Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year's Eve

We're headed to Baltimore to ring in the New Year. See you all in 2011!

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

It's About Being More American

Steven Benen on a Republican stunt to read the Constitution out loud to kick off the 112th Congress while also imposing bill sponsors to "define" the powers to enact legislation:

But there's a problem with this: it's crazy. We are, after all, talking about a House Republican caucus with leaders who support allowing states to overturn federal laws they don't like.

In recent years, congressional Republicans haven't just endorsed bizarre legal concepts; they've advocated constitutional concepts that were discredited generations ago.

Worse, they have ambitious plans to shuffle the constitutional deck more to their liking. During the campaign, we heard from a variety of bizarre candidates, many of whom won, who talked about scrapping the 17th Amendment, repealing the 16th Amendment, getting rid of at least one part of the 14th Amendment, "restoring" the "original" 13th Amendment, and proposing dozens of new amendments.

Similarly, these same officials intend to radically transform the country as we currently know it, identifying bedrocks of society, and declaring them not just wrong, but literally unconstitutional.

For these guys to somehow claim they've cornered the market on constitutional fealty is ridiculous, and arguably, backwards. Stunts and legislative gimmicks won't change this.

All in all I've come to understand that the Right believe they have ownership of what is American. The Constitution, therefore is up to their interpretation and theirs alone. It would be nice to think otherwise, but that's how they operate. They are the real Americans, the Left are hijacking the country and they won't let the Left hijack the Constitution. Don't Tread On Deez and such as also too.

As for their ability to spit on the Constitution; we have a recent history that says they take no issue when their guy is treating it all willy nilly like.

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The Ultimate Patriot

Is always the actor/tough guy who conservatives drool over after said actor makes a misinformed, discombobulated and tactless attack on Obama. I'm just glad he didn't pose naked on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

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The Uneducation of Uhmerikans

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

One more day and we're off to Baltimore. The snow is fading away in Chicago. It's beginning to rain, it looks rather dreary and much less Christmasy. It will be good to get out again. The Skins game moved to the late day game which means more time for tail gaiting! In other news next month is going to be a full on blitz. Lots of work to be done. New episodes of TAT to record. And new announcements for this blog. Exciting!

Here are your highlights:

Chris Christie going where no governor has gone before

Now you're getting it: Obama makes recess appointments

Inside a Faux News head

Bloomberg's Katrina?

Jobless Claims...actually show promise at the end of the year

Lauryn Hill returns or has she? What I've always wondered is, how she could ever "come back?" I don't think it's possible because of the peak she reached all those years ago was stratospheric. Hip-hop during her time was at its prime and her neo-soul infusion of the genre was like nothing else. I will always welcome her voice, but as much as I want her to return to greatness, I doubt it'll happen. But man would I be excited if it did happen.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dog of the Year

My lady's pup Wrigley, just the friendliest big guy!

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The Never Ending Loser

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

Well I'm back in the Chi for a couple of days. Santa was good to me and the lady's family as well. I ate. And I ate. And then I ate some more. It never fails even with Insanity on the mind, I enjoy turkey, stuffing and cream cheese-pepper mash potatoes way too much. Nom nom nom. We head out to Baltimore to ring in teh New Year on Friday. We're hoping the weather holds up and we can see our friends, drink it up and perhaps see the Redskins beat the down trodden Giants....bahhhh that won't happen. How was your Holiday weekend?! Don't forget to listen to the latest episode of TATPodcast and write us with your top lists of 2010.

Here are your highlights:

Reminder: best health care ever

Suspicious package found at the Vatican

The latest in faux-controversies by the right-wing. Obama is giving the country back to the Native Americans!

G-Dub described most eloquently

The growing regression of Republicans in regards to Global Warming is scary

The Victims of Economic Triage: a response to Bob Herbert
. NDD explains the dichotomy of the Recovery. The data is pointing to positive signs in the upcoming years, however the unemployment rate is real and our Congress and President's complacency is unconscionable. There is a Recovery occurring just not the one we need.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Get Your Dunkin Friday

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
A Colbert Christmas: Peace, Love and Understanding
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire Blog</a>March to Keep Fear Alive

I'm prepping for Christmas Eve in Oak Park. I'll be making the Korean BBQ Wings. This video seemed appropriate after all that has happened this year. May you all have a wonderful time with your family and friends! Happy Holidays!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Get Your Dunkin Thursday

The family is in teh Chicago! (sans one balder older broseph) Yesterday the family, the lady and me went to downtown and had an awesome meal at the Purple Pig. Despite it being a rather loud place, the small plates of piggy delight were delicious. My favorite was the Pig Ear. Yesh, pig ear. Later in the evening we went to Oak Park where my aunt and uncle reside and had dinner with everyone chatting about various who its and what nots. Oh and lots of wine (except for me, I was the DD). Always nice to have the family here for the snow also too two more days till the day of Jeebus and gifts! Hooray!

Here are your highlights:

2 Chicago firefighters killed, 17 injured in huge blaze

Best Health Care Ever: Costs soar, insurance companies same as they ever was

Right-Wing Net Neutrality Freak Out

John Stewart has clout, 9/11 First Responders Bill passes

Don't call it a subsidy, Call it an Incentive!

The lame duck session that wasn't so lame? But what happened to the Party of No? One things for sure this Christmas Obama has restored some hope.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Family has Arrived

Heading downtown to meet up with them. Have a great day ya'll!

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Bankstas are real motherfuggers

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

So last night's Firefly marathon was well worth the time. I still have a DVD to go, but man was it fun watching Captain Reynolds and crew take on various adventures. What a great show. Speaking of great I rocked out a mean Ransom Martini last night...about three. Warms the soul. My family got in late last night, today the lady and I will be running some errands and then it'll be a FRANK FAMILY THROWDOWN! AKA We probably go to a decent restaurant that serves delicious drinks and laugh it up. Aww the holidays are here people. I'm looking forward to it.

Here are your highlights:

Obama to sign Don't Ask Don't Repeal

Tell me again why isn't Dick Cheney in jail?

Health Care Reform takes time, why don't conservatives get the long game on this...I'll never know

The internet is going to change forever, FCC approved "Net Neutrality" regulations

Want to know why Fox viewers are the most misinformed group. They are fed lowest common denominator faux-controversies and eat them up. It leads to an Idiocracy regurgitating endless amounts of librul, socialist, Muslim hating drivel. *Le Sigh


Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Just picked it up. I can now start the part of my vacation where I watch tv and put on the holiday weight. Joss Whedon is a friggin genius. Also too Nathon Fillion.

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Everything and everything is good news for Republicans

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Glass to the Jaw

Glassjaw is back on tour in 2011. I saw them in 1999 and they ripped the place apart. It's a high energy show led by one of the most dynamic front men in the post-hardcore era.


2/13 - The Trocadero, Philadelphia PA
2/14 - The NorVa, Norfolk, VA
2/15 - Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC
2/16 - Club Firestone, Orlando, FL
2/17 - The Loft, Atlanta, GA
2/18 - Hi-Tone, Memphis, TN
2/19 - Tree's, Dallas, TX
2/20 - Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
2/21 - White Rabbit, San Antonio, TX
2/23 - Club 101, El Paso, TX
2/24 - The Clubhouse, Tempe, AZ
2/25 - El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA
2/26 - The Glasshouse, Pomona, CA
2/27 - The Regency, San Francisco, CA
2/28 - Knitting Factory, Reno, NV
3/02 - Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
3/03 - Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
3/04 - The Metro, Chicago, IL
3/05 - The Majestic, Detroit, MI
3/06 - Peabody's, Cleveland, OH
3/25 - Paradise, Boston, MA
3/26 - Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

I'll be there, one two steppin'

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Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

Woah what a night. The lady and I trekked through the snow and survived two cabs rides from Hoth to dine at Ceres' Table last night. A boy did we enjoy it. The space is understated and had a kind of industrial feel to the decor. Due to the weather the spot wasn't too busy, so I think we benefited from that as our service and food was on point. Although...I liked everything a little too much...I overate! I'll post Food P0rn pics later today which reminds me, as this year comes to close there are a few things I'm going to start doing more next year. One of those things is Food P0rn. The lady and I have become amateur foodies and love sharing our dining experiences with as many people as we can. Is there anything else you all would like me to ramp up after the New Year? Let me know, also too "Top Lists for 2010" SEND THEM TO ME!

Here are your highlights:

Moody's is alls about the warnings

I don't think Julian Assange and Wikileaks know who they're dealing with. The Big Bankers "eat what they kill"

Support for START builds - at this point in the game when does the GOP become treasonous, tyrannous, and unpatriotic?

Shep Smith wants to get fired


Our neighbors upstairs. The ones we often make fun of, have every reason to mock us. The Canadian Banking Headlines this past year tell the entire story. Perhaps they know something we don't....?


Monday, December 20, 2010

Haley's Vomit

So the Republican Governor of Mississippi born in 1947 has a history of consorting with racists...AND he doesn't apologize for it. Well I do declare, color me surprised (fanning face incessantly while wearing my white gloves).

I do hope Haley Barbour runs for president of the Southern States. It would all be so much like the good ole days. You know when Boehner's tears were over the joy of seeing blacks and whites drink from separate fountains and attend separate schools. When the N-word wasn't just for rappers and the occasional off kilter right-wing talk show host. When white guys could play golf without Tiger Woods dominating the greens. You know America *without those pesky ferners and colored peoples.

All this talk of the good ole days makes me want to get some lemonade and crank up my Skynyrd to 11! Hee-haw!

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Da Long Game

Brad DeLong:

When people in the White House ask me whether I think Obama's SOTU address should be about tax reform or Social Security reform (i.e., 2/3 Social Security benefit cuts, 1/3 tax increases offered by the administration--and God alone knows what happens after that), I want to say: Why not make the SOTU address about jobs and economic recovery?

I know only the serious people in the Beltway talk about Social Security cuts and teh "tightening of the belts" what have you. But, we aren't exactly in full on recovery mode. After the DADT victory you'd think the White House would shift to getting people jobs by any means...oh well Larry Summers says we should bow to him. Job well done. I've said this before, heck I said it today, cuts to Social Security is political napalm, especially with over 9% unemployment. Remove head from ass then give teh STATE OF THE UNION!

Steve M. offers his own scenario.

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I hate when Sullivan makes sense against my better progressive

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

Did you see this? Holy crap what an ending to a game! (We're not discussing the Skins)

Vacation! Aww the luxury of waking up an hour later in the day, getting a cup of joe and watching Saved by the Bell re-runs. It's quite nice. This weekend the lady and I wrapped up (pun intended) our Christmas shopping. I'm relieved, now all I have to do is relax, RAGE and do a whole lotta nothing. Episode 4 of Trans-Atlantic Throwdown is up for your listening ears, don't forget to write into us about your "Tops of 2010." There are many lists out there and we'll be chatting about all of it. Thanks again for stopping by, I'll be posting sporadically for the rest of the year. My family gets in (sans Big Bro) Tuesday night. Can't wait!

Here are your highlights:

A big win for those who Eat Food

When Zombies Win

The Corporate Court

Cooooool! The Future is Here, Translating on the Spot

Obama isn't this dumb is he? Social Security Cuts are political napalm

Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed this weekend. Pelosi brought her caucus together again and as she said "It makes us stronger." The one sour note was Joe Manchin's cowardice on both the DREAM Act and DADT. He should be embarrassed, in fact any Senator who ducked out on a chance to support the DREAM Act will regret it in 2012. America is changing whether the Senate likes it or not. I'm looking at you John McCain!


Sunday, December 19, 2010


Will look something like this for the remainder of the season.

Donovan McNabb deserves better. Here's hoping he gets his due respect and lands on a team where the coaches don't scape goat him. Playing injured for most of the season with sub-par talent around him the majority of the season, that's Redskins' football. It's something the Shanahans obviously know nothing about. What a disappointing end. The McNabb jersey's on sale already...

I'm doing the stay in and chill thang today. Laundry, physical therapy exercises and cleaning. It's the Cowboys and I can't even bare to watch, how depressing is that?

At least I'm on vacation and I'm done with my Christmas shopping! It's the little things this time of year that get me psyched.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell Repealed

A wonderful gift before the holiday. I find this to be quite fun.

It's about damn time!

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What We're Dealing With


On Thursday, the House took up the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010. The bill would ensure that child marriage is recognized as a human rights violation, and develop comprehensive strategies to prevent such marriages around the world. The legislation seemed likely to garner strong bipartisan support in Congress, and in the Senate, it did. But last night, the bill was voted down in the House by Republicans who argued the bill is too costly and could lead to increased abortions -- gripes the measure's supporters say have no basis in reality and are just excuses to kill the popular bill.

They just gave away almost $900 billion in tax cuts to the wealthy yet voted against a human rights bill that may cost $68 million! I guess some of these guys have secret marriages to children? Or at least a creepy uncle with one? How the fugg else do you rationalize this sick, twisted political game? It is disgusting.

I would say I am surprised, but at this point I believe they would vote against the cure for cancer if it meant sticking it to the Obama and the Democrats. Also too, where are Boehner's tears now?

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Friday, December 17, 2010

McNabb Benched

"It's beyond disrespectful."

Yup. Please someone end this season sooner than later! The Shanahans have disappointed and with this latest move have put a stain on an already embarrassing season. Rex Grossman. That's all I have to say.


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Update: This seriously has put a damper on my day, that and work is busy. Get me the fugg out of here!

Tops of 2010

Pitchfork has released its top albums of 2010. Number 1 is Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I'm having trouble arguing with that conclusion.

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Teasconsin Job Creation

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

It's here!! The last day before I start my vacay. Yes I just used the word vacay. I'm excited, are you excited? You should be for me at least. Trans-Atlantic Throwdown Episode 4 is out for your listening pleasure! It's our longest on yet, but that's because we include snippets of songs and a full track at the end of the podcast. You're welcome America! Don't forget to check out our website and rate and review us on ITunes! We're planning a "Lists of 2010" end of year episode, so email us at tatpodcast @ with your recommendations or comment here whichever you prefer. We can't thank you enough for tuning into our humble podcast, it means a lot. As for the Holiday blogging, I should be on here quite often till Wednesday when the fams comes in from teh VA. I'm hoping Santa brings me a Playstation 3!

Here are your highlights:

A pox on both your houses! Tax Cut Deal headed to Obama's desk. Has Social Security crumbled yet?

22 Arrested in Chase Foreclosure protest

The GOP went 1995 last night

LIE OF THE FUGGIN YEAR: "A government takeover of health care"

The Base, the base, the base is on fire


Harry Reid has scheduled the DADT standalone repeal vote. Supposedly that is what he needed to do in order to get the moderates to vote in favor. Oliver Willis asks after the past couple of years and typified by last night, how in the world can you take what ANY REPUBLICAN SAYS SERIOUSLY?!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Walking Dead Decade


Ever since I began writing for the Times — and probably before, but I wasn’t paying so much attention then — I’ve been struck over and over again by the unkillability of zombie lies.

I mean, supply-side economics should have been killed by the Clinton years: he raised taxes on the rich, everyone on the right predicted catastrophe, and what followed was 8 years of rapid growth and surging revenues, with the budget actually moving into surplus for the first time in three decades. But no: the right interpreted all the good stuff as a lagged effect of the 1981 tax cut (which meant that LBJ deserved credit for Morning in America, but who’s counting?)

I often wonder out loud the same thing. How is it possible that we are still having these discussions? It's as if we're debating with a broken record.

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Fast Track to Repeal

Greg Sargent:

Will there be enough time to vote on repeal before the end of the lame duck session?

As a matter of fact, there is a simple way that Reid can make the time necessary to ensure this gets done, aides involved in the discussions tell me. Reid needs to schedule a debate and vote on DADT repeal beginning as soon as this weekend, once the issue over government funding is resolved. Reid can do this before New START is resolved, or at least while it's getting resolved.

On MSNBC just now, Joe Lieberman called on Reid to fast-track DADT repeal in this fashion. "I believe instead of going back to the START treaty, we should go to the independent stand-alone repeal of don't ask don't tell Saturday night," Lieberman said. "We can get it done by Monday, maybe Tuesday at the latest, and then go back to the START treaty."


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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

Trans-Atlantic Throwdown is on its way folks. I know, I know. I should have had it out yesterday, but we recorded some really solid stuff and the editing slash schedule has had me taking longer than I had hoped. So tomorrow will be the release of episode four and we're excited to share. As for the next episode, we're going to forego our normal format and have a "Top Things" episode for 2010. Whether it's movies, music, political achievements, comics we're going to chat about the bestest and our favorites of the past year. So we're asking you for your suggestions, let us know via Twitter, Blogs or email us at tatpodcast @ with your tops and lists of 2010. We're planning on recording episode five in the upcoming week and it will be our last episode of the year! Thanks again for tuning in, we appreciate it more than you know.

Here are your highlights:

Bring them all home, Afghan violence kills 18

What Hitch Said...

Notre Dame should hold its head in shame

Justice department reaches settlement with school district on civil rights violations at South Philadelphia high school

GORGEOUS! Winter themed Wallpapers for your puter

New Deal Democrat with a wonkish post says we've got more growth ahead...around the corner. I sure hope it's the right analysis.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lt. Dan Choi Breaks Down

Weighed by growing heartache and his persistent desire to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell.

Andrew Sullivan from Dan Choi:

I wanted you to know because you are important to me and I think you can explain my situation best to those in our community who may be still interested. I was involuntarily committed to the Brockton MA Veterans Hospital Physchiatric Ward on Friday Morning after experiencing a breakdown and anxiety attack. ...

I did not initially want to publicize this but I now realize it is critical for our community to know several things: veterans gay or straight carry human burdens. Activists share similar burdens, no activist should be portrayed as super human, and the failures of government and national lobbying carry consequences far beyond the careers and reputations of corporate leaders, elected officials, high powered lobbyists, or political elites.

They ruin lives. My breakdown was a result of a cumulative array of stressors but there is no doubt that the composite betrayals felt on Thursday, by elected leaders and gay organizations as well as many who have exploited my name for their marketing purposes, have added to the result. I am certain my experience is not an isolated incident within the gay veteran community.

At the same time, those who have been closest to me know that I truly appreciate their gracious help and mentorship. I am indebted to their hospitality and leadership.

As Sullivan writes "the view will be better soon." Choi has been tirelessly drawing attention to the injustice that is Don't Ask Don't Tell and through that has exposed over and over again the civil rights denied to the LGBT community. Those who continually block progress will be remembered as being on the wrong side of history. They might have their small victories here and there, but it is only a matter of time. If it's any consolation history will not look upon them fondly. They won't be remembered as heroes like Choi, but rather short-sighted and bigoted.

Here's wishing Lt. Dan Choi a quick recovery and much deserved rest.

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Update: Congress passed the standalone repeal of DADT today. Senate get your shit together and end this abhorrent policy. Thanks.

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Grumpier Old White Men

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The Potential Wives of Norman Mao

I caught this on the wire and thought I'd pass it along:

A upcoming film called The Potential Wives of Norman Mao written and directed by Derek Nguyen it's a short comedy in which George Takei (SULU!) is the Executive Producer and Narrator. They have an all Asian American cast including Ed Lin, Tina Chen, Ron Nakahara, Cindy Cheung, and Michelle Ang.

It looks to be a quirky and funny short with a stellar cast.

They've also launched a Kickstarter campaign if you would like to be part of the project:

You can check out their website at
Follow the progress of the film on Facebook
And learn about the cast and crew on IMDB

I, for one, am looking forward to hearing more about Norman and his potential wives.

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

It's Wednesday, damnit this morning I swore it was Thursday. Three more days and then I'm off. The lady and I are weighing New Year's Eve plans. Baltimore? California? Mars?! Chicago. Not sure yet, but I guess we should make a decision soon. Last night was hearty liberal fun at Sheffield's. The Drinking Liberally crew was out in full effect and we enjoyed copious amounts of liberal schwag. I for one will War on Christmas next year because Jeebus didn't bring me the TechnoDrome when I was 8. Motherfugger.

Here are your highlights:

FOX LEAKS: Boss ordered reporters to play down Climate Science

Mitch McConnell doesn't listen to Mitch McConnell

HIV breakthrough, Stem cell research leads to possible cure

OMG Facts

Why General Amos is wrong about his own Marines

I ask this everyday. Why are Bankers So Rich? Kevin Drum dives into the Casino that is Wall St. "They eat what they kill."


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

War on F-in Christmas

Drinking Liberally tonight at Sheffield's, the debauchery begins at 7pm. Be there and bring your coal motherfuggers!

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Texas Sized Stupid

I say let them secede:

Texas State Rep. Aaron Peña, of the state's 40th district, is expected to switch parties today, thereby giving Republicans a super majority in the Texas house, The McAllen Monitor reports.

Peña was first elected as a Democrat in 2002 and ran unopposed this year. He will bring the GOP to 100 members in the 150 member House. But Peña is actually the second Democrat to flip this week. State Rep. Allan Ritter, who also ran unopposed in November, announced this weekend that he would join the GOP, and is scheduled to appear at a news conference today alongside Gov. Rick Perry and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. The Dallas Morning News reports that State Democratic Chairman Boyd Richie has called on Ritter to resign.

Republicans gained 22 seats in the Texas House in November, and a special election is being held
today to fill the seat of Republican Rep. Edmund Kuempe, who died of a heart attack after last month's election. A win there would give Republican 101 seats.

That's the next practical move. Any Democrat who switches parties during this era was never a Democrat in the first place. The differences between the two parties have never been so stark. Wonder when Gov. Rick Perry will be anointed King of Texas?

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Teabaggin' Freedom

Allen West aka Freedom Fighter 4 Life wants to censor teh librul mediduh:

The government should censor news agencies that report on US documents leaked by websites like WikiLeaks, according to a tea party-backed Republican who will soon represent the 22th district congressional of Florida.

Speaking with an online radio station, Rep.-elect Allen West said that attacks on the US were not limited to "a bomb or an airplane flying into a building," but could occur "through cyber attacks" or "through leaking of very sensitive classified information."

"Regardless of whether you think it causes any harm, the fact that here is an individual that is not an American citizen first and foremost, for whatever reason gotten his hands on classified American material and put it out there in the public domain," West continued. "And I think that we also should be censoring the American news agencies which enabled him to do this and also supported him and applauding him for the efforts. So that's kind of aiding and abetting of a serious crime."

Ron Paul (Yesh THAT Ron Paul) had the appropriate reply:

"In a free society we're supposed to know the truth," Rep. Paul said. "In a society where truth becomes treason, then we're in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it."

I'm not a full on supporter of Wikileaks as I question the motive, however this new batch of Congressbaggers are toying with a dangerous precedent. God can you imagine the Patriot Act if these lunatics were in Congress after 9/11?

I wouldn't be able to type this...*Frank's door gets kicked in and he is wrestled to the ground, but luckily Frank juices his pecs and ninja chops some Patriot Gamers. He runs out the building, hopping in his ninja motorcycle and vanishes into the night to fight another day! All teh while smiling for the creepy robot camera that is floating above his fuggin head.

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Beating heart baby

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Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Lame-as-F@#k Congress
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire Blog</a>The Daily Show on Facebook

I'm completely miserable blogosphere. I've no desire to go to work and no desire whatsoever to continually be battered by unappreciative people. My job sucks in other words. Luckily tonight is Drinking Liberally WAR ON CHRISTMAS! Followed by three more days of work and then vacation. If I can last that long. I seriously almost walked out RAGETASTIC style yesterday. Something about this time of year makes people so gosh darn dickish.

Here are your highlights:

RIP Richard Holbrooke

Ramh Emanuel WILL TESTIFY!

Dinosaurs and Superheros as one, rock on

Congrats to the Walking Dead for the Golden Globe nomination

Republicans openly admit being bough and owned by the big banks

Tea Party governing at work, losing jobs in Wisconsin. High-speed rail is a job creator, during a poor economic time people need jobs, build rail and cars and welcome travel, that's how it works jackass.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Republican "Justice"

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog on the individual mandate ruling in Virginia:

So we have a Virginia Republican dealing out a win to a Virginia Republican, who then uses it to fund-raise.

This, I guess, is what Republicans call "justice."

As Adam Serwer states, this ruling exposes the partisan nature of our judiciary. They won't stop at the mandate this will only make them thirsty for more.

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That Was Fast

I thought everyone hated Obama and the Tax Cut Deal. I guess it took one weekend to forget he is a sell-out who doesn't fight for us or something.

Political Wire:

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that 69% of Americans back the tax deal negotiated last week by President Obama and congressional Republicans.

Large majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents alike favor the agreement -- including 69% of liberal Democrats.

Now of course the wording of these polls matter and really it won't get people to simmer down now. Regardless, maybe the American people do get what is at stake here.

This is the part where I write that Obama needs to juice his pecs, then go tanning and then cry on 60 minutes. That's what real leaders do to convince Americans they care about kicking children out of schools and deserve to starve! The tears of childhood dreams crushed by tax cuts for the rich! And also too, can you tell I'm exhausted with this Obama's "weak" meme?

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There Has Always Been a Social Security Fight

Felix Salmon:

People on the right who want to cut Social Security will always make a fiscal argument for doing so, talking about how it no longer pays for itself. They will do so no matter where the payroll contributions are set, and they would do so even if they remained untouched. Meanwhile, people on the left who want to save Social Security will scream bloody murder any time anybody suggests even something as small as raising the retirement age in 50 years’ time. Trying to get these two camps to come to agreement on anything will always be impossible. And I fail to see how adding the general fund to the payroll tax as a contributor to the Social Security trust fund is going to change that dynamic.

Mike Konczal reckons that we would be better off, politically, with a tax rebate out of the general fund rather than a reduction in payroll withholding. But that ignores the behavioral economics of the reduction in the withholding tax: people are more likely to spend a relatively invisible increase in their take-home pay, and they’re more likely to save, or deleverage, with a one-off rebate check from the government.

The debate, in a year’s time, about whether we should let the payroll-tax cut expire is going to be a fascinating one to watch. But I don’t think it’s going to have much if any effect on the future of Social Security.

