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**Mitt Romney In GOP Debate: Shut Down Federal Disaster Agency, Send Responsibility To The States**

During a CNN debate at the height of the GOP primary, Mitt Romney was asked, in the context of the Joplin disaster and FEMA's cash crunch, whether the agency should be shuttered so that states can individually take over responsibility for disaster response.

"Absolutely," he said. "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better.

nailingit — October 29, 2012 at 8:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Is God intervening with Hurricane Sandy to stunt Romney's momentum? Obama will look Presidential as he responds to the needs of disaster ridden communities while touting Federal funding for FEMA as successful and needed. Romney's re-election efforts will be mitigated and his calls to defund FEMA and safety nets for the poor/middle class will be front and center.

Although an appropriate everyday description for Romney, is H. Sandy Obama's jawbone of an ass?

nailingit — October 29, 2012 at 8:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Hmmmmm, Hurricane Sandy! I think I dated her.

hawkeye — October 29, 2012 at 9:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal

He'll look as Presidential and Honest just like he did when the terrorists killed 4 people and our ambassador in Begazi....He is no more than a puppet.. I see you just want a president that looks Presidentail but doesn't act Presidential... Ok ...So using your methodology we should let the federal Gov't dictate how we use our states natural resources too???? Just a question.... like Air, water, Fish....Because there doing such a good job everywhere else...

You might want to read both these articles... Then you might hit the Nail on the head why..

vanwadreamer — October 29, 2012 at 9:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal

vanwa- You might want to read your ABC link again. Slowly. In it's entirety.


*Blowhards against gays. Puzzling but true.* *Puts the oxy in the moron.*

Have Christian conservatives solved this matter? The storm is a question of faith and not science? Lets ask the Todd Akin crowd! Seriously, some of these wacko right wing politicians need to be called out.

Like Willard Mitt Romney.

**Hurricane Sandy Blamed On Gays, Obama And Romney By Preacher John McTernan**

The Eastern seaboard may have yet to experience the full wrath of Hurricane Sandy, but one right-wing Christian preacher is already pointing the finger at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

In a wordy and occasionally rambling blog on his website, chaplain John McTernan seems to link Hurricane Sandy (and a number of other recent weather-related trends and natural disasters) on LGBT people and President Barack Obama's recent backing of marriage equality. While most of McTernan's wrath is directed at Obama, he has some choice words for GOP candidate Mitt Romney, too.

"God is systematically destroying America," McTernan writes. "Just look at what has happened this year."

Calling Sandy "the most powerful hurricane on record" that "could do catastrophic damage to the entire Northeast," McTernan adds, "Obama is 100 percent behind the Muslim Brotherhood which has vowed to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem. Both candidates are pro-homosexual and are behind the homosexual agenda. America is under political judgment and the church does not know it!"

In a second blog titled "Hurricane Sandy and the Election," he said of Romney, "Yes, he is a big time pro-homosexual supporter to the point he will keep open homosexuality in the military; he wants homosexuals in the Boy Scouts; and he wants more open homosexuals in the Republican Party."

Earlier this year, McTernan similarly linked Hurricane Isaac with the LGBT community, pointing to the fact that the life-threatening storm coincided with Southern Decadence, New Orleans' "Gay Mardi Gras."

"New Orleans is still hosting Southern Decadence with open homosexuality manifesting in the streets of the city," he wrote in a blog. "It could be that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness. The timing of Hurricane Isaac with Southern Decadence is a sign that God’s patience with America’s sin is coming to an end."

nailingit — October 29, 2012 at 11:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal

*There's a bad joke here somewhere...*

**David Jimenez Loses Leg After Crucifix Falls On Him In New York**

A New York man has lost his leg after a crucifix, to which he had regularly prayed, fell on top of it.

David Jimenez, 45, told CBS New York that during the months his wife was suffering from ovarian cancer, he would frequently stop and pray at a large stone cross outside the Church of St. Patrick in Newburgh, New York.

When his wife was cured in 2010, Kimenez obtained special permission to clean the cross as a way of showing his gratitude.

On Memorial Day of that year, Mid-Hudson News reports, Jimenez was scrubbing the crucifix when the 600-pound monument tumbled on top of him, crushing his right leg.

The leg had to be amputated, and Jimenez, who says he is unable to work, is now suing the archdiocese that presides over the church for $2-3 million.

Jimenez's lawyer, Kevin Kitson, says only a single "useless" screw was supporting the large cross, according to CBS. The suit will be heard in court sometime in over the few weeks, Jimenez's lawyer told the Mid-Hudson News.

The church has already collected food and $7,000 in donations for Jimenez and his family, but, Kitson says, the archdiocese's insurance company has not offered to settle.

nailingit — October 29, 2012 at 2:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal

WASHINGTON | Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:55pm EDT
(Reuters) - As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the U.S. East Coast little more than a week before the presidential election, President Barack Obama's fortunes may in part depend on how well a former volunteer firefighter from Florida does his job.

Craig Fugate, a former paramedic and firefighter who rose to become Florida's top emergency management official, heads the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the man Obama is counting on to bring relief quickly to millions of people expected to be hit by monster storm Sandy.

With the presidential election at hand and closely fought, the stakes are high for Obama to avoid an embarrassment like former President George W. Bush's botched reaction to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Much of the pressure is on Fugate, who has earned high marks for his quick and effective response to recent storms. That includes Hurricane Isaac in August, the deadly May 2011 tornadoes that struck Joplin, Missouri, and Hurricane Irene, which lashed the east coast in August 2011.

nailingit — October 29, 2012 at 3:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal

"There's a bad joke here somewhere..."

Joke, nail? Heck, I could write a short story based on it.

Something about debts to be paid; the price of calling upon the forces in the universe, a balance that must be maintained..., etc., etc., blah, blah.

Of course, it would end with her stepping in front of a bus.
Him watching helplessly.


It's an old, old theme.

Drift — October 29, 2012 at 4:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal


guess they WERE ordered to stand down.

wonder if we'll ever know the name of the slime responsible. heard this kind of decision must come from commander/chief alone.

won't hear *any* thing till the all important elections are history.

DeeLittle — October 30, 2012 at 12:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Just days away from election day, have you voted?

If not, may I remind you to take a few moments and exercise your right and vote!
No, I am not going to tell you who or what party to vote for, or how to vote on issues.
You must let your conscious be your guide for that.

Put down the newspapers, shut off the radio and TV, stop allowing them to make the choices for you with half truths and lies. Stop marking that box just because they have a "D" or "R" associated with their name.
Or vote for cause some Hollywood celebrity hack you like says so.

Before you mark that ballet, ask yourself, is this vote good for..

1. Me
2. Family
3. Neighbors
4. Community
5. State
6. Country

Remember, who/what you vote for today, will effect everyone for a full generation (40yrs).

ELISI — October 30, 2012 at 6:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Not posting much, but I just got back from the East, barely ahead of this storm. We were coming from Montreal, where all flights to the East were cancelled as we boarded the last plane to Chicago. Our son is still back in New Jersey, waiting for JFK to open. Words cannot describe what I missed and he is witnessing, holed up with friends, safe and sound, but awestruck from the devastation.

For those "small government" advocates out there, and for others who understand that government sometimes does good things in times like these, for all of us, actually, check out this NYT editorial about how BIG storms need BIG government:

manthou — October 30, 2012 at 6:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Glad you're safe manthou. A good reminder where Republicans stand on emergency relief. Many times it's Red States that get hit the hardest, and Republican voices shouting the loudest. Almost shocking to hear Christie praise Obama about his relief effort.

nailingit — October 30, 2012 at 8:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Romney is hosting a "relief effort"/photo op in Ohio. He's trying to relate. I wonder how he'll screw this up!

nailingit — October 30, 2012 at 8:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Hi Elisi. Thanks for the reminder but if you noticed my avatar, done!

Manthou, glad you are home, safe. Watching the news this morning, seems like there was some damage but not what was expected. Some flooding, tunnels filled up in NY. Hope FEMA has lots of pumps.

hawkeye — October 30, 2012 at 10:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal

nailingit and hawkeye: thanks for your welcoming words.

nail: a journalist friend in NYC just called to tell me about the Christie "endorsement" of the President's handling of this disaster. They are all in awe of it. I have not seen it, so will be looking for it.

By the way, this friend is a broadcast journalist on public radio in Newark that has lost its transmission ability. Five of the announcers are holed up together broadcasting from the basement of a technician's home in NJ to keep the information coming. Hope their boss, who cannot afford a raise, gives them a pat on their weary backs. If Romney wins, I guess they AND their boss will be looking for new jobs.

When I see The Seattle Times imploding from within (or so it seems) and the likes of Jack Ohman leaving The Oregonian after nearly 30 loyal years without much fanfare, I wonder if anyone of ethical note will be left to turn off the lights when the last journalist leaves an abandoned newsroom?

manthou — October 30, 2012 at 11:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal

I have to add this: I am still shaking my head over the Columbian's endorsement of Mr. Romney.

I just think newspapers ought to get out of this business entirely.

manthou — October 30, 2012 at 11:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal

manthou — October 30, 2012 at 11:37 a.m

I totally agree!!!

hawkeye — October 30, 2012 at 11:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal

*A good reminder where Republicans stand on emergency relief. Many times it's Red States that get hit the hardest, and Republican voices shouting the loudest. Almost shocking to hear Christie praise Obama about his relief effort.* Really why would Christie saying something positive about the efforts coming from the white house?? Would that be out of line??? Well I think Obama will try to do everything in his power to back up that statement now...

Might wanna check this out for your post.... Looks like most of the states affected are Blue unless I'm color blind... And if you look at all the Blue states they are mostly on a coastline.. Cali, OR, W all blue and have things like Earthquakes and Volcanoes and Floods.. Maybe there Blue folks are Blue because of all the Voices that are screaming when something happens and they look for help from the White House... Do you just say these things thinking people will believe what you write.....

vanwadreamer — October 30, 2012 at 12:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal

vanwa @ 12:34 your link takes you to a 2008 break down of blue and red states. Those designations do change. However with the 2008 reference, red states have been hit 60 times in the last 64 natural disasters since 1900. Blue: 48 times. Some of these natural disasters were labeled: east coast, northeast, great plains, southwest, midwest and great lakes assign red or blue as it fits.

soapbox4u — October 30, 2012 at 2:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Or would that mean assign emergency relief as it fits....

soapbox4u — October 30, 2012 at 2:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal

manthou- I agree. A Paper's focus should be reporting the news rather than becoming the news. Endorsement in this arena can easily lend itself to corruption.

