Archive for August, 2012

August 21, 2012

Penis Fencing Flatworms of Presidential Politics

Posted by kdenn.

Every election year, I get to a point when I’ve decided who I’m going to vote for and want to put my head in an oven when the election news coverage increases. I know these stories are not really meant for me but it gets exhausting and nerve racking.

I reached this point after Mitt Romney became ‘The Chosen One’. The amusement of the Republican primaries ended for me. It’s only downhill after Herman Cane quoted lines from the Pokѐmon movie in his concession speech and Rick Perry’s inability to remember three things at a time.

I have to admit, watching Mitt Romney’s oh so delicate ways at gracefully putting his foot in his mouth has been somewhat amusing.

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August 20, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Are ‘Swift Boat’ attacks on Obama bogus?

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A group of former U.S. military and intelligence officers, including retired Navy SEALs, appear in a 22-minute documentary that was released on Wednesday asserting that the Obama administration has leaked considerable classified intelligence about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden for political gain.

They also claim that the administration has given itself too much credit for this feat of American arms and intelligence gathering. The film even makes the dramatic charge that the Obama administration is “purposefully putting lives in jeopardy” because of its purported leaks about national security.

The charges bear some resemblance to the “Swift Boat” tactics used against Sen. John Kerry in the tight 2004 presidential election against President George W. Bush in which Kerry’s service in Vietnam, seemingly a strength of the candidate, was turned into a weakness.

August 18, 2012

To Mashed Potato Bulletin Readers: An Apology

Hi everyone,

I know there has been little activity on the Bulletin of late. For this I apologize. Time has been sparse as my available blogging space during the day has given way to the priorities of a paying job. A new study has cropped up and has pulled in the majority of my attention and mental capacity. As you can imagine it has been rather difficult not to dive headlong into all the new political developments with Mitt Romney’s new VP pick, the resurgence  of Medicare as a campaign hot topic, Obama’s “divisiveness” (wink-wink nudge-nudge) and Romney’s continued tax return issues.

Despite my excuses I will endeavor to post whenever possible. In the meantime,

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August 8, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: Romney Spokeswoman admits Romneycare (aka Obamacare) benefits

by Steve Kornacki (Salon.com)

Mitt Romney’s campaign press secretary, Andrea Saul, has kicked up a bit of a storm with her response to a new ad from a pro-Obama super PAC.

The spot, which was unveiled Wednesday, features a man who lost his job when Bain Capital shuttered the Kansas City steel plant he worked at in 2001.  “When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant,” he says in the ad, “I lost my health care and my family lost their health care. And a short time after that my wife became ill.” Some vital context is missing, and the Romney campaign is on solid ground in crying foul.

August 8, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Romney Welfare Ad found to be…. [video]

Forget, for a moment, tax cuts and the fiscal cliff. Mitt Romney wants to talk about welfare.

A Romney ad opens with a picture of President Bill Clinton signing the 1996 landmark welfare reform act, which shifted the program from indefinite government assistance to one based on steering people toward employment and self-reliance.

The words “unprecedented success” flash on the screen [This, despite frequent claims from Republicans welfare programs are failures and contribute to the "nanny state"] . Clinton and a bipartisan Congress, a narrator says, “helped end welfare as we know it by requiring work for welfare.”

August 5, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: Mars Rover “Curiosity” to Land Tonight [video]

NASA’s newest rover, Curiosity, is scheduled to land on Mars tonight at 10:31pm Pacific Time. For any of you who are interested I believe a live feed will be broadcast on YahooLive  or try NASA TV online and it may also appear on the NASA channel if your cable provided offers it. According to the NASA TV schedule coverage will begin about 8:00pm PST.

While the rover is set to land on the surface of the red planet about 10:30, it will take around 14 minutes to receive confirmation as to whether or not that part of the mission was successful. A nail biting delay for everyone involved with the project but anyone who’s been watching NBC’s coverage of the Olympics, long delays are nothing new.

I kid! I kid! :-)

But in the meantime, and for those who had not a clue that NASA was even sending anything to Mars let alone a nuclear power dune buggy, have a look at the video below to see what to expect from the landing and Curiosity’s long-term mission.

August 3, 2012

Why We Will Vote for Obama Again

August 2, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: Another ‘They didn’t built it’ Ad shows business helped by government

The Romney campaign is up with a new billboard touting another small business owner upset with President Obama’s out-of-context remark that businesses don’t succeed on their own but rather with help from federal government programs.

But like so many of the small businesses that the Romney campaign has trotted out in recent weeks, Tanya L. Burns & Associates, an insurance brokerage firm in Florida, is yet another beneficiary of federal spending. And not just any spending: Burns’ firm has helped clients reduce their health insurance premiums thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which Mitt Romney has pledged to repeal.

August 2, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: Twitter Political Index

Want to see who is ahead in the presidential race based on tweets and only tweets?

Today Twitter launched its Political Index, a dedicated site at http://election.twitter.com/, which will show whether President Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney is in the lead based on millions of 140-character messages.

August 2, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Paul Ryan’s Budget Challenged to Show how it’ll Lower Health Care Costs

Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposals to control health care spending by slashing the federal government’s contribution to Medicare and Medicaid and shifting that spending on to future retirees or the states, has dominated Washington’s conversation about entitlement reform.

But on Thursday morning, a group of health care economists and former Obama administration officials laid out an alternative approach that could achieve health savings by encouraging providers to deliver care more efficiently.

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