Sunday, May 30, 2010

Less Than Zero

Thor Thorassson gets a scolding from Mr. Floppy:

But sacrificing your own credibility in an effort to undermine someone else’s is not a good idea, and what Erickson has done has surely hurt both his own reputation and that of his website.

As if Red, Running Sore State had any credibility to begin with. Or CNN.



The Curse of An American Carol continues unabated.

George and Lanny

Fox News Democrat Lanny Davis:

Ms. Maddow also failed to elicit from Mr. Paul, much less credit him, with clearly liberal positions on the major issues, also consistent with libertarian principles, such as the fact that he is unambiguously pro-choice (“government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration”); pro-civil liberties (“we oppose reduction of constitutional safeguards of the rights of the criminally accused … the Bill of Rights provides no exceptions for a time of war”); and pro-decriminalizing victimless crimes, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes.

Rachel Maddow did fail to credit Rand Paul for being unambiguously pro-choice. I wonder why?

I am 100% pro life. I believe abortion is taking the life of an innocent human being. I believe life begins at conception and it is the duty of our government to protect this life.
I will always vote for any and all legislation that would end abortion or lead us in the direction of ending abortion. I believe in a Human Life Amendment and a Life at Conception Act as federal solutions to the abortion issue.
Perhaps Ms. Maddow perceived an ambiguity.

Or perhaps she didn't confuse Randal Paul with the platform of the Libertarian Party, where Davis's quote comes from. Even for a FoxDem hack, writing on a Tucker Faye Carlson website, this is fairly pathetic.

p.s. Ta-Nehisi Coates has already covered this ground.

That Oughta Hold The Little ...

Midget Mickey Kaus:

I support a woman's ability to choose to have an abortion in the first trimester. I have grave doubts about the morality of some late second-term elective abortions, including so-called "partial birth abortion."

The failed blogger also supports a woman's ability to multiply three-digit numbers, to fill out a ballot and to shut the fuck up and bring me a beer.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Do the wingnuts who donate to the Kaus campaign know about this?

Regarding Israel, [Mickey Kaus] deplored the continued building of settlements to serve a fringe group and urged the United States to demand that Israel take the steps necessary to move toward peace. The Arab world has to see the United States as an actor independent of Israel.

The FEC hasn't disclosed the names of Kaus contributors, yet. But the thought of Obammy telling Bibi what to do, instead of the other way 'round, should send a sizable portion of Kaus's wingnut/Boxer-hater donor base to the gates of Kaus Manor with pitchforks and requests for reimbursement.

The FEC website still hasn't identified any of Kaus's donors, but we'll keep checking.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kaus Debates Future Home

(Photo via here, where Kaus loses a key endorsement.)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Will California issue a similar prohibition on goat suits?

Two Degrees of Freedomworksation

America's favorite libertarian blogger has nothing to say about America's favorite libertarian politician's favorite libertarian philosophies.

Not nothing intelligent to say.

Nothing to say.

How strange.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Paul/Kane '12

That's the ticket:

Sheriff Kelly said that Mr. Kane complained in 2004 about being sentenced to six days of community service for driving with an expired license plate and no seat belt, saying that the judge had tried to “enslave” him. Mr. Kane had added that he was a “free man” and had asked for $100,000 per day in gold or silver.
The Talking Slapheads

According to some site linked by Memeorandum, hairless troll doll Mark Levin (pronounced "Leh-VEEN") has issued a challenge:

Since Rand Paul has canceled his Sunday appearance on MTP, there's an opening, and Levin wants in. He challenges Gregory to have a real conservative on for a change.

Rich Lowry, Orrin Hatch, Karl Rove, David Brooks, John Boehner, Michael Steele, Mike Murphy, Michael Chertoff, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Sessions, Joe Lieberman, Kathleen Parker, Marsha Blackburn, Richard Shelby, Mike Pence, Lamar Alexander, Mitch McConnell and Peggy Noonan -- all Press the Meet guests since March -- aren't real conservatives, to Levin's mind.

Apparently Levin thinks Press the Meet should invite him on just because he's a "real conservative," and Paul isn't. (Or something. It doesn't have to make sense.) Paul accomplished something, which makes him a newsmaker, and Levin hasn't achieved anything greater than facial hair in the past quarter-century.

