Wednesday, October 31, 2012

*Forbes* Says Democrats Are Better For The Economy!



While no reports have coming in suggesting that Hell has frozen over, Forbes Magazine, the uber-spokesman  for Capitalism and Wall Street, has published a review of  the book by Bob Deitrick and Lew Goldfarb, “'Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box' (available at Amazon.com)...titled, "Want A Better Economy?  History Says Vote Democrat!, (a) heavily researched, and footnoted, text bring(ing) forth some serious inconsistency between the common viewpoint of America’s dominant parties, and the reality of how America has performed since the start of the Great Depression.

(And yes, we noted the spelling, "Democrat," the misapplication of the noun form of the word to an adjectivial form in order to subliminally suggest the term "rat," a device thought up by social psychologists, then sold to and used by, the Conservative leadership and its followers...but read on.)

"The common viewpoint is that Republicans are good for business, which is good for the economy. Republican policies – and the more Adam Smith, invisible hand, limited regulation, lassaiz faire the better – are expected to create a robust, healthy, growing economy. Meanwhile, the common view of Democrat policies is that they too heavily favor regulation and higher taxes which are economy killers.

"Right?

"Well, for those who feel this way it may be time to review the last 80 years of economic history.


Forbes notes:

"The authors looked at a range of economic metrics including inflation, unemployment, corporate profit growth, stock market performance, household income growth, economy (GDP) growth, months in recession and others. To their surprise (I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Goldfarb) they discovered that laissez faire policies had far less benefits than expected, and in fact produced almost universal negative economic outcomes for the nation!

"From this book loaded with statistical fact tidbits and comparative charts, here are just a few that caused me to realize that my long-term love affair withMilton Friedman‘s writing and recommended policies in 'Free to Choose' were grounded in a theory I long admired, but that simply have proven to be myths when applied!


  • Personal disposable income has grown nearly 6 times more under Democratic presidents
  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown 7 times more under Democratic presidents
  • Corporate profits have grown over 16% more per year under Democratic presidents (they actually declined under Republicans by an average of 4.53%/year)
  • Average annual compound return on the stock market has been 18 times greater under Democratic presidents (If you invested $100k for 40 years of Republican administrations you had $126k at the end, if you invested $100k for 40 years of Democrat administrations you had $3.9M at the end)
  • Republican presidents added 2.5 times more to the national debt than Democratic presidents
  • The two times the economy steered into the ditch (Great Depression and Great Recession) were during Republican, laissez faire administrations

"We often remember the myth, not the real facts

"The book is great at looking past today’s economic myths by using long forgotten facts to set the record straight. For example, in explaining President Reagan‘s great economic recovery of the 1980s it is often attributed to the stimulative impact of major tax cuts (ERTA.) But in reality the 1981 tax cuts backfired, leading to massive deficits and a weaker economy with a double dip recession as unemployment soared. So in 1982 Reagan signed (TEFRA) the largest peacetime tax increase in our nation’s history. In his tenure Reagan signed 9 tax bills – 7 of which raised taxes!

"Thoughts on the economic policies in this election

"The book covers only Presidents Hoover through W. Bush. But as we near this election I asked Mr. Goldfarb his view on the incumbent Democrat’s first 4 years. His response:


  • Obama at this time would rank on par with Reagan.
  • Corporate profits have risen under Obama more than any other president
  • The stock market has soared 14.72%/year under Obama, second only to Clinton — which should be a big deal since 2/3 of people (not just the upper class) have a 401K or similar investment vehicle dependent upon corporate profits and stock market performance”


"As to the challenging Republican party’s platform, Mr. Goldfarb commented:


  • 'The platform is the inverse of what has actually worked to stimulate economic growth
  • The recommended platform tax policy is bad for velocity, and will stagnate the economy
  • Repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will have a negative economic impact because it will force non-wealthy individuals to spend a higher percentage of income on health care rather than expansionary products and services
  • Economic disaster happens in America when wealth is concentrated at the top, and we are at an all time high for wealth concentration. There is nothing in the platform which addresses this issue.”


"There are a lot of reasons to select the party for which you wish to vote. There is more to America than the economy. But, if you think like the Democrats did in 1992 and 'it’s about the economy' then you owe it to yourself to read this book. It may challenge your conventional wisdom as it presents – like Joe Friday said – 'just the facts.'"


This writer happened to be present in a conversation in which the saw, "The GOP is better for the economy," was uttered.  Print out this article and present the Facts From Forbes to the next Conservative sheeplet who utters the falsehood to you.  Conservative sheeplets hate dealing with facts, but you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that Conservative economists have been lying for years about the so-called benefits of laissez faire economics, and that Trickle Down is always trumped by Trickle-Up.

Laissez Faire economics is an important weapon of the greediest of the wealthy in our country, those who want to take us into a new age of American Feudalism.  Conservatism is un-American and they are criminal, and must be recognized for the criminal conspiracy that it is.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity," Volume XXX


Part XXX from Steve Benen's "Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity" on http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/17/13338337-chronicling-mitts-mendacity-vol-xxx:

"Mitt Romney gave a speech Beallsville, Ohio, this week, and presented an unfortunate attack against President Obama. 'How can you go out there and tell people things that just aren't true?' he asked rhetorically. He added, 'This is a time for truths.'

"In context, Romney was referring to Obama's claim that 'we're adding jobs in the coal industry.' In reality, the nation really is adding jobs in the coal industry -- Romney was looking for an example of the president saying something that 'just isn't true,' and he pointed to an Obama quote that happened to be accurate, though he told his audience the opposite.

"It's hard not to appreciate the ironic circle -- the president said something true, Romney lied when he said the accurate claim is false, and then he complained about falsehoods in the campaign.

"I don't know the Republican candidate personally, but from a distance, it appears there's a part of his brain that allows him to create some kind of deliberate blind-spot. It's actually a little scary to think of a leader -- a man who'd be given enormous power and influence, literally making life and death decisions on a regular basis -- who can convince himself that his falsehoods are true, and that others' truths are falsehoods.

"But here we are. If this is, as Romney claims, a 'time for truths,' I can only hope the Republican candidate will take a few moments to consider the 30th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt's mendacity. (This is the biggest list I've ever done.)

"1. At an impromptu event in South Carolina yesterday, Romney said on Medicare policy, 'Our plan [has] no change for current seniors and those 55 and older.'

