The government employees union AFSCME is running an ad featuring a member who says he collects Mitt Romney's garbage. The worker, a black man, claims Romney doesn't care about "invisible people" like him and the services they provide. See for yourself: Maybe AFSCME should have also consulted with some of their members who are public librarians before they produced the ad. If they had, they might have learned that in his 2010 book No Apology; The Case for American Greatness Mitt Romney specifically wrote about garbage collectors, including a line about them being invisible to the suits:
According to a news report, President Barack Obama is bored with the entire debate process. He allegedly told a political volunteer: “They’re making me do my homework. They’re keeping me indoors all the time… It’s a drag.” Of course he’s bored. Compare what he’s doing this week to what he’s been doing for countless weeks prior to this week. In recent past weeks, when he could have been leading the country and improving the dismal facts and figures he must now defend, he has been having one hell of a great time.
Three unusual earthquakes that shook a suburb west of Dallas over the weekend appear to be connected to the past disposal of wastewater from local hydraulic fracturing operations, a geophysicist who has studied earthquakes in the region says. Preliminary data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) show the first quake, a magnitude 3.4, hit at 11:05 p.m. CDT on Saturday a few miles southeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. It was followed 4 minutes later by a 3.1-magnitude aftershock that originated nearby. A third, magnitude-2.1 quake trailed Saturday's rumbles by just under 24 hours
The TV debates offer a last chance for Barack Obama’s ailing opponent Mitt Romney to change voters’ minds. Tonight, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will go mano-a-mano in Denver, Colorado, for the first of three nationally televised debates. Millions will tune in to watch the president defend his domestic record and the Republican challenger attack it. For Romney, this is being billed as a “make or break” moment. The national polls are close, but the president has built a nice lead in the swing states such as Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina. Romney desperately needs something big to
White House press secretary Jay Carney declined to comment on an assertion by the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that requests from diplomats in Libya for added security prior to the September 11, 2012 attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, were denied. “I’m not going to get into a situation under review by the State Department and the FBI,” Carney said. Earlier today, chairman of the committee Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chair of the subcommittee on national security, homeland defense, and foreign operations, wrote to
COQUILLE, Ore. -- A 70-year-old farmer in Oregon was eaten by 700-pound pigs, but how he died is a mystery, authorities said. Terry V. Garner went to feed his pigs Wednesday. When he failed to return, a family member went looking for him and found his dentures on the ground of the hog enclosure, NBC News reported Monday. The pigs had left behind few body parts, the report said. The Coos County Sheriff's Office is trying to determine how Garner "ended up in a position where the hogs were able to consume him." "There are several scenarios being investigated
Immediately after the murder of Chris Stevens, America's Ambassador to Libya, I suggested that the assault on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11 could have profound consequences for President Barack Obama, particularly if he failed to take appropriate action against the murderers--the most likely candidates being members of al-Qaeda's new terror franchise in Mali. But with the US presidential contest entering its critical final phase, the Obama administration deftly avoided getting into any controversy over the murder of Mr Stevens and three other members of the consulate staff by leading everyone to believe the murders were not part
President Obama may win re-election, but if he does it appears it will be without the legions of fervent supporters and big enthusiasm that propelled him to victory four years ago. In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, Mitt Romney’s supporters are about as enthusiastic about supporting him in November as are those who back Obama. This is a stark contrast from the Post-ABC poll earlier this month, as well as throughout 2008, when Obama had huge leads over Sen. John McCain in this area.
New York - Despite some disappointing results from the two leading Detroit automakers, final figures for September U.S. car sales are expected to be strong, thanks to pent-up demand among American consumers. General Motors reported only a 1.5% increase in sales from year-ago levels on Tuesday, while Ford Motor sales slipped 0.1%. Both results were a bit below forecast. But Chrysler Group reported that sales jumped 12% from a year earlier, easily topping forecasts.
TAMPA, Fl - The Pinellas County Sheriffs Office is asking for the public's help identifying the woman in the pictures climbing on top of the manatee this past weekend at Ft. Desoto. Reports say this all happened around 1pm Sunday afternoon, just north of the Gulf pier. Whitnesses in the area were able to give officers a good description along with the pictures of the suspect and where she was last seen. The woman is wanted for violating the state Manatee Sancturary Act which states that it is unlawful for any person, at any time by any means or
The security lapses in Benghazi that led to the death of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans trace back to security decisions made in Washington. That's the message of a letter Rep. Darrell Issa sent to Secretary Clinton Tuesday. The letter indicates that the US mission in Libya made repeated request for increased security prior to the September 11th attack but that these requests were denied. Issa's House Oversight committee is planning a hearing on Wednesday, October 10, to investigate the failure. (Snip) In particular, Issa is requesting information on security requests from the Libyan Embassy and relevant documents on
Super PAC American Crossroads GPS is set to drop $16 million on ads this week in battleground states and targeted races, mostly hitting President Obama on stimulus spending and his jobs record. From CNN: The conservative super PAC American Crossroads said Tuesday it was buying $11 million in television time this week to air an ad sharply critical of President Barack Obama’s record on jobs. (Snip) The TV ad, entitled “Actually Happened,” makes reference to what the Obama White House would like you to forget— what he promised would happen to the jobless rate if we spent $1 trillion on
The U.S. appears to have given up on a political settlement with the Taliban in Afghanistan. If so, time to rip off the Band-Aid: The U.S. will lose the longest war it’s ever fought. Without a settlement with the Taliban, there is no hope of ending an insurgency that withstood the U.S. troop surge of 2010-2012. The U.S. will either have to rely on an Afghan security force that has killed more than 50 U.S. and NATO troops this year alone, or end up prolonging its costly commitment to Afghanistan. According to The New York Times, U.S. officials have given
As the parties get set for the first presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday, the Heritage Foundation’s Values Bus will roll into town. (Snip) In the 2012 election season, the Heritage Foundation has taken an agenda-setting role from early in primary season when they co-sponsored a Republican primary debate with the American Enterprise Institute and CNN. More recently, the foundation drove the conversation on the claim that President Obama “gutted welfare reform” when he offered waivers to states on the work requirement of the program.
