When Team Romney has to photoshop larger rally crowds, do we still call it momentum?

Romney Campaign Exaggerates Size Of Nevada Event With Altered Image

Buzzfeed says “At best, the official Romney Instagram account posted a really bad panorama.”

At best! Oh, Buzzfeed…

images: buzzfeed


7 states that could decide the election: CO, FL, IA, OH, NV, NH, VA

That is, if the Voter ID laws in other states don’t turn things around for Romney…

While Obama has a clear advantage given his incumbency, Romney does have a path to victory — though it’s a steep climb. He must win most of the seven most competitive states — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire and Virginia — in order to reach the magic number. For instance, he can lose Ohio’s 18 electoral votes and still become president if he wins the other six and hangs onto those already in his grasp. It’s difficult to see a scenario where Romney wins without a victory in Florida, which offers 29 electoral votes. — Obama-Romney race is focused on 7 states – SFGat

THE GOO-GOO SYNDROME: Paul Weyrich, father of the right-wing movement and co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, Moral Majority and various other groups tells his flock that he doesn’t want people to vote. Here’s the problem with fundies in politics:

Which of the 7 states above have Voter ID laws?

via: NCSL

Mike Turzai: “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, DONE.” Watch:

Here is how the Justice Department explains Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: “…a nationwide prohibition against voting practices and procedures, including redistricting plans and at-large election systems, poll worker hiring, and voter registration procedures, that discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in a language minority group. It prohibits not only election-related practices and procedures that are intended to be racially discriminatory, but also those that are shown to have a racially discriminatory impact.”

RNC Platform Formally Backs Voter ID Laws — The GOP platform committee adopted language on Tuesday supporting states that have passed voter ID and proof of citizenship laws. The citizenship amendment, proposed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), would support laws that make voters prove their citizenship before they are allowed on the voter rolls.

Voter ID laws: Why do minorities lack ID to show at the polls? – Slate Magazine — Because a lot of minorities don’t have much use for them. The most common voter ID is a driver’s license, and minorities are less likely to drive… Minorities are less likely to have driver’s licenses because they are more likely to be poor and to live in urban areas. If you can’t afford a car, or if you don’t need one because you take the bus or subway, you are less likely to have a driver’s license. Students are less likely to have driver’s licenses for the same reasons (plus the fact that they can sometimes rely on student IDs, and may just have not gotten around to getting a driver’s license yet). [...] Of course, minority voters aren’t the only group likely to be disenfranchised. Seniors, for example, are also less likely to drive. Academic studies suggest that voter ID laws do probably reduce turnout, both among Democrats and Republicans, but not by more than about 2 percent.

“… What makes the voter ID law special is that they propose to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. We have empirical data proving that essentially no one is showing up to the polls and impersonating a legally registered voter. Runaway slave laws were racist and wrong, but at least there occasionally was a runaway slave!” — Bill Maher, from his Friday night monologue, via: Daily Kos 

The Real Cost of Voter Id Laws — In 2011, Republicans have advanced photo ID legislation in at least 35 states. The report concluded that if these 35 states enact a photo ID law, they collectively will spend at least $276 million, and possibly as much as $828 million, in the first four years alone. At a time when states are experiencing huge budget shortfalls, it would be an enormous waste to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to disenfranchise voters.

“Cockblock the vote”/ “Paid for by people who want Romney to win”

‘There’s a conspiracy among those who want to steal the election,’ says Jennifer Granholm — In Texas, a gun permit is a valid voter ID, but a university ID is not. Wait, what? Jennifer Granholm says the system of catch-22s and unconstitutional fees being enacted by Republicans who claim to be fighting voter fraud is having a very real effect on real people whose votes are being suppressed. “By using this pretense of voter fraud and the weapon of voter ID laws, the Republicans are systematically snatching away people’s rights,” Granholm says.

The Startling Urban Dynamic in Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law

Something big is happening in Philadelphia ahead of this fall’s presidential election – the first in the state since a stringent new Voter ID law was passed earlier this year – although people there concerned about it are having a maddeningly hard time putting their finger on the precise size of the problem. The city has just over 1 million registered voters. About 800,000 of them are considered “active.” […]

The Pennsylvania Department of State recently released two lists of the Pennsylvania residents whose state IDs have expired since last November (and thus can’t be used to verify their identity at the polls this fall), as well as a list of the active voters whose names don’t match up with the PennDOT database as currently having an ID. This second list is terribly sloppy (one database spells names like McCormack as “Mc Cormack,” and there’s all kinds of chaos with hyphens and apostrophes). But nonetheless, the best official data available suggests that as many as 280,000 voters in Philadelphia may need to get an ID between now and November to have their votes counted.

“Nearly 500,000 eligible voters in 10 states with restrictive voter ID laws live in households without vehicles and reside at least 10 miles from an ID-issuing office open more than two days a week, a new Brennan Center for Justice study found. Because many of these voters may not have driver’s licenses — and nearly all live in rural areas with dwindling public transportation options — it could be significantly harder for them to get an ID and cast a ballot. The Brennan Center’s study undercuts the claim by many politicians in restrictive ID states that eligible voters can easily obtain a free ID to vote. A federal court considered this issue last week during a trial over Texas’s voter ID law, and Pennsylvania’s ID law will go before a state judge next Wednesday…. The Center’s research shows 1 in 10 eligible voters lack the necessary government-issued photo ID required by new restrictive voter ID laws, including 25 percent of African-Americans and 18 percent of Americans over 65.” — Study: 500,000 Americans Could Face Significant Challenges to Obtain Photo ID to Vote | Brennan Center for Justice


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Bill Clinton: Romney’s welfare reform attack ad “not true” and “especially disappointing”

LGF reports that “President Bill Clinton is calling out Mitt Romney for his latest dishonest attack ad: Bill Clinton Slams Romney ‘Misleading’ Welfare Ad.”

“Governor Romney released an ad today alleging that the Obama administration had weakened the work requirements of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. That is not true.

“The act emerged after years of experiments at the state level, including my work as Governor of Arkansas beginning in 1980.  When I became President, I granted waivers from the old law to 44 states to implement welfare to work strategies before welfare reform passed.

“After the law was enacted, every state was required to design a plan to move people into the workforce, along with more funds to help pay for training, childcare and transportation. As a result, millions of people moved from welfare to work.

“The recently announced waiver policy was originally requested by the Republican governors of Utah and Nevada to achieve more flexibility in designing programs more likely to work in this challenging environment.  The Administration has taken important steps to ensure that the work requirement is retained and that waivers will be granted only if a state can demonstrate that more people will be moved into work under its new approach.  The welfare time limits, another important feature of the 1996 act will not be waived.

“The Romney ad is especially disappointing because, as governor of Massachusetts, he requested changes in the welfare reform laws that could have eliminated time limits altogether.  We need a bipartisan consensus to continue to help people move from welfare to work even during these hard times, not more misleading campaign ads.”

Another day, another lie for the Romneybot version 2.012.

Mitt Romney’s “secret” supporters

Romney Campaign Spins Low Turn Out – [E]ven though Romney topped 50 percent of the vote for the first time in this primary season in [Nevada], his vote total was more than 25 percent lower than it was in 2008, and his percentage of the vote fell slightly as well.

How does the Romney campaign explain why voter turnout has dipped compared to Democratic turnout in 2008? Those voters staying at home secretly support Romney.

ThinkProgress: How does the Romney campaign explain why voter turnout has dipped compared to Democratic turnout in 2008? Those voters staying at home secretly support Romney.

Sunday morning’s 6 interesting things

1) Dow finishes at highest since 2008, Nasdaq at highest since 2000 – Stocks surged around the globe Friday, thanks to a pair of good reports on the U.S. economy, sending the Dow Jones industrial average up to the highest level since May 2008, before Lehman Bros. went bankrupt. Meanwhile, the technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index, fueled in part by optimism about Facebook’s coming initial public offering, finished at its highest level since the heady days of the technology boom in 2000.

2) 71% of votes counted in Nevada this morning — still waiting on results from Clark County (Las Vegas):

2008 results in Nevada: (1) Mitt Romney – 51.1%, (2) Ron Paul – 13.7%, (3) John McCain – 12.8% – NY Times

While they only make up about 6.5 percent of the total Nevada population, Mormons comprised 26 percent of the GOP caucus electorate, according to exit polls, and 91 percent of that group voted for Romney. – TheHill.com

All those sister-wives add up! – Joe. My. God.

Turnout was far below that of the primaries in Florida, South Carolina or New Hampshire and less than in Iowa’s caucuses. – The Washington Post

3) Elderly NV Republican voters boo, shove ‘L.A. Times’ reporter at rally – The Associated Press says that reporter Ashley Powers was booed by a group of elderly Republican voters and accused of being a spy before being asked to leave. Powers was at a community center in Sun City Anthem, a suburb of Las Vegas when a Republican volunteer falsely announced to the crowd that journalists were barred from balloting events. The mostly elderly group began to boo her and she was told that security would be summoned if she did not leave immediately. She left the room, but attempted to return, only to be grabbed by the arm and shoved by an older man.

4) They masquerade their bullshit in the words of Jesus and the all-knowing free market, but it is transparent what motivates them. Not love for their fellow man, not love for their fellow citizen, not love for country – what motivates them is hate for the other. You. They fucking hate you. They want you, and everyone who speaks for you, and every institution that represents your values, whether it be Planned Parenthood or food banks or ACORN – you name it. They want it destroyed. I just do not understand why more people do not recognize this. The Republicans have declared total war on America, and people are responding like this is politics as usual. It isn’t. It really isn’t. It’s really all or nothing at this point. We put the birchers/tea party/conservatives back in their place and destroy the current GOP, or we deal with this shit for the next forty-sixty years. – John Cole

5) “Many tea party folks are going to find me, I believe, to be the ideal candidate. I sure hope so.” — Mitt Romney in December

6) We’re More Unequal Than You Think – If the Republicans win the presidency, it will be largely with votes from the upper half of the electorate, which provided their needed margin in the 2010 contests. Using this base, the GOP claims that the rich must be cosseted because they are “job creators.” What isn’t said is that its business supporters seek the cheapest possible workforce—domestic, immigrant, or foreign—because bonuses and profits rise when payroll costs are low. If this strategy succeeds, the Americans who are most desperate for jobs will face a future as casual labor… Like other overleveraged nations, the US may well be facing Thomas Edsall’s “age of austerity.” If so, it remains to ask who will be making most of the sacrifices. Americans have votes and voices; much of the decision will rest with them.

BREAKING: terrible human being wins Nevada primary

image: yobaba

Saturday morning’s 10 interesting things

1) Average Corporate Tax Rate Falls to 12%, Lowest in Decades – Corporations in the U.S. paid only an average of 12.1 percent in taxes on the profits they earned inside the U.S in fiscal 2011, according to statistics from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The Wall Street Journal reports that it’s the lowest percentage corporations have paid on those profits since at least 1972, and it’s less than half of the 25.6 percent they paid on average between 1987 and 2008. [...] In an interview with NBC earlier this year, Romney flat-out stated lied that President Barack Obama had raised taxes on corporations. “If you want to get the economy going, lower corporate tax rates,” he said. “He’s raised them.” || Note: Meanwhile, corporate profits are at a 60 year high.

