Archive for January 2012

The More Things Change

Today Digby pointed to an article By Kurt Anderson in Vanity Fair that hit on something I’ve been wondering about myself:  why does 2012, in terms of fashion, art, culture and such, look so similar to, say 1992?  The clothes, the cars, the architecture, the hairstyles, even the music haven’t really changed at all.  It’s [...]

Dumb As A Post, But Cute

When you enter the alternative universe of Politico, it’s always a good idea to steel yourself against infantile false equivalencies, stunningly obvious conventional wisdom, and drearily repeated Republican talking points.  That way, you’ll suffer through far fewer poorly written articles that, like watching Fox News, will make you dumber than if you’d spent your time [...]

Scorpions For Breakfast (With Gin)

  Credit: Glendale Tribune Seems like that ol’ cocktailhag Governor (!) of Arizona, Jan Brewer has been hitting the bottle again, this time when President Obama was visiting, and managed to make a little scene.  That happens to the best of us, admittedly, but judging by her babbling, incoherent performances every time she’s on television, [...]

The Other Place

Each day, I thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster for the UK’s Guardian.  Where else can an American go to find out what the rest of the world thinks of us?  Certainly not Kaplan’s loss leader, the WaPoo, and undoubtedly not Judy Miller’s old place, the New York Times.  That unusually worthwhile newspaper reported today that, [...]

Why Wouldn’t Ya?

It seems that while we have been kept distracted by the nonsense (and flatulence) emanating from the Republican Clown Car, our Global Betters have decided it’s high time for another war, with Iran, natch.  To wit: (from The Guardian) “The Iranian programmes are proceeding apace and represent a strategic threat,” said the diplomat. “The aim [...]

Rescue Remodeling

Back in 2004 I was working on a house in Irvington, and a neighbor dropped by to chat.  A loquacious gal, she had soon informed me that her elderly father had been moved to a nursing home, so she and her husband planned to fix up his house and move in; it was just down [...]

None of Your Business

It was a telling moment when Mitt Romney said that niggling little things like the massive income inequality that’s turned out so phenomenally well, for him anyway, ought only be discussed in “Quiet rooms,” where, presumably, the servants couldn’t hear.   It seems that after the recent unpleasantness, the rich are hurriedly drawing the portieres [...]

Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other

One of the presidential candidates came out today to argue for lower corporate tax rates, increased domestic drilling for fossil fuels, and less government regulations on business, following an earlier push to get rid of whole departments of the federal government.  Rick Perry?  Naw, everything was pronounced correctly.  Mitt Romney?  Nope, too straightforward.  Gingrich?  Much [...]

Too Pooped To Pop

Poor ol’ Willard can’t catch a break these days and, oddly enough for a guy who seems utterly convinced his shit doesn’t stink, poop always seems to be involved.  For a long time, the NYT’s Gail Collins has obsessed about his dog squirting butt gravy off the roof of the car (she brought it up [...]

Desperate Times

  The GOP has a knack for invoking desperate times, which invariably call for desperate measures, as a last-ditch effort to sell the unpopular and damaging policies they’ve espoused for more than a hundred years.  Of course, this approach is considerably more problematic when times are good: take the 2000 election, when George W. Bush [...]