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It is funny how politics can divide us. Well, it probably should for a little while, the same way cross town high school rivalries can divide a small city during the school year, but whereas we bounce back from a high school rivalry, the wounds of politics fester for a long time.

Listening to Rick Jensen today, (the loser) one could almost hear the sizzle of salt hitting fresh flesh…

Now as a numbers person I’m used to thinking of Red States versus Blue… It’s numbers; that simply is the rule we chose some 223 years ago to use as a tally. So when I look at a map and see the West and Northeast and Rust Belt, versus the South, the Middle Axis, and the Mountain States, I might be inclined to think, “gee our country is really divided”. But, (and it will soon emerge) if one looks at the individual counties or if someone actually delineates to wards, one sees a purple color descend and take over all of America.

So, to the uninitiated, this is a surprise. Everyone in Virginia is not blue. It just happens that within those lines on a map, more people support blue ideas instead of red ideas. It just takes one more human being to tip the balance, to turn that state from red to blue. The same can be said in reverse for Texas.

This was brought to mind last night as those watching early returns sometimes got their hopes up, only to be dashed as more votes came in….

America needs to forget about these divisions (unless they are in charge of a national election campaign). For the rest of us, they don’t matter….

Have you ever stood in line to pay for groceries? If you have, I want you to visualize standing with 10 people in front of you… Now if you can do that, I want you to imagine half of those people “thinking people over money”, and the other half thinking “money over people”… Those of us who have lived real life, know that those values can change depending upon whichever circumstances we find ourselves at the moment…

Now imagine half of them wearing blue shirts, and half of them wearing red… Exactly split, down the middle…. Viola. That is North Carolina, (50-50); it is also Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida.

Now imagine that line where one blue shirt was replaced by one red… Now you are up to states like Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, and West Virginia… We tend to think of these as really backwards environments full of cut-out Rush Limbaughs driving pickup trucks. Yet all we did was switch one person’s shirt in line, giving us a 6-4 ratio instead of 5-5…. None of those 9 other people changed.

Now switch that one swing person to a blue, you have… California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island.. all blatantly called liberal states where no conservative would dare live, …. but …four out of ten do…

In fact, The only difference statistically between West Virginia and Delaware, is one person’s shirt, waiting in line in front of you… If they choose to wear a red shirt, “heaven help us”. If they choose to wear a blue, “hooray for our side”, It is important to note: none of the other nine people change a thing….

So the reality is that in Congress, two diametrically opposing entities, Delaware and West Virgina, have the same makeup in population (statistically speaking) except for one person choosing to wear a blue or red shirt….

There is really no reason those two states can’t compromise based on that one person’s preference. The other 9 people all share the same shirts, irregardless of what state they come from….

Our national problem is that some nefarious outside influence, is using this one change of a shirt’s color, to halt all our nation’s progress forward…

Tomorrow, is the day… like a wedding, can’t wait for it to finally be over so life can go on again…. But there is one last thing to do.

Look at the Republican Party. The only reason Romney is doing well, is because he pivoted in the first debate, and became a liberal. His past track record had almost pushed him to the point of no return, until he reinvented himself upon that first debate stage. In other words, Romney is now the more liberal candidate, if one just looks at what he has said since October 4th.

However the old message is still prevalent in Delaware’s Republican exoskeleton. Kovach who once was considered a decent person, is now a compromised decent person. Kevin Wade, is nothing more than a word to rhyme with suede. Jeff Craig wants us to believe that if you can run a 16 X 40 foot retail outlet buried in the middle of a Fairfax strip mall, you can run the entire state’s government. Greg Lavelle believes that if you trash your opponent hard enough, you will get elected. Cathy Cloutier believes that no one gives enough of a hoot, making it so simple that she can be endorsed by the pro choice and pro life movements in the same election. Evan Quietsch believes the United Nations has set up a secret outpost somewhere in the woods of the 11th District, and that his challenger is the Manchurian Candidate who is actually from Manchuria. Rick Jensen has to ignore 99% of a story to make his case in support of any Republican who shows up on his show. Dori Conner, is running “Go, Go William Penn” down in Cavalier Country. NCCE Blake has to put stickers on his campaign signs, that say “I’m not Tom Gordan.” Then there is DelawarePolitics.Net, which although it has great people, they all get their orders from Homer Simpson. There is Brian Pettyjohn who, whenever his name gets mentioned, reminds one of the Lollypop Guild soliciting a hooker on the side of the Yellow Brick Road… And then, there was Two Timing Booth, kicked out for…. oh my. Don’t even get me started on Bodenweiser…. And above all this mess, flies the green faced witch on her magic broom, saying 2014, 2014…..

