June 19, 2012
Barack Obama, David Axelrod, Dirty Campaigning, Mitt Romney, Political Manners
What is happening to common decency in American politics?
On Sunday, in Troy, Ohio, Mitt Romney’s entire six-minute speech was pretty much drowned out by protesters — no doubt Democrats — shouting, “Go home!” Romney was appearing with House Speaker John Boehner in Boehner’s home district. I’ll admit that a couple of weeks ago (May 31) Republican hecklers disrupted David Axelrod, President Obama’s Communications Director, when he was trying to deliver a speech on the steps of the state building in Boston, but I’ve found out two wrongs don’t make a right.
Seventy-five years ago, my parents taught me the necessity for politeness, part of that lesson being not to interrupt others when they are speaking. If I remember correctly, that lesson was delivered at the dinner table, but politeness is as essential to good politics, as it is in the home. In both of the incidents mentioned above it was done with an air of combativeness, a lesson that kids learn in intra-school athletic activities these days. Sure, when I was in high school we yelled a lot at sporting events, but we yelled for our team, not against our opponents.
But where was the following conduct learned?
This weekend, at the Montana Republican Party convention in Missoula, they featured a bullet-ridden outhouse described as the “Obama Presidential Library.” It was adorned with a fake birth certificate, and displays that made sexual references to First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
According to The Missoulian newspaper, Montana State Republican Chairman Will Deschamps dismissed the outhouse as a “sideshow.” “It’s not something I’m going to agonize over,” Deschamps told The Missoulian. “Some of that stuff is not real good taste. We do have a president of the United States, and we have to honor that.”
Let’s all hope the GOP doesn’t figure out some way to dishonor our President (and Democrats should let Mitt Romney speak).
June 16, 2012
Barack Obama, george bush, immigration, latino vote, progress, Republicans
[The] change in deportation policy happened because immigrants’ rights groups wouldn’t back down, kept banging away, and had the courage to confront a President who at times got very irritable under the pressure. It didn’t happen when Bush was in office even though Bush and Rove wanted desperately to resolve the immigration issue…
June 9, 2012
Barack Obama, Birth Control, Catholic Church, Congress, Gallup Poll
Seems to me like we need a congressional internal review of “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” If the congress will help the President run the country, we the people will take care of our own morality. The controversial contraception mandate proposed by the president had Congress debating about the morality of birth control, however according to a recent Gallup poll, 89 percent of all Americans and 82 percent of U.S. Catholics agree that birth control is morally acceptable.
Birth Control Morally Acceptable To Catholics, Most Americans
June 6, 2012
Barack Obama, Christian right, Christianity, Mayo Clinic, Paul Krugman, Paul Ryan, Religion, United States
Your Chance To Help America Stay Physically Strong
The U.S. healthcare system is a patchwork of private insurance and restrictive government programs that has left tens of millions uninsured. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) was created by the healthcare law that President Barack Obama, a Democrat, signed in March 2010 despite the united opposition of Republicans in Congress. It has saved the lives of many Americans who are prevented by circumstances beyond their control from obtaining medical insurance coverage. You, or a relative or friend of yours, might be the next person saved by the PCIP or other sections of the healthcare plan.
No Biggie. Global Warming Is Only A Theory
An entire marina, sailboats and all, sitting on dry,
cracked lake bed.
Paul Ryan’s Budget Scam.
Ryan's so-called budget plan takes much-needed money out
of circulation; money sorely needed to grow the economy.
Is The Pentagon Tiring Of The Middle East?
or do the Joint Chiefs just need a bigger ocean to play in,
and maybe start more trouble with the rest of the world?
“The ultimate authority is God.”
On what distortion of Constitutional Law is the claim ”War on Religion” based?
Federal and state laws should not try to manage the faith of people of the various religious sects, and religions – including Christianity – should not try to use distorted views of the First Amendment to advance their particular theology or their version of morality. Christianity, as well as the diverse beliefs of other faiths in America, have thrived in large part because of the religious freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment. The fact that a majority of Americans may be Christians does not make this a Christian nation. Opposing the imposition of one set of religious doctrines on the rest of society is not fighting a war on religion. It is fighting a war for freedom.
Only In Florida…
It will be extremely difficult for any candidate to beat Eddie Gonzalez
when it comes to ballot ingenuity.
The Unfounded Furor Over the “Morning-After” Pill
“These medications are there to prevent or delay ovulation,” said Dr. Petra M. Casey, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Mayo Clinic. “They don’t act after fertilization.”
My final take on Walker and Wisconsin — DoubleyooTeeEff
June 2, 2012
Barack Obama, Iran, Iran Nuclear Program, New York Times, Stuxnet
This in-depth article from the New York Times discusses the US use of the Stuxnet worm against the Iranian nuclear development effort.
WASHINGTON — From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.
Read more at the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/world/middleeast/obama-ordered-wave-of-cyberattacks-against-iran.html