Monday Open Thread

Good Morning, Everyone. I hope you have a drama-free day.

Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.,[1] was an American singer-songwriter and musician whose career spanned more than two decades. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., he was the son of a storefront minister of a local Pentecostal church sect and grew up singing gospel in church revivals as a young child. Gaye branched out into secular music as a teenager, joining the doo-wop group The Marquees, after returning from an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, before the group was hired by Harvey Fuqua to be Harvey & The Moonglows. Following the band’s separation in 1960, Gaye began working as a session drummer for the Detroit music label, Anna, before signing with Motown Records in 1961, adding an “e” to his surname.

Gaye was one of many who shaped the sound and success of Motown Records in the 1960s, becoming that label’s top-selling solo artist of that decade with a string of hits including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”, “Ain’t That Peculiar”, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and his duet singles with singers such as Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell. Because of this, Gaye was given the titles, “The Prince of Motown” and “The Prince of Soul”.[2][3] Following the death of Tammi Terrell in 1970, Gaye went into seclusion, emerging the following year with “What’s Going On” and its subsequent album, which helped to make him one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of Motown’s production company to be his own artist.[2][4][5]

What’s Going On and its 1973 follow-up, Let’s Get It On became among the first concept albums in R&B music.[6] Gaye’s later music influenced the quiet storm, urban contemporary, slow jam and neo-soul music genres.[7] After spending years as a European tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye returned on the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit, “Sexual Healing” and the Midnight Love album. After a violent argument with his father, he was shot dead by him on April 1, 1984.

Gaye was posthumously inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.[8] Gaye also ranked high on music magazines’ lists, ranking at number 18 on the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time on the American music magazine, Rolling Stone,[9] and he ranked number 20 on VH-1’s list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[10] Gaye, who composed a three-octave vocal range,[11] was subsequently ranked at number 6 on Rolling Stone’s list of the Greatest Singers of All Time in 2008.[12]

Early recordings and initial success

Later in 1962, Gaye released his first charted hit, “Stubborn Kind of Fellow”, which peaked in the low top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top ten on the R&B side. Gaye’s first top 40 pop song, “Hitch Hike”, was soon followed by his first top-10 hit single, “Pride & Joy”. Other hit singles during this period including “Can I Get a Witness”, “You Are a Wonderful One” and “Try It Baby”. In 1964, he scored his first hit duets with singer Mary Wells including “Once Upon a Time”, which was later featured on the duo’s album, Together, which became Gaye’s first charted album. Gaye’s success grew the following year after three of his singles, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”, “I’ll Be Doggone” and “Ain’t That Peculiar”, reached the top-10 and sold a million copies. Gaye notched his next duet success late the following year with Kim Weston, on the song, “It Takes Two”.

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91 Responses to Monday Open Thread

  1. President Obama is moments away from announcing that the home of labor leader Cesar Chavez is being designated as a national monument.

  2. Ametia says:

    Have You All Lost Your Goddamn Minds?

    Liberals, you need to get your goddamn shit together. The President lost a debate. He didn’t lose Texas. For four years, this President has faced off one of the most obstructionist parties in modern American political history. He did this in the center of an economic collapse. He has delivered on too many promises to count, even in the dead heat of this.

    He’s been running ahead in an election where the opposition was fairly incompetent, where the leading opposition candidate told half the country to go fuck themselves with a stolen rusty tire iron. He has one debate where the opposition is competent, and that’s it. You’re done. You have bad polling days, and you’re done. Let’s just call off the election and use that time to apply for foreign passports. I mean, holy shit, what a bunch of spineless bastards you turned out to be.

    I’ve spent the last few days talking to you motherfuckers, and I have several questions, beginning with: did you motherfuckers watch the same debate as me? Cause for the last few days, I’ve heard people saying ‘why didn’t he point out that Romney was lying?’ He did. ‘Why didn’t he tie the economy to education or healthcare?’ He did. He made much of the same case for his Presidency as did Bill Clinton. He just didn’t do it with the bullshit flourish that is Clinton’s specialty. But shit, for the last four years, he hasn’t done the flourish. He’s been tired almost every day.


  3. Ametia says:

    I want VP Joe to Nuke this lil fucker Thursday night.

    • Ametia says:

      So now it’s those inner city heathens that don’t know how to manage their lives, and charity from churches will handle that for them. SMGDH.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Is the Republican Party Racist?

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

    By Ron Rosenbaum|Posted Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at 3:50 AM ET

    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.


    Which means in practice that the GOP starts out every presidential election with (depending on census changes in electoral vote numbers) some 100 electoral votes, more than a third of the way to the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.

    Is it an accident that these 100 votes come from the core states of the Old Confederacy—Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina?

    Looked at another way, as things stand, there would be no presidential “race” at the moment if it weren’t for those ex-confederate states—even if they split their votes. Mitt Romney would have little or no chance of winning and might as well quit the race now. Nor would the GOP have much chance of re-taking the Senate or even winning the House again. They would be dead as a political party if not for the legacy of racism. I think that’s a fact. Do you think it’s “he said/she said”?

  5. rikyrah says:

    October 08, 2012 4:49 PM
    Pew’s Perfect Post-Debate Window

    By Ed Kilgore

    If you haven’t heard about this yet, you will soon, probably from some of the same gabbers who were complaining just last week that the polls were all biased for Obama: the new monthly Pew survey has Mitt Romney with a four-point lead (49-45) among LVs. Pew had Obama up by eight (51-43) among LVs in mid-September. Among the rather startling numbers is Romney completely eliminating an 18-point disadvantage among women, and an even larger swing among voters under 50 (from down 15 to up 4).

    Oddly, the candidate preferences for the big party ID groupings haven’t changed that much, and sure enough, the RV sample (aside from being half the size of September’s) has a significantly higher percentage of Republicans (34%) than September’s (31%), and an even larger reduction in the percentage of Democrats (37% to 31%) This could reflect a sampling error in either month or an actual shift in party ID.

    The main silver lining for Ds in this poll is that it was taken precisely during the first four days after the first presidential debate. So it created a perfect window for the Romney debate bounce but not the reversion towards the mean that other surveys seem to be reflecting.

    But make no mistake, this is the true, infallible poll Republicans have been waiting on to declare total impending victory. I just hope we don’t get any disgusting spin suggesting that women saw Romney as a Real Man, even without his skinny jeans.

  6. rikyrah says:

    To Draft Dodger Mitt Romney Foreign Policy Equals Endless War

    By: Jason Easley

    For at least the third time during this campaign, Mitt Romney delivered what was billed as a major foreign policy address that contained no foreign policy.

    Here is the video of Romney’s speech:

    After Romney’s usual blame Obama segment, the Republican nominee spoke about his myopic militaristic foreign policy,

    The size of our Navy is at levels not seen since 1916. I will restore our Navy to the size needed to fulfill our missions by building 15 ships per year, including three submarines. I will implement effective missile defenses to protect against threats. And on this, there will be no flexibility with Vladimir Putin. And I will call on our NATO allies to keep the greatest military alliance in history strong by honoring their commitment to each devote 2 percent of their GDP to security spending. Today, only 3 of the 28 NATO nations meet this benchmark.


    Mitt Romney still considers foreign policy to be limited to the military and war making. Romney didn’t mention diplomacy, or what his overarching foreign policy vision is. In fact, the remarkable thing about the speech was that it contained no vision, except for George W. Bush’s.

    By the way, somebody might want to tell Mitt Romney that there are more places in the world than Russia and the Middle East.

    According to Romney, foreign policy is a military to do list in the Middle East.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Shady Dealings: Huawei and Bain Capital

    Posted on 10/08/2012 at 6:45 pm by JM Ashby

    The Dem rapid response team debuted this ad today following a 60 minutes report last night and the House Intelligence Committee’s report today on Hauwei.

    Mitt Romney’s connection to the deal, as implied by the video above, is that Romney would have financially benefited if Bain had been successful in partnering with Huawei in their bid to acquire American company 3Com because Romney still derives a paycheck from Bain.

