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Because really, if you sampled the polls to make sure you talk to more Romney voters than Obama voters, the polls would be showing Romney ahead. And that's what really matters.

  • Is the Romney campaign peddling a dangerous and medically dubious conspiracy just to please an influential social conservative?
  • In Los Angeles, it's the weekend of Carmageddon II, as the horribly overused 405 freeway is closed for an entire weekend on one of its busiest stretches to allow a major construction project to take place. The first time this happened, everyone predicted traffic calamities, but it wasn't so bad. Doesn't change the fact that I decided to get out of town anyway. But here are some amazing photos of the work itself, as well as the amazing sight of an empty Interstate 405.
  • Voter fraud and ACORN will steal the election! Voter fraud! Voter fraud! Oh...wait.
    MIAMI — The number of Florida counties reporting suspicious voter registration forms connected to Strategic Allied Consulting, the firm hired by the state Republican Party to sign up new voters, has grown to 10, officials said, as local election supervisors continue to search their forms for questionable signatures, addresses or other identifiers.

    After reports of suspicious forms surfaced in Florida, the company — owned by Nathan Sproul, who has been involved in voter registration efforts since at least the 2004 presidential election — was fired last week by the state Republican Party and the Republican National Committee. The party had hired it to conduct drives in Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia.

    In Colorado, a young woman employed by Strategic Allied was shown on a video outside a store in Colorado Springs recently telling a potential voter that she wanted to register only Republicans and that she worked for the county clerk’s office. The woman was fired, said Ryan Call, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.

  • No, really, I thought it was a total accident:
    Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is “strategically” placing minorities at his campaign rallies, according to a Republican insider.

    Speaking to Politico, Republican strategist Ana Navarro – who worked for the McCain and Huntsman campaigns – alleges that when the Romney campaign stages its rallies, “You can almost invariably count on the row of women or black or brown people strategically placed in the audience.”

  • Just in case anyone had forgotten about Mitt Romney's $100 million IRA, here's more news about Mitt Romney's $100 million IRA. Note that most regular human beings are only allowed to contribute $6,000 a year to one of these tax-advantaged retirement accounts.
  • Ann Romney is quite concerned about her husband's mental health, should be become president:
    During an interview with Nevada television station KTVN, Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, revealed that her biggest concern if her husband becomes president is his "mental well-being."

    In the interview, Ann was asked what her biggest worry was should Mitt Romney be elected to serve in the White House. She responded:

    "I think my biggest concern obviously would just be for his mental well-being. I have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness, in his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy. ...So for me I think it would just be the emotional part of it."
    Let's all do Ann Romney a solid and preserve Mitt's mental health by making sure he never has to worry about such a thing.
  • More Republican voter registration fraud, this time in California:
    SACRAMENTO — Aggressive recruitment efforts in one of California's most hotly contested voting districts has created a surge of newly minted Republicans like Marleny Reyes. Except she had no intention of joining the GOP.

    The Moreno Valley College student is among scores of voters in Riverside County who say they were duped.

    Formal complaints filed with the state by at least 133 residents of a state Senate district there say they were added to GOP rolls without their knowledge, calling into question the party's boast that Republican membership has rocketed 23% in the battleground area.

  • A heads-up for our Los Angeles-area readers: I will be appearing on "Southern California Live" with Johnny Wendel talking presidential debates and the road to Election Day. The show airs from 7-9 PM (Pacific Time) on 1150 AM in the L.A. market. I will be appearing shortly after 8 PM. Be sure to tune in! --Steve Singiser

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  •  Warren up 5 in new Boston Globe poll (25+ / 0-)

    and I write about it here

    "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 Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:02:43 PM PDT

  •  hey ann (11+ / 0-)

    if mitt gets elected you had better worry about the mental well being of the country, thats the big concern.

  •  I am a job creator: A manifesto for the entitled (8+ / 0-)

    is both the title of a terrific op ed by Steven Pearlstein in today's Washington Post and of this diary from this morning

    "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 Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:03:51 PM PDT

  •  Let's see ... (6+ / 0-)

    He'd be a solid commander and economist-in-chief, just that he might be an emotional wreck. Not like those are mutually exclusive or anything .....

  •  Meet the Press (6+ / 0-)

    Ralph Reed.  A new low.

