Month: August 2012
Voters watching Mitt Romney accept the Republican Party’s nomination to be president Thursday night were waiting for the beef: any vision, plan or single new idea. But all they got served was overcooked red meat: false bravado, reckless attacks and a rehash of failed policies of the past.
It was an expected ending to the Romney Reinvention Convention, where not even Madison Avenue ad executives could Etch-A-Sketch the impression out of voters’ minds that Romney’s an empty suit with public and private sector experiences that destroyed things rather than build them.
Given a chance to speak directly to the American people, the entire Republican Party apparatus spent several days tearing down President Obama without offering any substantive reason why Romney should be president.
Chris Christie talked about Chris Christie and the hard truths that Paul Ryan then failed to explain. Instead, Ryan lied. A lot: about his plan to “voucherize” Medicare and his fiscal chicken hawk record that shows he voted for two tax cuts unpaid for, two wars unpaid for and a prescription drug giveaway to the drug companies, unpaid for.
Nary a mention of Afghanistan or veterans. And Clint Eastwood talked to an empty chair.
Meanwhile, the president was in Colorado and Iowa, talking with students and explaining how he’s helping millions of them pay for college so we have a skilled work force to keep us competitive. He was monitoring the storm Isaac and ensuring that states and local communities had the federal resources they needed to prepare and protect folks and property in its path.
And he’ll continue to take his case for re-election directly to the American people in the run up to the Democratic convention in Charlotte, talking about the big issues, like education, fuel economy and clean energy, infrastructure and responsible tax reform and deficit reduction. He’ll continue explaining there’s a clear contrast in visions for the future for our country and choice in this election.
The last four years have been about making tough choices to help a country and economy recover, and laying the foundation for a path forward to restoring middle-class security.
Republicans failed to make the case for a Romney presidency in Tampa, and now Democrats have their chance to make it for Obama in Charlotte.
There won’t be an empty seat or empty suit when they do.
Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor and a Democratic strategist, is vice chairwoman for voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. She is a nationally syndicated columnist, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and author of “Cooking with Grease.” She was manager for the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign in 2000.
- Mitt Romney vs. stubborn facts (cnn.com)
- Mitt Romney’s Etch-a-Sketch Speech Lands with a Thud (alternet.org)
- Low Favorability Trails Romney (abcnews.go.com)
- A Code of Ethics for Antiracist White Allies (zisforkate.com)
These bastards represent the real truth felt in the hearts of many in the audience of The Republican Convention. I don’t give a Gat-Damn about some loud applause for Condoleezza Rice, as she stood there, letting lies pour forth through that Nile River sized gap in her motherfucking teeth. Conservatives love when they occasionally garner support from black or brown skinned folks that they normally see in far less important positions. It validates their sense of patriotism because they feel like they had a hand in bringing the slave from the field…into the kitchen.
The problem is, they don’t want the slaves black ass anywhere else in their house, but the kitchen or the basement. Rice and consistent Republican ass kissers such as Allen West, Michael Steele, Michelle Malkin, Armstrong Williams etc., have a bloated view of their perceived importance in this piece of shit party. Even two prejudiced peckerwoods, getting ejected from the convention, for throwing peanuts at a black camerawoman,while referring to her as an animal, wouldn’t open their eyes because they are forever closed.
- RNC calls alleged incident against black CNN camerawoman ‘inexcusable and unacceptable’ – @TPM (livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Report: Black CNN Camerawoman Had Nuts Thrown at Her at GOP Convention, Assailant Shouted “This Is How We Feed Animals” [Rnc Tampa] (gawker.com)
- Attacked Black CNN Camerawoman Speaks (theroot.com)
- Two RNC Attendees Hurled Nuts And Racist Remarks At Black CNN Camerawoman (perezhilton.com)
Matt Taibbi brilliantly breaks down Shitt Romney into what he really is=A greedy, self-serving, heartless bastard.
Taibbi is relentless with facts that paint a perfect picture of an imperfect scumbag. This guy is literally a piece of shit posing as presidential potential, and he most certainly will ruin this country in the same fashion, with the same demonic intentions that fueled his insatiable lust for not only bankrupting businesses, but literally breaking the backs and spirits of the workers who built them. Reading this excellent piece reinforces my belief that THERE IS something hiding in those tax returns. THERE IS NO reason too believe that Romney gives two shits about most of us= The very diverse and dynamic electorate that he vows to protect and serve. Lastly, THERE IS NO way we survive, as a nation,with the new way of doing/undoing business that will be ushered in under a Romney/Ryan regime. A literal regime that will take control of our bodies, our livelihoods, and if it has its way, our dreams.
