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Triumph: Gabrielle Giffords leads the Democratic National Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Mo' Money:
    A Federal Election Commission opinion issued Tuesday expands the scope of text-message based political contributions to allow contributors to donate the maximum amount allowable by law.

    Previously, the FEC had limited donations that are made via mobile short codes that appear on the phone bills of contributors to $50 per billing cycle and $200 per election cycle. The system that was first backed by the FEC was designed to allow for the same level of donations that can be made on a cash basis, without triggering reporting requirements.

    Under the new guidelines, campaigns will be responsible for ensuring the eligibility of donors and identifying people who donate more than the $50 and $200 limits, as is currently required for other types of donations.

    Mo' problems? There are still outstanding questions (posed by AT&T to the FEC) about whether discounted transaction fees constitute an in-kind donation to the campaign.
  • PriceWaterHouseCoopers and the Romney campaign are working with the Secret Service in response to an extortion threat. Hackers say they've obtained Romney's pre-2010 tax returns, PriceWaterhouseCoopers denies there was a security breach. Hacker's claims are specious, but there's those darn tax returns back in the news again. Hey Mittens, know how you could neutralize their shakedown efforts? #ReleaseTheReturns to the public yourself.
  • The Week sums up Gawker's Bain files: 7 revelations about Mitt Romney's finances.
  • Lee Fang at The Nation gets ahold of a letter House Representative Paul Ryan sent to Department of Health and Human Services in Dec. 2010, lobbying for a grant to build a health facility in his district.
    The grant Ryan requested was funded directly by the Affordable Care Act, better known simply as healthcare reform or Obamacare.

    The letter, among several obtained by The Nation and The Investigative Fund through a Freedom of Information Act request, is a stark reminder that even the most ardent opponents of Obamacare privately acknowledge many of the law’s benefits

  • Via press release: Detroit Public Schools experience unprecedented attendance levels and large numbers of students returning from charters/out-of-district schools:
    Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Roy S. Roberts today announced that the school district had reached nearly 85% attendance on the second day of the school year and that more than 1,600 students had enrolled in DPS schools from charters and out-of-district schools as of Wednesday, Sept. 5.
    A rather less-sunny picture of Detroit is presented in a new documentary Detropia, opening this weekend. It appears worth checking out.
  • We'll get the sticky-fingered culprits! A Canadian manhunt commences for dastardly scoundrels that have absconded with $30M—or 10 million pounds—of maple syrup.
Tracks from the first drives of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are visible in this image captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
We built that! Tracks from the first drives of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are visible from space
in this image captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
  • Educators, now's the time to submit your request to NASA to obtain authentic space program artifacts for your school. More 411 here.
  • Gayest convention ever, empirically: according to the National Stonewall Democrats, 486 of the 5,963 delegates—or just over eight percent—identified themselves as LGBT.
  • Sarah Posner at Salon asks, "Why did Democrats allow the cardinal to give a right-wing prayer?" and answers the question herself: "The party still can't speak truth to power." But Adele Stan at AlterNet has a different take: "At DNC Podium, War for the Soul of Catholic Church."
  • Oh, Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin! Please, promise you'll never change?
  • France proposes a 75-percent tax on income exceeding one million euros, a centrepiece of Francois Hollande's presidential campaign earlier this year. Finance minister Pierre Moscovici said the president "made a very clear and strong commitment on very high earnings being imposed at 75 percent... This commitment by the President of the Republic, will be strictly respected" in the 2013 budget.
  • Where are those Chick-Fil-A chowing right-wing "free speech" champions now? Maryland state delegate goes on a rampage because Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo expressed his support for marriage equality. State Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D) wrote the National Football League demanding they sanction Ayanbadejo:
    I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football League Owner, to inhibit such expressions from your employees and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions. I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing.
    (Psst, Del. Burns? Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is another who's done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing. See also Carolina Panthers linebacker Nic Harris, New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaac Keys.) The takeaway from Burns is apparently it's OK to try to silence, bully and threaten the livelihoods of marriage equality supporters, just don't dare try it with detractors.

