Friday, August 17, 2012

Soledad O'Brien Wrecks T-Paw With Facts.

Soledad O'Brien sporting her famous "stop trying to bullshit me" look.

 Following John Sununu's disastrous appearance on CNN against Soledad O'Brien on Tuesday, Mitt Romney sent his national campaign co-chair Tim Pawlenty down to the hot seat to set some facts straight about the "cuts" from Medicare.

Yeah, he, uhh... he didn't do that.  At all.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Boehner Blames President Obama For The Drought.

Is there Socialist Sorcery afoot?  Does President Obama control the weather?  House Majority Speaker John Boehner seems to think so.  According to Talking Points Memo, a website posting and email press release from Boehner's office on Monday says that the president, "continues to blame anyone and everyone for the drought but himself."

It is a well-known fact that President Obama is the anti-Christ, but controlling America's weather?  This explains a lot, folks.  Climate change and global warming aren't real, they're just the result of devil-worshiping witchcraft.  Boehner could be on to something here.  Are the end times coming?  Is Obama warming the world in order to prepare for the minions of Hell?  

Uhm... no.  He just wrote a terribly constructed sentence that made President Obama sound like a wizard.  As soon as TPM reported the original story, Boehner and his team realized their mistake and went back to edit the website posting, found here.  Now the sentence reads, "the president continues to blame anyone and everyone for failing to respond to the drought but himself.

Need some clarification?  I did too.  Apparently the president attacked Romney's new VP pick over a bill that he voted against in the House that would have provided relief to the suffering farmers of America.  Hence Boehner's issue.  It's important to note here that the quote is directly from Boehner, but the website and email press release came from his spokesperson, Kevin Smith.

Regardless, it's still a pretty hilarious story.  I wouldn't have been surprised if Team Boehner hadn't have gone back to change the wording.  Republicans are ready and willing to blame the president for anything, weather conditions included.  That reminds me, it's raining here in Maine, and I was going to go to the beach tonight.

Goddamn you, Obama!  

Self-Congratulations Are In Order.

So it seems as though I should be patting myself on the back right now for raking in almost 3,000 views yesterday, as well as a handful of followers.  Of course, I am constantly patting myself on the back for everything I do because I'm awesome as fuck.  I'll just pick up the tempo a bit to compensate.

Ugh, I'm sorry.  Where are my manners?  Welcome, welcome, one and all to one of the only remaining sane places left in America - my little site.  As you may have garnered from reading the 150+ posts previous to this one, I love to thoroughly trash ignorance.  It's one of my favorite pastimes (next to hopscotch and skipping rope).  This particular love of mine often latches on to the absurdities coming out of today's Republican Party - the circus of science-denying freaks and fiction worshippers of America's right-wing.

But fair is fair, and I'll call bullshit on my own "side" if I have to.  This is rare, as some of you may understand.  We all live in our own social media bubble, letting in only things that agree with us and telling the things we don't to kindly fuck off.

I'm a college student (almost fully indoctrinated), so don't expect a plethora of posts at a time.  One thing you gotta love about coming here, though?  No ads.  That's right.  I am running clean, baby!  Running clean and full of energy (thanks to Redbull, my energy drink of choice; Redbull: It gives you wings).  You'll never see a popup or popdown while you're here, nor will any flashing animations distract you from hearing my liberal word-vomit.  That I promise you.  If you want that experience though, I do write for Addicting Info.  It's probably how most of you found me.

Anyway, that's all for now.  I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself to all the new folk.  My name's Shaun, by the way.  What's yours?

...I don't care.

*Note: I was not paid by Redbull, nor did I request payment for the advertising.  It was a joke.  Really.  Why the hell are you still reading this?  I explained everything that you needed to hear.  Go away...  Go buy Redbull!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Has Romney Disqualified Himself From Running For President?

Is Romney ineligible to become the next President of the United States of America?  It's a very real possibility, especially since he threw a few fundraisers during his disastrous little overseas meet n' greet a few weeks ago.  These fundraisers were extremely private, with no journalists present (with the exception of one who did not have access to the donors), no filming or photography allowed, no diligence done, and no donor ID's checked.  If money changed hands at these rich shin-digs (which I'm sure they did, you know... being FUND RAISERS and all), Romney could be in a lot of trouble. 

