The Watering Hole, Monday, November 5th, 2012: Adelson’s “Newspaper”

In my post from Saturday, November 3rd, I promised (threatened?) forthcoming info regarding the view of our Presidential Election from overseas. So here’s a few recent articles – aka “newsletters” – from the Israel HaYom free daily newspaper**, owned by Mitt Romney’s biggest sugar-daddy, Sheldon Adelson:

November 2nd Newsletter: “Will Sandy save Obama?”
November 2nd Newsletter: “A stormy road to the White House – Uncle Sam’s Identity Crisis”
Another November 2nd Newsletter: “Where will the storm take voters?”
A third – and truly offensive – Newsletter/Opinion from November 2nd: “Obama’s ‘black power’ past and present”

Fourth: In this article from yesterday, it appears that there may not be any daylight between Bibi Netanyahu and President Obama, at least on one issue:

Two days after Abbas implied in a Channel 2 interview that he would be willing to abandon the demand for a Palestinian “right of return” in exchange for peace with Israel, Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting: “I saw the interview with Abbas over the weekend. I heard that he has since rescinded his remarks, but this proves how important it is to hold direct negotiations without preconditions.[Emphasis mine]

From the Fifth (and last) in the Israel HaYom’s election series: The following two (the only two) amusing excerpts from Boaz Bismuth’s “Two Days to Go”, reporting from Cambridge, Massachusetts, prefaced an article based mostly on the Obama “Messiah” myth:

“At least one thing is certain: The next American president will be a Harvard graduate. Out there, in the picturesque calm of the prestigious Ivy League institution…I watched the students passing in front of me and wondered whether any of them would choose to emulate the two famous alumni, Obama and Mitt Romney, and someday join the race to the White House.

“We’re not too excited by the fact that two of our alumni are running for president,” explains Sam, a business student. “Obama is a part of the ruling elite, just like Romney, and it is pretty clear that someone from the ruling elite will be sitting in the White House.”

I ask Sam to help me figure out the polls. “Look, it’s rather simple,” he says. “The people you see who are dressed up and wearing a tie, like me, will vote for Romney.”

“And what about the rest?” I ask.

“They’ll vote for Obama,” he replies.

“But I see very few ties,” I remark.

“It’s the weekend,” he explains.”

Bismuth’s next paragraph gave me a satisfying chuckle:

“Since Americans are unable to decipher the multitude of polls, Nate Silver has come to the rescue with his New York Times blog, FiveThirtyEight, named after the 538 electoral votes. Silver, 38, who accurately predicted the results in 48 states in the 2008 election, declares decisively: Obama is going to win on Tuesday. He projects that 300 electoral votes will go to Obama (30 more than he needs to win), and 50.5% of the popular vote. On the opposite side of the fence, senior Republican strategist Karl Rove predicts in the Wall Street Journal that Romney will win 279 electoral votes, making him the next president of the U.S.”

[Yeah, well we all know how Rovian Math worked out in 2008, right? It still brings me joy to remember the look on Karl’s face when, in the midst of his explanation of how, via Rovian Math, McCain could still win, Brit Hume next to him announced that Obama had won Ohio, and the election was over. Priceless.]

And just for fun (or at least a brief break from our election,) here’s a couple of IsraelHayom’s ‘newsletters’ regarding Iran:

From Friday, November 2nd: “Iran is near completing its nuclear activities in Fordo”; and today’s “Iran suspending uranium enrichment in effort to halt sanctions.”

**Check the ‘About Us‘ page’s claim that “… Israel Hayom has a 31.8 percent exposure rate, maintaining its position as the most read daily newspaper in Israel for the second year in a row.” I emailed a few of the above links to a Jewish co-worker, whose daughter has visited Israel several times and has close contacts there: her daughter had never heard of ‘Israel HaYom’, and was going to ask her Israeli friend about it. Haven’t heard anything yet, but IMO, this “newspaper” could be nothing more than one of those freebies you can grab on your way out of the grocery store. 🙂

This is our daily open thread–try to stay strong and sane!

235 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, November 5th, 2012: Adelson’s “Newspaper”

  1. What’s the worst thing that could happen if Romney is elected tomorrow?

    The world doesn’t come to an end according to the Mayan Calendar….

    • Four years later, the American people are facing 22% unemployment, the median wage has dropped to $22,000 per year, the sick yet uninsured die in droves.
      And the 1% now control 92% of the wealth. And the rednecks still blame the Democrats.

