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TREASON: Mitt & Co. look at strong jobs figures as a "setback."

With several polls showing Romney bouncing back nationally, his aides contend they are well equipped to keep the race close until Election Day. The polls show increasing Republican enthusiasm, which is driving Boston’s optimism. Romney aides hope they can then conjure that into momentum going into next week’s second debate, despite the setback of last week’s strong jobs figures, which helped Obama get off the mat.

Schumer To Dems: Abandon Simpson-Bowles Tax Model

WASHINGTON — Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Senate’s third-ranking Democrat, threw cold water Tuesday on what had been an emerging consensus for a bipartisan deficit- reduction plan — an overhaul of the tax code that lowers top income tax rates but raises more revenue. Mr. Schumer’s position greatly complicates efforts to win bipartisan support for a deal before January, when the “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and automatic spending cuts goes into effect.


Mitt Romney's Foreign Policy.

Mitt Romney's Foreign Policy.

You Are Either With Us Or Against Us, And I Am Going To Expand Our Military Because You Are All Against Us, And I Will Go To War With Many Of You, If You Do Not Take Orders From Me.

yep, that about sums it up...

A Baseball Analogy - by BooMan

A Baseball Analogy
by BooMan
Tue Oct 9th, 2012 at 09:08:25 AM EST

Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter has more playoff hits than any other player who has ever lived. He has scored the most playoff runs. He's what they call a "clutch" hitter. He's most likely to get a hit when a hit is truly needed. Last night, in the seventh inning with the Yankees trailing 3-1, Jeter drove in a run with a base hit that made it 3-2. Yet, when he led off the top of the 9th inning with the Yankees still trailing 3-2, he made an out. He failed. And the Yankees lost. In 18 seasons, Derek Jeter has gotten more hits than Willie Mays did in 24 seasons. Only ten players in history have more hits than Jeter and they all took at least 21 seasons to do it. Derek Jeter is one of the greatest players to ever play baseball, but the Yankees can't count on him to get a hit every time they need one.

That's how I feel about a lot of the people who are being harshly critical of the president's debate performance. He may be the most talented and important player on the team, but he can't do it alone. He is going to make errors from time to time. Derek Jeter also made an error in the field last night, but I don't think the bench players went to the press after the game and said that they lost because Derek Jeter played a less than perfect game. They lost because the other team did better. They lost because eight other hitters on the team failed to deliver the winning hit. They lost because their pitcher surrendered three runs. They might have lost because of how their manager filled out their batting order.

Presidential elections are not games, but they are competitions. They are ostensibly competitions between two sets of men (or women), but they are really contests between the right and the left, and their organizations. The two sides pick their standard bearers hoping that they have what it takes to survive the spotlights and the relentless pressure, and deliver the message effectively enough to win. Barack Obama is a unique talent, at least as rare as Derek Jeter. His debate performance was not up to his own standard of excellence, and it made all of our jobs harder and possibly eroded our eventual margin of victory. But people need to look in the mirror and ask themselves what contribution they are making to victory before they start sniping at their star player. Barack Obama is the first Democrat to win a majority of the vote since Jimmy Carter. Remember that. He can do it again if the other players pull their weight. And that means you.


Jerry Sandusky gets 30 to 60 years for child sex abuse

Source: NBC

Jerry Sandusky gets 30 to 60 years for child sex abuse
By M. Alex Johnson and Kimberly Kaplan, NBC News

Updated at 10:38 a.m. ET: BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison Tuesday for abusing 10 boys he met over 15 years through his charity for troubled children.

Sandusky, who was defensive coordinator and for many years the presumed heir-apparent to legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, could have faced as long as 400 years for his convictions on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. But Judge John Cleland told Sandusky that at age 68, he would be in prison "for the rest of your life."

Danielle Leigh, Tom Winter and Michael Isikoff of NBC News and Karen Araiza and Katy Zachry of NBC station WCAU in Philadelphia contributed to this report by M. Alex Johnson and Kimberly Kaplan of NBC News. Follow M. Alex Johnson on Twitter and Facebook.
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"The crime is not only what you did to their bodies but to their psyches and their souls and the assault to the well-being of the larger community in which we all live," Cleland said.

Read more: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/09/14315772-jerry-sandusky-gets-30-to-60-years-for-child-sex-abuse?lite

"I like Being Able To Fire Muppets."

Big Bird steals some spotlight as Speaker Boehner blasts Obama in Derry

Big Bird steals some spotlight as Speaker Boehner blasts Obama in Derry visit
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Staff photo by William Wrobel

Romney-Ryan campaign volunteers stand outside of the Romney-Ryan victory office in Derry as Big Bird clad protester stands outside awaiting the arrival of Speaker of the House John Boehner Monday, October 8, 2012. Big Bird, who was brought to Derry by the Obama campaign, held a sign critisizing Romney's tax plan.

DERRY – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner vowed Monday that top Democrat Nancy Pelosi will be unable to grab the gavel from his “stone, cold hands” in the Nov. 6 election.

That’s yet to be seen, but a certain yellow, feathered Sesame Street character managed to steal some of the spotlight from the top congressional GOP leader’s visit to the Mitt Romney campaign headquarters in Derry.

Outside, the Barack Obama re- election team had convinced a volunteer to don a Big Bird outfit straight from a Boston costume store to mock Romney for declaring he would end federal support for public television.

Mitt Romney's Bain Made Millions On Big Tobacco In U.S., Russia

Source: Huffington Post

Mitt Romney's Bain Made Millions On Big Tobacco In U.S., Russia
Posted: 10/09/2012 12:46 am EDT Updated: 10/09/2012 6:54 am EDT

WASHINGTON -- As the Soviet Union splintered in the early-1990s, Sushovan Ghosh packed his colleagues into a van and chugged across the collapsing nation, hitting depressed towns and famished cities, busted up factories and lonely kiosks. In each ragged destination, they stopped long enough to interview cigarette smokers.

Ghosh plied the citizenry with free cigarettes and, sometimes, McDonald’s hamburgers.

They were pursuing a lucrative target: determining what Russian smokers wanted out of a cigarette -- specifically, a Western cigarette. "We had to develop a brand the Russians would smoke," Ghosh explained to The Huffington Post. For one study, they interviewed more than 1,000 smokers. "We stopped the bus and offered them cigarettes. And they all queued."

Ghosh’s work for cigarette companies was chaotic, unbridled and, ultimately, deadly. To Mitt Romney and his colleagues at Bain & Co., it was a chance to rake in money. Ghosh said he reported directly to Romney, who was excited about the Russian market. "He was my boss," Ghosh said.

At the time, Romney was CEO of Bain & Co., the Boston-based consulting firm that launched his white-collar career and led him into the high-stakes world of corporate buyouts. Although Romney's activities helming the private equity giant Bain Capital have drawn significant attention, his role at Bain & Co. has received almost no public scrutiny. A Huffington Post investigation into Bain's tobacco work found that the consulting firm helped Philip Morris increase its revenues in the U.S., and aided two other tobacco titans as they vied to move forcefully into the Russian market.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/09/mitt-romney-bain-tobacco_n_1949812.html


Megalornithophobia: Fear of big birds forced Romney to skip kids talk. How will he stand up to Pooty-Poot?? http://t.co/Wyx2SNVs

the "American Idol" Election: Last Wednesday, Mitt Romney was the latest bright, shiny object.

what's extremely disturbing is that the "American Idol" culture is taking over these debates and therefore the election. Gee, Romney smiled more and Obama looked down a few too many times. What the fuck, let's go ahead and make Romney the most powerful man in the world and jettison the guy who saved the country from another great depression, saved the American auto industry, doubled the Dow Jones, ended the war in Iraq, killed Osama Bin Laden, passed comprehensive health care reform, ended DADT, and managed to put two justices on the United States Supreme Court who are smart enough to know that corporations aren't people, money isn't speech, and democracy isn't a fucking auction.

We are a nation that gets fixated on the bright, shiny object right in front of us. Be it a new cell phone, a new reality show, a new celebrity scandal. Millions of people have this "born yesterday" syndrome, where nothing that's come before even matters. What happens in the six inches in front of our face -- here and now -- is everything. We're distracted, we obsess, and then we move onto the next thing that distracts and obsesses us. Half this country -- at least -- has the attention span of a three year-old in a sandbox.

Last Wednesday, Mitt Romney was the latest bright, shiny object.

If this country isn't bright enough to see how lucky we are to have this President, then we deserve our misery. We truly, truly do.

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