"As your nominee, I will not accept debates in the fall in which the reporters are the moderators, because you don't need to have a second Obama person in the debate."Yeah, I'm sure being 15 to 20 points down IF he somehow got the nomination (the predicted "settling" process for Mitt is going on now) will really allow Gingrich an opportunity to refuse to debate on any terms.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
How conservatives can make shit up about a woman's undergarments while ignoring Mitt's magical ones is beyond me.
But it does put one in mind of an old standard.
There's a Mitt Romney analogy in there somewhere.
A new study based on interviews with more than 200 North American Muslims concludes that a recent spate of state laws banning "sharia law" from the court system may be an overreaction to a non-existent threat...But in a nation the falls prey to the latest conservative diatribe by mis-and/or-mal-feasance what can one expect. Behold our media in action.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, sixteen prominent global warming deniers with scientific backgrounds — such as tobacco apologist Richard Lindzen of MIT and ExxonMobil executive Roger Cohen — concede that manmade carbon dioxide emissions have a warming effect on the planet, but argue that the effect is “small” and nothing to “panic” about.Meanwhile,
...255 members of the United States National Academy of Sciences who wrote a letter about the scientific threat of climate change for the Wall Street Journal — but were turned down[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Monday, January 30, 2012
"The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is—and I mean this seriously—the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been," Castro wrote in an opinion column carried by a Cuban state paper, Haven wrote.
Greece must surrender control of its budget policy to outside institutions if it cannot implement reforms attached to euro zone rescue measures, the German economy minister was quoted as saying on Sunday.So much for that idea.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Sunday, January 29, 2012
"We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, (audience boos) and my dear friend the chairman of the Democrat National Committee, we need to let them know that Florida ain't on the table," [Allen] West said.... "You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America."First Amendment is not as awesome as Ethnic Cleansing for the modern Republican. But at least someone had the appropriate response:
Jim Manley @jamespmanley Me to allen west. You first asshole"@jonward11: Rep. Allen West says in West Palm Beach, to liberal Dems, "Get the hell out of the United.""
By Saturday, the day of the flight, only a handful of reporters had committed to fly with Gingrich. And because fewer journalists would be on the plane, the cost per seat skyrocketed to more than $3,000. When the reporters who had given over their credit cards to join the charter heard about the new price, many called the campaign aides frantically to cancel. The campaign refused. The reporters on the bus, now straddled with an unexpected new cost, fumed. Campaign aides were furious over the little mutiny. Reporters threatened to dispute the charges to their credit cards. Then, the campaign dropped a bomb: No reporters would be allowed to fly with Gingrich on his campaign swing on Monday, when his schedule calls for more than 1,000 miles of travel, complete with campaign stops from the panhandle near the Alabama border to Miami. Without a plane, it would be virtually impossible to cover Gingrich on the day before voting begins in the primary that political observers think will make or break his campaign. Also, the press was no longer invited to fly with Gingrich to the next contest in Nevada, which will hold its Republican caucuses on Feb. 4.Newt's got to raise more money for cruises.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
British police searched the offices of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers Saturday after arresting a police officer and four current and former staff of his tabloid The Sun as part of an investigation into police bribery by journalists... Murdoch's News Corp. confirmed that all four were current or former Sun employees.
The British Economy Is Now Doing Worse than it Did in the Great Depression This many months after the start of the Great Depression, the British economy was rapidly converging back to its pre-depression level of production under Chancellor of the Exchequer Neville Chamberlain's policy of using stimulative policies to restore the price level to its pre-Great Depression trajectory.
By contrast, the Cameron-Osborne policies of expansion-through-austerity have produced a flatline for real GDP, and the odds are high that British real GDP is headed down again.
In less than a year, if current forecasts come true, the Cameron-Osborne Depression will not be the worst depression in Britain since the Great Depression, but the worst depression in Britain… probably ever. That is quite an accomplishment. As Phillip Inman of the Guardian puts it:Right now the American economy, because it has been much closer to traditional stimulus models (though not ideally thanks to the GOP taking the House in 2010 with austerity bromides), has produced a recovery though not as strong as it could be (see first parenthetical).
the UK's plan for recovery from the financial crisis was based on a full-throttle recovery in 2012... consumer confidence, business investment and general spending would converge to send the economy on a trajectory of above-average growth... the lack of investment will perplex ministers. They have done what the right-wing economists told them to do and moved out of the way – the theory being that public sector spending and investment was ‘crowding out’ the private sector...It did not work: “Spain is showing the way with its austerity-driven recession. Where the weak tread, we [in Britain] look keen to follow...”
