30 June 2009

Quote of the Day

As they so often do, this one comes from Wonkette:

Now that Mark Sanford has arbitrarily admitted that he saw Ms. Lady from Argentina seven times instead of three in the past year, and that he fingered millions of other ladies, he will finally be rendered to Azkaban for war crimes.



Haha, the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina is a gay!

So basically, if Mark Sanford has to resign, due to all his sexing of the South American women and subsequent crying about it, taking his place will be the Lt. Governor, whose name is "Andre," who is single and NOT LOOKING, and who felt the need to emphatically declare to an interviewer, with no prompting whatsoever, that he is OMG SO NOT GAY. Lookit (via Wonkette):

During an interview Monday, Bauer, who is a bachelor, voluntarily brought up the subject of his sexual orientation, which he said has been the subject of rumors.

Asked, then, if he’s homosexual, Bauer said: “One word, two letters. ‘No.’ Let’s go ahead and dispel that now.

“Is Andre Bauer gay? That is now the story,” he said. “We’re a long way from where we were a week ago.

“We have diverted what the real topic should be here: Is the governor capable for carrying on the duties for which he was elected?”


This dingus doesn't know the first thing about being a closeted Republican gay either. Like, um, WHERE'S YOUR BORING AND PRETTY-IN-A-NONDESCRIPT-WAY "WIFE," ANDRE?

Ignorant. Just ignorant.

Oh, and did you also hear that Mark Sanford gave another one of his Embarrassing Interviews, where he talked a lot about how his hot girlfriend is actually his soulmate, and about how he's trying to "fall back in love" with old what's her name? It's really getting weird. Also, there were some other ladies, but apparently he only went to second or third base with them or something. Guh-ross. Wonkette asks the important journalism questions:

So what are we talking about here, exactly? Finger banging? Anal? Governor Sanford will have to hold another horrifying interview to illuminate this very important question.

Oh, please please please, this is so fun to watch.


The Sarah Palin Post Mortem

Todd Purdum has put out a piece in this month's Vanity Fair, about what really happened in the McCain campaign when Sarah Palin was inexplicably chosen as his running mate, and where she stands now.

Predictably, the McCain staffers interviewed spoke anonymously, and with a certain grave humor, about the problem that is Palin. Definitely a must-read, as most of Purdum's pieces are.



The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled in the case of Al Franken vs. the Nimrod with the Lies and the Excuses and the Whining, unanimously, in Al Franken's favor. Governor Pawlenty has signaled that he will heed the court's order.

I don't want to jinx it, but I think it's over.

Welcome, Senator Franken.

Finally. Much more at the above link from FireDogLake.

More, also, from the Star Tribune.


Best argument against gay marriage EVER: "Sex with dudes is just too hot, you guys!"

Um, this is real.  The anti-gay equality movement has exhausted every retarded argument they've ever made, and now, in this really Freudian way, they're going all in, declaring that the real reason we should oppose gay marriage is, of course, "Think of the women, because sex with dudes is so hot that if gayness was completely equal, then no dudes would want women, because omg drool guys are so hot!!!!111!"  

Think I'm kidding?  Here you go:

Consider this piece from the first century BCE poet Catullus (Carmen 61:134-141), in which the poet addresses himself to a bridegroom on the eve of his nuptials:

“You are said to find it hard, Perfumed bridegroom, to give up Smooth-skinned boys, but give them up… We realize you’ve only known Permitted pleasures: husbands, though, Have no right to the same pleasures.”

The social history behind this piece is clear: once they’ve experienced sex with other men, Catullus tells us, men are unsatisfied with what their new wives provide them. Notice that the poet is unconcerned about the husband’s dallying with other women—it’s the othermen around that threaten the marital union.

I just don't know what to say about that.

Or as Amanda Marcotte, in her tongue-in-cheek way, responded:

So if gay marriage is legalized, all the men will want to fuck each other, and women will have no one decent to marry.  Women can’t marry each other, of course, because a) Klinghoffer keeps forgetting about lesbians when he’s dwelling on the delicious images of an ancient Roman cornucopia of manflesh and b) just like men, women can’t lower themselves to touching women once they’ve sampled the dudely goods.

Let’s face it.  No one wants vagina when penis is available, end of story.  You, like Klinghoffer, know that if you ever succumb even once to the urge to reach out and touch a cock, you will forever be ruined, never able again to muster enough pleasure out of a union with a lady to get through it.

Hehe.  This is really funny.  The myriad psychoses of the straight male patriarchal mind are just coming out to play now.  I really love that the wingnut writer claims that the "majority of women" will no longer be able to find men to marry, because apparently, most straight men live  in a state of constant secret craving of the HWC that Liz Phair sang about.  

A gay man's fantasy, perhaps, but I doubt it.  

But this is a little window into the VAST AMOUNTS OF CLOSET SPACE currently being used by members of the Religious Right in this country.  


(h/t also:  Dan Savage)


Troops pulling out of Iraqi cities, sort of

This was all over the news yesterday, but I didn't have time to deal with it, due to employment.

I'm glad to see that US troops are pulling out of the cities of Iraq, though I'd like to see it happening faster.  I have to admit that I'm reticent about popping the cork on a new bottle just yet, because it seems that the troops are just kinda...expanding their presence in rural areas.

[T]he first step -- withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009 -- is full of loopholes, and tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers will remain in the cities after the "deadline" passes.

The failure to fully comply with the withdrawal agreement indicates the United States is looking to withdraw from Iraq in name only, as it appears that up to 50,000 military personnel will remain after the deadline.

The United States claims it's adhering to the agreement, known as the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), even with so many troops being left in the cities. But the United States is changing semantics instead of policy. For example, there are no plans to transfer the 3,000 American troops stationed within Baghdad at Forward Operating Base Falcon, because commanders havedetermined that despite its location, it's not within the city.

The original intent of moving troops out of the cities was to reduce the U.S. military role and send the message to Iraqis that the United States would be leaving the country soon. But troops that are no longer sleeping in the cities will still take part in operations within Iraqi cities; they will serve in "support" and "advisory" roles, rather than combat functions. Such "reclassification" of troops as military trainers is another example of how the United States is circumventing the terms of the SOFA agreement.

The larger loophole in the agreement is the treatment of military contractors. There has been little mention of the 132,610 military contractors in Iraq. Of these, 36,061 are American citizens, according to a recent Department of Defense report.

Uh-huh.  So as I said, don't celebrate the end of the war just yet, plz.  Do read that entire article.


29 June 2009

I don't have much time to blog today

So here's a picture of Senator Lindsey Graham (R-Mark Sanford's peen/South Carolina) playing Pretty Pretty Magic Fairy Princess by himself:

WHO's a pretty closet case senator? WHO's a pretty closet case senator?!?!


(Dependable Renegade)



28 June 2009

Dana Milbank is such a pissy bitch

Most establishment media figures really are, and you can tell it just puts so many burs in their buttcracks that the Obama administration acknolwedges nontraditional media sources like (!!!111) blogs.  In this clip, Dana Milbank gets his panties all in a wad because supposedly Nico Pitney of the HuffPost is "colluding" with the Obama administration.  Seriously, watch Dana make an ass of himself here:


Another fabulous quote

This time, though, not from Mark "Peen" Sanford.

No, this is from a post Amanda Marcotte wrote a few weeks back in the wake of the murder of Dr. George Tiller, and she makes an extremely important point:

[T]hese two fights---for reproductive rights and gay rights---are the same fight. It’s about the right of people who aren’t
straight men to have a sexuality without punishment or shame. We’re the ones who deserve the label “pro-life”, because we
support the right for gays and women to survive and to thrive---to live. And make no mistake, we’re all up against a
patriarchal right that is sadistic and violent.

You see, it's not a coincidence that the Religious Right is so dually obsessed with gays and abortion. That's why religious opposition to homosexuality has nothing to do with scripture, and their opposition to abortion has less than jackshit to do with any kind of concern for unborn fetuses. It's all about the tiny-dick syndrome of the straight, white, male Patriarchy. They know full well that if women can make decisions for themselves and all people can love who they love, that the Christian patriarchal system will be revealed more and more to be morally, mentally, and spiritually bankrupt.

And it scares them to death.


Heh. This actually brings me delight, but I'm not sure why...

So, apparently Thomas Kinkade, famously dubbed the "Painter of Shitty Paintings for People with No Taste" (or something along those lines...he paints those godawful paint-by numbers landscapes, each of which features a prominent light, which supposedly comes from Jesus), is extremely exploitative in the way he does business, duping gallery owners who happen to be Evangelical Christians into signing on to bad financial deals, etc. He apparently plays on the fact that they share a common faith, yadda yadda, and screws them financially. So he got sued. It's been in arbitration for a while, but he just lost again. Read this whole article, but this is particularly interesting:

At a weeklong presentation for prospective Kinkade Signature Gallery owners,
company executives "said they would support us as partners in spreading the
light," Spinello said at the time of the arbitration award. "They said their
business was blessed."
In its February 2006 decision, the arbitration panel
said Kinkade and other company officials used terms like "partner," "trust,"
"Christian" and "God" to create "a certain religious environment designed to
instill a special relationship of trust" with the couple.
What the company
didn't tell them, said their attorney, was that they would have to sell
Kinkade's works at minimum retail prices while the artist undercut them with
discount sales, some of which he made himself on cable television.

