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(via This Will Be Slightly Uncomfortable. Nurse, Please Hand Me The Elephant.)
Rejected Headlines that I was sad about…
New Discovery In Women’s Reproductive Biology Discovered. It Eats Peanuts & The Middle Class.
Shocking Evolutionary Change In Women’s Reproductive System Has Scientists Reeling & Going To The Circus
Say Hello To The Elephasapien. Er, Ladyphant. Womaphant? LadyElph.
So A Woman And An Elephant Walk Into A Doctor’s Office…
The Doctor Patient GOP Privilege Is Sacrosanct.
Nurse, Can You Get A Tractor, I Seem To Have Found The Problem In Here.

(via This Will Be Slightly Uncomfortable. Nurse, Please Hand Me The Elephant.)

Rejected Headlines that I was sad about…

  1. New Discovery In Women’s Reproductive Biology Discovered. It Eats Peanuts & The Middle Class.
  2. Shocking Evolutionary Change In Women’s Reproductive System Has Scientists Reeling & Going To The Circus
  3. Say Hello To The Elephasapien. Er, Ladyphant. Womaphant? LadyElph.
  4. So A Woman And An Elephant Walk Into A Doctor’s Office…
  5. The Doctor Patient GOP Privilege Is Sacrosanct.
  6. Nurse, Can You Get A Tractor, I Seem To Have Found The Problem In Here.

Birth Control 101 For Idiots

bemusedlybespectacled:

This is hormonal birth control.

As you can see on the box, you take exactly one pill per day. To make sure it works, you need to take one pill every day at the same time, or it stops working. You take only one pill, and you keep taking them regardless of what you…

All Male Panel Complains About No Male Panel?

MSNBC took a brave stance and criticized the GOP for not having any women on their birth control panel. If only they had checked one little detail…

You couldn’t get one woman to join the show?

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Could Newt Beat Obama?

Sure. Hypothetically, say Obama hires some burglars to break into GOP HQ and steal some things, then covers it up, has an affair in the Oval Office, and then eats a baby on live television. Newt then has a shot against an incumbent president who is a proven monster campaigner.



However, barring that, too many people really, really hate Newt. He’s great for the base, but he’ll get murdered in the general, where he’s a household name, and a name that a majority of Americans have already made a decision about. Check out this fun chart from Talking Points Memo.


OVER HALF THE COUNTRY has negative feelings about him.

He has nowhere to go but down. While he and his PACs can assist in making more of America dislike Obama, Newt can’t make them stop not liking him. If Obama is under the 50% positive threshold, it only works if America hasn’t already made up their mind about the other candidate.

Newt has a laundry list of things that make him vulnerable.

  • Newt left two wives when they were REALLY ill, to be with his mistresses. 
  • Newt received massive amounts of money lobbying for institutions he attacks on a daily basis.
  • Newt has a $500,000 credit account at Tiffany’s.
  • Newt is a angry, angry man.
  • Newt is out of touch with Independent voters, pushing hard right on issues that they don’t like. They just want results and jobs, something he has no real solutions for.
  • Newt says he’s an outsider, but he used to be the ultimate insider. The 527s, PACs, Obama will have a field day with his history of insider baseball.
  • Most importantly, Newt didn’t kill Osama Bin Laden.


Who would you trust if you were an independent? The guy who left 2 wives at the for worse part of their vows? Or the guy who killed Osama Bin Laden, who has a lovely family and has been married to the same person forever?

He is my favorite candidate for all those reasons. Mitt Romney is somewhat inoffensive and harmless, the GOP John Kerry, so he doesn’t nurture the pure unadulterated visceral disdain and hate that Newt will bring to the table.

Newt, you complete me. Keep on truckin in Florida!

If Newt Gingrich wins the GOP primary, can he beat President Obama in the general election?

Jan 4

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

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Rick Santorum, during his concession speech, quoting CS Lewis

er, wait, I think his staff thought it was CS Lewis thanks to this very unsourced page. However, CS Lewis never said that. A lot of authors haven’t been able to identify it’s origin, actually.

I did find it in here:

Also here:
In a couple places, it’s credited to Donna Roberts, author of
However, after much research, in reality, after seeing multiple sources giving credit, the correct answer, I’m pretty sure, is a advice talk radio host, Bernard Metzler.

Not as fun as a dog cookbook to mock Rick with, but still, it’s exciting that the GOP still can’t get a single fact right. 

