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Biden says he’s ‘not running’…for the papacy

Posted on February 13th, 2013 at 20:55 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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Asked in Philadelphia about the decision by Pope Benedict XVI to resign later this month, the high profile Catholic said: “I am not running.”


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As Swing Districts Dwindle, Can a Divided House Stand?

Posted on December 27th, 2012 at 17:17 by Desiato in category: Commentary, Indecision 2012

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So why is compromise so hard in the House? Some commentators, especially liberals, attribute it to what they say is the irrationality of Republican members of Congress.

But the answer could be this instead: individual members of Congress are responding fairly rationally to their incentives. Most members of the House now come from hyperpartisan districts where they face essentially no threat of losing their seat to the other party. Instead, primary challenges, especially for Republicans, may be the more serious risk.


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Romney reportedly received 0 votes in 59 Philadelphia districts

Posted on November 18th, 2012 at 17:22 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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The 2012 Election is over, but Republicans are still trying to analyze why their candidate did not win. Mitt Romney and the entire Republican Party were confident he would have a landslide win. Instead, he lost in some districts without even a single vote. There have been reports that 59 of Philadelphia’s voting districts came up with results that showed the GOP candidate Mitt Romney received not a single vote.


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  1. This sounds impossible. Surely someone must have been impaired or confused enough to check the wrong box?

  2. That depends almost entirely upon the size of the district and the people who reside in that particular district. By district, I’m sure they don’t mean congressional district but rather voting district. If the statistic of 95% of the black vote nationwide went for Obama is accurate, then a mostly, if not entirely, black district might actually have had no votes for Romney, especially one that is relatively small in size.

  3. Gee, maybe someone rigged the Diebold voting machines? Or maybe the votes were altered on someone’s personal laptop?

  4. It is not the first time it happened. In in 2008, John McCain didn’t get a single vote in 57 precincts. Also of note, in Phili, there are 1,687 wards and 59 is only 3.5% of the total. The districts(wards) in which this happened are nearly 100% black. “Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia who has studied African American precincts, said he had occasionally seen 100 percent of the vote go for the Democratic candidate. Chicago and Atlanta each had precincts that registered no votes for Republican Sen. John McCain in 2008.” Source: http://articles.philly.com/2012-11-13/news/35069785_1_romney-supporters-mitt-romney-voter-id-law.

    But of course – Pennsylvania needs a strong voter ID law to keep these fools from voting or the very least harassing them with long delays and lines like in Florida – right? (wrong)

Rachel Maddow on Obama’s Re-election

Posted on November 11th, 2012 at 13:27 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012


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  1. Well put, Rachel! :-)

  2. GOP – You Reaped what you sowed!

    We had a decisive re-election of our President due, in part, to the majority of Latin America US Citizens voted for him and not the GOP.

    I think back to the May Day March or what some called a day without an immigrant and all the hate and disparaging name calling from the GOP Tea Baggers and the far conservative religious right (Did we see the GOP leadership try to stop it?, no, they thought this meant votes for them). I saw children, parents and grand parents together in solidarity, my people the working class, they may not be sophisticated but they got the message heard. In the demonstrations I saw our beloved “Stars and Stripes” flag, the flag from Mexico and some flags from other countries (not many complaints about these flags). I saw the flags being a sign of solidarity as when I see German flags flying during October Fest and Ireland Flags flying during St. Patrick’s Day. From publish reports the demonstrations included both US citizens and those without legal residency. This brought me a smile because I always enjoy seeing brothers helping brothers.

    That day and now our election day reminded me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him. Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his brother.

    You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

    But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

    That’s the question before us back on May Day and it continued on to election day. The question is not, “If I stop to help the un -documented workers in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help the un-documented workers, what will happen to him or her?” That’s was always the question.

    God bless all my brothers and sister that stood side by side with our brothers and sisters in need on May Day, on Election Day and on all days to come!

R.I.P.

Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 13:39 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012


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  1. What’s a patriot doing driving a Toyota?

  2. Born, died, buried, …and will rise again on 21 January 2013. (Inauguration Day). See? all very christian :-)

Electoral Vote

Posted on November 10th, 2012 at 13:17 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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Mark Newman of the University of Michigan has produced a map of the presidential election in which each county is colored red or blue depending on who won it.

It is pretty striking how many counties Romney won. It is also striking that Obama got 2.5 million more votes than Romney. If the blue counties are as blue as the red counties are red, that means that more people live in the small number of blue counties than in all the red ones combined. In other words, while there aren’t many blue counties, that’s where most of the people live. To give an example of this disparity, 3.8 million people live in the 469 square miles of the city of Los Angeles. This is half a million more people than the combined populations of Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, which together cover 1.6 million square miles. These four states are 3,400 times larger than Los Angeles but have appreciably fewer people. In other words, while the land area of the red counties is vastly greater than that of the blue counties, there are hardly any people living in many of them.

