Only 21 percent of Americans approve of the way the Congressional GOP is handling the federal budget, versus 77 percent who disapprove. Among independents: 20-78. Among moderates: 14-85. Among seniors: 18-79. Fewer than one in three regard the GOP favorably.
The battle is over, motherfuckers. Put down your weapons and return to your homes. Kiss your loved ones. And we can all warm ourselves by the fire made from the corpses of Republicans who threw themselves at the barricade
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On Jan. 14, a widely read (and now removed) sponsored post that appeared on TheAtlantic.com went further, extolling these churches, or Ideal Orgs, as proof of the religion’s 2012 “renaissance” — a “milestone year” that saw 12 of these lavish buildings open around the world. [...]
The Ideal Orgs certainly look great, make headlines, and serve as flashy totems of Scientology’s (literally) unspeakable wealth. [...]
But inside the church, the Ideal Orgs are sparking insurrection. Across the country, donors and high-ranking executives say that the aggressive fundraising and construction scheme is used to enrich the central church at the expense of the rank and file, helping to grow the Scientology war chest to over a billion dollars. Two former members, Mike Rinder and Mark Elliott, went so far as to call the project a “real estate scam.” To some of these defectors, the structures are metaphors for the religion itself: garish on the outside, empty on the inside. The irony is that the very expansion that Scientology lauds as its renaissance is actually a symbol of internal dissent and decline.
If you read that article, there are certainly some sympathetic victims in there who were defrauded at a vulnerable point in their lives.
But at a certain point (e.g., after getting over $1 million sucked out of you), the shackles of victimhood come off and the responsibility of abject stupidity sets in.
I know it sounds harsh, and I’m only half-joking when I say it – there really should come a point when civic-minded individuals realize how incomprehensibly stupid they are, and then promptly off themselves to permanently eliminate their particular brand of stupidity from the gene pool.
That’s my humanity improvement tip for the day.
I have detected a great disturbance in The Force. There seems to be a distinct drop in the fundamental dickishness of the universe for which I cannot account. No, wait. Now I get it. Joe Lieberman is leaving the Senate.
NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (R-TX) announced that former Hewlett Packard CEO and 2010 California GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina will be the committee’s new vice chair, the Washington Post reports. “Cornyn announced the news at Tuesday’s lunch with fellow GOP senators. In a statement set to be released this afternoon, the Texas Republican says Fiorina should be a major asset — especially when it comes to fundraising.”In case you’re forgetting, Carly Fiorina ran a major computer company and was a disaster, effectively being fired by the shareholders, which is something that almost never happens in corporate America. Then she became a prominent McCain surrogate, another task at which she was an abysmal failure (she accurately claimed that Sarah Palin couldn’t run a company, a matter on which I trust her expertise, but her job was to shill for Palin). Then she ran for the U.S. Senate against Barbara Boxer, a brilliant campaign centered on trying to appeal to California’s often neglected pro-life voters. Seriously. In a state where half of Republicans identify as pro-choice. She then parlayed this lack of success into a job helping to run the Republicans’ Senate campaigns. How’d that go? We all know:
The Democrats had 21 seats up for election, plus two independents who caucus with the Democrats, while the Republicans had only ten seats up for election. The Democrats gained a net of two seats, ending with a total of 53 seats. The Republicans lost a net of two seats, ending with a total of 45 seats. The remaining two senators, independents, are expected to caucus with the Democrats.Nothing like folding on a Royal Flush. I would say at some point Carly Fiorina might end her unstoppable rise by accidentally doing something well, but there’s nothing to support that. What might be next for her? Will Chris Christie make her his VP candidate, after which she’ll make an awkward joke about his weight and accidentally endorse the Green candidate? Will she mean to run for the U.S. House and accidentally file papers to run for the State Assembly instead? (“After spending $12 million of her own money on the race, Fiorina conceded defeat at 8:05 P.M. on Election Day to an unknown Democrat who spent less than $50,000. She said she was saddened by the result, and hoped she would do better than a twenty-point loss when she entered the race. ‘The people of Orange County have had their say,’ she said.”) Or will she rise to Secretary of Transportation in a Rubio Administration and fall down an open elevator shaft? Being as the two defining traits of her political/business career are (a) defeat, and (b) promotion, I say there’s plenty more adventures in ignominy to come, and I can’t wait. The sky’s the limit!
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