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31 October 2011

Rick Perry's Stand-Up Comedy Special



Via MoJoe, we find Rick Perry speaking Friday night at a dinner in New Hampshire.

Personally, I think that he is quite funny. His comments about/impression of Herman Cain are priceless.

You can find video of the full speech here.

Michele Bachmann's Factual Inaccuracies



The factual smack-down takes place at about the 4:00 mark. Bachmann claims that...
Iran has also stated they would be willing to use a nuclear weapon against the United States of America. I think if there’s anything that we have learned over the course of history, it is that when a madman speaks, we should listen. And I think in the case of Iran, that is certainly true.
To which, Amanpour replies:
Congresswoman, of course the United States is concerned about the nuclear program. Iran denies that it has one, so it hasn’t threatened to use them.
The whole interview is worth watching, as Bachmann seems to squirm nearly the entire time.

Jon Huntsman's Latest Attack Ad Against Mitt Romney



Brutal. But very effective.

Dana Perino On Fox News



Historically, I haven't been a big fan of Perino's -- but this exchange on Fox News' "The Five" might just sway my opinion of her.

Clearly, she is not supportive of Steven Chu, but at least Perino attempts to maintain a modicum of maturity regarding the Secretary of Energy. The same cannot be said of the other panel members on this show.

Said Perino:
I think it’s disgusting the way we name-call here, on both sides. This is a guy who is a very accomplished scientist.
Kudos.

Herman Cain's (Allegedly) Inappropriate Behavior

I heard about this on my LOCAL news this morning...
During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.I
The local affiliate was quick to mention that NBC News had not confirmed this information yet. But still I had to ask myself, "Why on earth is my local NBC affiliate running this story?"

Cain's campaign responds:
Herman Cain said Monday he was “falsely accused” of sexual harassment while he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association and had no knowledge of any settlements paid to his accusers.

“It is totally baseless and totally false,” Cain said in a Fox News interview. “Never have I ever committed any kind of sexual harassment.”

He added: “If the restaurant association did a settlement, I wasn’t even aware of it and I hope it wasn’t for much. If there was a settlement, it was handled by some of the other officers at the restaurant association.”

Cain’s response to POLITICO’s report that at least two women had accused him of inappropriate behavior during his NRA tenure came after the GOP presidential candidate’s campaign issued a lengthy statement Sunday night attacking – but not directly denying — the revelations.
Well, Cain has to be happy that he being vetted as a legitimate candidate at this point, no?

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Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

30 October 2011

Sunday Morning Music



You are listening to the Beastie Boys' "Jimmy James", from their sophomore album Check Your Head.

Enjoy your Sunday.

29 October 2011

Saturday Morning Cartoon

Can't get enough of Super Golden Crisp... it's cartoon time!

28 October 2011

"Why The Hell Is Sarah Palin On Our Set?"

Julianne Moore will be playing former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin in HBO's upcoming Game Change -- the book about the 2008 presidential election. Money:
Sarah Paulson, who plays Republican strategist Nicole Wallace in the film, says Moore could easily pass for the failed vice presidential candidate.

"I will say there were several times where I'd be standing there on set and she would walk by and I would see her peripherally," Paulson told me while promoting her new awards season favorite, Martha Marcy May Marlene (in theaters now). "I'd take a quick glance and I'd be like, 'Why the hell is Sarah Palin on our set?' It's so weird.

"Julianne Moore doesn't really look like Sarah Palin without all the makeup—but, oh my God!" she added. "She does this amazing thing with her body. Sarah Palin has a very specific way of standing and walking that Julianne does. It's going to blow people's minds."
Cue the Palinite backlash in 3... 2... 1...

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Photo: Mark Lyons/Getty Images/HBO

Jon Huntsman's Awesome Web Ad

All. Kinds. Of. Win:



In case you missed it, HERE is what they are lampooning.

Anonymous To (Allegedly) Target Fox News Channel



Interesting.

Now, at the risk of having Anonymous turning their attention to me, I have a question for the (in)famous hacker organization.

If Anonymous is as powerful and all-seeing as they claim to be, and if they are (apparently) supportive of the #Occupy movement, why haven't they (hadn't they) done something about Wall Street corruption in the first place?

Don't get me wrong, I think that Fox News Channel is a great target. Their bias is obvious, yet they spout the "Fair & Balanced" tagline everyday. Watching Anonymous take them down a peg or two should be interesting.

I'm just asking folks...

Lady Liberty

Lady Liberty

125 years old and she doesn’t look a day over 30.

On October 28th, 1886 Lady Liberty was dedicated. The neoclassical statue designed by Frédéric Bartholdi was a gift from the people of France to the United States in celebration of our independence from King George and Great Britain.

Work began in May of 1876. For the poor and destitute of the world she is a light of hope for a better life. For Sci-Fiction writers she is target of aliens, towering ocean waves, and the occasional Ape ridding around on horseback.

