‘Racial air-raid sirens’

Charles Pierce: …. Chris Matthews got all up in the slick, smug little grill of obvious anagram Reince Priebus this morning on Morning Joe’s Playhouse over the obvious racial air-raid sirens that have echoed through Republican politics only since about half-past 1964, and which have grown especially loud these past few weeks as Willard Romney made his little fun-fun about birth certificates last week, and his campaign released an ad falsely accusing the president of “gutting welfare reform” …

If you can tear yourself away from the attempts of the hosts to tut-tut-my-good-man the whole thing to death – and poor Tom Brokaw, who freaking covered the civil-rights movement and knows good and well which party latched on to the wrong side of those events and rode them to glory, looks as though he might have a stroke – listen carefully to what Matthews says. He links the birther joke to the welfare commercials, which any thinking analyst would do, since they came hard, one upon the other….

…. What we have in this campaign is a joining of old Republican money with the modern American financial universe, and its power applied to advance ideas straight out of the swamps of the Wallace campaign 50 years ago. It is an unholy mess, and it is precisely the unholy mess over which Reince Priebus wants to preside, and if Mika wants the tone to change, maybe she should start there.

I predict Matthews will be disciplined. I, for one, am willing to go his bail on this one.

Full post here



Michael Tomasky: …. Tom Edsall said it without quite saying it this morning in the Times (link), that this Romney-Ryan campaign is becoming among the most racist we’ve ever seen. The two key lies so far are totally about race – that Obama is soft on welfare recipients, and that he’s “robbing” $716 billion from Medicare (77 percent of recipients are white) to “pay for Obamacare” (that is, to extend health care to black and brown people who don’t deserve it, haven’t earned it, etc.).

… We’re going to be hearing a lot of those lies this week, and a lot of quasi-racist dog-whistling about how Obama doesn’t feel the same way about America as “we” do. So no – still not sure what I should find non-loathsome about that.

Full post here


Read Thomas Edsall’s ‘Making the Election About Race’ piece here



Ed Kilgore: … It’s clear by now that the Romney campaign is going to shrug off the almost universal denunciation of his welfare ads (and to only a lesser extent, his Medicare ads that show a white senior frowning as the narrator says ObamaCare is “not for you”) as a pack of despicable, race-baiting lies ….

… If nothing else, his wizards probably figured out some time ago that the “welfare” crap offered a rare opportunity to hit notes equally effective with “the base” and the non-college educated white voters who make up a high percentage of this election’s “swing”. Add in the thick armor conservatives have built for themselves against any accusations of racism — now, almost by definition, they believe only liberals are racists, and only white people are targets of racism – and it was probably an easy call for Team Mitt, particularly since truthfulness is not a factor at all.

…. Romney’s not going to be shamed out of his unsavory tactics. But on the other hand, if his gambit fails, not only will his presidential ambitions perish once and for all, but just maybe the kind of politics he has come to exemplify – rich people encouraging the middle class to “kick down” at “those people” – will take a hit as well.

Full post here

137 Responses to “‘Racial air-raid sirens’”

  1. 1 Bill R.
    August 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Viva Tweety!

  2. 6 Mariele K.
    August 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I say Amen to Chris Matthew

    • 7 jacquelineoboomer
      August 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      And Soledad O’Brien, last week!

      • 8 isonprize
        August 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        Soledad was on FIYAH!!! Chris, yeah, he was on fire, but I wonder how long it will last. He can do a pretty mean flip-flop too…

        • 9 Puddin'
          August 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

          They all do their share of flip-flopping, including Soledad…she has moments for often than not, of being a pushover and not really holding her voice.

        • 10 jacquelineoboomer
          August 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

          Agree on Chris. I just sent him a tweet that maybe he’ll win a Profiles in Courage award from his idol JFK’s daughter, if he keeps it up. Ha! He’d have to keep it up a lot longer than just today, so to speak.

  3. 12 nospin
    August 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    GOP Details Huge Medicare Change In Leaked Platform

    Shorter version: Privatize and let seniors pick up any additional cost for care.


  4. August 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    On Espn 2 Serena has a match, playing in the US Open.
    She is ranked 28th?

