The first Presidential Debate is scheduled for Wednesday October 3rd, at 8:00 PM until  9:30 PM  (CST) and will be hosted by Jim Lehrer of PBS.

It will be focused on domestic policy and will be divided into six-time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be decided by the moderator and will be announced several weeks before the debate.

The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond.  The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

It will be held at The University of Denver, Colorado

I will be hosting a Google Hangout for anyone who would like to participate in a discussion immediately following the debate.  I will post a URL to locate it shortly before the debate.  Anyone is welcome and I would love to talk politics with you!  See you then…

Famous Endorsements

Posted: September 10, 2012 in Reader Information

Although I can think of nothing more trivial in politics than which actor or musician supports which candidate, I remain curious.  Fortunately in the Information Age, finding out is as easy as finding a search engine.  With Wikipedia being updated constantly we are given a breakdown of these facts with citations.  Looking through the respective lists have filled me with shock and disappointment when a celebrity I like supports the other guy.  I personally like my entertainment free of political bias, but here are the lists for those who are interested.

Obama Endorsements: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Barack_Obama_presidential_campaign_endorsements,_2012

Romney Endorsements: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mitt_Romney_presidential_campaign_endorsements,_2012

I Used to Be a Republican

Posted: August 26, 2012 in Politics

• I USED TO BE A REPUBLICAN:
- David C. Lott 08/25/2012

I used to be a Republican. Through the course of American history, there have been 18 Republican Presidents. Fact is, I voted for Reagan, Bush #1 and even Bush #2. I truly admired President Eisenhower … Nixon, not so much.

Things changed however. I can no longer say that I’m a Republican – in fact in many ways I’m almost embarrassed and ashamed to say that I ever was.

Now-a-days I’m registered as a Democrat and view myself as a Moderate Democrat. To some folks, the word Democrat is almost considered as foul language, Some call them “liberals” and say so with a mean and almost “thuggish” demeanor. As in the words of John F. Kennedy: “If by a ‘liberal’ they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies, if that is what they mean by a ‘liberal,’ then I’m proud to say I’m a “liberal.”

Here’s why I’m no longer a Republican.

I was a Republican for some thirty plus years – back when the party believed in liberty, believed in separation of church and state, believed in the right of a woman to choose, believed in the right to bear arms sensibly, believed in unions and collective bargaining, believed in the sanctity of one man’s vote, believed in progressive taxes based on income, believed in our Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, believed in our system of checks and balances and the need for a strong central government.

I was a Republican when men of character led the party, men who had the stature of Lincoln and the tenacity of leaders like Theodore Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower.

However, today – the GOP of today is not my father’s Republican Party. I feel nothing but discontent and disconnect from the modern GOP.

I was a Republican before the party caved to the religious right, advanced the interests of mega-wealth and corporate corruption and greed, and set a course of obstruction that may lead to our nation’s eventual destruction.
I was a Republican until my party was hijacked by neo-fascists who insist on a disdain for human rights, a controlled mass media, the intertwinement of religion in government, unregulated corporate power, suppression of labor and the middle class, ignoring the poor and needy, disdain for intellectuals and the arts, rampant cronyism and corruption and fraudulent elections.

I was a Republican until they insisted and did lower the taxes on the rich, at the expense of the lower and middle classes, wanted to cut spending for education, reduce environmental laws, eliminate Medicare as we know it, drastically alter Medicaid, continue to give huge tax breaks to large corporations that results in countless large corporations not paying ANY taxes whatsoever, de-regulate and give major tax payer based subsidies to Big Oil while Big Oil rapes the American people and makes the largest profits in the history of mankind, cut expenses from EVERY program other than defense spending and the military industrial complex.

I was a Republican until I saw their propaganda machine kick into full gear in an all out attempt to ruin the Presidency of a seated President by continually spreading slanderous lies, half-truths, fabricated and scandalous rumors and out-right distortion in order to ensure his task would be met with obstructions and potential failure — all at the expense of the American people and the American way of life.

I was a Republican until I saw the racism card being played — in some no so subtle ways. I had wrongfully thought that America had grown up and moved forward into a new era where the people were judged on the content of their character – not the color of their skin. If the President was white, was named John Smith, had been born in Hawaii, had spent time in Indonesia, and had then been raised by his Mother and Grandparents, this would NEVER be an issue.

NEVER.

I was a Republican until I found that so many in the GOP cannot stomach the fact that a Black Man somehow got elected President of the United States.

A BLACK MAN – the horror of it all!!

They don’t come right out and say the words — but you can read it in their actions.
The Republicans now have idiots like Donald Trump, Todd Akin, John Boehner, Sarah Palin, and certain GOP leaders and media personalities like Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck and networks like Fox News that stoked the flames of hatred by giving credence to their false claims.

The First Black President getting elected was supposed to be a momentous time in American History, an event that children will be learning about centuries from now in school. The way things are headed, we are on a road to where all that the Obama Presidency will be known for …. is the BIRTHER issue.

I used to be a Republican until their GOP “smoke and mirrors” propaganda machine began churning out false numbers regarding the economy, laying all the blame on the current administration for bail-outs that began before he took office, the mounting deficit that actually began 30+ years ago and has gone unpaid for since, and countless other related economic lies and fabrications.

I used to be a Republican when they favored low tax rates as a way to encourage economic efficiency, but its leaders recognized that fair and just taxation was necessary and good. Under the old Republican philosophy, the purpose of taxation was to raise the revenues needed by the government. They believed, in theory, that the government shouldn’t spend money it didn’t have, so sufficient revenues were needed.

Ronald Reagan cut taxes dramatically in his first year in office, but when the deficits rose, he smartly agreed to raise taxes 12 times, including a broad tax-reform bill that eliminated many loopholes and removed many provisions of the tax code that distorted economic incentives.

