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Bonnie Raitt on “Ellen.” That’s Mike Finnegan from Crooks and Liars on keyboards!

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The teabagger who beat Russ Feingold

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin:

Running as a novice in 2010, Johnson frequently struggled to offer any depth on any subject, declaring shortly before the election, “I don’t believe this election really is about details.” In one especially jarring example, Johnson chatted with the Green Bay Press Gazette’s editorial board, which pressed the Republican on economic policy. Johnson talked about “cutting spending,” and “getting the economy moving,” but simply couldn’t answer any questions with any substance at all. It was painful to watch.

Two years later, Roll Call reports that Johnson is poised to “purge nearly his entire Washington, D.C.-based legislative team,” in large part because they expect the senator to work on legislation — and he doesn’t want to.

“He’s an interesting case study of someone who has talked more than he has listened, lectured more than he has developed relationships with his colleagues, and now he’s having a tough time because of that behavior in advancing his policy goals,” one senior GOP aide said. “It’s kind of like watching a temper tantrum by a 2-year-old in the middle of the grocery store.” […]

Sources indicated that when Johnson came to Washington, he put a staff together like “any other Senator” but quickly realized that the day-to-day grind of legislating was not his forte. Johnson said last week that he wanted more of his office’s focus to be on building an effective messaging operation.

Yes, Johnson, like all freshmen, was supposed to do the grunt work of learning how to become a real senator, but according to Republicans on the Hill, he’s decided it’s more fun to give speeches and come up with soundbites.

“Messaging” is fun; governing is hard.

On the other hand, he does less harm if he’s not trying to pass legislation. So there’s that!

Happy birthday

Yesterday was commenter Dandy’s birthday. Send him best wishes!

Poverty train

Laura live at Monterey:

Don’t dream it’s over

Crowded House:

Tell her this

Del Amitri:


I wonder why we’re having so many tornado outbreaks:

A “high-end, life-threatening” tornado outbreak is likely on Saturday from Texas northeastward to Iowa, with Kansas and Oklahoma at the greatest risk for powerful tornadoes, and another area of heightened risk in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, according to theStorm Prediction Center (SPC).

Cities under the greatest tornado threat include Oklahoma City, Okla., Omaha, Neb., and Wichita, Kan. That National Weather Service forecast offices in those two cities have preparedmultimedia forecast briefings to discuss the tornado threats in greater detail.

The SPC, which is part of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), issued a rare “high risk” outlook for severe weather more than a day in advance for a swath of Oklahoma and Kansas, with a “moderate risk” covering a broader area from Texas to Iowa.

Supergirl superlove mix tape

Charli XCX has a great mix of her favorite girl artists:

Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Britney Spears – Piece Of Me
Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies
Siouxsie and The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden
Mariah Carey – Like That
Bjork – There’s More To Life Than This
Spice Girls – Say You’ll Be There
Azealia Banks – Fuck Up The Fun
Blondie – Atomic
Hole – Jennifer’s Body
Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love

Caine’s arcade


This is the story of a nine year old boy named Caine who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his father’s used auto part store. A dollar gets you four plays, and two dollars gets you a five-hundred turn FUN PASS. Business was slow until independent filmmaker Nirvan Mullick spotted the arcade and plotted to change Caine’s life forever. Watch the short film and if you feel as weepy and joyous as I did, head over to his newly established scholarship fund. And can I just say, what an amazing dad to support, encourage, and allow his son to pretty much overtake his storefront for the sake of fun and creativity.

And to end on a wonderful note, people donated over $125,000 for Cole’s scholarship fund.

I have to thank Joe, my social network friend, that is mostly offends to me with his sexist posts, who is still is in a 8O’s style “hair band” to point out that this stupidity.

I have just learned that a “brown” googie that does not have a haircut is not just not acceptable.

Joe disagrees. In some ways I guess he is a feminist, or just a guy.

Here is the article from Jezebel.

Good news, ladies! Society has discovered another new thing that’s wrong with you, which means another opportunity for you to make yourself more attractive for your man. Score! Turns out, the color of your vagina is gross and everyone hates it. So bleach that motherfucker. Bleach it right now!


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