Not at all
surprising, unfortunately. Occupy
was cracked down upon illegally
Florida's long lines
on Election Day 2012 cost
Obama 49,000 votes
Thoughts on Lincoln
Rush Limbaugh reflexively
for gun violence. Big problem is that liberals
are less violent
NJ Governor Chris
Christie speaks common sense. Disapproves
of guns in schools
for use by teachers against the occasional
rogue student mass murderer.
December 21st came
& went. Worst
Rick Scott clearly
has no idea
how to answer the question of how we go about
preventing another mass murder via guns.
Well, well, well! How surprising
[/snark] to find Walmart right in the middle of the gun debate!
Texas Governor Rick
Perry recommends anti-abortion law. Leaves
, should one
punish a woman who has had an illegal abortion?) up to the Texas
Further thoughts on gun
by another soldier (Neither he nor the previous
"thoughts" ever saw serious combat action). Also, do
people really react
with clear thinking and precision when
faced with an unexpected assault with a gun? Truly
for how to handle shooters. Does Newsweek
not have editors?!?!
Yeah, we should take
this with plenty of salt and skepticism for what it's worth, but the
KKK stands against
the Westboro Baptist Church! The KKK may
simply be pulling a publicity stunt, but that's still pretty bad when
they're the "voice of reason!"
Thinking of gun
control: Do people really
clips that hold 30 bullets?!?! Can't they get by with
The Fiscal Cliff
Slope talks continue
No deal is better than a bad deal.
The state of caring
for mental health patients in America is not
. A very rude
, but accurate response to anti-gun control people.
we have insurance
TSA engages in seriously
of airplane passengers by detaining a
wheelchair-bound 12-year old girl who had what were
apparently traces of explosive powder on her hands.
Horrific shooting at
(Sandy Hook, CT) occurs. 28 dead, 20 of
whom were children. School principal was one of first deaths. Mother
(Who was teacher at the school) of the killer had several guns, an
AR-15 of hers was used to kill her.
The US is apparently
engaged in the
war crime and grossly immoral
procedure of "double-tapping"
drone strikes, i.e., sending another drone to the same target to strike
after emergency personnel are on the scene.
Journalists are seriously
falling down on the job
in reporting the (overly
melodramatically named) "Fiscal Cliff" talks by failing to note the
human cost of "fixing" the budget. Also, virtually
all of the commentators on TV are reporters
, with hardly an
economist in sight.
Lieberman (I-CT) gives final Senate speech. No
, hardly anyone attends.
Wow! Lots and LOTS
of insecure males out there who took extravagant offense at a
woman daring to criticize video games
Very cool! The
Federal Reserve has now explcitly
tied interest rates
to lower unemployment!
Congressmen oppose Hurricane Sandy relief moneybecause of "wasteful
An explanation as
austerity failed Europe
Press corp's failure
of the year
was its refusal to recognize that the Republican
Party had become an extremist, radical organization that didn't care
about what the truth was. Also, how
Mitt Romney got mugged by reality
Bradley Manning, currently speaking in his courts martial about his
unconstitutional pre-trial punishment, wins the Guardian's "Person
of the Year 2012
Actor Ed Asner
short film about how America came to the situation it's in
Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh are outraged
Fox News commenter
Sean Hannity vows to "Fight
for the soul of America
." Uh, didn't we just have an election
over the very issues that Hannity is addressing and uh, didn't the
Republican Party lose
Senator Elizabeth Warren
gets Banking Committee assignment!
Very sad to see CBS
employing Frank Luntz as an analyst to analyze Rep. Paul Ryan without
that Luntz received $20,000 from the Ryan
Good primer on the
years after it began, that the War
was a huge waste and complete failure. Also, DARE
gives up on its War
. They just weren't accomplishing anything.
Statement from 300+ economists
on how to restore jobs and growth.
Very sad to see how
the press keeps ignoring the
huge amount of obstructionism
involved in the fight over the
potential Susan Rice nomination for Secretary of State.
Administration opens up "Fiscal cliff" (More like a curb) negotiations with
instead of starting with their bottom line.
Hostess Foods goes
into bankruptcy, executives
want to give bonuses
to 19 executive! Uh, no, those
executives should "take a haircut," a reduction
NOT an increase!
