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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Gov. Cuomo Needs More Cash to Rebuild After AGW Storms
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said to expect more storms like Sandy to affect his and other states, suggesting that it is a reality of climate change.

"We have a 100-year flood every two years now," Cuomo told reporters Tuesday. "We have a new reality when it comes to these weather patterns. We have an old infrastructure and we have old systems and that is not a good combination."
It's gonna take a lot more money, but you peons will just have to cough up. But if we can get on the Fed's gravey train, each peon will have to contribute less!
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg agreed that weather is getting more extreme. "What is clear is that the storms that we've experienced in the last year or so around this country and around the world are much more severe than before," he said. "Whether that's global warming or what, I don't know. But we'll have to address those issues."
Short memories, Mr. Mayor, that's why we have written records and the scribes to read them.
Posted by: Bobby || 11/01/2012 14:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  1. Hurricane
2. Government
3. PROFIT!!!
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/01/2012 17:31 Comments || Top||

#2  New Yorkers can move to Chicago, where they've never had a hurricane.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/01/2012 18:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Well when we have an AGW storm we'll be sure to send Cuomo some money but right now we are dealing with a large, but normal, storm.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 11/01/2012 20:29 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Bloomberg Backs Obama, Citing Climate Change
In a surprise announcement, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday that Hurricane Sandy had reshaped his thinking about the presidential campaign and that as a result he was endorsing President Obama.

Mr. Bloomberg, a political independent in his third term leading New York City, has been sharply critical of both Mr. Obama, a Democrat, and Mitt Romney, the president’s Republican rival, saying that both men have failed to candidly confront the problems afflicting the nation. But he said he had decided over the past several days that Mr. Obama was the best candidate to tackle the global climate change that the mayor believes contributed to the violent storm, which took the lives of at least 38 New Yorkers and caused billions of dollars in damage.

“The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of next Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief,” Mr. Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed article for Bloomberg View.

“Our climate is changing,” he wrote. “And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it may be — given the devastation it is wreaking — should be enough to compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.”

Mr. Bloomberg’s announcement is another indication that Hurricane Sandy has influenced the presidential campaign. The storm, and the destruction it left in its wake, has dominated news coverage, transfixing the nation and prompting the candidates to halt their campaigning briefly.

More than that, it appears to have given a new level of urgency to a central issue in the presidential campaign: the appropriate size and role of government.
Posted by: tipper || 11/01/2012 15:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So Mr. Bloomberg, you also support the civilian trial of Khalid Sheik Mohommad in the grande City of New York?

I would think a nanny would have larger potatoes to bake instead of fry, like why did an average KC Royals regular season game draw more fans than a NY Yankees post-season game?

If I had to attend a Nets game, if my drink was 50/50 rum and cola, could I get that in a 32oz size?

Those I would consider greater surprises than this non announcement.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/01/2012 16:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Why is it a surprise announcement that a big government, nanny state liberal would endorse another big government, nanny state liberal?

So confused....
Posted by: DarthVader || 11/01/2012 16:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Doubly funny, since Romney and Obama both hired the same climate change guru.
Posted by: Iblis || 11/01/2012 17:09 Comments || Top||

#4  If NYC votes for the Mayor for Life each time he buys his way onto the ballot, they deserve this would-be idiotic dictator wannabe.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/01/2012 18:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Helping Bloomberg understand ‘stupid’
Posted by: tipper || 11/01/2012 18:23 Comments || Top||

#6  And, as we all know, Climate Change is caused by cigarettes, salt, transfats, and Big Giant Cokes...
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/01/2012 18:24 Comments || Top||

#7  And you can lessen the impact of Climate Change by moving all the high-carbon-producing industries to China because well, because.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 11/01/2012 19:33 Comments || Top||

#8  Stop climate change; make New York City carbon neutral. Sandy provided a start, with all the power out and roads impassable. Once the CO2 exhalers are gone everything will be fine.
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/01/2012 20:07 Comments || Top||

#9  Chased out of both parties. Won't be long before independents don't want anything to do with this clown. The only thing I've ever read about him that I liked was that he told Obama to go somewhere else for the photo ops.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 11/01/2012 20:28 Comments || Top||

#10  The Bammer is being criticized for "outsourcing JEEP to China vee Italy - iff the Pols + USDOD are wrong + a major war occurs before 2050, the US may be in the position of having to delay any and all of its MilPol counter-responses because we'll be too busy trying to arm + equip our Conventional forces from scratch = near-scratch.


Many Americans expect such things from Argentina + other, BUT NOT THE UK = MAJOR EURO/WORLD NUCLEAR POWERS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/01/2012 22:31 Comments || Top||

Bob Menendez's (D- NJ) Dominican Republic Vacay Includes Hookers
Bob: "Nice timing, Sandy"
Posted by: Frank G || 11/01/2012 08:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Teddy Kennedy Memorial Tour?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/01/2012 9:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Big deal. He is a Democrat. Democrats do this all the time.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 11/01/2012 9:34 Comments || Top||

#3  "Big deal. He is a Democrat. Democrats do this all the time."
So'd my Republican Senator, David Vitter. I would much prefer politicians would honor the oaths they take (marriage vows, etc.), but it doesn't seem like many can or do; of course if I was his wife I might Bobbitt him for his behavior (is he married?)
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/01/2012 9:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Sadly, Menendez is inside the "dead girl or live boy" window, and these girls are alive.
Posted by: Iblis || 11/01/2012 10:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Underage hookers paid for with tax dollars.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 11/01/2012 10:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Except its the whole set of politicians who've been pushing 'human trafficking' and its evils meme for a couple years now. When they're beating their chops its never about consenting adults, but exploitation. It's Big Willy signing into law the sexual harassment statutes that clearly say when a person in a superior position of authority gets 'Droit du seigneur' its by act an instance of sexual harassment. Of course, he is exempted cause he's a 'D'. One set of rules for me, another set of rules for thee.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/01/2012 10:43 Comments || Top||

#7  Child trafficing, child abuse, and drugs can be multifaceted.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/01/2012 11:01 Comments || Top||

#8  Yabba daba do
Posted by: tipper || 11/01/2012 11:16 Comments || Top||

#9  Did he get tips from the Secret Service?
Posted by: Steve White || 11/01/2012 11:28 Comments || Top||

#10  Pics or GTFO!
Posted by: Raj || 11/01/2012 12:38 Comments || Top||

#11  Re:Child trafficing, child abuse, and drugs can be multifaceted.

Yep, the hookers are the least of the concerns when using a private plane to the Caribbean, especially when there is the other posting today of Hezzies using the drug routes to infiltrate the US. The Dominican Republic is on the radar because of cartel level trafficking to the Eastern US via the Caribbean and S Florida. Maybe Menendez has other bad habits?


Cocaine poses a significant drug threat to Puerto Rico and the USVI. The drug is readily available and commonly abused and its distribution and abuse often are associated with violent crime. According to law enforcement and health officials, powdered cocaine and crack cocaine commonly are abused in Puerto Rico, while crack cocaine abuse is more prevalent than powdered cocaine abuse in the USVI. Puerto Rico and the USVI are commonly used as cocaine transshipment locations; most of the cocaine smuggled to the islands from South America is transshipped to other markets, primarily on the U.S. mainland. Cocaine is transported into and through Puerto Rico and the USVI primarily by maritime vessels and also by air conveyances. Dominican DTOs and criminal groups are the primary transporters of cocaine into and through Puerto Rico and the USVI; however, Colombian DTOs and Puerto Rican criminal groups also transport cocaine into and through the islands. Colombian, Dominican, and Puerto Rican criminal groups are the principal wholesale-level distributors of cocaine in Puerto Rico and the USVI. These criminal groups supply the drug principally to other Puerto Rican and Dominican criminal groups and local independent dealers and USVI criminal groups for retail sale.
Posted by: Kojo Wholuse5660 || 11/01/2012 12:48 Comments || Top||

#12  Oooooops! Nevermind...
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/01/2012 17:27 Comments || Top||

Chicago plans to pay parents $25 to pick up their children's report cards
Parents are being persuaded to get more involved in their children's education with $25 gift cards.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the scheme that will see vouchers for Walgreen being handed out.

Parents will receive the vouchers provided they pick up their students' report cards and participate in parent-teacher conferences.

The scheme will be trialed at 70 public schools in Chicago Public Schools that have a problem engaging parents.

'This is a way, in my view, of incentivizing responsible parenting,' Emanuel told a news conference at Field Elementary School, Ashland.
Posted by: Au Auric || 11/01/2012 07:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Implicit assumption that the parents can read the report cards. Or want to. Jus' gimme my twenny five, suckah!
Posted by: SteveS || 11/01/2012 8:55 Comments || Top||

#2  The scheme will be trialed at 70 public schools in Chicago Public Schools that have a problem engaging parents.

Which is why stuffing more money into teachers/union pockets is never going to have an significant effect in raising scores, skills, and civility in the classroom. As long as there is no value assigned at home on education, its just going through the motions in school. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/01/2012 9:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Didn't Donald Trump come out with a scheme similar to this a week or so ago? $5m per transcript wasn't it? Nothing new here.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/01/2012 9:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Hey Rahm, the $25 you are throwing around so easily comes from the taxpayers. No wonder Chicago blows its budgets. How about making it a requirement for the parent to have a conference every each time a report card is issued? Report cards were at one time sent home with the student and signed off on by the parent(s) for return to the school. Why is it that politicians come up with so many cockamamie ideas to spend (redistribute) other people's money so easily? Of course, if your mom or dad is in prison or strung out on crack, it may not be so easy to get them to sign a report card or get them to show up at school.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/01/2012 9:23 Comments || Top||

#5  This made me think of all those public service spots that big time athletes do.

They go into schools and tell the kiddies to stay in school and get an education, blah, blah, blah.

I'd like to see them go into the 'hood and tell the PARENTS to get it together and take care of their kids and education.

Think they could find enough to make it worthwhile? Me neither.
Posted by: AlanC || 11/01/2012 10:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Like who, Labron James who attempted to enter the NBA before finishing high school? I'm forced to watch some of that wives and stars crap, and the only difference I can tell between the show and a trailor park is the price of the wine.

No, I'm afraid the generation of pro bball players who at least made the effort to get an education while in college is fading fast.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/01/2012 11:30 Comments || Top||

#7  Better to make them PAY the full cost of their own child's education.

Subsidising education with poor cultural values just means schools get used as annoying kid warehouses.

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 11/01/2012 12:46 Comments || Top||

#8  Warehousing of children is the prime justification for public schools in many parts of the US. Sad, but true.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/01/2012 13:13 Comments || Top||

#9  You want to get the parents involved in their kids education? Simple really.

Make every parent pay something out-of-pocket for that education. Yes welfare parents too. Use a sliding scale if you must but make sure *everyone* pays *something*.

And not just a penny - something noticeable.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/01/2012 14:02 Comments || Top||

#10  Parents are only involved as much as they believe the value the activity is.

Apparently the parents see no value of it. Either through ignorance, or they see the rot of the system.

Or both.
Posted by: DarthVader || 11/01/2012 14:49 Comments || Top||

#11  These parents are the result of multi-generational welfare programs that have no demands for accountability. The programs, designed to help, have, in the end, destroyed families. The out of wedlock birth rate has skyrocketed, especially in the African American community. Yet if you try and address this issue head-on, you are labeled a racist. It is an incredible problem for our country, and one that is spreading very quickly beyond the inner city redoubts where is has been most visible and persistent. It is at the core of why there has to be a direct assault on the decline in social values in this country. Just fixing the budget alone won't solve the problem.
Posted by: remoteman || 11/01/2012 15:09 Comments || Top||

#12  ^^^^That
Posted by: Shipman || 11/01/2012 16:59 Comments || Top||

#13  The folks who are getting the free stuff don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

And, the folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop.

And the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now... the people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So... the people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason?

The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 236 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuffoutnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have one chance to change that in 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.


A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!

I'M 100% for PASSING THIS ON !!!

For all our sake and the sake of our children and grandchildren PLEASE Take a Stand!!!

Obama: Gone!

Borders: Closed!

Language: English only
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/01/2012 17:09 Comments || Top||

#14  Chicago plans to pay parents $25 to pick up their children's report cards

Hmm. Might work because it's about enough to pay for a good hit of their drug of choice.
Posted by: gorb || 11/01/2012 22:47 Comments || Top||

#15  remoteman got it.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/01/2012 23:26 Comments || Top||

-Election 2012
Many Inspector General Staff Don’t Believe Watchdog Works Independently
Posted by: DarthVader || 11/01/2012 14:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm sure if Mitt is elected, that will all change, as evidenced by leaks and feeds to the Donks with bylines.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/01/2012 18:59 Comments || Top||

Investigation Finds Obama Administration Massively Understating $timulus Fraud to Win
Posted by: DarthVader || 11/01/2012 14:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He's from Chicago. What the fuck did people think he was going to do?
Posted by: DarthVader || 11/01/2012 14:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Roger that. He's also the beneficiary of massively understated university admissions fraud, a.k.a. affirmative action. A thumb on the scale to reach the desired result is all he knows.
Posted by: RandomJD || 11/01/2012 17:47 Comments || Top||

Obama’s inauguration reverend: All whites are going to hell
All white people are going to hell, longtime African-American civil rights advocate Rev. Joseph Lowery told an audience at a get-out-the-vote event held Oct. 27 in Georgia.
This man is obviously tolerance personified.
Lowery, who gave the benediction at the January 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, told the audience of up to 300 African-Americans “that when he was a young militant, he used to say all white folks were going to hell. Then he mellowed and just said most of them were. Now, he said, he is back to where he was,” according to an Oct. 31 report in the Monroe County Reporter newspaper.

“I don’t know what kind of a n—– wouldn’t vote with a black man running,” Lowery also told the audience in the St. James Baptist Church in Forsyth, Ga., according to the Reporter.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 11/01/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Young, Carter, Lowery, McKinney, Bond, King, Lowry, Jackson and other notable icons of the movement, not sure why they remained in such a staunchly conservative, racist Georgia. Like Roosevelt possibly, the waters, must have been for the wasters.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/01/2012 4:35 Comments || Top||

#2  living off past good deeds while they become racist assholes?
Posted by: Frank G || 11/01/2012 8:05 Comments || Top||

#3  This man is obviously tolerance racism personified. FIFY
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/01/2012 9:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Whatever happened to "Every tongue and tribe" or "In Christ there is neither east nor west"?
Posted by: Korora || 11/01/2012 9:29 Comments || Top||

#5  In the early 1900s, there were more than 1,000 Blacks in Forsyth County, Georgia, comprising 10 percent of the population. But in 1912, whites violently expelled all black residents from the county. Today, Forsyth County is home to about 150,000 people, more than 95 percent of them white.
There were 1,098 blacks living in Forsyth in 1912. Within a matter of months it had dropped to less than 30. Its the largest Racial Cleansing in American history
They all got marched to the county line and told not to come back. After seven years their land went to their White neighbors under statute adverse possession, which is legal. We don’t have a lot of crime out here, for some reason. We do have guns and that helps a lot.
In January 1987, a white martial arts instructor( who didn’t grow up here )in Forsyth County organized a brotherhood march in honor of the first federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and with the intent of countering the area’s racist image.Not a bad idea except he didn’t ask the local people. But en route to the event a bus full of marchers ( who grew up in Connecticut or somewhere) was assaulted by a crowd of white supremacists ( who happen to own land and vote in Forsyth) chanting racial slurs and throwing rocks and bottles. In danger of physical harm, the marchers turned back.
Two weeks later, a much larger march involving 20,000 civil rights activists and supporters from across the country headed back to the county in protest. An estimated 5,000 counter-demonstrators also showed up. ( that would be about one in every five families in the County who own land and vote here) This large demonstration cost Forsyth County approximately $670,000 in police overtime, angering many local taxpayers who were unhappy at having to foot the bill for what they saw as outside agitators ( from Massachusetts or somewhere). The town subsequently levied large parade permit fees to discourage future demonstrations, but that effort was disallowed by the U.S. Supreme Court in Forsyth County, Georgia v. The Nationalist Movement, 1992.
These events brought national media attention to the area. News crews and The Oprah Winfrey Show descended on Forsyth County to investigate. The governor set up a biracial commission to try to heal the racial rift, with little success, and a legal team began to assemble a lawsuit on behalf of the descendants of the black families expelled in 1912. While no suit were ever filed in the end.... I live here. Racism has benefits here. The people who vote for Obama don’t live in Forsyth, they live in downtown Atlanta. They are “entitled” Food Stamps people on welfare who used to watch Oprah on TV. You don’t stick up convenience stores out here, mainly because if you did you would never make alive to the county line. We like the Confederate Flag in Forsyth and I don’t care what you think of me or the county. But one other benefit here is we don’t have to pay much attention to the Reverend and his opinions, we can flat ignore him. You don’t like it? Move somewhere else. Big country and this our home. Have a beer.
Posted by: Threater Flusoper9823 || 11/01/2012 12:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Enjoy good schools and low crime while you still can Flusoper9823. Social engineering has nearly made the Jonesboro to Douglasville band uninhabitable. But that was the plan.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/01/2012 12:31 Comments || Top||

#7  Even those who'll vote of Obama twice?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/01/2012 16:34 Comments || Top||

#8  Ah yes... an oldie but a goldie... how are grits and Forsyth County alike?


Posted by: Shipman || 11/01/2012 16:57 Comments || Top||

#9  Sounds like a nice place to live.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 11/01/2012 20:31 Comments || Top||

#10  I suspect if Romney turns around the economy and a lot of folks get decent jobs the Dem lock on the black vote might be less secure.

When the Dems lose in this election they will blame cheating, racism, and Sandy but most will know Obama was a bad President. Hopefully the next black President won't be such a nightmare.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 11/01/2012 20:33 Comments || Top||

#11  I suspect if Romney turns around the economy and a lot of folks get decent jobs the Dem lock on the black vote might be less secure.

Not gonna happen. If things improve, they'll credit their great (and under-appreciated) talents - blacks have the highest self-esteem of any race or ethnicity in the US:

Black individuals have been found to report the highest levels of self-esteem of any racial group in the United States. The purpose of the present research was to examine whether Black individuals also report higher levels of narcissism than White individuals. Study 1 (N = 367) found that Black individuals reported higher levels of narcissism than White individuals even when controlling for gender, self-esteem level, and socially desirable response tendencies. Study 2 (N = 967) and Study 3 (N = 315) found similar results such that Black individuals reported higher levels of narcissism than White individuals on the narcissism measures that captured less pathological facets of this construct. Study 3 also included indicators of psychological adjustment and found that the pathological aspects of narcissism were more strongly associated with maladjustment for Black individuals than for White individuals. The implications of these results for understanding the Black self-esteem advantage are discussed.

Besides, why would it be a surprise to anyone that beneficiaries of racial preferences support it? It is worth hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of dollars in lifetime benefits to each of them based on educational opportunities, jobs and promotions they would not otherwise have gotten. This is why a majority of racial preference beneficiaries support the the Democratic party, and by extension, Obama - it provides large and continuing monetary benefits.

Think about it - the children of wealthy families have the advantage of living in great neighborhoods, attending the best schools and getting any number of job opportunities via family connections. For its beneficiaries, having federally mandated racial preferences is like being born into a wealthy family - how many scions reject their lives of privilege, any more than aristocrats anywhere around the world have voluntarily given up their traditional perks?
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 11/01/2012 21:16 Comments || Top||

#12  All whites are going to hell.

I read the good book all the way through and don't remember ever seeing that verse and since my mother said the people on her side of the family were Irish/Cherokee, and since she said all the people on my dad's side of the family were jackasses, I think I will go to heaven.
Posted by: Bugs Uleger6376 || 11/01/2012 23:48 Comments || Top||

Sen. Feinstein explains decision not to debate
[OC Register] U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday that she hasn't faced off in a debate against her Republican opponent because she's heard nothing from her challenger, Elizabeth Emken, that she needed to debate.

"There's just nothing constructive coming out of their campaign," said the four-term Democratic senator following a meeting with the Register's editorial board. She added that she's been accessible to the public and the media.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sits down with the Orange County Register editorial board at the Register's Santa Ana headquarters Wednesday. Discussion ranged from the Iranian nuclear program response to the attacks in Benghazi and the state of the US economy.

"We've been on the road five days last week, two days this week," she said. "I do regular constituent breakfasts, a couple hundred people a week."

Emken front man Mark Standriff scoffed at the explanation and continued to criticize the incumbent's failure to debate.

"That's unworthy of the office she's been holding for two decades and disrespectful of the people she claims to represent," Standriff said.

Feinstein noted that she has debated in the past – John van de Kamp and Pete Wilson when she ran for governor in 1990, and Tom Campbell and Gray Davis in two of her Senate races.

Polls show Emken posing less of a challenge than those four. A September Field Poll put Feinstein at 57 percent and Emken at 31 percent, a 26-point margin that grew from a 19-point advantage in July.

Feinstein has a huge financial advantage as well, having spent $12.4 million through Oct. 17 while Emken has spent $745,000, according to federal disclosures.
Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The arrogance of power is not taken, it is freely given! Why should she debate? She is not called to debate by her constituents, and it only provides visibility to the challenger. So why bother ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/01/2012 5:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Artful Dodger?
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/01/2012 9:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Senator for life.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 11/01/2012 14:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Detroit Tigers explain decision not to play in the World Series.

"There's just nothing competitive coming out of their postseason" said triple crown winner Miguel Cabrerra. "We have solid pitching, an explosive offense able to score at will, and besides we already have defeated a West Coast team. They are a team which had to go seven games against a wildcard entry, we just swept the New York Yankees. The fans know who will win this, so why risk grave injury to any players or fans?"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/01/2012 15:35 Comments || Top||

#5  In 1972 Richard Nixon gave George McGovern the same treatment.

Truth is, if I was Feinstein I wouldn't debate either. Debates are for candidates in a close race where each one sees it as a chance to gain an advantage. It's not Feinstein's job to help Emken's campaign. That's Emken's job. You might argue that a debate would be in the best interest of the voters. But as long as California voters are dumb enough to keep reelecting Feinstein why should she care?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 11/01/2012 17:22 Comments || Top||

Voting machine swaps Obama for Romney
[Marion Star] Joan Stevens was one of several early voters at the polls on Monday. But when Stevens tried to cast her ballot for president, she noticed a problem.

Upon selecting “Mitt Romney” on the electronic touch screen, Barack Obama’s name lit up.

It took Stevens three tries before her selection was accurately recorded.

“You want to vote for who you want to vote for, and when you can’t it’s irritating,” Stevens said.

Stevens said she alerted Jackie Smith, a board of elections member who was present. Smith declined to comment, but Stevens says she mentioned that the machine had been having problems all day.

Stevens also reported the issue to Sophia Rogers, the director of the board of elections for Marion County.

Rogers said the machine worked fine when she and others tried voting on it. No one else had reported problems with the voting machines malfunctioning.

Rogers suggested the issue may have been caused by not hitting the button directly or tapping with more than one finger. Stevens was aware the machine had to be operated a certain way.

“I know how to do the voting,” Stevens said.

Despite no problems with that particular machine, Rogers decided to take all precautions. She contacted the vendor and had them inspect the device.

“Because of her issue, we had that machine recalibrated,” Rogers said. “I am certain the equipment works properly.”

Rogers said that those still skeptic about using the electronic stations have the option of filling out a paper ballot, even voting from home and mailing via absentee ballot.

Voting in-person is open daily to all voters at 222 West Center Street through Election Day on November 6. All qualified Ohio voters can also submit an absentee ballot by filling out a form found at the Marion elections website at marionelections.com
Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rogers said the machine worked fine when she and others tried voting on it. No one else had reported problems with the voting machines malfunctioning.

It works fine if you vote for Obama! No problem here.... nothing to see.... move along...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/01/2012 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Strange how these always/vastly default to one particular party.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/01/2012 9:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Secret ballots - so secret you don't know who you have actually voted for.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/01/2012 13:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Why in the hell there voting machines? Ij Europe they use god, old,_auditable_ paper ballots and know what? In about four hours they have ended counting them.
Posted by: JFM || 11/01/2012 17:09 Comments || Top||

#5  We should use scantron forms. Everyone who made it to freshman year of high school knows how to use them, they read quickly and provide no hanging chads.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 11/01/2012 20:08 Comments || Top||

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