Wednesday Open Thread

Today, as we celebrate James Bond’s 50th birthday, we’re onto our next Bond..

Today’s Bond: Roger Moore.

Live and Let Die (1973)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Moonraker (1979)

Ok, what other James Bond themes did Dame Shirley Bassey also sing?

Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever.

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Octopussy (1983)

A View to a Kill (1985)


And, there are recurring characters that mean a lot to the substance of James Bond.

What would James Bond be without his gadgets?

And, how could he have gotten his gadgets without Q?

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46 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    Six ads, one common denominator

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:33 PM EDT

    We talked earlier about the return of Mitt Romney’s welfare lie in a new swing-state ad, which came on the heels of Romney’s auto industry lie in an Ohio ad. And it got me thinking about how long it’s been since I saw an honest campaign commercial from the Republican nominee.

    I went through the Romney campaign’s website and YouTube channel, and found that Team Romney has unveiled six English-language television ads since the third and final debate with President Obama last week, an average of nearly one per day.

    1. The day after the debate, Romney unveiled this spot, accusing the president of having gone on an “apology tour.” The ad was based on a lie.

    2. Romney then unveiled a minute-long spot, boasting about his plan to create “12 million new jobs.” The promise has been exposed as completely fraudulent.

    3. The next Romney ad accused Obama of shrinking the military to the point that our Navy is now the smallest since 1917. The claim has been exposed as ridiculous.

    4. This week, Romney unveiled an ad suggesting Chrysler is moving Jeep jobs to China. It’s an absurd lie.

    5. Romney then launched a Pennsylvania-only ad, boasting about how much he loves coal. Romney is also on record saying he believes coal plants kill people.

    6. Romney’s latest spot says Obama “gutted the work requirement for welfare.” That’s a lie.

    I’m not cherry picking the offensive ads built around falsehoods; I’m merely listing all of the ads Romney has unveiled since the third debate.


    This isn’t normal. It’s also not healthy for our democracy. Mitt Romney — who keeps telling reporters about how great his “momentum” is — has reached some kind of Peak Lying moment in which he spews falsehoods at an almost uncontrollable pace.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/31/2012
    Oct 31, 2012 04:06 PM EDT

    Obama camp: No, there won’t be any last-minute ‘wave’ for Romney
    By Greg Sargent
    With polling averages showing that Obama holds a small but meaningful edge in the electoral college in enough states to put him well past 270, Republicans have fallen back on a prediction: A last minute shift in the electorate will put Mitt Romney over the top.

    As Mike Allen put it this morning, many Republicans “fear Romney’s momentum has stalled” and are now banking on “some tectonic shift in the country hasn’t been fully detected by pollsters or explained by the press.” This is a variation of the other argument Romney supporters have been making for some time — that a last minute break Romney’s way will ensure another outcome like 1980.

    The question, though, is whether the rise in early voting is making this scenario more and more remote.

    On a conference call with reporters, David Axelrod derided the “myth of the wave that it’s all going to break in his favor.” He added: “This professed momentum from the Romney campaign is really faux-mentum.”

  3. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 10/31/2012
    Oct 31, 2012 01:08 PM EDT

    The Morning Plum: Why Romney is struggling in Ohio
    By Greg Sargent

    With the two campaigns locked in a struggle over Obama’s auto rescue, a central issue in Ohio, today’s New York Times/CBS/Quinnipiac poll finds Obama holding a lead in the state among likely voters, 50-45. The race is probably tighter than that; the Real Clear Politics average puts Obama’s lead at 2.4 points.

    But a peek into the internals of today’s poll suggests why Romney continues to struggle to close the gap in Ohio — and why he is mounting a dishonest, last-ditch campaign to rewrite the history of the auto bailout.

    For one thing, Romney has decidely not shaken his “47 percent” problem in Ohio. Only 44 percent think Romney cares about the needs and problems of people like them; 52 percent say he does not. By contrast, Obama’s numbers on this question are 62-36. Obama holds a big advantage on who would help the middle class, 54-42.

    What’s more, Romney is not winning over blue collar whites in Ohio at anywhere near the rate he’s winning them nationally. The poll finds that Obama is running nearly even with Romney among white Ohio voters without college degrees. It’s always dangerous to read too much into one poll. But it seems fair to speculate that Obama’s auto-bailout — which helped save an industry linked to one in eight Ohio jobs — and the Obama camp’s nonstop attacks on Romney for opposing it could help explain these numbers, and Romney’s general inability to close the gap.

    Romney is trying to deal with this by running new ads touting himself as the true friend of the auto industry and casting the auto rescue as a sellout to China. But fact checkers — and the Ohio press — have widely called out his ads as false. And another finding in today’s NYT/CBS poll suggests this could be problematic: Only 45 percent think Romney is honest and trustworthy, versus 50 percent who don’t; for Obama those numbers are 54-42.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 10/31/2012
    No, the electoral map isn’t expanding
    By Jamelle Bouie
    President Obama’s achilles heel in this election is his performance with white voters. If he falls below 40 percent, his prospects for reelection are endangered. Given the tight race Iowa, and the seemingly tight race in Michigan, one theory is that Obama has slipped below the critical mark for white support. It’s part of the reason the Romney campaign is loudly touting its efforts to “expand” the electoral map and put President Obama on the defensive in several key states. To wit, the Restore Our Future Super PAC has launched a $1.8 million ad buy in Minnesota and New Mexico — two relatively safe states for Obama — and the Romney campaign itself has made moves in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

    Unfortunately for Team Romney, a poll released this afternoon, from Marquette Law School, throws a little water on this theory. In Wisconsin, Marquette — one of the most reputable pollsters in the state — shows Obama with an 8 point lead over Romney, 51 percent to 43 percent.

    Still, this is only one poll, and others show a closer race in core Democratic states. A Detroit News poll has Obama with just a 3 point advantage in Michigan (48–45), a Mason-Dixon poll has him with a similar advantage in Minnesota (47–44), and a Pennsylvania poll from Franklin & Marshall shows Obama ahead by 4 points (49–45) in a state that he won by double-digits in 2008.

  5. rikyrah says:

    About those early-voting totals…
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:21 PM EDT.

    The Obama campaign has invested quite a bit of energy in promoting early voting, so it probably gave Democrats heart palpitations on Monday when Gallup released a poll showing Mitt Romney with a big lead among those who’ve already cast ballots.

    At first blush, with about 15% of the total numbers of votes already cast, these figures would suggest Romney is on his way to a significant victory next week. Indeed, Dave Weigel noted yesterday that the early-vote calculation “looks terrible” for President Obama’s re-election prospects.

    But there’s another angle to consider: Gallup’s numbers look at the national picture, and by all appearances, the election will come down to the key battleground states. Jon Walker had a good piece on this:

    [I]n the important swing states Obama holds a big lead in the early vote. In Nevada and Iowa significantly more Democrats than Republican have voted already. Similarly, polling in Ohio shows Obama leads 63% to 36% among people who have voted.

    I often think of the national polling like a “control group” in an election experiment. It is only in the swing states that the campaigns are really active. By comparing what happens in the swing states to what is happening in the non-swing states, you can try to separate broad trends from what is actually being accomplished by the physical campaigns.

    The Obama campaign has been remarkably effective at getting its supporters to vote early, but only in the states in which they are heavily invested.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Fighting Over FEMA

    Tomasky puts the debate in perspective:

    The only reason FEMA is “controversial” is that it massively effed up one big thing, Katrina. But the reason it screwed that up is that the president at the time didn’t give a crap about the agency and put a guy in charge of it who had no business whatsoever being in that position. And so, logically enough, they screwed it up, and tragically. But now that FEMA is being run by someone who’s actually interested in doing his job well and fulfilling his agency’s mission, there’s basically nothing wrong with the way it works.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Lies And Lies And Lies Of Mitt Romney

    Politifact has a round-up of the worst. Dish faves:

    “Under President Obama: $4,000 tax hike on middle-class families.”

    “Redistribution” has “never been a characteristic of America.”

    “Under Obama’s plan (for welfare), you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check.”

    The Massachusetts health care plan “dealt with 8 percent of our population,” far less than the “100 percent of American people” affected by President Barack Obama’s health care law.

