September 2012

 

Samuel Jackson – who caused a stir when he said that he voted for Obama because he is black (as though no one voted against Obama for the same reason) – has issued a new video, amusingly titled Wake the Fuck Up, where he gives compelling reasons to vote for Obama, besides the color of his skin.

Wrong Dimension – If you like parodies of One Dimension songs; if you aren’t likely to vote for Mitt Romney; or if you just like 5 studs in tight trunks dancing around a swimming pool watch this Full Frontal Production of  Wrong Dimension – “Disclosure”.

Sarah Silverman has adopted voting rights as a cause. To that end she has posted on YouTube, a fun little piece “Let my people vote” in which she explains why it is necessary for her “Nana” to get a gun.

Todd Akin, Republican Senate candidate in Missouri, already notorious for his claim that “legitimately” raped women cannot become pregnant, added to his anti-woman cred. He retreated to the tired trope that an aggressive man is a stud, but an aggressive woman is a bitch – saying : “I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill [Democratic incumbent] thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran [in 2006] She had a confidence and was much more ladylike…” (emphasis mine). This was too much for National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas), who pronounced the race “unwinnable”.

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, after receiving scathing criticism for dumping Google Maps and installing iOS Maps on the iPhone 5, published an apology on the company’s website. You have to ask if this kind of error would have happened under Steve Jobs, probably not. Jobs was scathing about Bill Gates saying that he wasn’t a products guy, but a business guy. It looks as if the products guys have left Apple and the business guys have taken over.

Mitt Romney’s father George ran for President in 1968. His campaign effectively ended when he claimed to have received  “the greatest brainwashing” by the generals and the diplomats on a tour of Vietnam in 1965. Ann Romney has now raised questions about her husband by saying in a TV interview that her biggest concern for Romney in the White House is his “mental well-being”. Mrs. Romney was a great asset to Mitt at the convention, but after her “Stop it. This is hard [campaigning]”, and now her questioning of Romney’s mental toughness, it may be better if she took some time off.

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The NFL referees’ lock-out and what it tells us about the 1%.

September 27, 2012

  The NFL referees are back on the job. The billionaire owners finally understood that their pursuit of the last nickel was tarnishing their $9.5 billion dollar golden goose. On one level the lock-out of the referees was a standard boss vs worker dispute, but on another it was very revealing of the mindset and motivations of the 1%. When […]

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Will Romney win? Probably not, but you never know.

September 23, 2012

Why he won’t win People don’t like him. They think he is distant and unempathetic – even cruel, “I like firing people who work for me”. He is criticized both for being a flip-flopper, and for being inflexible when he doubles-down on something stupid – such as sticking to his criticism of Obama “apologies” – […]

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Ann Romney’s Complaint

September 21, 2012

Mitt Romney’s campaign is coming under attack by some prominent Republicans. And Ann Romney isn’t happy. “Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,” she said of her GOP critics. At first I felt bad for her. It is one thing to be attacked by your enemies – you expect that – […]

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The best measure of the distribution of wealth – is the distribution of wealth.

September 21, 2012

In Mitt Romney’s imagination America is divided into producers and parasites. He, and many conservatives, believe that the 47% of wage earners who do not pay federal income tax would be better Americans if they had some “skin in the game” – put another way, he believes all wage earners should pay some income tax. Now a […]

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Is the Romney Campaign Collapsing? A Story of Incompetence, Division, Lack of Empathy and Cheating

September 19, 2012

Incompetence Peggy Noonan had a piece in the Wall Street Journal reflecting on the Romney campaign. In part she wrote: “It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one. It’s not big, it’s not brave, it’s not thoughtfully tackling great issues. It’s always been too small for the moment. All the activists, party supporters and […]

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Mitt Romney throws half of America under the bus.

September 18, 2012

Romney is the latest politician to get caught saying something he wouldn’t have said, if he knew it was being recorded. Although in a typical Romney double-down he would only admit that he should have expressed himself more elegantly. In a meeting with rich donors he wrote off 47% of Americans as being helplessly addicted to government […]

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Election 2012 – Really? – Paul Ryan on pointless wars & wealth creation; Bill Clinton, the businessman’s President; Santorum calls Republicans dumb.

September 16, 2012

  Spilling blood and spending treasure Paul Ryan told a conservative audience that Obama was a foreign policy wimp. “American foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose. Only by the confident exercise of American influence are evil and violence overcome,” He said. “That is how we keep problems abroad from becoming crises. That is what keeps […]

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The Politics of Fear – Be Afraid, Very Afraid.

September 14, 2012

“Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.” Bertrand Russell   In ‘1984’ Orwell gave us a world of “perpetual war” where three major geopolitical groups – Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia  – fought each other in constantly […]

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