#39700 Oct 20, 2012
Romney buys voting machine company
Mitt Romney just acquired the majority of board seats on an e-voting machine company called Intercivic. Intercivic's voting machines will be used in five states. Two of them are swing states- Ohio and Colorado.
The fund that now owns the voting machine company- Solamere- was founded by Tagg Romney with seed money from Mitt Romney. It was initially run out of Romney's 2008 campaign headquarters. Not his home, not some office park, his campaign office. Everybody except for one person that has money in the fund is a Romney donor. You cannot buy shares in Solamere, it is closely held, meaning that only the friends and associates of the Romney family are invited to invest. "Solamere" is named after Mitt Romney's winter home in Deer Valley Utah.
That is who now owns and manages the voting machine company.
#39701 Oct 20, 2012
Tagg Romney, the son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has purchased electronic voting machines that will be used in the 2012 elections in Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington and Colorado.
Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States.
In other words, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, and his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall's election. These machines cannot be monitored by the public. But they will help decide who "owns" the White House."...
#39702 Oct 20, 2012
Oct. 18, 2012 If the Romney’s can’t win legally, they’ll take over Ohio’s electronic voting machines through investments, a direct conflict of interest in a contentious state in this election.
The new owners of Ohio’s voting machines under the brand name HART Intercivic is none other than Tagg Romney the son of one of the candidates Mitt Romney. In recent weeks Tagg has taken a more “active role in his father’s campaign management” but when you look further, he also has a major problem with that role.
By virtue of conflict of interest alone, this role should be investigated by the DOJ preferably involving the addition of the FBI, Homeland Security and the CIA to ensure this connection will not endanger the vote in Ohio and other states.
After all isn’t the security of an election both state and federal authorities responsibility to ensure the election is not stolen, tampered, or results altered?
Read more at ONTD Political: http://ontd-political.livejournal.com/1012504...
#39703 Oct 20, 2012
Voter ID and voter fraud have been a top issues in the 2012 race, as have claims of Republican voter suppression. Mr. Romney's campaign has also been the subject of controversy over misleading ads, false claims, sketchy math on his tax plan, and overall vagueness on women's rights and other hot button issues.
Raising further questions of legitimacy in the Romney campaign is an audio recording recently made public, where Mitt Romney is heard asking independent business owners to apply pressure to their employees to influence their votes. What has also been made public are the emails those employers have sent to their employees with an implied threat that if they don't vote for Romney they may lose their jobs.
What it all says is that Mitt Romney, with the help of his family and Bain Capital connections, is more than willing to try to take the White House through illegitimate and highly unethical, if not specifically illegal means.
With each passing day, the character and campaign methods of Mitt Romney cast an ever-darker shadow over free and fair American elections.
Yet there is an irony in the Romney campaign that cannot be ignored. For all the noise the right-wing has made in questioning the legitimacy of Obama's presidency, there have been so many questionable efforts made to help put Romney in the White House, if he wins, there should be great dispute over whether his election could ever be called genuinely illegitimate.
The nagging question is why, if Mr. Romney truly has the qualities that American voters want in their president, does he have to go to such great and questionable lengths to try to win the election.
#39704 Oct 20, 2012
Mitt Romney debates himself, round 2
FLIP FLOP FLIP FLOP.........OHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! !!!!!!!
#39705 Oct 20, 2012
Mitt Romney debates himself
Folks you cant make this shit up!!!!
This guy changes positions more than a pivot man in a circle jerk contest.......
#39706 Oct 20, 2012
Jay Leno on Mitt Romney's Lie :
Folks you cant make this shit up!!!!!!
#39707 Oct 21, 2012
He wants the US economy to go over a cliff so he can provide the “solution”.
roy_batty on July 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM
I agree. And here is his “solution”:
Socialism will usher in a new era in this county. The great wealth of the United States will for the first time be for the benefit of all the people. Foreign policy will be based on mutual respect, peace, and solidarity. The peoples democratic rights will be guaranteed and expanded. Racial, gender, and social equality will be the basis of domestic policies and practices. Socialism is not a dream, but a necessity to working peoples lives. Only socialism has the solutions to the problems of capitalism in this country.
ITguy on July 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Plagerism at it's finest.
Since: Jul 12
#39708 Oct 21, 2012
Where is the dillusional racist warrior for the tea bags at? Your brethren needs you
#39713 Oct 21, 2012
First arrest made in the Republican voter registration fraud scandal:
An arrest has been made Thursday in the Republican voter registration fraud scandal. The "LA Times" reported that a man who was being paid to register voters by the Republican Party of Virginia was arrested October 18th after he was seen dumping eight registration forms into a dumpster. These forms were allegedly voters who did not register as Republicans.
