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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Proof that Mitt Romney never paid his taxes

From Current TV

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney used a loophole to “rent” the Mormon church’s tax exemption status and defer paying taxes for 15 years, according to a new report.

Tax returns obtained by Bloomberg News through a Freedom of Information Act request indicated that Romney set up a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT) in June 1996 just before Congress cracked down on the loophole in 1997.

“In this instance, Romney used the tax-exempt status of a charity — the Mormon Church, according to a 2007 filing — to defer taxes for more than 15 years,” Bloomberg’s Jesse Drucker explained. “At the same time he is benefitting, the trust will probably leave the church with less than what current law requires.”

Estates lawyer Jonathan Blattmachr told Bloomberg that Romney’s trust benefits from the Mormon church’s exempt status because charities don’t pay capital gains taxes when they make a profit from the sale of assets.

“The main benefit from a charitable remainder trust is the renting from your favorite charity of its exemption from taxation,” Blattmachr said, adding that the charitable contribution “is just a throwaway” and the church would receive little if any financial benefit from the trust.

“I used to structure them so the value dedicated to charity was as close to zero as possible without being zero,” he pointed out.

The CRUT allows individuals to “defer capital gains taxes on any profit from the sale of the assets, and receive a small upfront charitable deduction and a stream of yearly cash payments,” Drucker wrote. “Like an individual retirement account, the trust allows money to grow tax deferred, while like an annuity it also pays Romney a steady income. After the funder’s death, the trust’s remaining assets go to a designated charity.”

In fact, the amount available to go to the Mormon church has decreased from at least $750,000 in 2001 to $421,203 at the end of 2011 as Romney has collected yearly cash payments from the trust.

The Romney campaign declined to answer questions about the trust but insisted that it was “operated in accordance with the law” in an email to Bloomberg.

The trust represents a small fraction of Romney’s more than $250 million fortune and is only one of several methods the formal Bain Capital CEO has employed to avoid paying taxes.

Earlier this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who is also a Mormon, had suggested that the Republican presidential nominee refused to release his tax returns because he had not paid any income taxes over a 10-year period.

In a September speech on the Senate floor, Reid said that leaked tapes insulting the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay income taxes as “dependant” on the government have gave the world a “rare look at the real Mitt Romney.”

“For all we know Mitt Romney could be one of those who have paid no federal income tax. Thousands of families making more than a million dollars per year pay nothing in federal income tax,” the Nevada Democrat observed. “Is Mitt Romney among those? We’ll never know because he refuses to release his tax returns.”

“We know that Mitt Romney pays a lower tax rate than middle-class families, thanks to a number of things he’s done: Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Islands tax shelters. And we can only imagine what new secrets would be revealed if he showed the American people a dozen years of tax returns like his dad did.”

Reid noted that most of “those people” who Romney talked about “are not avoiding their tax bills using Cayman Islands tax shelters or Swiss Bank accounts like Mitt Romney. Millions of the 47 percent are seniors on Social Security, who don’t have Bain Capital retirement funds or inherited stock to fall back on.”

I bet Harry Reid feels vindicated now.  If George Romney was still alive he would be embarrassed.

Mitt Romney shipped Every Single Delphi UAW Job to China

From Truth Out

He's kidding, right? Did I just hear Mitt Romney say, "I would do nothing to hurt the US auto industry."

Really? Really?

Here's the facts, ma'am:

As I reported in this week's The Nation magazine cover story "Mitt Romney's Bail-out Bonanza," the Romneys are in a special partnership with the vulture fund that bought Delphi, the former GM auto parts division.

 The Romney vulture fund investment syndicate shipped every single UAW production job - every job - to China.

Just after The Nation broke the story, Washington newsletter The Hill received the Romneys' admission of profiteering:

"Romney's campaign did not deny that he profited from the auto bailout in an email to The Hill, but it said the report showed the Detroit intervention was 'misguided.'"

The truth? On June 1, 2009, the Obama administration announced that Detroit Piston's owner Tom Gores, GM and the US Treasury would buy back Delphi.The plan called for saving 15 of 29 Delphi factories in the US.

Then the vulture funds pounced.
The Nation discovered that, in the two weeks immediately following the announcement of the Delphi jobs-saving plan, Paul Singer, Romney's partner, secretly bought up over a billion dollars of old Delphi bonds for pennies on the dollar.

Singer and partners now controlled the company - and killed the return of Delphi to GM.

These facts were revealed in a sworn deposition of Delphi's Chief Financial Officer John Sheehan, confidential, but now released on the Web.

Sheehan said, under oath, that these speculators threatened to withhold key parts (steering columns), from GM. This would have brought the auto maker to its knees, immediately forcing GM's permanent closure.

The extortion worked. The government money that was supposed to go to save jobs went to Singer's hedge fund, Elliott Management Corporation and its partners, including the Romneys.

Once Singer's crew took control of Delphi, they rapidly completed the move to China, sticking the US taxpayers with the bill for the pensions of the Delphi workers cut loose.

Dan Loeb, a million-dollar donor to the GOP, who made three-quarters of a billion dollars off the legal scam, proudly announced that, once he and Elliott took control, Delphi kept "virtually no North American unionized labor."

In all, three hedge funds run by Romney's million-dollar donors have pocketed $4.2 billion, a return on their "investment" of over 3,000 percent - all care of the US taxpayer. The Romneys personally earned a minimum of $15.3 million, though more likely $115 million - a range their campaign does not dispute.

Frankly, I'm no fan of the way Obama handled the Delphi bail-out. Allowing these speculators to crank the US taxpayers for $12.9 billion in subsidies - and losing almost all the auto parts jobs in the process.
But when I heard that Son of a ... Detroit, Mr. Romney, tell us, "I would do nothing to hurt the US auto industry," I thought I'd lose my dinner. I suggest Romney repeat this directly to the Naylor family of Kokomo, Indiana.

Bruce Naylor lost his job at Delphi, then his health insurance (terminated by the Romney syndicate) - then his home to foreclosure.

Should Obama have done something about that? You bet. If I were the president, I'd have started with putting the vulture speculators out of business - including Elliott's silent, hidden partner, one Mitt Romney.
And a question to the US media: Hello, anybody home?

This info on Romney's profiteering and the shipping of Delphi jobs to China by his cronies is on the cover of The Nation Magazine and in a New York Times bestseller. Want the full story of Romney's vulture-pack partners? I have several chapters on Paul "The Vulture" Singer and other million-dollar donor magnates backing Romney (and those backing Obama, too) in my new book, "Billionaires & Ballot Bandits," with an introduction by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and illustrations by Ted Rall.

So, where is the New York "Paper of Record?" Or, for that matter, MSNBC?

Bill Press explained it to me when I was on his show this morning: "Sorry, Greg. There's no more investigative reporting in America. No reporters, just repeaters."

That's why I fear Jimmy Carter's statement that, "The American people deserve a president as good as they are." Now I'm afraid that's exactly what we'll get.

Mitt the Shit won't be happy until every job left in America is shipped to China, India, and Mexico.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bristol Palin is a **** for not letting Tripp Johnston attend his daddy's wedding

From Inside Edition

As much as Levi Johnston wanted his four-year-old son, Tripp, with ex Bristol Palin, to be present at his Oct. 28 nuptials to Sunny Ogelsby, the little man could not make it.

Inside Edition reports that Johnston, 22, did not tell his ex he was tying the knot over the weekend, instead simply asked for custody of his son. "I wanted him to be my ring bearer," Johnston said. Palin denied his request.

Though Tripp was not at the Wasilla, Alaska ceremony Sunday, Breeze Beretta, Johnston's one-month-old daughter with his bride, took part in her parents' special day. Officiated by Johnston's friend Crosby Marrow, the couple's nuptials took a lighthearted turn when the groom fumbled his vows and elicited chuckles from guests in attendance.

"To have and to hold, whatever you say," Inside Edition reports Johnston as saying. Clad in a Hugo Boss red label tuxedo accessorized with a camouflage vest and bow tie, Johnston is said to have sweated profusely during the event.

It is the first marriage for both Johnston and his girlfriend of just over one year, 20, who teaches in Wasilla, Alaska. The couple welcomed daughter Breeze Beretta -- named for the Italian firearm manufacturer -- on Sept. 12, 2012, two years after he called off his engagement to Palin.

Bristol have you no shame?

Are you still bitter that Levi no longer wants any of your pussy?  And Gino ditched you as well?  And DWTS ditched you too?  Get over it hon.  And don't take it out on your son.  I totally understand why Levi did not tell you about the wedding.  You and your trashy family would have crashed and ruined it.  If Bristol and Sarah aren't happy, no one is happy. 

It's ironic you trashy your baby daddy and his family yet you let your son hang around these people:

 Now that Levi is married, it should help him in his custody case for Tripp.  He can provide a much better home for Tripp.  He has a job and a loving wife who has already proven to be a better mother than Bristol.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Troll comments

Willow Palin really is going to hair school?

You're all making some pretty lofty judgments considering your ignorance on such matters. 1. All the kids have had jobs since they were on legal age to work. 2. Track attended school normally, with slight interruption senior year in regards to hockey. Bristol was a good student who homeschooled her senior year. Theres also no reason to think Bristol won't become what she ONCE said. She is friends with her boss's family (his daughter is Tripp's "girlfriend.") She definitely is grounded and started creating a stable path since her son's birth. Taking a couple LA opportunities doesn't interrupt that in a major way, not when Tripp is always surrounded byt he same people and all those people love him (ie dwts friends, AZ friends...) Willow chose to homeschool with a friend in the middle of her Jr year. Piper is attending school normally and is engaged in normal activities like sports and instruments. Keep in mind event the oldest Palin is still young. They could change their mind like we all do. Why not lose the judgment and the stalker tendencies and let people live their lives. I don't understand why you think you know people just from reading a few rag article. True, this family's People interviews typically come/are true so you know a bit about them, but it's like you aren't treating them like normal people who change their mind.

Keep in mind that homeschooling in Alaska is common just because of school ridiculousness. More and more people wish to graduate early to start working. Remember, Willow ditched her first ever boyfriend this year because he was holding her back, though she's still friends with his family, who love her. Also, it isi mportant to remember that when you're famous in a high school, kids are even more catty and will try to bring you down with the most elaborate, nasty rumors and lies spread. That is not just a Palin thing. I saw it firsthand in my high school. Kids are jealous and perceive these people differently. And when you have media people walking around handing out large sums of money for a quote on certain people, it creates an even worse place to be and even more lies and exaggerated stories.

Comparing people is stupid and if YOU compare yourself to others and measure your happiness based on that, you will be unhappy in the end. I have an AA in business and have a portfolio worth about 5 million. If I would have followed in my classmates footsteps and become a PhD snob like everyone's parents because it's the "thing" to do where i grew up, I would probably have been unhappy. But who knows. I don't begrudge anyone for doing what makes them happy. I disapprove of people who are so judgmental (and hypocritical) that they perpetuate elitism and copycat careers.

You know nothing about anyone other than yourself and your family, and most of the time, you probably don't know the deep thoughts of even your own family.

Remember that before you judge. Remember that the next time you wish to put someone in a tiny box.
The above is true. Accept or not, but it is accurate. I don't play games, nor do I create my personal fictional mythologies like certain anti-palin critics. I learn things from the horse's mouth.

Also keep in mind that when Bristol gave that intouch interview in late 2011(?), Willow had already applied to Penrose and has just taken her senior pictures. Then, in March this year, she and her parents went on that Nascar excursion in what now appears to have been a grad present. One month after that, she started at Penrose.

^I am not claiming to be an omnipresent being who knows all details of people'slives. I can just put 2 and 2 together and read the subject's own words, not to mention observe the many public pictures at public events. It's easy to see truth in my comments when you think objectively and put things together. You just have to lose the blind hate.

And a stranger making ignorant comments about people she's never met is LESS creepy?
It's JUST AS CREEPY if not more.

Get a life SPHASH and anonymous. 

 Kaleigh Shepherd October 22, 2012 11:16 AM

Keep in mind these are Alaskans and they are no different from anyone else who either forgoes (for the time being) higher education in the traditional (whatever that means) sense to pursue something that will enable them to live in Alaska. You can have all the advanced degrees in the world, but living in Alaska, most of them wouldn't help you to live the most prosperous life possible. Why do you think there are so many dental hygiene students, cosmetology students, and slope/pipeline workers? Unless you work for the state in some capacity, which many teens and 20somethings do, you need PRACTICAL skills and common sense. You all talk like you're these highly accomplished, not-a-care-in-the-world, perfect specimens of man - when you literally seem to be forever at your cmputer passing judgment on people you have no idea how to understand, let alone know.

It's highly amusing how outsiders have no idea how to survive in Alaska, but it's good more and more people are learning and loving our state. Anchorage (sort of), Wasilla, Homer, Eagle River... are all wonderful places when all is said and done.

Strangers to this state need to not judge its people and land. I don't judge the lower 48's infamous cities and their stereotypes. Alaska, Wasilla and even native villages aren't different from your hometown. They all consist of people who work to survive. 

Once again President Obama kicked Mitt the Shit's ass

Good person who doesnt approve of juvenile hypocritesOctober 23, 2012 1:21 AM
Anytime a mentally balanced person hears a legal adult using these kindsof juvenile nicknames, the speaker's credibility and seriousness goes out the window. Time to grow up and act like an adult SPHASH. Then how about taking an objective standpoint on politics like practical people do. There's way too much coddling and pedestal bowing. Politicians aren't saviors, they people humans with nothing greater inside them than anyone else. The double standards must stop.

