Invasion of the House snatchers

So I’m reading stories about John Boehner calling it quits as speaker of the House because the Republicans he leads are out of control, and I see this in on the NPR Web site:

In the wake of House Speaker John Boehner’s surprise resignation, one name has quickly emerged as the front-runner to replace him: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

And my first thought is Kevin McCarthy? Like “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Kevin McCarthy?


But then I realized that can’t be right. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” came out in 1956, and it’s a horror movie about a guy who slowly comes to realize that everyone around him is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. The movie is a classic and is considered “a metaphor for the tyranny of McCarthyism (or the totalitarian system of Your Choice).”

Yes, I started thinking the same thing. Kevin McCarthy is in a House where once reasonable people are being replaced by things that appear to be human but want to get rid of everyone who doesn’t agree that their way of doing things is the only way things should be done.

So maybe Kevin McCarthy is the logical choice to be speaker of the House. But I suspect that at a certain point, we’re going to see him running through the streets of Washington:

Sorry, dude. I’ve been yelling this since the Republicans went after Bill Clinton. No one listens.

What’s happening in the Thunderdome?


The GOP ranks are thinning with Rick Perry and Scott Walker gone, but there are still too many candidates. Based on this list, the only combinations that seem to make sense are Jeb! and Carly or Marco and Jeb!.

Trump is still in the lead, but America’s Silvio Berlusconi is actually dropping. But Trump’s a TV guy and we’re getting sick of reruns.

And the Thunderdome reference just seems appropriate, because the stage is just a blood-thirsty freak show, and the only way to satisfy the audiences for both is to throw them raw meat:

An odd interpretation of ‘safe’

I watched the GOP debate Thursday night and I remember yelling at the TV screen when an alternate view of history spewed from one of the candidates. This ad provides an important public service:

Now, it was bad enough Jeb! actually said this, but, really, that was to be expected. What was worse was that the other 10 bozos on the stage didn’t immediately shoot him down with a simple, “Were you in a coma on Sept. 11, 2001?” “Didn’t you see the satellite photos that days before showed Hurricane Katrina was going to wipe out New Orleans, cause I did!” “Did your 401(k) miraculously rise while brother George presided over the collapse of the economy?”

I don’t know about those people on the stage and in the audience, but for the rest of us, history included the years 2001 through 2008.

Kentucky: An oasis for refugees in a sea of Southern indifference


Given the recent Kim Davis religious homophobe saga, most of America probably thinks all Kentuckians are a bunch of crackpot bigoted right wing lunatics.

But look at this map of the states that have taken the highest percentage of refugees. There are a lot of caring people in the state and it it would be inexcusable to let Davis become the poster child for Kentucky Christians.

Here’s the mission statement of Kentucky Refugee Ministries:

Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc. (KRM), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing resettlement services to refugees through faith- and agency-based co-sponsorship in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into our community. KRM is committed to offering access to community resources and opportunities and to promoting awareness of diversity for the benefit of the whole community.

  • To compassionately welcome and serve the world’s displaced people.

  • To encourage the hope that lives within each human being by providing an atmosphere of hospitality, responsiveness, mutual respect, trust and tolerance.

  • To be known for our reliability, resourcefulness, partnerships and comprehensive services.

The weird things people google: by state

us-map-of-google-searchesAccording to Geekologie:

This is a US map showing an ’embarrassing’ search term that each state has made significantly more than all the others in the last 11 years. As you can see, South Carolinians want to hear a $6/minute made up story about their future, Georgians want to cook meth, Alabamians want to cook casseroles, and nobody in Mississippi is happy with the size of their dingaling. Rhode Islanders aren’t sure if they should or shouldn’t be happy with the size of their penises, and Marylanders aren’t even sure what their penises are for. Washingtonians don’t know how to dress, Maine is just plain depressing, and Alaska knows what’s up. Vermont is ready to party, Ohio is ready to REALLY party, and vaginas in Missouri shine like disco balls and can be used to illuminate emergency exits.

We’re averaging more than one mass shooting per day

From the Washington Post:

Aug. 26 is the 238th day of the year. And with the fatal shooting in Virginia today — in which a gunman shot himself after killing two reporters and wounding one more person — plus the shooting of four during a Minneapolis home invasion, the number of mass shooting incidents has risen to 247 for the year.

Today is topped of by the above-mentioned Virginia shooting of two television reporters, live, on air, filmed from two perspectives: by the victims who were being shot and by the shooter. I refuse to embed the video. Besides, dozens of people have downloaded them to YouTube.

It gets worse. The psychopath promoted the murder on his Facebook page:


But the NRA will tell you that now is not the time to even think about gun control.