What a Hoot

Michele “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann, the gift that keeps on giving…

By the way, it should go without saying, but Bachmann is completely full of shit. The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act was passed by a Republican controlled Congress and signed into law on June 17, 1930 by Republican President Hoover, not FDR as Bachmann asserts here.

Lawton Smalls Unbound

Serendipity strikes again… but you’ll have to go here and then follow the link from there to this catastrophically horrific place, in order to truly appreciate what I mean. The wonders of the Intertubes, my friends.

Now the notion of so-called “conservatives” yearning to fully unleash their deep reservoir of inner batshit craziness is nothing entirely new… goodness knows, some of the more unhinged and/or unemployed members of the Bloggin’ Tories do it as a routine matter of course each and every day, but what’s somewhat novel here is the stirring call to arms — a rebel yell, one might say to the Confederacy of Dunces that sadly abounds in this great land — expressing profound displeasure with the nefarious malefactors presumably behind Stephen Harper that are somehow forcing the poor dear against his will to create the impression the CPC “needs to tiptoe around and not offend anyone by showing their actual support of Conservative ideas.”

But don’t let me possibly misquote or unfairly mischaracterize the harebrained fulminations of the indefatigably witless “Hunter” in such a cavalier way. Here she is in her own inimitable words:

What is the party doing to advance Conservative issues? Heck, what is the party doing to highlight PM Harper and the Minister’s [sic]?

If a lowly blogger can get more video posted in support of the Conservatives then [sic] the party itself can, a disconnect has occurred. Why can’t the “war room” post some video? What the heck are they doing at headquarters? Check out the Minister’s [sic] profiles, boring, boring, boring! No life, no personal touch, no comments from the Minister’s [sic], the whole site sucks. […]

All I hear from the party lately is requests for donations.

It’s like the CPC is walking on egg shells afraid to offend anyone encase [sic] the voters realize that they actually elected the Conservatives. It’s like just because the Conservatives are in power, the Conservative party can’t broadcast any good things that are being done.

Wow. Life is just so remarkably unfair sometimes, isn’t it?

Why can’t there be a steady, relentless, 24/7, completely unremitting stream of uncritical propaganda issuing from the Dear Leader’s office hailing his non-stop litany of great achievements and lauding his unwavering support of unspecified “Conservative ideas” like say: the $40 billion deficit spending budget; or the 12% increase in government spending overall; or the proposed multi-billion dollar bail-out of the automakers; the failed investment of blood and treasure in Afghanistan; the cutbacks to food safety inspections that resulted in the deaths of numerous people; the endless waffling on registration of long guns that needlessly perpetuated a bad system; the repeal of the GST that resulted in savings of many cents on the cost of chocolate bar at the expense of several billions to the Treasury; the inability to implement a sustainable housing policy; the daycare-through-the-door program that lobbed a couple of hundred bucks a month into the pockets of those who didn’t need/want it (before being clawed back in most cases); the continuing, miserable demise of the manufacturing sector; the campaign to demonize everyone not supportive of the government as a “terrorist supporter” or “Taliban hugger” or worse… a treasonous backstabber; the billions of dollars that quite secretly went to prop up the banks and capitalize them even as they made billions of dollars in profit; the ludicrous farce of “arctic sovereignty” and ridiculous slush boats that never materialized; the cutting of oversight for transfers of federal healthcare money to the provinces; the millions of dollars wasted on other useless defense contracts for refueling ships that had to be scrapped because they were poorly devised in the first place and then surprisingly didn’t come up to snuff; the tens of millions of dollars needlessly squandered on the promotion of food-based ethanol subsidies at the behest of lobbyists in the PMO; the countless millions spent on corporate welfare for pork-barrel projects to buck up the electoral fortunes of Conservative MPs; the selective gutting of cultural programs for purely political reasons; the half-baked “transparency” and “accountability” promises that resulted in nothing more than an uninformative day-book of appointments; the clamp down on the release of private information; the attempted bribing of a morbidly ill MP to buy his vote; the partisan guidelines for rigging how parliamentary committees should be run; the farcical lawsuits waged against opposing political parties; the clever maneuvering of funds to top up the election war-chest of the Conservative Party; the laundering of campaign funds to circumvent Elections Canada regulations; the stonewalling of requests for information and shutting down of public access to that program; the cow-towing to zany, fundamentalist Judeo-Christian lobbyists; the pandering to different ethnic groups even though their sometimes kooky theologies are inherently opposed to mainstream secular values; the callous abandonment of Canadian citizens abroad; the egregious income-trust flip-flop that wiped out billions of dollars of investors’ savings; tacit endorsement of torture and extrajudicial procedures of rendition; fiscal asphyxiation of the independent parliamentary budget officer; the muzzling of scientific reports stating that promotion of ethanol was a dubious solution to climate change; the attempted wholesale re-branding of the Canadian government; the silencing of MPs… blah, blah, blah.

Morevover, when will the Conservatives “update Laureen’s page so we see what she is doing”?

Indeed. I know the lack of this vital information has been a serious shortfall in my life over the past few years…

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Unintentional comedy update: You cannot make up this stuff, so I won’t bother, but simply relate it to you verbatim from the horse’s ass Hunter’s mouth:

HA, this post obviously got the lefty trolls excited! Poor things the liberal darkness has invaded their minds and eaten away any last ruminant of brains they might have had left.

Alas and alack for that final “ruminant of brains”…

The poor trolls actually get upset that I call them trolls or lefties, they seem to think that they have some sort of positive relationship over here. They are trying to climb out of the dark, into the conservative light, they just keep bumping into each other in the liberal darkness, and get confused about where the true light is for Canada and their children.

Ah yes, the “conservative light” that involves profound illiteracy, stupendous ignorance, and relentless suppression of free speech. Perhaps no better illustration of why we often mock winguts and regard them with tremendous contempt could be provided than the foregoing drivel.

Do Something Good Today!

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This is kind of a no-brainer that will not only instantly make you feel like a better person (not that you aren’t super-terrific and a box of chocolates already, of course), but could, quite literally give someone the gift of life. All you have to do is click on the above graphic and go register with the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network (Canadians only, but the USA likely has something similar).

As if those two things (“better person” + “gift of life”) weren’t amazingly compelling incentives right there, know also that you’ll be contributing in a very positive and lasting way to the legacy of a very gracious and decent fellow.

So what are you waiting for?

It costs nothing and could hold the key to someone’s future. Not much of a downside there! Oh, and don’t be giving me any lame excuses about how bad and seedy you are, from a medical point of view…

Update: Still not convinced? Here are some more reasons to do what you can to help out to others in need of your support.

Yawn Me a River

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Here’s a news flash: polls go up and down slightly from month to month, but the relative splits in party support don’t crucially part ways in any significant fashion until election time (when the crucial 5-8% of uncommitted “swing voters” suddenly decides which way the wind is blowing).

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Can we all go back to sleep now and forget about these stupid, fact-challenged metrics of “popular opinion” in between elections that are meaningless to all but the polling outfits that conduct them, the newspapers that commission them and some fixated partisans that enjoy sifting through their largely meaningless entrails for whatever reasons?

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Tales of Cognitive Dissonance

“I can tell you that this team of candidates I have with me here today is THE best team of B.C. Liberal candidates we’ve ever had the opportunity to run with.” — Premier Gordon Campbell

Alrightee then:

A top cop who’s a chronic speeder. Another candidate who was charged with drunk driving. Yet another one who sent out a hateful e-mail comparing the gay “lifestyle” to “gambling, abortion, adultery and pornography.” Another who cancelled a “free-beer” rally to comply with election laws.

Oh yes, I know… a few bad apples.

Witch Hunts and Economic Scapegoats

Economist Raymond Fisman examines the phenomenon of economic scapegoating, as illustrated through modern-day witch hunts in Tanzania.

And to think that Sarah Palin was blessed by a Christian witch-hunter. Hmmm, rather curious and somewhat disturbing when you think about it, no?

Ah, but never mind that. If you have the time and/or inclination to tune into the whole broadcast of Fisman’s lecture, there are some absolutely fascinating socioeconomic concepts presented that are tempting at first glance to just simply characterize as “Why we should throw grandma from the train?” but would be unfair to trivialize as such given the underlying strata of complexity associated with the highly problematic ideas of “social equilibrium” that he presents here.