"We've got reps for if you want to call Michelle Obama 'uppity'..."
Possibly related. Well, no, obviously related: Mark Morford's fucking genius column today:
The gang rape and the Republicans â€”
Behold, 30 senators who don't give a damn about battered women
Here is freshman Minnesota senator Al Franken's first-ever legislative action, a relatively simple, almost laughably surefire bill requiring the Pentagon no longer do business with any contractor -- hi, Halliburton! -- that requires its employees to agree that she cannot sue said contractor if she is, oh let's just say, gang raped by its employees.
You read that right. It's a can't-sue-us-if-you're-raped clause. In a U.S. government contract. Aimed squarely at Halliburton. Thanks, Dick Cheney!
Read the whole damn column here.
UPDATE: Jon Stewart on the Republicans voting against this amendment:
After crashing and burning, the McCain-Palin campaign, along with the Republican party, continues to implode.
Here's the Republicans at Fox news on just how clueless Palin is:
Meanwhile, Palin is catching widespread media ridicule for getting fooled by a Montreal phone prankster pretending he was the president of France:
Remember the $150,000 in campaign funds Palin blew on a designer clothing shopping spree? Newsweek reports it's even worse than it appeared:
An angry [Republican] aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.
I caught enough of TV news last night to hear a news analyst on NBC say that, so long as Obama won Oregon, Washington and California, he would be the next president. That's all I needed to know. Then I went to a show. But I sort of regret not watching McCain's concession speech and Obama's victory speech in Chicago's Grant Park. So if you fit this bill, here are the speeches for your enjoy.
My favorite part of the victory speech is Obama's first sentence: "Hello Chicago!" (Disclosure: Chicago is like a 2nd home for me.)
Wow, um, this was really fairly funny. And not just Tina Fey.
To paraphrase The Atlantic's James Fallows, there's just no way McCain would have done this if he thought he had any chance of winning.*
Here's the "this" (and don't miss the pork knives! Niiice.):
*What I wouldn't give to see Jim Torrey on the Eugene equivalent of SNL.
Just in case you missed the air quotes, let me recreate the original:
And here's a very enjoyable Daily Show response from Sam Bee, Senior Women's "Health" Correspondent:
Ha ha ha DICK FINGERS ha ha ha.
Also, not that Obama's Mr. Super on Abortion, but the McCain-Palin team (or whatever they are) supports serious restrictions on the shrinking right to choose, not to mention the health of women and poor people in general.
Down in the polls with a week to go, the McCain/Palin campaign appears racked by infighting:
Ahhhh. What will we all do when this campaign season ends? I only wish that Obama would sprinkle some unicorn dust on the campaign of Mayor Piercy, who should by rights be leaving that other candidate in the dust.
Anyway, here's Teh Funny Barack (I hear McCain was funny as well, but I just can't stand the thought of watching him [there's way too much of him in this video already!]):
John McCain said the mistake in Vietnam was that the U.S. didn't go all out, invading and bombing north Vietnam. Historians say that could have lead to massive casualties and war with China's huge army.
A fellow Vietnam POW said McCain's an unstable hot head:
McCain has also said (joked?) he wants to bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran:
McCain's VP choice Sarah Palin, an old heartbeat from the Presidency, implied the U.S. should go to war with Russia over tiny South Ossetia:
All of this has lead many to fear a McCain/Palin armageddon. But so far Obama has shied away from calls for tough ads on the issue. Here's the famous one that worked for Lyndon Johnson during the Vietnam War: