This Weekend In Jerusalem

Mitt Romney is already helping Israel. Obama is so desperate to block Romney from getting Jewish votes, and the even greater number of votes from those who support Israel, that Obama is forced to help Israel. It must be killing him.

Barack Obama is worried Jews and supporters of Israel will abandon him with less regard than his father abandoned him. This fear leads Obama enablers to say the irrational – Pelosi: Republican Jews are “being exploited”. Whatever.



Obama started his occupation of the White House by snubbing Israel and vilely twisting history in his Cairo speech. The Obama Cairo speech was parts Völkischer Beobachter, part Jew baiting in distilled form, and part land for peace Sudetenland treachery.



Obama made it worse. In his “Cairo II” speech Obama back-stabbed Israel with a new demand to national suicide. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu fortunately knew how to fight thugs and rammed the 1967 borders down Obama’s throat.



Jews and supporters of Israel must always remember:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.”

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In contrast to treacherous Barack Obama, Mitt Romney is this weekend speaking with Israeli leaders and facing peril and opportunity:

“Romney Faces Perils and Opportunities in Israel

JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney’s visit here this weekend was scheduled around the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, not the Jewish calendar. But the timing, on the solemn fast day of Tisha B’av, has turned out to be both auspicious and fraught.

The holiday on Saturday evening to Sunday evening commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Jewish Temples of Jerusalem, is somewhat out of tone with campaign events, but provides a compelling backdrop for Mr. Romney’s message about the threats facing Israel. And while some thought he should mine the occasion on Sunday to give a speech at the Western Wall, a crowd magnet during the fast, he instead plans to speak at a conference center overlooking the Old City and probably visit the wall after the fast ends.”

It is Mitt Romney’s fourth visit to Israel. It likely will not be his last. Romney has already promised to make Israel his first overseas trip as president. While in Israel Mitt Romney will not undermine the sleazy Obama but just being in Israel is a sharp critique:

“Officials inside the campaign said Mr. Romney, who has pledged to “do the opposite” of Mr. Obama on all things Israel, would not critique the administration’s policies while here, as he did this week in a fiery speech in Reno, Nev., at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. Instead, he plans to speak broadly about the “shared threats, challenges and opportunities” that Israel and the United States face.

“The Tisha B’av holiday is about remembrance,” noted Dan Senor, the Romney adviser who is the architect of the trip. “In reflecting on and remembering the tragedies that the Jewish people and Israel went through, we’re reminded of the challenges and the threats that Israel faces today.” [snip]

“Part of the job in being prime minister in Israel is being able to manage your relationship with the U.S., that’s probably job No. 2,” said Stanley Greenberg, a Democratic pollster who has worked on many left-leaning Israeli campaigns. “His good relationship with Romney probably helps him domestically, probably gives him some leverage in dealing with Obama.

Bibi knows the problem is Obama. The problem is not Mitt Romney pretending he is a world celebrity willing to bow and bend to whatever potentate or clown constituency demands of him:

“Romney isn’t out to make the world swoon

The itinerary for the overseas trip that Mitt Romney is taking — Britain, Poland and Israel — is brilliantly chosen. These countries contrast greatly with candidate Barack Obama’s 2008 foreign tour, which included stops in Afghanistan and Jordan. That journey aimed to show that he would strengthen America’s bonds with countries that aren’t always our staunchest allies — and that Obama was the opposite of President George W. Bush. Huge crowds swooned over Obama in Paris and Berlin, a reception that was a boon to his campaign at home.

The former Massachusetts governor, however, neither seeks nor generates this sort of delirium. He is a sober man who promises reliable management and a foreign policy that recognizes that the world is beset with dangers to America’s welfare and liberty.

Thanks to Romney’s speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, we now have the broad outlines of how his foreign policy would differ from Obama’s. There would be a break, the Republican candidate indicated, from policies that have “exposed the military to cuts that no one can justify, compromised our national security secrets and, in dealings with other nations, given trust where it is not earned, insult where it is not deserved and apology where it is not due.”

Romney is an old-fashioned, unstylish man whose views hark back to a time when America was confident in itself and less worried about the judgments of other nations. We have grown anxious in the past decade or so, seeing our country in the mirror held up beyond our shores. There is a yearning for that self-confidence. And Romney promises to call back those older, simpler American verities.

Just as Obama sought to distance himself from Bush’s legacy, Romney’s overseas itinerary is meant to draw a contrast with the current president. Israel, Poland and Britain are resolutely pro-American societies, choices that play it safe politically and suggest that a Romney presidency would as well.

The “special relationship” with Britain calls for no commentary; this is the Anglo-Saxon world, as it was once unapologetically called. [snip]

Israel is of the West but not in it, a besieged democracy. Obama has not visited there since his 2008 trip, and Israelis have wondered about his fidelity to their country.

Poland, too, imparts meaning: Its people have paid dearly for their liberty, daring to defy the Soviet Union and casting their fate with the West. Poland still stands sentry against Russia. And Romney’s previous characterization of Russia as the United States’ “number one geopolitical foe” is music to Polish ears.

And Poland has had its own disappointment with Obama: Bush proposed a missile-defense system to be based in Poland and the Czech Republic. Obama has reconfigured it, proposing a system more acceptable to Russia and, he contends, more effective in warding off potential missile attacks from Iran and North Korea.”

Domestically Barack Obama is a failure. In foreign affairs Barack Obama is a failure:

“In the same vein, candidate Obama vowed to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, repair “brand America” abroad, drain anti-Americanism from the Islamic world and build trust between Pakistan and the United States.

But these promises have been largely forgotten in the exercise of power. Guantanamo is still open, and anti-Americanism in the Islamic world did not dissipate when Bush left the White House. In a supreme note of irony, the Pew Global Attitudes Project, which was once held up as proof of Bush’s poor standing in foreign lands, recently bore bad tidings for Obama:

In a number of strategically important Muslim nations,” the June report says, “America’s image has not improved during the Obama presidency. In fact, America’s already low 2008 ratings have slipped even further in Jordan and Pakistan.

The Romney campaign is not out to win hearts and minds in Karachi and Cairo; that sort of public diplomacy is of no interest to the candidate and his bid for the presidency.

