Aug 30, 2012

Mitt's Big Night. I'm a complete FRAUD!

First impression:  Still, another missed opportunity to tell us how he would bring America back to the greatness except in very general terms.  A lot of it was to help small business...and I wondered shall we all open up storefront shops?   When in fact, most of us draw paychecks, not draws from profits?



A lot of promises, but I had to pinch myself and remind myself that this is the Teapublican Party Convention.  There was no appeal to THEM in Romney's speech.  

I just heard an optimistic political speech that didn't talk at all about what they've been saying since 2010 about austerity, cutting back, reducing government as the secret to success.  He covered nearly all his bases about his business past, his family, his religion, and about jobs.  He loves women in his life, he's not an inhuman corporate robot.  Covered all the criticisms.   Just didn't mention Afghanistan where he wants to stay forever.

And didn't mention the DISproven ridiculous idea that if MILLIONAIRES get more tax breaks, they'll cut loose with their stored money just to create jobs.  Which is moronic, since we all know that ONLY middle class DEMAND for more stuff creates jobs, not hording rich people with tax cuts.  They ONLY cut loose with their tightly held riches if they can make more to meet new middle-class DEMAND for STUFF and the prospect of profits.  The RICH don't take risks these days!  They horde their money in the banks.  This is the Republican big lie to the country.

He delivered his promises well, but he didn't inspire me, and didn't tell me anything new.  Romney gave me no clue what he was going to do, given what his party's always SAID it wanted to do.   

Certainly didn't talk about the just-passed anti-woman, religious, anti-schools, hard-on the lower and middle-class policies in the GOP Platform that appeals only to the wealthy.

Guess Mitt was talking to the independents tonight and didn't want to scare 'em off.

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TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney urged voters on Thursday to help him rebuild the U.S. economy and create millions of new jobs, asking them to overcome their disappointment in President Barack Obama and join him in restoring the promise of America.

In a high-stakes speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Romney said he would work to unify a divided country that believed Obama's lofty campaign promises but had lost hope they would be fulfilled.

"What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn't take a special government commission to tell us what America needs. What America needs is jobs. Lots of jobs," Romney said.
 
"Hope and change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I'd ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's President Obama?"

"You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him.

Best applause line of the night... even if he did stupidly mock climate change.
(And if you believe THAT, Mitt has some flood property in Louisiana to sell you.)
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After a weekend sleeping on it, WSJ declares Romney was too vague.   Well Duh!  Here's their story...


In an effort to inject a shot of Hollywood glamour into the convention, actor Clint Eastwood spoke before Romney. His appearance fired up the crowd, although his long, rambling and sometimes incoherent blast at Obama frequently fell flat.  VIDEO:  The big mistake everyone's talking about.



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The LAST GOP president who wasn't invited to the party again....George W Bush!!




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The REAL Republican Heroes this year.... And NOT MENTIONED at the Convention was the role that Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and House Spkr John Boehner played in obstructing the President for three straight years, from the very start in Congress.   As they'd planned to cut important jobs to fix our defective roads and bridges nationwide. And keep jobs for state teachers and cops.

With generally unanimous GOP votes.     So the actual speakers' blame of the President during his tenure rings hollow...and dishonest in the extreme!
 

They owe EVERYThing to the stubborn GOP Congress and its two shrewd Congressional leaders for stopping his progress at every turn.   His only mistake was not realizing early enough to what extent they were willing to kill American jobs to re-win his White House job in 2012!!   Who knew?

Paul Ryan: Slick, But Lyin out his Ass!

Radioman KansaSitty Ryan asked if we vote for Obama, "why would the NEXT four years be any different that the LAST four years?"

ANSWER: We're going to take back the HOUSE and reduce the number of Republican SENATORS, so they won't have the power to OBSTRUCT the President in Congress!!! 


 They made no secret that they wanted him to fail his FIRST TERM so he wouldn't get a SECOND. Then they'd throw that in his face. Which they ARE right from Mitch McConnell's and Karl Rove's playbook! But never mentioning all the jobs bills they refused, and other games they played. And rejecting tax breaks to get corporations to bring their overseas jobs back to the USA. And cut oil company subsidies because they surely don't need them!

We need a Congress which wants to BUILD the country, not KEEP IT FROM being built. The party of 'smaller government', the Republicans, are literally starving it in Congress. It's why they call them "The PARTY OF NO".
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First Responses to a Ryan speech that stretches the Truth

Some Fact Checking from the Boston Herald...
More from Factcheck.org...
Video:  Fact check from CNN....
Fact Check from Yahoo....Ryan fast and loose... 
Huffington Post on Misleading Ryan Assumptions...
Maddow: Ryan on a Foundation of Lies...
Even FOX!  Dazzling, Deceiving, Distracting
Politicscoop comments... 

Politifact from Tampa...

Wait a Minute...about the celebrated auto plant closing...and when did it actually fully close, CNN has Fact Checked the FACTCHECKERS...and there's evidence Ryan was partially right, but incomplete and misleading.      Here's CNN's Link from late Thursday....
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Yes, a Romney staffer really did say this to ABC!





RNC Ratings Night Two: Networks Lose 17 Million Viewers Compared To Night Two Of 2008 RNC With Sarah Palin

 

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Romney's big speech is last, tonight.   


Clint Eastwood is the surprise mystery guest at the podium earlier this evening.


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Video: Jon Stewart's Daily Show on Mitt Romney




Paul Ryan Undergoes Striking Transformation (Fox VIDEO)

Texas voter ID law struck down! Floridas Reformed too,







A federal court on Thursday blocked a controversial new voter ID law in Texas, ruling that the state failed to show that the law would not harm the voting rights of minorities.

The three-judge panel in the historic case said that evidence also showed that costs of obtaining a voter ID would fall most heavily on poor African Americans and Hispanics in Texas.






Evidence submitted by Texas to prove that its law did not discriminate was “unpersuasive, invalid, or both,” wrote David. S. Tatel, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in the panel’s 56-page opinion.

The ruling will likely have political implications in the coming elections. Republicans and Democrats have been arguing over whether increasingly tough voter ID laws discriminate against African Americans and Hispanics.

Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott said that the state will appeal Thursday’s ruling to the Supreme Court, which is the next stop in a voting rights case.

“Today’s decision is wrong on the law and improperly prevents Texas from implementing the same type of ballot integrity safeguards that are employed by Georgia and Indiana — and were upheld by the Supreme Court,” Abbott said in a statement.

Texas is the largest state covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires federal approval or “preclearance” of any voting changes in states that have a history of discrimination. Because of Texas’s discrimination history, the voter ID law signed last year by its Republican governor, Rick Perry, had to be cleared by the Justice Department. The department blocked the law in March, saying it would endanger minority voting rights. Texas sued the department, leading to a week-long trial in July.

Tatel was joined in the Texas decision by U.S. district judges Rosemary Collyer, appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush and Robert L. Wilkins, who was nominated in 2010 by President Obama.

Earlier this week, a separate three-judge panel in Washington threw out Texas’s redistricting plans saying the maps drawn by the Republican-led legislature undermined the political clout of minorities who are responsible for the state’s population growth.

The Obama administration opposed both laws because it says they threaten to disenfranchise millions of Latino and African American voters.

The challenges are part of an escalating national legal battle over voter ID laws that has become more intense because it is an election year. Eight states passed voter ID laws last year, and critics say the new statutes could hurt turnout among minority voters and others, many of whom helped elect Obama in 2008. But supporters of the measures — seven of which were signed by Republican governors and one by an independent — say that requiring voters to show specific photo IDs would prevent voter fraud.

Republican lawmakers have argued that the voter ID law is needed to clean up voter rolls, which they say are filled with the names of illegal immigrants, ineligible felons and the deceased. Texas, they argue, is asking for no more identification than people need to board an airplane, get a library card or enter many government buildings.

In a courtroom just down the hallway from where judges heard arguments over the Texas voter ID statute, lawyers for the Justice Department and South Carolina are squaring off this week over a similar measure passed by the state’s legislature last year.

The Justice Department rejected the South Carolina voter ID law in December, the first time that a voting law was refused clearance by Justice in nearly 20 years. South Carolina sued the government to overturn the decision.

