Thursday, September 20, 2012

America

See, that's what I'm talking about.

40 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the America I see too, where we live and let live and celebrate our diversity.

Here's how some see America, unfortunately.

Republican Lynches Empty Chair in Racist Presidential Effigy in Northwest Austin

"Today, Burnt Orange Report received the photo at right, taken in front of a home in Northwest Austin. The resident, a Republican, lynched an empty chair from a tree in his yard, which one can easily interpret to represent a racially motivated act of violence against the President.

Now, one could easily argue "it's just a chair, what's the big deal? That's not racist!"

However, in light of Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention, in which he had a largely one-sided conversation with an empty chair he pretended was Barack Obama, this imagery is now associated with the President.

The image of the chair is associated with the President. Now, lynch that chair from a tree, and you've got a pretty awful racist sentiment calling for lynching the first African-American President!

Lynching was a horrific and commonplace act in Reconstruction-era Texas and continued until the mid-1940's, spurred on by Ku Klux Klan groups. Texas is third amongst all states -- behind Mississippi and Georgia -- in the total number of lynching victims between 1885 and 1942. Of those 468 victims, an overwhelming number were African-American.

Perhaps the most well-known and horrific lynching in Texas occurred in 1916, when Jesse Washington was accused of raping and murdering a woman near Waco. He was sentenced to death, and lynched in front of a crowd of onlookers, after which members of the mob castrated him, cut off his fingers, and hung him over a bonfire. Pieces of his body were sold as souvenirs. The gruesome event became part of the NAACP's anti-lynching movement....

September 20, 2012 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...Most recently, in 1998, James Byrd Jr. -- for whom the Texas Hate Crimes Prevention Act is named -- was lynched by being dragging behind a vehicle in East Texas.

We have a sad and awful history of white people lynching African-Americans in Texas, and this history is exactly what this Republican's front yard display taps into.

There are folks who will claim that this isn't "racist." Republicans, especially the Tea Party types, like to claim that liberals think every attack on the President is racist. Folks like to claim that hanging a noose up as decoration is "honoring the past of the South," blithely ignoring the context in which those same nooses were used during the pre-Civil War and Reconstruction eras -- by white men to hang African-Americans. Some folks will undoubtedly point out the burning of Bush effigies throughout his administration, especially during anti-war protests.

This is different. This is the specific and deliberate use of a racially charged act of violence -- lynching -- perpetrated by white men against African-American men and women. When you add a Republican symbol for the first African-American President into the mix, you get a pretty awful picture -- the one you see at right, and one that can be seen on a front lawn here in leafy, quiet Northwest Austin.

We're a state that has a horrific history of hate crimes, and given the new context of the "empty chair" created by the Republican Party during their own convention gives this image of a chair hanging from a tree a decidedly sinister, and yes, racist, meaning.

It's awful. Republicans should call out this imagery and the racist rhetoric that has come to pervade their party. But I'm not holding my breath.

Updated 6:28 p.m. Wednesday I called the homeowner to ask about his display, citing my concerns as a fellow Austinite. He replied, and I quote, "I don't really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not. You can take [your concerns] and go straight to hell and take Obama with you. I don't give a shit. If you don't like it, don't come down my street."

Ironically, the homeowner in question, Bud Johnson, won "Yard of the Month" in August 2010 from his Homeowners Association. I guess his display was a little different that month?

Updated 10:00 a.m. Thursday: the homeowner has added an American flag to his display. Click here for more."

September 20, 2012 3:53 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Its probable that a republican is going to attempt to kill Obama during the first year of his second term.

September 20, 2012 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and why would they do that, jackass?

"See, that's what I'm talking about."

oh boy, the President hugging Willie Nelson, who is wearing a Lennon t-shirt

I'm sure they were having a good time but, why exactly were you talking about this?

Willie, a Board member of NORML must not know that Barry, who used to suck pot smoke off the ceiling in college, is using Federal bullyism to shut down state-legalized marijuana shops

he'll be able to get a lot more Willie time next year, when Michelle is Dancing with the Stars and he's home watching TV reports of President Romney's daily activities

brown eyes crying in the rain...




September 20, 2012 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Obama during the first year of his second term."

you must not have heard up the lonely province

according to the famous and celebrated Gallup poll, Obama has been losing a point a day since he apologized to Arabs and the video leaked with him saying he wants to redistribute America's wealth

as of today, the Presdiential race is tied

September 20, 2012 10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barry admits he can't get it done:

"Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney used an admission by President Barack Obama just hours before that he could not "change Washington from the inside" against him Thursday at a rally in Sarasota, Fla.

"The President today threw in the white flag of surrender again. He said he can’t change Washington from inside. He can only change it from outside. Well, we’re going to give him that chance in November. He’s going outside," Romney said to cheers. "I can change Washington. I will change Washington. We’ll get the job done from the inside -- Republicans and Democrats will come together. He can’t do it. His slogan was ‘Yes, we can.’ His slogan now is ‘No, I can’t.’ This is time for a new president.

"He went from the president of change, to the president who can't change," he continued. "He says he can't change it from the inside. He has no plan to get our economy working again. Well, I have a plan. I have five steps that are going to get this economy going.""

