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Mesa, Ariz. Woman Runs Husband Over With Her Car for Causing Obama's Re-election

Seriously:

Mesa resident Holly Solomon thinks it’s her husband’s fault that President Obama was re-elected last week, because he didn’t vote. Not only does Solomon, 28, have a thorough misunderstanding of our nation’s electoral system, she also ran over her husband with her car because of this, according to Gilbert police.

In an e-mail to media, Gilbert police Sergeant Jesse Sanger says the argument started in a parking lot Saturday morning over Daniel Solomon’s lack of voter participation. “According to Daniel, Holly believed her family was going to face hardship as a result of President Obama’s re-election,” Sanger says.

Witnesses told police that there was a lot of yelling before Holly Solomon hopped in her Jeep, and started chasing her husband around the parking lot.

Her husband tried to use a light pole to shield himself, and Solomon drove around the light pole several times as she continued to yell at him. Eventually, her husband made a run for it, but Solomon hit him, pinning him under the car and on a curb, according to police.

Daniel Solomon’s currently in critical condition at a hospital. Holly Solomon was booked into jail on charges of domestic violence and aggravated assault, and there are no indications she was impaired by alcohol or drugs at the time, according to Sanger.

At the risk of sounding like a cold cynic, voter outreach: you’re doing it very, very wrong.

But in all seriousness, I wish I were shocked this happened. But after the insane demonization of Barack Obama by right-wingers, I’m more shocked something like this didn’t happen sooner. In a strange way, it’s sad that she was so convinced her family was going to face hardship that she had such an extreme reaction to her husband not voting to stop it — not that his vote would have prevented Obama’s re-election or ensured Arizona’s electoral votes went to Romney, which they already did. And she did this, according to police, stone-cold sober.

Holy hell. I feel like there’s more to this story.

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Romney’s ‘relief’ event outside of Dayton, Ohio, was surreal enough to be a campaign parody, with the candidate comparing the federal government’s hurricane relief efforts to the time he and some friends had to clean up a football field strewn with ‘rubbish and paper products.’

It was supposed to be a parable of how Republicans handle disaster – with private charity, not government intervention – as Romney told his audience, ‘It’s part of the American spirit, the American way, to give to people in need.’ The Republican went on to talk about the time some Hurricane Katrina survivors were rerouted from Houston to Cape Cod and the good people of Cape Cod responded by donating food and, yes, television sets.

Of course, as Alex Seitz-Wald writes, the Red Cross and other private charities are discouraging the donation of goods, preferring that kind Americans donate funds that can be used where they’re needed, not goods that must be sorted and distributed and may not even be necessary (television sets?).

Salon’s Joan Walsh, regarding the misguided, hollow efforts by the Romney/Ryan team to collect donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy in Dayton, Ohio. The campaign reportedly dropped $5,000 on supplies at a local Wal-Mart for attendees to give to Romney for the sake of photo ops. What, no soup kitchens to invade?

Does Mittens listen to himself talk? No, really. I’m curious.

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Yet another edition of “I’m sick of this shit.” 
This isn’t funny. I’ve worked on campaigns and fielded calls asking if this is really the case. The 33 shares, as of last night at 1:00 AM, worries me. I’ve seen this crap on flyers distributed to low-income neighborhoods that typically have lower levels of education and voter registration. 
This goes for both parties. Stop it. It’s not cute, it’s not funny, it’s viral voter suppression. You might think you’re clever enough to get the joke, but there’s people out there who don’t realize it’s a goddamn terrible joke — especially when you add some official-sounding law to it, like the image above. 
Hey Grass Roots Republicans — it’s “grassroots.” The president is not “Barry Soetoro.” His name is Barack Obama. Also, just stick to the shitty MS paint comparisons of unicorns and a Romney presidency. You’re better at that. You know the biggest thing they have in common, kiddos? The chances of both existing are equally imaginary.

Yet another edition of “I’m sick of this shit.”

This isn’t funny. I’ve worked on campaigns and fielded calls asking if this is really the case. The 33 shares, as of last night at 1:00 AM, worries me. I’ve seen this crap on flyers distributed to low-income neighborhoods that typically have lower levels of education and voter registration. 

This goes for both parties. Stop it. It’s not cute, it’s not funny, it’s viral voter suppression. You might think you’re clever enough to get the joke, but there’s people out there who don’t realize it’s a goddamn terrible joke — especially when you add some official-sounding law to it, like the image above. 

