Lazy Saturday Reads: You People are so Ridiculous! Edition

Morning Coffee in the City, by Michele Byrne

Morning Coffee in the City, by Michele Byrne

Good Day!!


Hillary and Bill Clinton are grandparents!

From the AP via The Boston Globe:

The couple’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, has given birth to her first child, a daughter named Charlotte.

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of the former president and ex-secretary of state, announced the baby’s birth on Twitter and Facebook early Saturday, saying she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are ‘‘full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.’’

Clinton spokesman Kamyl Bazbaz said the child was born on Friday but did not immediately provide additional details. The couple lives in New York City. The Clintons quickly retweeted their daughter’s message on Twitter but did not immediately comment on the baby’s arrival.

Now that the announcement is out of the way, the media demands to know if Hillary will now announce she’s running for president.

The baby has been eagerly anticipated as Hillary Clinton considers her political future — she has called the prospect of becoming a grandmother her ‘‘most exciting title yet.’’ She even has picked out the first book she intends to read to her grandchild, the classic ‘‘Goodnight Moon.’’

She has said she didn’t want to make any decisions about another campaign until the baby’s arrival, pointing to her interest in enjoying becoming a grandmother for the first time. If Clinton decides to run for president, her campaign would coincide with the baby’s first two years.


The Christian Science Monitor even put the demand in their headline to the AP story: Chelsea Clinton now a mom. Will Grandma Hillary announce run for president?

Sigh . . . Yes, I’m sure Hillary is planning to ruin their daughter’s and son-in-law’s celebration by rushing out and the media’s wish come true. Why don’t they hound Mitt Romney instead? He already has so many grandkids he probably can’t keep their names straight; and Ann Romney has been out and about in the past week.

Ann told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that if only Mitt had been elected in 2012, there wouldn’t have been so many problems in Iraq and Syria. According to Ann,

I think he would have had a status of forces agreement on — in Iraq. I don`t believe ISIS would have had the invasion that they have — they’ve had. They wouldn’t have had the ability to — I think he would have tried to arm the moderates in Syria. I think there`s other things that would have happened that would have made the equation a little bit tilted in our favor.

Those people are not going to go away. This is a generational problem. And the sooner we realize, I think, as Americans, that it`s not an easy solution and it`s not going to go away, but to be really aware of how dangerous the situation is — I think Mitt was very aware how — how precarious it was.

As for Mitt giving running for president a third try, Ann hinted that it will depend on what Jeb Bush decides to do.

One scenario out there, Mrs. Romney, is that Jeb Bush doesn`t run after all, and your husband has sized up the landscape and that a lot of his supporters, past and present, said, you have the name recognition, you have the Reagan example of the third time was the charm for him, and that it`s been done before.

[ANN] ROMNEY: Mm-hmm.

CAVUTO: And — and that would be appealing.

ROMNEY: Well, we will see, won`t we, Neil?

I think Jeb probably will end up running, myself. I think, you know, he — people probably are looking at it, that he`s probably looking at it very carefully right now.

CAVUTO: But why would his entrance in the race matter to — to your supporters or not?

ROMNEY: Well, I think, you know, he would draw on a very similar base that we would draw on.

Andrew Prokop at Vox thinks another Romney run could happen: It’s not crazy for Mitt Romney to run for president again. Prokop, reports that according to conservative columnist Bryan York, Jeb is unlikely to run in 2016.

“Romney is said to believe that, other than himself, [Jeb] Bush is the only one of the current Republican field who could beat Hillary Clinton in a general election,” York writes. So there seems to be at least one candidate who would definitively win Romney’s support.

But while there have been several trial balloons for a Jeb Bush candidacy floated recently, there are reasons to be skeptical he’ll actually pull the trigger. First of all, he’s been out of politics for years and focused on making money. For now, Bush has every reason to encourage speculation that he’s running. It gives him increased media attention, perceived clout, and it makes him more valuable as a speaker and rainmaker. But he’s at odds with the GOP base on issues like immigration and Common Core, and he’s suggested that concerns from his family could be an issue. So Bush might well opt against a run, and Romney could feel that he’s the party’s only hope.

After all, writes Prokop, Romney is a known quantity and he’s popular with GOP donors. On top of that, Chris Christie has lost his luster as a candidate.

Read more details at Vox.


But what about Mitt’s problems with women? Ann says that’s nonsense, according to Politico.

Ann Romney on Tuesday skewered Democrats’ claim that there’s a GOP “war on women,” calling the accusation “offensive” and saying it won’t work as a campaign tactic.

