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Molly Ivins Sees The Future From The Past

November, 2003:

Molly Ivins
Even though she's gone,
Molly's got Mitt pegged.
What you end up with is a guy who sees himself as a perfectly nice fellow---and who is genuinely disconnected from the impact of his decisions on people. [...]

Okay, we cut taxes for the rich and so we have to cut services for the poor.  Presumably there is some right-wing justification along the lines that helping poor people just makes them more dependent or something.  If there were a rationale Bush could express, it would be one thing, but to watch him not see, not make the connection, is another thing entirely.  Welfare, Medicare, Social Security, food stamps---horrors, they breed dependency.  Whereas inheriting millions of dollars and having your whole life handed to you on a platter is good for the grit in your immortal soul?  What we're dealing with here is a man in such serious denial it would be pathetic if it weren't damaging so many lives.

Bush's lies now fill volumes.  He lied us into two hideously unfair tax cuts; he lied us into an unnecessary war with disastrous consequences; he lied us into the PATRIOT Act, eviscerating our freedoms.  But when it comes to dealing with those less privileged, Bush's real problem is not deception, but self-deception.

Yeah, America. Vote for Romney. He'll be totally different from Bush:
"There are 47 percent 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’s an entitlement ... My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
---Romney, May 2012
Totally.

Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]

Cheers and Jeers for Thursday, October 25, 2012

Note: C&J will not appear on Monday as we'll be finishing our list of demands in the wake of the completion of our giant planet-slicing laser at our top-secret Alpine fortress.  Back on Tuesday as the undisputed ruler of Earth.  (Relax…I promise to address climate change sometime during my 23rd term.)

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By the Numbers:
Days 'til the end of Daylight Saving Time and the 2012 elections: 10, 12
Days 'til 007 returns in Skyfall: 15
Jump in new home sales for September, the highest in two years: 5.7%
(Source: TPM)
Number of myths Mitt Romney told in one 41-minute period during Monday night's debate: 24
(Source: Think Progress)
Starting price of the new iPad Mini, which has a 7.9" screen and weighs 0.68 lbs: $329
Number of iPad Mini's Apple expects to sell before the end of the year: 5-10 million
(Source: AP)
Number of people that cruise ships brought to Maine this season: 200,000
(Source: The Portland Press Herald)

World Series Game 1:  San Francisco Giants 8   Detroit Tigers 3

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Puppy Pic of the Day: For all the woozle lovers on your holiday list.

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CHEERS to the BIG BOMBSHELL!!!  Memo from October: "Surpise!!!"  I hate to admit it, but Donald Trump dropped the goods on President Obama yesterday like a ton of bricks.  After releasing a You Tube in which he says he'll give $5 million to charity if President Obama releases his college records and passport application, the president failed to release his college records and passport application!!!  The effects were felt immediately as the voters who weren't planning to vote for Obama anyway vowed to not vote for him anyway even harder.  Always one clown shoe step ahead, the Donald.

P.S. Reporter Roger Simon tweeted this last night:

Obama jokes to Leno that he and Trump grew up in Kenya together. "We had constant run-ins on the soccer field," Obama says.
Zing.

Gift box, blue, with bow
To: Rape Victim
From: Richard Mourdock's God
JEERS to that old-time religion.  By now you've heard about the recent stone-cold assertion by U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R-IN) that God chooses which women will be raped here in America (and, presumably, the world), and that it's just His way of saying, "Whether you like it or not, it's Mommy Time!"  Democrats are both horrified by Mourdock's public display of mental illness and happy that challenger Joe Donnelly has a real shot now at preventing another teabagger loon from reaching the highest echelon of the United States government.  Republicans are mostly horrified, too, but only because Mourdock slipped up and became the latest to express a "GOP policy position that dare not speak its name in public."  But not everyone's unhappy: the Taliban got off the fence yesterday and gave him a hearty endorsement for his "cutting-edge 9th century views."  Mourdock quickly rejected it, however, after he found out that their campaign contribution would come in the form of a metric ton of raw opium.  He has standards, you know.

