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Man Tied To Va. GOP Arrested In Voter Form Destruction
Let me emphasize where this is taking place. This happened in Harrisonburg…Rockingham County…the more-or-less “heart” of the Bible Belt of western Virginia. It shows the desperation of Virginia Republicans to have this crap going on under their watch.
An interesting approach to getting out the vote.
This incident is another clear example that neither Ryan nor Romney have a clue what everyday people in this country are facing. They claim to believe that not for profit charitable organizations like this one need to pick up a bigger share of the burden of caring for the poor. Their actions endanger the survival of such organizations.
Romney: ‘My Job Is To Lay Out Positive Vision for the Future, Media’s Job Is To Make Sure No One Finds Out About It’
Romney KILLED it last night. The people LOVED him. Obama…meh.
In 2008, Harrisonburg voted 58 percent for Obama. It shocked the Republican Party up there. Nobody could remember any Democratic presidential candidate doing so well in that city.
@Dan #4…I didn’t know that stat!
I’d like to add that it’s always been my theory that one of the main reasons why Virginia swung Democratic in the Presidential election in 2008, and it may happen again in 2012, is that the military families in Virginia, especially those living in the Hampton Roads area and along the I-95 corridor between Richmond and DC, they are tired of the “endless war” the Republican Party keeps advocating for. Want to send troops back to Iraq? Vote for Romney. Want to start a new war, this time with Iran? Vote for Romney. I believe this rhetoric sickens most Virginia military families. I should know…my brother served two tours, one in Afghanistan, and one in Kuwait/Iraq, and I’m sick of it.
@4 – even when republicans pretend to be funny, they still whine…
I heard that a poll in Albermarle County is tied now. Isn’t that where liberal UVA and Charlotteville are?
You can tell they are desperate when they proudly link to newsbusters as if they were a legitimate news site. “Low effort” does not begin to cover it.
Romney was smiling the whole time. People LOVED his bit. Obama…meh.
Good article talking about the dangers of science deniers. As the article said, scientific innovation has been the nation’s leading driver of economic progress since WWII.
“Science denialism among Democrats tends to be motivated by unsupported suspicions of hidden dangers to health and the environment. … Republican science denialism tends to be motivated by antiregulatory fervor and fundamentalist concerns over control of the reproductive cycle. … Of these two forms of science denialism, the Republican version is more dangerous because the party has taken to attacking the validity of science itself as a basis for public policy when science disagrees with its ideology.
It gives me no pleasure to say this. My family founded the Minnesota Republican Party. But much of the Republican Party has adopted an authoritarian approach that demands ideological conformity, even when contradicted by scientific evidence, and ostracizes those who do not conform.”
#4 Did you watch the whole thing, LC? And do you really think Romney or Obama wrote those jokes themselves?
But aren’t the Republicans the party of moral values? How can they be doing these sleazy things?
Yes I did. I watched all of it.
I don’t care if they wrote them. Romney was funny. People LOVED him. Obama…meh.
I’m sure we all have relatives we’d prefer to keep under the rug so to speak. Many of my cousins think that about me.
It appears that Mitt Romney has a few of those folks in his family tree as well.
Come on down to the GO FEST this weekend. The water is FREE. There will also be some cool activities and demos.
Debbie, at one time the Republicans did have a decent claim to being above-board on ethics, but that time has passed. They finally realized it’s easier and more lucrative to be as sleazy and dirty as possible, because they won’t get caught on all of it…and the gains they can make on what they don’t get caught on usually far outweigh the losses they do get hit with.
It’s simple cost-benefit analysis…the same sort of calculation that companies use when determining what corners can be cut on projects or compliance with regulations, without being too obvious, that can increase the bottom line profits, with minimal risk of exposure to negative press or fines.
Well there goes another republican [made-up] meme about the President being weak on China….
WTO Hands Obama Victory in U.S.- China Steel Case
“The World Trade Organization barred China on Thursday from imposing duties on certain U.S. steel exports, siding with U.S. President Barack Obama in a dispute with Beijing over a type of steel made in two election battleground states.
The case involved duties imposed by China on “grain-oriented electrical steel,” which is used in the cores of high-efficiency transformers, electric motors and generators. The steel is made by AK Steel Corp of Ohio and ATI Allegheny Ludlum of Pennsylvania.
Although the specialty steel case is tiny compared with other trade disputes with Beijing, the WTO ruling gave Obama a timely win as he defends himself against accusations by his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, that he is soft on China.”
