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Saturday, August 04, 2012

Endangered Species

A Democrat in the South?  The few that remain can be characterized as ... well, let this dude shine the light:
Dems Nominate Anti-Gay Conspiracy Theorist for Senate
By Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

Mark Clayton believes the federal government is building a massive, four-football-field wide superhighway from Mexico City to Toronto as part of a secret plot to establish a new North American Union that will bring an end to America as we know it. On Thursday, he became the Tennessee Democrats' nominee for US Senate.

Clayton, an anti-gay-marriage activist and flooring installer with a penchant for fringe conspiracy theories, finished on top of a crowded primary field in the race to take on GOP Sen. Bob Corker this fall. He earned 26 percent of the vote despite raising no money and listing the wrong opponent on his campaign website. The site still reads, "DEDICATED TO THE DEFEAT OF NEO-CONSERVATIVE LAMAR ALEXANDER," whom Clayton tried to challenge in 2008. (That year, he didn't earn the Democratic nomination.)

On his issues page, Clayton sounds more like a member of the John Birch Society than a rank-and-file Democrat. He says he's against national ID cards, the North American Union, and the "NAFTA superhighway," a nonexistent proposal that's become a rallying cry in the far-right fever swamps. Elsewhere, he warns of an encroaching "godless new world order" and suggests that Americans who speak out against government policies could some day be placed in "a bone-crushing prison camp similar to the one Alexander Solzhenitsyn was sent or to one of FEMA's prison camps." (There are no FEMA prison camps.)

In April 2008, Clayton issued a press release accusing Google of censoring his campaign website on behalf the Chinese government ... [link]
This guy should fit right into the loony conspiracy wing of the Democratic Party.

But in Tennessee? A Democrat? I don't think he'll be around for long.

The Truth About Romney's 'Gaffes' Comes Out

If ever so slowly ...

I've not touched on any of this since it seemed to me to be so petty, but it is worth noting: The mainstream press colluded to make it appear that Mitt Romney's recent overseas journey was a gaffe-prone bungle.  In fact, it was nothing of the sort.
Politico's Evan Thomas Chides Press Over Claims of Romney Gaffes
By Brad Wilmouth, NewsBusters

On Friday's Inside Washington on PBS, regular panel member Evan Thomas dismissed media claims that Mitt Romney's recent trip abroad suffered from gaffes as the Politico correspondent asserted that the GOP presidential candidate spoke the truth about the Olympics in London and the social problems of the Palestinians.

He concluded that "This is a convective thing that the press gets all excited about, but I don't think voters give a damn.

Thomas's rebuke of the media came after conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that Romney "did extremely well in Israel," in spite of media reports otherwise, and recounted to viewers that it was the primarily the Palestinian Authority's Saeb Erekat who complained about the GOP candidate's visit, noting the Palestinian official's history of making false accusations against Israelis, such as the Jenin massacre. [link]
Actually it does matter. But only to the extent that this incident - one of many - reveals the lengths to which the mainstream media will go to prevent a Mitt Romney election in November.

It's shameful. It's disgraceful. And it's wrong.

And it will continue.

George Bush's Legacy

I remember wondering, after 9-11, how we came to the point, in our national effort to combat global terrorism, that we felt the need to fire every airport screener in the country and replace all of them with government employees.  How was that to make us safer again?

Well, the other shoe has finally fallen:
Airport screeners get union rights for first time
By Sam Hananel, Associated Press

The union representing nearly 45,000 airport screeners has reached a first-ever collective bargaining agreement with the Transportation Security Administration.

The agreement, reached Thursday, comes more than a year after TSA head John S. Pistole agreed to grant screeners limited union rights for the first time since the agency was formed in 2001.

Screeners who X-ray bags and guide passengers through security had been among the few federal employees without union rights. [link]
I feel safer. You?

George W. Bush added to the roles of unionized federal employees in order to fight al Qaeda.

For the love of God.

The Real Unemployment Problem

Millions of Americans have given up hope.

From Investor's Business Daily, the real unemployment numbers:

Bad and getting no better.

Four more years! Four more years!

You Get The Leaders You Vote For

Unemployment rises to 8.3 percent; Nancy Pelosi calls it a ‘step in the right direction’