Saturday, May 22, 2010

New York Post No Better Than Weekly World News

Many years ago, The New York Post had arguably it's most tasteless headline, when reporting of a decapitated body discovered in a gentlemen's night club. HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR.

Well, it took almost 30 years, but the now Rupert Murdoch owned Post has topped itself in the crassness department. On the heels of famed Spanish matador Julio Aparicio being gored in the throat, the Post thought it appropriate to lead with this front page. [Warning: Graphic Content]

ADDING... Don't get me wrong. I'm the first to go for the gallows humor, but the inclusion of the picture is a bit much. You never know what little kid is going to pass by a newsstand and flip out.

Must Reads

William K. Wolfrum: Reality Bites For Conservatives

Pat Metheny: On Kenny G

Gabriel Winant: The lesson of Rand Paul: libertarianism is juvenile

Michael Winship: Congress Gets a Kick in the... Pants

Christopher Hayes: Any Given Sunday

President Obama's Weekly Address - May 22, 2010

BP Oil Spill Independent Commission

Friday, May 21, 2010

Everybody Hates Michael


With apologies to Chris Rock.

Dumbass Quote of the Day

"Wolf, I thought I was supposed to get a honeymoon," [Rand Paul] complained. "When does my honeymoon start, you know, after my victory?"
When you make asinine statements about disagreeing with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, your bride may not want to go anywhere with you.

Adding... Oh, Rand.  48 hours into his foray into the national spotlight, and we hear his first flip-flop.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rainbows and Chocolate Milk, eh Rep. Taylor and Lackey Brian Martin?

Thick oil pools in the waters along Louisiana’s coast. Governor Bobby Jindal toured oil impacted marshlands by boat on May 19, 2010, near Pass a Loutre.

Eerily silent from the Taylor camp. Perhaps Brian Martin has seen the error of his ways. Still waiting for an apology.

Cartoon of the Day

Taking The Country Back

Take the country back from whom? Take the country back to where? Seems as though the Republican Party was all set to declare yesterday's primary and special elections as a referendum to "take the country back" from whoever they think took it, nevermind the fact that those who presumably absconded with "their" country actually won elections. But it looks as though special elections are only critical if Republicans actually win them.

If this is the face of those that would take the country back, then bring it on. Let's look at some of yesterday's election results, shall we?

In the only Democratic vs. Republican race, the special general election to fill the seat of the late Jack Murtha in Pennsylvania's 12th district, former Democratic Murtha aide Mark Critz beat the GOP backed Tim Burns.

The more progressive Congressman Joe Sestak beat out 29 year Republican and one year Democrat Arlen Specter for the Democratic nomination despite the White House backing the party switching Specter (presumably because of some back room deal). Smells like Rahm Emanuel's been all over that.

Senate Blue Dog Blanche Lincoln couldn't score enough of an edge over her liberal challenger, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and the two will have a runoff election on June 8th.  The White House also backed Lincoln, but truth be told, either candidate may have a rough go if it in November, so maybe they were thinking better the devil you know than the devil you don't.

And then there's Tea Party candidate Rand Paul who crushed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's pick, Trey Grayson for the Kentucky GOP Senate Primary. This despite Paul's stance on certain issues. Do they agree with Paul's stance on the unconstitutionality of the Patriot Act? How many Tea Party followers over 65 would support his abolishing Social Security? Or Medicare? How many of those in wheelchairs would agree with him doing away with the Americans With Disabilities Act? If they blindly pull the lever for anyone calling themselves a Tea Party "patriot" without knowing how the issues may affect them, they're going to have a few surprises in store.

In any case, it seems that yes, incumbents seem to be in trouble, but let's not forget that there are plenty of Republican incumbents as well, and they're probably in more danger from Tea Party challengers than are Democrats. I don't believe many discouraged Democratic voters are planning on voting for GOP or Tea Party candidates any time soon just for spite. That would be pretty stupid.  But then again, I've been surprised before.

ADDING... Some would argue that last night's results shows that the progressive cause is alive and well, despite the media focus on all things Teabagger. And I would have to agree.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dick Alert!

An Alabama high school math teacher who used a hypothetical presidential assassination to illustrate a geometry concept has been put on paid leave, the Birmingham News reports.
Where is Malkin stalking this unnamed teacher and publishing his or her address?

Oh, wait... nevermind.  IOKIYAR.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Must Reads

Digby: It's Official ---Bart Stupak Is A Moron

Troubadour: The Problem With Elena Kagan Is That She's Not You

Frank Rich: A Heaven-Sent Rent Boy

Light Blogging

Sorry for the light blogging. Big moving weekend. No cable or internet access in the new place til tomorrow. How in the world did I ever survive the weekend?!

Hopefully, I'll be back to normal posting within a day or two.

President Obama's Weekly Address - May 15, 2010

Wall Street Reform & Main Street