Friday Reads

Good Morning!!

I’m going to start out with an economics link today because I really get mad when partisan politics pushes an agenda that puts ignorance ahead of unbiased studies.  This is a prime example of why I no longer trust a single Republican to do what’s best for our country.  Congress asked for a study from the CRS –a nonpartisan, highly respected research source for Congress–on the relationship between high tax rates for high incomes and economic activity. It didn’t produce the results sought by Republicans so they squashed it.  I’ve shared a lot of studies over our years together that show the same thing including one a few weeks ago.  This is just one study showing that taxing rich people really doesn’t hurt the economy.   This just makes me want to scream.

The Congressional Research Service has withdrawn an economic report that found no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth, a central tenet of conservative economic theory, after Senate Republicans raised concerns about the paper’s findings and wording.

The decision, made in late September against the advice of the agency’s economic team leadership, drew almost no notice at the time. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, cited the study a week and a half after it was withdrawn in a speech on tax policy at the National Press Club.

But it could actually draw new attention to the report, which questions the premise that lowering the top marginal tax rate stimulates economic growth and job creation.

“This has hues of a banana republic,” Mr. Schumer said. “They didn’t like a report, and instead of rebutting it, they had them take it down.”

Republicans did not say whether they had asked the research service, a nonpartisan arm of the Library of Congress, to take the report out of circulation, but they were clear that they protested its tone and findings.

Don Stewart, a spokesman for the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said Mr. McConnell and other senators “raised concerns about the methodology and other flaws.” Mr. Stewart added that people outside of Congress had also criticized the study and that officials at the research service “decided, on their own, to pull the study pending further review.”

Senate Republican aides said they had protested both the tone of the report and its findings. Aides to Mr. McConnell presented a bill of particulars to the research service that included objections to the use of the term “Bush tax cuts” and the report’s reference to “tax cuts for the rich,” which Republicans contended was politically freighted.

They also protested on economic grounds, saying that the author, Thomas L. Hungerford, was looking for a macroeconomic response to tax cuts within the first year of the policy change without sufficiently taking into account the time lag of economic policies. Further, they complained that his analysis had not taken into account other policies affecting growth, such as the Federal Reserve’s decisions on interest rates.

“There were a lot of problems with the report from a real, legitimate economic analysis perspective,” said Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for the Senate Finance Committee’s Republicans. “We relayed them to C.R.S. It was a good discussion. We have a good, constructive relationship with them. Then it was pulled.”

The pressure applied to the research service comes amid a broader Republican effort to raise questions about research and statistics that were once trusted as nonpartisan and apolitical.

This is just one of a series of topics important to our future where we can depend on Republicans to ignore data, theory, and scientific evidence.  The worst ones come within the hard sciences like those dealing with in utero fetal development and climate change but this is just more of the same.  They want their ideology and have no regard for empirical evidence found through scientific research that shows just how wrong they really are.  More evidence that Republicans are insidious.

So, it’s Friday and we’re going to entertain my weird obsession of learning about people through graves and grave goods yet again.  Here’s my secret treasure trove of links and how Hurricane Sandy has exposed an interesting grave site. 

Superstorm Sandy  shut down Archaeology News for two days, and uprooted a tree in New Haven, Connecticut, that revealed a human skeleton. Authorities think the burial dates from the colonial era, when the site was used as a cemetery. The tree was planted in 1909 to commemorate the 100thanniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

In the 1950s, a skeleton with metal spikes  through its shoulders, heart, and ankles was found in central England, but a report on the discovery has just been made available. The burial dates to between 550 and 700 A.D. Such treatment of the dead was considered to be appropriate for individuals thought to be capable of returning to life and causing problems for the living. Scholars are no longer sure where this particular rare burial is located. “Throughout the Anglo-Saxon period the punishment of being buried in water-logged ground, face down, decapitated, staked or otherwise was reserved for thieves, murderers, or traitors or later for those deviants who did not conform to society’s rules: adulterers, disrupters of the peace, the unpious or oath breaker. Which of these the Southwell deviant was we will never know,” said archaeologist Matthew Beresford.

Guess we’ll have to wait to see what they think about this newest find.

So, I think we need a little more female representation, experience and wisdom in our government so I’m so happy to see that Tammy Baldwin is ahead in Wisconsin and will play a key role in what goes on in the Senate in the upcoming Congress.  She’s been targeted by the worst of the worst and is running against Tommy Thompson who is a Republican favorite son.