What happened? Siegler, is this what happens when you put the NRA actually in charge of something?

From top to bottom this party is (I’ll bend over backwards and be very nice here)…. dysfunctional… It is time for it to go away….

I heard a caller put it very well on Al Masciti this morning. Business needs representation. With this party they don’t have it. What they do have is Jack Markell, Chip Flowers, and Beau Biden, working with them as well as representing “we the people” who simultaneously do the necessary work for these businesses as well as us who depend on their health to live well ourselves…..

Delaware works better as a single party state than as a two party one…. Why? Simply put, everyone is an individual again. There is no reason NOT to work with someone who’s viewpoint is different from yours… It is called “compromise” and with today’s Republican Party from the top down, that compromise gene is simply not in their chromosomes……

Now here is my argument… Any vote for any Republican, weakens our state. I’m guessing we need an 85/15 democratic majority to permanently make this party go away…. I’m worried that many in Delaware may not vote this time because our national election is a foregone conclusion, and really, there is no reason to suspect or worry that any Republican will win….

Here is why you must… Your vote against the Republican Party, is needed to make it be gone forever….. We need single party government now more than ever… WE need cooperation between workers and businesses, and only one party, the Democratic one, can provide that.

Some say we need another voice to balance out one party rule… We will have them. 21 separate voices in the Senate, and 45 separate ones in the House, but only if they are all Democrat … Every person is an individual, and every person has to represent their district. There are some conservative districts, there are some progressive districts. but it still will take a majority to get anything passed.

At least if there is only one party, they will get things done the old fashioned way. The conservatives will express their needs, the progressives will express their needs, and some type of compromise all can live with, will get hammered out….

That can’t happen if there are Republicans anywhere in government to mess things up…..

So do your civic duty… Vote Democratic or Libertarian, or any another candidate…. Just make Republicans go away…. I used to like watching cartoons on Saturday… Now, that I have to watch them 365 days at 24/7, it is too much…. (Now, where’s that Advil?)

Make them go away.

Harry Reid was right.  Bloomberg finally cracked the story…

Using a tax shelter called a CRUT (charitable remainder unitrust)  that was held by the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons),  Mitt Romney was able to pay zero taxes (legally) every single year from 1996 to 2009.  Why did he stop in 2009?  Because he would make public his 2010 tax return, that is why.

This tax loophole was killed by Congress in 1997.  However those including Romney that were already using it were allowed to continue it.   The way it works, is that Romney makes a “charitable” contribution to the Church of Latter Day Saints and the goes into a trust.  Since the trust is generated by the church, it is tax  deferred.  Any capital gains, are non taxed because of the charities status.  Like an annuity, the donor gets a charitable tax deduction and an stream of cash payments.  When Romney dies, the church accepts full ownership..

Bloomsberg’s attorneys estimate as the Romneys have received these payments, the money that will potentially be left for charity has declined from at least $750,000 in 2001 to $421,203 at the end of 2011…..

Romney has refused to answer any thing on this topic.  His campaign puts out that it was all legal….

Legal perhaps.  Ethical for the president of the United States?  Well, only if you want a crook running the country….   Imagine!   Legally stealing from your church!.

 

From the YouTube debate in August 2007, in preparation for the 2008 primaries, a question to Mitt Romney was entertained from this character.  (Mitt Romney refused to answer, saying I ain’t talkin’ to no snowman.)

