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The Shrinking Presidency
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/01/2012 12:37:46

Good Morning.

Today is not about either Romney nor Obama. Ever notice how hard it is to get anything done in Washington?

I've been thinking...we all know that Congress is the real problem. Everything is a power struggle, or a chess move, or a roadblock. With extraordinarily few exceptions, nobody even considers working together for the common good anymore.

It didn't used to be this way.
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3 comments (Latest Comment: 09/01/2012 18:07:41 by clintster)

Romney Acceptance Speech - Snark Edition
Author: BobR    Date: 08/31/2012 12:53:27

Last night Mitt Romney accepted the nomination of the presidential candidate for the Republican party. He was completely overshadowed by the star power and generally bizarre spectacle of Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair. Nonetheless he delivered a speech full of general terms, meaningless phrases about America, and attacks on a straw man version of President Obama which didn't resemble him in the least.

Here then is the text of his speech, with my inner and outer thought bubble added. I apologize for the length, but that's really Romney's fault, right?
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70 comments (Latest Comment: 09/01/2012 02:10:24 by clintster)

Paul Ryan Speech Transcript:
Author: Raine    Date: 08/30/2012 12:55:45

I was able to transcribe Paul Ryan's speech from last night:
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69 comments (Latest Comment: 08/31/2012 11:59:28 by velveeta jones)

Hello Tampa! - City by the Bay!
Author: BobR    Date: 08/29/2012 13:01:32

The Republican convention is now in full swing in Tampa, FL. These things are always a bit of the theatre of the absurd, regardless of party, and this one has not failed to disappoint. The idea is for members of the party from all over the country to get together, officially nominate their candidate, try to hammer out a general consensus on what they represent, and get everyone's energy revved up for the final stretch to the general election.

Like their convention 4 years ago, a hurricane cut short their plans by one day. You'd think they'd get the hint that someone was trying to tell them something, but of course they don't.
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76 comments (Latest Comment: 08/30/2012 01:54:37 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/28/2012 10:18:35

Good Morning.

Today is our 3,978th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing war, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,104
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,053

We find this morning's cost of war passing through:

$1, 367, 060, 575, 000. 00

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102 comments (Latest Comment: 08/29/2012 12:56:48 by Mondobubba)

Rape is NOT a Form of Conception.
Author: Raine    Date: 08/27/2012 16:24:03

Last week, I wrote a heartfelt piece about rape and women. It was difficult and somewhat liberating, surprisingly.
The thing is, you know people who have been raped. They may not be telling you for whatever reason they choose. The least of these reasons should be shame. I don't want people to be told that what happened to them really didn't happen. That is cruel. It also can be deadly.

I resent the Republican party for trying to erase my history and the history of every woman that has ever been raped. How we choose to go forward should be our choice, not defined by a radical ideology that I would call rape deniers. Don't let them do that to us.
Since Thursday, women have unfortunately seen an even uglier side to the views held by people in the Republican party. I cannot in good conscience let this go. I didn't want to write about rape for a second time in a week, but I have to.

VP Candidate Paul Ryan said of Todd Akin's comments:
REPORTER: ...Specifically where you stand when it comes to rape, and when it comes to the issue of should it be legal for a woman to be able to get an abortion if she's raped.

RYAN: I'm very proud of my pro-life record, and I've always adopted the idea that, the position that the method of conception doesn't change the definition of life. But let's remember, I'm joining the Romney-Ryan ticket. And the president makes policy. And the president, in this case the future President Mitt Romney, has exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother, which is a vast improvement of where we are right now.
Steven Benen writes:
In this case, when Ryan says "the method of conception" is irrelevant, he's talking about rape. In other words, the Republicans' vice presidential nominee clearly believes the government should force women to take their pregnancy to term if they are impregnated by a rapist. Republicans can only distance themselves so much from Todd Akin before we realize they share his views.
There is no parsing this when it comes to Paul Ryan's position on abortion: rape is just a form of conception.

Let me make this clear as I can: Rape is not a form of conception. Rape is an act of violence. Rape is a crime. Rape is not about sex. Rape is an abusive act of power to belittle, dehumanize and humiliate the victim. It is always ALWAYS wrong. NO EXCEPTIONS.
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73 comments (Latest Comment: 08/28/2012 02:11:57 by wickedpam)

Why You Should Vote Republican
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 08/26/2012 14:39:12

Do you like roller coasters? White water rafting? Then you'll love todays republican party!

This is not the republican party of old, the party that gave us Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Reagan and candidates like Barry Goldwater. No, this is the NEW, NEW GOP where words are just like white sheets hanging on the clothes line on a windy day.

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4 comments (Latest Comment: 08/27/2012 00:22:41 by livingonli)

The Gunited States of America
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/25/2012 12:35:53

Good Morning.

I'm not sure I can turn this into an actual blog without a great deal of rambling, but I'll give it a shot. While the GOP's unique theories on rape and pregnancy have dominated the news, it's been a rather violent week across these United States.

On Friday, everything was bumped below the fold because of what amounted to a disgruntled employee gunning down his perceived nemesis in the media capitol of the world. Tragically, in addition to his victim and himself, 9 bystanders were wounded to varying degree...some by stray police rounds.
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9 comments (Latest Comment: 08/26/2012 04:50:52 by Will in Chicago)

Drip, Drip, Drip
Author: BobR    Date: 08/24/2012 15:30:02

A secret is a tantalizing thing. It's like a little gem that you want to show the world, but to do so reduces it's worth. It's a catch-22, a conundrum. Some people are able to keep secrets and some are not. There are many motivations for revealing secrets.

Certain government jobs require the ability to keep secrets. We like our government to be transparent as much as possible, but it couldn't function in the rest of the world were it not able to maintain secrecy in certain areas. People's lives are at risk, as is our security. When a government secret gets out, we call it a leak. This is generally frowned upon, although in some cases is considered "whistle-blowing" when the government is doing extremely illegal or immoral things.
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51 comments (Latest Comment: 08/25/2012 03:52:09 by Will in Chicago)

The GOP -- Forcibly Taking Away History
Author: Raine    Date: 08/23/2012 13:01:46

What is rape and date rape?

Rape is sex you don’t agree to, including forcing a body part or object into your vagina, rectum (bottom), or mouth. Date rape is when you are raped by someone you know, like a boyfriend. Both are crimes. Rape is not about sex — it is an act of power by the rapist and it is always wrong.

Date rape drugs, which often have no smell or taste, can be given to you without you knowing at parties or in a club — especially where alcohol is served. Alcohol can make you less aware of danger and make you less able to think clearly and resist sexual assault. If you are given date rape drugs, you may not be able to say "no" to unwanted sex and you may not be able to clearly remember what happened.

Remember: even if you were drinking, it is NOT your fault.

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91 comments (Latest Comment: 08/24/2012 00:55:13 by BobR)

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