November 27, 2011

I’m just sayin‘….

…and so are others.

Unfortunately, Goebbels was Right About Human Gullibility – Meaning That This Latest Round of Insanity Will be Mainstream in a Month or so

November 27, 2011

From Right Wing Watch:

David Usher, president of the Center for Marriage Policy, a right-wing group founded last month with the blessing of Phyllis Schlafly, argues in a column yesterday that marriage equality is unconstitutional because same-sex marriage is tantamount to polygamy, with the third partner being the government. He argues that the National Organization for Women is trying to use marriage equality to “to convert marriage into a feminist-controlled government enterprise and subordinate the rest of America to entitle it.”

Usher claims that by legalizing same-sex marriage, women regardless of their sexual orientation will marry other women in order to collect government benefits in an “arrangement of government-sponsored economic polygyny,” placing what he calls an unconstitutional and discriminatory social and economic burden on men. “Sexual orientation does not matter when two women marry and become ‘married room-mates,’” Usher writes. “They can still have as many boyfriends as they want, and capture the richest ones for baby-daddies by ‘forgetting’ to use their invisible forms of birth control.”

The stupid – it burns.

And, no, I’m not talking about Usher and the Schlafly-ites.  They’re professional corporatist christianists who know how stupid the American poopulace has become.

I’m talking about the American populace that will believe Usher’s nonsense and usher (pun intended) it into mainstream discourse in time for Bowl season.

And you thought the Wal-Mart Black Friday barbarism w as the sign of the end of American civilization….

Is Jillian Rayfield on Don Young’s Payroll?

November 25, 2011


The analysis by TPM’s Rayfield of Rice History Professor Doug Brinkley standing up to the arrogant, bought-and-paid-for, political elite asshole who occupy’s Alaska’s seat in the House of Representatives was:

Nothing in the headline about the imperial attitude of Young, eh?

Young: I’ll call you anything I want to call you while you sit in that chair. You just be quiet. You be quiet.

Mocking?  No, not per se.

Just Koch-funded conservative assholery.

That, apparently, is not headline-worthy.  Per Crooks and Liars:

I don’t agree with the mockery depiction of Brinkley. If anyone was making a mockery of the hearing, it was Young. You can read more on Don Young’s “Corrupt Bastards Club” here — PBS NOW: Alaskan Oil, Politics & the Corrupt Bastards Club and here — Alaska’s Corrupt Bastards Club.

From Fuelfix:

Brinkley did not respond to an interview request from the Daily News this week. But he’s continued to poke Young in Lower 48 media. He told a television station in Houston, where Rice is located, that his students applauded when he walked into class.

“I have received now hundreds and hundreds of emails from people all over, I’ve not received one negative one,” he said. “I’ve had my entire Rice University and including Texas conservatives cheering me on for standing up to his bullying tactics.”

A Minneapolis online news site quoted Brinkley this week calling Young a “menacing blowhard” and a “low-grade Joseph McCarthy,” referring to the infamous 1950s politician who bullied congressional witnesses and claimed widespread communist subversion of American public life.

Young turned down an interview request from the Daily News this week, but his spokesman said the blowup at last Friday’s hearing was a publicity ploy by Brinkley.

By Brinkley?

“People will want to make this into more than what it really is: an attempt by an author to create a stir and sell books,” said Young spokesman Luke Miller.

You mean as opposed to Young – who would like to see every last square inch of American soil handed over to oil criminals to do with as they please?  Nope, no greed there.

And as for who was making a mockery of the proceedings?

Brinkley wasn’t interested in being told by Young to shut up. “You don’t own me. I pay your salary,” Brinkley said.

The two also sparred over Young coming and going from the hearing. Young had come into the hearing late and said he was “really pissed” that Brinkley mentioned his absence, explaining he had been voting. When Young later left the hearing before it was over, Brinkley told the committee Young “doesn’t stay, blows smoke and then leaves.”


Perhaps Young should have instead gotten a journalism degree from Idaho (or any of the other ten or so schools that Sarah Palin dropped in on back in the 1980s.)

Brownback? More Like ‘Brown Shirt’

November 25, 2011

From the Wichita Eagle – and Wichita, as we know, is in Kansasreich:

Emma Sullivan, a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, was in Topeka on Monday as part of Kansas Youth in Government, a program for students interested in politics and government.

