Thursday, November 20, 2014

Crackers

Where does Alabama get these ignorant, nose-picking assholes anyway?

But not all the nose-picking assholes are in Dixie. There are a lot of them in prairie dog country and backwaters like Kansas. 

How do these assholes get elected in the first place? Maybe it's because so many people vote based on the party brand name instead of the party's policy agenda.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Wave on

Wasn't the Tea Party wave election in 2010 supposed to be the earth-shaking political transformation that would put an end to the butt hurt suffered by angry old conservative white folks once and for all?

We were told the Gingrich revolution in 1994 was the beginning of the Thousand Year Republican Reich.

Then we were told the 2000 election (settled 5-4 in the Supreme Court) ushered in the Thousand Year Republican Reich.

Then it was the 2010 Tea Party Wave.

Now it's the 2014 wave, in which five states that Romney carried in 2012 replaced Senate Democrats with Republicans. Add in the Tom Harkin retirement in Iowa, that's six.

At this pace, the 1000 year GOP Reich should finally be ready to roll in 980 years.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What now?

The old saying, "Be careful what you wish for because you may get it" applies in this situation. The Republican Party got exactly what it's been wishing for. Now what the fuck are they gonna do with it?

The 2016 presidential election campaign started this morning, and all the Republicans who are running for the White House will be pushing all the ones who aren't into places where they don't want to be. There's no reason to expect a party which hates government to succeed at governing.

So Republicans need to enjoy their victory lap and gloat while they still can. They haven't had a fresh idea in thirty years, and the angry white people over age 50 who restored the GOP Senate majority yesterday will soon be demanding an agenda that alienates the large majority of people who aren't Tea Party crazies or evangelunatics. By November 2016, most voters will have been reminded of all the things they don't like about American life when the GOP is running Congress.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Infected

I won't be naming any names, but there are plenty of people in the United States who would be improved by an Ebola infection.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

We Not Skrong

Reactions to a 59-0 pronging by the Crimson Tide:

After watching A&M's football team piss away one halftime lead after another in 2011, I didn't have high hopes for the 2012 edition, especially when I learned the quarterback would be a redshirt freshman I'd never heard of named Johnny Manziel.

When I saw Manziel play in a close loss to Florida, I realized he had the potential to make games interesting, but I didn't realize then just how interesting things would get. Texas A&M won games against Ole Miss (30-27) and Louisiana Tech (59-57) they would have lost without the miracle plays Manziel created in the 4th quarters of each. By the end of the season, I began to wonder how good A&M would be if Manziel couldn't play due to an injury.

In 2012, the A&M defense had its shaky moments, and in 2013, it collapsed completely. The team still won games, but only because of the yardage and points that Manziel was able to generate. When he was injured in the second half of the season, Manziel wasn't able to pull off miracles, and the Aggies dropped games against Auburn, LSU and Missouri (two of which were winnable had Manziel been at peak efficiency).

I didn't expect much from the 2014 edition of A&M football. Manziel and Evans went to the NFL, and I doubted the defense would have improved much between January and August. Four SEC West teams the Aggies swept in 2012 (Arkansas, Auburn, and the two Mississippi schools) had improved significantly since then, so the schedule looked more challenging. I expected A&M would be 5-3 after eight games, with losses to South Carolina, Alabama, and either Ole Miss or Mississippi State. I penciled in probable losses to Auburn, LSU and Missouri, and decided the Aggies would finish the regular season at 6-6, with a best-case scenario of 8-4 if some of the preseason Top 25 picks weren't as good as expected. I was prepared to see a lot of 45-38 games, with the Aggies winning about half of them.

The Aggies are 5-3 tonight, exactly where I expected them to be. But I believed the team would be competitive, even against the strongest opponents. Instead, A&M played one good game, the opening week upset of South Carolina. They started their decline the next week, but it was barely noticed because it came against Lamar. Every week, they slipped another few notches, and by the Arkansas game, they needed several lucky breaks to escape with an overtime win. The wheels came completely off against Mississippi State.

As things stand now, Texas A&M is to the SEC West what Vanderbilt is to the SEC East. They're the closest thing to a sure win on every division rival's schedule. Against the Tide, the whole team was just going through the motions. As a result, the most vulnerable Alabama team Saban has fielded in years was able to hand the Aggies their worst ass-whipping since Franchione's 2003 team was blasted 77-0 by Oklahoma.

I don't see how the A&M coaches can find ways to win games against Auburn, Missouri and LSU with a bunch of players who've lost interest and lack fundamental skills. Without a miracle finish, I expect a long, slow-burning fuse will be lit, and it will only be a matter of time until Sumlin joins Franchione and Sherman on the seemed like a good idea at the time list of former head coaches.

From what I saw, a stiff breeze would provide more resistance than the Aggie defense. So stick a fork in 'em... they're done.

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