Tuesday, December 29, 2015

God Had Given Us Authority Over the Winds




Now, this is trolling your neighbors:

In a nearby Rowlett suburb, Sabrina Lowe says she was luckier because of her faith. Ten relatives were at her home when the tornado threatened.


SABRINA LOWE: We actually went outside and started commanding the winds because God had given us authority over the winds - the airways. And we just began to command this storm not to hit our area. We - we spoke to the storm and said, go to unpopulated places. It did exactly what we said to do because God gave us the authority to do that.


I'm not mocking this woman. What if she's right? What if God really has given her and her family the right to command the winds of a powerful tornado? Would you want to be the one person on the block who made fun of her and wrote a lame blog post about it?





Hells no, baby. Hells no.

God Had Given Us Authority Over the Winds


Now, this is trolling your neighbors:
In a nearby Rowlett suburb, Sabrina Lowe says she was luckier because of her faith. Ten relatives were at her home when the tornado threatened.
SABRINA LOWE: We actually went outside and started commanding the winds because God had given us authority over the winds - the airways. And we just began to command this storm not to hit our area. We - we spoke to the storm and said, go to unpopulated places. It did exactly what we said to do because God gave us the authority to do that.
I'm not mocking this woman. What if she's right? What if God really has given her and her family the right to command the winds of a powerful tornado? Would you want to be the one person on the block who made fun of her and wrote a lame blog post about it?

Hells no, baby. Hells no.

The Trump Mob




Did you know that there is a violent mob mentality at Donald Trump's political rallies?

During a Monday evening Donald Trump campaign rally in New Hampshire, a self-described "celebrity boxer" attacked a protester who shouted "fascist" at the presidential candidate. Todd "The Punisher" Poulton—who has previously gone in the ring against former baseball star Jose Canseco and celebrity dad Michael Lohan—can be seen on video pouncing on an unidentified male with long hair who disrupted the Republican front-runner's event. As seen in the photo above, Poulton sports a face tatto mimicking that of professional boxing legend Mike Tyson.

This is how discourse in modern America works. Are you against guns? People with guns will show up an intimidate you. Are you for a woman's right to do whatever she wants with her body? People will shoot up the Planned Parenthood clinic you just walked into. Are you on the fence about Whole Foods? Don't worry, they'll just charge you extra so you can make up your own mind.

The mob is in charge now. Got a problem with that? Someone nearby is really hoping you'll give them a chance to be a hero so don't fight back when they start trying to kick your ass. You'll ruin it for them if you don't give them a chance to catch their breath and continue pummeling you in the face. Definitely do not spin them around and give them a snuggie. That would just ruin their chance to get an attaboy from the man running for President.

The Trump Mob


Did you know that there is a violent mob mentality at Donald Trump's political rallies?
During a Monday evening Donald Trump campaign rally in New Hampshire, a self-described "celebrity boxer" attacked a protester who shouted "fascist" at the presidential candidate. Todd "The Punisher" Poulton—who has previously gone in the ring against former baseball star Jose Canseco and celebrity dad Michael Lohan—can be seen on video pouncing on an unidentified male with long hair who disrupted the Republican front-runner's event. As seen in the photo above, Poulton sports a face tatto mimicking that of professional boxing legend Mike Tyson.
This is how discourse in modern America works. Are you against guns? People with guns will show up an intimidate you. Are you for a woman's right to do whatever she wants with her body? People will shoot up the Planned Parenthood clinic you just walked into. Are you on the fence about Whole Foods? Don't worry, they'll just charge you extra so you can make up your own mind.

The mob is in charge now. Got a problem with that? Someone nearby is really hoping you'll give them a chance to be a hero so don't fight back when they start trying to kick your ass. You'll ruin it for them if you don't give them a chance to catch their breath and continue pummeling you in the face. Definitely do not spin them around and give them a snuggie. That would just ruin their chance to get an attaboy from the man running for President.

This Was Not Caused by Fracking so Shut Up



Earthquakes are normal in Oklahoma, and that's why you shouldn't ask questions or say anything that might hurt the feelings of a corporation causing the ground to shake so hard that everything goes flying. And you damned well better not point out that, until they started fracking the living shit out of everything, earthquakes were mild and rare.

This Was Not Caused by Fracking so Shut Up


Earthquakes are normal in Oklahoma, and that's why you shouldn't ask questions or say anything that might hurt the feelings of a corporation causing the ground to shake so hard that liquor bottles want to kill themselves.

My Mom Said Mexico Had no Extradition Treaty With the America




America's bloodlust for revenge will not be denied:

Mexican authorities have detained so-called "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch and his mother near the popular Mexican Pacific beach resort town of Puerto Vallarta, officials briefed on the matter told CNN.


Couch, 18, went missing earlier this month, two years after he made national news when he was sentenced to probation for a drunken driving crash that killed four people.


Couch is expected to be turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service, who have spent weeks searching for him. A spokesman for the service declined to comment.

The people of Mexico are much safer with Ethan Couch in custody. They'll be even safer when he and his moms are in the custody of the federales and are back in Texas where angry mobs can throw dead chicken parts and Bibles at them when they arrive at whatever county courthouse they end up in. I think this should definitely be a case where they give him a third or even fourth chance. A country that can pardon a fuck-up with lots of money like Robert Downey Jr. is a country that can slap Ethan Couch on the shoulder and say, "don't run off again, ya hear?"

Affluenza is not a disease but it should be. This is the new gilded age, after all. Many, many families are dealing with out of control sons with too much money and whiskey dick. Let us ease up on our demand, our desperate thirst for vengeance. The Lord would like us a lot better if we weren't so quick to blog about these things.

Oh, and it goes without saying--a country that can let the killer of Tamir Rice walk is a country where Ethan Couch will still see far more due process than he deserves. Got wads of cash? Justice is blind to your issues, sir.

My Mom Said Mexico Had no Extradition Treaty With the America


America's bloodlust for revenge will not be denied:
Mexican authorities have detained so-called "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch and his mother near the popular Mexican Pacific beach resort town of Puerto Vallarta, officials briefed on the matter told CNN.
Couch, 18, went missing earlier this month, two years after he made national news when he was sentenced to probation for a drunken driving crash that killed four people.
Couch is expected to be turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service, who have spent weeks searching for him. A spokesman for the service declined to comment.
The people of Mexico are much safer with Ethan Couch in custody. They'll be even safer when he and his moms are in the custody of the federales and are back in Texas where angry mobs can throw dead chicken parts and Bibles at them when they arrive at whatever county courthouse they end up in. I think this should definitely be a case where they give him a third or even fourth chance. A country that can pardon a fuck-up with lots of money like Robert Downey Jr. is a country that can slap Ethan Couch on the shoulder and say, "don't run off again, ya hear?"