Romney's "47%" speech to supporters? Well, it'snow been determined that
of the popular vote!
Black Friday strikes across the country, but small
as they were, they were historic
Shades of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire! Fire
in Bangladesh clothing factory
kills 100+ workers. And yes, Walmart
had clothes being made there.
Supporters of ALEC did
that completely misread the polls before Election Day has
that PA and OH and FL were all stolen by in-person
voter fraud! In reality, such fraud is about as common as being struck
by lightning or winning the lottery.
Interesting, thoughtful piece by a
right-winger on why the Republican Party is
doing so poorly.
Senator John McCain
on Benghazi in order to complain about not
knowing everything about Benghazi. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says no
to a Benghazi
CIA Director David
Petraeus resigns due to an affair. Background on the
multiple conflicts of interests
that plagued the people
around him. "But
the warning signs
about Petraeus’ core dishonesty have been
around for years."
cluster**** on the other side! Mitt Romney's crew had absolutely
as to how to organize an operation to track voters
and to get them to vote on election day. More
Should the left make
a deal on the "Fiscal Cliff"? Hell
piece! After the first debate, Obama was criticized by the left, who
made no excuses for him. After second and third debates, Romney was not
criticized by the right, which covered up his poor performance and made
excuses for him. Who
was better served
by the two respective strategies?
President Obama wins
! Progressive favorite
Biggest Sore Losers
. Very interesting! Jenifer Rubin admits
she knew all along the other candidate was
. Mitt Romney cancels
everybody's campaign credit cards
before campaign workers
even get home, meaning everyone has to pay for their own rides home.
Hurricane Sandy hits
the New York-New Jersey coastline with devastating
. Fortunately, Occupy
picks up the slack
and helps out! New
Jersey Occupy Sandy
(Facebook link) opens up.
essay showing that no, Mitt Romney really truly
that FEMA performs a valuable, worthwhile
function for American citizens. Essay on just how
the two political parties feel
about FEMA. Storm
in NorthEast Long Island.
assesses the likelihood of Obama Administration malfeasance in the
Benghazi tragedy where four American citizens died. He
makes a very unconvincing case
as yes, the CIA may be lying,
but they said very straightforwardly that they
were not given any orders to stand down
or otherwise not
assist the Benghazi personnel.
Wow! Fox News
with Bill O'Reilly that Obama and Colin Powell are
demonstrating black solidarity.
Yeah, Ann Romney has
a definite "Marie
," as she reveals that she's really not
very well-informed .
With an absolutely
horrendous storm bearing down upon the East Coast (Facebook
), of course Paul Ryan wants
to cut the budget
for the weather-forecasting service that
limits the loss of life caused by having too little information. Oh,
wearher satellites are overaged
and there are no replacements
workers are on
to a union!
You gotta know that
the "issue" of Benghazi and the four Americans killed there has passed
its expiration date when Fox News person Geraldo
, former Secretary of State Condoleezza
and a Fox News military
all agree that the issue is dead and that people need
to stop trying to make a scandal out of it. Update: Fox News' Shepard
military on same attack.
Sorry, but I have a really
sympathy for someone who gets "stung" by a James
O'Keefe sting operation
. O'Keefe has been around for too
long, doing stuf that usually raises hackles and suspicions, for good
reason. Update: Father
for son being stupid and falling for the sting.
Hmm, so let me get
this straight, "all
options are on the table
" for dealing with Iran over nukes,
but the Obama Administration has been inconsistent towards Iran and
should take a consistent, steady approach?!?!? Dude, make up your mind
And yes, the Romney campaign's constant flip-flops are a character
Sorry, but drawing
between concerns over voting integrity and
birtherism (the belief that Obama was born in Kenya) is completely
George McGovern dies
question as to the integrity of our voting system. Romney's
son has financial stake
in voting machine company in crucial
swing state of Ohio!!!!
Just for the sake of
argument, let's accept that abortion was illegal except for rape,
incest or when the life of the mother was at stake. How
exactly would having a rape exception work
? The answer's more
complicated than one would think.
Obama does much
in second debate with Romney! Did Romney request
resumes of women candidates for appointment to State offices when he
first became Massachusetts Governor? No, he
was handed a binder full of resumes
when he won the election.
Tucker Carlson was so angry after Romney's poor performance that he compared
the debate moderator
, Candy Crowley, to John Wilkes
Booth (Abraham Lincoln's assassin). Wow! Romney comes across here
Woo-hoo! VP Joe
with wannabe VP Paul Ryan. Did he treat Ryan with
disrespect? Yes. Do Ryan's ideas deserve
Oh, and Ryan majorly
about his position on abortion.
Comedy Central's Jon
Stewart expressed displeasure with the Obama campaign's focus on
Romney's opposition to Big Bird, but there's
actually a very good reason
correspondent Soledad O'Brien is seriously
as a reporter who asks good, hard
questions. Republican campaign officials are
as to how
to deal with her
Wow! Mitt Romney never
heard of family
meals where everybody gets served, they all sit
down and all begin eating together? Nah, for him, it's just "put on the
And the rich get richer.
The top 1% ($100,000 per year and above) got
93% of all income gains while the bottom 80% lost a bit of
Wow! One in seven
Ohio conservatives believe that Mitt
Romney was someohow
, in some way, connected to the death of
Osama bin Laden!
Rep. Michele Bachmann is
getting harder and harder to mock or parody. She now believe falafel is
Two good pieces on why progressives
should ignore the earnest and sincere lefties who
advocate not voting. The right-wing magazine National Review
admits that the G.W. Bush years were
a horrible, horrible, filthy stain upon the Republican
"brand." It's a real problem for Republicans that the upcoming election
a referendum on Bush and on Bush's policies as Romney's
policies simply aren't that distinct from Bush's.
CBS News appears to
have trouble deciding whether frank Luntz is a former Republican
consultant or a current one. There's
to the question whatsoever. Luntz has received
money from Republican groups in this
Romney later said he
was making a joke, but wow! He suggested that airplains flying at 575
mph at 30,000 feet up should
have windows that open
Egypt is very
about the Palestinians of Gaza, but is also wary
about annoying Israel.
inside the closed, hermetically sealed world
of Fox News,
complaining that liberals are close-minded.
who's been in the House since 1970 changes
position on Afghanistan War.
Good heavens! The Romney
bonuses to their people?!?!?! Why?
Heh! Sorry James O'Keefe,
but the taping of Romney in
no way vindicates your own secret tapings.
Attorney General Eric
of having any knowledge of "Fast and Furious" before it was revealed to
Secretly taped Romey speech
to contributors causes severe
political damage to Romney campaign. Examination of Romney's
speech compared to Obama's sort-of
similar speech found wanting. Turns out Romney's just a sneering
plutocrat after all.
David Leonhardt examines
Republican tax cuts orthodoxy and finds
it severely wanting. Major problem with Rep. Paul Ryan's
justification as to why the Bush tax cuts didn't produce any results -
"The economy in the Bush years, by contrast, had to cope with the
popping of the technology bubble, 9/11, a couple of wars and the
financial meltdown." Okay, the popping of the tech bubble, sure, I'll
go with that, but 9/11 had a very
limited, local effect and wars have a stimulative
and obviously, the financial meltdown started in late 2007 and the Bush
recovery of 2001 to 2007 was the
weakest since they began keeping records in the late 1940s .
Rick Santorum claims
that Republicans will "never have the elite, smart people on
our side." Yup!
Yeah, Ann Romney has a
Antoinette" problem. Mitt has absolutely
no business running for president to begin with. Another
major problem of Romney's is that he doesn't have a realistic,
mathematically credible way to go about fixing the deficit.
Should progressive voters
vote for Democrats or
are there better alternatives?
the clean-energy company that went bankrupt a year ago, appears
to be the public face of clean energy. This has very little
to do with the facts of the case and has much more to do with public
relations and Fox News and how the traditional media has treated the
Paul Ryan comes up with cute,
after-the-fact justifications for lying at convention.
Republican ad allegedly
demonstrates deep, widespread disillusionment with Obama. Slight
problem, they had to use a highly-placed Republican campaign
official to illustrate their point. One of the real "tells" is that
she's allegedly deeply
concerned about overspending. How
many real progressives are concerned about that and how many
oppose Obama for entirely different reasons?
Dick Morris goes completely
off the deep end
with wild, hysterical claims.
