Ed Schultz Gives MSNBC a New Audio Tagline

MSNBC put a different label on the same turd recently by switching to the new Mao-inspired “Lean Forward” slogan. The only thing missing is a new audio tagline (kind of like CNN’s audio featuring James Earl Jones’ baritone “You’re watching CNN”), but I think Ed Schultz has unwittingly come up with one.

Is there any more perfect audio representation for MSNBC than Ed Schultz saying, “This is the truth channel with it comes to defending the Obama administration”?

And they wonder why their ratings are so lousy?


Project Valour-IT Fundraiser

This year I’m proud to be a member of the US Marine team taking part in the Project Valour-IT fundraising competition. This competition featuring four teams: The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Here’s a brief explanation of what this great cause is all about:

Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries. Technology supplied includes:

Voice-controlled Laptops – Operated by speaking into a microphone or using other adaptive technologies, they allow the wounded to maintain connections with the rest of the world during recovery.

Wii Video Game Systems – Whole-body game systems increase motivation and speed recovery when used under the guidance of physical therapists in therapy sessions (donated only to medical facilities).

Personal GPS – Handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to severe TBI and severe PTSD.

Click the “learn more” button to, well, learn more, or click the “give now” button to help the heroes who sacrifice so much to keep us secure and free:

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The goal for Team Marine is now $25,000, but goals are made to be eclipsed, so let’s do it! Thanks for any help you can provide our men and women in uniform! The competition ends Veterans Day, November 11:

As a related item, Cassy Fiano has a great feature about UFC fighters experiencing US Marine training. I feel like a total wimp right now.

Democrat Seeks Annulment of Clinton Impeachment in the Name of Bipartisanship

Before accepting, Republicans should first insist on an in-kind moratorium on “blame Bush for everything”:

On the day after Republicans reclaimed control of Congress, a Democratic lawmaker said he will introduce a measure that would “disavow” the impeachment of former President Clinton.

Rep. Chaka Fattah (Pa.) said that the resolution is necessary so that Democrats and Republicans can work together in a bipartisan fashion.

“As we enter a period in which bipartisanship will be a major priority for the Congress, it is vital that we disavow the most highly partisan example of the politics of personal destruction in the recent history of this House,” Fattah said in a statement.

Like the old saying “you can’t un-ring a bell,” you can’t un-blow an unfaithful president, and you can’t un-do perjury, but I won’t be surprised if more than one Republican is gullible enough to consider this request.

Stuffed Donkey Wearing ‘Fire Pelosi’ Shirt Left at DNC Headquarters


In 1992, a life sized donkey was placed at the front door of the Republican National Committee offices. It was a fitting prank in a year when Democrats took the White House and retained majorities in the House and Senate.

Last night, Republicans got payback.

That same donkey, shown here, was delivered after midnight to the steps of the DNC, covered in logo gear from the GOP’s successful 2010 campaign to take back a majority in the House.

This was the scene:


In the art world, putting Pelosi’s name on a donkey is known as working in the “ass-on-ass” genre.

Speaking of outgoing Speaker Pelosi, here’s the cartoon of the day:


I’m not even sure it’ll be that easy — I think she’ll end up taking hostages.

Some More Awesomeness From Last Night

There were a couple things I didn’t get to last night, and I’m kind of glad I didn’t because they seem even sweeter now on only three hours sleep…

First, congratulations to Allen West in Florida:

BOCA RATON — Wednesday morning, it became clear that the predicted wave of GOP victories in the mid-term elections was a fact, as West laid claim to the District 22 seat.

“I’m not going to Washington, D.C. to be a ruling class elitist or to be a career politician,” West told the wildly cheering crowd. “I’m going there to fix the problems, and then I’m coming home.”

As of 8:20 a.m., with 97 percent of precincts reporting, West was ahead with 54.3 percent of the votes. Klein trailed with 45.7 percent.

More good news for the constitution — remember Phil Hare, the Democrat who said he didn’t worry about the constitution because Obamacare was more important than that trivial little document? Well, Phil will have a lot more free time not to care about the constitution now, because he was denied a third term last night.

In case you’ve forgotten or hadn’t seen it, here’s the kind of thing that helped do him in (money quote at about the :45 mark)

And finally (for now), lunatic Alan Grayson is blaming gerrymandering for his loss. Whatever — don’t go away crazy, Alan, just go away.

Election Night: And They’re Off… Update: Grayson Out! — Barney Frank Wins — Boxer Wins, Reid Wins, Obama’s Old Senate Seat Falls to Republican

Refresh your browser for updates… Also, Yahoo has a comprehensive live blog here that will no doubt cover much more detail than I’ll get to here (and they have a running total of Senate and House seats), but we’ll cover the biggies. Also Michelle Malkin has a running blog going here that I’m pitching in on.