But why?  Let's ask the Supreme Court and their 9-0 decision that they threw down in Bluman v. Federal Election Commission:

(a) Prohibition
It shall be unlawful for —

(1) a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make —

(A) a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election;

(B) a contribution or donation to a committee of a political party; or

(C) an expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication (within the meaning of section 434(f)(3) of this title); or

(2) a person to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation described in subparagraph 

(A) or (B) of paragraph (1) from a foreign national.
2 U.S.C. § 441e(a).[fn2] The statute continues to define "foreign national" to include all foreign citizens except those who have been admitted as lawful permanent residents. Id. § 441e(b)

Huh.  Very interesting, Supreme Court, thank you.  
Romney, already having to evade the demands of the American people to see his tax returns, will now have to prove that he hasn't accepted foreign money to fund his campaign.  Considering no records were apparently kept, that could prove difficult.  If he has taken foreign money, then he is 100% ineligible for the Commander-in-Chief position, but very eligible for a cozy jail cell in some white-collar prison.

As Veterans Today points out:

"If you go outside the US, if you stay inside the US, if your contributor is living in the US but not a citizen, any money you get can mean years in jail.

"Romney went the whole way, personally campaigning outside the US, soliciting foreign citizens, and humiliating himself and his country with his ignorance and flagrant attempts to trade illegal cash for promises of illegal war.  One could hardly break more laws if one wanted.

"Romney has raised millions in foreign cash at fundraising event across Israel and London, those that we know of so far.  One table alone gave him a million in cash.  None was from American citizens.  Fewer than 10% of Romney’s contributors in Israel are estimated to be “dual citizens.” Others may have just flown the money in."

So what do you think?  Is Romney in trouble?  Or will he bury this just like he did his tax returns?  

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Standard Right Wing Propaganda: Women Have Abortions For Funsies.

Let's get something straight right off the bat: no woman decides to have an abortion because a fetus is "annoying."  Not only is that an ignorant thing to say, but it's also incredibly insulting. And flushing it down a sink?! Really?  Is that supposed to be a metaphor for abortion because, if so, it's vile, misleading, and totally ridiculous.  All liberals know that the correct way to have an abortion is to flush it down a toilet.

One thing I'd really like to point out is that drinking alcohol while pregnant and having an abortion are in two separate wheelhouses.  The former assumes that you are going to give birth to a child and, obviously, consuming alcohol is a bad idea for a multitude of reasons.  The latter assumes that you are not going to give birth because, you know, you aren't having a baby.  Abortion terminates a pregnancy on the spot.  Drinking alcohol when pregnant screws up a person's life for, well, his/her entire life.

But wait, there's more!

This one is just in poor taste (then again, you'd be hard pressed to find something at LiberalLogic101 that isn't).

A madman killed twelve people in Aurora, Colorado.  These people had loved ones, thoughts, memories, experiences.  They had likes and dislikes.  They knew music and love.  A fetus does not know those things.  In fact, it knows nothing at all.

And clearly the person running LiberalLogic101 doesn't either.

Alright, last one.  I promise.

You know what doesn't mention either one?  The New Testament.  Maybe you should check that out sometime and actually put the practices it does preach to good use. 

And, uh, you do have the right to own a gun.  Was that ever in dispute?  The difference here is that a gun is not part of the human body.  Again, two different wheelhouses.  It seems like the only way conservatives can get their points across to each other is to mash two completely separate arguments into one semi-coherent cluster-fuck of words and provocative images.

That definitely explains Fox News. 

GOP Chair Jim Roddey Calls Obama Supporters "Mentally Retarded."

Pictured above is Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County GOP Chair, Jim Roddey.  It should come as no surprise to you that he is old or white, nor should you be shocked when I tell you that at an election party last night, he called Obama supporters "mentally retarded."  Old, white and ignorant: the base of the Republican Party.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Roddey was telling a joke in front of about 200 people, saying:

"There was a disappointment tonight. I was very embarrassed. I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him. And I felt badly -- he looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, 'Sir, here's a place.' And he said, 'That's a handicapped space.' I said, 'Oh I'm so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded."

And, in case you were wondering, yes, the crowd did indeed applaud and laugh at the joke.

I'm pissed at Roddey for a number of reasons, the biggest being that he just made light of the mentally handicapped.  I do, of course, have an Obama sticker on my car, so I'll just get this out of the way right now:

Fuck you, asshole.

Also, Right-Wing blogs and news outlets will now be talking about how us liberals are overreacting to a joke, and how Roddey meant nothing by it.  This is garbage, and I'll come back to it in a second.  He did apologize today, according to a separate article on the same news site:

In email today, Mr. Roddey called his remarks "regrettable," and added, "I have a long record of supporting people with disabilities and should have remembered that before I spoke. My remarks were inappropriate and I apologize."