Sandra Fluke (No longer a
law student, she's now an attorney) makes
excellent points at Democratic convention. Jon Stewart
observes that Democratic Convention is
significantly different from Republican Convention in that
their "Big Dog," Bill Clinton, uses actual math in his
speech as opposed to fuzzy generalities. And as Jared
Bernstein points out "Ryan’s reputation for true wonkishness
seems to be vastly overstated" and in fact, he has a lot more in common
with Sarah Palin than with any true wonk.
Paul Ryan claimed
to have run marathons (plural) in under three hours.
Oops! He only ran one and it was a bit over four hours! Now,
just plain finishing a marathon is pretty darned impressive all by
itself and four hours is a decent time, but this shows that Ryan has
a very serious problem with telling people the
My review of the
Ooh! Ow! Clint
Eastwood at Republican Convention! Very painful to watch.
Governor Nikki Haley
(R-SC), representing women to the Romney campaign, has
no clue about how any of them feel about birth control.
Wow! This is the sort of
business experience Romney looks for?!?!?! He
actually approves of experience like this?!?!?!
plan for reviving the economy
“Nuns on the Bus,” not Paul Ryan.
Very sad, amateurish puff
piece in Parade Magazine. The Romneys are asked about their reaction to
political criticism without
any specifics as to what the criticism is or how justified
the particular critcism may be.
Newsweek publishes a
cover story that's highly critical of President Obama. Factcheck?
Why would we factcheck?
Aren't we simply supposed to trust
our source to be accurate? The author of the piece complains
that people are not discussing the central point of his piece. Okay,
but if his piece fails a basic factcheck, why would anyone then get to
his central thesis? And so "Village" media slips another
notch in credibility.
There's actually a
very good reason
that the Family Research Council is
designated a hate group by the SPLC. The WaPo is wrong to simply
dismiss the criticism they've received for backing the FRC.
So just how would
Rep. Ryan run the country if he were in charge? A look at his district
and at his
apparen satisfaction with the situation there
his district would be a template.
Rep. Todd Akin
(R-MO), a hardcore anti-abortionist, presents a rather, uh, interesting
that posits that women don't really get pregnant when
they're raped (Something about "secretions"). Actually, the number of
pregnancies begun by rape yearly is in the tens of thousands. CNN's
Dana Loesch defends Akins.
Update: Did Akins take back his remark? No, he expressed sympathy with
rape victimes, but didn't
his "secretions" theory.
second CNN contributor
, Erik Erikson, defends Akins' remark.
Oh, okay. Now
Akins agees that rape can result in prenancy. The "secretions" theory
among the anti-abortion crowd.
with reporter Jake Tapper and economic
not-at-all surprising look at the
to rebuild Iraq. As I concluded in Decembr
2002, the US had no real interest in rebuilding Afghanistan and so was
highly unlikely to succeed in rebuilding anywhere else. And yes, I was
completely unimpressed with the tales of the rebuilding of Japan and
Germany as those were simply a matter of reconstructing societies that
were already industrialized.
Antoinette" Romney insists that we regular people are just
going to have to be satisfied
with the tax returns that Mitt
has released. It's annoying to hear that "We've fulfilled legal
requirements" because releasing tax returns is not a legal requirement
to begin with, it's a sign of good faith and a demonstration
that one has nothing to hide.
How much of a bump
did the Ryan vice-presidential nomination provide? Not
, a barely discernable 1%. Also, the undecided,
middle-of-the-road, uninformed moderate is now even less important than
O'Brien schools former Governor John Sununu, who
that Romney has laid out his own budget plan
as opposed to just copying Ryans'. Slight problem with that - his
"plan" is all dessert and no broccolli
Ryan is considered a
budget hawk. Is he? Ha, ha, ha!!!! Not hardly! Good,
on William Saletan and Ryan. The claim made by
Saletan is that Ryan has: “He has actually crunched the numbers and
laid out long-term budget proposals.”
But as our blogger points out: "Except that he hasn’t. This
details-oriented, number-crunching fiscal conservative has neither laid
out the details nor crunched the numbers… as Saletan himself admits.".
Rep. Paul Ryan
(R-WI) is Romney's choice for Vice President. Interestingly, both
right-winges and left-wingers are pleased
as both feel this
choice will bring ideological substance into the race. Obama is
Romney's tax plan is
. The numbers just don't add up. Also, I took a
look at his energy
. Not sure how it would help the economy as it's just
Sarah Palin's "Drill, baby, drill" plan from 2008.
Republicans are worried that their buddies will
fail to behave themselves
in Tampa, FL during their
convention there. Strippers and hookers are heading to Tampa for a
profitable few days.
ID law a clear case of using
a cannon in a crowded apartmet building
to try and kill a
Iraqis returning to
their country from exile in Syria. Not
a happy story at all
. And gee, wow! Surprise, surprise! Who ever
would have thought such a thing?!?!? Author
how "oil was a central part of the strategic
thinking behind the [Iraq] war, and consistently shaped the conduct of
Not feeling very
good about poosiblity of Romney getting into office with his attitude
towards Iran. Romney's
very likely to start up a war with Iran very quickly
Obama's taking some
grief for his attacks on Mitt Romney's old company, Bain Capital, but
there are indications the
attacks are working just fine
. And yup! It's
by the Romney campaign's pivot from talking
about his business experience to talking about his as governor of
Massachusetts, showing us that Bain has now become toxic!
Bachmann (R-WI) conducting wild,
against aide to Secretary of State
Clinton amd fellow Congressperson.
past $1 billion
!!!! they're expected to spend up to $3
billion on campaign. Oh, and a report states that big banks and large
financial institutions are together holding
$3.3 trillion in cash
. Sure would be nice if they could find
a way to spend all that.
shoots 71 people
in dark theater, kills 12 in Aurora,
CO. 1970s rock'n'roller Ted Nugent weighs in with
incredibly stupid views
. Further thoughts
Yeesh! And Ann
Romney wonders why people consider her
a modern-day Marie Antoinette
? When asked about Mitt's tax
returns, she explained that they had “given all you people need to
Mitt Romney, criticizing
the HHS birth control requirement, said: “I know we are not all
Catholic in this room, but I feel like we are all Catholic today” in
our effort to preserve religious
No, we are not "all Catholics" in any way, shape or form. Many of us do
not agree that "religious liberty" includes the right to oppress our
fellow men and women.
No, sorry, but
"line-crossing" is NOT always "in the eye of the beholder," the Swift
Boat Veterans of 2004 do
with Obama's rough treatment of Romney today. And
"It's not 'swift-boating' if it's TRUE!!!"
considered merging with Holy Redeemer, but when it became clear that
Abington would therefore stop doing abortions as a result, the
and forced them to call of the merger. Local
Excellent piece on
Bain Capital and why
outsourcing is so difficult
for Romney to defend.
Rush Limbaugh is convinced
convinced, I tell you
that the newest Batman movie was deliberately written to make Romney
look bad. The villain is "Bane," which sounds like
Bain Capital (Bane was introduced in 1993). Limbaugh later walks
political attack ad!!! Destined to go down as one
of the great ones
WaPo fact-checker needs
to be less openly partisan
and needs to start checking actual
Update: WaPo fact-checker does good by slamming
for incoherent , unproven accusation.
Affordable Care Act survives
Supreme Court scrutiny
! The basic
package is preserved
and Chief Justice Roberts was the
deciding vote. Roman Catholic bishops are,
of course, very sad
because that means the ladies will get
better health outcomes.
Many Iraq veterans now
seeing that war as morally wrong
realizations leads to a certain type of PTSD.
Update on WaPo's
look at Romney, Bain Capital and outsourcing. Kessler objects to Robert
and Parry shows that his report was correct. Jennifer
that Romney's people went to the WaPo office to
complain and got shot down and then put out a report that allegedly
shows they're right.
Muhamed Morsi, the
candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood is now Egypt’s
with 51.73% of the vote. Will Egypt become the
next Iran? Will it be a strongly religious state? Nah
Morsi will have to deal with a pluralist culture.
Sad and disturbing
piece on the
deterioration of SEPTA
. The Republican Governor's
anti-spending convictions butts heads with reality of crumbling
by putting out piece on Bain Capital and it's "Heads
I win, tails you lose
" strategy with acquired companies.
"Bain Capital in many ways invented
the cottage industry
of shipping US jobs overseas."