Hey look, you're totally wrong! Imagine that!

Soooo, what's your comment about the other media commentators who've also used the phrase? It's just funny that democrats can throw racism as an excuse in our faces when it's not relevant (just because they need an excuse to continue living in denial about how pathetic their PResident is)

It's a shame you're so hypocritical.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Congrats to Levi Johnston and Sunny Oglesby!

From US Weekly

 Levi Johnston and his love Sunny Oglesby are bringing a whole new meaning to the term "shotgun wedding."
In early September, the couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Breeze Beretta -- after the Italian firearms manufacturer.

Now the Wasilla, Alaska native and his 20-year-old teacher fiancee are headed down the aisle. Johnston and Oglesby are set to wed over the weekend, a source in Wasilla confirms exclusively to Us Weekly.
"They've been together for about a year and a quarter," the insider tells Us.

Though his baby girl is likely to be front and center, there's no word yet on whether Johnston's 4-year-old son Tripp (with ex-fiancee Bristol Palin) will take part in the ceremony.

The rest of the Palin clan will definitely not be showing up to support the former Playgirl model as he moves forward with his new love.

 In the past, Johnston, now 22, has accused the Palins of keeping his son from him, ever since his bitter 2010 split from Bristol. Earlier this year he spoke to The Insider, admitting it's tough feel connected to his first-born when his time with the tot is so restricted.

When asked if Johnston blames Bristol's mother Sarah for keeping him from his son, Johnston says he's convinced the former Alaskan governor "plays a big role" in daughter Bristol's decision-making.

That's a family," Johnston told host Brook Anderson. "I know I listen to my family, so I'm sure [Sarah] does have some part in [keeping Tripp away]."

This spring, Sarah and her "first dude" Todd denied that they've ever tried to keep their grandson from his dad in an impassioned statement to TMZ.
"We have never hidden Tripp from Levi or discouraged Levi from spending time with him," the pair wrote. "Any suggestion that we have is false and contrary to our core beliefs."

Congratultions Levi and Sunny!

Word of advice, wait several years before giving Tripp and Breeze a new sibling.  As you are aware, kids are expensive.

I hope Bristol can get over her bitterness and let Tripp be a ring bearer at the wedding, but I doubt she will, not that Gino has left the coop.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sarah Palin slams the president once again, refers him to the sex act Glen Rice performed on her, then uses Piper as a human shield

When she realized that "shuck and jive" wasn't the smartest thing to say, she throws Piper and Native Alaskans under the bus:

 For the record, there was nothing remotely racist in my use of the phrase "shuck and jive" – a phrase which many people have used, including Chris Matthews, Andrew Cuomo, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to name a few off the top of my head. In fact, Andrew Cuomo also used the phrase in reference to Barack Obama, and the fact that Mr. Cuomo and I used the phrase in relation to President
Obama signifies nothing out of the ordinary. I would have used the exact same expression if I had been writing about President Carter, whose foreign policy rivaled Obama’s in its ineptitude, or about the Nixon administration, which was also famously rocked by a cover-up.

I’ve been known to use the phrase most often when chastising my daughter Piper to stop procrastinating and do her homework. As she is part Yup’ik Eskimo, I’m not sure if this term would be deemed offensive when it’s directed at her or if it would be considered benign as in the case of Chris Matthews’ use of it in reference to Rachel Maddow. Just to be careful, from now on I’ll avoid using it with Piper, and I would appreciate it if the media refrained from using words and phrases like igloo, Eskimo Pie, and “when hell freezes over,” as they might be considered offensive by my extended Alaska Native family.

The outrageously outraged reaction to this expression from perennial hypocrites like Chris Matthews has only made me laugh. Mr. Matthews, let me share with you my favorite Irish toast: “May we always be happy, and may our enemies always know it.”

- Sarah Palin

She is going to get worse until FOX News pulls the plug on her.  I have a feeling when it is time for her last appearance on FOX, she is going to drop the n-bomb.  Seriously.

Sarah why haven't you shown disgust over Ann Coulter's use of the r-word when describing the President?  Oh that's right.  IOIYAR.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

How is this for a sterling endorsement? Colin Powell endorses President Obama for a 2nd term!

From CBS News

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell broke with the Republican party during the 2008 election, to endorse then-candidate Barack Obama for president, calling Obama a "transformational figure."
With 12 days to go before the presidential election, Powell publicly endorsed President Obama for re-election on "CBS This Morning" Thursday

"I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012 and I'll be voting for he and for Vice President Joe Biden next month."

Powell explained his choice to Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell:
When he took over, the country was in very very difficult straits. We were in the one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. The fiscal system was collapsing. Wall Street was in chaos, we had 800,000 jobs lost in that first month of the Obama administration and unemployment peaked a few months later at 10 percent. So we were in real trouble. The auto industry was collapsing, the housing was start[ing] to collapse and we were in very difficult straits. And I saw over the next several years, stabilization come back in the financial community, housing is now starting to pick up after four years, it's starting to pick up. Consumer confidence is rising."

Summarizing the past four years under Obama, Powell said "Generally we've come out of the dive and we're starting to gain altitude." He acknowledged that problems remain, saying "The unemployment rate is too high, people are still hurting in housing but I see that we're starting to rise up."

Turning to foreign policy, Powell said he saw "the president get us of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars. And finally I think that the actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very very solid. And so, I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on."

Powell expressed his concern about Republican candidate Mitt Romney's changing positions on international affairs. "The governor who was saying things at the debate on Monday night ... was saying things that were quite different from what he said earlier. I'm not quite sure which Gov. Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy."

"One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal, same thing in Iraq. On almost every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Governor Romney agreed with the President with some nuances. But this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign. And my concern ... is that sometimes I don't sense that he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have."

Powell also said that he has given close consideration to Romney's domestic policies. "As I listen to what his proposals are especially with respect to dealing with respect to our most significant issue, the economy, it's essentially let's cut taxes and compensate for that with other things but that compensation does not cover all of the cuts intended or the new expenses associated with defense."

Powell said that he did not give either candidate early notice of his endorsement, but that he has "the utmost respect for" and spoke to Gov. Romney several weeks ago, and speaks to President Obama regularly.
He added that with this endorsement, he "signed on for a long patrol with President Obama" and that he feels more comfortable with Obama's stances on climate change, immigration, and education.
Powell also criticized congressional leaders for not living up to their responsibilities, mainly around resolving the approaching fiscal cliff.

"The major problem faced either by Gov. Romney or President Obama, whoever wins the election, is going to be what to do about the fiscal cliff we're about to fly over," Powell said.

"This is something that was put in place by Congress and while we're talking about the two candidates for president let's not forget that Congress bears a lot of responsibility for many of the problems that we have now. They're the ones that write the appropriations bills. They're the ones that pass the legislation for more spending and for the various entitlement programs that people have trouble with."

