November 22, 2014

Monday POU Link Review | Evening Open Thread

POTUS News:  President Obama visits a bucolic park today in the heart of a Democratic city — but a Republican area. Television cameras lined up to cover Obama’s speech today in Eden Park, less than 3 miles from the skyscrapers and sports stadiums of downtown Cincinnati, but his address is equally aimed at suburban areas that tend to go Republican. Read more here.

Gee….I Wonder Why?? News: Former presidential contender Rick Santorum told a group of social conservatives this weekend that the country’s “smart people” will never be on their side. The former Pennsylvania senator was railing against the American intelligentsia at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Saturday. “We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country,” Santorum said, according to video posted by Right Wing Watch. Read more here.

Give Nemo A Chance News: The chance to save the world’s coral reefs from damage caused by climate change is dwindling as man-made greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, scientists said in a study released on Sunday. Around 70 percent of corals are expected to suffer from long-term degradation by 2030, even if strict emission cuts are enforced, according to the study. Read more here.

Always, Always, Always Ask Questions & Do Your Research When It Comes To Your Prescriptions News: Antibioticsare important drugs, often restoring health and even saving lives. But like all drugs, they can have unwanted and serious side effects, some of which may not become apparent until many thousands of patients have been treated. Such is the case with an important class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. Read more here.

Happy Monday POU family! Check out the links and come back to discuss. Here’s your Monday dose of MJ….

 

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  • rikyrah

    The video was sent to David Corn…hee hee hee

  • rikyrah

    Tweety has on the Willard video – it’s his first segment.

    GO TWEETY!!

  • Miranda

    David Corn has got to be the most hated man in the Romney camp right now. LOL…he has been on Mitt like white on rice the whole damn time.

    • rikyrah

      I loved that Corn pointed out – nobody denied that it was Willard in the videos, or that is what he said.

    • Kennymack1971

      The rats are leaving the ship and knifing Willard in the back on the way out.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Leave the knife.
        Take the check.

  • rikyrah

    About those videos:

    THIS IS WHO HE IS.

    THIS IS WHO WILLARD HAS ALWAYS BEEN.

    • Tafr

      You know what gets me is that it isn’t even October . Shit does not usually meet the fan until October. Mittens is done for.

  • Miranda

    Where Are the 47% of Americans Who Pay No Income Taxes?

    excerpt:
    So let’s set that speculation aside and look at who the people are who actually pay no income tax. Romney’s statements are a little unclear, but it appears that the 47 percent figure represents all of those who pay no income tax, rather than the Democratic base. His problem is that those people are most likely to be in red states — that is, states that tend to vote Republican:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/where-are-the-47-of-americans-who-pay-no-income-taxes/262499/

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    GOT DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, its about to go down! Oh shit, ITS ABOUT TO GO DOWN!!!!!

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/secret-video-romney-private-fundraiser

    Oh, we’ve got his ass. Oh, HE IS SO DONE!!!!!! This is out in the open. This isn’t Bush, because at least Bush was slick and smooth with it. Romney has NONE OF THAT!!!!! DAMN! Oh, he ain’t it. No wonder the post mortems are being written out now. Game Change 2 is gonna be an Oscar Winner. Oh someone from the help put a whammy on his ass.

    • jds09

      Similar to Meg in California when her former housekeeper pushed her over the edge. Karma does not play.

    • rikyrah

      you all are cracking me up. I know Ed can get on the nerves, but when it comes to a story like this, Ed and later Larry O are gonna be fucking hilarious

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY GovChris1988— -**BIG HUG** – — –

      LOL – –Here was my comment this afternoon [when i posted that:]– –

      – – – – --WHERE’S THAT FORK??_ – — -HE’S DONE!!- – -HAH- –

      – —Romney Tells Wealthy Donors That 47% Of Americans Are Lazy Moochers – – - —-LOL

      – — -SANG YER SONG WILLARD – –YOU’RE – OUT OF TOUCH!!

      THIS is sooo HUGE!! – -HAH!! – – -HE’S SOOO DONE!!

      – —Good 2 C U GOVCHRIS!! :>) — –

    • TheShyLurker

      I’ve just dougied like I’ve never dougied before.

      • JojoRaze

        I’m sure PBO is doing the bankhead bounce like he and FLOTUS did when they were at the basketball game where they kissed.

  • Rhoda

    Hey POU, lots happening! But, if you have a bit of time read this. The Lie Factory: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/09/24/120924fa_fact_lepore?printable=true

    Here is a portion, the Warren being refered to is Earl Warren, Gov. of California and future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

    In the fall of 1944, Warren got a serious kidney infection. This set him thinking about the rising costs of medical care, and the catastrophic effects that sudden illness could have on a family less well provided for than his own. “I came to the conclusion that the only way to remedy this situation was to spread the cost through insurance,” he wrote in his memoirs. He asked his staff to develop a proposal. “We concluded that health insurance should be collected through the Social Security System. After some studies, it was determined that the employers and employees in that system should each contribute one and one half per cent of wages paid by or to them.” After conferring with the California Medical Association, he anticipated no objections from doctors. And so, in January of 1945, during his State of the State address, he announced his proposal for comprehensive, compulsory health insurance for the state of California.

    Earl Warren began his political career as a conservative and ended it as one of the most hated liberals in American history. What happened to him? One answer is: Whitaker and Baxter.

