Monday, February 4, 2013

What I Did in the War

What I did in the War on Women:

I fought like hell for my rights, and the rights of all women

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mean Mitt

This little story tells a lot about Mitt Romney's character:

Mitt's son tells the story of a family race (think: Kennedy family and their football games) and the moment the race was down to two people: Mitt and his daughter-in-law Mary, who had recently had a baby. In order to win, Mitt trips Mary. He admits it ...

ROMNEY: I tripped her.

I think that tells you a great deal about this man's character. He admits to cheating in order to win. He admits to tripping his daughter-in-law Mary.

But wait, there's more!

In a puff piece by Fox News, Mitt's son Tagg describes how Mitt pushes to the front of the line at family dinners in order to eat first.

The piece is meant to show Mitt at home with his loving family, but it comes across as creepy and forced, with the disturbing image of Mitt elbowing his grandchildren out of the way to get to the head of the line. I watched this video numerous times, and here are some thoughts....

Tagg seems to be enjoying making his dad look like a jerk. His wife Jen also seems to be enjoying it. His daughter (in white) seems embarrassed and then grins. Ann looks like she just swallowed a bug, and Mitt, well, he just keeps scarfing down pancakes.

He also plays pranks on his sons, asking them to smell food and then pushing their face into the food:

Mitt has a long standing reputation as a prankster, with stories from multiple sources (Google: Mitt dressed cop) about Mitt dressing up as a cop and scaring people.

These "pranks" seems a bit mean spirited, don't you think? In all of them runs a recurring theme: Mitt is bigger, stronger, and more powerful, and the kids, grandkids, and former classmates don't seem to enjoy the "joke" in fact, some of them seem disturbed by it.

Some people say that small children and dogs can sense a person's character, and I tend to think that's true...

Is that the kind of man who you want to be President? Or is this.....

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Grannies Beware!

Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan to be his VP.

What does that mean to voters?

I can't speak for all of them, but I do know this: when my 74 year old mother (who voted for McCain)  heard about Paul Ryan's budget plan - which would eliminate Medicare and replace it with a voucher - she was so furious, she became an Obama supporter.

Mr. Ryan's plan has been so unpopular with voters he has been booed by seniors at his town hall meetings:

People LIKE healthcare, and that their parents, grandparents, and they themselves -when they reach that age- can count on Medicare to provide the health care they need, without having to worry about pre-existing conditions and high premiums from private insurers. 

Medicare is also a provider of health care to individuals with disabilities if they cannot qualify for their state's Medicaid.

Oh yeah, Paul Ryan wants to cut Medicaid, too the medical plan for low-income people, children, and as stated above, people with disabilities.

Why the cuts? To fund more tax-cuts for the rich, of course!

Mr. Ryan, were you born without compassion? Gutting Medicare and Medicaid is just plain mean, especially when you receive high quality health care which is paid for by the very taxpayers you are trying to take healthcare away from.

This makes you a scary guy, and as the wonderful Mike Fogelsanger points out:

You may look like Eddie Munster, but you are more like Eddie MONSTER

Courtesy of the brilliantly talented AzureGhost

If a group of nuns on a bus are traveling across the country to say; "Shame on you" then you have to ask yourself: is there something wrong with my plan?

Further reading: last blog post on Paul Ryan and his scary budget:

Monday, May 16, 2011

Eye of Newt

Newt is a good nickname for a guy who acts like a slimy misogynist.

Announcing his run for president will bring a spotlight to his behavior with the ladies, so here is a quick rundown on Mr. Gingrich's three wives and dates they were married to The Newt...

1. Jackie Battley (1962–1981)

Newt's High School Geometry teacher, he started dating her when he was 16, then infamously divorced her while she was battling cancer. Words cannot describe how wrong that was.

2. Marianne Ginther (1981–2000)

He cheated on her and then dumped her right after she found out she had multiple sclerosis. I sense a pattern here.

3. Callista Bisek (2000-present)

She was a House Staffer and is 23 years younger than Newt. Let's hope for her sake she stays healthy.

I have a sense that Mr. Gingrich does not really like women all that much, given his history of not treating them very well. He has attempted to address the issue by stating"There's no question at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate."