    United citizens against Citizens United ͭ ͫ

    by LeighAnn on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:08:00 PM PDT

  •  I haven't seen a single Romney sign in Charlotte (4+ / 0-)
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    I live in the northwestern corner of town, and go to church in the Plaza-Midwood/Commonwealth area.  No Romney signs at all, unless I'm very wrong.

    Though I did see a couple of Gary Johnson signs.

    Romney-Ryan: America's Rollback Team

    by Christian Dem in NC on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:08:28 PM PDT

  •  ZINGERS! (5+ / 0-)
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    nanorich, beltane, Puddytat, AoT, Eric Nelson

    one of Atrios's twitter people has been having fun with the debate/zingers thing.

    very funny.

    example tweet:

    "We're hoping Obama mispronounces AFGHANISTAN because we have an amazing zinger for that situation" says Romney aid working on zingers
    and:  
    Romney camp: "We have one zinger we call THREAT LEVEL OFWGKTA: If Romney drops this zinger, he'll win +6 in Ohio." Folks, that's a zinger

    An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

    by mightymouse on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:08:54 PM PDT

  •  Carmaggedon (7+ / 0-)

    Dear God how I'm sick of that word.  The local newspeople made it up and used it to death, so proud of their wordsmithing that they took any opportunity to add it to the broadcasts until you wanted to throw something at the TV. It was no big deal the first time and it's no big deal now.  

    •  I drove over the hill from the Valley yesterday... (4+ / 0-)
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      Puddytat, JeffW, AmazingBlaise, ellenbee

      ...and it was fine.  Took Coldwater and then Beverly Glenn to come back.  May go to the beach today.  Looks like everyone is staying home like in the last one.

      Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

      by Shockwave on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:23:35 PM PDT

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    •  Carmageddon was an awesome video game. There (1+ / 0-)
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      ellenbee

      Was never a game quite as perfect as that one for coming home after work ..l and just disappearing all the stress and angst of the day by mowing down pedestrians in spectacular stylistic fashion.

      I can’t decide who’s cuter – the dead guy with the arrows in his chest, or the guy in the ditch with the seeping wound. -- Game of Thrones (Heard on Set)

      by prodigal on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:41:42 PM PDT

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  •  So.... How does one get rid of moles??? (4+ / 0-)

    My dad's dog just found a juvenile mole and killed it for me.  But, where there's a kit, there's a momma mole and more kits.  I need to get rid of them.

  •  Doesn't Romney need a strategically placed... (2+ / 0-)
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    ....majority?

    Priorities guys, prioities....

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:20:31 PM PDT

  •  The Think Progress Lyme Disease topic (2+ / 0-)
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    beltane, annieli

    has been swarmed by people in love with the quack Romney is flogging for in that pamphlet.

    •  These quacks tend to have (2+ / 0-)
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      nanorich, ebohlman

      cult-like followings which makes sense when you practice faith-based medicine.

      •  Are you a doctor?? (4+ / 0-)

        I am just shocked at this language about people who are suffering, and their dedicated doctors.

        Please. I have a positive Lyme (Western blot) test. I was sick for over 3 years before discovering this. Careful treatment from a Lyme doctor with various antibiotics over a two-year plus period is bringing me back my health. I went from being totally disabled (could barely read or speak) to about 70% function at this time. My doctor says I will recover, and I will continue doing whatever it takes to get there.

        My doctor has treated thousands of lyme patients over a 20-year period. He is a Board-certified internist MD. He is not a "quack" or "alternative". He gets people better.

        You may think antibiotics are "dangerous," until you are faced with a life-threatening or life-destroying illness which they can cure.

        There is no belief system or cultism going on in my case--I am the most science-oriented person you could meet. I also believe in results. Your comments (not just you personally, I mean everybody who is jumping on this bandwagon) are very hurtful.

        I love it that Obama's channeling Harry Truman: "I don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!"

        by sillia on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:13:24 PM PDT

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        •  Yup, I have to agree, I do not think (4+ / 0-)

          this is a battle we should be fighting.  Lots of reasons to defeat Mitt Romney, and lots of ways to do it.  This is a side show by the Romney campaign, and one we best not politicize any further than it already is.

          Hope your health continues to improve.

          Expose the lies. Fight for the truth. Push progressive politics. Save our planet. Health care is a right, not a privilege.

          by lighttheway on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:42:23 PM PDT

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        •  Do you have anything from (2+ / 0-)
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          peer-reviewed journals to support the "Chronic Lyme" diagnosis or treatment with long term antibiotics? I'm not dismissing your experience (I could go on a whole rant about docs doing that) but it's something I should know about and don't, and my access to full-text databases is limited.

