39 votes

7 Phrases You Can't Say In Presidential Debates

While nodding in and out of the 2nd Presidential Debate last night in order to bring our fans their much-expected tweets, it occurred to me that, in addition to the secret debate agreement made regarding how the debate would be conducted, there must be some sort of even more secret list of banned phrases. As far as I can tell, not only were some of the most important topics relating to the office of the Presidency completely ignored, but there were some key phrases that weren’t even allowed to be uttered.

A brief scan through the full transcript shows that I was dead on. Without further ado, the 7 phrases you haven’t and won’t hear in the U.S. Presidential Debates:


When the President of The United States is sworn into office, he puts his hand on The Constitution and swears an oath to the best of his ability to ”preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” It’s literally right there in his job description. So shouldn’t it maybe get at least a superficial mention? This would be like the Boston Red Sox interviewing for a new manager and never mentioning “baseball”. Though that may actually be how their interview with Bobby Valentine went last year.


13 votes

Growing! Welfare up 34% Now Tops $1 Trillion

Washington Times: Welfare spending has grown substantially over the past four years, reaching $746 billion in 2011 — or more than Social Security, basic defense spending or any other single chunk of the federal government — according to a new memo by the Congressional Research Service.

17 votes

One Week Until U.S. Has 3 Aircraft Carriers Facing Iran

In just one week, the United States will have three aircraft carriers facing Iran, the number usually regarded as sufficient for a state of war.

The latest Stratfor naval update map shows that the USS John C. Stennis has now arrived in the waters just outside Iran, joining the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Although there were already two aircraft carriers in the region prior to Stennis’ arrival, the USS Enterprise left for a scheduled port visit in Naples, Italy.

“In a week or so, shore leave will be over and CVN will be back to join everyone else, at which point the US will finally have three aircraft carriers just off the Iranian coastline ready to rumble,” reports Zero Hedge.

37 votes

What do Ben Swann, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Josh Tolley and Thom Hartmann have in common?

They will all be in Chicago on the 23rd!


Free and Equal Elections Foundation today announced the political correspondents for the 2012 Presidential debate: Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, Ben Swann of WXIX Fox 19, Josh Tolley of The Josh Tolley Show, and Thom Hartmann of RT.

Hosted by Free & Equal, this historic debate will take place on October 23 at the Hilton Chicago in the International Room. Correspondents will begin coverage at 6:30pm CDT, and the debate will run from 8:00pm to 9:30pm CDT. Larry King, host of Larry King Now on Hulu.com and Ora TV, will serve as moderator.

19 votes

The First Time, But Certainly Not the Last: Twitter Withholds Tweets at Government's Request

Huffington Post - BERLIN (AP) — Twitter has for the first time blocked an account using a new tool that allows it to bar content in individual countries, shutting out a banned German neo-Nazi group at the behest of local authorities.

Twitter spokesman Dirk Hensen told The Associated Press in an email Thursday that the account (at)hannoverticker has been blocked only in Germany, where its content is considered illegal.

"At the beginning of the year Twitter announced the so-called 'country withheld content' function, which enables us to remove illegal content in a particular country while leaving it available for the rest of the world," he said.

"In doing this we place great value on transparency; in the case of the account (at)hannoverticker we used this function for the first time."

47 votes

Another Obama Executive Order Allows Seizure of Americans’ Bank Accounts

The latest executive order (EO) emanating from the White House October 9 now claims the power to freeze all bank accounts and stop any related financial transactions that a “sanctioned person” may own or try to perform — all in the name of “Iran Sanctions.”

Titled an “Executive Order from the President regarding Authorizing the Implementation of Certain Sanctions…” the order says that if an individual is declared by the president, the secretary of state, or the secretary of the treasury to be a “sanctioned person,” he (or she) will be unable to obtain access to his accounts, will be unable to process any loans (or make them), or move them to any other financial institution inside or outside the United States. In other words, his financial resources will have successfully been completely frozen. The EO expands its authority by making him unable to use any third party such as “a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, subgroup or other organization” that might wish to help him or allow him to obtain access to his funds.

87 votes

Martin Sheen and Woody Harrelson set for 9/11 'truther' film September Morn

Film's advance publicity says: 'We the people demand an independent investigation into the tragic events of 9/11'

Rory Carroll in Los Angeles
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 17 October 2012 17.28 EDT

Hollywood is to court controversy with a film that will challenge the official version of the events of 9/11, a previously taboo topic for the industry mainstream. Martin Sheen, Woody Harrelson and Ed Asner, who have all supported conspiracy theories about the terrorist attacks, have signed up to the movie, which is entitled September Morn.