"That's plainly false. Romney's plan eliminates all new benefits for seniors under the Affordable Care Act, which necessarily means higher prescription drug costs for seniors, and more expensive preventive care.

"2. At the same event, Romney argued, 'Under the president's plan, [Medicare] goes bankrupt... Under the plan I propose, it is solvent.'

"That's the exact opposite of reality. Obama's policy strengthens Medicare's finances, and under Romney's plan, the system would be closer to insolvency faster.

"3. In Chillicothe, Ohio, Romney said that under Obama, 'We've got lower economic growth.'

"Actually, we got higher economic growth.

"4. In the same speech, Romney said that under Obama, 'We've got higher unemployment.'

"Actually, we got lower unemployment.

"5. He went on to say the annual budget deficit has hit the $1 trillion mark under Obama for the 'first time the history of our country.'

"Not true. The first time in the history of our country that the deficit hit $1 trillion was George W. Bush's last year in office, when the annual shortfall was $1.3 trillion."


Lie after lie after lie, and there is still a week to go before the Election.

Fred Clark's take on Mitt's lying, on patheos.com:

"Mitt Romney says many, many things that are not true. He says this despite being in possession of the correct facts of the matter.

"Which is to say that Mitt Romney lies. A lot. He lies more than any other national candidate for office in my lifetime. And I was born before the Nixon administration.

"This is documented. Proven. Validated, verified, demonstrated, catalogued and quantified. Mitt Romney lies."

"Over the past 30 weeks, Mitt Romney has told lie after lie after lie: I, II, III, IV, V, VI,VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII,XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX, XXX.

"Click those links. Read the lists. List after list of lie after lie. Hundreds of them — 533, to be exact, although Benen does not make any claim to providing a comprehensive chronicle.

"This is unprecedented. “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” Romney’s pollster, Neil Newhouse, said.

"This has produced what James Fallows calls the “post-truth” age — a relentlessly dishonest onslaught of brazen falsehoods with which the media and the political system are struggling to cope. What do you do when every article, every “fact-check,” every arbiter denounces a lie and corrects it, but then a politician just keeps repeating it?

"It’s remarkable to behold.

"One of the weirder aspects of this for me is watching this unfold in the politically conservative culture of my evangelical world. The most partisan evangelical conservatives are also those most likely to rant against 'relativism' and to trumpet their status as defenders of 'absolute truth.' Those same folks will dismiss this post — and all 30 of Benen’s posts above — as mere partisan attacks without ever bothering to examine the 533 factual instances of Mitt’s mendacity, chronicled.

"That’s the only cognitive defense they have, I guess. Jam fingers in ears and shout la-la-la-you’re-being-partisan!

"Because you see, the fact that Mitt Romney said something he knew to be false is apartisan fact. And the fact that he has done this at least 533 times in the past 30 weeks is also partisan.


"I suppose the other approach for Romney defenders who cannot bear to face the fact of those 533 facts will be to angrily pore over all of Benen’s lists, reading each one with a lawyerly eye.

"Have at it. Please. Cherry-pick. Spin. Split hairs. Hand-wave away whichever lies you wish as mere misdemeanors and not full-fledged felonies against honesty.

"But how many of those charges do you think you can get dismissed? 10 percent? 20 percent? Maybe, if you’re that sort of person and you work really hard at it — if you’re willing to get even more pedantic and semantic and technical than even you are usually comfortable with — maybe you could half convince yourself that 50 percent of those lies somehow shouldn’t really count against Romney.

"That still leaves more than 260 lies. That still leaves Mitt Romney as a convicted liar, 260 times over. And at that point you’ll have to join your friends with their fingers in their ears.

"But you’ll still know.

"Because everyone knows. Mitt Romney lies. A lot. That is what he does. That is whohe is. And friend or foe, he does not care if you know it."
When do the "political lies" get called what they really are - Lies Aimed To Destroy American Democracy?  When do we finally "get it," that Conservatism is anti-American, anti-democratic, and nothing more than a faux-poitical "philosophy" hiding the true agenda of the greediest and most power-hungry among us?

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Combat Voter Suppression, Intimidation, And Machine Hacking On Election Day



"The price of liberty is eternal vigilence."

As we approach Election Day, the media has slowly awakened to the possibility that our votes may be stolen yet again, and these are just a few of the more recent essays that warn of the Conservative conspiracy to hijack our election:  "12 threats to your vote," "Could e-voting machines in Election 2012 be hacked? Yes.," and "10 States Where Voter Suppression Scams Target New Voters, Minorities and The Elderly."

Please take time to read those stories, then finish by looking at an essay from the Freepress.org, "Why Romney has already won this electronic election, unless…," by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, showing just how we can try to fight this menace to the most precious of our Constitutional rights - voting:

"Electronically, this election is over. Mitt Romney has won.


"The big loser is not Barack Obama, or the corporate Democratic Party. It is democracy itself.
Unless YOU act now, and are prepared to fight this out for years to come, whatever remains of American democracy is done.

"Finished.

"Over.

"No nation that suffers the theft of three out of four consecutive national elections can harbor the illusion that it is run by the will of its people."

The Problems:


"Exit polling has proven accurate to within 1% of the vote – the gold standard for detecting vote tampering in other countries such as Germany, which uses paper ballots. In the U.S., when exit polls don’t match the vote count, there’s no investigation into tampering. Exit polls are always “adjusted” late election night to conform to the ultimate “official” vote count, even though shifts in Ohio 2004 and elsewhere were virtually statistically impossible. This election, exit polling will not happen in 19 states.

"Despite an almost total blackout from the corporate media, the Romney family has a personal ownership (through the investment firms Solamere and H.I.G. Capital) in Hart Intercivic, which owns, maintains, programs and will tabulate alleged votes on machines in the critical swing states of Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Colorado. Despite various official disclaimers, the election could be decided on Hart machines producing "vote counts" with little connection to how 18 million people actually voted.

"It is inconceivable that the Romney chain of ownership in Hart Intercivic will not influence how that goes. The story has gotten widespread circulation on the internet, but has been ignored or dismissed by most of the corporate media and attacked by the Democratic Party. Petitions atMoveon.org and elsewhere call for a Department of Justice investigation. Tens of thousands of citizens have signed on. But there is no legally binding way by which a professionally rigged electronic vote count can be overturned or even definitively discovered except through the use of unabridged but legally inconsequential exit polling.

