12 September, 2009

Happy Hour Discurso

Today's opining on the public discourse.

Put down your drinks, my darlings. Push your plates away. Carefully empty your mouths of any food, liquid, or other sprayable matter. And then join me in a hearty laugh at Newt Gingrich's expense:
This week, Allison Vivas of Pink Visual received a fax from Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF) group, informing her that she’s been chosen for a 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year award by his Business Defense and Advisory Council. From the letter obtained by ThinkProgress:

Newt would like to arrange a private dinner with you at the historic Capitol Hill Club on the evening of October 7, 2009 in Washington. You’ll dine privately with Newt at this exclusive venue and he’ll take the occasion to present you with your well deserved award and have your photo taken together.

This tremendous honor is a testament to your success in building your business and recognition of the risks you take to create jobs and stimulate the economy. As an award winner, you’ll be on the ground floor as Newt and his Council begin the work to turn this country around. … Newt is looking forward to hearing your ideas on getting the economy moving again and getting your feedback on his plans over dinner.

Pink Visual is a porn DVD superstore — not the type of company you’d expect Gingrich would want stimulating the economy. ThinkProgress contacted Gingrich aide Joe Gaylord, who sent the faxed letter to Vivas, but we didn’t receive a response. An ASWF representative reportedly called Pink Visual this morning saying it had “inadvertently” sent the fax to Vivas and was retracting the honor. Pink Visual’s marketing coordinator Q Boyer didn’t buy the excuse:

“Allison was disappointed to receive a call this morning from an ASWF representative stating that the fax had been sent to her ‘inadvertently,’” Boyer told AVN.com. “We’re not entirely clear on how one ‘inadvertently’ sends a fax to the right person at the correct fax number, so our sense is that this is damage control on the part of a group that is having second thoughts about either recognizing the excellent work of a porn company entrepreneur in light of their own conservative political and social orientation, or having second thoughts about their promotional methodology and communication protocols.”

Ironically, on May 17, 1995, Gingrich led a press conference on Capitol Hill announcing the Christian Coalition’s 10-point “Contract with the American Family,” a conservative legislative wish list. One of the items in the contract: restricting pornography.
Is that, or is that not, the funniest fucking thing you've heard all day?

Savor the moment. The rest of the stupid's not particularly funny.

For one thing, it's kind of sad to see American citizens using Rep. Joe "Because I Fail At Reading Comprehension, I Called the President a Liar" Wilson as a role model:
Yesterday, Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, an anti-health reform group pushing for the privatization of Medicare, hosted a Republican rally with congressional leaders from the GOP caucus. House Republican Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) endorsed the sentiment of Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-SC) outburst at the President, saying, “Don’t underestimate the amount of emotion that people are feeling…Americans are frustrated, they’re angry, and, most importantly, they’re scared to death.” Later, when Republican Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) began speaking about Obama, he was repeatedly interrupted by howls from the crowd that the President is “a liar.” “Liar, liar pants on fire,” they yelled.
You stay classy, there, Teabaggers. Hold on to that stupidity with both hands, 'cause you don't want the guvmint taking it away, now, y'hear?

I'd just like to thank Wilson & the Teabaggers on behalf of Wilson challenger Rob Miller. Thanks a million, in fact:
Rob Miller just passed the $1 million mark and has posted a thank you diary at DailyKOS.
Perhaps if Mr. Miller stops riding the wave of anti-Wilson sentiment and makes the case for electing him (h/t), I could pretend that $500,000,000 typo of mine from last night was a prediction.

Moving on to utter buffoons, the Chamber of Commerce lurves them some Glenn Beck. So does AT&T, Comcast and Corning:

On his Fox News show this past Wednesday, right-wing extremist Glenn Beck claimed, “The uber-left is in business with big business.” But next Tuesday, Beck is keynoting a U.S. Chamber of Commerce forum in Michigan sponsored by several major corporations, including AT&T, Comcast, and Dow Corning.

Although Beck’s race-baiting and McCarthyism have led a massive advertiser boycott of his Fox News program, the largest business lobby in the United States has chosen to embrace him as the “dinner keynote speaker” for the 2009 “Future Forum” at Michigan State University’s Kellog Forum on September 15th...
I do believe it's time to let these corporations know that sponsoring events where Glenn Beck is a speaker is rather beyond the pale. I'd say the same of the CoC, but assclowns of their caliber are probably too far gone.

Here's another assclown companies might want to consider yanking advertising from:

Here's the thing about Pat Buchanan: No matter what outrageous statement he makes, you should have seen it coming. He's done it before.

So when he recently argued that Hitler has gotten a bum rap and didn't really want war, that was bad. But he's said it before -- and suggested the Holocaust was Churchill's fault.

Now Buchanan is whining that "Old heroes like ... Robert E. Lee are replaced by Dr. King."

MSNBC: time to advise Buchanan his services as a commentator are no longer required.

Speaking of someone whose services are no longer required, I hope the voters of Louisiana inform Bobby Jindal that they don't need a con artist in charge anymore:

Once again, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is parading around his state to award jumbo-sized checks for public infrastructure projects. This time the governor is announcing a project to widen Interstate 12; paid for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Baton Rouge Advocate reported:

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Thursday that heavily traveled Interstate 12 would be widened from four lanes to six lanes to ease traffic congestion in the Denham Springs area.


"This isn't the stopping point. This is the next big step," Jindal told the more than 100 people who filled Walker's municipal building for the governor's latest stop on his "Louisiana Working Tour."

The project is proceeding because the state is adding $7 million more to the budget for I-12 widening from savings generated from Federal Recovery Act transportation projects costing less than projected.

Isn't there a "theft by misrepresentation" statute on the books somewhere? And I know forgery's against the law. I mean, he's signing his own name to checks drawn on someone else's bank account.

Seems to be another case of IOKIYAR.

And, finally, as if Max Baucus hasn't fucked up enough vitally important legislation, now he's trying to get his hot little hands all over climate legislation:

For liberal Democrats unhappy with the way Max Baucus is handling health care reform, here’s another dose of bad news: He’s got his hands on climate and energy, too.

Behind closed doors, Sen. Baucus has been staking his claim on major aspects of the climate bill, including financing for a cap-and-trade system.

His power play could put Baucus at the helm of the Obama administration’s domestic agenda, giving an unpredictable Montana Democrat control over legislative proposals that could define the Democratic Party for years to come.

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