The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified

The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong‘s moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the rest of us, Newt‘s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk.

“We’re Not in Lake Wobegon Anymore”, Garrison Keillor, 2004

messed up on the right wing

“Somehow, a president whose platform consists of Mitt Romney’s health care bill, Newt Gingrich’s environmental policies, John McCain’s deficit-financed payroll tax cuts, George W. Bush’s bailouts of failing banks and corporations, and a mixture of the Bush and Clinton tax rates has been recast as the greatest threat to capitalism since Karl Marx sat down for a beer with Friedrich Engels.”

— Ezra Klein, New York Review of Books

roots of our new confederacy

While commenting on Romney’s 47percent beliefs, Rhet said: 

Americans generally believe that anyone who doesn’t “make it” in America is either just not trying or is a born loser.
But somehow when a person fails in Africa, or Guatemala, or Mexico or anywhere else they are totally worthy of sympathy.
This is the nature of our fake meritocracy here in the USA. If you fail you deserve it, if you win you deserve it.
Meanwhile when people like Romney cheat like hell to “win” nobody notices how he and his ilk rig the game against the majority, ensuring they will lose.

Ayn Marx 666 said: 

This is because America is God’s Special Country, and the religion born of Calvin and Rand (or Spencer) identifies the Elect with the winners, and the losers with the Damned—and sympathy is wasted on the damned, they deserve all they get.

it’s tough to copy tweets

I think Carter’s karma just ran over Romney’s dogma. via@AnneOnymous670 @JECarter4 

Mitt Romney’s Mom Says his Dad Was On Welfare For Years – 

#Romney”s mother video on her husband George: “He was on welfare relief for the first years of his life.” #47percent

@MittRomney Your mother says that your dad George was on welfare for years. – #47percent

Hey, #47percent#Romney‘s father was on welfare. Why not see what Romney’s mother says? View at .55 seconds. 

Dear @MittRomney, It’s worth understanding who pays taxes. Income taxes aren’t the only federal taxes.

gracious goes the ghost

Living Room TrapezeWhen it all comes clear, the wind is settled, I’ll be here, you know. 

Cause you said ours were the lighthouse towers
The sun upon that place
Darling I’ll grow weary, happy still
With just the memory of your face

Gracious goes the ghost of you

And I will never forget the plans and the
Silhouettes you drew here and
Gracious goes the ghost of you
My dear

—Ben Howard

people prefer reassurance to research

“One of the biggest problems with the world today is that we have large groups of people who will accept whatever they hear on the grapevine, just because it suits their worldview—not because it is actually true or because they have evidence to support it. The really striking thing is that it would not take much effort to establish validity in most of these cases… but people prefer reassurance to research.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson