Sunday, 10/21/12, Public Square



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  1. Here are the current newspaper endorsements. many more to come —

    Newspapers endorsing Barack Obama

    The Philadelphia Enquirer
    The Seattle Times
    The Sacramento Bee
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    The Denver Post
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer

    Newspapers endorsing Mitt Romney

    The Dallas Morning News
    The Las Vegas Review Journal
    The Orlando Sentinel
    The Omaha World-Herald
    The Tennessean

  2. International Monitors to Watch U.S. Elections

    Americans are used to hearing about the presence of international monitors at elections in newly democratic countries where election shenanigans are expected. Now the tables are being turned and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is sending 44 observers to watch and report on the honesty of the U.S. elections.

    A few decades ago, such an action would have been unthinkable, but with all the attempts at voter suppression and intimidation floating around, the fundamental integrity of the U.S. elections process is being called into question, both domestically and abroad.

    Many Republicans say in-person voting fraud is epidemic. The facts, however, show that actual in-person voting fraud is virtually nonexistent. In one study of 197 million votes cast in federal elections, only 26 cases of in-person voting fraud were confirmed, or about 0.0000001% of the vote. The “noise” in the system–the error rate of the optical scanners used to count ballots in many states–is about 0.1%, so the infinitesimal amount of fraud is drowned out by simple counting errors.

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    • After reading this link fnord has provided – go back to yesterday’s blog and click on the link wicked provided about Tagg Romney owning the voting machines to be used in Ohio.

      Those International Observers should have been called in for the 2000 eledctin.

      Just imagine how the coutnry would be now if GWB had NOT been president.

      • wicked

        Here’s more information on the voting machine thing.

        Prominent partners and directors on the H.I.G. board hail from Bain Company or Bain Capital, both connected to Mitt Romney. H.I.G. employees have contributed at least $338,000 to Romney’s campaign. H.I.G. Directors John P. Bolduk and Douglas Berman are major Romney fundraisers, as is former Bain and H.I.G. manager Brian Shortsleeve.


        US courts have consistently ruled that the software in electronic voting machines is proprietary to the manufacturer, even though individual election boards may own the actual machines. Thus there will be no vote count transparency on election night in Ohio. The tally will be conducted by Hart Intercivic and controlled by Husted and Kasich, with no public recourse or accountability. As federal testimony from the deceased Michael Connell made clear in 2008, electronically flipping an election is relatively cheap and easy to do, especially if you or your compatriots programmed the machines.

  3. In reference to the graphic above – in the first debate when Romney said to Obama that he’s been in business for 25 years and did not know what Obama was talking about when he said companies are paid to outsource American jobs.

    I was so frustrated iwth Obama – he just sotod there.

    And who in their right mind thinks that Romney does not know of all the tax cuts and subsidies that go with doing buisness in Amierca and outsourcing good-paying American jobs?

    Please, just pass the barf bag now…

    • That first debate – I still wonder if Obama felt sorry for Mitt and wanted to give him some dignity (remember – just before the debate – Ann Romney came out and said she was afraid for Mitt’s mental health).

      I just wonder if Obama took pity on Romney or was it a part of Obama’s strategy for the Romney to be given a lifeline to his campaign?

      I don’t know…….but I’ve learned that you can never feel pity for a snake. And Republicaqn have proven thesmlves to be nothing but snakes.

      I’m hoping that when the Republicans lose this election – the moderate Republicans will assess their Grand Old Party and make a choice – kick the Krazee Kissin Kousins, Tea Baggers, Birthers and Rabid Religious Right to the curb or form another party and implement standards of at least telling the truth.

  4. George McGovern was my first vote for President and this was in 1972.

    Take note in this article – McGovern called for tax reform and national health insurance. He was strongly against the Vietnam War and wanted to end it.

    Hmmmm……..interesting topics there. One might think we were in a time warp – wouldn’t they?

    In 2012 – what are we talking about? Tax reform – national health insurance and ending the war in Afghanistan. (oh, excuse me, it’s not a full-fledge war – is it? It just kills and wounds like it is)

    McGovern at his worst would have been a better president than Richard (Tricky Dick) Nixon at his finest hour.

  5. wicked

    This is great.

    Maya Soetoro-Ng: My Brother is the President of the United States

  6. Romney continues to make the administration’s response to the attacks in Libya a centerpiece of his campaign.

    In his hastily called press conference, before we even knew of our Ambassador’s death, Romney claimed “the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.” He quickly abandoned that line!

