November 20, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: African-American Ghost Stories


We continue our look at African-American Ghost Stories.



Illustration by Alice R. Huger Smith

From The Moonlit Road:

Like many other Southern folktales, the “plat-eye” stories were brought over by African-Americans who had been sold into slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries. They are especially prevalent in the coastal Gullah communities of Georgia and South Carolina. In these tales, the plat-eye is typically an evil spirit who has not been properly buried, and now stands guard over buried treasure deep in a forest or swamp.

Plat-eye stories became especially prevalent after the Civil War, when rumors thrived that plantation owners had buried their Confederate money to keep it away from the Union army. In some of these stories, a slave was beheaded and buried with the treasure. His restless spirit would then become the guardian of the loot.

The plat-eye originally had one eye that dangled from the center of its forehead. But in later stories, the plat-eye took on many different forms, such as the strange creatures in our version.


An excerpt from “The Plat-Eye”:

Two young girls ignore their Grandma’s warning about the monster of the Gongetcha Woods. Written by Veroncia Byrd.

Nellie-Belle and Jean LaRue were sisters. Besides being sisters, they were the best of friends. Now each girl had other friends, but they enjoyed each other’s company more than anyone else.

One of their favorite things to do during the hot South Georgia summer months, was to go swimming down at the old swimming hole and pick scuppernongs along the way. For those of you who weren’t fortunate enough to grow up ’round here, scuppernongs are large yellowish-green seeded grapes that grow down here in the South.

Well, it happened on one of those hot, and humid days that the girls could not cool off for anything. They tried going down to the well and splashing their faces with cool water, eating little chips of ice, and they even tried standing in front of the small oscillating fan that their Mama kept in the living room window – but nothing worked. That was when they both decided that the only way to cool off was to go down to the swimming hole.

That’s when their adventure began…

Nellie, who was the oldest, put on her pink swimsuit with purple polka dots, and Jean (the more practical of the two), her basic blue with red trim. The girls quietly closed the door to their bedroom, tiptoed to the kitchen, got their pails from the shelf under the sink and oh-so quietly made their way to the back door. You see, they were trying to stay as quiet as possible so as not to awaken Grandma Matilda, who had a room in the back of the house.

Just as Jean put her hand on the door knob and turned it, “Jean, Nellie — Y’all trying to sneak past me? Come here, I got something to tell you ‘fore you go.” The girls looked at each other, and with a sigh of disgust, they shuffled towards Gra’ma Matilda’s room; for they know that they were in store for the usual lecture. “Y’all stick together. Don’t wander too far off the road, you might get lost,” she’d say. Or, “Don’t let darkness catch you on that old dirt road, make sure you’re back before nightfall.” Or her all time favorite, “stay out of the Gongetcha Woods at all costs. Strange things are known to happen in those woods.”

But on this particular day, Ma’Tilda (that’s what the girls called her) seemed even more eager to give the girls their usual lecture. She sat them both down on her bed and looked them straight in the eyes and said the strangest thing, “If you hear a chain rattling on a tree nearby, be careful ’cause it might just be a plat-eye.” Then she reached into her pocket and pulled out two smelly little pieces of burlap, each tied into a tight knot. She handed each girl a bundle and told them, “Keep this with you at all times today. Make sure it’s always in your pocket, no matter what happens.”

The girls took the bags, out of respect for their grandma, gave her a kiss and bounded out of the room. But before they could clear the doorway she blurted out “……and make sure you stay out of those Gongetcha Woods! Strange things have been known to happen there.”

Once the girls were out of Ma ‘Tilda’s earshot, they laughed and giggled about the silly things their Grandma had hold them. They thought it was awful strange, her telling them to carry those smelly little bags in their pockets, and rambling on and on about chains, trees, plat-eyes (whatever they were) and the Gongetcha Woods; but they dismissed it as the babbling of a half senile old woman. They grabbed their towels, dropped the burlap bags on the table and headed for the ever beckoning coolness of the swimming hole.

As they walked along the winding dusty road toward the swimming hole, they picked scuppernongs, admired all the beautiful wildflowers, and talked about how much fun they were going to have at the church picnic on Sunday. The 20-minute walk seemed to take no time at all; and before they know it they were there….. THE SWIMMING HOLE!!!!! They dropped their towels and pails and jumped straight into the water, what they had been waiting for all day. WHEW!!! They were finally cool.

The girls splashed around and played in the water for hours. They played so much that they were exhausted. So they got out of the water, ate a few scuppernongs, talked a bit, and before they know it, they had both drifted off to sleep.

Jean was the first to awaken. Once she realized where she was, she looked around and saw the sun was setting and the warm summer day was giving way to the coolness of evening. She quickly awakened her sister, they grabbed their towels and pails and started back down the ever-darkening, winding dirt road.

They had walked about five minutes when Nellie remembered what Ma ‘Tilda had said, “Don’t let darkness catch you on that dirt road. Make sure you’re home before nightfall.” There was no way they would make it back before nightfall if they kept on the dirt road. Nellie had an idea, “Jean, let’s cut through these woods. That way we’ll be sure to get home way before dark, so we won’t have to listen to one of Ma’ Tilda’s silly old lectures.”

Like I told you, Jean was the more practical of the two, “We can’t go through those woods, we might get lost. Besides those are the Gongetcha Woods that Ma’Tilda warned us not to go into.”

“Don’t be silly,” Nellie protested. “Ma’Tilda just made that up to scare us. Ain’t no such thing as the Gongetcha Woods. Come on girl!”