The beat goes on: http://tinyurl.com/9jh4r8y
Cleared by DNA: No. 300
By: Times-Dispatch Staff | Times-Dispatch
Published: October 19, 2012
Damon Thibodeaux spent 15 years on death row in Louisiana’s Angola prison. He was locked in solitary 23 hours a day. Recently he walked out, a free man.
DNA evidence is helpful in clearing wrongful convictions for a small percentage of crimes, but most crimes do not produce DNA evidence. How many innocents are rotting behind bars — while the perpetrators laugh at the system from the comfort of home?
Suzie’s idol back in the news: http://tinyurl.com/9dn3mql
Sandusky filing says trial violated his rights
By: ASSOCIATED PRESS | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Published: October 19, 2012
BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky launched his effort to overturn his child sexual abuse convictions with a set of motions that said there wasn’t enough evidence against him and the trial wasn’t fair.
Lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach filed a 31-page document Thursday that attacked rulings by the judge, the closing argument by the prosecution and the speed by which he went from arrest to trial.
“The defendant submits the court’s sentence was excessive and tantamount … to a life sentence, which the defendant submits is in violation of his rights,” his lawyers wrote.
Since Romney is so naturally funny, he would be the perfect choice to host SNL on January 19th, the night before Obama starts his 2nd term.
OK folk from the http://tinyurl.com/8q9rp9d , http://tinyurl.com/8wx5nls , http://tinyurl.com/9dysrta , etc threads, brush out your ideas and go for the bucks: http://tinyurl.com/8v6qrqp
Feds offer $50,000 prize for new plan to block robocalls
By Tod Sperry, CNN
updated 8:16 PM EDT, Thu October 18, 2012
√ A $50,000 prize will go to the best proposal to block illegal commercial robocalls
√ “The winner of our challenge will become a national hero,” an FTC official says
√ The automated calls are a top consumer complaint, according to the FCC
√ FTC: “Shady telemarketers” place thousands of calls each minute
Hold the presses Merriam-Webster.
At GMU, Obama says Romney suffers ‘Romnesia’
By: Olympia Meola | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Published: October 19, 2012
In his second appearance at George Mason University in three weeks, President Barack Obama on Friday hammered women’s issues, telling the crowd that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has “Romnesia.”
“He’s changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping,” he said, “we’ve got to name this condition that he’s going through. I think it’s called Romnesia.”
“Since Romney is so naturally funny, he would be the perfect choice to host SNL on January 19th, the night before Obama starts his 2nd term”
Oh, for the second time, obama is going back to community organizing huh?
Holy Mackerel – Utah’s largest circulation newspaper, “The Salt Lake Tribune”, just endorsed President Obama….
Too Many Mitts
Obama has earned another term
“…Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people.”
“In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.”
“Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: “Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?”
Just attended a very good lecture by Dr. Mark Lynch concerning the Middle East. Lots of great points about the Arab Spring, how it came about, what brought it to a halt, how it happened independently of US. He also explained the differences in Libya and Syria as to US involvement. Perhaps the greatest difference is rebels in Libya had developed into a working group with united leaders in a fairly organized location. In Syria, all attempts to organize the groups have failed. They simply do not get along or trust each other. Each fears that if Assad is overthrown, the other groups will wipe out the other groups.
Secondly, Libya was a military dream for the air campaign. Libya’s air defense was easily wiped out, Syria has a much better and more spread out defense system. Libya’s rebellion was along the coast with easy access for planes from Cypress, Syria is not. Libya’s rebellion moved up and down the coast between cities for the most part. Syria’s rebellion is mostly in the cities and requires door to door fighting. And lastly, we pretty much knew the fighters in Libya and what they stood for and in arming them we had relative control over those arms. In Syria, the many groups hate each other. We would lose control of the arms and after Assad is gone, the arms may be used to kill those in other groups, Christians specifically, and the arms would probably fall into hands of the many terrorist groups for use against airliners, Israel, and others.
Accordingly, you have to wonder why 80% of D.C. is listening to Romney, McCain, and Lindsey Graham and are strongly pushing for US involvement.
We have no strategic interest in Syria. Perhaps Romney and friends want Bibi Netanyahu as their Secretary of State.
OJ, my comment was sarcastic, but your reply is spot on.
Subject matter aside, how do you feel about partisan, non-DOJ, taxpayer-funded lawsuits — namely suits to defend the law-of-the-land brought by Congress, itself.
On the one-hand, I agree that individual politicians and parties have standing in such cases. I agree that such legal tactics ensure that the courts, not just the POTUS, would decide the constitutionality of enacted law. I also, understand that DOMA was “the will of the Congress” and, therefore, “Congress” as a body has standing.
