The “Other Alex” Becomes a Star on Maddow Show

Careful readers of this blog will note that on April 15th, yours truly met not 1, but 2 different Alexes.  You know Alex Villanueva as Daily Dose Junior White House correspondent and contributing writer, but Alex and I both interviewed Alex Lawson that day, as he was on hand to counter-protest the Tax Day Tea Party.

Alex #2 also contributed to my Mediaite story about the 9/12 demonstration, and tonight, his Billionaires for Wealthcare were featured prominently on the Rachel Maddow Show.  Here’s the video she highlighted in the spot:

Honestly, when I first saw Alex’s group, I wasn’t sold.  I thought the conceit played into stereotypes of liberal smugness.  After seeing how Alex dealt with the crowd, and after speaking with him afterward, I came around a little.  Either way, I was very impressed with Alex’s poise and conviction.  In real life, he doesn’t have a trace of wiseass in him.

Here’s Alex’s group being manhandled by Tea Party protesters:

You can see my interview with him here:

Let’s All Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas Today

I’m very saddened, like many, to learn of the death of Patrick Swayze tonight.  While many people (mainly women) remember Swayze fondly for such films as “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost,” most guys my age grew up watching Swayze kick ass in “Red Dawn,” and in B-movie masterpieces like “Road House” (which I am about to watch) and “Next of Kin.”  I can think of no better way to mark his passing thsn with this affectionate tribute by the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 gang.

I’m rubber you’re glue…a list of lame comebacks

bllieddoseWhen having a debate with a democrat, progressive, or liberal – whichever of the terms you prefer – the following are the lamest arguments you ever could think of and shall strip you of any respect we may have given you…they may even garner a guffaw or an eyeroll.  Please feel free to add to the list of the lame in the comments:

  • Lincoln was a Republican.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican.
  • Democrats started it.
  • Democrats are racist.
  • Democrats are socialists.
  • Democrats are Nazi sympathizers.
  • Democrats are Fascists.
  • Democrats don’t ever agree with wars.
  • Liberals don’t want anyone to help themselves, they’d be happy if everyone was on welfare.
  • Robert Byrd was a member of the KKK.
  • It’s treasonous to talk badly about the president if it’s against Bush, it’s patriotic if it’s against Obama.
  • There’s nothing overtly or symbolically racist about the Confederate Flag.
  • I don’t have the information at hand that I so defiantly disagree with.
  • The facts are debatable.
  • Chicago politics.
  • Crony.
  • Czar.

Maybe I’ll have a part two or three at some other time, but those are among my favorite lamest of the lame comebacks/arguments.  Sadly, they are used on a regular basis.