Jersey has both die hard New York Giants and New York Jets fans, while southern New Jersey is Philadelphia Eagles country.  Krispykreme went so far as to call his state's Eagles fans "the worst in the country." (No comment)

Some sweet revenge was served up yesterday when Philadelphia sports channel 94 WIP broke out a previously unreleased clip of Gov. Krispykreme falling on his well-padded rear during a visit to the station, toppling over in a chair that apparently tried to avoid him.  Watch:



That's not the only thing about the Governor that's taken a tumble:  Krispykreme's job approval numbers are underwater with the citizens of New Jersey.

Lord Mittens Bows Out


Former 2012 Rethuglican candidate for President and defender of the one percent Willard "Lord Mittens" Romney has notified his closest supporters (i.e., hedge fund managers and other tycoons) in a phone call that he won't be running for President in 2016.  Lord Mittens has been flirting with allowing the peons people of America another chance to vote for him for the past month or so, despite having rejected the idea earlier last year.  Of course, Lady Ann Mittens will have to set aside her plans for redoing the White House, installing a car elevator and building servants' quarters on the South Lawn.  Lord Mittens' announcement opens the way for fellow plutocrat and House of Bush heir John Ellis "J.E.B." Bush to claim the deep pockets crowd that Lord Mittens had courted.

Lord Mittens passed up deranged Rep. Steve "Cantaloupe Calves" King's wingnut Hate-a-palooza last week, where most of the nutzoid wannabes disparaged Lord Mittens to some degree, the most pointed being orange-faced toupee stand Donald "Rump" Trump's calling Lord Mittens "a loser" who "choked" in the election.  Yes, he was a loser who choked, but he provided endless amusement as he tried to "Etch-A-Sketch" his way into the White House, despite being caught dismissing "47%" of the people as moochers.  Ironically, Lord Mittens lost the election, garnering only 47.2% of the popular vote.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Winky's Tumble Cartoons of the Day

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(cartoons:  top, Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, bottom, friend of blog Clay Jones at claytoonz.com)

Of Stars and Starbursts


With snowbilly grifter and backwoods brawler Sarah "Winky" Palin's precipitous decline among right-wing opinion makers, it was inevitable that a new right-wing "star" among Rethuglican wimmenfolk had to be anointed.  Enter eccentric footwear promoter Joni "Bread Bag Shoes" Ernst.

After spouting such off the charts lunacy as nullification of U.S. laws and a bizarre wingnut conspiracy theory involving the U.N. called "Agenda 21" to win the nomination, she settled into a mostly bland conservative general election campaign, hoping the press would develop selective amnesia about her extremism, which they of course did.  As Charles P. Pierce notes, the purveyors of Beltway conventional wisdom are latching on to the "authentic" narrative that the Rethugs are spinning about Ernst, who wants to cut spending while her family benefitted from farm subsidies.  As Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog notes,
"It doesn't matter at this point that she'll never castrate a pig again, never go out in the rain again without proper footwear, never again serve in or near a war zone, and probably never get on a Harley again except as a photo op. Unless she screws up Palin-style, she's going to be a star. The GOP needs that to happen. And the press wants it to."
Six years ago, Nazionale Review pundit Rich "Starbursts" Lowry infamously described Winky Palin's debut at the Republican National Convention by saying that she "sent little starbursts through the screen." Now, almost desperate to win a national election when women voters have abandoned them, the Rethuglicans are hoping their new "star" will emit starbursts, too.  They'll certainly get a helping hand job hand from the Beltway Villagers.

BONUS:  Oh, and check out that laugh of hers….strangely appropriate.

Bucks For Bucks, But Not Education



Fresh from his appearance at deranged Rep. Steve "Cantaloupe Calves" King's Iowa Crackpot-palooza, Wisconsin Gov. and Koch Industries' Employee of the Year Scott "Koch Head" Walker is rolling out his proposed budget for the upcoming year, and it's bad news for the State's university system.  Koch Head's proposing a drastic $300 million cut over two years in the university system's budget, believing that it will force the faculties to do "more work" as they juggle research and teaching responsibilities.  As the linked article notes, this is the same budget that contains some $220 million in public funds to build a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team, whose billionaire owners are all too happy to receive the corporate welfare.

This is what happens when Dems stay home on election day, and when out-of-control corporate money buys politicians that are hostile to public institutions, while at the same time shoveling tax breaks, regulatory cuts, and subsidies to their big-money benefactors.

Look Who's Got His Priebus In A Wringer



Last month, Rethuglican National Committee chairman and successful human-weasel crossbreeding experiment Reince "Prepuce" Priebus thought it might be a good idea to accept a trip to Israel for himself and dozens upon dozens of RNC apparatchiks, sponsored by the far-right American Family Association.  How far-right is the AFA?  Until yesterday, it employed rabid hate monger Bryan Fischer as its "Director of Issues Analysis" and spokesman, who among other gems over the years, has called religions other than Christianity "counterfeit" -- including Judaism -- and claimed they are not covered by the First Amendment.  His notoriously vile comments on minorities and the LGBT community have been part of his AFA-sponsored radio show for years.  The AFA has also sponsored so-called "prayer rallies" for right-wing Rethugs like Rick "Oops" Perry and Piyush "Bobby" Jindal that are nothing more than political events masked as religious events.

Prepuce was trying to keep the sponsorship of this trip under the radar until the story of the AFA and its classification as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center emerged in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.  Now with his flock about to board the plane for Israel on Saturday, Prepuce might want to ponder the wisdom of traveling to a country courtesy of a hate group whose spokesman has called that country's religion "counterfeit."

(photo:  Ow! How could something so small hurt so much?)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

We Bet Trump Will Be Yooge On Palin's Next Reality Show


Some of the most detached- from- reality Republican "stars" are already in a snit after their performances at Rep. Steve "Cantaloupe Calves" King's Iowa Crackpotfest last week. Let's first hear from snowbilly grifter and half-assed half-term Governor Sarah "Winky" Palin, who appeared on the Sean "Heil" Hannity rage parade:
Sarah Palin complained that “quasi-right” media figures weren’t uniting behind conservative potential presidential candidates like herself after Bill O’Reilly joked about her during a promo. 
The Fox News host suggested Tuesday that Palin, Donald Trump, and Chris Christie were not serious candidates in the 2016 White House race. 
“Wow, talk about a reality show,” a smirking O’Reilly said.
And it's not just O'Reilly who's over her.

Speaking of orange hair wig stand Donald "Rump" Trump, we don't know if he's been made aware of O'Reilly's dis*, but it seems he was none too happy with Rupert "Aargh" Murdoch's New York Post  for not fawning accurately reflecting the greatness that is The Rump.


One of our greatest pleasures over the next 18 months will be to see all these under-inflated minds and over-inflated egos (including many blown up by the Fox "News" media hot air machine) squabble with each other, all for naught.  The entertainment value of having these assorted lightweights, plutocrats, cranks, talibangelists, nativists and racists strutting their stuff in front of the yokels of the Republican base is not to be underestimated, though by nature it's more of an "un"-reality show.

*UPDATE:  Looks like news of O'Reilly's dis finally penetrated Rump's orange hair helmet.

Mid-Week Song


British singer-songwriter George Ezra has a single, "Budapest," that charted in Europe and Australia last year, and has recently been getting much more airplay here….deservedly.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rethug Messaging, Moochers and Penicillin


Every time they lose a national election, the Rethugs go into post-mortem rebranding mode, trying to decide on a winning "formula" for the next go 'round.  They lost badly among minorities and young voters in 2008, so their short-termed rebranding involved hiring an African-American party chairman and recruiting people that looked more like a cross section of America.  Sadly for them, the message veered off even more into right-wing nuttery during the 2012 Presidential campaign, where the candidates vied to appeal to the most extreme members of the party's base.  Lord Mittens Romney may have been the worst, railing about taxes on the "job creators" / top one percent, regulations protecting the environment and workers, and the infamous "47%" of people supposedly dependent on the Government.

Last night, Jon Stewart had a nice summary of how their rebranding simply involves trying to sell the same discredited nonsense that they've been pushing for years and years by twisting the truth and hoping people don't notice.  Stewart's summary at the end is priceless.  Watch:

New England Strong



A major blizzard is working its way up the New England coast, with areas of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts getting hit hard with heavy snow and gale force winds.  Coastal New England is being battered by storm surge, causing widespread flooding.  Power outages are being reported in the hardest hit areas.  While New York City was spared the brunt, receiving some 8", Long Island and points east were directly in the path.

(photo:  Copley Square in Boston this morning. Suzanne Kreiter, Boston Globe)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Today's Cartoon - The Bibi And Boehner Show


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(Jeff Danziger, via gocomics.com)

Note "Merlot Industrial Strength" on the box.  Not kosher!

But, reckless.

Rand And Ron Paul: The Acorn And The Nut


It's long been known that uber-libertarian Ron "Uncle Crazy" Paul, the tree from which Sen. "Ayn" Rand Paul (Dudebro-KY) fell (landing on his head) has some fringe ideas and associates, especially when it comes to "states rights", views that he's still more than happy to share with us:
“A lot of times people think secession, they paint it as an absolute negative,” said former representative Ron Paul (R-Tex.). After all, Paul said, the American Revolution was a kind of secession. “You mean we should have been obedient to the king forever? So it’s all in the way you look at it.” 
That's the old coot speaking this past weekend at a "one-day seminar" on secession in Houston, TX.  It's also part of his worldview that, well,
“Sanity will not return to U.S. leaders until our financial system collapses..."
Yay, financial collapse!  Also, since when does Uncle Crazy get to talk about "sanity?"

All of which (and much more in Uncle Crazy's career) might be somewhat problematic for political scion and likely Republican presidential candidate "Ayn" Rand.  That's because "Ayn" Rand needs to broaden his support from his father's crackpot shock troops to a larger, though equally loony, Republican "mainstream:"
Rand, 52, is contemplating a presidential run — at its heart, an act of optimism. He is moderating some hard-line positions and introducing himself to donors and voters. [snip] 
Rand Paul will need to broaden his appeal far beyond his father’s hard-core supporters if he hopes to win the GOP nomination his father never could. But some members of that core said he was losing them by adopting policies closer to the GOP mainstream.
If by "mainstream" you mean anti-science, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, anti-same sex marriage, anti-Obamacare, anti-choice, anti- etc., etc.

That's why "Ayn" Rand was in Rancho Mirage (!!), California, this weekend at a cattle call luxe retreat sponsored by the paleo-right billionaire Koch brothers, hoping to pick up support from plutocrats who are hoping that they won't be flushing their ill-gotten wealth down the crapper like they did in 2012. We are assuming that having your dangerously eccentric daddy talking about secession and financial system collapse on the same weekend doesn't play well with the big money boys.  It has to make them wonder if the acorn is as much of a nut as its progenitor.

(Photo: Ron "Uncle Crazy" Paul - "Get them cannons aimed at Ft. Sumter, boys!")