Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza!

Sam Seder and Ari Berman: Fighting back against Republican led voter suppression efforts.


Kimmel: This week in unnecessary censorship.

Obama: They drove the economy into a ditch.

Thom with even more Good, Bad, and Very, Very Ugly.

White House: West Wing Week.

The G.O.P. Convention:

Roy Zimmerman: Vote Republican, Tennessee version.

Thom with The Good, the Bad, and the Very, Very Ugly.

Completely honest political debate.

Ed: Republicans are stealing the election in Ohio.

Young Turks: We have found the terrorists and it is us.

The Republican War on Lady Parts:

Roy Zimmerman: Vote Republican, Massachusetts edition

Gov. Jan Brewer introduces the Self Deportation Station:

Thom with more The Good, the Bad, and the Very, Very Ugly.

Roy Zimmerman: Vote Republican, Nevada edition.

Obama’s Secret UN Takeover and the Texas Insurgency!

Last week’s Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza can be found here.


  1. 1

    Puddybud spews:

    CNN factchecks Romney “welfare” ad: FALSE!

    One of Romney’s best ads yet… CNN ratings are in the toilet with the known bias against Republicans.

    First… Obummer and his cronies have spent tens of millions personally attacking Romney for months: Romney committed felonies. Romney is hiding with his tax returns. The super-PAC run by Bill Burton, Obummer’s former White House aide colluded with his deputy campaign manager who lied saying Romney killed the spouse of a laid-off worker of GSL Steel. Well we FACTUALLY know Obummer bundler Jonathan Lavine was the MD of Bain when GST was closed. Then Obummer last Monday claimed those actions didn’t happen.

    Second… The Richmond Times Dispatch agrees with Romney on the Obummer gutting of welfare. That’s something CNN and WaPo have gone nutzo over. The WaPo opinion is from Greg Sargent wo was exposed by Tucker Carlson

    “The entire progressive blogosphere picked up our stuff,” says a Media Matters source, “from Daily Kos to Salon. Greg Sargent [of The Washington Post] will write anything you give him.”

    CNN isn’t a credible source anymore. When you read Talking Points Memo paraphernalia live on teevee when you interview a Romney campaign surrogate, you wounded any street cred you have left!

    Third… if you’re explaining what you “meant” then you’re losing the argument. This is part of Obummer’s policy record. This isn’t a Bill Ayers attack. This is one of his latest get around the DUMMOCRAPTS in the Senate actions. Having the slobbering libtard press help you along gives you that 3-5% cushion in each state poll.

    Puddy doesn’t view much voter sympathy with Obummer’s gang whining over their claim Romney could be misrepresenting Obummer’s welfare executive order when they purposely misrepresented Romney all these months!

  2. 2

    Serial Conservative spews:

    Tuesday at the RNC:

    Ann Romney followed by Chris Christie.

    I’m guessing there will be quite the viewership that night.

  3. 3

    Deathfrogg spews:

    @ Spudds

    Mittens has effectively ZERO percent of the black vote. He polls so low there that he is under the margin of error. I know you are aware of the fact (because I’ve told you several times), that 50 years ago, these people would call you “boy” in the street no matter how old you were or what your job was or your academic credentials. They would be defending the laws that forced you to sit on the back of a bus, or give your seat up for a white man. They would oppose your right to vote or own property, and they would hang your dumb ass from a nearby tree if you stood up for yourself.

    Rmoney is a man raised and holding a high rank in a cult that to this day, does not recognize black skinned humans as being human at all. In fact, their doctrine specifically states that black people are the spawn of Satan, and therefore inherently evil.

    This is why I’m sure that he won’t be the candidate after the convention. They’re going to “draft” someone. That individual will put on a big show of being reluctant to serve, self-effacing, academically and politically qualified. It’ll be Condolleeza Rice or even someone like Norman Schwartzkopf maybe. But this pair of overt racists and obviously unhinged people will not get the nod at the convention. It’ll put on a big show for the corporate press that will sell a lot of advertising space and provide a lot of circus entertainment for the mouth breathers.

    These are the Oligarchs.

    Why do I bother, I’m trying to reason with a crazy person….

  4. 4

    Liberal Scientist is a a dirty fucking hippie, and THE SPAWN OF SATAN (acocrding to resident Bibul-thumper puddles) spews:

    @2 Like, OMG.

    You sound like you’re writing for Tiger Beat, about Justin Bieber.

    Fanboy, much?

  5. 5

    Liberal Scientist is a a dirty fucking hippie, and THE SPAWN OF SATAN (acocrding to resident Bibul-thumper puddles) spews:

    Greg Sargent wo was exposed by Tucker Carlson


    Tucker. Carlson.

    HAHAHAHA. Nothing like a good laugh with the coffee. Tucker Fucking Carlson.

  6. 6

    MikeBoyScout spews:

    re Kornflake Konservative’s comment about Ann You People Rmoney and America’s most rotund morbidly obese loudmouth governor Ruths Chris Christie,

    both the Democratic and Republican conventions are for all intent and purposes publicly funded info commercials.

    Moving Ann to the same night as the Fatman is a strange move.
    Ann’s mission is to humanize the Romneybot and Fatman is there to feed red meat.

    The two missions don’t go together. Most people are not going to watch these conventions. Most people are going to watch the highlights on the news.
    One of the two Tuesday night speakers is going to trump the other and bury the other’s message.

    Care to guess which?

  7. 7

    Zotz sez: Healthy vaginas make Baby Jesus cry! spews:

    You’d think these cretins were trying to lose, until you realize they’re just fucking incompetent losers.

