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Quote of the Day – Romney and Education

Mitt Romney was attacking Obama about our failing education system. He has a point. We are graduating millions of people in this country who are so lacking in basic analytical skills, they are considering voting for Mitt Romney.”

Bill Maher

..and he’s a triumphant speller.

Legalizing Marijuana Benefits All of Us…

This is a followup to the Penn Jillette commentary I posted last week commenting on the problems with Obama‘s marijuana policy. This piece is from Online Paralegal Programs and has relevant statistical information:

So… this would save us public funds, help the economy, keep medical needs filled and would allow us to grow hemp for fabrics and other products, as this country used to do.

What if we’re not the Good Guys we think we are?

One thing that comes out of elections is the creation of positive images by candidates, developed by their campaign staff. The reason for this is we often know very little about the candidate’s previous life  and real opinions and find it easier to depend on definitive quotes rather than actual knowledge.

A quote from Mitt:

And the American people are the greatest people in the world. What makes America the greatest nation in the world is the heart of the American people: hardworking, innovative, risk-taking, God- loving, family-oriented American people.

So who are the American people that Mitt talks about? Perhaps these quotes make it more (or less) clear:

“This is not who we are.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the US massacre of 16 Afghan villagers.

“This is not who we are.”
— General John Allen, commander of forces in Afghanistan, on Koran burning

“This is not who we are.”
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on troops posing with enemy body parts

“This is not who we are.”
— Secretary of State Clinton, also on troops posing with enemy body parts

Spying by the New York Police on Muslims in Newark, NJ, which the Newark Police Chief was alerted to, is “not who we are”
— Newark Mayor Cory Booker

“I can tell you something all of you know already – that using pepper spray on peaceful protesters runs counter to our values. It does not reflect well on this university and it absolutely is not who we are.”
UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, who ordered campus police to use force to clear peaceful student occupiers from the campus, leading to pepper spraying of students

“You can’t say, well, we developed trade and the economic relations first and the disregard of human rights. That’s not who we are. We are the United States of America.”
— Sasha Gong, director of the China branch of Voice of America

 

Mitt’s “hardworking, innovative, risk-taking, God- loving, family-oriented American people” are a concept… but does he really think they are a reality?

In other words, who does Mitt think we are and how will he twist that around to get votes? No one really believes we are perfect and moral… if they did, they never would listen to Mitt (or Newt, or even Barack.)

Someday it may be possible to have a government that is trusted to tell the truth. Meanwhile, we are not the good guys we think we are.

Quote of Day – on the summer of economy repair

From Sandy Underpants at The Aristocrats:

if the Obama team is any good, and I think they are, they are going to spend every penny they can spend, every squirreled away billion is going to hit the economy.  if it is possible for us to have a recovery summer, this will be the summer we get it.  of course it can’t be done without fingerprints and Republicans will all squeal like a stepped on cat every time a dollar gets spent.  President Obama won’t be able to have an extra squirt of creamer in his coffee without being accused of juicing the economy.  so that will be our long boring political summer.  to the extent that anyone pays attention it’ll be a long boring political summer that Democrats win.

You know, I agree with him and I’ll be promoting the Democratic program here on this blog all summer.

Do you believe it? Sean Hannity has a lack of knowledge…

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Hannity:

Mr. President where were you for three and a half years on student loans?”

Sean, of course, is trying to make everyone think that Obama has done nothing on his 2008 campaign promise to help with increasing costs of student loans. The smug smile on his face shows that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

For instance, on March 30, 2010, President Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, which saved $68 billion by removing banks from the student loan processing business and freed up more to be given that could be spent on helping students pay for college.

Also, he saw to it that the law stated:

“New borrowers who assume loans after July 1, 2014, will be able to cap their student loan repayments at 10 percent of their discretionary income and, if they keep up with their payments over time, will have the balance forgiven after 20 years.”

 In 2011, the Obama administration announced the new loan repayment rules:

Borrowers are allowed to consolidate some of their payments and save a half of a percentage point interest. (Republicans are now trying to double the interest rate in student loans.)

