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  • There Will Be Paranoia: As long as there're dispossessed white people, there'll be conspiracies

    03/13/2012 7:36:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    In These Times ^ | March 10, 2012 | Steve Weinberg
    Lengthy screeds featuring the dangers and hypocrisy of the New Right are common fare in progressive publications. Although I tend to agree with the screeds, I find them tiresome and sometimes counterproductive. By bestowing so much attention on the haters who have formed the Tea Party movement and largely co-opted the Republican Party, the authors of the screeds flatter those who would oppress the afflicted rather than help the afflicted help themselves. But Arthur Goldwag’s The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right (Pantheon) is a welcome relief. Yes, Goldwag is worried about the men...
  • Furious Subpoena Deadline

    03/12/2012 10:52:16 PM PDT · by Rabin · 13 replies · 1+ views ^ | with held | staff
    WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, wrote that the Justice Department's request of an extension for completing its document production on Operation Fast and Furious again "demonstrates a lack of good faith" and a Department "more concerned with protecting its image through spin control than actually cooperating with Congress." "The Justice Department's request for additional time has, unfortunately, not been followed by efforts to bridge the significant differences between its legal obligation to Congress and the reality of its stonewalling," said Chairman Issa on...
  • What Do I Do to Shut Up My Mexican-Hating Mexican Cousin?

    03/12/2012 12:30:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies · 2+ views
    DEAR MEXICAN: My cousin had put a picture on Facebook that said, "I will not be forced to learn a foreign language to accommodate illegals in my country." He's Mexican-American. Our family is from La Luz, Zacatecas, and its surrounding villages. His dad (my uncle) was born in El Paso, Texas. His mom jumped into the conversation and backed him up. His parents are divorced. How do I politely tell them they are wrong with their way of thinking? Prepared to Punch a Pinche Pocho Primo DEAR WAB: Sorry, cabrón, but you're just not going to win this battle. As...
  • Sarah Palin: Obama Wants to Make White People Slaves (Most misleading headline of the decade?)

    03/09/2012 7:16:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Religion Dispatches ^ | March 9, 2012 | Professor Anthea Butler
    Sarah Palin is back in the news again for all the wrong reasons. Last night on The Sean Hannity Show, she proclaimed that President Obama wants to take America back to the days before the Civil War. Yes, you read that correctly. The African-American president wants to make us slaves again. Sigh. Palin’s over the top proclamation was coded in one of her specialty word salads that few can translate. Since I have been called the Palin Whisperer by one of my Twitter followers, let me give you the short version: Obama wants to make white people slaves!!!! In case...
  • North Korea Nuke Test for Iran?

    03/08/2012 8:33:08 PM PST · by Rabin · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The-Diplomat ^ | March 9, 2012 | Jason Miks
    North Korea may have secretly detonated two nuclear devices made with highly enriched uranium in 2010, with one or both of the test blasts possibly being undertaken on behalf of Iran, according to a report highlighted in a daily security briefing I received from Congressional Quarterly. The original source for the CQ briefing is Austrian newspaper Wiener Zietung, which appears to be elaborating on a story that appeared Sunday in German paper Die Welt that it claims was based on “Western intelligence sources.” The Die Welt piece, meanwhile, noted evidence of the alleged 2010 nuclear tests was published last month...
  • Decent News for FHA Refis: Obama’s Latest Plan

    03/06/2012 9:28:35 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies · 1+ views
    the basis point ^ | March 6th, 2012 | Julian Hebron
    In a couple hours, President Obama will detail for existing FHA loanholders to do streamline refinances with less mortgage insurance. A streamline refi means you (may need neither an appraisal nor an income verification), so that would enable underwater homeowners with FHA loans to refinance out of their existing (underwater), loans. This is interesting because right now there are lots of FHA loans with rates much higher than current 30yr FHA rates of 3.75% no points. Problem is that these people can’t refi because the FHA requires streamline refinances (whether underwater or not) to provide 5% savings to the borrower—sum...
  • Sign me up for Anybody But Mitt...

    03/06/2012 12:24:07 PM PST · by dt57 · 23 replies · 2+ views
    ok, I am going to Post a thread again. I know I said I would wait longer, but I had so much fun the last time, thought I would give it another shot. These are the reasons I can not make myself vote for Mitt Romney: 1. The election of Supreme Court justices. I do believe that Mitt has shown us in Mass. that he does not have a clue how important this is. He is most probably more dangerous than Mr. Obama because his nominations would be more difficult for Republicans to oppose. 2. He truely is a moderate...
  • ACTION! New Los Angeles ordinance likely to drive more porn industry producers to Las Vegas

    03/06/2012 7:46:57 AM PST · by redreno · 33 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Joe Schoenmann
    Angered by an ordinance requiring actors in pornographic productions to wear condoms, some in the adult industry are threatening to move their operations from the “pornucopia” of Los Angeles to Southern Nevada. The news, first reported last month by the Los Angeles Times, has caused some to speculate on the industry’s future in Las Vegas, which is already seen by many insiders as a welcoming second home.
  • What's up with tonight?

    03/05/2012 7:17:04 PM PST · by madmominct · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Is anybody else having trouble accessing this evening? I keep getting "No Service". I always get a little paranoid when these things happen, what with the Left wanting to silence any Conservative voice. Thanks for your feedback!
  • Richard Cohen: Andrew Breitbart, a bomb-thrower without ideas (Ultra Spew Alert)

    03/05/2012 6:10:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 3+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 5, 2012 | Richard Cohen
    It is not nice to speak ill of the dead, my mother once told me. But it is okay, I think, to speak ill of those who praise the dead when the deceased was best known for sliming a well-intentioned and wholly commendable public servant or for exposing a politician who had already exposed himself. I am referring to Andrew Breitbart, whose passing was noted and mourned throughout the conservative firmament. His eulogies tell us more about the movement than they do about him. Almost immediately, conservative commentators let out a wail signifying the passing of one of their own....
  • Venezuela's Chavez confirms cancer has returned

    03/04/2012 9:16:41 PM PST · by Rabin · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Channel News Asia ^ | 05 March 2012 | Staff
    The 57-year-old underwent surgery in Havana last week for what he had called a "lesion" -- it was removed from the same area, around the pelvis, where a first tumour was extracted in June 2011. Chavez, who has been in Cuba for treatment since February 24, said Sunday that the new tumor was about two centimeters in length -- much smaller than the earlier one, which he described as being "about the size of a baseball."
  • ***Does No One See The Pattern***

    03/04/2012 8:26:53 AM PST · by The Wizard · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The powers that are behind bambi are following a plan they have to change America and make it less than it has always been.... They find a suitable sponsor, bambi, use their corrupt associations and allies to get him inside the government and then unite him with the moles they have been slipping in for years.... They identify the most dangerous person to them, Sarah Palin, and begin the crucifixion of her and her character and family and prepare a "suitable" alternative that is really not much different "than Obama" (as we are told by money man George Soros himself).......
  • Robert C. Smith On his book Conservatism and Racism and Why in America They Are the Same

    03/03/2012 11:13:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Rorotoko ^ | December 6, 2010
    In a nutshell In this book I systematically demonstrate the inescapable racism inherent in American conservatism. The argument unfolds in layers. First, I show that ideological conservatism is everywhere and always the conscious and reflective defense of established institutions and ways of life. In the United States this has meant a defense of racism and white supremacy. The first conscious conservative movement in America emerged in the South partly as a reaction to the movement to abolish slavery, and the modern conservative movement in America is rooted partly in opposition to the Civil Rights Movement. Second, the substantive ideals of...
  • Newest GOP Attack on Women: Just Say No to Tampons

    03/02/2012 11:03:59 AM PST · by kanawa · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Free Wood Post ^ | February 29, 2012 | Sarah Wood
    In recent weeks, the GOP attack on contraceptives and women’s rights has been returning to the legislative tables, and causing a stir among women’s rights activists and media outlets nationwide. Now it seems that many within the Republican party who strive to ban contraceptive use also see it as a necessity to prohibit the use of tampons, and seek to ban the sales of these and similar products as soon as possible. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) recently put together an all male panel for discussion at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the contraceptive coverage rule...
  • Arpaio investigates Obama's birth certificate

    03/02/2012 12:58:39 AM PST · by Rabin · 10 replies · 418+ views
    cbs news ^ | March 1, 2012 3:47 AM | staff
    The controversy over the certificate has been widely debunked
  • Attorney General: US Set for BP Oil Spill Trial