  5. 17 nospin
    August 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

  6. 22 edwina3
    August 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    trying again. . .

    • August 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Favorite to win what? NADA.

      • 24 jacquelineoboomer
        August 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        Favorite to win the hearts and minds of the racists! Otherwise, NADA.

      • 25 edwina3
        August 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

        I know, pants on fire, Sully. Sorry I posted that but the overall thought is true. If Republicans win (and they won’t) it will be a reflection on who we are as a people.

    • August 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    • 28 EricFive
      August 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      What is Sully smoking? He believes Mitt is favored to win? Based on what? Mitt has been having a horrible August and I remember some GOP pundit said that Mitt has to really take off as a candidate in August or he will certainly lose. Well, if anyone’s campaign has hit its stride in August it is PBO and certainly not Mitt (tax returns, Mitt the twit in Europe, war on women, no bump from VP pick, Charlie Crist, etc). PBO has extended his lead among women and has reach over 50% approval in the two latest polls. I am glad that more and more “journalists” are calling Mitt out on his racism/lying. Kudos to Chris Matthews and shame on the rest of that horrible panel.

  7. 29 Proud Former White House Intern
    August 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Wow how can anyone not see the games that the GOP is playing its ridiculous. I just watch the clip of Chris, I am very proud he stood up against their ignorance.

  8. 30 Ladyhawke
    August 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Team Romney White-Vote Push: ‘This Is the Last Time Anyone Will Try to Do This’

    By Jonathan Chait


  9. 31 relellit
    August 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Good afternoon

    Andrea Mitchell still blowing hot and defending MYTH Romney; :oops. Sickening.

  10. 32 Claire
    August 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Hope everyone tunes in to Hardball tonight. Chris deserves a supportive audience. We need more journalists to do the right thing. Actually we need more white journalists to do the right thing. Just like we stood together, black, white, brown, yellow, and red for civil rights, we need to stand together now and let the racist birther party know that we have had enough of their hatred.

    The best way is to show up at the polls! Have you registered a new voter this week?

  11. 36 Eveingeorgia
    August 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I say we let NBCNEWS.COM know, right now, that if Chris is disciplined for speaking the truth, then we will stand with him,nas Pierce suggests.

    He was ” practicing journalism” and it was long over due. Can we all tweet that to NBC. What’s there twitter handle?

  12. 38 relellit
    August 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Congratulations on 1st Bill R.

    Yup, Tweety laid the smack down on Prei-butts.:lol:

  13. 39 sjterrid
    August 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you, Chris Matthews for not allowing Priebus continuing to lie about what they’re doing? I’m going to call MSNBC and thank him.

    • 40 sjterrid
      August 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      That should be an exclamation point not a question mark!

    • 41 Nena20409
      August 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Here : 212-664-4444 for Leaving messages.

      Here: 212-664-2456 for Griffin’s office.

      • 42 lisalovesobama
        August 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

        Thanks. Left messages at both.

        • 43 Smoothscotch
          August 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

          I just called from Canada and left a voice mail at the CM show. Thanked him for a great rebuttal and speaking TRUTH!

      • 44 sjterrid
        August 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        Thank you so much, Nena. I just went to the last thread I knew someone had left the number to call there. I did leave a message for Chris Matthews, but I will now call Griffin’s office too.

      • 45 Claire
        August 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        I called the 1st number and spoke to a person. He said he was very happy to pass my comments along.

        • 46 Nena20409
          August 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

          The TODweb Villagers Rock. Over at HP, I am home today. over 20K Comments. Mediaite, over 500 comments. Mr. Matthews is getting the LOVE that are due him.

      • August 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        Thank you Nena – called Griffin’s office and told the young lady who answered how proud we are of Chris Mathews for behaving as an honorable journalist.

        • 48 Nena20409
          August 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm

          You are the Bobfr of the TODweb Village group Main, man. Amk is still missing and LL is a bit sidelined today. So Sir, You have got the Village going today. Thank you.

      • 49 Puddin'
        August 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        Thanks. I just left messages on both numbers!

