No time today to post, but this topic is important so I urge you to read this post on it because it summarizes the media and the Republican pundit reaction to Mitt Romney’s foreign policy speech. Which sucked. Big.
No time today to post, but this topic is important so I urge you to read this post on it because it summarizes the media and the Republican pundit reaction to Mitt Romney’s foreign policy speech. Which sucked. Big.
“Since President Obama assumed office three years ago, federal spending has accelerated at a pace without precedent in recent history.”
With the end of fiscal year 2012, the Congressional Budget Office announced the 2012 federal budget deficit: $1.1 trillion. Taken purely at face value, this number is enormous. Yet every Democrat, and especially the Obama campaign, ought to be telling anyone who will listen: Not only has the president cut the deficit by $312 billion during his first term (so far), but he’s cut the deficit by $200 billion in the past year alone. And the CBO projected that the 2013 Obama budget, if enacted as is, would shrink the deficit to $977 billion — a four year total of nearly $500 billion in deficit reduction.
As I’ve documented before, the CBO reported in January, 2009 that the federal budget deficit for that fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2008, was already $1.2 trillion. President Obama’s additional ’09 spending added another $200 billion to the deficit, bringing the total to $1.412 trillion. Unprecedented and huge, but given the enormity of the financial crisis and the depth of the recession, there weren’t many other options on the table. Add two wars into the mix and there you go.
But nearly every bill signed by the president has included offsets to make the spending deficit neutral. Why? Because it’s been the law of the land ever since President Obama signed the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act in February, 2010, which mandates that new spending be offset with spending cuts or new revenue. Yes, a Democratic president and a Democratic Congress passed this legislation. Guess how many congressional Republicans voted for the law. Zero. Not one. Perhaps during this week’s debate, Vice President Biden could ask Rep. Paul Ryan who voted against the bill. Mitt Romney should also be asked about it.
Rating of claim? I agree with Cesca……”pants on fire times a thousand” , the president’s record is the actual opposite of Mitt Romney’s claim.
“Whenever I confront an undecided voter who can’t really distinguish between the candidates (yes, these people exist in droves), I present the following scenario: Who would you rather have in the Situation Room during the Cuban Missile Crisis? A thoughtful, wonky, even-keeled, disciplined pragmatist or an unpredictably awkward empty-suit waffler who’s beholden to the far-right base of his party and, as such, has been forced to reboot his campaign three times in so many weeks?”
In conjunction with the April roll-out of the campaign’s first major foray into the Southern Strategy, Romney said, “I must say I scratch my head at the capacity of the president to take four hours off on such a regular basis to go golfing. I would think you could kind of suck it up for four years, particularly when the American people are out of work.” He continued, “I know prior Presidents have gone to Camp David and have been able to get a little rest and get away from the demands of Washington, bring some of their key advisers there and focus on solving tough issues. I would not be jetting around the world and using four years in office to see the world, but instead I would consider the four to eight years in office as a time to get America back on track.”
Romney, who famously capped off his dismal nominating convention by cruising around on his yacht for a long weekend, spoke those words on the Bill Cunningham radio show. You might recall Cunningham from 2008 when he spoke at a McCain event and repeatedly emphasized the president’s middle name — another shameless use of Southern Strategy politics. To his credit, McCain repudiated Cunningham and never invited him back.
Elsewhere, conservatives have taken to calling the president a “vacationer-in-chief.” Even golf enthusiast John Boehner once said, “This is the biggest job in the world and I’ve never seen a president make it smaller.”
act: during his first 31 months in office, Rove’s former boss spent 180 days on vacation. President Obama, on the other hand, only spent 61 days on vacation in his first 31 months. By the way, it’s important to note what was happening during Bush’s first 31 months: two wars of his own choosing, a catastrophic terrorist attack, corporate scandals and a recession. Yet Bush enjoyed three times as many vacation days as the current president. According to his presidential library, Bush took a total of 1,021 days off during his eight years as president. That’s nearly as many days as JFK’s entire presidency, which lasted 1,036 days. FDR took 958 days off, but he was president for 12 years. In 2005, with three more years left in his presidency, Bush surpassed Reagan for total vacation days. Stacked end-to-end that’s nearly three years out of eight for Bush 43. Of the last seven presidents, Obama, Clinton and Carter spent the fewest days on vacation, with Clinton winning the workaholic competition.