According to the "Times", Colin Small, 31, was working as a supervisor as part of a registration operation in eight swing states financed by the Republican National Committee. Small, of Phoenixville, Pa., was first hired by Strategic Allied Consulting, a firm that was fired by the party after suspect voter forms surfaced in Florida and other states.
The owner of a store in Harrisonburg, Va., told a local television station that he became suspicious when he saw a car with Pennsylvania plates dump an envelope in back of his store. He recovered the envelope and alerted authorities.
Strategic Allied is owned by Nathan Sproul, an Arizona political consultant for Republicans whose companies have faced charges in past elections of submitting forged forms and of dumping Democratic registrations. Sproul continues to do get-out-the-vote work for conservative causes this election.
“We can’t speculate what happened in Virginia,” said David Leibowitz, a spokesman for Sproul, adding that the firm was fired on Sept. 28.“Anything that happened after that did not happen on Strategic Allied’s watch,” the Times reported.
#39714 Oct 21, 2012
When they got caught with their hand in the cookie jar in Florida and Colorado, the Republican Party fired Sproul and his company and cancelled what was left of their $2 million dollar contract to register Republicans. The Party publically acted surprised and outraged that their registration contractor would resort to such things.
Party officials said they had a “zero tolerance” for such activities. Mitt Romney has been silent.
However, it is now apparent that despite the “firing’, the crooked registration activities continue. When Mr. Small was arrested in Virginia, the party repeated its “zero tolerance” defense. The problem is that zero tolerance message has not yet made it to the streets. Maybe someone forgot to click send on the e-mail.
A criminal investigation is continuing in the 10 Florida counties and in Colorado. It is not likely that any conclusion will be reached before the election.
The irony of this is that Republicans have been screaming about voter fraud and accusing Democrats as being the ones doing it. Their protests were just a smoke screen to keep watchful eyes off of themselves. They are the ones doing the election fraud.
#39716 Oct 21, 2012
ROMNEY DEMAND COMPANIES “TELL YOUR
EMPLOYEES VOTE FOR HIM OF LOSE THEIR JOBS
45,000 EMPLOYEES RECEIVED THREATEN LETTERS
FROM BILLIONAIRE KOCH BROTHERS VOTE FOR ROMNEY OR LOSE YOUR JOBS AND BENEFITS
THREATEN: EXPRESS AN INTENTION TO DO SOMETHING THAT
WILL TROUBLE, OR INCONVENIENCE SOMEBODY ELSE UNLESS THAT PERSON DOES WHAT IS
we are typically told before each Presidential election that it is important
and historic, I believe the upcoming election will determine what kind of
America future generations will inherit
elect candidates who want to spend hundreds of billions in borrowed money on
costly new subsidies for a few favored cronies, put unprecedented regulatory
burdens on businesses, prevent or delay important new construction projects,
and excessively hinder free trade, then many of our more than 50,000 U.S.
employees and contractors may suffer the consequences, including higher
gasoline prices, runaway inflation, and other ills
Enclosed with the letter was a flyer [PDF] listing Koch-endorsed
candidates, beginning with Romney. Robertson’s letter explained:“At the
request of many employees, we have also provided a list of candidates in your
state that have been supported by Koch companies or by KOCHPAC, our employee
political action committee.”
Since: Sep 12
#39724 Oct 21, 2012
well well now imagine that.
By ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
Last Updated: 10:11 AM, October 21, 2012
Posted: 12:34 AM, October 21, 2012
The Obama re-election campaign has accepted at least one foreign donation in violation of the law — and does nothing to check on the provenance of millions of dollars in other contributions, a watchdog group alleges.
Chris Walker, a British citizen who lives outside London, told The Post he was able to make two $5 donations to President Obama’s campaign this month through its Web site while a similar attempt to give Mitt Romney cash was rejected. It is illegal to knowingly solicit or accept money from foreign citizens.
Walker said he used his actual street address in England but entered Arkansas as his state with the Schenectady, NY, ZIP code of 12345.
“When I did Romney’s, the payment got rejected on the grounds that the address on the card did not match the address that I entered,” he said.“Romney’s Web site wanted the code from the back of card. Barack Obama’s didn’t.”
In September, Obama’s campaign took in more than $2 million from donors who provided no ZIP code or incomplete ZIP codes, according to data posted on the Federal Election Commission Web site.
