Kyrie Eleison



It’s over. Romney’s victory speech:

“After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and not a few long nights, I can say with confidence – and gratitude – that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility. And, together, we will win on November 6th! [snip]

Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?

Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?

If the answer were “yes” to those questions, then President Obama would be running for re-election based on his achievements…and rightly so. But because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It’s still about the economy …and we’re not stupid.”

Said before the flood, said better:



There are no celestial choirs singing tonight except on Youtube. This is the end.

Angels and ministers of grace defend us. Lord have mercy.



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138 thoughts on “Kyrie Eleison

  1. Well looking at how Romney is whalloping in Conn and RI results coming in, its not easy to see why Newt is gonna haul his ass out of it tonight.

  2. well it does not look like the anybody but Romney muppets could muster anyone to turn out tonight. Free Republic loons will be going apoplectic.

  3. MoonOnPluto, the Free Republic website announced a few weeks ago that if Mitt Romney became the Republican nominee they would cease publication. What is going to happen now? Likely they feel better after the Ann Romney/stay at home moms attacks.

  4. It’s amusing that the moderate Romney is being painted by Axelrod as the extremest extremist EVER, while Free Republic thinks he’s a socialist.

  5. They are totally stupid over there, the ones threatening not to vote Romeny and then go nuts at people who say “well dont complain if the dog muncher gets 4 more years”. The website owner is a not on this planet, seems to hate everything and everyone.

    There are some people who try and have a moderate voice and its drowned out. Cutting off their noses.

  6. I’m interested to see how well Santo does in Penn tonight, also NY to see how well Romney does.

  7. Romney needs to appoint Newt to some wonky panel position where his detail and smarts and ability to logic outside the box will do some good, get people thinking of alternatives, even far-fetched ones. Newt’s a great brainstormer. Just no power for Noot.

  8. I’d appoint Newt to education just to piss off the Dems royally. Reckon he’d do well there.

  9. Santorum better score something in Penn if he wants any sort of career left. Currently on 17% there with Ron Paul on 15%, Santorum really does not want to be beaten by Paul in his own home state and come 3rd.

  10. Not to dwell on polls, but Obama up 9% in NH. Up 1.2% on RCP. He comes Mitts speech. Hope he gets a bump. At least she hasn’t scolded anyone in the intro.

  11. I hope its a whoop ass, we’re coming for you, you dog munching SOB kinda speeech, then of course i want world peace.

  12. Oh, yeah – “Congratulating them for their achievement – not attacking them for it!”

  13. Mitt hitting on all the “UNFAIRNESS” of big govt and Dems. Great line of attack. Great counter to Obama’s whiny “fair share”.

  14. the adult in the room brings home the message…not a rock star, but we don’t need a rock star now…

    cannot wait to see the debates…

    i love how he always brings up ‘the dreamers’…optimism, creativity

  15. He is coming across as the “stable dad figure”, adult in the room. He’s not nasty in the slightest, but is killer on Obama.

  16. H4T and i think the country will see that, a stable Father figure with an idea about economics against, a loose shifty salesman like Obama.

  17. the last few years have been the best that barak obama can do, but it is not the best that we can do…we can do better…(and we will)

  18. completely agree…stable father figure…the adult in the room…”now, let’s get to work and solve our problems” and he comes across as trustworthy

  19. S, Obama defenders always say “He’s doing the best he can.” Our reply has always been: “That’s the problem.” Now Romney picks up on that and declares that we have seen the best Barack Obama can do. That is the problem. Obama is the problem.

  20. Turning the “fairness” attack back on Obama is brilliant. He talked about unfairness of poor parents not being able to choose school for their child, unfairness of a president funneling tax dollars to their friends start-up businesses, etc.

  21. @H4T: He’s not nasty in the slightest, but is killer on Obama.
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    Yes! This is what will turn those in the middle who still think Obama is OK. Mitt has commented on media bias without turning people off, he has gone after Obama not working, the dog thing got nullified.. he is methodical.

  22. Admin, many have faulted Romney for the “He’s a nice guy” statements. But if you listen to Mitt, it’s actually very clever. It’s “Yeah, he’s a nice guy, but so what? That’s ALL he is, and we need much more.”

    It’s almost like Mitt’s version of “He’s likeable enough.”

  23. He’s a nice guy, seems fair but do not underestimate Romney, its the old adage, he didnt get where he is by letting people walk all over him. He’s not there by accident.

  24. “Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years. Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.”

  25. yes, admin…O is the problem…

    HFT…I love the way this guy plays the game…he knows how to throw it right back at O and in such a gentlemanly way…he outsmarts O at many turns…like going for student loan issue today…takes the wind out of O sails…

    can’t wait for the debates…he will probably have a few tricks and twists up his sleeve…

  26. Moon, Romney is going to turn Obama’s own tactic against him. He will stay above the fray, attacking Obama’s failures, while surrogates go around sticking the shivs in. You don’t become a self-made billionaire without knowing how to fight dirty behind the scenes.

  27. yes, HFT @ 9:19 pm…that is why Mitt has been our best alternative all along…and he has the $$$ resources we will need to get this job done…

    I suspect all this talk about “him being weird and no one liking him and he doesn’t connect with people”, bla,bla,bla…will also start backfiring…he is not threatening

  28. A fairly good article from Peter Beinart on Democrats being more anti-Mormon than evangelicals and how Obama people should refrain from making Mormonism an issue. What occurs to me reading this first paragraph is how Obama has played the race card and victimhood again and again and how Romney is classy about his faith.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/23/democrats-have-bigger-anti-mormon-problem-in-election-than-gop.html

    With just over six months before Election Day, the 2012 presidential campaign looks dull but astonishing. It’s dull because Barack Obama no longer elicits the kind of passion he did in 2008, and Mitt Romney has never elicited much passion at all. But it’s astonishing because it features an African-American and a Mormon, two of the most discriminated-against groups in American history. In the year of Romney’s birth (1947) or Obama’s (1961), the idea that a presidential election would one day pit an American of Romney’s religion versus an American of Obama’s race would have boggled the mind.

  29. Dont forget, Pennsylvania will see a highish turnout tonight because there are sen primaries and house primaries too.

