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An Endorsement for Herman Cain (?)

1 Dec

What's Wrong with this Picture?

Well get my smelling salts! Another woman has come forward to report her relationship with Herman Cain.  Honestly, if the relationship was mutual, it is none of our business how many extra-marital affairs Cain has.  What is our business is the number of women he has sexually harassed and dismissed his behavior with his cavalier comment of, “why not focus on all the women I did not sexually harass?”

There are so many things that I really despise about Cain, his misogyny, his homophobia, his dismissal of the poor and disenfranchised, but I think I also am frustrated that he identifies with the aggressor.  He is a black man who works to re-enforce a white political power structure–what is that about?

I try to mitigate my anger about Cain by finding humor.  Jay Smooth, is a multi-racial man, with a white mother and black father, much like our President. Smooth’s mock endorsement of Cain helped me laugh.  I hope you will watch other videos by Smooth.  He does a great job of addressing race and power.  Click here to see the mock endorsement.

Herman Cain: Sexist, Egotistical, Lying, Hypocritical, Bigot…

12 Nov

I Paid Good Money for Them to Keep Their Mouths Shut

If you have seen the movie 9 to 5, you recognize the stream of adjectives, as they aptly described Franklin Hart.  How sad that 31 years later and 20 years after the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings, we see a black Republican running for President who has said explicitly that he will make sure no Muslim holds a place in American government, that us gays “chose” to be gay, and now we have learned that he sexually harassed several women and paid them not to come out and expose him.  To sum up Cain’s response to the allegations of sexual harassment: “But what about all of the women I did not sexually harass? Why don’t we focus on them?”  Really? Really? That is your response?

What alarms me is the current state of misogyny and that we have learned nothing from history.  Apparently, it is okay to sexually harass a woman and still go on to become an incompetent bigoted Supreme Court Justice with no ethics.  Are we to presume that a man guilty of discrimination against Muslims, the LGBT community, and even calling Black people racist if they don’t support him–is this Presidential material?  If so, sign me up to move out of the United States.

Our Rachel Maddow does a marvelous job of exposing Herman Cain for the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot that he is.  Click here to see the video of Maddow.

Take Action: In this huge ball of Crazy known as the Republican Presidential candidates, get accurate information–which means turn off Faux News.  Read up on the sexual harassment allegations on Herman Cain or his bigoted statements that alienate much of the 99% of Americans, but let’s face it–the current crap, I mean crop of Republican Presidential candidates are all working exclusively for the 1% of Americans.

Wednesday Word of the Week, November 9: Memory

9 Nov

Puzzled Potential Presidential Pachyderm

This week’s word is MEMORY

the power of retaining and recalling past experience — Macmillan Dictionary Online

One more failing of the current crop of GOP Presidential candidates seems to be a lack of this power.

The best example is Pizzaman Herman Cain, the heir-apparent to Clarence Thomas. Facing allegations of sexual harrassment from his time at the National Restaurant Association, Cain has managed to forget the answer to every question asked. One wonders if his next move will be to forget that he ever worked there at all.

Serial flip-flopper Mitt Romney is also a convenient forgetter, and he hopes the Republican electorate will be as well. Universal health care? Might have happened while he was Governor of Masschusetts, but who can recall? In his efforts to pander to every teahadist demand, he reinvents himself daily.

Some examples are more pathetic. Apparently Michele Bachmann forgot she was a crazy woman with a gay husband. Rick Perry forgot that he was an idiot. Newt Gingrich forgot that nobody liked him in the first place. Why would that change now? (Ironically, the pack is so damaged, that even Newt’s fatally damaged craft is rising on the tide of not-those-other-guys.) And they say that elephants never foget…

The prosepct of any of these people becoming president is scarier all the time. Who needs a national leader who forgets the which Korea is our ally? My advice for voters, forget this bunch of losers.

Bigot of the Week Award: October 7, Herman Cain

7 Oct

Herman Cain Number 1 Bigot of the Week

Those of you who follow TSM will remember that we called out Herman Cain’s bigoted behavior before, when he expressed his blatantly Islamophobic comments. I’m sure it comes as no big surprise that Cain’s bigotry proves pervasively pernicious.  Cain appeared on The View to deride the LGBT community and stated he wants to reinstate DADT and that being gay is a choice:

Well, you show me the science that says that it’s not and I could be persuaded…Right now It’s my opinion against the opinions of others who feel differently. That’s just a difference of opinion.

I wonder when our Cain decided to be heterosexual?  What made him chose heterosexuality? Perhaps he just has not met the right man yet?  His homophobic comments certainly earn him this week’s BWA. How sad that as a black man, he is unable to see the intersections of oppression.  Click here if you wish to see the video of him.

Wednesday Word of the Week, September 28: Polls

28 Sep

This weeks's favorite flavor of tea.

This week’s word is: POLL

the process of asking a number of people their opinions about something, especially a political issue

In an already interminable season of Republican campaigning, this weekend saw a surprising upset in what was considered a very important poll. The Florida Presidency V straw poll, which Florida Criminal-in-Chief, I mean Governor, Rick Scott said “would determine the next President of the United States” was won by Herman Cain.

That’s right, out of all the candidates, relatively obscure former pizza magnate Herman Cain won the poll with 37%, more than second place finisher Rick Perry (15%) and number three Mitt Romney (14%) put together. This shocking event occurred in the wake of Perry’s bumbling performances in the past few Republican debates.

