“This is the end of an era. Bartcop, one of the original liberal bloggers, died this morning of flu, pneumonia and leukemia. He inspired many of us, and left a legacy of hard hitting yet humorous funny as hell attacks on Republicans. I’m still stunned by the news, but the one thing that sticks out is, he was the first (and maybe the best) blogger for running Photoshop memes.
Barack Obama is a weakling, mom jeans wearing apologist for American exceptionalism whose multiple failings and incompetencies caused Americans to needlessly die in Benghazi, continues to cause tens of thousands of deaths in Syria, and so abetted the Russian (Soviet???) invasion of Ukraine.
He is also a ruthless authoritarian dictator coming to take your guns, lock you up in reeducation camps who sends his jack booted thugs in the IRS to abuse your rights and liberties if you espouse any political point of view he doesn’t like, all in the name of imposing Obamacare and its socialist nightmare on the freedom-loving American people.
“It started with Benghazi. When you kill Americans and nobody pays a price, you invite this type of aggression.”—
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC).
1. How exactly is the Ukraine crisis linked to the killing of Americans? I mean, as rough as the situation in the Crimea is, it’s not even clear the Russians have killed any Ukrainians, much less Americans. (Ukrainians have clearly killed Ukrainians, as happens, tragically, in revolutions/coups/civil unrest and instability.
2. How in the left corner of hell is this guy on the US Senate? I know he’s worried about his forthcoming primary, but seriously: I know a lot of smart people who live in South Carolina. I’m even related to a few. Sometimes truth needs to win.
So, the following letter appeared in my local paper yesterday. It’s quite a thing. I am hoping it is satire gone awry. But my heart tells me it isn’t:
I visited Yellowstone National Park last summer and was appalled by the utter waste of resources that it was. There are artificial economic protections in place that the federal government shoves down the throats of the American people. The federal government should get itself out of Wyoming and let the market dictate how we use Yellowstone. Yellowstone is already super-saturated with tourists, yet the amount of people who can stay there is artificially limited through government regulation such as two-lane roads, sparse lodging, limited campsites, etc.
We should open Yellowstone to private ownership and investment. The trees can be harvested and turned into timber. The animals that are freely roaming and rarely seen can be put into zoos for more people to enjoy. There are hundreds of geysers and springs that can be utilized as attractions for resorts. Since there are already many tourists, it would not be difficult to convince investors of the profitability of following a Branson or Wisconsin Dells model in Yellowstone. People get vacations and investors make money. It’s a win-win deal. There is vast economic potential in what is presently under tragically shortsighted federal management.
Apparently, someone missed the memo about what the National Parks are for….
“So far as violating sovereignty is concerned, Russia would point out that the U.S. invaded Panama to arrest Noriega, invaded Grenada to prevent American citizens from being taken hostage (even though they had not been taken hostage), invaded Iraq on spurious grounds that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, targets people in other countries with drones, etc., etc. In other words, for the U.S. to preach about respect for sovereignty and preservation of territorial integrity to a Russian president can seem a claim to special rights not allowed others.”—Jack Matlock, pointing out that if it’s good for the goose …
1. The United States effed up the war in Afghanistan in uncountable numbers of ways. In so doing, it managed to eff up Afghanistan even more than it was before the invasion.
2. The “leaders” of Afghanistan have exploited the United States’ uncountable failures to enrich and empower themselves while abusing the Afghan peoples. They have effed up Afghanistan on top of the Americans’ effing up of Afghanistan.
3. Effed up + effed up does not equal victory no matter how many times the Bushies and the Obamanoids claim that it does.
4. Plus, it’s not effed up + effed up. It’s effed up TIMES effed up.
China only has one time zone. So 9 am in Shanghai is 9 am somewhere in the far western desert.
The thing is, China is about as wide as the continental United States — which has three four time zones. (Look: it was early when I wrote this. Forgive me.) Or, put another way, if we did it China’s way, American school kids waiting for the school bus at 7 am in North Carolina would have to wait at 4 am to feel like kids waiting for a 7 am school bus in Los Angeles.
yes: I know that is explained awkwardly. But you know what I mean. Which is the point.
See the problem? There’s no obvious counterfactual set of Obama policies that would better position the United States to handle Russia’s gambit in Ukraine.
The Bush Administration launched two major invasions and occupations. Its relations with the Kremlin were even worse than those between Washington and Moscow during some periods of the Cold War. Moscow concluded that it could get away with invading Georgia.
The Obama Administration normalized relations with Russia, bombed Libya–but not Syria. Moscow concluded that it can get away with invading Ukraine.
”—Dan Nexon making sense and using facts to decimate conservative arguments that President Obama must be firm and resolve to stop Russia’s invasion of Crimea with manly firmness …. (and yes, I meant manly firmness!). It’s really about Russia, not the US.
