Israel has admitted for the first time that it has been giving Ethiopian Jewish immigrants birth-control injections, often without their knowledge or consent.
I don’t have words for how disgusting this is. This is an important read.
Netflix Original Series: House of Cards - 2013
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It’s true that we wouldn’t have been slaves if we had guns, much like it’s true that we wouldn’t have been slaves if there was no slavery.
I think either [Texas Gov. Rick] Perry or I would have probably done better [against Obama].
HA. HAHA. I am laughing to keep from crying.
Although Romney is unlikely to admit it on the campaign trail, his much-vaunted private sector success was based in significant part on the savings of public sector workers. Romney constantly derides big government, but government is made up of individuals, whose pension funds helped make him and Bain unimaginably rich. There is no doubt that these pension funds sought the higher returns offered by private equity investing. But as the private equity business grew, the public pension funds and other capital providers have gotten the short end of the stick. They have not completely shared in the value of the franchise that is created in part by their investment in the industry. It seems odd to hear Romney criticize big government without any acknowledgment that he has made much of his fortune managing the retirement funds of many public employees.
Mitt Romney argues that his time at Bain has real significance in terms of his qualifications for the presidency… But voters need to consider whether the time he spent in single-minded pursuit of profit as a financial intermediary has prepared him to tackle the complex problems facing America, which can’t be reduced to a financial model.
If anyone actually thinks business experience makes a president a master at economics, just remember this: George W. Bush was the first president in history to have an MBA from Harvard, and both the American and the global economy are still recovering from the damage he caused.
Cornel West Plans to Vote for Obama in November and Protest His Policies in February
Cornel West is special. Hes rocks the best afro, has impeccable taste in music, and boasts the unique ability to communicate complex political ideas, as Sly Stone said, “everyday people.” As an activist, author, and public speaker, West has transcended academia to become the moral compass for a country teetering on the political, spiritual, and economic bankruptcy. How can you knock a guy who was the first professor at Yale to be arrested on campus while protesting against apartheid in South Africa? We love him, even if we don’t always agree with him, because he doesn’t bite his tongue for anybody—not even the Commander in Chief.
In an interview with Truthdig back in 2011, West infamously described the president as, “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it.”With the election suddenly up for grabs since President Obama’s sluggish performance in Denver against Mitt Romney, we hit up the famed professor to uncover his thoughts on the prospect of a Romney presidency, the second debate, and whether he and Tavis Smiley will ever announce a bid for the White House..
VICE: What did you think of Tuesday’s debate?
I said a prayer for brother Barack Obama the first time and the prayer did not kick in. I said a prayer the second time and it did kick in. He was much stronger. I was glad to see him defending himself.
Brother Mitt Romney has a sense of entitlement. With Candy Crowley and the others, he doesn’t listen—he just takes off. Barack really made sure to respond to the actual questions. I thought he did a much better job, but it looks as if the polls are still tight. Regardless, I was glad to see Barack much being more forthright.
Which Obama was more authentic—Obama in debate one or Obama in debate two?
I think that Barack Obama is a shy man. He does not like to be aggressive. The only moment he became angry was when he was accused of using American soldiers, precious human beings, as pawns for politics. You could see the anger in his face. He was very upset. But generally speaking, Obama is reconciliatory. That’s just who he is. When it comes time to fighting in the muck and mire, that’s just not his terrain.
After the polls swung in Romney’s favor after the first debate, did you reconsidered your criticism of President Obama?
We have to prevent a Romney takeover of the White House. No doubt about that. It would be very dangerous in terms of actual lives and actual deaths of the elderly and the poor. Those people who are dependent on various programs would have to deal with the ugly damage of the further redistribution of wealth from the poor and working people to the well to off.
Right. But doesn’t criticizing Obama make all that bad stuff you just said more likely to happen?
I’m strategic. We have to tell that truth about a system that’s corrupt—both parties are poisoned by big money and tied to big banks and corporations. Speaking on that is a matter of intellectual integrity. American politics are not a matter of voting your moral conscious—if I voted my moral conscious it would probably be for Jill Stein. But it’s strategic in terms of what the actual possibilities and real options there are for poor and working people.
That title. Yes.
J.K. Rowling is the 47%.
Ugh, I love that this is out there. I love that she said this. I love that she is putting out there that taxes are not always something you pay with a heavy brow. For some people, it’s a duty and provides a sense of community and family with your fellow citizens. It’s an investment in your country and your people.
Why is it that if you take advantage of a corporate tax break you’re a smart businessman, but if you take advantage of something so you don’t go hungry, you’re a moocher?
— Jon Stewart to Bill O’Reilly during The Rumble 2012
I love that the conservative writer of this "Mitt Romney donated 1,000 times the amount Joe Biden did to charity" very casually ignores that Joe Biden has earned about $2 million over the past decade while Mitt Romney made more than $13 million last year ALONE. →
You truly, achingly suck at spin.
Us fucking liberals.
Ann Romney is once again up on her gold-plated cross, and she’s got another message for the ingrates out there who don’t appreciate how hard it is to be her:
During an interview early this evening with Radio Iowa, Mrs. Romney directly addressed her fellow Republicans who’ve criticized her husband.
“Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,” she said. “This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.”
You [RNC] shouldn’t get a doddering, obviously senile old actor to come on and express his vulgarity, and his lethality by putting a throat-cutting gesture aimed toward Barak Obama. I think that was in extremely poor taste. It was an egregious error. … I’m the anti-Eastwood. … He debased the convention. His performance — take the politics out of it — was nasty, doddering, mean spirited, and extremely ill-advised. He should stay home now. He’s old enough to stay home.
Actor Paul Sorvino completely eviscerated Clint Eastwood on the FOX Business Network tonight.
I love Chris Rock so much.
President Obama on Rep. Paul Ryan in 2011
Roasted and served.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
If the reports are accurate, this is Romney going all in on the old style of Republican trickle-down economics. He wants to go with a budget person who wants to privatize Medicare and whose budget plans would raise taxes on most of us and cut them for the rich.
It’s a real serious contrast for this election. Nobody’s hiding anything here. It is the collective good of the political commonwealth against pure individualism, based out of Objectivist philosophy.
Obama supporters can’t be cocky. Ryan is slick and a D.C. darling, taken seriously despite wanting to destroy the country’s social compact. And he excites the base, when turnout rules all.
But the Obama campaign should have a high old time making attack ads with this choice.