Now, what about this intelligence briefing issue that Rove brought up in the Crossroads commercial (also noted recently by Breitbart.com and Marc Thiessen)? Specifically, the ad repeats the notion that the president deliberately “skipped” nearly half of all the Presidential Daily Briefs (PDB). You know, because he’s so lazy and irresponsible.
Dana Milbank via Steve Benen debunked that one, “In reality, Obama didn’t ‘attend’ these meetings, because there were no meetings to attend: The oral briefings had been mostly replaced by daily exchanges in which Obama reads the materials and poses written questions and comments to intelligence officials. This is how it was done in the Clinton administration, before Bush decided he would prefer to read less. Bush’s results — Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and the failure to find Osama bin Laden — suggest this was not an obvious improvement.”
So it came down to Bush being too lazy to read stuff. Instead, Bush asked his intelligence people to read the PDBs to him. It’s frankly shocking that Rove would continue to open this can of worms knowing the ineptitude and incompetency of his former boss.
“They [Republicans] confuse obnoxious loudness with foreign policy expertise.
The opposite of a foreign policy neophyte isn’t a scolding jerkass who pops off with saber-rattling platitudes and political attacks. Romney could have been a statesman about the events in Libya and Cairo and appeared dignified — perhaps qualified in the process, but instead he decided to be a braying dick. Anyone with a lapel pin and a pulse can do that. Braying dickishness doesn’t amount to anything resembling international leadership gravitas.”
That said, I believe that Obama handled it as well as anyone could without simply giving in to the Tea Party terrorists (and the ENTIRE membership of the Republican House in 2010-2011 was on their knees to the Tea Party fearing for their jobs).
Elsewhere, Bob Woodward is getting ready to release a new book which details last summer’s remarkably insane debt ceiling negotiation between the White House and the congressional Republicans (freshly infused with midterm tea party radicals). Woodward appears to be pushing a point of view that President Obama bungled his way through the proceedings.
He points to an event that occurred at the 11th hour when John Boehner refused to accept the president’s proposal for tax increases as an additional savings in the debt reduction package, even though the president had agreed to politically-damaging entitlement cuts. The talks collapsed and Woodward, echoing a Harry Reid staffer, blasts the White House for not having a “Plan B.” I’m not exactly sure what a “Plan B” might look like considering a Republican House that vowed to not only vote against everything the president has wanted, no matter how many concessions he makes, but to also bring down his presidency by sabotaging the economy.
The only two options beyond fair, reasonable, adult negotiation were 1) letting the default occur, or 2) letting the childish and destructive tea party have their way. The former is inconceivable to any responsible leader. In fact…….
“ I simply make the point, as an editor might say, to check it out; do not buy into the BS that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint with regard to this administration. I think doing so is a sign of sloth and laziness.”
“The Five” — an obvious cable news knock-off of The View (and all of its imitators) in which four conservatives and one liberal (for balance) snark about the issues of the day. If Fox News was trying to create a show that would augment the intellectual stature of the usually moronic Fox & Friends, they totally succeeded.
The moderator of the show is serial race-baiter Eric Bolling and the panel consists of a Lazy Susan of cackling simpletons. Greg Gutfeld, whose previous credits include both Fox News Channel’s overnight show and The Huffington Post where he blogged about his calf muscles and made hilariously smart cracks about Cenk Uygur’s name, is evidently the designated jokester, dickbag and misogynist of the group. There’s also former Bush press secretary Dana Perino and legal analyst Andrea Tantaros. “Democratic strategist” Bob Beckel, who recently said “fuck” on the Hannity show, is the token liberal and, in keeping with Fox News policy, makes really weak points and often appears to be drunk. A perfect target for the conservatives on the panel.
Just in case you were wondering.
Adding...“a Lazy Susan of cackling simpletons” –bwahahahahaha
“Oil subsidies will continue thanks to the Senate Republicans and several conservadems[...]
But they’ll slash the hell out of social programs because it’s “fiscally responsible.” $4 billion in oil subsidies every year for companies earning record profits that could go towards reducing the budget or making sure people have healthcare. Good people.”
Totally false equivalence. Right there.
When Maher mentioned “apples and oranges” he was absolutely correct, but that doesn’t forgive the misleading nature of the clip he aired. By Maher’s own setup, polling has confirmed the observations from Pelosi’s Mississippi video. The Mississippi people aren’t outliers. They’re a majority representation, and Pelosi’s sampling was accurate.
