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Morning News: Saturday morning cartoon edition

screencap from Felix Doubles for Darwin, 1924

Good morning all… Wonk here… it’s a little late, but I had one of those wars with wordpress that Dandy Tiger talks about…

Anyhow, I’m taking over the Saturday morning posts. BB will still be doing roundups, but she has been doing four of them a week for too long (impressive, isn’t it?), and she deserves a day off. So everybody please give BB a huge round of applause for all the amazing content she has churned out and no doubt will continue to churn out. Also, please try to be too sleepy or hungover to notice how cheesy my Saturday posts are compared to BB’s investigative reporting. 🙂

Betty Boop for President
Released on November 4, 1932.
FDR was elected on November 8.

A brief note before I get started with today’s links…. I’m a child of the eighties who grew up on PBS and network cartoons on the weekends. I thought it would be fun to add a few animation reels and other shorts to my roundups to bring back some of that Saturday morning nostalgia. Now on with the news… these are just some headlines that caught my eye this morning…

Bafumi, Erikson, and Wlezien predict a 50-seat loss for Democrats (link goes to Arianna’s tabloid), meaning the Boehner of our existence is likely to be the next Speaker of the House:

How many House seats will the Republicans gain in 2010? To answer this question, we have run 1,000 simulations of the 2010 House elections. The simulations are based on information from past elections going back to 1946. Our methodology replicates that for our ultimately successful forecast of the 2006 midterm. Two weeks before Election Day in 2006, we posted a prediction that the Democrats would gain 32 seats and recapture the House majority. The Democrats gained 30 seats in 2006. Our current forecast for 2010 shows that the Republicans are likely to regain the House majority.

Our preliminary 2010 forecast will appear (with other forecasts by political scientists) in the October issue of PS: Political Science. By our reckoning, the most likely scenario is a Republican majority in the neighborhood of 229 seats versus 206 for the Democrats for a 50-seat loss for the Democrats. Taking into account the uncertainty in our model, the Republicans have a 79% chance of winning the House.

There will be schadenfreude if that happens, yes, but Speaker Boehner? No light at the end of that tunnel.

Tried to warn you of the path you were headed on two years ago, Pelosi, but you called us cassandras “ungracious” for that.

Nate Silver is the source on this next link, and I don’t consider him the most reliable , but this appears to be the buzz on the Harry Reid side of things:

But other voters, especially those who might consider it their patriotic duty to vote, might wish for a more affirmative way to register their displeasure with their choices. In Nevada, they have exactly that option — the ability to cast a literal protest vote.

Since 1975, Nevadans have had the choice of voting for “None of These Candidates,” which appears as a ballot line along with the named candidates. The option has waxed and waned in popularity. But in 1976, None of These Candidates actually won the plurality of votes in the Republican primary for the U.S. House. (The election was awarded to the second-place finisher, Walden Earhart.) And in other cases, the ballot option has played a spoiler role: the 1.2 percent of voters who selected None of These Candidates in the 1996 Presidential race was larger than the margin separating Bill Clinton and Robert Dole. And in the election for U.S. Senate in 1998, the 8,125 votes for None of These Candidates easily outdistanced the 395-vote margin between Harry Reid and John Ensign, allowing Mr. Reid to be re-elected.

Mr. Reid may again be hoping to get an assist from the ballot option this year, which is unique among the 50 states. Indeed, there are those who think his entire campaign may be predicated upon it.

It also helps that his opponent is so bad even her voters wish they had a different candidate. Polling from the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Two-thirds of voters who say they back Sharron Angle wish another Republican had won the nomination, according to a poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow that shows deep dissatisfaction with both the Tea Party pick and U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

Nearly eight of 10 voters who remain undecided or who don’t like Angle or Reid say they, too, would have preferred if the staunch conservative hadn’t won the June 8 primary over her more moderate foes. And 58 percent of such nonaligned voters say they wish Reid hadn’t won the Democratic nomination, suggesting a majority of Nevadans are unhappy with their choices.

That’s still largely good news for Reid and troubling for Angle. A year ago, the unpopular incumbent was thought to be on his way out. Instead, he’s locked in a dead heat with a vulnerable GOP opponent as he runs a scorched-earth campaign to portray her as too extreme.

It would have been so fun to watch Harry Reid get kicked out, but Sharron Angle is just too batshit even for Nevadan conservatives.

Olive Oyl for President, 1948
(Reworking of 1932’s Betty Boop for President)

Once again, tried to warn you, Pelosi. Pelosi did all the heavylifting muscling for that historic healthcare horror show and now Reid and Obama might just skate by while Pelosi is the one who stands the most immediate chance of getting hung out to dry. That is what you get for hitching your wagon to the Obama star, Pelosi.

There seems to be some hullabaloo this morning about the NRA not endorsing Harry because of his vote to confirm Elena and Sonia:

The vote on Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Court, along with the previous year’s confirmation vote on Sonia Sotomayor, are critical for the future of the Second Amendment. After careful consideration, the NRA-PVF announced today that it will not be endorsing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for re-election in the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Nevada.

I’m not a gun person, though I am a constitutional rights person. This really seems dumb to me.

Harry back in March:

As the Tea Party Express rolled into Searchlight on Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wasn’t home. Instead, he spent his morning at the grand opening of the Clark County Shooting Park, firing a shotgun at one of the facility’s new ranges.

“Everyone has said this is the greatest park in the United States of America, but I say it’s the greatest gun park in the world,” Reid said.

Reid helped to secure land and $61 million for the 2,900-acre facility under the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act. He was joined at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday by National Rifle Association of America Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, Rep. Shelley Berkley, Rep. Dina Titus, state Sen. John Jay Lee and Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins.

But, because Harry voted to confirm two women with scary girl parts, I guess that invalidates all his macho man theatrics at the gun range? What the hell did Harry waste $61 million dollars worth of taxpayer money on then?

Another NRA power play in the headlines today, from US News “EPA surrenders to NRA”:

In a swift and unexpected decision, the Environmental Protection Agency today rejected a petition from environmental groups to ban the use of lead in bullets and shotgun shells, claiming it doesn’t have jurisdiction to weigh on the controversial Second Amendment issue.


The decision was a huge victory for the National Rifle Association which just seven days ago asked that the EPA reject the petition, suggesting that it was a back door attempt to limit hunting and impose gun control. It also was a politically savvy move to take gun control off the table as the Democrats ready for a very difficult midterm election.

I found this tidbit interesting from a NYT piece about the GOP switching places with the Democrats to take its turn drinking more from the corporate cash trough this time around:

At a black-tie dinner in April, a politically influential hedge fund manager named Paul Singer offered a blistering critique of the “terrible path” he said Washington politicians were charting on economic issues.

Mr. Singer, professorial and soft-spoken, used a gathering of business and government leaders at the conservative Manhattan Institute to lash out at “indiscriminate attacks by political leaders against anything that moves in the world of finance.” Government efforts to “take over and run” the economy through more regulations, he warned, threatened to ruin the United States’ standing as the world leader in finance.

Who are they kidding with this kabuki?

Speaking of kabuki, Crist the great Independent says he would have voted for Obamacare:

”But being an independent, I have the freedom to be an honest broker for the people of Florida without regard for political party, and the reality is this: despite its serious flaws, the health care bill does have some positive aspects.”

Fraggle Rock, “Let Me Be Your Song,”
from the episode “The Minstrels,” 1983

There’s so much bleak news out there. Here’s some good news. Jimmy Carter brings home an American (via Boston Herald):

A Boston man who returned home from captivity in North Korea with former President Jimmy Carter may have been an unwitting pawn in nuclear wrangling between the United States and the Stalinist dictatorship, an expert said.

Landing at Logan International Airport yesterday, Aijalon Gomes, 31, of Mattapan embraced Carter, who helped win his release, and then walked into the arms of his mother and more than a dozen other cheering family members.

