Found in President Obama’s Oval Office trash-can

From the Huffington Post:

Bush's Private Note to Obama

Bush's Private Note to Obama

FruitFlyIt’s what I would expect from a C Average student from Yale, don’t you think?

Barbara Bush will be the only person on the planet who will tell you that George W was “special”. The rest of the Planet? …Not so much!

Camp Coleman: It’s an excercize in Stupidity

Aww…Come on! That was a great title! And, I’m right: Camp Coleman is an exercize in stupidity!

Consider just last December 31, in a hurry to get rid of ballots, Camp Coleman began driving around Minnesota to inform the voting public who’s ballots wouldn’t be counted.

Shirley Graham was astonished to learn that a lawyer from Norm Coleman’s campaign on Tuesday blocked her absentee ballot from being added to the U.S. Senate recount.

Awww – – Poor Ms. Graham! I’m betting Coleman’s Volkswagon full of clowns informed her by using a lot of polite words like “Ma’am”, and “Please”… and “Buttress“. Especially when they were informed by Ms. Graham that she’s an election judge!

“I’m an election judge,” said Graham, of Duluth. “I expected to be the last person whose ballot wouldn’t be counted.”

At that point, I’m guess Coleman’s band of merry Dunces dropped their jaws on the floor and said slowly: “Duuuuuuuuuh”.

You see, Ms. Graham’s ballot was signed by a witness who dated their signature that didn’t match the date Ms. Graham dated her own signature. In other words, I wrote this blog on January 27, 2009, oops, I forgot – today is the 28th! “Duuuuuuuuuuh.”

So, Coleman threw the ballot out. “Too bad! Your vote didn’t count! You are…. The MISSING LINK! Good bye!” and with that, Coleman’s 198 clowns packed into the Coleman Clown Car and the Beetle whizzed away with a HONK! HONK! before turning the bend.

The last two sentences of the article:

“I want to see my ballot,” said Graham, who added that she’d consider going to court, if she must, to get her vote counted.

A final irony: She voted for Coleman.

width=See what I mean? In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny: “What a maroon.”

Today, the exercise continues because now – those same clowns are out of the Beetle and in our courtroom and wasting our Minnesota tax payer’s money.

Now, three and a half-weeks later, they’re trying to find people who’s ballots were thrown out and hoping for sympathy from the judges and the rest of us. They’ve promised that they’re not cherry-picking who they’re finding to be a witness to this case based on party affiliation! No matter who they find, they were NOT going to ask if the poor Minnesota voter was a Republican, Democrat or even an Independent! Scouts Honor! Honest to John! Stick a needle in their eye!

The idea is to make us all believe that our election judges (like Ms. Shirley Graham) were far too incompetent to count ballots and had no right to throw out in the first place! It’ll give credibility that this whole entire voting “thing” was conducted deep in the hull of a Spanish Galleon filled with thieves, pirates and whores victimizing the voting public. And here, Camp Coleman’s Clowns call their next witness – Peter DeMuth:

The Coleman team is continuing to call as witnesses some aggrieved voters to complain that their ballot was wrongly rejected … One of them was college student Peter DeMuth…

Upon cross-examination by Franken attorney Kevin Hamilton, DeMuth said he was contacted by the Republican Party and told about the problem. “They asked me if I knew my absentee ballot had been rejected. I said no,” said DeMuth. “They asked me if I was a supporter of Norm Coleman, and I said yes, and they proceeded to ask me if I would like to go further.

Let’s think about this for a moment: Over the last several days, the Coleman camp has said repeatedly that they are not cherry-picking who they’re helping out, that they don’t know who the people they’re advocating for actually supported, and for all they know they’re helping out Franken-voters.

FruitFlyHrmmm… Perhaps they should consider asking Shirley Graham to come on down and ask why Coleman wouldn’t count her vote!!

Idiots! Blithering Idiots!! I just ran out of fingers and toes counting the ways… But I’m going to hold up my middle fingers on both hands and let Coleman’s Clowns know I’m counting on two points where they’ve proven themselves to be northing short of an excercize in Stupidity.

