Sunday, September 30, 2012

What Bain Capital Does


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Around The Internets

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Picture This: The Old Rich Know What Needs To Be Done

Via Daily Kos' Jen Sorenson. The last pic pretty much sums up where the Upper Class' relationship withe the Working Class.

About The Romney/Ryan-Scarborough Reaction Clip

Sure, Joe's reaction gives us a glimpse into how GOP loyalists are feeling (at this point, true Republicans are either concentrating on the Congressional seats or quietly supporting Obama). But moreso, it's Romney's ego. Most people saw Romney's forced chant as a way to try to get the public interested in the event and charge them up. I saw it as, "No, don't chant Ryan's name, chant the ticket...because I'm at the head of it!"

The way I see it, his ego can't even let Ryan get a few seconds of praise, and that's a shame.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Romney Campaign Pulled a Hostile Takeover During Their Univision Appearance

Apparently, having even a neutral audience was leaving too much to chance.

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Picture This: Campaign Stress

Quote of the Day

"The problem the Big Two have isn't wanting to make money, it's how they're going about doing it. The current business model from Marvel and DC isn't working--the highest selling books are hitting maybe 200,000. Throw in Comixology and piracy and maybe 400,000 people read the MOST popular books. Superhero comics are overpriced, too often shallow, and cannot seem to break out of the current trend towards irrelevance.

The entire business model needs an overhaul, but the caterwauling of the direct market prevents that. Superman, Spiderman, Batman? They don't need comics. They're cultural icons with multiple films, cartoons, video games, and a gigaton or two of merchandise. If the industry failed today, then Warner Bros. and Disney still wouldn't have any trouble using these characters to make billions.

But independent writers, smaller publishers, and characters that don't have the mainstream recognition? They need a comics industry. Scott Pilgrim doesn't get made as a film first. Kick Ass doesn't get made as a film first. Whatever your opinions of these books or their respective adaptations, comics offer an ubridled testing ground for ideas that isn't limited by budget.

Trying to cultivate properties solely for movie deals is missing the point entirely. DC and Marvel should be embracing what makes comics unique and different, going after untapped markets, and appealing to people outside the 18-45 white male demographic--and I mean as a holistic initiative, not the token efforts made to grab headlines IE gay Alan Scott and Green Lantern Baz."

-- "Chaltab," responding to the CA story on Greg Rucka's frustration from working with Marvel and DC. What's interesting is that the owners of these two comic companies (Disney and Warner Bros.) don't treat their respective animated cultural icons like their comic book ones. Think about how sparingly and purposefully Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny are used; now imagine how things would be if Superman and Spider-Man were treated in the same fashion.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Around The Internets

  1. I don't want to say Amanda Bynes is going insane, but I guess she tried to retire for a reason.
  2. Why 30 minutes of exercise a day is good enough for most people.
  3. Fox & Friends gets pranked big time.
  4. If the government just lets it ride for the next four years, we're on pace to get 12 million jobs. Of course Mitt Romney knows this, which is why he's claiming he can create 12 million jobs during his first term.
  5. Show off with one of these degrees.
  6. Chick-Fil-A takes a step back
  7. Mika Brzezinski is a serious journalist.
  8. Sadly for most of you, it's too late to change some of these factors
  9. Ann Romney prefers her horse to anyone who would object to her husband being president.
  10. Sarah Silverman on voting.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Picture This: "Mitt Romney" On Facebook

Picture This: Asking the Right Question

In other words: there's a difference between asking about a period of time where who's president isn't a factor and asking about the difference between life under the incumbent versus life under their opponent.

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SNL Rips F&F To Shreds

Thursday, September 20, 2012

No Main Topic

  1. Now that's a father.
  2. We're letting perfectly good kidneys go to waste.
  3. In other words: get ready for some crazy weather.
  4. "I figure if somebody's dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they're gonna have to take what they get."


They'll Be a Movie Made About This For Sure

And to be honest I don't wanna spoil anything by going into too much detail.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

That 47% Thing

Remember this site? (Hint: it's still to the right) It was created to mock the people who didn't believe or understand that they were people who were using government loans, subsidies and other fancy ways of saying "money" to reach their dreams and achieve their goals.

Sadly, the site didn't reach enough people to get the "47% of Americans don't pay taxes" myth. Fortunately, there's a link here and here that explains the origins of the myth and what the truth is.

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Picture This: Fox News Decides (Again)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

TPM Charts Help Explain Why Mitt Romney Hasn't Gained Momentum

Currently, the story is "Governor Romney puts down the supposed 47% who don't pay taxes," who actually look like this:

Thing is there have plenty of opportunities for Romney to pounce, but he royally screwed up everytime:

Just look at that. He had five easy-to-manipulate job reports, the VP pick, a foreign trip and the RNC. Obama only really had the DNC going for him, and with August a being notoriously bad month for presidents (as opposed to January, when it's all about the POTUS), he was definitely in a more vulnerable position. Yet at every turn, Romney managed to bumble, stumble and fumble. 

