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Clinton: I'm responsible for diplomats' security

Source: CNN

Clinton: I'm responsible for diplomats' security
From Elise Labott, CNN
updated 9:14 PM EDT, Mon October 15, 2012

"I take responsibility" for the protection of U.S. diplomats, Clinton said during a visit to Peru. But she said an investigation now under way will ultimately determine what happened in the attack that left four Americans dead.


The Obama administration has been heavily criticized after Vice President Joe Biden said during last week's vice presidential debate that the White House did not know of requests to enhance security at Benghazi, contradicting testimony by State Department employees that requests had been made and rejected. After the debate, the White House said the vice president did not know of the requests because they were handled, as is the practice, by the State Department.

Clinton said President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are not involved in security decisions.

"I want to avoid some kind of political gotcha," she added, noting that it is close to the election.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/15/us/clinton-benghazi/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Romney Attacked by His Father’s Longtime Aide (Mitt would say/do anything to close a deal/election)

Source: New York Times

Romney Is Attacked by His Father’s Longtime Aide

A longtime aide to George W. Romney issued a harshly worded critique of Mitt Romney, accusing him of shifting political positions in “erratic and startling ways” and failing to live up to the distinguished record of his father, the former governor of Michigan.

Walter De Vries, who worked for the senior Mr. Romney throughout the 1960s, wrote that Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House was “a far cry from the kind of campaign and conduct, as a public servant, I saw during the seven years I worked in George Romney’s campaigns and served him as governor.”

“While it seems that Mitt would say and do anything to close a deal – or an election,” he wrote, “George Romney’s strength as a politician and public officeholder was his ability and determination to develop and hold consistent policy positions over his life.”


Mr. De Vries continued, “George would never have been seen with the likes of Sheldon Adelson or Donald Trump.”

Read more: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/romney-is-attacked-by-his-fathers-longtime-aide/

$20.00 Cardboard bicycle can change the world, says Israeli inventor

Cardboard bicycle can change the world, says Israeli inventor


Elmish said the business model they had created meant that rebates for using "green" materials would entirely cancel out production costs and this could allow for bicycles to be given away for free in poor countries.


"Because you get a lot of government grants, it brings down the production costs to zero, so the bicycles can be given away for free. We are copying a business model from the high-tech world where software is distributed free because it includes embedded advertising," Elmish explained.

"It could be sold for around $20, because (retailers) have to make a profit ... and we think they should not cost any more than that. We will make our money from advertising," he added.
Elmish said initial production was set to begin in Israel in months on three bicycle models and a wheelchair and they will be available to purchase within a year.

"In six months we will have completed planning the first production lines for an urban bike which will be assisted by an electric motor, a youth bike which will be a 2/3 size model for children in Africa, a balance bike for youngsters learning to ride, and a wheelchair that a non-profit organization wants to build with our technology for Africa," he said.


Romney Camp: Obama Not Macho Enough For Latinos

Source: Buzzfeed

Romney Camp: Obama Not Macho Enough For Latinos
Romney gains in Florida. Democrats say the polls are skewed.


Romney aides told BuzzFeed their polling indicates that Obama’s biggest vulnerability among Hispanics is that he’s viewed as a “weak leader.” In much of Latino culture, they explained, political leaders are expected to demonstrate a macho bravado, and Obama’s debate performance last month — with his verbal pauses, downward gaze, and weak defense of his own record — seemed to exacerbate the incumbent’s perception problem.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/romney-camp-obama-not-macho-enough-for-latinos

this will NOT get him votes.

TIME: 71.83 vs 28.17% -Americans KNOW Mitt Is Lying

71.83 VS 28.17% -Americans KNOW Mitt Is Lying

Campaign Poll: Which Candidate Is Being More Truthful?
Both the Obama and Romney campaigns have made claims that the other side is lying, and that the ensuing scrutiny of such claims has been biased. Now it's time to cast your vote.

Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012/10/03/campaign-poll-which-candidate-is-being-more-truthful/#ixzz29OILHlk1

The Cynic and President Obama (beautifully written for Nov Issue) By Charles P. Pierce The Cynic an

The Cynic and President Obama

In an age of unprecedented obstructionism, there has been more of Machiavelli in the man than the author thought possible. But toughness isn't his failing; it's that he thinks we are a better people than we are.

By Charles P. Pierce

Published in the November 2012 issue

The cynic looks out the window and across the river at the great white city that is the nation's capital, and wonders how it came to all of this. Over the past two weeks, the cynic has attended the national political conventions of the country's two major political parties. The cynic has attended the workshops, and he has spoken to the people inside the hall and out, the people who feel a part of the process and the people who feel left out of it or left behind by it, and he has listened to the speeches. The last speech he heard came from the president of the United States.

The cynic feels as though he has passed from one country to another, from one time and place to another, a place where history is inverted and turned against itself. The first convention was of the party founded in opposition to slavery, the party of Abraham Lincoln and the Union, and that party spent its convention arguing quite clearly in favor of states' rights. It flirted, and not entirely delicately, with nullification. The second convention was that of the oldest political party in the world, the party of Jefferson and Madison and Jackson, the party of John C. Calhoun, who was the intellect behind the philosophy of states' rights and of nullification, but which had come together in 2012 in convention assembled to nominate a black man, Barack Obama, for his second term as president of the United States.

One party had prospered by regression, abandoning all of its original founding ideals in favor of bathing in the foulest muck of the country's history. The other party rose from that same muck and picked up those abandoned ideals and helped write them into law, finally, fulfilling most of the broken promises of Reconstruction. The great inversion of the country's history, however, came to benefit the first party and to break the second, over and over again.

The persistence of this dynamic played out in the two conventions. The first convention — the convention of the party whose most famous president in his most famous speech described the government, the national government, as the final monument to the dead at Gettysburg — began with a complete thematic rejection of the idea of a political commonwealth. (The apex of the hilarity came when the governor of Oklahoma attempted to write the national government completely out of the history of her state, which would not even exist without the Homestead Act and the work of the U. S. Cavalry.) The cynic watched in a kind of awe as arguments that had failed in Philadelphia in 1787, and at Appomattox in 1865, were trotted out as revolutionary new concepts in freedom and something vaguely defined as "liberty." A week later, the party that had originally been on that side of all those arguments down through the years threw its convention as a kind of three-day rebuttal.


Read more: http://www.esquire.com/features/cynic-president-obama-1112#ixzz29O8fogqi

Mitt Romney 'View' Appearance: Republican Presidential Candidate Cancels On ABC Talk Show

Source: Huffington Post

Mitt Romney 'View' Appearance: Republican Presidential Candidate Cancels On ABC Talk Show


Through a campaign spokesperson, Romney announced that he would visit the program in October after devastating comments made during a fundraising event were released through a secretly recorded video. Romney called the ABC talk show "high-risk" and said that co-host Whoopi Goldberg had a particularly sharp tongue.

While his comments about the roughly 47 percent of Americans who do not pay taxes made headlines, his remarks about the ABC daytime talk show raised some eyebrows as well.

Walters addressed his Thursday cancellation at the top of Monday's show. She said:

Gov. Romney was supposed to be on with us this Thursday with Ann Romney. We were looking forward to it. Over the weekend, his people said that he had scheduling problems and would not be coming on with us. Nor at this point did he feel that he could reschedule. We are happy to have Mrs. Romney on with us. We are sorry that we won't have Governor Romney and that's the situation...He can change his mind and we hope he does. It would be our pleasure to have him on the program.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/15/mitt-romney-view-appearan_n_1967123.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

Photos That Give the Rude Pundit a Little Bit of Hope To Get Through the Week

You see that? That's tens of thousands of people in the streets of Karachi, Pakistan. They are not being assholes about a dumb video. They are not protesting anything about the United States, not even our drone war. There are no burning stars and stripes, no Obama effigies.

It is a protest against the Taliban for the shooting of 14 year-old Malala Yousafazi because she was an activist for the right of girls to get an education. It is a protest that contains Muslims, Christians, and Hindus. We can say that it's pretty obviously a sign that the Pakistanis are sick of this shit and are not gonna take it anymore.

The question is who is going to take advantage of this and how. Will it be reformers who want to stop the radical elements from taking over the nation? Will it be the majority party politicians, who see this as a distraction from protesting the U.S. and NATO (and let's be clear: we deserve the protests when it comes to the violence we have brought to that nation)? Pakistan's foreign minister offered that Malala "has put it as a black and white question. She has put it as either you are with the future that she represents or the future they Taliban are trying to impose."

Yes, this is a clarifying kind of moment, on many levels. Muslim clerics across the country have declared the shooting "un-Islamic" and have issued, yes, a fatwa against those responsible for it. And the protests, which started small, have only grown.



Marijuana Legalization More Popular Than Obama or Romney in Colorado

Marijuana Legalization More Popular Than Obama or Romney in Colorado
By: Jon Walker Monday October 15, 2012 8:27 am

Amendment 64, which would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol in Colorado, continues to hold a narrow lead. The most recent SurveyUSA poll for the Denver Post found that 48 percent plan to vote for the initiative while 43 percent plan to vote against it.

As expected, the polling has tightened up as we get close to election day. The previous SurveyUSA/Denver Post poll from September found Amendment 64 leading 51 percent yes to 40 percent no.

Interestingly, this is the second recent poll of Colorado that found more voters are currently planning to support marijuana legalization than support either of the major presidential candidates. This same SurveyUSA poll of the presidential race in Colorado has Mitt Romney at 46 percent, President Obama at 45 percent, and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson at 2 percent.

The University of Denver poll from last week also found that Amendment 64 is more popular than either major party candidate. It found 50 percent of likely voters planning to back the marijuana legalization initiative. By comparison, the poll found only 47 percent were planning to vote for Obama and 43 percent for Romney.


Wise Teen Girl Proves Benefits Of HOME-SCHOOLING: "Being Gay Turns You Into A Duck" (not the onion)


The title of today’s post refers to the astonishing letter to the editor reproduced below, which I promise you is genuine (published in the October 3 edition of the Northern Outlook in Canterbury, New Zealand). I strongly encourage you to read before we continue today. Go on. I’ll wait.



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