The Obama campaign said the FEC data was the result of “a minor technical error.”
“All the ZIP codes and numbers are real and can be verified,” spokesman Michael Czin said.
The Obama campaign’s apparent lack of safeguards makes it possible to violate the law, says a report released by the Government Accountability Institute, a Florida-based watchdog group.
The report found that one Obama site — Obama.com — gets almost half of its traffic from foreign computer addresses. The site directs users to an Obama donation page.
“We are not suggesting that just foreign traffic by itself is a problem,” said Peter Schweizer, president of the GAI.“But for a campaign that is very sophisticated in its fund-raising capabilities, they do not make one effort to try to even see or ask somebody to check a box that says they are a US citizen.”
Obama’s re-election campaign took in $130,867 from donors who provided no ZIP codes and $2 million from those with incomplete ZIPs in September.
That same month, Romney’s campaign recorded $2,450 from donors without ZIP codes and $2,500 from those with incomplete ZIPs.
Walker said it should have been clear to the Obama campaign’s computers that his donations came from a computer with a foreign IP address.
The Obama campaign says it “screens all credit-card contributions that originate from a foreign IP address” and requests proof of citizenship if questions arise.
But not only did Walker’s Obama donations go through, but he said he began receiving two to three e-mail solicitations a day to give more. The e-mails asked for $188 or more.
If Walker gave $188, his total contribution to Obama would be $198 — less than the $200 threshold at which campaigns have to identify the donor to the FEC.
“I have not had any e-mails asking for proof of identity,” Walker said.
The GAI report found the Obama campaign Web sites do not ask donors to provide their three-digit card-verification value, or CVV, numbers to ensure they are the legitimate holders of the card. Romney’s campaign asks for such information, which is considered a standard security measure.
One conduit for Obama donations is Obama.com , which was registered in 2008 to Robert Roche, an American who lives and works in China, where he owns an infomercial company.
Roche is also a bundler for the Obama campaign and was given a seat at the head table for a 2011 state dinner with the Chinese president
The GAI report said that the site registration was changed in 2010 to make it anonymous and that it was unclear whether Roche still owns it.
Roche’s mother in Chicago referred calls to the Obama campaign. The campaign declined to comment.
Since: Sep 12
#39725 Oct 21, 2012
Yet we send $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt this year. Personally I do not know why we send aid to countries who do not need it and can stand on their own. Hell we even send money to China.
Saad al-Katatny elected head of Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, says goal is to "institute Islamic Sharia law."
Saad al-Katatny was elected chairman of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, Egyptian media reported Friday. He beat out FJP’s acting leader Essam al- Erian in a vote that took place October 6.
The FJP is Egypt’s largest political party, currently occupying 47 percent of all seats in the country’s lower house of parliament.
Katatny hailed his election as “a first step” towards achieving the goals of the FJP, according to Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper.
In this respect, Katatny was quoted as saying that “The Muslim Brotherhood established the [FJP] to represent the Brotherhood’s political project, which, in the end, will be a wise government that will institute Islamic Shari’a law.”
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi earlier this year ran for office on the FJP ticket. However, he resigned from the party immediately after being elected.
Last week Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Muhammad Badie called on Muslims worldwide to liberate Jerusalem by means of jihad.
According to AFP, in his weekly message to supporters, Badie asserted that “The jihad for the recovery of Jerusalem is a duty for all Muslims,” stressing that the city’s conquest “will not be done through negotiations or at the United Nations.”
The Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide previously vowed that if the Muslim Brotherhood ever rose to power in Egypt, it would work to sever relations with Israel.“We are certainly not happy with the illegitimate marriage between Cairo and Tel Aviv,” he said.
“Once we rise to power we will change many things in Egypt’s policy, starting with the country’s relations with Israel which have caused us great harm.”
In response to Badie’s latest call for jihad against Israel, The Simon Wiesenthal Center urged US President Barack Obama to sever all contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood until the threat is withdrawn.
In a joint statement, Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, founder and dean, and associate dean of the center – respectively – denounced Badie, saying his “rant confirms our long held view that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is the most dangerous anti- Semitic organization in the world today.”
They called on “President Obama to condemn the rhetoric and cut off all official and unofficial US contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood until they desist from their hate and warmongering.”
Obama is not going to cut money from Egypt. The very country where he caused the "Arab Spring". The very country that now has a govt(Muslim Brotherhood) he assisted.
