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Here is where the Presidential election will be stolen

William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, published a study last month assuming three different scenarios for turnout and voting margins among whites and minorities in the upcoming November election.

. . .

The third Frey scenario calls for white turnout and voting patterns to replicate those of 2004, and for minority turnout and voting patterns to replicate 2008 — “something closer to what this year’s election promises – strong partisan participation by both whites and minorities.” In this case, Frey writes, “results favor an Obama win – but barely.”

According to Frey’s third scenario, “Obama squeaks by with 292 electoral votes spread among 24 states,” but his victory depends on winning by very slim margins in four key states — Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Oregon — which together have 66 electoral college votes, far more than enough to tip the contest to Romney if they go the other way.

Frey’s analysis demonstrates a crucial fact about current presidential politics: that white voters (76 percent) and minorities (24 percent), despite making up vastly different percentages of the electorate, are both key to the outcome. Little shifts in behavior in either group matter.

http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/white-working-chaos/?hp

The three largest of these four states have Republican Governors. This is where the election will be stolen.

Explosion hits downtown Nairobi

Source: Independent

An explosion ripped through a building full of small shops in the downtown area of Kenyan capital Nairobi today, wounding an unknown number of people.

The force of the blast ripped apart the one-story building's aluminium roof, but a high-rise building with a glass exterior right next to the blast did not appear to sustain major damage.

There was no immediate word on casualties or what caused the blast.

People with bloody wounds received medical care immediately after the blast, as authorities tried to usher hundreds of people in the street away from the scene.

TV images showed thick black smoke billowing out of the building in the moments after the blast. The smoke then turned white.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/explosion-hits-downtown-nairobi-7793513.html

Rachel's show

Is the rescue Cory show so far.

Now I really despise this guy

Because I was stronger and tougher than most kids, I protected kids from bullies like Runt Romney.

Imagine Rowdy Romney with his finger on the nuclear trigger. No thanks. Bury this buffoon.

Ed nails Gretchen Carlson of Fox

Priceless. Just great stuff.

Here's my campaign slogan to counter "Obama's Not Working"

It's really simple.

"ROMNEY - HE'S NOT ONE OF US."

with special thanks to EarlG and Hissyspit, who posted stories highlighting Romney's d'un joyeux moment a Paris.


Iran starts cloning of American spy drone

Source: RT

Iran has completed reverse-engineering of the captured US spy drone and has started building its own copy, Iranian media reports.

The Revolutionary Guard is yet to decode parts of the software the Sentinel aircraft uses, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who heads the force’s aerospace division, said on Sunday.

"The Americans should be aware to what extent we have infiltrated the plane," Iranian Fars news agency quoted the general as saying. "Our experts have a full understanding of its components and programs."

The Pentagon stated that the drone’s security will prevent Iranian engineers from cracking its technology.
Tehran has already copied the Sentinel – as a toy, and sent one to the US as a mocking response to America’s request to hand over the aircraft.

Iran announced capturing RQ-170 Sentinel surveillance UAV in December 2011. The US believed that the aircraft crashed in Iran’s desolate mountainous area, but apparently Iranian military managed to hack into the drone’s control system and bring it down.

Earlier this week Tehran said a number of nations approached Iran over possible sharing of military technology it may have developed through studying its drone prize. China and Russia reportedly showed the most interest.

Read more: http://rt.com/news/iran-spy-drone-copy-667/

Voting begins in France, economy may sink Sarkozy

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - French voters headed to the polls on Sunday in round one of a presidential ballot, with economic despair on course to make Nicolas Sarkozy the first president to lose a fight for re-election in more than 30 years.

In a contest driven as much by a dislike of Sarkozy's showy style and his failure to bring down unemployment as by policy differences, Sarkozy and his Socialist rival Francois Hollande are pegged to beat eight other candidates to go through to a May 6 runoff, where polls give Hollande a double-digit lead.

Hollande, 57, promises less drastic spending cuts than Sarkozy and wants higher taxes on the wealthy to fund state-aided job creation, in particular a 75 percent upper tax rate on income above 1 million euros ($1.32 million).

