And now I have a question for Ted Koppel

Ted Koppel takes down Bill O’Reilly

Good one, Ted.  It’s about time someone took that windbag O’Reilly down, once and for all.

However, there’s still one question I have that goes unanswered: who was behind this rot?  O’Reilly didn’t do it himself.

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Bachmann errs again

This morning she made a guess that out of control government spending caused Hurricane Irene.  No.  The answer is HERE.

How could she have missed it?  Think about it: she had a chance to pray it away and SHE DIDN’T DO IT.

Stupid of the Day Award goes to Michele Bachmann!

P.S. – Michele darling, pray tell what is causing the drought in Texas and all them naders in the upper midwest (including Minnesota)?

Turkeys Is Us

Where do they find these people?  That’s all I want to know.

What?  The Illinois Republican party.  (Where?  Illinois, presumably, although they never have seemed to be very clear on that.)  And who?  Bill Brady.  For what?  Governor.

For what, again?  Village Idiot.  Of an entire state.

Why?  Well, because we got rid of the last village idiot (Blagojevich) and I guess the Republicans have decided that even though one of their own (George Ryan) is currently in federal prison on corruption charges…well, that happened a few years ago, you see, so they’re okay.  They’re still better than the Democrats because the whole thing with Blagojevich is more recent.  So there.

Mind you, this is the same party that imported Alan Keyes from another state to run against one Barack Obama for the U.S. Senate a few years back because he was (1) blacker than Obama, and (2) a batshit crazy conservative in contrast to Obama’s oh-so-evil liberalism, which has since, in their eyes, morphed into socialism.

Remember how well that worked out?  Oh YES!  And so they’re trying it AGAIN!

Only difference is that this time they’re running their (locally bred) uber-conservative slack-jaw against an almost equally lame Democrat — Pat Quinn, the guy who inherited the governor’s mansion after Blags was forced to vacate, and is currently taking it on the chin for all the problems Blags and his predecessor created.  So the Rebibs have about a snowball’s chance in purgatory instead of hell this time.

What’s so bad about Brady?  Well, he supposedly has some expertise in finance, but spends most of his time railing against gay rights and promoting animal cruelty.  That is to say, we haven’t heard anything but uber-right-wing crap out of him.  Sound familiar?  You know, kind of like that former beauty queen up in Alaska who yammers on and on about ANYTHING but a real idea?

Does this mean that, if elected, Brady will resign halfway through his term?  We can only hope.

Anyway, here’s my take: having gotten rid of a Mob-type set-up in Illinois government, the last thing we need is to replace it with a Fox News government.  The state simply can’t afford it.

And to the Illinois Republican Party: this is probably just the first of many, many Stupid of the Day Awards.  Take a bow, assholes.

Oh, and another wingnut email

I got the wingnut email mentioned in the following article the other day and instantly smelled something very dead and very fishy.  Turns out I was right about this one too:

Who is J.D. Pendry?

So for all the wingnuts who fell for this one, please don’t feel left out.  You get the Stupid of the Day Award just like the Obama-phone bunch did.  Take a bow, wingnuts.

Wingnuts and Free Cellphones

I just got another hysterical, misinformed right-wing e-mail from a well-meaning wingnut, blaming Obama for the “Obama-phones.”  “WHAT THE HELL ARE WE WORKING FOR???!!!!” the email exclaimed, “YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING WASTED BY OBAMA!!!!”

What’s the fuss about?  Free cell phones (with very few minutes and lots of strings attached), for the poor.

Okay, I’m going to make this brief and to the point.  Read s-l-o-w-l-y:

(1) Various organizations and municipalities have been providing free cell phones to seniors for several years now.  Municipality=government=you’ve been paying taxes for this if you live in a town where such a service is offered.

(2) The business of offering free cell phones to the poor also started WELL BEFORE OBAMA WAS ELECTED.  The earliest link I can find is October, 2008, although this link indicates the program goes back much further than that.  To when?  NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR (1984).  During the Reagan administration, that is.