This paper endorsed Obama when we were losing 800,000 jobs a month and fighting two wars due to Bush/RW economic and foreign policies. Four years later we have positive job growth numbers with the economy trending well in many areas. Bin Laden's dead, we're out of Iraq and Obama's not bending to the Iran war mongering crowd.

Now this paper endorses Romney who promises to take us back to the Bush years and then some. A different voice making the decision at the C? Or is this plutocratic King named Romney a corporate delight they can't say no to.

nailingit — October 30, 2012 at 2:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal

vanwa- I said "many times". Do you read your links before posting? Your commentary was weird. Relax, Hannity is on at 6:00.


Greetings soapbox4u. The idea of Government intervening to provide disaster relief and medical services is wrong and "collectivist" with some. Republicans are pushing themselves over a cliff and grabbing as many as they can with them.

nailingit — October 30, 2012 at 2:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal

crazytrain — October 30, 2012 at 2:57 p.m

"How can you even ask how he could screw it up?"

Oh come on CT, even you have seen it. He'll probably say something like, "God is trying to tell us something" or something like that. He usually puts his foot in his mouth.

You know, like this one last month:

Or this one:

hawkeye — October 30, 2012 at 3:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal

*This guy will say and do anything.*

*Chrysler, GM Rebuke Mitt Romney Jeep Ad*

Mitt Romney's round of highly dubious television and radio ads suggesting that Chrysler and GM are shipping American jobs to China has managed to offend both car companies.

A spokesperson for General Motors told the Detroit Free Press that the ad was, more or less, crass and misleading.

“We've clearly entered some parallel universe during these last few days,” GM spokesman Greg Martin said. “No amount of campaign politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back to this country.”

Read more @

nailingit — October 30, 2012 at 5:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal

This from U of Illinois professors (well-respected researchers):

Bayes' Theorem applied to predicting electoral results:

President Obama has a better than 95% chance of re-election at this point.

Beats Nate Silver's prediction.

manthou — October 30, 2012 at 8:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Amazing stuff! Vote for the Christian and hellfire awaits. Vote for the Mormon and you're doing God's will! :))) Separation of what? Sharia Law wrapped in a blanket.

**Mike Huckabee Warns Christians: Obama Vote Will Crumple In Hell's Fire (VIDEO)**

Mike Huckabee has a dire warning for Christians: When you vote on Nov. 6, hell's fire awaits, and a vote for President Barack Obama will not stand up to the flames.

In a new ad, the former Arkansas governor and ordained Southern Baptist minister warns Christians that their votes "will affect the future and be recorded in eternity" and they must cast a ballot that will "stand the test of fire." The video, entitled "Test of Fire," features symbolic fiery imagery and is narrated by Huckabee:

Christians across the nation will have an opportunity to shape the future for our generation and generations to come. Many issues are at stake, but some issues are not negotiable: The right to life from conception to natural death. Marriage should be reinforced, not redefined. It is an egregious violation of our cherished principle of religious liberty for the government to force the church to buy the kind of insurance that leads to the taking of innocent human life.
Your vote will affect the future and be recorded in eternity. Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? This is Mike Huckabee asking you to join me November the 6th and vote based on values that will stand the test of fire.

The "Test of Fire" ad is connected to Value Voters USA, an organization of Christian and nondenominational citizens who believe it's important to vote based on life, family and faith this November, according to Politico.

Huckabee does not mention Mitt Romney by name in the ad, but he has publicly endorsed the Republican candidate. His conservative views on marriage, abortion and contraception mandates did not sit well with some.

"Mike Huckabee has a new ad out chastising Christians to set aside their concerns about jobs, the economy and taxes to focus on what really matters: the government's power to interfere with the private lives of strangers," quips Slate's Amanda Marcotte.

"In other words, anybody who doesn't vote against the healthcare of women and family security of same-sex couples is going to Hell," writes Think Progress reporter Zack Ford, while the Daily Kos boils it down to Huckabee's war on sex.

Huckabee has been an avid opponent of same-sex marriage and joined ranks with Chick-fil-A after the company's chief executive Dan Cathy publicly supported the "biblical definition" of a family unit. In 2008, Huckabee pushed to "amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view."

Read more @

nailingit — October 31, 2012 at 9:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal

A reminder as to how Republicans ended up with a Mormon Liberal Elitist from Massachusetts as their Presidential candidate. Sans Huntsman, everyone else was certifiable!

What a group! :)))))

nailingit — October 31, 2012 at 10:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal

*Happy Halloween!*

**Skeletal Remains Found In Upended Tree; The Death Investigator Exhumes Skull**

A homeless woman made a spooky Halloween’s eve discovery on the Upper Green: bones from a centuries-old human body unearthed by a giant oak tree toppled by Superstorm Sandy.

The woman, Katie Carbo, made the discovery around 3:15 p.m. near the corner of College and Chapel streets. Visible among the roots of the tree is the back of skull, upside down, with its mouth open (pictured). It is still connected to a spine and rib cage.

nailingit — October 31, 2012 at 10:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal

No Nail would assign RED Blue Grey as he see fit... As we can see there are a few on here that only think one way and one way only... It sure hasn't worked out the last four years and how can someone vote for someone AKA Obama, when he has done nothing but Alienate people, create mas class warfare and taken our country to the deepest depths.. Oh and he still thinks that the Libya terrorist attack was not one but a RIOT because this clown in California caused it.. Well I hope that when one of the Governors from the Red states or maybe Blue states that were hit hard will call him up since he gave them his direct phone number and ask, so why did you tell them to stand down???? and then let our fellow Americans die at the hands of these terrorists... He won't answer that question prior to the election. As most historians will note , this presidency will go down as one of the 5 worst of all times...Too bad he has so many brainwashed....But that's typical of today's left thinking folks.. Oh you got that guy Michael Moore, he is a real winner... Nut job and all.. The video he put out is quite honestly disgusting as he is...

vanwadreamer — October 31, 2012 at 10:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal

vanwadreamer — October 31, 2012 at 10:44 a.m

OK, take a nap. Gather your thoughts. Take your meds and then come back sometime tomorrow and tell us what you are thinking, cause what you wrote isn't cutting it.

hawkeye — October 31, 2012 at 11:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal


nailingit — October 31, 2012 at 11:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal

vanwa @ 10:44- Thank you for your post! Your mindful insight is rivaled only by your remarkable literary skills. Bravo!

A Halloween message for tea bagger republicans.

nailingit — October 31, 2012 at 12:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal

I can see why you two are the way you are.. You've been Mooore man nized ...

Really and you guys think like this.. I guess everyone to which there own.. I hope you have a great next 4 years and beyond if Obama gets re elected...I'm still waiting for one of those 28 tax breaks Obama sent out out when he got in office to small businesses...

vanwadreamer — October 31, 2012 at 1:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal

vanwadreamer — October 31, 2012 at 1:44 p.m.

Apparently Obama and Michael Moore scare you.

You should be scared.

Not by Obama or Moore but by Willard and Dillard. They knoweth not what they do.

hawkeye — October 31, 2012 at 2:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Just saw Christy & Obama speak to the effects of Sandy. What great bi-partisanship! Too bad it takes a tragedy to achieve it. Romney's entire campaign has been void of vision and relies solely on condemning Obama. Now his political hands are tied. It's wonderful!

The October surprise, who would have thought it would be a bag of wind named Sandy.

Obama's not only showing great leadership, but how much better it is when RNC keynote speaker/Romney bulldog Chris Christie is heaping the praise. Obama should foot the bill tomorrow morning for a couple of Denny's Grand Slams/w shakes n rolls for Christie.

Although I'm sure with this situation Christie is sincere on many levels, it should be noted Christie is up for re-election next year in his Jersey blue state. Not to think any of his rhetoric involve politics however. ;)

nailingit — October 31, 2012 at 2:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal

This race is close and hard to gauge at times. Events such as this tells me the Romney camp is in the throes of despair and desperation. Obama holding strong in Ohio. If Obama wins Ohio, he wins the presidency.

Why stop at Trump? Romney should co-sponsor a telethon with Ted Nugent & Rush Limbaugh. It would be a great look at what keeps the Republican party alive.

**Donald Trump To Make Robo-Calls, Campaign Stops For Mitt Romney Before Election**

Donald Trump has been called in to campaign for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, making robo-calls for use in key swing states as well as possible public appearances in the final week before the election.

Newsmax was the first to report the news, citing sources close the Romney campaign confirming that Trump had agreed to make calls to help boost voter turnout in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin and North Carolina. The billionaire and birther enthusiast is also trying to overcome scheduling conflicts in order to make campaign stops on Romney's behalf.

Trump endorsed Romney during the Republican primary race in February. "There are some things you just can't imagine happening," Romney said then, standing beside Trump at one of the real estate mogul's Las Vegas hotels. "This is one of them."

But since then, Romney has been reluctant to associate with Trump, who caused a headache for the campaign when he reignited his charge against the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate. In response, Romney merely offered that he did not agree with all of his supporters, but declined the opportunity to condemn Trump's birther conspiracies.

Just last week, Trump once again made headlines when he dropped a big "announcement," which was a $5 million offer to a charity of Obama's choice if the president publicly released his college transcripts and passport records.

For the Romney campaign to play the Trump card at the final stage, despite the public ridicule he so frequently incurs, is either a last-ditch effort rooted in desperation, or a sign that it sees little to lose in the six days that remain until Nov. 6.

