Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Morning Thread

Quite a thunder storm we had overnight.

Overnight

Rock on.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Night

Good thing tomorrow is Friday!

Explanatory thread

“Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, 1965

Spring Fundraising Funstravaganza Day 4

Whether you're here for the community or because occasionally my flapping butterfly wings have an impact, consider a wee contribution.









Human Centipede

Perhaps the "puke funnel" metaphor isn't quite extreme enough.

Who Loves Cars?

Sure, some people do, but the whole "America's love affair with cars" stuff is so stupid. In most places we've removed all other travel options, and even in the hellholes where driving isn't necessary it is a constant battle to stop the auto-centric transportation policies and development.

Cars are useful things! But just because they're necessary for most people doesn't mean they're loved.

Can't Or Won't

I haven't known a lot of people in this situation, but do know one person for whom getting court ordered child support from someone who had the means to pay was like pulling teeth. But there's a difference between someone who is being a jerk, and someone who is just poor.
The warrant, the threat of another stay behind bars and the potential loss of yet another job caused him to run, a brother, Rodney Scott, said.

“Every job he has had, he has gotten fired from because he went to jail because he was locked up for child support,” said Mr. Scott, whose brother was working as a forklift operator when he died. “He got to the point where he felt like it defeated the purpose.”

Morning Thread




It's here.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Overnight

Rock on.

Sunday Night

I wonder what day tomorrow is?

American's Worst Humans

Maureen Dowd.

SPRING FUNDRAISING FUNSTRAVANGANZA DAY THREE

Was a bit busy so I kinda forget about day two yesterday. People have been more than a little generous, to say the least, so thankyouverymuch.

As I always say, this isn't charity. This isn't a substitute for any dogooder giving you might be considering. If I "needed" money I'd say so. If I had to, say, host a bake sale, which is how Real Americans pay for lifesaving medical treatment [/mordant humor], I'd say that. But if you spend some time here and want to skip a latte or two and contribute, it would be greatly appreciated. If not, that's fine too! If you're strapped for cash, please don't and don't feel bad about it! (Don't feel bad if you aren't strapped for cash either! It's just that over the years I've received some "guilty" emails from people saying they couldn't afford to and that always bums me out because really you shouldn't feel bad.)









The Best Idea I've Heard In Years

Perhaps the only way to make people understand it is to turn it into a farce. Digby:
I always thought Imperial Life in the Emerald City should actually be turned into a musical comedy in order to get the true feel for the outrageousness of the whole thing

Between each scene, "Tom Friedman" can sing, in countertenor, "ANOTHER SIX MONTHS!"

Private Buses

Good piece by Susie Cagle.

Wanker of the Day

Ruth Marcus.

Everybody Gets Rich

I think the NRA runs our foreign policy, too. Just arm everybody and everything will be ok!
WASHINGTON — To wage war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is using F-15 fighter jets bought from Boeing. Pilots from the United Arab Emirates are flying Lockheed Martin’s F-16 to bomb both Yemen and Syria. Soon, the Emirates are expected to complete a deal with General Atomics for a fleet of Predator drones to run spying missions in their neighborhood.

As the Middle East descends into proxy wars, sectarian conflicts and battles against terrorist networks, countries in the region that have stockpiled American military hardware are now actually using it and wanting more. The result is a boom for American defense contractors looking for foreign business in an era of shrinking Pentagon budgets — but also the prospect of a dangerous new arms race in a region where the map of alliances has been sharply redrawn.

Pity the defense contractors.



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Morning Thread

A Geyser of Money Worthy of Old Faithful, Digby. Amazing how much money these guys will spend to try and elect someone who will help them avoid a pittance in taxes. Tens of millions of dollars from just a handful of sources. No wonder my voice doesn't get heard, $25.00 is about the largest contribution I ever make.