The Watering Hole: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, Obama Conspires with Mother Nature


Tweeter, once again, brings a news scoop noone else dare report. Sources deep within the Republican Party are privately blaming Obama for hurricane Issac. Obama, they say, conspired with Mother Nature to have the hurricane appear and strike New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of the attack of hurricane Katrina. This, they say, is all part of a left-wing conspiracy to take attention away from the Republican Convention and focus instead on one of Past-President Bush’s greatest embarassments.

It is well known, one source said, that Mother Nature has a left-leaning bias and a soft spot for environmentalists and tree-huggers. So it’s natural that Mother Nature and Obama are conspiring together against conservatives. Meanwhile, some delegates, emboldened by the fact that the hurricane didn’t strike Tampa, have gone on record opposing disaster relief for New Orleans. “Let them eat cake” one reveler said, recalling that that was exactly what Bush did in this same situation seven years ago.



257 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, Obama Conspires with Mother Nature

  1. Tweeter should have “felt the love” emanating from the Wooden Princess as she spoke so “lovingly” of the wooden toy she had tuna sandwiches with during college.
    The powerful Obama should have prevented “Isaac” from even reaching landfall.

    Buona giornata

    Friends of Tweeters?
    (from BirdCam Italia)

    • Don’t forget to mention his sensitive side. You know, the one that made sure that the generators used in his photo op weren’t left behind to help the situation…

    • And then he played gui-tar, while New Orleans drowned ….. Nero got a woody.

  2. I’m sure it was all that prayer that re-routed Isaac to the den of iniquity that is The Big Easy.
    See, gawd does exist! It couldn’t have been a coincidence…

  3. Juan Williams, pissing off white folk, thought that Ann Romney looked like a “corporate wife”:

  4. ~”53% of the American voters are women. In a democracy, it’s supposed to be about votes, but….Republicans shouldn’t have to cater to women~

    ~Chris Christy, Aug. 28, 2012~

    • No. They should cater to the 1% of the rich folks. I really wish they would get their act together so the rich can have more benefits!

  5. Josh Barro fact checks Christie’s “hard truths”:

    “[A] hard truth Christie absolutely will not tell is that every one of his budgets has been unbalanced by more than $2.5 billion. When Christie said tonight he has signed “three balanced budgets,” he wasn’t telling a hard truth — he was using bad accounting to hide a hard truth.”

    And Jonathan Chait calls Christie’s speech “an awfully strange way to attack President Obama” but “a decent way to tout the record of Chris Christie”:

    “Why Romney would give Christie the best speaking slot of the convention to lay out such a self-serving argument, I cannot fathom.”

    Howard Kurtz thought Christie’s speech subpar:

    “It was an odd approach for a keynote speech. Yes, it contained the requisite praise, but Romney was almost an afterthought. There wasn’t a personal line about Mitt. It was as though the two had never met.?

    • I heard a portion of Christie’s diatribe on NPR this morning, and it was all about how Romney would speak to the hard truths and that there would be “shared sacrifices.” In other words: “Trust Me”. Not a single word about how this miracle (including a resurgence of private sector jobs) would be accomplished . . . but . . . definitely shared sacrifice. Which, based on previous behavior, will mean forcing the wealthy to take even deeper tax cuts and everyone else to take the hurtin’.

      And GOPers lap this shit up, apparently.

      • As I said in our live blog last night:

        “After a night of categorical lies, Christie tells us to face the truth.”

      • “Trust me – and by the way you can all f**k off about seeing my tax returns.”

  6. Some good tweets about last night:

    @DavidCornDC “I shook the hand of the American Dream.”//And I kissed the leg of liberty and hugged the femur of freedom. #rnc2012

    Learning tonight that desegregation and the moon landing were done by small businessmen

    Newt Gingrich giving analysis of a Rick Santorum speech will be playing on a loop when I get to Hell. #GOP2012

  7. QOTD:

    “If someone had said the main speech would be an out-of-place exercise in autobiography and self-adulation that couldn’t have had more I’s in it if every other word had been Mississippi, you’d have figured we must be talking about the other guys’ convention, right? Was the GOP’s goal to add self-absorption to Big Government, the Arab Spring, and suppression of conservatives on the list of things they can do just as well as Democrats? If so, they’re off to a flying start,” – Andy McCarthy, NRO.

