Now Romney’s using dead pope John Paul II in his latest ad in order to claim Obama is making war on religion. Does this mean that he will take on some of the other things the Pope believed in, like helping the poor, the workers, and let’s not forget health care? Doubtful.
• The Franciscan Action Network (FAN), a Catholic faith-based advocacy and civic engagement organization, is strongly criticizing Mitt Romney’s recent ads and rhetoric regarding welfare programs and welfare recipients, urging him to spend some time in low-income communities. “Our Christian tradition teaches that we are to treat the poor with dignity and to prioritize the poor in our policies as a society,” the organization said in a press release on Thursday. “At a time when millions are struggling financially, it is degrading to talk about the “dependency” of people hurting in this economy, as Gov. Romney did recently.”
• David Koch will be an official delegate for Mitt Romney at this month’s Republican National Convention and will represent the New York Republican Party, according to National Journal.
• The Obama for America campaign just rolled out a new and devastating ad. Romney approved over $70 million dollars in fictional losses to the IRS as part of the Son of Boss scandal.
• Romney visits Iowa ‘farmer’ [Lemar Koethe] who is also a millionaire real estate mogul with a spaceship house and personal car wash. If Mitt Romney wants to change perceptions that he’s out of touch with the average American, he might want to try a little harder.
• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) during an Iftar dinner two weeks ago called Islamophobic conservatives “bigots.” In the wake of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) anti-Muslim witch hunt, Christie said he is “disturbed” by the intolerance against Muslims: I’ll tell you that there is a gaze of intolerance that is going around our country that is disturbing to me. This is something that as a political leader you can think you understand as an objective observer, but you don’t really understand until you become part of the story.
• Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) refers to Obama as “son”. Why not just come right out and call him “boy”?: “There’s something different on the ground, and I think it’s going to overtake us all again, think it’s going to overtake the political class. I think it’s going to respectfully pick this president up and pat him on the head and say, son, son, son, Mr. President, you were never ready to be president, now go home and work for somebody and find out how the real world works.”
• If Romney thinks Clinton is so great, then why doesn’t he support Clinton’s tax rates? Because it’s not about supporting Clinton; it’s about dividing Obama and Clinton, and also pointing out that Clinton was the “good” – read “white” – Democrat.
• About that unnamed source: Many of Reid’s critics work for news outlets that rely on unnamed sources every day, of course, publishing assertions that range from the mundane to the outlandish. It is hard to see why an unnamed source quoted by a daily newspaper or a monthly magazine — or hidden behind a screen in a TV studio — is more credible than a person whispering in the ear of a United States Senator.
• The Denver Post reports that Joe Coors and Mike Coffman — the Republican candidates running in Colorado’s 7th and 6th congressional districts, respectively — will not come out in favor of the personhood amendment if it ends up on the ballot this fall.
Military Industrial Complex:
• PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (WACH) – Some South Carolina residents may see or hear fighter jets controlled by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) as pilots conduct exercise flights Thursday. The flights will take place Thursday morning to afternoon and residents between Douglas, Ga. and Sumter may hear or see NORAD-controlled fighter jets in close proximity to military of military contracted aircraft as they practice intercept and identification procedures.