Sunday, September 30, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Andrew J. Engeldinger's descent into darkness began two years ago, but even as he retreated from family and bought handguns and ammunition, he kept coming to work at the Accent Signage Systems factory in Minneapolis.
Engeldinger, 36, worked his shift Thursday and was told that after a dozen years, he no longer had a job. Then he pulled out a 9mm Glock handgun and committed the largest workplace massacre in recent Minnesota history.
On Friday, the scale of the rampage came into focus: Five people were killed, including the founder of the acclaimed sign manufacturer and a visiting UPS driver. Three others were injured.
Police Chief Tim Dolan said Engeldinger apparently spared some employees in "the hellish time" as workers dialed 911 and hid in terror. It all ended in minutes, after Engeldinger went into the building's basement and fired a final bullet into his own head.
Police who searched his home across town in south Minneapolis found a second handgun and packaging for 10,000 rounds of ammunition, but no obvious answers.
"Maybe something finally snapped, but I don't know why," said his uncle Joseph Engeldinger.
The victims included company owner Reuven Rahamim, 61, of St. Louis Park; United Parcel Service driver Keith Basinski, 50, of Spring Lake Park; Rami Cooks, 62, of Minnetonka; Ronald Edberg, 58, of Brooklyn Center and Jacob Beneke, 34, of Maple Grove.
Two employees remained hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center late Friday afternoon. Accent's director of operations, John Souter of Wayzata, was in serious condition and production manager Eric Rivers was in critical condition.
James Honerman, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, called it the deadliest case of workplace violence in Minnesota since the department began keeping figures in 1992. In the last two decades, 95 have died, 68 from shootings.
Engeldinger grew up in Richfield and came to work for Accent Signage in the late 1990s, where he was trained as an engraver by Barry Lawrence.
"He was real intelligent, caught on fast," said Lawrence, who left Accent Signage but stayed in touch with the company's officers.
Lawrence said Engeldinger was conscientious, and worried about his 401(k) plan and fluctuations in the stock market.
"I remember when he was hired; he was a quiet guy," he said. "I wouldn't have thought he would have done anything like this."
Meaghan Norlander, former comptroller at Accent Signage who left the company in 2008, described Engeldinger as "a loner" who seemed always under stress.
She said that he "internalized everything" and complained at times about being shifted from one job to another.
"The standards were really high," Norlander said. "Reuven was driven. If you didn't live up to his expectations, you failed."
The relationship between Engeldinger and Rahamim was a rocky one. Norlander recalled a shouting match between the two in 2007, although she could not remember the details.
In 2003, Engeldinger bought a home in the Powderhorn neighborhood. Neighbors rarely paid attention to the slight man with a ponytail who occasionally worked in the yard.
"Never met him. Never heard anything about him," said John Evans, who lives two houses north of Engeldinger.
But in recent years, Engeldinger's family began worrying about what appeared to be his paranoia and delusions. Two years ago, his parents attended a 12-week "Family to Family" class offered by the Minnesota National Alliance on Mental Illness. The class is taught by family members of mentally ill people.
His family hadn't had contact with him for about 21 months after he had shown signs of possible mental illness, said Sue Abderholden, executive director of the Minnesota National Alliance on Mental Illness.
"They were trying to get him to seek treatment; they did think something was wrong," she said. But Engeldinger didn't appear to be a threat to himself or others -- criteria for petitioning for commitment to mental health care, she said.
Abderholden said he had been paranoid with some delusions, symptoms of possible schizophrenia, but was working and able to live alone.
"He was, to the outside world, doing OK," she said.
About a year ago, he bought two handguns, including the Glock 9-millimeter, Dolan said. "Obviously, he'd been practicing how to use that gun," the chief said.
Engeldinger worked his usual shift on Thursday, but at the end of the day he was called to the front office. He apparently walked into that meeting armed.
Dolan said Engeldinger first shot people in the front office area, then walked to the loading dock, shooting others. He singled out his targets, walking past some people. Basinski, the UPS driver, appeared to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, Dolan said. Some people in the building fought back, the chief said, but he wouldn't elaborate.
About 4:30 p.m., 911 calls from inside the building alerted police to the shooting moments after it began, Dolan said. Three officers arrived and immediately found victims inside upon entering, he said. Paramedics followed them in to treat the injured, even though it was still unclear where the shooter was or if he was still a threat, said Dolan, who praised the police and the paramedics for their bravery. He said it was the most traumatic scene that the officers had encountered; the first officers on the scene have taken temporary leave.
No shots were fired after police arrived, he said. The officers helped some people out of the building. A SWAT team arrived and began searching the building. They found Engeldinger's body in the basement.
n a statement, Engeldinger's parents, Charles and Carolyn, said they will cooperate with authorities, and that their son's struggles with mental illness and withdrawal from his family are "not an excuse for his actions, but sadly, may be a partial explanation."
They said their hearts go out to the victims and their families. "Nothing we can say can make up for their loss."
Engeldinger's uncle said that, along with the grief for all the families involved, they're also consumed with puzzlement.
"He wasn't a monster, he wasn't evil, he wasn't a bad guy," Joseph Engeldinger said.
This is why we need more funding more mental health care, treatment, and research. Innocent people should not have to die because of a lunatic. We all know Ronald Reagan slashed funding for mental health care. He even said it was the family's problem and their responsibility.
The Affordable Health Care Act does include provisions for mental health and behaviorial disorders, and well as addictions. Thank you President Obama!
If Reagan wasn't such an asshole six people in Minnesota, 27 in Colorado, seven in Wisconsin, 33 at Virginia Tech, and six in Tucson, AZ would still be alive.
My prayers and thoughts go out to the victims, their families, others wounded in the shooting, and the shooters family.
Friday, September 28, 2012
As Democrats press Mitt Romney to release a more extensive picture of his tax history, a new report from the Los Angeles Times suggests that Romney and his wife Ann made multiple attempts to have the value of one of their multimillion dollar homes reassessed, which allowed them to save on property taxes on the house.
According to the Times, the Romneys paid $12 million in cash for a beach-front house in La Jolla, California, in 2008. Just seven months later, the couple appealed to San Diego County for the house to be reassessed at a value of $6.8 million. A little more than a year later, they amended that appeal to $8.9 million, after hiring an attorney. In the 2010 tax year, the Romneys requested a reduction in value to $7.5 million.
The value of the house was ultimately valued downward by the San Diego County Assessment Appeals Board, though by much less than the Romneys' initial appeal: In 2001, the board reduced the 2009 assessment to $11.4 million, according to the Times, and in 2010 its value was reduced to $10 million.
In 2011, the county automatically reassessed the house to $8.7 million.
As a result of the multiple reductions, the Romneys saved about $109,000 in taxes over four years.
At the time of the Romneys' appeals, the U.S. economy, along with the housing market, was in turmoil - and property values were dropping all over the country. It's not unusual in such cases that homeowners would request a reassessment, or that the county itself would lead the charge in doing so. According to the Times, 250,000 San Diego County homes have been reassessed since the housing market crash.
The information about the Romneys' activities in attempting to have their house reassessed sheds a glimmer of light on the couple's financial history, as Democrats continue to hammer the presidential candidate over his decision to release only two years of tax returns ahead of the November election.
The Romney campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
From the Examiner
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has gone through its fair share of ups and downs, but now the former CEO of Bain Capital has thrown an alleged hissy fit over the 2012 presidential debates.
After last week's announcement revealed the moderators for the upcoming presidential debates, criticism and praise was expected. The biggest news coming out of the debate selections was that a woman would be moderating the historic event for the first time. CNN's Candy Crowley was given the nod to make history and the reaction was mixed. Many liberals were upset that Crowley often leans the right, but the louder attacks came from conservatives who believe Crowley is too liberal. African-American and minority groups also showed that they were upset by voicing their displeasure at the lack of ethnic diversity in the selections made.
While liberal and conservative groups aren't exactly happy over the moderators selected, the biggest outrage came from the soon to be Republican nominee himself, Mitt Romney. According to the New York Times, the Romney campaign threatened to boycott the presidential debates if any host from MSNBC was chosen. After the conservative news channel, Fox News, was told that they wouldn't be selected to host any of the debates, the backlash from the Romney campaign came fast and furious.
MSNBC is often criticized by Republicans and conservatives for being a Democratic leaning network, but there are differences between them and Fox News. MSNBC promotes itself with the slogan "lean forward" and advertise a more progressive line of thinking. Though the prime time hosts on MSNBC are "left leaning," they don't hide it and openly admit it. Not all the hosts at MSNBC lean to the political left as former Republican Representative, Joe Scarborough, hosts a three-hour show every morning and far right conservative, S.E Cupp co-hosts "The Cycle" each weekday at 3pm.
As MSNBC admits to their progressive stance, Fox News continues to promote themselves with the catch slogan, "Fair and Balanced." Despite a few centrists being promoted as "liberals," Fox News continues to showcase radical conservatives ideology through the likes Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly.
Even though he is out-raising the president through conservative super PACs and announced the young Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate, Mitt Romney is still trailing President Obama in the most recent polls. With the hope now gone that the conservative network would give him a national platform to shine, Mitt Romney and his campaign have no choice but to go back to the drawing board.
What a fucking crybaby!
Mitt the shit sounds like the kid who threatens to take his ball and go home if he can't win. He really is spoiled isn't he?
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
His wife is expecting twins so by the end of 2012 he will have a dozen kids with eight women.
This guy has 30 kids with eleven women
This woman has had 15 abortions.
A teenage girl in the UK has had eight abortions
And the Republicans want to cut funding for sex education and birth control.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
From Radar Online
Tim Tebow may not have a Super Bowl ring but there's no denying that the newest addition to the New York Jets has a smoking hot body!
The controversial Christian quarterback swapped talking game plans on ESPN for a sizzling photo shoot with Vogue magazine, where he showed off his killer 6'3" physique and impressive strength by pushing a tire that was bigger than he is.
Inside the glossy magazine, Tebow, 25, opened up about his picky approach to women. “I’ve been blessed to have an amazing mom and two amazing sisters—so they set a very high standard,” said the self-confessed virgin.
“Obviously looks play a big part. Being attracted to someone plays a big part, but there’s also so much more than that for me. It’s about finding someone sweet and kind—and that has a servant’s heart," he explained.
"It’s about finding a girl who likes me for me, and not because of what I do or who I am or the name."
Born in the Phillipines to Baptist missionary parents and raised in Florida, the former Gators phenomena has been open about his desire to save sex for marriage despite having a flood of beautiful women volunteering to be his first.
I have a feeling when Tim says "servant's heart" it means a submissive woman. I think Tebow is hot and would love to roll in the hay with him, but doesn't mean I want to marry him because I will not be submissive.
Back to the Palins. Sorry Bristol and Willow, Tebow isn't interested in you for two reasons. One neither one of you has a servant's heart, submissive or not, and two neither one of you are virgins.
Oh and Sarah don't bother saving Piper for Tim either. And I don't think he wants a wrinkled old hag like you.
Monday, September 24, 2012
From USA Today
"Wow, I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down," said Moore with a big grin.
I bet a certain refrigerator in Wasilla is gonna get it when Sarah gets home.
Game Change was also honored with the Emmy for outstanding miniseries or movie. It also won Emmys for writing for Danny Strong and directing for Jay Roach.
Did Life's a Tripp or Stars earn Stripes even get nominated? Oh I know the answer to that one.
Season 15 of Dancing with the Stars premiers tonight. For some odd reason they let Bristol back on as an "all-star". Emmitt Smith is an all-star. Bristol is not.
Hopefully the producers will do the world a favor and give her the bounce tomorrow. But I doubt it.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Anonymous September 18, 2012 11:45 AM You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealth out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them; and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation. - - - - Many examples of this in history. DO NOT LET THE US BE ONE THAT FOLLOWS SUIT. S
how us some examples Krusty. BTW do you have a job? I do.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
And why is Rex Butler still Levi's spokesperson?
Stephen Hank's defamation lawsuit was dropped as well.
Who are the Palins paying off this time?
New York Rep Louise Slaughter received a phone message threatening sniper attacks against lawmakers and their families. A brick was thrown through her office window in Niagara Falls.
Friday, September 21, 2012
The move came with Romney's campaign struggling to find its stride with just seven weeks left before Election Day. Polls show the former Massachusetts governor running neck and neck with President Barack Obama in a contest both sides predict will be very close. But Romney's campaign has been grappling with a video showing him seemingly writing off Obama supporters as having a "victim" mindset and being reliant on government handouts. And Republicans outside the campaign have been grumbling that the campaign needs a shot in the arm.
"It is an honor to call Mitt and Ann my friends," Pawlenty said in a written statement released by the Romney campaign. "As the campaign moves into the home stretch, he has my full support and continued faith in his vision and his policies." "Tim Pawlenty is a dear friend," Romney said in the same statement. "He's brought energy, intelligence and tireless dedication to every enterprise in which he's ever been engaged, and that certainly includes my presidential campaign.
"While I regret he cannot continue as co-chair of my campaign, his new position advancing the integrity of our financial system is vital to the future of our country," Romney said. "I congratulate him."
Romney passed over Pawlenty in his search for a vice presidential candidate, eventually settling on Congressman Paul Ryan. Pawlenty had been discussed as a possible running mate for Sen. John McCain in 2008, but the veteran lawmaker picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin instead.
Wish he had quit back in 2007 before the I-35W Bridge Collapse. Now that Mitty needs a co-chair, why not pick Sarah Palin? She has lots of experience you know.
Foreign relations-she can see Russia from her house
Military experience-her son is a non combat vet
Very well educated-attended five different college
A people person-was the lone member of the Welcome Glen Rice to Alaska committee
A visionary-check out her crosshairs map!
Financial Guru-she got the RNC to pay for her clothes and her fans to pay for her vacations
Family values-made sure she got married before her oldest was born (snark)
Advocate for special needs kids-uses a kid as a prop
Tonight, both Mitt Romney and Ann Romney are in Iowa, trying to appeal to the left over voters who haven’t already made up their minds. Within the last week, Romney’s campaign hit the rocks and sank with the release of a video tape of a private fundraiser that occurred in Boca Raton, Florida at the home of a very wealthy hedge fund manager, Marc Leder.
Ann Romney told her fellow Republicans to “Just stop it” and how lucky the party should feel that Mitt Romney is their nominee.
Peggy Noonan a long time speech writer and a woman who has been in Republican races since Reagan wrote that “it is time for an intervention” in the Romney campaign. B
illy Kristol another conservative and editor of the Weekly Standard wrote that Romney’s comments at the fundraiser were “arrogant and stupid”.
The knives have surely come out against Mitt Romney because his campaign is crashing in a downward spiral. But Ann Romney topped it off with a stern warning to the GOP and some pretty cutting remarks to conservatives:
“Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring” in a very tense, and terse tone she admonishes those who dare criticize her husband.
“This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.”
How lucky we are to have Mitt Romney. “It’s nonsense and the chattering class…you hear it and then you just let it go right by,” she told Radio Iowa. “…Honestly, at this point, I’m not surprised by anything.”
The chattering class? Is that like the people who’s votes you are trying to get? Now we are in a chattering class? Exactly, how low on the class rating system is the chattering class. When we get a copy of the audio we’ll post it here, unfortunately it is not yet available.
What is it with the 2012 Rich Republican FLOTUS wanabees? Ann is a bitch. Callista Gingrich is a bitch. Anita Perry is a bitch. Marcus Bachmann is a bitch. ANNtoniette makes Barbara Bush look human. And that is no easy task. Laura Bush never acted like this. Neither did Nancy Reagan and Cindy McCain. And on the Democrats side Hillary Clinton, Tipper Gore, Teresa Kerry, and Michelle Obama were much more likeable.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
From Huffington Post
Sarah Palin is now busting Mitt Romney's chops whenever she can for not having sufficient "conservative instincts" in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination. She also has ruffled his feathers a bit by raising the specter of a brokered GOP convention in Tampa.
But during Palin's successful 2006 gubernatorial campaign in Alaska, both Palin's and Romney's political ambitions converged while Romney was still the governor of Massachusetts and then serving as Chairman of the controversial Republican Governors Association (RGA). They were a veritable Bonnie and Clyde on the campaign trail.
During the final weeks of her campaign in September of 2006, Palin was the beneficiary of a $107,000 television advertisement campaign paid for and produced by the RGA. The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) later fined the RGA (with Romney at the helm) $26,600 for two separate activities related to Palin's gubernatorial campaign and warned that the fine could have been levied as high as $6 million. The fines levied by APOC against the RGA were for distributing campaign mailers within 30 days of the election, and because television advertisements the RGA produced featuring Palin were obviously broadcast for partisan purposes.
The RGA television ads went negative on Palin's chief opponent in the race, former Democratic governor Tony Knowles. One of them featured Knowles walking backwards in slow motion. The ad also contained footage of Palin jauntily leaving an Anchorage hotel that clearly looked staged--and that's because it apparently was, according to Palin's former director of boards and commissions, Frank Bailey, who worked closely with her on the campaign.
Such outside advertising campaigns are common, but Alaska election law strictly requires that there be no "coordination" between the candidate and their campaign with the so-called "527 group" organizing and producing the ads.
Both Palin and Romney escaped any personal accountability for the questionable activities of their respective organizations. But leaked emails from the Palin campaign reveal that there was, in fact, coordination between Palin's campaign, Romney and the RGA--which is illegal under Alaska campaign laws--though in respect to the issue of "coordination," APOC dismissed the complaint and issued no sanctions.
The tell-tale emails were originally leaked to me by a former Palin campaign adviser for my book The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power. I included excerpts from them in my Prologue in a passage that focused on Palin's "pathology of deceit." The emails were also referenced in a book by Bailey entitled Blind Allegiance.
In his book, Bailey, who was once dubbed Palin's "hatchet man," provides further corroboration of the coordination between Palin's campaign and the Romney-chaired RGA. Bailey devotes two chapters to what he concedes was an "illegal" enterprise. He acknowledges that he was first contacted by RGA go-betweens as early as August of 2006, and that he was aware that any coordination between the two organizations would be in violation of state election laws--and that he stated as much to others in the campaign. (Bailey also contends that someone who worked on the production later confided in him that coordination had taken place.)
On August 28, Palin's friend and campaign co-worker Ivy Frye sent out an email to Palin's campaign team, including Palin, that she "just got a call from the [RGA] inquiring about who our campaign legal council [sic] is? Hmmm." A meeting was scheduled between Palin and Romney the following day at the Anchorage airport, only to have it broken by Romney. But various operatives for the RGA--including Romney--continued to reach out to the Palin campaign.
On September 6, 2006, Palin's close confidante and campaign manager Kris Perry sent out an email (pdf) to Palin noting that she had spoken directly to Romney:
Had a nice conversation w/Governor Romney. He'd like to speak with you directly and we'll try to make that happen in the next day or so. He's traveling in the morning but will give me a call once he reaches his destination. Bottom line: they are very interested in this Governor's race and are supportive of your candidacy. They want to support financially and are exploring the most effective means of doing so. I explained to him what we're facing here in Alaska with our own Republican Party and $$.
According to Bailey, Palin at the time "didn't even have a clear idea" who Romney was and apparently thought that Romney's first name was "Milt," not Mitt.
Less than a half-hour later, Perry then sent out yet another email to the campaign's inner circle, also including Palin, indicating "it's important that we keep each other in the loop" about RGA activities and further indicated that she was "putting together a list of potential businesses/contacts for the RGA for the purpose of fundraising"--in other words, more coordination.
Others in Alaska were also coordinating on behalf of Romney and the RGA. Kristopher Knauss, who had worked as Frank Murkowski's policy director, emailed Bailey that "the RGA will be in Anchorage next week and a poll is going into the field in the next 48 hours," and that he wanted to give "you [Bailey] and Sarah a heads-up" about RGA activities.
Once the illegal television advertisements began to air in late September, Tim Barry, then serving as communications director for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, sent Frye and Palin a lengthy email entitled "RGA," in which he advised that Palin not engage media queries about the ad: "I strongly urge you to respond NOT by having the candidate address the issue. Someone lower down in the campaign should tell reporters that the campaign has asked the RGA to stop running the ads...while pointing out that Sarah has no control over them."
On October 4, Palin weighed in on the ads herself via an email to her campaign team. She auditioned what would be her duplicitous public response: "'I would not have mentioned Tony had this been our production. And I would have spun it all more positively.' Whaddya' think?" Then she relayed a discussion taking place in the Palin household about the ads:
Bristol and Willow are arguing it now - W [Willow] says it's totally negative and to 'delete it now, Mom!' and B [Bristol] says, 'Hey, it's free publicity.'
According to an APOC representative I spoke to prior to the release of my book, the Palin campaign emails never surfaced during their investigation. Bailey and other campaign staffers did not make them available at the time. Had they been, it might have provided a different outcome to the APOC investigation on the matter of "coordination." According to attorneys in Anchorage, the statute of limitations on Alaska campaign laws at the time of the Palin-RGA violation was one year. Today it is five.
Those working in the Knowles campaign suspected that there had been coordination between Palin and the Romney-led RGA all along. "After everything we have learned about Sarah Palin since 2008," said then-Knowles campaign manager Leslie Ridle, "I think Alaskans see this as another disappointment but certainly not a surprise. She talks a lot about 'country first,' but the more we see of Sarah Palin, the more she brands herself as 'Sarah first.' It's no surprise at all."
Mitt this is what you get when you rub elbows with Sarah. Now your campaign is dying, your getting your ass kicked in the polls, and the public perception of you is not good. Save face and drop out now.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Does Ann Romney wear her $990 designer shirt while driving one of her two Cadillacs?
The very wealthy Mitt and Ann Romney have often been painted as out of touch with average Americans.
Ann’s pricey shirt will not help her husband change those perceptions, no matter how many Laundromat photo ops are on the campaign’s daily itinerary.
On Tuesday Ann wore a colorful silk T-shirt with a large bird print by Reed Krakoff during an interview with her and her husband on CBS’s “This Morning.” Fashion blogs quickly tracked down the “The Reed Audubon Silk Shirt” and noted the whopping price tag.
A representative of the fashion house told ABC News that the shirt is off-the-rack and it had not been a gift to Ann Romney from Krakoff.
“We had nothing to do with it,” the Krakoff rep said. “She must have bought it from Saks or Bergdorf’s. We definitely didn’t send it to her.”
The rep added: “It's 100 percent a Reed Krakoff shirt, but we 100 percent didn't send it to her. We don't get involved politically.”
Ann Romney’s wardrobe choice could haunt the campaign indefinitely. If it were a solid color, the designer tee might have been forgotten after awhile. But the yellow bird print is unique enough to become emblematic of wealth that most Americans could only wish to have.
President Obama’s allies have downplayed Ann Romney’s wardrobe. choice. Bill Burton, former deputy press secretary under Obama, said, “I’m of the view that Ann Romney should be off-limits,” Burton said. “…I remember in 2007 and 2008 when people would go after Mrs. Obama. I was enraged about it.
Because you never know if they even signed up for this willingly. They may just be supportive and along for the ride.”
The Obama campaign may be playing nice, but that doesn’t mean the American people will. Will the $990 T-shirt remind people of past presidential faux pas, such as John McCain’s confusion in 2008 about how many houses he owned?
McCain’s daughter Meghan, an MSNBC contributor, said Wednesday night on host Lawrence O’Donnell’s “The Last Word,” that Ann should be a bit more careful in her choices.
Some Americans might be thinking that the $1,000 spent on one shirt could help them out with a house payment or buy necessities at Walmart. Others are counting exactly how many T-shirts that amount would buy at Target, where first lady Michelle Obama said she often shops.
Certainly, Michelle Obama has been criticized for her wardrobe choices, from expensive sneakers to designer ball gowns at state dinners. Should she have worn those $540 sneakers to a food bank last year? Hmmm, no.
n any political campaign, every detail must be taken into consideration, especially when the candidate is already battling an image of a great affluence in a shaky economy. Alone, Ann Romney’s wardrobe faux pas is not monumental. But combined with previous campaign mistakes that have reinforced the Romneys’ image as wealthy patricians, it squeals of tone deafness.
Last week, Mitt Romney encouraged Ohio students to borrow from their parents to start a business. He used the Jimmy John sandwich chain founder, Jimmy John Liautaud, as an example. Liautaud had borrowed $25,000 from his father in order to get his first restaurant off the ground.
How many people have that kind of money lying around to invest in their kid’s start-up?
“She needs to be a little more cognizant of the message she’s trying to put out, just given the economic recession that we’re in and everything that’s going on,” Meghan McCain said.
Ann Romney’s cadillacs got a mention in February, when Mitt said at an event in Detroit that his wife drives “a couple” of the luxury cars.
Last December, Romney made a $10,000 bet with Texas Governor Rick Perry over a disagreement on health care policy. What a high roller that Romney is. Most Americans would make a $5 bet while enjoying a $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon, Mitt.
I’ve written before that the Romneys shouldn’t be ashamed of their wealth. It’s America, after all. Personally,
I’d like to own that Krakoff shirt to wear this weekend to an event. But when a campaign is trying to get down to the common folk level, maybe it’s time to buy something off the rack at a lower-end store.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Welcome to the world Breeze Beretta Johnston!
AnonymousSeptember 13, 2012 6:08 AM Because they're young and act married out of neediness. Remember, these are people who said months ago that things are BORING with just the two of them. That is the saddest thing imaginable, two 20 yr olds saying life is boring without a baby. And when Sunny posts screenshots of Levi writing he wants to cuddle all night may be sweet to her, but it paints a picture of a boy who seems to feel incomplete without a partner with him. No wonder he's always been the doormat and his girlfriends have been the pants-wearer. Cuddling is fun and all but even Bristol is independent and there is life outside kids. Every mother needs her hobby or resentment will germinate at some point. Levi's interesting. Typical redneck who didn't care for school growing up, always hunted and used it as escape, hasn't seemed close to mom since his sister would complain about not receiving help from him for mom's needs, probably took the divorce hard which would explain his need to lash out at others' families that are still together. He became a father right after his father walked out on his family so his identity was further tied to his girlfriend's family, despite the incessant fighting and instability of the relationship from the start. That would explain his great hurt at the inevitable breakup. He thought he could take his newborn out and be a father away from said baby's home. That illustrates naivete. 1. No new mothers let their baby out of their sight and around people easily who said mother has never gotten along with. He's just a kid so subsequent actions shouldn't be harshly judged, but they shouldn't be forgotten. I know a 3 ye old today won't see blogs from now in 18 years, which is obviously positive but I sincerely hope both parties keep both books from the kids. No kid needs to read those lies and fabrications that were meant for public manipulation. And no kid needs to know his parents are liars. Though with all the love he's shown, I doubt it will matter. Tripp will see how much he was loved from his mother's family in his first years. He will look backin pictures and see the great bond he has with his uncles, his aunts, his Nana, his Papa, his doggie, and he will no doubt construe how much emotional pain his father put his mother and maternal family through. On the contrary, I'm sure he'll see the same for his other family. Though he might wonder why his father never behaved maturely and buckled down and started living a mature life THEN, when his son needed him. Those are things Levi has to live with, knowing he chose the wrong path. But Tripp is young and just at the stage where kids start forming actual memories. All that drama won't matter, as long as no one's stupid and keeps pursuing media as an outlet
Anonymous September 13, 2012 5:53 AM Levi's bullied? Really? Because to me, NO human should ever be given a pass for wasting 3 years of their life that was spent trashing others. Objective observation. Yes, the media pitted the two against each other for headlines and THAT continued to destroy Levi's relationship with his son and Bristol, but remember, Levi did NOT have to pursue these trashy opportunities to voice hate and superficial info he admittedly knowns nothing about. And given how there was no public negative mention from the Palin about him (other than at the end of that year with Sarah saying he's lost- true), it makes him all the more ridiculous. All he had to do was get his GED THEN, get a job, and LEGALLY file to see his son. That is not hard and isn't that expensive. But he's young and shortsighted. I just hope Tripp isn't too hurt by his lies and words. Because what Tripp sees daily is NOT what Levi has described. Sure he's a typical boy (Oh how I miss those years. really) But Tripp is one of the most blessed children in the world, apart of an amazing family. And yes, Levi has grown to mirror that and will only add to it. The average judge fights hard to stop custody cases from going to trial and that is why courts highly recommend the two parties settle things without legal intervention. This is no different. This is between 2 kids, not angry, older adults with huge grudges. Both parties have said negative things to date and BOTH have some justification for such things. Neither has shown one deserves full custody over the other though. If they did do the legal route, I think it would stop at the phase where the two parents sit down and chart out a parenting plan. Tripp has a wonderful foundation already. Levi's input will only be a positive influence I imagine. Bristol needed to be reassured that Sunny personally knows that she has no say in Tripp's legal situation of life. The two girls had a civil facebook chat RIGHT BEFORE Levi saw Tripp, where Sunny gave Bristol Levi's number. This is why these things aren't meant for public discussion. Outsiders know nothing,as they're not mindreaders or a member of either party. It took Levi THREE years to START the maturation process from kid to adult. For the first full year of Tripp's life, Bristol was living privately (notice after her 2 intro interviews in Feb and May 09, she fell off grid), working steadily and trying to ignore her ex's stupidity and his path to making him an asshole. It's all there. Ever wonder why Levi says to just ignore his past and think about him now? That is why. I just hope he's being a decent role model for his sister, who could use one, as she's a sadder state of loserville (basic observation by looking at her OWN words and seeing people leave her out of frustration). To Sadie, I know you're a kid, but it is not "normal" to solely live for a nephew and niece. You need a life of your own. I don't care that you still live at home. You're 20. That isn't weird. But I sincerely hope you've stopped lying and are actively creating a life for yourself, as your brother has FINALLY done. I hope youre currently living a life opposite of what I imagine you to be. I have faith you've started to mature in the last few months. And btw, until you outsiders develop a way to read minds and know a person's feelings, please, be adults and dont write ignorant things or judge those you don't know. The world needs no more hypocrisy and double standards. I merely observe and reference people's direct comments. I don't put words in people's mouths and I don't assume stupid things out of hateful bias.
Anonymous September 13, 2012 7:48 AM Stopping pitting people you don't know against each other. That is the very reason things have escalated to where they are today. The media sought Levi's inane, superficial opinions and he stupidly answered their questions, further driving a wedge between he an Bristol and making her distrust him even more than when they were just a high school couple. The blog wars need to stop. They're more pathetic than "mom wars" I see on facebook. People are not to be judged, and parenting is not to be judged. Sunny will soon learn what it's really like to be a mother and not just a babysitter. Bristol went through that. Levi soon will too once he's around a child around the clock for the first time. Let these people live their lives and start rewriting them to erase their past negative actions. These are not your puppets to snark about and denigrate based on superficiality and ignorance. It's TELLING that 2 kids like Sunny and Bristol have a civil conversation and come to an understanding that is followed by quality time between father and son and you, adults who should know better, cannot behave with the same maturity. At the end of the day, the only two people who matter most to Tripp are his parents. Any extended family is icing on his cake. There isn't a more blessed child than Tripp, given the negative circumstances of his conception and the actions of his father that spurned the actions of his mother. But none of that matters. What matters are the irreplaceable smiles on his face daily, the bond between he and his precious uncle Trig, the love between he and "his girl" Kyla, and the first meeting of his sister Breeze. You all don't matter. So I suggest you stop hating.
First pics of Breeze Johnston
Anonymous September 13, 2012 9:33 PM
Saturday, September 15, 2012
PEACE, LOVE, COMPASSION
Personally I would rather have Palin Derangement Syndrome than be stalking a teenager and young adult's Facebook page. Howabout you?
Friday, September 14, 2012
Should the American people be entitled to as full an account of Paul Ryan’s taxes as the Romney campaign?
New information about the vice-presidential selection process may revive interest in the issue as a flashpoint in the presidential campaign. As part of its vetting, the Romney campaign required at least some of the candidates on the short list—including the eventual winner of the GOP veepstakes, Ryan—to submit fully 10 years of tax returns, according to a knowledgeable source. The requirement was consistent with the past practices of both Republican and Democratic campaigns. Indeed, in 2008, Mitt Romney turned over 23 years of taxes to John Mccain’s campaign when he was under consideration to be the Arizona senator’s running mate. But this year, the vetting of tax returns has had particular political resonance because of Romney’s refusal to release more than two years of his own tax filings.
The Obama campaign has waged a withering assault on Romney for his failure to be more transparent about his personal finances, part of a larger narrative seeking to portray the Republican nominee as a privileged plutocrat who has been able to mine the tax code for loopholes and other tricks unavailable to average middle—class Americans. For months, Chicago and its allies have hammered Romney on taxes, suggesting he must be hiding something. In response to questions about the 10-year requirement, Romney campaign press secretary Andrea Saul declined comment. “We do not discuss the VP selection process,” she wrote in an email. But the revelation that Romney aides demanded that its veep candidates be more forthcoming with their own campaign than with the American public drew predictable scorn from Team Obama. “Mitt Romney needs to answer one question: if he needed ten years of returns to decide on a vice presidential candidate, don’t the American people need the same to make their choice for president?” asked Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign. With its populist bent and emphasis on economic inequality, the Obama campaign believes its relentless focus on the tax issue has paid high political dividends. The polls seem to back that up.
A USA Today/Gallup poll earlier this summer indicated that 56 percent of Americans believe Romney should be more forthcoming with his tax information. Leading the double-barreled attack on Romney’s supposed secrecy and privilege, often via Twitter, has been David Axelrod, Obama’s senior campaign adviser. As media attention began to focus on Romney’s search for a vice presidential candidate, Axelrod found a new way to press the tax issue: “Wonder how many years of back income tax returns Team Romney is asking for their VP candidates,” Axelrod asked in a Tweet in July. “Will their Veep release more than Mitt?” Axelrod got his answer the day after Romney selected Ryan to be his vice presidential candidate. In an interview on 60 Minutes, Ryan told CBS’s Bob Schieffer that like Romney, he would release no more than two years of tax returns. When asked during the interview how many years of taxes he’d submitted to campaign vetters, he would only say “several.” That was the same answer given to reporters by Beth Myers, a top Romney adviser who led the candidate’s vice-presidential search. In media interviews after the Ryan announcement, the veep runners-up were vague about the number of tax releases they submitted. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty used the same “several” formulation as Myers, as well as characterizing the number as “a bunch.” In the past, Romney advisers, including Ryan, have dismissed the tax issue as a political sideshow that is not high on the minds of voters. Romney has defended his decision not to release more information on his taxes, noting that he has done everything that is “required by law.”
Moreover, Romney officials have argued that his position is in line with other presidential candidates including Sen. John McCain who released two years in 2008. That same year, then-candidate Barack Obama released seven years of tax returns. When Romney’s father, George Romney, ran for president in 1968, he released 12 years of returns. When Romney has given the public a peek at his finances, he has invited charges that he, the wealthiest American to ever run for president, has paid far lower rates than most average taxpayers. Romney shelled out an effective rate of 13.8 percent in taxes on an income of $21.7 million in 2010. The candidate has not yet released his returns for 2011, but he has stated that he expected to pay a rate of 15.4 percent on income of $20.9 million. Romney earned most of his fortune at Bain Capital and as an executive of an investment firm was able to take advantage of lower tax rates through a loophole known as “carried interest.” According to one Romney campaign adviser, there had been considerable debate earlier this summer about releasing more of the candidate’s taxes. In the end, those in favor of more transparency were overruled. The concern was not that Romney had skirted tax laws in any way; rather, it was that his taxes were so voluminous and complicated and involved so many investments and shelters —including offshore accounts in places like the Bahamas and the Caymen Islands—that the campaign would be handing the Obama camp free ammo.
One reason Romney has publicly cited for not making his taxes public is his reluctance to reveal how much he and his wife, Ann, have tithed to the Mormon Church. In an interview with Parade magazine, Romney said that his religious contributions are “a very personal thing between ourselves and our commitment to our God and to our church.” In August, Obama campaign chief Jim Messina, suggested a compromise of sorts in the ongoing campaign war over Romney’s taxes. If Romney agreed to release a total of five years of returns, Chicago would declare a cease-fire and stop calling for more years of taxes. The Romney campaign rejected the offer.
Mitt the shit and Sarah Palin take the opportunity to use the tragedy in North Africa for political gain
Romney's shit eating grin after that presser:
CNN.com On the flip side were conservative populist luminaries like Sarah Palin, who took to Facebook, her only dependable perch these days, to write this: "We already know that President Obama likes to 'speak softly' to our enemies. If he doesn't have a 'big stick' to carry, maybe it's time for him to grow one." Once again, Palin proved that she doesn't have the temperament or the intellect to be within a thousand feet of the Oval Office.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I pray Breeze has a wonderful life and will not be bullied by the Palins like her dad is.
I also pray she and Tripp get to know each other like a brother and sister should. And if Trig is her brother she should get to know him too.
Speaking of Tripp, it sound like he has been spending more time with his dad. Apparently Bristol backed down when her lawyer told her Levi had grounds. She also said neither one of them could afford lawyers but I bet she could. It's probably a plea for the pathetic Pee Pond residents to send her mommy money.
One thing for certain, we know when Breeze was born and where. Too bad she wasn't born on Sept 11 Patriot Day. That would really chap Sarah's ass.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
First she says that Mitt Romney should get personal with President Obama. Uh Sarah were you too stoned on meth when Mitt the Shit did this?
She also says if President Obama doesn't have a big stick, then grow one. She must have been asleep when he did this:
Sarah why are so so obsessed with the POTUS's genitals anyway?
