Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Morning Comin' Down

With an overall h/t to Heather, John, David and Nicole Belle at Crooks and Liars for always getting the clips and up first and best!

This week on "David Gregory is an Awful, Awful Person"

On the subject of the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Gregory brought together two third-tier Republican  fingerpuppets who hung onto the "Obamacare is a failure!  Obamacare is the Death of the Republic!  Ermahgerd!" meme like grime death, one Democrat who wanted to talk facts and figures, and one Lady Tom Friedman who wanted to bypass all this jibber jabber because Smart Phones!

Mr. Gregory turned the same brain trust loose on the subject of the Republican's massive national campaign to suppress voter turnout, and guess what!   Those same two Republicans insisted that it was all pish and tosh and "identity politics" (translation: "Uppity black people don't know their damn place!"), the same Democrat wanted to talk about the factual reality, and Lady Tom Friedman wanted to skip over all this jibber jabber because in ten years everybody'll be voting on their Smart Phones!

Meanwhile, over on basic cable, Actual Tom Friedman was kinda glad about Putin and Ukraine.

Kinda hoped Putin starts blowing more shit up, 'cause maybe then  people will start talking about renewable energy and stuff!

No. Really. He said that, and no one brought him down with a tranquilizer gun and ran him back the quiet-room-with-no-doorknob and the five-point restraints from which he obviously escaped:
Friedman: Fareed, I'm going to ask you something. Would you think I'm a bad guy if I were hoping that Vladimir Putin turned off the gas to Europe? Because that's my secret hope, because I believe if Putin turns off the oil and gas to Europe right now, it would be the equivalent of the 1973 Arab oil embargo, which is what launched the solar wind and efficiency industry.

We only got the first auto mileage standards after that. I think we are poised to take off. I hope you bought solar stocks last year, because if you did, they're all exploding. And I don't have to tell you about Tesla stock. We just need a little push. We just need Vladimir to do the right thing and turn the gas off. I'm happy to pay all the energy bills for the Ukraine because the impact it would have on the whole clean tech industry, which is poised to take off now, would be just like 1973. You go, Vlad. Give it to us.
Because face it, from within the clammy confines of Tommy's gargantuan ego

we're all just ants anyway.

And within the borders of our Beltway Media, no Neocon with money and connections is ever so categorically and catastrophically wrong

that he wont be given an infinite number of do-overs.

Elsewhere on basic cable, Huckadoodle name-checked every single asinine wingnut conspiracy theory extant because Jebus and Freedumb!

Republican Marsha Blackburn gave Plutarch's copyboy, Bob Schieffer, a thrilling report on the life of ladies in Opposite Land.

George Will continued to earn his keep as member of Roger Ailes' stable.

Professional Irrelevant Centrist Afterthought, Marc McKinnon (the one with the weird little ascot-like affectation)  explained how much love there is out there for the Bush Family among Republicans and other poor souls who have lost the ability to remember anything that happened after 1981.

So if you slept in, or went out, or watched a Rocky and Bullwinkle marathon, or read Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, or otherwise wisely avoided the Mouse Circus altogether, you missed nothing of consequence at all.

Also I have been reminded that I have let my ninth blogiversary slip right past me.

Apparently I have been crazy busy.


Comradde PhysioProffe said...

Happy Fucken Blogiversary, holmes!

Capt. Bat Guano said...

Friedman just wants another opportunity to tell some one to "suck on this", it gives him such a pleasing little woody.

Kathleen said...

Happy Anniversary, Driftglass! You make my world a much nicer place. Thank you.

Habitat Vic said...

Well, happy (belated) blogiversary DG. I see that the ninth is either pottery or leather. You don't strike me as pottery aficionado and as to leather, well, I'll let BlueGal do that one.

Best Wishes and thanks for everything.

JerryB said...

I took my dog for a walk.

drbopperthp said...

Happy #9 Drifty!!!! Da Doctor

Alex Malecki said...

Amusing as usual, Driftglass. There's just one thing I don't understand: Who's Lady Tom Friedman?

Anonymous said...

Number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine...

Like wow, man. Congrats!

marindenver said...

A belated happy blogiversary! I have had to not allow myself to look at the blogs the last few days and keep my head down in tax returns and extensions. I got done at noon and now happily catching up!

So I guess we know that Tommy Friedman is heavily invested in solar energy stocks.

Ufotofu9 said...

This is a bit late, but I like to bing read my Driftglass.

By the by, I looked up the ten largest solar companies, which I received from

I googled each company to check for their stock prices today, and as of 6pm on Thursday April 17, every single company on that list that trades on the NYSE was down a few points. Not one was up at the end of the day.

Now I support alternatives to petroleum as much as the next guy, but what Tom Friedman said: "I hope you bought solar stocks last year, because if you did, they're all exploding" doesn't seem to be true.

As a random example, I chose number two on the list, First Solar. This is what their stock prices look like over the last five years:

I tried number four, Trina Solar: (

And to add one more random example to the mix I picked SunPower, who's 5y stock prices show an upward trajectory: ( though I wouldn't call it an explosion. Still, the trend is upwards over five years. Over ten years however, we get this (

So don't take your investment advice from Tom Friedman. Hell, don't take gardening tips from Tom Friedman.