Friday, March 30, 2012

Conservatives, Be Careful What You Wish For



I'm not particularly upset about the possibility of
Obamacare being overturned. And that's because I
know we can't simply go on the way we are now and
a better, simpler solution like the single payer
option now looks a whole lot more attractive.

I know people who work in the health insurance
business and even they acknowledge things have
to change one way or another.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Car Elevator Candidate




It's amazing that even though the president is dealing with Iran, high gas prices,unemployment, Syria, a review of his healthcare law, Afghanistan and a multitude of other national problems his approval rating is markedly better than Mitt Romney's.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pretzel Logic



Has anyone else noticed that the three leading GOP
candidates are simultaneously bashing the president
about the high price of gas while also implying they'd
attack Iran two minutes after they took the oath of
office?

Got news for you, fellas. Attack Iran if you must but
be aware gas will be going up to 8.00 per gallon
for a while.


http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/story/2012-03-21/gas-prices-iran-strait-of-hormuz/53704546/1

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

They're Not Concerned About the Very Poor




How very kind: To protect poor Americans from being demeaned, Ryan is cutting their anti-poverty programs and using the proceeds to give the wealthiest Americans a six-figure tax cut.


Monday, March 19, 2012

A Smart Compromise





Representative Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has put forward a really good
idea that I'm sure no Republican will ever support.

Allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built but demand
that all oil pumped through it stays in the US. We'd
still have risk but also a whole bunch of guaranteed
reward.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Driving Toward the Future



I thought this was exciting. There's now a big chunk of
interstate 5 that's been equipped with car recharging stations.

http://www.modbee.com/2012/03/16/2115717/first-big-piece-of-electric-highway.html

Friday, March 16, 2012

Severely Schizophrenic



If Mitt gets the GOP nomination it will be fun to see
how he tries to take back everything he said the past
few months.


http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/03/12/the-long-road-back-to-the-middle/

Dear Diary...



The newest Mrs. Limbaugh explains the facts of life to
her bloated bully of a husband.

http://www.kansascity.com/2012/03/14/3483688/commentary-from-the-diary-of-mrs.html

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Undeniable Truth



Kudos to Fox News for publishing this column. Even they
can't deny how badly the GOP has stumbled with women.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/03/15/yes-there-is-republican-war-on-women-voters/

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mysterious Ways



If Peyton Manning signs with Denver does that mean
God has forsaken Saint Tim?

Shell Game



I've recently heard conservative commentators (especially
the female ones) say that if a woman is denied contraception
coverage by her morally troubled employer she can just
go to her local Planned Parenthood clinic instead.

Oh,wait a minute...aren't the Republicans doing their
best to defund that orgnization?


Monday, March 12, 2012

The Backup Plan


Rush has some new sponsors.


It's Bigger Than Supply and Demand


Here's a comment from that notorious left-wing
periodical called the Wall Street Journal:

"What's more, producing a lot of oil doesn't lower the price of gasoline in your country. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Germans over the past three years have paid an average of $2.64 a gallon (excluding taxes), while Americans paid $2.69, even though the U.S. produced 5.4 million barrels of oil per day while Germany produced just 28,000."

Sunday, March 11, 2012

We Need to Come Home



I wonder if Fox News will demand the Afghans apologize
to us for today's slaughter?

I agreed that we should send troops to Afghanistan back after
9/11. But at this point I would say we're just wasting money,
lives and international goodwill sticking around.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iKPKeYqB6pJdku8uuLHv1vBp_lPA?docId=c73acb0aae01400399f3fe319cf2b349

Pieces of the Puzzle


You can't crap on people and then expect them to vote for you.

Female voters appear to be swinging back to Democrats. A number of polls show Obama’s approval among women has risen significantly since December, even as it has remained flat among men.

The same trend is also showing up farther down the ballot. When the Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey asked last summer which party should control Congress, a slim 46-to-42 percent plurality of women said it should be the Democrats.

In a survey released Monday, compiling polling since the beginning of the year, the gap had widened to 15 points. According to polling by the team of Democratic pollster Peter Hart and Republican Bill McInturff, 51 percent favored Democratic control; 36 percent wanted to see Republicans in charge.

According to the latest national Fox News Latino survey, none of the Republican contenders for the presidential nomination poll above 14 percent in a head-to-head matchup against Obama. That's a 17 point drop in support from John McCain's 2008 share of the Hispanic vote — with McCain garnering 31 percent of that group four years ago.

Obama has a six-to-one advantage among Hispanics, leading Mitt Romney 70 percent to 14 percent among likely Latino voters. Obama also beats Newt Gingrich 72 to 14 percent. And Obama is also drawing a significant well of his Hispanic support from former John McCain voters. According to the poll, 40 percent of John McCain voters are now supporting Obama over Gingrich or Romney, while 38 percent are supporting Obama over Rick Santorum.

Obama's approval rating among Hispanics stands at 73 percent — with 66 percent approving of his handling of the economy.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tidal Wave



Apparently a whole lot of companies have decided they
don't want to be associated with extreme right wing
talkers anymore.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/10/rush-limbaugh-scandal-proves-contagious-for-talk-radio-advertisers.html

It Doesn't Get Much More Ironic Than This



The lady doesn't want to pay for health insurance. But
she does want everybody else to help clean up the mess
later on.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-na-healthcare-plaintiff-20120309,0,6657163.story

Friday, March 9, 2012

Big, Fat, Loose Cannon



I'm always amused when people talk about how great it
would be for the GOP if only somebody else would come
riding in on a white horse and rescue the party from
the likes of Newt, Rick and Mitt.

It's like they have political amnesia. Remember
Texas governor Rick Perry, the supposedly unstoppable
presidential candidate who couldn't even count to three?

Anybody who decides to jump into the race is going to
be vetted and tested. Jeb Bush has skeletons in his
closet, Mitch Daniels has all the charisma of a two
week old newspaper and Chris Christie seems to have an
incredibly short fuse.

Having a short fuse isn't a good thing when you're the
guy who could press a button and blow up the world.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/09/christie-argues-with-veteran_n_1334963.html?1331314018&ncid=webmail1

Are We That Dog?



Gail Collins answers questions about that time Mitt
drove to Canada with a dog stuck on the roof of his car.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/opinion/collins-dogging-mitt-romney.html?src=me&ref=general

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hide Your Wives and Daughters



Is El Rushbo planning to single out and attack every educated woman in the country?

http://blogs.metrotimes.com/index.php/2012/03/rush-limbaugh-attacks-metro-times-fellow-tracie-mcmillan/

The GOP is Waking Up



Republicans are starting to realize that adhering to
Grover Norquist's no tax pledge is making them look
like petrified political zombies who can't get anything
done.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tunes For the 21st Century



Todd Snider is an interesting songwriter/musician. He writes
stuff that follows in the proud (and funny) tradition of guys
like John Hiatt, Randy Newman and Loudon Wainwright.

http://www.salon.com/2012/03/07/todd_snider_folk_music_for_the_occupy_era/

Here's a tune of his I've been enjoying a lot the past couple days...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBD_d9SZYnw

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Fundamental Contempt For Women



Rush Limbaugh's recent statements reflect the fact there's
a portion of our population who view women as being inherently
corrupt.

Apples, anyone?


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/all-about-eve-the-christian-roots-of-the-gop-war-on-women/2012/03/01/gIQAymq0kR_blog.html

Monday, March 5, 2012

What is Wrong With These People?



Apparently Mitt's wife has decided he wasn't creating
enough out-of-touch rich people gaffes. So she decided
to help out a bit...

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/03/05/438264/ann-romney-wealthy/

Is This How Pedophiles Feel in Prison?



You know you've gone too far when even Don Imus
is outraged.

The Truth About Gas



I'm not sure what the president can do about the price
of gas other than preventing US companies from exporting it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/opinion/drill-baby-drill-redux.html?hp

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rock On, Ronnie



Legendary rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose has died at
the age of 64. He was in the Edgar Winter Group, Montrose
and Gamma. He also put out some fine solo albums and
contributed session work for a lot of different artists.


http://blog.sfgate.com/culture/2012/03/04/guitarist-ronnie-montrose-dies-at-64/


Here's his version of "Town Without Pity":


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEa2PHGf7AQ&feature=related

Friday, March 2, 2012

Robin Hoods in Reverse



For the most part, the GOP candidates are pushing
the same tax plan: slash programs for the poor and
middle class and hand that money over to the rich.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/opinion/krugman-four-fiscal-phonies.html

Mitt Understanding



Jon Stewart was talking last night about a new measure
of time called the Romney. The length is based on how
long it takes him to flip-flop on an issue.


http://www.thenation.com/blog/166555/romneys-contraception-flip-flop-reminds-everyone-why-they-hate-him

Bullies and Victims



Kathleen Parker on how Rush Limbaugh has united
women and men all over the country against the GOP.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rush-limbaugh-should-apologize-to-sandra-fluke/2012/03/02/gIQAo9gqmR_story.html?hpid=z3

Well, Somebody Supports This Guy



I was talking to an old friend today on Facebook
about Rush Limbaugh's recent statements. My
friend is a Republican and he claims most people
in his political party ignore the rantings of the
fat, drug-addled prick down in Florida.

My response was: Limbaugh has an average daily
audience of 20 million...I doubt most of them
are Democrats.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Not Quite Human



Hey, conservative males: did you know that Rush
Limbaugh considers your wife or girlfriend a
slut if she uses contraception?

http://ordinary-gentlemen.com/russellsaunders/2012/03/01/rush-limbaugh-hates-women/

Quick Spins



I love the new Mark Lanegan cd "Blues Funeral". This guy
used to be in the Screaming Trees. He has one of those
deep, menacing voices that's so good he can practically
just talk through the songs. Thanks to Snave for sending
me a copy.



This was a nice surprise. My friend Dave Downing burned me
a copy of the new Kathleen Edwards cd "Voyageur". I'd heard
she was a great songwriter but was also pleased with the
variety of styles on this album.



Todd Rundgren has a fun new live cd out. He got together
with some old friends and recreated one of my all-time
favorite albums "Todd" (from 1974).




I'm not impressed with the new Air cd. It reminds me of that
joke from the film Annie Hall: The food here is terrible and
the portions are way too small.

Freudian Financial Slips



I won't be surprised if Romney actually says "greed is
good" during a speech between now and the election.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romneys-two-cadillacs-fallacy/2012/02/29/gIQAKLZBjR_story.html?hpid=z3