Thursday, March 11, 2010


Matt here. Thought I'd share my latest creation: idiocracy is a video about the current return of paranoid politics. The music is idiocracy by the defunct metal band idiot and was pressed on CD before the movie Idiocracy was ever made.

It stars a certain Alaskan as well as Gen. Jack D. Ripper. Enjoy.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tough Shit, Americans: Reality World™ and Bizarro World™. Where Does Lisa Murkowski Reside?

Though I can never improve on the case he makes, I must bring attention to Nobel Award-winning economist Paul Krugman's excellent commentary in the March 4 edition of the New York Times, entitled "Senator Bunning’s Universe."

You remember Senator Jim Bunning. He's the asshat who, using Senate rules, single-handedly held up the extension of unemployment benefits for 1.2 million Americans, and held up federal transportation funding, furloughing not only federal transportation workers, but other state and private workers employed on federal transportation projects.

During the floor debate, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) implored Bunning to think about those people in need, and Bunning's response was:

"Tough shit."

Eventually, Bunning relented, but not before unemployment benefits were interrupted for about 100,000 people.

Krugman doesn't just zero in on Bunning.  Though he calls it "Bunning's Universe," it's actually the universe in which most of the GOP reside these days.

And a strange universe it is.  For the sake of clarification, I'm going to refer to the GOP universe as "Bizarro World™," or BW™ for short.

The rest of us live in Reality World™.

In BW™:

Unemployment benefits merely encourage people to not work!

Yep.  You read that right. 

Unemployment benefits are for lazy people, who just want to suckle at the government teat!

I'm not making this up.

Aside from Asshat Bunning and his boorish petulance, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, Jon Kyle (R-AZ) defended Bunning's position with this statement: 
(unemployment relief) "doesn’t create new jobs. In fact, if anything, continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work." (emphasis mine)
Let them eat cake!

As an aside: Remember Tom Delay, the GOP Poster Boy for political corruption?  He recently said the same thing.  This heartlessness is not a new thing with the GOP.  It's been going on for a while.


In Alaska, the MAXIMUM weekly benefit amount is $370.
No reason to find a job, because (woohoo!) you'll be living high on the hog with that kinda dough!

Krugman also notes that Senator Kyle has announced the GOP plan to hold hostage the extension of unemployment benefits and health insurance subsidies for the jobless for the rest of the year.  Why? The GOP wants to eliminate the "estate tax" (many in the GOP refer to it as the "death" tax - because that sounds much scarier).

From Krugman commentary:
"Now, the House has already passed a bill that, by exempting the assets of couples up to $7 million, would leave 99.75 percent of estates tax-free. But that doesn’t seem to be enough for Mr. Kyl; he’s willing to hold up desperately needed aid to the unemployed on behalf of the remaining 0.25 percent. That’s a very clear statement of priorities." (emphasis mine)
So - As Krugman correctly points out, the disconnect between BW™ and Reality World™ is not only an intellectual one... it's a moral one, as well.  In spite of all their posturing, the fact is this:  the GOP really doesn't give a rat's ass about working-class Americans.
In BW™, the only people that matter are the rich (and corporations, since according to the SCOTUS, they're people, too).  Screw the rest.

Why am I ranting about this?

Because our own senior Senator from Alaska, "Lock-Step" Lisa Murkowski, also lives in Bizarro World™.  She'll be on board with every obstructionist scheme her party employs, but will be trotting back home to Alaska, claiming credit for everything good thing that happens... in spite of her effort to stop it.

Tea Partiers?  
Instead of screaming incoherently about "the gummint," try taking a look at who actually gives a damn about you.

With a few rare exceptions, it ain't the GOP.

h/t to Professor Krugman, Sam Stein at Huffington Post, and Eye On Annapolis for the image.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Trailer For EVERY Academy Award Winning Movie! has created the perfect trailer for every Academy Award winning movie.  
At least, since I can remember ever watching movies:

On a side note:

In New York, 3.1 million television viewers may miss tonight's Academy Awards, due to a pissing match between Cablevision and ABC.
For some odd reason, "counting one's blessings" comes to my mind.

h/t to