Gen. Powell last joined "CBS This Morning" in June, and at the time remained noncommittal about his support for either candidate in the race for the White House. "Whatever judgement I have right now would be incomplete. I haven't seen everything that Mitt Romney is going to do. I haven't seen how our economy is going to play out," he said in June.

And, despite his endorsement of a Democratic candidate in two presidential elections, Powell says he remains a Republican. "I think I'm a Republican of a more moderate mold," he said before adding, "That's something of a dying breed I'm sorry to say."

Remember Colin is an alum of the Bush regime.  And he has a boat load of  military and foreign policy experience.   If he approves of President Obama's policies, then what is the problem?

Mitt Romney implicated in perjury and stock fraud, made millions in process

From the Examiner

Mitt Romney's involvement in a bitter divorce case between Staples' founder -- Tom Stemberg -- and his ex-wife -- Maureen Sullivan Stemberg -- is the October surprise that the Boston Globe and attorney Gloria Allred are playing a role in. According to an update by TMZ Wednesday, a judge in Boston deciding on whether to unseal records and lift a gag order from the 1991 case will not be made until Thursday.

When the Staples founder was divorcing his first wife, she allegedly got far less money than what the growing business was worth -- all on account of Romney's deposition. Allred is representing Maureen in the hopes that everything from the ugly court battle can be exposed.

A source told TMZ that at the time Romney testified that Staples was "overvalued" and "I didn't place a great deal of credibility in the forecast of the company's future." This was supposedly a lie to help out his friend in the divorce.

 Romney was the owner and CEO of Bain Capital at the time of the proceedings, reports. It was a private equity firm that invested $650,000 into Staples as a way of pushing the office supply company to open its first store in Brighton back in 1986. In all, Bain Capital invested an estimated $2.5 million in the business and turned a $13 million profit when Staples went public in 1989.
MZ reports that just weeks after Stemberg divorced Maureen, he and Romney cashed in their stock at Goldman Sachs for a huge fortune. Maureen wound up with very little partly due to Romney's testimony.
Robert G. Jones -- an attorney representing Romney -- said the Republican presidential candidate "has no position on whether his testimony should be unsealed."

A rep for Tom Stemberg said this:
"Over the past several years, the judge in this case has made it very clear that the gag order imposed should not be violated. We have never violated this order and will continue to adhere to the court’s ruling on this case."

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mitt the shit uses people of color

From Politcususa

According to NAACP official Hilary Shelton, Mitt Romney tried to rig the crowd at the convention by flying in his own non-member African Americans to cheer for him.
After getting booed at the NAACP convention today, Mitt Romney headed straight for the sweet embrace of Neil Cavuto and Fox News to try and spin away the pain.
Romney said, “I spoke with a number of African-American leaders after the event and they said, you know a lot of folks don’t want to say they’re not going to be voting for Barack Obama, but they’re disappointed in his lack of policies to improve our schools. Disappointed in urban policies, disappointed in the economy. 14.4% rate of unemployment among African-Americans today. The president has not been able to get the job done. People want to see someone who can get the economy going, so I expect to get African-American votes.”
Romney also claimed that he got a standing ovation at the end of his speech.
Many of Romney’s claims were debunked by Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy and the Director of the Washington Bureau of the NAACP, Hilary Shelton who said that the only African Americans Romney met with after his speech were those that he brought with him. Mr. Shelton explained that Mitt Romney flew in his own African-American supporters who were not affiliated with the NAACP, in order to have some people in the crowd cheering for him.
Romney did not meet with any of the convention rank and file after his speech, and only met with the African-Americans that he planted in the crowd.
This isn’t the first time that Mitt Romney has had to bring his own supporters with him. On numerous occasions during the Republican primary the Romney campaign bused in Mormon college students to fill out the candidate’s crowds.
It is hard to believe that same crowd who booed Romney for 15 seconds would give him a standing ovation at the end of his speech. Mitt Romney is thoroughly incapable of telling the truth, but it is amazing how brazen the Romney people are. They actually tried to trick America into thinking that African-Americans will support Romney by stashing plants in the audience.
Mitt Romney’s NAACP appearance has gone from a disaster to an insult to African-Americans and voters everywhere. Things just keep getting worse for Romney.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Once again President Obama kicked Mitt the Shit's ass

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From America Blog

@glennbeck: I am glad to know that mitt agrees with Obama so much. No, really. Why vote?
Yikes, even more proof – Coulter is pissed at Romney (she’s talking about Obama):
@AnnCoulter: I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.
Ari Fleischer said, after the debate, that the debate won’t matter – that means he thinks Romney lost.
RT @GregMitch: Fox admits it dial turners reached highest joy point at “horses and bayonets.”
Chris Matthews to Obama campaign deputy, Cutter: “I think you guys won tonight.”
@keithboykin: CBS poll: 53% say Obama won debate. Only 23% say Romney.
RT @ppppolls We have a post-debate poll running in the swing states & Obama was the clear winner
Chuck Todd says Romney acted “a little meek.”
The Washington Post ‏@washingtonpost Our lead story: “Obama keeps Romney on his heels” #debates
.@PoliticalWire: “The third & final presidential debate was @BarackObama’s best moment in the campaign so far.”
Jonathan Alter ‏@jonathanalter Romney was betting that he could change his positions and no one would catch up to it. But everyone’s watched now and he got busted.
Brian Fung @b_fung Obama did what he came to do tonight: defend his record and reveal Romney’s shiftiness. Romney came… and that was about it.
Jonathan Alter ‏@jonathanalter Romney essentially conceded that Obama doing decently on foreign policy, which with strong Obama performancd means Obama won debates 2-1.
Zach Green ‏@140elect 3.6 times more tweets after the debate say “Obama won” than say “Romney won”
Jim Heath ‏@JimHeath10TV Over 1,000 votes cast in our @10TV instant Debate Poll: Obama 58%, Romney 42%.
“@keithboykin: CNN says more Republicans watched the debate than Democrats, and yet Obama still won.”
Seven out of eight members of CNN’s focus group say Obama won the debate, the eight thinks it was a tie. No one thinks Romney won.

