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Profits from the Koch Brothers’ Iranian Treason Pay Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck
For the right price, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck will endorse an ideology on the air without disclosing their financial relationship to the “ideology”.
Mitt Romney: The Jury’s Still Out On Why Those Guys Were Booing After The Gay Soldier Spoke
Mitt Romney took a hard break from his Republican opponents for the presidential nomination in an interview with a New Hampshire newspaper Monday.
Unlike much of the rest of the GOP field, Romney’s not ready to condemn the booing of a gay soldier at the last debate.
Other candidates have said it was wrong for members of the audience at the debate in Orlando to boo when Army Capt. Stephen Hill asked if he’d still be allowed to serve openly if any of the Republicans on stage booed. Some candidates have even said they wish they had said something at the debate instead of standing silent when the boos came.
“You’d have to look at it,” he told the New Hampshire Union-Leader, according to the Wall Street Journal. “I don’t know when they booed, and I don’t know why people booed. I will tell you that the boos and the applause has not always coincided with my own views.”
Democrats have seized on the silence from the GOP field to rally their base. At the HRC dinner the other night, President Obama called out the GOP field for not speaking up.
“We don’t believe in the kind of smallness that says it’s okay for a stage full of political leaders — one of whom could end up being the president of the United States — being silent when an American soldier is booed. We don’t believe in that,” Obama said.
Romney is a snake!! (with all due respect for snakes) It doesn’t matter why they booed, as POTUS said, “If you want to be CIC”, you have to stand up for the troops. I don’t think the repugs will be able to count on automatic votes from the military in this election, none of them show any concern for the troops.
Will check this out, thanks Chips & Nintendo~
Just received an email that said Christie will speak at 1:00 PM ET today.. I’m guessing he’ll run.. ones the same as the other imo.. and then there were 10… Clowns.
BWAHAHAHAHA…. “And then there were 10…clowns” Couldn’t have said it better. 😆 😆 😆 Run! Christie. Run! It won’t be PBO that chases you away. The GOPTeabaggers and rightwingers will run you from the stage once they hear that you support a very strict gun control policy, were once pro-choice; then flipped like Romney when it became politically expedient, believe in evolution, supported civil unions. I could go on and on and on.
He also has the little problem of kissing up to the Koch Bros. He was one of those gov.s and others who slipped away to attend the Koch Bros. “secret” retreat. His great company there included Pres. candidate Rick Perry, Va. Gov. McDonnell. Fl. Medicare Fraudster Scott, Limbaugh, Beck, Cantor, Cornyn, DeMint and maybe most disturbing, Supreme Ct. justices Thomas and Scalia. Corruption all over the place.
I don’t think he’ll run. He simply doesn’t have time to mount a serious endeavor that will lead to a campaign. Koch will certainly throw money at him, but this is not a grassroots calling. It’s pure circus media-driven drivel. He’ll say no and keep everyone interested in his bloviating. Either way, we’ll be hearing a lot more from him. UGH.
Rick Perry once defended Confederate symbols
Awesome, Chips. Thanks for putting it in the margin for us.
After presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said on Saturday that he would send American troops to Mexico to fight the drug cartels, Mexican officials fired back at Perry, firmly rejecting the idea. Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan said his country has long opposed having U.S. troops in Mexico and that the idea “is not on the table.”
Rick Perry Wants to Send the Military into Mexico to Fight Drugs
Perry: Send U.S. troops to Mexico to fight drug wars
Perry Tries To Deflect His Pro-Immigrant Past By Attacking Health Care And Education For Poor Immigrants
Perry’s adopted the garbled position of defending his past humanity toward undocumented immigrants while simultaneously trying to demonstrate to Republican primary voters that he, too, wants to ensure that undocumented immigrants have as few rights as possible. Perry recently noted that he supported Arizona’s right to pass its draconian immigration law (a move Perry opposed last year), opposed driver’s licenses for undocumented migrants, and even advocated sending American troops into Mexico to fight the drug war.
Perry went further on Saturday, however. Discussing immigration with a constituent in Hampton, Perry returned to his signature tactic — blaming his state’s insufficiently harsh immigration policies on the feds:
We have for decades had a federal government that has absolutely failed in its constitutional duty to defend our borders. That is why Arizona has had to pass laws that it passed, and I supported their right to do that when the federal government sued them. I’m a governor, I don’t have the pleasure of standing on the stage and criticizing. I have to deal with these issues. I have to deal with real time, real issues. The federal government forces us to give health care to individuals in our state, regardless of their legal status. The federal government forces us to school young men and women, regardless of their immigration status.