Yesterday Bloomberg endorsed Obama:  with this message to Mitt Romney:   It’s Global Warming, Stupid… 

Sher’s new mailing piece is effective. It actually tugged at my heartstrings. If you never see it, it has ten of Delaware state government’s officials, all men, whose headshots are in that grainy black and white only see on political hit pieces, and offset by a color picture of her.

“None of the top political leaders in Delaware today speak for women. They’re all men.”

“Cheryl Anne “Sher” Valenzuela: A voice for women and expanded opportunity for all.”

This caused me for a minute to doubt myself. Wow, it’s true. There are no women controlling the Senate or the House, even though there are many women in the Senate and House itself. There are no women in any state elected offices… So, wow. it’s true…

For a second I had a tug, that said, well maybe I’ll break will and put just one vote to a Republican. That feeling lasted for about one second….

My next thought, was who would I be taking out. It was Matt Denn. Matt is the kind of person that whenever a woman approaches him with an proposition, Matt will say “ok, let me see what I can do.” Matt is pro choice. pro kids. pro family. and especially where it counts: pro woman.”

Sher is a Republican.

The official Republican platform is this: no abortion even if you get raped, even if you get incested by your Daddy, even if your life will expire, (oh, That’s ok as long as that rape-child is kept alive until we can be cut open and extract it. After all, it was God who put that rape child in there.)

That is the “official Republican” position: Romney supported it. Ryan created it. And sometimes Republicans occasionally mess up and forget their instructions are to stay mum, and they it slips out how they “really” feel….

Oh, that is silly, you say? You tell me Sher is not the national Party; she is my next door neighbor?

So then, please tell me: what is her position on abortion? Aye, she’s against it.

Rest my case.

Very often proponents of “the other party” (it doesn’t matter which one it is), bring up this notion. “Well, one should elect a good person irregardless of party; that is how you get good government, by making it full of only good people…”

Problem with that statement, is that though it may seem like common sense, it is not true. Things in reality don’t work that way.

Let us imagine that the college National Football Championship was still decided by a committee. Your cross-town rival was up for a vote. You know if your rival is chosen, he is able to recruit better players in the future, and you will have even a tougher time going against him… Therefore you will do everything in your power to make that choice not happen.

That is how every Republican works. They do not believe that a person goes into government, states ones position, listens to the other side, then votes the best choice for their constituents. They believe their role is to make sure nothing beneficial at all, can come from their competitor, the Democratic Party…. Even if their constituents will benefit economically from a Democrat’s upcoming legislation, they work diligently to make sure that can never happen, or at least it won’t happen until THEY can be in the majority and get the “full” credit for it.

Perfect example? Obamacare. ORIGINALLY THAT WAS THE REPUBLICAN HEALTHCARE PLAN PUSHED THROUGH BY THE

    REPUBLICAN PARTY,

DURING THE YEARS OF BUSH …

But ONCE the exact same plan became Obamacare, the meme came to “defeat it at every turn.” Fortunately a form of it passed and across the board, consumers now are paying less for coverage and getting a lot more benefit from the little they do pay.. It was a win, win, for everyone, except for Republicans who have it on their record as a black mark because “they” didn’t pass it and Democrats did…

Ok, so that’s the background… now here is the argument. Transport yourself back 80 years to Nazi Germany. You are in the middle of a national election. You have a candidate who earlier said some horrible things, and now, is coming across as a super nice guy who will make change happen. The other side is telling you “what’s wrong with you, are you stupid, here it is in Mein Kampf. HE WANTS TO EXTERMINATE EVERYONE BUT ARYANS.

You can’t believe something so horrible could come from such a nice man. And, you do think it is time for change, because progress HAS been too slow. So you vote for Hitler….

Two years later you have a Jewish friend who you grew up with. He is deep into the same change, and he has embraced the Nazi Party. You think that putting him in will somehow modify those stringent voices you have indeed heard deep within the Nazi’s calling for complete Jewish extinction. But at this point two years after Hitler’s election, you have a choice of electing his opponent, a person from a party who is anti- Nazi or your friend, who is Jewish and yet pro-Nazi…

If you elect your friend, the Nazi’s just swallow him up.(Sooner or later he winds up in a camp). But if you elect the opposite, then you have some chance at mitigating their destructive path… they don’t have quite all the votes they will need to grant themselves dictatorial powers.

