Sunday, September 30, 2012

Boxed in

Click image for full Bruce Plante/Tulsa World cartoon.

Gee whiz liar

I've been saying for years that Republicans can't win elections without lying. It's sooo lovely to have Mitt Rmoney proving my point again and again.

(h/t Maddowblog via Balloon Juice)

Old media won't tell you this

(h/t MoveOn)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Forewarned is fore-armed

Fuckin'-A.  NSFW.

Jennifer Granholm flushes a GOP myth

For wingnuts watching from their moms' basements, since you make your decisions below the waist, please note that Jennifer Granholm is more attractive than Sarah Palin. Not eligible to be President, since she was born in Canada of Canadian parents.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Didn't build that

Just came around for the harvesting...

(h/t Robert Reich)

No regrets

Hilarious. And true.

Forty days to go. Forty days to help your family, friends, and neighbors decide between neo-feudalism and the social compact that has been America since the Great Depression.

Wake the fuck up!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sewing up the asshole vote

Scott Brown (R-smallpox blankets) has always been arrogant in the way that good-looking people of both sexes can be. They're ornamental - and in his case athletic - so not much more is expected of them. Intelligence? Who needs it? He looks nice, so he doesn't have to be nice. That came through loud and clear in last week's debate.

And I thought the Republicans already had the asshole vote almost completely locked up.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Rmoney takes a dive

Hilarious ineptitude:

Mr. Rhoades also credited the addition of Rep. Paul Ryan to the ticket for being “invaluable” in scaring off potential voters: “Mitt knew he could get booed off the stage at the N.A.A.C.P., but it takes someone special to get booed off the stage at the A.A.R.P.”
We Democrats and liberals need to aid and abet Rmoney's implosion. The Republicans are showing us who they really are, but it's up to us to let everyone else know.

Friday, September 21, 2012

You don't need a weatherman

... to know which way the wind blows.

Tommy Menino (D-mostly) jumps on the Elizabeth Warren bandwagon just in time to make himself out as the kingmaker on Nov. 7.

Welcome, Mistah Mayuh.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bullshit coming and going

The honest truth is that Mitt Rmoney's latest blithering gaffe is exactly what the Republican base voters believe. No matter how many times you show them that federal taxes don't begin and end with the income tax, that our federal tax system is not very progressive, that almost everyone with a good job pays taxes, that members of the 1% of the 1% (the 0.01%) often pay a far lower rate than anyone but the very poor, even the middle class hard-working white guy pulling down a median income around $50,000 a year thinks he's one of the makers and that other guy is a manipulative taker. I've tried to expose this bullshit, to little avail. Even though Rmoney claims this middle class guy needs another $150,000 a year to join the middle class at all...

I think this comes from the shriveled greedy coal-black hearts of the right wingers. They aren't motivated by anything but money, and they don't have any generosity of spirit (outside very narrow tribal boundaries) nor any ability to evaluate a picture larger than their own wallet, so they assume no one could possibly be a Democrat or a liberal without being paid off. They can't believe a member of the 5% like me could possibly believe the country is better off as a whole with a fairer distribution of taxation, income, and wealth. (Note to moron trolls: fair does not mean equal.)

So Republicans will wonder what all the fuss is about, because they lack basic human sympathy. They've got theirs, devil take the hindmost.

$50,000 video

Without the checkbooks of billionaires, this man would be struggling to see nowhere. They're simply trying to buy the election for this dope.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Not his job

Hopefully, not Mitt Rmoney's job forever.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bad news in Ayn Rand's vintage haberdashery

Click image for full John Branch/San Antonio Express-News cartoon.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Anyone disagree?

Clearly, the locked-out NFL officials - union members - are better at their jobs than the scab referees who are trying to call the games. And failing.

Update (9/19): Everyone knows they suck:

Two weeks into the regular season, with the N.F.L.’s lockout of its officials going strong, replacement officials have awarded a team an extra timeout in a close game, ruled multiple incomplete passes as fumbles, missed an array of pass-interference and unnecessary-roughness calls, and in one game took six minutes to review a play that they subsequently determined was not reviewable. One referee was removed from the crew of a New Orleans Saints game after publicly proclaiming himself a Saints fan.
I'd like to see stupid personal fouls be reviewable so officials could catch the instigators instead of just the retaliators.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Asleep at the switch

Bushists and neocons might have given their best efforts and still not prevented 9/11. But they didn't even try, despite many warnings:

The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.
But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous.