Despite Perry’s assertion to the contrary, it’s not the “federal government” that forces Texas to give undocumented children an education, it’s the Constitution.
Moreover, undocumented immigrants enjoy only minimal access to health care under federal law. They are generally ineligible for Medicaid or CHIP
— although they can thank Ronald Reagan for signing the federal law that requires emergency rooms to stabilize all patients regardless of legal status.
Strangely, Perry’s complaint about being “forced” to give young children an education and give sick people health care, “regardless of their immigration status,” preceded a thoughtful, progressive argument in favor of giving in-state tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants.
Given Perry’s verbal contortions on the issue of immigration, the question remains: is Perry the governor with tolerance and compassion for undocumented immigrants (and especially their children), or is Perry the presidential candidate who complains about being forced them give health care and primary education? Will the real Rick Perry please stand up?
VIDEO : Mitt Romney Explains Why Health Insurance Lends Itself To The Individual Mandate
Mitt Romney doubled down on his claims that the Heritage Foundation and Newt Gingrich originated the concept of the individual mandate during an interview with the editor & publisher of the Union Leader yesterday. He also made a strong case for the individual mandate and rebuffed Republican claims that requiring people to purchase health care coverage will lead to further government intrusion:
ROMNEY: There are a lot of responsibilities that people have. Someone might say, ‘look I’m just going to expect the government to feed me.’ No, you got a responsibility to feed yourself. You’ve got the wherewithal to feed yourself and care for yourself, you can’t just expect the government to give you free food. We pretty much do insist on people to care for themselves. What’s unusual about health is that an individual says, ‘I’m well, but if I fall into a coma, or get cancer or heart attack, the cost of that treatment is so much larger than my ability to pay, that I can’t care for myself unless I have something like insurance that will cover that exceptional burden.’
Romney makes the case for a mandate
I have been in despair over the fact that politics over governance seems to be the Republican mantra, but I have some evidence that even Republicans are sickened by what their party is doing to this country.
Recent family problems threw me into the belly of the beast. My extended family is made up of quite a few Republicans, but I had the odd experience of seeing dissension in the ranks. It began when my nephew announced to his grandmother that he was no longer a Republican because he viewed the party as “anti-knowledge, anti-science.” When my mother expressed her shock and horror to his mother, my sister announced that she too did not consider herself a Republican any more due to the ugly tone of the last few years.
This trend in my family cannot yet be seen as support for our President. However, they all admitted that they found no one in their current crop of candidates to compare in intelligence, compassion, and humanity to our President. I am wondering if anyone else is hearing of this kind of sea change . I figure it opens up a real possibility that numbers of Republicans, if not actually considering switching parties, may “sit this one out” over sheer disgust in what has happened to the GOP.
Absolutely! Exhibit A…MY DAD! He thinks they are PATHETIC and is questioning why on earth he ever voted for them. He lives in FL….Mr. Scott and his antics really brought that up close and personal to him! I’ll be working on him:)
Yes, I think things are starting to shake out in our favor, too. Jobs are slowly coming back, people are really starting to understand how corporate greed is responsible for most of our misery, and they GOP candidates are out there trying to get people excited about destroying that little bit of the middle class that still exists. It’s not going to work. President Obama will destroy any Republican candidate they send to the debates. Occupy Wall Street will continue to grow, and more people are going to wake up. I’m getting excited.
Welcome news, Brian! 😆 Were you smiling inside as the scenario unfolded, or sighing in relief? In the President’s words, we need to build ‘brick by brick’. and as your example shows, building HAS started, no matter what the pundits and faux-journalists say. I don’t doubt that more families like yours are beginning to notice (or admit there is) a widening crack in the Republican framework. Better late than never, I think. 🙂
Here is the conclusion from an August 20 blog post that I find really apropos –
” The true key to helping people soften their attitude regarding the President is respect. There is precious little of it online, but we are in a position to change that, and we have no better role model than the very President we support. Anyone who works with voters on a regular basis will happily remind us all, that people in the online communities that follow politics are potential voters. As someone who has knocked on some doors and spoken directly with voters in person, I can tell you that the only way to promote the President is by making ourselves people who show everyone respect, especially those who disagree with us. We need to ask ourselves this: if we knock on a stranger’s door would we call that person to their face a moron, or make a barnyard reference to their sexuality if that stranger told us they didn’t support the President? If we won’t disregard the feelings of a total stranger in real life, why do we do it online? Why are we willing to create the impression that people who support the President don’t listen, are rude, mean, treat people poorly, etc.? That kind of behavior alienates people and keeps them from giving support to the one person for whom we want to secure a vote.