  8. 8

    Zotz sez: Healthy vaginas make Baby Jesus cry! spews:

    Skinny man boobs McKenna recently had the thick necked massive boobed NJ thug over for a talk to the ignorati of the WA State R party last month.

    The R party are boob men, my friends; self-entitled, haven’t seen their belt buckle since, well, for a long long time, boobs.

  9. 9

    Michael spews:

    Ann was going to be on the opening night, but the Big 3 aren’t going to cover opening night.

  10. 10

    MikeBoyScout spews:

    @9 Michael
    Funny thing about that is that the “FREE MARKET!” determined that Ann You People! Rmoney is a bore nobody is interested in watching.

  11. 11


    To be truly Hayekian, Boettke says, Ryan would need to embrace one of his central ideas, known as the “generality norm.” This is Hayek’s belief that any government program that helps one group must be available to all. If applied, Boettke says, a Hayekian government would eliminate all corporate and agricultural subsidies and government housing programs, and it would get rid of Medicare and Medicaid or expand them to cover all citizens. (Hayek had no problem with a national health care program.) Hayek also believed that the government should not have a monopoly on any service it provides; instead, private companies should compete by offering an alternative Postal Service, road system, even, perhaps, a private fire department.

    Reality strikes again and proves right wing platitude mouthers like Ryan to be the idiots they are.

  12. 12

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The Mittster’s “birth certificate” jibe says far more about him than Obama; it paints a picture of a mean and petty man who verbally abuses people when he doesn’t get his way.

  13. 13

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Obama should reply, “No one ever asked me for my birth certificate either, except your crazy wingnut pals like Orly Tait and Donald Trump.”

  14. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @3 “This is why I’m sure that he won’t be the candidate after the convention. They’re going to ‘draft’ someone.”

    You get it, but they don’t. They’re too stupid. This is like a prison warden trying to explain to a moron that he’s about to be hanged and the dumbfuck doesn’t get it.

  15. 15

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @1 “Obummer and his cronies have spent tens of millions personally attacking Romney for months: Romney committed felonies. Romney is hiding with his tax returns. The super-PAC run by Bill Burton, Obummer’s former White House aide colluded with his deputy campaign manager who lied saying Romney killed the spouse of a laid-off worker of GSL Steel.”

    How d’ya like eating your own shit, asshat? Taste good? After all shit-slinging Obama took from birthers etc., you wanna complain about this? Fuck you and your ilk. As far as I’m concerned, the dirtier the Dems fight the better! Rethugs have earned it.

  16. 16

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Guns In The Wrong Hands Dep’t

    A beloved “trash man” in a Connecticut small town was shot by a 7-year-old.

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Republicans are against things like trigger locks, mandatory safety training, and permit requirements. They want everyone to have access to guns.

  17. 19

    Serial Conservative spews:

    Memo to YLB @ 17

    Embedded in your spew link is this link:

    Read the fourth paragraph (I made numerous unsuccessful attempts to cut and paste).

    The diminishing use of oil is due to the shitty economy, YLB.

    Other contributing factors are a glut of natural gas and the ability to create electricity through this energy source rather than oil in some areas.

    Call it price signals if you wish, and the high price of oil certainly is a deterrent.

    It isn’t enough of a deterrent for you to claim it’s causing Americans to adjust. They’re just not consuming because they can’t afford to.

    I suppose you use that to justify continuing a shitty economy.

  18. 21

    Serial Conservative spews:

    @ 20

    Less use of limited resources is a good thing.

    You simply need to understand that there is a difference between a decreased usage because people are finding other ways to consume energy, and decreased usage because people are hurting economically to the point that they simply cannot afford to consume.

  19. 22

    Liberal Scientist is a a dirty fucking hippie, and THE SPAWN OF SATAN (acocrding to resident Bibul-thumper puddles) spews:

    Just read over at the evul DailyKos that Neil Armstrong has died at 82.

    RIP this American hero.

  20. 25

    Michael spews:

    There’s a whole bunch of reasons why consumption’s down, including the shitty economy & baby boomers retiring.

  21. 28

    Serial Conservative spews:

    @ 26

    Duly noted, Michael. However, the topic @ 17 was not about gasoline but about oil. For my purposes I’ll equate oil with petroleum.

    Gasoline is only about half

    of finished petroleum production.

    If one looks at overall finished petroleum production over a 30 year period

    one sees a plateau, not a peak, followed by a decline corresponding with our recession and substandard recovery.

    One needs to assume that our consumption and production are equivalent over that period for the second link above to be valid, but I suspect it’s pretty close.

    We’re using less gas because:

    1. It’s expensive.
    2. We’re in an extended period of economic ill.
    3. A lot of households can use the economy car or the gas guzzler and choose the former due to #1 and 2
    4. A buncha gas guzzlers got crushed in 2009 so we could hand money to Toyota and Honda.

    I’m not convinced we’re using less oil for any reason other than our economy has tanked and thus far has very poorly recovered, which is suggested by the second link, above.

  22. 31

    rhp6033 spews:

    News Item: The GOP will convene the convention on Monday, and then automatically go into recess until Tuesday afternoon, effectively canceling the first day of activities (presumably the most important of which will be squeezed into the remaining three days.

    After days of insisting that the convention would go on despite Hurricane Isaac (the “laughter of God”), the GOP finally bowed to reality. But that’s too late to help most delegates, who have already been arriving in Tampa. They are going to be stuck in their hotel rooms, probably.

    Biden has also canceled his counter-rally in Tampa.

    We can laugh all we want, but this just makes sense, even if it’s a bit late.

  23. 32

    Michael spews:


    The plateau in your link started in ’04, well before the economy crashed.

    one sees a plateau, not a peak, followed by a decline corresponding with our recession and substandard recovery

    Peak in this case refers to the point of greatest consumption which looks to be in 2005, again before the economy cratered.

    Vehicle Miles Traveled started to plateau in ’04 and peaked prior to the crash.

    Car ownership per capita also peaked well prior to the economy collapsing. Total car ownership has also peaked, but I don’t remember when that was and can’t seem to find it at the moment.

    People changed, the “job creators” and the government didn’t. That’s part of why our economic recovery has been so week.

    Check the driving trends in Spokane County.

  24. 35

    doggril spews:

    @1 Did you say something? I read a lot of words lined up in a row, but for the life of me, I didn’t see anything that resembled any actual points being made by an actual sentient being.

  25. 38

    Serial Conservative spews:

    @ 32

    We’re splitting hairs here but take your graph:

    and redraw it after changing frequency to annual and changing units to compound annual rate of change.

    You’ll see that there’s an increase each year until 2007, which is the year the shit began to hit the fan.

    I reiterate that we’re talking about gasoline here, and the original topic was oil, byproducts of which is only about 50% gasoline. While people weren’t increasing their driving as much, they still were using petroleum to make other shit.

  26. 41

    Puddybud spews:

    Did you say something?

    Well doggril, others got it so what does that say about the dumb doggy?

    Barking up da wrong tree again?

  27. 42

    Michael spews:


    U.S. Total Gasoline Retail Sales by Refiners (Thousand Gallons per Day)

    Dec ’83 51,879.1
    Dec ’90 58,382.1
    Dec ’95 56,471.5
    Dec ’99 62,719.0
    Dec ’00 62,014.2
    Dec ’01 60,793.5
    Dec ’02 63,109.4
    Dec ’03 63,394.5
    Dec ’04 58,013.6
    Dec ’05 59,426.1
    Dec ’06 57,862.5
    Dec ’07 54,650.0
    Dec ’08 53,931.5
    Dec ’09 47,441.4
    Dec ’10 42,417.1
    Dec ’11 30,413.9

    Kinda looks to me like gas usage peaked in ’03. Hell, most of the oil companies even say that gas usage has peaked and will never recover to previous levels regardless of what the economy does.

    I reiterate that we’re talking about gasoline here, and the original topic was oil, byproducts of which is only about 50% gasoline

    The original topic was:

    Memo to Bob:

    US oil demand peaked in 2007, and this July fell back to July 1995 levels

    The biggest driver of oil demand is… Gasoline!

  28. 43

    Puddybud spews:

    Mittens has effectively ZERO percent of the black vote

    That’s interesting when I put forth two polls (PPP & Gallup) earlier in the week showing something completely different Fraggy.

    Then there are over 3000 black ministers who disagree with Obummer taking da money and running with Obummer’s jockstrapping gay marriage. Ya see in black churches politics is always discussed and they are totally against Obummer and gay marriage.

    Once again you skip over FACTS and foam at the mouth. How OWS of you! Also there is a new hashtag of black twitter peeps for Romney.

    Since you skip over presented facts all the time the rest of your rant is based on false premises. Pfffffft! EPIC FAYLE Fraggy!

    Oh and Rachel Maddow and her commentary above? She’s not the sharpest knife in the DUMMOCRAPT media drawer no matter what David Letterman sez. She’s had her ASS handed to her twice in 2 weeks in debates! So you leftists keep praying for the blacks staying on the DUMMOCRAPT reservation and voting in mass numbas for Obummer. It’s your only hope!

  29. 44

    Michael spews:

    36. Michael spews:

    We’re beating back the neo-feudal theocrats with every breath!

    08/25/2012 AT 5:48 PM

    37. Libertarian spews:

    As long as you’re using your own wealth to do it, you’re good to go!

    A bunch of us in the Gig Harbor/Tacoma area have been using Facebook to swap around excess fruit and produce from our gardens. It’s unreal the amount of food that we’ve harvested. Much of that food was excess that would have gotten wasted. For example, I’ve been trading beans and rhubarb for apples and peaches. At this point I’ve canned a years worth of peaches, apple sauce, and pie fillings.

    That’s all food that I would have gone to Costco or the grocery store for later in the year, that much more money in my pocket, and that much less in corporate AG’s pocket.

    I’m saving money, eating better tasting healthier food, meeting new people, and taking a swipe at the plutocrats all at the same time. It’s fucking awesome to be me.

  30. 45

    Puddybud spews:

    Lib da schmuck attacks

    Tucker. Carlson.

    He exposed Greg Sargent as a toady of Media Morons and poor Lib da schmuck went apoplectic.

    Funny thing is this… Greg Sargent has never denied it!

    Sucks to be Lib da schmuck. Facts, small things that get in the way of Lib da schmuck!

  31. 46

    Puddybud spews:

    As far as I’m concerned, the dirtier the Dems fight the better!

    Wow looks like Roger DUMB Wabbit has lost it. AGAIN!

  32. 47

    Puddybud spews:

    How cum this didn’t make the Friday Night Funnies…

    Obama has millions of fake Twitter followers

    Puddy loves the obligatory swipe at Romney… So typical of the slobbering leftist pinhead media!