"Scytl, a Barcelona-based e-voting company, has been contracted to count votes in 26 states through the easily rigged Federal Overseas Voting Program. FVAP is ostensibly geared to let military and other overseas Americans vote absentee by electronic means. But Scytl is positioned to intercept and redistribute such overseas electronic votes as needed through its spyware sister company, CarrierIQ. In a close race, these 'votes' can be distributed at will to make the difference in critical swing states.

"Other key voting machine companies, such as ES&S, Dominion, Command Central and more, are controlled by major corporations, some of whose owners are outspoken in their support for the Republican Party. Such support is reminiscent of Diebold owner Walden O’Dell, whose election software and machines helped give George W. Bush a second term in 2004, as O’Dell promised.

"Republicans hold the governorships in the nine critical swing states of Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Mexico and Arizona. They also hold the secretaries of state offices in all of those states but Wisconsin. Electronically flipping the vote count in any or all of them, with Hart Intercivic, Scytl, Dominion or other technologies, can be done quickly, simply and invisibly, with no public recourse.

"The GOP’s systematic 'high-tech Jim and Juan Crow' disenfranchisement of millions of Americans continues to lengthen the odds against a Democratic victory, with millions of citizens being deprived of their right to vote. These voter ID and other laws have been focused on disenfranchising Hispanics, Hispanics, African-Americans and others suspected of leaning to the Democrats.

"Though some of these laws have been turned back by the courts, Tea Party activists, True-the-Vote zealots and other Republicans will be at the polls to challenge voters they suspect of being likely Democrats. Many of these challenges will be illegal, but effective unless countered by the physical presence of election protection activists.

"At least one Virginia GOP operative has already been arrested for destroying voter registration forms in a tactic that would deprive citizens of their right to vote, as reported at BradBlog.com. Also, there is a criminal prosecution underway in Florida over the destruction of voter registrations.

"Republican-controlled election boards in Ohio are already deceiving potential voters with mailed misinformation about dates and locations for casting a vote. Such mailings were used throughout Ohio 2004 and elsewhere. Also, phone calls are being made to voters in order to mislead them on the day, time and location of voting.

"There is much more. The idea that the Chamber of Commerce and the GOP's horde of billionaire backers would spend hundreds of millions of dollars to capture the White House and Congress but stop short of a few electronic key strokes is nonsensical.

"Unfortunately, we cannot count on the Democratic Party to do much about this. Al Gore and John Kerry have said nothing about the stolen elections of 2000 and 2004. When the Free Press first broke many of the stories about the theft of the 2004 election, we were attacked first and most consistently by the Democratic Party, which hired a lawyer from the state's leading Republican law firm to attack our reporting..."


"Those who would have it otherwise must work from now to Election Day and beyond, to:

"Check your registration -- millions of us need to confirm that we are still registered voters and haven’t been purged from the polls. You can do this by checking with your county board of elections either by phone or online, or by contacting you secretary of state’s office;

"Occupy the polling sites – come out in droves on Election Day to guarantee that EVERY citizen can fairly vote. Make sure there is no voter intimidation or other repression of voting. Look for broken machines, proliferation of voters forced to vote provisionally, and other irregularities. If something happens to your vote, report it to us;

"Document the vote count – help implement a national network of precinct-by-precinct monitoring systems to track as closely as possible the voter turnout as a check against the final tabulated electronic vote count. Take photos or video of the final precinct voting results posted at polling sites;

"Stop voting machine rigging – Observe the polling stations to monitor which technicians come to 'service' the electronic voting machines and how they do it. Take photos or video of them and their vehicles;

"Gear up now for post-election legal and direct action strategies to resist an electronic tally almost certain to be rigged on election night in at least nine swing states...or however many it may take.


"Though all the pieces are in place, the GOP theft is not inevitable. But the realities are harsh and demanding:

"There are no meaningful, legally binding public checks and balances on the tabulation of votes cast electronically."



To those who continually say that there is no difference between the Parties, the foregoing is an incontrovertible rebuttal.  These acts by the Conservative masterminds of the largest criminal cartel in our history are anti-American, anti-democratic, and illustrates why Conservatism must be purged from the system.

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Henry Drummond (Scottish evangelist, writer and lecturer. 1851 - 1897)


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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Conservatives: On Women and Rape



In an article by Sarah Seltzer in Alternet.org, "Why Right-Wingers Can't Stop Saying Insane Things About Women and Rape," Ms. Seltzer says, "There are reasons why extremists with little regard for women’s social equality feel empowered to say whatever comes to mind."

War Against Women?  Nahhh...


"This has been the year of 'aspirin between the knees' and 'legitimate rape,' the month of 'some girls rape easy' and the awful, false claims that pregnancies are never life-threatening from Rep. Joe Walsh (even after his colleague testified about her own life-threatening pregnancy on the House floor last year). This is the year that women in the military 'should expect to be raped,' the year of 'abortions on women who aren’t pregnant' zombie myth, the year of maybe we should reconsider incest exceptions to abortion bans . And now we have Richard Mourdock saying pregnancy by rape is 'God’s will. '

"It’s 2012, and these statements about rape, abortion and sex are actually really energizing for their opposition--they pull middle-of-the road voters away from the group they see as “extreme” and toward Democrats, who seem more reasonable, understandable and moderate on social issues. So why does ill-advised stream-of-consciousness ranting continue?"
"1. They really and truly believe this stuff. (They also don’t believe in the considerable evidence that refutes it.)...(A) sturdy link between anti-choice advocacy and misogyny also explains why so many casual, women-hating comments come out of the mouths of these guys. This is their doctrine, their bread and butter. Also, these are the same people who don’t trust things like facts and figures. They deny the realities of climate change and fight the teaching of evolution--so the science on women’s health is hardly going to convince them.

"Even more insidious than these casual connections is the fact that many of those making offensive comments are hardline movement anti-choicers. Just this weekTodd Akin’s ties to an anti-abortion militia were revealed, along with his history of multiple arrests protesting clinics.


"2. They’re emboldened by the Tea Party and the war on women...The extreme, socially conservative, right-wing faction of the GOP used to be kept somewhat at bay by the Washington insider, fiscally conservative faction. Not so anymore. The Tea Party has allowed all of the uglier ideas that used to be swept aside, from racist birther conspiracy theories to those other theories about legitimate rape into the light. And it isn’t pretty.

