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Vegas Revival Spectacular -- Pat Robertson -- Halloween On Ice

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I'm going crazy

Who's more bat-sh## crazy, the people who watch Pat Robertson or the people who support Pat Robertson? I've got to think this is a neck and neck race -- but to the bottom of human intelligence.

He's supported by followers. Are they all hearing impaired and just like to see lips flap in the wind? Are they part of a secret cabal of the insane and enjoy waiting with baited breath for the men in white coats to put him in a straight jacket and bring him to the asylum? Or are they really a group of extremely intellectual people who are punking the rest of us. Kind of a Colbert Report treatment but of society as a whole? If that's the case, they've done a great job.

Going with the punking choice, I've found, courtesy of The Daily Beast, this promo (highlights) for the upcoming Pat Robertson Las Vegas Revival Spectacular -- Halloween on Ice. The spectacular promises to make it's way into your heart with eight spooky re-enactment tales of evil like these -- all done on ice skates:

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What I will not write about today

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Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

drunk red white drunk all over

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Quickie- Court decision restores severance pay for military gays

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This is what the courts are for. About time.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Dozens of gay and lesbian former military service members who were discharged due to their homosexuality will receive the rest of their severance pay under a settlement approved Monday by a federal court.

The American Civil Liberties Union said the $2.4 million settlement covers more than 180 veterans who received only half of their separation pay under a policy that went into effect in 1991, two years before "don't ask, don't tell" became law.

Laura Schauer Ives, the managing attorney for ACLU of New Mexico, called the settlement a "long-delayed justice."

"There was absolutely no need to subject these service members to a double dose of discrimination by removing them from the armed forces in the first place, and then denying them this small benefit to ease the transition to civilian life," she said.

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Nate Silver: After all votes are finally counted, Pres. Obama likely to extend his lead to 3%-plus

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Nate Silver has been mocked, insulted, and slurred by very angry, very humiliated, very small-minded, nasty conservatives, because he was right. The GOP and the truth haven't been getting along too well, and this was no exception. Republicans *coughKARLROVEcough* believed their own polls, they reside in their own bubble, and they've literally ignored facts and figures.

But none of that could change the truth, and none of that has fazed Nate the Great at FiveThirtyEight, who has even more to say. And that "more" includes President Obama likely extending his lead to a healthy three percent.

Here are a few excerpts from Nate's latest post titled "Turnout Steady in Swing States and Down in Others, But Many Votes Remain Uncounted":

Initial accounts of last Tuesday’s presidential election contemplated what seemed to be a significant decline in turnout from 2008. Those reports may have been premature, at least in part. [...]

Even without these votes, turnout in the battleground states over all was generally near its 2008 levels. In contrast, it is down by about 9 percent in the other 40 states, based on ballots counted so far. Some of the shortfall will be made up in the coming days. In California, where most balloting is conducted by mail and where it can take weeks to certify the vote, about 3.4 million fewer votes than in 2008 have been reported so far.

As the rest of the votes come in from California, Mr. Obama could add about 700,000 more votes in his margin against Mr. Romney, assuming that the remaining votes are divided between the candidates in about the same proportions as the ones counted so far.

Those votes could be enough to push Mr. Obama’s margin of victory in the national popular vote, reported at 2.7 percent as of Monday morning, to slightly higher than 3 percent.

And just to rub snark to the GOP wound, here's a treat from my hilarious buddy Andy Cobb:

To the extent that his proclivities are of importance to you please substitute "dudes" for "chicks" in all dialogue: Mr. Silver is gay. But in the popular imagination he's suddenly become a heterosexual superhero--wonky, pragmatic, and able to steer through uncertain times. Suddenly girls wanna do him/men wanna be him. Good for him.

"Drunk Nate Silver" became a Twitter thing recently, which makes perfect sense. People intuitively know prophecy is a gift...and a burden. In the face of such relentless clarity he might well crave some oblivion--if you or I had to deal with that kind of insight we'd probably go straight to the bottle and get messy as Rasmussen.