“I do not view America as just one more point on the strategic map, one more power to be balanced,” Romney said Tuesday, emphasizing American exceptionalism — probably because Obama has often equivocated about it.

“I believe in American exceptionalism,” the president said in France in 2009, “just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

The most generous interpretation is that Barack Obama has not a clue about what the term “American exceptionalism” is about. But more likely Obama simply has contempt for the concept and believes himself so much better than to defend American national interests.

In his own grandiose vision of himself as popular world celebrity Barack Obama has been thwarted by Israel and Netanyahu:

“Under Romney, would there be a difference on the “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians? The tone might improve, as the bonds between Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are strong; in contrast, there is an obvious estrangement between Obama and the Israeli leader. But that conflict will not yield to an American president’s power. From Harry Truman till the present, that primordial struggle has frustrated U.S. leaders. No matter how close the U.S.-Israeli relationship is, the United States cannot dictate the terms of an Israeli-Palestinian settlement. Any grand historical accommodation must be the work of the protagonists themselves.

The late Harvard political scientist Samuel P. Huntington once sketched three visions of the United States’ place in the world: nationalist, cosmopolitan and imperial. In the nationalist view, America defends her interests in the world and marks ideological borders and differences with other nations. In the cosmopolitan view, the foreign world and globalization reshape America, erasing the differences that separate it from other countries. In the imperial vision, America remakes the world by remaking foreign lands.

An imperial push can’t be sustained; the United States lacks the resources and the drive for such grand ambitions. So we are down to a more realistic distinction. Obama embodies the cosmopolitan aspiration, and Romney the nationalist idea. We have already seen Obama’s worldview at work; it probably wouldn’t change in a second term. Romney’s stewardship would dawn without trumpets and drums. It would have the sobriety of Gerald Ford’s and George H.W. Bush’s leadership. But there would be an ideological edge, illustrated in Romney’s VFW address: “Like a watchman in the night, we must remain at our post — and keep guard of the freedom that defines and ennobles us and our friends.”

This is not only good prose. Compared with Obama’s ideas, it is a different view of America.

We are loathe to use the term cosmopolitan as it has an historic association with anti-semitism. But we will take it in the spirit in which it is offered. Of more interest to us is the quote from Romney: “Like a watchman in the night, we must remain at our post — and keep guard of the freedom that defines and ennobles us and our friends.”

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America as a “watchman in the night” has a long history. Liberal Zechariah Chafee Jr. was fond of the phrase and used it to great effect in The Blessings of Liberty. More recently Senator Marco Rubio denounced declinist Obama and quoted JFK:



“One of my favorite speeches is one that talks about our role in the world. It was the speech President Kennedy was set to give, had he lived just one more day. It would have closed with these words:

“We in this country, in this generation, are- by destiny rather than by choice- the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of ‘peace on earth, good will toward men.’ That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago “except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

Almost half a century later America is still the only watchman on that wall of world freedom. And there is still no one else to take our place.

What will the world look like if America declines? Well, today all over the world, people are being forced to accept a familiar lie, that the price for their security is their liberty.

If America declines, who will serve as living proof that liberty, security and prosperity are all possible together? Today, radical political Islam abuses and oppresses women, has no tolerance for other faiths and seeks to impose its views on the whole world. If America declines, who will lead the fight to confront and defeat them?

Today, children are used as soldiers and trafficked as slaves. Dissidents are routinely imprisoned without trial, and subjected to torture, forced confessions and forced labor.

If America declines, who will take these causes as their own? What will the world look like if America declines? Well, who will create the innovations of the 21st century? Who will stretch the limits of human potential and explore the new frontiers?

If America declines, who will do all this, and ask for nothing in return?

Motivated solely by the desire to make the world a better place?

The answer is no one will. There is still no nation or institution in the world willing or able to do what we have done.

Ronald Reagan described America as a shining city on a hill. Now, some say that we can no longer afford the price we must pay to keep America’s light shining. Others say that there are new shining cities that will soon replace us. I say they are both wrong. Yes, the price we will pay to keep America’s light shining is high, but the price we will pay if it stops shining will be even higher.

Yes, there are new nations now emerging with prosperity and influence. And that is what we always wanted. America never wanted to be the only shining city. We wanted our example to inspire the people of the world to build one of their own. You see, these nations, these new shining cities, they can join us, but they can never replace us. Because the light coming from them is but a reflection of our own. It is the light of an American century that now spreads throughout the world. A world that still needs America. A world that still needs our light. A world that still needs another American century.”

On the very first weekend after his election in 2010 Marco Rubio went to Israel. Marco Rubio continued to respect Israel with speech after speech in defense of Israel:



Mitt Romney is in Jerusalem this weekend. Marco Rubio has been campaigning on behalf of Mitt Romney this weekend. Marco Rubio has not only survived an emergency landing of his airplane today. Marco Rubio has also closed the book on bogus ethics charges – Florida to Rubio: About that ethics thing… nevermind

For those speculating about Mitt Romney’s choice for Vice President this weekend the eyes should turn not turn solely to Jerusalem. It’s very possible that Mitt Romney has found a fellow watchman. Next year it just might be Romney/Rubio. Next year might be MR/MR. Next year there might be hope in Israel.

Next year in Jerusalem.

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146 thoughts on “This Weekend In Jerusalem

  1. Great post, admin.

    I like Faouad Azami! And it is a surprise that WAPO printed his oped.

    Romney is doing things methodically and deliberately to great effect with or without advice from the peanut gallery.

  2. BTW, Rubio’s plane had to make an emergency landing. He was on his way to an event in Iowa. But he and other people on the plane are all OK.

  3. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/pelosi-president-obamas-been-israel-over-and-over-again_649078.html

    Daniel Halper has called attention to Nancy Pelosi’s remarkable interview with Al Hunt on the topic of Barack Obama and Israel. I’d note one comment in particular: Pelosi’s claim that President Obama “has been there [Israel] over and over again.” [snip]

    Contrary to Pelosi’s apparent claim, President Obama hasn’t been to Israel over and over again. He’s never been as president, which is certainly what Pelosi implied. Well, maybe he visited Israel “over and over” before becoming president, and that’s what Pelosi meant to say? No. When he was senator, Obama went on two trips to Israel, once with several other freshmen members of Congress, and then as a presidential candidate. And he’d never been interested enough in Israel to visit as a private citizen. So much for the notion that Obama’s been “over and over again.”

