By tmcbpatriot | February 28, 2012 | 3 Comments
No, this is not an angry mob looking at you because you just grew horns out of your head. It is actually a photo of Newt Gingrich supporters listening to his stump speech at a campaign event in South Carolina…Seriously.
(Photo: Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos/New York Magazine)
By tmcbpatriot | February 28, 2012 | No Comments
By tmcbpatriot | February 26, 2012 | 2 Comments
Romney is desperate right about now. Really desperate. Here’s a guy who can’t draw a crowd larger than a local theater production, may lose his home state of Michigan to Santorum even after spending millions there, and is definitely losing to Santorum on the religion thing. So it seems to me that converting to Christianity may be the only thing left for Romney to try. That and perhaps few sweater vests of course.
So how did it come to this? Well, let’s review it in a context we can probably all relate to in order to understand why it may be his only hope.
Imagine you are Mitt and you are interviewing for an important and powerful job within your organization. The former CEO is leaving next January and you have been pegged as his replacement. You were considered a shoe in. Upper management pretty much assured you of that. Then, somehow, with everything handed to you on a silver platter, it all started coming apart.
As far as you knew, the job was as good as yours. You even had a name plate made for your desk and updated your resume to see how “CEO” looked next to your name. But then, even with all that in place, you were scheduled to interview with a whole bunch of people whom you had never met and had never worked with. Before long these strangers would be asking you all sorts of questions about why you want the job. WTF?!
To make matters worse, you then find out you are not the only one being considered for the job anymore. And you just cannot believe who is! First there is Rick, that bible thumping nerd from accounting who is somehow making an impression with the interview team. Then there is that squirrely guy from human resources with the weird name, Newton, or some sh*t like that. This guy is Dwight Schrute on a good day and who, office rumor has it, has slept with a few of the more fugly women in his department. Oh yeah, and then there is Ron, that creepy guy from the boiler room. But then your not really worried about Ron. Nobody is going to promote Ron, except maybe the other boiler room guys.
Now with all this going on and your stress level at a record high, you learn from “reliable” sources in the bathroom stalls that Rick has the upper hand in the talks thus far because, after all, he is a Christian.
You are taken aback. What?! You think aloud. Until now religion was never an issue around the office. Sure you are a Mormon, but they knew that going in, and you were still led to believe you were the one. You had always been a go-getter, you landed the big deals. You knew all about money and how to placate the money men. Ok, sure, no CEO for the organization has ever been a Mormon, but what about the CEO for the company across the office park? He’s black! Who the heck ever thought that was even possible?
So here you are dealing with this bizarre reality. You are dangerously close to losing the job of a lifetime, a job you have been expecting for, like, eight years! And you might lose it now…to Rick? Rick, who comes to work wearing those pathetic sweaters! Rick, who is always talking sh*t about gays and blacks! Rick, who even resents being interviewed by women! Who does he think he is kidding with that Christian stuff? But then again, he is gaining on you. Somehow he is has become a bigger threat then you could have possibly imagined.
I saw this clip the other from Morning Joe. The Rev. Franklin Graham was the guest and he said that to be a true Christian all you have to do is accept Jesus Christ in your heart. That sounds like a no brainer for you. How hard is it for someone like Romney to say he has accepted Christ as his savior? Obama did it and according to Graham, President Obama is not even really a true Christian! Well, he might be. Obama says he is, but as Graham puts it, “you’d have to ask him.”
You see where this is going? Think about it Mitt. At your next next interview simply start peppering your answers with Bible passages. When asked why you want the job just tell them you believe it is God’s will. That’s what Rick is doing, and everyone is going apey over talk like that. The folks interviewing you will slurp it up like maple syrup. I guarantee it.
So what have you got to lose? It is not like you have a problem with changing your beliefs on a dime. So what makes this any different? You want to win right? And don’t worry about your Mormon co-workers. They’ll understand. In fact you can tell them you are doing it for them. Once on the “inside” you will give them whatever they want. You know that. They know that. And if it makes you feel any better, upper management still wants you to be their guy. While things may seem out of their hands at the moment, don’t count them out over the long term. At the end of the day upper management is still very much in charge.
Remember Mitt, becoming CEO means winning at all costs. It doesn’t matter if you have no plans for the future of the company. Neither does Rick, or Newt, or the boiler room guy. Instead, talk about God. Talk about your godless co-workers. Just don’t mention that thing about converting dead jews. Instead, talk about the immoralities of contraception and how we are all doomed if we keep on fornicating. Stuff like that. That is political gold and sure to get your some much needed points.
And remember too, it makes no difference what you say, it is all in how you say it. Nobody is going to remember any of it anyway. But they will remember your being a Mormon. They will remember that right up to decision day. So do yourself a favor Mitt and convert. You don’t even have to leave any of your houses to do it. And best of all Jesus will loves you for it. And I don’t mean the one with the flowing robe. I mean Jesus the latino guy in the interview session who’s vote you really need.
Trust me Mitt. You will be glad you did. I know I will be.
By tmcbpatriot | February 24, 2012 | 1 Comment
Inspired by photo seen at Thinkprogress…
Maybe it’s me, but around this time in 2008 things looked a bit different for the candidate who would go on to become President. So I have to ask Republicans…How’s that “Hope-Y Change-Y” thing workin’ out for ya?
Image #1: Mitt Romney campaign event from today!
Image #2: Obama campaign event from 2008!
But then again…Hitler drew large crowds like Obama. Romney’s 1200 people proves he’s no Hitler. Hey, I am just trying to think like a Republican strategist.
By tmcbpatriot | February 20, 2012 | 2 Comments
I am proud to announce my inclusion as a guest blogger on the always awesome and informative ”The Reaction” blog. My first post made it there moments ago. Check it out when you have a moment.
The Reaction blog, “a blog on politics, philosophy, science, sports, and the arts — featuring news, commentary, and analysis,” is run by Michael J.W. Stickings, who also does the Blog Round Up over at Crooks and Liars.
I was first introduced to Michael after being fortunate enough to be included multiple times on the Round Up at C&L. Since then we have become mutual appreciators of each others work. It is an honor and a real treat to be included. Thanks Michael!
By tmcbpatriot | February 20, 2012 | 1 Comment
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So I’m reading the news the other day and I see this: “Dick Cheney lobbied for Maryland gay marriage bill.” I stared at it for a while in disbelief. Is the world ending? Did that pastor finally get it right? Then I did a Google search to find out just what the hell was going on.
We know from his Bush days that Cheney has a gay daughter. But as it turns out The Evil Emperor is also a huge supporter of gay rights! Yes, it’s true! While it is hard to believe, and while Cheney has said he would have never gone against a Bush push for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, Cheney did publicly voice his disagreement with the idea back in the day. You can read about it here, here, and here.
The recent story has it that the Dark Lord lobbied GOP legislators in Maryland to “urge their support for the same-sex marriage bill that squeaked through the state’s House of Delegates Friday.” This was all too much for me to take in and it made me wonder, why are we reading about this now? This week? News like this does not just happen by coincidence. This is really a big deal. How did this story make it into this week’s news cycle, a news cycle filled with anti-gay, anti-contraception, anti-women headlines? A news cycle that saw Rick Santorum become the frontrunner in the never ending campaign for the Republican nomination.
After giving it a think, I came up with three possible scenarios, laid out in random order…or are they?
Scenario #1: Cheney is at death’s door.
Darth Cheney has not been looking well recently. He looks gaunt, thin, a shadow of his shadowy self. And this is a man who survived five heart attacks! Perhaps the time is nigh for him to return to the crossroads and pay the devil his due.
It got me thinking that maybe this Maryland gay lobbying thing is perhaps Cheney’s last attempt to right all the wrongs in his gay daughters eyes and to prove to her that he does in fact have a heart and a soul. I know, it’s a long shot, but nevertheless…
Scenario #2: The GOP establishment REALLY wants Romney.
Let’s be real for a moment. I don’t care what the polls say or how few caucus voters actually vote for Mitt Romney. At the end of the day the GOP establishment is not as dumb as the people who vote for them. They live to see Obama voted out and they know that Rick Santorum has no chance of beating Obama in a general election.
Perhaps the Cheney gay lobbying story was leaked this past week as a way to prove to the general voting public that conservatives are not as extreme as Santorum has been suggesting. If Santorum were to become the nominee, it would prove to so-called “independents” and especially to women that the GOP has in fact been taken over by the Tea Party.
While in most elections Republicans count on white, old, racist men and dimwitted suburban housewives at the polls, this past week we heard things like this:
Rick Santorum on Rape: “I believe and I think that the right approach is to accept this horribly created, in the sense of rape, but nevertheless, in a very broken way, a gift of human life, and accept what God is giving to you. As you know, in lots of different aspects of our life we have horrible things happening. I can’t think of anything more horrible, but nevertheless we have to make the best out of a bad situation. And that is making the best of a bad situation.”
Rick Santorum on States Outlawing Contraception: “The state has a right to do that, I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statues they have.”
