Mar
31
2014
3

“I Remember Larry.”

I Remember Larry, Weird Al Yankovic

This is pretty much going to be a no April Fools’ Day zone again this year. At least, in posts.

Mar
31
2014
5

This is defeat, Democrats: you probably should have avoided it.

This fascinates me: “For the third election cycle, Democrats are still debating their options for handling the political fall-out from passage of the Affordable Care Act: fight, flight or finesse.” And it fascinates me because there are no options. The Democrats made a big bet in 2009 that they could ram the law through first, then justify it later. They lost that bet; and now come the consequences.

Can individual Democrats survive? Sure… in the House, and in the safer parts of the Senate.  But the most viable position – I screwed up, and if you re-elect me, I will vote with the Republicans to repeal Obamacare – is also absolutely anathema to the Democratic establishment.  To be fair, there’s a reason for that.  The Democratic party has gone all-in on this issue; and if the national cadre can just hold on then eventually the Democratic party will recover, once all the old bodies are removed and a new crop of politicians from the state party apparatuses are brought in. As institutions, both the Democrats and the Republicans profit mightily from inertia*; the Democratic establishment is kind of counting on that right now. (more…)

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Mar
31
2014
4

Barack Obama may be giving Brian Schatz the Kiss of Death in Hawaii-SEN primary.

As in, he’s endorsing Schatz over Colleen Hanabusa.

(more…)

Mar
31
2014
7

House Ways/Means Chair Dave Camp to retire. And the DCCC is helpless.

Oh, sure, the DCCC is going to put a nice face on it over there, because that’s what you do when you don’t have the money or the votes.  But it’s the wrong cycle for a pickup and the Democrats are not going to win the governorship and they’re now looking less and less likely to keep the Senate seat and MI-04 is R+4, which right now is about as accessible to the Democrats as is, say, the Moon. The best part? …The DCCC will have to pretend that it’s a possibility, because doing anything else will shut down the revenue streams.

Yes, I am crying inside.

More details here.

Mar
31
2014
5

The Delta Green Bundle of Holding. [Gamers will want to buy this.]

I am not getting this one solely because I already HAVE all of it. Delta Green is one of the greatest roleplaying campaign settings of all time, and is one of my absolute favorites. Twenty bucks is dirt cheap for this much concentrated awesome.

Via

Moe Lane

PS: They’re going to be doing a new edition, and I am going to be one of the Alpha Team playtesters.  I paid money to be on Alpha Team; that is how much I love this game.

PPS: If you’ve gotten this far without already knowing… well, OK: Delta Green is a roleplaying game that is usually described as “X-Files meets Call of Cthulhu,” which is a correct but not sufficient description.

Mar
31
2014
4

Oooh, those scary Koch Brothers and their AFP minions!

First, watch these two Americans for Prosperity (AFP) ads: they will show you exactly what the Democratic party is up against this year.

Spoiler warning: the Democrats have got nothing currently up that can beat either.

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Mar
31
2014
3

Appeals Court upholds conviction of Cleveland #Occupy domestic terrorists.

Good.

A federal appellate court Friday upheld the sentences of four men who plotted to blow up the Ohio 82 bridge that spans the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District Judge David Dowd Jr. acted correctly in doling out prison terms for Douglas Wright, Anthony Hayne, Brandon Baxter and Connor Stevens. The men had pleaded guilty in federal court in Akron to conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and other weapons charges.

(more…)

Mar
31
2014
1

Hey! Healthcare.gov went down this morning!

It’s like they have a quota for failure, and somehow the federal government is managing to not even make its numbers for that: “Hours before the deadline for enrolling, the online page for enrolling in Obamacare went down Monday.”  It’s back up now, but the day is young.

Via Hot Air, which references an earlier version of this story where HHS admitted that it wasn’t a volume thing.  Honestly, it never really has been a volume thing: that’s the basic problem with Obamacare, in fact…

Mar
30
2014
--

“End Of The Line.”

End Of The Line, Traveling Wilburys

…Really? Seriously? I’ve never used one from this band?  Whoa.

Mar
30
2014
1

Trailer: “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.”

Turns out there was a movie trailer after all.

I have no idea how this movie is going to turn out, mind. I did enjoy Sin City, but that was at least partially because it wasn’t really what I was expecting when it came out.  Now, I know what I’ll be seeing.  Plus, that first movie came out almost a decade ago, and we were all a bit less jaded back then.

Guess we’ll find out if it’s worth watching, huh?

Mar
30
2014
7

Sunday evenings are the worst in this gig.

Nothing ever happens and if it does it’s usually bad; they almost never put up any kind of relevant culture stuff up over the weekend; and there’s a limit to how much you can carp about video games and/or television shows. I’m almost ready to start putting up cat videos.

Shorter Moe Lane: BORED NOW.

Mar
30
2014
4

It is *snowing.* *Again.*

Anybody got some perfluorocarbons? That’s the stuff that causes global warming, right? – Because right now I’d be outside spritzing the area with my spray deodorant if I thought it’d do any good.

Moe Lane

PS: On the bright side: they’re not going to declare Maryland to be a drought area any time soon.

PPS:

PPPS: Orrrrr we could be in the middle of a flood warning. Apparently, we live downstream of a dam.

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