by Darryl, 12/14/2012, 11:48 PM

Sam Seder: New poll shows people hate Republicans more than ever.

Connecticut School Shooting:

S.E. Cupp’s: New Rules for her ‘troglodyte’ fellow Republicans.

Sam Seder: The G.O.P.’s asshole problem.

Young Turks: Dick Morris cashed in on bogus election prognostications

News from the G.O.P. War on Voters:

Liberal Viewer: FAUX News hates Gangnam Style.

Sarah Silverman: Be bro-choice:

SlateTV: Obama as an extinct lizzard.

Fiscal Cliff Notes:

White House: West Wing Week.

Young Turks: Mitt Romney finally wins something:

Red State Update: FAUX News fires Karl Rove and Dick Morris.

The G.O.P. War On Workers™:

Mark Fiore: High tech Christmas.

Ed: The GOP is running out of white voters.

Jon on Graham and Scalia’s remarks on gay marriage (via Crooks and Liars).

Pap: The MSM fails again in 2012.

Sam Seder: Michele Bachmann is back to Teh Crazy.

News from the Front Lines in the War on Christmas™:

Ann Telnaes: The collateral damage of drones.

NPR Is All Politics.

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

42 Responses to “Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza!”

1. Roger Rabbit spews:

I don’t understand Republicans anymore. They behave like they want to be hated. They act like they want to lose elections. They go out of their way to piss off entire voting blocs of people. They snarl like junkyard dogs at nearly everyone. They’re disagreeable and obnoxious. Does the GOP have a death wish or are they just crazy?

2. YLB spews:

Wow! Next thing you know he’ll sell Faux Snooze Channel to Sheldon Adelson:

News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch expressed support for an automatic weapons ban tonight following today’s shooting in Newtown, Conn.

“Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons?,” Murdoch wrote on Twitter.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/12/murdoch-calls-for-automatic-weapons-ban-152057.html

3. Evergreen Libertarian spews:

I have a hard time accepting Obama’s tears over the children who died in this shooting given his foreign policy that has killed many more children overseas.

4. Deathfrogg spews:

@ 3

Yeah, but if he ordered the cessation of hostilities around the globe, pulled our troops out of the 430+ major US military bases around the world and brought them all home, you’d be screaming from the rooftops and marching in the streets about him being a coward and surrendering our national sovereignty to the enemies of Jesus and Apple Pie.

5. right stuff spews:

@4
One has nothing to do with the other.

Drone strikes on/in countries we are not at war, killing people without trial or due process, killing innocents as collateral damage..

You libs howled like jackals with their tails in a trap when potus Bush started doing this. Potus Obama has escalated the program and is even involved in the go/no go decision chain…

Crickets from his sheep.

How do you reconcile this?

6. Evergreen Libertarian spews:

@4 Sorry Deathfrogg you have no idea what you speak about. I have opposed the U.S. overseas involvement since the Vietnam War. I pulled myself out of a hospital bed to march in an antiwar parade against the Iraq War.

In 1968 I came to the conclusion that this nation could not financially afford to maintain troops all around the world. That playing world policeman would cripple this nation financially.

And for the record if you care to read you will find that the Libertarian party has opposed the foreign intervention since its beginning. And I am also a veteran.

7. MikeBoyScout spews:

@3 Evergreen Libertarian,
Busy day here, but let me try to address your scepticism briefly.

I don’t think this President likes the “collateral damage” of his actions and policies. I suspect he’s a lot like the rest of us – those are “the other” and it is easier to rationalize.

Yesterday’s attacks were not from some external enemy, Lanza was one of us. Those children, their parents and the the teachers are the very type of people Obama got into politics to help. Like most of us, he also feels he’s let them down.

Evergreen Libertarian you and I are alike in that we both find “collateral damage” to be bullshit, and find the thought of killing children abhorrent. Our President, unlike his political opposition, is a rational introspective person. Who knows, maybe after being forced to deal with this tragedy his policies regarding assassinating others from long range and accepting the murder of children may change. We can not only hope he changes, we can ask him to change and remind him of the pain and anguish he felt on Friday the 14th.

8. MikeBoyScout spews:

so very, very sad.