Well, with nothing more than getting home before dark on their minds, they started through the woods. At first, the path through the trees was quite visible; but the deeper they got into the woods, the denser the leaves on the trees became, making it harder to see where they were going. Jean was really having second thoughts about the short cut. She wanted to turn around and go back down the dirt road. But once again, Nellie quickly convinced her little sister that through the woods was indeed the fastest way.

The girls made their way as best they could, through the barrage of tangled weeds and vines, towards what they thought was home. They were doing just fine until they heard an unusual noise coming from behind them, or was it in front of them? They really couldn’t tell. They stopped, and so did the noise. So they continued on. But there it was again. “What is that? I’ve never heard anything like that before.” Nellie whispered.

And as if to answer her question, a large black cat jumped out right in front of them. This put both of their minds at ease, for there was nothing at all scary about a cat. Nellie and Jean walked up to the cat to pet him when they let out a loud scream. For you see, the closer they got to the cat they saw that it had two front legs, but it had four back legs and his eyes glowed in the dark. What in the world?!

Read the rest of The Plat-Eye here.

  • crazycanuck

    Good morning folks. wow what is with that idiot bloomberg in network

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU!

    • MonieTalks

      morning Kenny, CC!

  • MonieTalks

    Oh..foolishness is is truly a scary Halloween.

    Mark Halperin must be trick or treating as an ice skater tonight because that hack was performing figure-eights. Early in the program, this hack said that Romney’s lying auto ads, which have been rebuked by GM and Chrysler, was true but misleading. John Heilemann, with his fickle self, was pissed at that mess Halperin was pushing.

    And then, just a little while ago, Soledad O’Brien had a panel discussing Romney’s FEMA remarks, Former NY Gov. Pataki was doing his best Republicantalking point and lying act, and when asked why Romney has refused to answer the pres media’s questions, Pataki actaully said no politician should answer a question screamed to them repeatedly…that is not what any smart campaign would do.

    • TyrenM

      Go Soledad! Stay in that arse.

    • Ebogan63

      Chuckles Todd was pushing that same bullshit that Halperin was spinning on Twitter last nite.

      • Poor slob. He really fell for it when Mitt promised him he would be White House Press Secretary.

        • rikyrah

          HA HA HA

  • GN

    Everything about Mittens is phony, every single thing.

    2 make sure they had donations 2 display, Romney aides made a $5,000 Walmart run the night before

    Romney aides “spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display” while waiting for donations.

    • Miranda

      DAMN….this is so pathetic!!!!!!!! OMG this is sad.

    • Kennymack1971

      Now that is trifling. They could’ve just given that money to the Red Cross.

      • GN

        As evidenced by the recent expose which revealed that Romney’s so-called charitable donations to his church were a tax hustle, it doesn’t seem like he likes to donate things unless he gets something out of it.

    • conlakappa

      He knows that his supporters are as cheap as he is yet as glory claiming too. What member of the audience is going to check him on his false claim of his people being givers?

      • GN

        Per thinkprogress, people who were in the welcoming line empty handed were just given some of the pre bought groceries which they then handed back to Mittens for the photo op. Just completely phony.

        • conlakappa

          So a liar supported by liars? It all begins to make sense, doesn’t it? What my friend Mike had to say about the whole affair:

          He’s against FEMA, has gone on high-profile public record saying so, and handing out peanut butter to Sandy victims IS, in fact, a blueprint of his plan for future disasters.

          Enjoy your Dixie Riddle Cups and Fla-Vor-Ice, storm victim. Whilst you count your latest losses, I’m going to slip out the back door and go check in on my latest capital gains…

  • TyrenM

    Hoping the East Coasters here are getting back to life. Hoping all your families are safe. Have a good day.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    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.

  • GN

    Listening to the coverage of Christie’s appreciative remarks in light of the Obama admin pulling an all-nighter to expedite emergency disaster assistance to his state, something dawns on me: I’ve long blamed the GOP for the hyperpartisanship. Obviously they did meet the night of President Obama’s inauguration and plot a treasonous strategy to deny him all cooperation for partisan purposes, and they’re accountable for that.

    But the media is acting like Christie grew two heads for absolutely nothing but extending common courtesy to an admin which has gone out of its way to amass a tremendous amount of resources in an extremely short amount of time for his state. Who wouldn’t be appreciative? So it dawns that the beltway media hasn’t simply given the GOP a pass for hyperpartisanship; they encourage it. They act like the cage matchs and disgraceful behavior should be normal, and any departure from that, any act of class, should be considered striking. President Obama works his ass off all day almost every day for all Americans. His preparedness for precisely this disaster and fast action to help Americans is par for the course with his admin. It’s too bad that recognition of that fact is so rare that it’s a news event!

    • Miranda

      Yep, the new media standard for GOP civility is not actually being civil – so when a party member actually acts so, they hoist it up as extraordinary and somehow we should all be grateful they acted like they had some darn sense.

      • GN

        Okay? If the President of the United States is up at midnight and pulls you out of YOUR bed to make sure that YOUR request for unlimited funds and disaster assistance is approved by first thing in the morning, “thanks, he’s doing a great job” should pretty much be standard. It’s really not just the GOP–the media actively encourages the disrespect and ungratefulness. I do thank Gov Christie for bucking the bs and the pressure to keep the partisan attacks going no matter that people are suffering, but it’s sad that this is where we are as a country.

