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04
Dec
10

Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. has the intellect of a gurgling infant

Nile Gardiner is a university educated man who boasts a doctorate in shit eating grins; he’s also a widely read columnist in the UK and a pundit on Fox News and NPR (a fair and balanced resume if I’ve ever seen one!). He is also, apparently, a blithering idiot.

On Thursday, Paul Krugman unleashed his righteous liberal fury at the Obama administration’s latest struggle with intestinal fortitude over the Bush Tax Cuts and the new-fangled freeze on federal pay raises. As a tribute to the man’s continued relevance, Krugman’s lament reverberated throughout the online echo chamber with liberal bloggers struggling to come to terms with it and conservative bloggers salivating at the prospect of further dividing and conquering the failing liberal tide

No conservative critic drooled more than Britain’s Dr. Gardener who managed to shout through the slobber proclaiming Krugman’s critique a watershed moment in the “liberal civil war.” His post, which is short on substance and long on Brit-con gusto simply points out that the American Left is engaged in escalating infighting because everyone is suddenly figuring out that Obama is not the ideologue that the Right always wanted him to be.

Of course, Paul Krugman, who’s intelligence and straight forwardness cannot be overstated, has been on to the dichotomy between Obama’s political image and his policy substance since, well, forever. Still, this is news to Dr. Nile, who is apparently as much an op-ed junky as I am:

There have been some scathing attacks on the president from high-profile traditional supporters. Recently New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote of “a spineless spiral” in reference to the Obama White House, while over at The Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson spoke of an “uninspired and uninspiring president”. But it is today’s piece in The New York Times by Paul Krugman which is by far the most damning.

There are a number of issues I have to take up with this fluffy piece of armchair analysis: One, in what universe is Maureen Dowd a “liberal” voice?  What sorry excuse for an analyst tries to claim that MoDo doubting Obama’s cajones qualify as news (even that lovable dunce Matt Drudge is in on it.)? I know he’s an ocean away and it must be tough getting access to our free press while he toils under the Queen’s yoke of tyranny, but did he just neglect to read every op ed written during the “Summer of Discontent?”

The reality of the situation is that Nile wrote a blog post that says nothing, which would be plenty milk toasty if it wasn’t wrapped in the sort of insufferable douche-baggery we’re used to reading from his pasty ilk. Observe the thesis of a genius:

While US conservatives are focusing on cutting the budget deficit, creating jobs, winning the War on Terror, and protecting the United States from dangerous treaties such as New START, America’s liberal elites are investing a great deal of energy fighting each other, and blaming the White House for, incredibly, not being Left-wing enough.

I won’t even bother to go through this business line by line and expose the brilliance of this sentiment; so let’s just remind ourselves that at this point in the Bush administration the conservative government had enacted massive, unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, and America was still sifting through the rubble of the worst terrorist attack in world history. This attitude that conservatives are somehow more serious about either the deficit or the war on terror is laughable, even more chuckles spring forth from the concept that Republicans have introduced a single substantive measure to bring the jobs back since the housing bubble burst.

Maybe Dr. Nile could benefit from reading more dispatches from Dr. Paul.

(Via The Telegraph)

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03
Dec
10

even john boehner aknowledges the republican party is full of shit

You have to take what you can get these days, folks. To have a top Republican like future House Speaker John Boehner acknowledge reality (even if only for a second) should give every Democrat strategist a raging boehner.

The Republican rallying cry behind extending the Bush Tax Cuts to the super-wealthy has so far been that the $200,000/$250,000 cap on tax cut extensions will seriously fuck with small business. This is, of course, ludicrous. Every economist in the world has touted the figure that only 3% of small businesses would be effected by the necessary tax hike; the Republican response to this reality: just don’t mention in that much.

That may have changed with this (sort of) concession from the tan man from Ohio in a conversation with Bob Schieffer:

BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you quarrel with that figure [3% of small businesses being effected]? Is that a right figure or a wrong figure?

BOEHNER: Well, it may be three percent, but it’s half of small business income. Because, obviously, the top three percent have half of the gross income.

Last quarter, American corporations boasted record profits, while the most recent job report found that only 39,000 jobs trickled down to the masses, raising the funemployment rate to 9.8%. At some point we have have an adult conversation about how insane it is to argue that giving money the government doesn’t have to wealthy dicks in the blind hope that they’d spend it on employing folks is, as Rahm Emanuel might say: fucking retarded.

