Wednesday Reads: Power Outage Quickie and Mitt the Twit, Take Three

Good Morning,

I completely forgot that I had a post to write this morning, and then we had a huge storm here in Banjoville, and the power went out. So this post will be a quick one.

Tennessee is getting quite a reputation these days. Kelly Keisling, Tennessee Legislator, Mass Emailed Obama ‘Staged Assassination’ Rumor

A Republican member of the Tennessee state legislature emailed constituents Tuesday morning with a rumor circulating in conservative circles that President Barack Obama is planning to stage a fake assassination attempt in an effort to stop the 2012 election from happening.

Rep. Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) sent an email from his state email account to constituents containing a rumor that Obama and the Department of Homeland Security are planning a series of events that could lead to the imposition of “martial law” and delay the election. Among the events hypothesized in the email is a staged assassination attempt on the president that would lead to civil unrest in urban areas and martial law.

Ugh…surprise his source is not Michele Bachmann…

Keisling appears to have forwarded a more widely circulated email from Joe Angione, a Florida-based conservative blogger. Angione prefaces the rumor by saying it has not been confirmed but likewise notes it has not been denied. Angione also writes that people need to work to prevent the rumor from becoming reality.

The conspiracy theory started with an article written by Doug Hammon and posted on CanadaFreePress.com, which he said arose from conversations he had with an informant within the Department of Homeland Security.

The Constitution Party of Florida posted the same Angione story on their website this week. Party chairman Mark Pilling wrote a note saying that he believes some sort of unrest will occur this year.

Geez.

And just when you think Romney can’t flip any more, he writes an op/ed for the National Review: Culture Does Matter – By Mitt Romney – The Corner – National Review Online

TPM takes a look at it here: Take Three: Mitt Romney Now Says He Stands By Palestinian ‘Culture’ Comments | TPM2012

On Sunday, Mitt Romney boldly declared that Israel’s economic superiority over the Palestinians was due to its culture. On Tuesday morning, he dismissed any notion that he had even discussed Palestinian culture. On Tuesday night, Romney reversed himself yet again, in an op-ed entitled “Culture Does Matter.”

“During my recent trip to Israel, I had suggested that the choices a society makes about its culture play a role in creating prosperity, and that the significant disparity between Israeli and Palestinian living standards was powerfully influenced by it,” Romney wrote in the National Review. “In some quarters, that comment became the subject of controversy. But what exactly accounts for prosperity if not culture?”

In an interview earlier the very same day with FOX News, Romney told interviewer Carl Cameron that he “did not speak about the Palestinian culture or the decisions made in their economy” and that he “certainly [doesn’t] intend to address that during my campaign.”

That interview appeared to be directly at odds with Romney’s original speech, in which he directly compared the per capita GDP of Israel and the Palestinian territories and attributed Israel’s comparative strength to “culture” and the “hand of providence.” It also directly contradicts the first paragraph of his National Review op-ed, in which he explicitly says he was comparing the two economies and cultures.

I think this is the kind of cultural differences Romney is making:  Cagle Post » Rich Culture of Romney

Rich Culture of Romney © Adam Zyglis,The Buffalo News,mitt, romney, culture, dressage, horse, olympics, culture, israel, palistine, racism, wealthy, 1, 99, percent, rich, wealthy, gaffes, overseas

Or was Romney talking about this kind of cultural differences:  Jon Stewart Mocks Romney Campaign For Gaffes In Poland And Israel | Mediaite

He observed that Romney faced “trouble in England for answering questions [and] trouble in Poland for ignoring questions,” and prayed that the third country Romney visited was not a place where people are easily “prone to complaining.” Naturally, it was Israel, and Stewart’s hopes were dashed once again.

Stewart sat with baited breath, wondering how Romney would mess up in Israel, and while at first he was relieved that Romney was overly complimentary of the Israeli people in his speech, he then brought up the controversy over Romney’s remarks about the Palestinians that did not go over well. As Stewart observed:

“Romney appears to be saying that the Palestinians are purely the architects of their own poverty, or, if you prefer to look at the converse, that Jews are culturally some money-making motherfuckers. Either way…”

Video at the link…

Updates on the DC fetal pain crap….I mean proposed bill. House Fails to Pass D.C. 20-Week Abortion Ban | RH Reality Check

And about that PLUB law in Arizona? Goodbye, Trimesters: How The Arizona Court Ruling May Turn Roe On Its Head | RH Reality Check

They are both long links so please go and read them in full.

Meanwhile: House GOP Tax Plan Raises Taxes On 10 Times As Many People As Democratic Proposal | ThinkProgress

Senate Republicans last week proposed a plan that would raise taxes on more than 20 million Americans, while maintaining the high-end Bush tax cuts. Letting those tax cuts on income in excess of $250,000 expire would affect just two million wealthy taxpayers, by comparison.