Within the base and the statue itself are many plaques celebrating occasions and people but probably the most important one is a poem written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 while the statue was still under construction.
The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
In today’s world even the poor of America often live better than much of what would have been the middle class of 1886. We often take what we have for granted and we have become cynical about the world; and sometimes greedy and protective of what we have. We want our food fast and to hell with what it does to our bodies. We want our SUV’s that get 3 miles to the gallon and who cares with what the pollution does to the planet. When things are going good we want everyone to stand out of way and let us through. When we fall flat on our faces we want someone else to fix it and someone else to blame for the mistake. We’ve forgotten what America is supposed to be about.

We aren’t supposed to be gallivanting all over the world with our military trying to force our way of life on those that aren’t ready for it. We aren’t supposed to have our doors shut to those who are simply asking for a chance to work hard and create a better life for themselves. We aren’t supposed to be trying to impose our religious views on other American citizens or telling them that they can’t get married because they don’t fall into our narrow minded world view.

We are America; the light of freedom and hope to the world. We are supposed to be better than that.   

27 October 2011

New Santorum Ad Goes After Herman Cain

... and targets Cain's pro-life bonafides. Or lack thereof:



Ouch. That's a strong ad.

Grammar Nerds, UNITE

... or rather, punctuation nerds.

Check out this awesome article at BuzzFeed: 14 Punctuation Marks That You Never Knew Existed. Their favorite is the "snark", which looks something like a backwards question mark.

However, MY favorite is the "interrobang":

Aside from the best name EVAH, the interrobang serves a great grammatical function in a sentence:
It's a combo-Exclamation/Question mark, and it's awesome. It is the glorious punctuational equivalent of saying OMGWTF?!
I'm going to start using this punctuation all the time! ALL. THE. TIME‽

Chris Christie: A More "New Jersey" Approach



I completely understand why Christie is popular. This kind of talk is refreshing, in a strange kind of way.

Quote Of The Day: Jon Huntsman's Spin

"I was surprised by it because we haven't had a single fund-raiser in New Hampshire. We haven't had a financial focus on New Hampshire. It hasn't been a center for fundraising for us. It's been a primary process that we take extremely seriously. One that we have developed a strategy around. Fundraising happens elsewhere. So if we were to do a fundraiser in New Hampshire we'd pull in more, no doubt about that." -Jon Huntsman, former Governor of Utah and current GOP primary candidate, on the news that his campaign reported only two donors in New Hampshire who gave a combined $1,000 in the last quarter.

Now, that is some spin.

26 October 2011

The First Rule Of "Right Club"...



...don't talk about Right Club.

25 October 2011

Karl Rove Rips Rick Perry



Rove:
You associate yourself with a nutty view like that, and you damage yourself. And I know he went and he's trying to cultivate -- as all of them are -- Donald Trump, in order to get his endorsement, but this is not the way to go about doing it, because it starts to marginalize you in the minds of some of the people whom you need in order to get the election. There's a simple answer: yes, [President Obama] was born in the United States, yes, he is eligible to serve, and don't associate yourself with sort of this nutty fringe group.
Well said, Turdblossom.

Head nod: GOP12

Ed Lee Is 2 Legit 2 Quit

#WIN:

Occupying A Galaxy Far, Far Away


Heh.

[via a friend on the Facespaces]

Welcome Back, Rick Perry


A reboot? Really? Here we go:
The Rick Perry relaunch has finally arrived.

After weeks battling questions about how he plans to salvage his listing presidential bid, the Texas governor has finally started spelling out an answer. It involves opening his $15 million campaign war chest, hitting Mitt Romney harder and moving to reclaim the role of the populist conservative outsider in the race.

Perry will deliver a policy address Tuesday in South Carolina outlining his support for a national flat tax – a proposal that for the first time extends beyond his record in Texas. His campaign has reserved statewide television airtime in Iowa to start as early as this week.
... and he will continue to baffle political analysts with his birther rhetoric.

But wait, there's more:
Republican media strategist Alex Castellanos suggested that Perry is likely to focus his attention on the last of those imperatives: tearing down his most formidable opponent in the race instead of “repairing Perry’s broken image.”

“My guess is they believe that if they can kill Romney, no one else can get the nomination but Perry,” Castellanos said. “I expect that a few Perry positives will soon hit the TV airwaves, but they will just be cover for a brutal assault on Romney from the Perry campaign and his super PAC.”

He warned: “Perry won’t just go negative. He’ll make your television bleed and beg for mercy.”

One Republican operative familiar with the work of Perry’s new team expressed concern that the coming campaign could be so negative as to “jeopardize the general election.”

“They want to destroy Romney, and they don’t care if there is no GOP elephant left,” the operative said. “Total destroy mission. And Perry’s bought into it.”
Dang.

Y'all play nice now, ya hear?

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Photo: Gregory Bull/AP photo

Herman Cain Still On Top Of GOP Field In Polling

According to the latest New York Times/CBS polling:
Herman Cain, the former restaurant executive, is riding a wave of support among Republican primary voters that has placed him in a statistical dead heat with rival Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, in a race that has been characterized by momentum swings among the candidates.

