Saturday, September 8, 2012

Headlines - Saturday September 8

Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding in American interrogations of detainees than has been acknowledged by the United States, in a report Thursday that details further brutal treatment at secret CIA-run prisons under the Bush administration-era U.S. program of detention and rendition of terror suspects.
Offshore tax havens, outsourcing jobs, campaign merchandise made in China, no mention of the troops....I'm starting to question his patriotism.
Gabby Giffords leads the Pledge of Allegiance.

Minor schadenfreudian moment:

Rep. Todd Akin's effort to continue his bid for the Missouri Senate seat is now faced with a new challenge: Paying the campaign's bills for TV ads on time.

The Akin campaign's TV ad buy with the NBC affiliate in Columbia was canceled by the station, according to CBS radio in St. Louis. The campaign had paid the first half of the buy, but the station did not receive the other half. The TV station also said that it has confirmed that other stations have been put in the same position.

Seems like Akin's campaign has a way of shutting itself down.

Cease and desist - Yet another artist is demanding Wingnuttia quit using their music. R.E.M's Michael Stipe demanded Fox News quit using Losing My Religion as their theme music for their coverage of the DNC in Charlotte. (Raw Story)
Right Wing Watch: If the Kenyan Usurper Hawaiian Devil Baby is re-elected, it's all over.

More than two years after the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Isaac dredged up some of the oil BP conveniently buried on the ocean floor.

(CBS/AP) NEW ORLEANS – Laboratory tests show that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill.

Tests run by Louisiana State University for state wildlife officials confirmed that oil found on Elmer's Island and Grand Isle matched the biological fingerprint of the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed from BP's Macondo well.

On Wednesday, BP PLC said oil from its spill had been exposed by Isaac's waves and that the company would work to clean it up.

It's still out there under the water and on the ocean floor, but unfortunately for BP it was exposed.

But, you know, the oiled was consumed in a smorgasbord of billions of microbes! It all disappeared like magic!

What the Romney campaign claimed:

What actually happened:

Margaret & Helen: It's a shame the Republicans didn't have any living Presidents to showcase at their convention
"I think he diminished himself by even mentioning my name. How does he even know my name?" - Mooselini wondering how and why Senator John Kerry mentioned her name in his speech on Thursday.

Gimme a break.


Republicans, complain all you want to about the President moving his acceptance speech Friday Thursday indoors due to storms, what the Democrats did afterwards for Charlotte is outstanding. The logistics for the event move included deciding what to do with all the food for the 65,000 people expected to be on hand, and when the event was moved, the DNC absolutely did the right thing.

All the fancy catered food intended for the VIP suites and club rooms at the stadium – and perhaps even for the president himself – was redistributed Friday to local soup kitchens and shelters, via Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

On the menu: thousands of pounds of pecan-fried chicken, baked orzo, fresh crudités, three-bean bake, fresh-cut fruit and something called short rib cobbler.

And that's only a partial list.

It had all been prepared in advance by chef Jon Morey and the kitchen staff of Delaware North Inc., the official food provider for the stadium. A dollar value for the food was not immediately available.

"It's really a wonderful order," said Kay Carter of Second Harvest, which got 7,500 pounds of the food.

"None of this food will go to waste. We contacted every shelter and soup kitchen in town and asked them how much refrigeration capacity they have and how many are they feeding. It will all be gone at the end of the day."

Second Harvest has a history of redistributing fresh food at a moment's notice, she said, including leftovers from major golf tournaments.

However, the Democratic National Convention's gift is different, if only for the inclusion of enough popcorn for 70,000 people, popped and stuffed into bags. It will go to the community's various children's programs, including low-income day cares. "At least it doesn't weigh a lot," Carter said.

This is outstanding, and more people need to know about it. Spread the word.

Tax Exempt Status - Notable pedophile protector Cardinal Timothy Dolan took the opportunity to offer a prayer against abortion, contraception and marriage equality, and signaled to the GOP that he was in Charlotte to condemn the Dims. Now can we take away the tax exempt status of all religious organizations? (Salon)
If tweets were votes, then the Dems have nothing to worry about:

A new record political moment on Twitter: @barackobama drives 52,757 Tweets per minute. Over 9 million Tweets sent about #DNC2012.

It also should be noted that The Willard Mechanism did 14,000 Tweets per minute.

(Twitter Political Index)



If you're a surrogate and you do an interview with someone who makes 1/200 of what David Gregory makes, you better answer the fucking questions (via):

Anchor David Nelson: "Here in Iowa, as you know, same-sex marriage is legal. Do you believe a lesbian mother should be allowed to marry her partner?"

Ann Romney: "You know, I'm not going to talk about the specific issues. I'm going to let my husband speak on issues. I'm here to really just talk about my husband and what kind of husband and father he is and, you know, those are hot-button issues that distract from what the real voting issue is going to be at this election. That, it's going to be about the economy and jobs.


Anchor David Nelson: "Do you believe that employer-provided health insurance should be required to cover birth control?"

Ann Romney: "Again, you're asking me questions that are not about what this election is going to be about. This election is going to be about the economy and jobs."

Anchor David Nelson: "Well, a Pew Research poll shows those issues are very important to women, ranking them either "important" or "very important."

Ann Romney: "You know, but I personally believe, and this is what I'm hearing from women all across the country that they are going to look for the guy that's going to pull them out of the weeds and get them job security and a brighter future for their children. That's the message.

Let's raise a glass to David Nelson and all the middle-class journalists who show up everyday and do their fucking jobs. And let not the high-priced fellatio of the Beltway gigolos reflect poorly on their honorable profession.


Turns out it was all a big misunderstanding

I hope he still has to appear:

After being summoned to court by a federal judge, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted on Friday backed away from his order that would have banned counties from planning for early voting.

Husted's original order had essentially ignored a ruling by U.S. District Judge Peter Economus, who declared that early voting in the three days before the election could move forward. Economus sided with the Obama campaign, who sued Ohio to get the early voting re-implemented.

In a court filing on Friday afternoon, Husted said he "apologizes to the federal district court" for creating what he called the "misimpression" that he was ignoring the order. "The Secretary would never intentionally contravene an order issued by the federal district court or any other court — and this case is no exception," the state wrote.

The state of Ohio also requested a stay of the court's order until their appeal is heard with the Sixth Circuit.

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