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Mo. State Rep. Wants To ‘Eliminate’ Daylight Saving Time By Adopting It Permanently | St. Louis Public Radio
Mo. State Rep. Wants To ‘Eliminate’ Daylight Saving Time By Adopting It Permanently
Legislation in the Missouri House would permanently adopt Daylight Saving Time as the new Standard Time, but only if 20 other states also agree to do so.
House Bill 340 would create a pact with other states to “eliminate” Daylight Saving Time by renaming it the new “Standard Time.” And once 20 or more states join the pact, they’ll spring forward one hour and permanently remain there. It’s sponsored by State Representative Delus Johnson (R, St. Joseph).
“The only question I had on this (is whether) children are gonna be at bus stops in the dark,” Johnson said. “The majority of accidents that have occurred at bus stops occur in the daytime between 3:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon.”
Johnson says having an extra hour of afternoon sunlight year-round would also spur more economic activity.
“In the fall, it’s going to incite more tourism – people are gonna be able to travel a little bit later in the day with sunlight,” Johnson said. “It’s gonna spur a little bit more economic development with that extra sunlight where people are out visiting (during) retail hours, and then when it’s been in effect for a year we’ll see the same effect the following spring when we still have sunlight earlier in the year, instead of having to change our clocks.”
The bill is scheduled for a House committee vote next week.
A reminder: Daylight Saving Time begins March 10th at 2:00 a.m.
- Remember to set clocks for daylight saving time (kfwbam.com)
- In case you missed it: Shaved heads, daylight saving time, and more (momentumblog.bcm.edu)
- Daylight Saving Time (techlearning.com)
- Spring into daylight science time (science.nbcnews.com)
- Daylight Saving Time (United States) 2013 Begins At 2:00 AM On Sunday, March 10 (theobamacrat.com)
- How To Adjust To The Shock of Daylight Savings Time 2013 (empowernetwork.com)
- Before You Spring Ahead This Weekend, Here’s Some Fun Facts On Daylight Saving Time (wncx.cbslocal.com)
- Lawmaker calls time on Daylight Savings (krqe.com)
- Spring Forward: Why do we change our clocks? (wgno.com)
- Four things you might not know about Daylight Saving Time (which starts this Sunday) (news.nationalpost.com)
Sarah Palin: Feds ‘stockpiling bullets’ to use against us
Palin said on she wants lawmakers to ‘stop the hysterics.’ | AP Photo
By KEVIN CIRILLI | 2/27/13 9:26 AM EST
Sarah Palin says America will eventually default on its debt and claims that the federal government is “stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest” to prepare.
“If we are going to wet our proverbial pants over 0.3% in annual spending cuts when we’re running up trillion dollar annual deficits, then we’re done. Put a fork in us. We’re finished. We’re going to default eventually and that’s why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest,” Palin wrote in a Facebook message Tuesday.
The former GOP governor of Alaska was referring to the sequester, the automatic $1.2 trillion cuts in federal funding that take effect Friday unless lawmakers reach a deal.
“D.C.: Cut the Drama. Do Your Job. Americans are sick and tired of yet another ginned-up crisis. D.C. needs to grow up, get to work, and live within its means,” wrote Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential running mate of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
She continued: “The real economic Armageddon looming before us is our runaway debt, not the sequester, which the President advocated for and signed into law and is now running around denouncing because he never had any genuine intention of reining in his reckless spending.”
Palin wrote that she wants lawmakers to “stop the hysterics.”
“If we ARE serious about putting our fiscal house in order, then let’s stop the hysterics, tighten our belts, and take our medicine.”
- Sarah Palin: ‘We’re finished’ (oddonion.com)
- Palin: ‘We’re finished’ (politico.com)
- Palin Lifts Bullet Stockpile Conspiracy from Debunked Email, Just for Sequester (theatlanticwire.com)
- Palin: D.C.: Cut the Drama. Do Your Job. (sarahpalinblog.typepad.com)
- Palin: ‘Cut The Drama!’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Top conservative conference keeps Christie away, because Palin is apparently the future (dailykos.com)
- Why Maria Hutchings is the Tories’ Sarah Palin – and that’s not a good thing (mirror.co.uk)
- Honor: Sarah Palin tweets Todd Palin to donate Iron Dog race winnings to Chris Kyle Memorial Fund (twitchy.com)
- Sarah Palin Fact Checks Obama’s SOTU – He Loses #sotUGottaBKiddingMe (grumpyelder.com)
- Sarah Palin *is not* going to work for Al Jazeera (jimromenesko.com)
FTC Declares Rachel From Cardholder Services ‘Enemy Number 1′; Files Complaints Against Five Scammy Robocollers | Techdirt
FTC Declares Rachel From Cardholder Services ‘Enemy Number 1′; Files Complaints Against Five Scammy Robocollers
from the always-in-arizona-and-florida dept
A few weeks ago, we noted that the FTC was offering up $50,000 to anyone who could help stop“Rachel from cardholder services” robocalls. It appears they don’t really need that much help, as the agency has filed complaints against five such operations based in Arizona and Florida (why is it that so many scammy operations seem to be based in Florida and Arizona?). FTC boss Jon Leibowitz overstates his organization’s infatuation with robocalls:
“At the FTC, Rachel from Cardholder Services is public enemy number one,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “We’re cracking down on illegal robocalls by bringing law enforcement actions and pursuing technical solutions to the problem.”
Of course, I think that it’s important not to get confused about what the real problem is here. While robocalls are both annoying and illegal, the real problem isn’t the calling, but the scams behind the calls. They’re basically trying to get people to fork over money for services that are never actually delivered.
In the robocall cases announced today, the FTC alleges that the defendants place automated calls to consumers, typically with a prerecorded message from “Rachel” or someone else from “Cardholder Services.” The calls purport to have an “important message” regarding an opportunity to reduce high credit card interest rates. Consumers are urged to “press 1” to connect with a live representative, or “press 2” to discontinue getting such calls. Consumers who press 1 are connected to live telemarketers. Most consumers have no way to screen the calls using Caller ID, as the incoming number allegedly is often “spoofed,” or displayed as a false number. In many cases, the name displayed on the Caller ID is so generic, such as “Card Services,” that it provides little information about who is calling.
According to the FTC, consumers who reach a live telemarketer are then pitched allegedly deceptive offers to have their credit card interest rates substantially reduced, sometimes to as low as 6.9 or even zero percent. The telemarketers allegedly guarantee that lowering card interest rates will save the consumers thousands of dollars in finance charges in a short period of time and will allow them to pay off the balances more quickly. Some telemarketers allegedly claim that consumers will save at least $2,500 in finance charges and will be able to pay off their balances two to three times faster, without increasing their monthly payments.
In some cases, according to the FTC, the telemarketers claim to be calling from the consumer’s credit card company. In other cases, they use “Cardholder Services” to suggest a relationship with a bank or credit card company. If the consumer expresses an interest in the rate reduction offer, the telemarketer sometimes conducts a purported “audit” to determine whether the consumer qualifies. Consumers provide their financial and personal information, and are then put on hold while the “audit” is completed. According to the FTC, the “audit” typically is used only to determine whether consumers have enough credit available on their credit cards to pay the company’s fee.
The charges filed against the operations include both charges for making false claims and also for violating telemarketing laws, but it seems that the false claims/fraud stuff is the much bigger deal. Instead, however, the FTC seems to focus the publicity aspect on its “fight against robocalls.” I realize that may generate publicity, but isn’t the fraud aspect the bigger deal?