“@CNBC: Survey Results: Who do you think won the debate? Obama: 67%, Romney: 30%, Neither: 3% (Track:”
“@ppppolls: We went into the field in NV as soon as the debate ended for a poll that will be released Wednesday and voters there say Obama won big too”
RT @ReutersPolitics Obama made the stronger arguments during the debate: 63% Obama, 33% Romney
@BuzzFeedAndrew: CNN post-debate poll says Obama won the debate 48%-40%.
@GregMitch: CNN poll: Obama won debate 48%-40%–& again they admit the sample skewed GOP. Was 8% skewed in previous polls.
RT @ppppolls: Swing state voters say Obama won the debate 53-42, and are planning to vote for him 51-45
Cillizza from the Washington Post calls it for Obama:


* President Obama: Obama controlled the third presidential debate in a way not all that dissimilar from the way Romney controlled the first one. Obama clearly came loaded for bear, attacking Romney from the jump for a lack of clarity when it came to his vision (or lack thereof) on foreign policy. If you are looking for moments — and remember that the media coverage over the next few days will focus on just that — Obama had two with his line about “the 1980s calling” in regards to Romney’s foreign policy and his reference to “horses and bayonets” to call into question his rival’s understanding of the modern military. It’s possible that Obama came off too hot/not presidential in some of his attacks but Democrats will take a little too much heat following Obama’s cold-as-ice performance in the first debate. Obama came across as the more confident and commanding presence — by a lot.
* Mitt Romney: Romney clearly decided to play it safe in this debate — whether because he thought he was ahead and will win if he doesn’t screw up or because he knows that foreign policy isn’t his strong suit. But, as NFL teams (re)learn every year, playing the prevent defense almost never works. Romney was constantly trying to parry Obama attacks; he knocked some down but plenty go through too. Romney also struggled to differentiate how his foreign policy would offer a break with what Obama has pursued over the past four years. And, he seemed uninterested in attacking Obama on Libya, a baffling strategic decision. Romney was, not surprisingly, at his best when talking about how the economic uncertainty in this country led to uncertainty for the country more broadly but he just didn’t do enough of it to win.
And here’s your LOL:
RT @chrisgeidner: “I think it’s unequivocal, Romney won.” – Charles Krauthammer

Monday, October 22, 2012

Willow Palin really is going to hair school?

Willow Palin competed in a Vidal Sassoon inspired Bob Competition at Penrose Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona.

I'm surprised Willow actually enrolled in "hair school", cuz Bristol never did after she said she was going to become an aesthetician which requires school.

I'm going to be blunt here, but Willow is the first child of a major political candidate to do something like this.  Joe Biden's sons Hunter and Beau are attorneys and daughter Ashley is a social worker.  Liz Cheney went to law school and later worked for the state department.  Mary Cheney has a business degree and worked for the Colorado Rockies.  Chelsea Clinton was a Rhodes Scholar, is pursuing a doctorate and worked for a consulting firm.  One of Al Gore's daughters is an attorney and another is a novelist.  Alexandra Kerry is a film maker and Vanessa Kerry is a doctor

Jenna Bush is a teacher and Barbara has worked with several non profit groups.

All of these kids have bachelors degrees and some have masters, while one has a Dr's and another one is pursuing a doctorate.  None of the Palin kids have gone on to a four year college.  Maybe Piper and Trig will break that tradition.

There is nothing wrong with going to hair school.  You would think Sarah would encourage her kids to do more, but she is just as lazy.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

RIP George McGovern

You were a good man Senator. I know a lot of Republicans who would have voted for you if they had know what Nixon was really up to, even if Thomas Eagleton had stayed on as your running mate.

RIP sir.

Troll comments Oct 14-Oct 20

Bristol is turning 22 today and she is drowning her sorrows in wine coolers

You're entitled to your opinion, but sadly, only you about it. You aren't the center of the universe.

Here's something to think about. I personally think Kelly Monaco is one of the most boring individuals on television, but I don't sit around trashing her in every way and complaining about her continued presence. It's called maturity. It's also called a TV SHOW.

She's 22, been in the limelight for 4 years, active public figure for 3 and you still know nothing about her all because you're obsessive with your personal mythology.

Keep in mind that one of those interviewers Tuesday night said several contestants booted didn't stay for postshow interviews. But then again, no hate blog like this has ever cared about truth and facts.

Last I heard she was stoked to finally be heading home to cuddle her newest cousin (her cousin's 3 day old daughter) 

It boggles the mind why anonymous onlookers feel they can ever speak about things relating to another person's life that they couldn't know about. Anonymity is a truth killer. That has been proven decade after decade. The FEW times it's helped don't erase or weigh more than the millions of times it's hurt.

Though, at the crux of it all, I will never understand people who obsess over others' lives, especially in a hateful manner.

Life is short. You obviously haven't learned that the hard way, but it is. Go live it. Stop hating. Stop judging. Stop stalking those youll never meet and those who don't know you exist.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Federal Income taxes on Middle class remains at historic lows

From Center on Budget and Priority Policies

Federal taxes on middle-income Americans are near historic lows, according to the latest available data. That’s true both for federal income taxes and total federal taxes.

  • Income taxes:  A family of four in the exact middle of the income spectrum will pay only 5.6 percent of its 2011 income in federal income taxes, according to a new analysis by the Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center. [3]  Average income tax rates for these typical families have been lower during the Bush and Obama Administrations than at any time since the 1950s, as Figure 1 shows.  (As discussed below, 2009 and 2010 were particularly low because of the temporary Making Work Pay Tax Credit.)
  • Overall federal taxes:  Overall federal taxes — which include income as well as payroll and excise taxes — on middle-income households are near their lowest levels in decades, according to the latest data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). 
So teabaggers and Republicans what's the problem?

Friday, October 19, 2012

I think Mitt Romney's sons hate him

Seriously I do.

They told on him about putting Seamus on the roof of the car, Mitt trying to trip his daughter in law in a race, how Mitt has to be the first one in line at family buffet dinners, and they did not want Mitt to run because of his tax returns.

Now Tagg says his dad is terrified to debate President Obama.

When asked if his father gets nervous before the debates, he responded: "Absolutely, are you kidding? He's terrified before he gets out there!"

Tagg also wanted to punch President Obama when he called Mitt a liar.  So much for being a peaceful Mormon.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bristol is turning 22 today and she is drowning her sorrows in wine coolers

Tuesday night she and Mark Ballas were eliminated from DTWS so I'm sure a certain fridge in Wasilla ended up dented, and Bristol retreated to a tent full of wine coolers.

For someone who is 22 she has the mental and emotional capacity of a 14 year old.

She says her mom is way hotter than Julianne Moore .

Then she plays the sympathy card and claims she is getting death threats.

And after she was eliminated she blows off the media.  Sore loser!

Now that she is no longer relevant I have a list of possible careers for her:

Porn Star
Model on The Price is Right
Vanna White's job on Wheel of Fortune
Contestant on The Bachelorette or Bachelor (stock up on rubbers Bachelors)


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The job outlook is bad because Republicans are making it that way

From Colorlines (July 9, 2012)

Last week the United States celebrated the 236th anniversary of its independence and self-rule with joyous gusto. Days later, after the smoke from the fireworks and grills had cleared, the government released its latest jobs report. Unfortunately, it left little to cheer.

In June, just 80,000 jobs were created. That’s only 11,000 more than in May and still below what’s needed to keep up with population growth. As a result, the overall unemployment rate remained stuck at 8.2 percent.

Black unemployment climbed to 14.4 percent. Latino unemployment remained in the double digits. Youth unemployment is still the highest in decades. One out of six Americans is underemployed. Five million Americans have given up looking for jobs and just disappeared from the workforce all together. If they were back in the jobs market, the unemployment rate would stand at over 11 percent.

