Wednesday Morning Open Thread

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(Tom Toles via

A cartoon especially for John Cole’s mom.

Speaking of women who tick Cole off (although I’m sure the two have nothing else in common), NYMag has a news update from World Salad Sarah:

And here, we thought today’s award for the most ridiculous Clinton theory would go to Lynne Cheney for suggesting that Vanity Fair would only agree to print Monica Lewinsky’s essay as part of some Clinton-orchestrated plot. In an Extra interview on Tuesday night, Mario Lopez asked Sarah Palin to weigh in on whether becoming a grandmother will make Hillary Clinton more electable in 2016. “I think it will kind of broaden her world view,” Palin replied, rambling for a bit about the national debt. Then, she found the perfect attention- grabbing remark: Perhaps Chelsea’s baby will make Hillary change her views on abortion, though it appears being pregnant herself didn’t do the trick…

Also, if Hillary keeps bogarting all the media attention, Sarah may just have to run for President her own self, so there. But Palin’s really annoyed that Chelsea didn’t surprise her mom with an “oopsie” pregnancy annoucement during the 2008 primaries. Waiting until ya finish fancy advanced college and have a big expensive wedding before gettin’ knocked up — what a snob!

Speaking of GOP candidates who hate ‘snobs’, Paul Constant has a Fox News video of Rick Sanctorum talking up his new ‘economic solution‘ — marriage, the traditional kind, between a man and a woman — with Neil Cavuto:

Santorum’s major problem as a candidate is that his hate comes shining through at every opportunity. When Republican voters start to cozy up to him, and when he begins to get comfortable, he says terrible things. Santorum’s hate problem is only getting worse as he gets older. He’s trying to be the genteel, friendly candidate here, but hate keeps crawling up his throat. He forces it down. He’s uncomfortable — you can watch his mouth slide around his face as he talks, like he’s got a bad case of acid reflux—and he wants to let it out. But he doesn’t. Not just yet. Soon, though. This is a man who is composed of about 95% hatred. He’ll say something terrible soon. He just can’t help himself…

Because it’s breakfast time, I spared you the actual videos. You can thank me later.
Apart from holding down the bile, what’s on the agenda for the day?

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Jumping the Sharknado

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(Jeff Danziger’s website)

Silly Season must’ve come early this year. Gawker [warning: NSFW gif at top of comments] goes for the scare headline: “Sweet Jesus, Sarah Palin May Be Running for Senate This Year“:

Mother Jones’ Andy Kroll noted yesterday that a possible Sarah Palin candidacy for senator is getting a boost from Dan Backer, the high-powered Tea Party attorney who just struck a blow for unlimited campaign donations in the Supreme Court’s recent McCutcheon v. FEC ruling…

Kroll points out that the email—which asks readers for an immediate donation to the PAC—could just be a cynical use of Palin’s name to generate funds for other uses. But he adds that Palin did show interest in the seat on Sean Hannity’s show last year, and with the Democrats’ thin Senate majority depending on races like this one, it’s thought her star power could give Republicans a needed win—in Alaska, and in the war to mobilize a nationwide voting base…

Ya think? Sarah Palin is no more running for President Senate than I am, and for exactly the same reason — neither of us wants to work that hard. I would hope “high-powered Tea Party attorney” Backer offers Sarah a kickback on whatever funds her name helps separate from the rubes, or at least some media face-time, but on the other hand, every public hissy-fit between rightwing grifters is a gift to the Alaskan Democrat:

I Didn’t Know The FSM Loved TBogg This Much…

Or me, for that matter.  What fun we will have:

Fox News contributor and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be launching her own digital video channel, tentatively called “Rogue TV,” a source familiar with the project told Capital….



Palin’s channel will feature video commentaries from the former Republican vice-presidential candidate, discussing current events and political issues….

“Think of it as a video version of her Facebook page,” the source said….


I have to hear that again:

“Think of it as a video version of her Facebook page,” the source said….

Oh joy! Oh rapture!  Television history in the making.

It will also have advice and guidance from Palin, such as tips for parents and recipes. There are also tentative plans to have subscribers engage in regular video chats with Palin.

My mom always told me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say…

Oh hell. Why not.  Quick folks, tell me true: who among you wants to take parenting advice from Sarah freaking Palin, that model of continence and … hell, you fill in that blank.

Recipes, maybe.  You never know.

Go read the all the hilarious goodness here.

