President Obama meets Pope Francis
NBC News: President Obama has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican for the 1st time during his trip across Europe and the Middle East. Pope Francis and President Obama shook hands and smiled warmly in front of cameras. “Thank you, it’s so nice to see you, good to see ya,” Obama repeated before the two men sat down for a meeting.
Photo: Pope Francis and President Obama meet at the Vatican (video still via NBC News)


President Obama meets Pope Francis

NBC News: President Obama has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican for the 1st time during his trip across Europe and the Middle East.

Pope Francis and President Obama shook hands and smiled warmly in front of cameras. “Thank you, it’s so nice to see you, good to see ya,” Obama repeated before the two men sat down for a meeting.

Photo: Pope Francis and President Obama meet at the Vatican (video still via NBC News)

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And then they have the GALL to spin it and say “See, Obamacare is screwing you over, we’re the poorest state and they’re charging us the highest premiums.” It’s because YOU TURNED DOWN THE MONEY.

Dear Gov. Corbett: Go fuck yourself. - No love, residents of Pennsylvania. (incl. Me.) 

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Just some quick thoughts. If you’re a Republican, this stuff needs to scare you to death.

  • Obama did particularly well among women, and of course many female candidates were elected (most Democrats).
  • Marriage equality won in four states and recreational marijuana won in two. The old politics of…

thanks for four more years, an ode to despair!

(channeling my inner Stephen Colbert/Bill Maher love child, “Stephen Maher”; tongue firmly in cheek)


to the geeks, the freaks, and especially the weak;

to the fag hags with their Gucci bags;

to the crazies, the lazies, the homeless men and women

tipping the election blue so they can enjoy four

more years of the bliss that is poverty;

to the gays trying to raise our kids to be perverts

and have sex with animals and aliens and designer shoes,

while priests sing the blues and rape boys in back rooms;

to the Muslims coming door to door to tell us more

about their man Allah, asking for a dollar, and offering us that

lil booklet called the “Watch Minaret”, aka, the Obama “Bible;

to the cranks in houses of lordly pranks, casting their

righteous flock against the zeitgeist of the Anti-Christ;

to the union and their ill-gotten ilk, sipping mocha lattes heavy

with milk, the assembly line purrs along dropping seventy-ton

armored boxes onto highways and byways, powered by owls;

to the coal miners - no whiners - marching into the darkness for

another day of black lung so the terrorists don’t win, a sin;

to the corporate raiders in their waders, fishing for trout

while all about them companies are sold for parts by old farts

so women in China can work for pennies in a shop non-stop;

to the chicks with dicks, the she-males and split tails, the

trans-thoughtful, the awful that have fallen from the path of God;

to the blacks, the illegals making tracks, finding a cozy ghetto,

a pimpin’ barrio, where they can rob rich white kids whose GPSs

cause driving messes, easy pickings for the upwardly-mobile thug;

to the clueless white folk who’ll now choke on their votes,

it denotes a lack of FOX News knowledge, drop-outs from college,

and an aversion to certain perversions, namely the Right path;

to the dishonorable, the intolerable, the heartless, the smartless,

the worthless, penniless, and sweetheartless, the lonely souls

smoking bowls, who lost the day and opened the way to four

more years of a brighter day.



Just because. Obama’s team does “One Day More,” 2008.

ht: Dan Froomkin


I am not writing to you as a black #voter, or a #woman voter, or as a voter who is over 70 years old and six feet tall. I am writing to you as a representative of this great country — as an American.

It is your job to vote. It is your responsibility, your right, and your privilege. You may be pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich.

But remember this: In an election, every voice is equally powerful — don’t underestimate your vote. Voting is the great equalizer.

Voting has already begun in some states that President Obama needs to win. So please use this handy tool to make sure your friends in those key states know where to cast their ballot. You will be doing them a great favor.

As a country, we can scarcely perceive the magnitude of our progress.

My grandmother and my uncle experienced circumstances that would break your heart. When they went to vote, they were asked impossible questions like, “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” When they couldn’t answer, they couldn’t vote.

I once debated with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. about whether an African American would ever be elected president. He believed it would happen within the next 40 years at the time — I believed it would never happen within my lifetime.

I have never been happier to have been proven wrong.

And since President Barack Obama’s historic election, we’ve moved forward in courageous and beautiful ways. More students can afford college, and more families have access to affordable health insurance. Women have greater opportunities to get equal pay for equal work.

Yet as Rev. King wrote, “All progress is precarious.”

So don’t sit on the sidelines. Don’t hesitate. Don’t have any regrets. Vote.


From an Obama campaign email by MAYA ANGELOU.


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#Romney - back to the past

#Romney - back to the past

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1. The deficit is largely a product of #tax cuts and #wars.


Read four more Facts You Should Commit To Memory Before Watching Tonight’s Debate (via ThinkProgress).

-Matt Wilstein

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When #Republicans began questioning President #Obama’s birth certificate four years ago, it seemed at first like a petulant reaction to a lost election, a flush of nativist and racist anger that would diminish over time. But the preposterous charges never went away. As this election cycle shows, many in the Republican Party continue to see the president as the center of a broad and malevolent liberal conspiracy to upend the truth.

To live and seethe in that world of conspiracy theories means rejecting any form of objective reality. When unemployment numbers make the administration look good, they are obviously “cooked.” When poll numbers put Mr. Obama ahead, they are skewed. Birth certificates are forgeries. Safety-net programs are giveaways to supporters. Health insurance reform is socialism. And campaign donation disclosure is antibusiness.

It’s an upside-down version of life, and it is not innocuous. When desperation leads political critics of the president to discredit important nonpolitical institutions — including the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Federal Reserve and the Congressional Budget Office — the damage can be long-lasting. If voters come to mistrust the most basic functions of government, the resulting cynicism can destroy the basic compact of citizenship.


— The New York Times, “Conspiracy World”

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"We had our first debate last night. And when I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt #Romney. But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney—because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow on stage last night said he didn’t know anything about that.

The real Mitt Romney said we don’t need any more teachers in our classrooms. But the fellow on stage last night, he loves teachers—can’t get enough of them. The Mitt Romney we all know invested in companies that were called “pioneers” of outsourcing jobs to other countries. But the guy on stage last night, he said that he doesn’t even know that there are such laws that encourage outsourcing—he’s never heard of them. Never heard of them. Never heard of tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. He said that if it’s true, he must need a new accountant.

Now, we know for sure it was not the real Mitt Romney, because he seems to be doing just fine with his current accountant. So you see, the man on stage last night, he does not want to be held accountable for the real Mitt Romney’s decisions and what he’s been saying for the last year. And that’s because he knows full well that we don’t want what he’s been selling for the last year. So Governor Romney may dance around his positions, but if you want to be President, you owe the American people the truth."

President Obama in Denver, CO today

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A lot of very intelligent progressives are unhappy that Obama pulled some punches last night. He didn’t throw Romney’s 47% comments back at him. He didn’t force Romney to nail down some of the specifics of his plan. He just laid out a foundation for what he believed and where he…


The general consensus seems to be that Obama was on the defensive during last night’s debate. Which is fine, because nothing Mitt Romney said had any substance: no real plan to deal with the economy (apart from not raising taxes on the rich); no real healthcare plan (except to radically trim back…

so true

"I don’t see how anyone who confronts Obama’s record with clear eyes can enthusiastically support him. … How can you vilify Romney as a heartless plutocrat unfit for the presidency, and then enthusiastically recommend a guy who held Bradley Manning in solitary and killed a 16-year-old American kid? If you’re a utilitarian who plans to vote for Obama, better to mournfully acknowledge that you regard him as the lesser of two evils, with all that phrase denotes. … Keen on Obama’s civil-libertarian message and reassertion of basic American values, I supported him in 2008. Today I would feel ashamed to associate myself with his first term or the likely course of his second. I refuse to vote for Barack Obama."

Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic. (via washingtonpoststyle)

i definitely view him as being the lesser of two evils, but more so a President with potential.  still, can anyone argue that Mitt Romney is better?  i mean, with a straight face and without reference fictions propagated by Fox News or Rush Limbaugh?  in the end though, it’s Congress that’s the problem.  why won’t anyone acknowledge or push this?  Congress is where most of the blame lies, and i don’t mean obstructionist Republicans.  i mean the failure of the premiere lawmaking body of the American government unable to do its job, overwhelmed, either willingly or reluctantly, with pressure from outside sources, lobbyists, special interests, staking their futures on monies from these people and then returning the favor.  where are the interests of the American people in this Congressional mix?  they are by the side of the road way back there in the 70s, it seems.


So let me offer some general ruminations on why Mitt Romney is losing his race for the presidency despite the structural problems, like long-term high unemployment rates, with President Obama’s re-election bid.

1. Incumbency. The simple fact is that most presidents who seek reelection win…