Special All Substance, No Frivolity Edition!

Drill, baby, drill.

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. — Dave Barry (More related here.)

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. — George Santayana

Story of the day:

For sale – By owner – American Dream

Again, off-shore drilling is a good thing (unlike developing and expanding the use of renewable sources) — and, I’m sure, the least possible gummint supervision is necessary for it to work and is therefore also a good thing? More details of the Gulf Coast Fail disaster are here (Google News it if you get blocked by the paywall). More on the delusional wonder of offshore drilling here.

The latest example of the Republicans’ utter hatred of knowledge is here. Of course, without mass stupidity, their base would shrivel…. The scope and breadth of stupidity is amazing. How do they do it? This kind of stupidity isn’t a matter of ignorance or “limited intellect” — it has to be deliberate.

What a dope!

Horror indeedThat law in Arizona is even more vile than I knew. I’ve neglected to say it before but this law shouldn’t be surprising in a state run by organized crime, wingnuts and President John Sidney McCain III. “Visit Arizona and get busted!” Actually, I think the 2012 GOP convention really belongs there. And it’s clearly a Christian law because it goes against the Old Testament.

Scum (Actually, worse than that):

I don’t quite agree fully with this, just alot. Atrios:

There was something truly weird about the relationship between the DC press and the Bush administration that I never could quite understand. It’s like he was their president somehow, the one they grew up with before he regenerated into that weird guy with the funny name. And they keep rooting for his return. I don’t think the press is especially hostile to Obama, though they inevitably run with whatever right wing talking point comes through the puke funnel that day, but Bush…he was the one, their first boyfriend or something.

Asshole: George Will:

Arizonans should not be judged disdainfully and from a distance by people whose closest contacts with Hispanics are with fine men and women who trim their lawns and put plates in front of them at restaurants, not with illegal immigrants passing through their back yards at 3 a.m.

The Great Afghanistan Fail continues. It’s the lesson of Vietnam the wingnuts refuse to learn: We can get our asses whipped by uneducated, under-equipped guerillas if they’re motivated enough.

Retarded America-haters: Oklahoma.

What Taibbi inexplicably misses — he may have been in Russia writing about sports or something at the time — is that this was institutionalized by the Republicans. And there’s a big distinction between this and the old-fashioned corruption. In the old days, the government would actually try to do something of some good and the corruptors in the private sector would try to get a profitable loophole or limitation but generally the passed bill would pretty much accomplish whatever good or societal benefit was the target in the first place. In the modern Republican system, the “good” is strictly what the corruptors order and the public be damned. So what’s funny in the quote is the complete absence of any acknowledgment of history or her party’s role in institutionalizing absolute corruption. President Palin on Goldman Sachs:

The current debate over financial reform demonstrates what happens when political leaders react to a crisis with a raft of new regulations. First off, the people involved in writing government regulations are often lobbyists from the very industry that the new laws are supposed to regulate, and that’s been the case here. It should surprise no one that financial lobbyists are flocking to DC this week. Of course, the big players who can afford lobbyists work the regulations in their favor, while their smaller competitors are left out in the cold. The result here are regulations thatinstitutionalize the “too big to fail” mentality.

Moreover, the financial reform bill gives regulators the power to pick winners and losers, institutionalizing their ability to decide “which firms to rescue or close, and which creditors to reward and how.” Does anyone doubt that firms with the most lobbyists and the biggest campaign donations will be the ones who get seats in the lifeboat? The president is trying to convince us that he’s taking on the Wall Street “fat cats,” but firms like Goldman Sachs are happy with federal regulation because, as one of their lobbyists recently stated, “We partner with regulators.”

Even if this is right, it is in fact no argument for large bonuses. They are needed first and foremost to attract “talent” and once offered, cannot be rescinded because geeks say they’re too big (unless the business goes all China syndrome) because that would make the “talent” run away because of the company’s reneging.

Laura Bush, some piece of work. Of the Bush men have a long history of marrying just the most awful women and Beloved Leader kept the family tradition going.

Republicans don’t want lesbians marrying, but they do like to watch them tie the knot. — Jay Leno, 1 MAy 2010, White House Correspondents Dinner.

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