Crooks and Liars Update: Game Change, Bobble Heads, Santorum’s Two Man Kiss, GOP War On Women
- HBO’s ‘Game Change’ in 43 Seconds
- Mike’s Blog Round Up
- Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread
- Open Thread: C&L’s Saturday Night Podcast Round Up
- Crowd at Santorum Rally Horrified When Two Men Kiss
- Police Pepper-Spray, Beat Occupy the Midwest Protesters Bloody
- Mary Matalin Pretends GOP Not Waging a War on Women’s Reproductive Health
- Self-Insured Religious Groups Will Still Be Providing Birth Control To The Insured
- Mid-Day Open Thread
|HBO’s ‘Game Change’ in 43 Seconds
Posted: 18 Mar 2012 07:00 AM PDT
|Mike’s Blog Round Up
Posted: 18 Mar 2012 06:00 AM PDT
Eritas: It’s not true, but easy to imagine – Match.GOP, the site for creating lifelong Republicans.
Red State Blues: It’s true, but hard to imagine – Utah Republican Governor Gary Herbert abstains from abstinence education.
Rick Perlstein: What is old is new for Republicans.
Speaking of which, your quotes of the day: “Mr. Stevenson…has attacked with violent fury the economic system of the United States.” (Richard Nixon, 1956) “Our president has divided the nation, engaged in class warfare and attacked the free enterprise system that has made America the economic envy of the world…They’re not only attacking me, They’re attacking every person who dreams of a better future. He’s attacking you.” (Mitt Romney, January 21, 2012)
Guest blogging Mike’s Blog Round Up today is Jon Perr from Perrspectives. Send your tips, recommendations, comments and angst to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.
|Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread
Posted: 18 Mar 2012 05:00 AM PDT
Jason Mraz - I Won’t Give Up
I’ve mentioned before that the process of becoming a mother informed my political activism. I was opinionated before, but felt that my voice didn’t particularly matter. But having a child changed me. Simultaneously, it felt like I finally belonged to this world and that it wasn’t about me any longer. I viewed everything through the lens of the legacy I was leaving my children. I felt compelled to make my voice known. In short, everything changed for me, even how I processed love songs I heard on the radio. There is nothing more primal, more unconditional than the love I have for my kids. So this is my vow to my beautiful, intelligent, powerful daughters: I won’t give up. I will not stop fighting to prevent these heinous, ignorant violations of their rights as fully sentient human beings to make decisions and choices for their own lives and bodies. It doesn’t appear to interest any of the Sunday shows, this assault on women’s bodies and intelligence. But I don’t care. I won’t give up. And I don’t want to see any of you giving up either.
What’s catching your eye this morning?
|Open Thread: C&L’s Saturday Night Podcast Round Up
Posted: 17 Mar 2012 08:30 PM PDT
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, folks! It’s Blue Gal from The Professional Left Podcast, bringing you this week’s podcast round up. Be aware that these podcasts are also available on i-Tunes, and may not be safe for work.
Virtually Speaking: Our own Susie Madrak talks with Avedon Carol.
KCRW’s To The Point: Women Target Men with Humor to Defend Reproductive Rights
Thom Hartmann (video): Week in Review with Bernie Sanders
Feel free to share your favorite podcasts in comments and it’s also an open thread.
|Crowd at Santorum Rally Horrified When Two Men Kiss
Posted: 17 Mar 2012 06:33 PM PDT
Rick Santorum was well into his speech during a campaign rally in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Friday when two men in the crowd embraced in a rather passionate kiss, prompting a “mic check” and two guards to escort them from the rally.
The crowd reacted with audible screams, gasps and wagging fingers. Another man jumped up and followed the pair out as the audience began chanting “U-S-A” until they left the gym at Christian Liberty Academy where Santorum was speaking.
Santorum, who often expresses his opposition to homosexuality, continued his speech without addressing the incident, prompting cheers from the audience. It wasn’t clear whether the two men are gay or simply making a political statement.
“I don’t think the message should be about what my sexuality is,” one of them told a reporter. “It’s the message that [Santorum's] saying about sexuality that matters.”
[Hat tip Patch.com]
|Police Pepper-Spray, Beat Occupy the Midwest Protesters Bloody
Posted: 17 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
[Caution: Strong language NSFW.]
At an Occupy the Midwest gathering in St. Louis on Thursday, at least 14 occupiers were arrested by local police after being pepper-sprayed, and beaten bloody.
The above video was filmed Friday morning, as Michelle Witthaus with Occupy St. Louis gives her account on the Occupy protester arrests in Compton Hill Reservoir Park on Thursday evening.
The Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune reports:
Note that in the video, Ms. Witthaus states that the occupy group had already decided to leave the park on their own, due to the people who had traveled to St. Louis from other states.The did not want to risk arrest.
In the news account, one of the organizers of Occupy the Midwest had this to say on Friday morning:
From the same article, a city official had this to say:
In this next video, it’s clear that the arrests did not happen at the park, as police are grabbing protesters off the sidewalk. The person filming this clip gets pepper sprayed as he is filming the arrests while standing on the sidewalk. I do hear people yelling at the police, but I believe that tends to happen when you’re pepper sprayed for no apparent reason.
This next video shows only a few of the bloodied protesters in cuffs being led away by police.
Another news account gives another statement by the same city official, Eddie Roth, the director of public safety:
I didn’t see any protesters “sewing chaos,” however both reports mention a smashed window on a police cruiser, but after watching the videos I can’t conclude that this was done deliberately by a protester.
Here is video footage from a local news station, although they don’t show much of what they obtained “due to foul language.” After watching these videos, I see police violence, and zero protesters breaking any law. They aren’t even in the park when the arrests begin. It also appears this cameraman is either tackled by police or caught up in another skirmish after requesting badge numbers:
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|Mary Matalin Pretends GOP Not Waging a War on Women’s Reproductive Health
Posted: 17 Mar 2012 03:30 PM PDT
How pitiful is it that anyone is still out there trying to pretend like this whole argument over women’s reproductive health and access to affordable birth control is a matter of “religious liberty?” That’s exactly what former Cheney adviser Mary Matalin was doing during one of Anderson Cooper’s little “fair and balanced” debates this Thursday night on CNN.
Hilary Rosen was exactly right when she said this in response to Matalin’s hand wringing for the Catholic bishops:
If Mary Matalin wants to convince anyone that it’s not Republicans that have been on a jihad against women’s reproductive health over the last few decades, and really aggressively over the last few years, she’s going to have to do a better job than she did here.
Transcript via CNN below the fold.
|Self-Insured Religious Groups Will Still Be Providing Birth Control To The Insured
Posted: 17 Mar 2012 02:00 PM PDT
Oh dear. This means that the administration still plans to make God-fearing Catholic organizations indulge in accounting tricks that will still result in the same thing: Women insured through those organizations will get free access to contraceptives. How awful.
Let us stop here for a moment to think of all the people in this country who did not want to pay to bomb innocent people in Iraq, who believed with all their hearts that the war was immoral and a crime against God, and yet no one (especially the Republicans in Congress) gave a damn what they thought: