Friday, October 31, 2014

There's No Escaping...The Right Wing House Of Fear

The world is a scary place for conservatives. There's always a nefarious group that's threatening to take away everything they cherish. Let's get in the Halloween spirit with political cartoonist Tom Tomorrow's depiction of the terror that lurks in the Right Wing House of Fear.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gohmert: Gays In Military Vulnerable To Terrorism Due To Massages

Continuing his battle against common sense, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has come up with a novel reason to oppose gays serving in the military. Speaking on the radio show "Point of View," Gohmert explained, "...if you're sitting around getting massages all day ready to go into a big, planned battle... You are going to be ultimately vulnerable to terrorism." Gohmert cites historical precedent: gay Greeks gave massages and were defeated in war. How is it possible that this dunce was ever elected to anything? Watch:

GOHMERT: "I've had people say, 'Hey, you know, there's nothing wrong with gays in the military. Look at the Greeks.' Well, you know, they did have people come along who they loved that was the same sex and would give them massages before they went into battle. But you know what, it's a different kind of fighting, it's a different kind of war and if you're sitting around getting massages all day ready to go into a big, planned battle, then you're not going to last very long. It's guerrilla fighting. You are going to be ultimately vulnerable to terrorism and if that's what you start doing in the military like the Greeks did ... as people have said, 'Louie, you have got to understand, you don't even know your history.' Oh yes I do. I know exactly. It's not a good idea"

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fox Host: Young, Single Women Too Stupid To Vote

Apparently conservatives now want to discourage young, single women, who tend to vote Democratic, from casting a ballot. Last week, Jeff Bell, New Jersey Republican Senate candidate, blamed single women for his failing campaign. Following Bell was Fox host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who stated that young, single women are too stupid to vote. Instead, they should spend their time on dating sites: "“The same reason young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it. They’re not in that same, like, life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, healthcare. They’re like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world. ...I just thank and excuse them so they can go back on Tinder and” Watch:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SC Gov. On Statehouse Confederate Flag: Not "A Single CEO" Has Complained

During a South Carolina gubernatorial debate, Gov. Nikki Haley (R) defended the flying of the Confederate flag at the Statehouse because she's received no complaints from CEOs: “What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state. I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.” That's the Republican perspective: the wealthy are fine, so what's the problem? In addition, two appointments fixed the perception of the state: "“But we really kind of fixed all that when you elected the first Indian-American female governor. When we appointed the first African-American U.S. senator, that sent a huge message.” So with the perception problem "fixed," South Carolina can continue flying the flag associated with racism and slavery. Watch:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Krugman: Obama One of "Most Consequential" Presidents in Modern History

A few years ago, Paul Krugman was critical of President Obama for a stimulus package that didn't go far enough and for naiveté in assuming Republican reasonableness. Recently, however, in a Rolling Stone article, "In Defense of Obama," Krugman wrote that "Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history" in terms of health care, financial reform, the environment and other issues. While Krugman tempers his accolades with realism, the overall review is positive: "In each case, Obama delivered less than his supporters wanted, less than the country arguably deserved, but more than his current detractors acknowledge. ...Am I damning with faint praise? Not at all. This is what a successful presidency looks like. No president gets to do everything his supporters expected him to." Krugman discussed his article with ABC News' Jon Karl. Watch:

Also listen to Krugman discuss Obama's legacy on NPR.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

