The Watering Hole, Thursday, March 1st, 2012: And Your Advice is Worth???

I like to check out Foreign Policy Magazine online now and again for different stories and viewpoints. You can imagine my surprise today when I saw an article titled “How to Beat Obama”, written by…wait for it…Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie. Yes, Karl Rove, despite being wrong nearly as often as William Kristol, still thinks that his advice would be helpful to the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee. Check out some of the pearls of wisdom Karl and Ed are offering:

“In an American election focused on a lousy economy and high unemployment, conventional wisdom holds that foreign policy is one of Barack Obama’s few strong suits. But the president is strikingly vulnerable in this area. The Republican who leads the GOP ticket can attack him on what Obama mistakenly thinks is his major strength by translating the center-right critique of his foreign policy into campaign themes and action. Here’s how to beat him.

First, the Republican nominee should adopt a confident, nationalist tone emphasizing American exceptionalism, expressing pride in the United States as a force for good in the world, and advocating for an America that is once again respected (and, in some quarters, feared) as the preeminent global power. Obama acts as if he sees the United States as a flawed giant, a mistake that voters already perceive. After all, this is the president who said, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Voters also sense he is content to manage America’s decline to a status where the United States is just one country among many.”

Ah, yes, the “American Exceptionalism” cliche – Americans are somehow inherently better than the rest of the world, and we damn well don’t need to pay attention to any of those lesser people in all of those other crappy countries. America is a flawless giant, dammit, and just look at how perceptive American voters are, too!

“The Republican nominee should use the president’s own words and actions to portray him as naive and weak on foreign affairs. Obama’s failed promises, missed opportunities, and erratic shifts suggest he is out of touch and in over his head.”

Karl, do you remember anything of the presidency of George W. Bush, or have you simply blocked it all out?

“The Republican candidate must address at least four vital areas. The most important is the struggle that will define this century’s arc: radical Islamic terrorism. He should make the case that victory must be America’s national goal, not merely seeking to “delegitimize the use of terrorism and to isolate those who carry it out,” as Obama’s May 2010 National Security Strategy put it. As in the Cold War, victory will require sustained U.S. involvement and a willingness to deploy all tools of influence — from diplomacy to economic ties, from intelligence efforts to military action.”

I thought that this 2012 election was all about JOBS, JOBS, JOBS – oh, wait, that was the 2010 mid-terms, or…well some election was/is supposed to be about JOBS…I think.

“Second, the Republican candidate must condemn the president’s precipitous drawdown in Afghanistan and his deep, dangerous defense-budget cuts. Both are viewed skeptically by the military: The former emboldens America’s adversaries and discourages its allies; the latter is of deep concern to veterans and other Americans who doubt Obama’s commitment to the military.”

Jeebus knows that we don’t want to “precipitously” leave Afghanistan after, what, only eleven years or so? And didn’t I hear that President Obama has actually increased the defense budget?

“During the 2008 campaign, he also argued that Iran was a “tiny” country that didn’t “pose a serious threat.” How foolish that now seems.”

“In part because of how he has mishandled the Iranian threat, Obama has lost much political and financial support in the American Jewish community. His approach to Israel must be presented as similarly weak and untrustworthy. The Republican candidate must make clear the existential threat to Israel from a nuclear-armed Iran…”

We certainly wouldn’t want Israel to defend itself all alone, with only a few hundred nuclear weapons, against a possible/future/maybe-nuclear-armed Iran, now would we?

Obama recognizes that he’s seen as “cold and aloof,” and the Republican nominee should hammer this point home. The president has few real friends abroad (excepting, of course, Islamist Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he told Time magazine’s Fareed Zakaria). The Republican nominee should criticize Obama for not understanding that the U.S. president’s personal engagement is essential for effective global leadership. Obama’s lack of regular close contact with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, which has destroyed relationships with America’s erstwhile allies, is simply the most jarring, inexplicable example of this president’s hands-off approach.

If the Republican candidate turns out to be Mitt Romney, our allies (and enemies, too!) will be SO overwhelmed by the “warm and fuzzies.” So, President Obama hasn’t been calling al-Maliki and Karzai as much as Rove and Gillespie think he should? What are they, Obama’s mother?

“Because the fall campaign must be devoted to promoting the Republican message on jobs and the economy, the GOP nominee must share his big foreign-policy vision no later than early summer.”

“The fourth line of attack must be about America’s fragile economy and how to restore it. Many voters think Obama’s stewardship of the economy has been inconsistent and even counterproductive.”

Of course, talking about jobs and the economy can wait until the fall – it gives the Republican nominee that much more time to think of something other than “cut taxes and regulations for corporations” and “make the Bush tax cuts permanent.”

“Undoubtedly, Obama will attempt to preempt criticism of his foreign policy by repeating endlessly that Osama bin Laden was killed on his watch. By campaign’s end, some voters will wonder whether the president personally delivered the kill shot.”

Yes, undoubtedly, ’cause that’s what Rove and Gillespie would do – it would definitely convince “some voters”, i.e., FuxNews-watchers.

“Absent a major international crisis, this election will be largely about jobs, spending, health care, and energy. Voters do, however, want a president who leads on the world stage and a commander in chief who projects strength, not weakness.”

What the…”absent a major international crisis”? Such as, Karl?

“A November 2011 survey conducted by Resurgent Republic showed that 50 percent of voters (as well as 54 percent of self-identified independents) think America’s standing in the world is worse under Obama, while only 21 percent believe it is better. This represents a sharp drop from April 2010, when 50 percent of voters (and 49 percent of independents) believed Obama had improved America’s standing.

That’s because Obama has failed to become a strong international leader, and the Republican nominee must reinforce this message — one most Americans already believe. Foreign policy is a weakness for this president, not a strength.”

Hey, guess who’s a Board Member at Resurgent Republic? Why, good old Ed Gillespie!

Hmmm, I don’t think that your advice is so hot, Karl (and Ed.) Maybe they should read another article at Foreign Policy magazine that refutes their arguments.

Regardless of whether or not Rove and Gillespie’s advice is useful, I don’t think that either of the current ‘leaders’ for the Republican nomination would be capable of following it.

This is our daily open thread – feel free to opine on this or any other topic.

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178 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Thursday, March 1st, 2012: And Your Advice is Worth???

  1. From late yesterday:

    Zooey on February 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm said:

    Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal.

    Briseadh na Faire on February 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm said:

    1. It’s veto-proof:

    1/19/2011 Introduced in House
    2/28/2011 Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 399 – 3 (Roll no. 149).
    2/6/2012 Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
    2/27/2012 Resolving differences — House actions: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 388 – 3 (Roll no. 73).

    FINAL VERSION OF THE BILL:

    This Act may be cited as the `Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011′.

    SEC. 2. RESTRICTED BUILDING OR GROUNDS.

    Section 1752 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
    -`Sec. 1752. Restricted building or grounds

    `(a) Whoever–
    `(1) knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so;
    `(2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions;
    `(3) knowingly, and with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted building or grounds; or
    `(4) knowingly engages in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds;
    or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b).
    `(b) The punishment for a violation of subsection (a) is–
    `(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both, if–
    `(A) the person, during and in relation to the offense, uses or carries a deadly or dangerous weapon or firearm; or
    `(B) the offense results in significant bodily injury as defined by section 2118(e)(3); and
    `(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, in any other case.
    `(c) In this section–
    `(1) the term `restricted buildings or grounds’ means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area–
    `(A) of the White House or its grounds, or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds;
    `(B) of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting; or
    `(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance; and
    `(2) the term `other person protected by the Secret Service’ means any person whom the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect under section 3056 of this title or by Presidential memorandum, when such person has not declined such protection.’.

    So, protesting at some “otherwise restricted area” could land you in prison for 10 years.

    The Courts will likely strike some of this as impermissibly overbroad and vague, violating due process. But who wants to be the test case? Cindy Sheehan could have gotten 10 years for wearing her T-Shirt of Iraq War Dead at Bush’s State of the Union Address back in ’05, had this law been in place then. (I met her in D.C. earlier that day.)

