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Bill Gates (Joins Buffet): I don't pay enough tax

25 January 2012 Last updated at 04:56 ET

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says he does not think he pays enough tax, and says wealthy Americans should contribute more in order to solve the deficit problem.

Speaking on BBC World, Mr Gates said taxing the rich, was "just justice".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16714480

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Billionaire Bill Gates Calls For Increasing Taxes On The Rich: ‘That’s Just Justice’

GATES: Well the United States has a huge budget deficit, so taxes are going to have to go up. And I certainly agree that they should go up more on the rich than everyone else. That’s just justice.

BBC HOST: Is that a message you think that works with other people as wealthy as yourself, or is it just a small circle of friends — yourself, Warren Buffet, a few others.

GATES: Well, I hope we can solve that deficit problem with a sense of shared sacrifice — where everybody would feel like they’re doing their part. And right now, I don’t feel like people like myself are paying as much as we should.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/25/411283/bill-gates-taxes-justice/

NEWT's 1993 "Edited Remarks": Black's/Latino's Aren't as Smart As Asians

For Gingrich, perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes is nothing new. Today, the Huffington Post reports that at the height of Gingrich’s power in Congress, one of his major speeches had to be edited to remove a racist characterization of Asians, Latinos, and black Americans:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23/newt-gingrich-latinos-blacks-weath-gop-2012_n_1224939.html?ref=politics


But before Gingrich could deliver his grand new theory of American civilization to the public in a 1993 speech, his deeply divisive racial stereotypes would need to be removed.

“For poor minorities, entrepreneurship in small business is the key to future wealth,” Gingrich wrote by hand in a first draft. “This is understood thoroughly by most of the Asians, partially by Latinos, and to a tragically small degree by much of the American black community.”

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By the time a member of Gingrich’s staff typed up the notes and prepared the speech for delivery at the National Review Institute, the racial stereotypes were gone.

more:
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/24/409982/gingrich-most-of-the-asians-some-latinos-but-not-many-african-americans-understand-entrepreneurship/


WSJ: "The GOP Deserves to Lose-That's what happens when you run with losers."

The GOP Deserves to Lose
That's what happens when you run with losers.
By BRET STEPHENS

Let's just say right now what voters will be saying in November, once Barack Obama has been re-elected: Republicans deserve to lose.

It doesn't matter that Mr. Obama can't get the economy out of second gear. It doesn't matter that he cynically betrayed his core promise as a candidate to be a unifying president. It doesn't matter that he keeps blaming Bush. It doesn't matter that he thinks ATMs are weapons of employment destruction. It doesn't matter that Tim Geithner remains secretary of Treasury. It doesn't matter that the result of his "reset" with Russia is Moscow selling fighter jets to Damascus. It doesn't matter that the Obama name is synonymous with the most unpopular law in memory. It doesn't matter that his wife thinks America doesn't deserve him. It doesn't matter that the Evel Knievel theory of fiscal stimulus isn't going to make it over the Snake River Canyon of debt.

Above all, it doesn't matter that Americans are generally eager to send Mr. Obama packing. All they need is to be reasonably sure that the alternative won't be another fiasco. But they can't be reasonably sure, so it's going to be four more years of the disappointment you already know.


Is this the best they can do?

As for the current GOP field, it's like confronting a terminal diagnosis. There may be an apparent range of treatments: conventional (Romney), experimental (Gingrich), homeopathic (Paul) or prayerful (Santorum). But none will avail you in the end. Just try to exit laughing.

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203806504577178594236642420.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

$Romney$

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"I will recover and will return" --- Gabrielle Giffords resigns from Congress

Gabrielle Giffords resigns from Congress

CNN) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who moved the nation with an improbable comeback after a gunman shot her in the head last year, formally resigned Wednesday in an emotional appearance in the U.S. House of Representatives.

"I will recover and will return," the Arizona Democrat said in a letter read aloud by her friend and colleague, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who fought back tears.

A standing ovation roared across the House chamber for Giffords. Teary-eyed legislators from both parties applauded Giffords as she submitted her letter of resignation to House Speaker John Boehner, who also fought back tears.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Giffords the "brightest star among us."

http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/25/politics/gabrielle-giffords/index.html

MAKE NO MISTAKE-Without OWS-We Would've Heard A VERY Different State Of The Union Speech Last Night!