Good-bye to the famous Brass Rail

brassraildoorway1It isn’t the oldest gay bar in the Twin Cities, but it’s in the top three!  The Brass Rail closed its doors last night with some weird politicizing going on behind the scenes. The place was nose-diving in the past month to the point of obscurity, so it was bound to happen.  In case you were curious, the “19 Bar” is the oldest known gay bar to still be in business dating back to the late 1950’s if I’m not mistaken.  “The Rail” became a gay bar in 1974 when the current owners, a str8  married couple, changed it from a supper club into a gay bar.  The husband died shortly after the purchase and his wife Marguerite owned it up until the early ’90’s.   She recently passed away just a few years ago.

“The Rail” was purchased by a petulant spoiled punk who practically ran the clientele out of the bar manually.  Long time patrons of the bar vowed never to step foot inside of that bar as long as “The Punk” remained its owner.  They’re getting their wish: Peter Hafiz, the current owner of Sneaky Pete’s and the Gay 90’s is forcing a buy-out.  Well, that’s not entirely true either, the management staff of the Brass Rail is sort of forcing Pete to take it away from “The Punk”.

Pete, purchased the building from The Punk about a year ago.  The guy owned the building and the business, also owned a major landscaping business in Florida where he resides.   He fudged on contracts in a major contract in Florida where he was sued for almost everything he had.  Looking desperate for cash, he sold the building to Pete and keept the business.  During that time, he would routinely call his friends in Minneapolis and ask them to be his spies and report on how the bartenders were doing and how many people were in the bar.  It was also common for him to tell his spies that their drinks were free if they would report back to him and when the bartenders look for payment, they were met with a rash of text messages and voice mail and firing the bartender.  The following morning, the managers would call The Punk, who lives in Florida to find out why the bartender was “allegedly fired”.  The Punk would be confused and proclaim that he had absolutely no knowledge that he even talked with the bartender.  He would finish the conversation to brag how much had had to drink night before and wish the manager a nice day!

Pete offered the Petulant Punk $100,000 to purchase the Brass Rail (the business) at the same time he was buying the building from him.  The Punk turned him down flat-out thinking the business would be worth more as a separate entity. Now, the business is behind in four months rent which means that Pete can easily say; “Okay, I’ll give you $30,000 for your business, but since you already owe me $20,000 in back-rent, here’s a check for $10,000 and now you go away.”

FruitFlyOr, Pete could simply file for a new liquor license under a whole new name and the four to six weeks it takes to get that to go through, Pete will be busy cleaning up the bar, laying out new carpet and putting up digital monitors on the walls and tidying up the place.  Lord knows the bar could use some cleaning up.

Hey… Maybe he could call it “the Fruit Fly Bar” and I would run it!  Wouldn’t that be sweet?!

Team Obama

Admitting my addiction to the DailyKos, I spotted this and I admit; I was captivated. It’s a photo essay of those closest to our brand-new President of the United States and the role they played, or will play to make this administration happen. (Click on the “Happy Face” to launch the essay.)

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Not only did I find each individual’s brief bio interesting, I was also fascinated by the details; their clothing, pose, facial expressions, etc. For example; Hillary Clinton’s photo was very interesting to me. Hint: It isn’t flattering! Eugene Kang’s photo was the most interesting. He simply stands there and holds a book in front of his face.. (Mr. Kang (24 years old) will be President Obama’s Special Assistant to the President.)

FruitFly 6It’s a “Photo Essay” must-see for every political junkie starving for something far more interesting than Norm Coleman’s (R-MN) narcissistic stupidity or Caroline Kennedy’s “miscommunication” mass-media blooper.

Oh Thank God! MN Courts define “Family”. Gays, Lesbians…Not so fast!

cleavers13Oh darn it, Wally! Apparently the Great State of Minnesota has decided that I’m not allowed to be identified as a “family”! While the unclean heterosexuals who live on either side of our private home, (including the unclean heterosexuals who live across the street) who are all enjoying coitus un-interrupted, my private homosexual family has been disbanded by the Minnesota Courts.

Thank you very much, Minnesota!