But the GOP continues to push something that will not work -- in large part somewhat successfully through an ignorant populace and a media that isn't much better and which is dominated by stock-market pushers only.
Friday, January 27, 2012
There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.ANNNNNNNNNNNNNND...Rick Santorum comes out against getting a college education. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Rick Perry’s dismal showing in the presidential contest has plunged his approval among Texans to its lowest level in a decade, and more than half say in a new poll that he should not seek re-election as governor.
The Vatican was shaken by a corruption scandal Thursday after an Italian television investigation said a former top official [Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano] had been transferred against his will after complaining about irregularities in awarding contracts.Unknown whether or not the names include any Romneys. For many years the papal official dealing with things like abuse claims within the Church was Cardinal Ratzenger, now known as Pope Benedict XVI. Surely he isn't mixed up in this business too?
"Holy Father, my transfer right now would provoke much disorientation and discouragement in those who have believed it was possible to clean up so many situations of corruption and abuse of power that have been rooted in the management of so many departments," Vigano wrote to the pope on March 27, 2011.Guess who got shipped out of the Vatican?
Despite his appeals to the pope that a transfer, even if it meant a promotion, "would be a defeat difficult for me to accept," Vigano was named ambassador to Washington in October of last year after the sudden death of the previous envoy to the United States.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Barack Obama won't ask Timothy Geithner to stay on as Treasury Secretary if the president wins reelection, Geithner told Bloomberg TV's Trish Regan Wednesday.Aw, we'll all be crushed. So who will the just as underwhelming replacement be?
Yesterday, America's self-proclaimed enemy of the deficit Newt Gingrich emphasized his latest policy plank:
"We will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American," Gingrich said.And now to find the billions of dollars to build it...I guess it will come from more tax cuts for millionaires, as that is his other major platform.
Jobs programs, education, help for the poor, no. Tax Cuts and Moonbases, yes.
All that and a bag of chips (plus a war with Iran).
When it comes to science fiction as policy Newt has a long history of thinking he is Buck Rogers.
-- 1995, “Honeymoons in space will be the vogue by 2020.”Please fill in your own jokes here....but I do wonder if that is why Calista's hair looks like something Buzz Aldrin designed?
-- 1985 he advocated “a large array of mirrors [that] could affect the earth’s climate,” warming it up so farmers could extend the growing season.So he not only believes in man-made climate change (disqualifying in today's GOP), he's completely for speeding it up.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
In a daring nighttime raid Tuesday, U.S. Navy SEALs rescued two hostages, including one American, who were being held by kidnappers in Somalia, U.S. officials tell NBC News. American Jessica Buchanan, 32, and a 60-year-old Dane, Poul Thisted, were working for a Danish relief organization in northern Somalia when they were kidnapped last October. U.S. officials described their kidnappers as heavily armed common criminals with no known ties to any organized militant group.But as John "Santa Claus" Cole jollily points out this doesn't fit into the "Obama is a Pussy" theme. the GOP wants to portray (like the killing of that Osama fella stuff).
And again, if nothing else Obama has proved he can kill people illegally more cheaply, you'd think the Republicans could at least not begrudge him that (posterity however...).
It has many interesting and mundane things on it...
Conversations with top officials briefing Kennedy on Vietnam were among the most memorable, Porter said.
After hearing vastly different viewpoints from top advisers who had gone on a fact-finding mission to South Vietnam, Kennedy can be heard commenting: "You both went to the same country?"
Porter said the frustration palpable in Kennedy's voice during the conversation was insightful.But the most vexing part of the release was this:
Of the final hours of recordings released on Tuesday...officials excised about five to 10 minutes of family-related discussions and about 30 minutes because of national security concerns.These tapes are nearly fifty years old...the cold war is over...what possible "national security" concerns could there be? I bet it involves the origin of 'Bat Boy'!
Well, that is timely criticism indeed coming as it does upon the heels of record profits for Apple.
Buoyed by holiday spending, the company's revenue hit a sky high $46 billion and net income of $13.1 billion. This amounts to about $133 million of profit per day during the 14 week-long quarter.And let us not forget the true patriotic "American-Corporate Way" of getting those profits, by having them made overseas in China and treating those workers like dirt.
You'd think Fleischer would be more than satisfied enough with Obama's ability to conduct inappropriate acts of war more inexpensively.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The couple donated $1.5 million in 2010 to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which also received donations from the family’s foundation. They contributed $2.6 million to the Mormon church in 2011, according to the estimated return.
So how much of that ended up being spent in California to keep gays from marrying?
Off a gritty bend in the Miami River, a few miles from a warehouse where he recently touted his job-creation plans, there’s a complex of buildings that bear witness to a time when Mitt Romney’s private equity firm laid off hundreds of workers, shuttered a profitable factory and made out with hundreds of millions of dollars.
It started in 1995, when Romney’s Bain Capital targeted the company that became Dade Behring, which made blood-testing machines and performed animal research at its Miami campus.
Bain borrowed heavily to buy the company and closed a factory in Puerto Rico to improve the bottom line. About 400 lost jobs there. Then in 1997, Bain shuttered Dade Behring’s Miami operations, costing another 850 jobs and a $30 million payroll in the community.
Before growing debt consumed the company, Bain executed its exit strategy and made $242 million.And I wonder how many more of these stories will surface on Mitt's serial killing victory tour?
Romney advisers stressed that the holdings in the Caymans — along with those in a Swiss bank account that was closed in 2010 after an investment adviser decided it could be politically embarrassing to Romney — were reported on tax returns and were not vehicles to avoid taxes.Okay, first...this occurred to them for the first time in 2010...after he had already run for President?
Second, a Swiss bank account too? Oh Mitt and his money right next to Nazi Gold!
Third, just how bad are those prior years?
Fourth, how long does he think he'll get away with not returning those...and how does he think this is going to close the matter?
That shit may work on FoxNews but not anywhere else.
Newt Gingrich has all but erased Mitt Romney's 23-percentage-point lead of a week ago among Republican voters nationally, and the two candidates are now essentially tiedAnd thanks to the Supreme Court time for the "Chubb Group" of the Gingrich Campaign to continue the underwriting:
Gingrich pal and wealthy businessman Sheldon Adelson will offer up another $5 million in funding for Gingrich’s super PAC, Winning Our Future.And to think of all the episodes of NOVA that could make. I still think in the long run, Romney will be "settled" for, not because he is loved but because he'll do...but that doesn't mean I wouldn't love to see this:
Veteran GOP Operative Steve Schmidt: Look, I think, not only are we not moving towards a coalescing of support by the Republican establishment for Newt Gingrich, we're probably moving toward the declaration of war on Newt Gingrich by the Republican establishment. And if Newt Gingrich is able to win the Florida primary, you will see a panic and a meltdown of the Republican establishment that is beyond my ability to articulate in the English language.To the Octagon.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Monday, January 23, 2012
Newt Gingrich leads Mitt Romney by eight points in Florida, according to a poll conducted the day after the former House speaker won the South Carolina primary. According to the Insider Advantage poll, Gingrich has 34 percent support, Romney has 26 percent, Texas Rep. Ron Paul has 13 percent, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum garners 11 percent.There may be no settling at all, the base may just decide they want to burn that SOB to the ground.
And they probably think that's a good plan.
GREGORY: Can you have a Republican nominee who can play into the class warfare argument that the president wants to play in general?Who's a good boy? Who's a good boy?
But all-in-all they'll do because after all you aren't exactly perfect.
And if marrying is the most important thing of all, you'll sadly take what you can get. Newt Gingrich may have won South Carolina, and Mitt Romney may be a terrible politician, but of the GOP's potential suitors he's the best remaining option. And Republicans seem to agree, in their inimitable manner:
In a January 14-17 YouGov poll, 66% of Gingrich supporters said they had a “very” or “somewhat favorable” opinion of Romney. About 15% were neutral. The remaining 19% were unfavorable, but only 2% were said “very unfavorable”—which is how I would translate “deep dissatisfaction.” The same thing is true of Santorum supporters: 57% had a favorable view of Romney.So they are going to settle (and since Andrew Sullivan is predicting otherwise...they'll settle) for Romney...for the least bad of a series of bad choices. All before the likely divorce on November 7, 2012.
Which is unfortunate in a way because Gingrich can definitely handle divorce.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
As fun as this all is, and as someone who certainly isn't a Republican it is quite fun...once I get my jaw back in place, I just do not think Gingrich is going to get the nomination. Now that he's having his little run the powers-that-be in the Party are going to step up and make sure Mitt gets it.
However the caveat to the normal course of business is that the GOP has done everything in its power to let the crazies run free, the only real question is whether they can get them back in the bottle? It won't be easy.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour's grants of commutations or pardons to more than 200 prisoners, all but eight in his final days in office, disproportionately benefited white offenders among a predominantly black prison population, a Reuters analysis found.
Family values...situational only.
Conservatives always accuse the left of practicing moral relativism...apparently because they have perfected it.
Pat Sajak will endorse Ron Paul because of his high-vowel percentage (you know it kills that crazy [yet boring] guy that Obama is so vowel-rich).
Friday, January 20, 2012
Chiding Gingrich for spending decades in Washington as a political “insider,” Romney insisted that he’s the “perfect example of why we need to send to Washington someone who has not lived in Washington, but someone who has lived in the real streets of America.”Y'know the "real streets of America" (see Mitt use that street cred here) from within the gated community (that's a picture of his compound...well one of them).
Every time we release things drip by drip, the Democrats go out with another array of abeing attacks. I'll put these out at one time so we have one discussion of all of this. I obviously pay all full taxes. I'm honest in my dealings with people."I am not a crook" seems honest and forthright in comparison.
Gingrich couldn't have wished for a better state than South Carolina for paranoia to triumph over logic.
The important thing -- though not a great general election thing -- is that there candidate screech and piss off those not even involved in their nomination process ("the liberals") rather than appear capable of governing (which they do not think highly of).
Newt Gingrich has pledged that on his first day as president he will set up a constitutional showdown by ordering the military to defy a supreme court ruling extending some legal rights to foreign terrorism suspects and captured enemy combatants in US custody.That would be the decision of the Roberts' Court (without Roberts on the majority opinion naturally) in Boumediene v. Bush (2008). Ignoring the Constitution is not exactly rare in the Presidency (see Jackson, Andrew through Obama, Barack) but leave it to Gingrich to be so "open" about it. And in South Carolina famous for having problems with the Constitution (and judging by the standing ovation that it gave last night also problems with fidelity in marriage) this was not a negative:
He implied that would also extend to the 1973 decision, Roe vs Wade, legalising abortion. "If the court makes a fundamentally wrong decision, the president can in fact ignore it," said Gingrich to cheers.Unlike what the country can do when a President Gingrich makes a fundamentally wrong decision, although we certainly would have to get used to it. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Oskar Schindler was a married man with a mistress; his interest in someone outside his wife hardly tells us everything we need to know about his character, judgment, courage, trustworthiness, etc.If you begrudge a Republican being a family-values hypocrite while getting sexy-time on the side IT'S LIKE YOU SUPPORTED THE HOLOCAUST!
In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Brian Ross, Gingrich claims her ex-husband wanted an open marriage. “He came to her and said, ‘I want to stay married to you and still have an affair with Calista, his current wife,” said Ross. “According to Marianne, he said ‘You need to share me,’ and she said ‘I don’t want to share,’ and the marriage ended.” Listen:How very very French, er, I mean Freedom! of him, Newt is after all getting those handjobs because he's a total patriot. And hey, Newt is getting Rick Perry's endorsement and Palin yesterday...try not to think about how those got consummated...though I bet they were notarized with paw prints.
And in further news making Mitt Romney's day...100 Tea Party
Anticipating a potentially damaging interview with one of Newt Gingrich’s former wives ahead of the South Carolina primary, the Gingrich campaign issued an open letter on Wednesday night to “ABC News leadership,’’ the network that conducted the interview, in preparation for a Thursday night broadcast. Marianne Gingrich, the second of Mr. Gingrich’s former wives, was married to him for 18 years. After they divorced, Mr. Gingrich married his current wife, the former Callista Bisek, with whom he admitted conducting a lengthy affair while he was still married.Next up, an interview with Romney's former pets.
*Lovely tropical weather
*Availability as a a tax-haven from for multimillionaires so they don't have to pay taxes in their native countries.
Especially one like Mitt Romney.
In addition to paying the lower tax rate on his investment income, Romney has as much as $8 million invested in at least 12 funds listed on a Cayman Islands registry. Another investment, which Romney reports as being worth between $5 million and $25 million, shows up on securities records as having been domiciled in the Caymans.Like most Americans, the closest an investment of mine has come to the Caribbean is a Bob Marley CD and a bottle of Captain Morgan. But it isn't "socialism" and Romney is a Republican; so it is just fine, moral -- and in another country.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
UK unemployment rose by 118,000 in the three months to November to 2.685 million, official figures show. The Office for National Statistics said the unemployment rate also rose to 8.4% from 8.3%, the highest since January 1996.via Atrios
But for him, the thought of reducing the use of corn syrup...not so much.
