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Find your polling place

  • Posted on: 2 November 2010
  • By: Roxy

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Compliments of My Barack Obama (.com). Really a pretty nice little tool. Allows you to signup for a reminder call and then locates your polling place based on zip code. Here is the linky or click on the image (image credit same as link).

Here in Hawaii, we are being reminded to bring "photo ID".  I have lived in Hawaii for the last 4 years, but still retain my Oregon ID (drivers license), so not sure how that is gonna work out for me.

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Because you do Need To Know what is at stake on Tuesday: Redistricting and Gerrymandering

  • Posted on: 1 November 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

The most recent Census is behind us which puts the importance of the upcoming election's importance front and center. And, more importantly, what the results of the this election can do to your future vote. Right now it is all about one thing:

Redistricting across the nation.

It happens after every Census and it can decide whether to keep the district lines fairly and reasonably drawn... OR it can amplify or drown your voice in future elections. It is that big a deal. I wrote on this a short while back - foreshadowing the importance that it would have now, Now, NOW!

Dive in for more on both Redistricting and the inevitable Gerrymandering that results below...

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Four Questions and Four Answers - Reposted from Jed Lewison's DailyKos entry

  • Posted on: 31 October 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

The following first appeared on DailyKos on Friday, 29 October. They've posted it at least once daily since then, and will continue to do so at least once daily every day until the election. It's up there even now. It's simple, straightforward and blunt.

I'm reposting it here, with a hat-tip and a thank-you, for our readers to also share. My only changes are that I've bolded the titles "Questions" and "Answers" for readability. -- GH

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Questions:

  1. What was the average monthly private sector job growth in 2008, the final year of the Bush presidency, and what has it been so far in 2010?
  1. What was the Federal deficit for the last fiscal year of the Bush presidency, and what was it for the first full fiscal year of the Obama presidency?
  1. What was the stock market at on the last day of the Bush presidency? What is it at today?
  1. Which party's candidate for speaker will campaign this weekend with a Nazi reenactor who dressed up in a SS uniform?

Answers:

  1. In 2008, we lost an average of 317,250 private sector jobs per month. In 2010, we have gained an average of 95,888 private sector jobs per month. (Source) That's a difference of nearly five million jobs between Bush's last year in office and President Obama's second year.
  1. In FY2009, which began on September 1, 2008 and represents the Bush Administration's final budget, the budget deficit was $1.416 trillion. In FY2010, the first budget of the Obama Administration, the budget deficit was $1.291 trillion, a decline of $125 billion. (Source) Yes, that means President Obama has cut the deficit -- there's a long way to go, but we're in better shape now than we were under Bush and the GOP.
  1. On Bush's final day in office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 closed at 7,949, 1,440, and 805, respectively. Today, as of 10:15AM Pacific, they are at 11,108, 2,512, and 1,183. That means since President Obama took office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 have increased 40%, 74%, and 47%, respectively.
  1. The Republican Party, whose candidate for speaker, John Boehner, will campaign with Nazi re-enactor Rich Iott this weekend. If you need an explanation why this is offensive, you are a lost cause.

The moral of the story is this: if you vote Republican, I hope you enjoy Election Day -- because you're not going to like what comes next.

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This post originally appeared here on Friday, October 29.

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That's it, folks. Keep it in mind, and share it.

Thank you.

 

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Open Thread: I Put A Spell On You, Hocus Pocus Edition

  • Posted on: 30 October 2010
  • By: Open Thread

November 2 is right around the corner, and the potential horrors of election day and the possibility that we could be returned to the disastrous mode of a government hapless & bereft of adult influence, responding to the fantasies of today's Teabagger and Republican shills, is an all-too-possible scenario.

It's only appropriate that Halloween falls just scant days before.

Keep your wits about you, and remember what 8 years of GOP-majority control of Congress brought us during the Bush/Cheney years -- economic, social and environmental disaster. And that's exactly what today's GOP and Tea Party candidates are promising to take us back to.

