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This is really big news; I do not remember a former president ever making such a criticism of a sitting president, let alone one of his own party:

“The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.

Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended. This development began after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has been sanctioned and escalated by bipartisan executive and legislative actions, without dissent from the general public. As a result, our country can no longer speak with moral authority on these critical issues.”

Read the rest, from President Carter’s NY Times editorial “A Cruel and Unusual Record”.

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Both presidential candidates are in dire need of new campaign slogans.

Mitt Romney’s is “Believe in America”. Well, I believe in God, not America, but I can imagine someone believing in America without necessarily believing in Mitt Romney.

And Obama’s? “Forward”? Forward into what, exactly? And isn’t it true that when you get stuck sometimes you have to back up?

If you ask me both slogans fall flat.

And so I am, in an attempt to be helpful, offering free advice to both candidates. I am really the perfect person to offer advice. After all, I am politically homeless, and cannot in conscience vote for either candidate. Not having a dog in this fight, I therefore am capable of being perfectly objective.

I will begin with the President.

 

 

 

 

OBAMA: HEY, IT’S HARDER THAN IT LOOKED.

OBAMA: HIPPER THAN MITT.

OBAMA: DO YOU REALLY THINK FOUR YEARS OF McCAIN WOULD HAVE BEEN ANY BETTER?

OBAMA: HEY, HE’S NOT ROMNEY

OBAMA: I’LL TRY HARDER. REALLY.

OBAMA: I’M JUST GETTING STARTED!

OBAMA: HE KILLED OSAMA!

OBAMA: NOT AS RICH AS ROMNEY.

OBAMA:  JUST BECAUSE.

OBAMA: CONSIDER THE ALTERNATIVE

And now for Mr Romney.

ROMNEY: THE BEST WE COULD DO.

ROMNEY: NOT OBAMA.

ROMNEY: REAL RICH. REAL WHITE. REAL ROMNEY.

ROMNEY: NOT IN IT FOR THE MONEY.

ROMNEY: JUST A REGULAR GUY. NO, REALLY. 

ROMNEY: YOU HAVE TO ADMIT, HE LOOKS LIKE A PRESIDENT.

ROMNEY: BECAUSE WEALTH AND POWER GO TOGETHER.

ROMNEY: SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO, VOTE FOR OBAMA?

ROMNEY: JUST ACCEPT REALITY.

ROMNEY: CONSIDER THE ALTERNATIVE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the song that opened the concert the other night. I had never heard it before, and was quite moved. These are the same guitarists that accompanied her when I saw her, but in that concert the skinny kid on her left played steel guitar in this tune, which was quite effective….

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