Just what are the minimum requirements to be fit to serve in public office? I really have to wonder these days. Aside from the blatantly criminal behavior evidenced by the boys and girls serving up in Albany, NY that is…..those jerks have really brought the bar down low, and it just seems politicians are getting less intelligent. Governors leaving office because of sex scandals, jump immediately to mind. Shouldn’t one have their personal life in order before they dare presume to order our public lives?
Consider the national Congress and Senate shenanigans, during speeches and on the Sunday shows, and you could make a case for the decline of American politics indeed. Some of the most stupid, harebrained, and racist comments are not made by some loopy blogger in an obscure location; they’ve been uttered by those already holding public office, and usually seeking a higher office. I even wonder if politicians should be tested for mental illness. Continue reading →
Apparently, our favorite fact free Congresswoman from Minnesota has been a naughty gal. Allegations of corruption have been leveled at prominent Tea Party leader, Michele Bachmann, giving rise to a State Senate investigation in Iowa. Iowa’s ethics rules prohibit lawmakers from being paid for their work on presidential campaigns. That line of inquiry has given rise to questions about whether Bachmann’s campaign broke federal campaign finance laws by failing to disclose an estimated $52,500 in compensation for Sorenson, her highest-profile supporter in Iowa. Andy Parrish, Bachmann’s former congressional chief of staff and a longtime Minnesota Republican operative, has said that Sorenson was paid for his support of her run at the 2012 Presidency.
But that’s not all for the former Republican presidential nominee! Two other investigations are currently underway, also into the financial aspects of the ill-fated 2012 presidential bid from even farther back. Congressional ethics investigators are examining whether staffers in Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign Continue reading →
I found this article/blog post on CNN absolutely fascinating. My partner spends a lot of time in the Midwest, Tornado Alley in particular, and he confirmed some points reference in the piece. If you can’t check a traditional box for religion, or prefer none at all, you may relate to where the writer is coming from. I think you should check it out: Why I Raise My Children Without God – CNN iReport.
The race for Joe Lieberman’s Senate seat was a big deal here in the Tri-State area! Linda’s ads during Good Morning America. Linda’s ads during the mid day news. Linda’s ads during our nightly news. We were so literally deluged with Linda McMahon campaign ads, we would have rather watched wresting! She probably lost not for siding with the union busting Republican Mitt Romney, but for really annoying us morning, noon, and night!
Let’s indulge in a little grave dancing, shall we? I found this neat little article on Mother Jones by Nick Baumann.
The sore Losers of Election 2012 are not taking it easy. Particularly the Republican ones. And some just never got the lessons in grade school about being poor winners and losers, that the rest of us enjoyed. Maybe they don’t teach sportsmanship to the folks who get to Capitol Hill either?
Congressman Allen West, the south Florida Republican who has made headlines nationally for his fiery Tea Party rhetoric, filed motions asking a judge to require elections officials to impound ballots and voting machines. 100% of precincts reported Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy as the victor. But West still refuses to concede. Continue reading →
I woke this morning to the good news. President Obama had one a hard fought, long battle to stay in the White House for four more years. I cannot stay up late, I have to man my post at work very early, so the news came as a pleasant start to my day.
As someone who believes in good sportsmanship, I refrained from crowing my pleasure, only giving in to one positive tweet:
After all the ups and downs, dog-whistles, and ridiculousness of the GOP Primary, and horribly divisive Romney campaign filled with fact averse statements, and the most pumped up media coverage of a presidential race to date, America chose to stay the course. Continue reading →
Below is an email from Ohio State Representative Mike Foley and Cleveland native Nina Hart. Rep. Foley and Nina started a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition.
Dear MoveOn member,
In a last-minute directive issued Friday night that could disenfranchise thousands of Ohioans and tip the outcome of the election, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted changed requirements for submitting provisional ballots on Election Day. Continue reading →
The hits in the War on Women just keep on coming, so much misinformation and flat out misogyny in the men who are vying to win office in our country right now!! I’ve been seeing this chart all over the internet, and so thought I should share this email with you, kids, for educational purposes. Enjoy!
Cecelia, Republicans have introduced so many new types of rape recently—legitimate rape, honest rape, emergency rape, forcible rape, gift-from-God rape—that it’s getting difficult to keep track of them all. Continue reading →