The law would require South Carolina voters to show one of five forms of photo identification to be permitted to cast a ballot: a state driver’s license, an ID card issued by the state’s department of motor vehicles, a U.S. military ID, a passport, or a new form of free photo ID issued by county election officials. Lawyers for South Carolina say the law was needed to prevent election fraud and to “enhance public confidence in the integrity of the law.”

“No one disputes that a state must have a system for identifying eligible registered voters who present themselves to vote,” Chris Bartolomucci, a lawyer for South Carolina, told the three-judge panel on Monday. “That is just common sense.”


The Justice Department and attorneys representing civil rights groups, including the NAACP and ACLU, countered in court that the law did discriminate against minority voters and cannot pass muster under the Voting Rights Act.

“A disproportionate number of those individuals are members of racial minority groups,” said Bradley Heard, a Justice Department lawyer, in describing how the law would affect South Carolina voters.

Last month, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. gave a speech in Texas and referred to voter ID laws as “poll taxes,” referring to fees in some states in the South that were used to disenfranchise blacks during the Jim Crow era. Under the Texas law, the minimum cost to obtain a voter ID for a Texas resident without a copy of his birth certificate would be $22, according to the Justice Department.

More, and comments...
 
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BREAKING – GOP Florida Voter Registration Suppression Struck Down!

Now a Federal Judge has also struck down Forida’s restrictive “third-party” voter registration drives and efforts to register voters by non-partisan groups (such as the League of Women Voters) and even public school civics-class high school teachers…who have faced threats of fines and jail.
 According to a report from the Maddow Blog, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, issued his permanent ruling today, overturning the onerous registration requirements, ruling in a suit filed last December by the League of Women Voter of Florida, Rock the Vote, and the Florida Public Interest Research Education Fund.    More from AddictingInfo...
 
 

Essay from the closing series episode on HBO, "The Newsroom".     Check it.

Aug 28, 2012

So many stories you've missed.....check em


Yes, well, that's predicted.  The GOP could have done so much better, but then today's GOP isn't my father's Republican party.   Guess the GOP hijackers couldn't agree on the right wing-nut during the primaries.  I sense the loud and boisterous lack of excitement and hope we notice that on election day.  What an empty suit to shill for the billionaires!

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The religious lifestyle show hosted by televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday suggested that Christians in Florida had convinced God to move soon-to-be Hurricane Isaac away from Tampa, Florida to protect Republicans.

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  Crime Ridden Camden NJ to shut down its police department and start over.    Police union claims union-busting

In the latest example of a cash-strapped municipality taking drastic measures to deal with swollen public sector liabilities and shrinking budgets, the city plans to disband its 460-member police department and replace it with a non-union “Metro Division” of the Camden County Police.

Backers of the plan say it will save millions of dollars for taxpayers while ensuring public safety, but police unions say it is simply a way to get out of collective bargaining with the men and women in blue.

“This is definitely a form of union-busting," Camden Fraternal Order of Police President John Williamson told FoxNews.com. “This method is unproven and untested, to put your faith in an agency that doesn’t even [yet] exist.”

Read the Rest of the story from Fox


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Rupert Murdoch Orders Prince Harry Naked Pictures Published In Warning To British Hierarchy

 LONDON -- By letting his top-selling U.K. tabloid run photos of a naked Prince Harry cavorting in a Las Vegas hotel room, some say media mogul Rupert Murdoch was warning Britain's establishment that he could still shake things up.

British officialdom has largely turned its back on Murdoch because of the phone-hacking scandal that has badly tainted his media empire over the past year. So even though Murdoch's The Sun newspaper framed its decision to publish the nude pictures as a defense of press freedom, some observers saw the move as a feisty message from the tycoon.

"Not only was The Sun showing Harry's bottom, Murdoch was mooning the Establishment," said journalist Jane Merrick, whose article in The Independent on Sunday alleged that Murdoch personally ordered the paper to run the photos in a phone call with Tom Mockridge, the chief of his British newspaper unit, News International

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Marijuana Legalization Supporters Raise $3 Million In Washington, Colorado

Aug 25 (Reuters) - Campaigns to become the first U.S. states to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Washington and Colorado have raised $3 million ahead of a November vote, far outpacing the opposition.

Proponents of pot legalization in Washington state have raised nearly $2 million since the initiative qualified for the ballot in January, and about $1 million in Colorado since its measure earned a place on the ballot the following month, according to the most recent state campaign figures.     The whole story, from Huffington post, including COMMENTS 

I can't imagine that the feds will EVER decriminalize pot.  There's a fair list of people who would donate to Congressional campaigns to keep pot illegal:   the drug cartels, the big dealers, the cops, the prison industry, the lawyers. 

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 Neil Armstrong.  Man who first walked on the moon, dies in 2012.

Thank you for your service, sir.

Farewell, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012). We will never forget that one small step you took so the rest of us could take a giant leap toward the stars. - Tariq Malik, Managing Editor
http://www.space.com/17301-neil-armstrong-dies-reactions-nasa.html

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Fox News is following its well established pattern of underreporting stories that don’t appeal to its conservative base, instituting a virtual blackout of Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) controversial — and widely condemned — comments about “legitimate rape.”
While CNN and MSNBC — the two other main cable news channels — led with the Akin statement, Fox steered clear of the comments completely until 9:19 AM, referencing them in a loaded segment with Karl Rove without playing video of his remarks. The network didn’t air the remarks until 12:10 PM — showing the the clip well after Republicans (including GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney) harshly condemned the GOP Senate candidate from Missouri. Below is a comparison of cable news mentions of “Akin” from Monday at 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM:
Fox News has has a long history of offering slim coverage to stories that could disappoint conservatives including, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and passage of New York’s historic same-sex marriage law.


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Voter ID Laws are Such a Transparent GOP Ploy to Steal the Election that Even Ordinary Facebook Users Understand It!


Voter fraud is so small there is actually no reason to require voter ID with photos when one looks at the minimal number of fraud cases ever found (unless you lived in Chicago 60 years ago). The only purpose is to keep the poor, the elderly, African-Americans, many legal Hispanic voters and anyone else that doesn't fit the criteria of being a right-wing Conservative.
Voter Supression Map

If it happens....What Should American Patriots Do About The Act of Politically Stealing our Democracy in so many Republican-Controlled States?

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Israeli TV:  Netanyahu wants to hit Iran Soon

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is determined to attack Iran before the US elections,” Israel’s Channel 10 News claimed on Monday night, and Israel is now “closer than ever” to a strike designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear drive.

The TV station’s military reporter Alon Ben-David, who earlier this year was given extensive access to the Israel Air Force as it trained for a possible attack, reported that, since upgraded sanctions against Iran have failed to force a suspension of the Iranian nuclear program in the past two months, “from the prime minister’s point of view, the time for action is getting ever closer.”
Asked by the news anchor in the Hebrew-language TV report how close Israel now was to “a decision and perhaps an attack,” Ben-David said: “It appears that we are closer than ever.”

He said it seemed that Netanyahu was not waiting for a much-discussed possible meeting with US President Barack Obama, after the UN General Assembly gathering in New York late next month — indeed, “it’s not clear that there’ll be a meeting.” In any case, said Ben-David, “I doubt Obama could say anything that would convince Netanyahu to delay a possible attack.”
Times of Israel

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WAIT!   Are you a member of today's "FLAT EARTH SOCIETY".   Should you have already changed your views...but you just HAVEN'T?   Check these 1950s attitudes and see if you get the point:


 Do YOU have to die off TOO, before America's attitudes get better without you?  Or do you just believe like your granddaddy did and that's how you teach your own children? 
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Oklahoma School withholds valedictorian’s diploma for saying “hell”   More...with Video



Aug 26, 2012

Romney's Lying Machine Keeps Lying. Why? Because it works!

Robert Reich
I've been struck by the baldness of Romney's repetitive lies about Obama -- that Obama ended the work requirement under welfare, for example, or that Obama's Affordable Care Act cuts $716 billion from Medicare benefits.

The mainstream media along with a half-dozen independent fact-checking organizations and sites have called Romney on these whoppers, but to no avail. He keeps making these assertions.

