Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Which Mitt?

Which Mitt is it today?



On Oct. 1st, 2012, writes this about Romney's stance on abortion:

"Republican Mitt Romney opposes abortion rights, though he previously supported them. He says Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling establishing abortion rights, should be reversed, which would allow states to ban abortion. He would end federal aid to Planned Parenthood, a major provider of abortion and contraception, and has criticized mandatory coverage for contraception as a threat to religious liberty when it’s applied to employers, such as Catholic hospitals, that disagree."

Now, as of Tuesday Oct. 9th... yeah 2012. As of Tuesday Mitt Romney says... well, let's not be biased. Here it is from

"Now Romney says he would keep abortion legal.

Mitt Romney said Tuesday he has no plans to push for legislation limiting abortion, a softer stance from a candidate who has said he would “get rid of” funding for Planned Parenthood and appoint Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” the Republican presidential nominee told The Des Moines Register in an interview.

So, which Mitt Romney will we see tomorrow?"

And for once I agree with FoxNews. Which Mitt Romney Will we see tomorrow?

Just last year Mitt was telling Mike Huckabee that He would "absolutely" support a constitutional amendment to ban abortions.

For the last year Romney has been promoting an across the board 20% tax cut for "ALL" Americans. And Last week on the 3rd of October Mitt said he would "NOT" cut the taxes of the wealthiest amongst us..


Romney's Bain Selling Out American Workers to China

Monday, October 8, 2012

Romney WAR

A vote for Rmoney = A vote for WAR!

 How many millions of American men and women will Romney send to war to die in order to lower unemployment?

ROMNEY: "I will put the leaders of Iran on notice that the United States and our friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. I will not hesitate to impose new sanctions on Iran, and will tighten the sanctions we currently have. I will restore the permanent presence of aircraft carrier task forces in both the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf region—and work with Israel to increase our military assistance and coordination."

ROMNEY: "I will reaffirm our historic ties to Israel and our abiding commitment to its security—the world must never see any daylight between our two nations."

Since when did Israel become the 51st state?

ROMNEY: " I will restore our Navy to the size needed to fulfill our missions by building 15 ships per year, including three submarines.  I will implement effective missile defenses to protect against threats. And on this, there will be no flexibility with Vladimir Putin. And I will call on our NATO allies to keep the greatest military alliance in history strong by honoring their commitment to each devote 2 percent of their GDP to security spending. Today, only 3 of the 28 NATO nations meet this benchmark."

This guy is going to bankrupt us and send our young men and women off to die in some foreign war.

And if you still have doubts, read this:

ROMNEY: "Sir Winston Churchill once said of George Marshall:  “He … always fought victoriously against defeatism, discouragement, and disillusion.”  That is the role our friends want America to play again.  And it is the role we must play."

Which friends is he referring to? His Big Money Donors? Which friends want us to sacrifice our young men and women? Who are these friends Mr. Romney?

My thoughts on his speech are admittedly glancing. But I am not alone in my suspicions nor my critique. A more informed person is Juan Cole [Professor of History at the University of Michigan]. He has a much more informed and drastic appraisal here


 The full transcript of Romney's speech follows:

I particularly appreciate the introduction from my good friend and tireless campaign companion, Gov. Bob McDonnell. He is showing what conservative leadership can do to build a stronger economy.

Thank you also Congressman Goodlatte for joining us today. And particular thanks to Gen. Peay. I appreciate your invitation to be with you today at the Virginia Military Institute. It is a great privilege to be here at an Institution that has done so much for our nation, both in war and in peace.

For more than 170 years, VMI has done more than educate students. It has guided their transformation into citizens, and warriors, and leaders. VMI graduates have served with honor in our nation’s defense, just as many are doing today in Afghanistan and other lands.

Since the September 11th attacks, many of VMI’s sons and daughters have defended America, and I mourn with you the 15 brave souls who have been lost.

I join you in praying for the many VMI graduates and all Americans who are now serving in harm’s way. May God bless all who serve, and all who have served. Of all the VMI graduates, none is more distinguished than George Marshall—the Chief of Staff of the Army who became Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense, who helped to vanquish fascism and then planned Europe’s rescue from despair. His commitment to peace was born of his direct knowledge of the awful costs and consequences of war.

General Marshall once said, “The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.” Those words were true in his time—and they still echo in ours. Last month, our nation was attacked again. A U.S. Ambassador and three of our fellow Americans are dead—murdered in Benghazi, Libya. Among the dead were three veterans.

All of them were fine men, on a mission of peace and friendship to a nation that dearly longs for both. President Obama has said that Ambassador Chris Stevens and his colleagues represented the best of America. And he is right. We all mourn their loss. The attacks against us in Libya were not an isolated incident. They were accompanied by anti-American riots in nearly two dozen other countries, mostly in the Middle East, but also in Africa and Asia. Our embassies have been attacked.

Our flag has been burned. Many of our citizens have been threatened and driven from their overseas homes by vicious mobs, shouting “Death to America.” These mobs hoisted the black banner of Islamic extremism over American embassies on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. As the dust settles, as the murdered are buried, Americans are asking how this happened, how the threats we face have grown so much worse, and what this calls on America to do. These are the right questions. And I have come here today to offer a larger perspective on these tragic recent events—and to share with you, and all Americans, my vision for a freer, more prosperous, and more peaceful world.

The attacks on America last month should not be seen as random acts. They are expressions of a larger struggle that is playing out across the broader Middle East—a region that is now in the midst of the most profound upheaval in a century. And the fault lines of this struggle can be seen clearly in Benghazi itself. The attack on our Consulate in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012 was likely the work of forces affiliated with those that attacked our homeland on September 11th, 2001.

This latest assault cannot be blamed on a reprehensible video insulting Islam, despite the Administration’s attempts to convince us of that for so long.

No, as the Administration has finally conceded, these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others, especially women and girls; who are fighting to control much of the Middle East today; and who seek to wage perpetual war on the West. We saw all of this in Benghazi last month—but we also saw something else, something hopeful.

After the attack on our Consulate, tens of thousands of Libyans, most of them young people, held a massive protest in Benghazi against the very extremists who murdered our people. They waved signs that read, “The Ambassador was Libya’s friend” and “Libya is sorry.” They chanted “No to militias.” They marched, unarmed, to the terrorist compound.

Then they burned it to the ground. As one Libyan woman said, “We are not going to go from darkness to darkness.” This is the struggle that is now shaking the entire Middle East to its foundation.

