October 20, 2017

Sunday Open Thread: P.O.U. Sunday Jazz Brunch


As you enjoy your Sunday breakfast/brunch, check out the sounds of the fabulous Betty Carter….

 “Don’t Know Where My Man Is”

“Swing Brother Swing”


“Giant Steps”

“Feed The Fire”


And I know ya’ll remember Ms. Carter in this episode of “The Cosby Show”! Fast forward to the 8:23 mark for her performance:

  • dannie22

    Good morning all!

    • Good morning Dannie.

      • dannie22

        Hey Symmetry!!

  • Miranda

    Good Morning everyone!

    Just read this article on undecided voters and…well you read this part and I’m sure you’ll roll your eyes as hard as I did:

    In Wheat Ridge, Colo., a western suburb of Denver, R.J. Montoya, 31, who admires Ron Paul and deeply dislikes Obama, might have seemed a natural Romney voter. He hasn’t closely followed the campaign, having just started a new job in healthcare, but he had heard about Romney’s remarks. “They bother me,” he said.

    • dannie22

      I agree with Paul Mooney. Its the end of the world.

    • jds09

      Someone needs to do a psychological profile on these people, not demographic but psychological. They are “undecided” for all the attention they get. Countless phone calls from pollers, shocked glances in the grocery check-out lines when they loudly proclaim they’re “undecided”, spontaneous conversations in Starbucks when earnest folks give them their candidate’s pitch. These folks live for this; they were probably unpopular in high school.

      • goldenstar

        I think that you’re on the right track: a psychological profile would indeed be interesting.

        I think that these are folks who make decisions based upon emotional information. And, the emotional information may be based upon their childhood, their limited life experience, their relationships to power, their career path, just a whole lotta stuff…

        • Aquagranny911

          You have nailed that! I will give you an example:

          I had a long phone conversation with a friend’s daughter who lives in MA. She had told me a while back that she voted for Scott Brown last time because “he is so cute” & would probably vote for him again even though she is an Obamabot. She’s not particularly savvy or well informed & tends to be an emo voter.

          Yesterday, she told me she was real upset at Browns attacks on Warren. I swooped in for the kill. She has twins with special needs & a dad who is a disabled vet, plus her hubby works for the Gov & she’s a nurse. I laid it all out & then I asked her: “Are you voting for cute & mean or decent, smart & honest?”

          She’s voting for Warren. People like her can be persuaded, people like this Montoya dude are a waste of time.

          Just my two pesos…..

    • Aquagranny911

      This little pissant probably won’t even bother to vote at all despite the fact that his “new job in healthcare” is probably due to the ACA. People like this really irritate me & I don’t waste much of my time & effort on them because in my experience they usually end up not voting.

  • Miranda

    Latest Swing State Polls
    Here are the latest polls from the battleground states, updated as needed through the day:

    Iowa: Obama 49%, Romney 45% (Des Moines Register)

    Ohio: Obama 51%, Romney 42% (Columbus Dispatch)


  • Miranda

    Rand poll tries something different, gets same results: Obama leading

    Take 10 presidential campaign polls and you’ll probably find 10 slightly different results. Part of that is sampling error –the random luck of who is answering the poll. Part of it is methodology: How are people chosen, what questions are asked, how are the results weighted to conform to what is known of the political landscape?

    For the most part, though, the idea is the same: Call a bunch of voters at random and ask them questions over the phone.

    The Rand Corp. is trying something quite different this year. And part of what’s interesting is that the results are pretty much the same as everybody else’s.

    more here

  • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – -A couple of people JOIN HARRY REID: – –BACK DA HECK OFF AMBASSADOR RICE!! – – — –

    – — – –Harry Reid defends Susan Rice, White House on Libya – —

    – —Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid became the latest high-ranking Democrat to defend the Obama administration’s handling of information following the Sept. 11 Libya consulate attack, saying he was “deeply concerned about recent attempts to politicize the tragic events.”

    “In order to inform the American people, the Obama administration, including Ambassador Rice, reported the preliminary information they had after the attack, despite the uncertain nature of intelligence in the fog of battle, and have responsibly updated the American public as new details have emerged,” Reid said in a statement Saturday night.

    – —- – -SNIP —-

    Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wa.), the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, described King’s call as “ridiculous” earlier Saturday. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) also defended Rice.

    “I am deeply concerned about recent attempts to politicize the tragic events in Libya a few weeks ago,” Reid said, echoing the language Kerry used. “It is sad and disappointing that some seem more focused on trying to score cheap political points than on mourning the loss of Ambassador Stevens and the three other State Department employees who were brutally murdered. Instead of pointing fingers through unfounded partisan attacks, we should focus on bringing to justice those who carried out this attack and ensuring that those who serve at our embassies are safe.”