September 20, 2012 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Latina Responds to Mitt Romney "had my Dad been born of Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning" comment.

September 21, 2012 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Mitt-flopping again! said...

Dec. 30, 2007: Mitt on Huck, McCain, Ann

"MT. VERNON, IA

...But the suggestion that Romney is politically shrewd enough to cut through the partisanship and rigors of Washington at the same time that he's suggesting he's the candidate who can bring change to it seems to be a fine line. Asked that question early this afternoon, he explained to reporters: "Probably my best capability is in building a good team and working with people within that team and across the aisle to get the job done, and I'm not trying to take away from somebody else. They may have their skills. Sen. McCain has been there in Washington 27 years. So he certainly has political skill, but I believe that at this time, to change Washington, it would be helpful to have somebody who comes with more private sector skill, experience outside Washington. I don't think you change Washington from the inside. I think you change it from the outside...""

September 21, 2012 8:25 AM  
Anonymous From our first black President: said...

"I -- I like the argument for President Obama’s re-election a lot better. Here it is. He inherited a deeply damaged economy. He put a floor under the crash. He began the long, hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for a modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good, new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for innovators.

(APPLAUSE)

Now, are we where we want to be today? No. Is the president satisfied? Of course not. But are we better off than we were when he took office?

(APPLAUSE)

Listen to this. Listen to this. Everybody (inaudible)

(APPLAUSE)

Everybody (inaudible) when President Barack Obama took office, the economy was in freefall. It had just shrunk 9 full percent of GDP. We were losing 750,000 jobs a month. Are we doing better than that today?

AUDIENCE: Yes!

CLINTON: The answer is yes. Now, look. Here’s the challenge he faces and the challenge all of you who support him face. I get it. I know it. I’ve been there. A lot of Americans are still angry and frustrated about this economy. If you look at the numbers, you know employment is growing, banks are beginning to lend again, and in a lot of places, housing prices have even began to pick up.

But too many people do not feel it yet. I had this same thing happen in 1994 and early ‘95. We could see that the policies were working, that the economy was growing, but most people didn’t feel it yet. Thankfully, by 1996, the economy was roaring, everybody felt it, and we were halfway through the longest peacetime expansion in the history of the United States. But...

(APPLAUSE)

... the difference this time is purely in the circumstances. President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did. Listen to me now. No president, no president -- not me, not any of my predecessors -- no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years.

(APPLAUSE)

(APPLAUSE)

CLINTON: Now -- but he has -- he has laid the foundations for a new, modern, successful economy of shared prosperity. And if you will renew the president’s contract, you will feel it. You will feel it.

(APPLAUSE)

Folks, whether the American people believe what I just said or not may be the whole election. I just want you to know that I believe it. With all my heart, I believe it."

September 21, 2012 8:33 AM  
Anonymous They want to take America back, way back said...

"WASHINGTON -- White supremacists and those who oppose them will all be rallying in the nation's capital this weekend.

The Aryan Nations, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, will be holding a march on Saturday that leaves Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill at noon and will march toward the Capitol.

The group -- which according to its promotional materials is dedicated to establishing a "Racial Nation" in which only members of "The White Race" may hold citizenship, and is also committed to "Abolish[ing] the present fraudulent money system with its privately 'Jew-Owned' Federal reserve system" -- plans to walk about a mile and a half to the Capitol Reflecting Pool.

The march was originally scheduled to end at the Capitol itself, but march organizer and Aryan Nations leader Morris Gulett told The Huffington Post that after some confusion about whether the Capitol grounds would be cordoned off on the day of the rally, the end point was moved.

According to an event website and confirmed by Gulett, the purpose of the demonstration is to protest violence against white farmers in South Africa. Another website associated with the event adds that, in their view, "The only solution to the world's Jewish problem is the extermination of Judaism."

A group calling itself "Stay Awake In Friendship" is organizing a counter-demonstration, encouraging the community to make use of Lincoln Park on Saturday in peaceful ways. "Dispel ugliness with friendship WITHOUT IMPEDING ANYONE in exercise of rights," the group says on its Facebook event page.

Organizers are also asking people all around the D.C. area to wear silver and gold on Saturday, in homage to the children's song that encourages the listener to "make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold."..."

September 21, 2012 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He began the long, hard road to recovery"

he never said it was going to be this hard and long

mainly because he didn't know

and most economists believe there is a good chance we are heading into another recession because Obama's policies made the recovery so tepid that no momentum could get going

"and laid the foundation for a modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good, new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for innovators"

that must be real well-hidden, Billy

most jobs being produced are menial; most of the unemployed who find work are not getting paid anything like they were before; half of new college graduates can't find any job at all, hurting their future prospects; excessive regulation and taxation is hindering growth; the constant defaming of business by the administration makes business owners worry that worse is on the way

sounds like a great foundation

right

"Everybody when President Barack Obama took office, the economy was in freefall. It had just shrunk 9 full percent of GDP. We were losing 750,000 jobs a month."

we weren't when Obama was elected

a financial crisis hit, mainly the financial industry, about 6 weeks before the election

Obama's team chose not to waste a crisis and started a bunch of talk of depression that undermined business and coinsumer confidence

sigificantly, most of the growth in unemloyment and decline of the market happened after Obama was elected

"Are we doing better than that today?"

we were doing much better during the eight years of Bush's presidency than in the last four years and we will do that again during the sixteen years of Romney and Ryan presidencies

"Compared to other private equity titans, Mitt Romney is arguably poor.

