December, 2009

Goodbye to the worst decade ever

By · Thursday, December 31st, 2009 · 40 Comments »

Here in the Smoking Lounge we’re seeing in the New Year with a bottle of Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut and a Lindt 70%-cocoa chocolate bar. We’re also bidding farewell to the old year and the old decade, which totally and completely sucked. Noteworthy features of the decade which we are happy to see the back […]

I’m doing my part to hold down health care costs

By · Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 · 73 Comments »

I am one with the zeitgeist. Reading Bob Herbert’s column today, I realized that I am already living the cost control provisions in the Senate healthcare bill. Herbert explains that the excise tax in the Senate bill is designed to control costs by limiting people’s access to healthcare. The so-called “Cadillac” plans that the tax […]

Post-Christmas stupor open thread

By · Sunday, December 27th, 2009 · 58 Comments »

We had our Christmas yesterday (the 26th) and it was wonderful. Now I’m so tired the top of my head feels numb. I get like this every year: after the big day is over, I’m just drained. All that hot glue and sewing and wrapping and preparing. And then I’m just done. Absolutely roasted. So […]

Christmas Eve marathon open thread

By · Thursday, December 24th, 2009 · 27 Comments »

We’re into the final stretch! I’m still working on my mother’s gift, and the stuff FINALLY arrived today that I need to make my sister-in-law’s gift, so I’ll be up for hours. Actually I’m kind of afraid I’ll be up all night. The lonely Christmas Eve of the last-minute crafter. I have the Weather Channel […]

I only turn on the TV once a year. You’d think there would be something on.

By · Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 · 20 Comments »

Greetings, people of the world. (Or people who read my blog — not quite the same thing. Though there is the President of Finland.) I’m sitting here in my study, quietly working away on the Christmas gift I’m making for my mother. I have the TV on for company, which is something I only do […]

The real competition is for campaign contributions

By · Sunday, December 20th, 2009 · 34 Comments »

Tip of the hat to lambert for finding this absolutely brilliant essay: Understanding Obamacare. You need to read the whole thing, carefully, but I’m going to quote the first nine paragraphs here. Yes, nine whole paragraphs, because every one of them words rang true and glowed like burning coals, man. It’s rare to see the […]

Abortion restrictions violate women’s Freedom of Religion

By · Sunday, December 20th, 2009 · 48 Comments »

There’s an arresting passage in Riverdaughter’s post about the abortion restrictions in the healthcare bill: With anti-abortion measures, women are not just subject to the state, they are forced to recognize a religious presence in their lives whether they have faith or not. Men do not need to recognize any faith. They are allowed complete […]


By · Saturday, December 19th, 2009 · 41 Comments »

I’m putting this up in case anybody wants to say anything about the healthcare anti-woman shit train. Anti-human shit train, really; just a heavier load for the wimmins. Anyway, I’m too goddamn tired to write a post. Whatever. Fuckers.

A fair deal for every American

By · Friday, December 18th, 2009 · 71 Comments »

That’s what the Justice Party is about: a fair deal for every American. Whether you’re rich or poor, male or female, black or white or brown or beige — no matter who you are, you deserve a fair deal. All of us do. Not just the bankers and the fat cats and the Village Idiots […]

Dr. Socks briefly emerges from joyous Christmas preparations to snark on the state of our national discourse

By · Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 · 31 Comments »

Putting down my hot glue gun just long enough to quote Glenn Greenwald: Of all the posts I wrote this year, the one that produced the most vociferious email backlash — easily — was this one from August, which examined substantial evidence showing that, contrary to Obama’s occasional public statements in support of a public […]