    For me, the worst lie is the welfare one, now being re-used in Ohio. They know it’s a lie, and they’re running on it. Because they hope to rustle up a few more white votes.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Obama’s Ohio Edge

    Nate Cohn’s latest look at Ohio polling:

    If there was more time between now and November 6, perhaps Romney would stand a chance of mounting a comeback. But the space between Obama’s share of the vote and 49 percent isn’t the only window that’s closing; Romney is nearly out of time. More than 20 percent of the expected vote has already been cast in Ohio, and the polls suggest that Obama might lead among early voters by as much as 20 points. And Romney can’t count on a flood of undecided voters, either. Obama has always held the lead in the Buckeye State, and Romney hasn’t even exceeded 47 percent of the vote in the RealClearPolitics average, suggesting that there isn’t a pool of latent Romney supporters that will probably flock back to his side on Election Day. The polls have also been remarkably consistent, with Romney leading in just a handful of automated surveys over the last few months.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Don’t Give Your Heart Away

    By mistermix October 31st, 2012

    Let’s assume you’re a Republican governor who wants to be president. You realize that, for all the bluster and bullshit of the last couple of years, that Obama is the odds-on favorite to get a second term. What would you do to position yourself for 2016?

    Well, first, you wouldn’t run this time around. You realize you’ll have to appear reasonable to win in 2016, and you don’t need six months of Neanderthal debate responses on your record four years from now. You’d hope the weakest of the weak sisters running would win the nomination, but since that didn’t happen, you need to put a torpedo into Romney. He’s a real threat, for a couple of reasons. First, you aren’t part of the Mormon/Bain/NeoCon mafia that would ascend be in charge during his administration, and, second, there’s no other political office that would keep you in the limelight until 2020, which is a political eternity away.

    So, you give the weakest possible convention speech in support of Romney. Then, you attend church every week, hitting your knees and praying that you get another opportunity to smother Romney with a pillow. Lo and behold, the Blessed Virgin Mary answers your prayers by sending a gigantic storm straight through your state. And you do the opposite of what a good Romney surrogate would do: you appear on every morning show singing the praises of President Obama. That gives every Beltway Centrist instant wood, fucks Romney, and helps you by setting you up to be credible when you turn around and blame Obama when everything isn’t perfectly cleaned up a few days, weeks or months after the storm (you’ll pick the time that’s best for you.)

    This is just a long-winded way of saying that, whatever else he is, apparently including “likeable”, Chris Christie is a very shrewd politician who is ruthless in his pursuit of the Presidency, and unless you see every goddam thing he does in that context, you’re missing an essential truth about the man.

    (BTW, just to be clear – I don’t think Christie prayed for a storm, just an opportunity. God works in mysterious ways, and provided him with the perfect storm and the perfect opportunity.)

  10. Ametia says:


    From slashing funding for Pell Grants to killing Obamacare on Day One, here are just a few of the scariest potential …



  11. Ametia says:

    Loving Bond week, Rikyrah. Thanks!

  12. Ametia says:

    Teach the Children *looking@umittromney

    • Ametia says:

      Romney’s Latest Lie, His Former Lies, and Why We Must not Put Liars in the White House
      By Robert Reich

      Over the weekend, Romney debuted an ad in Ohio showing cars being crushed as a narrator says Obama “sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China. Mitt Romney will fight for every American job.”

      In fact, Chrysler is retaining and expanding its Jeep production in North America, including in Ohio. Its profits have enabled it to separately consider expanding into China, the world’s largest auto market.

      Responding to the ad, Chrysler emphasized in a blog post that it has “no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China.”

      “They are inviting a false inference,” says Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert on political advertising.

      This is only the most recent in a stream of lies from Romney. Remember his contention that the President planned to “rob” Medicare of $716 billion when in fact the money would come from reduced payments to providers who were overcharging — thereby extending the life of Medicare? (Ryan’s plan includes the same $716 billion of savings but gets it
      from turning Medicare into a voucher and shifting rising health-care costs on to seniors.)

  13. Romney Campaign Staged Donations At Storm Relief Event

    As the East Coast and parts of Ohio struggled to regroup in the devastating wake of “Superstorm” Sandy, the Romney campaign hastily transformed a scheduled victory rally in Dayton, Ohio into a non-political “storm relief event” on Tuesday. According to BuzzFeed, the campaign encouraged supporters to bring hurricane relief supplies and “deliver the bags of canned goods, packages of diapers, and cases of water bottles to the candidate, who would be perched behind a table along with a slew of volunteers and his Ohio right-hand man, Senator Rob Portman.”

    Just to be safe, campaign aides reportedly spent $5,000 at a local Wal-Mart on supplies that could be put on display. When supporters arrived at the rally-turned-relief event, they were treated to the 10-minute video about Romney’s life, which was first unveiled at the RNC. The event ended with supporters lined up to hand over supplies and meet Romney. But according to BuzzFeed, this donation process was also staged:

    Empty-handed supporters pled for entrance, with one woman asking, “What if we dropped off our donations up front?”

    The volunteer gestured toward a pile of groceries conveniently stacked near the candidate. “Just grab something,” he said.

    Two teenage boys retrieved a jar of peanut butter each, and got in line. When it was their turn, they handed their “donations” to Romney. He took them, smiled, and offered an earnest “Thank you.”

  14. Ametia says:

    Lawrence socked it to the Des Moines Register

  15. rikyrah says:

    ‘Would you eliminate FEMA’ is not a trick question
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:06 PM EDT.

    Between Hurricane Sandy, the presidential election, and Mitt Romney’s 2011 talk about FEMA’s future — he wants to turn it over to states and the private sector — it’s not surprising that the reporters covering the Republican’s campaign events today would ask Romney about his position on the federal agency overseeing disaster response.

    As of a few hours ago, the candidate didn’t want to talk about it.

    Mitt Romney refused to answer reporters’ questions about how he would handle the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), after a Tuesday “storm relief” event in Ohio for Hurricane Sandy.

    According to the pool report, Romney was asked at least five times whether he intended to eliminate FEMA if elected. He heard the questions, and very easily could have said “of course not,” but instead Romney simply ignored the reporters who asked.

    It’s not a trick question. The fact that the former governor, who has an unfortunate record when it came to natural disasters in Massachusetts, is so reluctant to talk about this isn’t encouraging.

  16. IF voter intimidation & voter suppression is a FELONY,do the laws of our Nation not pertain to the rich & wealthy? ENFORCE THE LAW!

    The law is the law & no one should be above the law! IF laws are made, then they should apply to all. ***pointing at Mitt Romney campaign***

  17. rikyrah says:

    How not to politicize a natural disaster
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:00 AM EDT.

    Given the severity of Hurricane Sandy, the expansive nature of the recovery effort, and the fact that there’s a presidential election in less than a week, it’s not unfair to consider some elements of the crisis through a political lens. Mitt Romney, for example, has talked about scrapping FEMA, which seems rather important right now.

    On the other hand, however, right-wing activist Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform offers a terrific example of how not to politicize a natural disaster.

    The Houston Chronicle reported that Norquist’s group created this ad, leaving them on Virginia doorsteps just yesterday, telling voters, “We’ve seen storms in Virginia, but none like this … Barack Obama’s policies have added $4 billion in debt each day he’s been in office. Americans can’t afford this debt.”

    This appears to be the first far-effort to politicize Sandy in earnest, so let’s unpack this a bit. First, comparing the national debt to a natural disaster that’s killed dozens of people, while the crisis is still unfolding, is ridiculous, even for Norquist.

  18. rikyrah says:

    ‘We’ve clearly entered some parallel universe’
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:30 AM EDT.

    The irony is, as recently as August, General Motors and Chrysler desperately wanted to be left out of the 2012 political debate. Indeed, both manufacturers, saved from collapse by President Obama’s policy, didn’t even want the candidates making campaign stops at their plants.

    But Mitt Romney didn’t leave them with much of a choice. He forced the companies to intervene.

    The Republican lied about Chrysler moving Jeep production to China. After learning the truth, Romney turned the lie into a television ad. Reminded of the truth, he expanded the ad buy. Told once more that he was lying, Romney created an insanely dishonest radio ad on the same subject.

    Yesterday, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne felt it necessary to tell his employees that Romney’s lying. Soon after, General Motors did the same thing

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has broadened his attack on President Barack Obama’s auto industry restructuring, implying that General Motors used the aid to hire more workers in China than in the U.S. […]

    “We’ve clearly entered some parallel universe during these last few days,” GM spokesman Greg Martin said. “No amount of campaign politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back to this country.”

  19. rikyrah says:

    When Chrysler gets annoyed
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:18 PM EDT.

    Mitt Romney lied last week and told Ohioans that Chrysler was poised to move Jeep production to China. After being told the truth, Romney turned the lie into a television ad. After being told the truth again, he’s now expanding the ad buy and launching a radio spot.

    Maybe he’s running for president of Chutzpah Town.

    In any case, it appears Chrysler, which was rescued as part of President Obama’s policy, is getting annoyed with Romney’s false claims.

