Something Tells Me It Wasn’t Just Because It Sounded Pretty

Obama the Communist  :

Sometimes, comrades and friends, the right has to dig down pretty deep to find another reason to despise Obama.

It was once not uncommon in ‘captive’ communist satellite nations (subjugated to the USSR) to give your child a Russian name, mostly to show support for the Soviet system and provide them a leg-up in the commie world. But how many (esp black) Americans do YOU know with a Russian first name?

How amusing it is then that the Obamas’ last federal tax return revealed a fact not publicly known- that ‘Sasha’s actual legal name is ‘Nastasha’, which means ‘birthday’ in the language of the USSR. And something tells me it wasn’t just because it sounded pretty.

Of course it’s a family tradition with Obama- after all, his parents met in Russian language class at the University of Hawaii. And WHAT kind of people took Russian in America in 1961…? Outside of CIA spooks, Lee Harvey Oswald comes to mind…

If nothing else, wingers are an imaginative bunch.


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Face of the Day

Leena-2013_15Leena wasn’t quite sure what to make of the fluffy white stuff falling down from above onto her face…but she knew she liked it. Little does she know that there’s a guy with a carrot for a nose ready to show up on her front lawn as soon as conditions are right.

Happy Monday.


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Jon Stewart and Megyn Kelly’s White Santa

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Hey! Sorry about the scarcity of posts lately. I’ve had some projects that required my full time attention so finding the time to sit down and put together a post and illustration in the last while hasn’t been possible. Also, I’m getting ready for my annual Santa Claus gig where I get to dress up and have a bunch of 1, 2 and 3-year-olds cry while sitting on my lap. I love it though and it’s a couple of hours of enjoyment I look forward to every year.

I’ll be doing my Santa impersonation at Leena’s daycare on Monday where her mom will hopefully be able to get a better photo than she was able to with the real Santa. Leena was in a non-cooperative mood that day…and speaking of Santa, here’s a great piece from Jon Stewart’s Thursday show where he wonderfully rips apart Fox News and Megyn Kelly for her “Santa is white” commentary.


Kelly bullshits claims that she was only being funny and if the people who chose to criticize her had a shred of humor in them, they would have known that.

“In kicking off the light-hearted segment, I offered a tongue-in-cheek message for any kids watching, saying that Santa — who I joked was a real person whose race was identifiable — is white,” Kelly said. “Humor is a part of what we try to bring to this show, but sometimes, that is lost on the humorless.”

“This would be funny if it were not so telling about our society,” she continued. “In particular, the knee-jerk instinct by so many to race-bait and to assume the worst of people, especially people employed by the very powerful Fox News Channel.”

Believe us, Kelly, thinking the worst of the liars, grifters and ignoramuses employed by the “powerful Fox News Channel” is just about the easiest and most honest thing any of us will ever have to do.


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All It Takes Is A Handshake To Get The Right-Wing Pissed Off

Marco Rubio - Tea Party's Dummy :

Okay, so President Obama is in Johannesburg attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, and gives a stirring speech in front of world leaders where he says:

“…in America, and in South Africa, and in countries all around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not yet done.  The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality or universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important.  For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger and disease.  We still see run-down schools.  We still see young people without prospects for the future.  Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs, and are still persecuted for what they look like, and how they worship, and who they love.  That is happening today.”

How’s that for lecturing the world’s despots and tyrants on the importance of equality? Predictably, it was not enough to keep Republicans and conservatives from yet another bout of Obama bashing. Before giving the speech, President Obama did the unforgivable – he shook hands with – horrors! – Cuban President Raul Castro. Let the rage begin.

Marco Rubio, the Tea Party’s golden boy:

“If he was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba.”

Republican Rep. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.

“It is nauseating.” and “Sometimes a handshake is just a handshake, but when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like Raul Castro, it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant.”

In response, let me just quote a TPM reader who cuts through the bullshit in one fell swoop.

Clearly funerals are the happenin’ place for confrontations between world leaders. Obama was raised in Kenya, so he missed the civics class where this is explained. This will be the most outrageous thing possible for 24 hours, until the next most outrageous thing possible happens.

Kevin Drum.

I guess this is going to be the right’s shiny new toy for the week.



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