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ALL OF THE BULLSHIT COMMERCIALS WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SEE! The lies and distortions that all the weak minded and gullible people will fall for lobbed by the opposition. In 2012 Obama will also be facing an onslaught of lies. Mark my words, most of his time will be spent debating un-factual allegations tossed at him via commercials. 2012 will probably be the ugliest campaign season of my life so far. That is of course unless the GOP candidates keep dropping like flies, he may go uncontested at the rate they're on. One of my MAJOR pet-peeves is someone getting away with lies and distortions without anyone pointing it out, such as the media does. Like how Wolf Blitzer just let Trump ramble on and on with bullshit lies unchecked. Hey Wolf, how did it feel to be made to look even less intelligent than that idiot who speaks like he just learned about politics yesterday?! Good job, idiot! Real "professional". On the bright side, I feel it may be a very good year for Democrats at the polls anyway.
Personally I really like it. I just hope that none of DU2s archives and previous posts go away, it is a treasure trove of useful information, especially on notable events of the past 10 years. Also, about the jury, seems like a good idea for obvious trolls and disruptors but I hope it doesn't get abused. Remember, we are Liberals, Progressives and Democrats, preserving freedom of speech should always be at the top of our priorities. The Democrat party is a big tent party and we shouldn't expect everyone to march in lockstep. In other words, jury lockouts should be used very conservatively. I think lockouts should be used mainly for obvious RW trolls. If the jury duty is being abused then I think it should go away all together. Although I must admit, I'm not fully aware of all the features so those of you with gripes about it probably know more about it than I do. Unless some are just over-reacting. I'm sure once it's test period is over and the news and videos are on the front page it will start to feel familiar to everyone.
He seemed to adopt more of the New Freedom than the New Nationalism, although once Wilson was elected he kind of abandoned the New Freedom for a kind of version of the New Nationalism, which I hope Obama will also do. Might be way passed due for a new Bull Moose party. I don't understand how ANYONE could possibly be against the direct democracy of the Progressive/New Nationalism platform, it EXPANDS democracy for ALL Americans. I always laugh at the wrong-wingers when they talk about how much they hate the Govt, who invented our Govt? The Founding Fathers! Even Thomas Jefferson spoke about the need to keep banks and the aristocrats in check using Govt power. And how can any American-loving person disagree with Teddy when he said: To destroy this invisible Government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.
Teddy and Franklin were America's 2 best Presidents in American history. Strange how everyone seems to be scratching their heads looking for new solutions and answers when the answers are right in front of our faces, we only need to look to the past for our solutions. The New Nationalism and Bull Moose Party to this day created what I consider the MOST uniquely "American" political platform ever presented to the American people. With this platform America became the most prosperous sought-after Nation in the history of the world. Jeez, do we need another Bull Moose Party and/or Progressive uprising now more than ever. *Sigh*
Then sell our children into slave labor and force anyone who makes less than $1M/yr into internment camps. I thought collectively, as a society, we all decided to hate Newt back in '96. I don't know how the MSM can even hold a straight face while talking about this raging narcissist. Newt Gingrich is the muck at the bottom of the barrel we call society. I must admit though, I do take a little pleasure in proving to the fright-wing how they are so easily duped by their party's idiocy and fake populism, over and over and over again. They spend almost 3 years screaming and slinging mud from the side-lines with no solutions or ideas, but when it's time to put up or shut up they decide to put up candidates who aren't even qualified to tend crops in Farmville.
It's the flip-flopping wooden puppet VS. the cry-baby raging narcissist. Or the pizza-guy VS. the God whisperer. Or that one idiot from Texas VS. some other idiot with a Google problem. ETC. Now I hate to attack people's personal lives, would much rather focus on policy, but about Newt's wife: Wouldn't it be weird to have a 1st lady who actively participated in Newt's extra-marital affair? A home-wrecker 1st lady who obviously doesn't mind sleeping with a married man. I could never look at her as gracious knowing she spent late nights in Newt's office in DC having sex while knowing he was a married man. Personally I don't care what people do behind closed doors, but I don't think this will sit well with a conservative base. Or shouldn't. Oh yeah, never mind, there's that hypocrisy thing conservatives love so much.
Could you imagine that was Michelle Obama who did those things?
Just thought I'd remind everyone.
OK. Makes sense. Sounds reasonable, right? That seems like a normal, rational reaction to a candidate involved in numerous sex scandals. But here's the part that only people as desperate and dumb as the GOP constituents and National committee can attempt to pull off, get this:
ANOTHER MORON and known WOMANIZER, CHEATER, LIAR, CORRUPTER, AND ALL AROUND EVIL-SOUL known as Newt Gingrich leads the pack (of idiots) in the current GOP polls.