President Obama has done a great deal to remove the big bank corruption from the student loan program and has made the  program more about actually helping students get an affordable education, not adding to corporate bottom line.

What has Obama done for students who have loans? More that Sean Hannity’s lying heart will ever be able to admit.

—-> Thanks to Politicus USA

Moving into the Real Election…

Both parties seem to think the full-fledged Presidential campaigns are now in force… Romney looks like the Republican favorite (although so many Republicans have appeared really edgy about his capability) and he is moving on Obama. Obama now seems to be taking on Romney.

…and all the special interest groups are letting folks know how they think:

like women…

 

…or dog lovers (Romney will never get past carrying his dog atop his car on a long trip)…

 

… and Republicans who are more and more dissatisfied with their party and its choice…

It’s going to be a long, uneasy road.

What fun!

Quote of the Day – Obama at the Center… Where did the Republicans go?

“I think it’s important to remember that the positions I’m taking now on the budget and a host of other issues, if we had been having this discussion 20 years ago, or even 15 years ago, would have been considered squarely centrist positions. What’s changed is the center of the Republican Party.”

– President Obama

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The President spoke at an Associated Press luncheon yesterday and reminded campaign journalists about the false-equivalence fallacy:

“I think that there is often times the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing, then they’re equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle, and an equivalence is presented — which reinforces I think people’s cynicism about Washington generally.”

Note that Obama changed his position on the mandate policy, but remember that the mandate was a conservative idea, embraced by Republican policymakers for years.

Obama went from supporting a single-payer plan during the 2008 campaign to supporting a plan designed by Mitt Romney in Massachusetts and backed by moderate Republicans throughout the ’90s.

Does this strike you as Obama moving to the left? As the Republicans look to tear down the plan they had previously recommended, who is really moving away from the center?

Amazing Word Game…

… forwarded to me this morning from my friend Tom Weisshaus:

This is amusing!

Did you know that, the words “race car” spelled backwards still spells “race car”?

And that “eat” is the only word that, if you take the first letter and move it to the last, spells its own past tense, “ate”?

And if you rearrange the letters in “Tea Party Republicans,” and add just a few more letters, it spells: “Shut the fuck up you free-loading, progress-blocking, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, violent hypocrites, and deal with the fact that you nearly wrecked the country under Bush and that our president is black, so get over it.”

Isn’t that interesting?
 

🙂

Quote (heh heh) of the Day…

Thanks to All Hat, No Cattle for citing this one:

When I heard the Republicans were in President Obama’s home state, I said, “They’re holding a primary in Kenya?”

Craig Ferguson

I’ll have to start tuning in on Craig again…

The next time some Repub partyer argues about President Obama’s record…

… go to KEEPING HIS WORD and be supplied with a list of his accomplishments, the answers to his promises that have been kept, and all the information you need to wipe the lying bastards off the great right-wing ass.

Great information source that the White House has (finally) put up to counter the world’s least truthful party.

http://www.keepinghisword.com/

As usual, Mitt will do ANYTHING whether he believes in it or not.  Thanks, Moe.

Whatever Works

The Mormon Church has  always opposed gambling in every form, including government-sponsored  lotteries.

Mormon  prophets and leaders have counseled the members over time, to  avoid gambling of any type. Doing so, leads one away from righteousness and  into the hands of Satan. The Mormon belief is that it is an addictive behavior and leads only to destructive habits and  practices. It undermines the value of work and motivates one to think that they  can get something for nothing. In time, the gambler will deny themselves, as  well as their family the basic needs of life. They will oft times steal from  others to finance their addiction, which in turn leads to stealing, robbery,  etc.

From here.

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Quote of the Day – as we look at the Florida Primary, where does Obama stand?

