Looks like we have a little secret of our own!

Democratic Party officials say they will not release the names of donors to next month’s political convention before the event, despite an earlier pledge that they would regularly disclose the contributors.

In its marketing materials, the party promises that the “people’s convention,” set to begin Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C., will be the “most open and accessible ever.” But the names of donors, some of whom are giving up to $100,000, will remain secret until federal disclosure documents are filed Oct. 15, six weeks after the parties have ended and public attention has shifted to Election Day.

Democrats have made transparency a central theme of the campaign, pushing for legislation requiring groups to disclose donors. In a recent e-mail to supporters, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina asked for signatures on a petition calling for conservative interest groups to reveal the names of contributors.

“They have a vested interest in being able to spend millions anonymously to influence our elections,” Messina wrote.

I actually think they’re doing this because they haven’t gotten enough donors yet to cover their costs. A lot of the unions are holding back because they picked non-union Charlotte.

Coming attractions

Not what most people had in mind, I think:

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s promise to restore $716 billion that he says President Obama “robbed” from Medicare has some health care experts puzzled, and not just because his running mate, Representative Paul D. Ryan, included the same savings in his House budgets.

The 2010 health care law cut Medicare reimbursements to hospitals and insurers, not benefits for older Americans, by that amount over the coming decade. But repealing the savings, policy analysts say, would hasten the insolvency of Medicare by eight years — to 2016, the final year of the next presidential term, from 2024.

While Republicans have raised legitimate questions about the long-term feasibility of the reimbursement cuts, analysts say, to restore them in the short term would immediately add hundreds of dollars a year to out-of-pocket Medicare expenses for beneficiaries. That would violate Mr. Romney’s vow that neither current beneficiaries nor Americans within 10 years of eligibility would be affected by his proposal to shift Medicare to a voucherlike system in which recipients are given a lump sum to buy coverage from competing insurers.

Catholic deer hunter

“That’s what freedom is.” What, shooting deer and belonging to a patriarchal church? To me, freedom is not having your opinions supercede MY rights. Asshole:

“You remember that one where he said people in places like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, we cling to our guns and our religion?” Ryan said. “Hey. As a Catholic deer hunter: guilty as charged.” He added, “That’s what freedom is.”

The secret plan


WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney started to lay out his energy plan at a Tuesday event, but because there were reporters in the room, he decided against doing so.

During a Houston fundraiser, Romney told a room of about 125 donors that he planned to unveil his comprehensive energy plan this week. He said his proposal will specifically relate to fossil-based fuels. But then, he said no more.

“I know that we have members of the media here right now, so I’m not going to go through that in great detail,” Romney said, according to a pool report from the event.

This year’s swift boat vets

Glad some people are fighting back. I’m so tired of this right-wing crap:

A group of retired special operations and CIA officers who claim President Barack Obama revealed secret missions and turned the killing of Osama bin Laden into a campaign centerpiece are coming under criticism from some of their own.

Some special operations officers say the activist veterans are breaking a sacred military creed: respect for the commander in chief.

“This is an unprofessional, shameful action on the part of the operators that appear in the video, period,” U.S. Army Special Forces Maj. Fernando Lujan wrote on his Facebook page, to a chorus of approval from colleagues.

A Green Beret who returned last year from Afghanistan, Lujan says that attaching the title of special operator with any political campaign is “in violation of everything we’ve been taught, and the opposite of what we should be doing, which is being quiet professionals.”

A Letter to Mrs. Stately-Ayers

By Boohunney

Dear Mrs. Stately-Ayers,

This is regarding your perception of my childish “butthurt” reaction when you compared our President to Adolph Hitler.

Maybe this should make a few things clear.

I grew up in privilege. I will never deny that fact and I have the most respect and gratitude for what my elders gave to me in experiences and opportunities.

My Dad was raised by my grandmother, who was widowed when he was 3 years old. She returned to work as an administrative worker for the railroad after her husband’s death. She saved her money to put him through medical school. My grandmother was a native of Savannah, a town full of immigrants, mostly from Europe and a population of African Americans just one to two generations away from slavery. My grandmother attended Savannah’s public schools. When she was very young at school, she met her best and life long friend, Ester.  They were friends all their lives until Ester died when my grandmother and she were in their 80’s. When I saw them together, they were like sisters of two different mothers.

Ester was Jewish. And that was not particularly uncommon in Savannah. There were people that had families from all over Europe in Savannah. My Grandmother had Scottish background on her father’s side and German on her mother’s side. Not particularly unusual, either.

I grew up in Atlanta. My father was a prominent physician. I had everything I needed and not too much of what I didn’t. I never had to drink powdered milk or eat potted meat when I was a child, but, I wasn’t indulged much either.

I remember starting preschool and making friends from my neighborhood and beyond. We were the offspring of members of the “Greatest Generation” for the most part. Many of my childhood friends were Jewish. This was not uncommon in Atlanta.

When I was about middle school age, I was sent to an unusual school that had a very different philosophy regarding pedagogy. There were some kids there that were different.

It didn’t seem to matter much and everyone blended well.

What was fun about it, the most, was everyone had a story or an interest, or a history or something. The school believed EVERYONE has something unique to bring to school everyday.

Ahhh! I can still smell the privilege! But, it was where I was, I had no choice….

There were kids that attended the school that some very unique experiences, even at a very young age.

I went to school with a few kids (that actually were well adjusted) with parents that were leaders in the Civil Rights movement. Two of my classmates’ father was gunned down and died. Can you imagine that? Being a small child and growing up in an environment knowing that someone had your father in the crosshairs and maybe that someone wants to hurt you as well? Every day. Every single freakin’ day. And your father is gone. Your mother has to be protected nearly 24/7? And your grandmother was shot down at church? Just because they thought everyone should be treated with dignity and have the same rights as everyone else.

I could NEVER imagine what that would be like.

These people were killed because they want everyone to have the right to vote, eat a grilled cheese sandwich at the lunch counter, sit in ANY seat that is unoccupied on a bus, and have access to a decent school for a good education so higher education can be within reach. To have a living wage. To “achieve.” To BE part of America as a citizen.

I think about many of my friends’ parents that grew up and their grandparents that witnessed the history of the 30’s and WWII. I can only think what horror and fear my Grandmother’s friend felt as she had relatives in Europe. I don’t know how my friends that I grew up with felt being only one generation away from a person that would want to shove them in an oven for being Jewish or having any other trait that is not “acceptable.”

So, Mrs. Stately-Ayers, comparing our sitting President (or for that matter, any sitting President) to Adolph Hitler just makes my blood boil. I just can’t understand how you can justify that and be so cavalier with your comparison. Yes, this IS personal with me.

Our President is like Hitler because…… Why?

It cheapens the effort of the U.S. and her allies to eradicate Hitler’s regime.

It mocks the suffering of so many.

If you think that is part of “civil discourse” then our discussions are over.



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