    03/01/2012 7:56:40 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies · 4+ views
    rigzone ^ | February 29, 2012 | Climate Spectator
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said "his team" is ready to proceed with a civil trial next week to determine responsibility for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill from the BP Plc well…The Obama administration's criminal probe is also making progress, Holder told a House of Representatives subcommittee. The civil trial to determine who is responsible for the blowout and related penalties was due to start this week … The Justice Department has been looking also into whether to bring criminal charges related to the disaster.
  • Joaquin Serrapio, Miami Man Who Threatened to Kill Obama, Loves Ron Paul, Racism and Journey Covers

    02/29/2012 11:11:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Miami New Times ^ | Tue., Feb. 28 2012 | Kyle Munzenrieder
    Joaquin Serrapio, Miami Man Who Threatened to Kill Obama, Loves Ron Paul, Racism and Journey Covers By Kyle Munzenrieder Tue., Feb. 28 2012 at 12:56 PM Comments (25) Categories: Crime Share 81digg ​Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr., the Miami man arrested for making online threats to kill President Barack Obama while he spoke at the University of Miami last week, has a large internet footprint. Serrapio went by the stage name of "Jay Valor" online, and fronted a local bar band known as the Jay Valor Band. On his Jay Valor Twitter account he made several disturbing Tweets in which he...
  • Hard-right elements tarnishing Republicans' chance at White House (Another Laff Riot)

    02/29/2012 9:22:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 2+ views
    The Star-Ledger ^ | February 28, 2012 | Linda Ocasio
    The prospect of Rick Santorum winning the Republican nomination for president has made a lot of Republicans nervous. Sure, the slugfest with Mitt Romney will continue beyond today’s primaries in Michigan and Arizona. But party leaders and pundits are already assessing the damage wrought by those who have dragged the party to the far-right fringes of conservative thought. New York Times columnist David Brooks writes that this is a real problem for the party seeking to capture the White House: “All across the nation, there are mainstream Republicans lamenting how the party has grown more and more insular, more and...
  • Media Promotes False Republican Gas Price Attacks on Obama (Seriously?!)

    02/29/2012 12:15:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 3+ views
    California Progress Report ^ | February 28, 2012 | Randy Shaw
    With President Obama’s approval numbers rising, the traditional media has created a new issue it claims raises “political perils:” rising gas prices. Working in lockstep with Republican backers of the Keystone XL pipeline and the “drill, baby, drill” crowd, the media is inflating an issue that a close look at the facts shows has never swayed presidential voters, and will not do so next November. Even worse, the media’s framing of the issue as putting Obama “on the defensive” is reactionary. It promotes the Sarah Palin view that environmental elites are stopping the United States from drilling its way to...
  • Juan Williams: Thanks to the stimulus, our economy is better off than it was 4 years ago

    02/28/2012 11:11:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 28, 2012 | Juan Williams
    President Obama’s poll numbers are getting better every day. But one clear weakness remains in the public mind — his performance in handling the U.S. economy. The most unpopular element of his economic stewardship is the stimulus, officially titled "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." It turned 3 years-old last week. A new Pew poll finds 41 percent of Americans disapprove of the 2009 stimulus while 37 percent approve. In 2010, a CNN poll found three quarters of the public felt most of the stimulus was wasted and did not help the economy. Later in 2010 a Rasmussen poll found...
  • Sex with animals still not OK in U.S. military

    02/26/2012 10:01:56 PM PST · by Rabin · 25 replies · 3+ views
    stars & stripes ^ | December 8, 2011 | Leo Shane III
    (UCMJ), Article 125: any service member who “engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same sex or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Offenders face court-martial for any violations. Pentagon officials say the deletion of (The section covering carnal copulation with cats and rats and elephants), Article 125, bestiality is a legal technicality and does not represent any fundamental change in the military’s moral code for service members (and service animals). (WND), Les Kinsolving, asked (Quisling), Jay Carney: “Does the commander in chief approve or disapprove of bestiality in our armed forces?” Carney...
  • Obama Torching Bible Mimics Crazed Reign of Tamburlaine the Great

