The weekend before Nov. 6, what else would we talk about?

I may as well bow to the reality that y’all will spend the entire weekend talking about the election regardless of what topic I write about, so here it is: Your weekend-before-the-election open thread.

The rules still apply — it’s an open thread, not a no-holds-barred thread — but otherwise, have at it.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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George P. Burdell

November 2nd, 2012
4:51 pm

I don’t know, we could also spend some time talking about how stupid it is to hold a marathon while people are still digging out, fighting for survival and preparing for another winter storm. Nah, you are probably right, it will be 95% election talk. Hope we have an answer some time Tuesday night, but it looks like it could drag on for a couple of days before we know definitevly.

Just Saying..

November 2nd, 2012
5:03 pm

No matter what happens, Tib will say he knew all along…

Just Saying..

November 2nd, 2012
5:05 pm

Kyle, good that there seemed to be a block on double voting, but did your election poll results surprise you in any way?

hsn

November 2nd, 2012
5:06 pm

You are right. The election will be the topic of discussion throughout the weekend.

Tell Dick Morris to place his blood pressure medication on advance order. He will need them on Tuesday and beyond as his agony over a potential Democratic win is not about to expire anytime soon.

On another note, I thought Bloomberg going ahead with the marathon thing is in poor taste and in fact, an exhibition of poor judgement.

Bruno

November 2nd, 2012
5:09 pm

On another note, I thought Bloomberg going ahead with the marathon thing is in poor taste and in fact, an exhibition of poor judgement.

As long as the NYC marathon doesn’t slow down the relief efforts, I’m all in favor of it proceeding as scheduled. Sometimes a bit of normalcy helps during a crisis.

Bruno

November 2nd, 2012
5:11 pm

Kyle, good that there seemed to be a block on double voting, but did your election poll results surprise you in any way?

Using quick addition, it appears that Kyle’s poll was pretty much a dead heat, just as national polling shows.

hsn

November 2nd, 2012
5:19 pm

Kyle, do the patriotic thing and endorse Obama. Convince all your right-wing friends to have a change of heart and drag them to the polls by the tens to vote a straight Democratic ticket on Tuesday.

Under Obama, we now have an effective banking regulation, ended the EXPENSIVE war in Iraq that was concocted on LIES. He also killed Osama bin Laden, and is committed to ending the other senseless war we continue to fight. Sounds like Americans will remember, and continue moving FORWARD.

Compare him to the Robme/Ruin ticket that changes its stances on the issues every 3 seconds.

Obamamatic for the People 2012!

Aquagirl

November 2nd, 2012
5:21 pm

As long as the NYC marathon doesn’t slow down the relief efforts, I’m all in favor of it proceeding as scheduled.

I think that’s the main problem. It takes generators, cops, hotel rooms and other resources of which there clearly are not enough. This makes cancellation a no-brainer in my book.

That’s before you start discussing the wisdom of holding a sporting event while they’re still digging around for bodies. It’s like “Hey, grandma is missing but isn’t this race cool?”

George P. Burdell

November 2nd, 2012
5:22 pm

They just cancelled it which was the right thing to do.

MANGLER

November 2nd, 2012
5:23 pm

Come to Red Brick tomorrow (Sat) afternoon. See if you can figure out who I am in the crowd? :)

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

November 2nd, 2012
5:24 pm

Have I missed the peak of color in the north Georgia mountains?

@@

November 2nd, 2012
5:25 pm

Don’t know that I’ll be talking about the election. Too busy looking for land…it’s a full-time job, I tell ‘ya.

My husband’s always asking me to give him advance notice of any rain. If it’s Saturday, he wants to know if it’s gonna rain on Monday.

My response is always….I’ll let you know when that day comes.

Kyle Wingfield

November 2nd, 2012
5:30 pm

Sorry, MANGLER, but I’ll be in Athens for the UGA game. But I do like Red Brick!

Skip

November 2nd, 2012
5:33 pm

How can the Hawks open when so many are suffering in N.Y.

