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ROMNEY To The People In Sandy's Path:

To The People In Sandy's Path:

who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it:


Documents Found in Meth House: "Non-profit" funnels mining exec $ to help GOP candidates

an article from PRO PUBLICA highlighting now-public documents that concern the actions of a "social welfare non-profit" called the American Tradition Partnership (in less ambitious days, known as the Western Tradition Partnership), an entity that, in practice, appears to focus its efforts on campaign materials that support like-minded GOP candidates and attack Democrat opponents. It was also responsible for the Montana lawsuit that extended Citizens United to state elections.

The boxes landed in the office of Montana investigators in March 2011.

Found in a meth house in Colorado, they were somewhat of a mystery, holding files on 23 conservative candidates in state races in Montana. They were filled with candidate surveys and mailers that said they were paid for by campaigns, and fliers and bank records from outside spending groups. One folder was labeled "Montana $ Bomb."

* Even before these documents, the organization had been accused of violating campaign finance laws. However, past investigations seemed to run short on concrete evidence establishing coordination with candidates.

* The origin of these documents is murky (involving a meth house and a stolen car), but they are numerous and detailed. They appear to originate from a direct mail company associated with the group's campaigning.

* The group's donor list includes mining executives and the like. A letter to donors invites them to "just sit back on election night and see what a difference you've made".

* The group distributed mailings with a "newspaper" motif, trumpeting the alleged journalistic accolades of one of the group's central members, and featuring crude smears against Democrat incumbents (e.g. depicted alongside sex offenders).

* One former GOP state rep, who won his primary by 20 votes, seemed happy with the assistance he got from this shadowy organization:

"They'll come in, if candidates want some help, they'll come in and help them," said Butcher, who described LeFer as "a Karl Rove type political strategist" who "stays in the background."



When Medical Marijuana Is About Survival

When Medical Marijuana Is About Survival
By Nicole Flatow on Oct 29, 2012 at 9:00 am


His condition stabilized, for a while, but when it returned, Chapman went looking for another form of relief. A self-professed “science guy,” Chapman found that the data suggested medical marijuana was his answer. This time, he was living in Oakland, Calif., where medical marijuana is legal and widely available. He turned to his doctor:

I sat down with my oncologist before we started the treatment plan and I told her, look, we know that I have an issue with anti-medics, anti-nausea drugs and had a really bad experience. And my plan is to take whatever you do give me, because maybe it’ll work, and use cannabis.

And my oncologist said something that is never gonna leave my brain, which is, hospital policy prevents me from suggesting you do that. But I personally wholeheartedly endorse that decision, and by the way, many of my patients who are using cannabis use me this way. And she gave me instructions about how it’s been effective.

… I had nine months of chemotherapy in which I didn’t vomit, as opposed to a year of chemotherapy back in Hong Kong where I vomited multiple times every day. To say that it was a positive change in my quality of life is just the biggest understatement there could ever be.
Chapman is now being treated with an experimental therapy, and he marvels that his doctors are authorized to experiment with a genetically modified virus injection but not with an age-old plant that keeps him going. Stress, he points out, is one of the main causes of cancer. And the stress of worrying that his dispensary will be shut down by the federal government, that he will no longer be able to keep living a life that allows him to be with his wife and family, and that his job will be at risk due to their drug-free policy, are not improving his condition.

Medical marijuana has done more than ease his debilitating nausea; it has enabled him to sleep, and to keep down the medicine he needs to survive. He explains:

Compare that to waking up vomiting in the middle of the night or potentially not even being able to keep the chemotherapy in my system more than ten minutes, the probability of my survival dramatically changes.


El Bloombito


LOL! Reality Challenged RW Media Still Reporting Romney +5 in Battleground Poll (cause-HUME Says So)

Battleground Tracking Poll: President Obama retakes lead

10/29/12 5:00 AM EDT

MARION, Ohio — With eight days to go until the election, President Barack Obama has recaptured a narrow national lead over Mitt Romney, riding increased support from women and an edge in early voting.

