The horned lizard popularly known as the horned toad [in beak of unidentified bird, left] has developed "an array of defense tactics depending upon each type of predator and whether that predator likes to swallow prey whole or chew it up." Our two favorite techniques are squirting blood from their eyelids and puffing themselves up with air to appear too big to eat. Too big to fail? "Your avatar of a bird about to have a toad for lunch = metaphor for twitterers speaking truth to power?" we twittered Rightone this morning. Or is it the other way around, the bird being the powers that be and we the lizard squirting blood from our eyelids?
By Sissy Willis of sisu
“We’ll start the war from right here!” Stacy McCain quotes Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. responding to conditions on the
sand at Omaha Utah
Beach [Thanks to Old Bull in the comments for the
correctionn] June 6, 1944, making the point that when you're fighting for your life, you don't start equivocating "when you land on the wrong beach." Stacy's talking about disarray amongst tea-party-affiliated losers in last week's Republican primaries. You can catch the details at The Other McCain, but here's the bottom line:
At the end of the day, making your voice heard in politics — in any really effective way – requires winning elections. Winning elections at the level of a U.S. Senate race isn’t easy and depends on a lot of details that have nothing to do with national trends, so that the success or failure of any one campaign cannot automatically be taken as
evidence of a trend.
Neverthless, if Kinnison and others cannot accept the nomination of Angle as legitimate, that’s a real problem. And if the Tea Party movement ends up encouraging people to be soreheads when they lose a primary, that’s a real problem, too.
Predatory members of the legacy press like the WaPo's Amy
Gardner are trying to make out that "the [tea party] movement may be in danger of breaking apart before it ever really comes together," but we aren't buying. Inspired by that army of "articulate, brave and joyful conservative" women we toasted in our previous post, we're ready to start the war from right here! If you're with us, click here early and often to help Sharron Angle reap Harry Reid.
Update II: Interesting historical note from lonetown in the comments:
Shades of Col John
Parker: "Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a
war, let it begin here." – Captain John Parker, 1775