Yes, She’s Running.

Former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech for Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania — and she sounded like she was taking a few presidential ideas out for a test drive. For example: “A 20th century economy will not work for 21st century families. It is past time for a fresh start.”

She urged the audience not to take anything for granted in this, or any other political race. No contest is over before the ballots are counted. “From my perspective, you can’t count on things turning out the way you wanted, unless you get out and work for it, right?” Right. Watch the video at Politico.

Hillary Clinton in PA

Politicians and Pundits Have Been Counting Their Conservative Eggs Before They’ve Hatched

chicken-or-eggVoters across the country are doing something this midterm election many in the media hadn’t predicted — and which pollsters are now confirming — they’re actually paying attention. The headline stories you’ve seen for six months running were wrong. Across the country, it’s going to be an actual race. Voters have yet to decide who they believe can break the historic gridlock in Washington, D.C. — and that has Republicans running scarred.

The tight races have loosened pursestrings of Republican big money donors, too; they raised a record $15.5 million last month alone. The bad news for the GOP, Continue reading

Mitch McConnell’s Media Meltdown

Mitch McConnell has a meltdown on live radioWhat? Too much? I can’t help if the recent polling makes me mirthful. Okay — I’ll stop. I just wanted to drop this link here so you can hear the latest from Kentucky in this important race to retain the Senate. Democrats have a real shot at sending Mitch on his merry way. If you have any spare shekels — Alison can use all the help she can get right about now — the big money players are banking on retaining the status quo.

Everything Glenn Beck Says About Islamic Caliphate is Wrong

Fox News is ISIL's Best WeaponRemember the guy that was too crazy to work at Fox News? Well Megyn Kelly just offered Glenn Beck a mea culpa of sorts — telling her audience that ‘by gosh, it looks like ol’ Glenn was right after all.’ NO, he wasn’t — and no, you don’t seem to know the first thing about the terrorist organization calling itself the “Islamic State.”

I’m going to make you click away from here (again) as we get If You Only News up and running (and I figure out where to plug in my power strip here at the new joint). All the snark you’ve come to expect, without the Facebook “Like” button. You’re welcome.

This [Expletive] Racist TEA Party [Expletive] Needs to Be In a FEMA Camp.

GrrrrrrrrSo there I am, minding my own business, sipping on my first cup of coffee and seeing who’s doing what online and right #$¢%ing out-of-the-gate, some TEA Party #$¢%-stick decides to pee in my Wheaties®. I couldn’t get past the first ten seconds to know it wasn’t going to end well, but I decided to look a little deeper down his rabbit hole of insanity. Call it Islamaphobic RWNJ spelunking, if you will; I never found bottom.

This guy went so far as to post that he ‘figgers’ the president of the United States, ‘more’n like,’ has sex with his daughters and need to go #$¢% his “man-wife.” You’d think that’d be the worst of it; you’d be wrong. As I said, I never saw a line he wouldn’t cross, clinging to his guns and paranoid delusions as he stands up for ‘Murica! Ladies and gentlemen – meet #$¢%ing Drew.



“Batshit Crazy” is the New Black

Joni Ernst castrates pigs

There is simply no way in hell Joni Ernst is ready to debate ANYTHING in the US Senate, outside of whether or not to market hogs before they develop boar taint (five to six months, typically, or when the reach market weight of 260-300 lbs).

Rachel Maddow has the video of this Koch Brothers-funded nincompoop telling people she believes that WMD were in Iraq — because her husband was stationed in Saudi Arabia … or something. READ THIS

Washington Football Gets Another Black Eye

Redskins = Racists

I’m just going to leave this here. Yes, this is a local artist. No, we’ve never met (nor do I have a financial interest in this project). Yes, I’ll be wearing one of these around town.*

From her website: “All profits will go to Kwe.Strong Indigenous Women’s Wellness, a program founded in Minneapolis that helps Indigenous Women set and achieve their fitness goals.” FYI: buttons are only four bucks. ijs

*Orders will take 3-4 weeks.

If It’s Sunday, It’s Meet The GOP

If it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Press — and another opportunity for the GOP to distract the American people from six years of policies which have accomplished absolutely nothing (while thumbing their noses at women, veterans and the poor). That, and standing in the way of any efforts to help America out of our Great Recession (while protecting Wall Street, big banks, and corporate donors who continue to dream up new ways to keep profits out of circulation here at home). Mad yet? You should be.


