July 17, 2009
The death of journalism
Jesus. There's no one left to report the news.
Okay, once again: this has absolutely nothing to do with being for or against them, either as people or legislators. But if Josh Marshall and others are going to point out in every single article about the Democratic majority that they don't "actually have" 60 votes because Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy are on perpetual sick leave, then it's time to point out that they both represent states with Democratic governors.
Again: not trying to pick on Byrd or Kennedy here. But if those two votes- and believe me, they are- are so damned important right now, then maybe it might also be important for West Virginia and Massachusetts to have Senators who are physically capable of showing up to make them.
Update: Slight correction: a few people have noted that Massachusetts law requires empty Senate seats to be filled via special election. But the idea that Kennedy's replacement won't still be a pro-heath reform Democrat is still close to nil.
Pat Buchanan will simply never be fired, pt. 2
Once again, not on a street corner at 3 in the morning, but on national television to millions of people, because MSNBC lets him in the building:
White men were 100% of the people that wrote the Constitution, 100% of the people that signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, probably close to 100% of the people who died at Normandy. This has been a country built basically by white folks.
Well, except for the actual building. Black people sort of helped with that.
May have mentioned this when the film adaptation was first anounced, but as a child my favorite Roald Dahl book wasn't one of his more popular ones like Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, but a shorter story called The Fantastic Mr Fox.
They're finally making a film adaptation of it, and normally something like that would terrify me, but it's being adapted by Wes Anderson, and it's being adapted this way.
Please keep in mind when you check out those photos that it is not CGI. That's stop-motion puppetry. We live in awesome times.
Please also keep in mind: oil painting of ancestral badger army.
July 13, 2009
Pat Buchanan will simply never be fired
I'm young compared to a lot of political aficionados, but I feel as though at least at some point in my early life there was a time when going on national television and outright saying that someone should be brutally murdered because you don't like them meant you not only didn't get to have a job going on television anymore but likely had a lengthy chat with a representative of one of any number of law enforcement divisions.
Thank god there aren't any crazy people out there who kill people because philosophical rivals said they were evil on the teevee.
Update: You have got to be fucking kidding me.