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Springsteen Pays Tribute to Storm-Damaged NJ Coast

Source: Associated Press


By GENARO C. ARMAS — Nov. 1 10:20 PM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen says his home state will rebound from the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy.

During a stop at the Jordan Center on the Penn State campus Thursday, Springsteen also thanked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for "doing a fine job" of taking care of citizens. He lauded police, firefighters and other first responders.

Springsteen then launched into an extended, heart-wrenching rendition of his song "City in Ruins."

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"It's so hard to see those businesses ... be washed away by the storm last week," Springsteen said.

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Springsteen also made several other references to the storm during the show. He said he hoped his hometown of Asbury Park, N.J., would recover from Sandy's wake much quicker than the 25 years it took for the coastal town to rally from earlier hard times.

During a line from the second song of the night, "Wrecking Ball," Springsteen paused for at least a minute following the line "Now my home is on the Jersey shore."


The second opening song was "We Take Care of Our Own."

Scope of Sandy's Devastation Widens, Death Toll Spirals (98)

Source: Reuters

By Edith Honan

NEW YORK | Fri Nov 2, 2012 1:04am EDT

(Reuters) - From New York City's Staten Island to the popular beach towns of the Jersey Shore, rescuers and officials on Friday faced growing evidence of widespread destruction wrought by superstorm Sandy, mounting anger over delayed relief and a rising death toll.

The total killed in one of the biggest storms to hit the United States jumped by a third on Thursday alone, to 98. In New York City, 40 people have been found dead, half of them in Staten Island, which was overrun by a wall of water on Monday.

Among the dead in Staten Island were two brothers, aged 2 and 4, who were swept from their mother's arms after her car stalled in rising flood waters. Their bodies were found near each other in a marshy area on Thursday.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Administrator Richard Serino planned to visit Staten Island on Friday amid angry claims by some survivors that the borough had been ignored.

Scenes of angry storm victims could complicate matters for politicians, from President Barack Obama just four days before the general election, to governors and mayors in the most heavily populated region in the United States. Obama visited New Jersey on Wednesday and has received praise for his handling of Sandy.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/02/us-storm-sandy-hurricane-idUSBRE89N16J20121102

Juan Cole: Romney Lies "Show Contempt for Democracy, Display Some Features of Capitalist Dictators"


Top Five Signs of Capitalist Dictatorship in the Romney Campaign

Posted on 10/31/2012 by Juan

The mainstream media and even Democrats have been slow to call Mitt Romney’s deliberate falsehoods “lies.” But after just calling them what they are, it is also important to analyze their meaning. Lies on Romney’s scale do not simply show contempt for the intelligence of American voters. They show contempt for democracy, and display some of the features of capitalist dictatorship of a sort that was common in the late twentieth century. Mohammad Reza Pahlevi in Iran, Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay, Park Hung Chee in South Korea and P.W. Boetha in South Africa are examples of this form of government. Capitalist dictatorship has declined around the world in favor of capitalist parliamentarism, in part because of the rising power of middle and working classes in the global South.

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One big difference between capitalist democracy (as in contemporary Germany and France) and capitalist dictatorship is the willingness of the business classes to play by the rules of democratic elections, to allow a free, fair and transparent contest, to acknowledge the rights of unions, and to respect the universal franchise. Businessmen in such a society share a civic ethic that sees these goods as necessary for a well ordered society, and therefore as ultimately good for business. They may also be afraid of the social disruptions (as in France) that would attend any attempt to whittle away workers’ rights. Attempts to limit the franchise, to ban unions, and to manipulate the electorate with bald-faced lies are all signs of a barracuda business class that secretly seeks its class interests above all others in society, and which is not afraid of workers and middle classes because the latter are apolitical, apathetic and disorganized.

Sound familiar?

1. Romney’s contempt for the democratic process is demonstrated in his preference for the Big Lie. In order to scare workers in Toledo, Ohio, into voting for him, he alleged that President Obama was arranging for Chrysler’s Jeep production to be shifted to China. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne sent an email to all employees refuting Romney: “I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China…” He pointed out that Jeep production in the US has tripled since 2009. Romney’s political ad containing this sheer falsehood, is blanketing Ohio.

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5. The Romney campaign’s remarks about “Anglo-Saxons” better understanding allies like Britain, and its support for the racist Arizona immigration and profiling law show a preference for racial hierarchy, with “Anglo-Saxons” at the top. Again, many capitalist dictatorships privilege a dominant ethnicity, as with Apartheid South Africa or discrimination against native Chileans by the Pinochet regime in Chile. Fostering racism is a way of dividing and ruling the middle and working classes, of binding a segment of them to the dominant business classes.

Obviously, the Romney version is capitalist dictatorship lite. But...


Obama to Use "Affirmative" Message in Closing Campaign Pitch

Source: Reuters

Obama to use "affirmative" message in closing campaign pitch

By Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON | Thu Nov 1, 2012 1:01am EDT

(Reuters) - After three days of focusing on superstorm Sandy, President Barack Obama will return to the campaign trail on Thursday with a more "affirmative" message to win over undecided voters in the final days of the race for the White House.

With polls showing a tight contest between the Democratic incumbent and Republican challenger Mitt Romney before Tuesday's election, Obama will use trips to political battleground states to make a closing appeal for a second term.

