Sunday, September 30, 2012

Everything's Going According To Plan

Expert on women's lady parts and reactionary Rethug Missouri Senate candidate Todd "My Ass Is" Akin (Legit Rape - MO) had another terrible week after debating Dem Sen. Claire McCaskill and saying that her behavior was not "ladylike," and that she behaved like a "wildcat." But you wouldn't know it from comments from My Ass Is Akin's campaign that everything's going according to their "plan."

Riiiight. Please join us and Sen. McCaskill in hoping that they continue to follow their "plan."

" A Manifesto for the Entitled"

This morning in the Kaplan Daily, Steven Perlstein has issued his "I am a Job Creator: A Manifesto for the Entitled." Here's a sample (remind you of a certain candidate for President?):
"I am a private-equity fund manager.

I am the misunderstood superhero of American capitalism, single-handedly creating wealth and prosperity despite all the obstacles put in my way by employees, government and the media.

I am a job creator and I am entitled.

I am entitled to complain about the economy even when my stock price, my portfolio and my profits are at record levels."

The piece perfectly captures the mix of victimhood and entitlement displayed by the Jamie Dimons, Lloyd Blankfeins and, yes, Willard "I Built That" Romneys of the American economy.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

What Obama Derangement Syndrome Hath Wrought

A Virginia man kills his wife, two sons and himself because he fears President Obama will win a second term.

The wing nut Wurlitzer has been working overtime to convince their unhinged base that the end is near if the Kenyan/Muslim/Socialist is reelected. It's so tragic, but not entirely unexpected.

If Elected, Willard's "Mental Well-Being" Would Concern His Wife

Ann Romney to Nevada television station KTVN when asked what her biggest worry would be if Willard was elected President:
"I think my biggest concern obviously would just be for his mental well-being. I have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness, in his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy. ... So for me I think it would just be the emotional part of it."
Wow. Just. Wow.

(Photo: "Oops. Did I just say that?")

Cartoon of the Day

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A state the Rethuglicans seem to have a lock on this Fall is Denial. First, "the polls are skewed to Obama's advantage!" After the election we'll likely hear that massive voter fraud was in play (assuming an Obama win). Anything to avoid facing reality for these mugs.

(Mike Luckovich, via

Deep Thoughts - "Confucius Say" Edition

"Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Don't feed fish." -- Rep. Paul "Lyin'" Ryan, Wednesday in Ohio. Putting an Ayn Rand-ian
spin on the Chinese proverb (often attributed to Confucius) "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime"? Or maybe Ryan was quoting that somewhat more obscure Rethuglican oracle, Confusion? (See also, Quayle, Dan, "A mind is a terrible thing to lose.")

Also: "Moochers!"

(Photo: Boy genius Paul Ryan -- looks like he had some bad fish.)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Mitt's Mendacity, Cont.

Well, here we are again with another s**tload of lies from Ol' Willard "Mendacious Mitt" Romney (courtesy of the thankless work done by Steve Benen). This week, we would like to point out Old Chestnut #14, wherein Mendacious Mitt recycles the lie that President Obama wants to take the work requirement out of welfare. He should have realized by now that that dog isn't hunting (thanks in large part to Bill Clinton's intervention).

Most laughably, Mendacious Mitt's campaign has said he's going to lie about "fact check" the President at their debate next week. That should work well, given the public's perceptions.

Photo of the Week

Israeli Likudnik Prime Minister Bibi "Boo Boo" Netanyahu at the United Nations this week, utilizes a visual aid that many have likened to a bomb Wile E. Coyote might have ordered from Acme Corp. (from the "Road Runner" cartoon series). Netanyahu was discussing the Iranian nuclear threat, but chose to illustrate his remarks with a prop that simultaneously managed to make him look foolish while seeming like he was condescending to his audience. Gee, he must be working with Willard "My Job Is Not To Worry About Those People" Romney's folks.

Weekend Song

An early "B" side from the Beatles ("From Me To You" was the "A" side), "Thank You Girl" was seen as something of a throwaway song by the Beatles, but any other group would have considered it a singular achievement. Just shows how deeply talented the Beatles were (but you knew that). Enjoy the song, the memories and the weekend.

Voter Fraud, Rethug Style

Well well, what do we have here? A Rethug consulting firm hired by the Rethuglican National Committee has been engaged in submitting false voter registration forms to Florida officials. The forms are said to contain the names of deceased citizens and false addresses. You have to give credit to the desperate Rethugs, who are engaged not only in suppressing Democratic votes, but in fraud in adding to their own. The shady Rethug company, Strategic Allied Consulting, also has been active in fraudulently registering Rethug voters in at least five states, so this will get uglier.

We all remember the allegations that the wing nuts raised against ACORN in the 2008 elections, allegations that proved to utterly false and malicious. It appears now as though the Rethugs were engaging in what psychologists would call "projection." Amazingly, one Florida Rethug blind squirrel, Okaloosa Co. board of elections supervisor Paul Lux, has found the nut acorn in this scandal:
“It’s kind of ironic that the dead people they accused ACORN of registering are now being done by the RPOF [Republican Party of Florida].”
Ironic isn't the half of it.

Quote of the Day

"Conservative activist circles are abuzz with a new conspiracy theory: Polls showing President Obama with a growing lead over Mitt Romney are deliberately being skewed by the Liberal Mainstream Media so Republicans will be disheartened and stay home on Election Day. This is denial and self-delusion but not of the harmless kind. It’s a false narrative that encourages the Republican Party to take the wrong lessons from this election, no matter the outcome." -- Eugene Robinson, writing in the Kaplan Daily today.

Self-delusion has been a problem for the right wing for decades, but it's on display even more during this election season. After all the myths and lies they told each other in their own bubble, they can't explain the President's lead without injecting some loony conspiracy theory.

Birtherism, socialist takeover, ACORN voter fraud, death panels, Muslim President, apologizing for America, etc. etc. etc. False narratives are what that Party and movement have become, and an election won't change it.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

We're Pickin' Up Bad Vibrations

It's givin' us execrations... Mike Love unceremoniously dumps Brian Wilson and Al Jardine (and that other guy) via press release (!) from the Beach Boys?!? That's metaphysically impossible, sir! They ARE the Beach Boys! We know they've had their ups and downs in the past, but look at these dudes. At this advanced point in their lives, shouldn't they be worrying more about where they left their Lipitor than who's in and who's out of the band? What are they, 70 going on 17?

