Archive for April 2010

Butt Salad*

Now, if I were a Democrat, I would be looking at 2010 like a fat person at a just-opened buffet, but what do I know?  In the last couple dozen hours or so, “Drill, Baby Drill,” has been turned into an earth-shattering disaster, the Wall Street boys have been forced to open their lying mouths [...]

The New Dale Carnegie Graduates

Bereft as they’ve always been for any policies that might actually benefit working Americans, the Republican Party has instead had a strategy of making friends by finding enemies, and happily, this approach turns out to be just as successful at the real goal, influencing people, but without those nagging obligations friendship can entail.  No one [...]

Book Saloon: The Big Short

I had heard good things about Liar’s Poker author Michael Lewis’ new book about the financial meltdown, The Big Short:  Inside the Doomsday Machine, but as usual I procrastinated a bit about buying it, figuring it would turn up used at Powell’s before too long.  Well, when I walked into work on Thursday and found [...]

Oops, They Did It Again

One kind of funny, and certainly satisfying thing about the conservative “successes” of the past few decades is that so many of them are still just lying around, like turd piles in the yard, that they keep getting stepped in at the worst possible moments. About five minutes before or after John McCain picked Phil [...]

Book Saloon: A FOX Look at Watergate

Watergate was undoubtedly the first time I paid attention to politics, mainly because it was suddenly so interesting for a change.  Had it played out on the comics pages, or even Perry Mason, I wouldn’t have believed it.  I was only a kid at the time, but I was utterly fascinated and delighted when our [...]

Crystal Balls

One of the most infuriating things about dealing with a cuckoo person is that they simply don’t have separate mental boxes for “real things” and “imagined things.”  Their anger, fear, and persecution fantasies are based on things that never happened, won’t happen, and certainly aren’t happening now, but if you try to explain this they’ll [...]

And Now, For Something Completely Different!

Jowling At The Moon

There are many non-Republicans in congress who are, by any measure, slimy, loathsome, corrupt, and duplicitous, but they need only be mentioned in the same sentence as Joe Lieberman and they suddenly look like honorable statesmen of the first order.  Who can forget, back in 1998, when ol’ Holy Joe emerged from well-deserved obscurity to [...]

Activism for Me, But Not For Thee

It seems that appointing a Supreme Court justice who might begin to reverse the court’s headlong lurch to the right is yet another example of that anachronistic partisanship that the Obama Administration is proudly leaving behind.  A combination of conventional wisdom and bitter experience would indicate that whomever Obama chooses will be at best, a [...]

Buying in Bulk

Since I seldom need, say, a five gallon bucket of heavy duty mayonnaise, I don’t often go to Costco, but when I do, I always have a good time.