Saturday, March 7, 2009

Technical Incompetence = GOP 'web presence'

Whether it's trying to use <> color tags in the -title- of web pages1 or tons of รข's in an RSS feed2, the CO GOP is, as usual, doin a heckuva job proving that when it comes to technology, they're really... um... well... that is... ahhhh... you know....

...clueless.

Keep up the 'good' work kids, it tells me you're absolutely no threat.

1. Bob Moore at the Coloradoan - finally fixed after several months
2. Seemingly everywhere - like flyshit

Axis of Drivel

Three Blind Mice
By CHARLES M. BLOW

The Republicans have reached a new low, literally.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, the percentage of Americans who view the Republican Party positively is at an all-time low. Meanwhile, President Obama’s positive rating is at an all-time high, and the Democratic Party’s positive rating is near its high.

Why? Because the Republicans have dissolved into a querulous lot of nags and naysayers without a voice, a direction or a clue, and we are not amused.

And who has surfaced as their saviors? Bobby Jindal, Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh — the axis of drivel.

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Hat Tip to Prometheus 6!

Closet Kooks

Once again the Longmont TimesCall showcases the best of the wingnut right in Longmont:

In the provocatively-titled story:

City of Longmont, don’t be branded as a spendthrift

the anonymous author (Dino, is that you?) opines:
Really, the city should wait. In era of budget cutbacks, there’s no rush to lay down $75,000 so someone else can help determine who you are.
Absolutely! And when you've got a gang of cigar-chompin pinstriped businessmen with a huge bag of money who needs anyone else to tell you "...who you are." The ole boys at LIFT will take care of that for you, just lay back and relax, it'll be over soon.

Then the author's bias peeks out ever-so-cutely, like a little puppy poking its head out of your pocket:
This is not to say Longmont couldn’t use a little help. Some cities have clear identities — despite its “People’s Republic” image, Boulder has an identity that attracts visitors — but Longmont suffers from confusion. Is Longmont an All-America city? Is it a destination? Is it a gateway to somewhere else? Does one come here to work? To live? For the schools? What ever happened to Longmont being a big front porch?
So, the City Council shouldn't do it, but it would be nice if someone would. Hm. *snifsnif* -gag- smells like LIFT again. And OH-so-well-done slipping in the Communist reference to Boulder for the ten millionth time. Do the people that think this way really believe that Communism is running wild in Colorado? The (anonymous of course) comment:
"Council’s majority should be honest about who they are and adopt a yellow hammer inside the curve of a sickle on a red field and be done with it..."
sure does ring in sympathy with that.

Kids... the Cold War is OVER. Please, put down the dog-eared copy of the John Birch Newsletter and buy a clue... and some laxative.

There's much banter over a slogan for the city:
"Lawyers, guns and money" - considering how LIFT is poised to take over the town this is a natural. Even comes with a theme song!
But let me address the other rhetorical questions posed by the writer:

Is Longmont an all-American city? - We won the award. Nuf sed. Really. Enough.

Is it a destination? - if you're looking for a well-run, clean and safe home, hell yeah.

Is it a gateway to somewhere else? - uh... DUH. (points to Rocky Mountain National Park, newly-designated a Wilderness Area)

Does one come here to work? - if you're of the card-carrying blood-ritual-annointed favored few, yes. Otherwise go to Boulder or Denver, damn hippy.

To live? - If you want to buy a house that's had it's price driven into the ground by insane growth and unscrupulous realtors, oh yeah! (thanks guys!)

For the schools? - after nearly a decade of GOP domination of the school board and CSAP scores going into the toilet... not so much.

What ever happened to Longmont being a big front porch? - waaaallll, y'all managed to drive out the Klan, and then the robber-barons but y'all dinnit qwaht wipe out the hardcore bloodthirsty racists... just yayit... (based on this comment seen in the TC's comment stream recently):
The real agenda in now painfully clear. From small man Polis to big man Obama. As their arrogance increases, so does the lubrication of their loose lips.
Longmont 3/6/2009 7:34:42 AM
Aw, isn't that cute? Sounds like something Rush might have said after a handfull of oxycontin. I love how this bloviating shithead manages to insult the left's 'arrogance' while making a racist comment at the same time. There's some high-flying rhetoric for ya.

Keep up the great work Longmont GOP, you're doin a heckuva job - heckuva job!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Fired up? READY TO GO!!

Thanks to Ross - great idea!




Click the image or here for a vector-based PDF

Suitable for car windows and easy to read from a distance.

Shades of Annihilation

This from the Colorado Index:
If the Republican Party ceases to exist in the next two decades or so, an outcome that doesn't seem impossible given the demographics, it will be because it chose not to treat Hispanics humanely and with dignity.
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(significant look at the treatment of Michael Steele)

(makes mark on graph, connects previous point higher up)

(nod)

(smile)

(whispers) heckuvajob...

Gaunlet seen

From TimesCall.com comment stream:
Only Benker is up for election in November. Longmont cannot afford the Bloc; McCoy, Levinson & Hansen must be recalled to prevent ruin of the economy and to stop their religious persecution. If petitions are turned in a recall could be scheduled concurrent with the General Elections scheduled three seats. Let’s get ‘er dun.
3/4/2009 6:26:54 PM
Who wrote this? Perhaps a LIFT supporter. There's just nothing more safe than anonymous saber-rattling.

Watching with great interest to see if this happens.

Love the Country/Western touch "Let's get 'er dun" - says it all.

Election season has officially opened in Lesser Wingnuttia.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's Called 'Projection'

Psychological Projection (from Wikipedia)

In psychology, psychological projection (or projection bias) is a defense mechanism where a person's personal attributes, unacceptable or unwanted thoughts, and/or emotions are ascribed onto another person or people. According to Wade, Tavris (2000) projection occurs when a person's own unacceptable or threatening feelings are repressed and then attributed to someone else..[1]

An example of such simple behavior would be: blame for failure, making an excuse for your own faults by projecting the cause of said failure onto someone else, hence blaming them and not accepting the reality of the failure. One would argue that you are projecting the threatening feelings.

Projection reduces anxiety by allowing the expression of the unwanted subconscious impulses or desires without letting the conscious mind recognize them.

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It's like...

  1. Trying to claim that the media feasting on the ever-rotting flesh of the demi-man Rush Limpbough is somehow Obama's fault.
  2. Claiming that GOP chairman Steele's apology and the ensuing media explosion is somehow connected to Obama.
  3. Trying to claim that calling Rush what he is (an idiot) is bad.
See, it's like this:

The GOP 'leadership' knows that they'll have to live in the nuclear-bomb-scarred political wasteland they've created and they're starting to realize the hell they're in for and they're freaking out.

It's like looking for something, anything you can misconstrue, anything, no matter how small or ridiculous it may be and building it up into a huge secret conspiracy so you can continue to play cops and robbers, feds and terrists, anything but face the truth that you fucked up horrifically and your time in the spotlight is over.

It's sad, it's pathetic. It's also known as paranoia - eventually the dementia reaches such proportions that they'll start attacking anything within reach.

If it's this bad now, I can only imagine where it'll be four years from now... but the silver lining to this cloud is that as the GOP and their supporters go ever more and more nutzoid they'll make the case for why they shouldn't have been in power and never should be again.

Keep talkin' kids, you're really doin a heckuva job.

Seriously.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Black Thoughts

(spotted at firedoglake)



Now you see why righties don't like Johnny Cash, he gave a damn about the poor.

Here's how our 'captains of industry' feel about the working class (hat tip to Jesus' General):



So they're going to be 'rioting in the streets' and it's the 'end of civilization' ? Well, I guess if you're used to have a bigger house every year and a new Mercedes to go with it, having to lower your expectations even a fraction so that a family could have health care would seem like the end of the world.

So it's only fitting to run this clip:


this line from Stewart hits home hard:
"Apparently, the only time you have to love this country is when it's controlled by Republicans.
One of the funniest bits is the string of speakers bad-mouthing Bush, followed by the uproarious greeting for him with chants of 'four more years'

which highlights just how hypocritical the GOP is.

Keep talking kids, please.

Monday, March 2, 2009

GOP Megathrowdown

What?!! Rush *isn't* the Voice of the GOP?

Careful there Man O' Steele, you'll get y'ownself DITTOIZED.

Steele Gets Bent

Well, apparently Rush Limpbough (sic) is the head of the GOP.

This just keeps getting better.

Heckuva job Rushie!

You and your wannabee clones are well on-track to screw up the next election.

You GO booey(s).

Rush has a point

No, no, not the one on top of his head, a rhetorical point:
"I don’t understand why you’re asking Republicans to donate to the Republican National Committee..."
...ya know Rushie, neither do I.

Here's hoping the donations stop completely.

Heckuva job.

Hat tip to AmericaBlog!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

GOP Brand Growth - not so much...

"People believe Rush"

MMMmmmm....not so much:



"Obama's Stimulus plan won't work"

Oh... whoopsie... not so much:



Dear GOP, maybe it's really time to sit down and STFU before you make complete idiots out of yourselves.

Or not.

I'm fine with your continuing to remind people why you lost so badly - and need to keep losing.

Yell Louder

I've been amused by the antics of the wingnuts in Longmont the past year1 and their efforts to 'smarten up' and 'get out the message' - they've all but started sticking flyers on car windshields. I begin to wonder when they'll start holding breakdancing competitions so they can *ahem* "get.down.and.funky.with.the.kids" (cough).

The number of 'websites'2, blogs3 and other forms of online braying4 has skyrocketed. Personally, I smell money. Lots of it. Someone's trying waaay too hard, cranking out stuff left and right, taking every single cheapshot possible - keeping up a steady drumbeat of negative postings about City Council long before the election. I have no doubt LongmontReport will suddenly lurch back to life, anonymous-coward zombie that it is.

While it's normal to see the giant, grease-coated gears of the GOP hate machine grinding away, this article tells me that maybe all this rightie-too-tightie-underwear-yanking might not yield the fruits they're hoping for:

Ailing G.O.P. Risks Losing a Generation

Americans identifying themselves as Democrats outnumber those who say they are Republicans by 10 percentage points, the largest gap in party identification in 24 years.

The gap has widened significantly since President George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, when it was a mere 3 percentage points. But by the time Mr. Bush left office in January, less than a quarter of Americans approved of his performance.

These days, 38 percent of Americans say they are Democrats, 28 percent call themselves Republicans, and another 29 percent identify as independents, according to an average of national polls conducted last year by The New York Times and CBS News.
Holy crap! That's some bad news Batman - even in so-bright-it-glows-in-the-dark red Longmont.

The flapping, flailing (and failing) Lunatic Fringe in Longmont is passing the giant Dr. Suess hat and making the deep-pocket boys (and girls) cough up big. I have to wonder what will happen should they lose in their Holy Quest To Take Back Longmont.

Here's a few (possible) headlines you might see after the LF's next epic fail:

"Developer found head-down in half-full concrete truck, workers 'saw nothing'...."

"Realtor goes missing during boar hunt, companions 'unable to offer clues'...."

"Megachurch minister fails to return from Missouri visit, staff has 'no comment'...."

"Man arrested for public drunkeness after urinating on Councilmember's door"

You get the drift. If they WIN (it's possible with the kind of $$$$$ they're going to throw at this election) it will be open season on Lefties in Longmont5 ... but if they lose... oh mommie... there's not enough vodka and tomato juice on earth to quell that hangover.

So, count on this next City Council election getting wild, there's lots on the line for the wingers so they'll be going so far over the top they'll need parachutes (or pail and mop) to get back down.

Either way, it'll be a show to remember. Take pictures.



1. Amused by some, just revolted by others.
2. Quote marks because only in the most abstract sense can they be called websites, more like 'Dadaesque cries for help'. (I'd link to one of them as an example but IMHO the site owner(s) are insane. They're skeery. Really. Actually, they're not - unless you consider diarrhic chihuahuas dangerous but who needs the porch pooped on AGAIN?)
3. Well, I -think- they're blogs... if nonstop screeching and poo-flinging qualifies.
4. Which reminds me, the GOP has definitely put the TWIT in Twitter this year.
5. And I think it might just be literal, what with the folks involved.

What actor is Longmont?

More hate leaking from the comments at the Times-Call:

In the story:

City branding study put on hold until summer

By Tony Kindelspire
Longmont Times-Call

LONGMONT — If Greeley were an actor, it would be John Wayne. Fort Collins would be Tom Hanks.

So what big-screen star would Longmont be, if it were an actor?
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Longmont's mascot should be Helen Keller, since City Council seems to be blind on the "REAL" issues of Longmont. Why would you take funds from the LAEC when they help bring jobs into the community? Here is a basic math formula that even Helen Keller would be able to see for City Council to reference. Employers = Jobs and Jobs = Employees and Employees = Consumers and Consumers = Sales Tax Dollars for Longmont. Unless this is the real reason they wanted to pass the chicken coop issue, they want residents to live off the land. Why pay $75,000 for a STUDY? If it costs $75,000, how much is it going to cost to implement the study? And where are these funds going to come from? It seems like the organization that the City is using for the study are "Carpetbaggers", they did studies Greeley and Fort Collins. After Longmont who is this group going to solicit? Lafayette? Louisville? Broomfield? We should use the $75,000 instead to recall the City Council.
3/1/2009 9:05:23 AM

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Wow, the Lunatic Fringers the LIFTers are working overtime and weekends, must be considerable funds in play. Funny how they refuse to acknowledge that the last two City Councils (run by their developer-lovin pals and theocrat appeasers) didn't do anything with this mill either. But that never stopped a winger from making up more lies.
So what big-screen star would Longmont be, if it were an actor?
To me, Old Longmont would obviously be Strother Martin, vicious, hard-hearted and as old-school as it gets. Luckily, now dead. New Longmont is still trying to be born, despite ironic pitched efforts from the religious right to abort it.

Maybe if the realtors and businessmen that have sucked so much money out of this town over the years would show a little heart and a little decency and support the majority-elected government more positive changes could come about.

