Friday, August 31, 2012

RNC 2012 Reaction: The "HA!" Edition

First, there's the Daily Show preemptive strike, courtesy of Leonard Nimoy:

Then there's Michael Moore:

The people of the future will know nothing about Dirty Harry or Josey Wales or Million Dollar Baby. They will know about the night a crazy old man hijacked a national party's most important gathering so he could literally tell the president to go do something to himself (i.e. fuck  himself). In those few moments (and these days, it only takes a few moments—see Anthony Weiner), he completely upended and redefined how he'll be remembered by younger and future generations. 

Yep, pretty much.

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Picture This: President Obama Responds To Clint Eastwood

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Eastwood/Rubio/Romney Speeches As Filtered Through The Film "Not Another Teen Movie"

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  1. A Democratic Assemblyman from Brooklyn is caught up in a sexual harassment scandal.
  2. Says a Mitt Romney Pollster: "We're notgoing to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."
  3. Seagulls are attacking whales.


Proof That God Exists

"Jersey Shore" is being cancelled.


Everybody's Talking All this Stuff About Him...

...and it's basically because Bobby Brown has decided to forgo rehab.

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RNC 2012 Election Strategy: Lie, Cheat & Steal

I am not convinced that the following applies to the modern-day card-carrying Republican voter, but I'm pretty sure they are not completely aware of what's going on either. They're party voters; their role is to vote for their party. It's the RNC's job to basically give them a rationale for continuing to vote for the GOP.

The RNC's plan for this election cycle (and presumably beyond) is to lie, cheat and steal.

They plan to lie about economic and domestic issues, how this country came to be and role government played in that development, and the level of racial and misogynistic tactics they are using. They plan on cheating by changing the rules so people who don't normally vote for them won't be able to vote at all.These schemes, if properly executed, will allow the GOP to steal the 2012 election, and by "steal" I mean, "They are afraid that they will lose if they don't lie and cheat, so they have resorted to lying and cheating to get the desired outcome."

Even if they pull this off for 2012, it is not a strategy for the long term. You can only rely on "angry white guys" and outright disdain for facts for so long before demographics and reality catches up with you.

If they were being honest, the GOP could address this issue with relative ease:
  1. Find a Republican who was born after 1970;
  2. Prep that Republican to run for President in any of the next two cycles.

As long as they continue to run guys who grew up in a segregated, misogynistic, gay-bashing era, they will have problems getting minorities to vote for them in significant numbers. I know they like to talk about how Lincoln was a Republican and black people like him, but that's because he freed the slaves. I couldn't think of five prominent, currently-office-holding Republicans who would have done the same thing if s/he was in Lincoln's place. 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Quote of the Day

 Imagine you have a friend who a few years back heard that if you feed poodles money they will shit out gold bricks. So your friend starts feeding his hard-earned cash to all the pampered poodles he can find, and they gobble those bills down. But, surprise, surprise, despite what he heard, the dogs end up shitting shit. Still, he clings to this bizarre, completely disproven idea: poodles shit gold. Now, after some time, he's low on cash. You tell your friend to stop putting out plates of money for the goddamned poodles. No, your friend says. Instead, he must cut back on other things, like doctor visits and food and more, just so he'll have the spare money to give the fucking dogs. "One day, these little bitches are gonna pay off," he tells you, sounding completely crazy, "and I'll be on easy street." But until then, he's just got hands that stink like dog shit. And there's your lesson in Republican economics.

...And here endeth the lesson.

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Replubilcans Prevent Potential RNC Convention Voter Fraud By Silencing Ron Paul Supporters

These guys didn't actually think the electoral readjustment process was limited to minorities, old people and unions, did they?

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Bad Teacher

Just because you claim your kids are "dumb as hell" it does not excuse you from essentially teaching them that the solution is to cheat.

Now, the person in question says the accusations are not true, so time well tell.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What's Yours Is Mine


A group of coal miners in Ohio feel they would have been fired if they did not attend an Aug. 14 event with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and contribute to his campaign — and to make matters worse, they lost of day of pay for their trouble.

In phone calls and emails to WWVA radio host David Blomquist, employees at the Century Mine in Ohio said they feared retaliation if they did not attend the Romney event.

“Yes, we were in fact told that the Romney event was mandatory and would be without pay, that the hours spent there would need to be made up my non-salaried employees outside of regular working hours, with the only other option being to take a pay cut for the equivalent time,” the employees told Blomquist. “Yes, letters have gone around with lists of names of employees who have not attended or donated to political events.”
Update: Think Progress also discusses this story.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Picture This: An Econimic Reminder

Via this DU post.

