Zimmerman gets that first notch which is something, I suspect, he’s quite proud of.
Boston. Fucking horrible.
I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”
But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.
But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”
True…but good triumphs only when good people speak up against violence and bigotry and intolerance and misogyny and hatred each and every time they encounter it.
Rachel Maddow lists the huge implications of what an Obama win means…or more precisely, what a Romney loss means in terms of what is not going to happen. There’s some pretty big stuff here and a good reminder of the tragedy that could have been.
We are not going to have a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe vs. Wade.
There will be no more Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alioto’s added to this court.
We are not going to repeal health reform.
Nobody is going to kill Medicare.
Nobody is going to make old people in this generation fight it out in the open market for health insurance.
We are not going to give 20% tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires and expect programs like food stamps and kids health to cover the cost.
We are not going to make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth control from your health provider.
We are not going to redefine rape.
We are not going to amend the United States Constitution amendment to stop gay people from getting married.
We are not going to double Guantanamo.
We are not eliminating the Dept of Energy, the Dept of Education, the Dept of Housing at the Federal level.
We are not going to spend 2 trillion dollars on the military that the military does not want.
We are not scaling back on student loans because the new plan is you should borrow money from your parents.
We are not vetoing the dream act.
We are not self-deporting.
We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt.
We are not starting a trade war with China on inauguration day.
We are not going to have as President, a man who once led a mob of friends to run down a scared gay kid to hold him down and forcibly cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed for help. And there was no apology, not ever.
We are not going to have a Secretary of State John Bolton.
We are not bringing Dick Cheney back.
We are not going to have a foreign policy shop stocked with the architects of the Iraq war. We are not going to do it.
We had the choice to do that if we wanted to do that as a country, and we said no.
(h/t: thanks to Steve M. for providing the Maddow transcript)
Trouble’s brewing in River City and it starts with a capital R.
Paul Ryan has gone rogue. He is unleashed, unchained, off the hook.
“I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he’ll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him,” Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa, told The New York Times on Sunday.
Coming from a resident of Iowa, a state where people are polite even to soybeans, this was a powerful condemnation of the Republican nominee.
Though Ryan had already decided to distance himself from the floundering Romney campaign, he now feels totally uninhibited. Reportedly, he has been marching around his campaign bus, saying things like, “If Stench calls, take a message” and “Tell Stench I’m having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan and will text him later.
The wheels are falling off the Romney bus as the campaign flounders from one disastrous week to another. It’s gotten so bad that I’m actually starting to feel sorry for Mitt. Check out this clip from a campaign stop yesterday where the crowds chant, “Ryan! Ryan!”, which has Romney embarrassing himself in the most pathetic of ways.
When Romney feels forced to inform the crowds whose at the top of the ticket, well, he better start hoping that the GOP’s voter suppression effort pays off because he doesn’t have much else going his way.
This tidbit from the Politico piece made me smile as it gives greater relevance to an illustration I created last week.
Dan Senor, one of Romney’s closest advisers, has kept a tight grip on Ryan, traveling with him everywhere and making sure he hews to the directions of the Romney “brain trust” in Boston. (A brain trust, rumor has it, that refers to Ryan as “Gilligan.”)
Even the lyrics from the Gilligan’s Island theme song applies to some degree.
Just sit right back
And you’ll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful trip,
So this is the tale of our castaways,
They’re here for a long long time.
They’ll have to make the best of things,
It’s an uphill climb.
So join us here each week my friends,
You’re sure to get a smile,
From seven stranded castaways
Here on Gilligan’s Isle!
Hey, just got an idea. Let’s have a little contest. Adapt the Gilligan lyrics to the Romney/Ryan fiasco. A minimum of eight lines is required. First prize will be a personalized illustration of yourself or anyone of your choosing in the style of the iconic Obama ‘Hope’ illustration. You can find the lyrics to Gilligan’s Island here.
Feel free to share the contest with family and friends. If it turns out well, we might have regular contests of this type. So get the creative juices flowing and show us what you come up with.
Also, if you have ideas for political illustrations, send ‘em over. If I use it, a personalized illustration or photo enhancement is your gift from me. The Willard illustration above was suggested by our one and only, E.A. Blair. He receives a personalized illustration.
Republicans are getting uglier and more desperate by the minute. The Romney response to the uprising in Egypt and the killings in Libya are, at the very least, a disgusting act of desperation by a man and a morally bankrupt political party who know that they will not be occupying the White House any time soon.
Chronologically, this is what happened.
a) Clips of an anti-Muslim film circulating on youTube created a stir among fervent Muslims who began gathering at the American embassy in Cairo.
b) The embassy put out a statement as a means to calm the protesters.
Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
Think what you will about that statement but as Marc Ambinder notes, American lives were at stake.
That statement sounds so ridiculous to our ears; so meekly yielding to militancy and terror. And it is — but it is also exactly what Americans inside both countries who are scared for their lives needed to have released in their name. It is so easy to pick this fight. But the first priority of American diplomats ought to be to find a way to get Americans out of harm’s way.
c) Rabid Republicans, never missing an opportunity to show what they’re made of, viewed the events as a means to attack the President.
Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt. Sad and pathetic.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) September 12, 2012
d) Protesters gathering at the U.S. embassy in Libya murder the American ambassador and three diplomatic security officials.
e) Hillary Clinton puts out a statement.
I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.
f) President Obama and Libya’s president issue statements.
“I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi,” Obama said, adding the four Americans “exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe.”
Libya’s interim president, Mohammed el-Megarif, apologized to the United States for the attack, which he described as “cowardly.” Speaking to reporters, he offered his condolences on the death of the four Americans and vowed to bring the culprits to justice and maintain his country’s close relations with the United States.
The three Americans killed with Stevens were security guards, he said.
“We extend our apology to America, the American people and the whole world,” el-Megarif said.
h) Mitt Romney issues his own statement on September 11.
I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.
g) Romney gets pounded.
The miscalculation at work here is that Romney believed his “Apology Tour” method would neatly fit the events at hand — take an event that sort of vaguely resembled an Obama apology to Muslims who don’t like us, twist it around, and call it a day. But Romney had grown accustomed to spinning fantasies cobbled together from months-old Obama speeches and nurtured into legend by extensive repetition and exaggeration in the conservative subculture. What he failed to realize from the outset was that the embassy attack was an immediate, high-profile event that he could not hope to rewrite so brazenly. Forced to confront the yawning chasm between reality and the fantasy he had wallowed in so long, Romney was exposed and, justifiably, discredited.
The dishonesty of the original Romney statement and the gall of his press conference this morning have combined to create serious doubts about his judgment and to confirm the impression that there are no limits to his opportunism….Before yesterday, the idea that the Romney campaign was “desperate” would have struck me as myopic and overexcited. Now it seems unmistakable clear. The Romney campaign knows it’s losing….instead of portraying Obama as Carter, he has presented himself as the bumbling McCain figure of 2012.
Former Ambassador. R. Nicholas Burns, who has served in both Democratic and Republican administrations.
I was, frankly, very disappointed and dismayed to see Gov. Romney inject politics into this very difficult situation where our embassies are under attack, where there’s been a big misunderstanding in the Middle East, apparently, about an American film, where we’re trying to preserve the lives of our diplomats. This is no time for politics. I just think that Gov. Romney has, in a very unwise way, injected himself into a situation where he clearly doesn’t have all the facts.
So what does Romney do? Apologize for his shameful, irresponsible statement? Nah. He doubles down ’cause he’s Mitt Fucking Romney and he has 250 million dollars sitting in banks all over the world so he doesn’t have to ever apologize to anyone.
I could have saved you all that reading and just posted this.