November 6th, 2012

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Election 2012: Information and Discussion Post



IT'S ELECTION DAY!!!!!

WE MADE IT THROUGH THE WILDERNESS
SOMEHOW WE MADE IT THROUGH-OH OHHHHH
DIDN'T KNOW HOW MUCH I CARED
UNTIL IT WAS DOWN TO TWOOOOOO (States that is - Ohio and Florida, lbr)


Our live, updated, borrowed from CNN/MSNBC/C-SPAN coverage won't begin until 6pm EST (you know-when I get home from my jerb) but use this post to discuss early exit polls, Get Out the Vote efforts and where you can be helping out either campaign (lol) today.

It's almost over everyone :)

One last thing, decisions are made by those who show up. Show up.
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The Aussie system gets my vote

Dear Australian Electoral Commission,

This is just a little note to thank you for being the way you are. And an apology for taking you for granted all this time. Like many millions of Australians, I'm guilty of thinking you a little fusty, with your anally retentive rules and your little cardboard demountable booths.

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Outrage in Bedfordshire as Nadine Dorries swaps Commons for 'I'm A Celebrity'

Tory MP Nadine Dorries is facing a barrage of criticism after heading to Australia for up to a month to take part in reality TV show I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here.

The 55-year-old, who represents Mid Bedfordshire, will face eating bugs and offal as the first serving MP to take part in the programme.

But her stint in the jungle means she is likely to miss an EU budget vote and could potentially be away for Chancellor George Osborne's UK mini-budget.

Dorries, who earns more than £65,000 as an MP, has flown out to Brisbane to prepare for the show. She also stands to pick up a fee for appearing on the programme.

She justified her decision to take part, telling The Sun: "I'm doing the show because 16 million people watch it. If people are watching I'm A Celebrity, that is where MPs should be going.

"I'm not going in there to upset people, but I have opinions."


An ITV spokeswoman declined to comment on Dorries's inclusion in the show. She said: "ITV have not announced the line up for I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here."

Dorries is already facing criticism for skipping her parliamentary duties.

Former Conservative MP Harry Greenway said: "This is outrageous. Her local constituency party should think very deeply as to whether she is putting them first or not.

"She is certainly making a very good case out for herself to be dumped as a candidate at the next election.

"Whatever fee she receives should go to charity, because her parliamentary pay won't stop during her absence,"
he added.

Ex-MP Louise Mensch, who gave up her Corby seat in August to live with her husband in America, said in a message on Twitter: "Nothing sadder than a politician, or ex-politician, on any of those shows.

"Just imagining the scene in the whips' office if I said I wanted to skip Parliament for weeks to go on a celebrity TV show."

Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "While she is being a Z-list celebrity, her constituents will be without an MP.

"There is serious work to do in Westminster which can make a real difference to the lives of her constituents. If she does not want that job she should get out of the way for someone who does."

The ITV1 series returns to screens on Sunday as the latest intake of contestants are seen entering the jungle camp.

Other figures expected to take part in this year's show include actress Linda Robson and ex-Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan, who played Rosie Webster. Darts player Eric Bristow is also said to be taking part.

In past years contestants have been asked to eat an array of stomach-churning meals as part of the regular "bushtucker trials". These have included crocodile penis, camel's toe, pig's anus and kangaroo testicles.

Contestants have also had to wade through gunge-filled tanks and been covered in insects, spiders and rats.

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Okay she shouldn't be doing it instead of her actual job, but on the other hand I can't help but smile at the thought of this vile woman being humiliated on TV, especially if it costs her her seat.

TW tales square
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Occupy Sandy Emerges As Relief Organization For 21st Century, Mastering Social Networks

As local leaders and citizens complain of FEMA and the Red Cross and general government absences in their own neighborhoods, independent and local volunteer relief organizations have sprung up in droves, organized almost entirely through word of mouth and extensive social media campaigns.

Last week, The Huffington Post spoke with many crowdfunding and philanthropy experts who warned of the traps of social media (a "retweet" is not the same as real action, suggested Robert Wolfe, the co-founder of social media funding platform Crowdrise). But now, almost week later, social media has largely been the key link between those looking to help and the tangible work to be done.


And Occupy Sandy, an off-shoot of Occupy Wall Street, has undoubtedly been a leader in spreading the word about local volunteer and donation efforts online, and thereby spurring real, tangible responses. Though certainly not a well-oiled machine by any means -- seamless organization is hardly expected, anyway, in a movement that sprang up so quickly -- the group's Twitter and Facebook accounts have posted up-to-date information about exactly what is needed and where. And while the Red Cross doesn't take donations of individual household items and certain bare necessities, these very same needs have become Occupy Sandy's primary focus.