- Decision 2012 – Matt Taibbi: Romney Hypocrite to Decry Debt Problem (hulu.com)
- The Federal Bailout That Saved Mitt Romney (rollingstone.com)
The author of the following article thinks Rush Limbaugh's "shocking and cynical" comments were beyond the pale, even by Rush Limbaugh standards. I say it's par for the course. Limbaugh is simply a racist pig and has always been a racist pig. End of story.Crooks & Liars
Talking about showing his true colors! Does Rush have any advertisers left? Because I have to wonder if they want their products associated with this racist, disgusting excuse for a human being.
“The method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life.”
– Paul Ryan on pregnancies resulting from rape
Let that marinate for a while, folks. Paul Ryan, the man who wants to be Vice President of the United States, is telling millions of women who have been or will be raped in their lifetimes that, if they become pregnant, their mental and physical well-being is irrelevant compared to carrying the fetus of a rapist. They are merely incubators and should get over it.
I’m a rape survivor. If I had become pregnant, by Ryan’s logic, I would have had to give birth at age 11. For nine months, I would have had to carry to term the child of a man who with intent and malice aforethought savaged me physically, mentally, and emotionally. Even though abortion was legal in 1974, that was at a time when pregnancy outside of marriage still carried a scarlet letter. I didn’t tell anyone about therape until I was 24; to whom would I have turned to about a pregnancy at 10-going-on-11? I can say, without doubt or hesitation, that I would have committed suicide rather than let anyone know that I was pregnant, even though the “method of conception” was horrifically violent, excruciatingly painful, and without my consent.
In many ways, I am lucky. For the most part, I have become a stronger woman…a more insightful woman…a more compassionate woman…than if I hadn’t been raped. I have an amazing support system of friends who have become my family. I have children in my life who make me laugh and give me hope about the present and the future. I lead a full life; I have a career and many interests that allow me to enjoy that life.
Nonetheless, thirty-eight years, countless hours of therapy, and myriad trials-and-errors of psychoactive drugs later, I still have nights when I bolt awake with panic attacks, drenched in sweat. Only in my current apartment did I stop putting locks on my bedroom door when I moved in, but I still fear waking up in the middle of the night with a man standing over me, wanting to do me harm. I still have trust and relationship issues, although those have abated greatly. I take three different medications each day to keep my darker self from overtaking the life and the sanity that I’ve worked so very hard to build and maintain.
It is vile enough that people like Ryan and Todd Akin parse what constitutes “legitimate rape.” RAPE is RAPE. There are no gradations, no modifiers. Their lack of self-awareness and sympathy is stunning; that they use this issue for political gain is sickening. Making women bear the additional shame and trauma of unwanted pregnancies from rape is cruelty in its rawest incarnation. Recently I learned that 31 states (including Ohio) allow rapistsvisitation rights; in 27 of those states, rapists can seek custodial rights. What kind of malicious misogyny informs our legal system? I cannot fathom the kind of villainy, given cover by government office and the judiciary, that would add insult to grievous injury, forever tying a woman who does decide to keep the child to her most brutal nightmare.
Contrary to Paul Ryan’s pitiless, ill-informed opinion, rape does change the definition of life—the lives of its victims.
Written by Veronica Johnson
I’ve known Veronica for most of my life, and this disclosure makes me want to find, and choke the life out of the motherfucker that has left unimaginable, and unnecessary pain…on her past…and present day existence. I applaud her for sharing her personal experience to highlight the mentally insane obsessions that occupy the mind(s) of today’s Republican male. These “conservative” assholes are so ignorant and misinformed about female anatomy,yet they seek to implement bullshit laws that attempt to define AND legislate the functions and issues of said female anatomy. What is most offensive, is the idea that a woman hating, war-mongering prick aka Paul Ryan, can actually support the supposed “visitation” rights of the rapist to have a part in the “MISTAKE” of his result of abuse.
Every day that comes and passes reminds all of us of the psychotic vision passing as modern day conservatism.
Great essay by Tim Wise!!!!
- Angry white men (salon.com)