Oct
20
2014
0

Two weeks in, and things are not going according to the Democrats’ plan.

Some interesting articles out there on Obama, and his influence on various demographics.

Like, say, women:

Female voters powered President Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney in 2012, as Democrats leaned heavily on social issues to rally single women and suburban moms to the polls.

But with two weeks until Election Day, the president’s diminished standing with women is quickly becoming one of the biggest liabilities facing Democrats as they struggle to hang onto the Senate majority.

(more…)

Oct
20
2014
1

Sean Eldridge puts another half-million in his Congressional cosplay experience*.

Don’t think of it as stuffing money down a hole in the ground, Sean Eldridge.

Facebook spouse and carpet-bagging Democrat Sean Eldridge poured another half-million dollars into his own New York congressional campaign this month.

Eldridge, the husband of Facebook co-founder and New Republic owner Chris Hughes, has now donated $1.84 million to his own campaign.

Think of it as stuffing money down a hole in the ground while we laugh at you.

Moe Lane

*Well, it certainly wasn’t a viable political campaign, was it?

Oct
20
2014
0

Book of the Week: Bitter Seeds.

Actually, the recommendation is for all three books in Ian Tregellis’s Milkweed Triptych (Bitter Seeds is merely the first of the three), but the series is not yet in omnibus form.  The series is very much alternate history horror (Second World War era), with definite elements of unapologetic cosmic horror. I enjoyed all three books in the series, for given values of ‘enjoyed;’ horrible place to visit, and danged certain that I’d never want to live there, but the locale has its charms.  Again, for given values of ‘charmed’ and all that.

 

Adieu, Quatermass and the Pit: Five Million Years to Earth (BFI Film Classics).  Your time will come!  Soon.  Soon.

Oct
19
2014
1

If the Clintons were serious about the South, they’d stump in West Virginia.

Let’s just establish something right here, right now:

Self-proclaimed Clinton Democrats are struggling this election cycle, and not even their powerful namesakes may be enough to save them.

Both Bill and Hillary Clinton have tried to turn on their charms to help centrist Democrats in Kentucky and Arkansas. But as candidates in both states are slipping, help from the party’s preeminent power couple is falling short.

…the article goes on to claim that in 2016 Bill and Hillary Clinton may be regional powerhouses in the South anyway.  And that’s something that is completely at odds with the actual truth, which is that the Clintons know full well that they’re not going to make a darn bit of difference in the South. And how do I know that? Easy. They’re going to Kentucky and Arkansas: two states where the Democratic candidate will lose and it won’t actually be the Clintons’ fault.  Both Mark Pryor and Alison Grimes have run poor campaigns against Tom Cotton and Mitch McConnell: there’s no real demographic benefit that Hillary or Bill Clinton could give those two, and pretty much everybody knows it.

(more…)

Oct
19
2014
5

The fascinating thing about #McRib posts. (“Traffic GOLD, Jerry! GOLD!”)

Write a five hundred word post, and it’s crickets sometimes.  Do this…

…and you get responses and retweets and followings out the wazoo. It is a wonder, really.

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Oct
18
2014
5

Why Hunter Biden will get away with being thrown out of the Navy for cocaine use.

The more I read about Hunter Biden (VP Joe Biden’s son) cocaine-fueled discharge from the Navy, the more it stinks on ice:

…it is worth noting that, while Biden’s summary discharge occurred last February, it did not become public until the Wall Street Journal revealed the story this week. Biden’s statement about “the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy” — for one month! — was issued through his lawyer.

Evidently there was an effort, successful for eight months, to conceal this curious episode. But while the attempted cover-up is, perhaps, understandable from Vice President Biden’s perspective, the real scandal here is not Hunter Biden’s cocaine use, or his father’s protection of an errant son, but the fact that Hunter Biden was commissioned in the naval reserve in the first place.

Well, it’s a scandal but not a surprise: Vice Presidents, believe it or not, actually have a lot of pull. Even Joe Biden.  Enough to get an unqualified and overaged son a commission, at least; and enough to delay a cocaine scandal. (more…)

Oct
18
2014
1

Quote of the Day, RELYING On The Ground Game Is A Bad Sign edition.

Don’t get me wrong: Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 ground game was great – at getting Barack Obama elected, at least – and the Democrats were not shy in confidently claiming that they had converted that success into a more general system that would allow them to retain the Senate and make up lost territory in the states. Which is fine: bragging is one of the pleasures of winning. One must expect it.

This is not bragging.

Democrats are praying their ground game will save them from a crushing defeat in next month’s midterm elections.

This is what you say when ‘crushing defeat’ is something that you aspire to. We’ll see how the early voting goes (check here for a good, balanced look at the running totals), but so far I’m not particularly worried about that.

Oct
17
2014
1

Light posting.

Taking a few days off in the country.

Oct
16
2014
2

“Galaxy Song.”

No, that’s not Charlie Crist.

 

 

Galaxy Song, Monty Python

Oct
16
2014
1

Dear LORD but today’s just Grim News Day. (Mild language warning)

I mean, sure, some stuff has been kind of funny, but for esoteric, politically-saturated values of ‘funny.’  Nothing really generally entertaining.  Is there anything funny out there?  Anythi…

:email notification:

Hold on.

Hey, Moe! Go ask Siri ‘What is a douchebag?’ (more…)

Oct
16
2014
3

Oh dear GOD no! Not the McRib! NOT THE MCRIB!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO….

McDonald’s (MCD) McRib fans may have to hunt harder than usual for the popular sandwich this year.

It will only be available at participating restaurants, rather than nationwide, the company said.

“We’re letting the restaurants determine if this menu item is one their customers will enjoy,” wrote McDonald’s spokeswoman Lisa McComb in an email.

I WILL DETERMINE FOR THE RESTAURANTS. THE RESTAURANTS WILL SERVE THE MCRIB. ALL THE RESTAURANTS. ALL THE MCRIBS.  UNTIL THE TIME OF SATIATION HAS BEGUN. (more…)

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