St. Louis’s KSDK.com is doing its fair share to suppress the Republican voter turnout. They’re pumping a handful of counted votes to give the impression that Obama is walking away with the national popular vote:
Here’s the scam. Only 42 votes have been counted in a country of 150 million registered voters. In other words, it’s crap. No responsible news organization would post such misleading nonsense–except in hopes of discouraging Romney voters.
But that doesn’t stop the voter-suppression wizards at KSDK , the AP, and Politico from splattering a meaningless graph across their home pages.
(Note: Politico has since removed the misleading graphic.)
Let KSDK know you don’t appreciate voter suppression tactics.
UPDATE: In response to @Michelle_Moore’s watchdog journalism, the vote suppressors have update their misleading graphic.
A couple weeks ago, Joe Biden made the news by declaring that the middle class in America has been getting dumped on ever since he and Obama took their oaths of office. The statement marked the first time Biden got something right since that day. What Uncle Joe failed to mention was that he has been in charge of the White House’s Middle Class Task Force since January 30, 2009.
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I clipped the press release from whitehouse.gov in case it gets disappeared before Biden’s date with Paul Ryan on Thursday.
This was Joe’s charter, straight from the release:
Washington, DC- President Barack Obama today announced the creation of a White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families to be chaired by Vice President Joe Biden. The Task Force is a major initiative targeted at raising the living standards of middle-class, working families in America. It is comprised of top-level administration policy makers, and in addition to regular meetings, it will conduct outreach sessions with representatives of labor, business, and the advocacy communities.
Why am I surprised? The Obama administration also promised to focus on poverty, and it succeeding in increasing that horrific measure to its highest level since President Johnson launched the War on Poverty. Whatever Obama looks at seems to increase, which tells me he doesn’t really look at jobs.
Rex wants to force the state to surrender the Board of Police Commissioners for St. Louis. He wants his pal and financial ward, Mayor Francis Slay, to control the police department, and its pension fund, just as Slay and his cronies control the hapless St. Louis Fire Department.
Under the plan Rex has financed, Slay would control the police board exclusively. Police officers would no longer be open to those with a passion for law enforcement and order. Instead, Slay would use police positions as rewards and promotions for other city workers.
Already, the city police department is losing top-flight officers to the county and other jurisdictions, according to veteran sources in the St. Louis Police Department.
“The young guys know the pension fund is all but gone. Slay will raid it just like he raids the firemen’s.” Rex’s pet issue is to blame.
On November 6, Missourians have a chance to protect the police officers who protect citizens of and visitors to St. Louis. I beg you to VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION A on November 6.
If you want a safe St. Louis, vote NO on Proposition A.
In case I wasn’t clear, please vote NO on Proposition A.
A genius is someone who can hold contrary concepts simultaneously in mind.
What, then, do we call a person who simultaneously argues two contrary concepts?
How ‘bout “demagogue?”
A few weeks ago, Barack Obama told America’s business owners that they are not responsible for their success. “Someone else built that.”
Today, the same Obama told Mitt Romney that there not many people who consider themselves victims.
Does Mr. Obama believe that people in dire straights are not victims of circumstances? It seems so. Obama’s telling us that if you succeed, it’s because someone else helped you, but if you fail, you fail on your own.
If that is Obama’s meaning, then his idea of cradle-to-grave government dependency would be, simply, immoral. You don’t systematically reward people who repeatedly fail.
I’d like to welcome Mr. Obama to the world of people who believe we are masters of our domains. But we know Mr. Obama is a demagogue, arguing both sides of the same point to secure himself another four years of dictatorial rule.
When I read about Todd Akin’s unfortunate comments to Charles Jaco, my first thought was uncharitable. “I could just kill him.”
“I could kill him,” is an idiom. Its cousins include “wring his neck” and “poke his eyes out.” Idioms hyperbolize our emotional reaction to an event.
I was angry because Todd Akin gave the left a great talking point in the infamous interview. I like Todd Akin. I voted for him. I want him to beat Claire McCaskill, and, if not him, someone. So his hideous PR failure Pissed. Me. Off. In fact, I’m still feeling a bit uncharitable, but that’s my problem at this point.
Karl Rove attacked Akin almost immediately.
Karl Rove, who directs a lot of campaign money through Crossroads GPS, vilified Akin. Rove promised to pull Crossroads funding from Missouri. He predicted that Akin would lose his race against Claire McCaskill for the US Senate by largest margin in modern history.
All fair and good. Akin put a safe Republican Senate pick-up at risk by his failure to check his tongue. Akin’s error put at risk four years of hard work by millions of Americans and jeopardized Todd’s favorite causes, including pro-life.
Rove Gone Wild
But at the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove drove right off the rhetorical Chappaquiddick Bridge.
“We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”
Roves comment was not an idiom. It was an original thought. He said “murder,” not “kill,” indicating intent and planning.
Even more malevolent, “we should,” which Rove said, is not “we could.” Could implies ability; should implies duty. Karl Rove essentially said, “We are obliged to murder Todd Akin.” Or at least to defeat him in November. (Todd Akin has since accepted Rove’s apology, for which I tip my cap to both men.)
So much for Karl’s sanctimonious excoriation of Todd Akin.
But he was joking of course.
Or was he?
In charity, we assume Rove isn’t plotting Akin’s physical assassination. But he might be plotting Akin’s political assassination.
Rove implied he prefers Claire McCaskill to Todd Akin. That’s fine. He’s entitled to support whoever he wants for the US Senate.
What irritates me most about Rove’s comment, though, is exactly what irritated me about Akin’s. In a world where Republicans are held to a God-like standard by the media, saying idiotic things in public hurts the cause.
Rove committed precisely Akin’s sin.
He said something stupid that reached public ears.
For that, Rove deserves the same excoriation he’s advocated against Akin. My guess is, though, Karl’s wealthy friends will protect him.