Because America totally gets a ctrl+alt+delete on Inauguration Day.
Either that, or she’s a firm believer in the Etch-a-Sketch theory.
Remember that one time right before Barack Obama took office and gas prices immediately dropped, the bailouts under George W. Bush were erased, the national debt reset, foreclosures immediately stopped, every single person had a job, and eagles flew out of Joe Biden’s ass, singing “God Bless America” as he danced with sparklers? And then Obama went and undid all that stuff, instituted the dreaded “Sharia Law,” made being a Christian illegal, and replaced the American anthem with “O Fortuna,” and Joe Biden cried as Obama dunked his sparklers in the tears of good patriots? Remember that?
Yeah, neither do I.
I think I remember the part with Joe singing “God Bless America” with the sparklers in his hands. But you need better fact checking, there was only 1 eagle that flew out of his ass, the rest were doves.
But yeah, nothing else happened.
Wisconsin Republican Jeff Fitzgerald is running against Sen. Tammy Baldwin, (D-Wis.) for the U.S. Senate. Fitzgerald is BFFs with Gov. Scott Walker and used the Dropkick Murphys song “Shipping Up To Boston” at the GOP Convention this weekend. This is the same band who released “Take ‘Em Down” in support of Wisconsin’s unions and the protesters at the state capital, and have long been friends to organized labor.
Well, they found about Fitzgerald’s musical selection.
We just got word that Wisconsin State Rep and Speaker of the State Assembly Jeff Fitzgerald used “Shipping Up To Boston” as his walk-on song yesterday at the Wisconsin GOP Convention in Green Bay.
The stupidity and irony of this is laughable. A Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate - and crony of anti-Union Governor Scott Walker - using a Dropkick Murphys song as an intro is like a white supremacist coming out to gangsta rap!
Fitzgerald: if you and your staff can’t even figure out your music you might wanna give up on the politics!!!!!
We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in Wisconsin and all over the U.S!
Today, Fitzgerald replied:
Fitzgerald on Monday said he meant no harm, and has simply always liked the band and that song, which was featured in the Martin Scorcese film, “The Departed.” He said he doesn’t plan to play the song anymore, but doesn’t know what song he will chose next.
The Departed? Hey, way to burnish your image with a song featured in a movie about the Irish mob… if that’s your reasoning. “Ooh, that one song in that movie I like…”
I challenge Jeff Fitzgerald to name one other song by Dropkick Murphys he likes.
I’ll bet it’s not “Take ‘Em Down.” Or “Worker’s Song”…
I wonder if Fitzgerald feels awkward, because while he says he likes this band.. they don’t like his views. I swear the right has a long history of this stuff. I guess it’s because all the good musicians aren’t down with the GOP.
Considering a “communist, Muslim dictator” isn’t running for anything, I’d say that’s a big N-O.
I know the internet can be bright and scary, but communist? Really? Nothing says communism like kowtowing to Wall Street, big business, and the oil industry again and again.
And pro-tip for life: CAPS LOCK is not cruise control for cool, nor does it mean Jesus can hear you better. It just makes you look ridiculous.
Also poor grammar is terrible. As they mean “Christians” right? And not just Christian a singular person. Right?
And capitalized Question? That means they are talking about a comic book character.
Namely The Question, who is currently Renee Montoya, not Christian.
Gosh, fact check first Ray!
I got nothing.
Derbyshire’s piece suggests befriending “intelligent and well-socialized blacks. (I’ll use IWSB as an ad hoc abbreviation.)” because they offer “an amulet against potentially career-destroying accusations of prejudice.”
And that’s not even the worst part of the article…
I wish I were shocked at the existence of people like Derbyshire, or that people like him are given a national platform. But I’m not. And that’s almost depressing.
More on Derbyshire here.
I just can’t be shocked by the nasty bullshit going on in people’s heads any more.
I will give Mitt Romney a dollar to do this in the middle of a speech.
Whoa, I just realized that Mitt looks a whole lot like Bruce Campbell.
If there is a Romney movie.. Bruce has to ham it up.
Oh thank you sweet baby jeebus…
Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s Republican opponent for Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District is Joe the Plumber.
This is gonna be good. A hardcore, well-loved progressive with labor support versus Joe the Plumber?
It sort of makes me want to move to Toledo.
You’re right, Anderson Cooper. That’s a ridiculous idea. Almost as ridiculous as JOE THE FUCKING PLUMBER being a serious contender for Congress.
Bravo, Ohio Republicans.
Sarah Palin trolled us from 2008, y’all.
Oh damn, the GOP really IS out of good candidates. Next they will be giving Kirk Cameron and Chuck Norris the nod.
Birth Control 101 For Idiots
This is hormonal birth control.
As you can see on the box, you take exactly one pill per day. To make sure it works, you need to take one pill every day at the same time, or it stops working. You take only one pill, and you keep taking them regardless of what you are doing that day.
Hormonal birth control can be used to treat a lot of different diseases, like anemia caused by excessive menstruation. It is a prescription medication that can cost around $15-50 a month. Because it is a prescription medication, it should be covered by insurance, as it treats legitimate health problems.
This is Viagra.
It, too, can treat legitimate health problems like altitude sickness and pulmonary hypertension, but it is usually prescribed for erectile dysfunction. Unlike the Pill, Viagra is taken every time you want to have sex. A lot of health insurance companies cover Viagra, so it costs about as much as your co-pay.
This is a condom.
It is not a prescription medication, and has no health benefits (besides the prevention of STIs and pregnancy). Like Viagra, you must use one before you have sex: indeed, before each sex act. They cost about a dollar per condom.
This is Sandra Fluke.
She testified before a small, Democrat-led hearing after she was cut out of the actual birth control/insurance discussion. Her testimony was about a friend of hers who, because her insurance did not cover birth control, lost an ovary due to an ovarian cyst.
