Fix it!

Obama’s oil spill critics, shorter version:

I’ve come to the conclusion that many people believe that the Presidency is a magic wand. “What do you mean, we don’t have a team of underwater commandos ready to plug holes in the ocean floor?!? What are my tax cuts paying for?? Also, smaller government!!”

Bonus – As others have noted, Karl Rove calling this “Obama’s Katrina” is hilarious, because it is his admission that the Bush administration’s response to Katrina was disastrous. Something which he denied for years. So Karl, were you lying then or are you lying now?

I know – Silly question. It’s both.

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Published in: on May 28, 2010 at 9:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Nostalgia Trippin

Who’s up for the Battle of the Planets intro? Me, that’s who. Go G-force!

Published in: on May 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Song of the Day

The one time I heard this mashup on late-night NPR, the DJ expressed his reservations about playing it, but ultimately enjoyed it too much not to share. There is something a little wrong and a lot right going on here. Music starts 30 seconds in.

Published in: on May 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Election Night

This will be my only nod to today’s election, since I haven’t been following it as closely as others.

(Hat tip, Michael Scherer)

Published in: on May 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

We Are All Socialists Now

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David Frum is a conservative apostate on a heroic quest to get other conservatives talk and act like grownups. But as this debate with Jonah Goldberg demonstrates, he may be speaking at a frequency that the rest of the right wing just can’t hear. Frum makes quick work of Goldberg, showing how he has comically expanded his definition of Socialism to include everyone to the left of Reagan.

Goldberg, you may recall, is the author of Liberal Fascism, which features a smiley face with a Hitler moustache on the cover. Because nothing screams “Hitler!” like expanding access to affordable healthcare.

Update:

Matt Yglesias weighed in on his name being invoked by Goldberg. They really aren’t fond of each other:

If you read the post in question, which was written in September of 2008, you’ll see two things. One is that the phrase “massive socialism” was used ironically. The other is that in the intervening 18 months, Barack Obama quite clearly has chosen not to attempt to seize the opportunity I was outlining. When faced with this kind of thing, one is initially tempted to ascribe to the dishonesty of one’s opponents but it’s pretty clear if you follow the Goldberg ouvre over the years that he really is this dumb.

Published in: on May 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

John Stewart on the KSM Trial

As usual, The Daily Show said it better.

Published in: on May 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s quiet….Too quiet.

Wrenched my back, then had to do a reading today. So not much in the way of posts. You’re crushed, I can tell.

More tomorrow. Pinky swear.

Published in: on May 3, 2010 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Song of the Day

Going out to Moorpark Park to look at dogs, then working until late tonight. In the meantime – Joe Jackson.

Published in: on May 2, 2010 at 10:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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Ben Franklin on Immigration

It’s worth noting that there’s a long and distinguished history of xenophobia in America. Here’s Ben Franklin on German immigrants:

“Those who come hither are generally of the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation…and as few of the English understand the German Language, and so cannot address them either from the Press or Pulpit, ’tis almost impossible to remove any prejudices they once entertain…Not being used to Liberty, they know not how to make a modest use of it…I remember when they modestly declined intermeddling in our Elections, but now they come in droves, and carry all before them, except in one or two Counties…In short unless the stream of their importation could be turned from this to other colonies, as you very judiciously propose, they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not in My Opinion be able to preserve our language, and even our Government will become precarious.”

Published in: on May 1, 2010 at 10:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Money Where My Mouth Isn’t

I just passed on an opportunity to audition to voice a negative political ad for an anonymous Republican candidate. Thank god my agent was 100% cool about it. Not all would be.

Published in: on May 1, 2010 at 2:41 am  Leave a Comment