Archive for July, 2012

Desperate Elephant?

This video was posted on YouTube today.  It’s titled “Surreal Scene Elephant.”  The caption reads: “This will probably never happen to anyone that sees this.”

No other information is available.

My take on it is that an elephant wouldn’t get this close to a human being if he or she didn’t have to.  I’m thinking desperation, as in drought.

A priceless interaction (for the stunned humans) no matter the reason.

I’ll follow up.

July 31, 2012 at 8:58 PM 1 comment

Obama Apologizes to His Enemies, Again

I take it as a given you know about the faux wingnut outrage-that-will-end-life-as-we-know-it about the two busts of Winston Churchill that were or were not removed from the White House (I kid you not).

Please do the Google if you don’t.

Meanwhile, here’s the latest:  The White House is taking it seriously and — smack hand to forehead — responding, and beyond that, APOLOGIZING. Again, this is about minutia dredged up by the right to try to make Obama look like a hater but, don’t tell anyone, at its heart it’s all about taking the heat off of Mitt Romney’s disaster-a-minute “foreign relations” trip to Europe.

This afternoon the White House got on its hands and knees and Dan Pfieffer, the Assistant to the President and the White House Communications Director,  groveled to one of the loudest voices trumpeting the supposed “controversy,” Charles Krauthammer, thus giving Krauthammer legitimacy and codifying the insanity as a bona fide issue.

Fools:

Charles,

I take your criticism seriously and you are correct that you are owed an apology. There was clearly an internal confusion about the two busts and there was no intention to deceive. I clearly overshot the runway in my post. The point I was trying to make – under the belief that the Bust in the residence was the one previously in the Oval Office– was that this oft repeated talking point about the bust being a symbol of President Obama’s failure to appreciate the special relationship is false.  The bust that was returned was returned as a matter of course with all the other artwork that had been loaned to President Bush for display in his Oval Office and not something that President Obama or his Administration chose to do. I still think this is an important point and one I wish I had communicated better.

A better understanding of the facts on my part and a couple of deep breaths at the outset would have prevented this situation.  Having said all that, barring a miracle comeback from the Phillies I would like to see the Nats win a world series even if it comes after my apology

Thanks,

Dan Pfeiffer

Via WhiteHouse.gov

Are you kidding me!?

Wipe your mouth. There’s still a little bit of brown stuff around your lips.

Filed under:  Obama — Don’t Count on My Vote

 

July 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM Leave a comment

Fox News Could Save Your Life

Oh jeez.  I just came across this photo on my Facebook page via Being Liberal:

When I was at the Newshounds monitoring Neil Cavuto for an hour a day for four freaking years (I’m still detoxing), I had to have emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix.  I literally told the folks in the operating room that if something happened and they had trouble waking me up, all they had to do was turn on Fox and I would sit straight up in bed, probably let out some sort of blood-curdling scream; I’d get up and CHANGE THE DAMN CHANNEL and that would do it.

July 31, 2012 at 3:39 PM Leave a comment

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) Working to Legalize Dog Fighting

There’s something wrong with Steve King:

If you believe that the United States should legalize dogfighting because we allow humans to fight, fear not. You’ve got an ally in the United States Congress.

During a tele-townhall late last week, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) fielded a question about his opposition to animal rights and recently introduced legislation that would undermine local standards preventing animal torture. “It’s wrong to rate animals above human beings,” he told the questioner. To make his point, King argued that “there’s something wrong” for society to make it a “federal crime to watch animals fight” but “it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting.”

KING: When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that.

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Whut?  That doesn’t make any sense.

This is what the Humane Society of the United States says about dog fighting:

(Image via Zimbio.com)

1. What is dog fighting?

Dog fighting is a sadistic “contest” in which two dogs-specifically bred, conditioned, and trained to fight-are placed in a pit (generally a small arena enclosed by plywood walls) to fight each other for the spectators’ entertainment and gambling. Fights average nearly an hour in length and often last more than two hours.  [Sounds horrible.  Just horrible.]  Dog fights end when one of the dogs will not or cannot continue. In addition to these dogfights, there are reports of an increase in unorganized street fights in urban areas.

2. How does it cause animal suffering?

The injuries inflicted and sustained by dogs participating in dog fights are frequently severe, even fatal. The American pit bull terriers used in the majority of these fights have been specifically bred and trained for fighting and are unrelenting in their attempts to overcome their opponents. With their extremely powerful jaws, they are able to inflict severe bruising, deep puncture wounds and broken bones.

Dogs used in these events often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight. Other animals are often sacrificed as well. Some owners train their dogs for fights using smaller animals such as cats, rabbits or small dogs.

So yeah, let’s do it, huh?  The thought of spending a few hours watching two dogs kill each other or rip cats and rabbits apart sends a thrill up my spine. What a delightful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

My God.

Like I said, there’s something wrong with Steve King.

Oh, and talk about taking your eye off the economy.

 

July 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM 4 comments

Update: Twitter Reinstates Journalist Critical of NBC

Yesterday I posted about how Twitter had suspended the account of Guy Adams, a reporter from the London Independent, because he was sending tweets critical of NBC and its coverage of the Olympics.  (Twitter said it suspended Adams because he included the corporate email address of Gary Zenkel, the President of NBC Olympics.  Got that?  Zenkel’s corporate email address.

The kicker in the story was that Twitter has a pretty darn cozy relationship with NBC when it comes to the Olympics:

Twitter’s Olympics hub, part of a partnership between the San Francisco company and Comcast Corp.’s CMCSA +0.05% NBCUniversal that will be announced as early as Monday, is one of the first times Twitter will serve as an official narrator for a live event. NBC will tout the website with on-air promotions and links to athlete interviews or video clips.

So it looked like Twitter was censoring Adams on behalf of not only NBC, but itself.  I.e., the corporatocracy gone wild.

Anyway, long story short, Adams’ account has been reinstated:

I hope it was reinstated because Twitter and NBC got a boatload of sh*t over this.   Pretty outrageous.

July 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM Leave a comment

Romney Proposes Killing 37,000 Jobs

This is the exact opposite of what we should do right now in lieu of (1) climate change and (2) job creation:

Royd Moor Wind Farm in the United Kingdom (Image via Wikipedia)

Mitt Romney, a gentleman who is running for president of these United States, finally formalized his opposition to extending a key tax credit for the wind industry. The production tax credit, or PTC, provides incentives for growth in the wind industry and is due to expire at the end of the year. While his staff had previously suggested that the candidate opposed it, a spokesman was direct yesterday: let it die. From The Des Moines Register:

Shawn McCoy, a spokesman for Romney’s Iowa campaign, told The Des Moines Register, “He will allow the wind credit to expire, end the stimulus boondoggles, and create a level playing field on which all sources of energy can compete on their merits.”

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The statement makes very clear what the game is here: politics. “Stimulus boondoggles” and “level playing field” are code words, shorthand for “corruption” and “fossil fuels come first” that need no explanation from the Fox News set. …  It’s talking points.

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Nationally, an expiration of the tax credit could cost 37,000 jobs.

Instead of talking points, I’d be more interested in seeing an economic analysis provided by the campaign that makes the case for why ending the tax credit is good for the country, the government, and local communities. It seems unlikely to happen, since evidence points to the contrary — that the credit has broad benefits to everyone except the easily spooked fossil fuel industy [sic].

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Bingo.

A massive, national initiative to create wind farms all around the country (and to install solar panels on homes and office buildings) would put hundreds of thousands to work while helping wean us off fossil fuels.  But no.  The fossil fuel industry is simultaneous destroying the planet while keeping us from slowing the destruction.

They literally own the place.  The whole place. As in, well, the planet.

July 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM 1 comment

Best Yard Sign in the History of the Planet

Gotta have one:

(Image via DogsAgainstRomney.com)

July 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM Leave a comment

Marriage Equality Will be in the Democratic Party’s Platform

Good:

DNC confirms it: Marriage equality will be in party platform

In the first on the record confirmation of the Dem plan to insert a marriage equality plank into the party platform at the Democratic National Convention later this summer, the DNC is going out later this morning with an email informing its list of the decision:

I want you to be one of the first to know: After a unanimous decision on Sunday, the drafting committee for the Democratic National Convention embraced marriage equality as part of our platform for the 2012 Convention.

The next step will be for the full platform committee to vote on it, after which it will be presented to the delegates at the Convention in Charlotte for a final vote. Make no mistake: This is a historic step toward fairness for all. Once again, Democrats are fighting to move this country forward.

Please stand with Democrats today and support marriage equality for all Americans.

