Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle! Tom Smith, the Senate candidate from Pennsylvania who last week compared pregnancy from rape to having a baby out of wedlock, has verbal diarrhea again. Last week, Smith introduced vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan at a campaign event in PA and was filmed working the crowd. As you can see in this video of his greatest sexist hits (it’s the second item), Smith walked up to
Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones two women and asks them, “What are we talking about here? Two girls together talking!” One of the women answers, “We’re talking about the power of petite women.” And then Smith replies, “My guess would have been you were talking about shoes.” You know ladies: always talking about shoes! I guess we should be grateful he didn’t say “nail polish,” though, right? [Huffington Post]
I ask this not as a liberal, not as a woman, not as a person who thought “Gran Torino” was a piece of shit; I ask this as just a human being who, yeah, hasn’t had much sleep in the last few days — what the hell was that? Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention, I mean. Because, politics aside, 10+ minutes of Dirty Harry talking to an empty chair is straight up strange, right? Who approved this? I assume there was no dress rehearsal? I realize he’s an Academy Award winner, but maybe Mitt Romney’s big night is not the time for Clint Eastwood to practice ad libbing. Seriously, conservatives who walk among us, was that as awkward for you as it was for me, or did my bleeding heart just not get it?
Ever heard of Reddit? If not, it just probably means you have a life beyond the Internet. But if you work on the Internet (like us!), or have no other hobbies besides the Internet, you’re probably on Reddit at least a couple of times a week. Reddit is a social news website where users submit stories, jokes, photos and news. On any given day, thousands of users are on Reddit, talking about politics, atheism (a surprisingly big category) and technology. They’re also sharing a ton of cat and dog videos and pictures, and telling cute stories about their kids. Reddit’s audience is largely young white males, particularly nerds. But love it or hate it, Reddit is an increasingly influential presence on the Internet — and in a sense, as Reddit goes, so goes the world (of the Internet).
As proof of how influential it is, yesterday President Barack Obama spent an hour or so on Reddit for an AMA session. AMA stands for “ask me anything,” and Reddit users did — querying the president on everything from student loan debt and campaign finance reform to his favorite basketball player and the recipe for the White House beer. The Reddit servers were so overwhelmed with interest that at one point the site all but crashed. It was a rare example of direct democracy, with the president interacting directly with his constituents (a friend of mine in the campaign office confirms that it was actually the president, and not some of his underlings on the line). To simplify your reading of the president’s responses, we’ve singled out the questions and answers the president gave (grammatical errors and all!). Check ‘em out after the jump! Keep reading »
Paul Ryan’s speech last night may have been rousing, but accurate it was not. Ryan is being lambasted today for what Sally Kohn of Fox News calls “an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.” Here’s what the critics are saying:
- Ryan said Obama broke a promise by not saving a GM plant in Janesville, Wis. But PolitiFact could find no evidence that Obama explicitly made such a promise and, more importantly, the plant closed before Obama was even sworn in.
- Ryan chastised Obama for creating a bipartisan debt commission and doing nothing with its findings. But as Talking Points Memo points out, Ryan was on that commission—and voted against it, as did the panel’s other Republicans. Read more…
I’m pretty far left, so full disclosure, the views expressed at the Republican National Convention are not my cup of tea. But I still watch the speeches and try to ignore the lump of depression that rises and settles in my throat every time the crowd cheers for something that stands in stark contrast to my own ideals. Anyway, with that out of the way, was anyone else kind of baffled by the speech Mike Huckabee gave last night? I expect a lot of things from Mike Huckabee — a fatherly demeanor, references to God, anti-choice extremism — but his invoking of Bono, “an Irishman” and lead singer of the band U2, was not one of them. Keep reading »
The conservative women’s group Susan B. Anthony List has debuted this not-intentionally-funny anti-Obama advertisement, which will air in Missouri, about the president’s support of reproductive rights. Did you know Barack Obama strangles newly-born babies with this own hands?! Keep reading »