Since: Sep 12
#39726 Oct 21, 2012
Ahead of Election, Obama Stops Releasing ‘Stimulus’ Reports
The $831,000,000,000 economic “stimulus” that President Obama spearheaded and signed into law requires his administration to release quarterly reports on its effects. But “the most transparent administration in the history of our country” is now four reports behind schedule and has so far not released any reports whatsoever in 2012. Its most recent quarterly report is for the quarter than ended on June 30, 2011.
One wonders how the administration would treat a private citizen who acted like such a scofflaw in response to one of Obama’s principal legislative initiatives. It certainly appears that this administration, which is so very fond of regulating Americans’ lives — witness the 13,000 pages of Obamacare regulations it has already penned — doesn’t hold itself accountable to the same set of rules that it’s so eager to compel the American people to obey.
Yep this sure is a tranparent presidency. By not releasing these reports as required by law he in a sense has become a criminal.
By: John Hayward
10/19/2012 12:18 PM
Jeffrey Anderson at the Weekly Standard reports on another adventure in lawlessness from the Most Transparent Administration in History: the President is legally obligated to issue quarterly reports on the “success” of his “stimulus” program through September 2013… but since both success and stimulus belong in ironic quotes when describing this trillion-dollar boondoggle, Obama quietly stopped issuing the required reports after the second quarter of 2011.
Back when the reports were coming out, they began with boilerplate text boasting of the “stimulus” bill’s beautiful transparency:“As part of the unprecedented accountability and transparency provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) was charged with providing to Congress quarterly reports on the effects of the Recovery Act on overall economic activity, and on employment in particular.” But evidently that “unprecedented accountability and transparency” went out of fashion two years ahead of schedule, in defiance of clear legal requirements.
“Why would the administration not want to release these reports?” asks Anderson.”Presumably because they have shown what a colossal waste of taxpayer money Obama’s ‘stimulus’ has been.” Even using Obama’s ludicrous “jobs created or saved” parameters, his own economists figured the stimulus blew $317,000 per job – and that’s borrowed money we’re still paying interest on.(If Obama gets a second term, we might be paying interest on it for eternity, because he has no intention of actually reducing the national debt, ever. Instead, he’ll take it up to $20 trillion at least.)
And here’s what the money Obama took from our children is paying for, as a breaking-news expose in Holland, Michigan catches workers at the stimulus-funded LG Chem factory – built with $151 million from the Recovery Act – sitting around and playing cards, because there’s no demand for the Chevy Volt batteries they’re supposed to be producing.
Since: Sep 12
#39727 Oct 21, 2012
Poll shows Romney leading in blue Pennsylvania
A new poll shows Republican Mitt Romney leading in Pennsylvania, a state that Republicans had all but written off just weeks ago but which is now listed as a toss up by the Real Clear Politics website.
Susquehanna Polling and Research provided The Washington Examiner with a poll it conducted for state party officials that shows Romney with a 49 percent to 45 percent lead over President Obama.
It's the first poll to show Romney leading among likely voters in the Keystone State.
"The polling is very clear that the race is certainly up for grabs and Republicans have a tendency to never believe it," Susquehanna President James Lee told The Examiner.
Romney isn't spending much time or money in Pennsylvania, which hasn't backed a Republican presidential candidate since 1988.
Every other Pennsylvania poll shows Obama ahead, though by a narrowing margin. A Quinnipiac University poll taken around the same time as the Susquehanna poll shows Obama leading Romney 50 percent to 46 percent.
Susquehanna's automated poll of 1,376 likely voters was taken between Oct. 11 and 13, before the second presidential debate Tuesday that many saw as a comeback for Obama since his Oct. 3 showdown with Romney.
Lee said Romney has made significant gains in the all-important suburbs of Philadelphia, a ring of counties that helped push Obama to victory in 2008.
"Republicans haven't been able to do that in 20 years," Lee said. "Romney has made some major inroads."
Lee said Romney also gained ground in western Pennsylvania, where socially conservative, blue-collar Democrats have turned their backs on Obama.
Susquehanna has traditionally shown a much tighter race between Obama and Romney than other polls, in part because it weights its results by party registration. Firms that don't do this tend to over-sample Democrats.
Weighting results in Pennsylvania is particularly important, Lee said, "because we know with a pretty good degree of certainty how many registered Republicans and Democrats are going to show up" on Election Day.
#39728 Oct 21, 2012
What started as a war on undocumented immigration is now being perceived as a war on Latinos.
Immigration Issue Gives President Obama a Lock on the Latino Vote and the Democratic Party for years.
By Romney saying he will undue the Dream Act, he fell on his own sword.
TSK ! TSK !