It is the struggle of millions and millions of people—men and women, young and old, Muslims, Christians and non-believers—all of whom have had enough of the darkness. It is a struggle for the dignity that comes with freedom, and opportunity, and the right to live under laws of our own making.

It is a struggle that has unfolded under green banners in the streets of Iran, in the public squares of Tunisia and Egypt and Yemen, and in the fights for liberty in Iraq, and Afghanistan, and Libya, and now Syria.

In short, it is a struggle between liberty and tyranny, justice and oppression, hope and despair. We have seen this struggle before. It would be familiar to George Marshall. In his time, in the ashes of world war, another critical part of the world was torn between democracy and despotism.

Fortunately, we had leaders of courage and vision, both Republicans and Democrats, who knew that America had to support friends who shared our values, and prevent today’s crises from becoming tomorrow’s conflicts. Statesmen like Marshall rallied our nation to rise to its responsibilities as the leader of the free world. We helped our friends to build and sustain free societies and free markets.

We defended our friends, and ourselves, from our common enemies. We led. And though the path was long and uncertain, the thought of war in Europe is as inconceivable today as it seemed inevitable in the last century.

This is what makes America exceptional: It is not just the character of our country—it is the record of our accomplishments. America has a proud history of strong, confident, principled global leadership—a history that has been written by patriots of both parties.

That is America at its best. And it is the standard by which we measure every President, as well as anyone who wishes to be President. Unfortunately, this President’s policies have not been equal to our best examples of world leadership. And nowhere is this more evident than in the Middle East. I want to be very clear:

The blame for the murder of our people in Libya, and the attacks on our embassies in so many other countries, lies solely with those who carried them out—no one else. But it is the responsibility of our President to use America’s great power to shape history—not to lead from behind, leaving our destiny at the mercy of events.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where we find ourselves in the Middle East under President Obama. The relationship between the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Israel, our closest ally in the region, has suffered great strains. The President explicitly stated that his goal was to put “daylight” between the United States and Israel. And he has succeeded.

This is a dangerous situation that has set back the hope of peace in the Middle East and emboldened our mutual adversaries, especially Iran. Iran today has never been closer to a nuclear weapons capability.

It has never posed a greater danger to our friends, our allies, and to us. And it has never acted less deterred by America, as was made clear last year when Iranian agents plotted to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador in our nation’s capital. And yet, when millions of Iranians took to the streets in June of 2009, when they demanded freedom from a cruel regime that threatens the world, when they cried out, “Are you with us, or are you with them?”—the American President was silent. Across the greater Middle East, as the joy born from the downfall of dictators has given way to the painstaking work of building capable security forces, and growing economies, and developing democratic institutions, the President has failed to offer the tangible support that our partners want and need.

In Iraq, the costly gains made by our troops are being eroded by rising violence, a resurgent Al-Qaeda, the weakening of democracy in Baghdad, and the rising influence of Iran. And yet, America’s ability to influence events for the better in Iraq has been undermined by the abrupt withdrawal of our entire troop presence. The President tried—and failed—to secure a responsible and gradual drawdown that would have better secured our gains.

The President has failed to lead in Syria, where more than 30,000 men, women, and children have been massacred by the Assad regime over the past 20 months. Violent extremists are flowing into the fight. Our ally Turkey has been attacked. And the conflict threatens stability in the region. America can take pride in the blows that our military and intelligence professionals have inflicted on Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, including the killing of Osama bin Laden.

These are real achievements won at a high cost. But Al-Qaeda remains a strong force in Yemen and Somalia, in Libya and other parts of North Africa, in Iraq, and now in Syria. And other extremists have gained ground across the region. Drones and the modern instruments of war are important tools in our fight, but they are no substitute for a national security strategy for the Middle East. The President is fond of saying that “The tide of war is receding.” And I want to believe him as much as anyone. But when we look at the Middle East today—with Iran closer than ever to nuclear weapons capability, with the conflict in Syria threating to destabilize the region, with violent extremists on the march, and with an American Ambassador and three others dead likely at the hands of Al-Qaeda affiliates— it is clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the President took office.

I know the President hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous Middle East allied with the United States. I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy. We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds, when our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut, when we have no trade agenda to speak of, and the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but of passivity.

The greater tragedy of it all is that we are missing an historic opportunity to win new friends who share our values in the Middle East—friends who are fighting for their own futures against the very same violent extremists, and evil tyrants, and angry mobs who seek to harm us. Unfortunately, so many of these people who could be our friends feel that our President is indifferent to their quest for freedom and dignity. As one Syrian woman put it, “We will not forget that you forgot about us.” It is time to change course in the Middle East.

That course should be organized around these bedrock principles: America must have confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose and resolve in our might. No friend of America will question our commitment to support them… no enemy that attacks America will question our resolve to defeat them… and no one anywhere, friend or foe, will doubt America’s capability to back up our words.

I will put the leaders of Iran on notice that the United States and our friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. I will not hesitate to impose new sanctions on Iran, and will tighten the sanctions we currently have. I will restore the permanent presence of aircraft carrier task forces in both the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf region—and work with Israel to increase our military assistance and coordination.

For the sake of peace, we must make clear to Iran through actions—not just words—that their nuclear pursuit will not be tolerated. I will reaffirm our historic ties to Israel and our abiding commitment to its security—the world must never see any daylight between our two nations. I will deepen our critical cooperation with our partners in the Gulf. And I will roll back President Obama’s deep and arbitrary cuts to our national defense that would devastate our military. I will make the critical defense investments that we need to remain secure.

The decisions we make today will determine our ability to protect America tomorrow. The first purpose of a strong military is to prevent war. The size of our Navy is at levels not seen since 1916. I will restore our Navy to the size needed to fulfill our missions by building 15 ships per year, including three submarines. I will implement effective missile defenses to protect against threats. And on this, there will be no flexibility with Vladimir Putin. And I will call on our NATO allies to keep the greatest military alliance in history strong by honoring their commitment to each devote 2 percent of their GDP to security spending. Today, only 3 of the 28 NATO nations meet this benchmark. I will make further reforms to our foreign assistance to create incentives for good governance, free enterprise, and greater trade, in the Middle East and beyond. I will organize all assistance efforts in the greater Middle East under one official with responsibility and accountability to prioritize efforts and produce results.

