Posts Tagged ‘banana republic’

The Long-Lasting Boehner

Call your doctor, America; this Boehner has lasted a lot more than four hours. It was always hard for me to believe that House Republicans, who are if anything more extreme than in the bombastic Newt’s heyday, settled for a colorless ol’ cocktailhag like the Boehner in the first place.  In a party bursting with [...]

The Cuckoo’s Nest

On Thursday I wrote a post at FDL ridiculing the fact that Meet the Press host David Gregory was NRA President Wayne LaPierre’s choice for his “exclusive” post-Newtown interview rather than occasional journalist Chris Wallace on Fox News.   Unsurprisingly, it turned out to be a canny decision, as the video below amply demonstrates.   Though [...]

Flower Power?

The endless loop-de-loop of crazy has finally reached its apogee; soon Glenn Beck may spawn the next generation of hippies, if only his followers (and sadly, their talk radio interlocutors) weren’t so slow on the uptake.  Although I was painting and couldn’t take adequate notes, a cracker caller mansplained to Ed Schultz on his radio [...]

Just Another Day in America

I hesitated to write about the latest mass shooting, since I hadn’t even gotten around to writing about the one here just last week,  about which I felt more qualified to comment.  I guess the rule ought to be not to wait, because before you ever hit “publish” there will probably be a new one, [...]

More of This, Please

For what seems to be the first time, President Obama put on his oft-mentioned but rarely seen “comfortable shoes” to support union rights at a speech in Michigan today.  It was Obama at his best; serious but funny, calm but pointed.  And not a moment too soon: last week the lame duck Republican legislature pushed [...]

Going for the Gold

“….It will be his Waterloo; it will break him.” –Soon-to-be former Senator (!) Jim DeMint astutely predicting President Obama’s imminent political demise. Probably one of the best things about being Republican is that they have a safety net that really is a hammock, that is if your idea of a hammock is a reversible sable/chinchilla [...]

Private Idaho

Now, I’m not usually known for my optimism, but the last couple days of very light blogging have yielded a few unexpectedly encouraging signs.  To wit: UPDATED: Oh yeah. I forgot to tell you that the Boner, no less, dumped at least three anti-tax teabaggers off of their committee posts because they thought rather absurdly [...]

Go Die in a Fire

101 years ago, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire horrified a nation; the initial shock of seeing young women leap to their deaths from the inferno was quickly eclipsed by the exposure of the deadly conditions under which they worked; blocked and locked exits, lack of fire escapes, buildup of flammable material, and dangerous machinery all pointed [...]

R.I.P., KPOJ

For the first dozen or so years of my career in construction, I went to great lengths to provide audio entertainment for myself (and others working on my sites), and it was never easy.  As far back as the early 90′s, music radio was notoriously awful and unreliable, a constantly shifting landscape of  format changes [...]

Crazy Like a Fox

As soon as MSNBC called Ohio for Obama last night, I couldn’t wait to switch over to Fox, worried about how those poor little troupers were bearing up.   It was a surreal and revealing experience.  The coverage appeared comparatively straight up at first; Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier were in states of robotic catatonia, like [...]