December 16, 2009

No, no, no... Joe, that's not the question.

In which Sen. Lieberman tries to use the NYT as his cockwipe...

Mr. Lieberman’s opposition to a bigger government role in health care runs counter to public opinion in his state, according to polls. In a Quinnipiac College survey last month, a majority of voters said they supported a so-called public option.

Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac poll, said the profile of Mr. Lieberman’s public support suggested he was shifting into a moderate Republican. Mr. Lieberman insisted that it was his liberal colleagues who were holding the health care bill hostage.

“People have said to me, including some people in the caucus: ‘We know you are for health care reform. You know how important this is to the president. Would you yourself stop this from happening?’ ” he said.

“So I say: ‘There is a wonderful core health care reform bill on the Senate floor. Would my liberal friends in the caucus stop that from happening and prevent the president from getting this major goal that he has set because they want to add more on to that? Why won’t they be reasonable?’ ”

Just so we're clear, you're voting against something the majority of your constituents actually want? Thanks for playing handjob with the insurance companies and denying millions access to coverage they desperately need and for forcing the rest of us to tithe our new corporate overlords. If this passes, if Lieberman gets his way, we will be effectively subsidizing a truly uncompetitive industry that serves absolutely no rational purpose.

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December 14, 2009

The Kinkhole cometh...

In what has to be one of the stupidest decisions ever made by someone seeking office, Kinky Friedman, mediocre author and appalling bad entertainer, announced today that he would challenge Hank Gilbert to be the Democratic Party's nominee for Commissioner of Agriculture.

Yep. Someone whose only real experience with agriculture is consuming the produce from it is challenging someone who has spent their entire professional life in Agriculture. Laugh. It. Up. Pushing him into this is none other than Jim Hightower, the last Democrat to occupy the office (almost 20 years ago) which he lost to Rick Perry.

Never missing a beat, the Gilbert Campaign released this. My favorite part...

"Texas needs bold, common-sense leadership at the Texas Department of Agriculture in order to address the many issues facing consumers, family farms, food producers, and the other industries regulated by the agency. All of these issues directly effect the citizens of this state on a daily basis. People don't need someone more concerned about self-promotion than selfless public service," Gilbert said.

"A careless, lackadaisical attitude has already resulted in the deaths of eight and more than 600 cases of illness nationally thanks to poor TDA oversight at the former Peanut Corporation of America factory in Plainview. I shudder to think what would happen if Texas' next Agriculture Commissioner were out selling books and not running the office," Gilbert said. "I'm sure former Commissioner Hightower has done what he could to help Kinky understand the complexities of the office, but having been out of it for almost 20 years one wonders if his knowledge of the office may be a little out of date."

Well said, Mr. Gilbert. VERY well said. And Hightower, what the hell are you doing with this lunatic?

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February 01, 2008

MoveOn Endorses Obama

This is probably good new for Clinton. Given MoveOn's history, they'll produce some embarrassingly stupid hit piece on Hillary, which Obama will end up having to disavow.

Meanwhile Eli Pariser puts on his John Peter Zenger costume and rakes in the donations to keep his internet pyramid scheme ticking over until the next chance to hurt progressives.

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June 26, 2007

Thanks, Kinky!

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No way that Governor 39% could wreck Texas community colleges without your help!

The governor used his line-item veto power to eliminate health-insurance funding for community college employees. Then he accused all 50 community college systems in the state of falsifying health insurance data in an attempt to give employees benefits to which they were not entitled. The state has paid the health insurance benefits for community college employees for decades.

The 80th session of the Texas Legislature held hearings on this issue and recommended a state budget that maintained community college benefits so our institutions can continue to attract and keep the best possible faculty and staff.

How could the governor act like he's just "discovered" a serious misappropriation of state funds? How could he characterize the health benefits that thousands of loyal community college employees have earned for years as "pork?"

Adding another insult to injury, the veto came after the legislative session was over, so there's no opportunity for legislators to overrule the governor's stroke of the red pen. Community colleges must live with this for at least two years.

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June 25, 2007

Speaking of assholes...

Well, it's that time of the election cycle that Ralph Nader starts to threaten to run for President if the Democrats don't nominiate someone to his liking. Of course, might ask who died and made St Ralph arbiter of progressive politics. A worthy question, since Nader has never been elected to anything, never bothered to run for any office he might conceivably win... hasn't even joined the Green Party, whose spot at the top of the ticket he assumes is his by divine right.

Some hold Nader responsible for Al Gore's 2000 defeat and the ensuing years of Bushite horror inflicted on the nation. However much blame Nader really deserves for that, his fans really should ask themselves just what Ralph has been doing for THEM lately.

What third parties can do is bring young people in, set standards on how to run a presidential election and keep the progressive agenda in front of the people.

In 2000, many people voted for Nader to help the Green Party gain regular ballot status, legitimising it as a left alternative to the Democrats. Since then, though the Greens have declined, breaking into warring sects in their disagreement over what 2000 had wrought and the way forward. In Texas, they've become irrelevant, unable to even gain write-in status for their 2006 gubernatorial candidate. When you can't have as much political clout as Kinky Friedman, it's time to consider another hobby.