And as far as the free stuff is concerned, Sarah everything you have gotten in life has been free. Free clothes from the RNC, free trips courtesy of your PAC donors which you use as a piggy bank, free stuff in Hollywood.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Six months later:
Barack Obama promises to find Osama bin Laden:
And he did just that:
So stick that in your pipe and suck it Palin, O'Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh, and Coulter!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Republicans are senile octogenrians:
Democrat Ex-Governors are articulate and don't quit halfway through their first term:
Republican Ex-Governors whine and quit halfway through their first term:
Democrat VP Nominees have no problem with fact-checking
Republican VP Nominees lie through their teeth:
Democrat First Ladies are awesome!
Republican First Lady wanabees are bitches:
Democrat Presidential Nominees release their tax returns and look out for the 99%!
Republican Nominees for President hide their money and only look out for the 1%:
Former Democrat Presidents are also damn awesome!
Former Republican Presidents are nowhere to be found
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Troll comments Aug 16-Sept 1
Anonymous September 2, 2012 3:23 AM
Liberal hate blogs: lowering intelligence should be their mission statement.
I've never seen so much ignorance outside these blogs.
What's the point? Can you really not see how immature you are?
What's sad is, you will write this off as a troll/hate comment, when the majority of Americans and humans in general would not approve of your behavior. Though I only say that because I run in circles with people who accept all humans as flawed, who don't judge those they don't know or based on biased sources, and don't stoop to libelous, personal attacks to win some political arguments.
Anonymous September 2, 2012 7:53 AM
Yet you're the one who basically lives for hate and spreading propaganda and lies?
Who's batshit and who has some disability? Though I cannot discern this since I do not know you (sign of maturity). I can only assume thing from your daily ignorant statements and immature, indecent droppings, all of which makes you and your internet friends appear crazy. At least I am sincere and cordial. You're downright nasty for no reason.
IT's called maturity. Anyone can disagree with anything. Disagreeing doesn't give anyone the right to be nasty or libelous. Dear Olivia, I am praying for you child. You deserve better than what you allow allow yourself to be.
Anonymous September 2, 2012 7:44 AM
Wow. You're such a sad person IF you truly read ALL that into a simple concept. I'd feel sorry for you if I gave blackhearted people any brain space. Not worth it. You will forever find something in the world to be sour about despite how wonderful life is and how much fun you could be having if you'd just let go of irrationality.
Anonymous September 2, 2012 8:02 AM
Wake up, You can't even be civil to civility. I sincerely hope you don't have children. If you do, and you're teaching them it's alright to judge people before they meet the, or if you're teaching them to judge people at all, they're going to find themselves hurting in the future. That is just cold hard truth.
It's ironic that your alias is "Wake up america." By this, I'm going to speculate that you have grown tired of democratic games, as well as republican ones. I am going to speculate you voice very strong anti-Obama sentiment due to his deceptions and lameness as a President.
I don't assume anything about you. I am merely stating things that come to mind when I think of someone who might write "wake up america" and the rational reasons they might write that.
Bless you. Everyone comes full circle in the fight against self-hate. I know you'll one day be at peace within yourself and no longer hatefully judge others.
And "pol," yes you could assume I was being insincere. It's just that I do not like seeing such unnecessarily hateful people spew nasty, distorted responses to a person's rational comment. Is that not what's wrong with politics? I merely said I don't give these people concentrated brain space, and went on to state my well-wishes for them. But it feels good to know there are people waiting to pounce and rewrite my nice thoughts.
AnonymousSeptember 2, 2012 7:41 AM
Do any of you actually know how to be happy without spreading hate, lies, or bias? Have it ever dawned on you that all it takes is a couple google alert deletes and blog deletes to rid yourself of the people you obsess over? You're literally acting with perfect hypocrisy when you say to Sarah go away YET you continue to stalk her via the internet.
It's just interesting how little Sarah pursues the media and you still ACT like she does so often. Her life is full and positive yet very little makes the media. Sure she has a job where she gives her personal opinion. That's no different from your blog where you give yours.
Haters/trolls need to grow up.
But it's great you pay homage to whom you call trolls. It highlights that there are decent people in the world who don't judge people they don't know.
Rumor has it Bristol and Gino split
i love bristol and gino i hope they are still together. gino is such a father figure to tripp, and bristol is very lucky to have gino in her life. i love bristol i think she really pretty and she deserves gino, and gino is hot and he deserves bristol. i think people need to leave bristol and gino alone , and let them be, they love each other i hope they get married.
ha i have one goal in life and its to meet bristol and gino and tripp, a happy family. love you trio so much! the cutest family ever!!!
does anyone know if bristol show is coming back on?
btw i love how tripp calls gino daddy!
Hey Todd Palin want a glass of water to wash down that foot?
1. Tripp protects people. Last year, Willow took them to a bounce house and a random boy was being rough with Trig . Tripp said to the boy, "don't touch him!" Tripp, while a sweet little boy who prays for his uncle overseas and is loved by all, is a typical boy and if he sees someone's not being treated right, he will step in.
But I Think Todd probably meant that Track and Trig were playing around and Trig had enough. Who knows though. Definitely not anything an outsider can judge. When Bristol and Tripp saw Track off when he left again, Tripp and Track had the sweetest moment EVER! And Tripp LOVES Kyla. I mean, Bristol did watch her semi frequently so he saw her a lot I presume.
Why are you a liar? Listen to Sherry J, a woman you probably blindly love just for her last name, when she condemned haters for attacking her family about the names she gave her children and the names of her grandkids.
So stop. You look evil and it's disrespectful, not to mention ignorant.
You need help. Try volunteering at a charity. It will make your self-hate go away.