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Ok, maybe the first time it was by accident. But twice is highly suspicious.

Breaking news tonight from Fox 10 News:

Maricopa County elections officials are drawing criticism for another instance of providing the wrong date for the Nov. 6 general election in materials printed in Spanish.

County elections spokeswoman Yvonne Reed acknowledges that the Spanish language side of 2,000 of the 3,000 printed bookmarks with election information erroneously give the election date as Nov. 8.

Now, the previous incident has been diaried already.

In that case, at least 50, possibly many many more voter id cards were mailed out with the wrong election date on them, but mysteriously ONLY on the Spanish language part. HMM.

Needless to say, liberal activists are not buying it.

Liberal activists are accusing Republican County Recorder Helen Purcell of trying to suppress the Hispanic vote.

Reed denies that and takes responsibility for the error. She says she failed to change all the dates when updating a printing sheet used last year when some jurisdictions held elections on Nov. 8.

"I don't think it's just a mistake, it's happened too many times," says Randy Parraz of Citizens for a Better Arizona. "This is just unacceptable, when you have the County Recorders Office putting out misinformation and their whole purpose to exist is to do elections."

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell is very offended you would suggest such a thing, and is going to make sure that all Spanish speaking citizens know when the election is. By putting the right date on their web site. Yeah, that'll do it.
To that end, we will be launching a very aggressive Spanish language publicity campaign to make sure everyone knows that the election will be held on Tuesday, November 6. Martes, 6 de noviembre. Such a message already appears prominently, in Spanish and English, on the Maricopa County Recorder's and Elections Department Websites.
With Richard Carmona leading the Hispanic vote by wide margins, is someone putting their thumb on the scale? It just seems far too coincidental that the mistakes are only occurring on the Spanish language parts of the information.
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I have to admit I have been pretty giddy this week from the DNC convention. The speeches were inspiring, Obama's poll numbers are up, my spirits are up..and I'm feeling positive about the election for the first time in months.

Then I saw this on my DVR this morning, and it was just icing on the cake! I laughed so hard I had to share..and the best part were the cheers of the crowd for Obama. Jimmy Fallon is a comic genius.

Obama 2012!!

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When I read this article at HuffPo this morning, I remembered a video I saw on Bill Maher Friday night, and found it on YouTube. I don't know how long it will remain up, but it's chilling as to what we are up against.

Republican Convention Delegates Spurred By Fear Will Fight For Man They Don't Like

So why will people -- grassroots conservatives who know Romney's past -- work hard for a man who once described himself as a progressive?

"That's a real good question," said Peggy Dau, of Bartlesville, Okla., who spoke to The Huffington Post at a "Patriots for Romney" rally organized by someone they really do like -- Rick Santorum.

The answers given by Dau and other staunch conservatives who would have preferred a different standard-bearer offer a glimpse into a mindset that, though liberals might find it somewhat disturbing, is nevertheless built on a foundation of faith, family, loyalty, community spirit and all-around decency. Their perception is that they are under assault, that other people want to destroy the world they have built, or take it away.

Bolstered in their belief by relentless persuasion of the right's paid political professionals, they are afraid they will lose the "fight." That fear is focused squarely on President Barack Obama. And it doesn't matter that Mitt Romney might not be a genuine conservative in their eyes.

"At the end of the day, we're still Republicans and we've gotta get Obama out of there," said Donna Cosmello, of New Milford, Pa.

"Anybody's better than Obama," said Rosie Gaetano, of Scranton, Pa. "Obama must go. OMG. Not 'Oh my God.' Obama. Must. Go!"

What could it be about Obama that inspires such fear in old white people from the south...what...could..it ...be?
"One of the things that's going to really hit Obama bad is that with the welfare, all of this, so many people in entitlements right now -- the middle class, who he terms as the middle class, who are out there working every day, they're resentful of the fact that they are put into this class, and they're resentful that there are a lot of people who could be working who are not working," said Gallow, who believes the president has deliberately swelled the ranks of the needy.

"So that's going to backfire on him," Gallow said. "There are actually a whole lot of people out here who are working very hard to take care of themselves and their family, and he said here's free cell phones, here's free food stamps. They don't want that. These people have pride, and that's what that man is trying to take away from these people -- pride. They are taking away pride from the American citizen."

In other words, he's black, and he hands out food stamps (and cell phones!) to lazy, shiftless black (blaah) people who are there to steal their money.

If you need more proof, check out this video shot at the RNC this week, by Nancy Pelosi's daughter Alexandra. My favorite sign "Jesus Hates Obama".

I give you...the Imaginary/Invisible Muslim Obama of the redneck south:

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Why did I have to read about this in my hometown Detroit newspaper the Free Press? Luckily somone linked to it in a blog post at azcentral.com.

Just to recap, my duly elected and potential GOP gubernatorial candidate, Secretary of State Ken Bennett recently had this to say: "I'm not a birther. I believe the president was born in Hawaii or at least I hope he was. But my responsibility as secretary of state is to make sure that the ballots in Arizona are correct and that those people whose names are on the ballot have met the qualifications for the office that they seeking."

Apparently he received 1,200 emails from his constituents (read 'crazy tin foil hat wearing Sun City residents') asking him to look into this matter, who had been stirred up by King of the Tin Foil Hatters, Sheriff Joe. Sigh.

To which Hawaii responded:

The attorney general's office in Hawaii is telling Arizona's secretary of state that if he wants confirmation of President Obama's birth records, he'll have to prove he legitimately needs it.

Special Assistant Joshua Wisch said late Friday that Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett hasn't done that despite numerous e-mail and phone exchanges between their offices.