2) “The federal government, as one of the nation’s largest employers, must set a standard of basic fairness. Contrary to portrayals of ‘generous’ federal benefits, federal employees do not receive paid dental or vision coverage or paid parental leave, nor do they get rich off their pensions. The typical lifetime federal employee will have an annuity from the defined benefit of approximately $1,000 per month. The government’s 401(k)-like fund, the Thrift Savings Plan, may provide around $400 per month if the average employee is able to contribute 5 percent of his or her salary for 30 years. While many private-sector entities have taken to eliminating or slashing health insurance and retirement benefits, especially for low-paid employees, our leaders should not support a race to the bottom for working Americans. Rather, they should seek out ways to increase economic and retirement security for those who may never be able to retire.” — National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen M. Kelley blasts CBO federal pay study

3) J.C. Penney stands behind Ellen DeGeneres – J.C. Penney is turning its back on One Million Moms, a group which called for the retailer to dump talk show host Ellen DeGeneres as its national spokeswoman because she is gay.

4) What Caused This Year’s Deficit? Hint: It Wasn’t an Obama ‘Spending Binge’  – The federal budget deficit will again exceed $1 trillion this fiscal year, the Congressional Budget Office reported today. That news is sure to trigger another round of condemnations from politicians and pundits who have a political or ideological interest in pinning these deficits on the domestic spending policies of President Barack Obama. Unfortunately for them, today’s report—along with dozens of other similar CBO reports in recent years—actually proves the opposite—that the current deficit is overwhelmingly the result of two factors: events that occurred before President Obama took office and tax cuts.

5) Santorum: Iran would nuke Missouri - Rick Santorum warned that if Iran procures a nuclear weapon, it would pose a threat even to Missouri. “Once they have a nuclear weapon, let me assure you, you will not be safe, even here in Missouris,” Santorum said Friday at a campaign stop in the Show Me State. “These are folks who have been and are at war with us since 1979. This is a country that has killed more troops in Afghanistan and Iraq than the Iraqis and Afghans.”

6) Obama urges passage of mortgage relief – US President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to approve his plan to provide relief to millions of homeowners who are having trouble paying mortgages. “In order to lower mortgage payments for millions of Americans, we need Congress to act,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “They’re the ones who have to pass this plan.” The $5-10-billion plan, showcased by Obama this past week, would be financed by a portion of a fee on the most wealthy US banks.

7) EXCLUSIVE: Ari Fleischer Secretly Helped Guide Komen Strategy On Planned Parenthood - Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush and prominent right-wing pundit, secretly helped guide Komen Foundation’s disastrous strategy regarding Planned Parenthood. Fleischer personally interviewed candidates for the position of “Senior Vice President for Communications and External Relations” at Komen last December. According to a source with first-hand knowledge, Fleischer drilled prospective candidates during their interviews on how they would handle the controversy about Komen’s relationship with Planned Parenthood.

8) Activists report Homs massacre, as U.N. Security Council mulls vote – Government forces “committed one of the most horrific massacres since the beginning of the uprising in Syria,” killing at least 260 civilians over the past day, the opposition Syrian National Council said Saturday. “During the attack, residential buildings and homes were randomly and heavily bombed,” the group said.

U.N. Security Council to meet on Syria as deaths mount – More than 200 people were reported killed in Syria, hours before the U.N. Security Council was scheduled to meet and likely vote on a draft resolution intended to pressure the government there to end its months-long crackdown on demonstrators, diplomats said. The meeting was scheduled to start at 10 a.m. ET Saturday. It was not clear which way Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, would vote.

9) Will Nevada give Romney a second straight victory? – Coming off a 14-point victory over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the rest of the GOP field in Tuesday’s Florida Republican primary, the former Massachusetts governor is considered the odds-on-favorite to win Nevada’s caucuses. [...] According to exit polls from the ’08 caucus, Mormons made up a quarter of the electorate, and Romney, who’s a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints, won 95% of their vote.

The only people except for everybody else.

10) Romney to Nevadans: I Don’t Know ‘What The Purpose is’ of Public Lands – Public lands in Nevada – and other western states—actually provide an enormous economic boost and sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs. Indeed, recent Interior Department statistics show that federally managed public lands in Nevada provided over $1 billion in economic impacts and supported 13,311 jobs in 2010. This statistic doesn’t even include the economic impacts of Forest Service lands, managed by the Department of Agriculture).

