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Nov022012

Daylight Savings Time Open Thread

Don't forget to roll your clocks back on Sunday, making this final weekend push for the campaigns that much longer on all of us.   I don't know about all of you (since I'm in Iowa), but I am definitely looking forward to the days of not having a mailbox filled with campaign flyers, minimal campagin e-mail spam, a voicemail box void of robo-calls and the daily arguments amongst my staff about who'd be the worst choice for president.

I'm ready for the longest 4 days in the 2012 election to be over already.   Do we really need to make it worse by adding an extra hour to it?

We're almost certain to see plenty of last ditch attempts of campaign-killing low blows from both sides.... so why waste any more time?  

Let's get to the low blows already!

As the campaigns prepare their final wimpy punches going into the weekend, it sould be an interesting final 4 days, for both the campaigns and the media.   In fact, we may actually see major networks cover the Benghazi fiasco this Sunday, as it is now being reported on by other major networks besides Fox.  

Even the Red Cross mid-Hurricane Sandy clean-up is being politicized.    One one end you have Mitt Romney using the case for charity as a backdrop for his campaign.   On the other end you see MSNBC going nuts over Romney's promoting of the Red Cross "pretty offensive", even attacking the Red Cross for their efforts:

(more below the videos)

Andrea Mitchell adds:

On top of that we see an excellent opportunity for Obama to show us how he can "cut through the red tape" with Hurricane Sandy efforts  ... but I don't think he'll want to go there.   Not BEFORE an election.

That aside, Sandy's destruction is impressive, even considering the storm's power wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been.   Some of the photos have me dropping my jaw.   There's photos up all over the place.   Definitely check some of them out.  

You know what else had me drop my jaw?   All the fake photos of Sandy, leading people like CNN host Torre to actually think some of them were real (nice job, genius):

And then... there's this f#&@ing guy.   Ugh.   

I'd boycott by not watching the NY Marathon, however I never watch the NY Marathon, or any marathon for that matter.   I'm just not that desperate for entertainment.   

Have yourselves a great weekend everybody...

Get rested up for a long night Tuesday...

Post whatever you want to...

Thread is officially Open.

OH, and p.s...

I'll be working for Ace of Spades this Tuesday for election coverage.   Make note of this webpage for future reference.  You can follow me on Twitter where I'll be posting throughout the day (and probably late into the night) from my Twitter account and AoSHQ Decision Desk account for Iowa.   I'll update you with hashtags and more this Tuesday.   Iowa could play a very important role in the outcome this year.

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Some late additions running for biggest moron of the day. I think one of them may have actually topped Bloomberg's idiocy. Let's take a vote.

Who win the award for the dumbest thing all day? Is it:

A) Michael Bloomberg

B) Harry Reid

C) Good ol' Joe

D) All of the above

November 2, 2012 at 15:13 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

E) All of the above, plus Debbie Wazzername Schultz for fighting with the cops.

November 2, 2012 at 15:21 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard
November 2, 2012 at 15:22 | Registered CommenterWinston

Nothin' like a good "grudge-vote".

November 2, 2012 at 15:28 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

Joe Biden November 2, 2012.

"There’s never been a day in the last four years I’ve been proud to be his vice president.” LOL.

Finally something I agree with Joe Biden on because there has never been a day I've been proud that Barack Obama has been my President.

November 2, 2012 at 17:40 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

For those of you who only read Foxnews.

Wouldn't want you to go through the rest of your lives misinformed would we?

November 2, 2012 at 17:41 | Registered Commenterkwawk

THROUGH ALL THE flip-flops, there has been one consistency in the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: a contempt for the electorate.

Looks like Mitt Romney's cat is out of the bag.

I would go a step further and say that he entire Republican Party propaganda machine is pretty much the same. How else could people get fooled so many times?

November 2, 2012 at 18:03 | Registered Commenterkwawk

"I would go a step further and say that he entire Republican Party propaganda machine is pretty much the same. How else could people get fooled so many times?"

Argh, ye who sees through a glass so darkly.

I'm just glad laurel and hardy showed up at ground zero to give out hugs and kisses and especially those really sincere looks of concern and compassionate. I know that would have made it all better for me. What a couple uh real troopers.

November 2, 2012 at 18:15 | Registered CommenterTijuana

Nice find kwAwk. But what you and I both know is that people who prefer to learn what's happening through FauxNooze, WND, Limbaugh and the rest of the RW puke funnel know exactly what they're getting, their daily dose of venom, poison, resentment and misinformation. That way they avoid reality's liberal bias.

November 2, 2012 at 18:20 | Registered CommenterWinston

Ben Franklin was wrong about at least two things. Wanting the turkey as our national bird was a turkey of an idea, and promoting DST was equally turkey-like.

Does anybody really know what time it is?
Does anybody really care?
If so I can't imagine why;
We've all got time enough to cry.

