Tuesday Twitter roundup

Another pointless Legislative oversight briefing by DHHS:

Yeah, well. At that rate, the political battles will be fought out between the Eloi Party and the Morlock Party by the time everybody gets one of those free ID cards. And the Morlocks will probably be complaining about Eloi voter fraud, and how they no longer needs laws and regulations about people eating each other, since that type of paternalist behavior leads to Socialism.

Translated: I am going to ride this Obamacare dead horse all the way to the District of Columbia! Yee-haw!

Just a side note: I wish people would stop making allusions to his huge fat ass. I mean, it's scientifically impossible for him to generate his own gravity field, much less attract and trap smaller celestial bodies into his orbit. That kind of stuff is simply inappropriate, and it won't do a thing to lessen the impact of his eventual fall from space. I mean grace. His fall from grace.

Some of you may have thought you knew how crazy it is in Texas, but you're about to learn that you didn't really know what you thought you knew. Keep in mind, this Lady (yes, that's her first name) was intentionally placed on the school board:

Don't ask, because I have no fu(#ing clue.

Just to scratch my ad hominem itch some before proceeding: that "smarmy little bastard" caricature avatar combined with the patently condescending tone of your Tweets produces an exceptionally nauseating result. I'm just saying. One or the other would be bad enough, but both is just too much. On to the propaganda:

As the House of Representatives ponders whether to follow the Senate’s example and extend unemployment benefits, members might want to consider the case of North Carolina, where employment has increased and unemployment has declined from 8.8 percent to 7.4 percent in the five months following dramatic cuts in the state’s unemployment benefits.

The decline in the duration of unemployment benefits did not necessarily cause the employment gains, but it did not harm the state’s economy. So much for those who say the sky will fall if Congress does not extend federal emergency unemployment insurance benefits, which expired at the end of 2013.

See? I told you what Republicans in North Carolina did was an "experiment" to be used by national conservative groups to justify cutting employment benefits elsewhere. And you thought I was engaging in hyperbole using nothing more than my own flawed intuition and arm-chair psychology, which...okay, most of that is true, but it doesn't mean I was wrong. :) Back to the propaganda:

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, is director of Economics21 and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

"Seven Degrees of Sarah Scaife." That's the phenomenon (not unlike Godwin's law) in which every factoid or study cited by conservatives can be traced back to one or more of the corporate "foundations" which subsidize pseudo-scientific bullshit:

The Manhattan Institute (MI) is a right-wing 501(c)(3) non-profit think tank founded in 1978 by William J. Casey, who later became President Ronald Reagan's CIA director.[1] It is an associate member of the State Policy Network.

Between 2001 and 2010, the Manhattan Institute received more than $3 million from the conservative Bradley Foundation[19].

Between 1985 and 2005, the Institute received $20,579,883 (unadjusted for inflation) in a total of 294 grants from a small group of right-wing foundations.[20]

The following organizations had given donations to the Manhattan Institute as of 2005:[20]

Armstrong Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation[21]
Brady Education Foundation, Inc.
Castle Rock Foundation
Earhart Foundation
F.M. Kirby Foundation
Gilder Foundation
Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation
Hickory Foundation
Jaquelin Hume Foundation
John Templeton Foundation
John M. Olin Foundation, Inc.
JM Foundation
Koch Family Foundations (Claude R. Lambe Foundation)
Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Randolph Foundation[22]
Roe Foundation
Ruth and Lovett Peters Foundation
Scaife Foundations (Sarah Mellon Scaife, Carthage[23]) Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation
Smith Richardson Foundation
Walton Family Foundation
William E. Simon Foundation
William H. Donner Foundation

If you can believe it, I had a much longer version of this diary that got lost in the ether when I tried to publish it. Probably for the best. Here's your onion:

:) I said that. Several times, actually, and I also complained about the lack of 49'ers being carried off the field. Not proud of it.


We should start a list

of all the issues/problems/natural catastrophes that Republicans try to connect to the Affordable Care Act. It has already surpassed both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act for things that idiots complain about.

Global Warming...

....no, that won't work, they'd have to admit it existed...

Polar Vortex?

....maybe, they claim that is a new meteorological term recently invented for "really cold weather."

Miley Cyrus?

...Yeah, that's the ticket

Generational problem

Billy Ray should have never made it past the first trimester before being canceled...

mos def...


Traffic jams on bridges.