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Mitt Romney Court Transcripts Released - TMZ (See documents inside).


I've not read them yet, but feel free to read and comment please. I'm out for a bit.

Proof regarding O'Keefe's latest, misleading editing job? See here:

Note - times are referring to the Youtube timer, not O'Keefe's.

In the video above, Moran clearly advised the fool in question, that it would be "tough" to vote for someone else, because of the required documentation. He humored him a bit, but indicated that he should commit his energy to a legit GOTV effort. Moran went on to suggest that there are places where GOTV would be fruitful. ... When Moran started to say "I don't want to see it" - meaning someone commit fraud, he was immediately cut off with a barrage of questions. Then, the interviewer started asking for names, which could be interpreted by Moran, to mean names to assist with a GOTV effort.

Most damning for O'Keefe - at roughly 17:20 minutes into the youtube video, O'Keefe CLEARLY inserts Moran's voice, his lips aren't moving. Yet, O'Keefe inserts the words "yeah a bank statement" in response to a question. The comment was (seemingly) lifted from another portion of the video, where Moran is advising on legitimate documentation. J.O. also changes the dialog, (which is again apparent) as the movement of Moran's lips do NOT match the words. It's the same thing O'Keefe did to Juan Vera. The face and lips were blurred and words apparently inserted. Not to mention, one can not see the interviewers face/words. The entire interview portion could be edited in.

WTF more do people need, to demonstrate that O'Keefe is a slimy fraud?

Moran leads the conversation back to legit GOTV efforts, over and over again. At 20 minutes in, Moran discourages the fool saying polls will be ready to enforce voter protection and are "cracking down on" fraud. He ends by suggesting again that the interviewer make phone calls.

The worst thing Moran did was perhaps humor the fraudster. While I wish he wouldn't have done so, it's a huge stretch to assert that Moran was involved in a conspiracy to commit voter fraud.

IMO, the only fraud involved in the questionable video, is O'Keefe.

"Out of kilter" Gallup hints at adjustments to likely voter methodology ~ Chicago Tribune

Snip ...

As of Friday afternoon, Gallup's daily tracking poll of likely voters had Romney leading Obama by six percentage points, 51 percent to 45 percent.

The Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll, taken from a sample online, had Obama leading by three points on Friday and for much of this week. A Public Policy Polling daily survey had Obama leading by one point, Rand put him ahead by three points and Rasmussen showed the two candidates to be tied.

"Firms don't like being outliers - it causes a lot of self-doubt," said Harvard University political science professor Stephen Ansolabehere. "It's OK if you're wrong if everybody else is wrong with you. It's not OK to be wrong if you're all alone."

... Questions about the gap between Gallup's findings and those of other pollsters is the latest fuss this election season over polling methodology as partisan passions come to a boil in the heated final weeks before the November 6 presidential contest.

With a record of correctly predicting all but three of the 19 presidential races stretching back to 1936, Gallup is one of the most prestigious names in the business and its outlier status has other polling experts scratching their heads.

"They're just so out of kilter at the moment," said Simon Jackman, a Stanford University political science professor and author of a book on polling. "Either they're doing something really wacky or the other 18 pollsters out there are colluding, or something."

Gallup's editor in chief, Frank Newport, said he didn't know why his results didn't line up with others. Nor did he seem unnerved by the disparity.

"We try to keep our eyes on the boat and do the best job possible," he said. "We're going over some additional tweaks with our methodologists to make sure we're on top of it."

... / Snip

More from: The Chicago Tribune

Also of interest, Gallup's LV model was off in the 2010 congressional race, but their RV data was close to the actual result. See what (Alan Abramowitz - Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science, Emory University) wrote at Huffpo today on this subject. > Is Gallup Heading for Another Big Miss?

Romney's Profit from Bain's Buyouts: Up to $20,000 Per Laid-off Worker ~ Daily Finance

The excerpt below, is from an older article, though it's worthy of repeating.

Full story:


• American Pad & Paper: Bain invested $5 million in the small paper company in 1992, and reportedly collected $100 million in dividends on that investment. AMPAD went bankrupt in 2000, laying off 385 employees.

• Dade Behring: Bain Capital invested $415 million in a leveraged buyout in 1994, borrowed an additional $421 million, and ultimately walked away with $1.78 billion. Dade filed for bankruptcy in 2002, and 2,000 workers lost their jobs.

• DDI Corporation: Bain Capital reportedly invested $46.3 million in 1997, reaping $85.5 million in profits and an additional $10 million in management fees. When the company later went bankrupt, 2,100 workers were laid off.