    – – – —NEXT!! – – – –

    • nathkatun7

      GLH, Just imagine if 9/11 happened on PBO watch. Republicans would be tripping all over each to see who is first in introducing a bill to impeach him. Of course the media would be cheering them on.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nathkatun7. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – – -Jus’ got back. :>) Annnnd U! AIN’T! – —NEVA! – – -LIED!! —- –:>)

        —-Annnnd soma dem got the NERVE 2 say that the MSM – – -is left-leanin’ – – —HAH!!

        Woulda been the FASTEST – – -lynchin’ – – — -OOPS! errr – – —“impeachment” that eva happened! LOL

        Annnnd the FIRST YES VOTE of the –“POTTY of NO” – – – –in a year!! – – -***tsk*** ***eye roll***

        Good 2 C U nathkatun7. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM: – -GOOD NEWS from MASS> – — —

    – –Warren Leads in Massachusetts – –

    – — –A new Boston Globe poll in Massachusetts finds Elizabeth Warren (D) leading Sen. Scott Brown (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 43% to 38%, with another 18% still undecided.

    This survey is the sixth of eight public polls taken this month that show Warren ahead.

    – – –Woo! Hoo! :>)- – – –

    • GN

      Great to see that Brown’s mean guy attacks blew up in his face.

      • Aquagranny911

        Yep! That ‘pretty face” is starting to look real ugly to more & more MA peeps.

    • rikyrah

      guess women didn’t like Brown being a racist ass to Warren

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – –GOOD POLL NEWS – -NATIONALLY – – – -Woo! Hoo! – – –

    – – –Obama Maintains Lead Nationally – —

    – —The latest Rand survey — an experimental polling method which uses the same single panel of voters over several months — confirms what nearly every other traditional poll has found: President Obama and Mitt Romney were running neck and neck until the Democratic convention and ever since then, Obama has been rising and Romney falling in the poll.

    Obama now holds a seven point lead in the Rand survey over Romney, 50% to 43%.

    For comparison, the Gallup tracking poll shows Obama leading by six points, 50% to 44%, while the Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Obama leading by five points, 47% to 42%. – –

    – — –KEEP da MOMENTUM: – – – -GOT-VOTE!! 2012!! – –:>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM – – – —MAYOR JULIAN – – – – – —GOTV!! –:>) – – – –

    – – —
    Mayor Julián Castro: “You Gotta Vote This Fall” – GottaVote.com | VotemosTodos.com
    – —

    – – —Mayor Julián Castro shares what’s at stake in this election and how you can get involved to help re-elect President Obama in November.
    – – –

    • Aquagranny911

      I’ve seen this ad & I really like it. We will be seeing lots more of this young man in the future.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia – – – -***BIG HUG*** :>) – —

    – – – -Sooo remember THIS EPISODE.. – – -VERY INSTRUCTIONAL! – :>)

    –How do U GET 2 Carnegie Hall – — -PRACTICE annnd STUDY UNDER – –DA BEST!! – — Ms. CARTER – is- -DA BEST!! :>) – – –

    THANK U 4 presentin’ this – – – SULTRY STYLIST!! :>) —

    B BLESSED – -Sepia. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – -CARTOON TRUTH – – —

    – – – –Cartoons of the Day- Romney On The Ropes – —

    – – – — – –The TRUE – – -ROPE – –a – –-DOPE!! -LOL – –

    Gotta “bounce”. – — MISSIN U/CARRYIN’ U – -IN MY ♥. :>)

    Good luck on your NFL picks!! :>) – –B Blessed. :>)

  • GN

    I love Betty Carter; great selections!

    To shake its pockets for loose change RT @BenLaBolt: Gov. Christie says Romney will turn race “upside down” in debates http://cbsn.ws/RsqdTV

    • jds09

      Koch and company are gonna get their money’s worth from these guys (Christie, Jindal, Haley, etc.). If they want another dollar from the SuperPac guys, the surrogates will have to dance, spin and crazy talk all the way till November. And youtube is not their friend. lol

    • nellcote

      turn race “upside down” in debates
      X-TREME! flip flop

  • goldenstar

    am watching Howard Fineman on the Chris Matthews Show and he’s coming up w/ an argument that PBO does not like to be challenged, he likes to reign supreme, he can be brittle, he has few press conferences (not as few as W) and more.

    He maintains that PBO is not a good debater.

    • Ebogan63

      Who really gives a shit what Coward Fineman has to say about PBO? And prey tell, what kind of ‘challenge’ is Rmoney gonna provide, other than his consistent lying?

      He can have a seat with that ‘comeback kid’ bullshit he’s slinging.

    • I’ve noticed that several of these media pundunces have been repeating that same “PBO is Uppity” talking point. They are planting the seeds so that the least little thing PBO does during the debates, they can call him “angry” on Thursday.

      • Ebogan63

        Plouffe on how the MSM shills for Mitt: “We know the news media is anxious to write the Romney recovery and comeback story.” #MTP

        Team O sees they bullshit.

        • rikyrah


          hee hee hee

          • goldenstar

            I just described him as that yesterday to a friend. He’s like the character, Tom Hagen, in the Godfather played by Robert Duvall. Knows all and advises with great strategy.

      • Miranda

        The twitterati will be locked and loaded and ready for all the media bullshit that no doubt will ensue.

        • MsKitty

          Add alcohol to the mix (don’t front, a lot of us will be getting our drink on), and it’s gonna be a free for all on twitter. Just be sure to duck from the flying barstools.

      • nathkatun7

        You said the absolute truth, Sepia. The media are trying to condition the public to accept the negative onslaught they plan to unleash on President Obama, following the debates.

    • jds09

      What are these guys smoking? PBO has been challenged constantly, relentlessly, falsely by Congress, reporters and crazy cranks. He remains cool. Romney has a documented history of getting into it with Park Rangers and low level security guards. Its personal with Fineman. He’s butt hurt about something.

    • MsKitty

      Howie wants to call him an “uppity negro” so bad he can taste it.

    • caribbeanobserver

      Is this the same hack that says he goes on tv and asks them,(the repugs,that is),what to say?
      No backbone, no spine, no substance, Coward Fineman!

    • Lisa M

      Howard Fineman is ALWAYS wrong when it comes to what PBO is going to do. Always

    • nathkatun7

      Fineman and others like David Gregory have already commenced the media campaign to revive Mitt Romney. They forget to realize that many of us do not pay them any attention. I personally could care less about Howard Fineman views about the President’s debating skills. I have eyes, ears, and a brain; and I am the one who gets to decide whether PBO is or is not a good debater.

  • goldenstar

    John Heilemann maintains that PBO really dislikes Romney and he has to watch taking cheap shots at the debate.

    • So he was basically warning PBO not to sass Romney?

      • Miranda

        *dead* @ “sass”

        (Sasha came by it honestly…she really did)

  • rikyrah

    Roland Martin had on Jim Wallis of Sojourners on . He has a film about the 47% –


    Wallis said the remarks by Willard were a fundamental challenge to the Christian notion of ‘ how do we treat the least of these.’

  • rikyrah

    Romney Would Have Let Bin-Laden Chill

    by BooMan
    Sun Sep 30th, 2012 at 09:47:03 AM EST

    Here’s a reminder:

    In April of 2007, Romney said, “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person,” but quickly changed his mind after bin Laden was killed. “Any thinking American would have ordered exactly the same thing,” he proclaimed earlier this year.

    It’s rare for a politician to openly admit that they don’t think. But, really, it’s just one more flip-flop in a long string.


  • rikyrah

    The Last Stand of the Modern GOP

    by BooMan
    Sat Sep 29th, 2012 at 10:57:22 PM EST

    Jonathan Chait wrote a nearly perfect piece back in February for New York Magazine. It was an attempt to explain the strategy (and a bit of the psychology underpinning the strategy) that the Republicans adopted in the wake of Barack Obama’s 2008 victory. Why go for total obstruction? Why move to the right on immigration? Why nurture the most far right elements of the party? Why embark on a massive voter suppression plan? Chait covered it all, and I think he nailed it. At its simplest, they know that the America they once knew and dominated is slipping away. They know that the GOP, as it has existed since 1980, is going to have to adapt or die. But they decided they should roll the dice on one more chance at glory. If they could pin the economic downturn on the president and gin up enough racial and class resentment, they might be able to take back the House in 2010 and the Senate and White House in 2012. With the trifecta for at least two years, they could make their last stand and perhaps stall the coming progressive revolution for a decade or more. Here’s a particularly good part of Chait’s piece:

    Last summer, Obama was again desperate to reach compromise, this time on legislation to reduce the budget deficit, which had come to dominate the political agenda and symbolize, in the eyes of Establishment opinion, Obama’s failure to fulfill his campaign goal of winning bipartisan cooperation. In extended closed-door negotiations, Obama offered Republicans hundreds of billions of dollars in spending cuts and a permanent extension of Bush-era tax rates in return for just $800 billion in higher revenue over a decade. This was less than half the new revenue proposed by the Bowles-Simpson deficit commission. Republicans spurned this deal, too.
    Instead the party has bet everything on 2012, preferring a Hail Mary strategy to the slow march of legislative progress. That is the basis of the House Republicans’ otherwise inexplicable choice to vote last spring for a sweeping budget plan that would lock in low taxes, slash spending, and transform Medicare into ­private vouchers—none of which was popular with voters. Majority parties are known to hold unpopular votes occasionally, but holding an ­unpopular vote that Republicans knew full well stood zero chance of enactment (with Obama casting a certain veto) broke new ground in the realm of foolhardiness.

    The way to make sense of that foolhardiness is that the party has decided to bet everything on its one “last chance.” Not the last chance for the Republican Party to win power—there will be many of those, and over time it will surely learn to compete for nonwhite voters—but its last chance to exercise power in its current form, as a party of anti-government fundamentalism powered by sublimated white Christian identity politics. (And the last chance to stop the policy steamroller of the new Democratic majority.)

    That is a B-I-N-G-O, right there.


  • rikyrah

    Romney’s Goose is Cooked

    by BooMan
    Sat Sep 29th, 2012 at 10:58:12 AM EST

    Walter Shapiro went to Ohio to explore his theory that Obama might lose because of a bad economy. What he discovered was something completely different.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – There are only two plausible explanations for what is going on this week in this swing state central to virtually all Mitt Romney’s victory strategies.
    Either many top Ohio Republicans are in the grips of the worst panic attack since an Orson Welles 1938 radio drama convinced thousands that the earth was under attack by Martians. Or more likely, judging from the comments of these GOP insiders, Romney’s hopes of carrying Ohio are fast dwindling to something like the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot.

    Shapiro discovered that no one likes Mitt Romney. One insider said, “Romney is a guy who is used to talking to the board of directors instead of the shareholders or the employees.” It seems to be the consensus.

    “The Obama people have convinced Ohio voters of two things,” says Curt Steiner, a well-connected Republican public relations strategist. “That Mitt Romney doesn’t believe anything. And what he does believe is all anti-middle class.”


  • Tafr

    CNN and Anderson Cooper are nothing but a bunch of dirt bags. So I googled Anderson Cooper wondering if he finally apologized to the Ambassador’s family. I found out Cooper gave an apology to one of the real housewives for getting snarky with her on his daytime talk show. Funny how he can manage to apologize to a reality star but just cannot show that kind of respect towards the Ambassador’s family. What is even more disgusting is that CNN and Anderson Cooper pulled that shit for political cheap shots. Anderson Cooper is a no class having asshole.

    • aleth

      None of them have class– all have entitlement issues. None stand out to me being saying it for ages. Ego and Entitlement.

      They all want to be houshold names and celebrity-

    • Anderson’s still living off the points he earned during Katrina. But more often than not, he just comes off as a snarky gossip queen who does “journalism” as a side gig.

  • rikyrah

    September 30, 2012

    Bogart to Romney: Have an affair

    Politico is running the most peculiar headline: “Defining moment eludes Mitt Romney.”

    Isn’t his problem precisely 47 percent too many defining moments, from $10,000 bets to empty chairs?

    And isn’t one month before the election a trifle late for candidate “definition,” especially for a candidate who’s been running twice as long as the current president has served?

    Lectures a Republican strategist, “They’ve got the same people, doing the same thing they’ve been doing for eight years and there is no creativity.” Says another, “Get rid of all that staging. Be real … something dramatically real.”

    Reminds me of a story. During the ’56 Stevenson-Eisenhower rematch a Democratic insider dropped by the California home of Humphrey Bogart, who was dying of esophageal cancer, to pay respects and shoot the political breeze, a conversational exercise that always lifted Bogart’s spirits. Ominous news, mentioned the insider; it seemed there was a rumor floating about regarding Adlai’s having once had an affair. The campaign was worried the story might get out. Worried? retorted Bogart. It’s the best thing that could happen to Stevenson, he half-joked. It might prove to voters that he’s human after all … or as today’s GOP strategists would put it, that he’s “something dramatically real.”


  • rikyrah

    September 29, 2012

    Romney plans to deliver extemporaneous “debate zingers”

    When did it begin? With Al Gore’s sigh? With H.W.’s wristwatch-gazing? With “There you go again”? When did presidential debates begin shedding their cloak of broad, competitive competence and start wrapping themselves in the make-or-break “moment”? The NY Times:

    Mr. Romney’s team has concluded that debates are about creating moments and has equipped him with a series of zingers that he has memorized and has been practicing on aides since August.

    Pathetic. By Team Romney’s standards, Henny Youngman would have made the perfect POTUS. (Well, at least we would have laughed our way to Armegeddon.)


  • rikyrah

    September 29, 2012

    Comparing the Obama and Bush Derangement Syndromes

    Michelle Goldberg’s Daily Beast assessment of the on-screen pathologies of chronic Obama Derangement in Dinesh D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America” and Joel Gilbert’s “Dreams From My Real Father” (which portrays the president’s “mother [as] a whore”) is eloquently tidy and sociopolitically spot on: “This is who [right wingers] are. There’s nothing left to be shocked about.”

    Any Obama-hating filth is no longer a kind of underground scuttlebutt; it’s potentially a proud blockbuster.

    This compels a comparison–one that the right, anyway, would wish to make: Well, for eight years you guys on the left were vocal practitioners of hysterical Bush Derangement; what we’re doing is no different.

    Let’s look at that. Let’s assume the opposing levels of sheer, unmitigated hatred–the left’s against Bush, the right’s against Obama–are roughly equal. But we must also look at the whys, without which the whats are merely stand-alone madness.