Curiously, Michele Bachmann, who won the Ames straw poll a few weeks ago, finished dead last of the eight candidates, behind even Jon Huntsman. Her star has certainly fallen since Perry’s dramatic official entry into the race, but the disconnect between the two polls is quite startling.

Let’s recap the facts, shall we?

  • Perry still wins national polls about a preferred Republican nominee by a small but comfortable margin.
  • Perry has yet to be ranked a winner of any of the debates and becomes very petty and petulant as they proceed.
  • Romney comes out ahead of the Republican pack in most hypothetical match-ups against President Obama.
  • Bachmann won the Ames poll but has had very negative momentum since then.
  • Cain came from nowhere to win the Presidency V poll but has no real national standing; this could change, of course, as his name recognition skyrockets.
  • Santorum, Gingrich, and Huntsman hardly seem to matter at this point, but can perhaps take heart from Cain’s sudden success.
  • Ron Paul remains an anomaly, polling in the lower reaches but with a strong core of support who seem to trend toward “none of the above” if he’s taken out of the mix.

It’s hard to draw any strong conclusions from this, but one thing is clear: every Republican candidate is flawed and vulnerable and there is no real consensus in the party. The most likely voters want a Teamonster like Perry, but less dogmatic conservatives want someone (reasonably) articulate like Romney or Cain.

It’s early days still, despite the 437 debates the Republicans have held. Early in the 2004 campaign it was clear that the Democratic nomination was Howard Dean’s to lose, which, with the help of a hostile and shallow media, he did. In 2008, nobody thought McCain stood a chance of gaining the nomination, which he did long before the Democratic contest was settled.

In the end, there will be a Republican candidate, and none of the eight clowns in the contest will be good for America. Let’s hope they can bloody each other enough that the victor’s vulnerabilities are clear. Let’s hope that President Obama can demonstrate some real leadership and make the final contest as clear cut as possible. After all, he needs to win at the polls that really matter:

the place where people vote.

Definitions taken from Macmillan Dictionary Online

Wednesday Word of the Week, May 18

18 May

The More You Look, The Less You Like.

This week’s word is: CANDIDATE

one of the people competing in an election

Despite the Presidential Primary season being months away, many Republican hopefuls have declared their candidacy, officially and not so much so. Who are these people, anyway?

Herman CAIN

Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of Man; Cain killed Abel out of jealousy and was exiled by God

Oops. Not too auspicious there, Herman. Given his low profile, exile seems pretty likely after a primary or two.

NEWT Gingrich

a small animal similar to a lizard that mostly lives in water

At the risk of offending the lizards, small and slimy seems like a good description. He’s also wriggly, given how many times he’s decided not to decide about running.

Mike Huckabee, whose affable demeanor hides the heart of a HUCKSTER

someone who sells things dishonestly or illegally

Ron Paul, whose election would cast a PALL

a sudden numbing dread

on the whole country.

Tim Pawlenty may not be well-know by most Americans, but there are PLENTY

a large amount of something, or a large number of things

of reasons to dislike him.

Mitt ROMNEY

one of an English breed of hardy sheep, having coarse, long wool

He’s certainly hardy, as his constantly resurging candidacy attests; his demeanor is slickly robotic, but his methods are coarse and woolly.

Rick Santorum, a man whose views are so loathsome that his last name was rather vulgarly redefined in a contest.

Donald TRUMP

the suit that players decide will be worth the most in a card game

Heavy on the suit, light on the “worth the most” especially now that it looks like he’s out of the running again. We’ll see what he decides next week…

We also have a quartet of nearly complete unknowns, the DARK HORSE

a political candidate who is not well known but could win unexpectedly

Republicans, with an emphasis on “unexpectedly” for Fred Karger, Gary Johnson, Tom Miller, and Vern Wuensche. Their best chances of winning rest on the fact that their competition is so well known for their odiousness. If they are anything like the rest of the pack, consider them to be the four darkhorsemen of the Apocalypse.

Last but not least, a pair of undecideds, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, whose candidacies would lend a certain festival air to the election but in the end an utterly maddening one. Perhaps they will run together so we can go into Bachmann Palin Overdrive…

Looking at this probable competition, it is easy to see why President Obama’s favorables are rising. We must be vigilant, however, as the last election demonstrated just how absurd and unpredictable the actions of the electorate can be.

All of this week’s definitions courtesy of Macmillan Dictionary Online.

GOP’s Herman Cain: I’m Proud to be a Bigot!

28 Mar

Proud to be a Bigot

I admit that I don’t quite understand how any minority could identify as a Republican. I find it even more disturbing when a minority not only identifies as a Republican but then promotes bigotry. Herman Cain seems to be running on a platform based on how proud he is to be a bigot! I guess I just expect better from those of us that have experienced, or have a history of being  discriminated against. The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO said, when asked if he would ever appoint a Muslim to his cabinet:

No, I would not. And here’s why. There is this creeping attempt, there is this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government. This is what happened in Europe. And little by little, to try and be politically correct, they made this little change, they made this little change. And now they’ve got a social problem that they don’t know what to do with hardly.

Not only is Cain out of touch with reality, but he is using the same old tired technique of Fear Mongering to garner support. Really? Is this the type of person you want interacting with the rest of the world? Cain is the epitome of the cliche of the cloistered and ignorant American. Surly  the GOP can do better than Herman Cain. Unfortunately, Newt, Trump, et al. don’t look any better. Click here to see the video and read the full article.

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