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I love a good rant Part II

Free circumcisions while you wait

Violet Socks:

This is what you get. It’s exactly what I said you would get. In one of those many, many posts in 2008 I wrote something like, “Obama represents the metastasization of the Republican cancer to the Democratic party.” People called me a racist for saying that. They accused me of being a wingnut racist Republican mole who was flinging mud to besmirch Obama’s name. Funny.

You know what else is funny? Nobody has ever apologized to me. Not that it would make a difference, but still. Not one of those people who accused me of being a racist and secret wingnut has ever said, “You were right about Obama. I’m sorry I called you those names.”

What they do instead is claim that no one could have known how Obama would turn out. He seemed like cream of Jesus on toast, so how could they know? Nobody could know! And as for the uncomfortable fact that a bunch of people, including me, seemed to know exactly how Obama would turn out and were saying so loudly in 2008—well, that was just coincidence. I’m still, according to this logic, a racist unfeminist wingnut on the Republican payroll whose 2008 rantings just happened, by sheer coincidence, to accord precisely with unfolding reality.

There’s more, but you have to go to Violet’s Smoking Lounge to read it.
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I love a good rant

No Dave, you're an idiot

Dave “M-m-m-my” Sirota via Lambert who got it from Avedon Carol:

[T]his time I can muster only one Cheney-esque response to the whole grotesque kabuki theater surrounding the inane “Future of the Democratic Party” debate: Go fuck yourself.

Evan Bayh and Third Way and The Democratic Strategist and the DLC and all the professional pundits and cable-TV zombies and D.C. spokesholes – all of you soul-raping corpses and shit-eating poindexters paid to appear on my television screen and scream at me about liberals ruining everything, please, I beg you on behalf of the silent irritated majority: Just go fuck yourself.

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Can’t he just eat his waffle?

You know things are running smooth in the Oval Orifice when you see this:

Axelrod says Obama will agree to extend tax cuts for wealthy

Axelrod Denies Obama Would Concede Tax Cuts

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She’s a contender now

Warning: This is another tedious post is about that annoying Sarah Palin and may induce headaches, nausea, malodorous sweating and/or fecal hemorrhaging in some people. Reader discretion is advised

The 2012 Presidential election will be between a Republican and a Democrat. Michael Bloomberg can spend every dime of his fortune running as an independent and he still won’t win a single electoral college vote.

Barack Obama will be the Democratic candidate unless he decides not to run. While I would love for that to happen I ain’t holding my breath.

Sarah Palin has a good chance of winning the GOP nomination even without the backing of the Republican establishment. Unlike Mitt Romney she can win the fundie votes and she’s already got the Tea Partiers locked up.

Ignoring Sarah Palin won’t make her go away. That might of worked two years ago but the misogynist frat boys on the left just couldn’t let her go.

She owes them a debt of gratitude. Without their efforts she would be a footnote to the 2008 election. She’s a player now.
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Armistice Day

Armistice Day

Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day) is on November 11 and commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. While this official date to mark the end of the war reflects the cease fire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire.

The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, to commemorate those members of the armed forces who were killed during war. An exception is Italy, where the end of the war is commemorated on November 4, the day of the Armistice of Villa Giusti. After World War II, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in the United States and to Remembrance Day in countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Armistice Day remains an official holiday in France. It is also an official holiday in Belgium, known also as the Day of Peace in the Flanders Fields.

In many parts of the world people take a two-minute moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. as a sign of respect for the roughly 20 million people who died in the war, as suggested by Edward George Honey in a letter to a British newspaper, although Wellesley Tudor Pole established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917

If you love freedom, thank a vet.

Thursday Morning: Another “Accountability before Austerity” post.

Paul Krugman was one of the many people who looked at the details of the Deficit Reduction Commission’s proposals and called the writers “Unserious People”:

OK, let’s say goodbye to the deficit commission. If you’re sincerely worried about the US fiscal future — and there’s good reason to be — you don’t propose a plan that involves large cuts in income taxes. Even if those cuts are offset by supposed elimination of tax breaks elsewhere, balancing the budget is hard enough without giving out a lot of goodies — goodies that fairly obviously, even without having the details, would go largely to the very affluent.

I have to agree with Krugman that these proposals are crazy but I am under no illusion that the people who want to avoid paying their obligations to the rest of us are going to pretty much get what they want.  We’ve seen this act before.  It would be a mistake to not take them very, VERY seriously. Continue reading

Overnight Open Thread

Applebee's Quesadilla Burger

I made the mistake of reading Time’s Top 10 Worst Fast-Food Meals and now I’m hungry again. I think I’ll run over to Applebee’s for a Quesadilla Burger and then pick up a McDonald’s Chocolate Triple Thick Shake on the way home. We don’t have an Outback here in town or I would get some Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries too.
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