Beware pro-lifers who do not respect the lives of the [born] living.  They are drained of all compassion and have replaced it with hypocrisy.

Even for rape. Even for incest. Even for saving the mother’s life. None of them justify abortion in Rick Santorum’s world.

Unless it happens to be Rick Santorum’s wife, and she might have died if not for her 20-week-old fetus being “partial birth” aborted. That’s different. Because, you know, that’s JUSTIFIED. Unlike all those other mothers.

In other Santorum news, he now claims he never said ”I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money,” but instead that he said"bluh people." Defending himself on Bill O’Reilly’s show (obviously), Santorum explained: "I don’t use the term ‘black’ very often. I use the term ‘African American’ more than I use ‘black.’ And I as someone who did more work for historically black colleges, I used to—every year I used to bring all the historically black colleges into Washington, D.C. to try to help them." He then quickly distracted everyone with jazz hands.

The ads aired in Charleston, S.C., on a TV station run by Rita Littles Scott. “We did not know it was Stephen Colbert for a while,” she says of the power behind the ads. On the contrary, she says, the ads fit right in. And she says no one has called to complain about them. “In fact, we’ve not received any phone calls except from the media.”

ThinkProgress rounds them up:

Since the last SOTU, the economy has created 1.9 million private sector jobs. [Source]

• The top 1 percent take home 24 percent of the nation’s income, up from about 9 percent in 1976. [Source]

• Private sector job creation under Obama in 2011 was larger than seven out of the eight years Bush was president. [Source]

• The top 1 percent of Americans own 40 percent of our country’s wealth while the bottom 80 percent owns only 7 percent. [Source]

• Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million young adults gained health insurance. [Source]

• For every one job opening, there are four people looking for work. [Source]

• Last year, China spent 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure. The U.S. spent 2.5 percent. [Source]

• 2.65 million seniors saved an average of $569 on prescriptions last year thanks to the Affordable Care Act. [Source]

• “In 2011, the United States killed Al Qaeda’s most effective propagandist, Anwar al-Awlaki; its operating chief, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman; and of course its founder, chief executive and spiritual leader, Osama bin Laden.” [Source]

• Union membership is at a 70-year low. [Source]

• Unemployment benefits have lifted 3.2 million people out of poverty. [Source]

• The United States used to have the world’s largest percentage of college graduates. We’re now #14. [Source]

• One quarter of all contributions to federal campaigns come from 0.01 percent of Americans. [Source]

• 47.8 percent of households that receive food stamps are working, because having a job is not enough to keep them out of poverty. [Source]

• In the last three years, 30 major corporations spent more on lobbying than they paid in taxes. [Source]

• 50 percent of U.S. workers make less than $26,364 per year. [Source]

• More than one in 70 homes faced foreclosure last year. [Source]

• Since 1985, the federal tax rate for the 400 wealthiest Americans dropped from 29 percent to 18 percent. [Source]

what we’ve learned about Mitt Romney from his tax returns: 1) He pays a low rate in taxes, lower than many of us who derive our income from working 2) His work income is pocket change compared to the money he makes sitting on his ass paying other people to make money for him and 3) He makes more in a day doing nothing than your average American makes in a year of life being consumed by work.

Which is it, Mitt?

A Facebook friend pointed out:

Now, this IS funny! I saw two article headlines side by side on msnbc this morning. The first one read, “Romney on State of the Union: Obama ‘adopted a lot of thoughts’ from my campaign”, and the one immediately following was, “Romney attacks Obama’s ‘fantasyland’, ‘detachment’ from reality”.
LMAO!

Srsly?  I had to look it up, and he’s right!

Romney on State of the Union: Obama ‘adopted a lot of thoughts’ from my campaign [video, no transcript]

In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams after the State of the Union, former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called some of President Obama’s ideas “interesting” but his praise stopped there. 

Obama detached from reality: Romney [video with transcript]

Mitt Romney hitting US President Barack Obama on his State of the Union address: "he was speaking in Fantasy Land again last night. He seemed so extraordinarily detached from reality."

So which is it, Mitt?

The Williams Institute believes 25,000 transgender voters are affected by strict photo ID laws in Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. These voters may not reach the polls in the November 2012 election, where not only the president will be chosen, but hundreds of state and local decisions must be made.

The Williams Institute believes 25,000 transgender voters are affected by strict photo ID laws in Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. These voters may not reach the polls in the November 2012 election, where not only the president will be chosen, but hundreds of state and local decisions must be made.

Progress Made by President Barack Obama and His Administration:

  • The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) added gender identity to the equal employment opportunity policy governing all federal jobs
  • The Department of State revised the standards for changing a gender marker on a passport without surgery, making the process less burdensome for transgender people
  • President Obama signed the Byrd-Shepard hate crimes bill
  • President Obama signed the U.N. Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • President Obama appointed the first transgender DNC member, Diego Sanchez
  • President Obama conceived a National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders, funded by a three-year HHS grant to SAGE
  • The Social Security Administration stopped it’s no-match letter policy
  • President Obama banned job discrimination based on gender identity throughout the federal government
  • HUD issued housing nondiscrimination regulations [with NO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION]
hawtistic

hidden-agender:

Other white people:

If you refer to voting in this election as having to choose the “lesser of two evils”

You are calling Barack Obama evil.

I repeat:

You are calling a BLACK MAN evil.

And in this country, you can’t call black people evil as a white person without showing your inherent racism and complicity with the system that has been in place since this country’s beginning that demonizes black people for everything they do, gives them no justice and slaughters them without mercy. It assumes automatic guilt and yes, evil on the part of black people.

If you’re white and call Barack Obama evil, you’re a racist.

Have a nice day.

I just- what? Are you 12? Do you have no concept or experience of history? (Are you a troll trying to make the rest of us look like fools?)

People have been saying that elections are a choice for the lesser of two evils for decades before a person of color was allowed anywhere near the White House.

If the racial implications of an act can be informed by its historical baggage, then the not-racism of an act can be informed by that same history. (Unless the act is explicitly being retasked as racist, and in this case it’s not, since it’s being applied across color lines.)

Please, there’s plenty of racism (against the Obama family even) happening on a daily basis even before we start making shit up.

BROWNSTEIN: Well, the share of whites [the Republican party will] need to win grows every four years, unless they can reduce this preponderant Democratic advantage among minorities. You really can feel the paralysis right now in the Republican Party, because on the one hand, almost every serious thinker in the party understands this is not a tenable, long-term strategy, to allow Democrats to keep winning 80 percent of the growing minority population. On the other hand, their existing coalition is resistant to many of the things you would want to reach out to that population. And they don’t know how to square the need for a future coalition against the priorities of the existing coalition.

Obama Needs Minority Voters On His Side : NPR

The Republican party is like a lovesick teenager gazing longingly into the eyes of racism, saying “I don’t know how to quit you”.