  8. rikyrah says:

    The Sunday Morning Shows Suck Because…

    by BooMan
    Mon Oct 8th, 2012 at 04:43:08 PM EST

    If you can explain why Peggy Noonan, Harold Ford, and Sally Quinn suck so much, you can probably explain why the Sunday morning political talk shows suck so much. You can start with the problem that none of the people who host or appear on those shows have an unconventional thought in their head. About the only shortcoming these folks think our country might have is that we’re running a budget deficit. Half of what makes Bill Moyers’ programs so interesting is that his guests say things you would never hear in a million viewings of Face the Nation. Why is Frontline compelling? Because they expose big problems rather than paper them over. And even as nakedly partisan a program as The Rachel Maddow Show at least distinguishes itself by making a concerted effort to explain how our system works, or why it doesn’t.
    The second, related, reason that the Sunday morning talk shows suck is that they are crushingly boring. They are boring because the guests are boring, the conversation is predictable, and there is a strange and strained conceit that they are critics of the system rather than integral parts of how the system maintains its blinkered existence.

    Or, another way of looking at it is that the members of the White House Press Corp didn’t think Stephen Colbert’s performance at their Nerdprom was amusing, while the rest of America thought it was hilarious. They think they are doing God’s work, when they are really measuring each other’s peckers while people like Scooter Libby start phony wars based on faked intelligence right under their noses. And then they contribute to the Scooter Libby Defense Fund, because heaven forbid that any member of their extended club ever be held truly accountable for anything.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 10/08/2012
    Democrats have a promising crop of Senate contenders

    By Jonathan Bernstein

    Jamelle Bouie made some excellent points earlier today about recent developments in Senate contests and what this might mean in the next Congress. Even with the polling he cites, it’s far too early to tell what’s going to happen to the Senate this November — I count a good 16 races that could easily go either way, leading to anything from the Democrats gaining four seats, for a total of 57, to Republicans grabbing a huge 59 to 41 majority. But the consensus certainly is that things are looking better for the Democrats than many expected.

    But what about the senators who will occupy those seats? Again, it’s hard to draw any conclusions with so much uncertainty, but I tend to think that most mainstream Democrats will be pretty happy with the crop they may get.

    To begin with: Happiness is pretty much a given for this group once they’ve traded in Joe Lieberman for practically any replacement. Lieberman may not have been quite as bad for liberals as they thought he was (he did, after all, vote for the stimulus, the Affordable Care Act and other liberal bills), but they’ll like Chris Murphy a lot more if he wins in Connecticut.

    Elsewhere, however, I don’t really see a single trade or potential new senator who would (or at least should) make mainstream Democrats unhappy.

    Trading in Sens. James Webb, Kent Conrad, Herb Kohl, Daniel Akaka and Jeff Bingaman for (if they win) Tim Kaine, Heidi Heitkamp, Tammy Baldwin, Mazie Hirono and Martin Heinrich is an excellent deal: Even then the trade represents no ideological change, only Bingaman of the retiring group is really much of a loss for liberals

  10. rikyrah says:

    ‘There’s absolutely nothing in this speech’
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Oct 8, 2012 4:20 PM EDT.

    We’ve talked a bit today about Mitt Romney’s latest foreign policy speech — the 10th billed by his campaign as a “major” address on international affairs — and if you missed it, the video is now available. (The Romney campaign posted a transcript, which the candidate carefully stuck to via his trusted teleprompter, online.)

    If the idea was to capitalize on last week’s debate success, Romney appears to have made a mistake — today’s remarks were intended to make the Republican appear more presidential, but instead, the speech reinforced some of the same doubts that have plagued the former governor for months.

    Facing demands for more substance and details from his platform based on vague generalities, Romney delivered … nothing. Indeed, for all of its repeated condemnations of the president, the speech ended up calling for many actions that Obama has already taken. As First Read noted, “[A]lmost every policy Romney will call for — tough sanctions on Iran, withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2014, a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians, free trade, vigorously going after the terrorists in Libya — has been pursued by the Obama administration.”

    Of course, Romney stressed the need to “change course,” but never got around to saying what that course might be.

    Josh Gerstein reported that “foreign policy experts weren’t impressed” with Romney’s vague, confused effort today.

    “There’s absolutely nothing in this speech. This is a repackaging of language that has been a staple of Romney’s campaign since he threw his hat in the ring,” said James Lindsay of the Council on Foreign Relations. “If Romney has a foreign policy strategy, he still has not told us what it is. The governor is very fond of saying hope is not a strategy, but that cuts both ways. He didn’t answer two key questions: what he would do differently and why we should expect what he would to work.”

  11. rikyrah says:

    Romney’s lazy mendacity on Obama, trade agreements
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Oct 8, 2012 2:50 PM EDT.

    This line, from Mitt Romney’s foreign policy speech this morning, just amazes me.

    “I will champion free trade and restore it as a critical element of our strategy, both in the Middle East and across the world. The president has not signed one new free trade agreement in the past four years. I will reverse that failure.”

    When pressed on this lie on the past, the Romney campaign has said the trade agreements under Obama were largely negotiated before the president took office. That’s not a bad defense and there’s a way to word the attack carefully so that it’s at least technically accurate, albeit misleading.

    But today, Romney, reading a prepared text from a teleprompter, didn’t bother with the pretense. He said President Obama “has not signed one new free trade agreement,” despite the fact that’s blatantly, demonstrably untrue.

    In reality, Obama has signed three trade agreements — with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea — despite the wishes of some of his own allies. This happened less than a year ago, so it’s not as if the Republican candidate (or those who write his speeches for him) can claim to have forgotten. There were even pictures of the agreements’ signing, one of which I’ve included above.

    It appears, then, that Romney isn’t just telling a lie; he’s telling a lazy lie that’s easy to refute. The Republican just doesn’t seem to care whether he gets caught or not — he’s “not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers” — in effect thumbing his nose at those who care about reality.

  12. Ametia says:


  13. rikyrah says:

    Working the Refs, Not Debate, is Responsible for Romney’s “Bounce”

    Monday, October 08, 2012 | Posted by Deaniac83 at 2:47 PM

    Last week, we talked a little bit about the Right’s attempt to play the refs by complaining that pollsters were polling too many Democrats – where in fact, the numbers were justified by both the Democrats’ registration advantage and last presidential election’s voting patterns. So what did our national media and pollsters do? They quickly groveled at the feet of the loud screeching noise-makers, of course.

    Today, for example, there is a Pew poll out showing Mitt Romney has taken a lead in national polling of likely voters, 49-45, a full 11-point swing since the same poll from two weeks ago. Did the debate make all the difference? Don’t be silly. Here’s what really happened: Pew polled fewer voters altogether, and, they acquiesced to the wingnut browbeating and entirely took away the Democratic registration advantage documented in actual voting in 2008, registration data, and well, their own previous polling. Here, in a nutshell, is what really happened:

    The new skewing also suddenly gives conservatives a whopping 26-point advantage in this poll over liberals, compared to the last poll’s 18-point conservative advantage.. the share of conservatives in the latest survey jumped by 5 points, from 39% to 44%, while the share of liberals dropped from 21% in the previous poll to 18% in this one. That’s a total swing in favor of conservatives by 8 points. In 2008, the actual gap was 34-22 in favor of conservatives. Here’s that data in graphic form:

  14. If you live in AZ, AR, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MT, NM, OH, PA, TX, or UT, tomorrow is the last day to register to vote!

  15. In 2006, Paul Ryan Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges.

  16. Ametia says:

    This MOFO really thinks he’s presidential. GTFOH

  17. rikyrah says:

    Political AnimalBlog
    October 08, 2012 11:08 AM

    More On the “Moderate Mitt” Meme

    By Ed Kilgore

    As I am sure you know, there is a rapidly congealing MSM meme that in last week’s first presidential debate, Mitt Romney shook himself loose of his reactionary party and revealed himself as the Massachusetts Moderate he’s always really been, just in time to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

    I issued a strong protest against this meme on Friday, noting that with the arguable exception of points of emphasis on his convoluted tax proposal, and perhaps a howlingly incredible pledge to govern in a bipartisan manner, Romney didn’t move an inch in the debate. But if you don’t believe me, here’s Ezra Klein today:

    Romney promised he wouldn’t raise a cent in taxes to retire a debt far larger than the one George H. W. Bush faced. He had nothing at all to say about climate change. He said health-care reform should proceed state-by-state, but he proposed Medicaid cuts that would make it impossible for any other states to do what Massachusetts did in 2006. He offered no short-term help to the unemployed, proposing instead to concentrate on long-term initiatives like energy independence. He again proclaimed allegiance to his budget promises, which would mean a 40 percent cut in everything but Medicare, Social Security and defense spending by 2016, though the only specific cut he mentioned was to PBS.

    The list of Mitt’s moderate moments, meanwhile, goes something like this. “Regulation is essential,” he said. “You can’t have a free market work if you don’t have regulation.” He also swore fealty to Medicare — though he wants to move it into a premium support system in which seniors use a capped voucher to choose between Medicare and private insurers. He forswore any intention to give tax cuts to the rich, or really to anybody, though he didn’t explain how that would work given his promise to cut tax rates by 20 percent across-the-board.

    As the Republican party has moved to the right in recent years, so too has our standard for what counts as a moderate Republican. These days, if you’re willing to admit that President Obama was probably born in the United States, that the U.S. Treasury probably shouldn’t default on its debts, and that someone, somewhere, might occasionally have to pay taxes, then congratulations, you’re a moderate Republican!

  18. rikyrah says:

    Willard is losing Women by at least a dozen points.
    More women vote than men.
    President Obama is at 42% with Whites, while Willard needs 61% of Whites.
    Willard is losing Blacks 94-0
    Willard is at 21% with Latinos.

    IN WHAT WORLD, is this a close race?

    ‘The Math’ has never added up, and it’s been quite amusing watching the pollsters skew and cherry pic so that they can PRETEND it’s a horserace.

    • Ametia says:

      The pollsters and LAMESTREAM media need this to be a close race. It’s how they get paid by COPORATIONS. Afterall, CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE, MY FRIENDS!

      Just sheer insanity

  19. rikyrah says:

    Always know how many homes you own
    By Steve Benen – Mon Oct 8, 2012 2:02 PM EDT.

    Four years ago, John McCain struggled badly when asked how many homes he owns. This year, Mitt Romney has run into a little trouble on the issue himself.

    With this in mind, here’s a tip for candidates: please try to keep track of your total number of homes in case the question comes up, because it’s likely to come up.

    For years, then-Gov. Tommy Thompson complained that he wasn’t earning big bucks as a government official. Not any more.

    Simply ask the U.S. Senate candidate exactly how many residences he owns. Just like U.S. Sen. John McCain, Thompson has a hard time keeping track. “Three,” the veteran Republican responded last week at a campaign event.

    Thompson has three houses? Isn’t there another one? “No,” he answered without hesitation.

    OK, everybody knows about the farm in his hometown of Elroy and the house in Madison. There’s also his family’s relatively new 10,889-square-foot home on the outskirts of the Walt Disney World Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. A Thompson family trust bought that edifice — and its “top of the line everything,” an online ad says — for $675,000 last year after the bank-owned property was marked down from its original $1.4 million asking price.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 10/08/2012
    Romney’s tough mush on national security
    By Jonathan Bernstein

    Mitt Romney delivers a foreign policy speech Monday at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. (Charles Dharapak – Associated Press) Mitt Romney’s big speech this morning at the Virginia Military Institute was his usual combination of bluster and vagueness. But here’s his problem on foreign policy.

    On the one hand, Barack Obama is widely perceived as successful when it comes to foreign policy and national security, mainly because Osama bin Laden is dead and the United States is out of Iraq. On the other hand, perhaps the most popular Obama policy — the surge in Afghanistan and continued U.S. casualties there — is something that Romney’s party, if anything, wants more of.

    This is not to say that one might make no legitimate criticisms of Obama’s foreign policy. But those criticisms — either from the dovish side (such as complaining about drone attacks) or from the hawkish side (threatening military action in Iran, Syria, or really anywhere else) — are difficult for Romney to make because Obama has pretty much captured the popular position on those issues. In other words, criticisms that might be welcome to international affairs specialists of one stripe or another are unlikely to be electorally helpful to Romney.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 10/08/2012
    Democrats steadily gain in Senate races nationwide
    By Jamelle Bouie

    While most political observers have been focused on the size of Mitt Romney’s bounce from last week’s debate, something else has been happening at the state level — Democratic Senate candidates have begun to break away from their Republican opponents. In Virginia, after a year-long period of stability, Democrat Tim Kaine has finally begun to break away from Republican George Allen. In the most recent Rasmussen poll, he leads 52 percent to Allen’s 47 percent, which matches his overall favorability with Virginia voters.

    Likewise, in Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren has built a solid lead over Scott Brown, in a race that was tied for most of the year. On average, according to Real Clear Politics, she leads by 3.5 percentage points. The most recent poll gives her a five-point lead over Brown among registered voters, with a 50 percent favorability rating. Earlier polls showed Warren building her support with Obama voters, and that is ongoing — she’s a short step away from winning 90 percent of Democratic voters in Massachusetts.

