Archive for May 19, 2012
Demonstrations surrounding the NATO meeting in Chicago have begun. This pic was posted about an hour ago:
What’s happening here is the Chicago Police Department, whose salaries we pay for with Our Tax Dollars, are standing against We the People. They work for us, not the corporatocracy. Ah, do they know that?
A cause for concern.
More NATO/ Occupy things happening tomorrow and Monday in Chitown. If there’s a riot*, the “liberal media” will cover it. Otherwise, crickets.
* Per Martin Luther King, Jr.; “A riot is the language of the unheard.”
Per the AP:
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has updated his status to “married.”
Zuckerberg and 27-year-old Priscilla Chan tied the knot at a small ceremony at his Palo Alto, Calif., home Saturday, capping a busy week for the couple.
Zuckerberg took his company public in one of the most anticipated moves in Wall Street history Friday. And Chan graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, on Monday, the same day Zuckerberg turned 28.
The couple met at Harvard and have been together for more than nine years.
The NAACP officially endorsed marriage equality today:
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People today announced that a resolution supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples has been passed by the organization’s board of directors.
In a statement the NAACP says the move is “a continuation of its historic commitment to equal protection under the law.”
“The mission of the NAACP has always been to ensure the political, social and economic equality of all people,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NAACP. “We have and will oppose efforts to codify discrimination into law.”
“Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP.
Ben Jealous is such an ethical, honest, empathic, virtuous man. I stop, look and listen when I come across his name. When I remind myself that he’s only 39-years-old, my jaw drops.
Hum, you can’t get more inside Wall Street than Boomberg:
Private Jobs Increase More With Democrats in White House
During an election-year clash over which U.S. political party has the best prescription for curing unemployment, Democrats can argue that almost two-thirds of private-sector job growth in the past five decades came with them in the White House.
Democrats hold the edge though they occupied the Oval Office for 23 years since Kennedy’s inauguration, compared with 28 for the Republicans. Through April, Democratic presidents accounted for an average of 150,000 additional private-sector paychecks per month over that period, more than double the 71,000 average for Republicans.
Two-thirds of private-sector job growth over the last 50 years happened while Democrats were in the White House?
That’s an inconvenient fact.
On Wednesday Vermont became the first U.S. state to ban fracking. Today we learn via the London Independent that Britain doesn’t think fracking is worth the potentially dangerous ramifications:
Government Backtracks on Fracking
The Government has rejected shale gas technology as a solution to Britain’s energy crisis, conceding it will do little to cut bills or keep the lights on.
Supporters of the fracking technology – which blasts water, sand and chemicals at extreme pressures to release gas trapped deep in rock – argue it could be the single greatest factor in transforming Britain’s energy market, reducing our reliance on foreign imports and dramatically reducing costs.
But The Independent on Sunday has learned that industry experts made clear at a meeting attended by senior ministers, including David Cameron and Ed Davey, the Lib Dem energy secretary, that the UK’s reserves were smaller than first thought and could be uneconomical to extract.
Now senior coalition figures have agreed that shale gas has the potential to be deeply controversial without securing major benefits in lowering carbon emissions or reducing energy costs.
The revelation, ahead of the publication this week of major reforms of the energy market, will be welcomed by green campaigners who have been deeply opposed to clearing the way for a new generation of gas power plants, and voiced serious concerns about the environmental impact, including the potential for fracking to trigger earthquakes and contaminate water supplies.
Such good news.
Yes Virginia, there is
a Santa Claus hope.
Former CNN and NBC anchor, Campbell Brown
has an op-ed in tomorrow’s New York Times titled: Obama: Stop Condescending to Women:
WHEN I listen to President Obama speak to and about women, he sometimes sounds too paternalistic for my taste. In numerous appearances over the years — most recently at the Barnard graduation — he has made reference to how women are smarter than men. It’s all so tired, the kind of fake praise showered upon those one views as easy to impress. As I listen, I am always bracing for the old go-to cliché: “Behind every great man is a great woman.”
Some women are smarter than men and some aren’t. But to suggest to women that they deserve dominance instead of equality is at best a cheap applause line.
You get the idea.
At the end of the piece, the Times identifies Brown as “a former news anchor for CNN and NBC.”
I think readers should know something else: Brown is married to Dan Senor,
who most famously served as Chief Spokesperson for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq and as a Senior Advisor to Ambassador L. Paul Bremer in 2003 and 2004. Now he is the “foreign policy adviser” to Mitt Romney and the Romney campaign.
So here we have the wife of the foreign policy adviser to the Romney campaign writing an op-ed in the New York Times saying, essentially she’s sick of President Obama’s condescending tone when it comes to women but the reader isn’t told of her connection to the Romney campaign?
Occupy Wall Street protesters outside Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house this afternoon:
I envisioned Camp David as being way more rustic than this:
President Barack Obama hosts a working dinner in Laurel Cabin during the G8 Summit at Camp David, Md., May 18, 2012.