Archive for December 16th, 2008

The Fix-Mike’s-Retina Donation Post…Extravaganza!

Dec 16, 2008 in Energy, Uncategorized

As our loyal readers who hang on our every word know already, a few weeks ago Mike was the victim of a brutal mugging while taking out some cash at an ATM to go Christmas shopping for his family. As I previously noted, this happened in freaking Ft. Dodge, Iowa. Anyway, Mike got his hand broken and in the process of getting his head kicked in damaged his retina, requiring an operation.

As a result, Mike has missed a lot of work and now, even with insurance, faces some hefty bills in order to have this operation to save his sight in that eye.

We know we are a tiny blog with a readership strongly dependent on the people we know, fellow Iowa bloggers and various Republicans we’ve pissed off at some point. Yet we’re hoping that if we can get even 10% of our readership to throw a few bucks Mike’s way, it’ll ease the burden of his health care costs.





We firmly believe the Internets is for fighting and blowing off steam and saying all the things you can’t say at work or family functions, or even to your Republican fishing buddies. But we always do our best to help a friend in need, so we’re hoping a few of you can click on the Paypal button and spread the word.

Oh, here’s the operation of which we speak being performed on some other lucky chap.

So if you have two minutes and a few bucks to spare, please help save Mike’s eye.

-jb

UPDATE: America the beautiful:) Mike will be in surgery tomorrow and recuperating until Monday. We thank all friends, real and virtual, who are helping make his recovery easier.

Attempting to put the brakes on the Republican Blah-Sonovabitch Meltdown

Dec 16, 2008 in Barack Obama

While I hesitate to call Newt Gingrich a sane conservative, he does have a sense of the practical.

When rightwingers heard “Obama” in the same story as Blah-Sonovabitch’s arrest and swift downfall (I think he’s going to break a speed record on impeachment), they just couldn’t help themselves. In their defense, neither could the media, which continues to hammer at Obama spokesman for not talking despite knowing full well Patrick Fitzgerald has asked the Obama folks to hold back. Amazingly, while absolutely everybody knows Obama’s team wasn’t playing ball with Blah-go-already-ya-dirty-bitch, Republicans keep trying to fill the bottomless void in their party with more vague, “Questions remain! Please be more transparent and upfront in your innocence than we ever expected of guilty Bush or any of his corrupt cronies!

Now Patrick Ruffini is jumping in:

“It’s fair to say that any residual connections Obama may have with Gov. Blagojevich as a result of being an Illinois Senator are not the strongest part of our argument. I can understand the desire to go at Obama. But with Obama at 76% approval for the transition, our hits against him have to be clean hits, or they will blow up in our face.”

The sentiments expressed publicly by Gingrich and Ruffini are echoed privately by a number of Republican strategists who view the attempts to link Blagojevich and Obama as nothing more than a fool’s errand given the lack of evidence that the public sees any real connection between the two men.

Indeed, this is simply further testimony to the bankruptcy of the Republican Party and why they don’t deserve to be running things any longer. Not only are they irrelevant, but they are desperate. Like a sad-sack suitor leaving messages on an indifferent girl’s message machine, hoping the next plea will sway her heart, they only harden it and make the case to her that she should change her phone number.

Trust me on that one.

And as many a man will testify, the only answer is to let go. Rebuild your self-esteem, regain your mojo, and look at the world with fresh eyes. Blagojevich is seductive. Blagojevich can be put in the same sentence as Obama. If all your rightwing friends would join forces, you could repeat “Obama” and “Blagojevich” together a lot. Hell, you made people think Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden were sharing a bunkbed in Iraq…

You must let that big-titty blonde with the killer legs go, Republicans. Tuck your tongues back in your mouths and move on. She ain’t the one.

-jb

Bush keeps it real.

Dec 16, 2008 in Corporate shenanigans, Disappointing Dems

The champion of the CEO, all the way to the end.

The Bush Administration inserted an eleventh-hour provision into the $750 billion bailout bill to protect executive bonuses, a single sentence that will torpedo efforts to reduce bonuses even as companies slash tens of thousands of jobs and use taxpayer money to gobble up other companies at fire-sale prices.

Pressured by constituents who worried that companies would take government aid and continue to pay their executives eye-popping bonuses, Congress inserted a provision that would penalize companies who took taxpayer money and shelled out outsized bonuses.

But at the last minute, Bush officials insisted on a one-sentence provision that stopped the measure in its tracks, according to congressional aides who spoke to the Washington Post.

The change stipulated that the sanction would only apply to firms that sold mortgage backed securities to the government at auction, which the Bush Treasury Department said would be the method they’d use to infuse troubled companies with bailout cash.

“Now, however, the small change looks more like a giant loophole, according to lawmakers and legal experts” who spoke to Post reporter Amit Paley. “In a reversal, the Bush administration has not used auctions for any of the $335 billion committed so far from the rescue package, nor does it plan to use them in the future. Lawmakers and legal experts say the change has effectively repealed the only enforcement mechanism in the law dealing with lavish pay for top executives.”

They insisted. George W. Bush is never short on courage when it comes to protecting the most powerful and rewarding the richest. While the nation vomits over the prospect of CEOs being paid double-digit millions to lead their companies to financial ruin, George comes swinging in to the rescue, making sure they can keep looting their own sinking ships and escorting them safely to lifeboats.

Keep an eye out for Republicans who say, “George Bush who?” while applauding this measure. Things like this are why they loved him, why they thought he would bring us untold prosperity. And even while he signs off on these multi-billion dollar bailouts of his friends, Republicans will take away the small assurance that even when times were tough, George W. Bush was there to not only preserve the wealth of the wealthiest, but to make sure they profited even further from failure.

A special shout-out to brave members of Congress for wilting again against a lame-duck president with sub-30 approval ratings!

-jb