“Of course, even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.” – Mitt Romney IT’S THE QUOTE OF THE DAY and is pitch perfect for the national media and political press. On whether Mitt Romney would have given the order to take out Osama bin Laden, the quote is via Ginger Gibson of Politico. They also [...]
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WE ARE ADDICTED TO GRILLING, especially shish kabobs, with grilled vegetables on skewers a particular obsession. This weekend we splurged on shrimp from Whole Foods, giving them a nod via our wallet for being one of the first to ban “red” fish, which they announced on Earth Day this year. The designation is for fish [...]
Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. Tomorrow, May 1, is the General Strike, the “Day Without the 99%”, planned by Occupy, immigrant and labor organizations, and more. Much of what’s being discussed includes a realization that tomorrow’s General Strike isn’t going to “shut down” whole cities, much less the nation. May [...]
It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer those villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish somewhere and they’d find the first five guys they say and they’d crucify them. And then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. – [...]
When he took the backyard podium, Obama, 50, noted Clinton’s “remarkable” economic record in his two White House terms and referred frequently to the political powerhouse standing behind him, who stands to be a huge fundraising force in the final months of the presidential campaign. – Obama and Bill Clinton campaign together on economy IT [...]
QUITE A DOGFIGHT has broken out in France, with just a week left before the election. Evidently, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is having a very hard time accepting that his oversize libido blew his chances to be president of France. The story was detailed on Friday by the UK Guardian, which interviewed Strauss-Kahn, who vented his spleen [...]
“They’re trying to figure out what they’re going to tell Hillary Clinton,” the official said of the Chinese leaders, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the diplomatic delicacy surrounding the case. “We’d like to know as much as we can before she leaves.” – The New York Times THE U.S. EMBASSSY IN CHINA [...]
“What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? A pit bull is delicious.” – Pres. Barack Obama AT THE 1% INTERSECTION OF ELITISM, access and insider greasing. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t funny. I’m sure someone will find something wrong with Pres. Obama’s prepared jokes, because it wouldn’t be fitting to just [...]
AN INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA in the Situation Room with Brian Williams on the bin Laden raid has exploded. Sen. John McCain is having a hissy fit. Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro is either the dumbest political writer on planet earth or is ignorant of presidential commander in chief powers. I’m guessing it’s both. He’s squealing like [...]
BUZZFEED’S QUICK AND DIRTY dissection of three of the top women inside Obama reelect is instructive. The tale begins with Rosengate, with Stephanie Cutter the central figure that helped manage a situation that went viral and gave Mitt Romney a breather from withering, well earned war on women attacks. But Cutter’s central role in damage [...]
“Everybody slips,” Biden said, but added that Romney’s mistake sounds like “a mindset.” – TPM I WARNED YOU about this last year and it has begun. Team Romney tried to launch a prebuttal against V.P. Joe Biden’s foreign policy speech Thursday on a conference call, but it backfired. Mitt Romney’s foreign policy adviser, Ambassador Pierre [...]
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Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality advocate, writer. (UPDATE at end) Recently the Obama / Biden campaign site posted Progress for the LGBT Community, which begins: Together we’ve fought for equal rights for LGBT Americans – and the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is just one example of the progress we’ve achieved [...]
Guilt and innocence turn on one question: Was the money that Edwards used to keep Rielle Hunter in quiet comfort a campaign contribution? Edwards says no; the cash came as gifts from rich friends who wanted to help him deal with a private indiscretion. The feds say yes; the money was intended to cover up [...]
Even though CISPA is styled as a ‘cybersecurity’ bill, it explicitly allows the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA) to use your information for ‘national security’ purposes—expanding the bill far beyond its purported goal. – CISPA, “National Security,” and the NSA’s Ability to Read Your Emails House [...]
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THE 21st century world offers ways to tweak your appearance, or alter it altogether, with women finally able to combat directly the comparison that’s always been around. Men look distinguished as they age, while women look old, unattractive, or to use Rush Limbaugh’s favorite comment, who wants to look at a woman with wrinkles? The 2012 plastic surgery statistics are out and the American Society of Plastic Surgery tells the story.
The real question about Hillary is this: When people take a new look at her in the coming years, will they see the past or the future — Mrs. Clinton or Madam President? – Maureen Dowd IT’S A classic front page from Huffington Post, coupled with a post by Jason Linkins, which details what’s been going on.
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate. Yes, I went there.
“Norma Rae is a survivor and for the first time in her life she’s got a chance to become something more… a winner.” – Promo for “Norma Rae” CRITICS like Anne-Marie Slaughter, but especially Maureen I-Love-My-Pearls Dowd, and others [most of whom didn't read the book or do their homework] who are blaming Sheryl Sandberg for being a billionaire Ivy League graduate, while accusing her of letting corporations and government off the hook, are missing a major point.
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“You Don’t Own Me” PSA -Official from You Don't Own Me on Vimeo. WHO DOESN’T know the song “You Don’t Own Me,” sung by Leslie Gore? The movie First Wives Club helped to reignite the relevancy of the song.
“Last night I interviewed Jill Stein the presidential candidate for the Green Party on this show. And I confess right now, I should have asked her to just get out of the race.” – Jennifer Granholm, “The War Room” [Current TV] THE ARGUMENT Jennifer Granholm makes above is a tactic that no longer fits the times.
“With that drum magazine, he could have gotten off 50, 60 rounds, even if it was semiautomatic, within one minute,” Chief Oates said. [New York Times] IN THE GAPING MAW of our leadership vacuum stands Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, whose resolve, vulnerability and humility inside the vortex of a man made hell revealed what nobody in Congress or either political party has shown in decades. Leadership without regard to anything but his own duty to the people, which included the cops in the eye of volcanic carnage.
“Rick Doblin has done a lot for the field, but he is more of a populist,” Grob says. “We need careful and controlled scientific studies showing the efficacy of these drugs so funding can continue.” Broader awareness of these sorts of end-of-life psychedelic studies could be good for everyone, the researchers say.
*updated below* So much for keep calm and carry on, what Joe Scarborough proclaims to be his motto. It was the weirdest one-on-one back and forth with a high profile talking head imaginable. It makes high school look mature.
**UPDATED** Would we be any worse off with Stephen Colbert as president? I doubt it. Politifact has watched the video “(repeatedly!
Despite rising public concern about the federal budget deficit, Americans favor keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are rather than taking steps to reduce the budget deficit (by 60% vs. 32%). – Public Wants Changes in Entitlements, Not Changes in Benefits This is starting early, so it’s time to revisit the facts.
“If we can prove that a biological attack originated in a country that attacked us, then all bets are off.” – Sect. Hillary Clinton Women can do it, too.
The interview with Obama by George Stephanopoulos wasn’t nearly as contentious as the interview with the Edwardses. No Republican talking points from Stephanopoulos yesterday, like when he accused Edwards of abandoning the troops with this beauty: “Do you think the Democrats should be saddled with the idea of completely cutting off funding for the troops?” Or this one: “You know, a lot of Democrats still in the Senate think that your position here is cynical political theater.
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