- FTC Hangs Up On “Rachel From Cardholder Services” (consumerist.com)
- FTC shuts down 5 robocall operations (newsnet5.com)
- FTC files suit against “Rachel from Cardholder Services” (networkworld.com)
- FTC cuts off ‘Rachel from Cardholder Services’ (csmonitor.com)
- FTC Cracking Down On Robocalls (stlouis.cbslocal.com)
- The FTC Continues Its Crackdown On Robocall Scams (fastcompany.com)
- FTC Leads Joint Law Enforcement Effort Against Companies That Allegedly Made Deceptive “Cardholder Services” Robocalls (ftc.gov)
- FTC Accuses Companies of Deceptive Robocalls (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)
- FTC hangs up on robocalls from ‘Rachel’ (latimes.com)
- FTC Whacks “Rachel From Card Holder Services” (yro.slashdot.org)
5 Key Points Obama Needs to Make in the Debate
Obama needs to remind us why we liked him in the first place.
October 15, 2012
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com
From: Robert Reich
RE: Upcoming debate
Your passive performance in the last debate was damaging because it reenforced the Republican claim that you’ve been too passive in getting jobs back and in responding to terrorism abroad.
That doesn’t mean you have to “come out swinging” this time. You need to be yourself, and one of your qualities that the public finds reassuring is your steadiness and authenticity, by contrast to Romney’s unsteady flip-flopping and apparent willingness to say and be anything. But you will need to be more energetic and passionate.
And although the “town meeting” style debate in which you’ll be answering audience questions isn’t conducive to sharp give-and-take with Romney, look for every opportunity to nail him. Indignance doesn’t come naturally to you, but you have every reason to be indignant on behalf of the American people.
Emphasize these five points:
1. Not only is the economy is improving, but there’s no reason to trust Romney’s claim he would improve it more quickly. He’s given no specifics about how he’d pay for his massive tax cut for the wealthy, or what he’d replace ObamaCare with, or how he’d regulate Wall Street if he repeals Dodd-Frank. His record to date has flip-flopped on every major issue. Why should Americans trust his assertions?
2. Our problems require we pull together, but Romney and his party want to pull us apart. Romney has praised Arizona’s draconian anti-immigration law profiling Hispanics, and has called for “voluntary deportation” by making life intolerable for undocumented workers. He is against equal marriage rights. He wants to ban abortions, and his party and running mate want to ban them even in the case of rape or incest. He’s determined to make the rich richer and the rest of us poorer. Romney is beholden to a radical right-wing Republican party that is out of step with most of America.
3. Romney’s “reverse Robin Hood” agenda is inappropriate at a time when the wealthy are taking home a larger share of total income and wealth than they have in a century, and when the middle class is still struggling. He wants to cut taxes on the rich by almost $5 trillion – which inevitably means higher taxes on the rest of us; and over 60 percent of its budget cuts come out of programs for the poor and working middle class. He’s determined to turn Medicare into vouchers whose value won’t keep up with rising healthcare costs, and turn Medicaid over to cash-starved states. His comment about “47 percent” of Americans not paying taxes and taking government handouts was not only wrong (every working person pays payroll taxes, and every consumer pays sales taxes; and the biggest so-called “entitlements” are Social Security and Medicare, which are insurance programs that Americans pay for during their working years). The comment also reveals a callousness and divisiveness that’s the opposite of what we need now. Romney wants to set Wall Street loose again when the Street’s greed got us into the mess we’re still trying to get out of.
4. Romney views America as if it was one huge corporation, but we’re not a corporation; we’re a nation. He says corporations are people; touts his years at Bain as if making companies profitable qualifies him to be president; wants to deregulate corporations and Wall Street; and assumes CEOs and the wealthy are “job creators,” and if we cut their taxes they’ll have more incentive to create jobs. None of this is true. The nation exists to make lives better for all its people – making sure that corporations treat their workers as assets to be developed rather than as costs to be cut. Companies have been slow to create jobs not because of insufficient profits but because of inadequate customers. The vast American middle class are the real job creators, but they don’t have enough money in their pockets because too many companies have broken the basic bargain linking wages to productivity.
