Psycho Killer Versus Psycho Killer – The Obama DISTRACT AND DESTROY Strategy Fails

The Psycho Killer from Colorado is getting the headlines and almost all of the Big Media attention. For us, one Psycho Killer at a time. We continue to pay attention to the Psycho Killer from Chicago.


Chicago Clown

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Two events stand out in the immediate future as far as presidential politics are concerned. One additional event has intruded.

The additional event is the killings in Colorado. This midnight madness is sucking up a lot of time on the airwaves and this has implications. The killings in Colorado are a major distraction and as of now the distraction we believe hurts Barack Obama more than Mitt Romney.

While Obama will no doubt exploit the Colorado killings by staging several publicity stunts to pose as a “uniter” in the important swing state this horrific incident has taken a great toll on the Obama strategy timeline.

Barack Obama thought he could spend tens of millions of dollars to crush Mitt Romney, to injuriously define Mitt Romney, in June and July before two major summer events. Now Obama has spent tens of millions in June and July (to very little effect) but his march of hate has been halted by a nut in Aurora. All that Bain distraction, all the myriad other distractions, now face a major distraction in the form of death and injury in the mountains.

The hope of the Obama campaign was that they would batter Mitt Romney in June and July. Then a bleeding lump of flesh Mitt Romney, defined as a monster from Bain by the Obama campaign, would face a news blackout as the major event of the summer, the Olympics, began to play.

But Mitt Romney counter-programmed with a rather substantial publicity stunt of his own:

“Mitt Romney embarks Tuesday on a six-day trip to England, Israel, and Poland, offering Americans a glimpse of how he might perform on the world stage if he’s elected president.”

Romney will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics along with other world leaders. Romney will, just before his trip, speak in electorally important Nevada to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The 2012 Olympics, the Romney campaign hopes, will remind American voters of the 2002 Olympics in Utah Mitt Romney rescued ten years ago. Mitt Romney will dramatically be able to counter the Bain nonsense by noting that he headed to the Utah Olympics in 1999, not later as Obama would have it. Not only does Romney get some attention as he travels abroad, Romney can bask in the Olympic glow of his own.

There will be meetings with British and other world leaders and of course two fundraisers with Americans abroad. But the highlight of the trip will be the visit to surrounded Israel:

“Romney has been to Israel three times in the past, on a family visit in the late 1990s and, in 2007 and 2011, on fact-finding trips focused on security and economic issues.

On this trip, he’ll meet first with Daniel Shapiro, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, who will give him a briefing. Romney will also meet with Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, and will also sit down with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. He has met them all on previous trips.

While aides say Romney will not specifically criticize the president’s Middle East policy while he is in Israel, he will continue to make the case for standing with Israel – as he often does on the campaign trail. “America needs to stand by its allies, particularly allies that are under siege like Israel, particularly democratic allies who have such a shared history and shared values with America” Dan Senor, a special adviser on foreign policy, told reporters in previewing Romney’s message.”

After Israel it is on to Poland. Romney will meet with the current leadership as well as the man who invited Romney, the man who earned his Nobel Peace Prize with heroic actions, Lech Walesa.

While Romney gets some well deserved attention during his international trip, Barack Obama will put on hats, dance, lie, and spew ridiculous mumblings in an attempt to get some of that desperately craved limelight. But the Olympics will dominate:

“25 July 2012 is the big kick-off, with the opening sports event…
27 July sees the pomp and parades of the opening ceremony in the Olympic stadium, and the lighting of the Olympic torch. [snip]
12 August will see the curtain comes down with the closing ceremony.”

By the end of the Olympics the news will be about the Romney VP pick and the convention in Tampa at the end of the month. In short the DISTRACT AND DESTROY strategy of Barack Obama has failed. Why?

June and July were supposed to be the end of Mitt Romney. Romney was supposed to be left for dead after a Dresden style bombing by Obama. Once Mitt Romney was leveled the Olympic blackout would begin and Romney would be left way behind limping towards his end of August convention while Barack Obama basked in glory.

Barack Obama thought he could Destroy Mitt Romney and Distract From The Economy. Barack Obama began to spend money like a drunken gay sailor on shore leave in Mykonos (apologies to gay sailors who no matter how drunk are much more sober than Obama):

“President Barack Obama’s campaign spent about $43 million in June on ads aimed to keep Mitt Romney out of the White House.

The Obama campaign shelled out $38.2 million on media buys last month, in addition to $4.5 million for online advertisements and nearly $700,000 for media production, according to the latest campaign finance report released Friday.

The big spending on ads comes as the Obama campaign seeks an advantage by getting an early jump defining Mitt Romney over the airwaves and online.

Romney’s campaign, meanwhile, reported spending about $11 million for media production and placement.

Overall, the Obama campaign spent about $58 million in June, marking its most expensive month this year. The campaign spent $45 million in May and less than $20 million in each of the first four months of this year.

Obama’s campaign spent another $2.6 million on polling, $2.9 million on payroll and $33,000 on text messages in June.

Romney’s campaign spent a total of $27.5 million in June, about twice the $15 million the campaign spent in May.

Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised a combined $71 million in June — falling about $35 million behind the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee.

The Obama campaign raised a total of about $46 million in June, including $28 million in individual contributions and $17.2 million transferred from other committees.

Obama’s campaign ended the month with $97.5 million in the bank, compared to Romney’s $22.5 million. But Romney Victory Inc. — a Romney-RNC joint fundraising operation — ended June with $57.7 million in cash, compared to the Obama Victory Fund’s $9 million cash on hand.”

Obama spent all that money to destroy Mitt Romney but instead Mitt Romney rose a bit in the polls. We can only imagine that as the results rolled in Barack and Michelle Obama could not believe that their Destroy Mitt Romney attacks were failing and they ordered more and more polling. But more and more polling only produced the same results – failure.

The Obama attacks failed. The Obama fundraising operation relied on the attacks to work and that would lead to happy donors donating lots and lots of cash. But Big Fail. Obama Big Media ally Politico concluded: Mitt Romney, the new fundraiser-in-chief:

“When combined with Republicans’ massive super PAC cash advantage, the GOP fundraising surge spells trouble for the White House, which is relying on hard money and a groundswell of small donations to give Obama four more years.

Romney’s campaign and its allied fundraising committees reported $170 million in cash reserves at the end of June. That’s $26 million more than Obama and the top Democratic committees had in their coffers, according to the latest campaign finance reports released Friday.

Part of the reason for Romney’s cash advantage is that Obama outspent the Republican by $50 million over the last three months as part of the strategy to define Romney before he can gain traction.

The Obama campaign and Obama Victory Fund — a joint fundraising committee with the DNC — spent a combined $189 million in April through June, compared to the $138 million spent by the Romney campaign and its joint fundraising committee. [snip]

In May, the Obama campaign and victory fund spent more than they raised, thanks in large part to shelling out $34 million for advertising.

And in June, the Obama campaign dropped about $43 million in ads alone, including online advertising. Romney spent about $12 million for ads last month.

Until now, Obama’s camp has also sought to use Romney’s advantage among big-donor allies to rally his own small-donor base.

But when it comes to small donations — an area where Romney has lagged far behind Obama — the former Massachusetts governor is picking up steam.”

After the late August Republican convention we will see the Romney campaign come out guns blasting with tens of millions in dollars they did not waste in July. Barack Obama will find himself surrounded by the guns he has bought, bullet less:

“Now, what will you do, Mr. President?

The Obama campaign’s attempt to portray Mitt Romney as the villainous Bane from “The Dark Knight Rises” appears to be a big flop. And the problem for Obama is, he really doesn’t have a Plan B.

The latest New York Times CBS poll shows the $100 million worth of attack ads against Romney’s Bain Capital tenure haven’t moved many voters. And that was before Obama insulted voters by telling them they never built a business on their own.

There’s an air of desperation in the Obama camp right now. That’s because while the race is a dead heat, Romney has an 8-point lead, according to the recent poll, when voters are asked who would do a better job fixing the economy. [snip]

“I think the big reason it isn’t is the only people who are paying attention are either hard-core Democrats or hard-core Republicans and others who haven’t decided aren’t paying attention right now,” said Andy Smith of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

“I don’t think the effort was designed to sway voters so much as it was a way to get the Democratic base motivated again,” Smith added. “To give them something to be angry about again.”

And that is a sad statement about the Obama campaign. The president can’t possibly run positive ads about his record, so his only option is to fire up Democratic voters to hate Romney. But even many Democrats are troubled by Obama’s relentlessly negative — and mostly misleading — campaign.”

Obama’s entire campaign of DISTRACT AND DESTROY can be countered with the 1992 Bill Clinton slogan “It’s the economy, stupid.”

Barack Obama’s campaign slogan this year is “IT’S THE ECONOMY WE HAVE TO DISTRACT FROM, STUPID”.

John Kraushaar of National Journal writes ‘It’s the economy, stupid, and the distractions won’t work you boob’:

“Bad Economy Taking Its Toll On Obama

The first round of polls is out after President Obama’s Bain attacks against Mitt Romney and the results aren’t good news for the White House. By themselves, the national toplines are discouraging enough – Romney holds a (statistically-insignificant) 47 to 46 percent lead in the new CBS/NYT poll, and the president is stuck at 47 percent in the just-released Fox News and NPR poll in 12 battleground states.

But beneath the head-to-head numbers, the results foreshadow some tough times ahead for Obama. Voters appear to be processing the worsening economic news belatedly, and their pessimism shows in spades. In the CBS/NYT poll, Obama’s job approval dropped to 44 percent, with only 39 percent approving of his economic performance – down five points from April. For the first time since January, more voters now think the economy is getting worse. Nearly two-thirds of voters now place some blame on the president for the weak economic conditions, with 34 percent giving him “significant” responsibility. An outright 52 percent majority of independents believe Obama will “never improve” the economy. These aren’t numbers that victories are made of.

And in a sign that the newfound negative tone of the campaign may be backfiring, the poll showed Obama’s favorability ratings – always his strong suit – at an all-time low as president. Only 36 percent in the NYT/CBS poll view him favorably, a six-point drop over the last three months, with 48 percent viewing him unfavorably. Romney’s favorables aren’t good, either – 32/36 fav/unfav – but mutually assured destruction isn’t going to win the election for the president.

The state-by-state numbers aren’t any more encouraging. [snip]

All told, the numbers paint a picture of voters growing increasingly disillusioned with the president. By going hard negative against Romney, the president is landing some solid blows. But without much of a positive governing agenda to campaign on, it doesn’t look like that will be enough by itself.”

Barack Obama will need all the skills honed by his life as a flim-flam con man to distract from the economy. With Unemployment up in 6 of 10 swing states Barack Obama will need to win the Olympic high jump gold medal and Michelle Obama will have to gold medal the weight lifting categories to distract from the economic horror.

Psycho Killer of jobs, Que-est que c’est?



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472 thoughts on “Psycho Killer Versus Psycho Killer – The Obama DISTRACT AND DESTROY Strategy Fails

  1. MoonOnPluto noted this earlier:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/georges-ugeux/the-obama-campaign-is-unw_b_1690930.html

    “As a Democrat and a staunch support of Barack Obama, I am completely disgusted by his campaign. Are we talking about the President of the United States? Are we talking about a principled man who has boosted our ideal for a fair and equitable America? Does this have anything to do with the American people? [snip]

    Television is making sure that the political debate is as dirty, as filthy as possible. They make money on dirt and contention. They exacerbate the debates. They ignore the substance…and we finance them to do this dirty work. [snip]

    That is what we expect to hear from you, Mr. President. Defend your legacy and your achievements. Don’t bother about money and dirt. The movie “the American President” should remind you that you are “way above their league.” It is that hope that we need from you and that you promised to give us.

    Not dirty politics. The dogs bark, but the caravan goes on.”

    “Defend your legacy and your achievements.” How???? Distract and Destroy is the Obama way.

  2. Idk, I just can not put much stock into anything reported on Arrianna’s Huff n Puff; even if it is good news.

  3. Bravo admin; excellent article.

    from the article:
    “As a Democrat and a staunch support of Barack Obama, I am completely disgusted by his campaign. ”

    well, as an ex-democrat and a staunch believer of America and its foundation, the US Constitution, I’m disgusted that idiots like this drone in huffy-poop are still stupid enough to support and vote for that political thug from Chicago.

  4. A loud round of appaulse for Bob Costas. I agree with the article, class act.

    “Those calling for a moment of silence at next week’s Olympics to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Munich terrorist massacre of Israeli athlete-hostages have just picked up key support.

    First, NBC’s lead Olympics anchor, Bob Costas, said he’ll publicly call out the International Olympics Committee for refusing the request.

    And, Costas added, if the IOC fails to allow a moment of silence during next Friday’s opening ceremonies, he’ll hold one instead on NBC’s telecast as the Israeli team enters the arena.

    “I intend to note that the IOC denied the request,” he said. “Many people find that denial more than puzzling, but insensitive, [so] here’s a minute of silence right now.””

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/bob_costas_class_act_V1pQm253338ATMpPT22COI

  5. The “I Built This” gaffes is NOT going away. I believe in retrospect it will turn out to be the event that change the election.

    GREAT new clip called, naturally, I Built This.


  6. If this is true, omg.

    http://www.debka.com/

    “Turkish sources say two generals were among the refugees in flight from Syria Saturday. One, Gen. Mustafa Sheikh said Assad’s forces were moving chemical weapons across the country for possible use in a military retaliation for the killing of four top security officials. “They want to burn the country. The regime cannot fall without perpetrating a sea of blood,” he said. . . . (Reuters is also reporting this).

    Security sources in Washington criticize the Obama administration for not treating seriously enough Bashar Assad’s threats to start using chemical and biological weapons against Syrian rebels and other Middle East targets if the revolt continues. “Assad has shown he means what he says,” those sources said. . . .

    The US government is closely monitoring Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and actively consulting with Syria’s neighbors to stress concern on the security of those weapons, said the White House Saturday night. Iraqi government said that Syrian rebels have seized a second border crossing between the two countries. . “

  7. CNN is reporting Obama will be in Colorado tomorrow to “comfort” the victims’ families.

    This man never misses a photo-op when he needs one. Anyone remember how quickly he comforted the families of the victims at Fort Hood?

  8. Dan Senor is a neocon son of a bitch tied to Billy Kristol and Robert Kagen, i.e. Project for a New American Century and married to that Obama loving Hillary hating cnn shrew Cambell Brown. This Romney campaign sure aint Heaven and it sure aint hell (Obama is hell). Therefore, by process of elimination, it must be Purgatory. Fucking Dan Senor.

    Oh Danny Boy
    The pipes the pipes are calling
    From Hebron to Gaza
    And down the mountain side

    How about we swap presidents. Give us Bibi and I will be happy. He is the only one I fully respect.

    Mitt–get rid of Dan Senor. Puleeeeeeeeeeeeze.

  9. wbboei….

    Oh no! romney’s team hired dan senor?!?!?!?? That jerk! I cannot stand him. Nothing but a damn neocon. No wonder how Campbell Brown is saying not so flattering things about her Messaih Barry. Political winds are changing and she wants to get on that train along with her neocon hubby. PO$ power hungry jerks, all of them.

  10. CNN is reporting Obama will be in Colorado tomorrow to “comfort” the victims’ families.
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    He should stick to this and forget about running for president.

  11. anyone know if Barry’s giving speeches tommorow? and maybe giving out t-shirts, like he and his campaign did at the memorial after the AZ event last year?

  12. Seizing upon a tragedy like this one to promote his campaign is the last bastion of scoundrels. They should ask him whether he is going to Mexico next to give comfort to the Mexicans killed with Fast and Furious weapons which his adminstration gave to the drug lords. This is the next best thing to running around the world apologizing to foreign dictators for the United States. Never apologize, it is a sign of weakness–John Wayne (Captain Nathan Brittles, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, directed by John Ford.)

  13. tim
    July 21st, 2012 at 9:40 pm
    wbboei….

    Oh no! romney’s team hired dan senor?!?!?!??
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    ‘Fraid so Tim. The following is from Admin’s post:

    “While aides say Romney will not specifically criticize the president’s Middle East policy while he is in Israel, he will continue to make the case for standing with Israel – as he often does on the campaign trail. “America needs to stand by its allies, particularly allies that are under siege like Israel, particularly democratic allies who have such a shared history and shared values with America” DAN SENOR, a special adviser on foreign policy, told reporters in previewing Romney’s message.”

    And here is the link on Dan Senor:

    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&gs_nf=1&gs_mss=dan%20senor%20w&cp=13&gs_id=1k&xhr=t&q=dan+senor+wiki&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&oq=dan+senor+wik&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=640d1991c704c3df&biw=1536&bih=801

  14. Tim, the other thing is the article in Newsweek stating that Mitt has not invited Sarah to the RNC convention. Well, Sarah is like Ronald Reagan to millions of Republicans. If he ends up selecting George Herbert Walker Bush’s pick Condeleeza Rice to be VP, and not inviting Sarah, then the handwriting is on the wall. He will lose. Under those circumstances, I would not vote for him–because in that case, we would know for sure, that he does not represent the American People any more than the current jackass does.

  15. In that case, this is an inside the beltway washington elites thing, to squeeze the life out of the middle class. And I will be damned if I will go along with it.

  16. Barack Obama events:

    “In lieu of funeral donations for those killed in Colorado, please donate to the Barack Obama reelect committee.”

    Why won’t we be surprised if we see the above on Obama emails?

  17. wbboei
    July 21st, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Seizing upon a tragedy like this one to promote his campaign is the last bastion of scoundrels.
    ____________

    True, but exploiting the dead is a vulgar habit of the Obamabots. They did the same in Tuscon, and now again in Aurora. And of course every time they play the race card they are exploiting the lives ruined by slavery and its violent aftermath.

    Come to think of it, George W was rightly accused of exploiting the deaths of 9/11 victims. Funny how the more you compare the neocons and neoliberals, the more alike they seem. One controlled us with national security, the other with political correctness, but it’s the control that is the common link/goal.

    I too am disturbed by the Senor hiring, as I was by the Chertoff, Bork, Bradbury hirings.

  18. while I understand there are many in the republican establishment being the very smart (sacrasm insert here) people that they are who hate the bitter clinger Sarah Palin, to not even invite Sarah Palin, who frankly many many dems, conservative, reagan type dems admire and respect is one of the most a$$nine things I have heard the GOP do.

    Do they even understand how much Palin helped the repubs get the majority back, and stop OTurd’s nonsense as much as they could, do they understand how Palin made people understand what “constitutionalists” means? Heck, my nephew, an RonBot started respecting Palin tremendously when she endorsed Rand Paul. Do they understand how many reagan dems respect their fellow bitter clinger Palin?

    Does the GOP realise, we don’t want Bush back, we sure as hell don’t want OTurd, we want people who understand cronism is bad, doesn’t matter who does it, next that the American people comes first, next the US Consitution is not toilet paper, so what Bush abused it, that;s supposed to excuse Barry?!?! Barry’s treating it like his own private stash of toilet paper, next, the bigger the govt is, the more places for roaches to hide, keep govt small, keep it efficient.

    Fine, don’t give Palin the keynote, completely understand that, but give her a speaking spot(even check her speech to make sure if it makes you feel better), after all she’s the one who headcharged in giving majorities to people who are consitutionalists, over just establishment repubs.

  19. Brian L. Roberts
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Comcast Corporation

    Re. Inmates Running the Asylum

    Dear Mr. Roberts

    Have you seen the article which appeared in the Washington Examiner this past week concerning your NBC News Division?

    It is based on the insights of a former NBC producer who claims he can no longer defend the neutrality of that division.

    He goes on to recount a number of incidents where agents of that network lied and deceived the American People

    This sort of thing was prevalent when General Electric owned NBC, and the culture they created persists. When you purchased NBC in January 2011, it became your problem.

    What, if anything, you do about it is your business.

    However, if it were my business, I would be concerned about the viewing audience which has been lost, the effect these sordid practices might have on future relationship of Comcast and NBC with the Republican Party assuming they win in November, and whether you are comfortable allowing the inmates to run the asylum.

    Very truly yours

    Wbboei

    • Former network producer: ‘I’m done’ denying liberal bias in the media
    media bias
    June 23, 2012
    By: Joe Newby
    Andrea Mitchell caught using edited video to make Romney appear out of touch.
    On Saturday, Newsbusters’ Tim Graham reported that blogger and Catholic deacon Greg Kandra, who last worked at NBC for Katie Couric, says he’s no longer defending the so-called mainstream media from charges of liberal bias.
    “I’m tired,” Kandra wrote. “Truly. I’ve grown weary of trying to defend the indefensible and explain the inexplicable. For years, people have stomped their feet and pounded their fists and snorted ‘Liberal media bias!’ and I’ve always tut-tutted and shooshed them and said, ‘No, no. Calm down. They meant well. It was just a misunderstanding. A mistake. These things happen.’ I spent over 25 years working in the oft-reviled Mainstream Media and I saw up close and personal how the sausage was made. I knew the people who wielded the knives and wore the aprons, and could vouch (most of the time, anyway) for their good intentions,” he added.
    But after NBC’s Andrea Mitchell was caught using edited video to make Mitt Romney look out of touch, Kandra decided he was finished defending what we call the “Democrat-media complex.”
    “Forget it. I’m done,” he wrote, adding:

    “You deserve what they’re saying about you. It’s earned. You have worked long and hard to merit the suspicion, acrimony, mistrust and revulsion that the media-buying public increasingly heaps upon you. You have successfully eroded any confidence, dispelled any trust, and driven your audience into the arms of the Internet and the blogosphere, where biases are affirmed and like-minded people can tell each other what they hold to be true, since nobody believes in objective reality any more. You have done a superlative job of diminishing what was once a great profession and undermining one of the vital underpinnings of democracy, a free press.”
    He concluded by asking NBC: “What the h**l is wrong with you guys?”
    Mitchell’s use of edited video was not a first for the network. In April, Martin Bashir used edited video to make Romney look like he was dodging a question on his religious faith, and Ed Schultz used edited video to make Texas Governor Rick Perry appear racist.
    NBC was also caught using edited versions of a 911 call made by George Zimmerman, the Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer now on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
    Last July, a poll released by The Hill found that 68 percent of voters found the news media biased, while 57 percent perceive the media as being “either somewhat or very unethical.”
    Last June MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said he hates objective journalism when it comes to the issue of global warming, or climate change.
    “I hate that so-called evenhanded, so-called objective journalism. You know, you know, you can’t say something isn’t true if it’s true in the interest of even-handedness,” he told Rolling Stone’s Eric Bates.
    Last November, Matthews admitted a liberal bias in the news media.
    Recently, Newsbusters’ Noel Sheppard wrote that “since Romney has become the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, virtually every hour of MSNBC broadcasting includes someone making deplorable comments about the former Massachusetts governor and his family.”
    No doubt, those who get their news from major media outlets like NBC will be treated to much more of the same biased coverage between now and the November elections.

  20. Fine, don’t give Palin the keynote, completely understand that, but give her a speaking spot(even check her speech to make sure if it makes you feel better) [….]

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    Palin might boycott the convention anyway, as she did the CP??whatsis. She’s got a history of not accepting bones or second best. Good for her.

  21. If he ends up selecting George Herbert Walker Bush’s pick Condeleeza Rice to be VP, and not inviting Sarah, then the handwriting is on the wall. He will lose. Under those circumstances, I would not vote for him–because in that case, we would know for sure, that he does not represent the American People any more than the current jackass does.

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    In that case, which third party would you vote for? (Or do you think a write-in would be counted and publicized?)

  22. Sarah Palin is the type of Republican that I like. It’s the Republican-lites that give me a rash. I am one who also could care less about Condi Rice as I see her a nothing spectacular. Although I do not dislike George Bush as much as I did a few years ago, I am leary of the Bush clan, and its promoters. There’s nothing special with that family, yet they have some staunch supporters/promoters. Regardless, even if Condi Rice is selected, and I hope not, I will still be voting Republican again in November. The next election in 2016, if we ever make it that far, may find me voting against the big party establishment. These entrenched politicians are not doing America any favors. The new world order needs to be checked, and I wonder just who will be around to accomplish this.

  23. The Aurora massacre makes me wonder if there were helping hands manipulating a lost soul to help promote a political agenda.

  24. Aggie95 | July 21, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    A fine comment which says it all about this blame the tea party first. The dupes who mouth this anti tea party crap are too stupid to realize that they are being manipulated by the elites.
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    Ya know I get tired of these mouth breathing metro sexual uber sensitive idiots. The Tea Party had at least 2 gatherings numbering in the hundreds of thousands and God knows how many in the tens of thousands and forget the numbers below that and the biggest ones were pretty much policed by an single asthmatic meter maid in a lawn chair. We left the venues cleaner than we found them ….cut the grass and edged the sidewalks as well. Then you have the liberal occupy turd float …rapes …robberies …. murder……looting ……burning …… and somehow we’re the bad guys. Lord I wish I had absolute power in this country ….I would banish all the liberal/progressive/dimocrats and their Flying Monkeys in the press to East of the Mississippi and blow up all the bridges and then build a wall to keep the riff raft out as their society crashes around them

  25. I will be supporting and voting for Romney no matter who is his VP, I do like Rubio though as the VP choice.

    As for Bush…
    I’ve come to the conclusion after protesting Bush for the entirity of his tenure, I would back Bush over Mr. OTurd; something I never ever ever thought would happen, for me at least. I never felt Bush ever disliked America or her citizens or the US Consitution, like Barry so openly, frequently does. Bush I never felt actually looked down on America, like Mr.OTurd and his misses do, they seem to have just utter unbridled comtempt for America and her bitter clinger citizens.
    Bush I will credit has one focus of keeping the country safe, the rest of his domestic agenda, to be honest, I pretty much dimissed only because I couldn’t stand him, so looking back, it makes me wonder if I would have seen his certain domestic policies differently.
    And I thought Laura Bush was a wonderful first lady, even while I didn’t vote for Bush either time.
    I just saw Bush as this somewhat sincere man, failed at most of his businesses, who he got into because of his family connections, but a genuine man, he loves and absolutely respects our US military, and loves & respects this country, and all the citizens, even the ones who booed him at every instance. Barry pretty much has disdain, disgust, contempt for this country and its very foundations, last weeks comments in Roanoke, VA pretty much proved it without any doubt.

  26. The whole ABC, NBC, MSDNC, etc… all make me think these people are no longer reporters, as in actually just reporting things, they are people who have a conclusion they already have in mind that they want to feed to the public, and so then they figure out how to twist, turd, lie, manipulate, to get to that conclusion/views they want to push on the public.

  27. Question: What purpose would be of benefit to the elitist class if they were to squash the middle class? Isn’t there some type of synergy between the two which nenefits both classes?

  28. nomobama
    July 22nd, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I think they have no clue or don’t care. For the DNC, etc, they say they are for the middle class, yet, a simple example…. the greenies want more environment things, they want to push things like LED bulbs, etc, so they use the power of govt to mandate it, banning the use of the regular light bulbs… at the SAME time, the EPA then makes its damn near uncompetitive for those LED mandated bulbs to be manufactored in America.

    So, first, the DNC/dems use Congress to ban the regular light bulbs, so that industry goes to China, then Dems use the EPA to make it near impossible to manufactute the new mandated LED bulbs, so then that industry goes to China also. So, who gets the “squashing”….. its the middle class. Any american company that tries to manufator those build in this country is now competing with China for that LED product, and its the dems, big govt who has made it harder to have those manufactoring jobs in America, middle class is then hurt.
    And here is where the dem’s hypocracy is on full display…the greenies are one voting block, the unions are another, and their interests are opposite of each other… so the dems really at this point are just blocks of people that Oturd is trying to get… so one week, one audience, another week, another audience; and the message with those 2 groups will be opposite of each other.

    As for repubs party, NOT the tea party folks, they get the small govt libeterain views, there are establishment repubs who want power, now even while they are establishment repubs, they at least have some semblance of sanity left, but they don’t have the spine to voice coherently the concerns of the bitter clingers, which tend to be the Tea party members. Here is where people like Rubio, Palin, Ron Johnson of WI have been so effective, because they themselves are the middle class, they want a govt, they just want a limited govt, per the founding principles… so they recognize that the middle class will be hurt the most with a big govt. The establishment elite and the elite pundits, they’re too afraid to associated by people liek Palin, why?, she represents the hardworking middle class, the bitter clingers, the kind of people the repub self-appointed elites like Peggy noonan, david brooks, etc think should sit down like good little boys and girls and be told what’s good for them by the elite.

  29. Question: What purpose would be of benefit to the elitist class if they were to squash the middle class? Isn’t there some type of synergy between the two which nenefits both classes?
    —————————————————-
    There are billions of dollars in assets, and entitlements held by the middle class. In addition, according to Soros partner Chairman Mo, the American middle class consumes a disproportionate share of the world’s resources. In addition, the middle class was the ultimate victim of the housing bubble, and the cash cow to bail out the banks. And throughout history the upper class has deplored the Babbitry of the middle class, and considered themselves superior. And, the middle class, because of its numbers, represents a potential threat to the elites, they more they realize how the game is played against them, and that behind every great fortune there is a great crime. There are literally hundeds of reason why they dislike the middle class, and direct the envy and resentment of the lower classes towards them to divert attention to themselves. Their vilification of the Tea Party is a case in point. This has been the pattern of history, from the fall of Rome, to the fall of Cuba to Castro, to what we see now. And, the elites know the game is ending and they want to make divert the economic dislocation to the middle class. And notice when the elites decide to change the rules of society, whether it be with the spotted owl, or reverse discrimination, they always place the burden on the middle class. The final irony is once the middle class is destroyed, the elites will have no buffer to the ravenous under class. But they never ever realize that, and think they will escape the hand of fate, until one day they don’t.

  30. I have had hours and hours of discussions about this with the Cuban banker. He is an avid student of history and has seen this happen in his own country.

  31. For Obama, spreading the wealth means spreading the wealth of the middle class to the lower class. The upper class remains untouched.

  32. For a good Sunday laugh:

    http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2012/07/you-didnt-build-that.html

    You Didn’t Build That

    Readings from the Book of Barack

    1 In the beginning Govt created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the economy was formless and void, darkness was over the surface of the ATMs, and the Spirit of Govt was hovering over the land.

    3 And Govt said, “Let there be spending,” and there was spending. 4 Govt saw that the spending was good, and that it separated the light from the darkness. 5 Govt called the spending Investments, and this he did in the first day.

    6 Then Govt said, “Let there be roads and bridges across the waters, and let dams divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus Govt made the infrastructure and the patronage jobs for eternity under the firmament from the Potomac which was above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And Govt called the firmament Washington. This Govt did on the second day.

    9 Then Govt said, “Let the regulations and the guidlines under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the Bureaus appear”; and it was so. 10 And Govt called the Bureaus demigovts, and the gathering together of them He called AFSCME. And Govt saw that it was good.

    11 Then Govt said, “Let there be police, and firefighters, and teachers according to their kind, for they will create more jobs”; and it was so. 12 And then Govt bade the void bring forth crime, and arson, and stupidity, that each would yield seed to bring forth more police, and firefighters, and teachers, and jobs. And Govt saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.

    14 On the fourth day Govt said, “Let Us make the economy in Our image, according to Our likeness; let it have dominion over the cars of the road, over the appliances of the supercenters, and over the pet groomers of the strip malls, over all the clickthroughs of Amazon and over every creepy thing of the Dollar Stores.” 15 So Govt created the economy in His own image; services and wholesale and retail He created them. 16 Then Govt blessed them, and Govt said to them, “Be fruitful and use the multiplier effect; fill the land with jobs; thou have dominion over thy realm, within limits, as long and thou remember to get thy permits and tithe thy taxes, for they are good. Hope to see you at the fundraiser.”

    Verily, there is more at the link.

  33. tim
    July 22nd, 2012 at 1:46 am

    _______________________________

    Tim, they all quit being reporters back in the early 1980’s when the networks moved their news departments into their entertainment divisions and demanded a profit be shown. This is when you started seeing the ridiculous like Dan Rather in his “Taliban” disguise, calling Jim Brady dead when he wasn’t after the Reagan assassination attempt, etc. The problem is this “win the ratings” over giving the facts has led to the propagandists ruling over any true journalists.

    Prior to this, the news departments were an accepted “loss” as part of the networks responsibility for using the people’s airwaves.

  34. There is a really good video on YouTube that explains the different forms of rule. It explains Oligarchy, Monarchy, Anarchy, a Republic, and a Democracy. It explains why some forms of governing are stable and others aren’t. Boy it made a reference to how when Rome was a Republic it thrived but once politicians and the elite made a grab for power, it became a Democracy and Rome began to fall. It really reminded me of what is going on today with Obama and his cast of characters in charge of our governance. We are beginning to burn like Rome did.

    I learned a few things and some of you might find it interesting. Here is the link:

  35. Oh, it also explained why framers of the Constitution were so deadset against a Democracy and I learned that nowhere in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence is the word Democracy used. It said the word Democracy is not even used in any of the state’s constitutions.

    Those Founding Fathers were pretty smart!

  36. Ah, here we go again!

    Word games. The Founders talked about a Republic, so vote Republican!

  37. Question: What purpose would be of benefit to the elitist class if they were to squash the middle class? Isn’t there some type of synergy between the two which nenefits both classes?

    =======================

    On the one hand, a parasite does not want to kill its host, it wants to keep it alive to bleed. On the other hand, middle class people who lose their jobs and homes sell the homes cheap and go to work at other jobs cheaper.

  38. True, but exploiting the dead is a vulgar habit of the Obamabots. They did the same in Tuscon, and now again in Aurora.
    ***

    Come on now. The first time I recall a president taking advantage of such a tragedy was when Clinton attended a memorial service in Oklahoma for the victims of the bombing and their families. He did well there too. He cried with the relatives. Made sure they knew that he felt their pain. Then he and his aides blamed Rush and other ‘right-wing’ radio talk show hosts for spreading hatred and on and on. And of course he and the dems started preaching about gun control one more time.

    He raised his poll numbers considerably and won the next election quite handily. And we never even found out who John Doe 2 was.

    So, I think it is a game they all play now. Unfortunately.

  39. About Palin,

    Personally I am a fan but let’s face it, she hasn’t exactly reached out to MR as far as I know while she did support many of his competitors.

    If she goes on record as throwing her support behind him that’s one thing but so far that hasn’t happened.

  40. At the risk of sounding extreme, I am going to say it.

    There was something else going on with the Colorado massacre, something other than a random murder spree.

    Don’t know what it is but it doesn’t sit right, same way the Nidal Hassan murder at Fort Hood didn’t sit right.

  41. What I mean is, the left tried to get backdoor gun legislation through F$F but that did not work and the architects were defeated, especially Holder who was held in contempt by congress.

    The U.N. Treaty against guns is coming up. How easy to stage a massacre as an impetus to convince people anti-gun legislation is needed.

    Just saying.

    I put nothing beneath the fothermuckers in office. They will stoop to anything to achieve their ends.

  42. Tim
    Make no mistake. It was GW BUsh who started an unnecessary war in Iraq; a war which put this country into a recession we are still not out of, drained the SS surplus my baby boom generation created, and cost so many young American lives. Although I personally find him less offensive than Obama, Bush was a disastrous POTUS who only looks not so bad now by comparison to the disaster that is BO.
    I believe both presidencies will go down as 2 of the worst in this country’s history.