Affluenza is not a disease but it should be. This is the new gilded age, after all. Many, many families are dealing with out of control sons with too much money and whiskey dick. Let us ease up on our demand, our desperate thirst for vengeance. The Lord would like us a lot better if we weren't so quick to blog about these things.

Oh, and it goes without saying--a country that can let the killer of Tamir Rice walk is a country where Ethan Couch will still see far more due process than he deserves. Got wads of cash? Justice is blind to your issues, sir.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Stop Consuming Cable News





James Fallows could do a cover story on this for the Atlantic:

The larger strangeness was the miffed tone from much of the commentator class about the “no TV” admission. Who does this guy think he is? Talk about aloof! For the DC media culture, Obama’s comment carries an extra dose of status-offense, since “cable hits” are such an important part of modern journalistic branding and presence.

Fallows goes on to quote a reader who refuses to consume cable news in any way, shape or form because it's a push technology:

I never watch “cable news”. Never. Never. Never. That includes CNN, MSNBC and Fox. The whole idea of “cable news" is toxic in my mind. The first thing that I do when I get a new TV provider is to delete those channels from the list that I cycle thru when I do any channel surfing.


I also never watch most of the network news broadcasts and especially any of the Sunday morning chat shows. I do watch the PBS News Hour, but only after recording it so that I can delete any segments where they have 2 people from opposite sides of some debate contradict each other.


Judging by the ratings that those channels get, I don’t think that I’m alone. In my immediate circle of friends and family, I don’t know anyone who does watch that. Neither my own kids, nor my step children have “cable TV” connections. (That includes actual cables as well as satellite ones…)


“Cable news” is what we call in Silicon Valley a “push” technology. I only use “pull” technology to get my information. I have to do that to make up for the editorial control which disappeared from “cable news” long ago. You have railed about the false equivalency problem at length, but that is only one of many sins of the modern “cable news” world.

Would life be any worse off with a steady diet of "pulled" information? I don't think it would. Pulled information is what you go out and gather for yourself, making a point of looking at the sources and the context. In one way, that's incredibly inconvenient. But, in another context, how likely are you to be persuaded by someone biased who discounts the facts? Given how often cable news is wrong, how is shutting it out completely a bad thing?




And I would encourage you to read what Fallows has to say about how the President reacts to developments because, when you think about it, the last thing we would want a President to do is to make all of his decisions based on what a television pundit advocates. 





Anyway, this is a fascinating way to gather information. And stop reading blogs! All blogs are terrible and full of garbage.

Stop Consuming Cable News



James Fallows could do a cover story on this for the Atlantic:
The larger strangeness was the miffed tone from much of the commentator class about the “no TV” admission. Who does this guy think he is? Talk about aloof! For the DC media culture, Obama’s comment carries an extra dose of status-offense, since “cable hits” are such an important part of modern journalistic branding and presence.
Fallows goes on to quote a reader who refuses to consume cable news in any way, shape or form because it's a push technology:
I never watch “cable news”. Never. Never. Never. That includes CNN, MSNBC and Fox. The whole idea of “cable news" is toxic in my mind. The first thing that I do when I get a new TV provider is to delete those channels from the list that I cycle thru when I do any channel surfing.
I also never watch most of the network news broadcasts and especially any of the Sunday morning chat shows. I do watch the PBS News Hour, but only after recording it so that I can delete any segments where they have 2 people from opposite sides of some debate contradict each other.
Judging by the ratings that those channels get, I don’t think that I’m alone. In my immediate circle of friends and family, I don’t know anyone who does watch that. Neither my own kids, nor my step children have “cable TV” connections. (That includes actual cables as well as satellite ones…)
“Cable news” is what we call in Silicon Valley a “push” technology. I only use “pull” technology to get my information. I have to do that to make up for the editorial control which disappeared from “cable news” long ago. You have railed about the false equivalency problem at length, but that is only one of many sins of the modern “cable news” world.
Would life be any worse off with a steady diet of "pulled" information? I don't think it would. Pulled information is what you go out and gather for yourself, making a point of looking at the sources and the context. In one way, that's incredibly inconvenient. But, in another context, how likely are you to be persuaded by someone biased who discounts the facts? Given how often cable news is wrong, how is shutting it out completely a bad thing?

And I would encourage you to read what Fallows has to say about how the President reacts to developments because, when you think about it, the last thing we would want a President to do is to make all of his decisions based on what a television pundit advocates. 

Anyway, this is a fascinating way to gather information. And stop reading blogs! All blogs are terrible and full of garbage.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

This is Not the Minnesota I Remember




Whenever someone finds out I'm from Minnesota, they ask me if I've been to the Mall of America.

I've never been to the Mall of America. It was built when I lived there. I've been to the Met Center and Metropolitan Stadium, but I've never been to the Mall of America, which was built where those two places used to be. I haven't lived there since 1996 so I really don't have any skin in this game, but this is not the Minnesota that I remember. Somehow, some way, the relationship between the police and the African-American community there went down the wrong path and no one has figured out how to fix things. There hasn't been any statesmanship or leadership because what should have happened is this:

Black Lives Matter should have been invited to the Mall of America to say their piece. No one has to agree with them but everyone should celebrate the right to protest. Free speech being neither free nor easy, they should have welcomed the protesters and let them do their thing. Instead we get this nonsense, depicted above and from here.

What bullshit is this? When did Minnesota turn into a shit hole where people aren't allowed to protest? A wall of cops in riot gear--that's as welcoming as it gets nowadays. Where did the decent people go?

This is Not the Minnesota I Remember


Whenever someone finds out I'm from Minnesota, they ask me if I've been to the Mall of America.

I've never been to the Mall of America. It was built when I lived there. I've been to the Met Center and Metropolitan Stadium, but I've never been to the Mall of America, which was built where those two places used to be. I haven't lived there since 1996 so I really don't have any skin in this game, but this is not the Minnesota that I remember. Somehow, some way, the relationship between the police and the African-American community there went down the wrong path and no one has figured out how to fix things. There hasn't been any statesmanship or leadership because what should have happened is this:

Black Lives Matter should have been invited to the Mall of America to say their piece. No one has to agree with them but everyone should celebrate the right to protest. Free speech being neither free nor easy, they should have welcomed the protesters and let them do their thing. Instead we get this nonsense, depicted above and from here.

