A Democrat - without prefix, without suffix, without apology.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Something of substance...
...when I catch up a bit. An unfortunate alignment of vacation schedules and an injured cook has led to me spending altogether too many hours at the perfect tavern. Today was Day 12 of Shaun Held Hostage and there's no relief in sight for a number of days. Drop in if you have a chance and you're likely to find me around or by in a bit. Big doings planned for the Fourth, by the way, if you're in town and at loose ends.
Anyway, thought I should check in. Off to Bloglines in search of posting fodder...
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Slightly Bowdlerized Quote of the Day.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
At long last...
...the random ten you've been waiting for!
The Louvin Brothers - Cash On The Barrelhead
Wilson Pickett - 634-5789
The Grateful Dead - Deal
Blue Street Jazz Band - Take The A Train
Gram Parsons - Streets Of Baltimore
Phil Lesh & Friends - Turn On Your Lovelight
Keely Smith - One For My Baby (One More For The Road)
Bottoms Up Blues Gang - Ain't Nobody's Business
Willie Nelson - I Gotta Get Drunk
Rig The Jig - The Lifting Of The Latch
Friday, June 26, 2009
So what you're saying…
Thursday, June 25, 2009
From the "Strange bedfellows" file.
From the "Not fast enough" file.
From the "Sad but true…" file.
Well, not that sad, from a Democratic perspective. Pretty sorry, though, and probably true. Texas Gov. Rick Perry on his Alaskan counterpart's support…
"If there's a bigger endorsement in the Republican universe, I don't know who it is than Sarah."
The good questions keep coming.
Sir Charles this time…
It appears that Sanford and John Ensign were in the same Bible study group on Capitol Hill -- what version of the Bible were these guys reading, the Bob Guccione edition?The only answer I can think of is Heh™.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Why didn’t President Mohammad Khatami of Iran come out with more forceful statements when the 2000 U.S. presidential election was being stolen?Maybe they bought his silence with a promise to take out his belligerent neighbor.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
BTB at Horses Ass…
Chris Dodd, with a strict emission standards and carbon tax proposal that won over the likes of Al Gore, had arguably the best energy plan out of the entire 2008 Democratic presidential field.Yep.
He was an early and forceful voice on FISA and has since discussed the idea of Bush administration torture trials. Plus he had the balls to endorse Ned Lamont over his long time colleague and King Rat Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) in 2006.
Now Dodd stands up for marriage equality in the middle of a re-election race that the Republicans are salivating all over.
He deserves more love from the left. If you know someone in Connecticut, where Dodd’s polling has been dismal all year, I suggest you call them.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Maybe "they" don't…
Sunday, June 21, 2009
From the "Since you asked…" file.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
From the "Strange bedfellows" file.
Me and Barry and Hank and Pat. Brother Buchanan, via John Nichols...
It is impossible to believe a denunciation of the regime by Obama will cause it to stay its hand if it believes its power is imperiled. But it is certain that if Obama denounces Tehran, those demonstrators will be portrayed as dupes and agents of America before and after they meet their fate.All I can say is, well, yep.
If standing up and denouncing the Ayatollah and Ahmadinejad from 7,000 miles away is moral heroism, it is moral heroism at other people's expense.
Ladies and gentlemen…
…The Grateful Dead. Random tunes, random times, random places…
West L.A. Fadeaway 7/26/87
C.C. Rider 8/7/82
I Know You Rider 8/4/74
The Other One 4/26/69
Far From Me 7/24/87
Black Throated Wind 3/25/72
Row Jimmy 2/28/73
Big River 8/6/74
Doin' That Rag 4/26/69
Brown-Eyed Woman 5/21/77
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
And the beat goes on…
Well, I thought so…
…but if ol' Henry Kissofdeath agrees...
They tried it with their budget…
…now they're using it for health care. Brad at Where's Eric Cantor? Offers the three stages of Republican policy...
1. Cut taxes…and a fun fact...
...Americans trust health insurance companies more than they trust Republican leaders in Congress...
