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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Richard Cohen Is An Idiot

I know.  I know.  Picking on Washington Post columnist - and everyday nitwit - Richard Cohen is like shooting fish in a barrel, but as long as the newspaper continues to pay the guy to write the drivel that he does, I'll continue to heap contemptuous derision on the fool.

Get this, his latest world-class offering:
In her new book, [Sarah Palin] reportedly takes Michelle Obama to task for her supposedly infamous remark from the 2008 campaign: "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback."

Michelle Obama quickly explained herself. She was proud of the turnout in the primaries - so many young people, etc. Evan Thomas, writing perceptively in Newsweek, thought - as I did - that she was saying something else. He dug into her senior thesis at Princeton - "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community" - to find a young woman who felt, or was made to feel, "more aware of my 'blackness' than ever before." This was not a statement of racism. This was a statement of fact.

It's appalling that Palin and too many others fail to understand that fact - indeed so many facts of American history.

... slaves ...

... peonage ...

... second-class citizens ...

... forbidden to vote in much of the South ...

...  relegated to separate schools ...

... the back of the bus ...

... the other side of the tracks ...

... oppressed ...

... imprisoned ...

... hanged  ...

... whipped ...

... massacred ... [link]
Gee.  She endured all that?   No wonder she went her entire life, adult and otherwise, never being proud of her country.

But wait.  Michelle Obama never experienced any of that.  Not even in her worst nightmares.  Unless both Princeton and Harvard, at some point, administered hangings and whippings and ... massacres ... to its very privileged students.

In truth - Richard - she got a free ride to two of the most prestigious - and costly - universities that America has to offer.  Somewhere along the line you'd think she'd have been appreciative of that, if not of her country.  But no.  Apparently she felt it was her due.  Or Something.

But this isn't about Michelle Obama.  This is about a moron who writes stupid shit about one of the most pampered women in American history having experienced ... slavery.  The whip.  Utter degradation.

A moron whose continued presence on the Washington Post staff is a complete mystery to the entire English-speaking world.

The Republican Juggernaut Rolls On

Long after the tumultuous election results of November 2 came crashing down around the heads and shoulders of the Democratic Party, the GOP continues to rack up victories.  And I'm not talking simply about contested House races being finally called in Republicans' favor.  It goes beyond that.

And, in some significant ways, well beyond that.  This news comes out of Alabama:
Vance, 3 other House Dems switch to GOP
By Ed Enoch, Staff Writer,Associated Press

State Rep. Lesley Vance of Phenix City and three other House Democrats switched parties Monday, saying they identified more with Republicans.

“We have been kidded over the years that y’all are more conservative than some of the Republicans,” Vance said.

The moves give the GOP 66 votes in the House, or a super-majority allowing them to pass legislation without support from Democrats.

House Democrats Mike Millican of Hamilton, Steve Hurst of Munford and Alan Boothe of Troy joined Vance to announce the switch at a news conference Monday in Montgomery. The four represent Republican-leaning, mostly white areas.

Vance said he changed because he felt it was the best way to continue serving his constituents. He predicted few in his district will be upset by the “R” beside his name, saying he is known as a conservative regardless of party.

“I have been a Democrat all my life — at least as long as I was old enough to know what politics was about,” he said. [link]
There will be those in New York City and in Los Angeles who will scoff at this news and reject its significance because, as everyone knows, Alabamians are all knuckledraggers who live in a bygone era in an isolated part of America.

But tell me, who's really isolated from the outside world here?
It certainly isn't "knuckledragging" Alabama.

Quote of the Day

From James Taranto:
As speaker, Nancy Pelosi was a menace to society. As minority leader in the majoritarian House, she has little power--and she serves as a reminder to centrist voters of the dangers of electing moderate Democrats. She's not an attractive face for her party, but one would be hard-pressed to think of a more honest one.

May she serve as minority leader for many years to come.
"Truth in Advertising: The Case For Nancy Pelosi," Best of the Web Today, November 22, 2010

Those Poor TSA Employees

The things they must endure in their effort to implement what some consider to be a bizarre security regimen.  Add to the ongoing humiliation the TSA slogan of the day:
* Can't see London, can't see France, unless we see your underpants.

* Grope discounts available.

* Only we know if Lady Gaga is really a lady.

* Don't worry, my hands are still warm from the last guy.

* Wanna fly? Drop your fly.

* We've handled more balls than Barney Frank.

* It's not a grope. It's a freedom pat.

* TSA: Touchin', Squeezin', Arrestin'

* We handle more packages than the USPS.

* You WERE a virgin.

* You are now free to move about your pants.
Oh, brother.