“I’m just joyful and grateful that my son is home, and thank President Jimmy Carter for making sure that he was home safely,” Jacqueline McCarthy said earlier. “I thank God, I thank God, for everything everyone has done for us.”

This next one is from the LA Times. Church panel finds Rev. Jane Spahr guilty of officiating gay marriages but gives her props for ministering to gays and some on the panel hope it will force the church to address the issue (on first listen sounds kind of like Obama’s waffling to me):

Reporting from Napa, Calif. — A retired minister who officiated at more than a dozen same-sex marriages when such unions were legal in California was found guilty Friday of violating the Presbyterian constitution and her ordination vows for performing those ceremonies.

After a four-day church trial that was equal parts Scripture lesson and celebration of marriage, a panel of leaders from the Presbytery of the Redwoods voted 4 to 2 that the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr should be censured because she “persisted in a pattern or practice of disobedience.”

Well, that just reminds me of historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s quote: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.

Oh, and here’s another wonderful indicator of how Obama’s Summer of Recovery is coming along just swimmingly. Embattled Dem asks for Beavis the Treasury Secretary to resign (from CNN):

Rep. Tom Perriello, a Virginia Democrat, called for the resignation of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at a town hall meeting in Ruckersville, VA earlier this month, according to Perriello spokesperson Jessica Barba.

Perriello’s move is emblematic of how–with the economy the biggest issue with voters–Perriello felt it necessary to distance himself from Obama economic policies.

The Fierce Urgency of Let’s Throw Something Out there and See if it Will Stick. Obama WH is scrambling to look like they are Taking Action:

Washington (CNN) – Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan revealed to CNN Friday that the Obama administration plans next week to unveil two new initiatives to deal with the crumbling housing market, and he left the door open to also reviving the expired $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers that had been propping up the industry.

“We’re going to be rolling out an FHA refinancing effort to help borrowers who are under water in their homes get above water,” Donovan said in an exclusive interview taped for CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley” on Sunday. “And second, we’re launching an emergency homeowners’ loan program for unemployed borrowers to be able to stay in their homes.”

The swift action being pushed by President Obama’s housing chief come in response to awful news in the housing industry this week, starting with Tuesday’s revelation that existing home sales hit their lowest level in over a decade, declining by over 27 percent during the month.

Swift action? Hillary had comprehensive plans back in 2008.

Here in my neck of the woods, our voting machines set on fire… I kid you not… from the Houston Chronicle:

A fire that destroyed nearly all Harris County’s electronic voting machines Friday has election officials scrambling to re-equip the county for an election in which early voting starts in just 51 days.

Like I wasn’t feeling disenfranchised enough!

Kat may have already covered this, but here’s how Louisianans are feeling about the Gulf Oil Kill, this is from Public Policy Polling:

The oil spill in the Gulf may be mostly out of the headlines now but Louisiana voters aren’t getting any less mad at Barack Obama about his handling of it. Only 32% give Obama good marks for his actions in the aftermath of the spill, while 61% disapprove.

Louisianans are feeling more and more that George W. Bush’s leadership on Katrina was better than Obama’s on the spill. 54% think Bush did the superior job of helping the state through a crisis to 33% who pick Obama. That 21 point margin represents a widening since PPP asked the same question in June and found Bush ahead by a 15 point margin. Bush beats Obama 87-2 on that score with Republicans and 42-30 with independents, while Obama has just a 65-24 advantage with Democrats.

Speaking of Bush, he’s baaaaack (from WSJ):

After remaining mostly out of view and silent on policy debates since leaving office, George W. Bush is about to promote his memoir, to be published a week after the Nov. 2 elections. Peter Wallsten has details.

Mr. Bush is re-emerging to promote his memoir, to be published a week after the Nov. 2 elections.

Thanks to Obama, Pelosi, and Reid for rehabilitating Bush. He’ll probably come back and tell us Iraq was a fantastic success. And, what will Obama do? He’s already patting himself on the back for ending the war, though 50,000 troops will remain there.