  43. Psycho Killer Versus Psycho Killer
    Just amazing how events led to admin’s current post heading….
    ———————–
    GWBush: His nomination had me writing letters to RNC critical of setting the bar so low. If you go back to unedited videos, the man could barely speak one thought without messing it up. What an embarrassment. Surely he had much speech therapy during his 8 year stint in Oval Office finishing school, for he’s learned well enough now to be a motivational speaker so they say and lol. Perhaps his current proclivity to remain in the shadows of private life acknowledges an embarrassment he should possess over the whole thing.
    Then as we have already realized, he paved the way for another highly-unqualified ego. sans patriotism. hence our current plight.

  44. No love lost between SP and MR. Something happened in 2008. Maybe he wanted number two, but they dislike each other very much. Don’t know if they will make nice.

  45. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/07/22/mitt_romneys_moment_114871.html

    Mitt Romney’s Moment
    By Salena Zito – July 22, 2012

    NORTH HUNTINGDON – Mitt Romney was fired-up.

    “The president actually said, if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen.” He paused and threw his hands up before adding: “Really?”

    Sitting in a small office attached to a local shale industry company for an interview with the Trib, Romney remained agitated and energized.

    The agitation was personal because he is genuinely appalled by President Obama’s attitude toward business.

    “I could not believe he said that. And it wasn’t just a twist of phrase, he actually goes on to explain what he meant by that,” Romney said, suddenly stretching forward as if finding it difficult to contain his feelings.

    The energy came from what arguably was the presumptive Republican nominee’s best rally so far. More than 1,400 people packed a 4,000-square-foot warehouse – but it wasn’t the numbers, it was the event’s organic nature.

    This was not a stacked rally, to which the usual GOP suspects bring a friend, or a ticketed event, for which you go to a local elected official to pick up a pass reserved for people who clap on cue.

    This was the real deal – and the crowd, with nearly as many Democrats as Republicans, let Romney know they loved him and his message.

    ——————————————————

    the gloves are back on.

  46. Carol
    July 22nd, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I too opposed the Iraq war, Afghan.’s war I thought had national security purpose, Iraq? we were pushed in without full consent of the people, same with OTurdCare, we the people were pushed into it without the full consent. Both massive spending items. And Oturdcare will hurt the future economic growth of this country.

    No argument from me, you are exactly right, Bush looks good, when compared to Barry Soetero, who’s much much worse than Bush imho.

    And frankly, these fiscal problems had been building for a while, unfortunately we now appear to the point of no return. Getting close to over 17 trillion in debt, interest rates go up, and then we are truly in trouble. Especially with barry bashing every employer, so very little growth, and all these spending, no way to pay for it rather than

    1) more taxes (– which means less growth, so they won’t do that, Barry will just bash businesses again, and they’ll hunker down, not growing, hiring, expanding),

    2) put it on the tab, 15.8 trillion debt now, 20+ trillion here we come…

    3) and the worse of the 3 choices print that money, devaluing the dollar, so retirees like me who have a fixed amount we spend, its worth less, inflation kicks in. Standard of living for middle income people goes down; and there is nothing the Fed, Treasury can do about, even if Cluck Schumer thinks so.

    None of the choices are good, and “kicking the can down the road”, the can is getting too heavy to kick, and we’ve pretty much close to running out of road.

  47. Admin, I am uncomfortable with the title of this post as I was of the previous one but it is your blog your title.

    Alcina, did you mean ‘gloves are still off’?

    gonzo, if Palin cares about this country and about defeating Obama like she says she does, she will be peacemaker and make up with Romney. Otherwise she will hold hostage the loyal followers she has and cost the Republicans their election. She is playing coy so far and is continuing the feud. They both should call truce and we don’t know who is holding back.

  48. pm317
    July 22nd, 2012 at 10:25 am
    Alcina, did you mean ‘gloves are still off’?
    ———————————————

    yes… duh. what i meant was, romney’s not letting up on the “you didn’t build that” gaffe. to me, romney is proving to be a real fighter. i’m liking it and from what the article says, so are the folks in PA.

    thanks, pm317!

  49. Question: What purpose would be of benefit to the elitist class if they were to squash the middle class? Isn’t there some type of synergy between the two which nenefits both classes?
    ——————
    Consider the scene in the movie Titanic. The rich man has his gold plated lifeboat. No one from steerage is invited aboard. Unfortunately, that is not an uncommon reaction. As F Scott Fitzgerald who between drunken stupors studied the elite class at close quarter schooled Hemmingway the rich are different–not just because of the money. They look at the world differently, and the only way you get into their world is through the golden handshake. In real life, thank God, there are rare exceptions. The one who always appealed to me was a scion of the Vanderbilt family who went to Europe to look at race horses and returned home on the Titanic. He had every reason to live, wealth, money, and power–all the things that rich people in particular tend to prize. And yet for him there was a higher purpose, and it revolved around the idea of chivalry, and what it meant to be a gentlemen. There is no indication that he was suicidal or bored with life, but he gave up his seat on a life boat to a woman with children. Wealthy women are capable of similar acts of charity which reveal a superior character. Honest to God, I read Lady Lynn Rothschilde that way. But once again, these people are the exception. In the main, the elite class is all about the elite class, and that is where it stops starts and ends. And the thing that bothers me most is that unlike the rest of the country, our elite class has gone out of its way to prevent the voice of the American People from being heard. They are invested in a top down system where they are on top. There is so much untapped potential in the American People, precisely because the elite class are what they are and use big media to divide and conqueror/

  50. Yup the record breaker is at it again…………..

    US poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s…

    http://news.yahoo.com/us-poverty-track-rise-highest-since-1960s-112946547–finance.html?_esi=1

    The ranks of America’s poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.

    Census figures for 2011 will be released this fall in the critical weeks ahead of the November elections.

    The Associated Press surveyed more than a dozen economists, think tanks and academics, both nonpartisan and those with known liberal or conservative leanings, and found a broad consensus: The official poverty rate will rise from 15.1 percent in 2010, climbing as high as 15.7 percent. Several predicted a more modest gain, but even a 0.1 percentage point increase would put poverty at the highest since 1965.

    Poverty is spreading at record levels across many groups, from underemployed workers and suburban families to the poorest poor. More discouraged workers are giving up on the job market, leaving them vulnerable as unemployment aid begins to run out. Suburbs are seeing increases in poverty, including in such political battlegrounds as Colorado, Florida and Nevada, where voters are coping with a new norm of living hand to mouth.

    “I grew up going to Hawaii every summer. Now I’m here, applying for assistance because it’s hard to make ends meet. It’s very hard to adjust,” said Laura Fritz, 27, of Wheat Ridge, Colo., describing her slide from rich to poor as she filled out aid forms at a county center. Since 2000, large swaths of Jefferson County just outside Denver have seen poverty nearly double.

    Fritz says she grew up wealthy in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, but fortunes turned after her parents lost a significant amount of money in the housing bust. Stuck in a half-million dollar house, her parents began living off food stamps and Fritz’s college money evaporated. She tried joining the Army but was injured during basic training.

    Now she’s living on disability, with an infant daughter and a boyfriend, Garrett Goudeseune, 25, who can’t find work as a landscaper. They are struggling to pay their $650 rent on his unemployment checks and don’t know how they would get by without the extra help as they hope for the job market to improve.

    In an election year dominated by discussion of the middle class, Fritz’s case highlights a dim reality for the growing group in poverty. Millions could fall through the cracks as government aid from unemployment insurance, Medicaid, welfare and food stamps diminishes.

    “The issues aren’t just with public benefits. We have some deep problems in the economy,” said Peter Edelman, director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy.

    ……………………………….

    The Hopester Changeling is just a waste of space.

  51. alcina
    July 22nd, 2012 at 10:42 am
    pm317

    —————-
    Right. He must never let go of that smoking gun admission. He must repeat it over and over and over again so that the man in the street sees Obama in those terms. Those terms define Obama, and the beauty of it is they come from Obamas own mouth.

  52. This is the text of something on FB:
    The 99%: Official list of Occupy Wall Street’s supporters, sponsors and sympathizers

    Communist Party USA
    Sources: Communist Party USA, OWS speech, The Daily Caller

    American Nazi Party
    Sources: Media Matters, American Nazi Party, White Honor, Sunshine State News

    Ayatollah Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran
    Sources: The Guardian, Tehran Times, CBS News

    Barack Obama
    Sources: ABC News, CBS News, ForexTV, NBC New York

    The government of North Korea
    Sources: Korean Central News Agency (North Korean state-controlled news outlet), The Marxist-Leninist, Wall Street Journal, Times of India

    Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam
    Sources: video statement (starting at 8:28), Black in America, Weasel Zippers, Philadelphia Weekly

    Revolutionary Communist Party
    Sources: Revolutionary Communist Party, Revolution newspaper, in-person appearance

    David Duke
    Sources: Talking Points Memo, video statement, davidduke.com

    Joe Biden
    Sources: Talking Points Memo, video statement, Mother Jones

    Hugo Chavez
    Sources: Mother Jones, Reuters, Examiner.com

    Revolutionary Guards of Iran
    Sources: Associated Press, FARS News Agency, UPI

    Black Panthers (original)
    Sources: in-person appearance, Occupy Oakland, Oakland Tribune

    Socialist Party USA
    Sources: Socialist Party USA, IndyMedia, The Daily Caller

    US Border Guard
    Sources: White Reference, http://www.usborderguard.com, Gateway Pundit, Just Another Day blog

    Industrial Workers of the World
    Sources: IWW web site, iww.org, in-person appearances

    CAIR
    Sources: in-person appearance, Washington Post, CAIR, CAIR New York

    Nancy Pelosi
    Sources: Talking Points Memo, video statement, ABC News, The Weekly Standard

    Communist Party of China
    Sources: People’s Daily (Communist Party organ), Reuters, chinataiwan.org, The Telegraph

    Hezbollah
    Sources: almoqawama.org, almoqawama.org (2), almoqawama.org (3), wikipedia

    9/11Truth.org
    Sources: 911truth.org (1), 911truth.org (2), 911truth.org (3)

    International Bolshevik Tendency
    Sources: bolshevik.org, Wire Magazine

    Anonymous
    Sources: Adbusters, The Guardian, video statement

    White Revolution
    Source: whiterevolution.com

    International Socialist Organization
    Sources: Socialist Worker, socialistworker.org, in-person appearance

    PressTV (Iranian government outlet)
    Sources: PressTV, wikipedia

    Marxist Student Union
    Sources: Marxist Student Union, Big Government, marxiststudentunion.blogspot.com

    Freedom Road Socialist Organization
    Sources: FightBack News, fightbacknews.org

    ANSWER
    Sources: ANSWER press release, ANSWER web site, Xinhua

    Party for Socialism and Liberation
    Sources: Liberation News (1), pslweb.org, The Daily Free Press, Liberation News (2)

  53. “if Palin cares about this country and about defeating Obama like she says she does, she will be peacemaker and make up with Romney”

    Completely agree with this. If she is getting vain about this, then she’s not the person I thought she was. Romney campaigned for her when Romney dropped out, his minions went after her I have no doubt behind the scenes, but he did what he could. And honestly at this point, this is bigger than Palin. Oturd has to be defeated and evicted in November 2012.

  54. I don’t understand the latest OTurd ad, where it says, Romney mispresented what he said, because then OTurd says EXACTLY the same words Romney accused him of saying, and that is the proof OTurd is using as “misrepresentation”. The ad says, “romney misrepresented Oturd by saying Oturd said, XYZ”, then the ad says, but here is what Oturd really said “XYZ”, EXACTLY what Romney excused Oturd of saying.

    I don’t get it, does anyone else? I find insulting because its like saying, don’t listen to the actual words of OTurd, listen to what OTurd meant. But those words were said, no editing, nothing, those exact words were said.

  55. tim, I think it was his minions overreaching than Romney himself involved or wanting it (that is whatever they did to her). She should recognize that and stop playing with this election — she did that during the primary which is fair but now she should support the nominee. If she was some one like Santorum nobody would care if she held her grudges but she is visible and does have sway that she needs to act responsibly. I am sure Romney’s religious grounding would help him overcome whatever it is if he is the guy holding back and I don’t think it is him.

  56. BASIL99
    July 22nd, 2012 at 9:05 am
    ——————
    That’s to what I was alluding. My trust has been broken. I feel something sinister has been in the works, but I can’t pinpoint when I started feeling this way. Was it 2008 or was it before that? I know that the Democrats were beginning to bug me somewhat in the early 2000’s, but I continued to vote for that party. I began to see them as the party of hypocrites that I believe them to currently be. I also believe the Republican party has its fair share of people in power who go the way the wind blows. I don’t want that. I want sane decisions made based on the principle that government decisions better the people’s lot, not make it worse. Over regulation needs to stop yesterday as does the nanny state. Put practices into place that create jobs, not destroy them. Let businesses rise or fall on the business decisions that were made at the time. There needs to be accountability somewhere, and government should not be the guaranteer of which businesses succeed and which fail. The government can apply the rules fairly, and then it can ensure that the rules are followed, but then it needs to step aside. The less government interference, the better.

  57. Tea Party Targeted by Left Wing ABC Character Assassins

    Posted by irish067 (Diary)

    Friday, July 20th at 4:12PM EDT
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    It might be unfair to single out ABC in this affair. They just happened to be carrying the flag on this particular day. This is an election year. For the agenda driven left leaning news media, any excuse to attack conservative values, better yet conservatives themselves, specifically Tea Partiers, will do.

    Before the last echo of the shots which turned movie premiere night for the new Batman movie, in Aurora, CO into a living hell, veteran ABC newsman Brian Ross was combing Tea Party web sites to see if any link could be established. I am sure that other ABC reporters were tasked with combing through jihadist data bases as well as data bases for Rotary and the Catholic Church. Old school journalists, before the age of left wing enlightenment, would have wasted precious time cross checking information to verify its accuracy. But destroying the Tea Party in an election year is too high a priority from which to pause. The accusation must go out immediately, Above the Fold and embedded in the Breaking News. There is always room for retractions later on page 16 or in some obscure corner of a website. This is news, made tactical, not factual. We saw this same rush to judgment in the Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting case.

    Whether this is instinctual in the heart of leftist newsmen, as it may have been in this case, or a carefully crafted assault, as it surely is in HBO’s new show, The Newsroom, (see my recently released article on this subject on TeaParty911.com’s blog titled “HBO – Helping Barak Obama,”) the result is the same. Many viewers pick up the misinformation, but not the retraction. For them, the misinformation is reality. They take this “reality” with them into the voting booth. Today’s news rooms routinely misinform viewers and readers and are at best irresponsible in how they go about it. One can hardly fail to notice, however, how focused they are in applying their irresponsibility, exclusively to conservative causes. Hollywood then picks up this ball and runs it into the end zone.

    This is a concerted effort, a deliberate manipulation which if left unexposed will corrupt the actions of hard working American voters. If this seems hyperbolic, consider that this same tactic was employed by the same people in election year 2000 with the show, West Wing. Reports now state that the alleged shooter, James Holmes, had dropped out of the University of Colorado where he was a PhD candidate in neuroscience. Arresting officers, noting his dyed red hair, reported he told police he was “the Joker,” a character in the Batman movie series. Apparently the alleged shooter was under the influence of left leaning universities and Hollywood, not the “Constitution obsessed” Tea Party. Personally, I am amused by their attempts to manipulate me, but I am concerned for the busy parents who must catch their news on the run between the workplace and little Megan’s soccer game. News has a responsibility to these people. But seldom does the news media behave responsibly in their agenda driven election years. The people should know.

    ~ Terrell AronSpeer, Sentinel editor and TeaParty911.com blogger

    Reposted here with the permission of Terrell AronSpeer and TEAParty911.com

  58. There is absolutely no utility in talking about conspiracy theories. In fact, it can only harm the credibility of this blog. Like Gonzo pointed out it is perhaps a case of the onset of schizophrenia and his family’s readiness in accepting this tragedy is perhaps a hint that there might be some family history. Who knows?

    But Obama campaign was making stupid analogy based on word play between ‘Bain’ and ‘Bane’ and that will stop as a result of this. Everyone has to get back to first principles and run a clean campaign to help the country. I hope Romney seizes on that narrative before Obama recovers and captures it.

  59. ShortTermer
    July 22nd, 2012 at 11:05 am
    ————————–
    The hard left is a sewer–a pathogen to the body politic–a co-cocophany of discredited ideas and deranged people who share one common objective–a desire to destroy the current system. There is no consensus on what they would replace it with, only the common motive to destroy. And with each success they appetite for destruction grows greater and so do their acts of destruction.

  60. wbboei
    July 22nd, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Yep, since I always used to vote for dems, now for the first time I understand why Bill Clinton was called “a new democrat”…. now the DNC/dems/left have reverted back to their old ways. Class warfare, etc, not helping people up, making them asprire & possible to be as successful as they can, but rather making one group of people hate another group of people based on race, class, making people think, hey, they reason you’re not successfull is because of those evil people who own the businesses, or making them hate success, making sucess a dirty word, making wanting to be successful a bad thing, something to be ashamed of.

  61. if Palin cares about this country and about defeating Obama like she says she does, she will be peacemaker and make up with Romney. Otherwise she will hold hostage the loyal followers she has and cost the Republicans their election. She is playing coy so far and is continuing the feud. They both should call truce and we don’t know who is holding back
    ————————
    You put the burden on Palin. I do not. I put the burden on Romney, to realize that she speaks for the base of the party whereas he speaks for the elites, and if there is to be peace, it is incumbent on him to make the first move. He is the presumptive nominee, therefore, he has the right to decide who will be invited, and whether they will have a speaking role. If he does not give her a significant role, commensurate with the fact that she has millions of energized supporters, plus the fact that she was the vice presidential nominee, then that will be a snub which will keep grass roots republicans home. Many of them are willing to lose an election, to gain control of the party. If he snubs Sarah it will send a clear and unequivocal signal to the American People that there is nothing in a Romney presidency beneficial to them. He needs to listen to people who know something about the party, and forget about people like Dan Senor on issues like this. Also, he needs to forget about Rice and select someone who appeals to the grass roots. This is important advice. He is free to ignore it, at his peril.

  62. I think this ad had been posted before, but its a really great ad. I hope the repubs continue to run this.


  63. wbboei
    July 22nd, 2012 at 11:43 am

    You make a very valid point. I forget the name of the lady, she no longer comes on Hannity’s show, she was one of those establishment repubs, she and her hubby worked for Bush ’43, said some very nasty things about Palin. Once it came out publically what she said about Palin, this other lady no longer comes on Hannity’s show, I wonder why.

  64. Why is it wrong for Sarah Palin to promote her beliefs, the beliefs that many others also hold? I applaud her for not sitting down and shutting up. Her concerns are neither trivial or selfish. Mitt Romney needs to satisfy those within the Tea Party as much as any other group that leans Republican. She helps keep him from being too establishment, imo. I have no doubt that this is an ABO election for her, too.

  65. TDO – Word games? These are your words: “The Founders talked about a Republic, so vote Republican!” You are an equivicating fool! How do you relate Republicanism to the Republican party and Democracy to the Democrat party? Thomas Jefferson, the Founder of the Democrat party specifically rejected the word Democracy as our form of government and instead advocated for a Republic. You see this is where your contradiction begins. Explain why the founder of the Democrat Party excluded the word Democracy from the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The Founders were trying to form a government that wouldn’t fail and all prior Democracies had failed miserably. Republics weren’t much better, hence the Fathers created a bicameral legislature to introduce a check to prevent irresponsible action by a single ruling body. The fact is we live in an American Republic and you hate Republicans. Therefore, the word Republican bothers you. I’m sorry for you but the two are different terms.

  66. Hmmmmmmmmmm . . . pm317.

    Are you aware the FBI received a bulletin in May about the possibility of terrorist attacks in movie theaters?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=O9aVMfYR8to#!

    Reminds me of the post office worker who told me of reports they had received as late as 2000 about the danger of planes crashing into the WTC. After the worker told me about this and described the graphics of the info all workers had received she swore me to silence. Since it’s now 10 years later and I live in another state I feel my info can be divulged.

    Conspiracy theories alone are not always plausible but proof such as the dissemination of warnings to the FBI about such attacks are.

    Thank you very much

  67. I am disturbed by all this Palin bashing. If there is a ‘rift’ between the establishment Republicans, the moderate-to-liberal-soon-to-be-nominee, or whomever, the conservatives will not allow it to be laid at Sarah Palin’s doorstep. Those who now enlist, no demand, that Palin fall in line were not paying much attention during the Primary. Those entities and individuals who did not ‘like’ Romney wanted someone of a more conservative bent; that faction included the TeaParty. That included Sarah Palin. If you demand that those individuals give up their dyed in the wool principles, you are smoking something and inhaling – it WILL NOT happen. This information was freely given by Palin, by conservatives, by the TeaParty elsewhere, and by me on this blog. It was given repeatedly and sometimes it was ridiculed. I have been concerned all along that the conservatives, in the Republican Party and outside any party affiliation, will stay home this general election. The conservatives staying home in 2008, and the rampant cheating and thuggery, were the main reasons that we now have this incumbent. I did not want this to happen again this election and I warned against it, to little avail.

    This goes deeper than I ever though previously. The conservatives will hold to their ideals and principles make no mistake about it; and they are fully engaged, but they may stay home again. They are engaged and I find (recently) for an irrefutable fact that they are fighting liberals in the mainstream….and liberals within the Republican Party. There is resistance there toward the “Establishment” Republican Party bosses who run the show and never seem to acknowledge the vast conservative base; therefore, even that transfers to the less than conservative Romney. It is the “Establishment” Republican party that I equate with the “Dimocratic” Party…two wings of the same bird.

    Bashing Palin will get you the opposite of the results you seem to desire. Romney has a lot of persuading to do; and there is no time to lose. Instead of bashing Palin and others like her, time should be spent promoting Romney, and encouraging him to bring the conservatives and others onboard, for without them, he has only one fate and that is defeat.

  68. Ah, wbboie, I see we are on the same page with regards to Sarah Palin. I wrote my comment before I read your’s. I believe that Sarah Palin is the Republican party base, and its the Republican party leaders that need to get on board or they will be on the outside looking in.

  69. why I no longer waste 1 penny on Hollywood morons. Now this idiot is going after Jon Lovitz, who openly said he voted for OTurd last time, and now is openly critizing him.
    I guess Hollywood idiots thinks everyone is supposed to worship the same Messaih they do. And anyone who disagrees with their so astute opinions is an idiot, I guess they think since they are worth millions more than the average american, their opinions are supposedly worth more also.

    http://twitchy.com/2012/07/22/ellen-barkin-i-love-everybody-except-u-right-wing-fuckin-morons-tells-lovitz-shut-the-fuck-up-lovitz-responds/?utm_source=autotweet&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter

  70. Thomas Jefferson, founder of the Democrat Party: “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” Thomas Jefferson . See Democrat and Democracy not the same thing. See Republicanism and Republic not the same thing.

  71. wbboei
    July 22nd, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I disagree. Palin should make the first move. Her candidates lost, she still wants a voice in the party and it is up to her to extend the olive branch.

    To not do so is to act a spoiler.

    She has never said a good thing about MR and maybe it’s time she did.

  72. yheitman,

    Excellent points but don’t waste your energy. Scroll by. Most of us here do that. You don’t have to respond to the queen of word games.

  73. Thanks Basil99 and nomobama. She’s like scabies. She burrows under my skin, gives me an itch, and I can’t help but sometimes scratch.

  74. Re: yheitman
    July 22nd, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    That is what SHE wants to do; do not let it happen; do not let her win. I have asked her repeatedly not to respond to my posts, but she taunts by doing so. She is an agent of the enemy, do not engage for the sake of other posters. You encourage her.

  75. Basil99 very interesting about that bulletin. A coincidence that a major shooting happened a week before the U. N. Arms Treaty signing? Another disturbing fact is that the Mexican government wasted no time in calling for a change in American gun laws. This ties to F&F and leads back to the Obama administration’s desire to disarm the American people. I hope it wasn’t a psyop that resulted in the deaths of our citizens. Without credible source evidence, how would the FBI have known that this was the specific area that was being targeted? I’ve never been a believer in coincidence and this reeks of opportunism.

  76. I’m sorry if this has already been posted, but what is this UN Arms Treaty signing? Are there some quick overview links to what this is about?
    I have not heard of any of this, and would appreciate any info. Thanks.

  77. I have it on good authority that when Romney met with old man Bush and the Battle axe, Bush told Romney that he would throw his support behind Romney if Romeny agreed to select either Jeb or Rice as his vp. Both of them were and are assets in the Bush Machine. I suspect Romney promised to give both of them serious consideration, but I suspect he left himself an out–it would depend on polling. And, now of course, we see polls indicating that Bush’s Secretary of State when the Iraq War was launched is the first choice of Republicans to be vice president–Jeb having declined the job. Romney surrounds himself with Washington insiders like Dan Senor who dislike the base, and reflect the views of their class, which is to say elitist views. They are telling him Rice would be a great choice for precisely that reason. They will not argue that her presence on the ticket would deliver a large state like Florida, but that it would help re-define the party from the current perception that it is controlled by whites. If Romeny were ahead in the polls by 15 points then perhaps he could survive the presence of two elitists on the ticket, from the grass roots backlash. But the polls are too tight for him to take that risk, and watch the other side reopen the Bush years because Condi is on the ticket. My concern is that he will throw caution to the wind and do it. If he wants a woman, he should select Niki Haley. If he wants a black, he should select Colonel West. But do not select Condi–not if you want to win. She will flame out quickly if he does.

  78. OK ShortTermer I’ll stop feeding the troll. My apologies. She impugns people’s character and it’s difficult to not give her what for BUT you’re right, it interrupts intelligent discourse.

  79. oops, never mind, looks like Mrs. Smith and Leornara and others have posted some very good links in the last post; with referece to the UN arms treaty.

    How this is even an issue is beyond me. Our Constitution is OUR constitution, we don’t bow to the Un!

  80. tim – The UN Arms Trade Treaty that has been identified by observers as a flagrant threat to the second amendment and which Barack Obama is determined to sign has its roots in a 1961 State Department memorandum which explains how the United Nations will oversee “complete disarmament” of the American people under the ruse of preventing war.

    The UN Arms Treaty has caused so much controversy because it outlines a plan to target “all types of conventional weapons, notably including small arms and light weapons,” according to Forbes’ Larry Bell.

    Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton also warns that the agreement “is trying to act as though this is really just a treaty about international arms trade between nation states, but there is no doubt that the real agenda here is domestic firearms control.”

    A letter sent last month by 130 Republican House members to President Obama argued that the treaty should be rejected because it infringes on the “fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms”. The letter adds that “…the U.N.’s actions to date indicate that the ATT is likely to pose significant threats to our national security, foreign policy, and economic interests as well as our constitutional rights.”

    Using the rhetoric of the threat post by terrorists, insurgents and “international crime syndicates,” the UN is busy trying to imply that all weapons are somehow involved in illegal activity on a global scale and should therefore be controlled and regulated by a global authority.

    This is precisely the same language used in a 1961 U.S. State Department briefing which outlined a long term agenda to carry out a “Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World.”

    Invoking the threat of nuclear warfare, the document spells out a plan to create a “United Nations Peace Force” that would “enforce the peace as the disarmament process proceeds.”

    This is due for signing on July 27th. If you want to read the rest of the article, it is here:
    http://www.hangthebankers.com/un-plan-to-disarm-the-american-people/

  81. I really really hope Mitt Romney does not select Dr. Rice. I’m really liking Marco Rubio. Even my democrat in-laws who listened to Rubio, heard him on NPR, were very impressed with him, said he can be VP, heck he’s had more experience than Barry, when he was running for the top job.

  82. I disagree. Palin should make the first move. Her candidates lost, she still wants a voice in the party and it is up to her to extend the olive branch.

    To not do so is to act a spoiler.

    She has never said a good thing about MR and maybe it’s time she did.
    ———————————
    I think she has said some good things about him lately, like she will support him, etc. She speaks for the ground troops of the party–whether he likes it or not. The problem may be less a matter of Mitt and more a matter of his staff. They are elitist to the core, and if you were to ask Gingrich why he harbors a grudge against Romney, much of it is the staff. I have heard that complaint too often for me to believe it is not true. The support Mitt enjoys with the base is fragile, and I do not want to see him blow it.

  83. tim
    July 22nd, 2012 at 12:34 pm
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    Rubio has been my choice since he first entered the national stage, against Crist.

  84. yheitman
    July 22nd, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks! I don’t understand, how can the UN possibly overturn our 2nd amendment, or is this just a first step. I know the “treaty of the seas” that dick morris was speaking off, about lessening our US soverignity has been defeated by very single republican in the Senate (embarassingley, I don’t think one dem voted to defeat it, stunning in my view.)

    So, if this treaty about arms control by the UN is signed, won’t it have to be ratified by the US Senate, and won’t it be defeated there?

    I’m not a big guns, NRA person, but I absolutely believe in the 2nd amendment, and its orgins as stated by the founding fathers, that the people have a right to arm themselves (of course there have to be some common sense restrictions for safety of public etc), but the core of the 2nd amendent I believe in, as so clearly stated in the Consitution.

  85. Re: yheitman
    July 22nd, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I think I love you.
    ___________

    What would you think if a public school teacher was quoted saying: “I catch myself wondering if as a species, masses of us are “de-volving”.

    I see some people agree with her, but in a very different context than the intent; the intent was all those who were less than liberal and who disagreed with her support of the incumbent support (especially those for the second amendment).

  86. yheitman
    July 22nd, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    ———————
    If it is a treaty then he can sign it but it must be ratified by 2/3 of the senate. Manchin (D-Wv) ran campign commericals shooting a rifle at a target. How do you suppose he will vote?

  87. Rubio has been my choice since day one. I just think that Rubio absolutely eclipses Romney because he is a powerful and passionate speaker and Romney may not want that. I think that’s also why Romney is dissing Palin. She is like a bright star and he fades in the background.

  88. wbboei,

    I hope she will make a more spirited display of her support for the ABO candidate. I agree she is an amazing asset to have on one’s side and that MR likely needs her full=fledged endorsement.

  89. wbboei
    July 22nd, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I sure hope you’re right and it doesn’t pass the Senate but then Obama doesn’t seem to need no stinkin’ House or Senate to do what he wants. He just says it is so and it is so. The sheeple just fall in line.

  90. If it were ratified by only 60 votes, then it would not have the status of a treaty, which would have the same weight as the Consitition. It would have the status of legislation, and would be subject to the Second Amendment. But with Roberts on the Court, he would probably decide it was a tax and find it constitutional.

  91. If Palin does not fall in line and the election goes to Obama, it will be akin to Hillary not falling in line for Obama and costing him his election (and some of wish that had had happened). A lot more is riding on this election and something has to give. Expecting Romney to crawl on his knees for Palin’s support is ludicrous whatever the extent of their feud is. Looking at Palin’s behavior through the primary on her various appearances on Hannity and now after Romney became the presumptive nominee, it does seem like she is holding grudges and playing coy (the way she skirted around talking about Romney in any positive way on those shows was a laugh). If she continues that then all she professes to be about this country is for naught but she may also become irrelevant if her supporters went Romney’s way anyway. This is all common sense observation. Anyway, I don’t care enough to persuade anybody to my POV.

  92. Re: BASIL99
    July 22nd, 2012 at 12:38 pm
    Is it possible Holmes is an OWS Black Bloc Member?

    I had wondered if he was a member of the group ANONYMOUS. I had been warned about that group by a member of the younger generations; that they would be huge factor in the election; that Romney did not stand a chance of winning. Do you know more about ANONYMOUS or are they under the radar?

    ______________________
    Re: wbboei
    July 22nd, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Oh the things I have learned about Crist in the last few weeks. He was a very popular governor until he went to the dark side. It has been rumored that he has an illegitimate daughter (even though it has also been rumored that he was gay) and refuses to acknowledge her. She appears to be of an age that she is very hurt by his actions. And that once he was denied the VP slot by McCain, he went about deconstructing as much as he could, and as governor that was a lot. He was trying to defeat the Republicans….this is in Florida. The list of grievances against was long as to what he accomplished: changing hours of voting, closing down some voting places, etc. This all seemed to be at the last minute, and no warning given. This disenfranchised a lot of Florida voters, and I suspect in just the right places. I have no documentation of this, except it was in the news about the times and voting places; but it comes from a very reliable source.

  93. yheitman
    July 22nd, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    hm, I don’t know, from everything I’ve seen, read how Romney operated his businesses, etc, he is not threatened by competence… unlike wlitte Barry, I remember seeing that same trait in Hillary, Palin. People who are confident in themselves want other competent confident (not cocky) people around them, they themselves are not insecure about giving credit where its due and they see it as pieces to make a better whole. And Rubio is a very calm, very articulate person, in ways Romney is not, and that I think is actually an asset to Romney.

    Christie on the other hand, while he’s very good, maybe he would overshadow Romney, he is not as disciplied as Rubio, as least that’s how one bitter clinger sees it. LOL.

  94. I sure hope you’re right and it doesn’t pass the Senate but then Obama doesn’t seem to need no stinkin’ House or Senate to do what he wants. He just says it is so and it is so. The sheeple just fall in line
    —————————————–
    What is the breakdown now–47 (R) to 53 (D) minus Manchin = he would need to get 14 Republicans to cross the aisle for Obama in an election year. Impossible.

  95. basil, it is all speculation trying to find any proof because it is impossible — we are all just commoners sitting here engaged in idle chatter as far as those theories go.

  96. even though it has also been rumored that he was gay
    ——————-
    a habituae of the Iguana Club

  97. pm317
    July 22nd, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I think you and wbboei and others all make valid points. There are big egos and hurt feelings from 2008.
    In my opinion, both sides need to do some very deep thinking, this is bigger than either side.
    OTurd has to be defeated.
    And Romney needs to realise the estalishment pundits like Peggy Noonan, David “I love the crease of Oturd’s pants” Brooks are useless, and frankly less and less people listen to them or even pay attention to them.

    People in the base, heck even independents, former democrats, reagan dems listen to Palin and respect her. Palin may still be holding some grudges from ’08, although another explanation may be that she knows how to fight hard, and she knows what is at stake and is trying to get Romney to see that, and fight hard like her, even in 2008 when she wanted to fight hard and Mccain’s idiot people stopped her. So maybe when she sees Romney fighting hard, none of this John “my friends” Mccain, then Palin, who I still believe is a very genuine person, will join that fight whole and complete hearted. I guess we shall see.

  98. BASIL99
    July 22nd, 2012 at 12:45 pm
    wbboei,

    I hope she will make a more spirited display of her support for the ABO candidate. I agree she is an amazing asset to have on one’s side and that MR likely needs her full=fledged endorsement.
    ——————–
    Let’s not get too swept up in this. Romney is not stupid. I expect there is a negotiation going on as to what her role will be at the convention, and a spirited endorsement by her could carry him over the top. My guess is this is a false issue created by big media, and to some extent the Romney campaign. Frankly, I worry more about the selection of Rice. That would be a bad move for the reasons stated.