Just keep thinking of Sarah Palin in the role of Bette Midler as she casts her spell on the hapless adults while Christine O'Donnell, in the role played by Sarah Jessica Parker, sings her siren song to call all the children to an untimely fate...

 

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"I Remember..."

  • Posted on: 30 October 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

The following video expresses why I'm not voting Republican this year. And I'm not voting for the Tea Party, which is a Republican-supported creation of Libertarian billionaires designed solely to help whittle away potential opposition to GOP candidates.

The YouTube video, called I Remember, cites many of the reasons that a vote for putting -- or keeping -- any member of the Republican party in any position of power is a vote against the best interests of the nation.

Watch, and remember:

 

 

Hat-tip Leslie of DelphiForums.

 

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I Voted EARLY Today For Democrats!

  • Posted on: 29 October 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

{ed note - CM1] Cross posted with permission from and written by slinkerwink: A little bit of reasoning from the left wing on why you should get out the vote.

by slinkerwink

Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 04:26:15 PM EDT

I voted early today. It's the first time I've done this, and it was a breeze to do. It's the fifth time that I've voted since 2000. I still remember that excitement of my first vote for Al Gore to be President, even though it was ten years ago.

I voted in 2000 because I knew how terrible Governor Bush would be as President. I was sadly right. I didn't vote in the 2002 midterm election since I was depressed and angry about the illegal war against Iraq which 40% of the Democratic caucus in the House had voted for at the time.

Then I came to Dailykos around 2003 because of Howard Dean. I was one of the followers on the Dean For America blog, which later became Democracy For America. Here's the transcript of that famous "I'm here to represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party" speech below:

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"If the Tea Party wins, America Loses" -- Keith Olbermann's Special, On-Target Message

  • Posted on: 28 October 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

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You are willing to let these people run this country? This is the America you want? This is the America you are willing to permit? These are the kinds of cranks, menaces, mercenaries and authoritarians you will turn this country over to?

If you sit there next Tuesday and let this happen, whose fault will that be?

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Keith Olbermann offered one of his "Special Comments" on 10/27/2010 9:33:43 PM ET entitled "If the Tea Party wins, America loses." The Tea Party -- fondly known more often by a riff drawn from their own initial choice of a name, the Tea Baggers -- represents the worst cross section of the lunatic fringe with racists, homophobes, corrupt Republican conservatives and wholly uninformed segments of the citizenry.

If they, or their Republican party counterparts, gain or maintain any presence in Congress or in state governments this coming November, America loses -- big time. For specific examples, and for the entire Special Comment, play the video.

An excerpt from Keith's comment begins below the video.

 

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It is as if a group of moderately talented performers has walked on stage at a comedy club on Improv night. Each hears a shout from the audience, consisting of a bizarre but just barely plausible fear or hatred or neurosis or prejudice.

And the entertainment of the evening is for each to take their thin, absurd premise, and build upon it a campaign for governor or congressman or senator. The problem is, of course, when it turns out there is no audience shouting out gags, just a cabal of corporations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and political insider bloodsuckers like Karl Rove and Dick Armey and the Chicken Little Chorus of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

And the instructions are not to improvise a comedy sketch, but to elect a group of unqualified, unstable individuals who will do what they are told, in exchange for money and power, and march this nation as far backward as they can get, backward to Jim Crow, or backward to the breadlines of the '30s, or backward** to hanging union organizers, or backward to the Trusts and the Robber Barons.

Result: the Tea Party. Vote backward, vote Tea Party. And if you are somehow indifferent to what is planned for next Tuesday, it is nothing short of an attempt to use Democracy to end this Democracy, to buy America wholesale and pave over the freedoms and the care we take of one another, which have combined to keep us the envy of the world.

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And it continues. Full transcript here.

