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TV Host Jim Cramer Says Father Will Not Be Allowed To Vote Because Of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

Source: Think Progress

Jim Cramer, the host of CNBC’s finance program Mad Money, is seeing the effects of voter suppression laws firsthand.

This morning, Cramer tweeted about his father, a Pennsylvania resident who stands to lose his right to vote because of the state’s new restrictive voter ID law. Like thousands of Pennsylvania who could be disenfranchised in November, Cramer’s father lacks a voter ID because he’s a senior citizen and does not drive. Cramer also noted that he doesn’t have access to his citizenship documents.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/09/11/829151/jim-cramer-voter-id/

CNBC's Jim Cramer Says His Father, a Vet, Can't Vote Under PA GOP's Photo ID Restriction Law

from Bradblog:


Cairo U.S. Embassy Protested Over Anti-Islam Film Linked to Terry Jones

Source: Daily Beast

At least 2,000 demonstrators, enraged over a little-known film produced in the United States that allegedly insults the Prophet Muhammad, shouted, “We will sacrifice ourselves for you, Allah’s messenger!” A group of men managed to mount the embassy’s walls waving a black flag with the words “There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his messenger.” Many of those gathered did not know the name of the film, nor did they know the details of their grievance against the purported filmmaker, U.S. pastor Terry Jones, whose 2010 threats to burn the Quran triggered deadly riots in Afghanistan. Similar attacks were reported on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Al-Azhar, one of the Arab world’s most elite centers for higher Islamic learning, reportedly condemned the film on Tuesday, citing a scene in which a character based on the Prophet Muhammad goes on trial. Jones allegedly worked with a handful of Egyptian Christians in the U.S. to produce the film, whose 14-minute Arabic-dubbed trailer on YouTube depicts the Prophet as a deranged womanizer calling for massacres.

The organization standupamericanow.org ran a live stream on Tuesday of a press conference featuring Jones in what he dubbed “International Judge Muhammad Day,” during which he listed reasons why, in his opinion, the Prophet should be put on hypothetical trial.

Muslims consider any depiction of the Prophet, be it in an illustration or film, to be a violation of Islamic belief. Similar protests were staged outside the Danish Embassy in Cairo and across the Muslim world in 2005 after the daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten published satirical cartoons depicting the Prophet.

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/11/cairo-u-s-embassy-protested-over-anti-islam-film-linked-to-terry-jones.html

Campaign Denies Ann Romney Is Attending Value Voters Summit

Source: Buzzfeed

ABOARD THE ROMNEY PLANE — Despite a program advertising her attendance at this weekend's Value Voters Summit, Ann Romney never planned to attend the social conservative conference, the campaign told BuzzFeed.


As of Tuesday evening, the online schedule for the conference, which is hosted by the Family Research Council (FRC), still had Mrs. Romney attending the Friday morning plenary session, from 8:40 a.m. to noon.


The confusion comes as liberal and gay advocacy groups pressure politicians to skip the event, with a letter sent to lawmakers accusing FRC of being "far outside the mainstream."

"It has engaged in repeated, groundless demonization — portraying LGBT people as sick, vile, incestuous, violent, perverted, and a danger to the nation," the letter reads.

But the FRC also represents a large swath of religious, socially conservative voters — a group the Romney campaign has been seeking to rally in recent days with a sustained attack on the Democratic Party for temporarily removing the word "God" from its platform.

Sending Ryan to court the summit is one thing, but Mrs. Romney could risk jeopardizing her role as the soft, humanizing face of the campaign if she's perceived as engaging in divisive culture war issues. It's something she apparently realizes: Last week she repeatedly declined to answer an interviewer's questions about same-sex marriage, saying she wouldn't engage in "hot-button" issues.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/campaign-denies-ann-romney-is-attending-value-vote

Anti Muslim video sparks protests in Egypt-American Killed at Consulate/video linked to Terry Jones:

an anti-muslim video has touched off attacks on US embassy's in Egypt and Libya... here are the related stories - there were thousands of protesters reported in Cairo, I don't have a good feeling about this one:

American Killed In Libya Prophet Protest: http://news.sky.com/story/983922/american-killed-in-libya-prophet-protest

