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'...lives he's changing by just saying that simple thing.' LGBT For Obama (Kleenex Alert at 2:50)

You will cry starting at 2:50 in.

LGBT Americans for Obama

Now THIS Is What I Like To See...

I don't often visit FiveThirtyEight.com, but when I do I like to see the Blue Line going UP & UP!

(O.k. I actually visit http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com pretty much every day.)

NOW-CAST Updated 11:29 PM ET on Oct. 18

Reuters: Mormon Feminists? Yes They Exist, and They're For Obama


Mormon feminists? Yes they exist, and they're for Obama

SAN FRANCISCO | Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:08pm EDT

By Peter Henderson

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - One group was not surprised to hear Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments about "binders of women" at the presidential debate this week - Mormon feminists.

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Aimee Hickman, co-editor of the Mormon feminist magazine Exponent II, said Romney's remarks in which he said he looked at "binders full of women" while searching for staff as governor of Massachusetts suggested he was comfortable having powerful women around him, even if he put it awkwardly.

Yet when he then described setting up a flexible schedule for a senior aide so that she could go home and make dinner for her family, he was speaking in the church's paternalistic language that casts women ultimately as mothers, she said.

"The emphasis on them (women) being seen as leaders or them being seen as breadwinners is still really missing from our rhetoric," Hickman said. Romney's response put that "on full display," she added.


Soup Kitchen in Ryan Photo-Op Suffers ‘Substantial’ Loss of Donations

Source: Raw Story / Huffington Post

Soup kitchen in Ryan photo-op suffers ‘substantial’ loss of donations

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, October 18, 2012

A charity that operates a soup kitchen in northeastern Ohio has faced an exodus of donors ever since vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan staged a photo-op on the premises.

“It appears to be a substantial amount,” Brian Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society in Youngstown, told The Huffington Post. “You can rest assured there has been a substantial backlash.”

Ryan and his family were photographed cleaning dishes on the premises. During Ryan’s appearance at the soup kitchen on October 13, he briefly talked with volunteers before donning an apron and cleaning some large metal pots. He was at the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes.

But Antal told the Washington Post that the Romney campaign did not ask for permission before entering the soup kitchen. He said he worried his faith-based apolitical organization could lose funding if it appeared the charity favored one of the political candidates.

The photo-op ended up being an embarrassment for Ryan.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/18/soup-kitchen-in-ryan-photo-op-suffers-substantial-loss-of-donations

The Abortion That Mitt Doesn’t Talk About Anymore (Roe Will Go If He's Elected)

From August 2011:


@jonathanalter: Stry about Romney relative who died of botched abortion in '63. Ginsburg is 79 and ailing. Roe will go if he wins. http://t.co/odTGZcV0

The abortion that Mitt doesn’t talk about anymore

His young relative died tragically in an illegal abortion in 1963: Her untold story -- and what it means for Romney


In a 1994 Senate debate with Ted Kennedy, Mitt Romney revealed a startling chapter from his past: A close relative had died many years earlier in a botched illegal abortion, shaping Romney’s stance in favor of safe and legal access to abortion for all women. But in the many years since that revelation, even as Romney flipped his position and became an ardent opponent of legal abortion, the details of his young relative’s story, including even her name, have never been reported.

The relative he was referring to back in ’94, Salon has learned, was a Detroit woman named Ann Keenan. She was the sister of Romney’s brother-in-law and died at the age of 21 in 1963, a full decade before Roe v. Wade. While much of what happened remains murky, an investigation by Salon has uncovered never-reported details about her life and death, including: how she died (an infection); that her grief-stricken parents asked for memorial donations to be made to Planned Parenthood; and that the family apparently wanted to keep the death quiet because Romney’s politically ambitious father, George, was then governor of Michigan.

With access to abortion increasingly restricted in many states and the possibility that a Republican victory in 2012 — potentially by Romney — will tilt the balance of the Supreme Court against Roe v. Wade, Romney’s account of how a back-alley abortion touched his own family is more relevant than ever. The episode is a window into an era when obtaining an abortion meant the real risk of serious injury or death. It also represents a key part of Romney’s political journey on the issue of abortion, which has more than any other tarred him as a flip-flopper.

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The data is imperfect, but studies (pdf) from this era suggest that as many as 5,000 women died per year from illegal abortions in the United States. Following the liberalization of abortion laws in several states in the early 1970s and the Roe decision in 1973, the death rate dropped drastically. In New York City, for example, the maternal mortality rate dropped 45 percent the year after the state legalized abortion, according to Reagan’s book.


Obama's Strong Pitch to Women Prompts Romney Stumble

Source: Reuters

Obama's strong pitch to women prompts Romney stumble

By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON | Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:55am EDT

(Reuters) - With polls suggesting women voters were shifting their support to Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama made an aggressive pitch to them on Tuesday that yielded awkward moments for the Republican and a favorite new catch phrase on social media.

