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Texas asks voters: 'Are you dead?'

Source: Toronto Sun

Before Texans head for the polls in November, the state wants to know one thing: Are you dead?

Election officials are sending letters to thousands of voters asking them to verify they are alive, in compliance with a 2011 law requiring officials to cross-reference the voter list with the social security death list, the Austin Statesman reported Thursday.

So-called notices of examination are going out to 77,000 of the state's approximately 13 million registered voters.

Because of the size of the "master death file" — with 89 million entries — the Social Security Administration "does not guarantee its accuracy," the newspaper said, as one Michael Moore, very much alive, found out when he received a notice.

Voters who are still alive have 30 days to return the form or call their county and confirm they are breathing.

Read more: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/09/14/texas-asks-voters-are-you-dead

Staples Surges On Report Of Possible Bain Capital Take Over

Source: value walk

The stock value of Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) surged by more than 4 percent to $12.49 per share during the early morning trading today, after Fortune reported that some private-equity companies, including Bain Capital LLC are interested in acquiring the largest office supply retailer in the United States.

The report from Fortune cited unidentified sources, saying that investors entered preliminary discussions to take-over Staples. The private equity firms are expected to submit their formal offer to take over the office supply retailer, although it would take them several months to arrange financing. In addition, the private equity firms do not want to face PR problems in acquiring the Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) during the campaign period, due to the relationship of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney with Bain Capital and Staples. Romney co-founded Bain Capital, which was one of the earliest investors in Staples. He served as one of the board of directors of the office supply retailer.

Staples market capitalization is around $8.16 billion. Its stock value declined by 14 percent during the current fiscal year. During the previous two quarters, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based office supply retailer reported weak sales performance. Its second quarter sales this year declined by 6 percent to $5.5 billion, while its diluted earnings per share dropped by 28 percent, from 25 cents per share to 18 cents per share. The weak sales trends in its core office supplies and computers, particularly in North America, Europe, and Australia, affected the company’s financial performance.

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) suffered a 2 percent declined in comparable store sales during the second quarter of 2012 in North America, while its international operations dropped by 18 percent in U.S. dollars, to $1.1 billion.

Read more: http://www.valuewalk.com/2012/09/staples-surges-on-report-of-possible-bain-capital-take-over/

Holy Shit, can it get any worse for Rmoney?

Mitt Romney tells Kelly Ripa he 'Prefers to Sleep Naked, is a Snooki Fan (and more weird stuff)

not the oninion... this shit is real brother!!

btw, I have decided that it is ok to present Romney as 'the other', because he pretty much is the other of EVERYBODY


'Look how tiny she’s gotten. She’s lost weight. She’s energetic. Just her spark-plug personality is kind of fun.'


As a devout Mormon, Mitt Romney is not allowed to drink alcohol, coffee and tea or smoke cigarettes - but he does have some surprising guilty pleasures.

The politician revealed in an interview with Kelly Ripa that he is a big fan of Jersey Shore star Snooki, loves peanut butter and prefers to sleep naked.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2203363/Mitt-Romney-tells-Kelly-Ripa-prefers-sleep-naked-Snooki-fan-considers-Sunday-morning-church-date-night-Ann.html#ixzz26Smbeoxj

Romney says middle income between $200K and $250K

Source: Huffington Post

BOSTON — Mitt Romney is promising to reduce taxes on middle-income Americans.

But how does he define "middle-income"? The Republican presidential nominee defined it as income of $200,000 to $250,000 a year.

Romney commented during an interview broadcast Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

The Census Bureau reported this week that the median household income – the midpoint for the nation – is just over $50,000.

The definition of "middle income" or the "middle class" is politically charged. Both presidential candidates are fighting to win over working-class voters.

President Barack Obama has defined "middle class" as income up to $250,000 a year.

Obama wants to extend Bush-era tax cuts for those making less than $250,000. Romney wants to extend the tax cuts for everyone.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120914/us-romney/

It is important to note that Obama, a while back, actually said he thought middle class was up to $250k. I remember President Obama got some flack back then, but at least he said 'up to', meaning something like 40k-250k, which is mostly correct. Romney however says it is between 200-250k and less, which is not much different, but it will be heard differently by the public... basically as another 'out of touch' comment.

Romney just had the great misfortune of announcing his definition right smack in the final stretch election cycle.

Here are some older #'s, I think these are from 2007, which would probably be about the same today considering the recession and growth rates, etc.

The way the new york times defines it.
Here's one possible way of defining it (by percentiles):
Bottom 20% lower class: $0-18,500
lower middle class: $18,500-$34,738
middle class: $34,738-$55,331
upper middle class: $55,331-$88,030
upper class: $88,030+
noting that richest 5% make anything over $157,176

if someone has more current #'s please post - Thanks

Facing criticism, Netanyahu denies interfering in U.S. vote


(Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday denied accusations he was interfering in U.S. politics after coming under fire for fiercely criticizing Washington's handling of Iran.

Relations between Netanyahu and President Barack Obama hit a new low this week after the Israeli leader said nations that failed to set red lines for Iran did not have the "moral right" to prevent Israel from launching a military strike.

He did not mention the United States by name, but the comments were clearly aimed at Obama and his administration.

Coming less than two months before a U.S. presidential election, critics accused Netanyahu of seeking to influence the vote - a charge the Israeli prime minister rejected in interviews published in local media on Friday.

"That's nonsense, because what's guiding me is not the election in the United States but the centrifuges in Iran," he told Israel's Hayom daily newspaper.

"If the Iranians ... had stopped enriching material and preparing a bomb until the U.S. election was over, I would have been able to wait," he added.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/14/us-israel-us-netanyahu-idUSBRE88D0AQ20120914

At voter-ID hearing, Pa. justices have tough questions and a surprise

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

The state Supreme Court's long-awaited hearing on Pennsylvania's voter-ID law was going pretty much as expected when Justice Thomas G. Saylor, a white-haired veteran jurist from Somerset County, brought a new issue into the long-running controversy.

He'd been reading the law himself, Saylor told chief deputy attorney general John G. Knorr 3d, and he questioned whether the commonwealth was actually following the precise requirements of the voter-ID law passed last March – specifically, a provision that requires the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to provide a nondriver photo ID card to any registered voter who swears that he needs it for voting purposes.

To the surprise of many in the standing-room-only courtroom in City Hall, Knorr agreed with the justice.

The federal government's Homeland Security laws forced PennDot to require some additional proof before providing citizens with identification cards, Knorr explained, so the agency could not comply with that provision of the law.

That was part of the reason the state came up with yet another form of photo ID, never mentioned in the voter-ID law, that became available to the public in late August, Knorr said.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/20120914_In_voter-ID_hearing__Pa__justices_have_tough_questions_and_a_surprise.html

Obama widens lead over Romney to seven points: Reuters/Ipsos poll


(Reuters) - President Barack Obama widened his lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to 7 percentage points in a Reuters/Ipsos poll of likely voters on Thursday, the latest survey to show the Democrat ahead in the run-up to the November 6 election.

The daily online poll asked 990 likely voters over the previous four days which candidate they would pick if the vote took place today, with 48 percent choosing Obama and 41 percent picking Romney.

The gap has been widening since Obama grabbed the lead in the rolling poll on September 7 when he scooped up 46 percent of likely voters to Romney's 44 percent after the Democratic convention.

"What that really means is that Obama is in good shape," said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark, attributing some of Obama's uptick to the slowly improving sentiment toward the direction of the country shown in Wednesday's telephone poll.

Read more: http://sfluxe.com/2012/09/13/obama-widens-lead-over-romney-to-seven-points-reutersipsos-poll/

GOP elector resigns, says she can't support Romney

Source: AP

One of the Republican appointees to the Electoral College abruptly resigned from her post Thursday after publicly questioning whether she would support the party's presidential ticket when casting official votes after the November election.

Melinda Wadsley of Ames, Iowa, told The Associated Press that she could not in good conscience vote for party nominee Mitt Romney. Wadsley was among three electors who had told the AP for a story published Thursday that they were exploring alternatives should Romney win their states.

"I have always been a straight ticket Republican, and for the first time in my life I am an undecided voter, therefore, I need to resign my position as a Republican presidential elector," Wadsley said in an email exchange.

Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker said in a statement that the state party's central committee would begin the process of selecting a replacement, essentially allowing the party to confirm a die-hard Romney supporter.

Wadsley and others had expressed frustration at how Republican leaders have worked to suppress Paul's conservative movement and his legion of loyal supporters.

"They've never given Ron Paul a fair shot, and I'm disgusted with that. I'd like to show them how disgusted I am," Wadsley had told the AP earlier, saying she was considering withholding her electoral vote from Romney. She is an Iowa mother of three who was selected as a Republican elector earlier this year and said Paul was the better choice.

Read more: http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/electoral-college-members-may-pass-on-romney/article_9e86efc1-9b67-5275-a398-b19f0ddc36f5.html

not looking good on all sides for these guys

Anti-Islam Film Producer Wrote Script in Prison: Authorities

Source: ABC News

The controversial "Innocence of Muslims" was written, produced and directed by a convicted drug manufacturer and scam artist, who has told authorities he actually wrote the script in federal prison and began production two months after his June 2011 release from custody.

Authorities say Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, of Cerritos, California, admitted his role in the film, after seeking help from law enforcement in dealing with death threats he has received since the release of the film. Excerpts from the film led to outrage and violence in the Arab world.

Authorities told ABC News that Nakoula told them he and his son, Abanob Basseley, 21, were responsible for producing the movie which, he reportedly said, cost between $50,000 and $60,000 and was shot in a little over 12 days.

Authorities say he claimed the money for the movie came from his wife's family in Egypt.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/anti-islam-film-producer-wrote-script-prison-authorities/story?id=17230609

Holy Shit, can this get any more unseemly?

Netanyahu deputy disagrees on setting Iran "red line"


JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Benjamin Netanyahu's deputy for intelligence and atomic affairs on Thursday broke with the Israeli prime minister's call for Iran to be confronted with a "red line" beyond which its disputed nuclear program would face military attack.

In a broadcast interview, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor appeared to side with the United States in balking at Netanyahu's repeated demand that it set Iran an ultimatum or risk seeing Israel launch region-rattling unilateral strikes.

Meridor's remarks also underscored debate within the leader's inner circle about potentially exacerbating the rift with Washington with a war that polls show most Israelis, including several senior security figures, would oppose.

"I don't want to set red lines or deadlines for myself," Meridor, one of several Netanyahu deputies who form the core of his security cabinet, told Israel's Army Radio when asked how much time remained before force against Iran should be used.

Read more: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/netanyahu-deputy-disagrees-setting-iran-red-line-032843354.html
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