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"Good Mitt"

Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu: the first day of Mitt’s obedience training was a success



Haaretz Headline: "...it was Romney's voice but Netanyahu's words"


what’s really at stake 100 days from now...

It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism

...........however awkward it may be for the traditional press and nonpartisan analysts to acknowledge, one of the two major parties, the Republican Party, has become an insurgent outlier—ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition. When one party moves this far from the center of American politics, it is extremely difficult to enact policies responsive to the country’s most pressing challenges.


Deficit debate driven by the wealthy: "It's Their Future"

Deficit debate driven by the wealthy

The Simpson/Bowles plan bills itself as a road map to deficit reduction, but it's really a guide to cutting services and benefits for the working and middle class while protecting the interests of the wealthy.

......................we are now being treated to finger-wagging about the need to get our fiscal house in order by corporate CEOs like JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon (trading loss $5.8 billion and counting, potential cost to ratepayers from alleged manipulation of the California electricity market $200 million and counting).

...the debate seems increasingly to be driven by the wealthy, who can be trusted to protect their own prerogatives while declaring everyone else's to be wasteful. Just two weeks ago, a squadron of CEOs and bankers, including Dimon and hedge fund billionaire Pete Peterson, lined up behind a campaign to impose adult supervision on our squabbling Congress.

The single program getting the bulk of the Simpson-Bowles plan's attention is Social Security, which in fact contributes not a dime to the federal deficit, and can't by law. Something else is at work here other than deficit reduction: It's a plan to cut benefits to seniors by ratcheting back on inflation protection and sharply cutting the benefit formula for everyone, starting with those whose average lifetime earnings are $9,000 a year.

There's a lot not to like about fiscal-cliff panic. Allowing deficit-cutting concerns to influence how we address today's meager economic growth rate of 1.5% is hopelessly backward. So is talking about cutting government programs when they're needed to maintain employment and assist the poor and unemployed. So as much as corporate CEOs and other privileged incumbents claim they're concerned about the future, it's their future they mean.


"One can never have too much ammo"

Vietnam Considers Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Source: NPR

Vietnam Considers Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

text size A A A July 29, 2012
Dinh Thi Hong Loan grasps her girlfriend's hand, and the two gaze into each other's love-struck eyes. Smiling, they talk about their upcoming wedding — how they'll exchange rings and toast the beginning of their lives together.

The lesbians' marriage ceremony in the Vietnamese capital won't be officially recognized, but that could soon change. Vietnam's Communist government is now considering whether to allow same-sex couples to marry or legally register and receive rights — positioning the country to be the first in Asia to do so.

"Our love for each other is real and nothing changes regardless of whether the law is passed or not," said Loan, 31. "But when it is passed, we will definitely go get registered. I can't wait!"

Even longtime gay-rights activists are stunned by the Justice Ministry's proposal to include same-sex couples in its overhaul of the country's marriage law. No one knows what form it will take or whether it will survive long enough to be debated before the National Assembly next year, but supporters say the fact that it's even being considered is a victory in a region where simply being gay can result in jail sentences or whippings with a rattan cane.

Read more: http://www.npr.org/2012/07/29/157561604/vietnam-considers-legalizing-same-sex-marriage?ft=1&f=1001&sc=tw&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Romney's Horse Heads To The Olympics

more (worth the click):

Newsweek Cover: "Mitt The Wimp"


"I have to stand here because I'm running for President for Pete's sake"

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