  30. Interesting that Obama only got 86% of the dem vote in Rhode Island. I mean this is deep blue state here.

    14% went uncommitted. Thats about 1 in every 7 dem votes he’s lost.

  31. http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2012/04/complaint-filed-against-zimmerman-prosecutor-angela-corey.html

    Formal Complaint To Be Filed Against Zimmerman Prosecutor, Angela Corey

    A source has confirmed that a formal complaint for possible financial irregularities pursuant to Angela’s Corey’s 2008 campaign has been initiated and will be filed against the Zimmerman prosecutor and State Attorney.

    Yesterday, the website Gawker asked if Corey had sanitized her financial disclosures for her 2008 bid. The report was based upon the work of Joe Culligan’s website Web of Deception. Culligan is a long-known and trusted source. [snip]

    The issue goes to a larger matter, which may cause some to question Corey’s competence to handle what is likely to be a complex, nationally prominent prosecution. Again, according to Culligan at Web of Deception, as Corey would ultimately be responsible for overseeing the administration of her own campaign, given what some would call a sloppy, less than adequate record, it may be fair to ask how competent she is to run a prosecution so significant and likely to be closely watched by many. [snip]

    Furthermore, this comes on the heels of what many viewed as an over-the-top press conference when Corey announced the indictment of Zimmerman and law Professor Alan Dershowitz blasting Corey’s prosecution of Zimmerman as, “Not only immoral, but stupid.” Dershowitz also blasted Corey’s original affidavit when it was announced at the beginning of her prosecution of Zimmerman.

    Angela Corey is unopposed for re-election this year and, consequently, will not have to stand for re-election. Whether she can convict Zimmerman, or not, on what many view as a thin case so far perhaps shoddily presented is another matter.

  32. You know what’s really funny? Is that Mitt tonight, with his affable, non-threatening self, made Axelrod’s earlier comments about REIGN OF TERROR!!!! look just silly to the average non-political junkie voter.

  33. I cannot take listening to these dims pundits trying to praise O…the dim woman on hannity just blamed Hillary for O’s foreign policy issues…I cannot stand these people

    …there you go…hillary will be the fall gal for any failures of O…ugh!

  34. OK, Obot Tamara Holder on Hannity just made an odd statement in the midst of a rant: “There are people in the State Dept that want to see Obama fail.”

  35. Romney is making it hard for them to pigeonhole him. Maybe flipflop is a good political strategy. 🙂

  36. Yes i can see the strategy, if Obama loses its because of Hillary, its never because of dipshit himself.

  37. Thing is, the asshole cannot see that most people i know put the blame fairly and squarely with the boss. I hate it when people try and squirm out, its school playground stuff…..”she made me do it”. Its the classic sign of a weasel.

  38. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/04/mitt-romneys-gay-spokesman-a-milestone-in-republican-politics/256263/

    Mitt Romney’s Gay Spokesman: A Milestone in Republican Politics

    The hiring of Richard Grenell by Romney signals a shift in the GOP’s openness to gays and gives the party its first out presidential campaign spokesman.

    The recent hiring of Richard Grenell, Mitt Romney’s openly gay foreign-policy spokesman, represents a breakthrough in the world of Republican presidential campaigns.

    Grenell isn’t the first out gay person to serve as a high-level staffer to a GOP nominee, but as far as I can tell, he is the first such press spokesman — the first to serve as the public face of the all-but-certain Republican nominee — and on the historically sensitive issue of national security, no less. As an openly gay Republican in presidential politics, Grenell joins a small fraternity of out GOP staffers, instantly becoming the highest-profile of the band. His rise signals a remarkable new openness in a party often castigated for its social conservatism; in addition to being out, Grenell has waged some public battles for gay rights that contradict his new boss’s own positions.

    While Republican presidential campaigns have had staffers who were known to be gay before, these staffers, like the scores of gay GOPers working on Capitol Hill, have generally sought to avoid public notice, or even worked to stay hush-hush in the face of widespread social speculation about any single man of a certain age who is powerful but neither married nor a ladies’ man. Many — like Ken Mehlman, Bush’s 2004 campaign manager and from 2005 to 2007 the chairman of the Republican National Committee — didn’t come out until they were safely out of politics. (Mehlman came out in an interview with The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder in 2010, confirming rumors that had been circulating in the city for years.)

    Grenell, a former United Nations mission spokesman in the George W. Bush administration, has taken a different route. He has been publicly, outspokenly gay for years. He waged a public battle with the State Department to add his longtime partner to a diplomatic registry in 2008, only to be told it would violate the Defense of Marriage Act. He’s also on the record as a supporter of gay marriage, something Romney opposes.

    “He’s certainly not the first gay person to have worked in a Republican campaign or administration, but they’ve often kept it quieter,” said gay activist and journalist Michelangelo Signorile. “This is somebody who actually has opinions on gay issues, versus somebody who just happens to be gay.”

  39. yeah, moon…Hillary tried to point that out during the debates. remember when she said “that he nevers answers a question” and changes his position, etc…

    I hope Mitt will tack off all the examples of O’s squirming and DEFLECTING and broken promises and list them all and throw it right at O during a debate…I hope he will reduce O to the fake he is…and leave him stuttering with that nose in the air look on his face

  40. Stolen from a commenter on HotAir

    “In 2008, Obama needed to spend a billion dollars because nobody knew who he was.

    In 2012, Obama will need to spend a billion dollars… because everyone knows who he is.

  41. At least in the Republican party, the person who got the most votes wins the nomination. Too bad it is not the same in the Dem party, where super delegates determine the nomination.

  42. Oh man, Michelle Bachmann (on Greta) danced around giving Romney a clean bill of support. She skirted around endorsing him, or saying he is conservative.

  43. “Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years. Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.”

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    The seas are beginning to rise again….

  44. Any more Dem primary results? So far, I can only find Rhode Island. If anyone finds anything, please include links because I am posting this stuff on Facebook.

  45. Obot Tamara Holder on Hannity just made an odd statement in the midst of a rant: “There are people in the State Dept that want to see Obama fail.”

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    There are lots of Hillary fans in the State Dept. Maybe some of them feel like we do.

  46. At least in the Republican party, the person who got the most votes wins the nomination. Too bad it is not the same in the Dem party, where super delegates determine the nomination.

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    No, you’re talkiing Bot points. The Superdelegates were there to override the sort of system gaming that Obama did. Unfortunately they didn’t do their job.

  47. http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/04/24/transcript-of-mitt-romneys-speech-a-better-america-begins-tonight/

    Mitt Romney delivered his speech tonight from Manchester, New Hampshire. Below is the transcript and video of his full speech.

    Thank you Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York! And tonight I can say thank you, America. After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and more than a few long nights, I can say with confidence – and gratitude – that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility. And, together, we will win on November 6th!

    We launched this campaign not far from here on a beautiful June day. It has been an extraordinary journey.

    Americans have always been eternal optimists. But over the last three and a half years, we have seen hopes and dreams diminished by false promises and weak leadership. Everywhere I go, Americans are tired of being tired, and many of those who are fortunate enough to have a job are working harder for less.

    For every single mom who feels heartbroken when she has to explain to her kids that she needs to take a second job … for grandparents who can’t afford the gas to visit their grandchildren … for the mom and dad who never thought they’d be on food stamps … for the small business owner desperately cutting back just to keep the doors open one more month – to all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.

    Tonight is the start of a new campaign to unite every American who knows in their heart that we can do better! The last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do, but it’s not the best America can do!

    Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years and the start of a new and better chapter that we will write together.

    This has already been a long campaign, but many Americans are just now beginning to focus on the choice before the country. In the days ahead, I look forward to spending time with many of you personally. I want to hear what’s on your mind, hear about your concerns, and learn about your families. I want to know what you think we can do to make this country better…and what you expect from your next President.

    And I’ll tell you a little bit about myself. I’ll probably start out talking about my wonderful wife Ann – I usually do – and I’ll probably bore you with stories about our kids and grandkids. I’ll tell you about how much I love this country, where someone like my dad, who grew up poor and never graduated from college, could pursue his dreams and work his way up to running a great car company. Only in America could a man like my dad become governor of the state in which he once sold paint from the trunk of his car.

    I’d say that you might have heard that I was successful in business. And that rumor is true. But you might not have heard that I became successful by helping start a business that grew from 10 people to hundreds of people. You might not have heard that our business helped start other businesses, like Staples and Sports Authority and a new steel mill and a learning center called Bright Horizons. And I’d tell you that not every business made it and there were good days and bad days, but every day was a lesson. And after 25 years, I know how to lead us out of this stagnant Obama economy and into a job-creating recovery!

    Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?

    Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?

    If the answer were “yes” to those questions, then President Obama would be running for re-election based on his achievements…and rightly so. But because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It’s still about the economy …and we’re not stupid.

    People are hurting in America. And we know that something is wrong, terribly wrong with the direction of the country.

    We know that this election is about the kind of America we will live in and the kind of America we will leave to future generations. When it comes to the character of America, President Obama and I have very different visions.

    Government is at the center of his vision. It dispenses the benefits, borrows what it cannot take, and consumes a greater and greater share of the economy. With Obamacare fully installed, government will come to control half the economy, and we will have effectively ceased to be a free enterprise society.

    This President is putting us on a path where our lives will be ruled by bureaucrats and boards, commissions and czars. He’s asking us to accept that Washington knows best – and can provide all.

    We’ve already seen where this path leads. It erodes freedom. It deadens the entrepreneurial spirit. And it hurts the very people it’s supposed to help. Those who promise to spread the wealth around only ever succeed in spreading poverty. Other nations have chosen that path. It leads to chronic high unemployment, crushing debt, and stagnant wages.

    I have a very different vision for America, and of our future. It is an America driven by freedom, where free people, pursuing happiness in their own unique ways, create free enterprises that employ more and more Americans. Because there are so many enterprises that are succeeding, the competition for hard-working, educated and skilled employees is intense, and so wages and salaries rise.

    I see an America with a growing middle class, with rising standards of living. I see children even more successful than their parents – some successful even beyond their wildest dreams – and others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it.

    This America is fundamentally fair. We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; we will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses; we will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; we will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve; and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.

    In the America I see, character and choices matter. And education, hard work, and living within our means are valued and rewarded. And poverty will be defeated, not with a government check, but with respect and achievement that is taught by parents, learned in school, and practiced in the workplace.

    This is the America that was won for us by the nation’s Founders, and earned for us by the Greatest Generation. It is the America that has produced the most innovative, most productive, and the most powerful economy in the world.

    As I look around at the millions of Americans without work, the graduates who can’t get a job, the soldiers who return home to an unemployment line, it breaks my heart. This does not have to be. It is the result of failed leadership and of a faulty vision. We will restore the promise of America only if we restore the principles of freedom and opportunity that made America the greatest nation on earth.

    Today, the hill before us is a little steep but we have always been a nation of big steppers. Many Americans have given up on this President but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.

    In the days ahead, join me in the next step toward that destination of November 6th, when across America we can give a sigh of relief and know that the Promise of America has been kept. The dreamers can dream a little bigger, the help wanted signs can be dusted off, and we can start again.

    And this time we’ll get it right. We’ll stop the days of apologizing for success at home and never again apologize for America abroad.

    There was a time – not so long ago – when each of us could walk a little taller and stand a little straighter because we had a gift that no one else in the world shared. We were Americans. That meant something different to each of us but it meant something special to all of us. We knew it without question. And so did the world.

    Those days are coming back. That’s our destiny.

    We believe in America. We believe in ourselves. Our greatest days are still ahead. We are, after all, Americans!

    God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

  48. Good speech from Mittens. He has his message and it’s one that will resonate with the American people. Obama should be scared.

  49. He governs like he pitches–the ball sails 6 feet over the head of the batter on the wrong side of the plate but there he stands picking (his nose) and grinning (like the jackass he is). And when the umpire calls it a ball, all the leftists stand up in unison and scream racist, racist, racist umpire. Only a white man would call that strike a ball–right Brian Williams?

