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Phone number on domestic violence, sexual assault victims' rights pamphlet went to sex hotline


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Florida law enforcement officials are saying that a 24-hour help line phone number on  pamphlets that were handed out to domestic violence and sexual assault victims accidentally ended up leading to a sex hotline. As of now, nobody quite knows how this came about, but they're calling it a "clerical error."

Via Taegan and WKMG-TV:

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - The victims' rights pamphlet handed out by deputies offers an 800 number that connects callers to a recorded message that says, "Welcome to America's hottest talk line. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press 1 now. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you."

The video at the link shows a reporter holding up the pamphlet saying that "nobody bothered to check this make sure it is correct." The sheriff's office apparently had printed that number on the flyer for years, but for some reason it was only just discovered.


Ordinarily my first impulse would be to poke fun at such a dumb mistake, but then I read the words "victims' rights" in the headline, watched the video, and read the details. It isn't funny to those who have been at the receiving end of abuse.

I've actually been one of those people, but that was a lifetime ago. When the wounds are more recent, it's hard to laugh, or even smile, at much of anything. My heart goes out to every one of them.


Minnesota election decided by one vote may have had 35 of its votes cast in error


8B filing:

There was a ridiculously close election in Minnesota between State Rep. Mary Franson (R) and Bob Cunniff (D). Franson won by one measly little vote.

However, as it turns out, election officials discovered that poll workers mistakenly handed dozens of ballots to residents of a neighboring district. In at least three polling places that shared precincts, there were errors.

Minneapolis Star Tribune:

The state canvassing board will meet at 1 p.m. to set the terms for the 8B recount, which is likely to begin Nov. 28 and continue for several days.

Franson's petition is above.


Video- Ann Romney Responds To GOP Critics Of Campaign: ‘Stop It. This Is Hard.’


Um, wow. You know what I want to say. Via Mediite.


VIDEO- Mitt Rommey and Seinfeld have something in common: Pitching "nothing"


Just as Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza pitched a show about nothing, so is Willard M. Romney pitching an entire campaign to American voters centered around absolutely nothing. Hopefully, unlike Seinfeld's and Costanza's fictional TV series, nobody's buying it.

There's plenty of fiction in the products Romney's trying to sell us, and there's also plenty of nothing. He refuses to offer details about his budget plan, he suggests the U.S. should "kick the ball down the field" in his comments about how to deal with ongoing crises in the Middle East at his $50,000 a plate fundraiser, and at that same event, he has nothing to say to 47% of America because it's not his job "to worry about those people."

He's got nothing.

He did give us one thing that was a pretty stupid "something," and that was to instruct Iran and Hezbollah on how they could smuggle a dirty bomb into Chicago and hold America hostage, which could ultimately leave many Americans with... nothing.

Of course, we voters did get something from what he said in those secret tapes, and that something was  his profound ignorance about this, which was astounding: He did not know the difference between a dirty bomb and a nuclear bomb.

Rachel Maddow takes it from there:

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

"The United Nations of Wrong," indeed.

"A new list of problems" for Romney, indeed.

"They target poor people for taxes" indeed.

"This was not a misstatement, it was a blunt statement" indeed.

"Boom!" indeed.


VIDEO: Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on Mitt Romney's "Very Special" 47% Comment


Ok, ok, HERE is tonight's Twitter Special Comment on Romney's Tape and his Fundraiser Who Stages Sex Parties

Leave it to Keith. That was encore-worthy.


GOP strategists alarmed, others distance themselves over Romney's 47% comments: “He's pushing independent voters out the door."


Look how fast they're running and spinning and running and spinning and... did I mention spinning?

Romney Surrogate: 47% Remark Was Intended For ‘Business People’

GOP Candidates Distance Themselves from Romney

Sen. Brown denounces Romney comments

Romney tries to pivot with push on Obama redistribution comment

Romney campaign deals with fallout from '47 percent dependent' leaked video

And finally, GOP strategists alarmed over Romney and the '47 percent':

Mitt Romney's comments at a private fundraiser are alarming a number of Republican strategists, some of whom are worried that the fallout could deal a body blow to the GOP nominee's already struggling campaign.

It's a kidney shot because it reveals a very cynical view,” Mark McKinnon, who served as a top strategist to former President George W. Bush, told The Hill. “He's pushing independent voters out the door.”

McKinnon said the remarks were also a “sharp stick in the eye” to President Obama's base and would likely fire them up to turn out in bigger numbers this fall. [...]

One Republican candidate in the Senate, Linda McMahon in Connecticut, sought to distance herself from the remarks while other GOP pundits criticized the campaign.[...]

[S]trategists said the video reinforced perceptions that Romney was an uncaring, out-of-touch millionaire. They also worried the fallout would cost him a crucial week of messaging as he struggles to close a narrow gap in the polls with Obama.

"Couldn't come at a worse time," one Republican strategist told The Hill Monday night. "I hope the [Romney campaign communications] team in Boston doesn't have any sharp objects nearby."

David Brooks said, "Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?... It reinforces every negative view people have about Romney.”

And just for run... nah, just to rub it in: Eastwood: If they were 'dumb enough to ask me…'

Anyone for popcorn?


"Romney Decries His Red State Southern Base as Lazy Moochers: the 47%"


Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

No, he didn't use those exact words, but in condemning 47 percent of the nation for paying no income taxes, Romney was denigrating the sacred base of the modern GOP: the Deep South.

In a nutshell, here's why: seven of the lowest ten paying states in income taxes are in the Deep South. Yes stretching from South Carolina to Texas, the states that have the highest percentage of people Romney considers leeches on the government are in the GOP Southern Strategy vote belt.  And if you toss in Idaho, which is a red state, you have eight of the lowest paying states in income taxes getting a sneering kick from Romney. [...]

The only blue state among the states Romney apparently reviles for being loaded with non-tax payers is New Mexico, with Florida – a swing state – also included. [...]

Here, according to the Tax Foundation are the top ten states with percentage of non-filers in 2008:

1 Mississippi

2 Georgia   

3 Arkansas  

4 New Mexico

5 Alabama

6 South Carolina    

7 Louisiana  

8 Texas

9 Florida

10 Idaho
In fact, the southern states, as BuzzFlash has pointed out before, are subsidized, in government dollars, by the taxpayers of northern blue states. [...]

BuzzFlash at Truthout covered Romney's hypocrisy about the Mississippi federal dependency syndrome in a March 2012 commentary entitled "Mississippi Freeloads on the Back of Blue State Taxpayers for Federal Subsidies to Survive."  [...]

In short, Romney's foundation for any chance of electoral victory is composed basically of welfare states.

Not to mention that there remains the outstanding question of whether or not Romney paid US income taxes in any of the years, particularly 2009, for which he has not yet released his tax returns.  

In addition, not paying income taxes does not mean not paying taxes.  ...

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