I tend to agree with Amanda Marcotte here, that this kind of situation just strengthens the idea that we should never pretend that Evangelical Christians, regular Christians, or believers of ANY religion are necessarily any more "moral" in their daily lives than anyone else. In fact, I would suggest that we need to finally break free from the idiocy, imprinted in our society, that morals and religion are in any way related to each other in the first place. Amanda puts it this way:

If anything, it exposes how businesses that use evangelical Christians as their
customer base exploit that faith to get them into fucked-up financial
situations. I’m thinking quite specifically of Amway, who took full advantage of
the Republican party’s soft hand both with fundamentalists and with people who
run pyramid schemes to run rampant over the past decade, and who needs to be
squashed out of existence completely.

Yep. It's actually the same exact mindset that leads Evangelicals to gulp down without question the missives from Focus on the Family, and other groups of that ilk. (And the Republican party/Fox News by extension, since they've all co-opted the same group of people.) The idea is, "Well, these are Christian people! They wouldn't lie to us!"


Anyone who has monitored the Religious Right for more than five minutes knows that, when it comes to telling the truth, Religious Right organizations are among the most shamefully dishonest organizations on the planet, and they use the (undeserved) veneer of morality assigned to them to manipulate and fool people. I actually saw a comment on a website, I can't remember which, but it was from an Evangelical Wingnut sort, and as part of a larger, misspelled, poorly constructed, all caps rant against liberals, it said, "you people don't have any proof, you only have science!"

And I was like...wow. These people are probably not all that sharp to begin with, and they have an imprinted need to psychologically prostrate themselves before those they consider to be Daddy figures, and I get that, but it was still amazing to see just how deeply "Christian" organizations and right-wing media have brainwashed their sheep.

Anyway, this Thomas Kinkade business is just a small piece of all of that, in my opinion.

And god, his paintings are shitty!


Quote of the Week

"I am most jealous of your salad under the palm tree."

Naturally, that was South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, writing to Senator Jim DeMint, I mean, his Argentinian lady love, Maria.

To which I reply, No, I am most jealous of YOUR salad under the palm tree.

(h/t watertiger)



Oh look, it's wingnuts, bitching and moaning about something

The very short version:

Apparently the teabaggers are going to teabag each other and President Obama again, due to soshulism, which none of them can spell.

Some mall in the hinterlands outside Atlanta said, "um, no, you cannot have your little thingie here, sorry."  Said mall doesn't allow ANY kind of political demonstrating, and neither do any of the other malls run by Simon.

Wingnuts are crying, bitching, moaning, lying, grunting "CENSORSHIP!", led by their handlers at WorldNetDaily.

Because, with wingnuts:

1.  Everything has to be about them, even when it's not.

2.  They think they're above the law, because they fancy themselves "real 'Murkans."

3.  They're stupid.


(h/t ACG)


27 June 2009

Glenn Beck plays with Barbies on national teevee, due to the ACORNs


I have no idea what this is about, and neither does Gawker, because we're apparently not hip enough to get how a crazed crying Mormon playing with Barbies (Ken's pants, incidentally, are down in the back) relates to ACORN.  We are too full of San Francisco Valyews, and also Islam, obviously, Islamic San Francisco Valyews, to understand how Glenn Beck playing with dolls, putting them in their sports car and stuff and cramming them around in their big Barbie house and all that, relates to an organization that registers people to vote, and is also, you know, the Boogeyman.


I love how Bill O'Reilly just sits there and watches all this like it's nothing out of the ordinary.

Go ahead and click the Gawker link, because Glenn Beck played even more Barbie Dolls that night, with an even bigger dream house and everything, because omg so exciting, and probably his wife won't let him play Barbies at home.  Won't somebody please get Glenn Beck the Barbie Camper he's prattling on about, because maybe Glenn's wife is going out of town, and Barbie and Ken need to go va-cay-cay toooooooooo!


Oh, look!

Focus on the Family is lying to its easily led followers, again.  This time, they're claiming that people who are "pro-lahfe" will be banned from serving in the military if, um, hate crimes laws are expanded.


We who think complete thoughts shake our heads and move on.


Wait...I thought the GOP was the party of "personal responsibility"...

Rush Limbaugh is, for the zillionth time, a fucking idiot, but you knew that.  

But in this clip, Rush Limbaugh suggests that Mark Sanford's big affair, you know, the one where he sexes the womens with his peen in South America, is due to, of course, Barack Obama.

How much of a mouthbreather do you really have to be to have even an ounce of respect for Rush Limbaugh?  Seriously.  

What's really funny is that in this clip is that he's blaming Obama for taking away Sanford's "spirit" with his stimulus package, which caused Mark Sanford to take his stimulus package elsewhere, har har...but, um, Sanford's been giving his exotic lady the business for a year or so, and a year ago, George W. Bush was preznit.  

Again, how much of a mouthbreather do you really have to be to have even one single, solitary ounce of anything but derision, scorn, and pity for the likes of Rush Limbaugh?


One of the coolest things I have ever seen

The title is "Africa."  The group is called Perpetuum Jazzile.  Just watch and listen.  You will be blown away, and if you already love the song, as I do (because I'm cheesy), then that will be just an added bonus.  

Seriously.  Listen.


Oh, Memories

If Michael Jackson is dead, I guess that means Triumph the Insult Comic Dog won't be doing things like this anymore.  Sad!  

Here's Triumph reporting from outside the MJ trial a few years ago:


26 June 2009

Oh Christ

I missed this during last week's latest episode of "Republican Family Valyews Retard Bones Lots of People On The Side," but it seems that the morons over at Fox "News" have, for the eleventy-billionth time, labeled a scandal-ridden Republican, this time Mark "Jizz" Sanford, governor of "my" state,* as a Democrat.

Because some of their viewers really are that stupid, and they know it.
(picture found at and Perez Hilton'd by Wonkette)
*Two more months until I'm out of this hellhole, two more months...


Clarence Thomas would rather it be legal to rifle around in teenaged girls' panties, PLZ

Wowee. So the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the case of 13 year-old Savana Redding, finding that her constitutional rights were violated when her school strip-searched her in order to search her for Ibuprofen, which she didn't have, incidentally. It was an 8-1 decision, and the lone dissenter was, of course, Clarence Thomas, because he likey the panties:

In a dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas said the search had been legal and
the court previously had given school officials "considerable leeway" under the
Fourth Amendment in school settings.
In this case, officials had searched the girl's backpack and found nothing, Thomas said. "It was eminently reasonable to conclude the backpack was empty because Redding was secreting the pills in a place she thought no one would look," he said.
Thomas warned that the majority's decision could backfire. "Redding would not have been the first person to conceal pills in her undergarments," he said. "Nor will she be the last after today's decision, which announces the safest place to secrete
contraband in school."

Right, so show me them panties, said Clarence!

No, he didn't say those words exactly.

Perhaps he would have voted differently if he hadn't been giggling:

This leads Justice Stephen Breyer to query whether this is all that
different from asking Redding to "change into a swimming suit or your gym
clothes," because, "why is this a major thing to say strip down to your
underclothes, which children do when they change for


But Breyer just isn't letting go. "In my
experience when I was 8 or 10 or
12 years old, you know, we did take our
clothes off once a day, we changed for
gym, OK? And in my experience, too,
people did sometimes stick things in my
Shocked silence,
followed by explosive laughter. In fact, I have
never seen Justice Clarence
Thomas laugh harder. Breyer tries to recover: "Or
not my underwear.
Whatever. Whatever. I was the one who did it? I don't know. I
mean, I don't
think it's beyond human experience."

Haha, the Supreme Court is so silly!

Good ruling, though.

(h/t Wonkette)


The South really creates winners, you know

Like the former mayor of Gainesville, Georgia, Mark Musselwhite, who was arrested last weekend for running around drunk AND naked, and who didn't understand why this was a problem, and didn't even seem to know he was naked in the first place. Confronted by the police, he actually pulled the "do you know who I am?" thing. As if that would somehow make it better. This one line should make you want to read the entire thing:


The full story is HILARIOUS. Wonkette is the portal, as is so often the case. So go there.


