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Friday, September 07, 2012

Timothy Cardinal Dolan marches into the fetid, bloody maw of Leviathan and speaks Love to the Mammonistas

From Youtube:



Here's the transcript from Examiner.com: 

Cardinal Dolan gives closing benediction at DNC

With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, let us close this convention by praying for this land we so cherish and love. Let us pray. (makes sign of the cross)

Almighty God, Father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, revealed to us so powerfully in Your Son, Jesus Christ, we thank You for showering Your blessings on this, our beloved nation. Bless all here present and all across this great land who work hard for the day when a greater portion of Your justice and a more ample measure of Your care for the poor and suffering may prevail in these United States. Help us to see that a society's greatness is found above all in the respect it shows for the weakest and neediest among us.

We beseech You, Almighty God, to shed Your grace on this noble experiment in ordered liberty which began with the confident assertion of inalienable rights bestowed upon us by You: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Thus do we praise You for the gift of life. Grant us the courage to defend it: life, without which, no others rights are secure. We ask Your benediction on those waiting to be born and that they may be welcomed and protected. Strengthen our sick and our elders, waiting to see Your holy face at life's end, that they may be accompanied by true compassion and cherished with the dignity due those who are infirm and fragile.

We praise and thank You for the gift of liberty. May this land of the free never lack those brave enough to defend our basic freedoms. Renew in all our people a profound respect for religious liberty - the first, most cherished freedom - bequeathed upon us at our founding. May our liberty be in harmony with truth, freedom ordered in goodness and justice. Help us live our freedom in faith, hope, and love. Make us ever grateful for those who for over two centuries have given their lives in freedom's defense. We commend their noble souls to Your eternal care as even now we beg the protection of Your mighty arm upon our men and women in uniform.

We praise and thank You for giving us the life and liberty by which we can pursue happiness. Show us anew that happiness is found only in respecting the laws of nature and of nature's God. Empower us with Your grace so that we might resist the temptation to replace the moral law with idols of our own making, or to remake those institutions You've given us for the nurturing of life and community.

May we welcome those who yearn to breathe free and to pursue happiness in this land of freedom, adding their gifts to those whose families have lived here for centuries.

We praise and thank You for the American genius of government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Oh God of wisdom, justice, and might, we ask Your guidance for those who govern us: President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joseph Biden, Congress, the Supreme Court, and on all those, including Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan, who seek to serve the common good by seeking public office. Make them all worthy to serve You by serving our country. And help them remember that the only just government is the government that serves its citizens rather than itself.

With Your grace, may all Americans choose wisely as we consider the future course of public policy.

And finally, Lord, we beseech Your benediction on all of us who depart from here this evening, and on all those in every land who yearn to conduct their lives in freedom and justice.

We beg You to remember, as we pledge to remember, those who are not free; those who suffer for freedom's cause; those who are poor, out of work, needy, sick, or alone; those who are persecuted for their religious convictions; those still ravaged by war.

And most of all, God Almighty, we thank You for the great gift of our beloved country, for we are indeed one nation, under God, and in God we trust. So dear God, bless America - You who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

"That zombie is badgering the witness."

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Okhrana's toadies' hatred for the handicapped knows no bounds.

Remember his Special Olympics "joke" on Letterman's show? There is something seriously wrong with any man who hates and fears others who are different...

Wait, I forgot. He's a totalitarian. That explains everything.

From AP via Yahoo News:

Disabled Californis boy not allowed to board airplane

A California family not allowed to board a cross-country flight said Tuesday that they believe they were discriminated against because their son has Down syndrome.

Robert Vanderhorst, his wife Joan and 16-year-old son Bede, who is disabled, were booked to fly on an American Airlines flight from Newark to Los Angeles on Sunday when the boy and his parents were not allowed on the plane.

The family from Porterville had upgraded to first class tickets at an airport kiosk, and asked the airline to seat the boy and one of his parents together, Vanderhorst said — a request the airline granted.

When the family was ready to board, they were stopped by airline personnel, told their son was a "security risk" and would not be allowed on the flight. The parents protested, and later were rebooked to fly coach with another airline.

American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said the disabled boy was agitated and running around the gate area prior to boarding, which his parents dispute. The airplane's pilot observed the boy, Miller said, and made the call based on his behavior.

"He was not ready to fly, that was our perspective," Miller said. "We rebooked the family out of concern for the young man's safety and that of other passengers as well."

But Vanderhorst said his son did not run at any time, did not make any loud noises and didn't display any other offensive behaviors. The boy walked around with him or sat quietly in the gate area, Vanderhorst said.

A cell phone video captured by the boy's mother shows Bede sitting and quietly playing with a baseball cap.

Vanderhorst said Bede, a freshman at Granite Hills High School in Porterville, about 70 miles from Fresno, is very charming in contact with other people. The family has flown more than two dozen times with him, without any difficulties.

"Usually my son gets his snack and falls asleep, just like most people," Vanderhorst said. "The problem is this pilot thought my son might not be like most people. He didn't want a disabled person disturbing other passengers in first class."

The family says the pilot might have also been affected by the disabled boy's size — Bede is 5'1 and weighs 160 lbs.

On the second airplane, the family was placed in the last row and no passengers were allowed to sit within two rows of them, Vanderhorst said.

He hoped that airlines would change their mentality when dealing with the disabled.

"It's ridiculous and groundless to claim that this kid created a security risk," he said. "It was the pilot's insecurity. I paid for those seats and there was nothing that should have prevented us from taking that flight."

American Airlines' Miller said the company will reimburse the family for the upgrade fees.

The Michael and Cathryn Borden Memorial Book of the Day.*

Dwayne Wade seems to have learned a few things over the years.

Mr. Wade's book is available from Amazon...

A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball

 

From Businessweek:

NBA All-Star Dwayne Wade is a father first


Dwyane Wade has had the kind of career you would expect of an NBA superstar—mega contract, Olympic gold medal winner, two NBA championships, the latest this past season with the Miami Heat as part of the triumvirate with LeBron James and Chris Bosh. What might surprise you is he’s a passionate family man and the author of the just released A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball. Wade talked with Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel about the book, his family, managing money, and playing with two other superstars.

You are a world-famous athlete and you spent time creating boundaries so you can live a private life and go about your business. Then you decided to write a book that is excruciatingly private in some places. Tell us why you decided to do that.

My mother always told me when I was young that my life was bigger than basketball. She wanted me to look further. Having this platform, I wanted to shed some light on my situation, on my upbringing. And in a different way, tell about how we can all go through these things and you can still come out and be this person. But even when you become that person, you’re still going to have other things. A lot of kids see you, and they say, “Oh well, you have money, everything should be fine.” But it’s not. So just telling different stories about that, sharing my experience, and shedding light on it.

In your book, you talk about your estrangement from your wife, and it got incredibly personal. I’ve read many private memoirs, but there are things in there that you must have paused over when deciding what to include.

Well, that’s very mild, what’s in the book. I left a lot out. The message I want to portray to my kids is, it’s not their fault. Their lives are public in the sense their parents’ lives are public. We had to deal with the divorce and a public custody battle. I never spoke ill of their mother. It’s not about me; it’s not about her. I never made it about us. I was fighting to be a father in my kids’ lives. And the rest of it, she threw at me. I stuck to my principles of what I believe in and what is most important. And it was those two kids.

What was your relationship with your father like?

I look at it different now. We still work on it. When I was younger my dad was the drill sergeant, you know, things were the way he said it, when he said it, how he said it. I respected that. But he wasn’t loving. Dad never gave me a hug, never said I love you. It was weird, ’cause I got a [text] message from him today, and I was like, this is the nicest thing he ever said to me. Thirty years later.

Maybe he just needed text to loosen up.

Yeah, he was waiting on text messaging. I do look back on the relationship that we did have, and even though I hated it at the time, I do respect it and understand that everything happens for a reason. I wouldn’t be the person I am if I didn’t have that structure he tried to set for me.

Your parents divorced when you were pretty young. How much of that—living in separate households—influenced your decision to push as hard as you did for custody?