  50. Tamara Holder on Hannity just made an odd statement in the midst of a rant: “There are people in the State Dept that want to see Obama fail.”
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    It isn’t that we want to see him fail–he has done that already, with no help from us. We, including the people in the State department she refers to, merely want Obama to be held RESPONSIBLE for the failure he has visited upon the country. And for the people who shoved him down our throats to burn in hell for ten eternities. That is an entirely different matter. He has failed not because of us, but because his policies defy logic and common sense and they are poorly executed. What has not happened up to now is for anyone in big media to recognize and acknowledge this undeniable fact and stop backing a losing horse. Whatever sliver of credibility they have left depends on it, as does future access. Do they get it? No.

  51. Juan and A.B. said Condi Rice for VP. I don’t think that will happen. She is too close to Bush and all her failures leading up to 9/11 will become part of the conversation again.

  52. Well stated Wbboei. We didn’t make him fail, we watched him fail. Hillary at the State Department must be guzzling a beer while inwardly laughing “what a maroon!”

    As you write, we “merely want Obama to be held RESPONSIBLE” for his failures and the disaster he is for the country.

    We wish we would have been wrong. But we knew “elect a boob, expect boobery.” We hoped we would be wrong. But HOPE is not a strategy. HOPE is not doing. A boob is a boob is a boob. Those who enabled the boob must be held responsible too.

  53. pm317, I actually like Condi a lot, but I think you are right. I think Condi was, with Bush, in much the same shoes as Hillary – hitched in the harness with a boob.

  54. What occurs to me reading this first paragraph is how Obama has played the race card and victimhood again and again
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    That is because it is THE ONLY GAME HE KNOWS. He never learned to govern. Never needed to before. He is the greatest affirmative action candidate the world has ever known. Guiness Book material.

  55. Obama sounds awful lately, too. When I watched Romney’s acceptance speech, the contrast of just hearing him talk without hectoring and scolding this or that segment of the country was downright refreshing – regardless of agreement or not.

    I think that contrast is not going to do Obama any favors for the next 6 months. Because he has nothing to run on except pointing the finger and saying – “resent those people over there!” Whether “those people” deserve some ire is beside the point, politically speaking. The optics are terrible, and striking.

  56. Re: BASIL99
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:19 pm
    ShortTermer
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I must have missed this. Who or what is anonymous?
    ____________________________________________

    It is my understanding that it started as a hacker group [I figured 20 somethings] and has become a cohesive group online and offline. It seems to be against government doing ‘wrong.’ The 20 somethings are tuned into the group. Not so much the older set.

  57. All those in Florida, please help vote OUT Debbie Wasserman Schulz. She is so embarrassing. She is a dolt for ObaMAO.

  58. Is it not funny how things we said in 2007 are coming around again, like affirmative action President, and I used the term totalatarian.

    There is a photo of two men that keeps popping up everywhere on my FB community. It is funny and I chuckle everytime I see it. The caption reads:

    The most important man in the world, and President Obama.

  59. It is all but certain that Obama will carry California, Illinois, and New York. There would have to be a severe economic collapse between now and November to swing those states to the GOP. But Pennsylvania is another story altogether. If Romney can hold the working class whites who have been moving to the GOP and pick up the upscale suburbanites around metro Philadelphia that have been voting Democratic since 1992, he should carry the Keystone State, virtually guaranteeing electoral victory.

    Final point. This analysis just goes to show the difficult nature of discussing whether and how a candidate “connects with people.” There are all sorts of different people in this country – and some candidates appeal better to some than others. Like any other candidate, Romney has his strengths and weaknesses – a key example of the latter was downscale whites, who were generally reticent to back him during the primary.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/morning-jay-can-romney-win-back-wealthy-suburbs_640463.html

    The good news for the GOP this time around is that these very same downscale whites could not connect with Obama in 2008, and probably will not be able to do so again, meaning that Romney will not have to work to win states like Kentucky and West Virginia. That’s fortunate for Republicans, because against a candidate like Hillary Clinton I think he would be the underdog in both states. But against Obama, they are off the table, meaning that Romney will have to connect with a different group of voters – the upscale, white suburbanites.

  60. From a commenter on HotAir. Happened today.

    I’m sorry Ed, for the OT intrusion, but I have to write this because I’m so angry.

    I just got a call from my mother, who is at the airport, traveling with my father, a retired general in the military, being pushed through security in a wheelchair.

    He has served his country for many years and now is quite old, and is getting on the plane VERY upset.

    They just confiscated and threw in the trash can, right in front of him, his miniature Swiss-Army knife, which has a ONE-AND-ONE-HALF-INCH BLADE AND TOOTHPICK, because he didn’t think to take it out of his pocket.

    He is ill, and didn’t think of it. He has carried that toy knife for THIRTY YEARS, even while on ACTIVE DUTY, to open envelopes and packages, and, yes, for personal hygiene after meals.

    The airport assistant pushing his wheelchair offered to take it and send it to him, but the F**KING TSA AGENT WOULD NOT LET ANYONE TAKE IT OUT OF THE TRASH CAN, SITTING RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM, JUST AFTER EVERYONE INVOLVED WATCHED THE SOB AGENT THROW IT IN THE CAN OVER MY FATHER’S PROTESTS!!!

    Now, one can make arguments over how someone might have inside knowledge that my father, who can barely walk, might be carrying that miniature knife, overpower him, steal his knife from the depths of his pocket, overpower all the other passengers, take a stewardess hostage, force the opening of the cockpit door, and crash the plane into the f**king White House.

    But is that really going to happen, with a man who carried Top-Secret clearance for years and defended his country, and was respected enough to make his way to the near TOP of the military?

    The TSA should be FORCED to have envelopes right there at the checkpoint, for passengers to mail conficated belongings they have INADVERTENTLY overlooked while preparing for their virtual strip-search.

    Oh, I forgot, the TSA has NO INTEREST in serving the public by doing this because they hold AUCTIONS TO SELL THE STUFF THEY STOLE AND THREW IN THE TRASH CANS!

    Damn it to hell.

    My dad is very upset, and he is so fragile that any upset may be his last.

    We better get ahold of the TSA right away and force them to serve the public, or flat out ABOLISH that bureaucratic monster, or they will have their boots on our necks.

