Jon Stewart was right.
mediamattersforamerica: The Drudge Report: Possibility of Obama issuing executive order on guns = Stalin, Hitler
Matt Drudge and Alex Jones: Team Batshit.
But don’t hate the messenger, hate the lobby and the laws it creates:
The Washington Post: In his first extensive public remarks since the mass shooting at a Connecticut school last Friday, the head of National Rifle Association on Friday called for schools to be armed with police officers in an effort to reduce violent outbreaks like the one that took place last Friday. “The only thing that stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” NRA President Wayne LaPierre said at a press conference in Washington. LaPierre also called on Congress to act immediately ”to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school in this nation.” [...] “Politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones, they issue press releases bragging about them … in doing so they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk,” said LaPierre, the head of the nation’s largest gun rights group.
Putting a Police Officer In Every School Would Cost At Least $5.5 Billion a Year: According to the National Center for Education Statistics there are 98,817 K-12 schools in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says cops make $55,000 a year. So we could put $5.4 billion as the low level estimate of the cost. Cops obviously have health care benefits and pension and disability benefits for police offers tend to be fairly costly so the real price would be higher than that. At any rate, on both the policing side and the gun control side it would be a mistake to focus too much on spectacular school massacres. What happened at Sandy Hook was terrible, but at least 78 people have been shot and killed in America since then. If you want to regulate guns more strictly, the smart play is to focus on the portable concealable handguns that are widely used in those “ordinary” crimes and if you want to spend billions on hiring new police officers the smart play to focus on deploying them in the high-crime neighborhoods where most of the murdering happens. Obviously one would hope that a less-armed, lower-crime society would also feature fewer monstrous massacres as a side benefit but concentrating our policing resources on static defense of K-12 schools would be foolish.
This was over phones:
Bob Cesca points out how “hilariously awful” it will be to watch the blowhards in the GOP “bungle their way through minority outreach.” Consider:
“First of all, we didn’t lose Asian-Americans because they got any gifts. He did worse with Asian-Americans than he did with Latinos.This is the hardest-working and most successful ethnic group in America–they ain’t into gifts.” Newt Gingrich criticizing Romney’s “gift” analysis of the election results
Got that? Asian-Americans work harder than Latinos! Just ask Newt.
WHY is this not something I run into on the street, ever?
Grow a pair.
Look at this sad sack of potatoes from Josh Marshall’s email:
HEAL THE WOUNDS.
And then this — totally appropriate — response:
Exactly! Get it together, people. COME ON! One night doesn’t erase someone’s entire history and I, for one, don’t expect perfection 24/7/365. The President lost one debate. SO WHAT? Seriously. So what?
That reader follows up with Josh Marshall:
Too damn true. UNFORTUNATELY.
A video tribute to the unspeakable, soul-crushing awkwardness and general vapidity of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney’s advice shows that not only is he a man of the people, but that there’s a “real” man inside the fabricated, mom-jeans-wearing, awkwardly smiling shell. Certainly, it shows how closely he listens to “you people,” and the astounding levels of empathy and compassion he has for the little problems of the less fortunate:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched the final leg of his quest for the White House by visiting storm-battered Louisiana on Friday. He drove through a town that was flooded by Hurricane Isaac in part because it’s still outside the vast flooding protection system built with federal funds after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.
Romney and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) spent close to an hour meeting with first responders and local officials. Romney shook hands with National Guardsmen outside the U.S. Post Office and talked with a local resident, Jodie Chiarello, 42, who lost her home in Isaac’s flooding.
Chiarello said she told Romney, “I lost everything” and that the presidential contender advised her on how to get assistance. “He said that he was going to do the best that he could for us,” she said.
“He just told me to, um, there’s assistance out there,” Chiarello said of her conversation with Romney. “He said, go home and call 211.”