 

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More Reports of Foreign Money Polluting Right Wing Campaigns

  • Posted on: 25 October 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

A few weeks ago Lupatifer passed on reports of the documented flood of foreign money being funneled into the right wing Chamber of Commerce's campaigns which the Chamber has directed mostly at pushing the right wing's corporate agenda and which has resulted in more recent allegations of threats of violence by the Chamber of Commerce and directed at the watchdog groups tracking the foreign money flood.

Now, we have more reports of foreign money polluting and distorting the American campaign process:

European Polluters Funding Senate Candidates Who Oppose Action On Global Warming

As the Wonk Room has extensively documented, nearly all of the Republican candidates for Senate — both incumbents and challengers — dispute that the United States must take action to fight global warming pollution, while many of them deny that global warming exists in the first place. “There is much debate in the scientific community as to the precise sources of global warming,” claims Pat Toomey, the GOP Senate candidate in Pennsylvania. “Global warming is ‘the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,’” says Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

It remains to be seen if that stance will pay off at the polls, but for many of these global warming deniers, it already has paid off in the form of sizeable donations from overseas polluters. A new analysis by Climate Action Network Europe has found that large European companies that are among the continent’s biggest greenhouse gas polluters have been dumping large amounts of money into U.S. Senate races, almost exclusively to candidates that oppose the idea of taking action to stop global warming.

ThinkProgress has already documented how money from foreign oil companies is being directed to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is running a $75 million ad campaign against Democratic candidates, and these direct candidate contributions from European polluters exceed the amount that oil billionaires Charles and David Koch have donated to Senate campaigns.

Even odder, given the fringe Tea Party's ranting and raving about the "evuls of Europe" and conspiracies of "New World Orders"?

These rich European polluters are directing their money towards Tea Party Candidates, as well:

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Two Years, Three Months.

  • Posted on: 24 October 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

Crossposted from DailyKos.

On 60 Minutes tonight, they did a piece on the deep recession. The part that hit hard was hearing how many people have lost their jobs, their 401K, their IRA, savings and other retirement -- and many who have been in that situation for two years or more after being successfully, gainfully employed before the bottom fell out of the economy.

One of the most striking -- to me -- has been unemployed for two years and three months.

That's before the 2008 election. That's sometime around July 2008.

That's before Obama won the presidency. That's when Bush was still president, and the GOP still had significant control of Congress. The economy was still in free-fall.

And nobody was being held accountable.

It's now October 2010. The freefall has been arrested -- for now -- but all efforts to spur a strong recovery are being actively resisted by both the GOP and the Tea Party, spurred on and supported by growing donations from the corporate elitists and oligarchy who have stepped up to the plate to take up the slack after the Abramoff money sluice was interrupted.

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Monday Morning Open Thread -- The Very Model Of A Modern U.S. President, Barack Obama of Penzance Edition

  • Posted on: 18 October 2010
  • By: Open Thread

Ronnie Butler has produced a fantastic riff off the Pirates of Penzance show tune Major-General's Song.

Watch the video as 'Barack Obama' sings "I am the very model of a modern US President" and enjoy. :)

And remember, this is an Open Thread.

Hat-tip LizArt of DelphiForums.

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Is News Corp via Fox News, inciting terrorism?

  • Posted on: 17 October 2010
  • By: Unenergy

Originally posted October 16, 2010 - 22:32. Bumped - standingup

Terrorism

  1. The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp.for political purposes.
  2. the state of fear and& submission produced by terrorism or terrorization. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

Terrorist

  1. a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature;

this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear

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The Rising Tide of Right-(Reich)-justified Domestic Terrorism

  • Posted on: 16 October 2010
  • By: Open Thread

Hat-tip Lordrag of DelphiForums for the tip.

From David Neiwert of Crooks and Liars:

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Brian Kilmeade sez: 'Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.' Oh really?
By David Neiwert, October 15, 2010 11:00 AM

Brian Kilmeade, defending Lord Bill O'Reilly from the nefarious Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, gives voice to the basic Fox News view of the world:

Kilmeade: They can't handle the give and take of the debate. They were outraged that somebody was saying, uh, there's a reason, there was a certain group of people that attacked us on 9/11. It wasn't just one person, it was one religion.

Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.

Oh really, Brian.

Well, just as we had to do for Sarah Palin back in 2008, let's do a little reminder session for Kilmeade et. al.:

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David then goes on to remind folks about Eric Rudolph, James Kopp, The Phineas Priesthood, Timothy McVeigh, Buford Furrow -- in fact, there's a lot of 'em:

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Indeed, as we recently reported, there has in fact been an uptick in domestic terrorism cases in the past couple of years.

[...snip...]

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That's sixteen major incidents in a two-year period -- significantly more than we've seen over the same timespan from domestic radical Muslims. The BPC's report enumerates a total of seven incidents in 2009 -- two attacks and five serious plots (not to mention four attempts to join terrorist organizations). We've had the same number of right-wing extremist-related incidents of domestic terrorism in 2010 so far -- and the year isn't even over yet.

This has in fact been quite predictable, especially considering that both the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ADL have reported a significant increase in recruitment by right-wing extremists, particularly white-supremacist and radical "Patriot" groups, in the wake of President Obama's election. These two factions, after all, have been responsible for the overwhelming majority of domestic-terrorism cases of the past thirty years and more. Indeed, the problem is serious enough that the Pentagon has finally begun to clamp down on the far-right extremists who have been infiltrating the ranks of U.S. troops in recent years.

But right-wingers are always eager to dismiss the reality of right-wing extremists -- even in the face of overwhelming data. So this means, evidently, that when we now assess terrorism on a "bipartisan" basis, we must omit them altogether.

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Finally, perhaps the more important point: We were not attacked by one religion. We were attacked by fringe fanatics from that religion, not the religion en masse. Some of our important allies in this fight, as it happens, are Muslim.

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Indeed, the Reichwing supporters of domestic terror see nothing wrong with their misguided and violent self-righteousness: according to the majority of them, that's the way God & Jesus want them to be to defend America.

It's their own fundamental version of the Taliban, adapted / adopted / coopted to help them become the most tea-baggery incarnation of The American Taliban and hypocrisy, all wrapped up in instability and peppered with some heavily armed & dangerous weapon-weilding zealotry.

Welcome to the Right's vision for America: where violence against political opposites is par for the course, provided you're on the right (reich) side of their unHoly, unAmerican, unChristian point of view.

So, what's your take? Comments are open -- and remember, this is an Open Thread.

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Fox News parent company, the 'Enemies list' and an Ethics free zone

  • Posted on: 12 October 2010
  • By: Unenergy

Rove says Obama has 'enemies list'
President George W. Bush's former senior adviser went as far as to suggest that Obama was using President Richard Nixon's tactics and having an "enemies list."

You know, I looked at this story, and couldn't for the life of me figure out, after all the terrible things which the Fox News network, especially Karl Rove, say about Democrats, the Obama administration and the man himself, why a line as lame as 'he has a secret enemies list' would even be considered a worthy, creative talking point.
I mean after all isn't the Obama administration going to create death panels, bring in Sharia law, turn the country to communofascisocialism or something like that. Whilst also only having a birth certificate for some foreign country called Hawaii?

You want to know why? I think it has something to do with his employer... Rupert Murdoch being accused of exactly that...

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James O'Keefe: Conservative Porn Star, "Journalist" and "Activist"

  • Posted on: 29 September 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

The video says it all:

This is the kind of tawdy trickery and confabulation that includes 'malice aforethought' in high doses -- it's how "conservative activists" role. They manufacture their scoops -- like the ACORN trickery -- and lie, cheat, misrepresent the matters to their adoring (and sadly deceived) public. When caught with their pants down, however, they deny deny deny.

James O'Keefe, conservative "activist" and pseudo-journalist, now almost porn star.

It looks like that pimp getup he wore for creating the doctored ACORN video must've agreed with him more than he'd like to admit.

Hat-tip to Barbara Morrill of DailyKos for the lead.

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