During the session, in which Brownback addressed the group, Sullivan posted on her personal Twitter page:

“Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot”

On Tuesday, Sullivan was called to her principal’s office and told that the tweet had been flagged by someone on Brownback’s staff and reported to organizers of the Youth in Government program.

Sadly, the principal will skate through this controversy on the old ‘it happened on school time at a school-affiliated event’ chestnut.

But Gov. Brownshirt?

“We monitor social media so we can see what Kansans are thinking and saying about the governor and his policies,” [Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene] Jones-Sontag said.


There’s nothing unreasonable about that.


[H]er office had forwarded a copy of Sullivan’s tweet to organizers of the school-sponsored event “so that they were aware what their students were saying in regards to the governor’s appearance.

In other words, she did it in retaliation for dissent.

Sullivan, 18, said she posted the comment because she doesn’t agree with Brownback’s policies, particularly recent cuts in state aid to schools. She is a registered Democrat.

Yup.  Gotta make sure that them uppity teenagers – particularly the ones who are old enough to have the constitutional right to vote – know what’s going to happen if they ever disagree with the revealed wisdom of the christo-corporatist elite.

Also among her tweets:

Just found out justin bieber raps in his christmas album… #mixedfeelings

I’m surprised the Bieberblockheads haven’t started a campaign for her removal from free society.

I suspect that, if requested, Gov. Brownshirt would send the Kansas state police to aid in the effort.

Be Productive This Thanksgiving: Starve the Koch Beast

November 24, 2011

Mr. Nocera, May I Suggest That Your Next Two Columns Be About the Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Transgender Equality?

November 22, 2011

And then, hopefully, a tradition will be born.  From TPM Muckraker:

Steven J. Baum P.C., a firm that specialized in foreclosures, is closing its doors a month after photos showing employees celebrating Halloween by dressing like the homeless surfaced in a New York Times column by Joe Nocera. Nocera wrote a follow up column this weekend, in which he quoted an angry email he received from Mr. Baum himself. The firm announced the shuttering via press release and was reported by the NYT:

“Disrupting the livelihoods of so many dedicated and hardworking people is extremely painful, but the loss of so much business left us no choice but to file these notices,” said Mr. Baum in a press release issued on Monday. A firm spokesman said it would have no further comment beyond the release…On Saturday, Joe Nocera, The Times columnist who originally wrote about the firm’s Halloween party, published another column about the controversy. In it, he quoted an e-mail that Mr. Baum had sent him last week.

“Mr. Nocera — You have destroyed everything and everyone related to Steven J. Baum PC,” said the letter. “It took 40 years to build this firm and three weeks to tear down.”

Memo to Bamm Baum: Some things need to be, as you so laughably put it, “destroyed.”   And now a question: Did it take you more, or less, than “three weeks” to plan that Halloween party last year?

A Historian Stands Up to One of the Imperial Dwarves of the Koch Party

November 21, 2011

Yes, there’s a school in Houston that might sneak into the BCS picture – and it ain’t Rice.  On the other hand, it wasn’t a U of H prof who rhetorically decapitated one of the oil and gas industry’s congressional munchkins and then shit down his neck.

From the Houston Chronk (which, surprisingly, currently has this as its bleeding lead):

A Rice University [History] professor didn’t shy away from telling an Alaska Republican who he worked for — the taxpayer.

During a hearing on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Rep. Don Young called Rice University professor Douglas Brinkley’s testimony “garbage,” but Young mistakenly called the professor “Dr. Rice.”

“It’s Dr. Brinkley, Rice University is a university,” Brinkley said. “I know you went to Yuba (Community) College…”

Young, who was visibly angry, countered by saying, “I’ll call you anything I want to call you when you in that chair. You just be quiet.”

Brinkley, of course, didn’t take those comments lightly.

“You don’t own me,” the professor said. “I pay your salary. I work for the private sector and you work for the taxpayer.”

But, of course, there are always the dung-gatherers of the future standing by ably to defend their oppressors:

Brinkley was in their house, he was on their turf, he needed to be respectful and obey their rules.

I found Brinkley’s bio, still do not understand what makes him an expert on ANWR. He’s written a lot of books on WW II.

How did he end up in front of this committee ?

Gee, “Dollar,” why don’t you ask the Republican chairman of the committee appointed by the Republican leadership of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives?