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The DCCC Sends Me a Letter

Brendan —

House Republicans are investing heavily in an upcoming special election in New York in the hopes of electing another radical right-wing member to their caucus. We cannot afford to let this happen.

Republicans are trying to wrest NY-09 away from Democrats with smears and misleading attacks. Democratic candidate David Weprin is spreading his message that everyday Americans, families and seniors, not millionaires and Big Oil, should come first.

Meanwhile, his opponent is a radical right-winger ready to fight alongside John Boehner and the tea party. He has promised to push for drastic budget cuts and is even on record as rejecting the Republican’s budget and plan to end Medicare because it did not go far enough.

The election is just one week from today. We must immediately raise $25,000 in rapid response funds to help David fight Republican attacks in these final days.

Please contribute $5 or more to Democrat David Weprin before tonight’s One Week Out deadline. Your gift will have a direct impact on Election Day.

David’s opponent may have his deep-pocketed right-wing supporters to help him — and national Republicans ready to swoop in — during the final push before the election, but we are depending on grassroots supporters like you.

Your generous donation will help David with get out the vote efforts and to spread his message about the need to protect Medicare and Social Security. Even just a small gift today could go a long way.

Can you chip in today to help give David critical resources in the final days before the special election?

Please contribute right now >>

Thank you,

Congressman Joe Crowley
DCCC National Finance Chair

Dear Congressman Crowley:

There is no easy, or even particularly polite, way to tell you this, but I am not giving you money for Mr. Weprin. I am not going to help you get him elected. In fact, your email make you and your organization look like the fools you are, and I would like to explain why.

As you may recall, the 9th District of New York was held by the personable, aggressive, and popular congressman Anthony Weiner, who is more recently infamous for sending out pictures of his dick to ladies on the internets.

You’ll notice I used the word “popular”. That’s because, even after the penis photo revelations, 56% of Weiner’s constituents wanted him to stay in Congress.

Did the DCCC respect the will of the voters in NY-09? No, it did not.
Here is Pennsylvania’s talking meat stick Allyson Schwartz, flapping her gums on your behalf:

Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, a leader of the party’s House campaign committee, called Wednesday for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign after he admitted he sent lewd photos to women and talked dirty with them via Twitter and Facebook.

Weiner’s behavior was so offensive that he has lost the ability to command respect from his constituents and brought dishonor to the House, Schwartz said.

“As Americans we have the right to expect better behavior from members of Congress, leaders of our country,” Schwartz said in an interview. “I don’t think we should accept it.”

Here’s Steve Israel, former DCCC chair:

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement calling on Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign.

“Anthony’s inappropriate behavior has become an insurmountable distraction to the House and our work for the American people. With a heavy heart, I call on Anthony to resign.

“I pray for his family and hope that Anthony will take time to get the help he needs without the distractions and added pressures of Washington, DC.”

I’d like to remind you, and the rest of the clowns at the DCCC, that when Republicans like David Vitter get caught wearing diapers (and the woman who spilled the beans winds up mysteriously “committing suicide”), no one says shit. Especially the Republicans.

So: against the wishes of his constituents, you got Weiner to resign. Then, you recruited David Weprin, known as a weak candidate, a “wonk” who has “benefit[ed], rather, from close ties to one of the city’s strongest political machines”. And now, word is you are ““Panicking” About Possible Weprin Loss”.

I remind you, Joe, 56% of Weiner’s constituents wanted him to STAY ON. You didn’t listen, and now you are scrambling to save what was a safe seat and you are hoping to play progressives and democrats like me for a bunch of suckers.

This is YOUR baby, guys. You’re the ones who threw out Mr. Weiner and replaced him with a quiet, wonky, personality-free, machine politician. But you want people like me, struggling to keep my head above water while unemployed in the shittiest job market in years, to contribute a couple of bucks to what’s clearly a losing campaign.

Tough shit. Dig yourself out of your own hole, genius. Please share with the other Mensa members down at 430 S. Capitol Street, S.E.

Yours truly,

Brendan Skwire

Also, Too

Often, you’ll notice I use the tag “asshole” in my posts.

I often use that tag to refer to myself. It is doubly true in this instance.
Happy whatever day this is, peeps.

Hurricane Irene, 4:06 PM

We have a full house here in Philadelphia, with family who were from coastal New Jersey staying with us, and my brother and my girlfriend as well.