    Retained by the California Medical Association for an annual fee of twenty-five thousand dollars to campaign against the Governor’s plan, Whitaker and Baxter took a piece of legislation that most people liked and taught them to hate it. “You can’t beat something with nothing,” they liked to say. They launched a drive for Californians to buy their own insurance, privately. Voluntary Health Insurance Week, driven by forty thousand inches of advertising in more than four hundred newspapers, was observed in fifty-three of the state’s fifty-eight counties. Whitaker and Baxter sent more than nine thousand doctors out with prepared speeches. They coined a slogan: “Political medicine is bad medicine.”

    They lobbied newspaper editors. Whitaker boasted that “our people have personally called at more than 500 newspaper offices,” to persuade editors to change their positions. Many of these newspapers did a vast amount of advertising business with Campaigns, Inc., and received hundreds of words of free copy, each week, from the California Feature Service. “In three years,” Whitaker reported, “the number of newspapers supporting socialized medicine has dwindled from fifty to about twenty. The number of papers opposing compulsory health insurance has jumped from about 100 to 432.”

    They invented an enemy. They sent out twenty-seven thousand copies of a pamphlet called “The Health Question,” which featured a picture of a man, a woman, and a child in the woods—“a forest of fear”—menaced by skeletons who have in their mouths, instead of teeth, the word “BILL.” Whitaker and Baxter sent out two and a half million copies of another pamphlet, called “Politically-Controlled Medicine.” They printed postcards, for voters to stick in the mail:

    Dear Senator:
    Please vote against all Compulsory Health Insurance Bills pending before the Legislature. We have enough regimentation in this country now. Certainly we don’t want to be forced to go to “A State doctor,” or to pay for such a doctor whether we use him or not. That system was born in Germany—and is part and parcel of what our boys are fighting overseas. Let’s not adopt it here.

    In 1945, Warren’s bill failed to pass by just one vote. As Warren’s biographer G. Edmund White remarked, “The scuttling of his health insurance plan was a confirmation for Warren of the nature of the political process, in which advocates of programs based on humanity and common sense were pitted against selfish, vindictive special interests.” Warren reintroduced the bill. And again Whitaker and Baxter defeated it. “They stormed the Legislature with their invective,” Warren later wrote, “and my bill was not even accorded a decent burial.” It was the greatest legislative victory at the hands of admen the country had ever seen. It was not, of course, the last.

    This is just a small portion and one story; but when you read it you will be amazed once again at the accomplishments of this administration given the political war it faced from day damn one during a national emergency. It also makes the health care bill that much more amazing. Like I said, this is a small excerpt. They go right into talking about Truman’s failed attempt next.

    It’s a fascinating read.

    h/t Chuck Todd’s twitter account; I saw a link to this there.

  • lamh35

    Romney campaign response, not claiming the video is a fake, but this:

    “Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy. As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work. Mitt Romney’s plan creates 12 million new jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government dependency and into jobs.”
    Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012/09/17/video-captures-uncensored-mitt-romney-at-fundraiser/#ixzz26m5ldg5B

    OH and I love that there is silence from the Mark Halperin squad!

    • aleth

      Halperin and the gang of 500 are looking for a way to spin spin spin spin… just watch tomorrow morning..

      • Aquagranny911

        If they spin much more they will be so dizzy they won’t be able to stand.

      • JojoRaze

        You can’t spin this. You can’t call 50% of the country moochers and you’re a billionaire who won’t show 10 years worth of taxes like other candidates and expect them to vote for you.

    • Rhoda

      He HATES that he can’t spin this; lol. This is the man that went on tv and said, to the shock of ALL, that John McCain not knowing how many houses he had was bad news for Barack Obama!

    • Admiral_Komack

      “OH and I love that there is silence from the Mark Halperin squad!”

      -He’s a dick.
      He’ll rise to the occasion.

      • Aquagranny911

        Or fall…I’m not sure that he can really get it up but maybe he uses enhancements. The internet is full of such things.

    • JojoRaze

      The more I think about this 47% quote from Mittens, the worse it is. He’s basically calling everyone who receives a tax refund a welfare queen. And you don’t get a tax refund unless you WORK. The EITC was the bargain the Reaganites made with poor people or people on welfare to get them to work and agree with giving tax cuts to wealthy people. It guarantees that if you work, you’ll get back some of the taxes they take out since the work that the working poor do is subsistence level. How many of us and people who we know that depend on getting that money back, money that we worked for and need, to pay for much need things. He’s calling me, a grad student a welfare queen. He’s calling my sister, a single mother who’s a bank teller going to college to advance herself and with a Ivy League bound son, who gets EITC, a welfare queen. He’s calling the person who works in KFC, Burger King, Sonic, who gets their refund back every April a after working hundreds of hours for that check, a welfare queen. It’s like Mittens has never heard the term working poor.

      The part that ticks me off even more in the series of videos is where he says that his election alone will put optimism into the markets so he won’t have to do anything to fix the unemployment situation. He’s really high on his own supply! If this ain’t voodoo economics, I don’t know what is.

      • Tafr

        JoJo tell it! god bless your sister. What she is doing is not easy.

        • GN

          Jojo and her sister work harder and have had to assume more responsibilities than the spoiled rotten Mittens and Miss Ann have ever done, that’s a guarantee.