“It’s ridiculous, honestly, I mean I don’t think they’re getting very far with that, by the way. It’s not going to work. I think women are a lot smarter than that, and that’s kind of offensive to me, to tell you the truth,” Romney said in an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News in response to a question about both the so-called “war on women” and DNC chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s recent comments about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

“Scott Walker’s a good guy, and he’s got a wonderful wife, and he values women and that just doesn’t fly,” Romney added.

She was responding to Wasserman Schultz’s remarks earlier this month, when the Florida Democrat said Walker “has given women the back of his hand.”

Well that’s the end of that then. Scott Walker’s wife (does she have a name) is “wonderful,” so women should just shut up and deal with having limited access to birth control, abortion, and child care, and lower pay than their male colleagues.

Wonkette responds to the Politico story with appropriate sarcasm: Ladies, Stop Offending Ann Romney With How Stupid You Are.

How many times does Her Royal Horse-Riding Majesty Ann Romney have to explain this to YOU PEOPLE? Sheesh! This so-called “war on women” claptrap Democrats can’t stop blah blahing about is so dumb and so 2012 and so not even real anyway, so why are women — who are so much smarter than Democrats think they are — so stupid as to keep falling for it?

Obviously, talking non-stop about the Republican Party’s non-stop assault on women will never work. Ann knows. She’s an elections expert. That’s why the gender gap in 2012 was only 18 points. Practically a draw! No wonder the whole Romney clan was so very shocked and awed that Ann’s 2012 pitch failed to sway the lady voters:

“Women, you need to wake up,” she urged them. “Women have to ask themselves who’s going to have and be there for you. I can promise you, I know, that Mitt will be there for you. He will stand up for you, he will hear your voices.”

Maybe it had something to do with how some of the things that spilled out of her face hole were kind of … oh, what’s the word? Offensive? Like when she said, “I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids.” Those hard-working women out there were such an inspiration to her because she also had suffered and struggled and worked really hard at never having a job, scraping by on nothing but her husband’s daddy’s stock portfolio.

How the heck did that not work with voters?!? Especially after she told YOU PEOPLE to stop being so dumb already, jeez, and vote for her hubby. And some of YOU PEOPLE even whispered in her ear that you totally agreed with her (and yet did not vote for Mitt anyway, weird!), and even ladies who usually don’t worry their pretty little heads about important issues — that’s Man’s Work, after all — were finally, for the first time ever, thinking about really important stuff, like the economy and “their husbands’ jobs.”


For heaven’s sake, ladies. Mitt had all those binders full of women, remember? Now get over it and go vote Republican!

Of course Mitt wasn’t included in the Values Voters Summit this weekend. That could mean he’s not running or maybe that he thinks the Tea Party vote won’t matter. The usual suspects were there though.

Despite Ann’s claims that the Democrats are getting nowhere with the “war on women” talk, the “values voters” speakers appeared to tone down the anti-abortion and anti-same sex marriage rhetoric, according to ABC News: Republicans Rallying Behind Religious Liberty.

Fighting to improve their brand, leading Republicans rallied behind religious liberty at a Friday gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues.

Speakers did not ignore abortion and gay marriage altogether on the opening day of the annual Values Voter Summit, but a slate of prospective presidential candidates focused on the persecution of Christians and their values at home and abroad — a message GOP officials hope will help unify a divided party and appeal to new voters ahead of November’s midterm elections and the 2016 presidential contest.

“Oh, the vacuum of American leadership we see in the world,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz declared Friday in a Washington hotel ballroom packed with religious conservatives. “We need a president who will speak out for people of faith, prisoners of conscience.”

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul echoed the theme in a speech describing America as a nation in “spiritual crisis.”

“Not a penny should go to any nation that persecutes or kills Christians,” said Paul, who like Cruz is openly considering a 2016 presidential bid.

The speaking program included such potential 2016 candidates as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Several possible Republican candidates — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush among them — did not attend. The group has positions on social issues across the spectrum — from the libertarian-leaning Paul, who favors less emphasis on abortion and gay marriage, to Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist pastor whose conservative social values define his brand.


Here’s a lovely little homily from Bobby Jindal:

Jindal, who is also weighing a White House bid, seized on what he called Obama’s “silent war” on religious freedom.

“The United States of America did not create religious liberty,” Jindal said. “Religious liberty created the United States of America.”

Anyone know what he means by a “silent war?” I have no clue. What a charlatan Jindal is!

The ABC article didn’t mention Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin, but they were there too.

