August, 2009

i can haz vote?

By · Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 · 81 Comments »

It’s Women’s Equality Day! Did you know that? Today commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. I’m afraid it totally snuck up on me this year; I haven’t gotten my Women’s Equality Day cards out or even decorated my Women’s Equality Day tree. Today is also National […]

Blue Monday

By · Monday, August 24th, 2009 · 24 Comments »

Sorry, I’m in no mood to write a post. Instead, here’s some of the greatest goddamn blues in the history of the world: Did you hear those guitars? Did you hear that voice? Okay, now go back and listen again. Repeat as needed. It’s good, yeah? Yeah. Damn straight.

Paul Krugman says what everybody already knows

By · Friday, August 21st, 2009 · 29 Comments »

I like Paul Krugman, a lot. But his column today strikes me as a recap of what everybody (or almost everybody) has already figured out: Obama is Bush III, and the only progressives who still trust him are the ones with the indelible kool-aid moustaches. Obama has been a disappointment since he got in office. […]

MSNBC continues its slo-mo crash-and-burn descent to the gutter

By · Thursday, August 20th, 2009 · 52 Comments »

UPDATE: Hi, visitor from Wikipedia! Here’s today’s lesson in why you should never, ever trust Wikipedia articles! The footnote that brought you here referred to PUMA sympathizers “going so far as to make public real-life names, addresses, and telephone numbers of perceived rivals and/or adversaries, as on an August 20, 2009 Recusive Leftist post, where […]

The Willy Loman presidency

By · Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 · 21 Comments »

He just wants to be well liked: A White House official conceded today that Obama would have to weather anger from liberals for a while. More worrisome, officials said, was the growing belief that Obama’s brand is being tarnished…They believe that Obama’s favorability rating declines, largely from independents (and within that group, women), can be […]


By · Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 · 26 Comments »

I’ve always liked Barney Frank. Now I like him even more: Dining room tables aside, here’s what I’m wondering: Nazi? Nazi? This seems spectacularly crazy even for the already spectacularly crazy healthcare debate. It turns out the woman is a LaRouche acolyte. Ah. That explains the crazy. But what’s absurd is the game of hot […]

Fear of government

By · Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 · 60 Comments »

In one of our comment threads about healthcare reform, Elise brought up an interesting issue: Why do those on the left trust the government with this? It’s not a question of trusting goverment. It’s a question of using government for what it’s best at, which is managing shared resources and doing things which require society’s […]

White House official: “We have no idea what we’re doing”

By · Monday, August 17th, 2009 · 16 Comments »

“Sebelius Misspoke” says an unnamed administration official, no doubt speaking from an underground parking garage on K Street. According to Ambinder: This official asked not to be identified in exchange for providing clarity about the intentions of the President. Clarity about the intentions of the President? There is such a thing? And it’s being bandied […]

President FAIL

By · Sunday, August 16th, 2009 · 29 Comments »

It’s times like this I wish we had a parliamentary democracy. A vote of no confidence would be just the thing right about now. Instead we’re stuck with Opossum for the next three and a half years. Didn’t take long, did it? Two weeks of noisy town halls and batshit propaganda, and it’s bye-bye, healthcare. […]

Fifty years of black helicopters

By · Saturday, August 15th, 2009 · 88 Comments »

One of the things that annoys me about the healthcare circus is the claim by the White House that conservative opposition is based in racism. Yes, that is a White House claim, carefully and covertly fed to friendly media outlets: hence the spate of articles and blog posts simultaneously sounding the same note. It bothers […]