5. On foreign policy, Romney wants to rush to judgment, blaming the administration for not acting quickly enough in Libya on scant information. But that rush-to-judgment mentality is exactly what got us into Iraq eight years ago on the pretext of “weapons of mass destruction.” Two days ago we marked the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis. Had John F. Kennedy rushed to judgment as Romney wants to, humankind would have been obliterated in a nuclear holocaust.
Be indignant, but measured and steady – as you naturally are. Practice your closing (your last closing was listless) so the nation can see clearly the choice: We’re all in it together, or we’re on our own.
- 5 Key Points Obama Needs to Make in the Debate (alternet.org)
- 7 Best Jokes About Romney’s Threat to Off Big Bird | Alternet (mbcalyn.com)
- Forbes 400 List Reveals Why the Greedy Rich Fully Deserve Your Contempt – And Jesus’s | Alternet (mbcalyn.com)
- 10 Rankest Hypocrisies of Mitt Romney and the Republican Party | Alternet (mbcalyn.com)
- Memo to the President: Your Next Debate (blogs.berkeley.edu)
- FOCUS | Memo to the President: Your Next Debate (readersupportednews.org)
- Alternet Debunks Romney’s 10 Biggest Debate Lies (pensitoreview.com)
- In second debate, Obama faces challenges on key issues – Reuters (reuters.com)
- In second debate, Obama faces challenges on key issues (reuters.com)
- Tied US race raises stakes for debate (bigpondnews.com)
Hire Of Local Moron Gives Nation Hope For Employment
PHOENIX—Citizens across the United States are expressing renewed hopes for a nationwide economic recovery following news that local resident and complete moron Ron Freizczky has found work, sources confirmed Monday. “They hired that guy…as a consultant?” Arizona man Bob Gunderbladt said of the 27-year-old dullard, remarking that if a dumb shit like that can get a decent job, anyone can. “The man can’t find his ass with both hands, but—wow, I guess things are really looking up. This country is finally starting to feel like America again.” Reached for comment, leading economists agreed that if more goddamn idiots like Freizczky get jobs that come with financial responsibility, conditions will indeed return to where they were just before the Great Recession.
- Hire Of Local Moron Gives Nation Hope For Employment (theonion.com)
- Mitt Romney Jots Down Ideas For Concession Speech While Obama Talks | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source (mbcalyn.com)
- Newly Unemployed Woman Enjoys Equal Pay For First Time In Career | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source (mbcalyn.com)
- Romney Campaign Sends In Champion Of The Poor Paul Ryan For Damage Control | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source (mbcalyn.com)
- Romney Apologizes To Nation’s 150 Million ‘Starving, Filthy Beggars’ | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source (mbcalyn.com)
- George W. Bush Returns To America After Spending 4 Years In The Himalayas | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source (mbcalyn.com)
- Millions Of Excited Americans Gather To Watch Candidates Deliver Series Of Short, Elaborately Rehearsed Speeches | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source (mbcalyn.com)
- Best They Could Get Accepts Republican Nomination | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source (mbcalyn.com)
- Uncle Ben’s To Compete Against Apple With Brand-New Smartphone | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source (mbcalyn.com)
- ‘What About That Whole Birth Certificate Thing?’ Romney Suggests To Staff | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source (mbcalyn.com)
Nothing says leadership more than bravely standing up against a concern that’s not actually a problem.
We’ve had a one-sided battle with Sharia Law in the U.S. No one is fighting for replacing U.S. law with an Islamic moral code, but nonetheless Republicans are heroically fighting against it. Same with aborted fetuses in commercial food stuffs: Not something that’s ever happened but earlier this year Republican freshman Oklahoma state senator Ralph Shortey had the temerity to introduce a bill to outlaw it.
Davis Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily Star
Republicans love what they call “simple solutions” but it’s really just the easiest possible answer to a trumped up crisis. In short: busy work. America needs to streamline for the challenges of the future so we can remain competitive (blah blah blah). Yet Republican offers are akin to organizing all the paperclips in the office by color and size.
Republicans and bureaucracy are, after all, frenemies. Sure they tell the media they despise bureaucracy, but secretly they love it when it makes them appear to be doing something. Even better if it keeps them from doing anything difficult.
