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Monday, April 30, 2012

Romney whines about his past comments on Osama bin Laden (Flip-slipper or liar)

Mitt Romney said in 2007,  “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”  Romney was clearly speaking about Osama bin Laden, and he was speaking as one who interjected himself into the political arena.   

ThinkProgress then reports  the following.  Here was the August 4, 2007 headline from Reuters:

The Romney campaign recently spoke of President Obama creating a divide in the country.  "creating a divide" has become, but another cheaper case of GOP phraseology (mantra).  A divide in the nation! Now, seriously, "A divide in the nation". After three and one half years of complete of practicing irrefutable divisiveness there is actually people on the Right who would speak such?


The Daily GOP Ignominious: Punditry follows path of lies! (UPDATED)!!

On April 17th, 2012 ThinkProgress-ECONOMY honored Equal Pay Day by publishing a cogent article related to continuing differences in pay for men and women. The article also depicted via chart how women and certain minority groups lag behind white males' pay in a major way.

Writer  Annie-Rose Strasser  developed the themed article around the reality that women must work well into 2012 to equal the level of pay for their male coworkers (or males in the same or comparable jobs.  
 " ......the day that women completed the extra 3.5 months of work they needed in order to make an equal amount to what men earned in 2011." 
Strasser introduced the following chart by stating a less well-known act of facts about male/female pay inequity.
........ it’s not as well known that the pay gap is much worse for some women than others. For instance:

Women make less by industry: Women tend to work in lower-paying industries: 68 percent of jobs in education are held by women, as are 78 percent of health and social assistance jobs. But even within those industries where they are the vast majority of employees, women are paid significantly less than their male counterparts. This chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the percentage of men’s income that women make in given sectors. In some of the biggest industries for female employment, men still make significantly more:

Chart Linked 

Strasser further illustrates pay inequity as follows. Black and Latina women suffer inequity not shared by their white (female) counterparts.


The Gulf of Mexico, BP, and the eventual Keystone Pipeline

A Red Snapper Fish contaminated!
ENENEWS published the first half of the following material.  The very short screeds relate to growing evidence of contamination from the BP oil spill.  We all watched in horror as millions upon millions of barrels of raw oil exploded and spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.  We also had to know one of the Earth's most beautiful and life-sustaining regions would be ruined for our lifetime.  Unfortunately, some may not have realized the Gulf may be ruined for most forms of life forever.  Yet, BP walks away with having paid a meager settlement and expenses associated with a 'half-assed' surface cleanup. The real damage is well below the surface of the Gulf.


"State officials shut down shrimping in Gulf amid scientists finding deformities and ‘horrifying creatures’ — Media attributes closure to lesions, then retracts"


Obama Campaign Commercial III



Sunday, April 29, 2012

Romney via Obama (Obama Ad VIDEO II)


Mother Jones: 4 Things to Know About CISPA

The Obama Administration has got to shave this for the good of the Internet and our privacy!

Mother Jones reports on developing CISPA legalization. I am convince CISPA will be signed into law.

The Obama Administration has forced changes to the bill, and the Administration continues to press for more changes regrading individual liberty and privacy.  

I cannot imagine such legislation before Bush/Cheney, or , for that natter, before "tell me what you want Romney"  as president. since, I 'went there, if either of the aforementioned sat in the Oval Office the extreme provisions of SOPA would be law.

Mother JonesL CISPA. Four Things to Know About CISPA

On Thursday, the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (HR 3523) by a 248-168 vote. The bill, commonly known by its acronym, CISPA, aims to make it easier for government agencies and private industry to share information about cyber threats. But all that information-sharing worries privacy advocates and civil libertarians, who say the bill lacks safeguards against abuse. Supporters like Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who introduced the bill last November, insist that it is a necessary step in cracking down on illegal hacking and foreign spying, and would not be used to target things like file-sharing sites and free speech on the internet.

 Read More via CISPA Link....... above includes organizations and companies that support and companies that oppose CISPA. 

One Chance...the Real Decider


Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Drivel of an Old Senator vs Facts: Senator loses

McCain drivels while Reuters reports on a dying Al Qaeda.

Huffington Post world is reporting a Reuters news release about the diminished state of Al Qaeda as a terrorist organization.  Reuters reports as follows.

By Mark Hosenball 
WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's core organization is likely incapable of carrying out another mass-casualty attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials said on Friday. 
U.S. government experts also believe that the likelihood of an attack using chemical, biological, atomic or radiological weapons over the next year was not high, said Robert Cardillo, deputy director of U.S. National Intelligence. 
Cardillo and other U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described these assessments on a conference call with journalists billed as an opportunity for government experts to voice their assessments of al Qaeda's potency a year after the killing of Osama bin Laden in a U.S. commando raid. 
Cardillo said the al Qaeda "core" organization that bin Laden created has suffered strategic setbacks due to the outbreak of "Arab Spring" protests and rebellions in Islamic countries, which have not spread great sympathy for al Qaeda's hardline and violent brand of Islam.

The following video accompanies the Reuters article.
Video Link


Corporations, management, fairness, failed decisions and a common thread: conservatism!

Essence Magazine Managing Editor, Michael Bullerdick
Michael Bullerdick, former editor Essence Magazine, racist!  How about misplaced bigot instead.
Dr. Joyce Boykins, News One Dot Com, reported on Tuesday the extent to which corporate ownership and management decisions impact organizations.  Management decisions also by nature of the employment contract and the consumer relationship, management decisions exponentially impact people.  Essence Magazine's' Constance White's decision to hire Michael Bullerdick as magazine managing editor is yet another example.  Allow a brief digression before delving into Essence and Bullerdick.

Despite conservative rhetoric about corporations as people, we are reminded of just how much the corporation is a chartered entity and  a manifestation of its human drivers (managersdecisions-makers, and owners).  We have seen an abundance of recent examples of how corporations go about the business of paving the way for earnings. The American Legislative Exchange Council is an unraveling example.  

ALEC is a haven for many corporations who sought power in numbers and convenient 'cloaked' opportunity to funnel "model legislation" and lobbyist money to legislators.   The exposure of Komen for the Cure is yet another example of damaging corporate decision-making.  Komen's problems began with the hiring of a former state legislator to accomplish the will of her conservative owner.  The state legislator was well-known for her opposition to abortion. She may have been specifically hired based on her opposition to organizations that provide health services to women (e.g.,  Planned Parenthood).  You know the story from that point.

Bad decisions ruin companies, thus damaging the lives of people (employees, customers, suppliers, etc.).

Another example of bad decision-making came from a 2005 decision to sell a major black magazine, Essence, to one of the nation's largest corporations: Time Warner, Inc.  A bit of history about the magazine.

Essence Magazine was founded by African-American entrepreneurs at the high period of the Civil Rights Movement. The magazine flourished during a period when Jim Crowe Laws gave way to rejuvenation and re-energizing ethnic pride and heightened cultural awareness in the black community.  The Black Renaissance in the nation's North-East existed in an African-American parallel universe from the lives of most black people across the rest of the continental United States.  North-Eastern cities like New York, Boston and Philadelphia experienced extended periods of cultural growth and enlightenment.  Cities in other parts of nation did not see similar cultural enlightenment; in some cities quite the opposite manifest for black people. Jim Crowe or fringe derivatives of such was the way of life for African-Americans across most states.  


Friday, April 27, 2012

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Student Loans from Parents!!!

MOM, for college......
..send Money!!!!!

Mitt Romney obviously has not lived a life comparable to that of most Americans. He undoubtedly has never seen a 'poor' or 'financially deprived' moment in his life.  Thus, he cannot fathom life outside of financial privilege and its common trappings.

Human nature is such that "we are what we come from".  The vast majority of people in America lived  lives just beyond paycheck to paycheck. Many can afford a degree of discretionary spending, and yes, some can afford higher levels of such spending (upper middle class); but others have little opportunity for serious discretionary spending beyond basics.   And then there are those who do not even have the basics.  Far too many Americans have to rely on food form food banks, holiday toys from 'giving' agencies, and health care form wherever the hell they can get it. 

I suggest the norm for paying college tuition is not families with enough discretionary income to either pay for their kids college, or to lend money to kids for college.  The norm is much closer to borrowing for college.

Listen to the "say whatever it takes" Romney while speaking in front of what appears as a group of college aged young people.  This man of extreme wealth and millionaire endowments from his parents, speaks of borrowing money from parents to attend college.  As you view the following 21 second clip, imagine kids sitting behind the elitist politician thought," No, my parents cannot afford to lend me money for college".  Better yet, think  bout the number of young people sitting  behind Romney who may have thought, "... did you parents lend you money for college, or was your college paid for via wealthy parents?"  Student Loans?  I doubt Romney can spell the word "loans".

His remarks directly refute his comments earlier in the week about support for student loans.  Yet, that was a few days back for Romney and that means he never said anything of the sort.   A few additional points about Romney's "whatever it takes" insensitivity.

I.  Tuition cost have risen exponentially since Romney attended college in California and since he attended and finished his education at Harvard.  If is not uncommon for the average middle class student to incur loans in  the tens of high thousands for a bachelors degree at some universities. Over the past quarter century alone the cost of college has increased over 450 per cent.  The figures without question approach 500 per cent since Romney' college days. 


Common Cause: IRS Whistleblower Letter on ALEC

Money in Politics?

The following information is most gleeful for me.  I have joined many in writing about ALEC and its influence on legislative. The root cause of ALEC's demise is its conservative mission and goals, and how those goals were accomplished via many US corporations.  At the root of ALEC is plain and simple: money!  As ALEC becomes an entity of the closet, I will admit to amazement the number of great US corporations (even progressive corporations) who have paid membership dues, and quite probably contributed money to ALEC.  The thought of the extent to which these corporations funneled money to willing hands and wallets in states government officials, is met with dread and loathing. One can only hope the same is not the case with federal legislatures, although I have strong suspicions contrary to my hope.

Have you ever wondered why a person would seek to spend, or actually spend millions to secure public office?  The higher the office the higher the level of spending from candidates and their supporters. Money is funneled to candidates in many ways, the most effective manner of funneling is via lobbyist. Simple handing cash to legislators is a complicated process and carries the real prospect of prison sentences. The process actually involves far more intricacy and structure.  As is the case with all matters involving people, some earn their 'off-to-the-side" undercover money in ways that violate criminal law.  Former Governor of Illinois, Blagojevich (D), is the perfect example of a politicians who attempted to make money via political advantage (via his governorship and opportunity sell a vacant Senate seat.)  Illegal  payments to public officials cuts across party-lines and is probably the most bi-partisan acts in Washington DC.  Republicans, Democrats and very possibly Independents in Congress have opportunity for, let's call it, "campaign contributions".  Surely no politician would take lobbyist money and pocket the cash! (I felt compelled to say that).

Most politicians are not as crass and guttural as  Blagojevich and the Tom DeLay (R) Texas. Most reap the benefits of lobbyist money via far more sophisticated and difficult to monitor and track means.  The American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC,  was apparently the 'mother-lode' of money funneling to legislators. 

As stated previously, many have written about ALEC. There are many such articles on this web page via the Search Box above right. ALEC also drew attention for powerful groups with wherewithal to do it great harm via exposing the conservative organization's inner workings. My first exposure to ALEC came about due to my reading about the ultra conservative Koch Brothers.  Progressive organisations like Color of Change and now via the legal process, Common Cause, have sunk probing eyes into ALEC. Probing eyes focused on ALEC could not help, but yield major corporate 1%(er) legislative privilege. Legislative privilege for corporations associates with an accompanying lack of privilege for the nation's middle class and lower income citizens.  Despite Mitt Romney's robotic affinity for the beloved corporation and his claim of corporations are people "my friends',  ALEC's inner workings level his remarks to that of 'pure B/S.  


Bill Clinton on Leadership and President Obama


A non-negative ad.

War on Women Conjured up; How about GOP "Shock and Awe" against women?

McCain speaks and did not join 31 other GOP men in voting against Violence Against Women Act.

McCain claims conjured up "War on Women". I agree, the GOP is practicing "Shock and Awe:" against women. I predict women will join them in a real 'War" later in the year as they get out and vote. For now the GOP is having its way with 'Shock and Awe".

While not a sitting Senator, Boehner attempts to stand-up for his Party.  Problem is, regardless of Boehner 'performance' GOP actions since 2010, trump his speech and his attempt to deflect GOP "Shock and Awe" back to the Democrats.

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 passed in the Senate this morning.  Thirty One (31) Senators voted against passage of the bill.  The 31 dissenting votes represents literal perpetuation of  the GOP "War on Women" as each of the 31 "No" voters were Republican.  Another critical aspect of the vote was the direct opposite (affirmative) vote from five (5) Republican women Senators.

As I sit in complete stupor as to the reason any members of Congress would vote against such a bill, I have two reactions. First, I have no idea if the bill is laced with provisions unrelated to the ten Sections tabled below.  Second, GOP "Shock and Awe" against women comes to mind.  I have previously written war generally takes to to "tango". "Shock and Awe" is quit another strategy, and it better represents GOP actions against women since the 2010 Elections.  Yet, I move away from the moment of contemplation with a head-shake and a bitter taste against the 31 Republicans who towed the party line.

