Wednesday ReadsPosted: September 26, 2012
Good Morning, I have some political news items for you this morning….and they stink!
Boston Boomer mentioned this in the comments last night, Paul Ryan vs. The Stench – Roger Simon – POLITICO.com
Paul Ryan has gone rogue. He is unleashed, unchained, off the hook.
“I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he’ll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him,” Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa, told The New York Times on Sunday.
I guess the way to distance yourself is to start calling your running mate the “Stench.”
Though Ryan had already decided to distance himself from the floundering Romney campaign, he now feels totally uninhibited. Reportedly, he has been marching around his campaign bus, saying things like, “If Stench calls, take a message” and “Tell Stench I’m having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan and will text him later.”
Even before the stench article appeared, there was a strong sign that Ryan was freeing himself from the grips of the Romney campaign. It began after his disastrous appearance on Friday before AARP in New Orleans. Ryan delivered his remarks in the style dictated by his Romney handlers: Stand behind the lectern, read the speech as written and don’t stray from the script.
There is also this nugget from the Stench, I mean Mitt Romney: Mitt Romney Stops Supporters from Chanting ‘Ryan’ to Ensure They Say His Name Too
In Vandalia, Ohio, today, after Mitt Romney thanked running mate Paul Ryan for his stump speech, rally attendees instinctively began chanting “Ryan, Ryan,” as rally attendees are wont to do.
Feeling left out, Romney demanded the crowd quit chanting wrong, and proceeded to demonstrate the correct way to chant at his rally.
In his defense, Romney supporters really aren’t very bright.
Video at the link.
Well, I think it is safe to say that lots of the GOP supporters and affiliates aren’t that bright either? Va. GOP orders affiliate to remove ‘offensive’ Obama photos – The Washington Post
Virginia Republican Party officials on Tuesday ordered their Mecklenburg County affiliate to remove photos portraying President Obama as a witch doctor, a caveman and a thug from its Facebook page.
The altered photos have been on the Mecklenburg County Republican Committee’s page for months but drew attention outside the rural southwestern enclave after a luncheon event this week with Republican Senate candidate George Allen.
“These kinds of images have no place in political discourse — period,” said Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. “They are offensive, tasteless and should never have been posted anywhere, let alone a local unit’s Facebook page. The Republican Party of Virginia condemns this sort of imagery in the strongest possible terms. I am in the process of contacting our Mecklenburg County unit to inform them that this is unacceptable behavior from any local unit associated with our party.”
I don’t know, the hate is so blatant! And the stupid doesn’t stop with GOP campaigns and committees, case in point: Madonna: Obama Is ‘A Black Muslim In The White House,’ Deserves Votes (VIDEO)
Madonna brought her MDNA Tour to Washington, D.C. on Monday night, and added a bizarre dose of politics to the show.
“Y’all better vote for f–king Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right? We have a black Muslim in the White House. Now that’s some amazing s–t,” she said. “It means there is hope in this country. And Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man, goddamnit.”
Ugh….you can check that out if you like.
I wrote about Spain last night, but this morning news is reporting Greek government sees first big anti-austerity strike | Reuters
Flights and trains were suspended, shops pulled down their shutters and tens of thousands took to the streets on Wednesday in Greece’s first big anti-austerity strike since a coalition government took power in June.
In Athens, more than 50,000 people chanted: “We won’t submit to the troika (of lenders)” and “EU, IMF Out!”.
The rally marched past Athens’ central Syntagma square to parliament to protest against a new round of belt-tightening demanded by EU and IMF lenders as the price for fresh aid.
“We can’t take it anymore – we are bleeding. We can’t raise our children like this,” said Dina Kokou, a 54-year-old teacher and mother of four who lives on 1,000 euros a month.
“These tax hikes and wage cuts are killing us.”
Oh, and did you all see this? Todd Akin Counts on Support of Home-Schoolers – NYTimes.com
Steve Hebert for The New York Times
Supporters of the embattled Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin at a rally Wednesday.
On a recent Wednesday, when many teenagers here were doing homework or playing after-school sports, 17-year-old Ania Bishop, in an ankle-length skirt with American flags, was cheering at a political rally for Representative Todd Akin.
Oh, as if I did not feel sick enough…
The rest of her family was there, too: her father and teenage brother, both in “Stand With Todd” T-shirts, and her 6-year-old sister, who sat cross-legged at her mother’s feet. They listened while Mr. Akin, the Republican seeking to unseat the incumbent Democrat, Claire McCaskill, in one of the year’s most closely watched Senate races, reiterated his anti-abortion stance to the approving crowd. The mother, Ellen Bishop, says she spends 10 to 15 hours a week working on Akin campaign matters, while her children put in about 6 to 10 hours. Because the children are home-schooled, she said, they can translate their campaign work into lessons.
Campaign work into lessons? Looks like indoctrination to me!
Peter Moosgaard’s “Guggenheimer / I need a fighter!”
An Austrian artist has coerced some hermit crabs into adopting shells created by a 3-D printer — shells in the shape of the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Hermit crabs don’t actually make their own shells, but rather find ones that once belonged to snails and other creatures. But population imbalances and other ecological troubles have led to a shortage of shells, and consequently hermit crabs have moved into things like beer cans and other trash.
A project started in 2011 called Project Shellter aimed to use Makerbot printers to create perfect little 3-D printed shells, and has successfully made a number of homes for stricken crabs. Austrian art student Peter Moosgaard decided to take things a step further and use the shell as a platform for expression. His crabs get shells that look like the Guggenheim.
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