We’ve got a full refrigerator of beer and food, and I have a pork loin cooking on the grill out back. Christina, my girlfriend, spent the day canning tomatoes (this was planned for today anyway, well ahead of the storm). I just cleared my french drain, as well as my downspout, the latter performed with duct tape. I am convinced this repair will not only survive the storm, but indeed will last well into the winter.

I’m pretty sure the creeks under 43rd and 51st Street are going to flood, and the Clark Park bowl will once again become a mill pond (here’s a shot of the old Mill Creek running under 43rd, as it was buried as a sewer, and you can just make out the 51st Street creek here).

My basement will likely see some flooding as it always does -I hate to sound flip, because we have a big storm coming our way- but for now I am going to take another pull at my bowl, crack another beer, and check on the pork loin.

And Now, Scrapple News for August 25, 2011

Kids, when I’m not blogging here, not-blogging at my place, making a pain in the ass of myself, or watching cartoon pornography while eating gallons of Cherry Garcia ice cream with my bare hands when I should be looking for a job, I contribute to scrapple news. that’s our latest up there, so please give it a view. We’re the same folks that brought you the lovely, and truly moving, tribute to Philadelphia’s bastion of inclusion and racial tolerance Joey Vento earlier today.

And Susie, I hope you get well soon.

Near-As-No-Matter Feudalism

One of the US’ founding laws is a prohibition on creating a titled aristocracy. A couple centuries on, this seems quaint. But considering that our nation is violating the crap out of it in spirit, which I will illustrate below, it’s worth revisiting.

Setting aside a long list of unjust aristocratic perks and abuses, the worst thing about feudal systems was their everyday suckitude. Most people lived in hopeless misery, were held to harsh standards by authorities and had no protection from injury by their superiors in wealth or power. Following the invention of epidemiological studies, it was discovered that chronic poverty and mistreatment causes illness and shortened lifespans, to no one’s very great surprise.

While we can’t ask them, I’m pretty sure that most of the misery in feudal societies wasn’t caused by philosophical disagreements with Divine Right of Kings theory.
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I Like It When People Get What They Want, Only to Learn They Didn’t Actually Want It After All.

To read this post, you need to open this link in another tab, but don’t read it yet (I’ll blockquote below anyway for you lazier readers).

Once it’s open, please play this audio track (there’s no animation to watch) while you read.

[A]merica has the stupidest goddamn investors on the planet. For months they sat around cheering on the tea partiers and declaring solemnly that the federal budget was just like a household budget and we needed “real action” on the debt in order to build confidence in the economy. Then, suddenly, when they got it, they realized that what they really wanted wasn’t dumb slogans but actual policies that would help spur the recovery. And that means looser monetary policy and fiscal stimulus.

The Dow plummeted Wednesday, but rallied late in the day. Today the markets shit the bed.

Dow Jones: 11,383.68; -512.76 (-4.31%)

S&P500: 1,200.07; -60.27(-4.78%)

Nasdaq: 2,556.39; -136.68(-5.08%)

I’m writing this at 10:42 EST: three hours ago CNBC posted “Asia Dives as Growth Fears Hurt Risk Appetite”. As atrios likes to say, “Wheeeeeeeee!!!!!!” I suspect the roller coaster that only goes down is not over yet. Checking back at google finance, all global markets are down. Double “Wheeeeeee!!!!!”

Of course, this would be a lot funnier if the butt of the joke was only the wealthy. Instead, we’re all going to take it in the can, and not in the nice consensual way either.

Ah well. At least we will have the bitter, taunting laughter of Nelson Muntz, a cartoon character, to keep us warm in our cardboard boxes under the bridge. Provided we have wi-fi.

Whatever Grover wants

Grover gets to pick the Super Committee!

Norquist said he has already been assured by “the right people” that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will not choose anyone willing to give ground on raising taxes, and he is confident enough to leave town on Wednesday for August vacation.

Norquist said he would like Boehner to name House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

He said he would be “fine” with leadership using the opportunity to give a conservative freshman the chance to shine, mentioning Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.).

Similarly, with respect to the Senate, Norquist can see McConnell appointing a young gun like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to the panel to give him a bigger platform. He said he would like to see Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) appointed.

Norquist does not want to see former Gang of Six Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) or Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) on board because they made “troubling” statements in support of revenue increases during the deficit negotiations this spring. He said that if Gang of Six Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) made stronger commitments to oppose taxes, he could be OK with that appointment.

The little tin god who spends his life in the closet… all hail Caesar!