When President Obama became the first sitting president to support marriage equality, Democrats stood shoulder to shoulder with him. I still remember that day. I couldn’t stop smiling.

Now, it’s up to us to speak up for what he has called a simple proposition: that every single American deserves to be treated equally.

Add your name today and say you’re with Democrats as we fight for the right of every American to marry the person they love:

Thank you for standing up,

Congressman Barney Frank

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Bravo!

Republicans have been arguing that the Dem party embrace of gay marriage will give them an advantage against vulnerable Democrats in Senate and Congressional races, because it allows them to say that Dems have taken their eye off the ball on the economy.

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Well, two can play that little game.  All Democrats have to do is remind folks about this:   Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA): Rename Waters Off the Entire U.S. Coast After Ronald Reagan

July 31, 2012 at 10:30 AM 2 comments

Romney’s Press Secretary Needs a Time Out

I thought Romney and his team might make it out of Poland without putting their foot in it but ah, no:

(Image via Wikipedia)

The traveling press secretary for Mitt Romney lost his cool and cursed at reporters who attempted to ask questions of the Republican presidential candidate in a public plaza near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw Tuesday.

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As Romney made his way to his vehicle, reporters attempted to shout questions to the candidate. The former Massachusetts governor, who has answered only three questions from his traveling press corps during a week-long overseas trip, ignored the queries.

When members of the press tried to ask Romney about some of the mishaps on his trip, his traveling press secretary Rick Gorka verbally dressed down reporters.

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Here’s a transcript of the questions and Gorka’s response:

CNN: “Governor Romney are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip?

NYT: “Governor Romney do you have a statement for the Palestinians?

Washington Post: “What about your gaffes?

NYT: “Governor Romney do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?”

CNN: “Governor Romney just a few questions sir, you haven’t taken but three questions on this trip from the press!

Gorka: “Show some respect”

NYT: “We haven’t had another chance to ask a question…”

Gorka: “Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”

Moments later, Gorka told Jonathan Martin, a reporter for Politico, to “shove it.”

Presidential.

Read more and see it on video here

 

July 31, 2012 at 8:22 AM 5 comments

ABC’s Jonathan Karl Wants Us to Buy BS Excuses as to Why Bush and Cheney Won’t be at the Republican Convention

ABC bimbo Jonathan Karl — ABC News’ “Senior Political Correspondent” writes a cute little article about how Dickhead Cheney just happens to have a fishing trip planned that will keep him from attending the Republican convention in Tampa this month.  And he thinks we’re dumb enough to believe his crap:

Cheney [and Bush] to Skip Republican Convention

Dick Cheney has plans for the end of August, but those plans don’t include going to the Republican convention in Tampa.

In fact, while his party gathers to formally nominate Mitt Romney for President, Cheney will be out of the country.

He tells me he is going fishing – in Canada.

(Image via openprtspecs.blogspot.com)

Yo, Karl you’re dumber than I am:

“I’ve got a fishing trip planned that week,” Cheney told me. “I’ve done a lot of conventions over the years, but this is a special trip I’ve been planning on for a long time.”

Cheney, an avid fly fisherman, has been a fixture at Republican conventions since the 1970s, but this won’t be the first one he’s skipped. He didn’t go to the 2008 in St. Paul, Minn., either.

Gosh Jonathan.  Do you remember 2008 and why Cheney skipped that convention? Because he was hated: 18 percent positive and 74 percent negative.  Hello!

He also has good Republican company when it comes to missing this year’s convention: former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush aren’t going either.

He’s still hated.  And so is George.  That’s why they’re not going to be in Tampa.

This pathetic piece is considered “news” in these here United States of America and a guy like Jonathan Karl gets paid millions to report it.

 

July 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM 2 comments

Netanyahu Bosses Mitt Romney Around

Looks like that new Newsweek cover is asking the right question:

Wow. I can’t type fast enough to keep up with Romney’s yellow jello tour. [Yesterday], Mitt Romney, who doesn’t apologize for America but does let the British tell him to apologize, let the Israeli Prime Minister boss him around. Romney had a 1:30 meeting with MK Shelly Yacimovich, the leader of the Labor party, that he canceled at the last minute after meeting with Netanyahu.

Romney can’t even meet with the opposition? MEET, not agree. Meet. It’s protocol to meet the opposition. It’s called statesmanship.

