September 25, 2017

Tuesday Afternoon Thread: 47 Percent

OFA is on it!



  • Miranda

    Randy Newman mocks racists with ‘I’m dreaming of a white president’ song

    NEW YORK (AP) — Randy Newman is weighing in on the U.S. presidential election with a new song “I’m Dreaming,” and the Obama supporter is pointing out racism with its refrain: “I’m dreaming of a white president.”
    The piano tune is full of satirical, sarcastic — and signature — Newman anecdotes about someone who votes for the president because he is white.

    Newman, who is white, is openly supporting President Barack Obama. He says he wants the public to find comedic relief in the song but to know he’s serious in thinking that racism continues. He called racism “the great issue of this country.”

    “I felt that that sentiment exists in the country,” Newman said in an interview Monday. “I don’t know how many people you can get to admit it. I think maybe zero.”
    The song will be released as a free download Tuesday, and Newman is encouraging listeners to donate to the United Negro College Fund.

    more here

    • rikyrah


    • GOVCHRIS1988

      I was about to post this. I LOVE Randy Newman.

    • nellcote

      Here’s the video. It’s brutal:



      George Washington was a white man
      Adams and Jefferson too
      Abe Lincoln was a white man, probably
      And William McKinley the whitest of them all
      Was shot down by an immigrant in Buffalo
      And a star fell out of heaven

      I’m dreaming of a white President
      Just like the ones we’ve always had
      A real live white man
      Who knows the score
      How to handle money or start a war
      Wouldn’t even have to tell me what we were fighting for
      He’d be the right man
      If he were a

      I’m dreaming of a white President
      Someone whom we can understand
      Someone who knows where we’re coming from
      And that the law of the jungle is not the law of this land

      In deepest darkest Africa nineteen three
      A little boy says, “Daddy, I just discovered relativity.
      A big eclipse is coming
      And I’ll prove it. Wait and see!”

      “You better eclipse yourself outta here, son
      And find yourself a tree
      There’s a lion in the front yard
      And he knows he won’t catch me.”

      How many little Albert Einsteins
      Cut down in their prime?
      How many little Ronald Reagans
      Gobbled up before their time?

      I don’t believe in evolution
      But it does occur to me,
      What if little William Howard Taft had to face a lion
      Or God forbid, climb a tree?
      Where would this country be?

      I’m dreaming of a white President
      Buh buh buh buh
      ‘Cause things have never been this bad
      So he won’t run the hundred in ten seconds flat
      So he won’t have a pretty jump shot
      Or be an Olympic acrobat
      So he won’t know much about global warming
      Is that really where you’re at?
      He won’t be the brightest, perhaps
      But he’ll be the whitest
      And I’ll vote for that

      Whiter than this?
      Whiter than this?
      Whiter than this?
      Whiter than this?
      Oh yeah

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda- — -THIS- – – ->He called racism “the great issue of this country.”– — —

      – -HE! —AIN’T!- –NEVA!- – -LIED!!- – –


      – – ☻ RACIST CARTOONS- —-UNDER the GUISe of – – -HUMOR/PARODY!
      – -☻- -RACIST JOKES???- – -HAH!
      – –☻- -INCREASE in GIN SALES!!
      – –☻- -INCREASSE in- -HATE-SPEAK- – [U LIED!!]- – –

      – -☻- -RE-THUCKER- – -OBSTRUCTION- — at it’s HIGHEST LEVEL!!!- —
      – – ☻–EVEN BLAH folks participation in SUPPORTIVE anti- MR. PRESIDENT ACTIONS!!- — HATERATION!!!- — –

      YEP!- —He – –CALLED IT!!- –

  • GN

    To JC4:

    That video is not even sufficient. I have never seen a politician snatched like that. Jimmy Carter IV took him down hard. This is absolutely epic.

    • Miranda

      Hip hop needs to honor JC4 by puttin his name in some rhymes cuz his gangsta is serious LOL, he straight went at Mitt and just ethered him through and through.

      • GN

        Okay? Maybe we can have a video thread in his honor or something, because JC4 has the GOP establishment SHOOK over Mittens.

      • AxelFoley

        That was an epic shank by James Carter Da Fourth.

        Simply epic.

  • GN


    BREAKING: Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturns voter ID law

    • GN

      The majority opinion is available here:

      The court is saying that unless the lower court judge finds that PA’s efforts to make IDs available to all voters completely eliminates the possibility of voter disenfranchisement, the lower court judge HAS TO issue a preliminary injunction—i.e., suspend the law until all eligible voters can comply with it. This is really good news.

