September 17th, 2012

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  • acmeeoy

Obama Says One Thing In the Spotlight; Does Another Behind Closed Doors

While Obama Tells the Country He Will Create Jobs and Stop Outsourcing; His Administration is Secretly Negotiating the Biggest Job-Outsourcing Treaty in History

Jobs. That is the issue in the election – at least that is the issue Obama and Romney are focused on – who will create more jobs for a country in desperate need of them. During his convention speech, President Obama mentioned jobs 19 times, Romney did so 16 times. Obama promised a future where the U.S. will “outsource fewer jobs.” Of course, Romney is known as someone who made hundreds of millions by outsourcing jobs. Former President Clinton put forth a job scorecard, arguing Obama and the Democrats will create more jobs.

Neither candidate is arguing for a New Deal style government jobs program. Both are relying on private industry to create jobs. But, big business profits by spending less on labor. While in the spotlight of the convention, Obama is critical of jobs being sent overseas but at the same time his U.S. trade representative, Ron Kirk, who works out of the executive office of the president, is negotiating a secret treaty behind closed doors – the Trans-Pacific Partnership – known as ‘NAFTA on steroids’. This is a corporate trade agreement that will result in massive outsourcing of jobs.

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For more information visit:

Flush the TPP
Citizens Trade Campaign
Global Trade Watch


Presidential candidate Franz supports his rivals' candidacy

Vladimir Franz, who runs for Czech president in the 2013 direct election, supported his rivals in the presidential contest by adding his signature under their candidacy, he said Tuesday.

Unless a candidate is nominated by a group of parliament members, he needs to produce signatures of at least 50,000 people backing his candidacy to be allowed to run for the head of state.

Only the two most popular candidates have gathered the required number of signatures so far. While former caretaker cabinet head Jan Fischer achieved it yesterday, former left-wing prime minister Milos Zeman made the announcement two months ago.

Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09), senator Jiri Dienstbier (Social Democrats, CSSD) and Senate deputy chairman Premysl Sobotka (Civic Democrats, ODS) have been nominated by their parties.

Franz said he signed the petitions of 12 other candidates whom he considers democratic.

He has called on the other candidates to do the same. He said other citizens should back more candidates at once, too.

Franz said he excluded only far-right Workers' Party of Social Justice (DSSS) leader Tomas Vandas and radical activist Petr Cibulka.

The Czechs will be choosing their president directly for the first time at the beginning of next year.

"Remember that the Czechs were led to the free world, to democracy and the European Union by a playwright, not an economist," Franz said, referring to late Vaclav Havel and probably also outgoing President Vaclav Klaus.

The president should be able to listen to the citizens and "not become a stubborn wiseacre who knows it all," he added.

Franz, 53, is a painter and composer known for his striking appearance. He has tattoos all over his body including his face and bald head.

He is a professor at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. Before pursuing a career in art, he graduated from the Prague Law Faculty.

He repeatedly said his effort at winning the presidential post is serious.

Franz said he believes his tattoos should not disqualify him from the competition. "It concerns extending our horizon of tolerance. It is almost like skin colour that I have voluntarily chosen," he said.

Franz is definitely not among the favourites of the election, however, his Facebook profile is rather popular.

Prague Monitor

Your Lack Of Insight And Compassion Make You Ugly

So the conservatives on social networks like Facebook and G+ are busily sharing this image around again.

If you share this image, you’re an asshole.

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mods, this is definitely an opinion piece from, so I'm not sure if it's gonna make it through; apologies if it's not. i just know we like sharing stuff here, and i know whenever I see one of these obnoxious user ecards, i feel like raging. it's kind of a cathartic read, and a good share on FB (it's where i got it from, and have shared with other frustrated friends of mine)
Politic ~ Benazir Bhutto
  • mzflux

Thousands Have Retaken Zuccotti Park Ahead of Occupy Wall Street's One-year Anniversary


Occupy Wall Street's One Year Anniversary - #S17

Panoramic view of Zuccotti last night (OCongress)

9/16 - Ahead of tomorrow's highly anticipated marches set for the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, thousands of activists have retaken Zuccotti Park.

The crowds occupying Zuccotti Park are an eclectic mix. Some of those who have retaken the park streamed in on buses from all across the country.

There is also a large contingency of activist Jews (many of whom have been inspired by Occupy Judaism) who are holding Rosh Hashanah services in Zuccotti to celebrate the Jewish New Year. Here is the sermon that was delivered.

The festivities tonight come on the heels of scores of indiscriminate and brutal arrests the NYPD last night as hundreds of activists gathered to usher in the one-year anniversary.

As people continue to stream into Zuccotti Park, and as the supplicated Hebrew chants for a year of renewal echo off Zuccotti's concrete, one thing is clear: all eyes should be on New York City tomorrow morning, for Occupy Wall Street will once again lift up its head and roar a mighty roar.



Some neckbeard trolls Faux News

Fox News host aborts bizarre interview with ‘former Obama supporter’

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Fox News host Gretchen Carlson cut an interview short on Monday morning after her guest, a so-called “former Obama supporter” and recent college graduate, didn’t seem to comprehend her questions or his reason for being on the show.

While it’s not clear what was going on with the man, identified as Max Rice, he didn’t seem to understand how television interviews work, offered insincere answers to Carlson’s questions, and even awkwardly hit on her.

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Kidney patient may die if deportation from UK goes ahead

The home secretary is to decide whether to deport a kidney transplant patient whose life depends on anti-rejection drugs despite claims that deportation would mean certain death.

Rose Akhalu had never left her home country of Nigeria. She had never even made a journey by flight. Eight years ago for the very first time at the age of 40, she boarded a plane and headed to the UK.

Rose came to study development at the University of Leeds, after receiving a scholarship from the Ford Foundation and a student visa.

She says her aim to was always to return to Nigeria and use her education to try and improve social conditions for women back in Nigeria. She hoped to change her own country, yet she soon found it was her own life that was entirely changed.

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OP: I think the Home Secretary should use her discretion here. That way it takes away the Tory worry of setting a precedent, which a judicial review would do. Its a no-brainer if your heart's in the right place.

Sean Smith, 'Vile Rat' Of 'EVE Online' Remembered By Online Gamers

Sean Smith, 'Vile Rat' Of 'EVE Online' Fame, Was Remembered By Online Gamers After Libyan Attack

Sean Smith, the foreign service information management officer who was killed with three others in an attack on an American consulate in Libya, wasn't just remembered Wednesday in the real world as a husband, father and 10-year veteran of the U.S. State Department, but also as an influential intergalactic diplomat in a sprawling virtual galaxy.
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Todd Akin's wife compares GOP abandonment to being raped (possible trigger warning)

Rep. Todd Akin’s wife, Lulli Akin, says the Republican Party’s attempts to push her husband out of the Missouri Senate race — over his false assertion that women who are raped rarely get pregnant — are like rape itself.

She also believes the GOP’s abandonment is on par with the tyranny that launched the American Revolution. 

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OP: I can't even with the Akin family. It's high time the lot of them crawled back into their hole.

Tag suggestions are welcome -- this is my first time posting.

Mitt Romney Video: Barack Obama Voters 'Dependent On Government'

WASHINGTON -- The overwhelming majority of voters who back President Barack Obama do so because they are "dependent on government" and "believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing," Mitt Romney told a closed-door gathering of about 30 major donors earlier this year, according to video of the event that has surfaced on the Internet.
The person who uploaded a series of potentially inflammatory videos from the fundraiser has claimed authorship of them in an email exchange with The Huffington Post. The source said he or she wishes to remain anonymous for professional reasons and to avoid a lawsuit. The videos, which have created a buzz on the Internet, were blurred and at times blacked out to obscure the location of the filming, the source said.

"I have obviously degraded the quality to attempt to camo the location," said the clandestine filmmaker. The original, which has not been posted in full, is very high quality, the source said.

The source has given the full video to Mother Jones' David Corn, the source said.
The videos capture Romney speaking loosely about Obama supporters, immigrants, privilege and a host of other controversial issues. The candidate seems unguarded and displays the sense of humor that is often mentioned by those close to him, but is so rarely on public display.

The Romney campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

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shock-me-gray, bored, apathy

Police Reports Suggest Officers May Sometimes Portray Crimes Less Seriously

Published: September 16, 2012

On a Friday night two years ago, a 17-year-old fired a pistol at a group of young men on the street near Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; two were struck in the leg.

Nearby, Amanda Dominguez, 14, and her older half-sister, Jazmin Rodriguez, were chatting away when the shots rang out. Each suddenly felt a sharp sting.

Jazmin looked down at a hole in her cargo shorts and saw blood. She picked a sliver of metal from her wound, but dropped it, she would later recall. Her sister, Amanda, felt a burn along her shoulder, which a hospital nurse later told her was a graze wound, she said.

But the New York Police Department concluded that both women had merely received scrapes while fleeing the shooting, and did not count them as crime victims.

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Depression ~ Exhaustion
  • mzflux

Armada of international naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike

An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons programme.

The Telegraph
Saturday, September 15, 2012 10:00 PM BST


An armada of U.S. and British naval power is amassing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program.

Warships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.

Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which around 18 million barrels of oil passes every day; approximately 35 per cent of the world’s petroleum traded by sea.

A blockade would have a catastrophic effect on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe, the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Gulf.

The Strait of Hormuz is one of the world’s most congested international waterways. It is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point and is bordered by the Iranian coast to the north and the United Arab Emirates to the south.

In preparation for any pre-emptive or retaliatory action by Iran, warships from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, will today begin an annual 12-day exercise.

The war games are the largest ever undertaken in the region.

They will practise tactics in how to breach an Iranian blockade of the strait and the force will also undertake counter-mining drills.

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One defense source told The Sunday Telegraph last night: “If it came to war, there would be carnage. The Iranian casualties would be huge but they would be able to inflict severe blows against the U.S. and British forces.

