Friday, November 23, 2012


Some progressives, like me, are looking optimistically into the future... ;-)

Ironically, President Obama is not impressed...

"Taking jokes seriously is the exact mirror activity of laughing if someone says they have cancer." --jbou

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Having Fun with Hats 'n Hair

My kids and I were so ecstatic and relieved when President Obama won re-election! We decided to go all out and have some fun with the fact that I've lost my hair to chemo treatments. I'm confident now I'll be able to endure the rest of my chemo and radiation (my treatments are expected to continue through January)...and hopeful that I'll be well enough to attend President Obama's second inauguration (my husband and son took me to DC on Jan 20, 2009 to be a part of history for President Obama's 1st inauguration, and it would mean the world to me to go there again on Jan 21, 2013).

Anyhow, since laughter is the best medicine, and since I've spent most of this year making fun of the GOP with my blog posts--we decided to share a little of our own odd sense of humor that shines a light on us, instead. So enjoy, if you dare. :-)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rachel Maddow Gives a Profound Editorial on the Alternative Universe the Republican Party has Been Living In

Reality bites, Republicans, but accept it and return to the real world with the rest of us. We could use your help in solving some of the difficult problems our country faces.

Update: Along this same train of thought, Josh Marshall of TPM echos Rachel's commentary by zeroing in on Megan Kelly's comment to Karl Rove (on FOX News, election night), “Math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better”

Are You Missing Mitt Yet?

Here's a recap of some his most notable moments to help you get your Mitt fix on. :-)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

You Don't Own Me...

Since women played a major role in getting President Obama re-elected this year, I want to include this video as a belated tribute. :-) I found it today on the Political Irony website... just wish I had found it sooner. Better late than never, though. :-) Also MANY CONGRATULATIONS to ALL the women (Democrats and Republicans alike) who campaigned in this election and won their respective races!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

President Obama Wins Re-election!!!

My state of Ohio just went for President Obama and I am so proud that we put him over the top and he won re-election!!! :-) GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

Family photo courtesy of Win McNamee/Getty Images:

Update... Here is his speech (with the transcript below):

“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much.

Tonight more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward.

It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the heights of hope. The belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.

Tonight in this election, you, the American people, remind us while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that the united states of America – the best is yet to come.

[cheering] I want to thank every American who participated in this election [CHEERING] Whether you voted for the very first time or waiting in line for a very long time.

By the way, we need to fix that. Whether you pounded the pavement or picked up the phone. Whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you mad your voice heard.

And you made a difference. I just got off the phone with Governor Romney and I congratulated him and Paul Ryan on a hard-fought campaign. [CHEERING] We may have fought fiercely, but it’s only because we love this country deeply. And we care so strongly about its future.

From George to Lenore to their son Mitt, the Romney family has chosen to give back to Americans through public service. And that is a legacy that we honor and applaud tonight. [CHEERING] In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward. [CHEERING] I want to thank my friend and partner for the last four years, America’s happy warrior, the best vice president anybody could ever hope for: Joe Biden.

I want to thank my friend and partner of the last 4 years, America’s happy warrior, the best Vice President anyone could ever hope for: Joe Biden. And I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me twenty years ago. Let say this publicly, Michelle I have never loved you more. I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you too as our nation’s first lady.

Sasha and Malia before our very eyes you are growing up to become two strong smart beautiful young women, just like your mom. And I’m so proud of you guys. But I will say that for now one dog is probably enough. To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics. The best. The best ever. Some of you were this time around.

Some of you were new this time around and some of you have been at my side since the very beginning but all of you are family.

No matter what you do or where you go from here, you will carry the memory of the history we made together and you will have the life long appreciation of a grateful president.

Thank you for believing all the way, through every hill, through every valley. [applause] You lifted me up the whole way and I will always be grateful for everything that you’ve done and all the incredible work that you’ve put in. [applause]

I know that political campaigns can sometime seem small, even silly, and that provides plenty of fodder for the cynics who tell us that politics is nothing more than a contest of egos or the domain of special interests.

But if you ever get the chance to talk to folks who turn out at rallies and crowded out along a ropeline in a high school gym or saw folks working late at a campaign office in some tiny county far away from home, you’ll discover something else; you’ll hear the determination in the voice of a young field organizer who is working his way through college and wants to make sure every child has that same opportunity. [applause]

You’ll hear the pride in the voice of a volunteer who is going door to door because her brother was finally hired when the local auto plant added another shift. [applause]

You’ll hear the deep patriotism in the voice of a military spouse who is working the phones late at night to make sure that no one who fights for this country every has to fight for a job or a roof over their head when they come home. [applause]

That’s why we do this. That’s what politics can be. That’s why elections matter. It’s not small, it’s big. It’s important. Democracy in a nation of 300-million can be noisy and messy and complicated. We have our own opinions, each of us has deeply held beliefs.