  • rikyrah

    Mitt Romney, Unzipped
    Jamelle Bouie
    September 17, 2012

    At a private fundraiser, the Republican presidential nominee tells us what he really thinks about Obama supporters.

    Mother Jones has obtained a video of Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser where he offers a candid view of the election, voters, and the people who support Barack Obama. In the case of the latter, the former Massachusetts governor sounds more like a Tea Party activist than a mainstream politician:

    Here’s a partial transcript:

    There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax. […]

    [M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

    To be fair, there’s no way to know if this is what Romney “really” thinks. Remarks to donors and fundraisers are just as crafted and audience-targeted as any speech to the public. This isn’t an excuse, but it’s context worth considering.

    That said, Romney is right to say that there are 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay income tax, but he’s wrong to imply that they pay nothing—in addition to paying a variety of state taxes, those 47 percent also pay federal payroll taxes on their earnings. It’s not that they don’t work—they just don’t earn enough to owe additional income to the federal government. To begrudge them for this—to attack them as people who don’t take “personal responsibility” for their lives—is to show a real callousness and disdain for many of the people he seeks to represent.

    http://prospect.org/article/mitt-romney-unzipped

  • lamh35

    “RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Says Romney Was “On Message” Regarding 47% Comment
    The Republican leader doubled down on Mitt Romney’s statements that were secretly recorded during a private event.”

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/dorsey/rnc-chairman-reince-priebus-says-romney-was-on-me

    • Miranda

      I wouldn’t expect anything less from this pimple puss.

  • lamh35

    “Conservatives Embrace Romney’s 47% Remarks
    The right thrills to an alleged gaffe. “It only serves to excite the conservative base,” says Raccio.”

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/conservatives-embrace-romneys-47-remarks

    • conlakappa

      The base with their disability checks and Scooters-paid-for-by-Medicare? Not a path they want to go down.

  • rikyrah

    Parasites R Us

    by digby

    We knew that Paul Ryan believed this country was made up of “the takers vs the makers” but we hadn’t heard Mitt Romney explicitly make that case until now. David Corn has obtained the full video (pieces have been floating around on Youtube for a while) of Romney talking to a bunch of his fellow one percenters. This pretty much lays it all out:

    Fielding a question from a donor about how he could triumph in November, Romney replied:

    There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

    Romney went on: “[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives

    You realize that he’s talking about around a hundred and fifty million people, don’t you? He’s literally saying that nearly half the country is a bunch of parasites.

    This is not a slip of the tongue. As Greg Sargent explains, it’s just another iteration of his dogwhistling welfare queen campaign:

    http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/parasites-r-us-mitt-lets-his-randroid.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  • rikyrah

    Today, Mitt Romney Lost the Election

    By Josh Barro Sep 17, 2012 5:02 PM CT

    You can mark my prediction now: A secret recording from a closed-door Mitt Romney fundraiser, released today by David Corn at Mother Jones, has killed Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.

    On the tape, Romney explains that his electoral strategy involves writing off nearly half the country as unmoveable Obama voters. As Romney explains, 47 percent of Americans “believe that they are victims.” He laments: “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

    So what’s the upshot? “My job is not to worry about those people,” he says. He also notes, describing President Obama’s base, “These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax.”

    This is an utter disaster for Romney.

    Romney already has trouble relating to the public and convincing people he cares about them. Now, he’s been caught on video saying that nearly half the country consists of hopeless losers.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-17/today-mitt-romney-lost-the-election.html

    • Tafr

      Yes! IMO he lost a long time ago but his sudden honesty seals the deal. I think his gaffes is one reason he lost. However, PBO and his staff owned Romney this summer.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 09/17/2012
    Mitt Romney trashes the 47 percent

    By Jonathan Capehart

    Back in February, Mitt Romney stuck his ample silver foot in his mouth when he told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” He went on to say, “We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of the America, the 90, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling, and I’ll continue to take that message across the nation.”

    Late Monday, Mother Jones released several video clips of a fundraiser where Romney (R-1 percent) tells weatlhy donors exactly what he thinks of those supporting President Obama. In one clip, he contradicts that botched expression of concern for the middle class. In fact, what the Republican presidential nominee said is reprehensible and unbecoming a man who claims to want to be president of all Americans.

    ……………………………………………..

    Mother Jones said it did not reveal the date of the fundraiser or its location in order to protect its source. But nothing should protect Romney from the avalanche of criticism already coming his way.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/mitt-romney-trashes-the-47-percent/2012/09/17/f3ef2b6e-0116-11e2-9367-4e1bafb958db_blog.html

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 09/17/2012
    Romney: I’ll never convince Obama voters to take responsibility for their lives

    By Greg Sargent

    The Huffington Post and Mother Jones both post audio of what may be a blockbuster moment: Mitt Romney telling a private fundraiser that 47 percent of the American people — the voters who can be counted on to vote for Obama — are “dependent on government,” “believe that they are victims,” and think government “has a responsibility to care for them.”

    “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Romney says. Mother Jones’ video is here.