PA Republican Senator Pat Toomey on the Consequences of Default

Pat Toomey, May 18th, 2011:

Pulling all that money out of the economy during a downturn is not a desirable outcome, Toomey said, but ultimately not all that bad.

“It is very disruptive, I don’t think it’s going to have an adverse impact on the economy for the days or weeks or perhaps even months that this would continue,” he said. “I doubt it would be that long. I doubt that it would be disruptive to the economy per se. But it would be disruptive, certainly, to the people who are accustomed to and relying on the programs that would necessarily be cut.”

The Financial Post, July 29, 2011:

Global markets recoiled on Friday after U.S. lawmakers failed to break their debt-ceiling deadlock, raising concerns that the world’s largest economy could heading for a default, and both Canada and U.S. posted disappointing economic data.

In Toronto, the benchmark S&P/TSX composite index plunged 153.64, or 1.18 per cent, to 12,894.14.

In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average sank 141.52 points, or 1.16 per cent, to 12,098.59 while the Nasdaq composite index dropped 40.54 points, or 1.47 per cent, to 2,725.71.
Overseas markets were also lower on Friday. London’s FTSE 100 index was down 89.52 points, or 1.52 per cent, to 5,783 at midday. Frankfurt’s DAX had lost 107.71 points, or 1.50 per cent, to 7,082 and the Paris CAC was down 76.38 points, or 2.06 per cent, to 3,636/28.

In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei stock average finished down 68.32 points, or 0.69 per cent, to 9,833.03 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 130.49 points, or 0.58 per cent, to 22,440.25.

So when you’re watching your retirement savings take a nosedive over the next few days, keep in mind that Senator Pat Toomey, of Pennsylvania, says it’s no big deal.

People in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones. Or Teabags.

This is RICH:

Freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, a tax-bashing Tea Party champion who sharply lectures President Barack Obama and other Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes more than $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife and three children, according to documents his ex-wife filed in their divorce case in December.

“I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money!” Walsh says directly into the camera in his viral video lecturing Obama on the need to get the nation’s finances in order.

The whole article is a hoot. While steadfastly avoiding his child support obligations candidate Walsh, the very model of financial rectitude and responsibility, was able to loan his own campaign $35,000. Seriously!

court documents examined this week by the Chicago Sun-Times during research for a profile on the increasingly visible congressman showed his financial issues also included a nine-year child support battle with his ex-wife.

Before getting elected, he had told Laura Walsh that because he was out of work or between jobs, he could not make child support payments. So she was surprised to read in his congressional campaign disclosures that he was earning enough money to loan his campaign $35,000.

“Joe personally loaned his campaign $35,000, which, given that he failed to make any child support payments to Laura because he ‘had no money’ is surprising,” Laura Walsh’s attorneys wrote in a motion filed in December seeking $117,437 in back child support and interest. “Joe has paid himself back at least $14,200 for the loans he gave himself.”

He also found time to go on vacation with his girlfriend. In Mexico.

In 2004, Laura Walsh complained in a motion that despite her ex-husband’s claims of poverty, he took a vacation to Mexico with his girlfriend and another to Italy. The following year, he complained in a court filing that his ex-wife mailed him a motion while she knew he was in Nicaragua doing charitable work with one of their children.

In her December filing, Laura Walsh’s attorneys wrote, “The apparent availability of large sums of money from either his employment, his family or his campaign has allowed him to live quite a comfortable lifestyle, while at the same time, due to his failure to pay child support or any of his share of the education costs or medical expenses, Laura and his children were denied any of these advantages.”

I’d LOVE to go to Mexico, Italy, and Nicaragua with my girlfriend too, but not if it means stiffing my kid on the child support.

And that’s kind of what’s fascinating to me about this whole story. Yeah, the hypocrisy of the tea bag “get out financial affairs in order” politician is funny. But really gets me is that Walsh seems to think that refusing to pay is a way to fuck with his ex-wife: you can see it in the letters that go back and forth, the claims of poverty, the one-time attempt to claim his wife was mentally ill, etc.

But that’s not who’s on the receiving end of his fuckery: it’s his KIDS who take the hit. They not only suffer from less money in the primary household, they get to watch their father act like a complete and royal jackass to their mother. And yeah, maybe she’s a bitch,, but you know what? You put away your hatred for your ex, because your love for the kids means a lot more than petty vengeance.

And there you have a tea bagger, in a nutshell: driven by nothing more than petty vengeance. That’s what you’ve been seeing play out for the past three years on the right. Petty vengeance and temper tantrums.

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