Monday, October 31, 2011
1. "Yeah, I did it, but they were liberals and we all know all they want is sex, abortions, and free crazy bread! They were out to get pregnant with my essence only to kill it."
2. "It is a Muslim terrorist plot."
3. "They mistook me for Obama as we all look-alike"
4. "It was the Clenis!"
During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.
The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Of course, Drudge will have that headline first.
Bear in mind this will be offset by Chuck Todd's declaration that it isn't news.
It's right up there with Herman Cain's policy of denying there even are Palestinians.
Friday, October 28, 2011
i.e. He's black, ergo that must be the ONLY reason Barack Obama could get an Ivy League education.
Yeah, that's some fine logic as always.
The FBI considers the fans of shticky rap group Insane Clown Posse to represent a threat on par with the Crips, Bloods, and Aryan Brotherhood, according to its annual report on gang activity.
A new study from the Congressional Budget Office shows that the income of America’s richest 1 percent grew 275 percent between 1979 and 2007, compared with a 65-percent gain for the top 20 percent and an 18-percent gain for the bottom 20 percent. The average increase for all households came in at 62 percent.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Sunday that saving the jobs of police and firefighters was not the role of the federal government."Not my job" But what is Mitch's job? This Wednesday:
Earlier this week, the Big 12 conference appeared ready to admit West Virginia into the league—a move so certain that university officials began tipping off members of their current conference, the Big East. But on Tuesday, the Big 12 abruptly backed off its overtures to the Mountaineers, leaving school officials in limbo and wondering what had happened. On Wednesday, West Virginia received a key clue. The New York Times' Pete Thamel reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had lobbied officials at two Big 12 schools on behalf of his alma mater, the University of Louisville, which also is vying for a spot in the conference.Remember jobless persons, Louisville playing Kansas State, it's what makes Mitch McConnell's unique vision of America great.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Thursday, October 27, 2011
It sounds like a story he should be in, but does not involve Dick Cheney.
Bashir Assad, has Wayne Rooney's new hairline...I'm just sayin'.
Anybody who has lived in Europe knows how delicious European life can be. But it is not the absolute standard of living that determines a people's morale, but the momentum. It is happier to live in a poor country that is moving forward - where expectations are high - than it is to live in an affluent country that is looking back.Which is a rather amazingly stupid quote even then, let alone now, for a guy who goes out of his way to cheer-lead Ayn Rand disciple Paul Ryan. They think alike, trickle down uber alles.
But it turns out that in economics, like diplomacy, David Brooks is consistently, grossly wrong.
Those poor suffering stagnant Euros couldn't possibly understand the economic, classless dynamism of modern 'murica, right? Wrong:
“Most studies find that, in America, about half of the advantages of having a parent with a high income are passed on to the next generation,” their report concludes. “This means that one of the biggest predictors of an American child’s future economic success — the identity and characteristics of his or her parents — is predetermined and outside that child’s control...There is little available evidence that the United States has more relative mobility than other advanced nations. If anything, the data seem to suggest the opposite.”But a fantasist destined for the benefits of the welfare state said otherwise in a fictional work written during the Eisenhower Administration it...must...trump...reality.
(pic via monkey_bob99x at flickr.com)
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Herman Cain's senior adviser says that a new campaign ad isn't encouraging anyone to take up smoking, but the campaign is "resonating" with nicotine fans.Next up from the Cain campaign.
The image of chief of staff Mark Block smoking in a recent campaign ad has quickly overshadowed any other message the campaign intended to send.
"There was no subliminal message," Block told Fox News' Megyn Kelly Tuesday. "I personally would encourage people not to smoke. It's just that I'm a smoker and as a lot of the people on the staff said, 'Just let Block be Block.'"
"Were you trying to appeal to, you know, folks who are out there, you know, living their lives, working the farm, working in Detroit, that kind of thing as opposed to the East and West Coast elite, people in media circles who shun smoking and, you know, sort of real American things?"
America needs a man who knows how to drink AND drive!
America let's get building again...with asbestos!
Porn! America's greatest artistic achievement. VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, or streaming over the internet, Herman Cain is for real american values, like masturbation and recycling old socks!
Forget free health care and cool winter hats, the real reason to move to Canada is poutine, better known as french fries smothered in melted cheese and scrumptious gravy. So now that we've heard that Burger King was starting to offer this dish to north-of-the-border customers...Those mullet-bearing socialists better not have something only the purest capitalists societies can have...the McRib!