    With the votes this Bill received in Congress, it could be passed over an Obama veto. It will be interesting to see what the President does. Will he sign it, with a signing statement that will not obligate the next President in any way, shape or manner, or leave it to Congress to take away the rights of the American People to peacefully assemble?

    At any rate, if this Bill is implemented, we will finally get to see if the rumor about Bush’s detention centers/concentration camps is true. We very well could see college kids by the thousands locked up for years.

    WaltTheMan on February 29, 2012 at 10:35 pm said:Edit

    Why would Republicans even vote for this measure?

    Briseadh na Faire on March 1, 2012 at 6:15 am said:Edit

    It gives the Government unlimited power to lock up protesters.

      • What worries me is that it might ultimately be decided by the SCOTUS; if so, dare we count on the court that declared corporations to be people and money to be free speech to come up with an appropriate determination of freedom of assembly? They’ll probably point out that what freedom of assembly really means it’s ok for everyone to eat lunch in the corporate cafeteria at the same time. Regardless of race.

      • I think all they need do is clarify “otherwise restricted area” so that people are given notice. In fact, they may not even need to do that, as lack of notice would be a due process defense to any charges brought. Meanwhile, protestors are locked up by the thousands….what government wouldn’t want that kind of power?

        This is a “time, place and manner” restriction that would likely be upheld. People will still have the right to protest, so long as they protest where no one will see them.

  2. First, the Republican nominee should adopt a confident, nationalist tone emphasizing American exceptionalism

    In the Republican context, “American exceptionalism” is simply a less invasive way of saying “constaqntly escalating American stupidity” since that’s America’s sole claim to any ‘exceptional’ behavior these days.

    BTW, did you hear the one about the time that Karl Rove as a child asked his mother, “Mommy, how come I’m fat and pink and you’re thin and white?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Karl! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’ ”

    Nyuk nyuk.

  3. The best bet the Repuglycan’ts have to beat Obama is to subliminaly shout NI99ER! in every tv ad they put on, right up through election day That’ll resonate with their base.

  4. SarahPalin on FB: “Andrew was a warrior who stood on the side of what was right. He defended what was right. He defended the defenseless.”

    — Three swings and misses.

    • This is how you do it:

      “The news of Mr. Breitbart’s death came as a surprise to me when I was informed of it this morning,” she said. “My prayers go out to Mr. Breitbart’s family as they cope through this very difficult time.” — Shirley Sherrod

      “I was asked many times this morning for my thoughts on what Andrew meant to the political world, but all I can think of at the moment is what Andrew meant to me as a friend, starting from when we worked together — his passion, his exuberance, his fearlessness. And above all, what I’m thinking of at the moment is his amazing wife Susie and their four beautiful young children. My love and thoughts are with them right now.” — Arianna Huffington

      • I noticed one of the rightie comments on the Examiner site was from someone who called themselves Lady Liberty 1885.

        I find it interesting that in 1885 “Lady” Liberty wasn’t allowed to vote yet in this country. Is that really what the right wants?

    • Other than Yglesias, has anyone heard of any of the other tweeters? It’s pretty tame compared to comment threads on Fox.

    • I would refer them to “conservatives'” remarks about the deaths of Ted Kennedy and Paul Wellstone.

      My own thoughts? Breitbart was a vile little worm in a man’s body. Dying young doesn’t mitigate that fact in any way.

      • Exactly. Here is the rest of the comment from Sarah Palin:

        Many of us will have life-long memories of our work or encounters with Andrew. May we draw on those to help forward the cause of fighting for what is right. For me, just one of those memories was in Pella, Iowa, last year after the premier of “The Undefeated.” Andrew held court in the restaurant at the local hotel talking about his favorite topic: how “culture is upstream of politics” and how conservatives must be unafraid to fight the leftwing media, cultural, and political establishments. The loss of his voice in this fight will be deeply felt, but thankfully his work lives on at his “Bigs,” and thank God for his inspiration and leadership.

        God bless you, Andrew. Rest in peace, friend. We will continue the fight.

        And we’re the one’s accused of politicizing this?

    • Crazy remarks. These people are stupid especially if they think that Obama would be frightened by Breitbart’s edited video from Obama’s college days.

    • No idea. Come to think of it – there wasn’t an e-mail from them this a.m.
      Perhaps they are attempting to keep a barrage of “hate on Breitbart” off the blog?

  5. Hello everyone! Just popping in to say hi and that I miss all of you and you insightful comments on this election cycle. I am home again( for a few days at least) after being with my mother for another week. I hope all of you are well and that you are giving the Republicans hell on Twitter and in the blogosphere…

    May I say I was shocked to learn of Andrew Breitbart’s demise today…

    • Good you could come up for some fresh air.
      Have you been able to ‘mute’ the Faux channel to preserve sanity?

      • I usually just pop in a set of earphones or just ignore them. I’ve discovered that one can usually tune it out (except in the case of some very blatant lies)…and go about one’s business.

        But I must say, Neil Cavuto has got to be the STUPIDEST man in the world.
        Billo is a bully, but we knew that. Megan Kelly is pretty smart and she could be a pretty good journalist if she wasn’t on Faux, but she is extremely biased.

        Dana Perino is still a spokesmodel. And Judge Napolitano is an ass, but he does know the law.

        Doocy and Doocy jr. are douches. And I think I only saw one brunette woman on the whole channel.

        On the weekend, you do see a few people of color, but that’s the only time.

        My mom actually tried to convince me that Faux news has the most intelligent commenters and most of them were lawyers…. until I started ticking off all of the people by name that weren’t. I think that I surprised her that I knew them all by name…

        Bless the people at Media Matters and the Daily Show that watch Fox so we don’t have to….

  6. My child has an interesting view of the world. He believes that the good you do lives forever and that an evil man’s evil dies with him.

    • oh, you mean, like this:

      ‘ Breitbart seldom showed restraint in his vitriol to his critics and seemed to relish in the negative attention his antics earned him. After Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts died in 2009, Breitbart tweeted “Rest in Chappaquiddick” and called him “a special pile of human excrement.” When critics questioned his tone, he tweeted they “missed my best ones!” ‘

    • For some odd reason or other, I just can’t muster any sadness that Breitbart has crapped out for good. I suppose by now his soul is already in wingnut heaven (read: HELL). Fuck him.

      ‘Nuff said.

    • Did you enjoy our slush storm? I was hoping to get an opportunity to try out the new camera on iced trees but it didn’t happen down here in the south metro. At least we got a little moisture into the ground.

  7. Lushbo is continuing his mission to drive every woman of reproductive age away from the GOP. Here are the headlines from MMfA:

    Limbaugh: “I Will Buy All Of The Women At Georgetown University As Much Aspirin To Put Between Their Knees As They Want”

    Rush: Contraception Coverage Is “Flat-Out Thievery” Because Taxpayers Will Pay For “Personal Sexual Desires And Habits”

    Limbaugh Mocks Sandra Fluke With Baby Voice, Pretending To Cry: “I’m Going Broke Having Sex. … It’s Not Fair”

    • I sure don’t think Limpdick’s viagra should be covered and I don’t even want to imagine his “personal desires and habits”.

    • And yet if he can’t get it up he has easy access to taxpayer funded hard on pills. But then we know he’s a hypocrite among other things.

  8. A really good piece by David Frum, a true conservative, on Breitbart:

    “This is where it becomes difficult to honor the Roman injunction to speak no ill of the dead. It’s difficult for me to assess Breitbart’s impact upon American media and American politics as anything other than poisonous. When one of the leading media figures of the day achieves his success by his giddy disdain for truth and fairness—when one of our leading political figures offers to his admirers a politics inflamed by rage and devoid of ideas—how to withhold a profoundly negative judgment on his life and career? Especially when that career was so representative of his times?”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/01/andrew-breitbart-1969-2012.html

  9. QOTD:

    “Look, I have worn a garbage bag for rain gear myself,” – Mitt Romney, flip-flopping again after mocking a group of NASCAR fans for wearing cheap plastic ponchos on Sunday.

  10. I may have gotten banned at TPM merely for commenting about several others having been banned. May be the last time I read TPM.

