Posts Tagged ‘Mitt Romney’

They Said What??? Zac Efron, Wanda Sykes, Ben Affleck, & Out of Touch Elected Officials

REPUBLICAN ARIZONA JUDGE JACQUELINE HATCH

 (To a victim who was sexually assaulted by an intoxicated police officer in a bar.  He was found guilty by a jury and given the maximum sentence, but the judge reduced his sentence):  “If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you.”
REPUBLICAN VIRGINIA STATE DELEGATE BOB MARSHALL

“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically.  Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children.”

MORE FROM MARSHALL

“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”

CONSERVATIVE RADIO TALK SHOW HOST LAURA INGRAHAM

“If you can’t beat Barack Obama with this record, then shut down the party. Shut it down, start new, with new people. Because this is a gimme election, or at least it should be.”

MOVIE DIRECTOR NICK CASSAVETES

(inadvertently tying incest and marriage equality): “I’m not saying this is an absolute but in a way, if you’re not having kids – who gives a damn? Love who you want. Isn’t that what we say? Gay marriage – love who you want? If it’s your brother or sister it’s super-weird, but if you look at it, you’re not hurting anybody except every single person who freaks out because you’re in love with one another.”

COMEDIAN/TALK SHOW HOST WANDA SYKES

“I’m a black, gay woman. I think the only way to make the GOP hate me more is if I sent them a video of me rolling around on a pile of welfare checks.”

ACTOR ZAC EFRON

(on marriage equality):  “It’s an issue that affects so many people in my life — a lot of my close friends and some of the most influential people around me. I just want them all to be happy. It would make me so happy to see them able to live their lives and do what they want to do.”

MORE FROM ZAC

(on whether he chose the underwear he wore white dancing in the rain in with Nicole Kidman in “The Paperboy”):  “I did, yeah. It’s a period movie, so there weren’t really a lot of choices. Initially, I wondered if my character would even wear underwear at all. But that would’ve been a very different movie.”

ACTOR/DIRECTOR BEN AFFLECK

(Affleck kissed Jason Lee in “Chasing Amy”.  Damon is playing Liberace’s (Douglas) young lover in a new movie):  “Matt’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to make out with Michael Douglas tomorrow,’ and it triggered that memory.  Not that it would be hard to be better than my kiss, but it was much better than my kiss. Maybe Michael Douglas is sexier than Jason Lee.”

MINNESOTA VIKINGS PUNTER CHRIS KLUWE

“I think it’s great the Ravens came out in support of him (a Maryland politician asked the Baltimore Ravens’ to censor linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo after he defended marriage equality).  As athletes we have this very prominent platform where we can affect social change. It behooves all of us to do the right thing.”

Anthony

They Said What??? Madeleine Albright, Yoko Ono, Chuck Norris, Michelle Obama, & Nicki Minaj

FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT

“I think there are some who believe they are actually protecting women, you know, and that it is better for women to be taken care of. I think women want to take care of themselves, and I think having a voice in how that is done is very important. And frankly, I don’t understand — I mean, I’m obviously a card-carrying Democrat — but I can’t understand why any woman would want to vote for Mitt Romney, except maybe Mrs. Romney.”

CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY SPEAKER JOHN PEREZ

“In too many states, even some folks who have a job wake up every morning worrying that they may lose their job simply for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. We fight for them.”

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, MAYOR JULIAN CASTRO

(at the Democratic National Convention):  “It dismantles what generations before have built to ensure that everybody can enter and stay in the middle class. When it comes to getting the middle class back to work, Mitt Romney says, “No.” When it comes to respecting women’s rights, Mitt Romney says, “No.” When it comes to letting people marry whomever they love, Mitt Romney says, “No.” When it comes to expanding access to good health care, Mitt Romney says, “No.”

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

“If proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love … then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.”

REPUBLICAN RELIGIOUS RELIC PAT ROBERTSON

“Back in the 1850s or 60s there was a charge that one party was the party of rum, Romanism and rebellion. I don’t know what you label the Democrats now but it’s the party of gays, godlessness and whatever else. I mean, same-sex marriage is in the platform, they want to go along with that as a right, I’m just astounded.”

HAS-BEEN COUNTRY SINGER HANK WILLIAMS JR.

(continuing his ranting at a Fort Worth, Texas, concert Sunday night about President Obama): “We’ve got a Muslim for a president who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays, and we hate him!.”

“30 ROCK” ACTOR ALEC BALDWIN

(in tweets responding to Williams):  “I think we need to call Hank Williams Jr what he is…. A broken-down, senile, racist coot.” “If Hank Williams Jr wasn’t such a pathetic, wheezing fossil, I’d have a talk with him.”

ACTOR & MITT ROMNEY SUPPORT CHUCK NORRIS

“If we look to history, our great country and freedom are under attack.  We’re at a tipping point and, quite possibly, our country as we know it may be lost forever if we don’t change the course in which our country is headed.”
YOKO ONO, WIFE OF THE LATE JOHN LENNON OF THE BEATLES

(on whether he would support marriage equality):  “I can’t believe it. And if John was here he would have been very angry.”

RAPPER NICKI MINAJ

(on the Lil’ Wanye’s “Dedication 4” mixtape, rhyming economy with zombie):  “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy bitches is f—ing up the economy.”

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA BASKETBALL STAR FORWARD TREVOR MBAKWE

“This proposed amendment would permanently ADD in discrimination to our states constitution. This feels like taking a step back in time, it’s 2012, and this sort of extreme act is not only unfair … it’s anti-Minnesotan! By voting NO to this extreme Marriage Amendment, you’re sending a message that you support the rights for all loving couples, gay or straight.”

Anthony

It’s Not Too Early To Think About 2016!

We’re still about two months away from the election to give President Barack Obama a second term in office.  (Or Mitt Romney, to be fair to my friends that are wasting their time, effort, and money for the Republican candidate. I’ve heard you have to give them hope!)  🙂

Yes, I know that this will be the closest election since the 2000 election and let’s hope that we don’t have the same outcome!  But, barring no major revelations, I think my man, Obama, will squeak out a victory.  But, this really isn’t about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.

While the Democratic National Convention was taking place in North Carolina this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Beijing, China, meeting with China’s president looking amazing and diplomatic.

While I will vote in this election (and probably with a record number of Americans), it’s not too early to look toward the future and I don’t mean just the next four years.

Wouldn’t that be something?  Hillary and Michelle as president and vice-president!!!!  (Just in case you’re wondering, I made that quote up — as far as I know!)

Here’s to 2016!

And, I’m not alone.  Check out this Huffington Post headline:

“Hillary Clinton 2016 Presidential Speculation Renewed After Bill’s DNC Speech”

Anthony

Secrets Exposed!! President Barack Obama Is Guilty!

I have some shocking news to share with you.  The conspiracy theories have been running rampant since last weekend and now I have proof that they may not have been so far-fetched!

Some of you will scream that it’s unfair that the Commander-in-Chief of the greatest nation on Earth should be granted so much power and control.  It’s one thing that President Barack Obama worked very hard to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Act, or “Obamacare” in March 2010 and repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in September 2011.  But, the powers that he possesses go much deeper than that.

Last week, right-wing blowhard Rush Limbaugh angered me slightly, but then I just laughed at his stupidity when he stated that President Obama was indirectly responsible for Tropical Storm Isaac cancelling the first day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.  Limbaugh stated, “I’m not alleging conspiracies here. The Hurricane Center is the regime; the Hurricane Center is the Commerce Department.  It’s the government. It’s Obama.”

At first, I thought, that man is so stupid and he’ll say anything to get people riled up.

As you recall, last week, the initial storm track of  “Isaac” from the Hurricane Center had the storm passing dangerously close to south Florida before the track moved more west-northwest taking it into the Gulf of Mexico instead of across Florida.  However, we all know that weather forecasts never change and that meteorologists are never wrong!  Right?

Sadly, I admit that Limbaugh was on to something.  It seems that once the Republicans cancelled the first day of their convention, Isaac’s course shifted and set its sights on Louisiana and that is where it made landfall.

And, now here’s the smoking gun that proves that the “conspiracy theorists” were right.  I have proof that President Obama is manipulating the atmosphere in his quest to defeat Mitt Romney in the November presidential election and this could be an inconvenient truth to some.