We’ve always counted on your “Minnesota Nice”, and you’ve come through with flying Rainbow Colors!

A Minnesota appeals court judge upheld a ruling on Tuesday (pdf) that found it legal for the Rochester Athletic Club to deny a family membership to a lesbian couple because the couple is not married. The case spotlights an instance where Minnesota anti-discrimination laws — some of the toughest in the country — are ineffective so long as same-sex couples cannot marry.

Okay… So gay couples are not allowed to be married, yet Str8 couples can marry and they can get membership perks from the Rochester Athletic Club?!!

If blacks were not allowed to be married and whites were offered special discounts on linens and fine china just by producing a marriage license – would Minnesota be talking about discrimination in this state?

My stupid brother was married by the Minnesota Justice of the Peace… to a woman, for God’s Sakes. Me? Hell no! I’ve been “married” to my “husband” for over nine years now…(Complete with a dog named “Little Otis” and a 10 gallon fish-tank!) Minnesota gives tax-breaks to my brother that I’m not allowed, and now the Great State of Minnesota has right-wring “activist judges” who’ve decided that I’m not even allowed to be called “a family”?!?! FruitFly 6

Really?!?!?

Where is the ACLU in this case? <crickets> <crickets>

Oh nevermind – the ACLU is still too busy with that Rush Limbaugh’s private pill-popping case.

Found under a wine bottle

bottleRedneck Hospitality

CHICAGO—The White House has turned down a request from the family of President-elect Barack Obama to move into Blair House in early January so that his daughters can start school on Jan. 5.

The Obamas were told that Blair House, where incoming presidents usually stay in the five days before Inauguration Day, is booked in early January, a spokesperson to the Obama transition said. “We explored the idea so that the girls could start school on schedule,’ the spokesperson said. “But, there were previously scheduled events and guests that couldn’t be displaced.”

It remained unclear who on Bushes guest list outranked the incoming President.

I’m going to guess who’s going to be “occupying” the Blair House: The Bush Twins, that’s who. Jenna and Barbara will be pulling off their final and last week-long bender complete with bathtubs converted into giant sized bongs, kitchen hand beaters exchanged with vibrating dildos and the largest pot garden within a 90-miles growing in the Master Bedroom… complete with automated irrigation.

But that’s only a guess.

Ineptitude

Private information at bargain prices. It was a high-tech flub at the McCain-Palin campaign headquarters in Arlington when Fox 5’s Investigative Reporter Tisha Thompson bought a Blackberry device containing confidential campaign information. […]

The hottest item? Blackberry phones at $20 a piece. There were only 10 left. All of the batteries had died. There were no chargers for sale. But people were snatching them up. So, we bought a couple.

And ended up with a lot more than we bargained for.

When we charged them up in the newsroom, we found one of the $20 Blackberry phones contained more than 50 phone numbers for people connected with the McCain-Palin campaign, as well as hundreds of emails from early September until a few days after election night.

petri48cake012Your Daddy drinks too much because you laugh at the GOP.

Hope

The state canvassing board just voted unanimously that absentee ballots that were initially rejected because of clerical errors — and the current estimate from the hearing is that there could be nearly 1,600 of them, based on some extrapolation — should be counted, probably the single biggest issue that the Franken campaign has been hammering ever since this recount began, and which really seemed up in the air going into this hearing.

Crossing my fingers, anticipating Minnesota’s newest Junior Senator might very well be Stewart Smalley always makes me leak a tiny bit of pee in my underpants.

Hypocracy

Angered by the Republican Senate (a.k.a. “Darth Vader’s golfing buddies”), Chris Dodd (D-CT) points out:

  • Worker salaries make up a tiny fraction of the financial challenge facing the automakers.
  • The UAW had already agreed to achieve “compatibility and comparability” by March—a major concession.
  • We still have the opportunity to fix this and the obligation to try.
  • It is “incredible” that the one demand put above all others by Republicans during this negotiation is that workers, who have already been hurt badly by the declining economy, should take another hit.