Rick Santorum on Sex in General: “I think the dangers of contraception in this country…It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”
This type of rhetoric plays great to the religious nuts, but telling women that your candidate thinks rape is God’s gift to you? That is not a good plan for the Republican’s to go with in any year. That said, Romney is still the only candidate that can compete over the long term. Sure he is a horrible candidate, but as Grover Norquist recently said “We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go.” And when Romney is compared to Santorum he still has an ace in the hole with his choice for V.P. My money has always been on Chris Christie and Romney is the only candidate who could pull that off.
As John McCain said recently: “We’re dumb, but we’re not stupid.” So true John, so true.
Scenario #3: The GOP has seen it’s future, and it doesn’t wear shades.
If you have been following this Republican nomination circus or just been paying attention to the last few years, you might be wondering if the Republican’s plan for November is to simply hope for a landslide victory of white, male, rich, middle-aged, senior citizen, racist votes.
Let’s also review what the GOP has taught us they hate this election season. The answers that quickly come to mind are: Health Care, Illegals (A.K.A. Mexicans, or anyone with dark skin in general), Gays, Abortions, Environmental Protections, The Unemployed, The Poor, Anyone Having Sex, Black People, Muslims, and of course, Black Presidents. Did I miss anything/anyone?
Following this train of thought, what will the GOP look like in the next twenty years when the majority of our citizens are Latino, black, and/or muslim? Or perhaps when all three are married to their same sex partners? And provided global warming does not make New England into a tropical region, all those young hip northerners will eventually age and move southward for warmer climates. Goodbye Southern Strategy. It is already happening.
In our world of political correctness, occupy movements and information from multiple sources 24/7, the GOP’s goto base of racist ignoramuses is inevitably going to give way to acceptance by a more tolerant and more skeptical society. When that happens the GOP will be a quaint memory, like smoking on airplanes.
And what about Latino’s? You think illegal immigrants are all going to be kicked out of this country? Ha! Call me when an American citizen is willing to do the work that these poor people do for their pittance. We will scream and shout about illegals until the moment our food is not at the supermarket, our lawns are not mowed, or we decide that washing dishes for less than minimum wage is a respectable career. By then many of them will have either found a path to citizenship, or have had so many children while in this country who will grow up to not only vote, but also be staunchly anti-Republican. Finally, last I checked we have a black President who is going to have a second term. Unless the GOP succeeds in their current effort of voter suppression, they will be, and are already, outnumbered. So you see, it’s hopeless.
What then is the correct scenario? Who knows? It could be a little of all three. What is certain is that what we are now seeing within the Republican party are baby steps. With the Dick Cheney revelation, the GOP is trying ever so slightly to get on board with an already unstoppable movement. It is a tiny chance for them to say they are not as hateful and intolerant as someone like Rick Santorum. It is a chance for them to say that one of their most beloved, and one of our most hated, Republican’s supports gay marriage. In other words, “please stop supporting Rick Santorum…please!” Once that problem is solved then over the next twenty years they can get the gays to hate some other group, at least until they find a way to include the mexicans too. That may take a bit more time though. Hell, it worked with the Irish and the Jews. Why should this be any different?
By tmcbpatriot | February 19, 2012 | No Comments
By tmcbpatriot | February 17, 2012 | 2 Comments
“Allow me to break the ice. My name is Friess. Learn it well. For it’s the chilling sound of your doom.”
By tmcbpatriot | February 16, 2012 | 2 Comments
Guest posted on The Reaction Blog. Check it out!
“General Motors Posts Largest Annual Profit Ever, Despite Lackluster Fourth Quarter,” — “Weekly Jobless Claims Fall To Four-Year Low,” — “U.S. Stocks Rise on Improving Economic Data.”
No, these are not the thought bubbles from the mind of a future Republican President. These are headlines from todays news! These are Obama administration headlines and they have made Republican’s stand up, take notice and naturally move the conversation to something other than the economy.
Republican’s have been screaming about the economy ever since the day after it was handed over to Obama. Since that day we have heard how Obama is destroying the American way of life, how he is a Socialist, how his administration is waging class warfare on the rich in order to bring Communism to our shores, and on and on.
It is the same tired lines we always hear when a Democrat is President. And as always, when the economy improves, even slightly, Republican’s have a problem. Sure we are still a long way off from anything resembling recovery, but nevertheless and regardless of Republican obstructionism on everything Obama has tried to do these past four years, the economy does seem to be improving. And that is something Republican’s just had not counted on.
So what do obstructionist Republican’s, who have tried everything to stop Obama, do when the policies put in place by said President actually seem to be helping to improve the economy? Well, you do what Republican’s always do in times like this. They bring out the vagina’s! Yes, I said it.
You see, Republican’s have three go-to subjects no matter what the situation when they are trying to gain power — The Economy, War, and Sex. Their economic argument, of course, is weak. It always is. And with the outcomes of Iraq and Afghanistan their best bet now, and forever always, is to talk about sex…and boy are they talking about it!