New polls show Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s vacant U.S. Senate seat, with a four-point lead over her Republican challenger, former governor Tommy Thompson, in a race which may determine control of the Senate and had previously been considered a lock for Republicans. If Baldwin is elected she would likely follow in the footsteps of Wisconsin’s Russ Feingold and be one of the more independent and progressive members of the U.S. Senate.

Outside groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity are spending millions on ads tagging Baldwin as “too liberal” for Wisconsin, and a variety of Democratic groups have criticized Thompson for his work at a lobbying firm with ties to outsourcing, helping make the state’s close Senate race the second-most expensive for outside money in the country and themost expensive in state history. The intensity of the race has also made it exceptionally negative , underscoring how close the race has become and its national importance.

Another race that is exciting is in Illinois where Tammy Duckworth will most likely take down Joe Walsh who is one of the worst of the worst Tea Baggers.  However, tons of big money is flooding into the race so we need to show Tammy all of our love and support.

Though the latest polls say U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh is likely to lose to Democrat Tammy Duckworth next week, key members of Chicago’s corporate community and a couple of huge super PACs are coming to his aid, leading to a furious exchange of verbiage over whether at least the spirit of the law has been broken.

The corporate cash comes from the Exelon Corp. PAC, the Hospira Inc. PAC and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer John Carpenter, each of whom donated $2,500 to Mr. Walsh’s campaign committee in reports filed with the Federal Election Commission earlier this week.

There’s nothing particularly controversial in those donations, though some Republicans say privately that the money could have been better spent elsewhere.

But much bigger cash — and a much larger flap — has arisen over a late $1 million “independent” expenditure on Mr. Walsh’s behalf by the Missouri-based Now or Never super PAC.

If you’ll recall, Now or Never spent $2 million and said it was “seriously considering” dropping in another $2.5 million here, but then said it changed its mind. But last night, the group sent reporters an email saying it had changed its mind again and decided to spend another $1 million on anti-Duckworth TV ads.

“This is a resource and opportunity-based reversal,” Now or Never spokesman Tyler Harber emailed me. Recent negative reports about Ms. Duckworth “presented us with an opportunity to deliver an effective closing message.”

But Mr. Harber didn’t respond when I asked him who paid for the late blitz. That’s pertinent because earlier this year, Now or Never had been getting the vast bulk of its funding from another group, Americans for Limited Government, which does not disclose its funding. And the Duckworth campaign says ALG Chairman Howard Rich and his wife both have donated to Mr. Walsh’s personal campaign committee in the last year, raising questions of whether the ALG/Now or Never spending truly is uncoordinated, as the law requires.

Please send the Tammys some money!!  Donations to Tammy Baldwin can be sent here.  Donations to Tammy Duckworth can be sent here.

The CSM has an interesting article up on Penn State’s former President–Spanier– who was indicted for a variety of things related to Sandusky’s horrible, serial, long term acts of  child sexual assault.  I find this an interesting set of law suits given similar actions by Bishops and others from Catholic Archdioceses all over the country and the hierarchy of the Boy Scouts. Both organizations have engaged in similar patterns of behavior when confronted with the sexual assault of young boys on their watch and have not been confronted with the same tough legal retributions.  Schultz here refers to a now retired VP who is yet to be charged.  Hasn’t there been evidence of prior knowledge and cover-up in other institutions?  Why can’t we protect our children and decrease the incidence of sexual predators in our society?

Schultz kept a file about the 1998 and 2001 incidents involving Sandusky at his campus office and told staff members never to look in the file, Kelly said.

It was removed from the office on the day charges against Sandusky were announced and delivered to Schultz’s home.

The file’s existence, along with other information relevant to the grand jury investigation, was not disclosed until after Spanier was fired and trustees ordered full cooperation with the probe, she said.

Unbelievable.

I’m going to end with a thought from a female Buddha since I’ve just about had it with male energy after reading that article.  She’s an emanation of female wisdom and wow, do we need some of that today.

‎”When you arrive at the extinction of reality, there is nothing but the spontaneity of pure potential. There is no other way to dance in the sky.”