In sum, the economy is wounded and struggling against increasing odds to repair itself. Though it’s not forecast to happen, the risk of sliding back into recession is greater than at any point in over a year.

What’s troubling is that the anemic jobs number and fragility of the overall economy are the result of an utterly broken political process in Washington—specifically, amongst Republicans who dominate the legislative branch.

To the detriment of us all, the GOP has opted out of taking any responsibility for fixing the entirely solvable problems of employment and economic growth.

At every turn, congressional Republicans have stonewalled President Obama on jobs. But if his proposals were fully implemented, our economy would have added 257,000 jobs more in June. That’s three times greater than what we actually added and close to the 300,000-jobs-a-month mark we must hit to put a real dent in joblessness.

Moreover, if Congress had passed Obama’s job program and extended his 2009 initiative to prevent up to a 100 percent of the public sector job losses at the state and local level, unemployment would fall below 7 percent. That’s pre-recession territory. And overall economic growth would be at 4.5 percent. Notably, fixing the public-sector employment crisis would solve much of black joblessness.

The bottom line is that we remain in recession because Republicans have chosen to gum up the political process during a time of national crisis. Washington guru Thomas Mann calls what they’ve done “hostage taking.”

In 2010, Sen. Mitch McConnell told the conservative Heritage Foundation, “The single most impost important thing [Republicans] want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

According to Gallup, the most important thing to Americans every year since 2008 is for Washington to fix the economy.

These two things are at cross purpose: what’s in the best short-term political interest of the Republican Party is not what’s in the best interest of most Americans.

Economic growth is no mystery. Since Adam Smith published his rulebook in 1776, we have spent centuries getting better at figuring out how to make poorer countries wealthier. China, Brazil and now some African nations are but the latest examples.

Essential to each come-out-of-nowhere success story is a government focused on improving the living standards of its people. They do so through policies that have the biggest impact on employment. The number one goal is to benefit the maximum number of citizens in the shortest amount of time. Nations that do this effectively make it.

Countries centered on the opposite—government-sponsored wealth transfers to the few over the benefit of the many—remain poor.

From his first day in office, President Obama has tried to get the economy right for most Americans. Though sometimes too tepid, badly sold, or disappointingly weakened in an attempt to get non-existent Republican support, Obama has in fact pushed policy after policy to turn the economy around. He needs to do even more.

But like Destiny’s Child, Republicans have taken every opportunity to say “No, No, No”: “no” to the stimulus bill, “no” the health bill (which will create 400,000 jobs a year when fully implemented, according to the Center for American Progress), “no” the climate change bill (1.9 million jobs over 10 years, according to University of Berkeley researchers), and “no” to the jobs bill (almost 2 million jobs in 12 months, according to Moody’s Chief Economist Mark Zandi).

Three out of four of these bills received not one Republican vote. The stimulus garnered just three Republican votes in the Senate.

The GOP answer to the jobs crisis is, instead, a retread of the policies that broke the economy in the first place. They center on trickle down economics, which: 1) have concentrated wealth amongst the top 5 percent through tax cuts and 2) rolled back government oversight of key areas of the economy, such that Wall Street was able to transform itself into a ring of trillion dollar betting casinos.

The Republicans are so committed to their orthodoxy of lower taxes for the wealthy that they were willing to take the country to the brink of default last summer—and risk another recession—to extend Bush-era tax cuts for millionaires. Facing united Republican opposition, the president agreed.

The Republicans and their wealthy backers won that battle, but the country lost. Their antics cost the country its “AAA” debt rating for the first time in history.

The problem is that this is not your father’s Republican party. The GOP of Eisenhower, Ford, and George H.W. Bush has been hijacked by a small group of anti-government diehards and radical social conservatives, funded by dark pools of money.

Through the Tea Party network of secretive political action committees, the monied few have been successful at remaking the GOP; so much so that former Gov. Jeb Bush declared himself “uncomfortable” in the hardened party that they’ve fashioned. Colin Powell has long alluded to the same.

The takeover of the GOP led Norman Ornstein, a fiercely non-partisan congressional watcher at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, to conclude that, “We have a Republican party that has two elements: one is an extreme element and other is ruthlessly pragmatic—Mitch McConnell embodying them—which put blocking policies and embarrassing the party of the president ahead of solving problems that are immediate and deep. It’s just outside the bounds.”

Ornstein is right and Americans are living the result.

If things have any hope of getting better the Republican Party needs to get serious about governing again.
America wasn’t designed to function with one grown-up party and the other a bomb- throwing one. It only works when you have people from different political backgrounds who fight hard but act in the best interest of us all.

A small group of people pushing a narrow agenda was the greatest fear of the Founding Fathers. They worried that it could sink the country and ruin the democratic experiment.

James Madison, Declaration of Independence-signee, warned against the “violence of the faction,” which could wreck the system of governance. He defined this group as “a number of citizens … united by [a] common impulse of passion or of interest [that is adverse] … to the rights of … the aggregate interests of the community.”

What Madison described sounds a lot like the Republican Party we’ve got right now.

But we can turn this situation around. In an election year, each of our voices matters more. We need to use them to demand a credible plan from the Republican Party to fix the chaos that it helped to create. It’s actually the only way things will get better.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Barack Obama is the smallest government spender since Dwight Eisenhower

From Forbes It’s enough to make even the most ardent Obama cynic scratch his head in confusion. Amidst all the cries of Barack Obama being the most prolific big government spender the nation has ever suffered, Marketwatch is reporting that our president has actually been tighter with a buck than any United States president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.
And Reagan was the biggest. Hmmm.

Monday, October 15, 2012

SarahPac spending tops $774,000

From Politico The vice presidential spotlight may now shine exclusively on Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, but that’s not stopping Sarah Palin from playing serious politics in Election 2012’s final stages. Sarah PAC, Palin’s leadership political action committee, spent more than $774,000 during the year’s third quarter after taking in more than $843,500 — the bulk of it from donors who contributed $200 or less, federal records filed Sunday show.

Palin’s PAC spent its cash on a variety of political initiatives, ranging from postage (at least $270,000) and direct mail and contact list rentals ($242,087) to tens of thousands of dollars in various travel expenses, such as agent services, airfare, vehicle rentals and operating and repairing a bus, records indicate. The PAC also incurred $18,000 in speechwriting fees.

The campaigns of 10 political candidates received direct donations from Sarah PAC in the four-figure range. They include Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.); Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a U.S. Senate candidate; Republican Senate candidate Ted Cruz of Texas; and Republican House candidates Mia Love of Utah and Ted Yoho of Florida.

Sarah PAC’s haul from July 1 to Sept. 30 easily outpaced the less-than-$580,000 it raised from April 1 to June 30, according to federal records. It also ended September with more cash on hand — about $1.25 million — than it did during the previous quarter, when it reported about $1.18 million in its account. In addition to operating a PAC, Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, has worked as a Fox News contributor and starred in her own reality television show since resigning the governorship of Alaska in 2009. She’s writing a fitness book and frequently weighs in on the current presidential election, as well.