Yes… As we all know: Republicans are especially patriotic compared to their liberal, labor union and minority middle-class American worker. Watch the Chris Dodd video here.

fruitfly21Leadership

Morgan Johnson, president of the UAW, told General Motors auto workers in Shreveport, LA last Friday:

“I don’t know what Sen. Vitter has against GM or the United Auto Workers or the entire domestic auto industry; whatever it is, whatever he thinks we’ve done, it’s time for him to forgive us, just like Sen. Vitter has asked the citizens of Louisiana to forgive him, ” said Johnson, president of Local 2166. Otherwise, Johnson said of Vitter, it would appear, “He’d rather pay a prostitute than pay auto workers.”

If there’s anybody out there who believes the Republican Party cares anything about the middle class, I have a really nice bridge to sell you cheap. It’s in Brooklyn, NY and it’s purple with pretty red and yellow flowers painted all over it. Seriously! If you’d like to buy it…I can arrange it!

Can anybody tell me – Did Senator David Vitter give his wife Wendy clymidia? Or has that all been cleared up?

The Second American Civil War

Joe Babiasz of Huntington Woods, Mich., launched a Web site, www.boycottalabamanow.com, recently to protest Shelby’s efforts to prevent Congress from passing a package of loans to the U.S. auto industry.

On his Web site, the General Motors retiree takes issue with [Senator Richard] Shelby’s [R-AL] position and claims Shelby’s support of federal grants for Alabama makes the senator a hypocrite. Specifically, the Web site questions grants for Alabama’s fishing industry.

If Big Auto does collapse, the Republican Party can be given credit to damaging the United States far beyond Osama bin Laden’s wildest dreams. If you don’t believe me, wind-up your stress meter by checking this piece out and find out for yourself.FruitFly 6

Even so, statistics from the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor show 239,000 people work in the U.S. for GM, Chrysler and Ford Motor Co. The center, which does research for the auto companies, estimates total job losses would reach 2.5 million if GM failed and 3.5 million if all three auto companies went out of business in 2009.

Predictions are coming through on the GOP throwing Michigan families under the bus just weeks for Christmas will guarantee that Michigan won’t vote Republican for at least one generation of voters. I predict at least three generations.

Governor Pawlenty failes Econ 101…again

tim-palenty4This picture of our Governor Tim Pawlenty barely missing that ball reminds me of his current thoughts on Macro- economics.

Poor Governor Pawlenty; not only does he miss the opportunity to be the Republican Super Hero here in St Paul by being Sen John McCain’s choice as Veep, but he’s now getting compared to being a dumber choice for the position as a V.P. than Caribou Barbie herself.

The GOP ignored Pawlenty during the recent Republican Governors Association (RGA) and desperately turned towards Sara Palin during the in Miami just a few weeks ago. Not only was our own Tim Pawlenty “out of focus”, he was completely Out of Touch. The scene in Miami was so bad that Republican Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas) practically pushed Palin off the stage less she make a bigger idiot of herself.

And where was Pawlenty? Minnesota’s favored dimpled-donned fearless leader during that big bash in Miami?

He was MIA, like a Republican draft card. He is the sitting Chair of the National Governors Association you know. That trumps Rick Perry, Sarah Palin as well as Rot-Gut governor in Illinois, Rod Blagojevich.

In a piece Governor Pawlenty wrote for Politico entitled: “Cut up the credit cards“, our very own Governor proves his lack of economic intelligence by trying to invigorate the failing Republican Party:

Republicans should push for the enactment of an amendment to the United States Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget. This initiative is based on the common sense, kitchen table logic that most Americans and businesses live by. They expect the same from their government but haven’t been getting it lately.

Passing this amendment will be no small task…. Getting it done will require a two-thirds vote by both houses of Congress, followed by ratification by three-fourths of the states.

While daunting, this effort will unify and energize Republicans. It will require the GOP at all levels to be engaged in a common sense agenda that is compelling, conservative and that will positively transform America.

In Political Animal of The Washington Monthly, Steve Benen fired off:

This is so blisteringly stupid, I find it hard to believe an elected official would actually put his name on it. Maybe the Politico is playing a practical joke on Pawlenty, in the hopes of making him appear like a fool.

