Five weeks to Election Day, President Barack Obama is within reach of the 270 electoral votes needed to win a second term. Republican Mitt Romney’s path to victory is narrowing. To overtake Obama, Romney would need to quickly gain the upper hand in nearly all of the nine states where he and Obama are competing [...]
Archive | September, 2012
ONE YEAR AGO President Obama was still receiving “bravos” for his Libya strategy. Today that strategy is becoming a political tool to wield in an election year. There is no way Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. would have delivered his statement explaining the shifting Administration stories if the fumbling responses from the [...]
From Smart Brief, poll results which they explicitly describe as “not scientific and reflects the opinions of only those who have chosen to participate.” Smart Brief provides a weekly poll, usually but not always focused on politics and LGBTs, and this disclaimer is always provided. So basically, take this for what it is: one of [...]
The evolving process continues, related to LGBT equality in general. In the Courts Keen News has an excellent summary, with this introduction: Perhaps the most historic U.S. Supreme Court session ever for the LGBT community gets underway officially October 1, with a record nine gay-related cases seeking review, all involving same-sex marriage. Two of the [...]
NOBODY COULD sell schlock better than Ronald Reagan. Everyone thought Mitt Romney, who looks the part of president, would be able to sell his schtick, too. It’s not as easy as it looks. You gotta believe. If you’re job is anything like mine, it’s been a long crazy week. Enjoy the weekend.
Drones. They come in all sizes. Some big ones used by the military in, for example, Pakistan. Down to little ones, tiny ones, which can fly in swarms, in perfect formation. Just consider the possibilities. The photo above, via its manufacturer, General Atomics, is the “weaponized” version of this particular drone, known by the military [...]
CONCLUSION: Republican congresswomen have more feminine faces than Democrats, a phenomenon that observers are able to recognize. [The Atlantic] THE MEDIA outlet that brought you Ann Marie-Slaughter’s weirdly retro “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” is once again mining sexual stereotypes. For whatever reason, The Atlantic just can’t get enough of their 1950s gender [...]
PBS DOES the grunt work in “What is the American Middle Class?” As you’ll see from their report, one of the reasons there is little to be excited about right now is that both Obama and Romney are talking about a middle class they’re not even defining correctly. There is no strict definition of the [...]
HIDING BEHIND Paul Ryan’s Medicare voucherism has made President Obama’s campaigning a lot easier and his next move on the program seem reasonable. Watching this unfold, going all the way back to the summer of 2011, waiting until after November for the trigger to be pulled, has made this election cycle surreal. This is election [...]
HIS WIFE just received a suspended death sentence for the murder of Neil Haywood, so what does anyone expect? Bo Xilai was a threat to powers who wanted him out and he handed his enemies the dagger to do him in. Having followed this international murder mystery and corruption drama play out across the international [...]
IT’S THE talk of Virginia, with outgoing Senator Jim Webb someone who can go there like no one else, because he’s got the record and the life to back it up. From Webb’s remarks: Governor Romney and I are about the same age. Like millions of others in our generation, we came to adulthood facing [...]
MOTHER JONES strikes again, with David Corn reporting another devastating sound bite from Mitt Romney, this time its Bain Capital’s motives and Romney’s view of capitalism. Harvest the financial organs of a company, then leave it and the workers who depend on it for their livelihood dead. This goes to the heart of why workers [...]
8:00 P.M. Netanyahu: Under Obama’s leadership, some of harshest sanctions on Iran have been passed. But we must face the truth – sanctions have not stopped Iran’s nuclear program either. According to IAEA, Iran has doubdle its number of centrifuges. The only way to stop it is to place a clear red line on Iran’s [...]
The list could be much longer, of course, but Bill Quigley’s “Fifteen Issues this Election is Not About,” at Dissident Voice, is a very good start. Included on his list: Neither candidate is campaigning to close Guantanamo prison. Neither candidate has called for arresting and prosecuting high ranking people on Wall Street for the subprime [...]
HE JUST can’t help himself. From the Kansas City Star: “I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent,” Akin said. “She had a confidence [...]
- Joyce Arnold on Queer Talk: Sara Bareilles, “I Want to See You Be Brave” [Video]
- ladywalker68 on Queer Talk: Sara Bareilles, “I Want to See You Be Brave” [Video]
- Joyce Arnold on Queer Talk: Sara Bareilles, “I Want to See You Be Brave” [Video]
- Lake Lady on Obama and the GOP Scandal Fetish
- newdealdem1 on Queer Talk: Sara Bareilles, “I Want to See You Be Brave” [Video]
Follow Taylor on Twitter
Follow @taylormarsh on Twitter
TM Must Reads
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.
Support our Advertisers
blog advertising is good for you