But I hope he gets the invite. The guy can't even outwit Geraldo Rivera, and he won't do any better when seated next to three sane people.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Accidents Will Happen

Republican Rand Paul:

"And I think it's part of this sort of blame-game society in the sense that it's always got to be somebody's fault instead of the fact that maybe sometimes accidents happen," Paul said.

The senate candidate referred to a Kentucky coal mine accident that killed two men, saying he had met with the families and he admired the coal miners' courage.

"We had a mining accident that was very tragic. ... Then we come in and it's always someone's fault. Maybe sometimes accidents happen," he said.

Shit happens:

PROVIDENCE, Ky. -- A rescue team found a second Kentucky miner dead Thursday after a roof collapse at an underground coal mine with a long history of safety problems.

Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing spokesman Dick Brown said the two miners were killed in an accident at the Dotiki Mine near Providence in western Kentucky late Wednesday.

Gov. Steve Beshear identified the miners as 27-year-old Justin Travis and 28-year-old Michael Carter.

"Our entire state mourns along with the families and friends," Beshear said in a statement. "Despite our sadness, we must press forward to the work ahead of us -- fully investigating what caused this accident and determining ways to avoid such accidents in the future."


State and federal records show more than 40 closure orders for the mine over safety violations since January 2009.

Records show inspectors from the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing have issued 31 orders to close sections of the mine or to shut down equipment because of safety violations since January 2009. Those records also show an additional 44 citations for safety violations that didn't result in closure orders.

MSHA records show the mine was cited 840 times by federal inspectors for safety violations since January 2009, and 11 times closure orders were issued.

The records show 214 of the citations were issued in the first four months of this year, and twice inspectors issued closure orders this year.

The accident happened while the miners were operating what's known as a continuous miner, a toothy machine that digs coal for transport to the surface, said Ricki Gardenhire, a spokeswoman for the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing.

Surely an act of God.

Through A Teabag, Darkly

Criticizing a British company for environmental devastation of American waters and coastline is "un-American":

WASHINGTON – Kentucky's Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul criticized President Barack Obama's handling of the Gulf oil spill Friday as putting "his boot heel on the throat of BP" and "really un-American."

Paul's defense of the oil company came during an interview in which he tried to explain his controversial take on civil rights law, an issue that has overtaken his campaign since his victory in Tuesday's GOP primary.

"What I don't like from the president's administration is this sort of, 'I'll put my boot heel on the throat of BP,'" Rand said in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America." "I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business."

Does this dimwit even understand what "Tea Party" refers to?

(Read the whole article; it's comedy gold! And Obama hasn't even put on argyle sock on BP. Someone please send him some steel-toed hob-nail boots.)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Roger Solves Your Problems

Rand. May I call you Rand? Just hire Lloyd Marcus as your campaign spokesman.

No need to thank me.

In Which Kaus Begs to Get His Slate Job Back

With three weeks to go before the primary, Midget Mickey Kaus speaks to the issues California voters care about:

I'll pay for a week's worth of Andrew Sullivan's testosterone injections if he can find a single blog post where I "assumed [Gary] Condit's guilt." ... I've apologized for thinking Condit's guilt was more of a possibility than was justified. That's not assuming guilt. I always held open the alternative possibility that he wasn't guilty--as he wasn't, it turned out--because early on I'd talked to a very sensible and well-positioned source who scoffed at the idea that Condit did it. ...

Instead of debating Barbara Boxer, Kaus should be debating the corpses of Babs Olson and Dominick Dunne.

If elected, Kaus will sponsor Senate resolutions condemning Ron Burkle and all younger and more popular bloggers.

Update (9/21): The midget offers a Randpaulian clarification of his position on the issues:

From: Mickey Kaus (

Subject: re: The Sullivan Testosterone Challenge!

I wasn't mocking Sullivan for HIV! I'm teasing/mocking him for juicing himself up with what by his own account is a powerful drug that makes him unusually combative.

Next thing you know, Kaus will declare that if he had been HIV-positive in the 80s, he'd use testosterone too.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Republican Family Values: Parks and Recreation Edition

Despite 58 years of abstinence education, Hooiser Grandaddy Mark Souter (R-IN) needs a refresher course. The aged porkbuster has not only sinned against God, but against Nature as well:

Less than a week before the Republican primary election, anonymous callers phoned some of the Republican candidates running against Souder, with allegations that he was regularly meeting a girlfriend for romantic trysts in state parks. One alleged that he and a staffer went together late at night to the remote and heavily-forested Robinson Lake boat launch in Whitley County. But the opponents questioned the reliability of the information, and did not make a public issue of the claims.

For Indiana families wishing to avoid Souder's discarded scumbags on the hiking trial, the question remains: Which parks did Souder visit? My guesses:

Limberlost State Memorial
Frances Slocum State Forest
Clifty Falls State Park
Mounds State Park
Kaukakee State Fish and Wildlife Area
Middle Fork State Wildlife Refuge
Turkey Run State Park

Friday, May 14, 2010

"I will take it a step further to say the campaign against Sarah Plain is really a battle of good verses evil." - Lloyd Marcus, Author, Confessions of a Black Conservative

Bonus quote:

Remember, like Palin, the liberal mainstream media desire us tea party patriots politically dead."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

$300 an hour.

Seems the entire State of Florida hired a rentboy.

Talk about a fraud on the court.

In v. Out

Elena Kagan is a heterosexual, say people who know her from her early days in the Ivy League. But is that good enough? Kagan has a very thin record of dating, and has published almost nothing on the subject. Hopefully she will use the confirmation process to let us know how she swings, thus allowing the public to make an informed judgment about whether we would do her. If all goes well, she could be the next David Souter.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

If Elected, I Would Intend to Serve

Even in his own press releases, Kaus sounds like an ineffectual doof:

"But people want a leader too, and I would intend to be one."

Slappy couldn't even write a proper press release if he intended to, yet he thinks he would intend to be a leader.

Friday, May 07, 2010

The exception to the rule that wingnuts are never intentionally funny.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Shorter Nick Pistof: You Can't Criticize The Catholic Church For Protecting Pedophiles Because I Know Some Priest Who Got His Ass Kicked In Sudan

No. Seriously:

It’s because of brave souls like these that I honor the Catholic Church. I understand why many Americans disdain a church whose leaders are linked to cover-ups and antediluvian stances on women, gays and condoms — but the Catholic Church is far larger than the Vatican.

And unless we’re willing to endure beatings alongside Father Michael, unless we’re willing to stand up to warlords with Sister Cathy, we have no right to disparage them or their true church. (Emphasis added.)

Even shorter Nick Pistof: Moral distinctions are unpossible!

Pistof's next column: We have no right to disparage accused anthrax killers because of Dr. Steven Hatfill.

Porn Again

The New York Times has an article about fundie therapy aimed at treating womens' "addiction to pornography." The only problem with the program is that the problem is not pornography addiction, but the effects of sexual abuse:

Michele L. H., 27, who spoke on the condition that her last name not be used out of respect for her husband and son, said Ms. Renaud’s group had helped her stay in her marriage. When she was young, she said, relatives sexually abused her and made her look at pornography as instruction in how to behave. As an adult she needed pornography to be aroused with her husband, she said.

“I’m learning the correct way of intimacy and bonds,” she said of the group. “It’s learning what your spouse wants, his needs.” In her first weeks, she recalled, she struggled to avoid masturbation. “She’ll text me with loophole questions,” Ms. Renaud said. “I’ll say, ‘No, it doesn’t work that way.’ ”

“But I need to release myself,” Michele said.

“I’ll say, ‘O.K., pray about it,’ ” Ms. Renaud said. She added, “Distraction is a big part of recovery.”

Kelsie, the 17-year-old, also agreed to speak on the condition that her full name not be used. She said that she had been taught secular views about masturbation, but that Ms. Renaud's way made more sense.

She added: “You have to take into consideration what's best for the one you're going to be with. Say someday I'm married and my husband can't please me as much as I please myself. That'd be terrible.”

Telling victims of childhood rape that they need to stop thinking about their own needs doesn't seem to be particularly healthy solution. Nor does calling them addicts, for that matter. I'd suppose that if Michele wanted to stay in her marriage, she and her husband might get more benefit from joint counseling which addresses the assualts Michele suffered as a child, and how they currently affect her and their marriage. But then, I haven't watched part of "a DVD course in sexual addiction counseling from the American Association of Christian Counselors," so what the hell do I know?