Eons ago, the 1990s through 2008 there was a certain block of the general populace that write a multitude, yes a multitude of editorials, pointing to the power of the Clenis (see#2). Every aspect of the Clenis was studied, extensive notes taken, and thoughts or notions were processed. How were parents ever going to explain the Clenis to the children of America. The repercussions seemed ominous. Bad behavior, abet personal, from public officials was added to the national list of existential threats. We soon learned, or the children soon learned that public revelations about s*x could be retold, pumped up to the size of WW II air ships, sold for a profit and careers built on flogging what had evolved into modern Canterbury Tales. Not so with fibs about WMD, selling arms to Iran, being a career alcoholic whose daddy bought a governorship and a presidency. Sex bad, but death by lie, corruption, crushing democracy, cronyism, shadowy national surveillance, buying elections and Swiss bank accounts – the kids just love that stuff and in no way sets a bad example that must be explained away in hushed tones. So it goes that no one will have to explain or apologize for Florida Governor Rick Scott and conservatives in the state legislature – Florida’s drive to slash government led it to shut down its top TB hospital as the disease was breaking out. The children understand the governor’s office has either ignored or suppressed news of the outbreak of tuberculosis. If Scott were to be held criminally liable for the deaths he has caused what kind of message would that send the children of America. Kids might learn to take responsibility for their decisions, learn compassion or some other liberal nonsense. And oh say can you see by the dawn’s early light the rantings of a lunatic whose every word the media establishment hangs, Drudge Pushes Conspiracy That President Obama Was Secret CIA Agent In Pakistan. I plan on writing a screenplay covering the “missing” Obama years and have been taking copious notes from the people who have cornered the market on values and managed their investment as well as Wall Street managed the life savings of the middle-class. It seems that a young Kenyan Muslim Marxist Anti-Christ was recruited by the CIA. It sounds good. Like the rusted out muffler of a 1972 Ford Pinto or Rush Limbaugh picking his anal cyst. It practically sings. As the children listen to this perversity of good citizenship by the raging fireplace, stockings hung with care and tip sheets on how to steal millions with a spread sheet, they’ll dream of the day they too can live a life unencumbered by even the lowest standards of ethics.Despite recent in which we had near weekly examples of a pretend cowboy from Connecticut tell lies so often and with so little effort that it seemed like a surreal film about either a sociopath or Republican Faust, much of the U.S. public finds it hard to believe that Paul Ryan (R-WI) or Mitt Romney would gut their Medicare. Who would do such a thing. “They refused to believe any politician would do such a thing.”
Robert Draper describes the results of focus groups done a few months ago by Democratic groups attempting to define Mitt Romney:
Burton and his colleagues spent the early months of 2012 trying out the pitch that Romney was the most far-right presidential candidate since Barry Goldwater. It fell flat. The public did not view Romney as an extremist. For example, when Priorities informed a focus group that Romney supported the Ryan budget plan — and thus championed “ending Medicare as we know it” — while also advocating tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, the respondents simply refused to believe any politician would do such a thing.
That’s really how bad the Ryan budget is: voters don’t believe that real politicians would actually do such a thing. The plan to gut Medicare in order to make room for tax cuts for the rich is egregious and embarrassing that groups like Politifact have to go out of their way to cover for them.
Focus groups? Are they the reason we have four apples on a cardboard tray wrapped in plastic or stuff that looks like food in boxes that only require water and a few minutes on the stove to have a dinner the whole family can enjoy. Focus groups are the people who did not beleive in global warming until about three weeks ago. Focus groups are must be the same people who keep voting in the same hustlers with the same con, thinking they won’t get screwed over this time. The people at those tea bagger rallies with the signs that said keep the government’s hands off my Medicare. The people who think crap wrapped in red, white and blue always smells sweet.
…I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia. I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way. You, with all your undumb letters, would never write so elementary a phrase as that; perhaps you wouldn’t even feel it. And yet I believe you’ll be sensible of a little gap. But you’d clothe it in so exquisite a phrase that it should lose a little of its reality. Whereas with me it is quite stark: I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal. So this letter is really just a squeal of pain. It is incredible how essential to me you have become. I suppose you are accustomed to people saying these things. Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan’t make you love me any more by giving myself away like this — But oh my dear, I can’t be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly. You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don’t love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defenses. And I don’t really resent it.
This video is probably not safe for work. It is a story of a woman’s revenge in the style of a discount David Lynch. So over the top and selfconsciously hip it succeeds while also being a send-up of itself. MIKHAEL PASKALEV | Jive Babe