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Midday open thread @ Dailykos…..

by kos

  • There are 26 days until the November 2 elections. Early voting is now taking place in AlaskaArizona,CaliforniaGeorgiaIndianaIowaMaineNew MexicoOhioSouth DakotaVermontWisconsin, and Wyoming.Virginia allows early absentee voting under certain circumstances — check here and see if you qualify.
  • Sarah Palin’s approval rating: 22 percent. I’d love for her to get the nomination, but she won’t run. She’s too lazy to do the work.She’ll just lead people on for as long as possible in order to stay relevant, on TV, and getting the big speaking gigs.
  • The American Taliban is losing the culture wars:

    Polls this year have found that more Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally than did so just last year. In two polls conducted over the past few months, based on interviews with more than 6,000 adults, 42% favor same-sex marriage while 48% are opposed. In polls conducted in 2009, 37% favored allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally and 54% were opposed. For the first time in 15 years of Pew Research Center polling, fewer than half oppose same-sex marriage.

    gay marriage trends

    That’s what progress looks like!

  • Lou Dobbs, hypocrite:

    In Lou Dobbs’s heyday at CNN, when he commanded more than 800,000 viewers and a reported $6 million a year for “his fearless reporting and commentary,” in the words of former CNN president Jonathan Klein, the host became notorious for his angry rants against “illegal aliens.” But Dobbs reserved a special venom for the employers who hire them, railing against “the employer who is so shamelessly exploiting the illegal alien and so shamelessly flouting US law” and even proposing, on one April 2006 show, that “illegal employers who hire illegal aliens” should face felony charges […]

    But with his relentless diatribes against “illegals” and their employers, Dobbs is casting stones from a house—make that an estate—of glass. Based on a yearlong investigation, including interviews with five immigrants who worked without papers on his properties, The Nation and the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute have found that Dobbs has relied for years on undocumented labor for the upkeep of his multimillion-dollar estates and the horses he keeps for his 22-year-old daughter, Hillary, a champion show jumper.

  • RNC pushes study that shows that Democrat’s tax plan isbetter for Americans than the Republican one.
  • CA-Sen: Crazy ass spending:

    New campaign finance reports show that Whitman has picked up the pace of her round-the-clock spending rate since her last filing and has now lavished a 24/7 average of nearly $10,000 an hour since announcing her candidacy in February 2009…….. More….


October 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Open thread, Politics, Updates | | Leave a comment

Marriage ‘gap’ narrows among white women regardless of education, report finds…….

You don’t have to tell about this…..

I have son’s….

They would never have gotten married without money….

As a matter of fact……

They aren’t in ANY hurry to get married……They ALL have college….

YOUNG people very seldom get married these days is correct….



A new report shows that the once-large marriage gap for white women turned around starting with a cohort of women who were born in the early 1970s. Those women, now ages 35 to 39, have been as likely to marry as those who did not graduate from college, according to the report by the Pew Research Center.

For both groups, an analysis of 2008 figures shows 84 percent had married at some point before age 40.

“It’s a historic reversal,” said Richard Fry, author of the study. “There was a time in the early 20th century when there was a huge marriage gap.”The finding, based on data from the Census Bureau, comes as part of a larger analysis that shows a closing of the college marriage gap overall. Now, across the population, the typical age of marriage is 28 for both those who complete higher education and those who don’t take that path or in some cases don’t finish.

But looking deeper at the trend, researchers found that much of this shift has been driven by a declining likelihood of marriage among men and women without college degrees.

“Young adults today believe you shouldn’t get married until you’re economically secure,” says Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins sociologist who studies marriage. “Until at least the young man has a steady job, the young adults won’t marry. Marriage becomes something you do after you get a decent job, not before.”


October 7, 2010 Posted by | Family, Men, Other Things, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

2012….Democrats…The party of Grass?

Democrats’ Secret Weapon in 2012: Marijuana?

The Wall Street Journal reports that Democratic strategists “are studying a California marijuana-legalization initiative to see if similar ballot measures could energize young, liberal voters in swing states for the 2012 presidential election.”

“Democratic strategists liken the marijuana effort to the 2004 ballot drives to ban gay marriage in Ohio and 10 other states. Whether those measures helped then-President George W. Bush win that year remains a point of debate, as turnout was high even in states without the issue on the ballot. But many conservatives say the measure drove thousands to the polls in Ohio, the election’s central battleground, where Mr. Bush won by just two percentage points, or about 118,000 votes.”

“Now, some Democratic strategists say marijuana legalization could do the same for their party.”


October 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Health, Media, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Rick Sanchez Finally Speaks Out!




Rick Sanchez Finally Speaks Out!

Ex-CNN anchor Rick Sanchez has broken his silence and released a public statement about the regrettable, uh, ethnic comments that led to his firing last week. It’s fairly restrained — not a single Jew joke or anything. Full text, below.

“Inartful.” They always use “inartful” in these things:

On October 4th, I had a very good conversation with Jon Stewart, and I had the opportunity to apologize for my inartful comments from last week. I sincerely extend this apology to anyone else whom I may have offended.

As Jon was kind enough to note in his show Monday night, I am very much opposed to hate and intolerance, in any form, and I have frequently spoken out against prejudice. Despite what my tired and mangled words may have implied, they were never intended to suggest any sort of narrow-mindedness and should never have been made……. More.


October 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

In foreclosure controversy, problems run deeper than flawed paperwork…….

I’ve been running this story over at Poilticaldog101.com….

It keeps getting bigger and bigger….

Banks and Mortgage companies …

Foreclosing on home’s with out checking paperwork…

The story gets worst everyday….

Millions of U.S. mortgages have been shuttled around the global financial system – sold and resold by firms – without the documents that traditionally prove who legally owns the loans.

Now, as many of these loans have fallen into default and banks have sought to seize homes, judges around the country have increasingly ruled that lenders had no right to foreclose, because they lacked clear title.

These fundamental concerns over ownership extend beyond those that surfaced over the past two weeks amid reports of fraudulent loan documents and corporate “robo-signers.”

The court decisions, should they continue to spread, could call into doubt the ownership of mortgages throughout the country, raising urgent challenges for both the real estate market and the wider financial system.

For struggling homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure, it could mean an opportunity to challenge the banks they argue have been unhelpful at best and deceptive at worst. But it also threatens to leave them in prolonged limbo, stuck in homes they still can’t afford and waiting for the foreclosure process to begin anew.

For big banks, “there’s a possible nightmare scenario here that no foreclosure is valid,” said Nancy Bush, a banking analyst from NAB Research. If millions of foreclosures past and present were invalidated because of the way the hurried securitization process muddied the chain of ownership, banks could face lawsuits from homeowners and from investors who bought stakes in the mortgage securities – an expensive and potentially crippling proposition.

For the fragile housing market, already clogged with foreclosure cases, it could mean gridlock and confusion for years. And there is concern in Washington that if the real estate market and financial institutions suffer harm, it could force the government to step in again. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday he is looking into the allegations of improper foreclosures, and Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), chairman of the Senate banking committee, said he plans to hold hearings on the issue.

At the core of the fights over the legal standing of banks in foreclosure cases is Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, based in Reston…..


October 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Home, Law, Media, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment