Tag Archives: #TCOT

Wednesday November 4th

29 Oct

Here’s a scenario:

It’s Wednesday November 4th. Bill Owens has very narrowly won a seat in Congress from NY-23.  Dede Scozzafava, the endorsed Republican candidate finished a distant third.  All the smart #TCOT kids wearing Banana Republic have left town with their Blackberries and laptops no longer taxing the local coffee shops or Verizon towers.

Now what?

Are they going to stick around NY-23 and help #rebuild the party apparatus there?  Are they going to run to become local committeemen, eschewing their small apartment in NW for a ranch on a rural road with propane heat and a septic tank?

No.  The Republican voters of NY-23 will wonder how the hell they blew a pretty safe seat, and probably be pretty pissed off that all these tools came in from out of town to fuck it all up.

Champions of Traditional Marriage

24 Jun

And here is marriage advice from Governor Mark Sanford (R-South Carolina) to a since-deleted blog:

Dear Stephen,

Thanks for your letter, and congratulations on your wedding in June. You were generous enough to ask for a few pearls of wisdom on the marriage front, so here are a few thoughts from one who has yet to earn all his marriage badges in this chapter of life.

If memory serves me correctly, I’m thinking about a Scott Peck book called The Road Less Traveled. This book, or one I’m confusing with it, talks about moving from independence or dependence to interdependence. My sense of an ideal marriage – and it takes experiences together, time and maturity to reach this point – is that you have the union of two people perfectly able to stand on their own. They come together knowing that their lives will be more fulfilling and meaningful by choosing to build a life together. In this regard, view your marriage as a partnership, and extend to your wife the same courtesies in communication you would extend your business partner. Suprisingly a lot of couples don’t, and from unintentional and small communication lapses grow big differences. Jenny and I try to consult with one another a lot, and it has paid dividends.

Forgive – and forget. Apologize. In James the Bible says never let the sun set on your anger. It is great advice. If you have to stay up all night fussing until the issue is resolved, do it. Don’t let
anyone go to bed brooding because only bad will grow from it. In resolving these issues, take Steven Covey’s advice from his book The Seven Habits. He says seek first to understand – then to be understood.

The Bible charges men with the role of head of household. We set the tone and among other things are responsible for the spiritual condition of the household. Be willing to assume leadership. Part of that means to love her when that is not the mood of the day, she will respond, but you have to consistently take that all important first step. God gave you a mission in life, be sure to in some way incorporate her in it. She will be thankful and like all women want to be part of a mission impossible that is bigger than just cleaning dishes and washing the baby’s diaper.

Thank her for the little things she does. I do a poor job of this, and it is worth focusing on.

Keep it fun. Don’t let spontaneity die. Take time to smell the roses along the all too short path called life.

My life has been made richer by our friendship Stephen. Thank you again for it and again congratulations.


Mark Sanford

The difference, dear reader, is that Republicans constantly moralize to people about family values. Otherwise, no one would really care a lot. If you oppose gay marriage and say it will harm traditional marriage, I’d argue that the actions of Mssrs. Sanford and Ensign are worse.


18 Jun

If you think that David Letterman was somehow advocating for statutory rape, you are probably too dumb to have a driver’s license. Or swim. Or poop. Or eat with utensils.

I’ll be contacting Olive Garden and Hellmans to tell them I think it’s ridiculous that they entertained this even in passing.

Stick with this to the end. Stern show fans will recognize the guys “kissing” behind the “rape” woman


And Sam Seder brings the funny here:

People’s Ownership of the Means of Production

3 Jun

As people decry Obama’s dastardly socialism, let’s put into perspective the percentage of American industry that has been nationalized in order to prevent it from failing and throwing hundreds of thousands more people instantly out of work.

HT to that Trotskyite Andrew Sullivan

The Party of Duh

20 May

Yeah, dumb ideas are dumb. Heckuva job, Steeley.

Republicans on Wednesday abandoned an effort to label their opponents the “Democrat Socialist Party,” ending a fight within the GOP ranks that reflected the divide between those who want a more centrist message and those seeking a more aggressive, conservative voice.