  14. 50 edwina3
    August 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm

  15. August 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    More than seven out of 10 Americans believe Mitt Romney’s policies would benefit the wealthy, while President Barack Obama has an advantage over his Republican counterpart when it comes to helping the middle class, according to a poll released Monday.

    Half of all Americans think Obama’s policies would help the middle class, compared with only 40 percent for Romney, according to the Pew Research Center poll. Sixty percent think Obama’s policies would help the poor, compared with only 31 percent for Romney.


  16. August 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    The title of my new TPV piece: “America’s dark night of the soul”. I’ll let you all know when it’s up.

  17. August 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Me thinks, the President will have to cancel Tuesdays events, if this hits New Orleans.
    Just saying!
    Understandable, but it still stinks. If that happens, the RNC may have to follow suit, a bit of a game of Chicken.
    One good bit of news, the Levy in New Orleans can withstand a Strong Cat 3!

    • August 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      That will make me sad…I feel like a junkie in withdrawal. No campaign speeches for DAAAAAAYs. Of course, I hope there is no hurricane sadness and that NOLA is just fine.

  18. 59 Ladyhawke
    August 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm



    Romneycare no longer a forbidden subject

    By Steve Benen


    This is just fascinating. Romney has a problem when it comes to the gender gap, so all of a sudden, “Romneycare,” which has been a forbidden topic throughout the race, is seen as a possible solution. Left unsaid, of course, is Romney telling those on the right to keep their mouths shut because, well, he’s running for president for Pete’s sake.

    More importantly, though, is the other detail Romney neglected to mention: he intends to destroy the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, which would mean necessarily stripping millions of families of insurance, consumer protections, and health benefits.

    It’s disjointed argument, isn’t it? Romney can’t be awful on women’s health, the argument goes, because he brought coverage to so many women in Massachusetts, but don’t worry, the argument continues, he’ll take coverage away from millions of women nationwide if elected president.



  19. August 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    President Barack Obama is scheduled to receive a briefing Monday from FEMA and other federal officials on preparations for Tropical Storm Isaac as it approaches the Gulf Coast.

    Obama got a rundown Sunday from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricance Center Director Rick Knabb and other emergency management officials as they spread out across Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana — the four states that could get direct hits by the storm beginning Tuesday afternoon.

    “His direction to FEMA is [to] make sure we’re ready to go,” Fugate told reporters Monday in a conference call.

    Fugate added that FEMA now has authority post-Katrina to quickly redeploy its resources — bottled water, food, supplies for infants and small children — to affected areas without waiting for requests from a governor.

    Isaac — currently a tropical storm but potentially making landfall as a Category 1 or 2 hurricane – is most noteworthy for its size and slow-moving nature, Fugate said.

    As much as 12 inches to 18 inches of rainfall are expected in some areas from the storm. Storm surges as high as six feet to 12 feet are also possible in southeastern Louisiana. High winds and inland flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas are top concerns as the storm progresses mid-week.

    Because of the storm’s size and the uncertainty of models predicting the storm’s path, Fugate urged the public not to focus just on the potential of a direct strike on low-lying New Orleans.

    “I think people need to understand this is not a New Orleans storm. This is a Gulf Coast storm,” he said.

    Federal officials said members of the public should follow their local government’s evacuation orders.

    “Wherever people plan to be during the storm they need to get there tonight,” Knabb, the NHC director in Miami, said during Monday’s briefing with reporters.

    • August 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      “Fugate added that FEMA now has authority post-Katrina to quickly redeploy its resources — bottled water, food, supplies for infants and small children — to affected areas without waiting for requests from a governor.”

      Aaaahhhh, and who’s going to yell: “States’ rights !” ?


  20. 62 dotster3
    August 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

  21. 65 lamh35
    August 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Excuse my language, but A-freakn’-Men Booman, A-freakn’-Men.

    A Governor’s Son Can Be Humble

    Whether you were born on first, second, or third base, you can still succeed in this country, and you can succeed without thinking you did it all because of your superior status in life.

    That’s what I kind so irritating about Mitt Romney. For him to boast that no one ever questioned his birth certificate? That’s just not something one of Brendan Byrne’s kids would ever think to do. They don’t think they’re better than Barack Obama because they’re 100% white, or because their father was an important man. If anything, they have first hand knowledge about how much hard work it takes to succeed in politics, and they know that the president has more talent than they do. And they know that the president had to overcome many more obstacles to get where he is than they would have, if they had been capable of getting there.