I appreciate the apology, but obviously it's not up to me to accept it or decline it.  I am curious, however, as to why Sarah Palin didn't nose her way into this (here's the garbage I mentioned like four sentences ago).  A liberal says something about the handicapped (which I don't condone either) and she jumps all over it, but a conservative makes a distasteful joke and she's silent.  What the fuck, Palin?  Don't pick and choose your battles based on party lines.  That's a pretty strong indication that you don't actually have any moral fortitude on the subject.

Image found at The TexasFred Blog.  
I'm only mentioning that to cite the source.  Don't actually go there.
He's surprisingly quite conservative despite the picture.
Also, he sucks.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bob Beckel Mispronounces RNC Chairman's Name On Fox.

Bob Beckel, the punching bag for Fox News' program "The Five", made a bit of a slip up Monday night when he accidentally pronounced RNC Chairman Reince Priebus' name as "Free Pussy."  This isn't the first time Beckel has screwed up on television.  Just last April, he told another guest that, "You don't know what the fuck you're talking about!" and live cameras caught every word.  To be fair, his accusation probably wasn't that far off.  He is on Fox News.

Here's what he said the other night:

“I think when [President Barack Obama] started out, he was neutral about Mitt Romney, and frankly so was I.  I thought he was a nice guy. I’ve come to believe he is a terrible — well, I won’t say liar. I wont diminish myself down to where Republicans, or free, free pussy. Fro, free pro. Or, pro-prebus…”

I'm not condemning or approving of what Beckel said because, quite frankly, I think it's just absolutely fucking hilarious.  Priebus does have a strange name, but it sounds nothing like "Free Pussy."  Maybe something else was on Beckel's mind that night?  Hint: It wasn't "pro-prebus."

Click here for the video.*

Reince Priebus has suffered through his name being made fun of before, be it directly or by accident.  Stephen Colbert said it best when he equated the RNC Chairman's name to the Latin term for "erectile dysfunction."

Whether Beckel gets fired or not for saying "pussy" on air hasn't been determined yet.  It is interesting to note, however, that many right-wing blogs and sites claim that he was trying to call Priebus a pussy.  This is ludicrous.  If you watch that video, it's clear that the man was just stuttering and ended up butchering the chairman's name.  Nothing more, and nothing less.

Get over it.  No kids watch Fox News anyway.  Just old, hateful people.  

*For those of you that watched the video, the things that Bolling said before Beckel slipped up are irrelevant to this post.  That's a topic for someone else to cover.

Wade Michael Page - The Right-Wing Terrorist.

Note: The entirety of this post was taken with permission from the excellent blog, Jobsanger, and it's fantastic author, Ted.  Please support him by checking out his site.  Unlike me, he updates his every day.  I asked for his permission to cross-post this because he worded it so much better than I could, and a tragedy like this does not merit my usual crass humor.


We now know who the cowardly terrorist is that murdered several peaceful and unarmed sikhs. He is Wade Michael Page -- a 40 year-old right-wing, racist and white supremacist. The media has done a pretty good job of covering the tragedy and exposing this terrorist (and he is a terrorist, even though he is white, American, and not a muslim). I won't try to repeat what has been reported, but I do have a couple of thoughts.

First, it seems that everyone wants to make it clear that sikhs and muslims are different religions. They are evidently convinced that the cowardly murderer was trying to target muslims (like many on the right in this country seem to want to do, whether violently or not). Frankly, I don't think he cared at all what religion his victims had. He's a white supremacist and a racist. They could have been buddhists, hindus, muslims, taoists, or even christians, and it wouldn't have mattered to him. They were attacked because they were non-white and a soft target.

Second, right-wing elected officials must accept at least a little blame. Back in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security tried to warn Americans that right-wing terrorists posed a substantial risk to Americans (of all colors and religions). The right-wingers wailed long and loud. How dare the government say right-wingers posed a danger! They raised such a ruckus that DHS backed off on its warning and even stopped trying to keep track of many of these dangerous right-wing nuts. Here's how the Washington Post put it:

The Department of Homeland Security has stepped back for the past two years from conducting its own intelligence and analysis of home-grown extremism, according to current and former department officials, even though law enforcement and civil rights experts have warned of rising extremist threats.

The department has cut the number of personnel studying domestic terrorism unrelated to Islam, canceled numerous state and local law enforcement briefings, and held up dissemination of nearly a dozen reports on extremist groups, the officials and others said.