While all eyes were focused on the Gulf of Mexico last week to see where Hurricane Isaac would make landfall and to see how much flooding would take place in Louisiana, two other storms were developing out in the Atlantic just in time to wreak havoc on the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4-6, 2012.

On August 30, 2012, Tropical Storm Kirk strengthened into a hurricane and the next day, winds reached 105 miles-per-hour, which is a category two hurricane.  However, it dissipated Sunday, September 2nd and never posed a threat to land, much less the East Coast.

And, now Tropical Storm Leslie is located out in the Atlantic and will likely become a hurricane later this week, but it will not threaten the East Coast of the United States anytime soon.

That means two hurricanes moving through the Atlantic in the week before and the week of the Democratic National Convention both steered clear of North Carolina.  Rather convenient, wouldn’t you say?

So, Mr. President, since you now control the weather, once you’re finished with the convention, could you please send enough rain to Illinois and Iowa to alleviate the drought?  Thank you in advance.

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They Said What??? — Victoria Jackson, Out of Touch Church People, June Clementi, & Madonna

FORMER “SNL” COMEDIAN & RIGHT-WING LOONEY BIRD VICTORIA JACKSON

“If I got raped, I would have the baby.  And if I didn’t want to keep it because I had these [mocking tone] horrible nightmares, I would adopt it out. But I think that God can turn a bad thing into a good thing. And that, if I got raped and a beautiful baby who was innocent was born out of it, that would be a blessing. The DNA of a baby is individual. It’s not the mother’s DNA. It’s not the father’s DNA. And that’s why I believe abortion is murder, because it’s not the woman’s body. It has it’s own DNA. If there’s a boy baby inside of me, he has a penis. That’s not my body.”

“MODERN FAMILY” CREATOR STEVE LEVITAN

(after Ann Romney, Mitt’s wife stated that “Modern Family” is her favorite show):  “”Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We’ll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam’s wedding. As soon as it’s legal.”

PASTOR JOHN McTERNAN OF “DEFEND & PROCLAIM THE FAITH”

“New Orleans is still hosting Southern Decadence with open homosexuality manifesting in the streets of the city. It could be that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness. The timing of Hurricane Isaac with Southern Decadence is a sign that God’s patience with America’s sin is coming to an end. Let’s all watch this very closely, because if New Orleans is destroyed, it is a sure sign that the final judgment for the national sin of America has arrived.”
FATHER BENEDICT GROESCHEL, DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE FOR SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK

(on the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal):  “Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown and a youngster comes after him.  A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 – is the seducer.  It’s not so hard to see – a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own – and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse like that.”

MORE FROM FATHER GROESCHEL

“It’s an understandable thing… there are the relatively rare cases where a priest is involved in a homosexual way with a minor.  I think the statistic I read recently in a secular psychology review was about 2%.  Would that be true of other clergy?  Would it be true of doctors, lawyers, coaches?”

GAY FORMER REPUBLICAN ARIZONA REP. JIM KOLBE
“I think based on the economic issues, yeah, I think my endorsement would be a qualified endorsement.   I think he’s clearly the better of the two candidates, but we have a long ways to go to bring him around on this [LGBT rights] issue.”

BOXER MICKY WARD

(played by actor Mark Wahlberg in “The Fighter — deciding that he’s not going to support Senator Scott Brown in his Massachusetts reelection):  “I found out Scott [Brown] is anti-union, and I’m a Teamster guy.  I found out he’s also against gay marriage and I say if you love someone, you should have the same rights no matter who you are.”

JUNE CLEMENTI

(who’s son, Tyler, committed suicide after his roommate posted a video of him being intimate with another man):  “I think some people think that sexual orientation can be changed or prayed over.  But I know sexual orientation is not up for negotiation. I don’t think my children need to be changed. I think that what needed changing is attitudes, or myself, or maybe some other people I know.”

MORE FROM JUNE

“At this point I think Jesus is more about reconciliation and love.  He spoke more about divorce than homosexuality, but you can be divorced and join a church more than you can be gay and join churches.”

MADONNA

(kicking off her North American leg of the “MDNA Tour” in Philadelphia last week):  “never forget how lucky you are to live where you live and to have the freedom that you have.”  “In my travels around the world the one thing I truly witnessed is we in America have freedom of speech, freedom of expression.  I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that I’m in the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed. We are in the land of democracy.”

