Jim Wright considers the freak-out about ebola. A snippet:
We’re addicted to it. Fear. We just can’t get enough of being afraid.
It’s the emotion that defines modern America, fear. Knee knocking, spine tingled, sphincter loosening, pants wetting fear.
When we don’t have something to be afraid of, we make something up.
Follow the link. You will be glad you did.
John Winfrey bestows the 2014 Squander Award on Teabaggery. Here’s a bit of the ceremony (emphasis in the original):
2. Squandering the opportunity for long-term investment in technology and human capital.
By sabotaging our recovery and making further cuts in funds for infrastructure, education, and basic research, we have already squandered seven percent of our growth potential for years to come (over one trillion a year).
Follow the link for the remaining
counts in the indictment reasons for the award.
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Voting is not a right. It’s a duty.
Tony Norman considers the nascent, but growing movement to bring perspective to American’s veneration of Christopher Columbus. Several municipalities have replaced “Columbus Day” with “Indigenous Peoples Day” (or similarly worded memorial days) or instituted such a commemoration in addition to Columbus Day.
It’s a thoughtful read. Here’s a bit.
It isn’t a banishment of Columbus as much as a course correction. Of course, any move that recognizes the dignity and existence of indigenous people who have a different take on being “discovered” runs the risk of being characterized as a “war on Columbus” by those whose view hasn’t evolved much beyond: “In fourteen hundred and ninety-two / Columbus sailed the ocean blue / he sailed and sailed and sailed and sailed / to find this land for me and you.”
But as Mark Twain once said, “The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.” Ambrose Bierce, arguably the only writer who could legitimately challenge Twain as the greatest wit of 19th century America, insisted that history “is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.”
Eric Cantor has made a lasting contribution to the polity.
Staffers have now coined the term “Cantored”, meaning to lose in what is otherwise considered to be a safe, Republican-controlled seat.
“Anyone who is in leadership or chairs a committee knows now that getting Cantored is a real possibility,” said one senior staffer of a House Republican committee chairman who is up for reelection.
Via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.
The Daily Show reflects on the influence of Ms. PacMan on Republican marketing strategy. In related news, Dick Polman explains the Reince Cycle.
Video below the fold in case it autoplays.
Another delightful parody ad from the Sacramento Bee’s Jack Ohman.
“The Three P’s” comes before “the three R’s.”
Accordlingly, teachers in Philly have lost their contractual health benefits, because, in Republican World, contracts and promises have no meaning.
Will Bunch explains how Republicanism trumps contracts and commitments. A nugget (follow the link for more on the three P’s):
Lost in the spin is the fact that health benefits for retired teachers — dental, vision, prescription drugs — were also disappeared by the SRC this morning. That’s some lesson that American society teaches today’s schoolchildren: Work hard all your life and someday we’ll break the promises we made you, because we can.
The Republican Party has become a vile and loathsome thing.