A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll of 1,000 likely voters — taken from last Monday through Thursday — shows Obama ahead of Romney by 1 percent, 49 to 48 percent. That represents a 3-point swing in Obama’s direction from a week ago but reflects a race that remains statistically tied.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82986.html#ixzz2Agt6NKq3


Romney 52, Obama 47
5:00 AM, OCT 29, 2012 • BY FRED BARNES

The bipartisan Battleground Poll, in its “vote election model,” is projecting that Mitt Romney will defeat President Obama 52 percent to 47 percent. The poll also found that Romney has an even greater advantage among middle class voters, 52 percent to 45 percent.

The projected outcome by the Battleground Poll is close to that of the Gallup Poll. Last week, Gallup said Romney leads Obama 49 percent to 46 percent in its model of the electorate’s composition on November 6.

The Battleground Poll is conducted by Goeas of the Tarrance Group and Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners. Goeas is a Republican, Lake a Democrat. The survey is affiliated with Politico and George Washington University.


LOL. No link or anything, just the +5 result that Hume reported. If the real poll comes out, and it doesn't support your alternate reality, just pretend the result is whatever you want it to be!

In Middle of a Messy Election, a Nightmare Makes Landfall

Source: New York Times

"In the dark of night, when they get what little sleep they get these days, the people running the campaigns for president have more than enough fodder for nightmares. Worse, come daybreak, they realize their worst fears may yet come true."

"Dancing in their heads are visions of recounts, contested ballots and lawsuits. The possibility that their candidate could win the popular vote yet lose the presidency. Even the outside chance of an Electoral College tie that throws the contest to Congress."

"Now add to that parade of potential horrors one more: a freakish two-in-one storm that could, if the more dire forecasts prove correct, warp an election two years and $2 billion in the making."

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/us/politics/hurricane-and-other-worries-buffet-presidential-race.html?ref=politics&_r=0

Paul Krugman makes it clear—a vote for Romney is a vote against Medicaid.

Paul Krugman makes it clear—a vote for Romney is a vote against Medicaid.

There’s a lot we don’t know about what Mitt Romney would do if he won. He refuses to say which tax loopholes he would close to make up for $5 trillion in tax cuts; his economic “plan” is an empty shell.

But one thing is clear: If he wins, Medicaid — which now covers more than 50 million Americans, and which President Obama would expand further as part of his health reform — will face savage cuts. Estimates suggest that a Romney victory would deny health insurance to about 45 million people who would have coverage if he lost, with two-thirds of that difference due to the assault on Medicaid.

the rest:

On Day 1- Romney Would Seek $500 Million Cut To FEMA As Part Of 5% Across-The-Board Cuts

11:31 PM – 10/28/2012
Republicans vs. FEMA

On day one of his presidency, Mitt Romney would seek a $500 million cut to FEMA as part of 5 percent across-the-board cut to discretionary spending, according to the Tweeted calculations of the Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson. (FEMA's budget is around $10 billion.)

The pledge follows a string of Republican attacks on the disaster preparedness funds.

"Between 2010 and 2012, House Republicans forced a reduction of 43 percent in the primary grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that pay for disaster preparedness," reported The New York Times in August.

Last year, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) demanded that disaster relief funds for Joplin tornado victims be offset by spending cuts elsewhere. Cantor sought FEMA money for his own district a few months later in the aftermath of the Aug. 23 East Coast earthquake.

- Lynne Peeples

Chris Christie Praises Obama For Hurricane Sandy Preparation

Source: Huffington Post

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) put aside his campaigning for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday to praise President Barack Obama for his responsiveness to the Garden State's needs in preparing for Hurricane Sandy.

During a briefing with emergency personnel, residents and press, Christie thanked Obama for holding a conference call with him and governors of other states expected to be impacted by the storm, the Star-Ledger reports.

“I appreciated the president’s outreach today in making sure that we know he’s watching this and is concerned about the health and welfare and safety of the people of the state of New Jersey,” he said.


Christie also announced Sunday that he is asking Obama to issue a pre-landfall emergency declaration for New Jersey in order to expedite federal assistance for the state. A press release from Christie's office indicated that such a declaration would allow New Jersey to start requesting federal funds and other aid in advance of the storm. Obama issued a similar declaration for New York state.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/28/chris-christie-hurricane-sandy_n_2036054.html?utm_hp_ref=politics



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