TM NOTE [now updated]: Wanted to check in with you summer weekend die hards, but the power is out, so programming of this entry could be odd looking. Will fix any errors when power is back in the area. Thanks for offering slack as you read entry below.* It is so hot that NBC Washington’s [...]
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DUELING MONEY PITCHES, both campaigns sending out a slew of emails, each claiming millions of dollars raised off of the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. This is what our politics has come down to, folks. From The Hill, Team Romney’s version: Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has raised $4.6 million since the Supreme Court ruled that [...]
Mitt Romney’s campaign has quietly begun airing a TV ad in six states that uses an old clip of Hillary Clinton to blast President Barack Obama. – Politico TEAM ROMNEY won’t let go of the fact that the Washington Post won’t retract their article on outsourcing and Romney’s Bain record. An excerpt: Mitt Romney’s financial [...]
Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. Who gets to decide the goals and the strategies of the “LGBT Movement”? To a very significant extent, people in positions of relative power make these decisions. That doesn’t mean such people are always wrong, or that other voices are never heard. But it’s a [...]
By Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. Americans Elect was a bust. The Green, Libertarian, etc., “third” parties are having their usual struggle to get more than passing attention from most everyone outside those already involved, and deserve much credit for continuing their efforts. Both Obama and Romney are raising astounding [...]
Even if Republicans win big in 2012, they will have to fight inch by bloody inch for changes they could have had for the asking in 2010. Truly, this is Waterloo—a Waterloo brought about by a dangerous combination of ideological frenzy, poor risk calculation, and a self-annihilating indifference to the real work of government. – [...]
Today’s Supreme Court is often referred to as Anthony Kennedy’s Court. Although Kennedy is the swing justice who usually casts the deciding vote in close cases, the landmark ruling this week in the healthcare cases clearly marks the maturation of the “Roberts Court.” – The Roberts Court Is Born CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS and the majority [...]
**UPDATED** “Chief Justice Roberts’ vote saved the ACA.” – SCOTUSBLOG “I do think the court will surprise a lot of people when it probably upholds the Affordable Care Act in an opinion written by another former student of mine, Chief Justice Roberts this Thursday… You can be deeply conservative and still believe that the Affordable [...]
The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook Irony abounds when it comes to the Fast and Furious scandal. But the ultimate irony is this: Republicans who support the National Rifle Association and its attempts to weaken gun laws are lambasting ATF agents for [...]
Nora Ephron’s final movie “Julie & Julia” was not only one of her best reviewed, but evidence that the veteran filmmaker successfully adjusted to Hollywood’s new business reality. [...] Some filmmakers have had a difficult time adjusting to that new reality. James L. Brooks, for instance, hasn’t worked on a movie since his 2010 flop [...]
Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. On the night of June 27 / early morning of June 28, 1969, what came to be known as the Stonewall Riots, or the Stonewall Rebellion, began. For any number of reasons, that night when the latest of the frequent police raids of the Stonewall [...]
I couldn’t imagine I was, given I was 43 and had never been pregnant. Johnny and I never used birth control, but I was always mindful of my cycle and I was certain that I had never been ovulating during any of my visits with Johnny. [...] I discovered (to my shock and surprise) that [...]
Asked where she disagrees with President Obama on foreign policy, she said she understands “how hard it is to be in the White House,” but said the United States cannot “lead from behind.” “The United States has to have a view, it has to gather people around that view, and frankly, I think we need [...]
“FETAL PERSONHOOD” being considered over a woman’s own personal freedom is not a libertarian idea. It’s not even a conservative idea. In fact, when women like myself say Do Not Tread On Me, it may be a civil rights and privacy notion, but it also used to be a conservative one as well. What is [...]
VICTORY FOR planet-loving people over industry and environmental marauders came today in a spectacular validation of the EPA. From the AP: A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington said that the Environmental Protection Agency was “unambiguously correct” in using existing federal law to address global warming, denying two of the challenges [...]
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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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