10.25.10

Monday Morning Fail

Posted in Stumble and Fail at 7:46 am by George Smith

Weekend full of good news lads!

The President will cave and give tax cuts to the rich after the Democrats are bombed on election day. And 60 Minutes had roomfuls of desperate tearful people out of work for two years with no help in sight.

Then there’s Paul Krugman today:

And if they take one or both houses of Congress, complete policy paralysis — which will mean, among other things, a cutoff of desperately needed aid to the unemployed and a freeze on further help for state and local governments — is a given. The only question is whether we’ll have political chaos as well, with Republicans’ shutting down the government at some point over the next two years. And the odds are that we will.

The Los Angeles Times sent op-ed page dude Doyle McManus to Pennsylvania to the get the usual-mixed-up-voter likely to choose really bad things story. Every major newspaper has again gone to Pennsy.

One voter proclaimed himself a “Teddy Roosevelt” kind of guy. This is sort of bad news since William Howard Taft, in the guise of the Tea Party, is in the ascendant.

Really now, though, can you think of anything more witless than asking a 79-year-old white guy about his politic leanings in the interior of Pennsylvania in 2010?

Then again, the same guy, under the mistaken impression that the Democrats had political hegemony and actually were able to do great things with it. Like my mom, who always said the same thing for thirty years until she lost her mind, every election — a time for tossing out the party alleged to be in power so that too much of it wasn’t focused in the hands of a single philosophy.

He said that the economy made him want to vote Republican but that his support for abortion rights made him want to vote Democratic.

“I’ll say this, though,” he added. “I do believe in the separation of powers. You give the whole thing to one party, it’s not good.”

Watches only Fox, he added.

To give you an example of what Pennsylvania is like, here’s an item.

One of DD’s old pals sent this information in on a revolution about to take place in alcohol sales.

To get this you have to understand Pennsylvania has what’s called a Liquor Control Board.

That means you can’t buy wine, liquor or beer in the supermarket. Like everyone normal in most of the country.

So in 2010, a stirring change is being made.

Now the Board will launch wine kiosks in supermarkets.

Implemented in a way harmonious with security procedures for the war on terror, it is such a splendid idea, guaranteed to warm the hearts of teetotalers everywhere.

My friend informs, from the Lehigh Valley:

1. [Wine] will be in a vending machine.
2. I have to breathe into a Breathalyzer.
3. I have to look into a camera monitored by state employees.
4. I have to show my driver’s license. (Well, this one’s OK.)

So, yes, it’s definitely Pennsylvania. We’ve been able to buy beer at some supermarkets, like Wegmans, for a while. I haven’t done it, but I’ve heard from others who say it’s a pain. The beer has to be purchased separately. You cannot add it to your cart with the rest of your order. If you have groceries, you apparently have to pay for those, take them to your car and come back to buy the beer.

And now you know why they are the way they are in Pennsylvania. Logic does not work there.

DD can’t think of a single better thing than putting your mouth around a supermarket wine kiosk Breathalyzer in Pennsy during the winter flu season. That’ll be way big.

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