    The polling in states such as Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida is less recent, but it shows a similar trend — Tammy Baldwin has built a 5-point lead over former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, Sherrod Brown has maintained his advantage over Josh Mandel in Ohio, and Bill Nelson is still leading Connie Mack in Florida. And, thanks to the huge missteps of Todd Akin, the unpopular Claire McCaskill has found a path to reelection. If there’s a wild card, it’s in Arizona, where Democrat Richard Carmona has pulled within striking distance of Republican Jeff Flake. A GOP loss in Arizona would leave Democrats with a stronger position in the Senate than they currently hold.

  22. Ben LaBolt‏@BenLaBolt

    Romney backs out of Nickelodeon appearance, apparently couldn’t handle qs from kids:

  23. Jack Welch Walks Back Jobs Report Conspiracy Theory

    Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch denied on Sunday that he had accused the White House of manipulating the September jobs report to help President Barack Obama’s reelection chances.

    “Have never commented on White House in any tweets I can recall,” Welch tweeted on Sunday.

    Sexy Girl Middle Finger agin!

  24. Ametia says:

    OFA has also released a new memo in which foreign policy experts Michèle Flournoy and Colin Kahl outline why Romney has already failed the commander-in-chief test:

    · As well as a web video highlighting why Romney’s just not ready to represent America on the world stage:

    · Romney’s advisers admit they have no idea where Romney stands on foreign policy:

    “I’m not going to get into the back and forth on foreign policy.”—Romney adviser Tara Wall can’t explain why Romney’s stances aren’t “completely contradictory”:,b>

  25. Ametia says:

    Romney continues to refuse to explain how he would pay for his $5 trillion tax cut favoring the wealthiest Americans without raising middle class taxes or exploding the deficit.

    No matter how you slice the numbers, the math just doesn’t add up:

    Why Mitt’s math gets an F:

    Even Newt Gingrich admits Romney isn’t telling the truth about his tax plan:

  26. New Gallup Daily Tracking Poll: Obama expands leads over Romney 50%-45%. … …

  27. Ametia says:

    he following states have important voter registration deadlines coming up in the two few days. Check out to find out what the last day to register is in your state, and how to get involved in local efforts to register the vote and get out the vote:

    · Arizona

    · Arkansas

    · Colorado

    · Washington, DC

    · Florida

    · Georgia

    · Hawaii

    · Illinois

    · Indiana

    · Kentucky

    · Louisiana

    · Missouri

    · Montana

    · Nevada

    · New Mexico

    · Ohio

    · Pennsylvania

    · Texas

    · Utah

  28. GM to add 2,000 jobs in Michigan

    General Motors Co. and the state are expected to announce today that GM will create 2,000 new jobs in Michigan, beginning with up to 1,500 at a new information technology innovation center in Warren.

    The automaker and the Governor’s Office are expected to make formal announcements later today.

    It’s unclear where GM would add the other 500 jobs, but the state says the innovation center is the first of three projects the company will announce.

    GM will invest $300 million combined for the three. The state said GM plans no major investment spending on the information technology center; it will be housed in an existing building undergoing renovation on the Warren Tech Center campus.

  29. Republican Senator, Vietnam Veteran Endorses President Obama

  30. September Housing Scorecard Released by HUD

    (Source HUD) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the September edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Data continue to show signs that the housing market is strengthening – home equity has increased by $860 billion since the end of 2011 and August had the highest level of existing home sales in more than two years – although officials caution that the overall recovery remains fragile. The full Housing Scorecard is available online at

  31. rikyrah says:

    Brutish goals of Jim Crow never died

    By Leonard Pitts Jr.

    …So last week, Pradia, along with actor Charles S. Dutton, joined NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous at Florida’s old state capital building to launch a campaign demanding restoration of voting rights to former felons.

    CNN reports that Florida, Virginia and nine other states embrace what might be called polices of “eternal damnation,” i.e., laws that continue to punish former felons and deny them the vote long after they have done their time, finished their parole, rejoined society.

    The state’s former governor, Charlie Crist, had streamlined the process, making voting rights restoration automatic for non-violent felons. His successor, Rick Scott, reversed that. In Florida, an ex-felon is now required to wait up to seven years before even applying to have his or her voting rights returned.

