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Taiibi has most important summary of this election

SUN SEP 02, 2012 AT 09:58 PM PDT
Taiibi has most important summary of this election
by NBBooks

Romney . . . is a perfect representative of one side of the ominous cultural divide that will define the next generation, not just here in America but all over the world. Forget about the Southern strategy, blue versus red, swing states and swing voters – all of those political clichés are quaint relics of a less threatening era that is now part of our past, or soon will be. The next conflict defining us all is much more unnerving.

That conflict will be between people who live somewhere, and people who live nowhere. It will be between people who consider themselves citizens of actual countries, to which they have patriotic allegiance, and people to whom nations are meaningless, who live in a stateless global archipelago of privilege – a collection of private schools, tax havens and gated residential communities with little or no connection to the outside world....

Obama ran on "change" in 2008, but Mitt Romney represents a far more real and seismic shift in the American landscape. Romney is the frontman and apostle of an economic revolution, in which transactions are manufactured instead of products, wealth is generated without accompanying prosperity, and Cayman Islands partnerships are lovingly erected and nurtured while American communities fall apart. The entire purpose of the business model that Romney helped pioneer is to move money into the archipelago from the places outside it, using massive amounts of taxpayer-subsidized debt to enrich a handful of billionaires. It's a vision of society that's crazy, vicious and almost unbelievably selfish, yet it's running for president, and it has a chance of winning. Perhaps that change is coming whether we like it or not. Perhaps Mitt Romney is the best man to manage the transition. But it seems a little early to vote for that kind of wholesale surrender.

-- Matt Taibbi, Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, Rolling Stone, August 29, 2012.


Labor Pains

and amazingly people still fall for it ...

4 Years Ago I was much worse off

SUN SEP 02, 2012 AT 08:55 AM PDT
4 Years Ago I was much worse off
by NJMaverick

4 years ago I had just lost half my retirement savings thanks to the GOP letting the economy run wild and crash

4 years ago I was wondering sort of horrible terror attack OBL had planned to inflict on us

4 years ago I was wondering if my money in the bank would be worth anything as our economy was about to collapse and banks were ready to go under

4 years ago I wondered if there were be any American car companies left in the world

4 years ago gays couldn't serve openly in the military

4 years ago we were in a great depression and there were millions of jobs lost every month.

4 years ago I feared for my job and if I could ever find another one

So when the GOP asks if I am better off now then I was under their George Bush I say HELL YES!


MITT ROMNEY: "I insisted on having almost dictatorial powers," he bragged

just re-read Taibbi and found this gem:

In reality, though, Romney was unquestionably the decider at Bain. "I insisted on having almost dictatorial powers," he bragged years after the Ampad deal. Over the years, colleagues would anonymously whisper stories about Mitt the Boss to the press, describing him as cunning, manipulative and a little bit nuts, with "an ability to identify people's insecurities and exploit them for his own benefit." One former Bain employee said that Romney would screw around with bonuses in small amounts, just to mess with people: He would give $3 million to one, $3.1 million to another and $2.9 million to a third, just to keep those below him on edge.


Jesus On Foreign Policy

When Bill met Hillary

When Bill met Hillary
Before they were the world's most powerful team, they were kids grappling with politics, art and a shocking death

(posted because I LOVE that pic)

The Empty Chair

Letter To The Editor: I am white. I am male. I am also 68 and a Vietnam Era veteran. And I am angry.

Times have changed...so, quit complaining
To the Editor:

I am white. I am male. I am also 68 and a Vietnam Era veteran. And I am angry.

And I know many people my age who are also angry. They see gays and lesbians demanding the right to get married. They see a black man in the White House with a strange sounding name, changing our health care system and suggesting that we as a nation might have something to do with the sorry state of affairs in the world.

To my fellow seniors who are upset and alarmed at this, I have a message: Stop feeling sorry for yourself! Enough of your whining! The world is changing, and it's about time you got off your mental easy chair and did the same! Your stubborn resistance to change is maddening!

Upset about gay lifestyle? I am married more than 40 years ... to a woman ... and I do not in any way feel threatened by gays and lesbians who wish to be wed. Here's some advice – one senior to another – try minding your own business.

When I see you no longer eating pork or working on Sunday, then I'll take your Bible-based opposition to gay marriage seriously.

And while you are at it, stop complaining about this so-called “socialist” president as you sit in your easy chairs collecting both Medicare and Social Security. And don't swallow the hogwash about a Republican saving Medicare and a Democrat “robbing” it. Please, don't make seniors look senile by swallowing that lie. ( I'll deal with that lie in my next letter.)

You constantly lament how things have gotten worse. Yes, they have.

Ours was a noble generation that fought for Medicare, for equal rights for women and blacks, clean air and water and decent wages for all. Now too many of us fight for tax breaks for the wealthiest few and more power and money for corporations. How noble is that?

We admired and respected broadcasters like Walter Cronkite and Paul Harvey. Men of integrity. Now we are taken in by any right-wing blowhard with a microphone, the biggest being a four-times married, self-admitted drug abuser. Another so insane, even Fox News dropped him.

And, yes, there is a black man in the White House. It's a sign of the changing face of America. I fully understand for many this is an uncomfortable sign; your old world is gone. For most, what you feel is not bigotry; it's fear. Deep down fear.

Please! It's 2012. Stop fearing change! Embrace it! Welcome it as we did so many years ago because change is here and will continue with or without our help.

Charlie Lawrence


Taibbi: Mitt Romney Was The Guy Who Fired You From Your Job

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