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Laffy leaves #TPC, moves to full-time!



Sometime back in 2007, my dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter invited me to blog at his new site, which eventually morphed into The Political Carnival. Cliff left for greener pastures, and another dear friend, Paddy Kraska, and I took the reins and the site took off. We had such a great run together, placed in the top 100 political blogs according to the various blogsphere ratings agencies (out of millions!), and established TPC as an eclectic mix of Humor and Serious that continues to this day.

But when Paddy unexpectedly passed away (not long after my dad did),I went into a tailspin, and the blog underwent some major changes. It took me six months or so to find just the right combination of writers, writers who had huge Paddy shoes to fill, and who had to be more than just writers. They had to have passion, dedication, and heart.

Lwdgrfx and Sher came to the rescue, as did regular contributor David Garber. Nicole Sandler joined us, and TPC got back on its feet and started thriving again. But the same can't be said for its remaining co-founder, yours truly. The entire ordeal took a toll, one that I'm still working through.

My doctors wanted me to stop writing and "retire" from politics. Impossible. But I have tried every which-way to de-stress. Unfortunately, the responsibility of writing and managing a site 24/7 was still having negative effects on my health. I had to find a solution. That finally happened.  I made a really, really tough decision.

I will be leaving The Political Carnival and teaming up with Nicole Sandler at her site.

nicole sandler radio or not logo

We do at least one radio show per week together, plus we're very good friends, so it's a natural fit. I already have a "Laffy's Place" tab there, and that page is where my new digs will be whenever I feel compelled to post. I will now be able to concentrate more on my "real" life and doing radio (and maybe even get back to my BLUNT videos, who knows?) instead of posting so many articles on a regular basis, as I've done for the past seven-plus years.

Lwdgrfx and Sherry will continue on here at The Political Carnival. So please give them your support and readership as you always have. They simply rock. The TPC Facebook page will stay as is.

You'll be able to find me at Radio Or Not and as always, on Twitter (@GottaLaff) and Facebook (Gotta L. Aff).

I love you, TPC, always have, always will. But even more, I love our readers. Thank you guys, every last one of you, for all the love and support you've given me all these years. It is you who have kept me/us going, and hopefully still will. See you at Nicole's place!

end of an era


I don't know how to thank you


i love you so much

For two full days my Twitter stream and TPC Comments under Final Dad Report: To the so, so many of you kind enough to ask and care have been been filled with your compassion and kindness, your often intimate stories, and your wishes, love, and tear-inducing words of comfort.

I am overwhelmed. I cannot thank all of you enough for caring and sharing your own personal experiences, sorrow, wisdom, optimism, advice, and empathy. I've read every single message, and even though there is simply no way I can respond individually to all of you, I can offer you this, a heartfelt post brimming over with profound gratitude.

Consider this a huge hug for every single one of you who took the time and emotional energy to send condolences and soothing notes, emails, tweets, IMs, and phone calls.

It feels like I have hundreds of close friends and family right here with me at all hours of the day and night, whenever I need you... whenever we need each other. I don't know how to express my appreciation strongly enough, but just know you, every one of you, has made a difference.

I'm truly humbled and honored to be surrounded by such kindhearted friends, even though most of us have never met face to face. Please know it's mutual, that you can count on me the way you've let me lean on you.

I wish I could do a better job of communicating how much you've helped. All I can do is repeat the same two words:

Thank you.


A heartfelt thank you


In many ways, this has been a tough year, both politically and personally. Leaving politics aside, since I covered that here, let's concentrate on the personal.

All too many of us have emotional issues, health issues, family problems, money problems, you name it. And because we all understand all too well what it's like to suffer from any one, or all, of those, then even temporary respites from those often excruciating tensions are even more precious.

Over the past three years or so, I've simultaneously had to deal with the declining health of my dad and my mother-in-law on the home front while contending with an ongoing and very intrusive situation with someone who has done his level best to destroy my online friendships and professional reputation.

The bad news is, my dad's health will only continue to deteriorate, since tiny strokes forever damaged his motor skills and memory, while thankfully, his sharp wit remains intact. He's still hilarious, even through his devastating ordeal. Again, those who have been there for me and offered their kindness, good wishes, advice, and caring have my eternal thanks.

The good news is, my kids and Mr. Laffy are doing well, as are most of my friends.

And on the Internet front, slowly but surely people are figuring out who this very disturbed "progressive" (and his very few remaining supporters)-- who's relentlessly written about me and others-- really is  and are abandoning him and repudiating his (their) smears. Despite that, it's been painful to observe, and so those who have supported me have my undying gratitude, as do those who have come forward to publicly acknowledge and apologize for their part in his still-ongoing rants.