I will rally our friends and allies to match our generosity with theirs. And I will make it clear to the recipients of our aid that, in return for our material support, they must meet the responsibilities of every decent modern government—to respect the rights of all of their citizens, including women and minorities… to ensure space for civil society, a free media, political parties, and an independent judiciary… and to abide by their international commitments to protect our diplomats and our property.

I will champion free trade and restore it as a critical element of our strategy, both in the Middle East and across the world. The President has not signed one new free trade agreement in the past four years. I will reverse that failure. I will work with nations around the world that are committed to the principles of free enterprise, expanding existing relationships and establishing new ones. I will support friends across the Middle East who share our values, but need help defending them and their sovereignty against our common enemies.

In Libya, I will support the Libyan people’s efforts to forge a lasting government that represents all of them, and I will vigorously pursue the terrorists who attacked our consulate in Benghazi and killed Americans. In Egypt, I will use our influence—including clear conditions on our aid—to urge the new government to represent all Egyptians, to build democratic institutions, and to maintain its peace treaty with Israel.

And we must persuade our friends and allies to place similar stipulations on their aid. In Syria, I will work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets. Iran is sending arms to Assad because they know his downfall would be a strategic defeat for them.

We should be working no less vigorously with our international partners to support the many Syrians who would deliver that defeat to Iran—rather than sitting on the sidelines. It is essential that we develop influence with those forces in Syria that will one day lead a country that sits at the heart of the Middle East.

And in Afghanistan, I will pursue a real and successful transition to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014. President Obama would have you believe that anyone who disagrees with his decisions in Afghanistan is arguing for endless war. But the route to more war – and to potential attacks here at home – is a politically timed retreat that abandons the Afghan people to the same extremists who ravaged their country and used it to launch the attacks of 9/11.

I will evaluate conditions on the ground and weigh the best advice of our military commanders. And I will affirm that my duty is not to my political prospects, but to the security of the nation. Finally, I will recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel.

On this vital issue, the President has failed, and what should be a negotiation process has devolved into a series of heated disputes at the United Nations. In this old conflict, as in every challenge we face in the Middle East, only a new President will bring the chance to begin anew.

There is a longing for American leadership in the Middle East—and it is not unique to that region. It is broadly felt by America’s friends and allies in other parts of the world as well— in Europe, where Putin’s Russia casts a long shadow over young democracies, and where our oldest allies have been told we are “pivoting” away from them … in Asia and across the Pacific, where China’s recent assertiveness is sending chills through the region … and here in our own hemisphere, where our neighbors in Latin America want to resist the failed ideology of Hugo Chavez and the Castro brothers and deepen ties with the United States on trade, energy, and security.

But in all of these places, just as in the Middle East, the question is asked: “Where does America stand?” I know many Americans are asking a different question: “Why us?” I know many Americans are asking whether our country today—with our ailing economy, and our massive debt, and after 11 years at war—is still capable of leading. I believe that if America does not lead, others will—others who do not share our interests and our values—and the world will grow darker, for our friends and for us.

America’s security and the cause of freedom cannot afford four more years like the last four years. I am running for President because I believe the leader of the free world has a duty, to our citizens, and to our friends everywhere, to use America’s great influence—wisely, with solemnity and without false pride, but also firmly and actively—to shape events in ways that secure our interests, further our values, prevent conflict, and make the world better—not perfect, but better.

Our friends and allies across the globe do not want less American leadership. They want more—more of our moral support, more of our security cooperation, more of our trade, and more of our assistance in building free societies and thriving economies. So many people across the world still look to America as the best hope of humankind.

So many people still have faith in America. We must show them that we still have faith in ourselves—that we have the will and the wisdom to revive our stagnant economy, to roll back our unsustainable debt, to reform our government, to reverse the catastrophic cuts now threatening our national defense, to renew the sources of our great power, and to lead the course of human events. Sir Winston Churchill once said of George Marshall: “He … always fought victoriously against defeatism, discouragement, and disillusion.”

That is the role our friends want America to play again. And it is the role we must play. The 21st century can and must be an American century. It began with terror, war, and economic calamity. It is our duty to steer it onto the path of freedom, peace, and prosperity. The torch America carries is one of decency and hope. It is not America’s torch alone. But it is America’s duty – and honor – to hold it high enough that all the world can see its light. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Romney, Ryan, and Akin, oh my!

These things I’ve read trouble me:

A quote: "I'm as pro-life as a person gets," Ryan told The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, in 2010.

And an article:

Akin and Ryan were the original co-sponsors of the controversial bill H.R. 3, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which initially included language which changed the definition of “rape” to “forcible rape,” until public pressure forced the bill’s supporters to remove that unacceptable and narrow definition. As I wrote previously, Paul Ryan is not just anti-choice; his anti-choice views are extreme and just plain bad for all women.

Linking Ryan to Akin and the idea that there is such a thing as “legitimate rape” based on pseudo-science and folklore is something that needs to be done before the upcoming election. While Team Romney attempted to create distance with Akin, saying that both Romney and Ryan “disagree” with his statements, there was nothing in their statement that said they condemn his remarks as hurtful to victims. There was also nothing in Team Romney’s statement that pointed out that what Akin said about pregnancies resulting from rape being rare is just flat-out wrong.

Wait? What? What year is it? 2012? Yup, but guess what happened in 2011? Todd Akin and Paul Ryan cosponsored H.R. 3! 3! Third bill on the calendar year for congress... they could not wait to go full bore into a war on women. Don't take my word for it. Search the record, look at what is going on in our country in 2012.

It's not even close to funny anymore.  C’mon, we all got a good chuckle out of the Republican Primary, right? And then we got Romney. Go ahead and admit it. You chuckled a little. But then he picked Paul Ryan as his running mate. And yet, he still is at 44% in the current polls. How can these two misogynists have so many supporters? It is incredible. I stare in disbelief at my computer screen and TV almost daily. I thought the Republican Primary was funny. But don’t think this is funny anymore.

We are less than 80 days away from the election and 44% of voters are agreeing with these two knuckle dragging Neanderthals. How is that so? This is not funny anymore. There is indeed a Republican War on Women. Please wake up America. These guys will set us back 50 years...

Wow… What a nightmare it must be to be a woman today. I am saddened by the lengths at which Republicans will go to ... I don’t know... what the hell are they doing?

