Open Thread

Not a whole hell of a lot to say this evening.

The Voice and Eureka, and a couple of practice tests for my next Microsoft certification test.

Rmoney is an intolerable suppository of an insipidly stupid and morally compromised excuse for a human being who must be an embarrassment to his father every single day of his life.  He has no discernable value system excepting ‘whatever it takes to get elected President’ which makes him the perfect standard bearer of the non-insane wing of the Republican party.  That is all.






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    lamh35 says:

    The real voter registration numbers

    By Clo Ewing, Director of Constituency Press on May 7, 2012

    The Washington Post recently published a story (“Voter registration down among Hispanics, blacks” May 4th, 2012) that inaccurately claimed that the number of African American and Hispanic registered voters has fallen sharply since 2008; it has not…

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    lamh35 says:

    Speaking of Mitten’s profiles in courage:

    Quote For The Day

    “I’m not going to suggest in anyway a psychologist. That’s a decision a psychologist would have to tell ya and I’m not going to weigh in on that,” – Mitt Romney, on whether being gay is a personal “defect”.

    And of course from this morning:
    Romney Doesn’t Address Woman’s Belief That Obama Committed Treason

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    bemused says:

    Seconded.

    A reporter asked Mitt to respond about the woman talking treason (clip on Hardball) and Mitt failed miserably, AGAIN.

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    NancyDarling says:

    I linked this at ABL’s post but it is worth repeating.It is a NC black pastor’s plea for justice in the NC amendment vote tomorrow. Send it to your friends, especially if they live in NC.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?f.....wImcNViPtc

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    Eric S. says:

    I ran my first 10K race this Saturday. I live in Chicago but ran in the Queen City, Cincinnati, where my Mom lives. I under estimated the effects of the the two H’s: humidity and hills. I still came in close to my desired time. I finished at 1:03:40. I’m happy.

    Looking for my next race.

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    r€nato says:

    @lamh35: Am I guilty of irrational exuberance with regard to this fall’s election? Because I’m thinking that Rmoney is so ripe for the picking with regard to his extreme willingness to say whatever he thinks people want to hear.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @lamh35:

    And of course from this morning: Romney Doesn’t Address Woman’s Belief That Obama Committed Treason

    Dude’s going to have to work on his response to the whack jobs at his events; last time, it was “Muslim”, this time, you know “Near” is coming.

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    Baud says:

    @lamh35:

    “The Washington Post recently published stories that inaccurately suggest that it is a serious news organization; it is not…”

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    One of my cats (Lari, the senior Queen) has ear mites. I have just filled her ears with ear mite drops. I am now wearing a thin layer of ear mite drops. *sigh*

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    khead says:

    Hmmm….. open thread?

    Twin Falls is a state park in southern WV. It’s where I learned to play golf many years ago. I try to get back there in the fall to play a round with the old man and when I do I take pics….

    Check it out.

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    Tonal Crow says:

    He has no discernable value system excepting ‘whatever it takes to get elected President’

    Yes.

    which makes him the perfect standard bearer of the non-insane wing of the Republican party.

    No! You are giving the Mitter (“Mitt” + “bullshitter”) undeserved credit. If he’s willing to adopt crazy memes to get elected, he’s crazy. Further, I see no reason to believe that he wouldn’t inflict plenty of crazy on us were he actually elected. Anyone who’s a Republican in this day and age is crazy, full stop. The only issue is his or her level of crazy. And of propaganda.

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    Alison says:

    So someone from BJ contacted me on Twitter yesterday about the last copy of The Poisonwood Bible I have to give away, and I’ve tweeted back at them twice and not heard anything. So Insomniac, if you see this, you gotta speak up!

    If I don’t hear anything from this mysterious Juicer, anyone else want to be first in line? (Details here: http://www.balloon-juice.com/2.....nt-3233178)

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    r€nato says:

    @Tonal Crow: no, not crazy. Just the walking definition of the banality of evil.

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    kay says:

    @bemused:

    It isn’t just that. Mitt Romney can’t stand up to the state auditor in Ohio?

    Jesus. He really gives new meaning to the word “coward”

    He’s terrified of offending any random Republican. I can’t imagine what he’ll do when he encounters a county commissioner. Raw power, Mitt! This is make or break for you!

    You know, there’s a pleading, begging quality to Mitt Romney and I think we’re seeing what that looks like unscripted. Not admirable. Yuck.

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    Karen in So Cal says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: Just went through that with my cats. The drops didn’t work. Now I’m trying Revolution (it goes on the back of the neck like Advantage.)

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    My evil government agency posted a twitpic of me today. I think I object to the term.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @lamh35: Wasn’t one of the TPM crew trolling that piece earlier today? Or, should we say, chumming the waters?