For example: We’re in the middle of an obesity epidemic. It’s the number two leading cause of preventable death in this country. The Center for Disease Control estimates 112,000 American deaths a year due to obesity, which is down from their previous estimate of 365,000 deaths from poor nutrition and physical inactivity. The CDC reports in 2008 Americans forked over $147 billion in medical costs on obesity. We’re dying and going broke from being too fat.
But what are Republicans trying to warn us against? Terrorism. China. Russia. Obamacare. ACORN. The New Black Panthers. The Fed. All of which cumulatively killed no Americans last year.
It’s (ironically) lazy to try to and scare Americans about some elusive menace in order to avoid the reality that we’ve become the proverbial elephants in our own living rooms.
Illegal immigration? Republicans say to secure the border, build a fence and arrest anyone who even looks illegal. Mitt Romney said Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 should be a model for the nation, which would be something if Mexicans were still coming into the U.S. They’re not. Immigration from Mexico is now net zero. That is actually a way bigger problem than undocumented workers (whom we love in boom times for a way to circumvent the minimum wage and exploit a non-litigious underclass). It’s the fact we are no longer an attractive enough country to motivate Mexicans to come here.
But as we saw last week with the Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s law, governor Jan Brewer’s just doubled down on a non-problem, “We cannot forget that we are here today because the federal government has failed the American people regarding immigration policy, has failed to protect its citizens, has failed to preserve the rule of law and has failed to secure our borders.”
For a party that likes to peddle free market and common sense, they sure get a lot of traction ginning up irrational fears.
Our energy plan is stuck firmly in the last century, but that’s not the point the presumptive Republican nominee decided to make. In March, Mitt Romney told Fox News that President Obama “has done everything in his power to make it harder for us to get oil and natural gas in this country, driving up the price of those commodities in the case of gasoline.” Gas prices were the thing Republicans were going to fix by paying attention to them!
With little fanfare, gas prices are down now, by the way. Production has increased overall under the Obama administration. Republicans managed to sound the alarm and assign blame for a symptom while steadfastly avoiding the cause entirely.
Think I’m way off here? Remember this is the party that in the wake of September 11th—an attack by citizens of Saudi Arabia, organized in Afghanistan by a leader hanging out in Lebanon—decided to invade (wait for it) Iraq.
Because things indirectly involved with real problems hate us for our freedoms.
- GOP: Boldly Offering Solutions to Our Nation’s Symptoms (crooksandliars.com)
- Supreme Court Ruling Leaves Both Sides Declaring Win, But Climate Of Fear Intact (huffingtonpost.com)
- High Court Shoots Down SB1070….Mostly (pertinaciouschase.wordpress.com)
- Gov. Scott failed to follow through on immigration pledge (miamiherald.com)
- Arizona’s immigrant status checks OK’d (mysanantonio.com)
- Arizona Republicans tout SB 1070 ruling (bizjournals.com)
- Supreme Court Issues Mixed Decision on Arizona SB 1070 (princefirm.com)
- Brewer: ‘Heart of SB 1070′ upheld (abc15.com)
- Mitt Romney’s Warped Idea of ‘Leadership’ (crooksandliars.com)
- Top Court Rules on Immigration Law (huffingtonpost.com)
Mitt Romney doesn’t want to say anything, specifically.
To find out what Mitt Romney will do as president, you might have to vote for him first
Mitt Romney has a problem with specifics. Since Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin, a growing number of Republicans have been calling for something more from him. His responses on questions from tax reform to immigration have been thin or nonexistent. When reporters tried to get an answer about the candidate’s reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s immigration law, his spokesperson was so evasive, my colleagues might want to plant a mulberry bush in the press section to make the next round of the game more lively. Usually you have to win the White House before you can be that skilled at ducking and weaving.
