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The Real Romney

26 David Brooks over at the New York Times has penned a hilarious bigraphy of Mitt Romney's life.  Here's the start:

The purpose of the Republican convention is to introduce America to the real Mitt Romney. Fortunately, I have spent hours researching this subject. I can provide you with the definitive biography and a unique look into the Byronic soul of the Republican nominee:

Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Virginia and several other swing states. He emerged, hair first, believing in America, and especially its national parks. He was given the name Mitt, after the Roman god of mutual funds, and launched into the world with the lofty expectation that he would someday become the Arrow shirt man.

Romney was a precocious and gifted child. He uttered his first words ("I like to fire people") at age 14 months, made his first gaffe at 15 months and purchased his first nursery school at 24 months. The school, highly leveraged, went under, but Romney made 24 million Jujubes on the deal.

Mitt grew up in a modest family. His father had an auto body shop called the American Motors Corporation, and his mother owned a small piece of land, Brazil. He had several boyhood friends, many of whom owned Nascar franchises, and excelled at school, where his fourth-grade project, "Inspiring Actuaries I Have Known," was widely admired.

Head over to the NYT to read the entire article.

Charlie Crist Endorses Obama - GOP ‘Far To The Extreme Right’

As Republicans gather in Tampa to nominate Mitt Romney, Americans can expect to hear tales of how President Obama has failed to work with their party or turn the economy around.

But an element of their party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they've proven incapable of governing for the people. Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion, even for rape victims.

The truth is that the party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve.

Made in the USA

25 Today's a good day to buy one of our Made in the USA mugs—with the President's birth certificate on the back: Read more »

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Ted Cruz = Todd Akin

24 “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.” –Todd Akin, Republican Congressman from Missouri who is seeking the Senate nomination

Dear Democrat,

Mitt Romney and other Republican leaders calling for Todd Akin to resign his campaign need to take in more territory starting with Romney’s VP candidate and including newly minted right wing darling Ted Cruz. The only distinction between Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and Todd Akin is that Akin put down the dog whistle and stated the policy out loud. Akin’s disgusting rhetoric matches the policies of the Republican Party.

A perfect match between Texas business and Democrats

By Steve Brown22

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in March 2010, its authors had states like Texas in mind.

Texas is unique in that it’s the only state that has the most advanced, but least accessible medical systems in the nation (if not world).

The number of uninsured Texans has overwhelmed our healthcare infrastructure and economics for the last two decades.

The ACA reduces skyrocketing health costs by increasing access to health insurance. By doing so, the uninsured would be able to receive quality preventive care to help them manage and early diagnose chronic illness instead of receiving expensive primary care in emergency rooms. The costs associated with uncompensated care are paid for by local tax payers, employers and the insured. One emergency room visit by an uninsured patient costs $1300. Multiply that by 5 million uninsured Texans, and you’ve just stumbled upon Texas’ Health Care crisis.

All Texans would benefit from health care reform – and that includes Texas businesses.

Fort Bend Democrats Undertake Major Hispanic Outreach Project

Fort Bend Democrats are proud of our diversity and are committed to growing our base. We’re aggressively assuring our presence is felt throughout Fort Bend County. The first of several major events in the party’s Hispanic Outreach Project will occur on Sunday, August 12, 2012. During that day, the Fort Bend Democratic Party will host a Voter Registration Drive and Back to School Caravan.

Loaded with free school supplies for students K-12, the Back to School Caravan will register voters at three popular parks in Rosenberg, TX, all in the heart of the Hispanic community. In addition to distributing free school supplies and registering new voters, Renown DJ Carlos Gonzalez of Ritmo Movil will be spinning sounds, and Texas Dream Act Students will be sharing their inspiring stories.

Two of the premier political clubs in Fort Bend, the Southwest Suburban Texas Democratic Women (SSTDW) and the Silver Democrats of Fort Bend (Silver Dems) have provided the leadership, resources, and “muscle” for this event.

Voter Registration Drive and Back to School Caravan Schedule:

I would bet $100 that Julián Castro will be the first Latino governor of Texas

“I would bet $100 that Julián Castro will be the first Latino governor of Texas. “He’s dynamic, he’s extraordinary and he has the background.” - Wayne Slater, senior political writer for The Dallas Morning News

Paul Sadler is the clear choice in Senate runoff

"The race between former state Rep. Paul Sadler and political unknown Grady Yarbrough of San Antonio is flying below the radar, in large part because the Yarbrough campaign doesn't really show up on the radar. No Web site. No volunteers. No press releases and few media interviews.

Who is Grady Yarbrough? He is a 75-year-old East Texas native who ran for Texas land commissioner in 1986 and 1990 - as a Republican. Do Democratic runoff voters need a better reason to turn out in good numbers to cast a vote for Paul Sadler? We don't think so. We wholeheartedly endorse Sadler to carry the Democratic banner in November."

Read the entire article at the Houston Chronicle.

I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas

"I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. I was raised with the help of a white grandfather who survived a Depression to serve in Patton's Army during World War II and a white grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line at Fort Leavenworth while he was overseas. I've gone to some of the best schools in America and lived in one of the world's poorest nations. I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slaveowners - an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters. I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible. It's a story that hasn't made me the most conventional candidate. But it is a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts - that out of many, we are truly one."

— Barack Obama

Favorite Quotes

“To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold - brothers who know now they are truly brothers.”