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diadoumenos:

5 Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Thanksgiving Dinner

This year, you have to have a little sympathy for your Republican family members. Not only did they lose, they lost after nominating a guy they never liked because they thought he could win. For this reason they’ll be extra agitated and prone to ranting.
The best advice is probably to avoid talking politics until at least dessert—if at all possible. Then if you get seriously annoyed, you can make a clean escape without upsetting grandma. But if your right-wing relatives want to treat you like Colmes to their Hannity and demand a debate, you should be armed with a few facts that will at least get them thinking.


A little late on this, but if you stil have family around, teach them a thing or 2. Or 5. View Larger

diadoumenos:

5 Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Thanksgiving Dinner

This year, you have to have a little sympathy for your Republican family members. Not only did they lose, they lost after nominating a guy they never liked because they thought he could win. For this reason they’ll be extra agitated and prone to ranting.

The best advice is probably to avoid talking politics until at least dessert—if at all possible. Then if you get seriously annoyed, you can make a clean escape without upsetting grandma. But if your right-wing relatives want to treat you like Colmes to their Hannity and demand a debate, you should be armed with a few facts that will at least get them thinking.

A little late on this, but if you stil have family around, teach them a thing or 2. Or 5.


They’re our grandmothers and grandfathers, great-aunts and uncles, beloved counselors, kindly neighbors. They are the Greatest Generation. And, this election season, they’ve got some knowledge to drop. (NSFW)


thedailywhat:

Fox News Call Out Paul Ryan of the Day: Paul Ryan’s Wednesday night speech was a much-needed shot of adrenaline for an otherwise sleepy GOP convention, despite the fact that his remarks were chock-full of “brazen lies.” But for Fox News to acknowledge Ryan’s inaccuracies — wow. Sally Kohn’s piece, “Paul Ryan’s speech in 3 words,” calls the candidate’s remarks “dazzling,” but also “deceiving,” and “distracting”:
To anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.
Read the whole thing here. 

Great opinion piece right here. Too bad it doesnt echo Fox’s exact thoughts.

thedailywhat:

Fox News Call Out Paul Ryan of the Day: Paul Ryan’s Wednesday night speech was a much-needed shot of adrenaline for an otherwise sleepy GOP convention, despite the fact that his remarks were chock-full of “brazen lies.” 

But for Fox News to acknowledge Ryan’s inaccuracies — wow. 

Sally Kohn’s piece, “Paul Ryan’s speech in 3 words,” calls the candidate’s remarks “dazzling,” but also “deceiving,” and “distracting”:

To anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.

Read the whole thing here. 

Great opinion piece right here. Too bad it doesnt echo Fox’s exact thoughts.


So let me get this straight: Republicans, you’re annoyed by the arrogance and braggadoccio of a wartime President’s political ad. You think he’s divisively and unfairly belittling his opponents — I see. I have a question: ARE YOU ON CRACK? We’re you alive, lo, these past ten years? (Quoting Republican operatives.) ‘It seems unseemly to spike the football.’ (George W.) Bush landed on a fucking aircraft carrier with a football-sized codpiece — he spiked the football before the game even started!!!

Yes — your Republican caterwauling and outrage is the subject of our segment ‘You Are Aware That The Frontal Lobe Of The Cerebral Cortex Gives Us The Ability To Store And Recall Past Events As They Occurred, Right?’

JON STEWART, responding to Republican critics who say President Obama was “spiking the football” by mentioning the killing of Osama bin Laden in a campaign ad, on The Daily Show.

That’s what we said.

(via inothernews)

Have I said how much I love John Stewart? A lot.


shortformblog:

pantslessprogressive:

A couple observations from Buzzfeed’s recent Jon Huntsman story on the former presidential candidate loosely comparing the Grand Ol’ Party to communist China: this is one of those news items where I find more interesting news than the lede buried within the story.
First, Huntsman admits caving to peer pressure at the Iowa Debate, when he raised his hand confirming, along with all other candidates on the stage, that he would not accept a 10-to-1 spending cuts to tax increase deal:

“What went through my head was if I veer at all from my pledge not to raise any taxes…then I’m going to have to do a lot of explaining,” he explained. “What was going through my mind was ‘don’t I just want to get through this?’”
That decision, Huntsman said, “has caused me a lot of heartburn.”