The Romney campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

nailingit — October 31, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal


Geez, I guess we know who the "WIND BAG" is now( NAIL) ... Christie said Obama is cooperating basically as much as possible, What T F is he supposed to do.... Lets wait and see how it goes, it's been one day ..... Christie will win because he basically does what he says he is going to do.. Unlike Mr Obama.. Least we go into the 158 things he said he was going do upon winning the election in )*... Come on nail, you have to have something moore than that..Oh there I go using the name MOORE... Christie is only setting up Obama right now, just as I would.. Obama must perform what he has promised or Christie will eat him up and spit him out.. Obama took the bait, hook, line and sinker...Obama is a pathetic Puppet master...I can tell you've probably never hired , trained, fired or employed anyone in your life nor ran a business....

vanwadreamer — October 31, 2012 at 3:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal

My God...there are people who really think like this.

nailingit — October 31, 2012 at 3:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal

**Voting machine swaps Obama for Romney**

> MARION — Joan Stevens was one of
> several early voters at the polls on
> Monday. But when Stevens tried to cast
> her ballot for president, she noticed
> a problem.
> Upon selecting “Mitt Romney” on the
> electronic touch screen, Barack
> Obama’s name lit up.
> It took Stevens three tries before her
> selection was accurately recorded.

DeeLittle — October 31, 2012 at 4:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal


We now know what happened to you...

Terrible bump on your head, How is the "BLUE" pick up doing..???

vanwadreamer — October 31, 2012 at 4:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal

> **France Can’t Compete With Rest of Europe: WTO Chief**


Socialist France has been an economic laggard since the end of WWII. They have had chronic unemployment for decades. Wikipedia shows their current unemployment rate at a little over 10%, but my recollection has been that it has generally been 12%+. FWIW, I can recall “sit-ins” by the unemployed years ago demanding Christmas bonuses from the government, and public sector strikes seemed to be a common occurrence. The answer always seems to be to raise taxes. It’s rather amazing that Sarkozy ever got elected.


> “I think the French president and the government of the Republic are aware deep reforms have to take place in order to modernize this country, which has a resistance to change stemming from the fact that most of the French see the place as a very happy one, surrounded by a terrible world,” he said.

"resistance to change"? **It’s those darned Conservatives again.** They’re always resistant to change. Even if the Conservatives are Socialists. (I keep telling you people that Conservative and Liberal are a bad way to characterize political differences; as the definitions depend on the benchmarks of some particular society. ) “Libertarian” and “Collectivist”, (usually called Socialist), require no knowledge of such differing benchmarks.


kn_dalai — October 31, 2012 at 6:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal

*Repressive *big government* nutbags in our own back yard.*

**John Koster, GOP House Candidate: 'The Rape Thing' Does Not Excuse Abortions**

John Koster, a **Republican congressional candidate in Washington state**, said Sunday that "the rape thing" is not a good enough reason for a woman to have an abortion, the Associated Press reported.

Asked at a campaign fundraiser whether he supports abortion rights in some situations, Koster replied that he only supports abortion in cases where a woman's life is in danger.

"Incest is so rare, I mean, it's so rare," he said. "But the rape thing-- you know, I know a woman who was raped and kept the child, gave it up for adoption, and she doesn't regret it."

He added, "On the rape thing, it's like, how does putting more violence onto a woman's body and taking the life of an innocent child that's a consequence of this crime -- how does that make it better? You know what I mean?"

nailingit — October 31, 2012 at 8:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal

*I wonder how he'll screw this up!*....ANSWERED! :)

**The Making Of Romney's Storm Relief Event**

**A scramble to depoliticize a political campaign, and $5,000 in supplies from Wal-Mart. “Just grab something.”**

nailingit — October 31, 2012 at 8:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal

**As Election Nears, Voter Suppression Efforts Kick Into Gear**

Less than one week out from Election Day, we are witnessing a war of attrition, a game of inches. With state polls this close, every vote counts. And so beyond the positive effort to outdo the other party’s ground game and early-voting pushes, there is a negative corollary: voter suppression, confusion, and intimidation.

The ugly efforts to discourage the “wrong” voters from showing up reflect the asymmetrical polarization in Congress: neither party is entirely innocent, but conservatives have appeared to be driving the great bulk of efforts to suppress or misinform voters.

Yesterday, documents posted by Scott Keyes at TPM showed that the Romney campaign in Wisconsin is training poll-watchers to lie at polling stations by registering as “concerned citizens” rather than campaign volunteers; to untruthfully tell voters they are ineligible to vote unless they show proof of residency; and to misleadingly warn voters they are ineligible if they have been convicted of treason or bribery.

It is all intentionally dishonest, and particularly so because so much of the RNC leadership—including Chairman Reince Priebus—has roots in Wisconsin local leadership.

But this affront to honesty is just the latest in a slow drip drip of voter suppression efforts.

Read more @

nailingit — October 31, 2012 at 8:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Nail: If it takes a hurricane hitting the most populous US coastal areas to get a Republican to work with our Commander in Chief, then I'll take it and revel in it while it lasts.

Maybe others will follow Christie's example. Honestly, when that kind of bipartisanship makes national headlines, something we might have simply taken for granted 11 years ago, it just makes me a little sad and a lot sick.

I would not be surprised at all to see Governor Christie be offered some cabinet post in the second Obama administration (Yes, kids. He's gonna win). I think Christie works hard for his state (did he get any sleep?), and sets politics aside when lives are at stake.

NJ is a blue state, after all. Christie has had to have a history of working with both parties in order to have been elected governor in the first place.

I noticed yesterday that Mitt Romney could not even mention New Jersey, when he referenced the devastation. Is he honked off or just heartless or ???

manthou — November 1, 2012 at 6:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal

manthou- *Christie be offered some cabinet post in the second Obama administration (Yes, kids. He's gonna win).*

What you said makes big time sense! Right now Christie is the right's hottest flavor of the month for President in 2016. What better way to erode Christie's base credibility than for him to work with Obama for four years. If Christie did take the Obama job it would speak to his lack of sincerity with running next term (imo). Christie's also up for re-election next year and a new term would serve him well in 16. I wonder how bad Christie wants a Romney win. A Romney loss would put Christie's name in the news for the next four years as frontrunner.

Either way, a great scenario as Obama wins!

nailingit — November 1, 2012 at 7:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal

manthou- *I noticed yesterday that Mitt Romney could not even mention New Jersey, when he referenced the devastation. Is he honked off or just heartless or ???*

Could very well be both. Nor would he take questions when asked multiple times about his stance on FEMA. Romney lacks resolve in too many areas to count.

nailingit — November 1, 2012 at 8:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal

**Mitt Romney Likely To Face Ethics Complaint From UAW For Allegedly Hiding Auto Bailout Profits**

The United Auto Workers (UAW), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and other groups plan to file an ethics complaint against Mitt Romney for allegedly failing to disclose his profits from the auto bailout, the UAW has told The Huffington Post.

The groups are calling for an investigation by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to investigate Romney's alleged violation of the Ethics in Government Act, which requires presidential candidates to disclose their personal finances. The ethics complaint comes on the heels of an Oct. 17 article in The Nation, which alleged that Romney has hidden his personal gains of at least $15.3 million from the auto bailout.

"He made his fortune off the misfortune of others," Bob King, president of the UAW, told The Huffington Post on Wednesday. "Why should we have to find out from the media about this?"

The Romney campaign could not be immediately reached for comment.

The allegations are ironic given that Romney has been a staunch critic of the auto bailout. Romney called for the government to let the auto industry go bankrupt in an op-ed in The New York Times in 2008. The Romney campaign also released a misleading ad in October that claims Chrysler has moved all production of Jeeps to China following the auto bailout.

Romney and his wife allegedly made millions from the auto bailout through their investments in the hedge fund Elliott Management, which held a stake in the auto bailout recipient Delphi Automotive, according to The Nation. The return on this investment amounted to more than 3,000 percent, according to The Nation.

That said, the magazine didn't say that Romney broke the law. From The Nation:

In their 2011 and 2012 Federal Financial Disclosure filing, Ann Romney’s trust lists “more than $1 million” invested with Elliott. This is the description for all of her big investments—the minimal disclosure required by law.

The UAW is holding a press conference on the planned ethics complaint at 2 p.m. on Thursday in Toledo, Ohio.

nailingit — November 1, 2012 at 10:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal

If Romney wins, God (Jesus, Joseph, Mary, Joseph again, Brigham, Allah, Buddah etc.) forbid, and we find out Mitt committed years of felony tax fraud and received tax amnesty in 2009, would he be impeachable?

Hell yes comes to mind. Let's hope it doesn't get that far. Wake up people!

**Obama/Biden 2012**

nailingit — November 1, 2012 at 10:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Thursday, November 1, 2012 -- 3:09 PM EDT

Mayor Bloomberg Endorses Obama for Re-election, Citing Climate Change

In a surprise announcement, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday that Hurricane Sandy had reshaped his thinking about the presidential campaign, and he announced that he was endorsing President Obama.

Mr. Bloomberg, a political independent in this third term leading New York City, has been sharply critical of both Mr. Obama, a Democrat, and Mitt Romney, the president’s Republican rival, saying that both men have failed to candidly confront the problems afflicting the nation. But he said he had decided over the past several days that Mr. Obama was the best candidate to tackle the global climate change that the mayor believes contributed to the violent storm, which took the lives of at least 37 New Yorkers and caused billions of dollars in damage.

hawkeye — November 1, 2012 at 1:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal

It's funny how no climatologists are blaming Sandy on global warming, but plenty of politicians are. It has been more than 7 years since the U.S. has been hit by a category 3 or stronger. Sandy was a category 1 hurricane that combined with a nor'easter, this happens from time to time, the last one was on October 30 and 31st in 1991. That storm did not make landfall, however the storm surge and waves caused extensive damage to the Bush estate in Kennebunkport Maine. These "super systems" have not gotten more common or more severe.

frobert — November 1, 2012 at 1:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal

crazytrain — November 1, 2012 at 2:35 p.m

I'm thinking there was something about the "bundling" of that bill he didn't like. The same goes for Ron Wyden, and I trust him completely. That's exactly why I think that all bills should stand on their own and not be combined with others.

hawkeye — November 1, 2012 at 2:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal

frobert @1:53. Yes scientist have commented on how global warming could have effected Sandy. Check it out in the Seattle Times -[link text][1]


soapbox4u — November 1, 2012 at 3:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal

tapping my foot waiting for the grammar teacher...

soapbox4u — November 1, 2012 at 3:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Hey soap! There ya go again, linking scientific evidence as if it means something.

How have you been?

manthou — November 1, 2012 at 3:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal

soapbox4u — November 1, 2012 at 3:23 p.m.

Your article has nothing to do with Sandy being caused by global warming, only that the storm surge was higher by the few millimetres that sea level has risen.

frobert — November 1, 2012 at 3:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Hey manthou, good to read you. Ya know, you're right-it doesn't matter what you link, it is still gonna be somebodies dodo. That why it is more fun to acerbate...

soapbox4u — November 1, 2012 at 5:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal

In the "doesn't have a leg to stand on department", today it's trickle down economics.

**Congressional Research Service Report On Tax Cuts For Wealthy Suppressed By GOP (UPDATE)**

The New York Times reported on Thursday that Senate Republicans applied pressure to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) in September, successfully persuading it to withdraw a report finding that lowering marginal tax rates for the wealthiest Americans had no effect on economic growth or job creation.

"The pressure applied to the research service comes amid a broader Republican effort to raise questions about research and statistics that were once trusted as nonpartisan and apolitical," the Times reported. Democrats in Congress, however, have resurfaced the report and published it in full. It can be read below.

Republicans told the Times they had issues with the tone, wording and scope of the report, but they clearly objected most strongly to its findings, which undermine the governing fiscal philosophy of the party, that tax cuts for the wealthy will spur growth and benefit everybody.

GOP officials told The Times that the decision by the CRS came after a cooperative discussion, but Democrats have suggested that the move is part of a broader effort by Republicans to squelch legitimate research that runs counter to their economic principles.

The CRS report, by researcher Thomas Hungerford, concluded:

*The results of the analysis suggest that changes over the past 65 years in the top marginal tax rate and the top capital gains tax rate do not appear correlated with economic growth. The reduction in the top tax rates appears to be uncorrelated with saving, investment, and productivity growth. The top tax rates appear to have little or no relation to the size of the economic pie.*

*However, the top tax rate reductions appear to be associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top of the income distribution. As measured by IRS data, the share of income accruing to the top 0.1% of U.S. families increased from 4.2% in 1945 to 12.3% by 2007 before falling to 9.2% due to the 2007-2009 recession. At the same time, the average tax rate paid by the top 0.1% fell from over 50% in 1945 to about 25% in 2009. Tax policy could have a relation to how the economic pie is sliced—lower top tax rates may be associated with greater income disparities.*

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nailingit — November 1, 2012 at 7:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal

**Fox News is on Romney’s campaign team**

*It's not news that Fox is conservative, but plenty of its contributors are actually on Romney's payroll*

Of course, it’s hardly news that Fox News and the Wall Street Journal have a conservative bent. But it’s often difficult to comprehend just how valuable Fox is to the GOP, or how difficult it can be to persuade people that Fox — thanks to the sheer intensity of its mindless partisanship — really is different from MSNBC.

But even if you set aside Fox’s overtly right-wing opinion content, the in-kind contribution the network gives conservatives daily — the relentless parroting of GOP talking points, the constant attacks on President Obama, and the often wholesale creation of a more favorable alternative reality — and just look at the nuts and bolts, Fox News and Mitt Romney’s campaign are inextricably intertwined.

A new report from liberal media watchdog Media Matters adds some numbers to the issue, having tabulated the degree to which Fox directly contributes to Republicans. The numbers are fairly staggering. At least 32 people on the Fox News payroll have campaigned for Mitt Romney or other Republican candidates, nine have appeared with Mitt Romney at official events, and another five are advising his campaign. All together over this election cycle, there have been at least 105 fundraisers in 44 states featuring Fox News personalities, raising tens of millions of dollars that goes to support Republicans.

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nailingit — November 1, 2012 at 9:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal

When reforming the tax code these right wing fanatics who wear robes and tie up our courts with never ending sexual abuse charges need to be addressed. The Catholic church has become a blight on American society/politics like no other.

**Daniel Jenky, Illinois Catholic Bishop, Orders Anti-Obama Letter To Be Read In Diocese**

Earlier this year, a Roman Catholic bishop came under fire from the Anti-Defamation League and others for comparing President Barack Obama to Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler during a sermon delivered at an Illinois church.

Now, as the 2012 election approaches, Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria has reportedly ordered "every priest in his diocese" to read an anti-Obama letter to their congregations.

According to Think Progress, Jenky sent out the letter on Wednesday, telling priests that "[b]y virtue of your vow of obedience to me as your Bishop, I require that this letter be personally read by each celebrating priest at each Weekend Mass, November 3/4.”

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nailingit — November 2, 2012 at 7:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Someone should clue Jenky to the 1954 Johnson Amendment.

Jumping from there to science: how can string theory and medicinal cannabis be related?

Speaking of cannabis!

And now for the straight "dope":

(from today's columbo)

Have a good weekend, all!

Drift — November 2, 2012 at 8:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal

crazytrain — November 2, 2012 at 7:43 a.m.

Yup, that's probably true. Also, it would probably be true no matter WHO the President is.

CT, let me ask you this- Have you ever driven an 18 wheeler, fully loaded? Think about this. You have a truck and trailer going down the road at 65mph in 18th gear and all of a sudden you have to stop. (this would be where the stock market crashed) The bad part is, you are on a 6% grade going up hill. Now, you have to start up again and get going. So, stick it in 1st gear, feather the clutch, try not to burn it out and see if you can get that fully loaded truck back on the road again.

Oh, I forgot, someone else is operating the brakes.

Good luck.

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 9:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Marco Rubio Last night..

Couldn't be said any better...

Absolutely. What you do, if you work the rope line or you get to talk to people on the ground, they will tell you, there are very real concerns about the economy and jobs, that's very real. There is a real profound sense that the election is a choice between two very different types of people, between one where the government will increasingly become more dominant, or a new future, where we re-embrace the free enterprise system and allow the prosperity and the middle class that we have expected from America. People get that that's what this election is about.

A lot of people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and thought he was going to be a unifier that brought our country together and are very disappointed that our country is as divided as it's ever been. And they see Governor Romney as someone who has a track record of bringing people together.

Something I said today in Pennsylvania, which I think is true. I am a Republican. I love the Republican Party. But I love America more. I think our folks will tell you, as well today, that they want a leader who will bring America together and help save America and bring America and its economy back to where it is expected to be.

Are you saying you think it would be a bad thing if President Obama were re-elected? Would that be bad for America?

RUBIO: I think it sets us back that his ideas are wrong for the future. They are not the right ideas to get us moving forward. If President Obama is re-elected -- and it's not going to happen, but if he were reelected, we are not going to have the economic growth that we need or come to expect. I doubt they'll be real plan to deal with the debt in a positive way. I don't think we will get a plan to save Medicare. And I don't think we will have a pro-American energy policy. So it is not just the things -- bad things that might happen, it's the good things that won't happen. It's the positive things that will have to wait. I don't think we can wait another four years for some of these things.

This is the bottom line.. If you want more of what we've had for four years Barack is your guy if you don't then maybe another candidate like Romney can get it done. If you want Job creation it won't come from Obama, He hasn't even filled the commerce post in his cabinet let alone know how to help create job growth in our country.,..It like hiring an electrician do do a plumbers job , we need to hire a guy like Romney to fix our ailing economy...

vanwadreamer — November 2, 2012 at 9:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal

"A lot of people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and thought he was going to be a unifier that brought our country together and are very disappointed that our country is as divided as it's ever been."

Yes, just ask the Republican'ts in the house that REFUSED to work with the President and made it their goal to make sure he was a one term President.

Wonder what they will do when he is re-elected?

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 10:13 a.m.

It is not up to the House to work with the President they are from a different branch of government. The House and Senate are not there to "rubber stamp" the Presidents agenda, that would make this a dictatorship.

frobert — November 2, 2012 at 10:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal

fro, it IS up to the House to work WITH the President and ALL the members of Congress for the betterment of the Country. If they refuse to do so, they should be removed from their jobs. I'm not saying they have to agree with everything, but they do have to work together to make the country better.

I'm sick and tired of these House Republican'ts stomping their feet and turning their backs on the country just because they don't like (or have been told not to like) the President. It's childish and immature.

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 11:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.

Try reading the Constitution.

frobert — November 2, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal

I'm not surprised with this, but find it provides a fascinating insight as to how RW media turn rumor & innuendo into real life events/news for Fox News & their viewers, to include a couple that post here.

**Fox News Focuses On Benghazi Attack While Largely Ignoring Hurricane Sandy**

Fox News hosts have gone further, seeking to draw the president directly into the controversy, something the evidence has yet to support. In place of hard evidence, Fox analysts and hosts have turned largely to rumor and speculation, homing in on suggestions that Obama may have personally blocked, or failed to order, a rescue mission during the assault.

One of the most dramatic claims came from Hannity himself, who said on Tuesday night that he had been told about -- but not heard -- an audiotape in which Woods and other agents could be heard "begging for help" from supervisors.

"My sources tell me it's pretty damning," Hannity said Tuesday. "You'll learn it here first."

That same night, Gingrich told Van Susteren that he had heard a "rumor" that other television networks had emails from the White House ordering that the CIA agents not help those under attack.

"There is a rumor -- I want to be clear, it's a rumor -- that at least two networks have emails from the National Security Advisor's office telling a counterterrorism group to stand down," Gingrich said.

Gingrich’s rumor was picked up Wednesday by The Daily Caller, a news and opinion site edited by Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson. The Drudge Report, an influential conservative aggregator, then splashed a link to the article across its site. Also on Wednesday, Gingrich repeated his claim to Hannity and denounced the White House for failing to offer a full timeline of its actions during the attack.

Back on the network Wednesday, following the White House's flat denial of the claim that it halted aid to those under attack, Gingrich said to Hannity, "There were clearly people in Benghazi asking for assistance. So what does that mean? Does it mean it was cut off somewhere? That the president, although he's commander in chief, did not know that they were asking for assistance?"

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nailingit — November 2, 2012 at noon ( | suggest removal

Hey vanwa, check this out. I know you will say "all lies", but here it is anyway.

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 12:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal

frobert — November 2, 2012 at 11:59 a.m

Try staying away from FAUX (almost the ) news.