      • Tafr

        Thank you! Why is the media is falling all over themselves because Christie behaved like a statesman? Oh opposed to behaving like an over sized toddler which is how he normally behaves. I give this asshole no props for going out there, telling the truth like the mature, elected official he is suppose to be. That would be like me giving a high five to a deadbeat parent that finally decided to pay their back child support. Just amazing how Christie is being praised for telling the truth and behaving like a damn adult. Just a few weeks ago these asshole was talking about how the president had no clue what he was doing. Yet here is this clueless president doing what he is suppose to do as president. The media and Christie can kiss my ass.

        • TyrenM

          I give this asshole no props for going out there, telling the truth like the mature, elected official he is suppose to be. That would be like me giving a high five to a deadbeat parent that finally decided to pay their back child support.

          Comment of the Week!

        • edp4bho

          “The media and Christie can kiss my ass.”

          I’m holding this in until Nov 7th. I hope I don’t explode before then.

          • conlakappa

            Sounds painful. Oh, honey, you need a fizzit?

          • edp4bho

            LOL. Nah, I’l lbe fine. Lived through 8 years of Sparky !!

    • Look how they rarely if ever mention the unprecedented obstruction. The unemployment rate they lay exclusively at PBO’s feet. Republicans have proposed zero job bills but somehow the media pretends the general public will only hold PBO responsible. Yeah there’s something wrong.

      • GN

        They seem to encourage people to disrespect the President and act like the norm should be disrespecting the President, with any departure from that should be noted as a gift or largesse on the part of whomever has complimented him. It’s having an effect on turnout; ironically, I think that it’s making Obamabots more determined to have PBO’s back because we’ve witnessed how badly he’s treated for trying to be civil and elevate the country.

        • conlakappa

          Disrespect, yes, is the net-result but I see it more as them overcompensating for the lack of questioning of the previous guy to making every decision this President makes subject to scrutiny. Anytime a rat’s taint like Heckuva Job Brownie gets a platform, the questioning is the thing. They are okay with the disrespect and might have been surprised initially at how much disrespect the first black-identifying President gets, these are limousine liberals after all. But that’s just part of the sport as they figure out a way to not report on the obvious while staring down their noses at the unwashed electorate.

      • MonieTalks

        Indeed. The media has also been active in pushing this meme that PBO is the anti-business meme, even though corporate profits are at all-time highs and have bounced back at probably the highest pace ever. Everything the President has said about the unsavory practices of Wall Street are indeed true. But apparently there is some corporate media code that the President cannot point out the truth of what brought this country to its knees…he’s being unfair because he’s picking on the perps.

        But now, the media is twisting itself in knots to excuse a blatant lie that Romney is spreading against US auto manufacturers. What is more anti-American and anti-business than this lie from “Mr. Let Detroit go bankrupt?”

  • rikyrah

    ‘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.”

  • Ebogan63

    This is prolly why the Beltway crew is in panic/spin mode: utaustinliberal ‏@utaustinliberal
    CBS/NYT Poll: Pres. Obama leads Romney 50%-45% in OH. PPP Poll: Pres. Obama 50% Romney 45% in IA. PPP Poll: Pres. Obama 51% Romney 46% in WI

    • What tells me it’s bigger than that? If PBO beat McCain in Ohio then chances are high he’s crushing Romney.

      • Gc

        Deaniac had a marvelous article the other day about EC landslide possibilitis. Ebogan is buying me a glass of champagne if this prediction pans out. I am starting to focus on coattails now. Many people I talk to believe Obama had the right goals but was hamstrung by a divided Congress. Voters may mull that over in the voting “booths.”
        Tuesday night will be so tense for most of us, including Michelle I’d bet. BHO will be cool.

      • conlakappa

        Quinnipac was the third member of the CBS/NYT polling organizations so something tells me that is the real number or at least not as unrealistic as they lying numbers have been.

        • gc

          Quinnipiac is out of CT, and well respected here.

    • rikyrah


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  • MonieTalks

    Never, ever underestimate the power of white privilege. You don’t even have to be consistent, steady, and truthful if you’re white. You can be a US congressman and obstruct and wish for failure of a US president, and have the obstructionism blamed on that President, but being a lying flip-flopper is now a virtue.

    Change Newspapers Can Believe In
    How Mitt Romney turned flip-flopping into a virtue.

    “The worst thing that many critics say about Romney is that he is too flexible,” argued the Long Beach Press-Telegram, “that he bends his policies to the situations in front of him. As president, Romney would not be restrained by foolish consistency. He would be expected to do the right thing no matter where the solutions originate.”

    The flip-flops are part of the reason why Romney can now be trusted.*

    • GN

      That’s the David Brooks argument and it’s akin to the Des Moines Register endorsement in terms of corrupt “journalists” manufacturing ludicrous reasons to promote a clearly defective candidate. Thank God for Team O, but it’s a damn shame that people like Brooks are so influential in this country–utterly corrupt.

      • MonieTalks

        In the course of 2 presidential elections the GOP, with aid of media, has successfully made flip-flopping a political liability to a virtue.

        John Kerry, a formidable candidate and Vietnam vet, was dismissed and degraded as a flip-flopper who could not be trusted. Even after Bush LIED and manipulated this nation into a war where not a single WMD was found.

        And now this secretive, lying, sociopathic Romney can pull some Bush-era like lies out of his ass and be applauded for that. wow.

    • Miranda

      “As president, Romney would not be restrained by foolish consistency.”

    • Admiral_Komack

      The MSM have to make this election into a horse race…even though the nag named Willard is two hoof prints away from a glue factory.

    • caribbeanobserver

      What I would like to know is ‘what do they have to offer apart from their whiteness’?

      • MonieTalks

        Absolutely nothing.