  33. 48

    Steve spews:

    @28 “our recession and substandard recovery”

    Pretty much the choice in November. The do-nothing, obstructionist Republicans who brought us the Great Recession, or the Democrats who have alone tried mightily to bring the nation back.

    Choose Republicans and you choose toxic brew of corporatism and theocracy, misbegotten wars, reckless spending, huge tax cuts for the filthy rich and a huge tax hike on you, soaring debt and deficits, a Christo-fascist assault on the Constitution, and a war on women, the minorities, dogs, the middle class and poor, the American worker and, well, pretty much a war on everybody and everything but filthy rich white guys.

    Vote for Democrats and you vote Mom, apple pie, jobs for everybody, a growing, prosperous middle class, the end of poverty and despair, and Old Glory waving free again. God bless America!

    The choice is rather clear, don’t you think?

  34. 51

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I wasn’t posting here this afternoon because I was outside in this beautiful weather registering voters.

  35. 52

    Puddybud spews:

    Because nobody but you gives a shit about that crapola.

    Once again Roger DUMB Wabbit has proven his senility. Golly DUMB Wabbit, another proof you are losing your mind… Just last April!

    The bully pulpit has a new kind of altar call: “Tweet them. We’ve got a hashtag. Here’s the hashtag for you to tweet them: #dontdoublemyrate.”

    President Obama repeated that Twitter hashtag twice more during a Tuesday speech opposing an increase in student loan interest rates. For good measure, he even had his Chapel Hill, N.C., audience chant it back to him.

    Poor DUMB Wabbit… maybe Fraggy has some drugs for you too!

  36. 54

    Serial Conservative spews:

    @ 48

    Doctor Steve, after reading your spew I almost went out and re-registered myself as a Democrat.

    I eagerly look forward to all of the positive ads the Democrats will run touting their mighty efforts and how the will make things even better for America in the next four years.

    That’s what we’ll see, right? How reams of higher taxation at numerous levels on the wealthy will make it better for those who are not?

  37. 56

    Puddybud spews:

    Watch… When Romney’s surrogates call this lie out, the press will call racism. And the fact checker’s just disappeared on this lie!

    As Puddy said, these fact checkers are librul!

  38. 58

    Puddybud spews:

    Looks like Tampa is ready for Fraggy’s boys and girl OWS hooligans! You never see Tea Party peeps acting like OWS fools. Yet all you hear on this blog are Teahaddists. OWS and HA leftists… fruit from the same tree.

    Fraggy likes the scumbags of America. Will Fraggy be there leading the OWS peeps this time?

  39. 59

    Puddybud spews:

    Wow, someone at the NY Slimes admitting to progressivism? Bout time!

    When The Times covers a national presidential campaign, I have found that the lead editors and reporters are disciplined about enforcing fairness and balance, and usually succeed in doing so. Across the paper’s many departments, though, so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism — for lack of a better term — that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times.

    As a result, developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in The Times, overloved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects. _ PuddyEmphasis

    As Puddy called it years ago… the librul bent at the Slimes is one reason it continues to bleed money every quarter!

  40. 60

    MikeBoyScout spews:

    @57 Kornflake Konservative,

    Nice of you to bring the ref to former Governor Charlie Crist (R) to the table.

    What did he say again?

    As Republicans gather in Tampa to nominate Mitt Romney, Americans can expect to hear tales of how President Obama has failed to work with their party or turn the economy around.

    But an element of their party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they’ve proven incapable of governing for the people. Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion, even for rape victims.

    The truth is that the party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve.

    Rings true.

  41. 61

    Puddybud spews:

    Looks like God’s Laughter (Hurricane Isaac) is laughing at libtards who were “laughing” last week. The biggest laughing libtard was the multiple posts of rhpee6033. Seems libtards like rhpee6033 like to jump the gun before all the facts are in!

  42. 62

    MikeBoyScout spews:

    @61 Puddles, you didn’t see that “God’s Laughter” canceled 25% of Slick Willard’s coronation?

  43. 63

    MikeBoyScout spews:

    @61 and Puddles

    TAMPA, Fla. – Republican officials abruptly announced plans Saturday night to scrap the first day of their national convention, bowing to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac as it bore down menacingly on Florida.

    you do know where the convention goers are going to end up? Here’s the list.

  44. 64

    Serial Conservative spews:

    @ 60

    Since we’re looking at Crist quotes:

    “They wanted a change back in 1976. You remember? Richard Nixon had been president. That ended. Gerald Ford took over. The people decided they wanted a change. They got one-Jimmy Carter. Four years later, they took care of business-Ronald Reagan.”

    “It may happen again,” Crist went on. “I believe that the people have seen that they wanted a change but not this much. Not this kind, and not this way. America is awake and we’re coming back.”


  45. 66

    Puddybud spews:

    Yeah, thanks for the link Cubscout… It was telling Republicans worry about the people of Tampa while Obummer worries about his sorry ASS. Very telling.

  46. 67

    Puddybud spews:

    Oh my another Stephanie Cutter take down

    This woman lies more than ylbuttspigot gets bitchslapped on HA and ylbitchslapped ylbuttspigot gets BITCHSLAPPED multiple time each day!

  47. 68

    Serial Conservative spews:

    @ 65

    Don’t forget why Crist stopped calling himself a Republican. It was because the primary polls in 2010 indicated that he was going to get his ass kicked by Marco Rubio.

    He didn’t become ‘independent’ because he saw the ideological light or to aid his fellow man. He did it for political expediency.

    Which makes him a perfect fit for Team Obama.

  48. 73

    Puddybud spews:

    How many Hondas and Toyotas are produced right here in this country in freaking right to work for less compensation states?