    So Pelosi is wrong, and the Emergency Committee is right. But Pelosi’s resort to a whopper to try to reassure pro-Israel voters does suggest how worried Democrats must be about the reaction to Obama’s attempt to create distance between his administration and Israel, as Obama’s Israel policy gets more scrutiny.

  4. Great read adm. Drudge has several good links on Pelosi’s comments and other issues
    related to Israel. It is rather amusing watching Obama and his Jewish apologists panicking a bit as some Jews actually may think before automatically pulling the democratic lever.

  5. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/austerity-olympics-each-gold-medal-contains-134-gold

    Wow. I did not know this…

    “The 2012 gold is 92.5 percent silver, 6.16 copper and… 1.34 percent gold, with IOC rules specifying that it must contain 550 grams of high-quality silver and a whopping 6 grams of gold. The resulting medallion is worth about $500. For the silver medal, the gold is replaced with more copper, for a $260 bill of materials. The bronze medal is 97 percent copper, 2.5 percent zinc and 0.5 percent tin. Valued at about $3, “

  6. I know this is a little off topic, but I came across this Utube of Willard from 1994. It was posted by some right wing critic who apparently wants to reveal Romney as a faux Republican. Well, I say we can only hope.


  7. imho…every time the O camp and his cohorts bring up the race card…the Romney camp and/or everyone else that is being attacked with the ‘R’ card should remind anyone listening that the O camp pulls this on everyone, including Bill and Hillary Clinton…

    …just remind people that the O camp is so low down that they actually accused Bill and Hillary of being racists…as absurd as that is…and there goes their credibility…in fact, turn the R card back on them and they exploitation and manipulation for special treatment instead of being able to handle fair criticism…

  8. They called me a racist over and over again; and when that did not get a rise, then they called me the ‘other’ really really bad bad bad R word ==== Republican. They are so arrested in development that they will never recover. They did these things to every opponent of the now incumbent; idjits.

    Re: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9IJUkYUbvI&feature=related

    This video is proof of the conservatives’ view that Romney is anything but conservative, even with his conservative Mormon background. And yet Sarah Palin gets criticized for not falling in line like a good little Christian soldier. This worries me, although, I must say that Teddified Kennedy, for the part shown in the video, makes a good case against the incumbent.

    I reposted Marco Rubio’s maiden speech, Admin. I know you must get tired of praise for your articles, but this one stands out. MR and MR…..sounds good to me.

  9. They called me a racist over and over again; and when that did not get a rise, then they called me the ‘other’ really really bad bad bad R word ==== Republican. They are so arrested in development that they will never recover. They did these things to every opponent of the now incumbent; idjits.

    Re: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9IJUkYUbvI&feature=related

    This video is proof of the conservatives’ view that Romney is anything but conservative, even with his conservative Mormon background. And yet Sarah Palin gets criticized for not falling in line like a good little Christian soldier. This worries me, although, I must say that Teddified Kennedy, for the part shown in the video, makes a good case against the incumbent.

    I reposted Marco Rubio’s maiden speech, Admin. I know you must get tired of praise for your articles, but this one stands out. MR and MR…..sounds good to me.

  10. c-span is now running Mitt Romney’s speech when he took over the Utah Olympics in 2002…saying many good things…more of this Mitt…

    confident, smart, compassionate, caring, relatable…reasonable…genuine…

  11. S,

    my sense is that the Romney team is waiting for the London Olympics to get over to unleash his Olympic experience stories when people can relate to it better. I think it is a smart move.

  12. I am in WI this week and already pissed off several fraud supporters just by answering their questions on Romney and pointing out their flawed MM rational. One actually stormed out of the house. Derangered. I stood my ground. All eight of them including my sister do not know what they refuse to know

    I finally said, “Look, I was aDem for 39 years and instead of asking me how or why I took this journey, you all rant and rave. Not of of you are intellectually curious as to the why or how I made the shift. Doesn’t that tell you something”?

    Not one had any idea of 5/31/08, not one. We are not going to change their minds before the election. It will be a long time coming and then, only then, will they understand what they have done. God give them strenght.

    Great post Admin

  13. Not one had any idea of 5/31/08, not one. We are not going to change their minds before the election. It will be a long time coming and then, only then, will they understand what they have done.
    ___________________________
    They will never change their minds. They are nazis. In time, they will fabricate a myth that Obama had all the right ideas but the racist republicans thwarted him every step of the way. Yes, even when he had a filibuster proof majority in the senate, control of the House, and 70% public support, those nasty republicans were sending gamma waves to mess with his brain, and to cause a tsumami just to make him fail. Meanwhile that devil Bush was hiding out in Crawford, chopping wood and pretending it was Obama’s head. Yes, what they did to the Messiah was sinful, blasphemous and racist. But Barack will be back in 2016 to lead the country and world to that shining city on the hill–a line he stole from the Reagan estate. He and Bomber Bill will lead the parade.

  14. I have got to hand it to that Teddy. He was one fat son of a bitch. Six axe handles wide. His closest competitor in the world of girth is Candy Crowley. If accompanied Teddy that fateful trip home into the river, there would have been no survivors. The car would have sunk to the bottom, all hands lost at sea.


  15. Marco Rubio has also closed the book on bogus ethics charges – Florida to Rubio: About that ethics thing… nevermind
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    Excellent.

  16. So, lets see… First Barry, Schumer, Pelosi all support blocking the canadian keystone pipeline, so the canadians naturally turn to anyone else to help with the extraction of that oil so they can sell, guess who steps up? China of course…. so now China has penned a 15.1 billion deal with canada…

    and guess what happens? Chuckie Schumer is saying he wants the deal between Canada and China, yea, maybe he should also try to block other deals between 2 other sovereign countries. Seriously, how stupid are these people?

    http://nation.foxnews.com/canadian-oil/2012/07/28/after-obama-blocks-keystone-pipeline-china-readies-151-billion-canadian-oil-deal

    When President Barack Obama blocked the Keystone Pipeline, Republicans said the move would encourage Canada to pursue oil deals with China instead of the United States and cede a massive chunk of North American oil assets to the communist nation.

