Monday Reads

Good Morning!

The most recent vivisection of Mitt Romney’s political career is in the NY Review of Books and is written by Garry Wills.  It looks at a batch of losers and wonders which path Romney will choose.  My guess is it will have nothing to do outside of the realm of increasing his personal wealth or church standing. Shallow Mitt will continue his life in the bubble.

What public service do we expect from Mitt Romney? He will no doubt return to augmenting his vast and hidden wealth, with no more pesky questions about where around the world it is stashed, or what taxes (if any) he paid, carefully sheltered from the rules his fellow citizens follow.

Barry Goldwater, after his massive defeat, stayed true enough to his principled conservatism that the modern Republican Party was a beneficiary of his legacy—a beneficiary but not the determiner of that legacy. It was Goldwater himself who told the heir to his influence, Richard Nixon, that it was time to cleanse the White House by leaving it. Though Goldwater was a factor in the Southern strategy of Nixon, he was no racist, and no fanatic of any stripe. He was an acidulous critic of the religious right and a strong advocate for women’s rights (like abortion). He had backbone.

What vestige of a backbone is Romney left with? Things he was once proud of —health-care guarantees, opposition to noxious emissions, support of gay rights and women’s rights, he had the shamelessness to treat as matters of shame all through his years-long crawl to the Republican nomination.

Other defeated candidates compiled stellar records after they lost. Two of them later won the Nobel Prize—Jimmy Carter for international diplomacy, Al Gore for his environmental advocacy. John Kerry is still an important voice for the principles he has always believed in as a Democrat. Michael Dukakis carries on as the college professor he always was, with no need to reject or rediscover any of the policies he championed. Robert Dole joined with McGovern in international nutritional projects.

One of the most off-the-wall suggestions was offered on MTP. Historian Doris Kerns Goodwin suggested that  Shallow Mitt should join the Obama administration as some kind of jobs czar.   WTF has she been smoking?  Why would any one want to hire the father of shipping jobs to China to oversee bringing jobs back to the US?  Why would Obama want this race baiter in his administration? The man specialized in stuff that wrecked the country?  What could we possibly learn from him but how to damage the US for personal wealth and gain?

Pulling Romney in as a business czar for the Obama administration is a popular idea being volleyed around among liberal circles. Recently, a CNN panel enthusiastically endorsed Romney for Secretary of Business. Perhaps Romney’s opinion of adding a new office to government was forgotten.

“I don’t think adding a new chair in his cabinet will help add millions of jobs on Main Street,” Romney said while on the campaign trail, adding, “His solution to everything is to add another bureaucrat … I don’t think adding a new chair in his Cabinet will help add millions of jobs on Main Street. We don’t need a Secretary of Business to understand business. We need a president who understands business.” The idea that Romney would accept the position of “another bureaucrat” is as likely as Obama repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Kerns dropped this suggestion right in the middle of a discussion about the economy, the fiscal cliff, the problem of declining growth of business, and a “mandate to compromise.” The host, David Gregory, agreed recent polls indicated a majority favored Romney over Obama to fix the economy, put America back to work and grow business.

Disco Dave’s Dance Party has reached a new level of irrelevance.  I would have never thought that possible.

Melissa Harris-Perry turns the national conversation to poverty and reminds us that ‘Those Aren’t Numbers. Those Are People’.

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry debut a new regular segment Sunday focusing on poverty, which she noted many people did not want to touch, even as the national poverty rate remained at 15 percent of the population last year, or just over 46 million people, with 21.9 percent of them being minors.

“Let me be crystal clear,” she said. “Those aren’t numbers. Those are people.”

President Barack Obama’s administration, Harris-Perry noted, has already at least broached the subject; days before his re-election, a campaign spokesperson cited programs like Choice Neighborhoods, Promise Neighborhoods and others in a response to The Nation as proof Obama took the issue seriously.

You can watch her panel on the main link.

