Top 10 Best Moments From the GOP Debate

1. Newt Gingrich proclaims: “I’m a hawk. But I’m a cheap hawk.” Just like I like my men: aggressive and ungenerous. I’m actually surprised he hasn’t had MORE wives.

2. Michele Bachmann vows “I will build a double-walled fence.” It is unclear whether she moonlights in construction or will have her 23 children build the fence.

3. Rick Perry uses the Palinist method, ignoring the question he’s asked, answering the question he would like to ask and telling Anderson Cooper, “You get to ask the questions, I get to answer like I want to.”

4. Anderson Cooper either forgets who is talking to or actually thinks the following distinction will not be lost on Perry, replying, “That’s actually a response, that’s not an answer, but go ahead.”

5. Michele Bachmann says “We need to listen to Ronald Reagan. No pastels. We need bold colors.” Actually, that was her husband.

6. Cain stands by his statement “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job, and you’re not rich, blame yourself.” Receives a loud and extended applause usually reserved for an impressive number of executions and letting sick people die.

7. Newt Gingrich insists on the importance of a candidate’s religion: “how can you have judgment if you have no faith? And how can I trust you with power if you don’t pray?” Nice to know that he and Ahmadinejad see theocratic eye to theocratic eye on that one.

8. Comparing himself to Mitt Romney, Cain says, “his business executive experience has been more Wall Street- oriented; mine has been more Main Street.” I would have said “more thin-crusted.”

9. Anderson Cooper cites Baptist pastor who called Mormonism “a cult.” Audience boos, though it’s unclear whether they are booing the statement or whether they are booing the religion itself. Mormonism may have been the gay solider of the night.

10. Post Debate CNN panel includes Ari Fleischer. Apparently no other war crimes-enabling liars were available.

On Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current

I had so much fun on Countdown with Keith Olbermann talking about Sarah Palin, Glen RIce, and the Teaparty. David Shuster was an amazing host!




Rick Perry Kills an Innocent Man & Covers it up/ Save Troy Davis

Rick Perry’s record number of executions drew applause at last week’s GOP debate. Among the 234– whoops, make that 235 as of today, it’s hard to keep up– killed under Perry was Cameron Todd Willingham, who received the death penalty for killing his three daughters by arson. Right before the execution, it was revealed that the science on which Willingham’s conviction was based was bogus. Perry ignored the revelation, executed Willingham, and then covered it up.  While the state of Texas rates number one in number of executions, Georgia is a close seven and even has its own executions of innocents under its belt! Georgia is gearing up to kill another one, Troy Davis. Davis has been on death row for 20 years for the 1989 murder of a Savannah police officer. The case against him rested on witness testimony but seven of nine key witnesses have recanted or changed their testimony, some alleging police coercion. Help save an innocent man and sign the petitions launched byAmnesty International,  the by Troy’s sister, and


This Week in Bigotry: Homoeroticism, Boehners & Boycotts!

In quoting Einstein, Mitch McConnell alienates teaparty base, skeptical of science and “the whole Jew thing.”McConnell was able to read into the future and predict the insanity of the president’s speech, saying, “What is surprising is the president’s apparent determination to apply the same government-driven policies that have already been tried and failed. The definition of insanity, as Albert Einstein once famously put it, is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. Frankly, I can’t think of a better description of anyone who thinks the solution to this problem is another stimulus. The first stimulus didn’t do it. Why would another one?” McConnell was also able to travel back in time and make the stimulus not work.

Boehner and his fellow Republicans refuse to applaud Obama’s radical socialist statement that “Every child deserves a great school.” And while they differ on policy, Obama, Boehner and Biden have conference call before joint session to coordinate pastel ties.

New Mexico Governor says “Do as I say, not as my grandparents did.” Republican Susana Martinez has tried to repeal the law allowing undocumented workers to have drivers licenses and opposed the dream act, saying “It is not comprehensive reform to put people who are here illegally, who violated the law, and put them in front of the line for those folks who have been waiting and doing all the right things to come to the United States, to come here legally, and/or to become a citizen. We cannot allow those folks to just jump the line.” I guess Martinez would “grandfather in” her own grandfather since, as she just revealed in an interview on Spanish television, her grandparents “arrived without documents, especially my father’s father.”

Joe Walsh Boycotts president’s speech & reads it and projects it on a big screen instead. Refusing to be a political prop, Walsh, the deadbeat dad who owes his ex-wife over $100,000 in child support and lecture the president on spending, set up a small-business forum last night. The Daily Herald reports that “While people watched the speech live on a large screen in the center’s auditorium, Walsh was sequestered in an anteroom, where he later said he was reading a copy of Obama’s remarks. Moments after Obama ended his speech, Walsh emerged and spoke to the media outside the building.”