#39729 Oct 21, 2012
A candidate's image comes as a result of actions. That is why there is very little Mitt Romney can do before election day to convince women that his presidency would be good for women. His actions tell me just the opposite. For instance, the candidate has pledged to defund Planned Parenthood; voiced support for the Blunt Amendment, a bill introduced to restrict access to birth control and said that he supports overturning Roe v Wade. For anyone concerned about reproductive healthcare, Romney's stance should chill the blood.
But healthcare isn't the only area where Romney fails to demonstrate the love for the ladies his wife crowed about during the Republican National Convention. While advisers say that, as president, Romney would not repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, he did oppose the measure when President Obama signed it in 2009, giving women better opportunity to sue over pay inequities. His running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan – the man Ledbetter herself says "scares me to death" – opposed the Act.
If his positions on women's bodies and our ability to work for fair pay are any indication, Romney has learned little from leafing through "binders of women", something Hugh Hefner would use picking out a centerfold for his next issue.
But perhaps the candidate's rhetoric does not reveal his true intentions. Maybe he's simply rallying his conservative base and a real Romney presidency wouldn't be so radical. The first 100 days of a Romney administration could be very enlightening. A clue as to his authentic objectives may come from what a President Romney doesn't do in its early days. As a candidate, Romney has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act "on day one", cutting off millions of women and families from preventative care and ending no-cost birth control benefits. Ignoring the hyperbole in the pronouncement (rolling back the Act wouldn't be that easy), keeping the Affordable Care Act intact and not working toward its demise would be a first step in convincing me that Mitt gives a whit about women.
#39733 Oct 21, 2012
I see no electoral map that has Pa. red or even pink.LOL
Poll Date Sample MoE Obama (D) Romney (R) Spread
RCP Average 10/4 - 10/14 ---- 49.7 44.7 Obama +5.0
Quinnipiac 10/12 - 10/14 1519 LV 2.5 50 46 Obama +4
PPP (D) 10/12 - 10/14 500 LV 4.4 51 44 Obama +7
Morning Call 10/10 - 10/14 438 LV 5.0 49 45 Obama +4
Rasmussen Reports 10/9 - 10/9 500 LV 4.5 51 46 Obama +5
Philadelphia Inquirer 10/4 - 10/8 600 LV 4.0 50 42 Obama +8
Susquehanna 10/4 - 10/6 725 LV 3.7 47 45 Obama +2
The Real Clear Politics average of polls from Pennsylvania shows Barack Obama leading a full five percent over Mitt Romney, 49.7 percent to 44.7 percent. The most recent poll included in that average is a Quinnipiac survey showing Obama leading 50 percent to 46 percent. This survey has independents favoring Obama over Romney by a 50 percent to 43 percent margin, which appears to be the primary reason this survey shows a small Obama lead rather than the four percent Romney lead shown by the Susquehanna poll.
The next poll listed as included in the RCP average is a recent poll of Pennsylvania by the Democrat-leaning polling firm Public Policy Polling. That survey shows Obama leading 51 percent to 44 over Romney, and was conducted between October 12-14. This survey has independents favoring Obama over Romney by a 51 percent to 41 percent margin, and they are 15 percent of the overall sample, which contributes to the resulting Obama lead.
The other recent survey of Pennsylvania listed by RCP is a Morning Call poll that shows Obama leading by a 49 percent to 45 percent margin.
#39734 Oct 21, 2012
Despite the pollster’s strong in-state record, there are reasons to question the validity of this survey. Firstly, it is the first poll to show Romney with a lead in Pennsylvania since February. According to the database at Real Clear Politics, polls show Obama leading Pennsylvania by an average of 5 points. This average includes a Susquehanna poll from early October which had Obama ahead by 2 points.
Additionally, this is an “internal poll”–a survey paid for by a candidate, or a group that supports a candidate (in this case, the state Republican Party). Generally, internals tend to overstate support for the party commissioning the poll, although this is not always the case. Candidates and parties use internal polls to determine campaign strategy, and sometimes release them with the intention of motivating their party’s base. The Pennsylvania GOP included the results of this poll in a fundraising email sent this morning.
Yet Susquehanna is unique among pollsters in that they weight their sample by “party, geographic location, age, gender and other demographics” in order to ”ensure a representative sample of Pennsylvania’s electorate.” This means that Susquehanna re-weights its findings if a particular group of voters is under-sampled in the poll. This year, pollsters who do not weight their samples have frequently produced polls that include disproportionate numbers of registered Democrats.
Nice try though LOL
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