          The founding fathers knew of the mutually corrupting influences of Church and state, wisely sending them to opposite corners.

          by emidesu on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:53:49 PM PDT

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          •  I know plenty of people (2+ / 0-)
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            )dozens) that didn't respond to the "straight-forward" treatment regimen described by the Think Progress article that ultimately had to undergo many and more aggressive treatments options.

            Also, most ppl that contract LD don't even know that have been bitten until long after and when the symptoms strike. At that point, the "straight-forward" procedure is rarely successful My brother didn't even know he had LD until  he was quarantined in a hospital with meningitis.

            I also know of doctors in NYS that were threatened by former Gov Pataki's health dept commissioner for aggressively treating LD patients who didn't respond to the "straight-forward" treatment regimen that Think Progress defends.

            There is no "straight-forward" procedure for treating LD.

          •  Yes, indeed (3+ / 0-)
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            There are a couple of hundred good, peer-reviewed studies about borrelia (Lyme bacteria) with results that confirm this hypothesis. Most recently a very good study in monkeys (Embers, et.al.) proves that borrelia persists in monkeys after initial short-term treatment, such as is given to humans after a tick bite.

            Such a study would be unethical in humans; most of us don't volunteer to be dissected.

            The problem is that the field has divided into two sharply differing camps. My opinion is that the "chronic Lyme doesn't exist" camp is wrong. They are basing their position on limited, outdated research. They will immediately say, "no study has shown," blah, blah, but they are ignoring those studies that do and simply don't cite them.

            Further, as I'm sure you can imagine, doctors and their patients sometimes move ahead of where lab-based research is. For example, Multiple Sclerosis was not recognized as a disease until we were able to get brain scans and see that, aha! There IS something wrong with these people. Before that they were deemed mentally ill, malingerers, liars, etc. The patient is assumed to be lying until proven otherwise, I guess. Anyway, those who say that long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme doesn't work are incorrect. It works for a lot of people. Thousands and thousands of people have benefited from this treatment. They weren't participating in a study, but they got their health back.

            You'll also hear about people who DON'T get better on abx. Lyme is an extremely complicated, difficult bacteria and there are many factors involved. Also many of us have co-infections that came along with the tick-bite such as bartonella, babesia (similar to malaria) and parasites. All of these things are difficult to test for, difficult to separate out, and difficult to treat. But no one who has these infections should give up hope--people DO get better.

            Once there is better, cheaper and more accurate testing for these microbes, this whole issue will take a giant step forward. That testing technology is probably just a few years away.

            I sure appreciate your question! If you would like a link to some citations that I mentioned let me know and I can locate that for you. Also please feel free to 'follow' or join the Lyme Disease Awareness group on DKos, we welcome more participants.

            I love it that Obama's channeling Harry Truman: "I don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!"

            by sillia on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 03:06:04 PM PDT

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            •  At your convenience (1+ / 0-)
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              sillia

              that would be terrific. My impression up to now has been that there are lingering inflammatory type sequelae that cause genuine suffering but out of frustration many doctors refuse to take it seriously. I strongly believe in evidence-based medicine, but in individual cases patient's reports need to be part of the evidence, for heaven's sakes! (as well as the physician's countertransference reactions ;-)  )

              The founding fathers knew of the mutually corrupting influences of Church and state, wisely sending them to opposite corners.

              by emidesu on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 03:14:50 PM PDT

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              •  Will do! (2+ / 0-)
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                I'll put some links here later this evening, if that's okay. I agree with you about the need for balance between research, testing, patient experience and doctor experience. These all need to work together. The main focus should be on the patient though--how can we get you better? And everything else flow from that. Cookbook medicine that we are getting now lets a lot of folks fall through the cracks.