    Ayanbadejo responded by thanking the delegate for drawing national attention to the topic. But of his free speech rights, Ayanbadejo added, "I was surprised. It's what our country was founded on. For somebody to try to take that away from me I was pretty surprised, from a politician especially." The ballplayer also spoke his mind on Twitter.

  • Beloved free speech icon, author Judy Blume discloses her recent struggle with breast cancer on her blog: !@#$% Happens:
    I've joined The Club - not one I wanted to join or even thought I would ever be joining - but here I am.
    Best wishes to Blume, she reports she's "lucky" and doing fine.
  • Registering to vote just got easier. With this little widget, you can fill out a registration form, print it off and mail it in ... or, if you're lucky enough to be in a state where you can register online, it will take you directly to your Secretary of State's website. Do it now! And share it with family and friends. Remember, as Rep. John Lewis said, voting is "the most powerful, nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union."

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  •  The give and take of America (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Scott Wooledge, Aunt Pat, brn2bwild

     I use the column of that title by Colbert King for a deeper reflection on America in this post to which I invite your attention

    Kenneth J. Bernstein

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:02:38 PM PDT

  •  Romney Got a Negative Bounce (10+ / 0-)

    Ha Ha

    Romney Got a Negative Bounce

    The Princeton Election Consortium finds Mitt Romney actually got a negative bounce coming out of his convention.

    "Indeed, it appears that the race shifted towards President Obama by 6-15 EV, or about 1.0% of Popular Vote Meta-Margin. From an analytical perspective, a negative bounce is quite remarkable because all the talk in recent weeks has been of bounces being smaller or zero, but always in the hosting party's favor. It is all the more remarkable because of the relatively small number of state polls over the last week, so that the Meta-analysis's inputs have not fully turned over... So the negative bounce may be larger than what is shown in the graph. Such an event would have been missed in past years (and even this year) because national polls don't have the best resolution.
  •  zero ads in Philadelphia. GOP given up here...... (5+ / 0-)
    •  Romney has a lot of money (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Aunt Pat, Scott Wooledge

      I am still not sure what is up with this. No ads in Ohio? no ads in Pennsylvania?

      He can't afford to abandon both. Something is up...

      It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. - Molly Ivins

      by se portland on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:13:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It has me fretting. (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        se portland, Aunt Pat, duha

        Considering the war chest he's sitting on I am afraid of what he's saving his cash for?

        Massive Stop The Vote ground operations?

        You're not being "oppressed" when another group gains rights you've always enjoyed.

        by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:17:03 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  to put it in his pocket. (6+ / 0-)

          There's no rules about how to dispose of extra superpac money.

          now, his election campaign has a few bucks in it, but nothing compared to the combined totals of the superpacs.

          romney's #1 love is money. What if after the election he's got a deal with the superpacs, who could have several hundred million dollars left over after the election is over, to split it between himself and his big donors?

          This way, adelson et al get all their money back and mitt doubles his net worth in just a few short months.

          sweet deal. great ROI.

          For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

          by mdmslle on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:25:12 PM PDT

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      •  i think it's possible that their internals are (4+ / 0-)

        showing that the ads may actually be harming him rather than persuading voters to vote for him.

        That would be one reason I could see. The other may be that most Americans have a negative view of CU and most felt it was an affront to democracy. Maybe the fact that he's running them 24/7 and that they are paid for by a few billionaires isn't polling well. Maybe they're finding that people aren't watching them at all. You know, DVRs do exist. Or they could just be waiting a few weeks, creating new ads (which I think they will have to do after seeing our convention) and planning to run them later.

        For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

        by mdmslle on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:22:32 PM PDT

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        •  Most campaigns can retool (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          tb mare, Texdude50, Panbanisha

          come up a fresh message and cut ads in a few days. It doesn't make sense to me with all his money he can't.

          Even running a generic, inoffensive biography ad with baseball, kids, apple pie and the wind in his plasticine hair is better than being dark.

          You're not being "oppressed" when another group gains rights you've always enjoyed.

          by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:38:42 PM PDT

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      •  He's got some tax dodging scheme set up. (1+ / 0-)
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        Square Knot

        He always knew he'd lose, but running...particularly now thanks to Citizens United, could make him a mint. What if his scheme all along were to hold back on spending in the last couple months and reserve a couple hundred million. The laws are so lax now he could probably pass it through a SuperPac that has even less rules and they'll cut a check back directly to Mitt after the election...and they do it all tax free. I'm being cheeky of course but does anyone know the legal extent to what a candidate in the post Citizens United days can do with the warehouse full of money that will be left over this year?

  •  Wait a minute. Alert Fox news. Just watched the (9+ / 0-)

    Gifford Pledge of Allegiance again (sniff) and I believe after it DWS and her exchanged the Obama's terrorist fist jab!

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:07:16 PM PDT

  •  Paul Ryan Time Calculator (10+ / 0-)

    But first why it is important from PAUL GRONKE

    I have a harder time dismissing the marathon flub because I can’t come up with a credible reason for the misstatement.  The quote wasn’t off the cuff–he elaborated on his precise time.   This was a reasoned comment.  And the information was easily checked, so this wasn’t a policy claim based on disputed facts and conflicting interpretation.  I can only presume that Ryan deliberately misstated the time in some attempt to boost his image, or he really remembers that as the time, and he believes in his own elaborate fiction.

    That’s why I think this story will have “legs.”  It is humorous, it’s easy to understand, and it evokes just the kind of emotional reaction and character judgment that may last well after the facts are lost.

    Paul Ryan Time Calculator

    I am close to an Olympic sprinter, who would have known.

    It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. - Molly Ivins

    by se portland on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:08:04 PM PDT

  •  A pome. (16+ / 0-)

    In Charlotte, they’re still so excited,
    By speeches, the masses delighted,
    They heard Bill and Michelle
    Then the Prez rang their bell --
    The old man with the chair was not sighted.

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:08:10 PM PDT

  •  The Mars Rover should have looked like Wall-E (6+ / 0-)

    We have a greed with which we have agreed. -Eddie Vedder "Society"

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:10:02 PM PDT

  •  Chris Kluwe also responded to Mr. Burns.. (10+ / 0-)

    ..umm.. shall I say.. poetically?

  •  Kinsey Konvention (3+ / 0-)
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    whenwego, Scott Wooledge, fayea
    Gayest convention ever, empirically: according to the National Stonewall Democrats, 486 of the 5,963 delegates—or just over eight percent—identified themselves as LGBT.

    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:11:16 PM PDT

  •  I love seeing the tracks of Curiosity. (6+ / 0-)


    The difference between stupidity and genius...genius has limits. ~ Einstein

    by jim in IA on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:13:23 PM PDT

  •  Good news deeper into last week's job numbers (3+ / 0-)
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    se portland, Decided Voter, Aunt Pat
    To recap quickly: One of the most worrisome signs in Friday’s jobs report was the 368,000-person drop in the labor force, which is defined as people who are working or looking for work. People can leave the labor force for lots of reasons — to go back to school, to raise children, or to retire, among others — but a big drop can be a sign that people are losing faith in their ability to find work.
    But among people of prime working age — which the Labor Department defines as those between 25 and 54 years old — the labor force declined by a more modest 66,000.
    Read the whole thing here:
    Number of the Week: Young People Lead Labor-Force Dropouts
  •  Has Gabby had medical set-backs? (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, Scott Wooledge

    She seemed to walk and speak a lot better during the Diane Sawyer special.  

    We have a greed with which we have agreed. -Eddie Vedder "Society"

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:15:06 PM PDT

  •  Re: Registering to vote just got easier (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, SueDe

    What is this registering to vote business? You know what's really easy? Going to vote and assuring the little lady behind the desk that, yes, I have lived at my address for 30 days, yes, I am a citizen. Okedokey, sure you betcha, here's the ballot for ya then.

    What's hard is running phone banks and get-out-the-vote efforts without having any party affiliation info from voter registrations.