    What Romney lacks is humility and respect for others. And it’s makes me angry.

  22. August 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you Chris Matthews for standing up to the liar RP this AM. Excellent job sir. That thug party is so accustomed
    to shouting and drowning out everyone that he was quite surprised that someone stood up to him. This was such a
    refreshing change. Keep it going till Nov. 6.

  23. 67 Renegade522/AuntSis
    August 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Hello All: I had to get out of the house today and so I ventured and picked up my MacBook Pro. The weather is a hot mess. Driving is pretty scary. Its hard to judge a puddle until you are almost up on it. I am home safe and sound and in one piece.
    I am thrilled that the spirit moved Chris and he told the truth. I applaud him for that but forgive me for not wanting to support his show on a consistent basis. Tweety show is bi-polar at best but I will give him his just due when warranted. Let me tell you, when he is right, he can bring it with the best and leave those republicans cursing in their sleep for at least two good days. 🙂 I saw a show where he put Norquist’s on the spot and he was a bubbling mess. It was a thing of beauty. After that take down, I assume the bosses had a talk to him and he was back to his wishy washy self. I expect he will be the same in a few days. Oh, well.

  24. 68 Bill R.
    August 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Hurricane hits Tampa! Someone call FEMA NOW! Oops.. that’s the guvmint, isn’t it??

  25. August 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Nena20409…. thank you for both numbers for NBC/MSNBC. I called both and left messages for CM thanking him for
    standing up to Priebus and debunking the lies. I noticed Priebus was at a loss for words after a while when he
    could not get his talking points in.

    • 70 Nena20409
      August 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      You are welcome. I called both numbers today and the 212-664-4444 2X to leave Kudos messages for Matthews.

  26. August 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

  27. 72 Ladyhawke
    August 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm


    ——————————– PRINCIPLES OF JOURNALISM —————————–


    Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built–context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever greater flow of data, they have more need–not less–for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.


    While news organizations answer to many constituencies, including advertisers and shareholders, the journalists in those organizations must maintain allegiance to citizens and the larger public interest above any other if they are to provide the news without fear or favor. This commitment to citizens first is the basis of a news organization’s credibility, the implied covenant that tells the audience the coverage is not slanted for friends or advertisers. Commitment to citizens also means journalism should present a representative picture of all constituent groups in society. Ignoring certain citizens has the effect of disenfranchising them. The theory underlying the modern news industry has been the belief that credibility builds a broad and loyal audience, and that economic success follows in turn. In that regard, the business people in a news organization also must nurture–not exploit–their allegiance to the audience ahead of other considerations.








    Details on principles 3 through 9 can be found here:


    • 73 Dudette
      August 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Ooooh neat! A link to the page show be tweeted to every MSM journalist with a twitter account AND their bosses!!

      • 74 Ladyhawke
        August 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

        That was exactly what I was hoping for Dudette. For anyone who needs information on their local media, check out the link below. Some of the information available is as follows:

        Home/Newspapers TV_Stations Radio_Stations Colleges Major_News/Twitter_Feeds Newspaper_Addresses TV_Addresses Facebook Twitter Contact



      • 75 Ladyhawke
        August 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        //begin rant


        The problem for much of this election cycle is that the media has not been forceful in pushing back on outlandish claims from the Republican Party. Mitt Romney lies and makes stuff up all the time and too many in the media just yawn. This is why I just can’t watch the Sunday Shows any more. You have politicians go on these shows just to spout their talking points and you have journalists who either didn’t do their home work or are too intimidated to confront bogus claims. Hence, you never learn anything about policy differences. You just get fed the soundbites du jour. And hosts like David Gregory just sit there and nod their heads as if they are at a coffee klatch chatting with a friend. Totally useless and a waste of time.

        Kudos to Chris Matthews. I sent a thank you note to him. I hope his colleagues will take a long look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are living up to the basic journalistic principles. I mean why did they get into this business in the first place.