"My Old Lady," Directed By Israel Horovitz

"My Old Lady" was originally a play by Israel Horovitz, who directed this film adaptation.  The main character, Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline), is 57 years old, thrice divorced and an acerbic, recovering alcoholic who left New York for Paris to claim his inheritance of an apartment building from his father. Once there, he discovers Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), a feisty 90-year-old, and he also encounters the vagaries of French real estate law. Apparently one can't sell an apartment while the previous tenant is alive; further, one must make payments to her. Mathilde lets him take a room while he considers his future, including what to ultimately do with his possession. Her dour daughter Chloe (Kristin Scott Thomas) also lives there, and she is not pleased by the new occupant. While this set-up seems to have the makings of a comedy (especially as somewhat misleadingly presented in the trailer above), the film takes quite a serious turn. Mathias and Chloe find they have something in common: Mathilde and Mathias's father had an affair in Paris. This long-term affair had damaging effects on both, yet these repercussions could also draw them together. "My Old Lady" is clearly a play adapted for a film, with long dialogues that uncover the characters' familial torments. While its transition into a film is not completely smooth, it is redeemed by powerful, revelatory acting on the part of the three main characters, especially that of Kevin Kline.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Remembering Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce, one of rock's greatest bassists, as well as a powerful lead vocalist and blues harmonica player, died at 71 on Saturday. The Scottish-born Bruce was a member of Cream, the ultimate rock power trio, with Eric Clapton, guitar, and Ginger Baker, drums. Afterward, Bruce continued his career with rock, jazz and fusion groups. At a 2005 Cream reunion above in Royal Albert Hall, London, the group performed "White Room," one of the hits, including "Sunshine of Your Love," that Bruce wrote with poet Pete Brown. The lyrics contain an intimation of mortality: "I'll sleep in this place with the lonely crowd; Lie in the dark where the shadows run from themselves."

Report: Stagnant Middle Class Leads To Stagnant Economy

Trickle-down economics contends that tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, along with deregulation, will result in economic growth. This theory ignores the fact that a middle class with money to spend is the ultimate force that stimulates the economy, increases demand and creates job. In a report, the Center for American Progress has found that corporate America and Wall Street are actually concerned that a stagnant middle class is leading to a stagnant economy. Regardless, conservative politicians and institutions such as the Heritage Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce continue to insist upon discredited trickle-down economics and are fixated on aiding the supply side of the equation, not the demand:

...This report gathers new evidence to show that middle-class weakness and stagnant wage growth are holding the economy back. We use the financial statements, known as 10-Ks—the annual report required by the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC—of the top 100 retailers in America and words of some of Wall Street’s top economists to underscore the point.

Time and again, America’s leading corporations warn investors that “decreased levels of consumer spending” (Kohl’s), “a renewed decline in consumer-spending levels” (Sears), and “decreased salaries and wages” (Burger King) could have a huge negative impact on their financial performance. The corporate consensus is clear: It is this cycle of stagnation—low wages, leading to weak demand, leading to slow growth, leading back to low wages—that is hurting companies, their consumers, and the U.S. economy at large.

...The evidence assembled in this report directly repudiates “trickle-down economics”—the idea that the only way to produce economic growth is to redistribute money to the rich, who will create jobs for everyone else. Conservative politicians, lobbyists, and commentators may still be stuck in the trickle-down mindset of the 1980s, but corporate America and the Wall Street analysts who closely follow it know better.

While it may at first seem obvious that low consumer demand impedes growth, conservative think tanks and other believers in trickle-down economics ignore the evidence. Stephen Moore, chief economist at the Heritage Foundation, approvingly quotes Arthur Laffer, the father of trickle-down economics, who said, “All economic problems are about removing impediments to supply, not demand.”

...If the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. Chamber, and other proponents of trickle-down economics refuse to believe the overwhelming academic evidence that clearly shows low consumer spending and income growth are holding the economy back, they should listen to corporate America and Wall Street when they say that a consumer base with large, growing discretionary incomes—in other words, a strong middle class—is the vital ingredient for job growth and a strong economy. Or, as Ellen Zentner, executive director and senior economist at Morgan Stanley, explained, “faster employment and wage growth for those at the bottom, were it to have staying power, would help lift consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Powell: GOP Must Appeal To More Than Its Base

General Colin Powell, a Republican, spoke to Bill Maher about his party's sharp turn to the right. He said that if it wants to win presidential elections, it has to appeal to more than just its base; it must appeal to minorities, who will be the majority in 20 years. In addition, the GOP must learn to compromise. Will Republicans listen to Powell? Watch:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

José vs. Joe: Who Gets A Job?

