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Mitt Romney himself confirmed how shallow, disconnected and cartoonish he really is during an interview with Politico where the candidate quoted Popeye no less than three times to explain why he has a likability problem with the public, saying, “I am what I am.”
http://veracitystew.com/?p=41625Mitt Romney himself confirmed how shallow, disconnected and cartoonish he really is... more
There are times when the level of inconsequential minutiae in politics turns into, well, a bitch session.
Last Sunday Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts wrote about the kookie nature of the Arizona legislature. In it she said, “To dekook Arizona, start with the state Republican Party.” GOP donor, Kathy Petsas, agreed, saying her party has “been hijacked” and should be wrenched back from ideologues.There are times when the level of inconsequential minutiae in politics turns into,... more
With over a thousand protesters heading to the site of the 2012 Bilderberg Group meeting, Bilderberg insiders are becoming increasingly concerned at how the spectacle will impact their much cherished desire for secrecy, according to our sources
As we divulged earlier this month, Alex Jones has developed two sources who have intimate connections with the Bilderberg Group, the shadowy organization set to meet this week at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles hotel in Chantilly, Virginia.
The sources, one of whom was able to relate that the code name for this year’s confab is the “Palm Tree Conference,” tell us that Bilderberg’s inner circle has become irate in recent days over having to beef their security preparations in anticipation of record numbers of demonstrators.
Bilderberg is also fuming over the significant amount of press coverage they have received before the conference has even started, most notably a Politico article that highlighted an Infowars.com story about Florida Senator Marco Rubio being a Bilderberg favorite for Romney’s VP.
Bilderberg has worked for over 50 years to keep the details of their meetings private, but this year’s confab promises to deliver a deluge of revelations about the group’s agenda, a threat that has Bilderberg running scared.
Bilderberg’s attitude towards those who rail against the group’s underhanded influence on world affairs is notoriously elitist. During the 2010 conference in Spain, London Guardian journalist Charlie Skelton overheard Bilderberg organizers complain about the fact that people had “enough income” to be able to travel and protest against Bilderberg.
These demonstrators represented a “permanent threat” to Bilderberg and their presence was “very scary” to Bilderberg attendees, according to the conversation overheard by Skelton.
Given how Bilderberg members were confronted during last year’s meeting in St. Moritz, Switzerland, don’t expect the attendees to be taking any “nature walks” this time around.
In addition to the Politico piece, the Drudge Report, which drives more news traffic than Twitter and Facebook combined, has already posted a poll asking readers if they believe Bilderberg represents a gathering of “the real power masters,” the majority of whom clearly think so.
Bilderberg organizers are stuck between a rock and a hard place because while they want protesters to be kept well away from the hotel, footage of police cracking heads would represent a public relations nightmare for an organization that loathes the spotlight, which is why security is normally kept as low key as possible....
http://www.infowars.com/bilderberg-concerned-over-mass-protests/With over a thousand protesters heading to the site of the 2012 Bilderberg Group... more
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17° edizione della fiera Nazionale del Commercio Equo e Solidale. Da venerdì 30 settembre a domenica 2 ottobre a Reggio Emilia, ingresso gratuito. Tre giorni per conoscere "l'equo" come relazione, modo di porsi verso la vita e i consumi indipendentemente dall’origine geografica dei prodotti che si acquistano, per comperare con coscienza, con consapevolezza per rendere il nostro fare un gesto politico.17° edizione della fiera Nazionale del Commercio Equo e Solidale. Da... more
By Michael Cohen:
It remains to be seen whether Donald Trump will officially run for president. But whatever his decision, one thing is clear: His political effort so far may be the most racist and xenophobic on the campaign trail in some time.
Trump is not only directing coded racial barbs at President Barack Obama, he is aiming his rhetorical guns on those he describes as scheming foreigners as well. Scarily, Trump’s words seem to be contributing to his growing popularity in a Republican Party increasingly dominated by, and dependent on, white voters.
Thrump’s rhetoric comes at a time when the two parties are divided along racial lines. According to recent polling, nearly 90 percent of GOP voters are non-Hispanic whites. In the 2010 midterms, 60 percent of whites cast a Republican congressional ballot — the party’s highest percentage of that vote in modern exit polling.
While the Democratic share among non-white voters shrank in 2010, it exceeded 70 percent — a number likely to increase when Obama is on the ticket in 2012. When it comes to questions about Obama’s performance or the role of government, the racial divide is even more striking.
At the same time, polls suggest that, more than other Americans, voters sympathetic to the tea party movement are more likely to hold “racially resentful” views of minorities.
Trump is staking his populist claim against this backdrop. He began by openly questioning Obama’s place of birth. Trump’s entry into the birther controversy helped rocket his presidential bid to prominence.
As David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker suggests, the issue of Obama’s citizenship, which is doubted by more than six in 10 GOP voters, represents a concerted effort “to arouse a fear of the Other.” It is an unsubtle effort to foster the notion that the president, a black man born of an African father, is somehow not “one of us.”
It’s taken nearly three years for the media to label the birther nonsense a racially motivated accusation, which is remarkable.
But even after the president released his long-form birth certificate Wednesday, Trump continued his attacks — calling on the president to release his college records. Trump insisted he has “heard” that Obama was a “terrible student.” “How,” Trump wondered, “does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?”
It doesn’t take a political genius to figure out the coded implications of this argument — Obama had benefited from affirmative action. After all, how else could a bad student who happens to be black get into Ivy League schools?
This is only one toxic element of Trump’s message. His attacks on foreigners are worse because he doesn’t bother to speak in code. Trump has a xenophobic explanation for the stagnant U.S. economy and persistently high unemployment: Non-white foreigners are trying to “screw” us.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), dominated by Muslim nations, is “laughing at us,” Trump insists, and will raise oil prices to “suck the blood out of any [economic] recovery.”
Depending on what day of the week it is, China is either “raping,” “screwing” or “decimating” the United States. According to Trump, the Chinese make “lousy” products, steal American jobs and manipulate their currency to gain advantage over the United States.
The only reason, Trump insists, that China is beating the United States is that its “leaders are smarter,” bringing his accusations about Obama’s alleged scholastic underperformance into a unified field theory of racial determinism.
Trump, in a speech Friday in Las Vegas, even resorted to a faux “Asian” accent — “We would like very much to sign contract. You are a wonderful, wonderful trading partner” — to mock South Korea for playing hardball in trade negotiations while receiving U.S. military assistance.
Trump complained in similar terms about Iraqis’ supposed lack of appreciation for the war fought on their soil. “We won the war,” Trump said. “We take over the oilfields. We use the oil.” In Trump’s world, this is “reimbursement” for liberating the Iraqi people from Saddam Hussein.
Trump’s populist rhetoric offers an easy way to deal with recalcitrant or uppity foreign leaders or others who don’t appreciate U.S. largess: A strong president who can knock some sense into countries that fail to show deference.
In calling for new tariffs on China, Trump asserted he “would tell China that you’re either going to shape up or I’m going to tax you at 25 percent for all the products you send into this country.”
When it comes to Saudi Arabia and the recent jump in gas prices, Trump is even less subtle. The problem, as he diagnosed it, is that “nobody in Washington sits back and says, ‘You’re not gonna raise that f***ing price, you understand me?’”
Clearly, Trump seems to have said that Obama can’t do this because he’s not very smart, he’s too weak and he might be one of “them.”
While Trump may not grasp how international diplomacy is conducted, his language seems to play well in the cheap seats.
Considering that Trump’s entire “campaign” feels like a public relations effort to attract attention to himself and his television program, “Celebrity Apprentice,” it’s hard to take his presidential plans too seriously.
Yet he is having a sizable impact. On Wednesday, the president released his long-form birth certificate — an event for which Trump happily took credit. Trump’s climbing poll numbers also suggest that his populist rhetoric resonates among Republicans.
At a time of economic uncertainty and dislocation, Trump’s blame game may strike a nerve among Americans looking for a scapegoat. His rhetoric could have a lasting impact, regardless of whether he runs for president, and risks driving the GOP nomination contest — and the nation’s politics — into dangerously divisive territory.
In the end, it’s unimaginable that Trump could ever win the White House. But when a wannabe populist politician, using racist and xenophobic language, rises to the top of the list of GOP presidential aspirants, every American should be concerned.
Michael Cohen is the author of “Live From the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped Modern America.”By Michael Cohen:
It remains to be seen whether Donald Trump will officially run... more
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) says President Barack Obama did not have the constitutional authority to order U.S. forces to participate in an attack on Libya.
In a conference call with other liberal lawmakers Saturday, Kucinich asked why the U.S. missile strikes were not impeachable offenses, according to two Democratic lawmakers who spoke to Politico.
The U.S. unleashed a barrage of strikes against the Libyan regime's air defenses over the weekend, but ruled out using ground troops in what Obama called a "limited military action."
After taking a cautious stance on armed intervention in Libya's civil war, Obama ordered the attacks citing the threat posed to civilians by Moamer Kadhafi's forces and a UN-mandated no-fly zone endorsed by Arab countries.
"We must be clear: actions have consequences, and the writ of the international community must be enforced," Obama told reporters while on an official visit to Brazil Saturday.
"We are answering the calls of a threatened people. And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world," he said, stressing that Washington was acting in concert "with a broad coalition."
Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Mike Capuano (D-MA), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rob Andrews (D-NJ), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) "all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president's actions" during the conference call, a source told Politico.
Kucinich also released a statement on his website Friday questioning the constitutionality of the president's actions.
"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation," he insisted.
"While the action is billed as protecting the civilians of Libya, a no-fly-zone begins with an attack on the air defenses of Libya and Qaddafi forces. It is an act of war. The president made statements which attempt to minimize U.S. action, but U.S. planes may drop U.S. bombs and U.S. missiles may be involved in striking another sovereign nation. War from the air is still war."
"Congress should be called back into session immediately to decide whether or not to authorize the United States’ participation in a military strike. If it does not, the action of the President is contrary to U.S. Constitution. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution clearly states that the United States Congress has the power to declare war. The President does not. That was the Founders’ intent," the Ohio congressman added.
"The last thing we need is to be embroiled in yet another intervention in another Muslim country. The American people have had enough. First it was Afghanistan, then Iraq. Then bombs began to fall in Pakistan, then Yemen, and soon it seems bombs could be falling in Libya. Our nation simply cannot afford another war, economically, diplomatically or spiritually," Kucinich concluded.
Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader also said the president was committing "war crimes" in the attack against Libya.
"Why don't we say what's on the minds of many legal experts; that the Obama administration is committing war crimes and if Bush should have been impeached, Obama should be impeached," Nader told Democracy Now! Thursday.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/03/21/kucinich-obama-could-be-impeached-for-attacking-libya/Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) says President Barack Obama did not have the... more
GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of San Diego has fired his spokesman amid allegations that he improperly shared e-mails with a New York Times reporter working on a book about the Washington political world.GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of San Diego has fired his spokesman amid allegations that he... more
Politico reports that more than "a dozen blue states turned purple between 2008 and 2010, Gallup found in its analysis of party affiliations in daily tracking polls." Based on "the party affiliations that people provided to pollsters, 14 states were considered solidly Democratic in 2010, with Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents outweighing Republicans by at least 10 percentage points," down from 24 in 2009 and 30 in 2008. However, this has not "necessarily brought a windfall to the GOP," because in 2010, "five states were solidly Republican and another five leaned Republican."
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49908.htmlPolitico reports that more than "a dozen blue states turned purple between 2008... more
It looks like the corporate media may soon use Byron Williams to demonize the Tea Party movement. Earlier today the Associated Press reported that the man who confronted police and ended up in a pitched gun battle on Interstate 580 in Oakland, California, had it out for the ACLU and Tides Foundation. “Oakland police Officer Jeff Thomason says Byron Williams was upset with the ACLU and Tides Foundation for their left-leaning political views.”
The Tides Foundation is funded in part by George Soros’ Open Society Institute. It is a high level globalist operation that also gets cash from AT&T, ChevronTexaco, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Verizon, and Bill and Melinda Gates. It has partnered with the Ford Foundation and the World Health Organization. The Ford Foundation has a history of collaboration with the CIA. It is said that Soros has donated more than $5 million to the ACLU since 1998.
On Sunday, it was reported that a Soros-funded group with close links to the Obama administration has called for the FCC to investigate both talk radio and cable television news. “The organization, calling itself Free Press, claims media companies are engaging in “hate speech” because a disproportionate number of radio and cable-news networks are owned by non-minorities,” writes Aaron Klein for WorldNetDaily.
“Hate has seemingly emerged as a profit-model for many radio programs syndicated throughout the country, because only a few companies own the majority of the radio stations nationally,” the group declares.
A San Francisco Chronicle blogger going by the name Zennie62 writes today that the suspected shooter in Oakland was a Tea Party sympathizer.
“Byron Williams… hated left-wing politicians and had on a bullet-proof vest. In other words, a Tea Party sympathizer,” he writes. “That he was on the Oakland stretch of I-580 may have been no accident, considering Oakland’s a hot bed of left-wing political activity. Byron Williams also reads (sic) like a Tea Party sympathizer, and not exactly the warm and fuzzy kind. More like the kind that wants to harm you if you disagree with him.” He then compares Williams to Joe Stack and Mark Williams of the Republican-dominated Tea Party Express. Zennie62 says Williams is a racist because he disagreed with the NAACP’s resolution calling the Tea Party movement racist.
