Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Last Call

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina finally, finally admits to the GOP Plan for 2012.  Steve Benen notes Messina's letter this afternoon involving the Senate test vote on the American Jobs Act sent to Obama/Biden supporters read in part:

“But Senate Republicans want to block it. Not because they have a plan that creates jobs right now — not one Republican, in Congress or in the presidential race, does. They only have a political plan.

Their strategy is to suffocate the economy for the sake of what they think will be a political victory. They think that the more folks see Washington taking no action to create jobs, the better their chances in the next election. So they’re doing everything in their power to make sure nothing gets done.” [emphasis added]

Now anybody who has read me has known I've been saying this for months, if not years now.  What the GOP is doing has to be considered sabotage of our economy for political gain, and the OFA folks are finally going on the offense with what Americans have known for a long time now:  the GOP Plan is to wreck the economy, block any efforts to fix the problem, and blame the President for its failure to improve.

It really is that simple.  But the act of the Obama campaign to actually come out and say it means they believe the battle for 2012 is truly on, and it's about damn time they admitted to what the stakes truly were out here.

Damn good to see them on offense too.  More of this, please.

The New Jersey Devil Backs The Angel Moroni

Chris Christie is officially endorsing Mitt Romney before tonight's GOP hatefest debate in New Hampshire, where Romney is leading.

The man who would not run against Mitt Romney despite the pleas of just about every Republican alive has signed on to the Romney campaign, according to a tweet from Fox News Radio.
BREAKING: Fox learns New Jersey Gov Chris Christie to endorse Mitt Romney in Hanover, NH per Carl Cameron
The endorsement comes in New Hampshire just as Romney is set to debate the rest of the GOP field at Dartmouth tonight. 

If that's true, then tonight should be very interesting.  Having said that, expect the dogpile on MassCare from here on out.  It will be comical, I think.  Just like all the other debates.

A Crappy Mystery

Folks, Smoking Gun's random goodness doesn't get any better than this:
The matter of the unwanted enema remains an “unsolved case,” according to police in northern California.

As detailed in a Sonoma Police Department report, a 53-year-old man who is “visually impaired” called cops in early-May to report a bizarre encounter in his apartment. The man, whose name cops redacted from the report, said that an unknown female entered his home one Sunday afternoon and announced that she, “Needed to give him an enema.”

While the man “thought this to be somewhat strange,” he did not think the enema was “entirely out of the question as he had undergone surgery on his intestines recently and assumed it may have been ordered by his doctor even though he had not been notified.”

Somewhat strange, indeed. I'd hate to catch this guy on a really weird day. I suppose there is no way this will turn out to be legitimate, but really... what are the odds of having that type of surgery and this happening?

More important of all, how will they turn this into an Obamacare story?

* Amusing tag added because how many times does one get to cover an enema and a crime?

** Title runner-ups include- And Now For Your Tuesday Morning Crap-O-Gram, What An Enigma... Oh, Wait and Pull My Finger, It's Tuesday!

Chrome Challenge: It Just Keeps Getting Better

Check and mate.  Chrome has added remote desktop access through the browser or a Chromebook.  That wins the war, folks.  Chrome is cross-platform (meaning it doesn't matter if you're Windows, Linux, Mac or any combination of the above), it's free, and it connects to what might be the most powerful presence on the Internet, Google.  Add in the popularity of Android phones and Google integration and you have a robust solution that lets your every computer and cell phone connect and share.

The Chrome Remote Desktop beta version, which arrived Friday, is a browser-based equivalent of remote desktop software for conventional operating systems. Such software is handy for IT administrators managing employees' machines, people taking care of their relatives' computers, or individuals getting access to their own machines from afar.

"Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is the first installment on a capability allowing users to remotely access another computer through the Chrome browser or a Chromebook," the release notes said. "Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is fully cross-platform, so you can connect any two computers that have a Chrome browser, including Windows, Linux, Mac, and Chromebooks."

So finally, I can work on my mother-in-law's computer without having to fight every step of the way. I can support my clients through a free program that will work seamlessly with the Linux setup I have created for them. My phone, laptop and desktop can all connect and I can back up and move files from anywhere. If my husband is unsure of how to use a program (which happens often) I can help him from anywhere, or view his screens and walk him through.

It's in beta, but Chrome has failed to shine yet so my expectations are high.

Occupy Wall Street Does Many Favors

Some have condemned the protesters, others have cheered them on.  I'm definitely one of the latter, and while we have gone over the pros and cons from the fallout, there is one final "thank you" that we owe to the OWS movement.  They are forcing key GOP players to admit they will support corporate powerhouses above the people they swear to serve.  Actions speak louder than words, and when the voting majority settles down and people start asking questions, it will be clear who spoke on behalf of the people and who just pretended to.  The mask is slipping and the crazy is showing through - the Tea Party idiots are starting to leave a trail of hypocrisy that is easy to follow.

This Nancy Pelosi slam dunk comes from a recent CNN article:

The California Democrat was asked about a remark by her colleague across the aisle Rep. Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, that he was concerned about "growing mobs" who were "pitting ... Americans against Americans."

"I didn't hear him say anything when the tea party was out demonstrating, actually spitting on members of Congress right here in the Capitol, and he and his colleagues were putting signs in the windows encouraging them," Pelosi said.

The fact that folks have spoken out about GOP stupidity is not new, what has changed is that they have so much to work with now that they can find a subject for anyone's hot button.  The tide is changing, and people are getting angry.  Failing to recognize that and chasing the dollar will get Tea Party members what they deserve - our disgust and mistrust.  I know time flies, but it seems they may self-destruct before they get a chance to do much more harm.