What bullshit is this? When did Minnesota turn into a shit hole where people aren't allowed to protest? A wall of cops in riot gear--that's as welcoming as it gets nowadays. Where did the decent people go?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Donald Trump's Mandingo Analogy

This is just plain evil:

In the latest series of Trumpisms, the Republican presidential frontrunner on Monday knocked Hillary Clinton for not returning to the stage on time in Saturday night's Democratic debate and getting "schlonged" by Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race. "Even a race to Obama, she was gonna beat Obama. I don't know who would be worse, I don't know, how could it be worse? But she was going to beat -- she was favored to win -- and she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost," Trump said. The real estate mogul also criticized Clinton for her late return to the stage because of a bathroom break, calling it "disgusting." Unprompted, Trump said, "I know where she went. It's disgusting. I don't want to talk about it, it's disgusting."

I'm just going to say it--a mainstream Republican candidate for the presidency invoked the racist image of the Mandingo. He spoke of an African-American man having sex with a white woman. God help us all, but that dog whistle was blown today like it hasn't been blown in a long, long time.

Now, we know several things. One, Trump will not pay any price whatsoever for his latest crude missive. Two, he's unscripted and out of control for what amounts to the eighth or ninth week in a row, depending on when the first outburst occurred. Three, the sexism embedded in his comments about Hillary Clinton is still absolutely shocking and without any real precedent.

This is not the sort of thing that a John McCain would have said and it's not the sort of thing Mitt Romney would have said. I mean, there's just no precedence for the crudity and the vulgarity of this man. We've gone from the Romneyshambles to the Donaldshambles. It's a shit show no one can stop watching.

Do you know what would work right now for the Republican Party? A Mitt Romney-John McCain ticket. They should drag both nominees out of mothballs, give them a billion dollars in someone else's funds, and remove all of the other candidates from the race. Make it Trump against Romney-McCain. Granted, it would turn to shit and catch fire like a bus full of exploding propane tanks and potato masher hand grenades, but it would still be more fun than what we have right now.

If you're conservative, you're quietly pleased with this Donald fellow. If you're liberal, you can't imagine how many more

Salon

posts it's going to take before everyone agrees with you that Donald can't survive this. I'm sorry, but the crude sexism just brings more voters to the table. I would be surprised if he doesn't end up breaking forty percent soon.

Donald Trump's Mandingo Analogy


This is too good not to highlight in a lame blog post:
In the latest series of Trumpisms, the Republican presidential frontrunner on Monday knocked Hillary Clinton for not returning to the stage on time in Saturday night's Democratic debate and getting "schlonged" by Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race. "Even a race to Obama, she was gonna beat Obama. I don't know who would be worse, I don't know, how could it be worse? But she was going to beat -- she was favored to win -- and she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost," Trump said. The real estate mogul also criticized Clinton for her late return to the stage because of a bathroom break, calling it "disgusting." Unprompted, Trump said, "I know where she went. It's disgusting. I don't want to talk about it, it's disgusting."
I'm just going to say it--a mainstream Republican candidate for the presidency invoked the racist image of the Mandingo. He spoke of an African-American man having sex with a white woman. God help us all, but that dog whistle was blown today like it hasn't been blown in a long, long time.

Now, we know several things. One, Trump will not pay any price whatsoever for his latest crude missive. Two, he's unscripted and out of control for what amounts to the eighth or ninth week in a row, depending on when the first outburst occurred. Three, the sexism embedded in his comments about Hillary Clinton is still absolutely shocking and without any real precedent.

This is not the sort of thing that a John McCain would have said and it's not the sort of thing Mitt Romney would have said. I mean, there's just no precedence for the crudity and the vulgarity of this man. We've gone from the Romneyshambles to the Donaldshambles. It's a shit show no one can stop watching.

Do you know what would work right now for the Republican Party? A Mitt Romney-John McCain ticket. They should drag both nominees out of mothballs, give them a billion dollars in someone else's funds, and remove all of the other candidates from the race. Make it Trump against Romney-McCain. Granted, it would turn to shit and catch fire like a bus full of exploding propane tanks and potato masher hand grenades, but it would still be more fun than what we have right now.

If you're conservative, you're quietly pleased with this Donald fellow. If you're liberal, you can't imagine how many more Salon posts it's going to take before everyone agrees with you that Donald can't survive this. I'm sorry, but the crude sexism just brings more voters to the table. I would be surprised if he doesn't end up breaking forty percent soon.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Vainglorious Warmonger Stops Running For Job No One Was Going to Give Him




The blood of our enemies will run through their veins for another day.

Senator Lindsey Graham is ending his presidential campaign, he told CNN during an exclusive interview airing Monday.


"I'm going to suspend my campaign. I'm not going to suspend my desire to help the country," the South Carolina senator said in a wide-ranging and candid discussion in which he acknowledged: "I've hit a wall here."


He made the official announcement in an email to supporters and Youtube video posted Monday morning.


You would think that permanent war would poll a little higher than the margin of error in the Republican Party. Lindsey Graham tried selling war and the military industrial complex failed to deliver the poll numbers he needed in order to convince random American billionaires to give him several hundred million dollars to waste on ads and high priced consultants. 





I hope the food was good, but I suspect that Graham's small campaign was starved by the need to stay in cut-rate Iowa hotels. You cannot survive for long inside of a Budget Suites Motor Hotel in the Quad Cities area. In fact, you can pretty much assume that many of the Republicans campaigning for the presidency have been staying in bedbug-infested motels that have doubled as meth labs and Backpage prostitution sting locations. No wonder Graham is quitting--how could you tolerate that for another eleven months?

Vainglorious Warmonger Stops Running For Job No One Was Going to Give Him


The blood of our enemies will run through their veins for another day.
Senator Lindsey Graham is ending his presidential campaign, he told CNN during an exclusive interview airing Monday.
"I'm going to suspend my campaign. I'm not going to suspend my desire to help the country," the South Carolina senator said in a wide-ranging and candid discussion in which he acknowledged: "I've hit a wall here."
He made the official announcement in an email to supporters and Youtube video posted Monday morning.
You would think that permanent war would poll a little higher than the margin of error in the Republican Party. Lindsey Graham tried selling war and the military industrial complex failed to deliver the poll numbers he needed in order to convince random American billionaires to give him several hundred million dollars to waste on ads and high priced consultants. 

I hope the food was good, but I suspect that Graham's small campaign was starved by the need to stay in cut-rate Iowa hotels. You cannot survive for long inside of a Budget Suites Motor Hotel in the Quad Cities area. In fact, you can pretty much assume that many of the Republicans campaigning for the presidency have been staying in bedbug-infested motels that have doubled as meth labs and Backpage prostitution sting locations. No wonder Graham is quitting--how could you tolerate that for another eleven months?