But go ahead blame Obama for delivering the final blow to the end of Social Security. It gets so much accomplished...

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Forgive him Lord, he weeps because he knows exactly what he does

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

This is my last week of work before I get to take two weeks off. I'm hoping 2011 brings many new adventures and risks worth taking. Yesterday I was snowed in with my lady. We literally didn't get out of pajamas at all. I've got no shame. We cooked, we cleaned, we chilled and mostly just wondered when the snow would stop. I hate winter again. It's friggin nine degrees out! Tomorrow is WAR ON CHRISTMAS, us Drinking Liberally fellows will be getting together and enjoying yule logs or something of that nature. Be on the look out this week for Episode Four of the Trans-Atlantic Throwdown.

Here is your one highlight:

After yesterday's roller coaster of a week. This week doesn't look to be much better, however I suggest to everyone to take a step back. Breathe. Then read this:

What Progressives Don't Understand About Obama
(h/t Balloon Juice)

All this primary talk needs to stop. It's time to get focused and remember it's imperative we stop the Republican controlled House from reversing the progress we've made the last two years. And believe me they'll try their darnedest.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Redskins Play Today

And I refuse to watch. Every year is a rebuilding year. Le Sigh.

At least the Bears are playing the Patriots. It will be a real test for both teams. I'm hoping the Bears put Tom Brady in a hurt locker.

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Update: They were who we thought they were. Only the Redskins can get an extra down, score a TD and still find a way to lose. *Le Super Sigh

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Up Early

The lady woke me up early today because like all sane people she feels everyone should be up and at it when she's up. She made the coffee. I nuked the Turkey Bacon, made scrambled eggs and added Frontera tomatillo salsa. We had toast on the side. It's becoming our Saturday default breakfast. Easy, simple and delicious.

It's a gray and hazy in Chicago. The lake isn't frozen. I'm beginning to like winter again. Don't quote me on that, I'll change my mind tomorrow most likely. We'll be recording episode four of Trans-Atlantic Throwdown shortly. Then it's off to do a bunch of shopping and errands. GOTTA DIG THE CAR OUT!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

The Man of the Day

Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont. Making the rest of the Senate look as inept as they are, how is he still going? Now if only we could clone him 61 times....Picture and full story at Talking Points Memo.

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General Comment on FDL

Aside from Tbogg, reading Firedoglake these days is like a soap opera-esque message board for emo progressives. If they spent half as much time rallying against Republicans and organizing the Left as they did Uniting the Colors of Grovercon and lamenting the BIGGEST SELL OUT EVER Obama teh Smoker; they might, you know, get somewhere. And no I will not link to Jane, people like her should not have their egos massaged. She doesn't speak for all of us.

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Ninja Thought

Flippity floppity flip

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

Well yesterday was a roller coaster, huh? With the Defense Appropriations Bill being brought to the floor of the Senate all eyes were hoping "Don't Ask Don't Tell" would be repealed. It failed. Flat on its face. Heck it didn't even pass go. There were cowards like Joe Manchin of West Virginia (timing really? timing?! is this the 1960's?!) and Mark Kirk of Illinois. There were boneheads like Blanche Lincoln, BLANCHE!! And there was the Republican Party in general who in one day voted against equality, and against health care for 9/11 first responders. Why? Because they are sociopaths who ultimately will be on the wrong side of history. Regardless it was an exhausting day of events. Last night was my lady's work party and we rocked it. It was at some underground lounge in the Viagra Triangle, but we had a good time with her work folk. I'm kind of hungover, luckily work this morning had bagels. Mmmmm bagels and I got myself sausage bites from Dunkin because it's Friday mmmmm sausage bites.

Here are your highlights:

Will the Payroll Tax Cut Threaten Social Security?

Conservatives by nature aren't that concerned with teh sciences

Glenn Beck is fucking crazy and getting scarier each day

Um is this a good idea? Doc Oc!

Mark Kirk remember that guy? The one that beat Alexi? You stupid asses, I told you he was who we thought he was, Voted against paying for health care costs for 9/11 first responders. Freedom fighter!

Obama Breaks Away. Senate unleashes the CRACKEN! Obama's Tax Cut Deal Price Tag. Today will probably be less up and down as yesterday because well Congress ain't doin much. It's least Bernie Sanders will be raging!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Music Break with The Dear Hunter

All this and that and the other goings ons, I need some musical escape. Casey of The Dear Hunter, take it away! Their next EP is coming soon...

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Holiday of Payroll

Mahablog has write up explaining some of the hysteria about the payroll tax holiday (mostly around the liberal blogosphere) and how its overblown. Linkage. Well worth the read.

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Ninja Thought

He ain't no Bill Clinton

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

I have an ongoing headache and I've yet to figure out why. Yes, I've taken Advil, Ibuprofen and I even tried Aleve. Keeps coming back. If it persists I'll probably go to a doctor...nawwww. Tonight is my lady's work party at a club. Yes an oomps oomps bow chicka wow wow club. Hey, when in Rome, right? I'll probably be in a hurt locker tomorrow. It never fails. One part of the holidays I always loathe is the overload of parties and get togethers and get together and parties. I wish I could have just one big one and be done with it. Am I alone on this one?