In other words: President Obama is not spending us into oblivion. Sure, he's authorizing Skynet-like fighter drones to bomb people in foreign countries, but he's not spending us into oblivion.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Picture This: Al Franken on The Difference Between Conservatives and Liberals

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lying King

Rep. Steve King has insinuated that the scenario of a girl getting pregnant from rape was foreign to him. He's now trying to backtrack...essentially because he's been caught using the "girl got pregnant from rape" scenario to justify another issue (dog fighting).

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Picture This: Right-Wing News


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Paul Ryan Was (And Probably Still Is) an Ayn Rand Acolyte.

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Don't let him tell you any different.

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  1. I can think of a lot of things wrong with this headline.
  2. George Zimmerman is broke after trying to convince the public that he had a good reason to shoot an unarmed teen to death.
  3. Rachel Weisz can now go to Arizona
  4. White House Honey Ale.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Picture This: "It Was a Routine Assignment"

Sure it was, Deadpool; sure it was.

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Who Do You Side With Most In The Upcoming Election?

Go here and find out.The cool thing is that you don't have to give the standard "yes or no" if you don't want to.


Monday, August 13, 2012

More Distraction, Please

The Romney/Ryan ticket needs some cover, and Rep. Darrell Issa is providing it by going after Eric Holder (again).

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Get Rich Or Try Ryan

I could say that Mitt Romney's decision to pick Paul Ryan won't take care of the GOP presidential nominee's most glaring problem. I could point to the many, many things that about Paul Ryan that would turn off moderate and independent voters, most notably his admiration for Ayn Rand (who had questionable judgement of "heroes" herself).  Of course, there's always the budget Ryan is pushing, which is -as some on the left have noted- does not seem to produce the advertised result...unless the result is "no more Medicare."

I could give my version on all that, but as you can see, sharper minds than me have done so. So why re-invent those wheels when I can touch on other aspects, like:
  1. Romney Didn't Use The VP Pick For Traditional Reasons: Usually, the VP pick is supposed to cover some deficiency (real or imagined) that the presidential candidate has. In Romney's sense, it practically screamed for someone with a personality that could also pacify the conservative base (at least long enough for Romney to make a reasonable appeal to moderate and independent voters). Instead, Romney picked a guy who's political claim to fame is essentially a scorched earth budget proposal. This hints that Romney is, as early reactions stated, basically "doubling down" on his economic message. Problem with that is...
  2. Romney Has Added More Light To His Tax (Release) Evasion Problem: The developing "VP-candiates-gave-up-more-tax-returns-then-the-guy-running-for-president" story isn't going away anytime soon. But what makes it interesting now is not going to be the dodging and misdirection, but whether Romney or Ryan takes the lead in addressing the problem. Which leads to the question...
  3. Is Paul Ryan Ready To Lead The Country If Something Happens To a President Romney?: This was a question that led many to not vote for John McCain. Ryan isn't -as far as regular media coverage is concerned- as obsessed with social issue as Sarah Palin, but like I said, that probably won't endear him (or Romney for that matter) to the GOP base. Ryan's going to have to both impress the moderates/independents and please the conservative base with his domestic and foreign policy credentials; that's a hard task to manage with less than four months to go. So...
  4. Mitt Romney Still Needs To Address The Moderate & Independent Voters: So far, everything has been either "tear President Obama down" or "cater to the Tea Party crowd." Romney has not done anything that's equivalent to "liberals and Ron Paul agree on ending the war." Despite his claims that he's found middle ground with Democrats when he was Governor of Massachusetts (aka, Romneycare), what has he proposed that his campaign can say, "Look, he's reached out to Democrats with his [insert initiative/legislation here]. He's a unifier?" Obama spent almost two years pissing off liberals trying to find common ground with Republicans in Congress who wanted to see him gone; by now even skeptical voters realize that the President tried to play ball. Can Romney make the same claim?

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Around The Internets

  1. Nasty politics does not always equal lies.
  2. Louisiana has an interesting solution to their "high school teens getting pregnant" problem: kick them out of school.
  3. Not every small business owner is against President Obama
  4. A daughter should be able to build a shrine to her dad, especially this dad.
  5. The President can be funny at times...
  6. ...And so can Chris Rock
  7. Should comic book superheros look "Olympic?"


Friday, August 10, 2012

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Kobe Bryant Acts Like Kobe Bryant, Some People Still Surprised

Seriously: in terms of NBA experience, what can his Olympic teammates teach him? Just because James and Wade won a championship, it doesn't make them instant experts.

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Potential Mega-Deal To Make Dwight Howard a Laker In The Works

It might not happen, but the fact they're trying? Good on 'em.

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"No One Could Have Predicted The Level On Domestic Terrorism America Would Be Facing"

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Actor Bob Hoskins Is Retiring

I don't care what anyone says:the guy deserved an award for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It's a real shame it's taken Hollywood so long to get over itself and give awards to "geek movies."

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Don't Be Proud Of This Televised Wonder That May Be Constructed...

Let me be the first to say that there's a strong chance that Arrested Development's revival may not last because:
  1. Most of the cast are movie stars, and shooting around the show will become problamatic;
  2. The writers are just as important as the cast, and if that dynamic changes people will find out real soon.
  3. It's only ten episodes.
  4. It's only going to be on the Internet.
In reality, it's more like a feel-good epilogue than anything else. But for fans, that might be enough. 

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Monday, August 06, 2012

Picture This: Mitt Romney's Denial, Barack Obama's Nature of Compromise and the Birther's/GOP's Hypocrisy All In One Pic

Let's break it down even more...

  1. It forces detractors to reconcile why Obama needed to provide his birth certificate while Romney's word should be considered "sufficient" enough for voters.
  2. This is coming from Harry Reid, who can't be blamed for being discriminatory (he's Mormon like Romney) or making a power move (other than having a Democrat keep the White House, which is the whole point of the election. Obama doesn't have to jump into the fray; he can just give opinions and observations.
  3. The more Romney resists, the more pressure he'll get from Republicans and the media to release more tax information (much like Obama did, although the pressure did not come from his own party).
  4. It can't be stressed how this is attacking Romney's biggest claim to fame: his business acumen. By clouding Romney's image as a legitimate, successful businessman...
  5. Romney will be focused to either highlight other aspects of his candidacy, like his time as governor (where he created the template for ObamaCare), his time at the Olympics (which was paid for, in large part, with government money) or the proverbial Personal Story (which would involve reminding people that he is a Mormon and people learning more about what that means). 
  6. It foreshadows the debates: Obama is not going to let Romney get away with things like this, and during the debates "let me get back to you" won't cut it. Romney needs to start being more definitive (ironically, a trait GWBush had in spades, even if he was wrong on most things) or he's toast.

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Picture This: American Politics Sense About 2002 (give or take a few months) In Cartoon Form

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  1. Amanda Bynes needs a driver.
  2. The power of math!
  3. (from pic) Who gains from Romney's tax plan.
  4. Apparently guys have a harder time "just being friends" then girls.


Sunday, August 05, 2012

Clint Eastwood Endorses Mitt Romney

The actor/director seems to be under the impression that Obama's been waging a class war via taxes. That says a lot about where Eastwood gets his information (hint: it probably rhymes with "Croc's Blues").

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Picture This: Is Our Children Learning? (Probably Not)

Friday, August 03, 2012

Quote Of The Day

Picture This: How Government Helps Businesses

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Politically-Speaking, Texas May Implode On Itself Like A Newtron Star

As Rachel's blog explains, the Tea Party-backed purge has claimed another victim, and this time in Texas. I think it's a sign of the times when Rick Perry's Lt. Governor loses because he's apparently not conservative enough for Texas Republicans.

But in a macro sense, it presents a problem the GOP has had sense the Frankenstonian Monster (this hybrid of the supposedly fiscally-conscientious, the can't-let-go birthers and the compromise-haters) known as the Tea Party formed: Republicans need them for votes, but not as electoral candidates. Other than Rand Paul (who had the added benefit of being Ron Paul's son) hardly any Tea Party candidate of note has won (GOP members who "converted" to save their asses don't count) and those who did seemed to mysteriously become cogs of the very machine they were sent to dismantle. Nevertheless, their presence during campaigns make it difficult for the establishment GOP in terms of attracting independent voters (although it's hard to think there are that many independents out there nowadays who need swaying). The craziness in the House of Representatives (i.e., the fact that they've voted on the ACA more than job creation) is just a symptom of the Old Guard trying to keep the Insurgents under wraps.

Texas may well become the bell-weather here: should Ted Cruz win the seat, more Tea Party members will be even more emboldened to run against "classic conservatives" who don't convert. Should Cruz lose, the Karl Rove types may use the result as a way to tamper down the more radical wing of their party (for fear of the Texas Democrats who'll smell blood in the water).

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Mitt Romney Only Has Two Groups He Cares About Politically...

...the rich (who is helping to finance his campaign) and those who hate everything Obama/Democratic Party (who he needs for votes).

If people understand this, his constant screwups and his attempts to cover his screwups with lies is easier to digest.

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Willaim Tell & William S. Burroughs Wept.

Sweet Baby Jesus.

A 26-year-old woman was shot by an arrow on the 10000 block of Moxley Road in Damascus. An adult male was practicing archery and the arrow ricocheted, striking the woman in the head.