Farewell. The Flying Pig Has Left The Building.

Steve Hynd, August 16, 2012

After four years on the Typepad site, eight years total blogging, Newshoggers is closing it's doors today. We've been coasting the last year or so, with many of us moving on to bigger projects (Hey, Eric!) or simply running out of blogging enthusiasm, and it's time to give the old flying pig a rest.

We've done okay over those eight years, although never being quite PC enough to gain wider acceptance from the partisan "party right or wrong" crowds. We like to think we moved political conversations a little, on the ever-present wish to rush to war with Iran, on the need for a real Left that isn't licking corporatist Dem boots every cycle, on America's foreign misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We like to think we made a small difference while writing under that flying pig banner. We did pretty good for a bunch with no ties to big-party apparatuses or think tanks.

Those eight years of blogging will still exist. Because we're ending this typepad account, we've been archiving the typepad blog here. And the original blogger archive is still here. There will still be new content from the old 'hoggers crew too. Ron writes for The Moderate Voice, I post at The Agonist and Eric Martin's lucid foreign policy thoughts can be read at Democracy Arsenal.

I'd like to thank all our regular commenters, readers and the other bloggers who regularly linked to our posts over the years to agree or disagree. You all made writing for 'hoggers an amazingly fun and stimulating experience.

Thank you very much.

Note: This is an archive copy of Newshoggers. Most of the pictures are gone but the words are all here. There may be some occasional new content, John may do some posts and Ron will cross post some of his contributions to The Moderate Voice so check back.


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Oh Jeebus, But The Wingnuts Are Morons

By Steve Hynd


Obama's released his long-form birth certificate. It exists, he's American. Are any of you suprised? Want to bet the wingnuts either don't accept it as genuine or start new conspiracy theories about "why did it take so long?" And they expect to convince voters to let them run the country.


That's all I'm going to write about this entire episode of paranoid wingnut stupidity.


There's far, far more at Memeorandum - if you care.



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Paying for Services II

Commentary By Ron Beasley




A few days ago I was taken to task by some for having no sympathy for Gene Cranick when his home burnt to the ground as the Fire department from a nearby city watched.  People outside the city were allowed to buy into city fire protection for $75 a year - a lot less than shows up on my property tax bill.  Mr Cranick had not payed.  We have learned a few things since them and none of them have changed my feelings about Mr Cranicks fate.  Mr Cranick admitted that he thought they would put the fire out and let him pay the $75.  Why?  Because they had let him do it a few years ago.  This is something the city might do once but it's reasonable for them to insist that Mr Cranick and others subscribe on a regular basis there after.  Some suggested that the city should have put out the fire and sent Mr Cranick a bill.  As it turns out the city had tried this as well and was only able to actually collect 50% of the time.  Gene Cranick was a freeloader and had no reason to expect he would receive a service he had not payed for.



That said I agree the system is flawed but there is evidence that the rural residents of the county approved of the flawed system and resisted changing it.  A part of me has some sympathy for the ignorant rubes who were sold a Libertarian utopia by millionaire and billionaire follwers of Ayn Rand.  They find out the hard way that the utopia they bought is no utopia at all.  But a part of me has a hard time doing even that and this is why:



Tea Party survey shows fear of minorities

Members of the Tea Party, the burgeoning conservative movement whose membership is overwhelmingly white, feel they are losing ground to African-Americans and other minority groups, according to analysts who conducted a wide-ranging survey of the attitudes of its members.



With the movement playing an influential role in next month�s congressional elections, the Public Religion Research Institute poll highlighted the role its values are playing in the electoral debate.



Almost two-thirds � 64 per cent � of people who identify as members of the movement agreed �it is not really that big a problem if some people have more of a chance in life than others�, compared with 41 per cent of the general population.



Almost as many � 58 per cent � said that African-Americans and other minorities were getting too much attention from the government, much higher than the national average of 37 per cent, the poll found.





Many of these people are not against government as much as they are against government that gives things to "the other" - black people. I'd be willing to bet that Mr Cranick and many of his rural Tennessee neighbors are receiving government benefits of one kind of another. They don't want to do away with government programs they just don't want to pay for them and they don't want "the others" to benefit.



Gene Cranick is the victim of a bad system but it's a bad system that he and his neighbors chose so I won't shed a lot of tears when he suffers the consequences of his choices.