I'm not sure that it was passion for his country that was driving Mr. Gingrich, but let's leave it at that.

His mother has some insight into his feelings about women, as posted in EZ Kool's excellent blog:

Mr. Gingrich also seems to think that he does not have to practice what he preaches. In a conversation with his second wife, who asked him how he can talk about family values but not actually seem to have value for his families, he stated:

“It doesn’t matter what I do,” he answered. “People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.”

Mr. Gingrich, I disagree, and I have a feeling that many voters feel the same way. Good luck with your campaign...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Looks are Deceiving

Well, Paul Ryan looks like a nice young man...oh wait..wrong picture...(my apologies to Eddie Munster/Butch Patrick)

That's better.

Yes, he does look nice, but his budget is just plain wrong. And mean.

He wants to end Medicare and give more tax breaks to millionaires. As if they need more money. This quick video explains it well:

Like the nice lady says at the end, what is he thinking? He claims he is trying to balance the budget and reduce the deficit, but his math does not add up, as outlined in the always outstanding work of Ezra Klein: "the single largest policy contributor to projected deficits is the extension of the Bush tax cuts."

I do not understand how a person can sleep at night when they propose ending Medicare as we know it, in addition to giving more tax cuts to the wealthy. Is he delusional? Did he fail math? Does he hate the middle class?

It is encouraging to know that the majority of Americans do not support this proposal, and he had senior citizens angry at him, shouting at him during a town hall meeting to tax the rich and leave Medicare alone:

A recent poll by The Washington Post/ABC news shows the majority of American oppose cutting Medicare:

All I can say about this entire ugly Republican fiasco is this:

Mr. Ryan should be ashamed of himself. What do you think?

UPDATE: Tweet from friend:


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Smells Like Desperation

I got a robo-call from Dick Morris and FOX news (man, did they have the wrong number). This is the second time I received such a call, the first time was over a year ago and I just hung up. 

This time I listened with amusement, as Morris was ranting about Obama's secret liberal agenda and how he is ruining America, yada yada yada... here is what was going through my mind - wow, the Republicans are frantic, they have no real viable candidate for 2012 and people are really starting to hate them for their policies and tax cuts for the rich, and, well, you know.

So I actually waited until the prerecorded message was over so I could talk to Morris' "assistant" - he actually said, "Please stay on the line for my assistant," (yeah, it's some woman working for minimum wage in a call center) and the woman comes on, you can tell she's reading from a script, so before she gets too far into her pitch to get me to donate to the RNC, I say, "I just want to let you know something...(and I love the fact that she waited politely...I was also very polite, no need to take it out on her, she's just trying to make a few bucks) ...

...and then I said in a very cheerful tone of voice: "I think Dick Morris is a toad, and I fully support President Obama. In addition, I am on the National Do Not Call registry, so please make a note of this and make sure I do not receive any more of these calls."

I LOVED her reply, "Ma'am, I completely understand, and I will make sure you are not contacted again." I knew that she was just trying to do an unpleasant job, and the way she replied told me that she also supports our president, but a gal has to make ends meet one way or another in this economy.

Since President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, his approval rating has jumped to 60% and the Republicans still do not have a viable contender for the 2012 election.

And as reported on The Rachel Maddow Show a group of freshmen Republicans held a press conference to ask President Obama to stop the political rhetoric they are enduring after voting for the Ryan Budget, which caused their constituents to voice their very unhappy responses at a number of townhall meetings.

As Rachel said, they are crying "Uncle" after being hammered for voting to essentially end Medicare as we know it. Turns out that is not such a popular idea with the majority of the American people.

I am not sure what the Republicans can do to turn public opinion around at this point, they are fighting an uphill battle against a popular president with ideas that are unpopular with the majority of voters. I am sure it will be something silly, like creating a false controversy over inviting a rapper to an evening of poetry at the White House, or mentioning that he is the one who got bin Laden.

There are people who get upset over the right wingers and their hypocrisy, their false controversies and manufactured outrage, but having realized that these are acts of desperation, I just find it amusing.