Archive for August 9, 2012
Hey, what’s with the GOP’s new logo:
See that teeny tiny elephant in the O of GOP?
What’s going on?
What happened to this:
Gosh. I wonder if the GOP might be trying to soften, er, shrink it’s fat cat image.
You know, to disassociate itself from the corporatocracy bankster image:
and this (I’m thinking lots of greasy junk food):
and this increasingly unpopular way of thinking:
This is going to be fun to watch:
DUMP ROMinee — Tampa’s Republican Delegates Must Dump Romney to Defeat Obam
“DUMP ROMNEY” contends that no delegates are actually “bound” by law or GOP
rules to vote for Romney and that, to win the White House and toss-up
Senate seats, delegates must exercise their right to “conscientiously
abstain” from Romney on the crucial first ballot, aiming for a
stronger ticket leader in subsequent convention voting rounds.
The core of a hard-hitting new 80,000 word book and incubating Tampa
insurgency, the entire memo can be read online free via Amazon Kindle
Cloud Reader using the Amazon.com search term “DUMP ROMNEY.” “Were
frontrunners simply entitled to the nomination, a convention wouldn’t
be necessary,” the texts say, noting that Intrade predictive markets
gives Obama odds of about 60-40 over Romney and that New York Times
political analyst Nate Silver projects about 300 electoral votes for
Obama, rating Romney’s current odds around 21%.
Like I said, this is going to be fun.
From the Department of I’ll Believe it When I See It
Via the London Independent:
US to Clean up Agent Orange in Vietnam
The US has begun a landmark project to clean up a dangerous chemical left from the defoliant Agent Orange, 50 years after American planes first sprayed it on Vietnam’s jungles to destroy enemy cover.
Dioxin, which has been linked to cancer, 150,000 birth defects and other disabilities, will be removed from the site of a former US air base in Danang in central Vietnam.
The plan is to excavate 73,000 cubic metres of soil for it to be cleansed. The US has given about $60m for environmental restoration and social services in Vietnam since 2007, but this is its first direct involvement in cleaning up dioxin.
The Vietnamese people are supposed to believe the U.S. will bust ass to clean up their jungle when it’s still twiddling its thumbs around here?
I live five miles from this,
Yo, Vietnam. Don’t get too excited.
The day after the tragic massacre at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, this happened:
Shortly after the Islamic Society of Joplin opened a mosque in 2007 in Joplin, a small town in Southwest Missouri, the sign in front was set on fire, an act determined to be arson. On the 4th of July of this year, someone who is undoubtedly a deeply patriotic person was filmed by a surveillance camera throwing a flaming object onto the roof of the mosque in an attempt to burn it down, causing some fire damage (see the video below); despite a $15,000 reward offered by the FBI for information leading to the arrest of those responsible and a clear shot of the attacker’s face, nobody has come forward to identify him.
On Monday of this week — the day after the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin — that same Joplin mosque burned to the ground,
completely destroyed by a fire that began in the middle of the night. So powerful was the fire that “only remnants indicated a building had been there, including some stone pillars that were still standing and a few pieces of charred plywood loosely held up by a frame.”
Meanwhile, a fund has been set up to help the Islamic Society of Joplin rebuilt their mosque. I’m not sure how long the site has been up but as of this second, it has raised $211,860 toward its $250,000 goal.
I just gave $20.00 that I don’t have because it’s the right thing to do and because I’m sick of the paranoia, anger and hate that has infected our country. I want the Islamic Society of Joplin to feel welcome and to know that I acknowledge their constitutionally protected right to practice their religion in peace.
If you want to give too, here’s where to go.
I hope the voice of those who support the Muslims in Joplin is louder than those who don’t.
Here’s the latest out of Greece, which is implementing “austerity measures” much like Mitt Romney favors, and look where that country’s headed:
The number of Greeks out of work has risen to a new high, with more than one million people unemployed, especially the young, official data shows.
The latest data, published on Thursday, showed that the country’s jobless rate climbed to 23.1 per cent in May from 22.6 per cent in April.
Almost 55 per cent of Greeks aged 15-24 are out of work, a desperate situation that fed into the popularity of anti-bailout parties in Greek elections this year.
The government announced plans to revive a labour reserve measure targeting 40,000 public servants for eventual dismissal, in a drive to achieve 11.5bn euros in savings promised to international lenders.
Government officials citing this scheme said Athens intends to shed tens of thousands of temporary contract workers by streamlining its needs across ministries and state entities.
Unemployment in Greece is already more than twice the average rate in the 17 countries sharing the euro and nearly as bad as in Spain where the jobless rate registered 24.6 per cent in the second quarter.
Can you hear me screaming now? With nearly a quarter of their population unemployed, the Greek Kool-Aid drinkers are talking about eliminating even more jobs?! Heck, they might eventually balance their budget but then what? Say unemployment climbs to 30, or 35 or 40 percent. Businesses all around the country will have closed because there is so little purchasing power and more and more people will have lost their jobs. So the tax dollars coming in with shrink and then. Ah, and then…
This is insane.
Last week we learned that strip clubs in Tampa Bay are gearing up for the Republican National Convention. One has even hired a stripper named Lisa Ann who looks like Sarah Palin. You know, to help satisfy the fantasy of so many Republican “family values” men.
And how we have an actual picture of “Sarah Paylin:”
and we find out — uh oh — she’s voting for Obama.
The box of Scott’s Miracle Gro in my garden supply cabinet is the last box I’ll ever buy:
In an election year filled with secret campaign money, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has made the unlikely choice to go public with a big political donation.
The Ohio-based company, familiar as the producer of a ubiquitous plant fertilizer, is now a political player, donating $200,000 in June to the Restore Our Future super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
That makes Miracle-Gro among the first public companies with well-known consumer brands to publicly enter the new world of campaign funding. That world has been reshaped by the 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed direct corporate spending on election campaigns.