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Updated: week 15 (FINAL)

Note: this site not only ranks all schools (including PWIs) within their respective division (level of competition) but it also shows a ranking for all schools across all divisions ... in other words, the total ranking includes ranking for all schools (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA).

Source: http://www.compughterratings.com/FCS/ratings

Below is a list of the Top 40 HBCU football teams for 2014 season (week #15) based on computer statistical data. For a complete listing of all college football teams across all competitive divisions (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA), visit website: www.COMPUGHTERrating.com  

Top 10
186 Bethune Cookman prev #1
192 SC State prev #2
207 Alcorn State prev #5
226 Southern prev #3
227 NC A&T prev #4
244 NC Central prev #6
250 Grambling State prev #8
251 Morgan State prev #7
270 Alabama State prev #11
275 Tenn State prev #9

Top 20
280 Virginia State (D2) prev #10
284 Tuskegee (D2) prev #12
289 Prairie View prev #14
295 Winston Salem (D2) prev #13
307 Howard prev #15
317 Norfolk State prev #16
324 Albany State (D2) prev #17
332 Hampton prev #18
345 Alabama A&M prev #19
358 Jackson State prev #21

Top 30
364 Virginia Union (D2) prev #20
366 Florida A&M prev #22
368 Ark Pine Bluff prev #23
383 Texas Southern prev #25
386 Miles (D2) prev #24
425 Bowie State (D2) prev #26
433 Fort Valley (D2) prev #27
435 Delaware State prev #29
437 Morehouse (D2) prev #28
440 Langston (NAIA) prev #30

Top 40
469 Miss Valley prev #32
470 Stillman (D2) prev #31
483 Elizabeth City (D2) prev #33
484 VU-Lynch (n/a) prev #34
493 Fayetteville State (D2) prev #35
506 Central State OH (D2) prev #36
508 Savannah State prev #37
513 Benedict (D2) prev #38
515 JC Smith (D2) prev #39
518 West Virgina State (D2) prev #40


Added: None
Dropped: None

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Sports Forum / HBCU Football Top-40 Computer Power Ranking 2014 (week #14)
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:03:24 AM »
Updated: week 14

Note: this site not only ranks all schools (including PWIs) within their respective division (level of competition) but it also shows a ranking for all schools across all divisions ... in other words, the total ranking includes ranking for all schools (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA).

Source: http://www.compughterratings.com/FCS/ratings

Below is a list of the Top 40 HBCU football teams for 2014 season (week #14) based on computer statistical data. For a complete listing of all college football teams across all competitive divisions (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA), visit website: www.COMPUGHTERrating.com  

Top 10
186 Bethune Cookman prev #1
192 SC State prev #2
200 Southern prev #4
224 NC A&T prev #3
231 Alcorn State prev #5
241 NC Central prev #7
249 Morgan State prev #8
254 Grambling State prev #6
270 Tenn State prev #10
272 Virginia State (D2) prev #9

Top 20
274 Alabama State prev #11
285 Tuskegee (D2) prev #13
291 Winston Salem (D2) prev #12
293 Prairie View prev #14
310 Howard prev #15
319 Norfolk State prev #16
323 Albany State (D2) prev #17
334 Hampton prev #18
352 Alabama A&M prev #19
360 Virginia Union (D2) prev #20

Top 30
362 Jackson State prev #21
370 Florida A&M prev #22
375 Ark Pine Bluff prev #23
388 Miles (D2) prev #25
393 Texas Southern prev #24
421 Bowie State (D2) prev #26
441 Fort Valley (D2) prev #27
442 Morehouse (D2) prev #29
444 Delaware State prev #28
451 Langston (NAIA) prev #30

Top 40
472 Stillman (D2) prev #31
477 Miss Valley prev #33
481 Elizabeth City (D2) prev #32
485 VU-Lynch (n/a) prev #35
491 Fayetteville State (D2) prev #34
507 Central State OH (D2) prev #36
511 Savannah State prev #37
516 Benedict (D2) prev #38
517 JC Smith (D2) prev #39
524 West Virgina State (D2) prev # none

