When I got back from lunch, I had to go into a quick meeting run by one of the managers here, otherwise known as Captain Dipshit. He was giving a summary of a presentation he did on solving a particular issue. Long story short, he hated the first idea he had for a problem to be solved, but it turned out that the first idea was the best solution and it ended up being adopted.
“How ironic,” I said, with a hint of boredom.
Five minutes later, after the meeting was over, I walked by his desk. On his computer screen, he had Dictionary.com open, and was looking at the definition for “ironic”.
Taibbi thinks a deal was cut from the beginning between the White House and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries and that they never intended to have a public option. As both Taibbi and Maddow note it doesn’t matter what the Democrats do, they’re not going to get any Republican support for the health care bill, so wooing Republicans doesn’t make any sense.
From the Guardian, op-ed by Michael Crowley. Excerpts:
One year later, politics in America has indeed changed, but largely in the sense that the fury that liberals once directed at George W Bush has largely been transferred to the conservatives now raging against Obama. That much has been clear in the spectacle at this month’s congressional town hall forums around the country, where the debate over Obama’s healthcare reform plan has become a focal point for familiar themes of conservative cultural resentment.
The town hall events attracted gun rights zealots carrying handguns. Anti-abortion fanatics screamed at congressmen about taxpayer-funded infanticide. Anti-government ideologues, including the newly unemployed Facebook provocateur Sarah Palin, warned of socialism, the loss of “freedom” and technocratic elites allegedly plotting to decide which infirm Americans shall live and which shall die before what Palin has despicably labelled “death panels”. So much for common purpose and the grace to bridge divides.
To witness the mad, hysterical spectacle is to appreciate what has become increasingly obvious for months now: that despite the earnest hopes of the misty-eyed Obamamaniacs, things are not so different in Obama’s America. Indeed, we are witnessing the latest iteration of the long-running American culture war that Sullivan and others promised Obama would transcend…
Today, white men again symbolise the conservative resistance to a Democratic president. And with a black man in the White House, the racial element is even more pronounced. Think of the recent cast of heroes trotted out by the conservative message machine. Last autumn there was Joe Wurzelbacher – better known as “Joe the Plumber”, the Ohio voter who confronted Obama about his tax policies on the campaign trail. It was through this burly, working-class everyman that John McCain was finally able to crystallise a clear campaign theme, one which warned that hard-working, blue-collar Americans were about to be steamrolled by know-it-all elites with visions of a socialist utopia. Implicit in the celebration of Joe the Plumber, whether intentional or not, was also a racial contrast with the African-American Democratic candidate. In this sense, the message was cultural as much as economic, one that reached back to Richard Nixon’s appeals to the Silent Majority…
It was precisely because Obama recognised this explosive culture-war dynamic that he quickly intervened in the controversy, admirably seeking to turn it into a “teachable moment” by inviting Gates and Crowley to sit down for beers at the White House.But it was also in this context that the inexplicably popular Fox News host Glenn Beck, perhaps the most cynical demagogue of the moment, articulated the venal id of this new moment last month. Obama, Beck explained, “has exposed himself… as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture”.
Beck’s idiotic commentary may have been self-defeatingly crazy. (Several advertisers have since boycotted his show.) But as a general proposition, it’s hard to dismiss the notion that a carefully orchestrated white man’s cri de coeur is at last partly to blame for dragging down Obama’s agenda. The president’s approval ratings have been sinking steadily and public opinion is now turning against his healthcare reform plan. Polls reveal rising voter trust in Republican ideas on other issues, like taxes and the economy (although Republican approval ratings overall remain dismal). With a new political narrative in motion, it may be that such cultural resentments may lead Republicans to a strong showing in the 2010 midterm elections…
This website states, “One of the most dangerous ways homosexuality invades family life is through popular music”.
The website continues in saying, “There are multiple levels of Gay Music. Some bands are what we like to call Gateway Bands. They lure children in with Pop Grooves and Salacious Melodies leaving them wanting more. They’ll move on to more dangerous bands and the next thing you know you’ve got a homosexual for a child. We’ve taken the time to highlight the bands that are particularly Gay. Please take the time and dissect your child’s CD / iTunes catalog. If you find 3 or more of these bands in their collection it is time to take action. We Strongly recommend that you burn the CDs. Make sure your child is watching. Make sure they can feel the heat. It is crucial that the image remains emblazoned in their young minds. They need to know that if they continue to listen to these bands they may Burn eternally as well.”
I know what youre thinking, i thought it was a joke too. But ‘PasturDonnie’ takes this very seriously.
