Saturday, October 27, 2012

Via We survived Bush. You will survive Obama. / FB:


The last time we had a Republican president he left office while our economy was losing 700,000 jobs a month.

And somehow, these people want you to believe that they will do a better job this time around?

Based on what evidence? The plan Romney says that he has, but refuses to share?

How can any person not see through this?
 

Via Climate Progress: Challenged By MTV, Obama Says He Is ‘Surprised’ By His Own Climate Silence*

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 09:17 AM PDT
[*Technically, Obama said he was “surprised [global warming] didn’t come up in one of the debates,” but he is the friggin’ POTUS. He doesn’t actually have to wait for the moderator or an extreme conservative to broach the subject in 4 and a half hours of debates if he thinks it is a “critical issue”! — JR]
By Brad Johnson


Today, after the history-making silence on global warming during the national debates, MTV’s Sway Williams challenged President Barack Obama to address his climate silence. The president acknowledged to the young voters watching the Friday afternoon interview that the climate crisis is a “critical issue,” but said he was “surprised it didn’t come up in one of the debates”:
The answer is number one, we’re not moving as fast as we need to. And this is an issue that future generations, MTV viewers, are going to have to be dealing with even more than the older generation. So this is a critical issue. And there is a huge contrast in this campaign between myself and Governor Romney. I am surprised it didn’t come up in one of the debates.
Watch it:

The President of the United States shouldn’t pretend to befuddled why he promoted deadly coal, gas, and oil production during the debates instead of addressing the urgent threat of carbon pollution.
President Obama was right to finally tout in this interview the steps his administration has taken to cut carbon pollution and the commitments he made to the world in Copenhagen, but he was even more right to acknowledge that “we’re not moving as fast as we need to.”

The president unfortunately continued to portray global warming as a threat to “future generations” that is “going to have a severe effect.” But global warming is not a someday problem, it is now. The freakish Hurricane Sandy, barreling down on millions of Americans and powered by superheated seas, is likely to be the latest in the growing barrage of long-predicted billion-dollar climate disasters fueled by carbon pollution.

The network of Jersey Shore should be applauded for doing the job that PBS’s Jim Lehrer, CNN’s Candy Crowley, and CBS’s Bob Schieffer failed to do in breaking the candidates’ climate silence. Gov. Mitt Romney has been asked by MTV to also appear, but has given no response. This writing off of young voters is only fitting, as Romney’s aggressively pro-carbon agenda would write off any hope for their future.

There is now a little more than a week left for the presidential candidates to present a serious plan to eliminate carbon pollution before Election Day.

Brad Johnson is the campaign manager of Forecast the Facts and ClimateSilence.org
Transcript:
Q: Until this year global climate change has been discussed in every presidential debate since 1988. It was a big part of your previous campaign but pushed back on the back burner. Given the urgency of the threat, do you feel that we’re moving quickly enough on this issue, number one, and Samantha from New Jersey wants to know what will you do to make it a priority?
OBAMA: The answer is number one, we’re not moving as fast as we need to. And this is an issue that future generations, MTV viewers, are going to have to be dealing with even more than the older generation. So this is a critical issue. And there is a huge contrast in this campaign between myself and Governor Romney. I am surprised it didn’t come up in one of the debates. Gov. Romney says he believes in climate change. That’s different than a lot of members of his own party that deny it completely. But he’s not sure that man-made causes are the reason. I believe scientists who say we are putting too much carbon emissions into the atmosphere and it’s heating the planet and it’s going to have a severe effect.
There are a lot of things we have done a lot of things in the last four years. We have already doubled the fuel efficiency standards on cars and trucks. That’s the first increase in 30 years in the fuel mileage standards. As a consequence we will be taking huge amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere, even as we’re also saving folks money at the pump and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
We have doubled clean energy production — wind, solar, biofuels — and that means that increasingly people are getting electricity, companies are generating power, without the use of carbon-producing fuels. And that’s helping as well.
The next step is to deal with buildings and really ramp up our efficiency in buildings. If we had the same energy efficiency as Japan, we would cut our energy use by about 20 percent, and that means we’d be taking a whole lot of carbon out of our atmosphere.
And if we do those things, we can meet the targets that I negotiated with other countries in Copenhagen, to bring our carbon emissions down by about 17 percent, even as we’re creating good jobs in these industries.
In order for us to solve the whole problem though, we’re gonna have to have some technological breakthroughs. Because countries like China and India, they’re building coal-power plants and they feel that they have to prioritize getting people out of poverty ahead of climate change. So what we have to do is help them and help ourselves by continuing to put money into research and technology about how do we really get the new sources of power that are going to make a difference.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Via Liberals Are Cool / FB:

Mitt’s first day. He will reach across the aisle and destroy the Democrat’s landmark law, then ask to work with them.

