Sunday, November 28, 2010

People Are Corporations, Too. Right? Right??

Corporate Profits Were the Highest on Record Last Quarter

 O.K. So could y'all toss a little over here in the corner. We got some sick, hungry kids here. How about grandma? Her check has gotten a little thin since her medicare co-pay went up. I got a 56 year old buddy with heart disease and no insurance. I know a dozen folks in their mid 20's lookin' for jobs. So, how about it? Y'all gonna let US in the game, or are we going to have to change the rules?

Toles: There is No 'Rest of the Trick'

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Willie Is The Man (One of them)

Same old Willie. Got to love him.

Willie Nelson Arrested for Pot Possession

'He said he feels great,' Nelson's harmonica player tells Rolling Stone. 'He lost six ounces.'

Run, Johnny, Run... 

Kentucky 'King of Pot' On The Run 2 Years After Giant Raid 
SPRINGFIELD, Ky. — With authorities closing in to seize 2,400 marijuana plants on John Robert Boone's farm two years ago, the legendary Kentucky outlaw vanished like a puff of smoke. The prolific grower has been dodging the law ever since, his folk-hero status growing with every sale of a "Run, Johnny, Run" T-shirt and click on his Facebook fan page.
Tracking down the fugitive who resembles a tattooed Santa Claus has proven as hard as "trying to catch a ghost" for the federal authorities canvassing tightlipped residents among the small farms in a rural area southeast of Louisville. Boone, who's trying to avoid the life sentence he would get if convicted a third time of growing pot, has plenty of sympathizers in an area where many farmers down on their luck have planted marijuana.
"That's all he's ever done, raising pot," said longtime friend Larry Hawkins, who owns a bar and restaurant called Hawk's Place. "He never hurt nobody."
 G/L, Johnny.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Doctor Will See You Now

What do you call an economist with a sense of humor?
Why, Paul Krugman, of course.

Austerity In Action

The New York Times

Dr. Krugman's blog is Conscience Of A Liberal at the NYT.

Word Games

ABL has a nice rant about, well, stoopit. Classic ABL and worth the read.

I left a comment and need to define one of the terms I used, Spongin:
The arcane sport of backwashing bong water through the stem of the bong. This is usually accomplished by making some obscenely hilarious comment at the apex of the toke and buzz. Distance is the determining factor in the competition, but points will be awarded for volume. Accuracy is not important as form is always weighted more heavily. Points are deducted for unburned weed that is expelled. Bong drop results in instant disqualification and forfeiture of the competitors bag. Most professional sponginers retire by the age of 25 due to lung disorders and work mandated urine tests*.

*(Many retired sponginers have reported success using spongin techniques during these tests.)

I hope this clears the fog everything up.

*** Update:  (The "heads" of the largest international smoking organizations have, today, classified Spongin as a full contact sport. Respect at last.)

Friday, November 12, 2010

I Got a Follower, In spite of myself (Belated Thanks)

The Gentlewoman from Angry Black Lady Chronicles has her pic under the followers (Please ignore this shit) thing, and I thank her. Ego sucks. She has a great blog, and as of now, is guest posting at Balloon Juice, but she's bein' real so...

So, a belated thank you to the ABL, damn, I wish I drank PBR. (It's that asshat thing, again)

Y'all check out Matt Taibbi, he's on our side. What we don't know can get us river front property, under a bridge.

I Got the Answer!

Well, I did. Have. Fucking rethugs is sneakin' around here stealin' my answers. Y'all see 'em? Got to be here, somewhere. Don't matter what the assholes McCainites say, the answers is here and it don't take a lot of blood letting to find them. Pain caucus, my skinny white ass. These asshats (see I used it) don't know pain from a bad blowjob. (Is blowjob supposed to be one word?).

It ain't contrary that has got us to this point, it's hate. It ain't just hate, it's hatin' the wrong peeps. One another. 99% of US are getting dealt down by the other 1%, but we love Bill and Warren and Carly and Lloyd and LeBron and KO and Oprah and Lilo and I'm getting the shits from this. But we hate the poor fuckers who have to get by on "public assistance", or unemployment, or lose their home, or have any other normal life threatening situation that we would prohibit our pets from having to endure. To paraphrase Gandhi, I like America, but I don't like our Americans. A little charity is tax deductible will go a long way.

Thank you, Sally Kohn, and Willa!