        And the GOP rubs it in our face everyday. Their racist, sub-par representatives have nothing to offer. They know it and they don’t care. They shove a middle finger in our faces every day, and tells us they do it because they (read: us white folks) love this country more than anyone.

        How else do you explain an idiot like Michelle Bachmann and all of her conspiracy theories on the Intelligence committee.

        Or Virginia Foxx who despises Americans with student loans and who wants to end the Federal Pell Grant program but yet is the chair of the education committee.

        or the fact that Todd Akin is a member of the Science, Space and Technology committee, yet thinks a woman’s body can shutdown through some mechanism to prevent impregnation during rape.

        Steve King is so pro-life that he calls immigrants dogs and want them electrified by fences.

        Or even Ann Romney, who has the nerve to float the possibility of her First Lady duties as an advocate of “at-risk” children while saying throw out the public schools with no concrete plan to educate these same children.

        • Daltex82


      • Gc

        White privilege is the undercurrent, but it is pathology that allows the thoughts and feelings to be acted out. That is the filter. McCain by the way, is losing his. And I still think Ann is mainly just dumb.After the election Mitt will take a “long vacation” (ie, hospitalization or home treatment)

      • conlakappa

        Pre-2008, that’s all they used to need. And that bothers the hell out of them.

    • nepat

      Seriously? He doesn’t “bend his policies to the situations in front of him.” He unscrupulously changes his rhetoric to win votes. ODS is making asses of people who should know better.

  • rikyrah

    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.

    • GN

      To any but the far right, I think that flier comes off as highly insensitive. People have been killed and maimed; to liken that to debt is outrageous.

  • GN

    This is a good point:


    This is why leadership counts. CNN poll from March 2009: 61% oppose Obama’s auto bailout.

    Now that it’s a proven success, people are scrambling to pretend that they were for it all along, and not just Mittens.

    • 61% would be living in a dumpster right now if he had not approved the bailout. Domino effect?

      • GN

        I just can’t imagine what would have happened to us if we didn’t have PBO in the WH during that time. Depression.

  • Admiral_Komack

    “Helmsman, I want a standard orbit around those goalposts.”

    “Aye aye, sir.”

    (in reply to Miranda)

    • Miranda


  • rikyrah

    ‘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.

  • Miranda

    What’s done in the dark will come to the light.

    Meet the company behind those nasty anti-Obama text messages

    Getting political spam sent directly to your phone? It’s probably the work of a Northern Virginia company called ccAdvertising.

    October 31, 2012, 9:39 AM — Been receiving nasty SMS political spam on your phone lately? You’re not alone.

    The Huffington Post, Politico, and multiple members of the Twitteratti are all reporting receiving anti-Obama texts on their phones. The messages vary, but some of them include these lovely fictional smears:
    “Re-electing Obama puts Medicare at risk.”
    “Obama is using your tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood and abortion. Is that right?”
    “Obama denies protection to babies who survive abortions. Obama is just wrong.”
    “Stop Obama from forcing gay marriage on the states. Your vote is your voice.”
    “VP Biden mocks a fallen Navy Seal during memorial. Our military deserves better.”

    All of these text messages appear to be coming from dozens of domains, including ObamaLiesEtt, InformedEtt, RepPacEtt, and GOPmessage.
    Don’t bother looking these sites up on the Internet. Most of them don’t actually exist, and most of the domain name records are marked as anonymous. But not all of them.

    According to GoDaddy, these domains belong to a Centreville, Virginia, company called ccAdvertising. According to its Web site, “ccAdvertising uses unique interactive techonology to conduct personalized telephone surveys and messages with great results and service.”

    Talking Points Memo has a slightly different description of ccAdvertising, however:
    more here:

    • conlakappa

      So they are going after the young white vote, ’cause their base isn’t texting. Yet the arguments seem more of the flavor that would scare that base. When bad ideas put into the wrong hands aimed at the wrong audience go wrong…

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  • Miranda

    Romney Releases Another False Ad, Revives Claim That Obama ‘Gutted’ Welfare Reform

    After releasing false radio and television ads about the auto bailout, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign unveiled a new commercial that highlights another one of the candidate’s favorite false claims. This ad, first flagged by the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, revives Romney’s claim that President Obama has “gutted the welfare work requirement” through a waiver program that Republican governors, including Romney himself, have long asked for.

    more here

    • Kennymack1971

      A campaign that is winning does not do this. They’re circling the drain.

      • jds09

        Call me shallow, but I hope a Romney staffer is taping the conversations in their war room. The tell-all book would be epic. I would love to be a fly on the wall. Sometimes Reality is a cold hard wonderful bitch.

        • conlakappa

          That’s not shallow at all. It’s to be expected! Remember that all of the rats jumped off the U.S.S. Mack Daddy and Moosilla with multiple tales of woe. I’m sure the people who’ve been with him 20+ years have ironclad non-disclosure agreements that are renewed annually but any of the contract players are a different case.

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    – – – –“Don’t be silly,” Nellie protested. “Ma’Tilda just made that up to scare us. Ain’t no such thing as the Gongetcha Woods. Come on girl!”


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  • Miranda

    David Nakamura‏@DavidNakamura
    RT @PhilipRucker Mitt Romney made a personal donation to the American Red Cross, aide says:

    LOL………yeah, he gave $5,000 worth of rice, canned corn and peanut butter to the Red Cross that they don’t need or want. Fool.

    • Town

      He gave some dusty cans of artichokes and heart of palms that Ann didn’t want Cook to prepare.

