Many young people like Ron Paul because he speaks from his soul! He has very deep convictions, and we know he might have the chance of a snowball in hell of winning, but at least people want give him credit for being real/authentic. And I resonate with that as well. When he talks about the American Empire, I say YES we need to talk about the American Empire. But when he goes off into his Libertarian projections, then I know he’s living in a different world.
thehoopoe:

Obama’s campaign office in Oakland

thehoopoe:

Obama’s campaign office in Oakland

paid2see:

A protester handed President Barack Obama a note while shaking hands along a rope line in New Hampshire today.  AP photographer Charlie Dharapak smartly zoomed in so you can read the note for yourself. 

I think the President handled this a lot better than Karl Rove did. I was so delighted when Occupy Baltimore mic checked Karl Rove and tweeted “First Occupy to mic check Obama wins.” Go Occupy New Hampshire! This is also the first time Obama has acknowledged (been forced to) the Occupy movement, I believe?

What’s most striking about this is not that the U.S. Government has seized and exercised exactly the power the Fifth Amendment was designed to bar (“No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law”), and did so in a way that almost certainly violates core First Amendment protections (questions that will now never be decided in a court of law). What’s most amazing is that its citizens will not merely refrain from objecting, but will stand and cheer the U.S. Government’s new power to assassinate their fellow citizens, far from any battlefield, literally without a shred of due process from the U.S. Government. Many will celebrate the strong, decisive, Tough President’s ability to eradicate the life of Anwar al-Awlaki — including many who just so righteously condemned those Republican audience members as so terribly barbaric and crass for cheering Governor Perry’s execution of scores of serial murderers and rapists: criminals who were at least given a trial and appeals and the other trappings of due process before being killed.
Nuke ‘em. Invade ‘em. Torture ‘em. Occupy ‘em. Murder their scientists and religious leaders. Put ‘em in cages for life without due process. Reduce ‘em to rubble. Why? Because Muslims are so prone to violence and barbarism! That’s a fairly succinct summary of America’s political culture for the last decade at least.
tobiasziegler:

tieyesno:

Tony Abbott: YES

The stripes work well set against the flames.

This man is the Opposition Leader in Australia. He was nearly Prime Minister. “JULIAR” is Julia Gillard, the female Prime Minister of Australia. The Liberal Party are in crazy, dangerous Tea Party territory now. They  can no longer pretend they are a credible alternative government. As my friend Rob said earlier today, “I’m not speaking until they put those abusive placards away, is what Tony Abbott chose not to say.”
"Ju-liar" (coined I believe, by MP Cory Bernardi) unfortunately sounds like the anti-Semitic "Jew Liar" when spoken out loud (my friend sexenheimer was the first I saw to cheekily point this out). I hope an organisation like B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission hears it the same way and makes life very hard for Tony Abbott.

tobiasziegler:

tieyesno:

Tony Abbott: YES

The stripes work well set against the flames.

This man is the Opposition Leader in Australia. He was nearly Prime Minister. “JULIAR” is Julia Gillard, the female Prime Minister of Australia. The Liberal Party are in crazy, dangerous Tea Party territory now. They can no longer pretend they are a credible alternative government. As my friend Rob said earlier today, “I’m not speaking until they put those abusive placards away, is what Tony Abbott chose not to say.”

"Ju-liar" (coined I believe, by MP Cory Bernardi) unfortunately sounds like the anti-Semitic "Jew Liar" when spoken out loud (my friend sexenheimer was the first I saw to cheekily point this out). I hope an organisation like B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission hears it the same way and makes life very hard for Tony Abbott.

So these crybabies.

"Having spent the last few weeks observing the Rudd coup, then following the election campaign at close hand, attending press conferences and events like the Rooty Hill RSL ‘forum’, I am almost lost for words to describe the political media. But I’ll try. Fatuous pompous phonies, a stewpot of groupthink, narcissism, laziness, ignorance, hapless stupidity (hello Latika), menacious bullying and anti-democratic spite. An unfair quotient of shits and twits. And still they blather on, demanding that the country behave itself and get back to business as usual as soon as possible.

A pack of rabid lemmings, munted on self-importance, rampaging around the country looking for someone to glass.”

Shane Maloney on The Press and The (Australian) Election, Saturday 28th August, 2010

Here your Prime Minister has an approval rating of 75%… which is—what’s he doing?! Nobody ever gets 75%! Is he coming ‘round at night, with a pot roast, touching you on the knee and telling you that you’ve lost weight? What’s going on?! This is madness, nobody gets 75%! Not even when you’re madly in love with somebody and you’re both fucking each other’s brains out do you give each other 75%! You’ve got to hold a bit back, keep the other person guessing, you know? Keep it at a steady 40…

The Web is buzzing with information about how to throw an anti-Obama Taxpayer Tea Party, something organizers hope will be held today from Santa Monica to South Carolina. But no need to burn up your bandwidth reading complicated instructions. Here’s a simpler recipe:

Go to a hobby store. Buy a scale model of a U.N. One-World-Government Black Helicopter and a tube of glue. Toss the model kit. Sniff the entire tube of glue. You’re all set for the party.