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Senate Underpants Gnomes debate global warmening

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“This is easily the largest income redistribution scheme since the income tax.”

That’s from the excellent Wall Street Journal article on the Lieberman/Warner You Don’t Hate Unicorns, Do You? economic rape and pillage bill before the Senate today. Everyone acknowledges this one doesn’t have a prayer; they’re just softening us up for the real bill next year.

Because — back up and cover your buttholes, ladies and gentlemen — the next President of the United States believes in this shit.

Not global warmening — that’s just stupid. If people really believed that rubbish, they’d behave differently (I’m looking at you, Mister Gore). But there’s nothing a Senator believes in more passionately than sucking money out of the productive sector and blowing it into the hands of government, and this sucker would blow to the tune of THREE POINT THREE TWO TRILLION DOLLARS by 2050.

The floor fights aren’t about whether this economic ass-raping is a good idea, but about who gets how much for what. John Kerry, for example, is concerned about the effect of global warmening on “crustaceans” — shitting you I am not — so Boston lobstermen are in. There’s $802 billion for low income tax relief, which is odd since low income households pay little or no tax as it is. Walking around money, I guess.

There’s $190 billion to train people for ‘green-collar’ jobs (has any government training program other than the GI Bill ever done anything good for anybody?) and another $171 billion for mass transit project (yeah, those always work). There’s half a trillion dollars allocated for “wildlife adaptation” (which I guess means shuttling hippies and spotted owls around the country in brightly painted school buses) and $342 billion for international aid (wait, don’t we do that already?). There’s ice cream and bouncy castles and…oh, what fun we shall have!

I’m guessing the point of this trial balloon of a bill is to see how we, who are about to be reamed good and proper, react. I suggest we do so.

sock it to me

Comments


Comment from geoff
Time: June 3, 2008, 10:40 am

Oooh, look at S. Weasel, getting all political again.

I knew you’d be back.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 3, 2008, 10:40 am

Oh, it comes and goes. Like herpes.

 


Comment from Gabriel
Time: June 3, 2008, 10:47 am

Just like the Farm Bill this will slide right on through and come November the fools will be standing there going, “Why are you mad at me?”

 


Comment from bmac
Time: June 3, 2008, 11:02 am

Hmmm….sounds just like the immigration bill that will sail on through under the next President.

We’re so fucked…

I mean, Vote McCain!

Wait…

We’re fucked.

 


Comment from Allen
Time: June 3, 2008, 11:15 am

I started to read the article but I got to: “Senator Barbara Boxer…” I just couldn’t go on. Whatever she came up with, I guarantee it’s gonzo retardo. I’m sorry we inflicted her on you, but I swear I’ve never voted for her.

 


Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: June 3, 2008, 11:30 am

“and another $171 billion for mass transit project”

Quick… Someone get me the sheet music to the Simpsons song about monorails!!!

 


Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: June 3, 2008, 12:16 pm

Senator Barbara Boxer…

I’ve watched C-Span a few times when people’ve been testifying and she’s been on the panel conducting the hearing. She’s the ultimate embodiment of a lefty to me. She’s angry, rude and bugfuck crazy.
One instance that led me to this conclusion was when Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker were testifying about The Surge or something, and she was being a real asshole to Crocker and after interrupting him and ignoring what he said (when she gave him the opportunity to speak), she finished her allotted bit of time pretending he’d apologised for something (when he really didn’t and was just trying to get a word in edgewise), saying ‘Apology accepted. Thankyou Mr. Speaker’ and wearing this big, shiteating grin on her stupid commie face.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 3, 2008, 12:22 pm

Yeah, Gibby, I’m afraid our Senate is the most useless box of dimwitted gasbags in the country — and, may I remind you, it’s the country that gave you Hollywood, so they had plenty of competition. They don’t actually debate, which is why somebody as retarded as Galloway was able to wipe the floor with them.

I know it’s too much to think that somebody like Petraeus would really light into them in one of those hearings, but I really don’t think we need to be QUITE so damned deferential to this pack of posturing monkeys.

And one of them is the next president!