Still think we live in a post-racial society? In his job search, Jose Zamora sent out 50 to 100 resumes daily. He wasn't getting any responses. So he decided to make just one change. He dropped the "s" in his name and became Joe Zamora. Within a week, he was flooded with responses. "I had to drop a letter to get a title," Zamora concluded. Watch:

Jose Zamora's experience is backed up by a study, "Are Emily and Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination." Also see the New York Times: "'Whitening' the Resume" and "In Job Hunt, College Degree Can't Close Racial Gap."

Sarah Palin's PAC Funds Mostly Go To...Sarah Palin

Despite the fact that Sarah Palin has no chance of running as a viable candidate for anything in 2016, her SarahPAC has donated a minuscule amount of money to fellow Republicans. So where has all the money gone? The vast majority of the proceeds has gone to Sarah Palin. Are her contributors aware of this? Open Secrets provides the figures:

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s SarahPAC continued to perform underwhelmingly as a source of funds for other candidates in 2014′s third quarter, a report filed with the FEC this week showed. Out of $1.4 million the PAC had available in the third quarter — $978,000 sitting in the bank at the beginning of the July 1-Sept. 30 period, plus another more than $433,000 raised during that time — SarahPAC managed to donate just $45,000 to fellow Republicans running in the midterms. That’s a little more than 3 percent.

For the two-year 2014 cycle, the former Alaska governor’s PAC, a vehicle that helps her stay in the game amid talk that she may run in the 2016 presidential contest, has raised $2.5 million on top of more than $1.1 million that was in the bank at the start of the cycle. It has spent $2.7 million, with about $150,000 — or 5.5 percent — going to candidates.

That’s right about on par with the PAC’s parsimoniousness in 2012. Of the 417 leadership PACs that made at least one contribution in that cycle, SarahPAC was one of only 19 to give less than 10 percent of its total expenditures to candidates, other PACs or party committees. And it was one of only three of those spending more than $1 million to do so — the others being Rep. Ron Paul‘s (R-Texas) Liberty PAC and Sen. Marco Rubio‘s (R-Fla.) Reclaim America PAC. Paul was a presidential candidate, and Rubio may be one in 2016.

What did SarahPAC spend most of its money on, then, in the third quarter? Many of the same consultants she has used all along — for speechwriting, fundraising, logistics and research. There’s even someone paid to consult on “coalitions.” Travel, presumably for Palin, is part of the equation; a PAC like this is useful for keeping a high profile nationally without having to pay those pesky airline and hotel tabs out of personal funds. And the PAC sent $10,885 to HarperCollins — publisher of all three of Palin’s books — for “books for donor fulfillment.” That wasn’t the only book purchase by the committee: A lump sum of $13,000 was listed as being spent for “lodging, SUV rental, books for donors.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

Jan Brewer Is Wrong: Same-Sex Marriage Cannot Be Voted Upon

Gov. Jan Brewer (R) of Arizona is unhappy that U.S. District Judge John Sedwick ruled in favor of marriage equality in her state. She stated, "It is not the role of the judiciary to determine that same-sex marriages should be allowed. Historically and traditionally, that power belongs to the states, and to the people. If society wants to recognize same-sex marriage or civil unions, that decision should be made through our elected representatives or at the ballot – not the courts." Jan Brewer is wrong.

"States' rights" is the same argument that was used by segregationists in their resistance to full civil rights for African Americans. Rights, however, are inalienable; they are a legal matter that cannot be decided by popular vote. Further, minority rights must be protected from the tyranny of the majority under the principle of equal justice under the law. No one reasonable today would consider putting interracial marriage up for a vote. Voting on same-sex marriage is equally unjustifiable. Same-sex marriage can only be decided in the courts-not through a ballot. Arizona apparently has a governor who doesn't understand this.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"How Do We Know What Is True?" By Stephen Fry

Last week, we listened to Stephen Fry, English comedian, actor, writer and activist, provide the humanist response to finding happiness and meaning in life. In the following animated video, Fry states that the use of observation, experimentation and the testing of theories against evidence–the scientific method–is the best way to discover truths about how the world works. Watch:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Norah Jones Live

Over the past few weeks, we've watched Dhani Harrison, Paul Simon and Beck perform on Conan's week-long tribute to George Harrison. Let's conclude with Norah Jones' rendition of "Behind That Locked Door," which appeared on Harrison's classic solo album "All Things Must Pass" (1970). Jones is the daughter of the late sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, under whom Harrison studied.

