Friday, March 27, 2009

Out Today

As always, a big thanks to anyone who stops by--I'm heading down to New Orleans for the weekend. Join me in wishing nothing but the best to Ben and Christina, who are getting married tomorrow.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Your Republican Budget

Why bother with actual numbers when you can go with sparkles instead?
Have a Toke Cold One

I remember last year telling a few friends that I expected to be disappointed at times by an Obama administration, because, far from being a wild-eyed fanatic (personally, I'd LIKE to see a bit of 'European-Style Socialism'), his record is actually pretty moderate.

Today we have an example of this disappointment:

...the question [marijuana decriminalization/legalization] was indeed asked at Obama's online town hall, and while I didn't see it, the President apparently snickered, along with his snickering staff, made a crack like "This is a very popular question to you online folks," (did he mime taking a hit off a doobie at this point?) and then categorically said no, that it wouldn't grow the economy, and moved on. Thus insulting the audience about their very popular question and giving it little respect.

More here.


It's unfortunate that the only 'alternative' to Obama's position re: pot, is even more rabid ugliness (and an ugliness that's decidedly NOT 'small government') and while, like Booman Tribune, I realize that this isn't exactly the time to be espousing anything that would send wingnuttia into a feeding frenzy...still, it's disappointing.

But not a deal breaker. Although, like with a lot of things, I'm beginning to realize that even if this country backs off from this sort of police-state lunacy one day, I'll be, well, an old man by then.

Sigh again.
Shorter Evan Byah

"Is this thing loaded?!"
There's No Way Like The American Way--Updated *
From 2Millionth Web Log

Link. Reminds me of an old saying. I guess it reminded Byron Dorgan, too.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cleared...But Not Necessarily Clean
From 2Millionth Web Log

The TSA won't prosecute Diaper Dave.
Shorter Elite Press Corps Corpse
From 2Millionth Web Log

Hey, how come he's not singing and dancing for us?
Whole Lotta Stupid Going On

Shouldn't there be a rule against having Beck and Bolton on the same screen, much less anywhere near each other? I mean, that's enough collective stupid to rip a hole in the fabric of space-time.
Oh, Cry Me a River
From 2Millionth Web Log

Jake DeSantis, an executive vice president of the American International Group’s financial products unit, invites us all to his pity party.

But hey, you forgot these folks, Jack. Maybe they'd like to show up at whatever house of yours you're throwing it at...and, who knows, maybe they'd like to stay for a few days. You can swap stories about hard times...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Shorter Wall Street Fat Cats
From 2Millionth Web Log

Do as we say or the economy gets it.
Extra Helping of Wingnuttery
From 2Millionth Web Log

Michele Bachmann must be trying to reach the stratosphere of batshit insanity.
Ah, the Invisible Hand...
From 2Millionth Web Log

Like Mike Stagg, I think this is a good idea (the Gret Stet is committing $50 million to keep a poultry processing plant open in Farmerville), but I wonder if anyone will point it out the next time we're told that Republicans are the party of small government and 'free' markets.
Sweet Land of Liberty Assumption of Guilt...And Tasering
From 2Millionth Web Log

If anyone wonders how authoritarian this country's become:

The school district does not contest that Ms. Redding had no disciplinary record, but says that is irrelevant.

"Her assertion should not be misread to infer that she never broke school rules," the district said of Ms. Redding in a brief, "only that she was never caught."

This is in regards to an incident six years ago when Savana Redding, then 13 years old, was strip searched by local school officials after being accused--it turned out, unfairly--of smuggling "drugs" into school...the drugs being--gasp--prescription ibuprofen.

On the other hand, I suppose it's preferable to being tasered to death.

Ain't freedom grand...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Ya Think?
From 2Millionth Web Log

Headline on a NY Times Business Section article:

At A.I.G., the Brand Is Tarnished

I dunno, maybe they can try something a little less toxic
From 2Millionth Web Log

And if that doesn't work, how about Dubya...or Dick...or GOP...
Special Fred
From 2Millionth Web Log

For Barnes, 'setting the bar' means first digging a hole.
Party On

Calling the tea partiers useful idiots for the neo-cons might be a little too generous.
The Tears of an Assclown

Austin Scott is such a weenie.