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Monday, September 24, 2012


Sorry for the light posting. Actually, there's a large-ish piece brewing about THAT movie, the one that caused so much turmoil in Islamic countries. But I am swamped and cannot put much thought into my writing. So here are some links to various reports worthy of your interest...

What they're not telling you about Iran. Iran agreed to halt uranium enrichment in exchange for an end to sanctions. Those who want war will denounce this offer as a ploy.

Skewed polls. This story is potentially important. Apparently, Romney is ahead by a wide margin, according to a website which "corrects" other polls...
Republicans have taken their complaints about media polls allegedly favoring Democrats a step further this morning, embracing an obscure new polling website that re-engineers public polls to add more Republicans to their samples, and which gives Republican Mitt Romney a wide lead.

Some Romney supporters have long complained that public polls suggest higher Democratic turnout, and lower Republican turnout, than they think is likely this year. Pollsters have replied that their samples are dictated by what poll respondents themselves say. (This exchange between Hugh Hewitt and Lee Miringoff is illustrative of the argument.)

Dean Chambers, a blogger on who writes from his home in Duffield, Virginia, took that complaint a step further — producing wide Romney leads far beyond what the Republican's campaign or Republican pollsters have suggested is the case.

He created the site, retooling national polling data this July after reading an ABC News/Washington Post poll that "just didn't look right." Looking at the internal data, Chambers saw that the polling unit had sampled more Democrats than Republicans.
The real importance of this story, of course, is that it gives cover to Diebold shennanigans on election day.

Speaking of election machine rigging: Robert Reich thinks that this is one of four factors that could hand this election to Romney. The others:

1. Continuing rotten stats on the jobs front.

2. Terrific debate performances from Romney. (Reich admits that Obama wasn't "all that" during the 2008 primaries.)

3. The money factor. Yeah, I know that the GOP has been crying poor lately. Don't believe it.

Frum. I don't think I've ever found David Frum worth linking to in all the years of this blog's existence, but this deserves quotation...
The background to so much of the politics of the past four years is the mood of apocalyptic terror that has gripped so much of the American upper class.

Hucksters of all kinds have battened on this terror. They tell them that free enterprise is under attack; that Obama is a socialist, a Marxist, a fascist, an anti-colonialist. Only by donating to my think tank, buying my book, watching my network, going to my movie, can you - can we - stop him before he seizes everything to give to his base of "bums," as Charles Murray memorably called them.

And what makes it all both so heart-rending and so outrageous is that all this is occurring at a time when economically disadvantaged Americans have never been so demoralized and passive, never exerted less political clout.
Why is this so? In part, I think that the upper class has come to believe its own propagandists, who have been screaming for years that the big problem facing this country is the Bolshevik Menace.

Here's a bit more from Frum:
From the greatest crisis of capitalism since the 1930s, the rights and perquisites of wealth have emerged undiminished - and the central issue in this election is whether those rights and perquisites shall be enhanced still more, or whether they should be allowed to slip back to the level that prevailed during the boom.

Yet even so, the rich and the old are scared witless! Watch the trailer of Dinesh D'Souza's new movie to glimpse into their mental universe: chanting swarthy mobs, churches and banks under attack, angry black people grabbing at other people's houses.

It's all a scam, but it's a spectacularly effective scam...

Akin for cash. Wow. I knew that this was how things worked in politics, but I never thought that any politician would be so bold about it. Todd Akin has said that any constituent who wants his attention should write him "a decent check."

I'm not sure that "decent" is an adjective I would use to describe any check heading in the general direction of Todd Akin. The Statue of Liberty wants to know if she should now consider herself legitimately or illegitimately raped.
Thank you for drawing our attention to all these stories that were overlooked (deliberately or not) by nearly all other news sources and authorities. I'd like to provide a link to another site here, there's an article I think is important over at TruthDig entitled 'How Do You Take Your Poison?'. Overall, the article points out the irrelevance of whether Barack of Willard (Mitt) wins the election because both are corporate employees. There's a paragraph that the article has which provides some interesting criticism that I tried to repeat about Barack H. Obama. Quoting the article -

"And while Romney has been, courtesy of the magazine Mother Jones, exposed as a shallow hypocrite, Obama is in a class by himself. There is hardly a campaign promise from 2008 that Obama has not broken. This list includes his pledges to support the public option in health care, close Guantanamo, raise the minimum wage, regulate Wall Street, support labor unions in their struggles with employers, reform the Patriot Act, negotiate an equitable peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, curb our imperial expansion in the Middle East, stop torture, protect reproductive rights, carry out a comprehensive immigration reform, cut the deficit by half, create 5 million new energy jobs and halt home foreclosures. Obama, campaigning in South Carolina in 2007, said that as president he would fight for the right of collective bargaining. “I’d put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll … walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States of America,” he said. But when he got his chance to put on those “comfortable pair of shoes” during labor disputes in Madison, Wis., and Chicago he turned his back on working men and women."

To me, this mentions just a sliver of what Barack has done. Not only have renditions increased under his watch, he is also responsible (directly responsible) for killing a 16 year old american citizen (Abdul-Rahman al-Awlaki) via his lovely drone armies, not to mention his secret drone wars in places like Africa, his acceptance of the position of Chairman of the U.N. Security Council which is in violation of the constitution (last paragraph of section 9 of the US Constitution "No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."), Obama's passage of the Anti-Occupy laws, his support of laws that make it easier to protest in the PRC than in the USA, his support of PIPA and SOPA (which failed and so he had the DHS draft up an executive order which has the finalized touches being put on it which will serve the same function that PIPA and SOPA would have served).

Having said that. I wish you, Joseph, would explain to me and your other blog readers why it is so damn important for us to support Barack this year. I know it is because Willard Romney is bad, so bad, so indescribably evil, one of the worst humans to ever exist and his psychopathy is incomprehensible, but I fail to see how Barack Obama is better. Would I call him evil? Yes, absolutely and I am in no way joking.
War ... or a new market for nuclear technology products.
I remember people speculating as to whether we had achieved "peak wingnut" a couple of years ago. How naive that all seems now.
The upper classes are afraid of the Bolshie menace cos they know that there really ought to be more unrest - thats it is just a matter of time. That right now we are in a period of calm before storm, and that if things get worse there will be the ever present risk that the masses will eventually not take it any more.

Guilt can make anyone paranoid.

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