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Get out the cat food

You may have heard that the consensus among Congress-watchers is that they plan to cut the deal for the Grand Bargain during the lame-duck session that takes place after the election. (Although not everyone believes they can do it – and not everyone agrees they’ll try.) And of course, the Catfood Commission plan that wasn’t even passed by their own panel will be the blueprint:

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee said on Tuesday that he would introduce the blueprint of President Obama’s bipartisan deficit reduction panel to his committee as the starting point for negotiations over a long-term debt plan.

But the committee chairman, Senator Kent Conrad, Democrat of North Dakota, made it clear that he would not push the committee to vote on amendments to the plan from the Bowles-Simpson commission or on a final version until a bipartisan consensus was reached.

“It’s unlikely we will reach agreement until after the election,” he said. “That’s just reality.”

Mr. Conrad’s announcement surprised Republicans and Democrats, who were expecting him to produce a Democratic budget that, if passed by the committee, would have been the first detailed deficit reduction plan in three years. Mr. Conrad said that committee Democrats had tried to produce a marker for the budget debate, but that he had decided to fall back on his original plan, the Bowles-Simpson blueprint, named after the chairmen of the 2010 commission, the Democrat Erskine B. Bowles and the Republican Alan K. Simpson.

A well-known progressive donor recently said, “There is going to be some kind of deal and progressives need to be talking about what that deal should be.” I suppose this is like one of those horror movies where they leave you alone with no food and a chainsaw?

How about we will all promise to vote third parties from the theoretical moment they sign their precious deal?

Caine’s arcade

From Boing Boing:

A followup to the wonderful Caine’s arcade story Mark blogged two weeks back: the Internet’s many users were so impressed by Caine’s ingenuity that they raised $164,000for his college fund. The funds are matched 1:1 by the Goldhirsh Foundation, and these matching funds are earmarked to fund the Caines Arcade Foundation “which will help find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in young kids.”

Killer drones are human, too

This is a formidable way to kill people — and yet, when you think about it, the drone “pilot” bears more resemblance to some jerk-off playing a video game than to an actual warrior. More here.

Mittens is on to us

Ah yes, the infamous left wing conspiracy, and that librul media! I don’t blame Mittens for getting upset.Think of all those damned media socialists like Sean Hannity, Joe Scarborough, Bill O’Reilly, Pat Buchanan, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, G. Gordon Liddy, Laura Ingraham, Fred Hiatt, Matt Drudge, Charles Krauthammer, Michelle Malkin, William Kristol, Phyllis Schlafly, Brit Hume, S.E. Cupp, Howard Kurtz, David Brooks, Peggy Noonan, George Will, Kathleen Parker, Neil Cavuto, Michael Medved, Dana Loesch, Dennis Miller, Michael Savage, Michael Reagan, the recently deceased Andrew Breitbart, Erick Erickson, Mike Allen, Tom Donahue, Ann Coulter, Paul Gigot, and John Stossel – oh, I can’t go on.

Every single time you turn on the TV or radio, it’s just another damned communist hippie.

And all those extreme librul organizations that fund their subversive propaganda: the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Koch Family foundations, the John M. Olin Foundation, the Scaife Family foundations, the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, Adolph Coors Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Hudson Institute, the Hoover Institution, the Heartland Institute, or the Manhattan Institute.

Speaking to a right wing radio host Tuesday, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney repurposed a phrase from Hillary Clinton, citing a “vast left wing conspiracy” brewing in the media and liberal advocacy organizations to derail his campaign.

Romney was making an appearance on Breitbart TV and was asked by host Larry O’Connor whether he was ready to take on “the media and these nonprofits groups that are working together.”

“There will be an effort by the quote vast left wing conspiracy to work together to put out their message and to attack me,” Romney said in response. “They’re going to do everything they can to divert from the message people care about, which is a growing economy that creates more jobs and rising incomes. That’s what people care about.”

Romney’s choice of words echoes Clinton’s assertion in 1998 that a “vast right wing conspiracy” was behind the sexual harassment charges her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was facing at the time.

“I mean, look at the very people who are involved in this – they have popped up in other settings,” Clinton, now the U.S. secretary of state, said on NBC’s “Today” in 1998. “This is – the great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president.”

Romney said dealing with journalists, many of whom he said were biased, was a perpetual problem for Republicans.

“Many in the media are inclined to do the president’s bidding and I know that’s an uphill battle we fight with the media generally,” Romney said, before praising O’Connor for offering a conservative voice.

Trust us

What could possibly go wrong?

Dear daughter

A mother tells her little girl that she is hated, just for being a girl.

Pulitzer prize

Philly, represent!

Oh yeah, the Inky won, too.

History

At 49, Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest player in MLB history to win. Moyer pitched 7 shutout innings for the Rockies tonight.

The weight

Thinking about Levon Helm tonight…

Bush and the National Guard

Of course Dan Rather was right!

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