Styling itself as a drama in the tradition of Twelve Angry Men, the film's advance publicity note hints at a cover-up, saying: "We the people demand that the government revisit and initiates a thorough and independent investigation to the tragic events of 911."

48 votes

FBI Provides NYC Fed Bomber With Explosives

FBI provides NYC bomber with explosives

The FBI says they have arrested a man on terrorism charges for trying to blow up the New York Federal Reserve bank in Lower Manhattan's financial district. It was a joint operation with NYPD and they say the suspect was flagged after he made suspicious posts on the Internet. It turns out, however, that the FBI provided the Bangladeshi national who came to US earlier this year with the fake explosives he attempted to detonate. So why is it called a terrorist attack then? RT's Kristine Frazao explains.


27 votes

Salon: The libertarian/marijuana conspiracy to swing the election

Robocalls urge pro-drug legalization voters to support libertarian Gary Johnson, and could push the state to Romney.

By David Sirota | Salon.com

The term “perfect storm” is so overused as to be a pathetic cliche — but alas, in politics, it is about the best phrase to describe Colorado in the upcoming election. The state could decide the outcome. And if it comes down to that, it will likely be messy, for we are watching an epic convergence of factors that seem poised to make the square state 2012′s version of Florida in 2000.

Here in the center of the Intermountain West, we have polls showing a nail-bitingly close race between the Democratic and Republican nominees for president. We have a chief election official, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who has tried both to engage in mass voter purges and to block the mailing of ballots to eligible voters, all while openly saying a “good election” is one in which “Republicans win.” On the ballot, we also have a headline-grabbing ballot initiative about marijuana legalization and a popular former two-term governor of a neighboring state, Gary Johnson, running a Libertarian Party presidential candidacy.


13 votes

Like Ron Paul, George McGovern was a non-establishment candidate

As a recovering Republican, I have to admit that George McGovern was one of the last of the non-establishment candidates. There have been a few through the years that were Democrats, including Eugene McCarthy. But like most candidates who go up against the military industrial complex, he lost.

Ex-presidential nominee George McGovern no longer responsive: family
Reuters | 10/17/2012

Former Democratic Senator George McGovern, who lost to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election, is "no longer responsive" and is surrounded by family and friends at a hospice center in South Dakota, his family said on Wednesday.

McGovern, 90, was admitted to hospice in Sioux Falls "with a combination of medical conditions, due to age, that have worsened over recent months," his family said in a statement.

171 votes

US Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Arrested at Debate Site

Related: Video

[RT]: Police arrested Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, after they tried to enter the site of tonight’s presidential debate at the Hofstra University.

The two were protesting against the exclusion of all but the two major political parties from taking part in the debate.

“Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala arrested, call tonight's #debate a "mockumentary",

said a tweet posted on her account.

The presidential candidate and her vice-presidential nominee were arrested by local police when they tried to enter the grounds of Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York, Stein's campaign website says. The women are currently still in police custody.

63 votes

Agent provocateur arrested in false flag attempt to blow up New York Federal Reserve


From WABC-TV, New York: An FBI sting allegedly nets a man planning to detonate a 1000 pound bomb outside the Federal Reserve in New York. The suspect in the connection to the federal terrorism sting targeting the Federal Reserve in Lower Manhattan, was detected and then monitored as part of a joint federal NYPD operation. The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis. He was arrested this morning in downtown Manhattan after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb at the New York Federal Reserve Bank on Liberty Street in lower Manhattan's financial district.

10 votes

Bloomberg Starts Super PAC, Seeking National Influence

NY Times: Seeking to reshape a national political debate he finds frustratingly superficial, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York is plunging into the 2012 campaign in its final weeks, creating his own “super PAC” to direct millions of dollars in donations to elect candidates from both parties who he believes will focus on problem solving.

Mr. Bloomberg, a billionaire and a registered independent, expects to spend from $10 million to $15 million of his money in highly competitive Congressional, state and local races.

The money would be used to pay for a flurry of advertising on behalf of Republican and Democratic candidates who support three of his biggest policy initiatives: legalizing same-sex marriage, enacting tougher gun laws and overhauling schools.

21 votes

Google Opens Virtual Window Into Secretive Data Center

October 17, 2012 | 6:41AM

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Google is opening a virtual window into the secretive data centers that serve as its nerve center. The closely guarded facilities house an intricate maze of computers that process Internet search requests, show YouTube video clips and distribute email for millions of people.

The unprecedented peek is being provided through a new website unveiled Wednesday at http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/gallery/./

The site features photos from inside some of the eight data centers that Google Inc. already has running in the U.S., Finland and Belgium. Google is also building data centers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and China.

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