Watering Hole: Wednesday July 25, 2012 – Those mean old Democrats

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    • I thought his response was excellent. We see the cartoon version these days in states that are trying to legislate seawater levels, and oh so many more. But the underlying principle is true even when things are sane.

  1. Romney may have ‘Anglo-Saxon heritage’, but his roots are in Mexico. Maybe we should call him ‘Old Gringo’.

  2. First John Sununu says Obama “should learn how to be an American.”
    Then this from the http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/mitt-romney/9424524/Mitt-Romney-would-restore-Anglo-Saxon-relations-between-Britain-and-America.html:
    “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.
    Is it clear yet what we’re talking about?

  3. Found on TPM from yesterday, QOTD (from a Republican, no less)
    Charlie Crist:
    “Including as many Americans as possible in our electoral process is the spirit of our country. It is why we have expanded rights to women and minorities but never legislated them away, and why we have lowered the voting age but never raised it. Cynical efforts at voter suppression are driven by an un-American desire to exclude as many people and silence as many voices as possible.”

    Voter suppression is as close as you get in democratic politics to mortal sin. And it’s going to be one of the prime features of the 2012 election. It is shameful, cynical and frankly disgusting.

  4. Mitt Rmoney, as president will assure that the biggest US exports are American jobs, American wealth and bombs.

  5. And here I thought it was going to destroy America.

    Doughnut hole drug savings hit $687M in 1st half – USATODAY.com

    WASHINGTON

    In the first six months of this year, more than 1 million seniors and people with disabilities saved $687 million on prescription drugs in the doughnut hole — or the gap between traditional and catastrophic coverage in the Part D drug benefit — as part of the health care law, Health and Human Services plans to announce Wednesday.
    That’s an average of $629 per patient.

    • And here I thought it was going to destroy America.

      According to the (wingnut) lady who works the window in our local Post Office, it (Obamacare) is the reason the Postal Service is deep in the red. Among other pending disasters too, of course.

      • It makes sense that a law which hasn’t really taken effect would be responsible for the decades-long decline of the USPS and their finances. Retroactively, of course.

  6. The CBO said ACA still saves $109 billion through 2022, even with the SCOTUS ruling. The Teabaggers in the House want Boner to shut down the government Oct. 1st, if they aren’t able to repeal it.

  7. Listening to the Ed Schultz radio show, and I’ve been wondering why he’s been gone so much lately.

    He just called in to the show, and said his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last week. She had surgery yesterday.

    I can tell from his voice that he’s on the verge of bursting into tears.

  8. (maybe a new ‘feature’)

    Asshole of the Day:
    @jamestaranto
    “I hope the girls whose boyfriends died to save them were worthy of the sacrifice.”

    This NRO piece of crap is of course, referring to the reports that a number of men used their bodies to shield their loved ones during the Aurora massacre. The American Taliban hopes these women aren’t slutty sluts who use birth control!

    • Seriously, who the hell says stupid shit like that — and now only says it but writes it down and sends it out into the world. Misogyny? Naw.

  9. Thanks for letting us know. He was out on a fishing trip recently, so it didn’t seem likely it was more vacation.

  10. Speaking as a Medicare recipient who has extra money because the “doughnut hole” has been closed I almost hope the GOoPers do manage to fuck it up. A few million seniors deciding that they won’t vote for GOoPers would almost be worth it.

    On a personal note: That extra money is partially why I’ve been able to resume my model airplane flying and has contributed greatly to losing 33 pounds (Only 5 more to go!). I also have the best tan I’ve had in years and have solved my chronic vitamin D deficiency; at least until fall.

    • Good luck getting anyone on the Right to look at that. They know very well that everything on Media Matters is a dirty stinking commie liberal lie. Never mind that MM uses actual video/audio and transcriptions, it’s all still lies.

      • They do have a perverse hatred for being quoted, in full, and in context. Luckily I’ve given up trying to make an impression on Reichwhiners. Swinging a bat makes my neck sore.

  11. MM now uses Disqus. Does that mean it’s the same for everybody, or do you still have to be a privileged character to have comments show up right away?

    • Please! Somebody tell me it’s a hoax site. Oh well. Now those of us who aren’t Mormons can have magic garments too.

  12. A co-founder of Costco, Jim Sinegal, has endorsed Obama, according to a thread at DU. Also, Bernie Sanders has exposed 26 billionaires trying to buy the 2012 election.

    • At TP, a senior Romney advisor has called Russia, ‘the Soviet Union’. These ‘senior moments’ just keep happening to his staff.

      • I think that’s because they don’t live in the cause and effect universe and their worshipers neither know nor care that they are worshiping liars and fools.

      • called Russia, ‘the Soviet Union’.

        Invoking the Soviet Union is soooooo much scarier. The Repugnant Party truly do live (or want to live) in the cold war era.

    • Oddly enough, Costco treats it’s employees quite well. Including actually closing on some national holidays. Come to think of it, it’s not odd, Jim is obviously a liberal socialist commie…..

      We shop at Costco but it’s not as good when you shop for only 2 people. The packaging is more geared to families and our fridge isn’t big enough to hold Costco size portions.

      • I had a Costco membership for one year. I bought a large tool box set that made the fee cost-effective. I never had much money to spend there after that. Now I’m buying for one (plus cat), so I would need to have another major purchase to kick it off again.

