Wednesday Reads: Pile it on…thick!

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It is Wednesday…again, and with Perry’s announcement on Saturday, it seems there is a lot of crap being piled on, from just about everyone…including Perry himself.

Obama gave a warning to Perry yesterday, and so did the former “Brain” of George W Bush…Karl Rove Piles On Rick Perry: Bernanke Line ‘Not A Presidential Statement’ | TPMDC

It’s no secret that Team George W. Bush and Team Rick Perry are not exactly close. And with Perry flailing after he accused Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke of “almost treasonous” behavior, one of Team W’s biggest names is taking the opportunity to twist the knife.

“You don’t accuse the chairman of the federal reserve of being a traitor to his country. Of being guilty of treason,” Karl Rove told Fox News Tuesday. “And, suggesting that we treat him pretty ugly in texas. You know, that is not, again a presidential statement.”

I wonder which GOP candidate Mr. Potato Head…or as Colbert illustrated a few weeks ago, a big boiled ham with glasses, will support for 2012.  Cause it looks like he doesn’t like anyone.  And here I thought Perry would appeal to him, as far as the familiar way he talks…laughs…and smirks.

Another Perry item that made news recently, Rick Perry backed an already-climate-crusading Al Gore in ’88 – Bob King – POLITICO.com

Texas Gov. Rick Perry may have forgotten a thing or two about the Al Gore presidential campaign he helped lead in 1988.

In an interview with an Iowa radio station on Monday, the Republican presidential contender explained his role as the Gore campaign’s Texas chairman by saying that “this was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming.”

But in fact, global warming was already a significant theme for Gore in 1987 and 1988 — long before his activism led to several books, a Nobel Prize and a part in an Academy Award-winning film. It was also well before the right gave him the “Mr. Ozone” nickname and talk radio heaped endless mockery on the future vice president.

At the time, Perry was a democrat…but he still held “conservative” values…is that PLUB speak for being anti-woman? I don’t know.

It looks like DC just doesn’t understand the rest of America…h/t to Boston Boomer for the link…Gallup Finds The Part Of America That Believes The Economy Is Doing Well

Well, this week, the esteemed pollsters at Gallup made some headlines when, for the first time, President Barack Obama’s approval rating dipped below 40 percent. That result underpinned any number of stories that read, “Terrible Economy Presents Problems For Obama.” Well, that’s undeniably true. But a less remarked-upon bit of polling from Gallup is this bit here, in which they set out to gauge the nation’s “economic confidence.” What they found was remarkably consistent — state by state, there are more people lacking in confidence than there are people who feel the economy has turned around.

So once again, the real story is, “Terrible Economy Presents Problems For Ordinary Americans.” But if you don’t see those stories, there’s a reason why, and it has everything to do with the one outlier in Gallup’s findings. If you want a hint as to where that outlier is, consider this: every single one of this poll’s respondents said they were currently employed. In every state, Gallup spoke to people who are at least fortunate enough to have a job (“87,634 employed adults, aged 18 and older, conducted from January-June 2011”).

So with that in mind, what part of America do you imagine has the highest concentration of employed people who don’t have personal relationships with people who are unemployed?

Yes, it seems that the one and only place in America where anyone has any confidence in the economy also happens to be Washington, D.C., home to political elites, the media that covers them, the people who win the relevant contracts and the people who feather their nests lobbying for the laws that impact the other United (in their lack of economic confidence) States Of America.

The DC residents in the big White House don’t get it either…talk about being in a bubble of affluent indifference, Obama is just surrounded by a city that doesn’t have the same worries as the rest of the country.  Although, I am pretty sure there are areas in DC that have it just as bad as the rest of us, but that is probably the sections of town that Obama is ignoring…nationwide.

There is new information being release about the ‘Fast and Furious’ gun sting linked to 11 violent crimes in U.S. – latimes.com

Firearms from the ATF’s Fast and Furious weapons-trafficking investigation turned up at the scenes of at least 11 violent crimes in the U.S. as well as at a U.S. Border Patrol agent’s slaying in southern Arizona last year, the Justice Department has acknowledged to Congress.

Justice did not provide any details about those crimes. But The Times has learned that they occurred in several Arizona cities, including Phoenix, where Operation Fast and Furious was managed, as well as in El Paso, Texas, where a total of 42 Fast and Furious weapons were seized at two separate crime scenes.

The new numbers, which vastly expand the scope of the danger the program posed to U.S. citizens over a 14-month period, are contained in a letter that Justice Department officials turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.