Our current economic situation, which was created over the course of about a decade of Republican rule, cannot be fixed in 32 months. Although we have not seen economic instant gratification, we have seen consistent improvement and growth despite the Republicans in Congress throwing roadblock after roadblock and the propaganda that they vomit.

The current Republican Party pretends to care about deficits, but it clearly doesn’t. It refuses to even consider raising taxes back to the Clinton era taxes for the wealthy – (that by the way balanced the budget and left America with a surplus) – to reduce the deficit, even by closing inefficient loopholes that distort the economy. The Republican-controlled House passed the Ryan budget plan, which cuts taxes and spending by trillions of dollars but does almost nothing to reduce the deficit over the next 10 years.

I used to be a Republican when it was a center-right party, conservative but still mainstream. Now it’s the home of extreme and radically charged, self-centered, self-serving views, ideology and policy.

I used to be a Republican. They favored sensible laws to conserve the water, air and land. The Environmental Protection Agency was created by Republican President Richard Nixon. But today’s Republicans reject almost all government actions to protect the environment, saying they kill jobs. They want to drill for oil and gas everywhere, they want the EPA to stop regulating pollution, and they categorically reject all scientific evidence for climate change. Now, they want to let the polluters go back to the same ways that have given us a dying planet.

I used to a Republican until they passed laws allowing un-regulated corporate campaign contributions that rivals NASCAR sponsorship. They in essence opned the flood gates to sell ALL of America’s candidates for high offices to the highest bidders. When these politicians accept these huge sums of money from major corporations – they owe them favors – thus selling us right down the tube.

I used to be a Republican – but today’s Republican Party loathes the idea of universal health-care coverage. It believes requiring Americans to buy coverage is unconstitutional and immoral. One of its most cherished goals is to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But did you know that the Affordable Care Act — derisively known as ObamaCare — is essentially a Republican plan, modeled after a 1993 Republican health-care bill and the Massachusetts state law signed by Mitt Romney? The ambition of the 1993 bill introduced by Rhode Island Republican John Chafee was to provide universal coverage, with all Americans required to buy insurance. The bill would have subsidized coverage for those with low incomes. It would have prohibited denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions. And it would have fined employers who did not offer a qualified health-care plan. Sound familiar? It was sponsored by 19 Republican senators

But – because the Affordable Care Act was an Obama initiative – its ALL wrong and they’re wanting to kill it calling it “socialized medicine.”

I used to be a Republican – but today the Republican Party has become so ultra-right wing that I cannot support them or their policies. They are led by a cadre of clowns who have divided and seek to continue to divide American into Red States and Blue States. They will do everything in their power to get their way — even if it means bring the Nation to its’ knees and effect a Civil War.

I used to be a Republican — but no more.

However, I do have a bit of a confession to make. Next year, if I’m still here and if there is still a United States of America — I’m thinking of switching my party affiliations back to Republican. My health is uncertain and one never knows what fate is in store. When my time does come — I’d rather it be one of them that goes … than a good Democrat.

David C. Lott

Neil Armstrong Dead

It is with deep sadness that I learned tonight of the passing of Neil Armstrong.  He was unquestioningly the greatest explorer of my generation.  The Apollo 11 mission was the culmination of mankind’s quest to explore the unknown and venture into space with the purpose of the bettering of science.  When I was a newly fledged seven year old boy, I watched the Apollo 11 landing and subsequent moon walk while staying overnight at my grandparent’s house.  I had a pallet placed a few feet from the television in their “clubroom” (informal living room).  I watched all of it with a sense that I was witnessing something extraordinary that would be duplicated several more times but never rivaled.  The advantages of being 50 years old and being able to recollect that event I experienced at age 7 are too numerous to mention.  I was old enough to remember it well, and young enough to have experienced it with a child’s eye.  I hope that those of you who were either too old, or too young to have lived through Apollo 11 and watched Neil Armstrong walk on the surface of the moon will benefit from his life and celebrate the triumphant exploratory nature of humankind.  God Speed Neil Armstrong!!

Republished by permission

by: Hollie O’Connor, The Texas Tribune

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-courts/texas-judicial-system/county-judge-civil-war-could-ensue-obama-re-electe/

Judge Tom Head

A Lubbock County judge is making headlines after suggesting that President Obama might hand over sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations, possibly igniting in a civil war.

In an interview with Fox 34 News in Lubbock, County Judge Tom Head said if re-elected, Obama was “going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N. Okay, what’s going to happen when that happens? I’m thinking worst case scenario here. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. We’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations. We’re talking Lexington-Concord take up arms and get rid of the guy.”

Head suggested that the region needed to establish a contingency plan.

Obama’s “going to send in U.N. troops, with the little blue beanies,” Head added. “I don’t want them in Lubbock County, so I’m going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say ‘You’re not coming in here.’ And the sheriff, I’ve already asked him, I said ‘You gonna back me?’ he said, ‘Yeah, I’ll back you.’

Head later clarified his comments to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, saying his comments were taken out of context, but that as the county’s emergency management director, “I have to think of the worst case scenario, and I used that as an example yesterday.”

A receptionist at Judge Head’s office said he is “not commenting for 24 to 48 hours.”

The Lubbock County Sherriff, Kelly Rowe, who Head said would support him in defying U.N. troops, has denied that such a conversation ever took place.

“For my part I can be very clear that there was no such conversation between he and I about such an extreme contingency plan under the heading of emergency management,” Rowe said. “Certainly we have discussed over several years routine emergency management plans, but nothing to the extreme that he indicates in his interviews.”

An apology to conservatives on climate change.

This is a long read, but highly worth checking out if you support transparent elections.

http://www.propublica.org/article/how-nonprofits-spend-millions-on-elections-and-call-it-public-welfare