Conspiracy theory of the day: Russia, Nevada earthquakes, Area 51, and Obama’s location on Thursday

Recent earthquakes (via Google):

Time Magnitude Location
14 hours ago 4.1 Nevada Map
14 hours ago 4.6 Nevada Map
Yesterday 4.1 Nevada Map

Via earthquake.usgs.gov

If you want to read how the earthquakes above relate to the following:

  • Reno to have a big earthquake any minute,
  • Russia and Area 51 (the Russian Federal Space Agency (FKA/RKA) …detected a massive “infrared-magnetic anomaly” emanating under the highly secretive Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) in the western US),
  • the Antarctic (and a mysterious battle in 1947 between U.S. forces and an unknown ‘force’),
  • President Obama’s upcoming visit to Area 51 this Thursday — April 21 (Obama’s trip to the Area 51 base region was “ordered” by America’s top military commanders after a mysterious “object” erupted from under the NTTR and flew at an estimated Mach 6 speed towards Washington D.C. in the early hours of Thursday (April 14th) where it was met by fighter jets from Andrews Air Force Base.)

04/21/11 UPDATE * * * * * * Does the schedule today allow for a quick stop at Area 51, or is it impossible?

  • And how it all ties together with cattle mutilations, aliens, the Guy Hottel memo, and the date that Romulus and Remus founded Rome…

Then you’ll want to go here


Rhyolite, Nevada


Photograph by Graham Gilmore

Sharrrron Angle: Weirdest concession speech?

Angle boasts that more than 80% of her money came from out of state. Watch it.

Election Day coffee in the bunker

Michael Moore’s Twitter

“And if you point out that their arguments don’t add up, they fly into a rage. Try to explain that when debtors spend less, the economy will be depressed unless somebody else spends more, and they call you a socialist. Try to explain why mortgage relief is better for America than foreclosing on homes that must be sold at a huge loss, and they start ranting like Mr. Santelli.” – [Paul Krugman via Bob Cesca]

  • Jon Stewart’s [and Stephen Colbert's] “Rally for Sanity” has smashed the record for number of trips taken on DC’s subway system on a Saturday. [RawStory via NBCNews]
  • On Yucca Mountain: “I’m all in favor of rewarding Nevadans for their Sharron Angle votes. If we have to tolerate her toxic waste on the national scene, you get our radioactive waste in your back yard. Seems like a fair trade.” [John Cole]
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who heads up the National Republican Senatorial Committee, conceded this morning that the GOP will not win a majority in the Senate. [TPM]
  • RNC Chairman Michael Steele told Candy Crowly the GOP is “not going to compromise on raising the debt ceiling” — something that will almost certainly lead to a government shutdown and economic catastrophe. [ThinkProgress]

Election Day message from Balloon Juice: If you’re really still thinking about not voting today, watch this video, check out what the fuck Obama has done so far, and vote. If you don’t know where to vote, find your fucking polling place.

Sharron Angle, ladies and gentlemen

Via NRO: Did she just say that out loud?

nullWe wanted [the media] to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.

– Sharron Angle, Nevada Tea Party candidate for US Senate, on Fox News 


Is BP killing wild horses for oil?

If Satan doesn’t run BP, I don’t know what company he would run.

The CNN report:

Via Alexander Higgins blog:


The ATS investigation reveals the real reason that Salazar made the decision to drive the the horses from Federal lands was so BP could install an oil pipeline.

Here is a rushed transcript from a piece of part 2 of the investigation by ATS News.

We have guys like Ken Salazar now talking toughing saying we are going to crack down we are going to get to the bottom of this.

I am not sure if I trust Ken Salazar to do that.

Ken Salazar before he became a Senator, before he became Secretary of the Interior was a cattle rancher.