The poll found Mr. Cain with the highest level of support, with 25 percent of Republican primary voters, and Mr. Romney with 21 percent. This difference is within the poll’s margin of sampling error.

Adding to the fluidity of the contest, about one in 10 Republican primary voters say they would like to see someone else nominated.

Support for Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, has weakened to 6 percent, placing him among the second-tier candidates with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, who have the backing of 10 percent and 8 percent of Republican primary voters, respectively. Michele Bachmann, Jon M. Huntsman Jr., and Rick Santorum are all struggling to gain traction with the Republican electorate – none of the three drew more than 2 percent of support among Republican primary voters.
However, this caveat still applies:
About eight in 10 Republican primary voters say it is still too early to tell whom they will support, and just four in 10 say they have been paying a lot of attention to the 2012 presidential campaign[.]
So, even though Cain appears to still be picking up steam, the race is still wide open...

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Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Rick Perry Continues To Talk About The Birth Certificate



Okay, so I'm thinking about retracting my thoughts from yesterday. It certainly sounds like Perry is starting to push the issue.

Herman Cain's New Ad (With The Guy Who Smokes)

The Interwebs are all a-twitter about this new spot from Herman Cain:



Ummm... what?

Cain's campaign Chief of Staff Mark Block is somewhat reminicent of the "Smoking Man" from The X-Files. Creeper.

24 October 2011

Did Rick Perry Make A Nod To The #Birthers?


Mmmmaybe...

In an interview with Parade Magazine, Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about Donald Trump and the "issue" of President Obama's birth certificate:
Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
I have no reason to think otherwise.

That’s not a definitive, “Yes, I believe he”—
Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate.

But you’ve seen his.
I don’t know. Have I?

You don’t believe what’s been released?
I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.

And?
That came up.

And he said?
He doesn’t think it’s real. [ed. note: shocker]

And you said?
I don’t have any idea. It doesn’t matter. He’s the President of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.
Now TPM and several other left-leaning outfits have criticized Perry for "courting the birthers". But, I'm not so sure...

That last answer in the quote that I've posted (the full interview is here) is the most important: "It doesn’t matter. ... It's a distractive issue."

Well, no sh*t. However, the question is this: Is Rick Perry's answer ("I have no reason to think otherwise.") a calculated response to 'wink' at birthers? Or is it a straight-forward dismissal of a trivial political side-show?

At first glance, I feel like it is the latter. BUT, later in the interview, Perry admits to be courting The Donald's support. So, I suppose one can argue the former -- since Trump is a confirmed birther.

Rick Santorum: Ready For Some Football

Ready for some Newt Gingrich speeches? Not so much:



This is the one positive trait that I can find about Rick Santorum: he likes to watch football while Newt Gingrich talks.

[via]

Ah, Matt Drudge...

From Friday....


Okay, so based on that screen-shot of the Drudge Report, would you have expected this article?
Obama: Libyans can celebrate 'new era of promise'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama hailed the declaration of freedom in Libya on Sunday, saying "a new era of promise" is under way in the African nation. He also urged its new leaders to turn their attention to the political transition ahead.
...because that's where the link took me. Ugh.

Hard Wuerk


-M.Wuerker, Wuerking Drawings

Rick Perry Drops To Sixth Place In Iowa

DANG:
Reflecting national trends, businessman Herman Cain has now jumped to the front of the Republican pack in Iowa.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Iowa caucus-goers shows that Cain is in front with 28% followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at 21%. Congressman Ron Paul is a distant third at 10% followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 9%, Congresswoman Michelle [sic] Bachmann at 8%, and Texas Governor Rick Perry at 7%. The sixth place finish for Perry is a sharp decline from early September when Perry was the frontrunner both nationally and in Iowa. (To see survey question wording, click here).

Former Senator Rick Santorum picks up 4% of the vote and former Governor Jon Huntsman is at 2%. Another 4% would prefer some other candidate and 8% are not sure.

Only one-third of the caucus-goers (32%) are certain of their vote and don’t expect to change their mind. Among these voters, 30% prefer Cain, 22% Romney, and 17% Paul.

Among those absolutely certain they will show up and participate in the caucus, Cain leads Romney 31% to 18%. Many have criticized the Cain campaign for not having a strong organization in Iowa which is seen as essential to turning out the vote. According to such conventional analysis, Cain might be at risk of raising expectations too high and then underperforming.
While the fact that Herman Cain has taken a lead in Iowa polling is mildly surprising (flavor-of-the-month syndrome), what is even more surprising to me is that Rick Perry has plummeted to sixth place in Iowa. Wow.

Take a look at the trend-lines:


Bear in mind that Perry didn't officially enter the race for the nomination until July.

What is remarkable about that purple line is the dramatic rise and equally dramatic fall.

However, Herman Cain should take note: his red line has an even-more-dramatic rise which -- if my guess is right -- will accompany a drop as well in the relatively near future...

