Remarks And Asides

In terms of negotiations over the dreaded fiscal non-cliff, we have the following from my why-we-need-Nancy-at-the-table department:

MARTHA RADDATZ: Could you accept a deal that does not include tax rate increases for the wealthy? We’ve seen talk about a possible compromise that would leave rates the same, but cap deductions for high-income earners. Is that something that’s acceptable?



The Washington Post’s The Fix summarized an important Republican’s appearance on Meet The Press:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) suggests Obama might have known about the David Petraeus investigation before the election. But he acknowledged he doesn’t have any evidence.

The news here is that a Republican actually “acknowledged” there is no evidence for his belief. Usually, a Democrat has to point out that Republicans have no evidence for what they claim. So, perhaps, Republicans did learn something from the election.


Allen West, that freaky flat-topped Florida teapartier, talked his way into getting a recount of some votes in St. Lucie County. The result was that his opponent’s lead actually increased by 0.65%. Of course, West still won’t concede the election, presumably because he is more convinced than ever that there exists a conspiracy to keep him out of office.

Now, arithmetic is out to get him.


For reasons known only to his psychiatrist, Penn Jillette, of Penn & Teller fame, actually did a gig on The Celebrity Apprentice 2012, NBC’s vehicle for making a few bucks off Donald Trump’s stupidity. But Jillette can be forgiven for his lapse in judgment because he came up with a perfect description of Donald Trump’s hair:

…as I sat there for hours half listening to Donald carry on, it struck me exactly what his hair looked like. It looks like cotton candy made of piss.

Later in the article, which was sort of an accounting of his experience on the show, Jillette said this about the participants’ decision to appear with Trump:

We’ve chosen to make this whackjob, with the cotton candy piss hair and the birther shit, into someone we want to please.

If Jillette does nothing else noteworthy in his life, he can die a happy man for perfectly describing Donald Trump.


As we witness our weirding weather, Reuters reported this yesterday:

All nations will suffer the effects of a warmer world, but it is the world’s poorest countries that will be hit hardest by food shortages, rising sea levels, cyclones and drought, the World Bank said in a report on climate change.

Now we know why Republicans don’t give a damn about global warming: it will hurt the poor more!


I pick on my state neighbor, Oklahoma, a lot, mostly because it, and roughly two-thirds of the people who live there, deserve it. But come on Okies! If you are gonna violate the principle of separation of church and state, if you are gonna put down God’s word in granite, if you are gonna erect a monument to an Iron Age fantasy, then at least consult a dictionary:

OKLAHOMA CITY -A new monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol honoring the 10 Commandments was unveiled Thursday morning but Friday, the buzz was all about two mistakes carved into the granite stone.

In the commandment “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy” the word “Sabbath” was misspelled as “Sabbeth.” A second mistake was in the commandment “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant.” The word maidservant was spelled as “maidseruant,” replacing the “v” with a “u.”


Finally, I don’t have anything amusing to add—the guy has suffered enough, don’t you think?—to this photo of an Indiana man who actually had a Romney-Ryan logo tattooed on his temple. At least he spelled it correctly:

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  1. Hmm. Your comment, Duane, about the Oklahoma Ten Commandments misspelling inspired me to revisit those famous strictures, including this one:

    You shall not bow down to them or serve them (meaning other gods), for I the LORD your God am a jealous God,visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

    For all the reverence in which these ten are held by those who claim to be religious, it is my guess that not one in a hundred would be able to list them all from memory, absent prior mnemonic preparation. I say this because the ten commandments seem antiquated and some don’t seem consistent with other parts of the bible, and especially the one above. God is capable of jealousy? Really? But, so jealous that he would not only punish the offending errant-believer, but his children, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren? Isn’t that a little immature? How is one supposed to feel about God if he sends plagues and other bad luck after you all the time just because Grandpa screwed up?

    That’s all I’ve got time for, for now – I need to go get that Tiki-god carving off our wall and chuck it. 🙄


    • Jim,

      How dare you claim the commandments might not comport with other parts of the Bible. You’d better save that Tiki-god carving to ward off what may be coming your way.

      In any case, you brought up a part of the Bible (it’s actually in several places, as I recall) that always bothered me, when I was a believer.  I never quite came to terms with the obvious immorality of God punishing innocents for others’ sins, even though that is really the basis of its overall redemptive message: That through Adam all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and therefore all need salvation.

      Paul put it this way (Romans 5):

      Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned…But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

      The theological logic here is clear: God is a collectivist! Viva socialism!



      • That God is a socialist would come as a shock to the Rev. Robert Schuller, he of Crystal Cathedral fame. Thinking about this caused me to recall a recent news item remarking on Schuler’s attempts to pry some money out of his bankrupt creation. If Mammon calls, the sin might be something other than original:

        The church filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2010, citing $50 million in debt. The trial centers on claims that the family has made over the ministry’s usage of their work and has stalled the closing of the bankruptcy.

        Of course, it’s not the Reverend’s nature to be overly concerned with mere earthly matters, or so he says. Must be true – it ain’t easy to lose $50 million dollars doing good. He seemed confused in his testimony regarding this internet thingy on which some of his intellectual property, i.e., advice on how to avoid worry over earthly matters, found itself displayed free of royalties for consumption by the masses. But he seems to have wakened late to the reality of the situation and now comes to the table for his slice of the pie. Probably Adam’s fault.


        • I wonder if Jesus ever supposed he might read a sentence like this, as one of own ends up in court:

          …Schuller, his wife, his daughter and son-in-law are alleging the ministry owes them money for unpaid contracts, copyright infringement and intellectual property violations…

          You don’t exactly find such things on the pages of the New Testament, but this isn’t your daddy’s Christianity is it?



          • this isn’t your daddy’s Christianity is it?

            Indeed! Mass media, modern sound systems, amplified charisma. Schuller was apparently born with that charming smile, so why is it that he reminds me of the Joker, sans makeup? 🙄


  2. henrygmorgan

     /  November 19, 2012

    Duane and Jim:

    I recall that 4 or 5 years ago, Congressman Westmoreland of Georgia introduced a bill in congress to place a copy of the Ten Commandments in every federal building in the U.S. because all of our laws were based on them, so he said. A short time later, when he accepted an invitation to appear on the Colbert Report (how foolish was that?), Colbert asked him to recite the Ten Commandments. “You want me to name them?” replied Westmoreland. “Yes.” (I’m going to paraphrase his response): Well, let’s see . . . There’s . . . Uh . . .let’s see . …Doesn’t one of them have something to do with murder?”

    He couldn’t name a single one. Did this cause him to withdraw his bill? Of course not! I’ve often wondered how many votes his hypocrisy earned him in the next election.



  3. BTW, Duane, I love the Romney janitor lampoon. How the mighty do fall!


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