How quickly the republican platform crumbles to reveal and rear it's ugly hypocritical head.
Yes Newt, for one summer about 3 years ago I worked in a NYC public school as one of the many hard-working school janitors in that school. Although I am in the Bricklayers/Masons Union here in NYC (Local 1), I was in between jobs waiting for my next assignment. I was fortunate enough to know someone who was a Dept. of Ed. UNION Janitor and guided me through the steps to receiving my NYC Dept. of Education Janitor ID card and offered me the summer help.
This was in summer of 2008 just as your republican cronies finally hammered the last nail into the coffin of our economic system, there wasn't much work to be done on the Union Labor front here in NYC at that point due to either investors hoarding cash and not investing (i.e. No hotels, attractions, etc) or city budgets feeling the stress of tightening budgets (i.e. No new city housing, departments, facilities, hospitals, schools, etc). I qualified for unemployment from the UNION Company I previously worked for but unquestionably opted to take up this offer and learn a new trade/skill instead, even if it was temporary until my union gave me my next assignment in the field. (Of course this narrative goes against everything you republiCon f**ks believe i.e. People are lazy, people don't want to work, people would rather just do nothing and get paid, etc etc) Nope, like millions of other unemployed Americans, if they CAN work and have the chance TO work they will jump on it immediately.
Now let me explain to you, in lieu of your recent comments about your position on NO child labor laws and children working as janitors instead of union members, why you, in fact, are completely f**king nuts, bat-shit insane, and out of your goddamned mind...
First, when you say NO child labor laws you are already contradicting yourself and showing your true stupidity. NO child labor laws? NONE?! So you would be willing to let your 5 yr old daughter work 40 hr weeks?! If you said NO then obviously you are FOR some sort of law, at least a minimum, huh? Anyway, thats the LEAST of sheer stupidity you've unleashed on this subject. Lets continue...
As a NYC Janitor I was exposed to HUGE amounts of toxic chemicals, from graffiti removal spray, to wax floor stripper, to industrial chemical solvents that could melt your face off if not used properly. Then there's the back-breaking work. Lots of it. From massive garbage disposal...3-4x a day pushing, loading, and unloading HUGE over-filled containers on wheels to multiple locations, to constant HEAVY lifting, to the often humbling bathroom cleanups and sanitization, I was lucky, this school only had 6 bathrooms, well not including all the office bathrooms for the administration as well. Have you ever cleaned a public bathroom for kids grade K-5, Newt? Yeah, scary stuff.
Then there's the outside clean-up, as in on and around school property. Would you want your 9 yr old alone on a public street, sweeping, possibly abducted? C'mon Newt, some of this must be making sense by now. There's leaf-blowing, operating a John Deere, landscaping. Some other duties include assisting in working on complex boiler systems in the basement, knowledge of the entire buildings fire exits, CPR, fire sprinkler systems, evacuation routes, random things the teachers may ask of you such as moving desks and chairs from one floor to another, if the alarm is tripped in the middle of the night they drive to the school to let the police in with their keys, etc etc etc. The list never ends.
Look Newt, I could keep going on the vigorous duties of just some aspects of what a janitors job entails but I imagine it must be making you feel like a very miniscule man right now because you probably never lifted a finger in your pathetic little life except to point it at those hard-working people you choose to view as the 'bottom-of-the-totem-pole' folks who's paychecks you would outsource to children because you continue on your quest to be the most evil, douchiest, half-assed attempt of man who has ever walked the Earth. Equating THAT work to somehow thinking it can be replaced by child labor marks you down in history as the single most pathetic and stupidest thing not just any presidential candidate has said in the history of the United States, but quite possible the dumbest thing anyone has ever said in the history of the United States. Congratulations.
Oh btw Newt, I've been back at my Union job for over 2 years now but I'll never forget one of my first assignments as a young Union Bricklayer, rebuilding WTC 7. What have you done for you country lately?
Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow DU'ers, and remember to be thankful even for the smallest things in life. It's all the small things that make life worth living. Be thankful for everyday you continue to breathe and exist and contribute to the greater good of humanity.
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Three anthropologists agree: 'It is not a human being'
A mummified elongated skull found in Peru could finally prove the existence of aliens. The strangely shaped head - almost as big as its 50cm (20in) body - has baffled anthropologists.
It was one of two sets of remains found in the city of Andahuaylillas in the southern province of Quispicanchi. The skeletal sets were discovered by Renato Davila Riquelme, who works for the Privado Ritos Andinos museum in Cusco in south-eastern Peru. He said that that the eye cavities are far larger than normally seen in humans.