All Conn. shooting victims hit multiple times

NEWTOWN, Conn. The medical examiner who oversaw the examination of the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School said all were shot multiple times by rifle.

Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver II told a news conference Saturday that the deaths are classified as homicides.

The victims had between 3 to 11 wounds each.
“I’ve been at this for a third of a century, my sensibilities may not be the average man’s, but this is probably the worst I have ever seen, the worst that I know any of my colleagues have seen,” Dr. Carver said.

9. Politically Incorrect spews:

“They’re disagreeable and obnoxious.”

Well, we can all say that about you, too, rodent! Are you secretly a Republican?

10. Politically Incorrect spews:

Why don’t we just withdraw from all overseas bases and mind our own business, for a change?

11. Michael spews:

My heart goes out to everyone effected by the shooting in Connecticut , which seems to be just about everyone in America. It’s truly horrifying.

All the mass shootings in recent history were committed by young people with untreated mental illness, who were adrift within our society. They were sick, there was no one looking out for them (or the rest of us by checking up on them). They didn’t have a fixed schedule, there was no where they had to have their shit together and show up at 9.00AM on Monday mornings.

And they all had easy access to firearms. Why anyone with a mentally ill child, friend, grandkid, niece, nephew, would have a gun where that person could get to it… I just don’t know. I don’t get it. Clearly we need high enough standards on gun purchases so that the James Holmes’s and Jared Loughner’s of the world can’t purchase firearms.

We had a shooting in Gig Harbor last summer where a mentally ill young woman shot four people, killing one of them. I knew that young woman, I went to school with her mother, and her step-mother is a friend of mine. The young woman’s grandparents kept a loaded revolver in their home. Everyone knew the young woman was capable of violent acts, that she was completely nuts, and yet they kept a loaded gun where she could get to it. She used that revolver to shoot four people. Again, I’m baffled.

In watching some of the coverage of this shooting I’ve repeatedly heard people speak of doing a better job in caring for the mentally ill. I’m heartened by this. We need to take better care of each other so that people don’t get to the point/place where they want to start shooting people. We need to realize that there are some mentally ill people that, like my friends step-daughter, are a threat to society and need to be removed from society until that threat goes away.

Please keep your guns locked up.

12. No time for Fascists spews:

All the mass shootings in recent history were committed by young people with untreated mental illness,
It’s fascinating but on red state and free rep sites, they seem to thing that liberals are the cause of untreated mental illness, completely oblivious that republicans are the ones who won’t pay for mental health treatment and when Ronald Regan was governor of California, he closed the mental hospitals and threw the patients out on the street to balance the California budget.

13. Michael spews:

@12
I’ve seen comments on Youtube claiming the recent shootings are part of a liberal plot to institute gun control.

Checkout this nutjob:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE7I6B13QSg

And here for a pretty good take on things from a reasonably liberal gun owner.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2RPqxcl6dk

14. Troll spews:

Let’s remember, the Governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy, is a Democrat.

15. Troll spews:

After 9/11, liberals said, and I quote, “Beware of people using an attack as an excuse to reduce your freedoms, for they are fascists in disguise.”

The very same liberals who warned against that are now using the shooting in Conn. as an excuse to restrict our freedoms.

16. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

@15
You’re comparing freedom of assembly, and freedom from unwarranted searches, and freedom to disagree with the government, with the freedom to own a fucking gun?

Pathetic. Little boys and their bang-bang sticks substituting for their little dicks.

17. Michael spews:

@15
Making sure that the mentally ill folks like James Holmes and Jared Loughner can not legally buy guns, which is exactly what they did, doesn’t not restrict my right to own a firearm.

18. Michael spews:

One of my douche bag neighbors is lighting off fireworks that sound really close to gunshots. Probably not the best night for that.

19. Roger Rabbit spews:

@5 When the hell did wingnuts ever worry about due process?

20. Roger Rabbit spews:

@9 HA regulars know I used to be a Goldwater conservative. That’s not a secret; I’ve put that fact out there for years. I’m a good example of what kind of Democrat you get when one of yours turns against you. But unlike Rodney Tom, when I turned I stayed turned. Even though I get frustrated with Democrats at times, I’ve never been tempted to go back, because Republicans are such absolute shits.