"3. They’re in denial about the dangers women--and all of us--face . It’s no coincidence that Akin's “legitimate rape” comment and Joe Walsh’s absurd claim that no pregnancies can be medically life-threatening are classic examples of making up facts to suit a preexisting argument. Mourdock’s comments, on the other hand, are another kind of denial, a paper-thin religious assurance that the bad things that happen are part of a plan. The reality is twofold: first, issues like rape, incest and life-threatening pregnancies are the kinds of complexities that make the case for legalized abortion for all women, because each person’s case and situation is different, because we can’t stand in each other's shoes.

"Second, however, mainstream liberals have been too quick to turn to these examples of dire situations to justify abortion. "But rape and incest and life of the mother!" we cry. When we move into that territory, they do not cede it to us--they attack us on it. So now rape victims are being targeted. We shouldn't be surprised. Instead of acknowledging the real dangers and complications in our lives, right-wingers invent made-up terrors that rob women of agency, like abortion providers who operate on women who aren’t even pregnant, a particularly bizarre myth.

"4. They haven’t been punished by voters yet. The Tea Party swept in in 2010. The war on women began in January 2011. There has been no ballot-box pushback against this ideology yet, and it’s unclear whether there will be a strong enough effort to send a message that such statements, and the policy that goes with it, is not okay. But what we’ve witnessed is two years of an assumed mandate, in which extremists with little regard for women’s social equality have felt empowered to say whatever comes to their minds."


This is the reality that we all face should the Republicans once again seize power over the three branches of our government.  The harm caused by the Republican-dominated Congress under Truman and the Reagan and Bush years is still with us, and are the means that our democracy has deteriorated since post-World War II.

And this is the key to this year's election: the only way to eliminate these Conservative neanderthals (this term is deliberately used) from our society is to vote them out of office and remove them from the airwaves and our local governments.  Vote not only to re-elect President Obama, but vote for any Democrat running for any office; kick the Conservatives out of your local governments, your state assemblies, your children's school committees.  The Conservative pestilence is real and will continue to infest us until they are eradicated from our political system once and for all.

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"Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life."

Thomas Merton (Anglo-American Catholic writer, mystic, and Trappist monk of the

Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of
comparative religion. His best-selling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (1948),
sent scores of World War II veterans, students, and even teen-agers flocking to
monasteries across the US. 1915 - 1968.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Stealing The Election - Again? (Part II)



Denis G. Campbell's and Charly James's essay at the Ukprogressive.co.uk, "NSAnalyst Proves GOP Is Stealing Elections," is a frightening harbinger of the 2012 Election.   


We have warned repeatedly of the possibility of voter suppression and voter intimidation being complemented with voter machine hacking by the Conservative Cartel (http://www.criminalizeconservatism.com/search/label/voting_machine_fixing), and this article offers evidence that the most precious aspect of our democracy, our vote, is about to be stolen from us again through the Conservative-owned voting machines:

"In states where the winner will be decided by less than 10%, of the vote he already knows he will win. This is no tinfoil hat conspiracy. It’s a maths problem. And mathematics showed changes in actual raw voting data that had no statistical correlation other than programmable computer fraud. This computer fraud resulted in votes being flipped from Democrat to Republican in every federal, senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial election since 2008 (thus far) and in the 2012 primary contests from other Republicans to Mitt Romney.

This goes well beyond Romney’s investment control in voting machine maker Hart Intercivic and Diebold’s close ties to George W. Bush. Indeed all five voting machine companies have very strong GOP fundraising ties, yet executives (including the candidate’s son Tagg Romney) insist there is no conflict between massively supporting one party financially whilst controlling the machines that record and count the votes.

A retired NSA analyst has spent several sleepless nights applying a simple formula to past election results across Arizona. His results showed across-the-board systemic election fraud on a coordinated and massive scale. But the analysis indicated that this only happens in larger precincts because anomalies in small precincts can be more easily detected.



There is no honor among thieves...


("There was )...roughly a 10% switch in votes from Democrat to GOP. This was noted in every state except Utah, where the presumption was, as it was Mitt’s religious home state and very conservative, there was no chance of Romney losing and no variance was found."

Yes, the amazing thing is that the hacking is not only done by Republican operatives to beat Democratic candidates, but in this case the GOP Establishment candidate Mitt Romney has had the machines fixed to beat the other Republican candidates in the GOP Primaries!

"The results of (the) analysis can only happen if votes are being stolen, and the only way that’s possible is if the computerised machines are programmed to steal them. Welcome to Zimbabwe.


"More than 100 million Americans will cast their ballots thinking their vote will be fairly counted. It should be. Yet the crooks know they can safely flip up to 10% of votes without consequence. Anything more than that is statistically suspect.

"President Obama won by such a huge margin in 2008 that even with this anomaly built into the system, he cruised to victory. This year the election is much closer. Can American democracy afford yet another election crisis placing three of the four last national Presidential election results in question or worse: The outcome was stolen, the outcome a victim of election theft?"

The methodology of the studies is undeniably persuasive - please go to http://www.ukprogressive.co.uk/breaking-retired-nsa-analyst-proves-gop-is-stealing-elections/article20598.html to read the essay from start to finish.

And for those who may not have heard about past voter machine abuses:

Ohio Precedent

"This isn’t the first time Republicans have been charged with vote theft. It happened in the 2004 presidential election, in Ohio and Florida.

"In Ohio, GOP consultant Michael Connell claimed that the vote count computer program he had created for the state had a trap door that shifted Democratic votes to the GOP.

"He was subpoenaed as a witness in a lawsuit against then-Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, and lawyers for the plaintiff asked the Dept. of Justice to provide him with security because there were two threats made against Connell’s life by people associated with Karl Rove. But in Dec. 2008, before the trial began, Connell was killed in a plane crash outside Akron Ohio.

There were problems in Florida, as well.

"A study by the Quantitative Methods Research Team at the University of California at Berkeley found that anomalies between Florida counties using touch-screen voting and those using other methods could not be explained statistically. Noting the higher-than-expected votes for Bush in three large Democratic counties, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, Michael Hout, a Berkeley professor who did the study said there were strong suspicions of vote-rigging.

“'No matter how many factors and variables we took into consideration, the significant correlation in the votes for President Bush and electronic voting cannot be explained,' Hout said. 'The study shows that a county’s use of electronic voting resulted in a disproportionate increase in votes for President Bush. There is just a trivial probability of evidence like this appearing in a population where the true difference is zero—less than once in a thousand chances.'

