Saturday, March 31, 2012

Headlines - Saturday March 31

Good news! - An astonishing 931,000+ signatures were found valid in the recall campaign to oust notorious wall-eyed git and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and the number required was 540,208. Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch's recall received 808,990 valid signatures, making her the popular asset of the Koch Brothers Wisonsin subsidiary. (TPM)
Sam Stein reports at Huffington Post:
When Romney eventually made his donation, he did so quietly, and through an unusual channel. Records filed by Romney's Free and Strong America PAC with the Federal Election Commission did not include details of that $10,000 donation. Nor did NOM's public 990 form. In fact, record of the payment was only uncovered Friday when the pro-gay rights Human Rights Campaign was sent a private IRS filing from NOM via a whistleblower. The Human Rights Campaign shared the filing with The Huffington Post. Asked for comment, an aide to Romney said that the donation was made through the Alabama chapter of the Free and Strong America PAC. State records confirm this. However, the 990 NOM filed lists the donation as having come from PO Box 79226 in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Socialism on Parade

If we're all suffering under the tyranny of socialism as the Republicans would have you believe, perhaps socialism isn't so bad.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — U.S. stocks closed mixed Friday, with the Dow and S&P 500 ending the best first quarter in over a decade, as investors weighed a report on consumer spending and a boost in the eurozone bailout fund. [...]

Friday's gains capped a stellar three months for stocks, with the Dow and S&P posting the biggest first-quarter gain since 1998. Despite Friday's decline, the Nasdaq had its best first quarter since 1991, according to the Stock Trader's Almanac.

For the quarter, the Dow gained 8.1%, the S&P 500 advanced 12% and the Nasdaq rose a whopping 19% since New Year's Day.

And according to Mitch McConnell, we're "living under the Obama economy."



GOP running out of steam on Solyndra "scandal"


It must an election year. The Catholic church is again turning Democratic politicians away. It's like clockwork. Every four years there a presidential election, and suddenly the Catholic church starts kicking out Democrats. They get a tax break for this?

I'm sure they can replace Ted Kennedy's widow with a pedophile priest who's more than palatable to the church leadership.Read the rest of this post...


Olbermann out at Current TV. Now what? (How is it that Dear Leader Rush and his ilk get to spew hatred and bigotry and stay on the air, while someone generally decent and thoughtful, if admittedly also a tad egomaniacal, like Keith can't find a media home?)


Mario Piperni:

The quote below is a blatant and ugly racist comment written by a reader of right-wing blogger Sister Toldjah. She wrote a piece finding fault with Rep. Bobby Rush for wearing a hoodie on the floor of the House in support of murdered black youth Trayvon Martin. One of her reader's took the opportunity to lecture on blacks in America.

I fully understand the urge that many minorities in this country feel to participate in our system of government, which is not a Democracy as most people believe, but is in fact, a Republic. I'm not going to mince words here and try to align myself with all the politically correct idiots in the world. I can't name a more worthless bunch of individuals, than the politically correct idiots we deal with every day.

Yes, this country is made up of many people, from many different backgrounds and many different countries. Given that History of America, the only race that has not been able to assimilate into the fabric of this great country is Blacks. I refuse to call them African-Americans, because they are not African-Americans. They are Americans, just like you and I. But of all the people who have made it to these sacred shores, they are the only ones who have never found their place here. All the other strange people who came here from strange lands, found a way to make a home here. They assimilated. They found a way to make life work in this new country. In doing so, they enriched American life as we know it. Ever go to New York and visit, "Little Italy?" Yes, it is totally Italian, but at the same time it is totally American.

I am well aware of the sins upon black people that my relatives of previous generations have visited upon these people. My question is simple. How long do we, as individuals who had nothing to do with it, have to pay for it?

I am totally sick of this polite game we play with the Black people in this country. They contribute absolutely nothing to this country. Instead, they suck this country dry by their dependency on welfare. They vote Democratic. What a surprise.

Please email me the first time black people in this country actually contribute something that makes this country better. And don't tell me Obama was something they gave us that made this country better. I could shoot myself.

I publish the racist comments not because I believe every person on the right holds the same views on blacks as the bigot who wrote them. I published the comment because if the election of Barack Obama has revealed anything, it's that racism is alive and well in America. The only difference between the remarks above and those of many conservatives, those both in and out of politics, is that under the cover of anonymity, racists are more honest in expressing their bigotry.

Fox News personalities and Republicans in Congress don't have that luxury so their racism is couched in code words and faux rage over liberal angst. If Trayvon Martin was a white 17-year old kid shot by a black vigilante who was yet to be arrested, the right would openly be calling for the lynching of the killer.

I sense that the last three paragraphs of the racist rant I quoted above is one which is more prevalent in American society than many would wish to admit.


The more we learn about George Zimmerman, the sicker the feeling in the pit of our stomachs. A former co-worker of Zimmerman, perhaps horrified by the race-baiting and hatemongering his family spewed on Fox on Thursday, came forward to say that the man who armed himself and went hunting for a young black man, had been fired from a job as a security guard after he "snapped" on a woman who had imbibed too much alcohol. He became enraged, snapped and picked the woman up and threw her. Later that same year, he was arrested for violently resisting arrest and committing battery against an officer of the law. And Florida didn't even take his gun away after he stalked and killed a teenager. What. The. Fuck?


Reality Check: Effective U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Much Lower Than Most Other Developed Nations


Did Frothy almost call Obama the "N" word? I'm not convinced, I just report and let you decide.




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