And as recently as Thursday, Palin held open the possibility that she’d one day run for president, telling entertainment program ExtraTV: “I don’t know. I’m not sure what the future holds. Que sera sera.”

 Sarah spent over $774,000 and only donated to 10 candidates? How do you spend that much on postage anyway in the e-mail age? And no Sarah will not be running in 2016, the way she looks now she will be dead by then.

President Obama and the job market

'Nuff said

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Troll comments Oct 7-Oct 13

Troll Comments Sept 30-Oct. 6

Wow. Do you know how many dumb mistakes YOU people make daily? Politicalgates is rife with them. I accidentally type "due" instead of "die." BFD.

Get a life, though it's good that SPHASH understands the difference between mature commenters and trash talkers. Hint: WakeupAmerica is a trashy commenter who loves to hate and the "trolls" are good people who highlight things liberals HATE to acknowledge because they resemble truth.

Krusty has been quite this week.  Maybe the troll spray helped.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Shots fired at Obama campaign headquarters in Denver

From NBC News

Denver police were looking for a person who shot at a campaign office for President Barack Obama on Friday, NBC station KUSA reported.

Police say there were people inside the office at the time of the 3 p.m. shooting, but no one was hit.

A single bullet struck the office and broke the window, Detective Raquel Lopez, Denver police spokesperson, told NBC News. But detectives could not confirm that the shot was fired with the intent to hit the office.

Detectives were still investigating the intent of the shot. They were looking into the possibility the shot was fired from a vehicle.

 Police were reviewing surveillance video for possible leads, KUSA reported. Investigators said they have a "vehicle of interest" and are interviewing witnesses.  A campaign official confirmed the incident but referred questions to the Denver police.

Has Sharron Angle been in Denver the past 24 hours?

Seriously though ever since President Obama took office, threats have at least doubled, and hate groups are forming at a rapid pace.  This is proof of that.

It's quite ironic because President Obama hasn't tried to ban guns.  Hell he even signed a law allowing people to take guns into national parks.

I'm sure Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and Sarah Palin approve of this.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fact Checking last nights Vice Presidential Debate-Update

From Salon

10:20 — When are we getting out of Afghanistan? Biden emphatically states that the U.S. will be out of Afghanistan by 2014. “We are leaving. We are leaving in 2014. Period.” Well, sort of. While the vast majority of the troops will be gone, the U.S., NATO, and Afghanistan agreed to leave and “enduring presence” of perhaps 10,000 troops to help train Afghans past 2014. The troops will not play combat roles and the Afghan government will assume full security of the country, but Biden exaggerated a bit.

10:15 — Taxpayer funding for abortion: Ryan says Democrats support taxpayer funding for abortion, pointing to Obamacare. That’s completely false. The bill never contained taxpayer funding for abortion, but it was nonetheless held up for months to appease pro-life Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak and the bloc that he lead.

10:10 — Troops in Libya: Ryan said “nobody is considering sending troops to Syria.” In August,  Gov. Romney told CBS News that he would send U.S. troops to Syria if necessary to prevent the spread of chemical weapons. In his interview with CBS, Romney said, “I think we have to also be ready to take whatever action is necessary to ensure that we do not have any kind of weapon of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorists and whether that requires troops, or whether that requires other actions by our friends and allies.”

10:05 — Biden forgets he voted for Iraq war: Biden hits Ryan on spending by saying the congressman voted  ”to put two wars on a credit card.” But Biden also vote to authorize the war in Iraq, and voted to give Bush “all necessary and appropriate force” to respond to the terror attacks, which led to war in Afghanistan.

10:00 — Small Navy? Paul Ryan says Obama would reduce the Navy to its smallest size since World War I. Politifact gave that claim a Pants on Fire and called it ridiculous.

9:55 — Sequester two-step: Ryan attacks Biden for automatic defense cuts that will go through if Congress does not act. Those cuts come from the “sequester,” the automatic trigger mechanism created by the congressional deal to raise the debt ceiling. You know who voted for that plan? Paul Ryan.

9:50 — Tax plan adds up? Asked by the moderator if he can “guarantee” that Mitt Romney’s tax plan adds up, Ryan says, “Six studies have verified this plan adds up.” Among the “studies” included in that figure are two Op-Eds and white papers written by the campaign or economists connected to the campaign. The most comprehensive and well-respected study done so far from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center finds that the numbers do not add up. Not by a long shot.

9:45 — Social Security and Medicare are not going broke: “Social Security and Medicare are going bankrupt. These are indisputable facts,” Ryan says. Actually both are disputable and neither are facts. People have been saying Social Security is going to go bankrupt for decades, it hasn’t yet, and it’s not going to. It’s currently projected to be fine for at least 40 years. Medicare is in more peril, but it is still nowhere close to anywhere near going bankrupt anytime soon. And Obamacare actually extended the life of the Medicare trust fund.

9:40 — Ryan’s healthcare plan is bipartisan? Ryan claimed that his Medicare proposal was co-sponsored by a Democrat. He was referring to Sen. Rod Wyden of Oregon, who did create a plan to change Medicare, but once Republicans adapted it, he distanced himself from the bill this summer. In response to Romney’s continued claims on the campaign trail that the bill was bipartisan, Wyden told the Oregonian in August, “Bipartisanship requires that you not make up the facts. I did not ‘co-lead a piece of legislation.’”

9:35 — What about in your own district? Ryan attacked Biden because the unemployment rate has gone up in his hometown of Scranton, Pa., under Obama and Biden. But the unemployment rate has gone up in Paul Ryan’s home district as well during his tenure in Congress. It was 3.8 percent when Ryan first took office in 1999 and was at 9.2 percent this August.

9: 30 — Paul Ryan requested stimulus money: Joe Biden calls out Ryan for sending two letters requesting stimulus funds for his district, despite attacking the program. “We do that. We advocate for constituents’ interests,” Ryan said in response. That’s a new answer for Ryan, who previously blamed his staff. It’s actually his third answer. First, he said, “I never asked for stimulus.” Then, after being caught, he blamed his staff for allegedly mishandling the economy. “After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled. This is why I didn’t recall the letters earlier. But they should have been handled differently,” he said in a statement. So his defending of the requests tonight is a bit of a departure. It’s also worth noting that Ryan supported the 2002 stimulus package proposed by George W. Bush.

9:25 — Cars: “Mitt Romney is a car guy,” Ryan says earnestly. Mitt Romney also wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”

9:20 — How long has Biden known Bibi? Biden claimed he’s known Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for “39 years.” But as the Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart notes, that’s almost certainly impossible, as Netanyahu was an undergrad at MIT at the time. More likely, they met about 20 years ago.

