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Monday
Oct152012

Huge Crowds for Malala in Karachi | Will Candy Crowley Shake Up Presidential Debate? | Romney Tax Plan Flawed

United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown has launched yesterday an “unwavering campaign to put Education First” for the world’s 61 million and growing children not receiving an education. In particular, Anne of Carversville stands for the education of girls in every country.

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Anne is reading …Huge crowds rallied in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi on Sunday, expressing their support for the recovery of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai. The young activist was shot in the head last Tuesday by a Taliban gunman determined to end the education of young girls in Pakistan.

Protests had been small until yesterday when tens of thousands of people turned out, reports The Christian Science Monitor.

Right-wing Islamic parties and organizations in Pakistan that regularly pull thousands of supporters into the streets to protest against the US have less of an incentive to speak out against the Taliban. The two share a desire to impose Islamic law in the country – even if they may disagree over the Taliban’s violent tactics.

The protest was organized by the Muttahida Quami Movement, whose party chief Aitaf Hussain spoke to the Karachi crowds from his self-imposed exile in London.

“May I ask where are Pakistan’s armed forces and its high-ranking (military) personnel who utilise up to 80 per cent of the country’s resources?” Hussain said while addressing a rally in Karachi on phone from London, where he is in self-imposed exile. via Economic Times

Malala Yousufzai was flown out of Pakistan Monday morning on an air ambulance donated by the UAE headed for long-term medical treatment and rehabilitation in Birmingham, England.

Former British Prime Minister and U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown said in a statement today that he is launching a worldwide petition in support of Yousufzai and every child in Pakistan to receive an education. (See video above)

Tuesday’s Debate

Candy Crowley Wild Card

All media report that Candy Crowley, the host of CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ has unnerved both political campaigns to fear that she will insert herself into an active role in what is proposed to be a town hall meeting between undecided independent voters and the presidential candidates in Tuesday night’s debate.

“In a rare example of political unity,” Mark Halperin reports for TIME magazine, “both the Romney and the Obama campaigns have expressed concern to the Commission on Presidential Debates about how the moderator of the Tuesday town hall has publicly described her role.”

In another interview, on Oct. 11,  Politico writes that Crowley told CNN, “The nice thing will be, if the town hall person asks about apples, and they answer oranges, I get to say, ‘Wait a second, the question was about apples — let’s talk about that.”

Given the great propensity of both candidates to not answer questions directly but instead, use the podium to say what they want to say — oranges in response to apples — it seems that most viewers would like to hear the voters’ questions answered directly.

Crowley’s role as moderator follows last week’s generally applauded moderator role of ABC’s Martha Raddatz in the vice presidential debate. Many believe that Crowley will choose to follow in Raddatz’s footsteps and not those of Jim Lehrer who was powerless and almost not present for the first presidential debate.

Republican David Stockman on Romney and Jobs

Ronald Reagan’s budget director and outspoken Republican David Stockman refutes claims that Mitt Romney is a job creator. Stockman writes:

Bain Capital is a product of the Great Deformation. It has garnered fabulous winnings through leveraged speculation in financial markets that have been perverted …  So Bain’s billions of profits were not rewards for capitalist creation; they were mainly windfalls collected from gambling in markets that were rigged to rise.

Romney Tax Plan

Does the math add up?

The Romney-Ryan team has refused to lay out any real details of their tax plan, beyond closing loopholes and then cutting taxes by 20 percent. This is a problem for salivating voters who have a strong appetite for lower taxes.

Reason magazine — hardly a pro-Obama publicaton — writes that “even if the politics work, it’s not clear that the simple math behind the plan does … “

A letter to Congress last week from the congressional Joint Center on Taxation reported that ditching a slew of tax carve outs – by getting rid of most deductions, and adding new taxes and fees on muni bonds and some other investments would only raise enough additional tax revenue to cut rates by 4 percent and remain revenue neutral. The JCT report didn’t look at Romney’s plan specifically. But it does highlight how hard it will be to make it work.

Writing for Bloomberg, Josh Barro has gone one step further, saying that “Romney’s tax plan is mathematically impossible. he can’t simultaneously keep his pledges to cut tax rates 20 percent and repeal the estate tax and alternative minimum tax; broaden the tax base enough to avoid growing the deficit; and not raise taxes on the middle class.”

In last week’s vice presidential debate Martha Raddatz directly asked vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan: “Do you actually have the specifics, or are you still working on it, and that’s why you won’t tell voters?”

The Romney campaign says they have six studies that support their conclusions, leaving FOX News host Chris Wallce to question the sources as credible in an interview with Ed Gillespie, Romney campaign adviser.

“These are very credible sources,” Gillespie pushed back.  

“One of these is from a guy — is a blog from a guy who was a top adviser to George W. Bush,” Wallace countered. “These are hardly non-partisan studies.”

Mark Zandi, a former John McCain campaign adviser and Chief Economist at Moody’s Economy said on CNN’s ‘Starting Point’: “Yeah, I think the Tax Policy Center study is the definitive study. They’re non-partisan, they’re very good. They say given the numbers that they’ve been provided by the Romney campaign, no, it will not add up.”

Saturday
Oct062012

Mitt Romney Terrorizes the Nation with Threats to Kill Big Bird's Subsidy | Big Oil to Remain Untouched

“I’m sorry Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS,” Romney said to the nation, addressing Jim Lehrer, the presidential debate host of PBS’s NewsHour.

 

“I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”

 

Romney’s promise went viral and the meme machine sprung into action. One American hero sprang into action, swooping down out of the clouds a bit like Superwoman.

Big Bird in Demand

David Bauder writes that Big Bird has never been so hot. In an act that Republican presidential candidate might live to regret, he has promised to kill one of America’s most precious mascots.

