Wolfrum’s Morning - The name game

November 30, 2012

I’ve been thinking about the parents that named their child “Hashtag,” recently. It led me to an idea that very well could change the plight of humankind - give your children wildly embarrassing names. It could save the world.

You see, in a world where “Hashtag” is talking to “Melba Toast” who is talking to “Call of Duty 2,” no one feels superior to one another. A humility will fall over the lands and peace will prevail.

Someone needs to study this.

Political journalist Ron Fournier gives an unflinching and honest account of his child with Asperger’s, as well as his own performance as a father to a child with special needs. It’s a beautiful and brave piece of work.

Face it, there are a lot of countries that wish their President and his recently defeated foe could get together for a cordial lunch. That said, I’m pretty sure Obama had them serve chili because Mormons aren’t allowed to fart. I think.

In less than three years, Lebron James has gone from the most hated and envied man in basketball to a world champion who can play diplomat. James and teammate Dwayne Wade showed class as they stood up for San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich.

At the tail end of a long road trip, Popovich decided to send aging stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli home before playing the Miami Heat. This caused an immature and transparent temper tantrum from NBA commissioner David Stern, due to the fact it was a nationally televised game. James and Wade did the right thing by standing with Popovich, and continued to prove themselves spokesmen for the game.


The Daily Chronicle - Oct. 2, 2012

October 2, 2012

No one could have guessed that the guy dancing with Karl Rove would make a lousy debate moderator.

Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets, says a Mitt Romney victory in November takes priority over the Jets winning this year. Jets fans are not in the least surprised.

For his part, Mitt Romney has prepared numerous “zingers” to toss at President Obama during their debates. It’ll be like Tim Pawlenty trying to be funny, but make people feel more uncomfortable and sad.

This Just In: John Rocker still not quite understanding why everyone thinks he’s racist.

Seth MacFarlane hosting the Oscars? I’ve always said what the Oscars was missing was a barrage of rape jokes.

RIP Barry Commoner.


Wolfrum’s Morning: Having a bad day

June 26, 2012

Mark Halperin confirms: Everything is bad news for Obama.


Welcome to Tuesday. Which is bad news for President Obama, according to Mark “Obama’s a Dick” Halperin.

Today’s Reading

Washington Post: Larry Bird leaving the Indiana Pacers? The hell you say!

Mother Jones: Bush spent $150 million to fix marriages but got no results? Fiscal responsibility!

Think Progress: It’s official: Justice Antonin Scalia has gone completely off the reservation.

Lance Mannion: Help keep the Mannionmobile running smoothly.

Oliver Willis: The Iraqi Minister of Information has been found in Arizona.

Tweet of the Day

“My favorite place to rattle chains is any Starbucks on Upper West Side in Manhattan; I just talk loudly into my cell bout my Romney donation.”

- Via @Mybigblondelife


The Romneys are Breaking Bad (Via Jesus’ General)



Wolfrum’s Morning: Mandate this!

June 25, 2012

We have a winner!

I can’t shake this nagging suspicion that this day will end with the Supreme Court ruling that George W. Bush is President again.

Today’s Reading

Alex Pareene: Kathryn Jean Lopez is sad. Oh, so sad.

Eclectablog: 18 Reasons the Affordable Care Act was the greatest achievement for the Middle Class since Medicare.

Media Matters: Fox News holds reality in contempt.

Mike the Mad Biologist: It’s not difficult to find ways to spend stimulus money on infrastructure.

Tweet of the Day

“This Monday tastes like despair and sadness with a hint of dashed hopes and dreams.”

- Via @pinapl


SCOTUS’ ruling on Obamacare has thus far been delayed as Justices Roberts, Thomas, Alito & Scalia are trying to see where best to put “Screw you, Obama!” in the final decision.


Wolfrum’s Morning: Nothing from nothing leaves nothing

May 9, 2012

They ignore Paul Krugman, but can they ignore Billy Preston?

Wolfrum’s Word

Due to forced budget cuts and austerity measures, the Wolfrum’s Morning feature will now be periodic instead of daily (which it barely ever was anyway.) Don’t blame me. Blame the Germans and international bankers. Forcing austerity on this blog will only deepen its recession.

Today’s Reading

Alternet: Austerity works if the plan is to deepen recessions and slash worker wages. Which is, of course, the plan.

Taking Note (NYT): Mitt Romney isn’t even bothering with the truth anymore.

Open Channel: Jonah Goldberg details the devious way liberals cheat - all the while lying about being a Pulitzer nominee.


You can fool some people, but you can’t fool Google’s algorithms. This is the first image that came up under the Google image search for “Austerity.”

Wolfrum’s Morning: The New Memes Are Here! The New Memes Are Here!

April 30, 2012

The least offensive part of the media-politician lovefest that is the White House Correspondents Dinner was the presence of Kim Kardashian.

Today’s Reading

Scott Lemieux: A Romney victory means a conservative Supreme Court for a generation.

Mother Jones: Romney supports whack-job, racist author.

 Washington Post: Let’s just admit that Republicans are the problem.


Wolfrum’s Word

Just in case you were wondering what the latest GOP talking point is, it’s that President Barack Obama is diminishing the office, and everything else in America:

John Boehner: Obama diminishing presidency by fighting student loan battle.

John McCain: Obama diminishing memory of 9/11 by speaking of Osama bin Laden killing.

Frank Gaffney: Obama diminishing America by not attacking Iran.

Expect to see this be a continuous assault on Obama - that he is somehow diminishing the office. It should play well with the Conservative base that Mitt Romney so desperately needs.


Dogs continue to diminish grey wolves.


Wolfrum’s Morning: A member of the pack

April 26, 2012

Like it or not, you will always be part of the pack.

Today’s Reading

Daily Beast: Rupert Murdoch confirms he is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice.

BBC News: Former Liberian leader Charles Taylor charged with 11 of counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

ABC News: Marco Rubio may not be quite ready for prime time.

The Rude Pundit: Mitt Romney is just breathtakingly vile.

Wolfrum’s Word

Libertarian types seem to believe the U.S. began when they made money. The rich got that way from 250 years of Americans paving their way. Regardless of whether you are rich or poor in the U.S., you live in a complex society. It makes no difference if you want to or not. And if that society breaks down, all the money in the world won’t save you.


This was once a mighty wolf. Go figure.


Wolfrum’s Morning: The Keynes to victory

April 25, 2012

There was a time when this man's opinions mattered.

Today’s Reading

Paul Krugman: Let’s say it again - Keynes was right.

Rob Delaney: I love Levon Helm and America.

Politico: Marco Rubio’s rise has been helped by a life story. One that more and more sounds like it wasn’t his.

Smart Politics: Mitt Romney continues to learn that the GOP just isn’t that into him.


Keynes & Hayek rap about economics.


Wolfrum’s Morning: Eros is love

April 24, 2012

A little Rottweiler puppy frolicking. Dedicated to Eros, my brother Pedro’s dog, who passed away at age 11.

Today’s Reading

Think Progress: Mitt Romney has some terrible advisers.

Common Dreams: Walmart learns that $24 million in bribes goes a long way in Mexico.

Frontline: What you need to know about the financial crisis (for one, it’s never ended.)

Alternet: How restrictions on later-term abortions hurt women.

Mona Eltahawy: Why do they hate us?


You can’t call out Mitt Romney as a liar because that’s a Mormon thing and is covered by freedom of religion.


Every puppy should have its own cat (the opinion of your cat may vary).


Wolfrum’s Morning: Case of the Mondays

April 23, 2012

I believe you’d get your ass kicked saying something like that, man.

Today’s Reading

Nomadic Politics: UK tabloids having a field day with Barack Obama Sr.

Wonkette: I know what will fix things, another Bush in the White House!

Crooks & Liars: Howard Kurtz is a lousy media critic.