  99. moononpluto
    July 22nd, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Interesting stats. Makes me wonder if the 2008 results weren’t cooked. It’s hard to see how vet would vote for the POS over McCain.

  100. Basil99 they’re computer hackers. This is a description of them: Anonymous ‘hacktivists’ aim to expose what they call government and establishment hypocrisy.

  101. If this gun shop staff people had a bad gut instinct about this deranged man, why didn’t they stop it? or at least put tabs on it, so police could sort of keep tabs on this man, see what he’s up to. From what Tv is reporting, this has been planned for a few months, it was all planned.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/22/massacre-suspect-james-holmes-gun-range-application-drew-red-flag-for-owner/

    “Movie massacre suspect James Holmes’ gun club application, obtained exclusively by FoxNews.com, unnerved club’s owner, who told staff, ‘I’m not sure about this guy.'”

  102. BASIL99
    July 22nd, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    moononpluto
    July 22nd, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Interesting stats. Makes me wonder if the 2008 results weren’t cooked. It’s hard to see how vet would vote for the POS over McCain.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Very odd. ;shock:

  103. BASIL99
    July 22nd, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    moononpluto
    July 22nd, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Interesting stats. Makes me wonder if the 2008 results weren’t cooked. It’s hard to see how vet would vote for the POS over McCain.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Very odd. 😯

  104. One thing I will say for Condi—she is boring as hell. She comes across as an academic.

    ======================

    A boring VP with boring Romney might be their winning ticket; let the Bots sleep through the election. But I don’t think Condi is boring enough. She’s Black and cute.

    Palin too was chosen partly as a token to please the PC crowd: a woman in an inter-racical marriage with mixed race children! So the Obama camp attacked her personally, destroyed her as a person. That would be easy to do to Condi also, though on different charges.

  105. wbboei

    “You put the burden on Palin. I do not. I put the burden on Romney, to realize that she speaks for the base of the party whereas he speaks for the elites, and if there is to be peace, it is incumbent on him to make the first move.”
    ____________

    Nor should we- I’ve spoken to personalty to many T-Partiers and they abhor Romney as an elitist as you mentioned further down in your post. They will however hold their noses and vote for him to help ridding Obama, the scourge of America from the White House. Those not politically oriented have no idea of the heavy influence strategy plays falling in and joining another camp. Palin is well within the scope and duty respective of her supporters to wait until Romney comes to her or a consensus of her supporters think it is time.

  106. nomobama
    July 22nd, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Why is it wrong for Sarah Palin to promote her beliefs, the beliefs that many others also hold? I applaud her for not sitting down and shutting up.

    Her concerns are neither trivial or selfish. Mitt Romney needs to satisfy those within the Tea Party as much as any other group that leans Republican. She helps keep him from being too establishment, imo. I have no doubt that this is an ABO election for her, too.
    _____________

    It amazes me how the bullys flood in when like thinking is not the norm on a free thinking blog. Too bad about them.. They should go into politics and show us how it’s done.. Sarah is as Sarah does. She stoodup to McCain and his arrogant operatives. I am confident she will choose the right time to do the right thing..

  107. BASIL99
    July 22nd, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Are you aware the FBI received a bulletin in May about the possibility of terrorist attacks in movie theaters?
    ___________

    Basil, when a blog can provide proof i.e. with link to stories from legitimate sources, which the site I posted has provided many reputable links and additionally the site you posted. I ignore the rule making bullys, who do not know sh*t from Shinola. And continue to ignore them as we follow our own instincts, which by the way, nine times out of ten are usually right in the long term.

  108. Thomas Jefferson, founder of the Democrat Party: “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”

    ====================

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of quotes going around falsely attributed to respected people long dead. This is one of them. See h t t p : / / message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=29491

    and

    http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/democracy-nothing-more-mob-rule

    Monticello has a whole section debunking such false quotes from Jefferson: http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/spurious-quotations

    And Snopes has a site with false quotes from everybody. 😉 : h t t p : / / message.snopes.com/forumdisplay.php?f=23

    Y, you have a good instinct for fair debate and looking for evidence. But you need to learn which sources to look in. And how to vet alleged evidence (such as this sort of quote); Snopes is a good place to start vetting.

    For finding evidence, here’s a model of good research:
    http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/democracy-nothing-more-mob-rule

  109. Thomas Jefferson, founder of the Democrat Party: “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”

    ====================

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of quotes going around falsely attributed to respected people long dead. This is one of them. See
    h t t p : / / message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=29491

    and

    h t t p : / /w w w . monticello.org/site/jefferson/democracy-nothing-more-mob-rule

    Monticello has a whole section debunking such false quotes from Jefferson: http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/spurious-quotations

    And Snopes has a site with false quotes from everybody. 😉
    h t t p : / / message.snopes.com/forumdisplay.php?f=23

    Y, you have a good instinct for fair debate and looking for evidence. But you need to learn which sources to look in. And how to vet alleged evidence (such as this sort of quote); Snopes is a good place to start vetting.

    For finding evidence, here’s a model of good research:
    h t t p : / /w w w . monticello.org/site/jefferson/democracy-nothing-more-mob-rule

  110. Re: Palin

    She said on national tv that it was ABO; and she said that Romney was not conservative enough (if at all).

    I surmise from my own beliefs, and having talked with hundreds of Republicans, more Republicans than I ever knew were Republicans, that the decision to throw support behind Romney will be factored on two things; his reaching out to conservatives and Tea Party people with a genuine inclusion of some of their values and it will be dependent on his VP pick. If Romney chooses someone who is vanilla or elitist, then there will be uncertainty. If Romney picks Rubio………then Katie bar the door on how much money and support will rush in. Romney will have Florida and the election if all things are equal in the general. If he chooses someone like Pawlenty, Rice, or Portman, then some will hold their noses, but I predict more will stay home. And to them, Christie is seen as a liberal.

  111. ShortTermer
    July 22nd, 2012 at 11:05 am

    This is the text of something on FB:
    The 99%: Official list of Occupy Wall Street’s supporters, sponsors and sympathizers

    Communist Party USA
    Sources: Communist Party USA, OWS speech, The Daily Caller

    American Nazi Party
    Sources: Media Matters, American Nazi Party, White Honor, Sunshine State News

    Ayatollah Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran
    Sources: The Guardian, Tehran Times, CBS News

    Barack Obama
    Sources: ABC News, CBS News, ForexTV, NBC New York

    The government of North Korea
    Sources: Korean Central News Agency (North Korean state-controlled news outlet), The Marxist-Leninist, Wall Street Journal, Times of India

    Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam
    Sources: video statement (starting at 8:28), Black in America, Weasel Zippers, Philadelphia Weekly

    Revolutionary Communist Party
    Sources: Revolutionary Communist Party, Revolution newspaper, in-person appearance

    David Duke
    Sources: Talking Points Memo, video statement, davidduke.com

    Joe Biden
    Sources: Talking Points Memo, video statement, Mother Jones

    Hugo Chavez
    Sources: Mother Jones, Reuters, Examiner.com

    Revolutionary Guards of Iran
    Sources: Associated Press, FARS News Agency, UPI

    Black Panthers (original)
    Sources: in-person appearance, Occupy Oakland, Oakland Tribune

    Socialist Party USA
    Sources: Socialist Party USA, IndyMedia, The Daily Caller

    US Border Guard
    Sources: White Reference, http://www.usborderguard.com, Gateway Pundit, Just Another Day blog

    Industrial Workers of the World
    Sources: IWW web site, iww.org, in-person appearances

    CAIR
    Sources: in-person appearance, Washington Post, CAIR, CAIR New York

    Nancy Pelosi
    Sources: Talking Points Memo, video statement, ABC News, The Weekly Standard

    Communist Party of China
    Sources: People’s Daily (Communist Party organ), Reuters, chinataiwan.org, The Telegraph

    Hezbollah
    Sources: almoqawama.org, almoqawama.org (2), almoqawama.org (3), wikipedia

    9/11Truth.org
    Sources: 911truth.org (1), 911truth.org (2), 911truth.org (3)

    International Bolshevik Tendency
    Sources: bolshevik.org, Wire Magazine

    Anonymous
    Sources: Adbusters, The Guardian, video statement

    White Revolution
    Source: whiterevolution.com

    International Socialist Organization
    Sources: Socialist Worker, socialistworker.org, in-person appearance

    PressTV (Iranian government outlet)
    Sources: PressTV, wikipedia

    Marxist Student Union
    Sources: Marxist Student Union, Big Government, marxiststudentunion.blogspot.com

    Freedom Road Socialist Organization
    Sources: FightBack News, fightbacknews.org

    ANSWER
    Sources: ANSWER press release, ANSWER web site, Xinhua

    Party for Socialism and Liberation
    Sources: Liberation News (1), pslweb.org, The Daily Free Press, Liberation News (2)
    _________________

    This is why I couldn’t understand the undying support by Pumapac providing sustenance for these rabid Leftists after they were exposed early on for exactly what they were… a front for chaos and discord destroying and holding hostage public places in cities at the whim of the Obama campaign.

  112. foxyladi14
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Did you find a link yet to when Obama gave over our sovereignty to the UN or proof in the form of a link he is going to sign it over to them on July 27, 2012.

    If you did, could you please repost it because I must have missed it.

  113. How do you relate Republicanism to the Republican party and Democracy to the Democrat party?

    ===========================

    Good for you! You’re right, I was kidding. (Though there may be an element of that equivocation in your sources; I bet all of the recent articles and books you’re finding this stuff in DO have a bottom line of supporting modern ‘conservatives’ and modern Republican candidates and spokesmen.)

    The important word games that your current day sources are playing are on a deeper level, more complicated to explain. (And in previous discussion I already tried to explain some of those semantic issues.) I’ll read the rest of the comments here and try to get back to this.

  114. NewMexicoFan
    July 22nd, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Bradley Wiggins

    =======================

    Sounds like a name out of Ayn Rand. And wasn’t the AS Part I great!

  115. There is absolutely no utility in talking about conspiracy theories. In fact, it can only harm the credibility of this blog.

    ==================

    Right! Though in this Aurora case, apparently there was a lot of expensive hardware, and it’s worth finding out whether the nut really financed and organized all this himself. And if it was all legal and easily acquired — then that is a piece of evidence worth considering in gun legislation.

    So it’s to the advantage of the NRA etc to promote conspiracy theories here.

  116. I don’t get it, does anyone else? I find insulting because its like saying, don’t listen to the actual words of OTurd, listen to what OTurd meant. But those words were said, no editing, nothing, those exact words were said.

    =======================

    Misreprentation can be done by omitting relevant context. Hillary really did say “RFK was assassinated in June.” Romney really did say “I’m not concerned about the poor.”

    In full context, it’s clear that Obama’s statement referred to roads etc and/or to the American system established long ago.

  117. Look who’s preaching to the choir?
    ______________

    Mexico urges U.S. to review gun laws after Colorado shooting

    (Reuters) – Mexican President Felipe Calderon condemned U.S. gun laws as “mistaken” and urged Washington to review them after a shooter killed 12 people and injured more than 50 others at a U.S. movie theater on Friday.

    In comments posted on his Twitter account on Saturday, Calderon offered his condolences to the United States after a gunman went on the rampage with an assault rifle at a midnight premier of the new Batman film in Aurora, Colorado.

    But Mexico’s president, who has repeatedly called on Washington to tighten gun controls to stop weapons flowing from the United States into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, said U.S. weapons policy needed a rethink after the killings.

    “Because of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, the American Congress must review its mistaken legislation on guns. It’s doing damage to us all,” Calderon said.

    The presidency of Calderon, who leaves office at the end of November, has been overshadowed by his efforts to crack down on the drug gangs. Fighting among the cartels and their clashes with the state have killed more than 55,000 people since 2007.

    In February, Calderon appealed to the United States to halt the flow of arms by unveiling a massive sign on the Mexican-U.S. border reading “No More Weapons!” The letters on the billboard in the city of Ciudad Juarez were made of recycled guns seized by security forces.

    Calderon has also urged Washington to revive a ban on assault weapons in the United States that expired in 2004.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/21/us-usa-shooting-mexico-idUSBRE86K0IL20120721
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    Calderon giving advise to the US? Is this a joke? Drip, drip, drip.. Just the beginning of groundswells from those who will be pushing for Americans 2nd amendment right to be suspended. And looking more and more like this theater massacre was staged as the impetus for the outcry taking away our guns. Fast and Furious didn’t go as planned, so this was Plan B, the next best thing to bring the topic to the floor before the UN Vote.

  118. This is the text of something on FB:
    The 99%: Official list of Occupy Wall Street’s supporters, sponsors and sympathizers

    =======================

    They forgot Bill Clinton, who also sympathized with OWS.

  119. Wealthy women are capable of similar acts of charity which reveal a superior character. Honest to God, I read Lady Lynn Rothschilde that way. But once again, these people are the exception [….]

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    WAsn’t Lady Lynn Rothschilde raised in a working class US family, and married into the elite? I’m sure there are other generous elites, though.

  120. Look who’s preaching to the choir?
    ______________

    Mexico urges U.S. to review gun laws after Colorado shooting

    ======================

    Perhaps you mean calling the kettle black?

  121. The solution has nothing to do with gun laws. The solution has to do with Hollywood’s preoccupation with making violent movies. Ramping up the violence highlighting every perversity known to mankind, saturating audiences with shock after shock of shocking movies until it makes your hair stand on end or turns your stomach in disgust resulting in a shooting massacre by Holmes mirroring scenes duplicated from the movie… theater goers went to see..

  122. I just read a report where three young guys who were at the Century movie theatre got shot trying to protect their girlfriends.

    I do wish we could post photos and graphics here as there are some just too good to pass up. There is a graphic with a clipart version of Hitler with his right arm raised. The text reads: All those for gun control, raise your right hand.

  123. I can see we are being quoted and every little comment is being poured over with a fine toothcomb to hell today. Don’t they realise they are talking to themselves.

  124. Re: moononpluto
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Their cavalry will ride in any moment. Really, moon, who do they think they are fooling?

  125. I don’t know how many versions are going around out there; but the post I saw about Mexico schooling us on gun control has thousands of likes and more shares.

  126. Re: Mrs. Smith
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Yes. Violent movies, violent television shows, violent computer games, violent everything. Those violent playstation, xbox, and other video games stretch down to the youngest ones able to operate a mouse or a joy stick, and the young siblings who watch them play. And blaming parents only goes so far (or maybe not far enough); the movie and video game moguls promote this stuff because it makes money but also because it makes for a fertile mind that the Alinsky Annenberg Challenge public school system can plant seeds in; and the fine line of the fantasy world and reality is so blurred for those generations that it is virtually nonexistent.

  127. Sarah Palin’s influence, credibility and power derives from her speaking up, not shutting up. She needs to do exactly what she is doing. Power is gained when people listen and approve of what one one is saying and doing, so it’s obvious that many people support Palin within the Republican base. Sarah has support for her views. She can sway people, and Romney surely realizes this. It’s up to him to make a positive move toward Palin. By the way, supposedly it was Romney’s operatives who had moved over to the McCain campaign, that savaged Sarah Palin during that time period. Sarah owes nothing to Romney if he shows no respect to her. She will be ABO, but it’s up to Romney to make his own appeal to a large part of the Republican base that does not particularly like his background.

  128. This is the text of something on FB:
    The 99%: Official list of Occupy Wall Street’s supporters, sponsors and sympathizers

    =================

    Do you know what ‘official’ means? An ‘official list’ would be a list composed and released by the organization itself, and available on their own website.

    Also, this could not be the complete list of all “supporters, sponsors and sympathizers” because it does not include Bill Clinton, many at Pumapac, The Confluence, etc etc.

  129. Mrs. Smith
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    –__—___—-

    I do not have much interest in what Hollywood peddles. The last time I visited a theater was when Brokeback Mountain played, and not knowing what to expect, I found the movie to be surprisingly realistic, and sad, and definitely for adult audiences only. I do not have a desire to see all the fantasy gore, nor do I have an interest in video gaming.

    There’s always going to be the nut who lives in an alternate reality who will eventually subject others to his or her pain, and possible violence. It doesn’t matter if a movie provides one particular method of violence as the possible example to follow. The vast majority will see this violence and gore, and go on as normal. Deranged people will pop up from time to time, and they will find a method to their madness regardless of the weapon used.

  130. yheitman,

    I’ll try to find a good source for you on the relevant meanings of ‘democracy’ in the Founders’ time vs later.

    Briefly, in their time, the issue was what we’d call ‘direct democracy’ vs ‘representational government’. It was about which issues would be decided by referendum, ie direct popular vote — and which would be decided by representatives, eg by congressmen and president.

    The Founders’ criticisms of ‘democracy’ were NOT about how ‘large’ the government would be or about constitutional protection of the minority (which were a given accepted by both sides).

    A structured Constitution with protections for the minority was and is a separate issue.

  131. foxyladi14
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Did you find a link yet to when Obama gave over our sovereignty to the UN or proof in the form of a link he is going to sign it over to them on July 27, 2012.

    If you did, could you please repost it because I must have missed it.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    I haven’t found it yet seems it happened about 6 mo. ago.And what I said he would sign is the the gun tready. 🙂

  132. President Barack Hussein “kill list” Obama has offered over 900 Executive Orders (EO), and he is not even through his first term. He is creating a wonderland of government controls covering everything imaginable, including a list of “Emergency Powers” and martial law EOs. And while Obama is busy issuing EOs to control everything inside the US, he has been issuing EOs to force us to submit to international regulations instead of our US Constitution.

    And comments by North Carolina governor Beverly Perdue and former OMB director Peter Orszag only contribute to this pattern.

    Is it now time to start connecting the dots? Obama signed EO 13603 on March 22, 2012. Then he signed EO 13617 on June 25, 2012, declaring a national emergency. Then he signed EO 13618 on July 6, 2012.

    In EO 13603, entitled, “National Defense Resources Preparedness,” Obama says (among other things) that [we must]:

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/07/do_obamas_executive_orders_reveal_a_pattern.html#ixzz21O5S4Ipx

  133. Mrs.Smith I do apologize for not providing the link along with my statement that Obama had ceded our sovereignty over to the UN.from now on i will be more careful.Thanks. 🙂

  134. My thoughts on Palin… The GOP Convention should focus on electing Romney and defeating Obama. Palin has a way of making everything about her and of course the media loves every minute of it (even though the two camps profess to hate each other). The last thing Romney needs is for the Convention to turn into some kind of sideshow where Palin goes rogue, says something controversial, and then dominates all the headlines.

    Yes, Romney does need to mobilize the Tea Party voters, but there are other ways to do it and other people he can call upon.

  135. nomobama
    July 22nd, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    –__—___—-

    I do not have much interest in what Hollywood peddles. The last time I visited a theater was when Brokeback Mountain played, and not knowing what to expect, I found the movie to be surprisingly realistic, and sad, and definitely for adult audiences only. I do not have a desire to see all the fantasy gore, nor do I have an interest in video gaming.

    There’s always going to be the nut who lives in an alternate reality who will eventually subject others to his or her pain, and possible violence. It doesn’t matter if a movie provides one particular method of violence as the possible example to follow. The vast majority will see this violence and gore, and go on as normal. Deranged people will pop up from time to time, and they will find a method to their madness regardless of the weapon used.
    ____________

    I agree, that was the traditional thinking 10 years or so ago; but no more. TV is laden with violence at every turn as Short Termer mentioned in her post. Kids are being programmed from childhood on up ‘violence’ is a normal way of life. Many of the toddler cartoons we watched on Saturday mornings are no more. The stories are interjected with mean-spirited sometimes antithetical moral lessons for children to follow meaning their sense of right and wrong has been hi-jacked by the moral vision of some yahoo who was brought up the same way.

    I have already made my feeling known as to the disposition of my new grandson’s education to my son’s in-laws. They are 100% with me on this… She is a former elementary school teacher and perfectly willing and capable of home schooling children until they are ready for high school. This is the primary reason my son and his wife have moved from the big city to a little podunk town where everyone knows everyone and a place his in-laws have resided and run their RE business for the last 15 yrs. I am happy my grandson’s formative years will be shaped by like thinking loving people who are looking out for his well being, his future and the future of our country.

    And horrors of horrors, no vaccinations for him either until he’s older..and thats a maybe.

  136. Jen the Michigander
    July 22nd, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Those are my thoughts as well. She may have many reasons for being aggrieved, many motives for not throwing herself at MR, but this elections transcends petty personal attitudes and if she is seen as depriving MR from winning by her refusal to get with the ABO movement she will be demonized all over again and this time, IMHO, correctly.

    She can turn this to her advantage if she drops the stubborn dangerous game of chicken.

  137. Ten Things We Learn and Should Have Learned from Maraniss’s Obama Book

    1. He told classmates he was an Indonesian prince. “His grandfather [Stanley] had told strangers that the boy was a descendant of ali ‘i, native Hawaiian royalty. In Obama’s later memoir, he recalled boasting at Punahou that his father was an African prince. Some classmates remembered it differently, that first he claimed his father was an Indonesian prince” (p. 268).

    2. Far from the poverty that Obama describes in Dreams, Obama hobnobbed with rich Indonesians. “Barry’s new classmates [at Besuki School in Indonesia] included the sons and daughters of lawyers, bankers, doctors, members of Parliament, and government officials” (p. 235). While his home may have been modest, his education in Indonesia certainly wasn’t.

    3. Everyone, including the now-Governor of Hawaii, acknowledges that Obama got into Punahou in large part because he was black and connected. Obama writes that he got in thanks to Gramps’ boss. “My first experience with affirmative action, it seems, had little to do with race,” Obama wrote in Dreams, p. 87). But Maraniss delivers a more detailed picture:

    Based on his background alone the boy “never would have gotten into Punahou—not in a million years,” said Neil Abercrombie [current governor of Hawaii, friend of Barack Obama Sr.]… But Barry made the select cut when more than nine out of ten applicants could not. He got in due to several converging factors, including the persistence of his mother, who was tireless at working the system, even from afar; his own winning performance during interviews with the admissions office; a need-based scholarship program that has begun targeting students of his potential and diverse background; and the influence of two wealthy alumni. [p. 265, emphasis added]

    It would appear that race was a factor–at least a partial one.

    4. Maraniss says ‘Pop,’ a poem that Obama wrote for Occidental’s literary magazine, was about Frank Marshall Davis. This revelation comes two years after Jack Cashill wrote about it (p. 382).

    5. Maraniss’s description of Frank Marshall Davis is laughable. He writes of FMD: “already approaching seventy, a black journalist, poet, civil rights activist, political leftist, jazz expert, and self-described ‘confirmed nonconformist’ who wore a gold earning in his pierced right ear and had been under surveillance by the Honolulu bureau of the FBI because of his past associations with the Communist Party” (p. 270). In fact, thanks to Paul Kengor’s indispensable book, The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, we know that he was an unrepentant Marxist who continued to peddle his ideology well into his eighties.

    6. Maraniss has contempt for those of us who want to vet the president even when his profession won’t, calling us “strange armies of ideological pseudohistorians” who “roam the biographical fields in search of stray ammunition” (p. xxiii).

    7. Even when he was young, Obama knew the power of manipulation with words. In his English class at the prestigious Punahou School, the discussion turned to what people should most fear. “The answers included loneliness, death, hell, and war. Then Barry straightened up… ‘Words,’ he said. ‘Words are the power to be feared most… Whether directed personally or internationally, words can be weapons of destruction’” (p. 300).

    8. How did Obama get into Columbia, anyways? Obama’s grade point average was a “B-plus” at Occidental. Maraniss gives no indication of whether that was a good or bad grade point average at that particular school. He doesn’t take up seriously the question of whether or not Obama got into Columbia without revealing his grades at all. Worse yet, he charges racism against those of us who ask for empirical evidence (i.e. his grades or test scores) that Obama is a genius.

    9. The strange case of Obama’s admittance to Columbia. “He and Boerner [his room mate] and Kofi Manu, acting independently but aware of each other’s decisions, had filled out applications to transfer to Columbia in New York” (p. 385). But Obama claims in Dreams that he applied through a “transfer program that Occidental had arranged with Columbia University.” Breitbart News has debunked the existence of such a transfer program. Why didn’t Maraniss explain?

    10. Maraniss ignores the politics of the Black Students Organization, who were well known on campus for being radical. In fact, photographic evidence from Obama’s time shows five members of the black students organization raising their fists in the famous gesture of black power: the raised fist in the air.” This photo in and of itself wouldn’t be so revealing, but together with Obama’s later relationship with the controversial Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and the former terrorist Bill Ayers, it fits a pattern.

  138. wbboei,

    Honestly your summary reinforces my determination NOT to read anything else about the POS. We know everything we need to. He’s a liar, a fraud, a psychopath and has no innate talents other than prefabrication.

    But thanks for the low down

  139. nomobama
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:54 pm
    ————————–
    Correct. What we are seeing now is an effort by big media to promote trouble between Sarah and Romney. That was the purpose of the Newsweek article. I am comfortable that Sarah will do her part to support the ticket. I am less comfortable with the chickenshit people in his campaign staff. If you want to worry about something, they would be my concern. Murdock, Gingrich and Krauthamer have alluded to this. Murdock went so far as to suggest that Mitt get rid of them, and hire some qualified people. Mitt cannot inspire the base the way Sarah can. When the time comes, I am confident that she will deliver. I am more concerned about that goddamned campaign staff of his.

  140. The best guy in the world to run the Romney campaign would be Rove, Rence or Mary Matlin. Not these Massachusetts back benchers. They have nothing in common with the base of the party.

  141. foxyladi14
    July 22nd, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Mrs.Smith I do apologize for not providing the link along with my statement that Obama had ceded our sovereignty over to the UN.from now on i will be more careful.Thanks.
    ____________

    I appreciate your frankness about that- my only reason for calling you on it is because I know we have not relinquished our sovereignty (yet). And I hope it never happens. We have been watching and waiting like ducks on a June Bug for an announcement as to the outcome after the UN vote.

    I say this only because other participants who only read here take our words and thoughts seriously. We, at least most of us, strive for accuracy where we can provide a link to an article accurately addressing the question and the logic behind the statement if there is any doubt about what we have written.

    You are a BIG person in my eyes for admitting the mistake and for that I consider you a welcome friend. kudos!

  142. BASIL99
    July 22nd, 2012 at 6:36 pm
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    Basil that summary is from Breibart. If you have not read The Amateur, I highly recommend it. It is impossible to put down once you start reading it. It is worth the time, well worth it.

  143. You know, I am getting aggravated with the Romney Campaign and how they have handled the stinkin’ Bobot demands for 12 years of tax returns.

    It may be a good idea for Romney to disclose some of the more recent ones, but even the IRS does not expect you to keep them around for more than 7 years.

    Then there are the Campaign Finances. As of June 30, 2012, the OFA campaign contained 40% Unitemized contributions. That’s $122 million with undisclosed donors. So WTF they are not required to report donor sums under $200, they need to keep the records to show the sums under the limit.

    If OFA is not disclosing 40% of it’s funds, then Willard needs to tell the Bobots to kiss his ass on the Tax returns from years ago.

    Can someone teach Willard to say “KISS MY ASS”? Please.

    It is hard to believe IN-YOUR-FACE 40% mystery funds during a presidential election. If anyone wants that link, here it is:
    http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00431445/800316/#DETAILED
    Line 17(a)(ii), Column B $121,550,221.77 Unitemized (Undisclosed)
    Line 22, Column B $318,542,924.24 Total
    Main Site http://www.fec.gov

    More summary here: http://www.mur6142.com

    If anyone asks, Willard’s unitemized funds for that time period are $26 million, reflecting 16% of his total. That’s a little high as most campaigns end up around 10% but as interim reporting it is probably OK.

    The campaign needs to keep records on donors contributions under $200 because the reporting limit applies to the total of contribution from the donor. As I understand it, Obama turned off the recorder on his internet contributions in 2008. That is the thinking of a one term president.

  144. NewMexicoFan
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:18 pm
    BREAKING NEWS: Gunman kills three American contractors in Afganistan.
    ——————————
    Then we need gun control . . . in Afganistan.

  145. BASIL99
    July 22nd, 2012 at 6:07 pm
    Jen the Michigander
    July 22nd, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Those are my thoughts as well. She may have many reasons for being aggrieved, many motives for not throwing herself at MR, but this elections transcends petty personal attitudes and if she is seen as depriving MR from winning by her refusal to get with the ABO movement she will be demonized all over again and this time, IMHO, correctly.

    She can turn this to her advantage if she drops the stubborn dangerous game of chicken
    ————————————-
    When I was involved in politics, I was in the conservative side of the party, and the toughest people we had to deal with was not the democrats–some of them were allies. The biggest obstacle was the business wing of the Republican Party. Consequently, I understand in my bones exactly where Sarah is coming from. Yes, we need to defeat Obama. But second only to that, we need to make sure that the voice of the American People is not lost. Truth to tell, I do not see party labels much anymore. What I see if a corporatocracy vs the American People. I think most people, particularly those on the left are confused as to what the real stakes are, and it is easy for the elites to throw them off the scent. It is a shame. A missed opportunity.

  146. wbboei,

    Thanks for the suggestion but I have no desire to read anything else about the POS no matter how well it is written. Perhaps it’s because I was in a biracial marriage that I can see the BS coming and going.

    All of it. It has no novelty for me. He is FOS, incompetent and a nasty SOB. And I predict he is going to lose.

  147. What I see if a corporatocracy vs the American People.

    =======================

    Yes. OWS, and most leftists, see that also.

  148. FYI,

    Those who follow Ulsterman know he was our of commuission for nearly a week and when he got back on-line he said he’d had a terrible case of food-poisoning.

    I have developed a similar set of symptoms – can’t eat, can’t drink, can barely get out of bed, spent Thursday and Friday on my back – today got up for about 4 hours.

    Went to the Immedicenter nearby and they told me to take in electrolytes like from Pedialite and said they had seen several patients with the same severe symptom over the past few weeks.

    I have never been this sick not even with interferon and then chemo (except during the transfusions). I will see my Dr. tomorrow and according to the Immedicenter I may need an IV.

    This came out of the blue. I find it curious.

  149. Truce? Here’s a “write your congressman” message that most of us could agree on — supporting Service Dogs.

    —————-

    Pass this around….

    I have just contacted my House representative and both Senators from my state — a task requiring only a few minutes — to speak to them about the commercialization of Service Dogs (i.e., requiring training by commercial interests only and at great expense).

    Remember, even though this specific measure is aimed at veterans — and even if you feel that you owe nothing to a veteran — it is a slippery slope to requiring all SD be provided by “accredited” organizations.

    To find your House representative, go here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ (search by zip code)

    To find your Senators, go here: http://www.senate.gov/ (select your state at upper right)

    Following is the text of my message. Please feel free to adapt any portions you wish or use this as a guide — if desired — to write your own message.

    USC Title 38 Sec. 901 includes the wording:
    “(f)(1) The Secretary may not prohibit the use of a covered service dog in any facility or on any property of the Department or in any facility or on any property that receives funding from the Secretary.

    (2) For purposes of this subsection, a covered service dog is a service dog that has been trained by an entity that is by an appropriate accrediting body that evaluates and accredits organizations which train guide or service dogs.’.”

    Section 2 specifically is a blatant attempt to violate the ADA and to provide an artificial market for commercial service dog trainers. Since obtaining an SD from such organizations generally involves a 3 to 5 year wait period and may cost — despite subsidies — $15-20 THOUSAND … or more, this is blatantly prohibitive and would limit thousands to hundreds of thousands of disabled from having SD to assist them.

    By the nature of our conditions, we often can not afford such out-of-pocket expenses and, more relevant, can not afford such wait periods when our alternative is to perform our own training — often with assistance, granted — without having to depend on a very limited group of commercial trainers.

    Specifically, as a disabled Vet, I’ll require a Medic Alert SD … despite the fact that I have been quite adequately supported by my present SD for the past four years … and at no expense to the taxpayers!

    Incidentally, you might like to refer to http://www.owner-trained-service-dogs.com/ and to http://www.proboneoprogram.com/ for a different view of your constituency.

    Thank you,
    //(your name here)

  150. Truce? Here’s a “write your congressman” message that most of us could agree on — supporting Service Dogs.

    —————-

    Pass this around….

    I have just contacted my House representative and both Senators from my state — a task requiring only a few minutes — to speak to them about the commercialization of Service Dogs (i.e., requiring training by commercial interests only and at great expense).

    Remember, even though this specific measure is aimed at veterans — and even if you feel that you owe nothing to a veteran — it is a slippery slope to requiring all SD be provided by “accredited” organizations.

    Following is the text of my message. Please feel free to adapt any portions you wish or use this as a guide — if desired — to write your own message.

    USC Title 38 Sec. 901 includes the wording:

    “(f)(1) The Secretary may not prohibit the use of a covered service dog in any facility or on any property of the Department or in any facility or on any property that receives funding from the Secretary.

    (2) For purposes of this subsection, a covered service dog is a service dog that has been trained by an entity that is by an appropriate accrediting body that evaluates and accredits organizations which train guide or service dogs.’.”

    Section 2 specifically is a blatant attempt to violate the ADA and to provide an artificial market for commercial service dog trainers. Since obtaining an SD from such organizations generally involves a 3 to 5 year wait period and may cost — despite subsidies — $15-20 THOUSAND … or more, this is blatantly prohibitive and would limit thousands to hundreds of thousands of disabled from having SD to assist them.

    By the nature of our handicapped conditions, we often can not afford such out-of-pocket expenses and, more relevant, can not afford such wait periods when our alternative is to perform our own training — often with assistance, granted — without having to depend on a very limited group of commercial trainers.

    Specifically, as a disabled Vet, I’ll require a Medic Alert SD … despite the fact that I have been quite adequately supported by my present SD for the past four years … and at no expense to the taxpayers!

    Incidentally, you might like to refer to owner-trained-service-dogs.com/ and to proboneoprogram.com/ for a different view of your constituency.

    Thank you,
    //(your name here)

  151. ShortTermer
    July 22nd, 2012 at 2:05 pm
    Re: Palin

    She said on national tv that it was ABO; and she said that Romney was not conservative enough (if at all).

    I surmise from my own beliefs, and having talked with hundreds of Republicans, more Republicans than I ever knew were Republicans, that the decision to throw support behind Romney will be factored on two things; his reaching out to conservatives and Tea Party people with a genuine inclusion of some of their values and it will be dependent on his VP pick. If Romney chooses someone who is vanilla or elitist, then there will be uncertainty. If Romney picks Rubio………then Katie bar the door on how much money and support will rush in. Romney will have Florida and the election if all things are equal in the general. If he chooses someone like Pawlenty, Rice, or Portman, then some will hold their noses, but I predict more will stay home. And to them, Christie is seen as a liberal
    ———————————–
    Right on all points. They might bend for Christie, however, because he will eviscerate Obama.

  152. chavez endorses Barry Soetero. Is anyone really surprised?
    ———————
    I will say this much for Ugo. He knows a patsy when he sees one. I am sure Putin would support Barry too. To Barry, being flexible means unilateral disarmament, in exchange for a piece of paper he can wave in the air and say I have an ageement with Mr. Putin and it assures peace in our time.