    The Romney press office repeatedly refused to comment on the video. Here’s a transcript:

    ……………………………………

    Romney seems to be thinking he’s making an electoral argument here — these voters are simply not gettable for him, so he needs to focus on the center. But his explanation veers into a truly extreme version of a theory that’s widespread on the right: Democrats are trying to encourage dependency on government for the explicit purpose of enlarging the pool of voters who can be relied upon to vote Democratic for the rest of their lives, in order to preserve the government handouts they enjoy.

    In Romney’s telling, all of these 47 percent of voters are complicit in this arrangement. As a result, there is no hope of ever persuading them to take personal responsibility for their lives. He seems to be conflating the government-dependency conspiracy theory with another right wing meme — the complaint that 47 percent of Americans pay no income taxes. Put those together and you arrive at Romney’s formulation.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line

    • JojoRaze

      The right’s problem is that since that they are trying to turn everyone who disagrees with them, from teachers and firefighters, nurses, supermarket clerks, IT wunderkinds, etc, into welfare queens. They fail to realize that the welfare queen died in 1996.

      • conlakappa

        And was buried in Miss Ann’s Cadillac.

    • Aquagranny911

      Does he mean the troops? They get government checks & health care…just asking….

      Robme is a sick twisted goatfigging piece of mutant DNA & also very estupido!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Evening carolinagirl. ***BIG HUG** :>)

    – — -LOL – 2- –RICK Sanitorium —-U! AIN’T NEVA! LIED!!! – -LOL

    – – – the country’s “smart people” will never be on their side. – – —

    THAT’s PRECISELY WHAT WE BEEN SAYIN!! – –LOL

    – – – – -TELL ‘EM Antoine!!! LOL – – – –

    Sooo good 2 C U – -carolinagirl. :>)

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    I’d like to dedicate a song to Mitt” My ass is stankin rich and don’t give a fuck, bitch” Romney.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Ooh, so lovely and so appropriate. Thank you.

  • GreenLadyHere

    CG: – — -The SCOTUS UNDER MR. PRESIDENT [GOOD] – – -V – -teh WILLARD [BAD!!] – – –

    Five SCOTUS Cases That Could Be Overruled In A Romney Court, And Five That Could Be Overruled Under Obama – —

    — – –On Monday, the Center for American Progress Action Fund released a report outlining many of the Supreme Court cases that could be overruled if President Obama appoints just one progressive to replace a member of the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc — or, alternatively, what happens if Gov. Romney makes the Court even more conservative. Here are five examples of cases that are likely to be overruled in an Obama Supreme Court or in a Romney Supreme Court:

    – – – – -SNIP- —

    Four of the Court’s nine current members are over the age of 74, so the winner of November’s election could reshape the Court considerably. To learn about more cases that are on the cusp of being overruled, read the full report.

    – — –FIRED UP! – — -GOTV-2012 – – – -4 a FAIR JUDICIAL SYSTEM!! – —

  • rikyrah

    Kasie Hunt @kasie

    Category of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes: U.S. troops serving in combat zones.

    • conlakappa

      Moochers!

  • TresL

    He’s so effin clueless that it completely escapes him that many people “dependent” on government are victims of vultures like him and companies like Bain. If they’d stop firing and laying off people there would be fewer people in need of government assistance.

  • rikyrah

    Kelly Sedinger@Jaquandor

    Hey Mitt? If not for ‘govt. handouts’, my son’s medical issues would have bankrupted us and cost me my job. Go f*** yourself. Love, Me.

    • conlakappa

      Um, kind of sounds like a working-class mother, doesn’t she? The kind [ol’ zombie] blue eyes was supposed to attract, right?

      • Aquagranny911

        “zombie blue eyes?” Some of us here decided a long time ago that Ryan is the type you see on Law & Order & immediately say: “He did it!”

        • conlakappa

          For sure the OG years of Law & Order. Spoiled rich boy who is a bit of a sick twist.

          • nellcote

            OG years of Law & Order
            ===
            LOL!

          • conlakappa

            I love that show and watched it since the first season. I even met an actor a few years back who played one of those characters a couple of times–we talked about how he tended to play rich guys with anger issues. It was a pretty funny conversation but I think he was happy to be recognized.

    • GN

      God forbid, someone very young or very old who needs a little help can get it, I mean God forbid. An animal escaped from the zoo wants money for its car elevator. I fail to begin to comprehend Mitt Romney whose own daddy did take help from the govt when he needed it. Just can’t comprehend the greed and lack of empathy.

  • GreenLadyHere

    CG – – — – SAAAAAAAAAAAA-LAP!!!–

    – – –WHA’ DA!! FLIP!!??? – —

    – -Clown blamed for racist joke about Michelle Obama at California rodeo – —

    — – –A racist joke at the expense of first lady Michelle Obama is sparking outrage, and finger pointing, in California. And the offense is now being blamed on a clown.