  8. Chris Christie thought a lot of himself last night in his speech. Luckily for him, there is a lot of him to think about.

  9. Odd how there’s been no mention, by the media, as the the over use of teleprompters in last evenings three-ring circus.
    Oh, and what a surprise that Mittens showed up. Why the hell that was deemed ‘newsworthy’ I can’t fathom. Shouldn’t he have been expected to be there all along.
    Damn there are no true journalists left.

      • Ugh. Andrea Mitchell is way past her “sell by” date. Somebody did say that Ann Romney would have sounded more sincere if she had gone off the teleprompter sometimes. Bwahahaha.

  10. I thought Christie’s speech was very bold ……

    …. especially when he told everyone it was time for hard choices: that the gluttony of overspending had to stop, that it was time for government to tighten its belt. He’s a f**king funny man.

    • Would that Mr. Christie tighten his own belt, and tighten and tighten, until he pops like the zit he truly is.

        • What’s funny is that east coast pundits believe Christie’s brand of Jersey Shore crass would sell in places with lots of rednecks.

        • I watched “The Meaning of Life” (again, thanx to Netflix streaming) just last weekend, and that ‘thin wafer’ scene still practically did me in! And every time … EVERY time … I see Chris Christie doing anything at all I think of that line that goes something like, “Oh, no, thank you, but one more bite and I shall surely explode.” Christie fits the role perfectly; I only hope I’m not in the neighborhood when he takes that “one more bite” and subsequently blows greenish shit all over the room. Ick. 🙂

    • Stop asking awkward questions, just boogie on down to the chick-fil-et and filet away teh gay

    • Well they obviously weren’t free range chickens. I try to buy only those and always free range eggs because the way they treat chickens is horrifying.

  11. Rudepundit explains Republican economic theory

    “Imagine you have a friend who a few years back heard that if you feed poodles money they will shit out gold bricks. So your friend starts feeding his hard-earned cash to all the pampered poodles he can find, and they gobble those bills down. But, surprise, surprise, despite what he heard, the dogs end up shitting shit. Still, he clings to this bizarre, completely disproven idea: poodles shit gold. Now, after some time, he’s low on cash. You tell your friend to stop putting out plates of money for the goddamned poodles. No, your friend says. Instead, he must cut back on other things, like doctor visits and food and more, just so he’ll have the spare money to give the fucking dogs. “One day, these little bitches are gonna pay off,” he tells you, sounding completely crazy, “and I’ll be on easy street.” But until then, he’s just got hands that stink like dog shit.”

  12. From the Guardian’s Richard Adams:

    With all the make up and the menacing tone, Chris Christie looks like an angry chocolate muffin.

  13. Hey Nikki Haley, not everybody flies on airplanes you ignorant bitch. And really poor people can’t afford to buy Sudafed. What a horrible woman.

  14. Andrew Sabl takes Ann Romney to task for pretending to have had it tough:

    “As I blogged a few months ago, the way she and Mitt paid for their pasta and tuna fish, and the desk that was a door, was by SELLING STOCK, given to them by his family, that on a conservative calculation was worth in current money almost FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. …Reminding viewers of the facts ought to be the press’ job. But it’s not doing it. The reports I’ve seen—including the New York Times—have made no mention of Ann and Mitt’s vast gifted wealth (and the much vaster wealth that they could of course have drawn on if in trouble). A speech eagerly reported as humanizing and successful actually had a fabricated reality at its center.”

  15. Leon Wieseltier of TNRunloads on Paul Ryan:

    ‘ “I swear—by my life and my love of it—that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” That is how John Galt concludes his testament, which Paul Ryan demands that his staffers in Congress read. What a frail sense of self it is that feels so imperiled by the existence of others! This monadic ideal is not heroic, it is cowardly. It is also dangerous, because it honors only itself. In his Roadmap, the intellectual on the Republican ticket lectures that “the Founders saw [Adam] Smith not only as an economic thinker, but as a moral philosopher whose other great work was The Theory of Moral Sentiments.” Never mind that everybody else also saw Smith that way, because he really was a moral philosopher and he really did write The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Has Ryan ever opened The Theory of Moral Sentiments? Has he ever read its very first sentence on its very first page?

