welfare cowboy Clive Bundy (lost brother, perhaps, to Ted and Al) showed up in his defense wearing camouflage.
These are crazy, dangerous people, but here's the image that keeps coming to mind:
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the milk of cows.- That's Tbogg's magnificent title for his post on the Nevada deadbeat cattle rancher who considers it his god-given right to graze his cattle on federal land without paying, and the armed-militia looking-for-any-excuse types who parachuted in to his defense.
I am, incidentally, Honorary President of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that totally functionless capacity. We had a memorial service for Isaac a few years back, and I spoke and said at one point, "Isaac is up in heaven now." It was the funniest thing I could have said to an audience of humanists. I rolled them in the aisles. It was several minutes before order could be restored. And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, "Kurt is up in Heaven now." That's my favorite joke.
A better question would be: Why do conservatives use racism as a political tool, and do they have an alternative?- Yastreblyansky at The Rectification of Names, on the difference between attempting to look into a political operative's soul and observing the big, obvious, structural properties of the national political party they serve.
Because it's not really important whether a given Republican operative—Richard Nixon or Lee Atwater—is a racist or not. What's important is the way they took to mobilizing around racism back in the 1960s, gradually absorbing the old white Democrats of the South and the frightened white proletariat of cities like Los Angeles and Cleveland and Detroit and Newark, or the suburbs to which they had fled, into an intrinsically racist institution, the new Republican party, which took what Corey Robin calls the aggrieved conservative "sense of loss" and focused it into a sense of having been robbed by, specifically, dark-skinned people who take taxpayers' money and throw it away on lobster and lottery tickets.
Citing health concerns in her family, Cheney said the issues arising prompted her to end her GOP primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.).Three months and one day later, we're still waiting for any particulars on the needy-relative story to emerge. . . .
“Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign. My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority,” Cheney said in the statement.