Monday, July 28, 2014

Unbagable

We've got a volunteer for the Paul/A Pony '16 campaign: 
Rand Paul is more forceful than any Democrat on privacy and the impulse to empire. The Tea Party rails loudest against big banks and corporate corruption.
This tool has confused with coverage for conviction. Poodle Paul has gotten more television time than any Democrat on privacy and the impulse to empire, because most of the media loves Poodle Paul and he loves most of the media. Is Poodle Paul actually doing more than, say, Ron Wyden on privacy and the impulse to empire? No. (And the Poodle's love of privacy extends only certain government violations thereof; the Poodle is thrilled to have your employer all up in your privacy. His impulse control also varies depending on his ambitions.)

The second sentence is completely absurd. The closest Teabags got to railing -- at any volume -- about big banks and corporate corruption was in connection with the bailouts, aka gubmint giveaways to persons other than racist ranchers, oil companies, pasty "faith-based" organizations and Medicare recipients. There never was a 'Bag who supported stronger enforcement of corporate crime laws or the use of government to break up big banks. The Tea Party rails not at all on these issues -- their hate is directed exclusively at the parts of government that don't pander to them. 

The Bags, like Rand Paul, for example, are against occupational regulations or clean water standards that make Big Coal the smallest bit smaller.  Bailouts of Big Coal, not so much.

Too many Democrats are no better than Republicans on these issues, it's true. But to imagine that common cause can be made with those who wish to drown the government (read: those protected by the government from the free market's natural outcomes) in a bathtub is pure Paul/A Pony '16.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Something Wingnut This Way Comes

Dave Weigel reports on the correct metaphor for libertarianism, one proposed by the Kochenkinder themselves: a low-rent carnival.

There is nothing more libertarian than a carnival. Dilapidated, rust-eaten rides, child-molesting clowns one step ahead of the law, crooked games of skill -- run by people who loathe intrusive government regulation and accountability!  Carnivals are like the staff of Reason, only with fewer freaks and morons on the payroll.

As Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch would say: You don't need to be this tall to ride David Koresh, but you must ride him, even if you don't want to.  

Friday, July 25, 2014

This Just In

Mark Mayfield's family still has not sued Jackson, MS over Mayfield's death.

Meanwhile, the McDaniel campaign has turned into the Southern Shysters Full Employment Act and the usual G,O.P. vote frauds have shown up to suck the suckers dry.

The courtrooms of MS will be lousy with Matthew Harrison Bradys for the next few months.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Google Screwball

Who says the Republican Party always protects large corporations that abuse the little, little man? Meet the GOP's Elizabeth Warren:
Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a frequent foe of Google, is demanding to know why the giant Internet company was fumbling the search results for Dinesh D'Souza's movie America for nearly three weeks.
Rohrabacher tellsThe Hollywood Reporter that he's so disturbed by Google's behavior he intends on discussing it Wednesday during the House Republican Conference, which is the party caucus for Republicans in the House of Representatives.
Shortly after the movie opened wide on July 2, the filmmakers complained to Google that Internet users looking for showtimes and locations were sometimes misdirected to the wrong movie. On other occasions, an image of the film's poster was incorrect or a description of the movie was wrong.
"This doesn't deserve to be ignored. We need to verify the statistics in some way, and I will be suggesting the appropriate committee or subcommittee have some kind of hearing on this," Rohrbacher said. "We know there were significant incidences, and that would suggest there was intent behind Google's nonperformance."
 .... 
 "I spoke to several people and some said they had problems with the search and some said they didn't. If there was an intent to confuse the public about this movie because of its ideological content, then we're going to find out about it," Rohrabacher said. "This charge has captured the attention of those of us who see that Google has acted arrogantly in a number of areas."
... 
"I'm not threatening to shut them down, but shining a spotlight on a corporation that is acting in an abusive way can have as great an impact as legislation or regulation," Rohrabacher said. "If Google isn't informing the public about movies they disagree with, then that needs to be exposed."
That ought to be worth a few straw donations for Dana.

Let's hope that Dana will be similiarly motivated to hold hearings on assaults in federal prison come September.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cheeseburger 'N' Pair O' 'Wipes

G.W. Bush's pet goat blowers on style and substance.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

James Garner, 1928-2014


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Everything I know about Southern California I learned from The Rockford Files.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ron Fournier Is Now Accepting Late September Lunch Invitations From Top Democrats

Ron Fournier gets a free lunch:
"Every political cause has a narrative. And every narrative has a plot." Over lunch in Georgetown last month, a top Democratic spokesman, somebody who works intimately with both the White House and Hillary Rodham Clinton's team, wanted me to understand his frustration with President Obama. He said every plot has a hero. And every hero leaps overwhelming obstacles to accomplish a goal.
Ron Fournier's cause is Republicanism. Ron Fournier's narrative is President Obama sucks. Ron Fournier's hero is Ron Fournier. Ron Fournier's hero's goal is to put his narrative into the mouths of "top Democrats."  Ron Fournier's overwhelming obstacle is he has no credibility.

Ron Fournier takes his work with him on vacation:
I thought of this exchange while vacationing the last two weeks in Michigan, a state still recovering from the 2008 recession, still limping out of the industrial era, and just now dealing with the decades-long decline of its largest city, Detroit.
Sadly, Rin Fournier just can't get top Democrats to pay for hia lunch when he'a on vacation.

Ron Fournier worries that, while on vacation, he won't be able to find a top Democrat to blame President Obama for the declining value of Ron Fournier's lakeside summer home:
Three topics dominate conversations in Michigan: jobs, the weather, and the Detroit Tigers. The dearth of quality jobs gnaws at everybody, especially in northern Michigan, where financially desperate families are selling second- and third-generation cottages—a tangible loss of 20th-century middle-class vibrancy.
So Ron Fournier grants anonymity to top Democratic plumber when he's on vacation:
The day after that speech, a Tawas City, Mich., plumber told me he was a lifelong Democrat who had voted twice for Obama but had grown disenchanted. He pointed to a local newspaper headline about the Minnesota address and said, "It's not about you, Mr. President."
It's about expensing the clearing of the clogged crapper at Ron Fournier's lakeside villa, Mr. President. And Ron Fournier's got the top Democratic plumber in Tawas City, Mich.'s receipt to prove it.