Category Archives: Education
Radical Conservatives, are not trying to understand, they are using Righteous Passion to light the fires of their political rhetoric – the flames of which are meant to burn Progressives and Liberals as heretics at the stake.
Radical Conservatives seek nothing less than to dominate, and eliminate Progressive and Liberal thought from the discourse, in fact they are damn tired of talking and trying to understand; they want action, and they want it now.
Progressives and Liberals will lose this debate because they are trying to understand the world and how to safely fit everybody in it.
Radical Conservative do not suffer this discomfort, they don’t want you in their world, unless you change to fit in theirs, they will do everything in their power to eliminate you and your progressive ideas from even getting a seat at the table.
So… if you want to include everyone in our world, you are like me and other progressive/liberals. Wasn’t it the fascists who wanted to cut out people they didn’t agree with, much less understand them.
- Radicals Or Conservatives (crodamilo.wordpress.com)
- Moochers and looters (balloon-juice.com)
- Conservatives, Liberals, and Happiness (maverickphilosopher.typepad.com)
Abraham Remy Charlip was an American artist, writer, choreographer, theatre director, designer and teacher.
In the 1960s Charlip created a unique form of choreography, which he called “air mail dances”. He would send a set of drawings to a dance company, and the dancers would then order the positions and create transitions and context.
I remember him most as a co founder of the Paper Bag Players, one of the most important children’s theatres in the world. He served as head of the Children’s Theater and Literature Department at Sarah Lawrence College, was a winner of two Village Voice Obie Awards, three New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year citations, and was awarded a six-month residency in Kyoto from the Japan/U.S. Commission on the Arts. He wrote and/or illustrated 29 children’s books.
Charlip was the model for illustrations of Georges Méliès in the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret ( if you saw the wonderful movie “Hugo” you know this story), written and illustrated by Brian Selznick.
Great artist. Great loss. Fortunately he left so much behind.
- Remy Charlip, Dancer and Children’s Author, Dies at 83 (nytimes.com)
- Ladies & Gentlemen, It’s Been A While… (heropress.net)
- Dancer, author Remy Charlip dies (sfgate.com)
This frightening piece from Cafe Mom. Why stories like this are popping up more frequently leads me to suspect religion even more…
This story almost sounds like a parody, like some twisted SNL skit, but unfortunately, it’s real. Around midnight last Sunday, some people were out in their yard, wrapping up a barbecue, when a 12-year-old boy came barrelling down the street, begging for help, saying that a man was chasing him. A few moments later, a man did, in fact, appear in his maroon underwear, no less, trying to get the boy to come back with him. Heather Rodriguez and her brother-in-law knew better than to hand over a scared, shaking boy to a suspicious man in his underwear, and decided to get the cops involved. It’s a good thing they did, too, because the “suspicious man” who was chasing the boy was a priest who had just allegedly sexually abused the pre-teen on an air mattress in his house.
- Near-naked priest chases 12-year-old boy (freethinker.co.uk)
- Priest in his underwear chased 12-year-old boy down neighborhood streets after the boy ran from abuse (dvorak.org)
- Speedo Wearing Priest Seen Chasing Boy Down Street After Alleged Molestation (dreamindemon.com)
- OREGON: Catholic Priest In His Underwear Chases Boy Down Street After Abuse (joemygod.blogspot.com)
- Boy told sister: “Father Angel touched me in my privates,” court affidavit said (oregonlive.com)
- Police: Boy says Woodburn priest fondled him, took pics (kgw.com)
- Collared: “Father Angel” Arrested After Reportedly Chasing A 12-Year-Old Boy Down Street In His Underwear (jonathanturley.org)
Factual information is the kind of thing that can blow a hole in a wall of falsification.
We have a lot still to learn about Ryan… like these five facts:
Now, go HERE and read the 290 page research report on Ryan. See everything he’s voted for, every position he’s taken on things important to you… and more.