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 12:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal


Tisk tisk tisk... See that's where most of Baracks supporters go.. It’s up to someone else, or well it was Bush's fault and well the reason I haven't balanced a budget is because the House hasn't submitted one to me.. It's everyone else's fault... Obama is the fricken president and needs to do his job... Barack is almost out of people he can blame for what comes next... The whole Bengazi thing is blowing up in his face and he is waiting and hoping to get re elected and then face whatever criticism comes then... The fact of the matter is he has only 38% support from his military... If we were a third world country he would be overthrown...His own generals come out against his foreign policies... We can't afford to have him 4 more years, unless your looking for government assistance, higher taxes, obamacare tax on top of your current tax, reduced medicare coverage....and I could go on but why.. If you can't see the light I can't lead the way

vanwadreamer — November 2, 2012 at 1:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal

vanwadreamer — November 2, 2012 at 1:17 p.m

Seriously, dude. Get some help.

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 3:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal


You and many millions will need help should Barrack get reelected...So I would suggest maybe going to a Local Rep Nat meeting.. They have the new 12 step plan.....

We admitted we were powerless over our adulation of our president and our lives have become well unemployed.

Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore our country to better days Mr. Romney

Made a decision to not vote for our current president as he has done little to help our country

Made a searching and fearless decision to quit reading the Huffington Post and other Liberal left wing Rags

Admitted to myself, to others I was brainwashed like many others that Obama could/would unite this country

Were entirely ready to believe that Obama would remove all his personal defects of character, otherwise knowing he has lied and misled us

Asked God to remove our left wing shortcomings

Made a list of all persons who don't think the same as I and made amends to them

Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would make me look like a real IDIOT

Continued to take personal responsibility when I am wrong promptly admitted that to the person I was speaking too

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God and reality

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I tried to carry this message to other left wing nut jobs and wacko's, and to practice these principles...

Have a great weekend..Check out the site, it's a good start

vanwadreamer — November 2, 2012 at 4:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal


FOX5 has learned a southern Nevada woman was arrested on Friday afternoon at the Riviera hotel/casino for attempting to vote twice in the presidential election.

According to the office of the Secretary of State, on or about Oct. 29, Roxanne Rubin voted at a polling station at the Anthem Community Center in Henderson. Later the same day, Rubin allegedly attempted to vote at the polling station at 9725 S. Eastern Ave

A poll worker at the second station conducted a voter database search that indicated Rubin had already voted, something she denied.

She was not allowed to vote and a complaint was filed. Rubin was taken into custody by agents with Nevada' multi-jurisdictional Elections Integrity Task Force. She was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and charged with one count of voting more than once in the same election, a Category "D" felony.

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 4:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal

vanwadreamer — November 2, 2012 at 4:10 p.m

Yes, I can see where they might help you. Especially since you can't think for yourself.

Tell me, how many sessions do you have to go to to get your brain COMPLETELY washed?

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 4:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal

**Republican Third-Party Groups Advertising In Washington State**

Outside Republican groups have been spending millions to expand the map for Mitt Romney in states that have historically leaned Democratic and seem likely to remain in President Obama's camp. Publicly, that list has included Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania. It appears, however, they are also going more quietly into other states.

One of those groups, American Crossroads, has announced plans for a $4.5 million national network television ad buy. But a Democratic source in Washington, who requested anonymity to avoid involvement in the presidential campaign, emailed HuffPost to say anti-Obama ads were running on three Seattle broadcast stations in "high volume" on Friday morning, including during "Today" and "Good Morning America." The American Crossroads ad that the group said it was airing nationally wasn't the one that the source saw. Additionally, some of those ads were seen on Seattle broadcast stations.

The other two groups advertising, according to the source, were Restore our Future, the Romney supporting super PAC, and the conservative group Americans for Jobs Security.

The groups did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Washington is not even close to being considered a swing state. The decision to air ads in the market may be a sign that these groups have more money than they know what to do with, or they may be part of an effort to affect down-ballot contests. The source speculated, "The *only* thing I can fathom is driving down coattails to help in a close governor's race ... but even that doesn't make much sense to me."

nailingit — November 2, 2012 at 5 p.m. ( | suggest removal

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.

I sort of recall the Dems controlled the House the 1st 2 years of Obama's Presidency. That the Repubs were complaining because they had no input into what went forward. That Speaker Pelosi said something along the lines of tough - now we're in charge. (Reference back to the Bush admin.)

One could also argue the point that Harry Reid is the obstructionist. The House has sent plenty of legislation forward (heavy Repub bias, of course). For the most part, Reid just shelves it - won't even put before the Senate to discuss and send back desired changes.

The problem isn't one party or the other - rather, it's that both currently represent the extremes of their political philosophies. And the extremists of both ilk - liberal and conservative - have never been willing to compromise.

Unfortunately, I'm afraid we're doomed to 4 more years of the same. There may be some compromising (hopefully to get a budget passed before April), but I wouldn't count on much.

And I'm going to continue predicting we're going into a deeper recession before things improve. Pres Obama and advisors are rather clueless on what to do.

roger — November 2, 2012 at 5:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal

roger — November 2, 2012 at 5:07 p.m.

See, that's what I've been saying all along. These "elected representatives" don't do what they are supposed to do. And all I get from some Bozos here is "read the constitution". It's getting quite frustrating that these people aren't working together for the betterment of OUR Country.

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 7:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 7:32 p.m.

Passing less laws is working for the betterment of our country. The executive branch does not control the legislative branch, that is what happens in dictatorships.

frobert — November 2, 2012 at 8:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal

frobert — November 2, 2012 at 8:40 p.m.

So I guess you are OK with the House not doing anything to heal the country. Good for you. You too aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Shame on you.

hawkeye — November 2, 2012 at 11:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Bill sums this election up quite nicely! :))

**Bill Maher's New Rule: Admit It, You Love This Election (VIDEO)**

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 9:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal

**GOP voter registration fraud probe widens**

**Virginia looks into potential systemic fraud while investigation spreads to Colorado**

Just as Virginia is coming back into play before Tuesday’s election, authorities there are expanding their investigation into potential voter registration fraud by Republican contractors. Colin Small, a former employee with a firm contracted by the Virginia Republican Party had been scheduled to appear before a grand jury last week after he was arrested and charged with 8 felony counts relating to the destruction of completed voter registration forms. But now state prosecutors and expanding their investigation and want more information from him before the appearance.

They’re trying to determine if Small was acting on his own, or if he was acting under orders from superiors when he threw out several completed registration forms his canvassers had collected from Democrats. If true, that would indicate a very different situation. Instead of one rogue GOP operative, it would suggest a systematic effort by a contractor playing a key role in GOP voter registration efforts in several key states to disenfranchise Democrats. Marsha Garst, the Virginia prosecutor overseeing the case, told the Washington Post Friday, This is a very important investigation to the state, and we intend to prosecute Mr. Small to the fullest extent.”

Small worked for a company called Strategic Allied Consulting, which had also been employed by the Republican National Committee and state Republican Parties in several other states. Among them is Florida, where authorities are also investigating the firm. The investigation has spread to Colorado as well, where an employee of Sproul’s is under investigation in Arapahoe County for tearing up a Democratic voter registration form. KDVR in Denver also reports that the FBI interviewed Sproul in April (read the transcript here) about potential suppression efforts.

The firm was led by notorious GOP operative Nathan Sproul, who has faced allegations of voter suppression and dirty tricks for years. After the allegations of fraud came out, the RNC said it had fired Sproul and canceled all contracts with his firm, but he may still be working with state parties. Companies created or led by Sproul have received more than $3 million in payments from the Republican party during this election campaign, and Mitt Romney’s campaign paid Sproul’s firm $71,000 last year for “field consulting.”

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nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 10:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal

**Romney, Business Allies Finish With Strong Argument: Vote With Us, Or You're Fired**

Even workers who'd already been laid off by the Kochs were mailed letters urging them to vote Republican or else "suffer the consequences" of Obama policies that would harm the company.

Romney himself urged conservative business leaders this June to "make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections."

Before the Supreme Court's 5-4 Citizens United decision, it would have been illegal for a boss to tell an employee that "their job and their future" was on the ballot on Election Day. But the court now considers such electoral pressure an expression of free speech.

"Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision," Romney told the business owners associated with the National Federation of Independent Business, a political organization closely aligned to the Republican Party.

Romney's push to get businesses to pressure workers on Election Day is relatively new. Marc Wolpow, the former managing director at Bain Capital who worked under Romney, told HuffPost the future politician never pressured underlings to vote a certain way. "He was completely apolitical," he said. "There was absolutely no pressure."

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 12:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 12:07 p.m.

The letter from Koch industries does not mention any candidate, never threatened anybody's job and this type of communication has always been legal and is no way related to Citizens United.

frobert — November 3, 2012 at 12:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal

These Princeton Bayesian statisticians have Nate Silver's predictions for an Obama win outnumbered:

This is honored, reputable math, folks. Used to predict all sorts of things. The media have to keep the suspense going because otherwise, what the hell would they talk about?

The controversy about Nate Silver: he needs to publish his methods, like the Princeton boys do.
Otherwise, they generally agree: The Obama family will more than likely be able to keep their possessions in the White House.

manthou — November 3, 2012 at 12:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal

frobert — November 3, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.

Not according to the guy I saw on Channel 2 news last night. He even got a list of people he was supposed to vote for.

hawkeye — November 3, 2012 at 12:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal

A British tabloid, now that's a source I would trust (eye roll)

frobert — November 3, 2012 at 4:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Man... I'll be soooo happy when Tuesday comes and goes.

C'mon, let's talk about important stuff! Tuna fish; mixed with diced pickle or pickle relish?

Toasted bread or no? A slice of tomato?

Drift — November 3, 2012 at 4:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal

frobert- You know better.

frobert- I believe this site was the one that first obtained a copy of the letter and brought it to the publics attention. The letter isn't the whole story. The article includes a comment from an employee at the Camas Paper Mill...

[Enclosed with the letter was a flyer [PDF] listing Koch-endorsed candidates, beginning with Romney. Robertson’s letter explained: “At the request of many employees, we have also provided a list of candidates in your state that have been supported by Koch companies or by KOCHPAC, our employee political action committee.”

