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It's true. I voted Obama for the gifts---Much to my chagrin, I did not get a pony.

Much to my chagrin, I did not get a pony.

But here is what I did get. In exchange for my vote, after hearing the offers from two severely different men, I received a leader with personal integrity, concern for the common man, woman and child, a man who listens, a man who would sacrifice his time to improve the world, a man who champions for equal rights, fair pay, affordable healthcare, and betterment of a nation, and a man who calculates risk before acting, but takes action decisively and knowledgeably. These are the gifts promised that bought me. Pretty tricky of that Obama guy, huh?

But, here's the thing. I'm going to do you a favor, Republicans. I'm going to make this as easy for you to comprehend as can possibly be done. While you were promising gifts to CEOs, the profoundly (and dare I say obscenely) rich, the insurers, the bankers and Wallstreet, Obama was listening intently to the needs of a nation. The real gift he promised us, the one that matters most, is that he would hear our voice, and try to govern for all people. You want to right your elephant, then climb down off of him and view us as "We the People", not "You, the easily bought."

You think the "made up" free gifts Obama offered us is something of concern, but what should most concern you is the free gifts he was given by "we, the people". We are the Hispanic man, who has provided this nation with a wealth of honest days' work, whose vote was given as a gift. We are the gay couple, in a state without marriage equality, whose votes were given as a gift. We are the Mom and Pop shop, who fight tooth and nail to provide health insurance to our valued employees, whose votes were given as a gift. We are the insured and uninsured, who both recognize the value of affordable healthcare, whose votes were given as a gift. We are the African-American teachers, who buys supplies out of our own pockets for students who deserve an education, and our vote was given as a gift. We are white. We are poor. We are rich. We are workers. We are business owners. We are Christians, non-Christians, and everything in-between. We are veterans, students, leaders and we are Americans. And, quite honestly Republicans, we're not interested in the gifts your giving. We don't want the gifts of division, drums of war, unequal rights, diminished citizenship, political threats, or religious control. We want freedom. Real freedom. You know, that thing you wave like a banner, but refuse to share with the rest of us.

Romney didn't lose because Obama promised gifts. Romney lost because the majority of America wants a president who reflects its values. Not the manufactured values that sound good in word, but are lacking in deed, but the values that champion every citizen. See, we see your lips moving, but the long trail of disregard, lack of integrity, policy that hurts Americans and backhanded smugness drown out the sound. Distancing yourselves from Romney isn't going to fix it. You're going to have to distance yourselves from your own policies, prejudices, injustices and hypocrisy. You're going to have to distance yourselves... from you.

MORE:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/19/1163001/-It-s-true-I-voted-Obama-for-the-gifts

MURDOCH's "Corrupt/Illegal Payment To A US Official On American Soil---For Saddam In His Underwear

Did News Corp. Illegally Purchase Saddam Hussein Photos from U.S. Officials?
Nov 18, 2012 7:00 PM EST

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The May 20th, 2005 cover of The New York Post shows Saddam Hussein in his underwear. (Daniel Acker / Bloomberg / Getty Images)

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.....The Daily Beast has learned that The Sun may have made another potentially corrupt payment, to a U.S. official on American soil.

On Friday, May 20, 2005, two Murdoch-owned tabloids, The Sun and the New York Post, ran front-page pictures of Saddam Hussein in his underwear, and inside the papers, more photos of the former Iraqi leader in U.S. captivity. According to Fox News, the Multinational Forces spokeswoman in Baghdad said the images could have been taken between January and April 2004, “based on the background of the photos and appearance of him.” Given the context of the Abu Ghraib revelations and ongoing, violent insurgency in Iraq at the time, multiple sources reported that President George W. Bush was upset about the leak. “There will be a thorough investigation into this instance,” deputy White House spokesman Trent Duffy told The New York Times, “The president wants to get to the bottom of it immediately.”


No investigation has ever found the source of the leaked pictures, but buried in the contemporary reports is a glaring admission. The Sun’s then-managing editor, Graham Dudman, told the Associated Press that his newspaper paid “a small sum” for the photos. Dudman would not elaborate “except to say it was more than 500 British pounds, which is about $900.”

Sources close to the story have told The Daily Beast that the payment was significantly greater, and was made to a U.S. official on American soil. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard detectives arrested Dudman in January of this year on suspicion of making corrupt payments involving British officials. He has yet to be charged with any criminal offense in the U.K.

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The problem for Murdoch and the board of News Corp. may be that these pictures were published on both sides of the Atlantic on the same day, perhaps suggesting some kind of advance co-operation between the American parent company and the British News International subsidiary. If there is any evidence that there was prior knowledge by senior executives of payment for the pictures, this could bring the possibility of a U.S. investigation and charges with stiff penalties for illegal payments to public officials.

MORE:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/18/1162885/-Murdoch-US-Grand-Jury-Set-to-Arrest-Rupert-for-Illegal-Payments
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/11/18/did-news-corp-illegally-purchase-saddam-hussein-photos-from-u-s-officials.html

Nancy Pelosi wishes Boehner “Happy Birthday” and “FckYouVeryMuch” to Luke Russert


https://twitter.com/NancyPelosi
http://underthemountainbunker.com/2012/11/18/nancy-pelosi-wishes-boehner-happy-birthday-and-fckyouverymuch-to-luke-russert/

OP-ED Hey GOP, take the Palin cure She's hot, she's blue collar, she's electable.

OP-ED
Hey GOP, take the Palin cure
She's hot, she's blue collar, she's electable.



By Charlotte Allen
November 18, 2012

The Republican Party has been doing a lot of hand-wringing and finger-pointing since the presidential election. Half the conservative columnists and bloggers say the GOP lost because it overemphasized social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. The other half says the party didn't emphasize them enough. And everyone denounces Project ORCA, the campaign's attempt to turn out voters via technology.

But I've got a suggestion for cutting short the GOP angst: Sarah Palin for president in 2016.

You think I'm joking? Think again.

In 2008, Palin, running as my party's vice presidential candidate, was widely supposed to have cost John McCain the election. But that wasn't so. A national exit poll conducted by CNN asked voters whether Palin was a factor in their voting. Of those who said yes, 56% voted for McCain versus 43% for Barack Obama.

Furthermore, Mitt Romney, the GOP's anointed contender this year, got almost a million fewer votes than McCain did in 2008. (Meanwhile, President Obama, although winning reelection, lost far more voters than the Republicans, with nearly 7 million fewer voters checking his name on their ballots than did in 2008).

MORE:
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-allen-palin-for-president-20121118,0,1525685.story

Big Bird's Revenge

Mr. Romney, I am not young, nor black nor Hispanic, nor poor; but you have made me angry...

SAT NOV 17, 2012 AT 12:08 PM PST
Dear Mr. Romney
by PolitiSis
November 15, 2012

Mitt Romney
PO Box 149756
Boston, MA 02114-9756

Dear Mr. Romney,

As a registered Libertarian during the primaries for the 2008 elections, I very seriously considered you a viable candidate as President of the United States. Had you won your party’s nomination then, I would have had a very difficult decision. At the time, I felt that you were an astute businessman who would be able to maintain an even temper and would be a good negotiator – skills I feel are important both in foreign policy and while working “across the aisle” with Congress.

In all honesty, by the time the primaries for the 2012 elections were over, there was zero chance that you would get my vote. Even if it were not for the fact that President Obama has done an outstanding job as President (displaying exactly the two qualities I noted above as important to me), your poor performance and far-hard-right position was disappointing to say the least.

But the elections were over, and I would have been happy to move forward except that you had to show your lack of character yet again while speaking to your donors on Wednesday. Mr. Romney, I am not young, nor black nor Hispanic, nor poor; but you have made me angry enough to write my first ever letter of this type. How dare you insult me by claiming that President Obama bought our votes via the Affordable Care Act?

More importantly, your obnoxious excuse illustrates exactly why you lost this election. The Affordable Care Act is not “buying votes” – it is a critically necessary step towards bringing the United States up to par with every other first world country and most second/third world countries. The United States spends more per person yet has worse outcomes in nearly every category because we still operate on the failed “for profit” health insurance system. I won’t get into the moral implications of that with you Mr. Romney, but I will note that the Affordable Care Act is a small step towards allowing people like me – not young, not Hispanic, not black, not poor – to make sure our sons and daughters have health coverage until their careers are launched.

Mr. Romney, my daughter is Type 1 diabetic. Let me emphasize – she is Type 1 – the kind that is not lifestyle related. She didn’t choose to be an insulin-dependent diabetic, nor is there a single thing she (or I) could have done to prevent her being diabetic. Insulin-dependency is a life or death situation, Mr. Romney. There is no pulling one’s self up by the bootstraps – my daughter either gets her insulin to stay alive, or she dies. When she turned 19, she was dropped from the health insurance policy she was on because she was no longer a minor; but because of her pre-existing condition we could not find a replacement policy… at any price. It came too late to help my daughter, but one of the most important provisions in the Affordable Care Act allows parents like me – not young, not black, not Hispanic, not poor – to keep our adult children on our health insurance policies until they are 26 years old. This is not “buying” our votes, Mr. Romney. This is good public policy! And the health care situation in the United States is a "big issue for the whole country", one of the biggest!

Finally, Mr. Romney, if it is your opinion that using the President’s office, in concert with Congress, to shape public policy in accordance with your values and the values of those who have voted for you is “buying votes”, that applies to you too. You fully intended to use the office of the President of the United States to shape policy in accordance with your own world view – that of “trickle down” economics and “job creators”. You would have most certainly implemented policies to benefit business people and the wealthy. Were you “buying” their votes Mr. Romney? Will you be honest enough with yourself to see the fallacy of your excuse to your donors?

Either way, Mr. Romney, the majority of the American people have spoken, and we have rejected your view of how the United States of America should operate. Kindly give us credit for being at least as intelligent as your wealthy donors, and for wanting what is best for everyone (not just our own bank accounts). Do not insult us or show your utter lack of character by brushing us off as having our votes “bought”. You lost the election because your policy/economic positions are not good for the majority in the USA; and because your flirtation with the far-right TeaParty types was stomach turning.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/17/1162659/-Dear-Mr-Romney

Obama: 'Let's get it done soon'

Source: Politco

Obama: 'Let's get it done soon'

By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 11/17/12 7:03 AM EST
President Barack Obama repeated his call Saturday for Congress to extend the Bush-era middle-class tax cut without delay, as he and congressional leaders work on a larger agreement to avert a looming fiscal crisis.

“We shouldn’t hold the middle class hostage while Congress debates tax cuts for the wealthy,” Obama said in his weekly address, echoing comments he made Wednesday at his first press conference since Election Day.

“Let’s begin our work by actually doing what we all agree on. Let’s keep taxes low for the middle class. And let’s get it done soon — so we can give families and businesses some good news going into the holiday season,” he said.

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At the meeting, “everyone agreed that while we may have our differences, we need to come together, find solutions and take action as soon as possible,” Obama said.





Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83994.html

Now, Go Hug A Republican



i know it's SO last week, but it still makes me smile...
kp

John McCain with egg-on-face, Owes Susan Rice, President Obama & Americans A SINCERE APOLOGY!!!

FRI NOV 16, 2012 AT 09:18 PM PST
John McCain's egg-on-face Benghazi comeuppance
by Steveningen

This is a beautiful sight to behold. This press briefing after he emerges from the Petraeus testimony will be marked as the moment when John McCain lost all credibility. His craven selection of Sarah Palin couldn't do it. His loss to President Obama couldn't do it. Even his bitter service on the Senate these past four years couldn't do it. Instead, an attack on our consulate in Libya and his surreal vendetta against the Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has finally pushed his relevance forever over the edge.



MCCAIN: General Petraeus's briefing was comprehensive. I think it was important. It added to our ability to make judgments about what is clearly a failure of intelligence. And he described his actions and that of the, of his agency and their interaction with other agencies and I appreciate his service and his candor.


It was clear from his very brief and breathless words that he knew just how big a pile of elephant crap he had stepped in. Gone was the demand for the Susan Rice's head on a plate fire he and his toady sidekick Lindsey Graham exhibited just hours before. Gone was his bluster and confidence. That was just a sad man standing there realizing just how much respect he had thrown away. It's how I read it anyway, and if ever a man deserved that moment of complete shame in front of the cameras he constantly craves, that was the moment.

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And finally. John McCain, you owe Susan Rice, President Obama, and the American people a sincere apology.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/17/1162524/-John-McCain-s-egg-on-face-Benghazi-comeuppance

"Some groups that would have agreed with us on a lot of issues don't even look at us-We Scare Them"

"Some of the groups that would have agreed with us on a lot of issues, they don't even look at us. We scare them."

-- Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), quoted by Politico, offering a blunt assessment of the Republican Party.




A pair of Republican centrists on Friday offered this blunt prognosis of their party after its electoral drubbing: Many women and minorities are simply frightened of the GOP.

“Some of the groups that would have agreed with us on a lot of issues, they don’t even look at us. We scare them,” said former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.).

Davis appeared with retiring Rep. Steve LaTourette at the Capitol Hill Club Friday to discuss poll findings of Main Street Advocacy, a nonprofit managed by Davis. Their main message: partisans on both sides need to stop bickering so much and start compromising on issues like the fiscal cliff.

But both men said the GOP’s problem go beyond partisanship. Republicans, they argued, need to stop looking at voters as members of groups — whether it's women, African-Americans, Latinos or Asian-Americans — and just look at them as Americans.


MORE:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/11/exrep-tom-davis-women-minorities-scared-of-gop-149813.html
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