On the other side of the coin, we have Herman Cain spewing rhetoric that makes no sense.  He denies anything was wrong before Obama took over the country, and makes himself a fool by trying to pin it on  our current president:

"The proof is quite simply the bankers and the people on Wall Street didn't write these failed policies of the Obama administration. They didn't spend a trillion dollars that didn't work. The administration and the Democrats spent a trillion dollars," Cain said. Citing the president's new jobs bill, Cain added that the "administration is proposing another $450 billion wrapped in different rhetoric. So it's a distraction, so many people won't focus on the failed policies of this administration."

If he can call this a distraction with a straight face, not only is he irony-deaf but he's just plain wrong. The bankers didn't write the policies, but that didn't stop them from sticking it to us at every turn, and when faced with the consequences they turned on their customers and refused to take responsibility. Wall Street not responsible for even a tiny part of our current crisis? Are you kidding me? The good news is, Cain has shamelessly sold out his fellow citizens time and again for business. If he becomes a serious contender there is so much verbal ammunition to use against him that I'm not even worried. His own comments show him to be ignorant of what life is like for most Americans, and his "let them eat cake" attitude wins no favors with those who cannot afford cake. Calling a peaceful assembly by people who want government change "anti-American" also shows his grasp of American history and principles is fundamentally flawed. To be blunt, Herman Cain is a blowhard asshole and does not deserve our respect.

Exposing the Tea Party is worth the price these brave protesters are paying. I salute them for their bravery, and plan to take part in our local movement to do my share. It's making the Tea Party go on the record and give their opponents the quotes and actions to illustrate what they really are: the face of American greed.

Epic Moonbeams And Rainbows Win

California's Jerry Brown is rapidly turning into one kick-ass Governor.  Again.

California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday signed legislation into law that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

The Gender Nondiscrimination Act strengthens employment, housing and other civil rights protections for transgender Californians. It was authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego.

“The Gender Nondiscrimination Act protects all Californians. No matter your skin color, your age, where you come from or whether you’re gay, straight, or transgender, we are all protected by the same rights,” Atkins said in a statement. “We share equal protection in employment, housing, and education. This bill ensures that no one is left out.”

California anti-discrimination law previously prohibited discrimination based on “gender,” but it was not clear whether transgender people were protected.

Gov. Brown on Sunday also signed the Vital Statistics Modernization Act, which will make it easier for transgender Californians to update birth certificates and other identification documents.

“The Vital Statistics Modernization Act eliminates outdated and onerous barriers that transgender people face when trying to update their IDs,” said Masen Davis, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center. 

As goes one-seventh of the nation, folks.  Carry on, Jerry.  The nation needs more like you.


Walker On The Clock, Tick Tick Tock

Wisconsin Democrats are gearing up to toll the bell for Gov. Scott Walker's recall effort.  Here's what they are up against:

Wisconsin's recall law requires that officials have held office for at least one year before being recalled. Since Walker was just elected in 2010, that means the petitions cannot be turned in until early January 2012. In addition, the Dems will have a lot of leg-work to do, if they hope to recall him.

In order to initiate a recall, signatures of at least 25 percent of the number of voters in the previous gubernatorial election must be collected in a 60-day window, within a relevant district (statewide, in this case). Calculated from the 2010 election results, this means the Dems will need to collect 540,206 signatures -- more than 9,000 signatures a day, statewide -- plus some significant buffer that campaigns routinely collect in order to protect against signatures being disqualified over one imperfection or another.

To wind up the spring for the recall, Wisconsin Dems want to raise $540,206 by Nov. 15th in order to kick off the petition drive then.  Good luck to them, and I'll be following the efforts, well, like clockwork.

Handy puns aside, putting Walker out of a job is something that a number of liberals outside Wisconsin should be aiming for.  Outside of John Kasich, no Republican governor has been more relentlessly anti-middle class and pro top 1% with continuous efforts to remove collective bargaining rights, remove voting rights, and remove accountability.  As in Ohio, there are efforts to fight back by putting the agenda before the people.  In Wisconsin, that means putting Walker himself up for another vote.

Good for Wisconsin Dems.  They understand the keys to all this GOP power lie in statehouses across the country.

Reflecting God's Creatures

Good for the Presbyterian Church for this story:

It was nearly three decades in the making, but the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has ordained its first openly gay pastor. The Rev. Scott Anderson was ordained Saturday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, in Madison, Wisconsin.

"It's an exciting time for me personally to be the first openly gay person ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and it's a big moment for our church that has has excluded gays and lesbians for so many decades, so it's a new day for us," Anderson told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux.

Anderson had previously been a Presbyterian pastor but left the ministry in 1990 after he was outed by congregants.

At the time, the church required pastors, deacons and elders "to live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness," according to its constitution, known as the Book of Order.

Anderson was in a homosexual relationship that violated the church's policy at the time.

"I had been a Presbyterian pastor for eight years, and when I left, I never thought this day would come in my lifetime. God has brought a variety of surprises to my life, and this certainly is the biggest one," Anderson said.

The argument for this is simple:  LGBT folks attend religious services, have questions about faith, and contribute to congregations all across the country.  It's good to see the leaders of at least some of these congregations actively reflect more of their followers.

We're all human, as they say.  It's a start...a long overdue and depressingly small one, but a start it is.


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