Romney, the Republican presidential nominee who helped pioneer the private equity industry as co-founder of Bain Capital, is worth an estimated $250 million, according to Bloomberg News -- but other private equity executives are billionaires. According to Bloomberg, Romney missed out on the big rent-extraction party when he started doing public service, and he would be a billionaire today if he had stayed at Bain Capital.

The 2000s -- the decade when Romney ran the 2002 Winter Olympics, served as governor of Massachusetts and first ran for president -- were private equity's "most lucrative era," according to Bloomberg, as private equity firms went public, made bigger deals and achieved higher returns.

This contradicts claims made by President Barack Obama's campaign that Romney is motivated mostly by money."

September 21, 2012 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama argued when running for President that we needed to extend an olive branch to the Muslim world

in his first year as President, he went to Cairo and gave a speech about his Muslim roots

today, mobs in a dozen countries are burning him in effigy and demanding that America violate its freedom of speech and ban criticism of Islam

even the president of pakistan, a major recipient of U.S. aid is demanding us to retreat from our Constitution

in response, Barry and Hillary are airing commercials in the Arab world agreeing with the protestors' objections

how low Obama has sunk

September 21, 2012 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we can't let him take America down

November is our last chance to stop him

September 21, 2012 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Hallucinations are preventable with proper medications said...

"we were doing much better during the eight years of Bush's presidency than in the last four years"

So no wonder the GOTP party decided to feature President Bush singing the praises of his wonderful eight years in office at the Republican National Convention!

< eye roll >

and we will do that again during the sixteen years of Romney and Ryan presidencies"

RCP Average as of 1:20 PM on 9/21/12
Obama +3.9%

< Cheshire cat grin >

September 21, 2012 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hallucinations are preventable with proper medications; we weren't doing much better during the eight years of Bush's presidency than in the last four years;So no wonder the GOTP party decided not to feature President Bush singing the praises of his wonderful eight years in office at the Republican National Convention!"

if you think things have improved, you haven't been paying attention- see detail below

"and we will do that again during the sixteen years of Romney and Ryan presidencies

RCP Average as of 1:20 PM on 9/21/12
Obama +3.9%

< Cheshire cat grin >"

yes, please keep on smiling

as of today, the Gallup poll has the race tied

Purple Strategies likely voter polls in swing states has Obama's lead shrinking to four in Virginia and three in Ohio with Romney ahead in Florida

if Romney wins those three, Obama has no reasonable chance to win

now, for the fun:

"How can any cogent American citizen possibly even consider voting for Barack Obama now? That's what lots of conservatives and moderates are asking each other, again and again. It's completely baffling, to those who grew up with any sort of sense of what America means and what the American character traditionally has been, that anybody can look at the man's record and want more of the same.

Almost the entirety of the Muslim world is now rioting against an American president who promised that his olive branches to Muslims would secure peace. Like Jimmy Carter, Obama has only shown a weakness that has emboldened the Islamist haters. Meanwhile, our closest ally in the region, Israel, a stable representative democracy led by an American-educated, America-loving prime minister, has repeatedly been insulted, abandoned, and undermined. In short, the United States is in worse position with all sides in the Middle East/northern Africa. We are embarrassed, feckless, wounded... and in four tragic cases, dead.

Allies in Poland and the Czech Republic have been repeatedly let down and sometimes insulted. The "re-set" with Russia earned us only Russian contempt. China and Russia ignore our entreaties around the world, with absolute disdain for our wishes, our olive branches, or Obama's supposedly Nobel-worthy and messianic genius for diplomacy."





September 21, 2012 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Domestically, our debt has increased by 50 percent in just four years, by some $5 trillion, with not a single observable benefit from the spending. Our bond rating already has been downgraded by one agency, and another major agency threatens to downgrade us. Our unemployment rate has never been beneath 8 percent since Obama's first month in office, even though his economic team said his outrageously expensive "stimulus" package would ensure that it would never rise above 8 percent, and indeed that it would drop below 6 percent within four years.

Our politics is more fractured, less civil, than ever -- and as Bob Woodward, of all people, indicates in his new book, this is largely the fault of Obama. He has been the first president in history to push through a major new program without a single vote from the opposing party -- and while refusing to incorporate a single major idea from the other party, while ignoring overwhelming public sentiment to pass it, and while bending the rules in multiple ways to force it through Congress. Meanwhile, on the real business of Congress, his Senate allies have ignored longstanding law by refusing to pass a budget for three years now, while twice rejecting the president's own pitiful budget proposal by unanimous votes."

September 21, 2012 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama campaigned with a promise to rein in abuses of executive power, but instead he increasingly rules by executive decrees of dubious constitutionality. Congress won't pass cap-and-trade, so he orders it anyway. Congress won't pass amnesty for illegal immigrants, so he orders it anyway. Congress won't undermine the work requirement in the welfare system, so he guts the work requirements by executive order. And on and on go the abuses.

His Justice Department is flagrantly corrupt and racialist. It told a black majority town in North Carolina that it could not hold nonpartisan elections because voters would fail to elect the black "candidates of choice" if the candidate weren't identified as Democrats. It intervened against the heroic Fire Department of New York to push racial hiring quotas on the department so outrageous that it would force admittance into the fire academy of candidates who missed as many as 70 percent (!!!) of the questions on a simple entrance exam; and, in blocking all applicants expected to be hired under the previous exam, it prohibited a number of black applicants who actually had met standards from being hired. So outrageous was this abuse that even the leftist Village Voice ran a long feature story taking up for the qualified black applicants whose chances for employment were dashed.

And, of course, DoJ ran an idiotic gun-running program on the Mexican border that led to the deaths of two American agents and countless Mexicans while drawing a rebuke from the Mexican ambassador, and then covered up and even lied about its actions. Also, infamously, it dropped already-won cases against New Black Panther thugs for flagrant voter-intimidation outside a Philadelphia polling place in 2008 -- dropped the cases, indeed, just in time, meaning four days in advance, for one of those thugs again to serve as an official Democratic Party poll-watcher in municipal elections in 2009.

Gasoline prices are twice what they were when Obama took office -- and rising again. The housing market remains in the doldrums. Food stamp use is by far at the highest level in history, and poverty is markedly up. Food prices are markedly higher. Small businesses are jettisoning the health-insurance benefits they offered employees until Obamacare made it prohibitively expensive. Doctors are retiring in record numbers rather than face Obamacare's scourges -- and most of the law hasn't yet taken effect. Coming soon are new taxes on medical device manufacturers: Patients will pay more for wheelchairs, prosthetics, insulin pumps, asthma inhalers, pacemakers, and other essential fruits of modern medical technology.

Taxpayers are on the hook for huge losses from the auto bailouts, even as most of GM's new jobs have been created overseas rather than here, and even as auto dealerships across the nation were shut down by administration fiat on political bases rather than on the basis of which ones were profitable. Taxpayers are on the hook for politically inspired "investments" to Obama cronies in failing businesses such as Solyndra. Taxpayers are on the hook for higher electricity prices due to a backdoor cap-and-trade scheme imposed by (illegal) administrative fiat.

Religious liberties, meanwhile, are under repeated and sustained attacked from an administration openly hostile to traditional faith. And the president even refuses to defend in federal court laws duly passed by Congress and signed by former President Clinton.

The parade of abuses, incompetencies, extravagances, and illegalities goes on and on. The record of improvements in any sector of American life is… well, nil. Nothing is better, not a single thing, at home or abroad. And Obama has offered no recognizable plans, no new proposals, no substance at all, for making things better in a second term.

This presidency is a disaster. Reasonable people are gobsmacked at the possibility that it could somehow be allowed to continue its degradations of American society.

September 21, 2012 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Grumpy old "victims" said...

Paul Ryan booed at AARP

"NEW ORLEANS, La. – GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan got boos – as well as some applause — from the crowd at the AARP’s annual convention here Friday morning as he delivered an address in which he touted his plan to overhaul Medicare and harshly criticized President Obama, who addressed the seniors’ advocacy group via satellite ahead of Ryan.

He was loudly booed several times for pledging to repeal Obama’s signature health care law. But he received applause from the crowd when he spoke about his family and noted that his 78-year-old mother, Betty Douglas, was in the audience, just as she has been at other events where Ryan has focused on entitlement reform.

“You know President Obama’s slogan, right?” Ryan told the crowd of seniors gathered in a ballroom of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Friday. “’Forward’ — forward into a future where seniors are denied the care they earned because a bureaucrat decided it wasn’t worth the money.”

“Lie!” one woman in the crowd yelled as others booed. “Liar!” yelled another.

The crowd was silent for most of Ryan’s speech and applauded him as he took and left the stage. But some attendees responded with loud disapproval of Ryan’s criticisms of Obama as well as during some of his descriptions of his own Medicare plan.

At one point, when Ryan told the ballroom that “all that we need now is leaders who have the political will to save and strengthen Social Security,” one man loudly quipped: “Got one!”

At other points in his speech, scattered attendees yelled out, “No vouchers!” and “Tax the one percent!”

Ryan’s address, much like Obama’s remarks via video earlier in the day, was both a sharp critique of the other side as well as a defense of the candidate’s plans for the future of the popular health care program for the elderly and the disabled."

September 21, 2012 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! You just put up a 3-part comment, having apparently noticed that sometimes it takes more than one entry to fit a full article from another source in the comment section here!

Impressive!

Of course you still failed to cite your source.

< eye roll >

I think you took the wrong meds.

President Obama is still up by nearly four percentage points over Romney.

Today Romney finally released his 2011 income tax returns, a bit after the 4/15 deadline the rest of us are "entitled" to use.

HuffPo reports:

"...The most unusual aspect of Romney's tax filing for 2011, based on the summary provided by his trustee, is that he and his wife chose not to deduct all of their charitable contributions -- a decision that led to them paying a higher effective tax rate.

Romney in August declared that he had paid at least 13 percent in taxes over the past decade. Had he deducted all of his $4 million in charitable donations, his tax rate would have fallen below that figure.