- 21 Of The Best Pictures Of Paul Ryan’s Very Serious Hair (buzzfeed.com)
- BUSTED: Watch TARP Republican Paul Ryan Begging Congress To Vote For The Wall Street Bailout (dailybail.com)
- Media First ROFL Spin On a Paul Ryan Veep Pick: Too Inexperienced to Be President? (newsbusters.org)
- Paul Ryan, the Pick of Fear (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- 3 Essential Things To Read About Paul Ryan Today (upworthy.com)
- Romney-Ryan 2012: The Herman & Eddie Munster Ticket (crooksandliars.com)
- Open Prep: 15 Things to Read, See and Hear About Paul Ryan (wnyc.org)
- I Admire Paul Ryan For Having The Balls To Do What No Other Lame-O Congressman Will Do (businessinsider.com)
Elly and I are in the planning stages of our earth bermed house project which we hope to be living in in a year or so. About a mile or so from our current house is an “Earthship“, a particular style of earth bermed house, originally designed and promoted by New mexico architect Mike Reynolds. It is built with walls made out of earth-filled automobile tires that are then covered with clay and cement.
It uses south-facing solar windows and a number of other things (like greywater cisterns) which we are planning on.
While this is not the method of building we are looking at, it has enough of the same features that we felt it would be a source of information for us. Owners Larry and Karen spent four years doing much of the building themselves and they were a fountain of information answering all of our questions and giving us advice. We have a number of leads to look up that they have directed us to.
I’ll be getting into more stuff about our new house plan as we go along.
- Earthship Houses: Michael Reynolds (universalwordsofinspiration.wordpress.com)
- Earthship Codes, Permits, Regulations and Laws (taketochange.com)
- Earthships: Off-grid, zero-emission, recycled-content homes (mnn.com)
- Earthships Could Transform Philadelphia (sierraclub.typepad.com)
- Garbage Warrior (Full Version) (undergrounddocumentaries.com)
- Earthrise: Earthships + North Aral Sea Revival (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- PREMIERE: THE WAR ON HEALTH: THE FDA’s CULT OF TYRANNY by Gary Null (prn.fm)
- War on Health – Gary Null’s documentary exposing the FDA – *video* (chasvoice.blogspot.com)
- Watch War on Health: The FDA’s Cult of Tyranny (foodfreedomgroup.com)
- Organically Farmed vs. Locally Produced (theepochtimes.com)
- War on Health: FDAs Cult of Tyranny (Trailer) (therealfoodchannel.com)
If you’ve been watching the news concerning Willard’s visit to London, you may have heard that he has made a number of gaffes – enough so that the Mayor of London has compared him to Sarah Palin, and thought Palin was the more accomplished candidate.
You can review all the gaffes so far HERE, including videos and statements. It makes you a little ashamed to be an American since the Brits are now looking at Romney as an example of us all.
Here’s one of the gaffes that hit on Mitt’s preparedness for the whole thing:
BBC News quoted Romney:
“To look out of the back side of 10 Downing Street and see a venue having been constructed, knowing that athletes will be carrying out their activities almost in the back yard of the prime minister is really quite an accomplishment.”
So what’s wrong with that, you say. Well… The Guardian responds:
Firstly, in Britain, “backside” means “ass”. As in the part of the body. Secondly, “10 Downing Street” is often used in political reporting as a synonym for a press spokesman for the prime minister, in the same way as “the White House” can say things or have opinions.
Imagine what he’s going to do (or say) in Poland and Israel.
- Mitt Romney Makes ‘Disconcerting’ Olympic Gaffe In London (ibtimes.com)
- Ten Reasons Romney is Dangerous On Foreign Policy (davidmixner.com)
- Romney under fire for comments about London Olympics (news.yahoo.com)
- David Cameron Praises Marriage Equality Right Before Romney Visit (towleroad.com)
- After ‘Anglo-Saxon’ gaffe, Mitt Romney and British PM trade barbs over Olympics (news.nationalpost.com)
- Romney Campaign Shames America By Criticizing POTUS on Foreign Soil (politicususa.com)
- Romney tells public of secret meeting with MI6 spy chief (rawstory.com)
- Romney Questions London’s Readiness for Olympics – Media Has a Conniption (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Romney Plays Loud American Tourist in London (theatlanticwire.com)
The revelation at her death that Sally Ride, an American Hero, was also a Lesbian who had a 27 year relationship with a female partner, brings me back to the anti-gay marriage statements by Dan Cathy, President of that detestable fast food empire.
It is time to re-think ALL our values…EVERYBODY… because this is the 21st Century and we should no longer be tied down by religious or ultra-conservative regulations and ignorance.
Here’s a view of what the radical right thinks and how those thoughts are defined:
Can we now realize that there are great people and ordinary people and all kinds of people who are gay or straight and they all have the right to live equal lives!
- Why I will never eat at Chick-fil-A… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Boston Mayor: Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A Not Welcome in This City (newstalkcleveland.com)
- The Jim Henson Company Cuts Ties With Chick-Fil-A Due To Their Flagrant Homophobia (pinkisthenewblog.com)
- Will Chick-fil-A Pay a Price for Its Anti-Gay Marriage Stance? (dailyfinance.com)
- Is Chick-fil-A Anti-Gay? ‘Guilty As Charged’ Says Its President (patheos.com)
- Boston Mayor: Chick-fil-A, Move Along (towleroad.com)
The business growth of Private Enterprise Prisons… this at a time when violent crimes have decreased about 41%…
Sometimes bloggers do poor research… especially conservative bloggers. Not that I am worried about the blog competition, but here’s a neat piece I found on The Fifth Column:
A conservative blogger’s recent attempt to sandbag Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist Connie Schultz proved to be an epic failure — and the only thing saving him from public embarrassment is Schultz’s own grace.
The story begins on July 9, says Schultz, when she received an email from the inquiring blogger, who promptly misspelled the name of the author, former columnist for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer for commentary:
Dear Ms. Shultz,We are doing an expose on journalists in the elite media who socialize with elected officials they are assigned to cover. We have found numerous photos of you with Sen. Sherrod Brown. In one of them, you appear to be hugging him.
Care to comment?
Uh oh, you might think. Soon she’ll have to defend herself from allegations of being overly cozy with a subject she reports on. Well — not quite.
On July 10, she replied with this:
Dear Mr. [Name Deleted]:I am surprised you did not find a photo of me kissing U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown so hard he passes out from lack of oxygen. He’s really cute.
He’s also my husband.
You know that, right?
Brown and Schultz have been married since 2004, as even a cursory Google search or glance through either one’s Wikipedia page would show. She recounted the amusing tale on Facebook and noted that as of Tuesday she hadn’t received a response.
- A Reporter’s Failed Attempt To Sandbag Connie Schultz (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Conservative Blogger Outraged Over Senator Showing Affection To His Wife (huffingtonpost.com)
- Conservative Blogger Catches Reporter Hugging Senator Who Happens To Be Her Husbamd (outsidethebeltway.com)
- I Wonder Who’s The Mystery Blogger In This Post? (sinclairwatch.wordpress.com)
- Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Wife Makes Conservative Blogger Look Silly (usnews.com)
- Conservative blogger’s ‘gotcha!’ fails (jimromenesko.com)
- Gotcha Story Idea Backfires On Conservative Blogger (npr.org)
- Columnist Accused of Being Too Cozy With Own Husband (nymag.com)
Eric Oster, in Faster Times, illustrates the college vote potential for the 2012 election compared to 2008:
The youth turnout for the 2008 election was a big story, with record numbers turning up to the polls — mostly to vote for Obama.
So what will the youth vote look like in 2012? Well, just check out the infographic below. Not surprisingly, the turnout isn’t expected to match the record numbers in 2008 — perhaps because Obama has proven such a disappointment to those who expected “hope” or “change.” Also not surprising, however, is the fact that not too many young voters can get behind Mitt Romney. Or the fact that jobs and unemployment is the biggest issue for voters 18-29, seeing as many of them are unemployed or severely underemployed.
