Lest anyone think Romney doesn't really mean what he said in that hidden camera video where he demonstrated his contempt for the 47%, here he is again saying the same thing to another group of people. This was uploaded by ThinkProgress about a year ago. He clearly feels that taxing the poor is a worthwhile project.
So-called "pro-life" men should worry about loss of contraception and abortion rights as an economic issue if they cannot bring themselves to comprehend it as a critical women's rights issue.
About 40% of children now are born out of wedlock. Unwed noncustodial fathers are required to pay for the mother's medical costs and recovery as well as provide child support until the child turns 18. Paternity tests are now inexpensive and highly accurate. The amount of child support varies, but can typically be about 20-30% of the noncustodial parent's income.
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There are many reasons why anyone paying attention and not afflicted with sociopathic lack of empathy for the suffering of others would be elated by President Obama's first month and a half in office. Well, here's one more big one. While Bush piled up corpses, Obama works to bring life-saving medicines and procedures to the poorest among us.
Join me below the jump to see how.
A new BBC World Service poll released shows that the rest of the world prefers Obama to McCain by a 4-to-1 margin. Over 22,500 people were polled in 22 countries comprising Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, the UAE and the UK. The poll was taken before the Conventions.
It is a good day in California for voting. Our new Secretary of State, Debra Bowen, has de-certified nearly all of the electronic voting machines and re-certified them with conditions -- in most cases, only one per polling station for use only by disabled voters. Without a linked network of voting machines, vote-flipping computer viruses cannot spread. She expects that the primary elections coming up in February will not be adversely affected, and sufficient paper ballots will be provided. The ES&S Inka-Vote scanners, used in Los Angeles County, have been de-certified without re-certification because the company ignored her request for source code. For a bit of joy, go read the whole article.
Many kudos to the folks at Brad Blog, who stayed up late to transcribe this press conference and who have been absolute heroes for democracy.
Synthesizing several recommended diaries, it dawned on me that the GOP strategy may be to force the Democrats into impeachment and then launch a false flag or domestic terrorist attack and then blame the Democrats for interfering with the Commander-in-Chief, in an attempt to blunt our electoral hopes for '08 or even to perhaps institute martial law.
Keith Olbermann has already tried to inoculate the public against the possibility of a domestic terrorist attack in his special comment about Chertoff's gut when he said that the fault for any such attack would laid at the feet of the administration. We need to loudly inoculate the public against this possibility in order to ward it off. If such a cynical maneuver would redound to the GOP's detriment, they would think twice about it and perhaps even work to avoid it. The battle is in the media and thence in the minds of the people, and we must wage it there. Vigorously.
Perhaps, polling that asks questions such as whether people think Bush would benefit from a new terrorist attack could be employed. Or if the crippling of the DOJ by Gonzo's politicization has weakened us enough to predispose us to an attack, or if Bush's being bogged down in Iraq has disabled his -- and our -- ability to defend the US home turf. Any other suggestions?
If you have any constructive suggestions to improve this draft, please offer them in the comments; they will be gratefully accepted and incorporated.
I've discovered that attempting to plan on a community or neighborhood level is particularly challenging, as the need for collective action is not obvious to many; in fact, the need for isolation would seem to be more immediate. While true on one level, there are things we can and must do as communities. For a social animal with the highest population densities in history, attempting to mitigate a pandemic in the absence of sufficient vaccine, medicines, or medical treatment is a monumental task. Feedback and ideas gratefully accepted.
I will post my personal preparedness guide tomorrow.
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The Senate attached the measure to a $440 billion defense-spending bill for 2006, according to the Associated Press (AP). But the House included no flu money in its version of the defense bill, and a key senator said he would try to keep the funds out of the House-Senate compromise version. The Senate is expected to vote on the overall bill next week.
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