Anthoy

It’s Time For a Revolution In America

It’s time for change in America and I’m not talking about the promised changed that President Barack Obama or Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney can bring.

I’m talking about bringing hippies back.  Is that word even politically correct?  I can tell you that if I wasn’t just an infant in the mid-1960s, I could see myself as one, minus the drugs that were associated with that subculture.  That group of hip, youngsters was known for its awareness of the issues, especially politics and for bringing those issues front and center in a non-violent way.

Change was needed in this country 50 years ago.  Change is needed now, too!

The Civil Rights Movement gained ground in the 1960s and across college campuses around the country, anti-war protests dominated the mid-1960s and the early-1970s.  Sadly, at one of those protests on May 4, 1970, in Ohio, at Kent State University, the  Ohio National Guard shot and killed four people and injured nine others.

And, just last year, massive protests in the streets of  Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, and Libya, just to name a few, prompted major changes in the government and some of these protests evicted leaders that had been in power for decades.

I believe that people should be able to speak out against government and leaders in a non-threatening fashion.  Leaders need to know what the people they lead are thinking. From this point on, I’m talking about the United States.

We need a revolution here in America just like the one that John, Paul, George, & Ringo sang about in the fall of 1968 on the flip side of the “Hey Jude” single!

“You say you want a revolution/Well, you know/We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution/Well, you know/We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction/Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right/all right, all right”

At the onset of this blog, I mentioned President Obama and Mitt Romney.  While there will be other candidates running on various other tickets, the reality is that in America today, only a Democrat or a Republican will win the White House.

I looked at the presidential elections from 1980-2008 and the best year for a party other than the Democrats or the Republicans was 1992 when Independent candidate H. Ross Perot earned a surprising 19% of the popular vote that year.  While Perot received no delegates, his 19.7 million votes probably made George H.W. Bush a one-term president.

(1992 Popular Vote:  Red indicates the 43.3% of the votes cast for Bill Clinton, the blue for George H.W. Bush’s 37.7% of the votes, and the green is for Ross Perot’s 19% of the votes.)

In 1996, as a candidate for the Reform Party, Perot earned 8 million votes, which was 8.4% of the popular vote.

While I will be voting for President Obama in November, I would love to live in a country where the election could be won by a party other than the big two!

Recently, I took an online quiz that matched me with a candidate that shares my views and while I wasn’t surprised to see that I should vote for President Obama, the runner-ups surprised me because I had never heard of some of them!

Candidates you side with…

88%

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

on economic, social, foreign policy, science, and immigration issues

82%

Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson

on social, domestic policy, immigration, healthcare, science, and environmental issues

67%

Jill Stein

Jill Stein

on foreign policy and environmental issues

63%

Ron Paul

Ron Paul

on domestic policy, healthcare, and science issues.

So, who are these other people who I agree with on many things that are important to me?  And, why, in America, can’t they really have a chance to be my next president?

Jill Stein is a doctor, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is running on the Green Party ticket.  Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is vying for President on the Libertarian Party ticket and U.S. Representative Ron Paul from Texas was one of the many candidates that tried to secure the Republican nomination for President before losing out to Mitt Romney.

We live in the greatest country in the world and it’s time for us to make a third and fourth party viable to win a November election and take the White House.  Maybe if that was a possibility, we’d have politicians that really worked for the people they represented and elections wouldn’t just be the lesser of two evils.

I think it’s time we let our hair grow, wear fun, colorful clothes, work toward peace, and make love, not war.  Maybe then, our voices would be heard — again.

Anthony

Oh No, He’s Thinking About Random Things

Most of my blogs are specific to one topic.  However, every once in a while, I like to do what I call a “this and that” blog where I write a little bit about whatever I’m thinking about it.  So, continue reading and enjoy.

HEALTHY EATING

I’ve talked quite a bit in the past about the success that Ray and I are having with losing the weight we’ve gained over the past three years.  He lost about 30 pounds and I dropped 25.

When we went to his high school reunion two weekends ago, we ate whatever we wanted and didn’t count calories.  And, once we returned home, we haven’t been too diligent about eating healthy and it shows.  Since dropping back to 142.6 pounds, I’ve gained six of the pounds back and I lack motivation to lose them.