    According to the San Luis Obispo newspaper, the Tribune, an announcer during a Creston Classic Rodeo offended many in the stands after making a joke comparing the current first lady to the wife of presidential challenger Mitt Romney. The paper reported:

    – – -[I JUST CAIN’T!!] – –

    An announcer at the Creston Classic Rodeo offended some in the audience Saturday when he made a racist joke about first lady Michelle Obama over the PA system. Now, at least one rodeo board member is demanding an apology.
    – — SNIP- —

    Now, the paper is reporting that the rodeo is blaming a clown for the incident, saying it was rodeo clown Mike Hayhurst, who the rodeo says is not officially affiliated with their organization, and not Kutz, who made the joke.- –
    THERE IS MORE – –KRAP!! – —

    –“NOT AFFILIATED. . . .?? – – –HEY YEAH! – – -HE! WAS!! —

    He’s a – —FLIPPIN’ RACIST — -RE-THUCKER!! – —

    – –humph!!!! – – -Trynta 2 compare —CLASS – – – -with missy RAFLACA – ARSE!! – —

    – — -SAAAAAA-LAP!! 2 da nth!! – —

  • rikyrah

    Bahman Kalbasi@BahmanKalbasi

    The secret video I want to see is the one recording #Obama camp’s war room as they react to #Romney videos. #47percent

  • rikyrah

    David Corn is on Maddow too..

    folks are feeding him stuff here and there.

  • rikyrah

    Corn is telling where the fundraiser took place.

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    Ok, YOU’VE GOTTA BE BULLSHITTING ME!!!!! AN ORGY FREAK!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!

    • Miranda

      OK, I just read that mess and posted it up top…Mitt hanging with FREAKS. LMAO

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    Now, I’m petitioning this at Mitt Romney’s campaigns.

  • http://twitter.com/layellderoe Layell Deroe

    NYT On Mitt’s BFF…
    In a Romney Believer, Private Equity’s Risks and Rewards

    IT was, the gossip pages would later report, the talk of the Hamptons — a midsummer night’s bacchanal in the playground of the 1 percent.

    Beyond the windswept dunes in Bridgehampton, at a $400,000-a-month oceanfront mansion, bright young things bubbled up and the Champagne flowed fast. Into the small hours, professional dancers in exotic clothing gyrated atop platforms. One couple twirled flaming torches. The sounds of techno boomed over the beach.

    The New York Post summed up the evening’s Dionysian mysteries with the following headline: “Nude Frolic in Tycoon’s Pool.” “Nude Frolic in Tycoon’s Pool.”

    Would a friend like this fall under the “judgment” portion of Willard’s resume?

    • Miranda

      This is just great…..so where do the Values Voters stand with this? LMAO….are these types of activities condoned by the Family Research Council? Somebody should ask Tony Perkins and Bryan Fischer and Pat Robertson about this. LOL

  • rikyrah

    Charles Pierce: …..the footage offers an extraordinary look at what the candidate is like when he’s around people he perceives to be worthy of what he believes is the truth….

    To this moment, I guarantee you, Romney is probably astonished at what all the fuss is about. This is simply the way the world is …. He is what his golden life has made him to be….

    …. We are coming rapidly toward a devastating confluence of two colliding panics. The Romney campaign is panicking about itself, and the Republicans are panicking about the Romney campaign. He cannot come back from this, honestly. This is who he is. This is what he believes the world to be. Half the electorate already thinks he’s a fake, which means he’s not a very good one. There’s really only one campaign left to him now.

    Unfortunately for American politics, that means only one thing. It’s going to get extraordinarily dirty extraordinarily fast. There is going to be pale birtherism and barely covert racism ….. There is going to be poor-baiting, and gay-baiting, and ladyparts-baiting, and probably baiting of things I haven’t thought of yet……

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/romney-tape-47-percent-12803073

    • Aquagranny911

      If Mittster does this, just how much does he want to lose by? No wonder the teapotty Congress ran home like a bunch of scalded cats. They are frantic not to perish in the Robme boiling cauldron to come.

      Mitty is more than one trumpet short of a Mariachi Band. None of this will be pretty but WE WILL STAND, re-elect our PBO plus LOTS & LOTS OF DEMS!

      HOORAH!!!

  • rikyrah

    September 17, 2012, 5:10 pm

    The Real Romney

    Oh, my. Mother Jones has what it says is a video of Mitt Romney talking to donors; it sure looks and sounds real. And it reveals a candidate who despises half the country:

    There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

    Actually, if you look at the facts, you learn that the great bulk of those who pay no income tax pay other taxes; also, many of the people in the no-income-tax category are (a) elderly (b) students or (c) having a bad year, having lost a job — that is, they’re people who have paid income taxes in the past and/or will pay income taxes in the future. The idea that half of Americans are just grifters is grotesque.

    If this is real, it’s very, very ugly.

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/17/the-real-romney/

  • GreenLadyHere

    CG – – – – –humph!! – – -LOOK at the – -EXTREME REACTION 2 the Senator Obama’s –“bitter” statement.

    — – -Obama: ‘They cling to guns or religion’

    – – – – –Ohhhhh — -THEY WERE soooo OUTRAGED!!! – -Annnd wanted an APOLOGY!! – –

    – – – -A political storm is brewing over Sen. Barack Obama’s recent statements. Last Sunday, Obama was explaining his difficulty with winning over working-class voters in Pennsylvania and the Midwest, saying they have become frustrated with economic conditions:

    “And it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” Obama said.

    The comments were posted Friday on The Huffington Post, creating a wave of criticism from Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. John McCain, and other politicians as the April 22 Pennsylvania primary draws near.

    I haven’t heard a DEMAND 4 an APOLOGY from teh RACIST!!! —

    Watchin’ – 4— RE-THUKER REACTIONS!! —-geesh!!- — –

    THANK U – – – -DAVID CORN! – – -U GOT A — – -WINNER!! HAH! – – –

  • rikyrah

    David Corn is cracking me up…he loathes Romney…it’s so obvious.