Supporters of the resolution asking the Democratic Party to change its name instead agreed to accept language urging Democrats to “stop pushing our country towards socialism and government control.”

#TCDOT du Jour: Twitter Fight!

20 May

One of the “leaders” of the “top conservatives on Twitter” hashtag “movement” (a.k.a. #TCOT) felt ass-bitten by something a liberal Twitterer & blogger wrote about him.

Specifically, Michael Patrick Leahy, who was co-creator, and later the apparent cause of a breakdown in relations with his partner in #TCOT, has a problem.

Mr. Leahy (Twitter stream here) isn’t just the #TCOT co-founder, he also fancies himself a national leader of the Tea Party movement. This is convenient, because the liberal blogger who so pissed Mr. Leahy off discovered that Leahy wasn’t so good at paying the taxes he’s protesting.

Well, that hardly seems fair. At least pay the damn things if you’re going to complain about them.

There’s a local angle, too – check out these creditors:


It’s safe to say that if the local bus company is your judgment creditor for a $140 debt, your life has gone horribly wrong somewhere along the way.

Anyway, because Mr. Leahy apparently thinks that his reputation was harmed because maybe some people who read Teablogging.net actually thought he was an “insane clown” or a member of an “alien race of lizard people”, he’s sued for libel.

Which is all well and good, but he’s sued pro se and drafted what has got to be, hands down, the funniest legal complaint I’ve ever seen. Not only does he seem to have a weak grasp of defamation jurisprudence, but he’s added in plugs for his books, and a sweet liberal conspiracy, to boot!

But what makes this so funny is that Leahy didn’t get all pissy about this until Keith Olbermann did a piece on it and named him “Worst Person in the World”. The Teablogging.net site actually ran their post by Leahy, and he uttered nary a peep about it.

Quite clearly, the conservative movement will win elections and gain support through their incredible work and advocacy on teh Twitterz.

Democrat Socialist Party

14 May

The RNC is supposedly going to meet in an extraordinary session to officially re-brand the Democratic Party as the “Democrat Socialist Party”.

First of all, party ID for the Republicans has gone down to 25%, while Democrats boast 36%, and people calling themselves “independent” are at 37-ish%. So, it’s perfectly reasonable for the Republicans to invoke inflammatory, insulting language to demonize over 1/3 of the electorate.

Secondly, these people might have a problem with it.

When “Allahpundit” thinks it’s stupid, it’s probably pretty stupid:

More than anything, this reeks of impotence, operating almost as a concession that the right’s argument on the merits that the left is evolving towards socialism isn’t working to shift public opinion. So now they’re going to up the ante by trying the hard sell: Just repeat “socialism” as much as possible to try to drive it into people’s skulls, never minding the fact that that term’s already lost some of its taboo and might well lose more as it goes further mainstream. Or at least, I hope that’s the GOP strategy here. The alternative, that they’re simply sticking their fingers in their ears and repeating “socialist” over and over out of spite like a five-year-old, is too depressing to contemplate.

This is quite clearly the very best idea that the very best Republican minds can muster. I applaud their impotence.


14 May

BuffaloBloodDonor talks about the current state of advocacy in the Republican Party, and gets to ask Trent Lott a question.

Please Keep Listening to Mr. Shootcherface

7 May

Cheney said the following, apparently without a hint of irony:

“I think it would be a mistake for us to moderate,” Cheney said. “This is about fundamental beliefs and values and ideas … what the role of government should be in our society, and our commitment to the Constitution and constitutional principles. You know, when you add all those things up, the idea that we ought to moderate basically means we ought to fundamentally change our philosophy. I for one am not prepared to do that, and I think most of us aren’t. Most Republicans have a pretty good idea of values, and aren’t eager to have someone come along and say, ‘Well, the only way you can win is if you start to act more like a Democrat.'”

Or more like a person with a commitment to the Constitution and constitutional principles. Or a civilized human being living in a western liberal democracy. Either way.

100 Days of Fair Balance

29 Apr

Remember that this is the other side’s favorite, if not primary, means of obtaining “information” and “news”.

HT BuffaloGeek via Twitter