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fitty_three
fitty_three

High Sheriffs ------------------------------------

There is a bit of manipulation going on with the "likes" going on.

Please take IMMEDIATE steps to plug that security hole.

High Sheriffs------------------------------------

yrag46
yrag46

..................................Romney’s Home-State Newspaper Hits Nail on Head...........................

The Salt Lake City Tribune said that the state's "favorite adopted son," Romney, has become"...the party's shape-shifting nominee...we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb."

outsider
outsider

There’s so much secret money in conservative politics that even volunteers are getting paid — and paid well.

Grassroots activists who used to knock on doors and make phone calls for free are the latest beneficiaries of the historic spending spree to defeat President Barack Obama and elect GOP lawmakers.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83330.html#ixzz2BNs2dzLx

outsider
outsider

Why did the Financial Times and the Economist both endorse Obama? Because Romney simply can't be trusted

It’s easy to have fun with the news that two stalwart defenders of the free market, the Financial Times and the Economist, have both endorsed that crazy Muslim socialist Barack Obama for President of the United States.

But that’s not the surprising part. Both publications endorsed Obama in 2008. Both are willing to (grudgingly) compliment the president for arresting the plummet towards an economic depression, and both are reasonably happy with his calm approach to foreign policy.

What’s surprising is that they didn’t endorse Romney. Because they desperately, desperately would have loved to do so, if Mitt had just given them one good reason. The Economist headline captures this regret –”America could do better than Barack Obama; sadly, Mitt Romney does not fit the bill.”

Sadly! One gets a strong visual image here of an English peer of the realm, tapping the ash off his stogie while staring moodily at a map of the world, and declaiming: “The British Empire had so much to offer ; sadly those ungrateful wretches in the colonies wanted nothing of it.”In a normal universe, stodgy believers in the primacy of the free market over Big Government would be falling over themselves to endorse a titan of business. Romney’s alienation of what should have been his core demographic is shocking.

Both publications claim that, notwithstanding Obama’s successes, his term has been a disappointment. (The Economist rues his “anti-business” stance, and both editorial writers are very unhappy that the president somehow did not manage to solve the budget deadlock.) But they still can’t bring themselves to believe in Romney — of whom, the Economist writes, brutally, “Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you don’t believe most of what he says.”

For both papers, the primary issue comes down to trust. Romney’s constant shifts in ideology make it difficult to believe in anything he says. Even worse, if you take him at face value right now, he makes no sense.

The Financial Times:The more serious objection to Mr Romney is that he has gone through so many contortions to win his party’s nomination that it is hard to see how he would govern in practice. His wishlist includes an aspiration to raise Pentagon spending by a fifth while cutting everyone’s taxes and still somehow balancing the books. Such fiscal alchemy is an exercise in evasion, not a recipe for sustainable economic recovery.

The Economist:Obama’s shortcomings have left ample room for a pragmatic Republican, especially one who could balance the books and overhaul government. Such a candidate briefly flickered across television screens in the first presidential debate. This newspaper would vote for that Mitt Romney, just as it would for the Romney who ran Democratic Massachusetts in a bipartisan way (even pioneering the blueprint for Obamacare). The problem is that there are a lot of Romneys and they have committed themselves to a lot of dangerous things.

http://www.salon.com/2012/11/05/free_market_defenders_agree_vote_obama/

notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but I'm getting ready to head out to work. My son just told me that he's not going to vote for Romney now. He's sitting the election out. I'm an atheist that leans socialist. He's going to be a minister and is conservative. He says he decided to sit the election out because of Romney's religion. I think that's hilarious. At first he told me that he'd sit it out if i went to church on Sunday. I told him to FO.

outsider
outsider

Last week, Bob Fitrakis and Gerry Bello at FreePress.org reported an important story concerning what they described as “uncertified ‘experimental’ software patches” being installed at the last minute on electronic vote tabulation systems in 39 Ohio counties.

The story included a copy of the contract [PDF] between Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office and ES&S, the nation’s largest e-voting system manufacturer, for a new, last-minute piece of software created to the custom specifications of the secretary of state. The contract itself describes the software as “High-level enhancements to ES&S’ election reporting software that extend beyond the current features and functionality of the software to facilitate a custom-developed State Election Results Reporting File.”