In this allegory, Sher is that Jewish friend. She is one of you who is pretending to be one of them… In this allegory, Hitler represents today’s party platform; one that is solidly against women… “you will have no rights over your body” is their official platform.

We are being asked by Sher to dismiss that. “Oh no,” she says. “Look at me, I’m woman. I’ll never let “that” happen to you.”

All I’m saying here is consider what happen to the Jews of Europe after the election of 1933…. Growing up we always learned Hitler was a horrible monster. What I’m just learning now, is that it took an awful lot of little horrible monsters to vote him into power. Im sure in God’s eyes, every single voter who put Hitler into power, is as guilty of the exterminations as is he….

Therefore, even if Sher was a raging femme-nazi (she isn’t), the fact that putting anyone from her party regardless of character into an office, would cause irreparable harm to women…

Just curious. How many Jews in the Nazi Party (there were many in the beginning) were able to persuade Hitler away from his core belief of what he had once written?

It is what it is. Any Republican, no matter who, keeps our current equivalent of the Nazi Party’s hopes alive… Just imagine the difference, if Germany had chosen to elect someone else, and Hitler became the equivalent of Sarah Palin?

We are at that exact point this year. We know Republicans fail women. Any republican that gets elected, even if they are just looking over Wills, supports the party that makes our lives harder, tougher, and more insecure. A lesson needs be taught: we do not want Republicans anywhere near our bodies… period…

You can’t stop it from the inside: we are going to stop it from the outside…

That lesson applies to Sher.

It is more like a thumb, as from this image of the polling across America that was customized by Delaware Liberal., a Florida peninsula jutting between to wide thighs of blue…   This state voted for Jimmy Carter over Reagan.  This state was one of the few that voted for Dukakis!  But since 2000 it has been solidly red….  The reason is coal.. Coal is not just an industry there, it is one’s pride.   Coal is who they are…

Al Gore’s anti carbon kick spooked them.   Coal provides most of that state’s  charity.  Coal is a big supporter of the Mountaineers.  Coal trains are shown on their TV’s commercials at least 15 times a day…   West Virginia IS coal…

Actually the true facts are different.  Wyoming, is now the true heart of real coal…   West Virginia is drying up….  The only real coal left, is the stuff running through their blood….

Yet more people have died from mining deaths under Bush than died the entire time under Democratic leadership.  Now Mitt Romney is saying get rid of all  safety regulations….  regulations which are 1) there  to  protect people, and 2)  there to spread coal’s costs evenly.

For example:  if you breath coal dust, you get black lung, a form of lung cancer.  Pure and simple…   Breathe it in, get cancer, and die.  Since miners shouldn’t pay out of their own pocket for work related materials,  current regulations now require companies to pay for safety equipment and its upkeep….  It is this type regulation,  which keeps coal dust out of lungs,  is one that is targeted for Mitt Romney to eradicate.

Coal if seeped into a water supply causes premature death.  So who should pay?  The coal company whose actions caused the seepage, or each person living downstream for hundreds of miles downriver?  It is this type of regulation which Mitt Romney will eradicate….

Coal mines are notorious for abusing human capital, (thats a proper name for laborers or real human beings who have kids and say “hi” when they see you.)  Here are some examples….

R & H Coal Company (Jewel, VA) was ordered to back pay its miners for cut wages.  It had substituted a bonus system contingent on mining over 600 tons a day.   The courts decided that even though the pay was consistent to the set average wage  if the miners met the quota, the expectations for netting that same money were different.  The  lesser pay had to be reimbursed to meet acceptable levels.

Paying miners less is what Bain Capital or Romney propose to do for all coal miners… Make them work harder for less.  Fewer jobs.  Less pay. No Benefits…

Romney says he wants to protect coal companies…  Romney’s only real concern is to make the hedge funds that own 51% of these companies far more profitable…

That’s the bad guy.  Now the good guy.

