Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. On Sunday the Democratic Party platform committee approved endorsement of marriage between same-gender couples, along with other pro-LGBT positions. This isn’t a huge surprise, though Rep. Barney Frank has stated the support of House Democrats is more significant. But for many, this was the “next [...]
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THE HUFFINGTON POST did an interview with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In it he just happens to mention that Mr. Romney’s tax problems, including why he can’t reveal more returns, revolves around a gossipy tidbit delivered to him by an anonymous source, whom Reid won’t name, who said Romney didn’t pay taxes for a [...]
THE GAFFERIFFIC foreign policy tour of Mitt Romney has finally gotten to his campaign team. Walking through Pilsudski Square in Poland, the traveling press corps started yelling questions at Mr. Romney, asking about his string of gaffes, particularly related to the Palestinians, who were furious at what Pres. Abbas labeled “racist” comments. CNN has the [...]
REPUBLICAN STEVE KING doesn’t understand the difference between humans choosing to fight one another in the sport of boxing, versus dogs forced into fighting by men who get their kicks out of what amounts to torturing animals. From Think Progress: KING: When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a [...]
Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. Preparations for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, August 27 – 30, and for the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, NC, September 3 – 6 are in the final phase. Security is a legitimate and major concern, and law enforcement offices are doing their part, [...]
Wodjan Shaherkani’s participation in the London 2012 Games had been in doubt after the International Judo Federation said she needed to remove the head scarf for her match. … She and teammate Sarah Attar, the kingdom’s first ever female Olympic competitors, have both signed agreements agreeing to compete only in kit that ‘sticks to Islamic [...]
**UPDATED** REPRESENTATIVE OF NBC’S aggressive content fencing, as well as their police grip on everything Olympics, when Guy Adams started ripping the network for their coverage of the London Olympic games, they took action. Twitter obliged. As you can see above, he’s back, promising an article to follow. …[update] and as promised, here it is: [...]
IT HAPPENS, even when you can least afford it. There’s not another way to write or review it honestly. The men’s gymnastic team psyched themselves out. Danell Leyva, the gymnast who led the entire world in the all-around in the qualifications and nearly made the pommel horse final, looked frazzled as he mounted this event [...]
President Obama came to the White House with big plans. He’d halve the deficit. Strengthen the economy. Lower unemployment. What did we get? National Debt over 15 trillion and climbing. Unemployment above 8 percent for 40 straight months. An ongoing economic crisis with no end in sight. He tried. You tried. It’s OK to make [...]
In any event, Romney is likely to have some trouble undermining the President’s record on national-security issues and foreign policy. Last week, in Colorado, Admiral William McRaven, a Navy SEAL who oversees all American Special Forces, and who supervised the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, was asked to evaluate Obama as a Commander-in-Chief. “I’m [...]
“As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality.” – [...]
Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. Yesterday, on NPR’s Weekend Edition, Sunday, Andrea Seabrook reminded listeners that this time last year, the “debt ceiling” battle was in full swing, which eventually saw the appointment of the bipartisan “Super Committee,” a “come up with a solution — or else” idea. The consequences [...]
Rarely do I disagree with best VP ever but @SarahPalinUSA more qualified than Obama and Biden combined. Huge respect 4 all she’s done 4 GOP. – Liz Cheney, via Twitter “Obviously, I’m not a big fan of President Obama,” said Cheney in an excerpt from an interview with ABC News aired Monday on “Good Morning [...]
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the minister responsible for the Olympics, said Saturday that the organizing committee was “doing a full investigation into what happened. . . . We think it was accredited seats that belong to sponsors, but if they are not going to turn up, we want those tickets to be available for members of the [...]
ROMNEY PUTS the capital “p” in presumptive nominee, his insatiable ego never satisfied. He thinks everything is about him, so treads where more sober foreign policy experts wouldn’t dare. As all this was playing out, Eli Lake got an exclusive for the Daily Beast, reporting that Dennis Ross is bowing out of politics and won’t [...]
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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.
Great sex doesn’t always just happen. Sometimes, it takes a little planning, especially if — like many Americans — you’ve been in a bit of a sex rut. Do some prep work by turning your bedroom into a love nest: Make the bed (with new, or at least clean, sheets), tidy up, light a candle or two, and queue up a sexy playlist on your iPod.
“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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