Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Boston Herald Cartoonist Is Shocked His Racist Watermelon Reference Is Seen As Racist

But cartoonist Jerry Holbert never dreamed his reference could be taken as a racial slur! Good heavens, no!  And in the right-wing rag Boston Herald, too!

That's not a dog whistle;  that's an air raid siren.

BONUS:  Charles P. Pierce weighs in:
Of course, it was not meant to offend anyone. That was just a bonus. What it was meant to do was to appeal to the base prejudices of the elderly white suburban demographic to which the Herald has been pitching itself for three decades. It is racist hooey pitched to fans of racist hooey. Period. And, like so many other things, it is different with this president. It is different because there are no rules.
(Image:  Not-racist cartoon approximation of Jerry Holbert.)

Three Of The Republican Brain Trust Get The Colbert Treatment

Stephen Colbert smacks Sen. "Tailgunner Ted" Cruz, Sarah Palin and, most deliciously, Gov. Bobby "Kenneth" Jindal (after the ad):

Open Door Policy Cartoon of the Day

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After the recent outrages involving President Obama's security, including an armed man with a criminal record sharing his elevator, the Secret Service has some major flaws to repair, and quickly.  Secret Service Director Pierson's appearance before the House yesterday was less than encouraging that they "get it."

UPDATE:  Director Pierson has resigned her position.  OK, but the problem's deeper than that.

(cartoon:  Clay Jones, via

Teabagger Extortion In Kansas

Besieged Kansas Republican fossil Sen. Pat "Standing Pat" Roberts is facing the test of his political career this November.  He faces a popular independent, Greg Orman, whose chances of election rose after the Dem candidate dropped out of the race.  Now, Kansas teabaggers are threatening to sit out the election if Roberts doesn't bow to their demands.  Ironically, Roberts is one of the most conservative members of the Senate, but apparently hasn't drunk enough of the radical right-wing teabagger Kool Aid to satisfy the "base."  This, along with the recently defeated Rep. Eric "Cancer" Cantor, is a pointed example of "you reap what you sow": after decades of encouraging increasingly radical thinking by their angry "base," it is establishment Rethug politicians themselves who are endangered.

Orman has committed to caucusing with the party has the majority of seats in the Senate.  Maintaining Dem control of the Senate could hinge on this race.

Mid-Week Drive Song

The Cars were an influential new wave / synth pop group in the late 1970s to the mid 1980s.  After forming in Boston, they had numerous hits, including "Just What I Needed," "Good Times Roll," "My Best Friend's Girl," and our choice for today, "Drive," which reached #1 on the charts 30 years ago this week.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Department of Delusion, Wingnut Appointment Edition

There are some truly nutzoid ideas out there on the far-right, but this one is today's winner.  A winger by the name of Dan Emmett wrote a piece in the formerly great Washington Post Bezos Bugle's "PostEverything" section that urged deranged former Rep. Allen West be named to head the Secret Service, the agency responsible for defending the President and his family.   It's apparently not a satire.  West is, of course, infamous for his vitriolic attacks on President Obama, saying things like "Barack Hussein Obama has an Islamist sympathy" and urging members of the military to disobey the President's orders.  He falsely claimed that up to 81 Democratic members of the House were Communists. West was forced out of the Army after beating an unarmed Iraqi policeman.  In short, he's a piece of work.

In reality, this extremist would be more likely to shoot at the President than defend him as a Secret Service official.  He belongs under psychiatric care, as does apparently Mr. Emmett.

Willard's New Dreams of Glory

Twice-failed Presidential candidate and man-of-the-1-percent Willard "Corporations Are People" Romney seems to be considering a third run for the Presidency, according to reports.  As someone who lacks rapport with everyday Americans (i.e., the "47 percent"), and whose speech patterns are odd to say the least ("binders full of women," trees in Michigan "are just the right height," and "self-deportation"), Willard's taking a big gamble on a third try, if he runs.  But, as ones who have made considerable merriment over his goofs /blunders /gaffes, we say "Run, Willard, run!" and may the best woman win.

(Reuters photo:  Third time's a charm?)

ALEC Loses Another Sponsor

As we noted in our post below, Koch Industries is one of the nation's largest polluters and they put the profits they make off of that pollution to work for them.  Not only do they provide direct funding to right-wing candidates and far right advocacy groups like Americans for Prosperity, they also support the wingnut law-generating organization ALEC, short for American Legislative Exchange Council, which sponsors lying climate change deniers and fights against renewable energy (ALEC is also behind many voter suppression laws being passed in Republican-controlled State legislatures, among other dirty deeds).

Recently, with heightened awareness of climate change, major corporate sponsors of ALEC have seen the light through the pollution and have dropped their financial support to ALEC.  Now, Occidental Petroleum, ranked #4 among U.S. oil and gas corporations, has decided to bow to pressure and abandon ALEC and their pro-pollution campaign.   It doesn't mean ALEC is going away, thanks to major financial support from the Kochs and their ilk, but it does mean a light is being shined on ALEC's agenda as each sponsor is called out to defend their support.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Koch Brothers: They're Not Just Polluting Politics

A Hackwhackers hat tip to Charles P. Pierce for bringing to our attention this Rolling Stone article by Tim Dickinson on the far-right polluters of American democracy, Charles and David Koch.  Not surprisingly, the Koch brothers' disdain for the American public washes over into its far-flung business dealings. Here's just a taste of what Dickinson uncovers in his eminently readable piece:
The volume of Koch Industries' toxic output is staggering. According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Political Economy Research Institute, only three companies rank among the top 30 polluters of America's air, water and climate: ExxonMobil, American Electric Power and Koch Industries. Thanks in part to its 2005 purchase of paper-mill giant Georgia-Pacific, Koch Industries dumps more pollutants into the nation's waterways than General Electric and International Paper combined. The company ranks 13th in the nation for toxic air pollution. Koch's climate pollution, meanwhile, outpaces oil giants including Valero, Chevron and Shell. Across its businesses, Koch generates 24 million metric tons of greenhouse gases a year.
Aiming to make American democracy a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries (much as they have done in the State of Wisconsin with their office boy, Gov. Scott Walker), the Kochs have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the Republican/ New Confederate/ Stupid Party in direct candidate support as well as voter suppression activities.  If you want to get a full sense of the evil these two Birchite sociopaths are visiting on this country (and you should), read the full article.