From Mediaite on crazy Michele’s speech:  Bachmann Rouses Values Voters Crowd with Calls to ‘Kill’ ISIS Until They Surrender. See video at the link.

Talking Points Memo notes that Sarah Palin doesn’t know the address of the White House. I wonder who lives at 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue?

Palin Goofs: Truth Is Endangered At ‘1400’ Penn Avenue. Watch it:

I wonder if the “values voters” liked Palin’s biker chick get-up?

And, of course, Ted Cruz was his usual loony self. Salon: 5 craziest things Ted Cruz just said at the Values Voters Summit (including the full video of his “deranged” speech.

Morning Coffee, by Carol Bolt

Morning Coffee, by Carol Bolt

Quick News Headlines:

The Boston Globe, 7 Questions We’d Ask Ferguson’s Chief of Police.

A man set a fire at an air traffic control facility at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, but it’s not being called terrorism–maybe because the guy isn’t an Arab American?

KTLA Channel 5, FBI: Chicago Controller Sent Facebook Message: ‘I Am About to Take Out’ FAA Facility.

NY Daily News, Illinois man charged in fire at Chicago air traffic control center

The Texas State Board of Education is at it again. Now they want teachers to tell kids that Moses is an inspiration for the U.S. Constitution (very interesting and detailed article at The Daily Beast).

AP, via Yahoo News, Police: Woman beheaded at Oklahoma workplace.

 Fox News, Four College Sophomores dead in Oklahoma bus-truck crash.

Discovery News, Japanese Volcano Erupts: Hikers Missing.

The New Yorker on the newest social media entry, Ello’s Anti-Facebook Moment.

LA Times, Water on Earth predates the solar system, and even the sun.

Raw Story, Complex life on Earth may have appeared 60 million years earlier than previously thought.

National Geographic, Did the Vikings Get a Bum Rap? A Yale historian wants us to rethink the terrible tales about the Norse.

M.I.T. News, Battling superbugs: Two new technologies could enable novel strategies for combating drug-resistant bacteria.

What else is happening? Please post your thoughts and links on any topic in comment thread. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

27 Comments on “Lazy Saturday Reads: You People are so Ridiculous! Edition”

  1. Sweet Sue says:

    Judging from the clip, it looks like Sarah Palin bombed at the V V S.
    Even right wingers are tired of her shtick.

  2. NW Luna says:

    Jindal and his creation of America and religious liberty comments — he seems to have forgotten all about separation of church and state.

  3. NW Luna says:

    Wash. firefighters give first aid to hamsters

    The Lacey, Washington, firefighters weren’t done once they extinguished a mobile home fire in the community near Olympia. Next, they grabbed a family of hamsters they’d spotted inside the burning building and brought them outside to safety.

    After consulting their “pet emergency pocket guides” on Friday afternoon, they treated the five hamsters with oxygen and other first aid equipment.

    KOMO-TV reports ( ) that fire spokesman Tim Hulse says the team was able to save all but one of the hamsters.

    The rodent family was later identified as Oreo, Madonna and three unnamed babies.

    Lacey Fire District 3 spokesman Hulse says no humans were inside when the fire began.

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    It isn’t so much that Palin is stupid it is that she wears her ignorance like a badge. How and why she is still sought after to give her “analysis” on any subject still eludes me. You get more insight from a pageant contestant running her mouth.

    Ann Romney still “doesn’t get it”. Expecting women to put aside their daily concerns as legislative bodies across the nation continue to put more strangleholds on their rights is not going away. This from a woman who has known nothing but privilege her entire life, who has more than likely never made a decision that was not approved by both her husband and the religious leaders she follows, and whose grasp of the issues is vague at best, is useless.

    If dragging out Mitt Romney once again to prove his ineffectiveness for a third time on a national level is the best the GOP can hope for than there really is “trouble right here in River City”. Bad enough that they are considering the likes of Jindahl, Walker, Cruz, Rubio and Rand Paul let alone tossing that twit into the mix once again.

    Mittens going once, twice and for the third strike out should be enough to quell that candidacy when it was established that even those expected to cast their votes for him couldn’t stand the man.

    But congrats to Bill and HIllary who have looked forward to becoming grandparents with the birth of Baby Charlotte!

    • List of X says:

      Yes, why doesn’t the media demand a straight answer from Romney on whether he’s running or not? Oh, maybe it’s because you can never get a straight answer from Romney on anything.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        If Romney decides to run again I’ll be anxious to see if the right-wingers and Fox throw out the “too old to be POTUS” bullshit they’ve used against Hillary. He’s the same age as Hillary.

