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photoshop opportunity?

photoshop opportunity? 2008 photo of Ryan enjoying MCcain... or possibly the other way around?

(sorry, when I saw this, I couldn't help myself)

Canada cuts ties with Iran, closes embassy, orders Iranian diplomats home

Source: Canadian Press

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has severed Canadian ties with Iran over its sponsorship of terrorism and amid fears about the safety of diplomats in the country.

Baird says the Canadian embassy in Tehran will close immediately and Iranian diplomats in Canada have been given five days to leave.

The skeleton staff that was operating Canada's Tehran mission has already fled the country.

Baird says he's worried about the safety of diplomats in Tehran following recent attacks on the British embassy there.

"The Iranian regime has shown blatant disregard for the Vienna Convention and its guarantee of protection for diplomatic personnel," he said.

"Under the circumstances, Canada can no longer maintain a diplomatic presence in Iran. Our diplomats serve Canada as civilians and their safety is our No. 1 priority."

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Canada+closes+embassy+Iran/7206256/story.html

Even Fox News Is Fed Up With Romney Failing To Provide Details Of His Tax Plan

Source: Think Progress

The Romney campaign has so far refused to clarify which tax deductions and loopholes it would eliminate in order to make its huge proposed tax cut for the rich revenue neutral. Despite repeated requests, the campaign and candidate have refused to budge, content to say that the tax plan “can’t be scored” due to its lack of detail.

And even Fox News has apparently had it with the campaign’s consistent dodging of this question, as Fox’s Gregg Jarrett repeatedly asked Romney policy director Lanhee Chen about it during an interview on Friday:


JARRETT: But why won’t he explain how and which ones and by how much?

CHEN: Well, you know, a number of different bipartisan commissions over the years have told us exactly how we get there. The key is presidential leadership and that’s something that’s been lacking. That’s something that Governor Mitt Romney is going to provide in the White House.

JARRETT: But Mr. Chen, forgive me, you’re just not answering my question. So let me put it again: which loopholes and deductions and credits and exemptions the President’s going to get rid of would affect all Americans. Before they cast their ballot, don’t they deserve to know which ones are going, which ones are not, and by how much?

CHEN: Look Greg, Governor Romney’s been very clear that first of all we’re going to look to curb deductions for high-income taxpayers. And secondly, a lot of different deductions and exemptions are out there, we’ve got a lot of different ways to get there.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/09/07/812951/fox-news-romney-plan/

Transgender delegation makes DNC ‘especially historic’ (plus 70% increase overall LGBT delegates!)

from the article:

Charlotte N.C. – The 2012 Democratic Convention proved to be reflective of the country’s “melting pot” moniker in multiple ways. The number of LGBT delegates is historical and record-breaking: 486 in total from every state in the country and a dramatic upswing from the 288 on board for the DNC in ’08.

“When you consider what it has been like in the past, it’s amazing,” said Barbara Casbar Siperstein, the first transgender member of the Democratic National Committee and a super delegate from New Jersey who participated in selecting of Charlotte as the site for the DNC. “This year is the first time there have been so many delegates from the trans community, so it makes us an especially historic moment for us.”

In total, there are 13 openly trans delegates. Several took time from their busy schedules to speak directly with qnotes. Here’s a look at who they are and some of their thoughts on President Obama, Charlotte, their role in the convention and their hopes for the future

link: http://goqnotes.com/17474/transgender-delegation-makes-dnc-especially-historic/

Rights advocates cheer ruling against U.S. government Guantanamo abuses, secrets

Source: examinar

A federal judge on Thursday upheld rights of detainees by blocking the U.S. government from restricting lawyers’ access to them and information about their cases at the nation's military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ruling that proposed measures would violate detainees’ right to challenge their confinement in the courts.

Rights advocates cheer ruling against U.S. government

“The government has never accepted the right of the detainees to effective legal representation,” said David Remes, who represents 17 of the prisoners, including two who challenged the new restrictions.

“Instead of picking fights over the detainees’ access to counsel, the government should focus on what really matters — sending home the detainees it does not intend to prosecute.”

In a 32-page opinion ( http://www.lawfareblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Counsel-Access-Decision-Amended1.pdf ) , Chief U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth wrote that new Defense Department procedures would strip away a key provision of the detainees’ legal protections.

