Chris Hedges is on a mission. That mission is to save the Occupy movement from anarchists who employ any tactic of which Hedges does not approve.[...]
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I hope that the manufactured controversy about Ann Romney and her working woman cred is finally coming to an end. In my humble opinion Hilary Rosen was right. But what do I know? I am not a gazillionaire and I don't have kids. Wingnuts, this is not how you stop your war on women. Creating a false controversy and feigning outrage over this issue will not hide the facts.
Anyway, tonight I want to talk about some much more important things that have been happening in our country while the mainstream media and the chattering class focused on mommygate.
In case you haven't noticed, A-merry-cans have been slaughtering each other at an alarming rate. Take your pick: New Hampshire, New Jersey, California, and Ohio, (In a Cracker Barrel restaurant of all places.) Sanford, Florida....I could go on, but if you go into every one of those links that I have provided you will have more than enough material to keep you busy for awhile. Tragically, in two of those cases, men whose job it is to protect us lost their lives as well.
Ironically, the NRA is having their annual meeting in St. Louis, and Flipper actually addressed his so called gun loving friends and hunting buddies today. (Even though he only mentioned guns once. It's general election time. Let the flipping begin.) Of course Ann was by his side. It's the female vote stupid. Flipper told the crowd that Obama would restrain their Second Amendment freedoms, and (I am paraphrasing here) that he would take their god given rights to their guns from their praying hands. I am sure that this went over well with these geniuses. From what I have been reading they don't seem to be too bright.
The thing is, much to my dismay, Obama is actually more pro gun than Flipper.
Unfortunately for you gun loving winguts, -like everything else with Flipper- when it comes to this subject he is a fraud.
Finally, speaking of guns; according to some influential republican money people Obama should be speaking from behind bulletproof teleprompters.
"During an appearance on Fox Business Network Wednesday, Foster Friess--the billionaire backer of former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum--said he hopes President Obama's "teleprompters are bulletproof."
"There are a lot of things that haven't been hammered at because Rick and Mitt have been going at each other," the retired mutual fund manager said before he made his comment directed at the president. He later told ABC News that he regretted his words immediately after he said them." [Source]
Sure he did. * side eye*
"If I had a son he would look like Trayvon."
O, you might end up like Trayvon of some of these folks have their way.
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This should not come as a surprise to anyone. After spending half a year in rural Africa where there was hardly any noise, my adjustment time back to Paris living was constantly troubled by the screaming of annoying scooter and cheap motorcycle engines. Even now I still detest those sounds but have grown used to hearing them, so don't notice them quite as much. What I don't see in this article is anything about the noise from scooters, which is much more of an issue than car noise.
On a related issue, scooters and cheap motorcycles churn out a lot of air pollution, even more than cars. Any noise or air pollution policy that doesn't address scooters and motorcycles is really off target. EurActiv.com:
Road traffic noise is Europe?s most ubiquitous environmental health problem, with more than 44% of the population ? 210 million people ? estimated to regularly suffer volumes above 55 decibels.
At this level, voices must be raised to become audible and medical risks increase correspondingly, according to the World Health Organization.
Traffic noise can raise blood pressure, increase stress hormone levels and trigger cardiovascular problems, hypertension and mental illness. It can also cause insomnia, poor work performance and annoyance.
One recent study by CE Delft found that 50,000 people died prematurely and 200,000 suffered from cardiovascular disease each year in the EU because of traffic noise.
The latest stories from the front lines of the labor fight across the country...
Allen West, Still America's Dumbest CongressmanSo Rep. Allen West (R-FL), officially acknowledged by yours truly as definitely the Dumbest Person in Congress, was caught on camera earlier in the week claiming to his constituents that there were 70 or 80ish members of the Communist Party currently in the House of Representatives. For this, he was cruelly attacked and mocked by all the peoples of this dimension, none of whom are able to see these invisible communists that haunt Mr. West as he patrols the hallowed grounds of the capitol, and this, of course, hurt Mr. West's feelings. You already know where this is leading, right? Of course you do. You read the title of this post.
Yes, it leads to Mr. West sending out a fundraising letter based on the incident! Woo! Go, shamelessness! All right, let's have a look:
Dear Fellow Conservative,Or to make shit up wholesale, because that's how I roll. It's the same thing, right?
You know I am not afraid to speak the truth.
That?s why I?m the number one target of liberals and their friends in the media who are going completely nuts about my comments at a recent Townhall meeting. I need your help to fight back and stand up against the corrupt liberal media as they attempt cover for their left-wing allies.... by accurately reporting that gibberish I said, which was mean.
In response to a question about Marxists in Congress, I called out the Congressional Progressive Caucus for their extreme left-wing positions. I stand by the point of my comments and I need you to stand with me today by making a contribution of $10 or more.Because I am very, very dumb, and have never been able to tell the difference between a group of progressives and the Communist Party. But studies have proven that dumb people need more money than smart people, so please, won't you give?
The Progressive Caucus advocates for state control over industries, redistribution of wealth, reduced individual economic freedom, and the destruction of free markets. Members of this Caucus lavished praise on Fidel Castro following a 2009 visit to Cuba. They have even introduced a constitutional amendment to redistribute wealth.They are also building a Death Star. Oh, and they called your mother ugly. And they listen to music with curse words in it. Also: Hitler, for some reason. Let's just throw some Hitler in there too. And that gay Teletubby. Bob, I think his name was.
You can call them whatever you want, but they point is, they oppose free markets and individual economic freedom, they are determined to empower government to redistribute wealth, and they want to see the nation fundamentally transformed. Their policies are destructive and I will stand up to them regardless of the critics.I reject the communist notion that says I can't call dozens of my fellow congresspeople Communists just because I feel like it, or because I am too stupid to know the difference. This makes me a patriot, so give me some goddamn money already.
We?re in the fight for the heart and soul of our nation. It's a fight we can win, but we must all be involved. Please stand with me by making a contribution today.Your contribution will allow me to keep spouting gibberish at constituents, passers-by, and the media elite (oh, how we hate them). Think of it like adopting a hungry child, except instead of "hungry child" it is "exceptionally stupid congressman with no regard for the truth." Those studies I mentioned have also proven that exceptionally stupid congressmen with no regard for the truth need far, far more money than hungry children. That $10 you sent me won't go far, but it will at least allow me to buy another can of the special congressional paint I huff in order to come up with these things. P.S. I am not a crackpot.
Remember, kids: lying is good. Lying is cool. And if you're a Republican, getting caught lying can provide the basis for your next fundraising drive. That's what being a conservative is all about. Go, fightin' morons.
Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase, showing no ill effects from a foreclosure fraud settlement that was supposed to penalize them for fraudulent misconduct, both announced robust earnings gains today. Matt Stoller has a good look inside the numbers. But I[...]
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Linda Hirshman has written probably her best piece yet. This time about the fake outrage over Democratic pundit and strategist Hilary Rosen's comments about Mitt Romney's wife.
Romney, and the Republicans, are now claiming that President Obama has made the job market worse for women. Romney claims he's getting his information on the issue from his wife, who, as Rosen pointed out, has never held a job in the job market, so how, Rosen asked, could she know if President Obama has made it harder for women to get a paying job?
But never let the truth get in the way of some good ole GOP fake outrage, especially when the victim is a Democratic woman. Yes, Republicans are so concerned about protecting moms. That's why they beat the hell out of Hillary Clinton when her husband was running for president, and did the same to Michelle Obama. Because Republicans really like women... barefoot and pregnant.
Here's an excerpt of Linda's piece in the Washington Post. It's titled, "Hilary Rosen was right: Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life":
In the furor, everyone seemed to forget that unpaid mothers and household work are not what the discussion is about. Republicans are not talking about how jobs for stay-at-home moms have decreased under Obama.
They are talking about how paid work for women has suffered.
When Ann Romney?s husband, who faces a gender gap in some polls, uses her experience and insight as a megaphone for women?s concern over fewer paid jobs, he mistakenly assumes that all women are fungible. Which was, I take it, Rosen?s original point.
Although Ann Romney may be a fine spokesperson on some issues, the dirty little secret of angling for female votes is that while all women?s work, inside or outside the home, has the same worth, as Michelle Obama and Barbara Bush sweetly expressed, all women do not have the same interests. Women who work in the home do not have the same interest in the recovery of the formal job market as women who have to work for pay. Indeed, wage-earning women probably have more in common with their paycheck-dependent male co-workers on the subject of economic recovery than with household laborers such as Ann Romney.
Ann Romney could of course speak for some interests common to all women (and not common to men). All women, for example, have an interest in controlling their reproduction. They may choose to put the issue in the hands of some god, or they may choose to control it themselves, but it is an issue on which women as a group differ from men as a group. What might Ann Romney say about the interest of women in birth control?It's a much longer piece, and hard to excerpt because it's all good quotes. Go read it.
Or in breast cancer detection and research, an area where women have an interest different from all but a tiny handful of men? When the Susan G. Komen foundation announced cuts to breast-cancer-related funding for Planned Parenthood, Mitt Romney might have had his wife address that issue, in which, as a breast cancer survivor, she happens to have a real personal stake.
Snackman or Cigarette Guy? Chip-chomping subway peace-keeper Charles Sonder, 24, says, "I get enough dates without Snackman's help."
It's hard to imagine there's anyone who still hasn't heard about the legendary exploits of Snackman, chip-chomping enforcer of order on New York's no. 6 train. But for the benefit of readers who may be living under a rock somewhere, I pass along the much-watched video with this date-status update. -- Ken
'Snackman' Mobbed with Date Requests After Taking Bite Out of Crime
By Andrea Swalec, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
MANHATTAN -- Eat your hearts out, snack-loving ladies.