  • GN

    Mittens uncut: the entire ~50 minute fundraiser hidden video will be published at Mother Jones at 2:30pm today.

  • Dessalines ‏@Kyrondo

    RT @adamweinstein: BREAKING: Mother Jones will be publishing the full Romney donor video in two parts, 49.5 minutes total, at 2:30 EDT….

  • GN

    I love it love it love it. First Jimmy Carter featured prominently on film at the convention, and now his grandson has completely snatched the GOP’s presidential candidate. President Carter’s starting to get some of the respect which he deserves. President Obama isn’t Jimmy; his approvals are much higher than this time in President Carter’s presidency and he’s been able to benefit from the hard lessons which Jimmy Carter learned. But the Democratic party owes a lot to Jimmy Carter, his ideas were utterly prescient, and his fam clearly was raised well.

    You know, Republicans, if you’re right about Barack Obama being Jimmy Carter, that means his grandkids will grow up to destroy you.

    • nellcote

      I hope it’s a lesson learned that Dems are powerful when they’re united.

      • GN

        I couldn’t agree more. United, positive, and optimistic.

  • This fool ain’t wrapped too tight…

    Rep. King: Obama ‘Doesn’t Believe In Life And Families’
    By Scott Keyes on Sep 18, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Prompting gasps and boos, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) declared in a debate Monday night that President Obama, a married father of two, doesn’t believe in families.

    “[We have] a Commander-in-Chief who disrespects this Constitution, doesn’t believe in free enterprise, doesn’t believe in life and families,” King said during a congressional debate with Democratic opponent Christie Vilsack in Hampton.

    KING: Are we going to defend this Constitution that we celebrated tonight, or are we going to watch it be eroded by a Commander-in-Chief who disrespects this Constitution, doesn’t believe in free enterprise, doesn’t believe in life and families. They are core values in this country that we must defend at all costs.


    • GN

      President Obama is imploding the GOP. I’m not saying they’re over, but the most unhinged of them have a prominence and authority of that “political party” which would have been unheard of 20 years ago. And their presidential nominee is running to the RIGHT of Sarah Palin. This is stunning.

    • Miranda

      The demographic that approves of the likes of Steve King are dying off…thank goodness.

      • TyrenM

        Sorry. The Children of the Corn…are spawning.

    • AxelFoley

      I’d kick this bastard in his throat if I could.

  • Harlem’s Apollo Theater Is Packed for BET Town Hall on Voting

    The Rev. Al Sharpton, Michael Eric Dyson and other noted speakers lead a discussion of the political issues of concern to African-American voters.
    By Jonathan P. Hicks
    Posted: 09/18/2012 08:04 AM EDT

    A packed Apollo Theater in Harlem was the scene of a vibrant discussion about a host of issues, from voter suppression in the 2012 election and the need for a Black political agenda to the teachers strike in Chicago.

    The “Vote Like Your Life Depends on It” town hall meeting sponsored by BET Networks and the Apollo Theater featured a number of well known figures, including the Rev. Al Sharpton and noted educator and commentator Michael Eric Dyson. T.J. Holmes, the former CNN anchor who will host a new show on BET, Don’t Sleep!, moderated the discussion.

    A large part of the evening was devoted to the topic of the wave of restrictive voter identification laws that have been enacted by states around the country with Republican controlled legislatures and governors.


    • AxelFoley

      I wonder where Crabis and Corny were?

      • edp4bho

        Stop stealing my thoughts….LOL !

  • Morning Agenda: Is Occupy a Fad?

    Occupy Wall Street: From Frenzy to Fad? | Occupy Wall Street celebrated its one-year anniversary on Monday as protesters filled the Financial District. But the movement — which initially struck a chord, or a nerve, depending on your view — doesn’t seem to be generating the same buzz anymore. As Andrew Ross Sorkin writes, Occupy Wall Street may now be more of a footnote in financial history:

    “Have any new regulations for banks or businesses been enacted as a result of Occupy Wall Street? No. Has there been any new meaningful push to put Wall Street executives behind bars as a result of Occupy Wall Street? No. And even on the issues of economic inequality and upward mobility — perhaps Occupy Wall Street’s strongest themes — has the movement changed the debate over executive compensation or education reform? It is not even a close call.”


    • GN

      It’s simple: the Democratic party, warts and all, has just done a way more effective job with pushing the ball down the field via coalition-building, even at times with controversial partners like the Blue Dogs.

      Speaking for myself only, 47% resonates more strongly than 99%. I actually have very little in common with impoverished people who vote against their economic interests. I do however have a metric ton in common with President Obama’s base of support.

      • gc

        And it’s crap, besides. If the 99 wre impoverished they woudn’t be sipping lattes in A/C tents and getting facetime in local papers. Seriously, our soup kitchin residents AIN’T OCCUPYING. They are standing in line for food, trying to stay clean, find employment and looking for a warm cot or grate in the winter.

        • GN


        • edp4bho

          Hey POU. Not only this, but PBO as an organizer, a “real” occupier, knew that the way to results is being in a legislative position.

  • A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …’”

    The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.”

    The finding is being made public in Rome on Tuesday at an international meeting of Coptic scholars by the historian Karen L. King, who has published several books about new Gospel discoveries and is the first woman to hold the nation’s oldest endowed chair, the Hollis professor of divinity.


  • Here’s an update on the brotha at the center of the UBS trading scandal:

    Ex-UBS Trader Is Accused of Gambling in a Big Loss

    LONDON — Fictitious trading and brazen gambling by a single individual could have brought down the Swiss financial giant UBS, a British prosecutor said on Friday at the trial of a former bank employee accused of causing a multibillion-dollar trading loss.

    That thesis is at the heart of the case against Kweku M. Adoboli, a former UBS trader in London who faces four counts of fraud and false accounting in connection with a $2.3 billion loss at the Swiss bank. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    In their opening statement, prosecutors portrayed Mr. Adoboli as a freewheeling trader who doctored documents, invented profits and fabricated clients to cover up his rogue activities. Sasha Wass, the lead prosecutor, told a jury that Mr. Adoboli was motivated by greed and ego as he looked to increase his salary and status at the bank.


    • Miranda

      This could make for a great movie.

  • This pic of Joe Scarborough tells the tale:

    • rikyrah

      hee hee hee

    • Rhoda

      Seriously, look a mess on your show but to go on TODAY like a hot mess was just too much. They should have let Mika do the spot; pretend she has a voice that a national audience will hear. Which is one of the main reasons I’ve lost all respect for her; that and the cash w/Joe thing.

      Ultimately, Brzezinski was able to get her salary increased. But she said it took an action of Scarborough’s that she told HuffPost “sickened” her–when he diverted one of his ratings bonuses to her bank account without her knowledge–to spur her to finally take the right approach in her negotiations. (Even so, Scarborough still makes more than she does.)

      • WHAT?? Didn’t she write a book about female empowerment, but she couldn’t empower herself to fight for herself?? I can’t.

        • Rhoda

          I doubt that Joe put the check into her account without her knowing; how the hell would he have her account number or know where she banks? HR wouldn’t give that information out at all; which brings all those rumors about the two of them in a new light.

        • TheShyLurker

          She knows where her place is.

          After all, he knows what to do with the body – now.

      • Worldwatcher7

        I hate to break it to you, but Joey S does not think he looks a hot mess, he thinks he looks jaunty and handsome.

  • rikyrah

    Pennsylvania Supreme Court sends voter ID bill back for review

    By Laura Conaway

    Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:01 PM EDT.

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has just now sent the state’s new voter ID law back to a lower court for review. Under the law passed by the new Republican majority this year, as many as 1 million Pennsylvanians have been expected not to be able to vote in November.

    State officials assured the court that everything would be fine and that voters would get the IDs they need. The court was not having it. From the ruling (pdf):

    Overall, we are confronted with an ambitious effort on the part of the General Assembly to bring the new identification procedure into effect with in a relatively short timeframe and an implementation process which has by no means been seamless in light of the serious operational constraints faced by the executive branch. Given this state of affairs, we are not satisfied with a mere predictive judgment based primarily on the assurances of government officials, even though we have no doubt they are proceeding in good faith.

    Since the law went into effect, a couple of high-profile Pennsylvanians without the required documents have managed to get IDs anyway. One state official advised voters in need to ask clerks at the DMV for leniency. With the 4-2 vote today, Pennsylvania’s high court is saying that a patchwork, beg-your-way-through system is not good enough. The Supreme Court sent the matter back to the lower Commonwealth Court for a review of whether the ID cards voters will need are in fact reaching the public in time. The ruling is not an injunction — the justices are looking for more information before they make a final decision. The Philadelphia Inquirer says it’s not clear how today’s ruling will affect the law’s standing for the November election. Dave Weigel calls it a win for Democrats, implicitly, and explicitly. for the voting-rights groups that challenged the law.

    After the jump, a little more from the ruling.


    Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court recognized the burden of the voter ID law on vulnerable groups of voters. From the ruling:

    While there is a debate over the number of affected voters, given the substantial overlap between voter rolls and PennDOT’s existing ID driver/cardholder database, it is readily understood that a minority of the population is affected by the access issue. Nevertheless, there is little disagreement with Appellants’ observation that the population involved includes members of some of the most vulnerable segments of our society (the elderly, disabled members of our community, and the financially disadvantaged).

    The court has posted the full ruling, along with a dissenting statement and a dissenting opinion (all pdfs). Please point out parts that strike you as interesting in the comments.

  • rikyrah

    Why Romney’s Secret Speech Will Matter

    by BooMan
    Mon Sep 17th, 2012 at 10:41:42 PM EST

    There are so many ways I could approach Mitt Romney’s recently revealed secret speech. People will snark it to death. We can have hours of fun with this thing. If we’re feeling really mischievous, we can even torture it a little bit before we kill it, like a cat playing with a shrew. But I want to be serious for a moment. Will it matter?

    First, as indelicate as Obama’s comments were, he was trying to explain to the Napa Valley Chablis Set why people in the Rust Belt feel alienated and pissed off. He was trying to induce empathy, not disdain. His intent, as opposed to his effect, was absolutely not to talk down to or make fun of the religious gun owners of Pennsylvania. He was saying that their communities have been destroyed by deindustrialization. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, was saying that everyone who voted for Obama in 2008 is just looking for a handout from the government and refuses to take any personal responsibility for their own lives. He was talking down to and making fun of the 53% of the people who put Obama in office.

    Which leads to the second problem. Elsewhere in the speech, Mitt Romney makes the point that the only undecided people in the country are people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and are disappointed. They still like Barack Obama. They don’t necessarily regret voting for him. And they are seriously considering voting for him again. That is why, Mitt Romney explains to his audience, it doesn’t do him any good to attack Obama personally or repeat a bunch of Tea Party lines about birth certificates or Marxism or whatever. If he tries to make people feel stupid for voting for Obama, they’ll just get defensive. If he’s attacks him unfairly, they’ll just get protective. Romney bases this opinion on careful research about undecided voters.

    And the problem is that these are precisely the people who he just insulted. It’s true that he tried a create a special carve-out for the people who voted for Obama and are not sure that they want to do so again. But there are still two problems. First, he insulted all Obama voters, whether he wants to gift retroactive immunities or not. Second, he insulted undecided voters, too.

  • James Carter IV (aka JC4 aka Da Carter) is on Facebook:

    And here’s his Tumblr:

  • GN

    Eastwood: If they were ‘dumb enough to ask me…’

    (CNN) – Clint Eastwood isn’t taking much time to reflect on his unique endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at last month’s Republican National Convention, after all he says, if they’re “dumb enough” to ask him, they’ll take what they get.

    “If somebody is dumb enough to ask me to go to political convention and say something, they’re gonna have to take what they get,” said Eastwood in an interview Tuesday with the television show “Extra” about the convention speech that won rave reviews, puzzled looks and slacked jaws.

    At least he’s honest. Only an idiot would have asked him to deliver a political convention keynote, speech unseen.

    • Miranda


    • jds09

      Clint has a new movie he’s trying to sell. I hope it flops.

  • GN

    Romney build this.

    THIS!!! ••► Small Business Abandons Romney and Supports Obama, 47%-39%

    • BoomerGal

      WOW!! Just WOW!!

  • Miranda

    Eastwood: If they were ‘dumb enough to ask me…’
    Posted by CNN’s Dana Davidsen

    (CNN) – Clint Eastwood isn’t taking much time to reflect on his unique endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at last month’s Republican National Convention, after all he says, if they’re “dumb enough” to ask him, they’ll take what they get.

    “If somebody is dumb enough to ask me to go to political convention and say something, they’re gonna have to take what they get,” said Eastwood in an interview Tuesday with the television show “Extra” about the convention speech that won rave reviews, puzzled looks and slacked jaws.

    more here

  • rikyrah

    Chris Rocks Twitter feed:

    4 years ago John McCain thought Sarah Palin was a better VP candidate than Mitt Romney. You have to admire McCain’s political instincts

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good afternoon miranda/POYU FAM♥ – – -***BIG HUG*** :>)—

    – – -Uhhhh- —in a WORD!- – YES!– — – CRITIC- – –ROUND-UP!- —

    – – —Did ‘47%’ Video Cost Mitt the Election?– –

    – — –Leaked video of a May Mitt Romney fundraiser—in which the candidate calls half the country self-proclaimed ‘victims’—has the pundits swarming, with some saying it just might cost him the election. Here’s what they’re saying:

    The video “has killed Mitt Romney’s campaign for president,” writes Josh Barro at Bloomberg.”Romney already has trouble relating to the public and convincing people he cares about them. Now, he’s been caught on video saying that nearly half the country consists of hopeless losers.”

    You could rationally argue that the country has grown too dependent on government benefits—but that’s not what Romney did, writes David Brooks in the New York Times. Instead, he revealed his ignorance about his own country, offering a “country-club fantasy” that divides us into “makers and moochers”—and “reinforces every negative view people have about Romney.”

    This divide is central to Romney’s agenda, notes Ezra Klein in the Washington Post, but it’s “not true.” Some 61% of those who don’t pay income tax pay 15% of their income in payroll tax—more than Romney himself paid—and 22% are elderly. What’s more, GOP tax cuts are a big factor in the no-income-tax phenomenon

    – – -Uhhh. . .B4 U leave- – -MITT-TWIT- –’bout YOUR TAX REPORTS!!– — -LOL

    • Worldwatcher7

      Hi GLH!

      No, his Libya misstep cost him the election.

    • TyrenM

      Hey WW7. No. His not releasing taxes cost him the election.

    • gc

      Nah, his horrible Talkin’ to Chairs Convention cost him the election.

    • GreenLadyHere



      – —-ADD ON: :>) ————

      • BoomerGal

        Naw, his “concerns” at the London Olympics, cost him the election.

    • sagittarius

      Nah, his selection of Paul Ryan cost him the election.

      This is fun – how much more MittFail stuff can we compile?

    • AxelFoley

      Nah, his running against PBO cost him the election.

  • Miranda


    The Associated Press‏@AP
    BREAKING: Alaska officials say residents to receive $878 in yearly payout of state’s oil wealth:

    • nellcote

      LaPalin taxed the shit out of the oil companies so everyone in AK gets a payout. How’s that for ironic. Looks like payments are down this year though.

  • goldenstar

    LOVE this OFA video. Oh, yeah!

  • GN

    Pres O’s twitter account is going in on Mittens:

    RT if you agree: We need a President who is fighting for all Americans, not one who writes off nearly half the country.

    Romney told a group of wealthy donors that 47% of Americans see themselves as “victims” who are entitled to handouts.

    FACT: A vast majority of the 47% of Americans who Romney insulted pay a large percentage of their income in taxes.

    FACT: 61% of the Americans who Romney claimed don’t take “personal responsibility and care for their lives” pay federal payroll taxes.

    FACT: In 2011, the 47% of Americans who Romney insulted included nearly 20 million seniors.

  • GN

    He’s just a straight up nice guy, a wonderful human being:

    Pres. Obama had a rally where a wedding was pre-booked. So he ended his rally early and sent the couple a gift.

    • TheShyLurker


  • GN

    Really sweet:

    James Carter IV emailed his grandfather about the Romney vid, and the 39th pres. wrote back: “This is extraordinary. Congratulations! Papa.”

  • GN

    Another thing which I love about the epic Jimmy Carter IV snatch of the GOP’s presidential candidate is that Netanyahu, who has obviously hitched his cart to Mittens, has been forced to have a seat. I just love this.

    • BoomerGal


    • jds09

      I don’t think it’s over yet for Bibi. This level of overreach has to be addressed. Another shoe will drop.

      • GN

        I hope so. He was completely and utterly out of pocket with this.

  • GN

    Randi Rhodes just hit the nail on the head:

    Tax breaks 4 working poor are really subsidies 4 employers who want living workers but don’t want to pay living wages. #47percent

    That’s so utterly true.

  • MsKitty

    He’s got an election to win, for Pete’s sake!

    GOP Sen. Scott Brown denounces Romney comments

    “That’s not the way I view the world. As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in. Too many people today who want to work are being forced into public assistance for lack of jobs,” he said in the email.

    It’s in Brown’s best interest to come out in opposition to Romney, who faced a 33-percentage-point deficit on Obama in the most recent poll of Massachusetts voters. He needs to prove to voters in the deep-blue state that he can serve as a centrist, rather than in lockstep with the Republican Party. Brown remains a vulnerable incumbent, with a slate of new polls out over the past two days showing Warren ahead of the senator by various margins.

    • Miranda

      I wonder if he called Mitt up first and said “this will hurt you more than it will hurt me.” before he released that statement.

    • Daltex82

      Listen Up! All rats leaving the sinking ship, jumping line forms to the right! no pushing Scott, stop running! We will try to get everyone out in a timely manner.

      • sagittarius


  • Dave Weigel needs to have a whole stadium of seats with this false equivalency bs:

    daveweigel ‏@daveweigel
    Weird how some of the people who trash @JamesOKeefeIII are 100% in favor of the Romney recording getting leaked

    • Miranda

      SMH……he really sees no difference? Seriously? Did he see anyone pretending to be someone they’re not or attempting to break into that house on the video of Mitt?

    • Tafr

      Naw what is weird, telling and stunning is the total fail of the media. Mittens has been lying since the primaries. You would think the media would be all over youtube looking for Mitten lies. Now we all know had this been PBO a major news network would of jumped on it. Here it is Sept this has been out since May. Thank god for Carter’s grandkid. I hope he is getting those job offers because he sure in the hell deserves them.

    • Ebogan63

      That jackass can f’ off. Monicle Mitt doubled down on the comments.

      • jds09

        Plus O’Keefe committed fraud by doctoring the tapes.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — –Seeeeee- – – – –HE BUILT- – -THIS- – — – – ->LEAD!!– – – LOL- — –

    – – – We Built That: Small Business Abandons Romney and Supports Obama, 47%-39% – – –

    – — –More evidence that the roof is caving in on Mitt Romney came today from a poll of small business owners conducted by George Washington University School of Political Management, which found Obama leading Romney, 47%-39%.- –[THIS IS — HUGE!!] –

    Not only is Obama leading Romney, but the George Washington University poll also found that small business owners thought President Obama was more supportive of them than Mitt Romney by 39%-31% margin, with 28% undecided.

    6,415 small business owners were asked what their single most important issue was in their choice for president. Forty percent of them responded the economy and jobs. Fourteen percent listed corruption/honesty/ethics in government, six percent responded social/moral issues, and five percent said it was beating Romney/supporting Obama/electing Democrats. Obamacare, beating Obama/electing Romney/supporting Republicans, and the budget deficit all tied at 5%. Two staples of the Romney campaign, taxes was mentioned by 3%, and government regulation was not mentioned at all. The three most important issues to small business owners were unemployment and the job market (26%), the federal budget deficit (16%), and healthcare costs (10%).

    Small business owners listed self-employment taxes, the cost of gas, healthcare costs, and personal income taxes to be the biggest burdens. President Obama has cut taxes for small businesses anywhere from 16 to 18 times depending on how a small business tax cut is defined. In contrast Mitt Romney came up with a slogan, but the benefits of his tax plan are designed for corporations and people at the top. Romney’s plan would give the biggest corporations a $1 trillion tax cut.

    – — FIRED UP!!- – 4! —MORE!- – -YEARS!!- –– – –

  • GN

    Scott Brown denounces Romney 47% comments.

  • aleth

    Foreshadowing Libya?

    NOPE—- HE AND HIS COHORTS PLANNED IT!!!Romney starts to talk about what he refers to as “the Jimmy Carter election”, i.e., 1980. He then goes on to talk about how the hostage crisis and the failed rescue mission Desert One were pervasive issues through the 1980 election. Then at the end he says that “if something of that nature presents itself I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity.”

    He has a couple stopped and started sentences and at some points it’s not entirely clear to me what his meaning is. But on this last point he seems to be saying that if a major international crisis erupted he’d do what he could to turn it to political advantage.

    YES I SAID IT— HE planned it!

  • MonieTalks

    As expected, PBO’s comment has been central to Money Boo Boo’s comment.

    Joe Klein at time wrote the following
    Bitter, Clinging Moochers

    but while Romney’s coments can be debunked to an extent when examined closer, what the President said is true.

    PBO has not even mentioned gun control once, yet gun sales have probably been outselling every other product on the market for the past 3 1/2 years. And don’t even get started on this theocracy the GOP has tried to enact. GOP politicians are actually passing anti-Sharia laws and Mitt said he wouldn’t take “god off of coin or his heart.”

    Media won’t touch that though.

    • edp4bho

      Yep, I wrote my own 2 cents on these exact facts over at TOD today. PBO was right when he said it, we knew he was right, and rethugs have proven him right again and again. They can never truthfully deny it, though denying is their expected behavior.

