Presidency 2012 Reply

President Obama is seeking re-election to a second term in 2012. A large crowd of Republican candidates are competing for the GOP nomination. Plus there are LOTS of third party and independent P2012 hopefuls. So, if a person is running –regardless of party, ballot status, or chances of winning — we have him or her listed below. Incumbent party first, following by the main opposition party, then the third party candidates, and finally the independent and write-in hopefuls.

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Social Adjustment: Washington’s young conservatives ponder life in the minority Reply

By Michael Brendan Dougherty

America’s Future Foundation (AFF), a group geared towards ambitious young Washington conservatives like me, usually holds its monthly roundtable discussions at the Fund for American Studies on New Hampshire Avenue. At each meeting, a spread of wine, beer, chips, and guacamole makes a welcome appearance, and afterwards we head to a bar in Dupont Circle.

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A Goldwater of the Left Reply

By Pat Buchanan

Early in Ronald Reagan’s second term, Bill Rusher, the publisher of National Review, was interviewing the president in the Oval Office for a documentary on the conservative movement.

Rusher asked how he would describe Barry Goldwater’s role.

Reagan thought a moment and replied: I guess you would have to call him the John the Baptist of our movement.

I resisted the impulse to lean in and ask, “Sir, if Barry Goldwater was John the Baptist, who would that make you?”

The death of George McGovern brought back thoughts of these two men who suffered two of the greatest defeats in presidential history.

McGovern was an unapologetic liberal from South Dakota. Goldwater was Mr. Conservative and proud of it. Both had been World War II pilots. Goldwater had flown “over the hump,” the Himalayas, into China. George McGovern flew bombing runs over the Ploesti oil fields.

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Frank Rich: Right will rage if Obama wins 1

By David Daley

If Obama wins, Frank Rich says the GOP’s fury will intensify, and the party will only get more extreme

Frank Rich: Right will rage if Obama wins

Ever since the days of Barry Goldwater, many liberals have assumed — or naively hoped — that each national defeat would teach Republicans that they had overreached, and pull them back from the extremes. Instead, the opposite has happened: The lesson of every loss, even the routs, has been “we were not conservative enough.”

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The progressive case against Obama Reply

By Matt Stoller

The progressive case against ObamaPresident Barack Obama (Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

A few days ago, I participated in a debate with the legendary antiwar dissident Daniel Ellsberg on Huffington Post live on the merits of the Obama administration, and what progressives should do on Election Day. Ellsberg had written a blog post arguing that, though Obama deserves tremendous criticism, voters in swing states ought to vote for him, lest they operate as dupes for a far more malevolent Republican Party. This attitude is relatively pervasive among Democrats, and it deserves a genuine response. As the election is fast approaching, this piece is an attempt at laying out the progressive case for why one should not vote for Barack Obama for reelection, even if you are in a swing state.

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Are Widening Class Divisions Overshadowing the Culture Wars? Reply

By Charles Babington

Some hot-button issues in previous presidential campaigns have hardly surfaced in the 2012 race, which is all about the jobs and the economy.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. presidential campaign has focused heavily on jobs, pushing other once high-profile issues to the side. It dismays activists who have spent decades promoting environmental issues, gay rights, gun control and other topics to the center of national attention.

Topics suffering downgrades in campaign attention include these:

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The Economic and Cultural Polarization of America 2

By Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Coming Apart: the State of White America 1960-2010, a recently published book by scholar and author Charles Murray, has generated some very interesting and important discussions about America’s increasingly polarizated society.  In a January NY Times Op-Ed, David Brooks wrote that Coming Apart will prove to be one of the most important books of 2012 because it “so compellingly describes the most important trends in American society.”

The key premise of the book, as described by Murray in this Wall Street Journal column, is that “America is coming apart. For most of our nation’s history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world – for whites, anyway.”  For most of its history, a major hallmark of American democracy has been the comfortable mingling of the social classes.  “Americans love to see themselves this way,” writes Murray.  “But there’s a problem: It’s not true anymore, and it has been progressively less true since the 1960s.”

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Interest in Marijuana Legalization Continues to Grow Reply

By Bruce Kennedy

Is the United States on the verge of legalizing pot? Already 17 states and the District of Columbia allow the medical use of marijuana, and on Nov. 6, voters in three states will decide whether adults should be able to buy it for recreational use.

Ballot measures in Washington, Oregon and Colorado are in direct conflict with federal law, an issue that opponents hope will sway voters. But the measures are polling well in Washington and Colorado and getting support across the political spectrum, including from some high-profile conservative Republicans, The Washington Post reports.

The issue is in play on a national level, too. In Colorado alone, campaigns for and against the state’s Amendment 64 have reportedly spent well over $3 million, much of it from out-of-state organizations on both sides. “This is a big deal, and I think the federal government knows that,” said Sam Kamin, a law professor at the University of Denver. “And I think they’re watching these elections very closely.”

Supporters of legalized marijuana have also been more politically savvy in this round of elections, compared with during earlier efforts, such as a failed 2010 attempt in California. They are pointing to the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of dollars that strictly regulated marijuana sales programs could bring to state coffers.

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“Kick-a-Nigger” Politics 3

Welfare is back as the handiest weapon in the racist rhetorical arsenal. It’s back in the speeches of Republican candidates and surrogates, on right wing radio, and even in the language of those young “individualists” who see themselves as politically hip because of their perceived proximity to anarchist types. They believe the poor are poor because they want to be poor. Or are failed individuals. Or have grown so used to poverty that they are satisfied waiting for a check, that they like making the often humiliating trek to the local Department of Social Services office. ‘Welfare’ is back, which is to say ‘kick-a-nigger’ politics is in full swing. More…

Shut up and play nice: How the Western world is limiting free speech Reply

Brian Stauffer for The Washington Post

By Jonathan Turley

The Washington Post

Free speech is dying in the Western world. While most people still enjoy considerable freedom of expression, this right, once a near-absolute, has become less defined and less dependable for those espousing controversial social, political or religious views. The decline of free speech has come not from any single blow but rather from thousands of paper cuts of well-intentioned exceptions designed to maintain social harmony.

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The Ghost of Bertolt Brecht and the Balkanization of America Reply

Bertolt Brecht’s name is now largely lost to history, but the idea expressed in the succinct question above remains as potent today as when he uttered it. Brecht, a self-made Marxist who was once investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) during the “Red Scare” era of the late 1940s and early 1950s, probably did not know a then-young Edward Kennedy or the other politicians who later devised the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act, and he did not live to see the eventual mass migration of immigrants, legal and illegal alike, into the U.S. after his death. We can only speculate on how Brecht would have viewed the rapidly-Balkanizing United States of the early 21st century, but it seems safe to conclude that the old Marxist would be astounded at its scope, scale and rapidity. More…

TSA Hires Priest Accused of Molesting Girls, Lets Him Do Pat Downs on Kids Reply

From Just Khaotic. Bloke sounds like their perfect candidate.

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You would expect that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) would do good background checks on its prospective employees.  But this doesn’t appear to be the case, after it was determined that the organization hired a priest who’d been defrocked for allegedly molesting two girls in grade school.

The shamed former man of God was given the responsibility of patting people down at the airport in Philadelphia, including young children. The Philadelphia Inequirer reported  that 65-year old Thomas Harkins was pushed out of the priesthood as a result of the allegations.  We’re not sure why he didn’t go to jail instead, but the priesthood has been long criticized for not seeking criminal penalties for priests, even when they’ve been accused of harming children.

The TSA justified its decision by stating that “[a]n allegation alone does not warrant dismissal or automatically disqualify applicants from employment with the TSA,” spokesperson Ann Davistold the Inquirer.

TSA said that they didn’t check the priest’s background because they desperately needed agents at the time and didn’t have time to check everyone.  This was shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks, when the organization was hiring large numbers of agents at the same time.

Biologist E.O. Wilson on Why Humans, Like Ants, Need a Tribe 4

Religion. Sports. War. Biologist E.O. Wilson says our drive to join a group—and to fight for it—is what makes us human.

Have you ever wondered why, in the ongoing presidential campaign, we so strongly hear the pipes calling us to arms? Why the religious among us bristle at any challenge to the creation story they believe? Or even why team sports evoke such intense loyalty, joy, and despair?

The answer is that everyone, no exception, must have a tribe, an alliance with which to jockey for power and territory, to demonize the enemy, to organize rallies and raise flags.

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Palestinian Authority: Running Israel’s Guantanamo Reply

An Israeli soldier leads a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinain man after he was arrested at an Israeli checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah on 17 September 2012. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani)

By Linah Alsaafin

Al Akhbar

Scores of political detainees held in Israeli jails are released only to then be arrested by the Palestinian Authority, who is living up to its reputation of being Israel’s hired police force.

Thirty-year-old Alaa Sadeq from Qalqiliya spent nine and a half years in Israeli prisons before being released on 5 June 2012. Sadeq was charged with belonging to the political faction Hamas, as well as being active in the resistance against the Israeli occupation. Following his release, Sadeq began adapting to life outside of prison. His sister Mirvat tells of how he was busy getting his house ready for marriage. Sadeq got married on September 14. Four days later, he was hauled off and taken to the Qalqiliya detention facility.

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“Get Your Tits Out (of Our Rags)!” Reply

My latest Infernal installment.

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Beware, strumpets and reprobates—the femiternalists are back! Not content with slamming their stilettos down on strippers’ faces in Iceland, these especially noxious followers of the feminist faith want to get their killjoy claws into Page 3, the most intellectually stimulating page in UK tabloid The Sun.

This isn’t the first time feministing folk have tried to nag bare breasts off The Sun’s pages. Lefty ex-parliamentarian Claire Short led a particularly Purityrannical campaign to ban boobs from the paper back in the Eighties as part of a larger anti-porn purge. More recently, the ever-histrionic Laurie Penny derided the pulchritudinous page as “neoliberal social conditioning”, existing only for the purpose of keeping womynkynd firmly in thrall to the phallocracy.

Now, the torch of termagancy has been snatched by not one but two killjoys.

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R.I.P., GOP: Last Hurrah of Nixon’s ‘New Majority’? Reply

By Pat Buchanan

Looking back all the way to America’s Civil War, there have been three  dominant presidential coalitions.

The first was Abraham Lincoln’s. With his war to restore the Union and his  martyrdom, Lincoln inaugurated an era of Republican dominance that lasted more  than seven decades and saw only two Democratic presidents: Grover Cleveland and  Woodrow Wilson.

The second coalition was FDR’s, where he and his vice president Harry Truman  won five consecutive presidential elections. Only Gen. Eisenhower could break  that streak.

The third was Richard Nixon’s New Majority, cobbled together after his narrow  1968 victory, where he annexed the Northern Catholic ethnics and Southern  Christian conservatives of FDR’s coalition to win 49 states in 1972. Ronald  Reagan would follow up with 44- and 49-state landslides and see his vice  president win 40 states in 1988.

That New Majority is now history. In the five elections since 1992,  Republicans have won the popular vote once—in 2004. And while Mitt Romney is  slightly ahead in polls today, reaching 270 electoral votes will be no easy  task. The electoral map is becoming problematic.

But foreign policy “realists,” libertarians and the  anti-interventionist right, all of whom are urging us to stay out of any new  war, seem more in tune with the times—and the country.”

An Open Letter to Urban Outfitters Regarding Their Che Guevara Merchandise 1

An anti-Che article on…HuffPo!? That is a turn-up for the books!

Thor Halvorssen lays the smack down….

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Ted Marlow
CEO, Urban Outfitters
30 Industrial Park Blvd.
Trenton, SC 29847

Dear Mr. Marlow,

The Human Rights Foundation recently became aware of the sale of merchandise at Urban Outfitters emblazoned with the image of communist leader Che Guevara, at times accompanied by the word “revolución.” As a nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of human rights, we would like to bring your attention to Guevara’s bloody and anti-democratic legacy.

Although Guevara’s image has appeared on countless items for consumption over the last few decades as a symbol of change for the better, Guevara’s actual record is that of a brutal tyrant who suppressed individual freedom in Cuba and murdered those who challenged his worldview.

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World Backs Iran Reply

From: American Free Press

September 18, 2012

By Pete Papaherakles

Top officials representing 120 governments—the majority of the world—showed up in Tehran on August 26 to attend the week-long “Non-Aligned Movement” (NAM) summit, where they unanimously voted to support Iran’s nuclear energy program and condemn the American-led attempt to isolate and punish the Islamic republic. More…