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Dear Newt,

As a flaming left wing liberal, I despise you and your politics.  But as a flaming liberal, I would like to salute you and your almost Sherman-like march through the Republican primary season.  Thank you so much for saving the DNC money by making ads like the one below.

Sincerely

FLWL

You would swear a Democrat made this 🙂

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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Humor, Politics

 

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Onward Freemarket Soldiers!

     Alrighty … Mitt has won New Hampshire, the first non-incumbent Republican to win both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.  You would think there was this great groundswell of support around the Republican white knight being sent forth to slay the evil socialist/Kenyan Obama dragon.  But listening to to the conservative media talk-a-razzi there is nothing but resignation in their voices.  The Republicans aren’t picking a standard bearer, but despairingly settling on the candidate they hope will alienate the fewest independent voters. Make no mistake, if elected he will be a disaster as a president, at least for us mere mortals.  The wealthy and corporations will do marvelously at the expense of our social safety net, clean water, clean air and general well being.  He is a soulless fuck born born of privileged and entitlement … a believer of fiscal Darwinism … he would have fit in seamlessly during the gilded age.

     Gingrich has hit Mitt for “Vulture Capitalism” and earlier a diary in the Daily Kos derided Mitt for “Locust Capitalism”

So that’s what Mitt Romney built for himself. A corporate safe-cracking engine. Buy a company, put yourself on the board, vote to max out its credit line and award yourself the cash. Then when they’re all out of money, you say, “Oh well, company’s broke,” fire everyone and shut the doors. That’s called a “bust-out,” if you’re a fan of Goodfellas or The Sopranos. But in real life (and in court, if necessary), it’s just called “bad business judgment,” provided you went through the niceties of making your financial control of the company a matter of public record first. People who control and plunder companies through secret, off-the-books loans are “legitimate businessmen” (in the old movie gangster parlance). People who control and plunder companies through regular loans are legitimate businessmen. Even if the intent was always to bust it out. You just can’t say so in open court.

Is this really the kind of person that we want for a president, the steward or our country, a modern day milquetoast Gordon Gecko?  This isn’t good business, nothing is created nor managed, it is simply economic schadenfreude.  This is what people like the OWS folks are railing against.  They aren’t jealous of success or wealth, they despise the profiting on the misery of others.

     And How dare you, Mitt, pretend you are one of us`… how you know how it feels to worry about a pink slip … how you know what it is like to be unemployed.  Are you fucking serious?!? You have never wanted for anything in your life.  You don’t even have the courage to simply acknowledge your privilege, but try to act like you’re just another working slob.  Why? Because deep down inside, in dark little corners of your pitiful soul, you are ashamed.

    Another little anecdote that I think is very telling of Mitt’s basic humaity,

Romney strapped a dog carrier — with the family dog Seamus, an Irish Setter, in it — to the roof of the family station wagon for a twelve hour drive from Boston to Ontario, which the family apparently completed, despite Seamus’s rather visceral protest.

Strapping your dog to the top of a car for a 12 hour drive?!? You fuck.

Republicans, even YOU can do better than this turd blossom.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Politics, Rant, Uncategorized

 

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And The New Year Begins

Alrighty folks, a new year is upon us.  I hope everyone had a delightful holiday season.  Mine was quite a little clusterfuck, but cest la vie, it is over and onto a new year. Let’s start with a few things

  • An oldie but a goldie, and oh so relevant

“I’m very proud to know the Koch brothers. This may be a breaking news announcement for the media: I am the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother.”
~Herman Cain, creepily admitting that he’s REALLY close to the Koch brothers.

“One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. [Sex] is supposed to be within marriage. It’s supposed to be for purposes that are yes, conjugal…but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen…This is special and it needs to be seen as special.”
~Rick Santorum, opposing contraception and frighteningly suggesting that he would love to make pre-marital sex illegal.

“There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”
~Newt Gingrich, blaming his many affairs on his patriotism.

“Corporations are people, my friends.”
~Mitt Romney, declaring that corporations are people in front of a crowd of real people in Iowa.

  • A little clarity from Krugman on the debt

Second — and this is the point almost nobody seems to get — an over-borrowed family owes money to someone else; U.S. debt is, to a large extent, money we owe to ourselves.

