Thursday Reads: Ignorance Is Bliss Edition

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity — Rev. Martin Luther King

Good Morning!!

Over the past year, we have been exposed to the amazing ignorance of members of the Stupid Party, formerly the GOP.  We sat through countless inane Republican primary debates, listened to idiotic speeches by stupendous morons like Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain.  We’ve watched Congressional Republicans like Paul Ryan propose crazy budget plans and wage and insane war on women’s rights and women’s access to health care.  If it weren’t for the Democratic Senate, we’d goddess only knows where we’d be right now.

Mitt Romney finally won the Republican Primary by flooding the airwaves with millions of dollars worth of negative ads against other members of the Stupid Party.  And now we’ve watched for months as this blithering idiot repeatedly changes his mind on every possible issue and contorts himself into whatever he thinks the most extreme and ignorant members of the Stupid Party want him to be.

For the past few days we’ve dealt with the fallout of an interview with Missouri Stupid Party Senate Candidate Todd Akin in which he opined about “legitimate rape” vs. … what? The kind where she was asking for it and then lied about it afterward? The kind where she didn’t fight hard enough to get bad enough wounds to prove she didn’t ask for it? Who the hell knows? All I know is that those ignorant words from a very ignorant man have angered a hell of a lot of Americans and probably reset the presidential campaign.

I have to admit, I’m a bit fed up at the moment. So in the spirit of the insanity we’ve been living through, I’ve gathered some wacky reads for you this morning–mostly on the theme of ignorance. Here goes.

If you’re a woman, you must read this hilarious post at Jezebel on one of those stupid interviews the entertainment media loves–where they talk to men about what’s wrong with women. Lindy West writes:

I’ve been doing some scholarly research, and I noticed this thing that’s been really dragging society down for the past few millennia: it’s that everything is wrong with you. You are gross. First of all, your hair is gross, because it is not long and thick enough. But don’t strap fake hair to your head! That’s also gross! Also, what the fuck is up with your skin? It is so dry and scaly like a lizard (but not one of those sexy lizards)! Except uuuuuuugh, do you have to take so long putting on your idiotic woman-lotion? This penis isn’t going to fondle itself! CHOP CHOP. Now, I know all this contradictory minutiae regarding your attractiveness can get confusing (especially with your lipstick-encrusted walnut brains!), but luckily, plenty of guys are generous enough to explain what they don’t like about you in great detail. Over and over. You’re welcome.

For your edification, the good folks over at Yahoo have compiled a list of the “15 Biggest Beauty Turnoffs from Real Guys”—yet another survey of “real guys” to reinforce the precise line of shit we women need to walk to remain attractive to them (it’s the least we can do, really). Because that media trope never gets tired.

Click on the link to read the whole thing. If it doesn’t touch a nerve, I’ll be shocked.

And speaking of beauty, here’s a great piece about Scott Brown, or as Charles Pierce calls him, Senator McDreamy.

Soon after the congressman, Representative Todd Akin, said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that women who are victims of “legitimate” rape rarely become pregnant, both Senate candidates here seized on the comments for their own benefit.

Senator Scott P. Brown, a Republican who is locked in a tight re-election battle against Elizabeth Warren, used them to distance himself from his party — a necessity in deep-blue Massachusetts. He was the first Republican senator to call on Mr. Akin to quit his race for the Senate. As Mr. Brown told a group of women here on Tuesday, he was feeling a little heady from the experience.

“Gail and I were laying in bed last night and talking a little bit, as we do every night,” he said, “and I said: ‘Honey, can you imagine? Here I am, Scott Brown from Wrentham, and I’ve got a truck that’s got 238,000 miles on it and, you know, something like this comes up and I’m the first guy in the country to even bring it up and tell the guy to step down,’ ” Mr. Brown said.

He said his denunciation of Mr. Akin’s comments was “really kind of amazing, kind of eye-opening” and “led to other senators and other people and other groups to say, you know what, that conversation has no place in the public discourse.”

Ooooooh! Isn’t he wonderful? He’s my hero — NOT. And Senator, please learn to use the grammatically correct form of the verb “to lie,” okay?  It should be “Gail and I were lying in bed…”

My sister sent me this satirical HuffPo post by Jeremy Blachman: Todd Akin, Chief of Police. Here’s just a sample:

“Folks, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: In a legitimate terrorist attack, the Earth will open up, and a giant claw will pluck the perpetrator right off the surface of the planet and launch him into space. And even if that doesn’t work, the automatic force field should take care of any problem. And if those two things don’t work… well, if those two things don’t work, I suppose you’re also going to tell me that there’s such a thing as gravity. It should be pretty clear to all of us that since no one was plucked off the face of the Earth by a giant claw emerging from within, this must have been merely a misunderstanding. Yes, a misunderstanding that has left half of our community dead, but it’s not a police issue. And, no, just like last time this happened, I will not be considering any alternative explanations.”

Read it all at the link.

On Tuesday, I heard part of the Morning Joe Show. Joe Scarborough went into one of his rants, this time complaining about how stupid the Stupid Party is. From Raw Story:

On Tuesday’s edition of “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough vented his frustration with Missouri Rep. Todd Akin (R)’s refusal to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate and said that he’s tired of his party being the “Stupid Party.” Akin is the Republican congressman who said in an interview earlier this week that a woman’s body can stop conception in the instance of a “legitimate rape,” thus obviating a need for exemptions from abortion restrictions for the victims of rape and incest.

On Monday, Scarborough said that Akin was evidence of a Republican party that had placed ideology ahead of actual electability and fitness to govern. On Tuesday, with Akin (thus far) refusing to get out of the race, Scarborough made it clear that, to his thinking, the mortally wounded Akin campaign could be spoiling the chances for Republicans to take the majority of seats in the Senate.

“Congressman Akin, you’re in denial,” said Scarborough as if he were addressing Akin, “You’re gonna lose if you stay in the race. And, by the way, your loss could make the difference between a Supreme Court justice that could make all the difference in the issues you claim you care about and having a Barack Obama fifth appointee for majority. So you think about that today when you do your little commercial. And think about destroying the Republican majority. Good on ya.”

Mind you, Scarborough wasn’t upset about the content of Akin’s remarks–just their possible effect on the Stupid Party. Scarborough also noticed that Romney and Ryan have been flat-out lying about Obama and welfare reform. Scarborough:

“I’ve been looking for a week-and-a-half to try to figure out the basis of this welfare reform ad,” Scarborough said, concluding that that the attack is “just completely false, and I’m pretty stunned.”

Here’s what Charles Pierce had to say in response to Scarborough:

Please to be giving me a break here, Squint. What Romney and Ryan are doing has been the off-tackle slant, the most fundamental play from scrimmage, in the Republican playbook on a class basis since forever, and on a racial basis since Harry Dent convinced Richard Nixon that, in many dark places in its heart, the whole country was Alabama. The lies that Romney and Ryan are telling about the president’s views on welfare are no more truthless than were Ronald Reagan’s vicious parables about welfare queens driving their young buck sons to the Piggly Wiggly in their Cadillacs in order to pick up a couple of T-bones. (And, not for nothing, but isn’t this the network that kept shoving Pat Buchanan in our faces long past the time it should have stopped doing so?) Romney and Ryan are race-baiting because they are the members of the Republican ticket and that is what the people in that position have done for almost 40 years now. I will grant you that Willard really has become quite a remarkable liar, but his material is far from original.

JJ sent me this one from New Hampshire: Sheriff candidate says he wouldn’t reject deadly force to stop abortions

A Republican candidate for Hillsborough County Sheriff said Wednesday that he believes elective abortions are unlawful and he wouldn’t reject the use of deadly force to stop them.

Frank Szabo said that as sheriff, he would arrest any doctor performing elective or late-term abortions in his jurisdiction.

“There is a difference between legal and lawful,” Szabo said.

Szabo explained the difference by referring to the issue of slavery, which he said used to be legal but was never lawful under the Constitution. He said that even though elective abortions are legal in New Hampshire, with some restrictions, he doesn’t consider them lawful.

But Szabo may have inflamed the issue further when asked if he would use deadly force to prevent an abortion.

“I would respond specifically by saying that if someone is under threat, a full-grown human being, if they’re under threat, what should the sheriff do? Everything in their power to prevent them from being harmed,” he said.

Yes, he would use deadly force to protect the fetus. BTW, what is an “elective abortion?” Aren’t they all elective? We don’t have forced abortion in the U.S. as far as I know.

Remember how enraged the Stupid Party people were when Joe Biden use the word “chains” in a recent speech? Now don’t go any further if you have PTSD (Palin Trauma Stress Disorder), but the “P” woman did the same thing in a recent Fox News interview.

Are the Stupids outraged about this? I haven’t seen any articles about it.

Next week is the Stupid Party National Convention, and we’re going to be seeing a lot more ignorance on display. I hope this post helped prepare you for the coming onslaught.

Now what are you reading and blogging about today?


58 Comments on “Thursday Reads: Ignorance Is Bliss Edition”

  1. ecocatwoman says:

    Both of these links go along with the Stupid theme. First Akin & the fact that he sits on the Science & Technology Committee even though he has no education in either: http://www.treehugger.com/climate-change/how-will-we-solve-climate-crisis-ignorance-polluting-our-government.html

    Coates concludes by saying, “the idea of putting medicine in the hands of people who think that, in the instance of rape, the female body can “shut that whole thing down” or “secrete a certain secretion” to prevent pregnancy is utterly terrifying. Essentially these dudes are answering medical questions by citing magic.”

    Then there is this on Don’t Worry, Be Happy, the world ain’t gonna end: http://www.treehugger.com/energy-policy/wired-magazine-tells-us-dont-worry-be-happy-about-climate-population-resources-pandemics.html

    John Mackay wrote “When men wish to construct or support a theory, how they torture facts into their service” in 1852, in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. In his article Apocalypse Not in Wired, Matt Ridley tortures facts to such a degree that he should be hauled in front of the International Court of Justice. He looks at the four modern horsemen of the apocalyse, chemicals (DDT, CFCs, acid rain), diseases (bird flu, swine flu, SARS, AIDS, Ebola, mad cow disease), people (population, famine), and resources (oil, metals) and concludes “no problem.”

    The Republican Party, keeping people stupid for over 40 years.

  2. ecocatwoman says:

    Did you know that the ever stupid (crazy, demented & dangerous) Glenn Beck has a movie coming to theaters? I stumbled on this earlier this morning: http://cinemark.com/movie-detail.aspx?node_id=74915

    Synopsis
    Sure, Glenn’s not really running for president, but that’s only because he says the kind of things politicians can’t…or won’t! From Democrats to Republicans, law makers to law breakers, no one is safe from Glenn in what many are calling the funniest show he’s ever done. In this mock debate, Glenn squares off against Brian Sack, host of The B.S. of A., the sketch comedy show that airs on Glenn’s GBTV online network. The “debate” is moderated by Jack Helmuth and Matt Fisher, two writer/performers from The B.S. of A. who play the perfect lefty foils to Glenn’s plain spoken, common sense platform and Brian Sack’s “say anything to get elected” character.

  3. This is cruelty, not ignorance, but the comments at the bottom are filled with misogyny: Raped, pregnant and ordeal not over – CNN.com

    • foot solders in the war on women spew their vile hate. We saw this 4 years ago — and it hasn’t stopped. This is an ancient war — with no end in sight. The GOPigs have declared all out war with their no exceptions abortion plank.

      Juan Cole has blogged on the topic of war related rape as a deliberate tactical tool to impregnate women — the evidence show that rape results in more pregnancies. The link to Juan Cole’s blog is on the right in throw blog list. I’d say that Serbs raping Bosnian women in order to make them tainted is an Akin/Ryan defined “legitimate ” rape.

      The party of the STUPIDS —

    • bostonboomer says:

      It’s about ignorance:

      Having fought this injustice for the past several years, I have come to believe that ignorance is to blame for this legal absence. Opponents argue no woman would ever choose to raise the child she conceived through rape. The only two studies to analyze the choices made by pregnant raped women indicate otherwise — at least 30% of women who conceive by rape make this choice.

      I had no idea that 31 states allow custody rights to rapists. It’s barbaric!

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    No matter how much or how often the “stupid” level rises, the polls indicate a mere 4 points separate Romney from Obama. Four points!

    And if Joe Scarborough’s words to Akin weren’t enough to scare the bejesus out of most people by suggesting Akin may be “standing in his own way” of getting another Right Wing judge on the court to rubber stamp the the GOP agenda for abolishing reproductive rights, somebody sees fit to drag out Quiterella for another “brilliant” analysis to up the ante.

    The issue is that the MSM has given “stupidity” a seat at the table by allowing arguments to be made by braindead idiots forcing their religious points of view upon the rest of us and demanding we make them the law of the land.

    Instead of dismissing those who claim they are “receiving messages from the unknown” as a reason to seek public service, we are bombarded with this inanity from dawn to dusk.

    But on another note of absurdity: Rick Warren has decided to cancel his forum in seeking the religious views of the current slate of candidates due to the “uncivility” of the election so far.