BTW:  Palin will go Rogue on TAPP — which is an online TV service founded by MSM types so beloved of the former half-term can’t-hold-a-job ex-governor who will now be able to serve word salad (with a side of bile) via the intertubes.  That’s not exactly the penthouse of contemporary broadcasting.  Online video is  likely the way we’ll receive all our programming very soon.  But for now Palin on “Rogue TV” is kind of like Nickleback doing a gig at the local motorcycle shop.

On the upside, we’ll be able to get some more metrics on the true reach of Palin’s grift.  The article mentions it will cost $10/month to subscribe.  That’s real money.  Be interesting to see what Palin can actually draw at this point in her magnificent con.

And last — I’m so glad TBogg will have so much new material with which to give us all so much joy.

Image: B. W. Kilburn, The Idiot Monument, Monumental Park, Colorado 1877.

It’s Always About Projection, Part the Infinity

Via valued commenter Schrodinger’s Cat, an excerpt from Juan-Amnesty McSoreLoserPants’ NYT op-ed, the topic of which is how Obambi has made America Putin’s bitch:

For Mr. Putin, vacillation invites aggression. His world is a brutish, cynical place, where power is worshiped, weakness is despised, and all rivalries are zero-sum. He sees the fall of the Soviet Union as the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” He does not accept that Russia’s neighbors, least of all Ukraine, are independent countries. To him, they are Russia’s “near abroad” and must be brought back under Moscow’s dominion by any means necessary.

Allow me to interpret:

For Mr. McCain, diplomacy is inferior to aggression. His world is a brutish, cynical place, where power is worshiped, weakness is despised, and all rivalries are zero-sum. He sees the decline of American influence in the wake of the disastrous Bush administration as the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” He does not accept that America’s neighbors* any country in the world, least of all [fill in the blank], are independent countries. To him, they are America’s “near abroad” and must be brought back under Washington’s dominion by any means necessary.

And thank you, liberal NYT, for giving the cranky fuck — who never met a war he didn’t rush to mong** and who was cynical and unpatriotic enough to thrust that babbling, empty-headed, moose-shooting twit from Alaska onto the national stage — a platform from which to denounce the guy who has been trying to clean up Bush’s mess for half a decade.

*Updated for truth — H/T: Kay (not the front-pager)

**H/T: Jim, Foolish Literalist (I think)

We’re all just props on Sean Hannity’s set

Great piece of real reporting that is also entertaining:

I happened to turn on the Hannity show on Fox News last Friday evening. “Average Americans are feeling the pain of Obamacare and the healthcare overhaul train wreck,” Hannity announced, “and six of them are here tonight to tell us their stories.” Three married couples were neatly arranged in his studio, the wives seated and the men standing behind them, like game show contestants.
As Hannity called on each of them, the guests recounted their “Obamacare” horror stories: canceled policies, premium hikes, restrictions on the freedom to see a doctor of their choice, financial burdens upon their small businesses and so on.
“These are the stories that the media refuses to cover,” Hannity interjected.
But none of it smelled right to me. Nothing these folks were saying jibed with the basic facts of the Affordable Care Act as I understand them. I understand them fairly well; I have worked as a senior adviser to a governor and helped him deal with the new federal rules.
I decided to hit the pavement. I tracked down Hannity’s guests, one by one, and did my own telephone interviews with them.
First I spoke with Paul Cox of Leicester, N.C. He and his wife Michelle had lamented to Hannity that because of Obamacare, they can’t grow their construction business and they have kept their employees below a certain number of hours, so that they are part-timers.
Obamacare has no effect on businesses with 49 employees or less. But in our brief conversation on the phone, Paul revealed that he has only four employees. Why the cutback on his workforce? “Well,” he said, “I haven’t been forced to do so, it’s just that I’ve chosen to do so. I have to deal with increased costs.” What costs? And how, I asked him, is any of it due to Obamacare? There was a long pause, after which he said he’d call me back. He never did.

They’re all like that, so go read the rest.

Eric Stern lives in Helena, Montana. He was senior counsel to Brian Schweitzer, former Governor.

A couple of weeks ago I was picking up free mulch at the town recycling center. A landscaper I know, Brian, was also there. He told me he had to buy health insurance for his employees “by October 1st”.

Brian doesn’t do any landscaping for me but he does plow the law office parking lot in the winter, and he has at most, in the summer, maybe ten employees. I think he has “zero” employees in the winter because he personally plows my parking lot, alone. I told him “you don’t have to buy anything for your employees by October 1st, or ever” and we left it at that, but if we’re wondering where the “job killer” belief is coming from, well, we have a partial answer.