Posted tagged ‘Massive Fail’

Ted Cruz’s Texans Are Getting The Democracy They Want…

October 3, 2013

And so are we…getting it good and hard, as my man Mencken preached it so long ago.

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This is just a quick addendum to my recent posts on the connection between the Republican party’s passion for denying millions of Americans access to health insurance coverage.

As everyone not resident at Bag End knows, the self-anointed leader of those who think that providing health care for millions is the gateway to the dictatorship of the usurper is  “Tailgunner” Ted  Cruz, R-TX.

That made me wonder — how many of his own constituents is the freshman Senator trying to roger?

The Texas Medical Association has the goods:

One quarter of the Texas population is uninsured (compared with a US proportion of 15.7% as of 2009). 17% of Texan kids are without insurance, compared to 10% nationwide. One third of Lone Star adults 19-64 lack insurance; the national total is 22%…and so it goes.

Don’t lose sight of what all this means.  Folks are dying now in Ted Cruz’s Texas when they shouldn’t — and he’s aiming to make sure that moral outrage continues.

Texans and, alas, the rest of us are stuck with Senator Cruz for another four years and change.  Let’s make sure we do whatever we can to see that his BFFs in the House pay the price much sooner than that for conspiring before the fact in the deaths of American citizens.  And let’s help our countrymen and women in the great state of Texas rid themselves of this noxious pest at the first opportunity.

Image: William Hogarth, An Election Entertainment,  1754

Real Manly Presidents Don’t Hug…Which Means The Deciderer is …. What?

October 4, 2010

Via Balloon Juice channeling Oliver Willis (update: whom, I now see, had the same thought) comes this gem from Larry Kudlow:

Am I the only one who saw weakness when President Obama and his departing chief of staff Rahm Emanuel gave each other big, fat, full-bore hug following their speeches at the resignation event in the White House’s East Room on Friday?

Answer:  Yes,

You are the only one who thinks that, you sexually terrified old hack. (Assumptions not in evidence, but what the hell, it’s my blog.)

I think the hug lacked dignity. It did not send a message of American power and forcefulness. So I fret about the reaction around the world to this kind of fraternity-like emotionalism in full public view.

That would be because the rest of the world responds so viscerally to American displays of such manly vigor.

Exhibit A:

And for commentary, let me turn to official Inverse Square analyst, Dr. M. Python:

Why not just a dignified, stand-up, serious handshake? That’s what Reagan would have done. A strong handshake shows friendship, respect, and even affection. But a big fat hug seems to go over the line.

And he should know.  Here’s Kudlow, explaining why John McCain is our president today:

McCain is much more than a POW who somehow survived the Hanoi Hilton. He is a true military man. It flows through his veins, posing a whopper of a problem for Hillary or Obama. Guaranteed, there will be no chicken-hawk taunts.

And here’s how such a man interacts with a member of species Accipiter cooperii:

And last, let me pose a challenge.  Go ahead, Larry Kudlow.  I dare you.  Tell these guys that their big fat hugs eliminate their claim to American power and forcefulness.

I’ll sell tickets:

Alternatively, just shut up.