Monthly Archives: January 2009

Waiting On Pericles

Roll Out The Bully Pulpit

As we watch this legislative sausage slowly crumble, I would hope that President Obama will take his economic agenda to the American people. (And it’s not going to be enough for him to ask people who’ve had house parties in the past to get together and talk about the president’s plan.) He’s needs to speak to the country directly.

Pray tell us the need for a Parthenon?

“Trees, though they are cut and loped, grow up again quickly, but if men are destroyed, it is not easy to get them again”

Availability Heuristics

Or why violent crime is on the decline everywhere excepting on the television.

The same elements of psychology lead people to exaggerate the likelihood of terrorist attacks: Images of terrifying but highly unusual catastrophes on television—such as the World Trade Center collapsing—are far more memorable than images of more mundane and more prevalent threats, like dying in car crashes. Psychologists call this the “availability heuristic,” in which people estimate the probability of something occurring based on how easy it is to bring examples of the event to mind.

We gotta move these microwave ovens…

Maverick Back Off The Ranch Again

McCain To Obama: Leave Limbaugh Alone!

Today on Fox and Friends, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) further circled the wagons, saying that Obama shouldn’t have made critical remarks about Limbaugh (which were made in a private meeting with Republicans and then leaked to the press):

In September 2007, Limbaugh controversially claimed that U.S. service members who support withdrawal from Iraq are actually “phony soldiers.” At the time, McCain spoke out against the remarks and called on Limbaugh to apologize:

How many clowns can you get into one car?

How To Make The $75 Million Anti Smoking Provision Stimulate The Economy

Send out sound advice in written form to printers who will have to buy ink and paper, or send out sound advice in written form to video advertisers who will have to buy staging and pay actors or spokes peeps to front the sound advice.

ED:Traded an s for an e.

Gollum Finds A Frodo

I’m OK, You’re OK

It’s easy – very easy – to ascribe bad motives to the House GOP’s united opposition to stimulus. And bad motives are certainly part of the picture – but not all of it. It’s just implausible to think that the entire caucus is voting in bad faith.

I’m pretty sure Sam Gangee disagrees.

Democrats Discover Brains

More Please

“I didn’t come here to be partisan, I didn’t come here to be bipartisan,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference. “I came here, as did my colleagues, to be nonpartisan, to work for the American people, to do what is in their interest.”

I’m sure Raimondo is not impressed.

Waixuan Gongzuo

CNN gets some competition.

Update: This is one of those gratuitous insults from the nobody knows if your a dog on the internet days, which modern gnomes frown upon as failing in etiquette. In either case undoubtedly true. In an effort to comply with protocol I must regrettably leave this up.

Up Yers

Dennis Miller, Dennis Miller
you’re a real killer diller,
we love your throat and nostrils too
do us a favor and fill them with glue.

Ed Note:This diddy was pinched wholesale from MAD magazine if memory serves me correctly,

As actual comedian David Cross once observed of Miller, “You truly are the king of references.”

Let Them Crash, Let Them Burn

$4 Trillion Bank Bailout?The economy would be better off to just cancel the debts. If we’re going to throw trillions down rat holes then it should go to the bottom. Ultimately the clever will figure out a way to redistribute the wealth of the dullards yet again anyway.


Eretz Yisrael Hashlemah, Bibi ?

Netanyahu warns of Iran nuclear ‘dash’

But in a pointed and political call to more than 40 heads of state and national leaders attending the conference, he said: “What is not reversible is the acquisition of nuclear weapons by a fanatic radical regime committed to a pre-medieval view of the world, “We have never had, since the dawn of the nuclear age, nuclear weapons in the hands of such a fanatical regime.”

The things that pass for knowledge….

Bi-Partisanship Parallax

Makes for a cross eyed cyclops.

Bad Bafoon Arising

This is a really bad sign for Barack Obama to try to change Washington…. He needs bipartisan solutions. They went for, mixing oxygen and hydrogen, two explosive elements that are flammable and you can use to put out fires, and they came up with zero…. [This] does not bode well for a future of kool-aide that is supposed to be post-partisan. […].”

Once there was a way
to get back homeward…