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  • The Blog Hole: California Fail, President Cheney and Gas Guzzlers

    World's Ninth Largest Economy Broke: California voters shot down multiple ballot measures that would have raised taxes, in order to save a state government that is running out of money. And now, state legislators might have to turn to Washington for a little free cheese. Declan McCullagh writes about this potential historic event, a failing state needing a bailout, and asks if the Left Coast is too big to fail, bra. [cbsnews.com]

    Revenge of the Sith: Dick Cheney is running his mouth not just because he's the Republican party's toughest and most articulate voice but because he wants to be on the GOP ticket in 2012. Reihan Salam proposes this theory, and it's plausible that we could see a Bush/Cheney ticket in less than four years. That would be Jeb "Gator" Bush in the lead role as Cheney's newest puppet. [thedailybeast.com]

    Middle of the Road Warriors: Republicans should stop trying to speak with one voice, and start speaking like the post-apocalyptic warlords they are destined to become. Or so says satirist Frank J. Fleming, who in a conservative-minded humor piece as awkward as karaoke night with Michael Steele, chastises his right wing audience for giving up the fight, and demands they accept that Obama has won, and is slowly destroying America. [pajamasmedia.com]

    Gas Guzzlers Save Lives: Raising fuel economy standards is good for the environment, the auto industry, and America, right? Well hold there Buster — Megan Mcardle doesn't think so. In a post that is both provocative and pithy, she writes that, amongst other things, raising fuel economy standards will actually kill people. She doesn't really explain how, but it's true. Because it's written on the Internet. [theatlantic.com]


    Tags: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dick Cheney, Republicans, The Blog Hole
  • The Blog Hole: Smokin' Conservatives, Empty Promises and The Poetry of Huckabee

    Yes Mr. President, Whatever You Want: Chrysler and GM are totally fine with the President's call for every vehicle sold in America to reach 35.5 miles-per-gallon by 2016. Tom Walsh points out that, they're fine with it because they don't have a choice. Washington is their pimp, and they can promise flying cars that run on laughter by 2016, because they might not even last until 2010. [freep.com]

    Happy Republicans Part of God's Plan: Cassy Fiano is young, conservative and her commentary is "smokin' hot." She totally agrees with a recent study that claims Republicans are "happier" than their Democratic counterparts. Cassy suggests that one reason for this might be because liberalism is poisonous. Poisonous, like cyanide or ideas. [cassyfiano.com]

    Shoot First, Talk Never: Not all members of the Taliban are bad. For instance, I'm sure many of them have very lovely singing voices. But no, the only good Taliban is dead, dead like newspapers. Stephen Schwartz insists that there is no moderate faction of these medievalist loonybirds, and that diplomacy is not an option. Unless it's a sitdown between a Mullah and a Predator drone. [theweeklystandard.com]

    Mike's A Poet, Don't You Know It: Former Governor, presidential candidate, and Fox News Chatty Cathy Mike Huckabee publicly calls on  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi should resign. And he does so in a poem. A poem!  It's basically a sonnet, written by someone who doesn't know what a sonnet is, or has total contempt for Shakespeare. Either way, it would be a better world if all Republicans started writing more poetry. Scratch that. All politicians. [mikehuckabee.com]


    Tags: Detroit, Mike Huckabee, Republicans, Taliban, The Blog Hole
  • The Blog Hole: Nancy Betrayed, Credit Crunched and Coulter Cackles

    Agency Dedicated To Deception, Deceives: It wasn't just Nancy Pelosi who the CIA lied to, points out John Cole. Other, distinguished Senators have the same complaint. So don't be too hard on the Speaker, she might not be a total, two-faced, double-talking political hack shucking and jiving. Or she just might be. A good rule of thumb when deciphering dueling spin is to listen to the lies of both sides, and look to the middle for truth. The CIA probs lied to Pelosi; Pelosi probs was briefly okay with beating the tar out of evil terrorists. [balloon-juice.com]

    Master Of Your Master Card: Brian Tumulty answers questions about potential, future credit card reform legislation. It seems pretty common sense: if you pay your bills on time, the credit card companies can't secretly jack up your interest 1,000%. If you default on your bills, the credit card companies can steal your children and sell them on the black market. [lohud.com]