Friday, December 18, 2015

Fire That Vendor




This story damages the Bernie Sanders campaign, and it all comes down to the incompetence of a vendor:

The Democratic National Committee has suspended Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign's access to the DNC voter database after the campaign allegedly took advantage of a software error to access Hillary Clinton's confidential voter information.


The suspension is a setback for the Vermont senator -- who fired the staffer involved -- because the database is a goldmine of information about voters nationwide. Campaigns usually use that data to plot their next moves.


The DNC database keeps the information gathered by different campaigns separated by a firewall.

Fire the vendor, not the staffer. No, the guy shouldn't have looked at the information gathered by the Clinton campaign. But a Clinton campaign staffer could easily have looked at their data as well. Share that data between your campaigns! Why not? You might realize that a Clinton-Sanders ticket makes a helluva lot more sense than anything out there right now.

Fire That Vendor


This story damages the Bernie Sanders campaign, and it all comes down to the incompetence of a vendor:
The Democratic National Committee has suspended Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign's access to the DNC voter database after the campaign allegedly took advantage of a software error to access Hillary Clinton's confidential voter information.
The suspension is a setback for the Vermont senator -- who fired the staffer involved -- because the database is a goldmine of information about voters nationwide. Campaigns usually use that data to plot their next moves.
The DNC database keeps the information gathered by different campaigns separated by a firewall.
Fire the vendor, not the staffer. No, the guy shouldn't have looked at the information gathered by the Clinton campaign. But a Clinton campaign staffer could easily have looked at their data as well. Share that data between your campaigns! Why not? You might realize that a Clinton-Sanders ticket makes a helluva lot more sense than anything out there right now.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

This is What a Real Monster Looks Like




What an asshole:

Florida Atlantic University has recommended the termination of professor who says he believes the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged.


The university informed James Tracy of their decision Wednesday. 


Tracy has 10 days to appeal.


The parents of 6-year-old victim Noah Pozner said Tracy has harassed them, demanding proof their son existed.


A total of 26 people, 20 of them children, were gunned down at their school in Newtown, Connecticut three years ago this week.

Shouldn't we demand proof that James Tracy has a soul?

This is What a Real Monster Looks Like


What an asshole:
Florida Atlantic University has recommended the termination of professor who says he believes the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged.
The university informed James Tracy of their decision Wednesday. 
Tracy has 10 days to appeal.
The parents of 6-year-old victim Noah Pozner said Tracy has harassed them, demanding proof their son existed.
A total of 26 people, 20 of them children, were gunned down at their school in Newtown, Connecticut three years ago this week.
Shouldn't we demand proof that James Tracy has a soul?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Complete and Utter Shit Show of Biblical Proportions





I don't know who's actually watching the Republican Debate tonight, but I can tell you one thing--this country is woefully unprepared for whatever comes our way after the first of the year. I predict that 2016 will be one of the all time horror shows in terms of electoral politics. One of these two men will be the nominee, and we will all suffer in terrible, terrible ways if they eke out a victory next November.

A Complete and Utter Shit Show of Biblical Proportions



I don't know who's actually watching the Republican Debate tonight, but I can tell you one thing--this country is woefully unprepared for whatever comes our way after the first of the year. I predict that 2016 will be one of the all time horror shows in terms of electoral politics. One of these two men will be the nominee, and we will all suffer in terrible, terrible ways if they eke out a victory next November.

This is Why People Love Donald Trump




Ah, the arena of public commerce:

A 1973 suit against Trump and the Trump Organization claimed that superintendents at Trump properties would mark African-American applications with a ‘C’ for ‘Colored’ and other racial codes.


When an African-American showed up to rent an apartment owned by a young real-estate scion named Donald Trump and his family, the building superintendent did what he claimed he’d been told to do. He allegedly attached a separate sheet of paper to the application, marked with the letter “C.”

“C” for “Colored.”

This is the sort of thing that makes Trump more popular with his followers. This is what gets the mob involved in burnishing the myth around Trump. He should walk around with something more dignified on his hat than a trucker cap. He properly should wear some sort of helm, some sort of martial piece of headgear. It should come with plumes, laurel leaves, and maybe a dollar sign. You know, something dignified and luxurious.




If there's one thing you need to know, it is that there's a Trump rule. When Trump says or does something that would make a normal, decent human being capable of empathy uncomfortable, he gets more popular.

This is Why People Love Donald Trump


Ah, the arena of public commerce:
A 1973 suit against Trump and the Trump Organization claimed that superintendents at Trump properties would mark African-American applications with a ‘C’ for ‘Colored’ and other racial codes.
When an African-American showed up to rent an apartment owned by a young real-estate scion named Donald Trump and his family, the building superintendent did what he claimed he’d been told to do. He allegedly attached a separate sheet of paper to the application, marked with the letter “C.”

“C” for “Colored.”
This is the sort of thing that makes Trump more popular with his followers. This is what gets the mob involved in burnishing the myth around Trump. He should walk around with something more dignified on his hat than a trucker cap. He properly should wear some sort of helm, some sort of martial piece of headgear. It should come with plumes, laurel leaves, and maybe a dollar sign. You know, something dignified and luxurious.

If there's one thing you need to know, it is that there's a Trump rule. When Trump says or does something that would make a normal, decent human being capable of empathy uncomfortable, he gets more popular.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Mickey Kaus Has Been Crazy For a Long, Long Time




Way back in 2012, which is forever ago on the damned Internet, I wrote this lame piece of observational blogging. At the time, Mickey Kaus seemed delusional. Turns out he's just been losing his shit in public for way too long:

[...] he says, he faces questions every day from friends, old readers, strangers on Twitter about what the hell happened to Mickey Kaus. “I wish, like a lot of his friends, that he would just move on and do something else,” said Slate Group Editor-in-Chief Jacob Weisberg, who hired him in 2002.


Kaus delights in the pity and disgust he detects from his old friends’ view that he has joined a band of kooks and racists. It’s the surest sign that his work matters. “I don’t know who’s reading me, but every now and then I get somebody who has influence calling me a jerk, and it’s like, ‘Yes!’” he remarked over coffee and doughnuts. “Maybe I’ll collect all those tweets and hang them on the wall.”


