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TPM: One Chart That Shows What The Bush Tax Cut Battle Is All About


http://www.ctj.org/bushtaxcuts2012/us.pdf
http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2012/07/09/512912/ted-class/

(Huh?) Mitt Romney: Middle class tax cut won’t help middle class

“President Obama’s response to even more bad economic news is a massive tax increase. It just proves again that the President doesn’t have a clue how to get America working again and help the middle class. The President’s latest bad idea is to raise taxes on families, job creators, and small businesses.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/mitt-romney-middle-class-tax-cut-wont-help-middle-class/2012/07/09/gJQAXtmJYW_blog.html
http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/team-romney-calls-obama-tax-cut-extension-plan

Karl Rove Gave Secret Speech Outside Romney Donor Retreat

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Karl Rove was the featured speaker at a previously unreported luncheon held just outside the Mitt Romney campaign's recent retreat for high-dollar donors, according to three Republican fundraisers who attended the event.

Rove's luncheon speech did not appear on the retreat's official agenda because Romney's campaign didn't host it. Instead, the event was hosted by Solamere Capital, a private equity firm founded by Tagg Romney, the candidate's eldest son, and Spencer Zwick, the Romney campaign's chief fundraiser who is often described as Romney's "sixth son."

Rove's speech was delivered on June 22, the Friday of the retreat weekend, to about 200 wealthy guests, including quite a few money harvesters for the Romney campaign, according to GOP sources who attended but requested anonymity in order to speak freely.

In a half-hour talk followed by questions from the audience, Rove covered congressional races and the presidential contest, with some brief remarks about what the super PAC American Crossroads and an affiliated group are doing with tens of millions he helped raise to boost GOP fortunes in November, according to two GOP fundraisers who heard Rove speak.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/karl-rove-speech_n_1656013.html

Krohn Re GOP Scorn: "These are scorned right-wingers showing all the maturity of a little boy"

Jonathan Krohn, a former "right-wing child star" who became more moderate, responds to his critics:

Politico released an interview in which I announced I wasn’t a conservative anymore — and the proverbial crap hit the fan. Since then, I have been treated by the political right with all the maturity of schoolyard bullies. The Daily Caller, for instance, wrote three articles about my shift, topping it off with an opinion piece in which they stated that I deserved criticism because I wear "thick-rimmed glasses" and I like Ludwig Wittgenstein. Why don’t they just call me "four-eyes"? These are not adults leveling serious criticism; these are scorned right-wingers showing all the maturity of a little boy. No wonder I fit in so well when I was 13.

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/08/i_was_a_right_wing_child_star/

OBAMA To GOP: I DARE YOU!

Obama dares GOP to oppose middle class tax cuts
By Greg Sargent

President Obama, during his event just now calling on Congress to extend the Bush tax cuts on those making under $250,000:

We should all agree to extend the tax cuts for the middle class. Let’s agree to do what we agree on. Right? That’s what compromise is all about. Let’s not hold the vast majority of Americans and our entire economy hostage while we debate the merits of another tax cut for the wealthy. We can have that debate. But let’s not hold up working out the thing that we already agree on.

In many ways the fate of the tax cut for the wealthiest Americans will be decided by the outcome of the next election. My opponent will fight to keep them in place. I will fight to end them. That argument shouldn’t threaten you. It shouldn’t threaten the 98 percent of Americans who just want to know that their taxes won’t go up next year. Middle class families and small business owners — they deserve that guarantee. They deserve that certainty. It will be good for the economy, and it will be good for you.


Much More:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/obama-dares-gop-to-oppose-middle-class-tax-cuts/2012/07/09/gJQAqfBYYW_blog.html

UPS PULLS ADS FROM RUSH LIMBAUGH’S RADIO SHOW

Source: Think Progress

UPS PULLS ADS FROM RUSH LIMBAUGH’S RADIO SHOW | UPS has pulled its ads from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, becoming the latest company to boycott the show since his well-circulated slurs against Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke. Cumulus Media, which owns 38 of the 600 channels that air Limbaugh’s show, told financial analysts that the boycott — now more than 40 companies and counting — cost them “a couple million bucks in the first quarter and a couple of million bucks in quarter two.”

