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Charlie Pierce on the New York Times Ryan story:

How can you possibly write that passage and dismiss idly as a “contradiction” the ironic — not to mention hilariously hypocritical — fact that, after his father passed, and while working the fry station and toting canoes at a YMCA summer camp, Ryan was also the beneficiary of Social Security survivor’s benefits? These did precisely what they were designed to do, which was to help young Paul Ryan get the education that would help him become the adult Paul Ryan who’s been on one government payroll or another since he left college, and who goes around telling half-dim audiences that people on government assistance are mired in a “culture of dependency.”


But don’t you know he grooves to Rage Against The Machine? It is not possible for the Times to disgrace itself further.


Fk Ludwig von Mises. If it weren’t for FDR and LBJ, and for the munificence of the American taxpayer, Paul Ryan would still be in Janesville, looking for a job.

Like most conservative dimwits, Ryan thinks the revolutionary attitude of Rage Against the Machine means Rage Against The Safety Net.

I think Tom Morello just threw up in his mouth a little.

Content

I would love to write about something other than Paul Ryan, but that’s all the intertubes have for me today. Sorry, kids.

The coup

Not that we didn’t already know, but it’s nice to be validated. Via WhoWhatWhy:

In this stunning but little-known speech from 2007, Gen. Wesley Clark claims America underwent a “policy coup” at the time of the 9/11 attacks. In this video, he reveals that, right after 9/11, he was privy to information contained in a classified memo: US plans to attack and remove governments in seven countries over five years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.


He was told: “We learned that we can use our military without being challenged …. We’ve got about five years to clean up the Soviet client regimes before another superpower comes along and challenges us.”


“This was a policy coup… these people took control of policy in the United States….”

No one puts Mittens in the corner

The Mittster rolls the dice, because businessmen rule! Once you make gobs of money, you have access to all the hidden knowledge of the universe and no one tells you what to do:

Mitt Romney appears to have picked Paul Ryan as his running mate over the objections of top political advisors, offering a glimpse at the leadership style of the Republican nominee in the most important decision of his campaign.


Romney’s aides have stressed publicly in the 24 hours since Romney electrified conservatives with his choice that the pick was the governor’s alone. They have been less forthcoming on the flip side: That much of his staff opposed the choice for the same reason that many pundits considered it unlikely — that Ryan’s appealingly wonky public image and a personality Romney finds copasetic will matter far less than two different budget plans whose details the campaign now effectively owns.


“Everybody was against [Ryan] to start with only Romney for,” said one top Republican, who is skeptical of the choice and griped that Romney’s top advisors have “been giving Mitt everything he wanted in this campaign.”

Good clean fun

The media feeding frenzy begins, and of course it’s always nice when a Republican is the target for a change:

Let’s put this in the “the real scandal is what’s legal” file:

Ryan attended a closed meeting with congressional leaders, Bush’s Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on September 18, 2008. The purpose of the meeting was to disclose the coming economic meltdown and beg Congress to pass legislation to help collapsing banks. Instead of doing anything to help, Ryan left the meeting and on that very same day Paul Ryan sold shares of stock he owned in several troubled banks and reinvested the proceeds in Goldman Sachs, a bank that the meeting had disclosed was not in trouble.


This kind of trading might be illegal now but was definitely kosher back then when insider trading rules didn’t apply to Congress at all. My guess is that it’s probably fine even under today’s rules, since even though it fits the ordinary language meaning of “insider information,” it doesn’t actually make Ryan an insider to the companies in question in a legal sense. But it’s about as clear an example of a public official trying to use his office to obtain personal benefits as you’re likely to find.

Oh well

Nobody needs public defenders except criminals!

Complain

Tim Robbins in the brilliant “Bob Roberts”:

The Obama that I used to know

Pretty good Gotye parody:

Hmm

Sounds like Bucks County congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is a little worried about keeping his seat!

Press the Meat

The thing I admire about Pierce is that about the time my brain is overloaded from the sheer awfulness I see before me and I’m just wanting to curl into the fetal position and sob, he’s already written four graphs. You gotta love that.

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