Added: West Virginia State (D2)
Dropped: St Augustine (D2)

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In lieu of going round and round with OSR about his flawed TRF/OSR rating, I decided to just layout a side-by-side comparison and let the people be the judge:

Week 13 Comparison:

........OSR Rating......................Compughter Ranking

01   Virginia State................   185 Bethune Cookman prev #3
02   Winston-Salem State......   193 SC State prev #4
03   Tuskegee......................   220 NC A&T prev #2
04   Albany State..................   223 Southern prev #5
05   North Carolina A&T.........   229 Alcorn State prev #1
06   Bethune-Cookman..........   240 Grambling State prev #6
07  South Carolina State........   244 NC Central prev #8
08   Langston........................   251 Morgan State prev #7
09   Alcorn State..................   257 Virginia State (D2) prev #9
10   Southern........................   265 Tenn State prev #12
11   Morgan State.................   273 Alabama State prev #11
12   Grambling.....................   285 Winston Salem (D2) prev #13
13   North Carolina Central....   287 Tuskegee (D2) prev #10
14   Virginia Union................   295 Prairie View prev #14
15   Fort Valley....................   308 Howard prev #19
16   Miles.............................   322 Norfolk State prev #16
17   Morehouse.....................   326 Albany State (D2) prev #17
18   Fayetteville State............   331 Hampton prev #15
19   Bowie State....................   352 Alabama A&M prev #18
20   Alabama State................   356 Virginia Union (D2) prev #20
21   Prairie View....................   365 Jackson State prev #26
22   Livingstone......................      368 Florida A&M prev #21
23   Norfolk State...................   375 Ark Pine Bluff prev #25
24   Elizabeth City..................   392 Texas Southern prev #23
25   Stillman...........................   396 Miles (D2) prev #22
26   Alabama A&M.................   418 Bowie State (D2) prev #24
27   Tennessee State...............   435 Fort Valley (D2) prev #28
28   Benedict..........................   439 Delaware State prev #27
29   Howard.............................   440 Morehouse (D2) prev #29
30   Johnson C. Smith.............   448 Langston (NAIA) prev #30
31   Hampton.........................   468 Stillman (D2) prev #31
32   Kentucky State.................   473 Elizabeth City (D2) prev #32
33   St. Augustine's.................   475 Miss Valley prev #33
34   Jackson State..................   484 Fayetteville State (D2) prev #34
35   Texas Southern.................   488 VU-Lynch (n/a) prev #34
36   Central State.....................   507 Central State OH (D2) prev #36
37   Arkansas-Pine Bluff...........   511 Savannah State prev #39
38   Shaw University................   516 Benedict (D2) prev #37
39   Chowan............................   518 JC Smith (D2) prev #38
40   Florida A&M......................   539 St Augustine (D2) prev # none

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Updated: week 13

Note: this site not only ranks all schools (including PWIs) within their respective division (level of competition) but it also shows a ranking for all schools across all divisions ... in other words, the total ranking includes ranking for all schools (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA).

Source: http://www.compughterratings.com/FCS/ratings

Below is a list of the Top 40 HBCU football teams for 2014 season (week #13) based on computer statistical data. For a complete listing of all college football teams across all competitive divisions (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA), visit website: www.COMPUGHTERrating.com  

Top 10
185 Bethune Cookman prev #3
193 SC State prev #4
220 NC A&T prev #2
223 Southern prev #5
229 Alcorn State prev #1
240 Grambling State prev #6
244 NC Central prev #8
251 Morgan State prev #7
257 Virginia State (D2) prev #9
265 Tenn State prev #12

Top 20
273 Alabama State prev #11
285 Winston Salem (D2) prev #13
287 Tuskegee (D2) prev #10
295 Prairie View prev #14
308 Howard prev #19
322 Norfolk State prev #16
326 Albany State (D2) prev #17
331 Hampton prev #15
352 Alabama A&M prev #18
356 Virginia Union (D2) prev #20

