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Attack on Benghazi apparently WAS in retaliation for the video

To Libyans who witnessed the assault and know the attackers, there is little doubt what occurred: a well-known group of local Islamist militants struck without any warning or protest, and they did it in retaliation for the video. That is what the fighters said at the time, speaking emotionally of their anger at the video without mentioning Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or the terrorist strikes of 11 years earlier. And it is an explanation that tracks with their history as a local militant group determined to protect Libya from Western influence.

“It was the Ansar al-Shariah people,” said Mohamed Bishari, a 20-year-old neighbor who watched the assault and described the brigade he saw leading the attack. “There was no protest or anything of that sort.”

You can read the article.

Let me emphasize again the last two sentences of the first quoted paragraph: That is what the fighters said at the time, speaking emotionally of their anger at the video without mentioning Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or the terrorist strikes of 11 years earlier. And it is an explanation that tracks with their history as a local militant group determined to protect Libya from Western influence.


Anderson Cooper calls out Romney for claiming ‘blog posts’ are tax plan studies

Source: Raw Story

In his “Keeping Them Honest” segment, Cooper observed that Romney had pointed to “six studies” to defend the tax plan, “but neither he nor his running mate Paul Ryan have ever specified which tax deductions they’ll cap, which loopholes they’ll close, or frankly give out many details at all.”

“Despite that handicap, a bipartisan panel of three authors for the Tax Policy Center examined the plan and concluded that there’s really no way of making the numbers work, that is unless the middle class pays more. Thousands of dollars more per family, according to the authors,” the CNN host added.

But recently Romney told NBC’s David Gregory that the Tax Policy Center was biased and that he had “five different economic studies, including one oat Harvard, Princeton and AEI and a couple at the Wall Street Journal” to back his proposal. Romney later increased that total to six studies while facing President Barack Obama at the first presidential debate.


“The suggestion is that these are full-blown academic studies,” Cooper noted on Monday. “Actually, three are blog posts, one is a Wall Street Journal op-ed. In the Wall Street Journal piece, Martin Feldstein, who’s also a campaign advisor, makes the math work but only by using a different definition of middle class than Mr. Romney uses in his own plan.”

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/16/anderson-cooper-calls-out-romney-for-claiming-blog-posts-are-tax-plan-studies/

Please people: no bedwetting tonight. I don’t care what happens, I’m saying Obama crushed it

Please people: no bedwetting tonight. I don’t care what happens, I’m saying Obama crushed it (football fans: do you find that Corona ad as annoying as I do?).

If Romney stood up there and talked about the right heights of trees for 90 minutes, Jennifer Rubin would say he had Churchillian eloquence and Reaganesque charisma. We can take a page from her book.


debate cheat sheet in a nutshell

A Romney Presidency would:

repeal Obamacare

cut income-tax rates

turn Medicare for people under 55 years old into subsidized private insurance

increase defense spending (= MORE WAR)

and cut domestic spending, with especially large cuts for Medicaid, food stamps, and other programs targeted to the very poor.

what have i missed?

"Nothing But Sleaze" Romney will insist Obama “man up” at tonight's debate

Nothing But Sleaze

JOSH MARSHALL OCTOBER 16, 2012, 11:44 AM 3320

Richard Williamson is Mitt Romney’s top foreign policy advisor, the guy who orchestrated Romney’s original effort to exploit the attack in Libya before it was even clear the US Ambassador had died. Now he’s saying that Romney will insist Obama “man up” and take responsibility for the Ambassador’s death at tonight’s debate.

This comes as the latest reports from Libya make clear that the entire ‘scandal’ Romney and his crew have tried to whip up is as baseless as you might have expected. People in Libya actually still think the attack was tied to the notorious video tape. Whether that’s right and that’s true isn’t clear. But it’s more evidence of the actual uncertainty over just what happened and how much success the Romney camp has had gaming the political press into imagining a scandal or “cover up” at the heart of this.

The real story is basically what it was the night of — Mitt Romney giddy to exploit US deaths as quickly as possible.


Marco Rubio Throws Cold Water On Romney's Tax Plan

Source: Huffington Post

Marco Rubio On Romney Tax Plan: Don't Touch The Biggest Deductions

NEW YORK -- Underscoring just how hard a political lift Mitt Romney's tax reform plan would be if pursued, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Tuesday that he would be uncomfortable with any plan that cut down some of the biggest deductions.

"There will be a very helpful debate about whether things like the charitable deduction, the health insurance premium, the home interest deduction should be part of the deal," Rubio told a crowd of journalists at a Bloomberg View event. "I don't think that those, especially the home interest deduction, is troubling, because it really helps the middle class. Do you really want to hurt charitable giving in a country when you are saying that you want to rely less on government and more on private institutions to deal with these issues? And how are you going to raise taxes on people on their health care premiums when you are saying you want there to be a system in place where folks can have more control over their own money?"

Rubio's analysis of who benefits from these deductions is correct. It is primarily the lower and middle class. But politically, his statement throws cold water on Romney's tax reform plan. Without touching the charitable, home interest, or health care deductions, there isn't even close to enough revenue to pay for a 20-percent across the board rate cut of the kind that the Republican nominee has pledged -- even including those exemptions and deductions doesn't get you close. A recent Joint Committee on Taxation report suggested that including those exemptions and deductions would get you toward 4 percent of the cost.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/16/marco-rubio-mitt-romney-tax-plan_n_1970484.html

Where's "W" You Ask?

Less than ten years ago, President George W. “W.” Bush was pulling down Saddam Hussein statues and landing Mission Accomplished jets on things. Now, according to a new profile, he spends his time painting pictures of puppies.


chic-fil-a sucks.


ROMNEY's Patriots Revealed At Sensata

“They were having in event in Bettendorf, Iowa. And they—if you went online, you could get these free tickets, so we decided we would go. And I was seven rows from the podium that he stood behind. And I asked him, “Will you please come to Freeport, Illinois, and help Sensata employees save their jobs?” At that point, we were removed. And as we were being removed, his supporters are screaming—first they start a “U.S.A.” chant. And we’re like, “Yes, we agree.” And then they started calling us communists for trying to keep our jobs from going to China. And I have never understood that yet.” — Tom Gaulrapp, who worked at Sensata Technologies for 33 years.


OBAMA CAMPAIGN BLASTS ROMNEY CAMPAIGN: "The American People Deserve The Truth"

In yet another instance of Mitt Romney’s campaign not telling the truth, it turns out that the numbers behind his ‘jobs plan’ just don’t add up.

For months, Romney has pledged to create 12 million jobs over his first term — a number economists project will be created under current policy — but the numbers he’s cited for his claims aren’t based on evaluations of his plan and are ‘squishy’ at best.

Mitt Romney thinks he can run out the clock by not coming clean about policy details, but the American people deserve the truth about his plans. And the truth is that economists have concluded that the severe cuts he would make like education, research and development, manufacturing and infrastructure could eliminate 1 million jobs and shrink economic growth by 1 percent.

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