Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Stuff

God, I hope Lawrence O’Donnell is right, though we still have to make that happen in two years (and yeah, it’s amazing that this basically came from a conservative strategist)…



…and gee, I wonder what kind of “follow-up” there will be to this? Do you really need to ask? Lather, rinse, repeat (sigh – love to be wrong - Hangin' Judge JR is such a prince for authoring all this garbage via those awful Supreme Court rulings in "Citizens United" and "McCutcheon")…



…and I give you another example of Repug hypocrisy, Part The Infinity, as Charles Pierce would say (here...and yep, definitely not a shining moment for Mary Landrieu)…


...and yeah, I think it's time for a recent tune as opposed to what you might call a "moldy oldie."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday Stuff

(I also posted here.)

So it looks like lame duck U.S. Senator Crazy Tom Coburn is predicting "violence and anarchy" here over an upcoming immigration order from Number 44, something Republican presidents did with no pushback, as noted here, huh? Looks like it's time for this .gif again, I guess (if Coburn can invoke violent imagery, then I can too)...

...and K.O. once had the following to say about Coburn...



…and flash forward back to now, only this time with Billo taking top “honors” (here)…



...and speaking of immigration, it sounds like a few wingnut heads are getting ready to explode on the issue (here) – guess it's acceptable for The Sainted Ronnie R, but not that Kenyan Muslim Socialist (not going to try and fact check The Gipper here – probably would be interesting, though)...



...and RIP film director Mike Nichols (from this movie, for all you non-boomers out there)...



..and before he became a legendary filmmaker, he was part of a legendary comedy duo also...



...and the whole immigration issue puts me in a mind to hear this song again.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday Stuff

(I also posted here.)

Rachel Maddow tells us more about the breeding ground for bad government, as The Eternal Molly Ivins has referred to “the land of the yellow rose” (amazing that, with all of the Dupont/Laporte plant's infractions, they were somehow off the proverbial radar from other Do-Gooder groups; I realize folks like the Sierra Club can only be so many places at once, though)...



..and I give you another “triumph” of our corporate media...that is, most of the consumers of news in this country don't understand the issues, including Keystone XL (here); fortunately, Sen. Bernie Sanders is here to speak truth to stoo-pid...



...and it looks like Chuck and Dave are up to more no good based on this; this video from Robert Greenwald tells a similar story (lots of code language - kind of creepy to see the parallels to the 70s and before...)...



...and RIP Jimmy Ruffin.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday Stuff

Unfortunately, we have a lot more like this to deal with for at least the next two years (heckuva job, everybody who stayed home two weeks ago)…



…and speaking of the election, how in God’s name did Alison Lundergan Grimes manage to not take advantage of THIS (NSFW)?...



…I mean, you know Jon Stewart would have, right? (here - great line aimed at Romney at about 7:00, by the way)…


…and yesterday marked what would have been the 70th birthday of Gene Clark of The Byrds, a guy who probably should have ended up being at least as famous as his other more celebrated band mates (Roger McGuinn, Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman and, of course, David Crosby), but whose life and career was cut short primarily by alcohol – here is one of the band’s signature tunes, which was hugely controversial way back when (almost charming in its naiveté given what is routinely considered part of “pop culture” now).

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Stuff

I give you the latest episode of FAIR TV (another day, another lie from Former President Highest Disapproval Rating In Gallup Poll History)…



...and once again, Bill Maher says what needs to be said (NSFW)...



...and yeah, I guess it's time to hear from another "dumbass conservative" (here - backgrounder is here; a little squeamish about the "slitting throat" remark, though)...



…and here is today’s regional weather forecast.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Stuff

By the way, Karen Silkwood died under mysterious circumstances 40 years ago yesterday (the clip below has to do with her upbringing before she worked at Kerr-McGee - the story from this link tells us what happened to her; landmark reporting from Rolling Stone many years ago on this)…



…and Cenk Uygur tells us that the fight goes on when it comes to campaign finance reform (nice work here, even by some conservatives, believe it or not)…



…and sometimes I just have no words…fortunately, Jon Stewart just about always does (here - and I heard his new movie is pretty good too)…


...and I genuinely apologize for not including this video last Tuesday as I should have.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday Stuff (update)

For a change of pace, mainly because recent political events are so putrid for the most part, I thought I'd present this Alex Wagner interview with Dick Cavett – you can Google him (sad that there's apparently no place for Cavett or someone like him on network TV anymore)...



...though I suppose Stephen Colbert is cut somewhat from the same cloth, as they say (here)...


...and this report by Rachel Maddow is stunning as far as I'm concerned; as anyone who knows anything about this site whatsoever has figured out, I routinely take what I consider to be well-deserved shots at the Repug Party...but at least THEY know who constitutes their base.

As for the band of well-compensated Beltway losers who don't know a thing, apparently, about what truly constitutes the base of Team “D” (based partly on this), it looks like they're absolutely refusing once again to present themselves as an alternative, to say nothing of defining enough of the voters they need and recruiting/promoting someone to speak to those voters (yeah, it's nice that Mikey the Beloved is being true to his word and apparently his PA-08 seat is going to open up, but that won't mean a thing unless we figure out which voters we need to target, field a candidate to speak to those voters on the issues they care about, and then get those voters to show up on election day)...



...and I heard this on the way home tonight, and this to me goes out to the national Democratic Party organization – they got rolled last week because they didn't show any backbone first and foremost...don't piss all over the base and tell us that it's raining (team R must be laughing their asses off).



Update 11/14/14: This is a wholly other tangent I guess, but I think it ties into the theme of cluelessness on the party of Democrats (at least the national organization and some in the media, including the otherwise respectable Joy Reid).

Remember the business earlier this year in Mississippi, where incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran was challenged in a primary by Teahadist Chris McDaniel? And remember how some Democrats said, “Oh, gee, we have to support Cochran because McDaniel is just too crazy?” And filthy, unkempt liberal blogger types such as yours truly said, “Hey, wait a minute! Why the hell are we defending Cochran when supporting McDaniel in the general election would help the Democrat, Travis Childers? Why aren’t we thinking about this in solely political terms like the Repugs do?” And the response from people like Reid on “Real Time With Bill Maher” was, well, there just aren’t enough Democrats in Mississippi, and we should be forced to settle for the least bad Republican?

So now, we have Cochran getting ready to settle in comfortably with the incoming Repug Senate majority next year, and McDaniel is still carrying on like the nut that he is (and does anyone seriously think that Cochran is going to give a fig about doing anything to help Democratic voters who “crossed over” to help him)?

Here is my question: does anyone seriously think that McDaniel would have been any worse than what we’re going to be looking at next year, including Joni Ernst, Tom Cotton and Cory Gardner in the Senate, and life forms like Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin in the U.S. House?

We don’t need to do more to utterly deflate our own base, people! We need to do a much better job of standing up for what we believe in and presenting ourselves as a serious, sane alternative to anyone who would still consider voting for our party in the immediate and longer-term future.