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The fact that Governor Palin has decided to reject 31% of the federal government stimulus money budgeted for Alaska must be giving the vapors to other Republican idiot governors who are craving that national attention like a hungry baby at a South Carolina Hooters. It's like Palin just saw and raised Bobby Jindal and Mark Sanford, except they're not just playing with cash. They're tossing their citizens' asses into the pot...

Oh, but Palin's toeing that anti-government line. "We are not requesting funds intended to just grow government," Palin said. "In essence we say no to operating funds for more positions in government." That's right - for Sarah Palin, hiring more math teachers for poor school districts in Anchorage, where the dropout rate is twice the national average, is merely just letting government grow out of control.
The Rude Pundit

Emphasis mine.
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I have to say, the Rude Pundit has occasionally disappointed me in the run-up to and first mostamonth of Mr. Obama's presidency. At the risk of sounding like the vile racist I unquestionably am, I see no reason not to call a spade a spade (where spade = any political creature rich enough in real and rhetorical capital to get elected CEO of USA Inc.). I've been running the 'never trust the government' message ragged since I first bought that Screaming Man T-shirt in Delaware, what? Twenty years ago? (Help me out, old-timers.) And I frankly saw and see no reason to mitigate that message just because the latest Great Liberal Hope Machine has taken the White House.

Case in point: what the blistering FUCK does it matter that you shut Gitmo down if you're allowing rendition to continue unabated? We'll just put those evil terrorists in little Gitmoids the world over, is what you're saying? So, given the question, 'If these prisoners are so obviously, unquestionably terrorists, why can't you make a court case against them?' you really have nothing to say weighing in, huh? You just want to look like you're changing Bushian policy, so boom goes Gitmo? But all the torture suspects just go to places we can't see and don't know about in other countries? Great, great. Carry on!

Anyway, back to the Rude Pundit: he may have sipped ever so slightly at the Obama Kool-Aid, but he's still just dreamy at what he does best. Viz: yesterday's column:

Here's perhaps the greatest couple of sentences ever written by a conservative: "Liberals are long known for light sentences for child molesters, opposition to child rape and child porn laws, and the speedy expediting of 'freedom of speech' protections to pornographers, pedophiles, and male homosexuals who belong to the group NAMBLA. Slightly less well known but easily documented are the sympathies the left has towards lowering the age of consent laws so that it's not really a crime for adults and children to have sex." [Kevin] McCullough does not provide that easy documentation, and the Rude Pundit's 14 year-old male assistant was too "busy" to look it up.

Also, I am tempted to rename my main LJ page, 'The vacuous, demi-coherent masturbatory fantasies of a particularly adept howler monkey'.
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Quoting the Rude Pundit's column today, about the National Review's list of 'the best conservative movies of the last 25 years':

'...if the best you can come up with for a quarter century of movies is Red Dawn, a movie so jingoistic that it made George S. Patton get out of his grave and slap the fuck out of writer-director John Milius, then your culture is bereft, indeed.

fr_defenestrato: (j'accuse)
It may become fashionable, years and decades hence, to blame Francis Ford Coppola for popularizing the crime family drama (never mind that The Godfather and sequels have distant roots in all kinds of noir flicks and criminal character studies... think Jimmy Cagney and his ma in White Heat). But the apotheosis of pomo mob stories is surely The Sopranos, which is fixin' to spurt its last real soon. And good riddance, because besides providing idle, cable-ready, rich Americans with Quality Crime Drama for eight years, it has also beaten, trod, and machete'd a path through the jungles of the American consciousness such that people today expect mob behavior at every turn and are trained to feel pathos for those exhibiting it, despite the fact that the latter are self-serving thieves and homicidal sociopaths.

Witness, for a modest example, the Organized Crime Racket of the American Presidency (OCRAP). Aye, Lewis "Scooter" Libby shall scoot off to the pen for 30 months (assuming his people can't figure a way to buy the appeals court decision or a pardon from the Head Fuckstick hisself). That's as it should be, though I personally can't conceive of two and a half years' imprisonment for Cheney's perjurious former Chief of Staff being decried as a harsh sentence, as opposed to the "leniency" that was requested (da fuck did they want, a stern talking to?). True, Libby is certainly not the person primarily responsible for the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to the press. But he was part of the sick, disgusting, lying, corrupt, vindictive, outright evil organization that is OCRAP, which sought to punish former Ambassador Joseph Wilson for his criticism of OCRAP's Iraq war policy by calling a general, protracted international hit out on his spy wife.

From AP: "Mr. Libby was the poster child for all that has gone wrong in this terrible war," said defense attorney Theodore Wells. "He has fallen from public grace. It is a tragic fall, a tragic fall." No, Mr. Wells, Mr. Libby is the poster child for an administration with no governing moral code, an administration that thinks that, because it has the reins of the crime racket and the capos and soldiers and general muscle to back it up, it can behave in any way it damn well pleases. That has been Mr. Bush's attitude since taking office, shrugging off world (and domestic) opinion on virtually every issue whenever it suited him or enriched his corporate cronies in the racket. It was the attitude that allowed the Vice President, or Karl Rove, aka Satan Himself, to order the hit on Plame without any consideration for honor, justice, or human life.

And now Bush and his crowd are crying to the press that Libby's sentence is a tragedy for his family. See? This is absolutely organized crime behavior: Admit nothing, not even when they've caught you with the smoking pistol or with the crack pipe in your mouth or, as [ profile] rudepundit might say, with your dick in some Iraqi child's eye socket. Libby goes to gaol and does his time quietly, never having implicated his masters in their crimes, and will be rewarded grandly upon his exit. Just wait. Meanwhile, the guiltier assholes don't even have to pretend to honor the public trust that Libby broke or shame or even censure him for said breaking. Just: Poor Libby's family. Sigh.

In short: This OCRAP Administration is absolutely amoral, absolutely evil, absolutely illegal, and needs to be taken down or taken over NOW.


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