Bibi’s Right Hand

Has there ever been a more brazen propagandist writing for a major newspaper?

Gary Johnson vs. Barack Obama: Great White Libertarian Hope Debates Faux Obama on Faux News

Because Black People are Fungible Tokens

I have to admit that this Weiner business has taken the fire right out of me. (This is my first blog post in FIVE DAYS!)

While Democrats waste time talking about whether Weiner should resign or go to “Asshat Rehab” or whatthecrapever, there’s a giant misogynist/sexual predator/asshat sitting on the Supreme Court, having a good laugh at the Democrats’ utter stupidity, while his Teabilly wife cackles with glee and collects another Heritage Foundation paycheck.

I’m disgusted.

With every passing day that that Democrats ignore Clarence Thomas’s conflict of interest in favor of yet another round of handwringing over some dude’s penis, the more difficult it becomes for me to view the political landscape as anything but a farce.

And what better example of this political theater of the absurd than a mock debate between Libertarian wet dream, Gary Johnson, and a Barack Obama look-alike? Because debating a guy who “looks” like Obama is an accurate measure of what it would be like to debate the real “Obama.” You know — because we’re all the same:

Yet more evidence of the embarrassment that is Fox News.

(click for MOAR evidence)

Keep Yourself Alive

It’ll take all your time and money honey you’ll survive:

As states across the country look for ways to trim billions off their spending on Medicaid, New Jersey is garnering particular attention for a proposal that opponents characterize as an unprecedented and draconian attempt to balance the state’s precarious budget on the backs of society’s most vulnerable populations.

The debates taking place in statehouses, clinics and living rooms crystallize the unfortunate truth about economic recessions: Citizens rely most on public services just when the government has the least money to spend on those services.

In New Jersey’s case, changes would mean a parent of two earning more than $103 per week would be ineligible.

Hey- an income of 103 bucks a week for four people is plenty of money to buy insurance. You’ll just have to be savvy! I’m sure Megan McCardle can take the time to give them instructions.

New Jersey’s waiver, which it plans to submit June 30, would drop the income cap for new adult enrollees to about 25 percent of the poverty level. Although current enrollees can stay enrolled, the state estimates 23,000 parents will be denied coverage next year. That’s in addition to 70,000 turned away due to separate 2011 reduction.

“It is the worst health policy decision I’ve seen in my 13 years in the Senate,” said state Sen. Joseph Vitale, while his Democratic colleague in the Assembly, Gordon Johnson, made it personal:

“No one but this anti-working class governor would propose making it difficult for the poorest of the poor to obtain health care coverage,” Johnson said.

Responding to pointed questions from lawmakers about why no detailed breakdown of the savings had been presented, the Department of Human Services on Friday released its estimates. The state projects eligibility cuts will save $17 million to $32 million, while moving patients from fee-for-service plans into managed-care will save up to $40 million. Officials are also counting on $200 million in increased federal funding.

With state revenues falling across the country, almost every governor is seeking to rein in Medicaid costs. But most have focused on dropping services from the benefits package, reducing reimbursement rates or expanding managed-care. Only New Jersey and Arizona have gone as far in turning patients away.


From Beyond The Grave

National Enquirer via Gawker, so usual concerns about accuracy:

IN a devastating act of ultimate revenge, a dying Elizabeth Ed­wards recorded a bombshell secret videotape for prosecutors – nailing her cheating husband John as he will stand trial on charges that could land him behind bars for 30 years.

That’s the stunning secret behind the federal indictment brought against the disgraced former presidential candi­date on June 3 -– following a two-year grand jury investigation into whether he illegally used campaign funds to cover up his affair with his then-pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter.

“Elizabeth wanted to exact revenge against John for destroy­ing their 33-year marriage and family by cheating with Rielle,” source close to the scandal told ENQUIRER.

“It was Elizabeth’s idea to secret­ly record a video and tell what knew of the affair and John’s horrific betrayal.”

That will leave a mark.

Say what you will about Edwards, but at least he was having a right proper affair with an actual female and trying to be discreet about things. He met a groupie on his campaign trail, she threw it at him, and he was willing to play ball. Weiner, on the other hand was all “I’ll just send random chicks on the internet pictures of my cock for the lulz. ROFLCOPTER! What could go wrong?” Fucking idiot. That’s a great use of twitter, you clown. Doesn’t everyone know twitter is for heaving insults at establishment media types and hoping they block you?

Some of our political leaders have all the maturity of a teenage sexter.

What will the children think?

There’s one thing about Weinergate that isn’t getting covered enough: how are parents supposed to talk to their children about something so serious and troubling?

Remember how we actually heard this kind of talk during impeachment? I thought George Carlin had the perfect answer, you tell them “Sometimes adults like to have fun, you remember fun, it’s what you used to have before we made you spend all your free time practicing the piano and playing soccer.”

What I’ve never understood about “what will the children think” is that it is always applied to something trivial, usually to consensual sexual relations among adults. No one ever asks “what will the children think about genocide in the Sudan?” or “what will the children think about the government torturing people?”. I can remember as a kid, listening to the news and hearing of horrible atrocities and being genuinely troubled by it (truth be told, I still don’t like to listen to that stuff, even though I think it’s important that it be reported).