Tuesday, December 10, 2013
One. A car. A low-production Sweden-only internet car, built from old Saab leftovers. Something is really weird about this; it feels off. The purpose of this company, such as it is, is to build electric cars for government fleet sales in China, but those cars will be built in China, so what is the deal with this "Saab" enterprise in Sweden? Strange. It has been clear that NEVS had no plans to build Saab cars in any recognizable sense and sell them in the strongest Saab markets like the UK and U.S. and Canada. It smells like a scam or some sort of government misdirection, but I can't see what the payoff would be.
Dan Rather is and always has been a weird little dude, but he is completely correct that his George W. Bush story was 100% true and the rock-ribbed conservative establishment media helped Bush's people ruin the story. That's a fact, jackoff. Rather's a fucking dipshit when it comes to Lara Logan, however. Logan is part of the exact same hard-right conservative media that decided Rather was too close to the truth to keep his reputation. Asshole.
Obama and Castro did a thing and John McCain shit his diaper. A handshake makes the teabaggers cry, even as the death of Mandela made them laugh. Poor fuckers.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Happy Frakking Holidays, Motherfrakkers. The Rude Pundit gets all kissy with holidaze spirts today over poverty and cruelty and capitalism and all the other traditional christmas cheer, ending with this story of a homeless girl in the richest city in the history of the universe. That's a for realz christmas miracle right there; poverty is a feature of economy--and our economy is an artificial construct that exists only because the beneficiaries fight and kill every second of every day to maintain it. We could have any sort of economy a person could imagine, but this particular economy will not go away until those bricks get used for something other than building buildings. Homelessness, unemployment, suffering are evil, and in our unimaginably wealthy nation, completely unnecessary. Until each and every one of us understands, we are doomed to this atrocity.
If Jacobs is right, and the legacy of Nelson Mandela is not the neoliberal post-apartheid South Africa, but is instead the continuation of Mandela and the ANC's struggle to bring true economic and political and social freedom to Africa and the world, well then I would be over the moon. Jacob's thesis that the true followers of Mandela have never lost the true focus of the struggle and also never believed that the struggle was concluded with the end of the apartheid laws and the election of Mandela to South Africa's presidency is an attractive one. We can hope. The bad guys are very powerful, however, and they are doing everything they can to weaken the legacy of Mandela in which Jacobs has faith. He's right in saying that we have no one to blame but ourselves now.
At this point, we would be way better off with Webster. I guess it is funny in a sick, sad world way that the Emanuel family is going above in beyond to blow by the Clintons as the most dangerous and destructive political family in Democratic party history. So, the political one is nasty fuckhead, and the doctor one is a worthless asswhipe. Does that mean that the Ari Gold scumbag brother is the most useful of the Emanuel brothers? Jesus fucking christ. Imagine. "One of my sons is a doctor, but he's an irredeemable dipshit. Another of my sons is a powerful national political leader, but he's vile and downright evil. My son who is a talent guy out in California, though, that kid is kinda ok; I like him." Can Ari Emanuel cast off his family curse and fly all the way to grace and find the perfect vehicle for Emmanuel Lewis? Tune into another frightening episode of Bullshit, or Not?
Oh, yuck. What the fuck is wrong with these people? I mean, Teabaggin' Ted "Polly Prissy Pants" Cruz is many things, but putting him on the cover a book for children should probably get you sent to one of those holes so deep that the snakes and rats can't even escape. Sure, we can all have a bit o' fun with the sorry fucker, but just remember that more than a few of your addle-headed brothers and sisters out there can't grasp what a sorry sons of bitches Cruz and his ilk are.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Mandela was never the man his awestruck fans were describing since his death. As a young man he was first and foremost a fighter for freedom; the fact that he was hated by all the right people and scared the shit out of the reactionary West was one of the finest things about him. He was a symbol for freedom and the official ending of apartheid in South Africa, but his tenure as president was not the proper course for South Africa. Mandela's election cemented the interest and desires of the West into post-apartheid politics of the nation. What we've been hearing about Mandela is not the whole story--and certainly not the most important one. But it is the happy bullshit one, so it is probably the story most are going to be stuck with.
The tee vee people must be wicked pissed that the Browns got butt-fucked by the refs in that game. That has to be a no-call in that game. I mean, it's Cleveland for christ's sake! Haven't they suffered enough?
When the Duke football program had a chance to win one against rapey football, they folded. Florida State is a well-known shithole, but Duke thinks it is Dartmouth or Stanford, and it is most certainly not. Duke has much more in common with Miami than Harvard.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I guess my expectations were sufficiently low for once, because when I saw this thing, I was not completely horrified. The current Camaro has aged horribly--what looked maybe not so bad at first is fucking terrible in person now, with those weird little slit windows and bloated, bulky sheet metal; hell, it makes that mid-2000's Pontiac GTO car look fucking wonderful in comparison. This new Mustang, though, while not great, may turn out to be not so bad, especially in a 300+ hp turbo 4; that's wicked fucking Euro shit right there. I guess we'll see what they're like for realz when they go on sale. Six-speed proper manual transmissions still available, apparently, so that's something.
That fucker sure is busy. Apparently being Toronto's mayor requires zero hours of work per week cuz Rob's got a crapload of hobbies. It's not right that Canada gets to keep all this fun for itself. I want Santa to make Rob Ford America's Mayor.