    My bet is that he canceled because Mormonism does not sit well with those Christian nazis and he was never in favor of “the black guy” anyway, less so since he admitted to being in favor of gay marriage and the reproductive rights.

    At least we have been spared this “genuflection” which only underscored the stupidity on another level.

    • Fannie says:

      Romney’s not running to be President, he’s running to be God.

      • northwestrain says:

        To be god he and Ryan will push for the “End Times”.

        The Mormon’s mythology is very different from the Christian mythology. Women aren’t full human beings with human rights in the Mormon’s view of the world.

  5. peregrine says:

    Recently in Iowa, Romney used the phrase, “bless his heart” calling out Obama’s failed policies. In southern parlance, this phrase is a condescending put-down, an insult, couched in what otherwise may be thought to be polite conversation. Romney was calling Obama stupid and an idiot for “…trying to substitute government for free people, and it has not worked.” Romney insulted Obama while squashing government and hailing a “free” people, which can bring to mind an unregulated stupid people.
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/08/22/romney_obama_bless_his_heart_has_tried_to_substitute_government_for_free_people_.html

  6. ANonOMouse says:

    Uh-Oh!!!! Looks like Hurricane Isaac is going to wave at the RNC convention as it skirts the west coast of FL.

    “The forecast models are sharpening as Tropical Storm Isaac makes its way through the Caribbean. Odds are now high that the Hurricane Isaac 2012 path will make a direct hit or a close-brush menace on Florida, before troubling other states along the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

    “Isaac could become a hurricane Thursday night or Friday,” the National Hurricane Center said. “Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.”

  7. RalphB says:

    Not stupid here. This ad is going to play in the battleground states. It should just kill the Rmoney ads which feature him in them.

    Clinton flies solo in Obama ad on middle class

    Former President Bill Clinton, who’s been featured in Mitt Romney’s wave of ads accusing President Obama of “gutting” welfare reform, does a to-the-camera spot tying his own presidency and a “strong middle class” to his successor:

    “This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment.”

    “This is a clear choice. The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper income people and go back to deregulation. That’s what got us in trouble in the first place.”

    “President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up, investing in innovation, education and job training. It only works if there is a strong middle class.”

    “That’s what happened when I was president. We need to keep going with his plan.”

  8. RalphB says:

    Bill Clinton in a new Obama ad.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/08/clinton-flies-solo-in-obama-ad-on-middle-class-132895.html

    I’ve posted this before but it seems to disappear.

  9. Pat Johnson says:

    Has it ever occurred to anybody that these politicians are merely laying the groundwork for the advent of “The Rapture”? I say this in all sincerity since there are so many of them out there either vying for office or already seated who share these same views.

    In other words, none of this stuff is an aborration but a clear attempt to steer us on that course taught in C Street. Having read “The Family” these policies were always their goal and much of it has come into the public arena over the last few years with real intent behind it.

    Is it any wonder that so man are Tea Partiers?

    Just asking.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      I totally agree, Pat. I’ve thought it for some time. It’s why caring for the planet doesn’t matter. It’s why Israel is so important & the Palestinians are ignored. It’s why the Evangelicals make pilgramages to Israel. There is some Jewish temple that must be reclaimed from the Muslims – in Jerusalem I believe – that will “signal” the Rapture/Second Coming. And I also think it’s why “they” are in favor of wars/conflicts. It fits their story for their ultimate redemption. I’d like to believe it’s true only because then “they” would be gone and maybe sanity would reign for awhile, finally.

      • HT says:

        Have we ever lived in a time of sanity? History is littered with the bodies of the innocents. If the rapture does come, I hope it comes sooner rather than later so those of us who are tired of religion intruding in our lives have some relief. Mind you, the rapture only affects the xian fundamentalists doesn’t it, so we’re left with all the other crazies. Darn.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        If you listen to their rhetoric there are signs. It would be interesting to see an update on The Family and who has emerged recently from those ranks that are now on prominent display.

        I can see Akin being a member but Paul Ryan is still a practicing Catholic but who knows.

        It must really rankle the evangelicals that sitting on top of the ticket is a man who does not share “Christian beliefs”.

        However, he did give them “Israel must never be criticized” in order to appease both Sheldon Adelson and the Religious Right who see this corner of the world “the final battle”.

