Posts Tagged ‘congress’

The Stage Is Set For The Duration

Recent items in the news: The commandant of the marine corps said a few days ago U.S. forces will likely be at the “war on terror,” or whatever it’s called now, for a bit longer, maybe another decade.  Or more. The marine leader’s remarks echo those by an obscure defense official overseeing undercover doo doo.  [...]

It’s My Party, And I’ll Cry If I Want To

Predictably, incoming Speaker of the House (!) John Boehner cried when handed the gavel by Nancy Pelosi, and as promised, he and his party are about to give America plenty to cry about.  Of course, several of the lies they told to get the House majority have already been exploded, most significantly the $100 billion [...]

What Are the Chances?

There seem to be two types of GOP/Fox News lies: outright ones, which can be pretty much immediately disproved, but nonetheless Fox watchers will still believe anyway, and conjectural ones, which rely on scary predictions that don’t ever have to come true to accomplish the goal of the moment, due to the mass-Alzheimer’s that afflicts [...]

UNNECESSARY LAYERS OF BUREAUCRACY

Admittedly, as a simpleton myself, I can only present simplistic arguments against the all-encompassing, truly revolutionary ideology of the American right. They know there are known unknowns that I don’t know about; and I know I don’t know about them.  Nolo contendre. Anyway, when one does at least realize that nothing – not credit card [...]

Dixie Chicks Smarter Than the Liberal Media, Again

It seems like such a long time ago, when Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, performing in England, told an audience that she was “embarrassed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”  As an Oregonian I personally was less embarrassed, but I’d been routinely apologizing to foreign friends about Bush for years; [...]

That’s the Ticket

Giddy from their historic, unprecedented, big, giant, enormous, gargantuan, sweeping mandate from the American People, which happens pretty much every time Republicans win any electoral victory, however shady, they are getting as embarrassing to watch as a monkey cage.  Having screamed for months about “jobs,” Republican governors immediately killed thousands of them by stopping large, [...]

Blind Ambition at the Tea Party

Mitch McConnell had something astonishing to say to the National Journal over the weekend.  He told his interviewer that “retaking the government” was the only real priority of the Republican Party for the next two years.  That’s it.  Unaccountable power, or they take their toys and go home.  Without a trace of embarrassment, the grandmotherly [...]

And if You Believe That

In this astonishing video, multimillionaire radio and TV Huckster Glenn Beck speaks, solemnly and with laughably faked empathy, to a bunch of rubes about how “we” are going to have to make deep sacrifices to pay off the Republican debt that faces the country.  ”We” might lose our pensions.  ”We” might lose our jobs.  ”We” [...]

Corn Sugar from the GOP

You always know somebody’s headed for a deeply satisfying fall when they resort to engaging in a loud, sudden, and stunningly counterfactual rebranding of themselves, seemingly overnight.  Actual behavioral changes are never required for this spectacle, though; it’s supposed to be enough to simply rename shit, searchlights blaring, “Shinola” and call it a day.  At [...]

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 [...]