This is something I can agree with. From Movementvision., here is Willa Hansen-Kohn:

Repeat After Me

Despite the purported insanity and impending doom stalking us all, I would like to be totally miscreant in my outlook tonight. Some folk would call me loaded. They would be presumptuous, if correct.

Ya see, I got these two sons I really like and don't deserve and they got five kids, too. We all get along like a bunch of ho's at a crack party, so that ain't the subject here. What I mean to do is talk about my youngest son and a little change in the world that might not fit in with the we're all gonna die crowd.

He's a big guy, a weight lifter and a cook at a retirement home. One of the kindest people I have met. He will turn 23 when I post this on 11/12/2010. He will drive an hour and a half and work 12 hours. Then he will go home to his girl and 2 sons, maybe get in an hour of WOW. If you read this, Happy Birthday, son.

I know many other young folks with the same level of commitment as Travis. It ain't time to go all Apocalyptic, yet. I believe in these people because they are better than me.

Repeat after me:  
This means we have succeeded. Our children are better than us.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Just Because We Need It

Just another hero from my youth. Now we call him Yusuf. Got to love him and that Carter boy, Jimmy.

Midterm Mystery

The Angry Black Lady has a spirited post concerning the Midterms which I don't pretend to understand much of. This is my fault. Much of her spectacular prose concerned some uppity dicks on television and we don't get TV here (out of choice). My ignorance almost pains me, but not enough to fucking do business with that English dude who owns most of American television. Beyond that, she tries to point out that the difference between dems and rethugs is...that we're different. This is not a facetious point, it is the point. Only rethugs look the same if you stand them all on their heads. (I should have been able to work asshat in here. Another failure for public education.)

But, to the point of this pitiful exercise in techno-stupidity, I did steal this cartoon from the ABL (hey, she can steal it back anytime). Far too many morons have dsl and a keyboard.

Now, wasn't that worth the bullshit you had to read?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ephphatha Poetry - Tim Wise

I am re-posting this article from Tim Wise originally posted on Ephphatha Poetry. If you have to ask why, go away.

"Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black" - Tim Wise

Let’s play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way it’s played is simple: we’ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure - the ones who are driving the action - we’ll envision black folks or other people of color instead. The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of color, rather than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins.

So let’s begin.

Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protester — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were Arab-Americans? Because, after all, that’s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country’s political leaders if the need arose.

Imagine that white members of Congress, while walking to work, were surrounded by thousands of angry black people, one of whom proceeded to spit on one of those congressmen for not voting the way the black demonstrators desired. Would the protesters be seen as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions, or as an angry, potentially violent, and even insurrectionary mob? After all, this is what white Tea Party protesters did recently in Washington.

Imagine that a rap artist were to say, in reference to a white president: “He’s a piece of shit and I told him to suck on my machine gun.” Because that’s what rocker Ted Nugent said recently about President Obama.

Imagine that a prominent mainstream black political commentator had long employed an overt bigot as Executive Director of his organization, and that this bigot regularly participated in black separatist conferences, and once assaulted a white person while calling them by a racial slur. When that prominent black commentator and his sister — who also works for the organization — defended the bigot as a good guy who was misunderstood and “going through a tough time in his life” would anyone accept their excuse-making? Would that commentator still have a place on a mainstream network? Because that’s what happened in the real world, when Pat Buchanan employed as Executive Director of his group, America’s Cause, a blatant racist who did all these things, or at least their white equivalents: attending white separatist conferences and attacking a black woman while calling her the n-word.

Imagine that a black radio host were to suggest that the only way to get promoted in the administration of a white president is by “hating black people,” or that a prominent white person had only endorsed a white presidential candidate as an act of racial bonding, or blamed a white president for a fight on a school bus in which a black kid was jumped by two white kids, or said that he wouldn’t want to kill all conservatives, but rather, would like to leave just enough—“living fossils” as he called them—“so we will never forget what these people stood for.” After all, these are things that Rush Limbaugh has said, about Barack Obama’s administration, Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama, a fight on a school bus in Belleville, Illinois in which two black kids beat up a white kid, and about liberals, generally.

Imagine that a black pastor, formerly a member of the U.S. military, were to declare, as part of his opposition to a white president’s policies, that he was ready to “suit up, get my gun, go to Washington, and do what they trained me to do.” This is, after all, what Pastor Stan Craig said recently at a Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina.