    • I’m actually more worried about the House and Senate and state races. If the religious zealots consolidate their control then we can look to, at least, another 4 years wasted on scientific/medical issues from climate change to drug resistant diseases. Our youth will be further turned away from critical thinking and tolerance. Wars and the rumor of wars will be the limit of our foreign policy. Potholes and collapsing bridges will just be a bonus.

  2. I had posted this late last night but I just need to vent. The good ol’ “librul media” here in Minnesota provides a perfect example of false equivilancy and how out editorial boards, being composed of corporatist and “good Christians”, are anything but liberal. They are also spineless.

  3. MSNBC Contributor Mark Halperin echoed Joe Scarborough’s speculation, saying, “There are plenty of Republicans close to the Romney campaign who are saying, ‘if we lose this, it’ll be because of the storm.’ We’ll never know.”

    Fine, the storm changed they dynamic. Since God controls the weather, it was divine intervention that tilted the election for Obama. Now STFU.

  4. How likely is another Bush v. Gore? Sam Wang runs the numbers:

    “Getting a popular vote and electoral vote mismatch can happen two ways: President Obama wins EV but not PV, or Romney does the same. These add up to 9%. This is a pretty low risk.

    He calculates “Romney’s chance of winning the popular vote at 6%, odds of 16-1 against.”

  5. Here’s why you trust Wikipedia at your own risk. For nearly a week, the Wiki page for Hurricane Sandy did not contain a single mention of climate change, thanks to Ken Mampel, an unemployed Floridian:

    “In an unpaid but frenzied fit of news consumption, editing, correction, aggregation, and citation, Mampel has established himself as by far the most active contributor to the Wikipedia page on Hurricane Sandy, with more than twice the number of edits as the next-most-active contributor at the time this article was written. And Mampel made sure that the Hurricane Sandy article, for four days after the hurricane made landfall in New Jersey, had no mention of “global warming” or “climate change” whatsoever. …

    Without my prompting, Ken mentioned that New York City’s Mayor Mike Bloomberg had endorsed Obama for president based on his handling of the hurricane. This is true, and Mampel planned to add this to the Wikipedia entry. “But I don’t believe that climate change bullcrap,” he said. Bloomberg had specifically mentioned climate change in his endorsement speech, but Mampel wouldn’t add that to the Wikipedia entry. That’s despite dozens of articles pointing out the connection–not a causation, necessarily, but certainly a connection worth exploring. I myself spoke to a hurricane expert about three hours before I spoke to Mampel who told me that the roughly two-degree increase in the water temperature in the Atlantic could have had a major effect on Hurricane Sandy’s strength in the northeast. Mampel doesn’t care. He wasn’t going to mention climate change.”

    • As an aside. Found my keyboard (musical). Dusted it off. Found the A/C adapter for it. My Satie music will arrive tomorrow. And I’ve already worked out the melody so I just need the chords. Don’t know why it’s never occurred to me before to take on this piece.

    • Hmm, that’s interesting because my sister broke one of my coffee cups yesterday and two days earlier I broke one also. I can’t say that either one was a favorite however, just unique individually, as members of my coffee cup collection. My coffee cup collection consists of cups I have received as gifts (Worlds Best Putter) and cups I purchased while visiting far away places (Praha). Both broken cups were gifts from people no longer in my life so the loss was not great emotionally, however…

      I’m trying to find meaning in this to spur me into action to divest myself of possessions I have no need for anymore. If I work really hard at ridding myself of this “junk” I’ll really need a shower!

  6. I literally started to tremble in shock when I read this. Posted on Fox. The irony meter vaporized itself, and I think my other brain functions had to go into shock to avoid reality collapsing in on itself.

    The worst media election since the last one | Fox News

    No matter which candidate wins Tuesday, it’s clear the media didn’t just cover this election, they shaped it. To paraphrase Dickens, it was the best of coverage and the worst of coverage.

    If you were President Obama, you got the best of coverage and photos of you with halos around your head. Your made-up autobiography and “composite” girlfriend were a blip in the news, your radical positions downplayed and the ongoing failures of your administration – economy, fast and furious, foreign policy in general – were all given short shrift in the major media.

    • Look at it this way – its a great sign – Fox is positioning the excuses for the next great round of the War on Truth. They think O is going to win.

      • Good point. Fox would love nothing more than to keep the “liberal media” lie alive to keep their viewers flocking to them. It’s not now, nor has it ever been about news. It’s about ratings (aka $$$).

    • Ummm, what about the stunning silence regarding WillardRat’s consistent and blatant facking lying non stop ???Faux???Nooze???

  7. McCain Strategist Admits Voter Fraud ‘Doesn’t Really Exist’ | ThinkProgress

    SCHIMDT: I think that one of the things you always want to be for whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, you want everyone who is eligible to vote to vote. That’s how you want to win elections. I think that all of this stuff that has transpired over the last two years is in search of a solution to a problem, voting fraud, that doesn’t really exist when you look deeply at the question. It’s part of the mythology now in the Republican Party that there’s widespread voter fraud across the country. In fact, there’s not. Both sides are lawyered up to the nth degree and they’ll all posture back and forth on it but it probably won’t come down to lawyers.

    • Wherein voter defranchisement is a reality, with laws passed to prevent a non existent problem from occurring, and preventing qualified voters from exercising their constitutional rights.

  8. Events conspired against me and I was forced to catch about a minute of Lush Rimjob today. His outrage was directed at “Obama and the Democrats want revenge against America” or some such crap. The kid who was listening to him, on his phone in the doctor’s waiting room, had at least three crosses on display and looked too young to vote. I think his mother might have noticed me clenching my fists and teeth and told him to turn it off.

  9. It’s a pretty close election here for the Senate seat to Replace Jon Kyl and up to now, there hasn’t been much besides negative ads being thrown Carmona’s way. But now it appears that Flake is engaging in Republican dirty tricks in the waning hours before election day.

  10. Word Salad Sarah:

    “…But I do believe that enough Americans have awakened and understand that it is time for a shift, a fundamental transformation not of our country but a transformation of what we perhaps had previously believed in, in the name of politics so that we can get America back on the right drag.”


  11. Yep. That’s how it works.

    Republican Tax Priorities –

    If Congressional Republicans get their way, expiring cuts in the estate tax for America’s wealthiest families will be extended in 2013. But under their cruel plan, enhancements to tax credits for low- and moderate-income working families, which are also set to expire at the end of the year, would end.

    Extending the estate tax cut would benefit the estates of the wealthiest 0.3 percent of Americans who die in 2013 — about 7,000 people. Ending the tax credits would hurt some 13 million working families, including nearly 26 million children, many of whom live at or near the poverty line.

  12. Looting by any other name is still looting. Looters should be shot.

    Hurricane Sandy Price Gouging: New York Attorney General Launches Price-Gouging Probe

    NEW YORK, Nov 5 (Reuters) – New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday launched an investigation into post-Sandy price gouging after receiving hundreds of complaints from consumers across the state. Schneiderman said his office has received complaints from consumers from areas of the state hit hardest when the massive storm struck one week ago – New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island. The largest number of complaints are related to increased gasoline prices, he said in a statement, but consumers also have reported possible gouging for emergency supplies like generators, hotels raising rates due to “high demand,” as well as increased prices for food and water.

  13. Just heard John McCain say members of the military are very irate over Benghazi. Yeah, what else do they have to worry about? He is such a dick.

  14. QOTD:

    “If we lose this election there is only one explanation — demographics. … If I hear anybody say it was because Romney wasn’t conservative enough I’m going to go nuts. We’re not losing 95 percent of African-Americans and two-thirds of Hispanics and voters under 30 because we’re not being hard-ass enough,” – Senator Lindsey “Butters” Graham.

    • I get scared when i sorta agree with a freak like Butters. Of cpourse, we would split when i tell him they are “losing” demographics because they are a bunch of fucking bigots, liars, and thieves.

    • A bit more in depth on the subject

      SACRAMENTO — Ending a mystery that captivated the run-up to Election Day, the Arizona group behind an anonymous $11 million donation revealed under court order today that the shadowy donation was laundered through two groups, including one tied to David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who have played a huge role in spreading anonymous political cash around the country.

      • Hard to imagine billionaires being involved in anything illegal or even slightly shady. I mean, they have lots of money so they can already buy everything they need. Someone must be mistaken. I mean the Koch Brothers are surely honorable, right? Totally honorable? Not a dishonest bone or even urge in their bodies, right?

  15. 30 minutes at lunch and 7 PAC ads for RMoney, Zero ads for Obama….crossroads GPS and others are blasting away at New Mexico

    so much for my appetite..

    • It will return after tomorrow, fatherbob!

      Fired up. Ready to Go!

      Was the cry heard 4 years ago as, then Senator Obama, went to a small town with twenty attending…they had loud voices and were

      Fired up. Ready to go!

    • This is a real oddball to me. Reid probably knew this in enough detail. So why then did he not push the story out when the pressure on the tax return was highest?

      That it only came out this last few days means the cycle has already passed and this will have no impact…..

      I mean its simple enough even for those people at the Kettering rally last week: Mitt paid no domestic taxes because he borrowed the tax credit of the Mormon church and screwed them out their donation in the process sure its legal, but do you want someone who screws their church to be President?

      I don’t get the timing of this that’s all.

      • Well? You have one network saying that all the other networks are “in the tank for Obama” so those other networks hesitate to report anything bad about Mittens so that the first network won’t say they are “in the tank for Obama”.

  16. My plans for tomorrow. Go to work, make someone happy, watch the elections coverage on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Comment here.

  17. Ok, the signs are pointing the right way – Rove is getting his phone call excuses with all those Kochsuckers who gave him $10s of millions to deep-six Obama, Fox News is blaming Sandy already …. the rot from the first debate finally reached high tide and started to go down. Gekko’s travels and body langauge and last-minute lies smell like decay….

    …. but… 8 years ago tomorrow I tramped all over Mountlake Terrace in the pouring rain for 10 hours in the John Kerry GOTV effort. When the three of us in my team sat down for pizza and beer at 4pm before our last stint, everything pointed his way – including thre exit polls in Ohio ….

    …. and yet ….

    Joseph Stalin’s ghost may yet stir. “It’s not who votes that counts, but who counts the votes.”

    • My son was actually employed to do that here in Portland, turtle, and it was a shattering blow to him and his friends to put in so many hours and to lose the election. It took him awhile to learn that lesson.

  18. Do. Not. Ask. Willard. About. Mormonism.

    It’s the only consistent thing in his entire life, apart from his hair. But he won’t talk about it and gets angry when pushed to explain what he believes, what secret rites he has performed in, what he believes about the Second Coming in Missouri, etc, etc. When your running mate is touting his pocket rosary, and when your party believes there is no distinction between religion and politics, then why is Romney so livid and touchy? Watch ‘His Touchiness’:

    • But he would be the first ‘ordained minister of a “church”‘, the equivalent to an Archbishop… to be a SPOTUS …. your self-delusion about your sky-fairy is very relevant to the politics of the election, Mr Gekko.

  19. Before I get any sillier, I’ll go up to Griffindor Tower to my four poster and stupefy myself.
    Good Night! See you all tomorrow for celebrations.

    • I had a conversation with some friends (who are Republican, but refuse to admit it – which is just so Republican in and of itself) about this voter ID law. “I don’t have a problem with it.” and “why not” were the arguments they cast in favor of it.

      I tried, in vain, to talk about the disenfranchisement, but them being Republicans they don’t have much empathy for others.

      I left them with “You can’t really decide a change to the constitution with a mere ‘I’m okay with it.’ You really have to ask yourself is it the right thing for all of us.”

      I doubt I swayed them; as they are Republicans new information tends to not override their strongly held (and little thought out) convictions.

  20. Willard is the jilted lover:

    BOSTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was effusive in his praise of President Barack Obama when the two leaders toured damage from Hurricane Sandy last week, turned down a request by Mitt Romney to appear with him at a rally on Sunday night in Pennsylvania, The Huffington Post has learned.

    Christie’s decision will only add to questions among Republicans about what the governor — who is up for reelection a year from now — is thinking, and why he went out of his way to heap praise on the president, and then refused to appear with Romney.

    The Romney rally was held at a farm in Morrisville, Pa., not more than 20 minutes from Trenton, the New Jersey capital. The physical proximity of the event to New Jersey only added to questions in the Romney campaign about why Christie chose not to come.

    • Gee! Maybe Christie will prove to be the one who tries to walk the GOP back from the brink of madness? Arlen Specter got tossed under the bus when he tried. T-Paw went for the full reverse of any moderate thoughts he may have had in an effort to court the nutbags. (Much like Mittens but with almost no success.)

