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47 Percent...

47 percent
by Stewart Acuff

All of us on this bus

Momma and Dad and Sister Julia – with

Kushing’s Syndrome – that took her to Mayo’s

Before it killed her and took part of all

Our souls

And just me with college loans from the government

And washing dishes – state paid that you

Know – and unemployment between gigs

Just a worthless 47 percenter

Not just us on this bus

Those 19 and 26 year olds who left legs and

Arms and parts of scalps in Iraq and

Afghanistan trying to learn to walk again and

Think without pain and fear and confusion

How can they be 47 percenters, Mr. Romney?

In your house on the hill

See, it ain’t just us

It’s generations of us climbing from the dirt

Up and building America while we scraped

And hurt and died creating TVA and REA and

The highway system and railroads – lots of

Us like John Henry broke our hearts for

America and water systems and sewer

systems. Hey Mitt with your soft hands and

Perfect hair and walk you learned in prep

school, you ever been in the main line of a

sewer system with a shovel and firehose

unclogging the toilets and drains of a whole

city with a rope around your waist in case

the methane overcomes you? No?

That’s just for us sorry 47 percenters.

And Romney’s personal victims at Bain

Capital where he destroyed jobs and families

And part of people’s souls.

Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.

Detroit News Supports Mitt, But Exposes His Position On Auto Bailout As, Well A Fraud & A Crock

exposes his position on the auto bailout as, well, a fraud and a crock.

Don't assume that it was a no-brainer for a conservative newspaper to endorse a conservative presidential candidate. We recognize and are grateful for the extraordinary contribution President Obama made to Michigan in leading the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler…

We have said in past editorials that while Romney rightly advocated for structured bankruptcies in his infamous "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" New York Times op-ed, he was wrong in suggesting the automakers could have found operating capital in the private markets. In that article, Romney suggested government-backed loans to keep the companies afloat post bankruptcy. But what GM and Chrysler needed were bridge loans to get them through the process, and the private credit markets were unwilling to provide them...


2 Senior Repukes: Believe Obama Has Advantage-"Worried That Mr. Romney's Gains Had Leveled Off"

The Romney team is mindful that the new enthusiasm has not opened any new paths to winning 270 electoral votes. The campaign continues to keep an eye on trying to make a late run at Pennsylvania, advisers said, but it remains more of a last-ditch option.


“It’s a game of inches in Ohio,” said Scott Jennings, the Ohio campaign manager for Mr. Romney. “We’re fighting for every inch of ground.”

The Republican and Democratic tickets have spent more time in Ohio than in any other state this month, with Mr. Obama scheduled to arrive in Cleveland on Thursday after having visited Dayton only two days earlier. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. finished a three-day swing on Wednesday and Representative Paul D. Ryan is opening a two-day tour on Saturday.

A Time Magazine poll released Wednesday showed Mr. Obama with a five-point edge over Mr. Romney in Ohio, 49 percent to 44 percent, which is within the margin of sampling error. Party strategists on both sides say the race appears to be remarkably close, but two senior Republican officials here said that they believed Mr. Obama had a slight advantage and that they worried that Mr. Romney’s gains had leveled off.



Luckovich: "Apology Tour"

Legitimate rape: the musical


I’ve been living in the patriarchy for 56 years. I’m getting tired of this shit.

Rape. It’s Just Different. Wait. No, It’s Not.
Posted on October 24, 2012


It’s always interesting to me how differently, from almost every single other crime, we perceive rape and what this difference tells us about living in patriarchy.


And Mr. Mourdock’s assertion that rape victims should have to bear and give birth to the fetus that results from rape is yet another example of how rape — a crime committed almost exclusively by men and suffered overwhelmingly by women — is treated differently from other crimes. If someone rapes you and you get pregnant, that is, according to Mr. Mourdock, the xian god’s will (and what an unfeeling, brutal, weak, nasty, dirty, snarling, ill-mannered, id-controlled god he is, too). As a result the state should step in and prevent modern science and modern medicine from helping, to, as much as possible, put you back in the position that you occupied immediately prior to the rape (i.e., the state should prevent you from having an abortion or using the morning after pill).

I’m unable to think of any other crime of which this is true. In fact, in almost every other crime (and/or contract violation), returning the victim to the position occupied just prior to the infraction is the primary goal of our legal system.

If someone steals your car, the state will, if possible, make them return your car. If they wrecked your car, the state provides mechanisms that will allow you to sue the robber and get back the value of your car, the money you spent renting a car in the interim, the money you spent on counseling to make you feel better after the theft, etc. If someone assaults you, the state will, if possible, make them pay for your medical bills, missed wages, pain and suffering. Even murder. If someone murders me, the state will attempt to make that person reimburse my estate, paying attention to my life expectancy, what my future earnings would have been, my value to my family, etc. I may not be able to be put back in the position that I occupied before the murder, but my estate can be and the state will labor to do so.

I’ve been living in the patriarchy for 56 years. I’m getting tired of this shit.


538: Obama up to 71% in our forecast, his highest since Oct. 9

Obama up to 71% in our forecast, his highest since Oct. 9, on favorable trendlines in nat'l trackers. http://t.co/...
— @fivethirtyeight via web

GOP Rape Advisory Chart

McCain Calls On Mourdock To Apologize For Rape Comments

Source: Think Progress

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) became the most prominent Republican to call on Indiana senate candidate Richard Mourdock to apologize for claiming, during a debate on Tuesday night, that pregnancies resulting from rape are a “gift from God.” The Arizona senator told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Wednesday night that he would withhold his support until Mourdock “apologizes and says he misspoke, and he was wrong and he asks the people to forgive him”:

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/10/24/1086431/mccain-calls-on-mourdock-to-apologize-for-rape-comments/


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