Romney told ABC News in July: "If I had paid more than are legally due I don't think I'd be qualified to become president..."

September 21, 2012 4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's an article from the Hill.com, citing results in some recent polls you've been crowing about, results you selectively omitted, as usual.

Read the facts or keep believing your lies, as you wish.

Poll shows Obama overtaking Romney in key swing states

"By Jonathan Easley - 09/21/12 12:14 PM ET

President Obama has overtaken Mitt Romney in the 12 swing states that will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election, according to a Purple Insights poll released Friday.

Obama leads with 49 percent support over Romney at 44. That’s a 6-percentage-point swing from the same poll in August, before either party held their conventions, which showed Romney with a 1-point advantage. It’s also the largest lead either candidate has had since Purple Insights began the survey last September.

The president is buoyed in the poll by his support among independents. Obama leads 48 to 43 percent, his first lead with the group since February.

Romney was dogged by an historically low favorability rating throughout the primaries, and while he saw some improvement in the August Purple poll, his favorability has sunk. Only 38 percent said they view Romney favorably, against 52 percent unfavorable.

Obama’s favorability isn’t great, but he’s above water, at 49 percent favorable and 46 percent unfavorable.

Purple Insights broke out polling in six of the individual swing states, where the race remains close — Obama leads by 4 in Ohio, 3 in Colorado and Virginia, and 2 in North Carolina, while Romney leads by 1 in Florida.

But perhaps most startling was the poll’s findings in Arizona, where Romney has a narrow 48 to 45 percent lead. Most analysts consider Arizona to be safely in Romney’s corner, and neither candidate has spent any significant time campaigning in the state.

Arizona has only gone for the Democratic presidential candidate once since 1952, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won his home state easily over Obama in the 2008 election, 54 to 45 percent.

Still, Arizona has a growing Latino population, and many believe the shifting demographics will one day play in favor of Democrats. A Reason-Rupe poll released on Friday showed Obama with a 71 to 18 percent advantage over Romney among Hispanics.

The Purple Insights poll comes on the heels of a Gallup survey released Thursday that showed enthusiasm by Democratic voters in swing states to have risen sharply in recent months.

Gallup polled the 12 battleground states — Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire — that former President George W. Bush won in 2004 but Obama won in 2008.

The survey found that 73 percent of Democratic voters in those states are extremely enthusiastic about the election, up from 53 percent in late June. Among Republicans, 64 percent now say they are very enthusiastic, compared to 55 percent in late June.

In addition, Gallup found that trend wasn’t specific to the swing states — enthusiasm among all U.S. voters jumped from 43 to 55 percent, with Democrats outpacing Republicans by 9 percentage points nationwide. Democrats gained 19 points in enthusiasm, from 49 to 68 percent, compared to a 10-point gain for Republicans, from 52 to 62 percent.

While the national polls remain tight, Obama seems to be sustaining his slight lead in the swing states across the board.

According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Obama leads by 10 in New Mexico, 8 in Michigan and Pennsylvania, 7 in Wisconsin, 5 in Ohio and Virginia, 2 in Florida, Nevada and New Hampshire, and by 1 in Colorado.

Romney leads by 5 in North Carolina, and Iowa is a tie.

The Purple Insights poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted between Sept. 15 and Sept. 19, and has a 3 to 4 percent margin of error."

September 21, 2012 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Here's an article from the Hill.com, citing results in some recent polls you've been crowing about, results you selectively omitted, as usual."

actually, the reason I cited Ohio, Virginia and Florida is because they are the only swing states that matter

RCP has an interactive map filled in with the states that are locked out and allowing the user to select the toss-up states

you'll find that if Romney wins those three, he'll be at 266

he'd only have to win one more small state

currently, the most promising is Iowa

also, the candidates have been spending the most time in those states

in those three, momentum is currently to Romney

"Read the facts or keep believing your lies, as you wish."

I didn't lie about anything, you horse's ass

September 21, 2012 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wntufam3Romney finished his taxes and released the return today

for 2011, he paid almost 2 million in tax while Obama paid only paid 162,000

it appears Romney is making a much greater contribution than Barry "Habitual Talk Show Guest" Obama

Obama's ticked though and said Mitt should pay "just a little more"

September 21, 2012 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice smoke and mirrors, Anon!!

Did you come up with those twisted talking points yourself?

For those interested in facts:

THE OBAMAS:

"The president and first lady reported a joint adjusted gross income of $789,674 last year and paid $162,074 in federal taxes, or about 20.5%"

THE ROMNEYS:

"Romney's income was $13,696,951 in 2011, and he paid $1,935,708 in taxes. Romney's income for the year was more than 263 times larger than the U.S. median household income of $51,914."

"“The choice to not take the deduction allowed Romney to inflate his tax rate to 14.1 percent. The difference between his charitable giving of more than $4 million and his claimed deductions of $2.25 million increased his tax bill by several hundred thousand dollars, as he paid taxes he didn’t have to on nearly two million dollars."

"Romney told ABC News in July: "If I had paid more than are legally due I don't think I'd be qualified to become president.""

