The Top Ten Reasons Paul Ryan is So Despicable!

Much has been said in the media about how Paul Ryan is an “extremist”, how he plans to “destroy” the lives of everyday people, especially the elderly.  A lot has being written about how his fiscal positions make him hostile to middle class Americans.  After extensive, intensive, investigative research there is now a Top Ten List to explain Ryan’s “unlike-ability.”
1. His economic plan will benefit the private sector economy by reducing big government spending and eliminating unnecessary regulations. If only he would slow job growth, cripple the economy and inflict ...


Documentary on Obama a Balancing Act

TAMPA, Fla. — You could say that the film “2016: Obama’s America” is the GOP equivalent of Michael Moore’s “Roger and Me.” The documentary is based on conservative firebrand Dinesh D’Souza’s 2010 book, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.” As the film’s narrator, D’Souza argues that Barack Obama’s philosophy is “anti-colonialist,” a legacy passed on from his Kenyan father, who left Obama’s family when he was 2 years old.
I watched “2016″ with the California delegation at the 2012 Republican National Convention on Monday when the confab was delayed because of Hurricane ...


Connecticut Governor Appoints "Comrade Palmer" to Head Labor Department

Just a few short years ago, communist sympathizers were typically run out of government. Today, they're given leadership positions. At least that's the case in Connecticut. Gov. Dannel Malloy recently appointed former...


Gary Johnson’s OK Week

BOSTON - While the Republicans
were celebrating their presidential nominee this week in Tampa, the
Libertarians were scrambling to fend off another round of ballot
access challenges across the country.

Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is now facing problems
in Ohio while
still awaiting the outcome of rulings in Pennsylvania,
and Iowa

In Ohio, Johnson is facing a legal challenge from two registered
voters on the grounds that Johnson obtained his ballot access by
"nominating petition." Ballot
Access News says
 this is bogus because the Libertarian
Party of Ohio secured statewide access during the 2008

On August 24, two Ohio voters, Kelly Mills and Cynthia Rees,
filed a challenge to the placement of Gary Johnson on the Ohio
general election ballot. The Ohio Libertarian Party and the Johnson
campaign were not informed of this until August 31.

The basis for the challenge is that Ohio law says candidates
cannot get on the general election “by nominating petition” if he
or she “seeks a party nomination for an office or position at a
primary by declaration of candidacy.” 3513.04. This is a frivolous
challenge. Gary Johnson did not get on the general election ballot
in Ohio “by nominating petition.” He is on the November ballot
because the Ohio Libertarian Party has been ballot-qualified ever
since 2008. People who get on the general election “by nominating
petition” are independent candidates, and Gary Johnson is not an
independent candidate.

To get around this problem, the objectors point out that the
Libertarian Party would have got on the ballot by “nominating
petition” if a court hadn’t put it on the ballot. But, the petition
that would have been used to put the Libertarian Party on the
ballot if it had needed one is not called a “nominating petition”;
instead it is “a petition in which voters declare their intention
to organize a political party.” The petition to put a party on the
Ohio ballot does not list any candidates; it just mentions the
party, so plainly it is not a “nominating petition.” After a
newly-qualifying party in Ohio gets on the ballot, the party
nominates its candidates.

The suit mentions his initial candidacy as a Republican but the
problem with that argument is that he never appeared on the ballot
in Ohio as a Republican.

In Michigan, Johnson's time as a Republican is the main sticking
point for his ballot access issues there. 

Libertarians in Pennsylvania gathered nearly twice the number of
required signatures to get on the ballot there but
state Republicans are still challenging their validity
Johnson's campaign faced another hurdle when they failed to obtain
the proper seals for their petitions, forcing Johnson himself to
fly to Pennsylvania after a campaign swing through Texas. 

According to an email from the chair of the Massachusetts LP,
the Johnson campaign has qualified for the ballot here after
submitting over 14,000 signatures. Secretary of State William
Galvin certified 11,727 of the Johnson/Gray ticket signature’s this
morning and issued a receipt certifying their placement on the
ballots across the Commonwealth this November. 

Johnson was facing difficulties in Washington, DC, but according
to sources close to his campaign those were resolved on


Larry Kudlow Interview at the RNC

Lawrence Kudlow is the host of CNBC's primetime "The Kudlow Report" (7pm to 8pm ET). He is also the host of
The Larry Kudlow Show, which broadcasts on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm ET on WABC Radio and is syndicated...


Rob Andrews, swamp dweller

Remember when Nancy Pelosi promised to “drain the swamp” in Congress? Yeah, me neither. So imagine my surprise when the House Ethics Committee announced on Friday that their investigation of Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) has born fruit.

The House Ethics Committee on Friday announced it has extended its investigation into Rep. Rob Andrews over allegations that the New Jersey Democrat misused campaign funds to take private family trips.
The secretive panel also released a lengthy report from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) detailing the allegations, including charges that Andrews tapped ...


Romney Staffer Promotes ‘Black-on-White Race War,’ Still Has Job


Back in May, Ric Grenell was frozen out of his position on the Romney foreign policy team for the crime of simply being openly gay. So it will be interesting to watch what happens to the campaign's Social Media Director, Bill Murphy. Observe:

What you're looking at is a screenshot (via of a tweet sent by a fellow named Pat Dollard to a story on his site covering the much-ballyhooed-by-certain-people-on-the-right "black-on-white race war". (So no. I won't be linking to the story. Google it if you must.) As disturbing as that may be, it's certainly not surprising. What is surprising is that among those 18 people retweeting the story is Romney's social media director, Bill Murphy.


Motion Graphics Awesomeness: Oil Wars

A beautifully polished example of motion graphics used as a tool to communicate important information, from the Post Carbon Institute.

I seriously designed and animated half of this piece at the seriously fun Monstro for the seriously serious Post Carbon Institute.

Producer: Dalton Crosthwait
Design & Animation: Alexander Perry, Michael Wilson
Sound: Ben Roider

The following is a message from Post Carbon Institute:

In recent months we've seen a spate of assertions that peak oil is a worry of the past thanks to so-called "new technologies" that can tap massive amounts of previously inaccessible stores of "unconventional" oil. "Don't worry, drive on," we're told.

We can fall for the oil industry hype and keep ourselves chained to a resource that's depleting and comes with ever increasing economic and environmental costs, or we can recognize that the days of cheap and abundant oil (not to mention coal and natural gas) are over.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media and politicians on both sides of the aisle are parroting the hype, claiming — in Obama's case — that unconventional oil can play a key role in an "all of the above" energy strategy and — in Romney's — that increased production of tight oil and tar sands can make North America energy independent by the end of his second term.


Please share this video and help bring a dose of reality to the energy conversation:

* Email the video to everyone you think needs to watch it
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* Send it to your elected officials

The video script can be found here:





Jon Stewart on Mitt Romney’s Vision of a Perfect America

If the MP4 video doesn't work for you, click below for a Flash version:


Tech Note: The HTML5 Makeover

You may not have noticed any visible changes at LGF recently, but behind the scenes major infrastructure work has been under way, and the site is now powered by totally valid HTML5 code.

This was a bit trickier than I thought it would be when I started; some of the LGF code has been there for a long time, and it took a lot of reengineering, not always in obvious places.

For one example, when I first started testing with some of the new HTML5 tags like <audio> and <video>, I was surprised to see the tags just disappearing from the code when I loaded the page. This weird behavior was puzzling until I realized it was being caused by PHP's HTML Tidy library, which I've been using for years to clean up the code before outputting it.

The version of Tidy installed on our web server was not hip to these new HTML5 tags, and it was doing what it was supposed to do with unknown tags -- stripping them out. After a bit of research into the Tidy docs, I came up with the following option settings to let Tidy know about all the new tags:

$tidyOptions = array(
	'show-body-only' => TRUE,
	'hide-comments' => TRUE,
	'new-blocklevel-tags' => 'article,aside,details,summary,figure,figcaption,dialog,header,footer,hgroup,section,nav,menu,datagrid',
	'new-inline-tags' => 'video,audio,canvas,ruby,rt,rp,command,mark,time,meter,progress',
	'new-empty-tags' => 'source',
	'output-html' => TRUE,
	'wrap' => 0,
$htmlText = tidy_repair_string($htmlText, $tidyOptions);

I may have missed one or two HTML5 tags, but I think that gets most of the important ones.