Here’s your Park 51 soundbyte for the day:

(Reuters) – The Muslim center planned near the site of the World Trade Center attack could qualify for tax-free financing, a spokesman for City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy.

Felix Doubles for Darwin, 1924

Stem cell research update. I saw this in the SF Chronicle and thought it was a pretty good summary of where things stand at the end of this week for the most part:

Talk about judicial activism. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth just ruled that the federal government can’t fund any stem cell research because it destroys embryos. He voided not just President Obama’s stem cell policy, but former President George W. Bush‘s policy, too.

Lamberth relied on a reading of the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, which forbids federal funding of “research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed.” The anti-abortion community is ecstatic, but the ruling goes far further than even Bush’s policies on stem cells. Bush approved federal funding of research on stem cell lines that existed by August 2001. It’s unlikely that even this policy would be allowed under Lamberth’s reasoning.

The Obama administration is already planning an appeal, as it should. Congress could, and should, easily clarify things by simply passing a stem cell funding bill. That would eliminate the need to go through the courts, and the bill would be unlikely to encounter a presidential veto this time around.

In the meantime, the scientific community is frustrated and confused. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine will be able to press on with its embryonic stem cell research, thanks to the wisdom of California’s voters. But it means the institute’s scientists won’t be able to collaborate with those whose funding was dependent on federal grants.

Congress should move quickly to ensure that this potentially valuable research can continue.

The only thing I would slightly differ on is that Congress just needs to repeal Dickey-Wicker amendment, which is as screwy as its name sounds.

I’m trying to stay away from the story about the Glenn Beckistan mockery of the MLK speech day, but Bob Herbert had this amusing line at the end of his op-ed on the topic today:

My sincere advice to Beck, Palin and their followers is chill, baby, chill.

Ok, well on that note I hope your Saturday is going well and be sure to share what you’re reading in the comments!

102 Responses

  1. I know Kat’s got her liveblog going so I don’t want to take any attention away from that! Just wanted to let people know there’s a News Thread up for anyone who’s interested.

    • it’s okay we’re about to break in about 10 minutes

    • Hi Wonk,

      This is a fabulous roundup! Thanks so much for the kind words, but you’re the one who can always find a link to every relevant story. I’m really looking forward to reading your Saturday news links in the weeks to come.

      • thank you bb! this first try was a little bumpy, I spent all morning trying to get wordpress to behave, but I think I have developed a lot of strategies for the future Lol

  2. I’ve been listening to the Glenn Beck rally because it tied into something I wanted to write about this week, “Holy War”. I think some of you might enjoy the piece. It has to do with my brother and our opposite sides of sanity, lol but it’s close to my heart so I am sharing it. http://www.ksvoboda.com/?p=610

    • Thanks for listening to him so I don’t have to, Kate 😉

      • Doing this post completely drained me but it made me understand my brother better. Glenn Beck is scary as hell and you would not believe the crowd of people he has there!

        • I did try to sit through the “tea party” rally coverage way back the first time one of those aired on Fox… I found it very surreal… here were people taking to the streets … but their worldview was hard to relate to… they kept talking about the “sleeping giant has awoke.” and I just kept wondering why they were asleep for the last 8 years?

          • My coal mining town birthplace in PA is an example of the folks who would be Tea Partiers, if they ever assembled for politics.

            These are the “bitter, clinging folks” Coal mines closed in 60’s. Steel became king until that died in the 70’s.
            I can understand where they come from. They are well educated because the schools are small and well disciplined. Seriously, drop outs are rare there.
            Family values are very strong.

            They travel little and when they do it is regional, not global.
            Consequently, their world view is more fearful , thus their POV may sound radical to more aware people, but their work ethic and their sense of community prove they are just like people all over the world.
            They may curse the state of things, but with jump at the chance to help the neighbor or join hands to support their sons and daughters who serve.
            I think Hillary understood these people. She would have harnessed their humanity in a far different way than the current Democratic machine, that negated them and called them names.

