Barney Frank after Sean Bielat wins MA04 Seat

What is a fallen DEM icon like Barney Frank to do after Nov 2, 2010?

Drown his sorrows at the famed Boston watering hole, Cheers…

H/T to CrockettLives.wordpress.com, creator of above strip. Unmodified free use is granted. (click image to enlarge)

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  1. tellitlikeitis says:

    Good afternoon everyone!

    AP-GfK Poll: Working-class whites shun Dems

    Oct 6, 7:26 AM (ET)

    By ALAN FRAM

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    WASHINGTON (AP) – Desperate for jobs and cool toward President Barack Obama, working-class whites are flocking to Republicans, turning a group long wary of Democrats into an even bigger impediment to the party’s drive to keep control of Congress.

    An Associated Press-GfK poll shows whites without four-year college degrees preferring GOP candidates by twice the margin of the last two elections, when Democrats made significant gains in the House and Senate. The poll, conducted last month, found this group favoring GOP hopefuls 58 percent to 36 percent – a whopping 22 percentage-point gap.

    In 2008, when Obama won the presidency, they favored GOP congressional candidates by 11 percentage points, according to exit polls of voters. When Democrats won the House and Senate in 2006, the Republican edge was 9 percentage points.

    Compared with better-educated whites, working-class whites tend to be older and more conservative – groups that traditionally lean Republican and are uneasy with the young president’s activist governing. Their wariness is reinforced by a prolonged economic funk that has disproportionately hurt the working class and shown scant signs of improvement under Obama and Congress’ majority Democrats.

    Though accustomed to trailing among working-class whites, Democrats can hardly afford further erosion from a group that accounts for about 4 in 10 voters nationally. Their GOP preference is in contrast to whites with college degrees, who the AP-GfK Poll shows are split evenly between the two parties’ candidates, and to minorities, who decisively back Democrats.

    Many of these working-class voters were dubbed Reagan Democrats in the 1980s, when some in the North and Midwest who had previously preferred Democrats began supporting conservative Republicans. Many never warmed to Obama during the 2008 presidential race, when he said some bitter small-town residents cling to guns and religion for solace. They preferred Hillary Rodham Clinton, his rival for the Democratic nomination, by 2-1 and in the general election backed Republican nominee John McCain by 18 points.

    “They try to make everybody think the economy is better, and it isn’t,” Jennifer Moore, 40, a school bus driver from Amherst, Va., said of Democrats. “Gas prices are going up, food is going up and people working for the minimum wage can’t make it.”

    In the AP-GfK poll, working-class whites were likelier than white college graduates to say their families are suffering financially and to have a relative who’s recently lost a job. They are less optimistic about the country’s economy and their own situations, gloomier about the nation’s overall direction and more critical of how Democrats are handling the economy.

    “Democrats are more apt to mess with the middle class and take our money,” said Lawrence Ramsey, 56, a warehouse manager in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    They are likelier than better-educated whites to dislike Obama personally and are more negative about his leadership. Over half say he doesn’t understand ordinary Americans’ problems. They are also likelier to disapprove of Obama’s performance as president, including more than two-thirds who are unhappy with his stewardship of the economy.

    “The country hasn’t come up the way it should have under Obama,” said Barbara Schwickrath, 64, a clothing store employee from Brooksville, Fla.

    Polls from around the country show the impact of working-class whites’ disaffection with Democrats. While a Marist Poll shows both of New York’s Democratic senators running strongly, one trails and the other is even among white working-class voters. Quinnipiac University polls show clear advantages with this group for GOP Senate candidates in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

    To appeal to them, Obama has used nationally televised chats in people’s backyards to emphasize his efforts to lift the economy. The Democratic-led Congress passed legislation with tax cuts and loans for small businesses before breaking for the election. On the campaign trail, Democrats pounced on Connecticut GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s refusal last week to rule out reducing the minimum wage to help ailing companies.

    “Democrats have to make it a choice between two individual candidates, not a referendum on do you like where things are or not, because no one likes where things are,” said Democratic pollster Dave Beattie.

    Republicans had their own message, unveiling a “Pledge to America” that broadly promised tax and spending cuts and criticizing congressional leaders for adjourning without voting to extend expiring income tax cuts.

    A TV ad by Wisconsin Republican House contender Sean Duffy features a man in an orange hardhat and safety vest getting flung off a rolling log into a pond. “Our working folks have been tossed aside,” Duffy says in the ad.