This HTML5 makeover is a big first step toward the eventual redesign I have planned, using adaptive techniques to make LGF much more compatible with smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.


The Atlantic Says GOP Leader Hopes Minorities Don’t Vote, But He Didn’t Say That at All

The Atlantic illicitly portrayed GOP House Speaker John Bohner as saying that he “said out loud he hopes blacks and Latinos ‘won’t show up’ this election,” but a look at what Boehener actually said proves that The Atlantic is purposefully misleading its readers.
In its headline, The Atlantic Wire story for August 27 screams, “Boehner Says Out Loud He Hopes Blacks and Latinos ‘Won’t Show Up’ This Election.”
If John Boehner really did say that he hoped that blacks and Hispanics wouldn’t vote this election that would be quite an incendiary ...


Malou Innocent on Al Qaeda and the Taliban

In the aftermath of the 9/11
attacks, George Tenet, then head of the CIA, told national security
advisers in the White House bunker that the Taliban and Al Qaeda
were really the same. In An Enemy We Created,
Kandahar-based field researchers Alex Strick van Linschoten and
Felix Kuehn turn that story on its head. Drawing on six years of
experience living in southern Afghanistan, as well as hundreds of
interviews with senior Taliban officials, field commanders, and
former militants, the authors find good reasons to doubt that the
Taliban and Al Qaeda were once fused as a single entity. They do
find, reviewer Malou Innocent notes, that after years of coalition
night raids, aerial bombings, and billions in American aid to a
predatory regime in Kabul, Al Qaeda ideology is influencing a new
generation of Taliban-affiliated insurgents.

View this article.


Read Reason’s Complete Republican National Coverage at the Click of a Mouse!

Want a one-stop shop
for all our coverage of the Republican National Convention? My god,
it seems like only yesterday (or was it Thursday?) that Clint
Eastwood was interrogating an empty chair and asking to bring the
boys home from Afghanistan and Mitt Romney was promising all things
to all people and Rand Paul was calling for Republicans and
Democrats alike to slay their budgetary sacred cows already.

Reason's Matt Welch was on the scene in the moist,
lightning-infested air of Tampa, along with correspondent Garrett
Quinn, and Reason TV stalwarts Zach Weissmueller and Tracy
Oppenheimer. Ron Paul biographer Brian Doherty was there for last
weekend's Dr. No fests too. And then the rest of were piping in
from Washington, D.C., New York City, Dallas, and elsewhere around
the country.

everything we wrote about it here.

Then take a breather (maybe watch a video or two from Reason TV) and get ready for next
week's Democratic National Convention, where we'll be doing the
same drill all over again!


“Go Topless Day”: Live From 5th Annual Rally

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August 26, 2012 was the fifth annual "Go Topless Day," a
nation-wide set of rallies pushing for equal treatment of men and
women when it comes to the baring of chests.

Reason TV's Joshua Swain and Lucy Steigerwald checked out the
rally in Washington, D.C., which was held in front of the White

Click above to see what we found or click below for more links,
downloadable versions, and many more videos for Reason TV.

View this article.


Baylen Linnekin on How “Ag Gag” Laws Suppress Free Speech

Earlier this year a new law in Utah outlawed
“agricultural operation interference.” The law, one of several
nationwide, makes it a crime to record farm animals and farm animal
workers without permission of the farm owner. It’s the latest
version of the "ag gag" bills that have been passed or considered
around the country with the intention of shielding farm-animal
abusers from the preying eyes of animal-rights groups. Baylen
Linnekin explains how such laws violate the First Amendment and
undermine the marketplace of ideas.

View this article.


Banning Abortion Is Now, Apparently, Racism

It was only a matter of time before some uber-leftist linked abortion (which is apparently the primary focus of the DNC) with raaaaacism. In this case, it’s Brian Fung at the Atlantic
The Quiet Racism of Abortion Bans
Like prohibitions on other goods and services, an abortion ban of the kind national conservatives propose would take a disproportionate toll on those least equipped to adapt, and would advance little but ideology.
As national Republicans in Tampa consider adding have added a ban on abortions as an official plank in their party platform — ...