Joe Biden refreshes our memory about Republicans.
Joe Biden refreshes our memory about Republicans.
Jon Stewart, sounding more and more like a politician at the Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium with Bill O’Reilly.
omg what if jon stewart ran for something guys
he would so win
and it would be awesome
he would have my vote.
It’s how regular people can justify doing horrible things…or, just not doing anything.
(Not that everyone at the conference is doing evil things.)
Brilliant protest tactics: Learn from Philly environmentalists
The convention was called “Shale Gas Insight” and took place in the fortified Philadelphia Convention Center in downtown Philly. The convention hosted hundreds of vendors and representatives from just about every company involved in hydraulic fracturing, or “Fracking” as some call it.
The action, called “Sunrise Intervention” by local organizers, succeeded in bringing people together to face the industry on their own terms. For hours, industry representatives were forced to pass through an aggressive picket at the front entrance with banners, flags, drums, and chants. This was preceded by a “walk of shame” in which the delegates were verbally confronted for an entire city block in public view. As they approached the convention center, people physically blocked them from entering. To say the least, it became a venue for interesting conversation.
“I really valued the honesty on behalf of the delegates” said a bystander. At one point a group of uniformed charter school kids joined in the fun, taking pictures–laughing and pointing.
“We were hoping the delegates would get arrested for collaborating in environmental crimes” said one of the picketers when the police arrived. But they didn’t.
What a great way to truly show the greed & selfishness of fracking industry reps!
People arrested at Occupy Wall Street’s first anniversary on Sept. 17: 160
Journalists arrested: about a dozen
Bankers, CEOS arrested for the financial collapse of 2008 through a series of ponzi schemes, sub-prime lending, illegal trading, etc. etc.: 0
I don’t believe the “0” part…but I agree with the sentiment.
Obama pushes small-dollar donors
“If we don’t step it up, we’re in trouble,” the Obama campaign pleaded in a fundraising email Monday that emphasized the threat of “billionaires and super PACs” that are seeking to defeat the president.
The email message also included the graphic above that name-checked casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who, along with his family, has donated more than $30 million to Republican super PACs so far this election cycle.
GOP-aligned super PACs and nonprofits and Republican party committees have buoyed Mitt Romney’s own presidential bid. Party committees have higher contribution limits than candidates’ campaigns and super PACs and nonprofits have no contribution limits at all.
Thanks to these higher contribution limits, Romney and his Romney Victory Fund — which benefits his campaign and several Republican party groups — has now outraised the president and his joint fundraising operation for three months in a row.
In contrast, President Barack Obama has long sought to mobilize grassroots donors.
According to campaign finance filings with the Federal Election Commission, about 60% of the money that Obama has raised has come in chucks of $200 or less. And about three-fourths of the money Obama has raised has come from people giving less than $1,000.
Romney’s campaign has only relied on donations of $200 or less for about 20 percent of its funding. And more than half of the money Romney has raised has come from people giving at least $2,000, FEC records show.
Federal law prohibits individuals from donating more than $5,000 to either Romney or Obama — that’s $2,500 a piece for their primary and general election funds.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Credit: Lam Thuy Vo / NPR
One of Mitt Romney’s few consistencies has been his claim that he holds no responsibility for the bankruptcies, layoffs, and outsourcing that took place under his firm, Bain Capital, after February 1999. He has said, over and over again, that he severed ties with Bain in February 1999.
But it’s not true.
The Boston Globe reported yesterday that Romney continued as the firm’s president and CEO, remained on the payroll, and signed government documents representing himself as the head of Bain—and they have the SEC filings to prove it.
There’s more. In 2002, Romney testified that he was still attending board meeting for Bain companies. Here’s what he said—under oath: “There were a number of social trips and business trips that brought me back to Massachusetts, board meetings, Thanksgiving, and so forth. I remained on the board of the Staples Corporation and Marriott International, the LifeLike Corporation. I returned for most of those meetings. Others I attended by telephone if I could not return.”
That means as the top guy at Bain Capital, Romney is indeed responsible for costing 1,500 middle-class workers at Ampad their livelihoods in 2001—and 750 workers their jobs at GS Industries in 2001. When Stream International chose, in 2000, not to open call centers in the United States in favor of opening one in India, Romney bore responsibility—just as he bears responsibility for the jobs Modus Media cut in California to expand jobs in countries like China and the nearly 430 jobs SMTC sent from Denver to Mexico.
Refuting it would mean that Romney deliberately misled the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission—and that is not a sign of leadership either.