Mad Bum Slam!!!

It’s not every day you get to see a pitcher his a grand slam:

Bumgarner’s grand game on mound, at plate lifts Giants

Madison Bumgarner was the Giants’ Opening Day starter, a well-deserved honor after his All-Star season in which he emerged as one of the elite left-handed pitchers in the majors.

His defining moment three starts into his 2014 season?

That beautiful swing, of course.

Bumgarner, who generally is the must-see hitter during pitchers’ batting practice because he hits ‘em farther than anyone else, turned Friday night’s 6-5 victory over the Rockies into his personal BP session.

First plate appearance, in the third inning, he hit a towering shot to deep left that, thanks to chilly China Basin, came down at the warning track. Bumgarner settled for a sacrifice fly, scoring Brandon Crawford, who had tripled.

Next time up, with the bases full in the fourth, there was no doubt. He smoked it, and immediately dropped the bat and looked down, knowing on contact it was gone and beginning his home-run trot as if it were commonplace.

“I’m always trying to swing hard in case I run into something,” Bumgarner said. “Fortunately for me and us, I happened to run into a couple today.”

Jorge De La Rosa had walked Crawford on four pitches to force in a run, and Bumgarner was in no mood for patience. He hacked at De La Rosa’s first pitch with his long right-handed swing and sent the ball deep into the left-field bleachers, creating pandemonium throughout the sold-out ballpark.

It wasn’t even close, Mad Bum hit that sucker out to where the big boys send them.

Of course I didn’t get to see the game because it was only shown on some local Bay Area channel. On the other hand, I hate the Giants “Orange Friday” uniforms.

I spent last night trying to extract a 20+ year old POS dishwasher from my mom’s kitchen. Today I get to install the new one.

What are you doing today?

Mad Bum

Mad Bum

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Josh Marshall is a Liar


This is the kind of shit that pisses me off.

Dylan Scott at Toilet Paper Media:

Cruz Toys With The Idea Of Using Sebelius Replacement To Repeal Obamacare

Fox News gave Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) the opportunity Friday to say that he would use the confirmation of the next Health and Human Services Secretary as an instrument in his quixotic quest to repeal Obamacare.

He didn’t exactly say he would try to block the confirmation of Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was nominated to replace Kathleen Sebelius — but he didn’t exactly pass on it either.

“I think Burwell presents an ideal opportunity to examine the failures that are Obamacare. And four years ago, reasonable minds could have differed over whether this thing might work,” Cruz said. “Today, seeing the disaster, seeing the trainwreck that is Obamacare, in my view, it is the essence of pragmatism to acknowledge this thing isn’t working. We need to start over, repeal every word of it. Start over.”

Cruz’s options would appear limited, though, after Senate Democrats detonated the nuclear option on filibusters for confirmation votes.

Hoo boy, that Canadian-pretending-to-be-a-Texican Tea Party doofus sure doesn’t know much about the Constitution if he thinks he can use the confirmation process to repeal legislation! Besides, what does the appointment of a new Health and Human Services Secretary have to do with Obamacare?

Oh, wait.

I think Burwell presents an ideal opportunity to examine the failures that are Obamacare.

I guess when he says “examine the failures” he means “repeal.” In fact, that’s what he says a few sentences later:

We need to start over, repeal every word of it. Start over.

Only a complete fool would think that he meant something other than “repeal during the confirmation hearings”.

And you can’t tell me that this isn’t proof of Ted the Terrible’s evil intentions:

He didn’t exactly say he would try to block the confirmation of Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was nominated to replace Kathleen Sebelius — but he didn’t exactly pass on it either.

If that ain’t a smoking gun, what is? Besides that, what the hell does a nutjob Tea Partier like Ted Cruz know about the law?

Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (born December 22, 1970)[2] is the junior United States Senator for the state of Texas since 2013, and is a member of the Republican Party. He was Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to May 2008, after being appointed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.[2] He was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas,[4] the youngest Solicitor General in the United States, and the longest-serving Solicitor General in Texas’ history. He was also the first Hispanic, and the first minority to be elected U.S. Senator from Texas.[5]

Between 1999 and 2003, Cruz served as the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, and as Domestic Policy Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign. In addition, Cruz was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation, from 2004 to 2009.

Okay, maybe he knows a little about the law.

Seriously though, this shit really does piss me off. If you only read tweets and headlines you would be led to believe that Ted Cruz is saying and doing some really crazy things. It’s part of a deliberate campaign to palinize Cruz prior to the 2016 elections. It’s what they used to call “the politics of personal destruction.”

There is no reasonable way to extract “Ted Cruz thinks confirmation hearings good opportunity to force repeal of Obamacare” from what Cruz actually said.

That makes Josh Marshall’s tweet a lie, and it makes Josh Marshall a liar.

Ted Cruz is a U.S. Senator with higher aspirations. He’s fair game for inquiry and criticism. Everyone has a right to an opinion about him, but no one has a right to make shit up.


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Kool-Aid is a Helluva Drug


Juicevox Media:

Obamacare has won. And that’s why Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius can resign.

Calls for Sebelius’s resignation were almost constant after Obamacare’s catastrophic launch. The problem wasn’t just that Sebelius had presided over the construction of a fantastically expensive web site that flatly didn’t work. It was that she didn’t know was going to instantly, systemically fail. And so the White House didn’t know that was going to instantly, systemically fail. The demands that Sebelius to step down — or be fired — were as deafening inside the building as outside of it.

But President Obama refused. As National Journal’s Major Garrett reported, Obama believes that “scaring people with a ceremonial firing deepens fear, turns allies against one another, makes them risk-averse, and saps productivity.” Moreover, there was too much to be done to fire one of the few people who knew how to finish the job. Sebelius would stay. The White House wouldn’t panic in ways that made it harder to save the law.

The evidence has piled up in recent weeks that the strategy worked. Obamacare’s first year, despite a truly horrific start, was a success. More than 7 million people look to have signed up for health insurance through the exchanges. Millions more have signed up through Medicaid. And millions beyond that have signed up for insurance through their employers. isn’t perfect, but it works. We don’t yet know how many young people signed up in March, but it’s clear that there are enough of them to keep premiums stable in 2015. It’s clear that insurers are going to stick with the program in 2015, and compete hard to sign up next year’s wave of young, healthy applicants.

Even Republicans committed to the law’s repeal are admitting that the law is back on its expected track. “The rollout made Obamacare’s collapse seem like a possibility,” wrote Ramesh Ponnuru at Bloomberg View. But “now that it’s resolved, the debate continues basically along the same lines that everyone expected a year ago. The law will continue to be implemented, with the administration making whatever revisions it thinks necessary.”

The White House says Sebelius notified the President in March that “she felt confident in the trajectory for enrollment and implementation,” and that once open enrollment ended, “it would be the right time to transition the Department to new leadership.”

In other words, the law has won its survival. The Obama administration can exhale. Personnel changes can be made. A new team — led by Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Matthews Burwell, who the White House calls a proven manager— can be brought in to continue to improve the law. And Sebelius can leave with her head held high. She can leave with the law she helped build looking, shockingly, like a success.

How do you parody that? I can’t take it seriously. My first reaction was laughter.

Okay, part of the reason I laughed was this Twitter exchange that took place just a few minutes before Ezra published his post:

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The Dumbest Thing Ever Posted At Buffoon Juice


Seriously. John Cole:

Speaking of White Privilege

Someone in the last thread mentioned white privilege, and I was reminded of something I meant to post a couple weeks ago. While I was doing my car search, I hit a lot of places to test drive a lot of cars even though I knew I was going to buy a Subaru. At any rate, I was absolutely shocked how many dealerships I went to, just walked in, said my name was John Cole and that I needed a car and was willing to spend up to 20k on a used one, but would prefer value.

