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VIDEO- Pres. Obama: "I assumed that people meant what they said when they said it...That's been my practice."


Earlier I posted the difference between GW Bush and President Obama regarding their attitudes and actions toward (and against) Osama bin Laden. (Osama bin Laden Watch: The so-called “vigilance” of George W. Bush)

Bush's credibility was non-existent, while the president's was bolstered exponentially. But that didn't stop Willard M. Romney from opening his big flip-floppy mouth (see video of that moment at the above link). Nor did it stop Republicans from trying to belittle the president's victory.

Obama responds:

Via Think Progress:

The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent reports that “by invoking Carter in this fashion, Romney may have effectively undermined his whole argument.”


... Carter did give “that order,” as Romney puts it. In April of 1980, Carter ordered the launch of an American military operation designed to rescue Americans held hostage in Tehran. [...]

And so, by invoking Carter, Romney is reminding us that Obama’s call — like Carter’s — was anything but routine, was fraught with major risk, and ­­could have ended with the loss of American lives and the destruction of the Obama presidency.

Mike Breen, the vice president of the Truman Project:

Romney is undermining his own point... He’s invoking a decision that cost Carter his presidency. Obama bet his presidency on this operation. It’s troubling if Romney thinks it was an easy decision.”

"I assumed that people meant what they said when they said it." Not when they're nickname is Etch A Sketch, Mr. President.


VIDEOS- Osama bin Laden Watch: The so-called "vigilance" of George W. Bush


Based on this and this:'s time to bump this up, originally posted May 2, 2011:

The September 11, 2001 attacks happened on Bush's watch; thousands were killed. Osama Bin Laden's death happened on President Obama's watch, yet George W is given credit for something he effectively shrugged off, something he made clear was no longer a priority.

Like clockwork, the right wing media is accusing President Obama of making this all about himself, and they're even making awkwardly obvious "typos" and predictable slips of the tongue, while birthers have been trying their level best to delegitimize him every which way they can.

But back to Bush... Via Think Progress:

...Bush seemed to acknowledge that he would never get Bin Laden, saying, “He’ll be gotten by a president,” without specifying which one.

He sure was "gotten by a president,"just not one named Bush.  President Obama has his critics, but he did keep one major campaign promise: Bin Laden is dead, despite what the "deathers" are now saying.

Indelibly etched into our memories is Bush blustering about smoking OBL out of his cave (Bin Laden apparently decided move to the suburbs and forgot to inform Bush), "wanted, dead or alive" slogans, and repeated declarations like, "we will not allow him" to "defeat our freedoms." Why, he even provided us all with those ridiculous rainbow colored terrorist threat level charts. What a hero.

Those were the days:

And hey, remember this old chestnut? Check out the segment starting at about 3:00...

The warning signs were right there, in BushCo's faces, and they were ignored. Richard Clarke, former chief counterterrorism adviser:

“And we sat in the national security adviser's office. And I've used the phrase in the book to describe George Tenet's warnings as ‘He had his hair on fire.’ He was about as excited as I'd ever seen him.

“And he said, ‘Something is going to happen.’”

Think Progress:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) issued a statement praising Bush, writing, "I commend President Obama who has followed the vigilance of President Bush in bringing Bin Laden to justice."

I give you... Mr. Vigilance:

Osama bin Laden "has met his match", boasted Bush. "I really don't spend that much time on him." Clearly.

Let's not forget this moment, which pretty much says it all:

But this one says even more:


Groups file FEC complaint against Aaron Schock for soliciting Eric Cantor to make large contribution to super PAC


Via Gawker


In a recent post, Rep. Aaron Schock was accused of using campaign funds on workout DVDs. Well, come on, physical fitness is important. But wait! There's more!

Roll Call is reporting more bad news for one of the Young Guns' buddies:

Two nonprofit groups have asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate whether Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) violated campaign finance law by soliciting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to make a large contribution to a super PAC.

Roll Call first reported that Schock asked Cantor to make a $25,000 donation to an anti-incumbent super PAC to aid Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) in his successful GOP primary against Rep. Don Manzullo.

Ruh roh!  There's a $5,000 limit on solicitations for super PACs by federally elected politicians.

The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 is now on it, saying that the solicitation is clearly illegal and filed a complaint with the FEC. 

“It appears to be a clear violation of the law,” said Paul S. Ryan, a lawyer for the Campaign Legal Center. “Here we have a federal office holder who clearly and admittedly solicited a campaign donation of $25,000 for a super PAC. This is a slam-dunk in our view.”

The lawyer's name is Paul Ryan? Irony is not dead.


Reaction to President Obama's VIDEO "Forward" which describes his challenges and accomplishments



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The video outlines the challenges America faced as President Obama took office at the height of the worst recession in almost a century and details the progress that has been made reclaiming the security of the middle class and building an economy that's meant to last, where hard work pays and responsibility is rewarded.

I'm probably in the minority here, but my favorite part was at the end where we see an impressive list of accomplishments whoosh! whoosh! whoosh! by. That, to me, was dramatic in its simplicity, so the segment struck me more emotionally. It's all I really needed, despite the glossy production values that preceded it, which were up to the usual high standards of videos like these. But I'm pretty sure most people will appreciate the visually pleasing prelude more than the whooshing graphics.