                I love it that Obama's channeling Harry Truman: "I don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!"

                by sillia on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 03:24:46 PM PDT

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              •  Links for the avid reader... (1+ / 0-)
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                MsGrin

                This should get you started!
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                Embers ME, Barthold SW, Borda JT, Bowers L, Doyle L, Hodzic E, et al. Persistence of Borrelia burgdorferi in Rhesus Macaques following Antibiotic Treatment of Disseminated Infection. PLoS ONE. 2012;7(1):e29914.
                Available (open-source) at:
                http://www.plosone.org/...
                From the abstract: "These results demonstrate that B. burgdorferi can withstand antibiotic treatment, administered post-dissemination, in a primate host. Though B. burgdorferi is not known to possess resistance mechanisms and is susceptible to the standard antibiotics (doxycycline, ceftriaxone) in vitro, it appears to become tolerant post-dissemination in the primate host."
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                For plain language explanation of the monkey study--
                The Lyme Times (advocacy journal), Vol. 24, No. 1, 2012. Article by Lorraine Johnson, explaining the monkey study pp10-13. "Spirochetes Persist in Treated Monkeys." Chart on pg. 12 listing seven contradictions this study makes versus IDSA guidelines.
                (Not available online at this time?) I've contacted the author to see if we can get an electronic version of that useful chart.
                http://lymedisease.org/...

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                Persistence of Borrelia burgdorferi in mice after antibiotic therapy.
                Discussion of two studies (2007, 2008) with reference info.
                http://www.columbia-lyme.org/...
                "These two studies demonstrate that Bb spirochetes can persist in the mouse after ceftriaxone therapy."

                ---------------------
                A list of recent Lyme & tick-borne disease abstracts:
                (human cases, animal studies, in vitro, etc.)
                http://www.columbia-lyme.org/...

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                LYME DISEASE MEDICAL LITERATURE SUMMARIES
                http://www.lymeinfo.net/...
                See the PDF: "Persistance File" with 77 peer-reviewed studies showing that Lyme disease can persist or relapse despite antibiotic therapy, from 2012 back to 1977. Each citation includes a quote from the abstract, making it a readable overview of the literature. 18 pages.
                (Much more research and information at lymeinfo.net--this is a great resource.)
                --------------------

                There is another file somewhere listing around 200 studies but right at this moment I've lost track of it. We can rustle it up for you though, just holler.

                Thanks again for your interest. I look forward to hearing from you again. In particular, next spring we'll do more Lyme diaries via the DKos Lyme Disease Awareness group, so see you there?

                I love it that Obama's channeling Harry Truman: "I don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!"

                by sillia on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 10:56:34 AM PDT

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      •  I think you are a little off base here. nt (0+ / 0-)

        Expose the lies. Fight for the truth. Push progressive politics. Save our planet. Health care is a right, not a privilege.

        by lighttheway on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:42:57 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, it's clever... (3+ / 0-)

      of Romney to put out the Lyme Disease flyer.  Whatever the cause, there are thousands of people plagued by chronic symptoms following diagnosis with Lyme Disease.  Romney promises nothing in his flyer yet makes these people feel that someone is listening and cares.  Calling out quackery doesn't help.  It  may be that it isn't chronic Lyme Disease and long-term anti-biotic treatment is inappropriate, but it is a health issue worthy of ongoing research and those affected should be offered compassion and understanding.

    •  My friends have really suffered from Lyme. (1+ / 0-)
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      nanorich

      The person who got it twice had a mental meltdown before it was diagnosed the second time and still has mental symptoms.

      That said, two "alternative" doctors here in California diagnosed me with Lyme, after fancy and expensive new tests (since the regular tests came up negative).  I rejected this diagnosis because all I have is muscle pain and no neurological symptoms.  I diagnosed myself with Myofascial Pain Syndrome, which even these fancy alternative doctors did not know about.

      I did read an article in the NY Times recently about terrible damage some strong antibiotics can do to the muscles especially.  I am glad I am not on antibiotics.

      “The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.” ― Voltaire

      by Time Waits for no Woman on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:41:13 PM PDT

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  •  The last hope of the Republican party is... (5+ / 0-)

    ...voter suppression and election fraud.  I hope after Obama's re-election on November 6 we keep up the fight to register all and stop them from future election fraud.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:21:39 PM PDT

    •  I don't understand why the Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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      feel they have to engage in these voter suppression techniques.  They won in 2010 big time without them, so why wouldn't they think they could win again with fraudulent voter registrations and limiting their citizens' access to the polls?  Do they not believe they won legitimately last time?  Do they think their citizens hate what they've done (or not done) since the 2010 that they have to cheat to win again?

      I really don't get why they feel all this registration and election fraud is necessary.

      "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 Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:29:59 PM PDT

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      •  There was voter suppression in 2010 (5+ / 0-)

        and there will be more going forward.  But, the GOP generally has the edge on turnout in midterm elections, so they don't really need to worry about suppression as much in those years.  But when the presidential elections roll around they need to do as much as possible.  Suppression is the only thing keeping them a viable national party.

        The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

        by AoT on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:39:00 PM PDT

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      •  Because they are crazy and really believe that (1+ / 0-)
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        Shockwave

        God is on their side, so it's justified to lie and cheat.

        Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

        by Dirtandiron on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:10:42 PM PDT

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      •  Because it IS Necesssary. They Haven't Won a (3+ / 0-)
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        Presidential election since 1988, there's been election-turning voter suppression at least since Clinton and the Demographics are on our side and increasing.

        They need to both suppress the vote on election day and depress it through attack advertising ahead of time.

        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 Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:30:09 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, yes, YES. Please keep on talking about (2+ / 0-)
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      PSzymeczek, OldDragon

      this. The current cheating to register "Republican" voters, to claim that the polling is biased are just preliminary steps to gaining credibility for the results when the GOP misreports the results of electronic voting machine.

  •  I too am concerned about Romney's mental health (7+ / 0-)

    and therefore will instead vote for President Obama.  He's able to handle foreign policy, run the country, keep his date nights with the First Lady, help his daughters with homework and coach basketball while prepping for the upcoming debates without taking time off to tell Americans what they can expect in the next 4 years.  I'm exhausted just thinking about his schedule!  President Obama's mental health and stamina has been proven time and again these last four years.  

  •  close 405 for good! (1+ / 0-)
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    Now I know that's not going anywhere - pun? intended - but my relatives described pre WWII pre Roger Rabbit LA and it sounded glorious. Automobile culture has turned into a curse for the US (and China). However ... we've got an election to win and a margin to run up so I'll save my further utopian green rantings until after the 2nd Obama inauguration.

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:27:10 PM PDT

    •  For those of you who haven't seen this, (1+ / 0-)
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      annieli

      here is an earlier view of what the 405 looks like empty of, er, cars:

      Incidentally, the voice of the female newscaster is that of one Erin Kotecki Vest, whom some of you may know from the Twitter thang as @QueenofSpain.

      Enjoy!

      "The truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off." - Gloria Steinem

      by Sharoney on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:35:15 PM PDT

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    •  I remember (0+ / 0-)

      I was born in Torrance in 1951, and I can remember when driving in L.A. was a pleasure.

      However, with the sheer number of cars here now, there's no way you could close the 405 permanently.

      Another personal note: my paternal grandmother's house was demolished to make way for the I10/I450 interchange.

  •  What's the benefit of tricking people (5+ / 0-)

    into registering as Republicans, if they won't vote that way?

    The GOP gets to pump up their numbers on a press release, sure, but it's going to cause all kinds of problems for their pollsters and strategists who will rely on those inflated GOP numbers, not to mention wasting GOTV resources on those people.

    (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

    by TrueBlueDem on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:30:25 PM PDT

  •  GOP Debate Zingers ZOMG! (4+ / 0-)
    Romney offering a download of his debate zingers for $5; you can even use PayPal, streaming also OK, exploring new business models

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:31:08 PM PDT

  •  Please don't miss noise of rains (5+ / 0-)

    OLB diary with pictures and video of a road trip to a Bain "harvested" company in Illinois.

    That kind of travel is tough on the Milwaukee, Wisconsin  based original Overpass Light Brigade and the diary is sinking on the Recent List.

    Thanks.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:33:51 PM PDT

  •  Answer to first question (6+ / 0-)
    Is the Romney campaign peddling a dangerous and medically dubious conspiracy just to please an influential social conservative?
    Yes.

    The constituent showed up with an armload of anecdotal testimonials and an apparently convincing argument that the CDC was full of crap.  So Romney was presented with two useful things to hand to dim voters:  "evidence" and a distrust of science.  Bonanza!

    "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 Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:36:49 PM PDT

  •  Speaking of L.A., I love the way we make a party (0+ / 0-)

    out of everything in this burg.

    Wheel the big rock through. Have a frenzied celebration.
    Fly the Endeavor over the Hollywood sign or the Griffith
    Observatory. Go nuts and take hundreds of pictures you might not look at ever again. (And when the Endeavor goes from LAX to the Science Center in Exposition Park, count on
    Endeavor Redux.)

