April 06, 2009

MOTO : Is Dave Carney really such a self important 'tard?

Let this be the last thing we ever say about the 2006 Governors Race.

At the Statesman, they are covering the Bell v. Perry suit regarding 39%'s efforts to hide the true identity of some of his donors. Embry has an article here about the suit, but the first link is to a blog entry that covers what Embry found in the depo. Here's the quote that caught my eye...

“Chris Bell was so inept and had not gotten any traction, our real concern was that Kinky Friedman, who basically got outed as a fraud and a racist, was going to — was going to collapse and that that vote would go to Carole Strayhorn. And — because they had already rejected — you know, theoretically Democrats aren’t with a Democrat. They’ve already rejected him.

So the theory would be that if Kinky collapsed, all that vote would go to Carole, and it’s very difficult to stop an independent candidate, you know, in that her resources to money was pretty significant as being the comptroller and some of her deep-pocket supporters. So we had a strategy to pump up Bell.

In fact, at our state convention, Governor Perry, you know, started to talk about Chris Bell exclusively because we wanted to make him the bogeyman so Democrats would rally around him and that he wouldn’t collapse too far. At some point he wasn’t even a 15 — you know, 15 percent of the polls. We had to make him credible, so we made him our bogeyman so that Strayhorn wouldn’t get any traction from what we assumed would be the collapse of Friedman.

Friedman did collapse, but not as much as, you know, we were worried if he ultimately, and so we’re, you know, in a five-way race. It was very difficult. But we had to prop up Bell as much as possible, and the thought was if Perry is worried about Bell, then the Democrats and independents, you know, that were left of center, would rally around Bell. It didn’t really work, but we did keep him up — prop him up so that, you know, Carole never got any traction.”

Dave, no lie amigo, you are the biggest MOTO of all time. Focusing on Bell as your only 'true' challenger was your only shot not only to keep focus on him; It also neatly kept you from getting into the mud with Carole where she would have whupped 39%'s ass.

It was your ONLY play and completely obvious. What makes this piece so unbelievable is that Carney seems quite proud of how clever he was when, in reality, he had no other option if he wanted to win. Even still and with the expenditure of more money than all the other candidates combined, Carney couldn't manage to get a sitting governor over 50%. Against a fuckwit 'humorist', a Congressman defeated in his own party's primary and a delusional Comptroller.

The mistake the Democrats made was in not taking out a contract on Carole and Kinky.

Oh... Dave, by the way, super nice work on the Speaker's race, pal.


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November 13, 2008

MOTO : No! Really?

The NYT has a story up titled Near-Flawless Run Is Credited in Victory. Of course, it's about Obama's beat down of McCain last week.

I was just wondering how many terribly run campaigns can be Credited in Victory? Or Super Lucky/Unlucky Situation Credited in Victory/Loss.

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September 24, 2008

I KNEW IT! Clay Aiken Trips Gaydar

As if this post was not foretelling. American Idol pop-singer Clay Aiken has finally come out as gay.

Will Young could beat his ass any day. Actually, I take that back. Forget Clay's ass, really, forget it. Young can beat mine instead.

In the meantime, please enjoy this picture, yet again.

THAT IS ALL.

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September 06, 2008

MOTO Of The Week : ABC News/WaPo

ABC News and the Washington Post did a poll recently and the shocking (shocking, I tell you!) results are that partisan affiliation colors the views of Republican Vice Presidential pick Sarah Palin. To save you from having to endure two pages of tortured writing, not to mention the ramblings of the people interviewed for the piece, I'll put in the best part...

But some questioned whether the vice president needs extensive experience, particularly with regard to foreign policy. "The vice president doesn't really have to have a lot of that," said Carol Kirk, 65, of Buckeye, Ariz. "A lot of that can be learned on the job."

Kirk said that someone with atypical experience could be beneficial to the country. "I think that she would think more about women's issues than would a man," she said. "It's about time that the women had someone looking after their issues."

Yeah, it hit me like a baseball bat, too. Carol's excited because someone will be 'looking after women's issues' if McCain wins and Palin become VP? I guess Carol hasn't heard that she's against, well, everything that women care about and is actually a bigger believer in restricting the rights of woman than McCain.

Oh, yes, Carol. She'll really be thinking all about women's issues. She'll be thinking about how to make you sure you and your fellow women don't get out of your place. Which is totally in the house, cooking, cleaning and basically being a baby factory.

After all, we only need one liberated woman. And Sarah is the one.

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August 21, 2008

So Gaydar is Real

Another recent study, this time from Tufts University (like THAT doesn't sound like its full of poofs), is lending evidence to the idea that, No Shit Sherlock, Gaydar might work!