    02/26/2012 6:20:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 26, 2012 | Kelly O'Connell
    Don’t be shocked that Barack has a literary precursor birthed during the turbulent Tudor age in all its manic creativity and grandeur. First modern playwright Christopher Marlowe, whose demons eventually overcame prodigious dramatic gifts, is a fitting author for the backdrop of the sordid tale of Barack Obama. Predating Shakespeare’s feats, Marlowe’s epic Tamburlaine the Great is the story of an unprincipled, megalomaniac, demented ruler whose psyche breaks as his demise is delivered. At the end of this superb play, King Tamburlaine throws down the Koran in an ill-fated and cursed symbol of his war against God. For immediately after...
  • Douglas Kennedy, son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, charged with hospital assault

    02/26/2012 8:50:05 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 211 replies · 4+ views
    Media Spy ^ | 2-26-2012 | Tim Blight
    Fox News reporter charged with hospital assault Tim Blight February 26, 2012 Douglas Kennedy, Fox News correspondent and son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, has been charged with assault after a 7 January incident in a New York hospital. 2 nurses at the Mt Kisco hospital alleged that Kennedy became violent after they tried to prevent him from taking his newborn son Bo outside of the ward. Kennedy says he wanted to "get some fresh air" and had already received permission from other nurses on duty, Reuters reports. The confrontation began after nurses issued a "code pink", an alert...
  • 1 hot ticket: Burning Man 'fiasco' pits us v. them on dark side of the desert playa in Nevada

    02/25/2012 9:13:40 AM PST · by redreno · 14 replies · 2+ views
    AP ^ | 02/25/2012 | SCOTT SONNER and CRISTINA SILVA
    RENO, Nev. - The biggest prior threats to Burning Man's annual regeneration in the Black Rock Desert were U.S. land use laws, undercover cops and the media-perpetuated perception that the largest outdoor arts festival in North America is really just an excuse to get naked and do drugs. But that was before the teeth-gnashing "ticket fiasco." Two decades after the free spirits moved their party from San Francisco's Baker Beach to a dried up ancient lake bed 120 miles north of Reno, the annual pilgrimage with its drum circles, decorated art cars, guerilla theatrics and colorful theme camps has become...
  • Maryland Attorney General Reveals Gov. stacked court to ensure same sex marriage.

    02/24/2012 8:19:03 AM PST · by Delegate Dwyer · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Equality Maryland video ^ | 2/24/2012 | Delegate Don Dwyer
    Gansler speaks to Equality Maryland
  • [Homosexual] Hair Stylist Refuses to Cut Anti-Gay Governor's Hair (Susana Martinez, R-NM)

    02/22/2012 2:12:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 2+ views
    SheWired ^ | February 22, 2012 | Staff
    It's been a long-running joke (though seldom enforced) among LGBT folks, particularly gay men who work in the creative-service spaces: If you discriminate against the gay community, we will refuse to cater/plan/decorate your weddings, design and make your dresses, or make you look pretty for your next big event. Now, it seems, one gay hair stylist hasn't just made that joke, he's lived up to his word. Antonio Darden (left) styled Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico (right) on three separate occasions. Martinez is a Republican who got Sarah Palin's endorsement in 2010, and though she may believe that the...
  • Scroogle unplugged for good this time.

    02/21/2012 10:51:13 PM PST · by Rabin · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Register ^ | 21st February 2012 | Kelly Fiveash
    Scroogle - a not-for-profit search engine that offered users something of a pro-privacy antidote to Google - has been killed... Daniel Brandt (its creator), called it quits after his servers were repeatedly targeted by DDoS attacks on Scroogle. (NOT) Google to once again attempt to banish the site from the interwebs, but.... a number of DDoS attacks that hit Scroogle, rendering the site utterly useless. “ is gone forever,” Brandt told BetaBeat. “Even if all my DDoS problems had never started in December, Scroogle was already getting squeezed from Google’s throttling, (DATE SORT) and was already dying. It might have...
  • I am sure everyone wants to know what I think. (YIKES)

    02/20/2012 12:11:03 PM PST · by dt57 · 298 replies · 2+ views
    ok, guess this is what is called a vanity. Not sure because this is my first post. So give me a break ok? WE are now down to 4 candidates. Here is how I see it. There will be no surprizes for anyone who has read my posts. 1. Ron Paul. A true fiscal conservative that I would vote for in a heart beat if he had a clue about our enemies and how much they hate us and want to destroy us and our way of life. 2. Mitt Romney. All he has to offer is that he really,...
  • 'People who make anti-gay comments to their youngsters are child abusers': Ricky Gervais