I would have continued reading your post about Ron Paul, but I read the point on abortion first and decided you have to be completely uninformed about him to make any real points. Yep, Ron Paul firmly believes that abortion is wrong. Good job on getting that part right. However, he believes that it is each state's right, not the right of the national government, to decide whether or not abortion is legal within their respective borders. Therefore, his person belief is entirely inconsequential.

Thanks for reaching out. Actually, that’s not true. A lot of people have that misconception about him since he’s libertarian on so many other issues. These are his words from his website:

As a physician, Ron Paul consistently put his beliefs into practice and saved lives by helping women seek options other than abortion, including adoption.  And as President, Ron Paul will continue to fight for the same pro-life solutions he has upheld in Congress, including:

  • Immediately saving lives by effectively repealing Roe v. Wade and preventing activist judges from interfering with state decisions on life by removing abortion from federal court jurisdiction through legislation modeled after his “We the People Act.”
  • Defining life as beginning at conception by passing a “Sanctity of Life Act.”

On this one, he favors government control, combined with unconstitutional bills that disallow the courts to intervene on their legality. He wants it enshrined in the Federal Register that life begins at conception. Not at the state level. 

Should Ron Paul be President?

Let’s presume he had some sort of epiphany in the mid 2000s that made him stop being a xenophobic, homophobic, anti-government, conspiracy theorist who may or may not think black people are inferior.



Presuming he’s reformed, lets look at his current stances on issues, looking mostly at his own website for information. The links in italics are his campaign website.

  • Government Oversight: He believes in ELIMINATING five government agencies:Energy[1], HUD[2], Commerce[3], Interior[4], and Education[5]. Those agencies do a few things. 
  • Abortion: His libertarian streak dies when it comes to women. He believes life begins at conception, so you could be charged with murder for a zygote miscarriage. He believes in repealing Roe V Wade and passing an amendment to the constitution disallowing the Supreme Court to act on such cases. Which, ya know, is unconstitutional.
  • Taxes: He wants to eliminate taxes altogether and the IRS entirely. Which would make balancing the budget slightly challenging.
  • Social Services: He wants to eliminate them all and kick immigrants out immediately, even if they are born here to immigrant parents.
  • Environment: He wants to eliminate the EPA and just have people sue companies in court. So rather than stop kids from getting poisoned before it happens, or the nuclear meltdown from giving you cancer, you can just make the company pay for doing it, if you can get the paperwork in before you die. Weeee!
  • Civil Rights Act: He’s against the Civil Rights Act. There’s really nothing more to say about that.
  • Disaster Relief: He believes in every man for himself and that the Federal Government shouldn’t come to the aid of disaster victims.
  • Gay Bathrooms: He’s afraid of gay men’s home bathrooms. Allegedly.
  • Conspiracy Theories: He believes that Mexico and Canada and America will become a one world order thanks to a highway.

What the government agencies Ron Paul wants to eliminate waste their money on:

  1. Department of Energy - Design and management of Nuclear Weapons, Research (the most of any agency) and oversight of nuclear power, radioactive waste disposal, and energy production. Nothing of importance.
  2. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Stops housing discrimination, evicts drug dealers, helps provide loans for housing, supports the homeless population (including lots of veterans), blah blah blah.
  3. Department of Commerce - protects and nutures economic growth, protects our oceans with the NOAA, patent and copyright management, regulation of telecommunications, performs scientific research, is the central repository for data and scientific research for the federal government, tracks weather, and makes me fall asleep with the sheer volume of things it does. Snore.
  4. Department of the Interior - Administration of public lands, our national parks, manages our water supply, mine safety, protects fish and wildlife, and the USGS, which tests our water, tracks earthquakes, and other irrelevant things.
  5. Department of Education - Attempts to help kids learn stuff, and protects their civil rights. Boooring.

So if that sounds good to you, then yes, he should totally be president.

I’m on the fence though.

Should Ron Paul be President?

At alzheimers contra national airport. (@ Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) w/ 41 others) http://4sq.com/krpXmo

Fun fact: an iPad and $10,000 does not buy GOP State Senators the silence about their sexuality like it used to. http://t.co/p4vwbKZ

Why are Americans so fond of presidential candidates who are crazy, uneducated, and have performed poorly in other jobs?

  1. You are talking about a small percentage of Americans, the republican base. These are people who don’t care about facts. They care about what their peers have already told them (as does any base.) See Why do facts not matter to some people?
  2. The vast majority of Americans don’t have the time to learn all the nuances of a candidate and without a media to do it’s job properly, they are going to fall back on their own judgement and pre-conceived notions. See What is media bias? In a perfect world, how should the media do its job?
  3. People have to choose from the people crazy enough to run for office. No rational candidate is going to run against an incumbent with showmanship when they have a significantly better chance in 2016. See Chris Christie.
  4. The base thinks Obama might be a secret muslim socialist, so the alternative is far less crazy in their minds. The media they watch isn’t telling them differently, so they have no reason to challenge it.
  5. Their media also tells them that all the other media is biased, so they have no reason to listen to anyone else.


Essentially, without a media to really look at a candidate rationally and hold them accountable, most people don’t have the attention span to learn anything new, they only have enough time to reconfirm their existing biases. So if your choice is socialism or Bachmann Cain Perry Overdrive, you are going to go with the one that won’t bring forth the apocalypse, the non-muslims who are being persecuted by a left wing cabal of biased fact pushers that are full of lies.

Why are Americans so fond of presidential candidates who are crazy, uneducated, and have performed poorly in other jobs?

I think the question to ask here is, how many first ladies has Jim Sensenbrenner eaten, and how do we stop him from attacking again?
think-progress:

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) offers an offensive critique of Michelle Obama’s healthy living initiative. A picture is worth a thousand words.

I think the question to ask here is, how many first ladies has Jim Sensenbrenner eaten, and how do we stop him from attacking again?

think-progress:

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) offers an offensive critique of Michelle Obama’s healthy living initiative. A picture is worth a thousand words.

The GOP Candidates encased in Silver

Nate Silver just wrote another awesome post over at 538.

He made the GOP field look real pretty.


For those who like your data visualized, I highly recommend reading it. There is some very astute analysis there.

The first dimension represents candidates’ overall ideological positioning from left to right, relative to other Republicans. (In this context, “left” means moderate or center-right, while “right”
means quite conservative.)

The second dimension, which runs from the top to bottom of the chart, is what I call the insider/outsider or the establishment/insurgent axis. It has do to, in essence, with whether the candidate is running a grass-roots campaign that argues against entrenched interests or is trying to use those interests (like access to money and favorable media coverage and endorsements from influential party officials) to their advantage.

The third dimension is reflected by the colors in the chart, which represent the region of each candidate — red for candidates from the South, blue for candidates from the Northeast, green for candidates from the Midwest and yellow for candidates from the West. Remember when there was a conspicuous absence of southern candidates for the Republican nomination? Not any more. There’s now quite a bit of red on the chart, with Mr. Perry, Ron Paul, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich collectively holding about 35 percent of the vote in the polls.

Finally, the fourth dimension is reflected in the size of each candidate’s circle, which corresponds to the share of the vote that the candidate has averaged in recent polls. Mitt Romney, for instance, has about 20 percent of the Republican vote, so his circle occupies about 20 percent of the overall space in the chart.


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(Source: The New York Times)

Every time I think he can’t suck any worse, he takes it to the next level. This was an obviously perfect candidate. Elizabeth Warren for President 2012.
pantslessprogressive:

“Republicans were clearly also hoping that if they threw enough mud, some of it would stick. For people like Ms. Warren — people who warned that we were heading for a debt crisis before it happened — threaten, by their very existence, attempts by conservatives to sustain their antiregulation dogma. Such people must therefore be demonized, using whatever tools are at hand.” - Paul Krugman - March 20, 2011
It stuck. Congratulations, Republicans. 
Take this news as a clear indication that President Obama absolutely will cave to partisan pressure.

Every time I think he can’t suck any worse, he takes it to the next level. This was an obviously perfect candidate. Elizabeth Warren for President 2012.

pantslessprogressive:

“Republicans were clearly also hoping that if they threw enough mud, some of it would stick. For people like Ms. Warren — people who warned that we were heading for a debt crisis before it happened — threaten, by their very existence, attempts by conservatives to sustain their antiregulation dogma. Such people must therefore be demonized, using whatever tools are at hand.” - Paul Krugman - March 20, 2011

It stuck. Congratulations, Republicans.

Take this news as a clear indication that President Obama absolutely will cave to partisan pressure.

Why I Married Heather

  • The following takes place in the car on the way home for a clearly needed nap.
  • Charlie: I want to go to Riley's House. I want to go to Riley's house? I want to GO to Riley's house. I WANT TO GO TO RILEY'S HOUSE!!1!! (repeated 38 more times in various alternate versions.)
  • Me: Man, he is on message.
  • Heather: Maybe he's a Republican.