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Banksy encapsulates my feelings on Romney/Ryan; future hell realm beings

So, it’s going to be an interesting few weeks.  I will once again be live blogging the Rising Tide conference of New Orleans Bloggers next Saturday.  The topic is Oil on the Water and it promises to be a great one (Number 7).  This evening I will be a guest on Loisirslit.  This is a radio show dedicated to giving the community of New Orleans information on ways to improve literacy, arts and music.  Its purpose is to inspire citizens to become change agents for these things in New Orleans.  I will be talking about Sky Dancing Blog andabout my role as a New Orleans Blogger at our little corner of the blogosphere.  I’m really excited about both of these projects and their role in shaping the city and its culture.   I’ve always believed that activism begins in the place where you have the most to lose. I will be bringing several people with me to the show.  The first is a representative from Rising Tide.  The second is my friend Otter who runs the Backyard Ballroom.  You may remember my adventures in playing the music for her play “Bourbon Street” a few years ago.  I’m hoping to get some tape to share with you.  We’ll be discussing our hopes for a New Orleans Renaissance. The panel–of which I am one of several people–will discuss the response to Hurricane Issac, our badly defunded and crippled criminal ‘justice’ system, and the quest for a New Orleans Renaissance.  I’m really excited to bring our community here into the spotlight.

Well, some of us in New Orleans are trying to keep it real.  The Republican party remains in the la la land of lies and obfuscation.

The Republicans appear to have nothing left this campaign season but a stack of lies.  BB told me about John Kasich’s outrageous lies and misogyny yesterday.  Try this one on for size: John Kasich: Political Spouses Are At Home Doing Laundry.  Is this the HEY! Iron MY Shirt moment of this election?

Only, his wife is actually a career woman and very active in other things outside the home.  This is not the party of respect for women no matter what their calling.

“It’s not easy to be the spouse of an elected official,” Ohio Governor John Kasich said at a rally for Mitt Romney in Cincinnati on Wednesday. “You know, they’re at home doing the laundry and doing so many things while we’re up here on stage getting a little bit of applause.” His comment set off a flurry of outrage .

But few have pointed out that for many years of Kasich’s political career, his wife worked outside of the home.

According to a 2010 article in The Columbus Dispatch, for nearly twenty years, until around 2002, Karen Kasich worked in marketing and public relations, serving most notably as vice president of public relations at Gerbig, Snell and Weisheimer, a healthcare advertising agency. The Kasichs began dating in 1989 and married in 1997, meaning that for much of the Governor’s political life (which began when he became a member of the Ohio Senate in 1978), Karen Kasich was working outside of the home.

Though she ended her almost two-decades-long professional career two years after giving birth to the couple’s twin daughters, she continues to stay highly involved in public life. Her official website states that she “is honored to have an opportunity to increase awareness on topics that are near and dear to her heart: children’s wellness and women’s heart health” and to this end she works with both The Partnership at Drugfree.org and Ohio Valley’s Go Red For Women Council. She’s run the Columbus and the Air Force marathons, she helped coach the girls’ soccer team, and she met her husband when she helped assemble the Ohio State University football guide and included a picture of the then-Representative.

It seems like Rush Limbaugh and Lynn Cheney are the only ones out defending Romney’s outrageous politicization of the death of US American diplomats through lies and disturbing sociopathic smirks. Limbaugh is on such a streak of unbelievable lies that one has to question if he’s gone back to using drugs.  Maybe Community College Flunk-Outs just shouldn’t be doing foreign policy.

Polite and serious pundits were shocked when Mitt Romney suggested, and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus outright declared, that President Obama “sympathized” with those who killed American diplomats in Libya. But anyone familiar with the alternative universe version of Obama created by the right shouldn’t be too surprised. As TPM’s Josh Marshall wrote, the charge was “picked wholesale from the right-wing blogosphere.”

It’s now taken for granted on the far right that the statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo condemning the anti-Islamic film that sparked the violence (which was expressly not authorized by the Obama administration) is tantamount to ”apologizing to Al-Qaida,” as Fox News host Steve Doocy said this morning. But for those prone to believe Obama is a secret Muslim radical, or at least feckless enough to sympathize with them, there’s always been that one key bit of evidence that even a heavy does of cognitive dissonance can’t ignore — Obama authorized the mission that killed bin Laden.

Well, Rush Limbaugh today finally offered a Unified Theory of Obama’s Radical Muslim Sympathies, with a clever workaround for the bin Laden thing: Al-Qaida intentionally “gave up Osama Bin Laden” in order to “mak[e] Obama look good.” The “wild theory,” as Limbaugh himself call it, flagged by Media Matters, says al-Qaida wants to keep Obama in power because the Democrat is bad for Israel, so Islamists have a better chance of destroying the country than under a Republican president:

Liz Cheney has come up with a totally off-the-wall idea that apologies caused the attacks now that we know that Romney’s assertion that the apology came after the attack is completely untrue.  This party not only has a war on women, it has declared war on Truth, Reason, and Reality.

As GOP foreign policy hands balk at Mitt Romney’s statements about the attacks on American diplomats in Libya and Egypt, the governor’s campaign and its surrogates continue to push the line that Obama’s “weak” foreign policy and his purported “apologies” for America invited the violence:

– LIZ CHENEY: “Apologizing for America, appeasing our enemies, abandoning our allies and slashing our military are the hallmarks of Mr. Obama’s foreign policy.” [Romney Press Release, 9/12/2012]

– SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ): “The United States is weak and withdrawing and that’s why you’re seeing a lot of leaders reacting.” [Today Show, 9/13/2012]

— SEN. JIM INHOFE (R-OK): “What foreign policy? The policy of appeasement. Yes, it’s happening as a result of that.” [The Hill, 9/13/2012]

These direct swipes at the State Department and Hillary Clinton’s leadership of the state department goes beyond the pale.   Are you aware that the Cairo Embassy is actually run by a woman who has been a Clinton, Bush and Obama Appointee?  Ambassador Anne Patterson is one of the most experienced foreign service officers in the diplomatic corps.

Meanwhile, back here in reality where people actually count, SOS Clinton takes time to condemn the violence triggered by religious nuts offending other religious nuts.

Today, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Moroccan Foreign Minister Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani launched the U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Before addressing the first session of this Strategic Dialogue, Secretary Clinton commented on events unfolding in the world. The Secretary said:

“We are closely watching what is happening in Yemen and elsewhere, and we certainly hope and expect that there will be steps taken to avoid violence and prevent the escalation of protests into violence.

“I also want to take a moment to address the video circulating on the internet that has led to these protests in a number of countries. Let me state very clearly — and I hope it is obvious — that the United States Government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. And as you know, we are home to people of all religions, many of whom came to this country seeking the right to exercise their own religion, including, of course, millions of Muslims. And we have the greatest respect for people of faith.

“To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage. But as I said yesterday, there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence. We condemn the violence that has resulted in the strongest terms, and we greatly appreciate that many Muslims in the United States and around the world have spoken out on this issue.

“Violence, we believe, has no place in religion and is no way to honor religion. Islam, like other religions, respects the fundamental dignity of human beings, and it is a violation of that fundamental dignity to wage attacks on innocents. As long as there are those who are willing to shed blood and take innocent life in the name of religion, the name of God, the world will never know a true and lasting peace. It is especially wrong for violence to be directed against diplomatic missions. These are places whose very purpose is peaceful: to promote better understanding across countries and cultures. All governments have a responsibility to protect those spaces and people, because to attack an embassy is to attack the idea that we can work together to build understanding and a better future.”

You can read the Secretary’s full remarks here.

So, would all those Romney backing assholes that call themselves Hillary supporters like to refer to her as an apologist for the sake of consistency or should we think any kind of rationality out of insane right wing nuts is just expecting a bull to give milk?   Again, I find every voting strategy other than voting for Romney/Ryan rational.   Supporting bigotry, racism and lies is unacceptable in my ethos.

There are lots of right wing lies going on about this event.  One of the big ones is that the Marines at the Cairo Embassy weren’t allowed live ammo.  Again, this swipe at Hillary Clinton’s leadership is purely political and aimed at making the Obama administration weak for the benefit of Chicken–4 time draft dodger–Mittens.  This outright lie was hyped by a Fox guest and is all over right wing blogs right now. The Marine Corps itself has discredit this LIE.

In response, the U.S Marine Corps discredited the rumor, calling it “not accurate.” From the Corps congressional liaison’s memo:

The Ambassador did not impose restrictions on weapons or weapons status on the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG) detachment.  The MCESG Marines in Cairo were allowed to have live ammunition in their weapons.  The Ambassador and Regional Security Officer have been completely and appropriately engaged with the security situation. Reports of Marines not being able to have their weapons loaded per direction from the Ambassador are not accurate.

Additionally, as Mother Jones points out, a glance at the State Department’s guidelines reveals that an ambassador could not give such an order. Accordingly to State Department regulations, Marines may be assigned “duties other than those previously described in this section to the Marines as may be required by urgent or security-related circumstances requiring immediate action,” but “[s]uch duties shall not contravene established Department or Marine Corps policy and shall not unduly jeopardize the safety or well-being of any Marine.”

 

I’m shuddering at the thought of having any Republican near the Fed right now.  Here’s a Guardian article on ‘Ben Bernanke rescues the US economy from the nihilism of the right’.  My guess would be that Romney wouldn’t care if the economy crashed because he’d just take his family and plant his ass where his money is.

Still, one can only imagine the teeth-gnashing and frothing at the mouth from conservatives and libertarians that will greet Thursday’s announcements.

It’s hard to know if the Republicans simply want to destroy the economy in order to deny Obama re-election, or if they really believe that Bernanke is corrupting the soul of America. In the end, it doesn’t really matter. It’s what Ben Bernanke does that matters.

Contrast this act of lashing himself to the mast to the hesitant and diffident statements made by the Fed chairman earlier this year, in which he admitted that the economy was doing poorly but wouldn’t commit to doing anything about it. And compare earlier statements of angst over tarnishing the Fed’s “hard-won inflation credibility” to the more recent statement of concern about the fate of America’s unemployed. Back then, it was clear that Bernanke, the clear-minded professor who knew what needed to be done, had been sidelined by Bernanke, the brow-beaten and bullied. Not any longer.

I suspect that the right’s unyielding and vitriolic nihilism towards the economy has been an education for Professor Bernanke. From Thursday’s actions, we can only infer that it has finally freed Chairman Bernanke to do the right thing.

 I have a feeling that Bernanke will eventually change his voter registration.  I’m not sure what to, but I’m pretty positive that he’s too smart to be a Republican or to back Romney.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

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87 Comments on “Friday Reads”

  1. ecocatwoman says:

    Great post & good luck on your projects.

  2. Have fun this weekend Dak!

  3. RalphB says:

    One of “those Romney backing assholes that call themselves Hillary supporters” had a post up yesterday about Hillary accusing her of “spinning the truth” with that very statement. To him that film has nothing to do with what’s happening, it’s just an excuse to attack the US because Obama is weak. It’s time those assholes dropped the charade.

    I’m gonna take a mental health break. Have a great weekend!

    • bostonboomer says:

      That’s disgusting. Take care, Ralph. We’ll miss you!

    • I am with you there Ralph…have a good weekend!

    • NW Luna says:

      Forget the nutcases, and enjoy your weekend!

    • dakinikat says:

      I think that must be the one that was originally accompanied by a picture of a blow job … yes? Our attention was called to that by a reader here. Always hateful and distasteful!!

      • RalphB says:

        This particular asshole wears clown shoes,

      • Delphyne says:

        I went over to that site, Ralph, and read the comments on that particular post – sad to see former Clinton supporters who’ve seem to have gone nuts. I saw that one of them, a FB friend, unfriended me. Too bad as I used to enjoy her comments.

      • Delphyne says:

        Who seemed – gah, my fingers and my brain need to be synced.

      • RalphB says:

        I went there for the first time in months and was greeted by sheer insanity. Let the good times roll!

      • NW Luna says:

        Urgh. I’ve had to delete some of my bookmarks to places I hadn’t visited for a long time. Although the rat-fornicators have left some other places.

        I used to be a bit divided about Hillary accepting the SOS job, until her first month or so. And now? I am so relieved she’s our SOS instead of …. Joe Biden? Or anyone else.

    • Seriously says:

      Huma’s terrorist ties are now the topic du jour. lol

      • dakinikat says:

        Talk about group psychosis

        • dakinikat says:

          Here’s an appropriate study:

          Radical Psychology
          Volume Seven, 2008

          The Psychotic Element in Everyday Group Thinking:

          Reflections on the Salem Witch Trials
          http://www.radicalpsychology.org/vol7-1/semmel.html

          We are often shocked to hear of groups that are said to take irrational actions, radically undermining the basic values on which they had previously relied. This is what some believe to have happened in the recent incidents of brutality by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib Prison. The Holocaust and the Inquisition have been described as related acts of group irrationality. These events, however, can be explained another way. According to a Kleinian analysis of group dynamics, these group behaviors can be linked to a pre-existing form of psychotic-like thinking that already tends to characterize our social groups, thinking that stubbornly fends off members’ inquiry into the underlying principles of the groups’ operation. Extreme incidents such as those at Abu Ghraib can then be seen to occur, not because unusual events have led the group to suddenly become irrational, but rather because these events have led to an increase in the dimensions of psychotic-like thinking which already tends to characterize our social groups. The primary issue, then, is not that extraordinary conditions have led to a situation where things have gotten out of hand, but rather the unchecked existence of psychotic-like processes in the everyday operation of our social groups.

          We will have to ask boomer what role irrational hatred and anger plays in this.

      • Seriously says:

        It’s not just Huma, this goes to the heart of America, the Army, I mean the State Department is riddled with al-qaeda. Fall is coming, be sure to avoid the pumpkin patch at all costs.

      • Seriously says:

        Shhhhhhhhh. Let’s let your weird predilections disappear down the memory hole before you get caught up in the dragnet.

      • Seriously says:

        Dorothy gave up and moved. There’s no place like Sacramento.

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    I shrink in horror any time Liz Cheney enters the fray. Always a reminder of how evil that family is but I admit to being surprised that she was not put on the Romney ticket instead of Ryan,.

    As for the “Hillary supporters” accusing her of spinnning the truth, this is the opportunity they have been waiting for: the chance to officially disassociate from her and dropping the pretense altogether. You cannot be a raving right wing blog and continue to praise Hillary at the same time: does not compute.

    Good luck with you endeavors this weekend, dak!

  5. Pat Johnson says:

    Looks as though the Right Wing is sticking to their “apology” meme even in the face of facts.

    This is a two pronged attack: Obama is once again “not one of us”; and Romney is showing more “strength” by taking on the mobs.

    Really? Because from what I can determine he may very well be leading us into another useless war that could only produce even more mayhem and loss of treasure by lighting up that part of the world where reason has all but disappeared.

    For the fundies this is music to their ears. For Bibi it is the signal to strike Iran. For Al Qaeda it is a clarion call for even more violence. For those who live in those countries more deprivation and death. For us the untold hardship that could cripple our economic future.

    Brilliant!

    • dakinikat says:

      There’s more evidence that this entire event was orchestrated by Likkud and Republican Neocons than by Obama’s foreign policy. This is especially true with the well planned and orchestrated LIbay attack.

  6. pdgrey says:

    I have to run out again today but Romney gave an interview today with ABC where he said Obama “tends to say things that are not true”. Really?
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/14/romney-obama-tends-to-say-things-that-arent-true/

    Don’t miss the link inside that article.
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2012/08/29/mitt-romney-tells-533-lies-in-30-weeks-steve-benen-documents-them/

  7. dm says:

    HRC is spinning the truth…that’s what people in her position do when they are talking to people like us. That’s why I really didn’t want her working for BO. And when, in any time of real crisis does the public ever get the whole truth?

    I don’t hold what she said against her…I get it, it’s her job. Do I think this ridiculous video was the “reason” for these attacks? If it had happened on ANY other day, then, OK, yeah, maybe I would eat that pile of doo doo. Fanatics will provide justification for their actions…hell, we all do. Is justification truth? Rarely.

    Is this video reprehensible…I’m sure, haven’t watched it. Was it made to incite violence/draw attention to the coptics? Yes, no, possibly both.

    Should Romney have weighed in on the situation? Well, he is currently running for office so I’m kind of thinking he would be crucified by the press if he did or didn’t, and it’s not like Obama hasn’t been there and done that himself.

    OK, folks…have fun with it!

    This past week’s events are revolting in every sense of the word…who will ultimately be blamed for this? Seems like it will be kind of hard for BO to blame Bush on this one.

    Fanatics/extremists whatever you call them cannot be dealt with…they have an agenda. It is difficult to put their religious beliefs into my american brain context…these things just don’t make sense to me but am I rushing to blame BO, HRC, Romney? Not really…right now I’m just sickened and sad…what that mob did to that man is a horror, yet I’m sure they are most proud of their actions…I simply cannot fathom it.

    • Pat Johnson says:

      Romney sought to insert himself into a situation where he had yet to know the facts and even when they were presented he continued along the same line of reasoning.

      One does not necessarily have to be a full fledged supporter of Obama to appreciate what all is at stake in this election. The rise of the Radical Right along with the obsene amount of money furnished by the passage of Citizens United is having some very serious effects upon this race.

      Are we all to be held under the sway of someone like Sheldon Adelson who is more of an Israeli supporter than an American patriot who believes in the obliteration of Iran, an event that could only be described as catastrophic, or “stay the course” with the present administration?

      This race is all about the future course of this nation and the Right presents a picture of one that is unappealing in its war against women, seniors, education, and most of all , the truth.

      Few here could be accurately be described as “Obots” but the critical thinking, after listening to the last 3 /1/2 yrs of racial slurs, determined obstructionism, bald faced lies, and religious chants are far too troubling to ignore.

      I would prefer to NOT see anymore appointments made to the SC that would ensure more of the likes of Thomas, Scalia, or Alito.

    • dakinikat says:

      You really haven’t been following this very closely have you? I suggest you read up on the attacks. Your statements are full of mischaracterizations of the Libyan assault on the embassy. I know it is fashionable in right wing circles to stereotype all Muslims and to try to make romney look less of sn idiot but we don’t play that gane here. We gave spent days bringing sources and information on this subject. Go get some basic facts and please stop bringing the hate,bigotry and lunacy over here from right wing nuts that we all escaped from years ago. I left TC because I don’t want to read bigoted,hateful and fascist teabaggers. Please don’t bring their nasty rage filled lies over here. If you had legitimate sources and information it would be one thing. But, all you drag over here is hateful teabag propaganda that is easily debunked. No one hates you. It is just we recognize untrue canards pushed by right wing extremists.

      • dm says:

        I don’t really feel like I dissed anyone in my post…and yes, I have been following this crisis closely. If anyone brings the hate around here, it certainly isn’t me. I don’t believe I stereotyped anyone…unless, you consider all muslims fanatics/extremists.

        I was sincerely sorry for your recent loss…it’s been almost a year since I lost my dog and I miss her every day.

        As always, peace to you all.

        • dakinikat says:

          dm, thank you for your sympathy … it’s just I never see you talk about anything when we’re really discussing a topic and trying to figure it out. Plus, you always bring over obvious right wing talking points spun by the right wing that have been thorough debunked by everyone but folks like BreitBarters/Beck-Nuts/Palin-Fetishists … It’s like a pattern you have. Where on earth do you get the idea of Hillary spinning anything other than a blog that has a following of about a dozen people and attaches blow job pictures to that topic? Show us a legitimate source of that speculation and not a place filled with people that are obviously mentally unwell and anger filled. You never show up on threads where there’s not an obvious right wing meme to spin.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        “I left TC because I don’t want to read bigoted,hateful and fascist teabaggers.”

        Ain’t that the truth.

        Their charade is SO exposed. All it takes is a few surfing expeditions to see that the FOXNEWS rightwingnuts are being parroted, nearly verbatim, by the same bloggers, blogging back-n-forth in their teenie-weenie former puma Hateobamauniverse. I don’t know why they don’t all just throw in together and call their blog Ratfuckinville.COM.

    • dakinikat says:

      Oh … and if you want to talk about fanatics and extremists i would suggest you start with Paul Ryan and the folks that Romney hangs out with… and other places you frequent.

    • NW Luna says:

      HRC is spinning the truth

      In the above video she condemns the violence. I can’t see any spin there.

      Should Romney have weighed in on the situation?

      It’s how he “weighed in” that’s the problem. A simple statement condemning the violence would have been dignified. Instead he used this horrific incident as a ghouslish opportunity to make irrational pronouncements.

      • dakinikat says:

        and give him self continual self gratifying smirks even though he should’ve seen the look of horror on the journalists’ faces … how does any one human being that isn’t a sociopath get something so wrong?

      • dakinikat says:

        Evidently apologizing for insult to any religion but Christianity is a horrible act of humanity

    • dakinikat says:

      The “crazy, touchy Muslims” meme has the virtue of convenience–it saves you the trouble of having to think about this carefully, because it seems to be a grand unifying theory, satisfyingly simple and powerful. But as Einstein, who like any good scientist loved theoretical simplicity, said: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

      http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/09/the-muslim-protests-two-myths-down-three-to-go/262375/

  8. bostonboomer says:

    To be presidential, Romney must first be truthful — Jonathan Alter

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-13/to-be-presidential-romney-must-first-be-truthful.html

  9. bostonboomer says:

    It’s a nice sunny Friday here. I’m going to choose not to feed the troll.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I’m going to choose to follow your lead. :-)

    • Delphyne says:

      Wise decision – better to feed the ducks at the river and enjoy the gorgeous autumn day on the East Coast.

    • dm says:

      You know, I’m really not a troll. I read lots of blogs and comment on very few very infrequently…not saying you should be honored by my presence, just saying my intentions fall into the interacting with other members of my species and not looking for anything other than a reasonable exchange of thoughts. Obviously, there must be a little S&M streak inside me…well, I’ll just leave it at that.

      Have a great weekend everyone

    • Beata says:

      It’s raining here. I have a good book to read. There are no trolls or zombies in it.

    • NW Luna says:

      Always the better choice, BB and Mouse. I’d better save my energy.

  10. Pat Johnson says:

    In a way I understand where dm is coming from since spending some time on blogs that once considered themselves “liberal”, but then made a rapid turn to the right, managed to demean and insult anyone who raised an opposite point.

    I have been called a troll, Obot, moron, and motherf*cker among others simply for asking why all the vitriol was pointed toward Obama when the right wing was busy out there hamstringing voters rights, ignoring women’s health, interfering with the right to privacy, and preventing seniors from living out their last days in dignity.

    It’s one thing to bash Obama: few of us here have not; but to dismiss the radicalization of right wing efforts in turning this nation back 50 yrs in time is ridiculous.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I just have a problem with someone arguing that Romney had a right to butt into the crisis, while ignoring what he actually did–lie about the actions of the Cairo embassy and the President. The things he said are read all over the world. A terrible crisis with American lives lost simply isn’t a good time for partisan political games and outright lies.

      Romney would not have been “crucified by the press” if he had simply called his press conference, expressed sympathy (empathy?) for family members and state department colleagues who had lost loved ones and friends, and maybe even expressed support for the SOS and President in dealing with the crisis. I think he would have helped himself greatly with normal voters by doing that.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        They are just so determined to elect Romney that even his worst egregious moments are defended.

        Few see beyond the possibility of ridding themselves of Obama that they refuse to look at the consequences of what the GoP agenda involves.

        Yet it is the women who defend him that drive me over the edge. Here’s a party focused on denying women healthcare access, even going as far as preventing contraception, and they still issue words of support on his behalf.

        I can’t understand hoiw they can be this dense.

      • dakinikat says:

        Don’t forget he smiled and smirked while politicizing the deaths of US diplomats. He was more concerned with attacking Obama then understanding the situation and taking time to find out what really happened.

  11. bostonboomer says:

    This is interesting. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have been going through security clearances so they can start getting intelligence briefings next week. Wouldn’t he have to give them tax returns and reveal his foreign holdings?

    The second link goes to dailykos.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/09/13/romney-ryan-to-receive-regular-intelligence-briefings/

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/14/1131740/-Can-Mitt-even-GET-a-security-clearance

    • Pat Johnson says:

      If Michele Bachmann can be a member of the House Intelligence Committee what difference could it possibly make if Mitt still guards those tax returns.

      Obviously whatever criteria may have once beem in place no longer holds if she is considered “sane” enough to be trusted with national security secrets.

  12. NW Luna says:

    Dakinikat, your New Orleans Renaissance quest sounds fabulous! Exciting, and if the other people are anything like you, there’s sure to be energy and intelligence fashioned into something new and wonderful.

    Keep us posted! I’m going to check out those links you gave us.

  13. NW Luna says:

    Romney, middle income, and reality:

    “Is $100,000 middle income?” Stephanopoulos asked.

    “No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less,” Romney responded.

    His campaign later clarified that Romney was referencing household income, not individual income.

    The Census Bureau reported this week that the median household income – the midpoint for the nation – is just over $50,000.

  14. NW Luna says:

    The Guinness World Records 2013 book published Thursday recognizes Zeus, a Great Dane from the U.S. state of Michigan, as the world’s Tallest Dog.

    The 3-year-old measures 44 inches (1.1 meters) from foot to shoulder.

    Standing on his hind legs, Zeus stretches to 7-foot-4 (2.23 meters) and towers over his owner, Denise Doorlag. Zeus is just an inch (2.54 centimeters) taller than the previous record-holder, Giant George.

    Zeus weighs 155 pounds (70 kilograms) and eats a 30-pound (14-kilogram) bag of food every two weeks.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I read that earlier NW, What a great dog. He looks intimidating but I read that he’s terrified of chihuahuas.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      When I was a kid I babysat for a family that had Great Danes. The little girls would get on the sofa and lay over Solly’s back. He weighed 180 lbs & his head was at least 18 inches long. He was such a docile & sweet dog. The female (can’t remember her name) would walk between the sofa & coffee table then backup and plant her butt on the sofa, with her front legs on the ground. That always cracked me up.

      • dakinikat says:

        There’s one down the street … huge black and white and he loved Karma. She loved him. They’re really gentle. His name is Horus but I always joked it should be horse.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      It’s that old “it’s the woman’s fault” theory at work. They began “woman is at the root of all evil” in Genesis and they never looked back.

    • dakinikat says:

      It sounds like they want a law that makes us all wear Burkhas! Oh, wait .. these women are Christians! It’s only the evil ARabs that make women do such horrible things … it must be Hillary Clinton apologizing to MOOslums again and the liberal MEdia is just making things up. Obama must be hated for this!! (Snark font on, of course)

      Literature being handed out at the Values Voter Summit on Friday attacks women for being “immodest” and extolled them to “go home and put some clothes on!”

      In flyers and brochures on display at Values Voters, the social conservative conference where Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke, an organization called Modesty Matters criticized women for dressing “immodestly” at church, and blamed women for causing men to stare lustfully at them.

      Women must “embrace MODESTY in dress and behavior,” one of the handouts read. Women dressed immodestly in church are “an insult to a holy God,” another said.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        Speaking of “value voters”, I just found out that Karl Rove has married wife #3, just one less that Rush Limbaugh but “even steven” with Rudy Giuliani!

        Oh how I love my “values” delivered to me by cheating fools!

      • ANonOMouse says:

        “Women dressed immodestly in church are “an insult to a holy God,” another said.”

        Wait a minute, their god is omniscient HE sees right through her clothes, doesn’t he?

        When men can’t own their own thoughts and their own desires then it must be the woman’s fault. I was raised catholic and my generation was taught that women were responsible for the sexual thoughts, transgressions and behavior of men and that was over 60 years ago. Here we go again, back to the 50’s

        • dakinikat says:

          Yeah, God has Xray vision … ask the Mormons or the Scientiologists which planet he got that from. I have no idea. I didn’t read that comic book.

      • ecocatwoman says:

        Dressing modestly MUST work because all of us know that women dressed in burkas or long skirts never get stared at/catcalled/raped. Yeah, that’s a load of crap.

  15. RalphB says:

    Inside the Beltway they apparently don’t do foreign policy, just comment on it from the CW. When Obama answered the question about Egypt, a message to Morsi was the first thing that crossed my mind.

    PoliticalWire: Egypt Scrambles to Repair Relations with U.S.

    Though President Obama looked somewhat foolish declaring that Egypt is neither an ally nor an enemy after the Cairo embassy attack, it appears Egypt got the message.

    New York Times: “Following a blunt phone call from President Obama, Egyptian leaders scrambled Thursday to try to repair the country’s alliance with Washington, tacitly acknowledging that they erred in their response to the attack on the United States Embassy by seeking to first appease anti-American domestic opinion without offering a robust condemnation of the violence.”

    <a href="http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/14/13861321-first-thoughts-obamas-post-convention-advantage?ocid=twitter"First Read: “Domestically, the Obama administration looked disorganized on this ally question; just bizarre listening to Jay Carney’s ‘official definition’ of ally to walk back his boss’ comments. But internationally, it does appear that Egypt got the message. Suddenly, it appears Morsi has shut down the protests for today.”

  16. pdgrey says:

    This is really cute. Jennifer Gramholm on The dating game in 1978.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/14/jennifer-granholm-dating-game-video_n_1883673.html

    I know Ralph and disagreed the night of her convention speech but it’s been played on Fox so many times, I think that some of the bounce Obama got was her screaming the number of jobs he saved and by listing them state by state, in the auto industry. Romney wanted the auto industry to go bankrupt.

  17. RalphB says:

    As of Thursday, it appears these assholes have gone into hiding.

    Christian charity, ex-con linked to film on Islam

    One ran a low-profile Christian charity from a sleepy suburb east of Los Angeles. The other was a financially strapped gas station operator just out of federal prison.

    In the last year, these men, both Egyptian immigrants, became unlikely collaborators in an endeavor that has shaken the stability of the Middle East.

    Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih, the president of the Duarte-based charity Media for Christ, and Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a convicted felon from Cerritos, emerged Thursday as forces behind “Innocence of Muslims.” An online trailer for the low-budget film incited violence in recent days across the Arab world.

    Media for Christ, whose stated mission is to “glow Jesus’ light” to the world, obtained permits to shoot the movie in August 2011, and Nakoula provided his home as a set and paid the actors, according to government officials and those involved in the production.

    • dakinikat says:

      We still need to figure out WHERE the money came from and how the silly thing transmitted itself to the Egyptian Press from an obscure youtube account.

      • RalphB says:

        The Feds are investigating and I hope checking donors to that “charity”. It’s possible that some al Qaeda op may have seen the video on youtube and thrown it at that TV station in Egypt. It would be just too good a provocation to pass up for them and exactly what they would want to publicize about the West.

  18. pdgrey says:

    And for you’re laughing pleasure and Charles Pierce takes the week-end off. I will now step up.
    Intro please: (you should now be hearing a drum roll)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/14/david-gregory-psy-gangnam-style_n_1884792.html?utm_hp_ref=media