Ever feel like every day is Groundhog Day?


I was looking around for something new and interesting to tell you about this morning and reading the news was like deja vu all over again.

Back east another big storm is on it’s way or just hit. Sean Hannity says it’s proof that global warming is a hoax. Actual scientists who don’t work for the oil companies say that the extreme weather patterns in recent years are caused by global warming.

Glenn Beck called Obama a socialist. Somebody on the left made a sexist statement about Sarah Palin. Some feminist defended them. Somebody else on the left claimed that the lack of civility in politics is due to the fact that Tea Partiers are bat shit insane fascists. The Tea Partiers reply, “Yeah, but we have guns and we know where you live!”

People are protesting in the streets of some other country. A bomb blew up somewhere and killed a bunch of people. Somebody high up in the administration said nice things about a brutal dictator. Kim Jong il is still crazy.

Lindsay Lohan is returning to rehab. Charlie Sheen is screwing hookers and porn stars. Thanks to the paparazzi, some female celebrity had pictures of her lady-parts published on the internet. Jen still misses Brad, Tom is secretly gay and Michael isn’t really dead.

The rich keep getting richer. The rest of us keep getting poorer. Someone you know just had his/her job outsourced to another country. Someone in your community got arrested for welfare fraud. Nobody got arrested for mortgage fraud.

There is your news for today. And tomorrow. And the day after.


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110 Responses to Ever feel like every day is Groundhog Day?

  1. myiq2xu says:

    GOP Sens Admit: Goal Of Changing Health Care Law Is To Kill It

    We’ve reached a point in the health care fight where Republicans aren’t even pretending that their efforts to tweak the bill aren’t also intended to destroy it.

    Case in point: A new GOP plan to allow states to opt out of the key provisions of the law is intended to undermine it and cause it to fail, its supporters admit.

    “If you took half the states out of the individual mandate requirement, this bill falls, requiring us to draft something new, and quite frankly that is the goal,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “To find a way to get the Congress to redo this bill…. We want this bill to come to an end.”

    Well, no shit? And just a few months ago they were running for office promising that if they were elected they would protect Obamacare.

  2. Honora says:

    Ok, all that sound really depressing–BUT Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning. Only six more weeks of winter. Of course, there was a snowstorm raging where he was and no one could see the sun let alone a shadow, but I will take it. Champagne all around. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/02/02/punxsutawney-phil-predicts-spring-way/

    • Honora says:

      I my excitement, I messed up. We do not have six more weeks of winter– Spring is officially on its way. Take it to the bank, Phil says so.

    • votermom says:

      Ok, all that sound really depressing

      The post made me laugh. Thanks, crawdad,

      Btw, Phil is usually a big fat liar when it comes to this shadow thing.

    • Valissa says:

      confirmation…

      General Beauregard Lee, resident groundhog at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn, GA, also predicts an early spring, as does Staten Island Chuck.

      Uh oh! If all the MSM groundhogs agree on something, does that mean Murphy’s Law takes precedence?

  3. myiq2xu says:

    Day one of my Sarah Palin moratorium
    By Dana Milbank

    I survived Day One of my February Sarah Palin moratorium, defeating the evil plans of ABC News’s Rick Klein. Only 27 days to go…

    I made it through my first day of sobriety. Let’s have a drink to celebrate!

    • djmm says:

      Ms. Greene is quite right: Mr. Matthews can be a bully when it comes to women. Perhaps he does, but I have not seen him insult male politicians in the same way. He is more effective and credible when he simply points out where she has her facts wrong.

      I missed it but I heard Anderson Cooper did a much better job, simply and politely confronting Congresswoman Bachman with the facts.

      Perhaps the bottom line is that we need to do a better job educating our children so they do not become ignorant adults. ;->

      djmm

    • Three Wickets says:

      Go Jehmu!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hey! Here’s some new news! “Dallas” is returning to the airwaves (or cable…waves). Not reruns, a new pilot with all the gang, JR, Bobby, Sue Ellen, et al. We can relive the 80s and find out who really shot JR! Do you think they can bring back Reagan too??
    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/02/01/jrs-back-larry-hagman-to-star-in-tnts-dallas-update/

  5. Valissa says:

    Iowahawk is HILARIOUS here… “spudnik moment”, “totbaggers” and more!

    When Spuds Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Spuds http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2011/01/when-spuds-are-outlawed-only-outlaws-will-have-spuds.html

    There comes a time when a man must make his stand.

    That moment came for me today, when US President / Commander-in-Chief / National School Lunch Lady Barack Obama took to the airwaves to declare an all-out War on Tater Tots. And right on cue, his missus traveled to Fort Jackson SC to brief military leaders on a pressing “national security problem” — childhood obesity.

    Maybe this is what he meant by a “Spudnik moment,” but for me it was a wake-up call that our cherished American tuber rights are under siege. For if they can take our Tots, what do the Tater tyrants want next? Our Funyuns? Our Fluffernutter?

    No, say I. You can nationalize our car companies. You can spend our country into oblivion. But mister, when you go after my Tots — you’ve gone a casserole too far. That’s why I’m declaring January 28 to February 3 National Tater Tots Rights Week and asking you to stand up with me against the Tot-grabbers in Washington. Let’s let ’em know they’ll get our Tater Tots when they pry them from our cold dead greasy fingers! Here’s how you can participate:

  6. myiq2xu says:

    Danny Schechter via Cannonfire:

    Prices in Egypt are up 17% because of a worldwide surge in commodity prices that has many factors but speculation on Wall Street and big banks is a key one.

    As IPS reported, “Wall Street investment firms and banks, along with their kin in London and Europe, were responsible for the technology dot-com bubble, the stock market bubble, and the recent U.S. and UK housing bubbles. They extracted enormous profits and their bonuses before the inevitable collapse of each.

    Now they’ve turned to basic commodities. The result? At a time when there has been no significant change in the global food supply or in food demand, the average cost of buying food shot up 32 percent from June to December 2010, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Nothing but price speculation can explain wheat prices jumping 70 percent from June to December last year when global wheat stocks were stable, experts say.”

    • ralphb says:

      Virtually the same with petroleum prices. Those pricks need to be knocked down a few pegs.

    • WMCB says:

      Bernanke isn’t helping. By monetizing our debt out the wazoo, he’s basically exporting our inflation to any country that’s pegged to the dollar. A poor country like Egypt can’t weather that.

      It ain’t just the speculators, it’s the Fed as well. Also, by refusing to deal with our financial crisis rather then just propping up the dirty balance sheets (which everyone knows are a joke), you’ve driven investors into the only things still perceived as “safe”. That would be commodities, i.e. food.

      Demand for food to consume did not rise. But demand for food as an investment rose. And that is directly related to us not cleaming up our financial house.

      • 1539days says:

        From Glenn Beck, the investment ladder goes like this, in decending social order.:

        Stocks (risky, but high yield in good times)
        Municipal bonds
        Treasuries (safe until US government fails)
        Precious Metals
        Consumables (oil)
        Food
        Security (buying shotguns to protect from looters)

        • WMCB says:

          I guess I could do the knee-jerk thing and start salivating that if Beck said it, it can’t be true!!!! Except it is. That scale of where money flees is not original to him. Most anyone knows it.

    • djmm says:

      The Ed Show did an excellent segment last night on this very topic.

      djmm

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      Krugman argued just a couple of weeks ago that it wasn’t speculation in commodities markets at all. Protecting his Wall Street buddies, no doubt. The truth is these bitches have been taking us for a ride on anything they can for years now: gas, computers, housing, medical care, food. It doesn’t matter. If it’s required to live, that’s all the more reason to jack up the prices through trickery and betting against your own. If they did it to the government, it could be called treason.

  7. Valissa says:

    Great post Crawdad! Groundhog’s day has been one of my favorite “holy-days” for many years… and I loved the movie too!

  8. votermom says:

    Back to Egypt, I am scanning headlines etc and I wonder if the Army has decided now to let Mubarak stay until Sept.
    I have read that the Army tanks allowed the pro-Mubarak crowd (are they police out of uniform?) into the square, and that the Defense Minister has been telling the protestors that their demands have been heard and it’s time to go home.
    So I am thinking maybe the Army has cut an aceptable succession/concession deal with Mubarak?
    Also the escalating violencet may be reaching levels that make the Army uncomfortable, as they are not equipped for keeping peace.

  9. Three Wickets says:

    Anderson Cooper has been punched in the head ten times but he valiantly continues reporting. It’s not like fight club…I don’t think, no definitely not.

  10. Valissa says:

    Happy Marmot Day… IBSP (true dat!) 😉

    Alaskans to celebrate Marmot Day http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/020211/reg_779652638.shtml

    Alaska will celebrate its second annual Marmot Day on February 2.

    The day pays homage to the marmot, a creature related to the squirrel that was recognized by the Legislature due to its presence across parts of Alaska.

    Republican state Sen. Linda Menard, of Wasilla, introduced the bill to honor the marmot, which was signed into law by then-Gov. Sarah Palin in 2009.

    Menard says the holiday was created to celebrate the state’s 50th anniversary and was intended to become a unique tradition for Alaskans to follow.