And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country; it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy. That won’t change after tonight and it shouldn’t. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty.

We can never forget that as we speak, people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter [applause] The chance to cast their ballots like we did today.

But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future. We want our kids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers. [applause] A country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation; with all the good jobs and new businesses that follow.

A country that lives up to its legacy as a global leader in technology, discovery and innovation. With all the good jobs and businesses that follow, to live in America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality. That isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. We want to pass on a country that is saved and respected and admired around the world. A nation that is defended by the strongest military on earth and the best troops this world has ever known. But also a country that moves with confidence beyond this time of war to shape a peace. That is built on the promise of dignity of every human being.

We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America, open to the dreams of an immigrants daughter that studies in our schools and pledges to our flag. To the young boy on the south side of Chicago, who sees a light beyond the nearest street corner. To the furniture workers child in North Carolina who wants to become a engineer or a scientist. And engineer or an entrepreneur. A diplomat or even a president, that’s the future we hope for. That’s the vision we share, that’s where we need to go. Forward. That’s where we need to go.

Now we will disagree sometimes fiercely on how to get there, as it has for more then two centuries, progress will come in fits and starts, it’s not always a straight line or a smooth path. By itself a recognition of our common hopes and dreams won’t end the gridlock. Or solve all our problems or substitute for the hard work of building consensus. And making the difficult compromises needed to move the country forward but that common bond is where we must begin. Our economy is recovering, our decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over. [applause]

And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you. I have learned from you and you have made me a better President. With your stories and your struggles, I returned to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead [applause] Tonight, you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.

And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together: reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil, we’ve got more work to do.

But that doesn’t mean your work is done. The role of citizen in our democracy does not end with your vote. America’s never been about what could be done for us, it’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on.

This country has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military in history but that’s not what makes us strong. Our university, our culture, are all the envy of the world but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores. What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth, the belief that our destiny is shared, that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and the future generations so that the freedom so many Americans have fought for and died for comes with responsibilities as well as rights, and among those are love, and charity, and duty and patriotism. That’s what makes America great.

I am hopeful tonight because I have seen that spirit at work in America. I’ve seen it in the family business whose owners would rather cut their own pay than lay off their neighbors, and in the workers who would rather cut back their hours than see a friend lose a job.

I’ve seen it in the soldiers who re-enlist after losing a limb, and in those SEALS who charged up the stairs into darkness and danger because they knew their was a buddy behind them watching their back.

I’ve seen it on the shores of New Jersey and New York where leaders from every party and level of government have swept aside their differences to help a community rebuild from the wreckage of a terrible storm.

And I saw it just the other day, in Mentor, Ohio where a father told the story of his eight-year-old daughter who’s long battle with leukemia nearly cost their family everything had it not been for health care reform passing just a few months before. The insurance company was about to stop paying for her care

I had an opportunity to not just talk to the father but meet this incredible daughter of his, and when he spoke to the crowd listening to that father’ story, every parent in that room had tears in their eyes because we knew that little girl could be our own. And I know that every American wants her future to be just as bright. That’s who we are. That’s the country I’m so proud to lead as your president.

And tonight, despite all the hardship we’ve been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I’ve never been more hopeful about our future

I’ve never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope. I’m not talking about blind optimism. The kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the road blocks that stand in our path. I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight.

I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside of us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching to keep working, to keep fighting.

America, I believe we can build on the progress we made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class

I believe we can keep the promise of our founder. The idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian, or native American, or young or old, or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it.

I believe we can seize this future together. Because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions.

And we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America. With your help and God’s grace, we will continue our journey forward. And remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth.Thank you, America. God bless you. God bless these United States.” [CHEERING]

The Best & Worst of the 2012 Campaign (Via TPM)

Before the ballots are counted, takes a nostalgic look at some of the best and worst 2012 election moments. :-)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Speaking of Ohio...

President Barack Obama made a visit to my hometown, Lima, today and even though I'm disabled and battling cancer, you couldn't keep me away! Here are some pix. I lost my hair from the chemo, so I have to wear dorky hats wherever I go. Lol. But I made it there to see him in person; and that's what mattered. :-)

Here is a picture taken by Marti Adams that shows the crowd from across the room. I circled us on it. :-) Thanks, Marti!

Finally, here is a portion of the speech President Obama delivered in Lima.

Jon Stewart is Glad He Doesn't Live in 'Swing State Hell'

Ok...I live in Ohio, and really, it's not that bad here. I voted early and I don't get too many phone calls, and the TV commercials are easy enough to ignore or mute. :-)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The POTUS Jet...Doing a Little Crowd Surfing in Ohio!? :-D

Ok. POTUS's jet isn't really crowd surfing, but at first glance that's what it looked like to me. Lol. Anyhow this huge crowd for President Obama looks like a very good sign to me in my home state. :-)

Very Cool! VOTE EARLY! :-)

Monday, October 22, 2012

I Need Your Help . . .