Friday, August 27, 2010

Your Stripper Is Smarter Than You

By Steve Hynd


It's no news to those of us who have friends or family working in the industry that many "exotic dancers" are very well educated.



One in four women who works as a lap dancer in Britain has a university degree and the majority of those involved in the industry enjoy their work, earning up to 48,000 pounds a year, academic research has found.


48,000 UK pounds is about $74,400 USD and almost twice the UK's median income, by the way. The best in the business Stateside make even more than that. But that and a possible university education are not why your stripper is smarter than you. This is.



"These young women do not buy the line that they are being exploited, because they are the ones making the money out of a three-minute dance and a bit of a chat," said Dr Teela Sanders, one of the researchers, told the Independent newspaper.


If you wonder why your dancer is smiling, that's why.



Saturday, June 12, 2010

I could watch this time and again

By Steve Hynd


TV? $350 Beer? $7 Watching endless repeats of the English goalie making an Elementary School mistake in front of the whole world? Priceless!





It used to be said that God was an Englishman. On the evidence today, if He isn't American then He's Scottish.



Friday, April 30, 2010

Another job I'm unqualified for...

By Dave Anderson:

I firmly beIieve that I speak 3.8% more efficiently than most other native-English speakers as I only use 25 letters in my speech.  The letter R is massively overrated.  In other words, I have a thick Boston accent.  It has softened slightly during the twelve years I have been in Pittsburgh (where I sometimes lose the verb to be, but that is another problem entirely).

According to Arizona, my accent makes me ineligible to teach English in the their public schools.  Balloon Juice has the details:

 The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented... must be removed from classes for students still learning English.

Damn it, another job that I am no longer qualified for.  I wonder how many other snow-bird English teacher transplants are SOL under this policy.  It has to be targeted against the Bostonians in Arizona, right?  

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Civil Disobedience for Arizona

By Dave Anderson:



The Angry Drunk Bureaucrat has a few intriguing thoughts on the new Arizona policy regime.  My only change is to use New York City as the source of decoys (cheaper airfare):

But, there's only one way to fight this kind of stupidity: massive performance art. 

I propose relocating the entire population of Puerto Rico to Arizona. Remember, Puerto Ricans, as citizens of a U.S. Territory, are citizens of the United States... even though they're brownish and speak some crazy fast moon people language. That's almost 4,000,000 (well, not "immigrants" and certainly not "illegal"... so "migrants" or "commuters", I suppose) to perplex and confound state police. 

Trust me: I have deep suspicions that the average cop in Arizona knows that there's a *West* Virginia. "Puerto Rico" will blow their minds. 

As part of Phase II of the plan, I'll start importing Canadians from October-March, returning them when the Great White tundra thaws out. That's right: illegal white people, legal brown people. 






Monday, January 11, 2010

Murdoch Family "Ashamed And Sickened" By Fox News

By Steve Hynd


The British son-in-law of media giant and Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch has put the boot in on Roger Ailes, FOX's boss.



Agreeing to contribute his thoughts to a New York Times profile of Mr Ailes, Mr Freud stated: "I am by no means alone within the family or the company in being ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes's horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards that News Corporation, its founder and every other global media business aspires to."


Mr Ailes has long been rumoured to have a tempestuous personal relationship with Rupert Murdoch, while the mogul's children are known to have substantially more liberal views than those on show on Fox. A recent biography of Mr Murdoch, The Man Who Owns The News by Michael Wolff, described how the mogul's wife, Wendi Deng, persistently urged her husband to rein in the political coverage on Fox.


Mr Wolff said last night that Mr Freud's statement could only be interpreted as a calculated attempt to put pressure on Mr Ailes. "Matthew Freud, a PR man of extraordinary craftiness, is not going to say anything off the cuff, certainly not that. I have never heard a shoe drop as loud. I don't believe Roger Ailes can continue in this company. Not only has he been told that its controlling shareholders don't want him, but he has been told they think he is despicable. Something has just been set in motion."


Ailes, apparently, gets paid more than even Murdoch himself - in line with his even larger ego. It's interesting that recently the likes of ABC's Jake Tapper were defending FOx's journalistic integrity from attacks by the White House, but even the Murdoch family see the way things really are.



Monday, December 7, 2009

Multi-tasking while running with scissors

By Dave Anderson:

I have a nifty solution to two tough problems. The first is how to supress Somali piracy. The second is what to do with the US banksters who ruined the US economy and are whining that there is the potential of consequences.

Somali piracy is becoming more complex. What was once crimes of opportunity within the East African littoral is now becoming a well-organized, well financed operation with massive reach. The shipping lanes a thousand miles off the East African coast are now under threat. This threat is backed by an increasingly complex land-based infrastructure including what appears to be a basic stock-market. This is the critical point of vulnerability.

My plan is to use AIG executives to back Goldman Sachs sponsored derivatives based on the Somali piracy stock market. This is a sure-fire way for Goldman Sachs to loot Somalia, make piracy a net negative operation for everyone except for the bankers, and if there is any profit still floating around, the AIG backed CDSes will be sure to implode. It solves the piracy problem in a few months while keeping the bankers busy playing with safety scissors. What could go wrong.... [/snark]

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Schradenfreude in Texas

By Dave Anderson:



Schradenfreude may strike Texas, as a plain reading of their anti-gay marriage laws and amendments that passed in 2005 implies the possibility of all marriages not being legal in Texas. [h/t James Joyner]

From McClatchey:


The amendment, approved by the Legislature and overwhelmingly ratified by voters, declares that �marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.� But the troublemaking phrase, as Radnofsky sees it, is Subsection B, which declares: �This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.�



Not being a lawyer, but one who is able to split hairs fairly well, Subsection A defines marriage, and then subsection B says that the state will not recognize anything that is identical to marriage. If x=x, then x is identical to x, and thus it is not recognized.

Again, not being a lawyer, law should be parsimonious with its wording which means that each word used should have a unique meaning; James objects to the potential for schradenfreude on the basis of create as hetero-marriage was already created before the law was passed, however the law did not have an AND joiner, it had an OR joiner for recognize. The schradenfreude moment is for the "OR Recognize" portion of the subsection.



I sure as hell hope some liberal lawyer with means, a sense of snark and a willingness to go strict textualist takes this law up and sues under the OR Recognize hook.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

And The Western Winner Of The Iraq War Is...

By Steve Hynd


It's become fairly conventional wisdom that the regional winner of the Iraq war was Iran, which now has its pensioners in control of the Iraqi central government and - theoretically - all that oil. Kurds and Sunnis may have something to say about that, however, especially once Odierno stops fantasizing about staying forever and the U.S. finally withdraws.


However, the signs are that the Western nation most poised to make gains from the aftermath of the Iraq war is France. Today, the French and Iraqi governments announced some deals which are only a start of greater partnership.



Iraq and France have reached several "important" pacts on ordnance and defense personnel exchange, the visiting Iraqi Defense Minister Abdelkader Jassem al-Obeidi announced Wednesday.


"Iraq has accepted many important French armaments," Obeidi said at French Defense Ministry with his French counterpart Herv Morin at side.

Following an order of 24 transport helicopters EC 635, worth around 500 million U.S. dollars, from France in March, Iraq are engaging in "other types of armaments" this time, Obeidi said without elaboration.

The Iraqi minister regarded France-Iraq cooperation as "the rapidest and simplest way for Iraq to recover capability to defend its air space, territorial sea and territory."


The Iraqi President was also amazingly forthcoming:



Speaking of oil exploitation industry in Iraq, Talabani said "the system of auctions isn't solely based on figures. We might give preference to the figure coming from a French company."


Talabani spoke out favor for the French energy giant Total. "We would like to see Total working on our oil deposits."


Capitalizing on local disenchantment with Britain and America post-war, France has also made important deals with other Gulf states: a military base in the UAE and defence pacts to protect both the UAE and Qatar, as well as nuclear power offers to both of those and to the Saudis, Libyans and Algerians. Along with the multi-billion potential income from those agreements comes an opportunity for French power projection as the alternative to the American big dog.


And while its ironic that the "cheese eating surrender monkeys", as the U.S. right labelled the French, are making out well from post-Iraq War situation in the Gulf, the suspicion has to be that this is exactly what France's long-term plan was all along when it refused to get involved in Bush's misadventure.



Friday, November 6, 2009

Pre-rejecting the Obama Agenda

By Dave Anderson:


Liberals and Democrats have argued that the two governors' races that the Democrats lost this week turned on a combination of local issues and weak Democratic candidates who would not do anything to excite the Democratic base. 


Conservatives and Republicans have argued that these two races are a national referandum on the Obama agenda and that the answer was a decisive no to having a government that can actually attempt to solve some problems instead of engaging in a looting expedition. 


If that is the case, then New Jersey must have been ahead of the crowd as the following three minutes on Google shows:


New Jersey Real Times:


November 03, 2008, 5:32AM


Gov. Jon Corzine's approval rating has remained steady in the past month, according to a poll released today.


The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll found 46 percent of respondents approve of the Democrat's performance, while 37 percent disapprove. That's a slight improvement from the marks he received in October, when 45 percent approved of the job he was doing, while 39 percent disapproved.


Meanwhile, 24 percent of respondents said the state is headed in the right direction, while 65 percent say it's off on the wrong track. Last month, 23 percent said the state was headed the right way, while 67 percent said it was headed the wrong way.


Please note the dateline.  If the rest of Google is correct, Obama was elected President on November 4, 2008.  So New Jersey, according to the conservative argument, pre-rejected the Obama agenda a year in advance despite giving him a comfortable victory the day after this poll was published.  The other explanation is that it is tough to win as an incumbent when job approval ratings are barely a net positive and the states' voters think the state is heading in the wrong direction by a 5:2 margin. 



Monday, November 2, 2009

Wingnut Welfare drying up?

By Dave Anderson:

The Wingnut welfare system is falling apart as there are too many wingnuts of the non-teabagger variety. The most notable example was former President Bush reduced to speaking at a Motivation conference last week. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales can only blame his bad memory for the lack of high prestige teaching gigs or law firm offers after his term in office ended. No one of any prestige and cash is willing to fork over money to disgraced members of the Bush Administration if they are tainted by more than one major scandal or constitutional moment.

This lack of wingnut welfare or at least wingnut welfare with any prestige and value as a future jumping off point has trickled its way to Pittsburgh. Former US Attorney for Western Pennsylvania, Mary Beth Buchanan recently resigned with nothing solid lined-up. This is unusual. There are rumors of her running for Congress against Jason Altimre (D-PA) in PA-4, but those are just rumors at this time. Normally, the former US Attorney for the region is welcomed back into the public-private sector elite. Fred Theiman, the region's US Attorney from 1993-1997 is currently the head of the Buhl Foundation and sits on half the power boards in the region. That is not too unusual.

The Pittsburgh Comet is passing along reasonably solid rumors that the Pittsburgh Republican establishment and more particularly, its Republican leaning law firms made it clear that there would be no work available for Ms. Buchanan. And Ms. Buchanan was just a three bit player in the US Attorney firing scandal. Wingnut Welfare seems to be drying up.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bush on Wingnut Welfare

By Dave Anderson:

George W. Bush is exactly the person you want to speak to your staff on the topics of setting tough goals and then accomplishing them.  After all, he had such great success as President invading two countries. seeing a US city drown, almost wrecking Social Security so it would embrace the worst elements of systemic risk just as a massive systemic risk crisis was about to go down, and see nothing wrong in the housing or credit markets. 

Unfortunately for George W. Bush, very few people want to talk to him.  A couple of Canadian oil-men were willing to pay him to speak, but that is about it so far.  So he has been down on his luck for a bit and needs some income support.  And he found wingnut welfare of the lowest and most shameful type; the motivational speaking arena tour. 

Right now it is just a few guest gigs in Texas, but if bookings for his ramblings don't pick up, the Bushies might have a VH-1reality series next season as they go on the road. 



Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Good News For Rudy Guiliani

By Ron Beasley



Judge revokes Bernard Kerik bail,

sends ex-NYPD top cop to jail for trying to taint jury pool



A judge tossed former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik in jail for trying to taint the jury pool via the Internet Tuesday - days before the top cop's corruption trial starts.

Federal Judge Stephen Robinson approved a prosecution request to revoke Kerik's bail after they discovered non-public documents placed on a Web site affiliated with Kerik's defense.

"I fear he has a toxic combination: self-minded focus and arrogance," the White Plains federal judge said.

That combination shows Kerik feels "the end justifies the means" and that "the rulings of the court are inconvenient and are to be ignored," Robinson said.

Kerik was led away by U.S. marshals after removing his belt, tie and shoelaces, standard procedure for all prisoners.

As you might recall Kerik was Rudy Guiliani's choice for head Homeland Security util he was forced to withdraw his nomination when it turned out he had more skeletons in his closet than a mausoleum.  I don't think Rudy was invited back to the White House after that.



Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Chuckle of the day

By Dave Anderson:


Via TPM:



Michael Duvall is a conservative Republican state representative from Orange County, California. While waiting for the start of a legislative hearing in July, the 54-year-old married father of two and family values champion began describing, for the benefit of a colleague seated next to him, his ongoing affairs with two different women. In very graphic detail.


For instance:



She wears little eye-patch underwear. So, the other day she came here with her underwear, Thursday. And? so, we had made love Wednesday--a lot! And so she'll, she's all, 'I am going ?up and down the stairs, and you're dripping out of me!' So messy!



Duvall's sophomoric braggadocio, of course, was picked up by the microphone in front of him, and wound up on a tape for the legislature's in-house TV station. From there it was sent to a local news station, KCAL, which ran this full report last night:


So evidently Duvall is not a user of condoms --- I wonder if there will be any paternity suits in the future... but hey, this is a fairly low grade Republican sex scandal, there are no gay hookers, wet suits, hikes on the Applachian trail or meth dealing escorts involved. 


I wonder why the most uptight tend to have the most interesting skeletons in the closet....



Friday, September 4, 2009

Heck-uva job

By Dave Anderson


Heck-uva job for a Bushie, as Political Wire reports that a noted anti-scholar will be in charge of the Bush Library:




Former President Bush hired James K. Glassman, a longtime journalist and former administration official, to be executive director of his new "action-oriented think tank," the New York Times reports....


 


 the institute Mr. Bush envisions will become his main organizational vehicle for continuing to participate in public life and trying to shape his legacy." 


Glassman is perhaps best known as the co-author of Dow 36,000 in which he urged people to buy stocks because they were dramatically undervalued. The book came out in October, 1999 just months before the Internet bubble crashed.


What does it take to become unemployable at a high level in this country?  Really, besides drowing a city and forgetting everything you ever knew in front of Congress, what does it take to be a difficult hire?


 



Thursday, August 27, 2009

Overpromising and underfunded moral guarantees?

By Dave Anderson:


One of my long-standing hobby horses has been the financing and guarantee arrangements that back the bonds that have been issued by the Sports and Exhibition Authority to build the new arena for the Pittsburgh Penguins. There is an implied moral guarantee, backing by the state for the bonds that is not automatic as it requires legislative approval for any funds released, and a lot of wishing going on. As I wrote in June, this is convoluted and the value of the implied moral guarantee seems to be inversely related to the probability of the need to use it.



the state of Pennsylvania will actually pay off the hockey arena bonds if the expected cash flow does not materialize. The bond prospectus basically says that the state is responsible for all payments up to $19.1 million dollars per year if and only if the Legislature approves. The guarantee is contingent on Legislature approval.


One would argue that the probability of needing the backing of the state is inversely correlated with the willingness of the state to appropriate a bail-out of an arena project. When times are good, the state would have the money and the willingness to spend the money but the revenue streams from gambling would be strong. In weak times, gambling revenue would collapse, but still would the state's willingness or ability to pay.


The $19.1 million dollars per year is the long term bond repayment rate, this is a fixed cost. The initial arrangement is for the Penguins to make a $4.1 million dollar lease payment to the bond sinking fund and then two streams of casino revenue to kick in two $7.5 million dollar annual payments to the bond sinking fund. The Penguins will fund their portion from normal operating revenues (ticket sales, hot dogs, programs, parking etc). The two streams of casino revenue are laundered a bit. The first is a straight up $7.5 million dollar payment from the owners of the Pittsburgh slots casino license. The second payment is $7.5 million dollars from the state tax collection of gross terminal revenue.

The big problem that I am worrying about is that the gross terminal revenue pool of funds has already been heavily committed to a series of bond measures for major projects. These committments were based on fairly optimistic projections of revenue by the State Gaming Control Board. What happens if casino revenue does not meet expectations?


The first full week of operations had an annual revenue pace of slightly less than $300 million dollars for the first twelve months of operations. This is 16% to 25% below projections. The Post-Gazette reports that the first full weeks of operations have generated $9.9 million dollars in terminal revenue, which works out to be about $260 million dollars per year. More importantly, the take per machine is massively below projections. The problem is not easily solvable by just introducing more machines.



Furthermore, the casino's average taxable win per slot machine was $221 its second week and $251 its first, lower than the $361 it projected and the gaming board's $306 for the first year.


Casino and state officials are cautioning that normal operations, advertising and promotions have not started and that bus loads of seniors and compulsive gamblers will generate enough revenue to meet the state projections at the very least. I am skeptical. Gambling is, for most people, a truly discretionary entertainment expense. As peoples� incomes are put under more stress, the truly discretionary expenses are either reduced or eliminated.


So what happens if the state gambling revenue pool that is backing the arena bond (among others) cannot make all of the bond payments? What happens if the casino owner contribution is reduced because the casino owners cannot meet their other, potentially more senior obligations? What do these questions mean at a time when there is no Pennsylvania state budget, and once there is an approved state budget, it is a barebones, austerity budget with no political willingness to bail-out an arena project. What happens when the value of the implied moral guarantee is at its lowest and the bond holders attempt to invoke it?



Thursday, August 20, 2009

Trust the Dirty F*cking Hippies, they're right

By Dave Anderson:


The Wednesday before the 2004 Election I wrote the following with only a mildly cynical pen:



the optimum time for the Bush campaign/administration to pull off an "October Surprise" by politically using terrorism as the excuse is on Thursday afternoon before the election because that gives the Bush administration the entire weekend to dominate the media cycle....


the timing would be good right now as there is a recent study that argues a terror alert raises Bush's approval levels by ~3% points for a short term bump of a week.


I guess I was a dirty fucking hippy for believing that the government would politicize national security after having only seen the examples of post-9-11, the rat-fucking of the Homeland Security bill and the rush to war. I was mildly wrong in that Bush and Rove did nothing, but Bin Laden release a tape that the CIA believed was a de facto endorsement of Bush and his idiocy over Kerry. I must have rolled around in patchouli to believe that the terror alert system was being used to manage fear and anxiety whenever Bush needed a distraction from a few negative news cycles during the 2002 and 2004 campaign cycles.


The great dirty hippie, Republican Gov. Tom Ridge basically admits that this was the case. Most prominently today as chunks of his book are being leaked:



and was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush's re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over.


However he hinted that this was the case in 2005 as well:



The Bush administration periodically put the USA on high alert for terrorist attacks even though then-Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge argued there was only flimsy evidence to justify raising the threat level, Ridge now says.


There was a strong suspician that the terror alert system and the leaking of 'intel' (some derived from torture and very stale as well as wrong) was leaked for political advantage. It is nice to have insider confirmation of the obvious, but again, as John Cole would put, trust the dirty fucking hippies because they got it right on instinct and experience. I also want to echo Teresa Nelson Hayden's great lament about the Bush Administration:



I deeply resent the way this administration makes me feel like a nutbar conspiracy theorist.



Tuesday, August 18, 2009

How to really mess up everyone at a protest

By Dave Anderson:


I think the Angry Drunk Bureaucrat has taken protest performance art to a new level.  His new method puts 15 foot tall puppets back in the AA ball in the How Not To Make A Point While Attracting A Lot Of Attention To One-self League (HNTMAPWAALOATOL).



Per Maria's post, I think I'm going to go to Specter's Town Hall meeting and heckle Arlen. Of course, in order to lighten the mood and throw everyone off, I think I'm only going to shout out positive things or non sequitors.

For example:


* "HEY ARLEN! I HOPE YOU MAKE A FULL RECOVERY FROM YOUR CANCER! I WISH YOU WELL!"

* "I BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS BORN IN HAWAI'I!"

* "DOES ANYONE HAVE CHANGE FOR THE PARKING METER?!"

* "PUPPIES WITH BIG EYES ARE CUTE!"


* "SENATOR! MY WIFE DIDN'T THINK THAT I COULD MAKE A SPECTACLE OF MYSELF AT THIS MEETING! DO YOU THINK I HAVE, OR DO I HAVE TO DROP AN ETHNIC SLUR?!"

* "I'M AFRAID OF WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS BECOMING, SENATOR: A LONG DRAWN OUT MARCH TOWARDS ENTROPY AND EVENTUAL HEAT DEATH IN A COLD UNFEELING UNIVERSE!"



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hide the cows --- Santorum is going to Iowa

By Dave Anderson:


Politico is reporting that former Senator Rick (Man on Dog) Santorum is considering a run for President in 2012. He is hitting the Iowa conservative fund-raising and speaking circuit this fall to see if he can raise his profile and potentially build a caucus mobilization network.


Speaking as both a liberal and a Daily Show fan, all I can say is PLEASE