    “Welcome back, Jim Crow” said the headline on a Miami Herald editorial. Ain’t that the truth. Between policies like these, new restrictions on Sunday and early voting and, of course, Voter ID laws, the NAACP estimates that 23 million Americans stand to be disenfranchised — a disproportionate number of them African American.

    We have seen these shenanigans before: grandfather clauses; poll taxes, literacy tests. Yet African Americans — heck, Americans in general — seem remarkably quiescent about seeing it all come around again, same old garbage in a different can.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Michelle Obama on Keeping Family Life, Politics Separate: ‘I Rarely Step in the West Wing’

    …. Mrs. Obama is the president’s biggest supporter and often his most honest critic. But she admits, there are times when it’s best to temper her responses.

    “In a job like this, the last thing the president of the United States needs when he walks in the door to come home is someone drilling him and questioning him about the decisions and choices that he’s made,” Mrs. Obama told “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden in an interview at the White House. “There are definitely times when I may feel something, but I’ll hold back because I know he’ll either get to that on his own or it’s just not time.”

    ….”I rarely step foot in the West Wing. In fact people are shocked when they see me there,” she said. “I rarely walk in that office because the truth is he’s got so many wonderful advisers. He’s got a phenomenal cabinet. He’s got people who are in the trenches on these issues every single day and I’m kind of stepping in and out and I’ve got my own set of issues. So I don’t even have the kind of expertise and the time in to be able to provide the kind of advice and guidance that he’s already getting.”

  33. rikyrah says:

    Voting rights icon Hamer gets her due
    Driving force behind landmark act honored in Miss. hometown

    RULEVILLE — The former sharecropper who once frightened a president got her due.

    On Friday, this town unveiled a statue honoring Fannie Lou Hamer, whose televised testimony before a 1964 Democratic National Convention committee prompted President Lyndon Johnson to call a news conference to divert attention.

    After the statue was unveiled, Hamer’s daughter, Vergie Hamer Faulkner, remarked, “What was it James Brown sang? I feel good.”

    More than 500 attended, including hundreds of schoolchildren from as far away as Greenville.

    “Fannie Lou Hamer was the personification of the ability of ordinary people to do extraordinary things,” Lawrence Guyot, who served alongside Hamer in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, said in an interview Thursday.

    In her speech the day of the 1964 convention, Hamer talked of highway patrolmen beating her in Winona and asked, “Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where we have to sleep with our telephones off the hooks because our lives be threatened daily, because we want to live as decent human beings, in America?”

  34. rikyrah says:

    I’ll ask again…


    just askin’.

    hee hee hee

  35. Cheer leader Pictures, Images and Photos

    Go Texans!

    What we gone do! What we gone do!
    What we gone do! What we gone do!
    What we gone do! What we gone do!
    What we gone do! What we gone do!

  36. rikyrah says:

    A Big Win For Public Lands: Pristine Area Of Wyoming Saved From Energy Development

    [….] Under the agreement being announced today, The Trust for Public Land will pay $8.75 million to purchase oil and gas leases on 58,000 acres in the Wyoming Range from Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production (PXP), and permanently remove the threat of drilling by retiring the leases. The trust has raised about half of the purchase price but must secure the remaining funds by the end of the year.[….]

  37. rikyrah says:

    Romney to compare Benghazi to original 9/11 attacks

    Posted By Josh RoginMonday, October 8, 2012 – 12:01 AM

    In a speech Monday, former Governor Mitt Romney will criticize President Barack Obama’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi and say it was probably the work of al Qaeda, the same group that brought down the World Trade Center and struck the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

    “The attacks on America last month should not be seen as random acts. They are expressions of a larger struggle that is playing out across the broader Middle East — a region that is now in the midst of the most profound upheaval in a century. And the fault lines of this struggle can be seen clearly in Benghazi itself,” Romney will say in a foreign-policy-focused address at the Virginia Military Institute, according to excerpts released by his campaign.

    “The attack on our consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11th, 2012, was likely the work of the same forces that attacked our homeland on Sept. 11th, 2001. This latest assault cannot be blamed on a reprehensible video insulting Islam, despite the administration’s attempts to convince us of that for so long. No, as the administration has finally conceded, these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others, especially women and girls; who are fighting to control much of the Middle East today; and who seek to wage perpetual war on the West.”