I've been registered as a Republican since Reagan! I was embarrassed by George Bush Jr., but this primary season was the last straw. It did not really matter what party I had as my registration. I could vote in the Primary for the weakest candidate and laugh. Except, when I went to vote in the Primary and the poll worker called out my party designation... I felt shame. I am no longer a registered Republican. The last three years of racism and misogyny have shamed me out of the party.

In Pennsylvania 750,000 voters could be disenfranchised and unable to vote because of the GOP. That is the margin President Obama won by in 2008. That feels like cheating. In several states... wait... Ohio too. They tried to change early voting rules. Florida? The news cycles are dizzying. There are now new voting rules in state after state. There is an assault on Planned Parenthood. And it is so much more.

Somehow “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" has turned into "Jobs, Jobs, J-abortion". Do not think for a minute that they don't have a chance. They do.

 44% of likely voters support them. It is scary...

Who is voting for these guys?

I am embarrassed as a man for the ignorance that has been allowed to fester and grow in this country during the last decade. I remember being vaguely aware of the E.R.A. and confused as to why it was an issue. I was a small child and wondered why my mom was not considered an equal. I barely knew the words that grown-ups were discussing on the TV. I scoffed as a young man when Nancy Reagan told us to "Just Say No." But for some reason, I joined the Republican Party.

I was weary of the Christian Coalition but believed in the Separation of Church and State; but my mind cannot believe how they have recreated themselves as a Tea Party Juggernaut. And who really trusted Newt Gingrich when he was speaker of the house. But I hoped that fiscal responsibility would save the day. It does in my own personal life but these Republicans lied. They are neither for Fiscal responsibility nor for Freedom.

Freedom is about choices. And ever since President Obama was elected I have seen some of the ugliest hate, racism, and ignorance I’ve had the misfortune of witnessing. I knew it was out there, but I chose not to see it. I shrugged it off as a few bad apples. But now there are just too many bad apples to ignore.

Paul Ryan may not be racist, but his view of what choices women should be allowed to make certainly make him sexist. Paul Ryan co-sponsored a federal Personhood Amendment. Amendment. He wanted to change the constitution in order to overturn Roe vs. Wade. This guy voted to defund Planned Parenthood and Mitt Romney has said he too wants to defund it. Paul Ryan opposes all abortions, except when the life of the mother is at risk. And, he wants the same ultrasound thing that other states have forced upon their women. If men got pregnant, this would not be a requirement.

This is a scary year. How is it so? Why are we going backward in time?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Romney Ryan Road to Ruin

I've paid into Social Security/Medicare/FICA for 20+ years... been working since my teens. I didn't expect much to be left after the Baby Boomers got done with Social Security. But I figured they couldn't mess things up too bad.

Sure, they were the cool kids who partied with me because I was precocious; but I never thought they were all that bright. I was hoping they would not take away medicare too. The fact that it is someone from the X generation doing this to us is astonishing and unsurprising. They are on the cusp of being told they are wonderful but did not get stars for wiping their buts or graduate from every grade school class they ever matriculated through.

Ryan is looking for his gold star for doing poo poo in the toilet.

Saying I'm pissed is an understatement. If Ryan gets in do I get all my FICA contributions back? No... this putz just leaves everyone under 55 hanging out to dry. We won't have Social security or Medicare.

And... The most disgusting thing about Paul Ryan is he is planning to dismantle the very thing that made his success possible. He got Social Security benefits and rode them into Congress. Now he wants to make sure no one else can be helped by the very same programs he used to succeed.

What a disingenuous and pathetic hypocrite.
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Romney Hood picks the Sheriff of Nottingham

Romney Hood picks Sheriff of Nottingham as his running mate:

Let's hope Americans realize that Class Warfare is real and the winning side just picked their champions. We need to stop Plutocrats from extracting more wealth from the Working Class.






Friday, August 3, 2012

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Can we get rid of the intractable partisan politicians and find a bipartisan group of politicians who will pledge to do what is best for American Workers? We need politicians who offer us a solution to the American Jobs Act.

We all agree that public infrastructure needs maintenance and buttressing. How much better would we all be with a wider and more robust broadband solution? Our roads and bridges need repair. We need to invest in wind, solar and other renewable energy sources. We need education support for American citizens to fill the jobs of the future.

Jobs, jobs, jobs.

Where are the jobs? The jobs are in manufacturing. We have to import solar and wind components because we do not have the manufacturing processes in place to meet the demand of new technology. We need to educate our people to be able to build the futures infrastructure. It is time to abandon ideological canards and move forward with the progress of America.

We can do anything we put our heart and souls into. We were the first on the moon. We should be the first in technological breakthroughs in renewable energy. We were the first to implement the internet. We need to be the first to bring that technology to its next evolution. We need to educate our citizens in the trades of technology.

We need to invest in our future. The late 1920’s and early 1930’s saw our country convulse in a spasm of deprivation. And we built ourselves out of that chasm to become the greatest economy in the world. We are that kind of country. Now we need those kinds of politicians. Do not vote for any politician who won’t tear up his signed pledge to Grover Norquist. Who is Grover Norquist anyway?

Why is a pledge to Grover Norquist more important than the Oath of Office?

To our politicians we need to say: “Bring us solutions, or go home! We do not need your ideological heresy. We need jobs! And, we need the jobs now!”

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A New American Independent

07/29/2012 EDIT: This is a post I recently made on a discussion about Mitt Romney over at Politico:

Bwah ha ha ha! Thank You Kevin Schmelzlen! Imagine my horror when I double checked your assertion and found out that The American Independent Party is not for independents. WOW! Color me chagrined. I have rectified that and will be mailing out my non party designation Monday. I assumed American Independent would be for independents. Thank you very much for pointing out my error. I think I need a shower... LOL!

 But to your other assertion; I have no malice in my heart towards Christians. I believe a lot, if not most, or all of what Jesus preached. I do not know of anything that he spoke of that I would disagree with. What I have a problem with is the hypocrisy of politicians who use a supposed faith in Jesus to get elected and then turn around and vote the exact opposite way in which a living Christ would most likely vote.

And if you read my blog carefully you will note the many times I have prefaced things with disclaimers of absolute knowledge. I barely know enough to pick the right political party. But I do know enough to know a rat when I see one. It's all about perspective.

YIKES! I cannot believe how naive I was to not research what the American Independent Party was really about. I just assumed it was for independents. As I can't find an official Independent Party, I will have to go with undeclared... How embarrassing... D'OH!

