Archive for July 24, 2012
I’m sure the victims of the Aurora shooting l-o-v-e-d this:
Christian Bale, star of the Batman films, met at the Medical Center of Aurora on Tuesday afternoon with seven patients injured in the mass shooting that occurred during a midnight showing of his new film.
Bill Voloch, interim president of Medical Center of Aurora, said Bale spent about 2½ hours at the hospital, where he met with five people still being treated for their injuries. Two others came from Swedish Medical Center to meet Bale, who stars at Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises.
“The patients were really happy to meet Bale,” Voloch said. “They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale.”
Bale and his wife, Sibi Blazic, also met with a number of doctors, Aurora police officers and emergency medicial [sic] technicians who were first reponders [sic] when James Eagan Holmes allegedly killed 12 people and injured 58 others at Century Aurora 16 theater early Friday morning. Bale spent about 10 minutes with each person.
(Just sayin': Do Denver Post reporters have spell check?)
This would be my Tweet of the Day:
Romney is repulsive.
The Evelina Children’s Hospital, an arm of St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, requires that the people who clean their windows wear Spiderman costumes. Isn’t that cool? I can only imagine the thrill the kids get when they see one of these guys crawling around outside their room.
What a nice thing to do.
Mitt Romney was interviewed by Larry Kudlow on CNBC this morning. Greg Sargent over at The Plum Line reports on one of the two big lies Romney told:
Well, I’m not going to predict, you know, the economic future, but I can tell you that you don’t raise taxes on people in the middle of a downturn like this, particularly one that’s gone on for three and a half years.Yes, that’s right. Mitt Romney is actually running around telling people that the Great Recession began not in late 2007, when the economists say it did, or even at the financial crisis in September 2008 … but 3 1/2 years ago – in other words, in January 2009.
I’ve been talking a lot about lazy mendacity, and these are two prime examples of exactly what’s going on here. Note that Kudlow certainly didn’t call Romney on either of these flat-out lies [hell no], lies that are being repeated in one form or another across the spectrum of Republican-aligned and Republican-friendly press outlets.
There are two big objectives to telling this lie. First, push the beginning of the Great Recession off a Republican’s watch, as in George W. Bush’s, and two, to place it squarely on a Democrat’s, as in Obama’s. Republicans, as a whole, are trying to rewriting history because they can’t win if they tell the truth (or if they let everyone who’s entitled to, to vote).
Mitt Romney gave a big, tough speech to the VFW convention in Reno, Nevada today. I wonder if the folks in the audience knew this because he sure the heck didn’t mention it:
Though an early supporter of the Vietnam War, Romney avoided military service at the height of the fighting after high school by seeking and receiving four draft deferments, according to Selective Service records. They included college deferments and a 31-month stretch as a “minister of religion” in France, a classification for Mormon missionaries that the church at the time feared was being overused. The country was cutting troop levels by the time he became eligible for the draft, and his lottery number was not called.
Critics note that the candidate is among three generations of Romneys – including his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, and five sons – who were of military age during armed conflicts but did not serve.
Indeed, Romney strongly supported the war at first. As a freshman at Stanford University, he protested anti-war activists. In one photo, he’s shown in a small crowd of students, smiling broadly, wearing a sport jacket and holding up a sign that says, “Speak Out, Don’t Sit In.”
“It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam, but nor did I take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft,” Romney told the newspaper.
But that’s exactly what Romney did, according Selective Service records. He received his first deferment for “activity in study” in October 1965 while at Stanford.
After his first year at Stanford, Romney qualified for 4-D deferment status as “a minister of religion or divinity student.” It was a status he would hold from July 1966 until February 1969, a period he largely spent in France working as a Mormon missionary.
His 31-month religious deferment expired in early 1969. And Romney received an academic studies deferment for much of the next two years. He became available for military service at the end of 1970 when his deferments ran out and he could have been drafted. But by that time, America was beginning to slice its troop levels, and Romney’s relatively high lottery number – 300 out of 365 – was not called.
Yet another of the brigade of chicken-hawks on the right.
This is a very disturbing new political trend pioneered, far as I can tell, by Mitt Romney:
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, already drawing attention for its focus on secrecy, has now begun editing his record as New York attorney general, sending aides to the state archives to remove key documents from public view.
The aides have declared off limits all of Mr. Cuomo’s files related to a 2007 inquiry into the use of the State Police for political purposes, which was one of the most prominent public corruption investigations he oversaw as attorney general. And, in a change of practice, the administration is also pre-emptively reviewing all documents sent by the governor to the archives and removing anything it deems sensitive from public view.
The review of the archived material comes at a time when Mr. Cuomo is being much discussed as a 2016 presidential candidate. Many public figures with national ambitions have been concerned about being tripped up by old documents; when Mitt Romney left the governorship in Massachusetts, his administration wiped all e-mail from the government server and allowed his top aides to buy their work hard drives, so no electronic record remained.
So, if you’re planning on running for office — particularly for president — the new thing is to sweep away anything potentially damaging or controversial. I envision a time in the not-too-distant future when we’re asked to vote for people we essentially know nothing about.
Little dog carries his cat buddy into the house:
As Mitt Romney heads to London, Israel and Poland, will the “liberal media” call him “presumptuous” like it did when candidate Obama went to Europe? (Hint: No.)
I can’t think of a better indication as to how paralyzed and dysfunctional Washington is than this:
An increasingly idle Congress is causing atrophy in many of the nation’s most muscular political forces.
The 50 largest lobbying spenders, including big corporations like AT&T and trade groups like the National Association of Realtors, collectively spent about $168 million lobbying Congress between April and June — a $30 million decline from their first quarter efforts, a POLITICO analysis of new lobbying disclosures indicates.
In some cases, the quarter-to-quarter lobbying dips are measured in seven-figures: AT&T spent $7.05 million during the year’s first quarter and $3.49 million during the second, while ExxonMobil dropped from $4.17 million to $2.77 million.
For the same time periods, pharmaceutical companies Pfizer ($3.6 million to $2.3 million), Novartis ($2.75 million to $1.44 million) and Johnson & Johnson ($2.27 million to $1.2 million) are among those who also reported notable spending decreases.
An across-the-board dip is a “direct reflection of the lack of any meaningful action by Congress to address the major issues facing our economy,” said Tita Freeman of the Business Roundtable, an association of leading corporate chief executives.
Washington fiddles while Rome burns.