It influenced everything. I wanted to be the one to break, as my sister always said, the generational curse of my family. I was able to do that when it comes to the financial side. But I wanted to do everything else different, too. I got married the same day my mom and dad got married. I didn’t even plan it. My mom and dad got divorced with my sister being five and me a couple of months old. I got divorced with my kids at that same age. It’s just weird how stuff worked out the same way. I tried to not be the same person, and I’m not the same person. But you do some similar things and you don’t even know you’re doing it.

You endured the longest child custody case in the history of Cook County. What was the day-to-day impact on your family and on your career? How did you manage it?

My family was very supportive. Not having my boys around, not being able to have relationships with them, not having them on Father’s Day, just different things, my family saw my hurt, they saw my pain. I think what it did for our family is make us closer. I couldn’t be in Chicago all the time for court. So my mom would go and my sister would go. They supported me. So family is huge.

I want to frame this in a HR perspective. You have a boss, Pat Riley, who seems very understanding and compassionate. Like, a lovely, sweet man. You’re going through this incredibly difficult time. This is a full-time endeavor for you. Did you talk to him about it? Did you explain what you would be going through? Did you have any sense at that point how long it would be going on?

My divorce went on for about four years. And my custody battle went on for three years. That was a long time ago. But the organization was very understanding. As long as my play wasn’t dropping on the court and I was still able to perform and I wasn’t bringing any baggage from the standpoint of how I was behaving, they were 100 percent on board with everything I needed to do. It was great to have their support. That loving, huggable, cuddling Mr. Pat Riley, he was very supportive—patting me on the back when I needed and giving me advice at the same time. I used some of his wisdom, some of his advice.

At some point your sons Zion and Zaire are going to read this book. What do you think they’re going take away from that?

I put it down in a book, through my eyes, the things I dealt with, and my successes and my failures as well. Hopefully they can learn from it. Hopefully they can find an appreciation of where they are and where their life would be. When they reach a certain age, they can see how much work they have to continue to do to keep this.

A couple years ago you had a decision to make. It could have made your personal life a little bit easier. You’re a free agent; you could have signed with Chicago where your kids lived at that time. You decided not to. Take us through the calculus of that decision.

It was tough. My ideal of becoming an NBA player came from the Chicago Bulls, growing up watching Michael Jordan and great players who came to Chicago to win six championships. So going back there and having the opportunity in a city you grew up in, it was playing on my emotions. Obviously my kids were there, it was the opportunity that I could see them more. But not being in that city while I was dealing with all this [the divorce and custody battle], I was able to go to Miami and get away from everything. In Chicago there was a lot going on. In a sense, it became about that. But also, you want to be with an organization and a team that really wants you, that really showed that they want you. Miami showed me that since day one. It was just about loyalty that I have and that they have to me.

How dizzying is the experience of getting all these people who will say, “We’re going to pay you the most money we can pay you—let’s get that out of the way.” What is it like to be wanted on that scale?

We all have egos. It massages the ego very, very well. It was awesome.

Everyone knows how that free agency situation played out. A little bit was made of the fact that you and LeBron James and Chris Bosh sacrificed to play together. And, in fact, you make the least of the three players.

Yeah.

Given where you came from—you grew up in legitimate poverty—does it feel like a sacrifice to take a half million dollars less than the maximum allowed to make something like that happen?

In the dollar sense, I’m blessed beyond my imagination. Obviously, we all work very hard, and you want to be compensated for what you feel your talents are. But you get to a point in your career when you say, “You know what? I want to win.” It became clear to me winning was more important than the dollar amount. That’s what it boiled down to. I could have the most money that any team could have paid me. But I decided not to do that. I decided to bring others in, and that made the pot a lot smaller. But that made the opportunity a lot bigger for the future. That’s a decision that not a lot of people understand. I don’t expect them to understand.

What made you think this recipe of three players was going be the most successful?

I didn’t know. I had no idea. I have a great relationship with both of these guys. For one thing, it was to play with guys who are my friends. But also, these guys are great players. I know what they bring to the game. I know how dynamic we can be together. But I never thought about how hard it would be. We didn’t know the backlash we were going to get. We didn’t know that no one was going to understand we were doing this because we wanted to. Maybe at times we questioned, is this going to work? But we stuck together so we had to make it work.

Was there a moment when you thought, “Oh, maybe people aren’t rooting for us anymore?” 

The first game of the season is when you really get to feel it. We ran out in Boston, came out of that tunnel, and I’ve heard boos before, but this was something different. And it lasted a long time.

Yeah, like two years, right?

Yeah, it lasted like two years. We really got a chance to sense that people weren’t rooting for us in Cleveland. That was like out of a movie. It was unbelievable to look at someone’s face and see real hatred. You start to understand how important sports are [to a community]. I never thought about it until that point. In Cleveland, the business took a hit. A lot of families, the way they eat, they weren’t eating anymore. You start thinking about all these things, and I get why it’s anger.

When you were coming into the league, how much did you know about personal finance and the business of the league?

I knew nothing. Took me a long time to figure it out.

What was your reaction the first time you actually saw an NBA paycheck? Did you know what to do with it, where to invest it?

I’m not going to say I knew what to do with it. But I knew how to do something with it. I remember getting my first check. It was a humbling moment because my first check was more than my father made in probably two years. It humbled me to think about how many kids he raised and how we were even able to live.

There’s a sad history of guys like Antoine Walker and others who really are among the most talented basketball players in the world, they get paid, and then it all goes away. Is there a conversation about that among players, about ways to avoid it?

When I first came to the league, it wasn’t a topic of conversation. A lot of guys keep to themselves, they’re individuals. I played with Antoine Walker, and I never knew he had financial problems. It was two years after I played with him that the story came out.
People are still making the same mistakes, and I understand why. I went from making $210 a month in college to roughly $100,000 every two weeks. What do I do with that? You feel like, “I’ve worked for this. I’ve earned this. It’s mine. You can’t tell me nothing.” 
That was my mentality early on. You get in a situation where you don’t have the money when you’re done because it’s fast money. Dramatic things have to happen to some guys to say, “I need to stop this.” My divorce was that moment for me. I was like, “O.K., this is not the life I want to live. This is not how I want my kids to live, way beyond my sport playing days.” So it clicked.

For the first time in the finals I actually heard someone say, “Well, you know, Wade is entering the later years of his career.” And I just thought, “Wow, that is brutal.” So first of all, how do you see the next trajectory of your career? And then, what do you want to do with the rest of your life?

Well, on the first part, it’s weird because when you’re 27, they say you’re in the prime. Then when you’re 30, you’re done. It’s three years. It’s amazing to me.
What I will continue to do is try to walk through the doors that have been opened from playing professional sports. When I first came to the NBA, I probably would have said I wanted to be in broadcasting, ’cause that’s what I did in school. Now I have so many other areas in so many fields that I’m into and that I love, the sky’s the limit. I’m at the point now I’m just seeing what sticks. I’m having fun with it all.

 *Huh? Look here.

Hey, how about that!

Today is the 46th anniversary of the beginning of Star Trek and the 33rd anniversary of the start of ESPN.

Which empire is more evil?

The good guys fight back, or, Propaganda in defense of reality.

2016: Obama's America 

 2016 Obama's America takes audiences on a gripping visual journey into the heart of the world’s most powerful office to reveal the struggle of whether one man's past will redefine America over the next four years. The film examines the question, "If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?"

 

   

 

 

Across the globe and in America, people in 2008 hungered for a leader who would unite and lift us from economic turmoil and war. True to America’s ideals, they invested their hope in a new kind of president, Barack Obama. What they didn't know is that Obama is a man with a past, and in powerful ways that past defines him--who he is, how he thinks, and where he intends to take America and the world. 












Immersed in exotic locales across four continents, best selling author Dinesh D’Souza races against time to find answers to Obama’s past and reveal where America will be in 2016. During this journey he discovers how Hope and Change became radically misunderstood, and identifies new flashpoints for hot wars in mankind’s greatest struggle. The journey moves quickly over the arc of the old colonial empires, into America’s empire of liberty, and we see the unfolding realignment of nations and the shape of the global future. 

Emotionally engaging, 2016 Obama’s America will make you confounded and cheer as you discover the mysteries and answers to your greatest aspirations and worst fears. 

Love him or hate him, you don’t know him.
 

About the Filmmakers

Gerald R. Molen

Gerald Molen has produced many of the most memorable films in the last three decades including blockbusters like Jurassic Park, Twister, Days of Thunder, Hook and Minority Report. He was a producer for the Academy Award winning film Schindler’s List and co-producer for Rain Man which won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Dinesh D’Souza

Born in Mumbai, India Dinesh D'Souza has truly lived the American Dream. He moved to the United States to attend Dartmouth College and upon graduation he went to work in the Reagan White House as a policy analyst.

He has been a fellow of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and the American Enterprise Institute. He is also the author of the New York Times Bestseller The Roots of Obama’s Rage. His other book titles include the popular What’s So Great About Christianity, Letters to a Young Conservative, and The End of Racism. He is a popular speaker and has appeared on Hannity, The Colbert Report, Glenn Beck and Politically Incorrect.

Benito's dream realized: A nation of grateful hamburger flipping sheep.

From National Journal via Yahoo News:

Recovery Growth Largely in Low-Wage Jobs 

Although the economy shed thousands of middle-wage jobs during the Great Recession, the bulk of the employment gains since then have been in low-wage arenas such as retail, food-service, and home-care industries, according to a new report released by the National Employment Law Project, a liberal research group.

Low-wage jobs, defined as those that pay no more than $13.83 an hour, accounted for 21 percent of recession job losses but have accounted for 58 percent of the recovery growth.

At the same time, middle-wage occupations (jobs with an average hourly rate between $13.84 and $21.13) accounted for 60 percent of the jobs losses, yet accounted for only 22 percent of the job growth, according to the NELP study which analyzed federal census and labor data. The report largely used the Current Population Survey, which is a joint project of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau.

The figures also showed that high-wage paying jobs (those paying from $21.14 and up to $54.55) experienced strong growth.

The uneven recovery means that long-term income and wealth inequality in the U.S. will continue to increase for years to come, according to the study.

Among the low-wage jobs that will continue to see more growth by 2020 are retail personnel, food-preparation worker, office clerk, and grounds-maintenance worker—for which the annual gross salary would be no more than $28,350 in current dollars, according to the report.

“The recovery continues to be skewed toward low-wage jobs, reinforcing the rise in inequality and America’s deficit of good jobs,” Annette Bernhardt, NELP’s policy codirector, said in a statement.

But the shrinking middle-wage occupations are part of a longer-term trend,  according to a New York Times report. Continuing government layoffs factor into the downward movement of those who were once middle-wage earners.

There are 586,000 fewer government jobs now than in December 2008, a Wall Street Journal article reported, citing Labor Department figures. The government sector has continued to shed jobs in public schools as well as local and state agencies. For example, about 15,000 government jobs were lost in April, according to WSJ.

A vast majority of Americans (89 percent) believe that the foremost ticket to the middle class is a secure job, trumping education, homeownership, and stock and bond investments, an August Pew Research Center study found. The nationwide survey of 2,508 adults didn’t address wages.

More pre-planned horror from America's first domestic terrorist president.

Noted commie agit-prop organ Roto-Reuters blames the Fed, not the ears:

Just 96K jobs: Fed may be forced to act

 All emphasis below is mine.


Jobs growth slowed more than expected in August, setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to pump additional money into the sluggish economy next week and dealing a blow to President Obama as he seeks reelection in November.

Nonfarm payrolls increased only 96,000 last month, the Labor Department said on Friday. While the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July, it was largely due to Americans giving up the search for work.

Watch the commie creep crow about that 0.2 "drop".

The report's weak tenor was also underscored by revisions to June and July data to show 41,000 fewer jobs created than previously reported. The labor force participation rate, or the percentage of Americans who either have a job or are looking for one, fell to 63.5 percent -- the lowest since September 1981.

The lackluster report keeps the pressure on Obama ahead of the November vote in which the health of the economy looms large.

Economists polled by Reuters had expected payrolls to rise 125,000 last month, but some had pushed their forecasts higher after upbeat data on Thursday.

The economy has experienced three years of growth since the 2007-09 recession, but the expansion has been grudging and the jobless rate has held above 8 percent for more than three years -- the longest stretch since the Great Depression.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke last week said the labor market's stagnation was a "grave concern," a comment that raised expectations for a further easing of monetary policy as soon as the central bank's meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.

The jobless rate peaked at 10 percent in October 2009, but progress reducing it stalled this year, threatening Obama's bid for a second term. An online Reuters/Ipsos poll on Thursday gave Republican Challenger Mitt Romney a 1-point edge on Obama, 45 percent to 44 percent.

The lack of headway putting Americans back to work has also put the question of further monetary stimulus on the table at the Fed. The central bank has held interest rates close to zero for nearly four years and pumped about $2.3 trillion into the economy through two bouts of bond buying.

The weak report makes it more likely that the Fed will launch a third round of bond purchases next week. Since the beginning of the year, job growth has averaged 139,000 per month, compared with an average monthly gain of 153,000 in 2011.

Economists blame fears of the so-called U.S. fiscal cliff -- the $500 billion or so in expiring tax cuts and government spending reductions set to take hold at the start of next year unless Congress acts -- and Europe's long-running debt problems, for the slowdown in hiring.

Job creation last month was weak across the board, with manufacturing payrolls down 15,000, the first decline since September last year. Factory jobs were inflated in July because automobile manufacturers kept plants running when they would normally shut them for retooling, economists said.

There was little improvement in construction employment, which added 1,000 jobs. Temporary hiring fell 4,900, declining for the first time since March.

Utilities payrolls saw a snap back, adding 8,800 after being depressed by the strike of about 9,000 workers in July.

Government payrolls declined 7,000, falling for a sixth straight month.

Average hourly earnings fell one cent last month, highlighting the underlying weakness in the labor market.

The average work week was steady at 34.4 hours.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Michael Romano, Requiescat in pace.

From Philly.com:

Father dies saving son in hit-and-run on Roosevelt Blvd.

When a man five months removed from a DUI conviction came driving down Roosevelt Boulevard on Wednesday night, allegedly drunk behind the wheel again, Michael Romano's son was directly in his path. Romano made a split-second decision to save his son's life - and gave up his own.

The car, driven by Roderick Williams, 22, of the 3000 block of North 23d Street, struck Romano as he pushed his 5-year-old son out of harm's way in a southbound lane near Loney Street.

Paramedics pronounced Romano, 43, dead at the scene of the crash, which happened shortly before 11 p.m.

Romano's son was transported to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children with his mother, who was nearby but did not witness the incident, said Sgt. Lawrence Ritchie of the Accident Investigation Division. The boy was treated for minor cuts and bruises.
 
Williams pleaded guilty in March to a DUI incident from Sept. 11. Police said Williams was drunk and continued driving after striking Romano.

An off-duty officer, who happened to be driving behind Williams, witnessed the accident and pulled Williams over a few blocks later.

Williams has been charged with vehicular homicide while driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, Ritchie said, along with such related charges as leaving the scene of an accident.

A woman on the 3000 block of North 23d Street, who identified herself as Williams' grandmother, said Williams was a "pretty good boy."

Solyndra's a zombie...


'Zombie Firms' a Growing Risk for China

China is at risk of nurturing "zombie companies" as the economy continues to slow and banks are compelled to continue funding failing businesses, warns independent economist...

- CNBC via Yahoo! Malaysia News

...Slave Chinese bank or US taxpayer, what's the difference? A zombie's got to eat, after all...

Dave Barry's still alive? Talk about zombies...

Zombie Preparedness Comes to the Republican Convention



The Republican convention finally got going on Tuesday with a parade of speakers taking the stage to express the official theme of the evening: “Mitt Romney: You’re Darned Tooting He’s Human!”

Golly, Dave's still got it after all these years. Bourgeois humor at its finest.

This theme is intended to counteract what the Republicans see as their candidate’s biggest weakness, which is that when many voters look at Mitt, they do not see a regular person like themselves. They see this tall, fit, handsome, rich Mormon with a square jaw and perfect hair and a blond wife and at least 23 tall handsome clone sons; a man who appears to be calculating and reserved; a man who has never once, even at a wedding reception, gotten hammered and danced the Funky Chicken and then passed out facedown in the prime rib.