        And Ann Romney is an arrogant, privileged, aloof woman who has as much understanding and respect for the lives and struggles of real woman as Ray Rice. Ann Romney spends more money on personal indulgences than most women make in a lifetime or two. F#ck Ann Romney and the Million Dollar Dressage Strutting Show Pony she rode in on.

    • dakinikat says:

      They just keep trotting women out to prove they don’t have a war on women but these women in their own special ways are as tone deaf as their white male counterparts. The party just doesn’t get that it’s their damned policies and it’s not who or how they frame them. You either have to be stupid, a religious whacko or completely cluelessly privileged to not understand the real issues women care about. Yes, we care about the economy but it’s because we’re relegated to less pay and less prestigious jobs by their damned polices! And let’s not even start on what their damned religious views have done to women. We deserve to be raped, we’re sluts, we’re not good wives so we deserved to be physically abused. We’re lesbians who hate men and that’s our issue. If only we just did our womenly duties like described in their books.

  5. dakinikat says:

    Ah, the Republican party … out of touch because they belong on a mental ward or out of touch because the only real people they meet are their servants who wouldn’t dare say anything real to them.

  6. dakinikat says:

    Speaking of folks lacking critical thinking skills:

    It was tough to top the sanctimonious speech delivered by Religious Right activist twins David and Jason Benham at the Values Voter Summit last night, but RedState editor Erick Erickson tried his best. Erickson, who also serves as a Fox News pundit, dedicated his remarks to explaining how people like himself and the VVS audience are headed to Heaven and, because of that, everyone else is jealous of them.

    These days, Erickson lamented, people “worship science” and “believe we were an accident of a primordial goo, particles bumping into each other after the Big Bang that created bacteria that created amoeba that created something that led to something that led to something, a missing link, and then men, somewhere in there there’s a monkey apparently.”

    After mocking evolution as dumb and incompatible with the religious faith, even cracking a joke about the Fox series “Cosmos,” Erickson said “I see a world that is opposed to us in this room because we’re headed home to eternity, we’re just passing through.”

    “There is a last day, pick a side and the right side wins,” he said, adding: “You have got to love someone enough that you don’t want them to go to Hell.”

    – See more at:

    • RalphB says:

      That’s some really gooey dumbass right there. Jealousy is not the emotion I fell toward them at all.

      • dakinikat says:

        I have no envy for the kind of gullibility it take to believe one iron age version of creation by magical mythical beings is superior to any other. Frankly, who’d want to be the “creation” of such a mean god that lets ‘his’ children get sick, die, kill each other, maim, wound rape each other and the rest of his “creation”. You have to be a real psychopath or stupid or just plain scared to death to believe a perfect magical being would let all kinds of horrible things happen to its beloved creation.

    • NW Luna says:

      “…we’re just passing through.”

      Not fast enough!

  7. RalphB says:

    Really lovely picture.

  8. RalphB says:

    Very happy grandparents.

  9. RalphB says:

    Jeez, I hope this lousy crook doesn’t become governor!!! The secrecy was used to cover up completely missing applications etc.

    Texas Tribune: Abbott Rulings an Issue in Enterprise Fund Controversy

    While critics were hounding Gov. Rick Perry a decade ago about his job-luring Texas Enterprise Fund, his lawyers went to Attorney General Greg Abbott to block the release of applications that supposedly had been filled out by the entities requesting taxpayer subsidies.

    Abbott’s old transparency rulings, suddently relevant again thanks to the TEF audit, are sure to become an issue in his race for governor. In 2013, Abbott’s Democratic opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, authored the bill requiring the state to conduct the audit. And Davis’ campaign on Saturday provided a breakdown, based on data from the Texas Ethics Commission, showing that Abbott had received more than $1 million in campaign money from people with financial interests in companies or entities that got TEF grants.

    Davis spokesman Zac Petkanas said in an emailed statement that Abbott bears responsibility for the oversight failures highlighted in the audit.

    “As attorney general, Greg Abbott was tasked with acting as a watchdog for the Texas Enterprise Fund. Instead, he accepted more than $1 million in campaign contributions from grant recipients while looking the other way as more than $200 million of taxpayer money was handed out to Austin insiders without any oversight,” Petkanas said. “What’s worse: Greg Abbott used his authority as Attorney General to cover up the fact that millions of taxpayer dollars were being distributed to organizations improperly.” …

  10. Fannie says:

    Very nice day. The photos of Chelsea, Mark and little Charlotte, and Bill and Hillary put a big smile on my face. I hope she is a spittin’ image of her Grandma!