Sit up and shut down.
  • So, this happened:
    Glenn Beck’s attack on all forms of what he deems “progressivism” expanded to the home-improvement front today, as he criticized General Electric’s new “progressive” dishwasher. (Raw Story couldn’t find any information about this new GE dishwasher, but a lack of evidence isn’t proof that it doesn’t exist.) According to Beck, the new GE dishwasher is just the latest in a long line of attempts to “embed” the word “progressive” into daily discourse.

    His co-host reminded him that “‘progressive’ does mean other things other than ‘progressive,’” but Beck would have none of it.

    “I was a Lowe’s,” he said, “looking for some new paint. And I find this paint — I’m not sure who the manufacturer is — but this paint, this ‘progressive’ paint, and one of the colors is ‘Woodrow Wilson white.’”

    I'd try to psychoanalyze Beck, but...the night is dark and full of terrors as it is.
  • Dear The Onion: don't ever change. (In case you don't know, it's satire.)
    WASHINGTON—As the federal government shutdown stretches into its fourth day, 20 members of the Republican’s Tea Party faction announced this morning they would be willing to support a clean budget resolution bill in exchange for the president’s firstborn daughter, Malia Obama.

    While members of the Republican Party’s far-right wing have heretofore been resistant to any sort of deal with the White House over the issue of Obamacare, the Tea Party caucus authored and released a short, tersely worded statement this morning in which they agreed to a swift negotiation of an unstipulated spending bill if the president were to deliver “the firstling.”

    Sometimes, reductio ad absurdum is the only way to get the point across.
  • This was on the rec list yesterday, but in case you missed it, some sad news. Longtime diarist and advocate for veterans Mike Bailey, who wrote here under the handle of testvet6778, passed away. If you would like to leave your own tribute, you can do so here.

  • Hard to know what the heck is going on any more:
    WASHINGTON — A man set himself on fire on the National Mall in the nation's capital as passers-by rushed over to help douse the flames, officials and witnesses said Friday afternoon.

    The reason for the self-immolation was not immediately clear and the man's identity was not disclosed. But it occurred in public view, on a central national gathering place, in a city still rattled by a mass shooting last month and a high-speed car chase outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday that ended with a woman being shot dead by police.

    The man on the Mall suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to the hospital, said District of Columbia fire department spokesman Tim Wilson.

    This is the type of thing that happens elsewhere, right? Guess not.
  • Kevin Drum, with 10 sentences that clarify a few things about the shutdown.
  • Ned Resnikoff, on the latest victims of the government shutdown:
    The government shutdown’s impact on America’s poorest citizens continues to ripple outwards. The latest victims: thousands of Arizona families who were denied their October welfare checks.

    Arizona’s Department of Economic Security was supposed to send welfare checks to 5,150 families on Thursday, using money from the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Thanks to the government shutdown, no federal money was forthcoming. An additional 11,000 families had already received their checks, but could lose their checks next month, depending on how long the shutdown wears on.

    “It has a huge impact,” said Brian Simpson, spokesperson for the Association of Arizona Food Banks. “The folks that are receiving TANF in Arizona are among the poorest of the poor.”

    Ayn Rand would be proud.
  • Dinosaur erotica. Clever girl?

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