Top 30
365 Jackson State prev #26
368 Florida A&M prev #21
375 Ark Pine Bluff prev #25
392 Texas Southern prev #23
396 Miles (D2) prev #22
418 Bowie State (D2) prev #24
435 Fort Valley (D2) prev #28
439 Delaware State prev #27
440 Morehouse (D2) prev #29
448 Langston (NAIA) prev #30

Top 40
468 Stillman (D2) prev #31
473 Elizabeth City (D2) prev #32
475 Miss Valley prev #33
484 Fayetteville State (D2) prev #34
488 VU-Lynch (n/a) prev #35
507 Central State OH (D2) prev #36
511 Savannah State prev #39
516 Benedict (D2) prev #37
518 JC Smith (D2) prev #38
539 St Augustine (D2) prev # none


Added In: St Augustine (D2)
Dropped Out: West Virgina State (D2)

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In lieu of going round and round with OSR about his flawed TRF/OSR rating, I decided to just layout a side-by-side comparsion and let the people be the judge:

Week 12 Comparisons:

........OSR Rating........................Compughter Ranking

01   Virginia State..................   179 Alcorn State prev #3
02   Tuskegee......................   180 NC A&T prev #4
03   Winston-Salem State......   183 Bethune Cookman prev #1
04   Alcorn State..................   189 SC State prev #2
05   Albany State..................   202 Southern prev #6
06  North Carolina A&T..........   225 Grambling State prev #5
07  South Carolina State........   232 Morgan State prev #11
08   Bethune-Cookman..........   252 NC Central prev #9
09   Langston........................   257 Virginia State (D2) prev #12
10   Southern........................   262 Tuskegee (D2) prev #8
11.   Morgan State................   272 Alabama State prev #15
12.   Grambling.....................   275 Tenn State prev #10
13.   Virginia Union................   286 Winston Salem (D2) prev #7
14.   North Carolina Central....   292 Prairie View prev #16
15.   Fort Valley....................   307 Hampton prev #21
16   Miles.............................   310 Norfolk State prev #17
17   Morehouse.....................   316 Albany State (D2) prev #13
18   Fayetteville State............   317 Alabama A&M prev #14
19   Bowie State....................   333 Howard prev #19
20   Prairie View....................   355 Virginia Union (D2) prev #20
21   Alabama State................   364 Florida A&M prev #26
22   Livingstone.....................      382 Miles (D2) prev #22
23   Stillman..........................   396 Texas Southern prev #18
24   Norfolk State...................   414 Bowie State (D2) prev #27
25   Elizabeth City..................   418 Ark Pine Bluff prev #24
26   Alabama A&M.................   419 Jackson State prev #30
27   Hampton.........................   431 Delaware State prev #25
28   Benedict..........................   434 Fort Valley (D2) prev #28
29   Johnson C. Smith.............   439 Morehouse (D2) prev #29
30   Tennessee State...............   441 Langston (NAIA) prev #23
31   Howard...........................   468 Stillman (D2) prev #31
32   Kentucky State.................   482 Elizabeth City (D2) prev #34
33   St. Augustine's.................   483 Miss Valley prev #33
34   Texas Southern.................   489 Fayetteville State (D2) prev #35
35   Central State.....................   491 VU-Lynch (n/a) prev #32
36   Shaw University................   504 Central State OH (D2) prev #36
37   Chowan............................   512 Benedict (D2) prev #37
38   Florida A&M......................   516 JC Smith (D2) prev #39
39   Arkansas-Pine Bluff...........   524 Savannah State prev #40
40   West Virginia State............   537 West Virgina State (D2) prev #38

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Sports Forum / HBCU Football Top-40 Computer Power Ranking 2014 (week #12)
« on: November 17, 2014, 04:07:25 PM »
Updated: week 12

Note: this site not only ranks all schools (including PWIs) within their respective division (level of competition) but it also shows a ranking for all schools across all divisions ... in other words, the total ranking includes ranking for all schools (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA).

Source: http://www.compughterratings.com/FCS/ratings

Below is a list of the Top 40 HBCU football teams for 2014 season (week #12) based on computer statistical data. For a complete listing of all college football teams across all competitive divisions (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA), visit website: www.COMPUGHTERrating.com  

Top 10
179 Alcorn State prev #3
180 NC A&T prev #4
183 Bethune Cookman prev #1
189 SC State prev #2
202 Southern prev #6
225 Grambling State prev #5
232 Morgan State prev #11
252 NC Central prev #9
257 Virginia State (D2) prev #12
262 Tuskegee (D2) prev #8

Top 20
272 Alabama State prev #15
275 Tenn State prev #10
286 Winston Salem (D2) prev #7
292 Prairie View prev #16
307 Hampton prev #21
310 Norfolk State prev #17
316 Albany State (D2) prev #13
317 Alabama A&M prev #14
333 Howard prev #19
355 Virginia Union (D2) prev #20

Top 30
364 Florida A&M prev #26
382 Miles (D2) prev #22
396 Texas Southern prev #18
414 Bowie State (D2) prev #27
418 Ark Pine Bluff prev #24
419 Jackson State prev #30
431 Delaware State prev #25
434 Fort Valley (D2) prev #28
439 Morehouse (D2) prev #29
441 Langston (NAIA) prev #23

Top 40
468 Stillman (D2) prev #31
482 Elizabeth City (D2) prev #34
483 Miss Valley prev #33
489 Fayetteville State (D2) prev #35
491 VU-Lynch (n/a) prev #32
504 Central State OH (D2) prev #36
512 Benedict (D2) prev #37
516 JC Smith (D2) prev #39
524 Savannah State prev #40
537 West Virgina State (D2) prev #38


Added: none
Dropped out: none

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Sports Forum / HBCU Football Top-40 Computer Power Ranking 2014 (week #11)
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:49:38 AM »
Updated: week 11

Note: this site not only ranks all schools (including PWIs) within their respective division (level of competition) but it also shows a ranking for all schools across all divisions ... in other words, the total ranking includes ranking for all schools (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA).

Source: http://www.compughterratings.com/FCS/ratings

Below is a list of the Top 40 HBCU football teams for 2014 season (week #11) based on computer statistical data. For a complete listing of all college football teams across all competitive divisions (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA), visit website: www.COMPUGHTERrating.com  


Top 10
143 Bethune Cookman prev #1
172 SC State prev #2
175 Alcorn State prev #3
191 NC A&T prev #5
195 Grambling State prev #4
204 Southern prev #6
266 Winston Salem (D2) prev #7
277 Tuskegee (D2) prev #9
286 NC Central prev #11
287 Tenn State prev #15

Top 20
291 Morgan State prev #8
297 Virginia State (D2) prev #14
300 Albany State (D2) prev #13
305 Alabama A&M prev #10
306 Alabama State prev #16
310 Prairie View prev #17
320 Norfolk State prev #12
369 Texas Southern prev #19
379 Howard prev #22
380 Virginia Union (D2) prev #20

Top 30
381 Hampton prev #18
400 Miles (D2) prev #21
420 Langston (NAIA) prev #27
422 Ark Pine Bluff prev #23
427 Delaware State prev #24
428 Florida A&M prev #26
441 Bowie State (D2) prev #29
445 Fort Valley (D2) prev #25
452 Morehouse (D2) prev #30
471 Jackson State prev #28

Top 40
482 Stillman (D2) prev #33
488 VU-Lynch (n/a) prev # none
496 Miss Valley prev #34
507 Elizabeth City (D2) prev #32
512 Fayetteville State (D2) prev #36
519 Central State OH (D2) prev #37
530 Benedict (D2) prev #31
537 West Virgina State (D2) prev #35
544 JC Smith (D2) prev # none
550 Savannah State prev #38


