Lori Pendleton

New York City 14
Joined August 2009

I'm a writer who's into music, politics, the cosmos, and making mincemeat out of all things ridiculous.



After Santorum victories, Romney attempts comeback with sweater vest

Following a bruising defeat at the hands of former Pennsylvnia Sen. Rick Santorum, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has decided to change his campaign strategy. His new strategy includes a sweater vest. The former Massachusetts governor announced Wednesday that he’ll start wearing sweater vests for the remainder of his campaign. He unveiled his very first vest at a town hall in Augusta, Maine, just days before the Maine primary. “I thought I was getting traction with my flannel shirts,” Romney told reporters after the town hall. “They started as a prop. We had a fake hoedown at Bain to celebrate a restructuring, and we thought it’d be funny to do the whole ‘shirts off their backs’ thing… Anyway, they turned out to be great for campaign stops in certain states. But I guess that isn’t enough anymore. It’s time to step up my game.” The move comes after a devastating blow to Rom...
By on Feb 09, 2012

RNC Chair Apologizes to Cruise Ship Captain for Comparison to President Obama

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus is apologizing to Francesco Schettino, the captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, for comparing him to President Barack Obama. In an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation, Priebus told host Bob Schieffer, "In a few months this is all going to be ancient history and we're going to talk about our own little Captain Schettino, which is President Obama who's… more interested in campaigning than doing his job as president." Captain Francesco Schettino was the captain of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that ran aground earlier this month near Giglio Island off the coast of Tuscany. At least 17 people are confirmed dead, and dozens remain missing. Schettino has been charged with manslaughter for abandoning the ship after it capsized. Chairman Priebus issued a statement on Monday offering an apology to the captain. I want to apologize to Ca...
By on Jan 30, 2012

Newt Gingrich criticizes “Washington Insiders” like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is criticizing the Washington establishment for its intransigence in the face of a tough economy. His main target is longtime Washington insiders like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. “People who have been in Washington for 30 years tend to lose touch with the American people. We need someone who’s been among them to get the country back on track,” Gingrich told a crowd in Tallahassee. “That’s exactly what I did when I helped the Republicans regain control of Congress 15 years after I helped Reagan win the White House. A Washington insider couldn’t do that.” Gingrich noted that his ideas would be a break from the old ideas that have pervaded Congress. “When you’ve been in Washington too long, you start to repeat yourself, and your ideas get stale. What we need is a new way of thinking about the role of the federal government. I brought f...
By on Jan 24, 2012

Comic Bloggers Stymied by Quality of GOP Debate

Janie McKenna is sitting in the corner of her studio apartment. She stares out the window and recites ideas for sound bites and snarky comments. After each attempt, she shakes her head and turns her eyes to the floor. Janie is a blogger who has a loyal following on SoyBombs.com. Since 2007, she’s made a career out of writing snarky recaps of reality shows, awards shows, political debates, and other televised events that often make Americans think the 2012 prophecies are real. But on this night, she’s trying to write about the final GOP debate before the South Carolina primary. And for the first time in over a year, she’s suffering writer’s block. “It was a good debate,” Janie winces. “I don’t know what to do with that.” Indeed, bloggers all over the country are struggling to find a comic angle for what is being called one of the most substantive and constructive debates of the 2012 elect...
By on Jan 19, 2012

Huntsman Ends Campaign: America Stunned

A seismic shift is taking place in the Republican presidential race now that former Utah governor Jon Huntsman has suspended his campaign. Huntsman announced on Monday that he would no longer seek the GOP nomination after polls in South Carolina showed him with single-digit numbers, trailing South Carolina mainstays like Ivana Tinkle and Haywood Jablomi. In his address, Huntsman endorsed Mitt Romney for the nomination. Romney is expected to win the South Carolina primary; polls have him 21 points ahead of tied runners-up Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Huntsman capped his endorsement by asking voters and the media to ignore ads from Stephen Colbert’s super PAC accusing the former Massachusetts governor of being a serial killer. “There’s no room in today’s political world for this kind of hateful rhetoric,” Huntsman said. “Imagine what would happen if we took that tone with our opposition. Wh...
By on Jan 16, 2012

