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Buy The Numbers

polling helpThere's a new polling service this election cycle... Gravis. It has an intentionally conservative bias so its only real purpose is to skew the average of all polls to the right in such a manner that they're not swamped by leftist/centrist reality. Rasmussen does the same thing. So when Fox News points to Romney being ahead in polls, that's two of their sources.

Does anyone remember the 2008 election? We the public were told right up until the day of the election that the race between Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama was very, very tight. But in the end it wasn't even close. It was in blowout, mercy-killing, I-can-see-the-margin-of-victory-from-my-house territory.

This year the Romney family has their fingers in the pie of the very company that makes the (known hackable) voting machines used in Ohio so no telling what's going to happen there (Spoiler alert: Obama takes OH) but it's pretty clear that Virginia and Pennsylvania are in the Democratic bag, which means a second term for Mr. Obama.

Now all you have to do is get out there and vote. And vote often.


money tsunamiAnd in case you haven't heard:

By the time Election Day rolls around, both President Obama and Mitt Romney will have raised more than $1 billion—making this presidential race the costliest in history.

Through September, some 55% of Obama's campaign cash consists of donations smaller than $200, while only 13% of his donations were of the maximum $2,500.

For Romney, 45% of donations were at the $2,500 mark, compared to 22% that were less than $200.

Don't act surprised.


On a personal note: I had my first failure with my reclaimed breadmaking machine. The last loaf didn't rise as it ought and I ended up with a hard, doughy lump. The culprit seems to be my overly enthusiastic application of salt. Next time I'll be a bit more anal with the recipe.

It's an oddly melancholy event when a loaf of bread fails, sort of like when a goldfish dies, only I'm not flushing this thing down the loo.


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Oh, That Mitt

romney's footWhere are your tax returns, Mitt?


ere's another charming anecdote about Mr. Romney's time as the Governor of Massachusetts. It seems he routinely took it upon himself to interfere with the approval of birth certificates for the children of legally-wed gay parents. What a sweetheart.

So when, just last month he said "My view is this, that individuals should be able to pursue a relationship of love and respect, and raise a family as they would choose." he wasn't being a huge, lying dick at all.


So it seems that Romney lied in divorce court about the value of Staple's stock in order to screw over a friend's wife.

Sounds bad but, oh, it's much worse than that.


Today Mr. Romney refused to answers questions from the press regarding Richard Mourdock. But that's not surprising as apparently Mitt isn't going to give any more interviews, possibly even answer routine questions, through Election Day.


"The right wing has lost the election of 2012. The evidence for this is overwhelming, yet it is the year’s best-kept secret. Mitt Romney would not be throwing virtually all of his past positions overboard if he thought the nation were ready to endorse the full-throated conservatism he embraced to win the Republican nomination." - E. J. Dionne, Washington Post


Quote of The Day

"Sadly, Mitt Romney does have a nickel for every lie he's told." --- a tweet by LOLGOP

Today's video: Retired NSA analyst proves that the GOP is stealing votes.


President Obama's Top 50 Accomplishments

Number 2: Passed the Stimulus

barack obama's top 50 accomplishmentsSigned $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid greatest recession since the Great Depression. Weeks after stimulus went into effect, unemployment claims began to subside. Twelve months later, the private sector began producing more jobs than it was losing, and it has continued to do so for twenty-three straight months, creating a total of nearly 3.7 million new private-sector jobs.


And now our Chart of the Day: The World Prefers Obama, Too.

the world prefers obama

Much larger version of chart here.


Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creationFor the past two years the Republican-led House had the chance to pass any number of jobs bills to get this country back on its feet. Instead, they did nothing, hoping that the lousy economy they were nurturing would ruin Mr. Obama's chance at reelection. That's the Republican way.

For the full 2001-2012 list of Republican sloth please visit republicanjobcreation.com.


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Anchorman: Why do we even bother reporting on the race for president? The challenger clearly doesn’t have a chance to win.

Floor manager: True, but the moment we come clean our political advertising will dry up and you'll both out of a job.

Anchorman: According to our exclusive polls the candidates are neck-and-neck! We'll be right back after another disgusting attack ad from the Koch Brothers.

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