    “How selfish soever man may be supposed,” Smith begins, “there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it.” That is the least Galt-like, least Rand-like, least Ryan-like sentence ever written. And from there the conservatives’ deity launches into a profound analysis of “mutual sympathy.” So much for Ryan’s fiction of the isolato with a platinum card! If there is anything that Adam Smith stands for, it is the reconcilability of capitalism with fellow feeling, of market economics with social decency. But Ryan is a dismal student of Smith, because he likes his capitalism cruel.’,2

    Ryan’s embrace of Rand and Catholicism shows he is either extremely ignorant or fathomlessly dumb.

    • Ryan did and still does live by the help of other people. Social Security paid for his education and his pay and benefits are paid for by taxes collected from Americans. This makes Ryan a phony.

      • The epitome of “I got mine, screw all the rest of you” mentality.

        Incidentally, Pol, I want my tax dollars back, as your education was a miserable failure!

  16. LOL….CNN refuses to commit journalism:

    Because it has a huge story on its hands – an insight into ugly racism among the GOP base, when two delegates threw nuts at a black camerawoman, saying “This is how we treat animals!” – and it offered the following statement:

    “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”

    If I were the camerawoman involved, I’d go full Gloria Allred on these people.

    • I wonder if that’s why they MSNBC sent Tamron Hall to Louisiana while everybody else is focusing on the convention.

  17. “Reduce US dependence on OPEC oil by 50%” OK so I can quibble with that statement for characterizing the oil market incorrectly…but this is the meat of the policy:

    1. The energy dilemna is not one solely of supply but one of demand and supply – the Gekko / Galt plan does nothing for the demand side.
    2. Addressing the demand side forces American industry to innovate and beat the world in transportation technology and policy – its a mini-Manhattan Project challenge to America.
    3. Energy production does not create a lot of long-term jobs and energy production concentrates market power in the hands of a few big companies.

    • That’s the Repubs way – the American way!
      The few garner the most while destroying the planet…

  18. The GOP cannibalizes itself:

    The RonPaulites were protesting a decision by RNC officials not to seat members of the Maine delegation, which was split between Paul and Romney supporters following rule changes made just prior to the convention. There were shouts of “Aye!” and “Nay!” as a Puerto Rican party functionary—Zoraida Fonalledas, the chairwoman of the Committee on Permanent Organization—took her turn at the main-stage lectern. As she began speaking in her accented English, some in the crowd started shouting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”

  19. From Nate Silver at 538:

    “The Obama campaign has opened 73 field offices in Florida compared with the Romney campaign’s 28.”

      • I believe part of the field work that these staffers do is reaching out to help folks get their IDs ahead of the election…as well as teaching how to fill out a provisional ballot.

  20. This is a very interesting graph from the US Energy Information Administration ….

    The United States is *exporting* gasoline, diesel and fuel oil – mostly to Latin America and Europe ….

    Think about that as you watch the digits roll $4 at a time at your local Exxon ….. then think about why the Republicans (actually the Kochs) want the Keystone XL pipeline to run Canadian shit oil all the way to the Houston refineries …… and why the Gekko / Galt energy plan is all about paying the oil companies to drill here, now and everywhere else besides….. *all* oil is foriegn oil – as soon as they get it out of the ground, it’s not *yours* anymore that’s for sure.

  21. So as of this writing Fox’s “Top Story” on the website is about the convention. Issac is just a blurb piece under it.

    The top story in this COUNTRY today is Issac. Period.

  22. The Tone Deafness of the Romney campaign:

    “Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign toasted its top donors Wednesday aboard a 150-foot yacht flying the flag of the Cayman Islands. The exclusive event, hosted by a Florida developer on his yacht “Cracker Bay,” was one of a dozen exclusive events meant to nurture those who have raised more than $1 million for Romney’s bid. “I think it’s ironic they do this aboard a yacht that doesn’t even pay its taxes,” said a woman who lives aboard a much smaller boat moored at the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina.”