But on-the-other hand I object to our taxes paying for both sides of an essentially partisan argument.
I know that in contentious issues it is hard to leave the subject matter aside. However, is it time to revise the “standing” in such cases, limit the amount available for such cases, modify the Congressional rules and procedures to require a super-majority to spend taxes on such cases, etc.
October 19, 2012
Crunch time coming up for GOP’s DOMA fight
House Republicans have paid Washington law firm Bancroft nearly $1.5 million in the past two years to have former solicitor general Paul Clement defend the Defense of Marriage Act in federal courts. So far, they have lost all six decisions in district or circuit cases.
House Democrats say the Republicans must now decide whether to keep paying Bancroft, after another high-profile loss Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. The U.S. Supreme Court is also considering whether to take up DOMA this term.
The contract with Bancroft was capped at $1.5 million. House Democrats released statistics this week showing that the legal bills – including $750,000 this year – have reached just $50,000 short of that amount as of mid-October.
“It is time for the Speaker and Congressional Republicans to drop their frivolous, taxpayer-funded lawsuits without any delay,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a written statement. “When they do, we will all look forward to the day when DOMA is relegated to the dustbin of history once and for all.”
Funny thing. I watched that entire Al Smith dinner thing too. And every time Romney tried to tell q joke he got this pained expression on his face
that seemed to be saying “I can’t believe I’m doing this”. He seemed totally uncomfortable during his whole performance. And in a format where the participants typically take two or three shots at theirm opponent and spend the rest of the time poking fun at themselves or others, The Mittster got super aggressive like the bully he is and 90% of his “jokes” were shots at Obama.. The only thing he seemed to think was funny about himself was the fact that he doesn’t drink. I doubt if a roomful of Irish Cathoklics felt there was too much humor in that.
Before opening this link note who you think the biggest R & D donor is.
FWIIW, I missed both.
Bonus point if you know the ratio of the two’s donation:
a) 1:2 to 1:4.9
b) 1:5 to 1:9.9
c) 1:10 to 1:14.9
d) 1:15 or greater
19 October 2012 Last updated at 14:04 ET
Top 10 US political donors
Here’s a guide to the biggest political donors in the 2012 US election, which is on track to the most expensive ever.
Interesting that the top five Republican donors have given over 70 million dollars and the top five Democrat donors gave just over 10 million. And all the Republican donors are guys who have an interest in lessening regulations to allow them to be either bigger polluters or make obscene billions from gambling enterprises. This comes as no shock or surprise.
I’m not trying to start a gun thread, but I thought the article linked below was interesting. Maybe the NRA wishes Obama had been elected in 2004??
The top Republican donor is the guy from Vegas whose name I think is Adelson. The top Democrat donor is a Hollywood producer whose name I can’t remember.
Stories I’ve previously read say that Adelson is in the neighborhood of $35 million in contributions. The movie producer I think is less than $3 million. So I guess the ratio is about 11 or 12 to 1.
That’s the best guess I can come up with.
hey dave, I’ve watched last night’s Al Smith dinner affair several times now, BECAUSE I enjoy watching obama roast himself. Yeah…..I taped it. sheesh.
What Al Smith dinner are you talking about?
The largest newspapers in Florida, Colorado & Utah all endorsed Pres. Obama for re-election today. Could be critical in the days ahead.
I’m talking about the one you said you watched but clearly didn’t understand.
Romney had 2 good jokes at the Al Smith dinner. The first was a reference to Sesame Street, when he said, “this is brought to you by the letter O and $16 trillion.” The second was when he said Pope Benedict pulled Obama aside for advice on how to deal with critics, and the president said, “Do what I do — just blame everything on Pope John Paul.”
The rest of the jokes were bad, and Romney was stiff, stiff, stiff.
Obama’s jokes were much better and smoother.
ohho, dave! I KNOW what a guy looks like when he’s roasting himself! And, if’n you DON’T know, he’ll look just like obama looked last night!
young and stupid HANNAH SCHLEUPNER ROANOKE
stick to something you understand sweetie, like dating, makeup and math.
So much for conservative kindness and charitable giving.
This is pretty standard stuff from folks like LC and frankie wankie. Romney looked so bad next to Obama that they have to come out and claim the opposite.
I really enjoyed watching the Al Smith dinner remarks for the following reasons:
1. I got to laugh at Romney skewer obama.., again, and again, and again.
2. And, I got to laugh AT obuma…over, and over, and over, again.
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