Here are your highlights:

Facebook founders join other billionaires
promising to donate half of their wealth

When the Republicans say YOU CUT, this is what they really mean

The Last of Cabrini Green

Meet Virginia: Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli thinks Virginia is over that whole "racism" thing

Proof Fox News willfully skewed public option and health care debate

The DREAM Act passed the House last night. Onto the Senate where it is likely to die. Why? Well because we have a party who "boogeymans" undocumented immigrants in this country. It's politics at it most base level. FEAR THE BROWN PEOPLE. You can still call the Senate, you can still fill their voicemail boxes, call today!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Eleventy Dimensiony Chess

Sully finds a reason to Meep on the Tax Cut Deal:

The most powerul aspect of this entire deal is how it has delivered a body-blow to the FNC/Limbaugh/RNC notion that Obama is an enemy and an alien and a threat. Instead, he's now the architect of a deal with that most rightwing of Republicans, Mitch McConnell, a deal that legitimizes Obama on the right with consequences McConnell probably hasn't completely absorbed yet. Maybe this was an inevitable consequence of the GOP assuming some responsibility in running the country. But it has pricked that balloon of demonization that has given much of the right its energy these past two years.

Meep, meep.

He does have a valid point. Not sure if that was Obama's intention all along, but it certainly poses a problem for the GOP. A problem they've brought upon themselves nonetheless.

Now if I was a PR guru of the Teabaggers of Nationism, I would be railing against everybody under the sun whether it's the Obamanator aka Socialist-Swine of Capitalist-Kenya or McConnell the Sellout-Out-Closet-Hippie-Gay-Loving-Former-Slave-Descendant-Reparations-Yankee. Then I would get the Bachmann's and DeMint's of the world and shower them with adulation hoping they repeal the 14th amendment which we all know let's anchor terror babies steal kids lunches and make them eat healthy food! Meanwhile I'd be doing my best to stack my bunker full of can goods, Bible clippings, Beck University school books and Easy Mac in order to be fully prepared for the Gaypocalypse round the corner in Illinois. I done tell you this America is going to the hell!

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I Expect Better from Rachel Maddow

I believe this sort of thing is what Jon Stewart had in mind when he said "ramp down the rhetoric".

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Ninja Thought

Welfare queens

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TAKE ACTION: Call Congress to Support the DREAM Act

Asian Pacific Americans for Progress:

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is confirmed to be voted on TODAY, December 8th, 2010 in the House AND SENATE.

TAKE ACTION: Help turn the the DREAM into a reality. Send a letter to your Senators and Representative. Click here to sign petition:

Call your Senators and Representative today!

Use this number to call your Representative: 866-967-6018

Use this number to call your Senators: 866-996-5161

Sample script: Hello, I'm calling as a constituent of (your state) and as a member of Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP) to support the DREAM Act. The DREAM ACT has significant impacts on the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, making higher education more accessible and affordable for our youth. It would provide a pathway to citizenship to undocumented students who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 15, have lived in the U.S for at least five years, graduated from a U.S. high school and are pursuing their education or serving in the military. I call on
to support the DREAM Act. *Note: Be willing to give out your contact information to Congressional staffers to identify you as a constituent of their respective areas.

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More information on the DREAM Act:

This issue would have significant impacts on our community. Nearly 40% of the students at University of California system alone that would benefit from the DREAM Act are AAPI

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

Hump day ya'll! People are raging. People are foaming. People need to calm down. People need to throwdown. People need to get out. People need to stay in. It's a wild world we live in. And Frankly I love it. The Twitterverse has been a flame. There has been valid debate and some incendiary screeds in 140 characters. Forget about the papers, the historical reference of our time will be found on the internets. Tomorrow is the lady's work holiday party. I'm expecting debauchery. Other than that I can't wait for the weekend then it's only one more week of work left in the year!

Here are your highlights:

The Legacy of Elizabeth Edwards

DADT seems to stand a small chance in the lame duck

Beautiful irony: Ayn Rand schools shuts down because they couldn't get Federal Aid

Bankrupting Our Children. Education is not a product, I can't stress that enough and treating it as such is a detriment to our future.

Obama's silent majority

Wikileaks is alive and maybe well...Mastercard is the first of the "warned." I believe I've said this before, but Assange is merely the face of Wikileaks. There is an underground group of hackers who believe intensely that information should be readily and openly available. They won't stop at Mastercard and if you decide to "go after them" another will spring up. I don't think the government nor the media has any idea how to handle Anonymous and it's like.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Obama States He Is Obama

Progressives react:

Not sure why anyone is surprised by this, but I welcome such a candid display from our president. The progressive blogosphere will continue to ignore his digs at the Republican party likening them to "hostage takers" as will the media. It will simply be "Obama tells off liberals who thought he would be the Black Noah" or something. I'll be happy when people calm down a bit. He did what he had to do and he is who he always said he was.

Now back to my post from earlier in the day...

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Update: Also too what John Cole said.

Ninja Thought

It's on the effin penny

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Tax the Rich, Save America

Steve M. states what progressives need to do in light of the recent Tax Cut Deal:

Well, it would nice to believe that Democrats would actually use two years to devise and deploy a strategy that will change the terms of this debate. Do you think they'll manage it? Me either.

But maybe that's what the rest of us need to do. Shouldn't outside groups be trying to foment class warfare, on the assumption that it should be done whether Democrats get on board or not? That's how successful progressive movements have worked historically -- not in lockstep with Democrats, and not primarily as sworn enemies of Democrats, but on the principle of "Here's where we stand; join us or don't -- we're marching anyway."