Flavor-of-the-month folks. Mark my words.

Bachmann Campaign New Hamphire Staffers' Statement

The joint press-release:



[via]

Mitt Romney On The Road



Some interesting exchanges involving Mitt Romney on the campaign trail...

23 October 2011

Sunday Morning Music



You are listening to "The Way" by Jill Scott -- from her first major-label album Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1.

Enjoy your Sunday.

22 October 2011

Saturday Morning Cartoon

Eat your Wheaties -- it's cartoon time!

21 October 2011

Bate’ing

I’ve been pretty quiet for some time now on the blog and in a week or two I’ll be able to explain why. There have been some interesting changings going on.In the mean time however I just couldn’t resist chiming in on this news story.

According to “Pastor” Mark Driscoll, writing in a booklet called “Porn-again Christian”, all men need to stop masturbating because it’s a form of homosexuality.
First, masturbation can be a form of homosexuality because it is a sexual act that does not involve a woman. If a man were to masturbate while engaged in other forms of sexual intimacy with his wife then he would not be doing so in a homosexual way. However, any man who does so without his wife in the room is bordering on homosexual activity, particularly if he’s watching himself in a mirror and being turned on by his own male body.
Now, just like almost every post-pubescent male on the planet I occasionally have a date with Rosie Palm. She’s Sweat, gentle, knows exactly what it takes to make me feel good, and doesn’t bitch about why I haven’t finished putting together the shelves in the living room or cleaned out all the junk under the deck that’s been there since 2003. She’s good to me and keeps me happy.

Often when I see remarks such as those of this “Pastor” the first thing that comes to my mind is that he must be feeling guilty about something. My advise to Mr. Driscoll is to get some lotion to sooth the motion and stop beating yourself up over something that’s as natural as waking up in the morning with that tent pole under the covers.

20 October 2011

Bank Of America To Use Taxpayers... Again

That's right folks, without regulatory approval, Bank of America has moved trillions of dollars of Euro derivatives into their depository where it is backed and protected by the FDIC. Or as we liked to call it in the Marine Corps, we're getting the big green weenie.
This story from Bloomberg just hit the wires this morning. Bank of America is shifting derivatives in its Merrill investment banking unit to its depository arm, which has access to the Fed discount window and is protected by the FDIC.

This means that the investment bank's European derivatives exposure is now backstopped by U.S. taxpayers. Bank of America didn't get regulatory approval to do this, they just did it at the request of frightened counterparties. Now the Fed and the FDIC are fighting as to whether this was sound. The Fed wants to "give relief" to the bank holding company, which is under heavy pressure.
Oh, and it doesn't stop there. BofA isn't the only institution doing this. JP Morgan is moving up to $79 trillion in European derivatives to where they will have protection from the FDIC.
It appears that the banks are relying on the Too Big To Fail mentality of the Teasury Department, and the legislators in Washington to have little choice but to institute a bailout of massive proportions should these derivatives be called in for Euro failures. Only this time, the cost would be 10 times the amount taxpayers spent bailing out institutions during the 2008 credit crisis.

For the American people, these moves by Bank of America and JP Morgan should be severe warnings to just how bad the global credit crisis is becoming, and the potential for over $100 trillion in derivatives to be thrust on the US taxpayers. It is ironic that Merril Lynch once again is the center of controversy for too big to fail, but this time, there may not be enough dollars in circulation to save the banks should the worst case scenario come to pass.
You wanted to know how you can destroy the most powerful country this world has ever seen? I give you the banking institutions. I have been pretty much ignoring this "Occupy Wall Street" movment, but maybe I'll take this guy's advice:

Hillary Clinton Receives Word Of Qaddafi's Capture

Raw footage of Hillary Clinton getting the news that Muammar Qaddafi had been captured:



Interesting.

[via]

Ron Paul's Campaign Announces Big Ad Buy



Ron Paul has a plan -- and some money to try to implement it:
Ron Paul's campaign announced Thursday the purchase of a multi-million dollar ad blitz in early primary states, an indication that the Texas congressman is ready to flex his sizable fundraising edge in an effort to move into the top tier of the Republican race.

Paul's buy features two ads - the first, titled 'Plan', outlines the candidate's recently released economic plan, which included a 15 percent cut to the defense budget and an end to all foreign aid, amongst $1 trillion in overall cuts that included the elimination of five cabinet-level agencies.

[snip]

“No other Republican candidate’s economic plan matches that of Dr. Paul’s, so in turn we thought it only right to follow with a worthy campaign advertising effort,” said Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton.

The ads are expected to air in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.
Fury posted the second ad in the set ("Consistent") the other day. I think that the first one (above) is exceedingly effective.

That said, as far as I'm concerned, Ron Paul needs to stick with this type of advertising and avoid shifting to court social conservatives (ahem). Paul, to me, has always been THE candidate of fiscal discipline. As long as he keeps that up, I think that his campaign will continue to garner more and more attention -- particularly from independents.