        Rachel Maddow has been the most vocal about this problem. She has already done several segments where she practically begged her colleagues to do their job and focus on reporting the facts. She has said many times THIS IS A TEST FOR THE MEDIA. So far they have failed miserably.

        //end rant

  28. 76 hopefruit2
    August 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  29. August 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Hellooooooooooooo everyone, I finally got around to updating the ‘House Rules’ page today (previously ‘How do I comment here?’) – you regular lovelies don’t need to read it at all, but for any lurkers trying to post, this is for you:


  30. August 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Ken Vogel just said that the real important stuff that happens behind closed doors, the big donor Maintenance, he is monitoring and is looking good, in Tampa!
    Well then, their you have it, the rewarding of the Donors is the real important stuff and Ken likes it. LOL!

    • August 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Vogel also said the Crist endorsement is no big deal and will have minimal effect.
      But, I thought you all said something totally different? LOL!

  31. August 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm
  32. August 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Ha ha ha ha! The anti- Obama movie only grossed 6.3 million over the weekend, all Tea bagger I am sure.
    But, The Hill has an article up saying it was a big Hit.
    Yes, If you consider a big hit, a foul ball?

    • 83 0388jojothecat
      August 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      That’s is all I heard yesterday and this morning that it was the “most watched” and “a high grossing” movie than any other this weekend. I never even heard of it and I don’t there were any other movies released this weekend.

      I was hoping Charles Dutton’s, The Obama Affect” would be released nationwide but was released in limited markets.

      • August 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        Well, when you consider that August is when all the distributors dump their dogs on the market to try to recoup their losses (NOBODY goes to the movies that weekend), then yes, it did well. Not a box office hit by industry standards. Atlas Shrugged part 1 grossed a total of $4,627,375, roughly half of what Obama 2016 has grossed so far. Tea Party movies aren’t exactly rainmakers.

  33. August 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  34. 87 yardarm756
    August 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    What the hell is up with CNN? They just showed that PBO was behind Robney 46-50 on being most likely to fix the economy.

  35. 92 nospin
    August 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Okay all – I just read a post by David Frum that I can tell was written specifically to get minorities up in arms and help move Romney’s agenda forward. To make this an us against them election. I chose to ignore it and made a donation to President Obama’s campaign instead. Chris Matthews did the job this morning and hit dogs will holler.

    I won’t link to the article but for those who are curious it is titled “Inside The Mind Of A Republican Delegate” It is clear what they are trying to do. I hope most will channel the energy into moving this campaign forward and allow them wallow in the muck all by themselves.

  36. August 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Vitter asks for Obama’s aid for Louisiana ahead of tropical storm

    By Ramsey Cox
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) told President Obama Monday to issue a disaster declaration for Louisiana and to expedite emergency assistance in advance of tropical storm Isaac.

    Vitter sent Obama a letter Monday saying he supported Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R-La.) decision to declare a statewide emergency and urged Obama to offer federal help.

    Oh brother!

    • 95 0388jojothecat
      August 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      I thought they didn’t need “Gov’t help”? I suppose the “WE BUILT THAT” companies won’t be jockeying for some of this gubmint money.

    • 96 lisalovesobama
      August 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      ” Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) told President Obama”
      ————–“told” or asked?

  37. 97 vcprezofan2
    August 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Check this out TODobots – it combines two things we have had our eyes on recently 1) the Romney China slave labour video 2) some of the people in Freeport slated to have their jobs outsourced to China watching #1


  38. August 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    My new piece is up on TPV. Guess I don’t know how to quit this election season.


    • 100 Nena20409
      August 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Q….uit? A trail blazer such as yourself LL? TODweb Villagers would be on you like Matthews was on Reince Preibus. Though in a much Loving way.

      • August 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        Oh, not quit, but I was going to take a break this week. Can’t even do that. LOL

        • 102 Nena20409
          August 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

          Thank you. You are indeed a treasure. Take a breather if you must. Just remember, that the TODweb Village will not be the same. Keep being who you are. You are a Gem.

