Friday, November 4, 2011

11-4-11: Mitt Romney Keeps It Liberal

Humanity reached another milestone on Monday. You can interpret this one as good or bad. According to the United Nations, the world population surpassed 7 billion on Monday. Eons ago (in 1999), we were one billion short of this number, and by the end of the century, 10 billion human beings will occupy this planet. No pun intended.

Now, we hope you're ready for some snark.

The Week That Was

That Mitt Romney fella is on cloud nine as his opposition falters. An outraged Herman Cain blamed the liberals (that has to be a first) for setting off a media firestorm over his alleged inappropriate sexual behavior while at the helm of the National Restaurant Association. He also pointed the finger at the Rick Perry campaign, and apparently forgot about Rambo. The campaign is considering legal action against Politico. Good luck with that!

Let's return to Romney, shall we? While the press is oogling over the harassment story, they have, for the most part, given Romney a free pass over the latest case of flip-floppery. A staffer from the pro-choice organization, NARAL, described a meeting where the then-gubernatorial candidate was all warm and fuzzy about women issues and gay rights. She recalls him as appearing "genuine" on his positions. That's our Mittens!

Last year, Michele Bachmann formed the one and only official Tea Party Caucus in Congress. While the website has gathered some dust as of late, we are pleased to note that many of these Tea Party-aligned members have been doing a great job bringing home the bacon. Who didn't see this coming?

Gotta stop that Barry! Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a one-eighty on deficit reduction. McConnell now supports a $4 trillion package, far bigger than the $1.2 trillion plan backed by the deficit reduction committee. Obviously, Republicans can't have the President criticizing a do-nothing Congress during election season. Senate Republicans also this week filibustered a Democratic jobs bill meant to fund infrastructure projects (because crumbling bridges are not that important).

What started out as a peaceful protest in Oakland, Calif. escalated into violent confrontations between Occupy Wall Street denizens and police. Will this violence dampen support from Middle America? On Wednesday, thousands of Oakland workers took thTR occupy oaklande day off as a show of solidarity with the protestors - the latter of which managed to shut down the Port of Oakland. Meanwhile, in New York City, the NYPD has an awesome new policy of herding the city's drunks to the OWS encampment. Finally, here's a little kicker to end the week: thirty large corporations paid no income taxes from 2008 through 2010. Bless you, legal loopholes.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is under pressure to resign as he faces a vote of confidence in parliament. He had considered holding a referendum on the European Union debt plan, but faced significant opposition. Greece could go bankrupt by the end of the year if a deal is not reached.

Critics of the Iraq war received welcome news a couple of weeks ago when President Obama announced that all U.S. troops would be out of the country by the end of the year. Hooray...oh wait, it's not all great news. Some of those troops may be headed for neighboring Kuwait amid concerns of Iraq's stability and Iran. Israel is a little concerned, too.

Are You Not Entertained?

Well, that didn't last long. 72 days might be an eternity in Hollywood, but for us mere mortals, the Kim-Kris marriage/PR stunt was over in the blink of an eye. We're not into bashing marriage, but so far, we've only heard crickets from the National Organization of Marriage.

On the other hand, we think the late-night marriage officiated by Conan will last a lifetime. Congratulations.

TR meghan mccain msnbcMSNBC is "leaning forward" these days as it prepares for the long slog that will be the 2012 GOP primaries. They're bringing out the big guns: Meghan McCain has been brought on board as a contributor for her insight on the candidates. And, as always, we can count on Tucker Carlson to make some crude, sexist remark.

Biebs is gettin' political, y'all, albeit being slightly misinformed. Bieber was on a D.C. radio show and began raging against Sen. Amy Klobuchar for sponsoring anti-piracy legislation. The teen idol insists that "people need to have freedoms." Glenn Beck, the next time you hold one of your funny tea-themed rallies on the Mall, give this dude a call.

This is absolutely the best way to retain readership when magazine subscriptions are down across the board. 'Tis a good thing that the publishers of Every Day with Rachel Ray prevented this from becoming a PR nightmare.

Interweb Tomfoolery

Groupon is worth nearly $17 billion after debuting today on the NASDAQ. Apparently, some investors aren't taking skeptics seriously who say the company has an unsustainable business model. Don't worry - there's no risk of a bubble bursting...

Loudon County Republicans rightly condemned an email depicting a zombie President Obama with a bullet through his head. The mailer also depicted Nancy Pelosi in a similar fashion. All we know is that someone had to approve it. TR Twitterbirdeyes

There's no denying that Twitter has had a positive impact on many peoples' lives. The Washington Post has a new story covering just that as the micro-blogging service launches a monthly @Twitterstory series. Don't expect Twitter to cover that breaking news of you grabbing a sandwich for lunch.

The law firm of Steven J. Baum is sorry for the Halloween costume get-together last year that mocked the homeless and those his firm were foreclosing on. Thanks for letting us know a year later.

A party bust leads to a Facebook unfriend and arson: Police say Des Moines resident Jennifer Harris lit her now former friend's garage on fire after an argument over a party that never materialized. Oh, the things Facebook can do to people.

Out on the Town

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday morning, so remember to set your clocks, watches, etc., back an hour!

Can you believe it's already November? New Hampshire's secretary of state set the first-in-the-nation primary for January 10. Just two months to go, folks, until the real fireworks begin!

See you next week,


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