Donald Trump Is Back On The Birther Wagon


Oh yeah. He's bringing back the greates hits:
Donald Trump joined Rep. Michele Bachmann on a tele-town hall Monday night. The campaign is claiming that over 200,000 people called in to participate.

In a wide-ranging conversation, the pair discussed health care reform, the Solyndra debacle, China, and most shockingly, President Obama’s birth certificate.

“When I left the race, as Michele will tell you, I was leading the polls,” Trump claimed. “And it was because I talked about China and OPEC. Not just the birth certificate, which I’m very proud of, I got this guy to show it. Someone should continue to analyze that whole deal by the way.”
Maybe I should fire-up DonaldTrumpSez.com again...

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Photo: Julie Jacobson/AP

19 October 2011

Mitt Romney Vs. Rick Perry: Dueling Political Ads

Mitt Romney:



Rick Perry:



The ads are, essentially, candidates hitting each other on their record of creating jobs during their time as governor of Massachusetts and Texas, respectively.

Both candidates have gone on record saying that 'government doesn't create jobs, private corporations and small businesses do' (Romney here, Perry here).

So, here's the exit question: why the critical examination of their job creating skills as governor, if -- as each candidate contends -- it is not the job of the government (and by proxy, the President) to create jobs?

I'm asking an honest question here -- I'm not being sarcastic or cynical. Discuss.

18 October 2011

Ron Paul Ad: Consistent

Herman Cain Talks Circles Around Himself

Unreal:
Once Cain arrived, however, it didn't take long before he was asked about a controversial "joke" he recently made about installing a 20-foot-tall electrified fence along the U.S./Mexico border to keep immigrants from entering the country illegally.

Halfway through the question about the electric fence, Cain butted in with "it was a joke!"

"Let me first say it was a joke, and some people don't think that it was a good joke, and it's probably not a joke that you're supposed to make if you're a presidential candidate," Cain continued. "I apologize if it offended anyone. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa."

Only, it might not be a joke, he later said, before finally saying he just doesn't want to offend anyone.

"I don't like to offend anyone...however, I don't apologize for using a combination of a fence. And it might be electrified -- I'm not walking away from that," Cain backtracked. "I just don't want to offend anybody. It was a joke to the extent in the context of the views of that speech, but in terms of what we need to do, I fully intend to do so because I'm more sensitive to our citizens being hurt."
My emphases.

Video:



So what is it Mr. Cain? It's a joke? You're not walking away from the idea? It was a joke? You fully intend to build the electrified fence?

Bush league.

Nobody Likes Mitt Romney



"Almost all of Perry's support appears to have gone to Herman Cain because, again, and I cannot stress this enough, nobody likes Mitt Romney. Nobody. He is like the Republican party's ultimate safety school."

Heh.

[apologies for the annoying ad]

Presidential Equipment Stolen

So apparently, this happened:
A truck filled with President Obama's podiums and audio equipment was stolen in Henrico just days before his visit to Chesterfield.

We confirmed an investigation with the U.S. Defense Department. There are still a lot of questions. The biggest one being did the thieves intentionally target the President's truck or did they take advantage of a crime of opportunity and give a big "uh-oh" when they saw what was inside.

When you see President Obama speak, there is a pretty typical setup including the presidential seal on a podium, the see-thru Teleprompter and a portable sound system.

Thieves saw the truck carrying that equipment and couldn't resist the target.

We're told the truck was parked at the Virginia Center Commons Courtyard Marriott in advance on Wednesday's presidential visit to Chesterfield.

Sources said inside that vehicle was about $200,000 worth of sound equipment, several podiums and presidential seals, behind which only the President himself can stand.
I'm guessing that the thieves did not see "the truck carrying that equipment and couldn't resist" stealing it. More than likely, the truck was stolen without the ne'er-do-wells realizing what they had just taken.

Either way, it has to make you wonder how on earth someone was able to steal anything belonging to the President. I would have thought that everything associated with any POTUS would be carefully guarded -- not simply parked in a Courtyard by Marriott parking lot...

The Ever-Moving Republican Primary Contests

Politico:
The Iowa GOP's Central Committee on Monday set Jan. 3 as the date for the state's presidential caucuses. The move leaves New Hampshire as the only state left without a set date for its presidential nominating contest. New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner has said he will select a date that keeps the state at least seven days before Jan. 14, when the Nevada caucus is scheduled, and has not ruled out moving the primary into December.
I suppose that this isn't all-that-surprising, given the shift in dates that Florida provoked (which was not received well by South Carolina).

So, this means that many caucus voters in Iowa will still be hung over from their New Year's celebrations when they head out to vote for their Republican candidate-of-choice. Should make some interesting b-roll footage for the cable nets.