    Tis A Pity She's A Conservative Banshee: If there's one thing liberals cannot stand, it's a sexy Christian lady, says Ann Coulter. The popular conservative banshee defends recent Miss USA Carrie Prejean, accusing the left of the fanaticism they usually levy at the intolerant extremes of the Right Wing. It's a witchhunt, for sure. But when such conspiracies are lead by a jeering little gossip troll with a hate on for a birdbrained wind-up doll, you have to ask "who wins?" Not a grown-up debates about gay rights. [anncoulter.com]


    Tags: Ann Coulter, Economy, Nancy Pelosi, The Blog Hole
  • The Blog Hole: No Torture Porn For You, Cheney Won't Go Away and Why You're a Hippie

    Secret Torture Pics To Stay Secret: President Obama is fighting the release of photos of prisoners being abused by the military and you know who loses? Torture porn enthusiasts. Also, liberals. David Ignatius notes that the President is trying to beef up his centrist bona fides. His decision is more political than ideological. It's a wise move, though, if for any reason, because he is resisting the impulse to pander to his base. Because political bases are almost always hysterical, fanatical nitwits. [washingtonpost.com]

    Darth Vader Talks Too Much: Even the GOP wants Dick Cheney to STFU, points out Kenneth Walsh. Strategists who once upon a time adored The Iron Hunchback are suddenly miffed at his insistence on publicly defending his legacy like a fameballing camera slut. They want him to disappear, ideally into an undersea bunker. But here's the deal: say what you will about Cheney, he's more articulate than most of the knuckleheads his party is choosing to speak on their behalf. [usnews.com]

    The Neo-Hippies: The "Millenial Generation" are a bunch of fruity, spiral-dancing liberal socialists who want to eat babies, smoke pot, and have bisexual orgies to hip hop. American Progress highlights recent studies that highlights how Gen Y is set to change the electorate, since they are overwhelmingly progressive on all issues. They want change, or at least, that's what they're tweeting right now. [americanprogress.org]

    Married, With Children, Congress: If the White House is rocking, don't come a-knocking. It's been a long time since we've had a First Couple that is so genuinely devoted and at ease with each other, writes Francis Wilkinson. The country benefits from such an example, because a good husband makes a good president. Doesn't hurt when your wife is super popular, too. Aw, ain't that sweet? Barfworthy, sure. But sweet. [theweek.com]


    Tags: Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, Michelle Obama, The Blog Hole, Torture
  • The Blog Hole: Cheney is Right, Granddad is Broke and Swine Flu Returns

    Dick Cheney Was Right: Get ready to stomp your little feet in anger, godless liberals: Richard Cohen is defending former Vice President and devout Jack Bauer superfan Dick Cheney. Say what you will about the guy, but he is really enjoying the raucous, national debate about torture in a way he never allowed while he was de facto Emperor.  [washingtonpost.com]

    You'll Be Sorry When You're Dead: When we're all dying of swine flu months from now, Anne Applebaum will be there to tell you "I told you so." We will look back on a couple weeks ago, and wish we had panicked a lot more than we did. Just to be safe, I'm storing Tamiflu in birthday balloons INSIDE my body. Thanks, Anne. [slate.com]

    Sucks To Be Old: If private enterprise ran Social Security, then granddad would be seriously screwed. As it stands, Wall Street is over the barrel, and elderly entitlements are decades away from insolvency. James Ridgeway questions the recent hysteria over Social Security, and concludes it's just politicians drumming up drama so no one notices them taking money  from the wrinkly to give to the cash-strapped, and monocle-enabled. [motherjones.com]

    Please Support Senator Sunshine: Political Vulcan Nate Silver suggests that Democrats should quietly root for Florida Governor Charlie Crist's alleged desire to run for Senate. Besides the fact that he looks to be a shoo-in, Governor Crist is a moderate who might vote his conscious, as well as the will of his constituents, rather than the marching orders of inner-tube shaped talk radio demagogues. [fivethirtyeight.com]


    Tags: Dick Cheney, Social Security, Swine Flu, The Blog Hole