Presidential pledges: my favorite “don’t I just want to get through this?” facade of the 2012 race.
Secondly, this Buzzfeed article proves Mary Jaye Huntsman, Jon Huntsman’s wife, is pretty awesome:

Huntsman jokingly blamed his failed candidacy in part on his wife, Mary Kaye, who told him she’d leave him if he abandoned his principles.
“She said if you pandered, if you sign any of those damn pledges, I’ll leave you,” Huntsman recounted.


We were actually keeping an eye on Zeke Miller’s livetweeting of this event last night, and the fact that, in his story, he focused on the China quote over the 10-1 thing is a little disappointing. Like PP, we found that way more interesting.

I really kinda miss this guy. He was certainly the only sane one in the GOP bunch. View Larger

shortformblog:

pantslessprogressive:

A couple observations from Buzzfeed’s recent Jon Huntsman story on the former presidential candidate loosely comparing the Grand Ol’ Party to communist China: this is one of those news items where I find more interesting news than the lede buried within the story.

First, Huntsman admits caving to peer pressure at the Iowa Debate, when he raised his hand confirming, along with all other candidates on the stage, that he would not accept a 10-to-1 spending cuts to tax increase deal:

“What went through my head was if I veer at all from my pledge not to raise any taxes…then I’m going to have to do a lot of explaining,” he explained. “What was going through my mind was ‘don’t I just want to get through this?’”

That decision, Huntsman said, “has caused me a lot of heartburn.”

Presidential pledges: my favorite “don’t I just want to get through this?” facade of the 2012 race.

Secondly, this Buzzfeed article proves Mary Jaye Huntsman, Jon Huntsman’s wife, is pretty awesome:

Huntsman jokingly blamed his failed candidacy in part on his wife, Mary Kaye, who told him she’d leave him if he abandoned his principles.

“She said if you pandered, if you sign any of those damn pledges, I’ll leave you,” Huntsman recounted.

We were actually keeping an eye on Zeke Miller’s livetweeting of this event last night, and the fact that, in his story, he focused on the China quote over the 10-1 thing is a little disappointing. Like PP, we found that way more interesting.

I really kinda miss this guy. He was certainly the only sane one in the GOP bunch.


inothernews:

reuterspolitics:

Rick Santorum suspends GOP nominee campaign
U.S. conservative Rick Santorum dropped out of his presidential campaign on Tuesday after falling far behind front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican nomination.
The former senator from Pennsylvania said he was suspending his campaign, effectively ending his bid to be the Republican who will face President Barack Obama in the November 6 general election.
“We will never be a country that can go forward as a great and powerful country again unless we remember who we are and what makes us Americans. That’s what our campaign was about,” Santorum said in Gettysburg, near the Civil War battle site.
READ MORE: Santorum pulls out of U.S. presidential race

There is so much wrong and so much right with this photo but let’s start with the part where Rick Santorum is speaking at a microphone with a Jelly Belly mike flag.

It’s about time. Do you think he was scared of his showing in Pennsylvania? View Larger

inothernews:

reuterspolitics:

Rick Santorum suspends GOP nominee campaign

U.S. conservative Rick Santorum dropped out of his presidential campaign on Tuesday after falling far behind front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican nomination.

The former senator from Pennsylvania said he was suspending his campaign, effectively ending his bid to be the Republican who will face President Barack Obama in the November 6 general election.

“We will never be a country that can go forward as a great and powerful country again unless we remember who we are and what makes us Americans. That’s what our campaign was about,” Santorum said in Gettysburg, near the Civil War battle site.

READ MORE: Santorum pulls out of U.S. presidential race

There is so much wrong and so much right with this photo but let’s start with the part where Rick Santorum is speaking at a microphone with a Jelly Belly mike flag.

It’s about time. Do you think he was scared of his showing in Pennsylvania?


101 examples of the GOP's War on Women →

abaldwin360:

Is there really a war on women?

Republicans say no. They say the phrase is a bunch of hyperbole. But their actions say otherwise. After what was already a record number of reproductive health related restrictions introduced in 2011, conservatives have ratched up the rhetoric and legislation aimed squarely at women.

read more at the link!

War on women fiction? Here you go.