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    Whoot I just got a Robocall from Bill Clinton, asking me to vote against Amendment 1. The big dawg is in da house!

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    Lee Hartmann says:

    Rmoney is an intolerable suppository of an insipidly stupid and morally compromised excuse for a human being who must be an embarrassment to his father every single day of his life.

    wonderful. Just wonderful.

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    Francis says:

    Just looked at RCP’s electoral map for the first time for the 2012 election. Would someone please explain to me how it is that Appalachia (West Va., KY, TN), the poorest region in the country excluding the Delta for over 200 years is safe Republican?

    What’s the matter with the Dem party in these states?

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    David Koch says:

    PPP:

    Going to have President numbers in Iowa and Ohio tomorrow — Obama looking pretty good in both states.

    BOOOYAH

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    JenJen says:

    GO CAPS!!!!! Rangers winning 1-0 but this is one helluva game. Hang on Holtby, Holtby hang on!

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    rikyrah says:

    @Francis:

    I’ll be blunt:

    these are White folks who have voted against their economic interests – for generations.

    clinging to that Whiteness.

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    r€nato says:

    George Romney really was a hell of a stand-up guy. A Republican who marched with civil rights leaders when it wasn’t safe to do so. A moderate Republican. A CEO who wasn’t making hundreds of times the average employee’s salary, who made money the old-fashioned way by making a good product – well, an OK product.

    His son seems to be the complete antithesis of his father. He’s like what you’d get if you removed the spine from a pre-Reagan Republican pol and marinated him in the ‘fuck everyone you can to get wealthy’ ethos of the 80s.

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    kay says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    It’s on election law blogs, as the equivalent if breaking!”, but in a boring, statistics-heavy way.

    God, but the WaPo is a bad paper. They didn’t bother to ask how that’s measured before they ran the big scoop?

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    Tim says:

    Sorry for the off topic. From your blog it sounded like you were looking for things to write about, and I thought it would be awesome if you’d like to write a review of this website for your readers: http://www.filmsforaction.org It’s a community-powered resource library full of free films dedicated to progressive social change. Be as critical as you like but I think you’ll dig it. Cheers!

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    Baud says:

    @David Koch: Is it just me, or are polls more all of the place than they have been in the past? One day, Obama is crushing, the next it’s neck and neck.

    My fear is that pollsters will realize one day that the media is more likely to publicize their polls if they show a horse race, and they will jerry rig their polls to produce that result.

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    Concerned Citizen says:

    Hear, hear on Romney. Vapid a-hole. I think Shep Smith said it best. “Politics is weird”.

    Romney is weirder.

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    chrome agnomen says:

    non-insane wing of the party overstates its size considerably. more like a pin feather than a wing, and a rather low profile one at that.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Francis: The Democrats are like Joe Manchin, Phil Bredesen, and Steve Beshear. And those are the successful ones. The voters are open to the Democratic label, but very uncomfortable with the national Democratic party and its impulses towards “welfare” and “redistribution,” i.e., taking your hard-earned dollars and giving them away to Negroes and illegals. Democrats should be able to speak to them with populism and championing the working class, but there’s not a lot of money in that, and industrial and resource-extraction states tend to line up management and labor on the same side in hopes of keeping the few businesses that thrive from going under.

    But instead the Democratic party in those states is following the same principles CNN did after noticing the success of Fox: desperately working to appeal to the same small wedge of the population as its competitor.

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    lamh35 says:

    Oh and just to continue last night’s Nerd-gasm from the open thread. Avengers final tally after all sales done was actually 7.1 million dollars more than projected. The original projection was 200.3 million weekend, but the actual tally was 207.4 million.

    Box office update: ‘The Avengers’ opens even bigger than previously thought, with $207.4 mil

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    Jebediah says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:
    At least you won’t get ear mites!

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    AxelFoley says:

    @lamh35:

    And of course from this morning:
    Romney Doesn’t Address Woman’s Belief That Obama Committed Treason

    From what I hear, chick was black, too. You know things are wild when you got a black woman talking conspiracy theory-type shit.

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    David Koch says:

    That’s a decision a psychologist would have to tell ya and I’m not going to weigh in on that,” – Mitt Romney, on whether being gay is a personal “defect”.

    So Mittens thinks it’s an open question as to whether Dick Cheney’s daughter and Rick Grenell are “defective”.

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    Baud says:

    NYT

    After months on the sidelines, major liberal donors including the financier George Soros are preparing to inject up to $100 million into independent groups to aid Democrats’ chances this fall. But instead of going head to head with the conservative “super PACs” and outside groups that have flooded the presidential and Congressional campaigns with negative advertising, the donors are focusing on grass-roots organizing, voter registration and Democratic turnout.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @r€nato: Something is just not right at a basic level about Mitt Romney. It’s a bit like that Uncanny Valley effect.

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    @Jebediah:

    Well there is that! LOL

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @David Koch: So I guess Mitt doesn’t realize that homosexuality hasn’t been in the DSM for, you know, decades.

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    Baud says:

    @AxelFoley:

    You know things are wild when you got a black woman talking conspiracy theory-type shit.

    Well, MLK, Jr. wanted us to judge people based on the content of their characters, although he probably expected that the judgment would be more positive.

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    Chris says:

    @Tonal Crow:

    No! You are giving the Mitter (“Mitt” + “bullshitter”) undeserved credit. If he’s willing to adopt crazy memes to get elected, he’s crazy. Further, I see no reason to believe that he wouldn’t inflict plenty of crazy on us were he actually elected. Anyone who’s a Republican in this day and age is crazy, full stop. The only issue is his or her level of crazy. And of propaganda.

    I agree with this.

    The “non-insane” wing of the party had control wrested from them in 1980, and was basically exterminated completely by Gingrich’s revolution in 1994. What’s left is completely batshit insane. Whether out of heartfelt conviction or because that’s how you get ahead in the party is irrelevant.

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    Scott Alloway says:

    @khead: Nice. Looks beautiful. What a great place to recall good memories.

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    There was an interesting (well infuriating) piece on Hardball tonight about voter registration. The bottom line is in many states in order to vote you have to get a driver’s license or picture ID, in order to get a picture ID or a driver’s license you have to have a birth certificate or a social security card. In order to get a birth certificate or a social security card you have to have… you guessed it a picture ID. It is the Catch 22 of all Catch 22s.

    ETA Tweety said that without a doubt this was a poll tax, they are charging people money to vote, and it was totally unconstitutional.

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    Chris says:

    @Baud:

    But instead of going head to head with the conservative “super PACs” and outside groups that have flooded the presidential and Congressional campaigns with negative advertising, the donors are focusing on grass-roots organizing, voter registration and Democratic turnout.

    Good. With the Republican emphasis on voter disenfranchisement as increasingly central to their strategy, it’s absolutely vital that we work on going head to head with them there.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    So I guess Mitt doesn’t realize that homosexuality hasn’t been in the DSM for, you know, decades.

    He’s running for President, for Pete’s sake (Pete is presumably straight).

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    Chris says:

    @rikyrah:

    these are White folks who have voted against their economic interests – for generations.

    clinging to that Whiteness.

    What makes it truly sad in the Appalachians is that those were the most pro-Union parts of the South during the Civil War, people who looked at the Confederate slave-owners with as much contempt as they now have for “liberal elitists.” And yet now they’re front line voters for the New Confederate Party.

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    Skerry says:

    I’m sure Mitt would be a disappointment to his mother as well as his father. Lenore Romney shared many of the same moderate beliefs as her husband, ran for the Michigan Senate, and was pro-choice. She was involved with multiple charities. Sadly, she is often overlooked when people are discussing Mitt’s political genetic background.

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    cckids says:

    I’m not a twitterer, but found this today, it made me laugh:

    http://p.twimg.com/AsJlJikCIAAhRCf.jpg

    link not showing up, WHY, WP? It shows up in this edit window.

    Anyway, Murdoch tweeted: “Seems impossible to have civilised debate on twitter. Ignorant, viscous abuse lowers whole society, maybe shows real social decay.”

    To which Jon Snow replied: “I find that in life one reaps what one sows. . . ”

    Live by the sword, die by the sword, asshat.

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    Bnut says:

    A Day in the Life’s most recent episode followed John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, PA. I remember seeing him on the Colbert Report several years ago. His story, and that of Braddock, are the kinds of things that give me hope for this country, even when they seem grim. The episode is free on Hulu atm, it’s a good watch.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Bnut: I liked that guy a lot too. Seemed like he had quite a future in store.

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    cckids says:

    BTW, anyone know who Jon Snow is? I’m sure not GoT Snow, worse luck. Oh, to sic him on Murdoch. Epic.

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    JenJen says:

    Also, Mad Men rocked last night. I’m sure it’s already been discussed but I only just caught up.

    It was absolutely thrilling to hear a real Beatles song on a TV show I love in a critical scene.

    Turn off your minds, relax and float downstream…

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    efgoldman says:

    @David Koch:

    So Mittens thinks it’s an open question as to whether Dick Cheney’s daughter and Rick Grenell are “defective”.