Conspiracy theory of the day.
Melissa McEwan on Secretary of State Clinton's "broken elbow" (slightly bowdlerized as is my wont)...
The fall is just a cover story. It's really a repetitive strain injury sustained from four decades of nudging dudez in the ribs to get sh*t done or get the hell out of her way. Feminist elbow.Heh™.
And get wells to the Secretary from here, too.
Chart of the day.
Via, once again, Mr. Yglesias (becoming known around Upper Left World Headquarters as The Chart Czar)...
Not too bad for a guy who, I hear, has taken on too much, in the wrong order, and alienated key blocs of his base while becoming over-exposed in the media. Bound to fail, I'm told.
Or maybe he knows something a bunch of us don't...
E.J. Dionne's got a bunch...
Where did we get the idea that the only good health-care bill is a bipartisan bill? Is bipartisanship more important than whether a proposal is practical and effective? And if bipartisanship is a legitimate goal, isn't each party equally responsible for achieving it?All good, but I find the latter particularly compelling.
If a majority party lacks the cohesion and discipline to enact its own program with its own votes, and the minority party has votes to offer that will help the majority leadership achieve its goals in return for some consideration that doesn't contradict those goals, well, that's a bipartisanship I can understand, if not invariably support (the devil, of course, being in those considerations.)
Otherwise, I remain Proudly Partisan.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This is true.
Mo-ha-med, via Jeremy Scahill (and slightly bowdlerized by yours truly)...
You know nothing. Abso-f*cking-lutely nothing about what happened, or is happening across Iran at the very moment. Most of us don’t, actually. What we see is a tiny slice of reality, mind you, what is happening on the main squares in the big cities, under camera lenses.Still, this is impressive...
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
You say you want a revolution…
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Ten for today...
Chet Baker - My Funny Valentine
John Prine - Big Ol' Goofy World
Roger Miller - Kansas City Star
James McMurtry - Out Here In The Middle
Wylie & The Wild West - Hooked On Honky Tonk
The Meters - Hey, Pocky Way
Frog Holler - Stray
Jerry Jeff Walker - L.A. Freeway
Dave Zanes w/ Bob Weir - Wabash Cannonball
Steve Earle - Sweet Little 66
Friday, June 12, 2009
What Republicans are.
Score one for the good guys.
Two, even. Congress strikes a blow for adulthood...
WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators have agreed to drop amendments to a supplemental appropriations bill that would have banned the release of photos depicting alleged detainee abuse and would have restricted bringing Guantanamo detainees to the United States.Personally, I don't see any need to display more torture pictures except as exhibits at the trials of those who created the conditions and policies that made those pictures possible - even inevitable - but a Congressional ban is an idea worthy only of it's sponsors (Lieberman and Graham), who aren't worthy of the support of their peers on either side of the aisle. The whole "no prisoners on US soil" is part and parcel of the same scairdy-cat syndrome.
Nice to see the grownups in charge for a change.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
From the "Me too" file.
…from Senator Webb, with my emphasis...
• The United States has 5% of the world’s population, yet possesses 25% of the world’s prison population;Seems pretty clear that the road to prison reform starts with surrender in the war on (some) drugs. It also seems pretty plain that the road to economic health, especially for many state and local governments, starts with cutting prison costs.
• More than 2.38 million Americans are now in prison, and another 5 million remain on probation or parole. That amounts to 1 in every 31 adults in the United States is in prison, in jail, or on supervised release;
• Incarcerated drug offenders have soared 1200% since 1980, up from 41,000 to 500,000 in 2008; and
• 60% of offenders are arrested for non-violent offensives–many driven by mental illness or drug addiction.
Or maybe Americans are just too high to care.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Chart of the day.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Speaking of Twitter...
From the "Ain't it the truth" file.
Strategy of the month club?
WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Monday gave the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan 60 days to conduct another review of the American strategy there, the fifth since President Barack Obama took office less than five months ago.I got'cher strategy right here - the right way in Afghanistan is out.
