Here are my picks (based solely on intuition and affinity for names):
Care to venture a guess?
(Mike Luckovich via GoComics.com)
May 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm
Who could’ve predicted that when the GOP establishment handed Nixon the pearl handled revolver in the parlor, we would have to impeach every Democratic President for the next forty years to balance things out?
I still think the biggest roadblock to the Repubs’ frantic search for a BenghazAIEEEE! blowback against President Obama / Hillary Clinton / Susan Rice / all the Democrats is that they’ve spent so many years mainlining xenophobia to their target Fox News audience. Going back to the Reagan administration, and especially since 9/11, the low-info voter has been continually reminded that the world beyond our borders is a scary and terrible wilderness. Nothing but terrorists and Muslims and Communists and Communist Muslim terrorists, every one intent upon murdering innocent Americans in the name of their godless booga-booga “ideology”, which you know has to be a nasty word because ideas are for snobs. All those foreign hellholes like Libya and Kenya and Hawaii — you risk going out there, instead of staying safe at Disney World or one of the major heavily-advertised-on-tv cruise lines, you’ve gotta expect the occasional murdering rampage, like in Black Hawk Down or Zero Dark Thirty. It’s very sad that four Americans died, but after all, those four volunteered to venture into places where anybody who’d watched the news knew were murderously chaotic, and it’s not as though any politicians were convening special investigations into why four thousand Americans died in Iraq or Afghanistan, are they?
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) May 1, 2014
Although, if you actually need a reason for Boehner’s new clown parade (beyond getting all the clowns in the same car), Mr. Pierce probably has the truth of it:
… The political bad faith on this — Hillary In ’16! — should be so obvious as to not require any explanation. But this is what’s coming. This committee will leak like a sieve. It will leak truncated testimony and barbered evidence. Most of these leaks will go to select members of the conservative media, particularly at a certain vulpine-named news network, but some folks among the Bigfeet will play Chris Vlasto, Lisa Myers, et. al. (My winter book favorite is Jonathan Karl.) These very selective revelations will dominate the political discussion and when, ultimately, they come to nothing, nobody will notice because everyone will be out there chasing the next handout. And, of course, everyone will discuss the “political implications” because “perception is reality” and, anyway, all this stuff is Out There.
And it’s still all about what got said on television programs that nobody watches any more. The “American people,” my ass. This scandal exists because the Village demands it, and because too many news directors are afraid of being yelled at on the radio. The rest of us have to live through it.
I’m just not convinced even the hardcore Twenty-Seven-Percenters, excepting those getting paid for their efforts, can be goaded into chasing this corpse-candle any further down the lych way…
— billmon (@billmon1) May 2, 2014
if #Benghazi 4 were black democrats, Obama would have sent forces to save them.
— Wayne's World (@WayneSense) May 3, 2014
racism alive and well in the WH. #Benghazi 4 were left to be brutally murdered because they were white? it's all about race, right?
— Wayne's World (@WayneSense) May 3, 2014
(via Jim Henley)
This is the statue of Baphomet that Satanists are going to place on the state capital grounds in Oklahoma, next to the ten commandments monument installed there in 2012. When complete, it will be cast in bronze and Baphomet will be sitting under the pentagram, his lap serving as a seat for children. The Church of the FSM also wants to add a monument there.
Tom Reed, Republican incumbent in NY-23, is running scared and fucking rats:
The state co-chairman of the Green Party on Friday blamed “dirty tricks’’ by a Republican for the botched effort to put two Green Party members on the November ballot for the 23rd Congressional District covering the Southern Tier and part of the Finger Lakes region.
“It’s someone in that district we have reason to believe is engaging in dirty tricks,’’ state co-chairman Michael O’Neil said. “I think that someone, from the information that was presented to me, was trying to load the November ballot in advance of whatever voter strategy they were trying to pull off. He did not get the consent of the registered Greens he was petitioning on behalf of.’’
That “someone” was a NRCC campaign operative who circulated campaign petitions. Because of the small Green registration in the district, only 75 signatures are needed to get a Green candidate certified, and Republicans decided to try to invent a spoiler when NY-23’s Greens decided not to put their local Nader on the ballot.
NY-23 was redistricted from the infamous NY-29, which was won by closeted sexual harasser and Democrat Eric Massa. It was supposed to be one of two “safe” Republican districts in Western New York, but Reed is running scared because an under-financed, inexperienced candidate named Nate Shinagawa almost beat him in 2012. This time around, he’s facing an experienced candidate named Martha Robertson who’s raised $1 million to his $1.8 million.
NY-23 is R+3, but it contains very liberal Ithaca, where the Democrats come out to vote, which might serve to dampen the usual turnout issues for Democrats. And Reed is just weak: he’s and attorney and debt collector who was supposed to be the designated loser to Massa until Massa imploded in 2010. He’s devoid of charisma, charm or visible intelligence, and his campaigns are unimaginative and lazy.
Looking at the rest of New York, it’s very reasonable to think that Democrats can pick up three seats here. In addition to NY-23, in D+1
NY-22 NY-19, Chris Gibson’s opponent, Sean Eldridge, has raised $2.3 million to Gibson’s $1.4. Then there’s NY-11, where Michael Grimm was just indicted. I’m also unaware of any Democrats in danger here. So Republicans have a reason to worry here, if not in the rest of the country.
I discovered Florence + The Machine via my teenager’s playlist. Florence’s voice has a wonderful quality that reminds me a lot of Grace Slick.
When I first heard this song, I noticed the “pockets full of stones” line and asked my kid and her friends if the song was about Virginia Woolf. “Who?” they asked. :::facepalm::: It is about Ms. Woolf.
Our biblical-scale rain continues today, so I’ll be mostly indoors. Boo. Might head out later for some retail therapy. What are ya’ll up to?
Here’s a great pic of Steve, the walking Ottoman, sleeping on the Ottoman, on one of the few occasions he, like my other pets, is not on Shawn’s lap and not following him around the house like he is the pied piper.
Shawn just shared this video with me of his pet squirrels outside his apartment in Ocean City:
No wonder my pets abandoned me for Doctor Doolittle. At least Lily and Rosie still sleep with me at night.