Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Maddow's Scathing Attack On Romney's Disdain For Foreign Policy And GOP Voter Scandal Widens And More On Romney's Cold Calculating Manner

Rachel Maddow 's scathing though justified attack on Mitt Romney's disdain for foreign policy which risks Bush-level disaster. So Maddow adds to doubts about Mitt Romney's ability As President & Commander In Chief  to deal with both domestic and foreign policy issues.But maybe unbeknownst to Maddow and the rest of us Romney is just considering outsourcing foreign affairs and will continue Bush/Cheney's privatization of wars and allow those in his view who know what's best that is private corporations .

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As the Religious Right gains more influence over the Republican party the party eventually has taken on even the most extreme views and policies of the extreme right. So it is not surprising that the anti-abortion line is that of the extremist who believe in "personhood" for not just the fetus but the fertilized egg and are therefore against all abortions with no exceptions .  These are the same people and organizations who want to pass legislation if not a constitutional amendment to  ban Gay marriage or to pass an amendement in defense of marriage .

   Not Just Mourdock -- Meet 7 Other Republicans Trying to Block Abortion for Rape Victims :The formerly fringe view is becoming mainstream within the GOP. October 24, 2012

On Tuesday night, during a debate with challenger Joe Donnelly (D-IN), State Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) said that women who had been raped should not have access to abortion services, explaining that pregnancies resulting from the violent act are a “ gift from God .” “The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother,” Mourdock claimed. “I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. “

Sadly, Mourdock — who Mitt Romney endorsed just days ago — is one of a growing number of (mostly) male Republicans who are seeking to roll back women’s access to legal abortion services, particularly in cases of rape:

   – REP. TODD AKIN (R-MO): “It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

  – REP. STEVE KING (R-IA): In an interview with Iowa’s KMEG-TV, King denied ever hearing about anyone getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest, saying: “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way, and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

  – REP. ROSCOE BARTLETT (R-MD): At a town hall, Bartlett responded to a question about abortion by reiterating his longstanding opposition to the procedure in every case except for rape, incest, and if the life of the woman is in danger. But when an audience member pressed Bartlett on the rape exception, he suggested that few pregnancies result from rape.

– LINDA MCMAHON: the Connecticut senate hopeful told a local newspaper that Catholic hospitals should not be required to provide emergency contraception to victims of rape. “I mean it’s a separation of church and state in my view, and I think that a religious institution has the right to decide what its policies would be in that, in that case,” she claimed. She later reversed herself. –

TOM SMITH: the Republican challenging Sen. Bob Casey’s (D-PA) seat, suggested that having a child out of wedlock was analogous to rapeduring an interview with a reporter at a press club this afternoon, claiming that it would have a “similar” effect on a father.

– STATE REP. ROGER RIVARD (R-WI): the state lawmakers, who also won Paul Ryan’s backing, claimed that some girls “rape easy” and sometimes portray a sexual encounter as rape if they become pregnant.

   – STATE REP. JIM BUCHY (R-OH): admitted that never thought about why a woman would want an abortion. After an Al Jazeera reporter asked Buchy why he thinks some women may want to have an abortion, he fumbled for an appropriate response before admitting he had never thought about that question before. Indeed, the radical attitude about abortion — and particularly the dangerous move to narrow the definition of sexual assault and qualify the types of violent sexual crimes that are “legitimate” enough to warrant an abortion — extends throughout the Republican Party and its presidential ticket.

    Ah yes Mitt Romney shown to be the sort of souless greedy busineesman once again as in this case Romney lied to the courts and in doing so made more money and he will do whatever it takes to make another buck. The only thing about this that seems at times a bit disengenuous is that isn't Mitt Romney just part of the American culture in which winners take all and f... the other guy or gal. And if you have faith in God or Jesus or John Smith and pray everyday then whatever you do is by definition a good thing . All your past sins , current sinning and future sinning is all washed away once you are Baptized or what have you.