        They are all equally nuts so what can I say.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        We are living in times that the Founding Fathers predicted when they inserted the clause of ‘the separation of church and state”

        We have watched that separation become severely overruled in recent years and they would each turn over in their graves with this breach.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    Rasmussen poll taken yesterday has McCaskill leading Akin by 10 points. PPP poll from the day before had Akin ahead by 1.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/mo/missouri_senate_akin_vs_mccaskill-2079.html

    • RalphB says:

      The real number is probably somewhere in between. Rasmussen will follow the gop script to try and get Akin to drop out.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Of all the polls, Rasmussen is the poll I trust the least.

      • janicen says:

        Exactly what I was thinking. The media (which is owned by corporations who are beholden to the Republicans) can find a poll to drive whatever message they want. Why just today I heard something on the news about Romney tied or leading Obama. Horse hockey! The media needs for it to be a close race so that the candidates will spend their hundreds of millions of dollars on ads.

        Just yesterday I saw polls that said Akin is still leading McCaskill. We are talking about Missouri so I’m not surprised at all. They’ve gotten their orders to force Akin out of the race so their using whatever poll suits their purpose.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Yes, I know Rasmussen isn’t that trustworthy, but it indicates some movement. Previously Akin was ahead by quite a bit. In the presidential race, Missouri is actually leaning Obama.

  11. ANonOMouse says:

    Another uh-oh for Mitt!!! Gawker has the drip, drip, drip

    The Bain Files: Inside Mitt Romney’s Tax-Dodging Cayman Schemes

    http://gawker.com/5936394/

    • RalphB says:

      That made for interesting reading. His investments include Adelson’s Sands casino and a cigarette distributorship. How about that for a mormon bishop?

      • bostonboomer says:

        I’m reading it right now. It seems to me that we actually have a conman running for the presidency. How on earth did he think this wouldn’t be investigated? I sure hope someone breaks is all down into English.

    • peregrine says:

      In that Gawker post is a link to Mitt’s lies, compiled at the Maddow blog and worth a read:

      “Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity, Vol.XXX”

      http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/mendacity

      • peregrine says:

        In the August 27th New Yorker issue, Jane Mayer has an article, “SCHMOOZE OR LOSE: Obama doesn’t like cozying up to billionaires. Could it cost him the election?”

        Now that I’ve heard and read Romney’s lies and looked at the money differentials, in Romney’s favor, I’ve changed my mind and think Obama could lose this election. The GOP has let the dogs out to pick Obama to bits.

      • RalphB says:

        You know, it looks like Obama didn’t sell his presidency after all. Just makes me want him to win all the more.

  12. Tim says:

    Okay, so maybe I’ve been reading this blog too long. Looked at some polls today just to see how big the gap must be between Romney and Obama and there isn’t one. How is that even possible? Maybe I just don’t understand US politics.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Did you look at national polls or state polls? The president is elected through the electoral college, so the only polls that matter are those in the few swing states like Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and a few others. Right now Obama is leading in terms of electoral votes. A lot of sites keep track of the swings state polls. TPM is one place to look. Here’s their poll tracker.

      http://polltracker.talkingpointsmemo.com/

      In some of the states, Romney is gaining. Right now they have Obama with 265 electoral votes vs. Romney with 191. They need 270 to win. The numbers are going to change after the conventions and the debates. Keep in mind that in 2004, Kerry was leading Bush right up till the end.

      • RalphB says:

        Not to mention, who are they polling? What is the mix of parties, indies etc and how do they correct for skewing. They all do it differently. Then there is are they polling registered voters or likely voters? What’s their model for picking a likely voter.

        At this stage, polls are not usually worth that much in presidential elections.

      • RalphB says:

        Nate Silver has a pretty good predictive model based on polling and other factors. He nailed the ’08 elections and every senate race.

      • northwestrain says:

        Generally naming of the VP candidate gives the Presidential candidate a bump in the polls. Then the next bump will be from the Convention. This has to do with name familiarity & press coverage.

        The GOPig convention will be playing to its base — these folks are needed to win. Since this isn’t full coverage — even the party faithful might not be glued to the TV.

        This year the Dems have an incumbent — so he gets press coverage — but with no VP selection there isn’t going to be the same bump in the polls.

        The press has not been doing their job — everyone in the US should know by now that Romney is a Mormon and very high up in the church hierarchy. Last polling number I’ve seen on voter awareness of Romney is a Mormon was 40% unaware of Romney’s religion. I have a feeling that this question isn’t asked very often.

        Most people do not know much at all about the LDS’s doctrines and how they differ with mainstream Christian doctrines. Most people don’t know the history of the Mormon church or the history of the one person who invented this religion. Joseph Smith was a con man — and his invention of the LDS church is one hell of an ongoing con.

