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The Tax Policy Center says it doesn’t matter what deductions Romney ends, his reform plan would be regressive.

Obama heads to Florida to talk about it, makes the tax thing personal on TV:

What does it sound like when doves cry? I don’t know because they’re not dissenting from Ben Bernanke’s ‘I want to see if this fire burns itself out’ approach to monetary policy.

Some nice dispatches on Pennsylvania’s less than deft defense of its voter ID law.

Where is Occupy? Oakland, that’s where.

Obama’s “new” approach to Syria.

And Vladimir Putin meets his match in female punk band Pussy Riot.



co-worker's step-aunt brought in $19520 the previous month. she is

working on the internet and got a $587200 condo. All she did was get

blessed and use the guide explained on this web site


This is a FACT!  There is no confusion, there is no argument. Every major candidate for president of the United States has, historically, released multiple years of Tax Returns; except for Mitt Romney!  WHAT IS HE HIDING FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?   ~ ~ ~ Why would you even entertain the thought of listening to a man .... "THAT IS OBVIOUSLY HIDING SOMETHING FROM YOU?" You would have to be "brain-dead" to vote for this miscreant .... or a racist that would rather burn his own house down, than let a black man ... "fix-it-up".  Romney will either produce those tax records for public viewing or the Democrats (and myself) ... WILL-HAVE-THEIR-WAY-WITH-HIM!

 There's a reason why the Republicans (and many Mormons) don't like Willard "Mittens" Romney and we have just scratched the surface.

"The cost of not releasing the returns are clear. Therefore, he must have calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them." - George Will, July 15, 2012

"I do not know why, given that Mitt Romney knew the day that [John] McCain lost in 2008 that he was going to run for president again that he didn't get all of this out and tidy up some of his offshore accounts and all the rest." - George Will, July 15, 2012


Chick-fil-a might have been #1 yesterday, but it's #2 today.


Rod Burket (see, I'vve stopped calling you Rusty) -- There is one attribute of yours that i truly admire. Indeed, I am jealous of it.

Your stamina.  Y0u take a licking and keep on ticking.

Too bad you never learn anything.


 @mrobvious He walked right into that one!


"I am not a crook"

Who said that, Paulie?


Keep puttin' gas in that Yugo, Paulie....


Henry Waxman (D-CA) scolds the White House for their lack of transparency.

In a statement, Waxman said

"The Presidential Records Act was enacted to ensure that White House records are preserved for history and are owned by the American people," Waxman said. "Everyone who is covered by the law should follow it, regardless of which party controls the White House."

Seems however, Sen Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) had no comment.

Who was the biggest proponent of this law during the Bush years? Oh that's right, Patrick Leahy. Figures.


Seems former Democrat Presidential candidate John Edwards is the inspiration for a new movie called "The Campaign" by Will Ferrell.  

Poor Johnny.  He's hit rock bottom and now has a hit movie to mock him too.

In 2013 another campaigned themed movie called "The Great Pretender". Starring a Barry Soetoro-Obama look-a-like.


More transparency woes for Obama Administration folks.  Jim Messina was caught using his personal email account instead of the "transparent" White House email system to broker deals with tax payer dollars.  

Jimmy got caught with his pants down around his ankles it seems, will he go to jail?  No, this is the Chicago way man.  "We do it our way".


More of Obama's flip-flops.  Back in 2007, then Senator Obama railed about workers who should be notified of their pink slips or in danger of losing their jobs.  Now the Obama Administration has told Federal contractors to ignore the Labor Department requirement for employers to notify workers if their job may be terminated in 60 days.

FLIP - FLOPPY Barry Obama

The man is a waste of good air.


Democrats have been touting recent polls suggesting that Obama has a 10 point plus margin over Romney.  However what is not disclosed is that 32% of the polling is skewed towards Democrats answering the poll.  

I guess when you can only hope for a miracle, you try your hardest to make it look good when it isn't.


So how do you shut down the DNC and make them wet their pants?

As always with lies.  The DNCC an arm of the DNC "Immediately retracted and apologized for defamatory statements falsely accusing Sheldon Adelson of encouraging and profiting from prostitution, maliciously branding Mr Adelson as a pimp".  

The DNCC quickly stopped their claims which are totally unfounded and libelous.  

Peeing their pants, the DNCC has apologized and have been groveling all day to Adelson's attorney.


If Only President Obama Would Visit Israel As Often As Ronald Reagan Did

...conservative group Emergency Committee for Israel, co-founded by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol released an ad criticizing President Obama for not visiting Israel during his presidency...

President George W. Bush, however, didn’t get around to visiting Israel until January of 2008, near the end of his second term, visiting again in May of that year. His father, resident George H.W. Bush, was an even less frequent visitor, traveling to Israel as President in February of Never.

Ronald Reagan never traveled to Israel as President


So what all did we learn today?

1.  Obama's a liar.  But, that's nothing new.  His whole life is one big fat lie.

2.  So called "end-threading" really drives the lib loons crazier than they already are

3.  Ann Romney has a horse in the Olympics, this also drives the lib loons crazy as well.

4.  Obama uses a biased source to deflect attention away from his failed economic plans, no jobs for Americans and total uselessness at being a President.  

5.  No feeding Thursdays is yet another epic fail. 

Good job swampers, keep up the good work.



