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Live-blogging NBC/Facebook Debate!

cognitivedissonance:

Instead of going to church, stay home and play GOP debate bingo! The Meet the Press debate will be at 9 AM EST, but check your local listings here. In some locations, it’s on at 7, 8, and 10 AM. I’ll be starting at 7 AM MST. Live-stream is here.

I suggest not turning bingo into a drinking game unless you need a little hair of the dog or you want to be seriously judged by people around you - but IT IS always five o’ clock somewhere. Facebook info here. This one is moderated by David Gregory. 

Participants: Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman

Follow me on Twitter for live-blogging: @meglanker - If I get thrown in Twitter jail, I’ll start up on Tumblr.

Follow my husband, Andrew Simons, as he live-blogs at the Twitter feed for the PAC he directs: @Equality_WY

I’ll be writing a postmortem of the two debates tomorrow. See you folks at 7 AM and don’t forget to submit your bingo cards!

Live-coverage of last night’s debate here. What do you think is going to happen this morning?

We’ll find out in 15 minutes…

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Live-blogging tomorrow’s NBC/Facebook Debate!

Instead of going to church, stay home and play GOP debate bingo! The Meet the Press debate will be at 9 AM EST, but check your local listings here. In some locations, it’s on at 7, 8, and 10 AM. I’ll be starting at 8 AM MST. Live-stream is here.

I suggest not turning bingo into a drinking game unless you need a little hair of the dog or you want to be seriously judged by people around you - but IT IS always five o’ clock somewhere. Facebook info here. This one is moderated by David Gregory. 

Participants: Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman

Follow me on Twitter for live-blogging: @meglanker - If I get thrown in Twitter jail, I’ll start up on Tumblr.

Follow my husband, Andrew Simons, as he live-blogs at the Twitter feed for the PAC he directs: @Equality_WY

I’ll be writing a postmortem of the two debates tomorrow. See you folks at 8 AM and don’t forget to submit your bingo cards!

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GOP ABC News/Yahoo Debate in one hour!

Bingo cards are here. Live-stream of the debate here. Alternate live-streams here and here.

Follow me on Twitter for live-blogging: @meglanker - If I get thrown in Twitter jail, I’ll start up on Tumblr.

Follow my husband, Andrew Simons, as he live-blogs at the Twitter feed for the PAC he directs: @Equality_WY

Participants tonight: Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman

While you all do this:

This is gonna be me:

and then…

and then…

and then I’ll say something about Ron Paul:

And then some asshat will find my tweets and tell me to STFU:

Two-thirds through:

And then it will be over.

Cheers!

- Meg

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ABC News/Meet the Press GOP Debate bingo!

cognitivedissonance:

By request, I made more than one card - so now there’s seven cards to choose from for this debate! The squares are mixed up, and there’s a few different squares on each one. Submit your completed card and I’ll post it. The ABC News debate airs at 9 PM EST and I’ll be live-blogging it and playing along as best I can.

The first five to submit their cards get gif prizes and recognition. Share the joy and play GOP Debate Bingo with your friends. The exact phrases to find are in quotation marks, but other than that, we’re just looking for the concept. 

Bonus: You can re-use these for the 9 AM NBC Meet the Press debate the next morning. I make no promises on live-blogging that one. I may stay up all night and live blog it blitzed on coffee, nicotine, and snark. Check your local listings for the start time on that one - some sites are listing it at 10 AM on your local NBC affiliate.

Links to download full-size cards directly:

Enjoy, kids!

Debate starts in two hours. The first five submitted win gif prizes! Seriously, I have nothing else to award, except recognition for being in the top 5. I’ll also recognize two categories - most bingos on one card, and most bingos on all seven cards. Get your cards at the ready and tune in at 9 PM EST. Live-stream is here.

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ABC News/Meet the Press GOP Debate bingo!

By request, I made more than one card - so now there’s seven cards to choose from for this debate! The squares are mixed up, and there’s a few different squares on each one. Submit your completed card and I’ll post it. The ABC News debate airs at 9 PM EST and I’ll be live-blogging it and playing along as best I can.

The first five to submit their cards get gif prizes and recognition. Share the joy and play GOP Debate Bingo with your friends. The exact phrases to find are in quotation marks, but other than that, we’re just looking for the concept. 

Bonus: You can re-use these for the 9 AM NBC Meet the Press debate the next morning. I make no promises on live-blogging that one. I may stay up all night and live blog it blitzed on coffee, nicotine, and snark. Check your local listings for the start time on that one - some sites are listing it at 10 AM on your local NBC affiliate.

Links to download full-size cards directly:

Enjoy, kids!

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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I tried to take the high road.
I really did.
And then Rick Perry didn’t know the significance or subject matter of Lawrence v. Texas (2003). This was a decision by the US Supreme Court repealing anti-sodomy laws in Texas (and elsewhere) and was decided under his tenure as governor. The state spent money to defend it! Further, he mentioned it in his book, Fed Up!:

He wrote, “Since I have been governor, a significant number of cases involving Texas or Texans have gone to the U.S. Supreme Court. From posting the Ten Commandments in the public square to our right to execute a murdering rapist who happens to be a foreign national, we have had to kiss the ring of the Court and have done so, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Texans have long been involved in significant decisions before the Court, and often we have been told we can’t do something. To name a few: Roe v. Wade (legalizing abortion), Plyler v. Doe (requiring the education of children who are illegal immigrants), Lawrence v. Texas (outlawing anti-sodomy laws), Santa Fe Independent School District (prohibiting student-led prayer at football games), League of Latin American Citizens v. Perry (ordering the reconfiguration of a congressional district), and numerous others. It seems Texans have a different view of the world than do the nine oligarchs in robes.”

There’s another reason this is significant. You know that whole judicial activism thing? This decision led to a large expansion of privacy rights which Justice Clarence Thomas addresses in his dissent as not being found within the US Constitution. For the record, I disagree with Thomas - the right to privacy is established through precedent interpreted from the constitution, but whatever. Lawrence is one of several decisions frequently cited by conservatives as judicial activism - and one Perry cites in his book.
It’s required knowledge for social conservatives. I would argue it’s also required knowledge for the governor who signed off on billing the taxpayers for its defense. Rick Santorum discussing the case on Glenn Beck’s show in April:

"If the Supreme Court changes the legal standard to say that consensual sexual activity is a constitutional right, then we open up the gates for all sorts of consensual activity. It’s a legal argument.

So Perry, I am disappoint. I expect little from you, but damn son. You managed to smash face-first into the lowered bar of expectations I have for you.
Bravo.

I tried to take the high road.

I really did.

And then Rick Perry didn’t know the significance or subject matter of Lawrence v. Texas (2003). This was a decision by the US Supreme Court repealing anti-sodomy laws in Texas (and elsewhere) and was decided under his tenure as governor. The state spent money to defend it! Further, he mentioned it in his book, Fed Up!:

He wrote, “Since I have been governor, a significant number of cases involving Texas or Texans have gone to the U.S. Supreme Court. From posting the Ten Commandments in the public square to our right to execute a murdering rapist who happens to be a foreign national, we have had to kiss the ring of the Court and have done so, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Texans have long been involved in significant decisions before the Court, and often we have been told we can’t do something. To name a few: Roe v. Wade (legalizing abortion), Plyler v. Doe (requiring the education of children who are illegal immigrants), Lawrence v. Texas (outlawing anti-sodomy laws), Santa Fe Independent School District (prohibiting student-led prayer at football games), League of Latin American Citizens v. Perry (ordering the reconfiguration of a congressional district), and numerous others. It seems Texans have a different view of the world than do the nine oligarchs in robes.”

There’s another reason this is significant. You know that whole judicial activism thing? This decision led to a large expansion of privacy rights which Justice Clarence Thomas addresses in his dissent as not being found within the US Constitution. For the record, I disagree with Thomas - the right to privacy is established through precedent interpreted from the constitution, but whatever. Lawrence is one of several decisions frequently cited by conservatives as judicial activism - and one Perry cites in his book.

It’s required knowledge for social conservatives. I would argue it’s also required knowledge for the governor who signed off on billing the taxpayers for its defense. Rick Santorum discussing the case on Glenn Beck’s show in April:

"If the Supreme Court changes the legal standard to say that consensual sexual activity is a constitutional right, then we open up the gates for all sorts of consensual activity. It’s a legal argument.

So Perry, I am disappoint. I expect little from you, but damn son. You managed to smash face-first into the lowered bar of expectations I have for you.

Bravo.

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My live coverage of tonight’s GOP Debate. This is the last debate before the Iowa caucus on January 3rd. Postmortem over all the debates I’ve covered coming tomorrow, but here’s the postmortem from tonight:

Winners:

Jon Huntsman for showing some balls and proclaiming: “We are getting screwed as Americans!” At least someone’s noticed. He also discussed our relationship with China as being multi-faceted, and suggested the rate of undocumented workers in the US slowing is due to it basically sucking here. Huntsman said he would not sign any “silly pledges” or attend a Trump debate. He continues to establish himself as the adult in the room. 

Ron Paul for pointing out other candidates wish to declare war on Muslims, and radical Muslims want to bomb us because SURPRISE! - you bomb people and it pisses them off. He said we’re posturing on Iran, and that we cannot get involved in another war - essentially, we don’t need another Iraq. Paul shouldn’t be the voice of reason in any debate, but in today’s GOP, he is somehow that voice of reason. 

Rick Perry's pharmacist. I just have a feeling, okay?

Bret Baier’s war boner for Iran because Santorum and Romney totally stroked it.

President Barack Obama because reasons. Seriously, all he has to do is play clips from this or other debates.

Losers:

My uterus. All these people want to crawl up in there and dictate what goes on - it’s mine, y’all.

Michele Bachmann because she actually had to petulantly remind us she’s a serious candidate. Newt Gingrich challenged her on her shit and she said, “I’m a serious candidate for president of the United States, and my facts are accurate.” She cited PolitiFact for support, claiming that they said everything she said at the last debate was true. They disagreed

Bachmann also said she’d bring in all the congresspeople under her wing to get things done. So new foster kids? She further called for abolishing courts who don’t follow the US Constitution and the law, forgetting that 8th Grade Civics says the judicial branch is the interpreter of law. She and Gingrich got into it after Gingrich taunted her over not knowing facts. Like Gingrich has a monopoly on facts.

Rick Perry for his bizarre claim regarding Iran coming to us through Mexico, along with Hamas, and somehow, all of them are working with drug cartels. He tried to rest on his laurels after making a Tim Tebow funny, but it didn’t work - the Tebow crack didn’t carry him through the whole thing. Defending energy policy, he said, “I like the Tenth Amendment a lot.” He said he’s beginning to enjoy debates, and that he and Obama would “get it on.” I know he meant debate-wise, but it was still squirmy. Honestly, he came off better than usual, which for Perry means the bar of expectations is buried so low in the ground, he’s gotta trip over it once in awhile. During a question on Texas agriculture, he either showed us his George W. Bush impression or was channeling Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford on SNL (“I was told there would be no math…”). I converted that moment into Rickception.

Rick Santorum because he claimed the radical theocracy in Iran was so awful and terrible, yet saw no problem with defending abolishing courts for making decisions he disagrees with on his personal religious views. He was positively bursting with braggadocio after crowing about leading the campaign to remove Iowa Supreme Court Justices for ruling bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. 

Santorum made an odd point about Romney approving of same-sex marriage because the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that state may not “deny the protections, benefits and obligations conferred by civil marriage to two individuals of the same sex who wish to marry” but gave the legislature 180 days to “take such action as it may deem appropriate” before issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In other words, make the law folks, because it’s coming down the pipe. He claimed Romney could resist the highest court in the land (at the state level).

