Sunday Roast: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly, by resolution 48/104, adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.

In the United States, we had the Violence Against Women Act — also passed in 1993 — written by the current Vice President, Joe Biden.  The Act currently up for re-authorization, which would seem like a no-brainer, but it’s hung up in the Republican controlled House, which favors a reduction of such services to undocumented and LGBT women.

Because undocumented and LGBT women aren’t quite women?  Violence up to a certain level should be acceptable?  Maybe if these women get beaten and raped enough, they’ll mend their evil ways.  That could be it.

This is our daily open thread — posted by the late, late, very late Zooey.  LATE AGAIN.  Sorry!!

Hole the Watering: Day of Woden: 10/10/12 Prelude to the Vice Presidential Debacle Debate

Walker digs up the dirt on the upcoming Vice Presidential Debate.

Tomorrow night is the one-and-only debacle debate between Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican Challenger Paul Ryan. Walker, The Zoo’s underground journalist, sat down with their Invisible counterparts to get an inside exclusive of what to expect.

Invisible Biden

Invisible Biden: Ok, ok. Everyone knows and expects me to say something stupid, to put my foot in my mouth, but not tomorrow night. Tomorrow night it’s game on! I was a U.S. Senator while Ryan was still in diapers. What’s he worked on…one budget? One budget? And he can’t even explain the math? I’ve voted on over 35 budgets, Republican and Democrat, and math is math. Ryan’s budget doesn’t add up, and that’s a fact.

Invisible Ryan

Invisible Ryan: Oh yeah? Well, I can explain the math, but you wouldn’t get it anyway.

IB: Try me.


IB: Sure, but do you know what it means?

IR: Not a clue.


IB: In other words, the math behind your budget is the same math that brought us the atom bomb.

IR: You may be entitled to your own Math, Biden, but you’re not entitled to your own facts.

IB: Ok, let’s take your facts. Your main man, Mitt, says he’ll cut every program that he doesn’t want to borrow money from China to pay for. He’s gonna take the axe to Big Bird.

IR: So? We can’t keep going into debt just to fund some tv show for children.

IB: We have to borrow billions because of tax cuts to millionaires. What about getting rid of the Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy? We borrow from China and give subsidies to big oil. is it worth borrowing from China to give money to Exxon? What do you have to say about those facts?

IR: Mitt Romney and I are going to eliminate subsidies for big oil. We’re going to raise taxes on the rich and cut taxes for the middle class. We will guarantee the Social Security lock box for generations to come.

IB: Huh?

IR: We will increase spending for food stamps, subsidized housing, welfare and unemployment.

IB: WTF? Where—when did you guys come up with all this bovine excrement?

IR: Just now. I’m entitled to my own facts, and my facts are the facts whenever I say they are. And the fact is Mitt Romney and I will do whatever it takes, say whatever it takes, to get elected.

Invisible Goin’ Rogue

“It ain’t as easy as that.”

Walker: Invisible Goin’ Rogue? How’d you get in here?

IGR: I should be up there where Joe the Vice President is sitting. I should have been queen…I mean Vice President. But noooo….that good ol’ gotcha media jus’ couldn’t wait to take this hockey mom down a notch or two. Well I ain’t goin’ down any more. Jus’ ask Todd.

Walker: Security?

As Invisible Going Rogue was escorted out of the building she screamed, “Alaska will secede from the Union if Obama is re-elected! Mark my words! I didn’t quit bein’ governor jus’ to become a nobody! I’m gonna be queen of Alaska! I’m gonna be—” Mercifully the slamming of the door squelched her squawking.


Ari Melber: Rove & Cheney Betting On Another Attack

Ari Melber states, “What you have here is Bush’s aides attacking Barack Obama and Joe Biden on Security, and it is really disgusting.”  “What they have been doing is betting on another attack.” And “you have a Red Cross Report out this week saying that the Bush Administration tortured at Guantanamo.”

Obama’s First Press Conference

Obama calls for action on the economy.

President-elect Obama assembled his economic team Friday and soberly told the nation that strong action is needed to confront “the greatest economic challenge of our lifetime.”

In his first news conference since being elected Tuesday, Obama called on Congress to extend unemployment benefits and pass a stimulus bill. But his more ambitious remedies, he said, must wait until he takes office Jan. 20.

Obama urged Congress to pass an economic stimulus measure and extend unemployment benefits either before or just after he takes office. As for bigger decisions, he said, the nation has “only one government and one president at a time,” and now it is President Bush.