Dan Froomkin's last column for the WaPo

And ohhhhhh, snap:

The handful of people who did exceptional investigative reporting during this
era really deserve our gratitude: People such as Ron Suskind, Seymour
, Jane
, Murray
, Michael Massing, Mark Danner, Barton
Gellman and Jo Becker
, James Risen and
Eric Lichtblau
(better late
than never), Dana
, Walter
, Charlie
and Philippe
; there was also some fine investigative blogging over at Talking
Points Memo
and by Marcy
. Notably not on this list: The likes of Bob
and Tim
. Hopefully, the next time the nation faces a grave national security
crisis, we will listen to the people who were right, not the people who were
wrong, and heed those who reported the truth, not those who served as
stenographers to liars.

They truly have fired the best reporter they had, the only WaPo writer who was worth reading on a daily basis. Read every word. Ouch.


Joe the "Plumber": Dumbest human alive?

Possibly. Probably not. This is Amurka, after all. But he's got to be pretty close to the bottom of the pigshit lagoon when he's claiming that America's Founding Fathers were, um, staunch opponents of, um, communism.

Jesus, seriously. You can't make up this kind of pathetic, illiterate stupidity.

It would be funny if it...no, it's just funny. Joe the Plumber represents a small, regional political party of buffoons.

Whatever, then.


Correct as usual, King Friday

Paul Krugman today, saying what he was saying several months ago:

At the beginning of this year, you may remember, Mr. Obama made an eloquent case
for a strong economic stimulus — then delivered a proposal falling well short of
what independent analysts (and, I suspect, his own economists) considered
necessary. The goal, presumably, was to attract bipartisan support. But in the
event, Mr. Obama was able to pick up only three Senate Republicans by making a
plan that was already too weak even weaker.
At the time, some of us warned
about what might happen: if unemployment surpassed the administration’s
optimistic projections, Republicans wouldn’t accept the need for more stimulus.
Instead, they’d declare the whole economic policy a failure. And that’s exactly
how it’s playing out. With the unemployment rate now almost certain to pass 10
percent, there’s an overwhelming economic case for more stimulus. But as a
political matter it’s going to be harder, not easier, to get that extra stimulus
now than it would have been to get the plan right in the first place.

I would add that many other economists and liberals were saying the same exact thing, because, you know, duh, macroeconomics sort of works a certain way, regardless of what some Bubba in South Carolina (with an Argentinian lady-friend, maybe) has to say about it.

The rest of the piece is about healthcare. You should read it.

(h/t Blue Texan)



The Onion comments on the passing of Michael Jackson


Do not click if you are sensitive right now.

On the other hand, if you're like me, and you mourn the passing of an icon, yet have a really dark sense of humor, then GO, GO, GO.


25 June 2009

"Man In The Mirror"

So I'm taking a few days off from posting here, sort of, but I had to come back to put my favorite Michael Jackson song up. Whatever the man's faults, and there were many, he was an icon and a musical genius, so...I heard it said that this is sort of our generation's John Lennon, and I sort of see the correlation.

So here listen. Oh, and Farrah Fawcett too! Hers was more expected, but is still quite sad.


Sorry about the...

lack of posting.

Computers are dropping like flies.

Schedule is crazier than ever.

All I have to say is Governor Mark Sanford LOL. I'm just surprised his paramour wasn't a dude. But nothing else is surprising about a self-righteous "pro-family" wingnut being caught having an affair.



21 June 2009

It's a manufactured Google Outrage!

Heh.  So right-wingers, from time to time, decide to turn their be-cheetoed maws and paws toward Google, because they are allergic to knowledge, and also because Google is run by people who think they are retards.  Wait, is that it?  Well, the first part is, yes.  (And somehow I doubt that Sergey Brin and Larry Page are too sympathetic to right-wing concerns.)  No, anyway, they get all pissed off when Google changes its logo to commemorate or acknolwedge something that they don't like, since all right-wing thought is based on the idea that everything in the entire world is about them and them only, even things that have nothing to do with them whatsoever.  Like the creation of Tetris, which happened 25 years and a few days ago, apparently.  I noticed the logo change on the day in question, but I didn't care to research it.  Anyway, apparently there was a GOOGLE OUTRAGE!!!111! from the wingnut set, because something else happened that day:

Anyway, what happened this time was that Google commemorated Tetris’s 25th anniversary on June 6th...and didn’t commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day (my guess is because 65 is not as much of a landmark anniversary as 25, and Google is a technology company, and seriously?).  Predictably, Google hates America and is advancing an anti-American agenda

These are also the people who go to baseball games and are convinced that their birthday isn’t on the scoreboard because the Atlanta Braves hate Christians.