Read more: http://www.examiner.com/article/rights-advocates-cheer-ruling-against-u-s-government-guantanamo-abuses-secrets

Eastwood Says He Balked at Sharing Speech With Romney Campaign

Source: New York Times

Clint Eastwood said the idea for the most controversial convention speech in a generation came to him the green room, just after he greeted Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, the country’s most influential Roman Catholic bishop.

“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” Mr. Eastwood said. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there, and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”


Mr. Eastwood said that the Romney campaign had asked for details about what he would say, but that he balked at the notion of divulging too much or rehearsing his speech.

“They vet most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,’” Mr. Eastwood told The Pine Cone.

Read more: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/eastwood-says-he-balked-at-sharing-speech-with-romney-campaign/

Quote from Kerry Tonight: "Ask Osama Bin Laden if he's better off now than he was four years ago!"

some text from Kerry's Speech tonight:

Kerry plans to defend Obama's record on Israel, Iran, Russia, and arms control, and he will push back against the Romney campaign's refrain that Obama doesn't believe in "American exceptionalism."

"Our opponents like to talk about ‘American Exceptionalism.' But all they do is talk. They forget that we are exceptional not because we say we are, but because we do exceptional things," Kerry will say. "The only thing exceptional about today's Republicans is that -- almost without exception -- they oppose everything that has made America exceptional in the first place."

Kerry will point out that Romney criticized the idea of going into Pakistan to pursue Osama bin Laden but Obama gave the order that led to bin Laden's death.

"Ask Osama Bin Laden if he's better off now than he was four years ago!" Kerry will say.


Another Fox News Contributor Isn't Disclosed As A Member Of Romney's Campaign

Source: Media Matters

Fox News contributor Elaine Chao has recently appeared on Fox Business to criticize Obama over the economy and push the falsehood that he stripped the work requirement from welfare. During these appearances, Fox didn't disclose that Chao is a national chair of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Fox News has made it a regular practice to not disclose some of its frequent guests' ties to the Romney campaign.

In an August 2 press release announcing her appointment, Chao stated that she is "honored that Governor Mitt Romney asked me to serve as the national chair of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Romney" and that "it will take new leadership to put this country on a path to prosperity and full employment."

News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, recently nominated Chao to join its Board of Directors. Chao is married to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Read more: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/09/06/another-fox-news-contributor-isnt-disclosed-as/189777

Romney letter is proof that he’s not of this world

Love this letter from a school teacher in Hawaii:

September 6, 2012

The Maui News

Like everyone else on Maui, I got a lot of election mailings. One in particular made a real impression. It was addressed to me personally, "Dear Judith," and signed "Mitt." The four-page letter included an invitation to become a Romney Victory Founding Member with a donation of only $50,000. This would have entitled me to be admitted to the Republican National Convention where I would have had an "opportunity to witness history."

I've thought for a while that Mr. Romney was out of touch with the mood of our country and the needs of our people. His letter to this retired schoolteacher makes me wonder if he isn't living in some kind of alternate universe, populated entirely with people like the Koch brothers and Donald Trump, and the rest of his friends who think that $50,000 is small change.

Judith Bredhoff

Faux News: Secret Service looking into delegate who said she wants to 'kill' Romney

based on early comments, Blaze is Glenn Becks website... the delegate that made the comments was being interviewed by Blaze.... the link below is not to Blaze, it is a fox news link.


From Faux News:

The Secret Service is looking into an incident where a New York delegate at the Democratic National Convention said she would "like to kill" Mitt Romney if she ever sees him.

Julia Rodriguez made the remark Wednesday in a brief interview with a reporter for The Blaze website.

She said she thinks the Republican presidential candidate will ruin the country.

"He will destroy this country, completely. Romney will destroy this country," she said. "If I see him, I would like to kill him."

The startling remarks caught the attention of the Secret Service, which provides protection to the former Massachusetts governor.

"We are aware of the video and are taking the appropriate follow-up steps," spokesman Ed Donovan said in an email.

Asked for comment, the Romney campaign referred all questions to the Secret Service.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/06/secret-service-looking-into-delegate-who-said-wants-to-kill-romney/#ixzz25iuQof6J


little old lady from Puerto Rico? I think it is worse for Fox to post her image and name for all their nut-case readers to see? its obvious what they are doing - assholes

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