His old friend co-opts Kadima, ...
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
"There's always a reason."
Have a treat and do yourself a favor. Set aside some time and watch these two, one after the other. Textbook ship wreck.
"They hated me without a cause.":
Posted by Amicus at 1:53 AM
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
FRAKING THE COUNTRY, ONE GOP VOTE AT A TIME
GOP swells, they stall, delay, arguably harass, and then arrest documentary filmmaker, so he won't video tape a public hearing, prompting him to exclaim, "This is not government. This is thuggery."
There were reasons that the founders insisted on public hearings.
However, we are on terra nova with the Reagan Devolution, in which some things the GOP do are so awful that they need the continued cloak of secrecy.
Posted by Amicus at 11:09 PM
MAKING IT HARDER TO GOVERN THE COUNTRY, ONE GOP CONTENDER AT A TIME
What's going on with this phrase, "Obama made the recession worse"?
Looks like pretty sophisticated propaganda technique, to me. Afterall, on the facts, this is what Obama should be saying about the GOP, who stalled stimulus legislation and made sure that a huge part of what was done, went into stimulus-inefficient tax breaks.
Now, some might say that is what Rachel Maddow called, "going after their strength", in reference to Karl Rove's super-naught-PAC.
But consider this: one needs to know a bit of economics to understand the truth of the matter. Or, rely on an independent expert. This propaganda technique, used by the GOP, exploits that.
First, you attack anyone who sets themselves up as an 'independent expert'. This is the "liberal media elites".
Then you work to make the issue seem like a partisan disagreement over the facts. Use your propaganda TV channel and its mantras of epistemic closure, but also giveaway, right-wing radio. People trust their "daddy", Bill O'Reilly, say, who's "always looking out for you", rather than their reason.
As such, it is a fairly sophisticated approach. Doesn't always work, but it sure makes it harder to govern the country in a fact-based way, doesn't it? At a minimum, you have to have the money it takes to do voter education, if the media fail in that role.
Posted by Amicus at 6:17 PM
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Spreading Santorum Award goes to Rick Santorum, who railed and railed, like a half-vest-wearing timber mouse, against both Newton and Willard for being complicit in "top down, government-run healthcare", unlike St. Rick.
Then, Rick boasted about his ties to Peurto Rico and waxed proudly to have done all he could to pass things (legislation?) and boost medicaid reimbursement rates, to help people there.*
The Republican Ideological Invisibility Award gets split.
Republican Palestinian Americans are invisible, so long anyone is firing a missile (or gun?) at Israel.
The unemployed uninsured are invisible, because they can simply be redefined as re-employed and self-insured, by a swelling economy under abject deregulation of a GOP President, etc. or having them mythically buy their own insurance, somehow, with enough money from somewhere (or with lower health costs from before the 1960s).
*(No other candidate was even given a chance to respond to the PR question, so swelled were the moderators by Rick's earnestness--what's up with that?)
Posted by Amicus at 10:28 PM
The real truth of the Gingrich fake candidacy came out in tonight's Jacksonville debate.
He's got Willard Mitt Romeny fired up and ready-to-go.
Accordingly, he's back in friendly, quiet talk-circle mode.
It looked like he was ready to invite people to come sign his book, after the "debate". ["What (token?) hispanics would you have serve in your cabinet?" was actually a question allowed by CNN].
His biggest failure was looking down at the podium, as if reading from notes, while talking about Callista.
Posted by Amicus at 10:13 PM
Newton lies well under pressure.
At least everyone thought that 'Reagan Conservative' meant being so conducively aloof that lies came off as mere stupidity or as distractedly disinformed.
Now you know differently, about big-tent Reagan Conservatism... /f Clinton-karma backlash
Posted by Amicus at 12:59 PM