Second, there are more whites on food stamps — as a percentage of the white population — than blacks on food stamps. To single out several black people (one or two were obvious addicts, if not drunk/high on the video) is extraordinarily unfair to all the people who legitimately need food stamps and welfare. And who even knows if those guys were actually granted welfare checks and stamps. This was never clarified. Yes, some people are abusing the system, and it seems like Pelosi inadvertently illustrated conservative stereotypes against social safety nets: welfare is for lazy, shiftless black people who don’t want to work. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Be sure to watch the video, and read Cesca's full piece on this, which is a totally excellent and much deserved takedown of the video.
The web site ‘ Talking Points Memo’, better known as TPM, has long been a Liberal stalwart, a go-to site for a left wing point of view. Apparently no more.
President Obama got a laugh out of a Maryland audience on Thursday when he mocked the Republican Party in a speech, comparing their skepticism of alternative energy to the “Flat Earth Society” in Christopher Columbus’ day and President Rutherford B. Hayes’ apparent dismissal of the telephone. But while Obama thinks the GOP is in need of a science lesson, he may need to bone up on history himself.
In mocking the GOP, Obama cited an anecdote about Hayes in which, upon using the telephone for the first time, he said, “It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?”
“That’s why he’s not on Mount Rushmore,” Obama said. “He’s explaining why we can’t do something instead of why we can do something.”
In painting his energy critics as being mired in the past, President Obama made a joking comparison with a predecessor, the 19th President of the United States Rutherford B. Hayes.
“One of my predecessors, Rutherford B. Hayes. He said “It's a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?” talking about the telephone. That's why he's not on Mount Rushmore. He's explaining why we can't do something instead of why we can do something. The point is there will always be cynics and naysayers who just want to keep on doing things the same way we have always done them.”
“If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail, they must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society,” Obama said. “They would not have believed that the world was round.”
Mr. Sarlin, I dislike having to disillusion you, but the majority of Americans still believes that during Columbus’ time most people thought that the earth was flat.
A reader offers an explanation for the outrage seen in the comment section:
“I think the nerve you've struck is that the substance of the "error" doesn't in any way match the language and primacy which you've shown it, to the point of being absurd. Obviously that's an editorial decision, and some thought goes into it. But this was so obviously a bad call, that it makes some of your long time readers here question what has happened to this site. Perhaps, it's time you guys, y'know, 'boned up' on some journalism.”
My contention is that anecdotal cracks regarding technologically impaired presidents such as Rutherford Hayes, and flat earth societies used as a rhetorical device for laughs/humor, using generally/widely accepted, albeit erroneous, beliefs, does not qualify as a "mangling of history”.
Mr. Sarlin, I sincerely hope that your editor has enlightened you because your regular readers certainly tried in your comment section, and I think that if you are unable to do better, Josh Marshall would do best to kick you to the curb.
“By the way, you know what a slut is? A guy who takes erection pills to the Dominican Republic without any female companions. We can only assume the purpose was to engage in anonymous sex with one or more partners — he didn’t bring one or two, but an entire bottle indicating he planned to have sex multiple times. That’s a slut.”
Andrew Breitbart, a conservative blogger and activist who used
undercover video to bring discredit and disgrace to his liberal targets, died Thursday. He was 43.
Mr. Breitbart was as polarizing a figure as he was popular. Hailed by the political right as a truth-teller who exposed bias and corruption, he was derided by many on the left as a provocateur who played fast and loose with the facts to further his agenda.
“Fast and loose with the facts” is apparently New York Times speak for “the left thought Breitbart to be an outrageous liar and con-man.” And so he was.
“Andrew Breitbart’s slash-and-burn pursuit of his own career destroyed countless lives and livelihoods. Innocent bystanders in the public debate — noncombatants as I sometimes call them — were crushed by Andrew’s mendacity, his obsessive careerism and his unethical business practices. Workers at ACORN and everyone who that organization sought to help have been crushed. The war against Planned Parenthood was started by Andrew Breitbart and that’s led to its defunding by both Congress and Komen. Who knows how many women will ultimately be hurt by Breitbart’s scams and prank videos. I have nothing positive to say about him.”
Adding....Breitbart’s reaction to the death of Ted Kennedy.
Image from the NYT: Andrew Breitbart at a DC rally in November 2011.
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It looks as though the Republicans have found their plan of attack against the president on the economy. If it wasn’t for the president, GDP would be growing at 10 percent per quarter and the Dow would be at 200,000. For example, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and crazy person Alan Keyes:
KEYES: So it sounds like [the economy's] improved in spite of President Obama?