    One ray of hope for Democrats is that 28 percent of working-class whites in the AP-GfK Poll say they may still switch candidates. Republicans say it’s too late.

    “Obama and Democrats have had almost two years to try to get things back on track,” said GOP pollster David Winston.

    The AP-GfK Poll was conducted Sept. 8-13 by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications and involved landline and cell phone interviews with 1,000 randomly chosen adults. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. Included were interviews with 416 whites without college degrees, for whom the error margin is plus or minus 6.6 points.

    AP Polling Director Trevor Tompson, Deputy Polling Director Jennifer Agiesta and News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.

  2. tellitlikeitis says:

    Voters Are Much Less Optimistic About Black-White Relations

    Wednesday, October 06, 2010
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    Perceptions about the state of black-white relations in America have fallen dramatically since the summer of 2009. But voters are still more optimistic about that relationship than they are about relations between whites and Hispanics and between blacks and Hispanics.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 36% of voters now say relations between blacks and whites are getting better. That’s down from 62% in July of last year at the height of the controversy involving a black Harvard professor and a white policeman. That number had fallen only slightly to 55% in April of this year.

    Twenty-seven percent (27%) now say black-white relations are getting worse, up 10 points from July 2009, while 33% think they’re staying about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    African-Americans are much more pessimistic than whites. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of whites think black-white race relations are getting better, but just 13% of blacks agree.

    Confidence in the nation’s course among African-Americans soared after Barack Obama’s election. But then several prominent Democrats, perhaps most notably former President Jimmy Carter, suggested that opposition to the president’s health care plan was motivated in part by racism. Only 12% of all voters agreed in September of last year, but among blacks, 27% felt that way and 48% were undecided.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on October 4-5, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

    Only 21% of all voters now think race relations between whites and Hispanics are improving, down seven points from April and down 19 points from last December. Fifty percent (50%) say they are getting worse, and 24% say they’re remaining about the same.

    Similarly, just 16% say race relations between blacks and Hispanics are getting better. Thirty-four percent (34%) say they are worsening and 24% staying the same. However, 26% are undecided. These findings are basically unchanged from December.

    Democrats and voters not affiliated with either major political party are more positive about black-white relations than Republicans are. Men are more optimistic than women.

    Interestingly, 59% of African-American voters continue to believe the country is moving in the right direction, a view shared by just 27% of whites.

    Confidence in relations with Hispanics has undoubtedly been soured by the growing national concern with illegal immigration, which many view largely as a problem coming from Mexico. Support is high nationally for Arizona’s new law cracking down on illegal immigration, a statute that has drawn loud protest from the Mexican government.

    Most Americans don’t believe Mexico wants to stop the illegal flow of its citizens into this country and think America’s southern neighbor should be asked to compensate U.S. taxpayers for costs incurred by illegal immigration.

    Still, 69% of all voters nationwide say U.S. society is fair and decent, while only 20% think it’s unfair and discriminatory.

  3. tellitlikeitis says:

    Middle Class Slams Brakes on Spending

    Middle-class Americans made their deepest spending cuts in more than two decades, slashing spending on such discretionary items as restaurant meals and alcohol during the recession.

    Households in the middle fifth of the population sliced their average annual spending to $41,150 in 2009, the Labor Department said Tuesday in its annual spending breakdown. That was down 3.1% from 2007 and 3.5% from 2008, the steepest one-year drop since records began in 1984. The drop came even as those households’ after-tax income remained relatively stable over the two years, at an average $45,199.
    Making Do With Less
    How the recession has changed Americans’ spending patterns from 2007 to 2009
    Meanwhile, the poorest Americans spent more as prices for necessities like food and rental housing climbed. Spending rose 5.6% from 2007 to 2009 for the poorest fifth of consumers, the most of any other income group, despite a 5.5% drop in after-tax income to an average $9,956 a household. In some cases, elderly people and others with low incomes dipped into savings or relied on credit to get by.

    “What you’re looking at here is people at the bottom trying to hang on,” said Timothy Smeeding, public affairs professor and director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. “You can’t go below a certain level.”

    Average annual expenditures for people in all income groups dropped 2.8% from 2008 to 2009, the first spending decline on record. The numbers don’t account for inflation, which has been significant in some areas such as food and rent. One consistently rising cost for all income groups was health care, where spending rose 9.6% from 2007 to 2009 as the cost of care climbed.

