After Trump made his "major announcement" yesterday that he'd donate $5 million to charity if President Obama would release his college and passport records, Stephen Colbert decided to make his own offer to The Donald in this inspired bit of parody. There is no word yet if Trump will accept Colbert's offer. Who knows though, 'Teabagging for Charity' might catch on if he does.
Here's the Trump video, seen over 2 million times at YouTube since yesterday, proving yet again that PT Barnum was right in everything he said about the American public.
“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.”
After the debate, Mourdock backpeddled somewhat from his on-air statements, saying:
“Are you trying to suggest that somehow I think God ordained or pre-ordained rape? No, I don’t think that anyone could suggest that. That’s a sick, twisted – no, that’s not even close to what I said,” Mourdock said.
“It is a fundamental part of my faith that God gives us life. God determines when life begins,” he said. “I believe in an almighty God who makes those calls. … There are some things in life that are above my pay grade.”
His opponent, also a pro-lifer, Democrat Joe Donnelly criticized Mourdock's extremism.
Donnelly, who opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is threatened, condemned Mourdock’s debate comments.
“Rape is a horrible crisis, an unspeakable crime, and I can’t believe that my God, or any God, would intend it to happen,” he said afterward. "What Mr. Mourdock said is shocking, and it is stunning that he would be so disrespectful to survivors of rape."
With any luck at all this blimp crashing on its way to tonight's debate in Boca Raton signals an omen for Mitt Romney's impending fate as a presidential candidate. Report by NBC, Miami.
A blimp-like aircraft carrying a Mitt Romney campaign message crash landed in a field in Davie Sunday night, officials said.
No one was injured when the thermal airship, which had a photo of the GOP presidential hopeful and the slogan "America Needs Romney," went down in the 3800 block of Southwest 92nd Avenue around 7:30 p.m., Davie Police spokesman Capt. Dale Engle said.
The airship had been traveling from Boca Raton, the site of Monday's third and final debate between Romney and President Barack Obama, to North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines.
It was about five miles from its destination when the pilot experienced the bad winds that sent the airship to the ground.
"We saw the blimp hovering over the house and it was floating backwards it looked like it was actually coming down," neighbor Teri Balter. "I thought boy, Mitt Romney really wants us to vote for him."
Witness Rosemary Dondiego, an Obama supporter, was relieved no one was injured and even cracked a joke.
"Yeah, I brought it down with a rock...no," she said.
Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran running for a congressional seat in Illinois’ 8th district, responded to opponent Rep. Joe Walsh’s controversial commentson abortion rights.
“I think he’s taking biology lessons from Todd Akin,” the Purple Heart recipient told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell during an appearance on The Last Word.
Walsh falsely claimed women do not die from pregnancies because of “advances in science and technology” and the exception for the life of the mother has become “a tool for abortions at any time under any reason.”
During a press conference on Friday, the anti-abortion incumbent somewhat walked back his original statement:
“When it comes to having an abortion to save the life of the mother, I will say again that outside of the very rare circumstances, such as ectopic pregnancies, during which both the mother and baby will die if the baby is not aborted, and other rare health issues and circumstances, the research is pretty clear that with the advances in modern medicine an invasive and traumatic procedure like abortion is often, thankfully, not necessary to save the life of a mother.”
Duckworth, who calls herself pro-choice without restrictions, said at Thursday’s debate that her opponent “would let a woman die rather than give the doctor the option to save her life.”
Republican Joe Walsh's answer on the abortion issue tonight in his debate on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight with Tammy Duckworth caught reporters offguard, so they asked him again what his stance was, figuring they'd misheard him. They hadn't.
The two candidates also clashed on abortion rights.
Walsh said he was against abortion “without exception,” including rape, incest and in cases in which the life or health of the mother was in jeopardy.
Asked by reporters after the debate if he was saying that it’s never medically necessary to conduct an abortion to save the life of a mother, Walsh responded, “Absolutely.”
“With modern technology and science, you can't find one instance,” he said. “... There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing.”
So, according to medical expert Joe Walsh, there are never any instances where a woman's life is in such grave danger that she'd need an emergency procedure to end her pregnancy. Tammy Duckworth also called out Walsh for cosponsoring legislation that would have redefined rape as "forcible rape," a bill which would prohibit federal funding of abortions except in instances of "an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest."
Here's Tammy Duckworth's ad which came out a few days ago.
This unforced error should prove fatal for Scott Brown in his quest for re-election. Already trailing in the polls by as much as 9 points, he just can't afford any more stupid mistakes. Brown has played fast and loose with the facts before in his attacks on Elizabeth Warren, and some have been downright offensive towards her, but here he's going after real victims of tragedy and loss. A blunder he likely won't recover from.
Add in Brown's other blunders by always voting against jobs bills that would have helped teachers, firefighters, and police avoid mass layoffs and there's simply no love lost for the likes of Scott Brown.
Text by the Boston Globe. Video is from the local Fox affiliate in Boston, WFXT.
Senator Scott Brown issued an apology Wednesday night for telling reporters earlier in the day that his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, had paid actors to appear as victims of asbestos-related illnesses in television advertisements defending her role in a lawsuit that has become a key issue in the campaign.
Three of the people in the ads said in statements provided by the Warren campaign that they were neither paid nor actors. They said they had lost loved ones to asbestos-related illness and that Brown’s accusations were offensive.
John F. English said in a statement that he moved in with his father during the final stages of his life, before he died of mesothelioma. “Let Scott Brown tell me to my face that I am nothing but a ‘paid actor,’ and I’ll set him straight on what it was like to watch my father suffocate to death,” English said.
Brown issued his apology after the story was reported in the Taunton Gazette Wednesday evening. “It was wrong for me to have jumped to those conclusions and I apologize to those I offended,” Brown said in a statement issued Wednesday night.
According to the Gazette, Brown made his comments while visiting the Taunton Fire Department’s central station Wednesday morning, when a firefighter asked Brown why victims’ family members were appearing in her commercials.
“A lot of them are paid,” Brown said. “We hear that maybe they pay actors. Listen, you can get surrogates and go out and say your thing. We have regular people in our commercials. No one is paid. They are regular folks that reach out to us and say she is full of it.”
Warren called it a “new low” in a post on Twitter Wednesday night. Her campaign also issued a statement on her behalf. “For Scott Brown to attack family members of people who died from asbestos poisoning is shameful,” she said.
United Steelworkers put out this tv ad yesterday which captures some of the heartbreak and devastation that shipping jobs overseas causes in small town America. A longer, more detailed version of this ad can be seen here, Romney's Bain Selling Out American Workers to China.
Mary Jo Kerr is a young mom of three. She's one of hundreds of workers whose jobs at an auto sensor plant in Freeport, Ill., are being shipped to China because of Mitt Romney's Bain Capital. Before you vote, please watch and share her story.
Last night Mary Jo told her story and that of Sensata to Ed Shultz.
When Mitt Romney joked in his infamous "47%" video that it would be easier for him to get elected if he were Latino, actress Rosie Perez took his premise and ran with it for this video from American Bridge, and lays the hammer down squarely on his head.
Rosie Perez: “What if you had a vagina? If you were a gay Latina this election would be in the bag for you!”
“Unfortunately for you, Mitt, you were cursed. Growing up as the son of a wealthy governor and auto executive. And when your father paid your way through private school, Harvard, Harvard Law, and bought you your first house, I just can’t imagine how difficult that must have been for you.”
“But the truth is, the reason Latinos aren’t voting for you, is that your policies suck. Being Latino wouldn’t win the election for you. But saying, jokingly, that you wish you were, might actually lose it for you.”