"The packet also included an anti-Obama editorial by Charles Koch [PDF] and a pro-Romney editorial by David Koch [PDF]. The letter went on to say, “We believe any decision about which candidates to support is—as always—yours and yours alone, based on the factors that are most important to you. Second, we do not support candidates based on their political affiliation.”

In the flyer sent to Oregon employees, all 14 Koch-backed state candidates were Republicans.]

nailingit — October 20, 2012 at 12:36 p.m. ( permalink | suggest removal | Ignore User )

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 4:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Relish for me drift. No toast or tomato, but whole wheat bread and really crunchy Iceberg lettuce.

See ya. I got to go to the store.

kn_dalai — November 3, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 4:24 p.m.

The letter was posted on on the day that it was sent. No news source "broke" the story. In the letter it urged employees to make their own choice based on what is important to them. The letter goes on to say that for those interested in the owners opinions and Kochpac's list of candidates that they were enclosed. I personally do not feel that is a good business decision to have your company too involved in politics, but it is protected speech and no threat either implicit or explicit was issued. People who are trying to make this an issue are just grasping at straws in a pathetic attempt to defame one of our countries largest employers. Koch industries employees 67,000 well paid Americans, and donated a billion dollars to truly philanthropic causes, liberals should stop trying to make villains out of them.

frobert — November 3, 2012 at 4:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal

SOME people can't read between the lines.

hawkeye — November 3, 2012 at 4:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Sorry Drift, I don't do tuna.

Peanut Butter and Bread-n-Butter pickles.

hawkeye — November 3, 2012 at 5:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal

*"Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary."*

~Blaise Pascal~

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 5:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal

**Shocking Poll - More than Two-Thirds of Republican Voters Believe in Demonic Possession
And less than half think humans are responsible for climate change.**

Less than one week away from the election, a terrifying new poll reveals that more than two-thirds of registered Republican voters believe that people can be possessed by demons.

A staggering 68 percent of registered Republican voters stated that they believe demonic possession is real. Meanwhile, only 48 percent of self-identified Republicans believe in another equally if not more scary natural phenomenon: climate change.

The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling, touted by NPR as “one of the most prolific polling outfits in the country.”

The survey was filled with enlightening gems about how the supernatural world may affect the upcoming presidential race. Women were slightly more likely than men to believe in demonic possession, although this gender gap is not nearly as wide as that of women’s preference for Obama.

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nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 6:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal

**Poll: Obama up 6 in Ohio, 2 in Fla.**

The Wall Street Journal, NBC News and Marist College produce the umpteenth poll of the week showing Barack Obama with a steady edge in Ohio and a very close race in Florida:

The surveys found the two battling neck-and-neck in Florida, with Mr. Obama drawing 49% support among likely voters to Mr. Romney's 47%.

Mr. Obama held a firmer lead in Ohio—51% to 45%, unchanged from mid-October—where the relatively more buoyant economy and the federal bailout of the auto industry appear to have solidified his support among a wide swath of voters.

In both states, Mr. Obama got high marks from all sides for his management of recovery efforts after the storm Sandy hit the East Coast. That tracks an array of polls taken in the past week suggesting that Mr. Romney's rise may have flattened out just before Sandy landed, an event that sucked national attention away from the campaign trail. In the Florida and Ohio polls, even a majority of Republican voters approved of Mr. Obama's handling of the storm's aftermath.

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 6:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal

"C'mon, let's talk about important stuff! Tuna fish; mixed with diced pickle or pickle relish?"

I'm into the relish-drained and sweet. Minced sweet onions, celery, and perhaps, black olives. I luv it as a substitute for the stuffing in a deviled egg, made with shrimp or crabmeat, better yet-c'mon Thanksgiving. As you might say, "good chit". Har, har.

As the election BS winds down, it all is starting to smell like old, very old tuna. I hope I don't need to elaborate on that. But the old joke of a chithouse door on a tuna boat comes to mind. Catch my drift?

mrd — November 3, 2012 at 6:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Well I guess that lets out Einstein, Bohr, Schroedinger, Heisenberg, and a host of others, as well as a new crop of theoreticians looking into string theeory, as all being small minded.

kn_dalai — November 3, 2012 at 6:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal

2.7 Reading The Context Of The Conversation And Deciding How Best To Respond

Just because we have the skills needed for effective dialogue doesn’t mean that we always use them well. Conversations are human activities rather than technical endeavours, so there are always ‘other things’ going on besides the messages being conveyed.

An effective Conversation Manager is skilled at ‘reading’ conversational situations and responding to them in thoughtful ways. Social wisdom and effective interpersonal communication are intimately related. Without effective communication skills and values, you cannot be socially competent. Without being socially competent, your skills can easily go astray. Although Mbono knows that he has the right to question one of his boss's decisions, he has sense enough to do it at a time and in a way that is likely to foster dialogue, rather than stimulate an angry reaction. Wisely, Mbono sees no value in annoying or embarrassing his boss. more @

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 7:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal

**'Romney Murdered JonBenét Ramsey,' New Obama Campaign Ad Alleges**

CHICAGO—With campaign rhetoric becoming increasingly heated and both presidential nominees releasing more attack ads, a new 30-second spot from the Obama campaign this week accuses his opponent Mitt Romney of committing the 1996 murder of 6-year-old beauty pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey.

Titled “He Did It,” the advertisement asks if anyone can truly remember where Romney was the night of the child’s murder, and whether the U.S. populace wants a president capable of strangling a little girl and dumping her body in her parents’ basement.

President Obama appears at the end of the advertisement to approve the message.

“I think this is a fair ad, and I think Mitt Romney owes an explanation to the American people as to why he murdered JonBenét Ramsey,” said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, who called the commercial’s black-and-white reenactment of Mitt Romney carrying a kicking and screaming child to her death “accurate.” “Ultimately, voters need to know who they’re getting with Mitt Romney: a job- and child-killing businessman who is so deceitful he won’t release his tax returns or admit to a senseless murder that shook the nation to its core.”

Scheduled to run in multiple swing states, with significant airtime in Ramsey’s home state of Colorado, the ad criticizes Romney not just for killing the prepubescent girl, but for going to extreme lengths to cover it up. It also states that Mitt Romney paid former school teacher John Mark Karr to falsely come forward as the murderer, and accuses the former Massachusetts governor of being a sex offender.

Over a silhouette of Romney walking away from the Ramsey mansion—blood dripping from his hands—the commercial’s narrator asks, “If Mitt Romney kept the murder of JonBenét a secret from the American people, what else is he hiding?”

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nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 7:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal


if you were hired an employee, gave him a complete and thorough situational briefing and all the assets necessary, and nothing was fixed after four years, what do you think should happen to him:

1. get another four years
2. get fired

i know what *i'd* do as manager.

DeeLittle — November 3, 2012 at 8:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal

"Care to show me some creditable scientific proof that humanity is solely responsible for climate change? Sure humanity has played its part albeit a small one. Currently we are at the end of an ice age and there is scientific proof of this. So how do we know that we are the sole reason behind climate change when most evidence points to natural causes. I am not disputing the fact that climate change is real, I just question to what extent humanity has played in it as a whole?"

Yea, you may be right. If you can accept the FACT of global warming, as undeniable -as per an overwhelming majority of scientists, but who are they? Just a bunch of partisian hacks-right? It seems the end conclusion of your position is that global warming is the way to go. and we can't do anything. Five feet of water in Staten Island, hey no problem. Burn those fossil fuels, ain't gonna hurt-yea right.

mrd — November 3, 2012 at 9:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal

mrd — November 3, 2012 at 9:13 p.m.

Just out of curiosity where did you get your "overwhelming majority of scientists" claim? As for a category 1 hurricane hitting the mid Atlantic region, it happened before global warming and it will continue to happen. We are currently in an unprecedented lull in hurricane activity. It has been 7 years since a category 3 or greater storm has hit the U.S. the longest run in recorded history.

frobert — November 3, 2012 at 9:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal

WARNING. Contains adult language. (Well, actually, it may be better referred to as childish language.)

kn_dalai — November 3, 2012 at 9:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal

My favorite of all time:

I have long contended that Leftists are just plain angry.

kn_dalai — November 3, 2012 at 10:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal

*Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.*

~Eleanor Roosevelt~

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 10:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Inside the dastardly workings of a powerful union, the AGU...

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 10:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Whatever happened to Mr. Weiner anyway? Such a good representative for Democrats.

kn_dalai — November 3, 2012 at 10:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.

Exactly. You got that quote from crazytrain. Considering your prolific, dare I say multitudinous posts on Romney, and others, you , more than any other should understand the small minds part of that. No offense or anything.

kn_dalai — November 3, 2012 at 10:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal

kn_d @ 10:22 *You got that quote from crazytrain.*

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

~Eleanor Roosevelt~

Very small indeed...

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 10:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.

Big deal.

Crazytrain posted that same quote last week.

kn_dalai — November 3, 2012 at 10:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people; pea brains discuss avatars :)


nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 10:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal

WHAT? AH...HAHAHA. Nothing else to say?

From the avatar king himself. You're killing me! AH..HAHAHA.

Nightie night Henry.

kn_dalai — November 3, 2012 at 10:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Night Dennis...

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 10:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal

*Let them alone: they are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.*


**Beck Acts as a Bridge Between Romney and Evangelical Christians**

Although Mr. Beck’s national media profile has waned since he left Fox News last year, his support among his core audience remains strong. “The Glenn Beck Program” is typically the third-most-popular talk-news radio show, after “The Rush Limbaugh Show” and “The Sean Hannity Show.” In September, an agreement was reached with Dish Network to bring Mr. Beck’s online network, The Blaze, to traditional television.

Mr. Beck’s unique position as both a Mormon and a prominent voice among evangelicals has been too tempting for Mr. Romney’s campaign to pass up. Campaign officials have quietly courted Mr. Beck, according to a person briefed on his meetings with campaign surrogates who could not discuss private conversations publicly. Mr. Beck declined to comment for this article.

Last month, Mr. Beck, along with former Vice President Dick Cheney and Mr. Romney’s son Josh, headlined a Dallas fund-raiser that brought in more than $250,000 for the Romney Victory committee, and on Friday Mr. Beck held a rally in Columbus, Ohio, intended to influence voters in that swing state. On Saturday, he attended Mr. Romney’s rally in Dubuque, Iowa.