    “I’ve become a lot more cautious,” said Doug Pendery, who owns a small Cincinnati-based plastics manufacturer and considers himself somewhere in the middle to upper-middle class. He said he has seen health care and taxes eat up a larger share of his income. “You’re really not saving more,” Mr. Pendery said. “You’d like to [but] your expenses and everything else continue to go up.”

    Middle-class households reined in spending mainly on discretionary items. On average, from 2007 to 2009, they cut spending 20.1% on alcoholic beverages, 15.2% on clothing, and 9.5% on restaurants and other food away from home. They also spent less on some groceries, cutting back on items such as fresh milk and cream, as well as seafood.

    Some of the change in spending could reflect a shift to cheaper alternatives, such as picking McDonald’s over sushi. Still, the relative austerity reflects a broader retrenching among consumers spooked by high unemployment and a sharp drop in the value of their homes and investments.

    The lowest earners spent 15.4% more on food last year than in 2007, shelling out more for cereals, meat and processed vegetables. Since many in the lowest income group may already rely on discount shops and make few discretionary purchases, it can be difficult for them to scrimp.

    Among the poor, rent expenditures increased 5.3%. Those who managed to stay in homes they owned saw their mortgage payments rise 27.8%, suggesting that policy makers’ efforts to reduce mortgage-debt burdens aren’t reaching the most needy. Across all income groups, mortgage payments were down 7.6%.

    Judy Sheppers, 69 years old, said she was doing her best to get costs down. Laid off as a receptionist at the end of 2008, Ms. Sheppers relies mainly on monthly Social Security of $1,422, which will put her in the lowest income group when her weekly $133 unemployment benefits run out.

    Ms. Sheppers said her group of friends in Aiken, S.C., who used to meet for cocktails and dinner every couple weeks, has created a more cost-friendly routine now.

    “We’ve started doing more at-home entertaining, pot-luck-type things,” Ms. Sheppers said. “Everyone brings a dish and someone brings a bottle of wine. In a way, that’s nice.”

    Even the richest fifth of consumers responded to the recession by closing their wallets. Their spending fell 2.6% from 2007 to 2009.

    “While their incomes are stable, their assets have declined,” said Luigi Pistaferri, an economist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. “They’re waiting to buy the boat or the expensive watches,” and trying to rebuild wealth instead.

  4. VotingFemale says:

    Hey Tellit!

    good links!!!

  5. tellitlikeitis says:

    Thanks!!!

  6. tellitlikeitis says:

    Man Wearing Obama Mask Robs Convenience Store

    WINSTON-SALEM — A quick glance at surveillance video taken inside a local convenience store might lead someone to believe the 44th president of the United States committed a crime.

    Police said a man wearing a mask of President Barack Obama robbed the Sheetz on Somerset Center Drive at about 3:24 a.m. on Wednesday.

    Police said the man, who was armed with a handgun, demanded money and left after he was given cash.

    He was last seen driving away in a compact gold or silver vehicle, police said.

    Sources inside the Winston-Salem Police Department said Wednesday morning that a suspect is in custody. No other details were given since he hasn’t yet been charged

  7. tellitlikeitis says:

    A case of prejudice? You decide.
    PITTSBURGH — A black judge from western Pennsylvania rejected a plea agreement for a man accused of fighting with police during a traffic stop, saying it was “a ridiculous plea that only goes to white boys.”

    The plea agreement was for a sentence of three months probation. Allegheny County Judge Joseph Williams said on Tuesday that a black defendant in that situation would not have been treated as leniently.

    In court, Williams told Assistant District Attorney Brian Catanzarite that he “for some reason comes up with I think ridiculous pleas whenever it’s a young white guy,” according to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m just telling you what my observation is. If this had been a black kid who did the same thing, we wouldn’t be talking about three months’ probation.”

    Catanzarite responded that he was standing in for another prosecutor and didn’t broker the plea deal.

    “Now that the court has essentially called me a racist, I think that’s unfair. I don’t make offers based on race. I make offers based on facts,” Catanzarite said, according to the Tribune-Review.

    Williams later recused himself from the case, and a white judge accepted the plea agreement for 24-year-old Jeffery McGowan.

    The defendant, who had no criminal record, agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct. He had faced charges including aggravated assault.

    Williams’ secretary on Wednesday told The Associated Press the judge does not give interviews.

    The Allegheny County district attorney’s office did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.

    On Tuesday, Mike Manko, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, told the Tribune-Review the plea deal was appropriate and agreed to by the officer, who was not injured.

