Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Faux Plots

What happened in Benghazi was a terrible tragedy, but I'm heartily sick of the right-wing trying to manufacture a faux cover-up or "scandal" out of the incident by politicizing it. They can investigate and question the timeline of events to their hearts content, yet the story does not belong in the headlines front-and-center when compared to other issues facing the country.

I used to respect John McCain even though I never agreed with most of his views. However, every time he steps out in front of TV cameras to make comments about Benghazi he comes off like a bitter, old fool. McCain has made himself less than credible in recent years and has become increasingly irrelevant on the national stage. It's very sad to witness.

Perhaps it's time he retired with a semblance of dignity.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Right-Wing Notes

There has been a lot of political commentary about Republican "soul searching" over the past week, most of it constructive, but will the party take heed?

Conservatives have constructed a myth that says certain groups—blacks, Hispanics, women, young people—vote Democratic because they're stupid, because they're lazy, and because they can be purchased with trinkets and baubles. It'd be one thing if they kept that myth a secret, but instead they shout it from the rooftops. Then, when it's over, they wonder why those people voted Democratic again.

In order to remain a viable party with whom people from all groups can identify with, the right-wing needs to change their inherently disdainful view of the electorate in general. Sounds logical, no?

Not so fast. Apart from a few surprising comments by Bobby Jindal, Haley Barbour and Kelly Ayotte – and one might doubt their overall sincerity in the scheme of things – an entire political party cannot change their collective views overnight and expect people to find them credible. Republicans are likely hoping the American populace will forget the nasty sling-fests of 2012 by the time the next election rolls around, thus confirming their opinion of the public as a horde of idiots with no memory retention. However, it's doubtful that today's media will let them forget.

From Jindal:

The Republican Party is going to fight for every single vote. That means the 47 percent and the 53 percent…We've got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything. We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.

Maybe there is optimism for the party if they can make good on some sort of change over the next four years, but I have my doubts they will take the opportunity to really connect with the American people in general. It's just not part of their identity makeup.

And lastly, from Eugene Robinson:

I know it's early, but I have a sinking feeling the Republican Party is taking all the wrong lessons from last week's election. Step out of the echo chamber, Republicans. There's a big country out there, and it's trying to tell you something. For the sake of party and nation, try listening.

Let's hope they do.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mixed Bag

One of the major drawbacks of the GOP is their tendency to label those who don't think or believe as they do as "un-American." More than once on the campaign trail, Romney spoke of "taking America back." Take America back from whom? Other Americans who just happened to disagree with his vision for our country? We're not true Americans because we didn't buy into his whitewash?

Narrow-minded lack of inclusion from the right is a huge turnoff. Extreme social positions aren't helpful, either. I understand they are pro-choice, but please don't force those views down my throat, thank you. All they have to do is stay away from abortion clinics and allow others to make their own choices.

When I skim online articles, I often read comments left by other readers. The hateful rhetoric is simply astounding. Seething resentment seems to be the norm, which was in evidence long before the presidential election took place. It's difficult to imagine a sane person shooting off such vitriolic drivel.

As for pundits on television, the over-used phrases during the election season I hope to never hear again are "double-down" or when someone peppers their commentary with "at the end of the day…"

And if it comes down to this, I say good riddance:
The various states need at least 25,000 signatures before their petitions can be submitted to the Obama administration for consideration. However, their ludicrous intent simply verifies right-wing irrationality and state of denial.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday Goodies

I particularly liked this passage from the article Romney is President by Maureen Dowd:

Romney and Tea Party loonies dismissed half the country as chattel and moochers who did not belong in their "traditional" America. But the more they insulted the president with birther cracks, the more they tried to force chastity belts on women, and the more they made Hispanics, blacks and gays feel like the help, the more these groups burned to prove that, knitted together, they could give the dead-enders of white male domination the boot.

And is this going to be the next GOP mantra?
The right-wing tried to make the "Benghazi Scandal" into a major talking point only to discredit President Obama without much success, so now it's going to be rich corporations firing people just because the President was reelected? Perhaps those same corporations will lose customers (re: revenue) because of their irrational extremism, so it's a moot point anyway.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Distasteful Citizenry

Why various parts of the world think we are a nation of zealous, uneducated idiots:
You can bet the ignorant, southern-tinged crappola comes directly from people who identify with the right-wing.
I know blatant disrespect displayed by the latter headline was perpetuated by the specific McDonalds franchise, but it's turned me off completely. I doubt I'll ever give them my business again, no matter which state they reside in - not even for their fries.