  • rikyrah

    September 29, 2012

    The 47 percent’s 10 percent effect

    Nate Silver:

    Mr. Obama’s probability of winning the Electoral College advanced to 83.9 percent in the Nov. 6 forecast, up from 81.9 percent on Wednesday.

    Causation? The long answer, in Silver’s words: “[A] secretly recorded videotape … released on Sept. 17 showing Mitt Romney making unflattering comments about the ’47 percent’ of Americans who he said had become dependent on government benefits.”

    The short answer, in blunt reality: Mitt Romney.

    Silver recalls that he issued a tweet advisory after the tape’s release, warning that “Ninety percent of ‘game-changing’ gaffes are less important in retrospect than they seem in the moment.” This Fizzle Effect is infuriatingly real for devout partisans who always hear in the opposition’s latest blunder the explosive beginning of the dramatic end, only to watch the polls flatline.


  • rikyrah

    Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 09/28/2012
    The GOP’s problem isn’t just the salesman. It’s what he’s selling.

    By Greg Sargent

    Politico is leading with a much-discussed story today that quotes a lot of Republicans lamenting that Mitt Romney is losing because he just isn’t a good politician. These folks just know Romney is very qualified to be president; his poor skills as a candidate are the problem, as are his pedigree and stiff personal style, which are ill suited to the moment.

    Sure, Romney is a bad candidate. But to ascribe his problems only to his failures as a salesman for himself obscures a key aspect of all this: For now, at least, Romney’s problem is also what he’s selling.

    For months, Romney’s basic argument was this: Obama made things worse. If your economic life sucks, it’s Obama’s fault; that’s grounds enough to fire him and replace him with someone who gets how the economy really works. But voters are not accepting that argument. They don’t blame Obama as much as Bush for the sluggish recovery. What’s more, despite their disappointment with the status quo, they don’t think Obama made things worse; they believe we’re at least on track to recovery. The recent NYT/CBS poll found solid majorities in Ohio and Florida think the economy is either recovering or will recover if Obama’s policies are given more time.

    What about Romney’s policies? Here again, voters are not buying what he’s selling. For months, Romney led on the economy; he was enjoying the presumption of economic competence purely as an alternative vehicle for those disillusioned with Obama and the status quo. But when people started tuning in, and Romney began getting more specific about his own policies, and the public watched both conventions laying out each man’s respective vision, his advantage on the economy vanished entirely in a number of polls. Obama is even edging ahead in Florida and Ohio on who is more trusted on the economy. Clearly, not enough people believe Romney’s agenda of tax cuts and deregulation would engineer a faster recovery than is happening under Obama.


  • rikyrah

    Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 09/28/2012
    Obama is on track to win, but backers shouldn’t get overconfident. Here’s why.

    By Jonathan Bernstein

    One way of gaming out what is happening in this election is to compare George W. Bush’s approval rating in 2004 with Barack Obama’s approval rating now.

    So where are we? Well, Obama continues to track Bush, but is running just slightly behind him. So consider that a warning for overconfident liberals — or conservatives in premature despair. By this metric, Obama is on track to win, but just barely.

    The numbers, per Gallup. Obama is sitting at 50 percent approval in their current (September 25-27) reading, and has been at either 50 or 51 for each of the last six days. That’s four (or three) points behind where Bush was at the time; he had reached 54 percent approval over September 24-26 in 2004. But Gallup didn’t run a constant tracking poll on approval back then, and both of Bush’s other September numbers were at 52 percent, and he fell to 50 from October 1-3 — just where Obama is.

    Bush, like Obama this year, had received a convention bounce that stuck for all of September, but he then fell spent most of October back just under 50, where he had been in August. It wasn’t much, but it was enough for him to win by just under three percentage points.


  • rikyrah

    How Democratic Ads Are Exploiting Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Moment

    Benjy Sarlin-September 29, 2012, 8:36 AM

    The usual sports metaphors barely do justice to how easy it is, in theory, to build an attack ad around your opponent demanding half the country “take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Softball pitch down the plate? Kickball, maybe? Tee ball?

    Evidence is mounting that Mitt Romney’s leaked remarks about how 47 percent of Americans see themselves as “victims” are doing significant damage to his campaign both nationally and in key swing states around the country. While the hidden camera video has gotten plenty of play on its own in the press, Democrats are piling on as much as possible with a growing number of attack ads.

    The degree of difficulty may be low, but the current body of ads connect Romney’s quotes to an impressive array of themes in a very short amount of time. Here’s how Democrats are using the hidden camera footage as a Swiss Army knife of messaging.


  • rikyrah

    A Criminal Connection: Voter Fraud Firm Has a Long History with GOP
    Friday, September 28, 2012 |
    Posted by Deaniac83 at 3:36 PM

    The Florida Republican Party and the Republican National Committee would like you to think that the latest scandal of voter registration fraud under criminal investigation in Florida by a firm they hired is just a bad accident. The firm was paid $1.3 million by the Florida GOP as well as another $3.1 million by the RNC. But now that the RNC, the FL GOP, and other state GOPs that hired the firm, Strategic Allied Consulting, have now fired them, and that should be put them in the clear.

    Not so fast. This group, its former iterations, and its founder Nathan Sproul all have a long history with the Republican party, and particularly in the are of voter fraud and Democratic voter disenfranchisement. So much so, in fact, that Sproul has himself now noted that the RNC had him change the name of his firm so that the hire wouldn’t look suspicious.

    Sproul said he created Strategic Allied Consulting at the RNC’s request because the party wanted to avoid being publicly linked to the past allegations. The firm was set up at a Virginia address, and Sproul does not show up on the corporate paperwork.

    Why did they have to get the name changed? Because Sproul and the many iterations of this group has been associated with voter fraud before; multiple times. Notes the Republic Report, quoting from an investigation by ThinkProgress:


  • Obama Plays Netanyahu Like a Fiddle, Romney Follows Behind
    By: Sarah Jones September 28th, 2012


    On Tuesday at the UN, Netanyahu suddenly announced after relentless sabre-rattling that Israel would not attack Iran before the spring, taking off the table the pre-election strike that loomed behind his earlier words, when he falsely equated violence in Libya with the “regime” in Iran in an attempt to stoke the fires of war. Netanyahu also agreed with Obama that a diplomatic approach might work. This was a long walk from where he had been just days before.

    Whether Netanyahu started showing respect for Obama because, unlike most conservatives, he can read polls or whether Obama’s cold shoulder finally sank in as Bibi’s only option given Romney’s plunge, or some combination of the two — the end result is Obama got what he wanted and what was best for the United States.

    Obama got Netanyahu to back off his threats to attack Iran and he got Netanyahu to stop meddling in US elections. Netanyahu gave Obama credit for leading the effort to impose sanctions on Iran.

    MORE: http://www.politicususa.com/obama-plays-netanyahu-fiddle-romney.html

    • nellcote

      I can hardly wait for PBO’s book about his presidency in 6 or 7 years.

  • rikyrah

    Sunday, September 30, 201
    2State of the Race: Romney’s floor = Republican ceiling

    Regular readers here know that I don’t pay much attention to the national polls but have been slightly obsessed (yes, that’s a bit like being slightly pregnant) with the state polls and the electoral map. One of the things I’ve been saying all along is that this race has been strikingly stable. It turns out that nowhere is that more true than Mitt Romney’s performance.

    Romney began this race with a pretty solid 191 electoral votes. That includes all of the states John McCain won in 2008 plus Indiana. Anyone who’s been watching these projections from polling aggregates knows that, with the exception of occasionally adding North Carolina to bring him up to 205 electoral votes, Romney has NEVER LED in any other swing state. The only changes we’ve seen in them is to go from toss-up to Obama.

    Today, it you take a look at any of the projections – from HuffPo to TPM to Real Clear Politics, you’ll see Romney is still at 191 electoral votes. In other words, the only real “swing state” (if we’re talking swinging between Romney and Obama) is North Carolina. And even that one is trending towards Obama at this point.

    After this election is over, narratives about its course will certainly be written. Based on what I’m seeing now, they will likely try to tell the story of a race that was tied until the conventions and Romney’s remarks about 47% of Americans. That won’t be true. While it may have looked like a close race in national polls at one time, Romney hasn’t been able to put a single state in play on the electoral map to rise above his 191-205 base. As a matter of fact, all he’s been able to do is lose his small lead in North Carolina. In other words, what started off as his floor actually looks to be his ceiling.


  • rikyrah

    In My Opinion

    Billionaire Koch brothers try to buy state’s court


    By Carl Hiaasen


    The new stealth campaign against three Florida Supreme Court justices is being backed by those meddling right-wing billionaires from Wichita, Charles and David Koch.

    They couldn’t care less about Florida, but they love to throw their money around.

    Last week they uncorked the first of a series of commercials from their political action committee, Americans for Prosperity. The targets are Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince.

    They were three of the five-vote majority that in 2010 knocked down a half-baked amendment slapped together by state lawmakers seeking to nullify the federal Affordable Health Care Act.

    The Florida Supreme Court upheld lower court decisions in finding that the proposed amendment contained “misleading and ambiguous language,” the hallmark of practically everything produced by this Legislature. Stoned chimpanzees have a keener grasp of constitutional law.

    Conservative groups have gone after local justices before. In Iowa, a place which has nothing but vowels in common with Florida, three state justices were fired by voters after being vilified for ruling against a ban on gay marriage.


    • nellcote

      Billionaire Koch brothers try to buy state’s court
      We need to keep an eye on this manuver. It’s the next frontier from ALEC and Citizen’s United.