Report: Romney Lied in Court And Then Screwed Over His Friend's Wife During Nasty Divorce With Staples Founder A report on the gossip news website could codify the perception of Romney only caring about the rich and willing to screw over others. by Alex Kane at,October 24, 2012
Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remarks codified an image of the candidate as only caring about the rich and willing to screw over the rest of the population. A report on the gossip news website could add to that perception.

TMZ reports today that Romney lied “under oath when he testified in the divorce of his good friend and screwed the friend's wife out of a lot of money in the process,” according to the wife of the founder of Staples. The story goes like this: Staples founder Tom Stemberg was in the midst of a nasty divorce with his wife Maureen Stemberg Sullivan. Romney, a friend of Stemberg’s who invested in his company, testified in court that Staples was not worth very much. Staple’s stock was “overvalued,” Romney said in court, adding, “I didn't place a great deal of credibility in the forecast of the company's future.”

Romney’s testimony helped ensure that Maureen received very little money when the divorce case was resolved. But the controversy comes from this: “We're told just weeks after the divorce ended, Romney and Tom went to Goldman Sachs and cashed in THEIR stock for a fortune. Short story -- Romney allegedly lied to help his friend and screw the friend's wife over.”
From The Brad log via more coverage on the Republican voter fraud scandal and the use of vote counting agencies which have ties to Mitt Romney and the GOP.

The problem is that the GOP will probably get away with its dirty tricks because if President obama raises the alarm or his AG Holder they will just be labeled as being anti-GOP and anti-democracy . And besides one of the few groups that might have been monitoring these events on the ground as it were was ACORN who Obama tossed under the bus along with the leftist anti-war pro-universal Healthcare pro-civil and human rights anti-torture anti-drone anti-imperialists faction who Obama needed during his first election but since has treated as being toxic to his mediocre middle of the road decidedly centrist position which in actuality puts him on the moderate right .

This is of course part of the irony in all of this that President Obama distanced himself and his administration from all of the grass roots groups which got the vote out in 2008 but may find it hard to get the votes out for Obama in this election. Obama essentially dislikes confrontations and is naive enogh to believe that Republicans care more about the USA than about advancing their party's agenda and its desire for power.

They after all committed themselves to a single goal once Obama was elected and that goal has been and still is to ensure that Obama is a one term president . So much for Obama's reliance on the goodwill and patriotism of the Republicans.  Their idea of patriotism is to make sure the wealthy not only keep what they have but to amass more wealth while refusing to pay their fair share in taxes as they send lower class and poor Americans off to fight their dirty wars which help make the rich even richer.

Meanwhile the GOP and conservatives and their media at Fox News have been attacking Obama for being on the left and a socialists if only that were true more left leaning groups and voters would be more fired up and motivated to give Obama a second term instead what many on the left will do is either not vote at all or vote for Obama just to keep the GOP /Mitt Romney/Ryan right wing extremist out of the White House .

GOP Voter Registration Scandal Widens, Prosecutors File Criminal Charges A Virginia official is busted for tossing voter forms. Turns out he works for the national party, too. by Brad friedman at The brad Blog via, October 20, 2012
A man originally reported to have been working for the Republican Party of Virginia was arrested by the Rockingham County, Va., Sheriff’s Office on Thursday and charged with attempting to destroy voter registration forms by tossing them into a dumpster behind a shopping center in Harrisonburg, Va.

“Prosecutors charged him with four counts of destruction of voter registration applications, eight counts of failing to disclose voter registration applications and one count of obstruction of justice,” according to a report late Thursday afternoon from TPM’s Ryan Reilly . More charges could be forthcoming, according to officials.

But there is more to the story, as evidence emerges to document that it ties into a still-expanding nationwide GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal that the BRAD BLOG first began reporting in late September , after we’d learned that the Republican Party of Florida had turned in more than 100 allegedly fraudulent and otherwise suspect voter registration forms in Palm Beach County. The story has continued to widen ever since, to a dozen Florida counties and several other states, now including Virginia, and even to the upper-echelons of the Republican Party itself.

The man arrested today was 23-year-old Colin Small of Phoenixville, Pa. As it turns out, he does not only work for the Virginia Republican Party. According to an online profile, he appears to be working for the Republican National Committee and, prior to that, served as an Intern for Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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