    In ten years Obamacare will be as popular as Social Security and Medicare, and Mitt Romney will be demanding all the credit.

    by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:16:12 PM PDT

  •  Queen Ann'shoes need some exposure (11+ / 0-)

    Ann Romney wore a $1,300 pair of designer John Galliano's shoes for her convention speech.

    Who is John Galliano you ask?

    Galliano was tried in France and last September, he was found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks.

    In a video, a drunk Galliano hurls anti-semitic rants at a group of Italian women and declares "I love Hitler... People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers would all be fucking gassed." This incident happened just before Paris Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2011-12.

    Since Ann can not discuss abortion issues, maybe she will talk about her shoes.

    Are shoes more important than Jews to Ann?

    •  I remember that Galliano incident. (6+ / 0-)

      I am not a fan of guilt by association. We can agree no rational person could really believe Ann selected the shoes to telegraph her allegiance to drunken anti-Semites, yes?

      But, it does show poor judgement, or thoughtlessness. Particularly to wear a pair of shoes that cost more than most Americans spend on their entire wardrobe in a season.

      Hey it's not like they're fighting the impression they are shielded from real economic realities, right? Money doesn't mean anything to Ann!

      It surely wasn't a coincidence Michelle Obama was wearing a dress by a Detroit-born African American fashion designer Tracy Ellis.

      The Obama campaign knew people would ask--and investigate--and her choice demonstrates thoughtful attention to detail.

      You're not being "oppressed" when another group gains rights you've always enjoyed.

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:32:45 PM PDT

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  •  That last item doesn't have a link... (4+ / 0-)
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    WisePiper, althea in il, Aunt Pat, Samer

    Poverty = politics.

    by Renee on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:20:08 PM PDT

    •  Thom Hartmann gave it props on XM Sirius Left nt (2+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, Renee

      Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

      by annieli on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:28:20 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Other NFLers (5+ / 0-)

    in support of marriage equality:

    Scott Fujita:

    And recently retired player Michael Strahan:

    "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

    by Cali Scribe on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:21:30 PM PDT

  •  Seeking to Privatize Veterans Health Care (4+ / 0-)

    Think how they go after the education system we once had!

    On The Road To Privatize Thus Profitize the Peoples Responsibility to Those That Serve Them, just like for their contributors of the GI Bill profiteers!!


    The War Rubber Stamper Rep. Miller, off the books till the present administration and all borrowed since as the surplus was gone and deficits started rising Before 9/11, Should Care More About, though he certainly didn't while war rubber stamping wars of choice costs, Fully Funding The VA, As Should the People!

    Romney idea to open health networks to vets gets attention
    Sept. 8, 2012 - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has proposed opening military Tricare networks of civilian health care providers to veterans who can’t get timely mental health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Tricare networks currently exist to provide health care to military personnel and retirees, their families and survivors. Two days after Romney’s pledge, President Barack Obama signed an executive order with several new initiatives to improve access to mental health care services for veterans, service members and their families.

    One directs Veterans Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services to establish at least 15 pilot programs involving community-based health providers to expand mental health services in areas not well-served by the VA. Another establishes an interagency task force on military and veterans’ mental health co-chaired by the VA, the Department of Defense and HHS. read more>>>

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:21:58 PM PDT

  •  So wait (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Aunt Pat, Gooserock

    In France, if you make 1,000,000, you only get to keep 250,000 of it?

  •  A much higher tax bracket for... (11+ / 0-)

    ...Americans making more than $1 million would be a good idea (though getting an effective rate of 75% would no doubt be impossible). When arguing for such a tax rate, it's always important to point out that the 75% (or whatever) is the marginal rate. The earner would only pay that rate on the amount OVER $1 million, not their entire income.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:25:14 PM PDT

    •  We need more tax brackets (6+ / 0-)

      to reflect the new economy -- when the original tax brackets were set, $250K was a lot of money and not many people earned that as annual salary. Now, it seems like it's chump change. (Well, to me it's still a hell of a lot of money -- if I had that much each year I could pay for my mother-in-law's care without batting an eyelash.)