    02/17/2012 7:55:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 2+ views
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 17, 2012
    Ricky Gervais has hit out at parents who 'put the fear of God' into their children for being gay or threaten them if they ever come out as being homosexual. The outspoken comedian will appear on CNN's Piers Morgan show tonight where he opens up about his atheist views as well as gay marriage and his weight loss. Known for speaking his mind and never shying away from controversy, the 50-year-old had some choice words for people who make homophobic comments to their children. (VIDEO AT LINK) Ricky is an admitted atheist and says although he respects others' beliefs, he...
  • Blowing in the wind

    02/15/2012 10:42:04 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | February 16, 2012 | Editorial Staff
    Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday announced that NStar [NST] — as part of its bid to merge with Connecticut-based Northeast Utilities — has agreed to buy 27.5 percent of the electricity that will be generated by the yet-to-be-built Cape Wind project. And by “agreed” we really mean “succumbed to unprecedented pressure from Patrick’s team, designed to ensure that the offshore wind project may some day, with enough government coaxing, actually break ground.”
  • Alan Gross draws 15-year sentence in Cuba

    02/13/2012 10:24:19 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post. ^ | March 12, 2011 | Mary Beth Sheridan
    Gross’s work involved distributing computer and satellite phone equipment to members of the island’s Jewish community so they could use the Internet, according to his family and U.S officials.
  • Letter: Palin’s GOP too far-right for me

    02/13/2012 8:02:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies · 1+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 13, 2012 | Rob Sarnowski
    Did you ever think that perhaps “conservat­ive enough” by Sarah Palin’s standards might be too far right for the rest of us Republican­s and independen­ts? Most of us are not wealthy and are neither racist nor homophobic. We are not all evangelica­l Christians. We are merely commonsense people, most of whom have faith in God, but respect people who do not share our faith (we pray for them rather than judge them); we believe strongly in fiscal restraint, less government intrusion in our lives, a fair taxation system and an agenda that is not only without discrimination but also includes...
  • With April calendar, high court clears the decks

    02/10/2012 9:28:13 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 8, 2012 | Tony Mauro
    The Supreme Court (has) scheduled 5 ½ hours of (Obama Care) oral argument for the week of March 26. The Court released its argument calendar for April, the final argument cycle of the term. It was almost certainly a clear-the-decks move by the Court, aimed at giving the justices more time to write their opinions before the end of June on the multiple complex issues raised by the challenges to the Affordable Care Act...
  • Hitler's absurd pose in shorts is Mein Camp

    02/09/2012 6:00:41 AM PST · by Daffynition · 122 replies · 1+ views ^ | 02.09.2012 | ANDY CRICK
    HISTORY knows him as an evil Nazi monster — but Adolf Hitler was quite happy camping it up in the woods. This rare archive picture shows him in lederhosen and knee-high socks lounging against a tree. Unsurprisingly, the Fuhrer banned the snap — and several taken by his personal photographer in the late 1920s — calling it "beneath one's dignity". In another shot Hitler tilts his head and tries a mean and moody stare to camera, topped off by a military cap. He never wore the hat again.
  • Anonymous challenges FBI again

    02/06/2012 7:48:39 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 06 February 2012 | RAPHAEL SATTER
    LONDON – Trading jokes and swapping leads, investigators from the FBI and Scotland Yard spent the conference call strategizing about how to bring down the hacking collective known as Anonymous, responsible for a string of embarrassing attacks across the Internet. Unfortunately for the cyber sleuths, the hackers were in on the call, too – and now so is the rest of the world.
  • Congress and the US were all Hollywood in masks...My work is done (oops ZOTTED) here

    02/02/2012 8:21:51 AM PST · by modest proposal · 176 replies · 2+ views
    obama - adam sandler george w - jeff bridges clinton - brad pitt george bush - MAYBE mel gibson al gore - chris cooper kareena gore - kim basinger hillary clinton - sharon stone chelsea clinton - rebecca gay heart jenna bush - bree olsen barbara bush jr - jennifer love hewitt barbara bush - susan sarandon romney - harrison ford ann romney - natalie portman joe lieberman - dana carvey? napolitano - phoebe cates John edwards - tom cruise elizabeth edwards - ginnifer goodwin santorum - jack dempsey ? howard dean - kevin spacey mark sanford - christian bale...

