Thursday, August 30, 2012

Holy Flying Pigs


It’s only a matter of time before Fox News pulls this article down but it seems that one of their contributors has gone off message. It’s not often that you see fox state the “facts” and two actually use them properly and three against one of their own. Usually it's their still to twist them in such a way and that repeat over and over, that people believe that it is the truth. 
I never thought that such a scathing review would be written on FOX of one of their own and against their golden child Paul Ryan. I knew that Mitt Romney isn't that well liked in the GOP. Thank you to Paul for sharing this. 

Paul Ryan’s speech in 3 words

By  Published August 30, 2012 | FoxNews.com
1. Dazzling
At least a quarter of Americans still don’t know who Paul Ryan is, and only about half who know and have an opinion of him view him favorably.
So, Ryan’s primary job tonight was to introduce himself and make himself seem likeable, and he did that well. The personal parts of the speech were very personally delivered, especially the touching parts where Ryan talked about his father and mother and their roles in his life. And at the end of the speech, when Ryan cheered the crowd to its feet, he showed an energy and enthusiasm that’s what voters want in leaders and what Republicans have been desperately lacking in this campaign.
To anyone watching Ryan’s speech who hasn’t been paying much attention to the ins and outs and accusations of the campaign, I suspect Ryan came across as a smart, passionate and all-around nice guy — the sort of guy you can imagine having a friendly chat with while watching your kids play soccer together. And for a lot of voters, what matters isn’t what candidates have done or what they promise to do —it’s personality. On this measure, Mitt Romney has been catastrophically struggling and with his speech, Ryan humanized himself and presumably by extension, the top of the ticket.
2. Deceiving
On the other hand, to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. On this measure, while it was  Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold.
The good news is that the Romney-Ryan campaign has likely created dozens of new jobs among the legions of additional fact checkers that media outlets are rushing to hire to sift through the mountain of cow dung that flowed from Ryan’s mouth. Said fact checkers have already condemned certain arguments that Ryan still irresponsibly repeated.
Fact: While Ryan tried to pin the downgrade of the United States’ credit rating on spending under President Obama, the credit rating was actually downgraded because Republicans threatened not to raise the debt ceiling.
Fact: While Ryan blamed President Obama for the shut down of a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, the plant was actually closed under President George W. Bush. Ryan actually asked for federal spending to save the plant, while Romney has criticized the auto industry bailout that President Obama ultimately enacted to prevent other plants from closing.
Fact: Though Ryan insisted that President Obama wants to give all the credit for private sector success to government, that isn’t what the president said. Period.
Fact: Though Paul Ryan accused President Obama of taking $716 billion out of Medicare, the fact is that that amount was savings in Medicare reimbursement rates (which, incidentally, save Medicare recipients out-of-pocket costs, too) and Ryan himself embraced these savings in his budget plan.
Elections should be about competing based on your record in the past and your vision for the future, not competing to see who can get away with the most lies and distortions without voters noticing or bother to care. Both parties should hold themselves to that standard. Republicans should be ashamed that there was even one misrepresentation in Ryan’s speech but sadly, there were many.
3. Distracting
And then there’s what Ryan didn’t talk about.
-Ryan didn’t mention his extremist stance on banning all abortions with no exception for rape or incest, a stance that is out of touch with 75% of American voters.
-Ryan didn’t mention his previous plan to hand over Social Security to Wall Street.
-Ryan didn’t mention his numerous votes to raise spending and balloon the deficit when George W. Bush was president
-Ryan didn’t mention how his budget would eviscerate programs that help the poor and raise taxes on 95% of Americans in order to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires even further and increase — yes, increase —the deficit
These aspects of Ryan’s resume and ideology are sticky to say the least. He would have been wise to tackle them head on and try and explain them away in his first real introduction to voters. But instead of Ryan airing his own dirty laundry, Democrats will get the chance.
At the end of his speech, Ryan quoted his dad, who used to say to him, “”Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.”
Ryan may have helped solve some of the likeability problems facing Romney, but ultimately by trying to deceive voters about basic facts and trying to distract voters from his own record, Ryan’s speech caused a much larger problem for himself and his running mate.
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/08/30/paul-ryans-speech-in-three-words/Sally Kohn is a writer and Fox News contributor.  You can find her online athttp://sallykohn.com or on Twitter@sallykohn.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mercy - Is Right

First video from Dave Matthews Band upcoming release - Mercy. The new album Away From The World will be out Sept 11, I can’t wait for it. There is still time if you want to pre-order it, I did ;-) 

But enjoy the video fans contributed to material that was used to make it. Besides the song being amazing the video is really cool the way that it was choreographed.

 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

One Giant Leap for Mankind

Neil You are cleared for take off on Pad 39a. 
Well the Human race lost a hero yesterday Neil  Armstrong the first person to step foot on the Moon pasted away at age 82. This was a time when dreams came true at least I want to think that it was. We as country set a goal and accomplished it, something that can never be done in today's political climate. 

I just want to dedicate (no matter how cheesey it seems) Elton John's Rocket Man to this hero. Neil we will look for you at Tranquility Base. 

Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon, dies at 82
By LISA CORNWELL
Associated Press / August 25, 2012


CINCINNATI (AP) — Neil Armstrong was a soft-spoken engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made ‘‘one giant leap for mankind’’ with a small step onto the moon. The modest man, who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter-million miles away, but credited others for the feat, died Saturday. He was 82.
Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, his family said in a statement. Armstrong had had a bypass operation this month, according to NASA. His family didn’t say where he died; he had lived in suburban Cincinnati.
Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century’s scientific expeditions. His first words after becoming the first person to set foot on the surface are etched in history books and the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.
‘‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,’’ Armstrong said.
(Armstrong insisted later that he had said ‘‘a'’ before man, but said he, too, couldn’t hear it in the version that went to the world.)
In those first few moments on the moon, during the climax of a heated space race with the Soviet Union, Armstrong stopped in what he called ‘‘a tender moment’’ and left a patch to commemorate NASA astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts who had died in action.
‘‘It was special and memorable but it was only instantaneous because there was work to do,’’ Armstrong told an Australian television interviewer this year.
Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the lunar surface, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.
‘‘The sights were simply magnificent, beyond any visual experience that I had ever been exposed to,’’ Armstrong once said.
The moonwalk marked America’s victory in the Cold War space race that began Oct. 4, 1957, with the launch of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1, a 184-pound satellite that sent shock waves around the world.
Although he had been a Navy fighter pilot, a test pilot for NASA’s forerunner and an astronaut, Armstrong never allowed himself to be caught up in the celebrity and glamour of the space program.
‘‘I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer,’’ he said in 2000 in one of his rare public appearances. ‘‘And I take a substantial amount of pride in the accomplishments of my profession.’’
Fellow Ohioan and astronaut John Glenn, one of Armstrong’s closest friends, recalled Saturday how Armstrong was down to the last 15 seconds to 35 seconds of fuel when he finally brought the Eagle down on the Sea of Tranquility.

http://www.boston.com/business/technology/2012/08/25/neil-armstrong-man-the-moon-dies/OyhEB3B23h8sjPAqTnwJaL/story.html

Saturday, August 11, 2012

It's Just Politics

Romney picked Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate going into the GOP convention. I guess this is a move to get all of teabagger's dicks dripping because of Ryan's psycho ideas for reducing spending. This just seems like a move to squash the chances of an uprising on the convention floor since many in the GOP had not embraced Romney as their this fall. His choice really comes down to trying to make him look better. Though "I Think" he is a safer choice than Palin in 2008, Ryan is at least he's intelligent. I was hoping he'd pick Condoleezza Rice. 

 I do have say I was sick of the BS in June, I hate campaign ads... smearing and mud-sling.
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