Unfortunately, WaPo also put out fact-checking piece saying Bain didn't
. Problem is, the factcheckers restricted
their view on the problem
, and so very badly distorted it. "Kessler
relied on his own narrow interpretation
of 'corporate raider'
and then airily dismissed the findings of an investigative article by
veteran journalist Tom Hamburger about Romney's role in job
on the Bus
" who were formed to dispute Rep. Paul Ryan's
budget-slashing plans, stop
Two old, two
really, really bad ideas
that should have died a long time
ago. Missile Defense and NAFTA's interference with national
on how the new Trans-Pacific Partnership violates
national sovereignty. And yeah, Bowles-Simpson is another
that should also be dead, but is still up and
were considered to be just very part-time teenage babysitters, people
who would care fror the kids until mom got home from work. Nowdays,
home-care workers do a great deal more and work much longer hours, so
President Obama wants to update the law and see to it that home-care
workers are paid minimum wage. Senate
Republicans are opposed to that
Interesting pair of
articles by David
. Brooks talks up the economic problems in Europe and
the trials of the welfare state in the US, but suggests that these are
just sort of, uh, happening
without any obvious agency, as though the welfare state were collapsing
on its own. Krugman corrects that notion, showing that if the welfare
state is collapsing, that's because Republicans are actively causing
that collapse. Krugman also shows that the three states, Spain, Greece
and Ireland, that are having the hardest time economically are also
the most tightfisted
with their social expenditures. Sweden,
Germany and Italy spend lots and lots on social welfare and are doing
Mitt Romney makes an
He says we need more
firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of
Uh, people oppose a vaguely-defined "big government," but no one has
ever come out against firemen, policemen and teachers. Romney sorta,
his remark, but condemns a plan that most certainly did
work the first
time. It was supposed to keep hundreds of thousands of people
on the job, feeding their families and paying taxes, and accomplished
. When children have gay or lesbian
parents, it's frequently because the parent was married to an
opposite-sex person, got divorced and is now with a same-sex partner.
Broken homes produce mental problems, so this should have been
accounted for, but wasn't.
An alleged liberal
makes a seriously
for dealing with right-wingers.
Scott Walker crushes
progressive opponent 53% to 46%. Republicans outspent Democrats seven
, for a total of $125
end to Florida vote purge
!!!! But as I was discussing this
issue a few days ago, it baffled me. How does one conduct an online
debate when right-wingers won't credit left-wing sources but the
traditional media won't cover the story? Makes for a frustrating
. And yes, the problem of Republican governors discriminating
(Read: "Likely to vote Democratic") voters
is a very real and serious one.
Ga-a-ah!!! The guys
who were pushing Simpson-Bowles are
even as Paul Krugman shows that "the austerians" are completely
and utterly wrong
about their theory. Not
is that the econom isn't doing very well right
The Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)
desperately defends himself against the
is immoral as per Roman Catholic clergy.
Anti-feminist Katie Roiphe contributes weird essay and
Newsweek contributes cover photo to allegedly, supposedly, tell us what
women and/or feminists really want. Is that to have "physical
safety, economic security, political representation, and personal
autonomy"? Ha, ha, ha! Of course not. Newsweek deserves to cease to
exist for putting out crap like this.
Hmm, lot's of people getting into trouble with relgious
authorities. Rep. Paul Ryan shrugs
off the Roman Catholic Bishops who criticized his budget
proposals as being un-Christian (Catholic Bishops then dishonored
themselves by suppressing group of nuns who dared take issue
with Church teachings) and Roger Ailes,
who runs Fox News, gets criticized by Jewish justice organization.
The original Black Panther Party wishes to make it clear that
the New Black Panther Party is an unauthorized
pretender that has absolutely
zero claim to having anything
whatsoever to do with the original BPP.
Any deficit plan of the future is going to resemble the
Bowles-Simpson (B-S plan) plan because there just aren't that many
choices. The B-S plan is still an
awful, crappy plan that no one should support.
"I thought she was the
best qualified person," McCain insisted.
I think it is absolutely
absurd that during these very serious political times, we are
sexual recreational activities before members of Congress.
Sandra Fluke's testimony
very specifically pointed to other uses for it, including treatment of
[Contraception is] not OK
because it’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter
to how things are supposed to be.