  11. Valissa says:

    Here’s an interesting article on the history of all of these…

    Happy Groundhog Day! (or Candlemas, St. Brigid’s Day, Imbolc, or Marmot Day!) http://www.hometownannapolis.com/blogs/post/2844427/Happy%20Groundhog%20Day%20or%20Candlemas%20St%20Brigids%20Day%20Imbolc%20or%20Marmot%20Day.html

  12. Valissa says:

    btw, what’s the story with the Rumproast link under ‘blogs we mock’ …

    clicking on the link brought me to Rent-a-dildo, which is kinda gross, but funny in that “eeeew gross” kinda way…

  13. helenk says:

    Groundhogs are not the only ones that have an unique talent.

    http://www.maniacworld.com/great-otter-juggler.html

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  14. yttik says:

    Where I live the groundhogs have evacuated. Nobody really knows why, but there’s been this mass exodus of groundhogs who want to get the hell out. Needless to say people have been spending millions of dollars to drag the poor little suckers back, drop them off in the middle of nowhere, and hope they can’t find their way out.

    • soupcity says:

      I think they are under my house waiting for the garden to go in, so those little b@stards can take one bite out each gorgeous tomato and leave the rest on the vine. I swear they have mutated somehow, saw one last summer climbing a broken tree to get at some mulberries. Climbing a tree for cripes sake! I thought they were called groundhogs cause they stayed on the ground.

  15. Three Wickets says:

    Jessica Valenti is leaving Feministing.

    But the main reason I’m leaving – one that I’ve been thinking about for some time – is more complicated. I started Feministing almost seven years ago (wow) to provide a space for younger feminists who didn’t have a platform. I was a 25 year-old who found it profoundly unfair that an elite few in the feminist movement had their voices listened to, and that the work of so many younger women went misrepresented or ignored altogether.

    Today, almost 5,000 posts later, I’m a 32 year-old feminist with a voice that is listened to. Largely because of the work I’ve done with Feministing, I have a successful platform for my work – I’ve published books, written articles, and built a career as a speaker. Because I feel Feministing should remain a place for younger feminists to build their careers and platforms, I think it’s appropriate to our mission that I step back.

  16. kc says:

    Very creative post, thank you. Yes, the news could be a fill-in-the blank. Been checking channels and it looks like CNN has the best coverage of Egypt.

    With all the reporters in Cairo you’d think their econ. might be helped abit. So many people–it’s like the poorer a country is, the more people they have–which, of course, contributes to the poverty.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Egypt is about twice the size of California but has three times the population. Most of the country is desert, so the majority of the population is crammed into about 4% of the country.

      That 4% also happens to be their only arable farm land.

      Ironically, Egypt is more developed and more prosperous than most of their neighbors.

      Or maybe it’s not that ironic – people with nothing rarely start revolutions. Revolutionaries are usually people who have risen high enough to dream of a better life.

  17. djmm says:

    Great post, Crawdad. And the groundhog is cute!

    djmm

  18. votermom says:

    Egypt: lambert is doing a good job of a running round-up here
    http://www.correntewire.com/live_cairo_7

  19. foxyladi14 says:

    it,s 6 weeks till Spring.:lol:

  20. WMCB says:

    ROTFLMAO!!! Okay, sometimes the commenters at hotair outdo themselves with their user names as foil for satire. Sometimes you just have to laugh to break the tension.

    Re: Egypt, and how insane and powderkeg the world is becoming:

    Forget about me already????

    Posted by: Mayan Calendar at February 02, 2011 04:31 PM (rw9qQ)

    Bitch, please.

    Posted by: Book of Revelation at February 02, 2011 04:34 PM (Ew1k4)

    • ralphb says:

      You cannot say the wingnuts don’t have a sense of humor. it may be warped but it’s damn near always there.

      • WMCB says:

        I sometimes read articles and news links over there, but rarely read comments. However, the live threads following the Egypt riots I scrolled through.

        Interestingly, most (though not all) of the range of opinion over there is similar to the liberal blogs on this one: Mubarak has to go, but no idea what the heck is going to replace him. Varying theories on how to back moderates, or how to even find the moderates. Bad players on both sides trying to take advantage of sincere citizens for their own benefit.

  21. Valissa says:

    Here is a totally cute animal video…. they’re best buds!

    Doggy and deer http://www.dogwork.com/ddsff4/

  22. yttik says:

    It is groundhog day! Boehner is having the same old affair he had back in Sept according to the Nat’l Enquirer, except they call it a “breaking revelation.” Before that, back in Sept, the NY Post claimed the NY Times was going to run a big story. Before that it was all over Dkos.

    It just struck me as kind of funny, because talk about being in a rut! One thing worse than getting busted in a sex scandal is getting busted over and over again for the same one.

  23. WMCB says:

    Denninger on a roll today. We should not have bailed out the banks, and should not be continuing to do so. But….but….but…we HAD to!!!!!!! It would have been DOOOOOM if we hadn’t!! No, you cannot let them go bankrupt, the cost is too high!!!

    Oh really?

    … about Iceland.

    Unlike other nations, including the U.S. and Ireland, which injected billions of dollars of capital into their financial institutions to keep them afloat, Iceland placed its biggest lenders in receivership. It chose not to protect creditors of the country’s banks, whose assets had ballooned to $209 billion, 11 times gross domestic product.

    Yep.

    Remember, we were told that if we did this, the economy would tank and there would be tanks –
    literal martial law.

    Iceland did it, with their banks standing at eleven times GDP, far more than our banks had (and have.)

    Did it trash their economy? Yes. GDP contracted by 7% and they had a near-20% inflation rate – for one year.

    But now? Nope – 3% growth is predicted, the economy is stable, the currency is stable, and life goes on.

    What doesn’t go on is looting the taxpayers to bail out insolvent institutions and hide the truth.

    We’re still hiding the truth, incidentally. We allegedly lost $7 trillion in home value. But the total outstanding mortgage debt only decreased by $500 billion. Where’s the rest folks? $6.5 trillion in value disappeared without being accounted for.

    If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you in Manhattan.

    The losses are real. They’re still there. They’re being hidden by legalized accounting fraud that our government has engaged in as an open conspiracy with the banks.

    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=178966

    • Murphy says:

      Love that link WMCB, thanks!

      See, this is what happens when you put lesbians in charge.

      That’s what Egypt needs. A council of lesbians to bring the place back from the brink.

      • WMCB says:

        LOL! Okay, not to stereotype either my straight friends or my gay male friends as spendthrifts, but I have never known a lesbian who was not very thrifty and level-headed about finances.

        Maybe that’s just my personal experience, but it seemed to hold true in Iceland! 😀

    • Excellent find. Since their solution worked and was different than Obama’s, that can only mean one thing. They’re racists. 🙂

    • djmm says:

      Excellent link — thanks!!

      Prof. Krugman has been spotlighting the Iceland solution as positive (and comparing it to Ireland’s austerity program and resulting debacle).

      djmm

      • WMCB says:

        The problem with Krugman’s touting the Iceland solution is that he only selectively touts. It does ZERO good to take money and do stimulus, cushion the economic blow for the people, etc, if you do not couple that with forcing the banks to eat their own damn losses and clear out the bad paper.

        Otherwise, you are merely pouring money down a sucking black hole of debt, balanced on an over-leveraged bubble of fantasy value – which is what we have done and continue to do.

        Sorry, but Paul is a partisan hypocrite on this one. He wants to have his cake and eat it too.

  24. 1539days says:

    This Obamacare repeal stuff is getting ridiculous. The bill failed in the Senate, with Republicans all voting to repeal and all Democrats voting to keep the currently unconstitutional law.

    So, I’m watching Crazy Larry on MSNBC interviewing Bernie Sanders. They spend most of the time defending the individual mandate. Larry’s defense? The Republicans were for an individual mandate before Obamacare. Sanders voted to keep Obamacare while trying to claim that he wants to get rid of the insurance companies and provide Medicare for all. There are actions and there are words, Bernie.

    The Republicans have a great thing going here. Democrats like Joe Manchin, who ran against Obamacare, are now on record supporting it. They don’t have to put an alternative in place until it’s gone. The Tea Party is satisfied on this issue and the Democrats are forced to sing the praises of what is essentially Romneycare.

    There’s your 11th dimensional chess.

  25. WMCB says:

    Flipped on the TV and am watching some of the Egypt protests.

    CNN: some in crowd yelling “jihad! jihad!”

    This is just sad. Mubareks goons crank up the violence, and the muslim brotherhood goons try to take advantage to spread theocratic hate. Both are concerned with power, and neither give a shit about the average people who just want their freedom, even if they are not entirely sure yet what that might mean.

  26. WMCB says:

    Crap. Reports on CNN that more and more of the “opposition” are guys shouting “jihad jihad!” and “Prepare for your death”. They’ve taken at least one Mubarak supporter prisoner – dragging him over into some sort of holding area they’ve set up.

    Reporters are noting the change in tone and makeup of the crowds. Not at all the same sort of people who had been peacefully demonstrating all week. This is turning into a battle of violent professional agitators on both sides, frightening all the “regular” people away.

    I pretty much despise the Mubarek goons and the jihadist goons equally, so this is pretty fucking depressing.

    • imustprotest says:

      Mubarak won’t let go. And now it appears that he’s using the military to put down the protesters. The military could have been used in a positive way for a smoother transition….now, probably not.

  27. imustprotest says:

    Was it the police? My mistake then. The reports I saw said it was plainclothed military. They also said that the military was probably involved because they stood by and did nothing to stop the violence. But maybe again they said military but it was the police.

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