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  1. rikyrah says:

    Todd Akin Suggests Employers Should Be Able To Pay Women Less

    Todd Akin appeared to endorse allowing employers to pay women less than men at a town hall on Thursday.

    Gender discrimination in compensation has been illegal in the United States since the passage of the 1963 Equal Pay Act. But in video provided by Sen. Claire McCaskill’s campaign, Akin responded to a question about the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — which made it easier for workers to sue over unequal pay — by suggesting that employers shouldn’t even be barred from paying women less in the first place

  2. rikyrah says:

    Ann Romney: If elected, “mental well-being” Mitt’s biggest challenge

    Ann Romney’s biggest concern if her husband becomes president would be his ability to maintain his “mental well-being,” she said in an interview Thursday with KTVN in Reno, Nev.

    Asked what her primary worry would be should her husband succeed in defeating President Obama on Nov. 6, Mrs. Romney replied, “You know, I think my biggest concern, obviously, would just be for his mental well-being.”

    “I have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness and his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy, in his understanding of what’s missing right now in the economy – you know, pieces that are missing to get this jumpstarted,” she continued. “So for me I think it would just be the emotional part of it.”

    In a speech at Bartley Ranch in Reno earlier in the day, Mrs. Romney defended her husband. Criticism that the Republican presidential nominee is unrelatable, she said, is “off base.” Mitt Romney has faced a difficult few weeks in the campaign that culminated in a leaked fundraiser video capturing him saying 47 percent of Americans depend on the government and consider themselves “victims

    • Ametia says:

      SHORT: “Mitt’s already ‘CRACKED’

      What you said earlier. The Romney’s are “LEANING ON THEIR WHITENESS”

      Take 2 anti-psychotic caps and don’t call us in the morning.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Not Worried About the Debates

    by BooMan
    Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 04:47:04 PM EST

    Personally, I am not very worried about the debates. People like Joe Biden and he’s a pretty good debater. He probably had the best line of the 2008 debates when he came up with that thing about Guiliani, a noun, a verb, and 9/11. He did a great job against Palin in what was frankly an otherworldly and starbursty situation. As for the presidential debates, the last two shouldn’t be a problem. The second debate is a town hall forum with a Long Island audience of “undecided” voters. That’s home field territory for Obama. The last debate is on foreign policy, where it will be nearly impossible for Romney to make any progress on discussing the economy. It’s the first debate that will focus exclusively on domestic issues that offers Romney his chance to shine. Except, you know, he wants to destroy Medicare and take away your home mortgage deduction to finance a tax break on rich people and corporations.

    Are you worried?

  4. The Ultimate Mitt Romney Flip-Flop Collection

  5. Ametia says:

    Suspicious Voter Registration Forms Found in 10 Florida Counties
    Source: Los Angeles Times

    WASHINGTON — Florida elections officials said Friday that at least 10 counties have identified suspicious and possibly fraudulent voter registration forms turned in by a firm working for the Republican Party of Florida, which has filed an election fraud complaint with the the state Division of Elections against its one-time consultant.

    The controversy in Florida — which began with possibly fraudulent forms that first cropped up in Palm Beach County — has engulfed the Republican National Committee, which admitted Thursday that it urged state parties in seven swing states to hire the firm, Strategic Allied Consulting.The RNC paid the company at least $3.1 million — routed through the state parties of Florida, Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia — to register voters and run get out the vote operations. Wisconsin and Ohio had not yet paid the firm for get-out-the-vote operations it was contracted to do.

    The RNC severed its ties to the firm Thursday after questions arose about the work Strategic Allied did in Palm Beach County, where election officials have turned over to prosecutors 106 voter registration forms submitted by one worker, some of which contained apparent forgeries and other problems.

    Now elections officials across Florida are scrutinizing voter registration forms turned into their counties on behalf of the state Republican party. The state elections division is also investigating.

