Friday, November 2, 2012

November 2

Fat asshole and Fox News president Roger Ailes just re-upped to run his network through the 2016 election, and he continues to maintain the grotesque fiction that he operates an independent news outlet and not a vital constituency in the Republican coalition. In case there was any doubt left, though—there isn't, really—here's a handwritten note he sent to George W. Bush's secretary of state in 2005 offering "help off the record" any time.
First he misled the voters in Wisconsin, and now he's moved on to Iowa...
"If Barack Obama is re-elected Nov. 6 for a second term, he will declare a full-scale war on his domestic opposition. There may not be another free and fair election in America. I would expect due process to go the way of the horse and buggy. I think he will move to shut down and destroy all independent media. In fact, I think his biggest critics will be rounded up in the name of national security. If any Republican, conservative, independent journalist, pro-life activist, returning veteran, gun-rights activist, constitutionalist, Bible believer or critic of Obama thinks they will be safe in a second term under this would-be despot, they had better think again – real fast." - World Net Daily founder and three-time Just For Men Olympics gold medal winner Joseph Farah.
An upstate New York man is suing his church after a giant crucifix fell on him, costing him his leg.
David Jimenez put all of his faith in a massive marble crucifix, praying to it every day that his wife would be cured of cancer. And she was. The 45-year-old pizza parlor worker was so grateful, he volunteered to clean the neglected 600-pound statue. But, during his soap-and-water thank you, the massive statue came loose, crushing him so severely that he had to have his right leg amputated. Now Jimenez is putting his faith in someone else: his lawyer. The New York man is suing his former parish, the Church of St. Patrick, for $3 million. "The screw [holding the crucifix] was useless," attorney Kevin Kitson said. "It supported no anchoring system."
God cured his wife's cancer, but for some reason he won't grow that leg back. Mysterious ways.
NOM is funneling truckloads of jewel-encrusted Vatican money into the Minnesota marriage battle.
The National Organization for Marriage has poured $1.65 million into Minnesota for Marriage, and nearly all of that came this month, new campaign finance records show. The group gave another $225,000 on Wednesday. All told, Minnesota for Marriage raised more than $3.7 million so far this year, much of it from the Catholic Church, affiliated groups and the National Organization for Marriage. That's still far less than the group's opponents. John Helmberger, chairman for Minnesota for Marriage, said their side is accustomed to being dramatically outspent in marriage-related measures in other states. "Those who want to redefine marriage may outspend us, but no matter how much they spend, we are confident that the voters will do as they have done in … other states and vote to protect marriage," he said.

Just think of how many priests could have been defended in their child molestation suits with all that dough!


A Minnesota couple doesn't understand why people are so upset with their noose and chair reference to President Obama. After all, they got the idea from Fox News.

Mulholland said she doesn't consider the display a form of hate speech and doesn't hold animosity toward blacks. She said the display isn't meant as a direct threat to Obama. Perhaps it's not a threat, but it certainly has the impact of a hate-motivated display, said W.C. Jordan, president of the Rochester branch of the NAACP as well as the Minnesota/Dakota Area State Conference president. He heard about it through the city's hate-crime prevention task force. "It's pretty much gone viral," Jordan said of the Mulhollands' display, and he's heard about it from people outside the state.


Congressional Research Service Report On Tax Cuts For Wealthy Suppressed By GOP  
Photo: Join Sen. McConnell and give Thumbs up for Lane.
Willard M. Romney took between $15.3 and $115.0 million of taxpayer funds in the government bailout of the auto industry. By threatening to drive Delphi Auto out of business, after acquiring a controlling interest in the company, Romney and billionaire Paul Singer demanded $12.9 billion in taxpayer subsidies - an amount the US Treasury called "extorion."

Not only did they hold this financial gun to the head of the U.S. auto industry - they also fired every union employee at Delphi in the process. Help your conservative friends understand when Mitt Romney says he'll "fight for every good job America," he's lying - again … and again - and yet again.
"Glitch" wipes out 1,000 early votes in black FL neighborhood 

Turns out Ohio GOP Secretary of State Jon Husted is making Ken "Let's give Ohio to Bush!" Blackwell look like a saint.

Pollsters and pundits have trained their eyes on Ohio, where President Obama maintains a narrow lead over Mitt Romney just days before the election. According to exit polls, Obama's lead is even stronger among early voters. But several recent developments threaten to disenfranchise many of these voters and plunge Ohio into a bureaucratic nightmare on election night.
The Columbus Dispatch reported on Thursday that a data-sharing glitch and mistakes by election officials have caused thousands of absentee ballot requests to be rejected. While Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted maintains that this was a computer error, the Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates found an abnormally high rate of rejected absentee ballot requests in Cuyahoga County, a Democratic stronghold that includes Cleveland. The Cuyahoga Board of Elections determined that 865 ballot requests had been erroneously thrown out.

