Gosh, who would’ve thought the Obama camp might use this for political benefit?
Gosh, who would’ve thought the Obama camp might use this for political benefit?
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“No one can honestly deny the impact that no-fault divorce has had on children and the institution of the family. Within 20 years of the introduction of no-fault divorce, we saw the acceleration of cohabitation, single-parent homes, and unintended pregnancies. By the time Americans recognized their mistake, it was too late. Let’s hope the same isn’t true for our brave men and women in uniform.”
– Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, on the potential adverse ramifications of the military’s reversal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy last year.
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Survivalist Tip: We are now at a critical stage in the countdown; less than 100 days until the start of Baktun 12. September is National Preparedness Month, a declaration made official by President Obama on August 31. Considering how badly most survivalists despise politicians, this is an otherwise smart move on a president who began his career as a lawyer – an equally despicable species of human. For North America, however, some of the most powerful hurricanes have struck during the month of September. Since the ancient Mayans were able to track these storms without satellites or radar, the true survivalist won’t take this notice lightly – and neither should you.
Therefore, refer once again to your comprehensive list of survivalist gear and paraphernalia. By December 21, you should have ample supplies of bottled water, flashlights, generators, batteries, rain gear, chocolate and other necessities. After all, if the president of the United States has a survivalist mentality, shouldn’t you?
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The 1967 Dodge Charger is the epitome of American muscle cars. It introduced the 440 Magnum engine, which became a standard feature in many high-performance cars produced in the U.S. Aimed at sports car enthusiasts, the 1967 Dodge Charger even made its way onto NASCAR race tracks. The top engine option was still the 426 Hemi, which had 425hp. But, the full engine line-up included the base 318 with 230hp, the 383 with 325hp and the 440 with 375hp. The 1967 Charger is also much rarer than the 1966 model, since only 15,788 were built.
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“Because when you give a speech, you don’t give a laundry list. You talk about the things that you think are important.”
– Mitt Romney, in response to a question from Fox News’ Bret Baier on why he didn’t mention the troops in his August 30 convention speech.
Romney may be in a statistical tie with President Obama among likely voters, but he’s already won the ‘Asshole of the Year’ contest as far as I’m concerned. Note to Romney: our troops aren’t a laundry list! They’re flesh and blood human beings who have sacrificed more than you’ll ever know; just so you and your trophy wife can build a house with an elevator for your Cadillacs. But, I guess we should expect as much from a draft dodger in the same mold as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
There’s an old saying in Washington, D.C., that presidents spend their first four years in the Oval Office running for reelection and the second four building their legacy. The ratification of the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1951 limits the president to two four-year terms. Its genesis was the tenure of Franklin D. Roosevelt who won a remarkable four consecutive elections and, as the beleaguered Archie Bunker once said, “[held] onto the job like the Pope.”
Currently, there are twenty-seven amendments to the U.S. Constitution; the last one, proposed in 1789 and not ratified until 1992, preventing laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect until the beginning of the next session of Congress.
After struggling to watch and digest both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, I propose a twenty-ninth amendment: a U.S. president’s term shall be limited to one six-year stint. Six years and that’s it! You’re done; finished; complete. You can start writing your biography and building your library. If it’s good enough for México, it’s good enough for the United States.
Every incumbent president since Richard Nixon has spent way too much time and energy during their fourth full year in office hoping to keep the position. Ronald Reagan almost dropped dead during his reelection campaign because he was so old and feeble, and apparently Bill Clinton got so sexually frustrated during his that he ended up feeding an intern the hard way. Okay, those are just my opinions, but seriously folks! As the symbolic leader of the free world, in a nation with the oldest constitution on Earth, our president needs to be focused on the tasks at hand.