JEERS to the teabaggers of yesteryear.  Eighty nine years ago today, a Senate committee began investigating the Teapot Dome scandal.  Second-worst-president-ever Warren Harding's cronies were allowing private companies to lease government oil reserves from public land in Wyoming.  As a result of the investigation, Interior Secretary Albert Fall became the first cabinet member to go to jail:

Teapot Rock
Teapot Rock in Wyoming.
As a member of President Harding's corruption-ridden cabinet in the early 1920s, Hall accepted a $100,000 interest-free "loan" from Edward Doheny of the Pan-American Petroleum and Transport Company, who wanted Fall to grant his firm a valuable oil lease in the Elk Hills naval oil reserve in California. The site, along with the Teapot Dome naval oil reserve in Wyoming, had been previously transferred to the Department of the Interior on the urging of Fall, who evidently realized the personal gains he could
achieve by leasing the land to private corporations.
He was a Republican.  That would be your cue to look…[yawn]…shocked, shocked.

SELFLESS CHEERS to takin' one for the team.  I have a special message from New England to the Gulf of Mexico: in the interest of socialistically redistibuting the effects of Atlantic hurricane season, we're going to keep Hurricane Sandy from heading your way.  But jeez…this could leave a mark:

National Hurricane Center map of Hurricane Sandy
They look so innocent
when they're young.
Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist for The Wall Street Journal, wrote Monday that it could be one for the record books.  "What could happen is quite complicated, and may have precedence only a handful of times across the more than 200 years of detailed historical local weather record keeping," he wrote.

Andrew Freedman of the Climate Central website also wrote Monday about the storm's possibilities.  "Think if a hurricane and nor'easter mated, possibly spawning a very rare and powerful hybrid storm, slamming into the Boston-Washington corridor early next week, with rain, inland snow, damaging winds and potential storm surge flooding."

Naturally, we stoic New Englanders will be fully prepared for the storm.  In our house that means stocking up on batteries, Cocoa Puffs and Bacardi, and then handing the 13 year-old kid who lives downstairs a bucket and a plate of sandwiches before locking him in the basement.  (If he lets our candelabras get wet he is so grounded.)

CHEERS to nukin' your dinner. On October 25, 1955, the microwave oven was introduced by Tappan in Mansfield, Ohio (just a stone's throw from my hometown, Mt. Vernon).  Cost of the appliance: $1,200.  Protection against gremlins: Priceless.

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Four years ago in C&J: October 25, 2008

JEERS to stupid human tricks.  A 20 year-old woman and big-time McCain supporter told Pittsburgh police she'd been assaulted by a big scary black man at an ATM machine Wednesday night.  She added that he'd even carved something into her face.  The knuckledragger wing of the GOP peed its pants with glee---"This is a preview of what an Obama administration would be like!  Hide the children!"  Turns out she pulled the story out of her lying ass.  Police say they grew suspicious when the college student said she actually had $60 in her bank account.  Their second clue: only a Republican would be capable of misspelling the letter B.

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And just one more…

CHEERS to a final look back at Mitt vs. Barack.  Ohhhhhhhh, thank god (the sane god, not the one who decides which rape victims to impregnate) the debates are over.  The final score was an amazing rout: we lost the first one, sure, but we handily won the last three.  And what future generations will remember are "Big Bird," "Malarky," "Binders full of women," "Sit down, Governor," "Go on, Governor," "The President did say that, Governor," "Horses and bayonets," "You seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, the social policies of the 1950s and economic policies of the 1920s," and the awesome, "Syria is Iran's route to the sea."  Here with a recap of debate #3, as only they can do it, are the Songifiers:

Have a nice Thursday.  And lemme tell ya---tomorrow's "Who won the week" poll is gonna rock your world.  But for now, floor's open...what are you cheering and jeering about today?

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