The map clearly shows Obama’s strengths: the Northeast, the upper Midwest, the West Coast, and the Colorado-New Mexico axis. There is also some strength in the South. In Southern Florida, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties are full of New York transplants who are strong Democrats. There is also a blue band that curves down from North Carolina. These care counties with large black populations.


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David Frum: GOP Has “Been Fleeced, Exploited, And Lied To By A Conservative Entertainment Complex”

Posted on November 9th, 2012 at 21:45 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012


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  1. Rupert Murdoch’s ears should be burning.

Republicans ‘Test’ For Voting Fraud, Wind Up In Custody

Posted on November 9th, 2012 at 16:46 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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Two Republicans in separate states were taken into police custody during the past week for allegedly attempting to test how easy it would be to commit voter fraud.


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Jon Stewart pinpoints moment ‘bullsh*t mountain’ Fox News collapsed

Posted on November 8th, 2012 at 15:35 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012


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Republican Reckoning Begins After Revealing Defeat

Posted on November 8th, 2012 at 14:32 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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“The billionaire donors I hear are livid,” one Republican operative told The Huffington Post. “There is some holy hell to pay. Karl Rove has a lot of explaining to do … I don’t know how you tell your donors that we spent $390 million and got nothing.”


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  1. I don’t believe this for a minute.

Todd Akin Spends Whole Night Wondering What Went Wrong

Posted on November 8th, 2012 at 0:50 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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Following a disappointing loss in his state’s U.S. Senate race to incumbent Claire McCaskill, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) told reporters Wednesday that he spent all of last night racking his brain and trying to figure out what had gone wrong with his campaign. “I don’t know what happened. I was polling really well until late August, but then it all just kind of unraveled,” said Akin, adding that he was “still piecing together” the causes of his collapse. “I just keep replaying those weeks and months over and over in my head, searching for something, anything, that I could have said or done differently, and absolutely nothing comes to mind. Maybe it was my views on tax reform that did me in. I don’t know.”


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  1. “Maybe it was my views on tax reform that did me in.”

    Ha ha ha,
    hee hee hee,
    the truth is clear,
    mysogny.

  2. Republicans usually lose when they actually say what they’re thinking.

  3. The sad thing is, I almost missed the source of that article.

    Did I just fall victim to Poe’s law?

  4. There should be a rule that if you have less intelligence than a rock, then you cannot run for public office…

  5. In the US the rule appears to be, they put you on the Science Committee.

‘I Want To Congratulate The President’

Posted on November 7th, 2012 at 16:59 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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While delivering his concession speech at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Tuesday night, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney uttered the 240,000th and final lie of his 2012 campaign when he offered his “sincere congratulations” to President Barack Obama. “This has been a hard-fought and closely contested campaign, and while we’ve had our share of disagreements, there has always been a great deal of respect and admiration between myself and the president,” said Romney, concluding 17 months’ worth of manipulative falsehoods, half-truths, and outright fabrications with one last bald-faced lie. “Tonight, the American people made their voices heard. And now I urge every one of my supporters to set aside their differences with my opponent and join me in standing behind our president, so that we all may come together in a spirit of understanding and cooperation to build a better America.” Romney then concluded his speech by expressing his thanks for the tireless efforts of his campaign team, marking the 12th and final true statement of his nearly six-year-long White House run.


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  1. There will be even fewer older white men in 2016, not looking good for Republicans. Baby Boomers are beginning the great die off.

After Obama Victory, Shrieking White-Hot Sphere Of Pure Rage Early GOP Front-Runner For 2016

Posted on November 7th, 2012 at 16:54 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012


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Woman Wearing ‘MIT’ Shirt Barred from Voting in Florida

Posted on November 7th, 2012 at 14:06 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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A woman wearing an MIT t-shirt was barred from voting Florida, according to a local report. MIT stands for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, not Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“A woman attempting to vote in West Boca Raton this morning was initially prohibited from entering the polling place because she was wearing a tee shirt with the letters MIT,” BocaNewsNow.com reports.

“BocaNewsNow.com has heard from multiple sources that an election supervisor at the polling place ultimately realized that MIT stands for “Massachusetts Institute of Technology” — a school where students tend to know how to spell — and was not a campaign shirt for the Republican candidate, who spells his name MITT. Campaigning is not permitted within several yards of a polling place.”


