Happy Hour News Briefs

News that will drive you to drink

Crazy Unkka Pat says that liberals are zealots trying to destroy ‘our health supply’ — no word about vital juices.

  • The totally credible Jim Garrow, who claims to have left the CIA to expose President Obama’s plans to conspire with space aliens to nuke Americans for George Soros is off his meds again:

    The deal that’s been given to Obama, he has been given the assignment, the task, in order to put his place in history, this is going to be the defining moment for Obama that separates him from everybody.

    There will be an announcement soon that there has been contact on a number of different fronts with a number of different nations from alien life forms and that Mr. Obama has been asked by the collective community of the world, the United Nations included, to be the spokesperson for the world to this alien race.

    Of course the alien race has also requested that the most powerful nation in the world be represented as the people that they want to talk to. This will fix in time and space the fact that the alien presence is going to be made known to the rest of the world, all over the world at the same time and that Mr. Obama has been chosen to be the one to communicate, to be the communicator.

    [snip]
    And I believe the announcement is supposed to be made in Roswell, New Mexico, Area 51.

    And there’s also the usual stuff about selling off assets to the Chinese and that The Kenyan Usurper likes to chop off heads and whatnot. (The Truth is Viral)

  • The National Organization for Marriage (ethics-challenged journalist and unwed mother Maggie Gallahger’s social engineering project to deny wedded bliss to the ‘mos) wonders if The Kenyan Usurper is using the crisis in Crimea to punish Xristian Xrazies in Russia. Apply Bettridge’s Law now. (NOM Blog)
  • The Debbil and the Schedule Slip - I never thought about claiming the reason why the project was behind schedule was because Ol’ Scratch hisself was interfering with my plans, but that is exactly what Richard Gaeta argues: that since the launch of the Kickstarter for Bible Chronicles: The Call of Abraham, trouble has come into all their lives at Phoenix Interactive.

    If Satan is rallying some of his resources to forestall, delay, or kill this project, I think, this must be a perceived threat to his kingdom,” adds Ken Frech, a religious mentor to the project. “I fully would expect something like this to have spiritual warfare. Look at the gospel accounts of demons and so forth. That’s reality. Many Americans don’t believe it anymore. That doesn’t change reality.”

    The whole article is full of stuff like that. Could it be that no one wants to fund a Xristian Xrazie Bible Game? Some Say Yes! (Ol’ Scratch, for instance.) (Polygon)

What has e-squared’s panties in a bunch today?

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Our hot-tempered pal Erick son of Erick is always about one cheeseburger away from a stroke (have another deep fried potato skin, Erick) and today it is no different.

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But today it is Matthew Yglesias who has gotten under e2 collar.

Why, what did Yglesias do, you ask?

Simple: he told the truth about the debt:

And here is Ewick’s weaction

Matthew Yglesias is Juice Vox Media’s Village Idiot and Liar-in-Chief

…which begins with a long section that is a personal attack on Yglesias (with lots of outgoing links to Twitchy and the like to, you know, footnote his epithets):

Let us turn our attention to Matthew Yglesias, the Executive Editor of Ezra Klein’s new site. As my friend Pejman Yousefzadeh has well documented, Yglesias is just not that bright. He thinks Joe Lieberman is a dumb Jewish politician; was shocked to discover Senators represent the states as opposed to populations; was unaware of a black conservative tradition; couldn’t understand why Miami didn’t expand westward (hint: a giant swamp); had no idea an incumbent President had been defeated in primaries (Jimmy Carter lost 13 primaries in 1980 to Ted Kennedy and Jerry Brown); thought Bobby Jindal’s reputation for intelligence was just ethnic stereotyping; argued it was okay to lie about having kids; wanted to know why Egypt didn’t have a Parliamentary system as if it’d matter and, by the way, it already does have one; thinks there are too many banks; thinks no banks have been chartered in 2013 even though banks were chartered in 2013; and the list goes on.

See, there that proves it that Yglesias is not smart, like E-E is!

Which brings us to his video at the JuiceVox Media website. He tries to explain the National Debt and out of the gate beings with a lie. He claims the national debt is $5 trillion less than the U.S. Treasury says it is.

Yglesias notes that he’s excluding debt owed from one arm of the government to another, and only including federal debt held by the public.

Then he uses deficit and debt interchangeably.

Ewick, debt is the sum of the deficit over many years. So long as you understand that one is an annual figure and the other is the total, there’s nothing wrong with looking at them as two views of the same number. That’s accounting 101.

Then he claims the U.S. Government can never run out of money.

This is true, of course, and is why we got off the Gold Standard, much to Ron Paul’s chagrin.

He goes through all of this to conclude that the national debt, which he understated, is just not anything to worry about.

This isn’t education. It is not explaining. It is left-wing propaganda. It is also sponsored by General Electric. Why is General Electric sponsoring left-wing propaganda?

Everything in the video is true, which means it is not left-wing propaganda (facts don’t have a bias). The problem of course is that if any factual information makes it into the noggins of the teabaggers from Possum Hollar, Ark., they might not buy into the whole narrative that to save the village the GOP must burn the village.

What Charlie Said X10

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Brother Pierce nails it:

In merciful brief, the president attempted to explain to the world why the self-destructive and mendacious decision of the United States to engage in aggressive war in Iraq in contravention of god alone knows how many provisions of international law was manifestly different — politically, legally, and morally — from Vladimir Putin’s land grabbing in and around Ukraine. Before anyone gave him a chance to be president, and throughout his unlikely rise to the White House, the president famously called the war in Iraq “the wrong war in the wrong place.” It was the first stark difference between the president and Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary campaign and the clearest difference between the president and Senator John McCain in that year’s general election. It represented the cleanest break available to the country from the bloody stupdity of the previous administration. It was the seedbed for all the hope and all the change. The problem arose when the architects of the American fiasco were allowed to escape any real accounting for what they’d done in Iraq and to the United States. There was no public punishment, no public shaming, no indication from the new administration that it was ready to demand penance from the old. And yesterday, the president illustrated quite clearly the size of the corner in which his basic philosophy had painted him.

Go read the whole thing at Esquire.

Whiny (media) kid is whiny

The Death of the Media

Brainiac Nate Silver writes a column that is almost like a parody:

During FiveThirtyEight’s tenure with The New York Times, Mr. Krugman referred to FiveThirtyEight or to Nate Silver 21 times. Over all, 15 of these references were favorable, as compared to five neutral references and one unfavorable one.

But Mr. Krugman’s views of FiveThirtyEight have changed since it re-launched March 17 under the auspices of ESPN. The columnist has mentioned FiveThirtyEight four times in just nine days, all in negative contexts. (Mr. Silver has frequently criticized what he calls “pundits” and “opinion journalists,” including those who write for The Times.)

And then Silver makes a chart of all the times Krugman has said anything about him over the lifespan of 538, and rates them.

I’m not kidding.

There was a kid in my grammar school who did this and weekly presented his evidence to the teacher that the other kids did not like him. I think at that point the teacher felt sorry for us that this little dweeb would be following us for life, tallying the number of outrageous slings and arrows fate shot at him to prove to us that we did not like him. We could have stone cold told him that and saved him the trouble.

And this is the New Media for which we are supposed to be cheering?

(538)

The Morning Quote

“People without health care right now, who don’t have health care for their children, don’t want this law, Chris. As a mother, I take real offense that women are being forced to have no choices to cover their children.”

Jennifer Stefano, Kock Brothers-funded ingénue and crazy person who heads the Koch Brothers-funded group Americans for Prosperity (AFP), who seems to be arguing for people to not be covered by health insurance, with Chris Hayes. (Raw Story has more details and a clip of the show)

Dress for Success, Ladies!

Federal Court Judge Richard Kopf, a George H.W. Bush appointee, has some advice for the wimmins who dress like sluts who appear before him:

1. You can’t win. Men are both pigs and prudes. Get over it.

2. It is not about you. That goes double when you are appearing in front of a jury.

3. Think about the female law clerks. If they are likely to label you, like Jane Curtin, an ignorant slut behind your back, tone it down.

I have some advice for Judge Kopf: apply rule #2 to yourself, buddy.

In which Sen. Aqua Buddha makes a funny

Rand Paul wants to be left alone

The stealth candidate with a bad rug, Sen. Aqua Buddha decides to tweet one out for the kids on the electric Twitter machine when he learned that The Kenyan Usurper was meeting with The Pope:

I’m not a fan of the Senator, but even I have to admit that this is pretty good snark, and it is just about the only cross over issue I share with him.

Happy Hour News Briefs

News that will drive you to drink

Crazy Unkka Pat longs for the good old days of stoning gays.

  • Now Playing - Hey guys, why go see the big-screen adaptation of Noah, when you can see the documentary? Yup, the end times are upon us and honest-to-blog, the Xristian Xrazies say that the next flood is for gays and atheists-only, but no word on dinosaurs and unicorns being invited on the boat again. (Raw Story)
  • Ha-ha, just kidding - Two days after announcing it would hire gay Christians in same-sex marriages, World Vision U.S. has reversed its decision because: money. Yup, the fetus-fondling god-botherers decided to withhold financial contributions and boom! Change of heart. (Christianity Today)
  • Southern Poverty Law Center hate-group designate Family Research Council is working to create an Arizonastan-style anti-gay discrimination bill in Mississippi. The best part of the article is the tinfoil: they are fighting liberal pastors and George Soros. (Family Research Council)

The evening dog-whistle

An Alabama congressional candidate, Will Brooke, a business executive who is running in the GOP primary to replace Rep. Spencer Bachus, has a new campaign video in which he literally shoots holes in the Affordable Care Act.

All he’s missing is Jeebus. Next ad, I wonder who what he will shoot.