    These peeps working for “less compensation” seem to be making much more than ylbuttspigot ylbitchslap does!

    Dr Buttface? Doesn’t work with Puddybud like ylb___________!

    More FAYLURE!


  49. 74

    Puddybud spews:

    86 crazed databaze attempts…


    BITCHSLAPPED again! Stephanie Cutter is barely ahead!

  50. 76

    Serial Conservative spews:

    Why, this is not good news for Team Obama:

    ELECTION 2012
    Despite Democrats’ Warnings, Private Medicare Plans Find Success

    Obama administration officials, lawmakers from both parties and beneficiaries have generally been satisfied with the private plans.

    “Medicare Advantage premiums down 7 percent on average, enrollment up 10 percent,” the administration announced in February, and it said the quality of care under Medicare Advantage was improving.

    This month the administration reported the results of competitive bidding for 2013: “Medicare prescription drug premiums to remain steady for third straight year.”

    Federal spending on Medicare drug benefits has been about 30 percent lower than the Congressional Budget Office predicted when the drug legislation was passed in 2003.

    The 2003 Medicare drug bill turns out to be far less costly than predicted. Why? Competition in the private sector. Go figure.

    It’s almost like Ryan has a rational plan to deal with the unsustainable current status of Medicare.

  51. 78

    Puddybud spews:

    ODS – Nope you dope. Continual displayer of BDS the original disease of libtards!

    OMG – Obummer Must GO!


  52. 79

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @73 “BITCHSLAPPED again!”
    @74 “BITCHSLAPPED again!”
    @78 “BITCHSLAPPED again!”

    Putz doesn’t lack for vivid imagination.

  53. 80

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @78 “OMG – Obummer Must GO!”

    And if he doesn’t, will you move to another country? Promise?

  54. 81

    Serial Conservative spews:

    I’m curious as to whether this will be included in Darryl’s next poll aggregate:

    This mail poll seems to fit all of his criteria although there are no crosstabs and God only knows where the respondents are clustered. Probably not far from Columbus, I imagine.

    Anyway, it’s a dead heat in OH, both for the presidential race and the Senate race.

    I didn’t see that Darryl’s poll FAQ criteria specifically exclude mail polls (apologies if I missed it – chalk it up to sloppy, sloppy analysis). It’s otherwise disclosing enough information to meet his criteria. If he includes it I bet he holds his nose in the process. Doesn’t quite pass my smell test.

    Two interesting points in this poll:

    1. 1700+ respondents so it’s a biggie, with small MOE.
    2. 10% are undecided, and

    nearly half the undecided voters said they voted for Obama in 2008.

    That’s an awful lot of people who realize they bought into the Great 2008 Lie that is Hopenchange.

  55. 82

    Serial Conservative spews:

    Recall that Dems had a chance to pick MO for their convention. A certain Senator from MO had some problems with Obama hanging out in her state

    She argued that her re-election could be complicated if the convention was held in St. Louis, because the Democratic gathering will almost certainly attract protesters and compete for fund-raising.” (Jeff Zeleny, “Democrats Pick Charlotte For 2012 Convention,” The New York Times’ The Caucus Blog, 2/1/11)

    and the convention went to NC instead. NC won’t be in the blue column in the Fall.

    The GOP thought differently:

    This area has also struggled to recover economically from the recent recession, making it prime property for Republicans to pick up swing voters unhappy with the president they helped choose four years ago.
    In other words, if there’s one area in the country where Republicans need to perform, it might be the I-4 corridor.
    Tampa was picked from among three finalists; the others were Salt Lake City and Phoenix. Unlike those two sites, Tampa comes from an electorally important state — a key reason it emerged as the victor.

  56. 83


    the Great 2008 Lie that is Hopenchange.

    Why the animus Bob? What made you vote for Bush? Clinton fatigue?

    Or was it the moderate-sounding, compassionate conservativism rhetoric which turned out to be a pile of crap?

    This country is a lot better off than it would have been under hapless John McSame.. It would have been even better off with a true Dem supermajority in the Congress.

  57. 84

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @83 It’s hard to imagine what shape we’d be in now if a guy who admit he doesn’t like economics and knows nothing about it had run the country for the last 4 years. My guess is it would’ve been something along the lines of cutting taxes for the rich and more military spending are the answers for everything.

  58. 85

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    NBC News reports its latest election map is unchanged from June:

    “In NBC News’ latest battleground state map … President Obama maintains his lead over Mitt Romney, with 237 electoral votes in the Democratic column and 191 in the GOP one. That’s unchanged from our last map back in June. The toss-up states, representing 110 electoral votes, are the same, too: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin …. And all of this reflects how little the race has moved, despite everything that has happened in the past two-plus months. …

    “One way to look at the nine toss-up states is … the likelihood of Romney being able to flip them from blue to red. Here’s our list (from most likely to least likely):

    1. North Carolina
    2. Iowa
    3. Florida
    4. Colorado
    5. Virginia
    6. Nevada
    7. Ohio
    8. Wisconsin
    9. New Hampshire

    “What’s striking about this list is if you give Romney the Top 4 (NC, IA, FL, and CO) that only gets him to 250 electoral votes. And if you give him the next two on the list (VA and NV), he’s still one short of 270 …. That means he has to put one of Ohio, Wisconsin, or New Hampshire into the mix to get past 270. Bottom line: Romney’s map to 270 is … a high-wire act. …

