Late Night Open Thread: Dum Dum Dum, Dum Dum!

Good evening!

I still am unable to bring myself to write about all the horrible things I read in the news today. From Egypt passing laws that will make necrophiliacs rejoice, to the House passing Cispa and Rush calling Hillary just a Secretary, and the GOP holding preventive care hostage in the student loan wars…and other things to depressing to mention!

So I wanted to post something light tonight.  Earlier today, Boston Boomer mentioned the story of Joseph Smith, the guy who founded the Mormon religion. So I thought I would link to South Park’s take on the subject. (And as you watch it, remember this is not made up! For although it seems to be a joke, the stuff about the angel and the forest and the rest is true.)

The link to the full episode is here:

All About Mormons (Season 7, Episode 12) – Full Episode Player – South Park Studios

And if you do not have time to watch it, you can see the first part of the Song of John Smith here:

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Joseph Smith: Part 2 (Season 7, Episode 12) – Video Clips – South Park Studios

Joseph Smith: Part 3 (Season 7, Episode 12) – Video Clips – South Park Studios

Joseph Smith: Part 4 (Season 7, Episode 12) – Video Clips – South Park Studios

I agree with BB, this religion is like Scientology. Which, by the way, also got the South Park treatment. What Scientologist Actually Believe (Season 9, Episode 12) – Video Clips – South Park Studios

Anyway, let me take a couple of moments to bring you some funny cartoons…

Oh yeah baby!

The kind of testimony I’ve been reading about is making really dislike Edwards even more.

Another Titanic Metaphor © Pat Bagley,Salt Lake Tribune,Titanic,Iceberg,1912,Social Security,Congress,Surplus, 2033, Reform

I love the one screaming, “We’re all gonna die!”
“the Nuge” caught a lot of hell when he said at an NRA rally that he will either be dead or in jail after Obama’s victory in November. He also said at the same event that “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off.” No word on whether he was wearing animal skins and wielding a stone ax.Lots of people made fun of him for his hyperbole, rightly so. The prostitute-loving Secret Service even paid him a visit. “The Nuge” defended himself on Right Wing Radio, bemoaning, “I’m a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan Rally!”

The poor guy.

The Secret Service determined that “the Nuge” was just talking out his butt. No big whoop. They concluded there was no real threat. He was just exercising his God-given right to say creepy things about a Democratic president. Very little, if anything, should happen to him. I mean, it’s not like he’s the Dixie Chicks, who said back in ‘03, “We do not want this war, this violence, and are ashamed that the President of The United States is from Texas.” That treasonous little outburst resulted in the Chicks receiving on-air death threats, being labelled as traitors, and having their music pulled from radio play. The Chicks, though, were women and should’ve known their place. Plus, they were criticizing war (America’s pastime) and a white Republican president. They deserved what they got.
You know, I have always thought the anger towards the Dixie Chicks was ridiculous, but when you put it in comparison to Nugent…it really illustrates the hypocrisy that is the GOP.
This is an open thread….

Wednesday Reads: It’s hard work…real hard work!

Good Morning!

Hey, what did you all think of the debate last night? I didn’t see it, but if you want to know who won…according to Chris Cillizza: Las Vegas Republican debate: Winners and losers – The Washington Post

It looks like it was a bit feisty, The GOP’s Most Confrontational Debate Yet – Jim O’Sullivan & Alex Roarty – Politics – The Atlantic

I really did not have any desire to watch the loons take the stage again.  I’ve had enough of crazy…crazy politicians.

Anyway, here is the morning’s round-up, so let’s start with the latest on Occupy Wall Street…The word on the street is that Anthony Bologna, you know the pepper spraying cop, is going to be “disciplined” by the NYPD.

NYPD Cop Disciplined Over Occupy Wall Street Pepper Spray – ABC News

An internal New York Police Department review has found a senior police officer violated NYPD guidelines when he used pepper spray on Occupy Wall Street protesters last month, ABC confirmed.

According to a person with knowledge of the investigation, Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna faces discipline of a loss of 10 vacation days as a result of the incident on Sept. 24.

