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I voted 'a little bit.' Thought it was amusing with last night's speeches when Ann Romney was all 'love love love' & Christie was all 'Grr! Respect!' Christie is a bully & doesn't show respect to reporters when he's asked the hard questions. He singles them out & call them idiots.
Tom Brokaw had the best line of the night when he said Mitt's attempts at humor make Al Gore look like a stand-up comedian.
Christie is a victum of where he is from; it's that brash North New Jerse/NYC attitude that is in full display when he is on center stage. Think, Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Housewives of New Jersey, Jersey Girl, ,Momma' s Boys of the Bronx, Long Island Medium, etc., etc. Lived in Southern New Jersey for many years, different (and civilized) from upstate! Not sure he said anything other than tooting his own horn, not much about Romney; cannot imagine anybody (away from New Jersry) following this Pied Piper.
Ann, obviously a nice person, but how can she talk about relating to the plight of women when the 99% of others cannot relate to her situation. Two Cadillacs, houses all over the country, too much saccharine blabber about her hubby, a guy that has zero personality, net worth 300Million, never held a job (I know, raising 5 sons with nannys counts), but, buying necessities, but relating to others and worrying about her budget. Why, none of the 5 sons have ever served their country in some fashion (Mormon proselyting does not count), all priveleged silver spooners.
I voted no before remembering the exemplary coverage I've enjoyed on The Daily Show. So my vote is still no Re: taking the convention with any serious regard, except for watching the republicans being laughingly skewered. I'm sure the democrats will receive the same respectful treatment.
If the Republicans want to help America they can line up on the coast and talk, the hot air from their distortions and misconceptions will push Hurricane Issac away and save Mississippi.
Who wants to watch a bunch of middle aged white men with ever growing flag lapel pins trying to prove who is more conservative....where's the beef? If you read for understanding and not on emotions their plan does not help the middle class in the long run. My friends in Canada say what is going on in your country?
I did get a chuckle out of Romney's zinger when Brian Williams was trying to play journalist. Ha!
Oh, a Republican convention? Isn't that quaint? What are they doing, arguing about how to lower taxes for the rich and stick it to us middle classers? I am sure they will find a way and some foolish Kansans will vote for them. Certainly not the seniors, I mean do you really want to lose your medicare and social security? they will do it to ya!
Romney/Ryan claim to dislike government yet they spend their lives on government tax dollar payrolls.
That is evidence that big government is not the evil critter that they portray. Why are they lying to the nation?
This book 13 Bankers - The Wall Street Takeover/and the next Financial Meltdown lays it all out.
Nothing has changed thanks to more than 1000 lobbyists and white collar bank executives who wrote any new legislation. Insiders are saying there are many many many loopholes'which essentially allow BIG BANKS to operate "business as usual".
Lots of new risky toys for the wealthy to play with knowing tax payers will pick up the pieces as they walk away with loads and loads and loads of dough. Never being forced to pay it all back.
Between 1985-1992 over 2000 banks failed in the Reagan/Bush savings and loan crisis. Home loans and a consequence of deregulation,mismanagement and fraud. The Federal Home Loan Bank Board failed to act which Reagan could have ordered.
In 1989 Congress passed Financial Institutions Reform,Recovery and Enhancement Act to prevent any such activity from taking place again so said George HW Bush.
This act abolished the home loan bank board only to replace with the Office of Thrift Supervision. On the day President GHW Bush was on TV to make all sorts of wild declarations the people who worked for the home loan bank board went across the street to a hotel to watch GHW on TV. Watch they did as he trashed their agency. When the speech was over the employees returned to their jobs. Soon someone came by to change
the sign on the door which is the only change that actually took place.
This is of course the Office of Thrift Supervision that did nothing regarding AIG,Countrywide Mortgage Lenders and Washington Mutual all massive failures. Essentially the BUSHCO affair was a repeat performance.
13 Bankers is saying it will happen again. The seeds are sown. And a new repub admin could return to the white house for another episode.
13 Bankers is the source.
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As the Republican National Convention opened on Tuesday in Tampa, thousands of journalists were there to cover the story. At the same time, secretive meetings were being held behind closed doors across the city that could determine who wins the election in November.
According to the Huffington Post, at one such meeting on Tuesday, the Karl Rove-founded Crossroads groups, representatives of the billionaires Charles and David Koch, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce huddled at a local hotel to coordinate efforts to spend tens of millions more on television ads and voter turnout in their effort to defeat President Obama.
We speak to investigative journalist Peter Stone, whose latest article for the Huffington Post is called "RNC 2012: GOP Shadow Groups Eclipsing Party in Tampa."
On another front...
Controversy erupted on the convention floor when a dispute broke out over whether to seat the delegates of presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.
Supportive members of other delegations rose to their feet and hollered their objections, angered by new rules that they say will make it harder for grassroots candidates to stand a chance in future elections.
AMY GOODMAN: The RNC responded by replacing 10 of them, enough to prevent Ron Paul from being nominated from the floor.
Some analysts suggest the move was made to portray a unified front among Republicans going into the November elections, even at the cost of marginalizing less powerful Republican candidates. But others maintained the decision rightly offset earlier efforts by Ron Paul supporters to gain a disproportionate number of delegates.
DEENA GUZDER: Delegates were upset over a number of rule changes. One of them would allow the presumptive nominees to replace elected delegates of their choosing.
DELEGATE: Mr. Chairman!
DELEGATES: Point of order! Point of order! Point of order!
HARRISON WHITAKER: It’s unfair to us. We sat here and objected. He said, "Are there any objections?" We objected. And, you know, it’s like, why even ask the question at that point?
JORGE LANDIVAR: Maine got screwed of half their delegates—more than half, actually. That’s why their governor is not here today, because he said he wouldn’t come down unless their delegates got seated. Half of them got taken away, and they were put in—replaced by people that the Republican Party—the RNC picked.
DEENA GUZDER: Several members of the Maine delegation walked off the floor in protest after the convention decided to replace 10 of its 24 delegates. Others on the floor were equally outraged. Kevin Erickson is a delegate from Minnesota.
KEVIN ERICKSON: What this means is that the states will no longer retain the right, under the new rules, to elect their delegates and have them stand. A presumptive nominee will be able to unseat an entire state’s delegates if they don’t like who’s on the slate.
Giving a presidential candidate veto power over a state’s delegation means that future conventions will not have a dissenting voice.
We won’t be able to bring motions and amendments to our platform. We won’t be able to speak for people who believe differently. You’re taking a broad tent and a grassroots party, and you’re turning it into a dictatorship that will be run by a few people with a lot of money. And average, ordinary people like myself will be out of luck and out of a voice.
DEENA GUZDER: Party officials sought the rule change after Ron Paul supporters used arcane state party rules to claim a disproportionate share of delegates. Janet Barresi is an Oklahoma delegate.
Christie says we should not debate how all our troubles started. That's a good idea. That way we can forget that massive tax cuts for the wealthy, two unnecessary never ending wars, and wall street deregulation - all Republican initiatives - led to the collapse of the economy which President Obama is trying to fix.
well i be... i'll wait till they get a hold on what they really want to say; october!!
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