A Letterman-Python Confluence

Jeff Horwich riffs on the recent Letterman “scandal” with a brilliant, Pythonesque ditty.

Speaking of Monty Python, here’s a supremely scary thought: it’s the 40th anniversary of that program. Yikes! Make you seem ancient, or what? So feel free to share your favourite Python sketch in the comments (embed the video if you can). One of my faves is a somewhat obscure one called “Mr. Neutron” (“the most dangerous man in the universe”)…

Skip the last half of it which drags on a bit and just gets altogether too silly, but the opening sequence is wonderfully absurd and Chapman’s deadpan acting is absolutely hilarious.

Spending Within Our Means

A little blast from the past — specifically, October 7, 2008.

Of course, the fact of the matter is that the government was already running significant operating deficits at that time and, I could be mistaken on this, but I believe in August the shortfall was $6 billion for that month alone, with a projected cumulative deficit of… does anybody know? As of today, I mean. $50 billion… $75 billion. I know it started at $33.7 billion (I love that point seven — it was a delightful flourish that made it sound so accurately precise) but where the heck is it at now? Maybe the Conservatives’ spanky, heavily-advertised “Action Plan” website should have a real-time debt clock running on it.

Also note the little slogan behind Harper in one of the speeches featured here: “Leadership. Certainty.” Almost too funny for words considering the events of the last year following the needless election he called purposefully attempting to avoid the impending economic crash (that he denied existed up until the reality of its recessionary effects smacked him upside the head).

Why Do Republicans Support Rape?

Seems like a ridiculous question, doesn’t it? But maybe not so much when you consider the fact that 30 Republican Senators voted against an amendment proposed by Sen. Franken that would withhold defense contracts from companies like KBR “if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.”

More information, links and so on about the case in question and the amendment at Think Progress.

If ever there was a bright line in terms of the difference between Democrats and Republicans (in general — to be entirely fair, the amendment passed by a vote of 68-30 with the help of 10 Republicans), this may be one of them. And, I might note, another big thumbs up to Franken for extending the right to due process of law for victims of rape and discrimination.

Mystery Solved!

Trust Bill O’Reilly to conclude that the reason the “far left” can’t abide Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin is… because they’re “good looking women… attractive, young — relatively young — women.”

Brilliant analysis! I mean it couldn’t possibly be because they’re both completely insane nutjobs, ignorant kooks, and Jesus freaks.