Thursday, November 3, 2011

Headlines - Thursday November 3

Meghan McCain as a political "analyst"? REALLY?

And the nepotism revolving door continues spinning


" is probably the most highly overrated thing in the world. ...It's good to have some. Because I've been without and I've had some, and it's better to have some." --Rick Perry on income inequality (Raw Story)
Texas Judge Beats Disabled Daughter on Video
Mother Jones: Anthony Weiner's Revenge
Wash Post:
Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) said of the [multiple sexual harassment] charges against Cain. "Everybody's got stuff. Your profession's got to grow up. We as politicians need to grow up. The American people need to grow up."
Everybody's got stuff.  Really, congressman?  Is there something you'd like to share?

Not to mention, great think to tell a woman who may have been sexually harassed: Grow up.

Of course, what Walsh really means is that he was just admonished by a judge for being
$100,000 behind on his child support.  Seriously.  $100,000.
A Chicago judge issued a preliminary ruling Wednesday against U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) in his child-support dispute with his ex-wife, ordering the Tea Party favorite to explain why he appears to be $100,000 behind in child-support payments.
So what the good Teabagger leader in Congress means is that sexual harassment is no big deal, just like letting your kids fend for themselves is no big deal.

ABL posted about the Waffle House terror cell, a group of senior citizen militia members who were trying to cook ricin, buy explosives and get silencers in a plot to kill a "bucket list" of federal and state government officials. The court documents said they could shoot IRS and ATF agents "all day long". But apparently some government employees are more equal than others:

[O]ne of them, Mr. Thomas [...] his wife says he's a 30-year Navy veteran. Another man had worked for the USDA USDA agency, and has even boasted of showing off some of his certificates he obtained from the USDA or from training certifications to the other suspects. And one of the men was a contractor for the CDC in Atlanta.

We all know Medicare isn't a government program. Apparently the tax money that funds the CDC and the USDA, as well as Navy pensions, aren't collected by the IRS, either.

Oh, and these guys were inspired by a Fox News personality's insanely inspirational novel about killing all the evil gubmint peoples.


Oklahoma political consultant Chris Wilson says if the woman behind the reported sexual harassment complaint against GOP Presidential hopeful Herman Cain is allowed to speak publicly, it'll be the end of Cain's run for the White House.

Interviewed today on KTOK's Mullins in the Morning, Wilson, of Wilson-Perkins-Allen Opinion Research headquartered in Washington, D.C. explained he was a witness to the incident. "I was the pollster at the National Restaurant Association when Herman Cain was head of it and I was around a couple of times when this happened and anyone who was involved with the NRA at the time, knew that this was gonna come up."

Wilson described the woman as a low level staffer who was maybe two years out of college. "This occurred at a restaurant in Crystal City (Virginia) and everybody was aware of it," he continued. "It was only a matter of time because so many people were aware of what took place, so many people were aware of her situation, the fact she left—-everybody knew with the campaign that this would eventually come up."


Buzzfeed has posted the photos of "20 couples that put Kim Kardashian to shame." The caption for the above photo: "Ed Watson is 78 years old and has Alzheimer's. He's worried that by the time the court finally rules on Prop 8, he won't be able to recognize Derence, his partner of over 40 years. They cannot get married, but Kim Kardashian can... for 72 days."
Nearly one-third of unemployed Americans have been out of work for more than a year. Thanks, Chimpy! (Pew Research)
Let's All Sing Like Tweetie Sings -
"F— you. F— you. Where'd you get that? Is that what you think? You think I don't write my books? I would never let anybody write something for me. Why do you think I'm like that? It's amazing to me that you think I'm some lightweight, glib bullshit artist that has somebody do his work for him. The writing is the hard part, the composition." –Chris Matthews on being questioned about having a ghost writer
What does Herman Cain know?

To answer the question from the post heading, not much.  Cain has become a walking, talking joke.

My China strategy is quite simply outgrow China. It gets back to economics. China has a $6 trillion economy and they're growing at approximately 10 percent. We have a $14 trillion economy — much bigger — but we're growing at an anemic 1.5, 1.6 percent. When we get our economy growing back at the rate of 5 or 6 percent that it has the ability to do, we will outgrow China.And secondly, we already have superiority in terms of our military capability, and I plan to get away from making cutting our defense a priority and make investing in our military capability a priority, going back to my statement: peace through strength and clarity. So yes they're a military threat. They've indicated that they're trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.

a) If China has a $6 trillion economy (it does) and if it's growing at a rate of 10% (it is) and if the US has a $14 trillion economy (it does) and should that US economy grow at the rate Cain hopes it does (5 – 6%), then China will surpass the US and not the other way around.