Egyptian protesters scale US Embassy wall in Cairo: http://www.wrex.com/story/19514168/egyptian-protesters-scale-us-embassy-wall-in-cairo

Libyans Set Fire to U.S. Consulate, Protesters Breach U.S. Embassy in Egypt in Anger Over Film: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2012/09/11/anti_islamic_movie_protesters_set_fire_to_consulate_in_libya_breach_u_s_embassy_in_cairo.html

--------------------------------- update:

Cairo U.S. Embassy Protested Over Anti-Islam Film Linked to Terry Jones http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/11/cairo-u-s-embassy-protested-over-anti-islam-film-linked-to-terry-jones.html

American Killed In Libya Prophet Protest

Source: Sky News

An American is reported killed in an attack on the US consulate in Libya over a film that is said to insult the Prophet Mohammed.


The protest was sparked by outrage over a video being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian campaigner in the US.

The film apparently depicts Mohammed as a fraud, showing him having sex and calling for massacres.

Many Muslims consider any depiction of the prophet to be offensive

Read more: http://news.sky.com/story/983922/american-killed-in-libya-prophet-protest

Romney campaigner Pat Robertson tells man to beat his wife

Source: America Blog

Mitt Romney spent Saturday campaigning with religious right extremist Pat Robertson. Romney was using Robertson to "prove" that he's a "real" Christian.

Which is ironic, since most would question Robertson's claim to speak for Christianity. (It also makes you wonder what Mitt Romney thinks a real Christian is - if he thinks Pat Robertson is God's messenger.) Here's Mitt and Pat together at an event this weekend.

Yesterday, fresh off of campaigning with Mitt Romney just 48 hours before, Pat Robertson told a caller to his TV show to beat his wife. Via Right Wing Watch:

For example, today on the 700 Club’s “Bring It On” segment where viewers ask Robertson questions, one man wondered how he should go about repairing his marriage with a wife who “insults” him and once tried to attack him.

“Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her,” Robertson responded. “This man’s got to stand up to her and he can’t let her get away with this stuff,” Robertson continued, “I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done.”

He later said the woman is a “rebellious child” and pondered if she has psychological problems. Robertson told the viewer that since he “can’t divorce her according to the Scripture, so I say: move to Saudi Arabia.”
Robertson's network has now censored the broadcast, but fortunately Right Wing Watch got it first:


Read more: http://www.americablog.com/2012/09/romney-campaigner-pat-robertson-tells.html

This is a nasty story... but people need to know who Romney pals around with...

the fact that Romney has to depend on Robertsons support, shows a level of desperation, and lack of real substance

Spoiler alert: Poll finds small following for Libertarian candidate

Source: cnn

Washington (CNN) – Gary Johnson's poll numbers may not give him much-of-a shot at winning the presidency, but in the latest CNN/ORC Poll, he is registering enough of a following to possibly tip the balance in an increasingly close election.

Three percent of likely voters responded that they would vote for Johnson, the Libertarian Party's candidate for president, in November. That number is slightly higher among registered voters, with 4% identifying with the former governor of New Mexico.


Obama leads Romney 52% to 46% when Romney and Obama are the only candidates in question, but Romney's support goes down three percentage points with the inclusion of the third party candidates. Obama's support only drops one point.

"The inclusion of the two minor-party candidates turns a six-point margin for President Obama into an eight-point lead," said Keating Holland, CNN's Polling Director. Since third party candidates are typically not on the ballot in all 50 states, those numbers can be slight deceiving when relating them to the support the candidates will receive on Election Day.


Johnson is rarely included in national polls, something the Johnson campaign has long complained about.

"Our issue is that polls become self-fulfilling," said Hunter, before the latest poll numbers came out. Hunter went on to say that even if a poll shows only a small following, they create a conversation about the candidate and increase the campaign's profile.

Read more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/10/spoiler-alert-poll-finds-small-following-for-libertarian-candidate/

the long and short of it; Obama has a bigger lead than we can tell from the polling since the Libertarian candidate is not being polled as well... include Johnson and we would have something more along the lines of Obama 51%, Romney 43%, Johnson 4%.

The flatterers: Sweet-talking the American people

Thoughts worth sharing:


If there is one thing on which Mitt Romney and Barack Obama agree, it is this: We, the American people, are


“We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven

ones.” We have always been determined to “build a better life” for ourselves and our children. (Romney) “We honor

the strivers, the dreamers, the risk-takers, the entrepreneurs who have always been the driving force behind our free

enterprise system.” (Obama) We have the ultimate can-do spirit, “that unique blend of optimism, humility and the

utter confidence that the when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American.” (Romney)

Sometimes we go through hard times, but these never daunt us, and our leaders are quick to credit us with

overcoming whatever adversity comes our way. “You did it because you’re an American and you don’t quit.”

(Romney) “We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up.” (Obama) Americans “haven’t ever

thought about giving up.” (Romney)

There’s nothing new about this kind of political appeal, of course. And on the face of it, the rhetoric seems pretty

innocuous. We should ask, though, about whether the language might have consequences for what happens after the


The framers of the Constitution feared the influence of demagogues in political systems that rest upon popular

consent. James Madison expressed contempt for politicians (such as Patrick Henry in Madison’s home state of

Virginia) who engaged in what he saw as rabble-rousing, appealing to the passions of the common people. As political

scientist Jeffrey K. Tulis explains, the Constitution was designed to thwart the influence of demagogues. The system for

selecting the president, for example, filtered the preferences of the public to neutralize the appeal of a popular leader.

Our image of demagogues has been shaped by politicians like Huey Long. They tend to be crude, polarizing figures

whose rhetoric takes a divisive form; they single out “villains” or unpopular social groups who supposedly prey upon

the people. James W. Ceaser, another political scientist, refers to these political figures as “hard” demagogues. They

pander to popular fears and anxieties.

But Ceaser identifies a second type of demagogue, the “soft” variety. This one seduces the masses via flattery, extolling

their virtues and their wisdom, conducting politics, as it were, by Barry White soundtrack. The soft demagogue plays

on a different set of emotions than do the Huey Longs. Where the anger that undergirds hard demagoguery alarms

many, the soft variety comforts and lulls the audience.

Even as political leaders court us, they hedge a bit by throwing in what might be termed “ritual disclaimers.” These

are the promises of candor. For the Republicans, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie insisted that “we have become

paralyzed by our desire to be loved,” so that politicians “do what is easy and say ‘yes,’ rather than to say no when ‘no’

is what’s required.” He added, “Our problems are big and the solutions will not be painless. We all must share in the

sacrifice. Any leader that tells us differently is simply not telling the truth.” And the president reminded his audience,

“You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth.” But the disclaimers turn

out to be empty. Christie failed to identify a single sacrifice the Republicans would impose; Obama spoke only in vague

terms about cutting spending or raising taxes.

It isn’t difficult to understand why the soft demagogues cannot reconcile the messages. Flattery and pain don’t mix

well. After all, if we the people have been as dedicated and selfless as our leaders tell us we are, then we cannot

possibly be responsible for the mess we’re in. And if we have been so virtuous, surely we should not be asked to pay

(through reduced benefits, higher taxes, or both) to clean up the situation.

The rhetoric will come back to haunt the winner, Democrat or Republican. Flattery works as a political tool, but a

public that has been told only of its goodness will not understand why it should be penalized for its virtue. When the

American people wake up the morning after the great political seduction, they will have a nasty hangover.


Rockets destroy NATO helicopter, kill 3 Afghans hours after Bagram handover

Source: nbc news

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Four rockets hit Afghanistan's Bagram airfield, destroying a helicopter belonging to the NATO-led forces and killing three Afghan personnel inside, a spokesman for the coalition said Tuesday.

The attack, which took place at around 10 p.m. local time on Monday (1:30 p.m. ET Monday), came on the eve of the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. Security across the capital, Kabul, was intensified.

Two personnel belonging to NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), who were also in the helicopter, were wounded, the spokesman said.

The helicopter, which was on a ramp in the airfield when the rockets hit, was destroyed by the ensuing fire, an ISAF official told NBC News.

The Taliban, in a text message to Reuters, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they had fired rockets at the helicopter, which was on a ramp in the airfield.

Read more: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/11/13797782-rockets-destroy-nato-helicopter-kill-3-afghans-hours-after-bagram-handover?lite
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