Stewart “Neither Mitt Romney, nor Rick Santorum covered themselves in glory campaigning in Michigan. Romney kept putting his foot in the mouth he hired, so his own mouth doesn’t get feet in it. And Santorum got to the point where he released a robocall telling Democratic voters to vote for him, since Michigan’s primary is open to voters of all parties. And Mitt Romney did not care for this tactic.”
Romney 2-28-12 “It’s outrageous and disgusting, a terrible dirty trick…It’s a new low in this campaign… I think Rick Santorum has a lot of explaining to do. “
Stewart “That’s Mitt Romney decrying the practice of urging cross party voters to actively sabotage the sanctity of a primary. What are the odds of a tape existing of Mitt Romney endorsing that very same practice?”
Romney 2-17-07 “In Massachusetts if you register as an independent you can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary. When there was no real contest in the Republican primary, I’d vote in the Democrat primary, vote for the person I thought would be the weakest opponent for a Republican.”
Mitt Romney 2-28-12 “These days, when hes not spending our money or infringing upon our rights, President Obama is busy running for re-election. He believes he ranks among the top four presidents in history…….
Weve seen enough of this President over the last three years to know that we dont need another four. President Obama believes he is unchecked by our Constitution. He is unresponsive to the will of our people. In a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of re-election. If there is one thing we cannot afford, it is four years of Barack Obama with nothing to answer to.
His budget foreshadows what lies ahead. Runaway spending and record debt were just the warm-up act. For an encore, he wants to raise taxes on job creators and small businesses and families. We will not let him!”
Reminder – Yesterday’s quote of the day – Mitt Romney 2-28-12 “It’s very easy to excite the base with incendiary comments. We’ve seen, throughout the campaign, that if you’re willing to say really outrageous things that are accusative and attacking of President Obama, that you are going to jump up in the polls. You know, I’m not willing to light my hair on fire to get support.”
Mitt Romney 2-28-12 “It’s very easy to excite the base with incendiary comments. We’ve seen, throughout the campaign, that if you’re willing to say really outrageous things that are accusative and attacking of President Obama, that you are going to jump up in the polls. You know, I’m not willing to light my hair on fire to get support.”
Last December, an offshoot of the activist group Anonymous claimed to have hacked into the computers of security firm Stratfor in retaliation for the imprisonment of Bradley Manning and obtained personal information and credit card numbers. Now WikiLeaks has announced its intention to publish a trove of over five million emails allegedly obtained through that hack.
Perhaps the most shocking revelation in the release is that “Stratfor’s use of insiders for intelligence soon turned into a money-making scheme of questionable legality. The emails show that in 2009 then-Goldman Sachs Managing Director Shea Morenz and Stratfor CEO George Friedman hatched an idea to ‘utilise the intelligence’ it was pulling in from its insider network to start up a captive strategic investment fund.”
It goes on to say, “The emails show that in 2011 Goldman Sach’s Morenz invested ‘substantially’ more than $4million and joined Stratfor’s board of directors. Throughout 2011, a complex offshore share structure extending as far as South Africa was erected, designed to make StratCap appear to be legally independent. But, confidentially, Friedman told StratFor staff: ‘Do not think of StratCap as an outside organisation. It will be integral… It will be useful to you if, for the sake of convenience, you think of it as another aspect of Stratfor and Shea as another executive in Stratfor… we are already working on mock portfolios and trades’.”
It also charges, “Stratfor claims that it operates ‘without ideology, agenda or national bias’, yet the emails reveal private intelligence staff who align themselves closely with US government policies and channel tips to the Mossad – including through an information mule in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Yossi Melman, who conspired with Guardian journalist David Leigh to secretly, and in violation of WikiLeaks’ contract with the Guardian, move WikiLeaks US diplomatic cables to Israel.”
I got out of work at 5:30, so there was plenty of time to go home, eat dinner, watch most of What the Bleep Do We Know with one of the roommates, before getting ready to go see Swale. On went the crystal earring, on went the black, and out the door I went.
It was a chilly February evening, but nowhere near as cold as it could be. The walk downtown was a bit icy, but it was the kind of broken ice that is still good walking. None of the glare stuff. When I arrived, Amanda, Eric, and Jeremy were walking out and said hi. They asked if I was staying for the show, and I assured them, that was why I was there. While they went to get their gear, I entered the lightly full coffee shop, and made my way to the back to get a drink. All of the tables and counter were full, but there was no one standing around, so there was plenty of space to hang out. Erin Powers was onstage singing and playing the last song of her set on acoustic guitar. She sang a song about being a warrior woman that was cool, but didn’t set me on fire. That was still to come.
Swale took a while to get set up and to get the sound right, but about 9:15 they started to play a very slow countryish song. It was very mellow, in the way Swale sometimes can be, but though I don’t know the song well, I had a feeling… Yup, that is the new one that just builds and builds and by the end the room was full of music. They followed with a fast indie rocker, and I just knew by the end of the evening, the room was going to be blown away.
As the set unfolded they played a bunch of new songs and a few classics. The song about the nines rocked hard. Good Medicine was wistfully slow and Floydy, until the break, where Amanda counted out 1, 2, 3 and they launched into a guitar overdrive end section. They asked for requests, and someone asked for an old Wide Wail song, the one about taking off all my clothes. They consulted, showed Eric the chord progressions, and played a blistering All My Life. It was a pretty good version, with one section barely holding on, but the How Many of you will it take You to Do It section rocking hard. Eric said it was fun and they may have to do it more often. With a little practice, woo hoo the future bodes well!!
They tossed in a rousing cover of the Black Eyed Peas song I’ve got a Feeling. They slowed it down for the Middlesex song, but rocked it hard to close. They closed with the War Pigs mashup with whatever the Jay-Z song they mix it into. It was fun as always. Generals gathered in their masses, Get out the way bitch, get out the way, just like witches at black masses. You know, stuff like that.
The audience, which had been slowly filling the room all evening, and not leaving, wanted one more. They said they had no right to do this cover, again I have no idea what it was, but pulled out a beautiful rocker. It was fast and heavy and got faster and faster. My head was bobbing and my hair was swinging. It was beautiful.
The room felt like a vacuum when it was done. Like something incredible was happening, then just wasn’t any more. They filled the room with fire and sound for an hour or so, and then it was gone. Live music is so cool. It exists just for that moment in time, whatever time and moments are. One thing I can say for sure, every moment spent with Swale last night, was a moment of pure beauty.
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum once again attacked President Barack Obama on wanting students to go to college Saturday morning, calling the president a “snob” on the campaign trail in Troy, Michigan.
Santorum spoke the tea party group Americans For Prosperity’s Michigan branch and received a round of applauds for his latest eye-brow raising statements.
“President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college, what a snob,” he said. “There are good, decent men and women who work hard every day and put their skills to the test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor. And trying to indoctrinate them.”
Note :Santorum obtained an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a law degree degree from the Dickinson School of Law.