Ralph Nader's vanity campaigns have caused both the nation and the movement he claims to support tremendous harm. It's high time he was set on an ice floe and cast adrift.

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January 25, 2007

Calling Bullshit : Kinky for Senate, 2008

Laura Stromberg, you are no Kelly Fero.

There's a fresh round of rumors today that Kinky Friedman may be mulling a run against U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.

People of both parties have been in touch with him, said Laura Stromberg, who was Friedman's spokeswoman during his independent bid for governor.

"He's not calling them. They're coming to him," she said.

Friedman, who is finishing up his book on his race for governor, has said if he ran again, it likely would be under a major-party label given the obstacles facing an independent candidate.

Today, he said, "I think all options are on the table, but I certainly haven't given a lot of thought to running for anything. I've talked with some Republicans and some Democrats about various possibilities."

Even Kelly wouldn't try to pull off bullshit like this. While the Republicans are indeed desperate to get Cornyn out of the way, there is no way in hell anyone would seriously consider Kinky in an R primary. And the Democrats... oh, yeah. WE'RE just starving for some more Kinky.

This IS the bullshit rumor of the month.

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September 29, 2006

"WTF? I endorsed WHO?!?!?!"

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"I sincerely regret the endorsement of Kinky Friedman announced early yesterday. I have recently discovered that I have a substance abuse problem and will be seeking treatment. Additionally, my longtime relationship with Liz Smith has caused severe psychological damage and I plan to seek counseling while in treatment at The Betty"

This leaves few celebrity endorsements open to Matzo as Verissa, a fluffy angora bunny and Princess Stephanie have already committed to Bell. We should have some Strayhorn and Perry endorsements up soon as well.

(Don't get me wrong... I'm still pissed. However, endorsement BS is just the kind of thing I need to cheer me up. And a scotch)

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September 28, 2006

Izzy, the lame Atlanta Olympics mascot, endorses Matzo

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingAnd so the November election endorsement announcements begin. Yesterday, Halloween Marshmallow Peeps endorsed Matzo. This follows the posthumous endorsement (announced by Liz Smith) of Ann Richards. Which Smith later admitted she totally lied her ass off about and retracted. Today, comes the most shocking endorsement of all, that of Izzy, the mascot from the Atlanta Olympics.

Speculation has abounded in the last few days over whom Izzy would endorse. Originally, Bell was the expected endorsee because Izzy (being queer as a three dollar bill) 'fucking hates that douche Perry'. Then the Bell campaign made a serious error by not actively seeking Izzy's endorsement because it's, you know, an imaginary character. This turn of events opened the door to Matzo and OSB with OSB representative OSB Son #1 making several trips to Atlanta to secure the endorsement.

In the end, Izzy, clearly making the decision while stoned out of his freaking mind, opted to endorse Matzo with this simple statement.

I've known Boyd Richie for years and he is, in my opinion, the best person to lead Texas Democrats to victory.

When asked what the hell Boyd Richie had to do with Matzo, Izzy replied, "Boyd? Aw, shit. Sorry about that man. I've been trippin' balls for like a day and half. I meant 'Kinky' instead of 'Boyd Richie' and 'Bad Writers' instead of 'Democrats' ".

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September 27, 2006

Freaks...

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Really, less is more. Wouldn't you agree?


(hat tip to Pink Lady)

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September 25, 2006

What a DICK...

Oh, we've no love for Sal Costello. Sometimes we've been on the same side but more often that not we've been on opposing teams. It really doesn't suprise us that he's trashing Bell, mostly because he'll trash anyone. It also doesn't suprise us that he's supporting OSB for governor. Why? Well, because he likes to lose.

Keep your chin up, Team Bell. The guy's a mook. Instead of supporting candidates who have a chance to win and will actually kill toll roads in Texas (you know, like Hank and Chris), he's supporting OSB. That makes him a bad choice for those opposed to tolls.

This Bell video is honestly one of the best I've seen this year. THIS is the Chris Bell that millions of Texans need to see. There's still time to change those ads, and this is the way to do it... LET CHRIS BE CHRIS.

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What a DICK...

Oh, we've no love for Sal Costello. Sometimes we've been on the same side but more often that not we've been on opposing teams. It really doesn't suprise us that he's trashing Bell, mostly because he'll trash anyone. It also doesn't suprise us that he's supporting OSB for governor. Why? Well, because he likes to lose.

Keep your chin up, Team Bell. The guy's a mook. Instead of supporting candidates who have a chance to win and will actually kill toll roads in Texas (you know, like Hank and Chris), he's supporting OSB. That makes him a bad choice for those opposed to tolls.

This Bell video is honestly one of the best I've seen this year. THIS is the Chris Bell that millions of Texans need to see. There's still time to change those ads, and this is the way to do it... LET CHRIS BE CHRIS.

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