If these voters try to cast their vote in person, they will likely be forced to use a provisional ballot, as the absentee ballot error has thrown their registration status into question. At least 4,500 registered voters across the state will be left waiting for their absentee ballots, while as many as 6,000 provisional ballots cast by registered voters could be tossed out. The provisional ballots that do not get thrown out won't be counted until November 17, according to state law, further dragging out the confusion.

And you thought Florida's 2000 recount fun was awesome. Between this and Josh Romney's involvement in voting machines in Hamilton County/Cincinnati, Tuesday night could be really, really long.
Like, weeks.
Let's just remember when we talk non-stop about Benghazi and right-wing frames one little thing:

"Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in U.S."

Look, it's tragic that four people in a remote consulate were killed, but the idea that this is some sort of scandal is just absurd. Even worse, serious alleged journamalists pimping this bullshit for page views from wingnuts and for future tugjobs from Darrell Issa is just yet another nail in the coffin for allegedly respectable journalism. And let's not even go into the wingnuts in Congress doing more damage than good.

A CIA security team rushed to the U.S. consulate in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi less than 25 minutes after receiving the first call that the mission was under attack, while a second squad was dispatched by air from the capital, Tripoli, according to a timeline released on Thursday by U.S. intelligence officials.

The timeline is the most detailed accounting to date of the U.S. response to the attack on the consulate and was released to rebut news reports that U.S. officials had delayed a rescue.

"The officials on the ground in Benghazi responded to the situation . . . as quickly and as effectively as possible," said a senior intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "There were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support."

The timeline also revealed that a nearby CIA annex came under attack twice during the events, with the second assault coming more than seven hours after Islamist extremists first stormed the consulate.

Mmmm. Mmmm, dumb

When history pinches the bridge of its nose ages and ages hence and selects the one single stunt the Romney campaign has pulled that reveals the sheer depth of Willard's superficiality, it'll point to his relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Granted, it may not be on a par with Bush allowing 1800 mostly African American people to drown and float, half-eaten by crocodiles, in the streets of the French Quarter and essentially ensuring, by demoting FEMA from the Cabinet-level position it was under Clinton, that thousands would get warehoused in two giant buildings, away from the prying eyes of the press. So, on the sheer scale of ineptitude, Romney still has a long ways to go before he can fuck up like Bush. One can dream.

But if Romney had won the presidency four years ago, we'd still be seeing the same kind of triangulation, the same Irwin Allen opportunism we're seeing today. The difference, of course, is that we have as a Chief Executive a man who knows how to react to disasters, responds appropriately and in a swift, decisive, presidential manner. In fact, Mr. Obama's response to this crisis has been so exemplary that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie actually yanked a turkey drumstick from his jiggling maw to go on Dylan Ratigan's show on MSNBC
to praise the president's efforts.

So, while the president, after canceling a Virginia rally to respond to Hurricane Sandy, has actually been of some help and not merely circling over the disaster in Air Force One like
a momentarily amused tourist, Romney has been in the swing state of Ohio, the place where automaker jobs die and go to China, spending $5000 at a Wally World so as not to make the donation tables look empty.

Meanwhile, without having to spend a penny from his campaign, the president simply doing his job and ensuring that FEMA responds in a timely fashion is making Willard look like the world's most incompetent stock boy. Which is precisely what he is.

It's Willard essentially telling the Red Cross to go fuck itself and collecting canned food that the Red Cross will have to waste precious manpower on to process in some New Jersey warehouse. The Red Cross has repeatedly stated that it needs money, which is fungible and the one thing you'd think Romney would know something about, or blood donations through local area hospitals.

But Willard can't do that because Republicans such as him and Bush cannot grasp the concept of altruism, or the simple concept of helping out your fellow man in an hour of greatest need. The very idea of appropriately and effectively allocating resources where they're needed most is as alien to Republicans as setting fire to puppies and kittens is to animal lovers.

Lord knows I'm not a fan of the President but at least it's nice to see we have for the first time since 2001 a chief executive who knows where help is most needed and is smart enough not to impede on the rescue and relief efforts of professionals who know what they're doing. Romney collecting canned goods such as Campbell's soup also betrays his complete inability to grasp the reality that many people in the tristate area are without electricity and the canned goods would be worthless.