So if the web wants to superimpose Charles Bukowski on Nate Silver, let it. I would personally rather fantasize that he's a booze-hungry skirt-chasing seer of visions than learn all that fucking math.

And cm'on, if you don't buy his book you're going to have a much harder time pretending you've read it:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Signal-Noise-Predictions-Fail-but/dp/159420411X/ref...

Don't be the last person at the party to act like you understand Bayesian processes vis-a-vis free market economics, you're going to look like a real a-hole.

Written/Directed by Andy Cobb
http://www.twitter.com/AndyCobb
Producer/DP: Mike Damanskis
Co-writer: Eric R. Pfeffinger

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People were elected "on their merits, not who they sleep with."

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

[Tammy Baldwin] is not only the first openly lesbian US Senator, she will be the first openly gay US Senator [...]

It was an unexpected advancement of equality for individuals regardless of gender preference.  

That is something to remember.  2012 turned out not to be just a "defensive" election.

It resulted in something that moved the nation forward in being more inclusive – and in electing people on their merits, not who they sleep with.

Please read the entire post here.

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"Robot" Mitt Romney to gay group: “I didn’t know you had families... I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter."

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A few years ago, Willard M. Romney met for about twenty minutes with Julie Goodridge and other plaintiffs in a Massachusetts marriage equality case. But see, he was endorsing a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, and to make things worse, it was clear that he wasn't even all that familiar with their landmark case.

The group he met with did everything they could to explain to him how equal rights were a good thing, and how they and their families would be protected as a result, as in, you know, "family values."

His reaction? "Romney sat stone-faced and almost entirely silent." Then he cut the meeting short. Pretty abruptly. In that way he has.

Via Boston.com.  Go read. Go read. Go read.

It was like talking to a robot. No expression, no feeling,” recalls David Wilson, one of the plaintiffs in the case who met with Romney that day. “People were sharing touching stories, stories where you’d expect recognition in the other person’s face that they at least hear what you’re saying — that there’s empathy. He didn’t even shake his head. He was completely blank.”

Occasionally Romney would say something.

“I didn’t know you had families,” remarked Romney to the group, according to Wilson.

Then Willard gave an "inaccurate, insensitive answer" to a question, that stunned Julie Goodridge:

“I looked him in the eye as we were leaving,” recalls Goodridge. “And I said, ‘Governor Romney, tell me — what would you suggest I say to my 8 year-old daughter about why her mommy and her ma can’t get married because you, the governor of her state, are going to block our marriage?’”

His response, according to Goodridge: “I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you just tell her the same thing you’ve been telling her the last eight years.” [...]

He completely lacks empathy,” says Goodridge, speaking this time about her own experience meeting the governor. 

Psst! Willard! Her daughter was not adopted. You completely missed the "biological daughter" part of the conversation.

In 2003 the Log Cabin Republicans (an LGBT Republican group) held an event, and Willard was there. Here's what he did in response to a "good to see you here" greeting by one of the attendees:

Gorton can’t recall the governor’s exact response, but he recalls Romney making a limp-wrist motion and replying with an affected stereotypical lisp. This was, assumed Gorton, an attempt to be funny and charming.

Please go read. Go read. Go read. There's a lot more where this came from.

I'll stop right here, because if I provide commentary, it won't be pretty, so I'll just keep my inappropriate words to myself.

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Meet a first-grader who's wiser and more secure than most conservative adults

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This exchange is even more pertinent in light of the inclusive and uplifting atmosphere of the first night of the Democratic Convention. Via a friend who witnessed this scrumptious conversation between two little first-grade munchkins:

Boy: "Should I marry you?"

Girl: "I don't know."

Boy: "Maybe I could wait to marry you until after I've married another boy."

Girl: "Huh?"

Boy: "Or maybe I could marry you and then marry another boy."

Girl: "Why do you want to marry another boy?"

Boy: "Because I can."

What we find touching, sweet, funny, normal, and beautiful, many conservatives would find repugnant, sick, and perverse. Anyone who claims there's no discernible difference between the parties would be wrong.

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