    Here with Carmeggedon II, it's wine and cheese, t-shirts,
    partying with the Westside set, and the usual neighbors complaining about all the tourists, noise, and "invasion of flatlanders."

    What do I think about all this L.A. carryings-on? I love it.
    It's L.A., vato.

    (And speaking of L.A., Steve Singiser, I'll tune in to 1150 to hear what a famous Kossack sounds like. :) )

    "To hunt a species to extinction is not logical."--Spock, in Star Trek IV.

    by Wildthumb on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:37:44 PM PDT

  •  Why is mitt Romney not winning Massachusetts (2+ / 0-)
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    RoIn, JeffW

    wall Street Casino is the root of the problem. Don't call them banks.

    by timber on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:39:38 PM PDT

    •  Or Michigan (1+ / 0-)
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      Republicans loved to mock Al Gore for not carrying Tennessee in 2000 yet it does not look like Mittens will be able to carry either of his home states.  As things stand now it looks like Paul Ryan won't be able bring along Wisconsin.
      If all that happens would this be the first ticket of a major party that does not carry ANY of their home states?

      “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

      by RoIn on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:54:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Just re-published a post (0+ / 0-)

    that originally went up in the wee hours of Friday morning.

    57 NW Tribes join call for Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on Coal Ports

    "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

    by Lefty Coaster on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:43:43 PM PDT

  •  "Strategically placing" people of color (7+ / 0-)

    at Romney's campaign rallies?

    You mean Mittens' campaign couldn't drum up some supporters of color FOR FREE?

    All through the campaign, Romney unapologetically verbally attacked folks of color through using the most base stereotypes he could muster.  Not to mention, some of those insults were racialised digs at the POTUS.

    After all that, what makes him think that any person of color who isn't coerced is going to support him--especially after the 47 percent remark?

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:48:40 PM PDT

    •  Look at this: (1+ / 0-)
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      images of Romney rallies.
      Pretty striking when you see that many in rapid succession.

      The founding fathers knew of the mutually corrupting influences of Church and state, wisely sending them to opposite corners.

      by emidesu on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 02:39:37 PM PDT

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      •  Indeed. It definitely tells the story. (1+ / 0-)
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        When I see those rallies, it pretty much reminded me of the RNC convention. Certainly, it is a snapshot of typical Romney supporters. It doesn't look like an authentic picture of America.

        That's not all that caught my eye.  I was also rather shocked at the empty stadium in Detroit.  When the camera pulls away from the crowd of 1200 supporters, it truly hit home regarding the polls not being as close as portrayed in the news.

        "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

        by politicalceci on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 06:17:41 PM PDT

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        •  Hilarious. (1+ / 0-)
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          Well, not really in the way it could affect real people... But I also find it interesting how often pictures of Obama rallies are panoramic views of massive crowds, while photos of Romney rallies seem to zoom in on Romney, perhaps Ryan and a few supporters.

          The founding fathers knew of the mutually corrupting influences of Church and state, wisely sending them to opposite corners.

          by emidesu on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 06:34:35 PM PDT

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  •  Rethugs gearing up to steal the election (0+ / 0-)

    and will try to blame the "faulty polling" they keep pushing now.

    Can't let it happen again.

  •  I call bullshit on that Think Progress (4+ / 0-)
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    sillia, Gooserock, lighttheway, OldDragon

    piece on Lyme Disease. Having known dozens of people who suffered serious consequences due to LD. there is no "Straight-forward" treatment for the disease. Most have no clue they've been bitten and some, like my brother, don't even know until they are quarantined in a hospital with meningitis.

    Former NY Gov. Pataki had his goons in the NYS Dept of Health run and threaten to run many doctors out of practice for aggressively treating LD patients who didn't respond to the "straight-forward" treatment described by Think Progress. This effort was at the behest of insurance cos who didn't want to pay for the more expensive treatments/

    •  Agreed. I think its wrong to fight (1+ / 0-)
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      Prison4Bushco

      that battle.  Lots of battles to fight.  That's not one of them.  But maybe that is exactly the kind of response the Romney Campaign was looking for.  Too bad we give it to them.

      Expose the lies. Fight for the truth. Push progressive politics. Save our planet. Health care is a right, not a privilege.

      by lighttheway on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:48:06 PM PDT

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  •  Romney gave a speech about 4 or 5 days ago (2+ / 0-)
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    and he had working class guys on the back row, and two black guys directly behind him who didn't applaud and who plainly glared at him. He was telling whoppers and it was obvious that all the people on stage with him were down in the dumps.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:05:41 PM PDT

  •  I don't know, Ann, I'm more concerned about (3+ / 0-)
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    Willard's mental state if he doesn't make it!