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Fair and balanced? You decide..

Raw Story

“Are you joking?”

That was one of Sen. Joe Biden’s responses during an interview with a Florida news station that the Obama campaign said was so “unprofessional” it canceled another planned interview with his wife, Jill Biden.

Barbara West conducted the interview for WFTV-Channel 9 and asked the Democratic vice presidential candidate if Sen. Barack Obama was a “Marxist,” referenced a recent statement Obama made in Ohio to Joe the Plumber about “spreading the wealth around,” and was Biden “embarassed” about Obama’s alleged ties to ACORN.

“You may recognize this famous quote,” West said. “‘From each according to his abilities to each according to his needs.’ That’s from Karl Marx. How is Sen. Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?”

Biden did not immediately take the question seriously.

Are you joking? Is this a joke or is that a real question? Biden said. “It’s a ridiculous comparison with all due respect.”

For her final question, West asked Biden what he would say to the people “who are concerned that Barack Obama will want to turn American into a socialist country, much like Sweden?”

Read the rest…

For a complete list of her questions..

I am frankly impressed with Biden for keeping his cool and/or not walking off. This was outrageous. Especially compared with the way she handled her previous questioning of John McCain. So much for the media being “Liberal” and “left-leaning”..

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CNN: McCain-Palin Campaign Follies

If the campaign doesn’t end soon, the ladies on the View are going to kill each other.  Ellen DeGeneres says she has been watching CNN so much that she is now calling her den “The Situation Room.”   Which pales next to the X-rated Sarah Palin look-a-like film that Hustler Publisher Larry Flynt has made.  Poster of the day is “Attack of the 50ft Palin.”  The conservative blogs are attacking Family Guy for sticking a McCain/Palin pin on a character wearing a Nazi uniform.  The McCain campaign keeps pinning it’s hopes on a certain Joe, that would be “Joe the Plumber.”  A Portland, Oregon radio station KEX organized a donation drive to help “Joe the Plumber” pay his overdue tax bill.  They raised more than what Joe needed, they raised $1,800.00.

Joe Biden: We Are All Patriotic!

VP Candidate Joe Biden today gave a fiery speech in response to Sarah Palin’s boast that she enjoys campaigning in the “pro-American” parts of this country.

From CBS News:

Joe Biden says he’s tired of the type of politics of division he heard in Sarah Palin’s comments last night, when she told a North Carolina fundraiser that she liked to visit “pro-American parts of the country.” 

“It’s disappointing, and I hope it’s a slip of the tongue and she doesn’t mean it, but she said it. It was reported she said that she likes to visit, quote, pro-American parts of the country,” said Biden, leading into a lengthy dissection of the remarks. 

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Obama Roasts John McCain At Alfred Smith Charity Dinner

Obama was too funny.  He asked where are the greek columns he requested.  Obama said that he received his middle name from someone who never thought he would be running for office.  He needed to disclose that his middle name is actually Steve.  Obama said he was surprised that McCain kept bring up “Who Is Obama” on the campaign trail.  He said all he had to do was look at his Facebook page.  A must watch, he had me laughing through the whole video.

Obama and Biden: A Rescue Plan for the Middle Class

Barack Obama is announcing today in Toledo, Ohio, a major policy address to lay out his economic rescue plan for the middle class. 

Barack Obama and Joe Biden: A Rescue Plan for the Middle Class

Our country faces its most serious economic crisis since the great depression. We have lost 760,000 jobs this year and some leading forecasters project that the unemployment rate will exceed 8 percent by the end of 2009. Working families, who saw their incomes decline by $2,000 in the economic “expansion” from 2000 to 2007 now face even deeper income losses. Retirement savings accounts have lost $2 trillion. Markets have fallen 40% in less than a year. Millions of homeowners who played by the rules can’t meet their mortgage payments and face foreclosure as the value of their homes have plummeted. With credit markets nearly frozen, businesses large and small cannot access the credit they need to meet payroll and create jobs.

Here is the link to the entire Rescue Plan in a pdf file.

If they post a broadcast of his speech, I will do an update as soon as it is available.

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Biden Fires Back: McCain-Palin “Appeal To Fear”

Joe Biden is on fire as he smacks down McCain-Palin, on their appeal to fear- “this is beyond disappointing,” Biden roars, “this is just wrong.” This is his first rally since the vice-presidential debate he spoke to a crowd of 3,500 at the Sundome at the University of South Florida.   One of his best speechs.