Talked to them for a while, and at five different dealerships, without even showing a driver’s license, salesmen gave me the keys to a car and let me test drive the vehicles. On three occasions, they didn’t even ride with me- they just gave me the keys and slapped a dealer plate on it and let me drive off.

I’d like to think this is all because of the club tie, the firm handshake, and the easy smile, but I am almost certain it has something to do with the fact that I have blonde hair and blue eyes. It’s the little shit you don’t even notice about white privilege that makes it so hard for white people to recognize how fucking good we have it and how different our lives are from other Americans of different hues.

The whole experience reminded me of the Eddie Murphy SNL skit when he was in white face and went to the bank for a loan, and they just threw money at him.

Someone needs to tell John Cole that the Era of White Guilt is over.

If that had happened to me I would be surprised too, but I would not assume it only happened because I was white. But John Cole is a progressive, which means he has a special ability to look into the hearts of other white men and see racism.

I thought his post was the stupidest crap I had read all week until I read the comments that followed it.

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Don’t Be A H8er!



An Art Critic Reviews George W. Bush’s Paintings… And Isn’t Impressed

George W. Bush’s painting exhibition opened this weekend at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. Dubya’s premiere exhibition revolves around portraits of world leaders from Vladimir Putin to his own father, rendered in Bush’s strangely intriguing figurative style.

Art critic Deborah Solomon stopped by HuffPost Live to give her thoughts on the 43rd president-turned-burgeoning artist. Spoiler alert: she wasn’t particularly impressed.

“I would just like to point out they are basically very simple-minded as paintings,” Solomon explains, stressing the fact that Bush likely projects photographs onto a panel and copies them, a process known to the masses as tracing.

Although Solomon clarifies this technique is a “completely legitimate method” for postmodern contemporary artists, she notes that Bush doesn’t transform his imagery in any way beyond simply copying it. (It’s also unlikely that Bush is partaking in a postmodern exploration of the proliferation of images.)

New York Times art critic Roberta Smith was a bit kinder to Bush in her recent review of his show. “Mr. Bush has an uncanny ability to translate photographs into more awkward images enlivened by distortions and slightly ham-handed brushwork,” she explained. “His skill may be disconcerting for people who love painting and dislike the former president, but still, everyone needs to get a grip, especially those in the art world who dismiss the paintings without even seeing them.”

Perhaps Solomon summed it up best when she concluded, “I think a lot of us wish he had become a painter as opposed to a president. We all could have been saved a lot of trouble.”

But wait! There’s more!

The Guardian:

George Bush’s paintings bear uncanny resemblance … to Google images

Not only has George Bush stunned the art world with his ability with a paint brush, it now appears the former US president is also a dab hand using internet search engines.

Art critics have pointed out that Bush’s 30 oil paintings of world leaders appear to be have been based upon casual searches of Google Images.

Rather than have his subjects sit for him or use printed photographs, Bush seems to have based his portraits on the first picture thrown up by the search engine.

Critic Greg Allen highlighted the trend in his blog, pointing out that many of the pictures were taken from the subject’s Wikipedia entry. Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Tony Blair and John Howard were among those to get the Google Image treatment.

“If he had one, it would mean Bush’s studio assistant is very, very lazy,” Allen wrote.

“But in all his discussion of it, Bush’s painting practice appears to be a solitary one. He apparently did not tap the enormous archive of photos, taken by the professionals who followed him every day for eight years, which are contained in his giant library.

“Instead, it seems, he Googled the world leaders he made such impactful relationships with himself, and took the first straight-on headshot he saw.”

Critics have have been rather uncomplimentary about the 43rd US president’s efforts, which have been labelled “unsophisticated” and “dreary.”

