1. What she said.


  2. Best political Pokémon reference ever. 


  3. Favorite part of the election is seeing all my conservative friends on Facebook (basically ALL of them) say things like “It doesn’t look like it, but God is still in control.” But it’s all, like, in spite of the fact that if He’s as in charge of our country as they say He is, then he loves gays, minorities, immigrants, women, the environment, pot, universal healthcare…


  4. election:

    Paul Ryan’s Soup Kitchen Photo Op

    According to The Washington Post

    Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, said that he was not contacted by the Romney campaign ahead of the Saturday morning visit by Ryan, who stopped by the soup kitchen after a town hall at Youngstown State University.

    “We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations,” Antal said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “It’s strictly in our bylaws not to do it. They showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.”

    He added: “The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

    -Matt Wilstein

    (via inothernews)


  5. Something I found. 


  6. think-progress:

    An issue that really shouldn’t be partisan.


  7. "In Tampa — y’all watch their convention? I did — the Republican argument against the President’s re-election was actually pretty simple, pretty snappy. It went something like this: ‘We left him a total mess. He hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in!’"
    — President BILL CLINTON. (via inothernews)

  8. 1. Ryan blamed the US credit rating downgrade on President Obama. But it was caused by the Republican Congress’s threat not to raise the debt ceiling. That is, the fault for the credit rating downgrade from AAA to AA belongs with… Paul Ryan.

    2. Ryan continues to claim that President Obama said business owners did not build their own businesses. Obama said that business owners benefit from government infrastructure and programs, which they did not build. No small business owner has built an inter-state highway or bridge, but those are the means whereby their goods get to market. Ryan’s (and the GOP’s) talking point in this regard is a typical Karl Rove Big Lie, and among an informed electorate it ought to discredit them.

    3. Ryan depicted Obamacare as virtually a turn to Soviet-style totalitarianism, as incompatible with liberal freedoms for the individual. But the logical conclusion is that Ryan’s running mate, Mitt Romney, turned Massachusetts into a Gulag.

    4. Ryan slammed President Obama for not implementing the deficit-cutting measures recommended by the Simpson-Bowles commission. But he himself voted against Simpson-Bowles.

    5. Ryan keeps attacking President Obama’s stimulus program now. But in 2002 when then President George W. Bush proposed stimulus spending, Ryan supported it. “What we’re trying to accomplish today with the passage of this third stimulus package is to create jobs and help the unemployed,”Ryan told MSNBC in 2002. Ryan says that the stimulus had not positive effects, while economists say it saved or created millions of jobs and pulled the US out of a near-Depression.

    6. Even more embarrassing, in 2010, Ryan asked for $20 million in stimulus money from Obama for companies in his district, then repeatedly denied requesting stimulus funds. He finally admitted he had done so, but continues to slam the stimulus program as a failure (even though the economy pulled out of a Depression as a result of it).

    7. Ryan slammed President Obama for the closure of an auto plant that closed in late 2008 under George W. Bush. Ryan’s running mate, Mitt Romney, opposed Obama’s actual auto bailout, which was a great success and returned Detroit to profitability.

    8. Paul Ryan charges that Barack Obama has ‘stolen’ $700 billion from medicare for his Obamacare. In fact, these expense reductions do not cut Medicare benefits, and, moreover, Romney and Ryan supported these reductionsThe difference is that they would give the savings to the affluent, whereas Obama uses them to cover the presently uninsured.

    9. Ryan continues to push his longstanding plans for a steal-from-the-elderly-and-give-to-the-rich medicare plan, which President Obama warned would cost ordinary recipients over $6000 a year extra. Politifact checked and rated Obama’s charge as correct, though they noted that the figures referred to CBO analyses of Ryan’s last plan, not his ‘new’ one, which hasn’t been subjected to similar analysis. Ryan certainly recently put forward a plan that would cost ordinary people that much extra.

    10. Ryan neglected to note that under the tax plan he favors, Gov. Mitt Romney would pay less than 1% in annual federal taxes, highlighting Romney’s already low rate compared to ordinary Americans (slightly lower than Ryan’s own!) and putting the spotlight back where Ryan’s appointment was supposed to misdirect it.


  9. Open letter to Republicans angry about the admittedly asinine Fast and Furious program:


    • Are you also angry about the thousands of gun-related deaths and injuries perpetrated with and caused by illegally-purchased guns each year?
    • Or is the NRA too busy pulling your strings?

  10. Mitt Romney calls for these things that are already part of Obamacare during his press conference calling for the repeal of Obamacare:


    • “We have to make sure that people who want to keep their current insurance will be able to do so.”
    • “We also have to assure that we do our very best to help each state in their effort to assure (sic) that every American has access to affordable healthcare.”
    • “We’ve gotta make sure that those people who have pre-existing conditions know that they will be able to be insured.”

    (via The Daily Show)


    1. Woman: Can I have birth control?
    2. Republicans: No.
    3. Woman: I got pregnant because I didn't have birth control and I don't want the fetus. Can I have an abortion?
    4. Republicans: No.
    5. Woman: I gave birth to my child but since I wasn't expecting it, I can't afford daycare. Can I have help paying for it?
    6. Republicans: No.

  11. "…under George W. Bush, the price of gasoline increased from $1.60 per gallon when he took office in January 2001 to $4.40 per gallon in July 2008, a jump of 275 percent."