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Koch Brothers launch $6.1 million attack ad against Obama, Obama campaign responds, calling it “BS”

Koch Brothers launch $6.1 million attack ad against Obama, Obama campaign responds, calling it “BS”
by Eclectablog on MAY 2, 2012 in LIES, OBAMA FOR AMERICA

We’re not taking this BS lying down

The Koch Brothers group Americans for Prosperity has launched a $6.1 million ad attacking President Obama. You can tell they are prosperous when they spend over $6 million on one ad. In fact, this is now the second time Americans for Prosperity has spent around $6 million on an attack ad against the president.

I won’t link the odious ad but you can watch it HERE if you must.

Obama for America (OFA), the Obama reelection campaign, has responded quickly and, to my mind, very effectively. This response video is pretty unusual. It features OFA deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter talking plainly and simply about the lies in the ad. The ad is so blatantly false, she says, “The Washington Post said the ‘erroneous’ attacks were made ‘without shame’.

And, yes, Stephanie Cutter uses the phrase “BS”. Hallelujah!

These guys are going to say whatever it takes to tear down the President. They will literally say anything. They oppose expanding clean energy, they oppose higher fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. So we’re going to call their BS when we see it. And we need your help to call them on it too and to set the record straight.

So share this, tweet it, facebook it. I keep hearing about Tumblr and whatever that is please use that to. And thank you for all of your help.


Just so you know

Just so you know

The next right-wing jackass who wants to bomb Iran because they are in league with Al Qaeda here is the status of their relationship in the Spring of 2011 from the soon to be fishfood Osama bin Laden:

The third section discusses al-Qa`ida’s relationship with Iran and Pakistan. With respect to Iran, the documents show that it is an antagonistic relationship, largely based on indirect and unpleasant negotiations over the release of detained jihadis and their families, including members of Bin Ladin’s family. http://rising-hegemon.blogspot.com/2012/05/just-so-you-know.html

This, of course, is what policy analyst who give a shit have been saying for more than a decade...Neo-Cons, not so much.


REPORT: US Spends More, Gets Less, On Health Care Than Other Industrialized Nations

REPORT: US Spends More, Gets Less, On Health Care Than Other Industrialized Nations
By Guest Blogger on May 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

A new report out today from the Commonwealth Fund examined health care spending among 13 developed nations, including the United States. According to the report’s findings, the United States spent far more on health care than any other developed nation – “nearly $8,000 per person in 2009.” But the researchers found that the higher level of spending did not correspond to a higher quality of care:

High U.S. spending on health care does not seem to be explained by either greater supply or higher utilization of health care services. There were 2.4 physicians per 100,000 population in the U.S. in 2009, fewer than in all the countries in the study except Japan. The U.S. also had the fewest doctor consultations (3.9 per capita) of any country except Sweden. Relative to the other countries in the study, the U.S also had few hospital beds, short lengths of stay for acute care, and few hospital discharges per 1,000 population. On the other hand, U.S. hospital stays were far more expensive than those in other countries—more than $18,000 per discharge. By comparison, the cost per discharge in Canada was about $13,000, while in Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Germany it was less than $10,000.

“It is a common assumption that Americans get more health care services than people in other countries, but in fact we do not go to the doctor or the hospital as often,” said Squires. “The higher prices we pay for health care and perhaps our greater use of expensive technology are the more likely explanations for high health spending in the U.S. Unfortunately, we do not seem to get better quality for this higher spending.”


This chart details how much the United States spends on health care per capita compared to other developed nations:


WSJ: Is Wall Street Meeting God's Expectations?


Is Wall Street Meeting God's Expectations?

What if God was an analyst?

[font color=purple](what if the WSJ was a News Source?)[/font]

Earlier this week on MarketWatch, I looked at how scripture is used to reinforce, justify or vilify economic activity from taxation to bank fees.

In researching that column, one passage in the New Testament kept coming up. More than any other, it addressed the financial world. In fact, it is probably the most cited scripture on Wall Street when it comes to validating the investing and trading with the spiritual life.

Perhaps not incidentally, the passage comes from Matthew, whose profession is one of the few among the disciples that was identified. Matthew was a tax collector before he followed Jesus, according to the scriptures.

Not to make light of it, but who better to pass on financial guidance than someone whose legacy institutions include the Internal Revenue Service?

the rest of this bullshit:

"a sweet Lesson On "Patience"

A sweet lesson on patience.

A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
box filled with photos and glassware.

'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'

'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive
through downtown?'

'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..

'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice..'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired.Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.

