The jig is up, the news is out

Epic Bobo today. Starts off by talking about his Snooze Hour buddy Mark Shields and closes by calling Fiorina and Rubio renegade geniuses:

That’s where Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio come in. So far, Fiorina has looked like the most impressive candidate. She has a genius for creating signature moments.


Rubio is young and thus uncorrupted, and he is a genius at relating policy depth in a way that is personal.


It’s going to be somewhat the same, but edgier and more renegade.

And we all know how much neocons love uncorrupted young men.

Sunday Afternoon Open Thread: Clowns to the Right of Me, Jokers to the Left

Apart from more of the same, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up the weekend?

Kinder, gentler machine gun hand

That Ted Cruz machine gun bacon clip richly deserves an embedded video not just a link to an article about it.

Fuck yeah! OTOH, I don’t think Cruz quite pulls it off. He’s more dweeby Ivy league grad than rock n’ roll cowboy.

I’m still hoping someone goes the full Putin and airs his pecs a little.

This is no ordinary love

Way back in 1976, the New York Times must have known that Trump would eventually become a Republican presidential candidate, because they were already drooling over him:

He is tall, lean and blond, with dazzling white teeth, and he looks ever so much like Robert Redford.

It’s not the full Thune treatment:

The first thing everybody knows about him is that he is tall (6 feet 4 inches), tanned (in a prairie, sun-chapped sort of way) and handsome (John McCain jokes that if he had Thune’s face he’d be president right now).

This is my all-time favorite, about Chris Christie:

Seriously though, watch out for Christie after the weight loss, he’s a handsome devil.

He’s never early, he’s always late

Breaking my radio silence to share this with you, surely the greatest line ever to appear in New York Times magazine (via):

Nick Gillespie is to libertarianism what Lou Reed is to rock ‘n’ roll, the quintessence of its outlaw spirit.

After twenty years, he still grieves

Why are conservatives’ articles about universities (this is about sexual assault but implicitly about college sluts and feminazi administrators) so filled with out-of-date cultural references?

Now, the term “rape” or “sexual assault” is thrown around almost effortlessly, accusations easily made and lives easily ruined.


Watch the Designing Women episode concerning the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill controversy. The show’s theme? Only a sexist Neanderthal would question Hill!

The Borking/high-tech lynching of Clarence Thomas took place in 1991. Fair enough, it’s still viewed as important, but Designing Women? I vaguely remember some Clinton connection that made wingers hate the show, but it went off the air in 1993 and it’s not like we’re talking about Cheers or Seinfeld here.

Update. Speaking of relevant popular culture…take that libs!

The Left loves to paint a caricature — seen in countless films and shows (for example, the frat boys in American Horror Story: Coven) of a smirking college male who deliberately drugs and rapes a girl.

Like They’re Going to Start Believing Us Now

But we always meant it for the best! From the NYTimes:

Three years after the Central Intelligence Agency set up a phony hepatitis vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the Obama administration told a group of American health educators last week that the agency no longer uses immunization programs as a cover for spying operations.

In a letter to leaders at a dozen schools of public health, President Obama’s senior counterterrorism adviser said the C.I.A. had banned the practice of making “operational use” of vaccination programs, adding that the agency would not seek to “obtain or exploit DNA or other genetic material acquired through such programs.”

The letter from the adviser, Lisa O. Monaco, comes more than a year after public health officials wrote to Mr. Obama expressing anger that the United States had used immunization programs as a front for espionage. The educators were protesting the C.I.A.’s employment of a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, to set up a hepatitis B vaccination program in Abbottabad to gain access to a compound where Bin Laden was believed to be hiding…

John O. Brennan, the agency’s director, put the new policy into effect last August, an agency spokesman said. “By publicizing this policy,” said Ned Price, the spokesman, “our objective is to dispel one canard that militant groups have used as justification for cowardly attacks against vaccination providers.”…

Because if a bunch of foreigners can’t trust the head of the CIA, what has this modern world come to?

Yes, I’m sure it had to be read into the record, but let’s not delude ourselves that saying “Hey, our bad!” is going to save public health workers from being murdered as spies. Or keep kids from dying needlessly of polio and HepB, because those health workers can’t vaccinate them.