17 October 2011

Quote Of The Day: Huckabee Advocates Voter Suppression

"Make a list of ten family members, ten friends, ten neighbors, ten folks you work with or have worked with in the past and call them and ask them, 'Are you gonna vote on issue, and are you gonna vote for it?' If they say no, well, you just make sure that they don't go vote. Let the air out of their tires on election day. Tell them the election has been moved to a different date. That’s up to you how you creatively get the job done." -Mike Huckabee, "jokingly urging" a crowd of people in Mason, Ohio to prevent political opponents from exercising their right to vote.

My emphasis. Classy Mike.

Audio here (the quote starts 12:00 in):



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Photo: Brooks Craft/Corbis for Time

SNL: Yet Another GOP Debate



Heh. I loved the "Fight Club" quality to Gingrich and Bachmann's appearance.

Oh, and Santorum says that the left is "bullying" those with "traditional family values" in response to the sketch. Yeah.

Herman Cain's Foreign Policy Problem

The Fix:
Asked this past Sunday whether Iran’s involvement in an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. amounted to an act of war, Cain told “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory: “After I looked at all of the information provided by the intelligence community, the military, then I could make that decision.”

Pressed on the issue, Cain added: “If, if it’s an act of war, and the evidence suggests that, then I am going to consult with my advisers and say, ‘What are our options?’”

The leading 2012 GOP presidential contender also seemed not to know what a “neoconservative” was and offered a halting — though ultimately decent — answer on American policy toward Afghanistan.

Cain’s lack of detailed answers on foreign policy matters have not hurt him in the GOP presidential primary thus far for three reasons: 1) the Republican electorate is almost exclusively focused on the economy; 2) his candor is part and parcel of his “not a politician” appeal; 3) in a crowded Republican field, he’s been able to mask what he doesn’t know easily and effectively.
Oy.

It's not the "lack of detailed answers" that bothers me. It's the fact that he punts on nearly every question. His go-to answer is, 'well, I'll consult with some experts'.

Now begins the ugly business of digging into Cain's experience and -- more importantly -- knowledge (or lack thereof). Stuff like this is not going to help.

What Did You Do This Weekend?






























This was my weekend.

Oh, you want some back-story? Okay.

Last weekend I was cleaning the bathroom -- more specifically the bathtub. I noticed that the caulk around the bottom of the tub was looking worn, so I decided to pull it all out and throw a new bead of caulk in there.

As I was cleaning out the old caulk, I noticed some dampness behind the shower wall (surround). For all of you who do not consider yourselves "handy", water behind the tub surround = bad. Very bad.

I finished removing the old caulk and started to peel off the plastic surround and, sure enough, the drywall was moist and mushy. Not to mention smelly. Gross.

Knowing that this was going to be a work-in-progress, I called my dad and asked him to come over and take out some aggression on the walls of my bathroom.

So, after a soccer game in the morning, my pop and me spent the afternoon Saturday -- and the afternoon on Sunday -- removing the drywall from the bathroom walls. The photos above were taken on Saturday afternoon -- there is even more drywall missing now from the work we did on Sunday.

Next weekend, we'll be heading to Lowe's to get plywood, replacement drywall and a new tub surround. I'll post pictures of the great bathroom remodel of 2011 when I have them.

Blergh.

16 October 2011

Sunday Morning Music



I was watching "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" the other night (okay, so I wasn't really watching -- I DVR'd it and watched the next day), and Yo Gabba Gabba was the musical guest. Awesome.

Enjoy your Sunday.

15 October 2011

Saturday Morning Cartoon

Eat your Wheaties -- it's cartoon time!

14 October 2011

Ron Paul Courting Social Conservatives



It appears that Paul's campaign is attempting something that they did not in 2008: courting social/Evangelical conservatives.

I cannot remember any political ads, or rhetoric, of this nature in his last campaign for the GOP nomination...

Quote Of The Day: Steele On The "Bullshit"


“All that is bullshit! Quote me! Everyone who’s out there peddling that narrative never gave a single example—because there was none!” -Michael Steele, responding to a question from The Daily Beast regarding allegations that he spent too much and raised too little during his tenure as RNC Chairman.

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Photo: AP

Pikachewie


All kinds of win.

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A Closer Look At Herman Cain



Like Rick Perry before him (and Michele Bachmann before him), Herman Cain is the current Republican-candidate-flavor-of-the-month (Week? Day?), as he finds himself steadily climbing in the polls.

And, like Rick Perry before him, Herman Cain is starting to run the gauntlet of people digging into his record, on the record, as the video above clearly demonstrates. Ben Smith:
And speaking of Herman Cain, a veteran oppo guy sends over what he tells me is a freelance project, a kind of demonstration of the kind of fire Cain is going to start taking based on some of his weaker moments on tape.
"Weaker moments on tape" is a gross understatement. Cain didn't even know what the "right of return" is. Yikes.

