- Nevada Mitt Romney and Ron Paul supporters clashed during the state’s delegate convention, and the state’s two RNC officials got booted as a result. The RNC is may block the delegation if it goes pro-Paul.
- Maine A two-day convention for delegates is a bit of a mess thanks to pro-Paul supporters that narrowly took the chairmanship of the delegation by showing up in huge numbers — giving Paul a chance to gain delegates.
- Iowa And the state known for its first-in-the-nation caucus could find itself going to Tampa with a pro-Paul delegation, meaning three men, at varying points, were reported to have won in the state. source
» Should Mitt be worried? Clearly, Paul’s attempt at building a campaign is a bit unorthodox — he only has 80 delegates, but he could end up stealing some of Romney’s if he keeps it up — but even if he can’t win outright, he could damage Romney’s campaign. As The Hill puts it: “National Republicans worry that if grassroots party loyalists aren’t supporting the presumptive nominee, the party could struggle against President Obama’s fundraising and organizational efforts.”
The best campaign counter-attack video I HAVE EVER SEEN. Obama 2012
”So we’re going to call their BS when we see it and we need your help to call them on it too and set the record straight. So share this, tweet it, facebook it, I keep hearing about tumblr and whatever that is…please use that too. Thank you.”
-Stephanie Cutter / Deputy Campaign Manager at Obama for America.
And a Tumblr shout-out.
Using that Tumblr thing.
Obama is the coolest politician ever! I just wish he was ruling the UK! Fuq da queen
Dear GOD I HAVE WANTED VIDEOS LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN. I’m so fucking tired of smear campaigns.
‘Cuz if they want to get down and dirty, they fuckin’ with the right ones.
I feel like this campaign is gonna get exciting simply because it looks like the Obama campaign is just not going to put up with any bullshit, nonsense, and outright lies.
Obama’s reelection team is amazeballs.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/americans-for-prosperity-launches-61-million-attack-on-obama/2012/04/26/gIQAoWsajT_blog.html - Original ad run by Americans for Prosperity that was proven to be dishonest.
- 97% of blacks in Virginia plan to vote for Obama source
» That’s compared to 1 percent for Romney: While that stat (from a Washington Post poll) doesn’t say everything about the election, the lopsidedness of this one stat is pretty stunning. Overall in the state, Obama is ahead of Romney 51 percent to 44 percent, with the president leading among independents, women and younger voters, and Romney leading among whites and men. (hat tip to The Fix)
In which the WaPo’s opinion section isn’t afraid of pinning the blame for Congress’ ongoing gridlock. Note that this article, by Brookings’ Thomas E. Mann and the American Enterprise Institute Norman J. Ornstein, has 5,000+ comments.
You don’t know him, but you’ve seen his work: The rise of Creative Commons has leveled the playing field for bloggers, giving many the opportunity to use free-to-use images at times comparable to wire photos. But the quality varies, and it’s rare to find someone sharing high-quality pictures consistently — but Gage Skidmore pulls it off. The 18-year-old photographer, who shoots celebrities and conservative politicians largely as a hobby, has uploaded nearly 9,000 photos to Flickr since early 2008, and thanks to favorable licensing, finds his photos of famous and important people in use all over the Web — including such sites as CNN, Fox News and Mashable. What drives his work? Click on to see his take on the matter.
How he got started in photography
- Why he does it “I was inspired to take photos of various political figures and celebrities because of my own personal interest in seeing good, quality photos at the various events that I have had the pleasure of attending,” he said. His efforts have taken him to such political events as CPAC and the Values Voter Summit, as well as pop-culture events like San Diego’s Comic-Con.
- His politics Skidmore, who describes his politics as “pretty much in line with the constitutionally conservative principles that such people as Ron Paul and Rand Paul represent,” says that he got his start shooting politics in 2009, with his first subject being the Kentucky senator. Skidmore says he largely supports the Republican platform on domestic and social issues.
- His current work Since graduating high school, he took a year off before college to cover political events around the country, including such electoral hotbeds as Washington DC, Iowa and New Hampshire. (It is an election year, after all.) Skidmore was even recognized at the most recent CPAC by someone at the American Enterprise Institute who commonly uses his photos.
Why he gives away his work
- I always enjoy seeing my photos being used by people, which is the main reason why I freely license them. The more people use my photos, the better. Crediting me is just icing on the cake.
- Gage Skidmore • Discussing why his freely offers his work to others under a Creative Commons license. The license he uses, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic, allows for free use and adaptation of his work for all uses, including commercial. This does not preclude his getting paid for the work, however — in fact, he’s received compensation in the past from a number of publications, and Sen. Rand Paul himself paid to use one of Skidmore’s images in the senator’s 2011 book, “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.”
