Late Evening News Reads: Open thread…

Good Evening

Have you even been so engrossed in something that you forget everything, even eating, until you realize..Damn, what time is it? When did it get dark?

Well, after painting all day I realized that it was 7pm, where did the day go! So tonight’s reads are going to be quick…and hopefully painless.

The big news tonight is about a press conference tomorrow:  First Read – Cain won’t preview tomorrow’s announcement

Speculation about the future of Herman Cain’s presidential campaign will likely come to an end in less than
24 hours, the candidate told supporters during a town hall here this afternoon.

“Tomorrow in Atlanta, I will be making an announcement, but nobody’s going to get me to make that announcement prematurely,” said Cain.”That’s all there is to that.  So tomorrow  we’re going to be opening our headquarters in Northwest Georgia where we will also clarify, there’s that word again, clarify exactly what the next steps are.”

Actually, I don’t really give two shits to listen to what he has to say…he just needs to go. As far as his wife is concerned, she needs to kick his ass out and tell him “Gloria Cain is doing what Gloria Cain should have done a looooong time ago!” Give Herman a bit of his own third person, charisma charmed back talk.

Next, there is yet another GOP debate set in the coming weeks, but this one is just beyond ridiculous. I had no idea that Donald Trump is one of the moderators, did you? Oh, please, as if the clown show wasn’t bad enough.

Trump to Moderate Republican Debate –

It’s officially a reality television Republican primary now.

Donald Trump is pairing up with Newsmax, the conservative magazine and news Web site, to moderate a presidential debate in Des Moines on Dec. 27.

“Our readers and the grass roots really love Trump,” said Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media. “They may not agree with
him on everything, but they don’t see him as owned by the Washington establishment, the media establishment.”

Mr. Trump’s role in the debate, which will be broadcast on the cable network Ion Television, is sure to be one of the more memorable moments in a primary season that has already delivered its fair share of circus-like spectacle.

Hmmm, is Trump negotiating another reality show contract?

Newsmax sent candidates the invitation on Friday afternoon. It began, “We are pleased to cordially invite you to “The Newsmax Ion Television 2012 Presidential Debate,” moderated by a truly great American, Mr. Donald J. Trump.” Spokesmen for several candidates did not immediately respond to questions from The New York Times about whether they would accept.

Though presidential candidates may initially balk at the idea of appearing in a debate where Mr. Trump – with his bombast and The Hair – is the one posing the questions, they may ultimately see it as an invitation they can’t refuse. In fact many of the candidates have already met with him, some more publicly than others. Representative Michele Bachmann has sat down with Mr. Trump several times this year. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas had dinner with him at Jean Georges, the posh Manhattan restaurant. And Mitt Romney paid a visit but carefully avoided being photographed.

It is like Trump has become the left hand of the Almighty, which leaves the right hand for Grover Norquist…

You may have seen the how authority is shown in Medieval Art…the emperor or king would be seated in their throne, with the actual hand of God shinning upon them, as if to say, “That’s my boy!”

Charles the Bald, painted before 869 AD...See the hand? Signifying Divine Right of Kings.

Well, that is what I think of Trump, only instead of an outstretched hand, it would be his flamboyant orange squirrel tail, oops, I mean hair piece.  Imagine that kind of approval painted in the medieval style. Damn, I wish just once I could sketch this out…Oh what fun we could have!

Now see what I’ve gone and done, I got so carried away with The Donald’s rug, that I forgot to make a snarky comment about the “invite” the GOP candidates received.

All I have to do is quote one line:

“We are pleased to cordially invite you to “The Newsmax Ion Television 2012 Presidential Debate,” moderated by a truly great American, Mr. Donald J. Trump.”

Moderated by a truly great American…bwahaaahaa!

I’m sure the ass clowns all jumped at a chance to be moderated by Trump…except for Huntsman of course. Here’s The Huntsman Campaign’s Awesome RSVP To The Trump Debate

Tim Miller, a spokesman for Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign, had this response when asked if his candidate would participate in the Dec. 27 Newsmax debate moderated by Donald Trump:

“Lol. We look forward to watching Mitt and Newt suck-up to The Donald with a big bowl of popcorn,” he said in an email to Business Insider.

Oh, that is sweet!

Deciding to sit-out the debate may help Huntsman with his message that he is the only adult in the GOP field. Another reason is more practical — Huntsman is wagering everything on New Hampshire, and leaving the state for even a day to debate in Iowa detracts from time he can spend wooing Granite State voters.

Speaking of Huntsman, check this out: Christine Todd Whitman to Jon Huntsman: Run third party – Tim Mak –

Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, who is leading a group to draft a third-party presidential candidate, is encouraging Jon Huntsman to make an independent bid for the White House.

“I would hope he would do it, frankly. He’s someone that I would support,” Whitman said Friday in an interview with POLITICO.

Whitman, a Republican, said a third-party effort by Huntsman is the way to go because she believes it’s unlikely he has much of shot at the GOP nomination. “I don’t see that kind of traction unless he can pull off a surprise in New Hampshire, where independents are allowed to vote,” she said.

Whitman, who headed the EPA under former President George W. Bush, serves on the board of directors of Americans Elect, which is trying to get ballots lines in all 50 states and have delegates take part in an online vote to select a bipartisan presidential ticket.

