Life is What Happens While You Are Making Plans

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LIWHWYAMP is a compilation of things I find interesting or am passionate about. Which pretty much boils down to fairness for all people, architecture, science, cinema and animals - at least, judging by my postings.

The interesting thing here is that this is an individual who sits on the House Committee on Science and Technology but somehow missed science class,” Mr. Obama said at a fundraiser in New York City Wednesday night. “But it’s representative of a desire to go backwards instead of forwards. And fights that we thought were settled twenty, thirty years ago.

Obama: Akin “somehow missed science class” - CBS News (via sarahlee310)

The destruction of the ability to reason is a leg of the multi-leg Republican plan to turn the US into a piggy bank for themselves.  By reducing science literacy they make it easier to spread the big lies.  By systematically cutting science education, scientific research and supportive national science policy, they are reducing the ability of the citizens of the US to employ scientific methods to find objective data.  Republicans know that if voters had the true, objective data, they would never be able to keep lying to them and they would never get elected outside of Alabama.  The entire premise of the modern Republican party is based on falsehoods and lies.  It cannot stand the light of truth.  After all, we all know that the truth has in inherent “liberal bias.”

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

socialismartnature:


(Photo) GOP announces convention theme: “We Built This” … in stadium built with 62% government funds.


Hypocrisy much.

socialismartnature:

(Photo) GOP announces convention theme: “We Built This” … in stadium built with 62% government funds.

Hypocrisy much.

Election Shenanigans in Tennessee

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Administrator of Elections Steve Gaddis has decided not to publish a sample ballot in the Polk County News, despite a Tennessee law that requires him do so.

Tennessee Code Annotated 2-12-111 regarding notices of elections states, “(c) The county election commission shall publish, in a newspaper of general circulation in the county, notice of every election, stating the day, time and polling places for the election, not more than ten (10) nor less than three (3) days before the election.”

According to Gaddis, a sample ballot was printed Bradley County’s Cleveland Daily Banner and the Blue Ridge, GA News-Observer. When asked why he he chose not to publish in the Polk County News, Gaddis said, “I just did.” He said he got caught at the last minute and “that’s what I decided to do.”

When pressed for further answer, Gaddis said he was just “really dissastisfied” with the local newspaper. He referenced a recent typo in the paper before hanging up the phone. […]

(Polk County is about an hour away from Chattanooga in Tennessee.)

Let me guess, the Polk County Press serves an area with a large African-American population.  Seriously, how does someone get away with selectively ignoring a state law, just because they feel like it.  The state police should throw this guys ass in jail while the courts fight it out.  Maybe after a few months in the clink, he’ll realize he represents all voters not his most likely white Republican buddies.  There is no way anyone can justify selective administration of laws.  That is clearly malfeasance.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

As many as 50,000 Republicans and 15,000 members of the media are expected to descend on the Tampa Bay area next week, and the uncertainty of predicting the track of a hurricane so many days in advance means that hotels, restaurants and convention goers may not know until this weekend whether to expect sunny skies or an outright deluge.

When it comes to that all-important forecast, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh saw more conspiracy.

“The National Hurricane Center, a government agency, [is] very hopeful that the hurricane gets near Tampa. The National Hurricane Center is Obama. It’s the National Weather Service, part of the Commerce Department, it’s Obama,” Limbaugh said on his program yesterday.

- The Daily

No, this is not The Onion. Limbaugh is serious, and there are a whole lot of very stupid people who agree with him.

(via wilwheaton)

(via wilwheaton)

Texas Judge Predicts Riots if Obama Re-elected (watch video at linked page)

Tom Head, a judge in Lubbock, TX, is supporting a 1.7% tax increase to support more officers on the streets to fight riots that will break out if Obama is Re-elected because he KNOWS the President will turn US sovereignty over to the UN. 

This idiot is an elected official in a large Texas city on TV saying this shit like he really believes it.  This is a product of the lack of vigilance on the part of the media to call this shit when it happens.  If this kind of TeaParty-Birther BS had been nipped in bud in its infancy, this clown would not be able to spew this made up crap with impunity.  Why did no one on that talk show call him on it.  Did they all agree?

Media, get your collective shits together!!

justinspoliticalcorner:

CNN’s O’Brien Corrects Right-Wing Media Medicare Falsehood 

CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien debunked the pervasive right-wing media falsehood that President Obama “stole $700 billion” from Medicare.

Right-wing media have repeatedly claimed that the Medicare savings included in Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) “gutted” the Medicare program. However, on CNN’s Starting Point, when Romney senior adviser John Sununu claimed that Obama “gutted Medicare by taking $717 billion out of it,” O’Brien was quick to correct him.

O’Brien pointed out that Sununu’s talking point has been debunked by the Congressional Budget Office, which found that the Medicare savings in the ACA are not cuts, but rather a reduction in the expected rate of growth of the program.

O’Brien also noted that independent fact-checkers have found that the Affordable Care Act does not cut Medicare benefits. These fact-checkers also determined that the claim that hundreds of billions of dollars have been cut from Medicare is outright false.

Exxccelllllent!  Maybe if CNN acted more like Soledad O’Brien than Wolf “we’ll have to leave it there” Blitzer, they wouldn’t be talking about turning into a reality TV network.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

"I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said. Whatever it was."
-Willard Romney, May 2012

"I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said. Whatever it was."

-Willard Romney, May 2012

(Source: jeskammoniac, via despicablealexis)

I was a severely conservative Republican governor.

Mitt Romney, speaking to activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. (via officialssay)

Right…Uh hu…severe, I tell you, SEVERE

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

sime0n:

Trickle Down Already

30 years ago, Ronald Reagan said it would trickle down. Sadly, some fools still believe that. And I’m not talking about the 1%. They KNOW that “trickle down” is a load of crap. I’m talking about suckers in the middle class who still believe the lies told to them everyday by the Republican Party.

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

sime0n:

Trickle Down Already

30 years ago, Ronald Reagan said it would trickle down. Sadly, some fools still believe that. And I’m not talking about the 1%. They KNOW that “trickle down” is a load of crap. I’m talking about suckers in the middle class who still believe the lies told to them everyday by the Republican Party.

The Tea Party’s Not-So-Civil War

When you talk to activists around the state, as I did recently during a weeklong visit, you hear a lot about Romney’s record on health care, specifically, and about his ideological squishiness in general. But you also come to understand that the antipathy in Tea Party circles is more visceral. It’s a reaction to what they perceive as Romney’s synthetic and calculating persona, the sense that he somehow embodies everything that’s false and impenetrable about the parties in Washington. And so South Carolina, which will hold its presidential primary Jan. 21, is the place where two powerful political vehicles — Mitt Romney’s establishment-backed campaign and the three-year-old Tea Party insurgency — will collide full force. It’s here where Tea Party activists have expected to assert their influence over the party’s nominating process. For most of them, that means, above all, stopping Mitt.

The Tea Party will be squashed like bug.

(Source: azspot)

highsee:

politicalprof:

A quick comparison. Poverty tends to be concentrated in more conservative states. This is by no means the whole story: rural-urban, big cities-no major cities demographic variables and other dynamics matter. But so does ideology. Don’t kid yourself. States in which conservatives make up a substantial part of the population tend to have much higher poverty rates than do states with low percentages of conservatives.

Something to think about, this New Hampshire primary day!

Under education + religious fundamentalism = a vote for the GOP, every time.

No surprises, here.  Which is unfortunate.

(via )

officialssay:

Fmr. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, getting in an argument with a reporter who pointed out that one of Romney’s top advisors is a lobbyist — right after the GOP candidate stated that lobbyists were not running his campaign.

“You’re out of line,” Romney’s spokesperson told the reporter later. “Save your opinions and act professionally. Don’t be argumentative with the candidate.”

I’m not one to generally cut Romney - or any republican - any slack, but semantics aside, the lobbyist is not technically on his campaign staff, he’s just an “advisor”.  Of course, I believe that like I believe Rick Santorum’s wife didn’t have a partial birth abortion.