"Luckily for Romney, after the election he can recoup that money. If the American people reject him at the polls in November — and even if they don’t — Romney would be fully within his legal rights to file an amended return, requiring the Treasury to cut him a substantial check.”

September 21, 2012 9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In case you haven't heard on mainstream media, the Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012, which would provide our veterans with training to find jobs as police, firefighters and workers in preservation of public lands, was filibustered by 40 Senate Republicans on 9/19/12. With a 10.9% unemployment rate for veterans, how can this happen? Please consider demanding the passage of this bill at:

http://signon.org/sign/jobs-for-veterans-filibustersource=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=382794&mailing_id=6116

September 22, 2012 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

let's see

how did I twist those smoke and mirrors?

Romney paid 1.95 million in tax while Obama paid 162 thousand

Romney paid twelve times more in tax than Obama

Romney gave 4 million to charity and Obama gave 172 thousand to charity

Romney gave 23 times more to charity than Obama

of course, Romney made more than Obama because he was more successful

Romney invested in businesses that used the capital to expand and provide jobs to Americans

his income was the return on those profitable ventures

Obama's money came from writing books about: how wonderful his anti-American,Kenyan father was; about how inspiring Obama himself is; a children's book about singing in the White House

he also received a salary for mismanaging our economy

personally, I think he should give it back

of course, Romney founded an Equity Firm movement that would have made him a billionaire had he stayed with it but instead turned to public service, rescuing an American Olympics that was in deep trouble and serving as a popular governor of Massachusetts

meanwhile, Obama was pallin' around with terrorists who threw his first fundraiser, launching him into Chicago politics and, basically began a full-time campaign for President

as to who has made a greater contribution to our society, it's obviously Romney

OK, show me the "smoke and mirrors"

September 22, 2012 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

now that we have Romney's last two tax returns, which is all we ever needed to see, when will we see any of Harry Reid's tax returns?

we need to compare his charitable giving and taxes to Romney's

choke it up, Harry!!

September 22, 2012 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the fallout from Obama's mishandling of Mid-east foreign policy continues as the impeccable Rasmussen polls released today agree with the renowned Gallup survey that the race is now evenly tied at 46 each

btw, challengers have always gained on opponents in the last six weeks of the campaign and no incumbent who had less than 49% at this point in September has ever won

Barry, whatcha gonna do?

September 22, 2012 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you want to know how bad the context was in which Mitt Romney made the decision that he would rather talk about his tax returns today than anything else?

Consider this -- Mr. Romney did not just lose Tim Pawlenty from his campaign this week, when Governor TPaw quit the Romney campaign to go become a bank lobbyist. He didn't just lose TPaw.

Look at the travel schedule this week of the three guys who are supposed to be top tier headliner Mitt Romney for President surrogates.

Chris Christie this week was in Iowa, which is not part of New Jersey.

Rick Santorum also this week, hey look at that, also in Iowa! He's going to be back in Iowa on Monday. He's doing an iowa bus tour.

On Wednesday of next week. where is Bobby Jindal, the Governor of Louisiana? Not in louisiana. He's also going to Iowa.

When your own top tier surrogates are saying "forget this guy, forget this year, let's talk 2016 and me," then it is time to change the subject to anything, even to your tax returns.

September 22, 2012 2:31 PM  
Blogger Emproph said...

Priya Lynn: “Its probable that a republican is going to attempt to kill Obama during the first year of his second term.”

I’m surprised he’s lasted this long.
--
Anon “oh boy, the President hugging Willie Nelson, who is wearing a Lennon t-shirt … but, why exactly were you talking about this?”

“…Imagine ALL the people living for today
…Imagine ALL the people living life in peace
…Imagine ALL the people sharing ALL the world
…And the world will live as ONE”


Not just the 1% of the 53% supposedly voting for Romney.
--
Lennon was a dreamer for sure, and Obama may only be acting the part of a true liberal*, but I feel that at least with him, this country will have a better chance of staying united. With a Romney presidency, I see the rhetorical culture war evolving into a violent civil war.

*Salon: “He’s basically governed as a moderate Republican all along — definitely not the kind of change his starry-eyed followers once believed in, but probably the best they can hope for come 2012.”

September 23, 2012 2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Lennon was a dreamer for sure,"

he sure was

spent most of the last decade of his life baking bread in an apartment across form Central Park

"and Obama may only be acting the part of a true liberal*,"

actually, he has an agenda to bankrupt America so eventually the government has to take over everything

"but I feel that at least with him, this country will have a better chance of staying united."

right

this guy who has, thus far, been the most divisive President in history has the best chance of uniting us all

like when he pushed through Obamacare, the most massive and pervasive legislation in our history and couldn't get one member of the opposition party to support it

"With a Romney presidency, I see the rhetorical culture war evolving into a violent civil war."

like the one they had in Massachusetts, when he governed the most liberal state in the country?

September 23, 2012 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

spent most of the last decade of his life baking bread in an apartment across form Central Park

Yes, being a Mr. Mom and raising his son, writing beautiful songs about his homelife and family.

"Watching The Wheels
by John Lennon

People say I'm crazy doing what I'm doing,
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin,

When I say that I'm o.k. they look at me kind of strange,
Surely your not happy now you no longer play the game,

People say I'm lazy dreaming my life away,
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me,

When I tell that I'm doing Fine watching shadows on the wall,
Don't you miss the big time boy you're no longer on the ball?

