Mitt Romney’s “47%” video taped comments is a telling reminder of just how disconnected, inept and bias this GOP nominee is. But Fox News’ defense of his fund-raising ramblings is most egregious. As everyone is now aware, a surreptitiously taped video of Mitt Romney speaking to a group of wealthy donors ($50,000 a plate, by the way) at a Boca Raton fundraiser was recently released. And much to the chagrin of the Romney campaign, his stupid remarks have continued to gain traction. So Fox News, also known as, the GOP mouthpiece or Romney HQ, was forced to go into overdrive to quash another Mitt blunder. Their first line of attack was classic third grade playground, recess antics. Finger pointing! “Mother Jones!” They shouted! “It was the left wing media that was responsible for releasing the video!” As if Romney’s insulting of half the country suddenly took a backseat because someone taped him without his knowledge. In a tireless barrage of attacks, Sean Hannity and the rest of the Conservative cast went on an endless tirade of “Romney Defense,” attacking Mother Jones and crying foul in every block of every segment of every show. Fox and Friends even going so far as to label Mother Jones as, “The magazine no one reads…” Apparently, discounting the fact Jones’s web site had nearly 2 million views in the first 12 hours of posting the Romney video. And a day later, the video had more than 5 million more hits on YouTube with nearly 350,000 Twitter posts related to “47%” or #47. In other words, Fox’s first line of defense went something like this…“Uh, yea…sure. Ok…Mitt said those things. We admit it. But you know what??? It only came out because of the left wing media.” When that didn’t go over so well Fox tried another approach. Lining up a long list of guests who chanted the mantra of, “You know…he just kind of said it wrong.” Even Mitt himself, in a hastily arranged evening press conference the day of the blunder said, “Well …it wasn’t most eloquent way of stating things…” David Alexrod, Obama’s senior advisor then Tweeted, “Q for Mitt: So how do you “elegantly state” that half of America sees themselves as “victims,” who refuse to take personal responsibility?” But Fox continued to stump for their candidate. “He was misunderstood.” “It was taken out of context.” “What he was really saying was…” they continued. Which, in turn, prompted Jon Stewart to clear it all up for us, helping us understand what Fox and their bumbling candidate was really trying to say after all. “You’re looking and hearing the cynical political condescending politicratic words he was saying…not the inspirational optimistic message…he…in retrospect…should have been meaning…it’s like, Romney Jazz! It’s the words you don’t hear…” Taken out of context? Ok, perhaps. That makes sense. But even when the 12-minute video was released in its entirety, Romney was still insulting. So Fox now needed a new line of defense. These “gotchas” are distractions, they clamored! “We can’t talk about real issues…” they screamed! “Because the media keeps talking about secret video conversations.” So what did they do next? You guessed it – Fox trotted out a video of Obama talking about redistribution of wealth. “This time, it’s President Obama who gets caught!” Fox’s Greta Van Susteren gleefully announced, as if she just discovered a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. “It’s President Obama’s turn to be haunted by something he said once upon a time.” said another Fox News anchor. Ok, so just to be clear…the Romney video is a distraction, but the Obama video clip is relevant? Why is that? Sean Hannity explains. “Mitt Romney was speaking to a group of donors waaaaaay back in May.” So when, exactly, did Obama make the redistributing video comments? That would be 1998. Regardless of who released the video it was Mitt Romney’s words that came out of it. It was undignified for a presidential candidate. He didn’t just come across as elitist and arrogant. He IS elitist and arrogant. As president of the United States you lead an entire country. Not the very few. Jon Stewart summed up the Republican and Fox News’ maxim this way. “If they have success, they built it. If they failed, the government ruined it for them. If they get a break they deserve it. If you get a break it’s a handout and an entitlement.” Thank you, Jon Stewart! Well done, you. Perhaps Fox News and Mitt Romney should start watching your show. Maybe then they’ll learn the proper way of stating something with eloquence.
Today all of India is closed. No, really. Closed. On strike. An entire country is shut down for a day in protest of some decision or other that a particular group of people doesn’t agree with. This happens periodically, and most people here don’t really give it a second thought, but to me it seems crazy – buses and trains don’t run, schools are closed, shop gates remain locked, and the streets are eerily quieter than usual.
I think today’s cessation has something to do with new restrictions on purchasing fuel…but the details seem to get a bit fuzzy in the process of coming through my tv screen and the front page of the newspaper. What does come clearly through the television screen are images of angry, passionate people. People willing to put their lives and reputations at risk to prove a point. Passionate enough about a particular issue that…
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There are many things in this world that we as people are ashamed to acknowledge, or too ignorant to realize. In this case, for many years I thought the modern day business of “human trafficking” was mere fiction, depicted in films such as “Taken” feathering Liam Nesson (a must see) …
In reality, this monstrosity is alive and prospering in the world, our country, and yes, sadly it has reached our state. Women and children are being driven up and down our interstates and we sit blinded merely by our lack of knowledge.
An alleged people trafficker cut the chest of a vulnerable 14-year-old girl with a razor during a series of “juju” witchcraft rituals aimed at terrifying young recruits into silence before selling them into prostitution across Europe, a court heard yesterday.