It’s true that foreigners now hold large claims on the United States, including a fair amount of government debt. But every dollar’s worth of foreign claims on America is matched by 89 cents’ worth of U.S. claims on foreigners. And because foreigners tend to put their U.S. investments into safe, low-yield assets, America actually earns more from its assets abroad than it pays to foreign investors. If your image is of a nation that’s already deep in hock to the Chinese, you’ve been misinformed. Nor are we heading rapidly in that direction.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2012 in Economy, Politics

 

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It’s Getting Good

  • A little publicized provision of ‘ObamaCare” has gone into effect this month, and it it is one of the bigger deals of the legislation.  Starting this month insurers are being required to have a medical loss ratio of 80/20  What that means is that insurance companies must spend at least 80% of your premiums on actual *gasp* health care.  Needless to say, conservatives are aghast at this.  Republican controlled states such as Michigan and Florida have requested waivers for this provision, but these have been solidly denied by Feds. A good summary over at Balloon Juice here

“President Obama claims the new healthcare reform law will decrease healthcare costs for Americans,” said Coffman (R-CO). “However, the new Medical Loss Ratio included in the law may have the opposite effect by forcing insurers to increase— not decrease— premiums, because insurers will be discouraged from investing in administrative services, such as anti-fraud or anti-waste services, that could save consumers money…

Are you fucking kidding me?

  • The pummeling of Newt continues even as his bubble seems to be bursting.  And now that Ron Paul is ascending in Iowa, the knives are coming out here, here, and here.  The Republicans are dead set on making Mitt the 2012 Bob Dole.
  • Apparently the EU did not learn from our fuck ups here
  • There is already a plug-in for Firefox to circumvent SOPA should it become law.  Technology, or more importantly, geeks, will always come up with ways to circumvent the laws.
  • And today the House Republicans are still dead set on making themselves look like assholes.  This one just kills me.  I personally am against the payroll tax cut itself, it is just a political ploy and has the potential to undermine Social Security if continued ad infinitum.  The Republicans should be all over this because A) it’s a tax cut B) if they continue to push it year after year they could ultimately get their wish and undermine Social Security.  But no, Obama wants it, therefore no tax cut.  They are making it glaringly obvious with this simple maneuver that all they care about is denying Obama ANYTHING and that they don’t give one wit about the middle class and the poor.
 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Economy, Politics

 

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The Republican Party Has Gone Insane

That is my quote of the day from Redstate,com’s Erick Erickson article here

The conservatives/GOP are eating their own.  They are slowly imploding.  The intellectual voices of conservatism, such as Bill Buckley, are long gone.  what is left is a roiling pot of conflicting ideals driven by anti-intellectualism, oppressive social ideals, and monetary fetishism.

This election should be a gimme for them with the economy in the toilet, and all they can muster for candidates is this ragtag bunch of clowns.  Anyone potentially worth a shit won’t run, because they know there is no one who can meet the the mish-mash of ideological purity test laid before the candidates.  Reagan fails. W fails.  Hell, even Christ would fail.

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Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Humor, Politics, Rant

 

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No Love for Newt

Watched just a little bit of the 9,423rd Republican debate.  This whole thing has turned into some wierd, mutant version of American Idol.  If only Hunter Thompson was alive to see this, he would have a freakin’ field day, though Matt Tabbi has done a fine job (1) (2) (3)

Poor Newt can’t get any lovin’.  Democrats loathe him (obviously) and even the ‘establishment’ Republicans hate him. They couch it in terms of electability, but it is pretty clear that it is personal.

  • Ed Kilgore in the New Republic, “…my money is currently on Gingrich pulling off a repeat of 1964.” That would be Barry Goldwater’s disastrous campaign.
  • Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.): “There’s all types of leaders, leaders that instill confidence. Leaders that are somewhat abrupt and brisk. Leaders that have one standard for the people that they’re leading and a different standard for themselves. I just found his leadership lacking, and I’m not going to go into greater detail than that.”
  • Rep. Peter King: “Newt Gingrich was a disaster as speaker. Everything was self-centered. There was a lack of intellectual discipline.”
  • Jim Talent, the former senator from Missouri: “If the nominee is Newt Gingrich, then the election is going to be about the Republican nominee, which is exactly what the Democrats want.  If they can make it about the Republican nominee, then the president is going to win.’’
  • Charles Krauthammer: “Gingrich has his own vulnerabilities. The first is often overlooked because it is characterological rather than ideological: his own unreliability. Gingrich has a self-regard so immense that it rivals Obama’s — but, unlike Obama’s, is untamed by self-discipline.”
  • David Brooks (who likes him): “He has every negative character trait that conservatives associate with ’60s excess: narcissism, self-righteousness, self-indulgence and intemperance. He just has those traits in Republican form.”
  • And while I cannot stand this woman, Ann Coulter can be hilarious: “At the end of Gingrich’s first year as House speaker, his endless, nutty pronunciamentos — in addition to his plan to entrust Republicans’ legislative agenda to an old couple whose living room VCR continuously flashed “12:00″ — had driven his public approval numbers into the dirt.”

It will interesting/entertaining/painful to see how the primary pans out.  Anything is possible.  But if I could have two small wishes in it all, they would be 1) Ron Paul wins the Iowa caucuses (the man deserves a win)  2) Gingrich implodes in a spectacular and epic fashion such that he barricades himself in his home and is never heard from again.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Politics

 

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