Obama wants to protect West Virginia, not the hedge funds.  Obama and the Department of Energy see coal production rising, increasing to keep up with world demand.  There is no way coal production can possibly decrease when one looks at the macro global future energy needs.  The market is just too demanding… This year coal exports were the highest they have been since 1981 and yes, that was under Obama.  In 2000 and 2004 George W. Bush campaigned in West Virginia promising that he would increase coal production…  It actually decreased, meanwhile oil and gas prices climbed to the highest levels ever recorded… ( he was heavily invested in oil and gas)…

Republicans have always, always, always sold out WV  in actuality, … while touting lip service to their cause.  Sort of like Romney does today… Much has been made on how coal miners were made to report for a Romney photo op by their employers on their day off,  and were not paid for dressing up, getting dirty, then cleaning up again,  just for a faked picture to make Romney look like he is the protector of coal…

Romney is the protector of hedge funds… Nothing else.  Everything else  flows down from that.  He protects coal, because he has coal investments…  He protects Chinese jobs, because he has investments in Chinese Jobs…  He protects hospital’s excessively high payments, because he has investments in hospitals.

President Obama has always felt people are more important than money….  When a person dies, something miraculous and unique, is gone forever.  We can print more money every day.

President Obama went to bat for the Auto Workers Union when GM and Chrysler were on Mitt Romney’s chopping block (see this story ). When was the last time since Jimmy Carter, that someone went to bat for those real, genuine human beings, who actually do the work and produce the coal?

When that question gets asked, the room is silent for a long time……

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This comes from the Ohio contract for voting machines.   Notice the conflict of interest clause.  How does that square with  the President candidate’s son owning a piece of  every voting machine in Cincinnati?   How does that square with that same company having three out of five board members all contributors to Romney’s campaign?  How does that square with that same company having three board members  from a Romney owned company sitting on their board?  How does that square with the holding company owning these voting machines being Romney’s eleventh LARGEST contributor?

Most people won’t pick up a piece of shit, because it stinks…    THIS  STINKS…..  and breeches the contract…..  Sherod Brown should be very concerned…

Here is the story of a doctor who is past his prime.   Dr. Battmer told his appointment she had better be voting for Romney or he wouldn’t honor his appointment.  She said she was supporting the President.  He threw her out….   Why any woman would trust her privates to a man who still thinks our commander in chief is a muslim,  is beyond me…   I’d be afraid he’d still think babies were found under cabbages.

This guy’s license needs pulled…  70 and still practicing?   Obviously he is incapacitated if he can’t make the simple common sense judgment to keep politics out of medicine…

Someone should show him my blog and all the factual, physical proof  concluding that Obama is close to being the best president … EVER…   He’ll have a heart attack, and help decrease the surplus population (Dickens quote).

In reality, there’s remarkable consensus among mainstream economists, including those from the left and right, on most major macroeconomic issues.  92 percent of top-ranked economists say the ‘stimulus’ lowered unemployment.

Here are 6 areas that economists agree on….

  • The Recovery Act (‘Stimulus’) was a success, part of a historic turnaround.
  • The American Jobs Act should be passed at once.
  • The economy needs MORE federal spending, not LESS
  • Repairing and upgrading our infrastructure is job 1
  • Lower tax rates on top incomes make things worse, not better, as in:
  • The income gap, which fueled this crisis, is a big drag on growth.

Every Republican who disses the Stimulus Funding is simply dead wrong.   Every Republican who does not even have an idea of what they are talking about…   Job growth went from -800,000 per month under Bush to an average net gain of 160,000. That’s a turnaround of nearly 1 million jobs per month! A historic achievement that gives tangible meaning to change we can believe in. 92% of economists or 100% of those NOT on Romney’s payroll, concur.

Moody’s Analytics estimated the American Jobs Act would create 1.9 million jobs and add 2% to gross domestic product.
The Economic Policy Institute estimated it would create 2.6 million jobs and protect an addition 1.6 million existing jobs.
Macroeconomic Advisers predicted it would create 2.1 million jobs and boost GDP by 1.5 percent.
Goldman Sachs also predicted it would add 1.5% to GDP.