    • I was banned by my local paper for the same reason and questioning their policy of arbitrary censorship. My guess is that those decisions are left to unpaid interns and/or underpaid flunkies who enjoy the “power”. That being said, it might be a good idea to write a nice, calm, email to the “contact us person” at TPM and state your case. That’s how I was reinstated at Media Matters after I crushed a stupid troll and he flagged all my comments.

  11. Against all odds, Lushbo just gets more vile as the day grows older. Will one GOoPer, whether elected or in the media, condemn his disgusting and unprovoked attack on a young woman who did absolutely nothing wrong? Furthermore, as a law student, I would guess that Ms. Fluke has a pretty good idea if she could successfully sue the rat bastard for slander and defamation of character. Getting him to fork over even a nickel of his vast wealth would please me greatly; finishing a near second to someone shoving a live grenade in his pants.

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201203010012

    • BTW. Has anyone heard why comments have been scrubbed from Media Matters? I would hate to think that they ditched the whole archive to protect the memory of a worm like Breitbart. Perhaps it’s an unrelated problem with their server or a hacking attack but, either way, it would be nice if they put up an FYI post.

      • TPM did the same thing about a month ago..comments weren’t be allowed yet there was never any explanation, at the time.

        I’ve checked Twitter and FaceBook and see no mention on either spot why MMfA isn’t allowing comments.

        • I could understand comments being turned off due to a glitch but comments have been scrubbed from posts going back, at least, for months.

          • Hadn’t realized that.

            I sent inquiry via the “contact us” – we’ll see what happens

  12. The other night a Reichwhiner was on the PBS News Hour and was left unchallenged when he said that “Obama was blocking drilling”. As usual, Judy Woodruff gave him the last word and ended the segment with her usual “we’ll have to leave it at that”. Why can’t anyone in the mainstream “librul media” even mention the fact that we are producing more oil and gas than we did during Brush Boy’s administration? The math isn’t hard and there are plenty of people, all in the progressive blogosphere, who can and do supply very simple graphs that demonstrate that the GOoPers are effing lying.

    http://thinkprogress.org/green/2012/03/01/434993/gas-price-facts-domestic-oil-production-is-at-eight-year-high/

    • Ya got me. I can’t figure out why no one ever mentions that unless we go all Hugo Chavez on our oil reserves any oil we do drill for ends up on the international market anyway. The only thing that brought down prices back in 2008 was near global economic collapse.

      • As near as I can find; she is not a scientologist herself but has been very complimentary of an acting teacher who was a scientologist. Either way; she was very funny in her role and, to the best of my knowledge, isn’t a Reichwhiner and hasn’t disparaged a young woman who dared to speak her mind.

  13. I’m busy getting my online shop set up today.

    Arrgggghhhhh!!! Inferiority complex and rejection issues rearing their ugly heads!! :shock:

    • Speaking as someone who has to stand out in the street and peddle her pork chops:
      Relax
      Failure to make a sale is not a personal rejection, some people like your product but have to watch their money, some admire you for creating but what you have just doesn’t meet their needs today, there are a million reasons other than personal inadequacy that cause someone not to buy. If you are proud of your product and offer it at a fair price, the right buyers for you will find you.

      • Go ahead and advertise Dad. It’s quality stuff and you’re justifiably proud. I still love my pig tote.

      • Your daughter’s work is amazing, frugal.

        My eldest mentioned Etsy to me as a place to sell my stuff, and I remembered Krissyanne’s shop. I can only hope to do as well as she’s doing!

        • She does quite well on Etsy, she tells me. She started her little ‘business’ about two years ago, maybe plus a month or two or three, and it’s grown nicely. If she wasn’t teaching seven chemistry labs at the U of Colorado, she’d have more time to do the sewing!

          Ah, to be young!

          BTW, if you should want someone to talk shop with, feel free to contact her on her main website. She’s very unassuming and always interested in ‘business’ chit-chat.

          • I just sent her a message. If anyone can give me some help on the learning curve, I think it would be her!

  14. The Koch brothers may have a problem here. Sorry if it has been reported before.

    Things could get a bit dicey for the GOP crowd if this hits the broadcast zone. It seems that their every stand is flying in the face of public opinion.

