Monday, November 5, 2012

November 5

Bishop Spong explains how the church invented Hell to scare the hell out of gullible people.
Politico's Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen decide that only people who look like them can deliver mandates.
If President Barack Obama wins, he will be the popular choice of Hispanics, African-Americans, single women and highly educated urban whites. That's what the polling has consistently shown in the final days of the campaign. It looks more likely than not that he will lose independents, and it's possible he will get a lower percentage of white voters than George W. Bush got of Hispanic voters in 2000.

A broad mandate this is not.

Everyone knows that Hispanics, African-Americans, women and educated whites aren't real Americans.
Act surprised: At least 32 Fox News hosts and contributors have campaigned for Republican candidates and organizations this election cycle. The campaigning has occurred nationally and in 42 states. Fox News figures helped raise and spend hundreds of millions of dollars this cycle in support of Republicans. They have also been featured in at least 105 fundraisers across the country.
Act surprised: In a bid to assert their influence on issues relating to climate change as well as environmental and labor regulations, fossil fuel companies are making an unprecedented election-season push. Documents obtained by The Nation reveal that oil, gas and coal companies are taking advantage of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision to not only blanket swing states with ads but also push their employees and contractors into voting GOP.
Haley Barbour Sez: "When Hurricane Sandy turned left and struck the Northeast, it broke Romney's momentum. If this election had been held last Friday, Romney would have won. No matter what Obama did, he couldn't stop the momentum." [Maybe Sandy, like a rape baby, was 'a gift from God'.]

There have been massive lines this weekend in the key swing states of Florida and Ohio, with some voters waiting six hours or more to cast their ballot.

This is not an accident. In Ohio, after attempting to cancel weekend early voting all together, Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) drastically rolled back early voting hours.

In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott (R) reduced the number of early voting days from 14 to 8.


In a stunning smear, a GOP group chaired by a prominent Republican strategist and funded by the state Republican leadership, has sent a mailing to Florida voters accusing an elementary school teacher running for state legislature of enabling child molestation because she is in a teacher's union.

The mailings — by a group called the Committee to Protect Florida — attack Karen Castor Dentel, an elementary school teacher in Maitland, Florida, and the Democratic challenger for the 30th District State House of Representatives seat. Because she is a member of the Florida Education Association, which opposed a 2011 bill that eliminated tenure for public-school teachers, the mailer says she would "rather protect bad teachers and the union" than "young and impressionable students." One one side of the mailing is a picture of convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky — who as an assistant football coach at Penn State would not have been protected by any Florida public school teacher's union; the other side shows a picture of her and the other says:

Karen Castor Dentel's priorities are clear:

* Use tenure policies to protect bad, burnt-out, longtime teachers at the expense of younger, better teachers.
* Use the courts to keep all teachers in the classroom – even those who prey on young people.
* The right to use our tax dollars and valuable student learning time to promote her political campaign.

Karen Castor Dentel: Good for the union, bad for kids.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that even the Republican incumbent, State Rep. Scott Plakon, denounced the ad as sounding "indefensible," and called it "exhibit A" of why campaign finance reform is needed to stop anonymous groups from making such attacks. The Supreme Court's 5-4 Citizens United ruling allows outside attacks like this with very little disclosure or restriction.

But the mailings were largely funded by his own party's leadership: incoming Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R) and Rep. Richard Corcoran (R), who is in line to become Florida's Speaker in 2016. Financial disclosures for the group also indicate that the Florida Chamber of Commerce Alliance Inc., the Florida Medical Association, and AFSCME have made significant contributions to the group.


Mitt Romney is lying about one set of American jobs going to China in order to scare people into thinking that electing him is the way to keep those jobs here. All the while, he's profiting from another set of jobs actually being sent to China, and claiming he has nothing to do with it. 


Future generations of scholars and historians* will need look only to six perfect words (or seven if you count the hyphenation) to understand perfectly the first week of November, the year of our lord 2012: "Crack-Smoking Illegal Alien Registered To Vote." It is a headline made for literature, and poetry. It may even surpass the wild beauty of Assume Deer Dead. READ MORE »


Craaaazy news out of Missouri, everybody. You will not believe which of their politicians was arrested eight times at abortion clinics, then got himself elected to the state legislature. Would you believe it was Sen. Todd Akin (R-Uterus)?

It was!

As hard as it might be to believe, the guy who got all scandalized after he decided to talk about "legitimate rape" is not just supportive of anti-abortion legislation, he was (ahem, allegedly) also so voceriferously abusive to women at clinics that the police had to carry him away. What dedication! Most people just donate to Richard Mourdock — Akin finds ladies and insults them, personally! READ MORE »


Jack Wu, an actual candidate for Kansas's state school board, pledges on his very impressive homemade website to do something about the most serious problem facing the schools today:

The current public educational system in Kansas and the United States is preparing its students to be liars, crooks, thieves, murderers, and perverts.

And how will he address this specific set of issues?

My mission, in running for the Kansas State Board of Education, is to throw out the crap that teachers are feeding their students and replace it with healthy good for the soul knowledge from the holy scriptures.



As you may have noticed, the Wingnut Noise Machine is seriously pushing the notion that President Obama deliberately sat back and did nothing when a Libyan militia attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, apparently because he is either incompetent (the "charitable" view) or because he just plain hates America that much (the "reasonable doubt exists" view). It turns out that, according to intelligence officials, CIA agents stationed in Benghazi actually did come to the aid of the Consulate, as did a second CIA team sent from Tripoli, and Libyan military forces helped the surviving Americans get to the airport to escape after the attack. The officials also directly refuted Fox News' claims that the CIA was ordered to "stand down," and also dismissed the notion that airstrikes could have helped anyone in the consulate:

"Let's say we were able to get an aircraft there. Do you go in and start strafing a populated area without knowing where friend or foe is?" a senior Defense official asked. "If you did that, you could kill the very people you are trying to help."



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