July 14th, 2012

Peter Donaldson - NMTD/LLL

The battle with the Olympic censors

At 7am this morning, The Spectator’s managing director emailed me to say the new magazine is on sales at WH Smiths at Victoria station – a good sign, he said. But why shouldn’t it be? Because this week, we’re running a cover story by Nick Cohen lambasting the thuggish Olympic censors, the people who are stopping chip shops selling chips because the Olympics is sponsored by McDonald’s. And it’s still not quite clear, this morning, if that means we’ll be taken off the shelves.

A few weeks ago, I was emailed advice – not from our lawyers, but from someone else in the magazine world - that The Spectator should not refer to the Olympics for the duration of the Games otherwise we 'could be taken off newsstands (and also liable to prosecution)'. It’s worth reprinting the rest of the advice:

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Source: http://www.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/politics/2012/july/the-battle-with-the-olympic-censors
Bruce Lee GQMF


GOP governor calls on Romney to release more tax returns
By Michael Falcone | ABC OTUS News – 3 hrs ago

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, in an interview with ABC News today, called on presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to release his tax returns in order to show voters that he has "nothing to hide."

Bentley said that Romney's refusal to release more returns has created a "distraction" that Democrats were successfully exploiting.

"I just believe in total transparency," Bentley told ABC News at the National Governors Association conference. "In fact, I was asked today that question - do you think that Governor Romney should release his tax returns? And I said I do. I said, I release my tax returns. I may be the only public official in Alabama that does, but I release mine every year and I just believe that people should release their tax returns. And if you get them out and just get past that, it just makes it so much easier."

Bentley, who took office in 2001, warned that failure to do so would continue to open the door for the Obama campaign and their Democratic allies to "cause distractions away from the real issue in this campaign and that's the economy."

Earlier this year, Romney released his 2010 tax documents and his estimated returns for 2011, but so far he has declined to offer disclosures for additional years and has indicated he is unlikely to do so. Democrats have pounced on Romney for what they see as a lack of transparency.

"They're doing everything they can to hurt Governor Romney and tax returns will be one of those things," Bentley said. "So the best thing to do is just get everything out in the open and just say, 'hey I have nothing to hide and I'm going to release my tax returns.'"

The Republican governor, who voted for Rick Santorum over Romney in his state's presidential primary, added: "I think that it's always easier just to say, hey I'm releasing everything, and just get it out there and then get past it."

That strategy, Bentley said, would allow the former Massachusetts governor to " start talking about the issues that I think that the people of America really are concerned about and that's our economy and jobs and 8.4 percent unemployment rate and a $16 trillion debt."

Responding to the Alabama governor's comments, Obama campaign spokeswoman Elisabeth Smith said: "We agree with Governor Bentley - Mitt Romney should exhibit total transparency and release his tax returns."

Smith added, "That's the only way the American people will learn about his motivations on critical policy matters and whether he invested in foreign tax havens and offshore accounts to avoid paying U.S. taxes or hedge against the dollar."

Source http://news.yahoo.com/gop-governor-calls-mitt-romney-release-additional-tax-223443345--abc-news-politics.html

Lol @ the GOP acting like someone is picking on poor little rich Mittens , the guy is a fucking sociopath
David Thewlis - Smile With Cig

Bill O’Reilly - Barack Obama's got nothin'

There's a great New York Italian expression called "ungatz." If you've got ungatz, you've got nothing -- you're whistling Dixie. Jewish New York will know this as "bupkis."

Ungatz is the perfect word to use in a poker game when staring down another player. "This guy's betting like he's Johnny Chan," you might say, "but I'm telling you, he's got ungatz." (don't try this line if you're Irish American like me.)

The Obama campaign has ungatz right now. You can tell because it keeps hammering away at Bain Capital -- which has been hammered to death -- and at Mitt Romney's tax returns. In political campaigns, when the cupboard of tricks runs barren -- when you've got ungatz -- there are two reliable jabs to throw. If you're behind, you challenge your opponent to debates and hope he refuses; if you're on a fishing expedition and your opponent is wealthy, you demand his tax returns, hope he says "no," or that he complies and something with legs pops up.

It's a way to get the attention off you and onto the other guy, if only to give you the breathing room to think of something else to do.

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Update: Bill O'Reilly is a Newsday columnist and a Republican political consultant struggling to hold onto his own name. He is no relation to Bill O'Reilly the Fox News commentator.

Doctor Who - Eleven jumping out of cake

Missouri law to deny birth control coverage vetoed

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Thursday that would have expanded religious and moral exemptions from insurance policies covering birth control, thus avoiding a potential conflict with a new contraception policy put forth by President Barack Obama's administration.

Nixon said he supports religious and ethical exemptions from contraception coverage that already exist in Missouri law. But he said the new bill could have extended those exemptions to insurance companies, allowing them to deny birth control coverage to women who want it.

"The bill would shift authority to make decisions about access to contraceptive coverage away from Missouri women, families and employers and put that power in the hands of insurance companies," said Nixon, a Democrat. "That would be a step backward for Missouri."

Supporters of the legislation called Nixon's explanation "silly" and "strained" and vowed to try to override his veto when lawmakers return to the Capitol in September. That would take a two-thirds vote of both the Senate and House, meaning some Democratic representatives would have to side with the Republican majority against a governor of their own party shortly before the November election. Some self-described "pro-life" Democrats have been willing to do that in the past.

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