    When did he ever lose something he wanted?
    When was he ever told, "NO!, NO!, 40 million times, NO!"?
    When did he have to live the life of loser?

    I don't think Willard has what it takes to graciously lose. And what if he really blows it and wastes a $billion Karl&Koch bucks just for saying or doing something stupid? Will he be able to apologize to the only people who ever liked him?

    Ann, I think you have a lot more to worry about than a victory.

    skipping over damaged area

    by Says Who on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:07:00 PM PDT

  •  A totally non-election-related question/comment (4+ / 0-)
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    Every time I hear someone honoring service members currently serving in the military or who served in it post-9/11, not just in general but by praising how they "kept us safe" in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, I cringe, because while I do honor their miltary service, I simply do not accept that their service (or their sacrifice, if any, beyond being in a stressful and strange environment away from their loved ones) abroad has kept us safe (with certain exceptions, of course, such as going after Al Qaida and their actual allies). If anything, their service (or, more accurately, the missions they were forced to serve in) has made us less safe, by making us even more hated by and a target for terrorists.

    Is it horrible of me to think this, even though it's demonstrably true? Is this one of those instances where even if you're right, you need to STFU and keep it to yourself? If so, what good is that, since it only enables future reckless and unnecessary military actions, by keeping us from acknowledging the utter futility, idiocy and immorality of most of these actions. Why do I have to honor these actions in addition to their service? Why must it be both?

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:07:19 PM PDT

    •  I agree, but I don't say it (1+ / 0-)
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      to service members, veterans or their loved ones. Whatever the outcome, they have sacrificed in the belief that they are serving their country, many making the ultimate sacrifice.
      Discussing it here or elsewhere in the appropriate context (one of ideas, not IGTNT diaries etc.) can help us move forward. I guess my sense is that it's kind of like I/P; emotions run very high and it's best to be as calm and tactful as possible in addressing it.

      The founding fathers knew of the mutually corrupting influences of Church and state, wisely sending them to opposite corners.

      by emidesu on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:26:43 PM PDT

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      •  I see your point (1+ / 0-)
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        Certainly the last thing a vet coming home with PTSD or other sorts of psychic and physical pain and injury wants to hear is that their service was in vain, and quite possibly made us less safe. Yet on the other hand, if we keep praising their service as having kept us safe, we perpetuate this lie and enable the continuation of these sorts of military misadventures. We've got to grow up and get past this infantile and insulting notion that we're keeping the US safe by fighting phantom enemies abroad. That's something only an idiot can believe at this point. Do we want to treat our service members and their loved ones like idiots?

        It's to a large extent the decades-long RW and media infantilization of Americans that has enabled decades of far-right misrule and endless misadvantures abroad. Until we undo this infantilization, we'll continue to be vulnerable to RW misrule. And I see no way of doing this painlessly and without hurting feelings. At some point, we've got to stage a national "intervention":

        America, get your head out of your ass and grow the fuck up.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 02:32:33 PM PDT

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    •  Troops Don't Choose or Design the Missions So (3+ / 0-)
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      I'd say while the mission has mostly not kept us safe, that's not the troops' fault, they have certainly sacrificed and that's where I focus my own remarks.

      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 Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:33:40 PM PDT

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      •  I agree and am at pains to point this out (1+ / 0-)
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        OldDragon

        However, when remarks praising service members are specifically framed as construing their service as having kept us safe, it's hard for me to not feel lied to, manipulated and taken advantage since everyone knows that pointing this out is going to be misconstued as attacking service members or denying their sacrifice. I find the whole exercize to be quite cynical and frustrating. Say something and you're attacked as being anti-troops. Stay silent and you're tacitly supporting a great lie, one that enables future unrighteous wars.

        This cycle has to be stopped somehow, and if it risks hurting the feelings of service members, better their feelings than their lives, I say.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 02:23:18 PM PDT

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  •  Nice pictures of the 405 freeway job in (1+ / 0-)
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    California.

    Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

    by Dirtandiron on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:11:56 PM PDT

  •  Clinton Ay-Rith-Meh-Tick beats Paul Ryan Math (5+ / 0-)
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    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Paul Ryan To Fox News: ‘I Don’t Have The Time’ To Explain How We Will Pay For Our Tax Plan

    For much of the general election, the Romney campaign has avoided any discussion of specifics, especially when it comes to the tax plan that he and Paul Ryan have put forward. On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace gave Ryan an opportunity to finally talk about the details of his plan to a national audience, how much it will cost and how the Romney administration would pay for it.

    Instead, Ryan said he didn’t have time to get into the nuts and bolts of the proposal:  

     WALLACE: So how much would it cost?

        RYAN: It’s revenue neutral…

        WALLACE: No no, I’m just talking about cuts. We’ll get to the deductions, but the cut in tax rates.

        RYAN: The cut in tax rates is lowering all Americans’ tax rates by 20 percent.

        WALLACE: Right, how much does that cost?

        RYAN: It’s revenue neutral.
        [...]
        WALLACE: But I have to point out, you haven’t given me the math.

        Ryan: No, but you…well, I don’t have the time. It would take me too long to go through all of the math. But let me say it this way: you can lower tax rates by 20 percent across the board by closing loopholes and still have preferences for the middle class. For things like charitable deductions, for home purchases, for health care. So what we’re saying is, people are going to get lower tax rates.

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:12:30 PM PDT

  •  Chris Christie did a very good Dick Morris (0+ / 0-)

    impression this morning. It was uncanny - really a riot.

    "Christie predicts Romney debate performance will change course of presidential race"
    http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/...

    Say, you don't think Chris would actually want to sabotage the Romney campaign, do you? Nahhh. Couldn't happen.

    •  He may be right for the "wrong" reasons (0+ / 0-)

      I could see a weak Romney performance causing some states to shift a category towards Dems (from Leans R to Tossup, etc.)

      •  Hadn't thought of that! (0+ / 0-)

        But, I thought it was so hilarious for him to say that while the Romney machine was trying to lower the expectation level for him right into the cellar, as they call Obama "one of the great orators of his time," here's comes Christie insisting that Willard was going to perform in such a dramatic game changing way, that the dynamics of the whole election was going ot take a radical turn on Thursday morning. However, you make a good point. He could be correct, after all.

  •  My curiosity is killing me... (0+ / 0-)

    The Romney campaign seems incredibly undisciplined. Besides the Florida calls, I've heard of Romney callers simply launching into a rant against Obama. Wonder if there are any moles among us who might have signed up to do a phone bank shift and seen the script?
    P.S. Found this too: seems Romney has to give out swag to get volunteers.

    The founding fathers knew of the mutually corrupting influences of Church and state, wisely sending them to opposite corners.

    by emidesu on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:36:41 PM PDT

  •  Ref lockout ends, Pats win, Jets lose (2+ / 0-)
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    annieli, PSzymeczek

    it's a good football day

  •  Romney is now playing at Lyme Disease medical (1+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon

    expert?

    This ass hole is dangerous.

    Has no one in his staff ever heard of the CDC or just bothered to look on line for "Lyme Disease Support Group Va" (there are many) to find information written in language possibly even he can understand.

    He is truly dangerously ignorant.

    He apparently is incredibly gullible and will take the word of anyone one who gives him strokes and money.

    LIke Palin he is intellectually vacuous and delusionally thinks he is brilliant and infallible.

  •  SAD, SAD TEABAGGERS....Romney is going to (1+ / 0-)
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    emidesu

    shift so far to the middle/left during this debate we will actually be able to HEAR the bus running over the TBAGS.....!!!!!!!

    However, he still has "The Stench" of G.W. Bush all over his policies....!!!!!

  •  I was at the RWC Salsa festival yesterday (0+ / 0-)

    registering voters and as I walked through the crowd with my voter registraton sign displayed a woman said to me in a vicious tone, "I suppose you're only registering Democrats".  
    "No", I said mildly. "We register anyone who wants to register."
    I didn't want to get into an argument because it was obvious she got it backward. It's the Republicans who are committing registration fraud. But arguing with someone who lives in an alternate reality is pointless.

    48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam> "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." Edna St.V. Millay

    by slouching on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 07:04:23 PM PDT

  •  What does someone with a $100 million IRA know (0+ / 0-)

    about living off $650/month Social Security and paying for Medicare, food, fuel, and whatever else is needed out of that?

    Takes a lot of hours real work in one's life to earn that $650/month.  

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