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Nope, no War On Women here:


Honestly, after all of the ginned-up fauxtrage the right has spewed over comparatively tame comments made by the likes of Melissa Harris-Perry, David Letterman, and even President Obama himself (“OMG! He said Trayvon Martin could’ve been his son! WELL I NEVER!”), the above should result in non-stop Fox News outrage, right? Calls for apologies and boycotts?

But of course it won’t, because IOKIYAR, and feminazis, and socialism, etc. etc.

Oh, and meet “the artist” here.

(h/t, Ana Marie Cox)


Filed under conservative bloggers, feminism, sexism, women's rights

IOKIYAR, Nudie Pitchers Edition

Since we’re picking on The Daily Failure today, I’ve just got this one extra thing to add:

It's Okay If You're A Republican!

It’s Okay If You’re A Republican!

Yes, Tucker Carlson, do tell me how Ashley Judd’s film nudity disqualifies her from the U.S. Senate. I’m all ears.

I really hope she runs, I do. The way Republicans are going apeshit over even the suggestion tells me she scares the bejeezus out of them.

My in-laws all live in Kentucky and I asked my mother-in-law if she thought Judd had a chance. She said yes, because Judd is more associated with Kentucky Wildcats basketball than Hollywood. And people in Kentucky take their college basketball very, very seriously. I’m not sure how you can go from years of cheering your team’s most renowned superfan to seeing her as the devil incarnate without something else to bridge the gap. And “Hollywood” ain’t gonna cut it, not when Republicans have lionized Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hell, they even sent Gopher from the Love Boat to Congress. If Republicans can make the leap from the screen to Washington, D.C., so can Democrats.

How Kentuckians Know Ashley Judd

How Kentuckians Know Ashley Judd

Suckit, Republicans. Ashley Judd is smart, articulate, educated, and she scares the shit out of you. Bwaahaaa.


Filed under politics, politics and film, pop culture

Curry Todd Just As Sleazy As We Thought

Remember Tennessee’s drunk-driving gun loon state legislator Curry Todd? The guy who gave us guns-in-bars, then was clocked shitfaced drunk going 60 mph in a residential neighborhood with a gun loose in his car? Good times, good times.

Let us dig into the memory hole from that incident, shall we?

Todd refused to comment on his political future or on nagging allegations that he is living with a lobbyist in Green Hills.

Well, it only took over a year but those “nagging allegations” have finally been confirmed:

Rep. Curry Todd lived rent-free in lobbyist’s home

State Rep. Curry Todd lived rent-free for an undisclosed amount of time in the expensive Nashville home of a prominent lobbyist in 2011.

State ethics law forbids lobbyists from providing gifts, including housing, to lawmakers. The lobbyist, Chuck Welch, regularly worked on legislative issues that passed through the House State and Local Government Committee, which Todd, R-Collierville, chaired until he was removed in late 2011.


Welch, who did not respond to a request for comment, is the managing director for the Nashville office of the influential lobbying firm Farris, Mathews and Bobango. Until his arrest, Todd wielded significant power at the capitol in his role as chairman of the House committee.

Thanks to a generous carve-out in the state ethics law, the free housing may not constitute a violation because Todd and Welch are long-time friends.

Both Welch and the firm regularly lobbied on bills considered by Todd’s committee, including the ongoing issue of how utility poles are regulated across the state. The lobbying firm’s clients include the Tennessee Cable Telecommunications Association. Welch’s other lobbying clients include tw telecom, the American Legal Finance Association and the Tennessee Development District Association.

Oh, well, if they’re friends ….! Nothing to see here, move along!

By the way, if you want to get a look at the home Todd lived in rent-free while accepting nearly $30,000 in per diem and mileage reimbursements which are supposed to cover travel and living expenses, here’s a video of the home from YouTube. It sold last August for $460,000:

As if Curry Todd couldn’t get any sleazier, I remind you all that he is the Tennessee state chair of ALEC, as well as an ALEC board member. Last year he killed the Democrats’ Influence Disclosure Act, which would have required legislators to disclose the private groups behind boilerplate legislation of the type ALEC promotes. Why would he be against something so clearly in the public interest? Because, he said,

“I know what it’s getting back at. It’s getting back at ALEC.”

Yes, so when he says his “friendship” with a lobbyist never interfered with his independent judgment? Don’t believe a word of it.


Filed under ALEC, Tennessee government

Sociopath, Liar or Both?