Voters see this, and they say to themselves: “This man can’t possibly relate to me and my everyday problems, such as my financial woes, my hemorrhoids, and this tendency I have to talk to myself.”

So the Republicans brought out a parade of humanizers, with the star being Mitt’s wife, Ann. She talked, movingly, about a completely different Mitt Romney, a Mitt Romney whom most people have never seen, a Mitt Romney who is funny, spontaneous, tender, laid-back, 5 feet tall, overweight, bald and—in some states— Jewish.

Huh?

Will this message resonate with the voters? I have no idea. I’m deep inside the Convention Zone, a world of intense political geekdom totally disconnected from regular Earthlings. You have no idea how weird it is in here. Newt Gingrich walks by, and people act as though it’s Brad Pitt. A person named “Piers Morgan” is HUGE. At one point, I found myself in a clot of media people running—running!—to catch up to Mike Huckabee. At least I think it was Mike Huckabee. It was definitely a large man with a comb-over. All I know is, we were after him. I found myself getting caught up in it, joining the pursuit, until
it hit me: What would I do if I actually caught him? I had no questions to ask him, except maybe, “Are you Mike Huckabee?”


VOTE FOR ROMNEY, NOT THE ZOMBIE!

It was after this incident that I realized I had to get out of the Convention Zone. So I made my way through the maze of chain-link fences and police checkpoints, out to the streets of Tampa, hoping to find some normal people. Instead I found protesters. There were maybe a hundred of them, mostly young, some wearing bandanas to protect their secret identities from ... I don’t really know. Maybe their parents.

The demonstrators were marching on a meandering route, shooting video of one another and chanting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho; poverty has got to go.” (It is a proven economic fact that if you chant this enough times, poverty, as we know it, will disappear.)

Observing the protesters were several hundred police officers, a few dozen members of the news media, a preacher instructing them through an electronic bullhorn to accept Jesus, and essentially zero members of the actual public. So, as is traditional with protests, there was no chance that anybody’s mind would be changed about anything.

At one point it appeared as though there might be a confrontation between the protesters and the police, but nobody’s heart really seemed to be in it.

Eventually it started raining and the protest melted away. I’ve seen more civil unrest at bar mitzvahs.

What's with all this Jewish stuff, Dave? Are you signaling King Goober II in Charlotte?

For me, the best part of the protest was the presence of Vermin Supreme—his legal name—who has been a candidate for president for many years and received 837 votes in the New Hampshire primary. I’m always happy to run into Vermin on the campaign trail; he’s easy to spot, because he wears a large rubber boot on his head. He also wears as many as six neckties simultaneously, although here, because of the heat, he was down to just three.

Vermin’s signature issue has long been dental hygiene—he is for it—but he told me that he has recently added zombie preparedness and awareness. 

Finally we get to the good stuff.

He said he wants “to harness the awesome power of zombies” by putting them on treadmills and using them to generate electricity. He notes, “There has never been an accident resulting from a zombie escape from a licensed zombie-generating facility.”

You cannot argue with that.

And now for some late-breaking convention updates:

WORLD’S LONGEST CONTINUOUS SIDEWALK: As of this morning, Tampa still holds the record.

MYSTERY SPEAKER: Rumor here is that there will be a mystery speaker on Thursday night, the idea being that the element of surprise will keep the news media interested in the convention. I think this might work, but only if they pick the right speaker. It needs to be somebody with something to say, somebody with real ideas, and—above all—somebody with footwear on his head.

Finally! A GOOD reason to kill your child.

 Nope, guess again. It's cystic fibrosis.

European court nixes Italy embryo screening ban

Italy's ban on screening embryos for diseases before they are implanted in a womb violates the rights of a couple whose first child was born with cystic fibrosis, the European Court of Human Rights ruled...
- AP via Yahoo! News

What do you do when you can't find 74,000 sodomites, babykillers, commies, thieves, liars, heretics, and assorted other perverts to fill an outdoor stadium?