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:29:50 PM PDT

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      •  Update them to Today's Dollars. (4+ / 0-)
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        fayea, divedeeper, Panbanisha, Square Knot

        The old 70% top rate kicked in around 3 million of today's dollars I think.

        3 million filing jointly is the top 0.1%

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 01:04:36 PM PDT

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      •  A few months ago I read an article (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Square Knot, Meteor Blades

        discussing a financial transaction tax.  An alternative, brought up in the comments, was a progressive income tax figured in very small increments (easy to do with a computer program) from just above the poverty level to the highest income.  Income of any kind would be counted as income - no more differentiation for capital gains, dividends, carried interest, earned vs. unearned, etc.

        I don't remember the increment used, but every subsequent dollar claimed as income would be taxed at a cumulative of increments for that amount.  Everyone who wasn't recognized as living in poverty would pay some income tax, and as income rose, so would the amount paid - no more brackets.

        The commenter suggested this approach could be used while congress worked on limiting deductions.  The idea had the additional benefit of the country's never having to live through another set of arguments over raising or lowering marginal tax rates or redefining brackets while retaining progressivity all the way to the top.

        It was intriguing.  Most intriguing:  no other commenter offered an argument about why this approach wouldn't work, plus be much fairer than the current mess

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 01:24:42 PM PDT

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    •  tax bracket strategery (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Panbanisha, Meteor Blades

      Maybe we need to point out that, re the "are you better off than you were 4 years ago" meme, "Who's better off than they were 4 years ago -- oh wait! -- there is a group of Americans whose relative incomes and share of the national wealth continues to climb regardless of how the economy performs -- maybe they could join us in reducing the deficit.  Maybe they need a dose of austerity -- even if it means they need to downsize the number of houses they own -- from 7 to 6! (Hey McCain -- do you shout "You punks get off of all of my lawns?)

      When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called "the People's Stick." ~ Mikhail Bakunin

      by Sick Semper on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 02:47:40 PM PDT

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  •  8% LGBT at DNC (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Scott Wooledge, Panbanisha

    Coincidentally, that's the lowball estimate of the number of closeted LCBT delegates at the 2012 RNC.

    When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called "the People's Stick." ~ Mikhail Bakunin

    by Sick Semper on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:31:43 PM PDT

  •  Penn State misses a last second field goal (0+ / 0-)

    to start the season 0-2.

  •  Yeah, campaigns will be doing that (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Aunt Pat
    Under the new guidelines, campaigns will be responsible for ensuring the eligibility of donors and identifying people who donate more than the $50 and $200 limits, as is currently required for other types of donations
    Youbetcha.

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:36:11 PM PDT

  •  Romney's tax returns (0+ / 0-)

    Who here...or anywhere, for that matter...doesn't know that Romney has taken advantage of any and every legitimate tax loophole available by the IRS?

    Of course he has.  The key question is, what other rich/wealthy person in the U.S. including democrats, haven't done that?  And, if it was actually legal, then we're going to have a tough time making hay about what he's done...other than that it was something making him a jerk and a scuzzbucket and spun into him being anti-American...but, can't do that y'all because if he's that bad a person for his tax efforts, then so are ALL of the wealthy democrats in congress and the senate that have done that.

    We need to be careful what we dig up.

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:41:28 PM PDT

    •  We don't need to dig up Romney's rival's (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      gchaucer2

      tax returns, Obama has offered them freely. They are already in public record for anyone to examine.

      But thank you for your concern.

      You're not being "oppressed" when another group gains rights you've always enjoyed.

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:51:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

        No one is talking about "Romney's rivals".  Read the post again, Scott.  It was about the richie democrats taking advantage of the same thing the richie republicans take...including and most specifically those in our congress.

        No one is saying anything about "Romney's rivals".  We, as a country...as a populace...as taxpayers...as citizens need to not just see ONE side of the equation when it comes to this very important issue.

        - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

        by r2did2 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 01:00:31 PM PDT

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        •  I would expect "rich" Democrats (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Scott Wooledge, Van Buren

          ...to reveal THEIR tax returns when running for President as well.  And poor ones too.

          If someone doesn't want to run for President because of what their tax returns show, I'm OK with them not running.

          America, we can do better than this...

          by Randomfactor on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 01:08:36 PM PDT

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        •  By all means (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          jj32, gchaucer2

          Go through Obama's tax returns and point out the tax deductions and loopholes he exercised that you find abusive or sketchy. Do so with my blessing.

          His returns are readily available.

          But, do you really think Karl Rove hasn't already tasked teams of opposition research accountants and attorneys to pour through Obama's returns to try to find an unflattering Obama tax story and feed it to the news?

          You're not being "oppressed" when another group gains rights you've always enjoyed.

          by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 01:09:29 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Scott (0+ / 0-)

            My post wasn't about Obama's tax returns.

            What's that post all about, really?

            C'mon Scott.

            - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

            by r2did2 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 02:24:47 PM PDT

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            •  No. I really don't get your point at all. (0+ / 0-)
              can't do that y'all because if he's that bad a person for his tax efforts, then so are ALL of the wealthy democrats in congress and the senate that have done that.
              The people who represent ME in Congress disclose their tax returns.

              Here's an example, my Junior Senator Gillibrand's tax returns posted on her website for anyone to pursue. I confess, I haven't read them, but I trust that if there were sketchy things in them, her opponents would have brought it to the press' attention. Since it's not a story, I presume there's nothing extraordinary in there.

              Most candidates for higher offices DO disclose their tax returns. It's been a very standard procedure for many decades.

              You seem to be arguing that Mitt Romney should not have to disclose his tax returns because some "wealthy Democrats"—who? I don't know, you who you won't name any—might also have sketchy things in their tax returns.

              And you know what? If Democrats have $75,000 tax credits for fancy Dressage horses, and overseas bank accounts, as Mitt Romney does, I am 100% in favor of them having to disclose that too, and let the electoral chips fall where they may.

              I've actually seen more than a handful of races where multi-millionaire Democrat bought their way onto the tickets when I thought there was a better qualified candidate that just wasn't wealthy enough to compete. So fine. Most people don't play elaborate overseas tax shelters with their taxes. We'll run them as Democratic candidates.

              You're not being "oppressed" when another group gains rights you've always enjoyed.

              by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:24:11 PM PDT

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              •  Thankfully (0+ / 0-)

                No one has "recommended" what you've posted.

                I think your spin and comments beyond what I've said has been seen by most posters here.

                If you want people to think that only the rich republicans enjoy the tax loopholes and other benefits for the more wealthy in our nation...then, you'll probably get dedicated DKos followers to believe that, for sure.  But, you and I know differently.  I'm a dedicated democrat but am not so ignorant to think that just so many of the wealthy democrats in our country don't take advantage of the tax code.  If you do (which I'm almost positive you don't), you're not as intelligent as you make yourself out to be.  

                - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

                by r2did2 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 05:11:51 PM PDT

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                •  I fear for your reading comprehension (0+ / 0-)

                  that you somehow gathered my point was Democratic politicians do not use sketchy tax loopholes.

                  I said absolutely nothing of the kind.

                  That isn't even remotely close to what I said.

                  It's not really worth continuing this since you seem incapable of reading and or comprehending.

                  Fortunately the Obama campaign and Democratic party are not so foolish as to heed your advice and lay off poor Romney on the topic of his unreleased tax returns. It would be moronic of them to listen to your counsel on that.

                  They have been hitting him hard with it as it is a smart strategy.

                  You're not being "oppressed" when another group gains rights you've always enjoyed.

                  by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 10:34:21 PM PDT

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                  •  Right (0+ / 0-)

                    IMO, the only thing you "fear" for is that people see what you're saying and call you on it.

                    What you've said doesn't go to what I said in any way, shape or form.  But, you know that and I think you know I know it as well.

                    Spin and rhetoric is bought by just so many folks here.  But, not all of us.