• GS International: In a somewhat less profitable transaction, Bain Capital invested $60 million in 1993 and received $65 million in dividends. This company, too, went bankrupt in 2002, and 750 workers lost their jobs.

• Stage Stores: Bain invested $5 million to purchase the company and took it public in the mid-'90s, reaping $100 million from stock offerings. Stage filed for bankruptcy in 2000, and 5,795 workers reportedly were laid off.

And so on...

One wonders how many *47%-ers Rmoney created for personal profit?

*Food Stamps
*Subsidized housing
*Subsidized Medical care


Bain made billions ... it purchased at least five companies that subsequently ended up in bankruptcy even as Bain walked away with eye-popping profits:

Romney and his elitist buddies, generate a 'dependent class' and bitch because we have one. The very people who convince some in the middle class, that the US has a problem with people not taking 'personal responsibility' are destroying the middle class, and putting people in a position to need help from the government.

Isn't it ironic that the upper class, convinces the middle class that the dependent class (which they help create for profit) is the problem?

Obama now ahead +0.1 in RCP average.


Sure, it's only a slight advantage, but we're trending upward.

Florida's largest paper again backs Obama ~ CNN

(CNN) - The Tampa Bay Times, Florida's largest newspaper, announced on Friday it was again endorsing President Barack Obama, saying he is stronger than Romney on a range of economic, foreign policy, and social issues.
But the paper said it "would like the president to present a sharper vision for a second term."

The Times, which was formerly known as the St. Petersburg Times, split its list of recommended candidates. Besides Obama, it backed Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in his re-election bid, plus four Republicans and one Democrat seeking re-election to Congress. Rep. Bill Young, one of its recommended candidates, is the longest-serving Republican in the House.

Obama has "capably steered the nation through an incredibly difficult period at home and abroad, often with little help from Congress," the paper said, and "conditions would be far worse without the president's steady leadership."

Romney, they opined, represents "the failed policies of the past."

More > http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/19/floridas-largest-paper-again-backs-obama/

Gore won the popular vote - yet Gallup showed an 11 point lead for Bush on this day in 2000.



Gore = 40
Bush = 51
Polled = 718 "Likely Voters"

Thanks to DemocratSinceBirth for this information.

ThinkProgress - Leaked Audio Catches Romney (essentially) Asking Employers To Threaten Jobs ...

If Obama Wins

Newly-discovered audio from a conference call in June captures Mitt Romney asking business owners to urge their employees to vote for him.

Romney, speaking on a call to the very conservative National Federation of Independent Business, tells a group of business owners that they should “make it very clear” how they feel about the candidates. He also tells the business owners to “pass… along to your employees” how their jobs might be effected by who wins in November:

"I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope — I hope you pass those along to your employees. Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well."

Listen at 26:44:


That's my interpretation. And, apparently the interpretation of employers who have recently bullied their employees about the coming election.

Candy Crowley: I Didn't 'Backtrack' On Romney Libya Fact Check

Candy Crowley responded on Wednesday to conservative claims that she had "backtracked" on her fact-check of Mitt Romney during Tuesday night's presidential debate.

Crowley challenged Romney during a discussion of the attacks in Libya. When the GOP candidate told President Obama that he had not called the attacks terrorism for weeks, Obama protested, and Crowley intervened to back him up.

"He did in fact call it an 'act of terror,'" she said, referring to Obama's comments on Sept. 12 that "no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation."

Crowley quickly added that Romney was "correct" to say that it took Obama weeks "for the whole idea of there being a riot out there about this tape to come out."

More at link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/candy-crowley-libya-fact-check-backtrack_n_1973431.html?utm_hp_ref=media

Second Presidential debate delivered massive ratings ~ Mediabistro


The second Presidential debate between Pres. Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney delivered massive ratings last night.

As it did for the first two debates, Fox News led the way among the cable news channels garnering 11.1 million viewers, on par with its most-watched telecast ever, the Sarah Palin-Joe Biden debate in 2008. CNN’s Candy Crowley was the moderator of the debate, but it did not appear to give a significant ratings boost to the channel. It was the only cabler to lose viewers compared to the first Presidential debate, and was down significantly from the second Presidential debate in 2008. MSNBC was third in cable news, but was able to improve its viewership compared to both 2008 and the first debate two weeks ago.

Among the broadcasters, preliminarily ABC and NBC are up compared to the first debate, with CBS down. The numbers will adjust when finals are released.

Sadly less people tuned into MSNBC, - more tuned into Fox and CNN. But, good news overall.
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