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The Peanut Gallery is Nuts
Author: BobR    Date: 07/18/2012 12:42:46

We heard them during the 2008 presidential campaign - the stupid people that thought Barack Obama was born in Kenya, the people that thought he was a Muslim. We heard them during the health care debate - people that claimed "death panels" would determine if Granny lived or died. It seems we hear them every time a piece of legislation comes up that the Republicans want to make a stink over. It's been four years and with the presidential campaigns in high gear again, we are hearing them ever louder.

There's an old saying that says "ye reap what ye sow". These people have evidentally sown seeds of hate, because their venom, paranoia, and willingness to believe and repeat the most absurd allegations about President Obama has reached full blossom.
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42 comments (Latest Comment: 07/18/2012 23:42:30 by BobR)

Ask a Vet Dump!
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/17/2012 11:44:04

Good Morning.

Today is our 3,936th 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: 2,042
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,045

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

$ 1, 353, 180, 900, 000 .00

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74 comments (Latest Comment: 07/17/2012 21:52:31 by livingonli)

Tap Dance and Deny Free Market Demands
Author: Raine    Date: 07/16/2012 16:40:18

We are now officially in full blown presidential campaign season. From here on in, I think it is safe to say that many many of the blogs will be retroactive to 2008. As a matter of fact I wrote this blog July16, 2008...

Not really. It will just SEEM like that. This morning Mitt made an appearance on Fox and Friends. Via ThinkProgress he is quoted as saying:
the Obama people keep on wanting more and more and more. More things to pick through, more things for their opposition research to try make a mountain out of and to distort and to be dishonest about. We’re going to put out two years of tax returns.
ThinkProgress was correct in zeroing in on this fact. There are rumblings that we may very well see that Romney hasn't paid income taxes AT ALL.
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42 comments (Latest Comment: 07/16/2012 23:45:55 by Raine)

Author: velveeta jones    Date: 07/15/2012 15:36:26

Mitt wants to move us back to the past. Back to "woof woof, who let the dogs out", back to the W. Bush era of tax cuts for the rich while fighting corporate wars that are not in our budgets so we can borrow more money to fight them. Back to "let the auto industry fail while I reward my Wall St friends".

Well, I'm all about moving forward.

Turning those old pay phones into something useful:
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 07/15/2012 19:12:03 by BobR)

All Politics is Local
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/14/2012 11:26:46

Good Morning!

Ah, an early start for a change for your post-surgical TriSec. No platelets today...unfortunately, I don't know when I may donate again, indeed if I'll still be able to.

I'll be off in a few minutes to a local campaign event for the Massachusetts 3rd Middlesex Senate seat. Our longtime senator, Susan Fargo, has chosen not to run for re-election this year. There's a field of 5 Democrats lining up to replace her, but curiously not a single Republican. I do find this a bit unusual, actually, since in quite recent history we've had a Republican representative in the General Court, but I digress.
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5 comments (Latest Comment: 07/14/2012 22:36:34 by Will in Chicago)

Romney's Reality
Author: BobR    Date: 07/13/2012 13:00:39

Most people who walk this earth know the difference between a truth and a lie. We know when we are being truthful and when we are "fudging", or walking outside the lines. There is usually some self-justification involved - trying to get out of a speeding ticket, trying to spare someone's feelings... Politicians seem to push the envelope when it comes to parsing the truth to make it seem like something else. Sales people are event worse (used car salesmen have a reputation for good reason). So what happens when you combine the two?

Mitt Romney has spent his entire business career in business, and a lot of it in upper management, usually as CEO. Most of us are "regular workers" who do our jobs and being accurate and factual is a plus. In business, the CEO is essentially the head salesman. He is tasked with ensuring the "product" is right for the potential customer base, and that the salespeople know what and how to sell the company. When company revenues flag, it is often the CEO that is blamed. When they grow, the CEO is often rewarded financially. Therefore, revenue and profitability are paramount to the CEO.
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30 comments (Latest Comment: 07/13/2012 22:47:30 by Will in Chicago)

Negro, My Friend, let me tell you how to be.
Author: Raine    Date: 07/12/2012 13:49:09

Remind them of this: If they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy—more free stuff. But don't forget, nothing is really free.
Mitt Romney, Hamilton Montana, July 11, 2012

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53 comments (Latest Comment: 07/13/2012 00:15:05 by velveeta jones)

The Shape of Things to Come
Author: BobR    Date: 07/11/2012 12:24:51

As the 2012 presidential campaigns really start revving their engines and with the party conventions just over a month away, the tactics and strategies are really starting to flesh themselves out. This race is President Obama's to lose, and he is doing his best to make sure that doesn't happen. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is trying to maintain his numbers while watching key demographics slip away.
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58 comments (Latest Comment: 07/12/2012 02:33:39 by clintster)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/10/2012 12:21:25

Good Morning.

Today is our 3,929th day in Afghanistan.

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

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,038
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,043

During the course of all the events of the last two weeks, you'll notice that top number has crept through 2,000. Completely unnoticed and unreported by anyone, I might add.

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

$ 1, 350, 872, 375, 000. 00

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37 comments (Latest Comment: 07/11/2012 01:25:04 by TriSec)

In All Fairness.
Author: Raine    Date: 07/09/2012 15:46:53

From TPM:
President Obama will begin pushing for a one-year extension of the Bush tax cuts for Americans making less than $250,000, reports the New York Times. The announcement from the Rose Garden Monday will signal the president’s emphasis on tax fairness as a major issue just four months from the election. Pushing the issue is also meant to make House Republicans look unreasonable as they move this month to vote on a full, permanent extension of all of the Bush tax cuts.
This you will recall is exactly what the President wanted to have happen back in 2010. The tax cuts were unfortunately extended, but if you remember, it did pave the way or the repeal of Don't ask Don't Tell. From The Hill, December 1, 2010:
But a letter signed by all 42 members of the Senate GOP conference threatened to block action on other legislative items until a deal on the expiring Bush era tax cuts is reached. Such time-consuming negotiations could eat up the remaining time to take care of "Don't ask, don't tell" during the lame-duck, which is expected to end by mid-December.

Supporters of repeal received a boost Tuesday when Defense Secretary Robert Gates called on the Senate to repeal the policy after the Pentagon released a study showing that allowing gays to openly serve would cause no long-term disruptions in the military.
Indeed, the lame duck session of 2010 paved the way for people to serve openly in the military. The down side was that the Bush Era tax cuts were extended.
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