Hey Grass Roots Republicans — it’s “grassroots.” The president is not “Barry Soetoro.” His name is Barack Obama. Also, just stick to the shitty MS paint comparisons of unicorns and a Romney presidency. You’re better at that. You know the biggest thing they have in common, kiddos? The chances of both existing are equally imaginary.

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Well, guys… this settles it. While Mittens apparently shares enough qualities with Unicorn to be an aphrodisiac, unicorn is obviously out of the running for president. Mitt Romney has met the exceedingly low qualifications of being more real than a unicorn and allowed on an airplane. 
However, you know where Mitt isn’t allowed? AIR FORCE ONE, Y’ALL!

I just can’t with these people. And I assure you, Grass Roots Republicans is real Facebook page and 100% serious. Now, can we get a Venn Diagram of those who believe in Mitt Romney AND Unicorns? I would imagine there’s overlap. 

Well, guys… this settles it. While Mittens apparently shares enough qualities with Unicorn to be an aphrodisiac, unicorn is obviously out of the running for president. Mitt Romney has met the exceedingly low qualifications of being more real than a unicorn and allowed on an airplane. 

However, you know where Mitt isn’t allowed? AIR FORCE ONE, Y’ALL!

I just can’t with these people. And I assure you, Grass Roots Republicans is real Facebook page and 100% serious. Now, can we get a Venn Diagram of those who believe in Mitt Romney AND Unicorns? I would imagine there’s overlap. 

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Ever have one of those moments where you truly can’t help yourself?
That would be one of mine above. Background on Mittens being the Grinch that stole Halloween here. I’ve talked to several of my friends with kids about this. They’re worried that they won’t be able to take their kids, so parents are now trying to organize a group or something. I’ve seen several adults dismissing this as not a big deal, BECAUSE ZOMG ROMNEY IT’S JUST TRICK-OR-TREAT, but that’s bullshit for two big reasons:
This is a nightmare for single parents without much support. Pretty much everyone I’ve talked to who is a single parent has asked someone to take their kid(s) and gotten a no. Seriously, I don’t know that I’d say yes — kids are extremely hyper on Halloween. But I’d probably make an exception. Further, the new day falls smack in the middle of K-5 parent-teacher conferences. As one of my friends wrote, “How in the hell can I be in two places at once?”
This might not be a big deal to some adults, but to a kid, THIS IS A HUGE GODDAMN DEAL. Remember trick-or-treating? It’s one of the biggest thrills of the year, especially if you’re a working class kiddo living in suburbia. One of my friends told her daughter they might not go. She’s seven and cried herself to sleep in the living room. She was supposed to go with her friends, dressed as Disney princesses, and my friend was going to dress as the Fairy Godmother and take them. Try finding someone to take five seven-year-old girls trick-or-treating. No really. Try it.
After listening to my friends with kids stress out over this, it just pisses me off more that Romney is coming just because The Washington Post ran a feature on how the bailout saved Defiance. Another one of my friends wrote, “That is what I’m sayin!! He is just coming to do ‘damage control’ for his campaign here. Otherwise Defiance wouldn’t even be a speck on the map to him.”
She’s right.
So yeah. I couldn’t help myself when this smug sanctimommy with cutsey-named kids just HAD to share with the newspaper. 

Ever have one of those moments where you truly can’t help yourself?

That would be one of mine above. Background on Mittens being the Grinch that stole Halloween here. I’ve talked to several of my friends with kids about this. They’re worried that they won’t be able to take their kids, so parents are now trying to organize a group or something. I’ve seen several adults dismissing this as not a big deal, BECAUSE ZOMG ROMNEY IT’S JUST TRICK-OR-TREAT, but that’s bullshit for two big reasons:

This is a nightmare for single parents without much support. Pretty much everyone I’ve talked to who is a single parent has asked someone to take their kid(s) and gotten a no. Seriously, I don’t know that I’d say yes — kids are extremely hyper on Halloween. But I’d probably make an exception. Further, the new day falls smack in the middle of K-5 parent-teacher conferences. As one of my friends wrote, “How in the hell can I be in two places at once?”

This might not be a big deal to some adults, but to a kid, THIS IS A HUGE GODDAMN DEAL. Remember trick-or-treating? It’s one of the biggest thrills of the year, especially if you’re a working class kiddo living in suburbia. One of my friends told her daughter they might not go. She’s seven and cried herself to sleep in the living room. She was supposed to go with her friends, dressed as Disney princesses, and my friend was going to dress as the Fairy Godmother and take them. Try finding someone to take five seven-year-old girls trick-or-treating. No really. Try it.

