Archive for October 12th, 2011

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matthew shepard died 13 years ago today

Politicususa: … On October 7th, 1998, Matthew Shepard accepted a ride from Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson … they drove Matthew into the country, tied him to a fence post and beat him severely … they attacked Matthew because he was gay. They left him there in the cold dark, bleeding and unconscious until a cyclist found him, almost 18 hours later. Matthew died from his injuries on October 12th, 1998…

Eleven years after Matthew’s death, President Barack Obama signed into law The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Act … this bill makes it a federal crime to assault people based on their gender, sexual orientation and gender identity … Judy Shepard had visited President Obama in the Oval Office and he had made her a promise that this day would come. By signing The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Act into law, President Obama kept his promise to Matthew’s family.

…. I asked many people to share their memories of Matthew Shepard with me, including Captain Stephen Snyder-Hill … the Army officer who was booed at the Republican debate…

Joshua Snyder-Hill: … A year later I was taken to DC for my first equality event. I was still not out to my family or friends. The one thing I remember most were the people picketing the concert hall cheering Matthew’s death and celebrating it as a victory. I remember all my fear of coming out melted away. I had spent three days in DC seeing nothing but hope and activism until that moment; it was then and there I decided, I had to be part of the fight for equality. Matthew’s death and the energy behind it, made me want to be proud of who I was and show love conquered hate.

Full article here

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, 2009:

Rest in peace, Matthew Shepard

12
Oct
11

the day just keeps getting worse for mittens…..

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Oct
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a rock solid base

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now, now – don’t laugh

MSNBC: ….. Herman Cain now leads the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

…. the onetime frontrunner, Rick Perry, has plummeted to third place, dropping more than 20 percentage points since late August:

Cain 27, Romney 23, Perry 16, Paul 11, Gingrich 8, Bachmann 5, Huntsman 3, Santorum 1

In the previous survey, conducted in late August, Perry led the field at 38%, Romney stood at 23%, while Cain was at only 5%.

President Obama 46 v Romney 44 – President Obama 49 v Cain 38 – President Obama 51 v Perry 39

….. 78% of Democratic primary voters say they want their party to nominate Obama again as its 2012 presidential candidate. By comparison, in April 1995, 67% of Democrats said the same of Bill Clinton….

12
Oct
11

a diplomatic dinner

The presidential motorcade is parked as President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak have dinner at Woo Lae Oak, a Korean restaurant, in Vienna, Va.

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President Obama issued a statement Wednesday saluting the passage, by both the House and Senate, of trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama, as well as a measure designed to help American workers who subsequently lose their jobs:

“The landmark trade agreements and assistance for American workers that passed tonight are a major win for American workers and businesses. I’ve fought to make sure that these trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama deliver the best possible deal for our country, and I’ve insisted that we do more to help American workers who have been affected by global competition. Tonight’s vote, with bipartisan support, will significantly boost exports that bear the proud label “Made in America,” support tens of thousands of good-paying American jobs and protect labor rights, the environment and intellectual property. American automakers, farmers, ranchers and manufacturers, including many small businesses, will be able to compete and win in new markets. I look forward to signing these agreements, which will help achieve my goal of doubling American exports and keeping America competitive in the 21st century.”

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2009: The President displays his skills in the Korean martial art of taekwondo at the presidential office in Seoul. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak gave him a taekwondo uniform and black belt as a gift during his visit to the office for summit talks.

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“this fight will go on”

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Charles P. Pierce: …. The only unemployment problem that concerns congressional Republicans at the moment is the problem that Barack Obama is not yet unemployed … Not a single Republican senator voted for this thing….

All of these guys represent states with severe unemployment problems. All of these guys represent states with rotting sewer systems, unstable bridges, and crumbling schools …. Hey, Pat Toomey, congratulations for saving 35,000 Pennsylvania schools from the horrors of modernization. And Marco Rubio acted boldly to rescue Florida from $1.6 billion in highway repairs.

