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  • Is the GOP Headed for Oblivion? (The Lavender Mafia opines)

    09/16/2012 10:39:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Edge ^ | September 17, 2012 | Steve Weinstein, editor-in-chief
    Barring an unforeseen catastrophe on the level of a mob in some Middle Eastern nation taking U.S. Embassy personnel hostages, which was the final blow to Jimmy Carter’s presidency, it is becoming increasingly apparent that Mitt Romney is going to go down to defeat against President Barak Obama. At this point, the big question is by how many electoral votes Obama will best his GOP opponent. Lest you think that I’m being overly optimistic, I’ve been monitoring GOP-leaning and right-wing websites. Without exception, they’re now engaging in a circular firing squad. The Wall Street Journal’s opinion pages, considered the most...
  • Constitution not same, thankfully (Bucket suggested)

    09/16/2012 7:49:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | September 16, 2012 | Professor Akhil Reed Amar, Yale Law School
    Two hundred and twenty-five years ago this week - right here in Philadelphia, "where it all began" - America's Founding Fathers went public with a proposed Constitution promising more democracy than the world had ever seen. Even so, in September 1787, "We the People" basically meant "We the Men." This year, the fate of this manly constitutional project rests more than ever in the hands of women. More women than men will cast votes in November. Just for fun, imagine that women were to vote as a unified bloc. Virtually every election in America at every level of government -...
  • Yes, Race Influences Opposition to Obama

    09/15/2012 8:20:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Nation ^ | September 14, 2012 | Jamelle Bouie
    It’s no exaggeration to say that race and racism have been defining issues in the Age of Obama. And with the election on the horizon, the question of race and Obama’s political fortunes has returned to the fore. To wit, at the Associated Press, Jesse Washington wonders whether prejudice has played a part in the concerted conservative opposition to Obama’s presidency: The question of whether race fuels opposition to President Barack Obama has become one of the most divisive topics of the election. It is sowing anger and frustration among conservatives who are labeled racist simply for opposing Obama’s policies...
  • Top 5 Reasons Romney Would Beat Obama in a Fistfight

    09/15/2012 7:38:28 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 20 replies
    At first blush, this might seem like a gratuitous post. A post designed to lure in readers with its over the top rhetoric and a forced analysis of a ridiculous and fictitious scenario. A sensationalizing of the campaign battle by literally determining who could win a knock down, drag 'em out fight. And you'd be right. (We need readers) But it's also a response to a recent poll conducted by the Yahoo!/Esquire Langer group in which, for some reason they decided to ask likely voters which of the two candidates would win in a fistfight. It wasn't even a close...
  • Muslim Pastor Burns Bible, Promises To Piss On One Next

    09/14/2012 5:26:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 97 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 9.14.2012 | Pat Dollard
    During the demonstration which was held in front of the American Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, 9/11, a Muslim cleric named Abu Islam tore and burned the Holy Bible in front of thousands of Muslims. His action was met with applause and anti-Christian cheers from the demonstrators. Before leaving the demonstration and getting into his car, he told the crowds “next time I will urinate on it.” The video above shows the Muslim cleric tearing the Bible. The video says: 0.02 “the overwhelming Book, the Book of Truth and Peace. The place for these words and this book is over...
  • Federal Judge Permanently Blocks Indefinite Detention Under NDAA

    09/13/2012 10:07:06 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    TheNewAmerican ^ | Thursday, 13 September 2012 17:16 | Joe Wolverton, II
    Re: Section 1021 of the NDAA, The president may authorize (direct) armed force to (collect) & indefinitely detain: Any person who is a part of has directly or substantially supported or.. committed a belligerent act determined to be supportive of.. (designated) enemy forces. May 16 Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York indefinite detention authority granted the president by Section 1021 of the NDAA... September 12 a federal district court judge made permanent the earlier order blocking enforcement of provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) purporting to empower the president...
  • Disgusting… Chicago Teachers Union Protests Outside 9-11 Memorial

    09/11/2012 11:44:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | September 11, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    The Chicago Teachers Union protested outside a 9-11 emorial event today in Chicago.(PHOTO AT LINK)WLS reported: Dozens of striking Chicago teachers are protesting outside a Sept. 11 memorial event where Gov. Pat Quinn is speaking. The Chicago Democrat hasn’t weighed in on the walkout, which entered its second day on Tuesday. As he headed into the event, Quinn walked through the crowd, which sang “Amazing Grace” and held American flags. He said “Good luck.” The teachers marched over from nearby Curie Metro High School on the city’s southwest side.
  • Romney lied? Gee who would have guessed.

    09/10/2012 9:06:27 AM PDT · by pansgold · 170 replies
    IX / X / MMXII | pansgold
    “What the Court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected President of the United States and that is I will act to repeal Obamacare." "Well, I'm not getting rid of all of healthcare reform,...Of course there are a number of things that I like in healthcare reform that I'm going to put in is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage." 0bama had the democrats ram this bitter legislation (or tax) down our throats and now Romney tells us he's giving us seconds? This...
  • Neighbors say Osprey landing anything but 'precautionary'

    09/09/2012 10:55:37 PM PDT · by Rabin · 10 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 8, 2012 | Amanda Wilcox
    Neighbors say Osprey landing anything but 'precautionary' the plane narrowly missed the tree line in their backyard was smoking on the way down. It brushed the top of the trees, the belly of it did. You could see pinecones falling 1st Lt. Kristin Dalton said the smoke was the result of “fluid leaking onto hot parts of the aircraft similar to if you spilt oil on a hot lawn mower. But she added that “just because the aircraft was smoking and there was a fluid leaking does not mean that (the pilots) lost control of the aircraft in any way....
  • Michael Moore: "President Romney" – How to Prevent Those Two Words From Ever Being Spoken

    09/07/2012 4:31:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies ^ | September 7, 2012 | Michael Moore
    In two months we Americans will go to the polls once again to decide who the president will be for the next four years. We will not be allowed to vote on those who wield the true power in this country. On November 6th we will not vote for the chairman of ExxonMobil or JPMorgan Chase or Citibank or the Premier of China. That day will come, but not this year. Now, I know there are a goodly number of you out there who believe there's not a snowball's chance in Kenya that Barack Obama will not be re-elected to...
  • Was the revolution lost in Tunisia and Egypt?

    09/05/2012 10:30:41 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 05 Sep 2012 | Not Identified
    First it was the media, now it is the artists. Censorship in the birthplace of the so-called Arab Spring - Tunisia - is back. The government has already been accused of clamping down on reporters. And now, two Tunisian artists have been charged. Their crime: creating sculptures that the authorities say are harmful to public order and good morals. Nadia Jelassi's work is of a veiled woman surrounded by rocks and suggests she is being stoned, while Mohamed Ben Slama's work is of a child with ants streaming from a schoolbag that spelt out "God". Meanwhile in Egypt, two journalists...
  • Huntsville Man Charged with Fraud and Unauthorized Wearing of Military Medals

    09/03/2012 11:05:34 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    FBI ^ | August 28, 2012 | U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Alabama
    BIRMINGHAM—A federal grand jury today indicted a Huntsville man for fraud and unauthorized wearing of U.S. military uniforms and medals, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Haley, III announced. The FBI and U.S. Defense Criminal Investigative Service investigated the case. An indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges Chris Graham with: one count of fraud in relation to (possessing) identification documents, two counts of wearing of the U.S. "Army Combat Uniform" (without authorization). eight counts of unauthorized wearing of U.S. military badges, decorations, or medals (on combat uniform?). 15 years in prison...
  • What Christie left out of his Jersey miracle story

    09/02/2012 9:51:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 29 | Mark Lagerkvist
    "Christie did spearhead legislation that increased pension contributions by public employees, tweaked benefits and halted cost of living increases," but did little or nothing to stop the costly practice of 'double-dipping.. which allows well-connected officials to 'retire,' start collecting a pension and then return to work for the state, often the next day or week." The most prominent of the double-dippers exposed recently just happens to be Christie's deputy chief of staff, Louis Goetting, "who gets $228,860 a year - $140,000 in salary, plus $88,860 as a state retiree." New Jersey Watchdog found at least 60 double-dippers in New Jersey...
  • Navy SEAL Author Rejects the Pentagon's Legal Threat

    08/31/2012 9:34:58 PM PDT · by Rabin · 36 replies
    .theatlanticwire ^ | August 31 | John Hudson
    Defense Department's top attorney , "all remedies legally available" against the publication of No Easy Day, (of the) firsthand account of the mission (which culminated in the demise of 0 bin Laden). "You are in material breach and violation of the nondisclosure agreements you signed," wrote Pentagon general counsel Jeh Charles Johnson. The letter; threats of a criminal prosecution seizure of as well as go after publisher Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group. In a written response, "Mr. Owen sought legal advice about his responsibilities before agreeing to publish his book and scrupulously reviewed the work to ensure that it...
  • Was the Civil War Actually About Slavery?