  153. Obama literally wreaks of weakness. It emanates from every pour of his scrawney frame. Predators can smell it a mile away.

  154. Putin has Obama checkmated. Obama believes in leading from behind, and letting multinational bodies like the Securtiy Council decide whether we can protect our vital interests or not. Whereupon, Putin casts the veto, Obama is flumoxed and he walks away empty handed saying well, I give up. This ignoramus is long past the vaudville hook stage.

  155. If Rove runs the Romney campaign, will that mean that Jeb Bush has the VP slot in the bag? I prefer Matlin. Rove will effectively help defeat Obama either way

  156. I just read the following quote and liked it very much. It’s from, guess who? That dastardly former Democrat, Ronald Reagan.

    “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?”

    — Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981

  157. Charlie Crist now works at the law firm of Morgan & Morgan here in Florida. Their commercials are run constantly on both TV and radio. Their tag line is “Morgan & Morgan, for the people”. Yeah, sure. John Morgan fundraises for democrats, including Oblahblah. Interesting how Charlie now works for them, no? He even does one of the law firm’s commercials which I caught recently while house sitting for a friend. Made me want to barf knowing that Charlie was all about the people when governor. (snark)

  158. “I say this only because other participants who only read here take our words and thoughts seriously.”

    YES! And not just current lurkers. I see H44 as a reference site where new Hillary/FDR supporters can look back through several years of good posts for research. (Though better search functions will be helpful, when they develop.) Blog of Record. 😉

    “We, at least most of us, strive for accuracy where we can provide a link to an article accurately addressing the question and the logic behind the statement if there is any doubt about what we have written.”

    Including a link, or at least an acknowledgement of source, is helpful especially when there’s a matter of opinion involved (eg whether some document actually ‘signs away our sovregnity’) or when the post does not include a direct quote which the reader can plug into Google.

  159. nomobama
    July 22nd, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Yep, I voted for the man even as a democrat, and I gotta say that quote rings true now as it did then.

  160. nomobama
    July 22nd, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    If Rove runs the Romney campaign, will that mean that Jeb Bush has the VP slot in the bag? I prefer Matlin. Rove will effectively help defeat Obama either way.
    ___________

    I prefer Matlin too- If it is Rove, which I bet it will be, then the Bush gang has the inside track. As much as Jeb claims he will not accept the VP slot; wait until he’s asked and see what his response is… (for me, Jeb would be problematic)

  161. This quote attributed to Reagan is full of fallacies.

    “[….] From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?”
    – Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981

  162. nomobama
    July 22nd, 2012 at 10:14 pm
    I just read the following quote and liked it very much. It’s from, guess who? That dastardly former Democrat, Ronald Reagan.
    —————————–

    “Socialism only works

    in two places:

    Heaven where they don’t

    need it and hell where they already have it.”

    -Ronald Reagan

    ‘Here’s my strategy on

    the Cold War:

    We win, they lose.’

    – Ronald Reagan

    ‘The most terrifying words

    In the English language are:

    I’m from the government

    and I’m here to help.’

    -Ronald Reagan

    ‘The trouble with our liberal friends are not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.’

    -Ronald Reagan

    ‘Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.

    – Ronald Reagan

    ‘I have wondered at

    times about what the

    Ten Commandments would

    have looked like if Moses

    had run them through

    the U.S. Congress.

    -Ronald Reagan

    ‘The taxpayer:

    That’s someone who works

    For the federal government

    but doesn’t have to take the

    civil service examination.’

    – Ronald Reagan

    ‘Government is like a baby:

    An alimentary canal with a

    big appetite at one end and

    no sense of responsibility

    at the other’

    – Ronald Reagan

    ‘The nearest thing to eternal

    life we will ever see on

    this earth is a

    government program.’

    – Ronald Reagan

    ‘It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession.

    I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first’

    – Ronald Reagan

    ‘Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:

    If it moves, tax it.

    If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving,

    subsidize it’

    – Ronald Reagan

    ‘Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed,

    there are many rewards;

    if you disgrace yourself,

    you can always write a book.’

    – Ronald Reagan

    ‘No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.’

    – Ronald Reagan

  163. Re: nomobama
    July 22nd, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Yes, those M & M commercials are on an as often as can be run rotation; they now have their sons on the ads; at one time he had his wife on the ads who is in the law firm, too; and then for a while they had the wife’s dog in commercials. Did you know that the incumbent stayed at the Morgan’s home when he campaigned during the last election. That whole family of lawyers are just repulsive.

    That internet cafe shooting was right outside my front door; but the shooter was from a complex down the road.

  164. HOLY SMOKES! This just in from Brenda Elliot.. The Boston Globe has gotten wind of her book coming out next month and must have gotten hold of a copy.. They have published a brief outline of what the book is about…

    OBAMA’s Agenda for America after he is re-elected..
    ________________

    Revealed! Obama’s secret agenda
    Land seizures! A Muslim America!

    The Boston Globe is apologetic for the Truth about our wonderful president. They are saying Obama is, “as a reasonable man, a common-sense leader with a steady hand. His stated goals for a second term in office are modest and centrist, if a bit vague on the specifics: create jobs, improve infrastructure, fight global warming.”

    The Globe has inserted Romney as the carrier of bad tidings of what “Obama’s Secret Agenda” is all about responding to Romney’s words in his speech..

    “As fanciful as they may sound, these rumors reflect something real in the nation’s political imagination—and shine a light on the particular kind of distrust that tends to accumulate around those in power. And they’re also seeping into mainstream political discourse, even into the race itself. Mitt Romney has invoked the issue of Obama’s secret intentions, telling a group of newspaper editors recently that Obama “doesn’t want to share his real plans before the election, either with the public or with the press,” and that it was up to journalists to make him come clean. “His intent is on hiding; you and I are going to have to do the seeking,” Romney said. “He wants us to reelect him so we can find out what he’ll actually do.”

    You can read the Boston Globe’s per-emptive strike cover story attempting to blunt the effect Brenda and Aaron’s book will have on his campaign.. here: HOLY MOLEY- They are really scared!!!

    http://bostonglobe.com/ideas/2012/07/21/obama-secret-agenda-revealed/HvRiJ1VX3FXSqe15gV1h9L/story.html

  165. Obama must never be back in the WH.his senseless path of destruction since he was handed the votes stolen from Hillary and thus became the worst POTus in this countrys history.His goal is to recruite single moothers withlots of bastard children foodstamps and willing to wait for the stash that OREO has promised for their votes.this will be followed up by voter ID cards and slide deeper in debt but keep the messiah in office.OREO has a death grip on our democracy.Shame America.

  166. A brilliant analysis about the current state of both campaigns — and I think you are spot on about the CO shooting being a negative for Obama’s plans.

  167. This is a 26 year old born in Moscow and “trained” (like a dog) at Harvaaaad, worships the ground Obama walks on and lacks fully developed frontal lobes. He looks like Pewee Herman’s younger brother. I agree Mrs. Smith. They are deathly afraid of what is known about the plans the Fraud has and I am not entirely sure that this young punk knows any of the details, but has been given a writing assignment by his controllers. This is the first time that academia in general and Harvard in particular has been allowed to run this country, and the disasterous results speak for themselelves.

    http://bostonglobe.com/staff/neyfakh

  168. wbboei
    July 23rd, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Obama’s campaign operatives like these young whippers writing their campaign speeches.. They have no sense of America’s history and this they are writing a screen play for Obama’s oration. Remember Obama’s 20 something speech writer.. John something.. he committed so many historical errors in Bama’s speeches, he became an embarrassment to the office…

  169. Jbstones fan. What do you make of this. Its part of the website at Morgan and Morgan where Christ hangs his hat. I doubt most clients are interested in a flowchart analysis of how the firm works, and to have six fulltime receptionists seems a bit much. I get the feeling that they are running a high volume operation on the intake end and cherry pick the cases they want to take on a contingency fee. And it is a particularly stange place for Charlie to end up, unless they are looking to peddle political influence. I am sure they want him around to fight tort reform efforts, since that would eviscerate their business.

    How We Handle Our Cases (down he-ya at Morgan and Morgan)

    The first line of communication between you and the firm will be one of our six full-time receptionists who refer clients to the Case Control Department. There, one of over 30 full-time staff members will ask you some initial questions regarding your potential claim. The interview will generally last from 15 to 30 minutes.

    The next step is to make an appointment for a sign-up interview. We are willing to work around your schedule, so if it is inconvenient for you to meet us in one of our office locations, we will travel to your home, work, or the medical facility where you or your loved one have been hospitalized. Since we employ over 25 full-time field service investigators, someone should be able to meet with you within a day or two. In situations where time is of the essence, we are often able to send an investigator out within 24 hours.

    After you have completed the preliminary interview process, you will be directed to the appropriate department. For example, if you have been involved in a car accident, you will be referred to an attorney who deals in car accident disputes. Once your claim reaches the proper department, its validity will be evaluated by one of five department heads. The department head then decides which attorney within that unit is the best fit for your case. Typically, a client will be assigned an attorney, legal assistant, and a paralegal (for all workers’ compensation, first party, and negligence cases) within a week of initial contact.

    From that point, individual departments have unique systems of processing cases, and a lawyer and paralegal will provide you with any advice you may need. From your introduction to our staff to the resolution of your case, Morgan & Morgan stresses personal interaction.

  170. Mrs. Smith
    July 23rd, 2012 at 12:42 am
    wbboei
    July 23rd, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Obama’s campaign operatives like these young whippers writing their campaign speeches.. They have no sense of America’s history and this they are writing a screen play for Obama’s oration. Remember Obama’s 20 something speech writer.. John something.. he committed so many historical errors in Bama’s speeches, he became an embarrassment to the office…
    ——————-
    Yes indeed. He had his moment in the sun. And now? Quo vadis? Another artifact of a failed president.

  171. wbboei
    July 23rd, 2012 at 12:47 am
    —————————
    Looks like a paralegal driven practice.

  172. Reverend Wright: we are gathered here today to join this fraud and this teleprompter together in the bond of holy matrimony.

    Reverend Wright: do you Barack Hussein Obama (nee Barry Sorteo, nee Barry Soteron, nee King Obama, nee Indonesian Prince, Black Jesus, Manchurian Candidate, Messiah, et. al.) take this telprompter to be your lawful companion, to have and to hold, to love and to cherish, til death do you part.

    Obama: I DO!!!!!!!!!!!! (fortissimo)

    Revered Wright: and do you, telebama, take this fraud to be your lawful companion, to love and obey, til death do you part.

    Telebama: nfw. That wasn’t our deal. This deadbeat owes me three years back pay, and I am not going to say yes to anything until he gives me cash on the barrelhead.

    Reverend Wright: how say ye Barack Obama

    Obama: uh uh uh, I am a little short of cash right now, and I just got done spending five trillion of taxpayers money. Let me get ahold of Uncle Tony. I am sure he will spot me the cash. He know that when during my lame duck period between November and January I can pardon him, so I am sure he will help.

    Reverend Wright: is that okay with you telebama.

    Telebama: when I said cash on the barrel head, I meant cash on the barrel head, now.

    Reverend Wright: since you will not take an IOU and Obama is pleading poverty, is there anyone in the congregation who can cover for Obama?

    George Soros: I am already invested in Obama to the tune of fifty million dollars, and have made two billion off the deal in taxpayer money. I will spot him the cash. Here.

    Reverend Wright: Now that is settled, if there is anyone in the congregation who does not believe that Obama and telebama should not be joined in the bond of holy matrimony, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.

    Michelle: goddam you Barack. How dare you step out on me. I warned you I would leave you if you did.

    Reverend Wright: Mr. Soros, could we prevail on your good offices once more to resolve this dispute. Thank you.

    Michelle: a kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but diamonds are a girls best friend. A kiss may be grand. But won’t pay the rental on your humble flat (the Chicago mansion) or help you at the automat. Men grow cold as girls grow old and we all lose our charms in the end. But square cut or round faced these rocks don’t lose their shape diamonds are a girls best friend.

    Reverend Wright: Obama, telebama, I now pronounce you man and machine. Now let me get back to my I hate America sermons, and stop wasting my time.

  173. nomobama: have you seen this one? (N.B. the reference at the end to Marco Rubio, which may be a bit nawthing, etc.) This suggests a third reason why this ambulance chasing firm that supports Obama hired Crist. Crist has a lot of information about the Republican Party, and may have a vendetta against the party and Rubio. If so, then this firm could pick his brain for information that could be used by democrats against republicans, and Rubio if he is selected by Romney. In the fulsomeness of time, we may discover that Crist is as much of a whore to the party he led, as PSD was to Hillary. I could be reading this wrong, but that is the way it looks to me.

    http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/charlie-crist-gay-charges-emerge-jim-greer-defense

  174. ‘Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:

    If it moves, tax it.

    If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving,

    subsidize it’

    – Ronald Reagan

    ==============

    Speaking of 27 year old speechwriters, does anyone believe Altzheimers Reagan really wrote all those one-liners?

  175. Survey USA Poll: Obama’s Lead Cut in Half Since Last Poll (Could Obama actually lose Minnesota?) (Obama only at 46% in Minn, that is actually pretty bad)

    In an election for President of the United States in Minnesota today, 07/20/12, three months till voting begins, Barack Obama captures the North Star State’s 10 electoral votes, defeating Mitt Romney 46% to 40%, according to a SurveyUSA poll for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis / St. Paul.

    Romney and Obama are effectively even among male voters. All of Obama’s advantage comes from female voters, where Obama leads by 14 points. Romney edges Obama among Minnesota’s Independents, but not by enough to offset Obama’s 2:1 advantage among Minnesota’s moderates. Romney leads in Northeastern MN, but Obama leads in the rest of the state.

    http://kstp.com/news/stories/S2699493.shtml?cat=1

  176. Judge Seals ‘Batman’ Shooting Case

    http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/07/20/web-news-batman-shooter-sealed/

    Prosecutors fear public scrutiny could ‘jeopardize the ongoing investigation’

    An Arapahoe County Court judge has granted a request to seal the case against James Holmes, the 24-year-old shooter who killed 12 and wounded 50 during a screening last night of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

    The motion, filed in Arapahoe County court, asks for the records in the case to be sealed, including search warrants, affidavits, orders and the “case file.”

    The District Attorney’s affidavit says prosecutors are investigating first-degree murder charges against Holmes, but that disclosure of the court records would be “contrary to public interest” and “could jeopardize the ongoing investigation.”

    ………………………….

    Of course, they are happy to try Zimmerman in the court of public opinion.

  177. Voters not buying “Bush’s fault” anymore…..

    http://thehill.com/polls/239377-the-hill-poll-majority-of-voters-blame-president-for-bad-economy

    The Hill Poll: Majority of voters blame president for bad economy

    Two-thirds of likely voters say the weak economy is Washington’s fault, and more blame President Obama than anybody else, according to a new poll for The Hill.

    It found that 66 percent believe paltry job growth and slow economic recovery is the result of bad policy. Thirty-four percent say Obama is the most to blame, followed by 23 percent who say Congress is the culprit. Twenty percent point the finger at Wall Street, and 18 percent cite former President George W. Bush.

    The results highlight the reelection challenge Obama faces amid dissatisfaction with his first-term performance on the economy.

    The poll, conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, found 53 percent of voters say Obama has taken the wrong actions and has slowed the economy down. Forty-two percent said he has taken the right actions to revive the economy, while six percent said they were not sure.

    Obama has argued throughout the presidential campaign that his policies have made the economy better. He says recovery is taking a long time because he inherited such deep economic trouble upon taking office in 2009.

    “The problems we’re facing right now have been more than a decade in the making,” he told an audience last month in Cleveland.

    Obama’s campaign, under the slogan “Forward,” has sought to steer voter attention less toward current and past economic performance and more toward questions about Republican Mitt Romney’s work in the private sector economy. It has launched attacks on the challenger’s role as head of the private equity firm Bain Capital, casting him as a jobs “outsourcer” whose firm shipped thousands of U.S. positions overseas.

    The Hill Poll, however, shows the extent to which voters hold Obama responsible for the economy and reveals his vulnerability should the election become primarily a referendum on his economic management.

    It finds that voters strongly believe more could have been done by the White House and in Congress to achieve growth in the economy and employment.

  178. Obama is gonna be pissed off…..

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron is to formally host and meet Mitt Romney at Downing St this Thursday, No.10 confirms.

  179. Romney with Cameron at 10 Downing St right on the eve of the Olympics when all eyes are on London. Romney could not have scored a bigger publicity advertisement if he tried.

  180. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/4442819/David-Cameron-gets-mitts-on-Romney.html

    DAVID Cameron will roll out the red carpet for US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney this week — risking a row with Barack Obama.

    The Republican will meet for grand talks with the Prime Minister at No10 on Thursday.

    The millionaire businessman will be treated like a major world leader in a huge boost for his campaign to oust America’s first black president.

    With the US leader’s wife Michelle Obama also in London for Friday’s Olympic opening ceremony, the visit runs the risk of sparking a diplomatic spat with the White House.

    Mr Cameron is throwing on the charm offensive because “we believe there’s now a more than 50/50 chance” of Romney winning the US election in November, a senior Whitehall official told The Sun.

    Mr Romney will be snapped arriving in Downing Street. He will then be ushered to one of the most lavish state rooms before a photo opportunity.

    Diplomatic protocol prevents the pair from holding a joint press conference.

    As yet, Romney has “no plans” to see Labour leader Ed Miliband.

    An aide to Mr Cameron yesterday insisted the US President would not be put out by Mr Romney’s warm reception.

  181. This report is from last November. I just read it because it was mentioned on talk radio this morning where this drug was being discussed.

    A company controlled by a longtime political donor gets a no-bid contract to supply an experimental remedy for a threat that may not exist.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-smallpox-20111113,0,6456082,full.story

    Wealthy democrat gets a contract for a smallpox drug that probably isn’t necessary and was never tested.

    Who says obama can’t be bought?

  182. Mainstream news is using the Colorado massacre as (Obama’s gun-control platform) demonstrating in short clips the ease in which gun can be purchased anywhere. This is nothing new. If Romney is going to be overseas for a short time before the Olympics open, Obama will be (saving his money) barraging the networks with speeches aligning himself with grieving families exploiting them for every drop of publicity he can glean from them for pushing Gun Control legislation.

    ……..

    “A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither”

    Thomas Jefferson

    ……………

    “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

    Benjamin Franklin

    ……………..

    “Liberty and order will never be perfectly safe, until a trespass on the constitutional provisions for either, shall be felt with the same keenness that resents an invasion of the dearest rights.”

    James Madison

    ………………

    “Without Freedom of thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of speech”

    Benjamin Franklin

    ………..

    “Love your country, but never trust its government.”

    — Robert A. Heinlein.

    ……………

    “The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good”

    — George Washington

    ……….

    “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.”

    — Mahatma Gandhi

    …………….

    “The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, short swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other types of arms. The possession of unnecessary implements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues and tends to foment uprisings.”

    — Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Shogun, August 1588

    …………….

    “”One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is, by disarming the people, and making it an offense to keep arms.”

    — Constitutional scholar Joseph Story, 1840

    ……………..

    “To disarm the people… was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

    — George Mason, speech of June 14, 1788

    ………………

    “Every Communist must grasp the truth, ‘Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.'”

    — Mao Tse-tung, 1938, inadvertently endorsing the Second Amendment.

    …………

    Last quote:

    “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so.”

    — Hitler, April 11 1942

  183. tim
    July 23rd, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Tim the reportage this morning said Holmes bought arms an ammunition over the internet delivered by mail.

  184. moononpluto July 23rd, 2012 at 7:39 am
    ————–
    Awesome link! Ties in with his Irwin PA speech [admin has full video top of last post] at which he related having already met with Cameron, Blair and other UK leaders whom he did not specify. Romney went on to say that one of those Brits told him that Europe does best when the United States is strong.

  185. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78833.html

    I don’t even know what to say about this… so the actual dems no longer matter… its all to prop up the glory of their marxist Messaih. Also, considering she told these dem members to stay away from the DNC convention, now she’s threatening to take away their potraits if they don’t give to contirbute to a convention that she’s telling them to stay away from???

    “One by one, the pictures of House members adorning the lobby of Democratic Party headquarters have come down, turning neat rows of framed photos into a disjointed mess — “splattered,” as one aide described it.

    The half-dozen or so lawmakers whose mugs have vanished in recent weeks weren’t indicted in court or slapped with an ethics violation. But their transgression is still deadly serious in the eyes of top party leaders: ignoring pleas to kick in cash for Democrats’ increasingly uphill slog to take back the House.

    Prying open members’ fists is an election year ritual for leaders of both parties, but Democrats contend this time around has been particularly frustrating. Facing a team of deep-pocketed Republican outside groups poised to swamp them in TV ad spending — and with the party not benefiting from the kind of wave conditions that lifted Republicans two years ago — Democrats say the stinginess of their lawmakers has left them severely weakened as the fall campaign season approaches.

    Democrats say they’ve tried just about everything to get their colleagues to open their wallets. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has told members that unless they pay their dues in full, they won’t get to partake in the committee’s Democratic National Convention package, complete with access to much sought-after hotel rooms and parties. And in early June, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tried to shame her members into giving, distributing notes to each of them with a request for cash and asking them if they are part of “the team.”

  186. From WND July 22, 2012.

    “PROOF! ESTABLISHMENT MEDIA CONTROLLED”
    “There was a rather low-key confession made in the New York Times last week that deserves to be blared throughout this country so that every American understands what they are reading in the establishment’s ultra-controlled, government-managed “press” – and I use that last word loosely indeed.

    The admission came in the form of a story by Jeremy Peters on the politics page of the Times July 16. I’ve been waiting for others to point it out, discuss it, debate it, express shock and exasperation over it. But I’ve waited for naught.

    What this shocking story reveals is that even I – one of the kingpins of the new media and a refugee from the state-controlled spin machine – underestimated the utter and total corruption of the euphemistically called “mainstream press.”

    It shows that most – not some – members of the print media establishment with access to the White House submit their copy to government officials for review, “correction” and approval before it reaches the American people!”

    Here are some key excerpts from the piece, if you think I’m exaggerating:

    “The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative.”

    “They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name.”

    “Most reporters, desperate to pick the brains of the president’s top strategists, grudgingly agree. After the interviews, they review their notes, check their tape recorders and send in the juiciest sound bites for review. The verdict from the campaign – an operation that prides itself on staying consistently on script – is often no, Barack Obama does not approve this message.”

    “Now, with a millisecond Twitter news cycle and an unforgiving, gaffe-obsessed media culture, politicians and their advisers are routinely demanding that reporters allow them final editing power over any published quotations.”

    “Quote approval is standard practice for the Obama campaign, used by many top strategists and almost all mid-level aides in Chicago and at the White House – almost anyone other than spokesmen who are paid to be quoted. (And sometimes it applies even to them.) It is also commonplace throughout Washington and on the campaign trail.”

    “Many journalists spoke about the editing only if granted anonymity, an irony that did not escape them.”

    “From Capitol Hill to the Treasury Department, interviews granted only with quote approval have become the default position. Those officials who dare to speak out of school, but fearful of making the slightest off-message remark, shroud even the most innocuous and anodyne quotations in anonymity by insisting they be referred to as a ‘top Democrat’ or a ‘Republican strategist.’”

    “Those [reporters] who did speak on the record said the restrictions seem only to be growing. ‘It’s not something I’m particularly proud of because there’s a part of me that says, Don’t do it, don’t agree to their terms,’ said Major Garrett, a correspondent for The National Journal.”

    “It was difficult to find a news outlet that had not agreed to quote approval, albeit reluctantly. Organizations like Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Reuters and The New York Times have all consented to interviews under such terms.”

    Read more:
    http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/proof-establishment-media-controlled/

  187. tim
    July 23rd, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I hope this doesn’t mean they are taking over US law enforcement…
    ____________

    Very troubling indeed. If there was no Truth to the postings Leonora and I have made regarding Obama’s need for ramping up security over the last few days, then those declaring it’s all just a conspiracy theory, explain to us why he’s doing it?

    Obama’s private army maintaining the perimeter of Washington, DC? If this is so… checkpoints at state borders throughout the nation?

    To be fair.. let’s watch Obama’s actions over the next 4 wks or so.. and remember we posted this a few days ago from Natural News:

    ……….

    A “monopoly of force” in government is far more dangerous than a crazed lone shooter.

    So yes, James Holmes and other crazed shooters kill a number of people each year in random acts of violence. It’s horrifying and wrong, but it’s nothing compared to the millions of lives that governments tend to destroy when they gain total power over the populace.

    The most dangerous thing in the world, it turns out, is not a crazy person with a rifle; it’s a government with a “monopoly of force” over the entire population. And that’s exactly what the UN spells out as its goal for the world: Stripping all power from individual citizens and handing “monopolies of force” to the governments of the world, shoring up their positions as the only “legitimate” power on the planet.

    See this document entitled, “Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)” policy paper No. 24:

    h… w… naturalnews.com/files/Revisiting-the-State-Monopoly-on-the…

    As this document reveals, a table entitled “Governance solutions for reasserting the state monopoly on the use of force” lists the options available to governments to re-establish “monopolies of force” against their own people:

    • (Re-)establish state monopoly
    – Ownership of WMDs
    – Safety Inspectorates

    • Prohibit business activity
    – Justice and Execution
    – Deadly Force?

    • Regulate/limit activities
    – Private defense/security services
    – Control of financial transfers
    – Export controls
    – Transport and infrastructure safety
    – Environmental impact

    Interestingly, that document also describes “terrorism” in a way that perfectly matches the Aurora, Colorado “Batman” movie theater shooter:

    Terrorists aim to spread panic and fear in societies in order to achieve political goals, be they based on left- or right-wing, social-revolutionary, nationalistic or religious ideologies. They are organized in a clandestine way, most often in small groups and cells…

    Typical tactical means include kidnapping, hostage-taking, sabotage, murder, suicide attacks, vehicle bombs and improvised explosive devices.

    A global monopoly of force

    This document is a goldmine of information about the globalist agenda to disarm and enslave the population. Check out page 28, which reads:

    “The legitimate monopoly of force should not be limited to the nation-state but should be based on the local, national, regional and the global levels.”

    Global Security Governance and the Monopoly of Force

    At the global level no monopoly of violence exists. The UN Security Council already has a monopoly power to authorize the use of force at the global level, although the UN was never given the necessary means to exercise this authority, such as the capacity to implement sanctions, a police force and armed forces…

    This deficiency in global governance acts as a bottleneck and a barrier to the creation of the democratically legitimized monopoly of violence that is globally required.

    This story gets deep, doesn’t it? Watch and bookmark for more analysis here at NaturalNews.com, where we still fight for liberty and justice in a world that’s increasingly becoming enslaved.
    _________________

    UPDATE: Follow-up story now posted that asks the question: Why did no one fight back?
    That story is available now at NaturalNews.com:

    h.. w… naturalnews.com/036537_James_Holmes_Batman_shooting.html

    Video added: Answers to many questions raised by readers of this story

    View it on YouTube at:

  188. Mrs. Smith
    July 23rd, 2012 at 9:07 am

    yes, I agree, I find that whole story unnerving, I asked some my friends who are retired marines, and they don’t understand it either, US military is not allowed to do law enforcement type things on US land, so why are the marines, some of the toughest most well trained people being trained for law enforcement, it says its for “other countries”, but really, is that just a first step to having them do law enforcement on US land? I don’t know, its unnerving.

  189. and they are back….

    http://freedomslighthouse.net/2012/07/23/david-axelrod-and-the-obama-campaign-go-first-in-resuming-negative-campaign-attacks-72312/

    David Axelrod and the Obama Campaign are the first to break the unofficial truce in negative campaigning since the “Batman” Movie Massacre took place early Friday morning in Aurora, Colorado.

    I will not be surprised that if the media lies and says it was Romney who broke the “unofficial truce”, maybe Obot at ABC like little Georgie Stenaphplous can report on this.

  190. The Natural News video brings up many unanswerable questions. Specifically, relating to “the unfamiliarity of the police dept with the sophisticated booby trap devices the bomb squad would take days to deactivate.” Posing the question:

    “How does a med student with no knowledge of explosive devices booby trap his apartment with sophisticated explosive devices designed for the express purpose of killing law enforcement who would customarily follow through with the usual protocols searching for more information on the shooters profile?”

    Then even more curious… Holmes, “warns Law Enforcement before hand of the existence of these devices in his apartment alerting them to the danger?”
    ……….

    My first impression answering these statements is because.. “Holmes had nothing to do with booby trapping his apartment… the traps were set by highly trained operatives specialized in setting up these devices.” and he felt detached enough from those devices to blow the whistle on them.

    Which brings us back to the claim, ‘the event had to have been staged’.. and the next question, ‘by who and why and who gave the order to perform these heinous acts?’

  191. I cannot believe these idiots in Chicago and in the dem party still think people care about Romney’s tax returned, I DO NOT CARE! He’s rich, the man is rich, good on him… now how can he fix the economy?? That’s all I care about.

    And really Barry, you wanna go down that road, you who withheld you birth certificate, let a lt colonel spend months in military jail because it was more politically useful for you to string that story along, you, who’s illinois state records just “disappeared”… Fast and Furious documents, oops, that’s off limits too!

  192. tim
    July 23rd, 2012 at 8:07 am
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/22/marine-corps-creates-law-enforcement-battalions/

    I hope this doesn’t mean they are taking over US law enforcement
    ———————————
    Traditionally, marines performed guard duty, but military police were reserved to other branches. But with our entry into the dangerous and uncertain business of nation building so we can replace traditional societies or dictatorships which facial democracies and market economies for the benefit of people like Soros, the marines have assumed a police role as well. When we talk about making the world safe for democracy, what we really mean is making the world profitable for international corporations. It took us roughly a century from the days of the banana wars, and General Butler’s revealation to understand the meaning of the term. When we are talking about a commodity like oil our whole society depends on it, but our wars benefit Europe more than us.

  193. tim-

    This thought just crossed my mind while writing the above post.. if we could ever get lucky enough to learn that this staged event was planned by the FBI and special ops as a discretionary order of the O’s campaign or higher ups… this would truly be the expose of the century.

    Remember, Ulsterman’s latest Insider post was from a Military Man and the message :

    MILITARY INSIDER: President Obama – “By Any Means Necessary”

  194. If you ever saw the look of the people who are caught up in some kind of extreme religious cult, you will note that they have a certain look in about them, a gleam in the eyes and a grinning stupor is what I might call it, when they are in the presence of their messiah, whether he be David Koresh, James Jones, or even Charlie Manson. When people are in that state, reality and consciousness are not in the ascendant. I must tell you, I see that grinning stupor in Georgie-boy step and fetch it, and his side kick Mr. Taptoes, when interviewing the fraud, or when introducing their Sunday program. It is nauseating to behold and it foreshadows the delivery of pure propaganda, reasonably calculated to mislead, distract, and misinform their audience. It is yellow journalism set to music and deliered not through objective reporters, but left wing ideologues posing as objective reporters.

  195. “The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good”
    — George Washington

    ===================

    Ah, juicy! It’s very easy to check for bogus quotes. Copy the whole quote and put it in Google’s search box, inside quote marks. This will bring up debunk sites (as well as sites dumb enough to use the quote without verifying it).

    http://saf.org/pub/rkba/general/BogusFounderQuotes.htm

    This is a debunk site run by NRA types, who rightly say “Creating bogus quotes is wrong and counterproductive. It harms the rest of the message sent by any person utilizing a proven fake quote, even if the person is unintentionally and unknowingly repeating a made-up statement.”

    This pro-gun site debunks this and several other fake pro-gun quotes, then gives links to similar pro-gun debunk sites.

  196. Mrs.Smith. I thank you for the kind words.
    I have been coming here to Big Pink for years.haven’t posted much due to a password problem.But thankfully that is resolved.
    I am a huge HRC supporter. So all the HRC sites are must read daily.

    Thank you again Friend. 🙂

  197. July 23rd, 2012 at 8:21 am
    [….]
    “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.”
    – Mahatma Gandhi

    ==================

    A Snopes discussion is listed half way down the page on a Google search for this alleged quote.
    http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=101;t=000195;p=0

    They say it’s possibly from a leaflet referring to British policy about Indian regiments. No pro-gun support in any other of Gandhi’s writings.

    I’m not going to bother with the other quotes in that 8:21 am post. Some of them don’t refer to guns, others are attributed to less notable sources.

  198. Dems are shunning cash for Nan because

    1 : They know she is playing her own one woman game in desperation at becoming speaker again….

    2 : They know they are not going to win the house in 2012, so why waste the cash. They are trying to hold the Senate instead.

  199. The motion, filed in Arapahoe County court, asks for the records in the case to be sealed, including search warrants, affidavits, orders and the “case file.”

    The District Attorney’s affidavit says prosecutors are investigating first-degree murder charges against Holmes, but that disclosure of the court records would be “contrary to public interest” and “could jeopardize the ongoing investigation.”

    ………………………….

    Of course, they are happy to try Zimmerman in the court of public opinion.

    ===================

    Actually, more disclosure sooner would have helped Zimmerman: his injuries, shot close range, etc.

  200. Weird spending…….from the Obama campaign. In other words, an idiot is running things.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/310271/obamas-campaign-spending-too-much-too-quickly

    some Democrats worry that the overhead built by the Obama camp over the past 15 months will prove impossible to sustain. Unless fundraising picks up, the Obama campaign may enter the season’s final stretch confronting hard choices: paring salaries, scaling back advertising or pulling out of swing states in a bid to control costs, these Democrats say.”

    Further down in the article, the Journal reports: “The Obama campaign says it has four paid field staff based in South Carolina and that they also perform campaign work in North Carolina, which is expected to be hotly contested. Joe Trippi, who managed Democrat Howard Dean’s campaign in 2004, expects the Obama campaign to retrench in coming months. ‘I don’t think any campaign can stay up in as many places as they are.’”

    In the FEC data, updated through June 30, you can see how much each presidential campaign spends in each state. (These sums include everything from payroll to rent to catering to state business taxes to per diem, etc.) Some of the Obama spending in states where the presidential race is considered unlikely to be competitive:

    South Carolina: $109,644.41.

    Utah: $56,961.31.

    Idaho: $44,121.67.

    Wyoming: $39,388.16.

    Nebraska: $106,928.05 (Keep in mind, Obama won one of Nebraska’s electoral votes in 2008, around Omaha.)

    Montana: $44,695.76.

    Alaska: $50,714.90.

    And in heavily-Democrat states, unlikely to be competitive:

    Massachusetts: $2,967,881.20. (Keep in mind, some of Boston’s television’s markets extend into New Hampshire.)

    Maryland: $935,764.89

    Rhode Island: $1,847,065.53

    Hawaii: $48,213.99

  201. oh god, the googlewiki quote sputter is back, i see. Shooting crap out all the over place as usual. No one is listening to the inane throwbacks.

  202. July 23rd, 2012 at 9:51 am
    [….] if we could ever get lucky enough to learn that this staged event was planned by the FBI and special ops as a discretionary order of the O’s campaign or higher ups… this would truly be the expose of the century.