Here is the list of bands Donnie says to “watch out for”.
P!nK (gay family)
The Black Keys
School of Seven Bells (gay twins)
Death Cab for Cutie
Cold War Kids
Toby Keith (cowboy)
Kate Bush (kissed a girl)
Sigur Ros (nudists)
The Spores (endorse suicide)
The Butchies (lizbians)
The String Cheese Incident
Eagles of Death Metal
Tegan and Sara
The Grateful Dead (drugs too)
Marilyn Manson (dark gay)
The Magnetic Fields
The Village People
The Secret Handshake
The Rolling Stones
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Man or Astroman
George Michael (texan)
The Indigo Girls
Ted Nugent (loincloth)
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Corinne Bailey Rae
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Panic at the Disco
The Cure (makeup)
Britney Spears (kissed Madonna)
NoFx (gay punk)
Elton John (really gay)
The Secret Handshake? Oh donnie, you’ve just crossed the line.
“I don’t want to have to do this living, I just walk around. I want to be swept off my feet, you know? I want my children to have magical powers, I am prepared for amazing things to happen. I can handle it.”— Richard Swersey (John Hawkes), Me And You And Everyone We Know (via eunichick)
me:I have done more research on this subject than is probably healthy, but if you think you can just roll up and find it because you believe in California like a little kid believes in the easter bunny, I will be impressed and you will have $100.
what's not to believe in?
me:That California has everything. like you said, I don't believe in absolutes
C:it's not a matter of what i believe it's just that it has everything.
and i'm probably the wrong person you want to send on a scavenger hunt.
me:that is your faith telling you that, you have not quantified this in anyway.
C:or the exact right person
C:if you're really just interested in getting your sandwich.
me:You know I am
C:hahah i wouldn't be interested in your money. you might need to save it for gas, anyway.
me:Also. Specials don't count.
C:so what are the qualifications that i need to look for in the sandwich? bullet form, i can't read another narrative.
me:It needs to be somewhere that sells it on the record
C:go on does it have a style name? any signifiers? specific condiments? is the meat cooked in a certain way?
“He was saying Miss Katie the whole interview. Dude, why you talkin like that? It’s not the 1920s, you don’t have to speak to white women like that no more.”—Hannibal Buress (Discussing Katie Couric’s post-Katrina interview with Lil Wayne)
“A week or two ago I was chatting with Trevor and we stumbled into a breezy conversation about Third World development and dependency theory. To explain my point I dropped a little round ball reference: the Lakers want the Kings to try to build around Kevin Martin like he’s Kobe, because they know the Kings will never grow into contenders that way. They want the Grizzlies’ young core to fail because they can rape their greatest resources for a pittance in return. And the fans are strung along the whole way, struggling to subsist while waiting for that true shooting guard or seven foot shot-blocking center they just know is the final piece. I was pretty proud of the metaphor, and thought I might have smartly, meaningfully bridged the gap between disciplines. But Trevor just told me it was fucking stupid.”—Free Darko
I don’t know how widespread this has gotten, and it verges on mass email forwarding, but I enjoyed it and figured I’d pass it around:
I AM AN AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE SHITHEEL
this morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US department of energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the national weather service of the national oceanographic and atmospheric administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the national aeronautics and space administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US department of agriculture inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the food and drug administration.
At the appropriate time as regulated by the US congress and kept accurate by the national institute of standards and technology and the US naval observatory, I get into my national highway traffic safety administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the environmental protection agency, using legal tender issed by the federal reserve bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US postal service and drop the kids off at the public school.
After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the department of labor and the occupational safety and health administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to ny house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal’s inspection, and which has not been plundered of all it’s valuables thanks to the local police department.
I then log on to the internet which was developed by the defense advanced research projects administration and post on freerepublic.com and fox news forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can’t do anything right
The most beautiful woman in country music, with the most beautiful voice in country music, doing her own killer rendition of Rodney Crowell’s Bluebird Wine. Below is a video version of Crowell doing the same song from the Heartworn Highways film.
Life’s not a bitch. Life is a beautiful woman Your only call her a bitch because she won’t let you get that pussy. Maybe she didn’t feel y’all shared any similar interests Or maybe you’re just an asshole who couldn’t sweet talk the princess.
Heiruspecs is a live hip hop group out of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Who over the last 10 years have evolved into one of the tightest live acts on the hip-hop scene. Their latest self titled lp shows their sound maturing and looking toward the future while pushing the limits of what hip-hop can and should be.