Still standing…

Six days left. It appears Hurricane Sandy is the October Surprise folks have wondered about. The unexpected size and devastation in the super storm’s wake (it still hasn’t finished with the states, though the storm has finally dissolved across the lower part of Canada) leaves a lot of questions  unanswered. The storm’s intensity has surprised Read More …

Questions of ethics and responsibility…

In just the last few days, we have had a number of troubling breakout stories hit the news which might call into question the ethics of Republicans running for office. It saddens me that even in the face of these troubling news items, the race is still too close to call in states. Let me Read More …

Connecting the Dots…

UPDATE (10/26/12): It appears the news is heating up. Thanks to the Daily Kos, we may well be looking at the real smoking gun in this campaign. Whether it’s enough to take away Romney’s momentum and make even the staunchest racist Republican vote elsewhere remains to be seen. After all, there are those in the Republican Read More …

Between the Debates – Maryland’s Question 6 and Marriage Equality

Obama Pride: LGBT Americans for Obama With only a few weeks to go to get the word out, rhetoric on my Facebook friends’ pages has heated up. Today’s issue seems to be Marriage Equality (aka Gay / Same Sex Marriage). Here’s what Maryland’s law says: http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/chapters_noln/Ch_2_hb0438T.pdf Maryland is one of four states voting on the question. Two Read More …

Election 2012: Presidential Debate Number Two and the return of President Obama

Unlike the first Presidential debate on October 3, last night’s event was a hands-down smack-down. And unlike the world four years ago, it was wholly possible to follow the minds of friends and the press as they called each candidate out in real time. With the added bonus of fact-checking at the fingertips of savvy Read More …

Even Chris Wallace of Fox News gets it…

We are less than two days away from the second of three Presidential debates and Romney is trying to push his budget proposals as his “trust me” claims have begun to unravel. Chris Wallace calls Romney senior advisor Ed Gillespie* on the carpet for failing to discuss questions about where this “deficit neutral” tax cut Read More …

Forgot one supremely important thing: The Million Muppet March on November 3 in DC!!!

If you’re not following me on FB, you don’t know about this because I’ve forgotten to include the info here, until now. http://millionmuppetmarch.com/ No, this isn’t just an online event. Reuters has the latest article on the movement. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/12/usa-campaign-muppets-idUSL1E8LCCU120121012 There’s a growing list of folks who are meeting at the Greenbelt Metro at 8am for Read More …

We live in a marvelous and frightening age…

I am among the last of the Baby Boomers. My birthday, ironically on Election Day, takes me one year away from 50, meaning there have been almost 50 years since the end of the Baby Boom itself. Most of us couldn’t begin to conceive of life after 30 but are preparing to receive our AARP Read More …

VP Debate Transcript (October 11, 2012), courtesy of debates.org

VP Debate Transcript (October 11, 2012), courtesy debates.org

So here we are, less than 24 hours post-debate, and the news is making the rounds. Who won for style, who for substance, who for veracity of claims. The proof is in the words used, not necessarily how they were said and what reactions they caused.

When I launched this blog, it was in reaction to the volume and quality of the conversations I’ve had regarding the current state of our union, and what the candidates intend to do about it. I’m not looking for conspiracy theories, but they are dropping in my lap as I try to sort out truth from deception and attempt to make what I consider to be the best choice for the next four years.

In response to a FB friend’s comments about the sometimes condescending attitude of VP Biden towards Sen. Ryan, I discovered I was sharing, again, articles I had shared at least once on FB. I read a lot of the articles that have been written over the last four years. I’ve found that, by and large, FactCheck.org is a reliable source for reality versus fiction that is often passed off as truth by some news organizations. Here are today’s features from last night’s debate:

 

Trying to distinguish fact from blatant propaganda isn’t as easy as it ought to be, especially with members of the press serving more as mouthpieces for corporate and political greed and less as the objective sources they should be. Fortunately, not every source is as biased as some, but when it comes to checking the facts, I will believe what can be proven.

I’m a born skeptic. If I can’t find a basis in reality, I choose instead to disbelieve. I have every reason to think that some members of the GOP (most notably identified as Tea Party or Libertarian) have worked extra hard to make it possible for our economy to gain ground. This perpetual shooting ourselves in the foot can be traced back (if one cares to) as far back as Reaganomics. The culture has existed, to varying degrees, for at least 30 years, but has gained a recent toehold through emboldened fanatics who have attained office through the force of unenforceable promises and fear-mongering.

These top five articles go a very long way toward expressing my concerns about the looming political crisis. Those who are seeing this on FB for the first time might have missed them in the onslaught of my own personal war on stupidity and fear, so I’m not particularly sorry to be posting them again for future reference. As it is, I expect to slow down (somewhat) on the number and variety of posts each day, just to try and stem the constant flow. Not everyone has the time to sort and sift through the volumes of material these days. That’s why I’m here to call out the articles I find that have value for the discussion. 

Your mileage may vary (as always).

Back again later with more as I have the time. We are at 15 days and counting until early voting begins in Maryland, and another 10 days until Election Day. If you’re still undecided you still have time to consider your choices carefully. Even if you’ve made up your mind, read through these items. You might find you’re surprised by what you learn.

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As we get closer to Election Day, questions of vote manipulation have surfaced.

It was only a matter of time before folks started talking about the systems we use to track our votes. After the 2000 “Hanging Chad” election, many states in the US made major changes to the way votes were counted. The resulting replacement of mechanical voting machines with computer-based tabulators caused a great deal of Read More …