If you want shallow and ill-informed commentary, the well-paid entry-level village idiot Josh Marshall is there for you. Always. Like a bad rash. Or an incurable cancer.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Apparently this Dylan Jones guy knew Dammers, and he does a nice fucking job with this. "Nelson Mandela" is catchy as hell and was probably the first time millions of people first heard the man's name. I was never the biggest 2 Tone fan in the world or anything, but I agree that Dammers wrote a whole lot of truly great songs and certainly deserves a higher profile than he has.
Martin Bashir is an uber-douche, but he did and said nothing wrong with regard to Sarah Palin and should not have been canned. MSNBC is a bumbling shit show. Bashir sucked, but if they didn't fire him last year, there was no reason to fire him over Palin. Alec Baldwin is a hothead and a dick, but if you want to hire him, then stand behind him when he acts like the hothead and dick you hired. Ed Schultz should never have apologized to that right-wing whore Laura Ingraham. Olbermann was the rock around which the network should have been constructed and keeping him should have been the absolute top priority. MSNBC isn't the liberal Fox "News". MSNBC is not liberal, and it is not news. It is a hapless and hopeless shit show.
This disgusting nugget of American history has been getting a shitton of play since the announcement of Nelson Mandela's death. Reagan--more like his handlers since Reagan was pretty much a brain-dead carcass during his entire presidency--and the rest of those unapologetic racist assholes hated the thought of South Africa falling into the hands of the blacks. Here you can see Reagan whipping out all of his D-list acting chops to prevent the United States from getting on the right side of history where South Africa was concerned. Dick Cheney, he hated Mandela in 1986, and he's still around. And many of the slightly younger Republican leaders today hated Mandela back then and still hated him on the day he died. All you have to do is watch the Republicans play up the politics of race hatred in 2013 as much as they did in 1986 or 1850.
This fuckin' rocks. Dumb-as-a-post Senator Teabagger Ted Cruz posts an anodyne message after Nelson Mandela's death, and the racist teabagging cocksuckers who make up his voting base go apoplectic. Unreconstructed racist insanity is a feature and not a bug of Republican politics.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
The over-enthusiastic hagiography has already started, and I would imagine that the fusillade of opprobrium, some of it certainly warranted, will begin after dawn. Regardless, Mandela the idea had an enormous impact on recent human history. What was best about Mandela the idea--maybe second best after the hope he gave to so many people--was the fear he provoked in the west, in the racist reactionaries in the United States and Europe. That was a beautiful thing. Mandela the revolutionary was most successful as a prisoner. Mandela the president was. South Africa persisted under Mandela--he didn't burn it down or paint the streets with blood--and while apartheid as law was ended, economic and social apartheid continued essentially unabated for many. Still, he was a tough bastard. He rightly took up arms. He survived his prison sentence. He maintained the idea of Nelson Mandela to the best of his abilities even though he knew the realities of post official apartheid South Africa. Whatever passes for peace in death, Mandela has that now.
The fast food strike movement is doing a great job changing the conversation. Now even politicians are talking about minimum wage, so even if the fast food workers aren't going to be paid a proper wage next week, they are building the base for a real living wage in the future. Nice work, and it is good to see the labor movement finding the plot.
Crooks and Liars does a nice job with a succinct and joyful fisking. This is well-trod, but as O'Reilly hasn't gone away and gets fucking loonier with every turn of the day, it is always good to savage his rancid bullshit.
The self-appointed insider "expert" huffs and fluffs for his dinner. Yes, a single-payer plan would have been politically impossible in 2008--would it have been worth it to give up on the clusterfuck we have in 2013 and push the single-payer concept into prominence during a vigorous political battle?--and Obama's primary goals were one, a political victory over Republicans and, two, to benefit the for-profit insurance industry. I'll say it again and again and again: there is no and never has been any support for a single-payer in the Democratic establishment. If the Democrats want to win on health care then make single-payer a plank in the platform. A generation was wasted after Clinton's failure, and it will be at least another generation until we get a chance to properly reform health care on a national level after Obama's failure. All these dickwads pretending that the ACA was a necessary compromise are letting you down by failing to acknowledge that the the ACA was exactly the sort of insurance industry welfare program which was the goal of Democratic health care reform from the beginning.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Ugh, the Wolverine character in movies is such a mess at this point. Jackman is at least a foot too tall and 20 years too old to be Logan, especially since they feel the need to keep repeating how the Wolverine doesn't age. Logan might not age, but Hugh Jackman sure as shit does. Overall, this flick feels confused and disconnected. The two lead actresses are lovely to look at, but that doesn't make up for the totality of the cliched and low-energy production.
I think Scott Lemieux is being willfully too cute by half arguing the minutiae of Obama's and the Democratic party's politics surrounding the ACA and pretending that the entire objection is that Obama "didn't try hard enough" to get a better plan. I call bullshit. Lemieux is an entry-level establishment Obama fluffer, so it is not too shocking to see him resorting to disingenuously dismissive posturing while ignoring the underlying truth: since before the titanic failure of Clinton's health care reform initiative, the Democratic party establishment has had no interest in true health care reform, so Obama's shitty health insurance industry welfare plan was not the best political compromise a dedicated POTUS could achieve; instead, it was the desired result all along. Obama, no more than Clinton, was never committed to any reform that did not benefit the insurance industry. Surely Lemieux knows this. He's chosen to do his work on behalf of the same interests as Obama and Clinton. Being a team player is no virtue if your team fights for the wrong side.
Like maybe that Fairly Oddparents kid. Or Cartman. The decisions would be pretty much the same, and cartoon characters are not known for brilliant long-term strategic planning. The Yankees have resources, but without a solid plan and a clear direction, well, you get what you get. Ellsbury? Really? Good job, Cartman.