Later that day, he’ll label China a currency manipulator and the world’s markets will reward him with an global economic crash.

The Republican pledge: Never think through any decision
Mitt’s first day. He will reach across the aisle and destroy the Democrat’s landmark law, then ask to work with them.

Later that day, he’ll label China a currency manipulator and the world’s markets will reward him with an global economic crash.

The Republican pledge: Never think through any decision
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Gals, clip this handy chart and keep it in your purse. That way, if you're inconvenienced by a USE [Unexpected Sexual Event], you will know exactly what type of USE it was c/o the helpful fellows of the GOP. You're welcome!



Via JMG: New Recap From Nate Silver


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Via JMG: Open Racism From Sarah Palin



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Via JMG: From Electoral-Vote.com


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Via JMG: The World Wants Obama


According to a BBC poll conducted in 21 countries, respondents who expressed a preference in the American election chose President Obama over Mitt Romney by a more than 5-1 margin.
The countries with the largest pro-Obama majorities were France (72 percent for Obama, 2 percent for Romney), Nigeria (66 percent for Obama, 11 percent for Romney), Canada (66 percent for Obama, 9 percent for Romney), the UK (65 percent for Obama, 7 percent for Romney) and Australia (67 percent for Obama, 6 percent for Romney). Romney received the most support in Kenya, where he registered an 18 percent approval rating, compared with Obama’s 66 percent. In Poland, Romney was also able to garner a bit more favor, with 16 percent supporting the Republican, compared to Obama’s 34 percent. Both candidates received relatively low scores in Pakistan, China, Malaysia and Japan. Pakistan was the only country where more respondents wanted to see Romney elected.
The Washington Post has a bar graph by country.

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Via JMG: Spray-On Romney



Despite denials from his campaign, it appears that Mitt Romney does indeed get spray-tanned before major appearances. At least, that's what Buzzfeed's "knowledgeable source" is telling them.  You may recall that Romney's strangely orange complexion was a source of much internet ridicule during a recent interview on Spanish-language television.
It has been one of the running mysteries of the 2012 campaign trail: How Mitt Romney maintains the ruddy, glowing, and occasionally changing skin tone that helps him project an image of 65-year-old vigor. A knowledgeable source tells BuzzFeed the answer is in a bit of cosmetic technology used commonly by celebrities: spray tanning. The Republican nominee has made a habit of spray tanning before major speeches, debates, interviews, and other events that have a chance of getting wide TV coverage, the source said. He pays for the process out of pocket — sparing his campaign the expense, and the task of masking it on public campaign finance reports — and steers clear of public salons where he could be recognized. Instead, he gets misted down in the comfort of his own home or hotel suite. The Romney campaign flatly denied that the candidate spray tans: "Not true," spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in response to an inquiry.
The above-linked story goes on to interview several professional "tan artists" who question the talent of Romney's in-house tan person. One says: "I was looking at Mitt Romney the whole time and just thinking, with all that money you’d think he’d get the best spray tanner in the country."
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Alan Grayson: "The Romney Campaign is Running a Campaign of Lies"