    ====================

    Ah. That explains the Arapahoe police closing their records. The FBI who set up Holmes had neglected to fill his apartment with pro-gun literature as well as explosives. Araphahoe was covering for their omission!

    Or possibly Holmes did have NRA type literature, so the Arapahoe police are covering for the NRA.

    Unfortunately, I’d better add that this is /sarcasm.

  203. Obama reminds me of Peewee Herman with a boom box.

    Oh, by the way, an update on what I posted last night.

    Telebama has filed for an annulment.

    It seems Tele resents Obama referring to tele as a boom box.

    Father Pheglar of Chicago, a Nazi, will hear the case.

  204. Leonora 10:17am

    “Therefore, We the People DEMAND the following actions from Congress posthaste:

    1. Hold hearings
    now in both the House Judiciary and the House Oversight and Government Reform committees to review Sheriff Joe Arpaio’sevidence and findings. Chairmen Smith and Issa: schedule and hold hearings now, before the 2012 election!

    2. Subpoena all of Obama’s birth records from Hawaii now for forensic and public examination. The obstruction of justice by sworn lawenforcement officers and Congress is not an option.3. Make your every action transparent and fully public. We the People are fed up with “transparency” rhetoric paired with ”behind closed doors” policy.

    You are right it’s past time for this charade to end! Now, let’s end it once and for all … as AMERICANS DO!
    …………….

    Here’s the problem with the call for an investigation:

    “Contact your Congressmen and Senators and demand a congressional investigation NOW!”

    They are well aware of Obama’s non qualifications for the presidency. They are well aware of that fact because they went along with the charade knowingly, recklessly, without thinking of the consequences should their failure to defend the Constitution as they swore an oath to do, resulting in an investigation leading to a scandal revealing they themselves are as guilty being party to Obama’s charade..

    Time is of the essence and we don’t have time to clean house and elect Tea Party candidates and Clinton Democrats.. as would be the usual remedy for ridding the Congress of Congressional corruption. Having most of the elected Democrats in on the scheme and a goodly number of high ranking Republicans involved. What man or woman will step forward and hold a knife to his/her own throat in a patriotic effort to save the country from the cursed wave of Obama’s re-election?

  205. UPDATE: Follow-up story now posted that asks the question: Why did no one fight back?
    That story is available now at NaturalNews.com:

    =====================

    Well, obviously! All the theatre patrons were conspirators in the “staged event”. /sarc

  206. Oh, by the way, Obama approached Wright.

    His goal was to ask Wright to help patch things up with tele

    But Wright declined on two grounds.

    First, it was a conflict of interest since Wright had presided over the marriage.

    Second, he told Ed Kline that Barack needs psychiatric help–not marriage counselling.

    Therefore, he referred the matter to the rabid white racist, Father Pheglar.

    Father Pheglar should be de frocked. He is a stain on the Arch Diocese/

  207. July 23rd, 2012 at 10:46 am

    ===================

    You think fake quotes “from the Founders” are okay? I think they damage the credibility of this blog, and of PUMA in general.

  208. Nah we’re just sick of your faux pretend concern troll bullshit, we know what you are and why you are here. The only one seemingly out to damage the credibility of this blog is you by division and by spreading your “quotes” and you try to do it every day. Seriously you don’t think we figured out long ago what you have been up to here. Spare us, we’d be more appreciative and came right out with your true colors.

  209. Another Obama failure. He places the security of the United States in the hands of our enemies who sit in the UN Security Council, and is surprised when they vote against him. The man is delusional.
    ——————————————————————————–

    Obama’s Syrian Education

    It only took 17 months, and multiple Russian and Chinese vetoes, but the Obama Administration has finally concluded that the United Nations has failed on Syria. “Failed utterly” is how Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., channelled John Bolton last week, even as the White House now whispers to its media favorites that it suddenly has all kinds of plans to oust Bashar Assad by force.

    The Syrian opposition can be forgiven if it asks where the U.S. was when it really needed the help. Now that the opposition is getting arms from others, and has taken the fight to Damascus and the Assad inner circle, the Obama Administration is scrambling to get in front of the parade. If Assad falls, no doubt the President will declare it a triumph of his subtle statecraft of leading without appearing to lead.

    The reality is that the U.S. abdication to the U.N. has produced a Syrian mess that will be harder to clean up than if a coalition of the willing had intervened.

    Without a haven safe from regime attacks in Syria, refugees are pouring into Turkey and Lebanon. The ferocity of the fighting for so many months will make Sunni revenge more likely against the Alawites who dominate the regime, and maybe against the minority Syrian Christians who have sided with the regime or stayed neutral. Jihadist elements among the opposition have had more time to organize and plot their attempt for post-Assad power.

    All of this might have been mitigated if the U.S. had worked from the start with Turkey, Europe, the Saudis and the Gulf states to assist, arm and organize the opposition.

    The same goes for Syria’s chemical-weapons stockpile, a problem the Administration is busy leaking that it has under control. We can recall during the Bush years when CIA leakers, State Department drop-outs and some leading Democrats attacked Mr. Bolton, then a senior State Department official, for suggesting that Syria’s WMD posed a regional threat. Now we’re learning how right he was.

    Enlarge Image

    CloseAssociated Press

    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.
    One problem with chemical arsenals is that they are relatively easy to disperse. Even Assad may not have the nerve to order their use against fellow Syrians, and his officers may not follow through if he does. But a bigger threat is if they fall into the hands of Hezbollah, Iran’s military arm in Lebanon, or Iran’s Quds Force. They could easily be used as a terror weapon against Israel.

    All of this illustrates the folly of the Obama worldview that the U.S. can act to check the world’s rogues only if the U.N. first vouchsafes its approval. In Libya, the President also deferred to the U.N. for weeks despite pleas from France and even the Arab League. But Mr. Obama got lucky at the last minute as the prospect of a globally televised massacre in Benghazi caused the Russians to bend enough that NATO could drive a no-fly zone through a narrow U.N. Security Council resolution.

    In Syria, the massacres have mostly been off-camera, so the political pressure to act has been lower. The result has been that the U.S. has let Russia and Iran set the world’s Syria policy, arming and propping up Assad while his troops shell civilian neighborhoods and his paramilitary operatives slit throats.

    The U.S. even acquiesced in the Russian-backed plan to send Kofi Annan, the former U.N. Secretary-General, as an envoy to negotiate a cease-fire between Assad and the opposition. Assad publicly endorsed the cease-fire and a troop withdrawal while continuing the killing.

    In what can only be called a self-parody, the Security Council agreed on Friday to Russia’s desire to extend the Annan mission for another 30 days. Ambassador Rice voted for this farce even though a day earlier the Russians had vetoed the latest watered-down U.S. resolution to impose economic sanctions against Assad. By the way, Ms. Rice is a leading candidate to be Secretary of State in a second Obama term—lest anyone think this Obama worldview would change.

    If the U.S. really wants to avoid a greater Syrian disaster, it should move with dispatch to shape the outcome with allies outside the U.N. The Administration is leaking that it has unleashed the CIA to help the opposition, which is useful but not sufficient.

    A threat of additional military intervention, either by mobilizing a no-fly zone or raids to capture chemical stockpiles, might accelerate military defections from the regime. An internal coup of some kind could avoid a long and bloody siege of major cities and lead to talks for a real transition government. In the event, Mr. Annan shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near that diplomatic effort.

    Even at this violent stage, genuine U.S. leadership could contribute to a better outcome in Syria. But Mr. Obama first has to shed his self-applied U.N. fetters.

  210. moononpluto
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:46 am

    oh god, the googlewiki quote sputter is back, i see. Shooting crap out all the over place as usual. No one is listening to the inane throwbacks.
    _____________

    Well, yeah- she received notice her payroll ck from the Obama campaign would be included in the cost cutting of non-productive, superfluous expenditures. At the top of the list, the hundreds of bloggers hired for disruptive propaganda.

    Obama’s campaign is in serious trouble as you have astutely pointed out. They need to trim the FAT.. it might hurt a little.. but only until he loses the election. Who said there isn’t a light at the end of the tunnel (vision)?

  211. With Burn rate alarming Dems…..

    Famously humble hostess to headline another Obama bash

    Remember, now, that this is the campaign and the candidate that wants to paint Mitt Romney as out of touch with the common man. Recall this rather condescending call to the hoi polloi to begin vying for a fabulous night with the Upper Crust from Vogue editor Anna Wintour?

    By the way, that was hilarious. That looks like a parody. It looked like the Romney campaign planted Dr. Evil in the house of Obama and he said, ‘you know on the day the grim job numbers come out let’s have someone who reeks of ornamental excess announce that the peasants can have a place at the table.’ It’s just unbelievable. I mean, so you know, just a mistake.

    Did they learn from that mistake? Apparently not (via Politico):

    Harvey Weinstein and Anna Wintour are teaming again to throw a fund-raiser for President Obama. The shindig will take place Aug. 6, in Greenwich, Conn., we hear. The movie mogul and the Vogue editor will co-host, sources said, while other co-chairs remain to be announced. The pair previously hosted an Obama dinner last year at Weinstein and Georgina Chapman’s West Village townhouse. Tickets will go for $35,800 per head.

    Why allow Romney to take another swipe at Wintour? According to the Wall Street Journal, the burn rate for the Obama campaign has alarm bells going off among Democrats:

    The president spent twice as much as Mr. Romney in June, as his campaign purchased more TV ads, paid more than twice as many employees and spent millions of dollars on public-opinion polls, federal records show.

    June was the second month in a row that Mr. Obama’s campaign dipped into the red, while the president was outraised by the Romney campaign. In May and June combined, the Obama campaign spent 20% more than it took in, records show.

    Mr. Romney and his party have now socked away more money than Mr. Obama and the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Romney banked $170 million as of June 30, compared with $147 million for the president.

    Mr. Romney also stands to benefit from spending by independent super PACs, which are free to collect contributions of unlimited size. These outside groups are expected to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for TV ads attacking Mr. Obama.

    “The burn rate—the investment in infrastructure and polling—is great if you’ve got the resources to follow through,” said Douglas Schoen, who was a pollster for former President Bill Clinton. “It’s unclear to me whether the president has the resources.”

    Team Obama spent like crazy in an attempt to score an early knockout, perhaps worried that later economic data would hit them hard unless Romney had been so thoroughly demonized that the Republican was no longer a viable option for voters. That effort backfired on the campaign; they ran through a lot of cash and outspent their income, only to find that their relative position to Romney hadn’t changed at all. That really shouldn’t surprise anyone, since people won’t pay close attention to the race until the end of next month.

    And what will Team Obama do if they can’t replenish their resources at the same rate Romney has raised funds? The WSJ paints a very bleak picture:

    But some Democrats worry that the overhead built by the Obama camp over the past 15 months will prove impossible to sustain. Unless fundraising picks up, the Obama campaign may enter the season’s final stretch confronting hard choices: paring salaries, scaling back advertising or pulling out of swing states in a bid to control costs, these Democrats say.

    Faced with those options, “Nuclear” Wintour looks positively appealing.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/23/great-news-famously-humble-hostess-to-headline-another-obama-bash/

    ……………………………

    They must have a teenage shit for brains college kid running that campaign.

  212. Mrs. Smith
    July 23rd, 2012 at 11:31 am

    foxyladi14
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:21 am

    You are very Welcome, foxyladi14.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Please you can call me foxy.All my friends do 🙂

  213. wbboei, the information I posted re Crist came essentially from the horse’s mouth. IMHO, M & M is like a legal puppy mill. They spend more money on ads than most law firms likely bring in; the ads run ad nauseum in Florida. What was telling to me, other than Crist going to work for them is that the incumbent stayed at the home of the Morgan’s when he came here in the last election; must be some kind of nice home, huh? It was through Crist that the incumbent got a connection to them, iirc.

    Crist disenfranchised many Florida voters; and Florida in the general went for the incumbent and that was shocking to me. The tip over for the incumbent came from the latino votes in south Florida which no one ever even questioned even though voting places were shifted, hours were changed and voting places opened and closed at strange hours that did not coincide with the working hours of most, there was a littany of grievances toward Crist most of which I do not recall. There was enough hanky panky on his part that he affected the general election as Florida is a much sought after swing state.

    Flies: Common house flies are attracted to decaying organic filth such as feces and rotting meat, whereas fruit flies seek sugary substances and feed more commonly on over-ripe fruit, spilled soda and alcohol. Drain flies require moist climates and organic materials and will be attracted to drains where they will lay their eggs. Identifying a fly and what it feeds on will assist in targeting an appropriate pest control method. The prior statements in reference to flies were from orkindotcom.

    Did anyone notice that once again how a fly became really annoying to the incumbent when speaking in Aurora CO? I think that the flies think he is organic filth.

  214. Re: Mrs. Smith
    July 23rd, 2012 at 11:15 am
    moononpluto
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:46 am

    All that concern trolling organic filth nauseates me, and you?

  215. Short, it makes me laugh, i mean we all know the game they are playing, yet they persist. I just wish the blog had an ignore function where i could make it disappear.

  216. isn’t that lovely? They’ll be making fun of the bitter clinger racist americans no doubt.
    Do these people even donate this much to military families or other nonpolitical nonadvertised charities?
    Must be nice to be one of these 1%-ters, made all the money they wanted and then look down on anyone who has a small business trying to achieve even a small level of sucess they have.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/political_party_mvOpD2buih9jWEDiLykPoO#ixzz21RRcLLQS

    Harvey Weinstein and Anna Wintour are teaming again to throw a fund-raiser for President Obama. The shindig will take place Aug. 6, in Greenwich, Conn., we hear. The movie mogul and the Vogue editor will co-host, sources said, while other co-chairs remain to be announced. The pair previously hosted an Obama dinner last year at Weinstein and Georgina Chapman’s West Village townhouse. Tickets will go for $35,800 per head. Guests at Weinstein’s fund-raiser last year included Gwyneth Paltrow, Tory Burch, Alicia Keys and Quentin Tarantino.

  217. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/america-in-decline-mitt-romney-gets-grim-warning-from-australian-leader/

    I don’t think the Austrialian foreign minister understands, it was Barry’s goal to bring America down a few notches. The man doesn’t believe in the very idea of American exceptionalim, so why would anyone think he will promote that view of a strong and powerful America. He wants to “fundamentally transform” America, yes, yes he does, knock America down many many notches, make it weaker, make its people weaker, make the military weaker, make the economy weaker.

    “The Australian foreign minister has privately warned Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that foreign leaders see “America in decline.”

    That’s according to Romney, who says he met with Foreign Minister Bob Carr in a San Francisco hotel Sunday evening shortly before a Republican fundraiser.

    Romney says Carr suggested that America could improve that international perception “with one budget deal” that helps balance the budget.

    A Romney spokesman says the foreign minister requested the private meeting.

    The news likely comes as quite an embarrassment for supporters of President Obama. Not only has the president apparently managed an America “in decline,” but one of his campaign platforms was restoring America’s image to the rest of the world after eight years of George W. Bush.

    In fact, on January 19th he said his administration had already accomplished the goal.”

  218. Americans are a bloodthirsty and inept people, if Bill Moyers is to be believed. Which begs the inevitable question, is Bill Moyers believable? The answer is clearly NO. He is a left wing crack pot, who sits on the boards of Soros media organizations. He reminds me in some ways of the troubling historical figure John Brown–at Harpers Ferry–always ready to light the match, and then scream to the heavens that God is just. His God, not ours.
    ———————————–
    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/07/23/Bill-Moyers-Americas-Are-Violent-Bloodthirsty-Inept-Stone-Age-Brained

  219. moononpluto
    July 23rd, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Short, it makes me laugh, i mean we all know the game they are playing, yet they persist. I just wish the blog had an ignore function where i could make it disappear.

    ——
    Yes, it would be nice like FB has a function to hide EVERYTHING one person posts so it isn’t in your face, without pulling the entire delete button.

    It’s like Pavlov’s Dog, I see certain names…I get the ick taste and move on without reading. Only if there is a dust up, then I go back and see what caused the problem, if I am in the mood.

  220. Yup admin, you were right…no news except the serial killer in the orange hair and ‘pretending to be crazy’ – bugged out eyes.

    —–
    Last night I watched Political Animals for the first time. They have run the story with so many ties to Hillary, one can’t deny it.

    The one story line I loved the most was when S. Weaver said as SOS she was going to run against the ‘President’ in the next election.

    Then they came up with this that make me livid:

    Her son said, it’s isn’t a good idea since her ratings were at the top of the polls now, but if she took on an incumbent Democrat, she would be the ‘bitch’ again.

    Paraphrasing…

  221. moononpluto
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Dems are shunning cash for Nan because

    1 : They know she is playing her own one woman game in desperation at becoming speaker again….

    2 : They know they are not going to win the house in 2012, so why waste the cash. They are trying to hold the Senate instead.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&’

    TRY??? 😆 😆

  222. wbboei
    July 23rd, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Bill Moyers at one point was a decent “reporter”/”journalist”, now he’s just a lefty nutjob. He wants his audience to see the world as he does and so selects what he info he wants to select to convey that. I wouldn’t even call him a reporter, journalist anymore, he’s just a couple of steps below Chris Matthews.

  223. really?? calderon is condemning American gun laws? really, the mexican president wants to go there? has he looked in his own country??

  224. Yeah we believe you……Obama has said he will visit Israel….if re-elected…you had 4 years, you have no intention..and that vampire over there said he wont bite you if you drop that stake you are holding.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/239467-obama-aide-president-will-vist-israel-if-re-elected

    President Obama will travel to Israel if he’s elected to a second term, a campaign aide said Monday.

    “We can expect him to visit Israel in a second term should he be elected,” Colin Kahl, the former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for the Middle East, said on a conference call with reporters.

    Obama has been criticized for not visiting the Middle Eastern ally since a trip during the 2008 election. Republican candidate Mitt Romney will visit the country during a trip that will begin later this week, and he plans to meet with Israeli leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Romney has also said, if elected, his first foreign visit would be to Israel.

    On Monday, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton blasted the president for not scheduling a trip during his first term.

    “Obama has been in office three and a half years, and he has had time to do more fundraisers than any other first-term American president, has probably played more rounds of golf than any other president since Dwight Eisenhower, and yet he has not had time to fit into his busy schedule even one trip to Israel,” Bolton told WABC.

    But Kahl dismissed calls for the president to visit Israel as “basically a distraction.”

    “Being a friend to Israel, at least in our view, shouldn’t be judged purely by a travel itinerary,” Kahl added. “The president has been to Israel multiple times, but more than that he’s backed up his words with feats.”

    The Obama aide also pointed out that President George W. Bush didn’t visit the country until the final year of his second term and that President Reagan never visited Israel.

    “Obviously you didn’t hear Republicans complaining then as a result of that travel itinerary,” Kahl said. “I don’t think this is a really serious policy difference, this is basically a distraction.”

    Obama’s support among Jewish voters has dropped since his election, according to a Gallup poll in June, but he was still besting Romney among that voting bloc.

  225. lol, best quote ever on the Obama maybe going to Israel in 2nd term…..

    “Yeah he will probably show up, look at the beautiful country side and say “you didn’t build that”.

  226. Re: Political Animals

    I have watched both episodes; and while it has been reported that it is loosely based on Hillary, I dislike very much how she is being portrayed; and that Big Dawg wannabe…..uh uh with capital letters. She has two sons, one that seems like a good son but goes behind her back to damage her; the other a drug addicted gay who steals boozing grandma’s check and later returns it. Signoury Weaver is not believable as Hillary. She always seems to wear high waisted dresses or skirts and puts jackets on top of them which seems odd, but may be designed to hid her less than young figure. Elaine, is a doormat for the surreal Big Dawg character; and he never changes. I hate how he calls her SUGAAAAAA; such a fake southern accent. I mean really, if you can’t get the accent even close, then don’t do it; he has the look of a gangster, not a former President. I give the series one half of a star.

  227. Re: tim
    July 23rd, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I am anxious to see just how in God’s green earth these fools redeem themselves should by the Grace of God the incumbent be defeated. I don’t see how it can happen. I predict many of them will retire…..wonder where they will choose to retire to?

  228. Tim, Moyers wishes to be thought of as a journalist, and a respected voice in the public debate. Unfortunately he is neither. He goes to great lengths to profess his undying commitment to civil liberties when the Republicans are in office, but quickly abandons those values when Democrats are in office. The other thing I see is that same kind of wild eyed messianic personality we had with Carter, a personality which grows increasingly untethered with the passage of time. This is evident in his characterization of the American People as violent bloodthirsty and inept. That characterization then becomes the excuse for their betters, specifically people like him, to step in and take away their liberty for some higher principle which means nothing. Justice depends on whose ox is being gored. If you look at him now on that video you see someone who is one french fry short of a happy meal. He is the personification of John Brown at Harpers Ferry.

  229. http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/nation-world/iraq-attacks-kill-106-in-deadliest-day-in-2-years/

    Sadly, I think Iraq is falling apart. I never thought we should have gone into that country in the first place, but after all the American blood and treasure, the country was sort of stable, and to just completely withdraw it gave Iraq very little chance to not devolve into what it seems to be unraveling into, no doubt Iran will be very influential soon in that country.

  230. “The Obama aide also pointed out that President George W. Bush didn’t visit the country until the final year of his second term and that President Reagan never visited Israel.”

    LOL, I don’t think Israel was too worried about what positions these men took with respect to Israel. I would add Bill Clinton to that list, Israel knew they had an ally in the WH then also.
    Its not about travelling to Israel, that’s just superficial support.

  231. CURL: From bad to worse for President Obama

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/22/curl-from-bad-to-worse-for-president-obama/?page=all

    At the end of last week, a liberal guest on a radio talk show declared that not much was going on in the presidential campaign — not much save for Mitt Romney’s tenure with Bain Capital and whether he would release 20 years worth of tax returns, as demanded by Team Obama.

    But that’s the problem with those liberal goggles: When you put them on, you just can’t see the forest for the trees.

    A lot happened last week — and none of it was good for President Obama.

    Unable to run on his record, the president has of late turned sharply negative, blanketing the nation — and especially the swing states — with a barrage of what his campaign calls “contrast ads.” In all, the floundering incumbent has laid out some $100 million in what are plain old “attack” ads, dwarfing Mr. Romney’s ad spending.

    One ad showed the presumptive Republican nominee singing “America the Beautiful” — off-key, of course. Overlaid on the screen are claims that Mr. Romney’s companies outsourced jobs to Mexico, India and China, and that he has had investments in Bermuda, Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

    In June alone, the Obama campaign burned through $58 million — $70.8 million when combined with the Democratic National Committee. Meanwhile, for the second month in a row, the Romney machine outraised Mr. Obama and his partners $105 million to $70 million.

    What much of the mainstream media missed — deliberately — was the effect of Mr. Obama’s negative onslaught. But the results were all there, albeit buried, in a New York Times/CBS News poll on Thursday, which found that Mr. Romney has taken the lead, 45 percent to 43 percent. In paragraph seven, the NYT states: “It is the first time Mr. Romney has shown a numeric edge in the Times/CBS poll since he emerged from the primaries as the presumptive nominee.” Well, that’s something that liberal talking head missed.

    Team Romney, though, didn’t miss it. “Despite all of the negative advertising from the Obama campaign, polling numbers are exactly where they were before they started this onslaught,” the campaign said in a memo.

    Back to the NYT: “The poll includes a drop in Mr. Obama’s favorability ratings, with 36 percent saying they viewed him favorably and 48 percent saying they did not. In April, 42 percent expressed a favorable opinion of him and 45 percent an unfavorable one.” If you’re keeping score at home, that’s a 6-point drop.

    “The poll showed a significant shift in opinion about Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy, with 39 percent now saying they approved and 55 percent saying they disapproved. In the Times/CBS poll in April, when the economy seemed to have momentum, 44 percent approved and 48 percent disapproved.” That’s a 7-point jump in disapproval.

    In addition, 58 percent said Mr. Obama “had not delivered on his 2008 campaign pledge for change.” That’s nearly 6 in 10.

    Still, as expected, the New York Times did its best to defend its president on his plunging favorability rating. “That change may have been affected by a reordering of this particular set of questions, which at this point in general election cycles are typically placed near the top of the survey. During the primary season, the questions about favorability were placed lower on the survey after queries about presidential job approval and other topics.” Yeah, OK, whatever.

    Meanwhile, CBS dropped this bombshell in its take on the joint poll: “More than one in three Romney voters say they are supporting Romney primarily because they dislike Mr. Obama.” Well, there’s another thing that happened that political pundit missed.

    Also from CBS: “Three and a half months before Election Day, Republican enthusiasm about voting this year has shot up since Mitt Romney clinched the nomination in April, from 36 percent of Republicans saying they were more enthusiastic in March to 49 percent now.”

    Now, there were a lot of other things that have happened in just the last week or 10 days: The weekly jobless number surged to 386,000; a new report showed foreclosures are hitting the elderly hard, especially blacks and Hispanics; factory output plunged to a 10-month low; home sales dropped 5.4%, the biggest drop in nine months; retail sales dropped for the third month in a row; food prices and inflation increased. Oh, and more Americans are joining the ranks of the “disabled” than finding jobs. And last, this AP headline from Sunday: “U.S. poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s.”

    So really, a lot is happening in the presidential campaign — but liberal talking heads can’t see a thing with their heads buried in the sand.

  232. surreal Big Dawg character; and he never changes. I hate how he calls her SUGAAAAAA; such a fake southern accent. I mean really, if you can’t get the accent even close, then don’t do it; he has the look of a gangster, not a former President. I give the series one half of a star.

    ——
    Yup, that suuuuuugaaar drives me nuts too. The character is no ladies man, he played Cesar ‘in HBO’s ROME, and since I am watching reruns these days, I keep waiting for Weavers alien to pop out of her stomach and slay him. Et tu Brute? 😉

  233. “whether he would release 20 years worth of tax returns, as demanded by Team Obama.”

    LOL!! 20 years??!? What are these people smoking? We know what barry was smoking 20 years ago.

  234. OMG. What the hell is wrong with these people??? Do these jerks have any clue how hard these small business owners work??? and these SEIU jerks go in there to scare the customers, scare the owners??? Nuts, they are nuts, business owners for these franchises don’t make money, they have to invest their own money!!

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/07/200-screaming-seiu-goons-storm-dunkin-donuts-to-protest-mitt-romney-video/

    “About 200 union protesters descended on the parking lot of the Dunkin’ Donuts on High Street in Carlisle just before 12:30 p.m. today to call for increasing the federal minimum wage and to attack GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    The members of Service Employees International Union picked Dunkin’ Donuts because the chain is partially owned by Bain Capital, the private equity firm that Romney used to head.”

  235. Must be nice to be one of these 1%-ters, made all the money they wanted and then look down on anyone who has a small business trying to achieve even a small level of sucess they have.

    ======================

    Democratic donors aren’t job-creators too? Maybe we should raise their taxes.

    I’m going out of town today and tomorrow, but sometime I’d like to know how people draw the line between the good ‘job creators’ and the evil ‘elites’. It would make sense to tax them all but give tax breaks for each job they actually do create (in the US).

  236. Obama has spent over $15 million in polling alone since the start of 2011.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-has-spent-15-million-polling_648888.html

    The Blog
    Obama Has Spent $15 Million on Polling
    Since the beginning of 2011.
    1:51 PM, Jul 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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    It was earlier noted that the Obama campaign paid a whopping $2.6 million on polling in the month of June alone. It turns out, the president’s reelection campaign has spent $15 on polling–this election cycle alone.

    The Wall Street Journal reports:

    Some 778 Obama campaign staffers received a payroll check in June, accounting for $2.9 million in wages before tax costs, records show. To date, Mr. Obama’s camp has spent more than $25 million on payroll.

    It spent $38.2 million on media buys last month, bringing its total this election to more than $72 million. The campaign spent $2.6 million on polling in June. The campaign has invested some $4 million in polling this election, with the DNC chipping in $11.3 million on opinion surveys since the start of 2011.

    That means, the Obama campaign, in conjunction with the Democratic National Party, has so far spent $15.3 on polling alone.

    …………………………………..

    All that cash and still no hope and no change back from it.

  237. Virginia is racist……http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obamas-drop-in-virginia-polls-blamed-on-racism-and-vacations-state-sen-says-so/

    Obama‘s Drop in VA Polls Blamed on ’Racism’ and…Vacations? State Sen. Says So

    A new poll released by Quinnipiac University on July 19th, shows the President and Mitt Romney are tied 44-44% in the state of Virginia. Based on those numbers, Romney has erased the 8-point lead that President Obama held in March. That data is causing many Democrats to scramble for answers. One state official has even decided to play the race card in explaining it.

    Following President Obama’s two-day campaign swing through Virginia last week, many expected his poll numbers to increase over Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. That did not happen. According to State Senator Louise Lucas, the problem comes from racism and vacations. Yes, you read that correctly. State Sentator Louise Lucas, one of the President‘s key campaign spokespersons in Virginia says the problems are rooted in Mitt Romney’s racism and vacations.
    VA State Senator Claims Racism Is Causing Obamas Problems In Her State and All Across America

    VA State Senator Lucas is also known for her fashion sense.

    These curious comments were heard during a recent radio interview with Louise Lucas on the John Fredericks Show out of Hampton Roads, VA. When confronted with the hard data from the Quinnipiac poll, Ms. Lucas actually said:

    “I think the big problem is that people are not paying attention to the messages because they are on vacation with their kids. It’s summertime. It’s hot.”

    And then, when asked to address Romney’s claim that President Obama cannot fully understand the economy because he has never worked in the private sector, Senator Lucas played the race card on Romney and all of America, stating:

    “Mitt Romney he’s speaking to a … segment of the population who does not like to see people other than a white man in the White House or any other elected position.Let’s be real clear about it. We know what’s going on here, and some people may be afraid to say it, but I’m not. I’m not afraid to say it. He’s speaking to that friends out there who do not want to see anybody other than a white person in a leadership position. … This is not about anything other than they don’t want President Barack Obama in office … .

    Host John Fredericks seemed taken aback by this statement and pressed the state Senator asking her if she really believed that this was about race? Lucas doubled down and brought her children and the entire country into the mix, reaffirming:

    “I absolutely believe it is all about race and for the the first time in my life I’ve been able to convince my children finally that racism is alive and well… . All across this nation, and especially in Virginia.”

    The incredible interview continued with the State Senator also placing 100% of the blame for the country’s current economic woes on President Bush. She even stated that Obama would need more than one term to fix the problems:

    President Barack Obama did not create this economic mess we’re in. Everybody knows that this stuff happened under President George Bush and they’re trying to dump it on the president. … And the mess that was created could not be solved in two or three or four years. Intelligent people understand that.

    Perhaps Ms. Lucas has forgotten the President’s previous statement on the economy and his ability to fix it:

    “If I don’t have this done in three years, it’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

    Listen to the interview with John Fredericks and State Senator Lucas here:

    ………………….

    Oh i think i know who’s racist, she should look in a mirror.

  238. “Oh i think i know who’s racist, she should look in a mirror.”

    Yep, 100% correct. When in doubt, pull out the race card, that’s the dem’s new motto now a days.

    ““I absolutely believe it is all about race and for the the first time in my life I’ve been able to convince my children finally that racism is alive and well… . All across this nation, and especially in Virginia.””

    Gee, so no racism in 2008, but now its all about race??

  239. All God’s creatures’ got a place in the choir;and Mitt Romney would be welcome there; and so would I even though I do not sing even as well as Romney. I love this song by Celtic Thunder which then included Damien McGinty from Glee fame, before Glee:

  240. Some 778 Obama campaign staffers received a payroll check in June, accounting for $2.9 million in wages before tax costs, records show. To date, Mr. Obama’s camp has spent more than $25 million on payroll.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Now we know where all those wedding gifts went. :lol;

  241. Hi everyone!

    It has been some time since i last posted. I still read the comments.

    Just wanted to let you know i live in an all black area. I and my neighbors are receiving mailers and letters from Mitt. This is a very democratic area. They are reading his mailers. Good for him he is not taking anything for granted.

  242. moononpluto
    July 23rd, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    Obama has spent over $15 million in polling alone since the start of 2011.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&

    Oturd: “David, spend whatever ungodly amounts of record setting funds to do polling”.

    Axelgrease: “We did. And the American public still think you suck.”

  243. Astounding, yet par for the course under the incumbent(but this is especially sad for young families just starting out, where loans are not obtainable in this environment):

    These are the cities where homes cost less than a car.

    10. Port Richey, Fla.
    >Median listing price: $59,900
    >Comparably priced car: Cadillac CTS-V ($71,000)
    >Housing price change (year over year): -0.1%
    >Median household income: $31,016
    >Unemployment rate: 8.6%

    Port Richey was clearly devastated by foreclosures, job losses and builders who overestimated demand for new homes. That’s evident in its whopping 24.7% vacant housing rate, which is more than twice the national average. Housing prices in the area have fallen 48% from their peak, according to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) data.

    9. Holiday, Fla.
    >Median listing price: $59,900
    >Comparably priced car: Tesla Model S ($69,900 with 85 kwh battery)
    >Housing price change (year over year): -0.1%
    >Median household income: $37,240
    >Unemployment: 8.6%

    Holiday’s 22.2% vacant housing rate, nearly twice the national average, is a hole so big that it will take years for housing demand to match supply. The 8.6% unemployment rate, though unexceptional for America, may further stunt a local recovery. Like neighboring Port Richey, housing prices have also plummeted 48% from their peak, according to the FHFA.

    8. Youngstown, Ohio
    >Median listing price: $57,550
    >Comparably priced car: Chevy Suburban ($68,900)
    >Housing price change (year over year): n/a
    >Median household income: $25,002
    >Unemployment: 7.4%

    Just as the age of a tree is revealed by rings in its trunk, the age of a town’s housing stock, coupled by new construction rates, speaks volumes about the sturdiness of a city. In the U.S., only 14.4% of homes were built before 1940; in Youngstown, it’s more than 40%. New home construction is at a standstill. Nearly 19% of homes stand vacant, which places further downward pressure on a local recovery.

    7. Dearborn Heights, Mich.
    >Median listing price: $55,000
    >Comparably priced car: Cadillac Escalade ($64,800)
    >Housing price change (year over year): 5.2%
    >Median household income: $48,905
    >Unemployment: 9.9%

    The city of Dearborn Heights may be home to Ford Motor Company, but it is far from immune to housing and other economic issues plaguing many Michigan cities. Home prices in the city have fallen by a fairly drastic 55.2% since their peak, according to FHFA data. Yet Dearborn would appear to have a little more upside than some of its neighboring cities if only because Ford is preserving it, and because the number of residents earning more than $100,000 annually remains in line with national averages, Unlike any of the other cities on this list.

    6. Whiting, N.J.
    >Median listing price: $52,450
    >Comparably priced car: Chevy Corvette Grand Sport ($64,650)
    >Housing price change (year over year): n/a
    >Median household income: $37,397
    >Unemployment: 11.9%

    Whiting, an unincorporated area in Ocean County, is home to many retirement communities. The aging of the Baby Boomer population may help lead Whiting out of its funk. Unemployment isn’t especially high. In fact, unlike many other towns on this list, the vacant housing unit rate of 7.8% is below the national average of 11.8%.