The essay concludes:

"We use paper ballots in the UK and results do not even begin to trickle in until 3 am. The final outcome can take up to three days to finalise. But voters in Britain know the count is accurate because every ballot is transparently hand-counted. When I read this article that Serbia, Belarus and Kazakhstan were sending election monitors to watch the US Election?, I knew we’d jumped the shark.

"We are already being victimized by vote fraud on a scale that, in another country, would lead to calls for international election monitors. It is time for Americans to stop being victims of ghosts in the machine."


In another country, a Presidential election determined by hacked voting machines or a corrupt Supreme Court would result in rioting in the streets and possibly the crooked politicians being strung up from the nearest lamppost.  When exit polling proves that Mitt Romney stole the Election, what will your reaction be?

The decimation of our right to vote through voting machine hacking, and the intimidation and suppression of voters from the ranks of our minorities, youth, and older voters is a crime.  But why do we not go after the conspirators themselves, the front group of the Conservative leadership called the Republican "Party." Why do we insist that this vast criminal conspiracy is protected under the First Amendment when all evidence shows it to be a crime syndicate rivaling all others?

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Romney The Liar, Revisited



You might like to look at a graphic-rich and very informative site, "Romney The Liar," a blog that has compiled much of the many egregious lies of the Republican nominee for President.  While all Conservatives have to lie out of self-preservation in a representative democracy, Romney has taken prevarication to new heights with not only the usual litany of lies, but repeated flip-flops - sometimes occuring within 24-hour periods.

From "Romney The Liar" today:

ROMNEY THE LIAR'S FORGOTTEN SCANDALS

As is the case with SO MANY Republicans and right-wingers in general, the facade of moral rectitude they put up is a pose, a lie, an attempt to gull people into seeing these wingers as ethical models for others. But we are reminded here that Willard's facade is hiding a particularly cor8rupt individual. Items:

Profiting From 9/11

Romney’s involvement with an insurance startup called Endurance Specialty Holdings has largely been forgotten among the wave of questionable business deals that have come to light during the presidential campaign.

Endurance Specialty Holdings was designed to purchase debt from insurance companies that suffered huge losses in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. According to a report by Politicker’s Hunter Walker, Romney was invested in the company through Golden Gate Capital — a private equity firm started by one of his former colleagues at Bain Capital — and CCG Investment Fund, LP. By the end of 2003, Endurance Specialty Holdings was reporting a net income of over $263.4 million.

Sensitive to charges that he had profited from the 9/11 tragedy, the Romney campaign insisted that the Republican nominee had no control over his investments, as they were managed by a blind trust — an institution that Romney himself famously described as an 'age-old ruse.'”

And more:

(Thanks to Politicalmemes.blogspot.com)

LYIN' RYAN, ROMNEY THE LIAR'S RUNNING MATE, ***DELIBERATELY*** SET OUT TO SABOTAGE THE U.S. ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Unbelievable. Despicable. Borderline anti-American. On the night of 20 January 2009, the night Barack Obama had just become president, a group of right-wing Republican saboteurs met to come up with a strategy to destroy Obama and his presidency. Prominent among these saboteurs was PAUL RYAN, whom we fondly refer to as Little Paulie or Lyin' Ryan on this blog. The whole disgusting story is right here. Details:

[Guest List]:

Frank Luntz - GOP Minister of Propaganda
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (My emphasis)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA),
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX),
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX),
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA),
Sen. Jim DeMint (SC-R),
Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ-R),
Sen. Tom Coburn (OK-R),
Sen. John Ensign (NV-R) and
Sen. Bob Corker (TN-R).

Non-lawmakers present Newt Gingrich - Failed GOP candidate for President

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At the meeting, Rep Kevin McCarthy said, "We've gotta challenge them on every single bill." (My emphasis)

"Show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies."

So they fought against EVERY proposal the president made--EVEN THINGS THEY HAD SUPPORTED UNDER BUSH!

Here's how they had all voted [under Bush]: --

"Yes" to Bush/Cheney January 2008 Stimulus --
"Yes" to Bush/Cheney bailing out Bear Stern --
"Yes" to Bush/Cheney bailing out AIG --
"Yes" to Bush/Cheney TARP (Sept 2008) --
"Yes" to Bush/Cheney TARP (Oct 2008)

Supported Bush/Cheney keeping cost of two wars out of the Budget.

Supported Bush/Cheney spending $4 Trillion while giving Top 1% Tax Cuts; ignoring the fact that taxes pay for wars.

Now, here's what they opposed or did under Obama:

[Opposed] Funding Planned Parenthood,

[Opposed] Raising the Debt Ceiling which, in-and-of-itself, would cause US Economic turmoil. (BTW, Paul Ryan was more responsible than ANY OTHER MEMBER OF CONGRESS for the downgrade of the U.S.'s credit rating).

- Filibustered more Bills (over 300) than any Congress ... in US History.

- Voted NO on every single piece of Legislation brought to the Floor including:

NO on Al Franken's Anti-Rape Amendment,

NO on Lilly Ledbetter,

NO on Fair Pay Act,

NO on Anti-Outsourcing Bill (2010)

[Opposed] President Obama's American Jobs Act that independent economists claim would create 1.3 million new jobs.

And of course, they voted against the stimulus plan even though they had been granted major concessions and the ACA, where the mandate used was a Republican idea.

Oh, and here's a convenient chart for easy reference:




There's more, so please go to http://romneytheliar.blogspot.com/ and check out the rest of the lies, myths, and attacks on human credibility from the Champion Conservative Liar, the pathological, sociopathic liar of all times, this year's Republican Party candidate for the Presidency of the United States, Willard Mitt Romney.

When Conservative politicians and their water carriers are able to use their microphones to spin the kinds of lies they do in order to subvert the Peoples' democracy in favor of the aims of the greediest in our society for power and riches, something is terribly wrong; when there is a difference between the two major parties - as Jefferson noted in a letter to Samuel Smith in 1789, "warring against (the principles) of the people..." - then it's time for Conservatism to be criminalized, it's time to take back our democracy.

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"He is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then would mount the
stump for a conservation speech."

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

*What* War On Women?