    Well, the Conservatards have been lining up more and more with the Cult of the Red Prada Slippers, who’s grand poobah said gays are “objectively disordered.”

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    trollhattan says:

    Anybody else listen to ATC yesterday? NPR was running clips from the state GOP conventions and the woman running Nevada’s was getting pissed at the Paulanistas and said something like, “We may agree with eighty percent of Dr. Paul’s positions, but we have to unite and defeat that damn sociaIist in the White House!”

    I may have missed the memo, but is that considered okiedokie these days? Wingers would have come unglued had any state Democratic official said something similar about Dubya.

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    PeakVT says:

    @JenJen: Caps Caps Caps! Tied right now, though the Rangers are getting way more SOG.

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    Baud says:

    @trollhattan:

    Wingers would have come unglued had any state Democratic official said something similar about Dubya.

    They would have become unglued and then redoubled their efforts to defeat every Democrat in sight.

    I’m comfortable skipping directly to step 2.

    ETA: Substituting “Republican” for “Democrat” in case it isn’t obvious.

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    efgoldman says:

    @trollhattan:

    Wingers would have come unglued had any state Democratic official said something similar about Dubya.

    Coming unglued is what Wingnuttia does. It sort of worked for a while, but now they are the Nuts Who Cry Wolf. Nobody responds except those already totally immersed in Greater Wingnuttia.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @cckids: He’s a TV news anchor in the UK.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @Bnut:

    A Day in the Life’s most recent episode followed John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, PA. I remember seeing him on the Colbert Report several years ago.

    The Fonzie of Freedom treated him like shit when they were both on Maher’s show a couple years ago.

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    David Koch says:

    @JenJen: how was the scene of Draper playing a song from a beetles album to get a sense of what kind of music to use in a cologne commercial critical?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Alison:

    But you got me, right?

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    Raven says:

    Whippoorwhill singin
    on a soft summer’s eve
    makes me think of my baby
    I left down
    in New Orleans. . .

    Magnolia you sweet thing

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    Raven says:

    @JenJen: Within you without you. . .Revolver

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    Alison says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I did indeed :)

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    @Lee Hartmann: Agreed. That is just a perfect sentence.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @trollhattan:

    Yes, I heard that and had the same reaction.

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    phoebes-in-santa fe says:

    CAN SOMEONE HELP ME!!!

    I am hosting an open discussion of politics beginning in September at our adult learning program here in Santa Fe. One of the things I am compiling is a list of interesting political websites.

    I’ve had no trouble coming up with Democratic ones, but I’m having a bitch of a time coming up with Republican ones. Actually, literate and non-vomit making Republican ones And this being Santa Fe, there aren’t too many Republicans I can ask. Does anyone here ever venture – for fun – to the other-side and can you recommend some decent websites???

    Also, some “neutral” ones. I’m listing CNN but I’d like others. (Oh, and of course Balloon-Juice leads my Dem-leaning list!) Thanks in advance.

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    Cacti says:

    @lamh35:

    The Washington Post recently published a story (“Voter registration down among Hispanics, blacks” May 4th, 2012) that inaccurately claimed that the number of African American and Hispanic registered voters has fallen sharply since 2008; it has not…

    Seems like the GOP is getting an early start on setting up a vote suppression narrative…

    “What vote suppression? They just didn’t register. Even the liberal Washington Post says so!”

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    khead says:

    @Scott Alloway:

    Thanks. Missed the trip last year. I took almost a shot-for-shot remake of the 2008 golf trip in 2009. The only difference was that the ’09 pics are two weeks later in the year so the colors of the leaves are different at each hole.

    A person could take 100’s of deer pix in Twin Falls if they so desired. The place is overrun with them.

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    khead says:

    Moderation? Too many links? Hmmm….

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    Our late kitty Natasha used to get repeated ear infections and they were never quite able to figure out what caused them. We would have to take her in to get her ears washed out before we could even put medicine in. One vet was very impressed that he was getting chunks of earwax the size of raisins out of her ear.

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    Calouste says:

    @Baud:

    My fear is that pollsters will realize one day that the media is more likely to publicize their polls if they show a horse race, and they will jerry rig their polls to produce that result.

    My worry is that they already do.

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    Spot on vis a vis Romneyfart.

    Count on the Republicans to throw the election.

    RWR
    http://www.rightwingrocker.com

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Raven: Tomorrow Never Knows – Revolver by Lennon, Within You Without You was on Sgt Pepper by Harrison.

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    LanceThruster says:

    Rmoney is an intolerable suppository of an insipidly stupid and morally compromised excuse for a human being…

    That needs to be a tattoo somewhere.

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