Twenty Bucks, Same as in Town
Blogwhoring. You do it, I do it, we all do it. What have you been up to?
Posting for the foreseeable future will be light on account of some recent emotional and legal upheavals that have robbed me of a lot of peace of mind and sleep (No, things are great between me and the future Mrs. JP). So, until I get back my emotional and intellectual equilibrium, whatever I would've written and whatever I'm working on (The 5th Estate, another Mike Flannigan article, etc) will be put on a back burner.
By now, you've all gotten used to me shamelessly begging for money and while I'd never do that unless Barb and I really, really needed the help to stave off eviction, today I'm appealing to you guys to help two bloggers who are in even more desperate trouble than me. Firstly, longtime lib blogger Lisa Casey at All Hat, No Cattle needs some love. According to Mad Kane, Lisa has $30,000 in outstanding medical bills that may force her to sell her house so she can get them paid off. As, as MK says, "Nobody should have to sell her house to pay her medical bills."
Another blogger is in trouble. Erstwhile Pottersville reader Libby Spenser of the Impolitic is also in very real danger of getting evicted. She's had to curtail her blogging activities because of chronic bursitis. So not only does she have mounting medical bills, her Paypal button says, "Help Keep Libby Off the Street." So, if you have a few spare bucks, please help out my old pal Libby. Once Barb and I get back on our feet, I'll practice what I preach.
LowerManhattanite doesn't post all that often at the GNB but when he does, he makes up for lost time. In this screed, "Look 'Pon The Devil's Brow...An Impossibility...", LM seems to be channeling his old buddy D r i f t g l a s s while, with a brutal elegance, he deconstructs Cheney's newest sputtering "Go Fuck Yourselves!" outrage over anyone questioning the legality of torture. Cheney has come out in defense of some of the most heinous human rights abuses in the history of our once-great republic and, if LowerManhattanite is right, there will be a very toasty place in Hell reserved for Cheney and those of his ilk.
Maybe the Rude Pundit chooses to remain agnostic about this and not expecting anything one way or the other out of the President's health reform speech tonight before Congress but I'm going to go out on what may prove to be a sturdy, short limb and make a prediction:
Chambliss may expect Obama to show up before a nearly all-white Congress with his straw hat in his hands and bow and scrape and be humble in the face of these screaming astroturf whackjobs and, up to a point, I'm afraid Obama will do just that. He will call for bipartisan compromise despite the fact that we'll be able to stuff into a phone booth all the Republicans who will sign on to any watered-down compromise spewed in our faces by Max Baucus. My bet is he'll never even mention the words "single" or "payer." Sorry, Rude One, but I think it's a safe bet that Obama will give Mighty Whitey Saxby the lack of uppitiness that he's demanding.
Kyle at Right Wing Watch has this to say about the media first declaring the Christian Right to be dead after the '08 election and then claiming the Lazarus Effect when they show they never really went anywhere:
And who exactly was making all those "predictions" about the "death of the Christian right"? It was the media that declared the Religious Right dead ... and now it is the media declaring that they have been resurrected.
It is sort of like a doctor declaring a sleeping patient to be dead and then proclaiming it a miracle when the patient wakens while blaming others for "prematurely" writing their obituary.