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Over at No More Mister Nice Blog, the author comments on just how livid Democrats would be if Joe Lieberman was nominated to replace Janet Napolitano at the Department of Fatherland Homeland Security:

And though it’s a small step in the scale of things, it could also be the final straw, the act that finishes the job of alienating the liberal base that worked to elect Barack Obama twice.

Um, just out of curiosity, what was it the so-called “liberal base” saw in Obama in the first place that led them to believe he was one of them?  It’s like putting the first piece of a complicated piece of Ikea furniture together incorrectly and then, halfway through, looking at a badly constructed sideboard and a pile of wooden pegs and cam screws. (No particular reason for this metaphor, why do you ask?) Nothing fits and you have to take it all apart and start over.  It’s frustrating and maddening.  Obama didn’t fit from the very beginning.  But I suspect that only people who actually understood what “liberal” means realized that.


In other news, my basement walls are exposed after demolition of the damaged and mildewed paneling.  As expected, the previous construction was shoddy and the walls uninsulated.  Now that the concrete block is exposed, I get to spend the weekend cleaning, waterproofing and sealing the suckers up so the room can be rebuilt and finished next week.

It’s a lot more fun than I make it sound.  Really, it’s a field day.  I can’t think of anything I like more.  In fact, I would be completely selfish to keep all this DryLocking pleasure to myself, so if you’re in the Pittsburgh area, by all means, bring your nappy roller and masonry brush and join the fun!  No, no, don’t thank me.  It’s the least I can do.


And here’s a picture of my local mall:


If you are a fan of horror movies, you might recognize this place as the location of one of George Romero’s zombie movies.  Yes, this is THAT mall.  Well, it’s been 40 odd years since the zombies moved to Pittsburgh and at first there was a lot of local prejudice.  It was hard to make friends with them, they seemed to have their own night culture and, ok, they smelled.  But gradually, over time, they started to assimilate.  There were a few human-zombie romances that ended tragically but teenagers are all about melodrama, am I right? These days, it’s not unusual to see glassy eyed couples together.  And while brains cuisine kind of didn’t catch on, zombies have gotten used to putting french fries on their sandwiches.  It’s like they’ve always been here.


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  1. Continuing from below and other stuff:

    Nancy Pelosi is from a safe district, she could rock the boat and step on a few toes and still be re-elected. But that’s a two edged sword, she can do nothing and get re-elected. Am I wrong to expect an arm twister like Lyndon Johnson?

    Sitting around the break table Friday the mood is pretty dark. I’m in a union shop and the thinking is there won’t be a new contract, the straw being the Affordable Insurance Company Gift Act. I’m a Blue Collar guy and so are some of my friends and family we got the feeling we’ve been screwed over in favor of the Willards of Wall Street. If Bob Casey Jr wants a third term in 2018 our lot will have to improve. Not that voters will defect but they’ll just stay home. I wouldn’t take money on the 2014 elections either although the pundits are predicting GOP losses due to crazy.

    On shopping malls, do any out there have hitching posts?

    Remember the reality show Jon & Kate Plus Eight?

    The grocery store she would shop has one for the Amish customers. Things taken for granted when you live in Lancaster County.

    Joe Lieberman, that wouldn’t surprise me at all. To paraphrase Billy Joel when it comes to Obama: “He’s so good with the stiletto, you can hardly feel the blade”.

  2. The “liberal base” condemned themselves to perpetual irrelevance when they elected that little weasel – *twice*. Why should he, or anyone else for that matter, care about their “alienation”?

    He’s done with electioneering. All he cares about at this point is a relaxing and prosperous retirement, and he’s depending on his real constituency (insurance companies, banks, equity firms, telecom companies, etc.) to provide that. He’s certainly delivered for them, and they’ll be only too happy to deliver it.

    As for the hypothetical tantrums from the self-described Left, who cares at this point? They betrayed everything they claimed to stand for, standing idly by while this Administration committed war crimes, assassinated American citizens without any legal process, imposed a Stalinesque surveillance regime, crushed dissent (Occupy in particular), and sold out the New Deal for the benefit of corporate interests. “Liberal base”, indeed.

    They voted for a neocon in Democratic clothing, and now they’re going to be “alienated” if he appoints another neocon in Democratic clothing to head a Kafkaesque agency that should have been abolished on the first day of Obama’s first term? What did they expect?