All we have heard about this past week and for the past year or two has involved female issues. Contraceptives, birth control, abortion, insane definitions of “personhood”, you name it. Since Republican’s were swept back into the Senate and Congress back in 2010 the narrative has been vaginal.
Republican’s don’t care about jobs. They know that for them talking about jobs and the economy AFTER winning elections is a losing battle. Sure they promised jobs in 2010, but sex brings in more donations and riles up their evangelical base far more than boring low paying jobs.
Sex is so popular in fact that the Republican’s moral policeman Rick Santorum is now leading against Mr. Capitalist 1% Mit Romney in the polls. Sex trumps money every time. It never fails.
Question now is, do Republican’s really think they can win in November using just their vagina monologues? Will pretending that the entire country is as religious as their base get them to a win in November? How will it play in Peoria when come election day voters are heading back to work, able to keep their homes, and essentially becoming more able to make ends meet than they were before? Even if just a little? Will the vagina still be able to distract us then?
Don’t count on it. But until then, expect alot more sex and alot less substance coming from the Right. Come to think of it, when has it ever been any different?
By tmcbpatriot | February 16, 2012 | 1 Comment
“The personal attacks against me during the primary finally became so heavy that the state Republican chairman, Gaylord Parkinson, postulated what he called the Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. It’s a rule I followed during that campaign and have ever since.”
– Ronald W. Reagan.
Does this commandment still hold true for Republicans? I am hard pressed to believe that it does. Have Republicans become so blinded by power for power’s sake that they have forgotten not only the Eleventh Commandment, but also the, as of yet unofficial, Twelfth: “Thou shalt not allow Barack Hussein Obama to be President of the United States for another term no matter fu**ing what!”?
This primary season has been nothing short of awesome in terms of watching the Republican candidates eviscerate each other on a daily basis. One day Newt Gingrich is telling us what a liar Romney is, while the next day Romney calls Gingrich a “sad’ and “flailing” rival. Santorum meanwhile has called Romney a “desperate” candidate, accused him of rigging the CPAC straw poll, while one of Sanorum’s Super PAC backers recently compared Newt to Paula Deen. Oh and Santorum’s peeps recently produced this commercial. If you haven’t seen it, please take a moment. It is a classic.
Santorum is currently “surging” in the polls, while Gingrich is left to run for president of his moon colony and will probably lose there too. Point is, this primary season has been a circus, one where we are hard pressed to find its equal. The result is a Republican party is such disarray that Reagan is rolling over in his golden sarcophagus wanting so badly to remind Republican’s of their duty as a party to never go against each other. Sorry Ronnie.
Of course Republicans are not known to be the party of sense, facts, pragmatism or intelligence, but aside from that are they so dumb that they fail to understand that winning a primary is not the same as wining a general election? Do they really think that “independents” and liberals are going to come out in droves to elect Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum over Obama, after all the muck they have thrown onto each other? That would be insane on a level not seen since Bob Dole stuck a pen in his frozen fist and asked for your vote!
So what is happening here? Well, I think all the candidates, except maybe Ron Paul, have actually given up on winning the White House and are just going for broke to win the nomination. As we have seen time and again in our 24/7 breakneck world of media hype a book deal, high speaking fees, a cushy consulting gig, or maybe even a show on FOX is far more lucrative and far easier than being President.
Look at Sarah Palin. She quit her job as Governor and lost the V.P. slot, but she is now a media giant with book deals, hi-fee speaking engagements, regular FOX commentary, and her own (albeit failed) reality show. Look at Mike Huckabee. He lost to McCain in the primary and now has his own show on FOX. When given the chance to run this time around, he was no dummy. Gingrich too is a money machine. That he was running at all, and is still running, is for a spotlight to keep his book sales up and his speaking fees very high. You think these people would give all that up for a measly $400,000 a year to be President? That is a drop in the bucket to what Palin, Huck and Gingrich make yearly right now and stand to make when this is all over. You think Santorum and Romney are any different? Please.
What we are seeing is the first ever Super PAC funded reality show: “American Idol: Presidential Edition.” A reality show so bizarre, so train wreck worthy on the scale of Celebrity Rehab, that you wouldn’t be surprised if Danny Bonaduce announced he was running as a last minute candidate to drum up enthusiasm, and all with the end goal of acquiring the coveted proverbial record deal: lucrative contracts, book deals, speaking fees, things that make being President a time suck and a distraction to major riches. Wait, but isn’t Romney already very wealthy? Sure. But tell that to Romney. You don’t amass $250 million by being satisfied with how much you have.
