Archive for August 20, 2012

Mitt and Ann Romney Doing What Millionaires Do on a Sunday Night

Tagg Romney tweeted this photo last night under the caption:  “Gotta love this shot of Mom and Dad on Lake Winni at sunset tonight.”

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Last night I made dinner, washed the dishes, walked our dogs, watered my perennial bed and fell into bed.

Given Tagg Romney’s WTF caption here, does he think this is what all moms and dads do on a Sunday night?

If only.

August 20, 2012 at 9:59 PM Leave a comment

Put It Into Perspective


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We saw the blue color from miles away. It was an iceberg made of dense ice, an impossible color beneath a leaden sky. I went to the bridge and cajoled the captain to take us in for a closer look. Astonishingly, he did.

As we approached this tower of blue, we spotted the penguins sitting on top. They were Chinstraps who had chosen this iceberg as the place to suffer through their annual molt, that

awkward time every year when penguins must grow new feathers to replace their old ones. It is a time when they cannot swim, and cannot eat, and essentially can’t do anything but stand around for weeks looking miserable.Yet although these may have been unhappy penguins, I was delighted to have them to provide a sense of scale for this magnificent iceberg. It was only after we sailed away that I began to wonder: “how did they get up there in the first place?”
Me too.

August 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM Leave a comment

UPDATE: Autopsy Purportedly Shows Chavis Carter Committed Suicide

Remember Chavis Carter?  He’s the young African-American man who police frisked twice but who somehow managed to allegedly shoot himself in the head while sitting in handcuffs in the back of a Jonesboro, Arkansas police car.

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It’s official.  Carter’s death has been ruled a suicide:

An Arkansas medical examiner has ruled that Chavis Carter, the 21-year-old man killed by a gunshot wound to the head while handcuffed in the back of a police car, committed suicide.

According to the report by Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Stephen A. Erickson of the Arkansas State Crime Lab, the bullet that killed Carter entered his skull near his right temple, four inches from the top of his head.

“At the time of discharge, the muzzle of the gun was placed against the right temporal scalp,” wrote Erickson.

He went on to state that, “The manner of death is based on both autopsy findings and the investigative conclusions of the Jonesboro Police Department.”


Carter’s family and others have questioned the police story, claiming that Carter was not suicidal and questioning whether it would have been physically possible to retrieve a concealed weapon and shoot himself in the head while handcuffed and seated.


So, “the muzzle of the gun was placed against the right temporal scalp” and that “proves” it was a suicide? How about gunshot residue on Carter’s hand(s)?

I don’t believe it.  I think it’s physically impossible to shoot yourself in the head while sitting on your handcuffed hands in the back seat of a car.

August 20, 2012 at 6:11 PM 1 comment

Poor Republicans

Feeling kind of sorry for Republicans today.  If they don’t know how babies are made, issues like climate change and budgets and running countries might be too tough for them altogether.


August 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM Leave a comment

The New York Times Softens Harsh Title of Article About Romney

Someone sent me a link to this New York Times article titled, G.O.P. Packaging Seeks to Reveal a Warm Romney.  When I clicked on it I just happened to notice the line in the address bar reflected a different title:

When that happens it means the author saved the post for the first time giving it the title:  Romney Campaign Works Feverishly to Project Relaxed Image but somewhere along the line changed it to G.O.P. Packaging Seeks to Reveal a Warm Romney.

Guess the editors thought the first version was a little too honest.

August 20, 2012 at 4:25 PM Leave a comment

Help for Reporters Who are Arrested at the RNC and DNC Conventions

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is out with “hotline numbers” in both Tampa and Charlotte to be used by reporters who might be arrested at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions:

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has established local hotline numbers in Tampa and Charlotte for reporters and photographers who may be arrested while covering the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. This free service has been provided by the Reporters Committee during every election cycle since 1972.

The Reporters Committee also is distributing a flier about the hotline both in the convention press rooms, on the Reporters Committee website, and through its recently launched Reporters Committee First Aid mobile app. The flier reviews preparations to cover protests as well as what journalists should expect if they are arrested or prevented from covering news.

Local hotline numbers and partner law firms are:

Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla.

  • Hotline: 813-984-3076 or 813-984-3078
  • Legal Counsel: Thomas & LoCicero PL

Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, N.C.

  • Hotline: 704-343-2063; backup numbers 704-904-5834 or 919-428-5883
  • Legal Counsel: McGuireWoods LLP

“It’s unfortunate, but we have seen an undeniable increase over the years in the need for the information fliers and the hotline services,” said Reporters Committee Interim Executive Director Gregg P. Leslie.