*POSTSCRIPT 11/11/12: Add Papa John's to the no-business list. I never liked their pizza anyway.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Election Blurbs

I cried with joy when it was announced Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term as President of the United States on Tuesday night. Growing ethnic and social demographics are now shaping our country, which is a wonderful thing to behold in my lifetime.

There was a slight bit of distress when Romney refused to concede because of Ohio, but thankfully he came to his senses and bowed out.

Some of the related headlines and editorials:
Reportedly, Romney was so sure he would win the election he didn't even consider writing a concession speech. Maybe his staff didn't get the message, either:

Other good bits:

Nate Silver's poll calculations were completely validated on election night. I had faith his predictions were right on the money, but being human I also had fleeting doubts as the first returns began rolling in. Happily, it didn't take long for the results to prove him right.

I was particularly pleased to see New Hampshire select an all-women congressional delegation, and very happy with the decisive wins of Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Claire McCaskill (MO). That voters kicked creepy "rape" candidates to the curb was also satisfying.

All in all, a delightful night!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Moving Tear-Jerker

My mother is Canadian, but has never obtained US citizenship despite being married to my American-born father for more than fifty years.

However, she was moved by President Obama's final campaign speech tonight. We both had copious tears running down our cheeks as he spoke, emotionally charged by his obvious sincerity and humaneness. There was never in any doubt in my mind as to who would get my vote anyway, the same as it was four years ago.

My admiration goes to those who are willing to stand in line for hours on end to cast their ballots, despite right-wing attempts to squelch their voices in many areas across the country.

Thankfully I was able to vote via absentee ballot more than two weeks ago, so I will be spared the painful wait.

Fired Up!

And so it begins on the right note…
I'm keeping my fingers crossed the rest of the day goes just as well all across America…

Monday, November 5, 2012

Unfair & Unbalanced

Interesting graphic from Media Matters:

I know how Fox News distorts or simply ignores the facts, so I never watch their reports or lunatic-fringe programs.
However, the disproportion in coverage is still surprising.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Political Hay

While I don't care for Chris Christie on a political level, I believe he is motivated by sincere concern for the people of New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy and not his own career advancement. He honestly cares about his state and the folks residing within it. All the recent political hay directed at him is simply foolish.

Friday, November 2, 2012

GOP Sketch

Perhaps the most succinct description of the right-wing I've heard all year:

Republican policies caused the economy to crash. Republican obstruction has made the economy harder to fix. And Republicans want us to focus only on bad economic news.
That's some advertisement for them for letting them take over the economy again, isn't it?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pundit Repeat

In 2008, I posted a blog entry about the various media commentators featured during the presidential election. It's surprising to see many of the same pundits still in evidence for the current election, such as Paul Begala, James Carville, Eugene Robinson, Joan Walsh, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Richard Wolffe. Two of my "new" favorites are Karen Finney and Robert Reich, who both appear regularly on the MSNBC shows.

There were several people I never wanted to see again for the 2012 election season, but they are back just the same: Tucker Bounds, Bay Buchanan, Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity among others.

Some things never change – some people, too.

Stormy Past-Dragging

In the scheme of things, it is very disturbing that Mitt "Lipsmacker" Romney is in favor of deep cuts to FEMA. If we take him for his recorded words, does that mean any possible future natural disasters will receive the same shameful lack of attention as Bush gave to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina's devastating sweep?

Should we leave inadequate and vastly underfunded relief efforts to individual states so they can continue to ignore people just as they do in bipartisan wealth-horde denial and fantasy "trickle down" job creation? It doesn't happen, because Republicans rarely step-up to the plate even in support of their fellow citizens in dire straits unless such actions benefit them politically.

In plainer right-wing terms, if you are a minority or poor just suffer and die. If you are white and rich or semi-affluent, we'll be there to rescue you tout de suite.

Thank God President Obama modified FEMA and how it operates and responds, especially now when more than 60 million Americans need it most for the aftermath of Sandy.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Sununu, Trump and Meat Loaf for Romney. It says a lot, none of it good - yuk!

Bubba Big Dog (Bill Clinton), Powell and Springsteen for Obama.

Yes indeedy! :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Rock On, Godless Heathens!

