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November, 2013 archive

The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Get out the bucks, gut out the vote.


I’ve Had My Fill, Buster 0

Noz points reasons MADly. A nugget:

The reason it was called “the nuclear option” is because people believed that if the majority party took away the minority’s ability to filibuster, the minority would retaliate using every method it had to gum up the works and it would become impossible for the Senate to get anything done. . . .

. . . (but) the Republicans have already gummed up the works of the Senate. The Republicans were already doing just about everything that they could do as a minority party to stop the Democrats from passing anything.

Follow the link for the full post.



Ashleigh Brilliant:

Strangely enough, this is the past that somebody in the future is longing to go back to.


News You Can Lose 0

Warning: No taste at all, but the bit about Rob Ford swayed me to post it.


Psst! Bub. Wanna Buy a Bridge? 0

Hurry, supplies are running out!


Boys and Their Toys 0

Republican crying as Democrat breaks baseball bat labelled

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Droning On 0

Sic Transit Monopolus.


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Good fences make good neighbors. Otherwise, otherwise.


Going the Extra Miley 0

There are lap dogs, there are service dogs, there are hunting dogs, and then there are twerking dogs . . .

Via Cowgirl Up.


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

La Politesse sur le Market-Frankford El.

About 3:15 p.m., a man was leaning over a bench rummaging through a bag at the 40th Street station’s eastbound platform when the gun discharged into the bench, said Police Lt. John Stanford.

A woman sitting on a nearby bench suffered a graze wound to her right cheek and a bruise on an arm from an impact projectile, said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams.

The projectile “hits the metal bench, bounces off [a] wall, through the trash can, and strikes her,” Stanford said.

Of course, had the lady been packin’, she could have offed the sonuvabitch right then and there. She would have just been standing her ground.

That is civilized society, NRA style.


Had My Fill, Buster 0

Dick Polman comments on the Senate’s rule change on the filibuster.

Two nuggets:

I didn’t believe it was biologically possible for the Senate Democrats to grow a spine, but as we saw when the Boston Red Sox catapulted from worst to first, miracles do happen. And so, as of today, Senate Republicans no longer have the clout to sabotage President Obama’s judicial and executive nominees.


And nowhere in the Constitution – not in a phrase, not in a syllable, not even implicitly – does it empower a Senate minority to block those nominees. In fact, founding fathers James Madison and Alexander Hamilton specifically warned in the Federalist Papers that tyranny of the minority would be a bad thing. They said that requiring a Senate supermajority (anything more than 51 votes) should be limited to the real big stuff, like ratifying a treaty or convicting an impeached president or ousting an elected official for criminal behavior.

As Polman points out elsewhere in the column, the Republicans own obstructionism made this happen.



Lenny Bruce:

Never trust a preacher with more than two suits.


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Practice random acts of politeness.



Fifty years ago today at about this time, I was in last-period gym class showering up and rushing to make the school bus. Some of the kids had heard a rumor that something had happened to President Kennedy.

As we were immature white students in a segregated school system in the Jim Crow South, we had little love or respect for that n****r lovin’ Yankee, so joking was taking place.

Then Coach Young, he of the piercing light-blue eyes who could see right through you (who also gave me my first baseball glove years earlier, as he and my father were friends) came into the locker room. His look stilled the room . . . .

I remember watching the funeral and the cortège on television.

I’m not sure, but I think school was closed for a couple of days.

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Rear-Guard Actions 0

As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of Al Sharpton, but sometimes he’s right.

The generations raised to accept racism as normal and right, as, indeed, the will of Republican Jesus, are indeed shrinking, but they are not going out without a fight. If you doubt me, read today’s paper.


Hermetically Sealed 0

Heaven forbid I should ever live in a place like this.

A Florida man who lives in a 55-and-over gated community called cops last week after his two cars were spray painted with the words “No Kids,” apparent neighborly retribution for his four-year-old granddaughter occasionally staying at his residence.


Irretrievably Corrupt 0

The culture of big-time football, that is, the players, the coaches, the conferences, the leagues, the universities, the owners, the whole ball of wax, but especially the fans who enable and tolerate it.


Republican Jesus 0

The teachings of Republican St. Paul Ryan:

Via Escape from Whitemanistan. Follow the link for commentary.


Privileged Communication 0

Email to George Zimmerman from his lawyer surface in an unexpected place.


Republicans: Gits on Gettysburg 0

Dick Polman on the latest wingnut tizzy in a teapot:

Since Abe’s assassination, there have been 27 presidents. Care to guess how many of them have participated in Gettysburg anniversary ceremonies? I’ll save you the time. Here’s the answer:


That was William Howard Taft, in 1909.

And it bears noting that a goodly part of the Republican Party wishes that the other side had won the Battle of Gettysburg anyhoo.

More tales to tantrums at the link.