    • Here’s hoping the Obama campaign gets footage of the champagne and caviar cavalierness and cavorting for more public consumption

  23. as we’ve all seen over the course of the past few days, reality has a decidedly liberal bias…..

  24. Today’s entire front page at Media Matters is pretty good. There’s something for everyone whether one wants to relive the gushing of “serious journalists” or read about responsible journalists taking apart said “serious journalists”. It’s still too bad that they switched to Disqus(ting). The comments have become a cesspool (no relation) of trolls and those who just can’t resist feeding them.

  25. If I was the Obama campaign, I’d open every session of the convention with the entire quote of ‘you didn’t build that’, and crank the volume up loudest on the part “Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges.”

  26. Where was our military, during the Iranian protests? That’s right, spread all over the Middle East and strung out from multiple deployments, while our national debt was too high to take care of our own, much less risk another costly war!

    • Mitt did his extended Mormon mission in France to avoid Vietnam. He must have a soft spot for the Frenchies.

  27. Romney-Ryan is the first GOP ticket since 1940 to lack any formal military or foreign policy experience.

    Romney-Ryan foreign policy will be about another war in the Middle East, abandonment of any honest broker role in the Middle East, a trade war with China, the return of torture, and a reboot to 1981 with Russia. In other words: Cheneyism without even Bush to moderate.

    • You’ll have to refresh my memory. When did Bush moderate Cheney policy? Maybe right at the end of his second term, when he didn’t pardon anyone?

    • That is a hard article to read during a commercial break. I’m going to have to come back to it later. I’m especially interested in this line:
      But Bain had inserted a poison pill in its loan agreement with the banks: Instead of being required to use its cash to pay back the firm’s creditors, the money could be pocketed by Bain executives in the form of fat bonuses…

      Who were the bank representatives that allowed such a glaring exemption?

      • As you’ll learn, he not only threatened to give out the money for bonuses in exchange for a better loan deal, he carried through with the threat. Legal? Maybe, probably was. Moral? Absolutely not.

        • Legal is he went by the wording of the agreement, which should never have had those words in it. That takes a scam artist, and the complicity of the creditor banks.

    • You could use tax money to pay workers to dig a hole, and then fill it up again, and their wages would still stimulate the economy. Or you could build a Hubble, and do the same thing, only look how much more we gained!

      Oh look. They finally found Luke Russert a job he’s suited for, sucking up to Eric Cantor!

  28. I as taking a brief nap on the couch but had the TV on, I heard this screeching and it woke me up. Much to my surprise, there was my Governor Brewer being interviewed on MSNBC. Yikes.

  29. Obama is a tattoo?? A black mark on a body you eventually regret? Do these people hear themselves? And I thought Pawlenty was the kind of guy who could appeal to Independents.

  30. Huckabee has now said that Obama believes he owns everybody else’s property. Communism has arrived.

    • I have one gripe with the end of the article. I don’t think she’s hit rock bottom and that potential “bottom” is a deeper pit than man can measure but can not be, logically, bottomless.

  31. The GOP can do better? Huck, how much bigger of a phony bubble economy can you create, compared to the last one?

  32. Huckabee’s first joke is about a screeching woman and then he slams Pelosi. Nah, there;s no GOP war on women.

  33. I don’t know what to say. Fuckabee claims to be a man of god, but the shit coming out of his mouth is truly ugly.

  34. Condi. 9/11, as she shopped for shoes and ignored all the flashing red lights, is giving us her foreign policy expertise Bwahahahahaha

  35. She’s describing the Bush doctrines both domestically and foreign, and blaming Obama for their results. Lying bitchwad

  36. When the GOP finds a nonwhite politician with any natural talent, the politician is made up and shoved onstage within five minutes. I mean, Michael Steele got a prime-time speech in 2008 when he was just the former LG of Maryland.

  37. I agree with Rice about the debt and its impact on American power. So why did she not fund her own wars? Why was she a member of an administration that exploded the debt?