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round,
I really love to watch them roll,
No longer riding on the merry-go-round,
I just had to let it go,

People asking questions lost in confusion,
Well I tell them there's no problem,
Only solutions,

Well they shake their heads and they look at me as if I've lost my mind,
I tell them there's no hurry...
I'm just sitting here doing time,

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round,
I really love to watch them roll,
No longer riding on the merry-go-round,
I just had to let it go."

He never got to perform that one live for us because he was shot down in cold blood in front of his wife by a Christian psychonut.

September 23, 2012 10:26 AM  
Blogger Patrick Fitzgerald said...

“actually, he has an agenda to bankrupt America so eventually the government has to take over everything”

Projection

“this guy who has, thus far, been the most divisive President in history…”

Projection

“…couldn't get one member of the opposition party to support it”

Nothing unique about that, it’s become THE defining characteristic of the Republican party.

“like the one they had in Massachusetts, when he governed the most liberal state in the country?”

Inept example, liberals aren’t the ones gunnin’ for that war.

September 23, 2012 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

52 heionspi"Rasmussen polls released today agree with the renowned Gallup survey that the race is now evenly tied at 46 each"

Oops. It's another day later now and Rasmussen Reports resumes its outlier position as the renowned Gallup survey moves Obama to a 2 point lead over Romney on 9/23/12, because of how Romney blew not only his misguided attack on the Egyptian embassy but also his secret disdain for the "47 percent."

Today Gallup also moves Obama's job approval rating to 51%, joining Associated Press/GIfK, Reason-Rupe/PSRAI, NBC News/Wall St. Journal, and FOX News, all of which have Obama at or above 50% in job approval.

Today's RCP Electoral College Map with No Toss Up States shows Obama ahead 332 to Romney's 206.

September 23, 2012 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Nothing unique about that, it’s become THE defining characteristic of the Republican party."

actually, Bob Woodward's new book shows how Obama and Boehner had a deal raising taxes and cutting spending but obama, at the last second, demanded raising more taxes on the wealthy and blew up the deal

if that deal had gone through, we'd now have no fiscal cliff and might well have a humming economy

one example of how his scoialist instincts have taken precedence over the interest of the country

"Oops. It's another day later now and Rasmussen Reports resumes its outlier position as the renowned Gallup survey moves Obama to a 2 point lead over Romney on 9/23/12,"

within their margins of error, the two polls are still essentially

suffice it to say, contrary to the impression the media is trying hard to create, Obama is not blowing anyone away

"because of how Romney blew not only his misguided attack on the Egyptian embassy but also his secret disdain for the "47 percent."

this is some time after that so even if there has been some movement in the Gallup poll, that wouldn't be the reason

September 24, 2012 5:26 AM  
Anonymous Cold facts said...

As of 9/24/12, Rasmussen Reports has joined all other national polls showing Obama ahead of Romney by an average of 3.7%, 48.6% to 44.9%.

Obama still has scores at or above 50% in four polls, whereas Romney doesn't reach 50% in any.

"Monday, September 24, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows President Obama attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while Mitt Romney earns the vote from 46%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided."


Obama's ahead of Romney on the favorable/unfavorable scale. Obama is viewed more favorably by 6.8% of those polled while Romney is viewed more UNfavorably by 0.4% of those polled.

Obama reaches or exceeds 50% in his FAVORABLE rating in four separate polls: Politico/GWU/Battleground poll, Associated Press/GfK poll, Pew Research/PSRAI poll, and FOX News poll. Obama does not reach 50% UNFAVORABLE rating in any current poll in today's RCP average.

Romney reaches 50% in his UNFAVORABLE rating in only one poll, the Pew Research/PSRAI poll, which polled the greatest number of people. Romney does not attain 50% FAVORABLE rating in any current poll in today's RCP average.

September 24, 2012 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Analysis: For Romney, some troubling signs among older voters
By David Morgan
WASHINGTON | Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:36am EDT

"(Reuters) - Even before his running mate was booed by a lobbying group for older Americans on Friday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was losing support among such voters, whose backing is crucial to his hopes of winning the November 6 election.

New polling by Reuters/Ipsos indicates that during the past two weeks - since just after the Democratic National Convention - support for Romney among Americans age 60 and older has crumbled, from a 20-point lead over Democratic President Barack Obama to less than 4 points.

Romney's double-digit advantages among older voters on the issues of healthcare and Medicare - the nation's health insurance program for those over 65 and the disabled - also have evaporated, and Obama has begun to build an advantage in both areas.


Voting preferences among seniors could change in the final six weeks of the campaign, but the polling suggests that a series of recent episodes favoring Obama and the Democrats could be chipping away at Romney's support among older Americans.

Romney's selection of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate put the federal budget and Medicare at center stage in the campaign. But the debate over spending and entitlement programs that Romney seemed to be seeking has not unfolded the way Republicans wanted.

At the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 5, former President Bill Clinton gave a folksy but blistering critique of Ryan's plan to revamp Medicare, warning that it could leave seniors unprotected from escalating healthcare costs.