It looks like the Huntsman campaign is not jumping at Todd Whitman’s suggestion…

A Huntsman spokesman told POLITICO, “Unlike most of our opponents, Jon Huntsman is a lifelong Republican and he’s going to run for president as a Republican.”

Ugh…that is enough GOP crapola to make me want to lock myself away in a dark room!

So, what you doing tonight? Come on and post some links! This is an open thread…

22 Comments on “Late Evening News Reads: Open thread…”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Hey, is anyone going to watch the LSU/UGA game tomorrow? I hope LSU kicks some Dawg butt!

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    Okay, just how smart is your base if they think Donald Trump is not owned by the media establishment?

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Cain’s marriage was already shaky because of his womanizing. Now it’s even shakier.

    No matter what happens to Cain’s presidential aspirations, sources close to his family say the accusations of infidelity have already taken a significant toll on an already strained marriage.

    A close friend of one Cain’s two children explained that Herman and Gloria Cain’s marriage has seen its share of trouble over the years and his attraction to other women always played a huge role in the friction.

    “It never felt like a real marriage when I was around them,’’ says the friend. “Mostly he was always gone and his wife seemed to be OK with it. Not being together seemed the norm for their marriage, and Gloria didn’t seem to mind. His kids didn’t seem to mind either. ’’

    The friend noted that when Cain was around, he seemed completely in his own world.

    “He was king of his castle and no one questioned him,’’ says the friend. “It was an uncomfortable set-up for an outsider like me to be around. He was so indifferent to everyone. But I liked Gloria. She was warm and kind.”

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Jodie Foster’s father could go to jail for 20 years for bilking low income people out of money in a fake housing con. He’s 89.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    New Gingrich says poor people are using their food stamps to take vacations in Hawaii.

    • dakinikat says:

      That’s not possible. They get debit cards now and they only work on certain things via programming.

      • Branjor says:

        That’s true. However, food stamps always only worked on certain things. I don’t see how that was ever possible.

    • ralphb says:

      Obama may be the luckiest politician in the world. Having this group of total idiots for opponents is like a giant gift.

    • northwestrain says:

      he is such a jerk — Newtie the unemphatic dim wit.

      Unfortunately the only way that any of the dems will fight is if they have someone as nasty as Newtie in the white house. I really believe that 0bowma feels the same way — he just doesn’t like anyone except others of the 1%.

      Newtie says what I expect the 1% of the Gilded era said of those in the “lower’ classes. I can imagine him saying that an education is wasted on the poor — send them all to poor houses.

  6. ralphb says:

    U.N. Envoy: U.S. Isn’t Protecting Occupy Protesters’ Rights

    WASHINGTON — The United Nations envoy for freedom of expression is drafting an official communication to the U.S. government demanding to know why federal officials are not protecting the rights of Occupy demonstrators whose protests are being disbanded — sometimes violently — by local authorities.

    Frank La Rue, who serves as the U.N. “special rapporteur” for the protection of free expression, told HuffPost in an interview that the crackdowns against Occupy protesters appear to be violating their human and constitutional rights.

    “I believe in city ordinances and I believe in maintaining urban order,” he said Thursday. “But on the other hand I also believe that the state — in this case the federal state — has an obligation to protect and promote human rights.”

    “If I were going to pit a city ordinance against human rights, I would always take human rights,

    Well, all righty then, condemnation from China and Iran should be forthcoming.

  7. Minkoff Minx says:

    Hey Quixote, Here is one person I thought would have been listed on that dead or alive website: George McGovern hospitalized after fall – It doesn’t look good:

    McGovern, 89, was scheduled to appear on a live C-SPAN broadcast of his presidential campaign when the accident occurred, shortly before 7 p.m. central time. McGovern was walking to the set at Dakota Wesleyan University when he tripped, according to his daughter, Ann.

    “It could be very serious,” she said, who was reached while driving from Mitchell to Sioux Falls. “He went down very hard outside on the cement.”

    Don Simmons, the executive director of the McGovern Center at Dakota Wesleyan University, said the fall was not just “a minor spill.”

    “About 10 feet from the door he slipped and fell and hit his head,” Simmons said. “He was bleeding pretty heavily.”

    McGovern was taken to a hospital in Mitchell, and then transported by helicopter to a trauma unit at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. His condition is unknown.

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sen. George McGovern and his family as he receives treatment in Sioux Falls,” said state Democratic Chairman Ben Nesselhuf.

  8. Minkoff Minx says:

    Women’s Rights Advocates Denounce Arrest for Self-Abortion – WNYC

    Sonia Ossorio, the executive director of National Organization for Women in New York City, said the city should not be punishing women for inducing abortion, but rather, should be increasing access to medical care to women. Ossorio added there’s a reason bodegas in New York City secretly sell medications like misoprostol and other concoctions that can cause abortions.

    “What does that say? Women are desperate. They’re not receiving the medical care that they should,” Ossorio said.

    Reproductive health experts say there’s anecdotal evidence home abortions take place more frequently in Latin American communities for a variety of reasons — lack of access to healthcare, lack of information about abortion clinics, fear that publicly accessing a clinic could lead to adverse immigration consequences and a cultural familiarity with self-induced abortions.

    “You can buy this drug over the counter in Mexico and I believe a couple of other Latin American countries, so it is kind of known in those countries, so that’s one reason why it’s more common those communities in the United States,” said Rachel Jones, a researcher at Guttmacher Institute, which provides policy analysis and education on reproductive health issues.