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paulejb
paulejb

"The Illegal-Donor Loophole"

"This makes it all the more surprising that the Obama campaign does not use a standard security tool, the card verification value (CVV) system—the three- or four-digit number often imprinted on the back of a credit card, whose purpose is to verify that the person executing the purchase (or, in this case, donation) physically possesses the card. The Romney campaign, by contrast, does use the CVV—as has almost every other candidate who has run for president in recent years, from Hillary Clinton in 2008 to Ron Paul this year. (The Obama campaign says it doesn’t use the CVV because it can be an inhibiting factor for some small donors.) Interestingly, the Obama campaign’s online store requires the CVV to purchase items like hats or hoodies (the campaign points out that its merchandise vendor requires the tool)."

http://www.thedailybeast.com/a...

Chicanery is afoot with the most lawless campaign outfit since CREEP in the Milhouse years.

rokinsteve
rokinsteve

Romney gives a foreign policy speech that could have been written by Big Bird.

The biggest whopper is that Pres. Obama hasn't signed any trade agreements.

He's signed three. 

paulejb
paulejb

MomentoMori,

"Yes, the rate is up this year, but still low compared to even a decade ago."

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2001: 667[7]

2002: 656[7]

2003: 601[7]

2004: 453[7]

2005: 451[7]

2006: 471[7]

2007: 448[7]

2008: 513[7]

2009: 459[7]

2010: 436[7]

2011: 433[7]

2012: 505[7]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Do you just make stuff up, Mori? There were 505 murders in ChiTown already this year and it's only October.

paulejb
paulejb

Benevolent Lawyer No Licence,

"Who would have though you had a sense of humor!"

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C'mon, Besch! You well know that I recognize that all your childish taunts are just a cry for help. You would do better seeking professional help rather than looking for it at Swampland.

paulejb
paulejb

Ohiolib,

"Paulie doesn't understand history, liberalism vs conservatism, the CRA of '64,"

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One thing I know for sure, lib, is that there would have been no CRA of 64 without Republican votes. 

 By party

The original House version:[16]

Democratic Party: 152–96   (61–39%)Republican Party: 138–34   (80–20%)

Cloture in the Senate:[17]

Democratic Party: 44–23   (66–34%)Republican Party: 27–6   (82–18%)

The Senate version:[16]

Democratic Party: 46–21   (69–31%)Republican Party: 27–6   (82–18%)

The Senate version, voted on by the House:[16]

Democratic Party: 153–91   (63–37%)Republican Party: 136–35   (80–20%)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Notice the percentages of Democrats and Republicans voting in favor of the CRA.

paulejb
paulejb

outsider2011,

'Sen. Obama says early in the speechthat he'd been asked if the Bush administration delayed help for New Orleans because most of its residents were black. "I say, 'Well, naw, this administration was colorblind in its incompetence.'" '

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Then as usual, you would be wrong.

"In the speech, Obama lied about America to portray the nation as irredeemably racist. Channeling Kayne West, Obama said the government doesn't "care about" black people in New Orleans. This was based on his assertion that New York City received more help from the federal government after 9/11, and Florida got more after Hurricane Andrew. Unlike blacks in New Orleans, he said, those victims were considered "part of the American family." Obama was a sitting senator when he spouted this nonsense. He had to know that months earlier, $100 billion in federal disaster relief had been sent to the Gulf states hit by Katrina -- or five times more than the disaster relief funds sent to New York after 9/11."

http://www.anncoulter.com/

That makes Barack Hussein Obama either the biggest liar ever or the most clueless US Senator that ever lived. What's your guess, OS?

paulejb
paulejb

"Romney’s Strong Debate Performance Erases Obama’s Lead

GOP Challenger Viewed as Candidate with New Ideas"

 "Romney is seen as the candidate who has new ideas and is viewed as better able than Obama to improve the jobs situation and reduce the budget deficit."

http://www.people-press.org/20...

R - 49% O - 45%

georgiamd
georgiamd

This from Forbes Magazine:

Obama administration advisor Steve Rattner, “Beyond ObamaCare” (9/16/2012). Rattner stated up front, “We need death panels.”

Rattner advocated restricting medical spending on the elderly,

especially on patients in their last year of life, because such spending

“consumes more than a quarter of the [Medicare] program’s budget.”

One big problem with Rattner’s approach is that we often can’t know what

will be a patient’s final year of life until after they’ve died.

Do we really want the government deciding whether or not a doctor is allowed to save your grandmother’s life?

 

paulejb
paulejb

MomentoMori,

 "What do 'liberal whites' have to feel guilty about, paulie?"

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I wrote that they were guilt ridden, Mori. I never wrote that it was justified. It is just a delusion that afflicts liberals.

paulejb
paulejb

outsider2011,

"If you can quote what was racist about the speech, please quote it. I'll be happy to address it."

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"Obama’s Race-Baiting Speech Based on a Lie"

http://www.independentsentinel...

Just listen to the speech, OS.

"Bam vid called race-baiting"

“The people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!”

http://articles.nydailynews.co...

paulejb
paulejb

MomentoMori,

"You've posted an anecdotal report of two reporters being assaulted as 'proof' of an 'unreported race war'. That's 'racial arson', paulie."

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They are only anecdotal because they go unreported in the media.

paulejb
paulejb

MomentoMori,

 "Pot, kettle, black."

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Mori is just jealous that Besch never impersonated him.

MomentoMori
MomentoMori

Let's try an endthread. Seems to be the only way to get paulie's attention.

"African-Americans do not control the liberal media, Mori."

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If African-Americans don't control the 'liberal' media, how are they keeping the "unreported race war" unreported?

paulejb
paulejb

Ooops!

"Plurality of voters believe the country would have been better off if John McCain had beaten Mr. Obama in 2008"

"Democrats will be gulping this morning at the Quinnipiac Poll’s latest results. For the first time in the survey’s history, Americans believe by a 48% to 40% margin that President Obama doesn’t deserve re-election. Almost as stinging, a plurality believe the country would have been better off if John McCain had beaten Mr. Obama in 2008." (Emphasis mine)

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/07...

outsider2011
outsider2011

Paulie? Read it. And tell me why people call the GOP racist:

 

A Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives has a

history of writing in support of slavery and the Confederacy, along with

comparing Abraham Lincoln to Karl Marx.

State Rep. Loy Mauch (R-Bismarck) wrote a series of letters to the editor of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, defending slavery and attacking Lincoln, the Arkansas Times reports.

The revelations about Mauch's letters come days after it was reported that state Rep. Jon Hubbard (R-Jonesboro) wrote that slavery " may have been a blessing " in a 2010 book.

The Arkansas Republican Party has condemned Hubbard's comments, along with comments by Republican legislative candidate Charlie Fuqua, who advocated expelling Muslims from the United States.

Mauch, a first term legislator, wrote the letters

starting in 2000. He has called Lincoln a " fake neurotic Northern war

criminal " and said the 16th president committed " premeditated murder " on

the Constitution. He called Lincoln and Civil War generals " Wehrmacht

leaders "  the name for the armed forces in Na zi Germany. He also

praised his ancestors for standing up to " Northern aggression " and said

the Confederate flag is " a symbol of Christian liberty vs. the new world

order . "

In two letters, Mauch wrote about the Bible and slavery. The Arkansas Times quotes from a letter Mauch wrote in 2009:

If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul

condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war

before 1861?

In 2010, it was reported that Mauch was a member of the Sons of Confederates Veterans and the League of the South, which has been described

as a " neo - Confederacy " group advocating for second southern secession.

Mauch was also reported to have chaired the western Arkansas chapter of

the League of the South, which he downplayed as an honorary title. He

also helped organize a 2004 conference

calling for the removal of an Abraham Lincoln statue in Hot Springs,

which included a keynote speech entitled " Homage to John Wilkes Booth . "

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

outsider2011
outsider2011

Paulie?

Read it.

 Loy Mauch, Arkansas Lawmaker, Defended Slavery In Letters To The Editor

A Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives has a

history of writing in support of slavery and the Confederacy, along with

comparing Abraham Lincoln to Karl Marx.

State Rep. Loy Mauch (R-Bismarck) wrote a series of letters to the editor of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, defending slavery and attacking Lincoln, the Arkansas Times reports.

The revelations about Mauch's letters come days after it was reported that state Rep. Jon Hubbard (R-Jonesboro) wrote that slavery "may have been a blessing" in a 2010 book.

The Arkansas Republican Party has condemned Hubbard's comments, along with comments by Republican legislative candidate Charlie Fuqua, who advocated expelling Muslims from the United States.

