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Go outside and take a look at Jupiter and the Moon tonight

Here is what they looked like from our deck in Chapel Hill a couple of hours ago.


One more Dem will be returning to Congress from NC after barely squeaking by

the Republican attempt to re-district him out of office.

Two tensely watched political races got a little closer to the finish line Friday night. Results show that Democrat Mike McIntyre will return for a ninth term in Congress, barring a recount that changes the outcome.


Complete, unofficial results show McIntyre defeated Rouzer by 655 votes out of more than 336,000 cast in 12 counties, including Johnston, Brunswick, Cumberland and New Hanover.

The margin is within the 1 percent needed for Rouzer to ask for a recount. Election results become official when the State Board of Elections certifies them.


Both Rouzer and McIntyre have been in Washington, D.C., this week. McIntyre’s camp said he was returning to work. Rouzer was taking part in congressional orientation and was part of a photo shoot for congressional freshmen.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/16/2488787/mcintyre-declares-victory-as-final.html#storylink=cpy

NC Vote breakout by county--November 6, 2012

For those interested in how the election went down in NC, the News & Observer published some detailed maps--by county--
for the election results.


And if you want to check the actual votes by county, go to the NC BoE website and click map


Obama wins Florida!

Final Electoral count: 332 for Obama 206 for Romney

Popular vote

Barack Obama Obama 61,206,825
Mitt Romney Romney 58,193,424


Rover gets it! He's a dog against Romney!


From Red and Rover: http://www.gocomics.com/redandrover

If you haven't seen Dogs Against Romney...check it out here:


and on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DogsAgainstRomney?ref=ts&fref=ts

And the family political feuding heats up...check this

My nephew posted this photo of his 3 1/2 month old son on fb saying it needed no caption.
I posted that was what my great nephew thought of Hurricane Sandy (this was last Monday night)


Some of you may know I blocked my sister-in-law's e-mails in 2008 because I got really fed
up with the right wing BS she'd send around--not fact checked--and even said once she
didn't care about history or facts, she just agreed with a (bigoted) opinion. Well, we made up
to the point that I, with reservations, responded to a friend request on fb a couple years ago.
It didn't take her long and I un-friended her and re-blocked her e-mails. She is the baby's grandmother.

So, just now her sister put up--wait for it--" My sentiments exactly (baby's name),if Obama wins again !!!!!!

OMG! I'm waiting to see whether my nephew will take her post down, respond to it, or just leave it alone.
He is a Democrat (both his parents are Republicans).

This woman--little Mrs. Christian--read Corinthians 13 at my niece's wedding (aunt of the baby) this summer.

How is it that these professed "Christians" can be so dense? So hypocritical? Love...my a$$...unless it's someone who
looks a little different than you.

Wow. I'm floored.

Anyone else with a story to share?

Early voting turnout in North Carolina EXCEEDS 2008!

People were standing in line Saturday--last day of early voting--in the Triangle area for 2 hours or more to vote.

"Before early voting ended Saturday, it had broken turnout records. More than 2.7 million people had voted at one-stop sites or by mail, topping the 2.6 million who had done the same in 2008."

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/03/2460583/27-million.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy

From 5 PM update yesterday of the NC Board of Elections website:

2,706,836 have voted

1,289,035 Registered Dems have voted

854,035 Registered Repubs have voted

435,000 MORE DEMS have voted than Repubs

1,578,665 Remaining Registered Dems yet to vote

1,196,985 Remaining Registered Repubs yet to vote

DEMS HOLD MARGIN over Repubs of 381,680 MORE voters remaining eligible to vote


There actually is an abortion ritual in the Old Testament.

Fundies and right wingers go NUTS when you mention it and say, oh, no, it's the test for an adulterous wife. Yeah, but the point is that IF the wife has been unfaithful and is subjected to the priest's ritual then the 'test' causes an abortion. Guess what? Then the husband isn't responsible for raising a child conceived in adultery. Pretty nice little test, huh? Fundies go NUTS, absolutely NUTS when you show them this passage.

Numbers 5:11-31

New International Version (NIV)
The Test for an Unfaithful Wife

11 Then the Lord said to Moses, 12 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him 13 so that another man has sexual relations with her, and this is hidden from her husband and her impurity is undetected (since there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act), 14 and if feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure—or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure— 15 then he is to take his wife to the priest. He must also take an offering of a tenth of an ephah[a] of barley flour on her behalf. He must not pour olive oil on it or put incense on it, because it is a grain offering for jealousy, a reminder-offering to draw attention to wrongdoing.

16 “‘The priest shall bring her and have her stand before the Lord. 17 Then he shall take some holy water in a clay jar and put some dust from the tabernacle floor into the water. 18 After the priest has had the woman stand before the Lord, he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder-offering, the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse. 19 Then the priest shall put the woman under oath and say to her, “If no other man has had sexual relations with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you. 20 But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have made yourself impure by having sexual relations with a man other than your husband”— 21 here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell. 22 May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.”

“‘Then the woman is to say, “Amen. So be it.”

23 “‘The priest is to write these curses on a scroll and then wash them off into the bitter water. 24 He shall make the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and this water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering will enter her. 25 The priest is to take from her hands the grain offering for jealousy, wave it before the Lord and bring it to the altar. 26 The priest is then to take a handful of the grain offering as a memorial[c] offering and burn it on the altar; after that, he is to have the woman drink the water. 27 If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse. 28 If, however, the woman has not made herself impure, but is clean, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children.

29 “‘This, then, is the law of jealousy when a woman goes astray and makes herself impure while married to her husband, 30 or when feelings of jealousy come over a man because he suspects his wife. The priest is to have her stand before the Lord and is to apply this entire law to her. 31 The husband will be innocent of any wrongdoing, but the woman will bear the consequences of her sin.’”


NC FACTS--not pundit BS or pollster malarkey--Look at the numbers--FINAL UPDATE #10

Many of us in NC are getting pretty pissed off with the pollsters and pundits. The Obama ground game here is FABULOUS!

The Dems have registered over 100,000 MORE NEW voters--bringing the advantage up to 806,942 MORE DEMS than Repubs registered in the state of North Carolina as of today.

AND the DEMS are ADDING advantage on a daily basis by virtue of the right to register AND vote same day
at early voting locations across the state.

Take a look at yesterday:

Voter Registration as of 10/23/2012 Democratic: 2,843,490 Republican: 2,037,725 Libertarian: 18,513
Unaffiliated: 1,695,271 Total: 6,594,999

(I posted these numbers in this thread yesterday: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1251&pid=168818

Now look at today:

Voter Registration as of 10/24/2012 Democratic: 2,845,559 Republican: 2,038,617 Libertarian: 18,564
Unaffiliated: 1,696,215 Total: 6,598,955


Here are the differences between the numbers between yesterday 10/23/2012 and today 10/24/2012:

Democratic: + 2069 Republican: + 892 Libertarian: 51 Unaffiliated: 944 Total: +3956

Broken out as a % of new registrations: Democratic 52.3% Republican 22.5% Libertarian: 1.3% Unaffiliated: 23.9%

Having been watching these registration numbers changing over time during this election cycle, I have to believe that new Democrats are not registering as Democrats so they can vote for Romney! This election is ALL about GOTV, and the Obama team in NC is doing heroic work to make this happen.

So, please, keep your hopes up...everybody is working very hard...and I believe we're going to turn NC BLUE AGAIN!!

Greg Palast exposes Mitt's "Bailout Bonanza" in The Nation magazine. MUST READ

This has to get picked up by MSM...people have to know how this guy operates.

Mitt Romney’s opposition to the auto bailout has haunted him on the campaign trail, especially in Rust Belt states like Ohio. There, in September, the Obama campaign launched television ads blasting Romney’s November 2008 New York Times op-ed, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” But Romney has done a good job of concealing, until now, the fact that he and his wife, Ann, personally gained at least $15.3 million from the bailout—and a few of Romney’s most important Wall Street donors made more than $4 billion. Their gains, and the Romneys’, were astronomical—more than 3,000 percent on their investment.


It all starts with Delphi Automotive, a former General Motors subsidiary whose auto parts remain essential to GM’s production lines. No bailout of GM—or Chrysler, for that matter—could have been successful without saving Delphi. So, in addition to making massive loans to automakers in 2009, the federal government sent, directly or indirectly, more than $12.9 billion to Delphi—and to the hedge funds that had gained control over it.


Altogether, in direct and indirect payouts, the government padded these investors’ profits handsomely. The Treasury allowed GM to give Delphi at least $2.8 billion of funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to keep Delphi in business. GM also forgave $2.5 billion in debt owed to it by Delphi, and $2 billion due from Singer and company upon Delphi’s exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The money GM forgave was effectively owed to the Treasury, which had by then become the majority owner of GM as a result of the bailout. Then there was the big one: the government’s Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation took over paying all of Delphi’s retiree pensions. The cost to the taxpayer: $5.6 billion. The bottom line: the hedge funds’ paydays were made possible by a generous donation of $12.9 billion from US taxpayers.


Romney has slammed the bailout as a payoff to the auto workers union. But that certainly wasn’t true for the bailout of Delphi. Once the hedge funders, including Singer—a deep-pocketed right-wing donor and activist who serves as chair of the conservative, anti-union Manhattan Institute—took control of the firm, they rid Delphi of every single one of its 25,200 unionized workers.

Of the twenty-nine Delphi plants operating in the United States when the hedge funders began buying up control, only four remain, with not a single union production worker. Romney’s “job creators” did create jobs—in China, where Delphi now produces the parts used by GM and other major automakers here and abroad. Delphi is now incorporated overseas, leaving the company with 5,000 employees in the United States (versus almost 100,000 abroad).


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