Shorter Question Everything
There’s all sorts of serious stuff going on but that doesn’t mean we can’t look at that serious stuff with a quirky eye.
• Whedon On Romney
Obama 2012: This Is a ‘serious and Big Storm’
Romney 2011: Federal Disaster Relief Spending Is ‘Immoral’
• As the East Coast braces for a massive storm, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are trying to cover up the fact that if elected they intend to cut funding for both FEMA and disaster relief.
• Romney stands by pledge to shut down FEMA – “We cannot afford to do those things”. We reported earlier this evening on a video from the Republican primary debates in which Mitt Romney responds “absolutely” when asked whether FEMA funding should either no longer be guaranteed and/or the agency disbanded and left to individual states to handle FEMA’s responsibilities. Tonight, the Huffington Post asked the Romney campaign to comment on what appears to be the suggestion that FEMA be shut down, and the Romney campaign refused to deny the underlying allegation, and then appeared to explain why it’s better to, in essence, block-grant FEMA to the states.
Right wing problem with the truth
• Maddow: ‘There’s been a truthfulness problem with the Romney campaign’. “It’s okay for a candidate to make a flub,” she said. “But not to correct it — to not say I was wrong about that? There’s been a truthfulness problem with the Romney campaign that connects even to the most basic issues like the economy in the states where it most matters.”
• Newt Gingrich gets pissy because Obama campaigned after the Benghazi attack. Forgets all about Reagan campaigning in 1984 after the Beirut bombing at a US embassy annex, which killed 24 people.
• Making his 19th Sunday show appearance of the year, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) got a little unhinged on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” equating the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi with the Watergate scandal that brought down the Nixon presidency.
• Society at large is now permitted an opinion about forcing a rape victim to bear the child of, and perhaps even allow parental visitation rights to, the criminal who violated her. Regardless of whether she’s paying for her own abortion, or if her insurance company is, the state (and its surrounding culture) is permitted an enforceable opinion about a crime victim’s duty to bear her rapist’s offspring. How did we get here? In what media, in what cultural milieu, in whose church, in which community did it become anyone’s business how a rape victim got regulated with regard to the parts of her that were just criminally violated?
• Gingrich on rape, abortion: ‘Get over it‘. Calling the issue “nonsense,” the former House Speaker said, “Every candidate I know, every decent American I know condemns rape. OK, so why can’t people like Stephanie Cutter get over it?”
In the news
• Documents found in Colorado meth house reveal inner workings of Montana dark money group. The boxes landed in the office of Montana investigators in March 2011. Found in a meth house in Colorado, they were somewhat of a mystery, holding files on 23 conservative candidates in state races in Montana. They were filled with candidate surveys and mailers that said they were paid for by campaigns, and fliers and bank records from outside spending groups. One folder was labeled “Montana $ Bomb.” The documents pointed to one outside group pulling the candidates’ strings: a social welfare nonprofit called Western Tradition Partnership, or WTP.
• Mysterious Michigan shootings continue. Police believe a sniper has resurfaced after going on a three-day shooting spree earlier this month. Two more shootings have been reported on I-96 in southeastern Michigan today, which police believe are connected 22 other shootings that happened in the area earlier this month. “You don’t have 22 incidents and then have it all of a sudden stop,” said Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte.
• Satellite images of the aftermath of an explosion at a Sudanese weapons factory this past week suggest the site was hit in an airstrike, a U.S. monitoring group said Saturday. The Sudanese government has accused Israel of bombing its Yarmouk military complex in Khartoum, killing two people and leaving the factory in ruins.