Romney: “I’ve changed my position on speaking French”

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is attempting to bounce back from a vicious attack ad from Newt Gingrich by telling South Carolina voters that he no longer speaks French since changing his mind about the language. “I said those things a long time ago, before I really understood the French issue,” said the former Massachusetts governor at a town hall in Charleston. “Now I’ve changed my position on speaking French, and if I were to do it all over again, I’d tell those guys to take a hike, Mike.” To prove the verity of his new position, Romney ate dinner at Hall’s Chophouse and ordered a simple greens salad with ranch dressing instead of the standard sherry honey vinaigrette. Just a few days before the South Carolina primary – which has historically been a predictor of the eventual GOP nominee – the Gingrich campaign aired an ad slamming Governor Romney as a Massachusetts libe...
By on Jan 13, 2012

Gingrich Campaign Releases Talking Mitt Romney Doll

In response to Rick Perry's ringtone mocking Mitt Romney's "I like being able to fire people" gaffe, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's campaign has created a talking life-size doll of the GOP frontrunner. "This doll will remind voters that Mitt Romney has destroyed more jobs and profited more from the misery of ordinary Americans than any other Republican in history," said Gingrich at a town hall in Hampstead, New Hampshire. "I mean, we want free-market capitalism, but not like this." When users pull the string on the back of the doll, they hear one of Romney's most memorable phrases. Among the choices: "Corporations are people, too"; "I'm also unemployed"; "I'm running for office, for God's sakes"; "I'm a business guy"; and of course, "I like being able to fire people." While the Romney doll stands in a default taut straight position, the knees bend so users can place on...
By on Jan 10, 2012

A Republican Senate Wouldn't Be as Scary as You Think

Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson is the latest senator to announce his plans to retire in 2012, bringing the number of future Senate retirees to 10. But the larger story is who’s up for re-election next year. Democrats running outnumber Republicans running by 2 to 1, and the final results could impact the makeup of the Senate – even which party gets control of it. While most seats can be deemed safe – it’s hard to imagine a Democrat replacing Kay Bailey Hutchison, or a Republican replacing Dianne Feinstein – enough seats are in flux to change the look of the Senate. Moreover, some people are predicting the same kind of bloodbath in 2012 that took place in 2010. I’m not one of them. For one thing, 2010 was dominated almost entirely by the Tea Party. They marched in, promising to change Washington and take the country back. As it turned out, they didn’t change Washington so much as they brough...
By on Dec 29, 2011

The REAL Ronald Reagan

There's a line from "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" that people can't help but follow: "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." In some ways, it's natural. Real life has a way of being not very entertaining, not worthy of retelling. But in the course of making the thing more exciting, we sometimes cross the line and turn the facts into complete fiction. Such is the case with Ronald Reagan. Not to say that he didn't give red meat to the conservative movement; anyone who says government is the problem will surely catch anti-government ears. And his 1961 tirade against "socialized medicine" is all the evidence some people need to vote against health care reform. But in the push to lionize him and make him the benchmark for the Republican Psrty, many Republicans are ignoring, willfully or otherwise, the ways he went against what has become the GOP's anti-tex, anti-government, ant...
By on Feb 07, 2011

In Defense of Marriage Equality

The debate over same-sex marriage continues, and there's no shortage of opinions about how it would change our society, specifically how it impacts children. Marriage equality opponents often use this card to explain their views, stating that allowing gays and lesbians to marry would have a negative impact on children in those households. People have come in on all sides of this issue, but maybe this is a case of the people on the inside knowing best. No one can know the effect of same-sex marriage on children better than the children themselves. So I present to you Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old student at the University of Iowa who grew up with two moms and talks proudly of his family. Sadly, it doesn't seem to have changed enough minds - the ban on gay marriage passed - but perhaps we didn't get the entire story. We only heard from someone who had a healthy, loving childhood with a same-se...
By on Feb 03, 2011