13 October 2011

Quote Of The Day: Limbaugh - "Romney Is Not A Conservative"



"Romney is not a conservative. He's not, folks. You can argue with me all day long on that, but he isn't. What he has going for him is that he's not Obama and that he is doing incredibly well in the debates because he's done it a long time. He's very seasoned. He never makes a mistake, and he's going to keep winning these things if he never makes a mistake. It's that simple. But I'm not personally ready to settle on anybody yet -- and I know that neither are most of you, and I also know that most of you do not want this over now, before we've even had a single primary! All we've had are straw votes. You know that the Republican establishment's trying to nail this down and end it. You know that that's happening, and I know that you don't want that to happen, and neither do I.

"Now, as for Romney -- and you should know, by the way, that I've met Romney. I've not played golf with him but I've met him, and I like all of these people. This isn't personal, not with what country faces and so forth. I like him very much. I've spent some social time with him. He's a fine guy. He's very nice gentleman. He is a gentleman. But he's not a conservative -- and if you disagree, I'm open." -Rush Limbaugh, on his radio program today.

Stephen Colbert On Chris Christie's Announcement



Yeah yeah yeah ... I know that it was last week. I've stopped DVRing The Colbert Report, so you'll have to forgive me. I just saw this video and thought it was worth posting.

Mitt Romney's Campaign Website


Best. Error page. Evah.

Head nod: GOP12

Red Band Trailer: "American Reunion"


Ladies & gentlemen I give you the dead horse that continues to be beaten. Quasi-NSFW.

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11 October 2011

Brian Williams' "Rock Center"


B-Diddy sends this my way:
The highly anticipated NBC News primetime newsmagazine "Rock Center with Brian Williams" will debut on Monday, October 31st at 10pm ET. The announcement was made today by Steve Capus, President of NBC News and Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment.

"Rock Center" is the first new primetime broadcast launched by NBC News in nearly 20 years, and it will draw on the unparalleled strength of America's premiere news organization. Led by "NBC Nightly News" anchor and managing editor Brian Williams, the innovative newsmagazine will feature Harry Smith, Kate Snow and other award-winning correspondents and anchors of NBC News, including Meredith Vieira, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Richard Engel, Matt Lauer and Ann Curry.

"Brian Williams already anchors America's most watched, honored and respected nightly news broadcast. 'Rock Center' now gives him, and our all-star cast of journalists an opportunity to take viewers on a weekly journey of discovery," said Capus. "Smart, original and occasionally irreverent, we hope it will become a destination for viewers looking for something special."

"There's no one more enlightening or personable in the news business than Brian Williams," said Greenblatt. "We welcome Brian and this fresh new take on a primetime news show to our schedule, especially as we head into an election year."

"'Rock Center' will cover a slightly different world than anything else on television," said Williams. "The format will be good, real, hard journalism - and then some. We intend to be the new home of quality journalism on a weekly basis, and on the web at all times."
"Highly anticipated"? Really?

Diddy says:
What's your take on this? I give it 3 weeks.
My take? Most folks don't want to watch a "hard news" show at 10:00 p.m. Then again, Jay Leno was hardly a straight journalist, and his show flopped in the 10:00 p.m. time slot.

Either way, I give "Rock Center" (gah) a three-week lifespan for starters. However, I may watch the first week of shows and change my prediction (to four-weeks perhaps).

Chris Christie Endorses Mitt Romney

Chalk up a BIG WIN for the Romney campaign:
The endorsement came just after 3 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott in Hanover, New Hampshire, just hours before the presidential candidates gather at Dartmouth College for the seventh debate of the GOP nomination fight.

“Americans cannot survive another four years of Barack Obama,” said Christie. “Mitt Romney is the man we need to lead America.” Christie added that Romney represents the “best of both worlds” given his experience in the private and public sector.

For his part, Romney called Christie a “real hero”.

Back in May, Christie praised Romney for his speech defending and explaining his Massachusetts health care law. “That type of candor is what Americans expect from a serious presidential candidate today,” Christie said at the time.
...and I'd bet that you'll hear Romney play this up at the GOP debate later this evening.

Your move, Rick Perry.

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Photo: Julio Cortez/AP

Quote Of The Day: Too Late For Giuliani


"If it's too late for Chris Christie, it's too late for me." -former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, speaking to the Long Island Association earlier today, confirming that he will not be a candidate for the GOP nomination for president in 2012.

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Photo: Ben Baker

National Coming Out Day


Vast posted for last year's Coming Out Day here. It's worth reading again.

Here's to the safety and well-being to all of those who decide to come out today -- and every day.

10 October 2011

Mitt Romney And Chris Christie Together



SNL's cold open from this past weekend. Enjoy.

Majority Don't Want Second Term For President Obama

Dang.
A majority of Americans now oppose giving President Obama a second term, reflecting the country's continued weak economic performance, according to the latest IBD/TIPP survey released Monday.

By 51%-41%, respondents in October picked "someone new deserves a chance" over Obama "deserves to be re-elected." Among independents, it was 54%-36%. Back in September, the readings were 50%-44% and 53%-38%, respectively.
Now, while I'm not all that familiar with IBD/TIPP polling (and any biases that they might have), I would not be surprised if this polling is accurate. To some degree, at least.