...Burger King has two other varieties: one with bacon and another with jalapenos, crispy onions and "angry sauce."
"We see an opportunity to become THE destination for Canada's favourite dish by reaching the growing demographic of poutine lovers," said the senior marketing manager for Burger King Restaurants of Canada, Inc.
But it is the Oakland police force and shit happens in that city that can't be explained innocently...and has nothing to do with Al Davis.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
John Cook sums it up well:
It's impossible to overstate the shock to the system a realization like this has to someone in McCain's position. For the first time in history, people aren't being given the opportunity to be born the son of an admiral who commanded the Pacific fleet or the daughter of one of the richest men in Arizona. Let that sink in for a moment. ("I'm the daughter of one of the most long-standing senators in politics and I have been given every opportunity that anyone could possibly dream of" should be tattooed across her lower back. In fact it's the perfect new name for her Daily Beast column!)
Taxpayer-Funded ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ Tell Jewish Woman To Convert To Christianity Or Go To Hell
F-22 Raptor stealth fighters at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia have been grounded after a pilot experienced oxygen loss mid-flight. It’s the second stand-down this year for the U.S. military’s most sophisticated dogfighter, and a foreboding sign for the Pentagon as it struggles to modernize its aerial armada. Problems with the on-board oxygen system have vexed the $150-million-a-copy F-22 for more than a year.
the Vatican called Monday for an overhaul of world’s financial systems and a return to a global economy based on ethical behavior and “achievement of a universal common good,” the AP reports.Why those Godless commies!
The Vatican also has a tendency to oppose wars and occupations too, of course.
But as this does not involve birth control and especially abortion it is not a matter of concern to the Right or the media of this country.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Monday, October 24, 2011
You'd think feeling sorry for Hitler would have been enough, but no, it's pretty clear that Pat could wear a white sheet to work exposing his face only through eye-holes and he'd still get a half-dozen three minute segments everyday on MSNBC. I think it's his innate desire for easy money that keeps him from going to FoxNews where they'd make him actually work for his check.
The United States will likely suffer the loss of its triple-A credit rating from another major rating agency by the end of this year due to concerns over the deficit, Bank of America Merrill Lynch forecasts. The trigger would be a likely failure by Congress to agree on a credible long-term plan to cut the U.S. deficit, the bank said in a research note published on Friday.This is clearly the fault of the poor and the middle classes, better make sure they are more severely punished. But it isn't bad for everyone (just almost everyone)
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Lucky Charms would be one of the finest foods ever created—if only the actual cereal bits weren't pooping on marshmallows' tasty parade. Thankfully, Thingiverse user Tom Lombardi invented a solution for this age old problem. Enter the Lucky Charms Sifter. According to Lombardi, the humble-looking 3D printed cup removes over 90 percent of all the cereal, leaving only the marshmallowy goodness. All the user has to do is pour Lucky Charms into the cup and give it a good shake.Of course, there's always this.
Now if only next year's Nobel Prize for Medicine is for a diabetes cure...
U.S. Senator John McCain says now that NATO military intervention in Libya is ending, military action to protect civilians in Syria might be considered. However, the U.S. administration has made clear it has no appetite for military intervention in Syria — a close ally of Iran that sits on Israel's border.
After brandishing a filet knife, 48-year-old Albuquerque resident Miguel Aguirre—who is reportedly homeless—allegedly threatened to stab a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters. He also told them to "get a job," according to one witness-protester.When is Red State's Erick Erickson going to give this man a regular column?
Fifty percent of U.S. workers earned less than $26,364 last year, and those earning less than $200,000 per year - roughly 99 percent of Americans - saw their earnings fall a collective $4.5 billion. There were fewer jobs, and overall pay was trending down -- except for the nation's wealthiest, who saw a boost. While the incomes of the top 1percent of the country rose slightly in 2010 (from $1,909,874 in 2009 to $2,196,124 last year), their collective wage earnings rose dramatically, by about $120 billion.It almost makes you think there should be protesters or something. (h/t AmericaBlog)
Saturday, October 22, 2011
"Through his example, you can see that America needs more than a jobs plan. It needs a Steve Jobs plan"
So, America needs to die?
Oh, good plan.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has a vendetta against deep-dish pizza. In January, he told California Lawyer that New York pizza is "infinitely better" than the pizza in Chicago and Washington. Back then, he mentioned that he didn't really think deep-dish pizza should be called pizza, and tentatively suggested "tomato pie" as an alternative moniker.A-hem,
The Ancient Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese. In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled πίτα or pita, meaning pie. The word has now spread to Turkish as pide, Serbo-Croatian and Bulgarian as pita, Albanian as pite and Modern Hebrew pittāh. The Romans developed placenta, a sheet of flour topped with cheese and honey and flavored with bay leaves. Modern pizza originated in Italy as the Neapolitan pie with tomato. In 1889, cheese was added.Pizza is "tomato pie" you dumbshit.
Lindsey Graham: There is a lot of money to be made in the future in Libya. Lot of oil to be produced.Yes, our hearts were pure...pure crude.
Global warming skeptics suspected climate change scientists were hiding data. So the skeptics paid for a new study to find the real truth. The results are in! And they're identical to previous results: Humans are heating up the earth.Not that you'll see this reported on FoxNews one iota.
But then I realized nobody rates Peretz as much of an intellect, so how can he be over-rated?
Besides, it isn't quite like National Review doing one and not listing Jonah Goldberg as an over-rated sentient being and following it up by asking people to Google stuff for them.
Like killing people.
Maybe, as Josh Marshall noted, they'll just miss the guy.
You use some free time to go down and take part in Occupy Wall Street. They try to fire your ass.
As James Fallows notes, it's like they tried to blacklist Paul Robeson all over again.
Meanwhile, I image Pat Buchanan just got another raise for wishing their weren't so many "ethnics" outside his gated community.
The average individual now has $1,315 less in disposable income than he or she did three years ago at the onset of the Great Recession – even though the recession ended, technically speaking, in mid-2009...the most dramatic drop in the US standard of living since at least 1960? One factor is stagnant incomes: Real median income is down 9.8 percent since the start of the recession through this JuneBut what of the the 1%?
...median CEO pay jumped 27% in 2010 [to an median of $9 million][cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) — a right-wing “pro-Israel” pressure group — attempted to paint the Occupy Wall Street protests as anti-Semitic.Meanwhile, a board member of the organization, Rachel Abrams (that's right Elliot Abrams' wife -- wonder if they hang out with Clarence and Ginny Thomas?) gets to write all the homophobic and racial rants she wants -- for money.
With a Thanksgiving deadline fast approaching, a powerful congressional panel devoted to debt reduction is running in rhetorical circles, unable to break the impasse over taxes that has long blocked aggressive action to tame the national debt.And who could have anticipated the main hang-up would be the same thing as it has been every time before?
Democrats have argued that the trigger would force Republicans to the bargaining table over taxes because the automatic reductions would fall heavily on the Pentagon. But so far, that tactic has not worked. House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) and other GOP leaders have yet to show any appetite for significant tax hikes in advance of the 2012 election, when they hope to campaign against Democrats on the issue.I did learn something from this article though, in Village parlance "significant" now means "any".
(pic via mikenitro94 at flickr.com)
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Romney: “You can’t have any illegals working on our property. I’m running for office, for pete’s sake, we can’t have illegals”
According to Elwin, on Saturday night Seay found out that his daughter had gone to a party in Puyallup, and he drove there in a rage and picked her up and took her home. Once at home, Seay allegedly told another girl, his stepdaughter, to go out in the yard and gather up several "willow switches" and bring them to him "so he'd have his choice of weapon." Seay then supposedly beat his daughter on the rear end and legs for quite a while. "He forced her down, sat on her back--the dad is about 300 pounds so she was unable to get out from under him--and proceeded to strike her on her backside and legs," Elwin tells Seattle Weekly. After beating the girl, Seay supposedly upped the ante when he told his daughter "now that you're 16, we can fight. Go put on your armor." The girl and the father then each donned a set of "homemade renaissance armor" and "jousted" in the yard from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. "During this, he's beating his daughter with wooden broadsword," Elwin says. "When she finally comes in she collapses and can no longer stand. She's beat all over her body; her head, arms, legs all suffered extensive bruising. Lots and lots of welts." Seay's wife, Julie Seay, meanwhile, had apparently encouraged the father to "beat the smirk off her face" and supported the medieval battle 100 percent. She was later arrested and charged with being an accessory to the crime. After the girl came in from her beating, her parents allegedly made her strip down to her underwear and then watch a "Sunday sermon" on TV by an unknown preacher. Sometime between the beating and the sermon, the girl was apparently able to reach her friend, who then called sheriff's deputies.Parents of the Year surely, sick bastards.
NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna was disciplined Tuesday for pepper-spraying two female protesters in the notorious YouTube video seen around the world. The NYPD found that Bologna violated departmental guidelines and docked him 10 vacation days, or the equivalent amount of pay, police sources said.Awesome, this guy gets to spend 10 extra days patrolling around NYC being pissed off at protesters that he isn't on vacation. That'll learn him and adjust his attitude for sure. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Tour de France riders will face steeper mountain climbs and longer time trials, making for a wide-open race aimed to give stars like defending champion Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador plenty of challengers.Bit of a let down, I'd thought they'd add even more of a Mad Max element like last year.
In America the NRA would insist it be toughened up by adding snipers.
By the way, the leaders of this group are, seriously, the "Mullets" -- who must be from a Canadian branch -- and their criminal device is...the ELECTRIC hair clipper.
Which seems so wrong, shouldn't all that Amish technology be confined to making fireplaces?
Jonathan McGowan, 44-Year-Old UK Man, Lives Off Roadkill For 30 Years
Sounds to him like a dream vacation.
By a 67 - 23 percent margin, New York City voters agree with the views of the Wall Street protesters and say 87 - 10 percent that it is "okay that they are protesting," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Agreeing with the protesters views are Democrats 81 - 11 percent and independent voters 58 - 30 percent, while Republicans disagree 58 - 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Even Republicans, however, agree 73 - 23 percent with the protesters right to be there.Sure, you'd think the 99 percent would be get a little higher support, but there's a lot of
The Virginia congressman, the most recent and prominent Republican whipping boy for Democrats, is heading to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to talk about income disparity and how Republicans believe the government could help fix it, an aide said. The speech will zero in on how Washington could help a "a single working mom…a small business owner…and how we make sure the people at the top stay there," the aide said.[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Monday, October 17, 2011
The columns ranged from heavy economic pontification to colorful treatises on topics like why Tiger Woods should run for President in 2016. But a common thread running through much of his writing was a startlingly poor power of foresight – and not just about Woods, whose “character, discipline and leadership” Cain lauded in 2006.
In at least one column, Cain seemed to condemn a proposal that is now a pillar of his highly touted 9-9-9 tax plan. On November 12, 2010, Cain wrote a column about rumors that Democrats would propose a consumption tax called a VAT. “The worst idea is a proposed national sales tax,” Cain wrote. A 9% national sales tax is now one of Cain’s three nines. Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2011/10/16/in-herman-cains-writings-a-startling-lack-of-foresight/#ixzz1b2Y3fEJk The recession officially began in December 2007, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.
But in a Jan. 21, 2008, column entitled, “Recession? Spare us the National Economic Pity Party,” Cain compared fear of a downturn to a Hollywood script, and stated there was only an “economic correction, not an economic recession.” The damage would be minimal, Cain predicted, and would help downsize “overbuilt” portions of the economy while only “some consumers who have spent too much” would feel the pain.
He took a similar tack in a March 3, 2008, piece. “The media’s factually unsubstantiated claims of an impending recession have been going on for over a year now,” he wrote. “Many news journalists hurt people’s outlook about the economy with inappropriate comparisons and sensationalism.”
...one longtime money manager...added that he was disappointed that members of Congress from New York, especially Senator Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, had not come out swinging for an industry that donates heavily to their campaigns. “They need to understand who their constituency is,” he said.In other words, stay bought you fuckers!
“It’s going to be 20 feet high. It’s going to have barbed wire on the top. It’s going to be electrified. And there’s going to be a sign on the other side saying, ‘It will kill you — Warning,’”Later Cain said this was a joke. He has not said likewise about the following, idiocy No. 2:
“I do not agree with abortion under any circumstance,” he insisted. “Exceptions for rape and incest?” Gregory asked. “Not for rape and incest,” Cain replied. “Because if you look at rape and incest, the percentage of those instances is so miniscule that there are other options.”"There are other options?" What the hell does that even mean? No explanation forthcoming. And for those wondering why the Koch Brothers love him, listen to idiocy No. 3, his explanation of his 9-9-9 tax proposal:
GREGORY: And you think those people are going to rally around tax reform where the wealthy pay less and middle-class and lower-income folks pay more.