“If his predecessor cursed Obama by handing him a depression and two wars, the Good Lord has blessed him with the weakest field of opponents in memory. I stand by my early assessment: when I look at the economy, I think Obama can’t win, but when I look at the Republicans, I think he can’t lose. The economy is starting to get better; the Republicans aren’t. The president has moved to the populist center, smoothly co-opting the legitimate grievances of the Occupy Wall Street movement and ensuring that he wouldn’t face a primary challenge from the left. ‘Barack’ means blessing in Swahili. Perhaps ‘Obama’ means luckier than a dog with two tongues.”

Paul Begala

… and it looks like Romney will carry Florida, mainly by overspending Newt and his other opponents by a total of 12 million bucks. Money can buy anything.

The Newt in the Moon…

While he makes the budget balanced as President, Newt Gingrich has now promised to put a US base on the moon… by the end of his second term!

The two problems with this are 1.) the cost would blow us even deeper into debt, and 2.) we have to elect Newt for Two Terms!

Now we know he was angling for the NASA vote on the “Space Coast”, but doesn’t Newtie realize that the whole nation is watching (and laughing)?

Political quote for the day… are Republicans smart enough to realize what they are doing?

Paul Begala doesn’t think so.

“I cannot think of a time when the economy declined but the president was not blamed — but this may be the first. If the Republicans were smart, they would do on taxes what they did on trade: quietly pass Obama‘s proposals, knowing full well that even a million new jobs will not be enough to climb out of the hole Obama inherited.  The economy isn’t giving Obama enough jobs, but the Republicans are giving him the next best thing: a villain to blame for the poor economy. By killing Obama’s jobs agenda, Republicans may just save his presidency.”

– Paul Begala

Of course, we also hear from Romney this morning…

… and he isn’t thrilled:

Why is this man smiling?

“As president, my plan would have produced a budget that was cut, capped and balanced – not one that opens the door to higher taxes and puts defense cuts on the table. President Obama’s leadership failure has pushed the economy to the brink at the eleventh hour and 59th minute. While I appreciate the extraordinarily difficult situation President Obama’s lack of leadership has placed Republican Members of Congress in, I personally cannot support this deal.”

– Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential Candidate

“Extraordinarily difficult situation” that Republicans have been placed in? Perhaps he doesn’t realize that the Republicans WON here. Then again, maybe his old Massachusetts liberalism is coming out.

Eighth Day Accompanied on Dog Walk by Red-Winged Blackbird.

I’m pretty sure it’s the same one since there are several others around but none of them seems concerned with the route we are taking. This one jumps from bush to bush to stay within 5′ to 10′ ahead us as we walk.

I’ve named him Nik-Nik after the sound he makes (which I imitate back to him) between chirps (I fear I am a lousy chirper.)

Now that we’re over a week since the first time he walked with us (I think he really comes out when he sees us walk out of the front door of the house), I’ll be disappointed if he’s not there tomorrow.

Third day and our friend the redwinged blackbird took a walk with my boys and me…

Not our friend - just a sample

I really expected him to be gone today. When we got over to the marshy area by the runoff pond our friend started  flying around us and then went from bush to bush staying just a few feet ahead of us making his clicks and chirps.

I’m getting to expect him and will be disappointed if he’s not there tomorrow. I think my dogs are getting used to him, too… especially Byron who would most likely eat him if he landed within grabbing room. Nestle looks at him and then goes back to sniffing the ground.

Humorous quote of the Week

“I’m the death-panel-supporting, socialist, may-not-have-been-born-here president.”

Barack Obama

The President was quoted by the Los Angeles Times, showing little sympathy to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) who accused him of “mis-describing” the House GOP Medicare plan. (Thanks to Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire.)

The Red-Winged Blackbird who is looking for friends…

Red-Winged Blackbird

For two days now, as I’ve taken Byron and Nestle on their walk around the neighborhood, there has been this bird.. a red-winged blackbird, that has been following us, going from perch to perch. Once or twice it has suspended itself in the air a few feet above us chirping and, I think, trying to get our attention.

It started yesterday when I heard this guy (it’s a male, according to the birdwatching directory) doing two different kinds of chirps… one lower tone that sounds like a click, and a higher tone that is a louder call. At first I started imitating the click… then the high chirp… and I could swear this bird started talking back.