Journalists are asked to call the local numbers if they are arrested or experience other problems with law enforcement officials. Issues with credentialing or access should be referred to the main hotline.

Founded in 1970, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers free legal support to thousands of working journalists and media lawyers each year. It is a leader in the fight against persistent efforts by government officials to impede the release of public information, whether by withholding documents or threatening reporters with jail.

Yep.  This is what it’s come to.

August 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM Leave a comment

R.I.P Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller died today at the age of 95.

You had a good run Phyllis and you always made me laugh.  Thank you.

August 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM Leave a comment

Fox News Covers for Todd Akin and the GOP

Why people who watch Fox are stupider than people who don’t watch any news at all:


August 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM Leave a comment

Augusta National Golf Club to Admit Woman

Finally!  Finally, after 80 years, the Augusta National Golf Club — the place where The Masters golf tournament is held every spring — has decided to admit women:

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Augusta National, home of the Masters golf tournament, said Monday the exclusive club has admitted the first women members in its 80-year history.

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore have accepted invitations to join the club in Augusta, Georgia, chairman Billy Payne said.

“This is a joyous occasion as we enthusiastically welcome Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as members of Augusta National Golf Club,” Payne said.

Augusta National has come under increasing pressure to admit women members, with the question of the exclusive policy coming up each year when the club hosts the first major golf tournament of the year, the Masters.

The issue first came to a head in 2003 when Martha Burk, a leader in the National Council of Women’s Organizations, conducted a rally across the street from Augusta National, where the first black member was inducted in 1990.

Hootie Johnson, Augusta National’s chairman in 2003, had gone so far as to release broadcast sponsors from their advertising commitments when Burk threatened to target them for backing the club’s men-only policy as discrimination.

In April Payne himself refused to discuss the issue when it was raised in the days before the Masters, but said in a statement on Monday that the process for admitting Rice and Moore had been the same as for any other members.


It’s.  About.  Time.



August 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM Leave a comment

Fox’s Blatant Muslim Fearmongering

This headline is up at FoxNation this morning:

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This is the summary that appears below the headline:

Document Reveals Accounts Of Vicious Assault From Victim And Suspects
Court documents reveal that the victim of an alleged vicious sexual assault remembers some of the suspects telling her about being unhappy with the way they were treated in the United States. Five Iraqi nationals were arrested in connection with the case.
Two are charged with the crime while all five are charged as accessories with the crime. Some of the victim’s injuries were described by police as being “rarely seen.”
“I can tell you this is one of the most horrific sexual assaults I’ve seen in my career as a police officer,” said Lt. Howard Black with the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Click on “read more” and you go to this article at  Document Reveals Accounts of Vicious Assault from Victim and Suspect.  Nowhere — nowhere — either in the summary above or in the full article on the site, is the religious affiliation of the alleged rapists mentioned, much less that they’re Muslims.
Terrorism has many forms.

August 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM Leave a comment

Second Fiddle Romney

Pins being sold outside a Romney/Ryan town hall event in New Hampshire today:

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Love the obsession with the word “ass.”  And notice how Romney is standing behind Ryan in the button on the right?

August 20, 2012 at 8:43 AM Leave a comment

Todd Akin Wants Us to Believe He “Misspoke”

Missouri Congressman (and Republican senate candidate) Todd Akin said yesterday that women’s bodies spontaneously prevent pregnancies in the case of “legitimate rape.”

Last evening, Akin “apologized:”

“In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year.”   I believe “deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action.”

He “misspoke?”  One wonders what in the world is going on in Akins’ head and what his belief system is such that he could “misspeak” in such a bizarre way. Here’s a clue:

Growing up, my political affiliations were tied to the political views of my parents, as they are for most people. My dad was apolitical, while my mom was a single-issue voter: Pro-Life. St. Louis is a very Catholic, very Pro-Life town, or at least it was in the 80s and 90s, when we lived there and participated in all of the marches and pickets. So, I grew up awash in the Pro-Life reasoning, and this idea of “real rape” (typically defined as the stranger assaulting the victim in a violent manner) preventing pregnancy was the standard response to the Pro-Choice argument about making exceptions for rape and incest.The reasoning (as I recall it being explained) is that during acute stress, the body will prevent implantation, or else miscarry, due to the hormones released in response to stress.


The problem is how does a Pro-Life justify forcing rape victims to carry their babies to term, and the solution is to say that “real” rape victims don’t get pregnant and those who claim they were raped are disproven by the fact that she hadn’t miscarried.


So there you have it.  Akin didn’t misspeak.  In his world, women who are raped “legitimately” either don’t get pregnant or they miscarry.  Period.

August 20, 2012 at 7:37 AM Leave a comment

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