Archive for February, 2010

Teh funny.

Feb 05, 2010 in Politics

Wes Anderson’s Spider-Man:

See Fantastic Mr. Fox if you get the chance…

-jb

Bring on the hard stuff!

Feb 04, 2010 in Booze & or Drugs

Support the right of Iowa brewers to make something peppier than that 5% shit.

-jb

Facts don’t matter, Vol. 987234

Feb 03, 2010 in Politics, Racism

Limbaugh tries to claim Obama was an affirmative action case at Harvard Law. Does he have any evidence? Of course not, but Obama is black and Limbaugh is a racist asshole. Think Progress has the complete smackdown, including a testament from other members of the Harvard Law Review and an article from 1990. It shouldn’t exactly blow anybody’s mind that being elected president of the Review is the highest honor at Harvard Law, but like I said, Obama’s black, and Rush Limbaugh, one of the GOP’s most powerful leaders, is a racist asshole.

-jb

I submitted an entry for a screenplay contest.

Feb 03, 2010 in We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

Five pages of horror, the winner gets produced. See my submission here. They’re charging a dollar to vote, so I don’t expect any, but I’d appreciate any page views and constructive criticism.

Warning: Adult, graphic content. And yes, I’m very strange.

-jb

My heart bleeds for the mortgage brokers.

Feb 03, 2010 in Politics

Many have apparently forgotten but risk is a major component of what pointy headed academic types refer to as “capitalism”. Lenders took risks by issuing loans to people who had lower likelihoods of repaying their debts. When these people fail to make their payments and hit the road it’s time to rethink your lending strategies instead of looking for a government handout or ways to lay a guilt trip on those who stopped paying . I’m sure some of you think that throwing the keys on the table and walking away is an irresponsible thing to do but I don’t see the point in not admitting your mistakes, taking your lumps and moving on. Bad credit? Meh. It beats paying a $250K note on a $100K condo in Escondido for twenty plus years.

-mg

March of the neo-Confederates.

Feb 03, 2010 in Clueless Conservatives, Constitution, Culture, Politics

It’s difficult to reason with someone who doesn’t want to be a part of the United States, thinks homosexuals should be barred from teaching in public schools, and that contraceptives should be outlawed. Marcos makes the observation that 42 percent of the Republicans polled aren’t really patriotic and that they pretend to love America only when they approve of the president. It’s hard to dispute that assessment when you have evidence like the 39 percent that think that Obama deserves impeachment regardless of whether or not he has committed any crimes or the majorities who not surprisingly think he was born outside of the United States. And why not? If you believe that Obama is a Kenyan who won the election because of ACORN chicanery then it’s not too much of a stretch. How many elected officials actually believe such nonsense I don’t know. What is certain though is that if they don’t at least pay a little lip-service to the electoral fringe they’ll be excoriated for their lack of ideological purity by at least one of the Tea Party factions that are currently competing for the most appealing balance of paranoia, belligerence and self righteousness. But as long as they’re beholden to Tea Partiers and their symbolic interests the GOP will be hopelessly tethered to the same epithets and slogans that lost them that last few elections and they wont understand why because they honestly believe that thinking Obama is a socialist, stealth Muslim is a mainstream position.

-mg

Tea Partiers, man your battle stations.

Feb 01, 2010 in Clueless Conservatives, Corporate shenanigans, Economy

Wall Street needs your anti-government rhetoric, and Frank Luntz is here to tell you how to apply your newfound populism to protecting big banks and the inscrutable financial apparatuses that got us in this mess:

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that the bad decisions and harmful policies by Washington bureaucrats that in many ways led to the economic crash must never be repeated,” Luntz wrote. “This is your critical advantage. Washington’s incompetence is the common ground on which you can build support.”

Luntz continued: “Ordinarily, calling for a new government program ‘to protect consumers’ would be extraordinary popular. But these are not ordinary times. The American people are not just saying ‘no.’ They are saying ‘hell no’ to more government agencies, more bureaucrats, and more legislation crafted by special interests.”

The thing is, the teabaggers never were populists at all. They’re nothing more than angry Republicans who went apoplectic the day a man named Barack Hussein Obama was sworn into office, and the eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency were utterly rebuked.

A group adrift, ideologically bankrupt, unrepentant, they seized on the emergency measures drafted to fight the economic collapse that nearly a decade of Republican deregulation had merited. In 1999, the Glass-Steagal Act crafted after the Great Depression was revoked, a move championed by Republicans and signed by go-along-to-get-along President Clinton, and in 2008, unleashed financial chaos led to entirely predictable results. Being Republicans, they couldn’t fight that. In reality, they could do nothing more than wait to see what President Obama would do to correct the situation, and then attack every inch of it. While they were at it, they tacked TARP onto Obama as well, since Great Leader Dubya must be excused from responsibility for his eight year tenure.

So the Tea Party activists claimed to develop “principles,” but it was new and unsteady for them. The best they could come up with was that they were against, surprisingly after eight years of massive deficit spending by Dubya, deficit spending. And after Bush’s massive tax cuts which contributed to our massive debt, they concluded that they were “taxed enough already.”

Of course, they have no clear proposals on how to reduce any spending or fix the deficit at all. They’re against ending the tax cuts, they’re against requiring bills to pay for themselves, they’re largely against toning down our overseas adventures, they’re against the cost-cutting reforms of the health care bill.

But Frank Luntz knows who the Republican party is, and he’s geared up the propaganda to make sure Tea Party buffoons are properly educated to understand that they must never truly turn their rage against the real elites who are robbing them blind. Wall Street must remain deregulated. There’s been some loss of message control over TARP, but pinning it on Obama was a fair enough compromise (if you don’t believe me, scan the comments threads on any rightwing blog, including Common Sense Political Thought…there’s a bevy of revisionists there). Sure, it’s likely to result in another collapse in a few years, and Wall St. will proceed as if expecting to be bailed out again, but since the president is a Democrat, Republicans can block whatever he tries doing to fix the problem and then blame him for anything that goes wrong.

All that’s really important is that Republicans get back in office. And if they don’t stop reinstating regulation to keep Wall Street safe, what use will Republicans be to those who regularly fill their campaign coffers?

-jb