Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has been forced to scrap a $50,000 per plate fundraiser scheduled to take place during his visit to Jerusalem because the date coincided with a solemn Jewish day of mourning.
The fundraiser, which was supposed to be a “a small meeting, but a big fund-raiser,” according to a source quoted in the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, was set to take place on July 29, amid the Romney campaign’s first foreign policy tour.
But July 29 is also Tisha B’Av, a Jewish day of fasting in some traditions of the religion, in which catastrophic events like the destruction of the First and Second Temples and the Holocaust are mourned.
Jonny Daniels, a leading Republican political strategist in Israel, told The Huffington Post that the campaign had been aware of the date of the holiday when it scheduled the fundraiser. The campaign thought it could hold the event in a way that would not offend, he said, but was taken by surprise at the ferocity of the public outcry over the timing.
For fuck’s sake…
He’s trolling us now.
I still want the Israeli media to ask about the Mormon Church’s persistence in baptizing people postmortem, i.e. victims of the Holocaust.
And how could you hold it in a non-offensive way? I can’t…
“The root of America’s wildfire crisis goes back a century, to the “Big Blowup” of 1910, which burned 3 million acres in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana and Idaho. After the Big Blowup, American philosopher William James wrote of extinguishing wildfires as “The Moral Equivalent of War,” suggesting that American youth be conscripted into an “army enlisted against nature.” The U.S. Forest Service complied, eventually implementing an “out by 10 a.m.” policy toward all wildland fires. But in snuffing out every wildfire, managers interrupted one of the forest’s most important processes for maintaining its own health — the regular, small fires that clear out dead timber and fire-prone vegetation from woodlands. In some forests, this suppression of the natural fire cycle effectively stockpiled a century’s worth of fuel, creating explosive forests prone to burn big, fast, and hot. We’re seeing the results right now in Colorado and across the West.
But the greatest impact on the most recent wildfires may well be the changing climate. “What we’re seeing really is a window into what global warming really looks like,” said Princeton University geosciences professor Michael Oppenheimer during a conference call with reporters in the days after the Colorado firestorms. “It looks like heat. It looks like fires.”
And it looks like drought. By June, Colorado’s mountains had just two percent of their normal snowpack for that time of year; with snow, streams, and forests drying up early, fires ignite weeks or months earlier.”
My mom bought Fifty Shades of Grey what is going on?!
EVERYONE’S PARENTS ARE READING THAT THING IT’S FREAKING SCARY
If my mom gets it, I’m going to initiate a very awkward conversation about BDSM to dissuade her.
I hope my mom respects herself more than this - but if I find that book, so help me jeebus, I WILL bring up anal beads as a topic of conversation at Thanksgiving. “Hey mom, you know removing them isn’t like rip-starting a lawnmower, right?”
On his first visit to Buckingham Palace in 2009, President Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II an iPod. Given a second chance Tuesday, his gift for the British monarch was decidedly more traditional. According to the White House, Obama gave the queen a collection of rare memorabilia and photographs in a handmade leather-bound album that chronologically highlights her parents’ visit to the United States in 1939.
And there’s this from the April 1st, 2009 edition of the CBS Evening News:
CHIP REID (CBS News chief White House correspondent): The grueling day began early this morning at 10 Downing Street, where the president and first lady were welcomed by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife, Sarah. At a press conference, Mr. Brown heaped praise on his American guest.
BROWN: Your first 70 days in office have changed America, and you’ve changed America’s relationship with the world.
REID: Despite policy differences with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Sarkozy today expressed confidence in Mr. Obama, who insisted that their differences have been vastly overstated.
OBAMA: I am absolutely confident that this meeting will reflect enormous consensus.
REID: This evening, the president visited Buckingham Palace for a private audience with the queen and husband Prince Philip. Mr. Obama’s gift for the queen? A video iPod with footage of her 2007 trip to Washington — a gift that officials say she requested.
But don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. I’m sure Obama’s iPod from 2009 will become a campaign issue if y’all just try hard enough. Also, don’t forget to clap your hands, or else Tinkerbell might die.
Hey, remember when The Glorious Obama gave Gordon Brown, the PM of the UK, a gift set of 25 DVDs that were in the wrong format? Oh, how he should praised, for useless plastic circles are a magnificent gift. Or when The Glorious Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II an iPod full of The Glorious Obama's speeches. Oh, how completely modest of The Great Leader. What a gaffeless Presidency.
Barack Obama met the Queen at Buckingham Palace today and gave her a gift of an iPod loaded with video footage and photographs of her 2007 United States visit to Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg in Virginia. In return, the Queen gave the President a silver framed signed photograph of herself and the Duke of Edinburgh – apparently a standard present for visiting dignitaries.
He was given a fur-trimmed brown leather bomber jacket by George W. Bush during his first trip to America in the summer of 2007. Commentators gleefully pointed out that the garment was hardly in keeping with Mr Brown’s usual sober attire of business suit and tie.
Not that Obama’s gaffe is wholly justified. Overall though, Barack Obama’s reception in the UK by Britons has been much more positive than our last president’s — or Mitt Romney’s.
Never did I say Obama is perfect. I’m saying Mittens is terrible. As in, worse than Obama. If you search my posts tagged Obama, yes, you’ll find praise — but you’ll also find criticism. See, he’s not the Marxist, Kenyan, Muslim, Illegitimate Occupier Death Star Whatever The Fuck the GOP has attempted to project — in fact, he’s more conservative than Richard Nixon. I doubt you’ll take the time since it’s more work than the Google, but there’s the linky anyhow.
Ten Republican-controlled state legislatures have voted to defund Planned Parenthood since the 2010 midterm elections, but the clinics affected by the cuts will not have to shut their doors any time soon. The Obama administration so far has awarded hefty new federal family planning grants to Planned Parenthood clinics in three states that have cut the providers’ funding: New Jersey, Tennessee and North Carolina. … While Obama supports Planned Parenthood, the direct Title X grants are not exactly unusual: HHS has contracted directly with Planned Parenthood providers for years, including under former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. But the Planned Parenthood clinics that are receiving new federal grants this year are applying for those grants for the first time after defunding in their states created a need for federal money.
Paige Johnson, a spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood clinic in Durham, said that clinic has never appealed to HHS for Title X grants because it was always able to partner with the state. But after the state stopped contracting with Planned Parenthood, the clinic made the case to HHS that it is the primary provider of family planning to low-income women in the area. Under federal law, HHS is required to award grant funds in a manner that expands women’s access to care in the most cost-effective way possible in areas of the greatest need.
Trust me, they mad.
A huge thank you to the Obama administration for putting women’s health above the GOP’s hissy fits.
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No take-backs? You mean to say you didn't keep the receipt? How are we Brits meant to know when their warranty runs out? This is such an insensitive gift :P
1. Of course we didn’t keep the receipt. How else could we ensure no returns or refunds? Anyhow, Mittens and the Snowbilly are – er – priceless. Impossible to put a true value on such a collector’s set.
2. Warranties are probably socialist, right? Like America gives warranties on anything…
3. We didn’t say the gift was sensitive, but it’s most definitely homemade and from the heart.
Look, make the Snowbilly the court jester or something, and Mittens can partake in some proper sport we Americans see on PBS occasionally. While he does that, various leaders in the UK can throw things at his impeccably coiffed head. It’s not like he’ll recognize who they are anyway.