Good advice! I’m sure he didn’t mean she should “go home” to the home that wasn’t there anymore. That would be ridiculous! What he probably meant was that she should go to one of her other homes to call for assistance — that’s what Mitt would do!
All of which, unfortunately, makes Paul Ryan the perfect running mate for Mitt Romney.
Think Progress: Here are the most glaring lies from his speech:
1. “A downgraded America.” Ryan blamed the president for the nation’s credit downgrade in August 2011 after Republicans threatened to allow the government to default on its debt for the first time in history. But the ratings agency explicitly blamed “Republicans saying that they refuse to accept any tax increases as part of a larger deal.”
2. “More debt than any other president before him, and more than all the troubled governments of Europe combined.” Romney has made the almost identical claim, that Obama has amassed more debt “as almost all of the other presidents combined.” But their math doesn’t add up: when Obama took office, the national debt was $10.626 trillion. It has increased to slightly above $15 trillion.
3. Shuttered General Motors plant is “one more broken promise.” Ryan described a GM plant that closed down in his hometown, Janesville, Wisconsin, and blamed Obama for breaking his promise to keep the plant open when he visited during his campaign. But Obama never made that promise, and the plant shut down in December 2008, before Obama even took office.
4. Obama “did exactly nothing” on Bowles-Simpson. Ryan said, “He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.” In fact, Ryan was instrumental in sabotaging the commission, leading the other House Republicans in voting against the plan.
5. “$716 billion, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.” Ryan’s favorite lie is a deliberate distortion of Obamacare’s savings from eliminating inefficiencies. Furthermore, Ryan’s own plan for Medicare includes these savings. Romney has vowed to restore these cuts, which would render the trust fund insolvent 8 years ahead of schedule.
6. “The greatest of all responsibilities is that of the strong to protect the weak.” Ryan closed the speech with an invocation of social responsibility, saying, “The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.” However, numerous clergy members have condemned Ryan’s budget plan as “cruel,” and “an immoral disaster” because of its devastating cuts in social programs the poor and sick rely on. Meanwhile, Ryan would give ultra-rich individuals and corporations $3 trillion in tax breaks.
Eric Cantor explains Paul Ryan’s position on Medicare cuts: Attacking Obama’s health care reform law, Ryan said its “biggest, coldest power play of all” targeted seniors for $716 billion in cuts. But Ryan’s own budget counted on those same savings, which in fact would be squeezed from reimbursement payments to hospitals and insurers. Asked about the inconsistency of Ryan attacking cuts his own plan embraced, Cantor begged off. “The assumption was that, um, the, the, ah, again — I probably can’t speak to that in an exact way so I better just not,” he said.
Rudy Giuliani defends Paul Ryan’s lies: “Well, look, when people give speeches, not every fact is always absolutely accurate.”
Kevin Drum says even Ryan himself, when he was asked about [Medicare cuts], was forced to retreat into some word salad about baselines and the sun being in his eyes and it all being the fault of that tricksy Obama. There’s just no good answer here.
Unrelated to his speech of lies, but still…is there anything Paul Ryan won’t lie about? Pathological? –
Paul Ryan admits his marathon time claim was untrue: “The race was more than 20 years ago, but my brother Tobin—who ran Boston last year—reminds me that he is the owner of the fastest marathon in the family and has never himself ran a sub-three,” Ryan said in a prepared statement. “If I were to do any rounding, it would certainly be to four hours, not three. He gave me a good ribbing over this at dinner tonight.” The admission comes after wide speculation that Ryan had exaggerated his marathon time. Running a sub-3 hour marathon means averaging under 7 minutes per mile for the entire race, a possible but extremely impressive feat. As the New Yorker’s Nicholas Thompson put it, “It’s the difference between racing and running.”
Paul Krugman says it comes down to credibility (or lack thereof): I know, the [marathon thing] sounds trivial. But I remember the 2000 campaign, when Al Gore was constantly hounded by claims of fibbing on trivial issues — claims that, by the way, were all, as far as I could tell, fabricated. These alleged fibs supposedly showed some deep defect in his character. So if Ryan is making false claims about his physical prowess, this is absolutely fair game.