– Eric Oster is an Assistant Editor at The Faster Times and a writer, editor and musician from Fairfield County, Connecticut. After graduating Goucher College in 2008 with a degree in creative writing, he was co-founder and Editor-in Chief of a literary magazine called Caution Horse. He is currently learning to communicate telepathically with cats in an attempt to direct an all-cat rendition of The Sound of Music. You can follow him on Twitter @ErikDOster.
Via: Best Online Colleges
- Gallup: Youth-vote enthusiasm off by 20 points from 2008 (hotair.com)
- Lack Of Youth Enthusiasm Could Be An Enormous Problem For Obama (businessinsider.com)
- The College Vote: Obama vs. Romney (Infographic) (thenyegotist.com)
- FiveThirtyEight: Measuring the Effects of Voter Identification Laws (fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Youth Votes to Drop Significantly in 2012 Election (newamericamedia.org)
- The Fall Of The Exurbs = The Collapse Of The GOP (underpaidgenius.com)
Perhaps he’s got a distorted sense of humor…how could anyone think he really believes what he said?
Then he attempted to clarify his comment, but added to the controversy instead. His quote:
A reporter asked LePage if the IRS was headed in that direction, and he said it was.
When asked if he thought the IRS was going to kill a lot of people like the Nazis, LePage said:
When do gubernatorial elections come up again in Maine? This guy has really got to go. In one small set of statements he has offended Americans, Maine voters and Jews everywhere…and he doesn’t even know it.
- LePage tells Vt. reporter IRS is not as bad as the Gestapo – yet (bangordailynews.com)
- Maine Governor: IRS Is ‘Headed’ In The Direction Of Killing A Lot Of People (huffingtonpost.com)
- Maine Governor Paul LePage Acknowledges That It Is Possible the IRS Is Not Quite As Bad As the Nazi Secret Police at This Very Moment (nymag.com)
- Maine gov: IRS ‘headed’ in Gestapo’s path (content.usatoday.com)
- Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage says the IRS is going to kill a lot of people – seriously (dailykos.com)
- An open letter to Governor Paul LePage: (thenewquakeragitator.wordpress.com)
- Maine Governor Calls Obamacare’s IRS Agents the “New Gestapo” (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Maine governor draws ire with new IRS ‘Gestapo’ comments (vancouverdesi.com)
- Maine gov calls IRS ‘new Gestapo’ in radio speech (sacbee.com)
Televangelist Bill Keller (said by some to be the most popular televangelist in America), is adamant that a vote for either Obama or Romney is a vote for Satan, resulting in condemning the voter to a life in Hell. Ordinarily, one could say to any American voter that this guy is completely insane. However, we don’t seem to be living in ordinary times.
Keller became an extreme, conservative Christian while serving a prison term as an insider trader in the stock market. Upon getting out, he went to Liberty University under the tutelage and right wing influence of the late Jerry Falwell. Like Falwell, he doesn’t separate religion from politics.
Here’s what Keller has stated on television about Obama and Romney:
“A Christian is faced with a difficult dilemma this November. It is literally Satan flipping a two-headed coin with his head on both sides. How can a Christian in good conscience vote for President Obama, who has proven to be the most pro-baby killing, pro-radical homosexual, pro-enemy of Israel President in our nation’s history.”
“On the other hand, how can a Christian in good conscience vote for Mitt Romney, a 5th generation member and priest of the Satanic Mormon cult. His Presidency would give his cult the mainstream acceptance they have always wanted since being founded 200 years ago by a documented con-artist, racist, pedophile, polygamist, and murderer named Joseph Smith. Conservative estimates are that Romney’s cult will add at least 1 million converts in the US alone. For a Christian, that means 1 million souls who will buy into a false Gospel and burn in hell for all eternity!”
Keller’s solution for his followers is a denial of government altogether – vote for Jesus:
“Jesus will never get elected, but if we can get a million people writing in the name ‘Jesus’, it is not only going to impact the election, it is going to make a statement that Christians aren’t going to just take whoever they are offered anymore.”