    This is BULL$HIT.

    cane_loader on April 24, 2012 at 3:24 PM
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    just e-mailed Hannity and O’Reilly.

    It happened at New Orleans airport, about 1:45p Central, today.

    My dad was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, helped protect the country, has/had Top-Secret security clearance, and retired a 2-star general.

    He’s in a wheelchair now and 80-y.o. and very weak, and he is enraged.

    He had that knife for 30 years and took in on duty to the PENTAGON, and the New-Orleans TSA threw it in the TRASH, to AUCTION IT!!!!

    I am going to help him wirte a letter on his General’s stationery to the Secretary of Defense, the head of the TSA, to the head of Homeland Security, and to the G-DAMN PRESIDENT.

    Enough is enough.

    Yesterday, it was a 4-year-old with a GUN.

    F___ the TSA.

    cane_loader on April 24, 2012 at 3:58 PM

  61. admin
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:06 am
    “We wish we would have been wrong. But we knew “elect a boob, expect boobery.” We hoped we would be wrong. But HOPE is not a strategy. HOPE is not doing. A boob is a boob is a boob. Those who enabled the boob must be held responsible too.”

    Very well said admin. This old ex-Democrat’s attitude is don’t get mad, get even this election.

  62. admin: this post is most inspiring.
    ——————————
    I’m happy to report that Hillary traitor extraordinaire Jason Altmire has been eliminated from his area near Pittsburgh.

    I’m happy to see that Tom Smith will be the person going against Sen Bob Casey who is even more exceptional than Altmire as a Hillary traitor. That slithering snake booked a recent appearance with long-time incumbent Tim Holden a Saturday or two ago, then sent loser Blue Dog Dem Chris Carney to appear at the gig with Holden. Several days later I read somewhere that Holden had Casey’s endorsement. Guess Bob faxed it to him? I suspect Casey wanted the aura of Holden’s vote against ObamaCare to cling to him, but was not anxious to be photographed with him. After Casey’s “endorsement,” Holden changed his ads to include Casey’s name – never his picture. Meantime, there’s a new viper Democrat on block: Cartwright who won. Cartwright had pledged to decimate the Tea Party. So that result is not good, and I suspect that Casey is spiritually aligned with Cartwright whom the local paper endorsed after citing Holden for refusing to debate Cartwright, with this caveat: Mr. Cartwright would be a vocal and active representative. He needs to temper his lawyer’s adversarial mind-set, however, to recognize that progress in Washington requires compromise.
    http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/year-of-the-challengers-1.1303596#axzz1skpDqx4
    Holden realized he was in a lose-lose situation, I guess, and chose to maintain his dignity as long as he could.

    Sadly, a PA Tea Partier who had shown early promise,succumbed due to lack of money. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) holds off Tea Party challenger [Evan Feinburg]- The Hill’s Ballot Box
    snip The deep-pocketed, fiscally conservative Club for Growth and the Campaign for Primary Accountability, which targets incumbents, both went after Murphy early on, but they backed down when it became clear he’d win the race. snip

  63. Surprisingly IMO is the scant attention over Pennsylvania’s new VoterID test run carried out yesterday. The miniscule local tv news organization interviewed several voters – all old like me. All were pleased when asked to comply by showing driver’s license. Some even said “Now dead people cannot vote.” Another voting scam mentioned is to secure an absentee ballot, mail it in, AND show up at the poll. All of PA had had electronic voting machines. My county is one of ? that found the emachines did not pass muster. Since the big monster metal machines we used to use are no longer available (?) we fill in ovals on paper ballots which then are scanned. The point being, we are not really digitized; therefore duplicate voting is not easily checked.

  64. FoxNews gives more insight on Cartwright:
    …Attorney Matt Cartwright defeated Holden. Cartwright raised $300,000 more than Holden during the first quarter and poured in $390,000 of his own money into the primary. He also benefited from the anti-incumbent super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability’s $200,000 ad campaign against Holden. It was an uphill battle for Holden from the start as he faced a district that was 80 percent new territory. The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania state legislature redrew Holden’s district to include more Democratic-leaning areas – and fewer voters familiar with his 19-year House tenure. In contrast, Cartwright had more name recognition due to a local TV presence and close ties to the northeastern Pennsylvania area’s Democrats….
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/24/rep-holden-becomes-second-house-incumbent-ousted-by-challenger/

  65. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75570.html

    Following his five-state shutout Tuesday night, Newt Gingrich sent the strongest signal yet that he’s nearing the end of his tottering campaign.

    “We’re going to look realistically at where we’re at,” Gingrich said at an election-night rally in North Carolina. “We are going to think carefully about how we can be the most helpful to this country.”

    But the former House speaker — who is deep in debt and recently radically slashed his staff — once again stopped short of actually quitting. In fact, he made a point of saying that he’s not hopping off the campaign trail just yet, even once again talking about the summer convention in Tampa. [snip]

    But any hope that Gingrich might have had that he would qualify for the convention ballot this summer — a candidate must win in at least five states to qualify for the nomination — was extinguished Tuesday night.

  66. and you wonder why the world has gone to hell in a handbasket.

    http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2012/04/23/facebook-comments-reportedly-trigger-large-female-fight/

    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – More than 30 women brawled in the street, all reportedly over Facebook posts.

    “I saw the girls yelling and pushing each other and one girl tried to push them apart,” one witness said of the fight in Del Paso Heights on Sunday.

    “People shouldn’t be posting their business on Facebook,” said another woman.

    It happened on Grand Avenue and Clay Street when police responded to reports of a large fight with women swinging fists and baseball bats. All suspects had fled by the time officers arrived.

    “Two people really sustained major injuries,” Sacramento Police Sgt. Andrew Pettit said. “Those two people were reportedly hit with bats and they went to the hospital requiring stitches.”

    Police say one of the women in the group broke a glass candleholder from a nearby memorial and used it as a weapon before heading into the convenience store.

    “Two of the women came in here and bought drinks,” Patricia Brandon said. “They looked angry and tired, I guess from fighting.”

    This time it was a mob of women fighting over Facebook, but business owners nearby say witnessing violence is nothing new.