The strategy behind all the lies:
“Comments by Representative Todd Akin, a Republican running against Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, are drawing condemnation after he asserted that victims of “a legitimate rape” have biological mechanisms to prevent pregnancy.
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Mr. Akin told KTVI-TV of St. Louis in an interview that was broadcast on Sunday.
The comments drew a sharp rebuke on Sunday from Senator McCaskill, who is in a tough fight against the Republican candidate.
“It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape,” the senator said in a statement. “The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the serious crime of rape and the impact on its victims are offensive.”” — The New York Times, “Candidate’s Comments on Rape Draw Criticism.”
Rep. Todd Akin Now Claims That He Misspoke When He Claimed That Women Who Have Been “Legitimately Raped” Don’t Get Pregnant: Akin has released a statement saying that he “misspoke,” although he does not clarify what he was trying to say.
Growing Number Of Conservatives Call On Akin To Withdraw After ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comments: Given his long history of political extremism, Akin’s views have long been out of step with the American political mainstream.
via: red3blog –
Image 1: “Todd Akin has been a great asset to the House Budget Committee. His principled approach to fiscal responsibility is exactly the kind of leadership America needs and I appreciate his hard work. —Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) [source]
Image 2: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” –Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo) | GOP Candidate for Senate [source]
Image 3: “Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement.” —Romney Campaign Statement [source]
(Except that time Akin and Ryan introduced a bill that defined “forcible rape”.) [source]
Let’s be sure to show up this November to vote the stupid OUT.
Mitt’s boy band (his five sons) appeared on Conan to try and convince the unwashed masses that their “severely conservative,” and infamously wealth-grabbing father is both hilarious and great fun with all his clever “pranks” — most of which the sons have had to personally deal with since birth. See? He’s just a regular guy! they say. But the hollow smiles and dead eyes betray the PTSD.
Charles Johnson of LGF summarizes: “Mitt loves that one where he says, “This butter is spoiled, here, smell it,” and then as soon as you lean over to smell it he pushes the butter into your face. Or whipped cream, that’s also a hoot. Never gets tired of it. His kids fall for it every time.”
Now THAT would never get old, would it?
Ann Laurie from Balloon Juice observes: “Pro tip, Willard: If you’ve finished puberty and people are still calling you a “prankster”, it’s time to re-examine your life, because what they’re really saying is you’re a bully who lacks the balls to own up to his desire to hurt people.”
A reminder to the military crowd who, according to some polls, favor Romney over Obama: Mitt “served his country” during the Vietnam War by obtaining four deferments — the first of which was to live in a Mormon mansion in France, performing missionary work. Similarly, his five able-bodied sons have been “serving their country” for years (how long has Romney been campaigning?), with “missions” such as appearing on late-night talk shows to explain how funny it is when their dad shoves butter or whipped cream in their faces. In other words, military service is for the plebs.
Here’s the Conan clip:
Here’s how conservative Christianity works today:
I’ve been spending quite a bit of time recently researching for an article I plan to submit to The Remnant Newspaper, and in the course of this research I stumbled upon the atypical liberal blog (Under the Mountain Bunker), written by an atypical leftist woman.
(Research! Sounds legit…)
Post after post after post is nothing more than sarcastic ridicule of some perceived threat from the right. Be it Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, John Boehner, Sarah Palin or the current GOP candidates, the author of Under the Mountain Bunker has nothing for them but vehement vitriol, replete with Photoshopped images (many of which were obscene) of these individuals that are intended to demean and to hatefully deride.
But, wait! The author of this fine blog, Mr. David Werling, who, like Rick Santorum, is a true Christian soldier and unquestionably holier than me and thee, has more conservative Christian wisdom to lay on us: Continue reading