    Now, with China’s state-run oil company CNOOC poised to cut a $15.1 billion deal–the largest ever foreign acquisition for a Chinese company–with Canadian oil company Nexen, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are in full backpedal mode.

    In a draft letter to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Sen. Schumer writes:

    I respectfully urge you, in your capacity as chairman of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), to withhold approval of this transaction to ensure U.S. companies reciprocal treatment.

    Similarly, Rep. Pelosi is now sounding alarms of concern. In a statement, Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hamill said:

    This deal prompts great concern about the Chinese government’s continued attempts to use its state-owned enterprises to acquire global energy resources.

    Saying “I told you so” offers little solace to concerned Republican lawmakers.

    “Do we really want to be buying our oil or Canadian oil back from the Chinese?” said Sen. John Hoeven (R-NE). “If we don’t take action to develop our resources and work with our closest friend and ally Canada, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.””

    “to ensure U.S. companies reciprocal treatment.” Really Schummer?? it was people like YOU who made sure US companies were put as a disadvantage by blocking Keystone, and now you wanna bitch and moan about this very predictable step the Canadians and Chinese have taken??

  17. Pretty shocked that NYT would even publish this. Gee, maybe the dem idiots in congress should have considered all this BEFORE passing that PO$ law?? People like Pelosi, Barry, they of course won’t be delayed in care, quality etc, the rest of us, quality goes down, waittime, costs go up.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/health/policy/too-few-doctors-in-many-us-communities.html?_r=2&ei=5065&adxnnl=1&partner=MYWAY&adxnnlx=1343564129-XD3N3cHuipVTbEKmFR/kPQ

    “President Obama’s health care law is expected to extend insurance coverage to more than 300,000 people by 2014. But coverage will not necessarily translate into care: Local health experts doubt there will be enough doctors to meet the area’s needs. There are not enough now.
    ……

    The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. And that number will more than double by 2025, as the expansion of insurance coverage and the aging of baby boomers drive up demand for care. Even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000.
    …..

    Experts describe a doctor shortage as an “invisible problem.” Patients still get care, but the process is often slow and difficult. In Riverside, it has left residents driving long distances to doctors, languishing on waiting lists, overusing emergency rooms and even forgoing care. “

  18. Newt nails it!

    “Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on with Larry Kudlow where he weighed in on President Barack Obama’s revealing “You didn’t build that” remark. Gingrich said it will “go down in history” as one of those defining moments, because it revealed Obama as a “Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers radical” that he is. Gingrich praised Mitt Romney’s Campaign for taking the statement building an entire “I built it” movement in contrast to what Obama said.”


  19. ““Do we really want to be buying our oil or Canadian oil back from the Chinese?” said Sen. John Hoeven (R-NE). “If we don’t take action to develop our resources and work with our closest friend and ally Canada, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.”
    _______________

    Schumer, Obama’s undefined spokesman is advancing Obama’s agenda breaking the backs of America’s middle class forcing them to buy oil at crippling oil prices this winter.

    China will double or triple the price of a gal of oil for sale to US citizens living in the northern states. This latest austerity measure will trigger any hope Americans have of pulling out of the death spiral Obama is planning to bury once and for all middle class America and America herself as the once Super Power of the World and the home of the FREE… Schumer is a traitor to his NY constituency. NY’ers should frog-march him out of his office plant him at the curb where garbage collectors can take him where he belongs, the garbage dump.

  20. “Schumer, Obama’s undefined spokesman is advancing Obama’s agenda breaking the backs of America’s middle class forcing them to buy oil at crippling oil prices this winter.

    China will double or triple the price of a gal of oil for sale to US citizens living in the northern states. This latest austerity measure will trigger any hope Americans have of pulling out of the death spiral Obama is planning to bury once and for all middle class America and America herself as the once Super Power of the World and the home of the FREE… Schumer is a traitor to his NY constituency. NY’ers should frog-march him out of his office plant him at the curb where garbage collectors can take him where he belongs, the garbage dump.”

    Good morning Mrs.Smith, 100% accurate assessment. Barry will be fine, the chuckster Schumer will be fine this winter, the middle class in America, not so much.
    I don’t even blame the Canadians, they tried their best, they are America’s ally, but many in congress like chuckie are not allies of the American middle class. Oh they’re against all this oil because the greenies contribute to their campaigns, etc, but will the greenies pay for the extra heating bills the middle class will have to pay this winter? I think not.
    So one hand, say you’re for the middle class, on the other hand take contributions and support the agenda of people who make it harder on the middle class, but never mind about that, those people fund your campaigns, so hey its all good, talking from both sides of the mouth for these idiots like Pelosi, Schumer, Barry.

  21. tim
    July 29th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Newt nails it!
    ___________

    Romney should appoint Newt head of his response team. I can’t see Newt taking any guff from Axelrod or Carney. Newt relishing the opportunity to bury Obama’s campaign hurling one surgical strike after another decimating Obama’s campaign within a month.

  22. Happy Summer Sunday to you Tim;

    “Schumer will be fine this winter, the middle class in America, not so much.”
    _________________

    It just amazes me how New Yorkers re-elect Schumer term, after term, after term. I don’t understand it…

  23. Going back to my book, “Fool Me Twice”.. by Brenda Elliot and Aaron Klein. Their bomb-shell book is not conversational text. Their revelations are validated page by page citing verification from the documents of the White House think tank, Center for American Progress- ( CAP ) It will be interesting watching the public’s reaction once this book is out- arming Americans with the knowledge they have been denied by their Hope and Change fraudulently elected Liar in Chief.

  24. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-presidential-campaign-heads-into-final-100-days-undecided-voters-still-struggle/2012/07/28/gJQA5zkwGX_story.html

    TOLEDO, Ohio — There are 100 days left in what, at times, has seemed like an endless presidential election. And these are the bewildered sounds of the Undecided American, trying to decide.

    “I know Obama says he has put people back to work, and I don’t dispute that,” Pam Nickel said at an outdoor shopping mall in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Tuesday. Underemployment is a big issue for her, though. “I don’t know that the last four years will sway me as much as what happens in the next few months,” she said.