      • MsKitty

        I’d check the expiration dates on that stuff for sure. Who’s to say the aides didn’t hit the “Marked down to sell quickly” aisle?

    • conlakappa

      Does he want a cookie for that? Oh, wait, he’d insult the person handing him the cookie! Seriously, you’re a billionaire and you gave your aides a $5,000 gift card. You sound quite stupid right now.

    • qosine

      Sure. Let’s see you campaign expense report.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -SAD NEWS – – -as MR. PRESIDENT is travelin’ — 2 NEW JERSEY —-

    – – – –Fire breaks out in storm-damaged N.J. shore town – —

    — –(CBS News) MANTOLOKING, N.J. – fire has broken out in a New Jersey shore town hit hard by Sandy.

    Mantoloking, a small town about 70 miles north of Atlantic City, suffered severe damage during the storm that brought 90-mph winds and 14 inches of rain.

    Aerial video shows a large cluster of flames and smaller fires spread out from it, with flames reaching in the sky. It is not clear what exactly is burning.

    Emergency responders have been stretched to the brink up and down the coast, and as correspondent Jeff Glor told “CBS This Morning,” access to a bridge being limited or completely unavailable could make fighting that fire difficult.

    – – – -SNIP – – —

    President Obama has declared eight counties in New Jersey major disaster areas – all of them along the coast. He is scheduled to tour devastated areas of the state with Christie Wednesday. – –

    – – –PRAYIN’ 4 da PEOPLE. AMEN — –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — -THIS PHOOL – –REALLY NEVA LEFT da CAMPAIGN TRAIL —-BUT – – -he WON’T COMMENT on FEMA –humph!! – – –

    – – —‘Would you eliminate FEMA’ is not a trick question — –

    – — –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.
    – – —SNIP- —

    – – –If this doesn’t get scrutiny now, when will it? If we don’t discuss the importance of FEMA and a forceful federal capacity to respond to disasters, when will that discussion happen? —- — –Prolly – – -NOV 7!

    – – – -NO LEADERSHIP!!! – – —HAH!

  • Miranda

    Wisconsin objects to Romney training manual urging incognito poll watchers
    By Michael Isikoff
    NBC News

    The Wisconsin agency that oversees elections is objecting to an internal training handbook distributed by Mitt Romney’s campaign that appears to instruct volunteer poll observers in the state to conceal their ties to the GOP candidate when they show up at polling stations on Election Day, a state official tells NBC News.

    “Our plan is to contact the Romney campaign and tell them there are issues” with the material, said Reid Magney, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, which supervises elections in the state and enforces state election laws.

    more here

    • nellcote

      “Our plan is to contact the Romney campaign and tell them there are issues” with the material
      As if they give a shit. What’s plan B?

      • “What’s plan B?”

        Magney’s response: Huh?

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – -[Apologies iff a dup] – — -GR8 NEWS!!! – — —

    – – – –African-Americans voting early in large numbers, campaign says – – –

    – —President Barack Obama is off the campaign trail and back in Washington leading the response to Hurricane Sandy. But out in the country, early voting continues, and the Obama campaign says African-Americans are taking full advantage.

    A memo released Tuesday by the Obama campaign’s national field director, Jeremy Bird, details what the campaign calls an on-the-ground demonstration that “African-Americans are committed to doing everything they can to re-elect the president.”
    – – – – -SNIP – —
    The campaign says that African-American voter registration is up “dramatically” over 2008, including in crucial swing states like Colorado (up 20 percent), Iowa (13 percent), Florida (10 percent) and Nevada (12 percent). And the campaign hopes to press that advantage before November 6th, by turning out voters early in states that allow in person and absentee early voting.

    The campaign claims that early voting by African-Americans is up by at least 17 percent in Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Colorado and North Carolina, all of which allow in-person early voting, and in Virginia, which allows only early absentee voting by mail.

    The campaign also claims black voters have higher levels of enthusiasm for the election than voters in general.

    Results in Ohio so far appear to bear out the Obama campaign’s optimism.

    – —–Woo! Hoo! – —WE – – – Got OUT DA “EARLY” – -VOTE!!! — –

    • Gc

      I’ve said it for months. Suppression attempts with a group of people who have been through this and worse, and not only SURVIVED but THRIVED (as BC people say) is dergrading and will have the opposit effect. I would bet every vote is not only FOR Obama, but a FU Republicans.
      This is going to sound dumb, but THANK YOU AA’S!!!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Morntin’ gc. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        FIRST: – – -NO! – —IT DOESN’T SOUND DUMB! – – – -***HUGS** :>)

        NOW – –***MEGA fist bump*** – – – -:>) – —

        – – -“CAUSE —- –AIN ‘T -NO -STOPPIN US NOW- – – -Orrr – — EVA!! – –

        – – -4-EVA – — Movin’ – –FORWARD!! – – -> Woo! Hoo! – – –

        Good 2 C U gc. :>) – – –

      • conlakappa

        I think too we feel disrespected by the disrespect he’s been shown. When they talk about him being lazy, not-bright, etc., we know it’s how they still feel about us.

        • nellcote

          They’re not even trying to hide it anymore. Rmoney’s even brought back the bs welfare ads.

          • conlakappa

            Yes, that too. Funny how we can be both the face of welfare dependency and the face of government workers.

      • Daltex82

        I would bet every vote is not only FOR Obama, but a FU Republicans..

        I know mine was a (with both hands) big old middle finger salute to the rethuglicans.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – —GR8 NEWS – –literally :>) – – –

    – — –Divided newspapers still endorse Obama more often – —

    – – – –In an age of skepticism and surging new media, newspaper endorsements may not have much of an effect on an election, but that isn’t stopping papers from publishing them.

