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AFL-CIO labor union is in it for Obama, big time!


WASHINGTON -- The nation's largest federation of labor unions says it plans to knock on more than 5 million doors, make 5 million phone calls and blanket battleground states with 12 million pieces of mail in the final four days leading up to the Nov. 6 election.

Billing the undertaking as the group's “final four” get-out-the-vote plan, the AFL-CIO will be pouring its resources into 25 states that hold key congressional races, with a concentration in presidential swing states like Ohio and Nevada.

“It’s a culmination in that we have steadfastly tried to make the case to working people that this election is about their economic future, that there are two very different paths that the two parties want to take them down,” Michael Podhorzer, the AFL-CIO’s political director, said on a call with reporters Friday. “If we continue to bring these points home to people, we’ll see unprecedented turnout.”

In the run up to the election, the AFL-CIO has registered more than 450,000 new voters and gotten 200,000 voters to cast their ballots early. Podhorzer said those numbers are the largest he’s seen since coming to the organization in 1997, and he attributed much of that enthusiasm to the attacks on public bargaining rights in places like Wisconsin and Ohio over the previous two years.

Let us be realistic, ladies and gentlemen. Suppose Romney wore a Swaztika to a rally TOMORROW

and said "we'll get rid of the poor, disabled, unemployed and minority problem".

How many independent voters do you REALLY think he would lose if he said that today?

What do you think the mainstream media would do?

I'm not really sure anymore that he would be ruined for such a move.

I have been getting out the vote for a month now and I was mainly doing it for California. In retrospect I was poorly uninformed about the rest of the country. We Dems have it good in California. The rest of the nation? Let's just say I've been getting educated on the fact that many other parts of America is not doing as well. I mean, we're winning, yeah, but nothing remotely close to the margins that you would expect from a rational populace.

For the first time in many years I'm actually scared. The 47% remark should have meant the collapse of all independent support for Romney. The media did get that meme out. The political atmosphere was full of flammable gas and the spark was struck. There was just no Earth shattering kaboom.

Now I'm not going to despair and freeze up. I just don't know what the fuck to do. People around ME are horrified at Romney. People I talk to at a distance in Middle America... not so much. I don't know what could reach these people. They're not die hard Republicans, those people I have already written off. It's the people who remain confused even after being informed of the absolute madness of the GOP that's taking the starch out of my legs. There's got to be some way we can reach them.

We're not going to get the media to clean up its act until the people themselves regain a moral compass and a solid concept of right, wrong and downright atrocious.

What do we do? Any ideas? I'm stumped.

Romnesia? Really?

Between GOTV phone calls I overheard someone saying Obama coined a phrase "Romnesia". Is this true? Apparently it had something to do with all his flip-flopping.

Damn, if our media wasn't such a sack of shit entity, consumed by sociopath-enabling citizens who wouldn't turn off from Romney even if he came out wearing a SWAZTIKA. "Romnesia" should be an instant hit with lasting historical implications. Moreso if Obama came up with that in public.

Obama, the hardest-hitting President in history, when it comes to wit.

We've got no reason to talk about cage people in Hong Kong...

when we've got this going on in America, supposedly the world's richest country.


Walmart Warehouse Workers Forced To Sleep In Foreclosed Houses, Tents In The Woods

New details emerged Thursday about the living conditions endured by workers at a Walmart support warehouse in Elwood, Ill. who went on strike last month to protest their poor working conditions and alleged retaliation by management.

In a new piece by The Guardian, warehouse worker Phillip Bailey explains how he sleeps in a Catholic hostel in Joliet, Ill., after a long day of loading and unloading hundreds of boxes bound for Walmart stores.

Another worker, Mike Compton, says he regularly sleeps in foreclosed homes, explaining, "I found one abandoned house that had working electricity still. And a fridge."

A third warehouse worker, Bailey said, was forced to live in the woods. "He just set up a tent in there for a few weeks." Temperatures in Northern Illinois during the winter average 22 degrees Farenheidt, making situations like these potentially deadly.

Could adult stem cells be used in place of embryonic stem cells?

I would most certainly hope so. The thought of using embryos for that just makes me nauseous. Personally I'd rather die than have that treatment. Adult stem cells would be perfect if it works.


UK, Japan scientists win Nobel for adult stem cell discovery

(Reuters) - Scientists from Britain and Japan shared a Nobel Prize on Monday for the discovery that adult cells can be transformed back into embryo-like stem cells that may one day regrow tissue in damaged brains, hearts or other organs.

John Gurdon, 79, of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, Britain and Shinya Yamanaka, 50, of Kyoto University in Japan, discovered ways to create tissue that would act like embryonic cells, without the need to collect the cells from embryos.

They share the $1.2 million Nobel Prize for Medicine, for work Gurdon began 50 years ago and Yamanaka capped with a 2006 experiment that transformed the field of "regenerative medicine" - the search for ways to cure disease by growing healthy tissue.

It's about time! Punk 'job creator' thrown in jail for not paying wages


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The developer of video games including "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005" is serving a yearlong jail sentence in Utah for failing to pay more than 100 employees.

David M. Rushton, 57, owes $1.2 million in a rare criminal case for nonpayment of wages, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said Thursday.

Rushton did business in a Salt Lake City suburb as Sensory Sweep Studio, which focused on selling games adapted from movies for Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox game consoles and hand-held devices.

"We had occasional paychecks that trickled in. Some people were favored more than others," said Adam Hunter, a 29-year-old game designer now working for another Utah studio. Hunter said he was owed $12,000 after quitting in 2009.

The Media is proof that America's culture is downright sociopathic.

Mitt Romney says single mothers are the cause of mass shootings.
Mitt Romney says 47% of Americans are parasites not worthy of his time.
A billionaire in Australia says workers should work for $2 a day if they're to be competitive.
Some other idiot says children born out of wedlock should be taken away and their parents killed.
Todd Akin says a "legitimate rape" can't lead to pregnancy.
Charlie Fuqua (another Republican) talks about the Biblical Book of Leviticus justifying killing rebellious kids.

This got plenty of air time on the underground media - the left-of-center blogs, DU, what have you.

But none of that shit got as much air time as even the shitfest I watched on TV about Obama's response to the embassy attack in Benghazi, which the media thought was weak.

Even the war on women BARELY took longer than the Benghazi incident to jump the shark on prime time TV. No wonder Todd Akin is so close to winning... I haven't heard about him AT ALL on TV. AT ALL!!! There seems to be no way to get people pissed off at this shit in a big way. You talk about raising taxes on the rich, though, and the firestorm is on.

Obama's going to win this. But we've got bigger problems than the increasingly unlikely scenario of an Obama loss. Yes, bigger problems than even that. Romney should be in a position that makes even Bob Dole (see: his campaign against Clinton) laugh at him. He should end this campaign in November with 0 electoral votes. At the very least, Romney should have zero support among women and independent voters. ZERO. But he is still hanging onto Obama's leg like a bulldog with no teeth. This goes beyond our GOTV performance, beyond voter suppression, and even beyond the media.

The real problem is that we have a culture of sheer evil that dominates this country. In this country way too many people yawned when Republicans threw around rape like it's a joke, attacked women for using birth control, talked about killing unwed parents, and yapped about how useless 47% of the country is. We have politicians who utter this shit knowing full well that the damage will be limited among the general populace at worst, and in the most likely case won't even bother their Republican base.

Despite all this madness, Obama still stands one big slip-up away from defeat. One.

A culture that stands one bullshit gaffe away from electing a monster who associates with monsters such as those listed above, is one that is as close to beyond rehabilitation as one can get without taking us back to Germany in 1939.

You live next to these people who couldn't be bothered to give a shit about calling 47% of Americans parasites. These people will linger long after Romney is beaten. You should be terrified of them: there is something broken in their souls that will come to allow worse sentiments than this to fester.

So when the enemy sets up an IED on a road to attack the troops on their turf, that's evil.

But when Americans blow up people over there, ON THEIR TURF, who represent no threat to you and I over here ON OUR TURF, that's good?

Let's compare like for like here, why is going out of our way to kill them over there okay, but them killing intruders on their soil NOT okay?

Let me guess, it's that whole jingoism thing again?


Sorry, the original title was a little bit long, to express my incredulity at this horrifically stupid nonsense:


Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Why is Barack Obama eagerly taking responsibility for past 4 years in Iraq and Afghanistan-but NONE for past 4 yrs here!?! #hmm Under Barack Obama -More women out of work. More women in poverty. More women cannot get full time jobs. #waronwomen is led by him


The Rise of the Super-Rich Is a Global Phenomenon - Fueled by Globalism

I know it's tiresome for some folks to hear again that globalism is the cause of exploding income inequality.

However, it is the truth. The working class confronts this truth on a daily basis, so it's time everyone else did, too, until we get the message: globalism is an enemy of the working class, and the primary weapon of the plutocracy.


The growing gap between the top 1% and the rest of the U.S. population has emerged as a major issue in this year's presidential campaign, but it's not likely to narrow much no matter who wins, says Chrystia Freeland, author of the new book "Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else."

As the title suggests, "the increase in income inequality" in the U.S. is not just a domestic development but "is happening in all Western industrialized countries," Freeland tells The Daily Ticker in the accompanying interview. "And crucially you're seeing the same phenomenon in the big emerging market economies."
Related: The Betrayal of the American Dream

Freeland says globalization is at the root of income inequality around the world. Both capital and labor are global therefore businesses leaders must maintain a global perspective, says Freeland.

"Inevitably that means the super-elite see themselves as citizens of planet earth" rather than as a citizen of their home country, which means they are less concerned with the health of the middle class in the U.S. or any other country they call home.

In the U.S. the gap between the very rich and everyone else "is wider than at any time since the gilded age," says Freeland.

Between 1979 and 2007, the top 1 percent of earners more than doubled their share of the nation's income over the previous three decades, according to the Congressional Budget Office report last year.
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