Politicususa.com, in a very lengthy and informative essay, "Proof of The GOP War On Women," offers a multitude of proofs for us to use in the next debate with Conservative sheeplets who insist that the Big Tent of the Republican Party has room for women.  The Big Tent is more like a circus tent, and Politicususa has the goods on the GOP in "...a surreal list of legislation that proves the war onwomen is very real."

"As Joan Walsh writes on AlterNet,

“'Democrats didn’t make the GOP presidential field back “personhood” laws that would criminalize some forms of birth control. They didn’t force the newly elected House GOP to make defunding Planned Parenthood their first legislative goal. And they didn’t propose the Blunt Amendment that would have allowed employers to withhold health insurance coverage not only for contraception, but for any treatment they disapproved of…'”

"Despite an electorate that is overwhelmingly pro-choice, there is no doubt that the GOP’s first goal is to deprive women of their reproductive rights and to frame that argument not as one of health but religion. It is in fact so important an issue to the GOP that out of some 40,000 laws of all types enacted in 2011, as RMuse wrote hererecently, “there were nearly 1,000 bills in state legislatures to restrict a woman’s right to legal abortion services” (up from 950 in 2010). Alternet lists the 10 worst states in which to be a woman. The lone piece of good news was the unexpected sanity of Mississippi voters. Interestingly, the GOP is now trying to co-opt the War on Women for their own, accusing liberals of waging war on “pro-choice” women, or declaring that Obama is waging a war on women and that the Obama White House has been a hostile work environment. This is while Congress, already in 2012, has taken no less than eight votes against women – in just three months. It is frightening to think what the final toll might be by December 31.

"A recent report from the Guttmacher Institute details the extent of 2011′s war on Women’s Reproductive Rights. The report states,

"By almost any measure, issues related to reproductive health and rights at the state level received unprecedented attention in 2011. In the 50 states combined, legislators introduced more than 1,100 reproductive health and rights-related provisions, a sharp increase from the 950 introduced in 2010. By year’s end, 135 of these provisions had been enacted in 36 states, an increase from the 89 enacted in 2010 and the 77 enacted in 2009. (Note: This analysis refers to reproductive health and rights-related “provisions,” rather than bills or laws, since bills introduced and eventually enacted in the states contain multiple relevant provisions.)

"Fully 68% of these new provisions—92 in 24 states—-restrict access to abortion services, a striking increase from last year, when 26% of new provisions restricted abortion. The 92 new abortion restrictions enacted in 2011 shattered the previous record of 34 adopted in 2005.

"Abortion restrictions took many forms: bans (6 states), waiting periods (3 states), ultrasound 5 states), insurance coverage (3 states joined the existing 5 with such restrictions), clinic regulations (4 states), medication abortion (7 states)."


Here are a small fraction of the laws Conservatives introduced and passed.  Read 'em and weep:

"Republicans in the House proposed a bill (HR 1179) called “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011.” The bill, introduced by Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb), allows health care providers and pharmacists to deny birth control to women if it conflicts with their religious or moral convictions. The Senate is expected to vote on its version of HR 1179 during the week of February 27 where it is known as S. 1467, whose primary sponsor is Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and has become an amendment to Transportation Authorization Bill S. 1813. The Blunt Amendment was defeated in the Senate on a narrow vote of 51 to 48 on March 1, 2012.

"In Texas, Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, has proposed a bill (House Bill 2988) that would prevent any abortion except in cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother.


"In Georgia, a bill, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (SB 209) sponsored by Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, would close all abortion clinics in the state and require abortions to be performed in hospitals. This bill was tabledby the rules committee on March 11, 2011.

"The U.S. House of Representatives passed (by a 234-182 vote) an amendment sponsored by Virginia Foxx (R-NC) prohibiting teaching hospitals from receiving federal funding if they teach doctors how to perform abortions. Unfortunately, as a result of this legislation new physicians will not receive the training needed to save women’s lives. As Correntewire.com puts it, “234 members of the House voted to ban the teaching of medical procedures that are vital in saving the lives of women who have miscarried, or have complications that endanger their health, or who aren’t even pregnant.”

"In Ohio, Janet Porter’s “Heartbeat Bill” criminalizing abortion and which was backed by Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann, passed the Ohio State House on June 28, 2011. “It prohibits abortions after only about six weeks, a time when many women do not yet even know they are pregnant,” said Armond Budish, leader of the Democratic caucus in the House. The bill is currently being held up in the Senate. See the latest update on Porter’s antics at Right Wing Watch.
"Also in Ohio, The state budget, approved June 28, 2011 by the Senate, bars state hospitals from performing abortions."

The Dirty Little Secret in our country, of course, is that these pieces of legislation are obviously illegal - laws contrary to Roe v. Wade, BUT if they are challenged in front of the five extremist Conservatives in the Supreme Court, women's rights to choose are DOA.

More tawdry legislative masterpieces from our Conservative capos:

Legalizing the Murder of Abortion Doctors!

"South Dakota flirted with a law to make the murder of an abortion doctor legal as self-defense
"When South Dakota was forced to drop the idea of murdering abortion doctors,Nebraska and Iowa picked up the idea
"See also HB 3308 Life Defense Act of 2012 above, which has implications in this regard.

Abstinence Education

"A total of 37 states mandate abstinence education while contraception falls increasingly under attack by Republican legislatures.

"According to the Guttmacher Report, “Mississippi, which had long mandated abstinence education, adopted provisions that make it more difficult for a school district to include other subjects, such as contraception, in order to offer a more comprehensive curriculum. A district will now need to get specific permission to do so from the state department of education.”
"According to the Guttmacher Report, “A new requirement enacted in North Dakota mandates that the health education provided in the state include information on the benefits of abstinence “until and within marriage.
"Utah, unsurprisingly, has opted for abstinence-only sex ed, which really is kind of the antithesis of sex-ed, isn’t it? But that is precisely what the state legislature has done – it has voted that the birds and the bees are X-rated and have no role in schools. If HB 363, sponsored by Rep. Bill Wright, is signed into law, schools won’t be able to teach children about contraception. It is unknown if Gov. Gary Herbert will sign the bill.
"The Taliban has taken over Tennessee. From ThinkProgress: “Senatepassed SB 3310 (HB 3621), a bill to update the state’s abstinence-based sex education curriculum to define holding hands and kissing as ‘gateway sexual activities.’ Just one senator voted against the legislation; 28 voted in favor.” This is Tennessee’s answer to increased Teenage pregnancy: not promotion of contraception; just don’t hold hands. Welcome to Afghanistan, Tennessee. The law takes effect July 1, 2012, otherwise and henceforth and forever known as Talibanesseee Day.


