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Suppose Romney was President now, during Sandy…

First of all, he would have discarded FEMA as a Federal Agency and given the costs and responsibilities back to the states or to private enterprise. I’ll bet governors up and down the east cost would not be thrilled to lose the federal support.

So what is Romney‘s status on federal funds protecting and helping Americans in times of natural disaster? Take a look:

I guess that means what President Obama is doing now to aid the various states in preserving life and helping states is “immoral.” Tell that to Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who as already come out praising Obama and thanking him for making federal funds and FEMA available… and being available to him by phone for any future problems. I’ll bet Christie is glad that it is Obama and not Romney who is on the other end of the phone call:

“I appreciated the president’s outreach today in making sure that we know he’s watching this and is concerned about the health and welfare and safety of the people of the state of New Jersey.”

–  Gov. Chris Christie, (R) NJ



States whose polls are open early…


First Thoughts on NBC put this out last night:

Idaho and South Dakota today are the first states to begin early-in-person voting. Also today, absentee voting begins in Minnesota, West Virginia, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Georgia, Arkansas, Idaho, and Maryland. This brings the total number of states already accepting ballots to 12. Thirteen additional states (South Carolina, New Jersey, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Delaware, Virginia, Louisiana, and Missouri) will begin absentee or early voting on Saturday.”

So by tomorrow, half the country will be casting votes  (battleground states in bold): AR, DE, GA, ID, IN, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NC, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WV, WI.

Booknotes – Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt…


Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and the brilliant graphic story teller, Joe Sacco is a brutal depiction of Reality!

 Journalist Chris Hedges and graphic artist Joe Sacco have covered the most depressed pockets of the United States combining graphic art and narrative nonfiction in their book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.  Together they report on how the greed and love of money by major corporations nationwide (including our devastated coal fields here in West Virginia) offering a ground up view of society when corporate capitalism is unregulated and unfettered.


This is a problem which we either deal with or succumb to. The Romney campaign will support the growth of these greedy corporations. Will You?


What is going on with the Republican presidential choices?

Republicans Don’t Like Their Candidates

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds just 43% of Republicans are satisfied with their choices in the 2012 presidential field, far below the 65% who said the same at this time in the 2008 race.

The Fix: “Put Simply: The opportunity is ripe for someone with the fiscally conservative focus of an Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels or, less likely, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to get into the race and immediately begin winning over Republicans dissatisfied with their current options.”

And what is even more interesting, the leading candidate, with around 26% of the Republican’s approval, is Donald Trump. Trump is entertaining the Press with statements pertaining to the “Birther” movement, demanding Obama’s birth certificate and spreading misinformation about his birth location, citizenship, education, etc. At the same time he is attacking  both Democrats AND Republicans, tearing down Mitt Romney last week by insulting his professional business record, his gross income, and, of course, his Massachusetts health plan which has a great similarity to our Affordable Health Care plan passed last year. I won’t even get into the statements he made this week about foreign policy.
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The Donald

How someone like Trump can have such a lead in the polls is either because they are polling Democrats who are masquerading as Republicans and would dearly love to have Trump running against Obama (perhaps with Michelle Bachman as the VP candidate), or Republicans are using this as a front to lure out someone like Mitch Daniels that they would really like to have running. It is hard to believe that Republicans are that unconcerned with the stability of this country to really want someone like the Donald as our National Leader.
You would think that the Press would ignore all this and focus on the real news in the world – there’s plenty of it that we should talk about and understand how to respond as a people. You’d think so, but between this garbage about Trump and the Royal Wedding, a whole lot of our broadcast news not worth turning on.
Thank goodness for the internet.

And the Truth will set you Free…

This really blows a hole in what the Tea Partyers claim is the real desire of the American People.

Madison Wisconsin, March 12, Protest of Gov. Walker's elimination of union bargaining rights.

This from Alternet:

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Madison Rally Bigger Than Biggest Tea Party Rally

Police estimated up to 100,000 people turned out in Madison, WI yesterday to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) assault on unions, making it bigger than any protests the city has witnessed, even those during the Vietnam War. The Madison rally is part of a much larger Main Street Movement of average Americans demanding fairness in labor laws, social spending, and taxation that has emerged in Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, and elsewhere. But yesterday’s rally in Madison is noteworthy because at 85,000-100,000, it was bigger than the biggest tea party protest, the September 12, 2009 rally in Washington, D.C., which turned out only an estimated 60,000-70,000.
For two years, tea party activists and their allies in the GOP have claimed that the hard-right movement represents the true beliefs of the American people. But the crowd in Madison and numerous polls tell a different story.
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Don’t you get tired of hypocrisy among Republicans???

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Reform Opponent Gets Free Public Health Care

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), who opted out of the health care plan available to members of Congress and opposes the new health care reform law over cost concerns — gets free, taxpayer-funded health care at the state level, the Courier-Post reports.

“Lance receives family health coverage that is free except for co-pays… The former state senator, assemblyman and Kean administration official qualified for retirement in 2006, his 25th year of service. He retired in January 2009, when he moved on to Washington, and enrolled in the state’s free health plan for retirees.”

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Of course, this way Lance can say he doesn’t support public-funded health care while collecting it himself and making sure his family gets it, too.

A “free state health plan for retirees”… well, not quite free. Some poor taxpayers are covering it as he tries to remove theirs!

Something my Theatre Friends may find very interesting… a play by Jack Kerouac!

This discovery of a previously unpublished and certainly unproduced Kerouac play, written at the height of his literary power, is something of interest to those of us who are interested in the Beat Generation. This article from the Guardian has more in it… I suggest that those interested read it all:
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‘Lost’ Kerouac play resurfaces after 50 years

Beat Generation ‘conveys the mood of the time extraordinarily well’

It is the sort of irony that would not have been lost on the notoriously hard-living writer. Excerpts from an unpublished play by Jack Kerouac are to be published in the July edition of a men’s lifestyle magazine.

Beat Generation, written in the autumn of 1957, the same year as the publication of Kerouac’s breakthrough work On the Road, was unearthed in a New Jersey warehouse six months ago. An excerpt will appear in the July issue of Best Life magazine.

The play recounts a day in the life of the hard-drinking, drug-fuelled life of Jack Duluoz, Kerouac’s alter-ego.

Although the play was never published or performed, the third act became the basis for a film, Pull My Daisy, starring Allen Ginsberg.
Kerouac’s agent, Sterling Lord, said Kerouac had sent it to several producers but it was turned down.
Kerouac even sent the play to Marlon Brando, Mr Lord said.
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And now for the last post of the evening…My Wife Knows Everything vs. The Wife Doesn’t Know…

…perhaps you saw this on a news program. It’s from a race last Sunday at Monmouth Park:

… and, of course, MY wife knows everything, too. And she always wins!

Morning After – Score is 2 and 1

So we now have Republican governors in Virginia and New Jersey (neither of which was much of a surprise given recent polls) and a Democratic Congressman from the 23d District of New York State.

Looking at Owens’ win in the 23d District, we have the interesting case of the first Democrat in over 100 years to take that office… but it is mostly because of a split between the nominated Republican and the total conservative candidate supported by the far right.

Looks like a lot of strategy has to get put in place for the 2010 elections.