But wait. The Romney campaign told when he wrote about this topic, that they have offered an “unprecedented” level of specificity. How can these two things both be true? To understand the disconnect, think of an ad for a prescription drug in a magazine. On one page there is an uplifting, well-lit picture of a healthy woman walking through a sunlit glen on the way to success. On the following two pages is all the fine print and possible side effects. Romney is specific about the glen and the breeze—tax cuts; more jobs for everyone; innovation; no more waste, fraud, and abuse—but doesn’t want to talk so much about the two pages of complexity and possible consequence. ’s Jonathan Martin,
Is Romney offering an “unprecedented” level of specificity? This is an exciting claim, but it is contradicted by history. Next to me is my worn copy of , the 450-page volume of George W. Bush’s policy addresses and proposals from 1999-2000. By this time in the 2000 campaign, Bush had unveiled mountains of detailed policy, including a plan to offer workers the ability to invest some of their Social Security money in private accounts. “Mr. Bush is dominating the policy debate,” the wrote 12 years ago this month. “[He] has seized on the opportunities to appear both bipartisan and statesmanlike.”
It’s also hard for the Romney campaign to boast about specificity when the candidate is doing the opposite. He’s talked about why he won’t give details because they were used against him in his Senate race and how his programs can’t be evaluated by any experts because he hasn’t provided details.
How then can the Romney campaign claim to be so specific? The same way politicians like to believe that a response is the same as an answer. In background material offered by the campaign to show where Romney has been specific, many of the items were not so much Romney proposals but criticisms of President Obama. (This is also true of Romney’s 160-page briefing book [pdf] entitled which should have the subtitle .) A host of statements were generalities—a quotation from Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s outlining mistakes that caused Wall Street’s collapse, and calls for “dynamic regulations.” In the section on financial system reform, Romney’s adviser Glenn Hubbard is quoted from a article, saying that Romney would replace “the new system for dismantling failing financial companies that was created as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law with a new system, “
The Romney campaign is specific about some things. Romney will enact a 5-percent cut of nonsecurity spending on Day One of his presidency. He’ll privatize Amtrak and reduce subsidies for NEA and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting—all of which is very specific but not highly consequential policy. He will repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is very specific. But he refuses to get specific about what will replace it. He’s more specific about Medicare—seniors would be provided with a specified amount of money to purchase benefits, and private plans could compete—but details about how benefits would keep up with health costs are vague.
When CBS’s Bob Schieffer asked Tim Pawlenty, who launched his presidential campaign on the idea of telling hard truths, where Romney was being specific, the former Minnesota governor mentioned tax reform. Naming an issue area is not being specific. Adviser Eric Fehrnstrom offered Romney’s plan for reducing the corporate tax rate as an example of specificity. Saying you’re going to reduce corporate tax rates is the easy part; naming the loopholes to do so is harder. The word “loopholes” appears only twice in the 160-page Romney policy document: “Meanwhile, loopholes favor those with the best lobbyists. If we close loopholes and lower the tax rate, the American people and corporations will win.” (#winning).
When Gov. Romney was asked just what loopholes he would close to lower corporate and individual taxes, he said he’ll work with Congress on that when he’s elected. One of the funniest things Nancy Pelosi ever said was that Congress had to pass the Affordable Care Act to know what was in it. Romney makes a variant of that claim here: To know what he will do, we must elect him.
The Romney campaign responds that the president has not been specific, either. This is true. The best example was Obama’s refusal to back the specifics of the Simpson-Bowles commission. (It was a commission he commissioned which makes this a sin of commission.) But just because President Obama’s posture is slouchy doesn’t erase the fact that Romney is in the fetal position. Implicit in the Romney campaign’s criticism of President Obama’s specificity is a standard of how detailed one should be. But the Romney campaign would not like that standard to be applied to its candidate.
Obama may not achieve the Platonic ideal of specificity, but he’s well ahead of Mitt Romney. On corporate loopholes, for example, President Obama has proposed a host he would remove (found on pages 202-05 of this Treasury Department explanation of the administration’s revenue proposals). The largest one (explained on pages 73-74) would close loopholes (“tax expenditures”) for the wealthy by reducing (but not eliminating) the value of itemized deductions. Obama’s framework for reducing corporate tax rates can be found here.
Presidents are always more specific than their challengers because they have to actually put things on paper. In fact, it is President Obama’s specificity that Mitt Romney is actually running against, in the form of the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform, the Recovery Act, and the auto bail-out. Obama can’t both lack a plan for dealing with Medicare costs and be attacked for hatching the Independent Payment Advisory Board that is supposed to hold down Medicare costs. There’s more than enough in all of that for voters to evaluate the president’s priorities, his manner, and his effectiveness on those policies. For a challenger without a recent governing past or a rich history, specificity is one way to evaluate him as a possible president.
So is Mitt Romney trying to get away with something? At the moment, yes, but there’s plenty of time left in the campaign for him to get specific. Imagine if Gov. Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate. He’d go from policy avoidance to basing his entire campaign on one of the most detailed campaign documents ever: the Ryan budget. The political debate would be filled with plumes of charts and graphs. The big important debate we should be having about the role of government in American life would finally start. The speeches would probably get no shorter and the policy books would not shrink, but we might actually find something useful in them.
- Obama’s gay marriage and immigration moves: How the president is outfoxing Romney. – Slate Magazine (mbcalyn.com)
- Romney plays immigration dodgeball (salon.com)
- Mitt Romney Lies a Lot for a Politician | AlterNet (mbcalyn.com)
- Evasive Maneuvers (slate.com)
- Warren to Romney (rexmckenzie.typepad.com)
- Mitt Romney’s Warped Idea of ‘Leadership’ (crooksandliars.com)
- Mitt Romney Doesn’t Appear to Know What Mitt Romney’s Stance on Immigration Should Be (slog.thestranger.com)
- Actual Time Magazine Headline: “One-Note Mitt: Is Romney Too Focused On The Economy?” (minx.cc)
- Spokesman finds 22 different ways to dodge saying what Mitt Romney believes about court ruling (dailykos.com)
- Here’s Mitt Romney’s Lame Response To The Supreme Court’s Immigration Decision (businessinsider.com)
Justice Department sues Arizona, Utah polygamous towns
By Associated Press
Thursday, June 21, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday sued two polygamous towns along the Utah-Arizona border, claiming religious discrimination against non-sect members.
The federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against the towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., where most residents are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, run by the group’s jailed leader Warren Jeffs.
Jeffs is serving a life sentence in Texas after convictions on child sex and bigamy charges, but he is said to still maintain control of the communities.
The lawsuit comes after Legislatures in Utah and Arizona failed this year to pass bills aimed at abolishing the local police department that monitors the communities.
The Arizona bill was being pushed by state Attorney General Tom Horne, who said Colorado City police officers who are FLDS members flout the law and instead pay allegiance first to Jeffs.
A similar bill failed in the Utah Legislature. Colorado City officers also police neighboring Hildale.
The FLDS practices polygamy, a legacy of early Mormon church teachings that held plural marriage brought exaltation in heaven.
However, the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abandoned the practice in 1890 as a condition of Utah’s statehood and ex-communicates members who engage in the practice.
- Justice Dept. Sues Polygamous Towns (abcnews.go.com)
- Polygamous towns sued by US government (nzherald.co.nz)
- Justice Department to file lawsuit against FLDS towns (fox13now.com)
- Justice Department sues Arizona, Utah polygamous towns (bostonherald.com)
- Justice Department sues fundamentalist Mormon sect for discrimination (csmonitor.com)
- Justice Dept. sues Arizona, Utah polygamous towns (abc4.com)
- APNewsBreak: Justice Dept. to sue polygamous towns (newsobserver.com)
- APNewsBreak: Justice Dept. to sue polygamous towns (heraldonline.com)
- Justice Dept. Sues Ariz., Utah Polygamous Towns (wibw.com)
- Justice Dept. Sues Arizona, Utah Polygamous Towns (abcnews.go.com)
House Calls for Additional Troops to Fight War on Women
June 21, 2012
This week the House approved a measure to allocate additional troops to fight the war on women.
