It’s easy to be forward when the right wing is so backward [Shorter Question Everything]


“It’s just what you expect from a guy who had a Swiss bank account.”

Romney Adviser Now Claims Auto Rescue Was Actually Romney’s Idea
vs – Let Detroit Go Bankrupt [MITT ROMNEY/November 18, 2008]

• Romney humor? Making jokes about firing “chambermaids”. What a kneeslapper.

Romney seems fond of these mean-spirited little jabs, something I’ve mentioned before. This is just another in a growing line.

Romney wants to Fight Whole Muslim World, not Concentrate on Bin Laden: Mitt Romney said Monday that of course he would have taken out Bin Laden and that ‘even Jimmy Carter would have made that call.’ Since Jimmy Carter ordered a brave and risky but failed military mission into Iran, that was a cheap shot on the part of someone who has never had anything to do with the military. Moreover, Jimmy Carter made peace between Egypt and Israel and played a major role in reducing the number of Africans stricken by the Guinea worm from 3.5 million to 1,100. So Romney, who has mainly been sending our jobs overseas, isn’t good enough to shine Carter’s shoes….Romney is saying that he wouldn’t move heaven and earth to get Bin Laden, but that he would spend billions and have a strategy to fight the Muslim movements he names, or perhaps the whole Muslim world (“Shia and Sunni”)….The problem with Romney is that when it comes to the Muslim world, he doesn’t have the slightest idea what he is talking about, and seems intent on alienating 1.5 billion Muslims, a fifth of the world. He wanted to substitute a crazy conspiracy theory for a tactical approach to getting Bin Laden and the al-Qaeda leadership. [juancole/01 May 2012]

Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!: I guess some of this mad right-wing love comes from the idea that in America, anyone can become a Rich Guy if he just works hard and saves his pennies. Mitt Romney has said, in effect, “I’m rich and I don’t apologize for it.” Nobody wants you to, Mitt. What some of us want—those who aren’t blinded by a lot of bullshit persiflage thrown up to mask the idea that rich folks want to keep their damn money—is for you to acknowledge that you couldn’t have made it in America without America. That you were fortunate enough to be born in a country where upward mobility is possible (a subject upon which Barack Obama can speak with the authority of experience), but where the channels making such upward mobility possible are being increasingly clogged. That it’s not fair to ask the middle class to assume a disproportionate amount of the tax burden. Not fair? It’s un-fucking-American is what it is. I don’t want you to apologize for being rich; I want you to acknowledge that in America, we all should have to pay our fair share. That our civics classes never taught us that being American means that—sorry, kiddies—you’re on your own. That those who have received much must be obligated to pay—not to give, not to “cut a check and shut up,” in Governor Christie’s words, but to pay—in the same proportion. That’s called stepping up and not whining about it. That’s called patriotism, a word the Tea Partiers love to throw around as long as it doesn’t cost their beloved rich folks any money. [thedailybeast/Stephen King/30 apr 2012]

Study: Black children are less likely to get pain medication in ERs: The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) revealed this past weekend that black children are dramatically less likely to receive pain medication in the emergency room than white children, according to ABC News. Black children are 39 percent less likely to receive the same medicine as white children with similar problems. Since little is known about children’s pain expression and perception, the PAS is searching for a direct reason for the findings. The study’s lead researcher, Dr. Tiffani J. Johnson, expressed her concerns about what she discovered. “If we don’t recognize disparities, we’re never going to be able to close the gaps,” Johnson said. “Now we need to look at where these differences are coming from. Are they at the patient level, the parent level or the physician level?” The PAS also revealed that black and Hispanic children are likelier to have long ER visits than white children. [rawstory/Andrew Jones/30 apr 2012]

Federal Judge Blocks Texas Effort to De-Fund Planned Parenthood: A federal judge today blocked the state of Texas from de-funding Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state, and excluding them from participating in Texas’s Women’s Health Program (WHP)…. The exclusion of Planned Parenthood clinics from WHP, part of a broader assault on funding for women’s health in the state, was already affecting individual Texas women. Last year, Governor Perry eliminated two-thirds of the budget for women’s preventive health care from the state budget. As a result, more than 160,000 low-income women were left without services. The exclusion of PP affiliates would have affected at least another 130,000 women. While the Perry Administration claimed that such services would be “made up” by funding by the state to other clinics, the source of the funding amidst so many other cuts was never made clear and has not materialized. [RH Reality Check/Jodi Jacobson/30 apr 2012]

Former Israeli premier against Iran strike: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has added his voice to a growing chorus of Israeli officials against a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Olmert spoke to Israel’s Channel 10 TV from New York Sunday. “There is no reason at this time not to talk about a military effort,” he said, “but definitely not to initiate an Israeli military strike.” Olmert was Israel’s prime minister from 2006-2009. (AP) [Israel News/29 apr 2012]

Former Mossad chief, Israeli minister trade accusations at New York conference: Meir Dagan defends statements made by former Shin Bet security service chief, criticizing Netanyahu and Barak over Iran; Minister Gilad Erdan says Dagan sabotaging international efforts to halt Iran’s nuclear program; ex-PM Olmert joins in defense of Dagan, Diskin. By Chemi Shalev and Haaretz An embarrassing confrontation broke out on Sunday during a panel discussion at a New York conference, when former Mossad chief Meir Dagan accused Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan of lying, while Erdan replied that Dagan is sabotaging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to put a halt to Iran’s nuclear aspirations. At the conference, sponsored by the Jerusalem Post in New York, the two also exchanged harsh words after Dagan warned Erdan over the so-called “Dagan law,” forbidding former security officials to issue open statements until a certain cooling period wears off. [haaretz/29 apr 2012]

Spain braces for anti-austerity rallies: MADRID, May 1 (UPI) — Spain braced for rallies against austerity and labor-market reforms Tuesday, a day after the country joined seven other eurozone economies in recession. The May Day protests were to be the first in a series of demonstrations planned for at least the next two weeks, demanding radical political and economic changes from a government protesters claim is not simply deaf but defiantly ignores their calls for a totally different approach — cutting funding for the Catholic church, for example, rather than for education and healthcare. [upi/01 May 2012]

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