… I know what [Ken Salazar] has said about horses. Wild Horses they have no place on public range. They have no place there despite the fact that is what the law of the land says.

Ken Salazar has the same view of public lands that Bush and Cheney had for all of those years.

The public lands are for the public of oil companies, mining companies and cattle companies.

That’s the public they serve.

Those public lands are there to be exploited.

The American public is being ripped off every single day, every year to the tunes of billions of dollars.

We have this image of oil men, and gas men, wild catters, and the miners, the rugged individuals cattleists taming the west.

Its a bunch of crap.

All of those individuals exist because they suck off the public teet.

They are welfare, it is corporate welfare or they wouldn’t exist.

The report then goes on to discuss how environmentalists put together the a trail of documents showing that the Federal Government had other motives to drive the horses off Federal Lands.

The decision to drive the horses off the land was made during the course of discussions about the installation of a BP oil pipeline on the Federal Lands called the Ruby pipeline.

ATS report:


Thursday in the bunker



A suspect in the abduction of 4-year-old Alisa Maier shot himself as police approached yesterday. Paul Serling Smith, 38, of Hawk Point, Mo., was in the process of spray-painting his car silver when police closed in. (stltoday.com)

Authorities in California said Wednesday they have arrested a suspect in the Grim Sleeper serial killer case and will charge him with 10 counts of murder. (CNN)

Gov / Politics

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—gingerly, gingerly—took a step towards addressing one of the most fundamental but unknown threats to public health: the overuse of antibiotics in animal food and water. …Drugs like penicillin and tetracycline were developed to help sick people, and it might stand to reason that they should be preserved for use in sick people—not to speed the growth of pigs, chicken and cattle… about 13 million lbs. or 70% of all antibiotics in the U.S. goes to food animal production. (Time)
“I don’t know what happened on that BP well. People keep asking me. I don’t know. Were there problems with what BP wanted to do and it was approved without enough scrutiny? I don’t know.” ~ Former MMS Director (2002–2007) Johnnie Burton “defending” her record.
“Government shouldn’t be doing that to a private company. And I think you named it clearly: It’s a slush fund.” ~ Nevada Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle, today, on BP‘s $20 billion escrow fund for the oil spill.


John ColeHeathers — Apparently Kos has been blacklisted at MSNBC because he hurt Joe Scar’s fee-fees on twitter.
A Rachel Maddow high school pic, featuring long, blonde hair!
These videos are funny – you should watch them:

  • Schwiiing for Palin! Video


Idiot watch

Little Green Footballs:

Here’s Nevada Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle, saying that the unemployed are “spoiled.”

The GOP sure is raising up quite a crop of canny politicians this year.


JD Hayworth, the “true” conservative (i.e. teabagger) running against “Maverick” McCain in AZ, was a celebrity endorser of “free” government grant money in 2007. TPM has the video: Take a look.


Bob Cesca:

Screw safety. Just let them drill away!

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell asked a U.S. judge to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico within 30 days to avoid “turning an environmental disaster into an economic catastrophe.”

So yeah. Jindal wants new oil rigs now. No need to take a second look at necessary safety precautions. Just GO! GO! GO!


Rahm, u lie

When asked yesterday on ABC’s This Week about Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) accusation that the White House engaged in a “shakedown” of BP, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel noted the remark was “not a political gaffe,” but rather a statement based on “prepared remarks.” He linked Barton’s comments to the GOP’s “larger philosophy,” saying it “is an approach to what they see. They see the aggrieved party here is BP, not the fisherman. And remember, this is not just one person.”

Conservative pundit Sarah Palin quickly blasted Emanuel’s comments on Twitter:

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But as Think Progress points out: If a chorus of over 115 Republican members agreeing with Barton isn’t a reflection of GOP philosophy, what is?


Sharron Angle, Nevada, Tea Party, JD Hayworth, Arizona, John McCain, Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, Rahm Emanuel, Joe Barton, Sarah Palin