Haaretz reported that “Romney apparently accepts instructions from Netanyahu” (are these the kinds of headlines we want to see about our President?):

Today it has become clear that the two are more than just friends. Romney apparently accepts instructions from Netanyahu who succeeded in getting him to cancel a scheduled and meticulously planned meeting with MK Shelly Yacimovich, the leader of the Labor party…

Herzog (Labor faction head Yitzhak (Buzi) Herzog) was dumbfounded to hear of the cancellation on two hours’ notice. He said that Romney was “intentionally misguided by political elements that were unsettled by the steady strengthening of Yacimovich and her transformation into the only alternative to the prime minister.” Circles close to Yacimovich said it clearly: “This is the crude hand of Netanyahu and his people against the background of the disagreement between him and Yacimovich over the economic measures his government is about to adopt.”

Netanyahu’s camp denies having any part in this, but the negotiations for this meeting were long in the making and were confirmed repeatedly today, up until the time Romney took his meeting with Netanyahu.

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This is not, after all, a matter of policy – it’s a matter of protocol. It’s a meeting. Is Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, not allowed to meet with the opposition because a foreign leader doesn’t want him to? How does that serve America?

Why is Romney so utterly devoid in spine? All he had to do was explain that it is protocol to meet with the opposition and while his loyalty lay with Netanyahu, he is required and duty bound to meet with the opposition. Instead, Romney let Netanyahu be the boss of him.

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And voila, now we know the answer to Newsweek’s question: YES!

 

 

July 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM Leave a comment

Twitter Suspends Journalist’s Twitter Account Over Criticism of NBC’s Olympic Coverage

Yeah, Twitter’s logo is that cute little blue bird

 

but that cute little blue bird is now fully ensconced in the cya culture of the global corporatocracy:

Guy Adams is The Independent‘s Los Angeles bureau chief. During the Olympics so far, he has carved out a nice spot on the how-much-NBC’s-coverage-sucks beat. Now his Twitter account has been suspended—supposedly because NBC had it cut off after he complained.

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What exactly did Adams have to say? Plenty. Here’s a look at some of his tweets, all of which are now hidden, but have been preserved on Topsy:

A Twitter support staffer informed him that it was the last Tweet that did Adams in—for “posting an individual’s private information.” The address he posted was Zenkel’s corporate address, which can easily be figured out by Googling how NBC makes its addresses.

Now here’s the kicker:

But Twitter is more than a neutral content carrier during these Olympics. The blue bird and the Peacock are teaming up to present the games:

Twitter’s Olympics hub, part of a partnership between the San Francisco company and Comcast Corp.’s CMCSA +0.05% NBCUniversal that will be announced as early as Monday, is one of the first times Twitter will serve as an official narrator for a live event. NBC will tout the website with on-air promotions and links to athlete interviews or video clips.

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So, sweet little relationship going on here, huh?  Twitter shuts down the account of someone with valid complaints, imho, because that person is criticizing one of its corporate partners.

Chilling.  Big brother in action, big time.

 

July 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM Leave a comment

Wingnuts Make Mountain Out of a Mole Hill In Order to Smear Obama. Again

This headline is up over at the DailyCaller:

Book Bombshell: Obama Canceled Bin Laden ‘Kill’ Raid Three Times at Jarrett’s Urging

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At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission, according to an explosive new book scheduled for release August 21. The Daily Caller has seen a portion of the chapter in which the stunning revelation appears.

In ”Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him,“ Richard Miniter writes that Obama canceled the “kill” mission in January 2011, again in February, and a third time in March. Obama’s close adviser Valerie Jarrett persuaded him to hold off each time, according to the book.

Miniter, a two-time New York Times best-selling author, cites an unnamed source with Joint Special Operations Command who had direct knowledge of the operation and its planning.

Obama administration officials also said after the raid that the president had delayed giving the order to kill the arch-terrorist the day before the operation was carried out, in what turned out to be his fourth moment of indecision.

So, President Obama was cautious and wanted to maximize the success of the “kill” mission but righties turn that into evidence that Obama is a reluctant, indecisive president?

Okaaay.

 

July 30, 2012 at 1:32 PM 2 comments

Polish Union Breaks With Its Old Boss Over Romney

Mitt Romney should be arriving in Poland right about now on the third leg of his hilarious “foreign relations” tour (during which he’s trying to show Obama how to do it).

One of Romney’s main events in Poland is a meeting with Lech Walesa, the former head of the Solidarity union (and former president of the country itself), who organized workers in the 1980s to oppose the then-authoritarian regime and to bring it down.  Amazingly, Mr. Walesa has cozied up to Romney, apparently having forgotten from whence he came.

Anyway, today we learn that the Solidarity union has broken with Walesa in a big way:

(Image via Buzzfeed)

Right on!

For a larger, more readable version, go here.

July 30, 2012 at 1:03 PM 1 comment

Republicans And Their Austerity Party BS

My Tweet of the Day:

And the sheeple lap it up.

July 30, 2012 at 12:32 PM Leave a comment

Paul Ryan’s Austerity Car

Heehee:

(Image via @Schneider_CM on Twitter)

July 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM Leave a comment

NBC News Doesn’t Think I Can Handle the News

I’ve been following the slam on NBC’s horrible Olympic coverage since Friday’s opening.  A tweet I saw yesterday went something like, this: “I got an email from CNN about so-and-so winning such-and-such but NBC IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY FACE but they haven’t said anything about it.”    (Screaming in the original.)

Not only is NBC wedded with a ball and chain to its script, it’s wedded to shielding the U.S. audience, which it apparently thinks is pretty darn delicate, from things it thinks its audience can’t handle.  Like this, which insults the shi*t out of me:

NBC: We skipped terror tribute because it wasn’t “tailored for the U.S. audience”

So when it came time in the opening ceremony for something that has been widely interpreted as a tribute to the 52 victims of terrorist attacks in London in 2005, it’s not shocking NBC didn’t see lingering on that as helping its overall marketing effort. When asked why NBC didn’t show the memorial, NBC spokesman Greg Hughes on Saturday said only that “our programming is tailored for the U.S. audience. It’s a tribute to (opening ceremony producer) Danny Boyle that it required so little editing.”

The rest of the world saw the live, unedited version of the opening ceremony but paternalistic NBC didn’t think we here in the U.S. could handle it.

Hey NBC, don’t treat me like a child and don’t divide the people of the world into haves and have nots and those who are worthy or unworthy of tributes.  Your job is to report the news, as in facts.  Period.

So next time, show the whole ceremony without censoring what you think might upset me.  I want reality.  Not something “tailored for the U.S. audience.” That’s not for you as a “news” organization to decide.

July 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM Leave a comment

Romney Commits Giant Faux Pas in Israel

Romney’s attempt to boost his foreign policy credentials just got whacked in the knees again, this time in Israel:

Today is Tisha b’Av, the ninth of Av, a Jewish day of fasting and mourning. It is on this day that the First and Second Temples were destroyed. The Western Wall, in Jerusalem, is a retaining wall of the Second Temple. It is, especially on this day, a locus of prayer and reflection. It is also, on this particular Tisha b’Av, the location of a very important photo opportunity for an American presidential candidate.

How vulgar is this?

Pretty darn vulgar.  And as for his foreign policy cred, it ain’t looking all that good either.

Can’t wait to see what happens during his next stop, Poland.  I heard he’s going to meet with Lech Walesa, the former president of the labor union, Solidarity,

(Image via Wikipedia)

which was pivotal in bring down Poland’s repressive government.  Walesa eventually became president of the country.  Watch Mitt say something to him about how awful unions are.

What a disaster.

 

 

July 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM Leave a comment

Former Republican Presidential Candidates Crap on Small Business Owners

This is disgusting given the Republican’s rhetoric about having soooooo muuuuucch love and concern for small business owners:

(AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall)

Michele Bachmann used a fleet of golf carts to transport supporters around the grounds of Iowa State University en route to winning the Ames straw poll last August, in what proved to be the high point of her campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.

The guy who owns those golf carts is still waiting for his check.

He’s not alone; Bachmann’s camp owes $935,000 to vendors across the country.

Other Republican contenders such as Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum owe even more; their campaigns are $4.85 million and $1.69 million in the hole, respectively, according to their most recent federal campaign reports.

Unpaid Jon Huntsman vendors lawyered up earlier this year, and the former Utah governor responded by personally loaning money his campaign $1.54 million since March to clear most, but not all debts.

While it’s common for presidential campaigns to take their time closing up shop, the small businesses left holding the bag are asking: Whatever happened to fiscal responsibility?

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July 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM Leave a comment

New Newsweek Cover Asks if Romney’s Too Wimpy and Insecure to be Prez

Ouch:

That’s our cover this week, which asks if the former Massachusetts governor—who’s dodging the press, hiding his tax returns, and fearing the base—is too insecure to be president.

(Via.)

July 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM Leave a comment

Minimalism — Living in a 78 Sq. Ft. “Apartment”

Talk about minimalistic living, how about a 78 square foot “apartment?”

Luke Clark Tyler deserves a medal:

(Via.)

I wonder if there is any official language on the books in NYC as to what the definition of a “studio apartment” is, because this is really, really stretching it.

July 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM Leave a comment

Media: Tell the Truth About Mitt Romney in Israel

I’ve been reading articles, emails and tweets all day from the press whining, about being shut out of a Romney fundraiser in Jerusalem.  I didn’t get it, because the press is regularly shut out of fundraisers by both parties, but now I do:

(Image via FairSyndication.org)

Romney Bans Media from Jerusalem Fundraiser, Violating Pre-Established Protocol

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who touched down here Saturday night for a day of meetings with top Israeli and Palestinian leaders, plans to wrap up his visit to Israel by collecting money from some of his biggest benefactors behind closed doors.

Some of Romney’s Jewish donors are flying here from the United States to attend the Jerusalem fundraiser on Monday morning, including Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who has pledged to personally give tens of millions of dollars to a pro-Romney super PAC.

But Romney’s campaign announced Saturday that it would block the news media from covering the event, which will be held at the King David Hotel. The campaign’s decision to close the fundraiser to the press violates the ground rules it negotiated with news organizations in April, when Romney wrapped up the Republican nomination and began opening some of his finance events to the news media.

Under the agreement, a pool of wire, print and television reporters can cover every Romney fundraiser held in public venues, including hotels and country clubs. The campaign does not allow media coverage of fundraisers held in private residences.

Campaign spokesman Rick Gorka declined to explain the campaign’s decision to violate protocol with the Jerusalem event. Pressed repeatedly by reporters to offer an explanation, Gorka said only that the fundraiser was “closed press.”

“That’s all I’ve got for you — it’s closed press,” Gorka said.

Romney has a history of delivering different messages to his donors when reporters are not present to hear them.

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Instead of whining about not being let in to a fundraiser held at a public venue per their agreement, the press should point out what’s really going on here:  (1)  Mitt doesn’t want us to know what his plans are should he be elected because — hello — we wouldn’t vote for him if we did;  (2) he’s meeting with the top 001% –  the world’s richest people; (3) he’s so inept at speaking in public (think London) it’s best to impose a total blackout in case he sticks his foot in his mouth again; and (4) he broke a promise.

Why is this so hard media people?  (P.S.  We know why.  Because you’re owned.)

July 28, 2012 at 6:52 PM 1 comment

The Corporate Media Doesn’t Want You to Know About This

350.org organized a “stop the fracking” demonstration today in Washington, D.C.  Insofar as I know the corporate media won’t say a word about it, I thought I’d post a picture because it’s kind of like a tree falling in the forest.  If the corporate media doesn’t cover it, they think we’ll never know about it but li’l ol’ blogs like mine can do something about that.

So here; this happened:

(Image via 350.org on Twitter)

More images here.

July 28, 2012 at 3:29 PM Leave a comment

Not All that Into the Olympics?

Not all that into the Olympics but you still want to veg out tonight?  Watch the live brown bear and salmon cam at Brook Falls in Alaska,

(Screenshot via Explore.org)

here.

No joke.  Check it out.

July 27, 2012 at 7:16 PM Leave a comment

Republicons Succeed at Convincing (More) Conservatives Obama is a Muslim

Most of the conversation surrounding religion and the presidential election has been around Mitt Romney’s Mormonism. The Church of Latter-Day Saints is still a mystery to many Americans, and there were fears that Romney’s Mormonism would hurt him with voters unfamiliar with the religion. But the latest survey from the Pew Forum for Religion and Public life suggests that Romney has nothing to worry about — of the voters who know that Romney is a Mormon (60 percent), the vast majority say they are either comfortable with his faith (60 percent) or that it doesn’t matter at all (21 percent).