That argument will touch on points he has made for months about the choice between competing Republican and Democratic visions, Obama advisers said, but it will put more weight on Obama's ideas for the future and could resurrect some of the hopeful themes that helped him win election in 2008.

"You're going to see him lift up ... the vision of what we're fighting for," senior campaign strategist David Axelrod said in an interview last week before the storm, adding the construction of Obama's "stump" speech would alter slightly in the final days.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/us-usa-campaign-obama-idUSBRE8A006J20121101

Happy Halloween, DU: Bruce Springsteen 'A Night With The Jersey Devil'

"God lost in heaven. We lost on Earth."

Excellent Slowpoke TOON: Handy Candidate Comparison Chart (Why Romney Sucks)


Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:50 AM PDT.

Handy candidate comparison chart

by Jen Sorensen for Comics.

attribution: Jen Sorensen

I find that people who spew the platitude that "the candidates are the same" tend to be the ones who have the least to lose if the wrong candidate is elected. At risk of sounding melodramatic, these elections truly are a matter of life and death. If you end the Affordable Care Act and millions of Americans lose their health insurance, people will die as a result. A recent estimate puts the number at 26,000 deaths per year due to lack of insurance; that's more than a few September 11ths. Then there's the Global Gag Rule, which Romney would reinstate. It rarely gets mentioned, but this policy wreaks havoc on women in impoverished nations. Romney would also end contributions to the U.N. Population Fund, which combats the spread of HIV and prevents 22,000 deaths annually.

These are but a few examples. Turning Medicare into a voucher program, radicalizing the Supreme Court for a generation, and displaying an open hostility toward science probably won't help things either. Obama isn't perfect, but as far as I'm concerned, voting is a moral arithmetic problem with a clear answer.

Obama to Return to Campaign Trail on Thursday with a Trip to Nevada: White House

Source: Reuters

Obama to Return to Campaign Trail on Thursday with a Trip to Nevada: White House

Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:12am EDT
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama will return to active campaigning on Thursday with a trip to the battleground state of Nevada, the White House said in a statement.

Obama has taken three days away from campaigning to oversee the response efforts to massive storm Sandy, which hit the East Coast earlier this week.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/us-usa-campaign-obama-nevada-idUSBRE89U0VX20121031

Celebratory Gunfire at Saudi Wedding Cuts Cable, 23 Electrocuted

Source: Reuters

Celebratory gunfire at Saudi wedding cuts cable, 23 electrocuted

RIYADH | Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:11am EDT

(Reuters) - Celebratory gunfire at a wedding party in eastern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night brought down an electric cable, killing 23 people, a local civil defense official said.

"At the wedding, the cable fell on a metal door and the 23 people who died were all electrocuted," Eastern Province official Abdullah Khashman said by phone.

A photograph of the aftermath of the accident, published on local newspapers' websites showed a large courtyard strewn with fallen chairs and a pole in the middle supporting cables carrying lightbulbs.

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Saudi Arabia banned the shooting of firearms at weddings, a popular tradition in tribal areas of the conservative Islamic kingdom, last month.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/us-saudi-wedding-electrocuted-idUSBRE89U0FJ20121031

HERE Is One Way To Cut Through The Crap... "Despicable," "Liar," "They Are Absolutely insane."

Ohio State Senator Nina Turner tells it like it is. She appeared on The Ed Show Tuesday night to discuss the Mitt Romney campaign's Jeep lies and misleading women's right messages.

"He has no shame and no soul. If you are lying in the beginning you'll be lying in the end."

"They know good-and-daggone well that the President threw a lifeline out to the auto industry in this country...
And for them to try and scare the citizens of the state is despicable. And we're not gonna forget."

"We're not buying it, but he is a LIAR."

"You have a running mate that just identified rape as a method of conception.
They are absolutely insane. They have lost their ever-loving minds."

"It is despicable. Again, the whole campaign is laced with lies."

President Barack Obama Targeted by Anonymous Hate Text Messages

Source: Huffington Post

Michael McAuliff

President Barack Obama Targeted By Anonymous Hate Text Messages

Posted: 10/30/2012 9:57 pm EDT Updated: 10/30/2012 10:16 pm EDT

WASHINGTON -- A sting of vitriol-laden text messages hit voters' phones Tuesday night, blasting President Barack Obama with anti-gay attacks and false claims.

In what appeared to be a coordinated campaign of cell phone text mail or text messages, one Virginia voter received one from the address sms@votegopett.com that made the inflammatory claim: "Obama supports homosexuality and its radical social agenda. Say No to Obama on Nov 6!"

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New York Times reporter Jonathan Weisman tweeted that his 13-year-old daughter also got a text. "Obama denies protection to babies who survive abortions. Obama is just wrong,"; said the message from sms@gopmessage.com. HuffPost's Sam Stein also got a message, declaring"Seniors cant afford to have 4 more years of Obama budget cuts to Medicare."

Some of the messages did not seem well-targeted.

Jennifer Cryer tweeted that she got one from sms@obamaliesett.com that said: "Stop Obama from forcing gay marriage on the states. Your vote is your voice." Cryer used her voice, and answered back, saying "I'm gay, you fucking douchebags."

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/30/barack-obama-hate-text-messages_n_2047136.html
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