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  • U.S. poverty headed toward 50-year high.
  • Americans consider Romney’s business experience an asset, not a liability, by a two-to-one margin.
  • Business owner who took umbrage at Obama’s “you didn’t build that” line got $800,000 in tax-exempt revenue bonds from his state, hundreds of thousands more in federal loans and matching funds (natch).
  • Obama speaks directly to swing voters, asks them to choose between him and Romney, not to vote against the status quo.
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explained I cannot believe that a stay at home mom can get paid $6574

in a few weeks on the computer. did you see this page


Poll:  James Holmes preferred over 3xfire3 to handle sanity.

THE UNIVERSE -- Despite his repeated and concerted efforts to convince the

public at large that he is sane, competent, and has accomplished anything in his life more significant than two bowel movements in one day, the public continues to believe that 3xfire3 is a certifiable lunatic who, because of his lying obfuscations and continued detachment from reality, should be kept under sedation and in a locked room.


Richard aka Besch,

What has lead to your obsession with bodily functions? Was it a case of traumatic toilet training?


Poll: Romney preferred over Obama to handle the economy


WASHINGTON – Despite concerted Democratic attacks on his business record, Republican challenger Mitt Romney scores a significant advantage over President Obama when it comes to managing the economy, reducing the federal budget deficit and creating jobs, a national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.


By more than 2-1, 63%-29%, those surveyed say Romney's background in business, including his tenure at the private equity firm Bain Capital, would cause him to make good decisions, not bad ones, in dealing with the nation's economic problems over the next four years.

The findings raise questions about Obama's strategy of targeting Bain's record in outsourcing jobs and hammering Romney for refusing to commit to releasing more than two years of his tax returns. Instead, Americans seem focused on the economy, where disappointment with the fragile recovery and the 8.2% unemployment rate are costing the president.

 However, Romney has the edge when it comes to being able to "get things done," and the broad landscape seems tilted in his favor:

•Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are much more enthusiastic about the election, an important factor in persuading supporters to vote. By 18 points, 51%-33%, they report being more enthusiastic than usual about voting. In contrast, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents by 4 points say they are less enthusiastic than usual, 43%-39%.

•A record number of Americans express skepticism about the activist role of government Obama espouses; 61% say the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses. That's the highest number since Gallup began asking the question in 1992.



"So you're outing leftists by claiming that it was the government and Obama behind the Colorado shooting?"


Can you never directly confront real facts without wandering off into some ridiculous tangent? 

I said follow the money, you wandered off in search of something to be outraged about.

I never wrote or even implied that the government was behind the Colorado shooting but I did point out the government's action as an enabler for the shooter. $26,000 goes a long way in building a personal arsenal.


I never wrote or even implied that the government was behind the Colorado shooting but I did point out the government's action as an enabler for the shooter. $26,000 goes a long way in building a personal arsenal.

I guess this is another meaning of what imply is.

Seriously. Sharp you ain't.

So when you claim leftists are exploiting it and then you do, do you think the excuse leftists do it all the time cuts it?

Again - what does integrity mean to you?



"Did you know Exxon pays no Federal income tax?  And yet we held a war in their honor, that's cost us $3 Trillion (and counting)."


Neither does big Obama supporter GE, not to mention SOLYNDRA. What of it?


Wars cost Trillions and Paulie Pajamas talks about Millions. 


This is mildly humorous even though it really means nothing other than the fact that the whole Democrat Wisconsin recall effort was a very expensive exercise in futility.

"Cullen to leave Democratic caucus in state Senate"

Read more: 



"So you're outing leftists by claiming that it was the government and Obama behind the Colorado shooting?"


Follow the money, Ob.

"James Holmes Received $ 26K Grant From Bethesda-Based National Institutes of Health" 

He is unemployed, Ob!


So that still begs the question - what is integrity to you?


Notice he sill can't answer the question. He may have no clue what that word means. You may need to include a link to a dictionary for him, or since Katy Steinmetz is the swamp reporter who writes about vocabulary, she can write a post about that.



No one have to outnumber you. You can't even answer the simplest of question without changing the subject.

So what does integrity mean to you?



I always enjoy it when hive members attempt to pile on. Unfortunately for them they are still outnumbered. At best, they might muster a half wit if enough of them join in the festivities.



What exactly would you know about integrity, Ob? Was it mentioned as an obsolete concept in one of your college courses?


So your answer to a very simple question is that I don't know anything about integrity?

It's a VERY simple question. Yet you can't even begin or try to answer it. Just answer it; don't worry about what you think I know about it. I'm interested to see if you can handle even the simplest of questions. I mean you could even copy and paste what it means from the intertubes but you can't even figure that out.


