Wednesday Reads

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 –

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 –

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!

Finally, Hermit crabs move into 3-D printed Guggenheim-shaped shell – GadgetBox on

Guggenheim-shaped shell


Peter Moosgaard

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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48 Comments on “Wednesday Reads”

  1. Still sick this morning, and I have a house full of sick kids. Yuk…

  2. Oh and check it out, the Samuel L Jackson video is out:

    Samuel L. Jackson to Voters: “Wake the Fuck Up!” | Mother Jones

    The clip consists primarily of the actor, clad in jeans and a black beret, magically appearing in houses and hurling obscenities and Democratic talking points at unsuspecting white suburbanites.

    In one scene, for example, Jackson intones:

    Sorry, my friend, but there’s no time to snore.
    And out-of-touch millionaires just declared war.
    On schools, the environment, unions, fair pay.
    We’re all on our own if Romney has his way.
    And he’s against safety nets, if you fall, tough luck.
    So I strongly suggest that you wake the fuck up.

    The civically engaged actor promptly rematerializes to shout at the disaffected teens who organized bake sales to support of Obama’s 2008 bid but have since lost interest:


    And he surprises a horny elderly couple in bed to shout at them about the future of Medicare:

    The entire thing—it should go without saying—was done for the activist lulz. The new ad was scripted by Mansbach himself, and the Manhattan-based JCER is the same outfit that funded July’s viral clip featuring off-color comedienne Sarah Silverman offering to “scissor” GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson for the sake of democracy. (Watch below.)

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Hi JJ, sorry you’re all down with colds. Hang in there.

    I love the hermit crab story. Great round up!

  4. bostonboomer says:

    New poll has Obama leading by 10 points in Ohio and 9 points in Florida.

    President Obama has big leads in two states that could nail down his re-election: Ohio and Florida.

    Obama leads Republican Mitt Romney by ten points — 53%-43% — in Ohio, according to the Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News survey.

    Obama’s lead is nine points in Florida, 53%-44%.

    The president also leads Romney by 12 points in Pennsylvania, a state the Democrats have carried in five straight presidential elections.

    “Voters in each state see President Obama as better than Gov. Romney to handle the economy, health care, Medicare, national security, an international crisis and immigration,” reports Quinnipiac. “Romney ties or inches ahead of the president on handling the budget deficit.”

    • ANonOMouse says:

      These supposedly “skewed polls” should set the former-liberal-former-hillary-supporter blogs hair on fire. They’re circling the toilet bowl to the point where they’re now hating on Hillary & Bill. I suspect that the owners of those blogs are silently hoping Obama wins because if he doesn’t there’s no reason for their blog. Without Obama hate, they and their blogs are irrelevant.

      • peggysue22 says:

        I read what you read, Anon. To say I was appalled would be an understatement. These comments are from former Hillary supporters, who now want to crucify the Clintons, blame them for Obama’s surge, rather than looking at the bilge the GOP has tried to sell the American public.

        I have no love for Obama or his acolytes. I hate the right tilt that the Democratic Party has decided to take. But the Republicans? All they have is hate and failed policy prescriptions. Romney shot himself in the foot by bringing the Ryan-bot on board. He may have satisfied the fringe with the choice, but he all but sealed his own doom. And frankly, Ryan’s posturing is absolutely sickening. I’m not a Romney fan but Ryan’s arrogant swagger is off the charts. What a little toad! Scott Brown is flailing around in Massachusetts. Losing flushes the Republican mean streak into the open. They’re eating their own now.

        And so what is the GOP doing to counteract the free fall? Rewriting the poll numbers. This is magical thinking taken to the nth degree. Or for the more cynical among us, it’s setting up a platform to steal the election as was done in 2000 and 2004. The bigger the margins, the harder that will be to accomplish. Ohio, Pa, Florida? The numbers are getting bigger every day.

        What a carnival! The system is so-o-o badly broken.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Madonna says she was being ironic when she called President Obama a “black muslim.”