A subsequent story at The Free Press the following day included text said to be from a November 1 memo sent from the Ohio secretary of state’s Election Counsel Brandi Laser Seske to a number of state election officials confirming the use of the new, uncertified software on Ohio’s tabulator systems. The memo claims that “its function is to aid in the reporting of results” by converting them “into a format that can be read by the Secretary of State’s election night reporting system.”

On Friday evening, at Huffington Post, journalist Art Levine followed up with a piece that, among other things, advanced the story by breaking the news that Fitrakis and his attorney Cliff Arnebeck were filing a lawsuit for an immediate injunction against Husted and ES&S to “halt the use of secretly installed, unauthorized ‘experimental’ software in 39 counties’ tabulators.” Levine also reported that Arnebeck had referred the matter to the Cincinnati FBI for criminal investigation of what the Ohio attorney describes as “a flagrant violation of the law.”

“Before you add new software, you need approval of a state board,” says Arnebeck. “They are installing an uncertified, suspect software patch that interfaces between the county’s vote tabulation equipment and state tabulators.” Arnebeck’s alarm is understandable.

Since the story initially broke, I’ve been trying to learn as much as I could about what is actually going on here. During that time, a few in the mainstream media have gotten wind of the story as well, including NBC News and CNN, and have been able to press Husted and other officials in his office into finally responding to the concerns publicly. The Ohio officials have attempted to downplay the concerns, though in doing so they appear to have given misleading information which, at times, seems to conflict even with the contract itself.

I’ve also spoken to computer scientists and election integrity experts, in trying to make sense of all of this, though many of them seem to be scratching their heads as well. My own queries to the Sec. of State’s office have gone unanswered, as had Fitrakis’ and Bello’s before they published their initial story, begging the question as to why, if this software is as benign as Ohio officials are suggesting, they didn’t respond immediately to say as much. Furthermore, why did they keep the contract a secret? Why did they wait until just before the election to have this work done? And why did they feel it was appropriate to circumvent both federal and state testing and certification programs for the software in the bargain?

I’d like to have been able to learn much more before running anything on this at all, frankly. But the lack of time between now and Tuesday’s election — in which Ohio’s results are universally believed to be key to determining the next President of the United States — preclude that.

So, based on the information I’ve been able to glean so far, allow me to try to explain, in as simple terms as I can, what we current know and what we don’t, and what the serious concerns are all about.

And, just to pre-respond to those supposed journalists who have shown a proclivity for reading comprehension issues, let me be clear: No, this does not mean I am charging that there is a conspiracy to rig or steal the Ohio election. While there certainly could be, if there is, I don’t know about it, nor am I charging there is any such conspiracy at this time. The secretive, seemingly extra-legal way in which Sec. of State Husted’s office is going about whatever it is they are trying to do, however, at the very last minute before the election, along with the explanations they’ve given for it to date, and concerns about similar cases in the past, in both Ohio and elsewhere, are certainly cause for any reasonable skeptic or journalist to be suspect and investigate what could be going on. And so I am…

http://www.salon.com/2012/11/05/ohio_republicans_sneak_risky_software_onto_voting_machines/

BenevolentLawyer
BenevolentLawyer

Everyone MUST GO OUT to vote. PLEASE encourage your friends and family (who are Obama supporters) to vote. I can share that a  significant number of my elderly family members, that are Romney supporters, are ready to go. They are fired up with FEAR to vote against Socialism (code name for Obama on Fox News etc.)--thanks to Fox News and their campaign of FEAR! 

ALL Obama supporters MUST VOTE to counter this voting trend. We vote, not because we are afraid of anything, but because we know the President's policies are working, and he needs more time to clean up the Republican (Bush) mess. 

VOTE VOTE VOTE....  Obama/Biden 2012

outsider
outsider

Why Romney Is Unfit for the PresidencyAttorney, advocate, writer at RepublicReport.org

If you think Romney is ready to transcend his questionable business practices, consider that in his only political job, in one term as Massachusetts governor, Romney stood aloof from legislators. Clearly he just suffered through the degrading experience of running a state to build his resume for a White House run.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/davidhalperin/romney-unfit-for-presidency_b_2076214.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Oh cool!

