Cigarette and Coffee Breakfast 2/11/2014

– The news of the day is that Majority House Speaker John Boehner and the Republicans have folded completely on the debt ceiling, as was predicted on these pages. Boehner says he will offer up a “clean” extension of the debt limit this week, and find the necessary 18 Republican votes to pass it along with a unified Democratic Caucus.

After once again failing to provide any goodies for the right over what they believe to be a prime bargaining chip, the full faith and credit of the United States Government, Boehner may feel some trepidation about his job security in the coming days. From the business-oriented Club for Growth to the Tea Party, feelings were already hurt when Boehner started speaking out against the influence of the far right, saying that he would no longer be pushed around by them after the political disaster that was the government shut down. Now, Boehner has to seriously wonder if he will hold on to his position as Speaker if the far right can come up with a candidate of their own for the job.

– Recently, I provided the Urban Dictionary definition of “Obama Derangement Syndrome” , basically, it’s the irrational hatred of any and all things related to President Obama. I should have included this link as the definition instead. Conservatives are now comparing Michelle Obama to Marie Antoinette because her aides tweeted out a picture of the First Couple’s two dogs sitting at a foodless table, set with fine china.


The Daily Caller’s Neil Monro complained:

“Poverty and unemployment are at near-record levels, the economy is stalled, and a record 47 million Americans are on food stamps, yet aides for first lady Michelle Obama’s tweeted out a picture of her two dogs apparently dining at a table laid with crystal and china.

“Bone appétit!,” the aides added to the insensitive tweet, using the language of France’s queen Marie Antoinette, who was executed by radicals in 17

Not that they are comparing the First Lady to the famously decapitated French queen, or would like to see her meet the business end of a guillotine, though.

– Wall Street Journal Columnist James Taranto’s Column “Drunkenness and Double Standards” from Monday is generating a fair bit of outrage. Taranto’s main point could be summarized with this passage:

If two drunk drivers are in a collision, one doesn’t determine fault on the basis of demographic details such as each driver’s sex. But when two drunken college students “collide,” the male one is almost always presumed to be at fault. His diminished capacity owing to alcohol is not a mitigating factor, but her diminished capacity is an aggravating factor for him.

Basically, if all those drunk sluts would stop being such sluts, then innocent young boys wouldn’t have to rape them. First of all, I was shocked to find out that I had moved to Saudi Arabia. Second, I continually find it amazing how, in the mind of conservative douchebags like James Taranto, all or the vast majority of rapes boil down to a girl being drunk and passed out, as if violent and forceful rape never happens.

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