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Culture War Commencements

Obama's speech at Barnard and Romney's at Liberty were a stark illustration of their ideological differences

....this week all you have to do is read Barack Obama’s speech at Barnard and Mitt Romney’s at Liberty University to see a dichotomy as stark as the one on either side of a picket line...

It was how(Obama) talked about the Constitution, of which he said, “Yes, it had its flaws — flaws that this nation has strived to perfect over time. Questions of race and gender were unresolved. No woman’s signature graced the original document” But, he added, “What made this document special was that it provided the space — the possibility — for those who had been left out of our charter to fight their way in. It provided people the language to appeal to principles and ideals that broadened democracy’s reach. It allowed for protest, and movements, and the dissemination of new ideas that would repeatedly, decade after decade, change the world — a constant forward movement that continues to this day.”
.....

Contrast that with Romney at Liberty this weekend, in which he cited David Landes to declare that “Culture makes all the difference… . Central to America’s rise to global leadership is our Judeo-Christian tradition, with its vision of the goodness and possibilities of every life.” There was the purposeful declaration that “marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman,’ the shoutout to the anti-gay marriage Chick Fil-A founder and various clergy, the sermonizing.

http://www.salon.com/2012/05/14/culture_war_commencements/
Posted by arely staircase | Mon May 14, 2012, 06:56 PM (0 replies)

i am so very sorry

now that this is being brought up during my presidential campaign and the guy I should apologize to is dead and I really don't remember the whole thing.
Posted by arely staircase | Thu May 10, 2012, 06:54 PM (13 replies)

romney vs. obama on bin laden

Romney: "it's not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person."

Obama:"I said that I'd go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him and I did."

btw, the person in question did this:



Melissa Doi


Please God...




911 Dispatcher 8695


You're doing a good job ma'am, you're doing a good job.




Melissa Doi


No, it's so hot, I'm burning up.




911 Dispatcher 8695


Okay ma'am, the floor is hot, everything is hot, is there, are there, are there desks there? You go up high, you get yourself away from the smoke. Okay, I know you know, hold on a second.




911 Dispatcher 8695


(into radio) 83rd floor, three people trapped




unidentified


(into radio) Where?




911 Dispatcher 8695


(into radio) Way out on the 83rd floor, they're trapped, very hot...that's what I'm doing, just letting you know.




Melissa Doi


(excited interrupting) Wait! Wait! We hear voices! (screaming to firefighters) HELLO! HELP!




911 Dispatcher 8695


Hello, ma'am? Ma'am?




Melissa Doi


(screaming to firefighters) HEEEEELP




911 Dispatcher 8695


Okay, stay calm, ma'am, ma'am.




Melissa Doi


(screaming to firefighters) HEEEEELP




911 Dispatcher 8695


Stay calm, stay calm, just don't move.




Melissa Doi


Oh my god...




911 Dispatcher 8695


They coming through to you now?




Melissa Doi


Find out if there's anybody here on the 83rd floor.




911 Dispatcher 8695


Ma'am, don't you worry, you stay on the phone with me and we'll...




Melissa Doi


Can you find out if there's anybody on the 83rd floor, because we thought we heard somebody!




911 Dispatcher 8695


Ma'am, now listen, excuse me, I already notified the lieutenant, okay?




unidentified


garbled radio traffic




911 Dispatcher 8695


I already notified the lieutenant that there's five people on the 83rd floor, very hot and smoky, so they won't overlook you, okay dear?




Melissa Doi


Can you...can you...




911 Dispatcher 8695


I already did that dear.




Melissa Doi


Stay on the line with me please, I feel like I'm dying.




911 Dispatcher 8695


Yes ma'am, I am going to stay with you.




Melissa Doi


They're here?




911 Dispatcher 8695


Are they inside with you yet dear?




Melissa Doi


No




911 Dispatcher 8695


Okay, stay calm until they get inside.




Melissa Doi


Can you find out where they are?




911 Dispatcher 8695


Okay, stay calm, stay calm, stay calm until they get inside.




Melissa Doi


Can...(voice stops)




unidentified


radio traffic between Dispatcher 8695 and an unknown

Posted by arely staircase | Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:18 PM (5 replies)

hitler on the new texas staar test

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Posted by arely staircase | Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:20 PM (3 replies)

between obama and kimmel there was actually a pit bull and olive garden reference

nt
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Apr 28, 2012, 11:12 PM (3 replies)

paid but no star

i sent an e-mail to skinner with the confirmation number. anything else i should do?
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Apr 23, 2012, 07:34 PM (3 replies)

rich, wierd romney

He seems incapable of natural conversation and frequently uncomfortable in his own skin. He’s simultaneously dorkily earnest and ingratiatingly insincere. He suggests a brilliantly designed politician android with an operating system still clearly in beta. He once tied a dog to the roof of his car and drove for hundreds of miles without stopping and some years later thought that was an endearing story. All video of him attempting to interact with normal humans is cringe-inducing, as a cursory YouTube search quickly demonstrates................

His off-kilter interpretation of casual conversation also involves guessing at the ethnic background of strangers, poorly (“are you French-Canadian?”), and awkward joking (pretending a waitress pinched his ass). And he enjoys congratulating people, seemingly for the feat of existing and being in the vicinity of Mitt Romney.



http://www.salon.com/2012/04/23/rich_weird_romney/
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Apr 23, 2012, 07:19 PM (2 replies)

The investigaton I want to see...

While we are all relieved that - through public pressure - george zimmerman will get his day in court, I truly hope the feds are investigating the original "investigation" and what caused the locals to overule the detective and not charge him. what phone calls were made by his dad? why was said dad at the crime scene - the same crime scene where witnesses had their statements "corrected"?

Posted by arely staircase | Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:39 PM (9 replies)

Not since the New Deal

have two candidates embodied the parties' philosophical divide as much as Romney and Obama


A revived conservative movement dating back to the Fifties has succeeded in locking the Republicans into the philosophy of possessive individualism that was always a strand in the American story. In turn, they have portrayed the Democrats as the collectivist Other. This election the Democrats, or at least their presidential candidate, Barack Obama, has decided he can no longer duck the fight. In a fiery speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors last week Obama put it baldly: “This is not just another run of the mill political debate. I’ve said it’s the defining issue of our time and I believe it. What leaders in both parties have traditionally understood is that the aren’t part of some scheme to redistribute wealth from one group to another. They are expressions of the fact that we are one nation.”
.........

To the Republican ideology, American politics since the New Deal at least is a usurpation, not a genuine expression of American character. Not coincidentally, constitutional lawyers around the country are holding their collective breath waiting to see if an ideologically conservative majority of the Supreme Court will reverse the health care law and roll back the understanding of the constitution that made the New Deal possible as a first step in restoring the old order.

The election is the second.

http://www.salon.com/2012/04/08/obama_v_romney_the_philosopher_candidates/



Posted by arely staircase | Sun Apr 8, 2012, 04:58 PM (11 replies)

The “NGOs” that spooked Egypt

History shows that the country is right to regard some U.S.-backed aid organizations warily

Back in the day, the CIA secretly funded, sometimes created, and often ran supposedly private, nongovernmental organizations to make propaganda and provide cover for covert operations all over the world. ........

...the Reagan administration and a bipartisan majority of Congress created the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in 1983. The new law stipulated that NED would work largely through three newly created “core grantees” – the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) – and the AFL-CIO’s Free Trade Union Institute, which had a long history of working closely with the CIA.....

So what did these not exactly nongovernmental organizations do in Egypt?...

Will Egyptians – and Americans – believe that a U.S. government-funded “NGO” does not share information with U.S. officials or take its marching orders from them? For many, it’s a hard sell given the nearly 70 years in which the U.S. government and its intelligence agencies have made covert use of real and purpose-built “civil society” groups.

http://www.salon.com/2012/04/07/the_ngos_that_spooked_egypt/

Posted by arely staircase | Sun Apr 8, 2012, 04:03 PM (0 replies)
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