Evening round-up and stuff…Posted: September 26, 2012
Tonight there is a new South Park, and even though it is infantile and completely offensive, I love it!
The description for the episode involves a “star athlete.”
As a concerned parent, Randy radically changes the way football is played at South Park Elementary. The new version of the game quickly becomes the nation’s most popular sport. One gifted student emerges as a star athlete in Sarcastaball.
Could it be Butters? Is that who’s standing up front in this photo?
Those helmets look like tin foil, and i’m not sure how much protection the bras are going to be, but knowing South Park, I’m guessing these are some of the decided-on new safety regulations – and part of the new sport of “Sarcastaball”!
So…we have for you a quick link evening reads. Let’s see what happened today. Hmmmm…
The latest out of Spain is heartbreaking. As Susie Madrak says, it’s not good.
For the crime of being hungry and out of work, cops in Madrid fire on protestors:
Raw footage shows chaos inside a busy Madrid subway station after riot police opened fire on protesters. This is not going to end well once these images are disseminated in Spain. More than 50% of the population under 25 is unemployed. Think about that. There are approximately 2 million young people without jobs, many with a penchant for anarchy, and now they have a chip on their shoulder in the form of riot police shootings and vicious beatdowns of comrades in joblessness.
Have you seen the latest about Libya? Here is a link for you, and I am not sure how to make of it: Media Silent After Intelligence Sources Claim Obama Admin. Misrepresented Facts About Libya Attack
According to veteran reporter Eli Lake, unnamed sources within America’s intelligence community confirm that they knew that the 9/11/12 attacks on America’s embassy in Libya were pre-planned and executed by members of Al Qaeda within 24-hours of the event. This information directly contradicts Obama administration officials, notably United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice who appeared on several Sunday news programs on September 16 insisting that the attack resulted from spontaneous protests relating to an anti-Islamic internet video. Lake published this report in the Daily Beast at 4:45 a.m. EDT
There is also news that Mona Eltahawy was arrested: Activist arrested in New York for defacing anti-Muslim poster
Mona Eltahawy, who was arrested for defacing the poster on the New York subway. Photograph: Dan Callister
Mona Eltahawy, the prominent Egyptian-American writer and activist, has been arrested in New York after spraying paint over a controversial poster on the subway that has been condemned for equating Muslims with “savages”.
The posters were put up in the city by the anti-Muslim American Freedom Defense Initiative, led by Pam Geller. They were approved by a US court, which ruled that they were “political” statements and protected by the first amendment, which guarantees free speech.
The poster states: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.” Between two Stars of David, it adds: “Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”
Good for her, I support Israel however I don’t support hate…and that Pam Geller is a part of this crap says all we need to know.
I had put this up in today’s comments but I thought it was something to front page: Mitt Romney’s ‘Them’ Problem
The candidate will directly address the voters, making a spare, authentic, heart-to-heart appeal that he cares about how “too many Americans” are suffering.
And then he says it.
“President Obama and I both care about poor and middle-class families. The difference is my policies will make things better for them.”
Mitt Romney keeps talking about the people whose votes he needs as “them.”
In the 47 percent video, it was “those people.”
“I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Romney said.
But presidential elections are always about the grand national us. They are about we, the people. And when it come to a candidate, they are about me and you.
As Bill Clinton famously said, “For too long we’ve been told about ‘us’ and ‘them.’ Each and every election we see a new slate of arguments and ads telling us that ‘they’ are the problem, not ‘us.’ But there can be no ‘them’ in America. There’s only us.”
That statement elides a lot of social divisions, but Clinton was right that as a matter of politics that’s how you have to talk win. Even George W. Bush ran as “a uniter, not a divider.“
Makes me think of the song…from Pink Floyd.
Another link from The Atlantic: Will This Video Sink Tommy Thompson’s Wisconsin Senate Hopes?
Footage from June shows the GOP candidate promising to “do away with Medicaid and Medicare.”
Memo to Republicans: Just stay away from cameras, all cameras. And if you can, travel back in time and implement this advice in April or so.
The quote that’s causing Thompson grief is this one:
Who better than me, who’s already finished one of the entitlement programs, to come up with programs to do away with Medicaid and Medicare?
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinelexplains that Thompson — who was previously governor and also secretary of Health and Human Services during the George W. Bush administration, is referring to welfare reform during his term as governor.
Meh, it has gotten to the point that any word out of the mouth of Republicans makes me sick…not that those Democrats are any better but damn!
Like this, which we touched on this morning: Rant o’ the Day: Virginia GOP Affiliate Ignores Orders to Remove Racist Obama Imagery from Facebook Take a look at that…ABL does a good job with this one.
Want more Right-wing crazy? Why Sexual Fundamentalists Dominate Politics and How We Can Stop Them
During the 2008 presidential election, historian and political commentator Nancy Cohen became interested in how sex has changed American politics. She was so intrigued by the gender issues that surfaced around Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin that she began working on what would become Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America . The book is a meticulously researched political history of the Democratic self-destruction and Republican stealth that has allowed many of the gains of the sexual revolution to be lost.
In a political climate where women have to debate scientific inaccuracies stated by Republican politicians about “legitimate rape,” where women who use birth control are maligned as “sluts,” and where all-male congressional hearings are held to determine women’s right to control their own bodies, Delirium is a welcome font of clarity. Although Cohen couldn’t have anticipated the degree to which sexual rights would be the focus of the 2012 election, her book provides germane guidance for progressive activists who wish to secure four more years of a Democratic presidency.
That is all I have for you tonight…enjoy your evening!