Published in July's Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the study claims that people could guess fairly accurately ("better than chance") whether men were gay or straight by looking at photos of their faces.

For the study, 15 undergraduate students, both male and female, were shown photos of faces of 90 men, evenly divided between gay and straight. The photos were taken from Internet personal ads and from Facebook. The study's lead author, graduate student Nicholas Rule, says men were used in this study for convenience, because they have a greater presence on the Internet than women.

The researchers found that subjects could accurately determine in 50 milliseconds — one-twentieth of a second — whether the men were gay or straight about 60 percent of the time. Rule says all the subjects were accurate 55 percent to 70 percent of the time.
WOW. This is stunning news. To further test this out, I have placed a series of photos below for you to test your skills. Leave a comment with your guesses.

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August 13, 2008

MOTO : Gas Prices are top issue

Really? I needed the Statesman to tell me what I (and everyone I know) already knew? Tell you what... try sharing this with Democratic consultants who AREN'T Kelly Fero and Dean Rindy. Better yet, why don't you candidates start using AND listening to them instead of the people who told you Iraq was still the big issue.

Energy and food inflation are THE issues. The fact that asshat Ted Delisi gets it's better than some of our folks is, quite simply, infuriating.

And someone ask that ugly bitch Myra Crownover to keep her mouth shut? WE DID BAIL OUT PRODUCERS IN
THE 80's, YOU SLOB. We cut taxes on production to zero and bailed out their bad loans and the shitty banks that lent to them. We called it the S&L crisis. What, were you drunk while the 80's were happening or was that the time you were enjoying a first hand view of your colon?

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January 18, 2008

Life Lessons

I think the important thing to ask about the recent tiger attack at the San Francisco zoo is: what have learned?

Clearly there's the lesson to be learned here," said zoo spokesman Sam Singer. "The lesson is that it's not a good idea to drink, it's not a good idea to be high on dope, and it's not a good idea to taunt a man-eating tiger."

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THE MOTO quote of the month

From Bernanke's testimony yesterday:

"...high oil prices damp spending (economic activity) and push up inflation"

No shit, Ben.

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THE MOTO quote of the month

From Bernanke's testimony yesterday:

"...high oil prices damp spending (economic activity) and push up inflation"

No shit, Ben.

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January 11, 2008

MOTO : Sometimes people do risky things

Via Planet Out comes word that when youth are homeless, they engage in riskier sexual behavior. Which should be surprising to exactly no one.

...youth who have been homeless from one day to six months are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior while in nonfamily settings (e.g., a friend's home, abandoned buildings, or the street).

In this, the first study directed solely at newly homeless youth, the researchers reviewed such factors as socio-demographics, depression and substance abuse, coupled with structural factors such as living situations and their influence on sexual behavior.

According to researcher Enrique Rivero, the study tracked behavioral changes in 261 newly homeless youth in Los Angeles County between the ages of 12 and 20 over a two-year period. Subjects were interviewed six times at the beginning, and after three, six, 12, 18 and 24 months about depression, substance use, living situations, number of sexual partners, and condom use.

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MOTO : Sometimes people do risky things

Via Planet Out comes word that when youth are homeless, they engage in riskier sexual behavior. Which should be surprising to exactly no one.

...youth who have been homeless from one day to six months are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior while in nonfamily settings (e.g., a friend's home, abandoned buildings, or the street).

In this, the first study directed solely at newly homeless youth, the researchers reviewed such factors as socio-demographics, depression and substance abuse, coupled with structural factors such as living situations and their influence on sexual behavior.

According to researcher Enrique Rivero, the study tracked behavioral changes in 261 newly homeless youth in Los Angeles County between the ages of 12 and 20 over a two-year period. Subjects were interviewed six times at the beginning, and after three, six, 12, 18 and 24 months about depression, substance use, living situations, number of sexual partners, and condom use.

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August 12, 2007

MOTO : EJ Dionne just doesn't get it

(For those of you you listened to Meet the Bloggers today, here is the post to which I was referring. It wasn't until the broadcast that I realized I hadn't published it yet. I could blame work, but the reality is I forgot. Because I was out doing fun things with fun people)

In the WaPo, EJ Dionne reveals the inside story of Congress' capitulation on wiretapping. Proving to be a master of the obvious, Dionne points out that Bush and Congressional Republicans forced the Democrats to either vote for the measure or be accused of being weak on terror. Duh. We got that, EJ. Wasn't hard to figure out the rationale.