Policy advisers to Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton, Nobel prize winners, IMF and World Bank analysts, private forecasters, Goldman Sachs, Forbes…The Consensus is clear: our economy needs MORE Federal spending, not LESS.   The world’s top economists warn austerity policies are pushing the world economy toward disaster.

The American Society of Civil Engineers is calling for a 5 year, $2.2 trillion dollar program to repair, rebuild and update our infrastructure, beginning immediately. That’s $400 billion a year, every $1 billion dollars of which will create 23,000 jobs. That translates into 9.2 million jobs a year.  Romney wants to spend the same amount on our military.  Our military is already larger than the twenty next armies combined….

Tax cuts on top incomes likewise produce no return. A study by the Congressional Research Service reviewed tax, investment and growth data beginning in 1945, the first year for which they’re available.  Their analysis showed tax reductions on top incomes do not increase investment or growth.  In fact, growth has consistently been more robust during periods when top tax rates were higher.
Instead of making the economic pie larger, the CRS found, reductions on top tax rates change how the pie is sliced, concentrating income at the top.  (ie the kavipsian Economic Theory)  Romney’s approach leads us on the road to Greece.

The effect of income inequality on economic growth is negative.  But inequality, especially of the U.S. variety, is bad for growth. The country grew faster in the decades after World War II — when it was also growing together, with all groups seeing increases in income. But those at the bottom were growing the most.  those in the middle, ordinary Americans who work for a living, let alone those at the bottom, are getting a smaller slice of a pie that is smaller than if we had continued growing as we did postwar. The net result is disheartening: Most Americans are worse off today than they were 15 years ago.”   Income inequality in America peaked in 1929 and in 2007 – just before massive economic contractions.  It is about to again and will, if Romney’s 5 Trillion tax cut is allowed to progress unimpeded…..

 

President Obama’s policies are as needed in our time as President Roosevelt’s were in his.  Roosevelt struggled for a time, too.  America didn’t toss him out and send Hoover back to Washington.

An email  leaked to the Free Press now has Ohioians scratching their heads….

I’m sure there are still a few out there who do not understand how computers talk to each other, but for those of us that do, this is damning incriminating evidence, quite possibly requiring  Federal Marshall’s to oversee Ohio’s Elections.   This has every appearance of massive fraud and can be deemed in no other way, than as a deliberate attempt by a Republican Secretary of State to circumvent the real voter tally…. and throw the election to Romney.

Election Counsel Brandi Laser Seske circulated a memo dated November 1st renewing the already shaky justification for installing software made by Election Systems and Solutions on vote tabulation equipment used in 39 Ohio counties. … Seske begins by explaining what she purports to be the purpose of the software patch: “Its function is to aid in the reporting of results that are already uploaded into the county’s system. The software formats results that have already been uploaded by the county into a format that can be read by the Secretary of State’s election night reporting system.”

This last minute “experimental” software update will supposedly transmit custom election night reports to the Secretary of State’s office from the county boards of elections, bypassing the normal election night reporting methods.

In order to justify this unusual parallel reporting method, Seske explains “It is not part of the certified Unity system, so it did not require federal testing.” This attempt to skirt federal and state law from one of the most partisan Secretary of State offices in the nation ignores basic facts of how modern information systems function.

Seske continues “Because the software is not 1) involved in the tabulation or casting of ballots (or in communicating between systems involved in the tabulation or casting of ballots) or 2) a modification to a certified system, the BVME [Board of Voting Machine Examiners] was not required to review the software.”

This software, functioning on a network through which votes are transmitted could act to intercept, alter or destroy votes from counties where it is not even installed, hence the “man in the middle” nickname.

Seske acted to bypass the Ohio Board of Voting Machine Examiners required review.

An unelected, all Republican group of attorneys appears to have conspired to install election software without any testing  or required  certification which they are professionally unqualified to pass judgment upon. These types of last minute installations of software patches on voting machines are considered suspect by every voter, especially in light of the irregularities that took place in 2004….

No one knows what other software was placed on these patches.  Quite possibly this entire plan is a ruse to install vote switching software into each machine, too close to the election to ever be checked…..