  38. rikyrah says:

    His own ‘harshest critic’
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Oct 8, 2012 8:31 AM EDT.

    Eight years ago, after the first debate between President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry, there was a broad consensus that the challenger easily outperformed the incumbent. But after the event, the president simply didn’t believe the assessments, and it “took his top aides some time” to convince Bush otherwise.

    For what it’s worth, the same is not true of President Obama, who seems to understand all too well exactly what happened last week. David Axelrod told CBS yesterday, “The president is his harshest critic.”

    We saw a glimpse of this last night, when Obama attended an event in Los Angeles, speaking after performances from a series of pop stars. After complimenting their flawless presentations, Obama added, “I can’t always say the same.”

    Glenn Thrush had a fairly detailed report on the president’s acute self-awareness when it comes to the events of Wednesday night.

  39. rikyrah says:

    Gingrich backs Dems’ line on Romney’s tax shift
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Oct 8, 2012 8:00 AM EDT.

    Throughout the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney has pushed an ambitious and expensive tax-cut plan, which he’s admitted would benefit “the top one percent.” Last week, the Republican candidate, hoping voters wouldn’t know the difference, said in a debate, “I will not reduce the taxes paid by high-income Americans.”

    President Obama, Democrats, and those who accept reality have argued that Romney’s trying to switch his position a month before the election. Yesterday, a Romney campaign surrogate agreed.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, here’s the exchange between Robert Gibbs and Newt Gingrich:

    GIBBS: Standing on the stage with you in Arizona, this is what Mitt Romney said, ‘Number one, I said today we’re going to cut taxes on everyone across the country — across the country by 20 percent including the top one percent.’ Mister Speaker, you mentioned that your opponent, Mitt Romney, had a problem with being dishonest in the primary. My question is, was he dishonest when he said that?

    GINGRICH: I think it’s clearly changed.

    GIBBS: We don’t disagree that he changed.

  40. rikyrah says:

    Soledad snatched another wig.

    Romney Adviser Can’t Articulate Romney’s Foreign Policy

  41. Chuck Todd: Conspiracy Theories Are ‘Corroding Trust In Our Government’ (VIDEO)

    Chuck Todd had a brief but emotional reaction during a conversation on the September jobs report on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

    The jobs report released on Friday announced that the unemployment rate fell from 8.1 to 7.8 percent, the lowest since Obama’s first month in office. Conservatives, including former G.E. CEO Jack Welch and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, questioned the report’s methodology.

  42. Alex Wagner‏@alexwagner

    NYT: “Some of [Romneys] advisers say they have engaged with him so little on national security that they are uncertain how he would govern”

  43. rikyrah says:

    Paul Krugman: If anyone had doubts about the madness that has spread through a large part of the American political spectrum, the reaction to Friday’s better-than expected report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics should have settled the issue. For the immediate response of many on the right – and we’re not just talking fringe figures – was to cry conspiracy.

    …. The U.S. economy is still far short of where it should be, and the job market has a long way to go before it makes up the ground lost in the Great Recession. But the employment data do suggest an economy that is slowly healing, an economy in which declining consumer debt burdens and a housing revival have finally put us on the road back to full employment.

    And that’s the truth that the right can’t handle. The furor over Friday’s report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Mr. Obama that good news for the nation’s long-suffering workers drives its members into a blind rage. It also revealed a movement that lives in an intellectual bubble, dealing with uncomfortable reality – whether that reality involves polls or economic data – not just by denying the facts, but by spinning wild conspiracy theories.

    It is, quite simply, frightening to think that a movement this deranged wields so much political power.

  44. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. Happy MUN-dane! :-)

    Mercy, Mercy Me; It’s Marvin Gaye. Looking forward to this.

  45. Lacks Enterprises CEO Threatens Paycut If Employees Vote For Obama

    Last week, a letter from the CEO of Lacks Enterprises to his employees came to light. The contents of this letter were quite distressing to the employees. He encouraged his employees to vote against Obama or else they would witness their paychecks being cut.

    He cited several reasons for this;

    •His decision to pass along health care costs to the employees
    •Implied that future bonuses would be cut to pay for “additional tax increases”
    •and “It is important that in November you vote to improve your standard of living and that will be through smaller government and less government”

  46. johncoyote says:

    Thank you for sharing one of the great voices of our time. He is missed.

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