IT'S MORNING IN AMERICA  7:49 am April 5, 2010

Michael Steele Makes Another Ethical Win, Iraq Still Terrible

by Ken Layne

  • Make it Rain, Michael!What happens when you’re too crooked to even be a lobbyist? Go see Michael Steele, and he’ll hire you to raise strip-club money for the Republican National Committee! Former baseball-industry lobbyist Neil S. Alpert was fined $4,000 and forced to reimburse $38,000 he spent on unauthorized stuff in 2007, the Washington Post reports. That’s Micheal Steele’s kind of fund-raiser. [Washington Post]
  • Democrats, shockingly, are bringing in a lot more fund-raising dollars these days. [Washington Post]
  • Actual live video from Iraq.It’s bombin’ time again, worldwide! Triple suicide bombs in Baghdad killed at least 41 people on Easter and injured another 200. The blasts hit a neighborhood full of foreign embassies and many of the dead Iraqis worked for the diplomats, mostly as security guards. This follows Saturday’s massacre when a Sunni militia attacked a village south of Baghdad and shot about 25 people to death. Just wanted to remind everyone that Iraq is still a special place, and we still have tens of thousands of troops there, and we still dump more American Money into Iraq every year — about $100 billion annually — than the federal government will eventually spend per year on the Health Care Reform package everybody was so freaked about. [BBC News]
  • A 7.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed all traces of human civilization in Southern California. No wait, it damaged some houses in the Baja town of Mexicali and is blamed for two deaths there. [Los Angeles Times]
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Potater April 5, 2010 at 7:57 am

Last night Fox News, that bastion of tasteful journalism, had the headline:

“Quake Leaves Millions SHAKEN UP”

Now they’re replaced it with something that isn’t completely heartless and dismissive. Pussies.

Way Cool Larry April 5, 2010 at 7:59 am

freedumb isn’t free, you know

freakishlystrong April 5, 2010 at 8:06 am


Escape Goat Nation April 5, 2010 at 8:12 am

I like how the baby dog gets up and then lies back down.

ManchuCandidate April 5, 2010 at 8:38 am

Teabaggers are fine with blowing $100 bajillion a year on Iraq because they like any gubbiment program that kills tinted people by the thousands, but woe to the poor sod who would rather spend that money on helping Cancer kids and reduce the raping of US Americuhs by health insurance cos.

Freedum’s just another word for “being a group of fucking dumb mostly white retards.”

bfstevie April 5, 2010 at 8:49 am

Let’s hope that this week we can stop picking on poor Michael Steele for just a moment to talk smack about Bill Kristol.

jodyleek April 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

[re=548426]ManchuCandidate[/re]: And I’m willing to bet most of the Teabaggers call themselves “pro-life”. Is that the definition of irony or hypocrisy?

AnnieGetYourFun April 5, 2010 at 9:02 am

[re=548426]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Well, all support for war and against health care has everything to do with wanting to eliminate brown people. So it makes sense.

Terry April 5, 2010 at 9:02 am


Let’s assume for a second that Bill Kristol wasn’t born with a neo-con silver spoon in his mouth. I wonder what sort of job this guy would have been able to hold down. Insurance salesman? No, because insurance folks have to go back and actually do work related to claims. Bill’s just good at the talking part. Used car salesman? Iffy, to be successful, you’d expect someone selling used cars to have a bit of charm to them. Bill doesn’t. Bagger at the grocery store? No, that’s standing on your feet and working an 8 hr shift. Can’t see Bill doing that. He really lucked out in inheriting a family occupation that requires no real work and has a total lack of accountability for one’s words or actions.

Monsieur Grumpe April 5, 2010 at 9:15 am

Right wingtards have perfected the ability to output massive amounts of both irony and hypocrisy at the same time. This talent (???) deserves its own special word such as hyponrony, ironacrisy or poop smack.

bfstevie April 5, 2010 at 9:17 am

[re=548430]Terry[/re]: Thanks so much. We should always be able to take a moment out of our busy day to talk smack about Bill Kristol and also to thank our brave troops.

V572625694 April 5, 2010 at 9:25 am

[re=548428]jodyleek[/re]: Pro-life? You betcha those teabaggers are pro-life! That’s why they want to gun down gynecologists who perform certain procedures their baby-raping priests tell them are a sin! It all makes sense.

Katydid April 5, 2010 at 9:30 am

[re=548430]Terry[/re]: He really lucked out in inheriting a family occupation that requires no real work and has a total lack of accountability for one’s words or actions.

That’s why he had no choice but to become a Republican mouthhpiece. But I beg to differ on one point. Unless you’re a psycho/sociopath, it takes a lot of work to come up with the indefensible crap that he spews time after time. Make of that what you will. His father was a fucktard’s fucktard, if that mitigates anything. Nah, because Billy is perhaps most responsible for foisting Snowbilly Grifter on the nation, so….

BTW, I remember before I was that interested in DC politics, occasionally I’d see KristolFuck on TV, and I’d always wonder, “What happened to Bob Woodward’s face?”

Aflac Shrugged April 5, 2010 at 9:31 am

Shoulda left after the SURGE!. You don’t see the Colts and the Saints hanging around in Miami playing pickup games for two years after the Super Bowl, right? Also, sports metaphors should control all our strategic decisions.

inedalo April 5, 2010 at 9:32 am

if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.

Dr. Zoidberg April 5, 2010 at 9:34 am

Seriously, Steele is the gift that keeps on giving.

gurukalehuru April 5, 2010 at 9:39 am

Go Michael, Go Michael, Go Michael, Go!
Spend all their money on hookers and blow!

low_standards April 5, 2010 at 9:44 am

Michael Steele = Manchurian Candidate

JMP April 5, 2010 at 9:55 am

Thank you, Republicans, for your good efforts to shoot yourselves in the feet for next fall. How is that lockstep opposition and toadying to the insane teabaggers looking now that you can’t raise decent money?

Cape Clod April 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

I heard over the weekend that Charlie Crist is asking the Justice Department to start an investigation into his own party for misappropriation of funds. Got to love it when your own people start blowing the wistle on you.

steverino247 April 5, 2010 at 10:04 am

[re=548448]inedalo[/re]: If altar boys could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.


Zadig April 5, 2010 at 10:47 am

All this recovery of money from dudes who improperly got reimbursement cash from the RNC. Is Steele’s new fundraising strategy “Bitch, where’s mah money?”

SayItWithWookies April 5, 2010 at 11:06 am

Alpert, who left his post as director of institutional relations at the Washington National Opera for the RNC job, could not be reached to comment, and RNC officials did not discuss his hiring.

Oh goody — if he worked for an opera, we can only hope that this ends by him getting stabbed to death by a singing clown. I’m hoping for Ted Nugent.

Dolmance April 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

Every morning I read the stories in Wonkette and want to vomit.

Zorg April 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm

[re=548427]bfstevie[/re]: Word!

mustardman April 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm

[re=548425]Escape Goat Nation[/re]: Good find. Missed that….lol!

ThePerfesser April 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm

“Alpert, who left his post as director of institutional relations at the Washington National Opera for the RNC job, could not be reached to comment, and RNC officials did not discuss his hiring.”

If I recall correctly, he ran for ANC Commissioner in Dupont a few years back and had several buff young Log Cabin lads working the polls for him. But he could muster only about 12 votes and lost badly.

Rotundo April 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm

[re=548538]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Nugent a singing clown? Naaahhhhh, that fuckwit never could sing and shitcanned Derek St.Holmes (the guy who sung on his first successful album) the milisecond he got noticed as having some talent. Don’t even get me started on his guitar ability…

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