Personhood Laws” and Fetal Rights and Mandatory Ultrasounds

"In 2011 the trend in anti-abortion legislation was passage of laws that would give fertilized eggs the rights of “personhood” – in other words, fertilized eggs would have the same rights as you or me – a blatant ploy to attack women’s reproductive rights. Florida, Montana and Ohio will have “personhood” on the ballot in 2012 andaccording to CNN “efforts in at least five other states are in the planning stages.” Mississippi has just rejected one such extremist measure and Colorado and South Dakota have also rejected them. Robin Marty at RH Reality Check examines 20-week bans and points to the flaw at the heart of this type of legislation. In 2012, mandatory ultrasounds have become the rage. However, Republican legislatorsseem to be realizing that voters aren’t exactly jumping on the bandwagon.
"In Iowa a pregnant woman was arrested for falling down a flight of stairs. Yes, for falling down a flight of stairs. You see, following a fight on the phone with her husband, Christine Taylor fell down a flight of. Like any responsible pregnant woman would, she went to the hospital to check on the fetus – and was arrested thanks to one of the many state laws that grant fetuses rights separate from the mother. Iowa has a “feticide” law that pertains to the second trimester and beyond, and since Taylor confessed that she had contemplated abortion but had chosen to have the baby, the nurse and doctor at the hospital decided to phone the police and accuse her of trying to terminate her pregnancy illegally. She was fortunate not to be charged with a crime – for falling down the stairs

"On February 11, 2011, the North Dakota House of Representatives passed House Bill 1450; a bill which seeking to define a fertilized egg as a human being. As Planned Parenthood reports, “HB 1450 is backed by a national activist group,Personhood USA, working to make North Dakota the epicenter of a heated national debate.”
"The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 94 to 2 to a ban on abortion’s later than 20 weeks of gestation similar to Nebraska’s in what it called the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” Bill 1888 was signed into law in April 2011 by Republican governor Mary Fallin, who signed every anti-abortion bill that came to her desk in 2011. Oklahoma became the third state “to restrict abortions on the basis of fetal pain” (joining Kansas and Nebraska) reported the Oklahoman at the time.

"In California, conservatives are peddling the “California Human Rights Amendment“. It is okay to condemn people after they’re born but you must let them be born first. This latest personhood gimmick claims the “inherent human rights, dignity and worth of all human beings from the beginning of their biological development as human beings” but its real goal is to make abortion illegal – even in cases of rape or incest (“regardless of the means by which they were procreated”), or fetal anomaly. In other words, taking away women’s reproductive rights is a promotion of human rights.

War on Birth Control/Contraception

"Republicans have tried to define contraception not as a health but as a religious issue, claiming that the availability of contraception is a violation of their religious beliefs.

"The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives is attacking the Department of Health and Human Services new guidelines that require insurance companies to cover contraceptive services free of charge. Committee Chairman Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) claims the new rules do not protect religious groups who object to contraception. He claims the government is taking, “coercive actions to force people to abandon their religious principles.” As part of the Republican War on Women, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) has introduced a bill, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011, which would allow providers to throw women under the bus on religious grounds.

"In Utah, 45 Republicans voted for state Rep. Bill Wright’s (R) HB363 which, asRaw Story reports, “would effectively ban comprehensive education about human sexuality, forcing schools to teach abstinence or nothing at all.” Eleven Republicans and 17 Democrats opposed the bill, in defense of which Wright stated, “We’ve been culturally watered down to think we have to teach about sex, about having sex and how to get away with it, which is intellectually dishonest. Why don’t we just be honest with them upfront that sex outside marriage is devastating?”

Taxing Abortions

"The newest rage, direct from 13th Century Kansas, seeks to squeeze profit from abortions by taxing them.
"In Kansas, H.B. 2598 would levy a sales tax of 6.5% on all abortion procedures, reports RawStory: “”Why not slap a $100, $200, $300 tax on an abortion?” Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, the largest anti-abortion advocacy group in Kansas, asked Raw Story on Friday. “I’m completely against most forms of taxation, but abortion is such an abhorrent procedure, I would like to see it wiped out with a $2,000 or $3,000 tax on every abortion that happens in Kansas.” HB 2598, punitive in nature like all GOP anti-choice legislation, would give doctors immunity from malpractice, do away with tax credits, and like Indiana’s law, force doctors to lie to patients about non-existent risks of breast cancer. It would also force women to listen to the heartbeat of the fetus before undergoing an abortion. RawStory underscores the financial burdeon created by this monstrous (68 page) bill, saying that it “could also make late term abortions to save the life of a mother, which can run up to $20,000, wholly cost prohibitive, even for middle class women.” This would effectively make this bill a “kill the mother” bill, a theme that runs through much of the GOP’s anti-choice legislation. Rick Perry crony Governor Brownback plans to sign the bill into law if passed.

The War on Human Fetuses in Food

Yes, you read that correctly. And no, there are no human fetuses in food. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have laws against them being there – if you’re a Republican, that is. The Associated Press reports that Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey, infamous for authoring failed bills, has proposed a bill “that would ban the use of aborted human fetuses in food, despite conceding that he’s unaware of any company using such a practice,” and even Republican Sen. Brian Crain, a self-professed “pro-lifer” and the chairman of the Senate Human Services Committee says, “I’d hate to think we’re going to spend our time coming up with possibilities of things we need to stop.” The FDA, of course, says it is “not aware of this particular concern.” Ridiculous as it sounds, the bill does also outlaw stem cell research.


The War On The Girl Scouts

"From Indiana: While not taking the form of actual legislation, the actions of Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne), who became opposed to the idea of honoring the Girl Scouts because of something he read on the Internet, were hateful. He refused to honor the Girl Scouts because, he as he told fellow lawmakers, they 'promote homosexual lifestyles' and study 'feminists, lesbians, or Communists' as role models while ignoring those with a religious background.” And on the basis of some very poor research he warned against 'extend[ing] legitimacy to a radicalized organization.' Raw Story reports [5.1.12] that 'An Indiana lawmaker has only received a single donation in the months since he accused the Girl Scouts of becoming a"radicalized organization" that promotes the ‘homosexual lifestyle.'

