Fire Boehner?

This is the hashtag which has caught suspiciously quick and omnipresent fire on Twitter this evening: #FireBoehner. Fire Boehner? Fine by me...if it can actually be accomplished. Only, it can't. And it's the (likely, though unprovable) source of this hashtag that is making me stabby this evening. Let's remember: the teabaggers have attempted to "fire Boehner" repeatedly. In fact, it's a recurring...

GOP Cluelessness: Schmuckabee Edition

"My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States. When I go to the airport, I have to get in the surrender position, people put hands all over me, and I have to provide photo ID and a couple of different forms and prove that I really am not going to terrorize the airplane – but if I want to go vote I don’t need a...

GOP Gins Up More Fake ‘Voter Fraud’ Fauxtrage

Cripes, not this fake 'voter fraud' bullshit again. I'll say this for the GOP, they're certainly single-minded. They know what they have to do to maximize their chances of victory (cheat, rig the game), and they pursue it with the unyielding effort of your average zombie pursuing a meal. In this case, it's the old zombie lie of widespread voter fraud, which the GOP has been flogging for years if...

Sun Revolves Around Earth, Dubya Was Excellent President

The National Science Foundation conducted a survey of 2,200 Americans in 2012.  Released today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, it revealed that one in four people in this country believe the sun revolves around the earth, not the reverse. This is the exact percentage of Americans who still approved of George W. Bush's presidency, the week...

GOP: Pro-Business, Or Just Anti-Worker?

So, all eyes are fixed on the VW plant in Chattanooga, TN, because it's supposed to be a test to see whether organized labor has any remaining power in the real world. If a majority of Volkswagen's 1,570 hourly workers vote yes, it would mark the first time in nearly three decades of trying that the UAW has successfully organized a plant for a foreign brand in the United States. This time, the...

Boehner and GOP Cave on the Debt Ceiling

An hour or so ago, AP News push alerts informed me of the inevitable GOP cave on the debt ceiling increase, bringing a “clean” bill to the floor for a vote, reversing Mitch McConnell’s recent threats. As expected. A Republican cave is what happened last time there was a debt limit fight, but sadly, not what happened the first time Republicans threw their hissy fit over the debt...

State of the GOP, 2014

After posting the last post about Jim Bridenstine's shocking interaction with the angry old lady at his town hall meeting, I noticed some unusual reactions to it across the right wing web. Previously, I lamented the State of the Democrats in 2014. Now, the widely differing reactions on the right to the Bridenstine video bring the last two posts here together, causing me to want to post a...

Scared, Angry, Old White People

Yesterday brings yet another of that shocking-not-shocking type of video of a Congressman interacting in an unscripted manner at a town hall meeting with scared, angry, old white people - his constituents. This time, it’s Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) who gets the video treatment, fielding a question from a misinformed and enraged elderly woman (do these guys really not know there are now...

The Importance of Being Joshua Black

OK, a few quick things to say about this... First, we must follow what I’ll call Orwell’s Law: so here’s the obligatory overarching message on this dude: *Ahem* OK, now that we’ve certified this guy’s Absolute Nutter™ bona fides, what else is there to say about the fact that someone like this is running for national office in the GOP in 2014? It’s not as if there’s been any...

Debt-Limit Extortion Time (Again)

If any further proof was required that the harmful, ridiculous debt-limit fights we seem to be having every six or eight months now are nothing more than extortion on the part of petulant Republicans, Mitch McConnell provided it in spades today. He took to the airwaves of FOX News Sunday to give the audience a fantasy wish-list of Republican goals that he might try to extract from the President...