Mauch, a first term legislator, wrote the letters

starting in 2000. He has called Lincoln a "fake neurotic Northern war

criminal" and said the 16th president committed "premeditated murder" on

the Constitution. He called Lincoln and Civil War generals "Wehrmacht

leaders" -- the name for the armed forces in Nazi Germany. He also

praised his ancestors for standing up to "Northern aggression" and said

the Confederate flag is "a symbol of Christian liberty vs. the new world

order."

In two letters, Mauch wrote about the Bible and slavery. The Arkansas Times quotes from a letter Mauch wrote in 2009:

If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul

condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war

before 1861?

In 2010, it was reported that Mauch was a member of the Sons of Confederates Veterans and the League of the South, which has been described

as a "neo-Confederacy" group advocating for second southern secession.

Mauch was also reported to have chaired the western Arkansas chapter of

the League of the South, which he downplayed as an honorary title. He

also helped organize a 2004 conference

calling for the removal of an Abraham Lincoln statue in Hot Springs,

which included a keynote speech entitled "Homage to John Wilkes Booth."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

outsider2011
outsider2011

 Is the Republican Party Racist?

It depends on race-baiting tactics and the votes of former Confederate states.

Now that Romney supporters have sought to make race, once again, an issue against Obama with an "explosive" five-year-old video

reminding voters that Obama (yes, it's true!) consorts with black

people, perhaps it's time to remind people of the real reason Romney

deserves rejection at the polls in November: He is the candidate of the

neo-racist Republican Party.

“Neo-racist” seem a little pointed? OK, how about “structurally

racist”? I bring up the matter in part because it relates to the discussion lately

about how journalism must do more than present false equivalency,

treating the two sides of any debate as though they are equally valid.

Journalism-watchers have been indulging in a fair bit of

self-congratulatory rhetoric about how now journalism is all about the

TRUTH behind any debate, as if discovering the truth was always

something easy to do on deadline, often without sufficient expertise.

Those who dismiss “he said, she said” journalism—the tendency to

present both sides of any story without judgment—make the arrogant

assumption that they can do better, present the truth, the absolute

truth on any given contested issue.

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But is this true? Is this always possible?

I present, as a test case, the issue of whether the Republican Party

should be identified as a “neo-racist” entity. Could the press present

this judgment as a fact? Let’s conduct a kind of thought experiment

about how far the press should go in declaring that a matter’s

factuality has been decided.

I remember being seated next to Nicholas Lemann, dean of Columbia

Journalism School, at some dinner and discussing J-school attitudes

toward the question of truth. (I’d taught a few writing seminars at

Columbia.) And hearing Lemann saying something important that the bold

journalism truthers neglect: that the hardest thing to teach J-school

students was to “report the debates.”

Report the debates! Not to declare truths as if bearing them down on

stone tablets from Sinai, but to clarify and sharpen the questions,

investigate the hidden agendas, the underlying theories, the potential

consequences of each side of a contested issue. Without necessarily

declaring a winner.

And thus the real task, ignored by the anti-“he said/she said” crowd, is to decide which issues are valid debates. Because I agree there are some

truths that are beyond debate, though not as many as established and

obvious as the anti-“he/said she said”-types seem to think. I think most

would agree that the 9/11 “truthers” and the Obama “birthers” do not

merit any further debate; the facts are in. We can declare the believers

deluded.

On the other hand, take drone strikes. I’ve argued here

that because of the risk they pose to civilians they are, in most

cases, by most interpretations of the internationally recognized Laws of

Armed Conflict, war crimes. But I can see there are arguments against

this, even from liberals, and I don’t think the question is so settled

that journalists should be required to identify the president, the

secretary of defense and the director of the CIA as war criminals every

time they’re mentioned.

I’ve spent some time putting “truth” claims and false equivalencies

in perspective because I want to test the theory that there is one

truth in political discourse that the media has almost entirely failed

to recognize or fears to utter, one at the heart of presidential

campaign reporting: The Republican Party is an institutionally,

structurally racist entity. It’s the veritable elephant in the room of

campaign coverage.

No, I’m not saying all Republicans are racist. I’m saying that as a party,

ever since Goldwater and Nixon concocted the benighted, openly racist

“Southern Strategy” in the ’60s, the Republican Party has profited from

overt and covert racism.http://www.slate.com/articles/news_an...

outsider2011
outsider2011

 

As we mentioned earlier Monday,

Gallup's post-debate survey suggested that Mitt Romney's strong

performance in Denver had helped him close the gap between him and the

president in the polls. Before the debate, the Republican trailed the

incumbent by 4 points in Gallup's seven-day rolling average, but by Saturday that gap had shrunk to 3 points.

If you broke the data down further and compared only the three days

before the debate to the three days following it, things looked even

more promising for Romney: a 5-point Obama lead disappeared to leave the

two men tied at 47 percent apiece.

But Gallup's since updated its seven-day rolling average to include Sunday's polling, and what a difference a day makes. Obama's now back up five points, 50 percent to 45 percent.

We'll state the obvious here: The polling averages are clearly fluid

and it's probably best not to read too much into a tick or two in either

direction. But the margin of error is 2 percentage points in either

direction (so roughly 4 points

when talking about the gap between the two candidates), so the current

polling has the president's lead back outside of that margin of error

range.http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slates...

paulejb
paulejb

mantisdragon91,

"What do you use to demolish Republican economic fables?"

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The origin of Republican economic foibles is their misguided attempts at Democrat lite.

outsider2011
outsider2011

 Compared to the rest of the world, the U.S isn’t so bad after all, economically speaking. So says the “Brookings Institution-Financial Times tracking index”.

Yes, economic growth in the U.S. is sluggish and uninspiring, but you

should see the other guys! — “The US is the brightest spot in the world

economy, as another global recession threatens.”

It’s not just the

European Union, stumbling and bumbling through its high profile

sovereign debt crisis, that is lagging. The so-called “BRICs” — Brazil,

Russia, India, and China — are also hitting major speedbumps.

How

times change! It is instructive to jump back ten years and recall how

well the BRICs did during the last lackluster U.S. economic recovery.

From 2002-2006, in the United States, George Bush oversaw what, at that

point, was the weakest economic recovery in the post-WWII era. Job

creation limped along at an average of 102,000 a month and annual

economic growth averaged 2.7 percent. And this performance, supposedly

goosed along by huge tax cuts, came after a very mild recession.

During

that same period, the BRICs exploded. In 2006, China’s annual GDP

growth hit an absolutely scalding 12.7 percent. India’s GDP growth rose

from 3.9 percent in 2002 to 9.3 percent in 1006. Brazil rose from 1.1

percent in 2003 to 4.0 percent in 2006. The Russian Federation grew at a

rate of 8.2 percent in 2006.

Over

the next four weeks, we are certain to hear Mitt Romney reiterate his

complaints about economic growth during Obama’s first term. But a little

context is always useful. Obama, who arrived in office with the economy

shedding 800,000 jobs a month, has steered the country to a position

where it is performing better than any other major developed nation,

even as some of the world’s biggest superstars of the last ten years

have slammed on the brakes. But during his first term, Bush barely got

the U.S. moving beyond a slow trudge, even as the rest of the world

exploded off the starters’ block.http://www.salon.com/2012/10/08/obama...

outsider2011
outsider2011

 President Barack Obama's reelection campaign issued a new attack on

what it calls Mitt Romney's "failures on foreign policy" on Monday, the

same day the Republican presidential candidate is slated to deliver a

major foreign policy speech in Virginia.

A new ad, titled "Policy," references Romney's gaffe-laden trip to England, Israel and Poland in July and targets the former Massachusetts governor's widely criticized response to the recent attacks in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

"Reckless, amateurish -- that's what news media and fellow

Republicans called Mitt Romney's gaffe-filled July tour of England,

Israel and Poland," the narrator says in the ad. "When our U.S.

diplomats were attacked in Libya, The New York Times said Romney's knee-jerk response 'showed an extraordinary lack of presidential character.'"

"And even Republican experts said Romney's remarks were 'the worst

possible reaction to what happened,'" the voice continues. "If this is

how he handles the world now, just think what Mitt Romney might do as

president."

The spot will air in Virginia and is the first paid media effort by

the Obama campaign to lay into Romney's foreign policy message.

In a memo that accompanies the ad, Michele Flournoy and Colin Kahl,

advisers to Obama's reelection team on national security issues,

contrast the president's foreign policy record with Romney's inability

to offer specifics on how he will meet the challenges facing the country

today.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...