- Yeshe Tsogyal (757–817)

Anyway, those things have been on my reads list.  What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

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92 Comments on “Friday Reads”

  1. Beata says:

    Very good news regarding the Joe Donnelly-Richard Mourdock Senate race in Indiana. The first independent poll taken since Mourdock’s infamous statements about rape victims shows Donnelly with a double-digit lead over The Insane One. Not only will a Donnelly win keep a total nutjob out of the Senate, it will be a pick-up seat for the Democrats.

    http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/howey-depauw-poll-joe-donnelly-has-double-digit-lead-over-richard-mourdock

  2. ANonOMouse says:

    Good post Dak……The piece about the CRS report that was shit-canned after the GOP realized it undermined their entire budget model, isn’t surprising. The GOP can’t exist unless American’s are suffering from memory loss or deprived of vital information. I think most of us, THINKING PEOPLE, know that trickle down, is really trickle on and cannot work.

    The story about Spanier at Penn State isn’t even surprising anymore. The biggest organizations in the world have and are covering for these offenders. The story about the widely acclaimed BBC employee who was given access to children via his BBC work, who was decorated by the Queen and the Pope for his work with children and whose death revealed decades of child sexual abuse with 100’s of victims coming forward, is unbelievable. Now an MP is accusing a former (unnamed) PM of being involved in ring of pedophiles that apparently reaches out and touches a lot of powerful people. Who’s surprised?

  3. Check this out: Little Green Footballs – Video: Mitt Romney Loses His Cool in an Interview About the Mormon Position on Abortion

    Here’s a very revealing video of Mitt Romney totally losing his cool in a radio interview at Iowa’s WHO 1040, when asked to comment on his Mormon faith’s position on abortion and women’s rights. Note that the interviewer, Jan Mickelson, actually seems to be on Romney’s side, but Romney rants at him as if he were an enemy.
    Read more at http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/41128_Video-_Mitt_Romney_Loses_His_Cool_in_an_Interview_About_the_Mormon_Position_on_Abortion#Bils0KRcxxST1fFm.99

    • Pat Johnson says:

      And this is exactly what is so wrong with these so called “religious beliefs”: that of waiting for the Second Coming, or convinced that the Rapture is just around the corner, or that god sends devastating storms out of anger at gays.

      What are these two men arguing over? Where the New Kingdom will put down roots and govern the world: Missouri or Jerusalem. Ridiculous.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Pat…..I’m still waiting for the TeaVangelicals to blame the storm on Obama because they believe he is the “anti-christ”. Really the religious zealnuts are going to drag our country into a self-fulfilling prophecy war in the M.E., just to force the fulfillment of their “end times” story.

        Whacko’s

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Damn, what a hot head!!!!

      And the conversation about jesus ruling from Jerusalem and Missouri is hysterical. I wonder if jesus going to rule from Branson or St. Louis? Really, you can’t make this stuff up, but people never stop trying.

      • dakinikat says:

        I believe it’s Liberty. Mitt just has to be right about everything or he pitches a fit. This just makes him look like a twit.

      • NW Luna says:

        This just makes him look like a twit.

        Which he is, of course. He acts like the typical CEO/management type. Everyone else is supposed to say “yes, sir.” He never actually does any work, just tells others to take care of it and then takes credit for it.

    • Beata says:

      JJ, can you imagine the sh**storm that would ensue if Obama reacted that way in a interview?

      Romney is used to being a God in his own little world and can’t stand to be confronted. Someone with his personality disorder would be dangerous as POTUS.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I pity anyone who has to deal with his dictatorial ass.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        Someone described Romney’s style which fits the limited profile we have at hand: he is quite used to having his every need and policies met as the CEO of his own firm. Few would ever defy him or question his leadership because of his title and the fact that he owns the company. And as the owner this is his right to do so.

        But when expected to govern you do so by knowing how and when to compromise. You can’t govern by fiat. Which explains why he has shut out the press and refuses to answer questions. He has never been faced with that scrutiny before.

        It is a well known fact that when he governed in MA he tried doing the same with the MA legislature that was 87% Democratic. Anyone familiar with the MA legislature knows you don’t do that and they will “ride your butt” for any attempt to undermine their own corruption tactics, especially when they hold all the cards.

        Another interesting tidbit is that with so few Republican legislators in MA he failed to even know their names, having to be repeatedly introduced to them over and over again. Too aloof to be bothered. He was not very popular with the few members of his own party who held office. How difficult was that to manage?

        MA was nothing more than a stepping stone to the WH for Mitt Romney. He spent more time out of state pumping up support across the country for a future bid in 2008 that went nowhere.

