I need a little Louis Armstrong tonight to offset the Florida craziness. He's like an amazing cup of coffee, chocolate bonbons and sunshine, just everything that makes life wonderful.
Man, I love him.
A new study out today by the Wesleyan Media Project shows Romney and his allies, particularly the Restore Our Future super PAC, have aired 12,768 ads in Florida compared with 210 for Gingrich and his allies.
To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.
"We need some gender equity here," she told HuffPost. "The Virginia senate is about to pass a bill that will require a woman to have totally unnecessary medical procedure at their cost and inconvenience. If we're going to do that to women, why not do that to men?"The Republican-controlled senate narrowly rejected the amendment Monday by a vote of 21 to 19, but passed the mandatory ultrasound bill in a voice vote. A similar bill in Texas, which physicians say has caused a "bureaucratic nightmare," is currently being challenged in court.Howell said she is not surprised her amendment failed."This is more of a message type of an amendment, so I was pleased to get 19 votes," she said.She pointed out that there are only seven women in the Virginia senate, and six of them voted in favor of her amendment, along with 13 male senators. Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Fauquier County), the sponsor of the mandatory ultrasound bill, voted against it.
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus thought Sunday morning that President Barack Obama merited being compared to Francesco Schettino, the captain of the turned over cruise ship in Italy.
Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation, Priebus pivoted from a discussion about the GOP presidential primary and offered his comparison to a bemused Bob Schieffer.
“We’re going to talk about our own little Captain Schettino,” Priebus said. “Which is President Obama who’s abandoning the ship here in the United States and is more interested in campaigning than doing his job as president.”
On Saturday, Occupy Oakland re-entered the national spotlight during a day-long effort to take over an empty building and transform it into a social center. Oakland police thwarted the efforts, arresting more than 400 people in the process, primarily during a mass nighttime arrest outside a downtown YMCA. That number included at least six journalists, myself included, in direct violation of OPD media relations policy that states "media shall never be targeted for dispersal or enforcement action because of their status."
As soon as it became clear that I would be kettled with the protesters, I displayed my press credentials to a line of officers and asked where to stand to avoid arrest. In past protests, the technique always proved successful. But this time, no officer said a word. One pointed back in the direction of the protesters, refusing to let me leave. Another issued a notice that everyone in the area was under arrest.
I wound up in a back corner of the space between the YMCA and a neighboring building, where I met Vivian Ho of the San Francisco Chronicle and Kristin Hanes of KGO Radio. After it became clear that we would probably have to wait for hours there as police arrested hundreds of people packed tightly in front of us, we maneuvered our way to the front of the kettle to display our press credentials once more.
When Hanes displayed hers, an officer shook his head. "That's not an Oakland pass," he told her. "You're getting arrested." (She had a press pass issued by San Francisco, but not Oakland, police.) Another officer rejected my credentials, and I began interviewing soon-to-be-arrested protesters standing nearby. About five minutes later, an officer grabbed my arm and zip-tied me. Around the same time, Ho—who did have official OPD credentials—was also apprehended.Reporters Without Borders released its annual press freedom index for 2011/2012 and the United States ain't looking so "freedom-y" this year. The arrests and harassment of journalists during the Occupy Wall Street protests caused the U.S. to fall 27 places to a press freedom ranking of 47th in the world. To see a tracking of the journalists who have been arrested (56 so far), check out the list compiled by Josh Stearns. It's totally disgraceful.
"Newt, a voice out of the past. Down but not out and still fighting. First I do not want anything from you but have been watching the debates. I have 80% of inmates that would vote for you. They might not be able to but their extended families will. When you are president I could help you with prison and justice reform if wanted." (emphasis mine)We will have to wait and see if Newt can turn this red-hot momentum into a teabagging miracle. I really hope so!
"Earlier this week, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 535, a resolution designating 2012 the 'Year of the Bible.' Introduced by Rep. Rick Saccone (R–Elizabeth Township) and 36 other legislators, the measure insists that 'biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States."If you can stomach it, here's the full resolution:
Declaring 2012 as the "Year of the Bible" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, The Bible, the word of God, has made a unique contribution in shaping the United States as a distinctive and blessed nation and people; and
WHEREAS, Deeply held religious convictions springing from the holy scriptures led to the early settlement of our country; and
WHEREAS, Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, Many of our great national leaders, among them President Washington, President Jackson, President Lincoln, President Wilson and President Reagan, paid tribute to the influence of the Bible in our country's development, as exemplified by the words of President Jackson that the Bible is "the rock on which our Republic rests"; and
WHEREAS, The history of our country clearly illustrates the value of voluntarily applying the teachings of the scriptures in the lives of individuals, families and societies; and
WHEREAS, This nation now faces great challenges that will test it as it has never been tested before; and
WHEREAS, Renewing our knowledge of and faith in God through holy scripture can strengthen us as a nation and a people; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives declare 2012 as the "Year of the Bible" in Pennsylvania in recognition of both the formative influence of the Bible on our Commonwealth and nation and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy scriptures.
"It is shocking that House leadership would classify this as a 'noncontroversial resolution' and put it to a vote. It is even more astounding that representatives would pass this. It seems that either they did not know what they were voting on or they were intentionally interfering with the rights of conscience of their constituents in violation of the U.S. Constitution. This is a blatant violation. The resolution proclaims that the Bible is the "word of God," states that 'renewing our knowledge of and faith in God through holy scripture can strengthen us as a nation and a people,' and declares 2012 as the 'Year of the Bible' in recognition of 'our national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy scriptures'.
Once the government enters into the religion business, conferring endorsement and preference for some religions over others, it strikes a blow at religious liberty, forcing taxpayers of all faiths and of no religion to support a particular religious view."One of the more maddening aspects of this is that the resolution passed 193-0.
"After first going after Girl Scout cookies, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins is now attacking the game Star Wars: The Old Republic for allowing same-sex relationships. Stephen Reid of Bioware announced that players in the MMO (massively multiplayer online game) could have 'same gender romances with companion characters' as part of 'a post-launch feature.' But enabling players to be in same-sex relationships is too much for Perkins, who in a radio bulletin entitled 'Rebel Fleet Surrenders to Gay Empire' slammed the game for having 'gone to the dark side.' He said that parents are angry 'that their kids will be exposed to this Star Warped way of thinking,' urging members to 'join them by logging on and speaking up. It's time to show companies who the Force is really with!'"
"Black lawmakers in New Jersey have sharply criticized Republican Gov. Chris Christie for comparing a ballot referendum on gay marriage to the civil rights movement thusly: 'The fact of the matter is, I think people would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South.'"
'People were fighting and dying in the streets of the South for a reason,' Oliver said. 'They were fighting and dying in the streets of the South because the majority refused to grant minorities equal rights by any method. It look legislative action to bring justice to all Americans, just as legislative action is the right way to bring marriage equality to all New Jerseyans.'”Christie's statement is a stunning display of ignorance concerning the civil rights movement and the United States Constitution. Does Christie really believe that in the 1950s, the average Kansan would have voted for school desegregation? Would Mississippians have voted to end the Jim Crow laws? Hell, no. "Separate but equal" would still exist had it not been for the intervention of the judicial and legislative branches of government, with the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act.
'The governor’s comment is an insult to those who had no choice but to fight and die in the streets for equal rights,' she added."
“'Frankly, I wouldn’t be where I am today,' if states had voted on equal rights legislation for African Americans during the 1960s, Booker told Lehrer. 'This is not about a choice, it’s about a fundamental right and the 14th Amendment is very clear. It says, ‘equal protections under the law’ and right now in America we have second-class citizenship set-up where certain Americans can have privileges that certain Americans do not enjoy and that is just wrong.'”
"Two days after a Connecticut mayor delivered an errant comment about eating tacos to support East Haven Latinos, some of whom are the alleged victims of police mistreatment, Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. apparently got his wish.
Some 500 tacos were delivered to his office Thursday after a Latino activist group called Junta for Progressive Action launched a text-for-tacos campaign to draw attention to the comment, which Maturo later apologized for."Brilliant.
"House Bill 1580 is the product of such a brainstorming session this summer between three freshman House Republicans: Bob Kingsbury of Laconia, Tim Twombly of Nashua and Lucien Vita of Middleton. The eyebrow-raiser, set to be introduced when the Legislature reconvenes next month, requires legislation to find its origin in an English document crafted in 1215.
'All members of the general court proposing bills and resolutions addressing individual rights or liberties shall include a direct quote from the Magna Carta which sets forth the article from which the individual right or liberty is derived,' is the bill's one sentence."I'll just let Renegade Cornpone's East Coast correspondent, Stephen Colbert, explain it for you:
"Though he has allowed that he is not aware of this occurring in Oklahoma, or anywhere for that matter, Shortey cited research he did on the internet that claimed that some companies use embryonic stem cells to help develop artificial flavoring. 'It would be a public relations nightmare for a company to use' aborted human fetuses for R&D, Shortey told KRMG Radio, so when asked they usually say something like 'we strive to do things ethically.''I’m not entirely sure if there are any' companies doing this, he continued. 'But the fact is that there is a potential that there are companies that are using aborted human babies in their research and development of basically enhancing flavor for artificial flavors. And if that is happening — because it is a possibility — and if it’s happening then I just don’t think it should even be an option for a company.'[...]U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Pat El-Hinnawy told the Associated Press that the 'FDA is not aware of this particular concern.' And Tony Lauinger, the executive director of Oklahomans for Life, a pro-life group that has pushed anti-abortion laws in the state, said “I don’t know anything about that.'"
FORTENBERRY: Fundamentally, I believe this is a bailout for Planned Parenthood because what it does is provide a number of electives that are now free and it is ideologically and politically driven because it is unrelated to the basic needs of health care, most of which is driven by the onset of chronic illness — that’s about 74 to 75 percent of where the costs come from. So if we were serious about trying to get underneath the underlying factors that are driving up health care costs and really worry about prevention, we’d focus on health and wellness and chronic disease prevention. That just leads me to conclude that this was politically and ideologically driven...It’s a bailout for Planned Parenthood, it’s a direct subsidy to the abortion industry, who is entangled with these services, that’s their political agenda.
"In the 2008 presidential election, Latinos supported Democrat Barack Obama by a margin of more than two-to-one over Republican John McCain - 67% versus 31% according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of the national exit poll."Keep it up! You are helping to ensure future Democratic victories!
"The need for its services is as strong as ever, but after years of rising costs and dwindling income from fundraising the Jane Addams Hull House Association will close and file for bankruptcy, the agency said Thursday
'For the last several years the agency has had trouble in the fundraising side of things,' said Stephen Saunders, chair of the association's board of trustees. 'After many years of struggling, we have to close our doors. It was a very difficult decision.'
The 123-year-old agency, headquartered at 1030 W. Van Buren St., provides foster care, domestic violence counseling and prevention services, child development programs, and job training to about 60,000 children, families and community groups each year."No.
"After Morgan asked Santorum to clarify his views about abortion, the former Senator and evangelical lackey said that women should have their rapist's baby and make the best of it because God is giving them a gift. In other words, get over it and takes what god gives you without question."
“,” Gingrich wrote by hand in a first draft. “ .” [...]
By the time a member of Gingrich’s staff typed up the notes and prepared the speech for delivery at the National Review Institute, the racial stereotypes were gone.
"I've been told not to talk, but these stooges don't scare me. Threats or no threats, I've laid bare the coming race war in our big cities. The federal-homosexual cover-up on AIDS (my training as a physician helps me see through this one)." - Direct mail ad promoting Paul's newsletters, 1993.
"I miss the closet. Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities. They could also not be as promiscuous. Is it any wonder the AIDS epidemic started after they 'came out of the cloaset', and started hyper-promiscuous sodomy?" - June 1990
"[Martin Luther King, Jr.], the FBI files reveal, was not only a world-class adulterer, he also seduced underage girls and boys...And we are supposed to honor this 'Christian minister' and lying socialist satyr with a holiday that puts him on par with George Washington?" - December 1990Do you really want to be associated with a man who is supported by America's neo-Nazis?