Now is the time for us to begin the practice of treating our fellow voters how we ourselves wish to be treated.”
Part of my inner wish/prayer is to see us begin the PRACTICE WITHIN OUR BLOG FAMILY HERE. Making a daily effort not to call these voters ‘morons’, ‘stupid’ or ‘make a barnyard reference to their sexuality’ etc would be a step towards holding out a hand to encourage them to look more closely at the President.
Our TOD family continuously provide EXCELLENT information! Should you invite your nephew or your sister here I would hope they could access this information, have their eyes opened further, without feeling uncomfortable, or without having negative stereotypes about us reinforced. Yes I know this is a frequent refrain of mine, and I suspect I might (you think, VC?) be annoying, however, I feel strongly that as members of this family who really want PBO to succeed, avoiding name calling is an easy sacrifice to make to potentially garner an extra vote, or two. After all, as we’ve said it often enough, everyone here knows how we feel about the behaviour on the right. We have gotten the pejoratives out of our system – or let’s pretend that we have when we post. 😉 Let’s continue to call the hypocrisy/lies out by all means, but let’s do it in the manner of our model, President Obama. He unfailingly confronts the lies, he is never rude or overtly insulting, AND he is always truthful. Whatever words he says behind his opponents’ back, he is more than willing to say before their faces. As we have said here before, that’s a POWERFUL model! It time for us to start using it HERE, IMO.
[Never intended to say so much when I started, 😦 but it flowed. We have an EXCELLENT site here thanks to Chipsticks. I just really, really wish that as a family we commenters will position our tone so that we can be maximally effective. I’m not asking that we toady up to republicans. That’s not who we are here. I’m asking that we daily PRACTISE pushing back against ‘the crazy’ in a respectful tone. After all, practice is supposed to make perfect, and pushing back respectfully gives us opportunities to be, in the words of our sister blogger, the only adult(s) in the room’.]
Okay, VC, stop! Go away! [I’m gone to read the other entries. 😉 ]
Thank you, VC. Very well said. We all need reminders to tone it down. I like your comment about making sure this is a place we can invite other to visit without worrying they’ll become uncomfortable. Respect is everything.
Excellent VC, just excellent. I’m going to take your advice and take a deep breath before I rant next time. You’re absolutely right, we need to be better than the vile Fire/Teabaggers …… uh oh, see? I did it again 😳 🙂
But yeah, no matter how hard it is (and it is SO hard), we probably need to take a lead from the man we support and try to be civil. Or a bit civil any way. Thanks VC.
My best friend and former co-worker’s husband voted republican for years, but after BO became POTUS, he began paying closer attention to them–their covert and blatant racism and their shilling for corporations and the richest Americans, and he said it made him sick to his stomach, and embarrassed. He left the party. I guess he’d been so busy working that he didn’t really have time to pay attention to them until after he retired, and when he did, he was appalled. I have a former student who told me that she doesn’t know what is wrong with the republicans. I’m pretty certain she is a conservative, but the last time we talked, she had a lot of negative things to say about the republicans and some good things to say about PBO. The republicans are being led further to the right by the tea partiers, and they’ve left the moderate republicans standing by the wayside. I guess they figure they don’t need them if their voter suppression tactics are successful and they can get out the hardcore TP vote.
VIDEO: Romney Can’t Bring Himself To Condemn Jeering Of Gay Soldier
Mitt Romney couldn’t bring himself to condemn the booing of a gay soldier serving in Iraq during an interview with the the editor and publisher of the Union Leader yesterday
The former Massachusetts governor admitted that he heard the audience jeering the soldier — who was asking the candidates about the recent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — at last month’s GOP debate, but said, “I have not made it my practice to say, I disagree with this person, I agree with that person”:
ROMNEY: I don’t recall whether this soldier, whether people were booing his question or just booing…
UNION LEADER: They booed as soon as he identified as a gay person.
ROMNEY: You have to look at that. I don’t know when they booed and I don’t know why they booed. But I will tell you, that the boos and applause hasn’t always coincided with my own views, but I haven’t stepped in to try and say, ‘this one is right, this one is wrong.’ Instead, I focus on the things I think I will say.
UNION LEADER: I ask because Herman Cain over the weekend was asked about it and he said in effect that he should have criticized whoever was booing in the audience.
ROMNEY: That’s…I understand his thoughts.