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Romney says teachers unions’ political contributions should be limited, even though he supports Citizens United and unlimited corporate contributions.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Ann Romney wore a black leather outfit on Leno.

  8. Pat Johnson says:

    “Stench and Gilligan”? Did I read that correctly? And how stupid is Ryan to say this aloud when surrounded by the press? How dumb can you get?

    I am getting nervous again. Bernie Sanders and 25 Dem senators have sent a letter to the WH asking that Obama to keep his word that Social Security cuts be not put back on the table following the election and so far have heard nothing back.

    They fear another “compromise” on the part of Obama to give into the opposition once again.

    This is not a good thing. Obama has not responded. Why is that?

    • bostonboomer says:

      I assume Ryan was joking about the remark by the guy in Iowa–if he even said that. I’m not sure I believe it.

  9. Pat Johnson says:

    Looks as if Scotty Brown has dropped his “nice guy” image and has decided that going for the jugular in ridiculing Elizabeth Warren is the way to “win”.

    The irony is that this campaign season has brought out the racists who no longer hide behind the code words but liberally throw them out there in hopes of appealing to the like minded.

    He is a bully and his staff helped to reinforce that image by chanting Indian war whoops that are indefensible.

  10. ecocatwoman says:

    Andy Williams died last night, in Branson, from bladder cancer. Although he was a Republican, I have such fond memories of his television show when I was a child. I still have tons of his albums from back then. Such a lovely voice.

  11. pdgrey says:

    JJ, so sorry to here you’re still sick. Hope you start feeling better.

    This is an interesting article.

    • Delphyne says:

      Thanks for this article. I have a good friend whose husband was born and raised here. I’m going to print this out for her and her (deceased) husband’s relatives.

  12. peggysue22 says:

    Good roundup, JJ. Sorry to hear you and the kids are sick. There’s a lot of icky stuff going around right now with the change of seasons. We need a decent frost to clear the air.

    Take care!

  13. Pat Johnson says:

    In response to Mouse and Peggy Sue’s earlier comments:

    These people are nothing but ratf^ckers. The latest argument is that by defeating Obama this will lead to a complete overhaul of the Dem Party.

    In the meantime, the GOP nutjobs will be busily eliminating women’s rights, gay rights, senior rights, children’s rights, student rights, immigration rights, union rights and healthcare access.

    Like the next 4 years the GOP will be sitting around playing Scrabble while the Dems look for ways to make a “comeback”.

    All I had to do was see the outpouring of vitriol against the Clintons to understand the stealth right wing supporters who cried “foul” whenever Palin’s stupidity was held up for review but the attacks against Elizabeth Warren are placed on mute. Silence from the “feminist” crowd who all but had heart attacks if anyone questioned the irrelevance of Quiterella when she bounced forward for “commentary”.

    Two faced hypocrites.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      You said it Pat!!! Like you I began calling out the idedological shape shifters early on, suspecting it was ratfucking (you might remember), I shudder at the notion that I ever, even for a second, believed that any of those people were disaffected liberals who were just angry over what the party had done to Hillary. During the rise of the TP when their feigned anger over Hillary became unquestioning support for Palin, even after it was apparent that Palin was a total nincompoop and the antithesis of everything Hillary Clinton fought for and believes in, the fog around them began to clear. And when they began Parroting the TeaNuts and the birthers and began fawning over GOP candidates during the GOP primaries the ruse was completely destroyed. They were then and they are now Ratfuckers, but they’re still not owning it because they think if they just say “dissaffected Dem” or “former Dem” or “Former Hillary supporter” just one more day they might convince some fact-deprived dumbass to vote for MItt RMoney & Paul Ruin.

      When this election is over maybe those folks will find a real job instead of shilling for the wingnut-Right or maybe they’ll take on new NYMS and start Anti-Hillary blogs if they believe she’s next up for the DNC. With all the Hillary & Bill Hate I’ve read the past few days they appear to already be prepping for it, don’t they?

