Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ex-FEMA Director Michael Brown Should Be Beaten With A Bag Of Oranges

Because he had the nerve to say this about President Obama's handling of Sandy:

“One thing he’s gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [the hurricane] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in…Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas? Why was this so quick?… At some point, somebody’s going to ask that question…. This is like the inverse of Benghazi.” 

Really? REALLY? Go judge a horse contest*, dude.

*On that note: are all people who deal with horse shows (M. Brown, M. Romney) jerks, or is this just a coincidence?

Picture This: Anatomy Of A Frightened, Desperate Scumbag

Monday, October 29, 2012

Picture This: From 1862 to 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Around The Internets

  1. 3D art.
  2. We've made a lot of strides since 1916.
  3. Black churches have some political soul searching to do.
  4. Like I said earlier: he has a plan.
  5. Stop wasting your money.
  6. Something tells me that Ellen DeGeneres is not a big Taylor Swift fan.
  7. Getting a used car? Watch your nuggets.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Picture This: It's Always a Tight Race

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

John McCain's Bottom Line

Picture This: Democratic Underground Recaps The Debates

It's Not Like They Put a Gun To His Head

But nevertheless, all of Mike Bloomberg's poo-pooing to both Obama and Romney about not talking about gun safety/regulation takes a backseat to that sweet, sweet cash.

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President Obama Does Have A Plan

And so does Gov. Romney. The question is: whose plan is better for the country, and which candidate is more likely to see their plan through and not abandon it for political expediency?

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Monday, October 22, 2012

That Uber-Liberal CNN

Via TPM. Reminder: religious affiliation is not required to be president.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Around The Internets

  1. Best served funny.
  2. Christopher Nolan had to do a lot to make people forget the previous Movie Batman.
  3. The only reason to dress as food for Halloween.  
  4. Diaz and Paltrow: Hip-Hop blondes


Friday, October 12, 2012

Picture This: Joe Biden, Happy Warrior

The Armor-Piercing Question That Romney Needs To Answer

It's not anything about the 47% or the bailouts. It's not directly directed to abortion or same-sex marriage. It's only tentatively connected to foreign policy.

The question that needs to be posted to Mitt Romney is this:

"During your run for Senator for Massachusetts, you claimed to be a liberal-to-moderate Republican. During this Republican Primary, you said that your were a 'severe conservative.' I believe the American people need to know for sure: are you still a conservative Republican, or are you now a moderate Republican again?"

It has to be phrased in that manner, because there are only really three responses:
  1. "I am a Conservative Republican:" This means that Romney is accountable for everything the right-wing base of his party is saying and pushing. Women's Rights, Tax Cuts for the Rich, Saber-Rattling. Follow Bill Clinton's advice and tell the public that Romney plans to re-introduce the policies of Bush/Cheney.
  2. "I am a Moderate Republican:" This means that Romney was being honest in the primaries; why? It also implies that Romney actually agrees with Obamacare, which is more or less an expanded version of Romneycare; so he can know be forced to explain why his policies are better. In this scenario, he has to give details and specifics.
  3. Any Response That Does Not Answer The Question: This means that Romney cannot be trusted. Independent/Moderate/Low-information voters aren't really attracted to political parties or ideologies, but what really pisses them off is a candidate that is only telling them what they (the candidate) think they (the voter) want to hear to get their (the voter) vote. Every elected Democrat will have a field day with this argument because it's the one argument that can resonate across the electorate.
In short: the Obama campaign needs to ask the "Who Are You?" question, but in a way that invokes a response that Obama can use to his advantage.

And for anyone asking whether Romney needs to do the same thing, I say: Fox News has been doing the job for him since the 2008 Presidential Elections.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Picture This: Sesame Street Gets The Bain Treatment

On Tonight's Vice Presidential Debate

To be honest, Robert Reich speaks on it better than me.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Anyone Who Practices Critical Thinking Skills Knows Mitt Romney is Being Purposely Vague On Abortion

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Barack Obama Underestimated The Low Information Voter

As explained in this Daily Kos diary. Sometimes, it's better to just play Tic-Tac-Toe than try to out-chess your opponent.

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Saturday, October 06, 2012

All Speeches Should Be Animated

Around The Internets

Friday, October 05, 2012

Debate Deja Vu

No Main Topic

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Mitt Romney Takes Big Risks To Score Points In Debate #1

The Governor was certainly more energetic, and the President was definitely more scholarly. But went the dust settles and both MSNBC and Fox News both calm down what everyone will realize is:

  1. Mitt Romney made more disputable claims that could come back to bite him in the ass;
  2. Romney's people (sans Chris Christie) sold the media on low expectations;
  3. Romney essentially embraced his modern Republican self to survive.
That last point can't be stressed enough: Mitt Romney had to all but abandon his base and the Tea Party to save himself in this debate. The next few days will be important: if he just flips tomorrow, Friday or next week and says, "I didn't mean any of that stuff I said at the debates" to a crowd of conservatives, he's up shit's creek. As it is, embracing regulations like he did is bound to piss off some conservatives once their post-debate high wears off.

Obama, on the other hand, didn't really say anything that Romney or the GOP can use in a TV ad. And while some progressives/liberals may take issue with them agreeing on things, let's flip the perspective here: when a challenger agrees with the incumbent, then what's the incentive for voting the incumbent out of office?

Overall, I don't see any minds being changed. Romney did better than most Republicans expected and Obama didn't deliver the knock-out punch many Democrats were hoping for. But I don't see any fence-sitters picking a side just yet. 

UPDATE: Here is a transcript of the debate, and here is one DU poster's take on why Obama didn't metaphorically beat Romney senseless: "the backfire effect."

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Quote of the Day

Some socialism provides confidence to capitalist markets. Employers who know their help is covered by healthcare, especially if they don't pay for it directly out of their own bottom line, gain confidence.

...Public education providing skilled workers instills confidence in employers and job creators.
...Safe streets with good cops instill confidence in investors and business owners.
...Excellent roads and bridges and transport infrastructure instill confidence in the market as a whole.

Until the 19th Century capitalists figure out that, in a world of billions of consumers, not millions, their arcane models are no longer viable, we will suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. 

-- "jep07,"  replying to the TPM story about Wall Street's take on the presidential election.

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The 1st Debate for the 2012 Presidential Election: What Barack Obama Can Do

  1. Stay calm.
  2. Avoid the "Zinger Trap."
  3. Get specific on the economy: what it was when you got there, what your administration tried to do, what obstacles your faced and what needs to be done.
  4. Keep the "47%" attacks to the minimum.
  5. Stress your foreign policy accomplishments.

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The 1st Debate for the 2012 Presidential Election: What Mitt Romney Can Do

  1. Go back to being the "better option for the economy" candidate.
  2. Don't. Use. Any. Zingers.
  3. Embrace the fact that most Americans think you're a selfish rich jerk.
  4. Ask President Obama about using drones that end up attacking innocent people.
  5. Avoid using the word "fail" when referring to the President.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The GOP Don't Want To Admit Mitt Romney Is Running For President

But since the party can't outright dump the guy, they're doing the next best thing.

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Monday, October 01, 2012

Picture This: Risk Assessment

Quote of The Day

Mr. And Mrs. Fox News Viewer must be scratching their heads right now. Romney sold his plan as a simplification of the tax code, so that average taxpayers could grasp it's context, and it's effect on their lives. Now it's too complicated for a short explanation? WTF? Ryan planned on sleepwalking through another interview, and got a rude awakening.

-- Dan Lee Uhl, on this Think Progress post.

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