Interesting. This story hit the media back in May but seems to have been forgotten. Looks like the victim hasn’t forgotten, though:

What I find interesting is the way these kinds of stories are handled in our discourse. Imagine how this story, or an even odder one — say, the whole White Horse Prophecy thing, would be handled if Romney were a Democrat?

For one thing, it probably wouldn’t have started on the front page of the New York Times and Washington Post, discussed for a week, then forgotten as we moved on to the next order of business. No, it most likely would have started as an e-mail FWD:, landing square in the in-boxes of your right-wing relatives. It then would have percolated around the wingnut media — WorldNet Daily and Newsmax, maybe Tucker Carlson’s Daily Fouler Caller. After marinating there for a while, it would bubble up to the level of TV authenticity: Sean Hannity, Fox & Friends, Bill O’Reilly, etc. From there it would jump to the rest of the MSM (cough*cough*CNN!*cough*cough), which just couldn’t ignore the story any longer. By then it would have been repeated so often by so many different “trusted” sources that the 27% would be certain that it’s true, regardless of whether it is or not.

If, as in the case of John Kerry’s Swift Boat record or Obama’s birth certificate, the story ended up being wholly fabricated, well, that’s just more evidence that the media has a liberal bias! By this point the wingnut audience has an emotional attachment to the tale and it will have its own credibility by virtue of its artificial staying power. As the coup de grace, Regnery Publishing will then fast-track a book on the subject by a known author — Jerome Corsi, perhaps, or maybe Richard Miniter — and it will be given an amygdala-tweaking title like “Dangerous Prophecy,” or “Bully For Power.” The book will “land” on the bestseller lists thanks to massive block purchases of the tome by, you guessed it, Newsmax and WorldNet Daily, which then gives it away as a premium to new subscribers or as a premium for registering for some wingnut conference with the word “Freedom” in it. And because our author, say Mr. Corsi or someone else, is now “on the bestseller lists,” he gets to appear on all the talk shows — maybe even The Daily Show or Bill Maher, so those guys can score some “we’re not biased” points. And the story is repeated, and reinforced, and more firmly entrenched in the national narrative than ever before.

This is Introduction To Right Wing Marketing. Call it Wingnut Wurlitzer 101. There is simply nothing comparable on the left. We do not have the phony think tanks, the ones who start with the premise first (“Free markets, good! Regulation, bad! Tax cuts, good! Government, bad!“), then work back from there. We don’t have the newsletters and Patriot Depot-style mass e-mail forwards to known lists of political true believers. Our lefty magazines — Salon and Mother Jones and even Rolling Stone — they don’t have the same heft and influence over the national conversation as the wingnutosphere has over Fox News. In fact, they have zero. The fact is, the right wing fringe dominates conservative messaging, and that in turn has tremendous influence over the national conversation. Progressive media has zero influence over the national conversation. Read an issue of Mother Jones or Grist and tell me how many of those stories you even see mentioned in the national news media on any given day.

No, if Mitt Romney were a Democrat, this would have been handled completely differently. But he’s not a Democrat. He’s a Republican. And this, along with his other highly suspicious behavior — the funny money, or that he used to dress up as a police officer and pull people over for shits and giggles, or the whole weird Mormon thing, is not discussed, but relegated to the obscurity of fringe blogs like this one.

Just thought I’d point that out.


Filed under 2012 presidential election, media, Mitt Romney

It’s Always OK When Republicans Do It

Republicans are in high dudgeon over President Obama’s announcement to not deport young illegal immigrants, but of course their hero the St. Ronaldus Reaganus gave amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and they still worship the ground he walked on.

Indeed, here’s Reagan in 1984:

“I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally,” he said.

Ooh. Amnesty! Because everything is always okay when a Republican does it, especially an idiot like Reagan.

There is nothing more astonishing than the Wingnuts sanctification of Ronald Reagan. The right loves myth-making and Ronald Reagan is their political Jesus, a kind of blank canvass on which they can project all of their dreams, whether it’s something Reagan actually would have said or done or not. It’s truly mind-blowing. But that’s for another post.

Right now I’m sure the Republicans are going to say that it’s the way Obama has gone about this particular implementation of the DREAM Act that has them outraged, it’s the way he’s circumventing Congress and blah blah. You know what? Fuck you. The DREAM Act has been ready and waiting to be voted on along with a ton of other stuff the Republicans have blocked, filibustered, threatened to filibuster, given the hairy eyeball, pissed and moaned about. When the Republican Party decided to “go Galt” on the night of Obama’s inauguration and basically grind all business to a halt, they lost the right to complain about the president trying to maneuver around them.

Cut the crap, people. We’re really sorry you don’t like it when we the people elect a president of the other party. But if you want to get all pissy about the Constitution then I don’t think what you’re doing is what the founding fathers intended, either. Putting up a giant stop sign on the nation’s business until you can steal buy win the next election isn’t exactly model patriotism, especially when the democratically-elected president is just doing what your fucking hero did 20 years ago.

There’s no way Ronald Reagan could get elected president today. Indeed, if Ronald Reagan walked the earth today he’d be a Democrat because you Republicans have gone so far off the rails of reason he wouldn’t want to be associated with you.


Filed under immigration

Republicans Are Too Angry To Get Elected

I’m so old, I remember when it was taken as general wisdom that people don’t vote for angry candidates. I remember sitting in a crowded Belcourt Theater in 2006 and getting scolded by Harold Ford Jr. for being “too angry.” I remember Tweety and Bobo devoting vast amounts of airtime and column inches to concern-trolling about “the angry left.”

I’m so old, I remember this:

The latest example of the anger strategy came Sunday, when Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman said on ABC that Clinton “seems to have a lot of anger.” He cited comments she made in Harlem on Martin Luther King Day in which she likened the Republican-led House to a “plantation” and called the Bush administration “one of the worst” in history.


Other examples of the anger strategy abound. Last summer, with chief White House political adviser Karl Rove under investigation in the CIA leak case, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, denounced Democrats’ criticism of Rove as “more of the same kind of anger and lashing out that has become the substitute for bipartisan action and progress.”

Last month, after Gore criticized the president for approving warrantless eavesdropping on terror suspects, Schmitt retorted: “While the president works to protect Americans from terrorists, Democrats deliver no solutions of their own, only diatribes laden with inaccuracies and anger.”

Bush himself touched on the anger theme in his recent State of the Union address, saying: “Our differences cannot be allowed to harden into anger.”

Ah yes, those were the good ol’ days, I guess. Now we have Newt Gingrich exploding at debate moderators and three conservative Supreme Court justices so peevish about some perceived slight from last year that they boycotted the president’s State of the Union address. Last night President Obama struck an inspirational, motivational tone while his Republican detractors sat on their hands and scowled. Well, all except Mitch McConnell. I hope someone in the GOP remembered to pick up the wax figure they had sitting in McConnell’s place. I’m sure these rentals from Madame Tussaud’s ain’t cheap.

Over at Balloon Juice, mistermix has posted some similar thoughts, contrasting the optimism that Obama displayed with the glum, sour puss firmly attached to every Republican in Congress. If this strikes you as a bit of a double standard, well, what else is new? IOKIYAR rules our discourse.

But there’s a reason anger works for Republicans and not Democrats. Back in 2008, following Fred Thompson’s spectacular flameout, My Wingnut Friend™ told me he’d probably hold his nose and vote for John McCain. And then he pounded his fist on the table and said, “I just want someone who can kick some butt!” At whom, or what, he didn’t say. I think it goes without saying that it didn’t matter.

And this is your modern conservative voter in a nutshell. They want someone who embodies the inchoate rage they all feel at being wrong about everything since forever. There really isn’t any more to it than that. They’re angry because they can’t be racist, sexist, homophobic, hippie-punching, raghead-bombing troglodytes and not get called on it. They’re angry that they’ve lost. They’re angry that they’re culturally irrelevant, regardless of their political and material power. Their anger reflects a psychological problem, not a political one.

Newt Gingrich knows this, which is why he can “kick some butt!” at debate moderators and not suffer any negative consequences. My only question is why these things are never issues with the punditry unless Democrats are doing them. Why don’t we have Tweety and Bobo soberly musing about how Republicans are too angry to get elected? How come there’s no concern-trolling about what a turn-off this is to voters?

Maybe that will come as Newt continues to exceed expectations in the primaries. We shall see.


Filed under 2012 presidential election, Newt Gingrich, politics

Things I Didn’t Know About Curry Todd’s DUI

Whew boy, I realize I’m way behind the 8-ball on this one, but this news really pisses me off:

Todd was pulled over at the intersection of Blair Boulevard and 21st Avenue South, driving towards downtown at 60 mph — the posted speed limit is 40 mph — and swerving between lanes, police said.

For some reason those details escaped me when I first wrote about this. That’s my old neighborhood; I used to live not two blocks from there. That’s a busy intersection in a residential neighborhood. You’ve got people pulling in and out of a Mapco gas station shoehorned into a too-small space, people walking their dogs, people leaving Brown’s Diner and the Harris Teeter. There’s even the fancy restaurant Tayst up there (never eaten there, heard it’s good though). You just don’t drive 60 mph through there, not even at 11 o’clock at night. Certainly you don’t drive drunk, ever. That goes without saying.