    I’m definitely not voting for Obama. Our country’s in the worst mess ever, and certainly he needs to take some responsibility,” said Bobbie Hodge, 71, a retired nurse from Iron County, Mo. “And yet, I’m not sure about Romney.”

    After filing for bankruptcy in 2010, Sue Grigsby, 46, who works with special-needs students at Maumee High School in northwest Ohio, said thing are getting back to normal. “Honestly, we hit rock bottom,” Grigsby said, “but we’re getting back on our feet.”

    In these next 100 days, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney and their political allies will spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying to sway uncommitted voters in a few key states. These are the people they’re after.

    Interviews with dozens of voters in Florida, Missouri, Ohio and Virginia illustrate just how complicated each voter’s decision can be and, sometimes, how very far removed it is from the election strategies being mapped out in campaign conference rooms in Chicago or Boston or Washington.

    The conversations with voters also show how little the daily media circus of gaffes and campaign ads and surrogate attacks actually moves its intended targets. After months of heavy advertising by Romney, many voters knew only that he is Mormon, rich and not Obama.

    This weekend, the Obama campaign kicks off the last 100 days of campaigning with 4,600 small events around the country, including Olympics-watching parties, house parties and “Barbecues for Barack.”

    The Romney campaign is taking a different approach. The candidate is in Israel this weekend as part of an overseas tour designed to enhance his image as an international statesman.

    “I’m not sure that 100 days out is going to feel much different than 105 days out or 95 days out,” said Ed Gillespie, a senior Romney adviser. He said the campaign thinks that less than 10 percent of the electorate should be considered truly “undecided.” Still, Gillespie said, in comparison with the Obama camp, “we’d rather play our hand than theirs.”

  25. good morning foxiladi14 and admin… great post admin

    stuns me that people are still waffling… they want 4 more years of this $hit????

  26. The ideological frenzy of the hard left has taken a fearful toll on the minds of the Democratic party. They are now so riven with rigidity that they have lost all contact with reality. Small wonder that they can still line up behind “The One” even with a full knowledge of his hideous record of achievement, his blatant selfishness and contempt for the real needs of ordinary citizens.
    This latest fulmination and thundering righteousness about the fast food chicken emporium is but one more sad reminder of how we have declined as a nation. This sort of utter nonsense is really beneath us. It’s sheer phoniness is enough to gag a maggot.
    Here is an article by Mark Steyn which should infuriate anyone who has even the slightest intelligence as we survey the level to which we have sunk in our choice of political leaders.

    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE         
    The Tolerance Enforcers
    By Mark Steyn
    July 28, 2012 4:00 A.M.

    To modify Lord Acton, power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, but aldermanic power corrupts all der more manically. Proco “Joe” Moreno is alderman of the First Ward of Chicago, and last week, in a city with an Aurora-sized body count every weekend, his priority was to take the municipal tire-iron to the owners of a chain of fast-food restaurants. “Because of this man’s ignorance,” said Alderman Moreno, “I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the First Ward.”
    “This man’s ignorance”? You mean, of the City of Chicago permit process? Zoning regulations? Health and safety ordinances? No, Alderman Moreno means “this man’s ignorance” of the approved position on same-sex marriage. “This man” is Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, and a few days earlier he had remarked that “we are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives” — which last part suggests he is as antipathetic to no-fault divorce and other heterosexual assaults on matrimony as he is to more recent novelties such as gay marriage. But no matter. Alderman Moreno does not allege that Chick-fil-A discriminates in its hiring practices or in its customer service. Nor does he argue that business owners should not be entitled to hold opinions: The Muppets, for example, have reacted to Mr. Cathy’s observations by announcing that they’re severing all ties with Chick-fil-A. Did you know that the Muppet Corporation has a position on gay marriage? Well, they do. But Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef would be permitted to open a business in the First Ward of Chicago because their opinion on gay marriage happens to coincide with Alderman Moreno’s. It’s his ward, you just live in it. When it comes to lunch options, he’s the chicken supremo and don’t you forget it.
    The city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, agrees with the alderman: Chick-fil-A does not represent “Chicago values” — which is true if by “Chicago values” you mean machine politics, AIDS-conspiracy-peddling pastors, and industrial-scale black youth homicide rates. But, before he was mayor, Rahm Emanuel was President Obama’s chief of staff. Until the president’s recent “evolution,” the Obama administration held the same position on gay marriage as Chick-fil-A. Would Alderman Moreno have denied Barack Obama the right to open a chicken restaurant in the First Ward? Did Rahm Emanuel quit the Obama administration on principle? Don’t be ridiculous. Mayor Emanuel is a former ballet dancer, and when it’s politically necessary he can twirl on a dime.
    Meanwhile, fellow mayor Tom Menino announced that Chick-fil-A would not be opening in his burg anytime soon. “If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult,” said His Honor. If you’ve just wandered in in the middle of the column, this guy Menino isn’t the mayor of Soviet Novosibirsk or Kampong Cham under the Khmer Rouge, but of Boston, Massachusetts. Nevertheless, he shares the commissars’ view that in order to operate even a modest and politically inconsequential business it is necessary to demonstrate that one is in full ideological compliance with party orthodoxy. “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail,” Mayor Menino thundered in his letter to Mr. Cathy, “and no place for your company alongside it.” No, sir. On Boston’s Freedom Trail, you’re free to march in ideological lockstep with the city authorities — or else. Hard as it is to believe, there was a time when Massachusetts was a beacon of liberty: the shot heard round the world, and all that. Now it fires Bureau of Compliance permit-rejection letters round the world.
    Mayor Menino subsequently backed down and claimed the severed rooster’s head left in Mr. Cathy’s bed was all just a misunderstanding. Yet, when it comes to fighting homophobia on Boston’s Freedom Trail, His Honor is highly selective. As the Boston Herald’s Michael Graham pointed out, Menino is happy to hand out municipal licenses to groups whose most prominent figures call for gays to be put to death. The mayor couldn’t have been more accommodating (including giving them $1.8 million of municipal land) of the new mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston, whose IRS returns listed as one of their seven trustees Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Like President Obama, Imam Qaradawi’s position on gays is in a state of “evolution”: He can’t decide whether to burn them or toss ’em off a cliff. “Some say we should throw them from a high place,” he told Al Jazeera. “Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement. . . . The important thing is to treat this act as a crime.” Unlike the deplorable Mr. Cathy, Imam Qaradawi is admirably open-minded: There are so many ways to kill homosexuals, why restrict yourself to just one? In Mayor Menino’s Boston, if you take the same view of marriage as President Obama did from 2009 to 2012, he’ll run your homophobic ass out of town. But, if you want to toss those godless sodomites off the John Hancock Tower, he’ll officiate at your ribbon-cutting ceremony.
    This inconsistency is very telling. The forces of “tolerance” and “diversity” are ever more intolerant of anything less than total ideological homogeneity. Earlier this year, the Susan G. Komen Foundation — the group that gave us those pink “awareness raising” ribbons for breast cancer — decided to end its funding of Planned Parenthood on the grounds that, whatever its other charms, Planned Parenthood has nothing to do with curing breast cancer. Within hours, the Komen Foundation’s Nancy Brinker had been jumped by her fellow liberals, and was strapped to a chair under a light bulb in the basement with her head clamped between two mammogram plates until she recanted. A few weeks back, Mark Regnerus, a sociology professor who “says he’s never voted for a Republican presidential candidate,” published a paper in the journal Social Science Research whose findings, alas, did not conform to the party line on gay parenting. Immediately, the party of science set about ending his career, demanding that he be investigated for “scientific misconduct” and calling on mainstream TV and radio networks to ban him from their airwaves.
    As an exercise in sheer political muscle, it’s impressive. But, if you’re a feminist or a gay or any of the other house pets in the Democrat menagerie, you might want to look at Rahm Emanuel’s pirouette, and Menino’s coziness with Islamic homophobia. These guys are about power, and right now your cause happens to coincide with their political advantage. But political winds shift. Once upon a time, Massachusetts burned witches. Now it grills chicken-sandwich homophobes. One day it’ll be something else. Already in Europe, in previously gay-friendly cities like Amsterdam, demographically surging Muslim populations have muted leftie politicians’ commitment to gay rights, feminism, and much else. It’s easy to cheer on the thugs when they’re thuggish in your name. What happens when Emanuel’s political needs change?
    Americans talk more about liberty than citizens of other Western nations, but, underneath the rhetorical swagger, liberty bleeds. When Mayor Menino and Alderman Moreno openly threaten to deny business licenses because of ideological apostasy, they’re declaring their unfitness for public office. It’s not about marriage, it’s not about gays, it’s about a basic understanding that a free society requires a decent respect for a wide range of opinion without penalty by the state. In Menino’s Boston, the Freedom Trail is heavy on the Trail, way too light on the Freedom.
    © 2012 Mark Steyn