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An interesting look at another side to the Occupy movement. Also if I keep focused on all the douchebaggery happening with voter suppression, my head will explode. 
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Case in NV asks who is to decide fate of disabled 32-year old's pregnancy

BY ED VOGEL
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU
Posted: Nov. 5, 2012 | 6:21 p.m.


CARSON CITY - District Judge Egan Walker can hold a hearing this morning into the health risks of the pregnancy of 32-year-old Elizabeth "Elisa" Bauer.

The Nevada Supreme Court made no decision Monday on a request to block the Reno judge from holding hearings at which he could order a mentally challenged woman to have an abortion.

He also plans to hold a hearing Thursday on Bauer's mental capacity. Her Catholic parents oppose abortion.

After Bauer's parents requested Friday that the justices prevent any more hearings, the judge filed documents Saturday with the Supreme Court stating that "because of the inexorable pace of biology, inaction was tantamount to action."

Justices rarely intercede in matters still in District Court.

If Walker orders an abortion, Bauer's attorneys will appeal immediately to the Supreme Court, they said Friday.

Bauer's parents, Amy and William Bauer, who adopted her in 1992, were appointed as her legal guardians when she turned 18. She has the mental and social capacity of a 6-year-old and is an epileptic who suffers from seizures and has been living in a group home.

Bauer is in the 12th week of pregnancy. The father is unknown.

Bauer is thought to have wandered away from the group home, prostituted herself at a truck stop and become pregnant during one of those encounters.

The Washoe County Department of Social Services notified Walker about the pregnancy but in an Oct. 4 report stated that officials were not considering abortion as an option.

At a status conference a few days later, medical authorities said there was a health risk to the fetus because of the medications Bauer had been taking. According to the letter, she also has concerns about continuing the pregnancy.

The parents say that under the state guardianship law, only they, not Walker, are permitted to make determinations about Bauer's health. They also have complained that Walker refused to allow them to pull Bauer out of the group home and allow them to care for her in their home.

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Grading Obama On Men’s and Boys’ Issues


The deplorable sexism of the Obama administration is one of the many reasons I will be shuddering as I reluctantly vote for Obama this year. This report card explains my reluctance very well.

As disheartening as that is, however, there is no reason to believe that anything will be different under a theoretical Romney Administration. Sexist laws on domestic violence and sexual violence based on the man-hating, woman-infantalizing, and just plain wrong notion that violence and sexual assault are things men to do women, rather than something people do to each other, probably cause the most suffering. But there’s also:

* The lack of reproductive freedom for men and boys

* The debtor’s prisons now swelling with men who can’t (I didn’t say wouldn’t, I said can’t) pay their alimony and child support and can’t get it modified to something humane

* Our widespread cultural acceptance of genital mutilation (warning: Not Safe For Work, but subscribe to Typhonblue’s channel here, she’s funny and thoughtful and incredibly well-informed)

* Our lack of action by the law against that insidious form of child abuse called parental alienation (which, like most forms of child abuse, is more frequently committed by women than men)

* The unconscionable arrest, prosecution, and sentencing discount for women at the expense of men in criminal matters


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Brb. Laying on my face forever.
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Voting Machine Changing Barack Obama votes to Mitt Romney's

A Pennsylvania voting machine has been removed after it was found turning votes for President Obama into a vote for Romney. Internet user, centralpavote, recorded the malfunction on his smartphone and uploaded the video to popular content aggregator, Reddit.com. The posting shot to instant fame (with 4800 ‘up votes’ on Reddit as of the time of this writing), and MSNBC confirms that the machine has since been taken out of service.

It’s not clear from the video if this was a hacking attempt, or a simple software error. On the electronic ballot, Obama’s name is right next to Mitt Romney’s, and and screen might just be misreading where the finger is touching by about an inch. Either way, the malfunction is troubling:
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Good news from Spain!

Gay marriage in Spain affirmed by top court, justices reject appeal to knock down 2005 law
By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 12:28 PM

MADRID — Spain’s Constitutional Court upheld the legality of the country’s gay marriage law on Tuesday, rejecting an appeal contending that marriage in the Spanish constitution means only the union of a man and woman.

The county’s top court voted 8-3 to dismiss the appeal of the conservative Popular Party filed shortly after Spain became the world’s third country to approve gay marriage.
Spain’s Parliament passed the gay marriage law in 2005 when it was Socialist-controlled, with Popular Party deputies opposed. The Popular Party took power late last year after the Socialists were ousted over their handling of the economy.

The gay marriage law angered the predominant Roman Catholic Church but opinion surveys showed most Spaniards backed it. Belgium and the Netherlands approved gay marriage laws before Spain.

More than 22,000 gay marriages have taken place in Spain.

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I needed a bit of good news. Thanks, Spain.
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CALLED STATES:
Governor Mitt Romney Total:
203 Electoral Votes
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming


President Barack Obama Total: 250 Electoral Votes
California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin
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