  • Mitt Romney’s Mom Says his Dad was on Welfare:

    Guess Romney’s Dad was part of the “moocher class” as a kid.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — – -CAUTIOUSLY – – -postin’ THIS- – —

    – – —As Romney Spirals Out of Control Republicans Jump Ship to Obama – –

    – – –I have a sneaky suspicion that John Boehner will be heading to the bar more often and crying in his scotch. I just found and became a fan of Republicans for Obama. I couldn’t believe it. At first I thought it was one of those hate groups, but the members posting on Facebook sharing their stories are quite, dare I say it? Liberal! Here is their statement:

    Why Obama

    The Republican party isn’t what it used to be. Our leaders and our most vocal activists have written moderates out of the party and have refused to work with the other side, to the detriment of the nation. Center-right presidents such as Reagan, Bush Sr., Ford, Nixon and Eisenhower would have no chance being nominated today.

    Unfortunately, Mitt Romney has not proven to be able to stand up to our party’s most extreme elements. Instead, he has fallen for the “one-size-fits-all” mentality that tax cuts for the already-wealthy will solve all of our problems, and has no workable plans to solve the challenges we face.

    President Obama has shown himself to be a common-sense centrist. He has cut taxes when necessary, has taken steps to protect the environment, and has aggressively pursued Islamic extremists who threaten America. Most notably, he has reformed our healthcare system by signing a Republican-inspired healthcare plan into law. In most other points in our party’s history, Obama would fit in well as a Republican.– –ScrreeeeeeeeeeeeCH- – – -APPLY BRAKES!- — -FULL STOP!! —–I ‘ON’T THINK SO!!– –

  • Miranda

    ROFLMAO…they are grasping at whatever they can find. Its hilarious.

    Romney also referred repeatedly to a new video that was circulated by the Republican National Committee on mid-afternoon Tuesday featuring audio — allegedly of Barack Obama — sympathetic in 1998 of the concept of redistributing wealth.

    Obama is allegedly heard at a conference asking “how do we structure government systems that pool resources, and hence, facilitate some redistribution — because I actually do believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure everyone’s got a shot.”

    The audio, which was edited by the RNC, cuts out after that point and no additional context is provided.

    • nellcote

      good to see nbc isn’t falling for it…at least for now.

      • GN

        There’s nothing there. Both parties are on record as agreeing that everyone should have equal opportunity. The GOP accuses Dems of wanting to have equal outcomes, which is distinctly what that quote does not say. They are in desperation mode, for real.

    • GN

      “at a certain level to make sure everyone’s got a shot”=indistinguishable from long-standing *and moderate* bipartisan notions of equal access to opportunities. They’ve. got. nuttin.

  • AxelFoley

    Mitt is full of FAIL. Let’s bury that bastard.

  • Miranda

    *dead* @ Soledad

    Soledad O’Brien grills Romney aide: Your campaign is ‘just a hot mess’

    • Ebogan63

      Damn Soledad is done with these Repubs.

      ETA: *dead* at that side eye from Soledad.

    • AxelFoley

      Soledad on a wig-snatching spree.

    • nellcote

      i wonder if her ratings are improving in contrast to the rest of TeaNN.

    • Kennymack1971

      Soledad is just curbstomping fools now.

  • Miranda

    Damn…you’ve lost David Brooks? Damn Mitt, you so done.

    Thurston Howell Romney
    David Brooks

    This comment suggests a few things. First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?

    It suggests that Romney doesn’t know much about the culture of America. Yes, the entitlement state has expanded, but America remains one of the hardest-working nations on earth. Americans work longer hours than just about anyone else. Americans believe in work more than almost any other people. Ninety-two percent say that hard work is the key to success, according to a 2009 Pew Research Survey.

  • BoomerGal

    Romney calls Hispanics “taco jockeys” in tape yesterday and it has been suggested that he drop out of the race in favor of a Ryan/Rubio ticket!

    • Tafr

      Stop playing! Is this for real???

      • I think it’s a parody.
        If it’s true…. Romney’s even more of an idiot than I thought.

        • BoomerGal

          Read it and weep!! LOL!!!

    • Tafr

      Oh BommerGal you are bad!!! LOL hell you never know with Mittens.

    • Miranda

      This is a parody site……although with the way Mitt bungles shit, who could really be sure. LOL

  • MonieTalks

    Just talked to a girlfriend of mine. She works in a medical office in Williamsburg, of the more affluent areas of Hampton Roads, but the votes often split very closely between the two parties.