As for "Forward" as a campaign slogan, meh. It reminds me too much of MSNBC's "Lean Forward" catch phrase, which also doesn't do much for me (but I do love some of the video spots). I get it, but I have a hunch the campaign will come up with something more effective.

Unfortunately, the term "Forward" also reminds me of this, which was not a favorite moment, even among many Obama supporters:


So, hopefully, there's a new motto in the works.

From what I'm hearing, Republicans are still stuck in their green-with-envy phase, lamenting President Obama's snatching away the coveted We Got Bin Laden victory from them, so they're hypocritically all over the Commander in Chief for expressing pride the very thing he should be proud of. He managed to turn the old "Dems are really bad at foreign policy" meme on its head.

And come on, George W. Bush and his cronies spat out "9/11" with the annoying frequency that baseball players spit chewing tobacco. Horrific footage of that devastating day was exploited tastelessly, repeatedly, and Bush supporters kept wringing everything they could out it ad nauseam, to the point where the vice president popped out with this gem:

As for criticisms of the economy, which yes, is still struggling no thanks to all that GOP obstruction, let's not forget this:

Via Steve Benen at the Maddow Blog

On MSNBC just now, Republican political strategist and former Counselor to Bush 43 Ed Gillespie calls the video "desperate". Once again, we see GOP projection instead of substance and constructive ideas of their own. Good luck with that.

When you have a weak candidate, someone who flips and flops and Etch A Sketches his way through awkward speeches and who has the personality of a flat tire, it becomes necessary to resort to calling out your opponent for the flaws belonging to your very own guy (and party). Romney is the one who is desperate, something of which Team Willard is painfully aware, so they employ the Rovian tactic of slapping that label onto Obama.

As Vice President Biden said in the clip above, "There's nothing else, there's nothing else."


LIVE VIDEO FEED: President Obama's World Trade Center news conference with Japanese Prime Minister



Time for Another Stand-Up Political Comedy Blog


"Last Blog Standing" starts!

Yes, it's time to steal a few more jokes from my father-in-law (F.I.L.). For those of you who might be new here, he used to write for Alan King, Milton Berle and Jonathan Winters, just to name a few. And all those Dean Martin Roasts,  too: Don Rickles, Red Buttons, Phyllis Diller, Sammy Davis, Jr., etc. 

A tiny respite from all the frustrating events of the day:

PRESIDENT OBAMA is very upset with the members of the Secret Service who were involved in that Colombian prostitution scandal. He said, "With such low employment in our country, those jobs should have gone to American hookers."

Well it looks like MITT ROMNEY is going to be the Republican nominee even though according to a new ABC poll ANN ROMNEY is more popular than her husband. But then again, so is asbestos.

When the Republican party realized MITT was their choice, he was met with a unanimous round of indifference.

NEWT GINGRICH is going to announce next week that he is dropping out of the Presidential race. One good thing has come out of his running. After all the months of campaign speeches and promises, he's earned himself hundreds of thousands of "Frequent Liar" miles.

NEWT has already been invited to the GOP convention and he's been assigned a seat where he would be able to hear all the speeches -- as long as he didn't flush too loud.

The first case of "Mad Cow Disease" since 2006 was discovered here in the United States. Since the animal is from California, instead of putting the cow down they are going to enroll him in anger management classes.

We haven't had a single incident of "Mad Cow Disease" for the past six years, which was quite admirable. However, we did have to contend with a few cases of "Pissed-off Poultry."

Last week was "Bring Your Child to Work Day" -- or as it's known in China -- Thursday. Personally I think it's a bad idea. Isn't that how we got GEORGE W. BUSH?

Last week was also "Earth Day" and it was reported that a light bulb was found that has been burning continuously in a Chicago suburb for the past 20 years. General Electric immediately sent over a team of scientists to study this phenomenon -- to make sure it will NEVER happen again.

A New Mexico company has petitioned the federal government to become the first U.S. business to offer horse meat for human consumption. Now when you order a steak in Albuquerque it's no longer "Well, Medium or Rare." It's "Win, Place or Show."

20 years ago, when a jury acquitted three white and an Hispanic Los Angeles Police Department officers, the infamous "1992 LOS ANGELES RIOTS" began. There was so much looting and the courts were so crowded, one judge had a sign on his bench that said, "Ten items Or less."

One looter grabbed a couch, took it home, then set his drapes on fire so they wouldn't clash with the couch.

The police were so busy during the riots, three doughnut shops went out of business.

Beverly Hills residents did their part. They all ran down to South Central and doused the fires with Perrier.

Everyone in Los Angeles felt threatened. The fires got so close to Grauman's Chinese Theater, JUDY GARLAND'S footprints got up and ran to Pasadena.

Even during the hostilities Beverly Hills kept its upscale image. There were signs everywhere -- "Valet Looting."

Although the LA Riots quieted down over the weekend, the following Monday the looters were right back in the stores -- exchanging sizes.

After the riots many protest groups sprung up, especially "Shoplifters Of America." They claimed the looters got all the GOOD stuff.


La Cucaracha: Ann Romney "shares her struggles"


A major advantage of having a Twitter pal like the wonderful Lalo Alcaraz (@LaloAlcaraz) is that he generously shares his work with us.

Here’s today’s La Cucaracha: