Posted by: wtfwjd? | December 30, 2008

Chief pwns Joe

Zbieg Zbgi  Brzi Brezezi The Chief gives Joe Scarborough what-for, most deliciously.

There are shorter videos on YouTube with the best part, but really the whole segment shown at the link above is worth watching.

Posted by: wtfwjd? | November 3, 2008

Email from David Byrne

Got a bulk email from David Byrne today:

Pardon the bulk mailing. I Can’t Vote. I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election. FYI – I can get drafted (luckily, Daniel Berrigan burned my draft board’s records) and I pay taxes, yet I cannot vote for President. On Election Day, I see my neighbors heading to the nearby elementary school to cast their ballots. The voting booth joint is a great leveler; the whole neighborhood – rich, poor, old, young, decrepit and spunky – they all turn out in one day.

But most of you can vote. What can I say? The Republicans have made us less safe than before 9/11, bankrupted this economy, started an illegal war they can’t – and don’t intend to – finish, removed what sympathy (after 9/11) and respect the world had for the US, and have robbed US citizens of many of their basic rights. Global warming? What’s that? Science and education? Investment in our future? No, thanks – we’ll stick with a good ‘ole hockey mom. Ignorant, and fucking proud of it, as is always the case.

Although it looks like a shoo-in, it ain’t over ’til Florida. And there are plenty of racists in this country who will vote against their own best interests. So please, get to your local elementary school, post office, town hall, or whatever, and cast your vote and make this a country we can all be proud of. We can get out of this mess, and life can be better than it is.

David Byrne

Huh, I knew he was born in Scotland and then lived in Canada before coming to the US as a kid, but I hadn’t realized he wasn’t a US citizen. Is he a UK citizen? Canadian? Anyone know?
Posted by: wtfwjd? | October 29, 2008


Am I going too far to suggest that the Republican Party may be basically dead? It’s kind of a bold assertion, but I seriously wonder if the Republican brand hasn’t been damaged beyond repair by the past 8 years. I do think that Sarah Palin represents the future of the party. The question is, what happens to the traditional Republican base now that the party is officially the Party of Stupid/Grand Incompetence Party?

I’ve long said that the GOP that was ascendent in the 90s and dominated the past 8 years was a very unlikely coalition of Pinstripes and Pinheads. Just as Nixon, Atwater et al successfully tore apart the Dems’ unlikely coalition of intellectuals, labor, Southerners, minorities, and DFHs, the GOP’s own Strange Victory is not really sustainable once they’ve been in power for awhile. The pinheads want to know, why haven’t we locked up the DFHs yet, banned teaching of evolution, and put a picture of Moses riding a dinosaur on all our coins? The David Brookses of the world realize in horror that the vast unwashed who they’ve harnessed to win elections have actually become the cornerstone of the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan.

Maybe I’m wrong and someone like Mittens is really the future of the party. But I don’t think so. One way or another, I think this coalition won’t exist 4 years from now. Will the Main Street, Howard Cunningham conservatives start a new Conservative Party? Or will they win back the GOP, causing the Palin/Limbaugh/Beck/Dobson crowd to leave the party and form the Wingnut party between now and 2012?

Maybe I’m way off base here, but somehow I don’t think so.

Posted by: wtfwjd? | October 17, 2008

Operation Soylent Green

So McCain has finally let the rest of the world in on his secret plan to catch Bin Laden. His plan?

It’s people!

MCCAIN: I think I know, because of my many years being involved in these issues, how to develop a plan. One of the areas, of course, is human intelligence, which we’re very badly lacking. And so I am confident that we can get him.

Clearly an ingenious and quickly-workable plan. Human Intelligence. Why didn’t anyone think of that??!! We catch Osama bin Laden by developing a network of spies who will make friends with him and then come back and tell us where he is. Only John McCain could thinkof such an elaborate and creative plan.