That's another concept Romney cannot grasp: Knowing the difference between political grandstanding and earning cheap brownie points instead of making a difference and uniting with the president as a fellow American. This is yet another lost opportunity for the GOP, which is bound and determined to do the exact opposite President Obama does in the final week of an election, even if people die as a result.

Romney could've listened to the Red Cross. He could've suspended his thinly-veiled campaigning in the swing state of Ohio. He could've asked Donald Trump to shut his obnoxious methane hole and to donate that $5,000,000 to the Red Cross' relief efforts. But he didn't do any of that. Because he couldn't. Help, to your typical Republican, is simply a four letter word that's always within smelling distance of the words "welfare" and "entitlements."

Because Republicans, when they come running toward disaster, respond to the cries but not to help.
The retroactive life of Willard Mittie
We could dismiss Willard Romney, the world's most accepted, if not loved, sociopath, as the Retroactive Republican. But that would be to sell Mitt Romney short. Mitt has worn different hats in his fabulously rich life:

Pro-war activist who
dodged the Vietnam draft so he could live in luxury in a palace in Paris.

Erstwhile pro-life vulture capitalist whose company nonetheless invested in another company that disposed of aborted fetuses.

Telling Detroit it could
go bankrupt before taking credit for the auto bailout.

Telling Ohio he'd
save jobs from going to China that the auto industry already secured and expanded for American auto workers while Bain Capital sends 170 US auto maker jobs to China for real.

Singing "America the Beautiful" to packed rallies.

Saying he "believes in America" while keeping the bulk of his quarter billion dollar fortune in seven offshore tax havens while lambasting companies for using offshore tax havens and using the Mormon Church while cheating them to dodge more taxes.

He's the new Danny Kaye, starring in "The Life of Willard Mittie."
Fox news discredited? Surely this is a mistake.
American economy added 171,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate ticked up slightly but stayed below 8 percent, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Analysts had expected 120,000 jobs to be created. The unemployment rate increased due to the labor force adding 578,000 people. The private sector added 184,000 jobs, while the public sector lost 13,000. The number of jobs created in August was revised up from 142,000 to 192,000, and September was revised up from 114,000 to 148,000. The wider U-6 measure of underemployment fell slightly to 14.6.
Looks Like Tagg Romney Has Already Leaked Next Week's 'Election' 'Results'
seems legit
It is time, once again, to PANIC! As you can see above, Unskewed Polls has released a new chart that at first blush doesn't seem to have any basis in reality. So why would they post such a hilarious result? Well, you have not been keeping up with Your Wonkette. Let's rectify that now! It is so that when they steal the election, they can point to this "polling" and say the results were in line, duh. As Doktor Zoom explainered with an assist from Harper's, the GOPpies are ready and able to steal every precinct that doesn't count paper ballots by hand. As Your Editrix explained a week or whatever ago, one of only six voting machine vendors is owned by former Bain employees. (The others, per Dok's Harper's article, are pretty much all owned by the Koch Brothers and run by actual felons, except for the ones that are owned by Tagg Romney.) And as some former NSA analyst explained (but we didn't post on it, because "depressed"), the way they steal your votes is by siphoning them from the largest precincts. Oh yes, and as The Grio explained this week also too, they are already disappearing early votes from the totals in heavily African-American and Democratic Broward County precincts. But that one, first described as a "computer glitch," was totally just a woman who couldn't do numbers good and stuff.

Blah blah blah tinfoil hat. Sure! Count us in! Because it is official Wonkette Editorial Policy that Bush stole Ohio, we don't care if you kick us out of your Cool Pundit Club. And who else seems to be coming around to our way of thinking? One "Morning Joe" Scarborough, that's who! Witness:

With President Obama maintaining his five-point lead in Ohio in today's poll, Romney must run the table on the six remaining swing states or expand the electoral map. Considering how rough the internals look in this morning's Ohio survey, Boston must know that winning the White House now depends on their candidate stealing Michigan, Minnesota or Pennsylvania out of the Obama column next Tuesday. Their play in those three Midwest states now appears to be more out of weakness than strength, though a new survey does put Romney within 3 points in Michigan.

Welcome to the Voting Machine Truther Brigades, Joe. You'll like it here, except most of our refreshments are vegan bullshit.



Oh ha ha ha, this is delightful! Two days ago, Chris Christie basically told Romney to go eat a dick because he wasn't interested in prancing around with Mittens, looking for photo ops, while half of New Jersey's coastline was still underwater. So today, Rush Limbaugh has decreed that Chris Christie is "fat" and a "fool" for daring to look after his state instead of Mitt Romney's presidential ambitions. Doesn't Chris Christie know that it's Mitt's Time?? READ MORE »

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