October 20, 2017

Friday Afternoon Thread: Some Funnies for Friday!

ICYMI – clips from Saturday Night Live and Key & Peele (h/t lamh and rikyrah)

Obama’s Anger Translator:

From Saturday Night Live:

  • jds09

    The Seniors are not having it today. They booed Ryan at the AARP Convention then Dr. Ruth takes down Limbaugh….

    Dr. Ruth Westheimer @Ask Ruth
    Rush blames men’s shrinking penis’ (10% decline in 50 yrs) on feminism. If women had that power is that direction they’d take?

    Tell it Doctor.

    • Miranda


    • I have a theory on the small penis study….

      Would it have to do with increasing levels of obesity? I read somewhere that men can gain about an inch (down there) for evey 20 lbs. lost. Don’t know if that’s true though. Perhaps fat ass Rush can self-experiment….

      • Aquagranny911

        LMAO! But really he ought to self-transport himself out of our universe while he is self-experimenting…

        just saying…..

      • conlakappa

        For both genders, I thought, that tipping the scale can have a hormonal effect. You know, how some people stop menstruating with severe weight gain or lose. I should think his testostorone levels have gone down with age and whatever his miracle diet [*cough*] might have done to his metabolism. I have now discuss Lil Boss more than I ever want to again. Ever!

  • Alma98

    I’m not feeling the guy playing PBO on SNL.

    • Kadijo

      He is so off. PBO doesn’t close his eyes like that. I know its based on some exageration; he hasn’t got it.

      • Alma98

        He looks more like Jamie Fox than he does the president. And the facial expressions are terrible.

        • Kadijo

          I think I would rather have Rassmussen than him. He’s got talent, but I am put off now.

    • Same here, the skit was just off…

  • Miranda

    Paul Ryan booed at AARP

    In his remarks to the AARP Friday, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was booed loudly when he said the “first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare.”


    • Aquagranny911

      Those seniors gummed LyingRyan’s sorry ass & spit it out. Ryan thought he would be talking to a bunch of senile old dumbos. AARP peeps are well informed. He probably should have served them some of those double margaritas like they did at that Village place where Ryan spoke (lied) Nah, that would probably have made them even more feisty.

    • rikyrah

      those Seniors aren’t about to feel this nonsense about them moving back in with their kids.

      • conlakappa

        They also care about their kids not having access to care. I heard that a lot while phonebanking for NY last spring when the Ryan budget was out there. The Rs bank upon everyone being as selfish as they are.

    • LMBAO!

    • GN


    • Aquagranny911

      Another thing that blows me away is that neither Ryan nor the campaign staff did any home work. Didn’t they check out AARP’s bulletins, monthly mag or web site to see how strong they are supporting Obamacare? Then he might have known also that he would get booed when he brought up the 716 billion cuts to Medicare. There have been several articles in their publications that explained this is great detail

      It just boggles the mind how inept these Repugs are. Maybe it’s just arrogance.

      • conlakappa

        Organizationally, AARP made a deal with the devil with that Medicare Plan B crap. They co-signed to that folly.

  • Miranda

    Where’s Harry Reid…paging Harry Reid! LOL…time to go all in!!

    Romney trying to release this on a Friday afternoon huh?


    • Alma98

      Oh you ain’t slick Mitt lol, I hope OFA is on this.

    • Ebogan63


    • And check this out:

      Dan Froomkin ‏@froomkin
      If Romney had taken all his deductions, he wd have paid closer to 9% tax in 2011. He paid extra VOLUNTARILY just for optics.

      Dan Froomkin ‏@froomkin
      Romney to ABC in July: “If I had paid more than are legally due I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president.” http://abcn.ws/OgHC3m

      • nellcote

        When Rmoney looses he can go back and adjust his deductions retroactively.

  • rikyrah

    The struggle to define President Obama
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:53 AM EDT.

    Four years later, to his critics, he’s still a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

    I’ve met consultants who’ve stressed the importance of a “message matrix” — a four-square chart in which a campaign decides (1) how they’ll define their opponent; (2) how they’ll define themselves; (3) how their opponent will define them; and (4) and how their opponent will define themselves. It’s Campaign Management 101.

    When it comes to challenging President Obama, Republicans may have skipped the class.

    I saw a conservative the other day complaining that Obama is “just another politician,” who’s such an extreme liberal, he’s unlike any politician in American history. The fact that both claims can’t be true was an easily overlooked detail.

    I mention this because yesterday offered another classic example of the right’s incoherence on the subject.

    Barack Obama figured out who Mitt Romney was in March, but the same can’t be said the other way around. […]

    Is Obama a radical leftist working to turn America into a socialist welfare society? Or is a well-meaning incompetent, incapable of bringing change to Washington?

    Judging by Romney’s messaging this week the answer is they still aren’t sure


    • Miranda

      The struggle is in defining Invisible Obama, because he doesn’t exist. LOL

  • And this is why they should’ve neva given ya’ll the innanets!

    Zandar ‏@ZandarVTS
    #RomneysAccountant Stringer Bell

  • rikyrah

    Worst. Surrogates. Ever.
    By Steve Benen

    Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:56 PM EDT.