Added: VU-Lynch (n/a), JC Smith (D2)
Dropped out: Kentucky State (D2), Livingstone (D2)

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In lieu of going round and round with OSR about his flawed TRF/OSR rating, I decided to just layout a side-by-side comparsion and let the people be the judge:

........OSR Rating......................Compughter Ranking
01.  Winston-Salem State.......147 Bethune Cookman prev #1
02.  Alcorn State...................170 SC State prev #2
03. *Langston........................185 Alcorn State prev #3
04.  Albany State...................186 Grambling State prev #5
05.  Tuskegee........................200 NC A&T prev #4
05.  Grambling State...............215 Southern prev #6
07.  Bethune-Cookman............277 Winston Salem (D2) prev #7
08.  South Carolina State.........279 Morgan State prev #10
09.  North Carolina A&T............294 Tuskegee (D2) prev #8
10.  Virginia Union...................295 Alabama A&M prev #11
11.  Virginia State...................297 NC Central prev #9
12.  Southern.........................307 Norfolk State prev #15
13.  Morgan State...................316 Albany State (D2) prev #18
14.  Fayetteville State..............322 Virginia State (D2) prev #16
15.  Fort Valley State...............326 Tenn State prev #12
16.  Alabama A&M...................330 Alabama State prev #13
17.  North Carolina Central........334 Prairie View prev #17
18.  Miles................................354 Hampton prev #14
19.  Bowie State......................362 Texas Southern prev #19
20.  Norfolk State....................364 Virginia Union (D2) prev #24
21.  Morehouse........................372 Miles (D2) prev #22
22.  Livingstone........................399 Howard prev #27
23.  Alabama State...................403 Ark Pine Bluff prev #25
24.  Stillman............................421 Delaware State prev #21
25.  Prairie View A&M................423 Fort Valley (D2) prev #20
26.  Benedict............................432 Florida A&M prev #23
27.  Arkansas-Pine Bluff.............449 *Langston (NAIA) prev #33
28.  Elizabeth City State.............460 Jackson State prev #26
29.  Texas Southern..................462 Bowie State (D2) prev #32
30.  Shaw University.................468 Morehouse (D2) prev #35
31.  Hampton..........................475 Benedict (D2) prev #29
31.  Kentucky State..................482 Elizabeth City (D2) prev #28
33.  St. Augustine's..................487 Stillman (D2) prev #31
34.  Tennessee State................497 Miss Valley prev #30
34.  Central State....................499 West Virgina State (D2) prev #39
36.  West Virginia State.............510 Fayetteville State (D2) prev #38
37.  Delaware State..................524 Central State OH (D2) prev #36
38.  Johnson C. Smith...............547 Savannah State prev #37
39.  Clark-Atlanta.....................557 Kentucky State (D2) prev # none
40.  Lincoln, MO.......................559 Livingstone (D2) prev #34

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Sports Forum / HBCU Football Top-40 Computer Power Ranking 2014 (week #10)
« on: November 04, 2014, 12:38:35 PM »
Updated: week 10

Note: this site not only ranks all schools (including PWIs) within their respective division (level of competition) but it also shows a ranking for all schools across all divisions ... in other words, the total ranking includes ranking for all schools (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA).

Source: http://www.compughterratings.com/FCS/ratings

Below is a list of the Top 40 HBCU football teams for 2014 season (week #10) based computer statistical data. For a complete listing of all college football teams across all competitive divisions (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA), visit website: www.COMPUGHTERrating.com  

Top 10
147 Bethune Cookman prev #1
170 SC State prev #2
185 Alcorn State prev #3
186 Grambling State prev #5
200 NC A&T prev #4
215 Southern prev #6
277 Winston Salem (D2) prev #7
279 Morgan State prev #10
294 Tuskegee (D2) prev #8
295 Alabama A&M prev #11