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www.electoral-vote.com

Posted on November 7th, 2012 at 13:32 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Indecision 2012

Amazing what two little servers can do with lighttpd as web server software. Pushing out about 100 mbps at times…


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‘Voter Fraud’ Protection Group Submitted Forged Documents To Ohio Election Officials

Posted on November 6th, 2012 at 21:55 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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Volunteers with True the Vote, a Tea Party group that claims it is trying to fight voter fraud by challenging the right of voters to vote, may have committed fraud themselves. Plunderbund, an Ohio-based political blog, reported Monday that members of the group attempted to sign up as poll observers in African American-heavy precincts in central Ohio, but may have forged signatures to do so.

While local candidates officials had authorized members of the group to serve as designated observers on forms filed in October, five of the six Franklin County candidates had withdrawn permission to use their signatures prior to the submission of this week’s forms. According to one candidate, the True the Vote volunteers simply “forged” her name onto the document — possibly a 5th degree felony.


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Machine turns vote for Obama into one for Romney

Posted on November 6th, 2012 at 21:52 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012


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  1. If you’re inclined to think of this as likely structural vote rigging, I’ve seen commentary on it from credible people saying both that aging touch screens can misbehave like this (without tampering, that is), and that it’s likely a badly calibrated screen, easy for poll workers to fix. One post said the machine had been taken out of service.

  2. No, I don’t think this has anything to do with vote rigging.

    I do, however, think that small Curacao has had better organized and more competently executed elections than the country supposed to be democracy #1. That’s not looking at the candidates or issues, of course, just the election itself.

    A touch screen that out of whack in the most technologically advanced nation in the world is inexcusable.

  3. Something else: lines at the polling station.

    Really, America?

    Every single time I voted in the Netherlands, every single time, I did not have to wait AT ALL at the polling station. No matter what time of day I went voting. There’s no early voting at all in the Netherlands, everybody votes on election day. Percentage of the population bothering to vote isn’t all that different from the US, so, really, what’s up with those lines? How dysfunctional is this election process?

  4. http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9706

    It doesn’t seem to have been a calibration problem.

  5. John, you may want to rethink your comment “the most technologically advanced nation in the world”. I think a couple of other countries may have one up. Just sayin’.

  6. I think P.J. O’Rourke once said that people don’t line up around the block to vote for the status quo. He was being snarky about some poor country. Clearly he was wrong.

  7. @Bill L: I’m missing what indicates that it was not a calibration problem. The post says (or has been updated to say): [Update: Mother Jones is now reporting that PA Dept of State officials are saying "they recalibrated the machine, did a test run, and put it back online."

Shutting that whole thing down

Posted on November 6th, 2012 at 20:43 by Desiato in category: Funny!, Indecision 2012

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  1. I saw a comment on some expected wall-mart strikes on black friday – “if it’s a legitimate capitalism, the workers have a way of shutting that whole thing down”

American Crossroads: “Sack It”

Posted on November 6th, 2012 at 18:45 by John Sinteur in category: Can you Trump this?

As she watches the President from her tablet, kitchen television, and sits comfortably in her expensive home…. But to be fair, this is probably the poorest woman that Mitt Romney would agree to be associated with. I mean really, is that only a 19″ flatscreen in her Kitchen? For shame.


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  1. Saw this add for the first time on Monday night.

    Nice to see the whole “Didn’t clean up Bush and Cheney’s shambles soon enough for me” angle didn’t work nearly as much as Obama is a Nazi Coummunist Muslim Martian. State district maps like South Carolina showed that clearly: the farther out into backwoods bumcluck land you got the reader the map became.

Paul Ryan Spending Final Day Of Campaign Reminding Homeless People They Did This To Themselves

Posted on November 6th, 2012 at 18:18 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012


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Ashes Of Deceased Presidents Rubbed Upon Voters’ Heads In Hallowed Election Day Tradition

Posted on November 6th, 2012 at 18:15 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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America’s voting system is a disgrace

Posted on November 6th, 2012 at 17:45 by Desiato in category: Commentary, Indecision 2012

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here’s what doesn’t happen in other democracies:

Politicians of one party do not set voting schedules to favor their side and harm the other. Politicians do not move around voting places to gain advantages for themselves or to disadvantage their opponents. In fact, in almost no other country do politicians have any say in the administration of elections at all.

(…)

In no other country, including federal systems such as Germany, Canada and Australia, does the citizen’s opportunity to vote depend on the affluence and competence of his or her local government.

In every other democracy, the vote is the means by which the people choose between the competing political parties — not one more weapon by which the parties compete.

The United States is an exceptional nation, but it is not always exceptional for good. The American voting system too is an exception: It is the most error-prone, the most susceptible to fraud, the most vulnerable to unfairness and one of the least technologically sophisticated on earth. After the 2000 fiasco, Americans resolved to do better. Isn’t it past time to make good on that resolution?