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

November 2nd, 2012
5:41 pm

If you think the suffering in N.Y. is bad, wait until the fans get a load of the Hawks.

Liz

November 2nd, 2012
5:45 pm

So very glad the Mayor of NYC took a different tack. The split screen images would have ripped hearts to pieces. People rummaging out of trash dumpsters, waking long distances for water to flush toilets, let alone drink. 70 to 90 year olds lugging water up tens of flights of stairs to rooms with no running water, nor electricity. While crowds lavish runners with water, shouts of support, etc. while thousands suffer, and are essentially abandoned or not yet reachable.

Please give to the cause if you can.

Cutty

November 2nd, 2012
5:49 pm

What board has Deal appointed another one of his cronies to?

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

November 2nd, 2012
5:52 pm

Unless you’re prepared to slam your Idiot Messiah for doling out hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to HIS cronies, you best be quiet about Our Governor Deal.

Let's make a "Deal"

November 2nd, 2012
5:59 pm

Who is the Idiot Messiah?

Ronald Reagan

Regardless of who it is, Governor Deal is not absolved because of the actions of someone else or and the opposite holds true as well.

Well that is the case unless you are a simpleton faux alpha. But I digress

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 2nd, 2012
6:01 pm

“No matter what happens, Tib will say he knew all along…”

It’s a curse being right all the time, Just Saying, but I’ve learn to live with it.

Something you’ll never have to worry about. ;)

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 2nd, 2012
6:07 pm

“Under Obama, we now have an effective banking regulation,”

Define “effective”.

“ended the EXPENSIVE war in Iraq that was concocted on LIES.”

Which timetable had already been negotiated before Obama took office.

“He also killed Osama bin Laden,”

A policy also concocted before Obama took office.

“and is committed to ending the other senseless war we continue to fight.”

Which timetable was also negotiated before Obama took office.

So, hsn, the only conclusion is that Obama hasn’t really done anything but follow his predecessor’s policies, and still not fixed the big issue, which is the economy.

I’m voting for the guy who has actual experience in creating jobs without overpaying for them and without going into debt, and that is unquestioningly Mitt Romney.

bu2

November 2nd, 2012
6:09 pm

Will Disney buying Lucasfilm and planning Star Wars VII, VIII and IX have an influence on who wins Ohio?

Anybody who is sure what will happen Tuesday in the presidential election is undoubtedly wrong.

hsn

November 2nd, 2012
6:09 pm

Liz

November 2nd, 2012
5:45 pm

So very glad the Mayor of NYC took a different tack. The split screen images would have ripped hearts to pieces. People rummaging out of trash dumpsters, waking long distances for water to flush toilets, let alone drink. 70 to 90 year olds lugging water up tens of flights of stairs to rooms with no running water, nor electricity. While crowds lavish runners with water, shouts of support, etc. while thousands suffer, and are essentially abandoned or not yet reachable.

Please give to the cause if you can.

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I agree. The “split screen ” would have essentially ended any future political hopes both Gov. Cuomo, and Mayor Bloomberg had. They and their corporate sponsors would have been done for good. It would have been seen as a “judgement” or “lack thereof” issue.

I, too, am glad the most sensible action has been taken out of respect for the victims of Sandy, even if for nothing else.

bu2

November 2nd, 2012
6:10 pm

The Marathon was a money maker for the city, so if it could be done without hampering the relief effort, it was a good idea. Apparently it couldn’t. It does take a lot of police presence.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

November 2nd, 2012
6:16 pm

Bloomberg is an absolute nut job. He bans large soda buying and schedules a marathon during a hurricane recovery. Why doesn’t he use those generators to run gas pumps. I feel so sorry for those folks trying to get gas to run generators to stay warm. Those generators have been wasted for two days sitting in Central Park waiting for the media to come to the marathon. Yet, people praise the buffoon for finally cancelling the event. How many victims was he planning to run out of hotels for his marathon runners. How many police and fire department people was he going to usurp to work the marathon. What a loser, just the type to endorse Barry the Blunderer.