The troops are expected to be deployed in areas of particular volatility within the borders of the United States, particularly those states that are currently in the process of passing legislation restricting abortion, which has reportedly sparked anger among female citizens.
Incensed by relentless budget cutbacks being made to Planned Parenthood across the country, women have also been holding vigorous demonstrations in city centers in recent weeks. Lawmakers hope that the increased military presence will help male citizens to feel safe and in rightfully in control again.
Troops will also be sent to Washington DC, where they are expected to quash rebellion in the ranks of female representatives, some of whom have become, in the words of Senator John Kyl of Arizona, “mighty uppity, in recent months.” Kyl noted that many female legislators appear to be under the impression that their representation in Congress was equal to that of men.
“They really need to get the message that this is not the case,” he told reporters. “I’m just saying, there’s a reason they get paid less. That’s not an accident.”
Republican Speaker John Boehner noted that while he strongly supported the authorization to add additional troops, he felt the legislation did not go far enough.
“This surge was long overdue,” he said during a press conference early this week. “But we are concerned that many women won’t take the hint just from an increased presence of aggressive armed forces. They need to understand definitively that this sort of insurrection is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Boehner added that if this current period of female unrest continues, “swift and decisive action,” would be taken by the United States government. The speaker refused to comment when asked for details, although he did confirm, when pressed, that “every option is on the table.”
- SC Blogger: U.S. Troops Are “Hoodlums,” “Nobodies” & “Juvenile Delinquents” (garnetspy.com)
- Nine Months After Repeal, Gay Troops Slowly Come Out (defense.gov)
- Pentagon, Congress argue over new hospital for troops (mysanantonio.com)
- Propaganda, Lies, And War (zerohedge.com)
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Arizona Bill will Ban Subversive Latino Music from Radio
May 1, 2012
By Orbson Rice
If Governor Jan Brewer gets her way, Arizona radio stations will soon be prohibited from playing Latino music over the airwaves. On May 3, the Arizona House will vote on a bill that would ban any music that:
1. Promotes the overthrow of the United States government.
2. Promotes resentment toward a race or class of people.
3. Is designed primarily for listeners of a particular ethnic group.
4. Advocates ethnic solidarity instead of treating listeners as individuals.
According to the bill, “Any music that includes more than five words in a language other than English will be reviewed by an independent commission for seditious overtones.” By these standards, many popular artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Pitbull and Selena Gomez will likely find their songs banned from Arizona radio stations. According to Brewer, this legislation is necessary to “curb the growing use of subversive music to manipulate young Latinos into hating the United States.” Since entering office, Brewer has made a concerted effort to attack Hispanic culture.HB 2281, with surprisingly similar language, outlawed the teaching of Ethic Studies in Arizona schools. According to Tucson Unified School District board member Michael Hicks, “If there is no more white people in the world then okay, you can do what you want.” Until then, Brewer is doing everything she can to curb the flow of Latino music, books and history over Arizona borders.
Brewer’s supporters believe that the Governor is only doing what is necessary to protect the “American way of life”. Evelyn Rothchild, President of Ban Items Toxic to Christian Homes states, “Music these days is sinful. It’s all sex, drugs and violence. Ever since that “La Bamba” song came out we have been fighting against this evil Mexican music. What does ‘La Bamba’ even mean? Do you know? It probably means America is Satan? Why would we want to put that on the airwaves?”
Governor Brewer is quick to point out that she is not banning Latino music, merely asking that it be translated into English and examined for “inappropriate” lyrics before airing it on the radio. “If a song has good wholesome lyrics, it can be played in our official state language. Artists can no longer hide subversive and incendiary material behind the Spanish language.” The Bill is expected to pass the House and be signed by Brewer on Thursday, or as Arizonians will now call it, “the day the music died”.
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