      • I used to go just for the hot dogs and buns, but they kept cutting back on the package size without cutting back on the price. Nuts to that. Now I go for the chicken wings because Foster Farms has amazing packaging.

  13. Ed Kilgore explains why Romney ‘goes negative’:

    “[W]e all understand why Romney hasn’t “gone positive,” don’t we? Just look at the things Pew’s independents say they need to know more about: Mitt’s gubernatorial record is a snake pit for him, featuring accomplishments that he dare not talk about for fear of offending his party “base” and/or exposing flip-flops. He clearly doesn’t want to talk about his taxes. And whether or not you think the attacks on Bain Capital have “worked” so far, they have certainly neutralized that part of Mitt’s life as a clear positive. So what’s he going to “go positive” about? The Ryan Budget? His rickety policy proposals on taxes? His virtually non-existent jobs platform? Do tell.”

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_07/ghost_candidate038803.php

    • Plus. The only things he says that aren’t lies will be contradicted, and turned into lies, tomorrow. There have been plenty of lying politicians but Mittens is redefining the term.

    • Tonight on FAUX”News”:

      The evil, communist, fascist, atheist, Muslim DemocRATS passed the biggest tax increase in the history of the universe!!!!! Snarlarglebargle!!!!!

    • Strange. Scott Brown voted against the middle class-only cuts, then voted against all the tax cuts being extended.

  14. I just wanted to pop in to say “hi” after being gone for the weekend…I missed most of the discussion on the Colorado movie theater massacre. I took my daughter and a couple of her friends to California. Before we left, though, they learned that a young man that shielded his girlfriend from the shooter was the brother of a boy who goes to school with them.

      • Not that I am aware of. I haven’t received any emails from the school either. But The local paper did interview the Principal and several teachers that remember him. He graduated in 2006 from the HS.

  15. UK Hotel Swaps Bibles For Fifty Shades of Grey

    In order to read it – perhaps it would be faster to book a room at the hotel:

    At our local library:

    Fifty shades of Grey / E L James.
    514 p. ; 1st Vintage Books ed.
    Call Number(s): FICTION James
    322 holds on first copy returned of 35 copies

  16. How cynical and stupid ARE American voters? I don’t buy it.

    “The current “drought may not be entirely irrelevant for the upcoming presidential election”:

    “Several years ago, Christopher Achen and I examined the impact of droughts and floods in presidential elections throughout the 20th century. We found a surprisingly strong and clear tendency for voters to punish the president’s party when their states were too wet or too dry. In the 2000 election (the most recent in our data), we estimated that Al Gore got about 2.8 million fewer votes than he would have under ideal climatic conditions.”

    http://themonkeycage.org/blog/2012/07/24/an-election-in-hell/

    • TP has the story too. Mittens sent out a flunky to claim that he was really talking about the booby traps but it sure sounded like he was talking about guns. Once again, when the question is whether he is clueless or dishonest, the answer appears to be both.

      http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/07/25/586611/romney-falsely-claims-colorado-gunman-obtained-weapons-illegally/

      The distressing part is that even when someone brings up extra enforcement, much less changing laws governing the purchase of deadly weapons, the Reichwhiners pitch a fit. As you pointed out; every single firearm and round of ammo were purchased legally and most were purchased over the internet. For the life of me I can’t understand why anyone would stand in the way of regulations that would require purchases of deadly weapons be face to face with a federally licensed dealer who would assume some level of responsibility.

  17. Borowitz:

    Michele Bachmann: “All Americans mourn the passing of the author of the Declaration of Independence, George Jefferson.”

    • Bachmann is living proof that attaining A Separate Reality does not require ingesting peyote.

      • Yet, I can attest to the FACT that ingesting peyote does lead you to a Separate Reality, and it does NOT include the honorable representative from Mini.

        • I’m glad!
          I ate about 20 buttons once and nothing happened; which has it’s implications. ‘Course, I was in downtown Chicago, and may have been out of the coverage area.

    • Tell you what, I would be interested in bullet control and not gun control, let’s re-frame the issue….You can have all the guns you want… the bullets, however…will be limited.

  18. Romneys laughable “Anglo – Saxon” quip reminds me of the credit card commercial:
    “What’s in your wallet?”

    • A good move on Greece’s part. There must never be tolerance for racism.

      The typical coach response, making excuses hoping the athlete will not be dismissed:

      Her coach, George Pomaski, said the expulsion was harsh. ‘It’s too much, the penalty should not have been so strict,’ he said. ‘She has already apologised for her remarks.

      ‘She did something childish. I respect the decision, but it is a little harsh for a kid we are trying to educate.

      She obviously needs the education that racists “jokes” won’t be tolerated…thus the expulsion, Coach!

  19. (Commission on Presidential Debates)

    CPD Announces 2012 Debates Format

    Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. and Michael D. McCurry, co-chairmen of the non-partisan, non-profit Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), today announced formats for the presidential and vice presidential debates that feature extended discussion of major issues to be announced in advance.

  20. What, do you suppose, would be Lush’s reaction to find that Neil DeGrasse Tyson was going to be a guest on the show? That show I’d actually watch/listen to as Neil would more than mop up the intellectual floor with the useless lump of a human being.
    Talk about an education…RL would be flipping through a dictionary wondering why Neil was using all “those big words”!

  21. N Koreans walk off after flag row

    Olympic organisers have apologised to the North Korean women’s football team after their images were shown on a screen beside the South Korean flag.

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