People are angry with the President.

The Anti-Mormon Card Gets Played

Sadly.
The Mormon issue is back with a vengeance in the Republican race for president. Will Mitt Romney’s faith weigh on him as he tries to cement himself as the frontrunner after activists’ serial flirtations with conservative non-Mitt alternative candidates?

It all started with some inflammatory remarks by a Texas pastor, a supporter of that state’s governor, Rick Perry, at the Value Voter summit of evangelical conservatives in Washington on Friday afternoon. Rev. Robert Jeffress said that he did not believe Romney is a Christian, and told reporters that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) is “a cult.”

“Every true, born again follower of Christ ought to embrace a Christian over a non-Christian,” Jeffress said. Perry campaign spokesmen said that the governor does not believe Mormonism is a cult, but refused to criticize Jeffress and did not address the question of whether members of the Church are Christians.

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On Sunday, two Romney rivals who target religious conservatives in their campaigns pointedly declined to welcome Romney into the Christian fold.

“I’m not running for theologian-in-chief,” former pizza executive Herman Cain said on CNN. “He’s a Mormon. That much I know. I am not going to do an analysis of Mormonism versus Christianity for the sake of getting into that.”

A candidate’s religion “is a valid concern,” Cain said, apparently unfamiliar with the part of the Constitution that prohibits a religious test for office, “but I don’t think necessarily it should be a big campaign issue.”

On CBS Face the Nation, Cain again refused to answer the Christian question: “I believe that they believe they are Christians.”
My emphasis. Wow.

Well, it could be worse for Romney. He could be a Kenyan Muslim, right? Oh wait...

In other Mitt Romney-bashing news, the Democratic National Committee has launched WhichMitt.com in an effort to play-up Romney's penchant for flip-flopping:


So, the Republicans are attacking Mitt's religion, the Democrats are attacking his changes-of-position. I guess that covers most of the bases then, no?

The good news for Romney is that, when all of these people are attacking you, that means that people are talking about you. See: Oscar Wilde: "The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about."

Indeed.

Herman Cain, Front And Center

Interesting:
As Herman Cain climbs the polls in the Republican primary, he is receiving increased attention from Republican voters, adversaries in the field and, it seems, the staging department of Tuesday's Washington Post/Bloomberg debate at Dartmouth College.

Cain's rise to second in recent national polling means he has earned a spot next to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in tomorrow night's debate, ABC News is reporting. Gov. Rick Perry (Texas), whose numbers have been in freefall since the last GOP debate, has been edged to the right of Cain, meaning he'll be paired across the table from fellow Texan Rep. Ron Paul.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) form the next "pair" radiating out from the front-runners, with former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) taking seats closest to moderator Charlie Rose — and farthest from the spotlight.
Ouch. Et tu, Rick Perry?

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Photo: CNN

On Columbus Day



"There's so many holidays we celebrate every year that mean nothing. Like Columbus Day. Nobody celebrates Columbus Day, nobody puts like three ships in their front yard. First of all, Columbus discovered the West Indies. Second of all, the land he discovered had occupants on it. That's kinda like discovering somebody's back yard. So when you think about it real hard, all Columbus did was discover a West Indian back yard. He got there with his little flag and said 'I claim this land for Spain.' And the West Indians are like, 'Hey, Mon, get your damn flag off me yard now. Move it now!'" -Chris Rock, in a commentary segment from Weekend Update from season 17, episode 11 on January 18, 1992.

Joe The Plumber Goes To Congress

... or at least might run for Congress.
The filing for "Joe for Congress 2012" was just submitted on Friday, and the scanned file does not yet appear on the FEC's site, and went without notice, to my knowledge, until a couple of hours ago.

The statement of candidacy isn't online yet, but it lists Wurzelbacher in Ohio's Ninth District, which has been held by Democrat Marcia Kaptur since 1983. Wurzelbacher floated the idea he might challenge Kaptur in 2010, and there have been rumors recently that he might consider a run.
To paraphrase everyone, everywhere... "WHAAAAAA?" or perhaps "WHYYYYYY?"

Still, this should get interesting.

Head nod: David Catanese

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Photo: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images

Some "Occupy" Humor #OWS #OSS


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07 October 2011

Resolution Condemning Rick Perry

...for the whole "Niggerhead Ranch" thing.


You're kidding me, right?

The draft reads like this:
Condemning Texas Governor Rick Perry for using a secluded West Texas hinting camp as a place to host lawmakers, friends and supporters on hunting trips at a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance called “Niggerhead.”
So, again I say, yes -- the term is racist and indefensible. But, this is unreal.

I ask you, is it the business of Congress -- specifically the House of Representatives -- to make such a statement?

Bad Lip Reading

I found these at badlipreading.tumblr.com. Michele Bachmann:



And because we're fair at poking fun, here is President Obama:



Hilarity ensues.

Head nod: TYWKIWDBI

06 October 2011

Hard Wuerk


-M.Wuerker, Wuerking Drawings

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