    02/01/2012 10:28:01 PM PST · by Rabin · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Over the last three years, we’ve made a number of significant improvements, including policy and personnel changes… the steps that we have taken to ensure that the flawed tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious – and in earlier operations under the prior Administration – are never again used. We also have provided Congress with documents to show how inaccurate information was initially conveyed in a letter sent to Senator Grassley on February 4, 2011. These documents (intended to) ) show that Department officials relied on information provided by supervisors from the relevant components in the best position to know...
  • Maddow Brands Gingrich’s Attack On Obama’s Singing ‘Racial Allusions,’ ‘Minstrelsy’

    02/01/2012 12:01:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite ^ | January 31, 2012 | James Crugnale
    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow lambasted Newt Gingrich’s speech in Florida tonight, criticizing him for singling out President Obama’s singing. “Newt Gingrich brought back the food stamps president thing — and then tonight, he went to ‘President Obama ought to stop singing, ought to stop being the Entertainer-in-Chief.’ Sort of caricaturing him in a way that calls out to minstrelsy!” “He’s going after a southern mentality, and racial allusions, always wrapped around when he refers to the president, when he talks about this food stamp stuff,” MSNBC anchor Rev. Al Sharpton observed. “These are — Newt Gingrich is many things, stupid is...
  • Meghan McCain on Why Newt Gingrich Should Quit After Florida Primary ("Daddy, make bad man leave!")

    01/31/2012 6:13:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 31, 2012 | Meghan McCain
    Today is the day of the Florida primary, and it will most likely be the day that Mitt Romney clinches the 2012 Republican nomination for president. I admit that I have a terrible track record of predicting the outcome of elections, but I think it’s pretty safe to say Romney is going to win Florida. The most recent Rasmussen poll has him leading Gingrich by 16 points. The right wing of the party might have fought tooth and nail against Romney, but after a long and arduous primary process, he has now proven that he is in fact the strongest...
  • Going Underground in Hard Times

    01/29/2012 9:05:32 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies · 2+ views
    ips news (Lisbon) ^ | Jan 28, 2012 | Mario Queiroz
    The underground economy generates more than 52.6 billion dollars a year - half the amount of the international troika's bailout plan… The study indicates that the size of the unreported economy in Portugal is larger than average for the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) countries, where it varies between 16 and 18 percent of GDP. Portugal has the third largest underground economy relative to GDP in the EU, after Italy and Greece.
  • John McCain and Sarah Palin: Like Two Peas in a Pod - Not Anymore

    01/29/2012 4:22:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Moderate Voice ^ | January 29, 2012 | Dorian De Wind
    Of course two people — even if they were once on the same ticket for president and vice president of the United States — can, three years later, change some of their views and root for and endorse different candidates in the GOP presidential primaries. It happens to the best of us, and in the best of families, including husband and wife — just look at James Carville and Mary Matalin … Thus it should not be surprising to see, today, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, John McCain, fervently endorsing Mitt Romney for President and his running mate, Sarah Palin,...
  • It will be Romney/Rubio vs Obama/Clinton

    01/28/2012 6:23:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 2+ views
    The Examiner ^ | January 28, 2012 | Dwight L. Schwab Jr.
    One future presidential nominee needs someone with a totally different ethnic and social background. The incumbent needs someone who doesn't trip over their tongue and has star power to rekindle his fading one. The future looks bright for a showdown of major proportions this November. The stakes have never been higher and both sides will send their biggest players to the sandbox for the tournament that produces just one winner. Hillary Clinton is tired of traveling the world as this country's Secretary of State (who can blame her) and she's ready to park it for four years. Where better than...
  • The 10 Worst Moments of Disrespect Towards President Obama (Sniff, sniff ... Boo-hoo!)

    01/27/2012 1:48:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies · 1+ views
    Politic365 ^ | January 27, 2012 | Lauren Victoria Burke
    It starts from the Superiority Syndrome: People acting as if they’re more important than a U.S. President — when they clearly are not. To fingers in the face. To people questioning his already established and proven citizenship. The incidents of disrespect towards President Obama continue. When people criticize Administration policy, that’s just politics. But several incidents directed at this President appear to find new lows. Of course, people can disagree with the President. But, why can’t people respect the Office of the Presidency? The very public nature of disrespect towards President Obama is noteworthy. Did Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) have...
  • Obama and his attorney are acting like frightened 5 year olds.

