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Free trade, terracotta candidates and cardboard bicycles

The giant sucking sound Ross Perot wants you to hear these days is him endorsing Mitt Romney on the basis of Romney’s presumed fiscally responsible policies. Perot, who wasn’t born yesterday, posits that history began in 2009 and says experts support Romney’s contention that the mome raths outgrabe.

Democrats, meanwhile, are shocked, shocked! that the company Romney once owned and still profits from is outsourcing jobs to China in a particularly callous fashion — requiring American workers at Sensata, an auto parts maker, to conclude their own employment by training their Chinese replacements. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (who recently declined to sign a letter pledging to block Social Security cuts) is joining Sensata workers today in a show of solidarity.
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Bowles-Simpson or Simpson-Bowles? The choice is yours …

I didn’t watch the debate — allergies. I did read the transcript, God help me. This is how I know that former US Senator Alan Simpson was in the audience. Apparently he’s a member of the debate commission. That figures; he wants to do for the marketplace of political ideas what he wants to . . . → Read More: Bowles-Simpson or Simpson-Bowles? The choice is yours …

If Mitt Romney beats Jill Stein, the blame will lie squarely with Obama supporters

Yes, folks, it’s “Lesser of Two Evils” season once again. I’ll keep this short, everybody can ignore it and we’ll return to the theme in August of 2016 when once again, the Democratic candidate will most likely be less horrible than the Republican one.

Barack Obama is a bad president. Liberals are stupid to support him.

His signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, was written by a former health insurance company executive following a conservative blueprint devised to forestall government-funded universal health care such as the residents of every other developed nation, and most developing nations as well, enjoy. It massively subsidizes for-profit insurers and enshrines them as the government-sanctioned health care gatekeepers for most Americans. It kicks the prospects for genuinely universal care at least a decade down the road beyond where they already were. People will continue to expire in large numbers for lack of affordable care.

That’s the good news. That’s the upside.
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The party’s over: Gingrich wanders offstage, muttering; Americans Elect doesn’t elect

If you missed it, and nobody could blame you if you did, Newt Gingrich called it quits a few days ago. He took the opportunity to kick off the first of his 21-hour long Lincoln-Douglas style debates, henceforth to be conducted in his living room, or stateroom if he takes to the high seas again, between himself and the multitude of voices roiling in his head.

He finally endorsed Mitt Romney on his way out, saying that everyone should vote for whichever ambulatory non-Ron Paul opponent of Barack Obama appears on ballots across the nation. As this appears to be Mitt, Newt guesses you may as well vote for him.

Meanwhile, the bankster-funded, narcissism-powered centrist challenge to the major party duopoly is sputtering to a halt after spending, according to the Washington Post, $30 million on their “process.” Americans Elect has postponed its May caucuses because none of the candidates have gathered enough support to trigger that part of the process.

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Rick Santorum, the litmus candidate

Way back when Newt Gingrich was leading the GOP presidential primaries, after he cleaned Willard M Romney’s clock in that bastion of Southern decency and Confederate zeal, South Carolina, former Clinton labor secretary and increasingly shrill Obama critic Robert Reich admonished Democrats who were cheering Newt on in the belief that a demented megalomaniac as the GOP candidate could only enhance Obama’s reelection prospects.

… Democratic pundits, political advisers, officials and former officials are salivating over the possibility of a Gingrich candidacy. They agree with key Republicans that Newt would dramatically increase the odds of Obama’s reelection and would also improve the chances of Democrats taking control over the House and retaining control over the Senate.

I warn you. It’s not worth the risk.

Even if the odds that Gingrich as GOP presidential candidate would win the general election are 10 percent, that’s too much of a risk to the nation. No responsible American should accept a 10 percent risk of a President Gingrich.

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How the patience of the Greeks spells doom; plus, Crazed Doctors for Sanity

The European countries acting on behalf of Greece’s creditors are bullies. Americans are saps. And a group of sane doctors may get the right result for all the wrong reasons.

As is the bully’s practice, the more the Greeks concede, the more the bullies demand. To this point the bullying has worked (for the bullies) but now the country’s managers are in fear for their political lives, at least, so the country looks as likely to default on its debts as to accept the latest turn of the screw.

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So Tu, Bluto?

I didn’t get around to reading the State of the Union speech until this morning because the idiot White House didn’t post a transcript on their web site before I went to bed last night, and be damned if I’m going to subject myself to the audiovisual torment of a major political speech ever again. So I apologize to both of you for not responding immediately, as I hear that some malevolent homunculus from my former home state, Indiana, did.

The speech can be divided into two parts: the part that recognized and cashed in on all the pressure toward economic justice that Occupy created* during the past four months, and the part that didn’t.
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Scenarios for various outcomes of the Battle for the Soul of America

Now that Newt Gingrich has won the first round in the Confederate States primary contests—and O! what a victory it was; America’s demons are on the prowl and Newt is their advance man—it’s time to look at the various possible fates of the Soul of America depending upon who wins the battle for it.
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Steal this book! Michele Bachmann gets in the authorial game

Disclaimer: BTC News doesn’t advocate stealing any books, and especially not this one because pretty soon they’ll be giving it away.

Continuing with our heroic plunge into the depths of GOP presidential primary emaul email campaigns … Michelle Bachmann has a new book, Core of Conviction, which may or may not be in bookstores but is definitely available to supporters who donate $75 or more to her campaign. For $125, you can get an autographed copy. We understand it to be a riveting courtroom potboiler.

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The Batrachian Candidate squares off against Mother Jones

I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink …
      — “Love Potion Number Nine”

A few weeks ago I signed up for emails from several candidates in the GOP presidential primary freak show. Nobody is bringing any noteworthy crazy in their private notes to their strongest backers, like me, so I’m reduced instead to reporting on the humanity of it all.

Newt Gingrich, for instance, is in far deeper trouble than anyone knew. He’s picking fights not with the Washington Post or the New York Times or even whatever newspaper is still standing in San Francisco, but with Mother Jones Magazine. We have to think Mother Jones was previously unknown to most of his supporters, as it is unknown to most people in the country—no offense intended, just saying the numbers aren’t huge—but now they’ll be slinging the name around with knowledgeable contempt.
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