The University of Miami

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  1. 1 proudmemberofglobalzero
    October 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Wish i could have been there.

  2. 2 squarepeg
    October 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Temp staffing agencies are harder to get through to now. It’s not like it was 20 years ago. Everything is email now, and they don’t make it easy to follow up with a phone call, because no one will talk to you. This sucks. 😦

    • 3 dudette9t9
      October 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      I have a friend who’s experiencing this too. Does showing up in-person help? Don’t call ahead, just go. See what happens.

    • 4 globalcitizenlinda
      October 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      you are correct. what may be helpful is to complete an application in a temp office branch close to where most new businesses are opening up in the area you live.

      if possible complete applications with each of the differently-named agencies.

      during this time, focus on the ones that have seasonal jobs so that you can get a foot in the door for longer-term jobs

  3. 5 Eveingeorgia
    October 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    AH, SHOOT! But, congratulations, Proud.

  4. 6 Tally
    October 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    can I get a RT ?

    • 7 Roberta in MN
      October 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      You got it. Hi everyone, had modem problems yesterday, just go tmy computer back today. I was reallyt lost without it. Can’t do as much with the iphone that I thought I could. I think more of a training problem 🙂

  5. October 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm

  6. 11 yardarm756
    October 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Where are all the ppl? What happened to Liberal enthusiasm?

  7. 12 dudette9t9
    October 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Some behind-the-scenes scoop about the set for tonight’s debate:

  8. 13 57andfemale
    October 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Just got a call from the Obama Victory Fund. The nice young guy goes into his sales pitch. I told him to save his great energy for someone who needs persuadable! Money’s tight, but there’s nothing more important than reelecting PBO and giving him a decent Congress.

  9. 15 Tally
    October 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm


  10. 16 Tally
    October 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm

  11. 17 cookemom
    October 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Stephanie Cutter on Hardball. She does such a good job, imo. I hope she gets a promotion after the election.

    • 18 Grab a Mop Grace
      October 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Agreed Cookemom. Perhaps once Jay Carney has had enough……

      • 19 prettyfoot58
        October 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm

        whewwwwwwwwww…now that would be Awsome 😀

      • 22 lisalovesobama
        October 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm

        no way! I love Steph and she’s perfect as a surrogate because she’s not bound by politeness. She calls bullshit as she sees it and she’s very effective. I like Jay in his job because even when he gets frustrated he keeps his cool. Can you imagine Steph doing that? she’d call them out so bad, her size 7 foot prints would be permanently tattooed on their asses! ………… ah, now that I’ve thought about it, maybe she should take over Jay’s job………hm.

  12. 23 0388jojothecat
    October 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Hello my TOD friends!







  13. 38 dudette9t9
    October 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Pulling this over from end of previous post. Sorry it’s long. Don’t hate. This is important!
    CBS4 Miami Kicks Off Investigative Series on Overlooked E-Voting Concerns: ‘Citizens Should be Screaming From the Rooftops’

    [Local news TV report video included in article]

    Veteran FL election official, Ion Sancho warns: ‘It is wrong to assume that the machines are always right. They’re not’…
    By Brad Friedman on 10/5/2012, 1:23pm PT

    Lost in all of the front-end voter suppression and voter registration fraud news over the past many months this cycle, is the continuing “back-end” threat to Election Integrity still very much present in our unoverseeable, easily-manipulated, oft-failed electronic voting systems — both touch-screen and paper ballot optical-scan systems.

    Helping to balance that, if only a bit this week, we get some excellent investigative local TV news reporting from Miami’s Michele Gillen and her CBS4 Investigative team. They have noticed that we still have a very serious problem with the privatization of our supposedly-public electoral system, which now employes proprietary computer systems from private companies to determine the results of our elections…

    From the printed version of the report…

    “MIAMI (CBS4) – Ion Sancho is a man on a mission. Just weeks from the presidential election, one of the most veteran election supervisors in the state of Florida, thinks there’s plenty for him and his colleagues to lose sleep over.

    What keeps him awake at night? Whether you can trust the machine you will be voting on.

    “We still have not secured the process to ensure that that machine has read that ballot correctly and it is 100 percent accurate. Because it is wrong to assume that the machines are always right. They’re not, ” Sancho tells CBS4 Chief Investigator Michele Gillen.

    “I think the citizens should be screaming from the rooftops,” he punctuates with the candor and directness he is known for. ”

    The legendary Ion Sancho, quoted above, is Leon County, FL’s long-time Supervisor of Elections, so trusted by both parties that he was named to oversee the (eventually aborted) 2000 Presidential Election recount in the Sunshine State. He was also the first election official in the nation to allow an independent hack test of an electronic voting system. That test resulted in the stunning hack of a Diebold optical-scan system as seen in the shocking climactic scene of HBO’s Emmy-nominated 2006 documentary Hacking Democracy.