He began following us as we shared chirps and went from bush to bush as we walked around the little drainage pond near the house.

This morning as I walked the dogs I heard the chirps behind me, turned around and saw what must have been the same bird sitting on our road sign. I did the clicks and chirps again and he followed us on our walk once more…flying away as we headed back to the house.


I guess he wants to be friends… we’ll see if he is out there tomorrow.

Stop the Koch Brothers from profiting from the destruction of America’s water and farmland…

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has the ability to stop Koch Industries, Inc. from profiting off a pipeline that would carry the dirtiest oil on Earth through six states, one of America’s most important aquifers and almost 2,000 miles of American homes and farmland. Help us reach our goal of 50,000 individuals telling Secretary Clinton to say No to the Kochs and Yes to protecting Americans at http://kochbrothersexposed.com/tellclintonno.

Saturday night thoughts as I watch Doc Martin reruns…

Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I’m getting so tired of listening to the conservative candidates, congressmen and capitalists complain about paying taxes at the level they should be… say, at the rate they were taxed at before George W. Bush lowered them.

As you recall, he lowered the taxes while, at the same time, getting us involved in an Iraq war for dishonest reasons without actually putting the expenses in the reported budget. It is as if bookkeeping and government spending had no relationship.

If a candidate cannot say “Yes, I will have to raise taxes, especially on the rich,” then he (or she) is being completely dishonest. As citizens, we should demand tax increases… and demand military cuts (and demand that we get out of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and just about everywhere else in the Middle East.

So how do we make it happen?

In Case you missed the White House Correspondent’s Dinner last night…

Here’s the fun that Obama and Seth Meyers had with Donald Trump…

I don’t think The Donald has much of a sense of humor… he certainly couldn’t take the kind of attacks that he hands out… there’s Obama’s strength,

And did you know Michelle Bachman was born in Canada? 🙂

The Return of Olbermann – a Date is Set.

Hooray! Keith Olbermann will be back on Monday, June 20, at 8 PM Eastern… the network? Current TV (The one Al Gore is a major investor in).

What’s even better is what he is going to call the new show: Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

As Keith said when making the announcement vis-a-vis the show name:

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

I guess I’m going to have to catch MSNBC on the re-run.

Quote of the Day – Haley Barbour is out of the race…

“I will not be a candidate for president next year. This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.

“Hundreds of people have encouraged me to run and offered both to give and raise money for a presidential campaign.  Many volunteers have organized events in support of my pursuing the race.  Some have dedicated virtually full time to setting up preliminary organizations in critical, early states and to helping plan what has been several months of intensive activity.

“I greatly appreciate each and every one of them and all their outstanding efforts.  If I have disappointed any of them in this decision, I sincerely regret it.”

– Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R)

So who will Haley support for the Republican nomination? Best guess is his good buddy, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R).


Paul Ryan attacks Obama for being too partisan. Really?!

clipped from Andrew Leonard’s column in www.salon.com
Paul Ryan is upset at Barack Obama. It’s not hard to understand why — the president slugged Ryan’s budget with a punch as hard as any he’s delivered to Republicans since getting elected. But who is Ryan trying to kid when he complains that the president wasn’t “building bridges but poisoning wells,” and that the speech was “excessively partisan, dramatically inaccurate and hopelessly inadequate to addressing our country’s fiscal challenges”?
Excessively partisan? Compared to how Republicans have treated the president over the last two years, Obama’s harshest rhetoric hardly registers on the partisan scale. And Paul Ryan has been mixing it up with the best of them:

  • He openly rooted for “a failed presidency” as “the best outcome.”

  • He declared that the Democratic agenda “is completely antithetical to the American idea, the American project, and what America is about.”
And now he’s miffed because Obama had the temerity to point out that Ryan’s budget pays for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans by forcing seniors to pay more for their healthcare. I always thought Ayn Rand fans were made of tougher stuff. blog it 

 

Listening to the Republicans now is a real experience… do I think they are going to get together with the President and the Democrats and come to a compromise decision? What do YOU think?