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How dumb the typical republican voter is!! Romney Supporters in Ohio Explain Why Their Candidate Deserves to Win ... MUST WATCH!!!!
Still trying to shake off those Monday morning cobwebs? This video is guaranteed to wake you right up.
New Left Media documentarian Chase Whiteside delves deep into Romney territory in Defiance, Ohio, to find out first-hand why voters who back the Republican candidate have sided with him over the incumbent.
8.5 minutes of woefully misinformed electorate not enough to bring your blood past a gentle simmer?! Still trying to shake off those Monday morning cobwebs? This video is guaranteed to... more
Across the country, though voters are increasingly divided into increasingly fervent red-versus-blue camps, many Democratic leaders and candidates are little better than Brown. Take Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who, when he ran for his seat in 2010, cut a TV commercial where he fired a rifle through his party’s signature environmental legislation. Or Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who was the only Democrat in 2011 to vote against a spending bill to keep the government operating until the following fall.Across the country, though voters are increasingly divided into increasingly fervent... more
Pretty powerful stuff from (Ret.) Col. Lawrence Wikerson ... a REPUBLICAN.
"My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people -- not all of them, but most of them -- who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that's despicable."
http://www.theroot.com/buzz/former-powell-chief-staff-gop-full-racistsPretty powerful stuff from (Ret.) Col. Lawrence Wikerson ... a REPUBLICAN. "My... more
Back in the old days rape was rape. Or, at most, there were two kinds. There was the “put on a ski mask and rape her at knifepoint” type and there was the “she said she was 18″ statutory type. Which wasn’t really rape at all, because, I mean, LOOK at her. And she really wanted it.
These days it’s more complicated. There’s ALL KINDS of rape, and it’s important to understand the differences because some of them have distinctly religious implications. That is, if you’re being raped, it helps to be aware of whether or not it’s God’s will, for instance. That way you can know whether or not you should be enjoying it (in a holy spirit way, not a sins of the flesh way, you whore) and you can even be thinking about whether or not you’ll be blessed with a pregnancy. Maybe you can even start thinking about baby names.Back in the old days rape was rape. Or, at most, there were two kinds. There was the... more
A deep look into the current social, economic, and political State of America, as seen through the eyes of a mother and son. It's good.A deep look into the current social, economic, and political State of America, as seen... more
Elections are educational! 14 things we wouldn’t have known without Campaign 2012 | Scholars and RoguesThe GOP performs all their greatest hits, including "Legitimate Rape" and more!
Sure Mittens had a binder full of women: so he could pay them LESS
If you are a business owner, Mitt Romney has a message for you. Tell your employees that the future depends on voting for Mitt Romney. You can do that, legally. In fact, tell them—the people whose paychecks you sign—that their futures depend on it, too.
Yesterday, labor journalist Mike Elk posted a 30-minute conference call from June 6, during which Romney addressed the National Federation of Independent Business. (Click here both for Elk's article and the audio.) His message was clear. After 26 minutes of explaining why Barack Obama was bad for business, he encouraged employers to tell their workers what was in their best interests.
These were Romney's exact words:
I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope, I hope you pass those along to your employees.... Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision...
If that sounds familiar, it should. It echoes the tone of Westgate Resorts' founder David Siegel in a letter to his employees:
What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration. Of course, as your employer, I can't tell you whom to vote for, and I certainly wouldn't interfere with your right to vote for whomever you choose.... So where am I going with all this? It's quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company. Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.
While Romney's suggestions are less overtly extortionate than Siegel's, the playbook is the same. Ownership is encouraged to suggest to workers that there is a right vote and a wrong vote in the coming election. The wrong vote will cost them their jobs. The wrong vote is Barack Obama. And, hey, that's not ownership saying that they will fire you if Barack Obama wins the election: that's ownership saying that Barack Obama's policies will fire you. Because of course they will.
There are no alternatives. Ownership—be it stockholders collecting dividends, founding partners or a sole owner—cannot take reduced dividends or reduced percentages of profits. If Obama is elected, inevitably the business will earn less, and that loss of earnings can only be offset by firing one of you—the people who make less, who, in the company, are financially small but electorally large. The many of you must protect the few above you and thus protect yourselves.
Obviously, no owner is psychic, so he or she cannot prevent you from voting as you choose. But announcements and opinions like these have an inevitable chilling effect on employees' free political discourse. Humans are social animals; we like to argue, and we feel good when we persuade. Yet, while you might still feel free to explain to all co-workers in earshot that TOM BRADY IS A WHINING NANCY BOY, you will almost certainly not say the same about Romney, because doing so will only rocket you to the top of the downsizing list if he loses.
Moreover, you are far less likely to put an Obama sign in front of your home or an Obama bumper sticker on your car, for the same reasons. You are less likely to volunteer at a call center or go door-to-door, lest you accidentally reach a co-worker or get spotted by them. While no employer can actually compel you to "vote Romney or else," without following you for every minute of election day, that employer still can significantly abridge your free speech by reminding you of the very real financial punishments that you risk when you exercise it. If your vote can't be coerced, your civic action can be silenced. Or, worse, internal tracking in your workplace can coerce your donating to parties or candidates to look like a team player and a friend to management.
As Chris Bertram, Alex Gourevitch and Corey Robin detail in a long article at Crooked Timber, employers can already punish you for what you say and whom you say it to on the job, for supporting the wrong political candidates or causes off the job, or for failing to void your bladder into an adult diaper, in silent and humiliating acquiescence to your employer's allotted "pee times."
And why shouldn't this process of intimidation already have unequal applications? Remember a truism of hacky "the truth is in the middle!" American politics: sure, there are millionaires who can hire and fire you and hold the future and security of you and your family in their hands and marshal vastly more wealth to contest any lawsuit you might bring against them, but they're probably no worse than unions, or government workers who hold entire cities(!) hostage(!), so it all evens out.
Except, as labor professor Gordon Lafer notes over at Robin's blog, there are already laws preventing any government employees, even on break or in private conversations with fellow employees, from engaging in "political communication," which is defined so broadly that it can mean passing a friend a flyer or reminding him of a rally. The law Lafer specifically refers to, Alabama's Act 2010-761, was drafted by the Koch brothers' American Legislative Exchange Council, whose purpose is to craft uniform legislation that can be imported to any state by using a FIND/REPLACE search to change the state's name. Those are the same Koch brothers who sent an intimidating pro-Romney mailer to 45,000 employees.
Mitt, Siegel and the Koch brothers are merely making the voter intimidation process more efficient. First, you start with vertical integration. Second, you move on to using employee contact information you already have. Third, you use purse strings and team activities you already control. Who is anyone to argue with innovation? These guys must be doing something right!
That's the problem. Not only do these people rely on the hoary myth that they're only trying to level the workplace playing field with a "labor threat" that weakens every decade, they rely on the notion that their wealth—however earned—bespeaks a certain wisdom and privilege justly attained.
It's the same tacky ethos of every luxury-car driving high school reunion meathead: that "more money" equals "better than," that the non-fungibility of something in the world proves its non-value, and that the supreme sacrosanct arbitrage of The Market has deemed them beings of greater luminescence. This is how the phrase "Going Galt" comes to seem to people like anything other than the petulant tantrum of the privileged, whose levels of "More" are somehow still not enough.
When you're a person of greater value than your workers by dint of a checking account, it would be unreasonable for you not to speak for them. It would be unreasonable for you not to correct them, too, because if they were right, they would be your boss, not vice-versa. And if you dislike your take-home pay, it is within your purview to destroy the economy as a shaming lesson to those with whom you disagree. This is the natural terminus of a free-speech argument that reduces the fundamental unit of democracy not to "one vote" but rather "one dollar." This is the natural state of a nation bought and paid for by gilded assholes.If you are a business owner, Mitt Romney has a message for you. Tell your employees... more
“The door is closing. I am very worried – if we don’t change direction now on how we use energy, we will end up beyond what scientists tell us is the minimum [for climate safety]. The door will be closed forever.”
No, that was not President Barack Obama or his Republican Challenger Mitt Romney speaking in the presidential debate. It was Fatih Birol, the renowned chief economist of the International Energy Agency, speaking about the pressing need to transition away from fossil fuels.
You’d be hard pressed to hear either of the presidential candidates make a statement like that. Or any statement on climate at all.
Those concerned about climate change were sorely disappointed during Tuesday night’s town hall-style debate when both the candidates and the moderator — CNN’s Candy Crowley — failed to address the issue of climate change, even during a lengthy and heated exchange about energy issues.
“I had that question for all of you climate change people,” said Crowley in the post-debate coverage. “We just, you know, again, we knew that the economy was still the main thing so you knew you kind of wanted to go with the economy.”
Obama started off the debate with a strong nod to renewable energy, explaining that we need to invest in “solar and wind and biofuels, energy efficient cars.” But after a voter asked about gas prices, both Obama and Romney proceeded to battle over who could drill more fossil fuels. (At one point, the two men closed in on each other, pointed fingers, and raised their voices over how much oil production had increased).
Obama separated himself by focusing on the need to develop more renewables and lower consumption of petroleum through better efficiency measures. But when talking about why he believes those investments are important, he never mentioned the reasons that alternatives to fossil fuels are so important.
Perhaps Australian climate scientist Will Steffen can explain: “This is the critical decade. If we don’t get the curves turned around this decade we will cross those lines. We are on the cusp of some big changes. We can … cap temperature rise at two degrees, or cross the threshold beyond which the system shifts to a much hotter state.”
Below is the full discussion on energy issues. Can you find the mention of climate? (Don’t strain too hard. We’ve already ruined it for you — there are none).
QUESTION: Your energy secretary, Steven Chu, has now been on record three times stating it’s not policy of his department to help lower gas prices. Do you agree with Secretary Chu that this is not the job of the Energy Department?
OBAMA: The most important thing we can do is to make sure we control our own energy. So here’s what I’ve done since I’ve been president. We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years.
Natural gas production is the highest it’s been in decades. We have seen increases in coal production and coal employment. But what I’ve also said is we can’t just produce traditional source of energy. We’ve also got to look to the future. That’s why we doubled fuel efficiency standards on cars. That means that in the middle of the next decade, any car you buy, you’re going to end up going twice as far on a gallon of gas. That’s why we doubled clean – clean energy production like wind and solar and biofuels.
And all these things have contributed to us lowering our oil imports to the lowest levels in 16 years. Now, I want to build on that. And that means, yes, we still continue to open up new areas for drilling. We continue to make it a priority for us to go after natural gas. We’ve got potentially 600,000 jobs and 100 years worth of energy right beneath our feet with natural gas.
And we can do it in an environmentally sound way. But we’ve also got to continue to figure out how we have efficiency energy, because ultimately that’s how we’re going to reduce demand and that’s what’s going to keep gas prices lower.
So what I’ve tried to do is be consistent. With respect to something like coal, we made the largest investment in clean coal technology, to make sure that even as we’re producing more coal, we’re producing it cleaner and smarter. Same thing with oil, same thing with natural gas.
And the proof is our oil imports are down to the lowest levels in 20 years. Oil production is up, natural gas production is up, and, most importantly, we’re also starting to build cars that are more efficient.
And that’s creating jobs. That means those cars can be exported, ’cause that’s the demand around the world, and it also means that it’ll save money in your pocketbook.
OBAMA: That’s the strategy you need, an all-of-the-above strategy, and that’s what we’re going to do in the next four years.
ROMNEY: But that’s not what you’ve done in the last four years. That’s the problem. In the last four years, you cut permits and licenses on federal land and federal waters in half.
OBAMA: Not true, Governor Romney.
ROMNEY: So how much did you cut (inaudible)?
OBAMA: Not true.
ROMNEY: How much did you cut them by, then?
OBAMA: Governor, we have actually produced more oil –
What I want to do is to create an economy that is strong, and at the same time produce energy. And with respect to this pipeline that Governor Romney keeps on talking about, we’ve – we’ve built enough pipeline to wrap around the entire earth once.
So, I’m all for pipelines. I’m all for oil production. What I’m not for is us ignoring the other half of the equation. So, for example, on wind energy, when Governor Romney says “these are imaginary jobs.” When you’ve got thousands of people right now in Iowa, right now in Colorado, who are working, creating wind power with good-paying manufacturing jobs, and the Republican senator in that – in Iowa is all for it, providing tax breaks (ph) to help this work and Governor Romney says I’m opposed. I’d get rid of it.
That’s not an energy strategy for the future. And we need to win that future. And I intend to win it as President of the United States.
And there you have it. The deafening sound of climate silence.
Even as more voters say they understand that humans are warming the planet — and will reward candidates who say they’d do something about the problem — the policy conversation about energy goes on without any acknowledgement.
More at the link“The door is closing. I am very worried – if we don’t change... more
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Simple. Direct. Honest.
That is how we would describe Maureen Walsh’s TV advertisement in support of same sex marriage in Washington. She speaks not only as mother of a gay child, but also a Washington State Representative and a registered Republican. Rep. Walsh is speaking in defense of gay marriage and against a referendum on Washington’s ballot, Referendum 74, that seeks to overturn the state’s Civil Marriage Equality act signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire this past February.
Yes, rational, compassionate, and practical Republicans still exist.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=44238Take the Time to Watch and Share: ------------------- Simple. Direct. Honest. That... more
Mitt Romney doubled down on his suggestion that uninsured Americans can find the care they need in emergency rooms, telling The Dispatch that people will always receive the treatment they need, and do not die or suffer because they can not pay for care. He pointed to federal law that requires hospitals to admit emergency patients, repeating his advice that patients rely on the most expensive form of care reserved strictly for emergencies. Romney told the Columbus Dispatch:
“We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack,’ ” he said as he offered more hints as to what he would put in place of “Obamacare,” which he has pledged to repeal.
“No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital. We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”
He pointed out that federal law requires hospitals to treat those without health insurance — although hospital officials frequently say that drives up health-care costs.