21. Roger Rabbit spews:

@10 History. The 1930s isolationists (who were right-of-Republicans then, too) gave isolationism a bad name by letting Hitler romp through Europe. That idea, and its proponents, have been held in disrepute ever since. Hey, you can wave your Fringe Flag if you want; this is a free-speech country. As a fringie, you just don’t get a say on public policy, that’s all.

22. Roger Rabbit spews:

@11 There are two things Republicans will never do: Pay taxes for mental health treatment, and lock up their guns. Being responsible citizens isn’t their priority.

23. Michael spews:

@22
A lot of Republicans still refuse to believe that mental illness exists. It’s bizarre.

Funny thing. I helped run a group-home for autistic adults for 7 years and in that time all sorts of people thought that it was great that those guys were able to live in a regular house and be a part of the community. We were completely welcomed. And every chance those same people had a chance to vote for a state rep. or senator that would help those guys could live in their regular house and be a part of the community they voted the other way. I’ve never been sure what to make of that.

24. EvergreenRailfan spews:

For the past couple weeks I had been bringing up how my EWU Eagles are doing in their quest for the national title in football. Sadly, we lost tonight, 45-42 to Sam Houston State. If anybody was watching and was turned off by the 35-0 lead at the half that Sam Houston State had, missed out on a wild 2nd half. Eastern is good at coming from behind, that is how we beat Delaware for the national title in NCAA D-1 FCS 2 years ago. I did not write the Eagles off. We hold our own against D-1 FBS schools, and almost beat them, such as, Washington State(one of only a handful of wins WSU had this year).

25. EvergreenRailfan spews:

Roger Rabbit at 22,

Great point, although both of those might have helped prevent this tragedy.

26. EvergreenRailfan spews:

Roger Rabbit at 21,

The History Channel had a good documentary about the 24 hours after Pearl Harbor(made last year I think), and it mentioned a Senator from North Dakota who was a hard-core isolationist, addressed the America First rally that day, even after a reporter had told him of the attack, and made his speech sound like it did not happened, and accused FDR of being a war monger. Although we had been at war in all but name for a year prior to Pearl Harbor, in the Atlantic. Just that Halloween, while on a “neutrality patrol”, the USS Reuban James, a Destroyer, was sunk by a U-Boat, although allegedly, the Reuban James was being more than neutral.

27. Roger Rabbit spews:

This gun nutter claims President Obama’s tears over the Connecticut shooting were “fake.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h1QNTQDnoU

28. Roger Rabbit spews:

@23 “I’ve never been sure what to make of that.”

My daddy warned me humans are irrational and unpredictable; and after a lifetime of observing humans, I have to agree with him.

29. Troll spews:

@27

When a Democrat incinerated a couple of Japanese cities in 1945, murdering thousands of children, I wonder if he shed a tear.

30. EvergreenRailfan spews:

Interesting election underway in Japan right now. After 2 years, of ineffective rule, the Democratic Party of Japan is facing a tough fight with their center-right rivals, the Liberal Democratic Party, which had ruled for over 50 years(minus a short period in the 90s), The Japanese Electoral system is interesting. It’s a parallel system, with 300 Winner-Take All seats(single-seat districts), and 180 seats elected by proportional representation, but unlike the German System(Mixed Member Proportional), the party vote only counts for the proportional seats, but enough third parties could get seats to make governing interesting, as opinion polls were pointing to frustration with both parties.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/election/2012lowerhouse/bg_01.html

31. Roger Rabbit spews:

@29 Instead of blowing methane out of your ass, why don’t you read some history books, and learn how and why that decision was made?

32. Roger Rabbit spews:

According to news reports, the Connecticut shooter was an honor student with no criminal history, highly intelligent but socially awkward, a “Goth,” and his mother received $280,000 a year of alimony from his father.

33. Roger Rabbit spews:

Shots Fired At California Mall

A jackass with a gun fired 50 rounds into the air and ground in the parking lot of a Newport Beach shopping mall last night. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

15937393-50-shots-fired-outside-california-shopping-mall-causing-panic

34. wes.in.wa spews:

Just getting in ahead of the search on the Bird’s Eye View contest: 36 Yogananda St., Sandy Hook CT, Adam Lanza’s home.

