Nov 032012

By Jed Lewison (DailyKos) I knew that despite actively supporting the Vietnam War, Mitt Romney had taken several deferments to avoid serving in it—including spending time in France as a missionary—but until watching the above video, I’d never seen this quote:

Mr. Romney, though, said that he sometimes had wished he were in Vietnam instead of France. “There were surely times on my mission when I was having a particularly difficult time accomplishing very little when I would have longed for the chance to be serving in the military,” he said in an interview, “but that was not to be.”

What an amazing quote. I mean, he had ample opportunity to serve if he wanted to. He took four deferments—that’s four chances that he passed up—yet he said with a straight face that he “would have longed for the chance to be serving in the military.” That’s just pathological B.S. right there. What a fraud.

Note: The video has a typo in it, saying that Romney offered the quote in November 2012. It was actually November 2007.

via Daily Kos :: News Community Action.

 November 3, 2012  Posted by at 2:32 pm Comments Off
Sep 012012

JEAN LAFITTE, La. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney launched the final leg of his quest for the White House by visiting storm-battered Louisiana on Friday. He drove through a town that was flooded by Hurricane Isaac in part because it’s still outside the vast flooding protection system built with federal funds after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.

His host, Gov. Bobby Jindal, is now calling on the federal government to expand the rebuilt flood protection system that prevented serious flooding in New Orleans during this week’s storm. That system, built after flooding from Katrina devastated much of New Orleans, cost the Army Corps of Engineers $14.5 billion. It doesn’t extend as far as Jean Lafitte, which is situated in Jefferson Parish, and has been affected by a series of hurricanes, including Katrina, Rita, Cindy and now Isaac.

Romney was silent on whether, as president, he would support paying for such an expansion. Romney’s running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, has proposed eliminating $10 billion a year in disaster spending and requiring Congress to pay for emergencies by cutting from elsewhere in the budget. That proposal was blocked by GOP leaders.

Romney shook hands with National Guardsmen outside the U.S. Post Office and talked with a local resident, Jodie Chiarello, 42, who lost her home in Isaac’s flooding.

“He just told me to, um, there’s assistance out there,” Chiarello said of her conversation with Romney. “He said, go home and call 211.” That’s a public service number offered in many states.

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 September 1, 2012  Posted by at 8:57 am 2 Responses »
Jun 182012

By Trip Gabriel (NY Times) As millions tune in to the Olympics in prime time this summer, just before Mr. Romney will be reintroducing himself to the nation at the Republican convention, viewers are likely to see “up close and personal” segments on NBC about the Romneys and dressage, a sport of six-figure horses and $1,000 saddles. The Romneys declared a loss of $77,000 on their 2010 tax returns for the share in the care and feeding of Rafalca, which Mrs. Romney owns with Mr. Ebeling’s wife, Amy, and a family friend, Beth Meyers.

via Romney Horse Wins Spot on Olympic Dressage Team –

 June 18, 2012  Posted by at 5:49 am Comments Off
Jun 152012

By Joshua Green (BusinessWeek) The day after Jim Messina quit his job as White House deputy chief of staff last January, he caught a plane to Los Angeles, paid a brief visit to his girlfriend, and then commenced what may be the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken.

He was about to begin a new job as Barack Obama’s campaign manager, and being a diligent student with access to some very smart people, he arranged a rolling series of personal seminars with the CEOs and senior executives of companies that included Apple AAPL, Facebook FB, Zynga ZNGA, Google GOOG, Microsoft MSFT, Salesforce CRM, and DreamWorks DWA.

“I went around the country for literally a month of my life interviewing these companies and just talking about organizational growth, emerging technologies, marketing,” he says at Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago. In two long, private conversations, Steve Jobs tore into Messina for all the White House was doing wrong and what it ought to be doing differently, before going on to explain how the campaign could exploit technology in ways that hadn’t been possible before.

“Last time you were programming to only a couple of channels,” Jobs told him, meaning the Web and e-mail. “This time, you have to program content to a much wider variety of channels—Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube GOOG, Google—because people are segmented in a very different way than they were four years ago.”

When Obama declared for president, the iPhone hadn’t been released. Now, Jobs told him, mobile technology had to be central to the campaign’s effort. “He knew exactly where everything was going,” Messina says. “He explained viral content and how our stuff could break out, how it had to be interesting and clean.”

At DreamWorks Studios, Steven Spielberg spent three hours explaining how to capture an audience’s attention and offered a number of ideas that will be rolled out before Election Day. An early example of Spielberg’s influence is, a website designed by the Obama team to tell the story—a horror story, by their reckoning—of Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital. Afterward, Spielberg insisted that Messina sit down with the DreamWorks marketing team. Hollywood movie studios are expert, as presidential campaigns also must be, at spending huge sums over a few weeks to reach and motivate millions of Americans.

via Obamas CEO: Jim Messina Has a President to Sell – Businessweek.

 June 15, 2012  Posted by at 11:48 am Comments Off
Mar 052012

By Scoutmaster ( When Rush Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” repeatedly over the course of four days, he constantly made specific allegations about what Fluke had said. Among the four days of comments, Limbaugh said Fluke was “a woman who is happily presenting herself as an immoral, baseless, no-purpose-to-her life woman.” Which is odd, because Fluke never spoke of her own life. Rush claimed Fluke had testified that “she’s having so much sex she can’t pay for it,” although Fluke never said she was having sex or using contraceptives. Limbaugh said things like:

What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.

None of the statements about her sex life that Limbaugh attributed to Fluke were true, because Fluke never spoke about her sex life or her use of contraceptives. But Limbaugh repeatedly called Fluke a “slut,” and a “prostitiute” based on her statements that he made up. Rush blew it. He made hours of specific demeaning (at least to conservatives) allegations about what Fluke said, and those allegations weren’t true. And he called her insults (at least to conservatives) based on the false statements he attributed to her.
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964), a public figure suing for defamation must prove that that the defendant/publisher had ‘actual malice,’ which means the defendant must have known that the statement was false or acted in reckless disregard of its truth or falsity.

Was Sandra Fluke a public figure? Simply appearing before Congress, or appearing in the public, isn’t enough to make one a public figure. If Sandra Fluke had been subpoenaed to appear before Congress and had been required to make her statements as testimony, she almost certainly would not have been a public figure. Fluke also wasn’t a standard public figure at the time she gave her presentation because she hadn’t earned that role by being ‘pervasively’ in the news. Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323, 345.

So . . . I’d love to hear some experts in the area of defamation of public figures weigh in, but my quick-and-dirty is that if Fluke were not a public figure, it’s clear that Limbaugh defamed her repeatedly.

via Will Sandra Fluke Sue Rush Limbaugh (Vanity).

[Note: the comments have much less pig grunting than previous threads on the topic and a very persuasive argument that if Fluke sues Limbaugh he is likely to lose. This is the best legal opinion I've read so far.  --JS]
via Will Sandra Fluke Sue Rush Limbaugh (Vanity).

[Note: the comments have much less pig grunting than previous threads on the topic and a very persuasive argument that if Fluke sues Limbaugh he is likely to lose. This is the best legal opinion I've read so far.  --JS]

 March 5, 2012  Posted by at 7:43 pm Comments Off