There is a soft spot in the skull - called an open fontanelle - which is a characteristic of children in their first year of life, yet the skull also has two large molars, only found in much older humans.
Davila Riquelme said three anthropologists, from Spain and Russia, arrived at the museum last week to investigate the findings and agreed it was ‘not a human being’ and would conduct further studies.
He added: ‘Although the assessment was superficial, it is obvious that its features do not correspond to any ethnic group in the world.’
The remains of an eyeball in the right socket will help determine its genetic DNA - and clear up the controversy if it is human or not.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/art...
My cousin Raina who lives in California created one of the first OWS posters for the OWS movement, her most iconic one being the 'WE ARE THE 99%: We will no longer remain silent-Occupy Together' featuring a characterized portrait of herself with her blue eyes. She has also made numerous other ones since. Anyway, she didn't make this one but she passed it along to me and it has since been making it's rounds, it's from the Occupy Berkeley movement. Feel free to save the image to your desktop or hard-drive and pass it around as well. I hosted it at tinypic which isn't the most reliable so you're better off not hotlinking the photo and instead host it by your own means as tinypic may eventually break the link:
After the 2008 election we thought we elected a game-changing President, so Libs and Progressives went back home and got cozy and relaxed, ready for our newly elected President to transform the entire world....Even after we knew his campaign slogan was "Yes WE Can!" not "Yes I Can". YES, we DID elect a super-intelligent clear-headed rational and completely sane leader, but WE all for the most part expected him to do all the work.
I guess where I'm going with this is that we have all learned a very valuable lesson. I am very fond of Obama and am very happy he is our President and REALLY hope he wins in 2012, but I can't help feel like WE squandered a moment in history that WE should have capitalized on. Occupy Wall Street.
I feel like OWS should have started right after Obama's inauguration instead of 3 years later. Think of all the legislation WE could have gotten passed. We could have swayed an entire Nation to see our point of view on things like healthcare, education, war, spending, taxes, environment, etc. Especially during the populist tide of that year. Instead the Tea Party, sensing conservative extinction and an easily swayed desperate citizenry decided to make the first move and change the conversation (through corporate funding). WE are somewhat to blame for this as well, including myself, who temporarily resorted to hanging up my protest flag and just arguing with idiot conservatives on the web. Waiting...
But it's OK. I feel like it is a HUGE learning experience to be reminded of the rabid opposition in America we face that will try everything in their power to keep a progressive America from forming. Now we know. This will never happen again. From now on if WE want to change the National conversation then WE will do so. OWS is NOT going away. It will not be stopped. After the long Winter months comes the Spring. We will OWN 2012. We will OWN the 2012 conversation. We will change the debate. We have already started to.
It's also a HUGE learning experience to never give up, to always remember that sometimes progress is measured in inches. And we must also remember to continually hold our elected leaders accountable, even if it means taking it to the streets and forcing the National conversation to change. We can longer count on the corporate controlled media to ask questions of importance, they have billionaire shareholders to appease. Remember how the Tea Party was treated to all the best media platforms 24hrs a day because it served a corporatist message yet, OWS wasn't covered by the media until it became so huge on social media sites that people were wondering why the MSM WASN'T covering this HUGE story. WE have to control the messaging. Now we know.
WE must continue to be active participants in the fight for expanded Democracy. WE must continue to keep winning hearts and minds. WE must continue to show that humanity has hope and never give in to fear. We know what is right in our hearts: liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are in a constant battle of HOPE vs. FEAR in this country, and as long as we continue to counter-act the party of FEAR with a message of HOPE we will continue to make progress, even if it is only one inch at a time.
A champion of Christian morality, Gingrich had three different wives over 35 years, though during that period, was only unmarried for a total of less than a year. Simple arithmetic suggests that either Gingrich is incredibly impulsive or his position on family values might include a bit more extramarital fucking than one might have originally thought.
At his birth, Gingrich's father and mother were only 19 and 16. When Newt was 19, Gingrich slept with and married his high school geometry teacher who switched religions for him, mothered two of his children and funded his undergraduate and graduate education only to be dumped and divorced by Gingrich several years later when he decided she wasn't "young enough or pretty enough to be the president's wife". Gingrich got his wife to agree to a very one-sided divorce while she was recovering in a hospital from uterine cancer.
Marianne Ginther. That’s the one whom he had already proposed to before he was divorced from his first wife. The one to whom he confessed, in 1999, soon after Marianne had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, that he was having an affair with a woman who was in Marianne’s apartment “eating off her plates, sleeping in her bed.” Confessed to the affair, said it was going to continue, and asked Marianne to “tolerate” it.
Gingrich decided to run for congress in 1974. He lost two elections, though his campaign treasurer later said, "We'd have won in 1974 if we could have kept him out of the office, screwing (a campaign volunteer) on the desk." It was later revealed that, during the Clinton impeachment, Gingrich himself was having sex with a congressional aide in her 20s. Historians are unsure exactly how many Americans were appalled by this, but at least one (his wife) was particularly appalled, especially when he called to divorce her on mother's day.
The aide, Callista Bisek, eventually became his third wife after the affair led to a divorce from his previous spouse. This is Newt's current wife. This screams volumes about her character as well.
Gingrich was a leader of the inquiry into congressmen writing bad checks in the early 90s, whilst he had actually written 20 of them himself. During this "distinguished", four-year tenure as newly elected speaker of the House, Gingrich faced eighty-four charges for ethics violations.
By 1997, there was already a secret conspiracy formed to force Gingrich out of his position, though he out-maneuvered it. In 1998, no longer able to ignore the fact that most of the population hated him and it was costing his party elections nationwide, Gingrich stepped down from both his Speaker position and his elected office.
Although Gingrich resigned from both the Speakership and congress, he has been unable to refrain from making himself the center of attention on a number of major issues, regardless of whether anyone is interested in his opinions.
Gingrich has also authored a number of books. Amongst these works are novels about the Nazis defeating the Soviet Union, the Japanese implementing a more effective Pacific strategy, and the South defeating the North at Gettysburg and other alternate history books. In May 2009, Gingrich posted a comment on Twitter calling Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor a racist. Many people were upset about the contents of the remark itself. Interestingly, outside observers point out that this comment comes from a man who spends his free time writing fantasies about the South winning Civil War battles.
One former lover reported: "We had oral sex. He prefers that modus operandi because then he can say, 'I never slept with her,'" a line of reasoning noticeably absent from Gingrich's book Rediscovering God in America.
In case, you were wondering, yes, this is the very same Newt Gingrich who liked to go around piously making statements like: "The Democratic Party has been the active instrument of breaking down traditional marriage." H Y P O C R I S Y
Inspired by: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/ne...
and: http://www.1115.org/2010/08/10/newt-gingri... /
Followed by something NO ONE is talking about, usually something only FOX news just created out of thin air. The beginning of a rumor that is posed as a fact. This is something they do to fabricate the appearance of something being 'sinister' and 'plotted' behind closed doors. It's also something they do to fabricate propaganda and give the viewer the impression and sense that they are missing out on something that numerous people are already discussing, it plants the idea in the viewers brain and makes the viewer feel the need to "catch up quickly" on this subject that they are missing out on, which usually makes the viewer want to take the "idea" to an even more radical level.
This is one small example of how FOX brainwashes its viewers, it plants a false narrative posed as a fact. It doesn't matter if it IS a fact, all that matters is it is now planted in their viewers minds. This tactic is used quite often, but mostly by the daytime anchors. The reason for this is because the "Some people are talking about" that they are talking about usually originates from their nighttime primetime line up. For example, it would go something like this: Glenn Beck or Bill O or Hannity, etc. will come up with some warped conspiracy theory that they've created, always negative, always full of fear, and toss it out there. Sometimes this BS theory gets a round table discussion by others who are guaranteed to throw fuel on the flames and take the BS conspiracy theory to an even darker place.
Once the big lie has been created and discussed on THEIR very own station, they add it to their webpage where it is discussed in an online forum by groups of people I'm embarrassed to even call my fellow countrymen. The next day the daytime anchors, notably Megyn Kelley, although the others use it alot as well, will segue to this fake, fabricated news story by starting with the phrase "Some people are talking about (INSERT LIE HERE)". Again, truth doesn't matter there, it's all about planting a false idea in their viewers mind and let confirmation bias do the rest. Combine that with the fact that it's being broadcast on national television it gives the viewer a sense of something being 'truthful' and 'urgent'. This is what FOX news excels at, mixing real although biased news stories in with fabricated and biased news stories until the line between reality and lies blurs before their viewers eyes. They can now control their viewers minds and spoon feed them ANYTHING they want them to believe.
Couple that with the fact that the largest base of their target demographic are people who firmly believe in blind faith and are easily gullible and you have the making of a 100% propaganda "news" channel. The "Some people are talking about..." that they are talking about is really nobody. Nobody is talking about that until they created that false narrative. It is a vicious circle of propaganda and lies. It is manufactured "journalism". The muck at the bottom of the barrel we call the media.
FOX news: Change the channel before the channel changes you.
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Getting kinda lonely in these here parts.....
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