CAIN: Yes.Good luck with that one Pizza Man.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Sunday, October 16, 2011
it seems the FBI and NYPD have had help tracking protesters' moves thanks to a conservative computer security expert who gained access to one of the group's internal mailing lists, and then handed over information on the group's plans to the authorities as well as corporations targeted by protesters.And as Thers notes, conservatives' ability to project themselves upon others never ceases to amaze.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
“Who do you think pays the taxes?” said one longtime money manager. “Financial services are one of the last things we do in this country and do it well. Let’s embrace it. If you want to keep having jobs outsourced, keep attacking financial services. This is just disgruntled people.”
He added that he was disappointed that members of Congress from New York, especially Senator Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, had not come out swinging for an industry that donates heavily to their campaigns. “They need to understand who their constituency is,” he said.
Don't worry. The 99% understand who their constituency is.
The fact that Lech Walesa apparently is planning to come to New York to visit the Occupy site is just about the coolest thing that's happened since the movement's reach began to spread. I am looking forward to hearing David Brooks and George Effing Will and the rest of the people react to the presence of a genuine hero without whom the likes of Brooks and Will — and just about every conservative on the planet — would not be allowed to lie all the time about Ronald Reagan's having won the Cold War.
17 million Americans struggled to feed their family last year
And a bit later
Highest CEO pay in US is tied to Big Pharma and Health Care
Friday, October 14, 2011
We’d love to see, for example, a vote in the United States Senate on a moratorium on Federal regulations, which are coming out by the thousands, costing businesses billions and billions of jobs.Hmmm, with an adult population of about 200 million, this does seem a real drag on reducing unemployment to -500%
Lanny Davis... is suing the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for stiffing him on a legal bill.I can only assume Mr. Davis will attempt to make up his losses by representing some investment firm and denouncing #OccupyWallStreet as a bunch of dirty hippies for $1,500 an hour. (photo Kvatch at flickr.com) [cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Anyhoo, if you've ever wanted to have high-quality dramas about Property & Inheritance Law (and who hasn't am i right?) this is the show for you. I assume first year Property classes in law schools throughout the country are recommending it.
Even Eisenhower’s name sounded like a reminder to Hitler that the Americans didn’t just have better dance music than the Germans. They had better Germans than the Germans.Well, no more -- and to think it all centers around not just nationality, but Kansas.
German State Minister: We Can Decarbonize With Renewables Because “We Don’t Have the … Koch Brothers”
We also have the responsibility to understand we are accountable for each of those choices. You go to school, you rack up a lot of school loans, that was your choice. We also have to understand that those choices have eternal consequences. And consequences that ripple throughout society…If you can’t afford to go to college, go to the free public library. I did it. It works.Um, yeah...
Tennessee Sponsor Of Guns In Bars Law Arrested For Driving Drunk With A Gun | In what is almost too predictable to be true, the lead sponsor of a Tennessee law allowing handgun permit holders to bring guns into bars “has been arrested on charges of drunken driving and possession of a gun while under the influence.” Pulled over in Nashville, Tennessee late yesterday, state Rep. Curry Todd (R) “failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer. A loaded Smith & Wesson 38 Special was found in a holster stuffed between the driver seat and the center console.” A spokesman for the House Republican Caucus had no immediate comment on the arrest. Todd, incidentally, is the same official who compared pregnant illegal immigrants to “reproducing rats.”And, of course, there's a Mug Shot -- and it is like it was choreographed to be as appropriate as possible.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Fifty-three percent of self-identified Republicans back an increase in taxes on households making more than $250,000, a sentiment at odds with the party’s presidential candidates, who will meet tonight in a Bloomberg-Washington Post-sponsored debate focused on economic issues.*I know, I know, as opposed to all the world's amazingly adept dumbfucks
Fez tip AmericaBlog
Let me know when Mitt Romney undercuts Cain with his 5-dollar foot long proposal.
Rick Perry does.
Just think, if the Dukes of Medina and Parma had been more proactive we could all be speaking Spanish and dominating soccer under a whole new magical fictional scenario -- I'm surprise Newt Gingrich hasn't written a terrible alternative history book about it already.
