Wednesday, May 9, 2012
This turned out to be quite a week for statements by idiots inserting themselves into issues of national importance. It started out with Mitt Romney criticizing the Obama Administration’s handling of a highly sensitive human rights issue in
, the detention of civil
rights activist Chen Guangcheng. Romney
sprang into pretend-action, which is to say that he couldn’t keep his mouth
shut while Secretary Clinton was in the midst of negotiations to ensure Chen’s
safety and broker a deal for him to leave China China
to study in the But Romney had to play Mr. Tough-Guy. He told U.S. in no uncertain terms that if
he were President, they had better respect human rights or else! He also chastised the Obama Administration
for mishandling the situation despite acknowledging that he didn’t how they had handled it, called it a “dark day for freedom” (feeling a bit hyperbolic, Mitt?),
and made other inane jingoistic pronouncements.
Sunnyjane noted the hypocrisy
of Romney’s statement about human rights, in light of his support for radical GOP policies and actions that abridge and undermine
the civil rights of Americans here at home.
In my opinion, Romney’s response
and uninformed criticisms of the President smack of some desperation to make
himself seem relevant, tough and leader-y, even though he clearly did not know the
facts. A pitiful performance; and not
his last of the week, either, as we shall see. China
Thursday, May 10, 2012
How can you tell when Bristol Palin herself writes something? Hint: if it’s spelled correctly and doesn’t use words like “talking sh*t,” it’s probably not
In typical Palin fashion, Bristol Palin’s ghostwriter (or Sarah,
using Bristol’s identity?) inserted herself in the middle of the national dialog
about gay marriage, admonishing President Obama not only for his historic
statement in support of same-sex marriage but for having taken his daughters’
concerns on this subject into account.
Yes, you read that right: Bristol Palin has the audacity to advise the
President about family values and the importance of raising children in a
household with both a mother and a father.
Bristol – who is famous ONLY for being an unwed teen mother (who has been
pregnant at least twice); who has denied visitation to her sons’ father and
publicly described Levi as a “gnat” and insulted him on national TV in front of
her son; who has raked in megabucks as a non-abstinent spokesperson for
abstinence; who has writhed seductively in front of TV audiences; and who most
recently talked about living with her then- boyfriend in a “trial marriage”…
well, the hypocrisy is off the charts. Patrick’s
post focuses on the real Bristol
– her self-described history as a “slut” and “stoner” who was sexually active
when she was 15; her foul language and bigoted responses. The post includes a lot of background
material showing the true Bristol Palin, and believe me, she has no business
offering any advice to anyone about anything.
What a loser. Bristol
Friday, May 11, 2012
Last week, people thought it was odd for Ann Romney to describe Mitt as “wild and crazy,” as though that were a good thing that would endear him to the American people. Little did we know that the interview scene was orchestrated to try to get out in front of a Washington Post article, which revealed that 18-year old Mitt was the ringleader in a vicious assault by five teenagers of a younger, non-conformist, vulnerable student. Mitt also thought it was funny to trick a sight-impaired teacher into walking into doors, and called out “atta girl” to a then-closeted gay student (but claims homosexuality was not on his radar screen). While teenagers can make mistakes and learn from them, 65-year old Mitt implausibly denied even remembering this “incident” and appears to be no more compassionate today. His claim to not remember, denial that he attacked the boy because he was gay and worse-than-non-apology made things even worse: “I don’t remember the incident” (while laughing) and “If anyone was hurt or offended…obviously I would be very sorry and apologize…” WTF is that supposed to mean? The problem is not just this incident that took place when he was 18; it is that Romney is still a person who preys on the vulnerable, has little empathy, and lies through his teeth as easily as he breathes.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Sunnyjane offers a warm portrait of the remarkable woman who shaped Barack Obama into the man who would become our first President of color. Stanley Ann Dunham was an unconventional woman who intuitively and naturally embraced diversity. She was an eager explorer and citizen of the world who was drawn to other cultures and their people. She was a trailblazer who combined her study of anthropology with then-innovative initiatives to promote women’s craftwork such as batik (now commonly marketed worldwide, but then certainly not) and other pathways to economic advancement for women, including what is now known as micro-credit. She was a single mother to Barack during the years when she was completing her undergraduate degree – that cannot have been easy – and raised him and his sister Maya to appreciate and respect other people, their cultures and values. She also raised him to navigate the challenges of being a biracial boy in often unaccepting and even hostile environments; she knew he would have to be able to handle difficult situations. His mother really set high expectations for Obama, and at the same time helped him develop the compassion, calm demeanor and work ethic that have served him well in facing the daunting challenges of his presidency.