    08/30/2012 2:40:56 PM PDT · by PeaRidge · 431 replies ^ | 8/29/12 | James Oakes
    On 6 November 1860, the six-year-old Republican Party elected its first president. During the tense crisis months that followed – the “secession winter” of 1860–61 – practically all observers believed that Lincoln and the Republicans would begin attacking slavery as soon as they took power. Democrats in the North blamed the Republican Party for the entire sectional crisis. They accused Republicans of plotting to circumvent the Constitutional prohibition against direct federal attacks on slavery. Republicans would instead allegedly try to squeeze slavery to death indirectly, by abolishing it in the territories and in Washington DC, suppressing it in the high seas, and refusing federal...
  • RNC Day 3: Fear of a black incumbent (Smell their desperation!)

    08/29/2012 11:28:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Independent Weekly ^ | August 29, 2012 | Barry Yeoman
    I’ve covered national political party conventions since 1980. I know how amped-up the rhetoric can get on both sides. But I have never heard so much fear of an incumbent as I’ve witnessed during this week’s Republican National Convention. “Every election we hear that this is the most important election in our lifetime,” Sharon Day, who co-chairs the Republican National Committee, told delegates last night. “This election is more than that. It is the most important election in our nation’s lifetime.” She compared GOP activists to the United States’ Founding Fathers: “What they started, what they believed in, we must...
  • Interview with Virgil Goode: How Do We Elevate Constitutional Principles?

    08/29/2012 6:46:58 AM PDT · by xzins · 233 replies
    Forbes ^ | 28 Aug 12 | Bill Flax
    ...Virgil Goode has long supported a bill to audit the Federal Reserve, which recently cleared the House. He advocates “currency that is real and backed by gold or silver.” Goode champions “fair and equitable opportunity, but it’s up to you to use it. Government cannot ensure equal results because every individual differs;” An ardent proponent of balancing the budget, our deficits Goode insists, stem from “spending.” “Taxes should be simple and fair … I’m not for increasing income taxes; if we even have an income tax.” The candidate laments “too much federal involvement in our lives” offering as an example...
  • EDITORIAL: The Five Reasons Why I Plan to Vote for Obama

    08/28/2012 8:28:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Kittanning Paper ^ | August 28, 2012 | Saundra McKee, retired educator
    After weeks of op-ed pieces against our President, I’d like to offer a dissenting viewpoint. I like and respect and consider Jack Bennett a friend, but disagree with him politically. I have no doubt that it will set off a series of tyrannical rants from the right, and that’s okay. I’m a liberal Christian, sixty-two year old female, Democrat and retired educator (in order of importance to me). For as long as I can remember my litmus test for those I vote for is based on a quote from the late Vice President Hubert Humphrey: “The moral test of government...
  • 10-Foot-Tall Anti-Romney Neon Sign Erected In Newbury Park Neighborhood (Owner a "Repub/Christian")

    08/28/2012 11:46:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    KCAL-TV ^ | August 27, 2012
    NEWBURY PARK — Complaints poured in Monday about a 10-foot-high wooden structure and neon sign in a quiet Newbury Park neighborhood that says “Romney’s Racist Heart Dotcom. Save the GOP.” “It’s obnoxious. It’s an eyesore here. I wish it was gone,” said one neighbor. Steven Showers, 59, built the display after doing research into Mormonism after it became apparent that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would get the Republican nomination for president, according to the Ventura County Star. “I love it. It’s the way I designed it,” Showers said.
  • Playing the Racism Card and Probably Winning (If you're GOP/Conservative/Tea Party-you're a racist!)

    08/27/2012 5:59:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | August 27, 2012 | Prairie Weather
    Over at the Plum Line, they’re saying that Romney is channeling Lee Atwater. Lee Atwater is one of the nasty playground bullies who adhered to the Republican party like a piece of used toilet paper, lowering its reputation and making way for ethically-challenged, “anything goes” politicians the Republican party now has in the House and on its campaign trails. When Atwater died, he left behind Rove and other dodgy characters like Dick Armey to carry on the right’s effort to fracture and pillage America. Their kind of narrow self-interest has been emblematic of Republican politics for thirty years now. Racism?...