Now, House Republicans have adopted the same plan, and the effect is the same: roughly 24 million middle- and lower-class Americans will see their taxes raised so that roughly two million of the richest taxpayers can maintain a tax cut, as this chart from the Center for American Progress’ Seth Hanlon and Sarah Ayres illustrate:

More nifty graphs at that link…it shows us who are the ones that will be getting hit with these increases…

Even worse, more than a third of families with children — a total of 18.6 million households, including 9.2 million single parents — would see a tax increase, according to Hanlon and Ayres’ analysis:

According to the analysis, roughly 11 million American families would lose some or all of the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides a tax break on college tuition payments, at an average cost of $1,100 each. About 12 million would lose part or all of the Child Tax Credit, costing them an average of $800, and about 6 million would lose all or part of the Earned Income Tax Credit, which saves each recipient an average of $500.

One thing I find interesting is this(Oh, it is a good one, you betcha!): Dishonest Fox Chart: Bush Tax Cut Edition | Blog | Media Matters for America

Fox Business used a graphic with a badly distorted scale to exaggerate the effect that the expiration of the Bush tax cuts would have on the rich.

Here’s how Fox Business’ Cavuto presented a return to the Clinton-era tax rate of 39.6 percent on the top income bracket, from the Bush-era rate of 35 percent:

Here’s what that increase of 4.6 percentage points looks like on a more realistic scale:

Fox has a lot of trouble making charts that are accurate and fair, having aired misleading graphics on gas taxes and statistics about unemployment, among other subjects.

Heh…heh…heh. I quoted the whole post there, because I had to. Look at it! Look at it!

And what about those Voter ID laws? ugh…Pa. Top Election Official Disputes Negative Impact of New Voter ID Law « CBS Philly

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Commonwealth was on the witness stand today, during day five of the court hearing on Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law.

And her testimony just added to the confusion over exactly how many voters need ID.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Carole Aichele is the top state official in charge of implementing the voter ID.  But when she took the stand she was cagey, even making jokes in some instances in her response to plaintiffs’ attorneys.

At one point, when lawyers asked her about the details of the voter ID law, Aichele responded, “I don’t know what the law says.”

I can show you what it means…after this continuation of the story:

Plaintiffs’ attorney David Gersch (of Arnold and Porter) says the secretary is not the only one confused about what the law requires.

“The law is very technical — that’s another problem with it,” he tells KYW Newsraadio.   “Earlier in the trial we had testimony from lawyers who are advocates for poor people and homeless people trying to get identification, and those lawyers said they didn’t understand all apects of the law!”

When lawyers questioned Aichele today about the number of  Pennsylvanians who need ID, Aichele was adamant that 99 percent of voters had valid ID.

When plaintiffs’ attorneys cited earlier Department of State testimony that the number is likely inaccurate, Aichele said simply, “I disagree.”

She later admitted that the state does not know the real number of voters who need ID.

Voter ID laws = Voter Suppression – Truthdig

And one more goodbye, this time to Writer Gore Vidal, 86, has died – latimes.com

Gore Vidal, the iconoclastic writer, savvy analyst and imperious gadfly on the national conscience, has died. He was 86.

Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of complications of pneumonia, said nephew Burr Steers.

Vidal was a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels, including historical works such as “Lincoln” and “Burr” and satires such as “Myra Breckinridge” and “Duluth.” He was also a prolific essayist whose pieces on politics, sexuality, religion and literature — once described as “elegantly sustained demolition derbies” — both delighted and inflamed and in 1993 earned him a National Book Award for his massive “United States Essays, 1952-1992.”

[…]

He also wrote Broadway hits, screenplays, television dramas and a trio of mysteries under a pseudonym that remain in print after 50 years.

When he wasn’t writing, he was popping up in movies, playing himself in “Fellini’s Roma,” a sinister plotter in sci-fi thriller “Gattaca” and a U.S. senator in “Bob Roberts.” In other spare moments, he made two entertaining but unsuccessful forays into politics, running for the Senate from California and Congress in New York, and established himself as a master of talk-show punditry who demolished intellectual rivals like Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley with acidic one-liners.

“Style,” Vidal once said, “is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” By that definition, he was an emperor of style, sophisticated and cantankerous in his prophesies of America’s fate and refusal to let others define him.

Dakinikat put up a post in tribute of Vidal late last night. Goodbye Mr. Vidal.

That was a whirlwind of a post…woosh.

So, what are you all reading and thinking about this first day of August!


34 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Power Outage Quickie and Mitt the Twit, Take Three”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    I am becoming more fearful by the day, not sure exactly where this nation is heading but it just doesn’t “feel right” from my perspective.

    Apparently, no matter how nuts we think Michele Bachmann is, she still manages to raise money. The latest credits her with raising one million dollars in the last week due to her conspiracy theory that the Muslim Brotherhood now has offices within the US government without a single fact to back it up.

    Some Tea Party crazy in Texas has just won the primary for Senate and is sure to elected in November to take the seat of Kay Bailey Hutchison thus further strengthening the ranks for his narrow minded agenda.

    Another pundit today is predicting several Tea Party victories in US Senate races which could definitely tip the balance in the Senate and a strong possibility of the Ryan Budget act will go into effect.

    Women again are “up for grabs” as the perpetual ping pong ball when it comes to their access to healthcare as evidenced by the vote in the House, which although it failed, will not go away anytime soon if more seats are lost by the Dems. The GOP will push and push and push until this issue becomes law.

    Romney is still the ultimate ass but in some polls he is running neck to neck with Obama and it is troubling that with the GOP writing its party platform discrimination will lead the agenda.

    I need a vacation.

  2. Here are some news updates:

    Mich. flesh-eating bacteria patient dies – USATODAY.com Now the medical bills will be eating away at her survivors.

    Cruz wins big in GOP upset
    Tea party is still very much alive!

    Power Supply Restored in India – WSJ.com That happened a lot quicker than I thought it would be.

    Romney’s Foreign Trip Ends, But Will Memories Linger? | RealClearPolitics
    I hope they linger…Mitt is getting away with far too much shit, he needs to be held accountable.

    • HT says:

      I should not be in the position of gloating, but had I been stricken with the flesh eating disease, my survivors would not be on the hook for outrageous medical bills. My friends son died from it – he was seven years old can you believe it? Necrotizing fasitiis – never heard of it until Justin was killed by it. He died very quickly, thankfully however if we had your system, his parents would still be paying for his treatment – 18 years later. For those people who yammer on about how the Canadian health system stinks – stuff a sock in it. Losing a loved one is bad enough. Being indebted to corporations for a lifetime for health issues is an atrocity.

      • HT says:

        WRT the judges rulings – screw them. I hope they all get pregnant and are forced to bear a child no matter the condition of said child – ooh they can’t can they.
        I wanted an abortion when I was 28 years old. Not because it was inconvenient, not because my life would be changed – because I knew something was very, very wrong with my baby – or babies as it turned out. I could not get an abortion back in those days – gaddamnit I couldn’t even get an ultrasound. We are looking at a return to those days – 36 years ago at a minimum.

  3. ANonOMouse says:

    JJ…..I’m very familiar with Byrdstown, TN a lot of that area reminds me of “Dueling Banjo” country.

  4. surfric says:

    Not only did Romney cite “cultural” differences for the wealth difference between Palestinians and Israeli’s, he also saw “the hand of Providence” in it. Someone should explain to Mitt that the gods of Israelis and Palestinians have more in common with each other than either does with Romney’s Mormon god.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Here’s some good news if you don’t want Willard in the White House:

    Latest Quinnipiac swing state poll of likely voters shows Obama leading in PA, OH, and FL and he is above 50% in all three states. Huge majorities say their minds are already made up.

    Huge majorities also support Obama’s plan to end the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

  6. Delphyne says:

    Sorry if this has been posted earlier – still catching up on reading.

    Look how Mitt interacts with this man:

    http://www.upworthy.com/watching-romney-ignore-this-dying-mans-plea-is-really-upsetting

    • janey says:

      Disgusting isn’t it? Princess Di and Barack Obama would not have been so impatient or thoughtless. The least he could have done is answered the man’s question!

  7. Allie says:

    I can’t bring myself to read Romney’s piece on culture – but I suspect he doesn’t address the Palestinian occupation or the conditions they are forced to live in at all.

    What a monumental jerk. And I’m very sad to see some lefties agreeing with him – most notably John Smart.

    • Pat Johnson says:

      These aren’t “lefties” at all. They are right wing apologizers who refuse to discredit anything the GOP throws out there.

      For a party that has done and promises to do more in their “war against women” finding so many women commenting over there in favor of the GOP is astounding.

      It has become a 24 hour broadcast of “all things Obama” with nary a whimper about attacks on voting rights, the Ryan Budget, women’s loss of access to healthcare, or the presence of the neo cons within the Romney campaign.

      One would think that for the last 3 1/2 years Obama singlehandly prevented job growth in voting “no” every time a bill came up for passage, or that asking the rich to pay a little more was a mortal sin.

    • HT says:

      John Smart has gone the way of his commenters. He is firmly ABO – anybody but Obama. Funny, I used to lurk there from back before 2008 to about May of this year – back in the days when he actually was a real person. What he’s presenting now is a hook to reel in his biggest contributers – he is in the film industry after all.

    • dakinikat says:

      I don’t think he’s a leftie at all. Definitely, not at all now.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I think JWS simply did as HT suggests, sold out to the highest bidder.

      I took a whipping there when I decided that the GOP/TP alternatives to Obama were unfathomable and spoke out in support of NOT voting for any of those alternatives. IMHO JWS showed his cards when he attempted to keep his lefty creds by pushing 3rd party candidate alternatives to Obama without pushing 3rd party alternatives to the GOP/TP presidential candidates or even offering real criticism of them. The only sustained criticism of the GOP he offered was against Santorum.

      BTW, I haven’t posted there since the day I posted in a comment that I was leaving that blog.
      I have followed the comments on and off since leaving and a few weeks after I quit commenting someone posted some sort of criticism of his blog and he used that comment to rail against me, without using my nym. I’m still being chastised there regularly by the most far right of the posters there. I’m so hurt. NOT!!! 🙂

      Thanks for allowing me to voice my opinions here.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        P.S. I hope my comment above doesn’t bring down the wrath of the ratfuckers.

      • Beata says:

        Don’t worry, Mouse. The ratfuckers are way too busy working uber-hard at their uber-successful professional careers to spend time trolling. Trolling is for lazy-ass welfare queens.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Beata: Well, as you know I raised quite a ruckus there by defending folks on medicaid, those on disability, those receiving SS, the poor, those on food stamps, those receiving unemployment insurance, access to contraception, contraception coverage in insurance, abortion access, Medicare and daring to say I couldn’t vote for any of the GOP, not even as a protest. And they haven’t forgotten it, because they’re still mentioning me as their nemesis. Not to mention I was called everything imaginable before I quit commenting there and a few additional adjectives after I exited. Not complaining or whining. I can hold my own in a war of words.

        Sadly they can’t even get along with each other, they just went through some sort of throw-down with a black conservative female blogger that elicited what was described as threats and counter threats of legal action. I didn’t read much of it, it wasn’t worth the time required to follow the threads, but it was apparenlty quite a fiasco.

      • Beata says:

        I know what you went through, Mouse, and your defense of the disabled, the elderly, and the poor was appreciated by me and many others. The ratfuckers got their jollies attacking me, too, as you probably recall. That sort of thing doesn’t bother me anymore. Life is too precious and too short to let a bunch of online bullies upset it.

      • Delphyne says:

        I loved your comments over there, Mouse, especially with that z character! Very happy that you’re over here commenting!

        Sorry about using the m word, Kat – I figured that’s why I was zapped out to spam prison. It won’t happen again, now that I’m aware of it!

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Beata & Delphyne…..Thank you both for the kind words.

        I really enjoy reading and commenting here. I’ve been lurking here for quite a while, This is an excellent blog, with excellent posts by intelligent, strong women. Everything that matters to me is covered here, daily, and I appreciate the hard work of the posters.

  8. Fannie says:

    About voter id in Penn. “There is NO evidence of voter fraud in Pennyslvania, NONE”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/pennsylvania-admits-it-no-voter-fraud-problem/2012/07/24/gJQAHNVt6W blog.htmlfyi

    • Fannie says:

      Jamelle Bouie 24 Jul 2012 sorry I couldn’t link the article.

      Direct Quote by court filing by the state of Pennyslvania

      “The state signed a stipulation agreement with lawyers for the plaintiffs which acknowledges there have been no investigations or prosecutions of in person voter fraud in Pennsylvania, and the parties do not have direct personal knowledge of any such investigations or prosecutions in other states.”

  9. The Rock says:

    Minx, you have the most complete quick posts in the history of the internet.

    Now, House Republicans have adopted the same plan, and the effect is the same: roughly 24 million middle- and lower-class Americans will see their taxes raised so that roughly two million of the richest taxpayers can maintain a tax cut

    These are the choices we have in November. Bumbles, who is just all around bad, or Uncle Fluffy, who will authorize the largest transfer of wealth in the history of the world from the poor and the middle class, to the wealthy and the uber wealthy.

    Aye Dios Mio…..

    In other more positive news…
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics–afghani-female-sprinter-resists-country-s-old-ideals–vows-to-show-women-new-future.html

    In other Ted Cruz news…
    http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/08/01/the-establishments-near-sexual-advances-on-ted-cruz-are-about-to-begin/

    (The negative ads here about him here in Teas have been so horrible. Lets see the start of the walkback.)

    Kudos all!!

    Hillary 2012