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Hometown: Delaware County, PA
Home country: USA
Current location: Winthrop, Maine
Member since: Tue Jul 8, 2003, 05:38 PM
Number of posts: 7,572
I saw a headline much like this one on Google news. It was from the Christian Science Monitor. I didn't read the article so I'm not going to attack or defend. I'm not a republican. Like our President, I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak. My motivation in writing this is merely to answer the question. Anyone from their late 40s and older will recognize my "Laugh In" inspired response.
You bet your sweet bippy it does!
This is the "man" who gathered a posse and forcibly cut the hair of a young man he thought to be gay. He shows his contempt for anyone he pleases in his school. He issues a weak assed apology "IF" he offended anyone for being the perpetrator of a "Lord of the Flies" environment in his school. He does this only after the story comes out and is verified by several of his "friends" of the time, including a former republican official. He then tries to imply that this is a dirty trick by the Obama campaign. SICK!
bain romney is one of the most detestable human beings I've ever seen run, not only for high office, but for ANY office.
This is the man who put a dog on the roof of his car and thought it was an endearing moment.
This is the man who identifies with the working class by saying his wife drives a couple of Cadillacs.
This is the man who shows that he's a regular guy because he knows some Nascar owners.
This is the man who claims to identify with the unemployed by saying that HE was unemployed, too. Shit, while I was out of work for 10 months I was sure as hell glad that I had my quarter of a billion dollars to fall back on.
This is the man who decries the state of the economy while offering another candidate a $10,000 bet. If he'd done this to a candidate who wasn't a moron, that candidate would've run this for miles. Couldn't the dumb bastard have at least said "Payable to the charity of your choice"?
Of course, that was a stupid question. We are after all, talking about republicans here.
When I was in grade school, I was bullied from first grade to fifth grade. It was due to my being in a Catholic School as the child of divorced parents. In the early and mid 60s, Irish Catholics didn't get divorced. It stopped when I pounded one of the bullies faces into the back of his stupid assed head. Unfortunately and tragically, too many young children choose to harm themselves or take their own lives.
People like bain romney don't care. He is a bully. That makes him a coward, a liar and a totally unreliable and untrustworthy person. That isn't someone I want as the leader of my country.
Maya Angelou said it best:
"The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them"
You've shown me what you are, Mr. romney.
I believe you.
No thank you.
Posted by MarianJack | Thu May 10, 2012, 10:08 PM (60 replies)
May WE share in your joy tonight?
We wife and I are heterosexual and my son's hopping 12 year old hormones give us a pretty good indication that he is, too.
We do, however, FULLY support GLBT rights and marriage equality for ALL Americans. We support basic human dignity and civil rights for ALL Americans. We believe that for there to be real freedom and justice for us, there has to freedom and justice for ALL Americans.
Today our President took another step toward making this happen.
Tonight, our hearts are FULL. I believe that we may have witnessed the dam break today. We certainly hope so. We sure as hell know that a little piss-ant cypher like bain romney can't hold back the waves of that breaking dam.
We would like to believe that the joy of the GLBT community today is our joy too, if only in some small way.
We will happily stand with our GLBT friends here in Maine this November and vote to bring Marriage equality to our little corner of New England.
Posted by MarianJack | Wed May 9, 2012, 09:54 PM (28 replies)
Move up here to Maine. After this November, there will be marriage equality up here. All of the polling indicates that we will approve human rights for all this year. We can NEVER have too many good people.
The TEMPERATURES of our state may be a bit colder, but the CLIMATE of our state will certainly be much more welcoming and accepting.
Posted by MarianJack | Wed May 9, 2012, 06:53 AM (14 replies)
Hi everybody. As some of you know, my family and I live here in Augusta Maine (though for work and school reasons we're considering a move to nearby Winthrop this summer). Our city has the "honor" of hosting this year's state conventions for both parties, as we usually do.
Of course, we wouldn't even consider going into that gathering of loons and idiots. The one thing, however, that my wife, son and I all noticed was the dearth of campaign signs supporting romney and the plethora of paul signs. I saw that the paulistas basically took over the offices of the convention officers, partly aided by some supporters of little ricky santorum. The interesting thing is that, according to a post on the Portland paper's on line article, many of little ricky's supporters WERE going to support bain romney's delegates until a really stupid and venomous message from the state chairman attacking paul and his supporters. Apparently, the santorum supporters saw their votes for the paul people were the biggest way to thumb their nose at the party chair.
IF this is true, than charlie webster, the republican chairman who put the fix in at the statewide caucuses to insure a romney "win", may have just cost romney a majority of the Tampa delegates with his big mouth.
It seems that this convention is, to borrow the title from one of my least favorite books ever, truly a confederacy of dunces.
I love to see republican division. As much as I see paul and his supporters as a bunch of asses, I wish them much success in their efforts to piss in the republican soup as much as possible this summer. Given the state of the republican party in 2012, it's not only very entertaining, but it just might improve the quality of the soup!
There's my 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!
Posted by MarianJack | Sat May 5, 2012, 11:58 PM (8 replies)
As we all know, in 2008, john mcsame wanted his old pal joe lieberman to be his running mate. When he was told in NO uncertain terms that lieberman was unacceptable to the far right of his party, he showed his total lack of conviction, courage and leadership and submitted to the pressure from his campaign manager and made the disastrous choice of sarah palin(comparison) as his running mate.
So, instead of standing up to the religious right zealots and showing the leadership that we SHOULD expect from a president, he folded like a poker player with a 7 high hand who is looking at 3 aces from a competitor.
Fast forward to this year and bain romney's handling of the grenell situation. Now, I'm sure that most of us agree that grenell is an ass. His Twitter account is chock full of idiotic and misogynistic rants and he was one of the architects and apologists of the horrendous foreign policy of the most inept and incompetent mis-administration in history.
That's ok with the faction of the republican party that has evolved (oops, I mean "intelligently designed") into the teabagger movement. grenell is unacceptable because he's a "hummasechel". bain romney and his handlers caved to the baggers. I don't give a rat's ass that romney said that he wanted grennel to stay on the job. You don't want someone to stay if you've told him NOT TO SPEAK in a conference call. You sure as hell don't do it if that conference call is in this individual's area of alleged expertise.
Both men had the opportunity to stand up to the extremists in his party. Both men had the opportunity to show the American Public what a PRESIDENT looks like and how they would lead. Neither man would EVER have gotten my vote, but both men had the opportunity to earn at least some level of my respect. Both men showed that they were essentially cowards. Both men showed that they not only didn't have the courage of their convictions, but that they (especially romney) had no convictions in the first place.
At least mcsame didn't speak out of both sides of his mouth. Even after palin(comparison) turned out to be such an awful selection, he still continued to speak highly of her and show her respect. At least he did in public. I'm stunned to find myself saying that john mcsame showed more leadership in his situation than bain romney has in his.
bain romney 's handlers told grennel that his sexual orientation was a non-issue. They then cow-towed to the rightist fundies. They didn't confront the homophobes, they were attempting to let it "blow over". They were too stupid to realize that to their fundie/bagger base, homosexuality NEVER "blows over".
The romney campaign, continuing their lack of awareness that in the 24 hour news cycle and the availability of speeches and appearances through the "tubes" of the internet, fails to realize that every thing is out there and preserved for all to see. They've further pissed off the LGBT community by their surrender to the religious right bigots and their shabby treatment of "the gay guy". Their statements that grennel's sexuality is a non-issue and then romney's statement that he wanted him to stay on the job only make the bagger base distrust him further. Talking out of both sides of your mouth when you have a tin ear rarely works out well.
The parallel is, to me, very clear. Two nominees for the republican party have shown that they are afraid of the bigoted and deliberately misinformed loud mouths of their party. The party that loves to act as though America is never safe unless one of theirs is in power, puts forth"leaders" who can't stand up to bullies. We are expected to believe that the people who won't protect their own staff will defend a nation of some 360 million people. Obviously they can't correct 2008, but it amazes me that they are so ready to name as their "standard bearer", someone who has no "standards" at all and can't "bear" 3 pizzas all the way into a fire house. This is what has become of the party of presidents like Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Ike. The party of the likes of Everett Dirkson and Margaret Chase Smith and Henry Cabot Lodge.
One primary word comes to mind when I think of this.
This party deserves to be soundly repudiated from president to dog catcher this fall.
That's my 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!
Posted by MarianJack | Sat May 5, 2012, 07:18 PM (3 replies)
Posted by MarianJack | Fri Apr 27, 2012, 10:14 PM (0 replies)
First and foremost, you MUST watch this video. Please K&R it. I'd give it 1000 Rs if I could!
My so watched it with me. We were both very touched. He asked me if gay people really couldn't get married. I said that they couldn't (yet) up here in Maine. He was shocked and loudly said "WHAT?".
He then started to say that this was just the same as the way blacks were treated before civil rights and women before the right to vote. He said that it was just plain WRONG and that gays should have every right that straight people have. He asked what my wife and I would do if HE were gay and wanted to get married. I explained to him that up here in Maine we'll be voting for marriage equality this November.
Now our entire family will be working to re-elect President Obama this November, but my son said that he also wanted to work for marriage equality.
What a great kid!
Posted by MarianJack | Fri Apr 27, 2012, 06:53 AM (15 replies)
...it describes my opinion of campaign 2012 perfectly.
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends"
A few days ago, I posted an admittedly long, but I thought pretty good thread about the need for this campaign to be PERSONAL. The thread sort of laid there like a fresh turd in the junior prom punchbowl, but here is the gist of it.
In 2012 republican land, the teabagger movement and the right wing hate radio talking heads who are the actual leaders of the party have declared war on women, denigrated an innocent young man to protect a murdering and cowardly Rambo wanna be, have been vociferous about their hatred of the LGBT community, minorities, immigrants, the unemployed and just about anyone else who isn't in the 1%. They have promulgated and advocated positions and beliefs that were archaic and outdated in the 50s as they've campaigned non-stop, as we've recently learned, since the day of President Obama's inauguration, to sabotage anything that will put this country back on the right track.
If you aren't in one of the groups that they've targeted, you probably have friends or family who are. Quite possibly, you love someone who is. Maybe you're just a decent and moral person who believes that for the idea of America to be real there has to be justice for everyone.
We can't be silent for our friends.
One of the far Rights favorite current circle jerks is for them to trumpet that they are "proud conservatives" as they pound their chests like second rate Tarzans.
These are the children and grandchildren of the 1940 rightists who were angry at Charlie Chaplin for "The Great Dictator" because he was too hard on freaking HITLER! These are the "drill baby drill" loons who made the mcsame/palin(comparison) rallies of 2008 such a disgrace. These are the people who supported george w moron's "free speech zones" while they thought it was perfectly OK for THEM to bring rifles to Presidential town halls. They had temper tantrums over President Obama wearing a sweater in the Oval Office on weekends while george w moron worked his solid 30 hours a week. They blindly supported a president whose own handlers' best story was that he was too stupid to chew a pretzel but were angry at President Obama for having mustard on a burger.
They blindly supported the administration of the worst president in American history as the country was going up the well known creek without a toothpick, let alone a paddle.
I've said before, as many here have also, and I'll say again, as many here will also, that WE have to be the media. I'll add to that, once again, that THIS campaign is personal for anyone who has been the target of the hatred of the teabagger movement, the right wing talking heads or bain romney and the other weakling republicans who have allowed their party to be dominated by them. It's also personal for anyone who loves and cares for someone who has been targeted.
We CANNOT give our friends reason to remember our silence.
My 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!
Posted by MarianJack | Thu Apr 26, 2012, 10:23 PM (6 replies)
So now bain romney, the least interesting man in the world as so well described by Bill Maher, wants to wave his magical gold and platinum diamond encrusted wand and have all of America forget the extreme rightist tirade of the last few months as he pursues his self perceived waltz to electoral glory in November.
You've gotten into bed with an entire legion of devils and demons with a malignant cynicism that only belies the deeply ingrained air of smarm that permeates your entire persona.
My wife's best friend is a lesbian. She has been in a loving relationship with her life partner for the last 13 years. When we were homeless three years ago, it was these 2 women who invited us to share their home. It wasn't our pastor, who presided, at the time, over at least 5 EMPTY rectories.
In republican land, YOUR allies in right wing hate radio and the teabagger movement consider our very good friends to be less than human. I take that VERY personally.
rush limbooger called Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute and demanded to see videos of her having sex for having the temerity to want to testify about her's and other women's health on an equal footing with a group of old out of touch and quite possibly incontinent windbag clergyMEN. You expected to get away with merely saying that you wouldn't have used limbooger's words. My wife is a beautiful, accomplished, intelligent and very competent woman who wants to have a say in her own health care and have the right to make decisions about her own body.
In republican land, YOUR allies in right wing hate radio and the teabagger movement consider her to be a prostitute. I take that VERY personally.
In Florida, an African American young man armed with iced tea and Skittles was killed by an armed racist Rambo wannabe who had been told by a 911 operator to NOT follow him. In the aftermath of this obscene murder, the far right that YOU have embraced has done all that it can to denigrate this young man. YOUR response was to issue a vacuous and tepid statement of the obvious calling travesty this a tragedy. Big whoop. My son is a gentle, funny, intelligent, kind hearted, generous and charitable 12 year old African American young man.
In republican land, YOUR allies in right wing hate radio and the teabagger movement have done all they can to nail a target sign to my son's back. I take that VERY personally.
From June of 2011 until last week, I went through a 10 month NIGHTMARE of unemployment. We are always told that when unemployed, you have to work full time on finding a job. Well, I worked overtime! I had so damn many interviews for which I had such high hopes and gotten nothing. I saw such cynicism in interviewers and such brazen and blatant age discrimination that there were times I was in such fits of depression and despair that I may just have given up but for the unconditional love and support of my family (and no small amount of kindness expressed by many in this community). I couldn't give up. I have a family. I HAD NO CHOICE but to keep going forward and I finally got a well paying job doing something I'll love doing. My new job is to help people find jobs.