    “Negotiated pleas are never based on the race of a particular defendant but rather on the behavior of the defendant and the facts associated with that behavior,” Manko told the newspaper.

    “The assistant district attorneys who handled this plea on behalf of the commonwealth have outstanding reputations, and we firmly stand behind their integrity and the integrity of all of our prosecutors.”

  8. tellitlikeitis says:

    I may not always be commenting but I am always checking in, watching, and reading comments.

  9. VotingFemale says:

    Always a pleasure to see you Tellit. hugs

  10. Foxwood says:

    Bob, you are brilliant and the artwork is great.

  11. Foxwood says:

    Good afternoon Tellit!

  12. Foxwood says:

    I’ve got another market set up for two weeks from Friday. I was going to wait and see how this weekend went, but Ebay went out the roof this week.

  13. VotingFemale says:

    That is a good thing, yes??

  14. VotingFemale says:

    Bob Mack, the Sean Bielat campaign has seen your Barney Frank strip and is circulating it. They like it!

  15. Foxwood says:

    Yes, That is a good thing!

    Bob! You might get that break we were talking about!

  16. tellitlikeitis says:

    Good evening Foxwood and VF!

  17. tellitlikeitis says:

    Charlie the chimp, known for his cigarette habit, has died at his home in a South African Zoo.

    After picking up a smoking habit because of cigarettes being thrown into his enclosure at the Mangaung Zoo in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Charlie began to bum smokes from zoo visitors by gesturing to his mouth with two fingers, mimicking the actions of smokers he’d watched. (See photos of the world’s most endangered primates)

    Visitors continued to indulge the chimp, bringing on a hailstorm of accusations from animal rights activists when videos surfaced online not long after, prompting Bloemfontein zoo officials to try to cut Charlie’s nicotine supply off entirely.

    Zoo officials claim that smoking was not a factor in the Charlie’s death, who at 52, lived ten years beyond the normal life expectancy of the average chimpanzee.

    (More on NewsFeed: Stop Smoking To Improve Your Sex Life)

    “Even though he has been receiving special care, and a special diet including protein shakes, vitamin and mineral supplements, he succumbed to old age,” Zoo spokesman Qondile Khedama told the BBC, which also reports of another chimp in Russia who entered a rehabilitation process after “he started pestering visitors for alcohol and cigarettes.”

    Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/10/06/famous-smoking-chimpanzee-dies-at-52/?iid=moreonnf#ixzz11cXugzjO

  18. Foxwood says:

    Hell, he probably died after they cut his cig supply off.

  19. Orca says:

    TALIBAN WARNS U.S. ON ARIZONA LAW

    This morning, from a cave somewhere in Pakistan, the Taliban Minister of Migration, Mohammed Omar, warned the United States that if Arizona’s Immigration Law is not repealed, Taliban authorities intend to cut off America’s supply of convenience store managers and possibly Motel 6 and Super 8 managers.

    And, if this action does not yield sufficient results, cab drivers will be next, followed by DELL and AOL customer service reps. Finally, if all else fails, they have threatened not to send us any more candidates for president of the United States!

    It’s gonna get ugly folks……….

  20. Orca says:

    T’was the night before elections and all through te town tempers were flaring emotions all up and down
    I in my bathrobe with a cat in my lap had cut off the tv tired of political clap-trap
    When all of a sudden there arose such a noise I peered out my window
    I saw Obama and his boys
    They had come for my wallet, they wanted my payto give to others who had not worked a day in their life
    He snached up my money, and as quick as a wink, jumped back on his bandwagon as I gagged from the stink
    Then he rallied his henchmen who were pulling his cart
    I could tell they were out to tear my country apart
    On fanny on freddie, on biden and ayers , on purple shirted thugs, and unions alike, on to destruction of this nation dear, on to destruction no matter the cost, dash away, dash way those tea parties all.

  21. Bob Mack says:

    Hey, all…
    been busy watching the ballgames…my Phils are lookin’ good so far. Glad they all liked the strip. You never know about those things. When I was in cartooning school, some things I thought were great people hated, & other things that I thought oughta have used to wrap fish went over big.

  22. tellitlikeitis says:

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  24. Bob Mack says:

    The best thing would be if it helps Barney into obscurity. Or, as Mike Tyson once said, he’ll just retire and “fade into Bolivia”..

  25. tellitlikeitis says:

  26. Foxwood says:

    There’s some monkey business going on around here, and I’m going to get to the bottom of it.

