September 2012

Anti-abortionist proposes rich-only abortion solution

Making abortion so expensive that poor women will not have the option to get one.

In yet another assault on the rights of women to choose whether or not they wish to have an abortion, a professor and anti-abortionist by the name of Michael J. New offered a new solution that might prevent people from choosing this alternative: raising the costs of abortion. According to him, the most effective way to reduce the number of abortions is not to educate women and not to place restrictions on availability, but to simply enact laws that require women to spend so much money that they quite literally can’t afford to have an abortion.

Anti-gay group uses couple’s engagement photo for its agenda

Public Advocate turns a happy memory into a nightmare for gay couple and gets sued.

In another classic moment of WTF from the anti-gay front, a nonprofit hate group called the Public Advocate of the United States decided to pillage a gay couple’s engagement photo for its own twisted purposes.  The photo, which depicts the couple kissing, had its background altered to look gloomy and an anti-gay message plastered across it.  These altered images were then used as mailers to help promote Public Advocate’s agenda.

Coursera classes are addictive

And I highly recommend signing up for one today!

Although there are literally thousands of places to learn online for free, Coursea is my newest love, my great addiction. Not only do I get to learn about a wide variety of topics courtesy of dozens of universities from all around the world—currently I am enrolled in a course from the University of Pennsylvania—but I also get to do it for free. And when I complete the course, I will get a certificate saying so.

Of course, it’s as intensive as any other online course, with about 10 hours of work per week. Video lectures, reading assignments, and quizzes make up the bulk of the learning at Coursera, but there are also online forums just as you would encounter with most other online courses. There are also papers for many courses, as you might expect.

Crazy talk? You decide.

Diaster preparation

OK, here we go. What I have to say will seem hilarious to some, totally ridiculous to others but hopefully will resonate with others, no matter how few they may be. I am not a doom-sayer, let me make that clear. I am a successful businessman with a very nice and normal family. We have lived the good life of a middle-income family throughout the last 40 years. The length of time since my wife and I married and we began our family. I read the other day that the current generation of Americans is living a more luxurious life than the richest rulers of the greatest countries on earth throughout all of history to date. Even the poor among us have access to free medical care, hot food, clothing, shelter and such comfort items as television and libraries.

War on the West

Sharia Law or nothing

Sure, it was a conservative talk show I was listening to when I heard the following, “Muslims will not have completed their jihad until everyone is Muslim or ruled by Muslims.” This is chilling; after all, there are over 2.2 billion Muslims in the world versus just over 3 million Americans in the United States. That’s not only chilling, it’s terrifying. These people—other than whatever modern, technical innovations have been thrust into the Muslim world by Western civilization—haven’t changed since the Stone Age.

Senate Race Update: MO, IN, PA

Akin is all-in ... Indiana & Pennsylvania more competitive than expected

In Missouri, Rep. Todd Akin (R) had until Sept. 25 to petition to remove himself from the ballot if he were to do so.  After his controversial comments about the potential for conception from sexual assault, many had pressured Akin to withdraw from the race.  Akin instead doubled-down with a "going rogue" approach and, now that the deadline has passed, will remain on the ballot.

George Soros steps up support for Obama

Soros donates to Super PACs

George Soros is famous for being the man who broke the back of the Bank of England. That was definitely a way of cementing his spot in the world of finance. He has also been a polarizing figure in South East Asia with many holding him responsible for the 1997 financial crisis. George Soros has donated $1 million to Priorities USA Action, which is a pro-Obama super PAC. Soros has been an advocate of the free market and many different things that I would champion for.

Soros has been a big time supporter of Obama and his policies. Soros was watching a lot of the ads by the super PACs in support of the Republican candidate Mitt Romney when he decided that it was time for him to get in the game.

Activist alerts

Take a few minutes for some quick action alerts today.

If you normally surf the web with your coffee or your lunch, why not skim over these action items of interest and help change the world a bit while you’re at it?

Pledge to vote for clean energy

We are long overdue for a clean energy policy in this country. It feels as if our own government has given up on the idea entirely, and will colonize Mars before even trying to fix our mistakes here. Let’s hold whoever wins this November accountable for creating a clean energy policy. Click here to make your pledge.

Make a difference in the world

Take some progressive action.

Here are a few things you can do to help improve the world—as well as peoples’ lives—this week.

Volunteer for your local campaign office

It’s getting to be election crunch time, and it’s up to us to make sure we keep this country as progressive as possible—and that means not allowing Mitt Romney to sit in that seat. It’s taken, remember? Find your nearest Obama volunteer headquarters here, or sign up to volunteer here.

Ask Obama to close Guantanamo Bay

Even as we root for him, we must hold President Obama accountable to upholding justice and equality in America. Call for not only the closing of Guantanamo today, but also the investigation of the treatment of detainees like Adnan Abdul Latif, who died after being held at the facility for ten years without charge.

Senate Race Update: Various states

GOP optimism in MT, NE ... Scott Brown plays the "Cherokee" card ... etc.

Despite a fairly strong Democratic trend in most national and state polls in September, Republicans no doubt found some optimism in a couple of states this week.

In Montana, the race between incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D) and challenger Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) remains close.  Both candidates are well-known and generally well-liked, so it's likely to remain close.  A new Mason-Dixon poll gives Rehberg a 48-45 lead.  The better news for the GOP, though, is that even polls that have shown Tester ahead have shown him consistently around the 45-percent mark, and never higher than 48.

For in incumbent to be polling in the 45-48 range against a solid opponent, and to not appear to be gaining from a national mini-surge by the Democrats, is a bad sign for Tester.

Senate Race Update: WI, PA

Has Wisconsin flipped? Is Pennsylvania now competitive?

A flurry of recent polls in Wisconsin appears to indicate that the race has flipped from one in which former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) held a small but solid lead, to one in which his opponent Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) has the lead.

Thompson won a hard-fought GOP primary, and immediately took the lead in general election polls.  Thompson had been a popular governor of the state for literally the entire decade of the 1990s.  He was first elected in 1986, and was reelected in 1990, 1994 and 1998.  He left the governor's mansion to become Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.

With Baldwin not widely known statewide, Thompson's name recognition and lingering support from Democrats and independents gave him the early lead.

Remembering Troy Davis

Ask that his execution be investigated.

A year has passed since the execution of Troy Davis, a man who was probably innocent. Though further light was shed on his supposed crime that pointed toward his innocence—including statements from Troy that were coerced by police as well as false eyewitness reports—his execution was still performed. Many dub it murder, considering the facts and evidence available, including this blogger.

Stop the lead poisoning of wildlife

Your voice is needed by Monday, September 24!

Remember all of those stealthy sneak attacks that the senate loved to hide from us back in the Bush II days? I suppose they have always existed, but that’s when they were first known to me. It seems that Obama’s administration—or our Republican-led senate, at least—likes to use these little shifty techniques as well.

On Monday, they plan on sneaking a vote in on a bill that would prevent the use of lead in firearms and fishing tackle. Why would you want lead in your food, you have to wonder? The harm in using the lead is not only to the animals themselves—even if they escape with a flesh wound, they’ll get lead poisoning—but in us! This ammunition ends up in our land and water, contaminating our resources as well theirs.

Hey Mitt, I’m no freeloader

And neither is most of the rest of the nation!

After hearing Mitt Romney’s despicable comments about us freeloaders, I say it’s high time we start campaigning for President Obama. I’ve located our local office and we’re going to start this week.

Seriously, Mitt? Did you mean to give us this incredible ammo against you? Because let me tell you something: I’m no freeloader. Neither is my husband, who has worked full-time since he was sixteen up until his recent layoff (and now works full-time at a lesser-paying job).

My entire family is full of hard workers. Though my husband and I have never been on food stamps, we have used state health insurance for our child (but not ourselves). Growing up, my parents were on and off food stamps a bit due to my dad’s carpentry job, which involved seasonal layoffs. 

No fracking way

Today is the International Day of Action Against Fracking.

People all around the world are taking action against fracking (or hydraulic fractioning) today. By now, you’ve probably seen the scary water photos (that the government, of course, assures us are harmless), heard the horror stories, and become aware of how dangerous fracking can be. From ground water contamination to air pollution, flowback to spills, fracking presents a danger to humans as well as our environment and wildlife. So why is it still happening?

Because it’s profitable, of course. Isn’t that always the answer?

Mitt Romney's 47 percent comment

Romney sticking by comments caught on secret tape.

This is definitely a comment that will allow me to explore this issue further in this aptly named blog Free Market Voters. Romney did not back away from the statement and he probably felt that it was in tune with his message of having less government and allowing the economy to be driven by the private sector.

Is Romney really an out-of-touch rich guy or does he have a point? A lot of Americans have taken issue with these comments that hurt the Romney campaign. I do agree that there should be less government intervention and smaller government being a free market voter. But that does not necessarily mean that I like the Republicans and their policies which history has shown has gotten the U.S. economy into trouble.

Romney in "Brown Face", kicks it up a notch

"If you can't beat 'em join em!"

Everyones favorite out-of-touch politician, Willard "Mitt" Romney, is up to his old tricks again.

Photos have surfaced that  literally paint the picture of a brown face for Latino voters who may have tuned in to watch him on Univision (check out the photos on UPWORTHY here). Recently, Mitt has been touting his Mexican heritage (apparently his parents lived in a Mexican/Mormon commune for a time), while at the same time taking a swipe at the group his is SO DESPERATE to win over that he is painting his face brown (you know, to be like them?).

What's next Mitt? Throwing on some "black face" to even the score with Obama and gain those much needed African American voters? A pretty blonde wig to get in touch with the female voters? Buck teeth, coke bottle glasses, and slanty eyes to connect to the Asian community? What about the Gays? What will you do to connect to them? Wear a tight fitting shirt that says "Power Top"? You cant be everything to every voter - and from what you said in May - you don't want to be - so why the change?

I personally think you are doing a great job with your election bid (I really, really do!), and I want to see more - perhaps showing up with "black face" and some fried chicken to the first debates will be a good start to keeping me and the rest of American uncomfortably entertained...

Could Angus King rule D.C.?

Considering a reasonable scenario

As we've discussed in this space, the conventional wisdom is that former independent Maine Gov. Angus King will caucus with the Democratic party in the U.S. Senate if he wins (as he is strongly favored to do) the open seat up for election in November.  The premise is that King is generally more liberal than conservative in his views, endorsed President Obama's reelection, and supports the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).