The right-wing blogosphere is going supernova over this.  And you know what they think it means?

He’s going to take white people’s money and give it to black people.


We already take money from workers and give it to others. Social Security, Social Security Disability, Medicare, Medicaid, AFDC, WIC, the list goes on. Most recipients of “welfare” are whities, btw.

@Dodgerblue: Most recipients of “welfare” are whities, btw.

And that was before the bailout.

As I prematurely commented on another thread,

“Ooohh, here’s the latest proof Barry is a socialist, McCain is throwing around a tape of a Hopey interview from 2001 in which he said this:

“One of the I think the tragedies of the Civil Rights movement was because the Civil Rights movement became so court focused I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change and in some ways we still suffer from that.”

Ohhh, he said “redistributive,” must be a socialist.

Like, yeah, same as if I said “if your hollandaise falls, you must add a little more butter and beat vigorously to redistribute the oil globules through the protein matrix.” Yup, the Socialist Chef. Talk about out of context. Next they are gonna claim his sister is a practicing thespian.

He he, hey Beevis, he said “homeowner.””

Those people have some serious reading comprehension problems. Dude is obviously saying that the tragedy is that people started thinking they had to rely on the courts to help them out instead of helping themselves out through political and community organizing.

Fuck, I’m all hopped up on pills today and even I got that. Fuckin’ fucktards.

@Jamie Sommers: This is why I hope the wingnuts never go completely away – endless hours of inanity.

Atrios points to possibly the stupidest paragraph ever written (by Instapundit, natch):

The most important function of a vice president is to serve as a spare president. Using the spare president in the ordinary course of business is as unwise as driving on one’s spare tire. Spares should be kept pristine, for when they are really needed.


@blogenfreude: I heard Vladimir Putin is trying to pick up the spare.

@redmanlaw: there’s a space-saver spare joke in there somewhere, but damned if I can find it.

redmanlaw: Also: a comparison between Sarah Palin and a 7-10 split.

Boy, from the article from whence this bullshit came (National Review FTL), you can see the right becoming totally unglued:

There is a special hell for you “journalists” out there, a hell made specifically for you narcissists and elitists who think you have the right to determine which information is passed on to the electorate and which is not.

That hell — your own personal hell — is a fiery lake of irrelevance, blinding clouds of obscurity, and burning, everlasting scorn.

So if you don’t publish Stanley Kurtz’s circuitious route to a connection to Bill Ayers that was incredibly strained, you are withholding information from the public and are shameful, shameful people. And, also: you’re irrelevant.

If these people don’t get their asses handed to them in a week, I just may lose all faith with the American public, once and for all.

@chicago bureau: There is a special hell for you “journalists” out there, a hell made specifically for you narcissists and elitists who think you have the right to determine which information is passed on to the electorate and which is not.

We journalists call them “editors,” and we’ve been bitching about them for years.

@nojo: As much as we bitched about the desk editors, the Masterpiece Theater-watching, literature reading Anglophiles on the copy desk were worse.

There is a special hell reserved for the mainstream journalist who is merely a stenographer. If a candidate were to say “the air turns blue when I fart” it would be dutifully transcribed and made available to all the outlet’s audience without any independent checking at all, just a denial from the opposing campaign, or a statement to the effect that the air turns either too light or too dark a shade of blue, or a contrasting statement that “the air should turn pink instead.” What you will not see for the most part is a report by a journalist stating “no, it doesn’t” .

I love how these chingacabras like to pretend we’re an Adam Smith-style free market capitalist society. David Korten, while still defending capitalism, has some interesting rebuttals to the droolers’ interpretation of their hero Smith.

The biggest distinction between what we have — call it crony corporatism? — and socialism is in which direction the wealth gets redistributed.

@redmanlaw: you leave Masterpiece Theater out of this! You can have Helen Mirren when they pry her from my cold dead hands.

@redmanlaw: All I know is that it would be worth a Peabody, a Pulitzer and a Nobel when it left my keyboard, and look the next morning like a CJR rib-tickler.

@blogenfreude: I watched several MP previews on that webz the other day just to check out Gillian Anderson.


I don’t know what we have exactly. Not a free market- more like Mercantilism for Oil Companies, Socialism for the Financial sector, and Serfdom for the poor. We should just split the differences and call it Greenspanism.

@Tommmcatt Yet Again: Or spare ourselves a syllable and call it Greenspam.

Ted Stevens guilty on all counts per CNN.

@blogenfreude: I guess that means Talibunny can now decide whether to endorse him.

@nojo: Green’splan? (Not sure where exactly the apostrophe belongs, but you get the idea.)

@blogenfreude: Schadenblogenfreude! Also, I agree about Helen Mirren, except for the your hands part.

@redmanlaw: the Masterpiece Theater-watching, literature reading Anglophiles on the copy desk were worse.
Um, that would be me. I specialize in the appropriate use and spelling of aristocratic titles.

@Mistress Cynica: How you know you been in the biz too long: A bunch of reporters and photographers were piled int0 two cars headed for a dive bar literally on the other side of the tracks for Wednesday night rockabilly dancing when we heard about a shooting at a 7-11, so we diverted to check it out. We saw a stream of blood coming out from under a sheet covering a body in the parking lot. The chief photographer, who would later become the AP photo chief for Latin America, jumped out, looked over the scene and said “naaah, nothing to shoot here.” We went on to the bar, leaving the writing and reporting to the next morning’s crew.

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