Oh, good god.  Morons.

As Jesse points out in the above link (do read it all), nobody celebrates 65th anniversaries.  But of course, these people aren't actually mad, they're just doing their little teenaged brat thing, bitching and moaning about something that supposedly victimizes them, because they have nothing better to do with their lives.

Boring, when you think about it.

By the by, if you're not reading Pandagon, you should be.  All the writers are brilliant and wonderful. 



Bonus music!

Beastie Boys, because that goes along with the opera/early 20th century kick I've been on.

I effing love this song.


"Habanera"/"Carmen Fantaisie"

From Bernstein we go to Bizet.

I've been listening to orchestral renditions of various Bizet works today, and as usual, I keep coming back to Carmen.  Here's Angela Gheorgiou doing the "Habanera" from Carmen.

Below is the great Vladimir Horowitz playing the "Carmen Fantaisie" as only he can.  I play a two-piano setting similar to this...one of my favorite things in the world.  I just need someone to play it with.  Oh, and I need to get the music back.  


One of my favorite things about Horowitz is the way he hit wrong notes constantly, yet he outplayed just about any of his contemporaries, because he PLAYED, man, he played.  There is a huge difference between hitting notes in sequence and letting the piano play you, I'll tell you that right now.


Crappy chain restaurants dying in the recession, haw haw

Okay, I'm just loving this post from Amanda Marcotte, about how the recession is hitting awful, shitty chains, like TGI Friday's and The Olive Garden, especially hard.  Key quote:

The question is: Why have things turned so badly for the ubiquitous, tasteless chain [Friday's]?  And can we find a way to do it to Olive Garden? 

Heh.  Read it all.  As a person who issues automatic disclaimers anytime I find myself embarrassed that I like something from a chain restaurant, this is a side effect of the recession that's just not making me sad.  

Related:  Oh, how ready I am to be back in a city where the locally-owned restaurants, of ALL flavors, spoil you to death.  Just a couple of months...


The story of Neda

This is all over the internet today.  Via Crooks and Liars, here's the text from the Youtube video

(warning:  graphic) of this Iranian girl, Neda, immediately after she was gunned down by a Basij militiaman in Iran yesterday:

Basij shots to death a young woman in Tehran's Saturday June 20th protests

At 19:05 June 20th
Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st.

A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim's chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes.

The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St.

The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me.
Please let the world know.

The original video, which is extremely graphic, is at the above C&L link.  It's uncomfortable to watch, but sometimes that means we need to watch all the more.  

Below is the Al Jazeera report on the shooting.


20 June 2009

"One Hand, One Heart/I Have A Love"

Tonight's music is a very well put together medley of "One Hand, One Heart" and "I Have A Love" from the great Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.  The singers are Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis.  If you want to relive the scene from the film, where "A Boy Like That" transitions into "I Have A Love," go here.

Otherwise, watch below.  I've been listening to Leonard Bernstein all night and contemplating Saraswati.


Ron Paul, once again, is too stupid for words and sucks at life

Hey, so Congress was bored, and everybody with a heart is rooting for those Iranians who are taking to the streets demanding freedom, &c., everybody that is, except Doctor Ron Paul, apparently, because he was the ONLY Congressperson to vote against this very benign House resolution:

“Expressing support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law, and for other purposes.”

Yeah.  Dingus voted against it.  He does this, though, frequently, because, again, he sucks at life.  God, there were a lot of commas in that last sentence.  

Wonkette put it well:

Hey Doktor Senile Fucktard, where exactly in your pocket Constitution does it say the United States can’t give cost-free moral support to democratic movements? You know, because the motherfucking FOUNDERS sure supported nascent democratic movements. Idiot.

That's all that needs to be said about that.


Things that are irrelevant

This is absolutely absurd.  In this clip, Major Garrett of Fox "News" and some other woman feel it's important to ask Robert Gibbs why the Obamas haven't picked a family church yet, and also, in the absence of a church, are they bringing in a minister to, you know, minister to them, etc.

Um, what is this, Saudi Arabia?  It is absolutely irrelevant whether the Obamas are going to church or not, where they're going if they are, why they're not if they're not, or whether or not they're having a clergy member come in to teach them about Jesus.  Absolutely irrelevant.  And it's kind of sick and un-American at its core that this is being asked in a White House press briefing at any time, but especially when the country has actual, grown-up issues to deal with.

I'll refer you to that little document you might have heard of, The US Constitution:

...[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

There you have it.