It’s no practical joke, It is, indeed, our idiotic Governor in Chief. Let’s all remember Pawlenty Economic initiative like, oooh… say: “Naming your Lieutenant Governor to be head of Minn Dept of Transportation so the state can save $108,000 annually.” In the world of Economics, an annual $100,000 is a drop in the bucket, but to Governor Pawlenty, it’s “Coupon Sunday!”.

Woo-Hoo-Hoo-Ray!

Governor Pawlenty is not the Brain Trust that Republican some folks think.

Benen goes on and slams the Governor on two points:

I honestly don’t know where to begin in responding to such an insane policy prescription.

  • The first point, of course, is that trying to balance the budget in the midst of a financial crisis is the exact opposite of what every sane person realizes we need — a government stimulus to help spur the economy. Why would Pawlenty recommend slashing hundreds of billions of dollars in government spending right now?
  • Second, that the Minnesota governor sees a similarity between an individual family’s budget and that of the United States government suggests he has a child-like understanding of economic basics.

Governor Pawlenty isn’t alone in this line of thinking. Republican Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina told the Wall Street Journal:

When times go south you cut spending,” Gov. Sanford said. “That’s what families do, that’s what businesses do, and I don’t think the government should be exempt from that process.”

The idea these Republicans are pushing right now is that they’re against these federal bailouts and believe the financial crises can be resolved by spending cuts and reducing government. It’s exactly what Herbert Hoover did while dipping dangerously close to a depression – he cut everything off and we finally landed in the ditch wildly known as “The Great Depression”. (Hint: “You give money out, boys. Lots of it…The more you give out, the more people will spend it!”)

Republican Governors are facing the same problem everywhere: Lack of cash. Going against their genetic makeup by raising taxes, they’ve finally had their “Come to Jesus” by raising Sin Taxes on cigarettes. Governors Charlie Crist (R-FL) and Haley Barbour (R-MS) both have proposals to do just that. Pawlenty? Well, he’ll bitch and crab about Obama’s offer to help states and local municipalities, but he’s still planning on heading back to St Paul to demand the DFL kiss his ass by hacking away at LGA’s (Local Government Authorities) and the (Twin Cities) Met Council.

The second part of Pawlenty’s comment is equally stupid. I’ll agree with Steve Brenen that Publius described it best by noting:

This is of course dead wrong — and confuses microeconomics with macro, as any student of Econ 101 could tell you. The micro-considerations of an individual family or business has nothing much to do with what governments need to do to get the larger economy moving again. (Or just go read someone who actually knows what he’s talking about – Krugman). Even worse, it’s often affirmatively harmful to adopt microeconomic solutions to macroeconomic problems. Hoover: Ain’t that the truth.

Is it any wonder we’re having this financial crisis?

Republican President Ronald Reagan kicked off the modern Neocon movement with two simple statements:

  • The government isn’t part of the problem, the government is the problem!
  • The most terrifying words you’ll ever hear are: “Hello, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Since then, the hatred toward the United States Government, US Government departments, US Government programs and US Government workers that have been under attack by the Republican Party ever since. The problem is obvious: Even the GOP doesn’t understand end of the line. Grover Norquist, the “Field Marshal” for Bush’s tax-cuts once said:

“My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”

…And with Governor Pawlenty, his hatred for our government gave us thirteen Minnesotans drowned in the Mississippi under the rubble of what used to be “Interstate 35-W”. Who needs a bathtub when you have a river that’s right handy?

FruitFly 6Pawlenty needs to find a new way to be that “Rising Star” from within the GOP, and he needs cook up a whole new kettle of fish as Ronald Reagan did so eloquently thirty years ago. Until then; trying to sound like an expert on Macroeconomics simply isn’t working in his favor. He’s presenting a very stupid argument on Politico and the rest of the mass media is mocking him publicly. And their heckling, I can only hope, includes their pity on the rest of us Minnesotans who have to live under this stupid Governor of ours.

Alaskans’ might have a smarter governor than we have, although I cringe at the very thought.