How Does A Romney Look Hoisted On His Own Petard?

Like this (showing in 7 battleground states):

More Good News for Obama

We noted on Monday that a number of polls showed President Obama leading in several swing states, including Ohio and Florida. Now, a new daily Gallup poll shows an Obama lead of 6 points nationally, seeming to confirm a noticeable shift in other polls. What's significant about this poll is that, along with the Rethug-biased Rasmussen poll, the Gallup poll tends to skew toward Rethugs.

Again, the only polls that count are the one voters go to on November 6, but with only a few weeks left in the campaign, the trends are very favorable to the President's reelection. Many voters seem to have made a decision on who they're voting for, and the "undecideds" appear to be breaking for President Obama. His campaign's focus on Willard "One Percenter" Romney's "47%" comments seem to be cementing the image of him as an out-of-touch, arrogant greed head that has no real interest in middle class issues.

UPDATE: And more good news: Catholics breaking for Obama (so sad, Cardinal Dolan!).

UPDATE II: Good jobs news, too.

Will Some Teabaggers Fall In November?

There's an interesting article at TPM that assesses the reelection chances of four very prominent hard right teabaggers: Michelle "Crazy Eyes" Bachmann, Joe "Deadbeat Dad" Walsh, Allen "Double Stuffed Oreo" West, and Steve "The Lying" King. Of the four reactionaries, Walsh and King appear to be the most vulnerable. Deadbeat Dad Walsh is running against wounded Iraq War vet and Dem convention speaker Tammy Duckworth and his own party has essentially walked away from his campaign. The Lying King is facing a serious challenge in Christine Vilsack, wife of the former governor and current Agriculture Secretary.

The teabagger movement was, and still is, a phony "grassroots" affair made up of hardcore right wingers, financially backed by corporate manipulators like the Koch brothers with their front organization "Americans for [Koch] Prosperity." In its never ending quest for balance, the Beltway media treated it like an authentic uprising of average Americans, despite gun-toting teabaggers with signs that read "We Came Unarmed -- This Time," and signs that displayed racist content. Didn't it always seem strange that their rage against Government debt was invisible during Dumbya's free-spending assministration, and only started once a black Democrat was in the White House?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Questions and Answers

-- Which campaign does the public think lies more, Obama's or Willard's?

-- Which party is the bigger re-distributor of wealth?

-- What factors could explain the recent shift in the polls in Obama's direction?

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Unhealthy Cartoon of the Day

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Willard "One Percenter" Romney's health care philosophy can be summed up as follows: "if you were wealthy, you'd be healthy; you're out of luck if you don't have bucks."

Mid-Week M-m-m-m-Madness Song

British alternative/progressive rock group Muse has released this edgy video for their new electronica-style single, "Madness." (Wherever the subway is in this video, we're staying away). The group won the 2011 Grammy for Best Rock Album ("The Resistance"), and has sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Muse vocalist/guitarist/composer Matthew Bellamy also happens to be Kate Hudson's fiancé and father of their son.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Why We Call Them Rethugs - Caught on Tape Edition

Senate staff of Sen. Scott "Cosmo" Brown (Rethug-MA) doing the "tomahawk chop" and war whoops to mock Democrat Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren at a recent rally (that's right, we said they were members of his Senate staff):

Stay classy, asswhistles!

Please consider a donation to Elizabeth Warren to help her take out the trash on November 6!

Willard's "Emergency Room" Solution

We noted yesterday that sketchy shape-shifter Willard "Mr. Mo' Shambles" Romney has changed his position regarding the use of emergency rooms to provide health care to the uninsured. Now, the Obama campaign is hitting him on that nonsense.

Here's a New York Times editorial on Willard's health care "plan" for the uninsured:
"Asked about the government’s responsibility to the 50 million Americans without health insurance, Mr. Romney said they already have access to health care: in emergency rooms. That, of course, is the most expensive and least effective way of providing care, as someone who once advocated universal care has reason to know. But it also reeks of contempt for those left behind by the current insurance system, suggesting that they must suffer with illness until the point where they need an ambulance.

Mr. Romney is free to pursue this shallow, cavalier campaign for six more weeks, but he shouldn’t be surprised if voters increasingly choose not to pay attention."

"Pole" Position for Obama

You know things are going badly for clueless plutocrat Willard "Why Can't I Get This Airplane Window Open" Romney when a poll of NASCAR fans favors President Obama over him. Willard, who famously said he didn't follow NASCAR but knew some of the team owners, has an indelible image of someone who is out of touch with average Americans (at a NASCAR race, he belittled the makeshift rain gear of some of the fans). The fact that he seems to be falling behind with the NASCAR audience has to be deeply concerning to his campaign.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Willard Romney Wants Jet Airliners' Windows to Open, Dammit!

Willard "Ace" Romney has identified a serious design flaw on modern jet passenger planes:
“When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous." (our emphasis)
And this lump is polling in the low 40's (or is that his I.Q.?)?

(Photo: "My good man, could you see to it that, before we take off, the ground crew installs roll-down windows on my plane? That's a good 47 percenter!")

Late Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

Latest Swing State Polls
"Here are today's swing state polls, updated as needed throughout the day:

Colorado: Obama 51%, Romney 45% (Public Policy Polling)

Florida: Obama 50%, Romney 45% (American Research Group)

Iowa: Obama 51%, Romney 44% (American Research Group)

Michigan: Obama 54%, Romney 42% (Rasmussen)

North Carolina: Obama 49%, Romney 45% (Civitas)

Nevada: Obama 51%, Romney 44% (American Research Group)

Wisconsin: Obama 53%, Romney 41% (We Ask America)"

Caveat: the only poll that counts is on November 6.

(via Political Wire)

Limpballs' Self-Diagnosis

Right wing hate radio blowhard Rush "Pills" Limpballs has a novel theory about why his male sex organ is so small: it's the influence of feminists.

For someone who hasn't seen his tiny "equipment" in many years due to his overhanging belly, Limpballs has a right to be upset, but he should refocus his theory on the pharmacopeia of drugs he's ingested for years.

Also, there's "a lover, not a hater" angle for Limpballs' condition: if the size of his "equipment" is in inverse proportion to the hate he spews, a magnifying glass may be in order.

47% Cartoon of the Day

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Hunting the homeless on a private island would be "jolly good fun" in the super-wealthy world of Willard "Corporations Are People, My Friend" Romney. Not that hard to believe.

Willard's Shiftiness

Last night on 60 Minutes, shape-shifting plutocrat Willard "Etch-A-Sketch" Romney was asked about providing health care for those that don't have it. Willard's response was essentially that's what emergency room are for:
"Well, we do provide care for people who don't have insurance. If someone has a heart attack, they don't sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care."
Wha? So now Willard thinks that Americans who have health insurance should pay for those that don't, via covering emergency room costs for the uninsured?

Mr. Etch-A-Sketch didn't always have those views. As recently as March 2010, Willard said:
"Look, it doesn't make a lot of sense for us to have millions and millions of people who have no health insurance and yet who can go to the emergency room and get entirely free care for which they have no responsibility, particularly if they are people who have sufficient means to pay their own way."
As seems to be their pattern, we expect Willard's crack team to be out today with a "clarification" of either his 2010 remarks or his remarks on 60 Minutes. It doesn't really matter which, because they'll change in a few days again.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sports Interlude

First, belated congratulations are in order for the Washington Nationals, who made the playoffs for the first time in almost 8 decades. They have the winningest percentage in Major League Baseball and are half a dozen wins from clinching the National League East and getting home field advantage during the NL pennant race.

Turning our attention to college football, what's up with the Big Ten? Iowa going down to Central Michigan, Illinois losing to Louisiana Tech, Ohio State and Michigan State struggling but winning (unfortunately), Wisconsin struggling (but winning) against UTEP, and Michigan losing a game it should have won against Notre Dame but for the godawful play of one -coughDenardRobinsoncough- player. Most disappointing to say the least. Over-confidence breeding complacency? (Obama campaign take note.)

Whup - gotta go, NFL pregame shows are starting. Can't wait to see the professional ball players expert refereeing.

Sunday Cartoon - Elephant in the Room

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(Steve Benson, via

Saturday, September 22, 2012

What Are You Hiding, Willard?

Those tax return "summaries" you threw over the transom in Friday's news dead-zone, hoping they would get some of the pressure off? They're raising more questions than they're answering. As we've been asking in our masthead...

Willard Would Like to Offer a Heartfelt Apology...

... via The Onion:
“First and foremost, I would like to offer a heartfelt apology to all the whores, junkies, bums, and grime-covered derelicts out there who make up nearly half our nation,” a visibly contrite and solemn Romney said outside a campaign stop at a local high school. “Let me assure you that I in no way meant to offend any of the putrid-smelling, barefoot masses out there. My campaign is not about dividing this nation, but about bringing all sides together—the rich, elegant members of the upper class, as well as the 47 percent who are covered in flies and eat directly from back-alley dumpsters.”

(h/t Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief Brian - b.t.w., congrats on the promotion from Silver Spring Bureau Chief!)

Rethug Voter Suppression: "Block the Vote"

In an ideal Rethuglican world, only Rethuglicans (you know, the angry white men "job creators" not the "moochers") would be allowed to vote. In this election cycle, as in others, they're actively engaged in voter suppression, whether through limiting voting days and hours, to restrictive voter ID laws, to plans to harass and intimidate people at the polls. One of the Democratic blocs they're targeting is college students:
"In 2008, youth voter turnout was higher that it had been since Vietnam, and overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. This time around, the GOP isn't counting solely on disillusionment to keep the student vote down.

"In the last two years, Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed dozens of bills that erect new barriers to voting, all targeting Democratic-leaning groups, many specifically aimed at students. The GOP's stated rationale is to fight voter fraud. But voter fraud -- and especially in-person fraud which many of these measures address -- is essentially nonexistent."
If any collection of goons and thugs masquerading as a political party ever deserved a shellacking at the polls, this New Confederate/ Republican party deserves the Mother of All Shellackings.

Don Willardo Romney's Hispanic "Outreach"

For Don Willardo "No, no puedo" Romney, it's enough just to have some bronzer applied to "connect" with the help Hispanics:

UPDATE: Don Willardo couldn't help but boss around the help the Univision staff. Culo!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Mitt's Mendacity, Cont.

The imploding catastrophe that is Willard "Get Off My Lawn, You Moochers" Romney's campaign is still churning out lies as fast as Willard's lips can move -- the idea being to throw everything against the wall to see if anything sticks. One lie we would like to note this week is #19 in Steve Benen's invaluable weekly listing: that President Obama's plans to eliminate the Bush tax cut for the wealthiest Americans are "plans to raise the federal income tax on small business even more."

Never was true. As Benen points out, 97 percent of small businesses would not have their taxes raised one penny. Moreover, we saw in a recent poll that small business owners support Obama over Willard by 47 to 39 percent, so it's clear they're not buying Willard's shit "Shinola".

Weekend Song - Gangnam Style

If you're already one of the 230 million (and growing) people who have seen the South Korean artist Psy perform his mega-hit, "Gangnam Style," on You Tube, then you can watch it here again. Otherwise, enjoy the song now. It's a satire about Gangnam, the fabulously wealthy district of Seoul (this official version doesn't have subtitles, but you'll get the idea). Gangnam is the wealthiest district in South Korea, and one of the wealthiest places in the world, where conspicuous consumption runs amok. The song combines Korean Pop ("K-Pop") with a pinch of Bollywood (you'll see). Psy's recently been featured on "The Today Show," "Ellen," and Saturday Night Live (where there was a funny spoof of the song, with Psy doing a cameo -- here's a "bootleg quality" vid of it, but watch it after you see the original below). There are also a plethora of "Gangnam Style" amateur vids out there (including one by U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen!). Willard Romney would not see the humor, we're afraid. No matter. Get your dancing shoes on! (Oh, watch out for the false ending!)

Mooching Cartoon of the Day

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Etch-A-Sketching furiously to alter what he actually said to his wealthy donors in Boca Raton, Willard "Mitt the Moocher" Romney is telling audiences his father was on public assistance at one point. Sorry, Mooch, but the sketchy gyrations only make you look more craven and phony.

And, by the way, as with many mega-millionaires, it wouldn't be surprising if Mitt the Moocher paid no Federal income taxes for a very long time. It explains, in part, why he refuses to release his tax returns before 2010.

(cartoon: Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Quote of the Day

"If you like your debater to be condescending, snide, repetitive, off topic, rote, eager to get personal, willing to toss out extraneous comments and charges, and full of phony manners (thanking the host for every question), then Sen. Scott Brown is your man. His dark, hyperkinetic style in the first U.S. Senate debate revealed that he thinks he’s in trouble and needed to commit hard fouls on “Professor” Warren, who looked calm, reasonable, thoughtful and authentic. She didn’t wag her finger once." -- political commentator Dan Payne, with WBUR/NPR in Boston, writing about last night's debate between Dem Elizabeth Warren and Rethug Scott "Centerfold" Brown. While we only saw parts of the debate, from what we saw, it appears that Centerfold acquitted himself like a bullying ass. Centerfold never mentioned the guy at the top of his ticket once, and was desperately trying to avoid the label "Republican" all night. Elizabeth Warren won the debate, and Centerfold's getting very worried about his seat.

Please click here to contribute to Elizabeth's campaign.

(h/t to Balloon Juice for article)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Political Analysis of the Day

"The Romney campaign is skidding along on its axles and scraping its muffler. Soon it will be down to the dog on the roof.... But as I have been saying for a while now, Mitt Romney is a deeply flawed candidate who got the Republican nomination by beating a ludicrously weak field. Don’t believe me? You know who came in second? Rick Santorum. Newt Gingrich was third, and Ron Paul was fourth. That’s not a field; that’s a therapy group. [snip]

"I can summarize what Romney said to a bunch of wealthy donors at a May fundraiser: America is divided between the deserving rich and bums who want a handout. Vote for me, and I’ll keep you rich. Thank you very much. Enjoy the chicken." (our emphasis) -- Roger Simon in that bastion of Rethuglican-wired Conventional Wisdom, Politico.

Photo of the Day

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, with President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, and First Dog Bo. Yesterday, she received the Congressional Medal of Freedom.

(White House photo by Pete Souza)

"Chaos on Bullshit Mountain"

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have been having a field day this week with the "47%" comments by plutocrat moocher Willard "Mo' Shambles" Romney. (BTW, Willard, do you pay Federal income taxes?). Last night, though, Stewart absolutely demolished the Rethug network, Fux Channel, for doing backflips to disguise the stink coming from Mo' Shambles' campaign. You've got to see this priceless clip:

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Part Deux:

Pew Poll Shows Obama Lead

From the latest Pew Research poll of likely voters showing President Obama with an 8 point lead (51 to 43) over Willard "Mo' Shambles" Romney:
"At this stage in the campaign, Barack Obama is in a strong position compared with past victorious presidential candidates. With an eight-point lead over Mitt Romney among likely voters, Obama holds a bigger September lead than the last three candidates who went on to win in November, including Obama four years ago."
With the vast majority of voters having already made up their minds, the "undecideds" are slowly shrinking and the greater numbers seem to be breaking for the President. It's not even October, so anything can happen, but we'd rather be in the President's shoes.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Romney's "47 Percent" Gaffe - Elegant Version

As only Stephen Colbert can do it:

A Sad Trombone Sounds for the Romney Campaign

Now that the back-stabbers and finger-pointers (or is it back-pointers and finger-stabbers?) are in full stabbing and pointing mode in Willard "Mo' Shambles" Romney's beyond-incompetent campaign operation and the accompanying wingnut wurlitzer, we like Wonkette's take on the notion that the Mo' Shambles campaign is in "McCain-Palin" territory:
"No, grim-faced Sads. You are well past McCain-Palin ticket territory; you have entered Reagan/Mondale territory, and despite all appearances, you are not Reagan. Saaad trombone! (Quoting the New York Times:)

'Aides did little to hide their annoyance: on Tuesday night, a Romney aide cursed loudly as he tried to corral reporters into an impromptu news conference in Costa Mesa, Calif.

'Mr. Romney himself seemed pensive on the early-morning flight Tuesday from California to Utah, sitting alone with a white legal pad and a pen as he picked at a vegetarian breakfast burrito. An aide said that he had eaten dinner alone in his hotel room the night before as the video controversy began to unfold.'

There has never been more tragedy in one place than when Mitt Romney dined on a vegetarian burrito alone."

PHOTO: "My good man, would you care for the rest of my breakfast vegetarian burrito? I might be able to take it off on my taxes as a charitable deduction!"

It's A Very Short Drive

"The media wants to beat up Mitt Romney, which is driving me nuts." -- Fox "News" frother Sean "Heil" Hannity this week.

Lessons In Being President

President Obama made an appearance on the David Letterman Show last night, and when asked about his thoughts on plutocrat one-percenter Willard "The Smirker" Romney's dismissive comments about the 47% of Americans who don't pay Federal income tax, the President said:
"When I won in 2008, 47 percent of the American people voted for John McCain, they didn't for vote for me. And what I said on election night was 'Even though you didn't vote for me, I hear your voices, and I'm going to work as hard as I can to be your president.' And one of the things that I've learned as president, is you represent the entire country. And when I meet Republicans as we're traveling around the country, they are hard-working, family people who care about this country, and my expectation is that if you want to be president, you've got to work for everybody—not just for some."
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll taken after The Smirker's cravenly political statement on our Libyan consulate tragedy, but before the 47%-are-freeloaders comments, has the President opening up a 5 point lead. Seeing The Smirker's campaign imploding, vulnerable Rethugs like Sen. Scott "Centerfold" Brown and Connecticut Rethug Senate candidate Linda "Ready to Rumble" McMahon are running for the tall grass, a situation that will only continue into the fall.

Mid Week Mean Girl Song

Matchbox 20's had a string of hit records going back to the late '90s. Here's their latest recording, "She's So Mean" (our alternative title: Check Out My Red Lips).

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"47 Percent"

Nailing Willard's ermine hide to the wall:

Shambling On

The more the video of plutocrat social Darwinist Willard "Mr. Mo' Shambles" Romney talking about the "47%" is dissected, the more little grenades pop up. For example, here he is giving his views on the Israeli-Palestinian situation:
"You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem. We kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it. We don't go to war to try and resolve it imminently."
Oy vey, Bibi Netanyahu won't like that, nor will Bibi's Likudnik following in the U.S.