Stalwart conservatives who support the Romney-Ryan ticket, like Representative Louie Gohmert, Republican of Texas; Rick Santorum, a former senator and Republican presidential candidate; and retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin, have appeared on Mr. Beck’s program not so much to tout Mr. Romney directly as to discuss hot-button political issues like the handling of the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Mostly Mr. Beck has helped Mr. Romney by directly addressing his devout Mormon faith, something the candidate himself rarely does. “I believe Mr. Romney prays on his knees every day,” Mr. Beck said recently on his radio program. “I believe he is being guided.” He has also said that a Romney victory would be “a sign from God.”


David Neff, editor in chief of Christianity Today, said that while evangelical Christians have no problem with Mormon politicians like Senators Harry Reid of Nevada and Orrin D. Hatch of Utah, a Mormon president would “mainstream a religion they’d like to keep marginalized.”

That fear of making Mormonism mainstream is perhaps the biggest difference between evangelicals’ willingness to accept a Mormon TV pundit who shares their views, as opposed to a Mormon presidential candidate.

nailingit — November 3, 2012 at 11:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal

fix·a·tion noun \fik-ˈsā-shən\

Definition of FIXATION

: the act, process, or result of fixing, fixating, or becoming fixated: as
a : a persistent concentration of libidinal energies upon objects characteristic of psychosexual stages of development preceding the genital stage

b : stereotyped behavior (as in response to frustration)

c : an obsessive or unhealthy preoccupation or attachment

See fixation defined for kids »

Examples of FIXATION

First Known Use of FIXATION

14th century
Related to FIXATION

Synonyms: fetish (also fetich), idée fixe, mania, obsession, preoccupation, prepossession
Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal
Rhymes with FIXATION

aeration, Alsatian, carnation, castration, causation, cessation, cetacean, citation, Claymation, cognation, collation, conflation, C ratio...

nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 12:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Oh yeah! Minced onion... I'd spaced that out. Thanks, mrd.

Lettuce I can take or leave, kn_dalai, but if I take, I'm with you on the crisp.

I'm not much of a peanut butter fan, hawk. When I do indulge I prefer regular butter on the other bread slice. Hey, I have close friends what do the pickle! I mean, I'm not prejudiced or nuthin' ;^)

Drift — November 4, 2012 at 6:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal

No tuna for me, grilled pastrami with sauteed peppers and onions good cheese on rye.

frobert — November 4, 2012 at 7:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Oh yeah, fro! Well, up until the rye. I'm not much of a rye fan, unless it's in a glass ;^)

Drift — November 4, 2012 at 7:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal

**Michael Tomasky on the Coming Post-Election GOP Freak Out**

*If Romney loses on Tuesday, watch for the right’s outrage machine to kick into high gear.*

Yes, it's strange. And it's made all the stranger because I would imagine that outside the political realm, most conservatives are pretty reasonable people who accept outcomes just like the rest of us. If their team loses the Super Bowl, or their kid's project doesn't win the science fair, or even if they get passed over for that promotion, most conservatives surely are unhappy, as anyone would be, but they fundamentally accept the legitimacy of the outcome.

But not in politics. In the political realm, we have this hate machine, this massive propaganda apparatus, that tells conservatives that any turn of bad luck is not merely bad luck but the result of a conspiracy that society has hatched against them. Thus, Mitt Romney--whom conservatives used to hate, before they were forced to embrace him--has made no mistakes on the campaign trail. The furor over the 47 percent remarks, the two debate losses, and much else--these aren't signs of his misjudgment or fallibility. To conservatives, they're all part of the broader plot against him, and more importantly against them.

nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 8:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal

**Psychology of Internet Trolls: Researchers Explain Rise of Cyberbullying and Why People Seem Angrier on the Internet**

Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital, theorizes that people feel a freedom of speech that they cannot feel elsewhere, where there are few, if any, consequences.

There has been a lot of analysis of the victims of the cyber-bullying that can run rampant on various internet websites. It has been well-documented that victims suffer from decreased self-esteem. But very little seems to be concluded about the perpetrators themselves. Who are trolls? And why do they do it?

Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital, theorizes that people feel a freedom of speech that they cannot feel elsewhere, where there are few, if any, consequences. Indeed, the vast majority of people who shout venomous words in all caps on the internet do not face any repercussions. When schools, for example, try to dole out punishment for perpetrators of cyberbullying, some are met with cries of foul play.



**Romney Campaign, Allies Unleash Torrent Of Anti-Obama Robocalls**

WASHINGTON -- The Mitt Romney campaign and allied groups have released a series of automated phone calls to close out the presidential election, accusing President Barack Obama of attacking religious groups and threatening the economic livelihood of U.S. armed forces.

The calls, passed along by Shaun Dakin of, aren't as explosive as the one The Huffington Post reported on earlier this week, which called the president a "threat to religious freedom." But they do reflect the type of try-anything approach that the Romney campaign and conservative groups have adopted in the closing days of the campaign.

nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 8:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Insightful article into the strange world of those who get their jollies harassing posters.

**Internet trolls can’t help themselves**

**Why does anonymity and an audience bring out the absolute worst in people?**

One website breaks trolls into categories: the hater, the moral crusader, the debunker, the defender. But trolls might not retain those qualities in real life. It’s just that the Internet’s anonymity makes it impossible for them to resist spewing vitriol from the protective cave of cyberspace. Psychologists call it the “disinhibition effect,” in which “the frequency of self-interested unethical behavior increases among anonymous people.” Non-academics refer to it as “John Gabriel’s Greater Internet F-wad Theory”: the combination of anonymity and an audience brings out the absolute worst in people.

“Social psychologists have known for decades that, if we reduce our sense of our own identity–a process called de-individuation–we are less likely to stick to social norms,” wrote Michael Marshall in New Scientist. “The same thing happens with online communication…Psychologically, we are ‘distant’ from the person we’re talking to and less focused on our own identity. As a result we’re more prone to aggressive behavior.”

nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 8:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Anthropologically caused or not, would you say, crazy, that spewing a bunch of stuff into the atmosphere is probably not a good idea?

What'a ya say we do our darnedest to do minimize the emissions and let the planet sort it out from there? That couldn't hurt, could it?

Drift — November 4, 2012 at 10:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Drift — November 4, 2012 at 10:39 a.m.

I do agree that keeping our atmosphere as clean as possible is a good idea. That being said the Venus comparison is a non starter, all carbon dioxide from fossil fuels came from the atmosphere in the first place. If it was sufficient to cause runaway greenhouse effect it would have happened in the Carboniferous period, when all that carbon was in the atmosphere.

frobert — November 4, 2012 at 10:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal

**'SNL' Mocks 'Fox & Friends' And Republicans' Sandy Response With Louis C.K. (VIDEO)**

"Saturday Night Live" brought back their spot-on "Fox & Friends" parody on this week's show, mocking Fox News wrapping their collective heads around a national emergency during a presidential election. As always, Gretchen Carlson and Steve Doocy (Vanessa Bayer and Taran Killam) fail to understand how President Obama could possibly act responsibly, and Brian Kilmeade (Bobby Moynihan) continues to be a bumbling idiot. Only on "SNL," of course.

Louis C.K. also shows up as a FEMA responder, and Jason Sudeikis plays Donald Trump to perfection. So there's that, too.

nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 11:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal

crazytrain — November 4, 2012 at 9:22 a.m

I completely agree. We may "contribute" to some of the climate change but all in all I think it's a natural progression of the way things are. I think it all comes down to the fact that the Earth is not completely round and that causes things to happen that nobody can control. Of course, I might be totally off my rocker on this but it's as good of a theory as any.

hawkeye — November 4, 2012 at 11:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal

**Puppets protest Romney threat to US public broadcasting**

WASHINGTON — Puppets urged politicians Saturday to keep up federal funding for US public broadcasting after Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney threatened to pull the plug on Big Bird and friends.

Organizers of the Million Puppet March on Capitol Hill in support of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television and National Public Radio (NPR) put the turnout at around 1,000 people, three days before the US presidential vote.
Characters from the children's show "Sesame Street" -- a PBS staple since the network's founding in 1970 -- figured prominently, including two Big Birds, many Kermits and Elmos, and a Miss Piggy grooving to "Dancing in the Streets."

But the family-friendly rally on a chilly and cloudy day also attracted a frisky marionette of President Barack Obama and a blue-suited protester in a Mitt Romney mask jammed into a trash can with Big Bird on his back.

There was no shortage of sometimes witty placards, like "Keep your Mitts off Big Bird," "puppets for peace" and, on the arm of a middle-aged gentleman with a skunk puppet, "Romney smells funny."

"We're just making it clear that public media matters and it's something that we want to see supported and we still want to see federal funding of," said co-organizer Michael Bellavia, a Los Angeles animation producer.

"We think the system that's there now works, where it's a mix of private and public financing," he told AFP.

Triggering the protest was Romney's pledge, during a televised election debate with Obama last month, that he would end federal support for PBS and its 354 non-profit member stations if we wins the White House race.

"I like PBS. I love Big Bird," said Romney, name-checking the leggy yellow character who teaches the alphabet on "Sesame Street," but warning: "I'm gonna stop the subsidy to PBS."
PBS was not involved in organizing Saturday's protest, but it has said the "federal investment" in public broadcasting is only "about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget."

Craig Aaron, chief executive of Free Press, a media advocacy group, put the figure Saturday at $440 million per year, or about $1.50 per American -- less than a cup of coffee.
Even that amount covers only 15 percent of the total cost of public television and radio in a nation where big corporations dominate broadcasting. Donations from individuals and foundations make up most of the rest.

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nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 12:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Rep. Paul Ryan Passed Two Bills During 13 Years As Congressman

Paul Ryan, recently announced as Mitt Romney‘s running mate, has spent about 13 years in Congress. During that time, only two of his bills have become law.

One of those bills came in July 2000 and renamed a post office in Ryan’s district. As the Huffington Post notes, the “post office on 1818 Milton Ave. in Janesville, Wis., is now known as Les Aspin Post Office Building.”