The Republicans, en masse, have decided that, in the interest of doing away with a Democratic president, they will decline even to discuss the most fundamental responsibility of government: keeping the damn country from falling apart. It was an altogether remarkable moment. The president should have known from the second his hand came off the Bible that the other party had no goal except making sure that he failed….

Full post here

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Mediaite

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Steve Benen: With Senate Democrats preparing to push individual votes on the component parts of the American Jobs Act, they do so knowing that the public is on their side.

….. In fact (in the latest NBC News poll), with 63% of Americans supporting the president’s jobs ideas, it appears that the only thing that’s more popular are tax increases on the rich – the NBC/WSJ found 64% believe it’s a “good idea” to ask the wealthy and corporations to pay more …. With poll numbers like these, is it any wonder Democrats intend to keep pushing forward on this?

Full post here

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James Bouie (The Nation): ….In the parallel world where political actors are held responsible for their actions, headlines would announce that Republicans – acting on mindless hostility to President Obama – kept more than $400 billion in needed stimulus (including $175 billion in tax cuts) from reaching the economy, leaving millions without assistance and pushing the country closer to a second recession.

As it stands, newspaper writers are content to leave Republicans off the hook for their relentless obstructionism. To wit, here’s the New York Times with a description of last night’s action in the Senate:

    In a major setback for President Obama, the Senate on Tuesday blocked consideration of his $447 billion jobs bill …. The legislation, announced with fanfare by the president at a joint session of Congress last month, fell short of the 60 needed to overcome procedural hurdles in the Senate.

This use of the passive voice might make sense if legislating were a game of Calvinball, and the AJA was blocked by a sudden and arbitrary new rule. But of course, that’s not what happened. The American Jobs Act failed because Senate Republicans chose to invoke the filibuster and raise the threshold for passage to sixty votes….

Since Obama entered office, media outlets – and newspapers especially – have obscured the locus of Congressional obstruction. The filibuster has become a routine part of Washington, and few people bother to note the extent to which its current use is ahistorical and unprecedented. This refusal to blame Republicans for their actions didn’t make sense to me then, and it doesn’t make sense to me now.

Full post here

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Oct
11

‘polling 100 occupy wall street protesters’

NY Mag: We polled 100 protesters ….

What do you think of Obama?

I believed in him, and he let me down: 40
He’s doing great: 1
I never believed in him: 27
He’s doing the best he can: 22

Did you vote in the 2010 midterm elections?

Yes: 39
No: 55
No, but only because I wasn’t 18: 5

Rank yourself on the following Scale of Liberalism:

Not liberal at all: 6
Liberal but fairly mainstream (i.e., Barack Obama): 3
Strongly liberal (i.e., Paul Krugman): 12
Fed up with Democrats, believe country needs overhaul (i.e., Ralph Nader): 41
Convinced the U.S. government is no better than, say, Al Qaeda (i.e., Noam Chomsky): 34

Full article here

Thanks Fred

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Oct
11

catching up…

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shifting with the political winds…..

TPM: And so it begins. On a press call Wednesday, David Axelrod took direct aim at Mitt Romney, signalling that Obama’s campaign is ready to engage with the man most see as the likely Republican nominee…

To take on Romney, Axelrod used an old saw: The man is a flip-flopper, he told reporters. …. “I know Gov. Perry has made some halting efforts to do that in debates, but he hasn’t exactly gotten the gun out of the holster,” Axelrod said. “So I wouldn’t exactly say that Gov. Romney has been scrutinized to the degree that he will or he should.”

…. Axelrod said that Romney’s been pretty good so far at shifting with the political winds. “I will give him this: he is as vehement and as strong in his convictions when he takes one position as he is when he takes the diametrically opposite position. And that is something that in the short-term you can get rewarded for.”

But in the long run, Romney’s past will come back to haunt him. “George Burns once said, ‘all you need to succeed in show business is sincerity and if you can fake that you’ve got it made.’ And there’s something to that in politics as well,” Axelrod said. “But I don’t think you can do that in a presidential campaign. Ultimately people want to know who you are, what you believe and what you’re willing to stand for.”

Full post here

Thank you Loriah

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Oct
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joining forces

Thank you Me4Obama 😉




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