Viewers of GOP debate confused by homoerotic tension between anti-marriage equality nominees Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. 
Perry and Romney have signed the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) pledge, vowing that if elected they would push for a federal same-sex-marriage ban, nominate strict Constitutionalist judges, defend DOMA and investigate the “harassment” of traditional marriage advocates. Yet it was undeniable that political and sexual tension were in the air between the two strapping tanned governors.

Top 10 Ways the Congressional Black Caucus Should be More like Allen West

I doubt that any members of the Congressional Black Caucus got any sleep last night. I’m sure they were tossing and turning, sick with worry and regret, trembling in fear over Allen West’s threat to leave the caucus. What could possible make West want to break ranks with colleagues he respectfully and lovingly likens to overseers? Apparently, West was disturbed by comments byCBC members like Andre Carson, who said “some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me … hanging on a tree.” Chairman Emanuel Cleaver must have had the fear of death in him when he read West’s ultimatum. West urgedCleaver to “condem” and “disassociate the Congressional Black Caucus” from the “hate filled comments.” “Otherwise” wrote West “I will have to seriously reconsider my membership within the organization.” Grounding his decision in the wise words of President Obama, whom he respectfully and lovingly calls “the dumbest person walking around in America right now” West explained “we heard the president talk about some of this over-the-top rhetoric and we should move away from that.” I seriously hope the CBC changes its oh so hateful tune and adopts, instead, the rational, moderate and not at all over the top voice spoken by Allen West. Here are the 10 of the countless Allen Westisms the CBC should emulate.

1) on Obama: West calls Obama “the dumbest person walking around in America right now,”and says “I can’t stand the guy. I absolutely can’t stand him.” Referring to a speech by Obama, West said “What you continue to see is a third world dictator-like arrogance… I’m starting to believe that a community organizer is nothing but a low-level socialist agitator.”
2) on fellow Representative Keith Ellison: West said the Minnesota Congressman, who is Muslim, represents the “antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established.”
3) on Debbie Wasserman Shulz: West emailed his fellow Florida Representative, “You are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up.” He added that she was “not a lady” and “shall not be afforded due respect from me!” West CC’d House Leaders on the email so they would be aware of the Congresswoman’s “heinous characterless behavior.”
4) on Obama supporters: “I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.”

5) On Islam: West said: “A nation goes to war against an ideology…. we are against something that is a totalitarian theocratic political ideology and it is called Islam.”

6) On his critics: after the Florida Newspaper The New Times criticzed West for violatingviolateing U.S. federal law by flying an American flag underwater, he called the newspaper “idiot Liberals,” “delusional dummies,” and “a bunch of losers.”
7) On women: ” The women in our campaign printed up t-shirts that said “Women for West.”…. to let these other women know, on the other side, these Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women who have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness, to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient.” West also called Code Pink “losers” and “Code Yellow, as in cowards, for you are nothing more than a group of misguided partisan sycophants devoid of principle, integrity, and character.”

8) on Black Democrat leaders: West called Back Democrats including CBC member Maxine Waters: “overseers of this 21st-Century plantation,” me
ant to “pacify and keep the black community firmly behind [white liberals]….”
9) On himself: Allen West showed some love towards himself with this totally not over the top statement: “I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman, to kind of lead people on the Underground Railroad, away from thatplantation into a sense of sensibility.” It turns out West sent his own unemployed brother to a jobs fair held by the very overseers he criticizes, which means he sent his own brother to find work on a “plantation.” I guess his underground railroad goes in reverse. In all fairness, it must be confusing for Allen given that he calls “Plantation” home. He literally lives in the town of “Plantation”, Florida, whose motto is “The Grass is Always Greener.”
10) On Yehiya Hamoodi, the Iraqi detainee West had beaten, tortured, and shot at: “In my anger, I couldn’t remember how many shots were fired.” Also, West joked, “It wasn’t torture. Seeing Rosie O’Donnell naked would be torture.” West was fined for his treatment of the prisoner, and even admits “It’s possible I was wrong about Mr Hamoodi” but he would do it again!

PEN’s Literary Pub Quiz at Brooklyn Book Festival

When: Friday, September 16

Where: St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn
What time: 7-9 p.m.

St. Ann’s Warehouse, DUMBO. Photo by Etienne Frossard.

PEN is pleased to announce the return of our popular Literary Pub Quiz! ThisBrooklyn Book Festival Bookend event gives you the chance to compete with (and against!) editors and writers from your favorite literary magazines, including CabinetGiganticHarper’s, and Electric Literature, as well as authors Matthea Harvey, Ben Greenman, and many more. Come early to reserve your spot on the team with the writer-captain who also knows where Hemingway was born. We’ll supply the paper and the pencils; you bring the literary smarts!

Team captains include George Prochnik of Cabinet MagazineJames Yeh o fGigantic MagazineBen Greenman,Matthea Harvey, and more; hosted by Katie Halper.

MLK Monument

While in Washington DC for the Women Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices training, I went to see the just-opened Martin Luther King monument. It was beautiful. That’s it. No jokes.

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