MAKE NO MISTAKE-Without OWS-We Would've Heard A VERY Different State Of The Union Speech Last Night!



The State of the Union and the Would-Be 1% Nominee
By Charles P. Pierce
at 10:11AM

Make no mistake: Without all the hell-raising, and all the shouting at the right buildings, and all the drum circles, we would have heard a very different State of the Union speech last night. This country doesn't like to talk about issues of class. Not in any real sense, anyway. Not in any way that seems to undercut what we believe to be the god-kissed upward mobility that is inherent to America as roadside diners and Jerry Lee Lewis. Alas, since the Masters of the Universe burned down the house a couple of years, the issue of class in all its manifestations have become impossible to ignore. Our neighbors lose their house. Our cousin loses his job. Our kids move back in because, as we may have mentioned on this blog before, Fk The Deficit. People Got No Jobs. People Got No Money. Over the past year, thanks to the hippies in the parks, and the union folks marching in places like Wisconsin and Mitch Daniels's Indiana, the country has been tied to a chair like Alex in A Clockwork Orange and conditioned to look at what happens to your country's promise when you hand it over to greedy grifters who shuffle money for a living, and to their political hirelings — like Mitch Daniels, say, about whom more anon — who enable the shuffling and then tell the people whose lives were wrecked by it that they're just going to have to suffer a little or else The Deficit Monster will come in the night and devour their grandchildren yet unborn. Or something. The president spoke far more about righting the wrongs inherent in the system that got us into this mess than he did about The Deficit. It's hard to imagine that happening a year ago.

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If all it ever was going to be was a campaign speech, it was a very good one, and, if it's an indication of what the campaign is going to be like, then, maybe, the campaign itself will turn on whether or not the country will continue to be run on the three-card monte ethics of our corporate class. He's not in the drum circle yet, but he's in the crowd watching, and his foot is beginning to tap along.

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/state-of-the-union-class-6645356#ixzz1kUFrSA8O

Obama's 'bad milk' joke

Maurice Sendak interviewed by Colbert

Greatest Interview ever
loved this:

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/406796/january-24-2012/grim-colberty-tales-with-maurice-sendak-pt--1



Well, he can take Some Tacos And Shove Them Up His Stinking Ass!!!!!

On the day where four East Haven police officers, including the local police union leader, were charged by federal authorities with civil rights abuses against Latino members of the community, the town’s mayor made stunning remarks to a New York-based TV crew.

WPIX11′s Mario Diaz asked Mayor Joseph Maturo, “What are you doing for the Latino community today?”

The mayor, a Republican who defeated Democrat incumbent April Capone by a slim 34 vote margin in November, replied, “I might have tacos when I go home, I’m not quite sure yet.”

Diaz said the mayor apologized for his comments and said it was “out of context.”

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MORE:
http://blog.seattlepi.com/hottopics/2012/01/24/mayor%E2%80%99s-plan-to-help-latinos-%E2%80%98i-might-have-tacos%E2%80%99/


this is from my abuelita:

Obama: "Good job tonight. Good job tonight."

BOOKENDS:

His State of the Union address was bookended by Mitt Romney's embarrassing tax returns which fit perfectly with his theme of economic fairness, and another successful SEAL mission which reinforced his reminder that he, not Bush, got justice for the 9/11 attacks

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The first indication of the rescue operation came Tuesday night in Washington from President Barack Obama himself.

As the president entered the House chambers to give his State of the Union Speech, he pointed to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta standing in the crowd and said, "Leon. Good job tonight. Good job tonight."

The president made no mention of the hostage rescue, but finished his speech with a reference to the killing of Osama bin Laden last May in a similar operation to the one conducted by Navy SEALs Tuesday night.


http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/25/10229917-american-hostage-in-somalia-rescued-by-us-navy-seals-in-overnight-raid#.Tx-kQALiTOU.twitter
http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/1/25/92714/0216
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts-law/obama-praises-special-forces-for-rescue-of-us-hostage-from-somali-pirates/2012/01/25/gIQARmDoPQ_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop
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