Oh, wait, what am I saying?!? The little people might benefit.

Can't have THAT.

Okay, break's over, back on your heads.

Longmont's Finest - and others

Well, the old flour mill in south Longmont burned last night. Good coverage from the Times-Call.

Kudos to Battalion Chief Rick VanderVelde, his firefighters and the Longmont Police for keeping this from spreading.

The comments on the story show the two sides of Longmont very clearly:
When I read this story this morning on the Internet, as I do everyday, I was so saddened to see some wonderful old memories go up in flames. Many years ago, I remember hauling many truck loads of farm crops to this old mill, and with each trip was a meeting of some fellow farmer's wives, and the many chats we had. I used to sit there waiting from my truck to be dumped, and be amazed at all the different dirty old caps the men wore. Yep, I was one of those "farm ladies" who did the "hauling". Dates me, doesn't it?
3/1/2009 10:15:38 AM
Hard-working woman, truck driver and someone that values the history of Longmont. The majority of the city wanted this landmark restored, but Julia Pirnack and the thugs before her fought tooth and nail against it.
Longmont, you are a piece of work! A few months ago, when the Police and Fire Department unionization issue was hot, many of you wrote in to say the police and firemen were a bunch of lazy, overpaid, do-nothing slackers. Too bad it takes an incident such as this to put their skill and heroism "in your face". PS: Great photo's from talented camera jockeys!
3/1/2009 10:01:59 AM
The Fire and Police collective bargaining deal passed with a just-barely majority - despite a pitched battle of lies and smears funded (I believe) by the reddest of the red-state rednecks and wealthy n'eer-give-a-shits. I wonder if these anti-union heroes will thank the firefighters when their neighborhood is saved from disaster? More like yell at them to get their engines out of the way so they can leave for (yet another) vacation from reality with the little people.
I have to agree; good riddance. One less place for the homeless to get cancer from asbestos in this old nasty building. I mean, no one was going to do anything with it anyway, certainly not the city; so now it will be brought down by fire. A safety hazard for the homeless who squatted there and a saftey hazard for the Firefighters who had to put out the blaze.
3/1/2009 9:58:34 AM
For a city with dozens of churches this comment speaks volumes. The homeless are apparently just trash to be swept aside, despite Jesus' admonitions about the least of us. Maybe I just missed all those delegations of faithful rushing over there every night to bring comfort and succor to the 'lost sheep'.
My first thought: good riddance. Finally, fire will do to that eyesore what the city just couldn't bring itself to do, properly. However, as I contemplate, I realize it will now sit there as a charred pile of rubble for the next 20 years. Maybe we can commission a study. I've given up on this town having any vision.
3/1/2009 8:39:25 AM
Spoken like a true Lunatic Fringer. Maybe we can commission a study to determine if it's even possible to remove that massive stick jammed up their collective asses... or at least tone down the sanctimonious moanings/barkings/crotch-licking. I kinda doubt it, the behavior is pretty well set-in and habitual. He's given up on the town having any vision? If he means visions of obscene theocratic takeovers, he's right to give up - that dream is stone-cold dead.
We watched from 1st and Main last night. I just pray there was no one inside. Thank you to our hard working firefighters and law enforcement teams for everything they did last night.
3/1/2009 8:33:05 AM
Care for possible victims, kudos for the hardworking emergency staff. Must be one of them bleedin-heart commie pinko libruls. Who needs a heart when you've got a GUN?
"Tear this one down, it's beyond hope"... Thanks City Government...you sit on your backside and study chickens for months while opportunities for redevelopment to add some character and class to Longmont burn to the ground.
3/1/2009 8:21:56 AM
And not one word about the PREVIOUS CITY COUNCILS. It always amazes me how the right-wing nutjobs can ever-so-neatly shift blame. Hey, Einstein, your 'party' just lost the last TWO elections - badly. Maybe puffing up your little bully-feathers and strutting around shitting on the majority-elected government isn't a good tactic anymore.

Oh, but don't let me stop you.

Heaven forfend - please, continue proving the "Lunatic Fringe" label is apt.

You're doin a heckuva job.

Branded

In honor of Longmont's possible 'branding' initiative:

Branded (Longmont version)

All but one fringer caught.
There at Chicago Colony.
And they say he ran away.

Branded, scorned as the one who knew.
What do you do when you're branded, and you can't buy a clue.

Wherever you go, for the rest of your life
You must prove, you didn't know.

All but one fringer caught.
There at Chicago Colony.
And they say he ran away.

Branded!
Marked with a fringer's shame.
What do you do when you're branded,
Will you lie just the same?

He wasn't innocent,
All the charges true,
The world will always know ...

Branded!
Scorned as the one who knew.
What do you do when you're branded,
And you can't buy a clue?