    “[T]here are plenty of new state polls out there. … In Florida, it’s Obama 49%, Romney 46% …; in Ohio, it’s Obama 50%, Romney 44% …; and in Wisconsin, it’s Obama 49%, Romney 47% …. The New York Times notes that the Romney-Ryan plan to overhaul Medicare is unpopular in these three states … what strikes us are these numbers: Almost 60% in all three states say that Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like them, while less than 45% say the same about Romney.”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: This is bad news for Romney fans. In June, Mittens had 5 months to win over tossup voters. With half that time now gone, he’s made no progress at all. The map is unchanged. He’s narrowed the gap in a few states; but even if he carries those states, they’re not enough, he’s gotta sweep them. So far, there’s no reason to believe that will happen, and recent events — Akin’s gaffe, Romney’s birther gaffe, a storm disrupting the GOP convention — aren’t going his way. Doesn’t look good for Romneyites. I wonder if our friend pudge likes condiments with crow?

  59. 86

    Serial Conservative spews:

    @ 85

    Correct me if I am wrong but isn’t narrowing a gap considered progress, RR?

    Two more months of declining employment and declining GDP increases, questions now for the first time seriously being asked about Medicare and sustainability, Team Obama still playing the race card every chance it gets to avoid talking about the economy.

    Wasn’t it just last week, RR, that you were saying Obama was up 9% in OH? In three of the last five OH polls logged at RCP, Romney’s either tied or leading.

    You make it seem like such a lost cause for Romney, RR, but you ignore the data in doing so. People would take you more seriously if you would look at the data now and then.

  60. 89


    The Self Deportation Station is a stroke of right wing genius..

    All our trolls (especially the asshat troll and Dr. Buttface) will be busting the doors of DHS to get one.

  61. 91

    Serial Conservative spews:

    @ 84

    It’s hard to imagine how two lauded economists could be so wrong on what would happen if we dumped nearly $1T into the economy.

    We might not be better off as a nation if McCain had been president. But there would be at least $800+B that we wouldn’t have spent like idiots because Obama’s economists told us that if we spent it, the unemployment rate wouldn’t climb above 8%.

    BTW we’re 2 1/2 years beyond that and we’re at 8.3% unemployment. If I were you, RR, I wouldn’t be touting McCain’s limited personal command of economics. For all of Obama’s supposed superiority, Smart Power I think it was once called (though not any more), they really fucked up on this one. And hey, that profanity didn’t originate from me:

    Straight from the mouth of Obama’s economic Smart Power.

  62. 93


    $800+B that we wouldn’t have spent like idiots

    At least 30 percent of which was tax cuts?

    What about those tax cuts were “idiotic”?

    I thought tax cuts were the answer to everything!

  63. 94


    I’m just wondering what types of protests against Republicans entail the use of machetes

    If they were arms as you seem to be implying, don’t we have a right to bear them? You seem to have no problems with people open-carrying at a legal distance.

    But I don’t know what that guy had in mind. Maybe there was a nearby greenbelt he was planning on trimming.

  64. 95

    Serial Conservative spews:

    @ 93

    What about those tax cuts were “idiotic”?

    Three things:

    1. It wasn’t much money. In fact, I don’t even mind that I didn’t participate in the largesse (my income was way over the phase-out range), because it was such as small monetary benefit to those who received it.
    2. It wasn’t a lump-sum distribution with some sort of clear indication that the money is intended to be spent, soon, to boost the economy. People who received it didn’t even feel its effect.
    3. In an economic environment in which people fear being the next to lose a job, they tend NOT to spend, but to sock away, and so a slightly higher paycheck isn’t going to make it back into the economy , but will be saved as people prepare for the next economic shock to hit them.

  65. 96

    Serial Conservative spews:

    @ 94

    You seem to have no problems with people open-carrying at a legal distance.

    You have no basis to make that statement. If I objected to everything I disagreed with on this site, I’d never have time to do anything else but voice objection. When you mentioned it, I ignored it as idiotic, mostly because I think you’re an idiot.

    Personally, I find open-carry unnecessarily provocative.

  66. 98

    Puddybud spews:

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: This is bad news for Romney fans. In June, Mittens had 5 months to win over tossup voters

    Wrong oh Senile one… It’s great news!

    1) Obummer blew out hid “wad” attacking Romney… little has changed
    2) Now we see seniors agree that Obummer is the one who has started the Medicare destruction
    3) Romney has just a 6 point deficit among women. It was 16 points at one juncture.
    4) Romney has money and momentum
    5) Now people will learn of Mitt instead of the smears of Obummer’s pals.
    6) Obummer’s jockstrapping gay marriage will work against him because black pastors are not happy with Obummer’s choice here! Blacks talk politics in the pulpit!

  67. 99

    Puddybud spews:

    If I were you, RR, I wouldn’t be touting McCain’s limited personal command of economics. For all of Obama’s supposed superiority, Smart Power I think it was once called (though not any more), they really fucked up on this one.

    Roger Senile Wabbit forgot Obummer’s economic team packed it in and went back to academia. No, it’s senility. Roger Senile Wabbit!

  68. 100

    Puddybud spews:

    Ahhh yes the buttspgiot@94 and his diarrhea trails

    If they were arms as you seem to be implying, don’t we have a right to bear them?

    Not in certain cordoned off event zones buttspigot.

    Once again we see how stupid HA’s ylbuttspigot is.


  69. 101

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @86 “Two more months of declining employment”

    Employment isn’t declining:

    “Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 163,000 in July. Since the beginning of this year, employment growth has averaged 151,000 per month …”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: A million-plus people are working who weren’t at the beginning of this year. You’ll never understand the dynamics of this election if you can’t get the basic facts straight.