07/29/2012 /END EDIT

The confession of a former republican. Please forgive me.

I had been registered as a Republican for 20+ years. When I voted in the recent primary I cringed when the guy checking me in said in a loud voice to the person that was preparing the ballots: "He needs a Republican ballot." I felt shame. I was holding on to my republican voter card to make sure I could vote for some sort of reasonableness. But on that day, I felt shame in being called a republican.

I got a form after voting and switched my party affiliation to American Independent  [changed to undeclared I had no Idea The American Independent Party was what it is... blech. I cannot believe I made such a foolish mistake.] that same day. I've received my new voter card and, I have ID. No one can challenge my right to vote. And, I do not see myself ever voting for anyone in the republican party again.

The only Republican I will ever vote for is one who knows the value of compromise and can stand up against the hateful elements within the party. What the Republicans are saying and doing has disgusted me. If they keep lurching to the right with hate and vitriol, I cannot imagine ever voting for them again.

I have been calling myself an Independent for a couple years now. The last couple years has made my decision to abandon the Republican Party a relief. I am embarrassed to have ever been associated with the Republican Party. The Grand Old Party is a new breed of contempt that I cannot support. It seems almost palpable. When I read the comment sections of many articles I am mesmerized by the hate, bigotry, and racism that is filling up the page.

I remember wanting to believe in the Compassionate Conservative, but I always had a weary eye out for the Christian Coalition. They have now been reborn once again as the teavangelicals. The religiosity that has been bleeding into republican politics over the last couple decades is disconcerting to say the least. Our forefathers fought and died for religious freedom. I will not stand by and watch the dream of a free America be decimated by religious zealots of any faith.

It is apparent in their deeds that many politicians who campaign as Christians are only paying lip service to the words. When I see politicians speak of protecting the wealthy at the expense of the poor, I know in my heart that they do not believe in the God of which they say they do. The duplicity of their actions and behavior is disgusting.

Those Republicans who profess to want smaller government and rail against 'sharia law' are usually the first to vote for their own christian brand of sharia. It is pathetic. the blowhards of small government are the ones who are producing more laws governing sex, morals, and faith than any we've seen before.

How does your small government fit into female bodies? I am a man, and it makes me recoil in disgust when I see what other men are trying to do to the women of our country. I learned about forced inter-uterine vaginal ultra sound probes this past year. Republicans lost me a long time ago. But legislating the rape of a woman is absolutely reprehensible. I am disgusted by what the Republican Party has become...

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When will we call #colorfullanguage what it really is?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dear Mr. Romney, What About Global Tech?

OK, let's say Romney had nothing to do with Bain after 99'. Well, what about this?

On April 17, 1998, Brookside Capital Partners Fund, a Bain Capital affiliate, filed a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission noting that it had acquired 6.13 percent of Hong Kong-based Global-Tech Appliances, which manufactured household appliances in a production facility in the industrial city of Dongguan, China. That August, according to another SEC filing, Brookside upped its interest in Global-Tech to 10.3 percent. Both SEC filings identified Romney as the person in control of this investment: "Mr. W. Mitt Romney is the sole shareholder, sole director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookside Inc. and thus is the controlling person of Brookside Inc." Each of these documents was signed by Domenic Ferrante, a managing director of Brookside and Bain.

Would that be profiting from outsourcing American jobs?

Oops.... March 25, 1999?
Some excerpts from an SEC filing:

This filing is also being made by Sankaty High Yield Asset Partners, L.P. (the "Sankaty Fund"). Together, Brookside Capital Partners Fund, L.P. and Sankaty Fund own 1,101,000 shares, or 9.11%, of the Common Stock of Global-Tech Appliances, Inc.


As of the close of business on March 25, 1999, the Brookside Fund owned 1,053,000 shares of Common Stock of the Company.  The Brookside Fund has the sole power to vote and dispose of the shares of Common Stock. The Brookside Fund acts by and through its general partner, Brookside Investors.  Brookside Investors acts by and through its general partner, Brookside Inc. Mr. W. Mitt Romney is the sole shareholder, sole director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookside Inc. and thus is the controlling person of Brookside Inc. No person other than the respective owner referred to herein of shares of Common Stock is known to have the right to receive or the power to direct the receipt of dividends from or the proceeds from the sale of such shares of Common Stock.

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As of the close of business on March 25, 1999, the Sankaty Fund owned 48,000 shares of Common Stock of the Company. The Sankaty Fund has the sole power to vote and dispose of the shares of Common Stock. The Sankaty Fund acts by and through its general partner, Sankaty Investors. Sankaty Investors acts by and through its managing member, Sankaty Ltd. Mr. W. Mitt Romney is the sole shareholder, a director, and President of Sankaty Ltd. and thus is the controlling person of Sankaty Ltd. No person other than the respective owner referred to herein of shares of Common Stock is known to have the right to receive or the power to direct the receipt of dividends from or the proceeds from the sale of such shares of Common Stock.

EDIT:: 09/21/2012

Does anyone wonder if this is Global-Tech that Romney is talking about?

"When I was back in my private equity days, we went to China to buy a factory there. It employed about 20,000 people. And they were almost all young women between the ages of about 18 and 22 or 23. They were saving for potentially becoming married. And they work in these huge factories, they made various small appliances. And as we were walking through this facility, seeing them work, the number of hours they worked per day, the pittance they earned, living in dormitories with little bathrooms at the end of maybe 10 rooms. And the rooms, they had 12 girls per room, three bunk beds on top of each other. You’ve seen, you’ve seen them? And around this factory was a fence, a huge fence with barbed wire and guard towers. And we said gosh, I can’t believe that you, you know, keep these girls in. And they said, no, no, no. This is to keep other people from coming in. Because people want so badly to work in this factory that we have to keep them out. " 

Mediate and Ben LaBolt seem to think so:

Over the weekend, Obama For America Press Secretary Ben LaBolt released this statement, pegged to the Globe‘s reporting and the video:
“As Mitt Romney tries to convince Americans he is a modern day trade warrior, it’s clear that his hypocrisy knows no bounds.  Before Mitt Romney started claiming he’d stand up to China and its unfair trade practices, he was profiting off of them.  Governor Romney even maintained his investment in a Chinese manufacturing company that relied on outsourcing American jobs after seeing its poor work conditions, which he described as surrounded by barbed wire and packed with 12 women per dormitory room.  When our competitors started a global race to the bottom, rather than placing a premium on creating American jobs and lifting the middle class, Mitt Romney dove in head first.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I Hope Mitt Romney Does Not Get Elected As President Of The United States.