November 2, 2012 at 20:00 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Gotta love Joe.

Right. Ol' Joe is brilliant.

November 2, 2012 at 20:04 | Registered CommenterGrayRider

Winston, maybe it takes a dumbass to know a dumbass.

November 2, 2012 at 21:55 | Registered CommenterGrayRider

Kwawk;

Sorry your thread with Winston's laughable "atta boy" was picked apart and dismissed about 10 hours ago. Since Mr. “I return phone calls in 15 minutes” couldn’t be bothered the night four Americans were murdered, this continues to be one of the final nails in his dismal administration.


"Benghazi: Don’t Fall for the Misdirection


By David French

November 2, 2012 12:23 P.M.

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For the Washington Post, David Ignatius has obtained a CIA timeline of the September 11 attack. He begins:

A detailed CIA timeline of the assault on U.S. facilities in Benghazi paints an anguishing picture of embattled Americans waiting for Libyan security forces who didn’t come and courageous CIA officers who died on a rooftop without the heavy weapons they needed, trying to protect their colleagues below.

It’s a story of individual bravery, but also of a CIA misjudgment in relying on Libyan militias and a newly formed Libyan intelligence organization to keep Americans safe in Benghazi.

That much we already knew. The courage of the few defenders has been well documented (and can’t be praised enough). Equally well documented is the abysmal decision-making that left them out-gunned, out-manned, and vulnerable in the midst of a veritable hornet’s nest of terrorism. But then Ignatius says this:

While there were multiple errors that led to the final tragedy, there’s no evidence that the White House or CIA leadership deliberately delayed or impeded rescue efforts.

Yet the timeline he then reports is wholly irrelevant to deciding that crucial question. In that timeline, we learn that a band of six men raced to rescue Ambassador Stevens, our Libyan militia “allies” (with isolated exceptions) not only were ineffective, they apparently denied the six-man team the use of their .50 caliber machine guns, and a Predator drone did arrive but was unarmed. Unable to find the ambassador, the team retreated to the security “annex” where they are attacked for more than an hour. Four hours later, the attack is renewed, and while the mortars aren’t “painted” with lasers, some of the attackers are — as “warnings not to fire.” Three mortar shells then hit the roof, killing Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

What is missing from this account? Any details at all about the military or White House’s situational awareness and decision-making. As I detailed on Monday, the White House and Department of Defense no doubt already have a timeline that includes the following information: (a) when the military learned of the attack; (b) the military’s state of situational awareness hour-by-hour; (c) whether it received any requests for help; (d) what assets — if any — were available to render aid in time; (e) what recommendations were made; (f) whether any definitive orders were given; and (g) who gave them.

More than six hours passed between the arrival of the Predator drone overhead and the final, deadly attack on the annex. That is more than enough time to make a decision and bring military assets into the fight. Why were they not deployed? The Daily Beast says that the State Department “never requested military backup,” but that hardly answers the question. That’s typically the responsibility of the ambassador, who was at that very moment cut off, alone, and dying. Interestingly, in that same report the Daily Beast wasn’t able to confirm or deny whether CIA officers made requests for air support.

The bottom line is that the president of the United States has the inherent authority to order immediate military assistance, regardless of whether a request comes from the State Department, CIA officials on the ground, or — in the confusion of battle — from no one at all. Why did you fail to give that order, Mr. President? And if you did, why was it not carried out?

The CIA timeline confirms only what we already knew: A small band of courageous Americans fought a desperate battle with insufficient resources and no effective help from the most powerful military in the world. In other words, we left men behind.

November 2, 2012 at 22:34 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Obama is out campaigning trying to polish that turd before Election Day. His crowds are small, unenthusiastic and jaded by “didn't we hear this back in 2008?” Where do they send Biden without him totally fu*king up? If they were smart, back to D.C. and lock him in a bunker. I hear Bill Clinton has to go to PA on Monday to try and save that state now that its polling leaning Republican.

Oh' it was going to be such a beautiful dream....

November 2, 2012 at 22:44 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller


Interestingly, in that same report the Daily Beast wasn’t able to confirm or deny whether CIA officers made requests for air support.

I'm guessing that since the CIA isn't in possession of military aircraft they didn't ask for air support. Probably during the course of an 11 minute mortar attack that lasted all of 5 incoming rounds, they didn't ask for air support.

All of the stuff about what the military's state of awareness. Irrelevant since this was a CIA operation.

All the stuff about how the ambassador would have been the one to ask for military support. Gee whiz, I'm sure that Embassies like any other organization in the world has a chain of command, where if the #1 person is killed the #2 person takes over.

Your're not going to get a moment to moment explanation of every decision and consultation. It's the CIA for fucks sake. One of the most secretive organizations in the world,.