Scream "40% chance of rain" and use the 20,000 morons you already have to fill the indoor arena.

From Yahoo News:

Obama moves speech indoors

 Citing "severe weather forecasts," the Democratic National Convention Committee announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama would move his prime-time acceptance speech from Bank of America Stadium to a smaller, indoor venue nearby.

They'd sound more credible if they claimed Bush made it rain on their Nuremberg II.

"We have been monitoring weather forecasts closely and several reports predict thunderstorms in the area, therefore we have decided to move Thursday's proceedings to Time Warner Cable Arena to ensure the safety and security of our delegates and convention guests," DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan said in a statement.

Republicans had questioned whether Obama could fill the stadium's 73,778 seats (and needled Democrats for holding their big event in a venue named for a bank associated with unpopular Wall Street bailouts). Kerrigan's statement said 65,000 people had signed up for "community credentials" to see the president speak.

The godless [he'd be better off if he were a mohammedan] jug-eared egomaniacal Murderer-In-Thief spits in the eye of the Almighty.

Heck, at least ol' Goober II was just trying to get laid...ah, the simpler times of yesteryear...

From Examiner.com:

Democrats remove 'God' from DNC platform, insert Obama's name over 100 times

While Barack Obama is mentioned by name over 100 times, God is no longer part of the Democratic Party platform, CBN reported Tuesday.

In 2008, the party platform read:
We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.
But that plank has been rewritten to remove the phrase "God-given."

"We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us,” the platform now reads.






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When God wanted to make a statement, the Bible cites the flood of Noah, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the parting of the Red Sea as examples of His work. While His intervention in American politics is rare, the latest act of God may be a troubling sign for President Barack Obama.

According to a report by the Washington Times, a freak rainstorm has severely damaged a giant sand sculpture of Barack Obama erected at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Mount Rushmore-like sculpture, which had been dubbed "Mount Obama," collapsed on its right side, and suffered major surface damage. The head and left side remained largely intact while workers frantically tried to repair the sculpture Saturday afternoon.


Even though the sand sculpture was covered, the sudden thunderstorm that popped up Saturday afternoon was so intense, winds blew rain sideways into the sculpture, causing most of the water damage. The sculpture was created by artist Mark Mason, and was erected just outside the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

Republicans had criticized the sculpture as indicative of the President's ego, and its destruction could be seen as a heavenly endorsement of Gov. Mitt Romney. Even those who do not believe the "divine retribution" theory will likely see the irony that the environment or global warming may have caused Mount Obama's downfall.


Bovine blasphemy, buggery, and 'bortion.

Some sycophantic cow from Yahoo named Virginia Heifernan [Ok, it's Heffernan. but how could I resist that one?] slurps the jackbooted hooves of The First Hair Straightener:

Michelle Obama’s literary turn: Finally, a convention speech with a real plot

Exhibit B: Partyin' with the Party of Blasphemy, Buggery, and 'Bortion.


Democrats charge Republicans with "war on women" at convention

 

Battle-tested, female war vets run for Congress

It's ironic that Tammy Duckworth is part of the babykilling über alles crowd 'cause she looks like a girl who was the victim of an an abortion - except somebody cared enough to save her life after some evil motherfucker ripped off her legs and arm.

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 She is now ready to become part of the ignoble tradition of warriors who return from battle, get into politics, and proceed to do everything in their power to enslave their countrymen. [I was going to add "from Julius Caesar to Wesley Clark", but that would have shortchanged so many dictator wannabees in between. See how many you can name, kiddies.] May God have mercy on her soul.

 

DNC Set to Feature Sandra Fluke

 

Democratic Convention To Highlight Abortion Rights, Women's Health

 

Exhibit A: Reality

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First of all, the word is SEX, not GENDER. If you are ever tempted to use the word GENDER, don't. The word is SEX! SEX! SEX! SEX! For example: "My sex is male." is correct. "My gender is male." means nothing. Look it up. What kind of sick neo-Puritan nonsense is this? Idiot left-fascists, get your blood-soaked paws off the English language. Hence I am choosing "male" under protest.

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