Newt Gingrich for being a condescending a-hole to the moderators, Michele Bachmann, and the audience. His attitude is summed up as “I’m Newt Gingrich, and I know shit. I knew Reagan. I will deign to accept this invitation for a ‘debate’ but you know I’m your president.” He mentioned Reagan like some valley girls use the word “like” and argued for abolishing the federal courts when they rule in a way with which he disagrees. When Megyn Kelly pointed out former conservative attorney generals and judges have said this is dangerous, Gingrich called the courts “arrogant” and said he had a better understanding of the law than judges and lawyers because he’s a historian. Further, he was claiming Obama killed the Keystone XL Pipeline - not true

Mitt Romney was obtuse on most points. He claimed he doesn’t want to discriminate against gay people, but pulled a Gingrich and said he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. He was hawkish on Iran and basically said if you posture against the US, we’ll blow you up. Other than that, he was his usual Milquetoast Mittens.

America because these people all stand varying chances of being elected. 

In summary: The GOP is zealous in their wish to beat Barack Obama, but forgot to find a presidential candidate. Oops.

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From the “shit you can’t make up” files indeed… Matt Ortega of AMERICAblog on Rick Perry’s Brokeback Mountain moment:

Rick Perry launched an anti-gay ad called, “Strong.” In the ad, he attacks gays openly serving in the armed forces. As it turns out, the gays get their revenge… the jacket Rick Perry wore in the ad? Heath Ledger wore it in “Brokeback Mountain.”

This is just fantastic. I know others who have the same jacket, but seriously. This is rainbow sprinkles on a shit sundae right here.
According to Ortega’s post, the divisive ad even caused conflict on Perry’s staff. You know it’s bad when your own staff thinks it’s slightly to the right of Attila the Hun. Here’s my take on the ad from yesterday and discussion on Scumbag Rick Perry’s hypocrisy. Hint: Slam Obama for excluding Christmas. Exclude Christmas.

From the “shit you can’t make up” files indeed… Matt Ortega of AMERICAblog on Rick Perry’s Brokeback Mountain moment:

Rick Perry launched an anti-gay ad called, “Strong.” In the ad, he attacks gays openly serving in the armed forces. As it turns out, the gays get their revenge… the jacket Rick Perry wore in the ad? Heath Ledger wore it in “Brokeback Mountain.”

This is just fantastic. I know others who have the same jacket, but seriously. This is rainbow sprinkles on a shit sundae right here.

According to Ortega’s post, the divisive ad even caused conflict on Perry’s staff. You know it’s bad when your own staff thinks it’s slightly to the right of Attila the Hun. Here’s my take on the ad from yesterday and discussion on Scumbag Rick Perry’s hypocrisy. Hint: Slam Obama for excluding Christmas. Exclude Christmas.

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So he did: 

Rick Perry doubled down on his religion-based attack of President Barack Obama Wednesday, saying the president was preventing students from celebrating Christmas in schools. But just last year, Perry issued a holiday statement as governor of Texas that omits any mention of the Christian holiday.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Perry said Obama and the political left were waging a “war on religious traditions,” including preventing students from praying in schools and having Christmas parties.
"What we’re seeing from the left, of which I would suggest to you, President Obama is a member of the left and substantial left-of-center beliefs, that you can’t even have a Christmas party. You can’t say a prayer at school," Perry said in an interview airing on CNN’s "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
But in a holiday statement to troops issued by his office on Dec. 22, 2010 and posted on the governor’s website, Perry fails to mention Christmas at all, sticking instead to more general terms like “holiday season.”

Read the release yourself. No mention of Christmas or the Christmas season anywhere. Let’s contrast that with Obama’s statement when he lit the National Christmas Tree:

"More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could find rest only in a stable, among the cattle and the sheep. Christ’s birth made the angels rejoice and attracted shepherds and kings from afar. He was a manifestation of God’s love for us…
And this holiday season, let us reaffirm our commitment  to each other, as family members, as neighbors, as Americans, regardless of our color or creed or faith.  Let us remember that we are one, and we are a family.
So on behalf of Malia and Sasha and Michelle and our grandmother-in-chief, Marian — I wish you all the happiest holiday season, the merriest of Christmases. God bless you all, and may God bless the United States of America.”

Huh. Funny that - Obama seems to be a little more into Christmas than Perry suggests. I’m so shocked.
(h/t to S.P. on Facebook for leading me to the CNN article and cracking the “Scumbag Perry” joke.)

So he did: 

Rick Perry doubled down on his religion-based attack of President Barack Obama Wednesday, saying the president was preventing students from celebrating Christmas in schools. But just last year, Perry issued a holiday statement as governor of Texas that omits any mention of the Christian holiday.

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Perry said Obama and the political left were waging a “war on religious traditions,” including preventing students from praying in schools and having Christmas parties.

"What we’re seeing from the left, of which I would suggest to you, President Obama is a member of the left and substantial left-of-center beliefs, that you can’t even have a Christmas party. You can’t say a prayer at school," Perry said in an interview airing on CNN’s "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

But in a holiday statement to troops issued by his office on Dec. 22, 2010 and posted on the governor’s website, Perry fails to mention Christmas at all, sticking instead to more general terms like “holiday season.”

Read the release yourself. No mention of Christmas or the Christmas season anywhere. Let’s contrast that with Obama’s statement when he lit the National Christmas Tree:

"More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could find rest only in a stable, among the cattle and the sheep. Christ’s birth made the angels rejoice and attracted shepherds and kings from afar. He was a manifestation of God’s love for us…

And this holiday season, let us reaffirm our commitment to each other, as family members, as neighbors, as Americans, regardless of our color or creed or faith.  Let us remember that we are one, and we are a family.

So on behalf of Malia and Sasha and Michelle and our grandmother-in-chief, Marian — I wish you all the happiest holiday season, the merriest of Christmases. God bless you all, and may God bless the United States of America.”

Huh. Funny that - Obama seems to be a little more into Christmas than Perry suggests. I’m so shocked.

(h/t to S.P. on Facebook for leading me to the CNN article and cracking the “Scumbag Perry” joke.)

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[Y]ou don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.

Rick Perry, in his new campaign ad entitled “Strong

It’s not often that you get gay-baiting, hooray military, AND “War on Christmas” buffoonery in one 30 second message. That takes some kind of, uh, talent.

This quote from his ad is wrong, though. The pew on Sunday is about the only place you’ll hear about this issue. Just in case you missed it in the campaign spot, Perry helpfully puts it in a banner ad over the video:

With all the problems this country faces economically, it’s apparently the Obama administration’s war on religion that’s keeping America from being great. Okay then…

Let me say this: I know of nowhere in this country where a child is prevented from praying at school. I know a child or teacher leading others in prayer, with mandatory participation, at a public school is unconstitutional. And when Perry says War on Religion, that’s code for Christianity, because I didn’t see him taking a stance against Rep. Peter King’s witch-hunt against Muslims. No one stopped Perry from holding his pray-a-thon or from issuing an official proclamation from the governor’s desk imploring Texans to pray for rain this year.

And this War on Christmas bullshit needs to stop. This message ticks me off the most in this video. I walk into Wal-Mart. Are there menorahs? No. Big, 20-foot Christmas trees in the front entrance and decorations throughout the store. Let’s keep in mind December 25th marks the only religious-based federal holiday. Just for funsies, here’s how the University of Wyoming explains Christmas to international students:

December 25, Christmas: The major holiday in this country, Christmas began as a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is now a widely celebrated day of feasting and gift giving. A mythical figure, Santa Claus, is said to visit the homes of sleeping children on the night of December 24 and leave gifts for them. All state and federal offices are closed.

I don’t see anything decorating the front lawn of the Albany County Courthouse other than Christmas decorations. In fact, the city pays for a synchronized light show with both secular and religious carols:

It’s not different elsewhere, either. Search the Google and you’ll find many displays similar. No one is going to come to your house from the Obama administration and take your nativity. Also, it’s still called the National Christmas tree:

Oh, and remember Obama’s 56 states gaffe? Maybe he was referencing the 56 states and territories of the U.S. Just sayin’

So in summary, there’s no War on Christmas, Obama is not waging a war on religion, gay people aren’t infiltrating the military to stop your kids from praying in school, and Rick Perry just slammed the door on his way out.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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