    In mid-May, when Herman Cain endorsed Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, he said he’d travel the nation as a surrogate for the Romney campaign. Cain added at the time he’d already spent the spring traveling on Romney’s behalf, but now he’d make “a big deal out of it.”

    Romney may want to reconsider Cain’s role on the team.

    Herman Cain, the one-time frontrunner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, offered reporters in Florida Thursday some speculation on what could have been if he had remained in the race.

    According to the Gainesville Sun, Cain said he would have a “substantial lead” over President Barack Obama if he were the Republican nominee instead of Mitt Romney.

    “The reason is quite simple: I have some depth to my ideas,” he said.

    I knew the Romney campaign had the worst surrogates ever, but this is ridiculous.


    • GN

      lmao, I loves it! Herman Cain is a fool, but he’s not the only one using Romney’s campaign as a platform to self-promote. What did Axelrod say about the RNC? “Open mic night for 2016”? This is funny as hell.

    • jds09

      Cain wants to get paid. lol

  • Ebogan63

    Arizona: Romney 48%, Obama 45% (Purple Strategies)

    Like to see some other polls, but damn!

    • Aquagranny911

      I saw that & I could not believe it even though they have been coloring AZ pink on some of the maps.

      We could actually hand PBO 14 more electoral votes. Dang! GOTV!!!

    • TyrenM

      Love it. Self deport DEEZ!

  • rikyrah

    Paul Ryan opposes Social Security, too
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:13 AM EDT.

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the Republicans’ vice presidential nominee, will be in New Orleans today, speaking at an annual AARP gathering. It might be an awkward setting for the far-right lawmaker — Ryan, of course, is perhaps best known for his budget plan that eliminates Medicare, replacing it with a privatized voucher system.

    And while I’m sure Ryan will offer a spirited defense, and may even come up with a coherent explanation as to why he’s outraged by the Medicare cuts in the Affordable Care Act that he also incorporated into his own budget plan, there’s another issue that’s worth some consideration.

    BuzzFeed posted this audio clip today, noting Ryan’s remarks to an Ayn Rand group in 2005, in which he endorsed a Randian vision on entitlements.

    “Social Security right now is a collectivist system, it’s a welfare transfer system,” Ryan said.

    Ryan continued, describing attempts by Republicans to privatize, laughing at using the word “personalizing” instead.

    Ryan says “if we actually accomplish this goal of personalizing Social Security, think of what we will accomplish.” He adds “every worker, every laborer in America will not only be a laborer but a capitalist. They will be an owner of society, they will be an owner and a participant of our free enterprise system, of our capitalist system.”


    • GN

      His ideas are absolutely ridiculous. Mittens has been taking so much of the spotlight with his endless succession of fails, but Ryan deserves some scrutiny for his policies as well.

    • Aquagranny911

      He is really malicious as well as ignorant. A lot of AARP members are relatively affluent & they know just how far their IRAs and investments went into the toilet in 2008. Most are just starting to see some real recovery now. That’s quite enough “capitalism” for most of them.

      He’s smeared the lipstick he tried to put on that pig all over his own ugly face. Trying to run that “personalizing” bs to cover “let’s give your SS money to the Wall Street boys to play with.”

      BITE THE BIG CACTUS RYAN!!! Your elders are not that dumb.

      • nellcote

        way OT but could you ask your military folks about this:


        I haven’t seen any follow up and don’t know if the problem is overstated or what.

        • Aquagranny911

          I didn’t know anything about this. We now have three active duty military & I know they always vote. I will check with my Sis, one of the Marines is her daughter & I’m sure Sis would be having coniptions if she thought there were problems with military voting.

          I know my niece who just went in the Navy a few months ago is all set up because she called me to find out what to do. AZ does make it pretty easy for active duty out of state to vote absentee.

          But it seems from this article that their is either a lot of apathy among the troops or the individual states are making it difficult for them to cast absentee ballots. Or the bases them selves aren’t supporting voters. It seems that something needs to be done.

          I don’t know what the problem is but I will look into it. I know the military does make it kind of tough because the troops are not supposed to talk politics or participate in campaign events while in uniform.

          I’ll try to get back to you on this.

          • conlakappa

            I’ve read about the attempt to suppress the military vote. I think as soon as they heard the President was having wider support among those folks, they worked to remedy that.

          • Aquagranny911

            Our two Marines are stationed in CA now so they get here to AZ fairly frequently. Both have said how much the troops love PBO and especially Michelle & Jill. But whether that translates itself into votes I don’t know because you can’t exactly canvass on the bases.

            If some of the battle ground states are making it hard for their troops to vote absentee then that needs to be dealt with.

            It’s bs but the military’s attitude is that our troops have to stand above politics. In a way this is appropriate but it does make it difficult.

          • conlakappa

            Remember when the Rs were trying to claim that the President was trying to prohiibit military to vote because Justice sued? But it was really that Justice was just trying to stop the suppression of everyone? I think it was Ohio or Pennsylvania but it’s hard to keep the miscreant suppressing States apart. Something about the Erie…

          • Aquagranny911

            Yes, I think it was PA.

