1. inothernews:

    Via Media Matters, how a local TV news anchor calls out conservatives for their ignorant complaints about Coke’s multilingual Super Bowl ad:

    …The fact that people are outraged over this ad is outrageous itself. People indignant that others would have the audacity to sing ‘America the Beautiful’ in a language other than English, when America was built on opening its arms to the world? The quote on the Statue of Liberty doesn’t say ‘give me your English-speaking only, Christian-believing, heterosexual masses.’ It says ‘give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, tempest-tost.’

    Have we forgotten that every one of us ‘Americans’ except for Native Americans, are descendants of foreigners?

    That the English language is from England?

    …”America the Beautiful,” in any language, is still America the beautiful.

  2. Leaked Audio Captures Romney Asking Employers To Tell Their Employees How To Vote | ThinkProgress →

    inothernews:

    sarahlee310:

    Newly-discovered audio from a conference call in June captures Mitt Romney asking business owners to urge their employees to vote for him.

    Romney, speaking on a call to the very conservative National Federation of Independent Business, tells a group of business owners that they should “make it very clear” how they feel about the candidates. The audio, discovered by In These Times, also captures Romney telling the business owners to “pass… along to your employees” how their jobs might be effected by who wins in November:

    I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope — I hope you pass those along to your employees. Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well.

    When you know the majority of citizens, don’t support you, you go for bullying and coercion.

    Not surprised.

    Skip to the 26 minute mark if you listen to the youtube video.

  3. election:

    “As a woman, my health is important to me.

    So when it comes to that time of the month, I don’t trust my body with just anyone.

    That’s why I choose the one brand of tampon created by the people that know my body best: the gentlemen of the Republican Party.

    G.O.B. Tampons — designed with all the knowledge of a woman’s anatomy that only comes from being a 60-plus-year-old conservative man.”

    — Saturday Night Live

    (inothernews)

    This seems accurate…

    (Source: gov)

  4. 1500s: The American Revolutionary War begins: “The reason we fought the revolution in the sixteenth century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown.”—Rick Perry

    1776: The Founding Synod signs the Declaration of Independence: “…those fifty-six brave people, most of whom, by the way, were clergymen.”—Mike Huckabee

    1908: The real Pledge of Allegiance is written: “I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior, for whose Kingdom it stands, one Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again, with life and liberty for all who believe.”—Dan Quayle

    1999: Global cooling begins: “For the last decade the climate has been cooling.”—Mary Matalin

    2011: Obama provides health insurance for dogs: “In the health care bill, we’re now offering insurance for dogs.”—Glenn Beck

    2011: President George W. Bush kills Osama bin Laden: “Thanks to George Bush…. Because if Obama had his way we wouldn’t have gotten bin Laden, you know that.”—Sean Hannity

    — 

    Highlights from “A Conservative History of The United States” by The New Yorker’s JACK HITT.

    It’s disturbing and brilliant all at once.  Because these aren’t just throwaway sentiments: these are things some prominent conservatives actually believe.

    — inothernews

    (via election)

    (Source: gov)

  5. What European country did conservatives love before this crisis? What was the highest ranked Western country on the heritage index of economic freedom? What is the country with the lowest corporate tax rates? It was Ireland, and by the way Ireland has done everything. Ireland is Romney’s economy in practice. They’ve laid off a large fraction of their public work force, they’ve slashed spending, they haven’t really raised taxes on corporations of the rich at all. Um, they have 14% unemployment, 30% youth unemployment, zero economic growth. Ireland is a demonstration. I think of Ireland as America’s future if Romney is president.

    — 

    Paul Krugman on economic strategies in European countries (The Colbert Report 6-18/2012)

  6. theatlantic:

Could Latino Voters Turn Deep-Red Texas Democratic by 2020?

Jacob Monty looks at the demographics of his state of Texas and does not like what he’s seeing. Though the Lone Star state, which holds its Republican primary Tuesday, is a sure thing for Mitt Romney in November, it could be majority Latino by 2030, and those Latinos are voting overwhelmingly Democrat.
“The future of the Republican Party lies in keeping Texas as a Republican state. And if we allow our numbers to slip in Texas, we run the risk of losing the firewall that keeps the Republican Party as a viable option,” he said.
A Latino of Mexican descent, the Houston attorney sits on the board of directors of a new organization called Hispanic Republicans of Texas. It was co-founded two years ago by George P. Bush, son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush and the nephew of former president George W. Bush. The group’s goal is to recruit and train Latinos to run for local office — as Republicans.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

    theatlantic:

    Could Latino Voters Turn Deep-Red Texas Democratic by 2020?

    Jacob Monty looks at the demographics of his state of Texas and does not like what he’s seeing. Though the Lone Star state, which holds its Republican primary Tuesday, is a sure thing for Mitt Romney in November, it could be majority Latino by 2030, and those Latinos are voting overwhelmingly Democrat.

    “The future of the Republican Party lies in keeping Texas as a Republican state. And if we allow our numbers to slip in Texas, we run the risk of losing the firewall that keeps the Republican Party as a viable option,” he said.

    A Latino of Mexican descent, the Houston attorney sits on the board of directors of a new organization called Hispanic Republicans of Texas. It was co-founded two years ago by George P. Bush, son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush and the nephew of former president George W. Bush. The group’s goal is to recruit and train Latinos to run for local office — as Republicans.

    Read more. [Image: Reuters]

  7. Richard Grenell hounded from Romney campaign by anti-gay conservatives, the Washington Post reports. →

    shortformblog:

    I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman. While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama’s foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign. I want to thank Governor Romney for his belief in me and my abilities and his clear message to me that being openly gay was a non-issue for him and his team.

    An unnecessary turn of events, seemingly caused by the disapproval of the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer. Grenell, who served as President Bush’s UN communications director for eight years, was hired by Romney less than two weeks ago. During his brief tenure, he did make a few headlines over several deleted tweets referencing Newt and Callista Gingrich.

    Dear Gay Republicans,

    Why do you hate yourselves?

  8. ryking:

Maddow relays censored memo on CIA ‘war crimes’ during Bush Administration

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night explained a legal memo that advised the Bush Administration that so-called enhanced interrogation techniques were torture and therefore illegal.
Wired reporter Spencer Ackerman obtained the memo, written by State Department counselor Philip Zelikow, through a Freedom on Information Act request.
Bush told NBC’s Matt Lauer in 2010 that he authorized the use of enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding because his “lawyer said it was legal, said it did not fall within the Anti-Torture Act.” But Zelikow’s memo warned the Bush Administration in 2006 that the interrogation techniques used on terror suspects by the CIA were “a felony war crime.”

    ryking:

    Maddow relays censored memo on CIA ‘war crimes’ during Bush Administration

    MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night explained a legal memo that advised the Bush Administration that so-called enhanced interrogation techniques were torture and therefore illegal.

    Wired reporter Spencer Ackerman obtained the memo, written by State Department counselor Philip Zelikow, through a Freedom on Information Act request.

    Bush told NBC’s Matt Lauer in 2010 that he authorized the use of enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding because his “lawyer said it was legal, said it did not fall within the Anti-Torture Act.” But Zelikow’s memo warned the Bush Administration in 2006 that the interrogation techniques used on terror suspects by the CIA were “a felony war crime.”

    (Source: diadoumenos)

  9. This is so babies: Birth Control 101 For Idiots →

    bemusedlybespectacled:

    This is hormonal birth control.

    As you can see on the box, you take exactly one pill per day. To make sure it works, you need to take one pill every day at the same time, or it stops working. You take only one pill, and you keep taking them regardless of what you…

    I feel like no one should ever need to spell this out…