What is it about the following placed this legislation in the "No" vote category?  Maybe I should ask, "What is it about this legislation that places it in the "No' vote category beyond its major sponsor (Senator Leahy, Patrick J, a Democrat) and its singular focus on women?

Latest Title: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 
Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] (introduced 11/30/2011)      Cosponsors (60) 
Related Bills: H.R.3977H.R.4271, S.1892 
Latest Major Action: 4/26/2012 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Passed Senate with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 68 - 31. Record Vote Number: 87. 

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 [sic] - (Sec. 3) Amends the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) to add or expand definitions of several terms for purposes of such Act, including : (1) "culturally specific services" to mean community-based services that offer culturally relevant and linguistically specific services and resources to culturally specific communities; (2) "personally identifying information or personal information" with respect to a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and (3) "youth" to mean a person who is 11 to 24 years old......

Additional details beyond  the following Sections Titles linked here.

Section Titles:

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Veracity Stew Scooooooooooooooores!

Life is a Bitch, then you get elected as Speaker of the House and you are in the GOP!

John Boehner, Speaker of the House of OZ, trotted out today and a 'lame' horse and stumbled into a case of pure unadulterated Ignominious.

Boehner's 'failure' right-out-of-the-gate, is typical of John Boehner since he took the Speaker's Seat.  He has stumbled, he has tripped-up, he has 'cried', an and he has performed severe demurring to the Tea Party.  I should add that none of which advanced any national agenda, solved any national issues, helped with the economy, and damned well help to provide on job.

Veracity Stew Dot Com nails the issue with facts.  One of my favorite historical quotes comes from the So-called "Father of Conservatism:" Ronald Reagan.  "Facts are Stubborn things". Well, yes they are and facts always trumps GOP sloganeering, talking-points and mantra. Does Boehner really think coming out tripping on his lame horse will cause some desired knee-jerk behavior from President Obama?  Do they think he will stop campaigning?

Infographic: Veracity Stew
But is President Obama taking too many vacation days? Is he spending too much time on the campaign trail? What about vacation accrued beyond the first year? As of August 2011 Obama had spent 31 months in office. Pictured here is a chart showing vacation days taken after one year in office, and then vacation days accrued after 31 months in office.
According to CBS News, President GW Bush, by the end of his tenure, spent a grand total of 490 days vacationing at his Texas ranch and 487 days at Camp David. So we’ve established that President Obama does not even come close to being Vacationer-in-Chief! This week, however, Republicans raised yet another issue.

Veracity Stew read more.....

Does the GOP not realize we have moved beyond life with Microfiche and visiting the library. Information is discover-able or verifiable within seconds.  

But, of course, if you are speaking to the Fox News audience, "no worries".

....And the Band Plays on........

Idiot Talk: Liberal’s Mission Is To Abort and Kill Children in the Womb

Cross posted from Mario PIperni Dot Com (Congratulations Mario on your recently artwork for a national magazine!)

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is determined to keep his state’s ranking as the scariest place in America to have ladyparts (see yesterday’s post). Bryant has just signed a bill which could effectively shut down the state’s last remaining abortion clinic.
Here is how he defended the bill.
Even if you believe in abortion, the hypocrisy of the left that now tried to kill this bill, that says that I should have never signed it, the true hypocrisy is that their one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb. It doesn’t really matter, they don’t care if the mother’s life is in jeopardy, that if something goes wrong that a doctor can’t admit them to a local hospital, that he’s not even board certified. We passed that bill and I think you’ll see other states follow and when that happens at least these fly-in abortionists are going to be regulated under the state laws of the Medical Procedures Act here in the state of Mississippi as they should be across the nation.
Who the hell is pro-abortion? No one should waste their time trying to explain to this asshole that there is a difference in being pro-choice as opposed to pro-abortion. He’d never understand.
The march backwards to a time when back alley abortions were a thriving enterprise is alive and well in Mississippi.
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Keystone Boehner!

Cross Posted from YouTube. published January 2012

Uploaded by  on Jan 19, 2012 

In December 2010, according to Boehner's financial disclosure forms, he invested $10,000 to $50,000 each in seven firms that had a stake in Canada's oil sands, the region that produces the oil the pipeline would transport. The firms include six oil companies — BP, Canadian Natural Resources, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Devon Energy and Exxon — along with Emerson Electric, which has a contract to provide the digital automation for the first phase of a $9.4 billion Horizon Oil Sands Project in Canada. 

