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think-progress:

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bullmittartist:

I’m glad I got to catch up on the third debate between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown. And if I were on President Obama’s campaign staff, I’d send this to him and recommend he take some notes on Warren’s performance. She massacred Brown resoundingly in this one, while thoroughly maintaining her class.

EDIT: Except concerning Iran and Israel. Every politician seems to repeat the same damn line on that one, no matter what “side” they’re on. Ugh. But other than that, bravo Warren.

This, right here ^^

Go Elizabeth!!

Put this seat back in Democratic hands! For Ted Kennedy!
demnewswire:

Elizabeth Warren For Senate - Massachusetts
Elizabeth Warren says she “came up the hard way…out of a hard-working middle class family in an America that created opportunities for kids like me.” She has made her life’s work fighting for middle class families. The Boston Globe calls her “… the plainspoken voice of people getting crushed by so many predatory lenders and under regulated banks.” TIME magazine has called her a “New Sheriff of Wa
ll Street” and has twice included her among America’s 100 most influential people. She’s taken on big banks and financial institutions to win historic new financial protections for middle class families.Elizabeth learned first-hand about the economic pressures facing middle class families. When she was twelve, her dad suffered a heart attack. The store where he worked changed his job and cut his pay, and the medical bills piled up. The family lost their car, and her mom went to work answering phones at Sears to pay the mortgage.Elizabeth got her first job at nine, babysitting for a family across the street from her house. She started waiting tables at 13 at her Aunt Alice’s Mexican restaurant. All three of her brothers served in the military. She got married at 19, and after graduating from college, started teaching in elementary school. Her first baby, a daughter Amelia, was born when Elizabeth was 22.When Amelia was two, Elizabeth started law school. Shortly after she graduated, her son Alex was born. She practiced law out of her living room, but she soon returned to teaching. Elizabeth has been a law professor at Harvard for nearly 20 years and has written nine books, including two national best-sellers, and more than a hundred articles. National Law Journal named her one of the Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade, and she has been honored by the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association with the Lelia J. Robinson Award. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Elizabeth served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Her independent and tireless efforts to protect taxpayers, to hold Wall Street accountable, and to ensure tough oversight of both the Bush and Obama Administrations won praise from both sides of the aisle. The Boston Globe named Elizabeth Bostonian of the Year in 2009 for her oversight efforts.She is widely credited for the original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of a new consumer financial protection agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She led the establishment of the agency, building the structure and organization to hold accountable even trillion-dollar financial institutions and to protect consumers from financial tricks and traps often hidden in mortgages, credit cards and other financial products.Elizabeth and her husband Bruce Mann, who was born and grew up in the Boston area, have been married for 31 years and now have three grandchildren. They live in Cambridge with their golden retriever, Otis.
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Put this seat back in Democratic hands! For Ted Kennedy!

demnewswire:

Elizabeth Warren For Senate - Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren says she “came up the hard way…out of a hard-working middle class family in an America that created opportunities for kids like me.” She has made her life’s work fighting for middle class families. The Boston Globe calls her “… the plainspoken voice of people getting crushed by so many predatory lenders and under regulated banks.” TIME magazine has called her a “New Sheriff of Wa

ll Street” and has twice included her among America’s 100 most influential people. She’s taken on big banks and financial institutions to win historic new financial protections for middle class families.

Elizabeth learned first-hand about the economic pressures facing middle class families. When she was twelve, her dad suffered a heart attack. The store where he worked changed his job and cut his pay, and the medical bills piled up. The family lost their car, and her mom went to work answering phones at Sears to pay the mortgage.

Elizabeth got her first job at nine, babysitting for a family across the street from her house. She started waiting tables at 13 at her Aunt Alice’s Mexican restaurant. All three of her brothers served in the military. She got married at 19, and after graduating from college, started teaching in elementary school. Her first baby, a daughter Amelia, was born when Elizabeth was 22.