The “GOP and the Tea Party, and its extremist expressions of hate for liberal politics are in a way responsible for encouraging the actions of i-580 Shooter (now he has a title) Byron Williams, and for Joe Stack too,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle blogger. “The GOP better look at itself and start being part of the solution, because it and Fox News are helping to produce domestic terrorists at an alarming rate. Republicans can’t just ignore the Tea Party Express, it must totally repudiate it, and the actions of its most hateful members.”
Obviously, Mr. Zennie62 has not done his homework. The Tea Party Express is closely aligned with the GOP Borg Collective. “The self-described grassroots activists in Tea Party Patriots and the American Liberty Alliance see the Tea Party Express as a sham organization, using the political heft of the movement to push a bland, partisan Republican agenda,” writes David Weigel for the Washington Independent.
According to Politico, the Tea Party Express is a creature of the establishment Republican consulting firm Russo Marsh + Rogers.It looks like the corporate media may soon use Byron Williams to demonize the Tea... more
This special feature focuses not only on the biggest liars of the online media, Factcheck and Politifact, but also the "fact-check" wannabes like Politico and Snopes. They have two things in common - (1) all of them THINK the American public is colossally stupid and gullible, and (2) they are all shilling for the Liar-In-Chief. Trouble is, more than half of the country NOW KNOW they have been betrayed - by gangster politicians and their equally corrupt and complicit media. Whatever it takes, we need to convince them to quit their day jobs.
Much More at the Link.........
http://beforeitsnews.com/story/100/471/Pay_Attention_Politico;_FRAUD_IN_THE_USA._Special_Feature:_Hail_to_the_Cheats.htmlThis special feature focuses not only on the biggest liars of the online media,... more
Fox News continues to tell the American public that thanks to the "surge" the Iraq War is over. Nothing could be further from the truth as witnessed by a large explosion today inside the Green Zone where Vice President Biden and his wife were meeting Iraqi officials.
http://tiny.cc/7di11Fox News continues to tell the American public that thanks to the "surge"... more
The Kanye-VMA-a-thon doth continue. Earlier today I opined the potential for social media chatter on Twitter to translate into the perfect storm for TV ratings, and Josh Heller tracked the lightning speed with which a meme was born in the brave new Twitter world over on the Current Comedy blog.
Well, it would appear that Obama fired back at Kanye this afternoon, but his comment was not exactly ready for prime time. The Huffington Post reports:
During a CNBC interview on Monday, President Obama called hip-hop artist Kanye West a "jackass" over his behavior at the MTV Video Music Awards.
But, the plot thickens. Obama's comment was made during an off-air portion of an interview with CNBC. ABC reporter Terry Moran jumped all over that bad boy quip, quickly tweeting it out to his 1,063,505 followers before deleting his post and issuing a retraction/apology for the gaffe.
Their retraction reads:
In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview. This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again.
So, here's a lesson to keep in mind regardless of the immediacy social media provides: the Internets are forever.
Shana of Current Music ponders the pop-culturization of performance art in Lady Gaga's VMA stage show
The Kanye-VMA-a-thon doth continue. Earlier today I opined the potential for social... more
Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif), Speaker of the House, told Democrat members to prepare for an historic vote next week on Health Care Reform. President Obama has postponed his trip to the Far East.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34335.htmlNancy Pelosi, (D-Calif), Speaker of the House, told Democrat members to prepare for an... more
Wonder if Glenn Beck knows this about Eric Massa? Beck is going to devote his whole hour on Tuesday (tonight) to an interview with Massa.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34146.htmlWonder if Glenn Beck knows this about Eric Massa? Beck is going to devote his whole... more
Jim Bunning Repeatedly Blocks Unemployment Benefits Extension, Tells Dem ‘Tough Shit’
Jim Bunning, a Republican from Kentucky, is single-handedly blocking Senate action needed to prevent an estimated 1.2 million American workers from prematurely losing their unemployment benefits next month.
Click here to see the Full VIDEO of Sen. Jim Bunning saying "Tough Shit" to Democrats....http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/video-jim-bunning-repeatedly-blocks-unemployment-benefits-extension-tells-dem-tough-shit/
As Democratic senators asked again and again for unanimous consent for a vote on a 30-day extension Thursday night, Bunning refused to go along.
And when Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) begged him to drop his objection, Politico reports, Bunning replied: “Tough shit.”Jim Bunning Repeatedly Blocks Unemployment Benefits Extension, Tells Dem ‘Tough... more