9:15 — Biden flubs on Libya: “We weren’t told they wanted more security… We did not know they wanted more security there,” Biden said when Ryan challenged him on the attack. As the Washington Post pointed out that, that claim is ”contradicted by State Department officials just the day before, in testimony before a congressional panel and in unclassified cables released by a congressional committee.”

9:10 — Marines: Paul Ryan, noting that there’s a Marine detachment at the U.S. Embassy in Paris asks, “Shouldn’t we have a Marine detachment?” in Libya. The infatuation with the Marines belies a deep misunderstanding of the role the service members play in foreign embassies. The Corps actually protects information, not personnel. And with only a little over 1,000 Marines serving as guards around the world, there are very few in any diplomatic post.

9:05 — Diplomatic security: The debate opened up with a discussion of the attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in Libya, with Paul Ryan attacking Biden for the Obama administration supposedly not doing enough to protect diplomats. But  Ryan’s budget plan would cut diplomatic security and House Republicans have already tried to do so. “For fiscal 2013, the GOP-controlled House proposed spending $1.934 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program — well below the $2.15 billion requested by the Obama administration,” the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank reported. In 2009, Ryan was one of 156 Republicans members to voted for an amendment to “reduce funding for Diplomatic and Consular Programs by $1.2 billion,” as the official record states. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who has been leading the charge on Libya in Congress, admitted on CNN this week that he “absolutely” voted to cut the diplomatic security budget.

I apologize for not getting this up until now.  I planned to edit last night but I was too tired when I got home from work last night.  

VP Biden may have been born in Scranton, but he has lived in Delaware since he was ten.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

According to this idiot endorsed by Paul Ryan Bristol Palin rapes easily

 From Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinal

Madison - A state representative is drawing heat for saying that his father had told him when he was young that "some girls rape easy" as a way to warn him that a woman could agree to sex but then later claim that it wasn't consensual.

Freshman Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Rice Lake) in December discussed a case with the Chetek Alert newspaper in which a 17-year-old high school senior was charged with sexual assault for having sex with an underage girl in the school's band room.

The newspaper quoted him as saying his father warned him, "Some girls rape easy" - meaning that after the fact they can change what they say about whether sex was consensual. On Wednesday, Rivard told the Journal Sentinel that the article did not provide full context of his comments and that his father's exact words had been slightly different from how they appeared in the Chetek Alert.

He told the Journal Sentinel that his father had advised him not to have premarital sex, and he took that seriously.

"He also told me one thing, 'If you do (have premarital sex), just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry,' " Rivard said. "Because all of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and she's not going to say, 'Oh, yeah, I was part of the program.' All that she has to say or the parents have to say is it was rape because she's underage. And he just said, 'Remember, Roger, if you go down that road, some girls,' he said, 'they rape so easy.'

"What the whole genesis of it was, it was advice to me, telling me, 'If you're going to go down that road, you may have consensual sex that night and then the next morning it may be rape.' So the way he said it was,

'Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning.'

"So it's been kind of taken out of context."

About three hours after speaking to the Journal Sentinel, Rivard issued a written statement that he said was meant to further clarify his points.

"Sexual assault is a crime that unfortunately is misunderstood and my comments have the potential to be misunderstood as well," his statement said. "Rape is a horrible act of violence. Sexual assault unfortunately often goes unreported to police. I have four daughters and three granddaughters and I understand the importance of making sure that awareness of this crime is taken very seriously."
Rivard's original comments were made 10 months ago but have resurfaced as Rivard finds himself in a tight race against Democrat Stephen Smith. Smith said he didn't learn of the comments until August, when U.S. Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri drew controversy for claiming women's bodies could prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." His fellow Republicans from around the country urged Akin to drop out of his race for U.S. Senate, a call he did not heed.
Smith called Rivard's comments offensive.

"I'm offended to think that my sister or my daughters would be thought of in that manner," he said. "I feel Roger is out of touch with the majority of voters and his views are extreme."
Nichole Kathol, president of the Barron County Domestic Abuse Project, said she was alarmed when she read his original comments, but could not get area media interested in them at the time. She said he appeared to want to give the benefit of the doubt to those accused of rape, rather than to those who say they are the victim of it.

"It portrays women as the perpetrator of the violence being perpetrated against them," she said. "He's blaming the victim and implying the definition of rape is all too encompassing."
Pennie Meyers, interim executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, issued a statement in response to Rivard's comments that said people in Wisconsin need to be better educated about sexual violence.

"Unfortunately, comments like these are all too common, and an indication of ways in which the culture is generally under educated about what sexual assault is; sexual assault remains an underreported and under prosecuted crime," her statement said.

In his December interview with the Chetek Alert, Rivard was asked to discuss the case in which the local high school student had been charged with sexual assault. It is illegal to have sex with someone under age 18 in Wisconsin, and that has caused controversy at times when two teenagers are involved in a sexual relationship.

Rivard indicated in that interview that he was open to so-called Romeo and Juliet legislation that would reduce or eliminate penalties for minors close in age who have sex, but he did not explicitly endorse such legislation.

Ryan has now withdrew his endorsement

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has dropped his endorsement of a Wisconsin lawmaker who said that his father had told him "some girls, they rape so easy" as a way to warn him that women could consent to sex but then later claim they hadn't.

Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson have not yet responded to inquiries about whether they are standing by their endorsements of freshman state Rep. Roger Rivard of Rice Lake.

It is the second time Ryan, a Janesville congressman, has withdrawn his support from a fellow Republican when they made comments about rape. In August, Ryan and other Republicans unsuccessfully urged U.S. Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri to drop out of his U.S. Senate race when he said women's bodies can "shut down" to prevent pregnancies in instances of "legitimate rape."

So in Roger's eyes Bristol Palin was raped very easily by Levi Johnston.

It's Joe vs Lyin Ryan tonight

Tonight is the Vice-Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.  Joe kicked Sarah's ass four years ago and should do well tonight against Pinocchio.  But since Pinocchio didn't ask Sarah Palin for any advice he has half a chance.

From USA Today (Oct 2, 2012)

Paul Ryan says he hasn't asked Sarah Palin for advice on his upcoming debate against Vice President Biden.
On the eve of the first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, the GOP vice presidential nominee told Bloomberg TV that he hasn't thought much about what he would do differently from Palin.

"What I plan on doing is offering our alternatives, showing what we believe, how we're going to do things differently so the country has a very clear choice to make," Ryan said in the interview.

The running mates will face off on Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ky. Tomorrow, Obama and Romney will meet at the University of Denver, in the first of their three debates.

Palin's debate performance four years ago was well-received and helped boost her image at a time when many voters across the country still did not know much about the Alaska governor. In a recent statement to The Weekly Standard, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee urged Romney and Ryan to "go rogue" and "break through the filter of the liberal media to communicate their message of reform."

Pinocchio has already distanced himself from her, which proves she is an embarrassment