    “Around here? It happens a lot,” Brandon said. “It doesn’t surprise me.”

    ………………….

    I mean seriously, is this what we’ve come to, is this the world today, right on your doorstep.

  67. holdthem….thats just embarrassing beyond belief. I despair at what is in the WH, some reject from a reality show.

  68. Watch the right wing loons go nuts…..

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he expects to endorse Mitt Romney.

    Santorum says that he believes Romney is “the right guy” to challenge President Barack Obama. Still, he’s stopping short of an official endorsement of his former rival.

    But Santorum tells CNN that he will ultimately support the GOP presidential nominee. And he says it’s clear that Romney will be that nominee.

    Santorum says he plans to meet with some of Romney’s staff on Wednesday. And he hopes to meet with Romney personally in the next week or two.

    Santorum once accused Romney of being the worst Republican to face Obama. He consistently questioned Romney’s conservative credentials.

    But he now says the priority is to defeat Obama in November.

  69. HillaryforTexas
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Obama sounds awful lately, too.
    —————–

    Yeah, this is what I was commenting on earlier. The stammer is back. Sentences with choppy delivery and some weird attitude about ‘I’M THE PRESIDENT’ ‘I’m the won’. Passive aggression and such. Trying hard to connect by saying things like MO and I are/were just like you to those students everywhere he went yesterday..

    Debbie W was awful on Bret Baier. He asked her doggedly tough questions and she didn’t answer them but bullied him instead and it was babyface Bret Baier. Very distasteful.

  70. holdthemaccountable
    April 25th, 2012 at 8:17 am
    —————-

    Wow, he is so desperate. This video should go viral. Instead of working with the congress which he is incapable of doing, he does a skit, a SKIT on national TV with a stupid face and with a fucking C-rated comedian to get the youth vote. Pathetic.

  71. admin,

    Masterful choice of music. Lord have mercy. Had me crying first thing this morning. Love the Requiem.

  72. The Reps have to be very careful how they handle O. The nice guy stuff is their way of not being offensive, and racial. So far, R has reacted well. I really think that the tough competition from his own party worked in his favor. He is geared up, fast to react, and combat ready. What will be interesting is the debates, if O gets that far. Let’s face it, the Dems have enough evidence to know now that they have a candidate that is much weaker than he was in 2008. That is not a good sign for a candidate already in office.

  73. Stories like the following are helpful.

    http://news.investors.com/article/608706/201204201854/democrats-increasingly-abandon-obama-webhed-are-democrats-fleeing-sinking-obama-ship-.htm

    Democrats Are Jumping Ship
     
    Posted 04/20/2012 06:54 PM ET

    Perhaps Democrats know something the rest of us don’t about Barack Obama’s political fortunes. What else explains the increasing numbers who are openly defying the president on two key election issues?

    The notoriously thin-skinned Obama could not have been happy with the news last week that, as the Hill newspaper put it, “an increasing number of Democrats are taking potshots at President Obama’s health care law.”

    North Carolina’s Brad Miller, who voted for the law, now laments that “we would all have been better off” if Congress had dealt with more pressing issues “and then came back to health care.”

    Barney Frank complained that the Democrats “paid a terrible price for health care.” And Virginia’s outgoing Sen. Jim Webb said the law would be Obama’s “biggest downside” in the election and had cost him “a lot of credibility as a leader.”

    Meanwhile, stalwart Massachusetts liberal Elizabeth Warren is now calling to repeal a piece of ObamaCare — the 2.3% tax on medical devices — because, she says, it “disproportionately impacts the small companies with the narrowest financial margins.”

    Warren, by the way, is running for the Senate seat occupied by Republican Scott Brown, whose victory in 2010 was a result of the public’s intense opposition to ObamaCare.

    Former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis went furthest. “I think the Affordable Care Act is the single least popular piece of major domestic legislation in the last 70 years,” he said. “It was not popular when it passed; it’s less popular now.” Ouch.

    These Democrats are no doubt familiar with polls that show surprisingly little support for ObamaCare within their ranks. Fewer than half of Democrats think the government should be able to force individuals to buy insurance — the core element of ObamaCare — according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll. Only a little more than a third say the Supreme Court should “uphold the entire law.

    The fact that they’re willing to trash-talk Obama’s single biggest legislative achievement suggests they’re worried about something more than how the Supreme Court will rule.

    This fear is even more evident when you look at the growing opposition among Democrats to Obama’s position on the Keystone XL pipeline.

    Obama may have thought he’d cleverly handled the issue by putting it off until next year, and that no one would think to defy his veto threats.

    But when Republicans called his bluff with a bill to force a start on construction, 69 Democrats rushed to join them, giving the House bill a veto-proof majority. The Senate bill is just a vote or two away from overcoming a Democratic filibuster.

    The importance of this fight is huge. If Democrats defy him, it will severely undermine Obama’s claim that he’s pursuing an all-of-the-above energy strategy.

    Obama came to the White House claiming that he alone was qualified to unite the country behind common objectives. The fact that he’s losing support from his own party on two of the most important issues of the day is significant.

  74. The slow jam Fallon video was lame, BUT there was one thing that stuck out for me, and although they thought it good for a laugh, I thought it an appropriate description of “the once”… The Barackness Monster. How apropos.

  75. Some good talking points to remember for the coming election battle can be found in the list below…

    mjhawkeye
    THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011

    50 Reasons Why Obama Should Not Be Re-Elected

    Hugh Hewitt is a radio talk show host, contributing writer to Townhall Magazine and brilliant. He has started a list of 50 reasons why Obama should not be re-elected.

    1. Obamacare
    2. The failed $850 billion stimulus
    3. High, persistent unemployment
    4. Gas prices
    5. The 2012 budget’s fecklessness
    6. Massive deficits each and every year
    7. The seizure of GM and Chrysler, the transfer of bondholder wealth to unions, and the dumping of the GM stock at a loss
    8. Dodd-Frank/Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae support
    9. Hostility to Israel, including attack on apartment expansion and icing of Prime Minister Netanyahu in basement of White House
    10. Failure to support Iran’s Green Revolution
    11. Failure to support Syrian revolution
    12. The Libyan Fiasco
    13. The incompetent handling of the Gulf Oil disaster
    14. The unnecessary permitorium in the aftermath of the Gulf Oil disaster
    15. The shutdown of Shell’s Arctic oil exploration by EPA
    16. The president’s push for cap-and-tax in the Congress
    17. The president’s attempt to unconstitutionally impose cap-and-tax via EPA when the Congress wouldn’t pass cap-and-tax
    18. The president’s push for unconstitutional restrictions on free speech on his political enemies while keeping the unions free to spend money on campaigns via The Disclose Act
    19. The president’s attempt to unconstitutionally impose The Disclose Act on his political opponents but not unions via Executive Order
    20. The president’s use of unaccountable “czars”
    21. The president’s refusal to accept Congressional direction vis-a-vis his “czars” contained in the last 2011 Continuing Resolution
    22. The president’s verbal assault on the Supreme Court while the members of the Court sat before him in the state of the Union
    23. The president and Eric Holder’s politicization of the Department of Justice, including the black panthers case and the refusal to defend DOMA
    24. The president’s use of demonizing rhetoric towards his opponents, such as accusing doctors of performing unnecessary surgery for money
    25. The president’s hyper-partisan approach to governing including “I won, you lost” in 2009 and the assault on Paul Ryan with Paul Ryan as an invited guest in the president’s April 2011 “deficit speech.”
    26. Bowing to the Saudi King and the Japanese emperor
    27. Returning the bust of Churchill to Great Britain
    28. Removing the missile shield from Poland and the Czech Republic
    29. Backing the would-be dictator of Hondorus when that nation’s Supreme Court rightfully removed him from office
    30. Failure to push for quick ratification of free trade agreements with Columbia, Panama and South Korea
    31. Indecision on Afghanistan surge coupled with announcement of eventual withdrawal.
    32. Incoherence on Egypt, most obviously with the dispatch of Frank Wizner and then rejection of Wizner’s advice vis-a-vis Mubarak.
    33. Appointment Craig Beck to NLRB via recess appointment
    34. Appointment of FCC commissioners who are pursuing “net neutrality” without Congressional authorization
    35. Failure to resume full water deliveries to California’s Central Valley because of the Delta Smelt
    36. Attempt to close Guantanamo Bay
    37. Attempt to try terrorists in New York City
    38. Janet “The System Worked” Napolitano
    39. Government takeover of the student loan program
    40. Cancellation of “virtual border fence” project with no replacement or indeed concern for border security
    41. The “Beer Summit” and the attack on the Cambridge Police Department
    42. The Department of Justice’s attack on Arizona for that state’s exercise of its sovereign legislative authority on the issue of citizen identification rules
    43. The attack on Scott Walker and Wisconsin for the governor’s and the state legislature’s exercise of their sovereign legislative authority on public employment issues
    44. Dabbling in basketball brackets while the Middle East fell into chaos and the gas prices skyrocketed
    45. Arguing that American exceptionalism was the same as any nation’s sense of exceptionalism
    46. Implying that Minnesota bridge collapse was the result of lack of infrastructure funding
    47. Inserting himself into campaign for the Olympics
    48. Attack on D.C. voucher program
    49. Van Jones and a long list of other appointees who are radical socialists/communists
    50. Teleprompter dependency and the worst run of presidential rhetoric since Millard Fillmore combined with testiness in the few interviews he grants.

  76. For those who persist in wondering who and what the Messiah really is, and worship at his feet like big media does 24-7, I offer this moment of clarity. The word derivation is French and it means he who eats at the table of another, which is of course what Obama does to the detriment of everyone in this country, those who know a four flushing parasite when they see one and those who are clueless and will remain clueless til the day they die, awash in rationalization. So here we have it ladies and gentlemen of the jury: the real barack (hussein if you prefer) Obama, courtesy of WIKI with one minor edit, as is customary with that venerable on line dictionary.
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    Parasitism is a type of non mutual relationship between organisms of different species where one organism, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host. Traditionally parasite referred to organisms with lifestages that needed more than one host (e.g. Taenia solium). These are now called macroparasites (typically protozoa and helminths). The word parasite now also refers to microparasites, which are typically smaller, such as viruses and bacteria, and can be directly transmitted between hosts of the same species [1]. Examples of parasites include the plants mistletoe and cuscuta, and organisms such as leeches.

    Unlike predators, parasites are generally much smaller than their host; both are special cases of consumer-resource interactions.[2] Parasites show a high degree of specialization, and reproduce at a faster rate than their hosts. Classic examples of parasitism include interactions between vertebrate hosts and diverse animals such as tapeworms, flukes, the Plasmodium species, and fleas.

    Parasitism is differentiated from the parasitoid relationship, though not sharply, by the fact that parasitoids generally kill or sterilise their hosts. (Example: Barack Hussein Obama, whose relationship to the party, the country and the body politic is strictly parasitic all things considered. He vacation when he should be working, campaigns when he should be working and diminishes this nation by the day. And like all parasites he has the capacity to kill the host, if the American People are ignorant enough to give him eight more years.)

    The harm and benefit in parasitic interactions concern the biological fitness of the organisms involved. Parasites reduce host fitness in many ways, ranging from general or specialized pathology, such as parasitic castration and impairment of secondary sex characteristics, to the modification of host behaviour. Parasites increase their fitness by exploiting hosts for resources necessary for the parasite’s survival, e.g. food, water, heat, habitat, and genetic dispersion.