His favorite subject
“Ron Paul, by far”: While Skidmore, beyond taking photos, largely doesn’t interact with his photo subjects (which recently included — when he took photos at WonderCon in Anaheim, Calif. — the cast and crew of “Community”), if he had to choose a favorite person to shoot, it’d be Ron Paul. “He is just such a kind hearted person who’s only intention is to spread the message of freedom throughout the country, which is a tough task at any age, but to be 76 and be as energetic and enthusiastic as he is is remarkable,” he says. “Even I can hardly keep up with him.” It helps, he says, that Paul always carries a smile on his face. “That makes my job much, much easier.”
How you can do what he does
Photo pass: Not needed. While Skidmore travels to a number of venues to get his photos, his process of actually getting the shots he needs once he’s at the events doesn’t sound particularly difficult — he says that most of the events he goes to are free to enter. “My advice to people looking to get into political photography is to simply dress professionally, and get the best photography equipment you can afford,” he suggests. “Then practice, practice, practice.” Skidmore may be known for his photography, but that doesn’t mean it’s a career choice — surprisingly, he dislikes taking photos. “My only enjoyment in photography is seeing my photos afterwards being received positively,” he says, saying that he enjoys the wide audience they receive as well as the people he meets as the result of his work. Our take: If he ever chooses to go pro, he could totally do it — and possibly charge a few bucks along the way. (photos by Gage Skidmore) source
ohmymgdogsal oh ymg do will the real mitt romney please stand up
My dog is on the roof,my dog is on the roof
This must be seen!!
I was not disappointed.
I….don’t know what I expected but…yeah.
This is hormonal birth control.
As you can see on the box, you take exactly one pill per day. To make sure it works, you need to take one pill every day at the same time, or it stops working. You take only one pill, and you keep taking them regardless of what you are doing that day.
Hormonal birth control can be used to treat a lot of different diseases, like anemia caused by excessive menstruation. It is a prescription medication that can cost around $15-50 a month. Because it is a prescription medication, it should be covered by insurance, as it treats legitimate health problems.
This is Viagra.
It, too, can treat legitimate health problems like altitude sickness and pulmonary hypertension, but it is usually prescribed for erectile dysfunction. Unlike the Pill, Viagra is taken every time you want to have sex. A lot of health insurance companies cover Viagra, so it costs about as much as your co-pay.
This is a condom.
It is not a prescription medication, and has no health benefits (besides the prevention of STIs and pregnancy). Like Viagra, you must use one before you have sex: indeed, before each sex act. They cost about a dollar per condom.
This is Sandra Fluke.
She testified before a small, Democrat-led hearing after she was cut out of the actual birth control/insurance discussion. Her testimony was about a friend of hers who, because her insurance did not cover birth control, lost an ovary due to an ovarian cyst.
This somehow translates into “I, myself, personally, am having so much sex I can’t afford birth control, and so I want the government to pay for it.”
This is wrong for multiple reasons.
- It was about a friend, not her. To say her testimony was about her personally is factually incorrect.
- Sex had nothing to do with the testimony - her friend lost an ovary because of medical condition that was left untreated. A medical condition that was completely treatable, but wasn’t, because her insurance wouldn’t cover it. To say that her testimony was about her being “a slut” or “a prostitute” is factually incorrect.
- Even if she was having loads of sex, she would still only have one pill a day, not one pill per sex act, so to say “I’m having so much sex I can’t afford birth control” is completely erroneous. The Pill is not Viagra or condoms. To say that she is such “a slut” that she constantly needs more pills is factually incorrect.
- The current political debate is not “should the government pay for birth control?” The debate is “should insurance companies, that people and their employers pay for, on their own, be required to cover birth control?” To say that Sandra Fluke wants the government to pay for her birth control is factually incorrect.
- Religious organizations do not want to have birth control covered by their insurance, even for employees not of their faith, even if their employees never actually use their insurance to cover birth control. By this logic, they should also not pay their employees, because they could use that money to pay for birth control out of pocket. To say that this issue is about religious freedom and not about women’s health is disingenuous, as Ms. Fluke’s testimony demonstrates.
Hopefully this makes things a little clearer.
No matter what political beliefs they hold, nearly all parents—99 percent of Republicans, 96 percent of Democrats, and 93 percent of independents—expect their children to go to college, the survey found. That resounding endorsement makes clear that Santorum is all but alone in his opinion that only snobs encourage all kids to go to college.
“That’s a pretty big burden while he’s waging war on the Catholic Church and apologizing to Islamic extremists”: In which Newt Gingrich tells CNN’s Candy Crowley that Big Oil will intentionally tank the American economy, placing an insurmountable obstacle on President Obama’s path to re-election. source
|—||Obama adviser David Axelrod • Not accepting Rush Limbaugh’s apology to Sandra Fluke and pointing out that the apology continued to sell what Axelrod described as a falsehood. Rush would probably respond back to this by saying the government should have no role in funding “basic insurance policies.” But really, does this argument have to keep going? (via shortformblog)|