“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”

― John Rogers

The NYT notes the impending cloud of lawfare about to be waged over Tuesday’s election, noting the GOP’s massive voter intimidation efforts. (I suggest a swift kick-in-the-nuts response from anyone encountering this on voting day).

Have you no shame whatsoever, Jon Husted? Ohio’s GOP Secretary of State, whose decision to try to restrict early voting was thrown out first by an Ohio judge, then a federal appeals court and denied a hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court, will be back in court again this month after he issued a last-minute directive on provisional ballots that not only contradicts Ohio law but is also in violation of a recent court decision and the opposite of what Husted’s own lawyers said he would do. Can we just show this ass-clown to a country that his values are more in line with, maybe Uzbekistan?

It is  ironic that the Fox Television special ‘The World’s Greatest Hoaxes: Secrets Finally Revealed‘ was not, in fact, an examination of the GOP platform, but instead named Mitt Romney’s cousin, Jerry Romney, as one of the men in the Bigfoot suit in the Patterson-Gimlin footage (the Zapruder film of Bigfootology).  Romney’s ‘Bigfoot-baiting’ taunt of Newt Gingrich will likely cost him votes in the critical Sasquatch-American demographic.

Matt, son of Mitt, traveled to Moscow last week seeking Russian investors for his California-based real estate firm. I see absolutely no conflict or duplicity or anything shady about it at all, despite Mittens’ convention speech about Russia being “our number one geopolitical foe” . The Russians wouldn’t BUY any INFLUENCE by giving money to Romney’s son, would they? It’s only MONEY, right?

Speaking of M’Lord Willard’s game of political twister and changing his policies as often as he changes his policies:

More details have emerged in the Victory Christian mega-church child rape and cover-up. According to court records, Denman told law enforcement officials he was attracted to 12- and 13-year-old girls because they “put out more easy”, and church staff had “discussed that Castillo might leave the state, return to his parents in Texas, and start a new life,” after making lewd or indecent proposals to a child. The lawyer for the church’s administrators charged with covering up the rape and sodomies of children on church grounds had previously argued they weren’t required to report them because Jesus and stuff.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops faces IRS complaint over partisan advocacy (via Raw Story )

The Washington, D.C.-based Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has asked the IRS to investigate the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, alleging that numerous bishops had violated federal tax law by engaging in partisan advocacy. “As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Conference…


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