Saturday, March 3, 2012

Headlines - Saturday March 3

Andy Borowitz: When alien scientists try to determine why our civilization fell, tapes of Rush Limbaugh will offer valuable clues.

Round of applause to Sleep Member and Sleep Train with Pro Flowers strongly considering a cancellation.


Romney's had two days to come up with something, and "not the language I would have used" is the best he can do? Well, what's the language he would have used? What's rich person language for calling someone a "slut"?

I won't even touch the Bain Capital tie-in, but I do have to wonder if Mitt Romney is going to flip-flop on this one as well. Maybe tomorrow we'll get a new statement from Romney: "Yes! Yes, that's the language I would have used!"

Wow. Even people who are claiming to be presidential material aren't willing to go out on a limb and say that maybe calling your political-opponents-of-the-day "sluts" is grounds for a condemnation stronger than "not the language I would have used." I guess the GOP is thinking this new bout of sexism is really working out for them.

Once again, please sign the petition. Yes, I know we keep bringing that up—but if the cowards in the GOP won't denounce Rush even after things like this, at least maybe we can get some of his advertisers to flip on their radios and hear some of the racist, sexist stuff they're associating themselves with on a daily basis.


Jesus' General: GOP Presidential Hopes Go Up In Flames


Look what popped up on Twitter:

(No, it's not a fake.)

Yes, I understand: no one will ask Romney whether it was appropriate for him to prostrate himself before this guy and beg for his endorsement because everyone in the elite media has agreed to ignore the fact that Nugent has said things like

About Hillary Clinton: "You probably can't use the term 'toxic cunt' in your magazine, but that's what she is. Her very existence insults the spirit of individualism in this country. This bitch is nothing but a two-bit whore for Fidel Castro."


Decked out in full-on camouflage hunting gear, Nugent wielded two machine guns while raging, "Obama, he's a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun. Hey Hillary," he continued. "You might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch." Nugent summed up his eloquent speech by screaming "freedom!"


Newt Gingrich laments that teachers aren't bullying gay children enough

And probably eats tofu, too.

Hated sleaze dragon Newt Gingrich has had another oversized bout of erudition seize his fat head with regards to public education reform! In order to discourage homosexuality in America's youth, how about the school teachers stop treating gay children like they are morally equivalent to non-gay ones? Just like they used to, he suggests: "We have now had a whole two generations of teachers who explained to us 'you shouldn't render moral judgment, after all it's all situation ethics, who are we to decide,' and that's been a major problem." (Was the "teacher" in question Newt himself, talking to the mirror before nailing his staffer?) Will the proposal be an instant hit, like his plan to shame poor children in front of their classmates by forcing them to clean the school with little mops and rags moistened with their own tears? How about a test case? Looking in your direction, Tennessee? READ MORE »


Marcy Wheeler: Most pro–Blunt-Rubio Amendment senators have likely used birth control 

Marcy Wheeler has done a nice bit of original research on the Blunt-Rubio Amendment senators, and seems be close to calling for action. Good on both counts.

First the rationale. Writing at her digs at, she notes (my emphasis and some reparagraphing):
I confess. I'm contemplating calling all the Senators who voted for the Blunt Amendment yesterday to ask for a statement detailing:

    ▪ What the Senators' history of reproductive choice has been, including details on what kinds of birth control they've used and who paid for it

    ▪ Whether the Senators (or their spouses) have used erectile dysfunction drugs, and who paid for it

Mind you, I think such questions are inappropriate.

But given that 48 Senators–including 3 Democrats and 4 women–voted yesterday to say that employers should have really intrusive control over their employees' healthcare decisions (including, but in no way limited, to reproductive health), it seems fair to at least inquire whether these men and women have been relying on birth control to plan their families, whether their use of birth control violates their religion's stated doctrine, and whether taxpayers paid for birth control during their child-bearing years.
Then she offers the list she's compiled, and it's quite interesting. This is just a taste:
Lamar Alexander (R-TN): age 72, married 42 years, 4 children, Presbyterian, some federal and state employ during child-bearing years

Kelly Ayotte (R-NH): age 43, married, 2 children, Catholic, state employee during child-bearing years

Roy Blunt (R-MO): age 62, married 35 years, divorced and remarried, 3 children by first marriage plus one adopted child, Southern Baptist, county and state employ during child-bearing years

Scott Brown (R-MA): age 52, married 26 years, 2 children, Christian reform, National Guard during child-bearing years, though with private employ

Bob Casey (D-PA): age 52, married 27 years, 4 children, Catholic, state employ during late child-bearing years

Susan Collins (R-ME): age 59, engaged, Catholic, Federal employ during child-bearing years

John McCain (R-AZ): age 75, divorced, remarried, 3 adoptive and 4 biological children, Baptist, federal employ during entire life

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): age 54, married, 2 children, Catholic

Marco Rubio (R-FL): age 40, married, 4 children, Catholic, state employ during child-bearing years
The whole list is eye-opening. But just pick Susan Collins. Catholic, 59 years old, no children. Wikipedia lists no "spouse(s)". Was she celibate her whole life? Or did she "date" and use protection? (Oops, "slut" alert.) Someone should ask.

It's a garden of delight,
this list — if by "garden" you mean "swamp" and by "delight" you mean the opposite. Hypocrites all, it appears. Good work compiling it

Finally, I want to highlight the opportunity for action:
[C]onsider that the great majority of [these] Senators ... seem to have families that have been shaped by birth control.
As noted above, she's thinking about "calling all the Senators who voted for the Blunt Amendment yesterday to ask for a statement" on her two bulleted items above — basically:

      What birth control has your family used?
      What erectile dysfunction drugs has your family used?
      Who covered the cost?

As an action, this sounds nearly perfect — high-leverage and doable without a ton of organization. Plus the timing is perfect. Sounds like a Yes to me (but that's just me).

If she decides to go with it, you can probably offer your help at

Now Bill (Falafel Thing) O'Lielly is attacking Sandra Fluke.

Scott Brown Calls Limbaugh Attacks 'Reprehensible,' Demands Apology | Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) spoke out against Rush Limbaugh this afternoon, calling his attacks on Sandra Fluke "reprehensible." While Brown is considered a moderate Republican, he's very conservative on social issues, and co-sponsored the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed any employer to deny contraceptive coverage to employees on moral grounds.


Caribou Barbie: "We're a very pro-military state up here. We recognize what it is that our men and women sacrifice for all of us to keep us secure. And at this point, we're watching Obama with his naïve apologies to savages in Afghanistan who turn around and kill our soldiers," she said, in an apparent reference to the president's recent apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the unintentional burnings of Qurans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.


Cry, Cry Baby.

Renowned car thief and Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa thinks it is terribly unfair that your panties are in such a wad just because some bloated drug addict called a nice young co-ed a "slut," when the real attacks are on Religious zzzzzzz.


Here, HERE is how the opening to the Sarah Palin Is Eaten By Moon Nazis movie sequel will start: there will be a guy with a silly name like "Barry Hinckley," a Republican candidate for the United States Senate who looks vaguely like a post-meltdown Charlie Sheen, growing flustered when his prop 5-year-old child malfunctions under questioning from Fox News poop chute Neil Cavuto. "Are you worried about the debt?" Cavuto asks. "Um, no," says the kid. Shit. Dad's going to have to rewire the kid ON AIR. How does he do it? Scroll forward to around 2:44 and then see if you can tell us what the hell you just saw. READ MORE »


Judge Sides with Monsanto; Ridicules Farmers Right to Grow Food Without Fear, Contamination and Economic Harm

And this: Monsanto's 5 Evil Contributions

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