Reagan’s prayer

This is the worst sort of shameless nutpicking — linking to anything at American Thinker is nutpicking and this is just a comment — but it made me laugh:

The forests will sing, the oceans will cry
The eagles will soar through every sky
Using the Constitution, the tyrants we will assail
The Tea Party’s battle-call will wail
Taking Washington with flag in hand
Claiming back our rights and our cherished land
So one day, everyone will share
The hidden words, of Reagan’s Prayer…

(link added in edit)

Suggested Viewing for the House Republican Caucus

Since Republicans in the House are taking their cues from movie scenes, here’s my suggestion for a scene that’s in line with what they’re trying to accomplish. You can add your suggestions in this open thread.

Open Thread: “Illegitimists”

While scrambling to produce her usual trademark defense of rightwing authoritarianism in Norway and elsewhere(she prefers bothsides to the general wingnut wurlitzer hoocoodanode), Anne Appelbaum coins a new identifier that I think might actually be useful:

… In contemporary America, we also have people who are—and I am inventing this word here—illegitimists: They believe that the president of the United States is illegitimately elected, or that the country is ruled by a cabal that is in turn controlled by some other sinister force or forces. In the past, left-wing illegitimists were quite common, and in fact Marxism is a classic, paranoid version of this creed…
There is also a right-wing version of this argument… More recently, right-wing illegitimism has taken the form of birtherism. The attempt to prove that Barack Obama isn’t American-born was, at base, an attempt to prove that he is illegitimate and that he therefore deserves to be removed from power—somehow. Birtherism is also linked to other forms of illegitimism, such as the belief that Obama is a Muslim, and is thus controlled by international jihadists, or the belief that he is “Kenyan” and thus motivated by anti-colonial hatred of white people in general and Americans in particular. It is not accidental that the one note of sympathy for Breivik in the U.S. media came from the lips of birtherist and illegitimist Glenn Beck, who helpfully compared the young Norwegians murdered by Breivik to “Hitler Youth.” Presumably if they are Hitler Youth, then they deserved to die?

Let this be our motto: Illegitimi non carborundum!


This is what it’s come to in the House (via):

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the party’s vote counter, began his talk by showing a clip from the movie, “The Town”, trying to forge a sense of unity among the independent-minded caucus.

One character asks his friend: “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later.”

“Whose car are we gonna take,” the character says.

After showing the clip, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), one of the most outspoken critics of leadership among the 87 freshmen, stood up to speak, according to GOP aides.

“I’m ready to drive the car,” West replied, surprising many Republicans by giving his full -throated support for the plan.

If we’d only shown these guys the volleyball scene from “Top Gun”, we could have ended DADT years ago.

Another Open Thread

Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find a simple, solid, plain baker’s rack? Christ almighty. F-ing wrought iron bullshit and decorative crap everywhere. WTF is aged iron? I just want something sturdy that can hold stuff.