Archive for July 2010

Missing The Point

In today’s LA Times, the occasionally lucid Tim Rutten, evidently having a bad brain day, writes the following: If you reengage the American media after a month out of the country, as I’ve done this week, it’s hard not to conclude that hysteria is now the dominant characteristic of our politics and civic conversation. Uh, [...]

Fear Itself

The other day Mortimer Zuckerman went on The Ed Show on MSNBC, and blathered on and on about how all his fancy-pants “business” friends hated Obama because they were, unaccountably, “afraid” of him.  This tacit admission that the criminals and incompetents he runs around with know they couldn’t last five minutes without the constant indulgences [...]

Why Do People Have Dogs?

Admittedly, the dog/human relationship has evolved over many centuries; dogs were domesticated to ward off varmints, assist in hunting, act as guardians of the home, and were bred for these purposes, but long after most of them stopped doing any of these undeniably useful things, preferring instead to spend their limitless free time chewing on [...]

My Future Husband

Well, today I read an interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in Der Spiegel, and I think I’m in love.  I know, Glenn Greenwald saw him first, but too bad; he’s mine.  Remember that before reading this, by the way. In a SPIEGEL interview, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, 39, discusses his decision to publish the [...]

What’s That You’re Waving?

Newt Gingrich took to the airwaves today to announce what all of the beltway elite have been talking about with dreary repetitiveness for months….  2010 is going to be a “wave” election that sweeps Republicans back into power, whereupon the regrettable accident of Democratic government will be well and truly set aside for good. Michele [...]

The Lie Factory

Well surprise, surprise.  It turns out that yet another Fox/Breitbart story about pigs flying, or rather, white victims of black racism, has been thoroughly exploded, as usual only after the damage has been done.   As usual, the excuse for the shamefully handled Shirley Sherrod story was that “everyone else” saw the porcine flyover, or [...]

Don’t Let the Door Hit You

I almost laughed out loud when I saw that Forbes Magazine had published an article about the absurdly tiny but nonetheless (to them) significant, headlong rush of the rich to leave Socialist America, which to the folk at Forbes was a bad thing, rather than a cause for exultation.  Would that it were so:  think [...]

The New ACORN

When I wrote Thursday’s post I could see this coming a mile away, but I hadn’t spotted this little treasure from The Daily Beast, which definitively proves that the right is looking, pretty much everywhere, for some new ACORNs, and as usual is relying on the stupidity and amnesia of the media to put them [...]

Etta Lives

As longtime Hag readers know, I had a crazy grandmother who, though quite embarrassing  and seemingly anachronistic at the time (she died in 1980…), turned out to be an exact prototype of the American right wing circa 2010.  She berated complete strangers in public for speaking a foreign language, she applauded black people who worked [...]

Two Different Things

“Whut gempmums* say an’ whut gempmums mean is two diff’ent things.” -Mammy, to Scarlett in “Gone With the Wind.” *”gentlemen” in Mammy-ese…  (as a slave, she knew what she was talking about.) Where’s Mammy when you need her?  The formation of the Cat Food Commission is merely the latest example of the media and political [...]