Hurricane Isaac summons ghost of Dubya to GOP convention

Robert Reich, writing a few days ago on the unfortunate timing of the Republican convention:

There is nothing Republicans would rather the American people forget more than George W. Bush, who doesn’t even have a bit-part at the GOP convention opening today in Tampa.

But W’s ghost may be there, anyway.

The National Weather Service says tropical storm Isaac is now heading for New Orleans, and Isaac is projected to become a Category 1 hurricane by the time it makes landfall late Monday or early Tuesday.

Isaac is very likely to revive memories of the Bush administration’s monumental incompetence in dealing with the needs of Americans caught in Hurricane Katrina…

Sperm quality declining?

It’s something in the air, or in the water, or it’s that cell phone in your pocket:

…Evidence for a drop in sperm quality and quantity has included anecdotal reports from sperm banks as well as larger scientific studies. For instance, one sperm bank in Israel says that when it opened its doors 1991, it turned away about a third of the applicants for low quality. Using the same standard today, it would reject more than 80 percent, according to an article in the LA Times. And while the jury is still out on whether there is a real “sperm decline” and what that means for fertility, scientists say if the little swimmers are truly changing, it may be a red flag for harmful environmental toxins or even physiological changes in the human body…

Wilkerson: Condi a mascot for billionaires

From Truthdig:

Ian Masters has one hell of an interview with Lawrence Wilkerson, who does not hold back. For instance, he says Condoleezza Rice, who is speaking Wednesday in Tampa, is a perfect mascot for the billionaires “raping and pillaging not only America, but the rest of the world with their predatory form of capitalism.”

Wilkerson was the chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell during the George W. Bush administration.

Damn! Too bad guys like Wilkinson can’t voice such bold comments while they’re insiders, when they might carry more weight. There is a link to the interview in the Truthdig item.

MSN enables Ryan’s lying

One of the many stories that are off-limits to mainstream reporters who cover politics:

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman questioned the budget math of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in an appearance on Current TV Wednesday, saying he had duped conservatives and members of the media into thinking he has a serious budget plan when he really doesn’t.

Krugman noted, as he often has in his columns and blog posts, that the tax cuts and spending changes in Ryan’s budget do not add up, saying that he is simply “faking it” on the numbers. Specifically when it comes to Medicaid, he said, Ryan’s budget would essentially take money from the poor and give it to the rich.

“If you look at this, you say, ‘How can he get away with this? The world’s greatest nation falls for this flimflam?” Krugman said.

Ryan gets away with it, he said, because few people take the time to do the math, and because the media and Republicans are so eager to have a so-called serious conservative to fit their narrative…

The story is not that Ryan made a speech on his budget plan at the Republican convention. The story is that his plan is a fraud, and that doing the math proves this. Reporters at major media outlets are not “duped.” They are enablers of Ryan’s fraud, and their “he said/she said” approach to journalism is another fraud. How about a column that addresses this reality, Paul?

Footnote: Top five fibs in Ryan’s convention speech.

Rove: Don’t forget to vote white

From The Raw Story:

Republican strategist Karl Rove says that part of Mitt Romney’s plan to win the White House has to include getting “white Democrats” not to vote for President Barack Obama.

During a discussion with Politico’s Mike Allen on Monday, Rove made it clear that politics had actually become more racialized since the country elected its first black president.

“Obama has no chance of carrying Indiana,” the Fox News contributor explained. “I was having dinner with [Indiana Gov.] Mitch Daniels this spring, and I said, ‘Mitch, is there a white Democrat south of Indianapolis who’s supporting Obama who’s not a college professor in Bloomington?’ And he stopped for a minute over his green beans and says, ‘Not that I can think of…’”

“You know, Indiana’s gone,” he insisted, adding that North Carolina is also “gone” because “New South independents” — which The Atlantic‘s James Bennett says is code for “white independents” — and “racial moderates, economic conservatives, who in 2008 said this would be really good for our country, let’s put the issue of race behind us,” but now they are saying “we did the right thing” and the experiment failed…

Rove’s implication is that Obama has proven himself to be anti-white — an appalling lie by a vengeful nerd who is spending hundreds of millions of dollars of billionaires’ money to make the big lie resonate. Let’s hope most voters will understand that the Turd Blossom’s appeal to white people is nothing more than a tactic to help elect those who represent the obscenely rich.

More here.

Pro-Ron Paul outburst does not compute

It didn’t get much mainstream media play compared to Ann Romney’s kitsch-y speech, but I’ll bet the chanting was almost disorderly enough to fry the Romneybot’s hard drive:

Delegates were finding their seats on the floor of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday when a commotion broke out in the back corner, near the Maine contingent.

Delegates and audience members erupted into chants of “Let him speak!” and “Seat them now!” Some waved signs proclaiming, “I am the Ron Paul Revolution,” and burst forth with a soccer ditty: “Olé, olé, olé, olé. Ron Paul, Ron Paul!”

Onto the floor, surrounded by cameras, microphones, stage lights and a crush of escorts and fans, strode Paul himself, in a purple lei bestowed upon him by Hawaii delegates. One delegate asked whether the libertarian gadfly came to stir up trouble for Mitt Romney.

Paul smiled. His message, he said, was unchanged: “Liberty, prosperity and peace.”

But peace was not on the agenda in the Tampa Bay Times Forum for this afternoon.

The Romney campaign had taken pains to stifle the Paul rebellion, by denying him a speaking role, expediting the roll call, changing party rules and even unseating Paul delegates from Maine. But as Romney and the Republicans have learned repeatedly this week, politics does not always go according to plan…

More here.

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