FRANKS: No question about it. No question about it. It’s a strong country, but Mr. Obama seems to be doing everything he can to hold it back.
Yes, because presidents facing re-election always want a shitty economy.
“I think that we need to consider taking more explicit steps to make it expensive to be a drug user. It could be through testing before you get any kind of federal aid. Unemployment compensation, food stamps, you name it.
It has always struck me that if you’re serious about trying to stop drug use, then you need to find a way to have a fairly easy approach to it and you need to find a way to be pretty aggressive about insisting–I don’t think actually locking up users is a very good thing. I think finding ways to sanction them and to give them medical help and to get them to detox is a more logical long-term policy.”
Bob Cesca responds:
The drug testing should include anyone who receives federal subsidies. Oil companies ($24 billion), defense contractors ($12 billion), the financial sector (trillions!) — all of them. Let’s drug test the entire management team of each company from the CEO to the board and all the way down the line. If anyone fails the test, take away their federal aid, just like Newt Gingrich says.
“This is somehow a new rule [hand over your heart during the national anthem]. We gotta put our hands on our hearts, and you know, wrap a little miniature flag around our scrotal sacs or something, in order to adequately represent our patriotism.”
“The Republicans will oppose anything remotely associated with the left or the Democrats. Hell, if we came out in favor of tax cuts, limited government and an across-the-board abortion ban, they’d take the opposite position. They’re Daffy Duck in the Rabbit Fire episode (with apologies to Daffy).”
“Which presidents failed to oust Qaddafi?
Ronald Reagan — Strong on national security!
George H.W. Bush — Strong on national security!
George W. Bush — Roid Rage on national security!
But even though he ordered the death of Bin Laden, and will likely preside over the ousting of Qaddafi, the Republicans will still claim he’s an effete wimpy wimp.
Oh, and how many U.S. military casualties in the process?
“The Republicans, inclusive of the tea party, have been orchestrating another economic decline knowing that it will damage the president’s re-election chances as well as the perceived efficacy of Democratic economic policies. Put another way, the Republicans are threatening your personal well-being in order to defeat the president, and they’ve just completed the latest successful attack in their economically bellicose strategy.”
“The far-right is utterly dominated by impotent middle aged men with small penises who hate women. I wonder what the correlation is.”
I meant to post this earlier in the week, but forgot. Bob Cesca’s primer on President Obama’s record on the concerns of the LGBT community.
“Michele Bachmann isn’t stupid, she’s just insane. I don’t know to what degree it’s a political calculation or whether she’s really crazy.”
Agreed. I also don’t know to what degree her act is a political calculation, but I would guess that it is to some degree.
Information is the life blood of democracy. The democratic process depends upon our active participation, and whenever real information is replaced with nonsense, democracy suffers due to an ignorant public.
This is the crux of the matter.
Our corporate overlords have an overwhelming interest in keeping the general populace ignorant of the true state of our “Democracy”.
As a currently relevant example, I would go so far as to say that if it were not for online, non-traditional media, Paul Ryan would very likely get his damn budget with out much in the way of pushback from traditional media.
Nobody’s talking about the fact that the centerpiece of Ryan’s plan is a voucher. Now, a lot of people don’t like to use that term because it has a negative connotation. That is what we need.
Yes. Cain is right. Call it a voucher system. Please, do it, Republicans. Because it’s not backfiring enough.
Uh, not really likely. Bob Cesca:
But let’s look at the Democratic field in and of itself. Bill Clinton — even prior to announcing — was a rock star in the party. Like President Obama years later, he had delivered a memorable keynote address at the previous presidential nominating convention and was most often compared to the Kennedys. Meanwhile, there was a populist former governor of Californa, Jerry Brown, a liberal spoiler, Paul Tsongas, a war veteran and former Navy SEAL, Bob Kerrey, and a swing-state governor of Virginia, Doug Wilder.
Hardly the equivalent to the goofballs and ragtags in today’s Republican field.
But that’s not why the comparison is being made. It’s wishful thinking. The Republican establishment is desperate for a similar (and opposite, party-wise) outcome as 1992. And so the comparison is completely fallacious.
Sorry, Republicans. Your field sucks. Live with it.
Republican Sen. Tom Coburn up to his neck in the cover-up of the Ensign affair.
After bin Laden’s death, the fallout begins.
Rep. Ron Paul announces his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination.
This is a piece I missed from May 8, but it’s well worth a read. President Obama made a very gutsy call on the bin Laden raid.