    As of today, according to the American Presidency Project, Barack Obama is still the favourite of editorial boards, with a 34-28 advantage over Mitt Romney among the best-read papers that have issued endorsements.


    – – ☻The New York Times 1,586,757 Obama October 27 –Obama

    – —☻San Jose Mercury News 575,786 Obama October 27 Obama

    – – – -☻Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul) 300,330 Obama October 27 Obama

    – — -☻Detroit Free Press 232,696 Obama October 28 Obama

    – — -☻The Boston Globe 225,482 Obama October 29 Obama

    – – – ☻Kansas City Star 200,365 Obama October 27 Obama

    – – -☻Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 188,545 Obama October 28 Obama –[Woo! Hoo!]

    – — -☻The Buffalo News 147,085 Obama October 27 Obama

    – – –☻News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) 129,698 Obama October 28 Obama

    — -☻The Providence (RI) Journal 114,013 Obama October 28 Obama

    – – ☻The Blade (Toledo, OH) 94,215 Obama October 28 Obama

    – – –☻Lexington (KY) Herald Leader 89,735 Obama October 28 Obama

    – — -MORE L8R. – — – -GOT- “EARLY” — -VOTE!! :>) – –

    • nellcote

      Kansas City Star [and may others]
      It’s heartening to see that there are pockets of not insanity in even the deepest red states.

      But I guess that’s what Sen. Obama was saying in 2004 🙂

      • GreenLadyHere

        nellcote – – -***fist bump*** :>)

        – –POU FAM – – –“SHOUT OUT” —ifff your PAPER is

        REPRESENTIN’. Woo! Hoo! – – –

        – — — – –☻Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 188,545 Obama October 28 Obama –[Woo! Hoo!] — –

  • Tafr

    Hell Naw I am not gonna click here to read the rest of the story lol. I see ya’ll saved the scariest story for today.

    • sagittarius


    • edp4bho

      LOL. I did, so let me warn you—-do not be eating anything when you do.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — -DANG! – -Annnnd WHAT took ’em sooo LONG 2 DECLARE —A LIE! – – -a LIE!!?? – – – -geesh!! – – –

    — – –Wisconsin Election Official Confirms Romney Poll Watcher Materials Are Inaccurate – –

    — –On Tuesday, ThinkProgress reported on how the Romney campaign is training poll watchers to mislead voters in Wisconsin. Now, an election official in the Badger State has weighed in to criticize the Romney campaign’s practice of hiding their poll watchers’ affiliations and confirm that the materials they used in trainings are misleading.

    Reid Magney, a spokesman for Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, spoke with the Washington Post about the story Tuesday and corrected the Romney campaign’s claims:
    – –SNIP – –

    Magney also criticized the Romney campaign for instructing their poll watchers not to disclose any affiliation with the campaign when they sign in at the polls (they were told to list themselves as a “concerned citizen” instead). “We would hope that people would accurately represent who they are with,” he said, though he added that state would not card people as a means of enforcement.

    The Obama campaign has sent a letter to Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen requesting he open an investigation into the trainings. “These acts of willful misinformation to individuals sent to polling locations to enforce the law raise serious concerns under Wisconsin law,” Bob Bauer, general counsel for the Obama campaign, wrote. “I ask that your office review this matter urgently, and take all necessary steps to protect the rights of our state’s voters.”


    Magney told NBC News that “Our plan is to contact the Romney campaign and tell them there are issues” with the material.

    – – —LIES! – — -LIES! — – -LIES!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – —Jus’ wanted 2 C/HEAR THIS SLAM AGAINST – –da TWITT – – -again — – -LOL – —

    – – –Chris Christie Says He ‘Could Care Less’ About Presidential Election – —

    – – – –New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning that he “could care less” about the presidential campaign in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Christie was asked on the show if Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would be visiting New Jersey in the wake of the storm.

    “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested,” Christie said. “I have got a job to do here in New Jersey that is much bigger than presidential politics. And I could care less about any of that stuff.”

    After listing the damage around the state, including power outages and devastation along the Jersey Shore, Christie reiterated his indifference now to the presidential race.

    “I have a job to do. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, than you don’t know me,” Christie said.

    Christie has been praising President Barack Obama regularly since Sunday, noting that he’s had several phone calls with the president regarding the storm.

    • Town

      “I have no idea,[TRANSLATION: ROMNEY AIN’T CALLED ME TO SEE HOW NJ IS DOING] nor am I the least bit concerned or interested,[ROMNEY CAN KICK ROCKS]” Christie said. “I have got a job to do here in New Jersey that is much bigger than presidential politics [ROMNEY’S LOSER AZZ AIN’T GONNA SHANK ME HERE IN NEW JERSEY]. And I could care less about any of that stuff. [HE’S A LOSER AND DESERVES TO GO DOWN NEXT WEEK]”

      “I have a job to do. [I AIN’T GOT TIME TO SIT AROUND FLAPPING MY GUMS FOR A PHOTO OP WITH ROMNEY] If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, than you don’t know me, [I AIN’T STUDYING ROMNEY, I’M GETTING 200 CALLS AN HOUR FROM NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS THAT ROMNEY AIN’T GON’ HELP ME WITH. PLUS I’M GETTING READY FOR 2016] ” Christie said.