Tokyo - A senior North Korean diplomat warned a meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York that "a spark of fire could set off a thermonuclear war" on the Korean Peninsula. Pak Kil-yon, Pyongyang's vice-foreign minster, put the blame for the tense state of inter-Korean relations firmly on South Korea's conservative government and claimed the citizens of the North feel "shame" and "political terror." Monday's speech was the first time a representative of North Korea has addressed the General Assembly since Kim Jong-un assumed power after the death of his father in December last year.
On his nationally syndicated radio show on Monday, Oct. 1, Mark Levin asked: "What the hell are we doing in Afghanistan?" Here is the transcript: “What the hell are we doing in Afghanistan? Over 2,000 now--over 2,000 American soldiers killed there. Some of them shot in the back by the people we’re trying to help. Obama puts a time frame on when we’re leaving. “What is our mission? What is our mission now in Afghanistan? If we’re not gonna blow the enemy to kingdom come, what are we doing there? Somebody’s son and daughter is getting murdered over there, or
WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Arne Duncan is calling for printed textbooks to become obsolete within the next few years. Duncan says the U.S. is falling behind other nations that are aggressively moving from print to digital for educational materials. He says a small number of American school districts are moving in that direction, but that the country must move faster. Duncan's remarks came during an address to the National Press Club where he also criticized the Republican-controlled House for failing to adequately invest in education. Duncan says Mitt Romney and the Republicans see education as an expense
Washington - About six weeks before a crucial election, and shortly after he had secured the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney was trailing badly. Voters had unfavorable views of him. They didn’t think he cared for people like them. Women overwhelmingly favored his opponent. The year was 2002. (Snip) Several weeks after Romney, with no primary opponent, officially became the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2002, a late September poll showed he had not only lost his lead but had slipped six points behind his Democratic opponent, state Treasurer Shannon O’Brien. She was dominating among women — leading 48 percent to 30
New York - Americans are expected to spend more during what’s traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they’re not exactly ready to shop ‘til they drop like they have been in the past two years. The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, said Tuesday that it expects sales during the winter holiday shopping period in November and December to rise 4.1 percent this year. That’s more than a percentage point lower than the growth in each of the past two years, and the smallest increase since 2009 when sales were up just 0.3 percent.
Moroccan women seeking to terminate a pregnancy will have a brief chance to do so this week, when an ‘abortion ship’ pulls into port to offer its services to women in this Muslim-majority North African country. A Dutch organization called the Women on Waves Foundation, or WoW, runs the controversial service. From a tiny makeshift clinic mounted on a floating vessel, its staff dispenses abortion pills and medical advice to women who are up to six weeks pregnant.
An American journalist missing in Syria for six weeks is seen blindfolded and disoriented in a shaky video that has surfaced online — giving his family some hope that he may still be alive. The footage of Austin Tice was first uploaded last Wednesday to YouTube, but gained traction Monday when a Facebook page and Twitter account supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad linked to the clip, according to reports. Tice, 31, was covering the country’s civil war for McClatchy Newspapers and The Washington Post before he last e-mailed colleagues on Aug. 13. (Snip) Tice also says a garbled prayer in
Microsoft didn't have much luck with one its latest celebrity promotions. The software giant recently hired the rapper Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) to perform at a retail store for customers in Atlanta, GA, the performance, however, didn't go exactly as planned. During his performance he said "F**k these computers," and then began jumping on top of display tables while rapping. He apparently also stomped on at least five computers, according to a report from All Hip Hop's website.
“Bernanke warns congress to butt out of interest-rate policy discussions . . .” is the headline up on the Drudge Report following the speech today by the Federal Reserve’s chairman at Indiana. It sounds to us like the chairman is warning Congress against passing Congressman Ron Paul’s audit-the-Fed legislation and Congressman Kevin Brady’s Sound Dollar Act, both of which would open up Fed policies to inspection. The chairman’s speech marks another step in the Fed and the Congress moving into what might be called open, if polite, confrontation. It’s an important story.
Every storm has its own unique characteristics and traits. And sharing information about the impacts of a storm becomes easier and more effective when a storm is given an identity. Smartly recognizing this, The Weather Channel (TWC) announced today it will begin naming significant winter storms - the first three will be called Athena, Brutus and Caesar. It’s a bold (even arrogant?) move, because - in a sense - TWC is laying claim to custody of the nation’s major winter weather events. TWC’s press release begins* by boasting it is “the first national organization Headline split by staff.
Hojjat al-Eslam Ali Shirazi , the representative of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the Islamic Republic's Qods Force, said this week that Iran needed just '24 hours and an excuse' to destroy Israel. In his first public interview for a year, reported in the Persian-language Jahan News, which is close to the regime, Shirazi said if Israel attacked Iran the Islamic Republic would be able to turn the war in to a war of attrition which would lead to Israel's destruction. (Snip) Khamenei appointed Shirazi a year ago as his representative to the Qods Force, the highly secretive