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Saturday, December 31, 2011

And That's a Good Thing

The New York Times this morning stands aghast that outsiders are influencing the Iowa Republican primary, and that it's all the fault of the Supreme Court nullification of campaign finance law.  The gist of the outrage:
In a stark illustration of how last year’s landmark Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance has created powerful new channels for outside money to influence elections, the negative onslaught is the work of a group called Restore Our Future.

The battle in Iowa has underscored what advocates for tighter campaign finance restraints have warned for months: that the new groups will be deployed to devastating effect, in the primary season and then in the general election.
"[N]ew groups will be deployed to devastating effect."

Unlike old groups, like the New York Times, outsiders all, who spend their every waking moment trying to influence - to devastating effect - the outcome of the Iowa Republican primary.

In truth, those "new" outside groups have done the voters a favor.  We've learned a great deal from them about Newt Gingrich.  And about the other candidates.

In any other context, the deep thinkers at the Times would consider information - including information skewed toward one's personal preferences - to be a good thing.  But when it comes to politics, that doesn't fly.  Only the information - often skewed to the max - provided by select outsiders is to be countenanced.

Idiots?  Or sneaky politicians themselves.  You decide.

* Lest one climb aboard that high horse and suggest that lobbying groups and PACs formed to influence the outcomes of elections are somehow unworthy of that lofty, impartial position held by the likes of the New York Times, I offer in response its article, "For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk."  Gutter politics if there ever was such a thing.

Norman Lear Was Always a Loon

This may be the most boneheaded bit of misguided wishful thinking to have come out of 2011.  And it comes from TV Land darling Norman Lear:
One of the most encouraging things to happen in 2011 was the birth of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is giving the entire country the chance for a "born again American" moment. In calling attention to the country's widening chasm between rich and poor, the Occupiers have unleashed decades of pent-up patriotic outrage against the systematic violation of our nation's core principles by the "say good-bye to the middle class" alliance of the neocons, theocons and corporate America.
Those "occupiers" are patriots, you see.

Bad timing, though.  Lear's silly op/ed appeared in the Los Angeles Times the same day the Charlotte Observer ran this story:

4 charged after 2 U.S. flags burned at Occupy Charlotte site

Lear, I'd bet, would want you to believe that those four assholes are, in fact, patriots.  That they love their country.  Just not as it exists.  But as it will exist after they bring it down, kill off those who they deem worthy of execution, and reconstruct it from the rubble and rotting flesh.

Odd notion of patriotism.

From an odd man.

Where Did All The Prowlers Go?

You know, this one, built by Plymouth (off and on) between 1997 and 2002:

 Never see them anymore.  Why is that?  Where'd they go?

I'll tell you: They've gone to the same location where that other collectors' item -  the electric car - is soon to go.  Into the garage.

Why?

Because those small, uncomfortable, inefficient, expensive status symbols are woefully inadequate as a means of transportation.  And, unless you want to drive down the street to grandma's house and back, they always will be.

Four days to drive 484 miles?

Four days?  Why bother?

Get a horse.

Playing The Role of Marie Antoinette

And doing it to a tee:

On a $4 Million Vacation, Michelle Seeks $3 From Backers

Starving masses? Surely they can afford a few dollars to keep her in the lifestyle to which she's become accustomed.