While Michael Steele and John Boehner have continued to roll back from that comment, the substance of their acknowledgment should (keyword: should) provide for some nice fodder for the Good Guys in this debate. I mean for chrissakes even the wealthy are telling us that they’re not using that saved money on employing people.

(Story via The Plum Line)

03
Dec
10

I would go gay for Barney Frank

To the blubbering gastropods that make up the silent majority in flyover country, Nancy Pelosi may be the second coming of Satan in snazzy pant suits; but the vile bile relegated to her is nothing compared to the special circle of online comment hell withheld for Barney Frank.

That cantankerous teddy bear from the Socialist Republic of the American Nativity has proven over the course of his lengthy career to be one of the funniest and most politically honest of the major players on the Hill. His consistent willingness to say and do whatever the fuck he thinks is the right thing in the most blustery and outrageous ways may not make for great publicity, but man oh man does it make for great CSPAN.

Today on MSNBC the Barney Frank Straight Talk Express ran a truth train on… Barry Obama’s seemingly spineless posturing on the Bush Tax Cuts. Providing probably the most concise and persuasive argument for the right move for the country and for the party politics, Frank laid it out like Charlie Rangle at his beach villa:

I think [the Republican hard line stance on the Bush tax cuts] so undercuts their argument against unemployment compensation and their pretense that they care a lot about the deficit, they put deficit production behind helping wealthy people…

Well, it might not be the 11 dimension chess that Obama’s playing, but dammit it sounds like a great start to revising how we’re going to deal with the cackle of rads that just waltzed into the House…

(Story via The Hill)

 

15
Oct
09

tonight… we are all DEVO

Earlier today I wrote up a little bit that I thought neatly summarized the lunacy of the right wing response to baby gormandizer Rush Limbaugh’s big NFL rejection. As it turns out, that “little bit” isn’t even the tip of the insanity iceberg… that tip would come here.

Noted journalist and leading political commentator “tsquare” posted this on America’s “leading” “right of center” blog. Under the ostentatious banner of “Tonight… we are all Rush Limbaugh,” and ending with a famous quote from Pastor Martin Niemöller about the Holocaust, the article goes from whiny, to batshit crazy, to downright offensive all in about 300 words.

With all the class and elegance of a self-righteous teenager, “tsquare” rails on about “the enemy” of Rush and “this great nation,” those on the left who have come to steal his “dreams.” The best line is this one:

We all have our dreams in life… such as they might be. Rush dreamed of being an owner in the NFL.

No wait, never mind, the funniest line is someone else’s (placed in this context, of course)  You know this quote:

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

It’s from Pastor Niemöller, it’s about the Holocaust. Of course, we’re not really talking about humanity’s nadir, the death of seventeen million people, the unparalleled repression of human rights or the conquest of the most densely populated continent on earth, we’re talking about a controversial multi-millionaire media gadfly not getting to partially own an NFL franchise. You people are animals.

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08
Oct
09

you know, if you say “gullible” lots of time really fast it sounds like “dullard”

A conservative blogger and now, a major conservative publication are reporting that Bill Ayers has admitted to ghost-writing Barack Obama’s book Dreams From My Father.

Wikipedia had this to say:

Wishful Thinking” is a song by English pop group China Crisis, included on numerous “Best of” compilations as well as their 1983 album Working with Fire & Steel: Possible Pop Songs – Volume 2.

It reached #9 in the UK charts in early 1984, becoming their only top 10 hit single in that country.

Great tune too:

05
Oct
09

Jay Rockefeller & Ron Wyden, you guys are alright!

So, now that it seems as though the hour of the public option is upon us, it’s refreshing to hear some Senators are taking this thing seriously enough to be sticklers about keeping the comprehensive in comprehensive health care reform. That’s exactly what all around great guys Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. VA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) are doing and we should be appreciative of that fact even though the Washington Post is saying that their whole wait-till-we-hear-everything-out-before-we-vote strategy could “The Obama White House scrambling to regroup.”

Give em hell Ron ‘n’ Jay.

25
Sep
09

are the Blue Dogs transmogrifying into human beings?

Sometimes I wonder, guys. Actually, I generally never wonder because conservative members of an already way too centrist party are guaranteed turds, but they might (just might!) not ruin this generations one chance to fix our broken health care system. The Huffington Post is reporting that the Blue Dogs are about “evenly split” as to whether or not would kill the public option. Appearently their top priorities are not moviong faster than the Senate (zah?), keeping the price tag under $900 billion, and getting the military up to Universal Soldier standards.

Read the HuffPo story here.