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Indeed, of the two candidates, religion actually seems to be a bigger factor for President Obama. Only 49 percent of voters know that Obama is a Christian, and 17 percent continue to say that he’s a Muslim. Among conservatives, 30 say that he is a Muslim; among the most conservative voters that jumps to 34 percent. When Pew first surveyed this question, in 2008, only 16 percent of conservatives believed that Obama was a Muslim. Put another way, as conservatives grew more familiar with Obama, their view of his religious beliefs moved deeper into fantasy.

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I would put it differently.  It isn’t about conservatives growing “more familiar with Obama.”  It’s about right-wing media (I’m looking at you Fox) and hate radio succeeding in making conservatives feel less familiar / comfortable with Obama, thus the jump in those who think he’s a Muslim.

Bonus link:  Think Obama’s a Muslim? Then You’re too Stupid to Vote.

July 27, 2012 at 6:29 PM Leave a comment

A Persuasive Argument That Obama is More Likely to Attack Iran Than Romney

This from Jeffrey Goldberg over at Salon, complimenting Obama on likely being more willing to attack Iran than Romney:

In Israel-Iran Conflict, Don’t Rely on Romney

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Romney, by all accounts, is uninterested in inheriting the mantle of President George W. Bush, who invaded two Muslim countries and lost popularity and credibility as a result.  Romney, despite his rhetoric, is more of a pragmatist than Bush, and far more cautious. An attack on Iran is an incautious act, one that even Bush rejected.

The unilateral use of force in the Middle East for a liberal Democrat like Obama is a credential; for a conservative Republican like Romney, it could be an albatross. I argued in a previous column that Romney is more likely than Obama to oversee a revitalized Middle East peace process. That’s because conservatives are better positioned to make peace; liberals are generally better positioned to launch preventive strikes at the nuclear programs of rogue nations. We know that U.S. voters, and world leaders, allow Obama extraordinary leeway when it comes to deadly drone strikes, precisely because of his politics, character and background. (We are talking about a man, after all, who won the Nobel Peace Prize while ordering the automated killing of suspected Muslim terrorists around the world.) Romney will get no comparative slack.

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Democrats have the (undeserved) wimp badge hanging around their neck whereas Republicans have the gun-slinging Texan hanging around theirs.  Obama may think he could earn his macho bona fides by going all the way against Iran whereas Romney probably feels he would look like another half-cocked Bush.

Makes scary sense to me.

July 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM 2 comments

Republicans: Romney is the “Worse Candidate Ever”

Here’s an interesting insider tidbit from Josh Marshall over at Talking Points Memo, a guy who marinates in politics:

Hey people, let’s show them we’re not that gullible or desperate!

July 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM Leave a comment

Sneak Peak at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

Reuters just released this photo of the floor of the stadium at which the Olympic Opening Ceremony will begin in just under two hours.  Looks like a recreation of the English countryside.  Cute.

A cloud-shaped structure is seen before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012. (REUTERS / David Gray)

(Via.)

July 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM Leave a comment

Good Thoughts

Here is a new release from John D. Boswell’s Symphony of Science, featuring a remix of the now-deceased PBS painter, Bob Ross.

The Symphony of Science is a musical project of John D Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form.

It’s an uplifting, happy tune; good for a Friday morning as we head into the weekend:

(Video via.)

Boswell is the same man who did the (even better, I think) remix of Mr. Rogers in “Garden of Your Mind.”

July 27, 2012 at 7:53 AM Leave a comment

Romney Begs People to Attend His Mega-Bucks London Fundraiser After PR Disaster

Romney’s London Fundraiser Doesn’t Sound Like A Success

Romney appears to have angered the entire of the British Isles in the past 24 hours.

Worse still, it seems that his fundraiser, which happened tonight, might not exactly be a huge success — it sounds like attendance could be a little thin.

Tickets to the event, which were originally priced at between $25,000 and $75,000, were being given away for just $1,000 a few hours before the event, UK right wing blogger Guido Fawkes tweets. Milo Yiannopoulos, a UK tech blogger

tweets:

You know Fox was chomping at the bit to blast a headline out about Romney’s “foreign policy” cred — ROMNEY WOWS LONDON  –  and his triumphant entry onto the international stage but that ain’t gonna happen.  This is their headline tonight:

No question things are bad for the cons when the big news on Fox’s is about the weather.

Hey, don’t look there.  Look over here!

July 26, 2012 at 7:34 PM Leave a comment

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