    • Miranda

      LOL, Corn and O’Donnell enjoying this too much. LOL

    • TheShyLurker

      That wry smile amused me too.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – – –***fist bump*** – – —

        YEP! – – -He had his –“SMIRK” – -on! — -AGAIN! – LOL —

        Good 2 C U. :>)

    • TyrenM

      All this right before his book comes out tomorrow. Corn out for Pulitzer and a killing.

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKNG: – – — per teh RACIST: – – --My statement – – of

    47% was – –“OFF THE CUFF” – – -

  • lamh35

    wow Mitt doubling down. has press conference not live on record.

    Zeke Miller ‏@ZekeJMiller
    RT @hollybdc: Romney: “This is the same message i give to people” in public

    ‏@hollybdc
    Romney says his argument wasn’t “elegantly stated” but suggests he stands by the jist of his message in the video

  • GreenLadyHere

    CG – — –Romney Stands By Claim That 47% Of Americans Are ‘Dependent’ On Government - –

    – – — -Responding to an undercover video showing Mitt Romney claiming that President Obama’s voters — 47% of Americans — are “dependent upon government” and “believe they are victims,” the GOP presidential candidate’s campaign stood by the former governor’s claim. “As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work,” Romney spokesperson Gail Gitcho said in a statement. RNC Chairman Reince Preibus agreed, telling CNN, “No, I don’t think the candidate’s off message at all. – – –

    – – -SUCH A RACIST FOOL!! —KARMA’s –ON DA – — MOVE!! – – HAH!!!

  • Miranda

    What in da…………

    Corn also just said that the fundraiser took place on May 17 at the home of private equity muckity muck Marc Leder, who made headlines when he threw a sex party in 2011. (That ought to go over well with the values voter crowd.) Leder is a bit of a playboy and also throws wild parties in St. Bart.
    http://angryblackladychronicles.com/2012/09/17/mittastrophe-the-source-and-locale-of-the-47-video/?utm_source=rss%20&utm_medium=rss%20&utm_campaign=mittastrophe-the-source-and-locale-of-the-47-video

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Say what in tha what-what!

      Let me find out Mitt and Ann be getting their sneaky freaky on!

    • TyrenM

      FINALLY. Something about him I can…like (small letter like.) Cue Missy: Get ur freak on!

  • GreenLadyHere

    CG — – -Hmmmm —– - the number 47- — — -47 – — -Where have we seen that number B4?? – —

    – –Ohhhhh — –I remember – –> Under Gov. Mitt Romney, Massachusetts ranked “47th in job creation.” – — David Axelrod on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” – – HAH!!!

    THAT NUMBER is EMBLAZONED in his —“pea brain-less!!” —HAH!

    – —HAH! — – –“PART 1 – – of HIS CONCESSION SPEECH”

    [Lawrence O] -LOL. – — -HE’s Soooo – -DONE!! – –

  • rikyrah

    Larry O going in on Willard’s family in Mexico.

  • Miranda

    OHHHHHH SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jimmy Carter’s Grandson Leaked Romney Video

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/09/17/carter-s-grandson-leaked-romney-video.html

    • rikyrah

      hee hee hee

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL – -miranda —–3 GENERATIONS: – – HUH?? – – -LOL – –

      – -BUT he’s HELPIN” – – -KARMA – – – -GET’em – – – -4 his – –

      1 TERM – -PRESIDENCY!- –HAH!! – -

    • JojoRaze

      *Mouth wide open*

      I bet you Mittens and every Repub will forever keep Jimmy Carter’s name out their mouths.

      • Ebogan63

        Shorter Jimmy Carter’s grandson:’Dis ain’t 1980, mofos!”

    • Rhoda

      LMAO!

      I swear to God, the Barack Obama movie is going to be OFF THE CHAIN!!!! So many great supporting roles, lol. I can not wait. It’ll be a miniseries, for sure. Because one film can not handle this!

    • jds09

      That is just to perfect. Good for him.

    • annvic

      My God, first Harry Reid plays “Where dem tax returns” with Mitt, then John Kerry reads Mitt’s ass to filth at the DNC, now Jimmy Carter’s grandson is hooridin’ for Gramps honor? Lord I tell you, I haven’t seen this many mild-mannered white men get inspired to turn gangsta since 24 went off the air.

      • Tafr

        LOL I told y’all to stock up on that popcorn!

      • JojoRaze

        For real, these white Democratic men are like “I stans for Obama!”

        I gotta say though Harry Reid is especially gangster with it because he realizes that the Repubs filibustered him for an unprincipled lout like Mittens. And he’s like “Oh, y’all tryna prop this dude up? Ok, watch me mess his entire life up, right now.” You notice how Mitch McConnell is silent as the grave when Harry Reid brought up the taxes issue? They know it’s get back for the Repub filibustering.

        ETA: John Kerry’s DNC speech had me slayed. I was listening to it on NPR and at every punch to Mittens’ thoat, yes I said thoat, all I could say was “Snatched! Snatched! Snatched!”

        Again, PBO should call Fred Hammond and ask for the rights to “No Weapon (Formed Against Me)” because his enemies always get the getback switchblade to their lives.