The Undecided’s Speak Out Candidly – They Like Obama

As in the previous presidential debate, a group of undecided voters are gathered together in a swing state, this time they are from Colorado. To get a true gauge of their reactions and feeling about the candidates-they are polled before and after the town hall debate. This group was comprised of 50 voters, mainly former Bush supporters, but split evenly between party lines.

The voters awarded Obama the “win” (38% to 30%, with the rest choosing no clear winner). But that result was actually the least useful of the evening. Because while the earlier debate did not result in any net change in support for the two candidates, Obama walked away with a clear lead in new voters tonight. After the debate ended, 26% of the audience had become McCain supporters while 42% said they planned to vote for Obama. Only a quarter of the group was still undecided.

Even more dramatic was the shift in the voters’ personal reactions to the two candidates. Before the debate, McCain had a 48/46 favorability rating; that improved to 56/36 by the end. But that’s about where Obama started the evening-54/36. After an hour and a half, Obama’s favorability numbers were 80/14. As Joe Biden would say, let me repeat that: 80% of the undecided voters had favorable views of Obama and only 14% saw him negatively for a net rating of +66. Not even Bill Clinton got such a warm response in town hall formats.

Republicans are good for throwing out the word “liberal” to see if it sticks or elicits the response they are looking for, which is negativity. That didn’t work last night, for one, Obama is hardly the most liberal Senator. He is viewed by most as a moderate.  As McCain would say, look at his voting record.

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Palin Attacks Biden While Mourning Loss

Sarah Palin while speaking to a crowd in Florida – on the Campaign Trail – took pot shots at Joe Biden today. The Senator has been off on bereavement since the loss of his mother-in-law to a heart attack. Palin is fully aware of the reasons behind his absence.

Madeleine Albright on CNN – Responds To Palin’s Misquote

Sarah Palin misquoted Madeleine Albright by saying “There is a place in hell, reserved for women who don’t support other women”  Madeliene Albright at the end notes that women should support Obama-Biden.   A must watch response by Albright..

Judicial Confirmation Network: Right Wing Smear Campaign

When we think of the word “judicial” what comes to mind is truth. My preconceived thoughts come from the Latin meaning jus right, law and dicere to determine. Hence, my conclusion at first glance-an organization seeking the truth-without political bias, with a dedication to the constitution. Judicial Confirmation Network has an agenda, which they tout is integrity, common sense, education and experience in the law and lastly, a devotion to the Constitution.

All those wonderful words that make us seek the truth, not just with our minds but with our hearts. Their “About Us” section makes you believe that those virtues of which they speak, is their goal. That is when reality of what they really stand for becomes clear, not only with the video that is on their website, but the fact that they are using it as a campaign ad against Barack Obama. If you are a legitimate group trying to send a strong and powerful message the last possible method you use is an attack ad. That not only takes away from the message but uncovers the ugly underbelly of what you truly stand for. Those powerful words like integrity and zeal for the constitution become tarnished with their twisted ideology of lies which they perpetuate in TV ads in Michigan and Ohio currently-but is being launched nationally.

To give you a little background on their true agenda and what they have been endorsing over the years-will give you an insight into their deeply entrenched right-wing philosophies. Back in July 2005, Bush taps conservative Appeals Court Judge John Roberts for the Supreme Court. Gary Marx, the Executive Director of the Judicial Confirmation Network fully endorsed this Bush nomination.

Marx has also worked as a coalition organizer for the Bush-Cheney 2004 national campaign and served as Development Director and lobbyist for The Family Foundation of Virginia.

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Ohioans Speak Out Against McCain

Ohio has always had a distinctive divide when it comes to politics. Northern Ohio, from Massillon up to the Great Lakes has strongly favored Democrats-while Southern Ohio is GOP country.

What makes me stand up and take notice of this particular poll is that it was done in Southern Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch did a poll and found that Obama has a 7 point lead. Not only is that music to my ears-it means that the southern part of the state is waking up to the fact that we can’t afford any more heavy job losses-and that this state can no longer tolerate the Bush-McCain policies. The citizens of this great state are speaking out and becoming more vocal.

“Their qualifications are worlds apart,” said Bruce Tromp, 42, a software engineer from Springboro, near Cincinnati. “Biden has years of experience and is a skilled politician. Palin doesn’t even seem to understand the issues, let alone be able to form an intelligent opinion on them.”