Bill McKibben, a climate activist and co-founder of the group, wrote in an e-mail that Boehner has received more than $1 million from fossil-fuel companies, "and now we find out that he's got extensive personal investments in companies dependent on tarsands oil." 

"He was willing to shut down the government in part to prevent enough time for serious environmental review," McKibben added. "In any other facet of our public life . . . this whole list taken together would be seen for the gross conflict of interest that it is."

A bit of GOP sedition?

Lawrence O'Donnell's, The Last Word, consistently probes in areas where few others probe.  My compliments to O'Donnell and The Last Word team for this segment.

The underlying questions is, when does politics cross into the completely unethical, immoral, or the forbidden?  Both parties jockey for position and campaign actively and fiercely to win office, especially the Oval Office.  Ah, the essence of the US political system (as flawed as it has become).   O'Donnell's report seems to take my mind to the realm of sedition.

Take a look and listen?

Huffington Post-POLITICS  Sam Stein published  the following  article on 04/25/2010: Robert Draper Book: GOP's Anti-Obama Campaign Started Night Of Inauguration

As President Barack Obama was celebrating his inauguration at various balls, top Republican lawmakers and strategists were conjuring up ways to submarine his presidency at a private dinner in Washington. 
The event -- which provides a telling revelation for how quickly the post-election climate soured -- serves as the prologue of Robert Draper's much-discussed and heavily-reported new book, "Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives." 
According to Draper, the guest list that night (which was just over 15 people in total) included Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Paul Ryan (Wis.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) and Dan Lungren (Calif.), along with Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Ensign (Nev.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). The non-lawmakers present included Newt Gingrich, several years removed from his presidential campaign, and Frank Luntz, the long-time Republican wordsmith. Notably absent were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) -- who, Draper writes, had an acrimonious relationship with Luntz.

No matter how you feel about President Obama, and no matter your reason for your dislike or ill will, if you harbor such, these actions are tantamount to sedition.  And, the sedition was practiced not only against the president, it was rpacticed against you, your neighbors, your parents, your children, and your nation.

UUUUUM, I just have to wonder, if these folks would not also forsake a bit of national security for an opportunity to unseat the President of the United States of America.

They would sacrifice millions of jobs, force kids to go hungry, reduced state public service worker's, threaten to shutdown the government and whine with every proposal or initiative from Obama. 

How silly is conservative America?

A Progressive proclaims and a nation has opportunity

Imagine the alternative!

I am a Democrat and I am voting for President Obama for reelection. 

As a senior soon to collect SOCIAL SECURITY and MEDICARE (that I worked and paid into the system for), as a BLACK FEMALE who is under threat from the GOP's war on women pushing racist policies and attitudes, as a college graduate who would not have been able to get an EDUCATION without help and an affordable loan, as a former WORKER who enjoyed higher pay and worker rights because I belonged to a strong UNION, as one who has a family member who is GAY, as one who has gone without HEALTH CARE between jobs, as a gardener who grows my own vegetables because the government allows pesticides and GMO foods, as one who is concerned over FRACKING, DEREGULATIONS, BANKING and CORPORATIONS RUNNING WILD, and so much more...

...Obama is my choice for President as a person for the people.

I cannot for the life of me figure out why anyone who is not a millionaire would vote for a Republican. What don't people understand? Republicans don't work for the people. They work for corporations and the wealthy ONLY. That's it. They can't hide that fact. Listen to them. They don't want to raise taxes on the wealthy, yet they want to raise them on YOU. And the corporations and wealthy are only interested in making more and more money. They don't care about the working class. The more of a social safety net we have, the less they think they have. In order to enrich themselves, they take from us. With all their tax loopholes, they pay far less taxes than we do. Many pay none. How does that make you feel that a billionaire pays no taxes, while you pay with the little income you have?


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Reflection on the Dow Jones Industrial Average from a presidential perspective

Well, another one of those, "NO COMMENT NECESSARY moments".

OOOOPs. And just think Fox News viewers will never see the chart.

(Thanks to Laurence Lewis the Daily KOS)

Obama Administration threatens veto of CISPA

.......if individual rights are not ensured
My first knowledge of CISPA came from a very young man who knew of my joining million in fighting SOPA and PIPA earlier this year.  He asked if I had heard of the proposed legislation and told me that the Administration was 'pushing it also".  Well, my instincts about the Administration proved accurate  again.

The White House is is most assuredly not in sync with Congress on the proposed legislation. Factually speaking, the White House has signaled it will veto the bill, if passed through Congress without additional changes.  The Administration is mindful (and supportive) of  national security provisions of the legislation, but the Obama Team reminds committed to opposition to infringement on individual rights.  

Olive Knox of Destination 2012 from Yahoo News, The Ticketreported as follows.

The White House came out strongly Wednesday against a bipartisan but controversial House bill designed to protect the country's infrastructure from cyberattack, warning that President Barack Obama would veto if it passes in its current form over civil liberties concerns and other worries. 
"The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, in its current form," Obama's Office of Management and Budget said in a statement. "If H.R. 3523 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill."

Knox reports on Congressional modifications to CISPA, but as of the posting of the Knox article, the administration is standing tall for individual rights.  

For my readers, I think it no surprise the Obama Administration has twice before indicated a lack of support of legislation that restricts individual rights regarding the Internet.  The Administration makes far too much use of the intent and uses the communication tool very effectively.  Of course, they will not allow the prospect of abuse even from government agencies.  I must ask, "Could you see Bush/Cheney with a PIPA or the much more restrictive SOPA?  Since I have gone there, can you see any Republican Administration standing tall against such restrictions on individual rights?  I know the answer to the question.

The Daily GOP Ignominious

The Great State of Mississippi
There are few times when commentary for The Daily GOP Ignominious needs little introduction and no summary comment.  Today we have just such a case. From that wonderful State of Mississippi, The new Governor picks-up where the illustrious Haley Barbour left off.

Governor Phil Bryant (R) Mississippi
".......... Democrats' one mission in life is to abortion children." 

"Even if you believe in abortion, the hypocrisy of the left that now tried to kill this bill, that says that I should have never signed it, the true hypocrisy is that their one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb," he said. "It doesn't really matter, they don't care if the mother's life is in jeopardy, that if something goes wrong that a doctor can't admit them to a local hospital, that he's not even board certified."

....And the Band Plays on......

Romney and the Word Cloud!

The GOP and the RNC are masters at run-ups to elections.  Since Dwight Eisenhower left office and John F. Kennedy, Democrat, took office the GOP has developed campaign and election winning acumen that is only surpassed by their strong desire to return the nation back beyond FDR. Republicans have held the Oval Office more than Democrats over the past past 60 years and most administrations have served two terms. Of course, there was an exception for the one-term George H. W. Bush. If I were talking Democrat, Jimmy Carter's one term would come to mind.
The GOP has successfully moved the nation moderately Right of Center. It has accomplished much of its conservative agenda even while Democrats held the Oval Office.  We all know of elections won, in part, by 'slick' media advertising (e.g., Willie Horton ads and the Swift Boats ads).  Of more significance is the GOP's effectiveness in 'mantra' and 'moniker'. A few examples:
  • "Read my lips, no new taxes" 
  • "Compassionate Conservatives (extinct long ago)
  • "Moral Majority"
  • "Liberal Spending" (despite clear evidence Reagan and Bush W.) contributed more to our current deficit than other presidents.
  • " State's Rights"
  • "Liberal Media"
  • "Mainstream Media"
  • "Kept Us Safe"
  • "Job Creators"
The GOP has mastered the art of subliminal messages, phraseology and sloganeering: mantra. Words are powerful and when used strategically during period of "high political oratory", words stick.  The Democrats have not honed any acumen in development and use of mantra.
A perfect example of political word-smithing was the Romney victory speech after the primary victories of yesterday. I have heard and read the speech was a good speech: written well and delivered well. Frankly, I heard the speech was without any level of specifics, but I am not certain at this stage in the political battles specificity will come from the non-incumbent candidate.  On the not-so-positive side, I certainly do not expect specifics from Romney. Romney appears to much prefer, multiple paths to follow and he has shown he will follow any given path based on his audience: a trait that will haunt him as the year progresses.  As is the case of all modern-day politics following a path levels an electronic trail.  Romney has never figured out the meaning of an electronic trail.
(Word Cloud.....) A text cloud or word cloud is a visualization of word frequency in a given text as a weighted list. The technique has recently been popularized to provide a visual of  the topical content from political speeches.
Sample Cloud
Text cloud comparing 2002 State of the Union Address by U.S. President Bush and 2011 State of the Union Address by President Obama. Created at TagCrowd.

Notice the differences in the speeches. Each reflected issues of the "time" while simultaneously revealing paradigm messages rooted in party ideology. 
The Wonk Blog is showing a Word Cloud of Mitt Romney's (clincher) speech. Since I do not expose myself to Right-wing rhetoric, I did not watch the speech.