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Yay! I get to use this graphic again!

Ah, I thought I’d never get to run with this illo again.

Arlen Specter. ‘Member him? Defected from the Republican Party in time to be the 60th yea vote on Obamacare.

Duplicitous rat bastard has a new book out, was shocked that the Democrats reneged on all the goodies they promised. Wouldn’t campaign for him. Didn’t let him keep his seniority (and hence snag a plum chairmanship).

Specter believes Reid acted with “duplicity” while managing the party switch. Specter said Reid promised him that he would be recognized on the seniority list as a Democrat elected in 1980, but failed to deliver on it.

Had Specter been given the seniority he was promised, he would have become chairman of the powerful Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations subcommittee and next in line to chair the Judiciary Committee.

Instead, Reid stripped Specter of all his seniority by passing a short resolution by unanimous consent in a nearly-empty chamber, burying him at the bottom of the Democrats’ seniority list.

Specter found out about it after his press secretary emailed him a press account of the switch. Specter was floored that Reid had “violated a fundamental Senate practice to give personal notice to a senator directly affected by the substance of a unanimous consent agreement.”

The fairytale ending? Specter didn’t even make it through the primary next go-round, when Democrats decided they’d rather vote for an actual Democrat, thanks very much.

Ye gods, our lords and masters are stupid people.


Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: March 12, 2012, 10:32 pm

I proudly switched Parties to vote against him in the Primary in 2010. It’s good to see scum offended by the scummy actions perpetrated by other scum for once. May he continue to rot in retirement.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: March 12, 2012, 10:35 pm

Notorious rat gets rat-fucked by a bunch of rat-fuckers. Film at 11.

Comment from orabidoo
Time: March 12, 2012, 10:37 pm

I am not debating the scurrilous sabotage of the country and groveling before the foreign hook-nose octopus that suffocates the highest levels of US government.

That said, at least the powers are not hereditary (with exception of Bushes and Kennedys). You’ve picked a strange place to flee to, Dame Stoat, to escape the stupidity of lords and masters. Were you lured in by higher taxation?

Comment from Bruno Braun
Time: March 12, 2012, 10:40 pm

Whatever, everyone is better off without the bastard.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 12, 2012, 10:43 pm

There’s a part of me that thinks making one house of government hereditary is a good thing. The way the House of Lords used to be, and isn’t really so much any more.

Oh, not because I think some people are born special. But because it kind of introduced a wild card. You know, something other than a career politician seeking office, in the distasteful way they do.

My real preference would be for one house to be picked by lottery, the way juries are.

Comment from Redd
Time: March 12, 2012, 10:46 pm

Lady Weasel has a nice ring to it. 🙂

Comment from Oldcat
Time: March 12, 2012, 10:57 pm

A democracy where there are two competitive parties requires the politicians to pay attention and be competent and stay out of trouble.

The I’m Ok/You’re Ok wings we had with the 95+ percent retention is worse than a Lord that at least would care about the next generation to some extent, instead of making a killing right now with corruption.

Comment from Oceania
Time: March 12, 2012, 11:30 pm

This is what happens when you don’t carry our Eugenics.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 12, 2012, 11:37 pm

Good heavens, we’re practicing eugenics as hard as we can. Where do you think all those abortion clinics are set up?

Not in the posh neighborhoods, but near their clientele.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: March 13, 2012, 1:32 am

It is interesting to note that the only place where the traditional family of the last few centuries survives is in the upper middle class. The lower classes are reverting to the condition they were in before the Church organized them into work units around the turn of the last milenium. As the machine age ends the usefulness they had as farm or factory workers is also ending. They used to wander around the forests of Europe, the deserts of Arabia, and the jungles of Africa. Now they wander around the cities….

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: March 13, 2012, 1:41 am

Dammit you distracted me from my original post. Troll scores!

I have had a distaste for Arlen Spincter for years. I have a clear memory of Hugh Hewitt (a right-wing radio pundit) arguing that dirty and smelly as Arlen was, PA Republicans should support him because of his place on the Judicary Committee. Needed him for the supreme court you see.

Arlen gets no sympathy from me. I will someday make a trip to Pennsylvania to piss plant daisys on his grave

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: March 13, 2012, 1:45 am

The problem with treason is that the people you defect to can’t trust you, either. After all, you did it once…

The poster child for that used to be Benedict Arnold. Dear Arlen is actually a much better example.


Comment from sandman says nothing to see here
Time: March 13, 2012, 3:12 am

I loathed the cadaverous old turd when he was relevant. I loathed his self-righteous pap for changing parties again. He was a middling liberal dem in the 60s and a middling liberal repub since the 70s and on. He never changed his jaundiced self serving ways, just which party of dirt eaters he was siphoning from. The guy was a parasite of the highest order, sucking the life from anything he could lay his clammy hands on. I’m prone to think of him as a cross between the creepy undertaker in Phantasm and the prototypical child molester. Still loathe the moldy old chunk of human waste. His book would be a good thing to prop a bathroom door open or use the pages as emergency TP.