    Despite that very public hack, almost seven years ago, the very same machines are still in use in dozens of states. All the rest use computers that are virtually identical, and as easily manipulated and as often malfunctioning.

    Sancho goes on, in the report above, to give today’s Florida election system a grade of “F. F. F.” He’s being kind though… [more in the article]

  14. 42 dudette9t9
    October 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    More good news:

    U.S. jobless claims fall to lowest in four and half years

    By Doug Palmer

    WASHINGTON | Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:35pm EDT

    (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits slid last week to the lowest level in more than four and a half years, according to government data that may provide a boost to President Barack Obama a month before voters go to the polls.

    The Labor Department report on Thursday was the latest data to suggest improvement in the jobs market, though the surprisingly large 30,000 drop in new claims may have reflected distortions due to seasonal adjustments that are likely to be smoothed out in coming weeks.

    “The overall trend seems to be that the labor market is improving,” said Brian Kim, a currency strategist at RBS Securities in Stamford, Connecticut.

    A Labor Department analyst said seasonal factors had predicted a very large increase in claims last week, which he said would be typical for the first week of the quarter. Unadjusted claims did rise, but far less than expected, resulting in the sharp drop in the seasonally adjusted figure.

    He noted that one state reported a decline in claims last week when a rise had been expected. No states had been estimated for the report, he said.

    “We will likely see some payback in the claims data reported next week. But through this potential volatility, it does look like the trend in the claims is improving somewhat,” said Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan… [more in the article]

  15. 43 Tally
    October 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    We need to make NOISE about this:

    • 44 dudette9t9
      October 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Yep, I agree. This needs more exposure. Heard on the radio that they’ve canceled exit polling in Georgia, supposedly because it’s solidly Red. Interest decision was made when PBO had major momentum going. I call BS – could be just wishful thinking on my part, I really think Georgia’s still in play.

  16. 47 itgurl_29
    October 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Oprah Winfrey is in D.C. today taping a special show for military families. Gee, there’s a nice lady in D.C. who lives in a big white house and she does a lot for military families. I wonder if Oprah will interview her as well.

    • 48 globalcitizenlinda
      October 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      If I am not mistaken, Ms Winfrey is doing this in direct response to and support of FLOTUS and Dr Jill Biden – Joining Forces in particular.

      I do not know if you missed it or not but Oprah has already cut public service messages in support of this.

  17. 49 idon
    October 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    PBO is on fire in Florida. Mittnocchio went from severelyt conservative to severely kidding. PBO is playing the dozens on Mittnocchio’s sorry ass. And tonight I get to VeepJoe clean the floor with lyinryan’s sorry ass.

  18. 51 dotster3
    October 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I wonder how Joe B. feels—–(I feel for him). I wonder if he feels the pressure to impress and succeed or if he relishes the opportunity to expose some truths and can’t wait to do it. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed any nervousness from him, but there is so much stuff, so many facts to have at the ready, so much on his shoulders and high expectations— and I wonder if Ryan will try out a new personna a la Romney’s debate makeover. What do y’all think?
    And I vote “no” on turning off the comments here. That makes no sense to me. We should be able to comment in this usually friendly environment. We’re all “growed up” here, or should be.

    • 52 dudette9t9
      October 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Joe’s an old pro! He’s got this!

    • 54 Bill R.
      October 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      I’m betting Joe relishes this opportunity to give Paul Ryan his comeuppance. He has been in the Senate since the 1970s until his VP election. He has his facts down and knows where the bones are buried. He knows Paul Ryan’s legislative history and voting pattern like the back of his hand. He has debated with the best of them in the Senate. He had to guard himself when going against Palin because of the possible backlash by women. No holding back tonight. The other thing I am guessing is that Joe Biden is a progressive Catholic. He came of age with Vatican II and believes strongly in the Church’s teachings on social justice, and undoubtedly he is contemptuous of someone who would choose Ayn Rand and her doctrine of selfishness and atheism over the Gospel and the papal encyclicals on social justice and government responsibilities to the needy. Joe is a devout Catholic who carries his rosary everywhere. He wants the Catholic teaching on social justice and governance to be affirmed and for this upstart to stop perverting religion and religious values.

      • 55 dotster3
        October 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

        Since they’re both Catholic, I wonder if their differences will come up during the debate. Paul Ryan’s beliefs are way out there on the extreme side—–no contraception, legitimate rape, personhood etc. Now that would be interesting, as I’m staring at a “Vote Pro Life” sign across the street.

