Friday, February 20, 2009

Rush's dumber brother and the Right-Wing Echo Chamber

David Limbaugh, Rush's dumber brother, wrote on, and USED QUOTES so you know it's official, that under the stimulus bill, a new federal bureaucracy "will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective." Oooooh, scary! Boo! Bad government!

And of course, the quotes mean it's in the bill, right?



The quote came from a right-wing harpy former lieutenanant governor of New York that was picked up by little Davy's drug-addled gasbag brother.

The bill provides that the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology' not new but in existence for 5 years, will provide appropriate information to help guide medical decisions at the time and place of care.

Yeah, I'd hate to get--information.

Bet he's kicking himself now

(H/T to Redzone Jim, shamelessly stolen)

Thursday, February 19, 2009


I'm sure you've heard of the New York Post chimp cartoon controversy and I was wondering how the class felt about it.

There are several different things in play. First of all, the rather horrific attack of a woman in Connecticut by a chimp about my size, where the police shot the critter.

Then we have an inordinately complex stimulus bill.

The "innocent" explanation is the "infinite monkey theorem," you know, with monkeys and typewriters and infinity they produce Hamlet, or in this case--a stimulus bill.

Do you buy the "innocent" explanation or the racism angle?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


2 days post op. Getting better. Typing slowly. Some tubes been removed (thankfully, the MG tube and extra IV). Still have catheter, wound drain, abscess drain. epidural, oxygen, PICC lime(semi-perm IV for nutrition, antibiotics, and morphine), and the all-important colostomy bag. ( am looking totally hot, BTW.

Health is noticeably improving, even through background noise.

Breaking News


Roland Burris is A-Rod's Dad!

Sources tell Smudge that DNA from a needle that Alex Rodriguez doesn't know anything about that came from his cousin in the Dominican Republic that he didn't know was a country indicates that he is the biological child of embattled U.S. Senator Roland Burris.

Burris initially stated that he had never had any contact with A-Rod's mother, or with any woman for that matter. He denied he was the father of anyone, including Rolanda, Roland Jr., Rolaids and Rolodex. Later, in an affidavit, he stated that "Hell, Wilt Chamberlain's got nothin' on the B-Man."

A source close to the story told Smudge that "I can't say for sure, but as they say, like father, like son. A-Rod may have been young and stupid, like he said. Well, we know where he got the stupid part!"


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

As the Burris turns..

From the Chicago Tribune:

Burris now acknowledges fundraising effort for Blagojevich
Posted by Rick Pearson, John Chase and Ray Long at 10:40 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged he sought to raise campaign funds for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the request of the governor’s brother at the same time he was making a pitch to be appointed to the Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama.

Burris' latest comments in Peoria Monday night were the first time he has publicly said he was actively trying to raise money for Blagojevich. Previously Burris has left the impression that he always balked at the issue of raising money for the governor because of his interest in the Senate appointment.

In comments to reporters after appearing at a Democratic dinner, the senator several times contradicted his latest under-oath affidavit that he quietly filed with the Illinois House impeachment panel earlier this month. That affidavit was itself an attempt to clean up his live, sworn testimony to the panel Jan. 8, when he omitted his contacts with several Blagojevich insiders.

Something tells me the senator, pictured below

is not long for the job.

How are these three pictures connected?

Picture #1 -- DePauw University, ye olde alma mater

Pictures #2 and 3, you know.

scroll down for answer
Comin' right up
Get ready..
[Matthew Simpson, first president of Indiana Asbury College, presided at Lincoln's funeral. He was an associate of Francis Asbury, the first Methodist bishop in the United States. The small college headed by Rev. Simpson was named for Bishop Asbury. It was subsequently renamed to honor a rich donor, Washington C. DePauw. Other schools and towns were named in honor of Bishop Asbury, including Asbury Park, New Jersey, home of... ]

Monday, February 16, 2009

I'd be happy to loan Grampy my GPS if he needs it to find reality...

Grampy McCain whined, "That's not how you negotiate a result. You sit down together in a room with competing proposals. Almost all of our proposals went down on a party-line vote."

Well, duh. Your PROPOSALS are bad ideas that got us in this mess in the first place.
Time to turn Grampy and change the sheets. Let's hope he doesn't wander off again.

Out of Action

Bad news from magooland: I'm off to the OR this afternoon so that the docs can cut a hunk out of my tripes. Hopefully, I'll be back up and blabbering before too long, but for a while here, I'm going to be in major lurk mode. Remember, guys and gals, no matter how screwed up the government is, most of what we scream about is pretty small potatoes compared with what's really important. In addition to the innards issues, I've got a complicating virus (MRSA, whee!), and I haven't been able to see my little guy since Tuesday. That, my friends, sucks. Be well.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Brother, can you spare a trillion?

OK. No one likes running the red ink meter the way this massive whatever bill just did/will do.

But let's face facts.

What we KNOW from cold hard experience is that giving Thurston and Lovey, and even me, tax cuts, DOES NOT WORK. Neither do cuts in business taxes. Higher corporate tax rates encourage REINVESTMENT and EXPANSION rather than squirrelling away shareholder gain. We also know that the last generation of Republican economic ideology, including the eight years of the GOP's best friend Bill Clinton, has skateboarded us into this disaster.

What we don't know is WILL THIS HELP? And I have no idea. The point is though, that this is 1933 and then some all over again. We need to try THINGS. If they work, fine, if they don't, scrap them. The operative word now is PRAGMATISM, not (paging John Boehner) partisanship.

The Titanic has hit the berg. I'd rather NOT be Leo.