            It should President Hillary Clinton there at the Lincoln Memorial leading a rally of a rainbow of cultures and colors. She is the uniter.

            I really think the TP folks would look a lot different if they had Hillary’s vision instead of Beck’s.


          • Good analysis insanelysane. Thanks. And I agree.

  3. We should pay attention to the Beck rally and be afraid, very afraid.

    • No kidding. I was shocked watching it and his clever way of stealing from Dr. King by even having King’s niece speaking. She is anti-abortion even though she had two abortions in her youth. My how things change as we age! The crowd was very white but Beck used King’s words and vision. I’m still in a state of shock thinking how hateful he is as a person. One day he tells people they shouldn’t go to any church that talks about social justice because that is code words for communism and nazism. On the next day he steals from King! Disgusting man. I think he is talking about the Catholic church as I always refer to “social justice” which I learned as a young Catholic.

      • he’s a total opportunist and so obvious. he did to Van Jones what Breitbart did to Shirley Sherrod, he himself was the one who started the witchhunt pattern, and then he acted coy and came to Shirley Sherrod’s defense as a way to spit on the WH. The fact that he knew exactly HOW to make the case for Shirley’s innocence was very revealing imho.

        • He may seem obvious to you, Wonk, but he appeals to a lot of people who are hurting and scared. They want answers and a leader to follow. It was a powerful, scary rally. Don’t discount him.

          • I wasn’t discounting him Beata… just saying I see through him.

          • That is exactly how I felt watching that crap. It’s Christianity and nothing else! He even went back to the Mayflower with this crap and in the end he raised over 5 million dollars. Who knows where the hell that’s going? Probably some charitable trust administered by no other than Glenn Beck. He is such an opportunist and he even made it almost feel like he was “born again” because of his past history with alcohol.

          • Personally, I think he may be close to maxed out on support. He’s SO transparently phony, and these types of histrionics don’t appeal to even a lot of very conservative people. They may be poor and conservative, but they’re not looking to join an evangelical movement. It makes a lot of people uncomfortable and limits the potential for growth IMO.

          • And by “evangelical,” I don’t mean people are put off by religion, per se, I just mean we don’t really live in an activist culture IMO, and anything that feels too participatory and over-the-top will attract a lot of people but scare others who don’t want to be involved or associated. Bush had that good ol’ boy thing down, but he made people feel like they could support and defend him without being associated with him, there was a kind of detachment there.

          • Responsible for him, I meant, they didn’t feel
            responsible for him even as they defended him. The demagogue stuff is too immediate. Oy, sorry, rough day. 🙂

    • Be very afraid!

      The Party Rally of Honor – 1936 Nuremberg


  4. That loss of voting machines is sad, now they will have to go out and find new software to change the tallies of the replacement machines. Another expense.

  5. Wonk, That line should read:
    “and she deserves a day off. So everybody please give BB a huge round of HONKS !! for all the amazing content she has churned out”

  6. I’ve had the Beck Tea Party rally on for a bit — and Dick Morris (a rather much heavier Dick Morris) was on telling really lame jokes and baldfaced lies to the audience.

    Giving me an upset stomach. I’m outta there.

    • What is it about these people that their spokesmen are mostly porky white guys?
      Karl, Rush, Morris, even Beck looks to be packing on the lbs.

  7. Whatever happen to the Promise Keepers? That once swept the country too. I’m so old I ‘ve this stuff time and again . The problem is by so visibly buying up both parties to the hilt, the upper crust has cut off any avenue for normal political expression or push back ….so the abnormal must serve. What happens when you clamp down on a boiling pot too long?

  8. Thanks BB!! I watched the end of the Beck rally–it wasn’t too bad. Didn’t see Morris or the others though. When Beck just sticks to general uplifting themes he’s tolerable, but when he gets down into the weeds insinuating that everybody is a communist–that to me is dangerous. Because he relies on insinuations. Anyway, the part I saw they were all singing Amazing Grace. And it did look like 5-10,000?? The people there look like the people I grew up with in W. Florida-not very well educated, a bit intolerant, religious and yeah, clingy.