And did the non union utility people finally find work, and were they screamed at and called Scabs? I didn’t want them to turn around and leave people in the cold, but I wish they could ID the folks shouting Scabs and leave them in the dark.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 2nd, 2012
6:17 pm

Why the no-brainer of canceling the NYC marathon didn’t occur to Bloomberg in the first place is beyond comprehension.

When you’re still recovering bodies and millions still have no power or water, you don’t run a freakin’ race.

Get Real

November 2nd, 2012
6:19 pm

Hsn…..sounds like you started drinking early this weekend….

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 2nd, 2012
6:19 pm

Yeah, Rafe. Gotta love those union goons refusing help from non-union utility workers.

I’ll bet 95% of them vote Democrat; you know – the compassionate party. :lol:

getalife

November 2nd, 2012
6:23 pm

Make sure to watch the obl movie Sunday night.

You cons could use a reminder on why he thumped you again.

Four more years!

Hillbilly D

November 2nd, 2012
6:28 pm

I’d rather bitch about Daylight Savings Time. Put it one way or the other and leave it the hell alone.

hsn

November 2nd, 2012
6:28 pm

Tiberius – pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 2nd, 2012
6:07 pm

“Under Obama, we now have an effective banking regulation,”

Define “effective”.

“ended the EXPENSIVE war in Iraq that was concocted on LIES.”

Which timetable had already been negotiated before Obama took office.

“He also killed Osama bin Laden,”

A policy also concocted before Obama took office.

“and is committed to ending the other senseless war we continue to fight.”

Which timetable was also negotiated before Obama took office.

So, hsn, the only conclusion is that Obama hasn’t really done anything but follow his predecessor’s policies, and still not fixed the big issue, which is the economy.

I’m voting for the guy who has actual experience in creating jobs without overpaying for them and without going into debt, and that is unquestioningly Mitt Romney.

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Here we go again ! The cons taking credit for anything that succeeds under Obama and claiming it was due to the “continued GW Bush policies.”

But as soon as things go wrong, the same people can’t take the blame on the “GW Bush policies.” Their usual response is, “Well, Bush is no longer in office anymore.”

You claim you are voting for “the guy with actual experience in creating jobs…” Well if Robme was soo great at “creating jobs” it seems to me he should be ahead in the polls in Massachusetts by a landslide. In fact the good people of Massachusetts quite remember that their state ranked 47th in job creation while Robme was governor. That is how abysmal Robme’s record of “job creation” is. But hey, to you cons, I guess it is a record to “flaunt.”

And please quit harping on “experience”… We’ve heard this before. What EXACTLY did the towerhigh combined “EXPERIENCES” of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice do for us during Bush’s 8-year reign of terror? They trapped us into hugely expensive wars, ran our economy to the ground, GOT REWARDED for 4 MORE YEARS, pushed us to the edge of financial cliff and left a tsunami of disaster behind that we are still mopping up.

But oh no! You cons never learn. You want to place the same tape back into the player, and press “repeat.” Sorry, you can keep that type of “experience.”

The gullible will swallow anything

November 2nd, 2012
6:40 pm

Yeah, Rafe. Gotta love those union goons refusing help from non-union utility workers.

I’ll bet 95% of them vote Democrat; you know – the compassionate party. :lol:

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You sir are a LIAR. As usual, folks like you were duped, yet again.

Gov. Christie today put to bed the ghost story that non-union Alabama utility workers were turned away.

Christie said he spoke to utility and union officials today and that a worker from Alabama called from Roanoke, Va., and was given bad advice. That person, in turn, spoke to a local news outlet there and the story mushroomed.

Christie, in no uncertain terms, said he would put an end to such nonsense if it happens.

He also said that if the workers are still in Roanoke they are welcome here.

