Saturday, July 14, 2012

Must Reads

Simon Maloy: Comically Awful Survey Says 83 Percent Of Doctors Might Quit Over Obamacare

Eugene Robinson: The GOP’s crime against voters

Roger Simon: Why don’t we love Mitt Romney?

Hamilton Nolan: Unions, Money, and the Politics of False Equivalence

John Nichols: Snow Mitt and the Huntsman: A Tale from the Dark Forest of Republicanism

Matt Miller: GOP to the uninsured: Drop dead

Charles M. Blow: Romney in the Lions’ Den

Jed Lewison: Mitt Romney sure picked a bad day to call the president a liar

President Obama's Weekly Address - July 14, 2012

It’s Time for Congress to Pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Extension

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I'm Running for Office, For Pete's Sake!

The Romney Campaign demanded a retraction today from the Boston Globe regarding an article that solidifies Mitt Romney's years at Bain Capital lasted through 2002, not 1999 as he had previously stated.

Boston Globe editor Martin Baron told them to take a long walk off a short Boston pier.

We received your request late this afternoon for a correction regarding this morning’s Globe story. Having carefully reviewed that request, we see no basis for publishing a correction. The Globe story was entirely accurate. 
The Globe story was based on government documents filed by Bain Capital itself. Those described Governor Romney as remaining at the helm of Bain Capital as its “sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president” until 2002. The story also cited state financial disclosure forms filed by Romney that showed he earned income as a Bain “executive” in 2001 and 2002, separate from investment earnings.

Keep digging, Romney campaign. Keep digging.

Bad Ass Veep!

Here's Vice President Joe Biden kicking some serious ass in his speech to the 103rd NAACP Conference today.

Romney and Paco

The Onion has come up with an hysterical take on Mitt Romney and his attempt to court Hispanic voters.

WARNING: Not for the politically correct. (*Disclaimer: I'm Hispanic and I thought it was spit-take funny.)

Romney: Free Stuff? Vote for the 'Other' Guy

Despite Mitt Romney's less than stellar showing at the NAACP Conference yesterday, and his being jeered for saying he'd repeal the Affordable Care Act, he called it "Obamacare" as is the want of Republicans to call it (you know, because "Affordable Care Act" sounds like something positive), I was willing to give him a little credit for making the appearance. But soon afterward, things began to happen that has given me pause.

Bringing up unpopular position stances in specific policy issues when you're standing in front of a crowd that disagrees with you, is usually avoided by politicians, by and large. That of course unless you're looking for that confrontation to wear as a badge of honor and show it of to your base.

Soon after the NAACP speech, Romney was interviewed by Fox News Neil Cavuto and said this:

"I think we expected that, of course."

And since they expected it, it was a perfect opportunity to show the right wing base who their man was. "See? I provoked the NAACP into booing me. I'm your guy!"

Now, you may think this is a cynical take, but I didn't come to this conclusion until Romney came up with this jewel while speaking at a fundraiser in Hamilton, Montana. Romney told his donors of the NAACP convention attendees, "Remind them of this: if they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy -- more free stuff. But don't forget, nothing is really free."

So in front of a black civil rights group he says he knows what the African-American community needs better than President Obama, but when speaking in front of his base in Montana the same day, he points to all those black people wanting something for nothing. "Free stuff." "Vote for the other guy."

Yes, Mitt Romney, we understand who you truly are in your heart, and you really have made it possible to fully communicate what you believe. And we don't like what we see.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Romney Booed at NAACP... Surprised?

Well, you have to give Mitt Romney credit for going into the lion's den, knowing he was going to have a hard time trying to win the crowd over, and sticking to his message.

That being said, you and your campaign make a huge mistake speaking in front of the NAACP and telling them you know what they need better than your opponent... who just happens to be black.

“If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him. You take a look!”

Oh, and we know you're dead set on repealing Obamacare (some would call it Romneycare for All). You don't have to mention it in front of a group of people for whom it would most help. My guess is it won't be well received. Video, please:


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Definition of the Week

lib·er·tar·i·an (noun): just a fancy catch-all word [these days] for an asshole who’s pompously aligned him or herself with an impressive-sounding but entirely BS political movement in an effort to lend legitimacy to and to outright excuse selfish, asshole-ish behavior.
Brought to you by Chez Pazienza in describing Fox News hack John Stossel.

The Oligarchs Know Better, Don't They?

Editor's Note: I'd like to welcome a new contributor who I've known for over 30 years. After reading a few of his Facebook posts, L.I. Weegie has graciously accepted to submit an occasional post at my invitation.
Posted by L.I. Weegie

News has it that Mitt Romney is holding a $50,000 a head fundraiser in the Hamptons with the billionaire Koch brothers in attendance. The Koch brothers are major backers of Romney.

I don't know if anyone thinks about these things during their daily course, but I do and it scares the hell out of me. The Kochs are famous for their social Darwinist, libertarian views and their willingness to make others live by their ideals. Because they feel they are rich and right. They know better.

You see in their multi-billion dollar world of the super rich Koch brothers, the only reason someone is poor is because they are defective. They are doing you a favor letting you live and breath. These are the same guys who backed forced sterilization of the "feeble minded" for their sake, and the genetic betterment of the population.

Are you defective?

The question is, do you want a president who is and takes money from rich oligarchs? Romney only wants to be in office to steal. To steal for himself and his friends because in their eyes they know better. They know how to live, how to be, how to breed. We are just cattle - steak for the oligarchs' table.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Allen West's Slavery Complex

...or "Dumbass Allen West Quote of the Week."

Sometimes I really think that Republican Congressman and Tea Party nut job Allen West just says things to make headlines. He enjoys the spotlight. He's got Donald Trump Fever, that dreaded disease where diarrhea spews from your mouth just to attract attention to yourself.

Responding to a question about the increase of Americans getting Social Security benefits, he said, "that is an unfortunate consequence of failing economic policies coming from the president so that now when people are running out of the unemployment benefits, now they are looking toward going on Social Security disability… so once again we are creating the sense of economic dependence, which to me is a form of modern, 21st century slavery."
Yeah. A black man comparing Social Security to slavery and blaming another black man in the process.

Of course, it doesn't dawn on West to blame the "failing economic policies" to an intransigent GOP,  more worried about bringing anti-abortion and anti-contraception bills, as well as contempt charges against the Attorney General, to the floor instead of any inkling of a jobs bill. Why help the President create jobs and lower the unemployment rate when your main goal is to make him a one-term president?

And where is the proof that there is a direct correlation between the long term unemployed and those filing for Social Security disability benefits? But I digress.

Nutty West keeps bringing up slavery, whether it be in regards to Social Security or the self esteem that comes with being employed. Come on, Florida! Surely you can do better than this. You've been very disappointing since November of 2000.