Mr. Mo' Shambles has no plan for resolving the dispute, and, worse for those neocon followers, he takes military action off the table. If that won't upset the neocons, nothing will.

47% Cartoon of the Day

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This time, the man overboard would appear to Admiral Willard Captain Mittens.

Writing in New York Magazine, Jonathan Chait nails it:
"....the video exposes an authentic Romney as a far more sinister character than I had imagined. Here is the sneering plutocrat, fully in thrall to a series of pernicious myths that are at the heart of the mania that has seized his party. He believes that market incomes in the United States are a perfect reflection of merit. Far from seeing his own privileged upbringing as the private-school educated son of an auto executive-turned-governor as an obvious refutation of that belief, Romney cites his own life, preposterously, as a confirmation of it."

The Mitt Hits The Fan....Again

As we noted in the post below, clueless plutocrat Willard "Corporations Are People, My Friend" Romney was caught on video being himself in front of his wealthy donors. He disparages the people who support President Obama as being dependent on the Government, who don't pay taxes, who see themselves as victims, etc. He's essentially writing off half the American population as dead weight saying that, "my job is not to worry about those people." Interestingly, the 47% who "don't pay taxes" and who are dependent on entitlements include a percentage of older, retired voters, who have been trending toward the Rethugs in previous elections. Maybe this window into Willard's dark and selfish soul will change their minds.

After the video was made public yesterday, his campaign scrambled to contain the damage. But instead of issuing a bland statement and hoping the press would move on, they trotted Willard himself out to face the cameras. It wasn't pretty, as Willard tried to defend his comments as merely "not elegantly stated." Coming on the heels of his highly unpopular, politically craven performance in response to the deaths of our people in Benghazi, Willard and his campaign are in a clear downward spiral, and the circular firing squads have already started.

BONUS: Charles P. Pierce on what to expect from Willard's desperate campaign now:
"There is going to be poor-baiting, and gay-baiting, and ladyparts-baiting, and probably baiting of things I haven't thought of yet. The polite part of the campaign is going to be Romney's effort to convince You that he was really talking about Them when he was calling people moochers and sneak thieves. He wasn't talking about Your Medicare or Your Social Security. Naw, he was talking about Their greed for what You have. That's going to be the polite part of the rest of the campaign, reinforced in the lower registers by a few million in ads to make sure You remember who They are."

Monday, September 17, 2012

Willard Romney Thinks Half the Country Mooches, Doesn't Pay Taxes

Here's entitled trust fund baby and upper class warrior Willard "The Smirker" Romney at a fund raiser earlier this year, speaking frankly to fellow 1 percenters (because he didn't know he was being recorded). Among other things, he repeats the canard that 47 percent of Americans don't pay taxes and that, ipso facto, they're Obama's base:

See?! We're all moochers who think we're entitled to all the bennies Willard and his plutocratic buddies give us resisting tooth and nail happily through their taxes! Be grateful and for God's sake don't vote for that welfare state Kenyan!

Gotcha, Gretchen!

Always on the hunt for partisan poop to fling at President Obama, the three stooges at "Fux and Friends" were happy at getting an interview with a supposed former Obama supporter. Turns out, the young man just wanted to have some laughs with the gullible goof interviewing him and the goofs watching the program. Wretched Gretchen Carlson was on the receiving end of the non-sequiturs and incoherence, as Max Rice continued his prank, as Talking Points Memo notes.

As always, though, the joke is on the viewers of this wing nut indoctrination show, who are pranked by these idiots day in and day out.

(photo: Gretchen Carlson, after being told that President Reagan is on the phone for her.)

Bloody Antietam

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the bloodiest battle fought on American soil. On September 17, 1862, Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and George McClellan's Army of the Potomac engaged in battle near the Maryland town of Sharpsburg and Antietam Creek. Lee was advancing into Maryland with the objective of invading Pennsylvania when a packet of marching orders left behind by his staff were discovered by Union troops scouting the area. After some initial hesitation (as was typical for McClellan), the Union army moved to cut Lee's forces in half at Antietam Creek. The battle raged on from morning to evening.

The battle resulted in about 23,000 casualties, including the lives of some 3,600 soldiers on both sides. One of our favorite songs from the Civil War era is "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" by George Root, sung here by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Virgil Be Bad

There's welcome news that third party Presidential candidate Virgil "Be Bad" Goode won't be dropping his name from Virginia's ballot in November. Running on a far-right "Constitution Party" ticket, the former Congressman has extreme views on immigration and social issues, among other things. Although he's not likely to capture more than a few thousand votes, in a very close election, the votes that he takes away from Willard "The Smirker" Romney could give Virginia's 13 electoral votes to the President.

So, let's get on the bandwagon: Virgil Be Bad and do some good!

Sunday Sermon

AMEN. And for anyone still keeping score, here's Steve Benen's most recent chronicle of Mendacious Mitt's lies.

Mammoth Cartoon of the Day

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Watch the attempts in the weeks ahead by Rethugs to claim that it's their candidate that isn't making the sale, not their reactionary, dangerous policies.

UPDATE: That didn't take long: wing nuts at the "Values Voters" poo-fest blame the messenger, not the message.

Sunday Reading

Writing in the New York Times this morning, MoDo has a scathing op-ed piece on the neocon threat to the U.S. through their influence on Willard "The Smirker" Romney's campaign. From Likudniks like Dan "Bibi's Man" Senor to Paul "Wolfie" Wolfowitz, to The Smirker's foreign policy mentor Dick "Dick" Cheney, it's a scary collection of schemers just itching to launch another war or two in the Middle East that seem to have convinced The Smirker that they have the answers, and that we should outsource our Middle East foreign policy to Bibi Netanyahu. Here's MoDo laying it on them:
"A moral, muscular foreign policy; a disdain for weakness and diplomacy; a duty to invade and bomb Israel’s neighbors; a divine right to pre-emption — it’s all ominously familiar.

You can draw a direct line from the hyperpower manifesto of the Project for the New American Century, which the neocons, abetted by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, used to prod an insecure and uninformed president into invading Iraq — a wildly misguided attempt to intimidate Arabs through the shock of overwhelming force. How’s that going for us?"
Indeed. The more is known about the foreign policy "advisors" behind The Smirker, the more the public will see that it's 2001 all over again for them.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Quote of the Day

"For Romney, the first blaring sign that his reaction to the assault on the consulate in Benghazi had badly missed the mark was the application of the phrase 'Lehman ­moment' to his press availability on the morning of September 12. Here was ­America under attack, with four dead on foreign soil. And here was Romney, defiantly refusing to adopt a tone of sobriety, solemnity, or seriousness, instead attempting to score cheap political points, doubling down on his criticism from the night before that the Obama administration had been 'disgraceful' for 'sympathiz[ing]' with the attackers—criticism willfully ignoring the chronology of events, the source of the statement he was pillorying, the substance of the statement, and the circumstances under which it was made." -- John Heileman, writing in the New Yorker. His full article is here.

As a Rethuglican source notes in the article, Willard "The Smirker" Rommey's craven performance shows "his candidacy as serving no higher purpose than his ambition."

5,000 And Growing

This is the 5,000th posting for Hackwhackers, and a milestone that we didn't contemplate when we started this modest project in December, 2006. Even more gratifying is the growth in page views for this blog, from virtually nothing to over 6,600 page views in August, and some 129,000 total since we started.

Many thanks to all who have stopped by, or commented, or passed the word about our blog. Here's to the next 5,000 postings.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Weekend Taking Care of Our Own Song

From the great Bruce Springsteen, here's his latest recording "We Take Care of Our Own." Bruce is appearing at D.C.'s Nationals Park this evening in concert. You might have noticed that this was the closing song at the Democratic National Convention, and it couldn't have been a more fitting theme for how the Dems differ from the Romney/Ryan "you're on your own" social Darwinists. Enjoy.

Obama Leads in Three Swing States

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows President Obama pulling ahead of desperate Willard "The Smirker" Romney in the key swing states of Virginia, Florida and Ohio among likely voters. In Florida and Virginia, the President holds a 5-point lead over The Smirker, 49 - 44, and in Ohio, the lead is even larger, with the President ahead 50 - 43.

When you consider registered voters, the picture is even darker for Willard the Opportunist: in Virginia, the President leads by 7 points, in Florida by 8, and in Ohio by 9. It appears that people have made a judgement on the character and policies of The Smirker, and they're not buying. Another grim fact for The Smirker is that no more than 5 percent remain undecided, with the vast majority saying that they know who they'll vote for in November.

So the news is good, but registered voters need to get to the polls in November to lock in a win.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Doctored Photo of the Day

The Smirker: "Excuse me, my good man. My pants seem to have caught fire from excessive fabrications. Could you obtain an extinguisher for me?"

(Photo: Wonkette)

The Most Interesting Obama Fundraiser of the Day

"Stay thirsty, my friends." (Excuse me while I go out to purchase some Dos Equis.)

Note to Midwest Bureau Chief and family Brewmeister: may we assume your fundraiser is forthcoming?

Photo of the Day

Libyan people demonstrate against the terrorists that attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, something the right wing doesn't want to acknowledge. More pictures at this link.

Cartoon and Quote Combo of the Day

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And, from the esteemed Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, this assessment of how weird Willard's craven antics regarding the tragedy in Libya will be viewed by the press:
" Romney has really ensured that everyone in the news media, the GOP propaganda organs aside, is going to view him with distaste and alarm — as well they should. Romney could still win, but he has just made it even harder for anyone to consider him suitable for the job."
Hopefully that will be the case, but we remain pessimistic about the media's willingness to put objectivity over false equivalence.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

President Obama on Willard Romney's "Shoot First and Aim Later" Response

President Obama on The Smirker:

Mid-Week Song: Unlike Willard Romney...

... "Mama Didn't Lie." A great oldie written by the late Curtis Mayfield and performed by Jan Bradley.

Compare and Contrast

Shameless plutocrat Willard "Mr. Mo' Shambles" Romney doubled down this morning on his vile charge that President Obama sympathized with the attackers of our facilities in Libya and Egypt. Here's a screenshot of a smirking Willard concluding his disastrous press conference this morning, keeping in mind that U.S. diplomatic officials have been killed in the past 24 hours:

Contrast that image with what a President really looks like:

The reaction has not been kind to shameless Willard, not only from the press, but from his fellow Rethuglicans. Imagine him as Commander in Chief, and your blood will curdle.

Putting Science Back In Charge of Science

There's always been an anti-science strain in America, one that places superstition over knowledge and status quo over progress. Many politicians -- memorably the late Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire and his "Golden Fleece Award" -- have used opposition to scientific inquiry as a political tool for budget gamesmanship. Ironically, the founders of our country were a mix of innovators, philosophers and amateur scientists, a fact that would certainly surprise most politicians on the far right.

Thanks to our dear friend P.E.C., we were made aware of this article that captures the response that we should have to those that want to slash basic research, without understanding the far-reaching consequences: fire back at them. Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper and Alan Leshner, chief executive of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, argue in their piece that many seemingly frivolous scientific projects lead to discoveries of immense importance. From research on jellyfish nervous systems that led to breakthroughs on treating Alzheimer's disease, to studies on the sex life of the screwworm which led to saving the cattle industry billions of dollars, crass politicos can do great damage in their ridicule of scientific inquiry. As they point out,
"Scientific know-how, the engine of American prosperity, is especially critical amid intense budgetary pressures. Federal investments in R&D have fueled half of the nation’s economic growth since World War II."
It's fitting, then, that Cooper and Leshner are proposing, in mocking reference to Proxmire, a "Golden Goose Award" for scientists whose seemingly small or even silly experiments in the eyes of politicians have led to great advancements for the world. It's about time.

A Tragic Day in the Middle East

Yesterday's attack on U.S. diplomatic offices in Libya have resulted in the deaths of four Americans, most prominently the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens. Stevens, along with three other embassy officials, were killed in an attack by roughly 20 Libyan militants on the consulate in Benghazi. The Obama Administration issued this statement on the developments:
"I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America's commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives."
The attack in Libya, and a similar but nonfatal attack in Cairo, were set off by a viral video that insulted the Islamic faith, promoted by wing nut Florida "preacher" Terry Jones (he of "burn the Koran" fame) on the internet. Libyan and Egyptian extremists used the occasion of the 9/11 anniversary to provoke the violence.