8:25 pm (edt): Okay, the polls closed in the east less than a half hour ago, and some races have already been called.

Let’s get some bad news out of the way. Chris Coons has already been declared the winner over Christine O’Donnell. So much for watching MSNBC’s heads explode over an O’Donnell win, but there are still plenty of races to go.

However, Republicans Rand Paul in Kentucky and Marco Rubio in Florida have been declared winners.

8:32 pm: Big shocker, Alvin “on the scene” Greene has gone down to defeat to Jim DeMint. I had money on Greene too… dammit!

8:40 pm: Dem Senate candidates Manchin in WV and Blumenthal in CT have been declared winners. Republican John Boozman beat incumbent Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas. These first two probably kill any slim hopes that the GOP might have had of controlling the Senate. Manchin spent so much time running from Obama that I’m not even sure if he’s in the country anymore.

An “Oh hell yeah!” update: Fox News is calling the Webster/Grayson race for Webster! Farewell, dirtbag!


8:51 pm: This according to CBS News’ Mark Knoller: “incumbent Cong. Tom Perriello(D) has been defeated by Robt Hurt(R). Obama did rally for Perriello last Friday in Charlottesville.” – The Obama Curse strikes again.

9:04 pm: Michigan governor’s race just called for Republican Rick Snyder over annoying big-mouth Virg Bernero. Thank you lord for not making us listen to him for the next four years!

9:12 pm: Fox News projecting the GOP will take control of the House of Reps. Speaker Pelosi, please turn in your gavel.

9:30 pm: Barney Frank defeats Sean Bielat. Too much to hope for there, I suppose.

9:59 pm: Polls closing soon in many races. Still waiting for news from out west, in particular the Reid/Angle race.

10:01 pm: John McCain wins another six years to reach across the aisle to the Democrats so many people are voting out right now.

10:50 pm: I’m hearing that Nikki Haley has won the SC governor’s race but haven’t yet seen or heard “official” confirmation. Sestak/Toomey in Pennsylvania still very close. Smells like “recount.”

10:57 pm: MSNBC, Fox News and CNN now projecting Ron Johnson has defeated liberal Dem Russ Feingold for Wisconsin Senate. Apparently Feingold’s desperate suck-up to the Tea Party didn’t work. A nice win there.

11:00 pm: Polls closing out west now. Exit poll numbers look to favor Dems in California, but no official calls yet.

11:04 pm: CNN calls SC guv race for Nikki Haley — another pickup for the Tea Party.

11:34 pm: Screen-cap of the night — Chris Matthews was interviewing Michele Bachmann a little while ago, and a sign behind Bachmann posed a question to Matthews:


12:05 am: CNN projects Ma’am — er, I mean, Barbara Boxer — will retain her US Senate seat. That just plain sucks.

12:37 am: Ouch (for Democrats): CNN projects Republican Mark Kirk will pick up Barack Obama’s old Senate seat in Illinois.

12:44 am: Ah crap, Harry Reid wins in Nevada. I’m not surprised, but still disappointed. However, tonight has given the Republicans (and yes, the Tea Party) more than enough victories to provide great momentum, but just enough high-profile losses to avoid getting cocky about it.

Huge gains in the House tonight, and smaller steps in the Senate. It’s the Republican’s game to lose now heading into 2012.

Now I guess the only immediate task at hand is flipping a coin to see who has the potentially dangerous task of trying to take Nancy Pelosi’s gavel away from her and giving it to John Boehner.

Diane Sawyer Nudges SEIU and ACORN So Hard She Breaks Their Ribs: Fill Those Buses!

It’s almost like she’s pleading, isn’t it? “Only a few busloads of people can change an election!”

Come on, community organizers! Come on unions! Buy some pints of Yukon Jack to hand out and fill those buses!

An unbiased network election analyst at her finest:

Geez, what would she have said if Republicans were behind? “Only a couple of country club golf carts carrying just a few rich white people can make a difference…”

Tonight Diane will probably be far from the drunk-with-euphoria ball of fun she was after Obama’s inauguration.

(h/t Ed Morrissey)

Olbermann Suspends ‘Worst Person in the World’ Segment After Jon Stewart Tugs His Choke Chain

Too funny… on Saturday at the “Rally to Pretend We’re Not Democrats and This Isn’t a Comedy Central Ratings Ploy,” Jon Stewart cited Keith Olbermann as an example of the divisive nature of cable news.

Only 48 hours later, Olbermann suspended his “Worst Person in the World” segment. Just a coincidence, I’m sure:

For being the willing butt-boy for a Comedy Central host, Keith Olbermann has earned the “Worst Person in the Worrrlllld” award:


Doesn’t Keith realize that at least half his viewers are conservatives tuning in to see if they’ve been awarded that particular badge of honor? Big mistake, Keith.