  • Romney’s explanation for why he paid more taxes than legally required:

    He has been clear that no American need pay more than he or she owes under the law. At the same time, he was in the unique position of having made a commitment to the public that his tax rate would be above 13%. In order to be consistent with that statement, the Romneys limited their deduction of charitable contributions.

    So, he basically admits that he doesn’t pay enough taxes.

    They’re doing the Dougie at the PBO headquarters in Chicago.

    • GN

      Say what? wtf

      • Miranda

        The debates will be epic.

        • GN

          Will there be live chats for the debates?

          • Miranda

            OF COURSE!!!

          • GN

            **happy dance**

          • jds09

            I’d rather watch the debates with you guys than my real life friends. Do I have a problem? lol

          • TyrenM

            I have the same problem!

      • nellcote

        so if you’re wealthy you can pick the amount of tax you want to pay and scrub your returns to relect that amount.

        • GN

          This entire story is psychotic.

        • conlakappa

          What, you don’t do that? Peasant. It’s like all a gift from the super rich job creators so they get to decide how much to pay!

    • Alma98

      AS Chris Matthews would say “HA!”.

    • Camille

      This is ridiculous on every level. Nobody adjusts or manipulates their taxes to meet an earlier statement -and then goes on to proudly intimate their reasoning for manipulating you – and their tax returns!

      These people are so shady and clearly so dumb, it is too insane and too hilarious to even contemplate.

      And this is the man Americans are being asked to contemplate handing over the affairs of our nation and the world to?

      This self- absorbed, inflated, entitled, silly buffoon Mitt Romney?


      • Aquagranny911

        And worse than that he can later amend this return by claiming the extra 2mil in charity contributions thus reducing his tax rate back to 9%.

        They really do think that the American people are completely deluded & ignorant. Money Boo Boo is shady & arrogant. He would have been better off not to release this at all as well as that bogus statement from his accountants for the prior years.

      • nellcote

        And then releasing it on a Friday, which even if it isn’t the “news dump” day it used to be, makes the whole deal look even shadier.

  • More on Bibi backing away from Mittens

    Netanyahu: I’m Not Backing Romney
    By GREGORY J. KRIEG (@gregjkrieg)
    Sept. 21, 2012

    Despite close personal ties to Mitt Romney and recent comments suggesting he was unhappy with the Obama administration’s Iran policy, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly promised the Obama camp he has no plans to “interfere” with the campaign before Election Day.

    According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Netanyahu sent his defense minister, Ehud Barak, to deliver a goodwill message to Chicago mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel on Thursday afternoon.

    An aide to Israeli leader said “no comment” when questioned about nature of the meeting and a spokeswoman for Emanuel would only confirm that Barak met with the Chicago mayor Thursday afternoon.

    MORE: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/netanyahu-obama-backing-romney/story?id=17289324&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#.UFy4WK7csuc

    • Miranda

      “psst psstt….tell Rahm to tell O that I didn’t mean it…ask him if we cool.”

    • Alma98

      I wonder if PBO wouldn’t take his calls so he went to Rahm.lol

    • Ebogan63

      Rahm to Bibi: “You ain’t dealing with Fredo, you dealin’ with Michael Corleone.”

      • conlakappa

        Fredo? Mittens is Connie.

    • nellcote

      Netanyahu sent his defense minister, Ehud Barak,
      Not a hard assignment for Barak, he likes PBO and often comes to his defense against Bibi.

    • creolechild

      LOL! I think this moment calls for the Boondocks theme song.

      H/T joker45t and asheru

    • conlakappa

      And during the Jewish holidays and all. Symbolic?

  • If you’re on Twitter, follow Stefanie Brown @stefbrown33 She’s the national African American Vote Director for Obama For America

  • MonieTalks

    After the revelations that Trayvon’s DNA was not found on ZImmeramn’s guns, it makes me despise Zimmerman and his slimy friends and family even more.

    Zimmerman’s friend: Trayvon grabbed gun
    By Frances Robles

    Trayvon Martin grabbed his killer’s gun just moments before he died and uttered a profanity-laced threat. In a desperate life-or-death struggle, George Zimmerman clutched Trayvon’s wrist, broke his grip on the semi-automatic firearm and shot him once in the chest.
    That account appears in a new book written by Zimmerman’s best friend and confidante.

    There’s just one problem: Zimmerman never said that to the police.

    Now the book, Defending Our Friend: The Most Hated Man in America, and author Mark Osterman’s two television interviews have landed on the prosecution evidence list, as more versions of Zimmerman’s story emerge. A man who wrote a book calling Zimmerman “the kindest and most sincere” person will wind up in court — for the prosecution, experts agree.

    Osterman, U.S. air marshal who lives in a Central Florida, was among the first people Zimmerman’s wife called on Feb. 26 when she learned her husband had just shot someone. Osterman rushed to the scene that night, and accompanied his best friend every step of the way through the investigation, including his first three interrogations by Sanford police.

