Archive for January 17, 2012

An Invitation to Assassination

This is chilling:

Operation Rescue has launched a new website that contains a database of abortion providers all over the country.

Troy Newman, president of the anti-abortion rights group Operation Rescue, announced last June that his group would be conducting a “massive research project to identify every abortionist in the country.” Newman told his supporters that he needs fellow anti-abortion advocates to contribute any information they can about abortion providers where they live.

The resulting website,, “is a searchable database that endeavors to list every surgical abortion clinic, every ‘abortion pill-only’ clinic, and every abortionist in the United States,” a Tuesday press release says.


1)  Abortion is legal in the United States of America.

2)   If you oppose abortion, ask your representative(s) to change the law.  Wonder why they haven’t and why they didn’t do so during the Bush II administration when they ruled the world?  They didn’t because they want to hang that over your head as something they’ll supposedly do if you elect them next time and next time and next time.  It’s the old God, guns, gays and abortion carrot they dangle in front of you every two years.

3)  Doctors who perform abortions are just that — doctors.  They aren’t “abortionists.”  Again, abortion is legal in the United States of America.

4)  There is a prominent abortion clinic in my town.  It is operated by Warren Hern, M.D.  Dr. Hern was a friend of Dr. George Tiller, the Kansas physician whose brains were blown out in 2009 for, again, practicing legal medicine in the United States of America. The website features a picture of the building Dr. Hern practices in; it gives the phone number and address; it features a video of Dr. Hern (so he’s easily identifiable) and a map to the clinic which is in a busy area on a narrow street, across from Boulder’s main hospital.  If a bomb went off in that area, as has happened at other clinics in the United States, many people could be injured or killed.

If you ask me, that’s exactly what hopes will happen.

This.  Is.  Terrorism.

January 17, 2012 at 7:35 PM Leave a comment

Battle Royale Brewing in Wisconsin

Scott Walker Recall: Organizers Collect 1 Million Signatures, Far Exceeding Number Required

Democrats needed to collect 540,208 signatures to trigger a gubernatorial recall election against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). On Tuesday, they announced they had far exceeded that number, collecting more than one million signatures.

Tuesday was the deadline for recall organizers, led by the group United Wisconsin, to turn in their petitions. The number collected is 185 percent of the signatures required to force a recall election. Organizers also collected enough to trigger a recalls of the lieutenant governor and four Republican state senators.


While Democrats were announcing the results of their efforts in Wisconsin, Walker was on the East Coast. He has a New York City fundraiser scheduled that costs at least $2,500 per person to attend.

Here’s more on that fundraiser Walker attended today:

Tuesday’s Walker fundraiser, first reported by the New York Daily News, is hosted by no less than Hank Greenberg, the former CEO of American International Group, the global insurance corporation that needed $150 billion in bailout funds in 2008 and 2009 from the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve.

Here’s a copy of the invitation:

And this is how Fox is portraying the whole thing — from a Walker-as-victim perspective, of course:

Walker is owned by the Koch Brothers (and now, apparently, by I-love-Socialism-as-long-as-it-means-bailouts-for-the-rich-Maurice Greenberg (as in the above)) so this is going to be a vicious battle between the 1%ers who  pay to put stooges in office who will do their bidding, and the rest of us.

January 17, 2012 at 6:02 PM Leave a comment

How Mitt Romney Learned That Authenticity Kills

Here’s a fascinating article that may explain why Mitt Romney is so inauthentic and robotic:  What Mitt Romney Learned From his Dad:

Photo: AP

Mitt learned at an impressionable age that in politics, authenticity kills. Heeding the lesson of his father’s fall, he became a virtual parody of an inauthentic politician. In 1994 he ran for senate to Ted Kennedy’s right on gay rights; as governor, of course, he installed the dreaded individual mandate into Massachusetts’ healthcare system. Then he raced to the right to run for president.


Four years ago, Romney announced his presidential candidacy — anyone remember? — in front of a state-of-the-art hybrid car. Positioning himself as an ecology president, he boasted about his father – “The Rambler automobile he championed was the first American car designed and marketed for economy and mileage” – and pointed to the car next beside him as “the first giant step away from our reliance on the gasoline engine.”

Now, of course, he’s a global warming denier.

Watch a video of Romney announcing his candidacy for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination here on C-SPAN.


January 17, 2012 at 4:02 PM Leave a comment

Rick Perry Surges to Third…

in his home state of Texas for God’s sake.

Holy cow.  This is humiliating:

Romney, Dewhurst lead in Texas

Rick Perry’s Presidential campaign is doing about as bad in Texas now as it is everywhere else in the country. When PPP last polled the state in September he was at 49%, leading Mitt Romney by 39 points.  Now Perry’s support has declined by 31 points, leaving him in 3rd place at 18%.

I have a feeling the Rickster’s political career is over.  He reminds me of the stereotypical dumb blond; someone who has gotten where he is because of his looks, not his brains.   But alas, the secret is out.

January 17, 2012 at 3:06 PM Leave a comment

Sweet Dog Greeted by Sweet Cows

Awe.  Cute animal alert!


January 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM Leave a comment

Mitt Romney’s Income Tax Rate: “Probably Closer to the 15% Rate Than Anything”

FLORENCE, SC:  Mitt Romney this morning said that he has been paying close to 15 percent on his income taxes in recent years, a figure that is likely to be used by his political opponents to cast the former Massachusetts governor as out of touch with average Americans, many of whom pay at a much higher rate.

“What’s the effective rate I’ve been paying?” Romney, who has declined to release his tax returns, said at a press conference here. “It’s probably closer to the 15 percent rate than anything. Because my last 10 years, I’ve — my income comes overwhelmingly from some investments made in the past, whether ordinary income or earned annually.”

I’ve heard through the grapevine that his  “not very much” speaker’s fees are in the neighborhood of $325,000.  That alone puts him in the top 2%.

January 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM Leave a comment

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