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“Deputy Inspector Bologna is disappointed at the results of the department investigation,” Roy Richter, president of the NYPD captain’s endowment association, said in a statement. “His actions prevented further injury and escalation of tumultuous conduct. To date, this conduct has not been portrayed in its true context.”

I think Bologna’s pepper spraying fiasco was the best thing to happen to OWS.  Hell, I know it sounds a bit crass but his actions really got the Occupy movement going…when that video of him spraying the protesters went viral…the #OWS also went viral. Springing up all over the world! And scaring the bejesus out of Fox News and the rest of the main stream media.

Here is a perfect example of that fear factor at work…It seems that a journalist has been caught pushing the Anti-OWS message. (A journalist who supposedly is a Democrat…cough…cough.) BREAKING: Doug Schoen Grossly Misrepresents His Own Poll Results To Smear Occupy Wall Street | ThinkProgress

In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, Doug Schoen reports on the results of a poll he conducted of Occupy Wall Street protesters. Here is the nut graph:

What binds a large majority of the protesters together—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or education—is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth…

At Capital New York, Azi Paybarah has obtained the full poll results, and Schoen appears to have grossly misrepresented the results of his poll. He writes that a “large majority” are bound together by support for a “radical redistribution of wealth.” But when he asked the protesters what they’d like the Occupy Wall Street movement to achieve, just 4 percent said “radical redistribution of wealth,” which tied for last on the list of answers given. There is no mention of “radical redistribution of wealth” anywhere else in the poll.

Meanwhile, 35 percent said they would like to “influence the Democratic Party,” Here are the full results of that question:

Oh the horrors, a journalist twisting the numbers of a poll to fit his agenda!

Similarly, while Schoen writes that a “large majority” express “opposition to free-market capitalism,” when asked what frustrates them most about the U.S. political process, only 3 percent named “our democratic/capitalist system.” Out of 198 respondents, that amounts to five or six people, which is quite the opposite of a large majority. Here are the full results for that question:

All joking aside, this is some serious misrepresentation. If you look at the kind of stories the right-wing is putting out, this exposed bias in Schoen’s report goes a long way to prove the “obvious ploys” used by the media that report on OWS.

I want to share with you a screenshot image of Memeorandum.com yesterday afternoon…

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Just look at those headlines…Thieves preying on fellow protesters, New York Marxist epicenter…Washington to blame more than Wall Street.

Hmmm….I think the right-wing people are scared about the Occupy Movement.

Which leads me to this next link: If #OWS Has No Coherent Message, How Come Eric Cantor Is Suddenly Talking About ‘Income Disparity’? | Crooks and Liars

Why Charlie Pierce continues to be my hero:

To call Rep. Eric Cantor a stooge at this point is to insult all three Howard brothers, and the late Mr. Fine, as well.

Ever since the spittle-drenched results of the 2010 midterms swept him into being the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Cantor has demonstrated a remarkable ability to combine complete ignorance of practically every major issue with the unctuous personality of a third-string maitre d’ at a fourth-string steakhouse. A couple of weeks ago, confronting the various Scribes and Sadducees that make up the “Values” wing of his party, Cantor was calling the Occupy Wall Street protesters a “mob,” and warning the timorous and pharisaical suckers that the tumbrels would be arriving on their streets any day now. Lo and behold, the country seems now to disagree with him, and, on Fox News Sunday, Cantor announced his earthshaking discovery that the United States has a problem with income inequality, and that his Republican party is poised to do something about that. Of course, every single proposal to emerge from his caucus would work to use the tax code to cement that inequality from now until Eric Cantor VIII is flunking economics somewhere.

True, Cantor’s argument is that the Republican plan would allow all the poor people in America to rise to become the owners of their own hedge funds, and is utterly insincere, where it is not complete bullshit. But the fact that the words “income disparity” were spoken by a member of the congressional Republican leadership, in public and without his tongue turning to fire, is proof that the elite pundits are right. The OWS crowd never will affect the country’s politics until it develops a “coherent public message.” Pity.

Video at the link…Susie Madrak has a way of finding the best stuff!