    Osterman acknowledges that former Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee was his one-time lieutenant in the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department whom he held up as a father figure. Osterman says he was quickly recognized by cops on the scene, but insists he never coached his friend on what to tell them after the death of Trayvon, an unarmed Miami Gardens teenager.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/20/3012853/zimmermans-friend-trayvon-grabbed.html#storylink=cpy

    • Miranda

      Put his ass in jail too.

    • Daltex82

      These lying bastids had all their little ducks in a row, this was about to be the cover-ups of all cover-ups had it not been for the tenacity of Trayvon’s parents. Osterman, the opportunistic turd should be facing charges as well.

    • GN

      Bill Lee is a national disgrace. A despicable, despicable POS masquerading as a peace officer. I will never forget the press conference he did when the heat started building on the Sanford PD, and how he tried to blame an innocent child for his own murder. He’s been held professionally accountable (his ass is fired) but he’s up there alongside Taafe as one of the biggest scumbags and racists in the country.

      • Camille

        The lack of humanity is astounding.

        This was a child! A harmless child going about his business not hurting anyone.

        And the fact that not only is there is no remorse, but that these people continue to treat this dead child and his family as subhuman is rage inducing.

        There is something wrong when a monster who works into a movie theater opens fire and kills people is treated more kindly and more humanity than a child who is gunned down by a hateful racist.

        We cannot go on like this. Something will just have to give.

        • Camille

          Walks not works.

        • GN

          I couldn’t agree more. And to note: princss6 is keeping track of that “book”s sales on twitter, and I think that it’s up to 17 copies sold…these losers are scrambling for money.

          I don’t know what to say about someone like Bill Lee though. It hurts my soul that he could have done so much to try to let a child murderer skate. He is a deeply revolting human being.

  • Miranda

    *snicker*…and it was MULTIPLE boos for Ryan, not just one.

    Ryan booed, Obama cheered at AARP conference

    (CBS News) NEW ORLEANS – The audience reception for President Obama and Paul Ryan at Friday’s AARP convention couldn’t have differed more: Obama won cheers for discussing the health care law, while Ryan drew the most aggressively negative response he has faced as a GOP vice presidential candidate for vowing to repeal it.

    Obama’s and Ryan’s back-to-back speeches before the nation’s largest senior citizens lobby also exposed just how wide the gulf is between their ideas on how to reform America’s entitlement programs, as each man insinuated that the other’s plan spelled certain destruction for the nation’s seniors.

    The audience of several thousand clearly came down on Obama’s side. Despite Ryan’s exhortations that the president had “turned Medicare into a piggy bank for Obamacare” cutting $716 billion from provider payments – a claim that fact-checking watchdogs have judged to be largely false — he was met with a loud round of boos and cries of “no!” as he pledged to repeal the health care reform law, which AARP as an organization supported.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Afternoon miranda/POU FAM♥ – – – ***BIG HUG*** – —


    IMHO: Mr. Pharoah B a MESS-UP!!. — -sorry. My first opinion hasn’t changed.- -I’m NOT feelin’ the resemblance.

    Have a good afternoon/evenin. :>)

    • Camilke

      Thanks Sis, I was so annoyed and put off by this Pharaoh guys impression of President Obama – it just downright sucked!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY SisCamille. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        ***fist bump**** :>) – –Also IMHO – — -a STR8 INSULT!! —

        Now We KNOW that their R MUCH BETTER – –WATCH THIS – —“CANDIDATES” 2 represent.

        BUT WE di-ent GET a chance 2 choose —– WHO DID!! – — -UH –HUH! – —Someone who di-ent CARE!

        It was like —HERE! —U’ALL -TAKE DIS!! – —WHATEVA!!
        I’m tellin’ U — –IT WAS A PLANNED – –INSULT 2 MR. PRESIDENT!! – —

        OK. —-I’m THA-ROUGH! LOL- – -Good 2 C U – –SisCamille. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – -Good on her. . . .[I’m STILL lookin’ 4 an apology 4 “callin’ Mr. PRESIDENT – -OUT!!]-

    —-Investigator Finds Waters Didn’t Violate Ethics Rules in Bank Case– –

    Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, did not violate House ethics rules when she contacted the Treasury Department in 2008 to set up a meeting on behalf of top executives from a bank her husband owns stock in, a special investigator announced on Friday.

    But the House Ethics Committee is still debating whether her chief of staff, Mikael Moore, acted improperly when he continued to work behind the scenes on behalf of the same bank, OneUnited, which is based in Boston.

    The findings, which still must be acted on by the Ethics Committee, represent some of the final steps in what has been a three-year investigation into Ms. Waters’s actions during the financial crisis.

    If the recommendation of the special investigator is approved — as is expected — it will represent a major victory for Ms. Waters, clearing the way for her to take over the spot as the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, where she has long served. The committee’s ranking Democrat, Barney Frank of Massachusetts, is retiring.

  • Miranda


    Castellanos on tax summary: Is this a joke?

    Alex Castellanos, the former Mitt Romney strategist from 2008 who has alternately been critical and praising of the current campaign, left no doubt where he stands on the decision to release a summary of the candidate’s tax rates over 20 years.

