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Best Political Ad of 2012
October 25, 2012, 9:14 pm
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http://preview.tinyurl.com/9z99jky

 

Ladies, our time is now.  We must stand united.  

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Oh the Lengths They Will Go…
September 6, 2012, 8:13 pm
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To keep you from voting!

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/obama_campaign_ohio_early_voting.php

Sad. Disgusting. And seeming to be the normal this election cycle.

First they alienate against everyone that doesn’t look/think/love like they do…then come election cycle realize CRAP, how do I win?

I’ll tell you how they plan on doing it, they will try to make it harder to vote!



Republicans Hate Old People….

And minorities. And the poor!  Am I being too harsh?  Not even close!  Am I being too inflammatory?  I haven’t even begun!

Okay, okay.  They only hate poor old people. See, I can make concessions.

http://www.fairelectionsnetwork.com/blog/oops-i-meant-say-“voter-fraud”

Is this really a problem for people trying to vote?

Yes. It really is.

Creating voter id laws disenfranchise the poor and the elderly. Truly.

I recently had a conversation with my 88 year old grandmother about such voting laws. She no longer drives – a few strokes and interference from her kids and grandkids put an end to this – all should thank us. 🙂 However, she does in fact vote. She’s been voting for nearly 78 years and has plans to vote in the upcoming election. Before I hear the “she’s had a stroke and must be senile” argument to why she shouldn’t vote you should know this:  that woman reads the Des Moines Register from cover to cover everyday! I know this because I pay for her newspaper subscription.

See, Gram lives on a pretty tight and fixed income so she didn’t think she could “splurge” for a daily paper. She was rationing herself to the Sunday paper, and that she borrowed from the retirement community she lives in. When I found out, I called her and said “Gram if you wanted the paper, why didn’t you simply tell someone?” Well asking for handouts or help isn’t Gram’s style. So I quickly fixed that little problem and she now gets the paper everyday. She also likes to do the crosswords and puzzles, and having sat down to do a few myself, I’m comfortable saying she’s a sharp lady. Now before someone comes at this with I doubt she reads it, she does. Often when I call her she wants to talk about politics, what she’s read in the paper, or how her beloved Hawkeyes and Cubbies are doing.

What my Gram doesn’t have is a drivers license. Or a state id. See when Gram quit driving, she quit renewing her license. Why bother if she can’t use it??? As for a picture state id, she says, “Oh Alyssa, I’ve been going to the same stores and the same doctors for nearly 50 years. They know who I am, I don’t need an id.” Well luckily this year, Gram will still get to vote as Iowa hasn’t gone off the rails and begun implementing voter suppression laws.

I imagine there are many “Grams” out there that may not realize their right to vote may be in jeopardy. Spread the word. Take them to get ids. Push back on voter suppression – it’s the wrong way to engage people to vote.

Check this link for voter laws in your state!

http://campusprogress.org/articles/interactive_map_voter_suppression_efforts_by_state/



Voter Suppression and Voter ID Laws 101

There are approximately 314,000,000 people living in the United States. In 2008 a little over 129,000,000 voted. According to a link I found on factcheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/2009/01/2008-voter-turnout/) 61.6% of those that could legally vote did.

It’s amazing to me that more people don’t vote. Voting may be one of the greatest rights we have in this country. Second amendment enthusiasts keep your panties on, until I’m able to own a nuke I don’t want to hear a word from you, but that’s another argument for another day.

Campaigns are constantly trying to encourage voters to vote. Right? Well…yes and no. They want you to vote, but only if it is likely you will vote for them. That’s how you win, right? Wrong. I agree, you should energize, convince and campaign for people to vote for you, but you shouldn’t disenfranchise others or create laws that make it harder for others to vote.

Is this really a problem?

Yes, in fact it is. There are 19 states that have been hard at work attempting to change their laws that make it harder for some to vote. They are: Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, Kansas, and Wisconsin.

Here’s a breakdown of each state’s political leadership by party.

Total Democratic Control of State Government:

West Virginia

Governor – D

Senate – D

House – D

Majority of State Gov has Democratic Control:

Rhode Island 

Governor – Independent

Senate – D

House – D

Total Republican Control of State Government:

Alabama

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Florida

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Georgia

Governor – R

Senate  – R

House – R

Indiana

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Kansas

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Maine

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Michigan 

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Mississippi

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Pennsylvania

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Ohio

Governor – R

House – R

Senate – R

South Carolina

Governor – R

Senate  – R

House – R

Tennessee

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Texas

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Virginia

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Majority of State Gov has Republican Control:

New Hampshire

Governor – D

Senate – R

House – R

Wisconsin

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – D

Are you noticing a trend?  The majority of prohibitive voter id laws are in red states.  Shocking?  Not hardly.

