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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Dumbest Mitt Romney Quotes of All Time

Crazy, Stupid and Bizarre Quotes Uttered by Mitt Romney.

Life is tough and hard.   Mitt Romney is here to amuse us and make observations only the idle rich can  understand.    In that spirit ACVDN Presents....The Dumbest Mitt Romney Quotes of All Time.    Crazy, Stupid and Bizarre Quotes Uttered by Mitt Romney.   Mitt's handlers script his every utterance these days so enjoy the things Mitt has alread made a part of his permanent record.

''I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.''
—GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, bragging in 2007 about his family's record on civil rights. Romney
later admitted he didn't technically see his father march with King, nor did his father ever march with the civil rights leader on the same day or in the same city.

''I get speaker's fees from time to time, but not very much.''
—Mitt Romney, who earned $374,000 in speaking fees in one year according to according to his personal financial
disclosure (January 2012)

''I purchased a gun when I was a young man.    I've been a hunter pretty much all my life.''
—Mitt Romney (April 2007)

''I'm not a big-game hunter.    I've made that very clear.     I've always been a rodent and rabbit hunter.    Small varmints, if you will.''
—Mitt Romney, clarifying things a few days later after his hunting credentials were questioned (April 2007)

''[My wife] drives a couple of Cadillacs.''
—Mitt Romney, campaigning for president in Michigan (February 2012)

''I'll tell you what, ten-thousand bucks? $10,000 bet?''
—Mitt Romney, attempting to make a wager with Rick Perry during a Republican presidential debate to settle a
disagreement about health care (December 2011)

''I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed.''
—GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaking in 2011 to unemployed people in Florida. Romney's net worth
is over $200 million.

''I'm running for office for Pete's sake, we can't have illegals.''
—Mitt Romney, recalling his reaction when he learned that there were illegal aliens working the ground on his
property, employed by a firm that he subsequently fired (October 2011)

''[Obama's stimulus program is] one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history.''
—Mitt Romney in April 2011, while U.S. troops were fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and involved in
airstrikes against Libya

''I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose.'' —Mitt Romney in 2002
''Look, I was pro-choice. I am pro-life.     You can go back to YouTube and look at what I said in 1994.     I never
said I was pro-choice, but my position was effectively pro-choice.    I changed my position.     And I get tired of people that are holier-than-thou because they've been pro-life longer than I have.'' —Mitt Romney in 2007

''I'm Wolf Blitzer and yes, that's my real name.''
—CNN's Wolf Blitzer at the beginning of a November 2011 Republican presidential debate

''I'm Mitt Romney -- and yes Wolf, that's also my first name.''
—Mitt Romney, getting his own name wrong (his first name is ''Willard,'' and his middle name is ''Mitt'')

''Don't try to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.''
—Mitt Romney, defending banks and kicking people out of their homes

''Who let the dogs out? Who, who.''
—Mitt Romney, during an awkward photo op with a group of African Americans kids at a Martin Luther King Day
parade (January 2008)

''I was a severely conservative Republican governor.''
—Mitt Romney, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Feb. 10, 2012

''I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.''
—Mitt Romney, after being asked whether he follows NASCAR racing (February 2012)

''PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air.''
—Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2007, responding to criticism from People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals following revelations that he had once strapped the family dog to the roof of his car
during a 12-hour road trip

''I saw the young man over there with eggs Benedict, with hollandaise sauce. And I was going to suggest to you
that you serve your eggs with hollandaise sauce in hubcaps. Because there's no plates like chrome for the
—GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, after working the room at a New Hampshire restaurant and pausing for a
photo with the owner (June 2011)

''I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love.''
—Mitt Romney (January 2012)

''I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks.''
—Mitt Romney to a group of NASCAR fans wearing plastic ponchos at the Daytona 500 (February 2012)

''I love this state. The trees are the right height.''
—Mitt Romney, campaigning in Michigan (February 2012)

''My sons are all adults and they've made decisions about their careers and they've chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard. One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I'd be a great president.''
—Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2007

''Corporations are people, my friend... of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People's pockets. Human beings, my friend.''
—GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to a heckler at the Iowa State Fair who suggested that taxes should be raised on corporations to help balance the budget, Aug. 11, 2011

''I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.''
—Mitt Romney, using an unfortunate choice of words while advocating for consumer choice in health insurance
plans (January 2012)

''I know what it's like to worry whether you're going to get fired. There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.''
—Mitt Romney, attempting to identify with the problems of average folk (January 2012)

''I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.''
—Mitt Romney (January 2012)

ACVDN will keep you posted when Mitt says something new and interesting.

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Ten things Newt Gingrich wants you to know about Mitt Romney
Newt's Top Ten

Gingrich has not been shy about expressing a low opinion of Romney during the fight for the GOP nomination.       Here's a countdown of 10 of the worst things Gingrich had to say about the former Massachusetts governor:

10.     He's out of touch and thinks we're stupid

"We're not going to beat Barack Obama with some guy who has Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Island accounts, owns
shares of Goldman Sachs while it forecloses on Florida and is himself a stockholder in Freddie Mae and Freddie Mac while he tries to think the rest of us are too stupid to put the dots together to understand what this is all about."         Mt. Dora, Fla. Jan. 26, 2012

9.     He's a timid leader who can't bring about change

Romney's a "Massachusetts moderate who, in fact, is pretty good at managing the decay." He's "given no evidence in his years in Massachusetts of any ability to change the culture or change the political structure."        Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 4, 2012

8.     Romney's adviser was right to compare Romney to an etch-a-sketch

"Now given everybody's fears about Gov. Romney's flip flops, to have his communications director say publicly to all of us, if we're dumb enough to nominate him we should expect by the acceptance speech he'll move back to the left, triggers everything people are worried about."

"Their pictures aren't permanent. There's nothing locked down. You can re-do every time you want. And that's the problem."       Lake Charles, La., March 21, 2012

7.     He's full of "pious baloney"

"Can we drop a little bit of the pious baloney?     The fact is, you ran in '94 and lost.     That's why you weren't serving in the Senate with Rick Santorum.     The fact is, you had a very bad re-election rating, you dropped out of office, you had been out of state for something like 200 days preparing to run for president.      You didn't have this interlude of citizenship while you thought about what you do.    You were running for president while you were governor."        NBC News/ Facebook debate, Jan. 8, 2012

6.     He looted companies as head of Bain Capital

"Now you have to ask a question - is that really, is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of other people and walk off with the money?     Or is that in fact somehow a little bit of a flawed system?      And so I do draw distinction between looting a company, leaving behind
broken families and broken neighborhoods and then leaving a factory that should be there."       Manchester, NH, Jan. 9, 2012

5.     He profits off the poor

"Maybe Governor Romney in the spirit of openness should tell us how much money he's made off of how many households that have been foreclosed by his investments."     CNN debate, Jan. 26, 2012

4.     His immigration reform plan is an "Obama level fantasy"

Moonman Newt

"Now, for Romney to believe that somebody's grandmother is going to be so cut off she is going to self deport?     This verges - this is an Obama level fantasy.      He certainly shows no concern for the humanity of people who are already here..."

"I think you have to live in worlds of Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island accounts and automatic $20 million a year income with no work to have some fantasy this far from reality."
Univision interview, Jan. 25, 2012

3.     He can't win

"I find it amazing the news media continues to say he's the most electable Republican when he can't even break out of his own party...The fact is, Gov. Romney in the end has a very limited appeal in conservative party."       Concord, N.H., Jan. 4, 2012

2.     He's not a conservative

"It's just like this pretense that he's a conservative.      Here's a Massachusetts moderate who has tax-paid abortions in 'Romneycare,'  puts Planned Parenthood in   'Romneycare,'   raises hundreds of millions of dollars of taxes on businesses, appoints liberal judges to appease Democrats, and wants the rest of us to believe somehow he's magically a conservative."        CBS'   "The Early Show," January 3, 2012

1.     He's a liar

CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell: "You're calling Mitt Romney a liar?"

Gingrich:   "Well, you seem shocked by it!     This is a man whose staff created the PAC, his millionaire friends fund the PAC, he pretends he has nothing to do with the PAC  - it's baloney.     He's not telling the American people the truth..."

"I just think he ought to be honest with the American people and try to win as the real Mitt Romney, not try to invent a poll-driven, consultant-guided version that goes around with talking points, and I think he ought to be candid.      I don't think he's being candid and that will be a major issue.      From here on out from the rest of
this campaign, the country has to decide:      Do you really want a Massachusetts moderate who won't level with you to run against Barack Obama who, frankly, will just tear him apart?     He will not survive against the Obama machine."
CBS' "The Early Show," January 3, 2012

Mitt Romney stated that if he becomes president he will give the penguin that bit Newt the Congressional Medal of Honor and 100 pounds of fish.





Marco Rubio is this election's Sarah Palin

 Marco Rubio  is this year's  Sarah Palin.     As a possible vice
presidential pick, he is popular with the grassroots.    He is an envoy to a key part of the electorate and has crossover political appeal.    He has successfully bucked his party establishment, and those who have seen him work say he's skilled.     He's an easy and talented campaigner, and he'd wow them in Tampa the way Palin did in St. Paul, Minn.     He is also fundamentally at odds with his potential running mate's message and criteria for his vice president.

Mitt Romney  is the candidate of executive experience.     It's not just that he was a  "business guy"  for 25 years.     He was a business guy who made tough decisions.      He told us this often during the primaries.     Romney's key critique of  President Obama  is that he lacks such experience.     In evaluating possible veeps, Romney has said, above all else, he wants to pick someone who can step into the job if necessary.     That means Romney's No. 2 must have the same kind of experience--or at least some of it.     Maybe just a hint?     A thimble?     Marco Rubio, at age 40, has none.     (Unless someone counts two years as a part-time city commissioner.

Mitt Romney isn't the only one who praises executive experience.     Republicans have long heralded that quality.      It's why so many Republicans liked governors and former governors like Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, and Jeb Bush.     Lamar Alexander cited the quality in his endorsement of Romney.     So did Sen. Ron Johnson.     It was perhaps the talking point for the various legislators and luminaries who have endorsed Romney.     Gov. Christie, who is often cited by Republicans as the party's expert on leadership, goes on about the executive temperament rather extensively:     "Let's be very leery, very wary of sending another member of Congress to the White House.     Now see members of Congress, they can be OK, but they don't know the first thing most of the time about using executive authority.     They don't know the first thing about getting things done."

Experience making tough calls was the key criteria George W. Bush used to pick Dick Cheney.     Yesterday, Cheney, who has been involved in several vice presidential selections, offered his views:   "The single most important criteria has to be the capacity to be president."     Cheney said  "talking heads"   will call for a vice presidential  candidate who's a woman,  Hispanic, or who is from a "big state."     "Those are interesting things to speculate about ....    It's pretty rare that the election turns on those kinds of issues.           " Not only is Cheney agreeing with Nate Silver about the politics, but on the merits he would seem to be ruling out Marco Rubio.

You can mount a strong argument that no life experience prepares you for the presidency.     Abraham Lincoln, our greatest president, had a relatively thin resume with zero executive experience.     (He had even less legislative experience than Rubio and unlike Rubio never rose to be speaker of his legislature.)    Problem:     This is not the case that Romney has made.     He's made the opposite case.

Mario and Mitch.      Mario is the republican token latino and they only need one.     If just one Democrat votes with the Republicans they shout bipartisan to the roof.     Mario has zero experience but he has everything else the GOP needs.     Mario is the Sarah Palin this go around.

Of course, Romney does have an out.     One of the truths of vice presidential searches is that if you want the job, you should say you don't want it.     The other is that candidates can change the criteria they set for the job when they pick someone who doesn't meet them. That is what John McCain did with Sarah Palin.      During the
primary race,  McCain prized foreign policy experience above all else.     A top attack line against Romney in the opposition file was "Mitt Romney has no foreign policy experience."     It was also McCain's knock against Obama that he lacked any experience with the wider world.      Then McCain picked Palin, who had more executive experience than Barack Obama but no real foreign policy experience, so never mind all that.

Romney has less room to throw his previous convictions overboard, since his opponents have regularly argued that he has a penchant for disposable conviction.     One of the open questions of this election is whether voters unhappy about the economy care about this kind of thing.     If so, it's bad news for Romney.     In the latest NBC Wall Street Journal poll,  Romney trails the president on whether he is consistent and stands up for his beliefs (41 percent to 30 percent) and being honest and straightforward (37 percent to 30 percent).

Regardless of whether Romney has any intention of picking Sen. Rubio, the courtship offers plenty of political benefit for both men. Rubio gets to raise his profile as a national figure.     Romney can ingratiate himself with Florida voters who presumably won't mind the association (and who perhaps won't remember the mean things
Romney's spokesperson used to say about Rubio when she worked for one of his opponents).     Hispanic voters might be more open to the idea of a Romney candidacy if he shows himself to be carefully considering the softer immigration ideas of a Republican of Cuban heritage.

VP Rubio

Picking a vice president is the only presidential-level decision Romney will get to make before Americans vote in November.     Romney has argued that his business career gives him special insight and leadership abilities.     There are only a few ways to test this thesis.      Evaluating his jobs record as a businessman turned governor is one, and evaluating how he makes his first top-level personnel decision is another.      Romney has shown a laudable
ability to ignore the day-to-day madness of the presidential cycle, keep his eye on what's important.     Romney may face his toughest test yet in avoiding the allure of Marco Rubio.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Typical Right Wing - Chicken Hawk - Draft Dodging - Republicam

Why waste words on Ted Nugent?     Simple he is a typical republican loud mouth.    

Ted found true love with Mitt after breaking up with Rick Perry.

Ted could live in Amherst County as easily as he does in Detroit.  

He talks large about guns, the NRA and war, but it is only talk.     When the US Government offered him the opportunity to put on a uniform and serve his country he couldn't run away fast enough.     Nugent went to extremes only a drug addict and half witt would try.     Most of the cowards went to school till they turned 28 or faked some medical condition to get excluded from the draft or ran off to Canada (ROTC for Republicans).

Thank You to those who serve and protect our freedoms.      The price of freedom has been paid by Democrats, Independents, Republicans and those with no political leanings what so ever.

There is no doubt that Nugent is loosely strung even today and only marginally able to think and communicate.      The one thing Ted Nugent is is a Republican Hero and Fox News is busy trying to rewrite his life story.      Good luck to Shawn Hannity and Mike Huckabee  as they attempt to weave a hero from a useless bag of excrement.     Huckabee is pretty good at twisting reality, he's a former Baptist Minister.     No Doubt those preaching days are long gone and forgotten.

One of our readers sent me a copy of an extract of Nugent's Selective Service records, obtained via a FOIA request.     As you can see, Nugent received student deferments in  1967 (1-S)   and 1968 (2-S).     But according to the Internet Movie Data Base website, Nugent has been "performing professionally since 1958, non-stop yearly touring since 1967, averaging more than 300 shows per year '67-73."    Hmm, that would include the two years he was supposedly too wrapped up in his studies to be serving his country. 

But that hasn't stopped Nugent from insisting that if he HAD served, he would have been one big mofo soldier.    As the Rutland Herald reported,  Here's what Nugent said he would have done if he went to Vietnam:

"... if I would have gone over there,  I'd have been killed,  or I'd have killed, or I'd kill all the hippies in the foxholes ...     I would have killed everybody,"     he told the Detroit Free Press in an interview published July 15, 1990."

The Herald also noted that Nugent's efforts to avoid the draft make President Bush look like a war hero.

(Nugent claims) that 30 days before his Draft Board Physical, he stopped all forms of personal hygiene.    The last 10 days he ingested nothing but junk food and Pepsi, and a week before his physical, he stopped using the bathroom altogether, virtually living inside his pants caked with excrement and urine.   That spectacle won Nugent a deferment.

Sean Hannity went to ridiculous lengths Friday night (8/24/07) to defend Nugent's threatening rants against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.     FOX & Friends whitewashed Nugent's comments the next day.     Apparently, this  "patriot"   can do no wrong on the "We like America" network."     If you get your news from Fox it isn't hard to figure why you come off as an idiot.     Fox is the number one source of knowledge for republicans.

This is the endorsement that Mitt Romney begged for.      How long before Nugent speaks at Liberty University?

Ted Nugent the GOP Hero      Good and decent people died so this jerk can act like a fool.

Lets look a little deeper and let Ted tell the story in his own words.

If you don't like the language then send your complaints to Ted Nugent, right wing republican Hero, care of Fox News.

An intrepid reporter for  "Dangerous Minds"  went digging through his old copies of  "High Times"  and found this from the October 1977 issue:

High Times:    How did you get out of the draft?

Ted Nugent:     Ted was a young boy, appearing to be a hippie but quite opposite in fact, working hard and playing hard, playing rock and roll like a deviant.    People would question my sanity, I played so much.     So I got my notice to be in the draft.     Do you think I was gonna lay down my guitar and go play army?     Give me a break! I was busy doin’ it to it.     I had a career Jack.     If I was walkin’ around, hippying down, getting’ loaded and pickin’ my ass like your common curs, I’d say “Hey yeah, go in the army.    Beats the poop out of scuffin’ around in the gutters.”    But I wasn’t a gutter dog.    I was a hard workin’, motherfuckin’ rock and roll musician.