Die, Donnie Osmond! Die! Die! DIE!!!!

donnie_dollFrom (D-List) Donny Osmond’s Official Blog…”Website”…or whatever:

There are many gay individuals that are members of our church. I know many of them. In fact, some of my best friends are gay. You ask how I react regarding their marriages. Well, I do support our Church leaders who say that we can accept those with gay tendencies in our church as long as they do not act upon their temptations. Everyone has tenancies to succumb to temptation, but we all have the same standard given to us by our Father in Heaven. Whether we may be tempted to be immoral with members of our own sex or of the opposite sex, we are expected to live chaste lives. This is very well explained not only in the Book of Mormon, but in the Bible as well.

Yeah Donnie. Guess what, you putz: In The First Book of Gay, Chapter 14, verse 6 it says:

Let no religious bigot be allowed to force your distraction. For they are an abomination unto the Great Lesbian Bitch Goddess, and She shall smite them, every one of them and all of their brethern.

In the third chapter, 18th verse in the Book of Trannie it says:

And the Great Lesbian shall rain fire and brimstone upon the house of Mormon. And she shall smite them like a Lion unto the lamb. And the Mormon Church will be no more upon Earth. (v.19) The Great Lesbian smiled upon the World without the Mormon Church and She said; “It is a good thing that they are no more.”

In the Book of the Great Lesbian, Chapter 9, verse 3, the Great Goddess Bitch wrote these Holy Words:

“And there will be false idols, who claim to be Mormons, who will accuse you and berate you for your sacred homosexuality. They will claim superiority over your Holy Lives because they worship false Gods and worship stupid stories from those who would seek fame for their own fortunes. (v.4)They will flaunt their false Gods before you. But they are assholes, my Children. (v.5) They are without substance and they speak not the truth. (v.6)From out of them will be shit, and into them you will want to dildonize. From the least of these, will be one who calls himself “Osmond”, and he shall Die. (v.7) Thus sayeth the Great Lesbian Bitch Goddess.”

Amazing in the accuracy of our Prophetess, don’t you think?!?

I am truly sick of religious fanatiscism in this country. Did you ever hear of a Hindi terrorist? Find me a Buddhist homophobe and I’ll give you a grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan from Canada.
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Here comes another cult religion called the Mormon Church and their celebrities talk about gay people like we’re nothing but plastic toy figurines. Being too small of a man himself; Osmond patronizes the GLBT community by using his religion as a crutch for his personal excuse of homophobia. Afraid to offend too many of his lame-duck fan club members, he patronizes the GLBT community again by saying:

There are many gay individuals that are members of our Church. I know many of them. In fact, some of my best friends are gay.

Have you ever heard white folks saying (while holding a canapé in their right hand and a glass of fine chardonnay in their left);

I don’t have anything against black people… Some of my best friends are black!

Strange: They’re always surrounded by white people when they say crap like that and there isn’t an African-American within thirty five miles of the country club. Donnie Osmond is the exact same piece of crap.

By the way, while I’m at it; the Second Book of Gay, chapter 3, verse 2 says:

Straight people should always be nice to gay people, lest they get kicked in the balls by a platoon of Drag Queens.

(v.3) For we are Legion

Let’s all remember: During this Holiday Season, there are to be no charitable contributions to any religious charities. Thanks to the hate mongers over at the Mormon Church and to people like Donnie Osmond who helped take away our rights to marry in California’s Prop 8, nothing goes to Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army…Nothing to religious groups all throughout the season. If you have money set aside for your charitable donations, I recommend you donate to groups like Move On, Toys for Tots, ACORN or UNICEF. Hell, you can donate to me if you want!

Found, Wrapped around Fish

42-15704992Liberal Media

Kevin Diaz, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, has a column published in today’s press entitled “Pawlenty cool to stiumulus proposals.” Diaz, apparently the Scoop Sleuth of “liberal media” here in Minnesota, was sent to Washington DC to the recent Governors Conference and the best he could do was to write about Pawlenty’s skepticism on Obama’s proposals.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, meeting Tuesday with President-elect Barack Obama, distanced himself from a bipartisan group of governors pressing for federal funds to alleviate state budget shortfalls and boost local economies.