Sometimes total strangers act like better friends than "real life" friends do, and that never ceases to amaze and hearten me.

To our wonderful readers who keep us going, who are generous with your time, encouragement, and your donations, we cannot begin to thank you enough.

To my buddies on Twitter who have helped me through the unpleasantness (including swatting away those pesky RWNJ trolls) over the years, you are angels and I appreciate you more than you can ever know. And thank you, Twitter pals, for your insights and political commentary, your very helpful links and personal stories, and of course, your jokes, even the groaners. Your voices really do matter.

And speaking of voices that really do matter, it's nearly impossible to express my thanks to Rachel Maddow for what she does, how she does it, her humor, her genius for communicating and informing, and for the encouragement she has given me personally.

And to Nicole Sandler, Angie Coiro, Ed Schultz, Lizz Winstead, Lawrence O'Donnell, Melissa Harris-Perry, Chris Hayes, Martin Bashir, Ari Melber, Nina Turner, Joy Ann Reid, Keith Boykin, Rosie Perez, Catherine Crier, the Stephanie Miller Show, Jacki Schechner, Randi Rhodes, John Dean, Joan Walsh, Jonathan Capehart, Sally Kohn, Martha Plimpton, Thom Hartmann, the Occupy Movement, and so many others who I'm forgetting (for which I apologize), thank you for fighting for all the right causes and standing up for those whose voices are often ignored, and doing so with ferocity, fire, smarts, humor, and heart.

We need more progressive voices out there, so let's make that happen. Then we can thank ourselves.

One more thing, one that I should have put right at the top: Nobody, but nobody, has a better partner in crime than I do. A big fat heartfelt thank you to Paddy.


VIDEO-- Tearful President Obama thanks staff: "I'm really proud of all of you."


A great way to end the day. Enjoy.

Thank you. This is your victory.


To our wonderful readers, a random moment of gratitude


Other than everyone ripping into President Obama for "slow growth" (I see the word "growth" as a positive, but hey, that's just me), there's a momentary lull in the news cycle.

So, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful readers.

Everyone goes through tough times. Paddy sure has, I sure have, and you all have at one time or another. During those times, we feel vulnerable and even overwhelmed.

It's times like those when we rely on friends and supporters to buck us up a little, or swoop in and offer a helping hand or offer a hug.

You guys do that for us day after day, week after week, year after year, and for that we thank you.

When we ask for donations to keep TPC alive, you're there.

When trolls come around in Comments with outlandish, rude, disrespectful, or even abusive words, you cover for us and put them in their place with reason, measured outrage, and intelligent arguments.

When we have Moments of Happy, you're there to celebrate with us.

When we make mistakes, typos, or get our facts wrong, you politely, and often with humor, correct and point us in the right direction with links or updated information.

When we get it right, you're generous enough to give us kudos.

Paddy and I do this day after day, nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 12 months a year. We rarely take breaks, and we occasionally get burnt out, cranky, feisty, or just plain silly. And there you are, riding it out with us, egging us on, and remaining loyal.

And so, since there was this little lull in the news day, I wanted to take a minute and let you know that we appreciate you beyond words.




PhotOH! Pres. Obama consoles sobbing woman who thanks him for health care law


REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Via our pal Andrew Kaczynski aka @BuzzFeedAndrew.

This Ohio voter was in tears thanking the president, who consoled her at a campaign stop in Sandusky, Ohio.  Stephanie Miller's sister died after battling colon cancer, partly because she couldn't purchase insurance. Miller expressed her gratitude to President Obama for getting his Affordable Care Act passed.

Politico quotes Miller as saying, "Even after she was diagnosed with cancer, she was told her income was too high for Medicaid."

Talk about bittersweet.

And wow, what a picture that is.


Mitt Romney calls "predecessor" to thank him


It's hard to believe that it's considered news if Mitt Romney calls President Obama's predecessor by name. But it is. To refresh your memory:

St. Petersburg, Florida (CNN) – The day after former President George W. Bush gave him an impromptu endorsement, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney pointedly avoided naming his new supporter in a Wednesday speech.

Instead, Romney referred to Bush five times as a “predecessor” to President Barack Obama.

That Moment of Avoidance came after GW Bush did this:

“’I’m for Mitt Romney,” Bush told ABC News Tuesday morning “as the doors of an elevator closed on him.”

And that Moment of Inanity became fodder for David Letterman’s Moment of Simulation.

And all of that finally led to a Moment of Gratitude from Willard:

(CNN) – Likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney called former President George W. Bush to thank him for his support, two sources told CNN.

Just a wild guess, but it's pretty much a sure thing that, at some point during the call, Willard called GW by name.

Either that or he called him Mr. Predecessor. Nah, that would be too awkward for even Mitt Romney.

Note: Edited.