Here’s a nifty little link which will take you to a website with an interactive map of the US.  You can simply click on your state to get voter laws.  You may want to check it out as we near election season.

http://campusprogress.org/articles/interactive_map_voter_suppression_efforts_by_state/



Mitt Romney…

Now, I want to start by saying I do not agree with most of what Mitt Romney has to say.  I was very disappointed to see him change the pro-choice stance that enabled him to be elected as a Republican in the State of Massachusetts.  However, I have never understood why the right cannibalized him.  As the primary went on I even began to feel sorry for the guy.

I also wondered why Republicans weren’t seeing what I was seeing. Here’s a guy that has a pretty good record fiscally and knows how to run a successful business.  According to the Republican Party, he should be their guy.  Instead they keep picking fiscally “unstable” jerks.  George W. Bush never ran a company successfully in fact he pretty much bankrupted much of what he was involved with.  And look what he did to the country.  Then the primary closes with old man McCain who admits he doesn’t understand the economy.  Then he picks Crazy Palin who can’t even complete a sentence.

Why didn’t he pick Romney?  He’s young.  Attractive (yes for all his conservative crap the guy is attractive).  He’s got a nice family.  He’s successful.  He’s been a moderate before…perhaps he can find his way back to the middle. 

Oh yeah…he’s a Mormon.  I truly believe if he’s been a Protestant or a Catholic he’d have been their guy, and we’d have had a completely different race.  Personally, I could care less about the guy’s religion, but that’s just me. 

I’ll be curious to see if the Right sees right and Mitt Romney is their guy in 2012. 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/13/romney.future/index.html



Newt?!?

Okay so I’ll admit, I’m torn between exasperation and amusement as names for the Republican ticket are tossed out for 2012. Exasperated because, well, I’m over it. The election just ended and we are already talking about campaigning again?!? UGH! Amused…well…lets face it I’m not sure what the Hell Republicans are thinking right now!

We’ve all read that Sarah Palin is a possibility. Now I can think of a number of reasons why that’s amusing, but I’ll limit myself to three: 1.) She is not ready nor qualified, and in my opinion may never be; 2.) She’s far too polarized – likes small government when it comes to personal choices, but you betcha she LOVES those earmarks; 3.) Soon she’ll be about as memorable as Dan Qualye (seriously-what do we remember him for? Not being able to spell potato. What will we remember her for? I’d say her $150k-maybe more- wardrobe.)

I just read Robert Novak pimp Newt Gingrich for a 2012 run in the Washington Post. Now Mr. Novak admits grudgingly that it could be a long shot, but are you kidding me?!? This is the guy with the “Contract On America”…oopsi, meant “Contract With America”. Nah, I really meant Contract On America. This is also the guy many believe was responsible for such partisan fighting and petty grudges the government ended up being shut down. It’s been alledged he was pissed about being ignored on a flight. Do I need to go into his personal life? Hmmm…I shouldn’t but I will. Why? Well because he’s had such a good time ripping the Clinton family, you would think he’d lead an exemplary life. But guess what, he hasn’t! He left his first cancer stricken wife for wife number two, but all’s fair in love and war right? Needless to say he left her as well after having an affair with wife number three! So Newt, before you launch anymore morality attacks take a good hard look in the mirror. On a side note, wife number three may be stuck with him because I can’t think of anyone who’d want to see him naked!!

If they asked me, I’d say find a good message and you may find a good candidate. I somehow doubt any of them will be asking for my opinion!

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2008/11/newt_in_2012.html?hpid=opinionsbox1



Palin 2012…Enough to Make You Want to Puke
October 29, 2008, 8:42 pm
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Okay.  I don’t like the lady.  Not one bit.  And man oh man does it upset me she is a woman!  When I think about her being the first woman to represent us in the White House I truly want to vomit.  YUCK!!!

I almost feel bad for the people in Alaska.  I’m sure they were hoping she’d win and get the Hell out of their state!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081029/pl_nm/us_usa_politics_palin_future




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