"If you don't believe in government, stand down. And let someone, who does, govern."

That's a powerful quote from a California citizen in this two part special from Al Jazeera on the California budget crisis, and the absurd way a group of right-wing extremist legislators are using California's screwed up laws to stall all hopes of a real solution for California's citizens.  Instead of making things better, they'd rather cut essential programs that California's poor, working poor, AND middle class rely on, leaving them to rot for the sake of their free market fundamentalist, anti-government, anti-tax, anti-rational thought ideology.  It's a little over 20 minutes long, but the entire thing is well worth watching.  Watch, particularly, the radio hosts who foment hatred as they scapegoat immigrants for the crisis, rather than the idiot overlords who actually created it.  Just another example of the right-wing victim mentality:  "Damn the poor and the children, always sticking it to the rich!"  Like, that's an actual distillation of their liberatarian philosophy.  It's pathetic.


(By the way, there's some of the usual fantastic Digby commentary at that above link, so go ahead and click it.)


Two things to read which, together, explain so much about the Right Wing in America

I've said it before:  Most of right-wing ideology has little to do with policy or opinions or facts or anything like that.  It has to do with pure tribalism, with a near-constant thread of victim mentality running through it.

Glenn Greenwald put up a post the other day which encapsulates and expands on this idea:

The most predominant mentality in right-wing discourse finds expression in this form:  "I am part of/was born into Group X, and Group X -- my group -- is better than all others yet treated so very unfairly."  This claim persists -- indeed, is often intensified --  even when Group X is clearly the strongest, most privileged and most favored group.  So intense is their need for self-victimization -- so inebriating is their self-absorption and so lacking are they in any capacity for empathy -- that, for all the noise and rhetoric, the arguments they make virtually always have this tribalistic self-absorption at its core.

That's the first paragraph.  He goes on to give lots of examples, such as the laughable idea that the US stance toward Israel has anything but overly deferential.  Greenwald really exposes the kind of adolescent, delusional mindset that is required to hold such beliefs.  

More specifically related to the week's events (and directly related to Greenwald's piece) is a post from Amanda Marcotte about the predictable wingnut outrage/clamor for war in the wake of the stolen Iranian elections, which points out what should be obvious:

It’s not about us.  The rule of thumb that states that if a bunch of right wing nuts get up in an outrage tizzy about something, one should be especially cautious about agreeing works here.  Think of the Iraq War, and how taking right wing arguments on good faith made a lot liberals look incredibly stupid, and learn. 


Conservatives are crying for Obama to make this all about the U.S. for a lot of reasons, but right at the top of the list is they really can’t stand to believe that something may not be about them, or that they don’t have a god-given right to control other people’s affairs and decisions for them.  And, as Jesse has been saying, the delicacy of the situation really requires the maturity to stand back a little and avoid throwing a giant temper tantrum about how this entire Iran situation should be ours to control and own.

When you look at all these things together, it starts to make sense.  Think of any issue that creates cries of victimization from the right wing in America, and it fits the pattern.  God, the entire "pro-family" movement, running around trying in vain to convince people that their marriages and lives will be threatened if gays are allowed to marry, is a prime example.  Or when they're, as Amanda also points out, obsessing over how America's unwed slut mothers are choosing to terminate pregnancies that might have created the next Einstein or Jesus or whatever.  They never consider that she might have just aborted Hitler II (and liberals don't either, because it's a fucking stupid argument).  But yes, it all goes back to everything having to be about them and them only, and it's juvenile and ridiculous.


A strange suggestion

I almost like Twitter now.  Jesse at Pandagon suggests that:

There’s a reason that we’re all so aware of what’s happening in Iran.  There are thousands of people sending out as many messages as they possibly can whenever they can using whatever means are available.  This means two things.  The first is that Twitter is now the most important thing that happened to democracy since the invention of the ballot, and the second is that if there is an urgent need for the President of the United States to weigh in with support for the protesters, they will find a way to let him know.

Huh!  I said the other day on MY Twitter (lookie, not anonymous anymore, but we'll stick with Break the Terror) that I was comforted by the fact that the most popular topic on Twitter was the Iran election (and still is, I think), rather than, I dunno, Taylor Montana's boobies or Adam Lambert's gayness or whatever the kids talk about these days.  But I missed the alternate angle, the more important side, because I really don't have much time for blogging or thinking these days:  because of Twitter, this phenomenally important story has been reported to the corners of the Earth, to people who wouldn't otherwise give a shit.  