Imagine a black radio talk show host gleefully predicting a revolution by people of color if the government continues to be dominated by the rich white men who have been “destroying” the country, or if said radio personality were to call Christians or Jews non-humans, or say that when it came to conservatives, the best solution would be to “hang ‘em high.” And what would happen to any congressional representative who praised that commentator for “speaking common sense” and likened his hate talk to “American values?” After all, those are among the things said by radio host and best-selling author Michael Savage, predicting white revolution in the face of multiculturalism, or said by Savage about Muslims and liberals, respectively. And it was Congressman Culbertson, from Texas, who praised Savage in that way, despite his hateful rhetoric.

Imagine a black political commentator suggesting that the only thing the guy who flew his plane into the Austin, Texas IRS building did wrong was not blowing up Fox News instead. This is, after all, what Anne Coulter said about Tim McVeigh, when she noted that his only mistake was not blowing up the New York Times.

Imagine that a popular black liberal website posted comments about the daughter of a white president, calling her “typical redneck trash,” or a “whore” whose mother entertains her by “making monkey sounds.” After all that’s comparable to what conservatives posted about Malia Obama on last year, when they referred to her as “ghetto trash.”

Imagine that black protesters at a large political rally were walking around with signs calling for the lynching of their congressional enemies. Because that’s what white conservatives did last year, in reference to Democratic party leaders in Congress.

In other words, imagine that even one-third of the anger and vitriol currently being hurled at President Obama, by folks who are almost exclusively white, were being aimed, instead, at a white president, by people of color. How many whites viewing the anger, the hatred, the contempt for that white president would then wax eloquent about free speech, and the glories of democracy? And how many would be calling for further crackdowns on thuggish behavior, and investigations into the radical agendas of those same people of color?

To ask any of these questions is to answer them. Protest is only seen as fundamentally American when those who have long had the luxury of seeing themselves as prototypically American engage in it. When the dangerous and dark “other” does so, however, it isn’t viewed as normal or natural, let alone patriotic. Which is why Rush Limbaugh could say, this past week, that the Tea Parties are the first time since the Civil War that ordinary, common Americans stood up for their rights: a statement that erases the normalcy and “American-ness” of blacks in the civil rights struggle, not to mention women in the fight for suffrage and equality, working people in the fight for better working conditions, and LGBT folks as they struggle to be treated as full and equal human beings.

And this, my friends, is what white privilege is all about. The ability to threaten others, to engage in violent and incendiary rhetoric without consequence, to be viewed as patriotic and normal no matter what you do, and never to be feared and despised as people of color would be, if they tried to get away with half the shit we do, on a daily basis.

Game Over.

Thank you to Sara and Brian.
This material was co-opted from

Thievery, Plain and Simple

Bryan Fischer at Rightly Concerned, "A Project of the American Family Association", shares his fast food opinions with us:

One human being is worth more than an infinite number of grizzly bears. Another way to put it is that there is no number of live grizzlies worth one dead human being. If it’s a choice between grizzlies and humans, the grizzlies have to go. And it’s time...

"A grizzly is a top-level carnivore; at times he will act like one," said Chuck Neal, author of "Grizzlies in the Mist," who lost a botanist friend to a grizzly attack this year. "People are a readily available source of high-quality protein. We eat too much and exercise too little. We're like a hot dog on two legs."
Yep, the problem is those pesky couch potato homo sapiens who just need to get in better shape. So they, what, can outrun a bear?...

Ms. Cart continues her angst-ridden piece by making a statement that is ludicrous on its face:
"With more bears and more people stuffed into the 22,000 square miles of bear habitat, something has to give, and no one here has a simple answer.”
Of course there is a simple answer: shoot these man-eaters on sight...

God makes it clear in Scripture that deaths of people and livestock at the hands of savage beasts is a sign that the land is under a curse. The tragic thing here is that we are bringing this curse upon ourselves.
 Fischer is stunningly stupid and inhumane, but the comments were a hoot. I am re-posting some of the "I almost pissed myself" comments. They were anon so they shall remain, though I wish I could take credit for a few of them. (This would be the theivin' part since I can't attribute these gems.)

