Monthly Archives: August 2012

Poor Clint! I Guess The Right Loves Him Again (For Now)

In February, Clint Eastwood starred in a Super Bowl commercial that sounded positively socialist despite his being a Republican. He touted the revival of the American car industry which, despite Mitt Romney’s attempt to claim credit, was “blamed” on Obama and regularly attacked as a “government takeover.” Conservatives were stunned that such a revered right wing figure (despite not being particularly outspoken) would support an Obama accomplishment even though he did not specifically credit Obama.

Then there was this, which made the rounds afterwards (even though it predated the commercial):

Good Lord, man! You’ve denounced almost the entire GOP platform! What are you? Some kind of LIBERAL?! 

Well, he tried to make it up to the GOP last night…by talking to an empty chair and pretending it was Obama. He rambled, lost his train of thought and generally came off looking a bit senile.

Honestly? As far as I’m concerned, this was just a taste of what’s in store for Romney in the debates. Clint Eastwood lost an argument to an empty chair. How much worse will it be when Obama is actually standing there and Romney tries to trot out his bag of lies?

GOP Loses Another Voter Suppression Case

This one’s going to sting. Via TPM:

A federal judge in Ohio on Friday restored early voting rights in the three days before the election, ruling in favor of the Obama campaign.

U.S. District judge Peter C. Economus ruled that “restoring in-person early voting to all Ohio voters through the Monday before Election Day does not deprive UOCAVA voters from early voting.”

“Instead, and more importantly, it places all Ohio voters on equal standing,” Economus ruled. He said the state ”fails to articulate a precise, compelling interest in establishing the 6 p.m. Friday deadline as applied to non-UOCAVA voters and has failed to evidence any commitment to the ‘exception’ it rhetorically extended to UOCAVA voters.”

A swing state that Romney needs if he’s going to win just got yanked out from under him. Remember, early voting heavily, HEAVILY, favors Democratic candidates because it allows working class people to vote on weekends instead of having to take a day off during the week they can’t afford. This is the explicit reason that GOP controlled legislatures have been curtailing early voting all over the country. Can’t have those lower class people voting for their own best interest! There’s too many of them!

Early Morning 90s! Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun

Ah, memories of my drunken college days… This is such a truly creepy video, I HAD to be drunk to watch it, you see!

We Have A Choice

A fellow blogger wrote this on one of my posts:

…but after the speeches I have heard at the RNC, it actually gives me grave concern for violence when our President is reelected. I have been “warned” by friends to be “careful” what I write on my blog, that I am making myself a “target”, and I have to admit, it worres me.

Now, I made the conscious decision early on to not give a shit about this. Several family members have since stopped talking to me. Several friends as well. I’ve had conservatives threaten to kick my ass and two or three death threats. The hell with them. I’ve made it a point not to live in fear of the right wing terrorists in this country. Then again, I’m 6’2″ and 300 pounds. A lot of that is fat but a lot of it isn’t. I can more than take of myself, thank you.

But not everyone is 6’2″. Those people, like the person above, face a choice: they can either be cowed into submission or continue to speak out, loudly and clearly. The anonymity of the internet is a beautiful thing sometimes. They can chose to use a pen name and continue to expose the right for the monsters they’ve allowed themselves to become. Or they can continue, in the open, and send the message, “Screw you, right wing! I am not afraid!”

Just to be clear: There is nothing shameful in using an assumed name. Sometimes it is necessary.

I, personally, don’t have any concerns in this area as I’ve led a spectacularly uneventful life. I’m the white sheep of my family. Never arrested, no drugs, no nude pictures on the internet, etc. When I’m teasing my friends about our college days they get annoyed when they try to think up some dirt they have on me. The best they can come up with is that I slept a lot on the campus couch. Truly the stuff of legend.

We, each of us, have a choice between standing up for our beliefs, even if we have to do it anonymously, or allowing the terrorists, and yes, that IS what they’ve become with their constant stream of eliminationist rhetoric, to push us aside. I’ve obviously made my choice. What about you?