However, since Thursday was Miss Gretel’s first day back at school (look at how cute she is),

we took her to lunch at my favorite place, Osaka Buffet, in Moline.

I pigged out and since Ray’s birthday is this weekend, we got him a cheesecake.

After that, I’m determined to get back on track , drop those pounds, and maintain a weight of 145.  I’ve indulged long enough and now it’s time to work it off.  Bad boy!

THOUGHT PROVOKING?

TOO SOON TO THINK ABOUT FALL?

With the recent cool weather, I’m really been thinking about and blogging about fall.  I can’t wait to wear long sleeve pullover shirts and pajama bottoms, curl up on the couch as the days get shorter and the nights get longer, make soups and chili as it turns cooler, and watch the trees and peppers turn colors.

Here’s a picture from last fall with Miss ABBA enjoying her rawhide in a neighborhood yard decked out for Halloween.

NUCLEAR POWER

The world’s population is growing at an alarming rate and the same is happening in the United States.  The population in the U.S. is roughly 314 million.  That’s up from 281 million in 2000 — up about 11% in just 12 years.  With the price of coal, gas, and oil continuing to rise, I hope that we seriously starting considering alternative sources before it’s too late.

I stand behind nuclear energy, as does the president and about 70% of Americans polled, and I would not be opposed to living near a new reactor.  The United States has more nuclear reactors in operation than any other country in the world.  In March 2011, “Time” magazine stated that there were 104 in the United States and they supply 20% of the power in the country.  Several of those are located in Iowa and Illinois.  Yet, the last new reactor went into service in the U.S. in 1996.

Yes, we’ve heard the horror stories about Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979, which was the worst accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history.

And, then in March 2011, the 9.0 earthquake and the tsunami that followed in Japan destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.  According to a June 2012 Standford University study, the radiation released could cause 130 deaths from cancer (the lower boundary for the estimate being 15 and the upper boundary at 1100) and 180 cancer cases (the lower boundary being 24 and the upper boundary 1800), mostly in Japan. Radiation exposure to workers at the plant was projected to result in 2 to 12 deaths.

I know that we can build nuclear power plants that would be safe from tsunamis in the United States, but the biggest problem will be the cost.  That is followed by the fear of nuclear plants.

NEW MUSIC THAT I’M INTO NOW

22-year-old German DJ/producer Zedd (Anton Zaslavski), who has opened for Lady Gaga on her “Born This Way Ball” Tour and remixed her hits, “Born This Way” and “Marry The Night” is now climbing the American charts with his first hit featuring singer Matthew Koma,  “Spectrum”.

“Spectrum” just hit #1 on the Billboard Dance chart this week holding Madonna’s “Turn Up The Radio” at #2.  Madonna should top that chart next week and that will be her 43rd #1 dance hit, extending her lead over Janet Jackson in second place with 19.

Check out this amazing remix with Far East Movement, who scored at #1 hit in 2010 with “Like A G6”.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Patrick Abner (left) and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts are getting married this fall.  The couple met 12 years ago on September 30th.  I hope they choose that date to get married because I know another couple that will be celebrating their one year marriage anniversary on that same date! 🙂

I’M READY FOR MY VACATION SEASON TO START

It’s no secret that I love being a meteorologist, but I’m not shy about loving my time off, too.  Mom (Betty) is coming in a few weeks, we’re heading to Houston at the end of September, and then to Las Vegas to see Madonna for my birthday in October.

I’m excited about a few movies this fall and the first three I want to see are “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (limited release — September 21, 2012), “The Paperboy” (limited release — October 5, 2012), and while in Vegas, I want to see “Argo”  on opening day (October 12, 2012).

RECOMMENDED ALBUM

I bought a new album, “Hello” by Karmin, that I love.

It only has seven songs, but Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan are so hip and fun that the album will take you by surprise.

They’ve already scored a #1 dance hit, “Brokenhearted”, that reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Their new release, “Hello” is already racing up the top 40 and dance charts.

Both Amy and Nick have great voices and the music is fun.  However, what will really surprise you is that Nebraska-born Amy can rap with the best of them.  Watch out Nicki Minaj!

GRADE:  A-

AND, THE FINALE

Since I’ve ruffled a few feathers in the recent past!

Peace out!

Anthony