Emergency rooms serve as a place of last resort, but 45,000 Americans still die every year because they lack health insurance, or one every 12 minutes. Uninsured adults under age 65 are also at a 40 percent higher death risk. Hospitals may treat patients for emergency medical conditions regardless of legal status or ability to pay, but patients with chronic conditions that don’t require emergency interference are often unable to access needed care.
Romney’s health care proposal would leave 72 million Americans without health insurance and wouldn’t provide all uninsured Americans with a stable source of insurance.Mitt Romney doubled down on his suggestion that uninsured Americans can find the care... more
ALL NEW!! If you want a challenge, invite former wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura on YOUR show and engage him in political conversation! This was our second bout and I really enjoyed the battle. I hope you will, too! Thanks for listening and sharing! http://www.mrmedia.com/2012/10/republicans-dems-jesse-ventura-and-howard-stern-oh-my-2012-audio-interview/#.UHbY0VTfKYdALL NEW!! If you want a challenge, invite former wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse... more
We haven’t seen headlines like this in a long time. SNEAK ATTACK ON HAWAII! NIXON RESIGNS! KIM K. TO MAKE SEX TAPE WITH KANYE! ROMNEY TO EXECUTE BIG BIRD ON NATIONAL TV!
Come on, Mitt just launched one of his famous “zingers”. He even practiced them before the debate, although he probably cribbed this one from the snot jokes on his debate hanky. He didn’t mean he’d strap Big Bird to an altar, cut open his chest, and hold his still-beating faux-avian heart up as a sacrifice to the Goddess Ayn Rand. (Alternatively, Mitt could probably pitch him into a volcano too. I strongly suspect the asexual avian is a virgin.)We haven’t seen headlines like this in a long time. SNEAK ATTACK ON HAWAII!... more
It is from a lofty and secure perch that Paul Ryan tosses his pebbles of opinion, chipped from the sandstone of Ayn Rand, lamenting that America is crumbling amidst the growing dependence of families on government assistance. Ryan thinks that we are reaching the "moral and fiscal tipping points" of government spending, “We could become a society where the net majority of Americans are takers, not makers.” Paul Ryan helped create his mythical moral tipping point because he lives in the fog of Ayn Rand and Tea Party rhetoric. He helped create the fiscal tipping point by passing tax cuts and credits based on mythical economic theories.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=43541It is from a lofty and secure perch that Paul Ryan tosses his pebbles of opinion,... more
It wasn't exactly Nixon to China, but Mitt Romney repeated Wednesday night a promise he's made on the campaign trail -- that if he's elected he would defund PBS.
He told debate moderator Jim Lehrer, a PBS newscaster, that he likes both him and Big Bird, but he's not willing to "borrow from China" to subsidize public broadcasting.
"I'm sorry, Jim, I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I like you too," Romney said.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/03/romney-i-like-big-bird_n_1937922.html It... more
I hear this argument all of the time. ‘Politicians are all the same.’
They’re all corporate cronies.
Ralph Nader made this his election platform in 2000 and, with his 2% share of the vote, is actually what prevented Al Gore from being President.
What ‘Progressive’ voters fail to realize is that America IS a corporate country and that there is an enormous difference between Republicans and Democrats.
The biggest difference I see is Democrats are generous and Republicans are stingy.I hear this argument all of the time. ‘Politicians are all the same.’... more
Drudge Report Piles On 2007 Candidate Obama For Supporting Investment In Infrastructure & Small Business! Worse Still, His Accent!All the news unfit to print.
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/10/wow-romney-campaign-piles-on-2007.html#axzz277NLPFg6All the news unfit to print.... more
Why isn't the mainstream media digging into this story? -- You know that old paraphrase – “The man doth protest too much, methinks!” – well, in the case of voter fraud, that describes the Republican Party to a T – since they seem to be the only ones committing it.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=43312Why isn't the mainstream media digging into this story? -- You know that old... more
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan say they have a tax plan. According to the Associated Press, they want a 20 percent decrease in all income tax rates. Ryan says they'll pay for this tax reduction by limiting loopholes and deductions.
Only problem is, as the Obama campaign and others have noted, the Romney-Ryan ticket hasn't actually disclosed which loopholes and deductions they'll cut. (May I suggest they start with some of these?)
When pressed for reasons (by Fox News, no less) why they hadn't disclosed the specifics, Ryan, who is known for his (alleged) budgetary acumen, said this: "It would take me too long to go through all the math."
Well, then. Sounds good and trustworthy to me. Plus, who cares about taxes? Tell me more about how Obama will take away all of our guns.Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan say they have a tax plan. According to the Associated Press,... more
It's funny how most of these Republicans now sing Mittens' praises and swear he's what America needs.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=43209It's funny how most of these Republicans now sing Mittens' praises and swear... more