Now, dreamers gotta dream, but when people are telling you that you're wrong, you can do one of two things. You can stick with your original design for a thing that makes your phone stand up on the dash of your car without flying off into pieces when it gets too hot, or you can allow for a moment of introspection and think about why people are telling you that you're wrong. If you're a Donald Trump supporter, it's all-in on the delusional thinking. Trump is proof that the Mickey Kaus voter exists. There is patently nothing you can explain to these people. Keep them away from scissors. They're that magical 33% of the American voting public that doesn't believe in anything other than the screaming of the voices in their heads.





It's really not difficult. You can believe what ever you want. But is what you believe in is racist? Well, okay then. This is easy. Racism is inherently stupid and is based on bad science. It's wrong, and so are you.





See how easy that was? If you want to know what went wrong with Mickey Kaus, simply note that he believes we should stop people from immigrating to America. Traditionally, this has been an anti-Irish or anti-Italian mindset which we now use to keep Syrian toddlers and poor people from Latin America from coming here (a very wealthy person from Latin America is, of course, very welcome in America, you see). We're a stupid, racist, backwards-thinking country on this issue. And it shouldn't even be an issue. 





That's right--despite the freakout on the right and the freakout among hardcore disciples of Kaus' Twitter feed, there really is no issue because people from Latin American are saying to hell with this. And while it's true that they're sending their kids, so what? Is a kid from Syria, Honduras, Colombia or Guatemala going to take your job away from you? Or is a kid from a war-torn country (we did a lot of the tearing) more likely to have a better life if we would just take the collective stick out of our collective asses and act like decent human beings or Canadians?





I mean, goddamn, people. This shit isn't hard.

Mickey Kaus Has Been Crazy For a Long, Long Time


Way back in 2012, which is forever ago on the damned Internet, I wrote this lame piece of observational blogging. At the time, Mickey Kaus seemed delusional. Turns out he's just been losing his shit in public for way too long:
[...] he says, he faces questions every day from friends, old readers, strangers on Twitter about what the hell happened to Mickey Kaus. “I wish, like a lot of his friends, that he would just move on and do something else,” said Slate Group Editor-in-Chief Jacob Weisberg, who hired him in 2002.
Kaus delights in the pity and disgust he detects from his old friends’ view that he has joined a band of kooks and racists. It’s the surest sign that his work matters. “I don’t know who’s reading me, but every now and then I get somebody who has influence calling me a jerk, and it’s like, ‘Yes!’” he remarked over coffee and doughnuts. “Maybe I’ll collect all those tweets and hang them on the wall.”
Now, dreamers gotta dream, but when people are telling you that you're wrong, you can do one of two things. You can stick with your original design for a thing that makes your phone stand up on the dash of your car without flying off into pieces when it gets too hot, or you can allow for a moment of introspection and think about why people are telling you that you're wrong. If you're a Donald Trump supporter, it's all-in on the delusional thinking. Trump is proof that the Mickey Kaus voter exists. There is patently nothing you can explain to these people. Keep them away from scissors. They're that magical 33% of the American voting public that doesn't believe in anything other than the screaming of the voices in their heads.

It's really not difficult. You can believe what ever you want. But is what you believe in is racist? Well, okay then. This is easy. Racism is inherently stupid and is based on bad science. It's wrong, and so are you.

See how easy that was? If you want to know what went wrong with Mickey Kaus, simply note that he believes we should stop people from immigrating to America. Traditionally, this has been an anti-Irish or anti-Italian mindset which we now use to keep Syrian toddlers and poor people from Latin America from coming here (a very wealthy person from Latin America is, of course, very welcome in America, you see). We're a stupid, racist, backwards-thinking country on this issue. And it shouldn't even be an issue. 

That's right--despite the freakout on the right and the freakout among hardcore disciples of Kaus' Twitter feed, there really is no issue because people from Latin American are saying to hell with this. And while it's true that they're sending their kids, so what? Is a kid from Syria, Honduras, Colombia or Guatemala going to take your job away from you? Or is a kid from a war-torn country (we did a lot of the tearing) more likely to have a better life if we would just take the collective stick out of our collective asses and act like decent human beings or Canadians?

I mean, goddamn, people. This shit isn't hard.

Republican Values




Here's another thing you won't see being hung around the necks of the Republicans in the United States Senate:

Senate Democrats failed Thursday to win a procedural vote to open debate on a bill that would provide medical benefits and compensation for emergency workers who were first on the scene of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


The motion for cloture, or to begin debate, needed 60 votes to pass due to a Republican filibuster, but fell short at 57-42 in favor.

You have to love the wording of the lede. "Senate Democrats failed..." Of course they failed. They failed to stand in front of every camera they could find and tell the American people that the Republican Party just told the men and women who rushed into lower Manhattan to save lives to go pound sand. They failed to demand time on every Sunday show (which is a veritable cake walk for nutty Republicans, up to and including a permanent slot for John McCain to continue being an irrelevant lame duck) so that they could tell the story of people dying off in droves because of the things they inhaled fifteen years ago. How is this not a bigger story? It came out four days ago and withered on the vine. Where's the fucking outrage?

If the U.S. House of Representatives, which is now home to some of the craziest fiscal conservatives ever elected, can pass a bill for 9/11 first responders then why can't the United States Senate?

Republicans complained that the $7.4 billion price tag was too high, while Democrats said the government had an obligation to help the first responders to the deadliest terrorism attack in U.S. history.

Republicans value tax cuts for the rich over first responders, veterans, and everybody else. They consistently cut or underfund these things because this is what they believe in. They have always done this and they always will. There will be no mad rush to tax corporate malfeasance and collect from billionaires what they owe. There will only be a sad distraction of some kind over nothing.

Republican Values


Here's another thing you won't see being hung around the necks of the Republicans in the United States Senate:
Senate Democrats failed Thursday to win a procedural vote to open debate on a bill that would provide medical benefits and compensation for emergency workers who were first on the scene of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The motion for cloture, or to begin debate, needed 60 votes to pass due to a Republican filibuster, but fell short at 57-42 in favor.
You have to love the wording of the lede. "Senate Democrats failed..." Of course they failed. They failed to stand in front of every camera they could find and tell the American people that the Republican Party just told the men and women who rushed into lower Manhattan to save lives to go pound sand. They failed to demand time on every Sunday show (which is a veritable cake walk for nutty Republicans, up to and including a permanent slot for John McCain to continue being an irrelevant lame duck) so that they could tell the story of people dying off in droves because of the things they inhaled fifteen years ago. How is this not a bigger story? It came out four days ago and withered on the vine. Where's the fucking outrage?

If the U.S. House of Representatives, which is now home to some of the craziest fiscal conservatives ever elected, can pass a bill for 9/11 first responders then why can't the United States Senate?
Republicans complained that the $7.4 billion price tag was too high, while Democrats said the government had an obligation to help the first responders to the deadliest terrorism attack in U.S. history.
Republicans value tax cuts for the rich over first responders, veterans, and everybody else. They consistently cut or underfund these things because this is what they believe in. They have always done this and they always will. There will be no mad rush to tax corporate malfeasance and collect from billionaires what they owe. There will only be a sad distraction of some kind over nothing.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Bring Back MST3K




It's put up or shut up time. There are only a scant few hours left. If you haven't already sent Joel Hodgson money you don't have so he can put a puppet show on television, do it now.





I'm in for two hundred dollars, American. This show saved my life from being poopier than it would have been. I have been a fan since the very earliest of days and I encourage all of you hipsters to join me in supporting this show.

Bring Back MST3K


It's put up or shut up time. There are only a scant few hours left. If you haven't already sent Joel Hodgson money you don't have so he can put a puppet show on television, do it now.



I'm in for two hundred dollars, American. This show saved my life from being poopier than it would have been. I have been a fan since the very earliest of days and I encourage all of you hipsters to join me in supporting this show.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Appealing to the Monster Inside




Clive Barker unintentionally explains everything about Donald Trump while talking about something else entirely:

Despite an international uproar and condemnation by President Obama and nearly all of those running for the presidency, Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims coming to the United States has the support of a sizable majority of Republicans – and a plurality of all voters.


A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 66% of Likely Republican Voters favor a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Just 24% oppose the plan, with 10% undecided.


Among all voters, 46% favor a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, while 40% are opposed. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.


You're not supposed to whip up passions and call for violence or discrimination, though, and that's where we're at, circa 2015. All the things you're not supposed to do work extremely well when measured against the metric of "what will get me positive poll numbers?"





If and when this translates into actual votes, we'll have a pretty good idea how many actual racists or bigots are participating in American democracy on the Republican side.

Appealing to the Monster Inside


Clive Barker unintentionally explains everything about Donald Trump while talking about something else entirely:
Despite an international uproar and condemnation by President Obama and nearly all of those running for the presidency, Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims coming to the United States has the support of a sizable majority of Republicans – and a plurality of all voters.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 66% of Likely Republican Voters favor a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Just 24% oppose the plan, with 10% undecided.
Among all voters, 46% favor a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, while 40% are opposed. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.
You're not supposed to whip up passions and call for violence or discrimination, though, and that's where we're at, circa 2015. All the things you're not supposed to do work extremely well when measured against the metric of "what will get me positive poll numbers?"

If and when this translates into actual votes, we'll have a pretty good idea how many actual racists or bigots are participating in American democracy on the Republican side.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Antonin Scalia is an Expert on Everything




This is from your bestest new SCOTUS blog, which is Gawker:

There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-­Americans to to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-­advanced school, a less — a slower­-track school where they do well.


One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas. They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re — that they’re being pushed ahead in — in classes that are too — too fast for them.


Oh, that's not odious. That's racist!





I'm glad I could help with that. And, if I may be so bold, it's worth noting that when Antonin Scalia was confirmed, the vote was 98-0, which reminds me of why it would be kind of important to make sure no one like him is ever nominated to the high court again.

Antonin Scalia is an Expert on Everything


This is from your bestest new SCOTUS blog, which is Gawker:
There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-­Americans to to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-­advanced school, a less — a slower­-track school where they do well.
One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas. They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re — that they’re being pushed ahead in — in classes that are too — too fast for them.
Oh, that's not odious. That's racist!

I'm glad I could help with that. And, if I may be so bold, it's worth noting that when Antonin Scalia was confirmed, the vote was 98-0, which reminds me of why it would be kind of important to make sure no one like him is ever nominated to the high court again.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Carly Fiorina is Done




I mean, you can't really base anything on a Gawker post, since they've only recently decided to be a political blog before they realize no one reads political blogs, but still. This is what a fiasco looks like. All that's missing is a drunken Shriner in a car, turned over and burning.

This is good news. Carly Fiorina is a terrible human being. She deserves to be mocked and ignored.

Carly Fiorina is Done


I mean, you can't really base anything on a Gawker post, since they've only recently decided to be a political blog before they realize no one reads political blogs, but still. This is what a fiasco looks like. All that's missing is a drunken Shriner in a car, turned over and burning.

This is good news. Carly Fiorina is a terrible human being. She deserves to be mocked and ignored.

Ignore the Merits and Constitutionality




I do not think Erick Erickson fully understands what he's calling brilliant:

Donald Trump just trumped all the Republican candidates for President.


The day after the mom jeans wearing squat to pee President came out to assure us that tolerance, gun control, and climate change would save us from ISIS, Donald Trump demanded we bar any muslims from entering this country and bar any American citizen who is muslim from re-enteringthe United States.

Set aside the merits of what amounts to at least, in part, an unconstitutional position.
This is actually brilliant politics for the here and now. Immediately, every other Republican candidate except Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% rushed out to attack Donald Trump. He’s unhinged, hateful, etc. And the responses all amounted to “we must let muslims enter our country,” which sounds a whole lot like “we must allow all Mexicans in our country,” which everyone knows is blatantly untrue on both counts.

I know, I know. It's like standing in the barrel itself and shooting the fishes. Wait, was that a toe?

Again, ignore the merits and constitutionality — the politics of this work to his advantage.

Ah, so there are no standards. There is no reason to be "constitutional" anymore. There is no reason not to be bigoted and stupid because, hello, this is good politics! 




As long as a candidate for the President of the United States of America does something Erick Erickson agrees with because he can't stop pissing his pants with fear, it does not matter if it is constitutional or not. It does not matter, this rule of law thing you keep bringing up, because the law only applies when Erick Erickson is afraid. You see, the law is only broken when a liberal does something Erick Erickson disagrees with. Everything else is "brilliant."

Got it.

Ignore the Merits and Constitutionality


I do not think Erick Erickson fully understands what he's calling brilliant:
Donald Trump just trumped all the Republican candidates for President.
The day after the mom jeans wearing squat to pee President came out to assure us that tolerance, gun control, and climate change would save us from ISIS, Donald Trump demanded we bar any muslims from entering this country and bar any American citizen who is muslim from re-enteringthe United States.

Set aside the merits of what amounts to at least, in part, an unconstitutional position.
This is actually brilliant politics for the here and now. Immediately, every other Republican candidate except Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% rushed out to attack Donald Trump. He’s unhinged, hateful, etc. And the responses all amounted to “we must let muslims enter our country,” which sounds a whole lot like “we must allow all Mexicans in our country,” which everyone knows is blatantly untrue on both counts.
I know, I know. It's like standing in the barrel itself and shooting the fishes. Wait, was that a toe?
Again, ignore the merits and constitutionality — the politics of this work to his advantage.
Ah, so there are no standards. There is no reason to be "constitutional" anymore. There is no reason not to be bigoted and stupid because, hello, this is good politics! 

As long as a candidate for the President of the United States of America does something Erick Erickson agrees with because he can't stop pissing his pants with fear, it does not matter if it is constitutional or not. It does not matter, this rule of law thing you keep bringing up, because the law only applies when Erick Erickson is afraid. You see, the law is only broken when a liberal does something Erick Erickson disagrees with. Everything else is "brilliant."

Got it.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Evangelicals Decide to Start Telling Pollsters Where They Stand




I don't know if this should really come as a shock to anyone:

A new Monmouth University poll released Monday showed Ted Cruz in first place in Iowa for the first time. He nabbed 24 percent of likely caucus voters over Donald Trump's 19 percent. Once the leader in Iowa, Ben Carson had only 13 percent in this poll, a massive 19 point drop from a late October Monmouth poll. Marco Rubio finished third with 17 percent.

Now, it would be funny if it turned out that Senator Ted Cruz is less than holy and has done things that would make the evangelical crowd slap their cheeks and run around in a tizzy. It would also be as American as apple pie. Somewhere in this man's past is a sexy moment, and if someone has it on tape, they have to share it. That's the American way.




I guess we all know who Trump is going to talk about for the next couple of weeks.

Evangelicals Decide to Start Telling Pollsters Where They Stand


I don't know if this should really come as a shock to anyone:
A new Monmouth University poll released Monday showed Ted Cruz in first place in Iowa for the first time. He nabbed 24 percent of likely caucus voters over Donald Trump's 19 percent. Once the leader in Iowa, Ben Carson had only 13 percent in this poll, a massive 19 point drop from a late October Monmouth poll. Marco Rubio finished third with 17 percent.
Now, it would be funny if it turned out that Senator Ted Cruz is less than holy and has done things that would make the evangelical crowd slap their cheeks and run around in a tizzy. It would also be as American as apple pie. Somewhere in this man's past is a sexy moment, and if someone has it on tape, they have to share it. That's the American way.

I guess we all know who Trump is going to talk about for the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Republican Party Doesn't Know How to Fight Terrorism




The president gave some brief remarks about terrorism tonight, and I think he missed a golden opportunity to tie the bigotry of Donald Trump to the opposition:

President Obama said terrorism is an "evolving threat" but that the U.S. will be able to overcome it, speaking to the nation in a primetime address Sunday.


"The threat from terrorism is real, we will overcome it," Obama said. "We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us."


Obama's speech comes after a young Muslim couple killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. The shooting, which the FBI is investigating as a terrorist attack, could be the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001.

His message was pretty forthright. No one can protect us, but there's a terror-fighting infrastructure in place that is trying to eliminate the low-hanging fruit. I think the smart move would be to admit that bombing people is counter-productive, but that's just me.




Now, he is dealing with a new Speaker of the House and I have no doubt that Paul Ryan will do whatever he can to obstruct the president's agenda. But Donald Trump is the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for president next year:

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says the country’s “tremendous problem” with radical Islamic terrorism will get solved once President Barack Obama “gets the hell out” of office.


Trump slammed the president Sunday for not using the term “radical Islamic terrorism” to describe the terror attacks in Paris and this past week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, hitting on a frequent Republican criticism of the Obama administration’s language used to describe terrorism.

That's just crazy talk from a man who hasn't even bothered to read any of the paper-thin binders being handed to him by cut-rate advisors. If the president says "radical Islamic terrorism," then the next thing you know, they'll be moving those goalposts and coming up with another term. The opposition party doesn't get to dictate the verbiage of the president. But, is there anything racist or stupid coming out of Trump's mouth when he gets in front of a camera? Any outright xenophobic bigotry? Yes, plenty of that:

“Until he admits that this is a problem, we're never gonna solve the problem,” Trump said on CBS’ “Face the Nation. “But he's only gonna be there, fortunately, a little bit more than a year. Because the problem will get solved when he gets the hell out.”

Trump also said he supported the idea of profiling in order to stop terrorism, arguing that people are being too politically correct with Muslims in the country when they don’t respond to red flags.


“I think there can be profiling,” Trump said. “If they thought there was something wrong with that group and they saw what was happening, and they didn't want to call the police because they didn't want to be profiling, I think that's pretty bad. People are dead. A lot of people are dead right now. So everybody wants to be politically correct, and that's part of the problem that we have with our country.”


And he did not rule out the idea of tracking Muslims in America.

“You have people that have to be tracked,” he said. “If they're Muslims, they're Muslims.”


Trump’s call for a database for Muslims has been criticized, including from some of his Republican competitors in the presidential race, even as he’s risen in the presidential polls in the wake of the Paris attacks. But he argued on “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he wasn’t stoking the fears of Americans over terrorism.

Why not tie this to Trump and the party he purports to lead? Where's the downside in admitting that none of these people have anything reasonable to say? The Republicans have nothing but a bloody shirt to wave, and they have nothing but a minority on which to take out their frustrations. This is pure un-American bigotry at work, and it's selling a lot of tickets for them. It's driving their agenda. We should never let anyone forget that.

The Republican Party Doesn't Know How to Fight Terrorism


The president gave some brief remarks about terrorism tonight, and I think he missed a golden opportunity to tie the bigotry of Donald Trump to the opposition:
President Obama said terrorism is an "evolving threat" but that the U.S. will be able to overcome it, speaking to the nation in a primetime address Sunday.
"The threat from terrorism is real, we will overcome it," Obama said. "We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us."
Obama's speech comes after a young Muslim couple killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. The shooting, which the FBI is investigating as a terrorist attack, could be the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001.
His message was pretty forthright. No one can protect us, but there's a terror-fighting infrastructure in place that is trying to eliminate the low-hanging fruit. I think the smart move would be to admit that bombing people is counter-productive, but that's just me.

Now, he is dealing with a new Speaker of the House and I have no doubt that Paul Ryan will do whatever he can to obstruct the president's agenda. But Donald Trump is the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for president next year:
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says the country’s “tremendous problem” with radical Islamic terrorism will get solved once President Barack Obama “gets the hell out” of office.
Trump slammed the president Sunday for not using the term “radical Islamic terrorism” to describe the terror attacks in Paris and this past week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, hitting on a frequent Republican criticism of the Obama administration’s language used to describe terrorism.
That's just crazy talk from a man who hasn't even bothered to read any of the paper-thin binders being handed to him by cut-rate advisors. If the president says "radical Islamic terrorism," then the next thing you know, they'll be moving those goalposts and coming up with another term. The opposition party doesn't get to dictate the verbiage of the president. But, is there anything racist or stupid coming out of Trump's mouth when he gets in front of a camera? Any outright xenophobic bigotry? Yes, plenty of that:

“Until he admits that this is a problem, we're never gonna solve the problem,” Trump said on CBS’ “Face the Nation. “But he's only gonna be there, fortunately, a little bit more than a year. Because the problem will get solved when he gets the hell out.”
Trump also said he supported the idea of profiling in order to stop terrorism, arguing that people are being too politically correct with Muslims in the country when they don’t respond to red flags.
“I think there can be profiling,” Trump said. “If they thought there was something wrong with that group and they saw what was happening, and they didn't want to call the police because they didn't want to be profiling, I think that's pretty bad. People are dead. A lot of people are dead right now. So everybody wants to be politically correct, and that's part of the problem that we have with our country.”
And he did not rule out the idea of tracking Muslims in America.

“You have people that have to be tracked,” he said. “If they're Muslims, they're Muslims.”
Trump’s call for a database for Muslims has been criticized, including from some of his Republican competitors in the presidential race, even as he’s risen in the presidential polls in the wake of the Paris attacks. But he argued on “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he wasn’t stoking the fears of Americans over terrorism.
Why not tie this to Trump and the party he purports to lead? Where's the downside in admitting that none of these people have anything reasonable to say? The Republicans have nothing but a bloody shirt to wave, and they have nothing but a minority on which to take out their frustrations. This is pure un-American bigotry at work, and it's selling a lot of tickets for them. It's driving their agenda. We should never let anyone forget that.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Minnesota Has a Billion Dollar Surplus


In other words, how are things in Wisconsin?
Political gridlock might have paid off for a change in Minnesota.
Finance officials are releasing a highly anticipated economic forecast today, which will tell lawmakers how much money has piled up in state coffers and how much more is expected to materialize from tax collections in coming months.
A Legislature with split-party control and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton failed to reach accord on some substantial initiatives last spring, meaning $865 million went unspent.
The forced thriftiness combined with stronger-than-expected tax collections should mean a projected budget surplus well above $1 billion, though lawmakers won’t be able to touch all of it.
I remember when Minnesota had one of these big surpluses. 

The genius elected governor at the time was Jesse Ventura and he basically just gave the money back to the taxpayers. That's always popular. It didn't translate into much because Ventura left office as soon as he could. Once his reign of error was over, conservative Republican Tim Pawlenty turned the state into a budgetary basket case and damned near turned everything to a Kansas shade of pale. At one point, Minnesota was over six billion dollars in the red and per capita incomes were dropping.

This set the stage for a socialist takeover of the People's Republic of Minnesota. Mark Dayton abandoned the United States Senate and ran for governor. He won, and doom was forecast all around.

Today, the state has a billion dollar surplus. In almost every economic indicator that matters, the state of Minnesota is kicking the ass of Wisconsin like a mule putting a bent-over drunk through a plate glass window. It's more sad than anything, and I really shouldn't gloat, but, umm, fuck you Wisconsin. You go to war with the governor you have, not the one who turns your state into a national laughingstock.

The next time someone says, "raising taxes doesn't work," point to the overwhelming success of the State of Minnesota and laugh in their face. Dayton pushed a $2 billion dollar tax increase, and the sky did not fall. He funded education and the world did not come to an end. He applied tax and spend liberalism to the problems left to him by a wingnut governor, and the problems went the fuck away.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Three Shooters




This is insane:

Witnesses told police that they saw three men with long rifles get into a black SUV and exit the parking lot, CNN reported, citing a law enforcement source.


Authorities believed the men were armed with AK-47-type weapons and possibly other automatic ones, according to the cable news channel. A source told the network that agencies in the area have been warned to be on the lookout for the trio.

I still can't wrap my mind around the possibility that three people would carry out such a senseless hate crime. This is terrorism of some sort, and it should merit something more than a shrug of the shoulders about our inability to deal with what's happening in this country.

Three Shooters


This is insane:
Witnesses told police that they saw three men with long rifles get into a black SUV and exit the parking lot, CNN reported, citing a law enforcement source.
Authorities believed the men were armed with AK-47-type weapons and possibly other automatic ones, according to the cable news channel. A source told the network that agencies in the area have been warned to be on the lookout for the trio.
I still can't wrap my mind around the possibility that three people would carry out such a senseless hate crime. This is terrorism of some sort, and it should merit something more than a shrug of the shoulders about our inability to deal with what's happening in this country.

No One Needs Advice on How to Handle Donald Trump





Oh, this is nonsense:


Republican officials have started to more seriously reckon with the possibility that Donald Trump will be the eventual nominee, drafting a user's guide for GOP Senate candidates that advises them to tap into their inner Trump.


The seven-page memo from Ward Baker, the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, provides a series of recommendations for how Senate candidates can position themselves in respect to the brash billionaire if he becomes the GOP presidential nominee.

Donald Trump is the best thing to happen to the Republican Party since Ronald Reagan. He is a beloved figure with people who truly believe his racist, bigoted, and insane statements to be the truth. He drives liberals nuts and that's all they care about. He's the real deal and he's changing the way we talk about each other in this country. He even thinks Jennifer Rubin is a "dummy." What's not to love?




They don't need advice on how to "handle" him. They need advice on how to switch to the Democratic Party when their conscience comes calling.




Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of clowns.

No One Needs Advice on How to Handle Donald Trump



Oh, this is nonsense:

Republican officials have started to more seriously reckon with the possibility that Donald Trump will be the eventual nominee, drafting a user's guide for GOP Senate candidates that advises them to tap into their inner Trump.
The seven-page memo from Ward Baker, the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, provides a series of recommendations for how Senate candidates can position themselves in respect to the brash billionaire if he becomes the GOP presidential nominee.
Donald Trump is the best thing to happen to the Republican Party since Ronald Reagan. He is a beloved figure with people who truly believe his racist, bigoted, and insane statements to be the truth. He drives liberals nuts and that's all they care about. He's the real deal and he's changing the way we talk about each other in this country. He even thinks Jennifer Rubin is a "dummy." What's not to love?

They don't need advice on how to "handle" him. They need advice on how to switch to the Democratic Party when their conscience comes calling.

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of clowns.