I like the looks of today's forecasts on Five Thirty Eight:


Keep your eyes peeled!

Beyond the ongoing estimates, I'm truly dumbfounded that anyone – most especially women – would vote for a candidate who believes pregnancy-by-rape is still a "gift from God." There seems to be a collective boiling rage against women festering within the GOP, almost as strong as their racially motivated hatred of President Obama.

How can we move forward when the right-wing fringes are fueled by rabid hatemongers that vehemently believe those disagreeing with their views are nothing more than Godless heathens?

Pair of Nods

While Ross Perot's endorsement of Romney was hardly a big surprise, Colin Powell's presidential preference was still a bit of a mystery until today.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Thursday endorsed President Barack Obama for reelection, arguing the president has improved the poor economy he inherited and sharply criticizing Mitt Romney's foreign policy's positions a "moving target."

Frankly, Perot's earlier endorsement of Romney fell rather flat. Who honestly cares what Ross Perot thinks these days? He never held a position within the government, not to mention his popular heyday went out the window two decades ago.

On the other hand, Powell's nod carries a great deal of weight. Although Republican, he is well-respected on both sides of the aisle. He is also known to have an un-jaded view of his own party. More from Politico:

While in the Bush administration, Powell regularly clashed with neoconservatives, some of whom are now advising Romney. Powell said he has "trouble with" some of Romney's "very strong neoconservative views."

Even though endorsements don't truly sway elections, Powell's affirmation in favor of President Obama is significant.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lipton's View

James Lipton has made several appearances on MSNBC to discuss the current election campaigns and politics in general. For those unaware, Lipton is the longtime host of Inside the Actor's Studio.

According to Politico:

Lipton, who has made appearances on MSNBC to evaluate the debates from the perspective of a drama critic, said his "adventure" to find the Republican nominee's core made him sympathize with President Barack Obama.

"Romney is as elusive as a phantom," Lipton said. "The minute you think you've got him pegged, he disappears in a puff of smoke and mirrors. I think that's annoying to a debater. When you prepare for a debate and somebody else shows up, it's very disconcerting."

I've always enjoyed Lipton's interviews in regards to the acting craft. He's somber, reasonable and sensible and yet has a keen sense of humor. That he has taken a foray into the world of politics is a bit surprising, but hardly off the mark. He seems to have a natural talent for political commentary, and I'm hoping he makes a regular habit of it even after the election is over.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Last Stretch

Was it just me, or did Romney look ill during the last presidential debate?

Whatever the case, POTUS was clearly in command. I don't know if my nerves can stand the two weeks wait for Election Day…

Monday, October 22, 2012

Campaign Plagiarism

Even though they have received a "cease and desist" letter from the creator of Friday Night Lights, Mitt Romney's campaign has continued to use the plagiarized slogan "Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. (America) Can't Lose!"

According to Daily Kos:

As you might have heard, this slogan was actually "borrowed" word for word and without permission from the television program Friday Night Lights, in which the high school football team would chant "Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can't Lose!" as a rallying cry.

As you might imagine, this did not sit well with the show's creator, Peter Berg. In fact, Berg was so upset that he penned an angry letter to Mitt Romney, accusing him of plagiarism, saying that his campaign's values were antithetical to the themes of the show, and demanding that the campaign stop using those words and instead come up with its own, original slogan.

The Romney-Ryan campaign has instead doubled down on using the pilfered slogan, and has even started selling merchandise emblazoned with the words.

It's just another example of how Romney does what he damn well pleases without thought to others, despite possible legal ramifications. His sense of entitlement and "better-than-thou" attitude is repugnant and indicative of his true personality and moral values.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday Mish-Mash

Do you think this is just media-hype, or does Gloria Allred really have something up her sleeve?
And the Salt Lake Tribune's endorsement of President Obama is surprising considering the Twilight Zone that is Utah, but it's awesome nonetheless:
In considering which candidate to endorse, the Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem-solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney's domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.

Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.

Rock on!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dim Penchants

Idiocy runs in the family:
I don't mean to be petty and churlish, but the statement gives credence to the phrase "idiot son like idiot father." If the unthinkable happens and Romney is elected, he'll deserve just as much respect and deference as he and his right-wing nut pals have always given to President Obama – which is absolutely zero. Because of their deranged slurs and latent racist agenda, Republicans have tainted the sacrosanct respect due the President of the United States whether one agrees with his policies or not. They opened the proverbial door, so they shouldn't expect anything different for one of their own – if that time ever comes.