After listening to my friends with kids stress out over this, it just pisses me off more that Romney is coming just because The Washington Post ran a feature on how the bailout saved Defiance. Another one of my friends wrote, “That is what I’m sayin!! He is just coming to do ‘damage control’ for his campaign here. Otherwise Defiance wouldn’t even be a speck on the map to him.”

She’s right.

So yeah. I couldn’t help myself when this smug sanctimommy with cutsey-named kids just HAD to share with the newspaper. 

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Mitt Romney is hitting up my hometown of Defiance, Ohio next week at the exact time trick-or-treat was scheduled. I say was, because the mayor, Bob Armstrong, now says trick-or-treat will be moved. One problem: Many parents took Thursday off work or otherwise rearranged their schedules for trick-or-treat, and are now faced with trying to change that on just two day’s notice. As a result, a lot of kiddos are missing out on trick-or-treat. Also, most schools have parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, the night the mayor chose. So double whammy for single parents.
Here’s a pal of mine from high school with his fantastic suggestion. I love little Ethan telling his mom not to vote for Romney because of the whole trick-or-treat thing. Ethan, you’re a smart kid.
Why is Mitt Romney hitting up D-town? Here’s why: “GM is alive in Defiance, Ohio. But Obama’s hopes here may not be." The GM plant employed 1,700 before the economic crash. It ground to a halt. People stopped paying their mortgages, and even grocery stores went out of business. Now, because of the bailout, the plant employs 1,300 and is growing. 
Of course, Romney isn’t actually going to the plant. Instead, he’s speaking at the high school and will be accompanied by country musicians John Rich and Randy Owen from the group Alabama.
And if parents take my buddy’s suggestion, some kiddos asking for candy. I encourage parents to do this if they’re irked by the Romney campaign’s choice to announce this stop, or the mayor’s choice to move trick-or-treat. I don’t usually endorse using kids for political ends, but hey, there’s nothing cuter than wee ones in Halloween costumes. Get your tickets here!
And just for fun: GOP Halloween Spectacular 2012!

Mitt Romney is hitting up my hometown of Defiance, Ohio next week at the exact time trick-or-treat was scheduled. I say was, because the mayor, Bob Armstrong, now says trick-or-treat will be moved. One problem: Many parents took Thursday off work or otherwise rearranged their schedules for trick-or-treat, and are now faced with trying to change that on just two day’s notice. As a result, a lot of kiddos are missing out on trick-or-treat. Also, most schools have parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, the night the mayor chose. So double whammy for single parents.

Here’s a pal of mine from high school with his fantastic suggestion. I love little Ethan telling his mom not to vote for Romney because of the whole trick-or-treat thing. Ethan, you’re a smart kid.

Why is Mitt Romney hitting up D-town? Here’s why: “GM is alive in Defiance, Ohio. But Obama’s hopes here may not be." The GM plant employed 1,700 before the economic crash. It ground to a halt. People stopped paying their mortgages, and even grocery stores went out of business. Now, because of the bailout, the plant employs 1,300 and is growing. 

Of course, Romney isn’t actually going to the plant. Instead, he’s speaking at the high school and will be accompanied by country musicians John Rich and Randy Owen from the group Alabama.

And if parents take my buddy’s suggestion, some kiddos asking for candy. I encourage parents to do this if they’re irked by the Romney campaign’s choice to announce this stop, or the mayor’s choice to move trick-or-treat. I don’t usually endorse using kids for political ends, but hey, there’s nothing cuter than wee ones in Halloween costumes. Get your tickets here!

And just for fun: GOP Halloween Spectacular 2012!

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I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.

Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate and Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock on abortion and pregnancy resulting from rape.

Essentially, if you have a uterus, and you become pregnant from a rape, just remember — that’s God turning rapey lemons into blessed unwanted lemonade. </sarcasm>

Oh, and what’s that Mitt Romney? You’re supporting him? In an ad posted this Sunday that’s all over Indiana’s airwaves?

Yep, because there’s nothing worse than Obamacare amirite? Y’know, other than being forced to bear your rapist’s child because your senator said his God said it should be so…

In a statement released this evening, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said: “Richard Mourdock’s rape comments are outrageous and demeaning to women. Unfortunately, they’ve become part and parcel of the modern Republican Party’s platform toward women’s health, as Congressional Republicans like Paul Ryan have worked to outlaw all abortions and even narrow the definition of rape. As Mourdock’s most prominent booster and the star of Mourdock’s current campaign ads, Mitt Romney should immediately denounce these comments and request that the ad featuring him speaking directly to camera on Mourdock’s behalf be taken off the air.”

Agreed. Your move, governor. 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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