      • MsKitty

        Dead. On.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – – – – -SPOT ON Town! — -***BIG HUG*** :>)


        – – –ALL! – – – -OF! – – -DIS!! – –:>)

        – -U KNOW that his has ULTERIOR MOTIVES!! – -HAH! – –

        Good 2 C U Town. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -LOL – –THESE CARTOONS — -GOIN –ALL IN on da TWITT – -[h/t Paddy :>)] — –

    — —Cartoons of the Day- Mitt Romney Loves Fema… Now – —

    – – –COMEDIC TRUTH – – – -SLAMS!! — -LOL

    Sooo TWITT —- -Whatabout. . .that ” BIG GOVERNMENT” – — -NOW!??? — HAH! — –

    — – -Annnnd ANOTHER THANG: – – –

    – – —How the Salt Lake Games came to receive more money than any games in American history isn’t much of a mystery. The organizers, including Romney, asked for it. In his 2004 book, Turnaround, Romney acknowledges the central role of the federal government in making the Olympics possible. “No matter how well we did cutting costs and raising revenue, we couldn’t have Games without the support of the federal government,” he wrote. — –

    — – -NEXT TIME: – – -TAKE YER – —ROMNESIA MEDS!! – –HAH!

    • conlakappa

      Ha! I love that the one cartoonist always puts him in flip-flops.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – –***fist bump*** :>) —I KNOW -HUH!? — -ONA HIS “SIGNATURE — -CHARACTERISTICS!!” – – -LOL – –

        Good 2 C U conlakppa. :>) – – –

  • Rhoda

    Happy Halloween, POU!

    Hope you all weathered the storm well and are safe. Miranda, Sepia I hope everything is better w/your family. I’m sorry I never go the chance to comment but you all were in my prayers.

    I am LMAO at Chris Christie hugging the President. I have no idea what set him off; but you can tell he’s taking this storm to heart given that this is his state and he grew up here. I think Mittens crew tried to get him to pull a Jindal and falsely call out POTUS and he got angry over that given the scale of destruction. JMHO

    • Miranda

      Oh I can’t wait for the picture of them embracing to post….sounds of GOP heads exploding will probably rang out so don’t be alarmed everyone!

    • qosine

      Hmmm. Which state is Romney loyal to? There’s something to be said about governing the state where you grew up/or at least lived alot of your life.

      • Admiral_Komack

        The State of Denial.

        • qosine


    • nellcote

      I have no idea what set him off; but you can tell he’s taking this storm to heart
      He finally got to see the damge from a helicopter. I think he’s pretty shook about the extent of the damage. And yes he thinks of himself as the original JerseyBoy. I know there are a lot of political calculations going on but I think he has a genuine love for his home state and he’ll do what he has to to try to fix it.

    • TyrenM

      Chris, u know u fucked up right. That hug will cost you the 2016 Rethug Primary.

  • Miranda

    Unemployment rates fall in 95 pct. of US cities

    AP Economics Writer= WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in nearly all large U.S. cities in September from August, a sign that recent jobs gains have been widespread.

    The Labor Department said Tuesday that rates declined in 355 of the 372 metro areas, the most since April. The report also shows that nearly half of cities now have unemployment rates below 7 percent.

    And the number of areas with unemployment rates above 10 percent dropped to 35. That’s down from 84 a year ago.

    more here

    • goldenstar

      Below 7%??????

      ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

      still won’t stop the Romneys of the world claiming otherwise and speaking about black unemployment.


    • Guns3000

      If the numbers don’t say what I want them to say……………..


  • Miranda

    GoDaddy suspends GOP ad firm’s websites for anti-Obama texts

    Virginia-based GOP advertising firm ccAdvertising was behind a flood of anti-Obama text messages sent Tuesday night, according to Web domain records.

    By Wednesday morning, GoDaddy, a domain registrar, had suspended the firm’s websites for spam and abuse.

    ccAdvertising did not immediately respond to requests to comment.

    more here

    • goldenstar

      now, we’re talkin’.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia — –RE-Postin:– -As WE APPRECIATE MR. PRESIDENT’s LEADERSHIP: – – :>) – –

    – – —A THOUGHT: – — -TWITT carried out a FAUX-campaign – –annnnd
    while he was in OHIO- – – – “TALKIN’ ’bout IT; —

    MR. PRESIDENT WAS IN A RED CROSS – –CENTER annnnd WILL B IN NEW JERSEY — – – —BEIN’ ‘BOUT IT!!! – — HAH!! – – -***slams desk!!***

    – – – – –GOT-VOTE!! – –4! MORE! – – -YEARS!! – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – – –A BIG ENDORSEMENT: — -Mayor Ed Koch Endorses the President for Four More Years


    • nellcote

      Wow that is a surprise!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – -***fist bump*** — – -At LEAST he is a KOCH – – -with SOME SENSE!! — -HAH! – —

        – – -Shores up that ISRAELI QUESTION. :>)

        Good 2 C U nellcote. :>)

        • nellcote

          Shores up that ISRAELI QUESTION.
          I hadn’t thought of that angle. I always think of him as an unpredictable old crank.

    • JojoRaze

      Ed Koch probably talked to Meir Dagan and Ariel Sharon and they told him that Rmoney and Netanyahu was cray-cray, so keep Barack.

      • GreenLadyHere

        JojoRaze — -LOL —-Prolly! —LOL – – -THEY SPOKE TRUTH!! :>)
        WHO doesn’T KNOW!! – – -LOL – –

    • Lisa M

      Did not see that one coming?

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Lisa M. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – — I KNOW –HUH!! – —:>) —-Me either. :>)

        STRANGE – —happenin’ — -on Halloween. :>)

        Good 2 C U LisaM :>)- – –

  • itgurl_29

    Did y’all see Chris Christie’s bil ol’ bubble butt when he greeted POTUS on the tarmac? LOL, he needs to get that in check. Ass looking like Aretha Franklin’s!