  • Christie Accuses Obama of Lying About Romney’s Tax Plan, Then Misrepresents Romney’s Tax Plan
    By Ian Millhiser on Sep 30, 2012 at 11:41 am

    On ABC News’s This Week this morning, host George Stephanopoulos played an Obama campaign ad where the President says that Romney believes in “even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy.” New Jersey Governor and Romney surrogate Chris Christie (R) responded by falsely accusing President Obama of lying:

    CHRISTIE: Stop lying Mr. President.


    CHRISTIE: Yeah . . . Gov. Romney’s not talking about more tax cuts for the wealthy. In fact, what he said is that the wealthy will pay just as much under a Romney administration as they pay today.

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/09/30/931251/christie-accuses-obama-of-lying-about-romneys-tax-plan-then-misrepresents-romneys-tax-plan/

    • Miranda

      LOL, so he was just as good of a surrogate for Romney today as he was during his keynote address at the RNC.

      • Christie is all about “Christie For Prez 2016”, and a Romney lost helps him.

        • BoomerGal

          He better have angioplasty first.

      • caribbeanobserver

        They put him on all the shows this morning because he is a big bully. He, like all of the repug surrogates, lie,steal cheat, plunder, bully,interrupt,don’t give anyone a chance to speak …you catch my drift!,

  • U.S. authorities: Man behind anti-Muslim film had many aliases
    Court documents show Youssef, 55, legally changed his name from Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in 2002, but never told federal authorities.

    By The Associated Press | Sep.30, 2012 | 7:31 AM

    Court documents show Youssef, 55, legally changed his name from Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in 2002, but never told federal authorities, who now are using that as part of the probation violation case against him.

    Youssef was ordered jailed without bail Thursday until a hearing is held to determine if he violated terms of his supervised release on a 2010 bank fraud conviction. Prosecutors allege he used multiple aliases and lied to his probation officers about his real name.

    Youssef, an Egyptian-born Christian who’s now a U.S. citizen, sought to obtain a passport in his new name but still had a California driver’s license as Nakoula, assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Dugdale said Friday. Youssef used a third name, Sam Bacile, in association with the trailer for the movie “Innocence of Muslims” that was posted on YouTube. It portrays Mohammad as a religious fraud, womanizer and pedophile.

    MORE: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/u-s-authorities-man-behind-anti-muslim-film-had-many-aliases-1.467470

    • Miranda

      Where are the right wing zealots to his defense?

  • Netanyahu and Romney share ideology – and donors

    A Haaretz investigation found that 19 of Netanyahu’s wealthiest American donors have also given to Romney, the Republican Party, and/or other Republican candidates.
    By Chaim Levinson | Sep.30, 2012 | 9:45 AM


    But the similarities don’t end with ideology: The two also have many donors in common. In fact, a Haaretz investigation found that 19 of Netanyahu’s wealthiest American donors, each of whom gave thousands of dollars to his campaign to defeat Moshe Feiglin in January’s Likud party leadership primary, have also given to Romney, the Republican Party, and/or other Republican candidates.

    Surprisingly, Netanyahu’s donor list doesn’t include a single Democrat – a fact that indicates just how far removed he is from those American Jews who lean Democratic.

    Altogether, Netanyahu received NIS 1,249,022 from 46 people for his primary campaign, an average of NIS 26,574 per person. By law, each donor’s name and address must be reported to the state comptroller, and it turns out that 37 of these donors were American.

    MORE: http://www.haaretz.com/news/u-s-elections-2012/netanyahu-and-romney-share-ideology-and-donors.premium-1.467469

    • BoomerGal

      Not surprised at all. Betcha this keyboard Abraham Foxman is one of the donors.

  • NBC’s David Gregory Misquotes Obama, Falsely Claims President Said ‘Al Qaeda Has Been Defeated’
    By Judd Legum on Sep 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    This morning on Meet The Press, David Gregory twice asserted that, in May, President Obama declared that “al Qaeda has been defeated.” Gregory used that claim to advance a theory that Obama was simply not concerned enough about al Qaeda in advance of the attack on the American embassy in Libya. Here’s the transcript:

    GREGORY: The President has said as recently as May of this year that al Qaeda has not had a chance to rebuild, that al Qaeda has been defeated. There is an election on, as we’ve been talking about, and the President’s challenger said plain and simple, the President failed to level with the American people and call this a terrorist attack, because you had to be concerned about another terrorist attack from al Qaeda in the Middle East after the President said that al Qaeda had been defeated.


    Here is what Obama said:

    And one year ago, from a base here in Afghanistan, our troops launched the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. The goal that I set — to defeat al Qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild — is now within our reach.

    Still, there will be difficult days ahead. The enormous sacrifices of our men and women are not over.

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/09/30/931421/nbcs-david-gregory-misquotes-obama-falsely-claims-president-said-al-qaeda-had-been-defeated/

    • trose1

      Gregory is a GOP hack. I hope enuff people complain. He needs to apologize for his error.

    • nathkatun7

      As one commentator said: Gregory didn’t “misquote” the President he plainly LIED about what the President said.

