Let’s Hope the Debates Will Make Things Worse for Mitt

Obama vs. Romney Debate

Perhaps it’s foul to put it quite that bluntly but, as is the case for many of us, election day can’t arrive soon enough. The campaign season seems endless; misleading ads, voter suppression efforts and full-throated lies may be what is expected but that doesn’t make it easier to endure. After all, while the follies go on there’s still a nation to run — and the more time we spend watching an extremely lackluster candidate who is supposed to represent the best that the ‘loyal opposition’ has to offer, it’s now just a matter of time and how disgusted the voting public can become.… [Read more]

A Fictional Meeting to Decide Mitt’s Fate

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Hovering over the 26 miles of water separating Catalina Island from the California mainland, the Secret Koch Brothers Zeppelin is the site for a top secret meeting of the Billionaire Cabal. David and Stephen Koch play host to Sheldon Adelson, Foster Friess, Phillip Anschutz, and several other billionaires who stand to gain the world if a Republican is elected in November.… [Read more]

Marathon Man

They're only an hour apart

Another all too predictable Paul Ryan beat down, cue the fact checkers, ‘we got a bleeder’ screed? Well, only a little. After his GOP convention acceptance speech, putative VP Ryan triggered a torrent of criticism centered on his (ahem) fast and furious approach to the facts used to smite the godless, graceless Democratic horde. We that sling stones from the Great White Plexiglas fortress have another idea about the self-promoted MarathonMan.… [Read more]

Romney’s Silence Speaks Volumes

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Now that the Democratic National Convention has ended the next big thing to look forward to in the run up to the election is October’s presidential election debates. President Obama and Mitt Romney will go face to face three times in October. The first debate is set for October 3rd where domestic policy will be on the agenda in Denver.… [Read more]

Cue the Confetti – There is a Nation to be Won!

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Even when you know the story by heart, where the villains are classic WWF-styled heels and the good guys are us, thank Christ, and not them, a political convention is compelling stuff. Talking heads babble and party flacks coo about how only their gang really ‘gets’ the American people. It is a riveting event, like a train wreck in slow motion, or a fat guy falling over the third base railing trying to snag a foul ball and keep his beer from spilling.… [Read more]

Republicans: Feeding at the Public Trough

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In critiquing First Lady Michelle Obama’s convention speech, the arm of the GOP named, facetiously, Fox “News,” was caught a little flat-footed:  She didn’t (overtly, anyway) disparage Romney, didn’t give them anything much to take out of context and run with, and delivered her speech with charm, warmth, grace and skill. So what’s a body on Fox to do when propping up the GOP (and, in particular, its dismal presidential candidate) is one’s reason for living – and the Dems refused to offer them any real fodder?… [Read more]

The Circus Under the G.O.P. Big Top

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“On second thought, let’s not go to Camelot. ‘Tis a silly place.”

- Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Although threatened by an obviously socialist Tropical Storm Isaac, the only things the storm actually did to Tampa were to wash everyone’s cars for free and ease “Amateur Wet T-shirt Contests” at local strip joints.

The Republican Party platform, in a sop to miffed Teavangelistas, included reproductive freedoms probably ghost written by the freshly purged Rep.… [Read more]

Here’s a Story of A Lovely Lady

Here's the story of a lovely lady...Ann Romney

Last night, I watched the Republican National Convention on PBS. Instead of listening to commentary by news organizations, I simply watched and listened. I went out of my way to absorb the message that was being conveyed to the American people. I know I am a difficult demographic to reach, being an educated, urban, single female trying to make it without giving excuses for how “hard things are for us gals.”  In listening to Ann Romney’s message to women, I know for sure that I am not the kind to whom she was speaking.… [Read more]

Are Obama’s Policies “European?” Who Cares?

Despite its VP candidate Paul Ryan's adoration for Russian writer Ayn Rand (pictured above), the Romney campaign attacks the Obama administration for being too "European" in its policies. But European or not, who cares where ideas come from?

In all honesty, MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews often annoys and creeps me out, but there are those valuable times when the man has a point. In a recent exchange with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Morning Joe, Preibus accused President Barack Obama of “looking to Europe for guidance” on issues like healthcare, spending, and economic stimulus.… [Read more]

Where’s the Republican Love?

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The quadrennial GOP convention is underway in Tampa, but there is a billboard  welcoming the Party of No’s delegates to a Tampa where, inconveniently, the Mayor and city council are all Democrats. The Tampa Bay Times Forum, where Republicans want to bray about the President’s stimulus and “you didn’t build that” in, was built in 1996, mostly using public funds.… [Read more]

Make The RNC Must See TV!!

Hurricane Isaac heads to Tampa, Florida for the RNC

Most assuredly, my partner is going to want to kill me but this week I will be hijacking the flat screen in the living room to watch the hottest band in the country strut its stuff in Tampa, Florida – Hurricane Isaac and the Birther Brigade. There will be several days of birth certificate blundering, Jesus-loving, and personhood pontificating.… [Read more]

Raped

Todd Akin

Many Americans were disgusted at Congressman Todd Akin’s outrageous claim that woman do not get pregnant when raped. He says he believes, doctors have told him women have a process of shutting down their reproductive system when being ‘legitimately’ raped and that’s the reason there are so few births by rape.

We all know what Congressman Akin was saying; we have deciphered ‘Republican Speak’ many times over when they use racist statements in describing Barack Obama.… [Read more]

GOP, Please go play in your room – adults are talking

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What Romney getting the GOP presidential nod didn’t do, what the Paul Ryan veep pick didn’t do, what Donald Trump speaking at the RNC didn’t do, Todd Akin managed to do:  Fire up the base . . . sort of. Only thing, when Todd Akin spoke the words, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he fouled his own nest – not because what he said was shocking to the GOP (quite to the contrary), but because what he said framed what the GOP already thinks, packaged the GOP platform neatly into a horrifyingly ugly package for the country to see, and directed a spotlight into the sewer of extreme right-wing minds, including the mind of Paul Ryan, a man who teamed up with Akin to craft some pretty horrible legislation.… [Read more]

A Letter from Ayn Rand

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Мой возлюбленный Пол (My beloved Paul),

Это причиняет боль мне, что Вы бросили меня под автобусом. Я думал, что мы были постоянными задушевными друзьями, работающими к нашей прекрасной капиталистической Утопии, где сильное правило и слабое погибают. (It pains me that you have thrown me under the bus. I thought we were everlasting soulmates, working toward our perfect capitalist Utopia, where the strong rule and the weak perish.)

Это сделало меня настолько очень счастливым, когда Вы сказали мне, что я был вашим вдохновением и причиной, Вы вошли в коммунальное обслуживание.… [Read more]

Ryan Gets a Failing Grade in Education

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Oh boy.

Here we go.

Instead of choosing someone to offset his conservative views, Romney chose someone who is totally as conservative as he is.

Also? It seems as if Paul Ryan would like to see public education privatized as much as the next rich white dude.

Get the rich richer and get rid of that pesky middle class, right?… [Read more]

The Anatomy of “The Big Lie”

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Some advice for the Romney/Ryan 2012 campaign: you might ask first before you swipe musicians’ works for your rallies.  Never fear, two dozen years ago, the late, great musician Frank Zappa released “When The Lie’s So Big”  in his 1988 album: Broadway the Hard Way, which lampooned some conservative politicians and figures of the Righty-revered Reagan era:… [Read more]

Ryan’s Hopeless

Paul Ryan: Hopeless and Flip Flopping

Last week, Conservative Nation was basking in the orgasmic afterglow of Paul Ryan. Two Saturdays ago when Ryan was named Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential running mate, I went on The Drudge Report. I do this from time to time. It’s like watching a really bad porn. You keep watching and watching hoping to see something interesting and, yet, nothing actually happens.… [Read more]

Rage Against the Machine…and Paul Ryan

Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine, and Paul Ryan

Rage Against the Machine rocks! And Tom Morello just earned himself more fans than ever. In case you’re not aware, Mr. Morello, a well-known activist who just happens to be a Grammy award-winning guitarist, is not too happy with Paul Ryan.

For good reason…

Mr. Morello is in full support of a ‘Robin Hood Tax‘…not exactly Paul “I-wanna-make-the-1%-richer” Ryan’s cuppa tea.… [Read more]

Hypocrisy

GOP Hypocrisy

When the Mitt Romney campaign selected Paul Ryan as his running mate, it was the icing on the cake of Republican hypocrisy. In Paul Ryan, not only do you have a man who has spent his entire adult life working in Washington for the Republican Party in some capacity, Romney picked a man who actually used social programs that he now wants to eliminate from the federal budget.… [Read more]

Are Republicans Secretly Plotting A Communist Takeover?

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For all of the much heated attention focused from the right on the “tyrannies” of social safety nets like welfare, healthcare, and social security, these actually may be the only things keeping the country from turning itself inside out with a full-fledged Chinese inspired communist overthrow.

To today’s conservative, this might sound odd. Some, albeit very few, would claim that without these safety nets the economic downturn would have been much worse.… [Read more]