Ann Romney's horse fails to win dressage but avoids offending British

Rafalca, owned by Mrs Mitt Romney, was impeccably behaved and well received by Olympic equestrians in Greenwich



HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Here's one of the least-understood aspects of the

voter ID trial: The missing subject of "voter fraud." Before hearings

began in Applewhite v. Pennsylvania, both parties stipulated that "there have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania."

And yet, and yet... you can't keep a good voter fraud story down. The

petitioners' final witness of the hearings was Lorriane Minnite, a

professor at Rutgers* and author of The Myth of Voter Fraud.

The states' attorneys objected as she started to talk about specific

fraud prosecutions and indictments. The objection was overuled.

"They cited the legislation in their opening brief," explained

Michael Rubin, one of the D.C.-based attorneys who's helping out the

petitioners here. "Voter fraud's been coming up in testimony."

The petitioners interrogated Minnite for more than 90 minutes,

walking through many op-eds worth of fraud myths, fraud facts, fraud

definitions, and the real problems with ballot-counting. When they were

done, Senior Deputy Attorney General Patrick Crawley promised a "few

questions" and started trying to undermine Minnite's credibility.

"Your formal education, if I read your CV correctly, does not include

specific training in election administration, does it?" he asked.

"I don't know what you mean by training," said Minnite.

"Did you get any degree or take courses that were specifically geared toward election administraion?"

"Actually, there are no degrees in election administration."

Crawley couldn't really win. He got Minnite to admit that she had not

volunteered as a poll worker, then tried to prove that the "voter fraud

really is a problem" school needed to be taken seriously.

"Have you read the Carter-Baker Commission Report?" he asked,

referring to the post-2000 election reform panel led by the former

president and former secretary of state.

"Yes," sad Minnite.

"Is it safe to say that that's among the literature that's sort of required reading in the field of voter fraud?"


"No?" Crawley recovered quickly. "Would you take seriously someone

who engaged with you in a debate on voter fraud, if he hadn't read the

Carter-Baker report?


"Okay... why do you say that?"

"That was a blue ribbon commission," she shrugged. "The scholarly

work on it was not of the depth that I put into my investigation."

The Carter-Baker quotes that followed didn't really advance Crawley's

point. The commission commented pretty generally on voter fraud. It

didn't name incidents of fraud. So, Crawley moved on to the work of

Heritage Foundation fellow and former FEC commissioner Hans Von

Spakovsky, one of the leading conservative voices on "voter fraud."

"Mr. Von Spakovsky reaches a different conclusion than you do," said

Crawley, "not only about the necessity of voter ID laws, but about the

presence of fraud."

Yes," said Minnite, with a grimace.

"I can tell by the look on your face that you're familiar with Mr. Von Spakovsky and his work?"

She was. She and Crawley briefly disagreed on whether Von Spakovsky

ever served on the FEC -- "I couldn't remember which thing whe was

nominated to that he didn't actually receive." She dismissed Van

Spakovsky's work on election boards, because he was "never an


Crawley started to asked his witness about Spakovsky's work, but she didn't bite.

"We could go through each one, if you want, and I could talk about

what I object to. But in general, he has made claims about voter fraud

that, upon investigation, are not correct. In fact, I have written a

rebutal to a claim he's made a lot about voter fraud in Brooklyn in

1982," published on a "highly-read election listserv."

"I didn't want to go through his testimony," said Crawley. But would Minnite admit he was an expert with different views?

"No," she said. 'He's not an academic. He doesn't do the kind of

research that he should do before making these sorts of claims. He's not

an academic. He's a lawyer. He's employed by the Heritage Foundation...

but he has no standing as an academic. He's never produced academic


"Okay," said Crawley. "I'll switch the focus of my questions."

*I originally transposed the school that employs her with the school where she got her degree. Mea culpa.


 Jared Diamond, the guy who wrote the famous book about how iron ore leads to 21st century economic dominance, says in a New York Times op-ed that he suspects presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn’t even read his book.


is not true that my book “Guns, Germs and Steel,” as Mr. Romney

described it in a speech in Jerusalem, “basically says the physical

characteristics of the land account for the differences in the success

of the people that live there. There is iron ore on the land and so


That is so different from what my book actually says that I have to

doubt whether Mr. Romney read it. My focus was mostly on biological

features, like plant and animal species, and among physical

characteristics, the ones I mentioned were continents’ sizes and shapes

and relative isolation. I said nothing about iron ore, which is so

widespread that its distribution has had little effect on the different

successes of different peoples.

First of all,

Professor Diamond, your book came out like 50 years ago so of course no

one remembers every single little detail. Second of all, 90 percent of

the people who tell you they read it are also probably lying. (It was



definitely possible that Romney didn’t read the book and just read a

review or something. Or that he picked it up in an airport bookstore and

read the jacket copy and maybe the intro. Or someone gave it to him on

tape and he listened to it while jogging and half-paying attention. It’s

also possible that he did read the whole thing and just got nothing

from it beyond a completely incorrect sound byte. I imagine he doesn’t

get a lot from books! He’s pretty set in his ways and doesn’t seem all

that intellectually curious. He probably only reads management books and

Malcolm Gladwellian pseudo-management books (and hard scifi,

to relax) and Diamond’s book just seemed like a good prop for his

stupid point about culture “making all the difference,” a line he

probably picked up in some magazine article misstating the thesis of

David Landes’ book that Mitt Romney also probably didn’t read.This will definitely

hurt the Romney campaign, especially among voters in swing states with

easy access to navigable rivers or seas and conditions suited for the

development of agriculture.