Monday, July 16, 2012

Irony of the Day

Karl Rove on the attacks on Mitt Romney by the Obama campaign:

Remember who’s up for grabs in this election: independent voters. They were drawn to Obama in 2008 because he was going to change politics and raise and elevate the political discourse. This is gutter politics of the worst Chicago sort.

Why yes, that same Karl Rove who engineered the outing of a CIA operative to avenge her husband questioning the Bush White House. That Karl Rove.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Does Rachel Maddow Read This Blog?

Yesterday in discussing the Supreme Court arguments over the healthcare law and those who are against it, I noted,

I wonder how many of those senators and congresspeople who are standing up for so much freedom from government intrusion into the healthcare of Americans and speak out so vocally about retaining one last shred of freedom are also in favor of transvaginal sonograms for women seeking an abortion.

Last night, The Rachel Maddow Show ran a segment asking that very question.

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Coincidence, or does she actually read this humble blog?

I’m going with coincidence. But it’s nice to know that I wasn’t the only one who came to the obvious irony of the wingers and how they define the shred of freedom.

Does Rachel Maddow Read This Blog?

Yesterday in discussing the Supreme Court arguments over the healthcare law and those who are against it, I noted,

I wonder how many of those senators and congresspeople who are standing up for so much freedom from government intrusion into the healthcare of Americans and speak out so vocally about retaining one last shred of freedom are also in favor of transvaginal sonograms for women seeking an abortion.

Last night, The Rachel Maddow Show ran a segment asking that very question.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Coincidence, or does she actually read this humble blog?

I’m going with coincidence. But it’s nice to know that I wasn’t the only one who came to the obvious irony of the wingers and how they define the shred of freedom.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Religious Reich

The Taliban has issued a manifesto that encapsulates their vision of a perfect world. Oh, wait, it’s not the Taliban, it’s the Liberty Counsel, and they’ve re-written the Declaration of Independence, calling it the Declaration of American Values. It includes such gems as these:

To secure our national interest in the institution of marriage and family by embracing the union of one man and one woman as the sole form of legitimate marriage and the proper basis of family.

To secure the free exercise of religion for all people, including the freedom to acknowledge God through our public institutions and other modes of public expression and the freedom of religious conscience without coercion by penalty or force of law.

To secure the moral dignity of each person, acknowledging that obscenity, pornography, and indecency debase our communities, harm our families, and undermine morality and respect. Therefore, we promote enactment and enforcement of laws to protect decency and traditional morality.

I laugh when I see a group calling itself the “Liberty Counsel” is determined to do everything it can to undermine liberty itself. It’s the same as when an ironclad dictatorship like North Korea calls itself the “Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.”

Irony? You’re soaking in it.

HT to Joe. My. God.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Axles of Evil

TPM posted some photos of Kim Jong-il’s funeral in Pyongyang, North Korea. Notice anything interesting about the hearse, other than they’ve mounted the casket on the roof?

Both the hearse and the portrait-bearers are late-model Lincoln Continentals, circa 1975. Ironic that the Dear Leader would be escorted to his dirt nap in one of the symbols of pure Western decadence.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Random Moment of Irony

Driving home from work the other day I passed a car pulled off to the side of the road. It was a large Lincoln with a flat tire. The driver, a man of advanced years and apparent wealth (he was in a very nice suit and tie), was standing by the car and watching as a young man in work clothes, who had pulled up behind him in a late model compact, was in the process of changing the tire for him. “Well,” I thought to myself as I drove by, “that was a nice thing for that guy to do.”

It wasn’t until I was almost past the Lincoln when I saw a bumper sticker on it: I AM JOHN GALT.

Friday, October 14, 2011

One To Beam Up

Charlie Pierce notes that Rep. Allen West (R-FL) has assured the rest of the planet that we Americans are “not like ‘The Borg’ of Star Trek.”

Over the next several weeks, I assume, West will assure us that the U.S. also is not the Romulan Empire, the Klingon Empire, the Ferengi, the Gorns, and probably not the inhabitants of Talos IV, either, although that might be an illusion.

Having defended America — and, by proxy, the Federation — Congressman West moves on to caution us not to listen to Barack Obama’s dangerous, leveling rhetoric:

Never forget that every time in the history of the world that a national leader has demagogued and demonized a targeted segment of society, it has ended up horribly for that country.

Yeah, it’s this Allen West.

Captain, we’re about to enter the Great Nebula of Irony. Shall we go to Yellow Alert?

HT to Bob Cesca.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Random Irony

Presented for your enjoyment:

A Tennessee lawmaker who is a major proponent of legislation allowing gun owners to carry firearms in bars was arrested on Tuesday and charged with driving under the influence and possession of a handgun while under the influence, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to TPM.

My guess is that when he wrote the law permitting people to carry firearms in “bars”, he made a typo: he meant “cars.” It’s practically the same thing, especially if you’re an idiot.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Didn’t Have A Prayer

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) signed a proclamation back in April asking God for rain for Texas. The drought continued through the summer, which led to untold losses in crops and livestock, and also led to wildfires, which have burned nearly 700 homes and killed several people. Gov. Perry also cut funding for volunteer fire departments by 75%.

Volunteer departments that were already facing financial strain were slated to have their funding cut from $30 million to $7 million, according to KVUE.

The majority of Texas is protected by volunteer fire departments. There are 879 volunteer fire departments in Texas and only 114 paid fire departments. Another 187 departments are a combination of volunteer and paid.

That would be really ironic if it wasn’t so tragic.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Short Takes

Two Republicans are hinting at tax increases to end the debt stand-off. (Just don’t call them “tax increases.”)

Rebels tell Qaddafi that he can resign and remain in Libya.

Teams of federal and state workers are assessing the damage from the oil spill on the Yellowstone River.

The ultimate irony — A motorcyclist protesting helmet laws dies in an accident by falling on his head.

The Tigers beat the Giants.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Prince and the Fox

Want to hear something ironic? Via Bob Cesca, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed, one of the donors to the Park51 community center, aka the non-mosque not really at Ground Zero — is also an investor in Fox News.

…the Kingdom Foundation, al-Waleed’s personal charity, has donated a total of $305,000 to Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow, a leadership and networking project sponsored jointly by two of Rauf’s organizations, the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative. Al-Waleed owns a 7 percent, $2.3 billion stake in News Corporation. Likewise, News Corporation owns a 9 percent, $70 million stake — purchased in February — in Rotana, Al-Waleed’s Saudi media conglomerate. Put another way: Rupert Murdoch and Fox News are in business, to the tune of billions of dollars, with one of the “Terror Mosque Imam’s” principal patrons.

How about that.