        And here he is now, the standard bearer for a party made up of a majority of lunatics, and close to making it a reality that began as early as 1995 when he went up against Ted Kennedy.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        “Another interesting tidbit is that with so few Republican legislators in MA he failed to even know their names, having to be repeatedly introduced to them over and over again. Too aloof to be bothered.”

        That’s the same story that the Navy Seal, who was killed in Benghaz,i told about Romney. He’s just too important to be bothered by the rabble or even expected to remember their names.

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    When the Puritans were in charge back in the day, singing on Sunday was considered sinful enough to drag the miscreant before a court of law for punishment.

    Four hundred years later a good portion of the public finds nothing wrong with “lying your soul to hell” to protect the status quo.

    Jerry Sandusky had his “defenders” who chose to look the other way for the sake of “the team”. The Catholic Church did the same for those accused of harming children. Bush took the nation to war on a tissue of lies and still we have those defending his folly even in face of the facts. Liars all.

    We have a man running for high office that has yet to keep his stories straight, is unable to stick with the facts, and is unwilling to take a position on anything of consequence, and half the public brushes this off as meaningless. So what if he lies and is exposed in the interim? We “trust” him.

    I am unable to wrap my head around this premise which just eats away at the moral fabric when lying is considered “necessary” and the liar achieves his reward in the process.

    • dakinikat says:

      What drives me nuts is that these folks are all supposedly following the big 10 which includes not bearing false witness. I guess they’ve got selective memory on their idea of morality. It only applies to others and not them.

      • NW Luna says:

        Just like that Xian JJ described in last night’s post. So much for tell the truth, help the poor and the sick. Hypocrites.

        • Hey, false witness? This is something that caught my eye: News from The Associated Press Yes, I know since it is AP, but I gotta quote what this church member said about their preacher, who has been charged with killing fiancee’s daughter. BTW it is one of many attacks this man has had on young women.

          She said the tiny congregation was aware of White’s criminal past when he joined the church. He was released from prison in 2007 after serving nearly 12 years for manslaughter in the death of a 26-year-old woman in Kalamazoo County, according to the state Corrections Department.

          White also was sentenced to probation for choking and stabbing a 17-year-old Battle Creek girl in 1981.

          “He was absolutely contrite,” Houghton, 76, said. “All kinds of people turn around and meet the Lord and they are a different person. He was doing a lot of good in the community. … He was doing a lot of good and Satan did not want him doing good and Satan got to him.”

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Every time one of these nuts assaults, rapes or murders a woman or gets caught commiting adultery or molesting a child, the excuse is The Devil made them do it. And these are the folks preaching personal responsibility?

  5. ANonOMouse says:

    BB……This one’s for you girl. One of the Outliars (love that btw) is trying to pull his outlying ass out of the fire in the closing days.

    (R)assmussen Reports

    10/30 – 11/2

    1500 LV

    3.0

    Obama 48

    RMony 48

    Tie

    • RalphB says:

      The first of who knows how many state polls for today show Obama up or essentially tied.

      Colorado: Romney 47%, Obama 46% (Reuters/Ipsos)
      Florida: Obama 48%, Romney 46% (Reuters/Ipsos)
      Ohio: Obama 47%, Romney 45% (Reuters/Ipsos)
      Virginia: Obama 49%, Romney 44% (Reuters/Ipsos)

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Here’s another:

        “President Obama has opened up a 5-point lead in New Hampshire, according to a new poll released Friday from New England College. Obama sees 49.5 percent while Republican candidate Mitt Romney gets 44.4 percent, a bump up from the 3-point advantage Obama had in the College’s previous poll released a week ago.”

      • RalphB says:

        Good!

    • bostonboomer says:

      Hey if Rasmussen says they’re tied, Obama is probably really ahead by 4-5.

  6. RalphB says:

    Great post Dak. I thought you would remark on our Banana Republic.

  7. RalphB says:

    Jobs report looks pretty good considering, of course CNN says it gives ammo to both sides. CNN must be prepared for Rmoney to lie.

    Reuters: Jobs growth quickens, giving Obama some relief

    (Reuters) – Employers stepped up hiring in October and the jobless rate ticked higher as more workers restarted job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama’s re-election chances.

    Employers added 171,000 people to their payrolls last month, the Labor Department said on Friday. The government also said 84,000 more jobs were created in August and September than previously estimated.

    The jobless rate edged up a tenth of a point to 7.9 percent, but that was due to workers surging back into the labor force. Only people who are looking for a job count as unemployed.

