Take the rest of the week off…
Posted June 3, 2015on:
Take the rest of the week off. What a week! I mean really – what dyspepsia of the news gods has produced this amalgam of dysfunction?
Sunday was the epitome of insider cat fighting. You had the Majority Leader of the Senate calling his fellow “stater” a demagogue and in the most granular way violating the Kentucky motto of, “United we stand, divided we fall.” Well, both McTurtle and Randall busted their arses by falling and failing on Sunday.
McTurtle overestimated his ability to run out the clock in the Senate by refusing to take up the Patriot Act sooner; thereby, opening himself to scathing criticism. Randall, Ron’s son, demonstrated just how close to the tree the nut can fall. Shamelessly, Randall turned the Senate into a backdrop for his latest shameless campaign shakedown of the “black helicopter, cannabis crowd” for contributions with a television ad declaring “when government illegally collected our phone records, Rand Paul took a stand, defended our rights, and stopped them.”
Young Randall’s shenanigans guaranteed he was in the crosshairs of the Republican death squads. The acid pen of Jennifer Rubin summed it up quite nicely:
[T]he incident should remind Americans, and Republicans specifically, how dangerous and irresponsible the junior Kentucky senator can be — and how poorly suited is his temperament for the job as president of the United States. His persistent attacks on the motives of his fellow Americans and penchant for moral preening don’t sit well when coming from President Obama; they will not be any more tolerable coming from Rand Paul.
What is clear is that Paul has chosen to be an inflammatory acolyte of his father, not a serious presidential contender. And it raises anew the question why Kentucky has only one senator who can work constructively and responsibly.
Another event Sunday caught my attention. I admit, I’m a glutton for punishment when it comes to watching the Sunday gab fests, particularly Faux News Sunday. It is pretty much getting the inside scoop on the enemy’s thinking while increasing my decidedly lazy heart rate. Last Sunday was a treat.
Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, was a guest on the panel and she absolutely schooled that “boil on the butt of a bullfrog”, Brit Hume. Hume was doing his best to be “fair and balanced in his defense of possible pedophilia” in light of the revelations about Dennis Hastert. Yes, you read that right – Hume was trying his best to take the edge off of Hastert’s alleged wrongdoing by shifting the focus to the “unwarranted activities” of government investigators. Never mind the undeniable illegal financial transactions of Hastert or his lying to officials – it had to be someone else’s fault since Hastert is such a good guy, as if alleged pedophiles wear flashing lights or something.
Monday brought us quite the event with someone bursting on the scene with a new-found freedom and finding his voice for something he always wanted to do. I’m not talking about Caitlyn Jenner, I’m talking about Lindsey Graham announcing, in his best southern snark, that he too would be a “contendah faur President of these United States.”
Emboldened after kissing his sister and unable to get through even twenty minutes without dishing snark at Hillary, he opined “he had more military experience than any other candidate in the race” – as if serving in the JAG Corps of the National Guard was a precursor to planning the D-Day invasion.
Tuesday brought us wall-to-wall coverage of FIFA and its many problems. It has so many problems you’d think it was Illinois and New York politicians running the show. Sepp Blatter, son of Gall and the father of the diminutive, Tiny, announced his resignation from the international bribery and Ponzi scheme. Having been just reelected last Friday and resigning on Tuesday, people were convinced Sepp was just an “overactive Blatter”.
Tuesday also brought us news that every major city now has an FBI counter-terrorist group as well as the FBI having a private domestic air force. While the counter-terrorism efforts are not surprising, an air force of 115 planes equipped with high-tech cameras, and in some circumstances, technology capable of tracking thousands of cell phones. These super-snooping Cessnas were tracked orbiting major cities and rural areas in more than 100 flights in 11 states beginning in late April and running through May. Expect young Randall to insert himself on the end of an FBI runway in the near future.
Of course, the biblical rains hitting Texas have been big news for the past week or so. What I have found interesting is the lack of coverage on a front that we have all come to expect these days from the religious “ain’t nothing” right. I have yet to hear one single, solitary television minister proclaim that the Texas rains are “the product of the sinning and sinful ways of Texas”. Not the case when it was Hurricane Sandy, which we all know was because of the rampant sinning of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”
Another interesting bit of hypocrisy is that the Canadian-Cuban senator, Ted Cruz, who so derided the aid to the northeast during Sandy, was front and center wondering why the Kenyan-born, Islamic President was dithering on rebuilding Texas. Logical consistency is so overrated among the top-tier of world-class demagogues.
There’s such mishegas and it is only Wednesday. Take the conversation in any direction you might like. Enjoy the craziness.
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