He would be only France's second left-wing leader since the founding of the Fifth Republic in 1958, and its first since Francois Mitterrand, who beat incumbent Valery Giscard-d'Estaing in 1981.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/22/us-france-election-idUSBRE83I0EZ20120422

Surveillance State evils

Yesterday, Democracy Now had an extraordinary program devoted to America’s Surveillance State. The show had three guests, each of whose treatment by the U.S. Government reflects how invasive, dangerous and out-of-control America’s Surveillance State has become:

William Binney: he worked at the NSA for almost 40 years, and resigned in October, 2001, in protest of the NSA’s turn to domestic spying. Binney immediately went to the House Intelligence Committee to warn them of the illegal spying the NSA was doing, and that resulted in nothing. In July, 2007 — while then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was testifying before the Senate about Bush’s warrantless NSA spying program — Binney’s home was invaded by a dozen FBI agents, who pointed guns at him, in an obvious effort to intimidate him out of telling the Senate the falsehoods and omissions in Gonzales’ testimony about NSA domestic spying (another NSA whistleblower, Thomas Drake, had his home searched several months later, and was subsequently prosecuted by the Obama DOJ — unsuccessfully — for his whistleblowing).

Jacob Appelbaum: an Internet security expert and hacker, he is currently at the University of Washington and engaged in some of the world’s most important work in the fight for Internet freedom. He’s a key member of the Tor Project, which is devoted to enabling people around the world to use the Internet with complete anonymity: so as to thwart government surveillance and to prevent nation-based Internet censorship. In 2010, he was also identified as a spokesman for WikiLeaks. Rolling Stone dubbed him “The Most Dangerous Man in Cyberspace,” writing: “In a sense, he’s a bizarro version of Mark Zuckerberg: If Facebook’s ambition is to ‘make the world more open and connected,’ Appelbaum has dedicated his life to fighting for anonymity and privacy. . . . ’I don’t want to live in a world where everyone is watched all the time,’ he says. ‘I want to be left alone as much as possible. I don’t want a data trail to tell a story that isn’t true’.”

For the last two years, Appelbaum has been repeatedly detained and harassed at American airports upon his return to the country, including having his laptops and cellphone seized — all without a search warrant, of course — and never returned. The U.S. Government has issued secret orders to Internet providers demanding they provide information about his email communications and social networking activities. He’s never been charged with, let alone convicted of, any crime.

Laura Poitras: she is the filmmaker about whom I wrote two weeks ago. After producing an Oscar-nominated film on the American occupation of Iraq, followed by a documentary about U.S. treatment of Islamic radicals in Yemen, she has been detained, searched, and interrogated every time she has returned to the U.S. She, too, has had her laptop and cell phone seized without a search warrant, and her reporters’ notes repeatedly copied. This harassment has intensified as she works on her latest film about America’s Surveillance State and the war on whistleblowers, which includes — among other things — interviews with NSA whistleblowers such as Binney and Drake.


http://www.salon.com/2012/04/21/e_2/singleton/

Mitt Romney's BIG LIE: Obama made the recession worse and last longer

On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been highlighting the economy's weaknesses. The former Massachusetts governor has made a similar claim about the president, and the recession, at almost every campaign stop.

"I don't blame the president for the downturn," Romney told a crowd in New Hampshire earlier this year. "He didn't cause it. But he made it worse and made it last longer."

http://m.npr.org/news/U.S./150732473



Apparently his friends in his own financial playpen don't think so.

Dow Jones Industrial Average - 7,949 at the close on January 20, 2009.

http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/20/markets/markets_newyork/index.htm

Dow Jones Industrial Average - 12,921 at the close on April 16, 2012.

http://www.bloomberg.com/



Oh, and there's this -

GDP declined by 5.7% in the 1st Quarter 2009.

http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/2009/gdp109p.htm

GDP grew by 3.0% in the 4th Quarter of 2011.

http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/2012/gdp4q11_3rd.htm



Oh, yeah, and there's this too -

Job losses January 2009 - 598,000 http://money.cnn.com/2009/02/06/news/economy/jobs_january/

Job gains -

January 2012 243,000 http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72409.html

February 2012 227,000 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/10/business/economy/us-added-227000-jobs-last-month-rate-at-8-3.html?pagewanted=all

March 2012 120,000 http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/04/jobs_gain.html



The economy has a long way to go, but there's no way Barack Obama made the economy "worse."

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