Throw the book at him.


Todd refused to comment on his political future or on nagging allegations that he is living with a lobbyist in Green Hills.

WTF? Remember Rob Briley’s relationship with Suzanne Keith Mary Littleton [sorry, posting in a hurry this morning] causing an uproar? What fresh hypocrisy is this?


Filed under Tennessee politics

Govt. Can’t Create Jobs (Except When It Can)

Proving yet again that the entire Republican Party ideology is completely empty, devoid of any meaning whatsoever, even by those who spout the talking points the loudest, we have today’s Republican hypocrite: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Eric Cantor’s private letters to the Secretary of Transportation reveal he was begging for stimulus funds at the same time he was railing against the budget deficit, taxes, and government spending.

Here’s Cantor in March 2009 telling George Stephanopoulos:

And what we see in this budget, frankly, is an attempt, again, to try and stimulate the economy through government expenditure. And, you know, at best what that can do is redistribute wealth. It can’t create jobs; it can’t create wealth. We’ve got to get back to focusing on job creation and creating prosperity.

And here he is on October 5 2009 requesting $74.8 million to construct 11.4 miles of high-speed rail because, as he wrote to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood:

… it will provide much needed new jobs and economic growth throughout the region.

As PoliticusUSA notes:

While speaking the language of the tea party publicly, Eric Cantor was doing the exact opposite privately. It turns out that Cantor knows that government spending creates jobs. He admitted as much in his own letters. The tea party and Republican voters have been sold an empty bill of goods. Their leaders talk about cutting government spending publicly while angling privately for more taxpayer dollars for their districts.

It seems that the Republican zeal for cutting spending only applies to programs that they ideologically disagree with like Medicare.

Eric Cantor, the same man who claims that the government can’t afford disaster relief, begged the Obama administration to pour millions of federal dollars into his district in order to create jobs.

Just another Republican hypocrite. Water’s still wet, etc. etc.


Filed under economic stimulus, Rep. Eric Cantor, Republican Party

Holding Workers Hostage


Several folks have wondered what Melissa Brookstone’s small business might be, and if she’s planning on not hiring now. I can’t be sure (she worships at the altar of Ayn Rand and is promoting this “planetary bill of rights” project according to her Facebook page…)

I’m not certain but it appears she works as a process server in Denver. Hope none of her law firm clients are planning to Go Galt.


Those Tea Party people, they’re such awesome patriots:

Tea Party Nation sent to their members today a message from activist Melissa Brookstone urging businesspeople to “not hire a single person” to protest the Obama administration’s supposed “war against business and my country.” Brookstone writes that business owners should stop hiring new employees in order to stand up to “this new dictator,” the “global Progressive socialist movement,” Hollywood, the media and Occupy Wall Street.

Click on the link and read the insane wackadoodle this Melissa Brookstone person has cooked up in her “manifesto”: Obama has seized “dictatorial powers” to “bypass Congress,” congress is ” controlled by a Progressive socialist Senate,” and best of all, those all-powerful Democrats and their minions in Hollywood and the liberal news media are promoting an “anti-business, an anti-free market, and an anti-capitalist (anti-individual rights and property ownership) agenda.”

Okie dokie. Sounds like someone forgot to take her medication this month. So yeah, she wants all small business owners to stop hiring because if things get even worse in this country, that’ll show ’em! Or something.

Let’s just imagine what kind of backlash such America-hating rhetoric would generate if it came from the left. But it’s perfectly fine for the Tea Party to call for businesses to hold American workers hostage until there’s a Republican in the White House. Isn’t that what we call economic terrorism? IOKIYAR.

Honestly, this isn’t much different from Mitch McConnell’s grand plan to make Obama a one-term president by obstructing any legislative effort to fix the economy.

I wonder how many small businesses would be interested in taking Brookstone up on her offer? Can you imagine? “I really need to expand my business right now so I can increase my profits but I can’t because making sure Obama fails is just too important.”

Hilarious. What a bunch of morans!


Filed under economy, employment, Tea Party

Heads We Win, Tails You Lose

So, let’s make sure we have this straight:

• The FBI raid on Solyndra, a manufacturer of solar panels, is proof that Obama is a “crony capitalist” and a crook;

• The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s raid on Gibson Guitars is a politically-motivated attack on a “job creator.”

Is that right? Just trying to make sense out of the these contradictory right wing narratives.


Filed under right wing