When Amelia was two, Elizabeth started law school. Shortly after she graduated, her son Alex was born. She practiced law out of her living room, but she soon returned to teaching. Elizabeth has been a law professor at Harvard for nearly 20 years and has written nine books, including two national best-sellers, and more than a hundred articles. National Law Journal named her one of the Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade, and she has been honored by the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association with the Lelia J. Robinson Award. 

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Elizabeth served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Her independent and tireless efforts to protect taxpayers, to hold Wall Street accountable, and to ensure tough oversight of both the Bush and Obama Administrations won praise from both sides of the aisle. The Boston Globe named Elizabeth Bostonian of the Year in 2009 for her oversight efforts.

She is widely credited for the original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of a new consumer financial protection agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She led the establishment of the agency, building the structure and organization to hold accountable even trillion-dollar financial institutions and to protect consumers from financial tricks and traps often hidden in mortgages, credit cards and other financial products.

Elizabeth and her husband Bruce Mann, who was born and grew up in the Boston area, have been married for 31 years and now have three grandchildren. They live in Cambridge with their golden retriever, Otis.

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Elizabeth Warren’s Republican opponent is normally a smooth guy — and he tries so hard to sound moderate. But in tonight’s U.S. Senate debate in Massachusetts, this happened:

Moderator: Who’s your model Supreme Court Justice?

Scott Brown: Umm…(pause)…let me see here, that’s a great question. I uh, I think uh…

Scott Brown’s model Justice was the deciding vote in Citizens United. He votes against choice and equal pay for women. He consistently votes with big corporations. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Hold Scott Brown accountable — watch the video and donate $3 to defeat him.

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queerkhmer:

Saw this on Facebook today. If you didn’t know already, Scott Brown is a racist asshole. Lets hope Massachusetts have the conscience to vote this asshole out. 

Wow. Just fucking wow.

This shit is not cute.

THE FUCK IS THIS

Filed under “things that are really fucking racist.”

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stfunithingas:

brashblacknonbeliever:

queerkhmer:

Saw this on Facebook today. If you didn’t know already, Scott Brown is a racist asshole. Lets hope Massachusetts have the conscience to vote this asshole out. 

Wow. Just fucking wow.

This shit is not cute.

THE FUCK IS THIS

Filed under “things that are really fucking racist.”

brashblacknonbeliever:

Since last week’s recap of fuckery went over so well I’ve decided that I’ll attempt to make this a weekly thing. So welcome everyone to “This Week In Fuckery” for the week of September 20 - 27th. Now let’s relive the horror!

tpmmedia:

Brown Staffers Make ‘Tomahawk Chop’ Motions At Warren Supporters

Staffers for Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) reportedly participated in war-whoop sounds and “tomahawk chop” gestures at supporters of Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, mocking Warren’s claimed Native American ancestry.

The incident occurred this past Saturday in Boston, at a rally for Brown featuring former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, and at which a group of Warren supporters also showed up with signs. The video was posted Tuesday by the state liberal blog Blue Mass Group.

According to the local ABC affiliate in Boston, it has been confirmed that among the participants were Brown’s deputy Chief of Staff Greg Casey, Constituent Service Counsel Jack Richard, plus state GOP operative Brad Garrett.

remindedofthebabe:

This video is entitled “Scott Brown staffers do ‘Indian war woop,’ ‘tomahawk chop’”

TW for the video: Extremely racist mockery of indigenous people

Because Elizabeth Warren’s heritage is a “character issue” and not a chance to appeal to rank racism like that demonstrated by your PAID STAFFERS in this video. Gotcha. The backwards hat bro leading the chant is a MA GOP operative, the broseph in camo is Brown’s constituent services counsel, and his deputy chief of staff even joins the party.

This video is Part II in my series “Scott Brown is a Racist.”

(via womanistgamergirl)

huffpostpolitics:

Elizabeth Warren Sees Bounce In Massachusetts Senate Poll

Elizabeth Warren is running nearly even with Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in a poll released Monday, her best showing since late July. The poll, from the Republican-leaning firm Kimball Political Consulting, shows 46 percent of likely voters backing Brown and 45 percent supporting Warren, with 9 percent still undecided. In Kimball’s last poll, conducted August 21, Brown led by 6 points, 49 to 43.