                    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

                    by r2did2 on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 02:01:52 PM PDT

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                    •  the only spin going on here is your right wing (0+ / 0-)

                      Concern trolling.

                      "OMG! Democrats cheat on their taxes too! Leave Romney alone!"

                      Yes, I called you out, concern troll.

                      Fortunately, Obama strategists Jim Messina and David Axelrod are ignoring your advice and hitting Romney hard on taxes. So, not much chance you're doing your candidate any good.

                      You're not being "oppressed" when another group gains rights you've always enjoyed.

                      by Scott Wooledge on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 08:29:41 AM PDT

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  •  Dangerous World (2+ / 0-)
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    bewareofme, fayea



    1 in 2.3 million. Those are the infinitesimal chances voter fraud will occur in a federal election. That's less likely than being struck by lightning or attacked by a swarm of bees. Right now, 33 states have proposed laws making it harder to vote. That means 23 million Americans will have a much more difficult time voting, and communities of color will by hit hardest by these new laws. Get the facts about voter suppression from our video, and text "VOTE" to 62227 to join the NAACP mobile list.

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:41:46 PM PDT

  •  Rahm leaves Obama campaign.... (4+ / 0-)
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    Scott Wooledge, jj32, bewareofme, fayea

    ....and joins the Priorities USA fundraising effort.

    I haven't see anything about that here, but took it as a sign that Dem's need to up their Superpac performance.

    Repubs started up the car, hit the throttle and sent it over the cliff, and now they're complaining that the black guy hasn't fixed it fast enough.

    by Bush Bites on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:41:58 PM PDT

  •  What little widget? Needs a link stat! nt (2+ / 0-)
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    Square Knot, foldingBicycle

    We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

    by Samer on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 12:48:43 PM PDT

  •  You're going to hear crickets.... (2+ / 0-)
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    Scott Wooledge, wintergreen8694

    from the Chick-Fil-A crowd about the rather heavy handed attempt to silence Brendon Ayanbadejo's free speech on behalf of marriage equality. Come on, Scott...when we tried to explain WHY Chick-Fil-A's corporate stance was wrong, when we mentioned their foundation's donations to anti-gay groups supporting discrimination, there was no interest in hearing that. Instead, there was a "National Appreciation Day", with Sarah Palin, Lindsay Graham, etc chowing down on their greasy chicken sandwiches. You got it exactly right...there IS free speech for one group, but not for others.

  •  Jennifer Rubin v. Dick Morris: (3+ / 0-)
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    bewareofme, Scott Wooledge, asm121

    Steel-cage match, slated for Pluto, their home planet.

    I mean ... what?  Morris might be putting us all on somehow but Rubin seems a damaged individual.

  •  voter registration (0+ / 0-)

    That's part of the data work I do in the OFA office in Concord.
    I enter the data for the campaign to use to contact voters.

  •  Former Presidents (2+ / 0-)
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    divedeeper, Van Buren

    President Clinton is valuable to President Obama's reelection because he reminds people of prosperity and economic growth.

    President GW Bush would be destructive to Governor Romney's campaign because he reminds people of economic failure and perilous foreign policy.

    SO... we'll be seeing a lot of Clinton and nothing of Bush.

    …comMITTed to making Willard Romney a none-term president...

    by Says Who on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 01:50:39 PM PDT

  •  Anyone who does not believe in marriage equality, (3+ / 0-)

    but who recites the Pledge of Allegiance, "with liberty and justice for all," is a hypocrite, pretending to be patriotic while denying Americans their rights.

    Romney recited it today.
    Did he ever read it and realize what it says, that it is in direct opposition to his own beliefs, and that he is campaigning to deny that very same liberty and justice for all?

    Especially a man whose dad was born in an enclave in Mexico where his grandfather could legally practice bigamy — who is he to tell Americans who they can or cannot marry?

    The hypocrisy is slimy.

    …comMITTed to making Willard Romney a none-term president...

    by Says Who on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 01:57:11 PM PDT

  •  From Nate: (0+ / 0-)

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