The Ohio Democrats from around the state are rallying for Sen. Barack Obama-this new Dispatch Poll shows-that there are concerns about our economy throughout all the districts. With thousands of voters casting their ballots early to vote absentee, having this new setup will not be “the only poll that counts is the one on Election Day.” This will cut back on the election fraud this state has witnessed in the past.

Ohio is even more critical to McCain’s campaign this year since he pulled out of Michigan last week. Not only has no Republican ever won the presidency without carrying the Buckeye State, McCain almost has to run the 2004 electoral table to win, carrying every single state President Bush won four years ago, including Ohio.

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Letterman & Brian Williams: “I’m a Maverick”

Brian Williams and David Letterman discuss the Vice-Presidential Debates.  Williams notes the serious issues voters should think about when considering a Vice-Presidential candidate.  Brian Williams delivers a great line when he walks onto the show “I’m a Maverick, and I may not answer the questions tonight.”  David Letterman had so many funny one-liners throughout their discussion.  One particular line, that Palin used in the debate that Letterman took issue with was, “Can I call you Joe.”  He felt that was a cheesy, cheap set up by Sarah Palin.

Scathing Review of Palin’s VP Performance

Nielsen: Biden Scores Big On Iraq, Palin’s “White Flag Of Surrender” Tanks

If Sarah Palin had kept up with current events here and abroad; she wouldn’t be in such a difficult position trying to play catch up-when it comes to domestic and foreign policy. These large, very obvious gaps in her knowledge are crystal clear, as millions of viewers have seen, in interviews and painfully noticeable at the debate last night. Mike and John at Politico-are not at a loss for words about Palin’s performance at the debate.

She got out alive, though there were white-knuckle moments along the way: questions that were answered with painfully obvious talking points that betrayed scant knowledge of the issue at hand, and sometimes little relevance to the question that had been asked.

But recent days have given John McCain’s team little reason to suppose that not-that-bad is good enough. The Republican ticket’s sliding polls and narrowing electoral map gave it a different imperative in her showdown against Joe Biden. That was to alter the trajectory of the race in a way reminiscent of how Palin first enlivened Republicans-it seems long ago now-when she joined the ticket in late August.

There were so many times throughout the night when she was clearly out of her depth. Palin kept backsliding into the main talking point of drilling Alaska and offshore.

To the contrary, it is hard to count any objective measures by which Biden did not clearly win the encounter. She looked like she was trying to get people to take her seriously. He looked like he was running for vice president. His answers were more responsive to the questions, far more detailed and less rhetorical.

On at least ten occasions, Palin gave answers that were nonspecific, completely generic, pivoted away from the question at hand, or simply ignored it: on global warming, an Iraq exit strategy, Iran and Pakistan, Iranian diplomacy, Israel-Palestine (and a follow-up), the nuclear trigger, interventionism, Cheney’s vice presidency and her own greatest weakness.

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Joe Biden Wins VP Debate

CBS: Biden won 2-1

Biden gave the far superior debate performance by any objective standard.   He focused largely on McCain, not Palin, and by doing so showed respect.  Biden also put critical focus on the fact that John McCain voted and supported George Bush policies.  Policies that showed his judgement has been wrong on every major issue over the last eight years.  When the discussion moved to foreign policy, at any rate, her relentless strategy of talking only about tax cuts and energy policy, peppering her lines with plenty of Joe six-pack humor, which did not go over well with the independents.  From the Iraq section onwards, she sometimes seemed to be clinging on by her fingertips.

During the course of the debate, CNN was running a viewer response line for uncommitted voters in Ohio. Overall the numbers reflected a very strong performance for Biden. And while Palin scored well, at times, among this crowd, the dial lines indicated that she remains a controversial figure among females in that state.

Biden repeatedly won high accolades on a wide range of topics. His remarks about the personal trials of having a wife and daughter die in a car accident sent responses from both male and females through the roof. His dig at Dick Cheney — “the most dangerous Vice President in history” — and his pledge to end the war in Iraq were similarly popular. When he defended Obama from Palin’s attacks, he was held in equally high regard. Much of the time, dial responses sunk when Palin began speaking.

When Palin defended John McCain and the surge it generated a flat response.  Only one person in the focus group said they were going to support a McCain-Palin ticket after the debate.  More than six decided to vote for the Obama-Biden ticket after the debate, they clearly saw that John McCain is no “Maverick”.  There are also numbers from a CBS poll done tonight that show they were impressed with Biden and his extensive knowledge of the Middle East. 

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