Friday, October 17, 2014

GOP Senate Candidate Blames Single Women For His Failing Campaign

Today's Republicans are always ready to blame immigrants, gays, minorities and women for whatever ails the nation. Jeff Bell, New Jersey Republican Senate candidate, fits right in with this ethos. He's behind by over 20 points in his race against incumbent Democrat Cory Booker. Bell doesn't blame his socially conservative views, such as his opposition to abortion, for the state of his campaign. The fault, according to him, is with single mothers who depend on government support. In fact, even single women without children–and, ultimately, declining marriage rates–are to blame for his faltering run. Bell did his whining to the Asbury Park Press:

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell said he is behind in the polls by double digits because single mothers are "wed" to the social benefits like food stamps that Democrats hand out.

Bell said his 20-plus percentage point deficit among women in public opinion polls isn't due to his socially conservative views, such as opposition to abortion rights, but rather the result of demographic boost in the number of unmarried women.

"I've done a lot of thinking about this and looked at a lot of different polls, I think it has more to do with the rise in single women," Bell told the Asbury Park Press. "Single mothers particularly are automatically Democratic because of the benefits. They need benefits to survive, and so that kind of weds them to the Democratic Party.

"But single women who have never married and don't have children are also that way," he continued. "If you take married women, they aren't that different from married men. So it's really a problem with the decline in marriage rates. The Democrats do benefit from that."

Photo: Facebook

Thursday, October 16, 2014

College GOP Leader Doesn't Want Campus Voting Registration

Leigh Thomas, chairwoman of the High Point University College Republicans in North Carolina, expressed the GOP's negative attitude toward the right to vote. Bree Binder, a representative of Turning Point, a conservative non-profit student group, asked Thomas for permission to conduct a voter registration drive on campus. Thomas responded, “I understand the registration process. I’m just not sure if this is something I would want to have on this High Point University campus, the registration of voting.” Finally she gave her bottom line: “I don’t want to have any voting registration happening on this campus with students.” She was also upset that the exchange was recorded. Watch:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Robert Reich: What Would Happen Under A Republican Senate?

In the following video, Robert Reich warns that the Republicans' war on working Americans would get a big boost if they won the Senate. They would deny a minimum wage boost, an unemployment benefits extension and infrastructure development. Instead, the GOP would attempt to cut access to health care and funding for education–and they'd try to cut taxes on billionaires and widen tax loopholes for hedge fund managers. They'd also threaten another government shutdown. If you don't want all this, Vote Blue! Watch:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jon Stewart Slams Fox's "False Patriotism"

Jon Stewart cites the hypocrisy of Congress and the media, particularly Fox News, regarding war and President Obama. While speaking about the "existential threat" of ISIS, members of Congress are reluctant to go on record declaring war before the midterm elections. Instead, they'd rather criticize the President for saluting the military with a latte in his hands, while forgetting Bush's salute with his dog in his arm. Meanwhile, Fox's Eric Bolling speaks of the military putting "their lives on the line" and, in the next breath, refers to a female fighter pilot as "boobs on the ground"–to which Stewart retorted, “F*** you, and all your false patriotism.” Watch:

"From The Margins: Lee Krasner And Norman Lewis, 1945-1952" At Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum's last major exhibit on abstract expressionism was in 2008, with the outstanding "Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning and American Art, 1940-1976." Also quite worthwhile, albeit on a smaller scale, is the current show on two artists who came of age in the 1930s and took part in the postwar turn to abstraction: Lee Krasner, from a Russian Jewish immigrant family that settled in Brooklyn, and Norman Lewis, an African American whose parents immigrated from Bermuda and settled in Harlem. While Krasner and Lewis didn't know each other, their work had parallels. While other abstract artists of the time were noted for their large canvases, the two showcased here often preferred smaller, more intimate works. Cultural influences are evident in both artists' paintings; Krasner's "little images" were painted right to left, reflecting the order of the Hebrew script she learned as a child ("Untitled," 1948, above top). Lewis's sinuous lines and suggestive shapes suggest jazz improvisation ("Twilight Sound," 1947, above). Among the abstract expressionists, both were indeed "from the margins"; Krasner spent much of her energy promoting Jackson Pollock, her husband, while Lewis has clearly been neglected in modern art history. This exhibit provides an illuminating view of two abstract artists deserving of much wider recognition.