Via JMG: And Here's Gloria Allred's Surprise


From TMZ:
Mitt Romney LIED under oath when he testified in the divorce of his good friend and screwed the friend's wife out of a lot of money in the process ... so claims the ex-wife of Staples' founder Tom Stemberg. Multiple sources connected with the divorce tell TMZ ... during Tom's uber nasty divorce case with ex-wife Maureen, Mitt Romney gave a deposition and testified during the trial that Staples was worth virtually nothing. Romney testified that the company was worth very little and Tom was a dreamer and "the dream continues." Romney characterized the Staples stock as "overvalued," adding, "I didn't place a great deal of credibility in the forecast of the company's future."Partly as a result of Romney's testimony, Maureen got relatively little in the divorce, but we're told just weeks after the divorce ended, Romney and Tom went to Goldman Sachs and cashed in THEIR stock for a fortune. Short story -- Romney allegedly lied to help his friend and screw the friend's wife over.
Do you think this will have any legs? Romney's lawyer tells TIME: "This is a decades-old divorce case in which Mitt Romney provided testimony as to the value of a company. He has no objection to letting the public see that testimony."


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

YES WE CAN, CAN / THE POINTER SISTERS




Now's the time for all good men
to get together with one another.
We got to iron out our problems
and iron out our quarrels
and try to live as brothers.
And try to find a piece of land
without stepping on one another.
And do respect the women of the world.
Remember you all have mothers.
We got to make this land a better land
than the world in which we live.
And we got to help each man be a better man
with the kindness that we give.
I know we can make it.
I know darn well we can work it out.
Oh yes we can, I know we can can
Yes we can can, why can't we?
If we wanna get together we can work it out.

And we gotta take care of all the children,
the little children of the world.
'cause they're our strongest hope for the future,
the little bitty boys and girls.

We got to make this land a better land
than the world in which we live.
And we got to help each man be a better man
with the kindness that we give.
I know we can make it.
I know darn well we can work it out.
Oh yes we can, I know we can can
yes we can can, why can't we?
If we wanna, yes we can can.

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‎"The very reality of such a religiously diverse nation as America can indicate to people that the clash of civilizations is a lie and that religious diversity can actually lead to a strengthened social fabric." -Eboo Patel
 
religionandpolitics.org
 
Even over the phone, Eboo Patel projects a youthful energy. This may come from his many hours spent talking to college students at universities around the country.

Via Anti-Republican Crusaders / FB:




THIS JUST IN... "A BBC World Service opinion poll has found sharply higher overseas approval ratings for US President Barack Obama than Republican challenger Mitt Romney. ...Only Pakistan's respondents said they would prefer to see Mr Romney win November's election." 


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20008687

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Via JMG: Round Three: Who Won?




 
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Women - Vote!


Via JMG: San Francisco Giants Win The Pennant



 
Tonight's seventh and final NLCS game against St. Louis was a complete blowout at 9-0.  You can bet that Castro bars are going nuts right now.


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Monday, October 22, 2012

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Via JMG: Polling Recap: Battleground States


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The New Yorker’s Endorsement of Barack Obama

"But the reëlection of a President who has been progressive, competent, rational, decent, and, at times, visionary is a serious matter. The President has achieved a run of ambitious legislative, social, and foreign-policy successes that relieved a large measure of the human suffering and national shame inflicted by the Bush Administration. Obama has renewed the honor of the office he holds."

Sunday, October 21, 2012

7 Skills students need for their future





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Thank you to the Forward Community Page for this commentary..
OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
 
It’s time we called them out for who & what they truly are.. President Obama is a mild mannered, cordial, thoughtful man.. Who has done nothing to deserve such flagrant hatred.. Many on the right would have us believe that this is simply a byproduct of his policies & performance as President.. But we know this is hogwash.. Because these very same people voted for & supported George W Bush & his horrendous policies.. They turned a blind eye when he lied us into war.. And said nothing as he turned a record surplus into a record deficit.. I don’t recall them being outraged when Bush flippantly said “I don’t know where Osama Bin Laden is & I really don’t think about it that much”.. Not a peep from them as Cheney met with Oil Companies at the White House in secret to form the Country’s energy policy.. Bush & Cheney handed out billions in contracts to their buddies at Enron, Halliburton, Blackwater & many other companies.. But silence from the right.. I could go on & on pointing out the terrible things done by the Bush administration.. Yet there were no calls for impeachment.. Or for fiscal responsibility from these people.. No anger or hatred towards Bush from them.. Not once did they protest.. But now that someone is cleaning up Bush’s humongous mess.. You are inconsolable.. Get real.. You can say what ever you like.. But we see you for who & what you truly are…
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