One can only judge a man by his words and deeds. It is apparent that Mitt Romney’s words and deeds are not what are best for The United States Of America.

“Corporations are people, my friend.”(Mitt Romney)

This statement strikes me as a form of Psychopathy. I’ve never personally known a person who has chased someone down, had them held, and then cut their hair with scissors. I have known some marines who ran with knives. And, I have actually run a short distance with scissors. But have never witnessed the cruelty that Mitt Romney is purported to inflict upon a classmate. It shows a distinct lack of empathy. It is incomprehensible that someone would so carelessly put someone in danger just for laughs. Or what, discrimination based on orientation?

Who could believe that corporations are people? Only a psychopath could believe this. Can a corporation stub its toe? No, and not only can corporations not stub a toe; they also can’t feel the pain that throbs through the foot and into a brain.  Can a corporation miss a loved one? No, a corporation cannot love. Can they feel the pain of longing that at times strikes into their core for the one that got away? No, corporations can’t even get married. Can a corporation cry?

Can a corporation be imprisoned for a crime? No, as a matter of fact, I do believe they are a legal entity that separates their human owners from liability. If corporations are people, my friend; then those who own corporations should be prosecuted for violating the laws against slavery. If owning people is against the law then corporations cannot be people, my friend.

“I like being able to fire people”(Mitt Romney)

Really? No one I know has ever said this or insinuated that this was a truism for them. Most supervisors truly dislike the prospect of firing someone. It means stripping them of their primary survival tool. It strips bare a person and makes them vulnerable. It is the epitome of emasculating a man. As for a woman; I do not have that perspective. But I imagine that women cherish the independence and survivability that is afforded by meaningful employment in just the same way as men.

It is incomprehensible that anyone, excepting the dysfunctional, would like firing people. What supervisor would enjoy firing someone and then go through the process of rehiring and retraining a new employee? Hiring replacements does not make things easier for supervisors. It cost time and money to train new hires.

Most supervisors I know use rationalizations to remove themselves from the process by saying something like “They fired themselves.” Liking the act of firing people is not a general sentiment that is found in caring humans. Some individuals might innervate a person to the point that they hope they do something ignorant enough to justify firing them. But, it is more likely a personal conflict that brings a person to that kind of animosity. For the most part, I see supervisors shake their head and do what needs to be done when someone has to be fired. It is almost never a joyful occasion.

“I should tell my story, I’m also unemployed.”(Mitt Romney)

It’s not the same in any way, shape, or form. Mitt Romney cannot comprehend the pain of true unemployment. This statement puts him in the ‘Alien’ category. Most unemployed people would be overjoyed to be making $2,473/hr. while not working. That is $59,346.50 in a day while being unemployed. Could you be OK for $50,000 per day?  For Mitt Romney to equate the largess of his ‘unemployment’ with the real suffering of the unemployed in America is a clear disassociation from the human condition. This man has no idea what people are suffering from. He is condescending and a bit frightening in his inability to understand the pain of others. Mitt Romney is not going to The Presidency with Americans in mind. It is a narcissistic lark for him. He is not interviewing for a job and trying to secure employment. He is looking for a trophy on his mantle.

It is this mantelpiece that should scare people. What price will America pay? This man was a pioneer of outsourcing. He made millions laying people off and saddling corporations with enormous amounts of debt in order to extract from that debt a heavy management fee for him and his partners. What kind of leveraged buyout will Mr. Romney do for America?

This man touts his business resume as a reason for people to vote for him. His experience is in extracting wealth. Who will get the wealth that he extracts from America? Will it be the American Workers or the Elite Investors he is plying for campaign contributions? Does his past performance say that he will invest in our future, or does it say that he will make sure America turns a profit for his investors? I think it will be the latter.

I do not think America can afford Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mitt Romney Poised To Enslave Earth:

Overlords To Be Disclosed In 2013!

Mitt Romney, an avowed Mormon, believes there are populated planets led by Mormon forefathers. Mormonism is clear on the hierarchy of loyalty. There is no cause higher than the Mormon Faith. This loyalty is not without its reward. In the Mormon faith those that adhere to the tenets of their religion are rewarded in their afterlife with a planet to rule. With untold millions of Mormons dead, surely some of them were faithful enough to get their planet kingdom. It only makes sense that any alien civilizations that come to Earth would, in fact, be Mormons. The people of Kolob will eventually find their way back to Earth. What pledge of allegiance will they require?

Recently, Massachusetts delegates to the republican convention were required to sign an affidavit that pledges their fealty to Mitt Romney. Apparently Ron Paul Libertarian types were appalled at the notion that for the first time, delegates were required to sign an affidavit, under the penalty of perjury, that they would support Mitt Romney. No longer are delegates to align themselves to the will of the people or what is best for the country, but for Mitt Romney. Rather than befoul themselves with the stench of fealty, some chose to resign as delegates. This allowed the Mormon Overlords of the Republican Party to put in place good and decent plebes; also known as Republican Delegates.

Soon our Alien Overlords will come. And America, under the stewardship of Mitt Romney, will swear American fealty, not to the people, but to the ruler of some far distant star. The Kingdom of Heaven is indeed upon us. It may not be the heaven you believe in. But the Book of Mormon tells us there is indeed only one way to get into the Real Heaven, and that is to be Mormon. Luckily for the Mormons they have a list of all those who have died. They have been busy baptizing them posthumously in secret rituals. They will have the recorded masses of several generations at the ready to proselytize Earth.

Prepare yourself. The Mormons are coming. And you will be their devotees; whether you want to or not. So sayeth King Romney.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Romney Job Creation vs. President Obama Job Creation

Average wages at staples:

Average wages at dominos:

Average wages at sports authority:

Have fun supporting a family on those wages.

Average wages at general motors:

Average wages at chrysler:

I prefer the jobs that The President saved over the low wage service jobs that Romney says he created. Which would you prefer?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Subsidiarity without Subsidium

Subsidiarity without Subsidium is Heresy or Apostasy. The Ryan Budget Plan is antithetical to the moral obligation of government that is for the people.

To quote Thomas Reese: "Everybody's worried about the debt, but you can't quote the pope to say that the debt should be solved by cutting government programs that help poor people and not raising taxes."