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absurdlakefront:

Elizabeth Warren’s speech at the DNC.

No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters. That matters because we don’t run this country for corporations, we run it for people.

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quickhits:

Scott Brown, Mitt Romney, and Expelling Truth from Politics

Since the comments and ratings have been disabled, we have no way of knowing whether Scott Brown’s new reelection ad has gone viral in a good way or a bad way. I suspect it’s probably six of one and half a dozen of the other. It doesn’t have the absurdity that other viral ads bring to mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s not ridiculous.

The big problem with Brown’s ad is that it hitches a ride on Mitt Romney’s “you didn’t build that” smear. And undermines that same smear.

“Just as Romney’s Web video does, the audio is edited to remove the chunk of the speech in which Obama talks about our ‘great American system’ and ‘roads and bridges,’ misleading listeners into believing that the ‘didn’t build that’ line was an insult to business owners,” writes Greg Sargent. “Any listener would reasonably conclude that the language quoted above is exactly as Obama delivered it.”

But then Brown includes the words of the woman vying for his Massachusetts Senate seat, Elizabeth Warren — and Warren supplies the context that Romney’s smear cuts out. In fact, it was that speech by Warren that Obama borrowed from in his own speech. The lie only works if the context is removed, which means that Brown is presenting the absolute, 100%, undeniable truth that goods travel by road as an attack on free enterprise.

And this is pretty disturbing. The Republican Party began moving into its present post-truth phase when Rush Limbaugh whipped up Clinton Derangement Syndrome. This post-truth attitude cemented itself into the base with charlatans like Glenn Beck. It’s moved into the political system with fringe nuts like Michele Bachmann — and now it’s infected moderates like Brown.

What’s happened is that we’ve reached a stage of taboo truths. Yes, goods do travel on roads. And yes, people who get rich selling goods do get rich using public tax dollars in the form of those roads. But no, you aren’t allowed to say that. It’s heresy to the myth of the Self-Made Man and must never, ever be uttered. Romney and Brown can’t answer Warren’s and Obama’s argument, so Brown takes Romney a step further — don’t change the context, but censor the argument. Talking about the commons is something no Patriotic American should ever, ever do and that little bit of truth is now politically taboo — like pointing out that burning a flag is a celebration of freedom in the form of free speech, not a condemnation of it.

When you get people into this post-truth mindset, you can get them to believe (or insist they believe) anything. Sure, argument X sure sounds convincing, but no Good American Patriot would ever think such a thing. It may be true, but you aren’t allowed to think or say it. This is a frame of mind more suited to North Korea than a free nation.

And this frame of mind explains this:



Pew finds that despite being as constantly debunked as birtherism, the “Obama’s a secret Muslim” conspiracy theory is not only strong among Republican voters, but grows stronger the more often it’s debunked. Why?

“I suppose it’s possible that if Pew asked these folk if Obama was a Zoroastrian, an Animist, or a devil-worshiper, the numbers would be similar. Anything that sounds vaguely bad sounds vaguely good as a description for Barack Obama,” explains Ed Kilgore.

In other words, if it’s something that sounds like it’d hurt Barack Obama politically, then it’s politically correct to believe it — or, at least, espouse it. So, Obama’s a Christian? That belief is taboo to conservatives. Employers, not consumers, are “job creators?” Well, the math doesn’t really work but if Reagan said so… Businesses use roads that taxpayers provide? You take that back!

I’d almost prefer that conservatives were actually brainwashed cultists — then all this selective believing wouldn’t be their own fault. Giving up independent thought and even the acceptance of truth isn’t what free people do. And as much as they wave around the flag and use words like “liberty” as buzzwords, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that conservatives don’t want to be free people.

Of course, I’m probably not allowed to say that.

-Wisco

tpmmedia:

Republican Sen. Scott Brown’s terms for debating Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Massachusetts were rejected Tuesday, a move that prompted Brown to pull out of the event altogether.

The Kennedy Institute rebuffed the Brown campaign’s demand that Vicki Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and president of the institute named in his honor, pledge to not make any endorsement throughout the Senate race.

“This non-endorsement pledge is unprecedented and is not being required of any other persons or entities. To us, such a pledge seems inappropriate when a non-media sponsor issues a debate invitation,” Kennedy Institute chief operating officer Lisa McBirney and chief of staff Christopher Hogan wrote in a letter released Tuesday.

You said it, cognitivedissonance.

cognitivedissonance:

From Jim Hoft on The Gateway Pundit, continuing the pseudo-birther claptrap following Elizabeth Warren. A short explanation:

The New England Historic Genealogical Society quickly put out a statement standing by its research suggesting that Ms. Warren is 1/32 Native American.

The society said that particularly with Native American history, history is often passed down orally, and that full paper evidence and documents were often not kept or are incomplete. The society said its research had found records of “several family members who noted Cherokee Indian lineage via Elizabeth Warren’s 3rd great-grandmother.”

Well, Scott Brown is claiming Elizabeth Warren is 1.) not Native American or 2.) only pulls it out to advance her career. As far as career advancement, here’s an answer: Doesn’t look like it

Kevin Noble Maillard explains it well:

This tactic is straight from the Republican cookbook of fake controversy. First, you need a rarefied elected office typically occupied by a certain breed of privileged men. Both the Presidency and the Senate fit this bill. Second, add a bit of interracial intrigue. It could be Kenyan economists eloping with Midwestern anthropologists, or white frontiersmen pairing with indigenous women. Third, throw in some suspicion about their qualifications and ambitions. Last but not least, demand documentation of ancestry and be dissatisfied upon its receipt. Voila! You have a genuine birther movement.

The Republican approach to race is to feign that it is irrelevant — until it becomes politically advantageous to bring it up. Birthers question Obama’s state of origin (and implicitly his multiracial heritage) in efforts to disqualify him from the presidency. They characterize him as “other.” For Warren, Massachusetts Republicans place doubts on her racial claims to portray her as an opportunistic academic seeking special treatment. In both birther camps, opponents look to ancestral origins as the smoking gun, and ride the ambiguity for the duration.

Hence, the image above. It’s okay to use racist, photoshopped imagery to mock Elizabeth Warren BECAUSE SHE’S NOT REALLY AN INDIAN, YOU GUISE!! </sarcasm>   Jim Wrenn goes further in the name of satire. Really:

Wrenn writes:

In response to polling surges by her opponent (Republican incumbent Scott Brown) in the 2012 race for the Senate in Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren-Tonto, noted Native American, Harvard Faculty Member, and Senate Candidate, said to her Lone Ranger sidekick: “It looks like they’ve got us,” to which her sidekick replied, “What you mean ‘us’ White-Eyes?” She replied, “You mean all 1/32nds?”

Why is this particularly terrible? Wrenn is using the 1/32nd Cherokee blood quantum as justification for racist “satire” — however, Warren has the same blood quantum as Bill John Baker, the principal chief of the Cherokee nation.

The perpetuation of slurs by commentators is the saddest part of all this non-troversy. As writer Navajo said on Native American Netroots:

The right-wing’s instant response regarding Warren’s claims of a Native heritage was to make fun of her by slurring Indians with a flurry of insults using stereotypes and calling her “Pinocchio-hontas,” “Faux-hontas,” “Chief Full-of-Lies,” “Running Joke” “Sacaja-whiner” and “Spreading Bull.” A name like Sitting Bull should be treated with respect. Why is this the first thing people think to do when they want to make fun of Indians?

The slurs reminded me of the same sad treatment I received as I was growing up.

When those on the right smear Elizabeth Warren, they smear more people than just Elizabeth Warren. It’s cheap, it’s racist, it’s not satire, and it’s an old, unoriginal canard from the days of slamming women and minorities for benefiting from affirmative action.

Wait… It’s NOT an old canard?

Exactly.