Top 20
297 NC Central prev #9
307 Norfolk State prev #15
316 Albany State (D2) prev #18
322 Virginia State (D2) prev #16
326 Tenn State prev #12
330 Alabama State prev #13
334 Prairie View prev #17
354 Hampton prev #14
362 Texas Southern prev #19
364 Virginia Union (D2) prev #24

Top 30
372 Miles (D2) prev #22
399 Howard prev #27
403 Ark Pine Bluff prev #25
421 Delaware State prev #21
423 Fort Valley (D2) prev #20
432 Florida A&M prev #23
449 Langston (NAIA) prev #33
460 Jackson State prev #26
462 Bowie State (D2) prev #32
468 Morehouse (D2) prev #35

Top 40
475 Benedict (D2) prev #29
482 Elizabeth City (D2) prev #28
487 Stillman (D2) prev #31
497 Miss Valley prev #30
499 West Virgina State (D2) prev #39
510 Fayetteville State (D2) prev #38
524 Central State OH (D2) prev #36
547 Savannah State prev #37
557 Kentucky State (D2) prev # none
559 Livingstone (D2) prev #34


Added: Kentucky State (D2)
Dropped out: St Augustine (D2)

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Sports Forum / HBCU Football Top-40 Computer Power Ranking 2014 (week #9)
« on: October 27, 2014, 08:54:24 PM »
Source: http://www.compughterratings.com/FCS/ratings

Below is a list of the Top 40 HBCU football teams for 2014 season (week #9) based computer statistical data. For a complete listing of all college football teams across all competitive divisions (FBS/FCS/D2/D3/NAIA), visit website: www.COMPUGHTERrating.com  

Top 10
145 Bethune Cookman prev #1
149 SC State prev #4
185 Alcorn State prev #2
189 NC A&T prev #5
195 Grambling State prev #3
225 Southern prev #6
270 Winston Salem (D2) prev #8
305 Tuskegee (D2) prev #12
306 NC Central prev #14
310 Morgan State prev #13

Top 20
314 Alabama A&M prev #17
318 Tenn State prev #11
322 Alabama State prev #7
323 Hampton prev #22
326 Norfolk State prev #15
330 Virginia State (D2) prev #18
336 Prairie View prev #10
354 Albany State (D2) prev #19
358 Texas Southern prev #9
364 Fort Valley (D2) prev #20

Top 30
384 Delaware State prev #16
400 Miles (D2) prev #25
423 Florida A&M prev #23
436 Virginia Union (D2) prev #21
437 Ark Pine Bluff prev #32
447 Jackson State prev #26
452 Howard prev #28
460 Elizabeth City (D2) prev #29
461 Benedict (D2) prev #30
467 Miss Valley prev #27

Top 40
472 Stillman (D2) prev #24
487 Bowie State (D2) prev #38
491 Langston (NAIA) prev #31
522 Livingstone (D2) prev #36
526 Morehouse (D2) prev #33
541 Central State OH (D2) prev # none
544 Savannah State prev #34
554 Fayetteville State (D2) prev #39
562 West Virgina State (D2) prev #37
574 St Augustine (D2) prev #35

Added: Central State OH (D2)
Dropped out: Kentucky State (D2)

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Politics / Romneys Connection to Company that makes Voting Machines
« on: October 23, 2012, 02:06:14 PM »
Title: Here's The Truth About The Story About The Romneys Investing In The Company That Makes The Voting Machines
by Henry Blodget

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There's a big story circulating on liberal blogs and news sites right now.

The gist of the story is this:

The Romney family has invested in the third-largest voting machine manufacturer in the United States, a company that makes the e-voting machines used in crucial swing states like Ohio and Colorado.

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So, let's review.

A private-equity firm that is run and controlled largely by the Romney family, Solamere, sometimes co-invests with a "partner" private-equity firm, H.I.G., run by former colleagues of Mitt Romney and key fund-raisers for the Romney campaign.

Hart InterCivic

Hart InterCivic's e-voting machines.
The Romney's private-equity firm, Solamere, says it has not invested in the H.I.G. fund or entity that made the investment in the voting machine company.