      At the very least I will, for today, give the Governor the benefit of the doubt and assume that he realized the life and well being of his constituents is his first responsibility even if his motives are subsequently proved to be more base. If he faces off against the inevitable and continuing condemnation from the GOP Powers? I will consider moving him into the “neutral” column and refrain from bashing him for party affiliation.

  21. My earlier quip has evolved into a stand alone joke my friends seem to enjoy.

    President Obama’s reelection will create jobs before midnight tomorrow. Ann will be so pissed she’ll have to hire someone to kick her servants.

    • I think disappointed wingnuts will have to keep beating that drum until someone informs them what their next scripted outrage should be,

  22. I am working at my local polling precinct tomorrow. I doubt there will be many problems at my polling place because I live in a suburb that tends to vote Republican. But you never know.

    I received some good natured ribbing about being a Democrat. And I told them it was even worse than that… that I was a liberal.

    But I have hope that my new district will turn blue. I do have hope that Obama will be elected tomorrow. I pray that Obama wins tomorrow and I don’t pray to anyone anymore.

    I still have hope… that those who think that it is “their turn” find out that it is not.

    • My biggest fear is voter suppression and outright fraud. That’s the wild card. And, being the eternal optimist at least one day a week, I’m not sure the nation will allow it to happen again.

    • No matter who, how, or what we pray to, when we pray to keep moving in the right direction we’re praying for each other. I think that’s a good thing.
      I hope your day at the polls is uneventful. I’m doing the same thing and am told there could be crazies with bags of plastic fetus parts.

  23. That was fun!

    Some jackass from “Minnesota Republicans for Change” (Ironic, no?) rang my intercom. Since I’m on top of my game tonight I told him to read the “No Soliciting” sign next to the intercom panel while I called the superintendent and I would be right down to talk to him. Then I watched a car pull away after about 10 seconds.

    My buddy, Terry, said I should have told him to wait because I hadn’t made a GOoPer cry all day but I think mine was better.

  24. Gordon Gekko lying to the last breath in Columbus tonight:

    1. Gas prices double – check
    2. $700b out of medicare – check
    3. Doubled the deficit – check
    4. Obamacare the job killer – check…

    And Erin Burnett, Out Front giving Marc Rubio a BJ to round it off…..

  25. I do have a concern though… I asked for an early ballot this year for the first time because the ballot was so long. (I like voting at the polls). But my name wasn’t on the list to be amended as to not vote at the polling place. I turned in my ballot last week. Now I worry that my vote won’t count.

    • This is the sort of thing that makes me realize that my much-beloved sister has a giant flaw in her character. And I’m sure she’d say the same about me. *sigh*

  26. Just stopping in to say that we finally have power. It happened about 2 hours ago. The problem was three poles had popped fuzes, bing, bang, and boom. The power company came by last Wednesday and fixed bang but neglected to fix bing and boom. Tonight, they finally fixed the last two.

    • One of the many faults of authoritarians is that they deeply believe that “one of them” isn’t guilty until he/she confesses. And then, assuming they are fundies, they think that forgiven means FORGIVEN.

        • Dad was strongly in that camp but he mellowed in his old age. Or it might have been the morphine. Although, he did turn on the GOP after Watergate and voted for Carter but the “librul media” convinced him it was an error. I like to think he would have seen through Bushco but it would have been a close run thing.

    • Soo…… the Judeo-Christian sky-wizard suposedly instructed some of his minions to consider life starting at conception and some of the other ones that it starts when the baby’s head crowns…… bit of a c*** that sky-wizard isn’t he?

    • Assuming that Hell on Earth doesn’t arrive; the best part will be watching the freaks at FAUX”News” and hate radio carving Mittens into small, bite-sized, chunks and throwing the spare bits on the fire.

      • I doubt they’d expend the energy to light a fire…just toss him, whole or in part, under the bus.

        Can’t wait for the End of the beady-eyed rat-bastard.

  27. I’m struggling to sit in the same room as a TV with Piers Morgan on – more Republican ‘strategists’ lying their asses off and spewing with empty talking points …. f*** me, but I despise these people.

  28. From the state of Oregon, and others on the left coast, as you know, we vote by mail, and don’t get the Tuesday buzz. So to my fellow citizens who have to go thru the drudgery of standing in lines, many for hours, my respect for you is beyond words. FIRE IT UP!!

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