Through it all, all I can think of is how exuberant the Obama team must be right about now. I imagine them holed up in their Chicago headquarters overlooking a sunless Lake Michigan wondering how they ever got so lucky. Then I remember how we got here: George W., the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Joe T. Plumber, the years 2001-2008, FOX “news”” rating’s, and the outcome of all of that: the current Republican candidates for President of the United States.
Thought of in that context, it all makes sense. Republicans are simply too dumb for their own good, too narcissistic, too selfish by nature, to remember or even understand Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment. What these candidates are doing now is trying to land the best deal. The shiniest golden parachute. To survive and to win is the object of the game. It is also a reflection of who they are as people and gives us a glimpse into how they would approach running the country. Pretty scary, to say the least.
I think it is safe to say that if Reagan were alive today, I am pretty sure he would agree that these candidates are acting stupidly. They are going against his cardinal rule. As far as Reagan was concerned, stupid is not something the public should be seeing. It is detrimental to the goal and to the party.
For the rest of us, however, we should be eternally thankful that Reagan’s rule is being ignored. It is giving us a chance to see who these candidates really are and a glimpse into how they would govern, or more precisely, how they would fail to govern. In the end, ironically, Republican’s ignoring Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment may be the one thing that saves us all.
To that, I say amen!
By tmcbpatriot | February 15, 2012 | 1 Comment
Grover Norquist at CPAC this past week:
“All we have to do is replace Obama…We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.”
“Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”
By tmcbpatriot | February 10, 2012 | 2 Comments
Donald Trump, Eat Your Heart Out!
File this under WTF , Wow!, and Narcissist of our, and your children’s, lifetime. No, this is not photoshopped. It is an actual name carved into the desert. I’m not kidding. You may have seen this, but if not, it is worth a look.
This amazing feat of slave labor is the work of an Arab sheikh named Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. Gaze and be amazed and then click this link to read all about it, and see it from space!
By tmcbpatriot | February 8, 2012 | 3 Comments
Remember when Republican Joe Wilson shouted “You Lie!” at President Obama during his State of the Union Address back in 2009? Remember the outcome of that?
A source on Rep. Joe Wilson’s campaign says his fundraising has broken $1 million — and surpassed that of his Democratic rival, Rob Miller — since his outburst of “You lie!” during President Obama’s address to Congress Wednesday.
Or what about this headline from not too long ago:
“Herman Cain Is Cashing In On His Harassment Scandal With Huge Money Bomb.” ”The Cain camp has wisely opted to capitalize on the momentum of the sexual harassment story.”
Or remember when crazy Michelle Bachmann said President Obama had “anti-American” views?
Shortly after accusing President Obama of having “anti-American views” during one cable-news appearance, for example, Bachmann took in nearly $1 million.
And this week was no different as Michigan Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra provided Super Bowl fans with a message from a Chinese woman speaking in broken english, albeit with an oddly western sounding accent, about the ills of Democratic policies. Afterwards, of course came the following story:
After a day of controversy, Hoekstra sent out a fundraising plea. “We dared to take on Debbie Stabenow and China, and the liberals are doing what they always do — crying racism,” Hoekstra writes before asking for donations.
What’s going on here? Well, the Washington Post explains it quite nicely:
In the ever-evolving world of campaign fundraising, some politicians have stumbled on yet another way to bring in buckets of cash. Let’s call it the “money blurt.”
Here’s how it works: An up-and-coming politician blurts out something incendiary, provocative or otherwise controversial. The remark bounces around the blogs and talk shows and becomes a sensation. And in the midst of it all, the politician’s fundraisers are manning the phones and raking in the donations.
Now this might seem like a no brainer to some. But to most people, this kind of thing is not often thought about. When people hear a “blurt” from a politician they either ignore it, talk about it the next day at work, or send money to the guy or gal who “blurted”…Who knew?
It reminds me of when Glen Beck interviewed Congressman Eric Massa and Massa said this:
“Congressmen spend between five and seven hours a day on the phone, begging for money. And, by the way, when you are a freshman, you have to fill out sheets of everybody you call and how much money per hour, and they have coaches to teach how to get more money from each one of your phone calls and who to call and what data points they have on them to tickle them, to make them more apt to give you money.”
I was thinking about this again this week when The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation attempted a “money blurt” and failed stupendously when they attempted to defund Planned Parenthood. While this was not your typical out-loud outrageous statement, it was nevertheless a clear message to anti-abortion supporters that the foundation will no longer support organizations that perform abortions. It was also a blatant political stunt meant to tap into the Republican evangelical wealth stream, probably heretofore untapped. And with Komen’s new Senior Vice President, and former GOP candidate for Governor Karen Handel, at the helm, consider it tapped.