Monday, June 08, 2009
From the "Told ya' so" file.
Told ya' so. The San Francisco Federal Reserve, via Calculated Risk...
Our analysis generally supports projections that labor market weakness will persist, but our findings offer a basis for even greater pessimism about the outlook for the labor market. Specifically, we suggest that the relatively low level of temporary layoffs and high level of involuntary part-time workers make a jobless recovery similar to the one experienced in 1992 a plausible scenario.It's time to make it very clear that if it's "jobless" it isn't recovery. Given the concentration of wealth and disparity of income in this country, improvement in the markets or an increase in the GDP is meaningless in terms of the kitchen table economics that determine whether working people can meet their basic needs.
Specifically, we suggest that the relatively low level of temporary layoffs and high level of involuntary part-time workers make a jobless recovery similar to the one experienced in 1992 a plausible scenario. (emphasis mine)
We need to demand a jobs first recovery, and we need to fight for it.
Hat tip to Atrios.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
...and mostly Americana, here's a random ten...
The Lovin' Spoonful - Lovin' You
Buddy Blue - Blues In The Night
Railroad Earth - The Good Life
Lyle Lovett - Closing Time
Robert Earl Keen - The Road Goes On Forever
Nanci Griffith - This Old Town
Christine Kane - She Don't Like Roses
Reckless Kelly - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Tom Rush - The Circle Game
James McMurtry - Out Here In The Middle
Friday, June 05, 2009
Chart of the day.
Quote of the day.
Not just here…
…but there, and, it seems, everywhere...
With companies in no mood to hire, the unemployment rate jumped to 9.4 percent in May, the highest in more than 25 years....and yes, it's worse than it looks...
If laid-off workers who have given up looking for new jobs or have settled for part-time work are included, the unemployment rate would have been 16.4 percent in May, the highest on records dating to 1994.Last time around we invented the "jobless recovery," while the speculators got fat on the (non-)workers misery. This time we've got to demand a "jobs first" recovery, or understand that there's no recovery at all.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
If you think the system is working…
…ask someone who isn't. Via The Capitol Record…
There are 35 percent fewer job openings today than there were six months ago, according to the Employment Security Department. Whereas the department estimates there were more than 50,000 openings that employers were actively looking to fill in the fall, today there are around 32,600.Not very stimulating news...
Most job openings were not for high-paying jobs, with more than 40 percent of vacant positions offering less than $10 per hour.
No they don't.
Sotomayor's finances look a lot like the average person'sLet's get real. Judge Sotomayor is a single woman with about 70% equity in a million dollar Manhattan condo, a piece of New York rental property, a primary income of $180k a year or so guaranteed for as long as she wants it (and avoids an impeachable felony), another $25k in pin money from a side job and a couple million set aside in a defined benefit pension.
She is, in other words, a wealthy person. Not as wealthy, perhaps, as Chief Justice Roberts, who came to the court with about $6 million in the bank, but her finances don't look anything like the "average person's".
Can we stop the silly now?
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
From the "Me neither" file.
I've got nothing, really…
…to add to the discussion of Dr. George Tiller's murder. Like everyone of sanity and good will, I deplore the act and the ideas that led to it, but there's scant evidence that the purveyors of those ideas feel any regret or responsibility, and some evidence of a perverse sense of pride. That's terrible, but if anything positive comes from this tragedy, it will be a firmer resolve by those who believe in a nation of laws to refuse to be terrorized.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wagn'nagl fhtagn!
Monday, June 01, 2009
Chart of the day.
From the "Bring it on" file.
Via Political Wire...
"House Republicans, hoping to put Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) back on defense, are weighing whether to take another run at a resolution calling for an investigation into her allegations that the CIA lied to Congress about its use of enhanced interrogation techniques."Sounds a lot like the investigation that's been encouraged by Speaker Pelosi her own self. I'm not sure how you put her on defense by adopting her position, but there's a lot I don't understand about how Republicans think.