Can you tell I'm not the type to turn the other cheek?

By the way, my favorite moment of the debate was when President Obama nailed Romney on his Libya posturing. He really thought he was going in for the kill, didn't he? Romney looked like a complete fool. But then again, what else is new?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Take a Look

Eye-opening article:
Give it a read.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Veep Notes

I thoroughly enjoyed last Thursday's vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Unlike the first presidential debate, when I did a lot of screaming at the television, the veep-chat set me to laughing several times. More important, Vice President Biden was able to reveal the falsehoods and inherent flaws in his opponent's views with great aplomb.

Right-wing reaction to Biden was typical, mainly because they simply can't defend their own vice presidential candidate and his spotty record. I think my favorite moment during the veep debate was when Biden pointed out Ryan had requested stimulus money for Wisconsin even as he publicly rallied against it. The best breakdown of the interaction: Robert Reich's Super Clear, Super Helpful Review of the VP Debate.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow night's Obama-Romney rematch, although I have a feeling I'll be screaming at the television again. Which Romney will appear this time – the moderate, the conservative or the tea bagger?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Blurbs Et Al

Recent articles and headlines that have caught my eye:
Fast Forward: In regards to Romney’s "foreign policy" speech today, all I can say is he looked anything but presidential (no matter how many flags appeared in his backdrop) and worse, he sounded like a complete and utter fool. He wants to build fifteen new battleships each year to strengthen the navy…Where will the money to achieve such a goal come from? His rich friends or the middle class? As I predicted the other day, electing Romney will undoubtedly ensure the United States entering into another unnecessary war. Does the Republican pissing contest never end? Mitt Romney: Failing the Commander-in-Chief test.

From Daily Kos:

Throughout the campaign, Romney has vacillated between making a fool of himself and engaging in dangerous saber-rattling. Perhaps the reason is that he really doesn't have any foreign policy experience, period. Unless, of course, you count investing in companies that were pioneers in outsourcing as foreign policy experience. Or, for that matter, having accounts in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands. And, while we're at it, let's not forget where he got the money to start Bain Capital.

And finally, Five-Thirty-Eight is currently predicting President Obama will win the electoral vote come Election Day (307.6 to Romney's 230.4 as of today).

I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Faux Chicanery & Denial

According to Think Progress:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released an unexpectedly strong monthly jobs report on Friday, finding a dramatic drop in unemployment to 7.8 percent and revised the number of jobs added in July and August up from initial estimates. While for most Americans, the growing economy is good news, conservatives immediately expressed their skepticism in the jobs report’s credibility.

Naturally, the right-wing believes the numbers are all part of a nefarious scheme perpetuated by President Obama:

First they felt polls showing President Obama in the lead were fixed, and now new job numbers are nothing more than liberal chicanery.

More reaction from the right:
What must it be like to live on Planet Denial?

Nightmare Scenario

If Romney manages to fool a majority of the populace and the electorate by Election Day, the United States will be thrust into a world of hurt much worse than the state Bush left us in. Either way you look at it, it's a nightmare scenario. Imaginary tax cuts for the middle class will translate into even more easy bounty for the wealthiest echelons of society, seniors will be forced to pay more for healthcare because of Ryan's plans to slash Medicare and Medicaid, not to mention food stamps and other temporary relief from dire straits, along with a Wall Street being free of most regulations, and less serious attention paid to education and green energy.

Worse, I think a "President Romney" would be only too eager to prove his "power" as commander-in-chief by involving us in another war, with Iran and Syria topping the list of possibilities. Never mind the cost of human lives and billions of dollars – just as long as he is seen as a "bold and decisive" leader. To put it mildly, he is anything but "bold and decisive." He reminds me of Chief Inspector Dreyfus (aka Herbert Lom from the Pink Panther movies), his hand itching at the switch complete with a tic in his eye and a pronounced childlike giggle.

[During the debate] Romney repeatedly and blatantly lied to the American people about his plans and the President's record. He failed to deliver the specifics that voters deserve to hear, and he doubled down on the same failed policies that hurt the middle class and led to the economic crisis.