 * Some independents swayed by Obama attacks on Romney

* More than half say debate on tax returns waste of time

By Gabriel Debenedetti


July 24 (Reuters) - Sustained attacks by President Barack Obama's

campaign on Republican rival Mitt Romney's business history and refusal

to release more tax records appear to be working, a Reuters/Ipsos poll

showed on Tuesday.

More than a third of voters

who are registered to a party or as an independent said in the online

survey that what they had heard about Romney's taxes and his time at

Bain Capital private equity firm had given them a less favorable

impression of the Republican candidate.


particularly worrying for Romney is that a large slice of independent

voters -- whom he needs to win the Nov. 6 election -- are also buying

into the Obama campaign's portrayal of him as a ruthless businessman

who may be hiding something in his taxes.


three-quarters of registered voters saying they've heard at least a

little about these issues, I would say the Obama campaign has been

successful in raising them to the national conscience," said Ipsos

pollster Julia Clark.

After weeks of accusations

from Obama and his allies that Romney cut U.S. jobs and sent

them overseas while he headed Bain, 36 percent of registered voters

said the issue had made them see Romney less favorably, compared to 18

percent who said they were now more favorable toward the former

governor of Massachusetts.

Among independents,

26 percent regarded him less favorably and 13 percent more favorably

after hearing about his business tenure.


Romney campaign counters that Obama is trying to distract attention

from the poor economy with frequent ads and speeches about Bain and the

Republican's personal finances.

The Democrats

are also calling on Romney to release more tax returns beyond the two

years' worth of information he has given so far. An ad last week

suggested that not being more open about his taxes meant the White

House hopeful had something to hide.



half of the poll respondents said Americans have a right to know a

presidential candidate's financial history going back many years, while

a third said Romney doesn't need to release any more tax returns and

further requests to do so are an invasion of his privacy.


registered voters, 37 percent said what they had heard about Romney's

taxes made them less favorable toward him, while among independents 30

percent agreed.

The poll results were not all

negative for Romney, though. The Republican holds a 5 percentage point

advantage over Obama among registered voters on his "plan, policy or

approach" to the country's economy.

The margin was 36 to 31 percent among registered voters, but 22 to 19 in favor of Obama among independents.


also showed signs of displeasure about a candidate's taxes becoming

such an important part of the national dialogue. More than half of

registered voters -- 55 percent -- said the debate about Romney's tax

returns was a waste of time, while 45 percent said it was an important

part of the campaign.

But independents, by a margin of 54 to 46, saw Romney's taxes as important in the fight for the White House.

The poll of 1,195 adults, including 962 registered voters, was taken between Thursday and Monday.


precision of Reuters/Ipsos online surveys are measured using a

credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval

of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points for all Americans. For

registered voters it was plus or minus 3.7, and for independents it was

plus or minus 8.7. (Editing by Alistair Bell and Cynthia



People understand taxes; no one wants to pay them but if you do then very few understand why someone can pay so much lower tax rate when others have to pay a higher one and live day by day in fear of losing everything.


And that has to do with what paulejb? I wrote tax rate.


Hey look, the people with almost all the income pay most of the income tax!

What a surprise.   More important questions, like "what is the effective rate on that income over time" are ignored by spambot's sources, because that data doesn't serve the right-wing narrative.

Did you know Exxon pays no Federal income tax?  And yet we held a war in their honor, that's cost us $3 Trillion (and counting).



NO! The tea party is NOT all full of bigots and racists.

Nor xenophobes (look it up Paulie, Rusty)


Wes Harris, Arizona Tea Party Leader, Seeks To Recall John McCain Over Huma Abedin Defense.

Conspiracy theories about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton aide

Huma Abedin being linked to the Muslim Brotherhood publicly dribbled

down to the lower echelons of conservative politics this week, with an

Arizona Tea Party leader promising to launch a recall effort against

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for his defense of Abedin.

Last week, a group of Republican lawmakers led by Rep. Michele

Bachmann (R-Minn.) drew widespread condemnation from both sides of the

aisle for the loosely sourced contention that Huma Abedin, the

Muslim-American wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

McCain strongly pushed back

against this charge, taking to the Senate floor to call the allegations

"nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable


Wes Harris, the founder and chairman of the Original North Phoenix

Tea Party, now says McCain's words have given him grounds to mount an

effort to unseat the longtime senator.

In an interview with the Arizona Capitol Times, Harris called McCain an "embarrassment," before laying out a variety of unapologetic anti-Islamic sentiments.

“Have you ever read the Quran? I suggest you do so, because anyone

that is a Muslim is a threat to this country, and that’s a fact,” Harris

told the Times. “There is no such thing as a moderate Muslim.

