Two ‘I’ve Lost Cronkite’ Moments in One Week

September 26, 2008

First it was David Letterman rocketing past a thousand lumps of journalism oatmeal to analyze John McPhilGramm the way the lumps of journalism oatmeal should have been analyzing him.

Now, its Kathleen Parker at the National Review:

Palin’s narrative is fun, inspiring and all-American in that frontier way we seem to admire. When Palin first emerged as John McCain’s running mate, I confess I was delighted. She was the antithesis and nemesis of the hirsute, Birkenstock-wearing sisterhood — a refreshing feminist of a different order who personified the modern successful working mother.

Palin didn’t make a mess cracking the glass ceiling. She simply glided through it.

It was fun while it lasted.

Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

Oh, but it gets better.

When Couric pointed to polls showing that the financial crisis had boosted Obama’s numbers, Palin blustered wordily: “I’m not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who’s more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who’s actually done it?”

If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

Here’s to hoping that she never gets the oppotunity to try.

Yet Another Tale of Rep. Barney St. Bigot O’Dumbass

September 26, 2008

From an interview in Gay Military Times:

GMT:  Now, although this is not actually part of the debate, in the interest of inclusion, what about Transgender service?  Just in the past month a survey of transgender service members and veterans by Transgender American Veterans Association, analyzed by the Palm Center, revealed that they are being discriminated against, as if they were gay or lesbian, under DADT because the military often doesn’t understand the difference.

BF:  I think the rule is that people should not be discriminated against due to their gender identity.  Now, I hope we will get a bill through on job discrimination.  But we are not going to get trough a bill on integrating people [in the military] with one set of sex organs to be identified as the other sex.

Yet again…

What about people who once had a particular genital configuration but now have another? 

St. Barney has never – so far as I’m aware – ever addressed why, assuming that pre-ops and non-ops (particularly MTFs) are the problem, ENDA (or anything else which would encompass rights of transsexuals) can’t be written to cover at least post-ops in all situations and everyone else in occupations where showers are not part of the job equation.

As for the military?  If ‘the penis problem’ is the problem, then perhaps pre-ops and non-ops might get short shrift.  But if there’s no penis, there how can there be a penis problem?  In the military – or anywhere else?

The Tale of Sir Robin, err…, Sen. McConArtist

September 24, 2008

When you see that you’re about to lose (and perhaps get stomped worse than anyone in history, assuming that the bailout bullshit is still on people’s minds on Nov. 4th) whaddaya do?


Which is a strategy that only has any chance of working if the other team leaves as well.

Or unless you’re dealing with knights who say ‘ni’

But, when last I checked, Monty Python and the Holy Grail was a financial success.

From CNN:

Republican presidential candidate John McCain announced Wednesday that he is suspending his campaign to return to Washington and focus on the “historic” crisis facing the U.S. economy.

The Arizona senator called on his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, to do the same.

Don’t do it!

Everything that this crooked old bastard has worked for during his career in Congress just came home to roost. 

Serve it up to him – and if he won’t bite, pry his lying gums open and shove it down his throat.

The fact that his party of greedy deviant christianist psychopaths have pinned their presidential aspirations on him is irrelevant.  We – Americans who, if we’re lucky, have one house and one car each (as opposed to 7 and 13 or however many) and have never even met anyone who believes its not obscene to wear a $300,000 outfit (much less married someone who has no problem with it) – want this debate to happen and this campaign to continue and we have an absolute right to see all of those who have perpetrated this financial rape of our nation exposed and called to account.

The fact the presidential candidate of the party of greedy deviant christianist psychopaths is someone who has spent five time longer in Congress – aiding an abetting the people and criminal enterprises who have destroyed the financial system – than he did in a POW camp is something that we deserve to see him have to answer to.

Every second of every minute of every day between now and Nov. 4th.

And especially Friday night in Oxford, Mississippi.

But, it looks as though America will be singing…

Brave Sir McConArtist ran away, bravely ran away away

When the economy reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and ran…


September 22, 2008

From C&L (quoting from Today):

Viera: You have said, bottom line, it’s those fat cats. It’s the greed of Wall Street. You promised to crack down on CEOs who walked away with huge severance packages. And yet the person who up until recently was your public face on your economic policy was Carly Fiorina. She’s the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, she was fired in 2005, but she left with a $45 million dollar golden parachute while 20,000 of her employees were laid off. She  is an example of exactly the kind of person you say is at the root of the problem. How can you say that?

McCain: I don’t think so. … Because I think she did a good job as CEO in many respects. I don’t know the details of her compensation package. But she’s one of many advisers that I have.

Viera: But she did get a $45 million dollar golden parachute after being fired while 20,000 of her employees were laid off.

McCain: I have many of the people, but I do not know the details of what happened.

Try using the internet.  I’ve heard rumors that you can access it via your Blackberry.

Maddow Mania!!!!

September 20, 2008

Though Faux News still leads overall (zombies are, after all, hard to kill), Rachel Maddow has gone past Larry King into second place in her time slot – both overall and in the 25-54 demographic.

That was in her second week.

I’m looking forward to the second month…and beyond.

Way to go Rachel!


September 19, 2008

(cross-posted, practically speaking, at Pam’s House Blend)

David Benkof, the former David Bianco, claims:

There is zero evidence I am ex-gay.

Dear Mr. Zero Evidence of Whatever:

This sounds like you’ve been to the Bush-Cheney-McCain school of linguistics. You’re using a term that everyone is familiar with (with them, its ‘freedom’, ‘democracy’, ‘compassion,’ etc.; with you here, its ‘ex-gay’ and, perhaps ‘gayfriendly’) and attaching some personal definition of your own to it to ensure that those to whom you speak do not come away with what you actually mean.

Here’s something that the California Supreme Court had the opportunity to consider while it was deciding the Marriage Cases

As my religious identity as a Jew became more important to me, I began to question many aspects of the way I was choosing to live, including the fact that I wasn’t keeping Shabbat and I was having sex with men. After beginning to keep Shabbat, it became easier to imagine not having sex with men. After all, if God could tell me what to do on a Saturday, couldn’t he also tell me what I should do with my bedroom life? On New Year’s Eve in 2002, I was in Las Vegas, I had sex with a man and I said: “I’m not going to do that again.” With the help of a therapist (who was very gayfriendly but was willing to help me bring my life into accord with my values), I changed my own self-understanding and behavior.

From my perspective, for this Court to rule that “orientation” is like race or gender would suggest that I was born with a category that stuck with me my whole life, and that just didn’t happen. Everyone has a unique sexual and erotic universe includes what hair color one finds attractive, or whether men or women dominate one’s desires. Our contemporary way of boxing sexuality into two or three orientations just isn’t true across cultures. If the California Supreme Court declared homosexuality a suspect class like race or gender, they’d be saying people like me don’t exist, that somehow my life story of change and choice in identity and behavior (if not always in attraction) is less real or true than another person, who shapes their identity around their dominant sexual attractions in a more direct way.

The citation for the above is: Email interview by Maggie Gallagher with David Benkof, Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, Mannassas, VA (June 20, 2007), in Brief of Amici Curae Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (“JONAH”), Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (“PFOX”), And Evergreen International, in Support of Proposition 22 Legal Defense and Education Fund, at 15, In re Marriage Cases (No. S147999).

You can have your own personal definitions of ‘ex-gay’ and ‘not an ex-gay’, but you can’t legitimately assert that there is no evidence from which people of reasonable intelligence can reasonably draw a conclusion that the term ‘ex-gay’ applies to you.

Is your assertion that only those who OD on christianity/pseudo-christianity are ‘ex-gay’, whilst individuals such as yourself whose “unique sexual and erotic universe” is influenced by judaism to the point of giving up same-sex sex are ‘not ex-gay’ but something else?

Or are you saying that Maggie Gallagher made up that conversation from which you were quoted to the California Supreme Court?

The Title Says it All

September 18, 2008

Actually, there is more to it.  But the what the title gets at should be obvious:

Sarah Palin would rather let 100 rapists go free than let one woman use contraception

I highly recommend Alex Blaze’s Bilerico post (cautioning that it leads to circumstantial evidence over at Daily Kos – but, with what we know about the wacko nature of her christianism, it is quite believable.)