    01/25/2012 1:40:28 PM PST · by jcsjcm · 113 replies · 2+ views
    Orly Taitz web site | January 25, 2012 | Orly Taitz
    Obama and his attorney are acting like frightened 5 year olds. In his letter he ignores the other 2 attorneys, but is pretty much saying ‘I am afraid of Orly”. See the letter attached. What Obama is asking now, is totally insane. He is asking the Secretary of State of GA to take the trial away from the judge on the eve of the trial. He is mostly crying on the shoulder of the Secretary of State of GA and saying that Orly is bad, because she issued all of those subpoenas. So after the judge told Obama, that the...
  • [Daily Kos Founder/Owner] Markos Moulitsas: Dems happy for Gingrich (Bucket suggested)

    01/24/2012 4:40:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2012 | Markos Moulitsas
    Just one week ago, I used this column to concede that the GOP establishment had prevailed in its primary process, and that Mitt Romney was likely headed to the nomination. What a difference a week makes, huh? Fueled by his performance in the two pre-primary debates last week, as well as lingering distaste for Romney, Newt Gingrich enjoyed a breakout electoral win in South Carolina. His double-digit blowout has translated to serious momentum. Gallup’s tracking poll, which had given Romney a 10-point national lead over Gingrich early last week, clocked in Monday with a statistically insignificant 1-point Romney edge. And...
  • Georgia Mom Arrested for Allowing 10-Year-Old to Get Tattoo

    01/23/2012 12:38:16 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 87 replies · 1+ views
    ABC ^ | 01/19/2012 | Christina Ng
    A Georgia mother who was arrested for allowing her 10-year-old to get a tattoo said she had no idea it was illegal for him to get one, even with her consent. When Chuntera Napier’s son Gaquan Napier asked her if he could get a memorial tattoo for his 12-year-old brother Malik who died after being hit by a car, Napier was touched by the request.
  • Rumor: Obama Will Endorse Same-Sex Marriage In Tuesday’s State Of The Union

    01/20/2012 10:02:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 2+ views
    The League of Ordinary Gentlemen ^ | January 20, 2012 | Elias Isquith
    From Washington Blade: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Friday he wouldn’t rule “in or out” the possibility of President Obama endorsing same-sex marriage in the upcoming State of the Union address. Carney made the remarks on whether Obama would announce support for marriage equality during the State of the Union address, which is set to take place Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, in response to a question from the Washington Blade. “I will not rule anything in or out,” Carney said. “I’m just not going to talk about — beyond pointing at his words —...
  • Tanker explodes off Incheon, 5 dead

    01/15/2012 10:18:40 PM PST · by Rabin · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | 1/15/2012 | (AP Soul) HYUNG-JIN KIM
    INCHEON - A freighter exploded in waters off Incheon, killing five sailors and causing six others to go missing. According to the Incheon Coast Guard, the 4,191-ton oil carrier Doola No. 3 exploded yesterday for unknown reasons 4.8 kilometers (3 miles) north of Jawol Island in Ongjin County, Incheon
  • The Republicans' Rancid and All-Too-American Dance With Racism (Expect lots more of this!)

    01/15/2012 1:16:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1+ views
    This Can't Be Happening ^ | January 15, 2012 | Linn Washington Jr.
    As the racist rhetoric oozes from Republican presidential candidates, why are comments contained in Ron Paul newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s being widely considered more offensive than current bigoted banter uttered by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum? One answer to that question is a politics where partisan criticisms are directed at crippling certain candidates feared as rising stars. Thus when Congressman Paul began percolating up in the Iowa Caucus polls late last year, news of his caustic comments in those decades-old newsletters became headline news coverage. Curiously for a candidate tagged racist Paul has a public record of opposing...
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    01/14/2012 6:22:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Communist Party-USA ^ | December 21 2011 | Jarvis Tyner, Exec. Vice Chair, Communist Party
    The following is edited from remarks given at the Nov. 11, 2011 meeting of the Communist Party National Committee.2012 is a big election year and as we know the stakes are very high. The right-wing Republican opposition unashamedly defends the wealth and privilege of the 1% over the 99% that includes tens of millions who are struggling to survive. These self-proclaimed patriots are willing to wreck our country in order to defeat Barack Obama in 2012 elections. Our party and youth league are an active part of the great democratic mass that is standing against them. These so called patriots...