God help us all.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Not So Fast

Many political pundits are saying President Obama was off his game during the first presidential debate last night, but I thought he was calm and collected while Mittens was like a deer in the headlights (especially when the camera panned to his face as the President was speaking). The way Romney kept running over the moderator was also very annoying, and his grasp of facts was less than stellar as usual:

Romney's repetition of various phrases which included references to "truth" and "jobs" made little impression, frankly, because he is not credible as a candidate as far as I'm concerned. I was never undecided to begin with, but after last night's back and forth I am more firmly in President Obama's camp than ever before.

One thing I found incredulous is that President Obama didn't fling a few things at his opponent - such as 47 percent among others - but perhaps he's saving it for the next debate.

Thankfully there are still two more to go.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sacrifice in Reverse

Chris Christie on Meet the Press this morning:

He (Romney) believes everyone should have skin in the game; he stands for shared sacrifice to make this nation great again.

Shared sacrifice? Those living on the financial edge already have more than their share of "skin" in the game. The term "shared sacrifice" needs to be pointed directly at those who knowingly avoid paying their share of taxes instead of expecting America's working class and poor to shoulder the burden - again.

Losing homes, jobs and health benefits isn't enough for Romney? He wants these same people to sacrifice even more while he and others like him sit in their flush financial lofts?

Political Puffery

I'm not sure why, but I'm interested in two election results that are nowhere near my current place of residence. In fact, I could care less what happens in local races because one of my primary goals is to get the hell out of dodge sooner rather than later.

Anyway, I've been keeping track of senate races in Massachusetts and Missouri. Perhaps because both exhibit cases of extreme right-wing nuttery, such as Todd Akin's inflammatory remarks about women and rape among others, and Scott Brown's focus on his opponent Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage rather than the issues at hand. My first instinct is to think Akin feels threatened by women, thereby having the need to belittle them as a whole, and that Brown has no specific answers ready to serious questions.

Maybe the most striking theme about right-wing stump speeches is consistent emphasis on the national debt. For the average person, the main area of concern is providing for their own families first. Worrying and casting blame over the debt is fair game, but it hardly ranks as a priority in the daily lives of people just trying to survive. They want answers and results now, not promises that may or may not come to fruition many years hence.

To be honest, politicians from both sides try to use distraction tactics but it's just not working anymore. Their assumption that the average American voter is too dumb to grasp various nuances will hopefully come back to bite them when Election Day dawns. There are those who seize on any excuse to hate or vilify the other side, but rational folk see the political puffery for what it is.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

All in a Day's Idle

This is the broken record playing on Capitol Hill since the right-wing took over the House nearly two years ago:

Is it too much to ask that Democrats take back the House of Representatives and keep the Senate come November?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Whine Extraordinaire

This made me chuckle:

If Mrs. Romney and her husband are finding life difficult now, how can they possibly think it will be any easier in the White House?

A couple of comments following the Politico article also drew a guffaw:

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. (Kostas Moros, California Western School of Law).

I don't think she knows where the kitchen is. (Dan Sylvester).
And so it goes…

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Stray Tidbits

> As stern and serious as he appears to be, Martin Bashir actually has a wonderfully sardonic sense of humor. I listen to his TV show on MSNBC every weekday afternoon as I work at my computer. Bashir often refers to the right-wing candidate for president as "Lord Romney."

> According to Open Secrets.Org, 163 celebrities have donated to the Obama reelection campaign; 89 celebrities have donated to the Democratic National Committee and five celebrities have donated to Priorities USA, the super PAC backing Obama. Perhaps the most impressive donations came from actor Morgan Freeman and comedian Bill Maher, who both donated $1 million each to Priorities USA. On the flipside, Mitt Romney has only collected about $16,000 from celebrity donors. Not that money from the famous is better than anyone else's, but they can certainly afford to give more of it.

> NRCC Attack Ad Misleads Iowa Voters: According to Fact Check.Org "a Republican TV ad falsely claims that businesses are forced to drop health care coverage and families are losing health care benefits under the new federal health care law. The ad doesn't mention that the law is expected to increase the number of insured Americans by 14 million in 2014 and by 29 million or 30 million in the latter part of the coming decade according to a nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report issued in July."

> Ask your best Republican friend this question: If Republican ideology is so prosperous and right for America, why are so many "strongly Republican" states poor, rank near the bottom in education and provide such low levels of income? (interactive share from Move On.Org).

> And, finally, is it any wonder why certain members of the right-wing are viewed as unstable fanatics? Texan Lynches Invisible Obama.