Nice, huh? An entire column that talks about Pawlenty bitching and whining about Obama’s proposals and filled with nay saying jibberish.

I have a couple problems with this:

  • Forgive my amnesia, but I don’t recall one single column Mr. Diaz ever wrote on some Democrat criticizing the Buish Administration on anything. For eight very long years, this country has been subjected to the rule of a President who has the diction equal to that of a third grader, and the IQ equivalent to that of a grapefruit. Banks have failed, the US Auto Industry has failed, anti-trust laws broken everywhere, and not one drop of ink spent on a Democrat criticizing the Bush Administration. Not one!
  • Exactly how does Governor Pawlenty rate as any political ghuru when it comes to governing anything anyway? Does the Governor propose more bridge crashing, tunnel caving and coal mine collapsing as a viable alternative? Why does Kevin Diaz write all of this crap about what Sour Puss Pawlenty have to say about anything? There’s nothing Pawlenty has to offer in the piece – except criticism. Exactly what we all need at a time like this!!

In the same newspaper, published in the very same issue, the very same Governor Pawlenty gets hawkish on our own Minnesota budget by hinting that he plans to cut more spending. In a piece entitled “Pawlenty to propose cuts with new budget, Pawlenty belches:

While Pawlenty declined to quantify the near-term deficit, he said he expects it to be “noteworthy” but not “unmanageably large.”

The Republican governor said he aims to work with the DFLers who control the Legislature to identify spending that can be pulled back within the next few weeks. He said he could also make cuts on his own through an executive power called unallotment.

I’ll let you dissect that second paragraph there anyway you see fit. But I’m translating that statement as a clear signal Pawlenty has already concluded that he

  1. Won’t work with the DFL on anything – but demand the DFL work with him and he’ll plan on bitching and whining because they won’t, and…
  2. Goes rogue and pull rabbits out of his Magic Hat by engaging in bizarre and under-utilized terms such as “unallotments”.

He’s going to sit back and criticize Obama’s plan to give money to local and state governments, and yet he’ll scratch his balls and complain about cutting Minnesota’s budget.

It’s clear people: Not enough bridges have fallen in Minnesota for Pawlenty’s liking. There’ll be more! And Minnesotan’s will continue to pay attention to a Republican that cares nothing about them. …And the Star Tribune will continue to print “Right Wing Philosophies” and ignore Democrats because it’s worked so well for us in the past! (err…That was sarcasm, okay?!)

Karl Rove: “Political Genius”

CNN is reporting that Karl Rove, “The Boy Wonder” of the failed Republican Party has gone out to hint that Governor Sarah Palin will be the ultimate subject in a marketplace of ideas.

That liberal “Clinton News Network” has published a piece entitled: Rove says ‘marketplace of ideas’ will decide Palin’s fate:

“Republicans believe in markets, so the marketplace of ideas will decide what the answer [to her future] is,” Rove told NBC Tuesday. “These people are going to get out there, campaign, offer their ideas, offer themselves.”

That’s right – Republicans believe in Markets more than they believe in our troops sitting in their own feces and urine at Walter Reed Hospital. They believe in markets just like they believe in no-bid contracts to the Vice President’s former companies like Haliburton and Bechtel.

Why isn’t Karl Rove in jail? Isn’t he AWOL from two congressional subpoenas or something? Oh nevermind; He’s a Republican. I forgot. If you’re a Republican, you’re above the law. Liberals and Progressives…We’d be in jail faster than a three twitches from a beaver’s tail.

But the best part of the article is the second comment left by someone called “In The Know” who said simply:

Palin who???

My sentiments exactly. “Palin who?!?!” They must be referencing that governor from Alaska who ends every sentence with a prepositional phrase and who’s sentences have ninety-five words or more in them and then are free then there to ramble on with no point at all whatsoever and where she rules from a land that can see Russia from her state and who was called a “Diva” from the John McCain campaign and who helped McCain lose the election there and type things like that. That “Palin”?! Oh, now I know who Karl Rove was talking about…

Ryan Evans: Arclight Zero – It’s not just his IQ level anymore

I have a number of favorite Republican blogs I like to read. Mostly for the entertainment value found in them. Some folks like the Sunday funny pages, I like Republican bloggers! Roger Ailes, CEO of Fox News Television, being my all time favorite. But I digress.

