Monday, January 23, 2012

Headlines - Monday January 23

BorowitzIn Confident Sign, Gingrich Changes Facebook Status to 'In an Open Relationship'

TurleyBlog: who could have predicted that the GOP would lie, cheat, and steal to prevent people from voting for Democrats?


An Afghan soldier who shot dead four French troops has said he did it because of a recent video showing US Marines urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban insurgents. Read More



President Obama released a statement today regarding the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision.

As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman's health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman's right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue- no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption. And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

Issuing a statement on Roe vs. Wade may seem like a no-brainer, but this is a particular well crafted statement which stresses the need to promote and support the institutions that actually reduce the need for abortions, such as proper reproductive healthcare, rather than focus entirely on abortion itself. Recent data shows abortion rates are actually higher in countries with stricter laws.

Every GOP candidate for president has conveyed their wish to overturn Roe vs. Wade, including the pot-for-everyone-and-no-drones candidate Ron Paul. And if a Republican were to win the election, it's entirely possible that they would be granted their wish because the next president, whether it's President Obama or Mitt Romney, will be nominating future Supreme Court justices.


Mike Huckabee offers advice to Mitt Romney concerning his unreleased tax returns.

Let him [Romney] make this challenge: "I'll release my tax returns when Barack Obama releases his college transcripts and the copy of his admission records to show whether he got any loans as a foreign student. When he releases that, talk to me about my tax returns."

A foreign student? For all his supposed good ol' boy charm and much-touted Christian values, Huckabee is just another run-of-the-mill, right-wing, lying jackass spewing the same birther-crap that's been refuted time and time again.

And what exactly does the President's college transcripts have to do with Romney releasing his tax returns?  Nothing.

Bill Maher had a great comment last night about how Romney and his cohorts on the right have created a fictional person to do battle with.  They refer to this opponent as Barack Obama but, in truth, bears no resemblance to the actual person.  Their President Obama is a Marxist who cannot put two thoughts together without the help of a teleprompter.  Their Obama is a tax-raising, money-spending, freedom-hating, Constitution-abusing, power-hungry simpleton who goes around the world apologizing for the U.S.

Any resemblance between the right's Obama and the one who sits in the White House is nonexistent.

And the further to the right one goes on the political spectrum, the more bizarre the accusations.  Obama is then attributed with siding with the terrorists, is of the Muslim religion and in all likelihood was born in Kenya.  Hello, Orly Taitz and Mike Huckabee.

The right has gone completely mad.  There's no other rational explanation.


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Whether you believe that the Republicans will self-destruct in November or not, the Birther component of the anti-Obama campaign will never, never end unless the people who continue to spew this nonsense are actually made to pay a price.

A judge has ordered President Barack Obama to appear in court in Atlanta for a hearing on a complaint that says Obama isn't a natural-born citizen and can't be president.

It's one of many such lawsuits that have been filed across the country, so far without success. A Georgia resident made the complaint, which is intended to keep Obama's name off the state's ballot in the March presidential primary.

An Obama campaign aide says any attempt to involve the president personally will fail and such complaints around the country have no merit.

The hearing is set for Thursday before an administrative judge. Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi on Friday denied a motion by the president's lawyer to quash a subpoena that requires Obama to show up.

If the President shows up, every other state GOP machine will file similar complaints with friendly judges and he'll have to show up there as well.  If the President ignores the complaints, it will "prove he has something to hide" and feed the nasty e-mail whisper campaign that basically hasn't stopped since early 2008. The sinister point of all this is not to prove or disprove anything, but to so demoralize voters that they'll entertain the notion that if the Republicans win, all this idiocy will go away and that the GOP will behave themselves again.

It's complete bullshit, of course.  All of it.  The idiocy was always there and surrender by the electorate is the only way the GOP wins with their current field of cartoon villain mouth-breathing doucheknockers.  But that's the point:  no matter how many times the President personally staples his birth certificate to people's foreheads, they'll never believe him.  Jesus Christ could descend from the sky with John Wayne's pet T-Rex that's piloting the Millennium Falcon, during halftime at the Super Bowl, grab the mic while Sam Elliott hands him his own mustache and say "You guys, he was born in Hawaii, knock this crap off already" and they would wonder how POTUS managed to brainwash America and the world into seeing such a perfect simultaneous mass hallucination.  They would in fact blame fluoridated water.  I shit you not.


A Message from Gabby   :'(


The embattled Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) former county staffers are facing a fresh round of criminal charges in the next week or two, as part of the "John Doe investigation" into Walker's aides and associates during his time as Milwaukee County executive. Two of his ex-staffers have already been arrested, and now, at least a couple of Walker's staffers will be charged with "doing extensive campaign activity while on the taxpayers' dime." At least eight of Walker's former aides and associates have hired criminal defense lawyers and the upcoming charges "will not mark the end of the 20-month criminal investigation."


After a swift decline in his health, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno passed away this morning at 85. I'll be thinking of his family, but his death is a tragedy in that it cuts short what could have been a process of education and seeking forgiveness. If Paterno had lived, and had been lucid enough to come to terms with his abdication of responsibility; if he had sought forgiveness for it and worked to help other programs become safer, more responsible and responsive organizations, he could have made a contribution to coaching far beyond his work elevating the Nittany Lions into a nationally competitive program.

Maybe he would have done none of those things had he lived, out of denial or a lack of capability. But his death forecloses an opportunity, however slight, to make recompense, and to remind the students who still saw him as a deity that there are more important things than football.


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