Archive for August, 2011

Mitch McConnell A Breath of Putrid Air

Posted by Matt on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

You have to give it to the Senate Minority Leader.  I’ve never heard an elected leader so blatantly profess his primary goal of governing is jobs doing whatever is necessary to have the GOP take the White House back in 2012.  Not surprisingly, McConnell was pretty transparent in his assessment that destabilizing the global economy is pretty cool as long as you get what you want in the end.

“I think some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting. Most of us didn’t think that. What we did learn is this — it’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming. And it focuses the Congress on something that must be done.”
– Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by the Washington Post, on the debt ceiling negotiations.

The disintegration of governance. Good luck, America.

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Posted by Matt on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

In blockbuster deal, Kicker Olindo Mare signs with Carolina Panthers

One fantastic byproduct of the NFL Lockout has been the condensed free agency period.  Starved for anything football related, fans have been treated to a free-for-all that skips most of the courting and foreplay.  No one cares about the Owners handing it to the NFLPA and subsequently using superior PR techniques to turn public sentiment against the Players. Just give us some fucking football before I staple my forehead and run through my cubicle wall arggh!!! The masses are eating it up, even salivating over the prospects of where Braylon Edwards - the cubic zirconia big receiver everyone needs to have – will land. Some thoughts:

  • Local Sports Outlets announce undrafted Rookie FAs to ‘make the difference’ for 32 teams.
  • Smarter Than He Looks:  Matt Leinart avoided the embarrassment of trying to compete for a starting job in Seattle and took $5 million to hold the clipboard and guest judge teen beauty contests in Houston.
  • Unlike others, I won’t slam the Vikings’ McNabb pick-up. Ponder was the worst pick of the draft (because I say so). He should really enjoy jenkins/berrian on the outside.
  • Most appropriate signing:  Raiders sign Trent Edwards.
  • Hard Feelings Award:  Exasperated Bears’ players/media mourn the loss of a 34-year old Center who has yet to receive an offer from another team.
  • No Hard Feelings Award:  Plaxico is still cool with NYC.
  • Maybe someday Andy Reid will be lauded for his ability to reform and relate to the Vicks and Youngs of the Reid family, aka his sons.
  • I know Cover-2 CBs have some different responsibilities in Lovie’s scheme, but I don’t understand why the Bears were never in the running for Asomugha.  $30 million under the cap and a definite need at 1 CB.  You could effectively shut down 1 side of the field with N.A. and Peppers. Even Johnathan Joseph would’ve been a substantial upgrade. Or grab a free safety. help a secondary out, JA. (Not Tim Jennings fault – had a nice year, but probably seeing Greg Jennings in his sleep.)
  • Malcom Floyd >>>>> Braylon Edwards.
  • More complex analysis:  Lions getting much more better good now.  #justgetsomesecondaryhelp
  • Like Sam+Diane, everyone wants to see Tavaris + Sidney Rice make a life together somewhere. Good luck, Coach Carroll.
  • To answer John Clayton, injury history aside, I would offer a #2 for Osi if I’m Seattle. Then I would bitch about the final episode of The Killing.
  • Randy Moss is walking away from football and towards a Bass Pro Shops shrink-wrapped F150.
  • Speaking of Moss, here’s PFW’s Joel Buschbaum’s 1998 Scouting Report. Amen.

 ”This player is so big and so fast, and he does things so effortlessly, that he is either a freak of nature or very close to it. He has more natural ability than Jerry Rice and would be an all-time great who would be drafted 10 minutes before the first round began if he had Rice’s work ethic and character. But, with all his baggage, his work ethic and his playing demeanor, he could be a huge and very expensive roll-of-the-dice pick, or at least a hard player to coach who could create some problems for his team. Moss could either be the best or the worst pick of the first round, and I doubt anyone can say with certainty which way he will go.”

  • Back in Miami, Jason Taylor should never be late for practice and have plenty of time to wax his eyebrows and pick up burgers for Cameron Wake.
  • Willis McGahee takes his aged knees and virile loins to Denver, where Tebow will joyously receive a (clearly) “Pro-Life” teammate.
  • Cedric Benson began his week by getting arrested for assault again, and came full-circle as he was obviously re-signed by the Bengals.
  • Albert Haynesworth finally meets his match in the sideline “I’m-going-to-break-you-in-two-and-then-defile-your-wife” scowl contest. Still you, Coach Belichick.
  • Derek Anderson close to signing with Carolina. Ron Rivera offers resignation.
  • Following Free Agency period, Sensationalist Sports Media to name Philadelphia Eagles champions of Super Bowl XXVI. Season cancelled. shit.

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Health Clinic Bombed. Media Yawns. I Wipe Pizza Sauce On My Shirt Because I Don’t Want To Get Off The Couch And Get A Napkin

Posted by Matt on Monday, August 1st, 2011

Planned Parenthood is the ACORN of the 2010′s.  But instead of stealing elections via voter fraud registering people to vote, PP is stealing the precious liberties of our womens by providing them access to pap smears.

Holly Morgan, director of media relations and communications for Planned Parenthood in Dallas, said their McKinney health center located on Eldorado Parkway was “attacked” between 10 and 11 p.m. Tuesday with an incendiary device.

The person or persons involved in the attack threw a Molotov cocktail, consisting of diesel fuel in a glass bottle with a lit rag, at the building. Morgan said the device did not penetrate the front of the clinic but did cause some serious damage.

I’ve seen no media coverage of this other than on “progressive” outlets like Jezebel. This is pretty typical, as attacks on PP aren’t necessarily uncommon. Maybe they’re busy watching some wingnuts walk back their defense of Norweigian murderer and glamour-shot-addict Anders Behring Breivik’s ideologies, if not his actions.  Whether clad in a turban, cowboy hat or wool scarf, a right-wing extremist is a right-wing extremist.

BTW, this clinic didn’t perform abortions.  As fabricated attacks on ACORN were transparently anti-poor, so are the PP attacks anti-women.  That is, unless your idea of women-as-womb-property/sandwich-maker remains.

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