The rest of you (all?), feel free to discuss our new mode of measuring your gross income compared to Romney's petty cash.
The "Douche Unit".
Although many D.U.'s are expended each day overseas maintaining the "Friedman Unit" (the F.U.) maintaining our ever renewing "Six Months" to fix things military occupation policy.
Palin: "If I Had To Vote In South Carolina ... I'd Vote For Newt" Palin Compares Gingrich In Debate To "South Carolina's Own Smokin' Joe Frazier"Oh look, somebody's assistant did a Wikipedia search just before it ironically went all black. Because if there's one obvious comparator to Newt Gingrich it is a black man who could take a punch and was famous for power from his left.
But for at least another 18 hours FoxNews is almost all-in on Romney not being the nominee. Hard to believe that news network has trouble with any sort of factual reality of any kind.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
A record 84 percent of Americans say they disapprove of the way the Congress is doing its job compared... ...The 84 percent disapproval rate is the highest for Congress in nearly 40 years of polling.And cue the the tears upon a leathery orange face.
When the parties are considered individually, Democrats in Congress have a 33 percent approval rate, while Republicans have a 21 percent approval rate, the poll found.(pic via mikenitro94 at flickr.com)
Gay parents "tend to be more motivated, more committed than heterosexual parents on average, because they chose to be parents," said Abbie Goldberg, a psychologist at Clark University in Massachusetts who researches gay and lesbian parenting. Gays and lesbians rarely become parents by accident, compared with an almost 50 percent accidental pregnancy rate among heterosexuals, Goldberg said. "That translates to greater commitment on average and more involvement."Of course, this is logical.
But what does logic have to do with it -- God wanted parents who resent their children...lord knows resentment is what the modern GOP has built its foundation upon.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Monday, January 16, 2012
...the captain, Francesco Schettino, who reprehensibly, but also hilariously, escaped in a lifeboat before any of the passengers. (He was, to add to the picture, "covered by a blanket.") Even worse (better), he was seen that evening "drinking in the bar with a beautiful woman on his arm," and apparently brought the ship miles off course (and close to the rocky coast of Giglio) in order "to greet [a] friend on shore." ("There shouldn't have been such a rock," he told local TV.)
The Queen should be given a new royal yacht – likely to cost at least £60m – as a way to help overturn Britain's mood of austerity, according to Cabinet minister [ed: EDUCATION SECRETARY!] Michael Gove.If ever conservative economic theories were demonstrated in the perfect example it is this one.
BTW, there's no evidence the Queen asked in any manner for a new royal yacht...she's not a Republican.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
The murder rate is down and continues to drop and the traditional analysis of both left and right do not explain it.
But a more unexpected progressive policy on environmental laws may just be why.
Less lead (and not for the reasons you'd think...i.e. bullets) less violence.
[UPDATE: Actually as noted in comments a little elementary oversight on my part would have revealed while this was at Digby's blog it was actually written by David Atkins]
Standing behind the lectern at Jones Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Gingrich was peppered with questions about his assertion that poor children lack work ethic and his criticism of President Barack Obama as a "food-stamp president."And in the stand-out moment of the comedy writing itself...
Following the question and answer session, church members prayed over Gingrich and his wife, Callista.
But the highlight of the game was this not very Christian moment from the game that epitomizes a couple things.
First, let's see Tebow do that. Punt or throw a punch, I'd settle for either.
Second, what kind of a dick move is that from Belichek? You are up 35 late in the 4th Quarter against the Broncos and their cutting edge 1930s single-wing attack and Brady is still in the game? What an asshole.
Third, Phil Simms said something funny...that takes care of this decade.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
what the story of Romney and the auto bailout actually shows is something we already knew from health care: he’s a smart guy who is also a moral coward. His original proposal for the auto industry, like his health reform, bore considerable resemblance to what Obama actually did. But when the deed took place, Romney — rather than having the courage to say that the president was actually doing something reasonable — joined the rest of his party in whining and denouncing the plan. And now he wants to claim credit for the very policy he trashed when it hung in the balance.
Friday, January 13, 2012
On the campaign trail, Santorum often touts his grandfather’s flight from Italy “to escape fascism,” but he has neglected to publicly mention their close ties with the Italian Communist Party. “Rick’s grandfather Pietro was a liberal man and he understood right away what was happening in Italy,” Mrs. Santorum told Oggi. “He was anti-fascist to the extreme, and the political climate in 1925 was stifling so he left for America. After a few years he returned to Italy with his wife and children, including Aldo, Rick’s father, who passed away late last year. It’s a shame he won’t have the joy to see his son’s success in his bid for the White House.” She goes on to explain how the family then became pillars of the Communist Party in Italy.Santorum likes to cite this grandfather's hard work in the mines to give him a better life, and I stated the irony of his grandson wanting to weaken labor and safety laws for those same mine workers. Little did I suspect ol' Grandpa would be have so many reasons to be royally pissed.
An array of Republicans and conservatives — including some of Mitt Romney's sharpest critics — rushed to the GOP presidential front-runner's defense Thursday to counter efforts to paint the former venture capitalist as a job-killer.But it is a pretty big, broad and long-standing tribe, immune from repercussions:
The desperation of homebuilders was a running joke among top Federal Reserve officials during the waning phase of the housing bubble in 2006, according to transcripts released Thursday...“We think the fundamentals of the expansion going forward still look good,” Timothy F. Geithner, then president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, told his colleagues when they met in December 2006.Finally the bipartisanship of the wealthy. [cross-posted at Flickr.com] (pic via Vagabondblogger at flickr.com)
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Jan 11 (Reuters) - Greece's budget deficit widened last year as an austerity-fuelled recession cancelled out much of the extra revenues the government was hoping to raise through emergency taxes, data showed on Thursday.Funny how that always seems to happen.
But by all means Republicans, demand we do so here.
Maybe if we spent some money to get people employed?
Nah, fuck all but the already wealthy, you think this is an actual Democracy as opposed to an advertising campaign?
[I guess in their minds the reason why is because black people all look alike...it's the only self-justifying laughable and racist excuse they've got left]
It's both douchey and pointless compared to the reality surrounding them that they are determined to ignore.
But then again, douchey and pointless fit Mitt Romney like a Joseph A. Bank crew-neck.
Romney's "envy" remark came after Lauer asked about the concerns of "anyone who has questions about the distribution of wealth and power in this country."
"I think it's about envy. I think it's about class warfare," Romney said.That certainly appeals to his base.
They knew his sweet spot was among older, higher-income voters — those with annual household incomes of between $75,000 and $150,000 and with upscale interests like gourmet cooking.As long as Top Chef doesn't move to Tuesday the rest of the primary season should be a breeze.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Republican Dave Spence, the plastics guru running for governor, says he "earned a degree in Economics" from the University of Missouri. That may be true — but it is not entirely accurate. According to the university, Spence's degree is not in economics. It is in home economics.But Spence has a tried and true explanation that makes him the ideal Republican candidate:
"I was a 60-watt bulb in a 100-watt society."Which I guess beats Rick Perry who was one of three things, a dim bulb, a tulip bulb or a, uh, the other thing.
So by all means, elect this guy Governor.
“Look, for a long period of time the hard left, militant gay rights groups, militant — they call themselves civil rights groups, but I’m not sure they’re concerned about civil rights — people of color, Van Jones, these folks and others have been out to get Pat Buchanan off T.V., deny him speeches, get his column canceled,” Buchanan said during a radio interview with Sean Hannity this afternoon. “This has been done for years and years and years and it’s the usual suspects doing the same thing again. But my view is, you write what you believe to be the truth.”That's the kind of rant even Ron Paul would call nutty -- but that's Pat.
Does anyone else feel like the thing is literally staining your teeth while you drink its result?
I don't know why, I just feel that way.
But then again, I'm kind of a crazy asshole* so YMMV.
*sadly, not in a Melanie Griffith in Something Wild kind of way; but fortunately not in a Ron Paul voter kind of way either.
The GOP race started off in Iowa, which while full of its share of those cheering on the rapture, is still a moderate place in the Midwest compared to Nebraska, Kansas or the Dakotas (they still count right?). Last night it came to New Hampshire, which gave local neighbor (Utah, Michigan, Massachusetts, France, where isn't he a neighbor?) and quality aluminum siding salesman Mitt Romney a still unimpressive double-digit victory. But New Hampshire, like Iowa, is one of those states that allows gay marriage, obviously feeling the taint of being next to Vermont.
Hey speaking of taint, now we have a real conservative state coming up, the land where making a political statement can mean firing on ol' Fort Sumter, South Carolina. A place where Rick Perry, like Edmund Ruffin, intends to make his last stand. The Republicans got a bit crazier in New Hampshire, Newt Gingrich, even got called out for being mean by Grand Wizard Limbaugh. South Carolina seems a bad place to rally around your prospective leader, but maybe Romney can pull it off.
Jefferson Davis did...for a while.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
There are things that people were concerned about that were unintended consequences [of the Civil Rights Act]...It’s not all about race relations, it’s about controlling property, ultimately.It's not about "race" it's about "property"...
You sure you really want to go with that analogy you prick?
(pic from here)
(Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Monday that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined "the future of humanity itself".As opposed to "forced celibacy" which is totally fine and working out just great.
And now back to covering up child abuse.
2. Honey Badger don't care. (let me be the 383rd million to say it)
3. By the time the NCAA and BCS finally allowed this game to be played, neither did I.
4. Nor Disney for that matter, choosing to broadcast all the major bowls on cable, including this one.
Mitt Romney said his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination are turning the 2012 primary into a “trial” on free enterprise by attacking his record at Bain Capital, the private equity group he helped start.Can I get a witness for the prosecution?
Monday, January 09, 2012
Because she is stupid, noted daughter and NBC News analyst Meghan McCain told her audience today that the Obamas deserve "an emoticon of privacy." Twice. She meant "a modicum."And now the Meghan McCain emoticon.
Thirty-year-old Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop is tentatively charged with carrying a concealed knife, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and a probation violation after his arrest Thursday.Who would have thought a guy who changed his name to Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop would be a suspected pot user?
Why yes, have no life, why do you ask?
AP reports that MSNBC president Phil Griffin has indicated the controversial former presidential candidate will not be allowed back on the network after the release of his latest book. “Suicide of a Superpower” has been roundly condemned for its racially-charged content, including chapters titled “The End of White America” and “The Death of Christian America.” Griffin said, “When Pat was on his book tour, because of the content of the book, I didn’t think it should be part of the national dialogue much less part of the dialogue on MSNBC.”Still the key word seems to be "may". FoxNews will definitely snap him up...as will Der Stürmer.
“I know what it’s like to worry whether you’re gonna get fired,” he told about 600 people in an Opera House here. “There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip."Yeah, uh-huh. Or this:
The super PAC supporting Mitt Romney blanketed Iowa with millions of dollars in negative campaign ads aimed at Newt Gingrich...But don’t ask Romney about ‘em: said he’s never seen the ads — right before he said he’s seen one and described its content.Or this:
Early in the debate, Rick Santorum pressed Romney on why he hadn't run for re-election in 2006, when his first term as Governor expired. Romney suggested it was because politics isn't his calling...This is, as Newt Gingrich pointed out, ridiculous. Romney left the governor's office for a presidential campaign that hasn't stopped since.Even in a profession famous for its insincerity Romney stands as a gigantic fake. Nobody believes a word he says, especially Mitt Romney. And in a year where the Right-wing and its wide-ranging need for paranoid screeching predominates the GOP process, being the biggest fake in politics actually is an advantage. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Where he will undoubtedly talk about how Mitt Romney will be the next best choice behind Obama in the Fall election.
And then he'll talk about Octopus loss.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
The effort to derail Mitt Romney’s presidential quest heightened dramatically on Friday when a super PAC associated with Newt Gingrich outbid all comers for the rights to a scathing 30-minute attack video depicting Romney as a greedy, job-killing corporate raider “more ruthless than Wall Street.” In a season filled with negative ads and rhetorical crossfire, the striking feature of the film, aside from its mini-documentary length, is its authorship. The film was made by Jason Killian Meath, a former associate of Romney’s top strategists, Stuart Stevens and Russ Schriefer. Meath had worked for the Romney campaign in 2008, creating much of the ad content for that failed effort.It may as well have been sponsored by Obama 2012. But it also really shows the strength of the "occupy" movement. (via AmericaBlog)
You learn that Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) is awful at small talk. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a ham, breaking into funny voices and goofy faces. And former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is . . . not like that at all. “Like talking to your doctor,” one voter remembered.I'm guessing more like your proctologist.
Here's the deal with Romney, he's such a fake, so clearly a phony, that it has pretty much become his strategy. Nobody believes a thing he says -- and therefore saying the crazy pathetic shit he says awkwardly nobody is going to believe he's that crazy, just really unctuous and insincere.
