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NY Mayoral Debate Highlights: Anthony Weiner is Still Texting

Yes, the mayoral debate for NY happened yesterday. Lots of important things were said. But if you want to laugh at Anthony, Skip to 2:50. Oh, Anthony, you so crazy.

On a more serious note. Democrats look strong. I'm excited for New York. Real, full-blown excited.

Gov. Paul LePage: "About 47% of able-bodied people in the state of Maine don’t work"

Let this be a lesson to the American people. Heed his humble words of truth and valor.

Awesome blog from Maine on the topic:

The quote is stunning, both for how ridiculous it is on its face as well as how closely it mirrors a comment made by 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who also took aim at 47% of the population (those he said were victims, dependent on government and therefore voting for his opponent) in a leaked video that did significant damage to his campaign.

Just to be absolutely clear, LePage’s statistic is completely wrong. Currently, around 65% of Mainers over the age of 15 are working or are unemployed and actively seeking work. Of the remaining 35%, almost all are retired, are caring for children or other family members, are pursuing education or training or have a disability that prevents them from working. Only a tiny fraction aren’t working for other reasons. The conservative Heritage Foundation, using U.S. Census data, puts this number at 1.1% nationally.

Maine is known for our strong Yankee work ethic and we have a higher labor force participation rate than the rest of the country, despite our more elderly population. We work harder, longer and often in more dangerous occupations than people almost anywhere else.

We deserve a Governor who is proud of Maine, doesn’t falsely believe that half the people he was elected to serve are lazy and useless and doesn’t govern as if this were true.

Let's remember that this guy is calling upon his experience as a manager for an Antiques firm. That's not exactly cutting edge technology for the next generation of workers.

Holy Shit

I live in Albuquerque. Am I going to have to do some real live action reporting?

Randy Neugebauer Confronts Park Ranger Over Closed WWII Memorial

So this happened this morning.

Worst. PR. Ever.

Absolutely disgusting. I don't know about you compañeros on the east coast, but here in Southwest--a lot of park rangers and fire fighters have died to the wildfires. Closing down a park service, especially if you are cutting the park budget, is perfectly reasonable.

I recall that Colorado and Texas Republicans slashed the budget for fighting forest and park servicemen are dying over that fact as they serve the American people. I mean dudes are dying just before the shutdown, let alone after we underfund them. < http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2013/09/28/report-yarnell-firefighters-died-trying-to-make-it-to-safe-zone >. This public statement just shows how out of touch with reality the Republican party has fallen.

Seriously, don't mess with the park ranger. They have to deal with your armed maniacs meandering the woods (which is legal now, thanks congress).

God bless you, bicyclist dude.
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