(Of course, this could actually be a point of agreement between he and Mittens Romney's magic underwear)
The directors of Ben and Jerry's ice cream have thrown their support behind the Occupy Wall Street movement sweeping the United States, even if they answer to a European conglomerate. In a statement on the company's website, seen Tuesday, they shared the protesters' anger with inequity within the United States ("simply immoral"), high unemployment and unbridled political spending by big corporations. Ben and Jerry's was founded in Vermont by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who sold their company -- built around an all-natural ethos -- to the Anglo-Dutch food and personal care giant Unilever.I wonder just how much additional self-loathing goes into the already sizable deposits of Rush Limbaugh as he downs another couple pints of Wavy Gravy and Cherry Garcia every night.
Mitt Romney has declared. "Why can we not go back to hating the
And on that last note, this looks like a good time for John Bolton (caution link has high "derp" factor) to get back in the race to demand Iran be bombed, it's been like two months since he last demanded it.
Of course, we may have found the ultimate "new hotness" for a potential Republican dream candidate. Literally a 'missing link' that is willing to deny evolutionary theory.
[crossposted at Firedoglake]
(pic via FoggyDave at flickr.com)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Stevens calls the application[By Bush to stop the Florida Recounty in 2000] “frivolous,” and recalls bumping into Justice Stephen Breyer at a Christmas party where the men discussed the application. “We agreed that the application was frivolous,” Stevens writes. “To secure a stay, a litigant must show that one is necessary to prevent a legally cognizable irreparable injury. Bush’s attorneys had failed to make any such showing.” Nonetheless, on December 9, the Court granted the stay by a vote of five to four. On Dec. 12, the Court resolved the 2000 election. As Stevens puts it, “What I still regard as a frivolous stay application kept the Court extremely busy for four days.”And shortly thereafter George W. Bush was declared the winner 5-4. Thanks again, Supreme Court.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Fareed Zakaria – ... “And, how to fix our problems: with Tom Friedman.”
An assistant law professor in North Carolina has filed an ethics complaint against four Crowell & Moring lawyers who suggested that inbreeding could be responsible for Appalachian birth defects chronicled in a study of mountaintop mining.
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Today at the Values Voters Summit, presidential contender and Texas Gov. Rick Perry was introduced to the crowd by one of his most prominent supporters, Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas. Jeffress is well-known for his bigoted views about gays, Muslims, and Mormons. During his introduction for Perry, he called Planned Parenthood “that slaughterhouse for the unborn.” Speaking to reporters after Perry’s speech, Jeffress reiterated his well-known view that “Mormonism is a cult”[Attaturk's theory of theology -- Cult plus time = "Religion"]
Friday, October 07, 2011
Herman Cain, if he became president, he would be the first black president, when you measure it by — because he doesn’t — does he have a white mother, white father, grandparents, no, right? So Herman Cain, he could say that he’s — he’s — he’s the first, uh — he could make the claim to be the first — yeah, the first Main Street black Republican to be the president of the United States. Right? He’s historic too.Yes, leave it to FoxNews to implement the "Paperbag Test".
In the next few weeks I am betting that we will see some truly bizarre Draft So-and-So campaigns on the internet and in the media. David Petraeus. Dick Cheney. George Bush the Elder. Jeb (again). Sarah Palin (again). Rudy Giuliani. Katherine Harris. Mike Gravel. Ross Perot. John Anderson. Oliver North. Ted Nugent. Baltimore Orioles OF Luke Scott. Sideshow Bob. Gennifer Flowers. WWE superstar John Cena. This inanimate carbon rod.via Wolcott
“Rick Perry is not a racist,” Graham said, saying the Texas governor is the victim of an “intimidation” campaign. “You know if you’re a southern white guy, it is part of your life,” Graham complained.Yes, pity the poor "Southern White Guy", who has been more set upon in history, amongst at least white men of the South, than the Southern White Male? Just ask them.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Oh, and in a serenade of tiny violins observe those who against all logic defended the grifter only to discover after she got their credit card numbers that they have been grifted.
Her political action committee, SarahPAC, reported $1.402 million cash on hand in July, the latest records that are available. The report showed that while she spent a considerable sum — $673,000 — raising money, she did little to bolster a staff, instead paying her parents for jobs listed as “correspondence and card mailing.
Most all of us know the former but if you don't know who the latter is, well let's just say Fred Shuttlesworth was arguably the bravest American of the 1960s.