Every campaign is guilty of exaggerations, embellishments, distortions, and half-truths. But this is another thing altogether. I've been directly involved in seven presidential campaigns, and I don't recall a presidential candidate lying with such audacity, over and over again. Why does he do it, and how can he get away with it?

The obvious answer is such lies are effective. Polls show voters are starting to believe them, especially in swing states where they're being repeated constantly in media spots financed by Romney's super PAC or ancillary PACs and so-called "social welfare" organizations (political fronts disguised as charities, such as Karl Rove and the Koch brothers have set up).

Romney's lying machine is extraordinarily well financed. By August, according to Jane Mayer in her recent New Yorker article, at least 33 billionaires had each donated a quarter of a million dollars or more to groups aiming to defeat Obama -- with most of it flooding into attack ads in swing states.

In early August, "Americans for Prosperity," one of the nonprofit front groups masquerading as a charity, and founded in part by billionaire right-wingers Charles and David Koch, bought some $27 million in ad time on spots now airing in eleven swing states.
So Romney's lying machine is working.

But what does all this tell us about the man who is running this lying machine? (Or if Romney's not running it, what does it tell us about a man who would select the people who are?)
We knew he was a cypher -- that he'll say and do whatever is expedient, change positions like a chameleon, eschew any core principles.

Yet resorting to outright lies -- and organizing a presidential campaign around a series of lies -- reveals a whole new level of cynicism, a profound disdain for what remains of civility in public life, and a disrespect of the democratic process.

The question is whether someone who is willing to resort to such calculated lies, and build a campaign machine around them, can be worthy of the public's trust with the most powerful office in the world.

ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written thirteen books, including the best sellers "Aftershock" and "The Work of Nations." His latest is an e-book, "Beyond Outrage." He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause.

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Reality Check!


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Republicans Lack a Certain Logic in their Campaign Claims


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"When I look back on 2008, the promises that I made—I said I'd end the war in Iraq; I did. I said that I'd go after al-Qaida and bin Laden; we did. I said that I'd give middle-class families a tax cut; they're paying on average about $3,600 less than they were when I came into office. I said that I would make sure that every American family has some security when it comes to health insurance; we got it done. ... So we haven't gotten everything done that I promised, but a big chunk of what I said I would do in 2008 we have done."—On his record of his term in office.

Aug 25, 2012

Rick Santorum Reminds Us How Smart he Is



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Staff struggles to prevent wind from blowing down prop as Romney unveils plan abandoning wind power+*

VIDEO at the link: http://bit.ly/OcmPsa









Aug 24, 2012

Bad advisors to Romney, or IS It? "No one's ever asked to see MY birth certificate!"

 Stupid like a Fox, another Romney line that has Karl Rove's mischievous fingerprints all over it!

(CNN) - Mitt Romney began his stump speech in Michigan on Friday with a joke which raised a sensitive issue: birth certificates. 

"I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born," he said. "Ann was born at Henry Ford hospital, I was born at Harper hospital. No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."

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Some Republicans, known as "birthers," have questioned the birthplace of President Barack Obama.

Obama's long-form birth certificate was released by the White House in 2011. It showed he was born in a Hawaii hospital on August 4, 1961. Only "natural born" citizens of the United States are eligible to be president.

Among the highest profile of those questioning Obama's birthplace is Donald Trump, who earlier this year endorsed Romney and has said he will have a high-profile role at the Republican National Convention next week. His calls for Obama to release the long-form certificate increased the drumbeat on the issue in the spring of 2011 before the White House gave it out.

 Despite the document being in the public sphere, Trump has continued to question Obama's birthplace in media appearances and in social media posts.

In a statement responding to Romney's comments, Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt mentioned Trump and others who have raised the birth certificate issue previously.

"Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them," LaBolt said. "It's one thing to give the stage in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, and Kris Kobach. But Governor Romney's decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America."

Romney senior adviser Kevin Madden said after the candidate's remarks, "The governor has always said, and has repeatedly said, he believes the president was born here in the United States. He was only referencing that Michigan, where he is campaigning today, is the state where he himself was born and raised."


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