Occupy has even moved to the frozen tundra, Alaska woman takes stand with ‘Occupy the Tundra’  | ajc.com

In an Oct. 9, 2011 photo, Diane McEachern sits with her dogs Mr. Snickers, left, Seabiscuit, and Ruffian, right, on the tundra near Bethel, Alaska. McEachern wanted to participate in the Occupy Wall Street protests so she gathered her dogs, bundled up and went out to the tundra with a homemade sign that read “Occupy the Tundra.” The photo was posted on the Occupy Wall Street Facebook page and has since been shared thousands of times.

She accompanied her photo with this message: “Lonely vigil in remote Alaska. I’m wearing a muskox neck warmer (that is not a beard on my face) and I am a woman …. The day is chill. The sentiment is solid. Find your spot. Occupy it. Even if it is only your own mind. Keep this going…”

That is fabulous!

Just a few more links for you today, all about immigration.

The numbers are out and Obama has had a record number of deportations this year, third year running. Obama administration reports record number of deportations – latimes.com

We have all seen Herman Cain’s solution to the immigration problem…it involves a fence and an electrical outlet…Herman Cain acknowledges his electric border fence idea isn’t a joke after all – Political Hotsheet – CBS News

After first apologizing for suggesting an electric fence along the border, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told reporters here Monday that he still thinks it’s a good idea for controlling illegal immigration.

“I’m not walking away from that,” he said.

Cain has spent the last several days explaining a controversial comment about building an electrified fence along the U.S. – Mexico border that he said could kill people trying to enter the country illegally. On Sunday, he said his comments were “a joke.” But talking to reporters here after a meeting here with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has made a national reputation for cracking down on illegal immigrants, Cain reversed course.

…when a reporter challenged his description of his comments, saying he didn’t seem to be telling a joke, the retired pizza executive acknowledged: “You’re right.” He said he still believes in the need for a border fence “and it might be electrified.”

And what about all those jobs the immigrants are leaving behind? American citizens must be jumping at the bit…filling the new farm jobs immediately… like the enthusiastic job seeking folks that they are. Ya know, it’s hard work! Ala. Immigration Law Update: Farm Work Is Hard | Mother Jones

In response to the new law, much of Alabama’s migrant workforce is expected to leave the state, the AP reports. Part of Republican Gov. Robert Bentley’s thinking: That unemployed American citizens will step in to fill the breach, in exchange for free transportation and steady pay.

So far, not so good:

After two weeks, [Jerry Spencer, a chief executive at Grow Alabama, a company that markets Alabama-grown produce] said Monday, the experiment is a failure. Jobless resident Americans lack the physical stamina and the mental toughness to see the job through, he said, and there’s not much of a chance a new state program to fill the jobs will fare better.

Spencer said that of more than 50 people he recruited for the work, only a few worked more than two or three days, and just one stuck with the job for the last two weeks.

“It’s pretty discouraging,” said Spencer, chief executive of the Birmingham-based Grow Alabama, which sells and promotes produce grown in the state.

According to Spencer, a member of a four-man tomato-picking crew can earn about $150 a day during the peak harvest time. But, at the lower, more realistic end, the figure is much closer to $25 a day, apparently not making it worth many Americans’ while.

It might not have been a bad idea for Gov. Bentley to float his idea past Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, who signed a similarly harsh immigration law earlier this year, with similar results. As the AP reports, that law was also blamed for scaring off over 11,000 workers during the spring and summer harvest. The jury is still out on Deal’s plan to fill the gap with people on probation.

None of this is to say that unemployed Alabamians aren’t grateful for an opportunity to work, or that they’re not capable of doing work traditionally reserved for migrant labor. But it’s important to occasionally remind anti-immigrationistas that planting and picking tomatoes 20 hours a day, seven days a week, is really hard work. No one does it because they want to.

All I can say is…Work Mexican, Work…

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If you missed that episode, take a look at it…The Last of the Meheecans (Season 15, Episode 9) – Full Episode Player – South Park Studios

South Park: The Last of the Meheecans
What begins as an innocent game between the boys turns serious when Cartman joins the U.S. Border Patrol. Not surprisingly, Cartman turns out to be really good at stopping Mexicans.

Personally, I think Cain must have seen this episode before he thought of the electrified fence solution.

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I think Cartman’s solution is a bit more creative…/snark.

That is it for me this morning, what are you reading and blogging about today?