    • Beck’s rally WAS uplifting. That’s a big part of what was so scary about it.

      • That’s my real problem with Beck’s “uplifting.” Lifting up to what?

        We get right with God and sift out all those secret commies [progressives, liberals, Dems, anyone who utters the phrase “social justice”] and America will be magically restored to her greatness. Then you buttress the “greatness” idea with faux scholars and self-proclaimed historians and insist that “they” [the enemies within] have been lying to the public, twisting the nation’s history, traditions and culture. Wrap this all up in Divine Wisdom then put a classic demagogue like Beck behind a microphone, appealing not to our better angels but our fear about the future, and you have the Religious Right, Christian fundamentalists, repackaged, reformulated and ready to roll across the country.

        I am flummoxed that people are falling for this, again. It’s not the faith issue. It’s the way faith is being used to manipulate, obscure, distract and ultimately distort what’s going on in this country–the systemic corruption, the corporatism fostered with bipartison support, the endless wars to feed the greed, while our domestic situation slides to ruin. The stagecraft is working with a wide swath of people who are frustrated and angry and want a clearly defined enemy. And Beck has his enemies list, anyone who doesn’t conform to his idea of what a “true American” is. The opposition, people like Hillary Clinton, John McCain, even Lindsey Graham are not merely wrong. They are evil.

        Dangerous? Exceedingly so.

        • Idiotic duplicate comment removed.

        • If Beck’s rally is “dangerous, exceedingly so”to the beliefs of the left it must mean the left also must think that Islam and its associated Sharia Law is also exceediingly dangerous? The fact is there is separation of church and state in the good old USA whereas in most Muslim Nations church and state are one and the same.

          It is true that Islam has a religious component to it, but with Islam the religious component is only one of many components [theological, political, social, judicial, military, etc], and NOT the most important component at all as the MOST important component can be summed up as SUBMISSION TO ISLAM OR ELSE, Just read the Koran if you don’t believe me. So Islam should properly be called a Totalitarian Political/Religious System. Religion is just a skirt, or burka if you will, that the Totalitarianism that is Islam hides it’s true nature [women stonings, honor killings, gay hangings, 100 lashes, etc ad nauseam] So if the left is intellectually honest with itself they would fear and hate Islam in the same way they appear to fear and hate Christianity.

          The left’s alliance with Islam, including the left’s support of the Mosque near ground zero, while in the same breath openly expressing their fear and hate of Christianity is incomprehensible to most clear thinking people. Does the left ever stop and think how strange and out of step with US values this makes the left look to people with half a brain?

          • Are you familiar with that religious tract commonly referred to as the Old Testament?

            They called Moses “The Lawgiver” and those weren’t policy guidelines he had etched on those stone tablets.

            Now after Jeebus got back in his spaceship and took off for The Planet of Women the early Christian church conducted themselves in a manner that can only be described as communism.

            But once they got official sponsorship by Constantine the church became more interested in supporting government than healing lepers.

            Then there was an extended period before soccer was invented where whenever the good white Christians of Europe were bored and coudn’t find any Jews to burn at the stake they would go on a road trip to the Holy Land so they could rape and murder them Mohammedans

          • PS:

            Just cuz I let you out of the spam cage don’t mean I want to take long walks on the beach with you. I just felt like mocking and jeering.

            So don’t bother ordering a drink, you won’t be here that long.

          • I fear things that have a snowball’s chance in hell of happening. Let’s say I live in a flood plain here in America. That means I fear flooding far more than I fear being attacked by tigers. Or say I lived in Germany and I can see the Reichstag burning from my house. Well, sure, all monotheistic religions are bad. Still, I’d fear the Nazi and their attempts to fear and hatemonger by scapegoating a powerless minority religion more than I’d fear that minority religion.