Evans is a blogger in a small town over in Chedderville Wisconsin who spends a great deal of his time pontificating on Republican ideology. (As if any Republican alive today would be willing to take credit for the financial debacle we’re currently in right now, makes pontificating anything on Republican Ideology nothing short of stupid. Yes, I said it: “Stupid”. Arclight Zero pontificates on really Stupid Stuff. There, I said it again.)

Mr. Evans blogs a piece that bitches from his side of the St Croix and Mississippi River about those of us in Minnesota and our smoking bans in bars and restaurants. In his piece “Smoking Bans: Learning from Mistakes“, Evans says:

Well, it would seem that the Minnesota smoking ban is doing exactly what it was predicted to do; it is making the anti-smoking crowd feel empowered and driving small bars out of business. Is this what should be considered a success story? I guess if the goal was to stomp out small business in the name of “public health,” sure, let’s call it a success. I’m not rightly sure what else has been gained; of course if you ask the anti’s, they carry a different opinion.

He grabs a “headliner” from that ultra-conservative CBS affiliate WCCO here in the Twin Cities who’s ran a story about a bar that’s closing in Detroit Lakes, and the bar owner is blaming statewide law that bans smoking in bars and restaurants.

WCCO doesn’t take a look into the bar’s finances … Perhaps the bar has closed because the bar was a crap-hole in the first place? Or, perhaps it became a haven exclusively to the smoking crowd because the non-smokers couldn’t and wouldn’t sit and drink in a cloud of toxic smog? These conversations are never taken into consideration. Never! And as long as the Conservative Republicans run and control our media, they never will.

Evans crabs about the anti-smoker crowd and laments the crappy bar owner in Detroit Lakes as a “poor small business owner” by noting the issue of public health:

They don’t even address the issue, which tells me that they feel that they are above this issue. To them, the issue ends at public health. Everything else is just trivial. I guess they just consider it to be collateral damage that comes with forcing their cause upon the rest of us.

In a country where our health care is for shit already, and people don’t have universal health care, what is the state expected to do? How else is the state going to reduce the number of people rotting in our Emergency Rooms dying from lung cancer because they worked in a toxic cloud as a bartender and a restaurant server.

But, Republicans couldn’t give a crap about “public health” in America, nor could they care about the common worker here in America. If it’s bad for business – Then let’s criticize it! Let’s ridicule it!

Do you remember S-CHIP? When they could offer health care for children, the Republicans felt it would be bad for business and they voted against it! Children, for Christ sakes! They’d rather see children go without health care for the benefit of “business owners”.

Hey, Mr. Evens – Something to be said about our bars and restaurants…

“You can come over here, enjoy a beer or two, and you won’t go home smelling like an ashtray! Because there’s no way I’m going to any bar or restaurant over there in Chedderville if that’s what I’m going to smell like when I leave.

Oh…and by the way… I’m a bartender.”

Sincerely,

Fruit F. Fly

Republicans need to think in different terminologies. The Smoking Ban has lost a lot of customers who smoke. Forcing them outside has inconvenienced them so much that they’d rather stay home and smoke than to hang out with their buddies and have a beer. Bartenders and bar owners have the unique opportunity to be even more competitive in their business without overflowing ashtrays on their tables and bars. But, “competition” and “creativity” are terms that Republicans aren’t willing to explore. They’re lazy. And I’m willing to bet, they are just as lazy as that bar owner up there in Detroit Lakes.

Genious At Work

Sorry – I just couldn’t help myself… genius-at-worx
There was a story, a few months ago, where the good folks in the San Francisco area had a local (human) water treatment plant to be officially named “George W. Bush Sewage Plant“.

The recent elections revealed the true Oddity: Californians voted against renaming their shit-stool after GW Bush and yet they favored hate legislation on Proposition 8: Allowing gay folks to marry their life-partners..

Genious At Work, indeed!