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Shallow Thoughts: Look over there!

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Today's Shallow Thought:

During my weekly spot on Nicole Sandler's radio show today, we were discussing all the various news [sic] reports on Rick Santorum's religious squawking about whether or not President Obama is really Christian, how Ricky plays the role of Super Christian, how unChristian it is to get an abortion or use contraceptives, how theologically ineptly unChristian believers in man-made climate change are, and so on and so on ad nauseam.

The national conversation has once again moved to the right, the GOP has framed it for the 1% media, and they (and everyone else) are buzzing endlessly about it.

Shiny keys! Diversion! Look over there! Ignore the president's successes! Nobody talk about this!

Meanwhile, it would be helpful if more attention was given to: Obama pushes Congress on initiatives for middle class.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.

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VIDEO- Shallow Thoughts: Media bias edition

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Today's Shallow Thought:

When Sunday talk show hosts ::coughDavidGregorycough:: start a question with, "How has the president botched this...?" rather than, "What do you think of the way the president has handled...?" then I'm pretty sure the host is either 1) biased 2) desperate for ratings 3) biased.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.

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Shallow Thoughts: Romney cuts into a pig

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Today's Shallow Thought:

CNN has the photo. But the headline, well, that's nearly as disgusting, and yet somehow fitting. A pig cutting into another pig.

Sorry for the blatant name-calling, but my temper is short today, at least when it comes to what passes for GOP candidates and their surrogates. Between their disrespectful comparisons of PRESIDENT Obama to a coward accused of manslaughter, demanding that liberals "get the hell out of the U.S.", using not-so-subtle code words to appeal to racist voters, and their generally putting themselves and their corporate pals ahead of 99%+ of Americans, my crankypants factor is rising quickly.

Some days it's more difficult to come up with quips and punch lines than others to try to deflect the outrage.

Today is one of those days.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.

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Shallow Thoughts: John McCain trusts Libyan national transitional council but not his own president

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Today's Shallow Thought:

Via TPM Livewire:

Sen. John McCain on the BBC said he has "great confidence" in Libya's national transitional council, saying the opposition force members are largely a trustworthy group.

How supportive of him. If only he could also trust his very own president of his very own country.

Here's an idea, McCain: Since you're so devoted to Libya [<-- please read], move there.

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Shallow Thoughts: If you're mad at President Obama, this one's for you

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Today's Shallow Thought:

I've been hearing a steady crescendo of angry voices saying, "I'll never vote for Obama again" over the past few months in Nicole Sandler's radio show chat room, in personal conversations, in TPC comments, tweets, emails, you name it. Today alone, I've heard three stories about people who refuse to vote for him in 2012. They would rather not vote, or vote for a third party candidate, than sacrifice their principles and vote for someone who has disappointed them.

I understand that all too well, and feel for them. I even agree with many of their gripes. I get it.

However.

I do not agree with their decision.

A vote against the president, or no vote at all, is a vote FOR a Republican. Imagine what would happen to this country should a Willard Mitt Romney or a Bachmann or a Pawlenty make it into the White House.

No seriously, imagine.

Now imagine what would happen to the Supreme Court. You think it's too conservative now? Just wait.  Picture Citizens United on steroids, for starters.

Next, imagine the United States of Wisconsin. Or Michigan. Or Texas. Or Ohio. If you're into financial martial law, vote against President Obama, because that's what's trending in ConservativeLand.

Yes, I fully empathize with the despair, the frustration, because I, too, fully support Medicare for All, civil rights and employment for every American, dumping BushCo's insane tax bonuses for the wealthy, ending wars, etc. In other words, I am directly affected, too, and it's painful. But, if we end up with President GOTP, if you fail to vote for a Democratic president, kiss even your dreams of improving any and all of these issues good-bye.

Our job is to push back hard, challenge President Obama, pressure our representatives to pressure him. We have to take some responsibility and a lot of action.

So vote in November. Vote for someone who has a shot at winning, because if you don't, not only will the Democrat lose, so will America.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.

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Shallow Thoughts: Today's cable "news" broadcasts can be reduced down to two words

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Today's Shallow Thought:

I watched and watched the cable "news" dee jays all morning, as I always do. Their reporting, analyses, and that of their panels rehashed one specific topic over and over and over again. The focus of their blathering didn't deserve the attention, although that was the intended goal of the subject.

You're probably way ahead of me, and already figured out that the morning's broadcasts can be reduced down to two words: Sarah Palin.

After watching Lawrence O'Donnell's thorough dissection of all this Palinalysis, it's clearer than ever that 1) the "news" dee jays clearly think there is no other real news occurring anywhere in the world; 2) they don't watch The Last Word (although, thankfully, one CNN personality did bring up some of Lawrence's arguments); 3) the cable networks are in desperate need of viewers/ratings/money; 4) they're really bored; 5) all of the above.

And so this is what I heard all morning:

SarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinWILLSHEORWON'TSHE?SarahPalinSarahPalin SarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalin SarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinWILLSHEORWON'TSHE?SarahPalin SarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalinSarahPalin

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Shallow Thoughts: "Awesome"

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Today's Shallow Thought:

I highly doubt that Walter Cronkite or Tom Brokaw ever said, "Awesome, thank you" when another on-air personality tossed to them during the transition from one anchor to another.

CNN's Fredericka Whitfield* was apparently awestruck today when it she realized it was her shift at the top of the hour.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.


*I like Whitfield just fine, but come on.

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