This somehow translates into “I, myself, personally, am having so much sex I can’t afford birth control, and so I want the government to pay for it.”
This is wrong for multiple reasons.
- It was about a friend, not her. To say her testimony was about her personally is factually incorrect.
- Sex had nothing to do with the testimony - her friend lost an ovary because of medical condition that was left untreated. A medical condition that was completely treatable, but wasn’t, because her insurance wouldn’t cover it. To say that her testimony was about her being “a slut” or “a prostitute” is factually incorrect.
- Even if she was having loads of sex, she would still only have one pill a day, not one pill per sex act, so to say “I’m having so much sex I can’t afford birth control” is completely erroneous. The Pill is not Viagra or condoms. To say that she is such “a slut” that she constantly needs more pills is factually incorrect.
- The current political debate is not “should the government pay for birth control?” The debate is “should insurance companies, that people and their employers pay for, on their own, be required to cover birth control?” To say that Sandra Fluke wants the government to pay for her birth control is factually incorrect.
- Religious organizations do not want to have birth control covered by their insurance, even for employees not of their faith, even if their employees never actually use their insurance to cover birth control. By this logic, they should also not pay their employees, because they could use that money to pay for birth control out of pocket. To say that this issue is about religious freedom and not about women’s health is disingenuous, as Ms. Fluke’s testimony demonstrates.
Hopefully this makes things a little clearer.
It’s extremely clear, but we are dealing with the war on women, as raged by the right wing.
He’s trying hard to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, isn’t he?
Mitt Romney went to the Daytona 500 NASCAR race Sunday for what should have been a chance to show he’s one of the guys. Instead, in casual conversation with an Associated Press reporter at the Florida track, he reminded people once again that he is not exactly a regular Joe.
Asked by the AP reporter if he follows NASCAR, Romney responded, “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”
Democrats and liberals quickly ridiculed the remark on Twitter. “I don’t know people who fish but I know people who own yachts,” tweeted Brad Woodhouse, communications director of the Democratic National Committee. Ari Melber, a writer for the liberal Nation magazine who apparently was watching the Oscars, tweeted: “Do I like movies? Well I have some friends who own movie companies.”
No, really. Is he just fucking with us at this point? I imagine you make so much money that eventually, you run out of things on which to spend said money. So troll-rific presidential run?
Bingo cards from last night! First, I’ll post this huge group from GOP Bingo denizens in Laramie, Wyo. Here’s the message with the cards:
7 people with laptops, 6 cards. We repeated card 4 because we needed an extra. We’re now sooo drunk. Thanks! ~Chris
I have no idea who any of these people are, but they’re fantastic!
From The Maddow Blog:
This sign - and commentary - is hanging outside a food pantry in Manhattan’s East Village. Maybe it’s time we did something about the economy.
Food banks all over the country are seeing record demand and having difficulty keeping the shelves stocked. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking a few cans to my local food banks this week. And there’s this:
The number of Americans receiving food stamps reached a record 45.345 million in July, the government said. The number was 0.4 percent higher than the previous month and 8.4 percent more than a year earlier.
Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program had set records every month since December 2008. Texas had the most food-stamp recipients in July, 4.051 million.
A record 1 in 5 people in the US receive federal assistance to feed themselves once WIC is factored in. The average monthly allotment per household is $283.68. Of course, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) thinks the program is out of control. Here’s what he said in an interview with ABC News:
“Well, look, do you think there are four times as many people that need food stamps today as they did in 2001? This year, they are proposing another 14 percent increase in food stamps without any real reform to understand how it is that it surged so dramatically. We cannot do this. We don’t have the money. If Congress doesn’t understand that we can’t continue to double the food stamp program every three years, they don’t understand how deeply we are impacted by the debt. The debt is already pulling down economic growth, costing jobs. We need people working with jobs, not receiving food stamps.”
The past year was an excellent one for Sen. Sessions. His net worth increased 124% in 2010 - raising him from millionaire to multimillionaire - which is likely why he said it was “rather pathetic” to expect multimillionaires to shoulder a little more of the burden. Meanwhile, in his state of Alabama, 36% of people receive food stamps and the unemployment rate is 9.8%.
Yes, we need to have people with jobs - though Sessions voted against the jobs bill - and I have a hint as to the why this “surge” occurred: We have a government, specifically Congress, that cares more for dick waving contests and petty infighting than giving a damn that the food stamp usage rate has dramatically risen. American families are going hungry while Congress collectively twiddles their thumbs or butts heads over to what degree the richest 1% deserve to be subsidized.
American exceptionalism? How about being the most unequal industrialized country? How’s that for number one? This is unsustainable and unconscionable. Period.
The GOP fears losing in a fair fight, so the party is trying to rig the game through voter suppression, plain and simple.”
Steve Benen, Washington Monthly
A wave of new Republican-driven election laws will make it harder for millions of eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012. The most significant restriction requires Americans in several states to present state-issued photo IDs when they vote. It is estimated that 3.3 million eligible voters in the affected states — Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin — don’t have such IDs now. The GOP insists the new rules were needed to stamp out voter fraud. The Left maintains these laws add up to a coordinated effort to suppress the Democratic vote.
ID laws of any kind are voter suppression plain and simple, they limit the democratic rights of the poor and homeless. Since the poor and homeless overwhelmingly vote Democrat (shocking, I know) it’s in the GOP’s best interest to keep them out of the ballot box.
I know quite a few people who don’t have State Issued Photo ID as they don’t have cars and are under 21 and just didn’t see a NEED to get one. Glad to know that GOP is keeping things
classy shitty as ever.
Ronald Reagan was like a civil rights leader for rich white people who already had civil rights.