So much for the “Obama-phone,” although I’m sure that by now this email has gone to thousands of wingnuts and they’re all so angry they’re almost in orbit, about to float out into the streets again to show their asses — that is, if they can find them.  Their asses, that is.  (Hint, wingnut: it’s where your brain is obviously located.)

To anyone who receives and believes this latest wingnut e-mail, I give the Stupid of the Day Award.  Take a bow, wingnut.

Note to Letterman: that was stupid anyway.

David Letterman seems to have a thing for pretty young (adult) things.  That’s okay; lots of middle-aged guys seem to get this idea that all they need is a sweet pretty young thing that they can train to wait on them hand and foot, and give them lots of sex, even though they themselves may no longer be able to keep up with having lots of sex, and everything will be just dandy.  It’s been going on forever, and nowadays some middle-aged women are starting to get delusional like that as well.

Where I draw the line, however, is making sexual remarks about 14-year-olds.  EDIT: it’s now apparent that the Palin camp chose to misinterpret what Letterman said and are now getting maximum mileage out of it by hinting that Letterman is a pedophile.  Turns out he was talking about their 18-year-old rather than their 14-year-old.  I object anyway; the remark was tasteless.  But I am not surprised that the Palins are exploiting the situation, which is the point of this post. 

The world is about Sarah Palin, after all, isn’t it.  Poor Sarah!  Those mean liberals are picking on her!!!  Let’s boycott Letterman’s sponsors!  That’ll show ’em!!!!  Sarah’s daughter will soon be forgotten in the hubub.  All that will matter is sticking it to those all-powerful liberals, as if they didn’t have the bullet-proof Fat Man to do that for them already, or maybe Weiner, or maybe one of a host of other right-wing whackjob radio jaws who seem to say whatever they want to say without getting into much trouble, even though Weiner keeps trying to invent trouble for himself.

I do honestly object to sexualizing and abusing young girls.  This is not a recent invention; I’ve said it here before.  It’s also happened before.  Remember Chelsea Clinton?

Not many of the remarks directed at Chelsea by the Republicans were so overtly sexual in nature, but they were cruel, abusive and sexist nonetheless.  Consider this one:

“Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno.”

Source?  John McCain, 1998.  Granted, Clinton was 18 at the time, but remarks of this nature had been made about her since the beginning of her father’s presidency.  Based on crap like that, and the fact that no Republican at the time ever suffered much, or at all, for making remarks like that, I could advocate that David Letterman not be censured for making offensive remarks about Sarah Palin’s teenage daughter.  Let them fight crap with crap for a change.  To their credit, Democrats have been doing that lately.  But enough is enough.  Let’s leave the kids out of it.  All issues of morality aside, the simple fact is that they didn’t ask to be born into all this.

If nothing else, don’t give Sarah Palin any more excuses to grab publicity.  Her 15 minutes were up months ago, but she seems not to have gotten the news, much the same as she has not realized that thinking she can see Russia from her backyard does not make her a stateswoman.  And so what we’re dealing with now is hopefully John McCain’s last cruel joke: Palin herself.  Over and over and over.  When idiots like Letterman make stupid remarks like that she pops up yet again, just like Whack-a-Mole.  Traps don’t work, rubber mallets don’t work, the computer mouse doesn’t even work.  She just won’t go away.

So who do you think you are, David Letterman — Rush Limbaugh?  Only he can spew crap like this and get away unscathed, and that’s only because the members of the Republican Party – some of whom have now actually recently begun to get in trouble for making remarks like that — are afraid of him and his army of delusionals, who do not seem get in real trouble for anything at all.  You are merely among the rest of us who don’t enjoy that protection.  And now, because of you, we have Sarah Palin grabbing as many headlines as she can once again and the wingnuts are in orbit once again. 

Enough.  David Letterman, to you I give the Stupid of the Day award.