Posted by: wtfwjd? | October 15, 2008

All houses of Congress

One of the Perfesser’s studnits asks:

NOW, we are on the verge of a total Democrat landslide and wipeout with all houses of Congress dominated by Democrats

How many houses of Congress do we have anyway? I’ve lost count…

Posted by: wtfwjd? | October 3, 2008

Exile of Main Street

Atrios writes:

“Main Street”

At least at one time it referred to something which people at least had some experience with and connection to even if it didn’t fit their current circumstances. But now I don’t think most people have any sense of what it refers to.

In terms of what kind of place it is, “Main Street” today consists of a string of big box stores alongside a highway, strung together by unwalkable and almost-undriveable parking lots. Even when you want to go to 3 stores in the same “shopping center” there’s almost no way to walk from the Wegman’s to Best Buy to Home Depot without traveling huge distances across dangerous and ugly parking lots. So you get in your car and drive from one store to the next.

It’s really bizarre.

As politicians talk about “Main Street,” I think they mean either some mythical Mayberry Main Street of the distant past (OK, they still exist in college towns and a few other places but they’ve been on the decline even there) or just short hand for “your local economy.”

But I think they need better shorthand. Because when I think of “Main Street” I think of a place that doesn’t even exist anymore.

Posted by: wtfwjd? | September 30, 2008

Running on Empty

One of the things that gives Philly a bad rap is the eyesore and the sewage-refinery olfactory roundhouse that’s delivered when you cross the Platt Bridge from the airport or other points South.

But one of the advantages of having a refinery next to a large metropolis is that we don’t, you know, run out of gas like those picturesque but gas-thirsty cities down South.


Posted by: wtfwjd? | September 26, 2008

I am changing my party affiliation to Libertarian

After receiving an email quoting Ron Paul on the evils of regulation, I have changed my position on the need for government intervention in market economies. The Libertarians have it right. (Ron Paul calls his economic philosophy “Austrian” which I think is kind of cool, bringing to mind as it does images of kangaroos and boomerangs.)

Yes, I’ve gotten sick and tired of the government interfering in the marketplace. And you know, it’s not just the markets, but other aspects of our lives as well. For one thing, I’m sick and tired of the government telling me when I have to stop and go. I am therefore calling for the removal of all traffic lights and stop signs from the City of Philadelphia. The government has no business meddling in the trafficplace.

Have you ever driven through an area where the power is out and the traffic lights at major intersections don’t work? Remember the unimpeded freedom it created? The efficiency of traffic flow through those intersections? That’s what results when the government beaureaucrats and their computerized traffic light controller box thingies stop making decisions about “oh, I think these guys over here can go now, but that guy over there, he has to stop.” The trafficplace decided! The trafficplace always knows what’s best. If someone’s a little faster on the gas or has a bigger, more threatening vehicle, others will naturally yield to that individual. If someone wants to stop for a few minutes while the other cars move through the cross street, well he has every right to do that. Don’t like it? Go around him! The point it, it’s his choice, and his right. And it’s your choice, and your right. Don’t let the government make those decisions for you!

I think my proposal may also have the effect of stimulating growth in the auto industry and create employment in auto body shops. Some of my friends who are personal injury lawyers say they would strongly support my plan as well.

Up next: the evils of public roads. I will explain why all roads should be privatized, and eminent domain eliminated, even if it means adding a few hundred miles to a short trip because some farmer doesn’t want a road cutting across his field.

Posted by: wtfwjd? | September 26, 2008

Carly Fiorina was right

Neither John McCain nor Sarah Palin would be capable of running Hewlett-Packard. That much has become very clear over the past couple days.

Posted by: wtfwjd? | September 25, 2008

Best Line of the Day

via ThinkProgress:

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA), who is one of the chief negotiators of the bailout proposal, derided McCain’s “late entry into the negotiations”:

“McCain is Andy Kaufman in his Mighty Mouse costume – ‘Here I Come to Save the Day,’” Frank said as he left a Thursday morning caucus meeting with House Democrats, saying the Republican presidential candidate’s decision to enter the mix “is not helpful.”

“He hasn’t been involved,” Frank said. “He doesn’t know anything about it.”

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