August 5th, 2012


Romney Reminds Voters that Obama is a Foreigner Brainwashed by Un-American Culture.

Romney's New Slogan, "Too Black to Be President." And, "No, this Ad is Not Racist, Because I Say So."

Mitt Romney’s “culture” war
His comment about Palestinians wasn't a gaffe: It was part of his concerted efforts to demonize his opponents

In his latest overseas gaffe, Mitt Romney pontificated on the economic disparities between Israelis and Palestinians. Ignoring Israel’s role in perpetuating these differences, Romney instead offered a clear and simple explanation: “Culture makes all the difference.” These remarks, as well as his suggestion that if president he’d park the U.S. embassy in the highly contested city of Jerusalem, have surprised many in the U.S. and abroad and have drawn accusations of everything from ignorance to outright racism.

But Romney’s statement that Israelis’ cultural superiority explains their economic success — and, by extension, that the “backward” Palestinians are to blame for their failures — isn’t particularly surprising. Not only does it smack of the familiar Republican tactic of demonizing victims, but it’s also consistent with Romney’s strategy of “othering” Obama in similar ways, often using coded concepts of shared culture to exploit or create unease about Obama’s race. Just a few days earlier, one of Romney’s aides made the mistake of revealing a bit too much of this strategy when he told a member of the British press, “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage,” going on to note that the White House “didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.” It wasn’t hard to read between the lines. America’s first black president, the son of a Kenyan father, doesn’t understand our culture.
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London 2012: Postbox painted gold in wrong town.

The Royal Mail has promised to paint a postbox in Olympic cycle champion Laura Trott's home town gold, after first painting one in the wrong place.

Trott, with cyclists Dani King and Joanna Rowsell, won a gold medal in the Olympic team pursuit contest.

The Royal Mail decided to paint a postbox in Harlow, where Trott was born.

But after Trott tweeted that her hometown is Cheshunt, Herts, the firm said it would paint one there also.

The cyclists are also featured on a new stamp.

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OP: This is where I live and I actually walked past the bloke painting the postbox a different colour this morning and wondered why. Well now I know!

Texas set to execute death row inmate diagnosed as 'mentally retarded'.

Marvin Wilson's planned execution draws spotlight on state's lack of accepted standard for who qualifies as mentally disabled.

A death row prisoner who has been medically diagnosed as "mentally retarded" and therefore exempt from execution is set to die on Tuesday in Texas, a state that rejects scientific consensus and instead applies its own definition of learning difficulties based on a character in a John Steinbeck novel.

Barring a last minute intervention by the courts, Marvin Wilson, 54, will be put to death by lethal injection even though he has been subjected to scientifically-recognised tests that show him to be intellectually disabled – or "mentally retarded" as the US legal system still calls the condition.

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OP: That actually scares me. Basing a legal definition of mental illness on a fictional book. Horrifically sad.