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In 2011, Utah’s Republican-controlled House and Senate passed a bill that would have enshrined abstinence-only education across the state and banned any instruction of birth control, condoms, or LGBT issues in student health classes. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) vetoed the measure to prevent it from taking effect — and now that sexual education courses [...]
This could possibly be the best riff he's done in the whole campaign. Speaking at a campaign rally in Virginia today specifically directed toward women, the president ran away with 'Romnesia', wrapping it all up with a cure: Obamacare.
Here's the transcript:
But now that we?re 18 days out from the election, Mr. ?Severely Conservative? wants you to think he was ?severely kidding? about everything he?s said over the last year. He told folks he was ?the ideal candidate? for the Tea Party, now suddenly he?s saying, ?what, who, me?? He?s forgetting what his own positions are, and he?s betting that you will too.
I mean he?s changing up so much ? backtracking and sidestepping. We?ve gotta name this condition that he?s going through.. I think it?s called ?Romnesia.? That?s what it?s called. I think that?s what he?s going through.
Now, I?m not a medical doctor but I do want to go over some of the symptoms with you because I want to make sure nobody else catches it.
If you say you?re for equal pay for equal work, but you keep refusing to say whether or not you?d sign a bill that protects equal pay for equal work ? you might have Romnesia.
If you say women should have access to contraceptive care, but you support legislation that would let your employer deny you contraceptive care ? you might have a case of Romnesia.
If you say you?ll protect a woman?s right to choose, but you stand up at a primary debate and said that you?d be ?delighted? to sign a law outlawing that right to choose in all cases ? man, you?ve definitely got Romnesia.
Now, this extends to other issues. If you say earlier in the year I?m going to give a tax cut to the top 1 percent and then in a debate you say, I don?t know anything about giving tax cuts to rich folks ? you need to get a thermometer, take your temperature, because you?ve probably got Romnesia.
If you say that you?re a champion of the coal industry when while you were Governor you stood in front of a coal plant and said, this plant will kill you ? that?s some Romnesia.
So ? I think you?re beginning to be able to identify these symptoms. And if you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can?t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, or the promises you?ve made over the six years you?ve been running for President, here?s the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions.
We can fix you up. We?ve got a cure. We can make you well, Virginia. This is a curable disease.
I mention the following point not as an exercise of obnoxious, unbridled arrogance, or as some kind of boast. I myself view it much more prosaically: it just happens to be true. And the point is this: for many years now, I've predicted, often in some detail, how future events would play out. I've done so by identifying the nature of the principles involved in the actions and statements of our political leaders, and by consulting history to see how similar situations have developed in the past. The entire process is often inordinately complicated, and it frequently makes my head hurt a lot. I'm obviously naming just the essentials of the analysis involved, and in very abstract terms. It's the dizzying number of details (together with what are often inconsistencies and contradictions) that make it so damnably difficult.
I could offer many examples to support the claim. Here are just a few: "An Election Conceived in Nausea," concerning the utter uselessness of the Democrats, written on October 30, 2006; "The Fatal Illusion of Opposition" and "Silenced: Barack Obama and the End of Struggle toward Truth and Freedom," published in May and August 2008, respectively. Consider, too, this very brief excerpt from a longer argument:
The overall course the Obama administration will follow will be that indicated by [Naomi] Klein with regard to torture, and the same stratagem will be applied to the use of torture, to confrontation with Iran, and to every other issue of significance. Klein refers to the removal of "small piece[s]" of the torture apparatus, and the return to "plausible deniability." We can make the same point in a different way: the Obama administration will return to the days when the U.S. government practiced all these horrors, but with better PR.That's from "You Aren't Going to Beat the System, Baby" -- and it was published on January 10, 2009. Yes, friends, before the supersplendiferous, transcenfuckingdental Obama even took office.
(As just one example, consider the trajectory of public attitudes concerning drones being used domestically in the United States. First, almost no one thought drones would ever be used domestically, certainly not in significant numbers. Then, most Americans got used to the idea of domestic drones, but we were concerned about "intrusive" surveillance and invasions of "privacy." Now, most Americans have already become accustomed to the idea of wide-scale surveillance, and they don't resist overhauling our conception of "privacy" altogether. This battle is already over; the battle was never actually engaged. The incontrovertible fact is that incomprehensible, endless, ever-proliferating regulations, statutes, rules and orders already allow the government to do whatever the hell it wants -- including murdering whomever it chooses, whenever it wants. In perhaps as few as five years, the skies over the United States will be filled with huge numbers of drones on a regular basis. Within ten years, most people won't even remember what life was like without them -- and if they do remember, most people won't care.)Yesterday, just one day after I published that article, I saw this: "Bay Area Law Enforcement Agencies Test Drones." The story begins this way:
They began as tools in military combat. Now aerial drones are being considered by Bay Area law enforcement agencies as a cost-cutting way to replace helicopters, and use technology to fight crime and save lives.A few aspects of the story should be noted, for they reveal the manner in which certain patterns are repeated over and over again.
?Very valuable to any tactical officer, as you?re setting up your perimeters and knowing what the suspect may have in his hands, how the suspect is dressed, what are the avenues of escape?? Ahern added that his office would only use drones during emergencies, from a high-speed or high-risk chase to search-and-rescue operations in disasters, as well as proactive policing measures like catching marijuana grows in fields on public lands and in grow houses.These patterns are all too horribly familiar at this point. Just as the U.S. military and its adjuncts rejoice that they can murder human beings and wreak destruction all over the globe without ever endangering oh-so-precious American lives (in contrast to all those other lives, which aren't worth shit), the Sheriff exults in the realization that law enforcement can spy everywhere in detail, and then develop and execute its plans of capture and murder (only with great reluctance, of course, and only if those rotten bastards make the good guys murder them, of course) -- all while protecting their own miserable asses. It's highly amusing. The good-guy tough guys used to be inordinately proud of their willingness "to put their asses on the line." Now they puff up their manly chests with the knowledge that their own asses will be sprinkled with baby powder and swaddled in the softest down, far from even the smallest particle of danger.
But not everyone is pleased at the growing number of agencies looking to use these [Unmanned Aerial Systems]. The American Civil Liberties Union or ACLU says drones should only be deployed when a warrant for a specific crime is involved. The ACLU is also worried that they may harm both privacy and people. In a statement, the ACLU wrote, ?Drone manufacturers are also considering offering police the option of arming these remote-controlled aircraft with weapons like rubber bullets, Tasers, and tear gas.?"[A]n armed drone is out of the question." Sheriff Ahern doesn't mean that. You know he doesn't mean it. He knows you know it. None of that matters. The "innovation that's out there" will include armed drones soon enough. And then it, too, will be a "no brainer." That's always how this pattern plays out. Everyone knows that, at least if they're honest. The ACLU knows it, too, just as the ACLU knows it will lose this battle. At a certain point, you have to wonder how long, and how innocently, people can continue to engage in these charades.
Sheriff Ahern says an armed drone is out of the question. He says local public safety agencies must take advantage of innovation that?s out there, calling it a ?no brainer.?
The CIA is urging the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency?s fleet of armed drones, a move that would extend the spy service?s decade-long transformation into a paramilitary force, U.S. officials said.Sissies love their drones.
The proposal by CIA Director David H. Petraeus would bolster the agency?s ability to sustain its campaigns of lethal strikes in Pakistan and Yemen and enable it, if directed, to shift aircraft to emerging al-Qaeda threats in North Africa or other trouble spots, officials said
Just as it is not possible for an individual to restrict what constitutes a fundamental psychological methodology to only one area of his life, so a ruling class will not employ one approach in foreign policy while dealing with matters of domestic politics in a radically different manner. In any case, the U.S. ruling class never had such a desire: in one way or another, other nations would be made to submit to the demands of the U.S. government -- and the same is true for U.S. citizens. The citizens of America will do exactly as the ruling class demands -- or else. As far as the ruling class is concerned, you have as little reason to complain as the murdered Iraqis do: the ruling class only wishes to improve your life. The ruling class acts only on your behalf, and "for your own good.In other words:
In perhaps as few as five years, the skies over the United States will be filled with huge numbers of drones on a regular basis [including armed drones]. Within ten years, most people won't even remember what life was like without them -- and if they do remember, most people won't care.I have no more predictions for today.
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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $29.2 million for the third fundraising quarter of the year, its biggest filing period in the committee?s history, officials told POLITICO.
The Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan has recovered to the extent that she is now able to stand with assistance and communicate in writing, medical officials at the British hospital where she is being treated said on Friday. [...]
The 14-year-old Pakistani student, shot on Oct. 9 in the Swat Valley, has become an icon of resistance against the Taliban, advocating that girls have access to education. Her case has generated widespread interest among the local and international media, as well as among public officials and complete strangers worldwide offering to help her.
TransCanada Corp. has temporarily shut down its existing 2,100-mile Keystone pipeline after tests showed possible safety issues, a federal agency said Thursday.
"I was a '73 graduate. I should have been '72, but I stayed an extra year to work on our party rating."
-- West Virginia U.S. Senate [candidate] John Raese (R), quoted by the Daily Athenaeum, on attending West Virginia University.
The House GOP budget plan, [Duckworth] said, ?would end Medicare as we know it.? But Walsh responded, ?If we don?t end it as it is, it?s going to end as we know it all by itself.?Yes, that's the Republican plan, written by Paul Ryan, voted on by almost every Republican in Congress, and embraced by Mitt Romney. It took a loose cannon like Walsh to finally admit that fact to the American public.
Fidel Castro is reported to have had a serious stroke. His death could have a major impact on the vote in FL.
The moment President Obama took office, the NRA’s primary product became paranoid theories about how Obama plans to seize gun owners’ guns. Even after Obama served as president for nearly three full years without signing a single new gun regulation — his primary contribution to gun law is a minor bill allowing gun owners to [...]
by Peyton Fleming I’m on a bus driving across West Texas and all appears well. Miles and miles of white-speckled cotton fields line both sides of the road. Splotches of green grassland are a welcome sign from last year’s devastating drought. Dozens of giant wind turbines churn away far off in the distance. But appearances [...]
The National Hockey League canceled all games through November 1 today, adding another week to the two weeks of games it had already canceled due to its lockout of players. The cancellations don’t remove the possibility of a full 82-game schedule, which NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said could be saved if the NHL Players Association [...]