RNC carnival barker Reince Priebus did his best Groucho Marx for NBC’s Chuck Todd: “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?” Why would you think actual Republican policies might be part of their discussion? Silly voter — facts are for Democrats. Any race polling within the margin of error (many just two or three points apart) is a ‘clear win’ on Meet the Press — ” … the question for us is, you know, are we gonna win with six, seven or eight seats.” See? Easy peasy.

Reince also spent time patiently explaining how all of the various factions within the GOP/TEA caucus are now — amazingly (and just “coincidentally” that we’re one month out from the election) — “a unified party.” Really? Pay no attention to the gridlock and infighting we’ve watched since 2010. That’s all in the past, now that the right is rolling out a new and improved PR campaign: “Principles for American Renewal.” We’re for growing the economy! (insert sfx cheering crowd) We’re for healthcare reform! (insert sfx cheering crowd) Look at our Congressional record (insert sfx crickets chirping)

Republicans won’t tell you these platitudes mask plans to continue protecting corporate tax loopholes, offshore American jobs, or move American companies elsewhere (while continuing to enjoy all the benefits of an American workforce, infrastructure and resources, without having to contribute to our tax base).

People made a lot of noise when news that Burger King was looking to merge with a Canadian company (and move their tax burdens away from our U.S. Treasury) got out. Here’s a question: why didn’t we hear the same level of protest when Halliburton moved their HQ to Dubai (and kept all of those cozy no-bid contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense)?

Look — Reince is a water-boy; it’s his job to claim that “it’s gonna be a pretty bad year for Democrats.” Perhaps — but that constant harangue trumpeted by media is unfair, it’s bad reporting, and it’s disillusioning for people living in competitive districts. None of these political contests are decided — despite what national media might have you believe. YOU and I determine the winners in these races at the ballot box. Sadly, most news outlets are serving up a heaping helping of “why bother” at the moment. Well here’s your steaming cup of STFU, Chuck Todd.

Where’s the Sunday morning report highlighting that competitive race in Iowa, between Representative Bruce Braley and Tea Party newcomer, Joni Ernst? Since national news programs broadcast gloom and doom for Democrats, you’d never know Congressman Braley delivered what might be the best line of the election season so far — a coup de grâce during a televised debate he clearly won. “I’m not going to owe President Obama anything on Election Day. You’re (Ms. Ernst) going to owe the Koch brothers everything.” Booyah!

In Wisconsin, where Scott Walker’s numbers look encouraging (don’t ask me — people can be stupid at times), the push-back is focused on blunting the GOP’s war on women. The National Republican Senatorial Committee recommended, and Governor Walker (actually a group coordinating with his campaign, without *actually* donating to “the campaign” [wink wink]) is airing commercials which detail a violent, graphic story of domestic abuse — with a tagline directly from the battered spouse: “today I am fighting for Scott Walker.”

Did you get that? Women can just ignore Republican efforts to block legislation to guarantee equal pay; put closing women’s health clinics out of their mind for a month or so; and let’s pretend it wasn’t the Republicans who stopped reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. They’re the good guys — honest! And they have a standing invitation on Sunday morning to pretend their lies are true.

Conservative brains light up like a Christmas tree when presented with fear-based messages (science for the win). The pro-Walker ad will be effective because it tickles that part of their lizard brain which they can’t control, and gives them a hero figure in Scott Walker. Ignore everything you know about Republicans — Scott is the only thing standing between this young mother of two, and another violent attack. Yes, that’s how it works.

In Kentucky — a race Alison Lundergan Grimes really can win — the Senate minority leader’s ad says “Mitch McConnell co-sponsored the original Violence Against Women Act — he’s always supported its purpose.” Fine — but meanwhile all eight GOP senators on the Judiciary Committee voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. They did that because immigrants, homosexuals, and Native Americans want protection, too. No — I’m really not kidding — that’s why they blocked it.

So thanks for trotting out that shiny new GOP plan for Americans to be distracted by just in time to cast their votes, Reince. I look forward to the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on ad campaigns that’ll saturate TV screens across the country over the next thirty days.

Say — here’s a thought: do you suppose the media’s insistence on promoting this GOP claptrap (which is really just free advertising), while ignoring SIX YEARS of Republican obstructionism, might have something to do with the FACT that they’re about to cash in on “hundreds of millions of dollars spent on ad campaigns that’ll saturate TV screens across the country over the next thirty days?” Bingo! Winner, winner — chicken dinner!

You’re welcome.