Only in Washington does this argument make sense. The reality is, everyone knows Bush's War on Terror is, as Newt Gingrich has pointed out, phony as hell and they aren't listening to him or the Republicans anymore. In fact, Bush's credibility on this is close to that of a child vehemently denying eating chocolate but whose hands are covered in the melted evidence.

Because of this... irrational fear... a few Democrats caved and joined with the wannabe fascists in the Republican party to pass this abortion of our rights. As Dionne points out...

But if legislation was needed, there were many ways to grant necessary authority while preserving real oversight. The Democrats got trapped, and they punted. The Republicans have never met a national security issue they're not willing to politicize. This is no way to run a superpower.

You're right, EJ. Until the Democrats realize that it's not going to be easy, that they are going to have to face down the disastrous Commander in Chief and beat him soundly in a PR war, it's going to stay that way. Because of weak men like Chet Edwards and Nick Lampson who are too afraid to tell their conservative constituents the truth.

Until the Democrats realize they will win, they won't even bother to fight. And that's sad as hell for those of us working our asses off to elect more of them.

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February 02, 2007

Democrats for Reform and why no one cares

Burka really nails the obvious...

This is a much bigger story than people recognize. It is a bold move by the Craddick Ds to save themselves from joining Ron Wilson, Glenn Lewis, Al Edwards, and others on the list of Craddick's former Democratic supporters who have been defeated in primaries by candidates recruited by the anti-Craddick Ds. But it is more than that. It is an attempt to break the hold of the Dunnam-Gallego-Coleman triumvirate on the Democratic caucus. But it is more than that. It is an effort to achieve policy successes for Democratic proposals. In past years, the Craddick Ds were rewarded with plum appointments for their support of Craddick, but they received little in the way of policy concessions. Now they are calling Craddick out. They are saying, You wouldn't be speaker if it were not for our votes. We stuck out our necks for you, and we expect something more in return than appointments.

Yeah, Paul, we got all that. We are just waiting to see what they are actually able to achieve before we wasted disk space posting it. Granted I have gigs of free space, but wasting it for these people hardly seems worth it. For my money, I think CradDICK will leave them to twist in the wind. Just helping him win re-election is hardly enough to give up all CradDICK holds to dear, the eventual privatization of the state. Plus, any possible bills, while ostensibly aimed at doing some good, will come with all kinds of poison bullshit that will do nothing but raise the ire of the primary voters these DemocradDICKs are all now terrified of.

And we'll be watching every single thing. Of course, as I commented in a thread on BOR, actions are all that matter right now. Most of these people are finished and we'll see how far they go to make sure that this last session will be their best. The past can't be undone and any chance at real reform died the moment they voted against the Geren Amendment. No one's forgotten any of that.

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September 20, 2006

Burka:Strayhorn is dead in the water

OK, so now that MOTO is saying it can we all agree? As for you folks out there who are voting for Dick, let's talk. Seriously, because I think some of you believe Kinky stands for something other than politics as usual. Problem is, he's really just the last in a long line of gimmick candidates going way back in Texas politics. They've all sucked ass.

The recent poll shows one thing clearly... Perry will be re-elected is nothing changes. The Bellraisers will blame the Dicky-ites. The Dicky-ites will blame the Bellraisers. The end result will be the same, a worthless, piece of shit governor will have been re-elected.

So, it's time to get down to brass tacks. I like Bell. Yeah, I think he's cheesey as all get out. However, I think when it comes down to it, he's the best candidate for the job. He's smart, articulate, and has some great ideas about education, business development and infrastructure improvement.

I think Dick is a joke. What will he do, if elected, to see that infrastructure in this state is renovated and expanded, maintaining the freeway system that has helped Texas grow into the economic power it is today? Was he serious about that 'five general's plan'? You see, I have real problems with what Dick wants to do. I do NOT want the Ten Commandments in public places. I do not want prayer in schools. That's NOT the damn problem with the schools and anyone who thinks it is should TALK to educators before listening to ANY of the candidates.

Not to mention that I think Dick's gross.

So, let's talk about this... I want to know why you're supporting him other than 'novelty'. Help me to understand... if not, maybe I can persuade you to vote for Bell. One way or the other, we have to start talking.

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August 02, 2006

More news you already knew

Heavy Net users are loners, study suggests

Duh!

Canadians who spend more time online are more likely to neglect family and real-life friends, says a new Statistics Canada survey, but experts say the numbers paint a bleaker picture than personal experience and other research suggests.

The survey, which examined the Internet habits of 20,000 people across the country, found heavy Internet users — those who spent more than an hour a day surfing the Web for fun — spent at least half an hour per day on the computer rather than interacting with spouses or children.

They also found themselves alone for two extra hours a day and were more likely to shirk household chores, the study concluded.

I can't wait until they release their findings on the Fritos and bean dip diet.

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May 22, 2006

MOTO : Need to examine prison populations...

Here is a brilliant article on prison population in the US. Apparently, 1 out of every 136 US citizens is in jail. This number does not include Republican elected officials who are currently only indicted for bribery and misconduct so we can expect it to go much higher.

The sad part about this article? The very end

Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, which supports alternatives to prison, said the incarceration rates for blacks were troubling.

"It's not a sign of a healthy community when we've come to use incarceration at such rates," he said.

Mauer also criticized sentencing guidelines, which he said remove judges' discretion, and said arrests for drug and parole violations swell prisons.

"If we want to see the prison population reduced, we need a much more comprehensive approach to sentencing and drug policy," he said.

Since when does a thoroughgoing mastery of the obvious make you a quotable source?

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April 27, 2006

John B. Judis : MOTO of the week!

After ready his article in TNR, Determining Factor, John B. Judis must have patted himself on the back for 'getting it'. What is impressive is not that he finally did but that it took him so long.

Oil is a scarce resource that is vital to the American economy. Domestic production peaked in the early 1970s. The United States currently imports about 60 percent of its oil. World supplies are expected to peak in a decade or so. Yet American oil consumption is rising steadily--it went up by 3.9 million barrels a day between 1995 and 2004--and is almost matched by the rise in consumption from China--2.8 million barrels a day during the same period. With demand continuing to rise, and supply failing to keep pace, prices can be expected to rise, and at a certain point to skyrocket. That could spell doom for the American economy.

Blown away by the laser-like focus? No? OK, try THIS out...


A whole range of enterprises--from agriculture to transportation--depend on oil. ... America's tensions with Iran are also basically about oil. ... Why did the United States invade Iraq? Well, there were lots of reasons, but one reason was to create a petroleum counterweight to OPEC. ... The Bush administration's program for conservation is nugatory.

Impressive, no? Not the ideas and writing... the use of the word 'nugatory'.

This passes for brilliance in a senior editor at The New Republic and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace? Maybe I should send a resume with my theory on Why the GOP Is All Up Jerry Falwell's Ass.

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January 09, 2006

Fatass : We're going to get rid of the 'Hos!!!

Fucking hell, y'all! Fatass Hastert has lost his mind! He's going to put thousands in the DC area out of work simply to 'clean up' Congress. Of course, it's been dirty for years and a major industry has developed during that time to provide many, many 'happy endings' as well as an exotic variety of alternative media .

It's every Congressperson's right to kickbacks, booze and whores! We have to stand up and do something or all these people will have to stand on line for unemployment. I can't think of ANYTHING less dignified.

hookers.jpe

OK, so I lied. The big question is, did Fatass clean his glasses and discover that lobbyists operate in an ethically gray area JUST THIS WEEKEND? It's not like he hasn't been in Congress for decades.

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January 08, 2006

So I'm bored and watching Restuarant Makeover...

Well, I was watching it earlier today and decided to pick up and actually finish posting what is obviously a 'FILLER' post. However, this show was pretty amazing (not really) and restaurant looked great afterward (if you're blind). Here's the synopsis of the show:

Restaurant Makeover
Episode MR0109 - Silk Road Cafe
Silk Road Cafe owner Tom grew up cooking for his eleven brothers and sisters. Years later he opened a restaurant inspired by his travels - The Silk Road Cafe. However, as five years past, the restaurant is in need of an update.

The thing that really impressed me was the attention to detail, like showing the chef how to slice the stalky part of a cabbage leaf off to use it as a wrap. A close second was wiping off the dust bunnies and airborn grease from the ceiling. ech.

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December 27, 2005

WOW! Never would have guessed that the rich don't give much to charity!

The DMN ran Scott Burns column Christmas Day. This one caught my attention because Scott actually took data from the IRS and discovered that as a percentage of income, the poor are the biggest givers!

Just to recap, part of the rationale behind the tax cuts pushed through by President Bush was that charitable giving would go up. It didn't. Just one of the many pieces of bullshit that spewed from el Presidente's fetid brain.

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December 26, 2005

Christmas is over... back to pointing out the mindnumbingly obvious

  • Capital Hill Blue has the skinny on the wiretap scandal and guess what... it goes MUCH further than anyone originally thought.
  • AFP via Yahoo has a military commander in Iraq acknowledging that Iraqi's don't so much want us there. Shocking, no?
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