    • Yeah, and Ryan’s budget would explode the debt even further by cutting taxes and boosting defense.

    • I’m so damned glad I don’t have to trivialize my family’s history in a desperate bid for relevance.

  38. Once again I’m not watching, but did see Brian Williams interview Queen Anne on NBC nightly news. What a vapid creature she is.

  39. Can I just say that most of these people on the stage had parents that got rich building a business? And not these politicians?

  40. Shit ain’t getting done in DC because repiggies are lazy fucks who care more about power than the good of this country.

    Gawd, this woman is STOOPIT.

  41. Mitt must have sat on top of him and threatened to cut off his weird hair, until he agreed to talk about about Mitt.

  42. Looking at him right now, he does not seem like someone who could be president at a moment’s notice. Dan Quayle-ish.

    • Young Guns. He’s complaining of the number of jobless folk while planning to increase it.

  43. That’s 23 million that are not lazy, sucking at the teat of government then, if they are struggling to find a job.

  44. So, Obama didn’t get a Stimulus bill passed before he turned to healthcare?

  45. Ugh, the lie that Obama pursued healthcare reform before the economy, i.e. the bank bailouts, auto bailouts and stimulus.

  46. All he’s doing is spewing lie after lie, and I just have to keep reminding myself that the cheering assholes are the same people who throw peanuts at a black woman.

    I need to make some soup.

    • I should never have turned my TV on. Shallow little man with shallow ideas.

  47. So this is where I get really pissed off. He’s actually blaming the lower national credit rating – created by the Republicans, led by RYAN, in a completely unnecessary political maneuver – on Obama.

  48. “My dad used to say to me…”

    I detest this weasel.

    “My mom…small business…”

  49. Ryan makes it sound like he didn’t come from one of the wealthiest families in the area.

    You r mom is your role model? Ryan’s mom is Ayn Rand??

  50. I also lost my dad young, 13. I also put myself through college with the aid of SS survivors’ benefits. My dad built and owned his own business, an independent pharmacy. I could not face that good christian man in the afterlife if I neglected the needs of my fellow man in favor of an unfair profit. He built it, and he shared it. No man lives to himself and no man dies to himself. None of us makes it alone.

  51. Prod your effen Rupubs to get off their asses and pass legislation…
    obstructionism is your party’s fault.

  52. K, this is just dumb…if you’re felling left out of the economy it’s a failure of the government to help you. Of course it’s difficult for the government to help you while Paul is trying to strangle it in a bathtub.

    • shhh. That is different. It was for the ‘good of the country’ we held the Olympics in effen Utah.

  53. Then fight your next proxy war with nature and god…leave the flesh and blood military out of it.

    • The “best among us” fight those wars. This seems to include very few members of those folks families.

  54. WHOA…….The disciple of Ayn Rand publicly says that society should be judged by the way it treats its weakest and neediest. A man without shame or coherence.

  55. That disgusting dead eyed bitch just gave GWB credit for killing Osama bin Laden, and lied about Iraq and WMD. I hate that bitch!

    Andrea Mitchell, go home!

    • He is determined to stay on the lie that Obama closed down the GM plant in Janesville — when GWB was president, not Obama. Nothing Rachel, Ed, or Rev Al said would budge him.

      He won’t make the mistake of speaking to MSNBC on the convention floor again.

  56. Queen Ann lectures the Hispanic community about their “biases.”

    You’d better really look at your future and figure out who’s going to be the guy that’s going to make it better for you and your children, and there is only one answer… It really is a message that would resonate well if they could just get past some of their biases that have been there from the Democratic machines that have made us look like we don’t care about this community. And that is not true. We very much care about you and your families and the opportunities that are there for you and your families.

  57. G’night y’all. I’ve got to harvest tomorrow so I can carry my produce, over all those roads I built myself, to the town supported market, which I also built myself.

  58. The whole damned bunch of them are far worse than weasels. They are reactionaries and right wingers and xenophobes. Modern fascists. They are not conservatives. They are spoiled children who pitch a fit every time they hear the word “no” unless they are screaming it at “the other”. And that other includes anyone to the left of Cheney’s right nut, if he still has one.

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