    Read more:,0,7654954.story

  6. Ametia says:

    Mitt Romney Makes the Case Against … Mitt Romney
    by: mooncat
    Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 17:39:24 PM CDT

    Political pundits sometimes say “the ads just write themselves,” but Mitt Romney’s 47% statement is an extreme case. Mitt not only wrote this new — and devastating — Obama ad, he has the only speaking part other than the “I approved this message” disclosure.

  7. rikyrah says:

    How the Democrats are winning the voter ID law battle

    by Perry Bacon Jr. | September 26, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    When Republican-led state legislatures and governors passed controversial voting bills throughout 2011 and earlier this year, the provisions at first appeared a major impediment to President Obama winning re-election. Many of the laws were adopted in key states, including Florida, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and liberal groups estimated they could prevent millions across the country from voting and would disproportionately affect blacks, Latinos and the elderly, who are less likely to have some of the forms of identification required by the laws.

    But a strong alliance of activist organizations, the Obama administration and progressive media has largely blunted the impact of the laws, which range from requiring photo identification to vote to imposing fines on voter registration groups for turning in forms late. In nearly every battleground state, Democrats have successfully cast the laws as discriminatory and unnecessary and won in court, keeping in place largely the same voting laws that existed when Obama won in 2008.

    Pennsylvania is the only close electoral state where a law requiring a photo identification to vote remains in place, and Mitt Romney has largely stopped competing there in the face of Obama’s strong, stable lead. And the Keystone State is now easing its requirements to get a new photo identification in the face of a court challenge.

    To be sure, Democrats have not defeated all the voting changes, nearly all of which were backed by Republicans. In Pennsylvania, elderly voters who have voted for years there now have to obtain new forms to cast ballots. Four other states don’t allow anyone without a photo ID to vote, meaning thousands of people could still be disenfranchised if they don’t get an identification before Nov. 6.

    A judge this week upheld a Republican-backed provision in Florida that limits early voting to eight days, six fewer than in 2008 and eliminates the Sunday before Election Day, when many black churches organize their congregations to vote after services.

  8. SouthernGirl2 says:


    check your email.

  9. SouthernGirl2 says:

    Brad Friedman‏@TheBradBlog

    Obama now leading in ALL 12 swing states, OH, VA, FL, NC, CO, PA, IA, NV, WI, NM, MI & NH, according to @TPM’s @Polltracker average.

  10. SouthernGirl2 says:

    Vice President Biden is speaking in Florida

  11. rikyrah says:

    Chickenhawk Romney

    by BooMan
    Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 09:37:47 AM EST

    I think it is cute that Mitt Romney drew a giant valentine on a French beach in 1968 and had someone take a picture of it to send to his sweetheart and future wife, Ann Romney. At the same time, I understand why Senator Jim Webb is so incensed with Mitt Romney’s avoidance of mentioning our combat soldiers during his convention speech. While Mitt Romney was sprawled out on a French beach, Jim Webb was serving in Vietnam, where he was wounded, and where he earned a Navy Cross, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. Whether someone served in Vietnam or not is not something I get hung up about. I respect the people who went when their country asked them to go. I also respect the people who looked at the situation and decided that it would be immoral to fight in that war. I am not going to judge people who had to make difficult decisions based on imperfect information. But Romney showed up at rallies favoring the war even though neither he nor anyone in his extended family served a day in the military. I don’t understand that. To me, that makes you a chickenhawk. And I don’t like it when chickenhawks talk all tough about defense and war. Dick Cheney’s five deferments made me sick every time I saw him snarl. George W. Bush going AWOL during the Vietnam War made me sick when he put on a flight suit and strutted around on an aircraft carrier. These men didn’t oppose the Vietnam War at all; they were just afraid to fight in it. At least with Mitt Romney’s father, he worked hard during World War Two to make sure our troops had the vehicles and other materials they needed.
    Sen. Webb isn’t a partisan guy, but I can see why Mitt Romney disgusts him.

    “If nothing else, at least mention some word of thanks and respect when a presidential candidate who is their generational peer makes a speech,” said Webb, a former Navy secretary and decorated Marine who served in Vietnam. Romney was exempted from the draft, first as a student and then as a missionary.
    “This was a time when every American male was eligible to be drafted. People made choices,” Webb said. “Those among us who stepped forward to face the harsh unknowns did so with the belief that their service would be honored.”

    But that’s the pattern with Romney. Ann Richards said that George W. Bush was born on third base and thought he hit a triple. Mitt Romney was born at home base and thought he hit a grand slam. He never thought twice about guys like Jim Webb who were fighting and dying in a war that Romney supported, even as he lounged on French beaches daydreaming about his sweetheart back home.

    Missionary work has its place, but you don’t get to be a hawk when you chose to opt out of a war you wanted your classmates to fight.

  12. SouthernGirl2 says:

    The Emancipation Proclamation is 150 Years Old

  13. SouthernGirl2 says:

    President Obama in the 1990s.

  14. SouthernGirl2 says:

    Hey ladies,

    Linda Knight stated:Here’s one for you……………………………. I was at the store getting ready to check out and i was behind this lady with a Romney shirt on and when the lady finished ringing up her groceries she pulled her food stamp card out to pay and the cashier and i looked at each other and of course i had to say something, i asked her if she knew if the man on her shirt got into office she would more than likely end up losing her benefits and she said he’s not talking about us and i asked her who is us and she said white people and then i asked her who he referring to then and she said ya’ll and i asked her who is ya’ll and she said you know ya’ll and i replied no i don’t know who ya’ll is because i don’t have a food stamp card and she leaned over and said i don’t want to say it loud but he is talking about black people, the cashier and i started laughing and i told her well mam if he gets into office you can consider yourself BLACK because you will not have that card and she was so embarrassed that she forgot to get her change because she had bought some things she had to pay cash for and the cashier had to chase her down to give her her change. I think i might have given her something to think about!!!!!!

  15. rikyrah says:

    The right learns to look the other way on Romneycare

    By Steve Benen

    Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:15 AM EDT.

    Note the Romneycare law on the desk.

    The evolution of conservative attitudes on Mitt Romney and health care has been fascinating to watch from a distance. It’s also become principle-free, as became evident this week.

    It seems like ancient history now, but a year ago, prominent Republicans said Romney would have no choice but to apologize for his Massachusetts health care reform law, which ultimately served as a blueprint for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). Sen. John Thune (R-S.C.), Mike Huckabee, Karl Rove, and prominent conservative activists throughout the party demanded that he “acknowledge he made a mistake.”

    Romney, at the time building his campaign around an anti-apology attack, refused, and in time, a subtle detente emerged — the right would put its apoplexy aside, and the candidate just wouldn’t talk about his only meaningful accomplishment in public office.

    The arrangement, however, has been fragile. In early August, Romney’s chief spokesperson, Andrea Saul, gave the right a heart attack when she suggested on Fox News that struggling families nationwide would benefit greatly if only they lived under Romneycare at the national level — implicitly endorsing the implementation of Obamacare. Conservatives were livid, and the campaign was left battered and confused.

    But with 39 days to go, both Romney’s and conservatives’ standards have changed.

    A little more than 24 hours have passed since Mitt Romney took the base-alienating step of touting the health care law he signed while governor of Massachusetts in an interview with NBC. Unlike the last time his campaign heralded his signature achievement, however, the conservative grumbling was relatively muted.

    Why? Because, Republicans say, things are so bad for Romney that they’ll even let him talk up his health care law.

  16. Ametia says:

    This is for Mitt and his “CROCODILE TEARS”

  17. rikyrah says:

    Obama Moves In For The Kill

    With early voting underway, the above Obama ad is set to run in seven states. At a whopping two minutes, the quadruple-length appeal is likely intended as his closing argument. It follows the direct-to-camera ad Romney released yesterday in which he tries to yet again relaunch his flailing campaign.

    Also, about that Romney ad – the campaign looks to be betting everything on it. Sargent reports that it will be “airing at full throttle in all of Romney’s media markets in nine swing states, and it will be the only Romney ad running in them [save some Spanish-language ads in Florida].”

