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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

So, Yeah… (Updated)

We’ve got the vote on cap and trade coming up, volatility in Iran, and a big fight brewing over the President’s health care plan.

Which is precisely why we’ll spend the next few days talking about yet another politician who can’t keep his dick in his pants.

The jerk disgraced himself, embarrassed his family, made fools of his staff, and put the GOP in a horrible position for these upcoming battles. Which isn’t to say that I thought his apology was anything less than sincere (I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on that), but that making the right decision in the first place would have been much nicer than a decent apology.

For anyone confused on the subject, refer to “Rules for the Elect, #1.”

Update: Originally, I was going to suggest that Sanford needs to resign his position and only left it out because I wanted this to remain kind of lightweight. But I do think that resigning is the right thing for him to do--and if he won’t, then removing him from office would be justified. Here’s why (and, yes, I’m letting someone else’s words do the talking since I think they got it precisely right):

And resigning from the Republican Governors’ Association chairmanship is not going to do it, and the reason is that there is a dereliction of duty here. I know there’s the titillation of the reason for [his disappearance], but even apart from that, he is the governor of the state.

The governor of the state is chief executive, and if there is a disaster in the state, and this guy is incommunicado, he is nowhere to be seen and he doesn’t transfer authority to his lieutenant governor who calls out the National Guard, you cannot recover from that. I think he doesn’t last a week in the office of governor.

Having the affair is bad enough, although not necessarily a reason to resign. Failing so dramatically to do your job as the chief executive of your state, however, is reason enough to say that he is not fit for the position. The term “bad judgement” doesn’t really begin to describe the ridiculous series of choices that lead him to go AWOL.

If he would spare his family even more embarrassment (and the people of his state the trouble of recalling him), then he should step down. Having shown such tremendous selfishness already, though, I don’t expect that he’ll see the honor in that path.

Updated Again: The funniest thing written about the Sanford affair.

...[O]f all the things we can now sadly say about the Governor, who among us would dare say Sanford doesn’t have game? Although he used that game for badness and naughty mistress email, fairness requires we recognize Sanford’s obvious talent for erotic verse.

In Shawn we trust.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Does the President Still Smoke?

Do I really care?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Your Obvious Show of Respect Displeases Me.

Senator Boxer is an idiot.

“Could you say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am?’ It’s just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title. I’d appreciate it.”

Sir and ma’am is the form of address I would use in the same situation (depending, of course, on the sex of the Senator).  It’s a sign of respect and politeness, not a sign of disregard. Her response is either born of ignorance, bitchiness, or arrogance--she doesn’t know better, she wants to bully him, or she really thinks she is American royalty. None of which is particularly endearing.

Because I was raised something close to right, I also say sir and ma’am in regular daily conversation because respect isn’t owed only to our political class.

Watch the video.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Very Small Comfort

These words from Eric von Brunn, as recorded on Foxnews, may be scant solace to the family of Stephen Johns, the security guard who lost his life in the shooting at the Holocaust Museum, but I hope that when they are read they do offer some small comfort to them.

“I cannot express enough how deeply sorry I am it was Mr. Johns, and not my father who lost (his) life,” Erik von Brunn, 32, said in a statement to ABC News. “It was unjustified and unfair that he died...”
[...]
“For the extremists who believe my father is a hero: it is imperative that you understand what he did was an act of cowardice,” he said.

And let us all offer thanks that the son did not follow in the father’s evil beliefs.

Some Days…

Some days are, indeed, better than others.

