Freakin’ Friday Follies

“To the moon, Alice, to the Moon!”

I just love Newt.

He gets in front of a bunch of ex-NASA employees, in a very depressed part of the state of FLOOREDA, and he garrrunteees that in his SECOND term of office as POTUS, he will ensure that we have a colony on da moon.

Now, you can call that Newtspah. And you would be right to do so.

But, he’s not our big winner this week.

No, our boy Mittens wins this week.

Why you ask?

Well, because he called out the Newtster on this promise, accusing him. . . .wait for it. . .  OF PANDERING to the audience.

He chided Newty for trying to promise his way to the White House by, in each state, finding some pet project that the residents were interested in, and then promising he would give them “it” if they were so kind as to vote for him.

Yes, he did.

And well, go ahead, yell it: THAT’S KINDA LIKE THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK oh Mitten-man, you who are known for your chameleon-like ability to change position based on the change of wind of public opinion. So ya win this week!

Ahab or dear friend turned us on to this great little link that actually proves to be a rather well done study on the convergence of IQ, conservative thinking, and bigotry. Wanna guess what it tends to show? Dumb people tend to not have the capacity to see the “big picture” and so tend to fall for the easy simplistic structured and ordered world that conservatism offers. Those who are least capable of abstract reasoning, are more likely to fall for racism and other bigoted ideas.

Was there ever any doubt?

Kevin Drum kinda proves the above study. Right now our boy Newt is the darling of the TeaNutz®, mostly because they have run through all the other possibilities and he’s what’s left. Well, tea bibbers are folks who believe in doing NOTHING about most things, and shrinking government. And at heart, Newt is a guy with grandiose ideas of being a world-wide mover and shaker. And that requires “DOING BIG THINGS”. But being light in the brain-case, said TeaNutz® have not yet puzzled that paradox out. And probably never will.

I wanna share a little secret with ya. When you retire, even years and years after you retire? You will still smile a bit bigger when it’s Friday. It’s true. I swear it is. And late Sunday afternoon will find you feeling a bit let down. You will sigh as you see the sun go down. It happens. It’s just the way it is. And you can’t know that until it happens to you.

Mittens has an ad in Florida wherein he goes after Newt for claiming that “Spanish is the language of the ghetto.” While not factually completely true, Mittens, when asked, inquired, “Is that one of my ads? I haven’t seen it. I doubt that’s my ad.” Of course the ad ends with the statement “I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message.” Which means, I guess he doesn’t, or didn’t, or it’s all meaningless. But then, well I guess we knew all that anyway.

Newtie Patootie invoked the name of Saul Alinsky again last night. It is supposed to raise all kinds of dangerous visions of commie boogeymen comin’ around to take away our freedoms. At least Newt is hoping it will. He, in his snooty, lookin’ down my nose at all of you, way of viewing the world, is assuming you have no clue who Alinsky is, and are way too lazy to find out.

What is rich of course, is that Saul Alinsky did most of his community organizing in Chicago, among poor working stiffs. And he did it with the full help and approval of the Roman Catholic Church, who joined him in his efforts to improve the lives of working folks. Oh, and Alinsky’s heroes? They were Jefferson and Madison, you know, the FOUNDING FATHERS, who are nigh on to gods to the Crazy Right.

Alinsky received the Pacem en Terris Peace and Freedom Award from the Vatican in 1969. Past recipients have been  Martin Luther King, Jr., Desmond Tutu, Cesar Chavez, Daniel Berrigan, Jim Wallis, and Lech Walesa.

Oh Newt? That would be YOUR Catholic church no?

 Why we are right:

Caterpillar posted record profits this year. To the tune of 36% after taxes. Revenues increased by 2.65 BILLION.  Yet they have locked out workers at their Ontario plant in Canada, because the workers refused a cut in pay from $32/hr to $16.50/hr. Caterpillar CEO, John Oberhelman, made $10.5 million in 2010.

This is not class warfare. This is about fairness.

Okay, I’ll let you off easy today. It’s Friday, after all. No Football.

What’s on the Stove? Leftovers: Chick-Ling Spaghetti Parmesan or Wild and Wicked Taco Soup (your choice). The latter recipe will be posted today, the former already is.

*Yawn* Did I Miss Anything?

 Geesh, you guys should’a shut me up. You know I can talk on forever.

It doesn’t seem that I missed a lot. Same o’ same o’ as they say. The Mitt/Not Mitt heavyweight champeenship is still underway. It’s a slugfest.

Mitt has grown a pair of sorts by the last debate, but it’s still unclear whether he can sustain it. It’s a bit like a kid who finally lands a haymaker on the neighborhood bully, but then starts to shake himself silly when he gets into his bedroom and realizes, “whoa, now I’ve gone and done it.”

The Newt (I rewrite history EVERY day, let me do it for you) Gingrich is busy shorin’ up the breaches in the wall, pluggin’ the holes, and all-around changing the facts to suit his new best friends–old Floridians.

In the last debate it seems that Mittens landed a few. Newt, while not bloodied, was knocked back on his heels a bit. Of course, he’s blamed everything on the MSM. He moans to Fox Noise that he “probably should have complained when Bryan Williams asked the audience to withhold their applause during the debate so that more questions and responses could occur.” Such orders, Newt says, are “undemocratic” and suppress free speech.

Except that according to Chuck Todd of NBC, that statement has been made at EVERY debate by EVERY moderator. It just so happens that this crowd decided to actually listen rather than support “their candidate.” Newt undoubtedly does play off the audience well, and didn’t get that opportunity and so seeks to deflect blame somewhere else. (Part of the GOP mantra is always to blame somebody else, what’s new?)

One of the things that Republicans don’t like is protection of minorities (other than themselves of course). That’s why they don’t like programs that insure basic services to the poor. They would never agree that government’s basic duty is to ensure that every citizen has the basics of food, clothing, housing, education, health care, and a decent job. If you want people to be creative and bring forth their natural innovative spirit, why it seems to me, you have to get past struggling to eat each day. But the GOP thinks that the fit survive, and the rest, well, it would be most convenient if all of them could be housed in say North Dakota, where they could be put to some useful work, such as making license plates.

Why Chris Christie thinks voting is the way to get things changed. Majorities rule, and according to him, the civil rights movement was a waste of time; we should just have voted on it. No need to do all that messy marching and stuff.  Which is all to say, he intends to veto any legislative passed marriage equality bill passed in his state. That’s the way to be “non-committal Chris, when you wanna run for the big house.

You can’t make this stuff up. As we struggle to re-invigorate an economy, Newty has just the ticket–a permanent settlement on the moon.  Oh I forgot, Newt is campaigning in Florida. My bad. But I do have a suggestion for who might be its first permanent resident.

A blog you might check out is The Christian Left. I know, shocking to imagine such a thing, but we are out there! And they have a very good post on “the twenty most dangerous conservatives and their organizations”. I urge you to check it out.  (h/t to The Fifth Column)

Oh, and did I mention that the above mentioned Fifth Column is a worthy blog? Yes, I know, too many blogs, not enough time, but it’s just ONE more, really.

I rely on websites like Politfacts to help me sort through the various statements made by politicians. It seems that I must learn to be more careful. There is a short, but informative article by Paul Krugman as to why Politfacts has been suspect as of late. It’s just not reporting the fact’s ma’am. And that is unfortunate. This is not the first time I’ve come across disputes about their accuracy unfortunately.

Which brings me to the point. Is it just me or was there a time when a politician being caught in a bold-faced lie would herald the end of a campaign? Today, it doesn’t even stop them from repeating it. In fact, they assume it’s hurting so they continue with vigor. I lay it down to the utter contempt politicians, in the main, have for the average citizen. They assume we wouldn’t know any better anyway, and that most of us won’t even hear of the truth. Cynical? Yes, but I am guilty of just that: cynicism.

Move over George Soros and Van Jones, there is a new villain in town: Saul Alinsky. Newty can’t stop from talking about him. He’s one of those dangerous and possibly commie community organizers. So I guess it is helpful to learn a bit about him. Wikipedia is always a good start to get a general look. So do so, if you are interested.  By-the-by, those in the know, suggest that Newt is using the Alinsky playbook to the hilt, which is irony, which is lost on Newt, or would be explained away by Newt, but just saying everyone is wrong.

I’ll leave you with a his response as to whether he ever considered joining the Communist Party:

“Not at any time. I’ve never joined any organization—not even the ones I’ve organized myself. I prize my own independence too much. And philosophically, I could never accept any rigid dogma or ideology, whether it’s Christianity or Marxism. One of the most important things in life is what Judge Learned Hand described as ‘that ever-gnawing inner doubt as to whether you’re right.’ If you don’t have that, if you think you’ve got an inside track to absolute truth, you become doctrinaire, humorless and intellectually constipated. The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by such religious and political and racial fanatics, from the persecutions of the Inquisition on down to Communist purges and Nazi genocide.”

What’s on the Stove? Wild and Wacky Taco Soup! That recipe will be up in a couple of days.