—Vladimir Putin, President of Russia —unnamed aide
Place: President Putin’s office, two separate Thursdays, two weeks apart
Aide: “President Putin! President Putin! Our buddy/client/fellow authoritarian kleptocrat in Ukraine has fallen! His government has collapsed! What should we do?
Putin: “With the Olympics going on next door? Nothing. But just for kicks let’s have the paratroopers train up, okay?”
Aide: “President Putin! President Putin! Protestors and ne’er do wells have occupied the presidential palaces! They’ve cracked open all the secret police and financial records! Oh, and as you asked, Yanukovych has arrived in Russia.”
Putin (in his best Montgomery Burns impression): “Exxxxxcellent. Release the hounds. But remember, they’re local paramilitary guys, right? We have no idea who is in charge … but they reflect the will of the Ukrainian people. That’s for sure.”
Given that the Tea Party (or elements of it) has already campaigned on crashing the global economy by reneging on the United States’ debt commitments, and asserting (in many cases) that the vicious crime of rape should be enfolded into the abortion issue as a point in favor of pro-life stands, I have been trying to figure out what the next double down crazy idea they’ll come up with might be.
I have now come up with a think on the matter. My think? Debtors prisons.
Think about it: they combine social shame with punishment of the poor, with the added bonus that once you’re in a debtors prison you can’t actually work and pay off your debts and get out. (This, after all, is why nations got rid of debtors prisons in the first place.)
Debtors prisons offer an antiquated, disproven and discredited approach to solving the problem of debt and personal irresponsibility. It’s perfect for the Tea Partyists …
The consequences of "song stuck in brain syndrome" ...
So as a child of the 70s — or at least as someone who was a child and teen in the 70s — I have a unique set of songs that get stuck in my brain. Sometimes it’s like it’s 1975 in there … and this is not always a good thing.
To wit, one of the great curses of my life is that The Carpenter’s song "Close to You" can get stuck in my brain and keep going … and going … and going. And going.
You can only imagine what my day was like the time I heard the song being played IN BELLS by the carillon in the parking lot at Governor’s State University, and I had to sit at a meeting all day.
Notably, the song even comes out of me at times as I spontaneously and sometimes quite unexpectedly break out and accompany the soundtrack in my head.
Which, while perhaps annoying to those around me, is nonetheless not the worst thing in the world. But it has unintended consequences.
To wit: at dinner last night, Toddlerprof (who is 2 1/2, mind you), sang the entire chorus of “Close to You.” Spontaneously. Without my having so much as breathed a note.
Even though the he said he didn’t want to do it, a judge in Seminole County, Florida, was forced to return a Glock pistol and a rifle to a blind man who won immunity for killing another man under the state’s “stand your ground” law.
Ah, Seminole County: home to Sanford, FL … of Trayvon Martin infamy. For that matter, Politicalprof was born there, at Seminole County Hospital … but we got out a long, long time ago.
“Last Thursday, I took my son to meet Lucia McBath, because he is 13, about the age when a black boy begins to directly understand what his country thinks of him. His parents cannot save him. His parents cannot save both his person and his humanity. At 13, I learned that whole streets were prohibited to me, that ways of speaking, walking, and laughing made me a target. That is because within the relative peace of America, great violence—institutional, interpersonal, existential—marks the black experience.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates, on taking his son to meet Lucia McBath, Jordan Davis’ mother. And remaining amazing on race in America.
The way discrimination could be tolerated was by extending freedom of religion to beyond an individual to include any organization. Re: Arizona government's online fact sheet on SB 1062. Is this legal/ constitutional?
Not unless the Supremes decide stuff like the Civil Rights Act is unconstitutional. And who knows with this these people?
“I have never heard of anyone testing out the safety of a gun by pointing at their head and pulling the trigger.”—
That’s Oakland County, Michigan Undersheriff Michael McCabe, who has now heard of precisely that. He’s commenting on what was either an accidental or intentional suicide, or the worst gun safety lesson ever:
The man’s girlfriend told deputies the victim had been drinking most of the day.
She told authorities that he had begun showing her how to use his three handguns and demonstrating how safe they were when they were empty, which he did by placing the gun to his head and pulling the trigger.
But remember, everyone: The fewer restrictions and regulations there are when it comes to access to firearms, the safer we’ll be.
On the edge of Baltimore’s woodlands, dozens of the city’s transients live in makeshift homes which they consider safer than homeless shelters. Photographer Ben Marcin has captured some of the Baltimore shanties in his thought-provoking photo essay, ‘The Camps’.
Tragically fascinating. If you look carefully, it’s surprising what you can see. It’s also clear how hard many of us work to “not see.”
U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun praised U.S. athletes for their performance at Sochi and said that the problem with US Speedskating wasn’t the Under Armour suits.
Politicalprof: Good to know the people responsible for managing the program and choosing the suits don’t think the utter failure of the US speed skating team to perform even moderately well was in any way even vaguely the fault of the people responsible for managing the program and choosing the suits …