11/10/2010 4:17:23 AM
In 2008 there were exactly zero fatal grizzly bear attacks in the US, while 28 people were killed by dogs. Can we expect you to advocate shooting all dogs on sight?
11/10/2010 1:14:36 AM
"This article certainly does point out just one of the many curses we very sadly are bringing on - full speed." You fools are inviting the bear curse. BEAR CURSE.
11/10/2010 12:39:23 AM
Thanks for opening my eyes to this epidemic of bear! I have heard that people are paying money to attend Bear vs. Dolphin fights and this is clearly our Awesome Lord's punishment for such heathenry! (sic)

11/9/2010 11:54:10 PM
This Bryan Fishhead guy is an idiot.If you want to stay all safe and comfy maybe you should stick to the petting zoo and stay out of national parks, where one of the main draws is the WILDlife.A curse indeed.The wingnut doofus curse.

1/9/2010 9:59:11 PM
I support the right to arm bears.

11/9/2010 9:42:43 PM
The #1 threat in today's threatdown: BEARS! Smoking kills millions of people a year. Therefore, tobacco plants need to be shot on sight. It's just common sense. Also, it is correct that shooting grizzly bears is scripturally mandated. Deuteronomy 34:1 reads: And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo. And there he saw three bears, grumbling about the theft of their porridge. And Moses unslung his Winchester Model 94, and shot the bears. And the Lord said unto him "Good shooting."

11/9/2010 3:31:38 PM
Christians pose a far greater threat to the survival of our planet than bears.

11/9/2010 3:07:11 PM
At least the bears aren't gay.

11/9/2010 2:26:40 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the new dark ages.

11/9/2010 2:13:02 PM
It's cute because you think that you're using your brain.

11/9/2010 1:16:33 PM
Did you mean to post this on The Onion?
11/9/2010 12:24:43 PM

11/9/2010 10:29:02 AM
Bryan, you crazy piece of right-wing bat-shite... If only a Grizzly or Killer Whale would get a hold on you and eat you, you might actually do some good in the world. You really are the worst person in the world.

11/9/2010 10:07:36 AM
As usual Mr. Fischer you are right on. This article certainly does point out just one of the many curses we very sadly are bringing on - full speed. We absolutely have to pray diligently that our awesome GOD will continue to Bless America and that more and more will wake up.

Damn, I thought it was the beer curse.  Drunk Old eyes.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

From TPMMuckraker:

A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order against an amendment to the Oklahoma constitution that would prohibit courts from considering Sharia or international law.
The Sharia ban passed as a ballot measure in last week's election, in a vote of 70 percent to 30 percent.

These jerks make me almost proud to be a Virginian, almost. We do have Cantor and McDonnell blotting our copy book. What are these people so afraid of? Last I checked, they were attacked by an American terrorist.

Is Bob Herbert The Smartest Man In America?

Bob Herbert says everything I ever wanted to say about politics in the NYT:

One of the most frustrating tendencies of mainstream leaders in the United States is their willingness, year after debilitating year, to embrace policies that have no hope of succeeding...

I don’t know if it’s the drinking water or the rarefied air at the highest reaches of government that makes so many of our leaders go loopy. Whatever it is, we need to put a stop to these self-defeating tendencies. The U.S. is in sad shape, and most of the policy prescriptions being tossed around by the movers and shakers are bad ones...

People traveling in the real world understand that the federal budget deficits are sky high because of the Bush-era tax cuts, the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the spending that was needed to keep the Great Recession from spiraling into another Great Depression...

As a society, we’ve lost our way, and there is no chance of getting reoriented if we can’t find the courage to make some really tough decisions about warfare, taxes, public investment, the crying need to educate all young people, and the paramount importance of gainful employment as the cornerstone of a revitalized America.
Great sacrifices will have to be made if the U.S. is to get its act together, and those sacrifices will have to be shared. We can start now, or we can wait and continue to fantasize about an eventual triumph in Afghanistan, or about cutting budgets with some magic cleaver until they’re finally balanced and all’s right with the world, or whatever other impossible dream is floated by the chronically dissembling political class to blind us to the real world.

The whole column is a great read.

Monday, November 8, 2010



From the lexicon of the Angry Black Lady:

twatwaffle, as in:
These dumb ass race-baiting twatwaffles with their faux concern-trolling and faux outrage...

From the Urban Dictionary
Complete idiot. Dipshit, assrod. You get the idea.
Bush voters are such twatwaffles..

asshat, as in:
"John Boehner: Stop using my dad's name as a punchline, you asshat," - Roseanne Cash.
From the Urban Dictionary:

One who has their head up their ass. Thus wearing their ass as a hat.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Public Eradication

The farm has kept me busy lately but I had to re-post this from the Angry Black Lady (remember this post?):

The Angry Black Lady is guest posting at Balloon Juice. Check her out. Good shit.