Nasty Jack Blog
|Vote Nov. 6|
Obama and the borderline/tossup states:
Those of us not affected by the storm should give thanks and offer our best to those in harm’s way. You often wonder about things like this, at a time when this country is just beginning to dig out of a near economic collapse, and if someone is trying to tell us something. Maybe it’s a shot at the downright despicable and hateful partisanship that has been going on in Congress, a kind of warning to clean up your act or else. Will they listen? We’ll see.
How early vote turned North carolina Blue”
John King of CNN asks the question of who benefits from early voting. To find out he went to the state of Iowa where Presidents have traveled to for years to try and get the pulse of the nation. In Johnson County, which is home to the University of Iowa, early voting accounted for 55% of the total compared to statewide of 36%. Demand for early ballots are up significantly from 2008 and Democrats have a big edge; 12 to 1 over Republicans in Johnson County.
If you are wondering just how important early voting is to the candidates, back to that bellwether state of Iowa. Although the state has only six electoral votes, President Obama made repeated visits there because Iowa has more than a month of early voting. In contrast, says Ben Jacobs of the Daily Beast, he has paid less attention to another battleground state, Virginia. Even so, Obama is up 4 points in Virginia over Romney.
Now get out there and vote early but be sure and vote!
|Romney asks, which side yoday?|
See my earlier blog on the major Utah newspaper that endorsed President Obama here.
Gun store gun bubbas from Des Moines:
|How the NRA would have it|
I thought this latter statement was significant considering how congressional wimps are scared to death of the NRA and its CEO Wayne LaPierre. But plowing ahead in my research, I was even more confident in the statement and still cannot figure out why large gun control organizations like the Brady Campaign, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence and Mayors Against Illegal Guns haven’t focused on this data.
|Wacky Wayne LaPierre on the loose|
In my Part 2 post, there is insight into this myth—I call it a conspiracy by the NRA’s LaPierre to bolster the profits of gun manufacturers while lining his and other top NRA leaders’ pockets—that if you don’t follow wacky Wayne’s orders, you’ll be history in Congress. Not true and Paul Waldman has made that statistically clear in his studies.
So I ask you again, who cares anymore if the NRA attacks President Obama on gun control? Their presence and influence have been severely compromised in the way gun violence has taken over the country in the last year. 2013 is the year for gun control advocates.
It seems that VR Phipps, a Command member of the Tea Party from Faison, NC has a hanging truck that he is driving around the country. The racism part comes with a combination that the person in question is Obama who is black, and the noose is a symbol of lynchings so prevalent in the 1960’s South. Not sure why this has become news all over again since it dates all the way back to over 2 years ago and was revived for the Charlotte Sept. Democratic convention.
|Phipps hanging gallows truck in New York|
More gallows from Patriot Phipps:
But there is no excuse for what VR Phipps did, even though he claims that he intended no racism. It is disrespectful of the office of the President to hang the man in effigy. I remember being told by my superior in the Navy, you may not respect the officer, but you aren’t saluting him, you are saluting the rank. As much as I disagreed with George W. Bush, I would never condone that kind of action against him. Mr. Phipps should tear down his gallows for good.
|Obama in noose|
With that last answer, the GOP must be cringing right now. More if I hear from Mr. Phipps.
|Typical Electoral College map|
|It’s the “swing” states stupid|
VOA says the 2012 election will be decided in these states: Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Wisconsin and North Carolina. In a Huff Post article, we learn it could come down to only 106 counties, the ones won by George W. Bush in 2004 but voted Obama in 2008. As an example, political ads have been aimed at Cincinnati, Tampa and northern Virginia. Also Huff-critical are North Carolina and Nevada.
Pennsylvania GOP unsuccessfully tries to change Electoral College vote to beat Obama:
If you are still thoroughly confused about just how the Electoral College Vote works, go to Wikipedia for a good explanation. In the meantime, there is rebellion going on within the Electoral College with Republicans indicating they may not follow the popular vote. More on that later.
|Bloomberg announces Super PAC|
Video of debate gun control questions:
|Adam Winkler’s latest book|
Adam Winkler, a specialist in American Constitutional Law at UCLA, says in the Daily Beast that an assault weapons ban is not the answer since the gunman can come armed with multiple weapons, in case one jams. Contrary to that belief, if semi-automatic weapons were banned, another thought is that, at least, the assailant would kill less people. Winkler continues, mass shootings aren’t the real problem, it’s gun violence like Chicago’s where assault weapons aren’t used.
Rebekah Metzler on NPR corrected the Romney comment that it is illegal in this country to have an automatic weapon. Metzler said:
VOXXI contends that undercutting the power of the NRA “will require a major public outcry that will make politicians realize that there is a political price to be paid for opposing gun control.” That is what we gun control advocates have been trying to accomplish for years. Maybe NY Mayor Bloomberg’s distress over the lack of attention to the issue in the debates and his subsequent super PAC to address gun control will finally provide the answer.
In closing, Stephen Manes in his Full Disclosure column commented on Scott McNealy’s statement, “He’s right on the facts, wrong on the attitude. … Instead of ‘getting over it’, citizens need to demand clear rules on privacy, security, and confidentiality.” I agree and I am sure Grant Hall would also agree.