I'm hoping President Obama will be re-elected and that the dems will hold their majority in the senate. Ohio (where I live) is a critical state in both situations. Senator Sherrod Brown is in a tight race against Josh Mandel, who has an endless supply of outside corporate financing (thanks to the Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United). I just read that The National Federation of Independent Business is spending $1 Million to help Mandel.

I'd love to contribute to Senator Sherrod Brown's campaign and to help him retain his seat, but I'm undergoing costly and exhausting cancer treatments right now and I don't have the money or the energy.

Here's where you can help. :) I'm a greeting card artist by trade and I created this design recently: Moving Forward Together. It has a very positive message inside, or there's a post-card version with the design only--left blank for you to write your own message.

So if you'll order some of these cards that offer optimism during a contentious campaign when optimism is sorely needed, I'll contribute all of the proceeds from the sales to Senator Brown's campaign (these cards are ideal to give to family and friends, or for volunteers to give to voters who voted for President Obama in 2008 but may still be undecided about him in this election).

Or, if you don't think you have time to order cards and get them out there, please consider donating here, to Senator Sherrod Brown's campaign directly. And tell him Jolly Politix sent you. :) Oh, and please tweet this to your followers. :) Very gratefully ~JP

Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney - Epic Rap Battles Of History by ERB

Not recommended for kids.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wow! It's Been Awhile!

I see it's been a month since my last post! Time flies when you're dealing with cancer. :( Actually, I've been so preoccupied with treatments and all the aches and pains and exhaustion that accompany the cancer treatments that I just haven't had the energy to post. I've still got several more weeks of treatments to go (maybe even through the end of the year), so I probably won't be able to blog very often yet. But I think last night's debate was surely a good reason to get my butt out of bed and post something. :) So I checked Twitter (particularly #bindersfullofwomen - lol) for a few minutes and found this:

Very direct message. Watch the video.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I need one of these. :)

Speaking of Ohio, the Great Ted Strickland!

Yeah, baby! He went there in a very powerful way! Click on the image to see some of his remarks at the 2012 DNC (via TPM). . .

Voter Suppression = Bad, Bad, Bad! Luckily, My State (Ohio), Came Around to Its Senses

Click on the cartoon to read about what happened in Ohio.

UPDATE: Ugh! Secretary of State Jon Husted has some shenanigans planned and doesn't intend to honor the judge's orders! But you can read the Obama Administration's response here.

LATER UPDATE: Judge Orders Jon Husted To Attend Ohio Early Voting Hearing (Here comes the Judge! :-D )

LATER STILL: The pucktard can't weasel his way out of this one! Ohio Secretary Of State Backs Down On Early Voting (TPMMuckraker)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Parallel Earth - by Tom Tomorrow

Parallel Earth...where Tea Partiers and their 'hidden' agenda are in the fray and the Ayn Rand philosophy of anarcho-capitalism rules the day. Tom Tomorrow takes a stab at Mitt's endless secrecy.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Michele Bachmann - Idiot Infiltrator

“Congresswoman Michele Bachmann wants an investigation as to whether Islamists have infiltrated the highest levels of the federal government. You know what’s really frightening? After listening to Michele Bachmann, you realize idiots have infiltrated the highest levels of the federal government.” – Jay Leno

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fear the Future . . .

If Mitt Romney wins the presidential election, this will probably be a uniquely prophetic comic/commentary (Tom the Dancing Bug & News of the Times - Political Roundup 2032, created by Ruben Bolling)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Speaking of the Olympics...

I whipped up this tee-shirt that compares Mitt Romney's olympic feat with the Salt Lake City games in 2002 and his London Blunders in Great Britain these past few days. Mitt sure does take the gold in gaffes!

Priorities USA Olympics Ad

This parody gave me a chuckle, so I'm posting it. But it may not be available for long because there might be some copyright issues that the Olympics Committee has a problem with. So if this ad can't use prior Olympics footage, then one can assume the Romney Campaign and/or SuperPACs can't use Olympics footage either.

Jon Stewart - Do We Look Stupid!?

The Daily Show's Lewis Black Points Out the Lies in Romney's Ad

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Slick Willard with His Bain Vulture Capitalism, His Outsourcing, and His Off-Shore Investing

While Mitt Romney 'croons' ...he enables tycoons. God help America if Slick Willard Romney gets elected president, and you can say bye-bye to any chance for the middle class to crawl out of the recession that republicans drove us in to (and are trying their best to prevent us from getting out of). Watch this well-timed ad by the Obama campaign that targets the problem in one fell swoop.

Update (lame 'comeback' from Romney:

Mitt's campaign attempts a similar ad (copycats! they can't even come up with a good idea on their own!). At least it's pleasant to listen to, though. :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

MSNBC's Al Sharpton...

Al Sharpton had some actors re-enact Mitt Romney’s weekend fundraising event in the Hamptons.