Romney on booing gay soldier
Jim Daly bearing false witness, CNN giving him platform to do so
Chips, thanks for adding this little “treasure trove” to the blogroll….:)
It’s a brilliant desertflower, isn’t it? Thanks again to nintendowii10 for the link 😉
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has missed 150 votes in the House since announcing her candidacy for president
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has missed 150 votes in the House since announcing her candidacy for president, according to data gathered by Congressional Quarterly. That figure represents nearly half of all House votes held since June 13. Bachmann missed every vote held in September. The last time she cast a vote? August 1.
Admittedly, that’s no real loss, there.
I hope someone here can clarify a couple of things for me: These trade deals before Congress.. are they the same deals POTUS has said that he wants passed? I ask because the AFL-CIO has been pushing (via twitter) to Vote NO on the three trade deals with Korea, Columbia & Panama- calling them ‘job killing’ deals. I don’t see POTUS pushing for anything that kills jobs.. so are there other trade deals in the works that he’s pushing for??
I assume the unions are afraid this opens the door for companys to move jobs to these countries…what union jobs are left in america. From what I am reading, the President wants to open up these trade deals so that american companies, small business, can SELL to these countries, american goods. This was the same premise that Bill Clinton had when he opened up trade deals for China , Mexico, and other countries in which american companies got the green light to move jobs out of the country. Until we have a congress that will make sure it does not give countries more benefits to ship jobs out, then I think I would be more for it.
thanks JoJo… here is the email I just received from the AFL-CIO:
You don’t hear from me often. I spend most of my time on Capitol Hill, meeting with members of Congress, making the voices of working people heard in front of lawmakers and educating them about what’s important.
But today, I have a really important favor to ask of you. It will take about three minutes: I need you to pick up the phone and call 1-800-718-1008 right now to stop three unfair trade deals.
The Korea agreement is the largest offshoring deal of its kind since NAFTA. If enacted, it likely will displace 159,000 U.S. jobs, mostly in manufacturing. And its glaring loopholes would allow unscrupulous businesses to import illegally labeled goods from China and possibly even from sweatshops in North Korea—potentially without any tariffs at all.
In Colombia, one trade unionist is murdered almost every week and almost none of the murderers is brought to justice. In 2010, 51 trade unionists were assassinated in Colombia—more than in the rest of the world combined. So far in 2011, another 22 have been killed, despite Colombia’s heralded “Labor Action Plan.” Would we reward a country where 51 CEOs were killed last year?
And the Panama agreement has many of the problems of the other two deals, like deregulating big banks and letting foreign investors bypass U.S. health, safety, labor and environmental laws. Panama is also a tax haven: a place where tax-dodging, money-laundering millionaires and billionaires hide their money.
I’ve done everything I can to try and get through to President Obama and leaders in Congress to stop these trade agreements behind the scenes. But it looks like many of our leaders in Washington—both Democrats and Republicans—are siding with corporate lobbyists instead of learning from the experience of working Americans.
For years, lobbyists have promised politicians that new trade agreements would lead to job creation and greater prosperity for our country. The “jobs” argument gives politicians a convenient excuse to push these agreements—which are good for the mega-rich but terrible for the vast majority of Americans. It’s sad, but not surprising, that many of our leaders in Washington are parroting these corporate talking points—and even are claiming these agreements will help solve America’s jobs crisis.
But what workers actually have experienced from new trade agreements is horrible. They have caused a devastation of our manufacturing sector, more outsourcing of service-sector jobs and a growing trade deficit that leaves us more and more in debt to the rest of the world.
Working people know the reality of these trade agreements better than corporate lobbyists—and Congress needs to listen. Please call 1-800-718-1008 right now.
Since it looks like a majority of our leaders are siding with lobbyists, I need your help to make sure Congress hears the voices of working people.
We’ve organized a national call-in day today to stop these unfair trade deals. Please pick up the phone and make your voice heard right now. Again, the number to call is: 1-800-718-1008.
Thank you for your help.
Legislative Director, AFL-CIO
It is kind of a thorny issue, isn’t it? On the plus side, it looks like Congress may actually toughen up on countries that devalue their currency–basically China. That’s really a big reason for our trade deficit with them and othe rplaces. If that were to be balanced out, perhaps we would be competing on a more level playing field.
I think we have seen very clearly that Romney will never stand up for anything. He doesn’t have a backbone. He will waffle, and wiggle, and play games until he goes down in defeat. He has no principles, no underlying core of beliefs. He will always bend to whatever he thinks is popular and will get him votes. Can you imagine him having the guts to order the shooting of the Somali pirates, or order the raid to get bin Laden….or anything that requires nerve and calmness. NO! He is a jellyfish and just moves with the tide. The longer he is in the race, the more this will be seen, even through the mainstream media filter. This is one reason he hardly ever gets above 25% in approval polls, even by Republicans.
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