Phony as a $3 Bill


Remember the collective media “SQUEEEEE!!!” when Barack Obama spontaneously began singing “Amazing Grace” at that funeral?


The Story Behind President Obama Singing ‘Amazing Grace’ at Charleston Funeral

President Obama’s singing of “Amazing Grace” during the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed last month in a shooting at a Charleston church, has been widely acknowledged as one of the most powerful moments of his presidency.

But when he first raised the idea with first lady Michelle Obama and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, it was met with skepticism.

“Why on earth would that fit in?” the first lady said in reaction to the idea, according to Jarrett, who was with the Obamas as they departed the White House aboard Marine One on their way to the funeral in South Carolina.

Jarrett, who had once before tried unsuccessfully to dissuade the president from signing a line of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” had a more subdued reaction. “Hmmm,” Jarrett reacted.

The president went on to explain his thinking to Jarrett and the first lady, who had yet to read the president’s prepared eulogy, during the helicopter ride.

“I think if I sing, the church will sing with me,” Obama said, according to Jarrett, who recalled the story during a question answer session at the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival.

But even then, President Obama hadn’t made his mind up whether he would in fact sing.

“I don’t know whether I’m going to do it, but I just wanted to warn you two that I might sing,” Jarett recalled him saying. “We’ll see how it feels at the time.”

But as soon as the president took to podium to begin the eulogy, Jarrett said, it was clear the mood was right.

“From the first time he started to speak, the church was clearly with him,” Jarrett said. “He knew they were with him.”

Before the president began to sing, Jarrett observed that the president paused for a moment. And she later asked him, “Were you thinking about whether or not you were going to sing?”

“Oh no, I knew I was going to sing, I was just trying to figure out what key to sing in,” the president said in response to Jarrett.

Once you learn to fake sincerity, the rest is easy.


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Illegals and Racism and Trump

Buncha racist Trump supporters

I got yelled at for defending Donald Trump’s remarks on illegals during his presidential announcement. The argument seemed to be that Trump had said most illegals are rapists and murderers, so by defending that I am saying that most Mexicans are criminals. Here’s what Trump said:

It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.

It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably — probably — from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.

I’ll skip over the argument’s blow by blow to the point I want to make. A lot of people, even on the right, say that Trump was being rude, crude, insulting, and downright racist. And people who agree with him are being racist. Here’s my answer:

I legally immigrated to the US because I thought it was the country that loved freedom and respected the law. 

Here’s one thing I will say to those who think I am racist for judging illegals. You seem to think illegals represent all of their “race.” 
You seem to think, moreover, that they cannot be held to the same standards of law-abiding that you and I can. 
Well, I see them as humans who have just as much free will and conscience as I do. I see them as my equals. I see them as my equals who are being allowed to break laws, who are being REWARDED for breaking laws, while I am being punished for noticing it.
You seem to think you are better than them, and that you are better than me.
I think you are equal to them. I think you are equal to me. Before God, and once upon a time, before the law, we are all equal. So ask yourself, who of us, if any, is being racist?

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Mo’ Lily Open Thread


Lily now has more hair than me. It’s long enough to hold a clip.

Pretty soon she’ll have more teeth than I do.


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Greece Votes To Defy Gravity



Greece has become a battleground for the worst ideas of the 20th century

Which of these do you find more repugnant: an autocratic European Union which is no longer bothering to conceal its intention to displace an elected government, or a shambolic clique of Left-wing fantasists who are propelling a country – and its hapless population – into economic ruin and political chaos?

It’s a tough call, isn’t it? Whatever happens in the Greek referendum on Sunday, it will not be the end of this pantomime. In fact, it is intended not to be the end, in spite of the Greek prime minister’s bizarre assertion last week that he could guarantee a deal would be made with the country’s creditors within 48 hours of a “no” vote – when, in fact, a “no” vote would effectively guarantee the impossibility of making such a deal since the answer “no” is a rejection of meaningful concessions to the creditors.

SPOILER: They voted “no” by a large margin.

