Monday, July 9, 2012

Headlines - Monday July 9

Romney: a reverse George Washington. I like it.
Best persons in the world...

Google for this:

The "Legalize Love" campaign officially launches in Poland and Singapore on Saturday, July 7th. Google intends to eventually expand the initiative to every country where the company has an office, and will focus on places with homophobic cultures, where anti-gay laws exist.

Google's Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe outlined the initiative at a Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London earlier today. "We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office. It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work.

Their strategy involves developing partnerships between companies and organizations to support grass-roots campaigns.

I wonder if they intend to campaign heavily in the homophobic red states across America.



"These are not adults leveling serious criticism; these are scorned right-wingers showing all the maturity of a little boy. No wonder I fit in so well when I was 13." – JONATHAN KROHN, boy conservative (Salon)


Willard had a fundraiser in the Hamptons…

A New York City donor a few cars back, who also would not give her name, said Romney needed to do a better job connecting. "I don't think the common person is getting it," she said from the passenger seat of a Range Rover stamped with East Hampton beach permits. "Nobody understands why Obama is hurting them.

"We've got the message," she added. "But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who's got the right to vote — they don't understand what's going on. I just think if you're lower income — one, you're not as educated, two, they don't understand how it works, they don't understand how the systems work, they don't understand the impact."

OK, some rich lady called us "commoners" and said rather bluntly that we are stupid. But I think that the real money quote (sorry about that) is "Nobody understands why Obama is hurting them." I guess we are too dumb to even know that.

I know that she doesn't speak for Mitt Romney, but the point is: Mitt speaks for her. These are the people that are hiring him.


The Koch brothers are lucky that they didn't hold their swank party for the Willard Mechanism in the town of Scranton PA; they just cut the police and fire department's salaries to the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25/hr. (Think Progress)


On Wednesday, the House will vote for the 31st time to repeal President Obama's health care reform law. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) defended the repeal vote on CNN's Starting Point, arguing that it is more than "political theater," and that she wishes they could vote to get rid of Obamacare every day:

RICHARD SOCARIDES (CO-PANELIST): You've voted [to repeal] 30 times already this year!

BLACKBURN: And we're going to do it again. We're going to do it again. We're going to do it again.

SOCARIDES: How many times?

BLACKBURN: I wish we'd go do it every single day. It is a terrible piece of legislation.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that if Republicans eliminated Obamacare in its entirety, more than 30 million Americans would go without coverage, "people would end up paying more for health insurance," "the average insurance policy in this market would cover a smaller share of enrollees' costs," "premiums for employment-based coverage obtained through large employers would be slightly higher," and the deficit would grow by $230 billion.


Conservative pundit Pat Buchanan — who was recently fired from MSNBC after penning a racist book bemoaning the "end of white America" — reinforced his sexism during an episode of the McLaughlin Group on Sunday. Asked when the country would elect its first female president, Buchanan predicted "2040 or 2050" — well after his expected lifespan. And when host John McLaughlin pressed, "that late?" the 73-year-old Buchanan quipped, "let's hope so" and broke out in laughter. McLaughlin added that "Hillary Clinton owes it to her gender" to run.


Washington Post columnist George Will spent much of 2009 denying the overwhelming scientific consensus that man-made global climate change is a real and dangerous phenomenon, sometimes publishing objectively false information. At one point, for example, Will claimed that "according to the University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center, global sea ice levels now equal those of 1979." The Arctic Climate Research Center almost immediately responded will real data contradicting Will's claim, adding "[w]e do not know where George Will is getting his information."

On ABC News' This Week this morning, Will resumed his crusade against science, this time trying to blame the record heat wave spreading across America on an ordinary summer:

WILL: How do we explain the heat? One word: summer. I grew up in central Illinois in a house that had air conditioning. What is so unusual about this? . . . We're having some hot weather. Get over it.

To answer Will's question, what is unusual about the current heat wave is not that it is hot in summer. Warm summers are nothing new. What is new is that America is now experiencing a heat wave of unprecedented length and nearly unprecedented force. In Washington, DC, for example, the 11 day stretch of temperatures above 95 degrees is the longest in recorded history. DC also has not experienced temperatures this high in eight decades.

If this were an isolated incident, it could possibly be dismissed. But the truth is that unusually high temperatures are no longer, well, unusual. All 12 of the hottest years on record occurred in the last fifteen years.

At this point, it's clear that no amount of new information, no amount of scientific evidence, not even his own experience stepping out into a record heat wave every day for nearly two weeks, can get Mr. Will to stop claiming that global warming is a myth. The fact that Will is so completely incapable of adapting to new information — not to mention his record of printing pure falsehoods — raises serious questions about why the Washington Post continues to publish him.


George Will is a fucking idiot.



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