Here’s what I think: getting people to vote for Jesus makes them disown their identity as Americans. It also gives an advantage to Romney, since many Christian organizations are recognizing Mormons as Christians, despite what Bill Keller says, and a vote for Jesus would most likely to be a vote against our first black president.
Religion should not be part of our government and wasn’t intended to be by the Founding Fathers. Sarah Palin has raised the same issue… and she is just as wrong:
Frankly, I’d agree with John Adams before I’d consider the religious misdirection of Keller and Palin.
- J.C. For President! (patheos.com)
- Keller: ‘Write in the Name of Jesus for President’ (secularnewsdaily.com)
- Liberty University Here We Come (godshammer.wordpress.com)
- Pat Robertson: Vote Romney because ‘you don’t have Jesus running’ (rawstory.com)
- Obama’s Gayloed & Romney’s Rewarded: Both Satanic to Evangelicals (bilerico.com)
- Christians should repent and vote for Ron Paul, says pastor (jeenyuscorner.com)
- Mormonvoices Explains Mormons Are Christians, Just Not Evangelicals (prweb.com)
Moyers has seen America become a plutocracy over six decades… and he’s not happy about it.
Scientists at the world’s biggest atom smasher have announced the discovery of a brand-new particle—and it looks an awful lot like the long-sought Higgs boson, also known as the “God particle,” without which the universe as we know it wouldn’t exist.
“It is an incredible thing that has happened in my lifetime.”
– Peter Higgs, physicist who theorized the existence of the Higgs boson
According to CERN, the existence of this particle was confirmed in two separate experiments at the Large Hadron Collider—a massive underground particle accelerator that spans the border of France and Switzerland—and there’s less than a one-in-a-million chance that the data is a fluke.
Higgs first proposed the existence of the new particle more than half a century ago to explain a mystery: Why do most elementary particles have mass? Without mass there would be no atoms; no chemistry; no biology—and certainly none of us.
The concept of mass has long been a sticking point in the Standard Model, which describes all known elementary particles, and how they interact.
- CERN discovers Higgs-like boson (physicsworld.com)
- Higgs boson: it’s unofficial! Cern scientists discover missing particle (guardian.co.uk)
- What Finding the Higgs-Boson Means (wired.com)
- Newly Discovered Particle Appears to Be Long-Awaited Higgs Boson (wired.com)
- What is the Higgs boson & what does its discovery mean? (itv.com)
- Particle ‘Consistent’ With Higgs Boson Discovered (news.discovery.com)
- Cern discovers ‘God Particle’ (news.techeye.net)
- Cern Large Hadron Collider scientists hail God particle find (independent.co.uk)
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has come under focus recently for the kind of textbooks he is willing to fund with State money, even they are for private Christian schools. And this is a guy who some want for Vice President.
“Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”
– from Louisiana Christian schoolbook by Accelerated Christian Education, or ACE.
“…is it possible that a fire-breathing animal really existed? Today some scientists are saying yes. They have found large chambers in certain dinosaur skulls… The large skull chambers could have contained special chemical-producing glands. When the animal forced the chemicals out of its mouth or nose, these substances may have combined and produced fire and smoke… Dinosaurs and humans were definitely on earth at the same time and may have even lived side by side within the past few thousand years”
– also from Bob Jones University Press.
These books are used widely in Christian schools that would receive dramatically increased funding under Mitt Romney‘s education plan. But look at this: BJU‘s biology, history, English, and religion textbooks have been rejected by the University of California for course credit. Why? Because they don’t even have the kernel of truth in them.
My recommendation: don’t go to school in Louisiana.
- The Loch Ness Monster and Creationists (biblicalbullshit.wordpress.com)
- The Loch Ness Monster Is Real; The KKK Is Good: The Shocking Content of Publicly Paid for Christian School Textbooks (alternet.org)
- Loch Ness monster cited by US schools as evidence that evolution is myth (scotsman.com)
- Louisiana vouchers pay to teach students about Nessie, the evolutiond-debunking plesiosaur (secularnewsdaily.com)
- American Children Taught Nessie is Real (gizmodo.co.uk)
Last Friday he achieved his peak
with thirty lies in just one week…
He treats the voter like a twit
by feeding him this Romney shit.
That’s the opposite of the truth. According to the CBO and other nonpartisan budget estimates, killing the law would make the deficit go up, not down, and would cost, not save, the country hundreds of billions of dollars in the coming years.
2. In the same interview, Romney said, “I think a lot of people forgetting is there is only one president in history that’s cut Medicare by $500 billion and that is President Obama.”
Romney says this a lot. He’s not telling the truth.
3. Romney also said, “I see people holding up signs, ‘Don’t touch my Medicare.’ It’s like, hey, I’m not touching your Medicare.”
Romney endorsed Paul Ryan’s House Republican Budget plan, which ends the Medicare program and replaces it with a private voucher scheme.
4. In the same interview, Romney said President Obama has “never had the experience of working in the private sector.”
Actually, that’s not true. Obama worked at a private-sector law firm before entering public service.
5. Romney also told Hannity Obama went on “an apology tour” in his first year.
As Romney surely knows by now, he’s lying.
6. Romney, trying to talk about foreign policy, said Syria is Iran’s “route to the sea.”
Iran doesn’t share a border with Syria, and Iran already borders two bodies of water.
7. At a campaign event in Stratham, New Hampshire, Romney claimed, “Bill Clinton and so many other mainstream Democrats are revolting against the backward direction President Obama is taking his party and our country.”
In reality, Bill Clinton supports the president’s re-election and recently said a Romney presidency would be “calamitous for our country and the world.”
8. At an event in Cornwall, Pennsylvania, shared an anecdote about a local optometrist who was forced to fill out a “33-page” change-of-address form — several times — at the post office.
9. At the same event, Romney said Obama is “taking away” scholarships and charter schools for “kids in Washington, D.C.”
This has become a line in Romney’s stump speech, but it isn’t in any way true.
10. Romney also claimed, “This president has put together almost as much public debt as all the prior presidents combined.”
11. Romney went on to say, “It’s immoral in my view for my generation to pass on to these kids the burden of our generation. I think it’s wrong. It’s got to stop. And if I’m president of the United States I will get us on track to have a balanced budget.”
12. At a campaign stop in Weatherly, Pennsylvania, Romney said the president’s “trillion- dollar stimulus” failed to “create jobs.”
That’s the opposite of the truth.
13. At the same event, Romney said about Obama, “He was told that one small business was having a hard time dealing with Obamacare. He said he hadn’t heard that.”
That’s not what happened. In fact, the small business wasn’t having a hard time dealing with Obamacare, and was hurt by policies Romney wants to pursue.
14. Romney went on say, “I was in Las Vegas and met a woman who was worried. She has a business renting furniture to casinos and to conventioners that come to Las Vegas. And when the president said, don’t bother coming to Las Vegas for your company meetings a few years ago, her business dove.”
Obama actually said, in reference to Wall Street recklessness, “You are not going to be able to give out these big bonuses until you pay taxpayers back. You can’t get corporate jets. You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers’ dime. There’s got to be some accountability and some responsibility.” To blame the failure of some random business in Nevada on this is ridiculous.
15. Romney added, “If we stay on the road we’re on, we’re going to become like Europe…. I don’t believe Europe works in Europe. I don’t want it here.”
The irony is, Europe is trying to grow through austerity, just as Romney intends to do here. He’s lying in a self-refuting sort of way.
16. In his “Face the Nation” interview, Romney said of Obama’s new immigration policy, “If he really wanted to make a solution that dealt with these kids or with the illegal immigration in America, then this is something he would have taken up in his first three and a half years, not in his last few months.”
That’s remarkably misleading. Obama has pushed for the DREAM Act for years, and would have signed it into law in 2010 had it not been blocked by a Republican filibuster.
17. In the same interview, Romney said about health care, “I will continue to describe the plan that I would provide, which is, number one, to make sure that people don’t have to worry about losing their insurance if they have a preexisting condition, and change jobs.”