Some Comments and Links:
JCos: When a paranoid hardliner like Nixon shows a better understanding of relations with
(forty years ago!) than the current frontrunner for the GOP nomination, it
says alot about how deeply the party has fallen into the Abyss. China
Maelewis: The people who are opposed to gay marriage, equal rights for gays or any other form of human decency and respect wouldn't vote for Obama anyway. [Later:] I am not judging Mitt based on what he did as an 18 year old kid… It's how 65 year old Mitt Romney reacts to the story today. He's not sorry. He wasn't sorry about putting his dog on the roof of his car. Ann tried to explain away Seamus's runs by saying that the dog ate turkey left on the counter. They are defensive about the story, not sorry.
Sunnyjane: As Thomas Jefferson said about people worshiping no god or twenty gods, "it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket" if two people of the same gender decide to marry.
AKRNC: The hypocrites who are so willing to trample on the rights of homosexuals use the excuse that it somehow devalues their own marriage. Are they referring to their first, second or third marriage as in the case of Newt Gingrich? I never hear them speak of outlawing divorce yet if they want to pretend that homosexuals being granted the right to marry somehow lessens their marriage, how can they overlook divorce and the ease of which the same is granted?
Yknott: Back to
did she become an expert on marriage and parenting? Bwahahaha! Bristol
Linda1961: Mittens' "defense" is that he did dumb things in high school. So did I, and probably most American teens. But my dumb things never harmed anyone, and neither would most pranks. The worst thing about Mittens is that he doesn't seem to understand, even today, that what he did was wrong.
"Blacks are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change
thousands of years of thinking about Slavery" Bristol
Sleuth1: To paraphrase a tweet I saw,
is just jealous that some kids have two loving fathers and hers doesn't have
any. Really, it's stunning how
she can't recognize the irony and hypocrisy of everything in that blog post. Bristol
Annes_123: A mother who trashed her son's dad and chooses to raise him by herself depending on funds coming from temporary "hollywood" life - the teevee show.. not getting any education, no job..and then trying to tell the world how a "real family" means a mom and dad - sticks it right to that little boy.
AzureGhost: We're starting to see a pattern with Monsieur Romney, and it ain't a pretty one. Is mean to animals - check. Doesn't treat people with respect - check. Has no feelings of regret for bullying someone at school - check. Has no comprehension of the everyday struggles of the average American - check. This isn't someone we want to lead
. Hell, this isn't
someone we'd want to lead a scout troop. The country would be steered
into the nearest iceberg with this guy at the helm, and then he'd hog all the
lifeboats for his rich buddies. Must. Not. Happen. America
NJfan: I don't think
writes her own blog. It's either Sarah or her ghost writer doing it for
her. I think Sarah sometimes takes over the blog, hiding behind Bristol , to take her
cheap shots at the President and whoever else she may be pissed off at. Bristol is too
inarticulate and too dumb to have an independent thought of her own. Bristol 's style is more
like saying she's giving us the "finger" like she did on DWTS.
I don't think she'll ever cut the apron strings from Mommy Dearest.
Like Louie said "the shit doesn't fall to far from the
Silver_desert: President Obama was very fortunate to have such an unconventional mother who didn't cling to the role of being the traditional one that society seems to expect.
Here’s a good post from our friend Nomad on the strange lies of Mitt-R-money.
BellPeppery linked to Leah Burton’s post onPoliticususa.
HopeforAmerica posted a link to video of Scott Walker talking about using a “divide and conquer” strategy against unions.
How did I ever miss this gem: Sarah Palin wins Worst Mother Award (H/T CaliGirl22)