Comment from sandman says nothing to see here
Time: March 13, 2012, 3:13 am

Did I say I didn’t like this turd? Too subtle?

Comment from EZnSF
Time: March 13, 2012, 4:02 am

In any event, you’ll notice that Arlen was voted out and is now spending his time between memoirs and bobbing for catfish in some quiet gated pond in rural Pennsylvania.

Catfish prefer Stink Bait to Tar and Feathers. As do most bottom feeders.

Dr.Dan Benishek took over Stupak’s district in Michigan. Further proof that bottom dwellers either die a natural death or are fried in bacon fat and eaten with cornbread.

Democrat. *spit*

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: March 13, 2012, 4:47 am

Comment from orabidoo: I am not debating the scurrilous sabotage of the country and groveling before the foreign hook-nose octopus that suffocates the highest levels of US government.

Are you a cousin of Oceania?

That said, at least the powers are not hereditary (with exception of Bushes and Kennedys).

I don’t think either of those is a real “dynasty”. Sen. Prescott Bush (R-CT) was no factor in Texas politics. G. H. W. Bush made it there on his own – on the Republican side, which was the minority in Texas state politics until the 1990s. Jeb Bush rose in Florida on his own – at least I can’t see what entrenched influence the Bush family had there.

There wasn’t much succession among the Kennedys either.

Which is not to deny there have been real American politica dynasties: the Bayards of Delaware (five US Senators); the Tafts of Ohio (US Attorney General, President, two Senators, and a Governor).

ISTM one needs at least three generations to qualify. Thus neither the Browns of California, nor the Gores of Tennessee pass.

The Stevensons of Illinois sort of qualify (Vice President, Governor, Senator). But I don’t think one should count a family where successive generations had to scratch and claw for office. Also continuity ought to be a factor. The Borens of Oklahoma (Representative, Senator, Representative) had gaps of 20 years and 8 years.

As to party-changers: some have done better than others. Winston Churchill did very well at it. He jumped to the Liberals, and was a senior minister for many years – then jumped back to the Conservatives, and became Chancellor of the Exchequer. As he bragged: “Anyone can rat, but it takes a certain ingenuity to re-rat.”

Comment from orabidoo
Time: March 13, 2012, 5:23 am

Not a fan of this alte Kacher(/Schechter/spectre) however he camouflaged himself but to be somewhat detached and unemotional about it, is he that much worse from his peers?
To chastise him, who do we pick up and say “Schechter, this is who you should aspire to be if you had any class or aspiration to better yourself”

I was reading through the entries from February 2007. The Stoat underwent an apparent transmogrification.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump.

She can kill with a smile
She can wound with her eyes
She can ruin your faith with her casual lies
And she only reveals what she wants you to see
She hides like a child
But she’s always a weezul to me.

Mistress of illos
Songs cast a light on you
Hark thru dark ties
That tunnel us out of sane existence
In challenge as direct
As eyes see young stars assemble

rolex Louis Loboutin tractors Asia Carrera Panamera cheap Studebaker Conestoga real Arrizabalaga scrimshaw prueba de acer Hohenzollern

Comment from orabidoo
Time: March 13, 2012, 5:41 am

@Rich Rostrom
you forgot the House of Dingell. These 2 fossils, Papa John and Baby John misrepresented Michigan since the days of Bonnie and Clyde, the Barrow Gang. And it only took 2 of them.
Term limits are for pussies. Bathhouse Barry rolled out Dingell at the crowning achievement of the regime, the PPACA/Obangacare.

Re: your Churchill quote, it seems it has lost a lot of its potency. Re-ratting is easy these days given the voting public’s attention span more befitting a goldfish. Quite sad really, given that Churchill had no internet and it was not so quick and cheap to Fisk his ass back in the day.

I am not oceania’s cousin, at least knowingly although my uncles were up to a lot of questionable practices back in the day so I can’t really be sure. He(it?) seems rather baboonish so I am leaning towards “no I am not”.

Now, how about yourself? can’t take a joke about Shlabotnians?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 13, 2012, 1:41 pm

Sorry, folks, I should have said. Oribadoo and any number of unfamiliar new nicks are Oceania. Or at least are coming from the same Kiwi IP as Oceania.

Not sure if it’s the same person or not. Some of the entries are the same old rancid racist gibberish, but some of them are quite amusing.

Comment from Justin Credible
Time: March 13, 2012, 1:47 pm

Hewitt, a right wing pundit?? He’s no more right wing than his 2 favorite Republicans, Nixon and Romney.

And Ol’ Arlen started out as a Dem., but switched sides to get elected waaay back when, before defecting back to get stabbed back in the back.

Comment from Redd
Time: March 13, 2012, 2:11 pm

He always creeped me out because he was the type of person who would do anything to hold on to power. You think at age 80 he would have wanted to retire, but nope.

Comment from oceania
Time: March 13, 2012, 3:02 pm

The green goo out my kazoo turned its hue to blue. Either I was irradiated at the dean’s office or it is that time already when I deposit my batch of eggs under some nice warm heap of compost.

Comment from mojo
Time: March 13, 2012, 4:50 pm

“Back-Stabber Whines About Knife Wound”

Comment from Nude Tweet
Time: March 13, 2012, 6:00 pm

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Is this a paid subject matter or did you customize
it yourself? Either way stay up the nice high quality writing, it’s uncommon to see a nice weblog like this one nowadays..

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: March 13, 2012, 6:47 pm

Good God, Oceania has a sense of humor? Hunker down, folks, something very weird must be on its way. . .

And Stoaty, thank you for letting Nude Tweet stand. It is so. . .so. . .so ineffable. . .

Comment from orabidoo
Time: March 13, 2012, 7:37 pm

The facts are raaaaaaacist!!
If it is not too inconvenient to point out to me what racist falsehood i have engaged in, i will gladly use some schoolin’.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: March 13, 2012, 8:52 pm

Nude Tweet,

Yes Stoaty gets paid to discuss chicken lifestyles at length by the Poultry Military-Industrial Complex. The art, banjo monologues, and politics are merely to keep the non-regulars from guessing the true nature of her ideology.

Bakaawwwwwk!I mean, Beware of Mustelids in sheeps clothing, bearing gifts when they come home to roost.

Comment from Oceania
Time: March 13, 2012, 10:09 pm

Looks like I have some competition? And a Kiwi too!
Welcome Orabidoo. Nice to see you!
I see that SWeasle has declared you as a NZer as well?
I have a few fake retarded Americans posting as me as well?
SWeasle knows who is who … because of the Email address given. It stays constant – doesn’t it Sweasle?

And as for you Americans – where do you think that the Nazis learnt all about Eugenics from? America. Anyway – it will be forced upon you soon enough. Have you measured the radiation levels in the rain in the US recently? When SFP4 becomeds supercritical – you are all going to die.
Sort of makes up for Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya – doesn’t it? Fulu-Amerika … coming to a maternity ward near you.

Comment from Oceania
Time: March 13, 2012, 10:11 pm

‘Schoolin’? That’s an American word.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 13, 2012, 10:13 pm

No, no…it’s not that, Orabidoo. It’s that race is boring. I’ve had race up to my teeth. It means nothing to me, it’s not interesting, I don’t want to hear about it any more.

That’s why I’ll use any words the racialists want me to use, and I’ll forbid any words they want me to forbid. Because I want them to go away and BORE SOMEBODY ELSE. I simply do not care. It’s not my thing.

Same with gender, sexual orientation. What attitude will make these issue people go away and let me get back to video games and bad taxidermy and Magic Rocks and all the stuff *I* care about?

Nome sane?

Comment from Oceania
Time: March 13, 2012, 10:46 pm

Americans are generally insane.
Bottle fed on religious zealotry, and confused about their biological sexual orientions … they don’t know if they are Arthur or Marthur ..
Rome fell the same way.

Comment from Mike James
Time: March 14, 2012, 1:09 am

Go read a little about the European settlement of someone else’s island (New Zealand) everyone–short version, the white people got it, they ain’t giving it back, and it’s going to be called New Zealand forever.

Oceania, do you fellows go around patting yourselves on the back that the Maori only suffered a decline in population of around 40,000 after the whites got there until about 1896, with subsequent recovery thereafter? There were maybe around 86,000 at the start of white immigration.

Here’s something fun from Statistics New Zealand’s 2001 report on intermarriage, Table 7, it’s from a breakdown of opposite sex partners for men by age of male, by percentage, I believe:

European Males_____Euro_____Maori_____Pac.Peoples_____Asian_____Other

I would figure a certain degree of intermarriage, how could there not be, but really!

I won’t reproduce the whole thing, more like I am incapable, so the PDF is here, page 31, table 7:


Apologies for the horrible formatting, and apologies, SWeasel, if I’ve knackered your comment field. And for posting a great big honking comment having solely to do with race. I’ve got an explanation, if you’re interested.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: March 14, 2012, 2:52 am

Ah, that’s better! The troll has jettisoned all semblance to one capable of productive human interaction. The year’s at the spring, and day’s at the morn/Morning’s at seven, the hillside’s dew pearled. . .”

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