  18. rikyrah says:

    Obama: More Efficient Than Romney

    Obama is out-advertising Romney in Ohio and Florida despite the overall Republican fund-raising advantage. Jon Chait explains how this is possible:

    Obama seems to be getting way more bang for his buck. Republicans are paying their staff twice the rate Democrats are paying theirs, allowing Obama to have twice as many people working for him for the same amount Romney is spending. And the Washington Post today reports the little-known fact that campaigns, by federal law, can command lower advertising rates than Superpacs, giving Obama consistent, and occasionally huge, savings.

    I read somewhere else that the ad rate for the campaigns was $125 where as the SuperPacs were being charged $925….and people don’t wanna say that the media has no FINANCIAL STAKE in making this a horserace?


  19. rikyrah says:

    Quote For The Day II

    “Whenever conservatives talk to me about Barack Obama, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else. But what exactly? The anger, the suspicion, the freestyle fantasizing have no perceptible object in the space-time continuum that centrist Democrats like me inhabit. What are we missing? Seen from our perspective, the country elected a moderate and cautious straight shooter committed to getting things right and giving the United States its self-­respect back after the Bush-Cheney years. Unlike the crybabies at MSNBC and Harper’s Magazine, we never bought into the campaign’s hollow “hope and change” rhetoric, so aren’t crushed that, well, life got in the way. At most we hoped for a sensible health care program to end the scandal of America’s uninsured, and were relieved that Obama proposed no other grand schemes of Nixonian scale. We liked him for his political liberalism and instinctual conservatism. And we still like him,” – Mark Lilla, in a brilliant and often hilarious review.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Webb delivers blistering Romney critique in Virginia
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:00 AM EDT.

    It’s hard to see Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) as much of a partisan. As he wraps up his first and only term in the Senate, the centrist Democrat hasn’t developed a reputation for being especially ideological; he doesn’t seem to care for the usual political games; and he’s generally been a non-presence when it comes to hitting the campaign trail, even for his allies.

    So when Webb appeared alongside President Obama in Virginia Beach yesterday, it raised eyebrows. When the senator delivered a blistering, almost angry critique of Mitt Romney, it was even more surprising.

    Introducing President Obama in Virginia Beach, retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), condemned Mitt Romney for failing to mention veterans or the military in his GOP convention speech.

    The omission was all the more damning, Webb suggested, because Romney is of an age where he might have served in Vietnam but did not.

    “If nothing else, at least mention some word of thanks and respect when a presidential candidate who is their generational peer makes a speech,” said Webb, a former Navy secretary and decorated Marine who served in Vietnam. Romney was exempted from the draft, first as a student and then as a missionary.

    “This was a time when every American male was eligible to be drafted. People made choices,” Webb said. “Those among us who stepped forward to face the harsh unknowns did so with the belief that their service would be honored.”

    Webb proceeded to connect Romney’s indifference to national security to the Republican’s infamous “47 percent” remarks, in which he indirectly suggested veterans who rely on benefits are lazy parasites, dependent on government handouts. “In receiving veterans benefits they are not takers — they are givers,” Webb said.

  21. rikyrah says:

    New jobs numbers under cut major Romney talking point
    By Greg Sargent

    So the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced this morning that it is revising its jobs count, to include an additional 386,000 nonfarm jobs that were created from March of 2011 to March of 2012.

    Jobs numbers are only one metric for measuring economic improvement, so we shouldn’t overstate their significance. This new finding, however, does matter politically in a few key ways. First, as Justin Wolfers points out, the added jobs means that there has no longer been a “net” loss of jobs on Obama’s watch. As you know, Romney has been saying for a very long time now that the “net” jobs lost on Obama’s watch proves his policies failed. That’s a bogus metric, because it factors in the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of jobs lost in each of the first few months of Obama’s term, before those policies went into effect.

