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Mittens and the welfare moms

By Susie
I thought this was pretty funny. I don’t think the Romneys are all that familiar with the intertubes and how there’s a record of every public thing they’ve said:

When Ann Romney’s status as a stay-at-home mom became a political football in the last week, she went on Fox News and emphasized that it was all about choices, saying “We need to respect the choices that women make.” But at a 1994 campaign event, Ann Romney told low-income women in no uncertain terms that they should stay at home with their kids, according to Judith Dushku, a prominent Mormon feminist who knew the Romneys over several decades and attended the forum. It was also a contrast from Mitt Romney’s position at the time — and as recently as this January — which favored bringing low-income mothers into the workforce in exchange for welfare benefits.
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Coke addict

This is so strange.


Waging propaganda war against reporters.

Cafeteria Catholics

John Boehner and Paul Ryan. Read this one, it’s good.

No one expects the German Inquisition

In other words, they were only wearing the bare-minimum 15 pieces of anti-abortion flair:

WASHINGTON — As Pope Benedict XVI marked his seventh anniversary as pope on Thursday (April 19), many Catholics were wondering if the pontiff is finally becoming the papal enforcer that some feared — and others hoped — he would be when he was elected to lead the church in 2005.

The questions were prompted by this week’s announcement that Benedict had signed off on a crackdown on the organization representing most of the 57,000 nuns in the United States, saying that the group was not speaking out strongly enough against gay marriage, abortion and women’s ordination.


Ancient footprints everywhere

Levon Helm grew up in Turkey Scratch, AR, and was able to experience first-hand not only “roots” music but an entire culture that’s almost totally alien to 21st century America. The same goes for Bob Dylan, growing up in Hibbing, MN, who wrote “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” which Helm sang — with all the soulfulness and irony the song demands — on the Band’s Cahoots album. More here.


Levon Helm, 71.

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