  20. rikyrah says:

    this is what you call a punk ass sonuvabitch.


    Scott Brown Declines To Reschedule Final Debate, After Sandy Cancellation
    Eric Kleefeld – 7:30 PM EDT, Tuesday October 30, 2012

    Republican Sen. Scott Brown’s campaign announced Tuesday night that he will not hold another debate in the Massachusetts Senate race. Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren had previously been scheduled for a final debate on Tuesday. However, Brown announced late Monday afternoon that he was pulling out of the debate, due to Superstorm Sandy.

    Later in the evening, the Warren campaign also announced that she believed the debate should not be held. However, Warren’s campaign said the next day that she would still like to hold a final debate, with her schedule open for Thursday. The Brown campaign, though, is looking to move ahead with its prior plans.

    “It is unfortunate that nature intervened in a way we all agreed made it inappropriate to carry on with the scheduled debate,” communications director Colin Reed said in a press release. “With only days remaining in the campaign, and with a long-planned bus tour kicking off Thursday through Election Day that will take Scott Brown to every corner of the Commonwealth, our calendar simply cannot accommodate a rescheduling of this fourth debate and the planning and preparation that would go into it. Senator Brown is pleased to have participated in three major televised debates, and regrets that Professor Warren refused two additional earlier debate opportunities that he accepted.”

  21. Steve King: Hurricane Sandy Aid Must Have Strings Attached To Avoid Waste On ‘Gucci Bags’

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Tuesday that federal aid for people impacted by Hurricane Sandy should be approved only with a specific spending plan in place so funds are not used for “Gucci bags and massage parlors,” like after Hurricane Katrina.

    “I want to get them the resources that are necessary to lift them out of this water and the sand and the ashes and the death that’s over there in the East Coast and especially in the Northeast,” King said during a Tuesday evening debate in Mason City, Iowa.

    “But not one big shot to just open up the checkbook, because they spent it on Gucci bags and massage parlors and everything you can think of in addition to what was necessary,” he said later, referring to Hurricane Katrina.

    During his final debate with Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack, the former first lady of Iowa, King doubled down on his disaster aid stance, which is that it should be paid for or not provided at all.

    King currently leads Vilsack by four points, according to a HuffPost Pollster estimate, but he has garnered the attention of national groups looking to oust him based on his often far-right positions.

    The congressman, who is running for his sixth term, was outspoken about — among other things — the need to pay for any spending on disaster relief, an issue he has dealt with before. In 2005, he voted against a bill to help Hurricane Katrina victims because he said it cost too much at $51.8 billion. King was one of only 11 members of Congress to oppose the bill.

    King said last week that his vote against Hurricane Katrina relief was “a good vote” and “a principled vote.”
    Steve King- hangs his KKK sheet shamelessly where laws are made!

    Will Iowa vote this mofo out of office already? He is the cancer on race relations in this country. I so despise this s.o.b. racist slug.

  22. rikyrah says:

    —-☻Derrick Curtis ‏@_PonyboyCurtis
    Detroit News, the paper that endorsed Romney now calling him a liar re: auto ads. The irony here is so delicious….
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin-KARMA GETS da “W” – -HAH!]

    – – -☻Jim Messina ‏@Messina2012
    GM & Chrysler are strong American companies, creating American jobs. Gov Romney is launching false attacks about them.… …
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin [‘CAUSE HE A – –LIAR!!]

    – – –☻Rob Glaser ‏@RobGlaser
    At RNC 2 months ago, Romney made fun of Obama for trying to slow the rise of the oceans. Mitt, who’s laughing now?… …
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin- -[LOL ]

    – – –☻Chris Savage ‏@Eclectablog
    Scumbag #Romney: worth $250 million, sends donated canned goods to #Sandy victims when Red Cross asks for $ #MittYouLie
    Retweeted 57 times – -[Sooo –OUT-OF-TOUCH!! LOL] —

    — –☻John Billar Pro 47% ‏@azmoderate
    #MittYouLie abt risking ur fortune by starting Bain Capital. You had a deal that if it failed U wouldn’t be held responsible & ur job saved

  23. Thank you everyone for the well wishes and encouragement. I’m still having some pain. I am up at this hour to take my medication and put a heat wrap to my back. When I cough or sneeze it feels like my back is being ripped apart. It hurts like everything! **sniff**

  24. Rikyrah,

    Roger Moore was so dm FINE!

  25. Morning, everyone!

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