And in this year of extreme GOP dementia that's a bonus for the general election.
Friday, January 06, 2012
Today the GOP-controlled Senate passed HB 542, which effectively ends compulsory education for New Hampshire students. Their House colleagues approved the measure earlier last year.Because literacy is a commie-plot...it must say so in the Magna Carta.
After plummeting from 2007 through 2009, U.S. corporate profits regained their precrisis peak in early 2010, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The latest, revised data released just before Christmas showed corporate profits before tax rose to a record $1.97 trillion in the third quarter of 2011. But corporate tax receipts, as reported by the Treasury Department, remain lackluster, even as the economy has gained some ground of late.I'm sure all those new loopholes and deductions were written with absolutely no bias at all. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Leave it to Republicans to demand we follow a document that in essence demanded the government leave the great lords alone.
That is after all what Democracy is supposed to be about at least, right?
Apparently not for the folks that really matter:
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
During the last multi-candidate event at the West Des Moines Valley High School on the day of the caucus, the students participated in the Rock the Vote event as audience members, organizers, and coordinators of the activities of visiting reporters.
Apparently the reporters were “pushy",” “rude,” and "pushed through a line of students who were trying to show reporters where they could and could not go.” How do we here at RH know this? Several students themselves told me as the event ended that they were “disappointed” by the “shameful behavior” of the reporters, photographers, and camera crews. Some students were walking out talking about how they had been badly treated.
One student even showed me, the beginning of a bruise on her arm that she said came from a reporter who “slammed into me” to “push past the line of students and did not care who he hurt.” “He was so rude,” she said.
It is more than disheartening that those who are supposed to cover caucus events and set an example for those who will participate in democracy in the future, should engage in such disregard for their hosts.
In fact, it is the height of reporter douchery.
This is the beginning of a watershed election in the history of the country. It is the first presidential campaign that we have had since the turn of the last century that has to be contested while everyone involved has to cooperate in the fiction that the whole process isn't completely for sale.And this one is even better.
I watched this happen in Iowa over the last three days, and I continue to be astonished why this isn't the only story being told. This is something epochal. It is something that happens very, very rarely. It is the dawn of the age of thoroughly weaponized money, encouraged by every branch of the national government, most especially including the judiciary. Remember back all those years when Barack Obama looked down at the justices from the podium in the House chamber and read them out for Citizens United, and Sam Alito shook his head and mouthed, "Not true" visibly on TV?
In Iowa, Mitt Romney's super-PAC outspent the actual Romney campaign by a 2-1 margin.
How do you like your blue-eyed boy, Mr. Death?
It moves forward now. A staggered frontrunner who has shown himself to be the best one of them at fighting on this new terrain, and an outright Papist nutter who thinks the states can and should ban birth control, and who loves all human life, except those lived happily by his fellow citizens who are gay, who he believes need to remain second-class citizens. Both of them confronting each other in a system that has become so sodden with anonymous corporate money that it would make liars out of the most sincere politicians who ever lived, which these two guys certainly are not. There is nothing to stop it. There are no sensible politicians who willingly would disarm themselves first. The election of the next president does not belong to the country any more. But we will pretend that it does. We are very good at that.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Question for this evening Hegemonians: Just what have we learned from the Caucus results tonight?
Calling yourself a Constitutionalist does not work? Invoking family does not separate you from other candidates? Crazy eyes do not work? Or do they? Talking about the gold standard only gets you so far with the evangelical crazies? Behold the power of the sweater vest? Talking about Reagan, Reaganite, Reagan-like, Reganesque, etc etc does not mean much?
Maybe, we have another Iowa Caucus which does not explain much about the wackiness of the Republicans? What do you think?
HOLY CRAP listen to this lineup on Leno tonight: Whitney Cummings, Snooki, and musical guest will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. This is the most Leno lineup imaginable. Like, if you figured out a way to concentrate all the years of all the shows he has done into a test tube of 100% Leno extract, this is what you would get. It is the weaponized DERP of late night talk shows.
Making double-entendres about him seem like rocket science.
I think this sums it up best...
As Rick Santorum made his final argument to Iowa Republicans, he was joined by about half of reality television's Duggar family, who star in the TLC show "19 and Counting," about a devoutly Christian clan notable for their exceptional fecundity.I guess they could compare what they keep in jars.