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bito On October - 26 - 2010

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From high atop the PlanetPov tower, in our spacious offices, a call went out from “The Publisher” to find the news on the 2010 midterm elections that isn’t being reported by the “Big Boys.”

So in order to keep our cushy jobs, we decided to put out a call to all the intrepid and unpaid “staff” to post all the news that is in their home states and districts that isn’t being reported.

We need a final effort to GOTV and spread some sanity to the voters.  You know what and how, so let’s begin and post away.

Links, videos, articles, op-eds and your opinions and observations are all needed in these final days.

FaceBook, twitter and email any or all of the comments.

Again, this would be a good time for us to use the resources we have here on The PlanetPov



And these great thanks to PatsyT



This is a really good one for “Maping relationships among people and organizations” from BDM







Categories: Featured, News & Politics

Written by bito

Was once a handsome frog until kissed by an ugly corporate princess.----- Like a well honed knife, the internet can be a wonderful and useful tool. It can be used to prepare and serve a delicious meal or it can be used to cause harm. peace

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  1. boomer1949 says:

    Here’s just a short list of some of the bills that Republicans have blocked, or attempted to block, since Obama became President:

    Tax on Companies that ship jobs overseas- A bill that would have eliminated a tax break that companies get when they ship jobs overseas. Republicans blocked this, allowing companies to keep the tax break they receive when they ship jobs to other countries.

    Political Ad disclosure bill- Would have required all donors to political campaigns to reveal themselves. Republicans blocked this, not once but twice.

    Subpoena Power for the Committee investigating the BP Oil Spill

  2. kesmarn says:

    Joe Biden, Halloween night at the Union Hall, talking to NW Ohio working class people:

    :…if you don’t want horror night to come every single day, you better get your rear end out there to vote. Freddy Krueger is trying to come back.”

    😆 😆 😆

    • bitohistory says:

      Gotta love Joe. He can be quite a plain-spoken guy.
      This is a perplexing poll. If true, why vote Republican-Teaparty?
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      Majority of Public Supports Health Care Reform

      • kesmarn says:

        I’m beginning to think that people are waiting to vote for the party that will give them complete cradle to grave health, prescription, vision and dental coverage while lowering their taxes to zero, providing jobs for all (that pay a minimum of $25/hr for work that can be done by a high school dropout, while seated), not to mention a 24 hour work week and three or four ponies per person, b’ito.

  3. PatsyT says:

    I can see a major BOYCOTT movement of the products and services from corporations that take part in this toxic political charade…..

    The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision could turn businesses into mini political parties, something that businesses themselves don’t want, said experts at a Washington economic development panel.

    The Supreme Court brought down Citizens United in January of this year, effectively overturning a century of campaign finance laws and allowing unlimited, secret spending by special interest groups. That seemed like good news for special interest groups and corporations seeking friendly policies in Washington.

    But according to a poll (PDF) conducted by the Committee for Economic Development, a majority of business owners don’t look forward to spending ever-increasing amounts of money on elections in order to have their interests represented in Washington. And some feel that the blending of business and politics under the new regime will undermine both businesses and lawmaking.

    Sixty-one of the business leaders surveyed by the CED said they felt pressured to contribute to political efforts, the survey stated.


    • kesmarn says:

      Could there be a happy little cloud in the silver lining that is Citizen’s United, Patsy? 😉 I hope so. If there’s one thing businesses don’t like it’s spending money for what turns out to be — in the final analysis — “air.” How tragic if all the $$$ that could be spend on executive bonuses and perks ends up in the pockets of PACs, ad agencies and media chains! Maybe they shoulda thought about that before this…..!

      And speaking of boycotts — I saw your earlier note on boycotting ABC if they go ahead with plans to get Andrew Breitbart on board as an analyst. I hope that’s one idea that catches on fast!

      • PatsyT says:

        With all the mystery $$$ that is being spent they could have….
        Bought their own private island….
        Hired their own personal security army for such island….
        Done some uber cool space travel with the cast of Dancing With the Stars….
        Made a James Bond Film and stared in it…..
        Taken over some small countries…..
        Bought a cable channel or two…..
        Purchased mining rights of the moon…..
        Had dinner with Sarah Palin….
        Gotten a few Universities to change their names…. to
        BP University….or ….Koch College …

        But heaven forbid they spend any of that cash on creating jobs
        or R&D of clean American energy!

  4. bitohistory says:

    Progress is Progressive--and it takes time.

    Unsafe at Any Rate

    If it’s good enough for microwaves, it’s good enough for mortgages. Why we need a Financial Product Safety Commission.
    by Elizabeth Warren

    I t is impossible to buy a toaster that has a one-in-five chance of bursting into flames and burning down your house. But it is possible to refinance an existing home with a mortgage that has the same one-in-five chance of putting the family out on the street

  5. bitohistory says:


  6. bitohistory says:

    PLEASE SIGN!!! This is an important CREDO Action Alert:

    Subject: Tell ABC News: Don’t give race-baiter Andrew Breitbart a platform to spread his lies.
    Dear Friend,

    One of the most precious assets of a news organization is its credibility.

    So it’s appalling that ABC News’ election night coverage will include notorious propagandist and serial race-baiter Andrew Breitbart, who only months ago was publicly disgraced for falsely smearing Shirley Sherrod.

    There are plenty of other conservatives who ABC News could turn to for analysis or commentary. By inviting someone like Breitbart to participate, ABC News is not only calling its own credibility into question, it is also serving to rehabilitate the credibility of Andrew Breitbart and legitimate more of his race-baiting lies.

    I just told ABC News: Don’t give Andrew Breitbart a platform to spread his lies.

    I hope you do too. It’s easy to take action at the link below.


    • bitohistory says:

      URGENT: Make a call today to stop ABC from giving a platform to a race-baiting liar.