More interestingly is an excerpt from the following article:

As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has wisely noted in several letters to Congress, "A just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons." Catholic bishops recently wrote that "the House-passed budget resolution fails to meet these moral criteria." In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love.

I wasn't necessarily thinking in terms of the pope, but I know enough about the religions of the world to know that the poor and the infirm are to be looked out for. Where has this antithetical religion of the right come from?

They are certainly not leading with christian values. My own take on it is: This is most certainly not what any religion extolls their followers to be. So what religion are these congressmen preaching from?

And finally some clergy is actually stepping up and saying... "Hey, wait a minute. that's not right." I knew these guys were bastardizing theology but couldn't really put it into words as well as this article:

 So basically Subsidiarity without Subsidium is heresy or apostasy.

 Ryans' got some 'splaining to do.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Senate GOP vs. House GOP

Today is a day of amazement. On April 16th, the Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have raised $47 billion over 10 years. And today, April 19th, the House Republicans voted en masse to pass a bill that would cut taxes by $46 billion with no way to pay for such a giveaway. It is amazing that more people are not outraged. Most news organizations reported the information. But, it seems as if it is just a couple unrelated blips on the daily news cycle.

How can anyone believe that the Republicans are in any way acting in the best interests of the American people? And yet here it is, another day; another… What can this be called? A few colorful colloquialisms do come to mind and a torrent of emotion swirls; but in the end all that is left is bewilderment. What do you call a legislative body that fights so hard to destroy the economic fabric of a society? What do you call them but treasonous. So it is, another day; another treason.

The Democrats are no saints in this debacle either. It is through attrition and a lack of resolve that this oppositional relationship has been established. Time and time again America has watched its democratic leaders acquiesce to unpopular legislation for reasons unknown. Someone needs to stand up to ignorance. Someone needs to stand for common sense. Someone needs to stand up to their corporate sponsors and pledge to work for a united citizenry.

Decades of tax cuts have depleted the economy. The Post Office is one of the few governmental organizations that are constitutionally proscribed as a necessity. Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution instructs legislators "To establish Post Offices and post Roads." And yet, congress has saddled The United States Post Office with unreasonable debt and an inadequate ability to thrive. These legislators who have sworn an oath to uphold the constitution are more concerned about an oath to Grover Norquist. When does America get to charge its legislators with treason for their mismanagement of the country?

Please America!? Please Vote!

But take a look before you vote! Who has signed a pledge other than their oath to uphold The Constitution of America? Who votes to protect millionaires and billionaires at the expense of 100’s of millions of Americans? Who is voting to hurt the elders of America? Who wants to tear away the safety net that has been established for the sick and the poor? Who wants to legislate what occurs between a woman and her doctor? Who is really voting against freedom?

Vote America! Please, for the love of God, VOTE!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Ryan Budget Plan

I pay taxes. I receive only the barest minimum of services from the government; fire, police, municipalities, etc., and I do not believe medicare or social security will be there for me when I retire.

That being said, I do not believe that gutting the government will in any way help me personally or the country as a whole. In fact, I think it will hurt me. The wear and tear on my car from broken roads, the danger of traversing the streets on the way to work, and the deterioration of my community and elders, will only make things worse. Any kind of illness will wipe me out. There is no future in the Republican budget plan.

Tax cuts for the Uber Wealthy?
Firing Federal Workers?
Privatizing Medicare?

How does this help the average citizen?

This only helps the absolute wealthiest amongst us. This is what we will get if Mitt Romney is voted into the Presidency. The Republicans are now expanding their war on women onto a new front. We all know they like the two war capability. The Republicans are waging war on Women and the Middle Class. They will crush us if we let them. Please vote.

I live in a blue state...
I don't mind paying my taxes so that the poorest amongst us do not go without basic food and shelter. I get angry that some people abuse the system, but I do not blame everyone receiving assistance for the actions of a few.

It saddens me that it is so hard for people that they need to ask for help. No one wants to live like that. But some people are hurting. Where is the christian spirit in this budget plan. Where is the caring for the poorest and weakest amongst us. What Jesus are the Republicans believing in?

Matthew 25:34-36 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me."

Is this what Jesus will say to the Republicans?

Mark 10:21-22 Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

The Republicans only know how to grieve.

Luke 14:12-14 He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

There is no banquet in the Ryan Plan. I hope Paul Ryan does not go to Hell.

Luke 16:19-25 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.

In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.' But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.

Yikes! Have the GOP read this lately? What God do they believe in?

Proverbs 21:13 "If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered."

I may even have a little sympathy for the Republicans who use their belief in God as a way to gain political power. He seems to not like that kind of behavior.

Matthew 25:41-45 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least among you, you did not do for me.'"

Is This the same God that these Republicans are saying they believe in? How will they fare in this world and the next if they disobey their God's will. He apparently does not think too highly of the miserly rich.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Ladies…? May I please ask you to vote? Please!?

Can I just say: "WTF!?" I know you have a lot on your plate right now with the whole... errr.... everything. But please ladies, let there be an awakening, a unifying gasp of incomprehension at what these guys, these politicians, are trying to stick in American Citizens in the guise of 'smaller government'. I know my opening here is disjointed. But what I am talking about here is the whole Republican War On Women. It is frustratingly becoming too real to be ignored.


So Ladies…? May I please ask you to vote? Please!?

I'm a guy. I don't fear transvaginal probing. But the idea of the government forcing you women to undergo unnecessary medical procedures based on the moral precepts of a predominantly morally bankrupt elite power group is a little Orwellian. What’s next? Rats in a cage strapped to our faces?

And, if you do not know who George Orwell is... Go read a damn book!

They used to make 1984, Animal Farm, The Crucible, The Scarlet Letter, and other books a part of High School English. I was no Rhodes Scholar... but I do get offended by the lack of critical thinking and the preponderance of double speak that I see in today’s discourse.

If you have not read George Orwell's 1984, please go read it. And if a whole book is too much? At least check out its page on Wikipedia. Cliff notes? Something.

This stuff is getting surreal.

Please America!? Vote these nutjobs out of office! Please?