I just put in the URL and it auto-pops up the comic!

notsacredh
notsacredh

Tero, he keeps saying that he's not going to give up trying to convert me. I tell him that if he annoys me enough, he can kiss an inheritence goodbye. His grandmother  and him have crosses and stuff in their rooms, but they both know that any religious symbols either of them would stick in any of the other rooms get burned the minute I saw them. lol.

notsacredh
notsacredh

DonQuixotic, he's Methodist. We obviously disagree about religion, but I've never tried to influence him to be non-religious. I refused to even discuss religion with him when he was younger because I felt that if he didn't explore religions or agnosticism/atheism, then he wasn't ready to discuss it. He wasn't getting any freebies.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

@sacredh With all due respect to your son, because he has given up his voice, he can sit in the back seat. We'll drive. And I don't want to hear him complaining about anything for the next 2-4 years.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

Voting for Romney as a conservative must be like rubbing salt in that rash you can't really scratch when he keeps changing his positions.

Tero
Tero

@sacredh 

I always find that hilarious when Christians bad-mouth Mormonism because they say it's a cult. Well... Ummm... So is Christianity! However Christianity does have the patina of age.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@sacredh 

What denomination?  I'm assuming some form of Christian - that sounds like a Christian.

yrag46
yrag46

@outsider2011 

So why is the Justice Department not seriously looking into this ...or are they?  

MrObvious
MrObvious

@outsider2011 

Nothing fishy at all about installing software on electronic machine days before an election/

It would be great if they could catch that guy red handed so dems could dangle that moron in front of righties every time they start the song and dance about 'fraud'.

kathy
kathy

@outsider2011 Thanks.  I'd heard snippets of this but hadn't seen the full story.  weird, and concerning.

Pollopa
Pollopa

Really in any state.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

At least five hundred Puerto Rican imm--well, they're not really immigrants are they?--descendents may decide the election in FL. 

Can the pseudo-patriotism, jack.

anon76
anon76

@LiberalLies2012 Thanks for pointing it out, Rusty.  You do know that the last incarnation of the Gallup poll, issued right before Hurricane Sandy hit, had Mittens up by 5, don't you?  #Romentum!

fitty_three
fitty_three

@LiberalLies2012  

Hmmm.  Looks like the kicker on Obama's team missed the extra point.

No pass defense, whatsoever!

outsider
outsider

@LiberalLies2012 

One poll vs all of them. 

Tell yourself whatever you have to. Remember the bet you willingly accepted. 

Good by Rusty. . 

outsider
outsider

@53_3 @DonQuixotic 

NO, it didn't. It's the onion. They parody everything - like the right wingers picking on Nate, for instance. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91

What a shocker that one is - Defense contractors side with Romney since he promises to spend another 2 trillions on toys that will bankrupt this nation.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@outsider2011

Outsider

I love a man as naive as you but Rod will never leave. He's just not stable enough to do something like that. And I'm sure this post will invite him saying that I promised to leave if Romney win. Well I tried but paulejb didn't have the balls to bet that with me.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

He always starts out feigning ignorance, but then, when he's exposed as rusty, the feigning stops.

kathy
kathy

@outsider2011 @MrObvious He has a pattern.  Sort of hard to miss, and impossible for him to hide, since he doesn't recognize it himself.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Rusty came back.

Betting that by Thursday he'll have a new handle: LiberalLiestoInfinityandBeyond or something.  Then he'll feign ignorance again.

outsider
outsider

@MrObvious @outsider2011 

And yet, we pick him out. Every time

Notice Sagwhatever hasnt' been in since we switched over, and Rusty got back in?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@outsider2011

His confidence comes from the fact that he thinks we're dumb enough for not knowing any new incarnation of his. Probably because he's basing that judgement on the type of people he most closely associate himself with.

outsider
outsider

@MrObvious @outsider2011 

I completely agree with you, Hippo. 

But i take pleasure in pointing out that he was once confident enough to make the bet, even if he isn't man enough to accept it after the fact.