Hotfoot powder all around my door

“Material things kill painlessly, but love revives us through torments.”

“The fine for wage theft was so light and the protections for workers were so weak, that it just made sense to violate the law.” (via Punning Pundit)

“Which federal program took in more than it spent last year, added $95 billion to its surplus and lifted 20 million Americans of all ages out of poverty?” (via AZspot)

“As Congress returns from recess this week, House Republicans are set to advance legislation to replace automatic defense spending cuts they agreed to last year with cuts to programs for the poor and working class.”

“When conservatives begin arguing that we don’t want equality of outcome, just equality of opportunity, look closely at what it is they’re arguing against.”

Bush’s pre-crash average was roughly half of last month’s job totals — totals Romney described as ‘terrible.’”

“All told, Flowers has stood trial six times — a record in the history of American capital murder cases.”

Being right is not right if it is not also good.”

“Worryingly, there are even signs that the church’s passivity has morphed into hostility toward its accusers.”

“There is plenty of reason to suspect ulterior motives–up to an including simple opposition to the Obama Administration — on the anti-mandate side. That’s why taking the opponents at their word gives readers neither a fair nor accurate account of what’s going on.”

“My job as finance director was to find ways to label extravagant personal spending as ministry expenses.”

Nero, Nero, Bo-Bero, Banana, Fanna, Fo-Fero … Mee, Mi, Mo-Mero, NERO!

“Subsidy Tracker: Discover Where Corporations Are Getting Taxpayer Handouts Across the United States”

(Today is the 101st anniversary of the birth of Robert Johnson.)

  • glendanowakowsk

    Apropos wage theft:
    Recently I was reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, when I got to this part about how the employers would be enlightened like Gandhi if only the lazy, greedy workers would give more and worry less about getting Page 45 –  I shit you not.  Anyhow, it inspired me to compose this little haiku:

    Is my house on fire?
    No!  Three-alarm clanging of
    My bullshit detector.

  • Matri

    if only the lazy, greedy workers would give more and worry less about getting (Page 45 –  I shit you not.)

    Wha-? What is this I don’t even..!

  • glendanowakowsk

    This book is a classic in the New Age prosperity movement.  It was written in 1937.  75 years later, I don’t see many Buddhas in the boardrooms (or Gandhis), ya know?

  • Tybult

    House Republicans are set to advance legislation to replace automatic defense spending cuts they agreed to last year with cuts to programs for the poor and working class.

    It’s a bad sign when my first reaction is to say, “Well, duh.”

  • Matri

    It’s a bad sign when my first reaction is to say, “Well, duh.”
    It’s an even worse sign when you already knew they would do this  a year ago.

  • http://jamoche.dreamwidth.org/ Jamoche

    Anyone catch David Letterman’s comparison of Jimmy Carter and Romney? You’d almost think Dave was a Slacktivist: he points out that one of them  graduated near the top of his class at the US Naval Academy and served on a nuclear sub, while the other one Elmer J Fudd, Millionaire”>owns a yacht and a sailor hat.

  • Kiba

    That pie chart makes me want to cry.

  • Charityb

     It’s a good example to reach for though, if you need a recent, concrete example of their debt ceiling dishonesty. The automatic defense cuts were pretty much the only thing they could point to to prove that their new concern about the deficit was actually sincere rather than just a con they made up to justify opposing President Obama’s initiatives and shredding the social safety net (well, in as much as we have one of those). The idea was that they were so serious about this deficit thing that they were willing to put even the one government program that they’re all in love with on the chopping block.

    But they just couldn’t go through with it, and of course it’s easy to suspect that they never intended to — it was all a high-risk game of chicken, using the viability of the military and the health of critical social programs that many poor people rely on.

    Not surprising, but a good example to use in case someone in your life says something like, “Both sides do it” or “They’re all to blame”. Democrats are the only ones who have kept to their end of this stupid debt deal. Republicans instead want Democrats to fulfill both ends of the bargain, and they also want to stick the bill for their silly austerity thing on the poorest people.

  • Matri

    Republicans instead want Democrats to fulfill both ends of the bargain,
    and they also want to stick the bill for their silly austerity thing on
    the poorest people.

    But how do you get it through to the stubborn people’s Fox-branded skulls?

    That is the infuriatingly frustrating part.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Mr. Clements, a former executive at Holy Land Experience, said that when
    employees questioned decisions like remodeling the cafe three times in
    six weeks, Mrs. Crouch said, “No one has told me ‘no’ for 30 years, and
    you’re not going to start now.

    This kind of un-selfaware arrogance just flabbergasts me. She reminds me of Leona Helmsley.

  • christopher_young

     Once again we are reminded that Carl Hiaasen basically writes documentaries.

  • Jeff Weskamp

    Reading through the links dealing with Republicans has inspired me to write a new slogan for the Democrats:  “Vote for the Democrats!  We’re not perfect, but at least we’re not absolute sociopaths!”

  • Tonio

     Does Albert Mohler seem like the last person who should be talking about what constitutes an embarrassment to evangelical Christianity?

  • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com/ Geds

    Not to blogwhore or nothin’, but while we’re on the subject of Robert Johnson, “http://accidental-historian.typepad.com/accidental-historian/2012/02/roots.html”I went on a bit of a blues kick not that long ago.  There’s some damn good music in that post, going from now to Robert Johnson and back again.  I think it’s a pretty good primer for how much modern rock owes to the master of the blues guitar.

  • Ken

    I realize it’s just the Post’s article template, but it was a little jarring to get to the end of the WP story on clergy sexual abuse and see “More on this debate”. There’s no debate on the central issue; despite the horrifying and infuriating way they’ve responded to the crimes, I don’t really think the cardinals and bishops are in favor of child rape. (Bill Donohue I’m not so sure about.)

  • Aliciabrighton

     It’s not so much that they’re in favor of it, but they’re not as adamantly against it as most people are. They see it as something that’s awkward and unfortunate, but mainly because it’s embarassing to them politically, not because it involves hurting innocent people. They certainly aren’t willing to do anything to stop the people directly responsible for rape. Not only do they refuse to subject the perpetrators to secular authority, they don’t even punish them internally or make any attempt to remove them from a position where it would be easy for them to continue. In fact, what they instead do is facilitate the rapes by making sure that the offenders are placed repeatedly in locations where their reputations are concealed.

  • Charityb

     Well, you probably can’t get through people like that, but you probably can get through people who are watching things like CNN and seeing those round-table panel discussions designed to create the impression that every side is functionally identical. There are some people who are fiercely partisan and arguing with them isn’t really a productive use of your time, but there are other people who just don’t know about these things.

  • P J Evans

     I got a little ticked at the more-local of the two local newspapers when their endorsement of one of the Democrats in the upcoming primary was based on his being more willing to cross the aisle and vote with the Republicans.

  • Matri

    In fact, what they instead do is facilitate the rapes by making sure
    that the offenders are placed repeatedly in locations where their
    reputations are concealed.

    You forgot about the part where they have begun leaning on the victims, to indirectly force their silence.


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