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The Morning Grumpy – 6/15/12

15 Jun

All the news, views, and filtered excellence fit to consume during your morning grumpy.


1. One of my awesome readers put together a Spotify playlist of all The Morning Grumpy Songs Of The Day. Thanks, @Mechaphil! If you’ve never been to his blog, check out Black & Blue & Gold.

2. Gimme Mitt! This is incredible.

Yes, that’s right, Romney will turn water into wine.  Campaign season brings out the fucking nutjobs, doesn’t it? Also, yes, I know it’s from 2008, but it’s still awesome.

Just for kicks, let’s revisit BadLipReading‘s Mitt Romney video. The laugh is classic.

3. Seven out of ten Americans still blame the horrific economy on President Bush, rather than President Obama.

Romney will spend the entire campaign trying to chip away at this number, which is the key to his election. However, blaming Obama for the mess we’re in appears to be a straight play to his base.

The Independent voters still seem to believe Bush shares a great deal of the blame. Can Romney convince them otherwise? Even though he seemingly promises to “one-up” Bush across the board? Obama will have to convince them that Mitt’s election would simply be a return to the economic policies that got us in this mess to begin with.

4. Obama will also have to convince the progressive base of the Democratic Party that he’s not a puppy for corporate interests. So far, not so good. Public Citizen (Ralph Nader’s organization) leaked an administration document detailing the “Trans-Pacific Partnership“. Oh boy, this is a doozy.

A critical document from President Barack Obama’s free trade negotiations with eight Pacific nations was leaked online early Wednesday morning, revealing that the administration intends to bestow radical new political powers upon multinational corporations, contradicting prior promises.

The leaked document [pdf] has been posted on the website of Public Citizen, a long-time critic of the administration’s trade objectives.

The newly leaked document is one of the most controversial of the Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP] trade pact. It addresses a broad sweep of regulations governing international investment and reveals the Obama administration’s advocacy for policies that environmental activists, financial reform advocates and labor unions have long rejected for eroding key protections currently in domestic laws.

Under the agreement currently being advocated by the Obama administration, American corporations would continue to be subject to domestic laws and regulations on the environment, banking and other issues. But foreign corporations operating within the U.S. would be permitted to appeal key American legal or regulatory rulings to an international tribunal. That international tribunal would be granted the power to overrule American law and impose trade sanctions on the United States for failing to abide by its rulings.

This is not the type of information which is on the radar of most voters, but it is very much on the radar of the left. This document runs counter to claims made by Obama in 2008 and throughout his Presidency and is seen as a massive betrayal to core principles.

5. Global environmental armageddon update.

This week the extent of Arctic sea ice dipped below the extent for 2007, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

To put things in a bigger perspective, the global temperature average in May 2012 was the second warmest in history. Records date back to 1880.

May 2012 also marks the 36th consecutive May and the 327th consecutive month—that’s more than 27 years—with a global temperature above the 20th century average, reports NOAA’s Environmental Visualization Laboratory.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Fact Of The Day: Bruce Lee could snatch a dime off a person’s open palm before they could close it, and leave a penny behind

Quote Of The Day: “Every nation has its war party… It is commercial, imperialistic, ruthless. It tolerates no opposition.” – “Fighting Bob” LaFollette

Video Of The Day: Triumph The Insult Comic Dog and Jack McBrayer visit The Wiener’s Circle in Chicago. An instant classic. God damn, I miss that place.

Song Of The Day: “Drop” – Pharcyde

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