  70. 102

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @91 “at least $800+B that we wouldn’t have spent like idiots”

    So we’re better off without cops, teachers, ro,ads and bridges? And spending public money on cops, teachers, roads and bridges makes us “idiots”?

    Right there is the Republican platform in a nutshell. That’s what you’re voting for if you vote Republican. So, what does voting Republican make you?

  71. 103

    Serial Conservative spews:

    @ 101

    1% fewer Americans in the workforce than a year ago, RR. Nearly 2% fewer than when the recession ended in 2009.

    4 million new births and 2.4 million deaths each year in the US means 1.6 million new US residents each year, RR. Employment has to at least match population growth, and it isn’t, which is why the labor participation rate is falling. There’s a 50K boost in the July employment numbers that won’t be there in August, RR.

    SC commentary: If RR doesn’t account for population growth he’ll continue to make an idiot of himself.

    There is one bright spot for you, RR. When Obama was inaugurated there were 7.4 million people receiving Federal disability benefits. Now, that number is 8.7 million. So he’s boosted that number considerably. That’s people who aren’t counted in the unemployment statistics because they’ve used up their unemployment benefits and now are reclassified as disabled so they won’t be out on the street, RR.

    It’s also a huge reason why the labor participation rate has fallen. I know you’ve been wondering.

  72. 104

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @88 ” … St. Petersburg police arrested two suspected protesters … seen playing with a BB gun ….

    “Officers were dispatched to the scene and found two men and a female teen runaway hanging out. They also found several items indicating they were protesters, including anti-government T-shirts ….”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Gee, what sort of protesters wear
    anti-government T-shirts?

  73. 105

    Serial Conservative spews:

    @ 102

    What makes you an idiot, RR, is a short-term program that hires cops and teachers, and then lays them off when the tap runs dry.

    What makes you an idiot, RR, is a short-term Federal program that hands billions to states, so that states can paper over their own woes for another year, only to have to face a much worse situation one year down the line, when there’s no additional handout.

    The list of things that make you an idiot, RR, is far too numerous for me to even begin to construct.

  74. 106

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @96 “Personally, I find open-carry unnecessarily provocative.”

    Doh! Does this make you smart, or all NRA members and most Republicans dumb?

  75. 107

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @103 The economy is adding jobs:

    JAN 2011 – 130456
    FEB 2011 – 130676
    MAR 2011 – 130922
    APR 2011 – 131173
    MAY 2011 – 131227
    JUN 2011 – 131311
    JUL 2011 – 131407
    AUG 2011 – 131492
    SEP 2011 – 131694
    OCT 2011 – 131806
    NOV 2011 – 131963
    DEC 2011 – 132166
    JAN 2012 – 132460
    FEB 2012 – 132720
    MAR 2012 – 132860
    APR 2012 – 132930
    MAY 2012 – 133020
    JUN 2012 – 133080
    JUL 2012 – 133240

    This chart shows total nonfarm payrolls have increased for
    19 consecutive months.

  76. 108

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @105 “What makes you an idiot, RR, is a short-term program that hires cops and teachers, and then lays them off when the tap runs dry.”

    What makes you a bigger idiot is that’s better than nothing.

  77. 109

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @103 “It’s also a huge reason why the labor participation rate has fallen. I know you’ve been wondering.”

    I posted this a couple weeks ago; so no, I haven’t been wondering. I knew about it before you did.

    Tell me, what’s the GOP answer? I’ll tell you. Vote against extended unemployment benefits. Cut entitlement spending. Use the savings to fund more tax breaks for the uber-rich — the only people who are doing well.

    Even the rich aren’t this stupid. Plenty of them would rather pay higher taxes than have food riots in America’s streets.

  78. 110

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Every time a corporation saves money by laying off a worker it costs taxpayers money, because when workers can’t support themselves due to lack of work, someone else has to support them.

  79. 111

    Serial Conservative spews:

    No argument that jobs are being added. Did you notice that your numbers are awfully, awfully smooth over a period of 19 months, RR? That isn’t the way jobs have been added, so you should not be misled into thinking that it’s a nice, smooth climb out of the economic ills we have suffered.

    The point is that jobs have not been added fast enough to keep up with population growth, much less to reduce the rate of unemployment by a substantial amount.

    Go ahead and trumpet that Obama adds jobs each and every month if it makes you feel better.

    Maybe now and then subtract from those numbers the amount needed to keep up with population growth.

    Not so impressive that way, is it?


  80. 114

    Steve spews:

    @103 Bob Spews, “That’s people who aren’t counted in the unemployment statistics because they’ve used up their unemployment benefits and now are reclassified as disabled so they won’t be out on the street, RR.”

    That sounds like something you made up. Please identify which program allows people to do that, Bob.

  81. 115

    Michael spews:


    A bunch of folks have used up their unemployment, moved out of the ‘burbs, sold off their second car, and found that without long commutes, the second car, the lunches out, and daycare to pay for, and with cheaper digs to live in, THEY NO LONGER NEED THAT JOB. We’re going back to families having a parent at home at least part time and quite a few people are cool with that. It’s the conservative ideal, except it’s as likely to be a stay at home dad as it is a mom. Not sure why the conservatives are all freaked out about it.

  82. 116



    It wasn’t much money.

    As I recall, for us it was about two top offs of the gas tank of the family vehicle per month. For a lot of strapped families, I’m sure it was quite welcome. It meant feeding the family or keeping up with other bills.