            If an American theocracy is on the horizon, it ain’t going to be Islamic. So if that’s to be feared, maybe we should worry about which religious groups (like, say, powerful majority religious groups) are actually in a position to influence public policy, rather than those that aren’t, and are only good for scapegoating and fearmongering. Ooh, their so powerful, they’re coming to get us. What constitutes our “alliance” with anything besides the
            Constitution and rationality, we’re not running around like hysterics putting innocent people under suspicion, burning them as infidels and sewing little green Crescent moons as identifying markers?

          • I see you’re conducting seances to speak to the recently departed again.

          • *cries* I’m not the first! How do I know it’s forbidden when others are already talking to them? O hear my wail of persecution!

          • Are you playing with the stupid monkeys again myiq? Keep them in their cage or you’ll catch something. Someone get out the flea powder. Jeez.

          • Lord, who will rid us of these boring, monotonous trolls? Whose God is stong enough to do it?

            I’m just glad that this one admits to having only half a brain.

          • Is that Alan Simpson?

        • Peggy Sue, yes and yes.

        • Yes!
          I’m flummoxed that people fell for it the first time too.

  9. Paper Doll–you’ve nailed it again. Our ‘elites’ are not connected to the great unwashed. And their obvious distain for them really widens the gulf. Yes, Hillary would have connected and their wouldn’t be a void for the Becks of this world.

    • Look at Obama’s supporters, kids in college living off of mommy and daddy’s dime and the educated elite who didn’t have to worry too much about getting laid off from their punch press or stamping mill job because American products weren’t selling or the investors move production to a Third World country in search of obscene profit.
      Wow, talk about a run on sentence.
      But did you ever notice when the suits threw the workers out on the street they always used the excuse of fiduciary responsibility to the stock holders?

    • I agree that Hillary brings out the liberal in more people. I think there would have still been a lot of rightwing hysteria to contend with no matter what, though, but Hillary has gone up against the vast right for so long…. she’s a pro.

  10. In another news, the State Department has rubbed Governor Jan Brewer the wrong way:

    PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer demanded Friday that a reference to the state’s controversial immigration law be removed from a State Department report to the United Nations’ human rights commissioner.

    The U.S. included its legal challenge to the law on a list of ways the federal government is protecting human rights.

    In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Brewer says it is “downright offensive” that a state law would be included in the report, which was drafted as part of a UN review of human rights in all member nations every four years.

  11. The EPA panics at the NRA protests?

    Phasing out lead in bullets & shot is a step on the slippery slope to ban guns?

    Obama, you are a pushover. (Not that we didn’t already know that here.)

  12. Isn’t it interesting that the same people who are so “tolerant” of of a mosque being built near Ground Zero get an “up set stomach” when it comes to Beck’s rally today. What the so called “tolerant” people on the left who are supporting the Ground Zero mosque should stop and think about is the fact that a mosque so near Ground Zero will always make people associate Islam with 9/11 and not in a good way. It may even give people “an upset stomach” whenever the existence of the Ground Zero mosque crosses their mind.

    • The fire marshal told us to eliminate fire hazards so you’re gonna have to tell your army of strawmen to wait outside.

    • You can get whatever kind of stomach you want, but you have no right to herd Muslim-Americans into acceptable zones than we have to herd Demagogue-Americans into containment pens for their stupidity. This is America, sometimes you have to be a grown up and deal. You don’t have to like it.

      • Erd

        • Herd, herd. IPhones are at war with me, our civilizations apparently clash. 😉

        • Fixed it for you.

          • Thanks. 🙂 I made a bunch more errors, skipped words and weird mechanical substitutions, but I resolve firmly to proofread for the rest of the day. 😉

          • iPhones – the bane of posting!

            I just set mine up and the font on TC was so small I couldn’t read it. Seriously, do you know how to make the font big enough to read?

          • I checked the settings ap and couldn’t find anything about font size. I’m sure you know this already, but if you take your thumb and finger and push them apart, the font will get bigger. It’s not the most convenient because you have to keep making the screen smaller to maneuver and then bigger to read, but it’s all I know how to do, sorry!

          • Thanks, Seriously, it worked like a charm! I’m glad I asked you.
            Believe it or not, I didn’t know that. I am totally retarded about all these new gadgets and am learning everything for the first time.

          • Oh god, me too! What’s embarassing is that I often have to go to much older people for techno help, and that’s just wrong. 😉 The iPhone’s way more user friendly than the Blackberry though, and you catch on really quick, after the first couple of weeks, it’s easy.

      • This is modern conservatism – they talk tough but they’re scared shitless by people who hide in caves on the other side of the world chanting “Death to America!”

        Imagine if these chickenhawks had been around when FDR was President – we’d all be speaking German now.

      • Balh, blah, blah.


    • No one is saying Beck can’t do his creep show there. We’re just creeped out. Feel free to be as creepy you want and creeped out by anyone you please. Just don’t stomp on the constitution. Why is that such a hard concept. Perhaps you just hate us for our freedom.

  13. OT: Warning right wing source, but accurate as to American women trapped in ME countries with their children a la Not Without My Daughter. This particular woman is trapped in Bahrain and doesn’t know if she will see her 5 year old daughter again.


    • Geller and Chesler are two of a kind. Chesler just doesn’t drool in public as much.

      Lots and lots of weasling in that article, especially the implication that Bahraini law is “Shariah” and therefore reflects racial fundamentalist I***m. The two women lawyers in the piece are a good clue that this isn’t true. In fact, Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy with universal suffrage, and women serve in the legislature as well as vote, and attend university.

      • Please fish me out of Spammy’s dungeon–I think I triggered him with an s-word referring to a type of law.

      • You know, women attend university in Iran and I think there are woman lawyers there too, and Iran is an “Islamic republic.” I really didn’t know the form of government in Bahrain, but that was not really my point. I barely noticed the reference to S****a in the last line but when I reread it I also thought she was reaching to try and push her agenda. Anyway, the real point of my posting it is the terrible predicament of these women in ME countries who are American citizens and whose children are American citizens and who can’t get out of there with their children. In the case of Betty Mahmoody of Not Without My Daughter she and her daughter couldn’t leave without the permission of the husband/father. In the case in Bahrain, an American consul convinced the woman not to leave. Not sure why. My point in posting it was the predicament of these women and children, not the religion. Chesler’s point may also have been the religion, but point is I don’t know of any attention being paid to the problem except by people like Chesler. Maybe there are but I don’t know of them. I never read about it on left/liberal sources.

      • Wonk, spammy got me!

  14. This is a tremendously impressive roundup, Wonk. Is it your first? Damn, girl. 🙂

    I just keep thinking about what they say about Hamlet. How if you really break it down, the plot is pretty convoluted and maybe doesn’t even make much sense. And yet, and yet, everything follows from everything with a kind of inevitability, like a coiled spring. The Democrats were counting on 4271 separate variables to magically align, and if it happened, everything would have worked out just perfectly. But if even one element was one millimeter off, then everything comes to a full stop and it would take a miracle to get it going again. Don’t stop believing.

  15. I loved the Betty Boop for President cartoon!

    • yay.. somebody watched a cartoon

      I love the Betty Boop too! and how the Olive Oyl one is a throwback to the Betty one… they have a lot of the same gags


    • A three judge panel here at TC has reviewed your case and determined that you are boring and your presence here is causing a drop in the average of our collective IQ

      So prepare to be cast into the outer darkness.

      (I warned you not to order a drink.)

      • We need sound effects for this sort of thing.

        • Why, to cover up their screams when the catapult launches them?

          You did get the memo that we’re not awarding style points if the trolls start flapping their arms when they realize they’re about to impact the rocks?

          It was funny at first but it got old a long time ago. If they want style points for flapping their arms they have to actually be able to fly.

    • Jon Stewart spoofs Glenn Beck’s WACKO conspiracies. LOL!!! – Countdown

  17. *sigh* What has Spammy got its knickers twisted about NOW?

    All I did was post a link to that “Good Job” MP. (The one with Konata, the blue-haired anime girl)

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