The hungry hero caught on cell phone video breaking up a subway fight without taking a bite out of his snacking time said he's received "about 50" messages -- including marriage proposals -- from interested ladies since the "Snackman" clip went viral earlier this week.
Charles "Snackman" Sonder, 24, a designer who works on the Lower East Side and now has his own Snack-Signal, confirmed that he's single -- but said he doesn't need help from his alter ego to land dates.
"I get enough girls without 'Snackman's' help," he said.
As two angry straphangers traded kicks on the 6 train as it passed through SoHo, "Snackman" is seen in the video posted on YouTube April 2 stepping between the fighters, breaking up the ruckus while nonchalantly continuing to munch chips.
Girls looking to be "Snackman's" Little Debbie took to the internet to express their affection.
"Snack man is cute," YouTube user good2btheking wrote in a comment on the video. "Any more videos of him consuming snacks?"
"He is sooooo fine omg i wanna sex him up lol," user medryl wrote.
Twitter user @KStoeffel inquired about whether "Snackman" was single, but said she wasn't the one who needed a snack-sensitive wingman.
"Asking for every other warm-blooded Fort Greene snacker," she wrote.
YouTube user CinemaObsessed suggested skipping the dating for wedded bliss. "Snack Man, will you marry me?" the user wrote.
Sonder, who lives in Brooklyn, said he hasn't responded yet to any of the queries, but he gave his would-be Ms. Snackmans reason to dream.
"Who knows. Maybe someone will stand out of the crowd," he said.
Sherman Creek lies along the Harlem River waterfront and is part of the Inwood neighborhood in Manhattan Community District 12. The primary study area is between Dyckman Street, Broadway, West 207th Street and the Harlem River, and includes Sherman Creek inlet, for which the surrounding area was named. The upland portion, between Broadway and Nagle Avenue, is a densely populated residential community, while the waterfront area, which is zoned primarily for industrial use, is characterized largely by underutilized and vacant land.#
For a while there (at least in the presidential race), the House of Ras looked like they had finally joined the mainstream. Gone were the days of results that were predictably several points to the good for Republican candidates. In the early part of this year, their numbers were right in line with the rest of the pollster world in key presidential states, and even marginally more optimistic for team Obama in a couple of cases.
With Mitt Romney now cemented as the Republican nominee, however, it is looking like the House is reverting to midseason form.
The numbers, to demonstrate:
GOP (PRESIDENTIAL) PRIMARY POLLING:
NATIONAL (YouGov): Romney 36, Santorum 18, Paul 15, Gingrich 10PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION TRIAL HEATS:
NATIONAL (Rasmussen Tracking): Romney d. Obama (48-44)DOWNBALLOT POLLING:
NATIONAL (YouGov): Obama d. Romney (46-43); Obama d. Santorum (47-41)
NORTH CAROLINA (Rasmussen): Romney d. Obama (46-44)
PA-04?D (Polk-Lepson Research): Ken Lee 9, Henry Perkinson 7
PA-04?R (Polk-Lepson Research): Chris Reilly 18, Scott Perry 13, Sean Summers 5, Mark Swomley 3, Kevin Downs 2, Eric Martin 2, Ted Waga 1
UT-04 (Mason Dixon for the Salt Lake Tribune): Rep. Jim Matheson (D) 46, Carl Wimmer (R) 45; Matheson 45, Mia Love (R) 42; Matheson 47, Stephen Sandstrom (R) 41
UT-04?R (Mason Dixon for the Salt Lake Tribune): Carl Wimmer 35, Mia Love 23, Stephen Sandstrom 14
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No birth control for you!The latest from America's Catholic bishops:
As Catholic bishops and American citizens, we address an urgent summons to our fellow Catholics and fellow Americans to be on guard, for religious liberty is under attack, both at home and abroad. [...]Let's see this for what it is?a demand that secular institutions with ties to religion be exempt from secular law. There is no other way to describe this. See The encroachment of religion on our secular government Part 1, The encroachment of religion on our secular government Part 2, and The progressive fight against the encroachment of religion on our secular government. And this demand for exemption from our secular laws is antithetical to our American system of government. The separation of church and state protects the state from encroachment by religious fiat. It also protects religion from encroachment by the government. Secular laws apply to us all, without regard to religious beliefs. That is a bedrock principle in America. The American Catholic bishops are intent on undermining this bedrock principle.
Is our most cherished freedom truly under threat? Sadly, it is. This is not a theological or legal dispute without real world consequences. Consider the following: HHS mandate for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. [...] In an unprecedented way, the federal government will both force religious institutions to facilitate and fund a product contrary to their own moral teaching and purport to define which religious institutions are "religious enough" to merit protection of their religious liberty. [Emphasis added.]
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