    5. Warren, Mich.
    > Median listing price: $49,900
    >Comparably priced car: Lincoln Navigator ($59,900)
    >Housing price change (year over year): 6.5%
    >Median household income: $46,247
    >Unemployment: 9.9%

    Chief among several promising housing trends for Warren is a surprisingly low homeowner vacancy rate, which suggests that the town has seen fewer foreclosures than many other cities in Michigan. Still, sales prices have dropped 35% over the past five years in Warren, says Trulia, which suggests that quite a few homeowners are underwater and perhaps holding onto their properties until things turn around.

    4. Redford, Mich.
    > Median listing price: $40,000
    >Comparably priced car: Ford F-450 ($55,000)
    >Housing price change (year over year): 5.2%
    >Median household income: $52,573
    >Unemployment: 9.9%

    Redford is not a large city, but it suffers from problems such as 1-in-159 homes in foreclosure, the worst rate among cities on this list. It also has aging homes, most of which were built just after World War II and may be expensive to maintain. Like Warren, prices have dropped by 38.5% from their peak according to FHFA data. On the bright side, at $52,573 the average annual income in Redford is higher than in many of its neighboring cities on this list.

    3. Gary, Ind.
    > Median listing price: $39,900
    >Comparably priced car: Ford Expedition ($39,900)
    >Housing price change (year over year): – 7.5%
    >Median household income: $27,367
    >Unemployment: 8.5%

    In Gary, as in most other troubled housing markets, employment or rather the lack of opportunities holds the key to its housing recovery. The current high unemployment rate is not a blip unfortunately — Gary has 3% fewer jobs than it did a decade ago, according to Trulia. Much of the local population lives at some of the nation’s lowest income levels as 46.5% earn under $25,000 annually according to Census economic data. Such data suggest that local businesses may have trouble leading the city of recession.

    2. Flint, Mich.
    > Median listing price: $31,950
    >Comparably priced car: Chrysler 300 ($31,950)
    >Housing price change (year over year): n/a
    >Median household income: $28,835
    >Unemployment: 8.9%

    According to Trulia’s Kolko, both Flint and Detroit experienced significant housing-price declines, not because of overbuilding as in Florida but because of “long-term job decline coupled with declining populations.” Worse, Flint suffers from a significant amount of poverty with about 44% of the population earning under $25,000 a year according to Census economic data.

    1. Detroit, Mich.
    >Median listing price: $21,000
    >Comparably priced car: Chevy Malibu ($21,000)
    >Housing price change (year over year): 5.2%
    >Median household income: $29,447
    >Unemployment: 9.9%

    Detroit’s leaders are committed to reducing spending and creating a more livable and prosperous city for families and businesses of all sizes. The local automotive economy is improving, especially as Chrysler stages a comeback from its near-death experience. Some may interpret a year-over-year housing price increase as a positive sign for Detroit’s future. But unkind economists might call it a dead-cat bounce. Unemployment is not merely high, population is decreasing, and in 2010, one-in-five homes were vacant. Long term, that’s a lot of downward pressure on housing prices.

    Read more: Cities Where Homes Cost Less Than a Car – 24/7 Wall St. http://247wallst.com/2012/07/20/cities-where-homes-cost-less-than-a-car/#ixzz21TwYItmh

  244. what a bunch of jokers!

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/239491-obama-team-romney-must-prove-trip-isnt-photo-op-and-fundraising-tour

    “President Obama’s campaign team argued Monday that Mitt Romney will need to prove that his overseas trip isn’t “one long photo op and fundraising tour” by offering a substantive foreign policy platform during his travels to the United Kingdom, Israel, and Poland.

    “He’ll need to prove to the American people that he sees foreign policy issues as worthy of substantive discussion rather than just generality and soundbites in this campaign,” said campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs. “It’s widely accepted that President Obama has an exceptionally strong record on national security issues, and I think quite frankly Mitt Romney is having a tough time making an argument against the president of the United States on these issues.””

    Of course yesterday, Barry stopped in CO, on his way to CA for a fundaraiser, but oh no, lets not bring that up. As for Bobby Gibbs, who really takes him seriously anymore?? what a pathetic joke he is.

  245. tim
    July 23rd, 2012 at 5:18 pm
    what a bunch of jokers!

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/239491-obama-team-romney-must-prove-trip-isnt-photo-op-and-fundraising-tour

    “President Obama’s campaign team argued Monday that Mitt Romney will need to prove that his overseas trip isn’t “one long photo op and fundraising tour” by offering a substantive foreign policy platform during his travels to the United Kingdom, Israel, and Poland.
    &&&&&&&

    That would imply that all of Obummer’s trips are “substantive”, non-partisan, non-fundraising…oh, forget it.

  246. They just showed Pres Obama’s video speech to an almost empty room during coffee break at AIDS 2012 conference and i mean near empty.

  247. lol…..

    Apparently the Obama attacks on Romney’s business record are powered by Solyndra panels.

  248. DON’T, DON’T, DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE

    Obot journalists give Obummer and his goons too much credit for the “brilliant campaign strategies” (overlooking MSM complicity in foisting the Manchurian candidate on voters). Yet they actually expected the inexperienced chump and his Chicago thug squad of hit men to also run an outstanding administration…so sad.

    Mark Schmitt’s piece here:

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/105227/obama-campaign-governing-bain-romney

    …includes these telling quotes:

    “Many admirers of the 2008 campaign, myself included, imagined that an Obama White House would show greater political savvy than previous Democratic administrations. But, of course, that hasn’t been the case. The Obama operation that has been so brilliant at the running for office has never been quite as good at the politics of being president.”

    But on balance, the tactical genius that beat the odds in the 2008 nomination fight, and seems to be defining the narrative against Mitt Romney, has been absent from the White House. It hasn’t used the power of the executive branch aggressively enough to fill judicial and agency appointments. On budget matters, it persisted too long in a strategy based on the idea that bipartisan cooperation could be found, recognizing too late that it couldn’t. It didn’t craft a strong, persuasive alternative vision of either economic recovery or our long-term economic future, until last fall. It took a huge political hit for the health care law, in part by getting lost in the weeds of cost-reduction rather than sending a clear message of the benefits it would create for working families. Obama last week all but confessed to the “bad at politics” charge, telling Charlie Rose that his big mistake “was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right…. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism.”

  249. PPP: Iowa is Hillary’s to lose (2016 is easily hers for the taking should she run) No one even close to her for the 2016 nomination.

    Clinton tops Vice President Joe Biden 60-18, with no one else even approaching 5%. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren each have 3%, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner are at 1%, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick register almost no support. 14% favor someone else or are not sure.

    The victors of the two most recent Republican caucuses, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, are tied at 17%, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie right on their tails at 16%, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 11%, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 10%, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8%, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan at 6%, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin each at 4%, with only 8% not behind a candidate.

    If Clinton did not run, Biden would lead Cuomo 36-14, with Warren at 8% and the others still in the low single digits. Without Biden, Cuomo leads Warren 20-11.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/07/ppp-iowa-is-hillarys-to-lose-129823.html

  250. Epic Fail from Obama………..

    Gallup: Despite Bain attacks, Romney more trusted than Obama on the economy

    The man’s nothing if not consistent. He campaigns as he governs, spending astounding sums to little effect.

    Despite concerted Democratic attacks on his business record, Republican challenger Mitt Romney scores a significant advantage over President Obama when it comes to managing the economy, reducing the federal budget deficit and creating jobs, a national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.

    By more than 2-1, 63%-29%, those surveyed say Romney’s background in business, including his tenure at the private equity firm Bain Capital, would cause him to make good decisions, not bad ones, in dealing with the nation’s economic problems over the next four years…

    The Democratic attacks on Romney seem to have had little effect on voters’ assessments of him. In February, 53% said the former Massachusetts governor had the personality and leadership qualities a president should have; now 54% do. Then, 42% said they agreed with Romney on the issues that mattered most to them; now 45% do.

    Also significant against the backdrop of Bain demagoguery: 61 percent say that government’s trying to do too many things that should be left to the private sector, the highest number since Gallup began tracking that in the early 90s. Don’t read too much into that — no one in the GOP’s going to make a run at privatizing Social Security this year — but it’s significant mainly as a temperature check of the electorate. O’s spent weeks scaremongering about Romney’s supposedly rapacious entrepreneurial record in hopes of steering opinion his way on the public/private choice to come in November. How’s that working out?

    Earlier this morning, before the Gallup poll was released, Sean Trende ran the numbers and wondered what exactly Obama had achieved with his month-long anti-Bain ad binge:

    [W]here is the evidence that anything has changed, outside of the media narrative? PrioritiesUSA, the Obama campaign’s super PAC, suggests this as the key finding: “37% of voters say that Romney’s business experience at Bain Capital make them LESS likely to vote for him. Just 27% say it makes them MORE likely to vote for him.”

    But another way of reporting this information would be to say that, after a seven- to eight-figure ad blitz aimed at convincing voters that Romney is a cross between the buffoonish Thurston Howell III and the rapacious Gordon Gekko, 63 percent of voters either find Romney’s business experience irrelevant or say it makes them more likely to vote for him. (Of course, it also matters how those 37 percent are distributed. If the bulk of those who find Romney’s business experience unpalatable are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents, then this isn’t much of a problem for the Republican’s campaign.)

    The polls overall have barely budged, but there has been some dramatic movement in one key metric flagged by Trende:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/23/gallup-despite-bain-attacks-romney-more-trusted-than-obama-on-the-economy/

  251. Stunning the level of delusional this man has. Wonder if he thinks bowing and apologzing for America is a “foreign policy”.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-declares-new-era-of-american-foreign-policy/article/2502924?custom_click=rss

    “President Obama trumpeted his foreign policy record on Monday, telling a convention of veterans that his administration has spearheaded a “new era of American leadership” that has made the U.S. “safer and stronger and more respected in the world.”

    “Because we’re leading around the world, people have a new attitude toward America,” Obama told the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nevada. “There’s more confidence in our leadership. We see it everywhere we go.”

    Obama ran down a list of his foreign policy accomplishments and he called out Republicans for criticizing his stewardship of the military.

    “Some said that bringing our troops home from Iraq was a mistake,” Obama said. “Well when you’re a commander in chief, you owe the troops a plan; you owe the country a plan,” he added, dinging Republican nominee Mitt Romney, whom Obama says lacks a detailed military strategy.”

  252. 7. Dearborn Heights, Mich.
    >Median listing price: $55,000
    >Comparably priced car: Cadillac Escalade ($64,800)
    >Housing price change (year over year): 5.2%
    >Median household income: $48,905
    >Unemployment: 9.9%

    The city of Dearborn Heigh
    *****

    Muslim heaven. Wonder how many of them actually work in the car industry vs welfare

  253. Possibly people want to see him working and not fundraising?
    *********************

    Following President Obama’s two-day campaign swing through Virginia last week, many expected his poll numbers to increase

  254. Maybe people finally see that is all he does is fundraise and wave and does not actually work.

  255. Very sad day
    **************

    July 23, 2012
    Sally Ride (1951-2012)
    —Gabriel Malor

    The first American woman in space has died, according to her official website. She was 61 and had been battling pancreatic cancer.

    In 1983, Ride shot into space as a mission specialist aboard Challenger. She went back in 1984, and was scheduled for another mission that got scrapped after the Challenger disaster

  256. this is a comment found in one of the RCP articles today (can’t remember which one to give credit)

    We needed a bigger-than-life President – we got President Zero.
    We needed a well-grounded stable President – we got a certifiable narcissist.
    We needed bold leadership – we got a teleprompter
    We needed a seasoned hand – we got a hand in in our pockets
    We needed a champion for American citizens… we got a champion for the invading horde of Illegal Aliens
    We needed a skilled bridge builder – we got a class-warfare specialist and inciter-in-chief.
    We needed practical, proven policies – we got socialist dogma and monumental waste
    We needed an inspirational visionary – we got an ideologically blinded, left learning-impaired radical
    We needed a Constitutional champion – we got a domestic enemy of the Constitution
    We needed a restrained, intimidating warrior – we got groveling, bowing, Barney Fife
    We needed a patriot – we got G. D. America, G. D. America, G. D. America.
    We needed someone to unshackle our economy – we got someone who is a friend to our enemies and an enemy to our businesses
    We needed a president beyond color – we got a green president embracing every whim and myth ever spoken by the kook environmental fringe.
    We needed mature, principled leadership – we got a petulant, lying, whining, blaming, sulking, accursing, excusing, man-child.
    It is a national disgrace that someone this incompetent, racist, and a American hating Socialist could be elected to the office of the Presidency.

  257. At least she can go up to Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

    of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things

    You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung

    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,

    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung

    My eager craft through footless halls of air….

    Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.

    Where never lark, or even[8] eagle flew —

    And, while with silent lifting mind I have trod

    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

    – Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.the heavens knowing she didn’t do anything on her own.

    Sally Ride, One Giant Step for Womankind.

    comments from ACE…and a beautiful poem for SALLY…

  258. gonzotx
    July 23rd, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    For Sally RIP

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2erlljh0cg

    Wow, what a wonderful video. Those are some well trained horses, beautiful animals and love the watching them run more freely and bareback riding seems so much more natural than controlled, jump over a fence, prancing stuff the horse and riders are put though. This is more my style and yet, I don’t ride those big animals. These horses seem more like big, huge pets.

    Thanks for posting.

  259. more good news for MR…O spinning his wheels like the inexperienced fraud he is with nothing but negative things to say and going nowhere with it…

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-07-23/poll-romney-obama-economy/56439758/1

    Poll: Romney preferred over Obama to handle the economy
    By Susan Page, USA TODAY Updated 1h 36m

    WASHINGTON – Despite concerted Democratic attacks on his business record, Republican challenger Mitt Romney scores a significant advantage over President Obama when it comes to managing the economy, reducing the federal budget deficit and creating jobs, a national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.

    Mitt Romney is preferred over President Obama on the economy, despite attacks on his record at Bain Capital, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.

    By more than 2-1, 63%-29%, those surveyed say Romney’s background in business, including his tenure at the private equity firm Bain Capital, would cause him to make good decisions, not bad ones, in dealing with the nation’s economic problems over the next four years.

    The findings raise questions about Obama’s strategy of targeting Bain’s record in outsourcing jobs and hammering Romney for refusing to commit to releasing more than two years of his tax returns. Instead, Americans seem focused on the economy, where disappointment with the fragile recovery and the 8.2% unemployment rate are costing the president.

    To be sure, Obama retains significant advantages of his own. By 2-1, he’s rated as more likable than Romney. By double digits, those surveyed say the president better understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives. He has an 8-point advantage on being seen as honest and trustworthy.

    However, Romney has the edge when it comes to being able to “get things done,” and the broad landscape seems tilted in his favor:

    •Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are much more enthusiastic about the election, an important factor in persuading supporters to vote. By 18 points, 51%-33%, they report being more enthusiastic than usual about voting. In contrast, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents by 4 points say they are less enthusiastic than usual, 43%-39%.

    •A record number of Americans express skepticism about the activist role of government Obama espouses; 61% say the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses. That’s the highest number since Gallup began asking the question in 1992.

    •The Democratic attacks on Romney seem to have had little effect on voters’ assessments of him. In February, 53% said the former Massachusetts governor had the personality and leadership qualities a president should have; now 54% do. Then, 42% said they agreed with Romney on the issues that mattered most to them; now 45% do.

    The poll of 1,030 adults Thursday through Sunday has a margin of error of plus- or minus-4 percentage points.

    “You’ve got to give the voters credit — economic reality trumps campaign rhetoric,” says Romney pollster Neil Newhouse. “It’s pretty clear that the negative weight of the economy is having more impact on voters than President Obama’s campaign ads distorting Gov. Romney’s record.”

    Obama Spending Blitz Brings Little Change in Race

    A month ago, I suggested that the punditry’s coverage of the presidential race might indicate a case of……

    Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, notes that a recent ABC/Washington Post poll and other surveys have shown the Bain attacks hurting Romney’s credibility on the economy, and he predicts the Democratic arguments will do more damage.

    “While Mitt Romney has claimed for the past year that he knows how to create jobs because he did it as a corporate buyout specialist, Americans are just now learning about his real record — that he profited off of bankrupting companies and outsourcing jobs,” LaBolt says. “That’s not an economic philosophy they want to see in the Oval Office, and the more they are learning about his record, the less supportive they are.”

    Their contest is close: 57% say Obama has the personality and leadership qualities a president should have; 54% say that of Romney. Forty-seven percent say they agree with Obama on the issues that matter most to them; 45% say that of Romney.

    In the separate Gallup tracking poll, the race stands at 46% Obama, 45% Romney.

    Despite the negative ads being aired by both sides, a majority of Americans say neither candidate has been attacked unfairly. In the USA TODAY poll, 36% (mostly Democrats) say Romney has been attacking the president unfairly; 38% (mostly Republicans) say Obama has been attacking Romney unfairly.

  260. another poll finding similiar results

    http://thehill.com/polls/239377-the-hill-poll-majority-of-voters-blame-president-for-bad-economy

    The Hill Poll: Voters blame president most for slow economic recovery
    By Sheldon Alberts – 07/23/12 05:00 AM ET

    Two-thirds of likely voters say the weak economy is Washington’s fault, and more blame President Obama than anybody else, according to a new poll for The Hill.

    It found that 66 percent believe paltry job growth and slow economic recovery is the result of bad policy. Thirty-four percent say Obama is the most to blame, followed by 23 percent who say Congress is the culprit. Twenty percent point the finger at Wall Street, and 18 percent cite former President George W. Bush.

    The results highlight the reelection challenge Obama faces amid dissatisfaction with his first-term performance on the economy.

    The poll, conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, found 53 percent of voters say Obama has taken the wrong actions and has slowed the economy down. Forty-two percent said he has taken the right actions to revive the economy, while six percent said they were not sure.

    Obama has argued throughout the presidential campaign that his policies have made the economy better. He says recovery is taking a long time because he inherited such deep economic trouble upon taking office in 2009.

    “The problems we’re facing right now have been more than a decade in the making,” he told an audience last month in Cleveland.

  261. …and O has the nerve to try to demonize MR for being ‘out of touch’ with the middle class…give me a break…

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/23/Michelle-Obama-s-Family-Ski-Trip-to-Aspen-Cost-Taxpayers-at-Least-83-000

    The economy has stalled. The unemployment rate remains high. American taxpayers are stretched to the limit. So what do you do if you’re the First Family? Take another taxpayer-funded vacation!

    First there was the August 2010 vacation to Spain. JW uncovered documents from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing the costs associated with this trip. According to a Judicial Watch analysis, the records indicate a total combined cost of at least $467,585.

    And then there was South Africa and Botswana. JW uncovered yet more records detailing the costs of the June 21-27, 2011, trip taken by Michelle Obama, her family and her staff. Judicial Watch received mission expense records and passenger manifests for the Africa trip that described costs of $424,142 for the flight and crew alone. (Other expenses, such as off-flight food, transportation, security, etc. were not included.)

    And now we have Aspen, Colorado, to add to the list.

    Recently we released records from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing Mrs. Obama’s February 2012 President’s Day weekend ski vacation to Aspen with her two daughters.

    JW got the records pursuant to a May 31, 2012, lawsuit against both government agencies. (We asked for them first in February 2012.) Here are a few highlights:

    •The total cost for the Aspen ski vacation was $83,182.99.

    •The bill for the U.S. Secret Service, including accommodations at the Fasching Haus deluxe condominium and the Inn at Aspen, was $48,950.38.

    •The cost for the flight, per official Department of Defense published hourly rates, was $22,583.70. Food and miscellaneous on-flight items cost $235.44. The cost for rental cars totaled $6,442.23.

    Key details, including flight records for the Secret Service detail and the names of individuals who accompanied Mrs. Obama on the vacation, were redacted from the documents with the exception of two staffers. One was Meredith Koop, her personal assistant and style advisor, the other was her scheduler Kristen Jarvis.

    (By the way, if you’re interested to know exactly what a “style advisor” does, here’s how one unnamed White House rep characterized the job, in a New York Magazine article entitled, “White House Confirms Mrs. Obama’s Assistant Meredith Koop is Dressing Her”: “Ms. Koop’s responsibilities include advising the first lady on her wardrobe and acting on her behalf in arranging for purchases…”)

    And what was the purpose of the Obama family trip? Nothing official, per the Aspen Daily News on February 18, 2012:

    First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in Aspen on Friday afternoon and is here with her daughters for a ski vacation.

    Few details about her trip were available. Sources said she is staying at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, owners of the Aspen Skiing Co. She is reportedly skiing at Buttermilk today, where the Crowns of Chicago, own a home on the Tiehack side.

    Several people have known about the “low-key” vacation, with the Secret Service in town for the past few days scoping out places for the family to relax and enjoy what the resort has to offer.

    FoxNews.com, by the way, has noted that the Aspen trip was the 16th vacation in three years taken by the Obama family. So, doing the math, that’s an average of almost one vacation every two months.

    No wonder we had to file a lawsuit in federal court and wait six months to get basic information on this trip. The costs of the Obama family ski weekend are staggering. These high-priced luxury vacations, and the lack of transparency about them, are beginning to seem like an abuse of office.

  262. S
    July 23rd, 2012 at 7:36 pm
    ===========================

    It doesn’t “seem to be an abuse of office”. It IS an abuse of office.

  263. S
    July 23rd, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    If Meeeechelle wants to do it on their own dime, I have no problem with it. But they use taxpayer monies for all these vacations, then go on tv and campaign rallies to say, “oh we all need to sacfrice”.
    Anyone who wants to go on these vacations–that’s a good thing, they help the local businesses tremendously (the same type businesses who pay taxes who pay for Meeechelle’s vacations), but for these hypocrites in the WH to say one thing and then do another, Meeeechelle Anoinette is a perfect and accurate name for her.

    Its like they don’t care, because its not THEIR money and they know the MSM will cover for them.

  264. nomobama
    July 23rd, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    My daughter is in London, has been for a month and will be for part of the Olympics.

    I think we give the idiots ideas

  265. Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, notes that a recent ABC/Washington Post poll and other surveys have shown the Bain attacks hurting Romney’s credibility on the economy, and he predicts the Democratic arguments will do more damage
    ————–
    1. Gallup: The Democratic attacks on Romney seem to have had little effect on voters’ assessments of him. In February, 53% said the former Massachusetts governor had the personality and leadership qualities a president should have; now 54% do. Then, 42% said they agreed with Romney on the issues that mattered most to them; now 45% do.

    2. Einstein: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

    3. Ben The Dolt: what can I say? Keep up the good work. It will make your sociopathic boss mighty happy.

  266. Iowa is Hillary’s to lose (2016 is easily hers for the taking should she run)
    ————————-
    Sorry. I have heard that song before.

  267. Mark Schmitt
    —————
    Sorry Mark. You are naiive as shit. It takes more than flapping your jaw through a boom box to govern this nation. Governing is not something you can correograph like a stage play. It is an intense interactive process which requires concentration, consistency and coalition building.

    In the case of Obama, those qualities are conspicuous by their absense. And this was evident throughout his entire history. What you failed to understand, Mark, is that campaigning and governing are as different as night and day. You were a fool to ever believe that the fraud would succeed in the area of governing. He is all wrong for it.

  268. nomobama

    You might want to have a look at this:

    http://screen.yahoo.com/blogs/electriccity/fun-facts-tom-hanks-221334061.html

    scroll down a bit to watch the video.

    “[Tom] Hanks headed online to team with Yahoo! for his post-apocalyptic animated show, “Electric City.” The dystopian thriller features a sci-fi vision of the future, in which a new world order controls energy, information, and freedom.”

    Tom Hanks voices the lead, and the cast also includes Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Holland Taylor.”

    This listed at number 7 just above the video: “Truth or Consequence.”

  269. nomobama
    July 23rd, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Video about the London Olympics
    ______________

    A series of coincidences or fact worthy of taking it seriously?

  270. neetabug
    July 23rd, 2012 at 4:02 pm
    Hi everyone!
    —————-
    Hi Neetabug! I have missed you. Glad you are back.

  271. I just realized that quote by Einstein should not be confined to Ben The Dolt. It has application to everyone who would consider giving Obama a second term. His first term has been a disaster. Re-electing him and expecting a different result from the first term is a form of insanity. Whether you believe Bush was bad and Obama made it worse, or Bush was bad and Obama couldn’t fix it the bottom line remains the same. We need to try something different. Period.

  272. Is this man on drugs?? The sequestration that went into affect cuts military funding, even more, it cuts R&D military funding from what I’ve read. So what the hell is this loser even talking about??

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/07/23/obama_to_republicans_stop_playing_politics_with_our_military.html

    “Barack Obama at Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention, July 23, 2012: And there are a number of Republicans in Congress who don’t want you to know that most of them voted for these cuts. Now they’re trying to wriggle out of what they agreed to. Instead of making tough choices to reduce the deficit, they’d rather protect tax cuts for some of the wealthiest Americans, even if it risks big cuts in our military. And I’ve got to tell you, VFW, I disagree. If the choice is between tax cuts that the wealthiest Americans don’t need and funding our troops that they definitely need to keep our country strong, I will stand with our troops every single time. (Applause.)

    So let’s stop playing politics with our military. Let’s get serious and reduce our deficit and keep our military strong.”

    1) there was NO vote, that’s why the so called default was triggered, the “sequestration”;; maybe someone needs to ask OTurd, when exactly this “vote” took place??

    2)”Instead of making tough choices to reduce the deficit, they’d rather protect tax cuts for some of the wealthiest Americans, even if it risks big cuts in our military.”

    –ok, who knew tax cuts meant cuts to the military?? first, those cuts were triggered already because there was no vote by Congress
    –next, CBO says keep the Bush tax “cuts” for the business etc or a recession will occur as a result (never mind that we are already in a recession), so if we go into a recession, how does this man think it will affect the US military? Economic and
    And military strength are tied, once the economy plummets, it affects military strength. You idiot, how about growing the economy, so with more tax revenues coming in so that the military will not have to cut its research funding, monies for vets, etc.

    And frankly at this point, approaching 20 trillion in debt, can we grow out that massive debt? I honestly don’t know.

  273. wbboei
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:06 pm
    ——————
    The more I think about that argument the more I like it. It is bulletproof, it cuts to the chase, and it stands an excellent chance of persuading those who are persuadable to vote for Romney. The status quo is intolerable and it will get worse if Obama gets a second term. We have to take a chance on Romney.

  274. tim
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:13 pm
    Is this man on drugs?? The sequestration that went into affect cuts military funding, even more, it cuts R&D military funding from what I’ve read. So what the hell is this loser even talking about??
    ————————
    Aristotle gave us the formula for persuasive speech–ethos, logos, pathos. Ethos is the crediblility of the speaker, logos is the logic of his argument, and pathos is the emotional call to action. Most thinking people today are at the point where they doubt Obama’s credibility–his ethos. And when that is the case, he cannot persuade them regardless of the logic of his argument, and the emotional appeal he makes. Ethos is different from likeablity. Ethos means trust. Most of us have friends whom we like but do not trust. He is like that. And the only reason I can see why many people still find him likeable is because he smiles alot and big media never fails to cover for his lies and present him in the most favorable light. It does not move the informed voter.

  275. gonzotx wrote:
    July 23rd, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    7. Dearborn Heights, Mich.
    >Median listing price: $55,000
    >Comparably priced car: Cadillac Escalade ($64,800)
    >Housing price change (year over year): 5.2%
    >Median household income: $48,905
    >Unemployment: 9.9%

    The city of Dearborn Heigh
    *****

    Muslim heaven. Wonder how many of them actually work in the car industry vs welfare

    ————————————
    I live not too far from there. I also live near some of the other cities on the list. Most of the Arab-Americans in the Dearborn Heights area either own or work for small businesses. Virtually all of the gas stations and small corner stores in metro Detroit are owned by Arab-Americans. I don’t hear much about them being on welfare; their families generally take care of their own.

  276. The real unemployment number is 23 percent. Prior to the mid 90s we included the long term unemployed, but then the numbers were changed to exclude them. This was done for political reasons. By hiding the problem, government is allowing it to build, and just like the stock market bubble it will eventually explode. The Ulsterman take on this seems a little out there to me, but if a few things changed, it would seem not only possible but likely. If Obama is given a second term, we can abandon all hope. I seriously doubt that will happen, but assuming I am right then the next question will be what can/will Romney do about it.

    http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/1748956928001/the-real-unemployment-numbers/

  277. moononpluto
    July 23rd, 2012 at 5:38 pm
    —————————
    It is amazing what a weak bench the democrats have. Brian Schweizer of Montana–give me a fucking break. Why is it that they have failed to produce a new generation of credible leaders? Gresham’s Law, i.e. the bad money chases out the good. In the dimocrat party today, there is no God but Obama, and Axelrod is his prophet.

  278. Jen the Michigander
    July 23rd, 2012 at 10:31 pm
    —————————
    In the 1920s Detroit was the greatest industrial city in the world. Today, it is an artifact of the decaying industrial economy, which has moved offshore to Asia, and will eventually be replaced by automation.

    The Information Age is upon us. It is the third great revolution in human history. . . In time, the microchip will destroy the nation state. It will give small groups, and even individuals, the capacity to overturn governments and destroy large scale institutions.

    Power today may not be power tomorrow.

  279. Fantastico- Breitbart is covering the blockbuster expose on “Fool Me Twice”… TG it’s going viral.. you can read more at LINK

    _________

    Obama’s Socialist Job Plans For His Second Term Exposed

    In their new book, Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed, Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliot delineate exactly how Barack Obama will implement radical plans to expedite the transformation of the United States into a socialist state, if he is reelected. One of the prime avenues Obama plans to exploit is to initiate vast government programs to create jobs.

    Fool Me Twice meticulously details the stealth with which the Obama Administration and its allies on the left work in order to inculcate their socialist agenda with regard to government jobs. The book outlines the methodology the Left uses to gain credibility with the public:

    In nearly every case, we found each plan was crafted and perfected over time by key progressive organizations and activists, usually first promoted in extensive research and policy papers. Many times, the plan at hand was only gradually introduced into legislation pushed by progressive Democrats. Progressive marketing strategists, we found, were then brought in to sell the plan to the American public, cloaking the most radical proposals in the guise of moderation, in the bland-sounding rhetoric of popular social ideals.

    The December 2009, American Jobs Plan stated that the government should create jobs by “Putting unemployed people to work in jobs that will benefit their communities.” The Economic Policy Council declared, “If the private sector can’t put people back to work, then the public sector must.” This was a planned and coordinated attack using outside organizations.

    Once the seeds of the socialist agenda had been planted in the consciousness of the American mind, the plan took the next step:

    Introduce, reintroduce, and cut and paste jobs legislation until they manage to force through more and more taxpayer funded government-controlled jobs and entitlement programs.

    For example, on October 7, 2011, The American Jobs Bill of 2011, Obama’s baby, failed to pass the Senate. Ten days later, Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey tried to reintroduce the first part of the legislation. That failed a Senate vote on October 20. Then the Democrats took part of the defeated jobs bill and introduced the $60 billion Rebuild America Jobs act. On November 3, the Obama Administration voiced its support for the bill, but it lost in the Senate that day.

    To truly see the bald-faced attempts at recreating the failed attempts of the FDR era to stimulate economic recovery (which contributed to a ten-year depression) one need look no farther than the newly-minted 21st Century Works Progress Administration, launched by Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. Supported by the president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Thomas Buffenbarger, who voiced his support on the Democratic Socialists of America labor blog and just happens to also be a member of the executive council of the AFL-CIO, the new WPA was also cheered on by Paul Krugman in the New York Times.

    Of course, the new WPA legislation doesn’t say how many jobs would be created. But the National Taxpayers Union Foundation estimated the cost at $250 billion over the next two years.

    As if that frightening reenactment of Roosevelt’s failed policies weren’t enough, Obama also champions the resurrection of another FDR program with the creation of the 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps. That little idea would cost the American taxpayers a gigantic $1.45 trillion.

    And how about the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act? It would cost $100 billion.

    Fool Me Twice doesn’t miss another salient aspect of the government-creates-jobs plans of the left: the empowerment of unions. And with unions increasingly threatening those who challenge their authority, and union pensions choking the economy, the point is well-taken.

    The details of Obama’s plans are economically horrifying. And Fool Me Twice doesn’t sugarcoat the bitter pill Obama wants the American taxpayer to swallow.

  280. A graphic that shows the incumbent in front of a crowd. The text reads: President Obama so loved the poor that he enacted socialism so there could be millions more.

  281. After checking with the publisher, they have moved the original release date up for “Fool Me Twice” to August 7, 2012. Available at Amazon…

  282. Has Dick Morris actually looked at the polling? The Bain bombardment by Obama has DONE NOTHING to move the polls.

    I think Romney is smart to let Obama blow his money now while no one is paying attention except political “junkies” like us. The PAC ads are doing a great job at keeping things even. The media can wail about Romney/Bain all it wants, but polls show the American public doesn’t trust what they are selling.

    Obama isn’t going to know what hit him after the RNC convention. That is when Romney will let loose. It is a smart business move. Why should he waste his time or money answering the Whiner in Chief?

    And frankly, I think the September surprise this year is going to be the DNC convention in NC looking like the 1968 Chicago convention.

  283. Professor of Economics Peter Moceri, University of Maryland, is not bullish on where we are economically. Here is a running list of the articles he has written in the past 60 days which forshadow big trouble ahead.

    June 1, 2012: Without prompt efforts to produce more domestic oil, redress the trade imbalance with China, relax burdensome business regulations, and curb health care mandates and costs, the U.S. economy simply cannot grow and create enough jobs. (N.B. All of these are Obama policies–he is flirting with the death of this country)

    June 5, 2012: The U.S. economy is drifting toward recession, but when Federal Reserve policymakers meet next week, they will have few tools to turn things around. (N.B. Bernake is still likely to do another stimulus)

    July 5, 2012: Friday’s report on jobs from the Labor Department won’t be rosy. Here’s why: adults who have quit looking and left the labor force altogether are responsible for 99 percent of the reduction in the unemployment rate from 10 percent since October 2009. (N.B. this puts a lie to the claims by Obama that he has turned the corner).

    July 10, 2012: To remain in the Eurozone, the governments of the Mediterranean states will require massive fiscal transfers, or may be impelled to default on at least half their debt. (N.B. Euro sovern debt will top $2 T)

    July 23, 2012: The U.S. economy is teetering on the brink of another recession. The bad news is that if it goes down again, there won’t be much we can do to save ourselves. (N.B. The Coming Economic Collapse)
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    The Coming Economic Collapse
    Peter Morici
    July 23, 2012

    The U.S. economy is teetering on the brink of another recession. The bad news is that if it goes down again, there won’t be much we can do to save ourselves. Like a weary heavyweight, if it hits the mat again, it’s down for good.

    The expansion has been terribly disappointing—growth is hardly 2 percent and jobs creation barely keeps unemployment steady at 8.2.

    Manufacturing and exports powered the recovery but are now weakening. Consumer spending and existing home sales are flagging, because policymakers failed to aid underwater homeowners as generously as the banks.

    President Obama is doubling down on slow growth policies—new restrictions on offshore oil and CO2 emissions, and pushing forward with financial regulations that haven’t stopped Wall Street banks from trading recklessly and rigging markets as indicated by the Libor scandal.