If they are Muslim they have to follow the Quran. That’s their religion

and that’s their doctrine.”

According to the Times, Harris believes Muslims are

incapable of being loyal to the U.S., because he claims that their faith

in Islam and the Quran trumps any other allegiance. He also apparently

believes Muslims shouldn't be able to serve in the State Department at


“Is [Abedin] a Muslim? Is she an active Muslim?” Harris asked the Times. “I rest my case. That’s all she needs to be.”

In his email airing his grievances, Harris also linked to the Bare

Naked Islam blog, an internet clearinghouse for Islamophobia that claims

to have further proof of Abedin's supposed ties to the Muslim

Brotherhood. One post touts a new report from the Center for Security

Policy, the right-wing think tank behind the paper that led to Bachmann

and her cohort's initial inquiry, that seeks to unveil the "Islamist"

roots of Abedin's mother.

While other top Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner

(R-Ohio), came out to reject Bachmann's accusation, Harris says

McCain's defense of Abedin is just the latest in a string of actions

that have warranted a recall effort.

“Go to hell, Senator, it’s time for you to take your final dirt nap,” Harris concludes.


Rightie logic claims that Pres. Obama is a Muslim so that makes Mitt Romney a baseball glove.



You could never accuse American liberals of xenophobia. They only have problems with America and Americans.


I have no problems with any Americans. I'm not the one who pretend there's something called real or unreal American.

I leave that up to righties. They're always willing to show their hatred with their chest thumping and threat of 2nd amendment solutions.


paulie has an interesting definiton of 'American'. It seems to exclude everyone who isn't paulie.

In poker, that's called a 'tell'.


 Bain Capital Created 'Demoralizing' Culture of Layoffs At Florida Plant

WASHINGTON -- When Dade Behring started cutting employees under Bain

Capital's management in the late '90s, Cindy Hewitt was on the front

lines. As a human resources manager for the Dade East plant in Miami,

Hewitt had to decide which employees had needed skills and whose jobs

were expendable.

News of the latest layoffs trickled down to the Dade company

cafeteria. The room could seat more than 1,000, and it had been enough

of a draw that it even offered breakfast.

But as the layoffs hit, the mood in the cafeteria could be as somber

as a funeral, Hewitt recalled. Multiple members of the same family might

be gathered to commiserate over being laid off one by one by one. Some

of them had worked for the medical diagnostics company for more than a


Hewitt saw her colleagues crying on a daily basis and loudly

celebrating on the rare occasion that someone found a comparable new

job. "There was a tremendous sense of loss and this kind of outpouring

of grief and mourning as every day they waited for the announcement of

who was going next," she said. "People were on pins and needles. Who's

going next? They're worried for themselves, worried for their

co-workers, worried for their families. They'd talk about how they were

going to send their kids to college. It was an incredibly depressing and

demoralizing environment."

Since the Republican presidential primary, Dade Behring, which made

blood-testing machines and conducted animal tests at its Miami plant,

has become something of a focus. Bain Capital, GOP presidential hopeful

Mitt Romney's firm, had bought Dade and shuttered its factory in Puerto

Rico in 1998. The closings continued under Bain's management.

It's become a familiar tale about Romney and Bain's business dealings. The New York Times reported that Bain pushed the profitable company into bankruptcy. The Miami Herald followed with its own chronicle of the mass layoffs and mass profits for Romney and company. The Tampa Bay Times reported

that Dade had received millions in tax breaks to promote job creation

in Puerto Rico one year before it closed the factory there.

Bain, of course, walked away with a huge profit. In 1999, the private

equity firm grabbed $ 242 million after it pressured Dade to borrow more

millions to buy up Bain's shares in the company.


many Dade workers lost their jobs -- 1,700 in the United States, 850 in

Miami alone -- that the Bain-Dade dealings have become a symbol of

corporate bloodletting and a painful memory to those who witnessed the


Fred Gregory, an information technology consultant, said he was

brought in to assist the plant closing in Miami. The cafeteria scene

also stuck with him. At a certain point, he told HuffPost, he stopped

eating lunch there. "I didn't want to see the women crying," he


"You could walk in there and hear a pin drop," Gregory said. "You

could see the emptiness. It was just huddled-up sheep. It was pathetic.

It was heartbreaking, heartwrenching. You just want to hug them."

The layoffs continued for months and months. Gregory saw people fired

and workers running out of the Dade offices in tears. "These people

were scared to death," he said. "This was their livelihood. Some people

couldn't bear it. It was a horrible place to work." Some would get an

hour's notice before being shown the door.

The plant added higher fencing and concertina wire, Gregory said.

Each day, a pair of security guards would check his back seat and trunk

on the way out to make sure he wasn't stealing any office supplies. "It

was all so well orchestrated," he said. "And so evil."