The intention, I am sure, was that by publicly screwing Planned Parenthood — using a bogus argument of their being under investigation, an investigation totally invented by House Republicans — their Republican and evangelical base would come in droves donating millions to the foundation. That was the plan anyway. It was a grand attempt at a “money blurt” that might have worked. However, it was based on the false assumption that anyone else who was paying attention was completely blind.
The result, as we saw this week, was anything but. As of this writing Handel has resigned and the foundation is backpedaling faster than a bicycle about to go over a cliff. There is also no denying, with a straight face anyway, that this was anything more than a political stunt by a failed politician hoping to take advantage of her new position and to do what she said she would do if elected Governor of Georgia in 2010.
Like all “money blurts,” this was yet again a disgusting public display for all to see. The difference is that this time the offense reached more than just its intended audience. And since when is a woman’s health a political tool anyway? We are seeing that happening all too often these days, whether it be around abortion rights, contraception or the very funding of organizations that provide such services.
Whatever “investigation” Republicans pretend to be pursuing with regards to Planned Parenthood, I expect it to be as fruitful as proving Obama is not a U.S. citizen or OJ finding the real killer’s. Last I checked, abortion and contraception were legal. Until Republican’s figure out a way to change that inconvenient fact they should stick to doing what they do best — shouting nonsensical things and producing racist commercials. Leave the funding for disadvantaged women alone!
This week the Susan B. Komen Foundation turned the “money blurt” on its head. Sure they succeeded in bringing attention to themselves, but they proved that doing stupid sh*t is not the same as just saying stupid sh*t. Seems the “money blurt” favors the latter and can be quite unforgiving of the former.
By tmcbpatriot | February 8, 2012 | 1 Comment
Ladies and Gentleman, I give you the best Republicans have to offer America in 2012. I don’t know about you, but, I don’t feel inspired as much as I feel like I need to take a shower. How about you?
By tmcbpatriot | February 5, 2012 | 1 Comment
By tmcbpatriot | February 2, 2012 | No Comments
Watch this clip shot during a town hall event on Wednesday in Reno, Nevada. In it, Newt Gingrich calls out Mitt Romney for his awesomely bad comment about how the very poor are not a priority for him. After quoting Romney, Gingrich goes on to point out how he is so much different than Romney, saying “it gives you a perfect distinction of our two approaches.”
The clip shows just how different these two candidates really are. Which is to say, not so much. The fun starts at 1:05.
Check it out:
Did you catch it? Here it is again.
“Let me shock the Wall Street groups. The Founding Fathers actually meant what they call the 1 percent, which [I] call Americans…The Founding Fathers meant the very poor, who [they] called Americans.”
So to recap, Newt refer to “1%ers” as Americans. But the very poor? Not with this crowd you better not. The Founding Fathers did though.
In political circles they call this a “dog whistle.” It other circles it is called a mind fu**. Further still, with Gingrich playing populist against Romney, you might even call this testing the waters for running as an Independent.
Regardless of what you call it, it is very effective. Plus, in this political climate, a Republican saying they consider the very poor to be American is political suicide. And let’s be honest, Newt and Romney care about poor people about as much as Newt cares about Palestinians. But this is not news. At least it shouldn’t be. Just how stupid are Republicans anyway? It truly never ceases to amaze me.
By tmcbpatriot | February 2, 2012 | 5 Comments
I saw an interview the other night with Robert Fisk and was riveted. Here he is dropping some mad truth about the Middle East and our failed role in it. If we can’t face reality then how are we ever going to learn anything?
By tmcbpatriot | February 1, 2012 | 1 Comment
For years, Republicans have been trying to convince voters that Obama is not fit for office. If you watch FOX regularly, you may believe he is Beelzebub himself! But if Republicans run with the certifiable Newt Gingrich then Obama wins handily and the Republican party as we know it is finished. So what do Republicans do?
The answer is they need to run a candidate who actually appears to be normal and somewhat sane by comparison. That guy is Mitt Romney. Hell, Newt could win every primary from now until summer and Romney will still be the nominee. It’s the only real chance Republicans have.
However, as simple as this plan may sound, there is yet another problem plaguing the party, one that is getting more and more out of control. You see, Mitt Romney is not human. In fact, Mitt Romney is a robot. Or more precisely, he is MitBot V188.8.131.52, and he is malfunctioning. Let’s review…
MitBot v184.108.40.206 came online in the 1980′s as a management consultant and then later as the CEO of private equity firm Bain Capital. When MitBot v220.127.116.11 came off the assembly line he was programmed to be a shark. MitBot v18.104.22.168 rose through the ranks of the management consulting and private equity world to became a veritable terminator…but not so much out for Sarah Conner as for Sarah Lee.
During his time at Bain, MitBot v22.214.171.124 left a path of destruction. Companies were raided, employees were fired by the thousands and millons were made in profits. In 1994 MitBot v126.96.36.199 went back to the factory for a little upgrade. When he returned he was MitBot v188.8.131.52, the politician. But MitBot v184.108.40.206 ran an unsuccessful campaign against Ted Kennedy in one of the bluest of the blue states, Massachusetts.
Nobody knows for sure, maybe it was the long hours or information overload, but during this time MitBot v220.127.116.11 began short circuiting.
“Look, I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I’m not trying to take us back to Reagan-Bush.”
In 2002, after a few adjustments and a new mother board, MitBot v18.104.22.168 returned. But this time he was ”not a partisan Republican.” This time MitBot v22.214.171.124 was ”someone who is moderate…my views are progressive.” Seems MitBot v126.96.36.199 was in desperate need of the zapping of his PRAM.
By 2012, it seemed like MitBot v188.8.131.52 had learned from his mistakes. This was a leaner, lighter and meaner robot than ever before. New and improved, this was a machine with giant balls of steel touting job creation as a result of his time with Bain. In fact, MitBot Air v184.108.40.206 was now so well oiled that he expected us to believe that his life, spent amassing massive wealth for massive wealth’s sake, was somehow akin to altruism. After all, MitBot Air v220.127.116.11 gave us the Olympics! What more proof do we need?
Now, for all his versatility and slick appearance, MitBot Air v18.104.22.168 was in fact infested with many very nasty viruses. For example, story has it that before leaving the assembly line all those years ago, MitBot Air v22.214.171.124 acquired the dreaded “Mormon” virus. Another more recent virus was the horrible “Doh” virus. This virus caused MitBot Air v126.96.36.199 to do crazy things like offer a $10,000 bet to another candidate during a debate, while seeming to forget the high unemployment rate and a 99% movement that has completely altered the national conversation around income inequality. And it didn’t stop there. MitBot Air v188.8.131.52 also said this about those less fortunate than himself:
“You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare.”
This was followed shortly thereafter with this tender morsel:
“I’m in this race because I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.”
Ouch! Where is Notron Utilities when you need it?
And if that wasn’t bad enough, MitBot Air v184.108.40.206 has another fatal flaw. It is unable to consume anything except dry martini’s and Perrier. If Republicans plan to keep their standard for electing President’s as “the guy I can have a beer with,” then “Joe Six-Pack” is SOL on this one.
But perhaps the worst virus afflicting MitBot Air v220.127.116.11 is the dreaded “RiBS” virus, otherwise known as “Republican in a Blue State” virus. This one is a killer. The virtual blue screen of death of all viruses. RiBS is so mischievous because it gets deep into the circuitry and cannot be erased no matter how many scrubbings are attempted.
In 2006, “RiBS” actually caused MitBot Air v18.104.22.168 to promote and sign the Massachusetts health reform law, a health plan that would become virtually identical to a plan outlined by our current sitting Democratic President. Call in the Geek Squad! Someone unplug him and remove his battery! MitBot Air v22.214.171.124 may need to be shut down before he crashes!
Unfortunately though, once the system has been so completely infected it is often too late. The only thing to do is scrub the memory, re-image the hard drive and do a complete software reinstall. Only problem is there is really no time for all of that. Republicans just have to work with what they have no matter how defective their product.
2012 is proving to be a very long nomination process and one that Republicans clearly did not plan for. They really went in thinking their machine was fool proof. An impenetrable shiny giant who would capture the imagination of the voting public and lead them to victory in November.
But things go wrong during a long campaign and you have to be ready for it. Republicans could, for example, offer up an alternative to MitBot Air v126.96.36.199. In past elections that might have worked. But this is 2012. Plan B is Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum. In robot terms, that’s like having the robot from Lost in Space, R2D2, and Rosie the Robot, respectively, waiting in the wings to save the day. Not too comforting to say the least.
Fortunately for Republicans, MitBot Air v188.8.131.52 has not yet crashed. However, he is in serious need of some fine tuning. But to fix an ailing robot like the MitBot Air v184.108.40.206 requires skill, expertise and a steady hand. Unfortunately, the technicians are Republicans and to them the internet is simply a series of tubes while “The Google” is something you use to look at maps. In other words, unless they figure out how to save the MitBot Air v220.127.116.11 from himself, we may be witness to a crushing in November not seen since T2 met the hydraulic press at the Cyberdyne factory.
Now that is something I would pay to see…in 3D! Stay tuned.
