It’s that time of year where you can’t turn on the television without another campaign ad intoning “… and then Barack Obama ate a live baby.” So I think this ad from North Carolina State Senate candidate Deb Butler is amazing for its understated simplicity: she appears onscreen with a transvaginal ultrasound wand, which her opponent State Sen. Thom Goolsby supported women being required to receive prior to an abortion. (It is currently being challenged in court.) “He wouldn’t dare show you this but this is Goolsby’s contribution to women’s health: a medically unnecessary procedure that is now required by state law,” Butler says, as she holds the vaginal proble. “He promised us his first priority would be jobs, but instead he’s following us into the doctor’s office.” It’s intense for a campaign ad, but is so jarring it works. What do you think of the ad? Tell us in the comments!
(Thanks to commenter LR52185 for the link!) [YouTube via Deb Butler For Senate]
These are some really cool outtakes from current Vice President candidate Paul Ryan’s “Vice, Vice Baby” music video. Haven’t heard of it? It goes something like this:
Yo VP, let’s kick it!
Hey yo stop, collaborate and listen
Vice is back with a brand new invention
Exercise grabs a hold of me tightly
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A funny thing can happen in politics: You make a comment and it might come back to bite you weeks, months, or even years later. That’s what just happened to Representative Roger Rivard of the Wisconsin legislature, who’s found himself in a very tight race with a Democratic opponent, which means the gloves are off when it comes to digging up dirt.
Some rather nasty comments he made about rape 10 months ago are suddenly in the national spotlight while they passed without a ripple originally, illustrating how in politics, you’re never truly safe from your past. Keep reading »
Do you guys remember hearing about the documentary “Queen of Versailles”? The movie is about David Siegel and his wife Jackie (pictured), a billionaire couple who attempted to build the biggest private home in the world. Mr. Siegel makes his money running a timeshare real estate company called Westgate Resorts, and yesterday, the guy sent out an email to all of his employees which detailed how he would be forced to downsize the company if President Obama is re-elected. Of course, he stated:
The economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration. Of course, as your employer, I can’t tell you whom to vote for, and I certainly wouldn’t interfere with your right to vote for whomever you choose.
Hahahahha. Oh, you’re not telling people who vote for, but you are telling them that their jobs are threatened by another four years of President Obama.
Did I mention this guy is a bazillionaire?
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I grew up with parents who were not particularly pro-television. My dad even attached a scarf to the top of our TV and would insist on pulling it down to cover the screen during commercials (he also muted the sound). But one show they were always in favor of me watching was “Sesame Street.” I grew up with Big Bird, Telly, Grover, Oscar, the Count, and all of their human friends and have many amazing memories to show for it. I also believe the show helped instill a love of learning, a sense of compassion, and a genuine curiosity about the world around me. Given that the show has been referenced in the same breath as cutting funding for PBS by Mitt Romney — just to be clear, the show actually receives a very small portion of its funding from PBS, and PBS only takes up .014 percent of the federal budget — I thought it would be a good time to review the show’s significance. Because if anything, these empty threats to “kill Big Bird” should serve as a reminder of why “Sesame Street” is so important.
We’ve seen our fair share of below-the-belt political campaign ads over the years. Who could forget Rick Santorum’s “Obamaville” ad? Or Turn Right USA’s offensive anti-Janice Hahn ad? Or Carly Fiorina’s Demon Sheep spot? It never ceases to amaze how people jockeying for positions that help run our country resort to such petty, immature, and downright idiotic behavior in an effort to “win.” And this ad — actually, correction, this entire website – which makes fun of Maine senate candidate, Dem Colleen Lachowicz, for being a “geeky video game nerd” is certainly no exception.
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Jess is out sick today, so I’ve collected links for Today’s Lady News. I’ve used a quote from each piece as a brief summary (rather than interpreting myself) and you can click further to read more if it interests you. We’ll be back to your regularly scheduled Lady News tomorrow!
- “[During the debates] KitchenAid took to its official Twitter page to try and make light of the President mentioning his grandma, Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham, and tweeted the following: “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! ‘She died 3 days b4 he became president’.” [Madame Noire]
- “Women could decide the outcome of the 2012 General Election. You know it, I know it, and odds are the candidates know it too. But last night, two candidates and one sorta-moderator managed to talk for 90 minutes straight in a domestic policy debate without discussing women’s reproductive rights.” [Feministing] Keep reading »
Will you be watching the presidential debate tonight? If so, play along with this butt-chugging drinking game we’ve helpfully created.***
***Please don’t play along with this game. Butt-chugging is stupid.
It’s getting to be quite the week for years-old videos to come back and bite candidates, and the latest victim is one Todd Akin, the would-be junior Missouri senator of ”legitimate rape” fame. Seems Akin gave a speech in 2008, in which he compares abortion to slavery and calls abortion providers “terrorists.” He then goes on to describe the “bottom-of-the-food-chain … pit[s]” that they supposedly work in. “You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking,” he explains. “Not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things, misuse of anesthetics so that people die or almost die. All of these things are common practice, and all of that information is available for America.” Read more…