  15. QOTD II:

    “So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.” — Rush Limbaugh, while wearing yet another hideous pullover with wide horizontal stripes and exhibiting his insatiable appetite for online porn.

    If I were Ms. Fluke, I’d slap a slander suit for millions on his fat ass.

    • I had mentioned that earlier but it’s worth a repeat. And she is, after all, a law student. Just once I would like it if one of Lushbo’s victims didn’t take the high road. I want to see that fat bastard sweating in a court. Plus, if she won even a nickel, it would probably kill him.

  16. Finally. The positive proof we’ve all been waiting for.

    Arpaio unveils Obama birth-certificate probe

    … At a news conference, Arpaio said the probe revealed that there was probable cause to believe Obama’s long-form birth certificate released by the White House in April is a computer-generated forgery. He also said the selective service card completed by Obama in 1980 in Hawaii also was most likely a forgery.

    “We don’t know who the perpetrators are of these documents,” Arpaio said, although he said he doesn’t think the president forged the documents…

    • This just in: Sheriff Joe confirms that the president is, after all, black.

  17. Try and imagine Rmoney being this relaxed and natural while sitting around bs’ing. G’head, try:

  18. Republican Commits Voter Fraud By Registering Dog As A Democrat

    A Republican man in New Mexico wanted to show how easy he thought it was to commit voter fraud. So the Albuquerque man did just that: committed voter registration fraud by registering his dog, Buddy, to vote.

    Local news station KOB Eyewitness News 4 in New Mexico reported on the man’s stunt this week.

    “They should verify. Somebody should have verified this information and somebody should have come out and took a look at exactly who it was,” the unidentified man told the news station. “But I made up a birth date, and I made up a social security number and I had a voter registration card in my hand for Buddy two weeks later.”
    [...]
    Liz Hamm of the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office told TPM that they had contacted their legal department and have been in touch with the sheriff’s department about the false voter registration. They have identified the registration card in question. Hamm wasn’t sure if she could identify the last name or address on the registration card but said she would email a copy to TPM this afternoon. …

    • Another Republican who doesn’t understand the difference between voter fraud and voter registration fraud. Unless his dog actually tried to vote, neither he nor his dog committed voter fraud. But he committed voter registration fraud. I hope he has someone trustworthy to take care of his dog while he goes to the Big House.

    • My last “bag” only weighed 1/4 oz., lasted about 2 weeks, and cost me $50.00!

      Seriously though…

      The site looks nice, Zooey. Also, since my idea of “sewing” is judicious use of a stapler, I might have to throw you a custom job. (No floral prints please!) I just ordered my first new R/C airplane in 15 years and, since the whole idea is to get me to walk even more and get enough sunlight to get rid of my vitamin D deficiency, I might be in the market for a custom tote bag for the airplane and stuff so I can lug it all the three blocks to the local park. I won’t go into detail about my still tentative design but what I’m thinking of is a two-level tote bag with individual compartments in the bottom. I would think it could be adapted to less specialized uses like keeping the pop bottles from crushing the tomatoes while carrying the lilies, un-crushed, on the top level. I’m a freakin’ engineer so I can do the design part but I, literally, can’t sew on a button.

    • A la Santorum, maybe we can attach some disgusting meaning to In Z Bag so it appears at the top of Google searches.

      No?

    • Very, Very nice! but I have to ask… you have a pink elephant, but no donkeys, should we be worried? ;-)

  19. Well done Queen Z. Perhaps a couple of masculine choices?
    The bubbly is on ice.

    • I think Thom Hartmann may have had the classiest response. He said that he and Breitbart had many arguments and disagreements and then read this poem.

      No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

      Since I have no need to cultivate an aura of class, I have a different response:

      Fuck off, shitbag. I’m glad your vile voice has been stilled. Your children deserved better.

  20. Zooey, I have seen Clooney in person (last May) and yes, he looks pretty good! He ages VERY well!

    • My response on facebook: Friggin’ bed wetter. Who would even bother to attack him? His hate and cholesterol will get him soon enough.

    • “When Limbaugh’s staff saw what appeared to be wires in the package through the X-ray, they called police.”

      It’s probably just a coat hanger…

  21. Ode to Andrew

    Twas an untimely demise
    for mouthy Brietbart,
    with words rarely wise,
    he had a hard heart.
    With delight to despise,
    as this world he depart;
    it’s karma’s surprise,
    he’ll return as a fart.

  22. I had a comment about Breitbart this morning but some fat-fingering on the keyboard discbambooz;ed it into pixelated IP-packet purgatory–or something.

    For brevity’s sake, Breitbart was a colossal SHIT whose “passion” was self serving and communally destructive. I saw the various encomiums from the like of Arianna Huffington and others in that vein, and they can all FUCK-OFF with their self-imposed politically correct genuflection towards the SUPERSTITIOUSLY derived and IGNORANTLY applied convention to “not speak ill of the dead”..

    Untimely death empirically provides no absolution from empirical judgement.

    Breitbart didn;t just make a living from lies, he made a fortune. His purpose in life was to destroy individuals and organizations that worked without prejudice for the common good, to satisfy his own dogma and that of his self-selecting benefactors and donors, .

    Breitbart’s death is IMHO, unfortunate only for who loved him, and those who found him useful, but for myself (and I am willing to bet for a lot of other people, too) I won’t miss him in any other capacity than to be gladly rid of his interference-with, and influence in the socio-political community of the United States.

    The bottom line is that IMHO Breitbart was a pernicious “zit” on the national epidermis, now eliminated by the mysterious mechanisms of time and chance, but ultimately he was always just one attention-getting irritant amongst many, and by no means the most pustulent and obvious.

    I’m not “glad” he’s dead, but nor am I sad that his “passion for what he BELIEVED is right” has been extinguished.

    His passing isn’t going to derail Santorum or Bachmann or Fox ‘News’ or the Koch brothers or the Heritage Foundation or ALEC or the NRA or the GOP. .

    He’s just dead, now, and there is a brief opportunity, should it be grasped for this turd to finally doing something for the common good and fertilize the ground with his organic remains, or at least do less harm by being cremated ( assuredly there’s point in imagining his body perhaps being donated for scientific, medical education)..

    Where Breitbart’s murder by God leaves his protege and rent-boy James O’Keefe is anyone’s guess, but I’m pretty sure he will land comfortably on the massive Republican-sponsored air-mattress/trampoline that appears to rescue all right-wingers from the consequences of their own actions.

    • The closest that I can come to feeling bad about Breitbart is; his children deserved a better and longer lived father. Mom died when i was 12 and her death left deep scars. However, based on his public persona, I can only conclude that his continued existence would have left deeper scars on his children. Mom wasn’t a saint but she wasn’t even close to being a POS like Breitbart.

  23. Draw Rush and BillOs faces on the bag first.
    It’s fun to watch them shrivel and puff.

  24. Breitbart & Weiner:

    “Last weekend, Breitbart told friends he was in early talks with CNN about a Crossfire-style show in which he would argue from the Right alongside former US House representative Anthony Weiner taking him on from the Left.”

    And a hint to his health:

    “Andrew also said [one] night that he had recently gone to the hospital emergency room with a tightness in his chest. When a nurse had “freaked out” at how high his blood pressure was, he had responded: “Don’t tell me that – you’ll make it even higher.”

    Breitbart had looked overweight and stressed that night. I and the others with us told him he needed to ease up on his insane travel schedule and he talked about trying to exercise more, taking downtime with his family and getting a personal assistant to take charge of his diary. But he always seemed to be on Twitter, on TV, on the phone or on a plane – and sometimes seemingly two or three of these at once.”

    In the new 24/7 mediaverse, in a brutal, unending culture war, with the web unleashed and news and opinion flashing every few seconds, you can very easily lose yourself, and forget how and why you got here in the first place. This morning I was reading comments at Big Hollywood, Breitbart’s site, and some people were genuinely, yet bizarrely concerned if Breitbart’s wikipedia page had been updated yet to reflect his death. Step away from the internet, people….

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