    Lump sums like the $800 we got from Bush in 2001? I think we bought a new dryer with that. That didn’t do jack for the economy. It was a dreary jobless recovery for at least a couple more years.

    The other “lump sum” we got from Bush in 2007 we just paid some bills with that. Again – a non-event.

    Yes, the Obama cut was nominal but it was needed to get Republican votes in the Senate.

    Didn’t Obama do some other cuts for small business in subsequent years? Take advantage of any of those Bob?

    I thought saving was good. It means capital formation does it not? Perhaps not so much when demand is falling off a cliff. But no, I think you’re wrong. If a two income earning household is cut to one or the income earners hours are cut, any tax cut would be spent immediately..

    In any case, imho, the tax cut was done more to obtain Republican votes in the Senate than for its stimulative effects.

    The stimulus was pretty much doomed when the Senate Republican also said they wouldn’t support anything that cost more than 800 billion.

    We needed to really cut into that backlog of crumbling infrastructure for which the civil engineers give failing grades. But the Republicans wouldn’t allow that.

  83. 117

    Michael spews:


    That’s people who aren’t counted in the unemployment statistics because they’ve used up their unemployment benefits and now are reclassified as disabled so they won’t be out on the street, RR.

    You know, it took me about 10 seconds with The Google to find out that the rate of folks being classified as disabled started a huge upwards clime around the year 2000. While it’s been high under Obama as well, the trend did not start with Obama.

  84. 122

    Puddybud spews:

    The buttspigot posting something? I think I’ll pass!

    Kim jong chillin – you look at ylbigot’s err ylbuttspigot’s crap all the time. What did you think?

  85. 123

    Puddybud spews:

    Another DUMMOCRAPT racist… Of course the HA resident field ni@@a rujax will have nothing to say.

    I am running for Assembly because I believe the number 1 job of that office is to keep the community safe. The current assemblyman has allowed crime to go up over 50% in our negrohood so far this year. I am fighting for video cameras throughout our community to protect our seniors who are the most vulnerable and cut down on anti-semitic attacks in our community. I will also make sure the mayor gives our community more police to patrol our streets.

  86. 124

    Jethro spews:

    I have a friend in Florida politics who is close to Charlie Crist. He’s seen him become bitter and angry, especially behind closed doors. It’s an ego thing. Charlie thinks he still has some juice but he blew it all in the Rubio race. He’s about as effective in swaying voters as Doctor Steve and Rujax.

  87. 125

    Liberal Scientist is a a dirty fucking hippie, and THE SPAWN OF SATAN (acocrding to resident Bibul-thumper puddles) spews:

    Of course the HA resident field ni@@a rujax


    Does that make you the resident house ‘ni@@a’? You do seem to side with ‘the massa’ on just about everything, after all.

    Just asking.

  88. 126

    Liberal Scientist is a a dirty fucking hippie, and THE SPAWN OF SATAN (acocrding to resident Bibul-thumper puddles) spews:

    Scathing commentary on turn-coat Arthur Davis, one of puddle’s heroes, by a former colleague in the Alabama legislature, Craig Ford:

    For the past two years, everyone in Virginia and Alabama has watched this man’s public breakdown. But in defeat, we have seen the real Artur Davis – a man with no principles, and no understanding of what it means to be a statesman and public servant. [Ed: emphasis mine]


    He turned his back on the people who he was once elected to represent because the only person Artur Davis has ever truly been interested in helping was himself.


    Artur Davis did not just betray the Democratic Party; he betrayed every man, woman, and child in Alabama. I hope for the people of Virginia’s sake – both Democrats and Republicans – that they will learn from Alabama’s experience and never elect Artur Davis for any office.


    This is the guy puddles idolizes as some paragon black non-Democrat (in the same way he idolizes the CRAZY Allen West, torturer drummed out of the military, accuser of Democrats harboring “79 or 81 Communists” in their caucus, and all around asshole.)

    We’ve been told that having Arthur Davis speak at the RNC convention is going to be some kind of ‘fabulous’ event that will be devastating for we Democrats. Ha. Fat chance of that. You can have Arthur Davis, good luck with that.

  89. 128

    Liberal Scientist is a a dirty fucking hippie, and THE SPAWN OF SATAN (acocrding to resident Bibul-thumper puddles) spews:

    Tweety destroys Reince Priebus over the birther ‘joke’.

    Priebus is unable to respond intellligently to the challenge – it’s a dog whistle and he can’t get away from it!

    I was also struck by this:

    “I think Obama’s policies have created a sense that, for whatever reason, he’s looking for guidance, as far as health care is concerned, as far as our spending is concerned, as far as these stimulus packages are concerned — he’s looking to Europe for guidance,” Priebus explained.

    In one sentence he got in cracks about Obama “looking for guidance”, ie, he’s in over his head, he the “affirmative action” president, ‘Boy’, the black guy can’t do the job; and, he gets in a crack about Europe, reinforcing the ‘foreign’ or ‘other’ meme.

    It’s their whole game plan, in a neat little nutshell – OBAMA IS BLAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!1!!!!

  90. 129

    Liberal Scientist is a a dirty fucking hippie, and THE SPAWN OF SATAN (acocrding to resident Bibul-thumper puddles) spews:

    who STILL THINKS Richard Armitage is A Democrat.

    Yeah, I saw him repeat that in ALL CAPS the other day, an attempt to refute the nature of the whole Plame scandal.

    All evidence is to the contrary. Armitage is a Republican.

    Puddles is, once again, full of shit.