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/media/2012/07/09/513169/ups-pulls-ads-from-rush-limbaughs-radio-show/

Ted Nugent's drummer flees police in golf cart

Source: MSNBC

Ted Nugent's drummer flees police in golf cart

Bangor Police Department
Mick Brown's mug shot.

By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper

People are always fleeing police, but usually it's in a vehicle where they have a chance to get away. That wasn't the case for Mick Brown, drummer for Ted Nugent, who tried to make his escape in a golf cart, according to the Bangor, Maine police department.

According to the police department, Brown, 55, reportedly stole a golf cart after a Bangor concert featuring Nugent, Styx and REO Speedwagon at Bangor's waterfront pavilion.

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"As (officers) attempted to stop Brown, he accelerated past them, past a third officer and when a security officer got close enough to stop him, Brown allegedly shoved the officer," the police reported. "At that point two other security officers physically removed Brown from the cart and placed him on the ground."
Brown was arrested and later released on $4,000 bail, and faces a court date of Aug. 15 for charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, driving to endanger, theft, and assault.

But perhaps the best line from the police report reads, "No damage was reported to the cart although two traffic cones were damaged, one still under the cart, significantly so."

Read more: http://entertainment.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/09/12642955-ted-nugents-drummer-flees-police-in-golf-cart?lite

Re: "The Common" People - "Not getting it"

"I don't think the common person is getting it," she said from the passenger seat of a Range Rover stamped with East Hampton beach permits.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002919232

Re: "Not getting it"

US median household income (i.e. half the population makes less than):

~$50,000

Romney fundraising dinner per-person donation:

$75,000


And these are exactly the people with the balls to complain that half the population doesn't even "pay taxes*."

http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/07/romney-hamptons-fundraiser.php?ref=fpblg
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/09/1107762/-Out-of-touch-Romney-donor-more-in-touch-than-campaign?detail=hide

If we’re going to fashion a ‘History’s Greatest Victim’ tiara, let’s save it for Romney, come Novemb

Truly the Ugliest Election Ever
By Anne Laurie July 9th, 2012


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Every president has been branded as an undercover non-native (Andrew Johnson was ‘really’ an English immigrant, Tyler & Coolidge Canadian, Hoover born in China, LBJ in Mexico) and/or non-white (Jackson, Lincoln, Harding, Clinton) and/or a business failure (Cleveland, Grant, Truman, Bush II) of suspicious religious affiliation (Madison, both ‘Rosenfelts’, JFK). Every single one has been labelled some kind of sexual deviate (or at least deviate-curious) desperate to sell out his country to the rising global power of the moment (England, France, Germany, Russia, Japan, China).

But our communications technology & social-engineering skills have improved to the point where, in 2012, we have a magic-underwear-ing son of a Mexican immigrant who’s spent his career playing elitist bankster games to hide the vast fortune he’s made selling America and his inbred slack-jawed co-religionists out to the UN and the ChiComs, trying to steal the White House (back) from a Kenyan Muslim half-breed who’s never had a “real” non-governmental job in his life, ever since his globe-trotting childhood introduced him to culinary, philosphical, and possibly sexual practices that decent Christian Heartlanders™ can barely imagine (without help from cable channels & the internet).

By 2016, we’ll probably be able to download a Red or Blue TruGanda Facts-ion-aid™ dataset directly into our retinal implants, but the base script won’t change—our opponent is a member of That Tribe We Hate, who eats unclean foodstuffs and sleeps with taboo partners while worshipping false gods and using more than his share of the common resources. All else is commentary.

President Obama is a very, very intelligent man and a consumate politician. He knew that his life and his history would provide an extra impetus to his enemies’ every lie, half-truth, and misinterpretation before he ever started campaigning, and we owe him respect for his choices as he goes forward. I’m sure that the ugliness of his opponents and the general outline of their slurs surprise him no more than the fact that DC summers can be as brutal as Chicago winters. We need to rebut the rebuttable and counter lies with facts, but non-stop public whining about how people would rather hear exciting new narratives than boring old statistics is not helpful.

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the rest:
http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/07/09/ugliest-election-ever/

ELECTION ALERT: "Jesus Never Needed To Vote & Neither Do You"


(still laughing)
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/09/1107851/-RKBA-FREEDOM-BULLETIN-ALERT-1