By tmcbpatriot | January 26, 2012 | 3 Comments
Attention Ladies! Are you out there? More importantly, are you paying attention? I want to show you a photo:
Quite a few men in this photo. One is even wearing a sh*tkicker cowboy hat. Bunch of good ol’ boys if you ask me. Know what they are all happy about? Here is a news headline to explain it to you: “Texas’ Sonogram Law Ruled Constitutional Signaling Biggest Pro-life Victory This Decade.”
What’s that? You haven’t heard about this? Well, if you do not live in Texas and are not news obsessed, then I don’t blame you. But I am happy to share it with you now. Here’s more:
HB 15, which amends the 2003 Texas Woman’s Right to Know Act (“WRKA”), requires the physician “who is to perform an abortion” to perform and display a sonogram of the fetus, make audible the heart auscultation of the fetus for the woman to hear, as well as explain to her the results of each procedure and to wait 24 hours, in most cases, between these disclosures and performing the abortion.
(Reuters) – A federal appeals court…ordered the immediate enforcement of a new Texas abortion law that asks abortion providers to play pregnant women the sounds of the fetal heartbeat.
Now, when they say Texas they do mean the same Texas where Governor “ooops” Perry once toyed with seceding from the union due to, as he put it, “Washington [continuing] to thumb their nose at the American people, [because] you know, who knows what may come out of that.” * (I added the asterisk because obviously a woman’s uterus is excluded. However, I wonder, can a uterus secede from the union? ).
Incidentally, HB 15 was also ”an emergency measure at the outset of [Gov. Perry's] current legislative session and the first bill to come out of the Texas House and the 82nd Legislature” (Emphasis mine).
Since 2010 we have seen some of the most anti-woman’s rights legislation laws ever proposed or passed by a Republican legislature, a legislature voted back into power in 2010 by alot of Republican women, I am sure. And rest assured, if a Republican becomes President in 2012, expect to see a whole lot more of this, and a whole lot worse.
To give you an idea of what you may have missed these past two years, check out this list compiled by the folks at politicsusa.com. It is a list of laws against women, brought to you by the very same people who promised to focus on nothing but J O B S! Funny thing though. They have done nothing about jobs and have instead spent the majority of their time focused on Y O U!
Remember back in 2009 and 2010 when all those Tea fu**ers demanded “change” in Washington to stop the socialist, communist, marxists, fascist, liberals from doing anything remotely invasive in our lives? Things like improving the health insurance system was an abomination nearing fascist levels. These same folks also worked tirelessly to try to rid us other totalitarian institutions like The Federal Reserve, The EPA, The Department of Education, and more recently, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
So what does this all mean for women? It means that the very same Republicans who are so vehemently against government intrusion are now celebrating a law where that same government is “encouraging” you to see images of your fetus and hear its heartbeat before you can legally abort it. You see, Republicans don’t actually hate government as much as they want you to believe. They actually love government when it comes to passing laws against women…and gays…oh and starting wars of course. Ironically though while the former is done in the name of Christianity, the latter is done in total defiance of it. You really gotta love Republicans.
So, if you are a woman who thinks politics is silly, or that it does not really apply to you in any real way, or that it is all just negative stuff, consider yourself officially on notice.
I have said it before: Republicans care nothing for governing! Governing is hard. But deciding what a woman can and can’t do with her body is actually pretty easy. Again, you probably didn’t even know it happened. This type of law making is something Republicans always do when they are in power and they are doing it now more than ever. If you voted for them in 2010 it was because they promised jobs. If they told you they were going to stop you from having any reproducitve rights you might not have been so enthusiastic. Smart move on their part, I must say.
Instead of voting for issues like reduced deficits, jobs, protecting Israel, and other BS agenda items that Republicans have no intention of ever focusing on, put away your American flag and take off the rose colored glasses! In Texas, smiling men in suits just took a giant step towards determining how you will handle one of the most challenging decisions of your life.
The good news is that this travesty that can be stopped. Ignore what politicians say during election season and learn more about what they actually do once in office. The history is clear and it is consistent. And if your argument is that Democrats are the same, I challenge you to find me evidence of similar laws passed on that side of the aisle. I will wait here for your response.
By tmcbpatriot | January 26, 2012 | No Comments
Seen this one yet? If not, I highly recommend it. Here’s the quick build up: So this mayor in East Haven, Connecticut, Mayor Joseph Maturo, is being interviewed by a local station regarding charges that police officers in the town were harassing and abusing Latino residents.
The reporter starts by asking the mayor what he is going to do in response to these serious allegations. The mayor responds by saying…
You know what? Just watch the video. You’ll love it!
This would be a great Daily Show clip, but the thing is, it’s not.