'Nothing,' I said

'You have to make a living,' she answered.

'There are other passengers,' I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly.

'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

(Sent to me by my nephew, thanks Tony)



SLIDE 2: Federal Spending 2011 Script: So let’s break it all down Suze Orman style. Here’s the 2011 Federal budget all in one beautiful pie chart. If you master this, you’ll understand way more than most. The budget year actually started Oct 1, 2010. We kept the government open for half the fiscal year with a series of Continuing Resolutions (aka CRs). And we’re off to the same start using CRs for the 2012 budget. Total spending in 2011 was approximately $3.64 Trillion, so each 1% equals about $36 Billion or $36,000 Million.

Everything in red is Mandatory spending, meaning it is dictated by existing law and very difficult to change without a Battle Royale. This makes up about 2/3 of the entire budget and includes Social Security 20%, Medicare 13%, Medicaid 8%, other Safety Net programs 10% and Interest on the long-term debt 7%. Note that Social Security and Medicare have their own dedicated revenue stream through the payroll tax.

Everything in yellow is Discretionary spending, which is what is hammered out each year between Congress and the President. What I found most surprising is that almost all Military spending ($728 Billion), including the two wars, is negotiated each year. And it makes up more than half of our Discretionary spending. That leaves only about 14% of the entire budget — these little bitty 1% and 2% slivers over here — that are “non-military discretionary” spending.

It includes things like Education, Energy, Environment & Science, Veterans Affairs, Housing, Transportation. And that’s exactly where the Republicans recently got $38 billion slashed out of about $255 Billion in the 6 month budget left. That cut is little more than 1% of the entire budget, but it’s a gigantic chunk out of these little slivers.


Where IS Romney's $$$ You Ask?

OVERSEAS LOCATIONS of Mitt Romney’s finances – Mitt Romney has invested his money around the world, from the Cayman Islands to Ireland to Australia. We don’t know if he’s using these accounts to avoid paying his fair share in taxes, but we do know that in 2010, Romney’s tax rate was a startlingly low 13.9%. This means Romney pays a lower tax rate than many teachers, firefighters, police officers, and other middle-class Americans—even a lower rate than most other millionaires. – BarackObama.com

Law Enforcment Is Being Used To Serve & Protect The 1%

The scene early this morning at 3662 Wellhaun Road in Decatur resembled that of a major drug bust with officers sneaking around in the middle of the night. Instead of a bust however, officers knocked on the door of 62 year old Christine Frazer’s house at 3 AM to serve her with an eviction notice. Chris’ house was foreclosed on fraudulently by Investors One Corporation in October 2011, and she has been fighting it in federal court ever since. In January, activists with Occupy Atlanta set up camp on her lawn and committed to stay to defend Chris’ home from eviction.

Using what the sheriff himself referred to as “intelligence” Dekalb County law enforcement waited until activists were not present at the home, and the neighbors would be asleep to serve an illegal eviction after hours, putting 4 generations including her 83 year old mother, and 3 year old grandson out on the curb. They even rounded up her dogs and took them to the pound. To add insult to injury, the police blocked off the street and wouldn’t allow anyone to help secure the family’s valuable personal belongings from the side of the road.

Once again, it is clear that the government and our law enforcement officials are being used to serve and protect the interest of the 1% and not of ordinary people or even the laws that they have put in place. Occupy Atlanta is more committed than ever to the fight for Chris Frazer’s home, and the thousands of other homeowners just like her who are being disrespected every day.

Sherriff Thomas Brown and the Dekalb County political system showed their true colors today, and made it known where their loyalties lie. Today at 1 pm, Occupy Atlanta, John Evans, President of Dekalb County NAACP, and other community members will be holding a press conference in front of Chris Frazer’s home to put these officials on blast and let them know that we will not stand for this type of shady behavior.




The Romney campaign told Grenell to "be quiet and not to speak up until it went away," said a source familiar with the matter, referring to criticism of his sexual orientation. A source close to the Romney campaign said Grenell was asked to lay low only on the issue of his tweets about Callista Gingrich and First Lady Michele Obama, for which he, in fact, had already apologized.

The Romney campaign has said Grenell had not been sent out to talk about foreign policy issues before this week because he was not scheduled to start until May 1. But that explanation did not make sense to some, including one former high-ranking Bush administration official.


Last week Grenell was "instructed to shut up" before a foreign policy conference call with reporters, eroding his standing with journalists on the beat, Andrew Sullivan reported and HuffPost confirmed.

(quite telling)

make up your mind wingers...

Fun piece:
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