    Governor Romney has reverted to shop-worn Republican prescriptions—tax cuts, free trade and deregulation.

    With the federal government spending 50 percent more than it takes in, no sane economist could endorse big rate cuts, beyond renewing the Bush tax cuts.

    China, by manipulating its currency and shutting out western products, helped cause the Great Recession and is now constraining recovery in the United States and Europe. More free trade agreements won’t fix that.

    With the federal government spending 50 percent more than it takes in, no sane economist could endorse big rate cuts, beyond renewing the Bush tax cuts.

    Dodd-Frank may be bureaucratic and ineffective but no sane person could claim banks can regulate themselves—smarter solutions, like breaking up unmanageable and unsuperviserable institutions, is needed.

    Many analysts ask if another big innovation—like the automobile or computer– is coming and could save the economy. The problems are many new products are creating more jobs in Asia than in the West, and many technology companies are consolidating or facing extinction—consider the smart phone, Hewlett Packard and Yahoo.

    A lot of US innovation is starting to look more like French art than American commerce. Icons like Yahoo, Facebook and Twitter have made great contributions to the economy and culture but simply don’t have business models that generate enough revenue and sustainable jobs growth.

    Google has succeeded by cannibalizing newspapers—the net effect has been to destroy more—and branching into software and media—which merely displaces workers elsewhere.

    Meanwhile, the profitable core of finance—investment banking—is shrinking. Burdensome regulations are a problem, but many clients—ranging from municipalities to wealth managers to foreign governments burnt by Wall Street schemes and securities—are now less interested in what the likes of Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have to sell.

    To save European governments, several trillion dollars in sovereign debt must be written down. Beyond lacking a plan to equitably distribute the loss, Germany and other stronger states have not come to terms with the fact that market reforms are not enough. They cannot continue to pursue export-oriented growth strategies and trade surpluses if southern Europe is to create jobs and grow without running up trillions in new debt.

    China holds the West and its own future hostage—export-driven growth runs to ground when customers can no longer finance their purchases and trade deficits. Borrowing and printing money in the United States and Europe on the scale necessary to keep the Middle Kingdom producing and exporting is no loner possible.

    China must slow down because it is too late to reorient its economy toward domestic consumption without wrenching dislocations.

    When the United States entered the recent crisis, its budget deficit was $161 billion. Now it $1.3 trillion, and the Federal Reserve is already maintaining rock bottom interest rates.

    Even if Congress and the President manage to extend the Bush tax cuts, any hiccup in Europe or China could easily throw the U.S. economy into a recession—and the world’s biggest economy could hit the skids on its own.

    Capital markets simply won’t be able to absorb a $2.5 to $3 trillion federal deficit to further stimulate the U.S. economy, without sucking badly needed capital out of struggling European and developing country economies. The Fed could only print money to finance it and set off hyperinflation, but it can’t really lower interest rates much further.

    Having failed to adequately address what caused the Great Recession—China’s trade surplus and the imbalance in demand between the Middle Kingdom and the United States, the cowboy culture on Wall Street and the plight of underwater homeowners—not much can be done, having squandered the grace created by stimulus spending and easy money. Get ready for a bad ride.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/07/23/coming-economic-collapse/#ixzz21VvVuP42

  284. VotingHillary
    ——————-
    The ABC/WashPo poll apparently tells a different story. Ben The Dolt refers to that poll. And so does that Quisling at WSJ Gerald Seib. Krauthammer has conceded over time, the negative campaigning will have an effect. Thus, the question never what whether, but when, to push back. Admin, Murdock, Krauthammer believe the time is now. Jay Cost, and the Romney campaign want to wait until the Convention. Wen I say engage, I mean tell the positive side of the Bain story, before the Obama campaign can paint it negative. It is, after all, his one great selling point, besided the fact that his name is Romney, not Barack Hussein Obama, nee Barry Soreto, nee Barry Sotero, nee King Obama, nee Indonesian Prince, nee whatever and whoever his delusional mind fancies himself to be at any given day. This is not the three faces of eve, it is the more like Lon Chaney Sr. redux of the man with a thousand faces.

  285. wwobie,

    I get what Romney is doing. He is using the political equivalent of Ali’s “rope-a-dope”. Obama is burning through his war chest and is going to be short of cash come the fall. Romney is hording right now and letting the PACS do the job keeping things balanced as shown by the polls. Do you think anyone is going to give a crap during the Olympics about this race? NOPE. Americans don’t have that kind of attention span anymore.

    And the more it is “all Obama all the time” on the TV, the sicker folks get of him. He is in two words…over exposed.

    BTW, Romney needs to point out the next time he is accused of being out-of-date regarding Russia the following that happened this year with Japan.

    http://frontierindia.net/indiandefence/japanese-scramble-fighters-as-russian-tu-95-approach-over-sanin/

    I watch NHK and saw their reports on this. While the yen is the “hot” currency right now, they are in bad shape due to the 3/11 earthquake/tsunami. They and China are in a hot dispute over islands in the South Seas. (As Thailand and Vietnam are as well with China.) This is a slow-burning tinderbox area and Russia under Putin would be happy to add gas on those flames.

  286. LOL. They have specifically made cat food in America?…From ACE
    ***********************

    “34 Glorious, American Years”
    —DrewM.

    Karol, of Alarming News fame, was born in Russia but thanks to her family and our good luck, she came to America as a child and still celebrates her arrival.

    I don’t want to steal too much of it because you need to read it all but this is too perfect.

    In 1977, the year I was born and the year my father, his mother, his aunt and many other Jews left the Soviet Union (my mother and I left in 1978), the Soviet propaganda machine began circulating a rumor. It went, roughly: life in America is so terrible that the old people eat cat food.
    This was…perplexing.

    People didn’t quite get it: they have food specifically made for cats in America? What a country!

    A lot of things about America remained beyond their comprehension.

    Never ever forget that there were and still are people who believed passionately that America is fatally flawed and authoritarian command systems like the Soviet Union are to be preferred.

    Pardon my “American-centric belief” but no matter what financial status you were born into, if you were lucky enough to be born an American, you’ve already won the lottery.

  287. When all is said and done..this mind-set IS what we are up against again. Let’s change some minds.

  288. Wonder how this plays out in Pennsylvania…..

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/pennsylvania-coal-companies-announce-layoffs-blame-obama/article/2502872?custom_click=rss

    Pennsylvania coal companies announce layoffs, blame Obama

    Two coal companies in Pennsylvania blamed President Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the layoffs announced last week.

    “[T]he escalating costs and uncertainty generated by recently advanced EPA regulations and interpretations have created a challenging business climate for the entire coal industry,” said PBS Coals Inc. President and CEO D. Lynn Shanks in a statement on Friday, as noted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The company also cited weaker-than-normal demand for coal.

    Shanks’ comment on the EPA came as he announced a 28 percent work force reduction. “PBS Coals Inc. and its affiliate company, RoxCoal Inc., laid off about 225 workers as part of an immediate idling of some deep and surface mines in Somerset County,” Post-Gazette added. “The company now employs 795 workers.”

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee staff issued a report last week faulting the EPA for over-regulating the industries under its control. “Over 40 EPA regulations cited by job creators as barriers to growth and expansion in the Committee’s February 2011 staff report remain a problem,” the staff report said. “EPA’s proposal to regulate coal combustion residuals (“coal ash”) usurps states’ previous role and exerts unprecedented federal control over the utility industry . . . Compliance costs range from $78-110 billion over the next 20 years while job loss estimates range from 39,000, under a low estimate, to 316,000, under a high estimate.”

    General Manager Ronald Koontz, a mine manager, hit the president for waging a “war on coal seeking to destroy the coal industry and the jobs of our own employees and the livelihoods of their families.”

    Koontz’ remark dovetails with those of EPA’s New England Regional Administrator Curt Spaulding, who said the EPA had adopted a policy towards the coal industry that amounted to saying “we just think those communities should just go away,” as he put it earlier this year.

    “You can’t imagine how tough that was, because — you got to remember — if you go to West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and all those places, you have coal communities who depend on coal,” Spaulding said. “It is painful every step of the way.”

  289. Obama says Romney attacks ‘distort’ record, as campaign resumes
    President Obama slammed his opponent Mitt Romney on Monday night, accusing the presumptive GOP nominee of trying to “distort my vision.”
    The attack, which came three days after both candidates took an extended timeout because of the Colorado theater shooting, signaled that the presidential-campaign slugfest has resumed. “Frankly, the other side can’t sell their ideas so what they’re going to do is distort my vision,” Obama told a fundraising crowd in Oakland, Calif. during a three-day swing to the west coast….
    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/239655-campaign-resumes-obama-says-romney-attacks-distort-record

    POTUS says “vision” while publisher says “record”
    This is more than a ‘po tay to’/ ‘po tah to’ distinction.

  290. Of massacres & media myths

    By GABRIEL MALOR

    Last Updated: 10:53 PM, July 23, 2012

    Posted: 10:09 PM, July 23, 2012
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    Media assumptions that violence is right-wing are routine — and routinely wrong.

    On Friday morning, Brian Ross of ABC News speculated on live TV that James Holmes, the accused killer in Aurora, Colo., was a member of the Tea Party. A few hours later, Ross posted a short apology online; Holmes had no Tea Party connection.

    Ross’ unfounded speculation wasn’t unusual (although the speed of his apology was). This was merely the latest case of media commentators jumping to the conclusion that violent attrocities should be attributed to members of the political right. Let’s look back at how often the media has falsely invoked Tea Partiers and other “right-wing nut jobs” in the past few years.
    Loughner: Nothing to do with Tea Party.
    Loughner: Nothing to do with Tea Party.

    * September 2009: The discovery of hanged census-taker Bill Sparkman in rural Kentucky fueled media speculation that he’d been killed by anti-government Tea Partiers. In fact, he’d killed himself and staged his corpse to look like a homicide so his family could collect on life insurance.

    * February 2010: Joe Stack flew his small plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. The media immediately suggested that the anti-tax rhetoric of the Tea Party led to the attack. In fact, Stack’s suicide note quoted the Communist Manifesto.

    * That same month, a professor at the University of Alabama, Amy Bishop, shot and killed three colleagues at a faculty meeting. The gun-loving Tea Party came under immediate suspicion. But Bishop was a lifelong Democrat and Obama donor.

    * March 2010: John Patrick Bedell shot two Pentagon security officers at close range. The media went wild with speculation that a right-wing extremist had reached the end of his rope. Bedell turned out to be a registered Democrat and 9/11 Truther.

    * May 2010: New York authorities disarmed a massive car bomb in Times Square. Mayor Bloomberg immediately speculated that the bomber was someone upset about the president’s new health-care law. The media trumpeted the idea that crazed conservatives had (again, they implied) turned to violence. In fact, the perp was Faisal Shahzad, an Islamic extremist.

    * August 2010: Amidst the debate over the Ground Zero Mosque, Michael Enright stabbed a Muslim cab driver in the neck. It was immediately dubbed an “anti-Muslim stabbing,” with “rising Islamophobia” on the political right to blame. In fact, Enright, a left-leaning art student, had worked with a firm that produced a pro-mosque statement.

    * September 2010: James Lee, 43, took three hostages at the Discovery Channel’s headquarters in Maryland. The media speculation was unstoppable: Lee was surely a “climate-change denier” who’d resorted to violence. Oops: He was an environmentalist who viewed humans as parasites on the Earth.

    * January 2011: Jared Lee Loughner went on a rampage in Tucson, Ariz. Again the media knew just who to blame: the Tea Party and its extremist rhetoric. In fact, Loughner was mostly apolitical — a conspiracy theorist who, to date, has been judged too mentally incompetent to stand trial.

    The media’s habitual blaming of the political right is endemic and incurable. Media figures sincerely believe the right wing is violent, so naturally assume that violent people must be right-wing. This won’t be the last time they make that mistake.

    Gabriel Malor is a lawyer and blogger in Washington, D

  291. Interesting….whats Cuomo got to hide….

    Cuomo’s Archive as Attorney General, Self-Edited

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/24/nyregion/cuomo-is-editing-his-years-as-state-attorney-general.html?_r=1&smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto

    ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, already drawing attention for its focus on secrecy, has now begun editing his record as New York attorney general, sending aides to the state archives to remove key documents from public view.

    The aides have declared off limits all of Mr. Cuomo’s files related to a 2007 inquiry into the use of the State Police for political purposes, which was one of the most prominent public corruption investigations he oversaw as attorney general. And, in a change of practice, the administration is also pre-emptively reviewing all documents sent by the governor to the archives and removing anything it deems sensitive from public view.

    The review of the archived material comes at a time when Mr. Cuomo is being much discussed as a 2016 presidential candidate. Many public figures with national ambitions have been concerned about being tripped up by old documents; when Mitt Romney left the governorship in Massachusetts, his administration wiped all e-mail from the government server and allowed his top aides to buy their work hard drives, so no electronic record remained.

    Mr. Cuomo’s office defended its conduct, saying that the archives mistakenly made public documents that should have been private, and that it has simply been correcting those errors. It said that the documents related to the police inquiry — known as Troopergate — were exempt from public disclosure because they were “work product,” or protected by attorney-client privilege, and that researchers could find some of the documents through the files of other agencies, like the Albany district attorney.

    But one of Mr. Cuomo’s predecessors as both governor and attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, said he was “deeply troubled” by the decision to withhold Mr. Cuomo’s state trooper files from the public. Mr. Spitzer, a fellow Democrat, has a personal stake in the issue: his administration was the target of the investigation, and he wants the documents to be kept public. Some of Mr. Spitzer’s own files on the matter are available at the archives.

    Mr. Spitzer called those files “documents that should be in the public domain that would reflect upon the underlying integrity of a report that I always viewed to be fundamentally flawed.”

    Mr. Cuomo’s office issued a sharp retort, saying, “This is just Eliot and his minions still trying to vindicate Eliot.” In a second statement, it added, “The governor’s office does not respond to Eliot Spitzer, but any first-year lawyer knows it is important to protect confidential informants and to preserve the attorney-client privilege.” His office also said numerous investigations into the matter “concluded the same way: Spitzer abused his office and the people of the state.”

    The Cuomo administration’s actions to restrict access to the archives of his attorney general files became public when reporters for The Times Union of Albany began visiting the archives to review the records from his tenure as attorney general. The reporters noticed that, after they photocopied documents in the files, the documents disappeared; they later determined that Mr. Cuomo’s special assistant, Linda Lacewell, and spokesman, Josh Vlasto, had visited and removed the papers from the public files.

    State guidelines require attorneys general to turn over their records to the archives. In the past, archivists have typically determined case by case whether to allow researchers access to files, in consultation with the current attorney general, and sometimes in consultation with the lawyers who handled the cases. Mr. Cuomo’s office said that, in an effort to streamline the process, it had chosen to review all documents now, rather than waiting for researchers to seek access and then allowing archivists to begin the time-consuming process of reviewing them.

    The state archives, which is a division of the State Education Department and is not controlled by the governor, has provided inaccurate information about the contents of its holdings. In late June, the archives told The New York Times, in writing, that it had no documents from Mr. Cuomo related to the inquiry. The document was a response to a Freedom of Information Law request; the archives and the governor’s office now acknowledge that the response was incorrect, but say it was issued in error.

    read on…………….

  292. It’s OK to make a change.

    A bit soft for me but the message might appeal to those still wrapped in white guilt.

  293. DHS identified theaters as possible terror targets

    Warning came only weeks before attack in Colorado

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/dhs-identified-theaters-as-possible-terror-targets/

    Just weeks before the shooting rampage in an Aurora, Colo., theater in which a gunman – who could face the death penalty – shot 70 people and left 12 of them dead, the federal government issued a warning about the vulnerability of theaters, an online resource reports.

    The warning was contained in a Roll Call Release from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Cyber, Infrastructure, and Science Division inside the Department of Homeland Security.
    Headlined “Terrorists’ Interest in Attacking Theaters and Similar Mass Gatherings,” the warning was dated May 17. It was posted online by Public Intelligence, an international, collaborative research project “aimed at aggregating the collective work of independent researchers around the globe who wish to defend the public’s right to access information.”

    “We operate upon a single maxim: equal access to information is a human right,” the site explains. “We provide documents, detailed analyses, and a host of other open-source intelligence products from the private and public sector. We attempt to provide information in a way that minimizes our involvement as much as is possible. Documents are provided in a raw format, available for download, with only excerpts and key facts accompanying them.”

    The DHS document cited an attack on a theater just a few weeks ago and another incident in which a violent extremist urged a copycat of a 2002 theater attack.

    “These recent instances demonstrate that mass gatherings such as those associated with theaters likely remain attractive terrorist targets,” the statement said. “We encourage facility owners and operators, security personnel and first responders to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities and behaviors that may indicate a potential attack.”

    The document listed “suspicious activity indicators,” including someone “in crowded areas wearing clothing that is unusually bulky or atypical for the season” and “Persons asking theater security screening and evacuation procedures.”

    Also, packages left unattended or suspicious, or illegally parked vehicles should generate alarm, the document said.

    The report cited an April 4 attack by an al-Shabaab female suicide bomber at the National Theater in Mogadishu, Somalia, during a speech.

    “The bomber blended in with the audience until her attack,” the warning said.

    Then on April 7, “an al-Qaida-linked violent extremist urged others to emulate the 2002 Moscow theater hostage attack – in which Chechen terrorists seized the Dubrovka Theater and held over 800 people captive for three days until Russian security forces gassed the theater.”

    The “violent extremist” had suggested that terrorists seize “crowded facilities in the United States, including movie theaters; taking hostages; and demanding the release of captured al-Qaida-linked or –inspired violent extremists.”

  294. I am still upset about that story I posted above concerning the latest UN treaty.

    I’ve been watching a show running on C-SPAN called The Contenders. It’s about candidates who ran for president but didn’t make it. This past weekend I watched the show about Thomas Dewey who ran in 1944 and 1948. During the ’44 campaign, one of his major differences with FDR was the creation of the United Nations. Dewey told FDR that one of his fears was that the UN would form its own army and begin sending troops to foreign countries without the consent of their home nations. FDR replied – “That’s alright with me”. Bastard! I fail to understand why so many Americans still love that commie.

    Anyway, the fault for what is happening now is not just his. It belongs to everybody. Any of the past administrations could have removed us from the UN, but none did. I don’t think it is too late. The USA pays more funds to that corrupt organization than any other country. If we withdrew our membership and stopped paying them so much money I doubt it would be very long before the UN would collapse.

    I hear so many people complain about the UN and its growing power, but they seem to be willing to put up with it. I don’t understand why.

  295. Leanora
    July 24th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Did FDR really say that? Is that in the movie or in reality? Thanks.

  296. I couldn’t find anything online yet with reference to that quote, but even if FDR did say that… I have read a lot of material by FDR, his speeches etc, and I think perhaps that quote can be taken another way, this was in the midst of WWII, the US was pulled into WWII, FDR may have been referring to our country being able to send troops to other countries, without their consent, for the purposes of preventing an expansion of a conflict. In that timeframe, FDR’s quote sort of makes sense, the original goal of the UN was to set something where countries could supposed hash out their differences without war, not what the UN has now turned into… and effort to create one global “country”, wiping out our country’s sovereinity and make the US Consitution secondary to the UN’s nonsense.

    FDR was a very strong US sovereignity proponent, between him and Churchill, the WWII efforts would not have been so determined (all secondary to our troops of course).

  297. http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/239661-sen-feinstein-says-someone-at-white-house-is-behind-leaks

    “Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that the White House was responsible for the recent leaks of classified information.

    “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Feinstein said in an address at the World Affairs Council, the Associated Press first reported.”

  298. IMHO That would be a very good thing.

    The USA pays more funds to that corrupt organization than any other country. If we withdrew our membership and stopped paying them so much money I doubt it would be very long before the UN would collapse.

  299. There are two types of people who I find completely disgusting. One is people who decide an issue on ideological ground, then marshall selective facts to support it, and then get huffy when confronted with contrary evidence. Case in point: big media, and Obama supporters. The other group is those who cannot decide, who hang in doubt to act or rest, and finally get manipulated into making a decision which is at odds with the facts, and their best interests. Case in point: too many weepy, whiny, frightened dimocrats.

  300. “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Feinstein said in an address at the World Affairs Council, the Associated Press first reported.”
    ———————
    Like the national security advisor and dimocrat party hack, Hillary hating Tom Donilon, who Brian Williams refers to with great affection as the Big Irishman. Well, the big Irishman is an even bigger traitor.

  301. Just shaking my head over this nonsense… I guess he really thinks people believe only his MSM media who repeat his talking points, no wonder he’s now telling people at rallies to turn off any negative ads about him… Stalin would be proud of such a protegee.

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-america-should-never-apologize

    “President Barack Obama, long criticized for what opponents consider apologies for the United States to other countries, asserted to a gathering of veterans Monday that “we will never apologize.””

    and one of just the top ten apologies for America by OTurd:

    http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2009/06/barack-obamas-top-10-apologies-how-the-president-has-humiliated-a-superpower#_ftn8?tw_p=twt

    “1. Apology to France and Europe (“America Has Shown Arrogance”)

    Speech by President Obama, Rhenus Sports Arena, Strasbourg, France, April 3, 2009.

    So we must be honest with ourselves. In recent years we’ve allowed our Alliance to drift. I know that there have been honest disagreements over policy, but we also know that there’s something more that has crept into our relationship. In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.

    2. Apology to the Muslim World (“We Have Not Been Perfect”)

    President Obama, interview with Al Arabiya, January 27, 2009.

    My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect. But if you look at the track record, as you say, America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.

    3. Apology to the Summit of the Americas (“At Times We Sought to Dictate Our Terms”)

    President Obama, address to the Summit of the Americas opening ceremony, Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, April 17, 2009.

    All of us must now renew the common stake that we have in one another. I know that promises of partnership have gone unfulfilled in the past, and that trust has to be earned over time. While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms. But I pledge to you that we seek an equal partnership. There is no senior partner and junior partner in our relations; there is simply engagement based on mutual respect and common interests and shared values. So I’m here to launch a new chapter of engagement that will be sustained throughout my administration.

    The United States will be willing to acknowledge past errors where those errors have been made.

    4. Apology at the G-20 Summit of World Leaders (“Some Restoration of America’s Standing in the World”)

    News conference by President Obama, ExCel Center, London, United Kingdom, April 2, 2009.

    I would like to think that with my election and the early decisions that we’ve made, that you’re starting to see some restoration of America’s standing in the world. And although, as you know, I always mistrust polls, international polls seem to indicate that you’re seeing people more hopeful about America’s leadership.

    I just think in a world that is as complex as it is, that it is very important for us to be able to forge partnerships as opposed to simply dictating solutions. Just to try to crystallize the example, there’s been a lot of comparison here about Bretton Woods. “Oh, well, last time you saw the entire international architecture being remade.” Well, if there’s just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy, that’s an easier negotiation. But that’s not the world we live in, and it shouldn’t be the world that we live in.”

  302. Our busy Hillary must soon send us the message we are waiting for.YES I AM IN.

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    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers the keynote address at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Forward-Looking Symposium on Genocide Prevention, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Please click here for more information.
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    Pre-set time for cameras: 7:15 a.m. from 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, S.W.
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    11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe, at the Department of State.
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    11:35 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a joint press availability with Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe, at the Department of State.
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    Pre-set time for cameras: 10:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 11:20 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    2:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with a group of Afghan and Rwandan Businesswomen participating in the Institute for Economic Empowerment’s Peace Through Business Program, at the Department of State.
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    2:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Coordinator for Cyber Security Chris Painter, at the Department of State.
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    3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Eric Schwartz, Dean of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    3:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Counselor Mills and Senior Advisor for the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review David McKean, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a swearing-in ceremony for Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE

  303. Are The Polls Skewed Toward Obama?
    Jay Cost

    (conclusion:)

    (The mainstream media polls) skew Democratic. In fact, every recent registered voter poll with party spreads I could identify had a Democratic advantage that exceeded the quarter-century trend. And the average of all these polls together is 35 percent Democratic to 29.5 percent Republican, or D +5.5

    Importantly, these polls show Obama with an average lead over Mitt Romney of 3.5 points. But if they have a 2.5-point Democratic oversample, then what we are really talking about is perhaps a 1-point Obama lead.

    Incidentally, this puts these polls much more in line with the Rasmussen poll, which has consistently found a toss-up race. Right now, Rasmussen – a poll of likely voters – sees an R+1.4 advantage in party identification. That is entirely defensible, in my opinion, given the weakness in the economy.

    A final point: Presidential job approval polls are usually reported among all adults, aged 18 or over. These tend to have an even larger skew toward the Democrats than registered voter polls. For instance, the CBS News / New York Times poll had a D+6 spread among registered voters, but a D+7 spread among all adults. This means that the job approval numbers are probably overstating Obama’s position by an even larger margin. So, the CBS News / New York Times poll had Obama’s net approval at -2, suggesting that among the electorate it’s perhaps around -6. I’d link this back to my consistent argument that presidents rarely win a share of the electorate larger than their job approval to justify my sustained bearishness on Obama’s reelection prospects. I suspect that the Rasmussen poll on job approval is closest to the electorate’s true feelings, and that regularly shows a net disapproval around -5 points, a very bad position for any incumbent.

    Here’s my bottom line. It is very difficult to model the turnout for a presidential election this far away from November. There are a lot of tough choices that pollsters must make, and it is not fair to single any pollster out for the decisions it ultimately goes with. Nevertheless, we can and should still be smart consumers of political polling. We need to keep the historical spread between the two sides in mind, and be cautious of polls that show a relatively wide Democratic advantage over the GOP. They are probably underestimating the GOP’s electoral strength.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/author/jay-cost

  304. Didn’t think this would happen this quickly…. One of the largest regions isn Spain is now officially asking for a “bailout”, which means soon one by one the rest of the regions will be asking for a bailout, then the country of Spain itself will ask the ECB (central bank of Europe) for a “bailout”.
    Where all this money is going to come from, I have no clue? They can’t even print this level of money without turning the Euro into complete toilet paper and utterly worthless.
    This is just circling the drain even faster per week.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/dominoes-tumbling-catalonia-informally-requests-bailout-spain-considering-credit-line-request

  305. These fucking dupes, or, if you prefer, useful idiots, who ask whether Romney is too far right, and ignore the glaring fact that Obama is far too far left, have no idea how badly they are being manipulated to take positions contrary to their interests. They have no critical thinking capablilites whatsoever, and the possiblility that they will determine the fate of this country is too something I do not even want to think about. It is perhaps what Plato had in mind when he said democracy is the worst form of government. Personally, I do not believe that but if the demos was confined to just those people then it would be a self evident fact. Too these ignorant assholes I would say before you throw out the baby with the bathwater, think of what your life will be like without the baby.
    —————————————-

    Posted by Erick Erickson (Diary)

    Tuesday, July 24th at 4:46AM EDT
    27 Comments

    The casual consumer of news hears it all the time and not just from Democratic pundits. Reporters, pundits, and concern trolls in the media fret that Romney has had to move too far right. He’s just too conservative.

    These same people never stop to examine Barack Obama. Between the two, Barack Obama has repeatedly surrounded himself with people who actually don’t much care for the United States. Writing that may anger people, but it is actual, factual, fact.

    Instead of considering if Mitt Romney is too far to the right, perhaps we should consider if Barack Obama is too far to the left.

    Barack Obama notes in his fictionalized autobiography that everyone bought and no one read that Frank Marshall Davis was an influence in his life. The Obama campaign disputes how much of an influence Davis was, but he had enough of an impact that Obama took time in Chicago to visit places Davis lived.

    Davis was an activist communist and friend of Obama’s grandfather.

    Barack Obama left Hawaii, went to Chicago, and sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years. Among other things, Jeremiah Wright mouthed off from the pulpit about the “U.S. of KKK A”.

    When he got his jump start into the major political arena, Barack Obama held a fundraiser in the living room of terrorists who had tried to kill police officers and blow up the Pentagon.

    In fact, one of the terrorists, Bill Ayers, told the New York Times

    ”I don’t regret setting bombs,” Bill Ayers said. ”I feel we didn’t do enough.”

    Ironically, the quote was published the morning of September 11, 2001 [editor’s note: re-written to make clear Ayers’s quote was published that day, but not given in response to what happened that day. Total, but ironic coincidence]

    During Barack Obama’s political career in Chicago, he headlined an event for the Democratic Socialists of America and joined the communist rooted New Party in Chicago as a way to get leverage on the ballot.

    In the White House he appointed Van Jones, a self-described communist and Kevin Jennings who has his own far-left outside the mainstream issues.

    And now out on the campaign trail, Barack Obama is peddling grade school Marxism in the name of fairness.

    The left may keep up the drumbeat on Mitt Romney’s conservatism, but I’d like to think some Super PAC somewhere will make sure the public knows what the media won’t tell them — Barack Obama has spent a lot of time surrounded by people who hold the founding ideals of this country in contempt.

    It is an inconvenient fact “reasonable” people are not supposed to discuss, but it also happens to be true.

  306. I’m stunned, I’m honestly stunned….. I’m so glad I no longer own a business, if I did, I would be frightened as to what barry and his minions would do to hurt it even more.

    This Cutter lady just keep digging deeper.

    http://thehill.com/video/campaign/239675-team-obama-does-romney-even-understand-how-our-economy-works?utm_campaign=briefingroom&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterfeed

    “Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter threw the recent line of attack against the president back at the Romney campaign, asking if Romney understands how the US economy works.

    “Apart from the flagrant hypocrisy, these attack ads make you wonder — does he even understand how our economy works?,” Cutter asked in a web video released on Tuesday. “We build our businesses through hard work and initiative with public and private sectors working together to create a climate that helps us grow, President Obama knows that.””

  307. As sad as this is- the Colorado massacre does serve many purposes staged or not for Obama’s ongoing ubiquitous self serving agenda, destroying America. It is a fact, we cannot experience two (unique) emotions equally at the same time. i.e. We can not at an exact moment experience happiness and sadness at the same time. If there is a contest between the two it is only momentarily, the true emotion in your true self will override the secondary emotion and prevail.

    ‘Distraction’ is the simplest tool in Obama’s tool kit. He needs to distract the country while he is busy doing what he was hired to do… shred the Constitution, strip the sovereignty of US citizens along with stripping the country of it’s sovereignty reconstructing it in a way the pain won’t be felt by Americans until he declares himself our ‘dictator’… ( Obama does whatever is necessary at whatever cost to see the elitists goals through until the end.)

    Our primary target should be the UN exploring their part in what is going on behind the scenes that will impact changing our lives forever. I will begin with something we haven’t factored in as an important chess piece in the kaleidoscope of Obama’s many masters as we enter the evolution stage of phase two per Obama’s orders.

    Leo Gerard is the master mind orchestrating the consolidation of power for a Global Union (as written about before) as the elitists have covertly planned to be under the auspices of the US president, Barack Obama.

    This by the way is the foundation of phase two:
    ___________________

    LEO GERARD REALLY IS FORMING A 50 MILLION MAN ARMY OF THUGS

    “With 50 Million Members. IndustriALL is Set for Action

    “A newly-formed global federation of industrial unions will be a force with the muscle to take on giant international corporations on behalf of workers, the president of the United Steelworkers (USW)”, Leo Gerard, said on June 19, 2012.

    The coalition, known as IndustriALL Global Union, is being formed by a group of 1,200 trade union representatives, meeting this week in Copenhagen, Denmark. It joins together three former global labor groups: the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF), the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions ((ICEM) and the International Textiles, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF).

    “The creation of this massive coalition is a victory for working people across the globe,” said USW President Gerard. “Our solidarity is not limited by borders,(Global Union) language barriers or cultural differences.” It is still not clear how IndustriALL will operate or how it will reach down to the level of union members. (not meant to be clear but give the impression it will be good for the people)

    The press release contained no mention of other U.S. union delegates besides Gerard in attendance at the Copenhagen meeting. IndustriALL will represent 50 million workers in 140 countries.”

    http://www.laborsvoiceforchange.org/WOL120623.asp

  308. tim
    July 24th, 2012 at 8:52 am
    Leanora
    July 24th, 2012 at 8:26 am
    Did FDR really say that? Is that in the movie or in reality? Thanks.
    *******************************

    It wasn’t a movie, but rather a live talk show. Thomas Dewey’s son was one of the guests and he swore that FDR made that comment. He remembered it himself. Richard Norton Smith, a historian who recently wrote a biography of Thomas Dewey, was also a guest and he agreed.

    They also both agreed on another story that has been around. U.S. Intelligence had broken the Japanese code and knew they were going to attack Pearl Harbor. When Dewey ran for president he was called to the WH. FDR warned him about bringing this up in the campaign because the US was still reading the Japanese code and to make it public would be a threat to national security. So Thomas Dewey never mentioned it.

    Dewey later found out that FDR lied. The Japanese had changed their code immediately after the attack.

    Believe me – FDR was not a nice man.

  309. I’m sure when the many Ulsterman readers here checked on his newest post- you all droned.. I did to. The post was overwhelming and very complicated too. So many new factions involved as well as countries. Histories we wouldn’t naturally be aware of.. Botswana, Argentina, Gerard… who the hell is he? It is crucial for us to understand what is going on with the UN in order to fight it. All of these factions play into overtaking the US in some way or another.. We have to know what we are dealing with.

    Any connection to this new topic you come across while reading, please post it here. Information is king.. I doubt any of us have the time to figure out how or what role the Unions will play helping Obama being reelected.. We know how the Service Unions helped Obama in Nevada but this group is on a much grander scale than we can even imagine.

  310. MITT ROMNEY: AMERICA HAS LOST ONE OF ITS GREAT PIONEERS, SALLY RIDE

    Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today made the following statement on the death of Sally Ride:

    “Today, America lost one of its greatest pioneers. The first American woman in space, Sally Ride inspired millions of Americans with her determination to break the mold of her time. She was a profile in courage, and while she will be missed, her accomplishments will never be forgotten.”

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/07/mitt_romney_on_the_death_of_sa.html

  311. Cisco cutting 1200 jobs… this is exactly how 2008’s downturns started, Cisco is a very good predcitor of an impending downturn, an even bigger contraction in the economy.

  312. No surprise……..did they donate?

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/24/solyndra-figures-attend-swank-obama-fundraiser/

    Solyndra figures attend swank Obama fundraiser

    President Obama rubbed elbows Monday night with two men at the center of the Solyndra loan scandal at an exclusive fundraiser in California.

    Steve Westly, a financier whose money-raising prowess helped to snag him a post on the administration’s energy advisory board, and Matt Rogers, a former Energy Department senior adviser who helped to approve the Solyndra loan, were spotted by reporters at the $35,800-per-person fundraiser for the president’s re-election campaign.

    Mr. Westly sent warnings to the president not to attend an event at Solyndra’s headquarters in the Bay area because of shaky finances at the solar energy company, which had received a fast-tracked $535 million federal loan guarantee in 2010 as part of the administration’s economic stimulus program. Mr. Rogers was partly responsible for overseeing stimulus awards at the Energy Department.