In republican land, YOUR allies in right wing hate radio and the teabagger movement say that people like me are freeloaders just vacationing on the public's dime with no counter statement from you. I take that VERY personally.
In this election, the republican party is dominated by the exact people who have declared war on gays, women, minorities, the unemployed, immigrants and anyone who isn't among the 1%. These are the same people who have been making up reasons to have temper tantrums since President Obama took office. These are the people who claimed that President Obama wasn't really the president since john roberts frigged up on the oath. These are the people who had fits over President Obama having MUSTARD on a burger and wearing a sweater in the oval office on the weekend.
Surely, we who are either one of the types of people who romney and his allies in right wing hate radio and the teabagger movement have declared war on, can find reasons to take this campaign VERY personally. If you aren't in one of those groups but love someone who is, you can find a reason to take this campaign VERY personally. If you are just a plain old decent and moral person, you can find a reason to take this campaign VERY personally.
Mister romney, I also want this to be an "Etch-A-Sketch" campaign. In November, I want to take an Etch-A-Sketch to the republican 2012 campaign, turn it over, and erase any memory of the thought that YOU were EVER this near to even being considered as a possible president.
The way to do that is to give the republican party, your allies in hate radio and the teabagger movement and YOU personally, a resounding repudiation at the polls. I promise to do all that I can to accomplish exactly that.
That's my very long 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!
Posted by MarianJack | Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:44 PM (3 replies)
Please do not misinterpret the meaning of the next few paragraphs. While I firmly believe that President Obama is going to improve upon both his popular and electoral vote margins of 2008, I also know that the worst thing that can happen in a campaign is complacency. For proof of this, just ask "President Dewey".
Many recent polls have shown bain romney gaining on President Obama, even if we discount the faux "news" poll that must have been conducted in RNC headquarters. I know that as sure as I have grey hair and an ass that's WAY too big, many DUers will use this as an opportunity to go into quick panic mode and follow up with predictions that the sky is falling and of our impending doom.
First however, let's have a brief history lesson of polling in every non-stolen election since 1972, when I was 17 on election day and had busted the aforementioned way too big ass trying to get George McGovern elected president of the United States. If I am a point or 2 off, or mention the wrong month, it is a small fault of memory, not any attempt to make up history to prove a false point. I'll leave that to the republicans.
In April of 1972, I saw a Harris poll that showed George McGovern within 6 points of richard nixon and closing. In November he lost a 49 state landslide. This is the only election in my memory where the opposing candidate got the bounce from a convention.
In 1976, Jimmy Cater emerged from the Democratic convention with a 33 point lead. Around Labor Day, the lead was 15. Carter won by about 3% and didn't carry one state in the west.
In 1980 polling showed a very close Carter/reagan race just a couple of weeks before the election. reagan won with a 10 point popular vote margin and carried about 45 states. Many Democrats believe that Carter conceded so early (around 8:30PM EDT) so he could get off of the stage before the public realized the size of his defeat. Many Democrats also believe that that early concession also inspired Democratic voters to stay home, costing them the Senate and increasing our losses in the House.
In 1984, Mondale/Ferraro emerged from the convention very close to reagan/bush, even leading by 2 points in one poll (I think Harris). Mondale Ferraro lost in a 49 state landslide.
In 1988, Michael Dukakis led by 17 after the Democratic convention and by 12 when the republican convention opened. He lost by about 8% and bush sr. got 400+ electoral votes after a very dirty bush campaign and a very inept Dukakis campaign.
In 1992, there was early speculation that Bill Clinton would come in 3rd. He won by 5+% and 370 electoral votes.
In 1996, a poll that showed bob dole within 6 points of Bill Clinton had some horse's patoots in the media speculating about a "downward spiral" for Clinton. Clinton improved upon both his 1992 popular and electoral vote margins in a race that was never really in doubt. This is actually the election that I believe 2012 will most resemble.
In 2008, mcsame/palin(comparison) emerged from their convention with a small lead that lasted well into September. President Obama won by about 7% in the popular vote and won 365 electoral votes.
My point in writing this is that polls this early, and maybe well into October, mean NOTHING! Let's bust our humps to get this President re-elected, but let's not get our shorts in a wad.
Can you think of ANY non-combat or life threatened decision or action of yours that was done in a state of panic that was actually a good one?
This was just my 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!
Posted by MarianJack | Fri Apr 20, 2012, 11:17 PM (48 replies)