Meanwhile, Democrats' efforts to portray Romney as a wealthy former private equity executive with little sympathy for the less fortunate got a boost last week, from Romney himself.

On a secretly recorded video released by the liberal magazine Mother Jones, Romney was shown telling supporters at a $50,000-a-person fundraiser that 47 percent of Americans would never vote for him because they do not pay federal income taxes, feel they are "victims," and depend on government benefits.

Democrats accused Romney of dismissing a range of Americans, including elderly people who depend on government programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

Romney's campaign rejected that, but the recent polls suggest that such claims may be resonating with Americans aged 60 and older, who for months had been the only age group to consistently support Romney over Obama.


Analysts say that if Romney cannot reverse the trend among older voters, he won't win on November 6.

"If Romney loses seniors, he loses this election, period," said Jonathan Oberlander, a health policy specialist at the University of North Carolina. "A bad showing nationally (among older voters) does not bode well for Florida and other states with big senior populations."..."

September 24, 2012 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...the data from Reuters/Ipsos polling - along with similar results from survey data of older voters by the Pew Research Center - indicate that the crowd's response in New Orleans could symbolize more than just one large group's discomfort with the Romney-Ryan ticket.

A Pew poll, conducted September 12-16 and released last week, showed Romney with only a 47 to 46 percent lead among registered voters aged 65-plus. He also trailed Obama by 7 points among people aged 45 to 64 - a huge potential voting bloc that analysts say is increasingly concerned about retirement security.

To illustrate the challenge that Romney could face in November, analysts note that Republican John McCain won 53 percent of the vote among those 65 and older in 2008, and lost to Obama with 46 percent of the overall vote.


"This is certainly a bit of a game changer," Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said of the increasing support for Obama among older Americans. "Older individuals vote. They're the ones who turn up on Election Day, for sure."

Romney and Ryan are likely to need a clear victory among older voters to win the election, given Obama's advantages among other important voting groups such as women, minorities and young adults, analysts said.

"For Romney to win the election, he has to have the majority of the vote from people over 50," said Robert Blendon, a political analyst at the Harvard School of Public Health. "If they share voters over 50, Romney's really going to take a loss here."

September 24, 2012 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The president leads Romney by 3.7 points in the Real Clear Politics average of polls – while Romney trails in 9 of 10 key swing states.

In Colorado, the latest Public Policy Polling poll has the president ahead by 6 points (51 to 45 percent), while the Civitas poll has him ahead by 4 points (49 to 45 percent) in North Carolina.

The latest ARG polls have Obama ahead of the former Massachusetts governor in three states: Nevada and Iowa by 7 points each (51 to 44 percent), and Florida by 5 points (50 to 45 percent).

Obama’s lead is the largest in Michigan, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll – 12 points (54 to 42 percent) – and the same in Wisconsin (53 to 41 percent), according to the WeAskAmerica poll.

The president also is 8 points ahead of his GOP challenger in Pennsylvania (48 to 40 percent), according to the latest surveying by Mercyhurst University in Erie, and by the same margin in Minnesota, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune-Mason-Dixon poll.

And, the latest Mason-Dixon poll has Obama ahead of Romney in Montana by 9 points (51 to 42 percent).

These poll results have brought cautious optimism from Democrats, while Republicans continue to lament over the Romney candidacy.

September 25, 2012 12:49 PM  
Blogger Patrick Fitzgerald said...

“if that deal had gone through, we'd now have no fiscal cliff and might well have a humming economy”

Sans changing his mind at the last minute, it’s highly likely that the original agreement still wouldn’t have gone through.

Any cost savings in regard to social(istic) justice measures that didn’t go directly to the richest of the rich would have been met with Republican outrage. Further, Boehner blew him off after that. It’s entirely possible that the deal could have been salvaged -- somehow, but emotions got the best of them. Also, passage of the bill would have made Obama look like a qualified negotiator, a definite taboo.

As Mitch McConnell put it so eloquently: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

Since I’d never heard such an irresponsible statement like that come out of a congressman’s mouth (because their “single most important” job is to protect and improve the lives of ALL American citizens) I just assumed that he and the Republican party were a bunch of racists. But after thinking about it for awhile, I decided that maybe getting Obama out of the White House was the best thing for the country. After all, how well can three fifths of a president govern a country?

It was at that point I realized that any and all Republican obstructionism was justified. I mean, what’s millions of lives ruined when compared to the alternative?

~Emproph

September 25, 2012 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

on 09/24/12:

"Obama's ahead of Romney on the favorable/unfavorable scale. Obama is viewed more favorably by 6.8% of those polled while Romney is viewed more UNfavorably by 0.4% of those polled. "

on 09/26/12

Obama continues to move ahead of Romney on the favorable/unfavorable scale of RCP averages as Romney's numbers continue to get worse. Today Obama is viewed more favorably by 7.0% of those polled, while Romney is viewed more UNfavorably by 1.3% of those polled.

Also today in the RCP average of polls showing Obama up by 3.6 points. Rasmussen Reports resumes it's outlier position as the ONLY national poll not showing Obama ahead of Romney, while yesterday's Bloomberg poll shows Obama up by 6 points over Romney nationally.

September 26, 2012 9:58 AM  

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