        Here’s a link to a webpage with some secret details of the LDS by an ex-Mormon. Problem is that this person is now part of a born again cult. However the author of this article seems to be what he claims. His information agrees with other exMormon who are trying to educate non Mormons about the cult/church.

        “LDS are actually taught that if they are true and faithful they will become gods and goddesses. A popular LDS motto is: “As man is, God once was. As God is, man may become.””

        http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n2226.cfm

        The Evangelicals and GOPigs have been working on the theme that 0bama isn’t really a Christian. But the truth is that the GOPig’s own candidate — Romney isn’t really a Christian. He shares similar beliefs since Joseph Smith invented the LDS from the religious theory of his time and added a few twists to make his religion extra special and extra super secret.

      • Tim says:

        Thanks BB and RB. Okay, so it’s not really who you want in it’s where you vote for them? I think my point was though, who is going to vote for Romney? Everyone knows that Obama hasn’t been able to do anything because he’s been blocked at every turn. So basically it doesn’t matter who you vote for? Or am I over simplifying it? It does matter who you vote for, but they have to friends in Congress to help get bills through unless they really can’t do their job properly. And yes 2004 elections baffled me even more. Will go look up Nate Silver.

      • Tim says:

        And I made a post about Mormonism a while ago NWR, basically it’s Christian fanfic. 🙂 It has surprised me that that hasn’t come up yet. maybe the Dems are going to play that card later.

      • RalphB says:

        Tim, The GOP congress blocked everything Obama tried to do for the election issues. Sabotaging the economy for electoral advantage is terrible but the MSM never calls them on it. If Obama is reelected, he can’t run again so blocking him wouldn’t be practical for any reason.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Voters may kick the bastard who are blocking everything out–or Obama may end up with a Republican House and Senate, which would mean apocalypse.

        Tim, do you have a link to your post on Mormonism? I’d like to read it.

      • Tim says:

        Okay RB, but won’t the Reps do it anyway, even if there is no good reason? And BB, I was just referencing the link below, it basically explains the major religions in an easy to understand way. I think Mormonism is to Christianity as, the Twilight series is to Dracula.

        http://utterinsanity.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/think-of-religion-as-a-movie/

      • bostonboomer says:

        Thanks, Tim. I think the best comparison to Mormonism is Scientology. They are both young religions with weird beginnings. Of course all religions have strange beginnings, but the big three are centuries old, so their bizarre stories are more accepted.

  13. janicen says:

    Okay, this is OT (a little) but a friend of mine posted this on FB and I had to share. Michael Higgins, current President of Ireland, took down a Tea Party supporting radio show host. It doesn’t show the time but I just listened to it and it took 4 or 5 minutes at most. Enjoy!
    http://www.upworthy.com/a-tea-partier-decided-to-pick-a-fight-with-a-foreign-president-it-didnt-go-so-we?g=2

    • HT says:

      Brilliant, simply brilliant, but why does it take the President of Ireland to state the obvious when the north american continent’s news media ignores it?

      • janicen says:

        Well HT, the answer to your question is in your question. You have to go outside the American MSM to hear anything other than pro-corporate propaganda.

      • northwestrain says:

        Tea party = “wankers whipping up fear”

        .

  14. RalphB says:

    This sounds about right. This could be one of those elections where “favorability” determines the winner. Obama is in the 50s and Rmoney is in the 40s, so I wouldn’t mind.

    Ed Kilgore: The Strategy Behind Romney’s Welfare Ads

    The more I think about it, angry as I am about the welfare line of attack and fearful of its pernicious impact, it’s clear Romney has been taking a big risk based on the absence of any strategic alternatives. He’s chosen the one line of attack that doesn’t rely on his vulnerable biography; doesn’t draw attention to the Ryan Budget; and depends on extending the paranoid view of the conservative “base” about Obama to the one segment of swing voters receptive to this sort of argument. It’s a shaky limb Mitt’s out on right now, and if it breaks, he’s in big trouble.

  15. RalphB says:

    Jeez, Obama is one great comedy writer. This is freakin hilarious!

    Young Barack Obama’s Genuinely Hilarious Self-Parody

    This article, written by Obama under the name “Baroque Yo’ Mama,” was published in the “Harvard Law Revue,” a parody of the Review done by the law school’s graduating class. The article gives a look into young Obama’s sense of humor and serves a preemptive send-up of Dreams From My Father.