This is the kind of answer that’s clearly intended to deceive. Under Romney’s approach, millions of people with pre-existing conditions would be denied coverage — and occasionally his campaign even admits it.
18. Also on health care, Romney said the president “jammed through a bill” and “didn’t really try and work for a Republican vote.”
This is laughably untrue. Obama worked for months to find someone — anyone — in the Republican Party who would work with him in good faith, including delaying progress while the “Gang of Six” engaged in pointless talks.
19. Romney also said, “I’m not looking for a tax cut for the very wealthiest.”
Either Romney hasn’t read his own tax plan, or he’s lying.
20. Appearing via video at the “Faith and Freedom Coalition” annual event, Romney applauded the far-right group’s leader: “Ralph Reed has been a real champion in fighting for the fundamental values that have made America the nation that it is.”
21. In the same speech, Romney said, “When you put in place a bill like Obamacare, you attack the freedom of people to make a choice about their own insurance and what kind of coverage they want to have.”
That’s not true. Under the Affordable Care Act, consumers would choose from competing plans as part of a health care exchange. Romney knows this — it was part of his own plan.
22. Romney went on to say, “[M]edian income in this nation has dropped by 10 percent over the last four years.”
That only makes sense if we count Obama’s first year in office, which relies on a standard Romney believes is fundamentally unfair.
23. He also argued, “Government at all levels is about 37 percent of the economy today — 37 percent. And if Obamacare were allowed to stand, government would control about half of the economy of America.”
That’s demonstrably ridiculous.
24. At the same event, Romney said that Obama “insists” that “Israel return to the ’67 borders — indefensible borders.”
25. At a campaign event in Brunswick, Ohio, Romney claimed that Obama said “if you let him borrow all that money, he’d keep unemployment below 8 percent.”
As Romney surely knows by now, that’s simply not true.
26. At the same event, Romney said under Obamacare, we’ll get “a healthcare system run by the government.”
There is no universe in which this is true.
27. At a campaign event in Janesville, Wisconsin, Romney argued, “[T]he path we’re on, spending $1 trillion more every year than we take in, is leading us to Greece.”
That’s painfully untrue.
28. At a campaign event in Holland, Michigan, Romney claimed that, as a result of the Dodd-Frank reforms, “small banks and community banks are finding it harder and harder to make loans to small businesses.”
According to community banks, this is false. These banks have actually gotten stronger after Dodd-Frank, and the president of Independent Community Bankers Of America recently said, “I am sick of Wall Street using community banks as their shills to scare community bankers into stampeding Congress into undoing provisions of law that finally attempt to deal with too big to fail and Wall Street overreach.”
29. In a speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials yesterday, Romney argued that President Obama “has not completed a single new trade agreement with Latin America.”
Romney does realize that Panama is part of Latin America, right?
30. Romney went on to argue, “Unfortunately, despite his promises, President Obama has failed to address immigration reform.”
Actually, Obama has addressed it quite a bit, taking executive action where the law allows, and pushing Congress to pursue comprehensive reform based on a bipartisan plan he presented last year.
– Thanks to Steve Benen, Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity
- Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity, Vol. XXIII (maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com)
- Willard Romney’s Lies of the Week (3chicspolitico.com)
- President Obama Reportedly Rejects Crowd’s Boos Directed At Romney (mediaite.com)
- Obama Leads in Three Key Battlegrounds (politicalwire.com)
- Obama and Biden strike at Romney on overseas jobs – Boston.com (articles.boston.com)
- Romney’s Incredible Dishonesty Ignores How the Filibuster Destroys Democracy (elections.firedoglake.com)
New Bloomberg poll results show a plurality of Americans, 43 percent, say they want to retain the 2010 law with only small modifications, while 15 percent say the measure should be left alone, a Bloomberg National Poll shows. That’s 58 % for keepers! Only 33% say it should be repealed.
Next week the Supreme Court is expected to rule “on the constitutionality of the law, the centerpiece of which is the mandate that most Americans buy insurance or pay a fine.”