    • goldenstar

      Please! Do not disrespect the Queen of Soul by comparing her to that Krispy Kreme. Her behind is always looking good in some decent threads.

      • edp4bho

        hhhmmmmm ! Just my take.

    • nellcote

      No need to disrespect Aretha!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — Here’s our – —1-A-DAY-AD – – – –

    – – –MILITARY SUPPORT: — -Lawrence, Veteran and Military Father: Keep Virginia Blue – OFA Virginia — –

    – – – –Lawrence, a veteran whose son is serving in Afghanistan, shares why he supports President Obama and how we can keep Virginia blue. To get involved to help win Virginia and help re-elect President Obama, go here: http://OFA.BO/pRte3w

    – – –THANK U annnnd YOUR SON. – – -BLESS U. :>) – – —

  • Ebogan63
    • Miranda

      They are PISSED.

    • nellcote

      I give some credit to the paper for publishing the letters online. I wonder if there will be a noticeable number of people actually cancelling subscriptions.

      • Alma98

        The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel lost thousands of subscriptions when they endorsed Walker. They still haven’t recovered they’ve been begging people to come back ever since. We cancelled ours before Walker was elected,You could see the teabagger influence creeping in the headlines. Some banks also paid the price for backing Walker.

    • JojoRaze

      I was just about to post this. The only reason I didn’t was because I was reading them individually.

      These Iowans went in, some in Iowa nice way, some snarky, and some were gangsta with it.

      I totally co-sign with Nellcote that I give the paper a whole lot of credit for publishing these letters opposing the Mittens endorsement.

  • rikyrah

    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.)

  • rikyrah

    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.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -LEST WE 4-GET: – — -AMEN—

    – – –Haiti storm death toll to 54; up to 71 for region

    – —PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The death toll in the Caribbean from Hurricane Sandy rose on Wednesday and estimates of damage and destruction it caused grew larger as more complete assessments emerged from throughout the region.

    Two new deaths were recorded in Haiti, bringing the total for the country to 54, said Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, director of the country’s Civil Protection agency. That means the toll for the Caribbean as a whole is now 71.

    Haitian authorities were able to revise the death toll as rivers recede, allowing officials to travel through the storm-drenched southern peninsula. The death toll had been 52. Jean-Baptiste said Wednesday that one of the new deaths occurred during a mudslide and the other was a person who drowned trying to cross a rain-swollen river. There are still 21 people unaccounted for after the storm.

    – – – –SNIP- —
    In the Bahamas, the total cost of damage to private property and public infrastructure is expected to reach as high as $300 million, according to a report from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility, a risk pool for 16 governments in the Caribbean.

    – –SNIP – –

    In Cuba, the government raised the number of homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy from 130,000 to 200,000.

    – — –PRAYIN’ 4 DA PEOPLE. —AMEN. – —

  • rikyrah

    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.

    • Ebogan63

      I commented on this on TPV: The Gallup model is using the LV screen to assume that PBO’s voters won’t show up, which has been shown to be false. Why Benen continues with this Beltway bullshit is beyond me, and makes me question his ans Rachel’s political acumen to rely on Gallup, which has been like Rasmussen lately.

    • goldenstar

      This information is from Firedoglake. Who is this Jon Walker person?

      I challenge this:

      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.

      The Obama campaign has been remarkably effective in getting supporters to vote early EVERY DAMN WHERE; not only in states where they are heavily invested.

      In Illinois, supporters are early voting like there’s no tomorrow.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – — -HE WON’T- – -‘CAUSE HE – -STOOPID!! —

    – – -FIRST: – -> Re: Romney, Shut Up and Watch (4.00 / 2)
    If Mitt were a decent human being capable of real human emotions like empathy and graciousness, and running for leadership of a political party that shared those feelings, he would say that he appreciates the President’s efforts in marshaling the resources of the federal government to help a region of the country in dire need of that help.
    Needless to say, that won’t happen.
    by wvng

    — –NOW: – – -“****hands out BAND AIDS**** LOL – —

    — – –Romney, Shut Up and Watch– –

    — – –The president is set to arrive in Atlantic City, New Jersey at 1pm today. He is set to leave at 4:30pm. Hopefully, that will provide enough time for a helicopter trip up and down the coast so that he can survey the extent of the damage. Seaside Heights, where I grew up going to the shore, hardly exists anymore. Governor Chris Christie will accompany the president and they can discuss the many ways in which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can help the Garden State. Mitt Romney can’t really say anything since he spent the primaries bashing federal agencies like FEMA and taking the position that, in situations like this, Gov. Christie should be on his own with no assistance from the federal government because the Feds can’t help New Jersey without “jeopardizing the future for our kids.”

    So, Romney can just plop himself down in a comfy chair and watch how the federal government is supposed to work. Because, remember, Romney said we should defund FEMA in the context of the utterly devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri. Eric Cantor didn’t want to pay to help the people of Joplin unless he could take the money out of little children’s school nutrition programs or your unemployment insurance. That is because Republicans see every disaster as an opportunity to raze public housing and make the 47% of the people who can’t take responsibility for their lives eat a shit sandwich.
    THERE IS MORE! — — — —

    -Ooooowee – – –!- – – -ALL POINTS WERE HIT!! LOL – —

  • Alma98

    Good afternoon all, had pc troubles this morning ugh. Got her back up and running again.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!