“Fast and Furious” was supposed to identify Mexican cartels and drug smuggling routes by selling the guns “illegally” across the border as way to track the criminal movements. It did not work as planned…hmm…quelle surprise!

But a source close to the unfolding controversy, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation, said that as early as January 2010, just after the operation began, Fast and Furious weapons had turned up at crime scenes in Phoenix, Nogales, Douglas and Glendale in Arizona, and in El Paso. The largest haul was 40 Fast and Furious weapons at one crime scene in El Paso.

According to this article, there were 1,418 firearms circulated in “Fast and Furious,” but this is an estimate. Previous estimates put the number higher at 2,000 guns.

Moving on to one group that is not buying what Obama is selling…Latinos To Obama: Change On Immigration Or Else

First let me say I love what the organizer of a Latino voter organization has to say about Obama…

Some Latinos around the country rallied on Tuesday against the White House’s deportation policies, attempting to send a message to President Barack Obama that they may not support him for reelection if he continues to deport record numbers of undocumented immigrants.

“We don’t need to discourage people from voting for President Obama,” rally organizer Roberto Lovato of the Latino organization Presente.org told HuffPost. “He’s doing a smashing job of it himself.”

Oh yeah, you got that right!

Latinos came out in record numbers for Obama in 2008, helping propel him to victory over John McCain. Obama’s support from Latinos was based on his personality and politics, but also his rhetoric on immigration — consistently among the top issues for many Latino voters.

Obama promised to deliver immigration reform and create paths to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. But after two years in office, he has yet to achieve even incremental steps toward comprehensive immigration reform, and meanwhile has expanded immigration enforcement to record levels.

Obama deported 393,000 people in the 2010 fiscal year, with an overall deportation record that far exceeds his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Some Latinos now have a message for the president: If deportations continue at high rates, he should not count on their votes in 2012.

Rep. Luis Gutierres, a Democrat from Illinois says that it is not a question of voting for whoever runs against Obama, he thinks Latinos will just stay home.

Personally, I don’t think Latinos are the only group of former Obama supporters staying home.  Granted, I am pretty sure many of us here at Sky Dancing are planning on staying home too…there is no way in hell I am voting for Obama, or any of the other 2012 PLUBs that will get the GOP nomination.

A recent report in England is being labeled a “call to arms” for women in the UK. Women face 70-year wait for equal pay – Home News, UK – The Independent

It will take 70 years to achieve parity between men and women in the country’s top jobs, according to a report released today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The survey Sex and Power 2011, dubbed a “call to arms” by women’s employment-rights campaigners, reveals that women represent only 12.5 per cent of directors of FTSE 100 companies. They also account for just 22.2 per cent of MPs, an imbalance which would take 14 general elections to redress. It also notes little change in the figures presented in the last report, released in 2008.

Figures show that women in the media are faring even worse than three years ago, representing 9.5 per cent of national newspaper editors, a fall from the 13.6 per cent recorded in 2008, and 6.7 per cent of FTSE 350 media companies’ chief executives, down from 10.5 per cent in 2008. However, 26.1 per cent of directors of major museums and art galleries are women, up from 17.4 per cent.

The report also found that 12.9 per cent of senior members of the judiciary are women and there has been a slight fall in the number of female university vice-chancellors: 14.3 per cent, down from 14.4 per cent in 2008.

I wonder if this recent report can also show the position of women in the workplace in other developed nations…still it is interesting isn’t it?

“It’s 2011 and women remain largely excluded from positions of power and influence in virtually every sphere of life – the media, the judiciary, the education sector and more,” said Anna Bird, acting chief executive of the women’s employment-rights group the Fawcett Society.

She added: “Without radical action, babies born today will be drawing their pensions before they can hope to have an equal say in the world of politics, business and education.
“This report must act as a call to arms; the Government and others can no longer turn a blind eye to this injustice, wishing and hoping it will sort itself out. We look forward to hearing all political parties respond to this report, and explain their plans to challenge the stark and persistent injustice that is the absence of women from positions of power across the country.

Ah, and over here across the pond we are just trying to keep women’s right to have control over her own body, along with the right to affordable reproductive healthcare…

The article finishes with this quote from Commissioner Kay Carberry,

“If Britain is to stage a strong recovery from its current economic situation, then we have to make sure we’re not wasting women’s skills and talents.”

Hey that goes for the US as well!

So what are you all finding interesting reading today? Be sure you post some links below!