Those who do not learn from history…

…are really f***ing stupid:

Example A is Teabagger Marilinda Garcia, who is a candidate for Congress from New Hampshire.

Gosh, you know, as a student of history (OK, it was one of my undergraduate majors), I kinda-sort know that the people of Jamestown did not starve to death because they lacked private property. They starved to death from because they did not grow food.

So why, you ask, did they not grow any food? They were being good little capitalists, and trying make it big in the mercantile economy by growing exotic crops to export to England (and presumably to return as rich as kings); they were not trying to grow subsistence crops.

So, you could say that Capitalism killed the Jamestown Colony, or the Invisible Hand killed them, or even that they all went Galt with greed. But you cannot say that they died from collectivism. That’s just stupid.

The post-midterms litmus test

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It’s now clear to anyone who doesn’t need it spelled out—and if you do, increasingly in recent weeks it’s being spelled out for you anyway—that the stealth issue of the upcoming congressional contest is the president’s impeachment. On the right, impeachment has become the wildfire crucible, and the purest purity test yet for those sanctified few who have managed to pass the others; that Obama hasn’t actually done anything to warrant impeachment, or at least anything as egregious as misleading a public into war, couldn’t be more beside the point. He’s Obama; his very existence calls for nullification; the historic fact of his presidency is a transgression against the national image of those Americans who more and more come to the conclusion that things started going very wrong in this country sometime around 1861.

I’m afraid that Erickson is right: voting to impeach The Kenyan Usurper will become the new voting to remove the Affordable Care Act, which is now 51 votes to repeal and continuing.

(The American Prospect)

The Evening Quote

“One of my all-time favorites. From my residency days there was a pretty active ‘knife and gun club’ at Truman Medical Center. What kind of gun blows somebody’s head completely off? I’ve got to get one of those.”

–Milton Wolf, teabagger candidate who is challenging Kansas Senator Pat Roberts.

UPDATE: Our Poet Laureate, Mountjoy, gives us the definitive Haiku:

DonnieMountjoy: @Tengrain Hasn’t the man ever seen”Dirty Harry”?
Milton Wolf gets hard
For a .44 Magnum!
(He’s not seen the film?)
#HaikuMaster #CleanOff

There is no tea party

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We’ve been saying it for years and years, the Teabaggers are just Dick Armey’s astroturfing, minty-fresh attempt at rebranding the racist, crazy, know-nothings from Bugfuck, and instead he weaponized them.

But guess who agrees with us now (speed ahead to 3:30):

Bobo?

This Bobo?

Somewhere, Driftglass is smiling.

The Afternoon Quote, MLK Day Edition

teabagging for jeebus

“Today is Martin Luther King Day. Martin Luther King did a lot to help us as we struggled with racial equality and justice, friendship and kindness between the races, and we celebrate that achievement. What I want to say to you today is, I too have a dream.”

“When we consider the 55 million unborn children that have been killed in this land since 1973, I too have a dream. When we consider that one-third of the generation since 1973 is not with us because of abortion, I have a dream. And what it is? I have a dream that one day each and every unborn baby created in the image of God will enjoy the same constitutional protections that you and I receive.”

–Richard Cash, who is one of the many Teabaggers challenging Senatorette Huckleberry Closetcase in South Carolina

SC Decision: Rhett or Scarlet

Meet Senatorette Huckleberry Closetcase’s teabagger challenger Lee Bright:

Let’s go down the Saint Ronnie checklist, shall we? Ungrateful takers, Nicest cars=Cadillac-driving welfare cheats, nicest food=young bucks eating T-bone steaks, let the church take care of the aged and infirmed but able-bodied and not working people should not eat. Yup, he hit all the Southern Strategy Talking Points.

St. Ronnie and Lee Atwater: together again

St. Ronnie and Lee Atwater: together again

Somewhere, Lee Atwater is smiling.