Obama hit hard on issues like equal pay for women and contraception and abortion rights in the second debate ahead of the November 6 presidential election. The topics did not come up in the first debate on October 3, when Romney outshone the Democratic president.

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With strong support among women essential to his hopes of winning re-election, Obama devoted much of the second debate toward shoring up their support.

He mentioned the women's health organization Planned Parenthood five times. He stressed that Romney had promised to defund the organization, which provides contraception and abortions, but also basic services like cancer screenings.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/17/us-usa-campaign-women-idUSBRE89G0AY20121017

"It was tone deaf, condescending, out of touch... The phrase objectified & dehumanized women"


Mitt Romney's binders full of women just don't stack up

GOP candidate fumbles when asked about fair hiring practices for women, and the internet seizes its newest sensation

Emma G Keller
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 October 2012 23.54 EDT

Mitt Romney discusses 'binders full of women' in Tuesday's debate Link to this video

In the second presidential debate, women's issues finally came up. And Mitt Romney had an opportunity to show female voters he cared. But from his bullying of moderator Candy Crowley to his dismissive description of his hiring practices, he fumbled the chance. "Binders full of women," his badly chosen phrase became the meme of the night and will likely haunt him past Halloween. Here's a deconstruction of what he had to say about women.

An important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men.

Seemed to be? Implausible from the start, they either were or they weren't.

And I – and I went to my staff, and I said, "How come all the people for these jobs are – are all men." They said: "Well, these are the people that have the qualifications."

This is hard to believe. Romney was talking about 2003 – not 1893. Plenty of women would have been properly qualified.

And I said: "Well, gosh, can't we – can't we find some – some women that are also qualified?"


And – and so we – we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women's groups and said: "Can you help us find folks," and they brought us whole binders full of women.

ZING! There was the shot through his foot. "Binders full of women" became #bindersfullofwomen on Twitter, a Tumblr page and a Facebook page which within half an hour had over 20,000 likes. By the end of the debate that had risen to almost 70,000. Why did the phrase resonate? Because it was tone deaf, condescending and out of touch with the actual economic issues that women are so bothered about. The phrase objectified and dehumanized women. It played right into the perception that so many women have feared about a Romney administration – that a president Romney would be sexist and set women back. And it turns out the way Romney presented it – that he asked for a study of women in leadership positions – wasn't true anyway.


"The Number of Women in Top Appointed Positions Actually Declined 27.6% During Romney's Tenure"


Laura Bassett

Mitt Romney 'Binders Full Of Women' Claim Misleads

Posted: 10/17/2012 12:24 am EDT Updated: 10/17/2012 12:35 am EDT

Mitt Romney raised eyebrows during the presidential debate Tuesday night when he claimed that as governor of Massachusetts, he had been so dismayed at the lack of female cabinet candidates that he sent women's groups out to find them.

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In fact, Romney did not direct women's groups to bring him female candidates, Boston Pheonix reporter David Bernstein points out. A non-partisan collaboration of women’s groups called Massachusetts Government Appointments Project (MassGAP) was responsible for the effort in 2002, when the group's leaders realized that women held only 30 percent of the top appointed positions in the state.

Romney boasted that during his term as governor, Massachusetts had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America. "Now one of the reasons I was able to get so many good women to be part of that team was because of our recruiting effort," he said.

This statement, too, is misleading. While 42 percent of Romney’s appointments during his first 2-1/2 years as governor were women, the number of women in high-level appointed positions actually declined 27.6 percent during his full tenure as governor, according to a 2007 MassGAP study.


O.K. This IS Funny...

The 96 Seconds that Lost Romney the Debate and Maybe the Election


The 96 Seconds that Lost Romney the Debate and Maybe the Election

By: Jason Easley
October 16th, 2012

The reaction is pouring in, and the consensus is that Mitt Romney lost the second presidential debate. There was one moment, specifically 96 seconds that lost the debate for Mitt Romney.

Here is the video:


Mitt Romney had a bad debate performance, but his night absolutely went up in flames when he thought he had Obama pinned down on his remarks the day after Libya only to see it all go up in flames. Candy Crowley’s real time fact check will go down in history as a watershed presidential debate moment. One of the unintended consequences of Romney’s lie to win strategy is that a premium has been placed on fact checking.

When Romney was proven wrong in front of millions of Americans, you could see his balloon pop. His confidence was gone, and at that moment, Mitt Romney’s frail confidence was shot. (Anyone who has watched Romney’s debate performances knows that he is streaky. He runs hot and cold. In the Republican primary debates where he got off to a bad start, the night often got worse. Romney is not good at coming from behind.)

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Mitt Romney will do and say anything to win.

Mitt Romney is a creature who is trapped in the right wing media bubble, and many of his attacks on Obama, including the claim that the president apologizes for America, are charges that were birthed via the right wing media. The Libya moment revealed the consequences of the conservative decision to create and live in their own reality. During the debate Romney got confused and thought he was debating the imaginary left wing socialist who apologizes for America created by the right wing.

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