Thanks for that report to Bob Ingle, senior political columnist for Gannett New Jersey newspapers and co-author of The New York Times’ Best Seller, “The Soprano State: New Jersey’s Culture of Corruption” and “Chris Christie: The Inside Story Of His Rise To Power.” On Twitter @ bobingle99

The gullible will swallow anything

November 2nd, 2012
6:41 pm

Did a group of Alabama power-company workers get turned away from Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in New Jersey because they weren’t union crews? It depends on which website you’re reading. A Decatur Utilities worker said that after driving more than 1,000 miles, they were essentially told “thanks but no thanks” because their nonunion status kept them from working in the state. But other Alabama power companies have disputed that story. Huntsville Utilities said its crews went to Long Island because Jersey had all the help it needed. “We were not turned away,” spokesman Bill Yell said. “It’s complicated … You don’t just go up there and say, ‘Hey, we’re here. We’re going to start putting up poles for you.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 2nd, 2012
6:43 pm

hsn, I would first note that I use the President’s actual name (as in Obama) while you denigrate the opposing candidate’s name (as in RobMe). That is the first indicator that you are not serious in your choices or knowledge of this year’s current Presidential candidates.

Second, comparing the Massachusetts of today with the one which elected Romney, and putting a personable, minority candidate (and incumbent President) against him to try to compare experience levels, is disingenuous at best, and foolish at worst. One doesn’t compare “experience” with “popularity”. They are contrasting points.

I will not defend GWB. Never have, except for his handling of the post-9/11 issues (except for that foolish Patriot Act, he was everything America could hope for in a leader). However, just because Mitt Romney is of the same political party, that doesn’t mean he has the same talent as the previous occupant. Nor does it mean he has the same policies as GWB, despite the Obama and DNC campaign structures attempts to paint him so.

In short, no matter what position Mitt Romney has undertaken in life, he has succeeding at it, and wildly so. You can use any measurement you want to, but that is an undeniable FACT. Most of those positions created actual jobs without going into debt.

I’ll take THAT guy over the guy who has failed at that every day.

Hillbilly D

November 2nd, 2012
6:54 pm

Just to shed a little light, I don’t know about Alabama but I used to work for an EMC here in GA. To the best of my knowledge, every electrical utility in Georgia has a contract with IBEW.

It’s also true that you don’t just go to a storm area and volunteer to go to work. The way it works is that utilities in the affected area put out calls for help. In the case of a storm like this one, these calls probably went out long before the storm ever got there. Crews from wherever (with their own trucks and equipment) then go to a specific utility and report in. The local utility runs the show and sends the crews wherever they think they are needed.

I have no way of knowing (having not seen any reports of this until skimming through the blog) but I tend to doubt the authenticity of the story in question. I’d have to see some footage.

The gullible will swallow anything

November 2nd, 2012
6:55 pm

Representatives with Huntsville Utilities and Joe Wheeler Cooperative, two area utilities mentioned in media reports claiming their crews were not allowed to help with storm aid in New Jersey because they were non-union, said this morning the story is untrue.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 2nd, 2012
6:56 pm

Uh, gullible. I’d be a bit more circumspect in tossing out the “liar” accusation.

Your own rebuttal (and other reports) showed that it may well have happened, even if it was a “misunderstanding”. The mere fact that Christie has said he would put an end to them says that there may be some truth to the story, no matter how slight it may be.

In other words, chill, dude.

The gullible will swallow anything

November 2nd, 2012
6:58 pm

Tiberius

You chill. You were wrong because you along with the other blogger ran with the story.

Your problem not mine.

Take up with Christie and the spokespersons from the utilities in question.

Have a great weekend

jconservative

November 2nd, 2012
6:59 pm

Real Clear Politics average of all recent polls.

11/2/2012 RCP Poll Averages

States…..Obama……Romney
Ohio………49.00%……46.60%
Fla………..47.90%……49.10%
Va…………47.40%……47.90%
N.H……….49.00%……47.00%
Colo………48.40%……47.40%
Iowa………48.00%……46.70%
Nev………..50.00%……47.30%
Wis……….50.00%……45.00%
Penn……..49.40%…….44.80%
Mich………48.80%…….45.30%
Minn………49.30%…….44.30%
N.C.,,,,,,,,,,46.00%……49.80%

As of today looks like Obama. But there are a lot of variables.

Tealiban Party

November 2nd, 2012
6:59 pm

Tiberius – pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed
November 2nd, 2012
6:07 pm
“Under Obama, we now have an effective banking regulation,”
Define “effective”.

How many Lehman Brothers-like implosions have there been since 2009?

“ended the EXPENSIVE war in Iraq that was concocted on LIES.”
Which timetable had already been negotiated before Obama took office.

I thought it was Mission Accomplished on May 1, 2003? We just got out of Iraq? What???
“We should have left 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 personnel there to help transition to the Iraqis’ ” – Mitt Romney

“He also killed Osama bin Laden,”
A policy also concocted before Obama took office.

“I really don’t spend that much time thinking about [bin Laden].” – George W. Bush
““It’s not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” – Mitt Romney

“and is committed to ending the other senseless war we continue to fight.”
Which timetable was also negotiated before Obama took office.

“When I’m president, we’ll make sure we bring our troops out by the end of 2014. The commanders and the generals there are on track to do so.” – Mitt Romney

Carleesha

November 2nd, 2012
7:01 pm

Our electric utility guys helping out with Hurricane Sandy may be the first opportunity some of our northern brethren have had to see real live southerners up close, maybe it’ll help dispel the notion we’re all Junior Samples and Honey Boo Boo.

The gullible will swallow anything

November 2nd, 2012
7:03 pm

Tiberius

The story was debunked this morning. The fact that you were still gullible enough to be running with it this evening, indicates you did want to know the truth. You just wanted to rant about union this, Democrat this.

Plenty to rant about unions and Democrats, however being truthful would help.

Try it some time.

again, see you around and have a great weekend

The gullible will swallow anything

November 2nd, 2012
7:06 pm

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

November 2nd, 2012
7:15 pm

If you think that things have improved under obozo, you might just be ate up.

hat tip- Jeff Foxworthy.

getalife

November 2nd, 2012
7:19 pm

You won on jobs in 10.

You did a horrible job so you will lose because you deserve it.

16 is not too far away.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

November 2nd, 2012
7:35 pm

The left seems to want to believe that if you don’t want to increase government spending and–God forbid–you actually talk a little about reining in some recently enacted programs that might bankrupt the government, you are “a radical.” Could anyone not living in a parallel universe believe this? Lenin, Mao, Che–and Romney? Really. It’s wacko.

Well, yeah, but look at who’s spews such things – the moonbats.

ahem

November 2nd, 2012
8:01 pm

Mega-banks still a major threat

Simplicity brings clarity and effectiveness. Complication invites confusion and dysfunction.

Our mega-banks today are enormous and highly complex combinations. They constitute even greater threats to the financial system. Yet Dodd-Frank leaves them intact.

http://www.ctpost.com/opinion/article/Mega-banks-still-a-major-threat-4001482.php

gm

November 2nd, 2012
8:04 pm

It would take another Sandra to come to Georgia and blow these southerners homes, trailers clean on to 75 before these idiots understand when a state is wiped out the gov steps in to help people.

High school dropout Rush scum Limbaugh insults Christie for working with the President to help people who have lost everything, this goes to show these right wingers are not true Americans you will have a better chance with the terrorist groups.

Donald nut Trump where is the 5 million to help these people, oh, I forgot gov has to come in and help, ask those rep in Ny, New Jersey how they like Femma and the goverment?

the red herring

November 2nd, 2012
8:11 pm

well if you want 4 more years of the same torture of american taxpayers then vote obama—if you want real hope for a change then vote romney. i don’t recall bush, reagan, etc allowing 7 hour attacks on our embassies to go unaided and unpunished. another term for obama will mean pure socialism for this country—-carbon offsets, more unions, etc. jeez–the unions kept the alabama utility company folks from helping out —so that tells you how they feel about the people they are “supposed” to serve in new jersey and new york…. 16 trillion in debt and 6 of it due to obama’s spending. nah—he’s failed miserably –time to change. go vote him out.

Jeffrey

November 2nd, 2012
8:11 pm

Whatever happened to Paul Ryan? I see more Rubio these days.