        • 103 0388jojothecat
          August 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

          I know what you mean LL…..I felt the same way especially when the racist stuff is off the charts. I have braced myself that starting with the GOP Convention all the way to Nov 6th and probably beyond, it’s gonna be real nasty unless there is some event that will bring us together as a country where that even the GOP won’t use it further divide us. I am hoping it’s nothing that will bring us to war or harm of our great President, VP, Team or any their familys.

          • 104 dotster3
            August 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

            Not liking the sound of that. I’d rather have a divided country than any of the catastrophes you mention. Not a solution.

            • 105 0388jojothecat
              August 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

              I was not advocating FOR ANY CATASTROPHES….BUT AGAINST…

              “I am hoping it’s NOTHING that will bring us to war or harm of our great President, VP, Team or any their familys”.

              Having an “EVENT” happen does not necessarily means it HAS TO BE A CATASTROPHY.

    • 106 nathkatun7
      August 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Rest as much as you can because we need your sane voice and your fearlessness in the battles to come.

  39. 107 nospin
    August 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Throughout much of the country, communities are struggling with one of the worst droughts to strike the U.S. in decades. The lack of rain and high temperatures have done considerable damage to crops — particularly those in the Midwest.

    To meet the challenge, The U.S. Department of Agriculture is coordinating the response to help farmers, ranchers, and small businesses wrestling with this crisis.


    • 109 Nena20409
      August 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      The president ordered the Flag lowered to honor the Man and his awesome heroism.

    • August 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Amazing, amazing – of course, I only remember this in black-and-white.

      My father was (is) nerd enough to have everyone (except my then 2-year-old brother) up in the middle of the night (European time) to watch the moon landing ….

  40. August 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    You forgot the Zero comment!

  41. August 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm


  42. August 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

  43. 125 57andfemale
    August 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

  44. 126 criquet
    August 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

  45. 127 Ladyhawke
    August 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    The wrong GOP messenger on race

    By Steve Benen


    OK, which strategic genius in the Republican Party thought it’d be a good idea to have Haley Barbour out in front talking about politics and race?
    But for a moment let’s put all of that aside, It’s one thing to try to defend Romney’s racially-charged attacks, but the party’s “race-card” messenger Haley Barbour?

    This is, after all, the former Mississippi governor kept a confederate flag autographed by Jefferson Davis in his office. In 2010, Barbour told the Weekly Standard he doesn’t recall the segregated Mississippi in the midst of the civil rights revolution as being “that bad,” and he praised the white supremacist Citizens Council in his hometown of Yazoo City for keeping the community calm during the civil rights era. (Citizens Councils were known for touting “racial integrity” and fighting for segregation through economic coercion.)



  46. August 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    This is GORGEOUS new info from OFA for young Americans from:


  47. 130 Ladyhawke
    August 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm


    Pennsylvania GOP Senate Candidate: Getting Pregnant From Rape Is ‘Similar’ To Having A Baby Out Of Wedlock


    In the aftermath of Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) offensive and medically inaccurate comments that “legitimate rape” doesn’t often lead to pregnancy, Republicans have been scrambling to distance themselves from Akin. However, in addition to pushing policies that are very much in line with Akin’s anti-choice views, some GOP candidates have similar ignorance about the nature of sexual assault.

    Tom Smith, the Republican challenging Sen. Bob Casey’s (D-PA) seat, suggested that having a child out of wedlock was analogous to rape during an interview with a reporter at a press club this afternoon, claiming that it would have a “similar” effect on a father:



    • 131 daisydem
      August 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Do they not know what rape is? I say we round up us a posse to show a few of these “men” what rape is. Sorry, I know that is probably over the line, but really …. there are no words.

  48. 134 Ann_T
    August 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Does anyone know what the obvious anagram is for Reince Priebus? I guess I’m “oblivious” to the obvious. 🙂 Prince ‘something or other’ would be somewhat obvious to me…but I’m at a loss. 😦

  49. 137 Don
    August 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    My wife has be calling me all day at work about Chris Matthews going after Reince Priebus and how Chris gave him a beat down, sometimes my wife can get a little hyper and I thought this was one of those times. But when I got home and looked at the video, oh yeah, Chris got deep in that motherfucker’s shit. Towards the end Priebus looked like he wanted to cry, just wait until President Obama unloads on Romney’s ass.

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