(Image: Visual approximation of Charles and David Koch.)

Today's Must Read

Last Thursday, we noted the brave action of UAE fighter pilot Major Mariam Al-Mansouri in leading her Muslim nation's attack on ISIS/ISIL forces, and the braindead "joke" that two clowns on the Fux Network made.  Well, here for your MUST reading, is an open letter from 60 men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces condemning their "boobs on the ground" and "can't park" jibes.  It's absolutely devastating to the two cretins that represent their network so faithfully.

We've also tried to determine the military records of Messrs. Bolling and Gutfeld, and of course, there are none.  Another perfect example of the chickenhawk fake "patriots" and "diseased minds" residing at Fux.

Today's Tomorrow Cartoon

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Perhaps President Obama should pin everything from climate change to gun violence to curing Ebola on defeating ISIS/ISIL.  He might get wingnuts on board…nahhh.

(cartoon:  Tom Tomorrow, via Daily Kos)

Orcs and Dorks

The corner of conservatism that always seems to draw fresh infusions of gullible nut jobs is "libertarianism."  It's a fiction of a philosophy that, when applied to real life, would fail spectacularly because everyone would be on their own, with no common purpose or goal except the exercise of selfishness.  It has followers among the Rethug political firmament, including Alan GreenspanRep. Paul "Lyin'" Ryan, Sen. Tailgunner Ted Cruz, and former Rep. Ron Paul, who named his son Rand after one of the movement's main philosophers, Ayn Rand.  Rand didn't call her "philosophy" libertarianism, she called it "objectivism," but it's a distinction without a difference.

John Oliver, on his new HBO show Last Week Tonight, took on Rand and her influence decades after her death.  The influence endures, although it might surprise and offend many right-wingers that Rand was an outspoken atheist.  Indeed, after this fact was pointed out to conservative Catholic Lyin' Ryan, he disavowed his practice of requiring his interns to read Rand's Atlas Shrugged and said he wasn't such a fan of hers after all.

As worthy blogger John Rogers once noted:
"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Clinton Derangement Syndrome: It's Not Just About Benghazi!

Given the over-the-top, ultra-conspiratorial tripe being peddled about Hillary Clinton, of which this sophomoric effort by (Content) Free Beacon's Alana Goodman (clock-cleaning courtesy of TBogg) is but one recent example, this headline/ story by humorist Andy Borowitz might not be far off the mark:

Republicans Air Early Attack Ad on Newborn Clinton

Oliver Willis also has a clever rejoinder to the nonsense the right-wing twits are peddling.

UPDATE:  Look no further than one of Rupert "Aaargh" Murdoch's puke funnels, the New York Post, for Borowitz's prophetic headline to come true.  Bottom feeders.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Today's History Lesson

Here's a question for you.  Which of these two people would you rather have setting education standards in your school district?  Julie Williams, right-wing Colorado edumacator:
Protests in Jefferson County, the state's second-largest school district, began a week ago Friday. By this Thursday, there were nearly 1,000 students marching in protest of the county school board's call for an Advanced Placement curriculum on U.S. history that promotes "respect for authority" and discourages "civil disorder, social strife or disregard for the law." [snip]
Julie Williams, one of three conservative members who control the county school board and who helped design the proposal, said on Friday that she's "not saying let's not teach history accurately," but what she is saying is "let's not encourage our children to disobey the law." When Denver's KUSA-TV asked Williams for examples of moments in history that might be misrepresented in the AP course and could lead to the negative outcomes she fears, Williams couldn't cite a single example. 
"I'm not familiar enough with everything that is in AP history to make that judgment," she said.  (our emphasis)
Or Maggie Ramseur... High.  School.  Senior (!):
"The point of civil disobedience is to break an unjust law with the intention of bringing attention to it so that it may be rectified and made just," Ramseur said. "Teaching students about that does not encourage them to become anarchists. It encourages them to speak up about policy and make the government serve the people, which is what our democratic republic was designed for." 
"And that is something that I learned in Advanced Placement United States History," she added. "The uncensored version."
Meanwhile, George Santayana is rotating briskly in his grave.

(h/t Silver Spring Bureau Chief Brian)

Mr. and Mrs. Jones Slept There

The misnamed "Value Voters Summit" is underway, and from speakers Michele "Crazy Eyes" Bachmann screeching about a war on Islam, to Ayn Rand Paul using racial code to call President Obama "uppity," it's a fabulous festival of feces flinging.  Of course, when it comes to error-ridden discourse, Alaska's former half-term Governor and full time grifter Sarah "Winky" Palin is hard to top.  We believe most people know the most famous address in Washington, D.C., that of the White House:  it's 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  But Winky goofed again when shearing the assembled sheep:
"You reload with truth which I know is an endangered species at 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue anyway."
In fact, 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue is the site of the historic Willard Hotel, so the only truth that may have been endangered there would have been the number of phony Mr. and Mrs. Joneses registered for weekend trysts.