        • annvic

          LMAO! I bet Jimmy Carter and his grandson are lighting up cigars and blasting “Today Was A Good Day”. It’s a whooooooooole lotta revenge getting on behalf of the Democrats right now; everybody is getting a chance to get their punches in and PBO ain’t telling them to let up. I think Paul Ryan might cry at his debate against Joe Biden.

      • sagittarius

        LMAO – comment of the week!

    • BoomerGal

      Yeah! Heard it on Nightline!!

  • GreenLadyHere
    • Rhoda

      Thank you so much, Mittens. Fresh video for Axe & Co. to use against you.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Rhoda — – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — – -My Pleasure. :>) ***fist bump*** – – —

        U! – –Ain’T! – – -NEVA! – — LIED!! – – –

        – — -The Kappa Upsilon Tau [KUT] – — -Greek Organization [LaBLADE – — AXE – -LaBOLT] – – -R GON B – —

        FIERCE!! – LOL – – —

        — -U KNOW that IMMA B READY 2-MORROW – — – LOL. —

        Good 2 C U. :>)

        • TyrenM

          I need to go to bed. DEAD at KUT (sooo eeee)

          • GreenLadyHere

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

            LOL – -I KNOW HUH.? – -:>)- –

            THEY R – – -BEYOND FIERCE! :>) —

            Good 2 C U TyrenM. – G’NIGHT! :>) –

  • rikyrah

    Ari Melber ✔@AriMelber

    Romney: If Hispanic voters become “as committed” to Dems as African Americans, “we’re in trouble as a party and, I think, as a nation.”

    • Rhoda

      LOL.

      No, either the Republican Party will change and the racists will be booted out or it’ll go the way of the Whig party and something else will take it’s place.

      That is the reality.

    • Tafr

      Randi Rhodes believes that if PBO wins the election that the republican party is dead. I am skeptical but the writing is on the wall. All this voter suppression crap is going to come back to bite them. I love the idea of the republican party getting the stake at the hands of the first black president. IMO seems fitting.

    • BoomerGal

      Great! They need to start over.

  • aleth

    Romney you just broughty back tax return question

    • nathkatun7

      Yup! Now that he has made baseless allegations that all of us who support President Obama don’t pay taxes, it’s time for him to “put up or shut up.”

      Here is our demand to Willard:Please show us how responsible you’ve been in paying your taxes, in the past ten years, by releasing your tax returns. President Obama has shown us his twelve years of tax returns and so has VP Biden. We also hear that your VP Ryan gave you ten years of his tax returns. All of us maligned tax payers who support President Obama want to see both your ten years tax returns as well as those of your VP running mate that he submitted to you. And, NO! We won’t take your word, or your wife’s word that you paid all your taxes. You’ve already proven to us that you are incapable of telling the TRUTH!

  • qosine

    It’s a Democratic Tidal Wave!!!!!

  • Aquagranny911

    I swear that the intertubes have become overloaded tonight & Disqus (Repug software) is passed out on a fainting couch somewhere having the vapors.

    Or maybe it is just my PC…I give up for now Chicas y Chicos….manana….

  • GreenLadyHere

    CG – – – -Here’s a “OUCHY” — -presentation – — LOL – – –

    — – -American Bridge Video Ties Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Line To Past Comments

    —– – -Democratic tracker American Bridge is up with a video connecting Mitt Romney’s leaked comments at a fundraiser blaming government dependence on granting President Obama 47 percent of the vote, to past comments on his wealth and policies. It includes an old clip at the end in which Romney jokes: “When I was a boy, I used to think that becoming rich and becoming famous would make me happy — boy, was I right!”

    – – –****hands out BAND AIDS*** 4-eva!! – — -LOL – – –

  • Town

    GAME OVER…a new film about the 2012 campaign, starring: {cast this movie!}

    Will Smith as Barack Obama

    Regina King as Michelle Obama

    Will Ferrell as Mitt Romney

    ________________- as Paul Ryan

    _______________ as Harry Reid

    Eric Roberts as John Kerry

    __________________ as Stuart Stevens

    __________________ as Bill Burton

    __________________ as Reince Priebus

    __________________ as David Axelrod

    _________________ as Valerie Jarrett

    _________________ as Donald Trump

    _________________ as Newt Gingrich

    _________________ as Rick Santorum

    _________________ as Ron Paul

    _________________ as Rick Perry

    Samuel L. Jackson as Herman Cain

    _________________ as Michele Bachmann

    _________________ as Joe Biden

    _________________ as Chuck Todd

    _________________ as David Gregory

    and special guest appearance by Meryl Streep as Ann Romney

    Coming to HBO in 2013………………………..

    • Rhoda

      GAME OVER…a new film about the 2012 campaign, starring: {cast this movie!} My current list (not complete!)