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    ThinkProgress ✔@thinkprogress

    Paul Ryan to Fox News: “I don’t have the time” to explain how to pay for our tax plan. Watch: thkpr.gs/QCPKdz

    • Aquagranny911

      ….and “Jesus wept”…..

      • BoomerGal

        Good one, AG! High five.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola, POU! I really enjoyed the music.

  • creolechild

    Dem Lawmakers Make Example Of Romney’s Enormous IRA

    Top Democrats are pushing tax writers in both the House and Senate to close the tax loopholes that likely allowed Mitt Romney to use a savings vehicle for middle class workers to build a nearly $100 million retirement fortune.[….]

    So early last month, Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), George Miller (D-CA) and Sander Levin (D-MI) wrote to the Treasury and Labor departments to make an example of Romney. They asked federal tax officials to explain whether the tax strategy Romney likely used to mushroom his IRA — circumventing the contribution limit by undervaluing assets — is legal, how much revenue it costs the U.S. treasury each year, and whether it should be forbidden.[….]

    Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/dem-lawmakers-make-example-of-romney-enormous-ira.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    H/T Brian Beutler

  • creolechild

    Court fast-tracks some green card applications

    A federal appeals court has ruled that immigration officials must give priority status to thousands of green card applicants who lost their place in line for U.S. residency when they turned 21. A narrowly divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Wednesday that the United States Citizen and Immigration Services wrongly determined the applicants were no longer eligible for special visas as children of green card holders after they turned 21.[….]

    The court ruled 6-5 court otherwise, saying the applicants may keep their “priority date” established when their parents filed for a derivative visa for their children.[….]

    Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Court-fast-tracks-some-green-card-applications-3897124.php

    H/T Paul Elias

  • creolechild

    Bill Moyers: ALEC ‘is still everywhere’

    The influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has not diminished despite recent corporate defections, Bill Moyers said Friday, or attempts to curb it with legislation like the ALEC Accountability Act. The bill, Moyers said in a report on Moyers and Company, “has gone nowhere. ALEC, on the other hand, is still everywhere. Still hiding in plain sight. Watch for it. Coming soon to a statehouse near you.”[….]

    In Arizona, which Moyers called “practically an ALEC subsidiary,” state Rep. Mark Farley (D) introduced the ALEC Accountability Act, which would have forced legislators like Governor Jan Brewer (R) to disclose their connections to the secretive group.[….]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/28/bill-moyers-alec-is-still-everywhere/

    H/T Arturo Garcia

    • Aquagranny911

      ALEC has their dirty fingers in a lot of AZ pies including backing those who wrote & passed SB1070. A lot of us believe that Brewer and others are owned lock, stock & barrel by them. New Times has worked at outing them but they are a real shadow group with lots of tentacles. Chop one & another grows right back.

  • creolechild

    Protect Your Vote: What You Need to Know to Vote in Ohio

    [….] You must be sure that you have the legally mandate ID with you when you go to the polls…. It is also important to confirm that you are registered and that the information is current. You can do that at the Secretary of State’s website, here. In order to check your registration information, you will need to provide:

    Your first and last name and your middle initial.
    Your address (house number and street)

    You also need to make sure you have a valid ID that includes your current address. If you are not registered, you will need to get it done now. The deadline for registering to vote in Ohio is 30 days prior to the election. You can download a voter registration form here. You can also register on-line at the Secretary of State’s website here. Finally, you can register in person. According to the site, votesmart.org, you can register in person at the following locations:[….]

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/ohio-voter-guide.html

    H/T Adalia Woodbury

    • dannie22

      October 9th is the last day to register to vote in Ohio. Early voting begins October 2nd at the Cuyahoga Board of Elections at 2925 Euclid ave. There will be a rally on Monday night to begin early voting. Some Ofa and PBO supporters will be camped outside the board of elections beginning October 1st evening, in order to get folks to see the importance of voting. Nina Turner is behind this idea. Folks will be camped out all night. Sometime this week, PBO will be in Cleveland to rally the troops.

      • creolechild

        Thank you, dannie, for providing additional information.

  • creolechild

    Romney Gives a Shout-Out to Supporters Linked to Fraud Scheme

    Mitt Romney kicked off his appearance at last week’s Univision Forum in Miami by thanking a few key supporters. First, he gave a nod to the state’s former Republican governor, Jeb Bush. Then he turned to an elderly couple sitting near the front: “Remedios! Fausto! How are you?” [….]

    In 1999, then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush was forced to distance himself from Remedios Diaz-Oliver when the Associated Press reported that she had recently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of accessory to customs fraud after the fact and one of knowingly providing a false document.[….] The Diaz-Olivers and their business partners had been indicted on 18 counts relating to a tax evasion scheme, but Remedios’ felony charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.[….]

    Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/09/mitt-romney-remedios-fausto-diaz-oliver-fraud-scheme

    H/T Tim Murphy

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!