And finally:

The War on Divorce

"From Wisconsin comes Rep. Don Pridemore is co-sponsor of Senator Glenn Grothman’s (R-West Bend) bill (SB 507) that would list 'nonmarital parenthood' as a cause of abuse. The bill states 'In promoting those campaigns and materials, the [Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board] shall emphasize “nonmarital parenthood” as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.' The bill is bad enough – TodaysTMJ4 tells us that 'Senator Grothman claims there’s an epidemic of single parenthood, and he’s pointing a finger at women for it.'  But what’s worse is Pridemore’s defense of it; he says that women in abusive relationships – the reason so many of them are single parents in the first place – ought to just take a beating and stay married: ‘If they can refind those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help,’"

(As we said on the top of this post, there's more...please go to Politicususa's site for more at http://www.politicususa.com/proof-war-women-2.  It may be a good idea to print their list for ammunition for family gatherings where your unfortunate relatives that have fallen victim to Conservative propaganda can finally see the proof - that Conservatives want women to be subservient, barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen.)

The War On Women is a major part of Conservatism's war on the poor and the middle class.  Their attempts to enact extremist laws against the People should be considered a criminal act.


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"I’ll tell you how to beat the gambling in Las Vegas. When you get off the airplane, walk
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Henny Youngman


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Romney: Lies And More Lies



In the midst of the hilarity of the "bayonets and horses" zinger, leading several wags to note the three b's of the debates: Big Bird, Binders, and Bayonets, Thinkprogress.org interjected a moment of solemnity in their piece, "At The Last Presidential Debate: Romney Told 24 Myths In 41 Minutes."


This piece was the last of a trilogy starting with, "At Last Night’s Debate: Romney Told 27 Myths In 38 Minutes after the first debate, and "At Last Night’s Debate: Romney Told 31 Myths In 41 Minutes" after the second, for a total of 84 lies in 120 minutes.

For those who may be mathematically-challenged, or for Conservative sheeplets, this means that Romney lied during 70 percent of the total debate time.  I leave it to those proficient with video editing to determine the percentage of lies during the time that Mr. Romney's lips were moving; allowing for the time of the questions by the moderators and the responses from President Obama, this figure probably approaches the 100 percent level so often suggested by this site. (http://www.criminalizeconservatism.com/search/label/conservative_lies)

A sampling of the most egregious of the 24 lies so ably documented by Thinkprogress's author Igor Volsky:

1) “Syria is Iran’s only ally in the Arab world. It’s their route to the sea.” Romney has his geography wrong. Syria doesn’t share a border with Iran and Iran has 1,500 miles of coastline leading to the Arabian Sea. It is also able to reach the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.

4) “[W]hen — when the students took to the streets in Tehran and the people there protested, the Green Revolution occurred, for the president to be silent I thought was an enormous mistake.” Obama spoke out about the Revolution on June 15, 2009, just two days after post-election demonstrations began in Iran, condemning the Iranian government’s hard-handed crackdown on Iranian activists. He then reiterated his comments a day later in another press conference. Iranian activists have agreed with Obama’s approach.

6) “[W]e are going to have North American energy independence. We’re going to do it by taking full advantage of oil, coal, gas, nuclear and our renewables.” Romney would actuallyeliminate the fuel efficiency standards that are moving the United States towards energy independence, even though his campaign plan relies on these rules to meet his goals.

9) “Well, Republicans and Democrats came together on a bipartisan basis to put in place education principles that focused on having great teachers in the classroom.” Education experts have faint praise for his proposals while he was governor. “His impact was inconsequential,” said Glen Koocher, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. “People viewed his proposals as political talking points, and no one took Romney seriously.”

13) “Our Navy is old — excuse me, our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917…That, in my view, is making — is making our future less certain and less secure. The U.S. Navy is smaller than it was in 1917, but it is not making America less secure. The navy has actually grown in the sheer number of ships under Obama and Romney’s plans to increase shipbuilding is unrealistic. As one historian told PolitiFact, counting the number of ships or aircraft “is not a good measurement of defense strength because their capabilities have increased dramatically in recent decades.” Romney’s comparison “doesn’t pass ‘the giggle test,’” he said.

15) “And I think that when the president said he was going to create daylight between ourselves and Israel, that they noticed that as well.” They haven’t noticed because it’s not true. Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak told CNN, “President Obama is doing . . . more than anything that I can remember in the past [in regard to our security].” “When I look at the record of President Obama concerning the major issues, security, I think it’s a highly satisfactory record, from an Israeli point of view,” said Israeli President Shimon Peres.

20) “My plan to get the [auto] industry on its feet when it was in real trouble was not to start writing checks. It was President Bush that wrote the first checks. I disagree with that. I said they need — these [auto] companies need to go through a managed bankruptcy.” Romney’s plan for the auto bailout would have ensured the collapse of the auto industry. In his editorial titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” Romney advocated for letting the private sector finance the bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler. Auto insiders, however, have said that plan was “reckless” and “pure fantasy.”

23) “I was in a state where my legislature was 87 percent Democrat. I learned how to get along on the other side of the aisle.” Given Romney’s 844 vetoes as governor, Massachusetts legislators dispute this claim. As the New York Times has noted, “The big-ticket items that Mr. Romney proposed when he entered office in January 2003 went largely unrealized, and some that were achieved turned out to have a comparatively minor impact."


This trilogy from Thinkprogress is one that should be saved and studied for all of those unfortunate enough to have to endure the mindless rhetoric from Conservative sheeplets, as well as to understand the lies coming from the Conservative leadership. (http://www.criminalizeconservatism.com/p/war-on-america.html)

As we've stated on so many daily posts, Conservatives, within their front group Republican Party, have to lie, since the vast majority of people living in a representative democracy reject the notion that only the wealthy elites are fit to rule.  We also have repeatedly shown that the Conservative capos use their propaganda gifts to sway the most susceptible of our society, the intellectually challenged, the evangelical "enthusiasts," and those described as Authoritarian Personalities.

Their true aim, to create a new age of American Feudalism, is anti-democratic and anti-American.  This objective should be considered a criminal conspiracy and dealt with accordingly.  All of the methods used to achieve this aim should be categorized as crimes against the People and in order to save the nation the leadership arrested, tried, convicted and punished.



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"But true love is a durable fire, In the mind ever burning, Never sick, never old, never
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