  8. RalphB says:

    LOL h/t Josh Marshall

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Don’t miss Krugman on The Blackmail Caucus. Elect Romney or the Republicans will destroy the economy forever.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/opinion/krugman-the-blackmail-caucus.html

  10. pdgrey says:

    Good day everyone here! I was forced to do the supermarket thing so I’ve missed a lot. JJ, your story from last night was great, i really enjoyed the story telling narrative.
    And Dak, i’m so glad you put that CRS economic report up. That fits very well with Krugman’s article.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Did you get stocked up on everything you’ll need? :-) I have a feeling the next few days are going to get wild.

      • pdgrey says:

        Well you know there was a wine purchase :) Also while I was driving listening to the radio they gave the results of the candy drive poll in central Florida. They have a place you can drop off left over Halloween candy to send to troop overseas (they give it to kids and the kids tell the soldiers where the explosives are) any way Obama had 42lbs, Romney had 24.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Ok, we’re ready. I’m stocked up enough to get me through election day.

        The candy drive news in funny. I read this morning that Obama won the Kids poll in Scholastic News and he also won the battle of Halloween masks. The really weird test is if the Washington Redskins win this weekend. That one has predicted the winner every election year except Bush 2004.

      • pdgrey says:

        I have not heard of the Kids poll or the battle of Halloween masks that’s really funny and cute! But it sounds like we are stocked up and ready to go! I just hope we know my 9:00 PM eastern time :) I don’t want to over do it.

  11. RalphB says:

    What have you done to promote the DemocraticSocialistProgressive takeover of all three branches of government… today? h/t Anne Laurie

  12. dakinikat says:

    Look what Biden did today:
    Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller
    When crowd boos mention of Paul Ryan, VP Biden says “No no no…He’s a decent guy…I like him. I just fundamentally disagree with him.”

    What a contrast to that POS Mittens.

    • pdgrey says:

      Reminds me of Madeline Kahn in Blazing Saddles “What a guy”! :)

    • NW Luna says:

      That was the right thing for Biden to say.

      But no, Mr. Vice-President, Ryan is not a decent man. Decent men do not throw elders and disabled people into poverty. Decent men do not force further torture on raped women. Decent men do not force women to be reproductive slaves of a cult. Decent men do not let the sick die from lack of medical care.

  13. ANonOMouse says:

    Two more for the poll watchers:

    “President Obama holds a slight national 1 point edge over Republican challenger Mitt Romney amongst likely voters, 47 percent to 46 percent, according to a new Purple Strategies poll released”

    “President Barack Obama earns the support of half of likely Colorado voters and leads Mitt Romney by 4 points there, according to a new automated survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling” Obama 50 Romney 46.

    I just posted this info in something that linked to this posts photo. Sorry!!! :-( …….. Maybe I need a nap.

  14. bostonboomer says:

    • pdgrey says:

      I wish someone would play that over and over! :)

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Who could have imagined that those words, spoken at the GOP convention, would become a HAMMER against Romney just one week before the election?

      For someone who attempts to present himself as a superior intellect, he’s as stupid, uninformed and ridiculous as the Climate change deniers who support him. We need to stick his lame ass on a barrier island, alone, right before the next monster hurricane hits the U.S. Obviously he’s one of those “if it ain’t happening to me, it ain’t happening” folks

      • pdgrey says:

        For a destination I say Staten Island. He could live with the 47%.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I don’t think he’d last 8 hours on Staten Island on a sunny day. They’d kick his pompous ass outta there.

      • pdgrey says:

        and your point is Mouse :)

      • ANonOMouse says:

        LOL!!! I really have no point, as usual. I’m just remembering and reminiscing about a few paesanos from my past who lived on Staten Island, he probably wouldn’t make it 8 minutes with them. :-)

      • pdgrey says:

        You know Mouse, I just re-read my last post, I hope like hell you knew I was being sarcastic and thinking Mitt the Twit was getting his ass kicked! :) Sometimes I forget people can’t hear me!

      • ANonOMouse says:

        No, I recognize your humor. I sure hope everyone recognizes mine. If it wasn’t for sarcasm I couldn’t communicate.

      • pdgrey says:

        If it wasn’t for sarcasm I couldn’t communicate. Me. too Mouse. I don’t think my sister’s would recognize who the hell I was. :)

      • Beata says:

        Hey, women don’t care for sarcasm! Didn’t you gals read the study?

      • NW Luna says:

        Heheheheh! Sarcasm is my favorite form of entertainment and conversation. I feel comfortable here with you’all.