On this day, June 14, 2009:

  1. Swiss discovered, unhappily, that another dog was using her sacred pooping grounds. Disappointment was greatly diminished by the gift of a Greenie.
  2. Colorado was blessed with more rain and temperate weather…
  3. ...along with an impressive thunderstorm, a little hail, and, probably another funnel cloud. Since last weekend, we’ve had something on the order of eight tornados touch down around the area.
  4. I spent a beautiful morning driving up to Golden Gate Canyon park near Golden, enjoying the lush scenery. There is a scenic overlook in the park where you have an amazing view of what seems to be the entirety of the Colorado Rockies. If you’ve never been to Colorado, when you do manage to take the trip you should spend half a day hiking some of the paths in the park and then drive up to the overlook. It is, undeniably, one of the most beautiful sights in the world. The pictures on the state site hardly do it justice.
  5. And in the park, in a small, very private ceremony, we were pronounced man and wife. And I kissed the bride.
  6. Wedding bouquet courtesy of the generous and kind MM.

bouquet

Monday, June 08, 2009

Crazy Right Wing Bastages (Updated)

This comes from the usually politics-free pages of AutoBlog:

The far right wing of the American political spectrum has begun channeling its displeasure over the federal government’s involvement in the restructuring of General Motors into calls for a boycott of the company’s products. Reportedly spearheaded by right wing pundits and radio show hosts, the boycott would be a response to the U.S. government taking a 60% stake in GM in exchange for forgiving most of the tens of billions of dollars loaned to the company over the last six months.

Reading through the comments is educational. I hadn’t realized that the only reason that someone might be opposed to “saving” GM was because that person would like to see the country and Obama fail regardless of the cost to the nation. Philosophical and pragmatic worries about government involvement in private industry are entirely beside the point. Patriotic folks who care about jobs and the economic health of the company are well advised to tow the party line--even if it isn’t their party and even if it defies their principles and beliefs about what our government’s role should be when faced with failing companies (even ones as big as General Motors).

As I’ve said before, I’m not much for boycotts. But I won’t buy a car from a company that is being run like British Leyland back in the seventies. I also believe that our government at least twice overstepped proper bounds in dealing with the collapsing General Motors and Chrysler--first when the bailout plan under the Bush administration and second with the Obama administration’s handling of both GM and Chrysler in their bankruptcies. We could take specific points of contention, but that would be sidling past the point: I’m not skeptical about these deals because of Obama or any latent hatred of working class folks, it’s because I think the plans and our government’s involvement is bad for the companies, bad for the nation, and will ultimately be bad for the products.

Which apparently makes me a member of the “far right wing.”

Read the rest. And, remember: “dissent is the highest form of patriotism” is so 2007.

Update: Lotsa fringe right-wingers out there:

Fifty-one percent (51%) of Americans nationwide say they are now more likely to buy a Ford since that company did not take any bailout funding. Only 12% are less likely to buy from Ford.

There is an interesting political twist to the attitudes about buying GM. Currently, among those who hold populist or Mainstream political views, 46% own a GM car. But just 15% of those in the Mainstream are Very Likely to buy their next car from GM.

That’s a hell of a lot of fringe, indeed. I saw a picture of my mom in her 60’s leather hippy gear and it didn’t have that much fringe.

It was close, though.

Friday, June 05, 2009

So, Yeah, Anyway…

I just needed to get that out of my system.

Speaking of Our President (And His Little Stimulus Package)

Thank God they are ready to start quickly spending the money that they don’t have. I think they’re calling it the Recovery Act Implementation Plan. Go figure.

Phew. I was worried.

I mean, this slow descent into the Economic Pit of Doom was just killing me. Like tearing off those old school, bonded with Krazy Glue type Band-Aids, I say let’s get the pain over with as quick as possible so that We, the People can get on with fixing the damage this is going to cause.

And Speaking of…

...Well, no, that just seems unkind.

Anyway, speaking of something of which we weren’t speaking of, so to speak, I though that President Obama said he would stop rewarding companies who ship jobs overseas. Apparently I misunderstood, though. What he actually said was that he was going to encourage companies to ship jobs overseas.

For some reason.

Speaking of Pain (Specifically in Reference to the Penis)

This guy is a moron.


But thank God for entertaining idiots. Without them, the links my friends forward to me might be in really bad taste.

My Penis Fears the Dangers of Daggering…

..But remains opposed to blatant government censorship on principle.

Or, if it didn’t sound so (potentially) painful, it would sound like an awful lot of fun.

So there.

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