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Fragile and Perishable

polling helpWithout a doubt there are more registered Democrats in this country than registered Republicans. If all the Democrats had voted in the past three presidential elections there would have been no Iraq, no Bush Tax cuts, and probably no 9-11. There would have been no housing bubble, no Wall Street crisis, and no world wide depression. By now the national debt could have been paid down, which means your taxes would have dropped by over 25% since we would no longer have to pay interest on those many trillions of dollars.

That's why Republican-led state legislatures are so hell-bent on enacting new voting restrictions this election cycle, because running against gays and abortion only gets them so far. In Texas, my home state, only 38% of registered voters manage to vote, and that's even with the Justice Department breathing down the state government's neck. Even the UN sends poll watchers to Texas so its low voter turnout must be the result of something more than just indifference.

You want to know how to fix this problem? Mail-in ballots. Both Washington State and Oregon do it that way and they get 70% of registered voters involved, and they manage to do it with almost zero fraud. It's also cheaper to drop your ballot in the mail than to take time off and drive to the polling stations.

If your state doesn't offer mail-in voting then ask them why not. And ask now.


BTW, if you're looking for some safe Halloween fun for the kids, send them over to play Cat Bowling at my Infinite Cat Project web site. It's funzes.


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Oh, That Mitt

big bird trashes romneyWhere are your tax returns, Mitt?


f Paul Ryan is so sure that he and Mr. Romney are winning the presidential race then why is he spending two million dollars to protect his senate seat?

That's Mr. Ryan saying "I'll bet you two million dollars that we lose."


A photo from Mitt Romney's Tumbler account showed a scene from his recent stop in Nevada. It was heavily and clumsily edited to make the crowd seem bigger.


Mitt is claiming lying that Jeep is moving its assembly lines to China. The head of Chrysler said Romney is full of beans, that his company is considering selling Jeeps to China. That's all.


A new study by Health Services Research call the Romney/Ryan plan for Medicare "A death spiral".  That sounds.... bad.


Quote of The Day

"Voting is like sex. Women who talk about enjoying it terrify Republicans." --- a tweet by LOLGOP

Today's video: Joss Whedon explains why Mitt Romney is the ideal candidate to lead to the Zombie Apocalypse.


President Obama's Top 50 Accomplishments

Number 31: Pushed Federal Agencies to Be Green Leaders

barack obama's top 50 accomplishments
Issued executive order in 2009 requiring all federal agencies to make plans to soften their environmental impacts by 2020. Goals include 30 percent reduction in fleet gasoline use, 26 percent boost in water efficiency, and sustainability requirements for 95 percent of all federal contracts. Because federal government is the country’s single biggest purchaser of goods and services, likely to have ripple effects throughout the economy for years to come.


And now our Chart of the Day: Presidential Turnout Rates 1948-2008

chart presidential turnout rates

Much larger version of chart here.


Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creationFor the past two years the Republican-led House had the chance to pass any number of jobs bills to get this country back on its feet. Instead, they did nothing, hoping that the lousy economy they were nurturing would ruin Mr. Obama's chance at reelection. That's the Republican way.

For the full 2001-2012 list of Republican sloth please visit republicanjobcreation.com.


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Just in time for Halloween! A wild assortment of Romney Masks!

Fiscal conservative Mitt, Spendthrift Mitt, peacenik Mitt, warhawk Mitt, pro-choice Mitt, pro-life Mitt, NRA Mitt, gun-control Mitt, job creator Mitt, business destroyer Mitt, save Detroit Mitt, screw Detroit Mitt, environmental Mitt, screw the whales Mitt, pro-minimum wage Mitt, anti-minimum wage Mitt, pro stem cell Mitt, anti stem cell Mitt, catch bin Laden Mitt, Forget bin Laden Mitt, pro-stimulus Mitt, anti-stimulus Mitt, pro-TARP Mitt, anti-TARP mitt, screw the 99% Mitt, screw the 99% Mitt.

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