    • 56 cookemom
      October 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      I heard that the main reason PBO picked Biden asVP was how impressive he was during the ’08 primary debates. So I’m thinking the strategy is as PBO has already said, ‘let Joe, be Joe’. VP Joe has been through it all, both politically and personally. He will handle the debate as he’s always done, with professionalism and compassion, and the truth. Only the media is making this into a do or die issue. Most people have already made up their minds. Those who say they haven’t are lying or don’t plan to vote for Dem or Repub or at all.

  19. 57 Grab a Mop Grace
    October 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Any estimates on how many folks were there for the President at the Univ. of Miami today?

  20. October 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    President Obama will be headed to Williamsburg, Va. for three days of debate prep, the Obama campaign confirmed.

    He plans to depart Washington on Sunday and return on Tuesday, the White House announced.

    As previously reported by the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet, Obama is planning a hiatus to Virginia to “retool” after his widely panned performance in the first debate.

    The next presidential debate will be held next Tuesday at Hofstra University on Long Island.

  21. 61 dudette9t9
    October 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Well, it IS dinnertime afterall — check out SLOTUS’ recipe for Parmesan Chicken (looks yummy)
    featured in November issue of Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine

    • 62 cookemom
      October 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Well she’s gotta be more successful than Ann, who managed to damn near burn down the Today Show makeshift kitchen this morning, making some gawd awful concoction.

  22. 65 prettyfoot58
    October 11, 2012 at 6:13 pm

  23. October 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

  24. October 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    The Obama campaign is blaming Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for the political firestorm surrounding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

    “The entire reason that this has become the political topic it is, is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. It’s a big part of their stump speech and it’s reckless and irresponsible,” deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said Thursday on CNN.

    Asked about the reaction of the mother of one of those killed in the September attack, Cutter defend the administration’s mixed messages.

    “We put the facts out there every step of the way,” Cutter said, saying an investigation is still ongoing.

    The Obama administration has come under widespread criticism for it’s handling for the security situation in Benghazi.

    Multiple reports indicate that State Department personnel had asked for additional security. Further, the administration was forced to admit that the attack was clearly connected to terrorism — and not the result of protests against an anti-Islamic film.

    Administration officials initially downplayed connections to terrorism — culminating in U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice’s appearance on ABC’s “This Week” in mid-September where she said that the attack was “not premeditated.”

    The administration has since disavowed those comments, admitting that the attack was deliberate, pre-planned and likely the work of terrorists.
    So, now Fox is twisting what she said, she didn’t blame R&R for the Benghazi attack.
    What a bunch of losers over there at Fox and CNN.

  25. 71 Bill R.
    October 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    President Obama used some excellent framing today, words that are readily accessible in the popular culture. For example, defining MItt’s current strategy and actions as “extreme makeover” . Everyone knows that expression. And juxtaposing the terms “extremely conservative” (How Romney defined himself in the primary speech he gave at CPAC) with “extremely kidding” is a work of genius. Basically he’s calling Mitt a liar but doing it in a sophisticated humorous way, totally calling MItt out on his lack of credibility.

  26. 73 dudette9t9
    October 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Listen to My Vice President in Toledo, OH (Mar 2012)

  27. October 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Oh Brother-

    The Romney/Ryan camp has apparently insisted that Ryan be referred to as “Mr” during the debate rather than “Congressman.” So Biden — presumably he’s going by “Vice President” rather than like “Doc Biden” or something — has to refer to Ryan as “Mr. Ryan.” Presumably this is because Congress is generally unpopular and they want to seem like outsiders. But isn’t this exactly the kind of thing that makes you seem juvenile when someone leaks this on you? Good idea? Hard to figure.

  28. October 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    • 82 4morefor44
      October 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      no doubt an emoprog. that person needs to stop telling one of the world’s great leaders of all time what to do, and take their bedroom slippers off, but down the iPad, and knock on some doors and watch some polls. so tired of “liberals” thinking they know better than president barack hussein obama. forward, with or without emoprogs!

      • 83 4morefor44
        October 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        (meaning “polling places”…not the daily propaganda polls)

      • 84 nospin
        October 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

        so I am not the only one who was offended by that sign.

        • October 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm

          I liked the sign, to be honest Nospin. PBO admitted yesterday he was “too polite” in the first debate, I just think the sign is urging him to be less polite this time and obliterate Romney. Which is what I think he’ll do.

          • 86 squarepeg
            October 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm

            I agree Chippy I don’t think the person holding the ipad meant any harm. He loves POTUS and wants him to do well.

          • 87 4morefor44
            October 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm

            i’m still of the opinion that it was rope-a-dope. he’s got the public telling him now to be tougher and call out the lies, as opposed doing it himself at first and be the “angry black man.” he can now do it since he’s just listening to “the people,” and he’s also got mittbot on record in his own words lying like crazy, except for the truthful comment our president got him to say, and that was about social security as a voucher program, which our president aggressively got mittbot to admit. he knows what he’s doing, and i feel his comments over this week show that this was the strategy. just my 2 cents on really studying his strategies and actions over the years, and some of the various “art of war” strategies over the centuries. of course as we know here, debates and optics have a minor effect…we’re going to win because of the ground game and o.f.a. anyway.

            • 88 4morefor44
              October 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

              plus, it also gets more of the public engaged and thinking they are part of the campaign and so on. republicans and media are one thing, but president obama also has to cajole voter apathy and some elements of the liberal side. cool with me when it’s for a good cause!

            • October 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm

              I’d love to believe all that 4More, but at the risk of re-opening the whole thing … I don’t, to be honest. There was a huge audience for that debate, way bigger than for rallies or ads, and Romney’s lies largely went unchallenged. I don’t think there’s any way to rationalize that, but I’m absolutely convinced the next two debates will be great.

              • 90 hopefruit2
                October 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm

                I think even that “admission” is hiding a bit of of rope-a-dope as 4morefor44 was saying. This strategy is similar to the “evolving” strategy on same-sex marriage. The president takes an approach that he thinks will get the masses to push him for the direction he ACTUALLY wants to go in the first place. I think he desperately wanted to call Romney out on all his lies and humiliate him in front of a large audience, but he first wanted to make sure he had the country fully behind him and first disabled the media, so when he actually does it, the media will be fully disabled to criticize him or at risk of losing their credibility if they do.

                I don’t think he would have used that approach if there was only one debate before the election.

          • 91 nospin
            October 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm

            I get that Chips. I really do.

            But the man heard for a full week that folks believed he sucked so yet another reminder almost 7 days later is a bit much. that’s all I’m saying.

    • 93 Gangerworld
      October 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      So did nobody else notice that this picture seems photoshopped to me? There’s no hands holding up that sign, and the text just screams photoshopping. I mean I could be wrong, but I do that stuff for a living so… I dunno.

  29. 95 Tally
    October 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  30. 99 kathryn kivett
    October 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    what time PBO remarks at fund raiser?…don’t want to miss it……..As far as Joe is concerned…Tell it like it is, Joe…if he makes gaffes…so what, I like his gaffes..they are just the truth…the middle class has been buried for the last 4 yrs by ca ca dumped on them by Bush regime..it’s just taking longer than we hoped to shovel it away…but we are making progress…it doesn’t smell quite as bad as it did…

    • 100 Tally
      October 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      It’s hard to shovel away when the GOP won’t let you buy a shovel, or hire any help.

      • 101 kathryn kivett
        October 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

        I heard a rumor that on Nov. 7th there was going to be a pre Black Friday SALE on shovels and that there were going to be some congressmen and Senators out of a job that would be glad to work for minimun wage…; ^ ) !

    • 103 4morefor44
      October 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      actually, the big changes are happening much faster than i ever thought they would. just as in 2006-2007 when so many good liberal friends of mine didn’t think america was ready yet for a black president. and we’d have so much massive legislation passed in 3 years…it’s really remarkable especially given the media landscape and republican (often along with a lot of fake democrats) opposing even the smallest legislation or appointment.

      the “change” is happening faster than i ever expected, and when looking in a historical context, and how it took hundres of years for civil rights and women’s sufferage and so on, we all should be applauding how quickly president obama has been able to bring about the changes. forward!!

  31. October 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    WOW, if you haven’t read the memo updating the OFA ground game, take a look. AMAZING!

  32. 108 dudette9t9
    October 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Another reminder why we MUST re-elect President Obama!
    Four Ways A Romney Supreme Court Would Change The Constitution Without Amending It

    – Eliminating The Right To An Abortion
    – Judges For Sale
    – Government In The Bedroom
    – Tossing Out The Constitution’s Text

    Four of the Court’s current justices are over the age of 74.

  33. October 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

  34. 112 prettyfoot58
    October 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm



    Meet WI State Rep. Roger Rivard (R – Jackholeville), endorsed by VP candidate, Paul Ryan – who, by the way, just rescinded said endorsement. Rivard made the initial comment nearly a year ago;

  35. 118 prettyfoot58
    October 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

  36. 120 lisalovesobama
    October 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    what time is PBO’s campaign rally tonight?

  37. 123 anniebella
    October 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Any info on FLOTUS speech today in Colorado?.

  38. 126 Tally
    October 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

  39. 127 proudmemberofglobalzero
    October 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Look, all VP Biden has to do is name the HR with number of every bill that he voted for to kill funding for vets, seniors, Students, and women. This should be an easy debate. Stop with the “Capital Gains Tax” most people don’t even know what that is. Yeah, just go ask someone in rural America what a capital gains tax is.

  40. 128 prettyfoot58
    October 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

  41. 129 prettyfoot58
    October 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm

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