  27. Excellent article from ZeroHedge…

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-bypassing-government-roadblocks-your-personal-prosperity

    “That the US government’s activities as a share of GDP have gone from well under 10% at the beginning of the last century to over 40% today – and will go over 50% by the time Obamacare is fully implemented – makes it clear that this country is now operating on principles that run completely contrary to those that promote success and economic well-being. The consequence of continuing to operate on this model will be a steady decline in the quality of life for most Americans, while favoring a ruling elite that produces nothing… except more roadblocks.

    Cont…

  28. excellent article blue, I had no idea Boston gave these nuts land…I believe this is the same Imam who wanted to speak at the Ground Zero Victory mosque but was told no, once his words came out. The hypocritical left, exposing themselves one day at a time.

    “Menino is happy to hand out municipal licenses to groups whose most prominent figures call for gays to be put to death. The mayor couldn’t have been more accommodating (including giving them $1.8 million of municipal land) of the new mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston, whose IRS returns listed as one of their seven trustees Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Like President Obama, Imam Qaradawi’s position on gays is in a state of “evolution”: He can’t decide whether to burn them or toss ’em off a cliff. “Some say we should throw them from a high place,” he told Al Jazeera. “Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement. . . . The important thing is to treat this act as a crime.” Unlike the deplorable Mr. Cathy, Imam Qaradawi is admirably open-minded: There are so many ways to kill homosexuals, why restrict yourself to just one? In Mayor Menino’s Boston, if you take the same view of marriage as President Obama did from 2009 to 2012, he’ll run your homophobic ass out of town. But, if you want to toss those godless sodomites off the John Hancock Tower, he’ll officiate at your ribbon-cutting ceremony.
    This inconsistency is very telling. The forces of “tolerance” and “diversity” are ever more intolerant of anything less than total ideological homogeneity.”

  29. Slowly but surely, the legacy of Barack Hussein Obama, and his big media allies is coming into sharp focus.

    President Barack Huessein Obama dramatically reduced the stature of the United States, the networth of every American (except for his pay to play insiders), destroyed the job base of this nation, flaunted the perks, and stands as the classic example of the dangers of affirmative action, i.e. hiring the wrong man for a critical job, on grounds of his race.

    As someone said, if we are to have our first black president, let us as least be sure he is the right black president.

    Failing to heed this advice has creating the impression that a black man got the presidency and sold out the American People. Not at all a pretty picture. Is this a racist attitude? No more so than the people put him in there. When it comes to race there are no benign classifications. All racial classifications, for purposes of allocating the burdens and rewards of government are by their very nature invidious.

  30. Great post admin –

    ….Romney is an old-fashioned, unstylish man whose views hark back to a time when America was confident in itself and less worried about the judgments of other nations. We have grown anxious in the past decade or so, seeing our country in the mirror held up beyond our shores. There is a yearning for that self-confidence. And Romney promises to call back those older, simpler American verities.

    ========

    I don’t see Mitt as unstylish or 1950’s at all. I see him more like Hillary, a person with values, that works hard for what they believe in, and pretending to be an aging rock star like Keith Richards or Steven Tyler isn’t what either great American is about. They aren’t about showman/show-womanship…they are about getting the job done with careful thought and consideration.

    Comparing either of them to Obama is like comparing a 24 carrot gold brick to a bowl of FruitLoops.