FreakOutNation: Gov. Scott Walker knows how to take care of his own - at the expense of Wisconsin teachers.

Politico: Ted Nugent finding himself less and less welcome.

Cognitive Dissidence: See Robert Greenwald’s latest work - “Koch Brothers Exposed.”


Sometimes I think the only way I’ll get the attention I deserve is to release my sex tape. Mind you, it’s not me on the sex tape, I just feel it’s bringing me bad luck keeping a sex tape around.


We’re putting cover sheets on all TPS memos now.


Wolfrum’s Morning: You can have my machete slingshot when you pry it from my cold, dead hands

April 19, 2012

If you criminalize machete slingshots, only criminals will have machete slingshots.

Today’s Reading

Little Green Footballs: Damn, the National Review is swarming with racists.

Dick Clark: Not long before he died, the former American Bandstand host had something to say about silence.

Timothy McSweeney: For teachers, there are stages of grading.

Dave Weigel: At least Mitt Romney knows to keep the conservative base awash in bones.

MSNBC: What’s the deal with all these cosmic rays?


Machetes: So awesome even chimps can use them.


Wolfrum’s Morning: Tire changer

April 18, 2012

This morning was spent changing tires after my car had a flat, and a flat spare. Here’s some advice on how to change a tire (my advice? Always check to see if the spare isn’t flat before removing the flat tire on your car.)


Wolfrum’s Morning: Lazy days

April 17, 2012

Feeling a bit lazy this morning.

Today’s Reading

Cosmic Log: The end of the line for the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Denver Westword Blog: Colorado Democrats want to regulate marijuana as they do alcohol.

Time: Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik gets to share his crazed, extreme rhetoric in a Norway courtroom.

Dr. Cleveland: Supply-side Jesus is a lie.


Maybe some spiritual excellence will cure my laziness.


Wolfrum’s Morning: It’s on the House (and Senate)

April 16, 2012

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

There’s not an advantage that Mitt Romney can’t piss away with his past words.

Wolfrum’s Word

As Mitt Romney emerges from a brutal nomination campaign, he finds himself substantially behind President Barack Obama in polls. Don’t expect the GOP to panic over this development, however. Because this election isn’t going to be about beating Obama. No, for the GOP, the November elections will be about taking complete control of the House and Senate.

If Romney can win, fine, but the GOP is prepared for their far-right brethren to punish Romney and the party for giving them a RINO candidate. They can deal with a second Obama term if they own the House and Senate and can both thwart Obama and get their own legislation passed. That’s where Super PAC money will go. That’s where the attention will be - on Senate and House races.

Mitt Romney is a lousy candidate and everyone knows it. It’s an extreme longshot that he’ll beat Obama, and the GOP knows it. But they don’t care. Turning Obama into an impotent President that can’t get anything through Congress would be a just as big a victory for the GOP. And that is their goal.

This Just In

Rick Santorum Aborts Presidential Campaign from Ashley Judd

Today’s Reading

The Dean’s Report: Why would the NRA denounce the  media coverage of  the Trayvon Martin case?

Crooks & Liars: Mike’s Blog Round Up (as assembled by yours truly).

Christiane Amanpour: What’s next for women’s rights in the Middle East?

Buzzfeed: Mitt Romney is taking this inevitability thing a little far.


Bonnie Raitt - featuring friend-of-the-blog Mike Finnigan on the Hammond Organ - performs on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Wolfrum’s Morning: Cory Booker is the Batman

April 13, 2012

No, this is not Bruce Wayne. It's Cory Booker.

Today’s Reading

NJ.com: It’s time to accept that Cory Booker is the Batman.

New Yorker: The war on commas will leave thousands of casualties. But it must be fought.

Lance Mannion: Quite the character.

CNet: SOPA is dead. Long live CISPA.

Blue Gal: Check out the latest Professional Left podcast here. After 122 episodes, Fran & Driftglass have it down to a science.

Deep Analysis of Hilary Rosen Comments on Ann Romney

Pure fauxtrage.


Be a happy baby this weekend.


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