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The Morning Grumpy – 1/11/2012

11 Jan

All the news and views fit to consume during your morning grumpy.

1. Last night in his victory speech, Mitt Romney asked Americans to reject the “bitter politics of envy” and to not be “dragged down by a resentment of success”.  As Paul Krugman put it yesterday,

“Romney evidently has no sense of what it’s like NOT to be the very wealthy son of an already wealthy father; no idea how the fear of unemployment or medical bills afflicts ordinary Americans.”

Of course, Romney advocates for massive tax cuts for the wealthy while sticking it to regular schmoes.

According to an analysis by Citizens for Tax Justice, the average tax cuts received by the richest 1 percent of Americans under the Republican plans would be 270 times as large as the cut received by the middle class.

So, please, don’t resent him for his money or his 1% politics of money hoarding. That would be class warfare. And shut the hell up or he’ll buy your company and fire your ass, cubicle slave!

2. Hey, remember friend of Jimmy Griffin and Operation Rescue christian nutjob, Randall Terry? He’s running for President and he plans to air Super Bowl ads in 40 cities across the country.

Anti-abortion ads showing graphic images of aborted fetuses covered in blood and surrounded by religious icons will air during the Super Bowl in February, courtesy of Democratic Presidential candidate Randall Terry. Terry, who has spent a year in jail and been arrested 50 times for his anti-abortion efforts, is using a Federal Election Commission loophole that ensures ads for political candidates cannot be prohibited within 45 days of an election. Apparently, primaries count, so Terry will be running ads on local stations during Super Bowl XLVI February 5

It’s a crazy fucking country.

3. When Republican candidates want to increase turnout amongst the base, they usually warn about “socialism” (code word for ‘black people wanna take your stuff’), warn that pinko Democrats are coming for the guns and that ZOMG, TEH GAYS WANNA GET MARRIED!

If Democrats need a social issue to rally around this year for some good, old-fashioned fear mongering, how about this? Republicans are coming for your porn. 

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich in a face-to-face meeting: When asked by MIM staff if he will enforce existing laws that make much hard-core adult pornography illegal, he responded, “Yes, I will appoint an Attorney General who will enforce these laws.”

If we’re the godless secularist humanists they claim we are, we need to GET TO THE VOTING BOOTHS!

4. Here’s a few facts to use next time you find yourself talking with someone who doesn’t get why those “damn, dirty hippies” are still Occupying around the country.

The rich have gotten richer, thanks to the stock market and the Bush tax cuts, a recent report has found.

Growth in income from capital gains and dividends has widened the divide between the wealthy and the poor in recent years, according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service. It supplanted wage inequality as the primary driver of the growing income gap, which helped spur the Occupy Wall Street movement last fall.

After-tax income for the top 1% of taxpayers soared 74%, on average, between 1996 and 2006. The top 0.1% benefited even more, nearly doubling their income over that decade.

By comparison, the bottom 20% of taxpayers saw their income fall by 6%, while the middle quintile experienced a meager 10% gain.

I know this is, as Mitt Romney says, “the bitter politics of envy”, but I like to call it “the middle class keeps getting ‘f’d in the a'”. Read the full report here.

5. In case you’re not one of the 17 people who watched Face The Nation on CBS this past Sunday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta let us in on a little secret. Panetta admitted that despite all the rhetoric, Iran is not pursuing the ability to split atoms with weapons, saying it is instead pursuing “a nuclear capability.” That “capability” falls in line with what Iran has said for years: that it is developing nuclear energy facilities, not nuclear weapons.

“I think the pressure of the sanctions, the diplomatic pressures from everywhere, Europe, the United States, elsewhere, it’s working to put pressure on them,” Panetta explained on Sunday. “To make them understand that they cannot continue to do what they’re doing. Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No.

Maybe this might chill some of the rapidly increasing rhetoric about going to war with Iran, right? Probably not.

Fact Of The Day: Calling the death penalty process “arbitrary and capricious, and therefore immoral,” Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of 167 condemned inmates, clearing his state’s death row two days before leaving office.

Quote Of The Day: “If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.” – Christopher Hitchens

Bible Verse Of The Day: “If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife–with the wife of his neighbor–both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.” – Leviticus 20:10

Song Of The Day: “Take Your Whiskey Home” – Van Halen

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