Mitt’s Gaffs Just Keep on Coming. Gawd He’s even Dumber than Sarah Palin!

Mitt Romney Comments At Fundraiser Outrage Palestinians

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/30/mitt-romney-palestinians_n_1718496.html

By KASIE HUNT and KARIN LAUB
07/30/12

JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. Romney’s campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.

“As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” the Republican presidential candidate told about 40 wealthy donors who ate breakfast at the luxurious King David Hotel.

Romney said some economic histories have theorized that “culture makes all the difference.”

“And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things,” Romney said, citing an innovative business climate, the Jewish history of thriving in difficult circumstances and the “hand of providence.” He said similar disparity exists between neighboring countries, like Mexico and the United States.

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/30/mitt-romney-palestinians_n_1718496.html

Mitt Romney to rekindle cold war spirit with speech in Poland attacking Russia

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/30/mitt-romney-speech-poland-russia

After gaffe-strewn UK visit and controversial remarks in Israel, US presidential hopeful turns to symbol of anti-Soviet triumph

, Europe editor
guardian.co.uk, Monday 30 July 2012

Mitt Romney is to round off his campaign to boost his presidential foreign policy credentials by returning to a cold war symbol of anti-Soviet triumph and western-backed liberty in Poland.

Following a gaffe-strewn visit to Britain, where he queried the Olympic host’s fitness to stage the Games, and after stirring controversy in Israel by calling Jerusalem the Israeli capital and seeming to back unilateral Israeli strikes against Iran, the Republican White House contender arrived on Monday in Poland, where he is to deliver a setpiece speech on democracy and freedom.

The speech on the “values of liberty” at Warsaw University on Tuesday is expected to seek to rekindle the flames of US cold war righteousness by featuring a strong attack on Russia and President Vladimir Putin’s rollback of democratic gains, while also criticising the US president, Barack Obama, for allegedly sacrificing the interests and security of central European democracy in favour of realpolitik with the Kremlin.

Romney has previously described Russia as America’s “No 1 geopolitical foe”, in contrast with Obama, who has sought to press “the reset button” in relations with Moscow.

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/30/mitt-romney-speech-poland-russia

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BBC Report: Bishop Romney Told Pregnant Mother “Give Your Child to The Church”

From I Acknowledge Class Warfare Exists:  http://www.classwarfareexists.com/bbc-report-bishop-romney-told-pregnant-mother-give-your-child-to-the-church/#axzz229aecjNM

by icarus
30 Jul 2012

Mitt Romney was a Mormon bishop for five years in the 1980′s in addition to being president of the Boston chapter.  The BBC interviews a former parishioner of the Boston Mormon church that Mitt Romney was bishop of; her name is Peggy Hayes.  She tells the BBC her story that she has never shared in an interview before.

Peggy got pregnant out of wedlock and Mitt Romney came to visit her; she says he told her to give her child up to the church for adoption.  She also says that if she didn’t give up her child to the church – Romney threatened to have her excommunicated from the church.

“I said well are you suggesting that I give up my child to the church.  And he pretty much said – yeah, that’s exactly what we we’re asking you to do … is to give up your child to the church.  And he said somewhat casually – well … you know you’re facing some serious consequences pretty much.  And if you don’t give up your child then you would considered to be in violation of the doctrines of the church.  And in effect what that would mean is that you would be excommunicated.”
~Peggy Hayes, former Romney parishioner

The Boston Globe did an entire article on this on 8/26/94 – a blog captured it (it’s currently behind a firewall) and you can read the entire story HERE:

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Spain angers feminists with plan to tighten abortion law

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/29/spain-angers-feminists-with-plan-to-tighten-abortion-law/

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, July 29, 2012

MADRID — Spain’s conservative government has provoked a storm among women’s groups with plans to tighten the country’s abortion laws to make the procedure illegal in cases where the foetus is deformed.

The government announced Friday it would alter an abortion law introduced by its Socialist predecessors in 2010 which gave women the legal right to abortion on demand for up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.

The 2010 law also allowed women the legal right to abort up to the 22nd week of pregnancy in cases where the mother’s health is at risk or the foetus shows serious deformities.

In cases of an extremely severe serious malformation of a foetus, an abortion could be carried out at any time if approved by an ethics committee.

But last week Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon came out strongly against allowing abortion in cases of a deformed foetus.

“I don’t understand why we should deprive a foetus of life by allowing abortion for the simple reason that it suffers a handicap or a deformity,” he said in an interview published in conservative daily La Razon on July 22.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/29/spain-angers-feminists-with-plan-to-tighten-abortion-law/

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Budget cuts: million jobs to be slashed?

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Happy birthday to Medicare

From The Houston Chronicle:  http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Happy-birthday-to-Medicare-3741814.php

By Margaret A. Nosek
Friday, July 27, 2012

With all the commotion surrounding the Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it would be easy to overlook an important birthday: Today is the 47th anniversary of Medicare, the public health insurance program that covers our nation’s seniors and people with severe disabilities.

It’s a birthday that deserves to be celebrated, including here in the Lone Star State. Medicare provides 48 million Americans – about 3 million of them in Texas – with reasonably good access to health care, thereby easing their suffering, prolonging their lives, and reducing financial pressures on them and their families. Before Medicare was enacted in 1965, most retired older people were at risk of financial ruin when they got sick. Medicare changed that picture, and our state and nation are much better for it.

The Medicare program is not perfect, of course. It has burdensome co-pays and deductibles, and its benefits could be better. But it remains immensely popular, and it’s not hard to figure out why. A new study in the journal Health Affairs found that “Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older are more satisfied with their health insurance, have better access to care, and are less likely to have problems paying medical bills than working-age adults who get insurance through employers or purchase coverage on their own.”

Keep that in mind the next time you hear a politician or pundit argue that the Medicare program should be converted to a private voucher program, where seniors would get a flat amount to buy a health policy from a commercial insurance company. Such schemes are lucrative for the big private insurers but would be bad for most seniors, leaving them with inferior and progressively deteriorating coverage.

Complete article at:  http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Happy-birthday-to-Medicare-3741814.php

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The CEO Plan to Steal Your Social Security and Medicare

From Common Dreams:   http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/30-11

by Dean Baker
Published on Monday, July 30, 2012 by Common Dreams

Many people are following the presidential election closely with the idea that the outcome will have a major impact on national policy. However, according to Steven Pearlstein, a veteran Washington Post columnist and reporter, it may not matter who wins the election. In a column last week, Pearlstein told readers that the top executives of some of the country’s largest companies are getting together to craft a budget package that they will try to push through Congress and get the president to sign.

While Pearlstein clearly sees these backroom meetings of corporate chieftains in positive terms (he refers to them as “grown-ups” who have been noticeably absent from the conversation about the budget), the rest of us might view this plotting a bit differently. As Pearlstein openly acknowledges, this corporate coup is an end-run around the electorate. As corrupt as the political process may have become, at least we will get a vote in the election. Pearlstein’s plotters are not inviting the rest of us into the conversation.

Many of the same folks who brought the economy to ruin just a few years ago are now going to come up with a plan that is supposed to set the budget and the economy on a forward path. At the center of their proposal are big cuts in Social Security and Medicare.

The most popular Social Security cut among this gang is a reduction in the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) by 0.3 percentage points. They are betting that ordinary people are too dumb to notice this cut since it is a relatively small amount each year.

However, the effect of this cut accumulates into a much bigger deal over time. After 10 years it is roughly 3 percent, after 20 years it would be close to 6 percent, and after 30 years it would be close to 9 percent.

Continue reading at:   http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/30-11

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Sign Petition: Chair, ABA Business Law Section, Gonzaga Univ School of Law: Remove Cathy Brennan as liaison To ABA’s Commission on LGBT

From Change.org:  http://www.change.org/petitions/chair-aba-business-law-section-gonzaga-univ-school-of-law-remove-cathy-brennan-as-liaison-to-aba-s-commission-on-lgbt

Attorney Catherine (Cathy) M. Brennan Partner at Hudson Cook LLP has used her position as a lawyer to repeatedly harass, intimidate, bully and embarrass a portion of the community that she has been entrusted by the American Bar Association to help, transgender and transsexual peoples.Recently Cathy Brennan cyberbullied a transgender woman who had a docket date to change her gender marker by publishing that information and asking that others contact the judge in oppisition to her petition.

http://pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com/2012/05/24/the-bittersweet-change-of-gender-court-ruling-it-came-with-cyberbulling/

Cathy Brennan recently maliciously outed a 17 year old. Transgender Youth To His High School in retaliation for the youths ignorance regarding “rape jokes’ which he later appoligized profusly for after being educated about how those ‘jokes’ are unnaceptable.
http://planetransgender.blogspot.com/2012/06/cathey-brennan-laywer-maliciously-outs.html

Cathy Brennan and co author Elizabeth Hungerford tendered a paper to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, in response to a query regarding the current international status of women stating that:

“the proliferation of legislation designed to protect “gender identity” and “gender expression” undermines legal protections for females vis-à-vis sex segregated spaces, such as female-only clubs, public restrooms, public showers, and other spaces designated as “female only.”  http://www.bilerico.com/2011/08/less_than_woman_less_than_human.php 

The event picture which was sent to a transgender woman via twitter is the straw that broke the camel’s back.
http://planetransgender.blogspot.com/2012/07/catherine-brennans-sorry-for-you-dick.html

It is unnaceptable that Cathy Brennan is a liaison to Gonzaga Univ School of Law for the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity  This allows her unfettered access to further stigmitize trans people from within the legal syastem.

The  very fact she holds that position validates her anti transgender views and further places in harms way the people she was entrusted to work for.

Sign Petition

Remove Cathy Brennan as liaison To ABA’s Commission on LGBT

Greetings,

I just signed the following petition addressed to: Linda Rusch, Chair, ABA Business Law Section, Gonzaga Univ School of Law.

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Remove Cathy Brennan from her position as liaison to the American Bar Association’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

Attorney Catherine (Cathy) M. Brennan a Partner at Hudson Cook LLP has used her position as a lawyer to repeatedly harass, intimidate, bully and embarrass a portion of the community that she has been entrusted by the American Bar Association to help, transgender and transsexual peoples.

Please read the petition information to understand the reasons why I am asking this of you.

I hope you will consider this petition a plea for our lives, for freedom from intimidation. .
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Sincerely,

[Your name]

 

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