      Will Smith as Barack Obama

      Audra McDonald as Michelle Obama

      Will Ferrell as Mitt Romney

      ____Paul Rudd____________- as Paul Ryan

      ______Henry Winkler_________ as Harry Reid

      Eric Roberts as John Kerry

      Pooch Hall as Reggie Love

      __________________ as Stuart Stevens

      Jason Pitts__(ETA: Coby Bell! LOL, looked it up)___ as Bill Burton

      __________________ as Reince Priebus

      __________________ as David Axelrod

      ____Jasmine Guy_____________ as Valerie Jarrett

      _____Himself ____________ as Donald Trump (he’d do it too!)

      _______guy from SnL__________ as Newt Gingrich

      _________________ as Rick Santorum

      _________________ as Ron Paul

      _________________ as Rick Perry

      Samuel L. Jackson as Herman Cain

      ___ Julianne Moore __ as Michele Bachmann

      _________________ as Joe Biden

      _________________ as Chuck Todd

      _________________ as David Gregory

      and special guest appearance by Michelle Pfeiffer as Ann Romney (actually agreed w/this when she said it on the View)

      Coming to HBO in 2013………………………..

    • rikyrah

      Harry Lenix as Barack Obama

      Regina King as MIchelle Obama

      Josh Brolin as Rick Perry (hey, he did Dubya, and Perry was a knockoff of Dubya)

      Philip Seymour Hoffman as Newt Gingrich

      Valerie Pettiford as Valerie Jarrett

      Bradley Whitford as David Axelrod

  • JojoRaze

    Ezra Klein getting his David Frum on Mittens on Twitter. This is good for him. No both sides do it crap.

    @EzraKlein
    1. What I like least about Romney’s comments is the idea that the working poor don’t “take responsibility for their lives

    2. The thing about not having that much money is you have to take responsibility for things the rich take for granted.

    3. That’s the thing about being rich: it buys you services and ease. You get to focus on what you want to focus on.

    4. The problem for the poor, often, is they don’t have time or energy to focus on the things that make you rich.

    5. Romney was able to sell his dad’s stock to pay for school. He didn’t have to work to support his sisters at age 17.

    6. And good for him! That’s the dream. But to look at the working poor and say they don’t take responsibility? It’s backwards.

    7. And that matters, as if Romney is president, his understanding of what stands between the poor and prosperity will inform national policy

    • nathkatun7

      Ezra Klein made good points, But watch out, tomorrow he will be back trashing the President or, as you said, pushing “both side do it crap.”

  • lamh35

    Has POTUS already recorded the Letterman interview? If not be interested to see if #47Percent comes up. 

  • GreenLadyHere

    CG – — –SOME – —“Band-Aid –Requirin'” – tweets – – — -LOL —

    – –☻Mary Cahalane ‏@mcahalane
    Yes! RT @SimonWDC What is sticking with me 2night re Romney 47% video is the arithmetic. How does a Harvard MBA get this basic stuff wrong?

    – – -☻Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama
    My HORSE IS Worth More Than 47% of You Little People #ROMNEYTHOSEPEOPLE http://pic.twitter.com/31UvyPOg
    [NEW # :>)]

    – — ☻Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama
    YOU PEASANTS!! #ROMNEYTHOSEPEOPLE http://pic.twitter.com/nRijAODW http://pic.twitter.com/RGtBwgVp http://pic.twitter.com/BrL27Q8s
    View photo

    – – –☻Ali Velshi ‏@AliVelshi
    The remarkable part about the Romney camp’s response to the video is they again cite the 12m jobs in 4 yrs claim they can’t substantiate
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin
    – -LOL. [Ali is ON! IT! :>)]

    – – –☻Steve Weinstein ‏@steveweinstein
    Hate to say it but Santorum was right: Mitt Romney is the worst Republican in the country to run against Pres Obama. #edshow
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin
    – – –

    – – – -Soooo – – ENJOY!! LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    CG – –***fist bump*** – – — SPEAK TRUTH!! – —With a MAP!! – –

    – – – —Dear Republicans Defending Romney’s 47% Remarks: He Was Talking About You

    – – -It turns out that when Mitt Romney attacked 150 million Americans for being dependent on government, he was really targeting the ten red states who don’t pay taxes.

    What Mitt Romney said on David Corn’s video was bad enough, but there is a connotation here that Republicans just aren’t getting. You see, Mitt Romney thought he was talking about lazy, poor, and probably in his mind, black Obama supporters when he claimed that there are, “47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing,” but the truth is that the majority of food stamp recipients are white.

    Even worse for Romney, eight of the top ten states in terms of non-taxpayers are supporting him.

    Take a look at the map:
    – — -SNIP– –

    The list of red deadbeat states for Romney includes, South Carolina, Idaho, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia.
    THERE IS MORE — – — -He’s Soooo – – – – -STOOPID!!! :>)

  • TyrenM

    Watching Hardball late night. Joan Walsh said what I said – he just told all poor and (my thought) bougie ($150K + people who think THEY “made it” (200K is middle class right?) – U ain’t shit.

  • GreenLadyHere

    CG – – – -THIS QUOTE — -> –Bonus Quote of the Day – —

    – – –“It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.”

    — Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, commenting on the hidden camera video showing Romney talking disparagingly of 47% of all voters. – –

    – – -***hands out – -BAND AIDS!!**** LOL – – -U KNOW dat HURT!! LOL – —

    RE-WRITE: – –“Annnd da government – – –OF da PEOPLE – – -BY da PEOPLE —annnnd 4 – SOMA da PEOPLE” – – –

    –UNDER teh WILLARD!! – – – –

    – –REMEMBER DIS DAY – – — >SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 – — —

    – – — He jus’ DECLARED HIS —UN-Presidency! – –LOL