    • Watch what you say about Obama and war crimes, I’m now Persona non Grata at one blog for comparing Obama to certain other war criminals.

      • Somehow, getting banned from a blog is pretty low on my list of hypothetical personal tragedies. 😉

        • I did, however, receive a pretty thinly-veiled threat of personal violence from a former-Conflucian-turned-Obot during the last election cycle on another blog. My reply offering my home address so he could give it his best shot was moderated into oblivion, alas.

  3. So, you’re near Monroeville? I suppose Al Monzo doesn’t run the town anymore, who’s the new capo?

    • Not sure. I don’t actually live there. It’s just the nearest big mall.

      • I must admit that my long-ago stint in Plum Borough was not a happy one.

        • My sister lives in Plum but we are originally from Braddock. Plum can’t be worse than Braddock.

          • It’s hard to imagine any town worse than Braddock. I’ve always thought that renovation by nuclear detonation would be an improvement. One of these days, someone will see the amazing potential of the Mon Valley and gentrify it with modern architecture and water taxis. You heard it here first.
            Plum is rather nice. My cousin lives there. I’m partial to Oakmont.

  4. I wouldn’t dream of depriving you of all that fun.

  5. I headed to Atrios’ place and saw that Thers had given her the title of Twit of the day. I had wondered when it had become the custom of calling someone whose opinion was likely right a twit. There are probably one or two misguided liberals left that voted Obama. The numbers on people who can’t see through the Democrats though appear to be dwindling. Lieberman is quite frankly useful because he’s a reminder to all those Democratic activists that the elite of the party don’t care what you think and have no problem using a third party to subvert you. But hey keep voting for them!

  6. Pshaw. At least they have quit making excuses for Obama and see him for what he really is.

    If I lived in the area, I would help you with the renovations because I like doing that kind of stuff. Good luck.

    • They might be waking up to Obama but they still don’t understand the fugue state the Democratic party put them in. They’re still buying the propaganda about the Clintons without thinking about how Obama got the nomination in the first place, how the most populated, liberal coastal areas had their votes suppressed in favor of big, empty rural states and how the delegate count was manipulated. They still won’t go there. Once they review that series of events, Obama, the “liberal” will look like the biggest fricking con job in history.
      But no, they keep spewing the propaganda like it’s on a endless loop. They know something’s wrong but they can’t figure out how they were used.

      • I think it had more to do with the fact that “Obama was against the war from the beginning” crap is why they were so easily manipulated. The latte liberals were obsessed with that vote.Of course, from what we know how Obama would have voted for the Iraq War and sounded like Joe Lieberman doing it. Now they want Russ Feingold to run against Hillary (if she runs) in 2016 for those same reasons even though they were fooled by Obama. From what I have read, Feingold ran a lackluster campaign for senate reelection and I doubt that he even wants a shot at president at this stage of the game. Then there’s always Howard Dean who could run. They are just throwing that garbage at the Clintons IMO to justify their own vote for Obama instead of admitting that they were fooled. I actually think the anti-Clinton stuff is their elitism showing. The Clintons are the “hicks from the sticks” in their minds and not good enough to reside in the White House.

  7. Every Democrat with a serious chance at the presidency in the past two or three decades has been a disappointment to liberals in many areas. That’s not going to change in 2016. Hillary Clinton backed the Iraq War and pushed for a flag-burning amendment. Her husband presided over the end of Glass-Steagall, and gave us DOMA and “the end of welfare as we know it.”

    But Republicans are fucking insane.

    So there’s your choice.

    • Yes, I believe this reasoning is how we got Obama. And how did that turn out?
      If given a choice between the present administration and a return to the Clinton years, most people would take the Clintons in a heartbeat.
      I don’t think the so-called “liberal base” gets it that they’ve been psychologically manipulated to reject the Democrat for the Tofu candidate who was secretly elected in a private hotel suite by a bunch of Wall Street wheelers and dealers.
      Those Wall Street backers got what they wanted with Obama and they specifically *rejected* the politician you keep accusing of being the sell out. You really need to sit and think about why you continue to spout their nonsense.

    • So, we would have gotten what with Hillary, 80%?

      What are we getting with Obama 40%?

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