November 2, 2012 at 23:59 | Registered Commenterkwawk

Pitiful. A group calling itself Catholics for Obama tried to put together a big Obama campaign rally at Regis University in Colorado, but couldn't pull it off. They had to settle for a "discussion group" that was attended by a massive feeble crowd of 45 somwhat confused souls, folks who did their best to try to justify supporting a president who opposes the basic tenets of the religion they supposedly follow.

It's hard being a leftist.

November 3, 2012 at 06:32 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

'Sons of Anarchy' star: Storm aftermath 'a lot worse than how it's being portrayed by media'

Well, I'm just shocked... looked at this face... just, shocked! Who would have ever figured the media for a bunch of incompetent malcontents?

Good thing Rossi works for FX, which is owned by Fox, otherwise his character would probably be killed / written off the show before this season's end.

(b.t.w... any of you watch that show? I friggin' love that show!)

November 3, 2012 at 08:10 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

From Biden's "full load" to Obama's "loins", could the left come off looking any more foolish in the next 3 days? You would think not, but I'm not discounting anything at this point.

November 3, 2012 at 08:54 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

ANOTHER sign of a confident Obama/Biden re-elect team!!

"4 men arrested in Perrysburg,OH for stealing Romney signs while driving sheet metal union truck"

By Pat Galbincea, The Plain Dealer

November 3, 2012 at 09:36 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Too funny. The FBI brought in for one lone woman "allegedly" attempting to vote twice.

Hmmmm, where were they when two ugly black panthers were strolling the polls with billy clubs. Now if they be havin an extra set of cuffs, or two, and they be havin leg anklets maybe they's could be droppin by the WH and Justice Dept and be Duck walkin barry and eric out of their respective offices. That'd be n-ice.

November 3, 2012 at 10:43 | Registered CommenterTijuana

So... our boy Winnie has developed a concern over voter fraud (which never existed before). Excellent. Of course, this must mean that he now supports measures to crack down on the fraud. Well. it means that if he has a single honest bone in his body. So no, then.

November 3, 2012 at 11:14 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Bill Maher/HBO Real Time with Bill Maher;

“black people know who you are and they will come after you"

Again proving our point that libs are racist. If any conservative commentor said what Maher did by merely switching out the word black with white, they would be fired today. So my question to HBO; what the fuck does get you fired at your network??

November 3, 2012 at 11:30 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

The meth vapors are really taking over at the re-elect Obama campaign. Barry tried to charge up his dwindling eunuchs last night by telling them to vote out of "revenge." Romney asked the huge crowds at his rallies in Ohio to "vote for love of country." One candidate is better suited to deal meth and the other is ready to be President today.

November 3, 2012 at 11:36 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

I'm told by classy HuffPo posters between the FU's and making sure my KKK hood is washed that Maher's comment was "fair free speech." Isn't there always a modifier that makes everything ok when libs spew some racist shit? Funny how that works out.

Btw Winston, kwawk and Choy; get you lib friends some comfort food, reefer, pills; whatever it takes to keep them from ending it Tuesday night. Hard core libs can't fathom Obama losing. We will witness some of the funniest, nastiest, pathetic shit starting late Tuesday night and going forward we've ever seen.

November 3, 2012 at 12:25 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Winnie has developed a concern over voter fraud (which never existed before). Excellent. Of course, this must mean that he now supports measures to crack down on the fraud.

Interesting that the remedies the vote suppressors propose wouldn't prevent these ACTUAL cases of Rethuglican vote fraud. Could it possibly be they're less interested in catching vote fraud than barring from the polling booth voters who are young, poor, black, old, mobile or disabled?

Interesting also that Redneck is not even f***ing embarrassed in the least that the fraudsters keep turning out to be the GOP. They certainly are audacious, these Wingnutz™. Shameless. In-your-face assholes.

November 3, 2012 at 13:17 | Unregistered CommenterWinston

There’s a lotta talk on the left about the the extremist right’s long long history of conning the suckers who buy into its absurd bullshit. Are we supposed to feel sorry for people who work hard at acting this stupid and gullible? They’ve marketed themselves as great big slowmoving dimwitted marks for decades, it’s doubtful there’s anything that would make them stop now.

November 3, 2012 at 13:24 | Registered CommenterWinston

If it weren't for projection what would these assholes do?

3 of the 4 links are dead... but anyway...

So you've gone from thinking voter fraud doesn't exist to thinking only Republicans do it Democrats are as pure as the wind driven snow? Is that what I'm getting for your comments and ridiculous snark?

I think you should stand up and tell the world we need to put a stop to this voter fraud. Finally, something we can agree on and fight together for... Unless of course you're going to take a biased stance on it and say only Republicans can and should be found guilty and convicted of voter fraud... that would just be hypocritical of you... but it's your call.

We've pushed to prevent ALL voter fraud, not just that which benefits us...
... primarily because right is right, and wrong is wrong.

