Saturday, November 17, 2012

Reading Rush: A Conspiracy Theory Just Crazy Enough to Work

When attempting to listen to Rush Limbaugh on the radio do you find yourself slamming your head into the steering wheel repeatedly until blood is streaming down your face while the other drivers in traffic look on in horror? Well, he's worse when you can actually read a transcript of what he's saying.

Are you aware that the regime has moved the dates that the states must be in compliance setting up an Obamacare health care exchange? The date was today. You had to have it set up today. If you didn't have it set up today, there wasn't gonna be an exchange in your states. And that's not good. Well, it would be good, actually, but for Obama, it wouldn't be good because the health care law does not allow the federal government to run the exchange. The states have to. They haven't changed it yet. It was an error. But guess what Obama did? He moved the date. And in some cases, it's all the way to February.
Now, I'll confess if you had told me that Rush would be upset by a delay in the implementation of Obamacare, I would have been surprised.  But don't worry, there's a perfectly logical explanation:
Now, when I first saw that, I said, hmm, I wonder why. I got my answer today in the New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial of Bobby Jindal. Very smart move by Obama. You move the date, allowing the media to trash all of these governors. There are a lot of Republican governors who have said -- Scott Walker's one in Wisconsin -- there's not gonna be a federal health care exchange in this state. Look, the governors are the last line of defense now. The states are the firewall. So the editorial on Jindal is the template. The media is going to be jumping all over these governors from now until February, accusing them of being heartless, no compassion, not even caring whether people have health care or not.

In fact, it'll be worse than that. Remember the line from the New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial at Jindal. "With every decision Jindal makes, comma, the message becomes clearer to hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents who are uninsured: The state has no interest in helping you." Well, shazam. By the time Obama and his media buddies are finished, every Republican governor will be accused of having no interest in seeing to it that you have health insurance. That's right. And I want you Republican consultants to tell me what you're gonna do about this. I want to know. Are you gonna keep bitching at Mitt Romney? Are you gonna keep claiming that Romney goofed up here, goofed up there?

Meanwhile, the same old attack is gonna happen. Republicans are heartless, mean-spirited, extremist, and in states with largely black populations, racist. They don't want you to have health care, don't want you to get health treatment, medical treatment. Get ready. This New Orleans Times editorial is the template for what's gonna happen. And that's why the regime moved the deadline back, to give the media months to trash these Republican governors.
So to summarize, because no one should actually read all that, President Obama's evil plot is to put healthcare decisions in the hands of Republican Governors who will then refuse to help anyone and be painted as monsters for letting the uninsured die.  No, I'm not exaggerating, that's literally what Rush believes:
In fact, it'll be worse than that. Remember the line from the New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial at Jindal. "With every decision Jindal makes, comma, the message becomes clearer to hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents who are uninsured: The state has no interest in helping you." Well, shazam. By the time Obama and his media buddies are finished, every Republican governor will be accused of having no interest in seeing to it that you have health insurance.
There is of course one little problem with this conspiracy theory about Obama playing 11th Dimensional Chess:  Republican Governors actually have to have "no interest in seeing to it that you have health insurance."  See if they cared at all about their citizens, Obama's evil plot to make them look like monsters, it wouldn't work.  In fact if they cared at all about the uninsured, this would be a golden opportunity for Republicans to look like heroes.

Now this is a crazy conspiracy theory because, as Rush admits in the first paragraph, the delay is to allow time to correct a minor error in the original law.  But what does it say that that's what makes this crazy and not the assumption that Republicans don't care about the uninsured at all?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Riddle Me This: What Do You Want to See on Entertained Organizer?

Do you have a favorite feature you want to make sure comes back?  A question you've been dying to have answered?  A topic you want to discuss?  Or maybe just a series of clues that will lead us all on a scavenger hunt to find George Washington's wooden teeth?  Let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do.

Friendship Friday with Jimmy Olsen: The Amazing Spectacles of Dr. X!

Who better to teach us about the true meaning of friendship than Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen?


Friends DON'T get angry with friends over things they haven't actually done yet.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

One Sentence Review of Argo


While I continue to be surprised that Ben Affleck is a legitimately good director, Argo was a tightly paced thrill ride that managed to keep me in suspense until the very end even though I already knew the outcome.

Tales from the Campaign Trail: Pizza and a Prayer

Note: Actual pizza in the story was a Hawaiian.
I am a terrible journalist.
I'm a political organizer, I hope my stories entertain you (so that's where the name comes from):

It was one of my canvassers' first day.  You train them, push them out into the world, and then anxiously await their return like what you'd expect if you crossed a four star general with a mother hen.  And she didn't come back.

Many thoughts crossed my mind.  Alien abduction.  Axe murderer.  Republican spy.  You know, the usual.  So I was fairly relieved when she called me to say that she'd locked her keys in her car.  Still she was nervous, and so after taking care of my other canvassers I headed out to wait with her for Triple A.  I found her sitting on a curb with a 40 minute wait time.  So I did the only sane and logical thing and started grilling her on how her first canvass went.

And overall it had gone well.  A little nervous at first.  Lot of Not Homes.  Eventually found her groove.  About what you'd expect really.  Except for one door.  There a woman told her she was a baby murderer who would rot in the deepest pits of hell for all eternity.  She handled it like a champ though, "Thank you for your time, and have a nice evening."  We were still talking about it and waiting for Triple A when all of a sudden a truck pulled up and a woman hopped out:

"I saw you guys and thought you might want some pizza.  And I thought you could use these."

With that she handed us a pizza and some pamphlets about "Accepting Jesus Christ as Our Personal Lord and Savior", hopped in her truck and drove off.

We stared at the pizza for a moment wondering if this was her plan to send us off to hell, and then decided we were hungry. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I'm Baaaaaaaaaaaack!

So I realize I disappeared somewhat suddenly.  I did not in fact die, despite all evidence to the contrary from anyone who knows me from outside of politics.  Instead I was presented with the opportunity to work on one of the most important, and competitive, races in the country.  Even under the best of circumstances campaigning leaves little time for blogging, and this one was brutal.  It was also worth it.  Victory always a great feeling, but I can't begin to describe the catharsis that comes from beating the opponent who gave me my first campaign loss.

I know what you're thinking though: "Sure Mr. Entertained Organizer that's all great for you, but what about me your loyal reader?"  Fear not!  Completing another cycle inevitably means that I have more Tales from the Campaign Trail for all of you.  Over the coming days you'll see the return of some of your favorite features, comedic commentary, rambling rants, and some new surprises I've been cooking up for you.

Until then, thanks for sticking around.