 


Comment from Allen
Time: June 3, 2008, 12:45 pm

Gibby, my wife was a democrat before I brought her over to the dark side. She worked on Pat Moynihan’s staff for a while, before moving to California. Anyrate, she was one of the officers of the local dem party headquarters back in the early 90’s, one day Babs shows up.

I had just brought my wife lunch when Boxer comes waltzing in. My wife made the introductions and Boxer begins to lecture me about voting for the “right” people. I simply said, “I’m a republican.” Boxer went all condescending and made a few snide remarks. It was a glorious sight as my wife verbally climbed all over her.

Yeah, Boxer’s just a rude person in general.

 


Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: June 3, 2008, 12:56 pm

Yeah, she’s a nasty piece of work, it seems to me. I mean, this hearing I was referencing was meant to be Petreaus and Crocker reporting back to her and the rest of the panel on what was happening in Iraq, and she spent her time lecturing them. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the Code Pink nuts were in the audience that day, meaning that every time Boxer said anything, they got all excited and took it upon themselves to shout their small-minded slogans – ‘No war for oil!’ ‘Impeach Bush and Cheney!’ ‘Bring the troops home!’ &c.

I remember the Galloway thing Weas. And I remember how he was portrayed over here too by the usual suspects (Independent, Guardian, BBC); as some kind of romantic firebrand sticking it to the evil Americans. He is definitely one nasty, treacherous turd of a man. Apparently he got knocked out the other day when somebody threw a rubber stress ball at him whilst he was spewing his vile Respect party propaganda from an open-top bus in London. Some sources say the ball knocked him out (which’d make him a pussy aswell as evil), others say he cracked his head on a railing trying to avoid the ball. Either way, the result is the same – he got knocked out. And that’s a wonderful thing indeed.

 


Comment from porknbean
Time: June 3, 2008, 1:24 pm

Whoever threw that ball, Gibby, had talent. SCORE!

 


Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: June 3, 2008, 8:50 pm

Ha! Galloway deserved that. I can think of some people in our senate who could use a rubber ball upside the head too.

Yeah, it would be great to watch Petraeus light into them, but sadly, he has far too much maturity to do anything like that. As much as I dislike Ann Coulter, I have to admit I would LOVE to watch her go toe-to-toe with the Senate…provided she could keep from making “raghead” or “faggot” comments…

 


Comment from pajama momma
Time: June 4, 2008, 9:21 am

I’m scared.

 


Comment from jwpaine
Time: June 4, 2008, 12:06 pm

We have nothing to fear but posterity itself.

 


Comment from jwpaine
Time: June 4, 2008, 12:09 pm

In that same vein, I’m expecting (any day now) death squads from the distant future to show up and start wacking us gringos wholesale in retaliation for the fucked-up legacy we’re about to give them.

 


Comment from Lemur King
Time: June 4, 2008, 12:28 pm

Lets see, we’re going to get hit harder for – Universal Health Care, Stop Social Security From Hemorrhaging Fund, Give the Government a Shitload of Money Fund…

Who’s going to pay for all this again?

And oh, yes… Allen, good for you!

 


Comment from Lemur King
Time: June 4, 2008, 12:34 pm

You know, the scary lock-step we’re seeing on all manner of issues that are being rammed down throats recently from all political walks… shouldn’t we steal a good name for teh phenomenon? “Attack of the Clones”.

 


Comment from porknbean
Time: June 4, 2008, 12:35 pm

Give the Government a Shitload of Money Fund…

We don’t give them anything. They f*cking steal it from us.

And I am with pajama momma, I’m scared too. Listening to Rush and he is talking about Obamalama’s speech last night, his great oratory, the great energy in the room. Then he played some clips…..yes, there was energy in the room BUT for me, I do NOT get the good oratory part. His way of speaking is annoying to me. It is not fluid.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 4, 2008, 12:44 pm

What’s worrying me is the way seemingly every other country is going deeper into this mindless socialist/nazi mentality – a mentality that we know from history WILL NOT WORK and will lead to terrible slaughter.

But this next time it won’t be the Heebs that they”ll try to annihilate – it’ll be the ‘Cons and the Cristians.

Call me an arrogant ‘Merican, but I refuse to believe we will allow this to permeate out own country/government much more than it already has. I see signs of rebellion already that make me quietly hopeful.