November 3, 2012 at 19:28 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

Again proving our point that libs are racist. If any conservative commentor said what Maher did by merely switching out the word black with white, they would be fired today. So my question to HBO; what the fuck does get you fired at your network??

Forget switching words. If any conservative Republican mentioned that exact same quote, “black people know who you are and they will come after you", it would make prime-time news, be called a hate-crime, probably be considered voter suppression by many pent-up, socially reclusive liberals somewhere.

Oh, but Bill Maher says it... he's cool bra... he's hip to the jive.
Liberals ONLY care about race if it can be politicized and capitalized upon.

November 3, 2012 at 19:40 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

Who exactly does this creepy dude think he's fooling when he tries to spin Obama's "revenge quote" as actually Mitt Romney's message instead? I mean, I know I'm opening myself for insults over my naivety, but... are they really this stupid?

C'mon liberals... square with me... are you throwing this election?
Please be honest... the celebration isn't as sweet if we're handed a win.

November 3, 2012 at 23:25 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

Ah yes, Jim Messina, another Obama cabal member, caught lying through his teeth. No, I'm not giving him room to say he misunderstood which candidate said what. The man is not stupid, only devious. Liar it is.

Messina is yet another one who has never held an honest job in his life. He's been a political manipulator from Day One. In other words, he's a perfect fit with another liar and manipulator who has been an unproductive political animal his whole life, Barry Soetoro Obama.

Wait... am I a racist for slamming a pinkish transparent-skinned guy like Messina? Golly, I never knew I had such a bias against those people. Shame on me.

November 4, 2012 at 05:44 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Is it 6:00 or 7:00?

I hate this.

I'll check my sundial a little later.

November 4, 2012 at 06:07 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

I hate basing hope on the enthusiasm gap, but still it's nice seeing that the phony Obama magic is largely gone. Stevie Wonder did a gig for The One in Cleveland, and couldn't get even 200 to show up. Stevie and Barry both seem to have lost their rock star status.

Sad, really. I've always liked Stevie's music. We recently re-discovered a cache of old 45s, and among them was a pristine copy of Fingertips. Talented guy, lousy political instincts.

November 4, 2012 at 08:04 | Registered CommenterRedBeard

Liberals are so desperate for comfort they're ejaculating all over a +5 poll from the "esteemed Des Moines register" (I'm sure Kos didn't think they were too esteemed when they endorsed Mitt Romney)

... despite the poll based on 800 people, no party identity of those involved (?)

Really?

Wow.

The beauty of low standards from the left. Gotta love it. Don't know why they'd invest such hopes in that, especially if it's not accurate and motivates even more people to the election booth from Romney... or is that what the DM Register is trying to do?
(They did endorse Romney after all)

November 4, 2012 at 11:05 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

What's the difference between Jesus and Obama? Jesus didn't think he was Obama......

* stole this from IowaHawk

November 4, 2012 at 11:11 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Skinny;

You actually waste your time clicking on Winston's links? I'll clue you in; their either broken links or Media Matters editorials. Yet Winston persists on with them like we give a shit.

November 4, 2012 at 11:14 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

I took a poll of 10 people yesterday and the results were +4 Romney.

4 Republicans: registered, vote in all elections, all 4 Romney

4 democrats: not registered, never vote, were hanging out on the corner, all 4 obama

2 independents: not registered and battling each other in "Modern Warfare 3" on their XBOX, both undecided.

November 4, 2012 at 17:40 | Registered CommenterTijuana

Haha! Nothing ever changes here.

What up, folks? I was looking for polls online to satisfy my poll obsession, and I saw a link to BLRag. I thought, why the hell not, it's been almost four years. Might be fun to come back in time for the festivities on Tuesday.

November 4, 2012 at 18:49 | Registered CommenterSergeantJack

lol, I have to ask.... which poll sent you here?

And I should be on all night long on Tuesday... I'm feeding IA results to multiple websites so you'll see me popping in here and on twitter at least until the election has been finalized and then some. I'll have reactions from John Archer (R) from his campaign HQ, which is also conveniently Romney HQ as well, so we'll see what they have to say as well.

If anybody is going to be near Davenport, IA... ya'all bring your coozies... I'll have plenty of Miller High Life to go around (unless RedBeard wants to airmail me some Yeungling).

November 4, 2012 at 19:00 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

No comment necessary. In their own words.

November 4, 2012 at 19:52 | Unregistered CommenterWinston

Hey, Jack! Good to see you here again, adding another sane voice to the choir.

Skinny, I have my own supply of Yuengling Porter. I also keep a medicinal quantity of Jack Daniel's Single Barrel handy, just in case I'm bitten by a snake, which I also keep handy. [apologies to W.C. Fields]

November 5, 2012 at 04:31 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

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