    But putting that aside, net jobs were now actually gained on Obama’s watch. So, in theory at least, Romney has been deprived of one of the talking points that has been central to his candidacy for a year now. That talking point was crucial for Romney, because it enabled him to make the (nonsensical) case that Obama destroyed jobs overall.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 09/27/2012
    An unexpectedly ideological presidential election
    By Greg Sargent

    In explaining why the 2012 presidential race is not playing out according to the GOP’s expected script, Paul Krugman makes an important point:about the unexpectedly ideological nature of this election, and why that’s backfiring on Republicans:

    How did that happen? Partly it’s because this has become such an ideological election — much more so than 2008. The GOP has made it clear that it has a very different vision of what America should be than that of Democrats, and Democrats have rallied around their cause. Among other things, while we weren’t looking, social issues became a source of Democratic strength, not weakness — partly because the country has changed, partly because the Democrats have finally worked up the nerve to stand squarely for things like reproductive rights.
    And let me add a speculation: I suspect that in the end Obamacare is turning out to be a big plus, even though it has always had ambivalent polling. The fact is that Obama can point to a big achievement that will survive if he is reelected, perish if he isn’t; health insurance for 50 million or so Americans (30 million from the ACA, another 20 who would lose coverage if Romney/Ryan Medicaid cuts happen) is enough to cure people of the notion that it doesn’t matter who wins.
    These points are related to each other. One reason Obamacare may not be turning out to be quite the negative for Obama that many expected is precisely because the election has become so ideologically charged. My bet is that the selection of Paul Ryan, by spotlighting his highly controversial and ideologically charged plan to transform Medicare’s core mission over time, might be lessening Obamacare as a liability for the President.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Wisconsin Supreme Court Doesn’t Take Up Voter-ID Cases, Leaving Law On Hold
    Eric Kleefeld – 6:43 PM EDT, Thursday September 27, 2012

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court declined a request to take up two voter-I.D. cases on an accelerated basis — thus leaving in place, for now, rulings that have kept the law frozen and not applicable to the upcoming general election.

    State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican, had sought the court’s action on appealing the lower court rulings. The court currently has a 4-3 conservative majority, but the decision Thursday not to take up the case was made unanimously.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Yes, a Blow Out is Possible

    by BooMan
    Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 08:51:51 PM EST

    I don’t like to mince words. Mitt Romney is getting slapped around worse than Cory Booker after a Meet the Press appearance. There are redheaded stepchildren and rented mules who are having an easier time of it than the Mittster. In Nate Silver’s model, if the election were held today, Romney would have a 2.2% chance of winning. His chances on November 6th are down to 18.1%, and they are only that high because Silver is still assuming a bit of a convention bounce and some economic headwinds that will keep Obama’s numbers down. In any case, things are bad enough that Silver decided to try to figure out if Obama could possibly do as well or better in November as he did in 2008. Things are bad enough that Chris Cillizza decided to tell us all that they won’t get much worse. Mr. Cillizza assures us that Mitt Romney won’t get blown out, and Mr. Silver basically agrees, although he allows that it’s at least as likely as Romney coming back to win.
    Let’s start with Cillizza’s argument. He says that 2008 was a historically good year for the Democrats, which is true. It’s always hard to break your own record for excellence. Cillizza also says this:

    “Not only did then-candidate Obama galvanize a national movement behind his campaign, he also benefited from the fact that opponent Sen. John McCain could never get out from under George W. Bush’s shadow or convince the American public that he was well-versed on the economy.”

    Obama’s national movement still exists. He’s going to shatter his record for attracting small donor donations, and his sixty-plus field offices in Iowa just started taking people to the polls today. As for John McCain, he was a flawed candidate, but he was revered by tens of millions of Americans, including the vast majority of the press corp. He served his country and he paid a very high personal price, and that counts for something. Mitt Romney appeals to no one. There are no people who revere him. There are no people who think he’s paid his dues. If John McCain had a rematch and took more care with selecting his running mate, he’d do a lot better than Mitt Romney is going to do because he is a much better politician with a lot more innate appeal than Mitt Romney. Which is why Cillizza’s next point is overstated.

  25. Ametia says:

    Video: Romney Supporters Say He Was Right About the 47 Percent
    Source: Mother Jones

    For a friendly venue in Northern Virginia playing host to a Republican presidential candidate, yesterday’s crowd at American Legion Post 176 was surprisingly small and low-key: Maybe 200 folks, mostly veterans in gold-piped garrison hats, crowded into the banquet hall to hear Mitt Romney give a boilerplate stump-speech.