Wisch says Hawaii state laws require Bennett to show legal authority that this office needs the records to update its official lists as part of its ordinary work.

Wisch says as soon as Bennett gives Hawaii adequate authority, the Aloha State will verify Obama's birth.
 

Now, Bennett said just on Friday that he had heard nothing back from Hawaii in the 8 weeks since he made the request, so not only is he a tin foil hat birther, but he's a liar. Try not to die of shock.

By the way, I highly recommend a very funny (and yet sad) column by Laurie Richards at the Arizona Republic. The comments interestingly run about 10-1 against the birthers.

Once again, Arizona is the nation's laughingstock

Update: The KFYI radio interview with Bennett from Thursday:

Mike Broomhead KFYI Radio

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Someone in the comments thought it would be interesting to read the email exchanges between Hawaii and Bennett. TPM comes through with a FOIA request, and what was uncovered was comedy gold. For your reading pleasure....

On Monday, TPM filed a public records request for the correspondence between the Hawaii government and the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office. The results show Bennett and his staff grew ever more impatient with the slow pace of Hawaii’s response before the secretary finally took to a local conservative radio talk show on Thursday to voice his concerns.

“Hello Jill. I just left you a brief voice mail message,” Arizona Deputy Secretary of State Jim Drake wrote in an email to a Hawaii attorney on May 1. “I am wondering whether you can give me a ballpark timeframe on our request. As you know, the closer we get to November, the more my phone rings. I believe that having Hawaii’s response on hand might help to quell the inquiries!”

Read more at TPM Muckraker
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Besides her two sons, it's really hard to tell. There is a long list to choose from. The facts of the story, as best as I can figure, below the fold.

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First, I want to say that I am not here to defend the conduct of any of the workers shown. And the only reason I even know about this, is because the Fox affiliate in Phoenix (all the way across the country) thought this was such an important story that they aired it too!

It begins with a recap of a 'sting' this same Fox Detroit "reporter" Rob Wolchek did last year on the same Chrysler plant in Trenton. As I'm watching, I'm thinking...what is the point of doing an expose on workers drinking during their lunch hours? I'm sure this happens at many businesses. Why is this news? Ahh..this is why...

Rob Wolcheck: "Chrysler has been bailed out by billions in taxpayer dollars. In fact, President Obama had just given them a pep talk on the floor of the plant. And this was the thanks we got?"

Video shows reporter chasing after the UAW workers on their lunch break, shown drinking ad smoking (which was assumed to be pot)..

Wolcheck: "You know, the government spent a lot of money bailing you guys out, and you come out on your lunch break drinking like this?"

You have to see to believe.

Chrysler Auto Workers in Trenton Caught Smoking and Drinking During Lunch Breaks: MyFoxDETROIT.com

Seriously? THIS is what we are supposed to be concerned about? The obvious meme of this report is...union workers take taxpayer money and blow it on drugs and alcohol instead of doing their job. See how bad unions are? They are a drain on society! (It did not escape my notice, that this is a local Fox affiliate. Not Fox News, but a Murdoch holding none the less.)

Like I said, I don't think anyone should be showing up to work drunk or high, union or not...but I fail to see why this is news. Even the anchors acknowledge that the story may be portrayed as anti-union, as they defend the report and themselves as being union workers also. (Does being in an actors union really count though?)

I loved Wolchek's final wrap-up: "The tipsters just want help. Why they are calling me, I don't know."

Why indeed.

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My first diary, after lurking many years. I hope I don't screw this up.

Now, I don't normally watch CNN. But I was trolling the network while eating dinner, curious as to how they were covering MSNBC's Morning Joe drama. Since I knew MSNBC wouldn't. Other than a constant scroll shouting "Mark Halperin called President Obama a d**k" not much was going on.

Instead, I ended up in shock.

Jessica Yellin, obviously filling in for John King USA along with her new CNN position as chief White House correspondent, caught up with Gene Sperling, who was appointed by President Obama to be Director of the National Economic Council, for an interview. Here's how it went.

To set it up..she first played a montage of GOP Senators pontificating on the Senate floor today on how mean Obama was to them. Oh, they are soo mad!!

(This is not a 100% accurate transcript as I suck at short hand..but damn close)

Yellin: "So Republican leadership in Congress say they simply don't have the votes to pass a deal to raise the debt ceiling. That they are not being stubborn. They just don't have the votes. Mitch McConnell invited the President to come and meet with Republicans and the press secretary said it's not even worth the conversation. Why not take the meeting with the Republicans?"

Yeah. You know, why is Obama being so mean to them? He knows they can't vote for the debt ceiling legislation because nobody wants to vote for the debt ceiling legislation. What is that so hard to understand?

Sperling: "Yadda yadda, talking points, Obama just wants compromise, balance, shared sacrifice, everything on the table, we're all in this together. You know, like we've done in debt negotiations for decades."

Wait for it...and this is verbatim.

Yellin: "Part of this has to be politics. I mean, it just seems like a lot of posturing going on right now. And if this is as dire as the White House says it is, as it seems as if the capital markets says it is....."

Wait for it..

"Why not just give the Republicans what they want? Why not just cave and say 'you want only cuts? Fine. To save America and to save the economy, we'll give you the cuts, we'll raise the debt ceiling and fight another day on issues that matter to Democrats'."

Then my eyeballs popped out and rolled across the floor. The end. To his credit Gene Sperling managed not to punch her.

And that is Exhibit A as to why the MSM suck, the country is woefully ignorant and uneducated, and Republicans win every argument, no matter how unreasonable and vile they behave. God forbid the MSM entertain the idea that the GOP should cave. That the GOP should give in to save America. And Obama is the dick.

I wish I had video. You'll just have to take my DVR's word for it.

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