Gay soldier booed at GOP debate shares his reaction

So much for those little magnetic yellow ribbons that say “Support our troops“.  One could always rely on seeing a Bush/Cheney bumper sticker near those yellow magnets as well.

At the same time Bush was telling us to “go shopping“.

We needn’t make any sacrifices, a yellow magnet would do just fine.

Someone on the “go shopping” link put it clearly and succinctly:

The period immediately following 9/11 provided a moment for Pres. Bush to exercise great leadership, especially to ask Americans to make a sacrifice, and that Bush didn’t seize that opportunity. I also share the view that refraining from calling on Americans to make helpful contributions to the war effort, while ordering other people into harm’s way, is unseemly and symbolic of the growing class disparities in the US. But I caution people against evaluating policies on the basis of symbols.

The Raw Story

An openly gay soldier who was booed by a Republican audience spoke to MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Wednesday about his reaction to the incident.

Army Captain Stephen Hill asked at the Fox News Republican presidential debate in September if the candidates intended to “circumvent the progress that has been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?” His question was met with loud boos.

“I’ve been in the army about 20 years,” he told Matthews. “And I submitted the question because I have had a lot of times in the military where I’d go to the firework, and would be sitting there and they would say, ‘We want to shout out to the troops,’ and it made me feel like I should be really happy at that moment, and then I would all of a sudden realize I am fighting for everybody’s rights except my own. So when I heard some of the Republican candidates had said they would repeal the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ I felt inclined to ask them, ‘is that true? is that what you would do?’”

“I was pretty surprised when the boos happened. It was shocking to me, my gut kind of dropped out. I thought that I had done something wrong. But I think what’s worse is probably that Mr. Santorum’s response got so many cheers.”

Santorum responded to the question by saying that gays shouldn’t have the “special privilege” of being able to serve openly.

Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC, here…

Low Registration Sinks Tea Party Convention

Sign of the times ahead for the Tea Party?

Roll Call Politics

Organizers of the Freedom Jamboree announced Wednesday that they have canceled the tea party convention planned for this fall, citing low registration.

They had hoped the event would serve as a stage for Republican presidential candidates to court the conservative movement, and two — Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) — had already confirmed they would attend.

The weekend of reflection and strategizing was scheduled for Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 in Kansas City, Kan., and included a straw poll. Twenty-one local tea party groups started it with the intent to reclaim the movement from national umbrella groups and offer an alternative to the annual fall tea party rally on the National Mall.

“We were doing it because we were fed up with the infighting that these umbrella groups have done in 2010,” William Temple, a lead organizer who lives in Georgia, told Roll Call.

He cited low registration in an email Wednesday informing activists about the cancellation. He said that finances weren’t an issue, but a June financial report posted on the organization’s website showed that only about $10,000 had been raised for an event that was supposed to attract hundreds of tea party groups from across the nation.

Only 62 tea party groups had committed to attending, well under the 350 that Temple estimated would be needed to break even.

The $10,000 was raised through sponsorships, donations, registration and vendor fees, and Temple’s email said it all would be returned.

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Politico’s The week in one-liners: Romney, Cain, FLOTUS

 The top quotes in politics this week:

“If it was me, I would resign.” – President Obama weighing in on the Weiner scandal.

“Vanilla is the best selling ice cream in the country for a reason.”— Tim Pawlenty explaining that being predictable isn’t a bad thing.

“Deep dish.” — Herman Cain describing his pizza preference during the GOP debate.

“Oh, spicy.” — Mitt Romney explaining how he likes his barbecue wings prepared.

“I don’t watch either. Sorry.” — Rick Santorum admitting that he doesn’t watch Conan or Leno’s late-night shows.

“Shovel-ready was not as — uh — shovel-ready as we expected.” — Obama making a joke about the stimulus.

“I’m also unemployed.” — Mitt Romney telling jobless people that he can relate.

“I like Ari Gold more than I like you.” – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joking around with his brother.

“The picture on TMZ is not him…remarkable resemblance though.” — A Gingrich campaign spokesman  tweeting that a shirtless photo making the rounds isn’t of his boss.

“I am terrified.” – Michelle Obama getting nervous for her guest appearance on “iCarly.”

Trump Keeps Hype Alive – He Won’t Rule Out 2012 Presidential Bid

He’s baaaaack again!  Apparently he misses the adulation and attention.

It’s been a week  since he declared that he was not going to run for the presidency, but the obnoxious Donald Trump has re-emerged with more hype while appearing (by phone) on his regular Monday slot at Fox and Friends

Raw Story

Real estate mogul Donald Trump said that after seeing the current 2012 Republican presidential candidates he would not rule out his own presidential bid.

“I would not rule it out,” Trump said on Fox & Friends Monday. “I can’t rule out anything. It’s vital that we choose the right person, and at this moment, I don’t see that person.”

“The ones that have announced, I just don’t see it. I mean at this point in time, they’re not going to be beating Obama.”

Watch video, courtesy of Mediaite, below:

REPORT: Everything You Need To Know About The Koch Brothers

More info on the diabolical Koch brothers…

Think Progress

Today, the Center for American Progress Action Fund released a report shedding light on the vast Koch network and how it operates. The report shows that Charles and David Koch have used the considerable wealth (they are worth a combined $44 billion) to push policies that put their profits ahead of the interests of most Americans.

The report finds:

  • Grassroots organizing for big business. The Koch brothers use their considerable wealth to bankroll the right wing, including the Tea Party. This serves the purpose of furthering not only their right-wing ideology but also their bottom line. Koch Industries has a lot to gain from gutting government oversight and electing candidates who oppose government regulation, especially in the oil-and-gas industry.
  • $85 million to 85 think tanks. Identification of at least $85 million the Koch brothers have given to at least 85 right-wing think tanks and advocacy groups over the past decade and a half.
  • State organizing. The Koch brothers are active at the state level, spending $5.2 million on candidates and ballot measures in 34 states since 2003. They donated directly to 13 governors that won election last year.
  • Over 70% of the GOP Freshman. The Kochs donated directly to 62 of the 87 members of the House GOP freshman class.
  • 2012. The Kochs are not going away. In fact, they have already pledged to raise $88 million for the 2012 election and have started scheduling events for potential Republican presidential candidates.

Read the full report here.

This report is intended to be a guide to help progressives map out the vast network of influence the Koch brothers have built over the last decades. By exposing the Koch brothers’ agenda and shedding light on how they operate, progressives can force a public debate that will show that the Koch brothers are outside the mainstream of most Americans and that they are putting their self-interest and right wing agenda ahead of middle-class families