The decision to reduce the department’s role was provoked by conservative criticism of an intelligence report on “Rightwing Extremism” issued four months into the Obama administration, the officials said. The report warned that the poor economy and Obama’s election could stir “violent radicalization,” but it was pilloried as an attack on conservative ideologies, including opponents of abortion and immigration.

In the two years since, the officials said, the analytical unit that produced that report has been effectively eviscerated. Much of its work — including a digest of domestic terror incidents and the distribution of definitions for terms such as “white supremacist” and “Christian Identity” — has been blocked.

Multiple current and former law enforcement officials who have regularly viewed DHS analyses said the department had not reported in depth on any domestic extremist groups since 2009.

Frankly, I think the right-wing terrorists pose a far greater danger to most Americans than muslim terrorists do (or ever did) -- and I have posted on this in the past. All you have to do is look at the chart below to know this is true. I'm not saying we should ignore muslim terrorists -- just stop ignoring the far greater danger of home-grown right-wing terrorists.

Again, please go check out Ted over at Jobsanger.  He always has good, informative stuff to say.  I promise.  Here is the link for this specific post.  

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Porn Star Jenna Jameson Supports Mitt Romney.

Barbie-American Jenna Jameson recently announced her support of Mitt Romney.  The former adult film actress surprised the few people that give a shit, as she was apparently supportive of Hillary Clinton in 2008, and is also a member of PETA (I probably don't have to remind you of Romney's "Dog on the Roof" incident).  Also, I just found those things out like eight seconds ago.

Truth be told, I don't care who she endorses.  Not because of her past career or anything, but because, to me, this isn't really news.  Jenna Jameson is just a hair above ordinary in my book. 

So why am I writing about it if I don't care?  Because it's funny as shit.  Here's what she said when she endorses Romney, according to CBS (who broke the story):

"I'm very looking forward to a Republican being back in office," Jameson said while sipping champagne in a VIP room at Gold Club in the city's South of Market neighborhood. "When you're rich, you want a Republican in office."

Hey, at least she's being honest, right?  The Republican Party of today is pretty much in lockstep with the wealthiest among us.  People making over $250,000 a year would (human rights aside) be silly not to vote for Romney.

But hey, this is good news for Mitt's campaign.  Now Romney has someone on his side that changes positions as much as he does (and she's probably just as experienced when it comes to screwing others). 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Expanded Birth Control Access Equal To Tragedies Of 9/11 And Pearl Harbor.

This is a story that should piss off everyone, no matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on.  In a speech on the House floor last Wednesday (8/1/12), Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) had this to say about the expansion of birth control access for women:

“I know in your mind you can think of the times America was attacked.  One is December 7 — that is Pearl Harbor Day. Another was September 11 — that was the day of the terrorist attack.  I want you to remember August 1, 2012 — the attack on our religious freedom. That is a date that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.”

August 1st was the day that marked the beginning of implementation for the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate.  It was also, apparently, the day that 5,379* Americans died in the on-going War For Religious Freedom.

Why did the news not cover this horrifying tragedy?  Because Kelly is full of shit.  I want to be very clear on something, here.  A United States Representative in the Legislative Branch compared women getting birth control to the tragedy of 9/11, and the horrific assault on Pearl Harbor. 

Instead of backing down on his comments, Kelly said that the birth control mandate is “an undeniable and unprecedented attack on Americans’ First Amendment rights.”

Actually, sir, telling women that they can't receive birth control due to the religious feelings of others is the real attack on our First Amendment rights.  If you don't want it, don't take it.  And what does Mike Kelly have to worry about, anyway?  Is someone force feeding him the birth control pill?

Shut the fuck up, Kelly.  You are insulting our intelligence and you're insulting the victims of those tragedies (and their families) by making such a shitty comparison.  Nobody wants to hear it. 

I liked you better when I was unaware of your existence. 

*Total death count for 9/11 and Pearl Harbor combined.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

America's Obsession With Guns.

Fuck guns.  Seriously.  Fuck them.  And if you own an assault weapon like the AK-47 pictured above (and you're not in the military), fuck you too.  It's unnecessary and a bit paranoid to own anything other than a handgun, a hunting rifle, or a shotgun for self-defense purposes.  You're not Rambo.

You're probably wondering why I'm so pissed off.  Well, I'm of the mindset that the tragedy in Aurora should have made us examine our culture, our rights, and our obsession with guns under a microscope.  But that was clearly wishful thinking.  Instead we banned costumes at movie theaters because, let's face it, that was the problem.