Not surprisingly, Rethug nominee and international man of bungling Willard "Mr. Mo' Shambles" Romney stepped into the crisis immediately, without realizing that our ambassador had been killed, and issued a disgracefully partisan attack against the President. After being called on that bungle, Willard and his neocon foreign policy advisors decided to lie and double down. If you needed more evidence that a Mr. Mo' Shambles administration would be a Dumbya administration on steroids -- bellicose, bungling and literally shooting from the hip -- you need look no further than how he handled this situation.

Letters We Wish We'd Written Dept.

From today's Kaplan Daily:
"In a Sept. 10 excerpt from her blog, Jennifer Rubin repeated Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's talking point that asked voters to ask themselves if they are better off now than they were four years ago.

"Very well: Four years ago, I had about $300 in my bank account. Today, pretty much the same.

"This year, however, I'm fairly sure the bank will be open tomorrow."

"Louie Ludwig, New Orleans"
And you can take that to the bank, Ms. Rubin!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dick Cheney: Still a Lying Dick

Former president vice president Dick "Dick" Cheney still has a hard time handling the truth. Cheney, showing no small amount of envy, had this to say about President Obama's dispatching of Osama bin Laden:
“If President Obama were participating in his intelligence briefings on a regular basis then perhaps he would understand why people are so offended at his efforts to take sole credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden.”
This from a "man" who should be doing time in a Federal penitentiary, and can't travel to certain countries ("Viva Espana!") for fear of prosecution. And "intelligence briefings?" Does the Dick remember the "Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S." intelligence briefing 36 days before 9/11, after which President Dumbya proclaimed to the intelligence briefer, "All right, you've covered your ass now"?? Perhaps the Dick was dozing off. (See also the NY Times article linked to in the update to the "Life from the Ruins" posting below if you want the full picture of Cheney's and Bush's incompetence.)

Of course, President Obama has not only NOT taken sole credit, he always passes the credit around:
"Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

"We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.

"Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.

"And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people."
Is it too much to ask this sack of shite to crawl back under the rock from whence he came?

(h/t Little Green Footballs)

Prankster-in-Chief Picture of the Day

Hat tip to Midwest Bureau Chief Eric for forwarding this vintage photo of President Obama playing a prank on White House aide Marvin Nicholson during a visit to the University of Texas-Austin a while back. The President's natural sense of playfulness and humor connects with average people, and contrasts with weird Willard "I'm Unemployed, Too" Romney's humorless "humor," which has tended toward birther smears of late.

Life From The Ruins

As the 11th anniversary is marked by memorial ceremonies in New York, Washington, and Shanksville, PA, we reflect on the changes that the 9/11 attacks had on our society and world, and on the lives lost in the attacks themselves and the subsequent wars.

The "Survivor Tree", above, was the sole tree to have survived the World Trade Center attack, and was nursed back to life after being charred in the fires.

UPDATE: The New York Times has a scathing piece about the incredible incompetence (Dumbya) and treachery (his Administration's neocons / Likudniks) in the months leading up to 9/11. It reveals a lot about the misplaced obsession with Iraq vs. al Qaeda.

UPDATE II: Here's how President Obama marked the solemn occasion.

UPDATE III: Here's the text of VP Joe Biden's remarks at Shanksville, PA. Moving.

(photo: Associated Press. the new One World Trade Center rises in the background.)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Curiosity on Mars

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REUTERS/NASA/Handout: "The base of Mars' Mount Sharp - the rover's eventual science destination - is pictured in this August 27, 2012 NASA handout photo taken by the Curiosity rover. The image is a portion of a larger image taken by Curiosity's 100-millimeter Mast Camera on August 23. Scientists enhanced the color to show the Martian scene under the lighting conditions we have on Earth, which helps in analyzing the terrain."

Wow. Here's the photo gallery.

This Week's Rethuglican War on Women Profile

Meet another distinguished alumnus of the Todd Akin School of Gynecology and Women's Health: Virginia Rethuglican State Delegate Bob "Boob" Marshall. Let's let him share his ladyparts wisdom and Biblical scholarship:
“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children.

“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”
One would hope there's a "special punishment" in store for Boob and his party this November. (You may recall that Boob and his Rethuglican buddies were the ones who wanted to bring invasive transvaginal ultrasound examinations to Virginia women.) BTW, what Rethuglican War on Women?

(Photo: Virginia Rethuglican State Del. Bob Marshall - is he as stupid as he looks? Quite so!)

Our Other Polling Guru

FYI, we've added another polling guru to our site listing (in addition to Nate Silver's Five Thirty Eight blog): it's the Princeton Election Consortium, a group that boasts a better record of prognostication in 2008 than even the estimable Mr. Silver! We like the way things are looking right now over there for the President's reelection ("87% probability..." has a nice ring to it!). We would be remiss if we didn't remind ourselves, in looking at any polling data, that if people don't go to the polls and vote in November, none of this means a thing.

Bucks And Bounce

There were some good numbers posted for the President's campaign yesterday. First, the campaign raised $114 million in August (vs. $112 million for Willard). Second, the President got a better than expected bump from the convention, and now leads his Rethuglican opponent by up to 5 points nationally.

A major caveat about fundraising is that the numbers don't reflect Super PAC money -- billionaire bribery funds -- where Willard "Corporations Are People, My Friend" Romney has a big (and truly corrupting) advantage. There was speculation that after the convention, the President would rally his donor base and make fundraising competitive (his campaign says they received over 317,000 new first time contributions in the last period). With his "bounce" in the polls, some of the President's wealthy 2008 contributors may come off of the sidelines, but it's too early to tell.

All Shook Up

Watching serial liar and well-lubricated weathervane Willard "Sketchy" Romney navigate his way through Sunday news interviews was amusing. He'll say different things to different audiences, as we well know. His latest "Etch-A-Sketch" moment was on Dancin' Dave Gregory's Press the Meat, where he proclaimed himself in favor of retaining some elements of "Obamacare" after spending the better part of two years demagoguing and promising to abolish it. Only hours later, Sketchy Willard -- this time playing to a right wing radio audience -- reverted to his "death to Obamacare" routine.