    They were among about 60 wealthy donors who attended the fundraiser at the swanky home of progressive activist Quinn Delaney and real estate developer Wayne Jordan, a big Obama bundler, in Piedmont, Calif., near Oakland.

    Reporters traveling with the president saw Mr. Westly juggling lemons, entertaining kids at the party. He was seated later at one of the tables farthest from the president as he spoke.

    Mr. Obama stayed away from any discussion of alternative energy at the fundraiser, except to say that his re-election would ensure that the government promotes “smart regulations … that are going to deal with issues like climate change.”

    Republicans, including presidential candidate Mitt Romney, have attacked the administration’s support of the Solyndra loan and other stimulus programs as examples of Mr. Obama’s “crony capitalism.” The solar-energy start-up firm later went bankrupt.

    “The Obama Administration betrayed American taxpayers when it dumped hundreds of millions of public dollars into Solyndra while ignoring clear warnings about the company’s dire financial situation,” Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement.

    “President Obama’s first term worked out well for his donors who got special access and taxpayer money for their failed ventures. It hasn’t worked as well for the 23 million Americans struggling for work in the worst economic recovery our country has ever had.”

    On Monday, the White House said it would veto a House bill that would require a significant expansion of offshore oil and gas leasing. The administration said the legislation “would undermine the targeted, science-based and regionally-tailored offshore development strategy that the American people and the States have helped develop over the last three years.”

    Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said the veto threat was more evidence of the president’s misguided energy policies.

    “As energy prices have risen and our economy continues to struggle, President Obama insists on hindering efforts to expand domestic production and create American jobs,” she said. “His self-described ‘hodgepodge’ energy policy has been an abject failure. Whether blocking job-creating initiatives like the Keystone pipeline or wasting taxpayer money on boondoggles like Solyndra, President Obama doesn’t have a clue when it comes to America’s energy future.”

  313. When you lose the kids and the internet crowd……

    http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/19096921/megaupload-boss-raps-obama-in-musical-protest

    Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom has launched an online song attacking US President Barack Obama and urging supporters not to vote for the US leader, who he accuses of trampling on Internet freedom.

    In a song titled “Mr President” released on YouTube, the self-styled cyber freedom fighter, who allegedly masterminded a massive online piracy business, compares himself to US civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King.

    Dotcom, free on bail in New Zealand awaiting a US attempt to extradite him for alleged copyright theft, raps “don’t vote for those who would take us back in time”.

    “What about free speech Mr President, what happened to change Mr President,” the German national continues in the song, which has attracted almost 500,000 views since it was posted on YouTube on Sunday.

    He also complains “Hollywood controls politics” and “the government is killing innovation”.

    The clip uses footage of civil rights protests from the 1960s as Dotcom sings “I have a dream like Dr King”, and more recent pictures of Occupy movement demonstrators wearing Guy Fawkes masks.

    A website launched to accompany the song, http://www.kim.com, features a countdown to the US election in November and asks “if Megaupload.com is not back online by November 1st will you vote for Obama?”.

    Megaupload and related file-sharing sites were closed in January, when armed New Zealand police cooperating with a US investigation raided Dotcom’s luxurious mansion in Auckland.

    In a case that US prosecutors describe as the world’s largest copyright action, Megaupload, Dotcom and three co-accused have been charged with money laundering, racketeering, fraud and online copyright theft.

    The FBI and US Justice Department allege Megaupload sites netted more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and cost copyright owners more than $500 million by offering pirated copies of movies, TV shows and other content.

    Dotcom, who denies any wrongdoing, faces up to 20 years jail if convicted in a US court. He is due to appear at an extradition hearing in the New Zealand High Court in March next year.

    ……………………………………………

  314. Like this was not going to happen…and once one company does, the snowball starts rolling to many many other companies.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/239689-deloitte-one-in-10-employers-will-drop-health-benefits

    “About one in 10 employers plans to end workers’ health insurance as the new healthcare law takes effect, according to a new study.

    The finding could bolster opponents of the law, who argue that its changes to the healthcare system will force workers out of insurance plans they like. Supporters of the law say most people will keep their current coverage.

    Surveying 560 U.S. companies, consulting firm Deloitte found that 9 percent of employers are planning to drop employee health benefits within three years. Eighty-one percent said they would continue covering employees, and 10 percent said they were not sure.”

  315. moononpluto
    July 24th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    yes, my nephews have seen it too, I don’t really know much about it, but apparently its big in that younger audience.

  316. moononpluto,

    Saw that but couldn’t listen to more than few seconds, the music is so bad. But I am not the target audience.

  317. I know guys, i can see it for what it is,too old and wise to look past it, the young kids from what i gather are paying attention to the fact that Obama’s hope and change was a lie. Young voters tend to listen to this stuff and i can see a drop off considerably from Bambi’s youth vote this year.

  318. I am surprised and happy today that I go to my FB community and see a lot more postings of things against the incumbent than those Bernie Sanders leaning postings. There were a couple worth noting: one was a photo of what looked like hispanics (from Cuba?) and the text read: Cuba got change in 1959; be careful what you wish for. Another was text addressed to those in congress saying that unemployment is high in the US and they might be the next ones to lose their jobs come November. Another was a drawing of little kids standing by horrified as the incumbent ran over their lemonade stand while saying, You didn’t build that. Another mimicked a famous document and said……..Unemployment and Poverty for ALl…vote in November 2012.

  319. the explanation i have heard for Romney holding back on full court press with ads is that both he and O are held to spending limits within the primary parameters…O obviously had less to contend with than MR who had to balance what he spent against the other people running…the explanation continued that even though he is the presumptive nominie he has not yet been declared the nominie …once he is the declared nominine at the convention then he will be able to spend as the national campaign allows…

    having said that…it makes absolute sense that MR would let as many outside supporters, super pacs, do as much of the “dirty work” as possible for the time being AND let O burn through his money…evidently the burn rate so far is @123% for O and something like @87% for MR…

    PLUS O is campaigning the same way he running…or ruining…the country…at a deficit…he is going into the financial hole…while MR will be very well financed and ready to go full speed ahead once we are in the thick of the national campaign in the early Fall…post summer and olympics destractions…

    …just think back to how MR bombarded the airways during the heat of the primaries…we can expect more…lots more of it when the national campaign gets going…and O is going to be at a very big disadvantage if he keeps spining his wheels the way he is and getting no results…or bang for his buck at this point…with all the onslaught of O and his minions and with the aid of the MSM…MR is holding his own, gaining traction and in some instances pulling ahead of O…

  320. S
    July 24th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    That’s a very good point, I was listening to Fox and they explained how Romney cannot spend most of that money until the general, and so his primary monies, understandably after the repub primaries, are not in the amount as OTurd. And Oturd is spending all his “primary” monies, he is unopposed, of course and unfortunately. And Romney’s superpacs are helping out against barry’s ad attacks.

    So the 106 million etc Romney raised that’s all for the general… and Barry’s burn rate is massive, maybe that’s why they are panicking. They are spending more than they are taking in, and its only the primaries.

  321. “Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says that the White House was at least partially responsible for controversial leaks of classified information.”

    http://womenstate.blogspot.com/2012/07/dem-sen-dfeinstein-wh-white-house-was.html

    Also, if you haven’t seen it, watch Jon Stewart trash ABC’s Brian Ross for reporting Tea Party man might be the Colorado mass murderer:

    http://womenstate.blogspot.com/2012/07/jon-stewart-on-abcs-brian-ross-tea.html

    Have a nice day!!!

  322. I have and will continue to support Diane until the cows come home…or the chicken’s come home to dump a big, wet turd on Barry’s head.

    Go Diane, go!!!!
    ——-

    Senator Feinstein Throws Another Punch Against Obama (WHI RELATED)

    by Ulsterman

    A Monday interview has the longtime and powerful California Democrat placing blame on figures inside the Obama White House for a rash of classified intelligence leaks.

    EXCERPT:

    The Democratic leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday that the White House appears to be responsible for some highly criticized leaks of classified information in recent months.

    “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a World Affairs Council forum.

    …Republicans have slammed the disclosures, arguing that members of theObama administration were intentionally leaking classified material to enhance the president’s national security credentials in an election year. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has appointed two attorneys to lead the investigation into who leaked information about U.S. involvement in cyberattacks on Iran and about an al Qaeda plot to place an explosive device aboard a U.S.-bound airliner.
    Read more in News
    « MILITARY INSIDER: Barack Obama’s “Troubling” Personal Behavior

    That hasn’t satisfied some Republicans who have pressed for a special prosecutor. LINK

    _____________

    REMEMBER THIS EXCHANGE WITH WHITE HOUSE INSIDER REGARDING SENATOR FEINSTEIN?

    Insider: How about the involvement of one of the most powerful members of the United States Senate? That enough to perk you up? That enough…f-cking specifics for you?
    …You got a guy who is found dead. Alone. 50-odd years old. Been missing for a coupla weeks before they are discovered. No signs of foul play. The coroner comes out and says natural causes – no investigation. None. Now this person…they are kinda high profile…they got links to presidents for f-cks sake…and NO INVESTIGATION into cause of death? That’s a huge alarm right there. HUGE.

    So this person now dead…you look back the past few years. They got a story…an awful strange story about the President of the United States. Soon after that story happened, they have a business associate getting charged – now going to jail. Good chance this individual was told about that story…and maybe more. Or maybe…coincidence?

    You got a U.S. Senator…powerful Senator…they come out against the administration shortly after the events in Denver. Not long after. Why? Just politics? Or something else? Then again…maybe just coincidence.

    You have my friend in 2010 battling against the Obama approved candidate for a position that could provide the means to take on the administration – full on. Now this campaign is going down less than a year before my friend is to be found dead. Coincidence?

    Follow that up with the Senator who then has their campaign fund robbed by a person who once headed up a group called Californians for Obama. Coincidence?

    And let’s talk about that time when my friend died. How the Senator…the words they used to describe that death. “No one knows HOW. No one knows WHEN. No one knows WHY.” My gut tells me that Senator may not know the answer to the first two…but they know…yes they know the answer to the third. And that statement…those words were chosen very carefully. And then they follow it up with speaking out BEFORE the president on the only real achievement the administration can try and claim as a victory – the Bin Laden killing? This senator is the one to make the first public announcement – not the president? And they chose to do so at the memorial for my friend? Coincidence?

    No…this senator was sending a message. They knew the real deal about Bin Laden…or some of it. They knew enough to challenge…if backed into a corner they would…they would challenge the story the White House was gonna come out with – the story that painted Barack Obama as a hero. The senator was telling the White House to back off…

    …you can snuff us out…people like me. But to take on a sitting Senator…even a president has to proceed with caution on that…especially if that senator has the goods, and I am pretty certain this one does.

    WHITE HOUSE INSIDER: I Hung My Head…

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/07/24/senator-feinstein-throws-another-punch-against-obama-whi-related/

    (I am about 100 posts behind on this thread, sorry if already posted.)

  323. wbboei, I have been avoiding the polls, but still distressed that Obama is still ahead (albeit I read the article you posted by Cost) in most polls given the terrible state of the economy. I don’t think the debates will change much, and actually may hurt Romney as he was less than impressive in the GOP primary. Romney has an uphill battle imo.

  324. Re: ShortTermer
    July 24th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Correction: The graphic posted about Cuba Changing in 1959 had diverse people in it, not just Cubans. I came across it again and took a better look.

    At last Jon Stewart got something right!!!!

    Those who support Romney will have to take up the slack while he awaits full access to money for campaigning.

    That posting Mrs. Smith made above should scare the hell out of every American citizen. How do we get to the bottom of it?

  325. LOL

    Obot John Hardwood on CNBC droning on and on about 16point advantage for his Messaih Barry. New NBC/WSJ poll, they dont release the details of the polls though. LOL. what a joke!

  326. Re: Mrs. Smith
    July 24th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I just posted your article on my large FB community and asked those good people in the unions to explain what it is and what it isn’t. I asked one particular retired teamster who is so all over anything that is against the incumbent that it is like white on rice. It will be interesting to see what his reaction is; I asked him for help in understanding it cause it was over my paygrade. It will be interesting to see what the responses are. Doing my part; and am very unpopular with the IN crowd, but some seem to keep hanging on just to see what I will post next I suppose. So, far only 21 of those up the incumbent’s a$$ have defriended me….such a low number? Who knew?

  327. Is betting online illegal? I would like to see wagers on just how quick the incumbent will be flexible and stop the internet stuff that the youth are upset about: SOPA, ACTA, PIPA, and MEGA. In that video the Hollywood crowd are blamed, as is the incumbent, and Biden and Dodd…..ouch for the dims.

  328. There are a couple of responses to the Gerard Union thing Mrs. Smith posted above and I posted on FB and asked for explanation from union workers:

    FaceBooker 1: This an example of the mindset of the working middle class union people of the world. We make a good wage and pay our taxes that are used to take care of les foutanate people and line the pockets of the wealty. For our efforts we are labled as the bad guys because we stand up for our rights and yours too. This attitude is world wide and is growing very strong across the U.S. with republican party pushing to elect Mitt Romney who outright promises to destroy unions. We have fought to hard and long to let this man and the repub. party take away our rights. You make the statement that we are not our grandfathers unions and that is correct,but very soon if things and people continue to destroy what our grandfathers and grandmothers did for us, you are going to see us go back to our grandparents ways of taking back our rights through whatever means it takes and this will not be pretty for polticians or corporate America.You don

    4 minutes ago · Like

    Facebooker 2:I suppose we can check off “Threat of Violence” on the talking points list.
    2 minutes ago · Like

    Admin: Not my grandfather, that sounds more like Malcholm X; by any means necessary.
    2 minutes ago · Like

    Facebooker 1 continues: t keep pushing injured animals into corners. The United States better take heed the World and American Union workers will never give up and will not die.
    2 minutes ago · Like

    Admin: Did your union march in the One Nation event?
    about a minute ago · Like

  329. I gotta give Romney credit, he has improved tremdously since 2008, I think Sarah was correct, the rough and tumble of the repub primaries has toughened him.
    His VFW speech is very very good.

  330. ShortTermer
    July 24th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Just read the Facebooker1’s response. He doesn’t know or understand the implications of where Gerard is taking the Unions.. The article I posted used Gerard’s words like “using union muscle to attack corporations”. My first impression was Gerard intends on signing up US Unions in his sinister plot of a take over of the jobs market in the US. IOW- you have to belong, pay your dues if you want to work no matter what employer is willing to hire you. Gerard will probably use this ‘Union” manpower to help Obama get elected as the NBP are a Hot Potato right now and having them out in the open is too overt an operation standing near the polls and voting booths.

    We will get to the bottom of this sooner rather than later now that Phase 2 is up and running. We will just have to run faster to get ahead of the curve figuring out what their game plan is…

    I appreciate your help- because for now this addition to the giant puzzle of who and what is behind Obama’s diabolical plans for his re-election is very perplexing. All I know is whatever it is… it’s ALL BAD and is nothing that is good for us or the country… He has to GO period. We have to keep digging…

    Thanks

  331. Short Termer-

    I found this article I posted last year relating to Leo Gerard. His close connection to Obama and how he relates to Africa, Brazil and the consolidation of Global Unions… What I don’t understand is how Obama can give a civilian power to use are military as a surrounding force when dealing with Unions from other countries.. and if this is just cover for the real intent of a Union consolidation of manpower to be used at a later date against the American People.

    Union Leader Leo Gerard Granted Use of American Military?

    December 18, 2011

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/union-leader-leo-gerard-granted-use-of-american-military/

  332. A couple interesting stories from WND. I haven’t seen this information anywhere else so I thought I’d post it.

    Why was Obama wearing a wedding ring while in college (before he met Michelle)? WDN has both an article and photos:

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/was-barack-obama-married-in-college/

    The wedding ring was also referenced in a satirical edition of the Harvard Law Review in 1990 when Obama was it’s president. There is a fake magazine ad in the edition that has a “profile” of Obama that references the mysterious ring:

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/obama-wedding-ring-mystery-dates-to-harvard/?cat_orig=politics

    In the same satirical Harvard Law Review edition is an article written by “Baroque Yo Mama”. The author of the WDN story (Jerome Corsie) says “The satirical issue included on pages 8 to 10 a mock “Self-Tribute” authored by one “Baroque Yo’ Mama.” It was titled “Between Barack and a Hard Place: My First Hundred Days,” distinguished with the page heading “Obamania.”

    …The first page of the piece, undoubtedly not authored by Obama, makes fun of a “convoluted” family history that apparently was confusing to fellow students.” Corsi also adds that other satirical phrases in the piece could be references to drugs. There is also more discussion of the ring..

    You can read the entire 1990 Harvard Law Review edition page by page here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7290773@N02/418111308/in/photostream/lightbox/

    Fun stuff and more instances of Obama covering up things about his past…

  333. I’ll bet the sudden death of the president of Ghana going unreported on mainstream or Drudge as of yet has something to do with the subject at hand-
    _________________

    Ghana’s President John Atta Mills dies

    A statement from his office said the 68-year-old died a few hours after being taken ill, but did not give details.

    “It is with a heavy heart… that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the Republic of Ghana,” the statement said.

    Mr Atta Mills had ruled the West African country since 2009.

    The BBC’s Sammy Darko, who is at the military hospital in Accra, says Mr Atta Mills’ voice has been degenerating in the last few months.
    \

    According to a presidential aide, the leader had complained of pains on Monday evening and died on Tuesday afternoon.

    Under Mr Atta Mills’ leadership, Ghana joined the ranks of the world’s large-scale oil producers. He was to run for a second term in December.

    Our reporter says the NPP’s presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, has cut short his election campaign in the west of Ghana.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18972107

  334. When Obama says the private sector is “doing fine”, but it isn’t the clear implication is either that he is ignorant or it is not his priority. With so many “Harvard trained” advisors slithering through the corridors of the White House and blathering about every little detail it is highly unlikely that he is igorant of the current status of the private sectors. Other things, yes, he is not only ignorant, but abysmally ignorant. It therefore follows that when he says the private sector is doing fine, what he means is the private sector is not a priority. It is a known fact that the private sector–not government, but the private sector is the job creation engine of this economy. Therefore, when Obama tells us, in substance, that the private sector is not a priority, what he is really saying is jobs are not a priority. His biggest priority is crashing this economy, so he can make more people dependent on government, can institute marshall law, and create a new global order. What I have just said is perfectly logical on paper. But what I have found over the course of my career is that what is logical is not always accurate, since this is not mathematics or Newton’s laws, but judgments which we all make along the way. But in the absense of a credible alternative explanation, I intend to proceed on the assumption that it is true because it makes sense.

  335. In my book, Sarah is a jewel. She is perfect for the role she is playing now. She has done more, both as a victim who refuses to behave like a victim of big media, and as a whistle blower against big media to expose their serial lies and perverse agenda. So often what she says about Obama and current events mirror my own thinking. That raises two possiblities. Either we are both right, or we are both wrong. I lean toward the former.

  336. http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/what-we-do/street-campaigns/man-attacks-american-flag-tfp-members.html

    If these students want to peacefully protest, why are they being attacked? They arent in anyone’s way, if someone doesn’t agree with it, fine ignore them, don’t assault them. Its not like what the SEUI did, protesting an actual business, getting in the way of the customers, the business. I always thought, fine, you want to peacefully want to protest, you have a right to do that.
    In fairness, there was not much written in that article/post, if the man was provoked, etc, but I just don’t see what theese students could have said away from the parking lot to provoke that man in that way. Or did he just assualt them because he didn’t like their message?
    I wonder if this was another group and they were attacked like this, if the media would then pay attention. I’d even support the SEUI’s right to protest peacefully, but not what they did, to that business and its customers, if they want to protest in a peaceful way, fine.

  337. Ice-T: Well, I’ll give up my gun when everybody does. Doesn’t that make sense? If there were guns here, would you want to be the only person without one?

    Krishnan Guru-Murthy, anchor, Channel 4 News: So do you carry guns routinely at home?

    Ice-T: Yeah, it’s legal in the United States. It’s part of our Constitution. You know, the right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense against tyranny. Not to hunt. It’s to protect yourself from the police.
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/07/23/ice-t_defends_gun_rights_the_last_form_of_defense_against_tyranny.html

  338. 1. First, an Idaho businessman makes a sizeable financial contributions to Romney

    2. Second, the Obama campaign places him on an “Enemies List”

    3. Third, the Obama IRS commences an audit.

    4. Fourth, big media dismisses it as a mere cooincidence.

    5. Fifth, the businessman says he has no proof that Obama personally ordered the audit.

    6. Sixth, did not need to personally order that audit.

    7. Seventh, by putting him on the enemies list, he gave those who wished to curry his favor, a strong incentive to harrass this buinessman with a retaliatory IRS audit.

    8. Eighth, when Thomas Moore refused to bless the marriage, Henry VIII did not have to directly order his minions to abduct the Archbishop of Canteburry, lock him in the Tower of London, put him through a mock trial, and chop off his head.

    9. Ninth, that would have been a waste of words. All he needed to say was: “who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?”

  339. Ice-T: Yeah, it’s legal in the United States. It’s part of our Constitution. You know, the right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense against tyranny. Not to hunt. It’s to protect yourself from the police
    ——————————–
    Right on bro. Might also come in handy if someone broke into your house, to rob the place and kill you. But the key to it is proper training, practice and keeping the gun clean. Speaking of practice, I shot pistol expert in the navy in 1968. Last year I bought a pistol and went to the range. I was very rusty–it was almost like I had never fired a pistol before. I was pretty inept. I am okay with it now–just okay. But it impressed upon me the importance of practice–and safety. It is not like riding a bicycle. And when you are out of practice, and do not respect safety accidents can happen. I got that drilled into me by a friend who was a policeman and bodyguard in South Africa.

  340. moononpluto
    July 24th, 2012 at 7:42 am
    Interesting….whats Cuomo got to hide….
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Cuomo has to be licking his chops for 2016. He probably fears Hillary’s large foot getting in the way of his ambitions.

    Just sayin’…

  341. So CBO says with OTurd care, 80 billion saved over 10 years…. this happens only if 500 billion is cut from Medicare, so for seniors choices will plummet since the docs who will accept or continue to accept medicare patients will go down. Employers, 10%+ will drop their own health insurance and dump those people on these so called exchanges, so people will NOT “be able to keep the doctors they like”.

    Less choices, more expenses. Will hurt job growth, a more brittle economy.

  342. http://freebeacon.com/head-of-the-donor-class/

    “One of Barack Obama’s largest campaign bundlers is also the leader of a secretive Democratic money machine.

    Kelly Craighead, who has pledged to raise at least $500,000 to Obama’s reelection campaign, serves as president and managing director of the Democracy Alliance, a group of wealthy Democratic donors founded in 2005 with seed money from left-wing billionaire George Soros.

    The Alliance serves as a clearinghouse that connects donors to endorsed organizations—such as the Center for American Progress and the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA—without threat of disclosure. The Alliance is not listed in any phonebook, and does not disclose its donors or endorsed organizations.

    “This helps the donors dodge disclosure laws, and grants them anonymity,” said campaign finance expert John Samples. “By giving to a group like Democracy Alliance, it reduces your risk in an election year if your company may have business with the government and doesn’t want to lose that under a potential Romney administration.””

  343. jbstonesfan
    July 24th, 2012 at 1:14 pm
    wbboei, I have been avoiding the polls, but still distressed that Obama is still ahead (albeit I read the article you posted by Cost) in most polls given the terrible state of the economy. I don’t think the debates will change much, and actually may hurt Romney as he was less than impressive in the GOP primary. Romney has an uphill battle imo.

    ——————–
    Right now it is virtually a tie. I think Romney will get a big bump from the convention, less so Obama. It appears to me that Romney is husbanding his resources, and will intensify the attacks at or near the end of the campaign. At that point, I believe Romney will pull ahead decisively, whereas at this point we are merely marking time. What I said last night bears repeating: whether the voter believes Bush was bad and Obama made it worse, OR that Bush was bad and Obama could not fix it, the bottom line is the same. We need a new captain. But if the election were a year from now, I would worry because there will come a point where the Obama policies will cause a fullblown economic collapse, and in that case, the people will in fact look to the government to save them.

  344. rgb,

    I hope like he11 Cuomo doesn’t get the candidacy even though I wouldn’t vote for him in any case but the aristocratization of political families has got to stop.

    Andrew’s there only coz of Mario who was a decent gov.

  345. MR’s full speech at VFW. Haven’t watched it yet but have read some great one-line excerpts.

  346. wbboei, you are right that Romney is keeping his powder dry and about the Republicans. When I got the calls asking me to help them I was a little perturbed that they are working on the primary. My thought was that why worry about that when you know you have the Republican vote; worry about those rascally Independents, former Democrats and those who are remorseful. I was told that the Primary was their main focus right now because it is important to get local people in office to be a help to those in national offices. I sort of got my nose out of joint about that; and so now my main job is to find ‘stuff’ and let them know about it. That Gerard stuff is something that might be useful, if for no other reason than to alert them to work harder on voter turnout because not only are we now up against the incumbent supporters, but it seems like we are up against union members and their voting family members that will put their interests above the good of the nation. It is all about their primary right now; and they will come out guns ablazing in the general.

  347. Moonpluto people all over the U.S. and Europe were up in arms over the SOPA and ACTA agreement and that is why that video is going viral. While I think they used some footage of the Occupy movement in that video I think most of it is footage is from massive protests, including other countries, against SOPA and ACTA. SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act and the ACTA is Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

    SOPA is about theft of United States property. It concerns websites and services located outside the United States, which may get visitors or traffic from within the US. That means millions of websites worldwide. Media and e-commerce sites will be hard hit. Small businesses (SMEs) in Europe, as well as large social media sites, will be affected. It’s about stopping American citizens from getting access to websites and services which are hosted outside the United States.

    ACTA is about any Internet content in any country. It is a framework only. It does not mandate any specific web blocking measures, although such an intention may be interpreted from the text. ACTA is targeting Internet intermediaries too. It use the expression ‘third parties’. That means ISPs too. ACTA’s intention is that ISPs can be asked to block web content using a variety of technical methods. ACTA could imply measures targetted against hosting services, domain registrars, payments and advertising services.

    Both SOPA and ACTA have been signed IIRC. Here is the link to the video which is very catchy and has more than 500,000 hits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MokNvbiRqCM The thing is this is catching on with young people and may make a difference how some of them vote

  348. How was it Admin put it…..Andrew Cuomo is not the brightest bulb in the box, thick as 2 short planks apparently.

  349. What Joy…………

    And so it begins: One in ten employers already saying they’ll drop health coverage

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/24/and-so-it-begins-one-in-ten-employers-already-saying-theyll-drop-health-coverage/

    The Congressional Budget Office released their post-Supreme Court ruling reassessment of ObamaCare earlier today, and ” unexpectedly ” the latest numbers are even less attractive than we originally estimated. Who could’ve seen this coming?

    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday said President Obama’s healthcare reform reduces the deficit by $109 billion over ten years.

    This is a new re-estimate in light of June’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the law and it is a smaller deficit savings than CBO had previously projected.

    CBO said the ruling added uncertainty to its estimates but it has put forward a number that comes down in the middle of possible outcomes.

    In March 2011, CBO said that ‘Obamacare’ would reduce the deficit by $210 billion over ten years, despite increasing spending by $1.042 trillion over 10 years.

    Despite their insistence that ObamaCare is going to help bring down the deficit (I remain wildly and incorrigibly skeptical), this is still just a fancy way of saying that ObamaCare is going to cost more than they originally thought — or, rather, more than they originally and miraculously managed to convince themselves it was going to cost.

    I also wonder if there’s any way in heck they could possibly be taking into account all of the neighborhood effects that are going to come about as a result of ObamaCare, since there’s no possible way of knowing what all of those are going to be — and therein lies the trouble with massively intrusive behemoths of legislation that are enough to make the Founders roll over in their graves. The distorted incentives, regulations, many new taxes, and rampant uncertainty coming to fruition under the auspices of the PPACA are already rearing their ugly heads, and they’re not even finished writing all of the rules for the darn thing, let alone the mishaps that will come during actual implementation. Here’s just one fresh example:

    About one in 10 employers plan to drop health coverage when key provisions of the new health care law kick in less than two years from now, according to a survey to be released Tuesday by the consulting company Deloitte.

    Nine percent of companies said they expect to stop offering coverage to their workers in the next one to three years, the Wall Street Journal reported. Around 81 percent said they would continue providing benefits and 10 percent said they weren’t sure.

    The companies, though, said a lot will depend on how future provisions of the law unfold, since most of the key parts are scheduled to take effect in 2014. One in three respondents said they could stop offering coverage if the law requires them to provide more generous benefits than they do now, if a tax on high-cost plans takes effect in 2018 as scheduled or if they decide it would be cheaper for them to pay the penalty for not providing insurance.

    Oh joy, oh rapture. What other lovely little gems shall we discover if/when the ObamaCare saga continues to unfold?

  350. lol, best internet tweet….

    Watching the Obama camp try to explain the “You didn’t build that” is like watching a turtle on its back.

  351. moon, one thing that is not included in the article you posted, employers will hire more temp workers rather than permanent employees, because the insurance mandate only applies to permanent ones…. so its only going to make things worse for people, especially the middle class, the very same people Barry “supposedly” wanted to help.

    yheitman
    July 24th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks, I’m still new to many of these abbreviations.. LOL..

  352. July 24th, 2012 at 5:55 pm
    8. Eighth, when Thomas Moore refused to bless the marriage, Henry VIII did not have to directly order his minions to abduct the Archbishop of Canteburry, lock him in the Tower of London, put him through a mock trial, and chop off his head.
    9. Ninth, that would have been a waste of words. All he needed to say was: “who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?”
    *******************

    Sorry. Thomas Moore was never the Archbishop. He was Chancellor. It was Henry II who said ‘who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?’ He was referring to Thomas Becket who was the Archbishop of Canterbury.

    Easy mistake. English history is filled with Henrys and Thomases.

  353. ShortTermer
    July 24th, 2012 at 6:50 pm
    wbboei,
    ———
    They are very methodical. But wars are not like that. War is the realm of chance, and responding to changing stimuli in real time. There is wisdom in the saying that no battle plan survives the first engagement. Lets hope his staff is better than I think they are. I would hate to be right.

  354. Sorry. Thomas Moore was never the Archbishop. He was Chancellor. It was Henry II who said ‘who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?’ He was referring to Thomas Becket who was the Archbishop of Canterbury.

    Easy mistake. English history is filled with Henrys and Thomases.
    —————
    My mistake (s). Thanks for the correction. I usually go to wiki. But I think you understand the overall point, which is that Obama does not need to give a direct order. All he needs to do is let people know that he would be pleased if something happened and those who wish to demonstrate their fealty to him will gladly take it from there. This is one of the ways he maintains plausible deniability.

  355. And Christian Bale the star of the Batman movie visits Aurora CO today
    ——————
    This is a perfect example of causation vs proximate cause. If she had not made the movie then the chain of events would have been different and these people would not have been killed. But her decision to make the movie was a remote event compared to the circumstances surrounding the mass murder. Therefore, her involvement was not proximate, hence she is blameless.

  356. I think its good that Mr. Christian Bale visited Aurora today… hopefully he will make no political statement, just convey his condolences, make a donation, and convey his sympathy to the victims.

    Now Anne Hathaway, I very much doubt she’ll be able to keep her mouth shut with her leftist crap.

    Not sure who else is in this movie, the only reason I even know about these 2 actors is because my nephews did see the movie, weren’t that impressed with it.

  357. Not sure if this may be of interest to anyone, but I saw this at ZH, thought it was very informative…

    “When Casey Research Chief Technology Investment Analyst Alex Daley met former Reagan Budget Director David Stockman to talk about the economy and where he sees it leading taxpayers investors and savers in the near future, he got some very intriguing insights from a man who served right at the heart of the US federal government.

    True, some if it makes for uncomfortable watching, but the message is critical if you want to keep your assets safe in what David calls calls “the great unwind.”

    From the interview:
    “This market isn’t real. The two percent on the ten-year, the ninety basis points on the five-year, thirty basis points on a one-year – those are medicated, pegged rates created by the Fed and which fast-money traders trade against as long as they are confident the Fed can keep the whole market rigged. Nobody in their right mind wants to own the ten-year bond at a two percent interest rate. But they’re doing it because they can borrow overnight money for free, ten basis points, put it on repo, collect 190 basis points a spread, and laugh all the way to the bank. And they will keep laughing all the way to the bank on Wall Street until they lose confidence in the Fed’s ability to keep the yield curve pegged where it is today. If the bond ever starts falling in price, they unwind the carry trade. Then you get a message, “Do not pass go.” Sell your bonds, unwind your overnight debt, your repo positions. And the system then begins to contract… The Fed has destroyed the money market. It has destroyed the capital markets. They have something that you can see on the screen called an “interest rate.” That isn’t a market price of money or a market price of five-year debt capital. That is an administered price that the Fed has set and that every trader watches by the minute to make sure that he’s still in a positive spread. And you can’t have capitalism if the capital markets are dead, if the capital markets are simply a branch office – branch casino – of the central bank. That’s essentially what we have today.”

  358. This is a perfect example of causation vs proximate cause. If she had not made the movie then the chain of events would have been different and these people would not have been killed.

    ==================

    Good distinction. But isn’t it likely that Holmes would have chosen some other movie or event for a similar attack?

  359. Both SOPA and ACTA have been signed IIRC.

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    By whom? Last I heard, both of them were rejected by one body or another. Though of course the proponents will keep bringing back the same ideas under different names.

  360. The Broke American Government Spent 770 Million Dollars To Rebuild Mosques

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    FactCheck.org has an example of good research rebutting this misleading story. It’s too detailed to quote, but here are some highlights, including the source of the figure “770” — which was spent on a sewer improvement project for the whole city of Cairo, which “began in 1984 and ended in 2006”.

    http://www.factcheck.org/2011/03/funding-mosques-overseas/
    [….]
    an Atlanta television news station, WSB-TV, reported in November that “the State Department is sending hundreds of millions of dollars to save mosques overseas.” News anchor Justin Farmer said that the State Department’s Agency for International Development gave money to mosques in Cairo, Cyprus, Tajikistan and Mali. He said that the money given to the Cairo mosque was “part of” a $770 million program to fix the city’s sewer system.

    We spoke with a USAID official, who told us that the Cairo sewer project, which did total about $770 million, began in 1984 and ended in 2006. It was a major undertaking that wasn’t specifically directed to the mosque, though about $2.3 million was used “to help lower the groundwater at the mosque area, replacing the old sewage collector, and providing a healthier environment for people living in the area,” the official, who would not be identified by name, said.

    USAID official: A high level of groundwater, resulting in part from leaking sewers and the rise and fall of the Nile, had been threatening the structural integrity of many of the buildings in this area. USAID did not pick and choose which buildings to rescue, based on religious or any other criteria. Rather, the broad effort was intended to improve the sewage system for everyone.
    [….]

    AP, Aug. 24, 2010: The amount spent on mosque restoration projects is a fraction of the total in the 2010 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, which also will fund projects to restore Christian and Buddhist sites as well as museums, forts and palaces.
    [….]
    Congress created the program in fiscal 2001, when President Bill Clinton was still in office. The first grants were announced after Bush became president.

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