President Obama, for example, keeps trying to explain why the U.S. economy is still so bad, while still trying to fix it. He’s squeezing campaign stops in between deciding whether to drop a bomb on Syria, or send in the Marines. If we had that one six-year term deal in effect and Obama had been elected, say in 2006, he’d already be scheduling sessions with his ghost writer and consulting with the Chinese architects for his library in downtown Chicago. Then, he could say to hell with it and drop that bomb on Syria and not worry if it’s going to piss off the coveted Syrian-American vote.
If anything, our presidents won’t leave office looking so old and frazzled. They could actually get more sleep during that fourth year in office because they won’t be up for reelection. They could still build a grand legacy during six whole years in office. Of course, they usually spend the remainder of their lives trying to defend it.
I’m not a political scientist, or even a journalist. I’m just an average American citizen who’s grown tired of the sludge fests that have accompanied our national elections over the past twenty years or so. But, I’d still like to get some feedback on this proposal. What do you think?
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Silver Spoons and Golden Butt Plugs
While George W. Bush may have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth – to paraphrase the late great Ann Richards – Mitt Romney was born with a golden plug up his ass. In case you just woke up from a coma or have been spending too much time watching the Kardashian clowns, you know that Romney has been busted disrespecting nearly half the American population. During a private fund raiser at the home of a wealthy Florida benefactor this past May, Romney said, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.”
Someone in the crowd surreptitiously videotaped Romney’s speech, but only now has it come to light. Gosh, if a rich White guy isn’t safe saying whatever he wants in the home of an affluent supporter, where can he be safe? I mean, what a cruel world!
In one respect, Romney is correct: some people will vote for Obama no matter what. And, some people will vote for Romney regardless of what he says or does. In either case, they have that right. That’s the beauty of a truly democratic society; people can vote for whichever politician they choose and not feel compelled to explain it to anyone.
But, once again, Romney proves just how far removed he is from American reality. While he and his family lounge on their luxury yacht that flies the Grand Cayman flag, the average U.S. citizen – that loathsome “47 percent” – continues to struggle with joblessness, low wages and / or high medical costs. He seems to have the same understanding of what us lowly common folk experience every day as – well – as the Kardashians. I guess when you live in an ivory tower, everything on the outside looks like a garbage landfill.
That “47 percent” comprises not just nearly half the American population, they include many folks who vote Republican. They’re retirees who paid plenty of taxes during their working lives and military veterans whose pay is tax exempt. Since Mitt Romney – like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney – dodged the draft during the Vietnam War and Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life, neither can relate to many souls in that “47 percent.”
But, that “47 percent” includes people like me who have struggled to find work in a fragile economy brought on by conservative Republican financial incompetence and my parents who – between them – have put in a century’s worth of work and rely upon Social Security and Medicare just to stay alive. None of us has a million dollar trust fund. We didn’t get a $77,000 tax credit like Ann Romney’s dressage horse. But, we don’t ask for that either. We don’t need millions of dollars to be happy. No one really does. Anyone who feels they need a million dollar salary just to get by is an idiot.
But, since my parents and I, along with millions of other Americans, have worked hard all our lives and done what was expected of decent, law-abiding citizens, we deserve more respect than Romney seems able – or willing – to dish out. That he made those comments during a meeting staged by a wealthy donor and where attendees paid $50,000 just to be able to walk in the front door shows where his interests lie. Of course, big political contests require big monetary donations – both Republican and Democrat.
In 1992, then Governor Bill Clinton appeared at a “town hall” type forum where a woman asked him if he knew the cost of certain basic essentials like a loaf of bread and a gallon of gas. Clinton answered accurately and without hesitation. It was clear he could relate to the average American. But, his prime opponent, President George H.W. Bush, couldn’t. That seems to be an attribute of most politicians and – from my independent perspective – an affliction of the vast majority of Republican politicians.
So, here’s a piece of uninvited advice to Mitt Romney from a middle class voter and tax-paying citizen: pull that golden plug out of your ass and stick it in your mouth. Have your wife and her horse help you if it’s wedged in there too tight. All that shit in unpaid taxes has backed up into your brain and obviously has no place to go. Now, happy campaigning!
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