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I'm on some super polling list

Not for any of the major polling companies - for odd named companies whose names I never remember with blocked or spoofed numbers. I'm getting at least one or two calls a day.

At least one type of call is for Romney's internal polling. Those are all robocalls. The voice is always the same, a nice, generic female voice. She starts out telling me that there are only four polling questions (which is a lie), asks demographic info (sex, age, race, party registration) then asks if I have already voted, if I will vote before election day, who I will vote for President, for Senate, and for House of Representatives.

At one point I wrote down the company and Googled it - it was listed by several sources as Romney's internal polling company. In the last week or so the name of the polling company is different in every call but the recorded voice and questions are identical.

The other polling company has only called twice and I have not caught the name of the company. The questioner is a live person with a very heavy Indian accent. The young women have trouble understanding my Southern accent and I have trouble understanding theirs. They go into a lot more detail with their questions and take notes on any comments I make elaborating on my answers. With our mutual difficulty in communicating this makes for some amusement on my part.

I could just hang up on the calls but I LIKE influencing the direction of their polls.

Anybody else getting polling calls like these?

You Don't Know Jack (Welch) - great blog post!

Jack Welch should know when books are being cooked - he is connected to one of the larger cases in history!

You Don't Know Jack
Posted: 10/06/2012 9:49 am
The Bureau of Labor Statistics was created in 1884 by Chester Alan Arthur -- and now Jack Welch wants to see its birth certificate. President Arthur was a rock-ribbed Republican, a product of New York's Conkling political machine, but he was clearly a shifty liberal.You can tell by the eyes.

Welch thinks somebody's "cooking the numbers" on unemployment -- and if anyone should know about "cooking the numbers" it's Jack Welch. Manipulating information to influence an election? He should know about that too. There were well documented stories that he pressured staffers in NBC's newsroom -- who were also his employees -- to declare his friend George W. Bush the winner of on the night of the disputed 2000 election.

These crazy new charges making the right-wing rounds cry out for a new definition of the word "conservative": Someone who thinks the unemployment situation is even worse than anyone else does -- but wants to do less about it. And Welch's absurd, cackling, over-the-top comments may finally have stripped the veneer off the most carefully polished media image in corporate America.

It's more than a little ironic that Jack Welch, who agrees with Mitt Romney that "corporations are people," is pontificating about electoral matters. With its record of felony convictions, Welch's GE wouldn't even be allowed to vote.

More, including information about Welch's career as head of the felonious GE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/jack-welch-job-numbers_b_1944489.html

Eminem Vs Benny Hill Vs Doctor Who

Sillier than you might expect!

2012 Proposed Constitutional Amendments - Information to make choices

The Collins Center for Public Policy* has provided a guide to the many amendments that will be on Florida ballots this year. Each amendment has its own page with a synopsis, history, pros and cons. It is an objective guide to what the amendments are, what they might mean and the history of why they have been added to our ballots.

2012 Proposed Constitutional Amendments - http://collinscenter.org/2012flamendments/home-2/

*Named after Gov. LeRoy Collins (served 1955-61), the nonprofit Collins Center for Public Policy was established in 1988 to seek out creative, nonpartisan solutions to Florida’s toughest issues. Our work exemplifies Governor Collins’ desire for objective analysis and his vision for a better Florida. http://collinscenter.org/

Second round of voter purge in Florida

The first round of voter purging wrongly informed hundreds of legal voters in Florida that they were ineligible to vote. Governor Rick Scott seems to be planning a second round. Can you sign our petition that lets Governor Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner know that Floridans are against any measures that would prevent eligible voters from voting?

That's why I signed a petition to Governor Rick Scott, which says:

"Governor Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner,
Please do not interfere with fair and legal voting in the State of Florida. Misleading voters who have the legal right to vote into believing that they do not is wrong and unpatriotic. Any manipulation of a voter's rights is underhanded and against the principles that our American democracy was built upon. Please cease and desist these illegal practices."

Will you sign this petition? Click here:


Yellow Jackets SUCK!

Got stung on the face by one this afternoon. Right next to my nose, just below the eye.

I swell when I get stung, so my husband hustled me down to the walk in clinic. They shot me up with prednisone and benadryl which stopped the swelling, but my entire face still hurts. My TEETH hurt. My ear hurts.

At least my husband sprayed the nest before he took me to the clinic, so that nest is DEAD.

I'm headed to a Benadryl induced nap. Later.

MSNBC using "Here Comes Money Boo Boo"!

On the Alex Wagner Show (Alex is off today) it was used as the banner to introduce a story about campaign finance!

No link - just now on air. Maybe it will be on a video later.

Sign on the side of the road in Tallahassee, Florida

When I first saw it, I expected a Tea Bagger type comment - it had all the indications. Home made, poor color choices, American flag.

But then I realized all the words were spelled correctly and the meaning was completely against Tea Party types:

for whoever put this sign up!

Daily Show Exclusive Preview: Romney - A Human Being Who Built That


The Atlantic on GOP campaign tactics

Bizzaro World Right-Wing Health-Care Attack: Obamacare Not Universal
Aug 17 2012, 6:22 PM ET

Conservatives and Tea Partiers are now complaining the president's private-sector oriented health-care overhaul didn't go far enough.

The argument that Obamacare provides an inadequate decrease in the uninsured a decade out has been floating around for a while in conservative media. An earlier version of the story on CNSNews.com, "Obamacare Will Leave 30 Million Uninsured" asserted:
Currently, according to CBO, there are 53 million uninsured persons in the United States, including uninsured illegal aliens. The CBO estimates that in 2022--8 years after the Affordable Care Act has been fully implemented--30 million people will remain uninsured....despite all the new government regulations and bureaucracies, taxes and subsidies created by Obamacare....

A Townhall.com version of the story, "ObamaCare Will Leave 30 Million Without Health Insurance," quoted from the late-July Congressional Budget Office report that set off the critique:
"CBO and JCT now estimate that the ACA, in comparison with prior law before the enactment of the ACA, will reduce the number of nonelderly people without health insurance coverage by 14 million in 2014 and by 29 million or 30 million in the latter part of the coming decade, leaving 30 million nonelderly residents uninsured by the end of the period," the report said.

What the articles fail to mention is that this CBO report was issued to examine the impact of Republican-led states rejecting the Medicaid expansion component of the president's Affordable Care Act in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that states could do so without penalty. Coverage would go down under this scenario, because many people Obamacare was written to cover under the Medicaid expansion would remain uninsured. All of which is to say that after the GOP-led court challenge to the ACA, GOP states could gut one of its central provisions.

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