"From The Margins: Lee Krasner And Norman Lewis, 1945-1952" continues through February 1 at the Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave. at 92nd St., NYC; (212) 423-3200,

Sunday, October 12, 2014

"How Can I Be Happy?": A Humanist Response By Stephen Fry

How can one be happy and find meaning in life outside of a religious framework? Stephen Fry, English comedian, actor, writer and activist, provides the humanist response in the following animated video:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Beck Live

Having watched Dhani Harrison and Paul Simon take part in the recent week-long tribute to George Harrison on "Conan," let's now turn to Beck's rendition of "Wah Wah." The song originally appeared on Harrison's solo album "All Things Must Pass" (1970).

Justice Ginsburg: Abortion Restrictions Impact Poor Women

In an interview with Elle, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg held forth on Justice Anthony Kennedy's helping restrict abortion rights, the impact of such restrictions on poor women, and her determination not to resign while President Obama is still in office:

ELLE: You’ve said that the symbol of the U.S. shouldn’t be an eagle but a pendulum. It seems to me that the pendulum has swung in a very conservative direction for women’s rights, but not for gay rights. Why?

GINSBURG: To be frank, it’s one person who made the difference: Justice [Anthony] Kennedy. He was a member of the triumvirate used to [reaffirm] Roe v. Wade in the Casey case, but since then, his decisions have been on upholding restrictions on access to abortion...

ELLE: Fifty years from now, which decisions in your tenure do you think will be the most significant?

GINSBURG: Well, I think 50 years from now, people will not be able to understand Hobby Lobby. Oh, and I think on the issue of choice, one of the reasons, to be frank, that there’s not so much pro-choice activity is that young women, including my daughter and my granddaughter, have grown up in a world where they know if they need an abortion, they can get it. Not that either one of them has had one, but it’s comforting to know if they need it, they can get it.

The impact of all these restrictions is on poor women, because women who have means, if their state doesn’t provide access, another state does. I think that the country will wake up and see that it can never go back to [abortions just] for women who can afford to travel to a neighboring state…

ELLE: I’m not sure how to ask this, but a lot of people who admire and respect you wonder if you’ll resign while President Obama is in office.

GINSBURG: Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court. [The Senate Democrats] took off the filibuster for lower federal court appointments, but it remains for this court. So anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided. As long as I can do the job full steam…. I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer. But now I can.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

John Cleese: Fox News Is Too Stupid To Know It's Stupid

Recent stupidity from Fox News includes host Eric Bolling referring to a female air force pilot from the United Arab Emirates as “boobs on the ground”; Andrea Tantaros' statement that Ebola patients arriving from Africa may seek treatment from a witch doctor instead of going to a hospital; and Gretchen Carlson's calling Colorado high school students "punks" for protesting a right-wing school board's proposed changes (since defeated) to the American history curriculum. You can find many more examples at Media Matters. Will Fox News ever realize how stupid it is? Watch John Cleese of "Monty Python" fame explain why it will not:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mitch McConnell On Climate Change: "I'm Not A Scientist"

Despite the fact that 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is due to human activity, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pleads ignorance due to the fact that he's not among their ranks. In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, McConnell said, "We can debate this forever. ...I'm not a scientist. I'm interested in protecting Kentucky's economy." McConnell does have doubts about whether climate change is real, due to the fact that there are those–like himself–who are doing nothing about it: "If you felt that was a big problem, you would think everybody in the world would be interested in going down this path, but I don't see any evidence of it so far." McConnell is also among fellow Republicans who use the "I'm not a scientist" cliche to justify harming the Earth, including Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Florida Governor Rick Scott, U.S. Senate Candidate Joni Ernst, and House Speaker John Boehner. The National Climate Assessment was written by scientists to help members of Congress understand the issue. Donald. J Wuebbles, coordinating lead author for the 2013 assessment report, said, “Personally, I don’t think it proper for any American to use that argument [that they're not scientist].” That doesn't seem to bother McConnell and his fellow Republicans, who evidently haven't gotten around to reading the report.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Video: Homophobes Won't Vote For An "Admitted Heterosexual"

 In the following video, YouTuber Joseph Costello asked several men in Austin, Texas, whether they would vote for an "admitted heterosexual" for president. Each one confused "heterosexual" with "homosexual" and said "no." Among them is an admirer of Hitler who wants to kill all LGBT and poor people. The homophobes shown here are not only bigots, but they're also not too bright. No surprise there. In addition, recent legal victories for marriage equality increasingly put these characters on the wrong side of history. Watch:

Monday, October 6, 2014

"Misconception": The Fake Abortion Clinics Of America

The following documentary by Vice News exposes the ways in which "crisis pregnancy centers" try to deceive women seeking abortions, both by hiding their actual mission of discouraging abortions and by providing false information about the procedure. Watch:

Lee Fang: How the Media Bankrolls Pro-war Pundits

Lee Fang, investigative reporter for The Nation, recently wrote an article, "Who's Paying The Pro-War Pundits?" Fang discussed his thesis with Thom Hartmann, pointing out that many of those who are calling for a military escalation against ISIS, including deploying thousands of American troops, are actually "highly paid board members, advisers or employees of defense contractors that would benefit from many of the policies that these individuals are pushing." The media refuses to disclose this conflict of interest, merely stating that they are "former generals" or "think tank heads." Watch:

(h/t: Best of the Left Podcast)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Paul Simon Live

Last week, we watched Dhani Harrison pay tribute to his father, George Harrison, with a rendition of the latter's "Let It Down." The performance was part of a week-long tribute to George on "Conan." Now let's enjoy Paul Simon's acoustic cover of "Here Comes The Sun," a Harrison composition that appeared on the Beatles' "Abbey Road" (1969) album:

After the performance, Simon spoke with Conan O'Brien about visiting Harrison at his estate, Friar Park:

"Republicans Are People Too" Video Uses Stock Photos

This week, we looked at a GOP video, "Republicans Are People Too," which purported to show us that Republicans are a lot more diverse than we'd imagined. Contrary to the stereotypes, they're black women, New York Times readers, guys with tattoos and beards, and Prius drivers. There's one problem, though: these "Republicans" are actually stock photos. Can't they find real GOP supporters to make their point? Below are the photos as shown in the video, followed by evidence that they are all stock:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

GOP Video: "Republicans Are People Too"

Vinny Minchillo, a Texas-based Republican campaign strategist, wants you to know that Republicans drive Priuses, recycle and listen to Spotify. Why, they even use Macs, just like this liberal blogger! Ulitmately, Minchillo wants you to know, as the title of the video below states, that "Republicans Are People Too." It's part of his campaign, "," which "aims to combat the partisan rancor directed at the GOP. In short: to humanize Republicans demonized by the left as women-hating, nature-destroying Fox News addicts. A 97-second video on the site informs viewers that Republicans do things that you may not associate with conservatives." Well, no one denies that Republicans are people; regarding the issues cited, however, it's also true that they support a party that denies women's choice and equal pay, as well as climate change. These stances are, of course, constantly reinforced on Fox News. Regardless, Republicans apparently feel hurt when these stances are called out. See if you feel inclined to not "post another bullying comment" about Republicans, as the campaign web site states, when you watch the following:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New York Post Criticizes Newborn Clinton

Andy Borowitz wrote a satirical piece in The New Yorker about Republicans running an attack ad on the newest member of the Clinton family, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky. Leave it to the New York Post to turn satire into reality. After Chelsea Clinton announced the birth of her first child and Bill and Hillary Clinton tweeted about their joy as new grandparents, the Post presented its "congratulations" on the front page by proclaiming "Another liberal crybaby for Dem Clintons." Stay classy, New York Post.