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Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry accused President Obama Saturday of endangering U.S. troops by announcing plans to end the nation's military role in Iraq by Christmas.
"The last thing you want to do is put those men and women's lives in peril, and I think that's what the president's done by making a political statement to his base that he's going to be out of Iraq by a date certain," Perry said.
The Texas governor, who had joined a number of his Republican rivals in criticizing the president's planned troop withdrawal on Friday, got more pointed as he spoke to reporters in Iowa, where Perry was joining one of the state's Republican members of Congress, Steve King, on a pheasant hunt.
Perry, an Air Force veteran who noted that he was also "commander in chief of a fairly substantial group of individuals in the National Guard of Texas," called Mr. Obama's decision "bad public policy" and "bad tactics."
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Rick Perry like to play dress-up, too:
Then Herman Cain could be his VP nominee.
That way, we could have a Koch/Cain ticket.
Think of the possibilities!
What better way to support the Colombian "Free Trade" agreement.
*Credit to a guy from Portland who called Thom Hartmann's show...
This link has some great charts:
So when your crazy right-wing uncle or your teabagger coworker says the 99% don't know what they are angry about and are just a bunch of fleabagging hippies, show them this.
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Police: Possible sexual assault in Occupy Portland camp
PORTLAND, Ore. – Police said they are investigating a possible sexual assault in Chapman Square where the Occupy Portland protesters are camping.
Police said no victim has been identified and the allegation has not been substantiated. Police are working with representatives from Occupy Portland to figure out if the assault actually happened, according to Sergeant Pete Simpson.
Officers were flagged down Friday night at 11:15 p.m. at SW 5th Avenue and Main Street by protesters, Simpson said. Officers learned a woman may have been sexually assaulted in a tent in the square, but she did not want to be identified.
It’s unclear if the potential victim is an adult or a juvenile, Simpson said.
So this local TV station reports that there may have been possibly maybe a *ahem* SEXUAL ASSAULT, PEOPLE, which may or may not have actually happened, but something may have happened which obviously is the fault of the DIRTY SMELLY HIPPIES in Portland, but maybe not, but maybe the victim was a JUVENILE.
Now, if this turns out to be true, it's a crime. Something tells me this is complete bullshit designed to turn the public against the 99% they all belong to.
God, how I hate these people.
From The Oregonian.
WASHINGTON _ Rick Perry’s presidential campaign said Sunday that his family moved quickly when they found they’d leased a Texas hunting camp informally named “niggerhead,” painting over the offensive word on a rock next to the camp entrance.
The rapid response from the Texas governor’s campaign, to a newspaper report Sunday about the camp name and to criticism from his one African-American rival, reflected an urgent move to stem any political fallout for a candidate who’s struggled to regain his footing since a weak debate in Florida and a surprise loss in a straw poll there.
The Washington Post reported Sunday morning that Perry’s family leased the Texas land starting in 1983, which already had the racially insulting name on a large rock beside one of the entrances.
The newspaper reported that Perry said his father painted over the word in the early 1980s, and that it was eventually turned over to further ensure the word couldn't be seen. But the newspaper also reported that some other visitors recalled seeing it displayed after the early 1980s.
BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Burnsville police say a Northfield man who had just lost his job committed suicide in front of former colleagues by locking himself in his car and shooting himself in the head.
Fifty-one-year-old Patrick Joseph Graves was still alive Thursday morning when officers arrived. He died about an hour later at a hospital.
Graves had just been let go from Goodrich Corp., where his girlfriend said he worked for three years. Jill Murphy says Graves received an unexpectedly poor performance review Monday and was fired Thursday.
A company official declined to say whether Graves was fired, citing employee confidentiality.
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There's a lot of this going on in Amerika these days.
This is the name of Rick Perry's hunting camp.
Paint Creek, Tex. — In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance.
“Niggerhead,” it read.
Ranchers who once grazed cattle on the 1,070-acre parcel on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River called it by that name well before Perry and his father, Ray, began hunting there in the early 1980s. There is no definitive account of when the rock first appeared on the property. In an earlier time, the name on the rock was often given to mountains and creeks and rock outcroppings across the country. Over the years, civil rights groups and government agencies have had some success changing those and other racially offensive names that dotted the nation’s maps.
But the name of this particular parcel did not change for years after it became associated with Rick Perry, first as a private citizen, then as a state official and finally as Texas governor. Some locals still call it that. As recently as this summer, the slablike rock — lying flat, the name still faintly visible beneath a coat of white paint — remained by the gated entrance to the camp.
Time to return you to our regular programming, including but not limited to, fighting with Republicans and teabaggers and each other. Probably mainly mostly each other.
I'm not calling anyone out. I'm just saying look carefully.
Not just here at DU, but everywhere.
Unlimited corporate personhood speech is very pervasive.
Just look around.
Watch this 'public service announcement' to get an idea why our generation still has so many bigots.
No wonder we are socially fucked up as a nation.
Actually, a call center supervisor.
We were inundated with a backlog of 3000 calls on hold. Let me phrase this right: 3000 ANGRY callers on hold.
And all 3000 of them were right to be angry. We'd completed a merger.
They wanted me to take angry calls. For eight hours a day. I puked every morning before work. Yes, it was that bad. I gained 60 pounds.
I blazed my quit thing at 5:00 AM by cleaning out my desk and dropping my security tag in the pile.
I hate Wells Fargo and Tom LaCentra.
What a star-studded lineup!
Standard & Poor’s, the rating company that downgraded the debt of the United States to AA+ from AAA for the first time, now finds itself assailed by investors led by billionaire Warren Buffett for making a political decision that has more to do with Tea Party politics than the financial stability of the U.S.
S&P officials, shrugging off a $2 trillion calculation error, blamed “uncertainty” in the policymaking process on Aug. 5 when they cut the assessment of the U.S. government’s ability to pay its debt, citing Congress’s failure to agree on as much long-term deficit reduction as the credit-rating company wanted. Buffett, the world’s most successful investor, said S&P erred and the U.S. should be rated “quadruple-A.”
The New York-based subsidiary of McGraw Hill Cos., whose inflated grades of mortgage-backed investments -- paid for by the banks that created the toxic debt -- were blamed by Congressional investigators for fueling the financial crisis, rattled investors around the world and provided fodder for President Barack Obama’s rivals in the 2012 elections. U.S. equity futures and global stock markets tumbled, oil sank and gold rallied to a record.
“Clearly the ratings downgrade was a ‘political decision’ in the sense that the politics explained the timing of this, because the numbers have been irrefutable for a decade,” said Robert Litan, vice president for research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. “It gives an enormous amount of ammunition to the Tea Party. They said the deal didn’t go far enough and they’ll say ‘see.’”
Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-08/s...
Standard and Poor's is full of shit.
He was Mark O. Hatfield.
He was the last Republican I ever voted for.
He opposed the war in Viet Nam.
Governor of Oregon, and later a US Senator.
Not to put too much of a point on it, but moderate Republicans are an endangered species.
Mark Hatfield was one of those.
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