 


Comment from Lemur King
Time: June 4, 2008, 1:12 pm

pnb – you’re right, I should not have understated it. I’m told I do that too much at times.

I heard part of his speech last night and it was about as arrogant and unctuous as it gets. And to hear the crowd go animalistic as soon as he mentioned McCain’s name was outright spooky. I’m sorry, but I haven’t heard very many responses like that from a conservative crowd. It was pure raw unwavering hatred that went beyond an intellectual assessment of a candidate they didn’t like. This went into deep emotional territory where logic does not reside.

But the good news is I got to watch a power transformer behind our house explode last night. Arcs got bright enough I think I got a tan. Never let your bathrobe fall open when you think you’re going to get a tan. Looks silly, that stripe. (just kidding about the bathrobe)

 


Comment from porknbean
Time: June 4, 2008, 1:17 pm

That mentality stems from the dumbing down of the sheeple in the government run schools. In the U.K., the advisers are pretty open about their goals…get aload of this shit..

Children should no longer be taught traditional subjects at school because they are “middle-class” creations, a Government adviser will claim today.

Professor John White, who contributed to a controversial shake-up of the secondary curriculum, believes lessons should instead cover a series of personal skills.

Pupils would no longer study history, geography and science but learn skills such as energy- saving and civic responsibility through projects and themes.

He will outline his theories at a conference today staged by London’s Institute of Education – to which he is affiliated – to mark the 20th anniversary of the national curriculum.

Last night, critics attacked his ideas as “deeply corrosive” and condemned the Government for allowing him to advise on a new curriculum.

Professor White will claim ministers are already “moving in the right direction” towards realising his vision of replacing subjects with a series of personal aims for pupils.

But he says they must go further because traditional subjects were invented by the middle classes and are “mere stepping stones to wealth”.

The professor believes the origins of our subject-based education system can be traced back to 19th century middle-class values.

While public schools focused largely on the classics, and elementary schools for the working class concentrated on the three Rs, middle-class schools taught a range of academic subjects.

These included English, maths, history, geography, science and Latin or a modern language.

They “fed into the idea of academic learning as the mark of a well-heeled middle- class”, he said last night.

The Tories then attempted to impose these middle-class values by introducing a traditional subject-based curriculum in 1988.

But this “alienated many youngsters, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds”, he claimed.

The professor, who specialises in philosophy of education, was a member of a committee set up to advise Government curriculum authors on changes to secondary schooling for 11 to 14-year-olds.

The reforms caused a row when they were unveiled last year for sidelining large swathes of subject content in favour of lessons on issues such as climate change and managing debt.

Professor White wants ministers to encourage schools to shift away from single-subject teaching to “theme or project-based learning”.

Pupils would still cover some content but would be encouraged to meet a series of personal aims. The curriculum already states some of these but is “hampered” by the continued primacy of subjects.

The aims include fostering a model pupil who “values personal relationships, is a responsible and caring citizen, is entrepreneurial, able to manage risk and committed to sustainable development”.

http: //www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1024031/Drop-middle-class-academic-subjects-says-schools-adviser.html

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 4, 2008, 2:01 pm

…“values personal relationships, is a responsible and caring citizen, is entrepreneurial, able to manage risk and committed to sustainable development”.

Eeeeewwww!

Give me an asshole, any day! (That came out wrong.) I can deal with an asshole. And the selfish, the self-centered, the greedy, naive, and just plain stoopid. I can even handle the courageous, and the cowardly.

But….that? Yecchh!

 


Comment from Lemur King
Time: June 4, 2008, 2:33 pm

pnb – I have never recoiled. Until now. Recoiling hurts people!

Yes, please do bring on the assholes.

 


Comment from jwpaine
Time: June 4, 2008, 3:01 pm

The road to Hell ought to be paved with the bones of those with good intentions. The road to anywhere else, for that matter.

/Just a suggestion

 


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: June 4, 2008, 3:14 pm

I was going to say that ‘Cons have brains.

Reminds me of an episode from My Gymn Partner Is a Monkey where the smart people are being hunted, only for everyone to realize that everyone is smart somehow.

I hope the smarts will show up and eject forcefully these cretinacious pols.

 


Comment from porknbean
Time: June 4, 2008, 3:16 pm

The Tories then attempted to impose these middle-class values by introducing a traditional subject-based curriculum in 1988.

But this “alienated many youngsters, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds”, he claimed.

But those are the exact youngsters who need it most along with an occasional foot up the ass.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 4, 2008, 3:23 pm

PnB – I interpreted that to mean:

…introducing a traditional subject-based curriculum …an occasional foot up the ass.

‘Course, that works, too!

 


Comment from Seth
Time: June 5, 2008, 3:23 pm

Goddamn those socialist/nazi Swedes

with their high standard of living, self-reliant (and privatized) energy policy and non-aligned pacifistic foreign policy. somebody should bomb their asses.

Brokeback McGoo is an arrogant ‘Merican. And a wanker.

And Barack Obama drank your milkshake.

BTW, how many of you make over $200,000? most of yall will get a tax BREAK. why you complaining?

 


Comment from Seth
Time: June 5, 2008, 3:27 pm

McGoo…this quiet rebellion that you speak of…is it by way of bad porn?

 


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Time: June 6, 2008, 4:08 pm

[…] Senate Underpants Gnomes debate global warmening There’s $190 billion to train people for ‘green-collar’ jobs (has any government training program other than the GI Bill ever done anything good for anybody?) and another $171 billion for mass transit project (yeah, those always work). There’s half a trillion dollars allocated for “wildlife adaptation” (which I guess means shuttling hippies and spotted owls around the country in brightly painted school buses) and $342 billion for international aid (wait, don’t we do that already?). There’s ice cream and bouncy castles and…oh, what fun we shall have! […]

 


Comment from Buffoon
Time: June 7, 2008, 11:23 am

I posted a link here last night to a picture I did inspired by Sweasel… did it go to spam spam land?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 7, 2008, 12:03 pm

No, sorry…I didn’t find yours. Post it again. A lot of other people were gummed up in there, for which I apologize.

I’ve just downloaded the latest version of Akismet, so perhaps it’ll be cleverer.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 7, 2008, 3:41 pm

Oh, well done, Buffoon.

I wonder why Opera refuses to open a .png file directly. It makes me open it with Adobe ImageReady, which is a pain in the weasel…

 


Comment from Buffoon
Time: June 7, 2008, 3:42 pm

firefox works,,, dunno?

left wing conspiracy?

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 7, 2008, 4:02 pm

Looks like Seth “The Unintelligible” was in there too, Weaz. Did he smell? I bet he smelled. That odor can linger for weeks, y’know.

Ah, Seth! I was just speaking of you! So did you have plenty of time in The Filter to – ahem – get a grasp on yourself? Best to shower now, Seth.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 7, 2008, 5:08 pm

I did notice. I’m afraid Seth has sadly overestimated our collective attention span. Not much going back to yesterday’s post around here, let alone day before yesterday. Let alone…what was that, Tuesday? Pff! That thing’s so old it’s got shag carpet.

 


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 7, 2008, 6:17 pm

He’s definitely overestimated mine, and my sensitivity to juvenile snark. I had to re-read the thread to see what he was talkin’ about.

never mind – oh! Is that sumpin shiny ?!?

 


Comment from Hector Owen
Time: June 8, 2008, 3:45 am

Dear Weasel, Opera on my machine opens the .png just fine. I have .png set to open with IrfanView — yet when Opera is in charge, Opera opens the file. Assuming you are on Windows: Take a look at file associations, under Tools in Windows Explorer. If .png is set to ImageReady, change it to something else, see what happens. I came here from blake’s BitMaelstrom, and I like what I see. Greetings from Newport – best wishes on the move to England. Should I mention that I linked to this post before Bill Quick did? Probably not. Oops!

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 8, 2008, 8:32 am

It’s a funny thing, Hector. It’ll open a .png on a page, but if I click a link, it downloads and opens with another application.

Newport! Beautiful! Even the low rent neighborhoods of the islands are beautiful. A friend and I were down there walking around Jamestown a few weeks ago.

 

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