Archive for September 1st, 2012

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Sep
12

Heads Up: President Obama in Sioux City

Bob Roe’s Point After Pizza and Lounge, Sioux City

7:30 (STARTED EARLY): President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Morningside College, Sioux City

C-Span * CNN * UStream * CBS 1 * CBS 2

(Not sure if there’s live coverage at all these links, but give them a try)

It’s started early – go to CBS link!

01
Sep
12

They came in their thousands….

Urbandale, Iowa, September 1

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Forward to about 52 minutes to see the introduction and speech

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7:30: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Morningside College, Sioux City

01
Sep
12

Heads Up: President Obama in Urbandale, Iowa

‘The waiting line to get into the rally for Pres. Obama in Urbandale, Iowa’ (@Photo_Art)

2:20: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Living History Farms, Urbandale, Iowa

C-Span * CNN * UStream * CBS 1 * CBS 2

Streaming has started at CBS and CNN

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Des Moines International Airport, September 1

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Later:

7:30: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Morningside College, Sioux City

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01
Sep
12

Melissa Harris Perry

MSNBC

01
Sep
12

‘What It’s Like to Be Trapped with 50,000 Republicans at the RNC’


Paul Constant (TheStranger.com): What It’s Like to Be Trapped with 50,000 Republicans at the RNC

…. the messaging sounded inoffensive, but when you really think about what is being said at this convention, you realize that all the red, white, and blue bunting and clothing and video imagery is a put-on. All the talk about patriotism, about supporting the troops, is just lip service. This is the most unpatriotic crowd I have ever been a part of. What they are against is community. Every sentence is devoid of empathy. Every finger-wag is aimed directly at an American who can’t afford health insurance, who hasn’t had a raise on their minimum-wage job in four years. Even as they rail against a statement that the president never really made, they are talking about tearing America down and leaving something meaner and greedier in its place. They’re radicals – radicals who’ve gone over the edge and are trying to make their radicalism mainstream.

…..They’re scared of the imaginary world of the 1950s in their heads dying forever, and the problem is that scared people make dumb choices …. It always comes back to fear. Fear is the single greatest enemy of survival. When you’re afraid, you can’t think ahead, you can’t plan…..

But when you choose to live your life in fear, you lose that most essential thing that makes you human. When you support George W. Bush’s Patriot Act, as the woman to my left with the cowboy hat full of Bush/Cheney buttons probably did, you’re supporting fear. When you try to take food away from starving people, or deny good students access to higher education, or steal choices away from the next generation of women, you may not be a monster, but you are making monstrous choices…..

Read the full brilliant post here

Thank you Desertflower and Dotster

01
Sep
12

Rise and Shine

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Today (all times ET):

11:0: President Obama departs the White House

1:35: Arrives Des Moines, Iowa

2:20: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Living History Farms, Urbandale, Iowa

4:25: Departs Des Moines

5:10: Arrives Sioux City, Iowa

7:30: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Morningside College, Sioux City

9:20: Departs Sioux City

10:40: Arrives Denver

(Will double-check the schedule, not 100% sure about the times)

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Des Moines Register: Barack Obama’s election-year effort to rock the vote in Iowa continues this afternoon in Urbandale, where he’ll literally be rockin’ the suburbs.

The president’s second visit to the state this week will resemble a summer music festival, treating an outdoor crowd at Living History Farms not only to a political speech but also performances by indie band the National and alternative-rock hero Chris Cornell.

More here (thanks Dotster)

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NYT: Republicans in Texas and Florida have been in the vanguard of the pernicious, widespread efforts to suppress voting by Hispanics and blacks. Fortunately, federal courts are seeing these efforts for what they are: a variation on the racist laws that disenfranchised millions before those tactics were outlawed by the Voting Rights Act.

A three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday unanimously rejected Texas’s voter ID law, which required court approval to take effect. The court described the law, known as SB 14, as “the most stringent in the country.”

More here

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