(For a perspective on this, read anything about the 2004 election; there wasn't one John Kerry gaffe the Bush Administration didn't jump on. And supposedly, some of Bush's old staffers are part of the Romney campaign.)

Which begs the question: how did Mitt Romney ever succeed in the business world

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Why Use a Dog Whistle When an Arihorn Works So Well?

The former head of the Family Research Council has a very interesting take on who is actually backing the President electorally.

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No Main Topic

  1. Where no woman has gone before.
  2. Mitt Romney? Being tight-lipped about something financial? The heck you say!
  3. The Ravens and 'Skins had interesting games with sad outcomes.
  4. Bee-ology.
  5. Culture will always be a factor here.
  6. It's hard out there for a Division III coach.
  7. Also: people are being killed in other countries too, y'know.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Around The Internets

  1. If you're gay, don't count on Mitt Romney's sympathy.
  2. This O.J./Kardashian story could be its own reality show.
  3. I don't think that any of these stories were "accidents."
  4. Things must being getting hectic for Marvel characters; Thor didn't even get a chance to shave for this cover.
  5. Gotta give these usually dolled-up celebrities props for going natural
  6. People put up with a lot when they're horny.  
  7. Let's just squash the whole, "When little boys hit little girls, it means they like them" lie once and for all, shall we? 
  8. Hypocrisy one Line 1.


Friday, September 14, 2012

No Main Topic

  1. As attractive as this might be for some, the GOP isn't really dead, they're just in a metamorphic state. I'll share my thoughts on this later.
  2. Hillary Clinton gives a speech on religion.
  3. Trent Tucker may have been the reason behind the rule change (that and he dared to outdo a Michael Jordan Bulls team) but that wasn't the end of his story.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

John McCain Acts More Presidential Than Mitt Romney

No Main Topic

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Picture This: Two Mitt Romneys On The Libya Attacks

This guy's weakest area was foreign policy. Anyone in his situation with a brain and a sense of humility would have either waited for the President to speak first, or sent out a generic "Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With..." Statement. But no; he had to turn it into a live attack ad. Now he's entered a field of the presidency that he's woefully unqualified for, and his best advisers are ex-foreign policy hacks for the last GOP president we had (does "9/11" and "two unfunded wars" ring any bells?).

While I'm tempted to follow others, I'm not jumping the gun yet to say he's toast (we still have to get through at least two debates before it's official). But there's no way anyone who doesn't want World War III is backing Romney for making such a stupid decision.

But when you think about it, running for President has been the biggest risk Romney has ever taken in his life; before than he really never did anything that didn't guarantee that he'd come out on top. 

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Picture This: Always Remember


Cyclops Pulls a "Charlie Sheen" To Get Magneto to STFU

A little background: apparently the Phoenix (an almost all-powerful entity that possessed former X-Man Jean Grey years ago, made her crazy and had to be put down by Professor X's alien princess girlfriend) is back and looking for a new host: Jean Grey look-alike Hope Summers (adopted by Cable in raised in his there's-always-a-war-going-on future before being dropped of on the X-Men's doorstep as a teen). The X-Men (mostly Cyclops) saw this as a chance to get the whole Phoenix-makes-red-heads-crazy thing right for once; the Avengers (who are actually showcasing a roster of popular Marvel heroes for once) believe that this idea's doomed to fail.

The X-Men, being contractually-obligated by the rules of a crossover, go ahead with their plan, basically calling the Avengers jerks for staying on the sidelines during all the previous X-Men crossovers only to step in now. In the end, the nonsensical fighting results in the Phoenix possessing five X-Men: Cyclops, scantly-clad telepath Emma Frost, Namor (think a cool, mutant version of Aquaman), Colossus (who was already strong in his own right, and just received a power boost from being the new Juggernaut) and Majik (Colossus's little sister who was trained by a demon to be a sorceress). The last three got their asses handed to them (two of them by Spider-Man!) but every time that happened, the Phoenix power went to the remaining survivors.

So as we have it, Cyclops and Emma Frost have (in Marvel terms) near god-like power and (mostly Cyclops) a desire to make mutants respectable again. Enter Magneto, Mr. "Mutants Are Superior, & If Humanity Can't Deal With That They Can All Die" himself. Currently he's a "good guy," which is Marvel's way of saying they haven't come up with a story to justify him being a megalomaniac again. He's...concerned...about Cyclops' new attitude.   


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Monday, September 10, 2012

Picture This: Pokemon From Another POV

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Around The Internets

  1. Spotting liars.
  2. RNC 2012 summed up in cartoon form
  3. Very attractive women who happen to be at least a Size 12
  4. Your definition of  "hot Republicans" and "hot Democrats" may vary, but hey.  
  5. "Good Morning, America," indeed. 
  6. The racial makeup of the RNC and DNC crowds. 
  7. The "Mitt Romney flip flops" is really a simplistic way of looking at the GOP presidential candidate, and not entirely accurate
  8. Remember how back in the 90's conservatives used to attack Bill Clinton only to fail miserably? Well, this is the remix.
  9. When Fail Meets Hypocrisy.