    “At first I thought this was an April Fool’s Joke,” said Castellanos, who tweeted something to that effect at me earlier. “But it isn’t April. I can’t imagine that David Axelrod will now say, I’m glad Mitt put this issue behind him. This will drag Mitt’s taxes back into the debate. And there’s not many days left. I just can’t imagine why they would do this. There are 40 days left and you have now made more of them about Mitt’s taxes….you don’t serve a life sentence and then confess afterward. They’ve taken their beating on this (already) … I just don’t understand how a (being) ‘little pregnant’ strategy (works).”


  • nellcote

    Which States are Already Voting?

    First Read: “Idaho and South Dakota today are the first states to begin early-in-person voting. Also today, absentee voting begins in Minnesota, West Virginia, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Georgia, Arkansas, Idaho, and Maryland. This brings the total number of states already accepting ballots to 12. Thirteen additional states (South Carolina, New Jersey, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Delaware, Virginia, Louisiana, and Missouri) will begin absentee or early voting on Saturday.”

    So by tomorrow, half the country will be casting votes.

    • gc

      Thanks to GLH, today I joined League of Women Voters and got my first assignment. Voter reg in one of CT’s urban areas. I could have done a suburb, but I wanted to go where the need was greater to facilitate the 47%ers achieving their rights.

      GLH – this all started with a link you had about Tues. Thanks again!

      • Camille

        Good job And thank you GC! And of course Sis.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Gc♥ – – –***BIG –HUG*** :>)

        – — -U R VERY KIND annnnd a “Mighty WARRIOR!! “- — – -Look- At-choo! :>) GOOD ON U! –:>)

        – – -BTW: – —We Are Family . :>) – -***HUGS*** :>)

        U jus’ – – – -MOVE — -FORWARD!! – – — ->B BLESSED. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – –‘SCUSE me – – -LEMME go call – – – RAY – -RAY- – —

    – —Issa Vows To Continue Anti-Holder Witchhunt Despite Report Exonerating The Attorney General– — –

    – – – – –For nearly two years, House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) has tried to exploit the tragedy of a series of botched gun stings that led to a federal law enforcement agent’s death in order to score political points against Attorney General Eric Holder. The gun stings that are the focus of Issa’s witchhunt against Holder began when George W. Bush was president and Holder was an attorney in private practice. Nevertheless, Issa eventually forced the House Republican leadership to hold a contempt of Congress vote against Holder, although the leaders buried that vote on the same day that the Affordable Care Act was upheld in a likely attempt to prevent Issa’s witchhunt from receiving much media coverage.

    After numerous hearings and, of course, the contempt vote, the Department of Justice’s inspector general released a 471 page report that cleared Holder of any wrongdoing. And yet Issa still plans to continue his crusade against the now-exonerated cabinet official:

    House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is vowing to continue pursuing Attorney General Eric Holder’s contempt of Congress citation in court and said the report is all the more reason to continue his own probe with new zeal.

    — – — -THAT’S IFFF. . . . . .He hasn’t been – – -CONTACTED!!— – -humph!!

    – – —PIECE of EXCREMENT- – – -that flies don’t even want 2 B around!!- —geesh!!

  • creolechild

    Here’s the video for the story that lamh and Miranda mentioned at different points today. Thank you ladies! (:

    AARP Repeatedly Boos Ryan for Vowing to Repeal ‘Obamacare’

    Read more: http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/aarp-repeatedly-boos-ryan-vowing-repeal-obam

    H/T David

    • nellcote

      It’s so encouraging to see that the real message is getting through.

  • creolechild

    President Obama: ‘Medicare and Social Security Are Not Handouts’

    Speaking by sattelite at the AARP’s annual conference on Friday, President Obama stated: “There’s been a lot of talk about Medicare and Social Security in this campaign, as there should be,” Obama said. “And these are bedrock commitments that America makes to its seniors, and I consider those commitments unshakable. But, given the conversations that have been out there in the political arena lately, I want to emphasize, Medicare and Social Security are not handouts. You’ve paid into these programs your whole lives. You’ve earned them.”[….]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/president-obama-medicare-social-security-are-not-handouts

    H/T Benjy Sarlin

    • Miranda

      Romney and Ryan are the perfect Republican candidates – they really are.

  • Miranda

    I saw “Ron Christie” trending on twitter…and so Ari Melber and Karen Finney beat him like he said something ugly bout their Nana’s?

    oh_________________________dammit______why they give y’all twitter?

    kevin ‏@kpw222
    ron christie is an angry black woman #martinbashir

    • rikyrah

      that is f’in hilarious

    • Camille

      Ari Melber simply diagnosed Ron Christie’s serious psychological issues – and Ron seemed to resignedly agree that Ari had him and Romney completely pegged.

      Sadly for Ron Christie his psychological issues run deeper and are only compounded by the self-loathing, delusion of grandeur and serious case of Stockholm syndrome.

  • creolechild

    Libya offers further apology for U.S. envoy’s death

    Libya apologized on Thursday to visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns for an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in which U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died.[….]

    Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/21/us-protests-libya-usa-idUSBRE88J0HT20120921

    H/T Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Ali Shuaib

    • nellcote

      I so hope the Libyans can prevail over the evil forces in their country. They deserve our support in this fragile time.