    She asked “what did Mitt Romney say now?” She overheard white female patients in the office saying “I will be terrified if this man becomes President.” Another was saying she is scared about her Medicare because of Romney. One man in the lobby asked to watch CNN on the TV and said “yeah Mitt Romney..let’s see if he sticks his foot in his mouth today.” She said people were especially dismayed with him today, so she had to call me as soon as she got off to see how bad he fucked up!

    • AxelFoley

      When you scare white women away, kiss your ass goodbye.

  • Miranda you know Ben Smith at Buzzfeed wanna protect Mitt but hey, even he gotta get a piece of this one.

    Mitt Romney was asked at his May 17 Florida fundraiser — the subject of now-ubiquitous leaked video — how he could “duplicate” the 1980 hostage crisis scenario, credited with defeating Jimmy Carter.

    In response, the presidential candidate said: “I mean, if something of that nature presents itself I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity.”

    Last week, the Romney campaign was accused of exploiting the crisis at U.S. embassies in Cairo and the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans — and this little-noticed section of the bombshell video has already drawn attention in that connection.

    • AxelFoley

      Damn, errbody–I mean ERRBODY–turning against Mittens.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -JCIV’s- – – -Second RELEASE- — –

    – – – —It Was a Good Day – —

    — — – Di-ENT hafta us my AK!- – — -I JUST- — –TOL’ ON HIM!!– – -LOL– —

    – – — —**gangsta pose**** :>)

    • TyrenM

      Go GreenLady! Whoo Bangin All Day Erry Day!

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL —HEEY TyrenM — –Gotta tryta –“stay in da culture” – -LOL – —

        – – –THANK YA! – – –:>) – —-Good 2 C U. :>) – –

  • GN

    Logo change for the Romney campaign: Believe in half of America.

    Retweeted by Barack Obama

  • GreenLadyHere

    miramda – – –LOL- – – -EREBODY —-PILIN’ ON!! _ – —

    – – —VIDEO: Bain Capital owns Sensata Technologies. Watch soon-to-be ex-Sensata workers respond to leaked Romney video.– — –

    – — –“We will be completely out of a job.”

    “Who’s gonna hire me?”

    “They’re abusing these people.”

    “It’s really slave labor is what it is.”

    Mitt’s “fingerprints are all over everything that company does.”

    “He’s out of touch with 99% of the people…”

    “If you want know what the Romney economy is why don’t you look up Sensata…”

    – — -***runnin’ 2 a POLITICAL MAP- — – — -2 WATCH the RED STATES- — -TURN- – –>PURPLE- – —- >BLUE!!– — ***fangas crossed*** LOL
    [Gotta – -hit da road- -]- – –

    • jds09

      That is a killer video. Holy Crap.

    • goldenstar

      The workers look like they’re on the verge of tears. It’s heartbreaking. I want PBO to win re-election and as this economy turns around during the re-setting, I wish for these folks to gain employment.

      • gc

        I want Romney to restore their lost wages through his Cayman accounts. Or just sell a fucking house.

  • Chicago Teachers Union delegates vote to end strike
    By Mary Wisniewski

    CHICAGO | Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:19pm EDT

    (Reuters) – Chicago Teachers Union delegates voted on Tuesday to suspend their strike, several delegates said as they departed a meeting of union leaders.

    The decision ends a confrontation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over reform of the third largest U.S. school district.

    The strike of 29,000 teachers and support staff at Chicago Public Schools kept 350,000 kindergarten, elementary and high school students out of class for seven school days.


  • So much for PBO not caring about Black people…

    U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $228 Million to 97 Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    September 18, 2012

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 19 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to strengthen their academic resources, financial management systems, endowment-building capacity, and physical plants as a result of a $227.9 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education today.

    The five-year grants—Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities—will include activities such as curriculum reform; counseling and student service programs; establishing teacher education programs designed to qualify students to teach; acquiring real-estate property in connection with construction, renovations, or additions that may improve campus facilities; and funding faculty and staff development. In addition, funds may be used for the purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment and the development of academic instruction in disciplines in which African Americans are underrepresented.


    • Ebogan63

      Yeah, and it even has the word ‘black’ attached to it. /eyeroll

    • Kennymack1971

      That sound you hear is the faces of Blacker than thou. Inc cracking. Do not be alarmed.

    • Miranda

      *middle finger to the sole patrol*

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!