Yesterday, I wrote a post talking about the crazy fairy tales that Republicans tell themselves and others about trickle down economics.  It’s been shown to be a failure by every empirical study possible and yet, they still won’t give it up.  It’s so bad that they are still pushing the voted-down Romney version of it as the answer to the fiscal curb.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA): On ABC’s This Week, Chambliss said, “Bowles-Simpson said, look, eliminate all these tax credits and tax deductions. You can generate somewhere 1 to 1.2 trillion in additional revenue. You can actually lower tax rates by doing that. And I think at the end of the day, what’s got to happen, George, we’ve got to get this economy going again.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK): In a Friday column, House Budget Committee member Cole wrote: “However, raising tax rates is not the only way to increase revenue, nor is it the best way. Speaker Boehner has proposed comprehensive tax reform to raise revenue and lower rates. Eliminating inefficient loopholes and deductions will generate economic growth while creating a simpler, fairer tax code.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX): In a Wednesday Tweet, House Ways and Means Committee member Brady opined: “Stronger economic growth from tax reform that lowers rates and closes loopholes will generate higher revenue to bring the deficit down.

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA): In a letter to his Republican caucus, the House Majority Leader wrote: “What would be best is a fundamental reform of the tax code that lowers rates, broadens the base, makes America’s businesses competitive again, and reduces the burden imposed by taxes on work and investment.”

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI): In a Wednesday press release, the House Ways and Means Chairman wrote: “There is a better path forward than simply increasing tax rates, and one in which both sides can claim victory. We can address both our jobs crisis and our debt crisis by focusing on tax reform that strengthens the economy. There is bipartisan support for tax reform that closes loopholes and lowers rates.”

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA): On Fox News Sunday, House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Price, a member of both the Ways and Means and Budget Committees, said “We can increase revenue without increasing the tax rates on anybody in this country.”

I’m not sure if you waded through my wonk yesterday, but just recently the CBO announce there would be no significant damage done to the economy should Congress let the Bush Tax Cuts expire for the wealthiest Americans.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says there will be no significant negative impact on the economy should the lower rates on the wealthiest Americans be allowed to expire. And the notion that lowering rates will magically create more revenue is indeed a right-wing pipe dream.

There’s one more look at how the Romney loss has highlighted differences in the US population.  This break down shows the regional clashes as analyzed by Colin Woodward at Bloomberg.  There’s some interesting looks at why the Appalachia region may not have taken to Obama’s messages.

President Barack Obama explicitly embraced the notion that we are all in the same boat, that we will succeed or fail as a community, that the successful ought to make sacrifices for the common good. On the stump and in his victory speech, he presented these as American ideals, and they are in the sense that they are the central founding principles of Yankeedom, the section of the country colonized by the early Puritans and their descendants. The Puritans believed they were God’s chosen people and, as such, would be rewarded or punished collectively. They came to this continent to create a religious utopia, a “light on the hill,” a godly community to serve as an example for the world. Ever since, Yankees have had faith in their ability to engineer a more perfect society through public institutions. Their culture, more than any other, has prized the common good above individual aspiration, often celebrating self-denial as a virtue.

Many other, equally American cultures look upon this philosophy with skepticism, even revulsion, and none more so than the people of Greater Appalachia. This nation was founded in the early 18th century by wave upon wave of rough, bellicose settlers from the war-ravaged borderlands of Northern Ireland, northern England and the Scottish lowlands, whose culture included a warrior ethic and deep commitments to individual liberty. Here “freedom” is broadly understood to mean having the fewest possible encumbrances on individual action. If Yankee ideology seeks to make a community free of tyrants, Appalachia’s sticks up for each person’s freedom to become a tyrant.

Jonathan Chait says we did in fact have a class war during the election season this year.

The telling phrase came when Obama turned away from the thank-yous and patriotic hymnals into the guts of his remarks. “Despite all our differences,” he transitioned, “most of us share certain hopes for America’s future.” The key term here is “most,” as opposed to “all”—“most” meaning less than 100 percent and possibly as little as 51 percent. He attributed to most Americans a desire for great schools, a desire to limit debt and inequality: “a generous America, a compassionate America.”

Obama then proceeded to define the American idea in a way that excludes the makers-versus-takers conception of individual responsibility propounded by Paul Ryan and the tea party. Since Obama took office, angry men in Colonial garb or on Fox News have harped on “American exceptionalism,” which boils our national virtue down to the freedom from having to subsidize some other sap’s health insurance. Obama turned this on its head. “What makes America exceptional,” he announced, “are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth. The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations.” Obama invoked average Americans living out this ethos of mutual responsibility (such as a “family business whose owners would rather cut their own pay than lay off their neighbors,” the example of which stands at odds with the corporate ethos of a certain ­Boston-based private-equity executive). And even the line about red states and blue states began with the following statement: “We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions.”

Presumably more was at work here than mere uplift. The president was establishing the meaning of his victory. Even in the days leading up to Tuesday, clouds of dismissal had already begun to hover overhead. The election was “small,” in the words of one story in the conventional-wisdom-generating machine Politico, and “too narrow and too rooted in the Democratic base to grant him anything close to a mandate,” in the words of another. “I don’t think the Obama victory is a policy victory,” sniffed Romney adviser Kevin Hassett. “In the end what mattered was that it was about Bain and frightening people that Romney is an evil capitalist.”

Like every president, Obama won for myriad reasons, important and petty. But his reelection was hardly small and hardly devoid of ideas. Indeed, it was entirely about a single idea. The campaign, from beginning to end, was an extended argument about economic class.

So, that’s some of the things that I’ve been reading.  What’s on your reading and blogging list today?


54 Comments on “Monday Reads”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    My instinct tells me we have seen the last of Mittens. He was never really comfortable in the spotlight to begin with.

    His discomfort was pretty evident when pressed to answer questions. He was only at ease when he was able to say whatever he wanted without being pressed to elaborate.

    Mitt just wanted the job title and absent that he hasn’t much else to say. Never one to stick to one principle he veered back and forth between positions so it became difficult to pin him down to one.

    I doubt the press will be seeking him out any time soon unlike the attention given to Quiterella who thrived on it.

    In a real sense he came to the role empty handed and left the same way. No “there there” to begin with there really is nothing much to pursue after the fall.

    Not a big favorite within his own party it is even doubtful they will be seeking him out themselves any time soon.

    • dakinikat says:

      I hope we’ve seen the last of the Mittster … I’m tired of his shallow outlook on life and that smirk. Let him go back to one of his homes and roll in his money like Scrooge McDuck and take those spoiled rotten sons of his with him. He’s a parasite and got his money by doing a parasite’s job. I can’t imagine what his father would be thinking of him at this moment with all that race baiting and lying to auto workers. I’ve never seen such a small minded individual run for public office He frickin makes Richard Nixon look noble and Dubya Bush look like a great statesman. He and Cheney should share a cell in hell together. That’s all I can say.

  2. ANonOMouse says:

    Good morning and good Monday morning post, Dak.

    I agree with Pat, I think Mitt Romney became irrelevant on election night when the Secret Service drove away. The thought that Dorris Kearns Goodrich could even utter the name Romney as a possible Obama cabinet member is ridiculous. She needs to get her head out of American History and into American reality. It ain’t gonna happen.

    The reality is that the GOP launched a nationwide makers vs. takers war, alongside a war on women and they LOST. They’re on death watch as they begin to finger point at each other. The TeaParty will be the catalyst of the upcoming GOP upheaval and a likely ideological purge that will either spell the beginning of the end of the GOP or the beginning of the end of the TP.

    May they all rest in Pieces.

    • RalphB says:

      Goodwin’s head isn’t in American history, it’s lodged firmly up her own ass and has been for some time. She hasn’t said a relevant word in years,

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Note. I called her Doris Kearns Goodrich, I do that everytime I speak her name or write her name. I suppose I keep confusing her with tires, worn out tires. 🙂

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    The Petraeus scandal is getting more than interesting.

    It appears that Ms. Broadwell may very well have had access to information she should never have been privy to and hinted as much in appearances she made to promote her book on him.

    Does anyone see the danger in what this man has done? This woman was granted access on the supposition that she was considered his “biographer” and allowed into meetings she may have had no business to attend.

    In the meantime it may also appear that he may have been juggling another relationship (yet to be confirmed) while acting as the supreme head of an agency designed for national security. How much time was he devoting to both pursuits is the question?

    How self involved are you that you have a need for a “biographer” following you all over the globe? How easily flattered are you by the attention paid from women who appear more attracted to power than commonsense? How trustworthy are you when your roving eye supercedes your oath of office in allowing this woman to get as close to the secret workings of the agency you supervise?

    This looks more like a cast of clowns, each with their own agenda and filled with a sense of power and glory that persuades them they are above the laws that govern the rest of us.

    If I hear one more time how “esteemed and special” Petraues is I may hurl. Just another idiot unable to keep it in his pants in a position of power that could easily lead to a dereliction of duty while he manages his social engagement book instead of the CIA.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      Pat, all that pops into my mind is – “The Weaker Sex.” Has any descriptive phrase ever been more inappropriately used?

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Yep……We definitely stomped all over the “weaker sex” myth. Governors and State Legislators who are attempting to step on a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her own body, better beware. We just proved we are a force to be reckoned with.

    • mjames says:

      Yes, he’s applauded ad nauseum even though he failed miserably in Iraq and Afghanistan. Total fail. That’s D.C. for you. (As for the sex angle, he comes across like a nerdy high schooler. He’s quite unattractive and seems to be easily manipulated by the wimmenz. If, after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he had his prostate removed – does anyone know? – then sexual performance, in my understanding, rests on a daily dose of Cialis and an injection directly into the penis right before intercourse. So there’s that highly seductive aspect too, one thing if you’ve been in a loving relationship for years, quite another if it’s a new fling.)

      And hearing Doris Kearns Goodwin talking about anything still drives me bonkers. She, just like Broadwell, made her name sucking up to a man with power, in her case, Lyndon Johnson. She became his pet (oh, I mean, official biographer). He made sure she was set for life. And, even after all the plagiarism scandals surrounding her, she still gets to carry on as if she’s someone worth listening to. What a joke.

      Then again, that’s how Petraeus got his start too. Courting and marrying the daughter of the West Point superintendent and into a family of long military credentials. He slept his way up the ladder too. And he loves him some drones. And maybe he was so busy writing love emails to his girlfriends and giving them access to sensitive information and having his picture taken in his office with the likes of Angelina Jolie, he forgot to watch out that the CIA stronghold (oh, I mean, embassy) wasn’t attacked by “terrorists.”

      All of it is just so sordid.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        It brings a whole new meaning to “foreplay”.

      • ecocatwoman says:

        NPR just reported a quote from a friend of Petraeus’ that he had said “saying Holly is furious would be an understatement.” I wonder if every wife (political ones in particular) who is cheated on would react with ferocity, would that maybe make some of these loser husbands think twice before embarrassing themselves & their families?

      • ANonOMouse says:

        “It brings a whole new meaning to “foreplay”.”

        ROTFL……..Perhaps fore-injection? Hardly a turn-on for a lover young enough to be his daughter. I just wish this would go away, but I don’t think it will. nor will it be long before we begin hearing from “other lovers”. American’s are addicted to the “Secret Sex lives of the Rich, Famous and Powerful”.

      • Fannie says:

        He is more powerful than a switch engine, and faster than a silver bullet, and he’s played this game before, over and over. Like Sandusky he’s in the shower loving all the soap and steam, and cozy, and singing his song, he knows the hot water won’t run out. But the day is here, I hope the wife and the ladies do him in for good.

    • dakinikat says:

      Did you ever read about the sex life of Dulles. Now that was a manslut. He really got around.

  4. peggysue22 says:

    I can’t imagine [nor do I wish to] Mitt joining the Obama administration as a ‘czar.’ What a stupid idea. Business czar??? Despite what Romney’s campaign staff may think, Romney wasn’t painted as an ‘evil capitalist.’ He was exposed as a vulture capitalist. And the Eye of the Newt opened the door on that fact.

    Yes, the Petraeus story is getting very steamy. I’ve read three articles from journalists who either feel ‘betrayed’ or are dishing on the flimsy myth-making that surrounded the General. Gotta love it–our media is offended for not doing their jobs and/or being snookered. Also finding out that Petraeus was more human than god. The addition of Eric Cantor into this story, he having been approached by an FBI whistleblower is just an ongoing tangle of details and complication. Added to that is Broadwell making classified comments in Denver about prisoners being held at the Benghazi compound.

    Something’s definitely rotten in Denmark.

  5. janicen says:

    I used to think very highly of Doris Kerns Goodwin, but lately she comes off as a self promoting hack. I can’t think of any historian or anyone else for that matter who would agree that creating a cabinet position of “Business Czar” is a good idea. It sounds to me like Kerns Goodwin is still pushing her “Team of Rivals” meme about Obama.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I was just about to say the same thing. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a hack. She probably got her position at Harvard because of her husband Dick Goodwin (he was a speechwriter for JFK and LBJ and an adviser to RFK) and the fact that she had worked with LBJ after he left office. It was rumored that she had an affair with LBJ. I don’t know if it’s true, but she lived in his home for quite a while working on his papers and helping him draft his memoirs.

      Way back in the 70s I worked as a temporary typist, and I typed much of the manuscript for Goodwin’s first book on LBJ, “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.” That book may have been her own work because it was based on her personal interactions with Johnson, but once Goodwin was caught plagiarizing huge sections of other people’s books, she should have disappeared from the public sphere. Unfortunately, these days plagiarism doesn’t seem to be taken as seriously as it once was.

      • mjames says:

        OMG, I just wrote the same thing above. She is a serial plagiarizer and was LBJ’s pet.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        Doris is married to Richard Goodwin who exposed the fraud behind the quiz shows during hte 50s.

        I think they live in Cambridge, MA.

        She is an avid Red Sox fan.

        I have nothing more to add.

      • bostonboomer says:

        When I worked with Goodwin, she seemed very flighty and nervous. I was impressed that she had access to LBJ, of course.

        Petraeus always seemed like a self-promoter to me. Michael Hastings review of Broadwell’s book at Rolling Stones gives the other side to Broadwell’s fawning bio. I wonder how many women he’s been involved with. Unfortunately, we’ll probably find out now.

      • janicen says:

        That’s pretty cool that you did that. I used to type for money when I was an undergrad. It was a great way to earn a little extra cash, but I never typed for anyone famous! 🙂

        Actually, I did it in high school too. I used to type papers written by my older brothers and some of their college buds. I learned a lot and my English teacher in my junior year thought I was a genius because of my in depth knowledge of arcane literature!

    • ecocatwoman says:

      But, but, but, I thought Government can’t create jobs. If that’s true (wink, wink), then why would The Government even need a Business Czar?

      Once upon a time it was the “loser” who received advice instead of the winner.

      Personally I’d prefer the prez employ an Anger Translator (ala Key & Peele) to kick some Repug butts!

  6. janicen says:

    “I don’t think the Obama victory is a policy victory,” sniffed Romney adviser Kevin Hassett. “In the end what mattered was that it was about Bain and frightening people that Romney is an evil capitalist.”

    These fools just don’t get it. Frankly, I hope they remain as clueless for another 12 years and we can keep trouncing them election after election.

    • bostonboomer says:

      The corporate media doesn’t get it either. They are acting as if Romney won, and expecting Obama to institute Romney’s tax policies.

      • RalphB says:

        The corporate media is looking out for their own financial self interest. Most of them are very highly paid shills of one kind or the other. I can’t take them seriously and, from the election results, neither do most people.

  7. Fannie says:

    I was talking to one of his neigbors, and he said he probably will make miserable for them in LaJolla……….

  8. RalphB says:

    Arizona has outdone Florida in election screwups but, that’s OK, cause it’s a dry hate.

    AddictingINfo: Outrage Builds As Arizona Continues To Count Votes

    On Thursday, the Secretary of State, Ken Bennett, announced the figures: 631,274 early and provisional ballots remained uncounted out of a total of 1.8 million votes. At least 350,000 of them are from Maricopa County (Phoenix metropolitan area), where Joe Arpaio has already claimed victory. Activist Randy Parraz, president of Citizens for a Better Arizona, told the Huffington Post, “We’re not conceding anything until every vote is counted. They’re just going to act like, ‘Oh, the election’s over, Arpaio wins.’ Hell no.”

    Three Congressional races also remain in limbo. Although Democrat Rich Carmona originally conceded the Senate seat to Jeff Flake on election night, he changed his mind after hearing the unprecedented number of uncounted votes. On Friday, he sent this message to supporters: “We will take every necessary step to make sure all of our supporters’ ballots are counted.” Two U.S. House races are also too close to call until the remainder of the votes are tallied.
    So hold up on the congratulations for Arpaio, Flake, and a number of other office seekers in the state. Arizona’s got a problem. Perhaps the new Congress would like to take up election reform in order to find a solution.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      How the hell could they call the election with 1/3 of the ballots outstanding? If you are going to steal something, you don’t publish/announce where you’ve hidden the loot. Dumb a$$es. But hold on there, bucko. Allen West refuses to take LOSER as a result of this election. Plus my county commissioner hasn’t been certified yet – still counting – recounting, whatever. There’s another state house election in limbo as well. No one takes away the Clusterf**kery title away from Florida without a whoop a$$ fight. Our reputation as the laughingstock of the nation is at stake here. WE’RE #1 – WE’RE #1 – WE’RE #1.

      • RalphB says:

        Looks like a classic race to the bottom. Will the dry hate beat out the humid one? Discerning voters want to know 😉

        • dakinikat says:

          I guess each of those states would rather have a crazy ideological governor than anything that resembles a functioning state duties.

          • ecocatwoman says:

            I think you referenced Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, recently. YES -YES -YES. Of course, I’m joking. I’d prefer a Bob Graham reboot, but would settle for the original anti-offshore oil drilling Charlie Crist.

    • RalphB says:

      One result from Arizona.

      TPM: AP Calls Arizona 9th Congressional Race For Democrat Sinema

      The Associated Press called the race for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District for Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema on Monday. Sinema has a lead of nearly 6,000 votes on Republican candidate Vernon Parker while early and provisional ballots are still being counted in Arizona.

      In Maricopa County, where the 9th Distrcit is located, there are still 260,000 ballots left to be counted, according to the Phoenix New Times — but only some of those ballots come from the 9th. From the AP:

      Sinema becomes the first openly bisexual member of Congress. Her victory came in a year when three states approved gay marriage, and at least five openly gay Democrats were elected to House seats. A Wisconsin congresswoman also became the first openly gay person elected to the Senate.

      Parker, who took the national stage briefly in September when he gave the GOP weekly address, was criticized by Democrats as a tea party radical who would hurt children by cutting the federal education department.

    • RalphB says:

      More from Arizona.

      Phoenix New Times: Ron Barber Now Leads Martha McSally

      There’s still a healthy amount of votes left to be counted, but down in CD-2 — where there are far fewer votes left to be counted — Democratic Congressman Ron Barber has taken back the lead from Republican challenger Martha McSally.

      Down in Tucson, the Pima County Elections Department says it has about 30,000 votes left to count, as of yesterday. Most of CD-2 is in Pima County.

      That doesn’t make Barber’s lead of just 330 votes safe by any means. McSally had a lead on Barber until this weekend, and was up by more than 1,200 votes on Wednesday.

      Interestingly, if Barber and Sinema were to hold on to their leads, Arizona would be sending more Democrats than Republicans to the House of Representatives. If just one of them loses, then Republicans would have the advantage.

  9. NW Luna says:

    …focusing on tax reform that strengthens the economy…

    Which would be tax increases on the rich, individually and in corporations.

  10. NW Luna says:

    Here’s an example of effective legislation that helps the economy:

    Gay marriage laws to generate spending

    A national think tank says new gay marriage laws in Maine, Maryland and Washington will generate at least $166 million in wedding spending in the next three years.

    The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimates that nearly 18,000 same-sex couples in the three states will exchange vows in the first three years after the new laws are in effect. Wedding-related spending for in-state couples is expected be about $16 million in Maine, $63 million in Maryland and $89 million in Washington. The estimates do not include out-of-state same-sex couples that travel to those states to marry.

    Lee Badgett, research director at the institute and an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, says the additional spending will create new jobs and boost tax revenues.

    Looks as if the Republicans should be in favor of new marriage-equality laws in all the states. Heheeheehee!

    • Linda C says:

      I am really excited about Maine passing marriage equality. I thought to myself as soon as DOMA is repealed what a great place for my partner and I of 16 years to get married.

  11. RalphB says:

    Speaking of rich asses, money can’t buy you sanity.

    Slate: Report: Antivirus Software Pioneer McAfee Wanted For Murder

    John McAfee, the computer programmer behind the anti-virus software that bears his last name, is on the run from murder charges, according to Belizean police. Gizmondo’s Jeff Wise with the scoop:

    According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force’s Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Paul, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye.

    Details remain sketchy so far, but residents say that Paul was a well-liked builder who hailed originally from California. The two men had been at odds for some time. Last Wednesday, Paul filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor’s office, asserting that McAfee had fired off guns and exhibited “roguish behavior.” Their final disagreement apparently involved dogs.

    The news follows Wise’s profile of McAfee last week, titled “Secrets, Schemes, and Lots of Guns: Inside John McAfee’s Heart of Darkness,” which depicted the antivirus pioneer as becoming increasinlgy erratic and estranged from his fellow expatriates in recent years.

  12. dakinikat says:

    Another Republican Nutter Business man …

    For the chairman and chief executive of Murray Energy, an Ohio-based coal company, the reelection of President Obama was no cause for celebration. It was a time for prayer — and layoffs.

    Robert E. Murray read a prayer to a group of company staff members on the day after the election, lamenting the direction of the country and asking: “Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build.”

    On Wednesday, Murray also laid off 54 people at American Coal, one of his subsidiary companies, and 102 at Utah American Energy, blaming a “war on coal” by the Obama administration. Although that charge was repeatedly leveled during the election, energy analysts say that the coal-mining business is suffering because of competition from low-cost natural gas and rising production costs of coal, especially in the Appalachian region.

    This is the guy that forced his workers to be in that Romney ad without paying them.

    • dakinikat says:

      Here is the full text of the prayer:

      “Dear Lord:

      The American people have made their choice. They have decided that America must change its course, away from the principals of our Founders. And, away from the idea of individual freedom and individual responsibility. Away from capitalism, economic responsibility, and personal acceptance.

      We are a Country in favor of redistribution, national weakness and reduced standard of living and lower and lower levels of personal freedom.

      My regret, Lord, is that our young people, including those in my own family, never will know what America was like or might have been. They will pay the price in their reduced standard of living and, most especially, reduced freedom.

      The takers outvoted the producers. In response to this, I have turned to my Bible and in II Peter, Chapter 1, verses 4-9 it says, ‘To faith we are to add goodness; to goodness, knowledge; to knowledge, self control; to self control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, kindness; to brotherly kindness, love.’

      Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build. We ask for your guidance in this drastic time with the drastic decisions that will be made to have any hope of our survival as an American business enterprise.

      • NW Luna says:

        Shorter prayer: Christ forgive me for I am a greedy rich man and I don’t like doing unto others as I would to myself, nor do I like turning the other cheek, loving my neighbor as myself, and helping the poor and the sick.

    • RalphB says:

      What a lovable sociopath! May he rot,

  13. RalphB says:

    Followers of JAYzus; pedophile priests in Australia. Investigations in New South Wales and Victoria. They may not get off easy in Oz.

    balloon-juice: Down Under

    f we’re going to pay attention to penises going places they shouldn’t, I find this a hell of a lot more important than the Petraeus scandal:

    Australia is to hold a wide-ranging judicial inquiry into child sex abuse in the country, including investigations into religious organisations, state care facilities, schools, not-for-profit groups and the responses of child services agencies and the police.

    The royal commission follows growing pressure for a national inquiry after a senior police officer last week alleged that the Catholic church had covered up evidence involving paedophile priests. However, the inquiry’s scope is expected to cover a wide range of institutions involved in the care of children.

    • dakinikat says:

      The puppeteer of Elmo just got put on secret double probation for suspicion of sex with an underage boy.

      It may not be real…

      Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer of Elmo on “Sesame Street,” has taken a leave of absence after an unsubstantiated claim that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

      Mr. Clash said the relationship started after the person, now 23 years old, was over the age of 18. Mr. Clash told TMZ, which reported the accusation early Monday morning, that the relationship was “between two consenting adults” and he added, “I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not.”

      Mr. Clash elaborated in a statement later on Monday. “I am a gay man,” he said. “I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter. I had a relationship with the accuser. It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was. I am taking a break from Sesame Workshop to deal with this false and defamatory allegation.”