  • MsKitty

    You want some more Friday funnies? Presented without additional comment, because there’s no way I can top this…

    Alabama GOP Chair Goes Birther, Says Obama’s Communist Upbringing ‘Verified’

    Speaking to a group of GOP diehards on Wednesday in Fairhope, Ala., party Chair Bill Armistead raved about a film called “Dreams From My Real Father.” The movie claims President Obama’s grandfather was a CIA agent who convinced Barack Obama Sr. to marry his teenage daughter to hide the fact that she’d been secretly impregnated by a communist.

    • Miranda
    • jds09

      They have gone crazy. It’s beginning to frighten me.

      • rikyrah

        don’t scare me. bring it, mofos

        • Camille


    • conlakappa

      They keep preaching to their choirs. If you’re still working to secure your base and it’s almost October, there’s a problem.

  • creolechild

    New Hampshire Board Renews Planned Parenthood’s Pharmacy License |

    After a New Hampshire anti-choice group attempted to deny pharmaceutical licenses to state Planned Parenthood clinics — preventing them from filling prescriptions for birth control and abortion-inducing medication — the state’s Board of Pharmacy unanimously voted to renew the license to dispense prescription medication.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/09/20/879121/new-hampshire-board-renews-planned-parenthoods-pharmacy-license/

    H/T Amanda Peterson Beadle

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – –Ooooowee- – -CALLIN’ FOLKS OUT!! – – -‘BOUT TIME!! – – –

    – – –CBC chairman Emanuel Cleaver: Blacks who don’t vote should ‘give their color back’

    – — – – –Congressional Black Caucus chairman Emanuel Cleaver said yesterday that blacks who decide not to vote “ought to give us their color back.”

    The Democratic Missouri congressman was addressing other congress members at a CBC forum on voting rights, CNS News reported.

    “That’s why I become so angry at any African-American who refuses to vote. They are not worth the color if they don’t vote,” Cleaver told the audience. “They ought to give us their color back. Their African-American credentials need to be snatched if they don’t.”

    He reminded the audience of the challenges African Americans had to overcome in order to vote. Black voters often had to take literacy tests and pay steep taxes in order to cast a ballot.

    Cleaver called the decision not to vote “an insult to the ancestors and the people who brought us to where we are right now.”

    “There’d be no Black Caucus but for the black men and women who fought and died that we might have an opportunity to gather here in Washington that there would be 42 members of the Congressional Black Caucus.”

    Just last week, another African-American leader took a stand for the importance of voting. Pastor Jay Thornton, of Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis, displayed a graphic image of a 1930s lynching in front of his church. The sign read “VOTE!!” followed by “Is this a reason to vote?” On the other side the sign read, “Lest We Forget.”

    – — —FIRED UP!! – – -GET REGISTERED!!- –GOTV – -2012!!!– – -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -[Apologies iff a dup] :>) – — -CHANGIN’ COLORS- – — –

    – — –Poll-itics: President Obama Now Leading Romney in North Carolina– –

    – — –DKos links us to a couple of good news polls from North Carolina:

    A new High Point University/Fox 8 Poll finds that President Barack Obama now has a slight lead over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in North Carolina, though race remains tight.

    According to results released Thursday, 46 percent of North Carolina registered voters who participated in the poll said they would vote for Obama if the election were held today, compared to 43 percent who said they would vote for Romney.

    And from right-leaning Purple Strategies:

    North Carolina (Obama +2): Obama currently holds a small lead, 48% to 46%. There is a relatively strong 18-point gender gap in the state, with men favoring Romney by 8 points, and women favoring Obama by 10.– –

    – – – – GOTV — -2012!– – – –

  • theartistformerlyknownashandle

    Literally literally, LMAO, can’t get enough Luther: Luther 2016.
    Key and Peele interview: http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_315_-_key_and_peele

    Or WTF podcast on itunes.
    Some may remember Marc Maron from Mark and Marc on Air America from back during the Bush confusion, I mean, administration.

  • rikyrah

    Donna NoShock@NoShock

    HaHaHa Romney just go home. Arizona: Romney 48%, Obama 45% (Purple Strategies) If PBO is this close in AZ its over politicalwire.com/archives/2012/…

  • creolechild

    “THEY’RE HERE”….

    Church Official Pushes Mormon Voter Registration in Key Swing State

    [….] An official of the Mormon church has disseminated a presentation across the key swing state of Nevada that urges members to vote and speak “with one voice” in the coming Presidential election that pits Mormon Mitt Romney against President Barack Obama. The roughly 30-minute PowerPoint presentation appears to have two goals — to motivate Mormons in Nevada to register and vote in November, and to help them prepare for questions they may get as their church garners attention as a result of Romney’s bid.[….]

    One slide includes voter registration data for Clark County, a jurisdiction that includes Las Vegas, where Democrats outnumber Republicans. Other slides appear to convey the stakes in the upcoming campaign, including one that espouses the need to restore a “spiritually dead society” and another that quotes a member of the church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles saying, “We are at war with the influences of Satan.” ABC News has only seen a portion of the presentation.[….]

    Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/romney-2012-church-leader-pushes-mormon-voter-registration/story?id=17231506#.UFzcn1Gy03x

    H/T Matthew Moss, Brian Ross, and Lynn Packer

    • nellcote

      Taking back tax-free church deductions from the Mormon church would be AWESOME.

    • Camillle

      I also hear they are dispatching Mormon “missionaries” to Nevada to canvass. I suspect that they aren’t only utilizing their Mormon missionaries in Nevada since I’ve seen an influx of out of state Mormons and loads of Utah license plates in California recently.

      Even my Catholic church has been trying to pull some of that religious conscience manipulation crap too and we are pushing back furiously!

      And Karma then totally bit Bishop Cordileone – the ring leader and right wing representative for the west coast in the butt. And that is only the beginning.

      • conlakappa

        Those “Values: Pass it On” ads are also back. It’s long been my contention that the ads sought to normalize Mormonism as a gateway to making Mittens more palatable. Funny that he doesn’t espouse any of those values that are seen in the ads, innit?

      • Tafr

        Ah Camille, as a fellow Catholic peace be with you.

        • Camille

          Deo gratias dear Tafr.

          We push forward together and we make sure that actions of our church and its hierarchy match completely that of our faith and the God we worship and are representative of ALL of us. No more right wing fueled hate and propaganda masquerading “our values” or our “catholic conscience”.

          • Camille

            Masquerading as our values–Sorry for the typos.

          • Aquagranny911

            Ah Camille, my heart is with you. My family roots are in the Catholic church. Even if I have moved on for my own personal reasons, I still appreciate & celebrate the values for which you are standing. May your words go straight to the heart of the Madre & from Her into the ears of God.

    • conlakappa

      “Spiritually dead society?” Are they justifiying baptizing the dead?

    • Aquagranny911

      We need to get all these churches out of our politics or make them start paying TAXES for the pleasure of meddling. Sorry if I offended anyone.

  • rikyrah

    Ryan’s chilly reception from the AARP

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:38 PM EDT.

    Just a few months after becoming chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) hosted a town-hall meeting in his district, and fielded a question about taxes. When the far-right lawmaker argued the wealthy are already taxed enough, his own constituents booed him.

    Now his party’s vice presidential nominee, Paul today traveled to New Orleans to address a national AARP event, where the boos were much louder and more sustained. Barbara Morrill posted this clip.

    Before we get to the booing, let’s not brush past the substance. Ryan said repealing the Affordable Care Act would lead to “a stronger Medicare,” but that’s both wrong and nonsensical. For one thing, “Obamacare” expands health care benefits for seniors, closing the Medicare prescription drug donut hole and making routine preventive care available without copays. If Ryan successfully kills the law, that means immediately taking away benefits current and future retirees now enjoy.

    For another, by finding significant cost savings in the Medicare system, Obama’s health care law strengthened Medicare’s finances and prolonged its financial health. Every independent analysis has found the Romney/Ryan plan does the exact opposite, pushing Medicare closer to insolvency. That’s not opinion; it’s arithmetic.

    And while we’re at it, Ryan attacked Democrats’ Medicare savings in his speech, assuming his audience isn’t smart enough to know his own budget plan adopted the identical savings. Ryan also buried the needle on the Irony-O-Meter by complaining that President Obama hasn’t “moved an inch” to compromise with Republicans, when it’s Ryan and the GOP who’ve refused to budge.


  • GN

    There’s something bizarre, odd, and pathological about Mittens at this point:

    Has Mitt been furiously scrubbing his tax returns? @joshtpm thinks so… https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/249252542876360704

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 09/21/2012
    Expert: Romney may have paid less in taxes over 20 years than it appears

    By Greg Sargent

    So Mitt Romney is releasing his 2011 tax returns. The top line is that the Romneys’ effective tax rate last year was 14.1 percent.

    The Romney campaign also released new info on how much he paid from the years 1990-2009, claiming: “Over the entire 20-year period, the average annual effective federal tax rate was 20.20%.”

    That 20 percent figure sounds a lot better than 13 or 14 percent, right? Well, here’s the problem: It all turns on how that 20 percent figure was calculated.

    Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, tells me there are two ways to calculate it. First, the campaign could simply have averaged the rates against each other — treating the rates themselves as a collection of individual numbers — to calculate the overall average rate.

    The second way to calculate it would be to add up all the income Romney earned over the 20 years, add up the total amount he paid in taxes during that period, and calculate the overall average rate paid that way.


  • Camille

    Robert Costa of the National Review is so pathetic in his shilling.

    He just keeps digging in with absolutely no shame.

    I realize that National Review is right wing, but damn, Robert Costa takes the cake for outright shameless gutter dishonesty.

  • aleth


    Please let’s tweet this and bread it. The moderates rise to fight back extremist in Libya…not one headline in US media but reuters.

    • Miranda

      I will tweet it and post it to facebook….it is disgraceful that the media is WILLFULLY (make no mistake this is on purpose) ignoring this.

  • lamh35

    Damn I sure wouldn’t want to have to be against Harry Reid in his boxing days! http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/09/21/reid_still_not_satisfied_with_romney_tax_disclosure.html

  • nellcote

    The Libyan people are trying so hard to do the right thing. I hope they start getting some credit for it.