Republicans Proving Just How Much They LOVE Children (By Throwing Them Under A Bus)

Florida Republicans has cut funding for a highly successful program because the funds come from *gasp* OBAMACARE! Via Huffington Post:

Results of visitation programs, according to Florida State University’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy, are certain. Among findings:

“The research is irrefutable. It’s overwhelming,” the Center’s director, Dr. Mimi Graham, told HuffPost. “It saves an enormous amount of taxpayer money by helping families to get out of poverty and helping kids be successful in school.”

If you asked anyone of these savages, they will swear on a stack of Republican Bibles that they venerate the life of unborn children and will do anything to keep them safe from evil liberals. After they’re born? Meh. Who cares?

This is almost literally the definition of cutting off your own nose to spite your face.

Stunner! Paul Ryan’s Speech Was A Lie-A-Palooza

Who would have thought?!

Sally Kohn over at Fox takes his speech apart, bit by bit (go read it, it’s great!):

…to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. On this measure, while it was  Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold.

The good news is that the Romney-Ryan campaign has likely created dozens of new jobs among the legions of additional fact checkers that media outlets are rushing to hire to sift through the mountain of cow dung that flowed from Ryan’s mouth. Said fact checkers have already condemned certain arguments that Ryan still irresponsibly repeated.

I know Kohn is one of Fox’s “token liberals” that they use to point out how “fair and balanced” they are but she’s been generating headlines and posts that read “Even FOX Says Ryan Is Lying!” and “When even FOX says Ryan is full of crap, you KNOW he’s in trouble!” I don’t think that’s quite what they had in mind….

Early Morning 90s! Alice In Chains – I Stay Away

Why two Alice In Chains songs in the same week? Because it’s freaking Alice In Chains, that’s why!

ALL RIGHT ALREADY! I’ll Start Watching ‘The Newsroom!’

It’s been impossible to avoid clips of it and this one was just one too many. I’ll start watching it tonight. Geez! Freaking liberals are SOOOOOO pushy!

Racism At The RNC? No. Freaking. Way.

If I sat down at a table with a pen and a ream of paper to work on a plan to make Republicans look as racist as possible, I would be hard pressed to come up with two incidents that look quite this bad.

Via Addictinginfo:

David Shuster is tweeting that a woman was thrown out of the GOP Convention for tossing nuts at an African-American CNN camerawoman, saying, “this is how we feed animals.”

Not even a CNN personality but a camerawoman! At least with someone that goes in front of the camera they could claim it was because of their politics or an interview the Republican didn’t like but to call a camera operator an animal? Yeah, just another ISOLATED INCIDENT of right wing racism.

Next up? Nativism. Via Harpers:

As a Puerto Rican party functionary—Zoraida Fonalledas, the chairwoman of the Committee on Permanent Organization—took her turn at the main-stage lectern. As she began speaking in her accented English, some in the crowd started shouting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”

Specifically, it was the Ron Paul freaks that did the majority of the chanting. This one probably isn’t what it looks like. I’ve spoken to many, MANY Libertarians and while they are racist as hell (they pretend it’s about “states’ rights and personal “freedom” but it’s really about allowing discrimination) I’ve never heard them whisper a word about Puerto Ricans. Puerto Rico may not be a state (yet) but it’s a part of the country and we’re (I’m Puerto Rican) citizens so nativism doesn’t really make any sense. Well, it would make less sense than it normally does, anyway.

It’s very likely the Pualites were protesting something else that had nothing to do with Puerto Rico but the timing could not have been worse. It was probably a liberal plot then. That seems to happen a lot these days when Republicans make asses of themselves.

Early Morning 90s! Alice In Chains – Would?

I wore out cassette tapes listening to this song in college. If you don’t know what a “cassette tape” is, you’re a damn whippersnapper!