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SUCH SUBSTANCE: Romney discusses how he handles bad hair days (seriously)

In a Reader’s Digest interview Mitt Romney is asked about how he deals with a “bad day.” Romney responds by telling the interviewer how he deals with a “bad hair day.” I’m not making this up.

RD: Every leader, executive, every person wakes up some days and just has a bad day. Just can’t be happy or get pumped up. Do you have a trick or a strategy that you use to get your energy up? Do you have a theme song?

Romney: If I have a bad hair day, I just think, Well, it will be an OK hair day tomorrow. Just put your head down and go. Life is a bit like being on a roller coaster, which is, You get on and there’s no stopping along the way. There are some days when you feel like this is pretty tough, and there are the days that are exhilarating, but you just keep on going.


New post-recession HIGH for real retail sales

New post-recession high for real retail sales

. . By New Deal democrat

Real retail sales, one of the four markers of expansion vs. recession, made new post-recession highs in both August and September. In the below graph, I've also included inflation-adjusted manufacturing and trade sales (red), another mesaure of broad sales favored by ECRI, which remains slighly below its springtime high:

This confirms what we've been seeing in the Weekly Indicators, especially Gallup's consumer spending, which has improved markedly since July.

Since industrial production has not recovered from last month's steep downturn, continuing to suggest that the manfacturing part of the economy is contracting, it is encouraging that consumption has not followed suit (and indeed, usually consumption slightly leads both production and employment).

In terms of whether the economy as a whole is still expanding, or is slipping into recession, the real personal income report later this month will take on an added importance.



Why it’s easy for Republicans to be “pro-life”


How to know if emergency rape is right for you


Fox Botches Report On Decision To Uphold Early Voting In Ohio

Source: Media Matters

Just minutes after the Supreme Court ruled to allow early voting in Ohio the weekend before Election Day, Fox News host Jon Scott falsely claimed that the Obama campaign sought to stop military families from early voting in the state. Scott further botched the state's early voting history when he claimed that Democrats sought to limit early voting when in fact, it was Republicans.

The real story is that Ohio expanded early voting in 2008 and 2010 in response to long wait times for thousands of voters during the 2004 election. But last year, the Republican-controlled legislature eliminated in-person voting during the three days before the election for everyone but military families and overseas voters.

In response, the Obama campaign and other Democrats filed a lawsuit seeking to restore early voting for all Ohioans. Today, the Supreme Court let stand a ruling that sided with the Obama campaign.

Scott's rendition of these events conflicts with reality and ignores the role Republicans played to limit early voting:

SCOTT: Ohio's voting laws are going to be changing, it would appear. There was an early voting program voted in by the state of Ohio for military members and their families. They were to be allowed to vote early. The Democrats and the Obama campaign asked that that be blocked. They, for whatever reason, did not want military families and military members voting extra early. A couple of lower courts blocked the law -- again, at the request of the Obama campaign and state Democratic officials. Now it's gone to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is going along with that block. According to our Shannon Bream, who covers the Supreme Court for us, we believe that is what is going to result from all of this is that everybody in Ohio is going to be allowed extra-early voting. No special privileges for military members and their families.

Read more: Link tohttp://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/10/16/fox-botches-report-on-decision-to-uphold-early/190663 source

Video: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/10/16/fox-botches-report-on-decision-to-uphold-early/190663

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.

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