There will be a lot of obituaries about Mr. Jobs today. However, the Ms. Shuttlesworth will have some but certainly less prominently. Perhaps the most important remembrance we can give Mr. Shuttlesworth is through noting how easily his life's work is being threatened by the the racist notions of the past creeping back into our discourse (emphasis on "creep"). From laws being passed to restrict voting rights aimed at minority groups and the poor, to modern re-incarnations of Theodore Bilbo (most racist hobbit ever), like Steve King wishing we could go back to the '50s...the 1850s.
As I roll this thing back and I think of American history, there was a time in American history when you had to be a male property owner in order to vote. The reason for that was, because they wanted the people who voted — that set the public policy, that decided on the taxes and the spending — to have some skin in the game.Steve King looks back fondly to the days when women, the poor and especially people of only one color of "skin" had a say in their government. It would be a fitting tribute to Fred Shuttlesworth if Steve King was no longer part of the government in January 2013.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
I am very Sorry if it Offended anyoneI know it's an old story, but if you just leave it alone at the first clause and don't add the second, which puts the burden on the offended person, you are a fuckload better off.
His son Hank the 3rd seems pretty cool though, and also appears to have inherited the talent that clearly skipped the prior generation.
Barack Obama has jumped to a 15-point lead over the Republicans in Congress in trust to handle job creation, a sign the beleaguered president’s $450 billion jobs package has hit its mark in public opinion. Fifty-two percent support the plan – and most say it just might work. Overall approval of the U.S. Congress, meanwhile, has dropped to its lowest in polls back to the mid-1970s. And of the eight in 10 Americans who are dissatisfied with the way the country’s political system is working, more blame the Republicans in Washington than the president. A month ago, Americans divided evenly, 40-40 percent, on whom they trusted more to handle job creation, Obama or the congressional Republicans. Now, after his jobs proposal and ongoing promotion of his plan, it’s 49-34 percent, Obama’s first significant advantage over the GOP on jobs in ABC/Post polling since early 2010.It helps that even in an environment where the media establish bends over backwards, if not well more than that, to let the GOP argue things like "muslims=bad" "world=flat" "God=Angry" that they are wedded to doing AB-SO-FUC-KING-LUTE-LY-NO-THING about unemployment except make it worse and blame Obama, even the media has caught on to that.
because some black people won't even listen to someone who appears to be a conservative or a Republican. I call that brainwashing.Because it couldn't possibly be a rational individual choice driven by observation.
Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance. “Niggerhead,” it read.Nope, couldn't be:
Perry Fought To Keep Confederate Symbols Displayed On Government BuildingsOh, and how could it be a rational choice when the same Herman Cain calls this "insensitive" one day and then the real leader of the GOP sweatily weighs in:
They’re trying to say that Perry’s a racist, and Herman Cain has jumped in and basically joined that chorus — and it is absurd.So sayeth the man who never engages in race-baiting -- Herman Cain, being a Republican uber alles, is ready for his apology:
“I am not attacking Governor Perry. Some people in the media want to attack him. I’m done with that issue,” Cain said.Yes, hard to believe so many African-Americans, when even allowed to vote by them, do not choose the leaders of that Party.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Now, it appears that the Koch brothers also specialized in international bribery, lying about industrial homicides, and dealing with Iran. You have to love the e-mail from the Koch flack that blames "regulatory complexity" for the company's lawlessness. (If only there weren't so many laws, we wouldn't break so many of them!)
It seems Hank got caught in a battle of wits with the crew from Fox & Friends, and when four unarmed people are in a battle there are no winners. Well, we win, as that awful song won't be played.
Why is it the talented ones always drink themselves to death so their untalented offspring can write awful songs about them?
But the real point is this, other than describing Hank Jr. as an idiot, I really don't see the point of repercussions other than mockery (oh, not hearing that song is a nice bonus though).
Compare this to the reaction of the right-wing to the Dixie Chicks several years ago.
According to a new report, over five million voters could be denied the right to vote under new laws adopted in a dozen states... ...The Brennan Center wrote that there has been a partisan divide in terms of the new laws, noting that the laws had mainly been generated from Republican-controlled state legislatures and signed by Republican governors.And naturally,
the new laws will have an impact on minority voters. According to the Brennan Center, African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely to register to vote during voter registration drives in Florida, and new photo I.D. requirements in Texas do not include forms of identification heavily used by minorities.