The Romney campaign, Bain Capital, and Siemens, which bought Dade

Behring's operations in 2007, did not respond to requests for comment.

Michael Rumbin had been a Dade vice president. "No one ever came up

to me to ask if we could create more jobs," he told HuffPost. "There was

very little in the way of job creation. It was a business undertaking

in which the Bain Capital people created a tremendous amount of wealth

for themselves and their investors."


 Matt Taibbi Blasts David Brooks: 'Do You Know How Private Equity Works?'

New York Times columnist David Brooks is wrong about Mitt Romney, according to Matt Taibbi.

"I have a serious question for David Brooks, who is hailing Romney's

Bain record. Do you know how private equity works?" Taibbi, a

contributing editor for Rolling Stone, wrote about New York Times columnist David Brooks on Twitter on Tuesday. He continued: "I bet he doesn't have the faintest clue what companies like Bain actually do."

Romney's record at Bain has been a flashpoint during the presidential

race. The presumptive Republican nominee has come under fire for shipping jobs overseas, laying off workers and squeezing profits out of companies that sometimes failed as head of the private equity firm Bain Capital.

Many critics argue that private equity firms extract wealth from companies -- sometimes causing their collapse -- rather than creating new value. But in a column this month, Brooks dismissed the costs of Romney's brand of private equity as simply part of capitalism.

In that column referenced by Taibbi, Brooks wrote

that President Barack Obama represents "big government," and Republican

presidential candidate Mitt Romney represents "capitalism." Romney's

task, he wrote, is to "define the kind of capitalist he is and why the

country needs his virtues."

"It has been his job to be the corporate version of a personal

trainer: take people who are puffy and self-indulgent and whip them into

shape," Brooks wrote of Romney. "That's his selling point: rigor and productivity."

Taibbi has become best known for his scathing criticisms of big business. In 2010, he dubbed Goldman Sachs

"a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity,

relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like

money": a description that haunts Goldman to this day. Also in 2010, Taibbi wrote

that Brooks works "as a professional groveler and flatterer who three

times a week has to come up with new ways to elucidate for his rich

readers how cosmically just their lifestyles are."


HuffPo take a drink everyone!!!


I suspect you've got everyone covered.

Do you have anything to add to the article?

I didn't think so.

That would have required some thinking.


 An Aurora shooting victim could face millions in medical costs

because he faces a common problem: He doesn't have health insurance.

The family of Caleb Medley has been told that his medical bills could cost up to $ 2 million if he fully recovers, CBS News reports (h/t ThinkProgress).

Medley, who lacks health insurance, is currently in an induced coma

after he was shot in the eye during Friday's Colorado tragedy. His wife,

Katie, gave birth to their son in the same hospital Tuesday.

Medley’s story illustrates the dangers of remaining uninsured in

America. The Affordable Care Act aims to help the ranks of that class,

which has swelled for four straight years and is now approaching 50 million. The law, which the Supreme Court ruled constitutional last month, could extend health care coverage to up to 30 million uninsured Americans like Medley beginning in 2014.


Pretty weak to attack a source instead of the contents of a story.

Seems the righties are trying this again lately. Rusty, then Paulie.

They never comment on the actual content though.



Just using the lib loon tactic used here each and everyday, troll


So you're acting like 'us'? Awesome.



Just using the lib loon tactic used here each and everyday, troll

Reading is fundamental - seriously paulejb - WTF is wrong with you?



I doubt that LL would descend to levels quite so deep as to act like you people. 


Especially against the female reporters here (+ KT in past), let alone the commenters like Ivy and apr. No wonder JNS is mad at you.


With all the tragedy and distress in the world, it is great that these people have their priorities straight.

"U.N. Commission Calls for Legalizing Prostitution Worldwide" 

The UN headquarters should be removed to the moon.


Conservative mega-donor Sheldon Adelson disagrees with paulie, but I'm sure paulie will insist that his conservative candidates return all that dirty money they've been given.

Nah, paulie's a sociopath. We've already learned that he cares more about his money than people's lives, so what's a little gambling and prostitution, as long as it fills the GOP's coffers? Better a pimp or a bookie than a liberal.


How did the government conclude that this freak deserved a $26,000 grant?


Let me say this as succinctly as possible, Paulie.  F**k off with this type of questioning.  This is so far over the line that even coming from you it is surprising.


I tried that.  He won't listen.  Forget good taste; anything to pick on BO.


A guy kills a bunch of people and all paulie cares about is that the guy might've got some of his precious tax-payer money.

I'd say paulie's priorities are out of whack, but that's assumes he has enough humanity in him to care more about people than his money.

And that's obviously not true.