      • RalphB says:

        Yes, I imagine you’re right. Can’t say for sure because I don’t read that crap anymore.

        BTW, I suspect the reason it looks like Romney is doing well with Independents in some polls is the Tea Partiers usually call themselves independent and not republican. fwiw.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        “Tea Partiers usually call themselves independent and not republican. fwiw.”

        I hadn’t thought about that Ralph. Do you think that’s to “skew” poll results? 🙂

      • NW Luna says:

        I backed Hillary because of her stand on most of) the issues which are important to me, and because of her experience. Cannot understand any former Hillary supporter backing someone so incredibly far removed from FDR-Dem principles.

        I’ve scrubbed a number of bookmarks. I see at least a few other blogs have kicked out the R/R nutwing types and are all the better for it.

        I know I’ve said this too many times before, but a protest vote in ’08 was a totally different concept than voting for the sick, callous, destructive Vulture/Voucher ticket today. May they slime out in overwhelming defeat in November.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        “May they slime out in overwhelming defeat in November.”

        Ditto to that!!! And may the rest in pieces.

  14. Pat Johnson says:

    What these polls suggest is not so much an outpouring of support for Obama as it is an outright dismissal of the Right Wing agenda that spells doom for the nation.

    Redefining rape. Personhood for a zygot. Outlawing contraception. Denial of adoption rights to gay couples. Marriage amendments. Racial discriminaiton. Voter suppression. Tax cuts for the wealthy. Drumbeats to war. Vouchers for seniors. The elimination of healthcare access. Reduction in education spending. Elimination of Planned Parenthood. Slashes to Medicaid. Closing of the EPA. Open racism. Creationism vs science. The denial of climate change.

    This is what the nation is rejecting not so much the embrace of Obama himself.

    How much of this stupidity is the nation willing to invest themselves in when most of these planned cuts and eliminations will find its way into the homes of the voters one way or the other?

    This is what is leading the poll numbers.

    • peggysue22 says:

      I think you’re absolutely right, Pat. The uptick in Obama’s numbers is not an expression of great love/admiration but a full-throated rejection of Republican craziness. Paul Ryan was soundly booed at the AARP meeting last week. Still, the GOP diehards tried to spin that into a victory for Ryan because he was brave enough to “tell the truth.” Yeah, the truth according to Ryan. Oh, please! A grown man who still worships the idiocy of Ayn Rand [despite his claims to the contrary].

      The sudden savaging of the Clintons still surprised me, particularly for those who were dedicated Hillary supporters in 2008. They may want to destroy former, false icons [their words, not mine] but their main argument is that the Clintons betrayed the Nation by not saving it single-handedly. WTF! Talk about magical thinking.

      I dunno. It seems like more and more people are losing their minds. Sorry, but the idea of slugging down rat poison [voting for Republicans] with the hope of an antidote [a renewed Democratic Party] is a step too far into fantasy for me.

      Rat poison is ugly and deadly. That’s all I have to know :0).

      • ANonOMouse says:

        “Paul Ryan was soundly booed at the AARP meeting last week. Still, the GOP diehards tried to spin that into a victory for Ryan because he was brave enough to “tell the truth.””

        Before they cheer on Ryan they may want to go take a look at what Ryan’s idea of austerity has done to Greece and Spain. It ain’t pretty.

        American’s are not going to go softly into that dark night. We recognize banana republic solutions when we see it on the GOP/TP menu. It Ain’t gonna happen!!!!

  15. RalphB says:

    WTF is wrong with this picture?

    wonkette: Kidney-Failure Lady Humiliated For Being On Food Stamps Probably Won’t Vote Because Obamacare Kills

    So there is a lady who can’t work because she has kidney failure and is on dialysis 12 hours a day, and also she takes care of her aged mom, and her husband works only part time so he can take care of her! What a hard life that is, you guys; society, in the form of government, should really do something to help her out.

    OH IT DID! We mean, it was probably literally the least we could do, but at least this lady and her family get some food stamps so they will not starve. SAFETY NET!