For a campaign that won't let facts govern it, even this is a new low of selective pandering and dishonesty, and we suspect it's only going to get worse in the next 57 days.

BONUS: Wonkette has a funny take on all the Etch-A-Sketching ("more positions than a porn star" LOL).

Fox News: Reliable Source of Rethuglican Spin

Jon Stewart takes on Fox "News" and their tale of two conventions:

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Uplifting Photo of the Day

President Obama being lifted up by Scott Van Duzer, owner of the Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Restaurant in Ft. Pierce, FL, today. Duzer is a registered Republican who voted for Obama in 2008 and plans to do so again this year.

Sunday Cartoon

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(Jim Morin, via

Sunday Morning Reading - Dumb and Dumber

Dumb: Dana Milbank, back in his Beltway Kids snark mode, has a sad that Obama hasn't met his lofty expectations and saw "worrying signs" at the convention. Really? You might want to get a glass belly button so you can look out at reality and still keep your head up your ass. As for Milbank's assertion that Obama is "narrowly favored to win," he might want to check out Nate Silver's numbers.

Dumber: Apparently George "Quill" Will, now completely off the rails, is having Glenn Beck write his columns now.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Tale of Two Elections

How far to the right has the New Confederate/ Rethuglican Party careened in the last four years? Ask Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Christ, who endorsed Sen. John McCain in 2008, campaigning for President Obama today in Seminole, Florida. (Top: Chris O'Meara, AP; bottom: Charles Dharapak, AP)

Cartoon of the Day

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(Tony Auth, via

Mitt's Mendacity, Cont.

Another week and smug plutocrat and reasonable facsimile of a human being Willard "Corporations Are People, But Ryan And I Aren't" Romney is busy growing his bionic nose to ever-greater lengths. Thanks again to Steve Benen for chronicling the lies of the past week. You'll notice the usual debunked ones, like the Obama "apology tour" and Obama is gutting the welfare work requirement. Repeating them reveals, to us anyway, that Willard is still trying to rev up his low-information, high-prejudice base with 2 months until the election-- not where you want to be at this point. Still, he's on course to make the late Rethuglican Liar-in-Chief Richard "I Am Not A Crook" Nixon look like a saint by comparison.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Why Does Willard Hate the Troops?

Offered without further comment, here's Willard "Tin Man" Romney when asked why he didn't mention the troops in harm's way in his convention speech:
"When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about the things you think are important." (our emphasis)

Gabby's Triumph

Amid all the eloquence and passion we saw during the Democratic convention, maybe none was more emotionally gratifying than seeing recovering Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) reciting the pledge of allegiance. Who didn't choke up in watching her?

Good Trend, But More Is Needed

As the Beltway media sees today's jobs report as a glass half empty, it's worth noting that it's been exactly one year since the President introduced the American Jobs Act to Congress, a bill that's been blocked by the radical House Rethuglicans. That could have created between 1.9 and 2.6 million new jobs. No wonder less than great jobs news makes Rethugs smile.

Today's August jobs report showed 96,000 private sector jobs created, and a reduction in the unemployment rate from 8.3% to 8.1%. While that's not a satisfying jobs number, it marks the 30th straight month of job growth, and a total of 4.6 million a sign that the economy is still recovering but heading in the right direction. Compare that to job losses approaching 800,000 in the month before Obama was even inaugurated and ask "am I better off?"

Weekend Holly Songs

Today would have been Buddy Holly's 76th birthday. Tragically, Holly died along with Richie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash in February 1959. The rock 'n' roll pioneer and Hall of Fame first ballot inductee has inspired musicians such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Byrds and many others, though he had a career that lasted less than two years. "Not Fade Away," "Peggy Sue," "It's So Easy," and "True Love Ways" are some of his better-known songs - an impressive legacy. Here are two favorites that have that beautiful Holly West Texas style:


The Democratic convention wrapped up last night with a series of rousing speeches targeting Rethug opponent and humanoid replica Willard "Mendacious Mitt" Romney and laying out the case for returning President Obama to office.

Speakers ranging from fiery former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to a refreshingly relaxed and witty Sen. John Kerry delivered the set ups for passionate speeches by Vice President Joe Biden and finally the President. Granholm punched the air as she described the auto industry jobs saved by the President in Michigan, Ohio and other states. Kerry mocked Mendacious Mitt's lack of foreign policy experience -- comparing him to "Winky" Palin -- and his conveniently shifting positions.

The Vice President gave a heartfelt case for supporting the vision offered by the President to rebuild the middle class, while blasting the Rethugs for betting against the middle class. The theme of having work left to do was underscored by Biden:
"Yes, the work of recovery is not yet complete, but we are on our way. The journey of hope is not yet finished, but we are on our way. The cause of change is not fully accomplished, but we are on our way. So I say to you tonight, with absolute confidence, America's best days are ahead, and, yes, we are on our way."
By the time the President spoke, the crowd was near an emotional high. President Obama delivered an impassioned appeal to stay with his vision of an America that works for the middle class, and for those that work hard and play by the rules. He effectively contrasted his vision with that of Mendacious Mitt's as one of "we have each others' backs" to "you're on your own."
"[W]e also believe in something called citizenship -– a word at the very heart of our founding, at the very essence of our democracy; the idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another, and to future generations."
The President also highlighted his weighty responsibilities, with a nod to President Lincoln:
"I know what it means to send young Americans into battle, for I have held in my arms the mothers and fathers of those who didn’t return. I’ve shared the pain of families who’ve lost their homes, and the frustration of workers who’ve lost their jobs. If the critics are right that I’ve made all my decisions based on polls, then I must not be very good at reading them. And while I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together, I’m far more mindful of my own failings, knowing exactly what Lincoln meant when he said, 'I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.'"
His speech hit all the right notes, from paying tribute to our armed forces and veterans (something overlooked by the Rethugs) to promising to defend womens' health choices and
a path to citizenship for immigrant children.

No one -- except perhaps the most delusional Rethug -- is saying that the Rethug convention was more successful than the Democratic convention. By almost all accounts, the Dems succeeded far beyond expectations, with speaker after speaker hitting the right tone and topics forcefully and convincingly. Not a bad week at all for the Dems.