The other came in December 2008, when Ryan tackled the excise tax on arrows (bows and arrows). His bill “amended the Internal Revenue Code to impose a 39-cent tax per arrow shaft, instead of a 12.4 percent tax on the sales price.” (Ryan himself is a bowhunter and took a personal interest in passing that bill.)

Over at the Washington Post, Dylan Matthews notes that Ryan has proposed “many, many bills.” Specifically:

Looking through the Library of Congress’s records, I counted 71 bills or amendments that Ryan has sponsored 71 bills or amendments and 971 bills that he has co-sponsored. That’s a lot of legislation, and some of it is pretty interesting.

That story then delves into his non-budget policy record, which ranges from the issues of energy and line-item veto, to health care and the Federal Reserve. While Ryan is sure to face criticism for having passed two bills in over a decade, it may be more worthwhile to develop a better understanding of the views demonstrated in those proposals.

hawkeye — November 4, 2012 at 5:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal

**The middle part got cut out**

Looking through the Library of Congress’s records, I counted 71 bills or amendments that Ryan has sponsored 71 bills or amendments and 971 bills that he has co-sponsored. That’s a lot of legislation, and some of it is pretty interesting.

hawkeye — November 4, 2012 at 5:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal

*Ryan is winding down a campaign based in fear and lies.*

**Paul Ryan To Social Conservatives: 'Religious Freedom' At Risk If Obama Is Reelected**

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) used some of the precious remaining hours of the 2012 campaign to reach out to social conservative voters in a town hall-style call on Sunday night, warning that "Judeo-Christian" values were at risk if President Barack Obama is reelected.

"This is a huge election," said Ryan. "Please know that Mitt Romney and I understand the stakes. We understand the stakes of where this country is headed. We understand the stakes of our fundamental freedoms being on the line, like religious freedom -- such as how they're being compromised in Obamacare."

The call was organized by Ralph Reed's socially conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition. The call was originally scheduled for Oct. 25, but was then rescheduled for Sunday night.

Ryan added that Obama's vision was "a path that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty and compromises those values -- those Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values that made us a great and exceptional nation in the first place."

nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 7:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal

nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 7:31 p.m.

How is that any more "fear and lies" than the official Obama ads that claim Romney will outlaw abortion?

frobert — November 4, 2012 at 7:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal

**Florida Early Voting Fiasco: Voters Wait For Hours At Polls As Rick Scott Refuses To Budge**

WASHINGTON -- Once again, Florida and its problems at the polls are at the center of an election.

Early voting is supposed to make it easier for people to carry out their constitutional right. Tuesdays are notoriously inconvenient to take off work, so many states have given voters the option of turning out on weekends or other weekdays in the run-up to Election Day.

But in Florida this year, it has been a nightmare for voters, who have faced record wait times, long lines in the sun and a Republican governor, Rick Scott, who has refused to budge and extend early voting hours.


A major reason there are so many problems at the polls is that last year, Florida's GOP-controlled legislature shortened the number of early voting days from 14 to eight, meaning all early voters are trying to cast their ballots in a shorter window. Previously, Floridians were allowed to vote on the Sunday before Election Day -- a day that typically had high traffic.

But losing that final Sunday isn't the only problem. Smith said that he and Dartmouth professor Michael Herron found that in 2008, voters 65 or older were much more likely to cast ballots in the first five days of early voting than members of other age groups, alleviating some of the pressure at the polls in the remaining days. Those extra days, however, are gone this year, leading to a compression that the system has been unable to handle.

Scott has refused to extend early voting hours, essentially arguing that there is no problem, despite calls from Democrats, independent groups and even a Republican elections supervisor. He is arguing that he can extend early voting hours only when there is a true emergency -- like a natural disaster -- that warrants it.

"I'm focused on making sure that we have fair, honest elections," said Scott. "One thing to know, these early voting days and on Election Day, if you're there by the time the polls close, you get to vote."

Scott has some of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in the nation. In recent Quinnipiac poll, just 39 percent of Floridians said they approved of the job he is doing. Scott, unlike many other GOP governors, has not hit the campaign trail much on behalf of Mitt Romney.

nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 7:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal

frobert — November 4, 2012 at 7:48 p.m.

I would say, one is a lie and the other (your post, fro) is the truth.

hawkeye — November 4, 2012 at 7:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Please.....feel free to point out falsehoods.

nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 8:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal

Romney rally attendees allegedly not being allowed to leave (to keep numbers high) in spite of the cold and their children's discomfort. They are asking reporters for help.

Read these tweets:

manthou — November 4, 2012 at 8:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal;=related

Solid discussion about Romney, Mormonism and faith influencing politics.

nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 8:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal

manthou- Amazing stuff! I hope main stream media picks this up. Imagine this guy as President! :((

nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 8:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal

*From the Salt Lake Tribune! Invoking the White Horse Prophecy!! Buyer Beware!!!*

**Mitt’s bid: Would his loss crush Mormon backers?**

So what happens if Romney — the first Mormon heading a major-party ticket and the faith’s best shot at the White House so far — loses the Nov. 6 election?

For some Mormons, Romney’s bid is more than just a political contest, it’s almost a matter of religious destiny, an event rooted in the faith’s belief of the major role Mormons will play in saving the world in troubled times.

"In some ways, it’s just as simple as having your culture, your faith voted on," says Joanna Brooks, an LDS author. "Especially for Mormons in the American West, Mitt Romney presents the most prominent mainstream face of Mormon culture."

Downside » Come Election Day, Romney could win the White House, breaking through the glass ceiling several Mormons have attempted before. But if he doesn’t, the disappointment felt by the losing side could be more devastating for millions of faithful nationwide.

"I never stopped to consider that God had put him here at this time to preserve America, but it could be," says Candace Salima, an Orem Republican and Mormon who adds she has been fasting and praying for Romney to win. "I believe that if Mitt Romney does not win the election on Nov. 6, we will finish our slide all the way into a European socialist democracy."

Salima says a Romney loss would be painful for more than just Mormons, but notes the sting may hurt most for the faithful who believe the U.S. Constitution is divinely inspired and that Romney, as a member of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, believes so, too.

White horse ‘prophecy’ » While it’s not official church doctrine, some members of the LDS faith have cited the so-called White Horse Prophecy, a lore that in the last days Mormon elders would save the Constitution that would "hang by a thread."

nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 9:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal

manthou — November 4, 2012 at 8:19 p.m.

Even an midnight it was 41 degrees there, I have no idea how frostbite or hypothermia could happen.

frobert — November 4, 2012 at 9:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal

manthou — November 4, 2012 at 8:19 p.m.

Even an midnight it was 41 degrees there, I have no idea how frostbite or hypothermia could happen.

frobert — November 4, 2012 at 9:27 p.m.

*Hope this helps.....*


By Mayo Clinic staff

Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it produces it. The most common causes of hypothermia are exposure to cold-weather conditions or cold water. But prolonged exposure to any environment colder than your body can lead to hypothermia if you aren't dressed appropriately or can't control the conditions. Specific conditions leading to hypothermia can include:

Wearing clothes that aren't warm enough for weather conditions
Staying out in the cold too long
Unable to get out of wet clothes or move to a warm, dry location
Accidental falls in water, as in a boating accident
Inadequate heating in the home, especially for older people and infants
Air conditioning that is too cold, especially for older people and infants

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nailingit — November 4, 2012 at 9:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal

***Gotta love real logic***

Obama's Sunday evening rally was the second-to-last time he will campaign in this state that both he and Republican Mitt Romney view as crucial to winning the election Tuesday.

Joining the president was musician Stevie Wonder, who entertained the crowd before Obama's speech and played a set when he finished. Between numbers, Wonder slammed Romney for comments he made last spring at a closed-door fundraiser about how "47 percent" of the population who would never support him.

"When I hear somebody talking about the 47 percent don't matter, that's unacceptable," Wonder said.

While he played the piano, Wonder went on to discuss abortion policy before continuing his set.

"Men are making an issue about the woman's body," Wonder said. "The reality is, I know--and all us men in here know--that if women were taking control of our bodies making decisions, we wouldn't like that. Is this too real or can you handle it?"

hawkeye — November 4, 2012 at 10:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal

happy winter all you greenies

DeeLittle — November 5, 2012 at 12:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Note to all progressive forward thinking folks, it's getting close! Don't forget to vote!

nailingit — November 5, 2012 at 8:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal

fro: I used the qualifier "allegedly" for a reason. :) Then I posted the link so others could read and decide for themselves.

I am fully aware that some (not all) reporters, in the heat of the moment, tend to sensationalize. It is kinda my annoying mantra on here.

manthou — November 5, 2012 at 8:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal

Fascinating look into Mitt Romney and his views on abortion. Thin skinned to the max. Imagine this guys short fuse when the camera's aren't rolling.

nailingit — November 5, 2012 at 8:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal

***All this coming from a guy who is second fiddle to another guy who says God is living on another planet. Planet Kolob! Hey maybe we can send a Mars rover there!***

(Reuters) - In a telephone call with evangelical voters Sunday night, U.S. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told potential voters that President Barack Obama's path for the United States compromises Judeo-Christian values.

The comment came during the final sprint for the U.S. election on Tuesday.

Speaking to the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a leading group of Christian conservatives, Ryan attacked Obama's vision in stark terms.

In the campaign's last week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Ryan, his running mate, have argued that if elected, they would end partisan divisiveness and work with Democrats to find solutions in Washington.

"It's a dangerous path," Ryan said of Obama's plan for the United States. "It's a path that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty, and compromises those values, those Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values that made us such a great and exceptional nation in the first place."

Routinely on the stump, Ryan says that the president's policies, particularly his 2010 healthcare restructuring, also known as "Obamacare," curb religious freedom.

"He was talking about issues like religious liberty and 'Obamacare' - topics he has mentioned frequently during the campaign," said Romney campaign spokesman Michael Steel.

In the phone call on Sunday, Ryan discussed the importance of his Roman Catholic faith in his life.

After a weekend of cross-country barnstorming, Ryan concludes the campaign in his home state of Wisconsin with a late-night rally in Milwaukee on Monday

hawkeye — November 5, 2012 at 9:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal

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