    But then some total dick manager at her local Kroger purposely humiliated her (she alleges) by, after they’d had a long back and forth about whether things in her cart were eligible for EBT (they were), saying “‘Excuse me for working for a living and not relying on food stamps!”

    This was written about by the Huffington Post, because apparently they don’t know anybody on food stamps, and thus are unaware that cashiers roll their eyes and huff their breath every single time a Poor with food stamps has the brass to try to use them to buy some food.

    But what is interesting here is the kidney-failure lady’s reaction, which is that she doesn’t think she will even vote, because sure, Romney “just wants to let poor people die,” but Obama has “spending and healthcare reform.” See, this lady was almost a high-information voter (being aware that Romney “just wants to let poor people die”) but then she was not (being totally fucking ignorant that health care reform might help a person who’s poor because she’s on dialysis 12 hours a day). “So,” she says, “either way we’re doomed.”

    Amazing how that messaging can trickle down, innit?

  16. pdgrey says:

    The Stench and Gilligan

  17. RalphB says:

    Princeton Election Consortium: Addressing the stupid 🙂

    Sam Wang: Vast liberal conspiracies?

    The Popular Vote Meta-Margin just hit 5.0%, its highest value of the campaign. I will only briefly address the wishful thinking of Romney supporters, despite its occasional forays into Hitler-in-the-bunker hysteria. Some fantasies involve the assertion that party weighting is off. Others suggest that undecided voters will all go in one direction. These ideas are wrong. I advise Jay Cost and Unskewed-Man to drop the silliness, for the following reasons.

    Party self-identification is more fluid than is commonly realized. Not only does voter enthusiasm change on either side, but some people seem to change their self-report. This hypothesis would also require a simultaneous, coordinated effort by all the pollsters (except for brave Scott Rasmussen) to stop doing what they did so well in 2004 and 2008 (see left sidebar).

    The undecided voter break is also highly unlikely, as Charles Franklin reported in 2008. As evidenced by recent polls, undecideds are currently 5.0 +/- 1.7 % (median +/- estimated SEM, n=6). Based on past splits, they’ll only be good for a net shift of 0.3 +/- 1.0 % towards Romney. This is far lower than the Meta-Margin.

  18. NW Luna says:

    The sister of murdered Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens is a pediatrician at a Seattle hospital. Today’s local paper has a respectful and moving article on the family:

    When Anne Stevens said goodbye to her older brother, Chris, in an airplane hangar in Maryland two weeks ago, she was overwhelmed to find 800 other mourners had come to pay their respects as well.

    President Obama was there, and so was Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the Libyan ambassador to the U.S., Ali Aujali. –snip–

    The Stevens family has deep roots in Washington state. Through their mother, Mary Commanday, the Stevens siblings are the great-great-great-great grandchildren of Chief Comcomly of the Chinook Tribe, who gave assistance to the Lewis and Clark expedition when it arrived at the mouth of the Columbia River in 1805.

    After Chris Stevens, 52, was killed, tribal chief Ray Gardner wrote about the death in the tribal newspaper, telling other Chinook members: “This will be a hard time for their family and they will need our prayers.” In Ilwaco, Pacific County, home to the tribal headquarters, the tribe held a prayer ceremony for Chris, then sent a single oar out into the water, to help him in the next phase of his journey.

  19. NW Luna says:

    Exciting; hope this will be a win for women:

    Class-action [gender] bias suit against Costco advances

    Costco Wholesale on Tuesday lost the latest round in a class-action discrimination lawsuit that began in 2004. The case involves roughly 700 women passed over for jobs as warehouse manager and assistant manager because, the suit claims, Costco has a discriminatory system in which it does not post those positions or descriptions of them.

    Costco officials had hoped to stop the suit after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a class-action gender-discrimination case against Wal-Mart Stores.

    The Costco case was put on hold for three years as the Wal-Mart case worked its way to the Supreme Court, which in 2011 said there were too many women — as many as 1.5 million — to be in a single class-action case. (emphasis added)