Do you suppose the Court pays attention to people, or to Republican campaign rhetoric?
- Most Don’t Want Health Care Law Repealed (politicalwire.com)
- Robert Scheer: Health Care: Give the People What They Want (huffingtonpost.com)
- No Supreme Court ruling on national health care law – Boston.com (boston.com)
- Supreme Court pushes health care ruling to next week (bostonglobe.com)
A group of students and professors from Yale University have found a fungi in the Amazon rainforest that can degrade and utilize the common plastic polyurethane (PUR). As part of the university’s Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory educational program, designed to engage undergraduate students in discovery-based research, the group searched for plants and cultured the micro-organisms within their tissue.
Several active organisms were identified, including two distinct isolates of Pestalotiopsis microspora with the ability to efficiently degrade and utilize PUR as the sole carbon source when grown anaerobically, a unique observation among reported PUR biodegradation activities.
Polyurethane is a big part of our mounting waste problem and this is a new possible solution for managing it. The fungi can survive on polyurethane alone and is uniquely able to do so in an oxygen-free environment. The Yale University team has published its findings in the article ‘Biodegradation of Polyester Polyurethane by Endophytic Fungi’ for the Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal.
One of the greatest problems we have faced as we look for ways to clean up the environment we have so befouled over the years i the huge presence of wasted plastic bottles and gallon jugs. Here is an opportunity to find a natural solution to the huge nuisance and help make the world a better place.
Keep your eye out for more information.
- Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem (federaljack.com)
- Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem | The Yoga Hub (nesapfich.wordpress.com)
- Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem. (thetruthiswhere.wordpress.com)
- Yale Students Discover Rare Plastic-Eating Fungus in the Ecuadorian Rainforest (inhabitat.com)
- A Mushroom That Eats Plastic (neatorama.com)
“Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad – they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party – and I don’t – as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground.
“Back to my dad’s time and Ronald Reagan’s time – they go a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support.”
– Gov. Jeb Bush (R)
This didn’t make Grover Norquist (no elected office – R) very happy:
“That’s foolish, it’s sup-it’s bizarre.
There’s a guy (Jeb) who watched his father throw away his presidency on a 2:1 [ratio of
spending cuts to tax increases] promise. And he thinks he’s sophisticated by saying that he’d take a 10:1 promise. He doesn’t understand – he’s just agreed to walk down the same alley his dad did with the same gang. And he thinks he’s smart. You walk down that alley, you don’t come out. You certainly don’t come out with 2:1 or 10:1.”
– Grover Norquist, Enemy of Americans (R)
As you know, Norquist crafted a pledge to never increase taxes for any reason that current-day Republicans sign or else have trouble getting support from national Republicans.
The Bush comments are part of a small, but growing schism of Republicans who are starting to break with Norquist’s hard-line orthodoxy on taxes. Whether more Republicans start to break, or Norquist’s anti-tax increase orthodoxy continues to rule the Republican Party is yet to be determined.
– CBS News
So, if you are wondering why we don’t get anywhere on Jobs, or battling this depression (see Krugman‘s new book “End This Depression Now”), or getting some kind of focus on improving our overall economy, you need wonder no more. Between McConnell and Boehner‘s refusal to to compromise on anything with Obama and the Democrats, and the insistence of Republicans that they are waiting until after the election, assuming any cooperation now is working against Mitt, I don’t expect anything will happen any time soon.
- Struggle for the Republican Party’s Soul: Jeb Bush Versus Grover Norquist? (themoderatevoice.com)
- Jeb Bush: Reagan ‘would have a hard time’ in today’s GOP (thehill.com)
- Norquist Lashes Back At Jeb Bush On Reagan, Taxes (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)
- TRENDING: Jeb Bush: Reagan wouldn’t fit in today’s GOP (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Norquist upset with Jeb Bush for saying Reagan too moderate for today’s GOP (americablog.com)
- Jeb Bush Unsure Reagan Could Win Republican Nomination Today (miami.cbslocal.com)
- Jeb vs. Grover: Battle for GOP’s soul (cnn.com)