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This about nails it, I think

HT CS via FB

comparison of election coverage

Also, the BBC has Dr. Who, Downton Abbey, Bedlam… and the British have James Bond.

Oh, and a Queen.

The end of our Weimar Republic? (1 Samuel 8.10-22)

The news broke and is rebreaking after the end of the Hurricane Sandy coverage… that Mitt Romney actually paid no taxes for ten years — as Henry Reid said.

In this instance, Romney used the tax-exempt status of a charity — the Mormon Church, according to a 2007 filing — to defer taxes for more than 15 years. At the same time he is benefiting, the trust will probably leave the church with less than what current law requires, according to tax returns obtained by Bloomberg this month through a Freedom of Information Act request. (you must, must read all of it here)

You have a man who is running for President of this country who doesn’t like to pay taxes, and uses his Church to hide it. As President, however, he will collect taxes in the form of his pay. He will wages wars with tax payers’s children and money. This he will do without paying taxes himself. Only dictators do this.

On another front, two Republican Governors and Secretary of States are doing their level best to deny the most essential American sacramental rightthe right to Vote. One Governor, Rick Scott, is denying the right to vote. In Ohio, the same. We are entering a phase in which depraved, unethical, and near-criminal behavior in the “defense of America” is seen as a virtue.

Again, I can understand why you do not want to vote the President, but how can you vote for Mitt Romney? If you vote for the lesser evil, you are still voting for evil.

Good luck, America.

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A little secret about 7 November

You aren’t going to believe this, but my friends, I have something to tell you.

On 7 November, if President Obama wins, all of you Republicans will still be Americans.

On 7 November, if Governor Romney wins, all of you Democrats will still be Americans.

The World will not end.

God is still sovereign.

Suck it up; stop whining; grow up.

Give God the glory that no matter who wins, God reigns.

Andy Sullivan Misses a few things with this “Cold Civil War” bit @sullydish

Andrew Sullivan has pointed out what others have pointed out – that the South is a voting bloc. This is nothing new, really. It voted almost always as a bloc until General Eisenhower. Once the Dixiecrats came from the Democratic Party and went to the Republican Party, it turned fully to a GOP voting bloc. Why? Because the South will vote conservative. They may from time to time, as with the case of Bill Clinton, vote for a favorite son (but to be honest, Bill Clinton was a Southern Democrat which at the time was more conservative than a Northern Republican).

Sullivan writes,

I am not saying … that that the only states that will switch from Obama to Romney this year were Confederate states. Indiana is the exception. I was saying that if Obama loses North Carolina, Virginia and Florida – which I suspect he will – then the 2012 map will more closely resemble the civil war map than 2008, when the same pattern was striking. (emphasis mine)

The GOP’s Geography And The Confederacy – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast.

He has some fancy pictures to prove his point; however, he misses out on a few aspects of “Civil War” history that would better explain the “exceptions”.

First, both Maryland and Delaware had units fighting for the Confederacy. Maryland was about to enjoy secession had Lincoln not stepped, and stepped over his constitutional bounds, to arrest the Maryland legislature. Delaware sent a lot of soliders south, as a matter of fact, for a very particular reason. They were a slave state that, even as the war was drawing to a close, voted to keep slavery (voted against the 13th amendment). So, why does Maryland and Delaware now vote consistently liberal? First, the nature of the metropolitan area. Delaware and most of eastern Maryland are suburbs of Washington-Baltimore. Further, I would wager that the slaver owners, after the end of the war, moved out of the areas, leaving the remaining citizens, the liberals, to continue their progressive evolution.

But, what about Indiana? And, the occasional Ohio voting red? Those who are familiar with the South’s cause during the War Between the States will recognize immediately the role Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio played. These were the copperhead states. The copperheads existed in various formers, under various names, but generally were aligned with one purpose, supporting the slave-holding States. Ohio even banned the access of the African to its borders. These states were by far the most friendly to the South, even more so, I would argue, than North Carolina. Examine, for a moment, the county voting maps for Illinois and Indiana:

Had it not been for the cities (the Chicago-Springfield-East St. Louis corridor in Illinois; Gary and the Suburbs of Chicago as well as Indianapolis for Indiana), both of those states would be part of the Southern GOP voting Bloc. In other words, Indiana voting for the Republican nominee is expected because it supported the Southron cause as well.

As a side note, and this is always something usually pointed out, the areas of the Deep South with the closest remaining ties to slavery voted for the President in 2008:

2008 ElectionCountyMap

What is equally interesting is the demographics of New Mexico and Arizona, but I suspect that the changing populace there has something to do with the way these States vote. Of course, it is interesting that the southern half of those states were pro-Confederate the same southern half that is predominately red.

 

Because nothing says Reagan Republicans like Rush Limbaugh

The man knows no bounds… And just think, if when Romney loses, the party will erupt because of the ideologues like Limbaugh.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who normally reserves his derision for Democrats, went so far as to say of Christie: “He’s fat and a fool. Don’t listen to Governor Christie. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” But Limbaugh clinched the quote with his reasoning for being so vicious: “He makes fun of me all the time.”

A writer for the right-wing Daily Caller, Matt Lewis, hopped onto the anti-Christie bandwagon as well, in a post titled “What’s Chris Christie up to?” Lewis called Christie “a prop for Obama’s re-election” and speculated that there must be some kind of “Christie/Romney schism.”

via Conservatives Bash Christie For Cooperating With Obama Post-Sandy.

But you know, when you are the governor of a state, and a state facing a complete destructive make-over and your candidate has repeatedly said to get rid of FEMA… you may in fact have a change of heart.

Democratic poll watchers taught to mislead voters in wisCONsin

Oh, I’m sorry… I meant Romney’s poll watchers…

Mitt Romney’s campaign has been training poll watchers in Wisconsin with highly misleading — and sometimes downright false — information about voters’ rights.

Documents from a recent Romney poll watcher training obtained by ThinkProgress contain several misleading or untrue claims about the rights of Wisconsin voters. A source passed along the following packet of documents, which was distributed to volunteers at a Romney campaign training in Racine on October 25th. In total, six such trainings were held across the state in the past two weeks.

Really? This is the guy you want as President? If you vote for the lesser of two evils, and that is your philosophy, you are still voting for and this endorsing an evil.

Romney to insure country remains pro-choice

In the frenetic push to win all-important Ohio, Mitt Romney’s campaign is saying a lot of things to a lot of people. And on Monday, a top Romney surrogate told a group of Jewish voters in the Buckeye State that the landmark Supreme Court decision granting women the right to an abortion is in no danger of being overturned should Romney become president.

Thanks to Talking Points Memo for that.

Why is this important? Because Romney has said otherwise. But this the him plausible deniability. The Romney camp can just say that it is a surrogate. This man will say anything to win.