    During the last debate, Romney insisted that it took Obama 14 days to describe the Libya attacks as an “act of terror.” He was wrong.

    Romney and his campaign allege that the Obama administration “covered-up” the facts about the attacks for their political benefit. Romney’s core message is that: 1. The attacks were linked to al Qaeda, and 2. The attacks had nothing to do with an anti-Muslim video on YouTube. Here’s an excerpt from Romney’s major foreign policy address on October 8:

    “The attack on our Consulate in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012 was likely the work of forces affiliated with those that attacked our homeland on September 11th, 2001. This latest assault cannot be blamed on a reprehensible video insulting Islam, despite the Administration’s attempts to convince us of that for so long.”

    As new facts come out we’re learning what a complex issue this is, how wise the Obama administrations response has been. We’re learning that initial statements made by President Obama, Secretary Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice were, indeed, supported by intelligence. Intelligence agencies have found no evidence the attack was ordered by Al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials and witnesses interviewed in Libya. In Benghazi, witnesses said members of the group that raided the U.S. mission specifically mentioned the video, which denigrated the prophet Muhammad.

    The investigation continues and President Obama has promised to get to the bottom of it, and all those who should be will be held accountable. I’m very proud of our president who remains strong and calm and doesn’t jump to conclusions without facts. I’m very disappointed in Romney who jumps to conclusions to try to make political points.

    • wicked

      What Romney and the Republicans fail to admit, if not realize, is that details are not something that can be shared. If We the People knew of everything that went on, we’d probably be living in underground bunkers.

      This just goes to show that if Romney is allowed to step foot in the White House, it will be a step into Orwell’s 1984.

      • Big Brother
      • We have always been at war with Eastasia
      • Telescreens
      • Ministry of Truth
      • Oceana
      • Thought Police
    • Yes, wicked, exactly! And we’ve seen as the republicans try their darnest to make ‘hay’ of this they’ve released sensitive information which could endanger additional lives. At times like these it’s vitally important we come together as Americans!

      I sincerely hope that very soon we will see some semblance of a republican party that is sensible, calm and principled to add counter checks and balance to the democratic party. Maybe when they lose this presidential election they’ll quit doubling down on the crazy, quit limiting government to fit in a woman’s uterus, and understand the differences there must be between religion and government — to protect both. I have HIGH HOPES!

      • I don’t know ….

        I am starting to think Abraham Lincoln was wrong to have fought so hard to keep our nation as one.

        Maybe he should have just let the Southern States secede and let the poor fools starve to death?

        That would certainly solve our problems if these Red State Moochers would secede. What would these folks do without the Blue States’ money?

      • wicked

        The problem is that politics have moved to the right. Those that were right are now far right, the middle is right, the left is middle (centrists), and the far left is limping along in the left, feeling lost.

  7. I know we all want to be prepared and informed before the next debate on foreign policy. Here’s an article worth reading before we listen to tomorrow’s debate. It’s about those ships Indy has told us about.

    Romney’s Proposal for More Military Ships Draws Skepticism

    • I still want to know exactly what plans Romney has to put these 15 warships in to use.

      As was stated in the article – the Obama Administration has not exactly stopped making warships – now have they?

      But – I guess Mitt wants to be the Kim Jong IL of the USA? That was the North Korean Dictator that put all their country’s money towards building their military while their citizens starved.

      • wicked

        Romney probably wants to name all those extra warships he wants built as HMS’s (His Majesty’s Service). That way he could prove he was “KING!” HMS You Screwed Up. HMS Just How Many Lies Can One Man Tell In An Hour.

    • wicked

      One small part of the article pretty much nailed it. ‘Let’s throw a figure against the wall and look tough on defense,’ That seems to be Romney’s way of telling if something should be done or not. In the meantime, we lose money and lives. But then what does a effer like him care?

      • I suspect Republican men suffer from the ‘little gun’ syndrome. You know what that is – don’t you?

        This is why these are the folks that want as many weapons as possible and the bigger, the better.

        Never mind that in the Iraq War – the insurgents did a hell of alot of damage to our soldiers with their homemade bombs.

        Seriously – if we have to go to war – then use our brains and not our ‘little guns’ in making these decisions.

  8. “I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.” — George McGovern

  9. My newest grandchild is on the way! 🙂

  10. A healthy 7 lb. 15 oz., 21.5 in. boy born at four this morning. All is well.