One more, this time from Salon:

Portrait of a failed president: Inside the art of George W. Bush

Former President George W. Bush’s first public art exhibit, “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” opened at his presidential library in Dallas on Saturday. The left largely greeted his never-before-seen portraits of world leaders with a mix of derision and fascination.

It would be easy to merely rag on these paintings. Of course they’re terrible; Bush is an amateur painter, and very literal-minded. Commentators have compared the works to coloring-book images and kitsch. Those are fair enough descriptions. But when you take the pictures on their own terms, they also reveal something more interesting about the former president.

Bush has painted caricatures, intended to exaggerate the leaders’ personalities, not necessarily represent their likenesses. He’s not trying to match the impressionist masters, whose portraits — such as Renoir’s of his son in a sailor suit – draw attention to the exquisite details of their subjects’ expressive eyes and mouths. Dubya freely admits his paintings aren’t especially good.

They’re bad partly because he sees the leaders as a child would. He’s incapable, emotionally and technically, of finely observing them and conveying what they’re like independent of his own objectifications. He engages them without subtlety. In these paintings, he’s saying, “This guy’s got a super-neat hat!” (Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai); “this lady is strong!” (Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf); and so on.

I spent the better part of a decade despising George W. Bush. Until Barack Obama came along I thought Bush was easily the worst president ever. It didn’t seem to matter – I’m pretty sure Dubya doesn’t even know I’m alive.

But if I somehow managed to come face-to-face with George Bush I would be polite. I would shake his hand and call him “Mr. President.” If he asked I would admit I didn’t vote for him, but I wouldn’t explain why. I’d do the same thing with Barack Obama.

What would be the point of being rude? If I screamed “WAR CRIMINAL!!!” in Bush’s face the only thing it would accomplish is getting me tackled by the Secret Service.

Many, many years ago I fancied myself to be an artist. Then Santa gave me a drawing pad one Christmas and I tried drawing things. I didn’t need an art critic to tell me that I have no talent for art.

George Bush is a far better artist than me, and even he admits he’s not very good at it. But he doesn’t do it because he’s good, it’s more like a cross between therapy and a way to keep himself busy and active. It’s a just a hobby.

George W. Bush has been out of office for over five years. His political career is over but he’ll probably live a couple more decades. He’s not hurting for money.

Bush was not impeached. He’s never gonna be tried as a war criminal. He left office as one of the most unpopular presidents in history. It is doubtful that history will be particularly kind to him.

I just don’t understand the point of hating him. There is a reason that hate is listed as one of the seven deadly sins. Hate is an emotion that harms the hater.

Modern progressivism is a hate-filled ideology. It’s not hateful, because it is ostensibly an ideology of peace and love for our fellow humans. But in practice progressives are some of the angriest and hateful people who ever lived.

Don’t be a hater.


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Justified Season Finale Open Thread


If history is any guide, tonight’s episode will involve at least one gunfight and a high body count.

I’m guessing that Michael Rappaport and Alicia Witt won’t be back next season. Neither will most of the Mexican drug dealers. The shocker will be Ava Crowder getting killed. Boyd and Raylan will survive because there is still one more season to go.

I’m gonna make 7 1/2 the over/under on the body count. I’m taking the over.

Tune into FX tonight to find out what happens.


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This Guy Really Puts the “Dick” in Dickinson


The graphic above is an actual tweet from Mike Dickinson, “Liberal Democrat campaigning for the nomination to unseat Eric Cantor in the 7th Congressional District of Virginia!”

And there you have it, straight from the front lines of the Democrat War on Women.


Here is what the Bible really says:

“Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

John 8:1-11

I don’t know what religion (if any) that Mr. Dickinson follows, but if he spent any time in a Christian Sunday school he wouldn’t be making such ignorant statements about the Bible.


Apparently this guy is some piece of work. Normally I would say that you can’t blame the entire Democratic party because of one weirdo, but thems the rules they play by.

Creepy Dude for Congress

Creepy Dude for Congress

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