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Charles P. Pierce: Why I’m Voting to Re-Elect President Obama

Posted on November 4th, 2012 at 18:11 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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Barack Obama owes more than I’d like him to owe to the Wall Street crowd. He probably at this point owes a little more than I’d like him to owe to the military. The rest he owes to the millions of people who elected him in 2008 – especially to those people whose enthusiasm I neither shared nor really understood – and he will owe them even more if they come out and pull his chestnuts out of the fire for him this time around. He may sell them out – and, yes, I understand if you wanted to add “again” to that statement – but they are not likely to revenge themselves against the country if he does and, even if they decided to, they don’t have the power to do much but yell at the right buildings.

On the other hand, Willard Romney owes even more to the Wall Street crowd, and he owes even more to the military, but he also owes everything he is politically to the snake-handlers and the Bible-bangers, to the Creationist morons and to the people who stalk doctors and glue their heads to the clinic doors, to the reckless plutocrats and to the vote-suppressors, to the Randian fantasts and libertarian fakers, to the closeted and not-so-closeted racists who have been so empowered by the party that has given them a home, to the enemies of science and to the enemies of reason, to the devil’s bargain of obvious tactical deceit and to the devil’s honoraria of dark, anonymous money, and, ultimately, to those shadowy places in himself wherein Romney sold out who he might actually be to his overweening ambition. It is a fearsome bill to come due for any man, let alone one as mendaciously malleable as the Republican nominee. Obama owes the disgruntled. Romney owes the crazy. And that makes all the difference.


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Mitt Romney: I stand by what I said whatever it was

Posted on November 3rd, 2012 at 22:36 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

It’s easy for most people to remember things that they’ve said because they’re consistent with what they’d say now, in that they’re based on actual beliefs or opinions we hold. If our positions switch in light of new information, those are major world-view-changing events, and it’s easy to remember those turning points.


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  1. What a corporate sleazeball.

Ohio Secretary of State accused of installing suspicious software on voting machines

Posted on November 3rd, 2012 at 22:17 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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The Columbus Free Press is reporting that the Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted allegedly ordered for “experimental software patches” to be installed on vote-counting machines in a number of Ohio counties.

According to the newspaper, voting rights activists are concerned that the software patches, which are usually used to update or change existing software, could potentially affect over 4 million registered voters, including those who live in Columbus and Cleveland.

Ohio law allows for the experimental use of voting equipment as long as it’s restricted to a limited number of precincts, and under the experimental label, equipment can legally be used without certification.

Of course. What could possibly go wrong?


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Cassetteboy vs Obama vs Romney – Deleted Scenes

Posted on November 2nd, 2012 at 22:53 by Paul Jay in category: Indecision 2012


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Mitt Romney speaking about Mormon faith

Posted on November 2nd, 2012 at 13:39 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Indecision 2012, Pastafarian News


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  1. Romney believes this shit and is still considered a “rational” human, suitable to be President of The United State? Arrrrgh! Any non-Mormon who votes for MR is an idiot – and that is not just my opinion. It is a given!

  2. Which part of this was harder to believe than the things every previous Christian President has believed?

    I thought the interesting part of this video was Romney’s aggressive-defensive behavior.

  3. Exactly. That, and the fact that he apparently forgets rule number #1 for a politician in contact with the media: if there’s a mike, assume it’s open.

Romney burned by own lie to Ohioans

Posted on November 1st, 2012 at 16:15 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012


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A $5,000 Shopping Run to Walmart Turned Romney’s Campaign Stop into a ‘Relief Event’

Posted on October 31st, 2012 at 20:13 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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Mitt Romney was really concerned that his “Storm Relief Event” in Kettering, Ohio yesterday would look like a dud, so he and his team stocked their donation tables with $5,000 worth of supplies at Walmart. The props, according to Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins, were things like granola bars, canned food, and diapers which were strategically placed to make sure that the photographs taken at Romney’s “Storm Relief” campaign didn’t a show very un-busy, un-stocked relief table (what else do you expect when you give people short notice to donate their canned goods?). But … but … look at how pretty all those fake donations look:

And apparently, the event was so manufactured that they allowed supporters to use the donations which were bought by the campaign, to donate back to the campaign.


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  1. I’ll have to say that he sure picked the right VP. They are equally sleazy.

Romney to Business Crowd: Obama Sees You As an “Evil”

Posted on October 29th, 2012 at 17:47 by John Sinteur in category: Can you Trump this?, Indecision 2012

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Ever since I revealed Mitt Romney’s 47 percent rant, tips and tapes have come through the transom—including this and this. And another source who asked not to be identified just sent me an audio recording of a private Mitt Romney fundraiser from earlier this year. At this event, Romney didn’t decry half of the nation, but he and Ann Romney each expressed disdain for President Barack Obama, with the Republican presidential candidate asserting that Obama considers businesspeople “a necessary evil” and his wife suggesting that the president was not a “grown-up.”


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