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NPR: 60% of undecided voters are women & breaking HEAVILY for The President-75% vs. ROMNEY 25%

Since July, undecided voters have been "as a whole breaking for Obama," Vavreck says.

"About 60 percent of undecided voters are women," she says, "and women undecided voters who have made up their minds are breaking heavily for the president ó 75 percent for Obama, 25 percent for Romney."

In key swing states ó Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, New Mexico and Colorado ó the number of undecided voters comes out to about 900,000 people.

As former Clinton White House adviser Paul Begala called it, "The American president will be selected by fewer than half the number of people who paid to get into a Houston Astros home game last year."


NC Early Voting Day 3: Epic Turnout - 42,709 "Unlikely" Voters Have Already Voted

SUN OCT 21, 2012 AT 09:07 AM PDT
NC Early Voting Day 3: Epic Turnout - 42,709 "Unlikely" Voters Have Already Voted
by MattTX

Since yesterday's update, we found some missing voters, thanks to commenter dean4ever. Not all counties always manage to update their early vote numbers in time for the statewide update, so some votes will keep trickling in from previous days. Taking these voters into account, Obama is doing better than previously thought. For example, my previous diary said that Day 1 turnout was 156,129 votes. But now, with the late updating counties included, we are up to 171,055. Because of the late updating counties problem, these diaries will tend to underestimate actual turnout to some degree, for the most recent days.

Click on the picture below for a full sized chart.

Turnout so far in 2012 early voting can only be described as epic. Yesterday's diary reported that turnout was up 26.6% above 2008. Now with updated data, turnout is 36.6% above 2008. And that number will only go up even further if there are still some counties lagging behind.


Hey Mitt: How About Binders Full Of YOUR TAX RETURNS?!?!?

Employees of Romney Family's Secret Bank Tied to Fraud, Money Laundering and Drug Cartels

Employees of Romney Family's Secret Bank Tied to Fraud, Money Laundering and Drug Cartels
Sunday, 21 October 2012 09:48
By Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis, The Free Press | News Analysis

As previously reported in by the Columbus Free Press, the Romney family, namely Mitt, Ann, G Scott and Tagg Romney, along with Mitt's "6th son" and campaign finance chair have a secretive private equity firm called Solamere Capital Partners. This firms ties to Romney's campaign and bundlers is already well documented, along with its connection to the manufacture and distribution of voting machines. What is not as well documented is a subsidiary of that private equity firm hiring employees of a failed firm tied to a Ponzi scheme that has a long history of money laundering for Latin American drug cartels and to the Iran-Contra scandal.

As reported by ThinkProgress, Solamere Capital Partner's subsidiary Solamere Advisors is a investment advisory group, providing advice to Solamere clients and boosting sales. Would-be corporate pugilist Tagg Romney is a director. According to the New York Times, all but one of its 11 employees came from the Charlotte office of the Stanford Financial Group, the US investment arm of convicted felon R. Allen Stanford's offshore banking and fraud network that comprised a host of companies including the Stanford International Bank, Stanford Capital Management, The Bank of Antigua, Stanford Trust and Stanford Gold and Bullion. Three of these employees, Tim Bambauer, Deems May, and Brandon Phillips, received incentive compensation related to their direct sales of securities linked to a fraud that brought down this banking network.


Allen Stanford is currently serving a 110-year prison sentence for convictions on 13 counts of fraud. His companies were placed in receivership. $8 billion of Stanford's stolen money has yet to be recovered and the victims are in court to recover those funds and incentive pay bonuses to Stanford employees (including Bambauer, May and Phillips) for fraudulently getting people to invest in an operation that later bilked many of them out of their life's savings.


Stanford's shady history and criminality did not begin with the fraudulent investments that lead to his downfall, nor was it unknown at the highest level of United State's Government. In a 2006 diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, the US Ambassador to Antigua advised "Embassy officers do not reach out to Stanford because of the allegations of bribery and money laundering. The Ambassador managed to stay out of any one-on-one photos with Stanford during the breakfast. For his part, Stanford said he preferred to conduct his business without contacting the Embassy, resolving any investment disputes directly with local governments. It is whispered in the region that Stanford facilitates resolution with significant cash contributions."


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My First Vote: McGovern For President

I am still proud today of that vote.
George McGovern gave me and and a generation of young people a voice.
Winning is NOT everything.

peace, kp

ROMNEYs: "We'll Support A War-Just Don't Ask Us To Fight It"

OMG! Former Bain Partner: "Letís not kid ourselves about just how cheap offshore labor really is"

SAT OCT 20, 2012 AT 08:44 AM PDT
Former Bain Partner: "Letís not kid ourselves about just how cheap offshore labor really is."
by Hammerhand

It was covered by UP with Chris Hayes on August 30, but he posted it to his tumblr page this morning, and I picked it up on my twitter feed.

Sal Gentile@salgentile
Former Bain Capital partner: "Let's not kid ourselves about just how cheap offshore labor really is." upwithchris.tumblr.com/post/339559092Ö #sensata #uppers
20 Oct 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

In his book published earlier this year, former Bain Capital partner and Mitt Romney supporter wrote this:

Letís not kid ourselves about just how cheap offshore labor really is. We not only pay substantially less per hour, we also avoid the costs we would incur if these workers immigrated here. We donít pay for their medical expenses when they show up in the emergency room without insurance. We donít pay for their pension costs if they donít save for retirement. We donít pay for their childrenís public education. Nor do we pay for their out-of-wedlock children, their unemployment benefits and workersí compensation, their slip and fall torts, their wear and tear on our public infrastructure, and the cost of their drunk driving, drug use and other crimes. We outsource pollution, its adverse effects on our health, and its clean-up costs. Neither the employees nor their employers are here to vote and seek political handouts.


Missouri Pastorís Fiery Speech Against Equal Rights for Homosexuals Has Stunning Twist Ending

This is good and you should watch it. You will be inclined to click away after about thirty seconds. Don't.

Missouri Pastorís Fiery Speech Against Equal Rights for Homosexuals Has Stunning Twist Ending

He goes on to invoke the bible and morality and the end of days a few more times before suddenly appearing to lose his train of thought.

And then something pretty amazing happens.


Issaís Benghazi document dump exposes several Libyans working with the U.S.

Source: Foreign Policy

Issaís Benghazi document dump exposes several Libyans working with the U.S.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) compromised the identities of several Libyans working with the U.S. government and placed their lives in danger when he released reams of State Department communications Friday, according to Obama administration officials.

Issa posted 166 pages of sensitive but unclassified State Department communications related to Libya on the committee's website afternoon as part of his effort to investigate security failures and expose contradictions in the administration's statements regarding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that resulted in the death of Amb. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

"The American people deserve nothing less than a full explanation from this administration about these events, including why the repeated warnings about a worsening security situation appear to have been ignored by this administration. Americans also deserve a complete explanation about your administration's decision to accelerate a normalized presence in Libya at what now appears to be at the cost of endangering American lives," Issa and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) wrote today in a letter to President Barack Obama.

But Issa didn't bother to redact the names of Libyan civilians and local leaders mentioned in the cables, and just as with the WikiLeaks dump of State Department cables last year, the administration says that Issa has done damage to U.S. efforts to work with those Libyans and exposed them to physical danger from the very groups that had an interest in attacking the U.S. consulate.

Read more: http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/19/issa_s_benghazi_document_dump_exposes_several_libyans_working_with_the_us
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