Bob Cesca on the “accomplishments” of the 112th Congress thus far:
Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and John Boehner have introduced ideologically far-right, inconsequential and symbolic bills that kill Planned Parenthood and NPR. They've passed legislation that cuts spending for pregnant women. They've passed legislation that magically circumvents the constitutional lawmaking process. They refuse to raise taxes on the rich while trying to gut Medicaid and kill Medicare, even though supermajorities of Americans support both of these crucial healthcare programs -- including majority support from tea party Republicans.
Posted on 23 April 2011 at 10:05 AM in 112th Congress, Bob Cesca, CONGRESS, Democrats, Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Legislation, Morning Quote, Paul Ryan, Paul Ryan Plan to End Medicare, Political Quotes, Quotations, Quote of the Day, Right Wing Hacks, Right Wing Watch, Sourced Quotes, Talking Points, Tea Party, Teabag Fascists | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Bob Cesca, in response to a recent Pew Poll result:
The Republicans are about to be crushed under the weight of history. Instead of evolving with the browning of America, the Republicans are raging against it, and it's only going to further and further marginalize them. Good luck with the race-baiting and Southern Strategy to secure the aging and dwindling white vote, Republicans.
The Pew Poll result being referred to:
2008 exit polling: Obama 43%, McCain 55%
2012 polling: Obama 43%, GOP 57%
'08: Obama 95%, McCain 4%
'12: Obama 99%, GOP 1%
'08: Obama 67%, McCain 31%
'12: Obama 80%, GOP 20%
Wow. He's trying really, really hard to not be Tim Pawlenty. But regardless of how much shaky-cam he uses and how many rockets-red-glare he surrounds himself with, he's still Tim Pawlenty -- a rather boring moderate pretending to be Ronald Reagan when we all know he's just Tim Pawlenty.
Adding….of course, there had to be a dog in that ad.
[via Bob Cesca]
In a largely symbolic move, the House today voted to block all federal funding for NPR, a week after the embattled public radio station found itself the subject of a conservative activist's sting that led to the ouster of its chief executive.
The bill passed by a 228-192 vote. No Democrats voted for it. Only 7 Republicans voted against the measure
Once again, the Very Serious House Republicans have acted based upon a known fraud and scam artist who selectively edits his videos in order to frame otherwise innocent officials. James O'Keefe inspired this vote, and now 228 Republicans have attached their name to his latest scam. They're a major political party and they control the House of Representatives. When will the traditional press highlight how unserious these people are?
Adding….O’Keefe’s latest fake sting involves the Right’s favorite billionaire whipping boy, George Soros, and has also been debunked.
Okay, I’ve settled down now….
On Tuesday, Americans in all 50 states will rally in front of schools, libraries, fire stations, hospitals, and parks to protest the rising tide of austerity gripping all levels of our government. There's a rally near you—sign up here to attend.
Many of the structures that long operated as a check against corporate power—campaign finance laws, unions, ACORN, public broadcasting—are being dismantled. As a result, the working and middle classes are being forced to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy, corporate giveaways, wars, and economic crashes caused by Wall Street. Money continues to flow upward, and our already undemocratic level of inequality is worsening.
If we can apply Wisconsin-style pressure against these slash and burn Republican budget cuts, we might roll back some of the awfulness they're planning -- mainly because the Democrats are planning to meet these bastards halfway. And the Democrats will be much more susceptible to pressure from widespread protests. Let's go!
Gah. They are such morons, it makes me want to pull my hair out. Washington Post:
WASHINGTON -- The House has approved a Republican proposal to block federal aid for Planned Parenthood.
The 240-185 vote on Friday is a victory for anti-abortion forces led by Indiana GOP Rep. Mike Pence. He says taxpayer money should not go to groups that provide or promote abortion.
Democrats say Planned Parenthood provides contraception and other valuable family planning services, and that cutting off the money will make it hard for women to get such basic help.
I love that last paragraph from the very liberal Washington Post, by the way. Democrats say that? How about REALITY says that. It's a fact -- not a political opinion -- that Planned Parenthood "provides contraception and other valuable family planning services."
Posted on 18 February 2011 at 03:56 PM in 112th Congress, Bob Cesca, CONGRESS, Legislation, Mike Pence, Planned Parenthood, Reproductive Rights, Republican War on Women, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Republicans Hate Women, Republicans in Power, Right Wing Memes, Right Wing Watch, Talking Points, Washington Post | Permalink | Comments (0)
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So Citizens United runs a favorable ad for Thomas. Then Thomas decides in favor of Citizens United. This decision has to be vacated. It's obvious -- now more than than ever -- that Thomas shouldn't have been allowed to plunk himself anywhere near the Citizens United case. Ads, Koch Brothers money, spousal associations. This is more egregiously wrong than just about any Supreme Court decision in a long, long time -- even worse than Bush v Gore.
Impeachment, and VACATE the damn decision! both get my vote.
More from Karoli, at Crooks and Liars
Posted on 16 February 2011 at 12:28 PM in Bob Cesca, Citizens United Ruling, Clarence Thomas, Corporations Are People, Corporatist Right WIng SCOTUS, Democrats, Political Quotes, Quotations, Quote of the Day, Right Wing Watch, SCOTUS, Sourced Quotes, Supreme Court Rulings, Talking Points | Permalink | Comments (0)
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WIC 1008 million
Food for Peace 544 million
NOAA 450 million
NASA 579 million
Energy efficiency and renewable energy 899
Science 1111 million
Nuclear nonproliferation 648 million
Federal buildings fund 1653 million
Homeland security administration 489 million
FEMA, various, around 1.2 billion
EPA clean water and drinking water about 1.8 billion
Community health centers 1.3 billion
Centers for disease control 900 million
WIC is nutritional aid for pregnant women and women with young children; let’s cut that, because the damage to the nation from malnourishment is a problem for future politicians.
The Republicans want to take food from the mouths of babies and pregnant women. Yeah, and they consider themselves "pro-life" and "anti-abortion" without laughing or acknowledgement of the self-contradiction and disgusting irony of their actions.
So….does anyone really believe that Republicans don’t hate women?
Via Bob Cesca
Posted on 14 February 2011 at 01:45 PM in 112th Congress, Bob Cesca, Paul Krugman, Paul Krugman Quotes, Reproductive Rights, Republican War on Women, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Republicans Hate Women, Republicans in Power, Right Wing Watch, Spending Cuts, Talking Points, Tea Party, You Should Be Afraid | Permalink | Comments (0)
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On the other hand, I don't know what that will mean for the flow of opinion. And of course, I'm referring to my own participation. Until now -- and perhaps into the future -- I've been given full latitude to write whatever I want each week (with a few exceptions now and then). Naturally this is partly because the "bloggers," including me, aren't paid.
…To these points, I've been assured that nothing will change, and I hope that's true. Again, it's really been the blog that makes that site great, and it would be a shame if voices were tempered or silenced. I hope AOL understands this. I really hope. I wrote for AOL's Walletpop blog last year and the arrangement didn't work out very well. We'll see what happens this time around.
Adding… I truly hope that AOL does not move the site further right in terms of political outlook. Arianna has been something of a Firebagger, but at least the site is still mostly left-leaning.
Disclosure: I was a commenter on HuffPost for quite a long while, but rarely comment any more for a variety of reasons. I stopped commenting when they installed the badge system in spite of the fact that I had what was at the time, one of the larger followings. That system was simply the final annoyance in a long list of them.
A few of the other reasons…. were The Huffington Posts’ use of false, inflammatory headlines to drive traffic--this really, really annoys me; their so-called “science” section [the science section is just BAD, with no redeeming qualities. It isn’t science, it is pseudo-scientific drivel from the likes of anti-vaccination queen, Jenny McCarthy, and assorted quacks such as Dr. Joseph Mercola. If this move to AOL improves that situation, AOL will have done us all a great service, because Arianna is way out there when it comes to anything science related.], the anti-semitism which was allowed by the moderators, and the trolls that many of us believe are on HuffPosts payroll.
This man seriously needs to retire.
McCain being at the top of that list of panderers. These are truly awful people who have zero interest in "country," and would rather obstruct and block and sabotage the economic well-being of the people who have been suckered into supporting them.
Did you know that if the Republican Party regains control of Congress in November, they plan to shut down government? Well, my friend, Bob Cesca, has a message for you.
The Republicans are threatening to shut down the government if they manage to take back Congress in the November election. Hooray! It's the 1990s all over again, but this time in the middle of a slow-growth jobless economy. Really smart, Republicans.
Oh, and all of those older tea party members who can't wait for the Republicans to take over? They're totally screwed.
Homelessness, hunger, and true hardship for many older Americans. This is what you would vote for if you vote for Republicans in November. This is what they have promised to do.
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