Math, as we've come to learn, is not one of Cain's strong suits.

b) China has at least 240 nuclear warheads and in all probability, many more than that.  China has been in the nuclear arsenal game since 1964.

Facts, as we've come to learn, are not one of Cain's strong suits.


We're pretty sure they can hear you now. Loud and clear. Maybe you heard that there was a general strike in Oakland on Wednesday. It was very successful. The Occupy protesters effectively shut down one of the busiest seaports in the country. This picture makes the point. It's truly worth a thousand words.


You can never go wrong by following this timeless advice: Follow. The. Fucking. Money. "There are new details in Pennsylvania on the proposal by Republican leaders to change the state's allocation of electoral votes, to a House district-based system -- showing a lobbying effort drawn from the top tiers of state Republican ranks. ... A new report from the state news site Capitol Wire (paid subscription required) reveals that a group with the ironic name "All Votes Matter" has emerged, lobbying state legislators -- and hiring former top state Senate staffers for the task. ... According to the report, the group spent $77,700 on lobbying in the April-June quarter, and spent $186,882 on lobbying in the July-September quarter. The source of the funding is not legally required to be disclosed, and has not been disclosed. ... The proposal, if passed into law, would enable the 2012 Republican nominee to potentially take a majority of the 20 electoral votes in the state, even if President Obama carried the state's popular vote, thanks to GOP-led redistricting after the 2010 wave. Polling has shown Pennsylvania voters opposing the measure. ... Had this proposed system been in place in 2008, when Obama won the state by a ten-point margin, he in fact would have only taken 11 out of the state's 21 electoral votes at the time -- due to a combination of past Republican-led redistricting efforts to maximize their district strength, and Obama's votes being especially concentrated within urban areas."
The number of Americans living below the poverty level has hit a record 20.5 million people, according to new Census date. Those living in high-poverty neighborhoods increased 41 percent and now one in 15 people are "considered to be the poorest of the poor" — the highest in 35 years.
Oh well, nothing good was planned anyway.
So Condoleezza Rice has come out with a new revisionist legacy book, desperately trying to climb on to the apron strings of the Obama administration. Any "success" that Obama has achieved in the Middle East--such as they are begrudgingly able to admit--is due completely to the Bush Doctrine, doncha know?

But other than the same disgusting, lack of self-awareness that allows Condoleezza Rice the ability to sleep at night knowing that under her tenure we invaded, occupied and destroyed at least two countries, the most startling revelation in her book involves a sadistic little bent by Darth Cheney:

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she and President George W. Bush were once given a mouthful of a scare — that they may have been lethally poisoned.

In a revealing ABC interview, Rice recounted the story while on tour for her newly released memoir, in which she details fears of radioactive attacks and smallpox in Washington after 9/11.

She and then-President Bush were in Shanghai just weeks after the terrorist attacks when Vice President Dick Cheney called in on a video conference line to deliver the unsettling news.

"The vice president came on the screen and said that the White House detectors have detected botulinum toxin, and we were all — those of who were exposed — were going to die," Rice told ABC's George Stephanopoulos this week.

"I remember everybody just sort of freezing and the president saying, 'What was that? What was that Dick?" said Rice.

Botulism poisoning leads to paralysis, first starting with the face muscles and then spreading toward the limbs. In its most severe forms, the poison can lead to respiratory failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That is the stuff of nightmares right there: Dick Cheney on a big screen saying, "You're going to die!" How do you imagine he said it? Panicked? With barely contained glee? In a Darth Vader menacing voice?

As is obvious from the years past, it turned out to be a false alarm. Oddly, none of the reports in the media ask the obvious question of whether an investigation was done, why they thought they had been exposed to the botulism toxin, if anyone had called/mailed in a threat, whether arrests were made.


Cain campaign chief Mark Block demands that Rick Perry apologize to Herman Cain and nation over Cain harassment scandal.

Popcorn, please.

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