But Solamere has invested in other H.I.G. funds that are run by the same H.I.G. partners who manage the H.I.G. entity that invested in the voting-machine company, many of whom are former Romney colleagues and current Romney fundraisers.

So Solamere may not have a direct or indirect investment in the voting machine company. But its partner H.I.G. does. And the partner, H.I.G., is run by executives who actively support the Romney campaign.

Now, of course, the only way any of this matters in reality is if someone tampers with the voting machines in a way that gives Mitt Romney an edge.

Is there any evidence that anyone has tampered with the voting machines?

Thankfully, no.

But you've got to admit... The connection here is close enough that it creates, if not the appearance of impropriety, at least the appearance of the potential for impropriety.

Electronic voting machines are controversial. And in the past, at least, they have blamed for some mysterious voting results, in Ohio and elsewhere.

The close connection between the Romneys, the Romney campaign, and the voting-machine company, therefore, looks bad, regardless of whether the Rom
ney family-linked fund actually has a "direct or indirect" investment in the voting machine company.

Source:  http://www.businessinsider.com/romney-investment-in-voting-machines-2012-10


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Found a very interesting article below and I wonder why you don't hear Christian group speak-out on this subject.

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Title: Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand, and Satanism
by Dean Walker   August 12, 2012 )

Ayn Rand, more than anyone else, did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism. And this to me is what matters most.”  Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan.

(Now that Mitt Romney has officially selected Wisconsin U.S. Representative Paul Ryan as his running-mate, I thought I might be a good idea to republish an article I originally wrote for Project Censored in June, 2011.  For Ryan's friends, family, and staff, Ayn Rand is required  reading).

In the interest of full disclosure, I consider myself spiritually agnostic. That said, can I get a Hallelujah! Some Christians are finally getting hip to the fact that Republicans have been worshiping at the altar of Ayn Rand, and unwittingly the Church of Satan. I kid you not. Well, at least the part about Ayn Rand. As for the Satanism bit, there is only one degree of separation between Rand’s philosophy and Satanism, but more on this later.

Personally, I enjoyed reading Rand’s books. Perhaps twenty years ago, I  read her novels Atlas Shrugged, and The Fountainhead, as well as her non-fiction book Virtue of Selfishness. Rand is most known for her novels. However, Rand’s philosophy of “Objectivism” is what attracted both me and many extreme Right-wingers in America. Coming from a conservative Christian family, I have followed the writings and influences of Right-wing extremism my entire life. In the 1970’s, for summer vacation, our family went to Ocean Grove, New Jersey for a James Dobson, Focus on the Family, “Dare to Discipline” seminar.

Anyway, I rejected Dobson and Rand’s philosophies. Deep down inside, I was convinced altruism was inherently moral, valuable, and virtuous. However, I agree with some of what Rand espoused. For example, like Rand, Aristotle, and our Founding Fathers,  I believe reason and logic should play a determining role in one’s life. I also agree with Rand avoidance of superstitions. However, I strongly disagree with her conclusions on individualism and collectivism. Rand seems to suggest individualism and collectivism is always working against each other and can never work hand in hand. I find Rand’s worldview to be a dark and disturbing portrait in black and white.

For Rand, a child of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, capitalism and socialism were diametrically opposing ideas that could never be balanced. Rand believed Liaise-Faire capitalism represented the highest form of morality. She believed it was only logical that individuals sought after their own selfish needs first and foremost. She claimed those that pursued a morality of selfishness were most able to rise to the top and conquer the world. By the virtue of their selfish ambitions, individuals could acquire great material wealth, power, and individual freedoms. Therefore, Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism is essentially the virtue of selfish individualism.

