Been Busy…

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Race, RepublicansLeave a Comment

I've been out of the loop for the past couple days.  I'm sure I didn't miss much, because the debates are over, and now it's the home stretch.  The candidates will be covering the country coast to coast — er, I mean Ohio coast to coast, as they sprint through these last two weeks of the election.  So there's probably not much for me to comment on, which is fine because I'm happy to —



Oh, for crying out loud.  Obama?  Your response.


Game, set, match.

Ok.  Hopefully that's the last Republican silliness we'll see for a whi–


Ohhhhhh, man.

Now, Richard Mourdock wants you to know — he really wants you to know (because he's said it in numerous press conferences since) — that he wasn't saying that rape is a gift from God.  No.  Just the products of rape are gifts from God.

In other words, if a rapist gives you lemons, carry the lemons to term and make lemonade!!

Seriously warped.

Well, ok.  At least he's not a prominent Republican or Tea Party person.  At least those people are having the good sense to —

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In case you can't read it, Palin wrote: "Obama's Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies."

She also used the term in the text of the post, which concludes, "President Obama's shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end."

Oh, good.  A racist reference.  From the Urban Dictionary:

To shuck and jive" originally referred to the intentionally misleading words and actions that African-Americans would employ in order to deceive racist Euro-Americans in power, both during the period of slavery and afterwards. The expression was documented as being in wide usage in the 1920s, but may have originated much earlier.

"Shucking and jiving" was a tactic of both survival and resistance. A slave, for instance, could say eagerly, "Oh, yes, Master," and have no real intention to obey. Or an African-American man could pretend to be working hard at a task he was ordered to do, but might put up this pretense only when under observation. Both would be instances of "doin' the old shuck 'n jive."

Okay. Sarah wins.