All the big media was trying to book an appearance with the ‘Sesame Street’ character on Thursday, after Mitt Romney promised that the yellow-feathers superstar would become dead meat during Wednesday night’s debate. ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Jimmy Fallon, Piers Morgan, the Today’ show and ‘Good Morning America’ all tried to book the yellow feathered friend after he was unexpectedly thrust into the presidential campaign by Mitt Romney.

Sesame Workshop says the the beloved bird is declining all appearances. Besides, Hillary has him stashed away in a safe house.

Federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting totals $450 million this year, accounting for about 15 percent of the CPB’s budget, she said. Federal money supplements the budgets of PBS’ 179 stations nationally. For some of the smaller stations in rural areas, this subsidy accounts for more than half of their yearly budget, so many can’t operate without it. via Boston Herald

Four out of five children under age 5 watch public television, where ‘Sesame Street’ is a long-running hit.

Americans Trust PBS

Melinda Henneberger, writing ‘She the People’ for The Washington Post says that PBS regularly rates as America’s most trusted institution.

PBS itself issued a “tersely worded statement” on Thursday, saying:

“Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation. We think it is important to set the record straight and let the facts speak for themselves.”

On Thursday, President Obama took the Big Bird confrontation on the trail.  It does seem a big illogical that Romney is trying to woo women voters and especially married women voters who are leaving him in droves, with the promise of killing Big Bird’s funding. The Wall Street Journal writes:

“When he was asked what he would actually do to cut spending and reduce the deficit, his big example was to go after public television,” Mr. Obama told a rally at George Mason University Friday, where he also discussed the new jobs data. “For all you moms and kids out there, don’t worry. Somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird… Wall Street can run wild again, but he’s going to bring down the hammer on Sesame Street.”

2012 Election Just In

In blow to Romney, court says Ohio can’t restrict ‘souls to the polls’ voting by blacks CSMonitor.com

Romney Claims of Bipartisanship as Governor Face Challenge NYTimes

He came into office with a mandate to shake things up, an agenda laden with civics-book reforms and a raging fiscal crisis that threatened to torpedo both. He sparred with a hostile legislature and suffered a humiliating setback in the midterm elections. As four years drew to a close, his legacy was blotted by anemic job growth, sagging political popularity and — except for a landmark health care overhaul bill — a record of accomplishment that disappointed many.

Jack Welch: I Should Have Added a Question Mark to Tweet About Friday’s Job Numbers Slate

“There is rough justice in the way things are playing out,” writes (New York Times’ Joe) Nocera. “Having spent the last year wrongly blaming the president for high unemployment, Republicans can only stand by helplessly as the unemployment rate goes down at the worst possible moment for them.”

 

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Sunday
Feb262012

Catholic Bishops Studying Claims of Girl Scouts As 'Radicalized' Organization | Republican Women Surging for Santorum

Daily French Roast

Anne is reading …

We took a day off from Rick Santorum but must get back in the game because the comments from the Republican candidate for president continue to astound — and chill us.  Santorum leaves no doubt that he seeks a theocracy for America, saying Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week’ that he disagreed with the ‘absolute separation’ between church and state outlined by President John Kennedy in a 1960 speech. Santorum said that reading the Kennedy speech made him want to “throw up”.

“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,” he said. “The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country.”

It is this belief that puts women’s bodies and children’s minds in play for Santorum’s patriarchal plan for America. The candidate has cast President Obama as a “snob” for his focus on wanting to see more of America’s students receive a college education. Business leaders continually speak of America’s education gap — that not enough of our young people are educated in important fields of math, science and engineering.

In reality, President Obama’s new budget calls with $69.8 billion in education, with the budget heavily focused on boosting vocational training, both at the high-school and college level.

The initiative would encourage partnerships between two-year colleges and local businesses to identify in-demand skills and develop courses that help build them. It would also finance online and in-person training for up to 600,000 aspiring entrepreneurs. via Reuters

President Obama’s $8 billion Community College to Career Fund, aims to train 2 million workers for jobs in fields such as high-tech manufacturing, clean energy and health care. Santorum ignores all these facts, in what has become an astounding, genuinely alarming Republican campaign for the presidency based on putting God in charge of America.

More DFR

Increasing numbers of conservative Republican women say Rick Santorum is their man. On a national level, Santorum’s positions against birth control, college educations and separation of church and state may cause very movements away from the candidate among independent womne. But polls leave no doubt that these same beliefs attract socially conservative Republican women who like his policies and his personality.

Maggie Gallagher, traveling with the Leadership for Life tour in Michigan says that Rick Santorum’s comments on contraception are “political clutter” and that the candidate’s willingness to hang tough on social conservative issues is far more important. Gallagher says conservative women view Santorum as a caring, loving man with old-fashioned, real man values.

The Daily Beast reports that Romney remains the most popular candidate among GOP women, with a 61 percent favorability rating, which has fallen since January. Santorum’s, meanwhile has surged from 34 percent to 57.

In a constantly changing political landscape, the most recent Mitchell/Rosetta poll in the state showed Romney increasing his lead among women from about 29 percent in mid-February to 37 percent, then down to 31 percent most recently. 

US Conference of Bishops Also Investigating Girl Scouts

South Bend Catholic Diocese Bishop Kevin Rhoades says the Catholic Church as heard other claims besides those of Representative Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, about the Girl Scouts of America collaborating with Planned Parenthood to teach young girls about sex.

“Some of those concerns that have been raised, and that the congressman raised were already concerns that have come forward and are being studied by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,” said Rhoades. via Fox News Fort Wayne

CNN reports that Morris has now voiced regret for writing his letter to Indiana lawmakers accusing the Girl Scouts of America as “sexualizing” young girls. He does stand by his claims that it is a “radicalized organization.”

An astonishing development to be continued …