Full article: http://www.groundreport.com/Opinion/Paul-Ryan-Ayn-Rand-and-Satanism/2947538

additional extract from the article:

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As I mentioned before, Christian groups are beginning to get hip on the whole Republican selfish Objectivism ideology. A recent campaign, by the American Values Network (AVN), a coalition of Christian organizations, has blasted Representative Paul Ryan and the Republican Party’s budget plans, which they are calling the “Rand Plan”. At this AVN website, a video ad shows Senator Rand Paul, along with other Republican leaders like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, praising Ayn Rand’s philosophy. Representative Paul Ryan is seen in the video clip stating, “Ayn Rand, more than anyone else, did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism. And this to me is what matters most.

According to AVN, Paul Ryan requires all his staff, including interns, to read Atlas Shrugged. Republican’s devotion to Rand’s selfish morality has become the final straw for many Christians. AVN is now speaking out against the Right-wings selfish lead morality. Here are the opening two paragraphs from the AVN webpage:

“GOP leaders and conservative pundits have brought upon themselves a crisis of values. Many who for years have been the loudest voices invoking the language of faith and moral values are now praising the atheist philosopher Ayn Rand whose teachings stand in direct contradiction to the Bible. Rand advocates a law of selfishness over love and commands her followers to think only of themselves, not others. She said her followers had to choose between Jesus and her teachings.

GOP leaders want to argue that they are defending Christian principles. But, at the same time, Rep. Paul Ryan (author of the GOP budget) is posting facebook videos praising Rand’s morality and saying hers is the “kind of thinking that is sorely needed right now.” Simply put, Paul Ryan can’t have it both ways, and neither can Christians. As conservative evangelical icon Chuck Colson recently stated, Christians can not support Rand’s philosophy and Christ’s teachings. The choice is simple: Ayn Rand or Jesus Christ. We must choose one and forsake the other.”



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Politics / Tonight's Debate Winning Strategy - 8 Miles High
« on: October 03, 2012, 08:25:16 PM »
When I heard that President Obama will be going first in the debate tonight, I thought how he could use this to his advantage. If he follows the suggested script, (below) it's a wrap - guaranteed!   :nod: :nod:

I'm probably too late getting this suggestion out to his debate team  :angel:

TITLE: Presidential Debate – 8 Miles High in Denver

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Politics / Must Read: Luntz GOP Strategist Warns
« on: December 02, 2011, 01:05:59 PM »
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Frank Luntz, arguably the GOP’s top messaging strategist, said Wednesday:

    “I’m so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death. They’re having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.”

So just as he did with his infamous 2003 global warming warming memo –  which taught conservatives how to sound like they care about the issue while opposing all action — Luntz has some key advice for Republicans on how to pretend to care about regular people while continuing to screw them over.

Amazingly, “Yahoo News sat in on the session,” where Luntz went through his spin at the Republican Governor’s Association on “How can Republicans do a better job of talking about Occupy Wall Street?”

Here are key do’s and don’ts from Luntz:

    - Don’t say ‘capitalism.’
    - Don’t say that the government ‘taxes the rich.’ Instead, tell them that the government ‘takes from the rich.’
    - Republicans should forget about winning the battle over the ‘middle class.’ Call them ‘hardworking taxpayers.’
    - Don’t say ‘government spending.’ Call it ‘waste.’
    - Don’t ever say you’re willing to ‘compromise.’
    - The three most important words you can say to an Occupier: ‘I get it.’
    - Out: ‘Entrepreneur.’ In: ‘Job creator.’
    - “Climate change” is less frightening than “global warming”
    - Don’t ever ask anyone you want them to ‘sacrifice.’
    - Always blame Washington.

Yes, and some in the media still try to apportion blame equally between Democrats and Republicans for the toxic state  of American politics.

George Orwell, in his famous 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language,” wrote that

    “In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.  Political language … is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/12/01/380121/luntz-gop-occupy-wall-street-capitalism-is-immoral/

Everyone should read the article and keep these in mind when you hear GOP officials speaking on current issues.  :no:

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What are best sites that verify and rate the truthfulness of statements made in the political arena?

The following are really good and popular:

Politifacts: http://www.politifact.com/
MediaMatters: http://mediamatters.org/
FactCheck: http://www.factcheck.org/

Any other good ones?

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