  27. Foxwood says:

    Too bad I had to work late tonight. It’s the first day in a while I’ve felt good.

    Feeling so good, I feel like a song.

  28. Foxwood says:

    Oooooooooooh!

    The damage done!

  29. arlenearmy says:

    Tellit
    I was talking w/family member who said that race relations have gotten much worst since Obama took office.

    Actually, if black folks step back a moment to evaluate the situation, they’ll realize that Obama has caused them more harm than good.

  30. VotingFemale says:

    Orca, too damn funny!

    TALIBAN WARNS U.S. ON ARIZONA LAW

  31. VotingFemale says:

    Bob Mack,

    Blogging and doing art are similar. It is a study in human nature as to reactions. I learn every day. I never really know which blogpost will hit one out of the park but one thing is for sure… visibility is the name of the game… win, lose or draw.

  32. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    My sleep has self-corrected, TG.

  33. VotingFemale says:

    Obama has done this purposefully I believe for a lot of reasons.

    “CLASS WARFARE”

    And for doing that he wins the Asshole of the Century Award. Damn communist.

    arlenearmy says

    Tellit
    I was talking w/family member who said that race relations have gotten much worst since Obama took office.

    Actually, if black folks step back a moment to evaluate the situation, they’ll realize that Obama has caused them more harm than good.

  34. Foxwood says:

    Sieg Heil und Guten Morgan fellow unAmerican Nazis!
    It’s time to unfurl the Confederate Swastika and fire the cannon!

  35. Foxwood says:

    Good morning Arlene!

    Good morning VF!

  36. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning, Foxwood! feeling well??

  37. VotingFemale says:

    Arlene is the conservative night shift warrior! 24/7 we carry the fight to Socialists.

  38. Foxwood says:

    Colbert Before Ethics!!
    By Quin Hillyer on 10.6.10 @ 1:07PM

    At the Washington Times, we note an aspect of last week’s Colbert brouhaha that has not gotten anywhere near the attention it deserves. The same congresswoman who invited Colbert is the one who, as chairman of the Ethics Committee, refuses to hold an ethics trial for Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters.

    Oh, yes, ethics… Where is the establishment media in demanding that these trials go forward? Seems they were beside themselves when Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham, and other GOPers were accused. But, after a few perfunctory tut-tuts about Rangel and Waters, they have all gone silent over the decision to sweep these matters under the rug.

    Read more:
    http://spectator.org/blog/2010/10/06/colbert-before-ethics

  39. Foxwood says:

    “Good Morning, Foxwood! feeling well??”

    Feeling better, stayed up too late.

  40. Foxwood says:

    Barney is on F&F right now.

  41. Foxwood says:

    Steve is dishing it out to Barney.

    Barney’s got bullsh!t coming out his mouth. He better wipe his @$$.

  42. Foxwood says:

    BRB, getting ready for work.

  43. VotingFemale says:

    I got a STB–> recorder for the puter… interface cable is too short. wahhhh!!!

    I have GOT to get it going. to youtube this crap as it happens. I watched Barney lying and dancing the soft shoe on F&F

  44. Foxwood says:

    You could tell he was lying… His mouth was open.

  45. VotingFemale says:

    That dork actually criticizes the right for opposing his reelection as if that were a bad thing… too bad for him he isn’t black so he could throw the race card lol

  46. Foxwood says:

    He did try to throw the gay card… it didn’t work.

  47. Bob Mack says:

    Morning, everybody.
    Being retired, I’m not usually up to see the cold light of morning, but the dog wanted to go out. The DNC is going after the pot head vote now. I did a post on it. These guys are really hilarious. They’re so easy to lampoon, it’s like money in the bank.

  48. Foxwood says:

    Good morning Bob!

    Glad I stopped that nasty stuff. I wasted 10 years of my life. And my money, up in smoke. 😦

  49. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning, Bob! you sleepy head! lol

    We don’t have to make stuff up about them like the Socialists have to to attack us 😉

  50. VotingFemale says:

    Ganga smokin’ is carcinogenic just sayin’

  51. Foxwood says:

    No man… I didn’t smoke… I drank the bong water, dude.

  52. VotingFemale says:

    “No man… I didn’t smoke… I drank the bong water, dude.”

    ROFL!!!

  53. VotingFemale says:

    I need to get in high gear writing blogposts… was constantly RL distracted yesterday grrr

  54. Foxwood says:

    Yeah, I’m distracted also… another site down.

  55. VotingFemale says:

    work can be such a distraction! LOL

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