There is no point any longer in trying to make sense of this. It has gone beyond sense. It is now incomprehensible in the strict technical meaning of the word. The “options” available are all catastrophic and delusional in varying degrees and combinations, and nobody is actually going to get to choose between them anyway – at least, nobody in Greece. To the extent that they have had any involvement – or culpability – in this matter, the Greek people must come to terms with the consequences of electing Russell Brand to head their government. Voters do have some responsibility for the choices that they make. That is what distinguishes mature democracy from the students’ union. But given the price that they are paying for that moment of mad frivolity, it seems harsh to condemn, especially as the prospect of fiscal rationality had already been ruined by the fecklessness of previous governments and external forces beyond their control.

But there is something to be learned from this: there has to be, doesn’t there? Otherwise it would just be too grotesquely stupid, too appalling, too depressing to be endured. The key is in the drama’s tragic inevitability (a subject which Greeks understand well): the two antagonistic camps in this epic confrontation are playing up to the worst possible caricatures of themselves. The EU or, properly speaking, the troika of international financial governance, are presenting themselves as a parody of merciless, demonic money-lenders who are now determined to humiliate and pauperise their victims. This theme of public mortification is one that Syriza has made much of. And their punitive repression appears to license childish rebellion on the part of those who resist their diktats.

Kinda makes you pray for SMOD to hurry up and get here, donit?

I confess that I don’t know how this is all gonna turn out, but history shows again and again that certain kinds of little events can trigger bigger events, like a few falling pebbles can trigger an avalanche. Greece is in the middle of one of those little events right now.

I say “little” because so far it’s only happening to Greece. But they aren’t the only ones involved, and some larger countries are in similar but less dire straits. One of those larger countries is us.

We are in debt up to our eyeballs and we keep borrowing and spending more and more every single day. If we had to vote on whether to keep defying gravity or consent to austerity, defying gravity would win in a landslide.

I don’t like austerity either, but it’s all I can afford.


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A Holiday Just Isn’t A Holiday Without A Picture Of Obama

obama 4th

This is an open thread.


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OMG! I am soooo f**ked up!


So last night I was drinking beer.  Then I ran out of beer.  So I started putting some Jim Beam in my Diet Pepsi.  Before long I was putting Diet Pepsi in my Jim Beam.

I ran out of alcohol an hour or so ago.

I’m going to bed.  I hope I don’t puke.

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"Smell the freedom, hippie!"

“Smell the freedom, hippie!”


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Flag Burners Get Disrupted

July 1–NYC

It was a hot, smoky day in the city wherein a group calling itself DisarmNYPD organized a flag burning. The event was publicized on a website bearing the traditional red-white-&-black colors of the branded #Occupy Movement, fronted by the faces of dead black males, and spouting some demonstrable bullshit about a “new political vision.”

There was actually nothing new at all in protesting, the act of flag-burning, or the representatives of the organization. For in the crowd of so-called activists there were few black faces. Instead, there were mostly white, young males with trademark bandannas around their necks or covering their faces.

DisarmNYPDAccording to various reports, these fightin’ hipsters were a little intimidated by the specter of this:

Waterguns :D To be fair, there was also this…

Fire ExAlso, a few bikers & vets showed up.

Nevertheless, the group would not be distracted from its task, which was to be a literal walking cliché, full of stale venom and Jane Fonda-esque indignation, as they fled to a corner of the park to set up the port-a-grill. They were, of course, chased by the counter protesters and–get this–the police, who were sent to protect them. The irony!

As it turns out, they managed to get one flag started, but the counter protesters countered by tripping and kicking one of them, so they called it a day. Sadly, no waterguns were used in the protection of Old Glory, which would have truly been a “new political vision.”

Once the InterTubes got hold of the story, there was a lot of mockery and quite a bit of defensiveness. The group later released the following statement:

“We find it a sign of the times that people can care so much about a piece of cloth, while at the same time be so quiet about black churches being burned all over the country,” a post on Facebook said. “Perhaps this is the great difference between us and the so-called ‘patriots’. While they express their loyalty to symbols, we express our loyalty to the lives of the oppressed.”

To which the Americans everywhere, or at least those paying attention, responded, “Whatevs. Pass the potato salad.”

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