I got my physical notice 30 days prior to.     Well, on that day I ceased cleansing my body.     No more brushing my teeth, no more washing my hair, no baths, no soap, no water.     Thirty days of debris build.     I stopped shavin’ and I was 18, had a little scraggly beard, really looked like a hippie.     I had long hair, and it started gettin’ kinky, matted up.     Then two weeks before, I stopped eating any food with nutritional value.     I just had chips, Pepsi, beer-stuff I never touched-buttered poop, little jars of Polish sausages, and I’d drink the syrup, I was this side of death, Then a week before, I stopped going to the bathroom.    I did it in my pants.  poop, piss the whole shot.    My pants got crusted up.

See, I approached the whole thing like,  Ted Nugent,  cool hard-workin’ dude, is gonna wreak havoc on these imbeciles in the armed forces.     I’m gonna play their own game, and I’m gonna destroy ‘em.     Now my whole body is crusted in poop and piss.    I was ill. And three or four days before, I started stayin’ awake.    I was close to death, but I was in control.     I was extremely antidrug as I’ve always been, but I snorted some crystal methedrine.    Talk about one wounded motherf*cker.     A guy put up four lines, and it was for all four of us, but I didn’t know and I’m vacuuming that poop right up.     I was a walking, talking hunk of human poop.   I was six-foot-three of sin.     So the guys took me down to the physical, and my nerves, my emotions were distraught.    I was not a good person. I was wounded.      But as painful and nauseous as it was – ‘cause I was really into bein’ clean and on the ball – I made gutter swine hippies look like football players.     I was deviano.

So I went in, and those guys in uniform couldn’t believe the smell. They were ridiculin’ me and pushin’ me around and I was cryin’, but all the time I was laughin’ to myself.     When they stuck the needle in my arm for the blood test I passed out, and when I came to they were kicking me into the wall.     Then they made everybody take off their pants, and I did, and this sergeant says,   “Oh my God, put those back on!    You f*cking swine you!”

Then they had a urine test and I couldn’t piss, But my poop was just like ooze, man, so I poop in the cup and put it on the counter.    I had poop on my hand and my arm.     The guy almost puked.    I was so proud.     I knew I had these chumps beat.     The last thing I remember was wakin’ up in the ear test booth and they were sweepin’ up.     So I went home and cleaned up.

They took a putty knife to me.     I got the street rats out of my hair, ate some good steaks, beans, potatoes, cottage cheese, milk.     A couple of days and I was ready to kick ass.     And in the mail I got this big juicy 4-F.

They’d call dead people before they’d call my ass.     But you know the funny thing about it?     I’d make an incredible army man.     I’d be a colonel before you knew what hit you, and I’d have the baddest bunch of motherf*ckin’ killers you’d ever seen in my platoon.     But I just wasn’t into it.     I was too busy doin’ my own thing, you know?

The NRA puts this worthless piece of crap on their board and Republicans chase him for an endorsement.     Mitt Romney must be totally crazy!!!      Nugent is a disgusting, less than human piece of republican garbage.

Ted's Mugshot

Lets let Ted tell us more about him in his own words.

The Secret Service is planning to have a little chat with Mr. Nugent about his   "If Obama is re-elected I will be dead or in jail by this time next year"   remark.    

One wonders if the subject of Mr. Nugent's pedophilia will come up.

What?  You didn't know?

According to the  "Behind the Music Episode Guide,"     Ted allegedly prefers his gals to be in the mid-stages of puberty.
He lambastes drug users and alcohol drinkers, but repeatedly admits (without a trace of humility, however) to being a serial pedophile.    Two relationships (one with his wife and one with  “muse”  Pele Massa, who was 17 when they started dating) were ended due to Ted’s infidelity while on the road, often with underage women.    But Ted justifies his behavior with one of his trademark funny expressions:    “alternative flesh management"

Oh, we know.  We understand.  That's just one source.  Here's another.

Courtney Love phoned into the Howard Stern Show on Monday before eventually coming into the studio where she made the shocking allegation that one of the first times she had oral sex was with Ted Nugent.     She said she was young and she didn’t want to say exactly how old she was, but eventually confessed she was 12-year-old — which would have made Nugent approximately 28 years old at the time.      The New York Post attempted to contact Nugent for a response but was unsuccessful.     Moderators at Nugent’s official forum deleted the only thread asking about
the topic as evidenced by the forum’s search giving a file not found error for the matched thread.     She added it was a long time ago and she didn’t even have breasts yet.

Ted explains how he gets off on really young girls.

OK.   So that's just two sources that say that Ted Nugent not only had sex with underaged girls, but bragged about it, and one of those girls was a 12-year old Courtney Love.     In the slideshow section, we have a screencap from the October 2000 edition of Spin Magazine that tells how  "Bring 'Em Young"  Nugent talked a
girl's parents into making him her legal guardian... but that's just another source, isn't it.

The video attached is of the 1998 "Behind the Music" episode in which Nugent admits his fondness for the young
stuff.    But that's just another source.

Now, now!     Maybe Mitt doesn't know that Ted not only wants to murder the President but is a confessed
pedophile.    Jason Easley at Politicususa raises the question:

Romney’s Ted Nugent problem is about to get a whole lot worse if the mainstream media ever decides to report that Mittens has not rebuked a self-admitted pedophile.     In a 1998 episode of VH1’s Behind The Music, Ted Nugent admitted to being a serial pedophile.    VH1 politely phrased this as,   “his weakness for young women.”

So, how will Mitt react to this bit of whimsy?     After all, Nugent did not seek out Romney to endorse him...
Romney sought out Nugent.

It was on a phone call with the candidate earlier today that Nugent gave his blessing.     He talked to Romney by phone while he was at a sporting goods store in Michigan   "celebrating the orgy of guns and ammos and bows and arrows and camouflage clothing and hunting and fishing and outdoor family supplies."

Ted puts bait out and then shoots the animals when they come to eat.     He has been arrested several times for his hunting methods.

Before endorsing him, Nugent demanded that Romney pledge there would be no new gun laws or restrictions on
Second Amendment rights in his administration.     Romney obliged.     Nugent also warned Romney about the   "out of control"    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"These are not Ted Nugent demands,"   he said.     "They're logic demands.     They're 'we the people' demands.     They're
right over wrong, good over bad."

"Right over wrong, good over bad."      Mitt Romney sought the endorsement and is taking advice from an admitted
pedophile who wants to murder the President and used the  "C-word"  (and we don't mean "cancer" -- the word rhymes with   "punt") to describe Hillary Clinton.

That's the kind of judgement we want.    Oh, we know.      Barack Obama sat on a board of directors once with Bill
Ayres and they knew each other well enough to consider each other friends.

But Ted Nugent had sex with underaged girls and will be discussing his threat to the life of the current
President of the United States tomorrow with the Secret Service.

Good call, Mitt.  Great influence on your sons, including Tagg who tweeted:

“Ted Nugent endorsed my Dad today.    Ted Nugent?     How cool is that?!     He joins Kid Rock as great Detroit musicians on team Mitt!”

Nugent Had Some Other Problems Last Week.

Why is everyone always picking on me?

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Rocker and wildlife hunter Ted Nugent has agreed to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in southeast Alaska.

Nugent made the admission in signing a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that was filed Friday in U.S. District Court.

Calls seeking comment from Nugent, his Anchorage attorney, Wayne Anthony Ross, and assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt were not immediately returned.

The plea agreement says Nugent illegally shot and killed the bear in May 2009 on Sukkwan Island days after wounding a bear in a bow hunt, which counted toward a state seasonal limit of one bear.

According to the agreement, first reported by the Anchorage Daily News, the six-day hunt was filmed for his Outdoor Channel television show,  "Spirit of the Wild."      In the hunt, Nugent used a number of bear-baiting sites on U.S. Forest Service property, according to the agreement.

The document says Nugent knowingly possessed and transported the bear in misdemeanor violation of the federal Lacey Act.  

Nugent, identified in the agreement as Theodore A. Nugent, agreed to pay a $10,000 fine, according to the agreement, which says he also agreed with a two-year probation, including a special condition that he not hunt or fish in Alaska or Forest Service properties for one year.    He also agreed to create a public service announcement that would be broadcast on his show every second week for one year, the document states.

"This PSA will discuss the importance of a hunter's responsibility in knowing the rules and regulations of the hunting activities that they engage in, which is subject to the review and final approval, prior to any broadcast, by a representative of the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Alaska,"   the agreement says.

Nugent, who signed the document April 14, also agreed to pay the state $600 for the bear that was taken illegally, according to the agreement.

With hunting, Nugent has run afoul of the law before.

Nugent in wig, makeup and lipstick

In August 2010, California revoked Nugent's deer hunting license after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of deer-baiting and not having a properly signed tag.

Nugent's loss of that deer hunting license through June 2012 allows 34 other states to revoke the same privilege under the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.     Each state, however, can interpret and enforce the agreement differently.

This explains why Romney had to promise Nugent he would curtail the power of the Forrest Service in exchange for an endorsement.     Somebody will have to explain to me why anyone would want to be connected in any way to Ted Nugent.     I guess republicans can hold their noses and accept anything.     After all Mitt Romney is their candidate for president.

Here's a little more on Ted Nugent, Republican Hero.

"Renegade right-winger Ted Nugent recently went on a vicious onstage rant in which he threatened the lives of Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.     Decked out in full-on camouflage hunting gear,   Nugent wielded two machine guns while raging,    "Obama, he's a piece of shit.     I told him to suck on my machine gun.      Hey Hillary,"   he continued. "You might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch."       Nugent summed up his eloquent speech by screaming "freedom!" over and over.    

This isn't the first time Nugent has been caught spewing hatred.    Last January, the guitarist caused a scandal for Republican Texas governor Rick Perry when he wore a Confederate flag shirt and insulted immigrants at Perry's inauguration event.     In July, Nugent was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story blaming  "stoned, dirty, stinky hippies"   for   "rising rates of divorce,  high school drop-outs,  drug use,  abortion,  sexual diseases and crime, not to mention the exponential expansion of government and taxes."

I opened this article by saying Ted Nugent could just as easily live in Amherst County as in Detroit.     Ted is a typical republican.

Could be republicans need to clean up their acts but as long as making sure Obama is a one term president is the most important thing the GOP will work on they never will.      Soon Nugent will run for Congress and the GOP will proudly claim and support his action.     Have a good day.

Army cancels Ted Nugent's performance at Fort Knox over Obama comments.    Finally Some Good News

Nugent's first band, Grand Pa and the Jugalos

It's lights out on Ted Nugent's scheduled performance at an Army base in Kentucky.     Why would the Army hire this filthy draft dodger in the first place?

Commanders at Fort Knox have decided against allowing the "Motor Mouth Madman"   to take the stage at the base in
June, the latest fallout over Nugent's comments that he would be "dead or in jail"  if President Barack Obama were re-elected.    Ted should have added to the jail or dead comment, out of work.   Fox News and its announcing staff of Obama haters are doing all they can to re-build Nugent's image.   Fox News hates Ameica,
Obama and our military.   Fox loves right wing conservative republicans and anything they say.

"After learning of opening act Ted Nugent's recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation,"  according to an announcement posted Saturday on the base's Facebook page.   All across America People are congradulating Fort Knox leadership for getting this one right.     This is the level of common sense we expect from our military leaders who should always keep distance between themselves and cowardly chicken hawk draft dodgers like Ted Nugent.

Midwest Old-Timers Rock n' Roll Express Tour

The concert at the base is part of the  "Midwest Old-Timer's Rock n' Roll Express"  tour featuring co-headliners Nugent, REO Speedwagon and Styx and is sponsored by the medical alert bracelet with the catchy phrase  "I've Fallen and I Can't Get UP".

"Army Entertainment and the Fort Knox Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation remain committed to carrying out the June 23 concert, and the possibility exists that a replacement will be selected,"  the announcement said.    "There is a whole world of one hit wonders and has been musicians to choose from and we are looking at Kid Rock as a replacement.     He fits the price range and is young enough to stay up late and be the headliner.   Kid has been sighted in Detroit bars well past 11pm."

It was not immediately clear whether Styx or REO Speedwagon planned to carry on with their scheduled performance.    REO Speedwagon is considering a name change to REO MobilityScooter and Lip syncing is hard work so the loss of Ted may have removed the joy from the show.   Styx had a chance of extending their week at the Tupelo Mississippi Holiday Inn Bar and Lounge for an additional week  and the money is better and  room and board are thrown in on that gig.     

Due to their advanced ages none of these musical giants can stay up long enough to headline a show anymore and last call arrives slightly before 10pm.   Being left out of the show will cost Ted Nugent almost $1,200 in appearence fees and may make things a little tight around the Nugent household this month.

REO Mobility-Scooter Together Again and Making Sweet Music

Nugent and Fort Knox public affairs officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.    Most of the time Nugent is unable to respond to anything immediately but has memorized rants that he amuses the questioner with.      His Obama and Clinton rants have made him almost as famous as Dennis Miller.     (Miller was a SNL member last century and now appears on Fox News Channel and does a radio show.     He is much better known than Ted Nugent and far less offensive and on rare occassions funny.)

Response to the announcement was mixed.   Many did not know who Ted Nugent was and countless others could not care less about seeing an unknown hippie musician from fifty years ago.   A few said that waltzes were not their cup of tea.     In all more than 41 people weighed in with comments.    7 people expressed their condolences at the loss but said they were otherwise disposed and would not attend the funeral.

"I feel they had little choice after the comments Ted Nugent made at the NRA convention.   As president, Obama is their commander-in-chief,"   Carrie Peterson wrote on Facebook in response to the announcement.

Ted Urges Everyone to Support His Cause.     Ted's cause is to set his own hunting rules and say anything he pleases about anybody he has a disagreement with and to be paid to sing 40 year old songs.    

Ted Nugent urged the soldiers and their families to boycott the concert while urging Styx and REO Speedwagon to pull out of the show if he wasn't allowed to perform.   Ted also said "Why Is Everyone Always Picking on Me"?

Still others were angry at the base commanders for strange reasons.

"I'm very disappointed to hear that you canceled Ted Nugent - this man is a pseudo patriot and embodies the spirit of the 2nd amendment, the only one of our constitutional rights that allows me to pack heat and kill.     He was my grandfather's favorite guitar player from the early 60's and a master of 3 chord songs with no lead.

I believe that the US Army is around to fight for our constitution and our rights and I don't care that Nugent was a draft dodger and coward and never fought to protect the constitution or anything else.   As a former US Army soldier,  I am ashamed of Ted Nugent but wanted to see him on stage while he can still get around.   These old hippie drug addicts are dying off quickly and your actions here may rob me of seeing my grandfather's favorite artist,"     Michael Edgerly wrote in his post.

Kid Rock is from Detroit like Ted Nugent and Kid Rock Endorses Mitt Romney.    Kid Rock is being considered as a replacement for Ted Nugent at the Fort Knox Show.    
The photo might not be Kid Rock.

On Thursday, the Secret Service said it resolved questions regarding comments that  Nugent,   a right wing conservative activist, republican nutjob,  self taught semi-talented guitar player, songwriter of little renoun  and  gun rights advocate,   made about Obama during a speech at an NRA rally in St. Louis, Missouri.

"If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again,  I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,"   Nugent said, according to a video that the NRA posted on YouTube.   "If you can't go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile,  evil,  America-hating administration,  I don't even know
what you're made out of."

The video has since been removed but the NRA is giving away copies with new memberships for only $20.   The collectable edition is autographed by Ted Nugent and introduced with special words of praise from  "Grand Wizard"  Wayne LaPierre.    Profits from the Nugent tape go to the  "Guns Are My Birth Right"  program which awards every white baby born on US soil a 357 Mag. and a box of ammo.

Ted Nugent is a Board Member and a Leader of the NRA.    In the judgement of the NRA Ted Nugent is an excellent representative of their interest and will someday rise to the level of Grand Wizard of the NRA.

Many have questioned whether Nugent was alluding to violence against the president.   Of course he was but his language is so crazy that Republican apoligists can pretend he wasn't.    In the 22 states with the  "Stand Your Ground Law"   Nugent can shoot anybody and stand a good chance of walking free.   ALEC and the NRA are trying to get this law for all 50 states and the Moon on the off chance that Newt Gingrich is the next president.    If you are a politician on the take from either party all you need is an empty brown paper bag,  they will supply the money to fill it  and the bill, pre written and awaiting your signature,  for you to submit.

Nugent issued a statement confirming his meeting and describing it as a "good, solid, sort of professional meeting concluding that while I may have several or more screws loose or completely missing I have never knowingly with malice of forethought made any unwarrented threats of violence towards anyone other than Democratic politicians and a few other irritating individuals from the US Forest Service" or  "US Fish and Wildlife Services" that I can remember.

News of the canceled concert came a day after Nugent agreed to pay a fine, serve probation, bathe regularly and record a public service announcement as part of a deal to plead guilty to transporting an illegally killed black bear in Alaska.   Nugent also agreed to stop selling his special mixture of apples, oranges, sugar cubes and grain which he advertised as "UncleTed's Animal Bait and Hunting Tool".   The remaining bait will be donated to a homeless shelter in North Detroit.

The plea deal, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, Alaska, stems from federal allegations that arose during a bear hunt in May 2009 that was filmed for Nugent's television show, "Spirit of the Wild," on the Outdoor Channel.

Nugent explains that the Fish and Wildlife Service entrapped him and that he would never have set bait traps for animals or shot tranquelized animals or broken the limits on bear kills otherwise.     In exchange for his endorsement Mitt Romney promised to get the Fish and Wildlife Service in line and off Nugent's back.

In the plea agreement, Nugent admitted to shooting and killing a bear using a bow and arrow during a hunt on Sukkwan Island in southeast Alaska, just days after he wounded another bear.   Nugent's hunting secret is to place bait in an open area and then shoot the animals when they come to eat.   Alaska limits licensed hunters to the bagging of one bear per hunting season.   Under the law, the wounding of a bear counts toward the season's bag limit.    Nugent said he thought he was exempt from the law in Alaska as he resides in Detroit and is a member of both the NRA and GOP.    For some episodes Nugent posed by animals that he had purchased from local hunters for use on the the TV reality show.     On one show Nugent waited in a folding chair for a tranquilized deer to awaken and then photographed himself shooting the deer.     Nugent is at least as great a hunter as he is a guitar player and patriot.

Nugent gained musical fame in the late 1950s as a member of the psychedelic drug band The Amboy Dukes, then as a solo act in the 1960s and later as a member of the late 1970s supergroup Damn Yankees.    During the lean years Nugent delivered papers, sold Mary Jane Cosmetics as well as regular Mexican Mary Jane and operated a booth in a traveling circus.    He enjoyed minor success with the songs  "I Like Young Stuff",  "Twelve is Old Enough for Me"  and  "Great White Hunter".     He is probably best known for his rock anthem, "Un-treatable Cat Scratch Fever" or his big hit "Getting Funky for the Draft Board".      Once Nugent thought about writing a book.    That's one more time than he thought about reading one. Ted Nugent.     While I was rotting away as a prisoner of war and getting daily beatings Nugent was taking drugs and covered in excrement so he could beat the draft and get classified 4-F.     To think that today this Coward and Chicken-Hawk Draft Dodger is a Conservative Republican sickens me.
Senator John McCain

Nugent has traded on his fame from 40 years ago to earn a living in much the same way as Hank Williams Jr., Pat Boone and Lee Greenwood.    You can catch any of these old time washed up musicians on the Mike Huckabee Show on the Fox News Channel or on the TV Show  "Where Are They Now".

Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.











Jon Huntsman Criticizes Republican Party, Compares GOP To Communist China

Jon Huntsman leveled harsh criticism at his party on Sunday evening, comparing the Republican Party to communist China and questioning the strength of this year's presidential field.    In the end Huntsman apoligized to China for the unfair comparison.

During an event at the 92nd Street Y in New York City,  Huntsman spoke candidly about his party's flaws for two and one half hours, lamenting the Republican National Committee's decision to rescind an invitation to a major fundraising event after Huntsman called for a third-party candidate to enter the race.

"This is what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script,"  Huntsman said.

Huntsman, a former Utah governor who dropped out of the GOP primary in January, served as U.S. ambassador to China under President Barack Obama.

He also criticized the Republican candidates' foreign policy stances, particularly in regard to China, North Korea, Tiwan, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Cuba, China, Arizona, Texas and Ubekistan.

"I don’t know what world these people are living in,"  Huntsman said.

Although Huntsman did not mean to mention any specific candidates, he criticized Mitt Romney for his "wrong-headed, half witt, screwey" approach to governing.     Huntsman, endorsed Romney after dropping out of the race, said in February that the former Massachusetts governor should take a more opportunity-minded view to relations with China and raising revenue in the US.

Jon Huntsman finished a close 32nd in the race for GOP candidate during the primary and is estimated to stand no chance of being offered a job in a republican administration.
Newt Gingrich has hinted that he would consider Huntsman for Prime Minister of his soon to be established Moon Colony.

Huntsman also spoke on Sunday about his presidential candidacy, revealing that he was less than impressed by his fellow candidates when he attended his first debate in August.

"Is this the best we could do?"   Huntsman said he asked himself.     "Then I realized these are real conservatives  and  they are the top of the tree, the pick of the crop, the best we had to offer".

He also joked that his wife forbade him to pander to the party's far-right contingent ahead of Iowa's caucuses,  which likely hurt him with conservative voters in the Hawkeye State.     Polling failed to show this as Huntsman only scored 2% on name recognition and after one particularly hard day of campaigning failed to answer to his own name for over two hours.

“She said if you pandered, if you sign any of those damn pledges, I’ll leave you,”    Huntsman said.     "So I had to say I believe in science -- and people on stage look at you quizzically as though you're ... an oddball."     Republicans don't believe in the   "Round Earth Theory"  or  "Evolution".      Actually Iowa is living proof that there is no such thing as evolution or intelligent design.     That's why Iowa gets to pick presidents.

Huntsman, however, did not actively campaign in Iowa, telling CBS News in December that  "they pick corn,"  not presidents, in that early caucus state.      Later Huntsman clarified himself adding that a great many Iowians got paid by the government not to grow corn and they mostly picked guitars and noses.     Huntsman did not do well in Iowa for unknown reasons.    

Since dropping out of the race, Huntsman has remained critical of both the GOP and his former opponents.     Huntsman has remained lukewarm in his backing of Romney.     Huntsman being lukewarm in his support of Romney puts him head and shoulders above most Romney supporters.     Polls show that Democrats like Romney  as the opposition candidate  (2 to 1 over GOP supporters) more than republicans.

"Gone are the days when the Republican Party used to put forward big, bold, visionary ideas,"  Huntsman said during the February interview with MSNBC that got him disinvited from the RNC fundraiser.    "I think we're going to have problems politically until we get some sort of third-party movement or some alternative voice out there that can put forward new ideas and deal with the simple act of telling the truth."     "Republicans don't stand a snowballs chance in hell of capturing the presidency in 2012.     I know Obama, I worked for Obama, Obama is a friend of mine and the republicans don't have anything that comes close to matching Obama."

And unlike others in his party who have endorsed  Romney, Huntsman has refrained from appearing at campaign events on behalf of his party's likely nominee.    Huntsman said  "I just can't stand the embarrisment of appearing with or campaigning for Romney."     According to his daughter, Abby Livingston, he won't be joining Romney on the trail anytime soon.

“My dad is not a surrogate for Romney and will not be out stumping for him in the general,”    she told ABC News earlier this month.     "He is enjoying private life.”     "Dad would not like to be connected with Mitt Romney in any way."

Mitt Romney says corporations are people too.    You will know this is true when the state of Texas executes one.

A corporation is legally a citizen of the state (or other jurisdiction) in which it is incorporated (except when circumstances direct the corporation be classified as a citizen of the state in which it has its head office, or the state in which it does the majority of its business).      Corporate business law differs dramatically from state to state.      Many prospective corporations choose to incorporate in a state whose laws are most favorable to its business interests.     Many large corporations are incorporated in Delaware, for example, without being physically located there because that state has very favorable corporate tax and disclosure laws.

Companies set up for privacy or asset protection often incorporate in Nevada, which does not require disclosure of share ownership. Many states, particularly smaller ones, have modeled their corporate statutes after the Model Business Corporation Act, one of many model sets of law prepared and published by the American Bar Association.

As juristic persons, corporations have certain rights that attach to natural persons.    The vast majority of them attach to corporations under state law, especially the law of the state in which the company is incorporated – since the corporations very existence is predicated on the laws of that state.      A few rights also attach by
federal constitutional and statutory law, but they are few and far between compared to the rights of natural persons.      For example, a corporation has the personal right to bring a lawsuit (as well as the capacity to be sued) and, like a natural person, a corporation can be libeled.

But a corporation has no constitutional right to freely exercise its religion because religious exercise is something that only  "natural" persons can do.     That is, only human beings, not business entities, have the necessary faculties of belief and spirituality that enable them to possess and exercise religious beliefs.

Now enter Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, No. 08-205 which overruled two precedents:

Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce,  a 1990 decision that upheld restrictions on corporate spending to support or oppose political candidates.

McConnell v. Federal Election Commission,  a 2003 decision that upheld the part of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 that restricted campaign spending by corporations and unions.

While advancing First Amendment rights of corporations, a bitterly divided Supreme Court ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.     The ruling represented a sharp doctrinal shift, and it will have major political and practical consequences.       Specialists in campaign
finance law said they expected the decision to reshape the way elections were conducted.

This is what Romney had on his mind when he said "Coporations are People Too".

Justice Stevens said the majority had committed a grave error in treating corporate speech the same as that of human beings.   “The difference between selling a vote and selling access is a matter of degree, not kind,”    Justice Stevens wrote.   “And selling access is not qualitatively different from giving special preference to those who spent money on one’s behalf.”

President Obama called the Citizens United ruling  “a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.”

Mitt Romney is actually saying coporations have more rights than you do and a much louder voice and the Supreme Court agrees with him.


Another Republican Scam Artist Exposed

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Republicans Hate Women

Deny It All You Want To - - Its The Absolute Truth.

Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted this month to allow employers to refuse health care, such as contraception, to employees if it violated their personal moral beliefs.     Republicans in state legislatures across the country voted to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and women’s health care services. 

Republicans in at least twenty states voted to require women to have sonograms, even transvaginal probes, in order to exercise their legal right to an abortion.     Republicans, again in the U.S. Senate, oppose renewing the Violence Against Women Act, a law passing with broad bipartisan support in 1994, 2000, and 2005. 

Republican leader and pundit Rush Limbaugh viciously attacked a law student for challenging the practice of many Catholic institutions of denying contraceptive coverage in employee health care plans.  These are just a few examples of Republican activity which have led many, including me, to ask the question:  Why does the Right hate women?

There are many possible answers to this question -- psychological, sociological, religious, gendered, etc.  In 1991, in her book Backlash:    The Undeclared War Against American Women, Susan Faludi addressed this phenomenon, suggesting that backlashes arise intermittently throughout American history;    and that they correspond to the fear that women are making breakthroughs and progress in gaining equality.     Faludi suggests that this fear is not generated necessarily by actual attainment of equality   (we can agree that this has not occurred),   but is the fear that women might be able to attain equality.     And one might point today to changes that suggest women’s position has improved;    for example, a woman ran for the highest office in the country and came close to attaining it;   a woman held the third highest office for four years and proved highly successful in it  (contrast Pelosi’s successes and Boehner’s dismal failures);    another woman was selected for the U.S. Supreme Court; the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was enacted in 2009.    Of course there have been many defeats and set-backs as well -- but a few high profile examples might make it appear that women are  “winning”  the  “gender war,”  thereby provoking the onslaught of Republican attacks  (just as Obama’s victory made many claim that we are a post-racial society, regardless of the ample evidence against that).

In 1928 Virginia Woolf wrote, in A Room of One’s Own, about the anger of what she called The Professors, i.e., men who held power but were fearful of losing their dominance over women. 

 Reminscent of the question many ask today, she asks,    “How explain the anger of the professors?     Why were they so angry?”  She notes the absurdity of this anger of the powerful -- but then suggests that it lies with the fear of losing this superiority.    

Women, she suggests, have acted as mirrors, reflecting the image of men but at twice their natural size.     This has given men the confidence to go out into the world, to discover new territories, to use and enhance their power, to act on the political stage.   

 Women’s role as looking glass has depended on their inferiority.  Woolf says,    “For if she begins to tell the truth, the figure in the looking glass shrinks;   his fitness for life is diminished.     How is he to go on giving judgment ... making laws, dressing up and speechifying at banquets, unless he can see himself ... at least twice the size he really is?”

And, of course, part of Woolf’s point is that no one acts as the looking glass to bolster women for the roles they must undertake.  Women’s jobs have had risks and dangers as well -- along with the same risks that men have faced, women also face possibilities of sexual harassment, humiliation, structural institutional obstacles, low pay, boredom, etc.     However, these often have not been recognized as risks and dangers, and often have been invisible to society.

This would suggest that the position of men, insofar as it is defined in terms of superiority, is dependent on the position of women remaining inferior.     Women have borne the burdens which have enabled men to do the things they have done.      Limitations on women have freed and bolstered men for the activities meaningful to their lives.    To the extent that women refuse or neglect to reflect men and raise their confidence, men will react.     Of course, they will react differently.    Some will be happy to share the world with women.    Some will be willing to share the burdens of the human condition so long borne by women.    However, some will be fearful of losing the protections that have guaranteed to them the benefits of society’s largess and power.     Some will be vengeful against those they blame for stealing structural advantages that no one should expect to have at the expense of others.     And some will unleash a backlash against women’s supposed progress, attempting to bring back the  “good old days.”     For the latter, someone must be blamed for their loss of confidence and security and opportunity.

But, rather than look to the global economic situation, errors made in national economic policy, and possible remedies for the future, it is easier to find a scapegoat.     And that scapegoat, not surprisingly, too often has been women.


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After suffering through several un-presidential GOP debates, I'm struck by the amount of anti-woman rhetoric spewing from the candidates.      Although none of them dares utter the W word - unless it's part of the phrase   "our men and women in uniform"  - it's pretty easy to see what their views are on issues concerning the sex that comprises a majority of voters.

Take a look:

Social Security tops the list.    Rick  "Ponzi Scheme"  Perry has declared the program unconstitutional, and the other candidates are struggling to characterize their various schemes to destroy Social Security as  "saving"  this vital program.

This is a women's issue:     women live longer than men, earn less during their working lives, and have smaller private pensions and savings accounts.      And unlike the private accounts pushed by Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, women don't have to fight over Social Security payments in a divorce, and widows can't outlive the benefit.    Don't some of these candidates have mothers or grandmothers?

Then there's the pesky issue of jobs and the lack thereof.     Some members of the media have tried to paint the Great Recession as a "mancession,"  because construction took the biggest hit early on. Not so anymore.     In the last 12 months, the pain has shifted to the female-dominated public sector currently under attack by the GOP, in which women are 50 percent more likely to be employed than men.    And despite the fact that the number of women working part-time because they can't find full-time employment has doubled since the recession began, the candidates are also opposed to any new stimulus money -  unless you're talking about giveaways for big banks and big corporate tax breaks.

When it comes to abortion, there's plenty of agreement across the Republican field.     All the contenders, including formerly pro-choice Mitt Romney, would deny women a choice when it comes to their own health or the size of their families.    That's why the topic almost never comes up in the debates.    From a party that claims it wants the government out of our lives,  this makes them all candidates for a new reality show.     Let's call it   "The Biggest Liar."

And take health care, another area of agreement among Republican candidates.      Every GOP hopeful favors repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which they all fondly and frequently refer to as   "Obamacare."      Poor women and their children are Medicaid's major recipients, but the candidates want to slash both state and federal funds for the program, sending states on a race to the bottom in terms of who is covered and what benefits they get.     And private insurance?     Adult women are the largest group in the U.S. working for minimum wage, and far less likely than men to have a company-paid plan.      Before the GOP-hated Affordable Care Act passed with its curbs on rate increases, insurance companies were raising premiums for individual policies at a dizzying pace.     Increases exceeded 40 percent in some cases. You do the math.    And then think about the things they don't say.

Year after year, election after election, equal pay polls at or near the top of the list of women's concerns.    The pay gap with men is even more stubborn than the unemployment rate.      At 79 cents on the dollar, it has narrowed only about a dime in a generation.     But don't hold your breath while waiting to hear anything about it from the candidates.

What about those revered military women?   A little-knownstatistic is that female members of the military were disproportionately mustered out for violating the  "don't ask, don't tell"  policy.     They comprise about one in five of the troops but close to half of those discharged for their sexual orientation.     And tough luck if you get pregnant from a rape or sexual assault.     Sex crimes are rampant at too many military installations two countries away from a civilian hospital.      Service women can't get an abortion at the military hospital - even if they pay for it with their own money.

But enough facts.    You decide.    Does the GOP hate women?

Ted Nugent Considers Vice President Offer

Ted speaks to NRA audience.

Romney has Cornered the Market on endorsements from low talent has been musicians from Detroit. 

First it was Kid Rock and now Ted Nugent.    If Mitt can persuade the Insane Clown Possee to get on board he will control the whole Detroit show.   Mitt worked closely with Ted to make sure the wording of the endorsement rang true to republican thought and conservative reality.   Ted Nugent is rumored to be on the short list for Vice-President edging out Pat Boone.

Nugent is a hunter and gun fancier and now a Reality TV personality and recovering drug addict.    He came out for Romney last month after what he tweeted was a   “long heart & soul conversation”   with the former Massachusetts governor.    Romney is a one time critic of the NRA who flip-floped and joined up to get votes and improve his chance of winning.    Nugent's memory only stretches back for a few weeks so Romney is just fine with Ted.

Nugent and Other Romney Supporters at Meeting

In his NRA speech, Nugent accused President Obama or running a “vile, evil, America-hating administration that is  “wiping its ass with the Constitution.”     The NRA Members were very taken with Nugent's words and many were seen weeping and openly crying.    Those who could speak said it was the most beautiful speech they had ever heard and heaped praise on Nugent for his stirring oratory.
The NRA is selling special boxed sets of Nugent speeches for $50 and for an extra $20 Ted will scratch his X on the box.     These hot sellers are first come, first served and with Nugent expecting to be dead or jailed in the near future the value should skyrocket.      I'm predicting these will put collectable plates to shame.

It’s relatively mild talk for Nugent.    On stage in 2008, he took out after the future 44th President, saying,   “Obama, he’s a piece of shit.   I told him to suck on my machine gun. “  He called Hillary Clinton a “worthless bitch.”     Ann Romney swoons and gets weak legged when Nugent speaks.    She said Ted and Kid Rock were her and her children's favorite musicians in the whole world.   Mitt has replaced America the Beautiful with Nugent's Cat Scratch Fever as the song he serenades audiences with at campaign rallies.

Rocker Ted Nugent doubled down on his endorsement of Mitt Romney over the weekend with a profane, vote-Republican-or-they’ll-get-me speech to the annual convention of the National Rifle Association.

“If you can’t galvanize and promote and recruit people to vote for Mitt Romney, we’re dead,” Nugent declared.
“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”   Either outcome will be fine with most people and some publicity could help Nugent get a hit song.   It is estimated that Nugent's last hit occurred sometimes in the 1960's and was on a 33 and 1/3 rpm disc..

“We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November:  Any questions?”   Nugent said.

Romney spoke to the NRA on Friday and was not around to hear Nugent.    He was in Florida meeting with six and seven-figure campaign donors. 

MSNBC and the Wall Street Journal overheard remarks in which Romney talked of abolishing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and cutting back the Department of Education.     Romney also indicated he would like to tour the White House soon to figure out where the car elevator for Ann's Caddalics should go.





President Obama Has a Plan to Create Jobs.
Republicans have a campaign plan to oppose everything.

A Few More Months of NO to EVERYTHING and I'll be President

Soon after Labor Day, on September 8, President Obama will reveal his strategy to get America working again.     I for one hope it's a plan that encompasses from 3 million to 3 1/2 million potential employees, at a cost of more than one trillion dollars.     Of course hard working teaheads will go nuts.     They'd rather see more employees lose their jobs with no assistance in retaining their dignity, as long as Richie Rich and Daddy Warbucks continue to prosper in this fragile economic environment.     I seriously don't understand their thinking.

Republicans have let it be known they're prepared to balance our budget on the backs of the middle class, while the oober wealthy business owners and individuals stand beside them with chains and whips.     Yet middle class teaheads not only listen with their eyes, they see with their ears.

If you read all of the legislation put forth and voted on in the House, You'll see the GOP agenda.     Now, if you still go along with the GOP agenda after deciphering this information,  I'd have to say you're either blind, crippled, or crazy  (which would qualify you for disability, if you weren't against government programs).     How else can you explain voting against one's own better interests?     The emphasis right now should be on getting America back to work. Period.     Exclamation point.      I realize simply reducing unemployment may not be as sexy to Republicans in office as say ending Medi-Care as we know it, or redefining rape, but it's a top priority to every American regardless of race, gender, or political affiliation.

This game of denying the American people opportunities simply because you don't like our President is juvenile.     And it's even more juvenile when the GOP denies the fastest growing group of voters, unemployed workers, so much as a chance to re-enter the job market.      Knuckleheads like Eric Cantor is really feeling his oats when he makes a statement on national news markets that we can assist the victims of hurricane Irene as long as we cut this, that, and the other out of our budget.     If this man isn't insane he sure plays the role well on the boob tube.      This is the type of unvarnished power America gave to the extreme right when we allowed teaparty kooks an in.

As long as I can remember this country never held its citizens hostage to the dollar after a national catastrophe.     Obviously Cantor has his priorities skewed.     First and foremost we help our fellow Americans, then we tally the cost.     The voters in Eric Cantor's congressional district who elected this moron have to be scratching their collective heads in disgust.      Virginia, his home state, suffered enormously and this hypocrite who personally requested federal aid just a few years ago is imitating Ebeneezer Scrooge, before his transformation.

And this kind of mentality is what President Obama faces when he unveils his 2011 works program next week.     Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead is a great motto for the U.S. Navy, but terrible when it's applied to citizens struggling to regain their dignity.

Everything our President suggests goes in one ear and out the other with these teaheads.     Republicans are so caught up in their web of deceit they can't see the forest for the trees.     It doesn't matter the President may have some great ideas to put America back to work, these people are slaves to their own ignorance.     Well, get over it. We do have a Democratic President who happens to be African-American;   and we also have astronomically high unemployment. Sure the perpetual racists and otherwise haters won't appreciate them treating the President of the United States as well, the President of the United States...but independent voters, and pragmatic Republicans for that matter will.

Teaheads in Congress and the Senate won in 2010 by asking where's the beef with regard to full employment, then sat on their thumbs working hard to legislate a social agenda.     There's a time and place for everything.     And the time, right now, is for a robust jobs agenda.     Forget your personal and political agendas that benefit maybe ten percent of the population, and get started on the important legislative agenda.

Of course Republicans unveiled their new and improved ideas for stimulating job growth, the only problem, it consists of the same lame initiatives in somewhat different packaging.     Stripping regulations by the EPA which are burdensome to polluters are at the top of their list.     It's like the GOP is saying  "we can add jobs, but only if big business can declare a scorched earth policy on our natural resources".     I don't understand Republicans.      It's as if they don't have kids, or grand-kids, or either don't give a damn about the earth they might inherit.     It would be better to save Richie Rich and Daddy Warbucks a few dinero, than protect natural resources;   and if my kids die, they just die, as long as I can earn a few brownie points from big business and oodles of dollars in their coiffures now.

Well, our President's hands are tied.     Should he unveil a massive jobs program the teaheads will scream like banshees.     But should he reveal a smaller jobs initiative, teaheads will scream like baby banshees.      For mine, I hope Obama grows a nutsack and puts the biggest works program as possible on the table.      And when Republicans react, like Republicans react, use the bully pulpit to highlight their impotence.      It's worth a try.

$33 Million Of Romney’s Zillions Hidden In Offshore Tax Havens ?

Insipid rich dweeb Mitt Romney is facing even more impertinent questioning about his infinite investments, and the answers may surprise you — if you just landed on Earth and then decided to jump off a stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.    Seems ol’ Mitt is allegedly using every rich dude trick in the book  (written by rich dudes)  to pay as little in taxes as possible.     Not really a problem, if you’re gainfully employed at the Arby’s in Duluth and just click on whatever TurboTax tells you to.      Gainfully employed?      Manual clicking?       That doesn’t sound like our Mitt now, does it?

The poking about into Romney’s finances was as inevitable as his running for president for the next 200 years.     So why could Mitt only speak in tongues when pressed by famed rhetorician Rick Perry at Monday’s debate to release his tax returns?

I think I’ve heard enough from folks saying, look, let’s see your tax records.    I have nothing in them that suggests there’s any problem and I’m happy to do so.    I sort of feel like we are showing a lot of exposure at this point.     And if I become our nominee, and what’s happened in history is people have released them in about April of the coming year and that’s probably what I would do.

Friends, that is the jibber jabber of a man crossing his fingers behind his back. It is also the signal for  news orgs to RELEASE THE ACCOUNTANTS!

As one of the wealthiest candidates to run for president in recent times, Romney has used a variety of techniques to help minimize the taxes on his estimated $250 million fortune.      In addition to paying the lower tax rate on his investment income, Romney has as much as $8 million invested in at least 12 funds listed on a Cayman Islands registry.      Another investment, which Romney reports as being worth between $5 million and $25 million, shows up on securities records as having been domiciled in the Caymans.

His campaign insists Romney’s tax bill would be the same even if he kept all his money in a Serta mattress somewhere on US soil.    So the point of flying sacks of cash first-class to the Cayman Islands would be….?

[Tax experts] say the offshore accounts have provided him — and Bain — with other potential financial benefits, such as higher management fees and greater foreign interest, all at the expense of the U.S. Treasury.

Jack Blum, a Washington lawyer who is an authority on tax enforcement and offshore banking] said working
through an offshore investment vehicle allows the investor to  “avoid a whole series of small traps in the tax code that ordinary people would face if they paid tax on an onshore basis.”

Trillions of points to anyone who can get Mitt to release a tax return from any year not immediately preceding
the last two presidential elections!      No doubt republicans despise President Obama, how else could they support a scrode like Romney otherwise?

Mitt Romney, a man of Falsehoods
By Richard Cohen,

Among the attributes I most envy in a public man (or woman) is the ability to lie.    If that ability is coupled with no sense of humor, you have the sort of man who can be a successful football coach, a CEO or, when you come right down to it, a presidential candidate.    Such a man is Mitt Romney.

Time and time again, Romney has been called a liar during this campaign.     (The various fact-checking organizations have had to work overtime on him alone.)      A significant moment, sure to surface in the general election campaign, came during a debate held in New Hampshire in January.     David Gregory, the host of  “Meet the Press,”  turned to Newt Gingrich and said,   “You have agreed with the characterization that Governor Romney is a liar.     Look at him now.      Do you stand by that claim?”

Gingrich did not flinch.     “Sure, governor,”   he started off, and then accused Romney of running ads that were not true and, moreover, pretending he knew nothing about them.     “It is your millionaire friends giving to the PAC.

And you know some of the ads aren’t true.     Just say that straightforward.”

Me, I would have confessed and begged for forgiveness.     Not Romney, though — and herein is the reason he will be such a formidable general-election candidate.     He concedes nothing.    He had seen none of the ads, he said.     They were done by others, he added.     Of course, they are his supporters, but he had no control over them.     All this time he was saying this rubbish, he seemed calm, sincere — matter of fact.

And then he brought up an ad he said he did see.     It was about Gingrich’s heretical support for a climate-change bill.    He dropped the name of the extremely evil Nancy Pelosi.    He accused Gingrich of criticizing Paul Ryan’s first budget plan, an Ayn Randish document whose great virtue is a terrible honesty.     (We are indeed going broke.)      He added that Gingrich had been in ethics trouble in the House and ended with a promise to make sure his ads were as truthful as could be.    Pow!  Pow!  Pow!  Gingrich was on the canvas.

I watched, impressed.      I admire a smooth liar, and Romney is among the best.      His technique is to explain — that bit about not knowing what was in the ads — and then counterattack.      He maintains the bulletproof demeanor of a man who is barely suffering fools, in this case Gingrich.      His message is not so much what he says, but what he is:   You cannot touch me.      I have the organization and the money.     Especially the money.     (Even the hair.)    You’re a loser.

There are those who maintain that President Obama, too, is a liar. The president’s recent attack on Ryan’s new budget proposal sent countless critics scurrying to their thesauruses for ways to say lie — “comprehensively misrepresenting”   is the way George F. Will put it.     (He also said Obama “is not nearly as well educated as many thought.”)      Obama does indeed sometimes play politics with the truth, as when he declared that a Supreme Court reversal of his health care law would be unprecedented.     He then backed down. Not what he meant, he said.

But where Romney is different is that he is not honest about himself.      He could, as he did just recently, stand before the National Rifle Association as if he were, in spirit as well as membership, one of them.      In body language, in the blinking of the eyes, in the nonexistent pounding pulse, there was not the tiniest suggestion that here was a man who just as confidently once embodied the anti-gun ethic of Massachusetts, the distant land he once governed.      Instead, he tore into Obama for the (nonexistent) threat the president posed to Second Amendment rights — a false accusation from a false champion.

A marathon of debates and an eon of campaigning have toughened and honed Romney.     He commands the heights of great assurance, and he knows, as some of us learn too late in life, that the truth is not always a moral obligation but sometimes merely what works. He often cites his business background as commending him for the presidency.     That’s his forgivable absurdity. Instead, what his career has given him is the businessman’s concept of self — that what he does is not who he is.      This is what enables the slumlord to be a charitable man.

This is what enables the corporate raider to endow his university. Business is business.      It’s what you do.      It is not who you are. Lying isn’t a sin.     It’s a business plan.

Rick Santorum Knows Mitt Romney

Now that Rick Santorum has dropped out of the presidential race, the big question is whether the runner-up with endorse presumed nominee Mitt Romney.     A top aide told reporters that Santorum and Romney agreed to meet in the near future, and Romney sent out a press release praising his opponent as  “an important voice in our party and in the nation.”
But as Romney pivots to the general election with Santorum’s help, it’s important to remember that the former rival leveled some serious charges against the presumed nominee that should not be forgotten.     Here are Santorum’s top 10 hits on Romney:
1. LIAR:     “If [Romney's health care] policy is bad, the policy is bad. And a bad policy is one thing. But lying to the American people is something else.” [National Journal]

2. “ULTIMATE FLIP-FLOPPER”:     “He glosses over and doesn’t even tell the truth. … Here is a guy who is the ultimate flip-flopper running for president, and he’s attacking me for not being principled? That doesn’t wash.” [Examiner]

3. ETCH A SKETCH CANDIDATE:    “One of Governor Romney’s aides today on television said that Governor Romney, after he wins the primaries, will be like an [Etch A Sketch] — you take whatever he said and you can shake it up and it will be gone, and he’s going to draw a whole new picture for the general election.” [Washington Post]
4. MIGHT AS WELL RE-ELECT OBAMA:    “You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there. If they’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.” [AP]

5. OBAMACARE:     “He created the blueprint for Obamacare and advocated for exactly what Obamacare is, which is a mandated health insurance program…it is exactly the Massachusetts health care plan. …He is uniquely disqualified.” [MSNBC]

6. “WORST REPUBLICAN IN THE COUNTRY”:     “Pick any other Republican in the country. He is the worst Republican in
the country to put up against Barack Obama.” [NBC]

7. “WEAK CANDIDATE”:      “We can’t nominate such a weak candidate. I’d love to be able to get one-on-one with Gov.
Romney and expose the record that would be the weakest record we could possibly put up against Barack Obama.”   [Huffington Post]

8. “WALL STREET FINANCIER”:     “I heard Governor Romney here called me an economic lightweight because I wasn’t a

Wall Street financier like he was.       Do you really believe this country wants to elect a Wall Street financier as the president of the United States?      Do you think that’s the experience that we need? Someone who’s going to take and look after as he did his friends on Wall Street and bail them out at the expense of Main Street
America.”    [ABC]

9. BUSINESS EXPERIENCE DOESN’T MATTER:     “Running a business is not the same as being president of the United
States.”    [CNN]

10. BAILOUT HYPOCRISY:      “Governor Romney supported the bailout of Wall Street and decided not to support the
bailout of Detroit. [AP]

Santorum spokesperson Hogan Gidley confirmed to reporters this afternoon that Romney called to  “discuss an
endorsement.”    “We will see how that goes in the next couple days.”      "Rick Santorum can only do himself harm by endorsing Mitt Romney.     The last thing America needs during this recovery is a fool like Mitt Romney to have to deal with.     Most republicans know this and would rather give Obama a second term than throw the dignity of the party away."     We'll see what happens next Gidley said.

Here's the Bottom Line,  There is nothing sicker than a republican who hates America.

Republicans shown enjoying a tea party get together

Hello to the right-wing fanatics, Bible-thumpers and racists that dominate the party of the elephant.     Why do you hate America?

There are no normal moderate republicans left in the leadership of the GOP and that is why nothing gets done in Congress and in Washington.    Democrats have no one to work with.   Paul Ryan is a follower of atheist Ann Rand who teaches that you only need to care about and look out for yourself, to hell with everyone else.    Ryan's budget he wrote for the GOP reflects this selfishness.

The mom and pop republicans on the local level are just fools and sheep being taken for a ride and most don't know it is a different republican party today than the one their fathers belonged to.   It is their fault that they are uninformed and stupid.   No one else is to blame for their failure to recognize that things have changed around them.     These republicans are responsible for their actions.

Today's republican leader's are  political troglodytes who thinks women belong in the kitchen,   abortions should return to back-alley butchers,  gays should be given therapy and electrical-shock treatments,   only the rich should be allowed to get a higher education and  the poor should pay higher taxes so that Big Business and the Wealthy can pay no taxes at all.     Local Amherst County republicans gave up on thinking at all and now vote GOP by tradition.

The Republican base belief is that anyone and they do mean anyone or anything is preferable to that black bogeyman called Obama in the White House.      The GOP is a magnet for racisism.     It gives bigots a place to hide.     Have a good day Amherst County republicans.     How does it feel to get a little sunshine under that hood?


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