  15. dakinikat says:

    Okay, this is weird … I just got an update from Larry Johnson that he voted and he shared a photo of Barrack Obama. However, if you look at Browyn’s post … she’s shillin’ lfor Romney with the usual CDS/ODS insanity. They used to have a donate to Romney ad in their columns. It’s gone. Like I said, Larry Johnson definitely voted Obama. Isn’t that the strangest blog dynamic? I never go over there any more because folks like Browyn are unhinged but the facebook update really had me confused enough to venture there.

    • dakinikat says:

      The other thing is that their Alexa rating is far worse than ours. It’s amazing to me that some of the blogs that were so big in 2008 are just out there in no where land these days.

      • pdgrey says:

        I haven’t been there since the primary, they are still crazy and now half crazy, whatsup”

        • dakinikat says:

          He’s not writing these days on much. His last thing was on Benghazi … he still has questions which we all do. It was like birther central there for awhile too.

      • pdgrey says:

        So he left the blog to the CDS/ODS?

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I basically got screamed out of Larry’s place because I dared to speak out against the Snow Queen. It took me days to wash off all of their bs.

        • dakinikat says:

          He’s always let some pretty unhinged people post there. It was like birther central there for awhile. They also went off on ACORN and had some really bad information. They identified some little bed and breakfast down here as an ACORN office. It was insane.

      • pdgrey says:

        God, I got the same treatment their. There wasn’t enough water and soap.

    • RalphB says:

      That’s passing strange. I haven’t been there in a very long time though.

      • NW Luna says:

        Me neither. It’s too bad that his place (and too many others) have let frustration overrun the fact-checking parts of their brains. Not too surprised their populations are in steep decline.

        Unlike some other places. ;-)

    • Beata says:

      Larry lost me at the whitey tape. Haven’t been there in along time. Who knows what’s going on with him? More psy-ops?

    • peggysue22 says:

      I’m really surprised Johnson would vote for Obama. He’s run a number of scathing articles on Obama and Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi assault. Plus, none of his comments about POTUS are flattering [to say the least]. I check in periodically. At one time [back in 2007 and 2008], I was a regular contributor. Believe it or not, the site was very pro-Hillary Clinton. But Hillary is whacked regularly by posters for supporting Barack Obama and whacked in the most insulting ways. Presumably by former Clinton diehards.

      I gave up on the site. The Obama hate turned into a Tea-Party, mega-libertarian mindset. And the continuous rage was repellent. But I’ve been surprised by ‘turns’ at other sites as well.

      I still reference Johnson as someone with security chops; he certainly knows more than I do about how the intelligence agencies work. And Bronwyn has admitted on the site that her serious medical conditions and the benefits of Obamacare would [in any other world] make her an Obama supporter. But she’s not.

      I always respected and liked the site administrators. But the posters just became more and more extreme.

      The way of the world, I guess.

    • socalannie says:

      LJ voted for Obama?!? Would not have thunk it. Well, glad he didn’t buy into the Romeny bs. I also haven’t been back there in a years, although I was there a lot in ’07.

  16. ANonOMouse says:

    Oh no!!! He who speaks with FORKED TONGUE is dealing, under the table, with Putin

    “But while in Moscow, Mr. Romney told a Russian known to be able to deliver messages to Mr. Putin that despite the campaign rhetoric, his father wants good relations if he becomes president, according to a person informed about the conversation.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/11/02/1131011/matt-romney-russia/

  17. peregrine says:

    Have you heard about the “Victory Rally” kick off tonight in West Chester, OH? Along with R/R and their families, nearly 100 Republican govs., sens., mayors, and celebrities will be in attendance, including Boehner, Rubio, Graham, Ayotte, McCain, Jindal, Perry, Brownback, Guiliani, and C. Rice. Then the caravan will hit the 11 battleground states from Friday to Monday: CO, FL, IO, MI, NE, NH, NC, OH, PA, VA, and WI.

    I hope my state never again ventures out in the spot-light, no battleground status and no party convention sites…just straight reliable dem wins!

    • ANonOMouse says:

      omg…..all those GOP’ers traveling around the country like a roving band of gypsies? That’s a lot of tambourines & elephants.

      • peregrine says:

        They’ll have to produce a government-issued ID before I’ll let them in here. And we’ll send some of our vocal crazies to their rally. Romney, you should be ver-wee,ver-wee scared!