You know what? In a recent comment section I saw someone post how this kind of stuff made them want to cry and I responded with:
“Don't cry... {:o(


VOTE these Neanderthals out of office, {:op”

But, I had to go back and clarify my statement. I did not disagree with the guttural reaction that person was feeling. I felt it too. When I went to further my comment, I found that I did not have enough room to fully make my point. So, I’m here adding what I think is important. Many others probably do too. But this is just a little slice of the internet. I have no delusions of grandeur or thoughts of fame. I just think there has to be one or two other people out there who believe much like I do. So, in response to my comment about not crying, this is what I wanted to say:

You know what? I take that first part back. It's ok if you want to cry. It is a false machismo that makes me deny my sadness and teariness. I should not project that onto you. And truth be told: This stuff makes me emotionally vulnerable.

I am deeply saddened as well. I grew up in a time that seems to have passed away into memory. I was not old enough to vote when the E.R.A. Amendment failed to get ratified in 1982. But I wanted my mom to vote for it. I wanted to vote for it. And, I hoped my dad would vote for it.

It amazed me that it could not get ratified by the states. The entire text of the amendment was pretty straightforward:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

It seemed as if it was becoming less likely to be needed in the following decade, and it slipped out of my mind. But now? Today?

Yeah... it does make me want to cry. What is wrong with this country?

I had a crush on Benazir Bhutto when she was the Prime Minister of Pakistan. I like strong, independent, mindful women. And, as I look back over the last 30 years of history I keep thinking: "What Happened?"

Pakistan, Pakistan! Pakistan had a woman as a leader less than 20 years ago. And now? What the...?

So yeah... maybe it is time to shed a tear for what is being done to women in this world today. But, as we wipe those tears from our eyes can we please remember who put them there? And vote. Vote. Vote. VOTE!

There has never been a more important time for everyone to vote! It is not just a right. It is a responsibility. And, it is the right thing to do!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Why does ProFlowers hate women?

[EDIT 03-04-2012] Proflowers has decided to drop Rush Limbaugh as an advertising outlet saying they do not support his views. [End EDIT]

I can't believe ProFlowers is still not dropping Rush Limbaugh. I usually send gifts throughout the year to members of my family who live in other states. I will not spend another penny with ProFlowers or any of their affiliates. And if they don't change course quickly, I may never use them again... EVER!

Carbonite as well. Cloud computing and online storage is the future. But that future will never include any services from Carbonite for me. And, as an IT kinda guy, I will dissuade everyone I can of using them.

For now, my focus is on finding a good replacement for ProFlowers. I can use Amazon or individual retailer gift cards. I am truly offended by the slow action of ProFlowers. If they do not make a public statement soon, I will probably never use them again even if they do drop Rush Limbaugh like a hot rock. I use ProFlowers and some of their affiliates to send gifts to Women. There is no way I could use their service if they support Rush Limbaugh.

Goodbye Proflowers. Your financial support of Rush Limbaugh is reprehensible.

@whttevrr #boycottrush #waronwomen

Also, does anyone know if AOL advertises with his show?

Friday, March 2, 2012

@Whttevrr tweets #boycottrush and here is info from

[UPDATE] Mitt Romney = Bain Capital = Clear Channel = Rush Limbaugh

Mitt Romney says: "it’s not the language I would have used" [UPDATE]

Rush Limbaugh lambasts single woman for sticking up for other women. His Parent must be proud. Tell the advertisers what you think of the "War On Women" that he is spearheading.

Rush Limbaugh

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Here is a list of the companies we believe to be Rush's advertisers. (Note, things are happening very quickly, so we cannot guarantee right now that these are all current advertisers). We will update these as they react to the "Boycott Rush" movement, or confirm they are no longer supporting him.
  • AutoZone (UPDATE: They say that they do not sponsor Rush, and that if a commercial was run, it was in error)
  • Carbonite (UPDATE: They've dropped him!)
  • Citrix (UPDATE: Citrix has pulled their ads!)
  • LegalZoom  (UPDATE: LegalZoom has confirmed with us directly that it is pulling its ads!)
  • LifeLock
  • Oreck (UPDATE: Oreck says it does not now advertise on Rush, but may have had some ads on a while back as part of a broad media buy)
  • ProFlowers: (UPDATE: They've dropped him!  This is a big win, since they had been featuring "Rush Limbaugh discount codes" earlier. Oh. My. God. They are actually featuring "Rush Limbaugh discount codes")
  • Sears: (UPDATE: They say they are not advertisers on Rush)
  • Sleep Train: (UPDATE: Victory! They have pulled their ads! -- source)
  • Sleep Number: (UPDATE: Victory! They have pulled their ads! -- source) 
  • Quicken Loans (UPDATE: Appears to be a victory here too, as they are reportedly pulling ads as well!)
  • TaxResolution

Friday, January 27, 2012

Who is Saul Alinsky?

And why does Newt Gingrich know so much about him? Perhaps the Alinsky student is Mr. Gingrich himself. The condensed rules of power are stated as such:

1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
    ~This describes Tea Party situation; they are projecting power they don't have. Same as Newt

2. Never go outside the experience of your people.
    ~They ignore this one at their own peril; anything beyond divisiveness is outside the experience of the current GOP establishment.

3. Whenever possible, go outside of the experience of the enemy.
    ~This is easy for Newt and the Tea Party. Most sane people do not have experience with the zealotry evidenced by these Alinsky Warriors.

4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
    ~Here is where it breaks down for these people; they have no idea what rules sane, well reasoned people live by.

5. Ridicule is man's most potent weapon.
    ~The far right has jumped onto this rule with complete abandon. It is almost comical at times.

6. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
    ~They enjoy their anger and disrespectful dog whistle politics. It warms their empty souls.

7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
    ~Newt has a better mastery of this one. It is why he is the comeback kid. He keeps researching new tactics. The Right Wing Terrorists have forgotten this one. They are stuck on dumb.

8. Keep the pressure on with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
    ~This one they all do with aplomb. Kudos to the Alinsky Warriors.

9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
    ~Of course. Like Iran is going to attack the USA? Really? No one is that stupid.

10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
    ~Yes. They have this one practically patented. They use the pressure of fear, hate, and divisiveness.

11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.
    ~Fox News? Need I say more?

12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
    ~They really are dropping the ball on this one. There is nary a constructive alternative amongst the whole lot of them.

13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
    Again, Newt, The Tea Party, and extreme Right Wing Republicans do this with absolute consistency.

The Tea Party, The Republican Establishment, and Newt Gingrich himself, all seem to have studied Saul Alinsky... unfortunately for them, they never were better than "C" students even when they did study. So they grab a few easy ones and just go on and on with them ad nauseum.