Most, if not all, readers of this site are familiar with the story of Mitt Romney's assault on a fellow prep school student due to Romney not approving of that student's style of hair and perceived sexual orientation; I think the story was first reported in the Washington Post in early May of this year. In case anyone missed it, the report is still available online:
Mitt Romney's Prep School Classmates Recall Pranks, But Also Troubling Incidents
While Romney's schoolmates remembered this instance of his bullying--assault, really-- quite clearly, Mr. Romney did not remember the incident, although if anybody was hurt or offended by this "prank" that he couldn't possibly recall he would "obviously apologize for that".
In my opionion, this incident and others like it need to stay alive in the public mind in the final few months before the election, and music is an excellent way to keep these stories fresh. Let's journey below the Kos croissant for one rather brilliant attempt to do just that.
She worked as a tax consultant for offshore bank accounts at UBS in Geneva, Switzerland from 2008-2010 where she first met Mitt Romney...
And it has now been revealed that she is Harry Reid's source for his statements that Mr. Romney may not have paid any taxes during the past ten years. She contends that her disclosure to the Senate Leader was made by accident. This may be, but the Swiss are famous for their relatively high rates of taxation, strong safety net and general satisfaction with their overall quality of life, so take this information with a grain of salt.
Still, the video evidence is compelling. I'll post it here for you to decide for yourself. Please join me below the orange rugula for more.
From August 7-12 this year, the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival will celebrate its 36th year.
Founded in 1976, the gathering was and continues to be a celebration of women, women's art, music and community. The annual gathering has been and continues to be a safe, nurturing and empowering event for thousands of women to celebrate, learn and explore. It sits outside of and away from the ordinary patriarchal constraints in which we normally live, and well outside the extraordinary all-out assaults and insults of anti-woman legislating and rhetoric we have been seeing over the past few years.
Alrighty then, this explains everything. George Rekers, esteemed co-founder of the Family research Council and fearless defender of Family Values™, was not only trying to bring his baggage handler to Jesus, he was actually set up by the evil, horrible Librul Media. You see, not only did he have no idea what RentBoy.com was, he was the victim of enemies of NARTH, people who would have you believe that sexual orientation is not an illness or a disorder:
At the moment, the possibility that Rekers is the victim of a set-up owing to his connections with NARTH cannot be completely ruled out. Earlier this year Dr. Julie Hamilton, president of NARTH, revealed that protestors at NARTH’s 2009 Convention had announced they would go after individual members associated with the organization, which believes that homosexuality is a treatable psychological disorder.
Join me below for more on the eye-rolling response from FRC and NARTH about what really happened to poor, misunderstood Dr. Rekers at the hands of people who hate good, heterosexual Christianists.
It has just been reported that long-time Lion of the Senate and hero to many progressives, Senator Ted Kennedy has passed away. From the Kennedy family:
"We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever," a family statement said. "We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice."
CNN report is here.
As many of you know, I have been a committed supporter of Barack Obama's campaign for the Presidency for quite awhile. However, before I decided to back him, I looked very carefully at the records, backgrounds and proposals of each candidate in the Democratic field. John Edwards was, to me, an extraordinarily compelling candidate (and of course, Elizabeth is an amazing and accomplished woman in her own right). Up until Senator Edwards suspended his campaign, I felt very strongly that if he were to win the nomination, it would be very easy for me to work hard to elect him in the General Election.
One of the most compelling things for me has been Edwards' commitment to eradicate poverty; to ending the problem of the "Two Americas" he spoke so eloquently about in his 2004 bid. And I do want my candidate to make addressing poverty in this country a priority. So it was with great interest that I came across this very thoughtful article from Ben Brandzel today in the Huffinigton Post. For those of you who also admire and respect Senator Edwards and feel that his commitment to ending poverty should be of central importance to whichever candidate we nominate this year, please follow me below.
It was just announced that Barack Obama has won the Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word category for his audio version of The Audacity of Hope, beating out two former Presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
The pundits, as well as many activists, have been busy this week trying to convince us that Hillary Clinton has the Democratic nomination sewn up; nothing to see here, folks. But outside of the pre-debate spin on Wednesday, in which Very Important People informed us that unless Obama came out swinging against Clinton, his campaign would fail; and yesterday's announcement that Edwards would opt in to public financing in the primaries, something else is happening.
While we won't have hard Q3 fundraising numbers for a couple of weeks, it is probably safe to presume that Obama will remain competitive with Clinton. Many here assume that his campaign's financial strength will mean that he will be competitive based on huge media buys.
But I have seen little written about what else campaign contributions can buy: Staff and the resources to train thousands of organizers at the precinct level across the country, over a sustained period of time.
In 1977, a US Representative hailing from Iowa, Tom Harkin, held a small steak fry as a fundraiser for his re-election campaign that attracted about 20 supporters. Since that time, Harkin's Annual Steak Fry has grown to become a must-attend event for Democratic candidates, party officials, activists and caucus goers; this year approximately 12,000 are expected to attend.
The Iowa Independent's John Deeth has some great information on the history of the Steak Fry at his blog that is a fun read.
This year, six Presidential candidates--Biden, Clinton, Dodd, Edwards, Obama and Richardson--will be attending and speaking at the event, along with Iowa's three Congressional Representatives. It's a beautiful, sunny day in Indianola, and the crowd promises to be lively and enthusiastic.
I offer this dairy as a live thread for those who are following today's festivities, which is being broadcast live on C-Span. The event will also be live streamed courtesy C-Span.org.
Federico Pena, who worked as an advisor to Bill Clinton's 1992 Presidential bid and later served in the Clinton Cabinet as Secretary of Transportation, has decided to join Barack Obama's campaign as a Co-Chair. Prior to joining the Clinton team, Pena served as the Democratic Minority Leader in the Colorado state Legislature and went on to become the first Hispanic to be elected as Mayor of Denver in 1983.
Some days, the Universe just seems to smile on you; serendipity surrounds you and you receive an abundance of blessings for no apparent reason at all. Hopefully, you have experienced those kinds of days, the kind when everything just seems to go your way. If you have not, I sincerely hope you are fortunate enough to enjoy one soon.
I was blessed with such a day during YearlyKos on Saturday, August 4th. Oh, Thursday and Friday had been pretty magical, no doubt about it--meeting up with friends old and new, immersed in political talk, wicked good snark, and banding together with The Caucus out on the patio. So maybe I was just open to it, who knows.
Whatever the reason or randomness of it, I'll always be grateful for that day.
I was hoping that clammyc's excellent diary today would get more notice, but it is quickly slipping down the Recent Diaries list into nowhereland, hence this post.
In Will any candidate touch election reform?, clammyc addresses one of the most important issues we face--the integrity of our elections in the US--and challenges our Presidential candidates to lead on the subject of voter suppression and campaign finance reform.
Obama has been leading the way on voter suppression issues since November of 2005, having re-introduced the The Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007 (S 453) in January. The bill currently has 15 co-sponsors (Barbara Boxer, Sherrod Brown, Benjamin Cardin, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, Dianne Feinstein, Tim Johnson, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Mary Landrieu, Patrick Leahy, Carl Levin, Claire McCaskill, Chuck Schumer, and Sheldon Whitehouse), and would put strong penalties in place for groups that suppress voter turnout through deception and intimidation.