This should be our tea party -- there should be groups spring up all over the country with names like Tax the Rich. Activists need to make more activists out in the heartland, on the principle that the well-to-do have done well while the rest of us have struggled.

I'm having a naive fantasy, of course -- much more energy will probably go into a "PRIMARY EVERYBODY!!!" movement. But a fella can dream, can't he?

I know it's a pipe dream, but it's what we need. Perhaps someone like Markos once he's done with his emo-fest can mobilize the effort. Or maybe MoveOn, what do they do again? As Steve M says, nobody historically was waiting around to get policies passed, they marched.

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*bolding by me

Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

Castle was on last night. That and I noshed on some delicious Texas & Mean Chili from Chili Mac's. Yes, it was *embarrassingly the first time I enjoyed the chili at Chili Mac's. Normally the lady and I get margs and people watch there. We honestly don't feel like eat chili in the summer, so last night seemed like a perfect time. NOM NOM NOM. I'll be coming back again and this time getting extra cheese. That was my night a double C, Chili and Castle (which was another fun filled episode and I kind of hope the bar becomes a stomping ground for the cast). This week starts getting busy today. I will try to keep my rage on point!

Here are your highlights:

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested - it's now going to be Bond villain media coverage for the rest of the year that or since it involves'll be Tiger Woods-esque

No Christmas for you Congress, DADT keeping them in

Prayers for Elizabeth Edwards

There are No Deficit Hawks in Congress

The child in me must post this, NEW DINOSAUR!

More analysis from the Tax Deal from Yglesias, Steve M comes to a similar conclusion that I did and Steven Benen reminds everyone the deal isn't done...till it's done.


Monday, December 6, 2010

The President Said It Himself

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Read the president's remarks.

He painted himself as the grown-up in the debate, as the one above the fray and it's a smart move. I don't agree with allowing the tax cuts to be extended longer than the unemployment benefits nor do I think the estate giveaway is good policy. However weighing everything it's better than I previously thought would be accomplished. The tax cuts for the middle class pass while the payroll tax cut is a nice new shiny object that has potential for job creation. Now all of this is of course if Lucy doesn't pull the football away...

Regardless the GOP is clearly the protectors of the rich and overtime I think this is a simpler argument to make as the economy recovers. Another element is that the self-proclaimed deficit hawks within the Republican Party look foolish. They can't claim they care about the deficit seriously with a hand out to the top 2%, the president did emphasize that. As with most presidents this debate (within two years of an election) has turned into a play for 2012 not for the now some might have hoped. It's in the now as it remedies the unemployment benefits and middle class tax cuts, however a political KO it's not. Expect more "bipartisan" and "above the fray" pragmatism not less going forward (Firebaggers heads will roll and depending on the subject I might RAGE!, but I get it, don't have to like it, but I get it).

So what's next? I await the results, but hopefully when the dust settles the logical heads will prevail. It's always pertinent to remember what's at stake and I think the Republicans might have finally overplayed their hand...speaking Frankly only.

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Deficit Liars

Might be the name of my new band.


These deficit liars are trying to get people to believe that the deficit is caused by massive increased spending (and the bad economy is therefore caused by the deficit) and it just ain't true.

Read the whole post with a nifty graph to show you how the simple answer is to raise taxes on the wealthy and get our tax system back to historical levels.

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Ninja Thought

Sometimes I just close my eyes and hope it's all satire.

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

Wait the weekend is over? Noooooooo! Darn nambit suckatash floopity floo. The lady and I enjoyed our two and half year anniversary this weekend. We kicked it off with strong drinks and Cuban food at the packed Cafe LaGuardia. Followed by downtown shopping (to no avail) the next day and Maria Bamford at the Mayne Stage. It was a perfect ending as we laughed so much our jaws were sore. Yesterday I couldn't even bare to watch the Redskins play and man did they disappoint. They didn't even show up or perhaps the coaches didn't even game plan? Regardless I'm a Bears fan for the rest of the season. BEAR DOWN! P.S. It's so cold out in Chicago today I lost feeling in my face. P.S.S. I need to move to California if after four years of living here I'm still bitching about the weather. P.S.S.S. Who puts post scripts before the post is over? This guy!

Here are your highlights:

Democrats pushing for the DREAM Act
and anyone who calls it amnesty is being a dishonest fear monger

Greenwald gets Greenwalled effective today I am ending the "Frankism" it will be replaced by the more internet friendly "Pwn'd." Glenn of late has been rather dickish not sure what's going on, but he seems to be losing it.

Christmas decorations I believe in

The other type of terrorism and it's being ignored (h/t Crooks & Liars)

The Tax Cut "Deal" is shaping up, but it is a really a deal? Regardless the Wall St. boys are ready for anything...good to know and Bernie Sanders says it like only Bernie Sanders can.

And thirdly, Mr. President, what I would say without the slightest doubt is if these guys are successful in giving $700 billion more in tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires, the next thing they'll do is run down onto the floor and they'll say, 'Oh, my word, the deficit and the debt are going up. We've got to cut Social Security, because we have such a large debt -- yeah, we've raised the debt by $700 billion, now we've got to cut Social Security. We can't afford to extend unemployment compensation. We just can't do it. ' "