    Libya: “Tens of thousands of Libyans marched to the gates of one of the country’s strongest armed Islamic extremist groups Friday, demanding it disband, as the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and four other Americans sparked a public backlash against militias that run rampant in the country and defy the country’s new, post-Moammar Gadhafi leadership.”


    • Miranda

      These brave people are not getting NEARLY the recognition they deserve for standing up to the extremists in their country.

      • They’re not. Folks like Joe Scarborough and Geraldo Rivera are two busy making false generalizations about Muslims.

  • nellcote

    THE SIMPSONS – Homer Votes 2012


  • trose1

    Did anyone catch Rev Al on the CBC panel on voter ID, yesterday? Rev had to slice and dice some woman who calls herself conservative Black chick. Not sure where she came from.
    Rev set the crazed GOP hack so straight Ron Christie came out against voter ID. This was comincal

    Panelists talked about recent voter identification laws passed in several states, including Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Topics included proposed and actual changes to voting procedures in 2012, possible effects of .. Read More

    • Miranda

      I’ve read tweets from the batshyt crazy heifer. She either needs to get off the drugs or get better ones.

      • trose1

        That is not the same woman who was commenting and tweeting like a crazy person about a year or so ago. I can’t remember that woman’s name.

        After watching her performance I am sure she is on drugs.

  • angee

    Mark this down and remember where you saw this. On Nov. 7 when President Obama win re-election the msm are going to go with the bubba clinton saved his campaign. Of course the foolery of mitt the twitt and lil ryan are going to get honorable mention. But they are going to set clinton up as saving the black man just watch.
    Oh and by the way, more people watched Joe “Ride or Die” Biden give his speech than any other speaker from BOTH conventions.

    • Camille

      Angee, my sentiments regarding this have been well-documented and have been met at times unfavorably.

      It maddens me that this extraordinary and spectacular President will be denied respect and never given full credit for his incredibly impressive accomplishments and amazing efforts in the face of unprecedented obstruction, hostility and sabotage – not just from his official opposition party but from the same Clintons who we are told Barack Obama will owe everything because of one solitary speech and after years of undermining and sabotage.

      I reject it all.

      Barack Obama will win reelection because of his amazing accomplishments, his consistent brilliance, focus, resilience, grace and generosity even in the face of unwarranted hostility and attacks and most importantly, by the grace of God.

      • Tafr

        Camille! You are the one when it comes to smacking down the Clinton fairy tale. Clinton will always be thought of as the president that got caught with his pants down. PBO will be remembered as the president that brought health care reform to a nation, the end of DADT, PBO has made history. This is why the Clinton stans stay mad. They know that Clinton does not and can never surpass this president.

        • BoomerGal

          That may be true BUT he’s damned sure great at “explainin’ shit!”

    • trose1

      I have heard/read how Clinton is the savior of Dem party. He explained the past 3 1/2 years in understandable language. He used facts, examples and details. blah blah blah

      u are correct

  • GN

    You Know You’ve Had a Bad Week When…

    by Michael Tomasky


    Good read re: Mittens’ most recent tax returns bizarreness.


    First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at the CBC Foundation Dinner tomorrow at 7:30pm EST on C-SPAN**

  • Reid to Romney: “You need more people!”

    Harry Reid Condemns Mitt Romney’s ‘Creative Accounting’
    Benjy Sarlin 5:45 PM EDT, Friday September 21, 2012

    Harry Reid’s famously unsubsantiated theory that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for a decade seems to be contradicted by Mitt Romney’s latest disclosure, but he said Romney’s decision to artificially inflate his tax rate in his 2011 returns should still raise concerns about his previous years’ finances. From Reid:

    “The information released today reveals that Mitt Romney manipulated one of the only two years of tax returns he’s seen fit to show the American people – and then only to ‘conform’ with his public statements. That raises the question: what else in those returns has Romney manipulated? We already know Romney has money in tax havens in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. What we don’t know is why he refuses to be straight with the American people about the choices he’s made in his financial life. When will the American people see the returns he filed before he was running for president? Governor Romney is showing us what he does when the public is looking. The true test of his character would be to show what he did when everyone was not looking at his taxes.

    MORE: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/harry-reid-condemns-mitt-romneys-creative-accounting

    • Miranda

      Damn….Harry Reid might show up on the Senate Floor with a chalice and a cane next week! PIMPS UP! HO’S DOWN!

      • annvic

        Lmao! Harry “Silky” Reid is gonna have Mitt on the stroll by the time this election is over.

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

  • I enjoy watching Mark Sawyer shut down Davey D’s faux revolutionary bitchassness: http://twitter.com/mrdaveyd/status/249226504473554944

  • jds09

    eclecticbrotha makes a great point….

    Harry Reid said “Mitt paid no taxes for 10 years” AFTER the 2010 returns were released. Why would 2011 returns disprove that?

    Yeah…why are pundit saying that this proves Harry Reid wrong? Cause they’ve been on one too many special Romney media “conference calls.” The MSM are getting worked. Embarrassing.