35. YLB spews:

Note to Bob (who I’ve noticed lurking):

Hold your nose..

Veteran constitutional attorney Michael Ratner was in the courtroom at Fort Meade, Md., that day Manning took the stand. He described the scene: “It was one of the most dramatic courtroom scenes I’ve ever been in. … When Bradley opened his mouth, he was not nervous. The testimony was incredibly moving, an emotional roller coaster for all of us, but particularly, obviously, for Bradley and what he went through. But it was so horrible what happened to him over a two-year period. He described it in great detail in a way that was articulate, smart, self-aware.”

Ratner said Manning described being kept in a cage in Kuwait: “There were two cages. He said they were like animal cages. They were in a tent alone, just these two cages, side by side. One of them had whatever possessions he may have had; one of them, he was in, with a little bed for a rack and a toilet, dark, in this cage for almost two months.” Ratner quoted Manning from his testimony, recalling his words: “For me, I stopped keeping track. I didn’t know whether night was day or day was night. And my world became very, very small. It became these cages.” Ratner added, “It almost destroyed him.”

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_trials_of_bradley_manning_20121212/

Can’t let a delusional olfactory sense get in the way of the truth.

36. No time for Fascists spews:

@22. Damn that was a succinct summation of how Republican politicians act “There are two things Republicans will never do: Pay taxes for mental health treatment, and lock up their guns.”
They don’t believe in hard science, like evolution or climate change, how can they support the soft sciences of mental health treatment.

37. Gman spews:

I bet Puffy is proud of the westboro church. What a pathetic bunch of people.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/16/westboro-baptist-church-picket-connecticut-school-shooting_n_2312186.html

38. Roger Rabbit spews:

@34 Alimony of $280,000 a year pays for a lot of house. The Connecticut shooting occurred in a neighborhood that would be considered wealthy by most people’s standard of living.

39. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

@38

I’ve read at TPM, and heard elsewhere, that the mom of the shooter was a ‘prepper’ – stockpiling guns and provisions for when the economy collapses and we’re back to rampaging hordes and defending your castle.

So…the shooter had training with weapons and was raised in an environment in which fear seems to have been a big motivating factor.

40. Michael spews:

@39
I’ve got the feeling that this is going to come down to a mentally ill kid that had access to guns.

The more I read, the more the mom doesn’t sound very healthy either. None of the neighbors were ever in the house. She went to neighborhood game nights for years, but never hosted one at her house, never talked about her kid.

I’m wondering if suburbia plays some role these shootings. In small towns, rural places, and cities, people know each other. But, these kids are able to seclude themselves from from society, in the ‘burbs that’s OK. So, people don’t see that something’s wrong until it’s too late. The same thing could happen else where, but it sure seems more prevalent in suburbia.

41. YLB spews:

I’m wondering if suburbia plays some role these shootings.

Careful Michael. Speculation like this (no matter how much sense it makes) could lead to little maxie wankatansky or another troll calling you a patented word of right wing hate..

Like “moonbat”.. Such is the way of the right wing.

Obama gave a good speech tonight calling for action by everyone – left, right, Dem, Republican, whatever – this crap has to end..

Bush would have said something like this is bad, we grieve, etc – but stricter gun control is not the answer, translation: to placate the NRA – it’s off the table completely.

42. EvergreenRailfan spews:

In Japan, they threw out the Democratic Party of Japan(center-left) after nearly 3 years, in favor of the Liberal Democratic Party(center-right) which had ruled previously for nearly 50+ years.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20752308

The LDP will be ruling in coalition with a third party, New Komeito Party, to have a 2/3 majority in the lower house of the Diet(the term for the Japanese Parliament).

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/election/2012lowerhouse/index.html

Japan’s Mixed Member Majoritarian system would work for most state legislatures, if the parties wanted some control in keeping third parties from gaining too big of a foothold, as unlike in Germany and New Zealand, the party vote only affects the proportional side of the ballot, not the total number of seats won for a party. This type of system, Japan is rare for having that many proportional seats(180), some countries that use it, have the proportional component as low as 10 seats.