“The Iranian Republican Guard are well versed in asymmetrical warfare and would use swarm attacks to sink or seriously damage ships. This is a conflict nobody wants, but the rhetoric from Israel is unrelenting.”

Legend of Korra: Avatar

Study: Tax Cuts for the Rich Don't Spur Growth

Cutting taxes for the wealthy does not generate faster economic growth, according to a new report. But those cuts may widen the income gap between the rich and the rest, according to a new report.

A study from the Congressional Research Service -- the non-partisan research office for Congress -- shows that "there is little evidence over the past 65 years that tax cuts for the highest earners are associated with savings, investment or productivity growth."

In fact, the study found that higher tax rates for the wealthy are statistically associated with higher levels of growth.

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lol capitalism

Laura: are you serious? [BSG ranty]
  • sio

Romney: 47% comment "not elegantly stated"

but he ain't sorry either!

Republican Mitt Romney says a video clip in which he called nearly half of Americans "victims" was "not elegantly stated" and was "spoken off the cuff." But he says President Barack Obama's approach is "attractive to people who are not paying taxes."

Romney spoke to reporters Monday evening in a hastily called news conference after the emergence of a video in which the GOP presidential nominee told donors that almost half of American voters "believe that they are victims."

The Republican nominee did not disavow the comments but said they were made during a question-and-answer session. He said it was indicative of his campaign's effort to "focus on the people in the middle."

well Mitt, i'm not sorry either for reiterating what i said earlier today--FUCK. YOU.

da source

(the prequel if you missed it - see celtic_thistle's lovely long post, complete with charts and other fun demonstrative things.)
Shirley Animated

And the hits just keep on coming.

Today, Mitt Romney Lost the Election

You can mark my prediction now: A secret recording from a closed-door Mitt Romney fundraiser, released today by David Corn at Mother Jones, has killed Mitt Romney's campaign for president.

On the tape, Romney explains that his electoral strategy involves writing off nearly half the country as unmoveable Obama voters. As Romney explains, 47 percent of Americans "believe that they are victims." He laments: "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

So what's the upshot? "My job is not to worry about those people," he says. He also notes, describing President Obama's base, "These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax."

This is an utter disaster for Romney.

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Sauce is Bloomberg.


Mitt Romney versus the 47%

Over the past few years, Republicans have developed a habit of railing against the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay any federal income taxes. It’s a fairly misleading talking point, but it keeps resurfacing. And now Mitt Romney has picked up on it:

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Obama campaign seizes on Willard's bout of verbal diarrhea, Romney campaign: "NO U."

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina says in an emailed statement: “It's shocking that a candidate for President of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people view themselves as ‘victims,’ entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their lives. It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.”

Romney campaign communications director Gail Gitcho issued the following statement e-mailed to reporters: "Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy. lololololololololol As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work. Mitt Romney's plan creates 12 million new jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government dependency and into jobs."

via BuzzFeed.


ETA: Mittens continues firing indiscriminately into both feet, claims what he said was not "elegantly stated." (Thank you, sio!)

ETA 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: There's now video of the "press conference" that Willard just stumbled his way through. (Thanks palebluedot09 and pseudovirus!)


Editorial: The Real Romney Captured On Tape Turns Out To Be A Sneering Plutocrat

Presidential campaigns wallow so tediously in pseudo-events and manufactured outrage that our senses can be numbed to the appearance of something genuinely momentous. Mitt Romney’s secretly recorded comments at a fundraiser are such an event – they reveal something vital about Romney, and they disqualify his claim to the presidency.

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This sauce is the New York Magazine.

Feel free to link me to other opinion pieces and statements, _P, and I will gleefully add them to the post. Watching this unfold and go viral has been glorious.
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  • acmeeoy

One time the parties can unite

Democrats and Republicans are on the same page when it comes to advocating bogus school "reform"--and attacking the strike by Chicago teachers, writes Danny Katch.

AFTER MONTHS of partisan name-calling, it's heartwarming to see politicians of both parties coming together against a common enemy: teachers.

The strike by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has led the Republican presidential ticket to publicly support that city's Democratic mayor and President Obama's former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

"Teachers unions have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children," Mitt Romney announced, "and today we are seeing one of the clearest examples yet."

Yes, if anyone's interests are in perfect synch with America's children, it's Mitt Romney. After all, the reason he fired so many people over the years is so they could spend more time helping their kids with homework.

"We stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel," added running mate Paul Ryan. "We stand with the children, and we stand with the families and the parents of Chicago because education reform, that's a bipartisan issue."

Ryan was clearly speaking metaphorically. If he actually tried to stand next to a Windy City parent, there's a good chance he would have to find a teachers' picket line. You would never know it from most media reports, but polls show Chicago public school parents support the CTU over Rahm by a wide margin.

Either Chicago teachers are so awful that people there don't even know how to answer a poll or the teachers' demands--such as lower class sizes and more access to health services and art classes--don't in fact conflict with children's interests at all.

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