Osezua Osolase recruited and raped impoverished young Nigerian orphans and forced them to undergo West African rituals in which hair, nails and blood were removed to “cast a spell” over them and ensure their obedience, Canterbury Crown Court was told.
Mr Osolase, a Nigerian living in Northfleet, Kent, told one of three young victims – who overheard him trying to sell her off for €70,000 – that he had been bringing girls into Britain for 15 years, the court heard.
The 42-year-old then used a series of fake identities, addresses and falsified passports for the trafficked girls and escorted them on budget airlines to cities in Europe to work in…
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The anti-Islam movie that sparked violent protests across the Arab world, killing our Ambassador to Libya, along with three others in the process, has people asking, “What’s up with these Muslims?”
I say that because I received an email yesterday from a friend asking that very question. My friend is well educated, so his post confounded me. How could someone so smart be so daft? I had to re-read it several times over just to make sure nothing was lost in translation.
When the Koran burning Pastor, Terry Jones, set copies of the Koran ablaze last year, some people asked, “What’s up with all these Christians?” At least the dumb ones did. But Muslim’s aren’t attacking our Embassy’s. Extremists are. And Christianity didn’t burn those books. An idiot did.
And before you start questioning my patriotism, know this post isn’t an apology, or a rant of apathy. It’s a plea for common sense. Because to blame an entire religion on a group of radical extremist’s is not only irresponsible, it’s dangerous. Religion and spirituality are quite different. If you’re unaware of Iyanla Vanzant, do yourself a favor and change that immediately. She was asked recently, about the difference between the two. Here’s what she said:
“Religion is the rules, regulations, ceremonies and rituals developed by man to create conformity and uniformity in their approach to God. Spirituality is God’s call in your soul.”
If Iyanla is right (and I believe she is), than the people you see burning our flags and our president in effigy in the streets of the Arab world, are those with a warped sense of religion. It’s not Islam, but rather, people who have allowed themselves to be stripped spiritually.
One informed, engaged and motivated person can do incredible things to change the world. But what if two such people got together? Or three? Or ten? This month, ACT:S, the World Vision activism network, is calling on us to realise the power of numbers and tap into it to take a stand on issues that we are passionate about. ACT:IVATE is not just a campaign, it is a journey that will lead you on an exploration of how faith is connected to justice, and how it can be activated. The journey ends not at a destination, but at activation – you will be equipped to take action on one of four major issues faced by the world’s poor (AIDS caregiver kits, malaria bed nets, micro loans for families, and anti-trafficking legislation). ACT:IVATE starts on the 24th September. James 2:15-17 challenges us to live an active faith, saying:
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USA by Petula Dvorak of the Washington Post (9/10/12) — No parent should be shocked that five high school football players hired prostitutes while on a road trip to North Carolina last week.
Nor is it especially surprising that the little johns were from football powerhouse DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville. Religion and prestige are rarely shields from temptation and stupidity.
What’s new in this old-as-time story is that today, thanks to smartphones and the nearly complete submersion of the sex trade into the digital swamp, ordering three prostitutes to your hotel room is as easy as ordering a pizza.
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Recent polling has Mitt Romney down in several battleground states. Believe the numbers, or don’t. But do believe this; history tells us this should be a victory “in the bag” for him, with such high unemployment. But he’s fighting against strong currents. And so far, Mitt Romney doesn’t appear to know how to swim.
One of the reasons he’s losing – and there are many – is because the president is running a better campaign. Campaigns, although not intentionally designed, have become full-fledged pop quiz’s that candidates are forced to take in front of the entire world. And while Mitt may be a smart businessman, he’s proving not to be a very good test-taker.
His muddled message on Affordable Health Care left us scratching our heads – wondering which Mitt we were listening to that day. He forgot to mention the troops during his speech in Tampa. And since he’s been under tremendous pressure to hone his foreign policy and national security credentials – especially after his series of gaffes during his overseas trips in July, in which he angered Britons with questions about London’s readiness to host the Olympics, and upset the Palestinians with offensive comments about their cultural differences with Israel – he saw an opportunity to bounce back: doubling-down with the latest crisis in Libya – only to lose. Again. Badly.
Romney issued a statement, saying he was “outraged” by these attacks and the death of the American consulate workers. Fine enough. But then he went on to say, “It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
Two problems here.
First, whether well intentioned or not, the mere mention of the attacks left him vulnerable, giving the appearance he his was politicizing the event.
The second, and more problematic for him, is that his statement was patently false. It never happened.
The statement in which Romney was referring came from the U.S. embassy in Egypt…condemning what it called the “efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” That statement, which the White House has now distanced itself from wasn’t even talking about the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens or the other workers. It was in reference to the anti-Islam movie that would eventually spark the events in Benghazi, but up to that point, had only seen protests in Cairo.
Remember that “3AM Phone Call” ad that Hilary Clinton ran against Obama in 2008? It was effective. Obama played that cool, though. Thinking before reacting. Even when Mitt Romney seems to think, he tends to overreact. I’m not sure I want Mitt Romney anywhere near an emergency telephone call. Not at 3AM. Not at 3PM. I want someone who’s a, Ready, Aim, Fire! President. Not somebody who skips the first two altogether.
What do you think?