    Some supporters drove out to the suburban sprawl in style:

    -snipping photo of a Rolls with a Romney bumper sticker-

    After Romney completed his short, statistics-heavy stemwinder on the evils of Obamacare and defense sequestration, many in the crowd were more than happy to offer Mother Jones their opinions on Barack Obama, “liberal polls,” and Romney’s videotaped dismissal of the “47 percent,” first reported last week on this website.

    Retired Air Force Major Joseph Smith said Romney’s “47 percent” remark held a kernel of truth, and the truth was that President Obama “wants to buy” poor people. And Smith should know, since he says he used to run an unemployment office:


    Read more:

  26. Ametia says:

    Where is Republican anger over Obama’s health-care law?
    By Juan Williams, Published: September 27The Washington Post

    Juan Williams is a political analyst for Fox News and a columnist for The Hill.

    What ever happened to the political power of Republican anger over President Obama’s health-care reform?

    GOP candidates used anxiety over changes to the nation’s health-care system — which they derisively called “Obamacare” — to win big in the 2010 midterm elections. Earlier this year, it was conventional wisdom that Obama could not withstand the political rage against health-care reform in a general election.
    But as the presidential campaign enters the home stretch, health-care reform is the dog that has not barked.

    Polls still show that a plurality of Americans favors repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But the political fury has faded. The shift in attitude comes from the flow of new benefits and discontent with the status quo in health care.

    In March 2010, just before the law was passed, 37 percent of Americans approved of the ACA, and 48 percent disapproved. Today that gap has narrowed to just four percentage points, with 46 percent disapproving but 42 percent of Americans now approving of the law. More than a quarter of the people who oppose the law say they want it to do more.

  27. Ametia says:

    Republicans deluded by ‘skewed’ polls
    By Eugene Robinson, Published: September 27
    The Washington Post

    Conservative activist circles are abuzz with a new conspiracy theory: Polls showing President Obama with a growing lead over Mitt Romney are deliberately being skewed by the Liberal Mainstream Media so Republicans will be disheartened and stay home on Election Day.

    This is denial and self-delusion but not of the harmless kind. It’s a false narrative that encourages the Republican Party to take the wrong lessons from this election, no matter the outcome.
    The whole atmosphere surrounding the presidential race is different since the party conventions. The Obama campaign has begun warning supporters about the perils of overconfidence. Romney, meanwhile, wages a daily battle to keep the words “beleaguered” and “embattled” from latching onto his candidacy.

    The reason for the change is that polls indicate Obama’s once-slim lead has grown beyond the margin of error. A Pew Research Center national poll last week showed Obama up by eight points. The most recent National Journal poll showed the president with a seven-point lead. On Wednesday, even the Gallup daily tracking poll — which has consistently measured the race as extremely close — had Obama up by six.

  28. Ametia says:

    The Republican Brain: Constructing an Alternate Polling Reality for 2012
    —By Kevin Drum
    Fri Sep. 28, 2012 3:00 AM PDT

    One of the odder little subplots of the 2012 election has been the growth of poll denialism among Republicans. As Mitt Romney’s chances have grown ever dimmer, a cottage industry has sprung up on the right claiming that presidential polls suffer from liberal bias and Romney is really doing better than they say. “When the published poll shows Obama ahead by, say, 48-45,” explains conservative pundit Dick Morris, “he’s really probably losing by 52-48!”

    Now, this is hardly in the same league as climate denialism or evolution denialism. What’s more, it’s perfectly understandable. It’s human nature to cast around for reasons to stay optimistic about a political contest that you feel deeply about. I remember a milder version of the same thing happening in 2004, as liberals dug deep into the October poll numbers trying to convince themselves that John Kerry had a better chance to beat George Bush than the topline numbers suggested. One poll had a small sample size. Another one had a bad likely voter screen. A third one suffered from a known house effect. Etc.

    Read on

  29. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

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