So fine, dammit, Twitter can stay.

Read Jesse's whole post.

Then, if you don't know what the hell I'm talking about, go to Twitter and search the tag #iranelection.  It's sort of slightly dying down a tiny bit, but it's been stunning the past week.


19 June 2009

"My Heart Belongs to Daddy"

Bonus music!  (This may not be the last "bonus music" post of the night.  I'm on a kick.)

From Anita Ward we go to Eartha Kitt and one of the most tawdry songs ever.

She was blazing a trail, Ms. Eartha.



Quote of the Day/"Ring My Bell"

From a comment on a post on Pandagon regarding books written about music, on the subject of disco:

[O]ne of the delicious things about disco (and rock & roll in general) is how it manages to assault the patriarchy on multiple panic points—it threatens to expose your children not only to the coloreds, but to faggots and uppity bitches as well.

My god, that's so funny, and so, so, so true!  So here's your music for the night.  Never can go wrong with "Ring My Bell."


The Washington Post is no longer necessary, I guess

They fired Dan Froomkin, who was pretty much the only writer they had who was worth reading.  Now it's down to fact-free imbeciles like Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer, both of whom have been right about approximately zero things over the past decade.



Why do I love the Bloggess?

Because she's just THAT messed up.  Reminds me of myself, because, hey, there just aren't many people who spontaneously come up with phrases like "Fried Vulva Tarts," for no reason, and out of nowhere.  That was me.  Jenny has lots of other totally screwed up, awful, wonderful things.

Here's her current sex column.  It centers around the word "penisticles."  



And if you're not reading her regular blog, go here, now.



Want to know how disgusting the current Republican party is?  Here you go, read this slowly:

Yesterday, a Republican Senator used his power to put a "hold" on a Senate Resolution originally introduced by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) condemning violence against women's health providers, thereby blocking any vote on the resolution.  Senators have the power to do this anonymously and with no explanation.  This way, Republicans can get away with sorrowful expressions to the media on violence, but don't have to be put to the test of actually voting to denounce the violence against either Dr. Tiller or clinic workers generally.  

My use of the male pronoun here is deliberate: The odds are overwhelming it is a male Republican Senator, as Senator Snowe is a co-sponsor, and that leaves only three female Republicans, Murkowski, Hutchinson, and Collins.

The resolution, written and intended to be non-controversial, condemned the use of violence against providers of women's health care services.  This condemnation of violence is apparently too much for some Republicans to bear.

OF COURSE it was a male Republican senator!  It's hard to find a self-respecting woman who would take a position like that, and though I have my issues with them, Snowe, Murkowski, Hutchinson, and Collins seem to be self-respecting women.  (A majority are also pro-choice, to my knowledge.)  So here we have some douchebag retard Republican MAN, the woman-hating power of the patriarchy inbred into him, anonymously (what a pathetic wimp) putting a hold on a bill to condemn the murder of ACTUAL people, for the sake of ideology.  I just wonder who...good candidates would be Sam Brownback, Jim DeMint...Oh, I don't have time to make a list of the all the GOP senators.  I doubt it's either of the Tennessee guys, but...from there, it could be anybody.

Totally fucking gross.

Read the whole thing, as we bloggers say.  



The changing face of sushi

I'm a sushi fanatic, so this article from The Atlantic last month caught my eye.  It's just a short little piece about the growing trend of non-Japanese sushi chefs in the States, and how, in many ways, they're doing sushi in a more authentic Japanese way than most Japanese chefs do it on this side of the Pacific.  If you've read anything about the way a real sushi joint is run in Japan, you know that the Americanized version is very McDonald's by comparison.  The article also discusses the fact that, since certain kinds of fish are endangered (bluefin, people), some chefs are encouraging conservation by teaching their customers about traditional, local, and seasonal fish.  (Kind of goes with the whole locavore movement, if you think about it.)  This, again, is a more authentic Japanese way of doing sushi, and also it's a better way to keep from inhaling a bunch of mercury and killing off whole species in the process.  

Oh, and there's a shout-out to a sushi chef in my hometown of Memphis.  They didn't mention where she works, though, so I'll have to find out when I'm back up there in the fall.  


House Republicans are oppressed just like Iranians!!!

They've been whining as much lately.  It's really sad that the conservative Republican victim mentality has become so delusional that they're comparing themselves to oppressed peoples and political prisoners, but such is life.  Here's Jon Stewart reporting on the sad, hilarious phenomenon:

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