Friday, September 07, 2012

What Has The GOP Done To Create New Jobs Since They Regained The House Of Representatives In 2010?

According to one site that's been keeping track, nothing to brag about.

The next time a Republican is on TV talking about the President and job numbers or unemployment, the reporter/pundit/bobblehead journalist should ask, "What have House Republicans done? They've had control for two full years now."

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DNC Recap: The Cats Are Being Herded

A very clever person once said that getting Democrats together is like herding cats. Well, Joss Whedon must have been the producer for the DNC 2012 Convention, because this was more like "Avengers Assemble!"

Let's (courtesy of C-SPAN) go over some highlights of the 3-day event:
  1. DAY ONE:  Deval Patrick got the ball rolling with calls for focusing on education and his call for Democrats to "get a spine." Castro brothers Joaquin and Julian reminded the crowd that America is at its best when it's inclusive. The Edward Kennedy video tribute included an epic smackdown of Mitt Romney when he tried to unseat Kennedy for Senator. Michelle Obama used her personal perspective to valid Barack Obama the person.
  2. DAY TWO: Sandra Fluke reminds everyone what exactly started the ridiculous "War on Women." Elizabeth Warren does the same, but in regards to financial regulation. Former President Bill Clinton summarized the political landscape since he left office, and made a case for Obama on the ground that they share a similar vision for the country.
  3. DAY THREE: Rep. John Lewis warned of the similarities between the new "voter registration" laws that have been popping up in states (some that happen to be swing states with GOP Governors) and the Jim Crow Laws that were prevalent in his Civil Rights heyday. Governors Jennifer Granholm and Brian Schweitzer both went, politically-speaking, medieval on the GOP. Governor Charlie Crist explained why he left (aka, was forced out) of the GOP (it rhymes with "mix-dream-ism"). John Kerry took a flamethrower to the GOP's foreign policy snafus (both past and present). VP Joe Biden picked up where Clinton and Michelle Obama left off, giving the crowd insight to Barack Obama the Elected Official from a "co-worker" perspective.

Then, of course it was President Obama's turn. It was more prose than poetry, more somber than fantasy. In a nutshell, it was a "Help Me Help You" speech reminiscent of those he's given before (that hardly anyone remembers or quotes) where he reminds the audience that he's just a conduit for their desire to change the country for the better. He acknowledged his accomplishments (which much be hard because he rarely does it with any great detail), his setbacks (without directly blaming the opposition) and the reality of the situation: the country was saved, but it will take time and hard work to get things back to "normal."

If I had to rank the Top Three Speeches in terms of "Addressing the General Public/Independent Voters," it would be:
  1. Michelle Obama
  2. Bill Clinton
  3. Joe Biden
And if I were to rank the Top Three Speeches in terms of "Energizing the Base/Showing the Differences Between the Parties," it would be:
  1. John Kerry
  2. Bill Clinton
  3. Barack Obama
If I was the political strategist, Clinton would be the guy I'd use to de-bunk falsehoods and lies (especially in the South); I'd just let Kerry loose so he can continue to bash the Romney/Ryan ticket on foreign policy, and make sure most of these other speakers hit the Sunday Morning Circuit for the next two months. The biggest problem I see with the Democratic Party is this: win or lose, who's stepping up to the plate after Obama?

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Conservatives Never Liked Michelle Obama

The hatred the Right has for the Obamas is much like their hatred of the Clintons, only magnified due to, well, you know.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Picture this: Wonder Woman Wants Her Mom Back

Long Story = Short: Mom lost memory; Princess Diana decides to "jog" it as only she knows how.

And this, Ladies & Gentlemen, is the Wonder Woman we should see on the big screen,

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Saturday, September 01, 2012

Like Mitt Romney, Bain Capital Has a Problem With Taxes

Apparently they're under investigation for tax evasion. Expect this to run the news cycle for a good chunk of next week (at least until Romney says/does something dumb or something interesting/crazy happens at the Democratic Convention).

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Was The Clint Eastwood Speech Really A Secret Gift To Democrats?

Earlier posts seem that some may interpret it that way. But what if what we really witnessed was a real life Dirty Harry speech? Given the context and background behind the Dirty Harry character, that's far more disturbing than just "Old Actor Yells at Chair."

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Around The Internets

  1. The pic above was one of many...
  2. ...and if this is true, they deserve worse.
  3. NBA rookies get schooled.
  4. Don't accept your debt situation.
  5. How does Chuck Todd know what Democrats "wish" they had?
  6. How to do the Reverse Pushup
  7. Even Fox News has called Ryan out on his lies.
  8. Optimus Prime almost became a Green Lantern?
  9. Finally: something to smile about.