      Tell ABC News/Disney to rescind its invitation to Andrew Breitbart to participate in its Election Day coverage. Allowing Breitbart to participate would not only call ABC News’ credibility into question, it would also serve to rehabilitate Breitbart’s credibility and legitimate more of his race-baiting lies.


      ABC is now saying “He is ONLY going to be on our online discussion.” Breitbart says he is going to be on the air.
      I say his tactics are not welcome.

    • boomer1949 says:

      Done bito…

    • kesmarn says:

      Done, b’ito! I included a strongly worded personal note (of the “What were you thinking????” variety), too. I will totally boycott ABC if Breitbart is on for as much as 10 seconds.

      • PatsyT says:

        Hey Kes, I signed this morning and sent along a little note…
        also with the boycott theme!
        Lets see how long it takes someone to put a facebook boycott together.

      • bitohistory says:

        Thanks, k’es, I hadn’t heard about him being on until I got it in the mail. It is beyond belief that they would have the race-baiter on as an “expert.”
        (don’t forget… he is a Puff-Ho co founder)

        • kesmarn says:

          I can’t even think of anyone on the left who compares to him, b’ito. But I have a strong suspicion that, if there were such a character on the left, he/she would never be given this much credibility.

          Totally O/T, but I got home late enough to miss the whole first part of Sherlock Holmes on PBS…have no idea what’s going on, but I’ll try to catch up… Not easy with this show…fast!

  7. PatsyT says:

    This feels good….

  8. javaz says:

    The corporate media are just so certain that the Republicans are going to take it back.

    I don’t know what to believe anymore.


    • caleb36 says:

      I may be unreasonably optimistic, but I believe Democratic losses will be held to a minimum on Tuesday. The Tea Party wackos just can’t be acceptable to most voters, and I believe the major pollsters are corrupt (as everything seems to be these days) and skewing their results in a Republican direction to discourage Democrats from voting. In Illinois, incumbent Democratic Governor Pat Quinn was significantly behind during this entire election season, but his internal polls now show him ahead.

      • AdLib says:

        First, welcome to The Planet, Caleb36.

        I agree, I don’t think it will be the numeric landslide the GOP and MSM have been cheerleading for all season.

        The Reoubs will likely take the House but even the races they win, I think the margins will not be huge.

        I just saw a news article, the GOP is of course already spinning that the elelection will be a repudiation of Obama and that he better get the message and fall in line with what the Repubs want.

        The truth is, polls show the Repubs with higher unfavorables than Dems so though they may truly believe this election is a mandate for them to lead us back to the Bush days, they will not be supported by the majority of Americans to do so and the Dems and Pres. Obama better understand this and stand even stronger against the Repubs’ pro-corporate agenda.

  9. Kalima says:

    There goes the country under “fiscal” conservative rule. Everything Obama wants to do for the good of the country must be payed for, tax breaks for the rich, well….. HELL NO!


    • bitohistory says:

      Seems one of the deciders in the elections is “The Bush Taxcuts, yet so few people even know how few the top cuts would even effect.

      For example, in a recent posting, Larry Bartels related survey evidence showing that there is a wide gap in voter enthusiasm between voters that favor renewing the Bush Tax Cuts and those that favor letting the tax cuts expire.

      What’s amazing about the magic number of $250,000 is that, based on responses to a recent YouGov/Polimetrix poll, by and large, Americans have a very distorted view of how many people make that much money.

      The actual number, nationwide is somewhere less than 3% of families earn more than $250,000 a year. What did the survey respondents say when asked this question? The average response was close to 17%! -- meaning your typical survey respondent thinks that almost 1 in 5 families in America earn that kind of money, when the answer is closer to 1 in 50!

      However, there does seem to be some political consequence: in statistical analysis that controls for other influences, among Independent voters, the more distorted their view of how many people make more than $250,000, the lower their opinion of President Obama and the more likely they are to say they will vote for a Republican for Congress next week. So, a person that says 20% of people make $250,000 is more likely to vote Republican than a person that says 5% of people make $250,000.

      Know anybody making $250,000?

      The perception of the estate tax is even worse!

  10. Khirad says:

    “Significantly, SurveyUSA included cellphones in their sample for the first time, and found Mr. Kitzhaber 15 points ahead among that demographic (versus 4 points ahead among landline users). It also found Mr. Kitzhaber leading among those who have already voted.

    Still, given that there is some evidence of both a cellphone effect and a

    • bitohistory says:

      I don’t know how a candidate like Kelly can even be this close. Talk about voting against ones self interests.

      • Khirad says:

        I remember when the GOP abandoned Randy Graf. That was back when they still had shame, apparently.

        • bitohistory says:

          To think, Graf was considered too extreme. He is almost moderate, comparatively speaking. What is the story on Kelly’s military records? Anything or just that he won’t release them?

          • Khirad says:

            I don’t know, we jumped too soon on Jan’s GED story, but I hear the same kind of thing rumored about his military service.

            It’s kinda weird, that he makes so much of being a Marine, but is hiding it. Then again, it’s none of our business, I guess.

            Bottom line is that Giffords is on the Armed Services Committee, helps disabled vets, is married to a sailor (and elitist astronaut) and has gotten several veteran’s endorsements.


  11. Khirad says:

    I’m still worried about this one, but this is still interesting to consider.

    Fox News Prepares Audience for Sharron Angle’s Defeat

  12. bitohistory says:

    Why is this made to sound like bad news? The economy was shrinking before President Obama and it has grown every quarter since he has taken office. Any mention of that?

    Economy grows at slightly faster pace in Q3

    The government’s latest reading on economic growth offers little benefit to Democrats who face deep losses in Tuesday’s elections.

    The economy grew slightly faster last summer as Americans spent a little more

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