Day: February 2, 2012

In Honor Of Black History Month – Re-Post

 

This article was originally posted on February 26, 2011…

When I was in elementary school, there was Negro History Week.  By 1976 Negro History Week was expanded to  Black History Month.

Today I ran across a picture that says it all for the Black Community, whether one is far left, moderate or politically left of center, the above photo is for you!

Jan Brewer – Liar and Cheat

Jan Brewer, typical politician…

Mario Piperni

thought this interesting but not surprising. It goes along well with my belief that her contrived altercation with President Obama was about book sales.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) launched a special fundraising political action committee in October, pledging to use the money to fight illegal immigration and take on other issues she believes in. But based on financial disclosures filed this week, she has so far used it to do little more than buy copies of her own book.

The governor had raised only about $22,000 for Jan PAC by the end of 2011 and spent nearly a quarter of the cash buying books from Amazon and paying a bill at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria hotel in Orlando, Fla.

And that’s how scum roll.

Mitt Romney: Newt Gingrich never calls to congratulate

It appears that Newt Gingrich is just as petty as many of us thought…

Politico

The morning after his win in the Florida primary, Mitt Romney suggested on the morning TV shows that Newt Gingrich may have missed the memo on one important campaign etiquette: extending the winner a congratulatory phone call.

“Newt didn’t call after Iowa or New Hampshire. I called him after South Carolina, his win there, but he didn’t call again last night. The other candidates all called. But I don’t know, I guess [former] Speaker Gingrich doesn’t have our phone number,” Romney said Wednesday, laughing, on NBC’s “Today” show.

Asked again about whether Gingrich had called to congratulate him on Fox News, Romney repeated that Gingrich had failed to do so on multiple occasions.

“By the way, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul and I talk after each campaign, congratulate one another on the campaigns the others have run, but Speaker Gingrich I guess doesn’t participate in that tradition,” Romney said.

When “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy joked that the candidate should give Gingrich his phone number on the air, Romney laughed and said, “Sure, give me yours first.”

LET ‘EM DROWN

Why are Republicans so clueless when it comes to anyone outside of their rich folks’ club bubble?

The Huffington Post

John Boehner: Time For Government To Stop Helping Homeowners

House Speaker John Boehner thinks it’s about time for the government to stop trying to aid people with underwater mortgages.

Responding to a plan President Barack Obama  unveiled Wednesday to help homeowners refinance, Boehner scoffed at the idea and then suggested government should get out of the way of  increasing foreclosures and falling prices.

“One more time? We’ve done this. We’ve done this at least four times where there’s a new government program to help homeowners who have trouble with their mortgages,” the Ohio Republican told reporters on Capitol Hill.

“None of these programs have worked. I don’t know why anyone would think that this next idea is going to work,” Boehner continued. “All it does is delay the clearing of the market. As soon as the market clears and we understand where the prices really are — [that] will be the most important thing we can do in order to improve home values around the country.”

Obama’s plan would require legislation from Congress to permit the Federal Housing Administration to help certain homeowners — specifically, those who are underwater but current in their payments and whose loans are not held by the FHA, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac — to obtain new loans at better interest rates, saving $3,000 a year on average. A similar plan already aids people whose mortgages are held by one of those government-backed entities, but other homeowners usually cannot get a bank to refinance their loans.

While the administration’s loan modification effort so far have fallen far short of its goals — reaching fewer than 1 million homeowners when it aimed for 4 million with the last initiative — Shaun Donovan, secretary of housing and urban development, argued Wednesday that doing more is vital.

“Economists on all sides of the political spectrum have recognized that a broad-scale refinancing effort is one of the most important things that we can do, not only for families and for the housing market, but also for the economy more broadly,” Donovan said at a White House briefing.

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Komen Foundation’s race for GOP base?

The Last Word

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation defended its decision to cut funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. They said it had nothing to do with the fact that PP also provides abortions.

Today, breast cancer organization released the following statement:

We are dismayed and extremely disappointed that actions we have taken to strengthen our granting process have been widely mischaracterized.  It is necessary to set the record straight.

Starting in 2010, Komen began an initiative to help us do a better job of measuring the impact of community grants. This is important because we invest significant dollars in our local community programs — $93 million in 2011, which provided for 700,000 breast health screenings and diagnostic procedures.

Following this review, we made the decision to implement stronger performance criteria for our grantees to minimize duplication and free up dollars for direct services to help vulnerable women.  To support this new granting strategy, Komen has also implemented more stringent eligibility standards to safeguard donor dollars. Consequently, some organizations are no longer eligible to receive Komen grants.

Some might argue that our standards are too exacting, but over the past three decades people have given us more than just their money.  They have given us their trust and we take that responsibility very seriously.

We regret that these new policies have impacted some longstanding grantees, such as Planned Parenthood, but want to be absolutely clear that our grant-making decisions are not about politics.  Throughout our 30 year history, our priority has always been and will continue to be the women we serve.  As we move forward, we are working to ensure that there is no interruption or gaps in services for the women who need our support most in the fight against breast cancer.

On the record, they’re saying it’s not a politics thing. But a deeper look into the foundation’s leadership suggests otherwise.

Karen Handel, senior vice president of the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, has close links to the conservative, anti-abortion movement. She ran for governor of Georgia in 2010, vowing to end funding for Planned Parenthood and earned endorsements from Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin.

Komen founder and CEO Nancy Goodman Brinker has donated thousands of dollars to the Republican Party since 1990. She also served as an ambassador under George W. Bush’s Administration.

NBC News video…

How To Make A Republican’s Head Explode

If there’s one thing conservative Republicans absolutely despise, it’s “illegal” immigration.

If there’s one thing conservative Republicans absolutely love, it’s Ronald Reagan.

Now tell them that in 1986, Reagan signed into law a bill granting amnesty to “illegal” immigrants (see insert)

Quickly put on a pair of goggles to protect your eyes from splattering brain matter.

Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), Pub.L. 99-603, 100 Stat. 3359, enacted November 6, 1986, also Simpson-Mazzoli Act, is an Act of Congress which reformed United States immigration law.

 

H/T:  Don’t Forget How America Got Screwed Up… (FaceBook)

Romney is not concerned about the very poor…

Did Mitt Romney really mean he's "not concerned" about poor people?

Will someone tell this dense, Richie Rich clown that 50% of Americans are either at or below poverty levels.

Slate

Romney’s newest gaffe isn’t just another blunder. It’s the beginning of a race over who is most out of touch.

Mitt Romney is now being protected by the Secret Service. Unfortunately for him, they were not in a position to jump in front of his comments Wednesday morning. The day after his Florida triumph, Romney told CNN: “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”

This statement is striking for many reasons. Most are obvious—it is thoroughly ham-fisted for a politician to ever say he doesn’t care about part of the electorate, particularly the “very poor.” Everyone knows that much. But Romney’s gaffe signals something more about the general election to come. As it looks more likely that Obama and Romney will square off, we are faced with a new prospect: The 2012 presidential election may devolve into a battle between two aloof men trading charges about who is more out of touch.

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