Massive resistance

Republicans have withdrawn their consent of the governed in favor of massive resistance. Elections only have consequences when they win, in which case they govern as if they won a mandate. When they lose, they'll obstruct all implementation of the majority's plan.

As anyone who was paying attention knows, the period during which Democrats controlled both houses of Congress was marked by unprecedented obstructionism in the Senate. The filibuster, formerly a tactic reserved for rare occasions, became standard operating procedure; in practice, it became impossible to pass anything without 60 votes. And Democrats had those 60 votes for only a few months. Should they have tried to push through a major new economic program during that narrow window? In retrospect, yes — but that doesn’t change the reality that for most of Mr. Obama’s time in office U.S. fiscal policy has been defined not by the president’s plans but by Republican stonewalling.
Even those 60 votes included several closet Republicans - not of the Teapublican strain, to be sure, but nonetheless often not willing to side with President Obama. Ben Nelson was probably the most Republican. Joe Lieberman, Kay Hagan, Blanche Lincoln, and Mark Pryor were a few of the other Senators in the 111th Congress who often wouldn't vote cloture.

Nothing the Republicans have done about the economy makes any sense at all unless they are motivated by lust for power more than by the prospect of prosperity for the nation as a whole.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Shut up and watch, wingnuts

Wealth of bullshit

The wealthy and their lobbyists and media propagandists want us to believe that they are essential to job creation. Bullshit!

With cunning and contempt and catechismal fervor the super-rich have argued that all money should move to the top, where it will be used to stimulate the economy and create jobs. But they ignore the facts that prove them wrong.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cranks and malcontents

Click image for full Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoon.

More liberal bias


[D]oes Romney think we’re stupid? Hey, he also thinks we’ll buy into his promises to slash taxes by $5 trillion but make up the revenue by closing unspecified loopholes in a way that doesn’t raise taxes on the middle class – which turns out to be arithmetically impossible. So the answer is, yes, he thinks we’re stupid.
Too boring for Republicans to make it add up.

Republican warming deniers will now cut NASA

V for victory

Better off

Fortunately for Mitt, he doesn't have a reputation for telling the truth.

It's pretty clear Rmoney is going to rely on an incredible barrage of negative ads from superPAC billionaires.

Update (9/27): Finally had time to relocate the video that I somehow didn't get inserted when I first posted this.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

No liability for lying

Mitt Rmoney (R-safe harbor from lies) has spent much of his life approving statements that may or may not be true but which excuse themselves from liability if they turn out to be true. Here's an example from current Bain dealings:

These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements.
Here's another:
This release includes forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by phrases such as TI or its management "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "foresees," "forecasts," "estimates" or other words or phrases of similar import.  Similarly, statements in this release that describe the Company's business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements.  All such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements.[emphasis added]
A third:
Because such forward looking statements contain risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward
looking statements.
There are many, many more, of course. Bain's various companies are involved in a lot of deals.

Since Mitt never worked under Sarbanes-Oxley (that we know of), he didn't actually sign these statements, but his cavalier attitude toward making shit up shows in practically every statement he ever makes, for example, this piece of pettifoggery:
According to the candidate's mythology, Romney took leave of his duties at the private equity firm Bain Capital in 1990 and rode in on a white horse to lead a swift restructuring of Bain & Company, preventing the collapse of the consulting firm where his career began. When The Boston Globe reported on the rescue at the time of his Senate run against Ted Kennedy, campaign aides spun Romney as the wizard behind a "long-shot miracle," bragging that he had "saved bank depositors all over the country $30 million when he saved Bain & Company."
In fact, government documents on the bailout obtained by Rolling Stone show that the legend crafted by Romney is basically a lie. The federal records, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal that Romney's initial rescue attempt at Bain & Company was actually a disaster – leaving the firm so financially strapped that it had "no value as a going concern." Even worse, the federal bailout ultimately engineered by Romney screwed the FDIC – the bank insurance system backed by taxpayers – out of at least $10 million. And in an added insult, Romney rewarded top executives at Bain with hefty bonuses at the very moment that he was demanding his handout from the feds.
Mitt is a gee-whiz liar to the core. He believes his business and his god entitle him to say whatever he needs to say.

Age of reason

The Democrats' problem is that reason only works with a narrow demographic these days. We didn't always have a culture of bullshit, but we do now. Republicans believe they're entitled to their own facts, whatever they make up on the spot to avoid having to deal with actual reality. The radical right-wing media feeds this irrational belief constantly. That's its purpose - keeping the ignoramuses fooled, with their willing, even eager, participation.