    Although the concept of parasitism applies unambiguously to many cases in nature, it is best considered part of a continuum of types of interactions between species, rather than an exclusive category. Particular interactions between species may satisfy some but not all parts of the definition. In many cases, it is difficult to demonstrate that the host is harmed. In others, there may be no apparent specialization on the part of the parasite, or the interaction between the organisms may be short-lived.
    Contents

    1 Etymology
    2 Types
    3 Host defenses
    4 Evolutionary aspects
    4.1 Co-speciation
    5 Ecology
    5.1 Quantitative ecology
    5.2 Diversity ecology
    6 Adaptation
    6.1 Transmission
    6.2 Roles in ecosystems
    7 Value
    8 See also
    9 References
    10 Further reading
    11 External links

    Etymology

    First used in English 1539, the word parasite comes from the Medieval French parasite, from the Latin parasitus, the latinisation of the Greek παράσιτος (parasitos), “one who eats at the table of another”[3] and that from παρά (para), “beside, by”[4] + σῖτος (sitos), “wheat”.[5] Coined in English in 1611, the word parasitism comes from the Greek παρά (para) + σιτισμός (sitismos) “feeding, fattenin

  77. McCaskill is Ma Barker. Obama is Barkie. Together they remind me of a time when men were men and dogs were nervous. Or more appropriately, when men were men– and dogs, plus the middle class were on the menu. Like now.

    Ten years ago, McCaskill’s hubby committed suicide. (By then he was her ex but friends said he could not get her off his mind, and suffered recurrent nightmares for the rest of his life. He was a lawyer, and after slipped the mortal coil and was finally free of that tub of lard, some said he was a lucky lawyer.

    Four years ago, McCaskill and Obama borded a plane together. They sat next to each other in first class, where the seats are spacious enough that you can sit without touching whoever is beside you. For McCaskill, however, this was a problem, so she reached for him and grabbed his shoulder–in order to . . . how shall I put it . . . cop a feel. Whereupon Obama did the only reasonable thing he has done in the past four years: he removed her arm unceremoniously, while witnesses looked on, and later reported it.

  78. BREAKING NEWS:

    Sources close to Newt Gingrich say he will end his bid for the GOP presidential nomination next week

  79. Breaking : Several US Supreme Court justices express support for Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration

  80. The View is on in the background. Barbara went to a special event last night in which Hillary was there. She commended about her hair. She said, I don’t remember what she said but her hair was beautiful. Not sure you can take that as a compliment or not.

  81. http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/25/11388195-supreme-court-signals-its-ok-with-parts-of-arizonas-immigration-law?lite

    The Supreme Court appears ready to uphold part of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, which would allow some of the measures currently blocked by lower courts to be enforced.

    Based on comments during Wednesday’s oral arguments on the case, even some of the court’s liberal justices seemed to find no strong objection to the most controversial part of the law, which requires local police to check on the immigration status of anyone they detain or arrest.

    The state appeared to have a tougher time defending two other provisions of the law that are now blocked — making it a state crime to have no federal immigration papers and making it a state crime for an illegal immigrant to look for work. Neither is currently a federal crime.
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    The justices strongly suggested Wednesday that they are not buying the Obama administration’s argument that the state exceeded its authority when it made the records check part of SB 1070, the state law aimed at driving illegal immigrants out of Arizona.

    The legislation, which was signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April 2010, includes a requirement that local police check the immigration status of a criminal suspect if they have “reasonable suspicion” that person is in the country illegally.

    Key parts of the law have been put on hold by lower courts pending action by the Supreme Court.

    The Obama administration argues the law should be struck down because immigration policy is rightfully set by the federal government, not states.

    Arizona contends immigration is not exclusively a federal matter and the state has the right to act because federal authorities have not done their job.

  82. LOL! Rush is going on about the Clinton years, saying he’d be fine with going back to to Clinton taxes, if we FIRST go back to Clinton-era spending of 18%, not 25% of GDP. Adjust for inflation.

    But the Left these days would call that DRACONIAN and EXTREME cuts!

  83. I think the left will be routed in this election. If the Republican strategy is to campaign to the middle and go right into the living rooms of every American with their message of Obama aint working and Obama made it worse with the accompanying evidence–and if Grease want to challenge the evidence–FINE, THE REPUBLICANS WILL BE HAPPY TO DISCUSS THE EVIDENCE AS LONG AS HE CAN STAND IT, WHICH WON’T BE LONG then that will trump the democrat strategy, which as I understand it will be the same as 2008–a rolling thunder of street thugs canvassing neigborhoods en masse without curfew getting all their minions out to vote–Monk Eastman style. I know I know I know the polls show a tight race. But there will come a point where the campaign message and tactics will merge into one, and because of the scapegoat themes promoted by Obama violence is a likely outcome. This happened in the days of Tameny Hall, when the Eastmans were the enforcers, and we will see it again this time, I predict. And when it happens, fox will be the only one who reports it.

  84. Pertinent point from an AoS commenter:

    As much as it would give the Moron Horde pleasure, Romney is never going to say “Obama is a dog-eating, communist, muslim-appeasing traitorous Kenyan.” Mitt struck the right note in the subliminal message to the squishy moderates. They are never going to accept that they were conned by flim-flam man, so it’s better to attack Obama on his failures to deliver.

  85. Paul Kelly, leader of the Five Points Gang was also part of the Tammany Street GOTV (Get Out To Vote) gang. They use precinct captains for this is Chicago. It works in a big city environment than it does in the suburbs, and it may not sit well with the upper income suburbanites whom Jay Cost says have been voting Democrat in recent years–especially in 2008. In sum, I think it is an unsound strategy for a national election, and the test case–or cauldron will be Pennslyvania which will be the fulcrum of the close election scenario–which ignores the momentum which I believe will build over the next six months. People today spend their time at home when they are not working. They watch television. The neighbor to neighbor conversations which were part of the Norman Rockwell vision of America don’t work. What they see on television–which will be dominated by Republican ads will be the decisive factor, I firmly believe.

  86. On the other hand, Obama is compelled to take this tack. It is like the expression a solution looking for a problem. He is a mass movement sort of guy–like the paradigmatic sky pilot aka phony preacher. He has the street organization, therefore he is compelled to use it, even if it is not the best strategy. But the guy you need to watch in this thing is Soros. I cannot tell you what he will do exactly, but he will do something. The good thing about this is these people know only the book–Alinsky, Pivin, etc. That makes them predictable. And even with Soros, if you want to spend the time rehashing his moves in Eastern Europe which overthrew former Soviet satellites so his corporate raiders could move in and pillage their economies there was a method to the madness, and that method can be understood and to a degree anticipated. The voting machine piece is part of it, but there is more. As the movie tag line says, there will be blood, I am afraid.

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