  31. Re Mrs. Smith
    July 29th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I will vote for that!!! Newt would be a nice bookend to 2×4 Schumer. Why do NYers keep the likes of him in time and again?

    And yet, those union members keep telling their rank and file that they MUST back the whoever in order to SURVIVE…these are otherwise good people, but they are looking for a paycheck, so what if the country is driven to hell and back. They are fanatical. They are so wrong; country over a paycheck. I know that is easy for me to say; but whatever happened to loving the country more than self?

  32. Amazing!!1
    New photos from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter Camera (LROC) reveal that most of the American flags planted on the moon during the Apollo mission series are still standing, according to Space.com.

    “It is now certain that the American flags are still standing and casting shadows at all of the sites, except Apollo 11,” LROC principal investigator Mark Robinson wrote in a blog post Friday detailing the new images. “Astronaut Buzz Aldrin reported that the flag was blown over by the exhaust from the ascent engine during liftoff of Apollo 11, and it looks like he was correct!”

    Scientists had speculated that the flags planted during the six missions were still standing, based on seeing what they thought were their shadows in the past; Robinson wrote that he was surprised at the discovery, given the conditions the flags have been exposed to for more than four decades.
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/28/photos-show-u-s-flags-on-the-moon-are-still-standing/

  33. pm317
    July 29th, 2012 at 12:28 am
    S,

    my sense is that the Romney team is waiting for the London Olympics to get over to unleash his Olympic experience stories when people can relate to it better. I think it is a smart move.
    *******************************************

    yes, pm317, I agree with that and have also stated that here…the full launch of who MR is, his family and his life’s work…his convention and official nomination…and the bombardment that will be aimed full force at O…are yet to come…we are in full agreement with that strategy…

    having said that, if anyone gets the chance to see that c-span coverage of Mitt at the Press Club…as he took over the 2002 Utah Olympics…it is worth it…of course c-span followed with John McCain going over the top about govt money given to the Olympics, etc…

    …but Mitt was impressive…he hit the right notes…he handled the notion of racism with grace…he talked about ethics with clarity, etc…he expounded on where they would have to be frugal and still be impressive, but if they did not have money for some things, they would be pragmatic and make wise choices with what they had, he showed excitement and humor, etc…(i think it was “luge” (sp),that sport where you go speeding down the mountain on ice close to your head, that he said he actually tried and was terrified)…all humanizing…

    what wbboei and I are commenting on is MR’s almost amateurish, or naive, preparation to respond to the obvious traps the O camp and willing MSM set up for him…

    I have been watching some of the interviews MR has been giving with Ann by his side (in fact MR is on right now speaking live from Jerusalem)

    …anyway I noticed that MR gets that “Nancy Reagan glaze” on his face when Ann is speaking…the love, respect and admiration he has for her is so obvious…and Ann is a natural…she speaks from the heart and projects a joy and enthusiasm about life, she is smart and comes across strong but with a light hearted touch…

    …because she seems so important to him…and as wbboei said…
    MR’s staff is not doing him justice, and in some case, hurting and almost sabatoging him…

    …Ann is the person that should primarily be “coaching” his PR responses from behind the scenes…and they should have a routine where they banter whatever traps he could meet prior to interviews, (think about them, talk about them, be ready for them) etc…she can play hardball with him and heighten his sensitivity to the BS coming his way…someone has to prepare him better…she could help him with the word choices and phrases…the “way” he responds or DEFLECTS these trap questions…(i hope she will be there full force during debate prep)

    …maybe he should choose Ann as his VP : )

  34. gonzotx
    July 29th, 2012 at 12:33 am

    ——
    I hear ya.
    I have worked on friends, family and coworkers since 2007 and have opened up the eyes of a few, with hours of conversations. Somehow, my family all gets it, did from the beginning and all supported Hillary. Most are Dems, one is a Repub that voted for Hillary. We don’t agree on much, but on Hillary we all do. 🙂

    I have lost and sort of regained many obot friends, they hate, Hate, HATE to admit I was right about the Tin Calf, but the best they can say or do lately is decide to not vote, or vote for a third party person.

    Better than nothing…

  35. “Comparing either of them to Obama is like comparing a 24 carrot gold brick to a bowl of FruitLoops.”

    LOL. Very very funny.

  36. Sen. Marco Rubio’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing in New Mexico on Saturday, preventing the Florida Republican from stumping for Mitt Romney in Iowa.

    But the Romney surrogate and contender for the Republican vice presidential nomination saw the humor in his aeronautical adventure in Albuquerque.

    He alerted his supporters to the incident in a series of tweets.

    Marco Rubio

    @marcorubio

    Not one, but two planes I was on today had malfunctions.Second one forced to make emergency landing in New Mexico.I know how to take a hint!

  37. How Senator Feinstein moved the Obama security leaks scandal back to the front page…

    by Ulsterman

    Barack Obama is repeatedly and willfully compromising the national security of the United States – and one of the most powerful Senators in America, a lifelong Democrat, has had enough. Watch as she plays the game of political payback at the highest levels…

    A few days ago I published a brief report on Senator Diane Fienstien’s remarks indicating some of the national security leaks were in fact originating from the Obama White House – a claim Barack Obama himself has publicly stated as false. That remark was enough to reignite the media’s interest in an issue that could very well prove nearly as damaging to the Obama’s hopes for re-election as the stagnant American economy – for it goes to the core of just how inept, arrogant, and self-serving is the current president’s position on nearly every single foreign policy decision made by his administration.

    Some of my readers later remarked how the Senator appeared to “walk back” her comments later as a means of insulating the Obama administration from criticism. Not so – what Feinstein appears to have done is connect with a well placed jab directly in the face of Barack Obama, and then dance away and prepare for the next blow. Her comments and the resulting attention against the administration are more fully insulating the scandal away from her own party and attaching it more securely to the Obama White House. While Senator Feinstein is no friend to conservatives, she is even more an enemy to Barack Obama. For her – it’s personal.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/07/27/how-senator-fienstein-moved-the-obama-security-leaks-scandal-back-to-the-front-page/

  38. Here we go! HS gearing up for civil unrest before the Republican Convention in Tampa. Dollars to donuts Obama thugs (acorn) will be there playing both sides masquerading as convention supporters as well as pretending to be anti-convention activists blaming the T-Party for the riots painting them as racists.
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    DHS gears up for civil unrest prior to presidential elections.

    The Department of Homeland Security has ordered masses of riot gear equipment to prepare for potential significant domestic riots at the Republican National Convention, Democratic National Convention and next year’s presidential inauguration.

    The DHS submitted a rushed solicitation to the Federal Business Opportunities site on Wednesday, which is a portal for Federal government procurement requisitions over $25,000. The request gave the potential suppliers only one day to submit their proposals and a 15-day delivery requirement to Alexandria, Virginia.

    As the brief explains, “the objective of this effort is to procure riot gear to prepare for the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and other future similar activities.”

    http://rt.com/usa/news/dhs-unrest-gear-283/

  39. Love this analysis. Because of this trip, I already feel that Romney is the President — and both our allies and enemies know that having an adult back in the White House is only a few months away.

    Hillaryis44: I have to say this — whenever I read your articles, I feel that my IQ goes up a few points. Thanks so much for the effort and energy!!

  40. Jbstonesfan: the reality of polling, by a well regarded law professor and rabbi whom I have heard of before. I thoughly subscribe to what he is saying. It is chalk fill of excellent insights.
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    Wouldn’t Touch It with a Ten-Foot Poll
    By Dov Fischer
    We hear a great deal about the polls measuring the relative electoral strengths today of President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. For weeks the candidates have been running neck-and-neck, as in the fascinating Rasmussen “Daily Tracking Poll.” Electoral swing states like Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and Colorado gain extra attention, with swings of three points raising eyebrows. Of course, at the same time, pundits note no real movement in most polls despite weeks of Obama’s negative campaigning against Romney’s private-enterprise experience, his repeated demands that Romney release a decade of tax records beyond anything that any law in this country requires, and a series of Obama autocratic enactments aimed at pandering to discrete voting blocs: holding down interest on student loans, ordering non-enforcement of immigration laws, stating that he will visit Israel at the start of second presidential term, promoting jealousy and social division between and among economic classes, and on and on.
    Amid the polls upon polls, we look back at specifics from an election thirty-two years ago. The Democrats’ candidate was incumbent President Jimmy Carter, seeking re-election. The Republican candidate, Ronald Reagan of California, had been a two-term governor but also was depicted as a dangerous war-monger as well as a Hollywood buffoon. In the mix, Rep. John Anderson ran as a third-party candidate. The election would take place on November 4, 1980.
    January 29, 1980. The ABC-Lou Harris Poll headlines: “Carter Now Far Ahead of Both Reagan and Bush.” The survey explains: “President Carter so dominates the American political scene now that his margin over Ronald Reagan in a post-Iowa trial heat has risen to an overwhelming 65-31 percent. … So-called ‘swing’ groups of voters, whose support is indispensable to either party in a close election, are also going for Carter by massive margins.”
    March 10, 1980. The ABC-Lou Harris Poll headlines: “Ford Leads Both Carter and Reagan.” In the poll, Republican voters express a preference that ex-President Gerald R. Ford, who remains eligible to run for the White House, seek the presidency as their party’s candidate against incumbent Jimmy Carter. Among Republicans, he outpolls former California Governor Ronald Reagan by 36-32 percent. The same poll measures how Reagan would do if pitted directly against President Carter among the broader electorate, including Democrats and independents. Reagan trails Carter by a whopping 58-40 percent. The prior November, Carter led Reagan by 53-44 percent. So Carter is pulling away from Reagan even more dramatically. “In the test runs among the total electorate, Reagan runs behind Carter in every region, except the South, where the two are in a 49-49 percent dead heat.”
    April 1, 1980. Gallup has Carter leading Reagan by 48-43 percent. On May 15, 1980, the Christian Science Monitor reports on a new ABC-Lou Harris poll showing that third-party candidate John Anderson now is almost even with both Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Anderson is at 29 percent, Carter at 31, and Reagan at 35. A month later, the Washington Post headlines on June 19: “Carter, Reagan in Dead Heat, Poll Reports.”
    Spring 1980. Gallup has Carter ahead of Reagan by 43 to 35 percent.
    Reagan starts moving into higher gear in July, as the Republican Party convention pummels Carter, but amid reports of Reagan gaining momentum, the Washington Post headlines on August 10: “New Polls Show Closer ’80 Race: New Polls Suggest Carter-Reagan Race Getting Tighter.” On September 14, the Washington Post has Reagan and Carter tied at 37 percent, with Carter starting to run away with the South. On September 21, the New York Times headlines: “New Poll in Texas Shows Carter Leading Reagan.” The poll shows Carter leading by 42-34 percent. Similarly, on September 28, the Washington Post headlines: “Carter Gains on Reagan in Virginia Polls . . . Statistics Cast Doubt on Certainty of November Victory for the GOP.”
    On October 20, the CBS-New York Times poll has Carter beating Reagan by 43-41. On October 25, ABC-Harris has Reagan ahead by three points at 45-42. However, Gallup reports the next day that Carter is ahead 45-42. On October 27, CBS-New York Times has Carter ahead 42-39. On October 30, the Washington Post has Carter ahead by 43-39. The CBS-New York Times poll of November 1, 1980 shows some Reagan movement as the race reaches the wire, with the governor inching ahead 44-43, well within the margin of error. Gallup has Reagan up by three points that day. Finally, on election eve, November 3, 1980, the New York Times headlines this story by Adam Clymer: “Reagan and Carter Stand Nearly Even in Last Polls[.]”
    The actual vote takes place on November 4. Ronald Reagan receives 51 percent of the vote, Carter a paltry 41 percent. It is a landslide.
    Today, we live in the 24-hour news cycle. With cable news emblazoning another non-urgent “Fox News Alert” every five minutes, while CNN and MSNBC desperately compete, all augmented by better talk radio than we had before Rush Limbaugh emerged on the scene, we understandably are hungry for the latest daily tracking, and the free-enterprise system obligingly feeds us. It therefore is valuable to look back on the 1980 polls to remember that the real election and the polls that matter begin in earnest only with the two national party conventions: the Republicans in Tampa, Florida from August 27-30, and the Democrats (the ones not afraid to be photographed attending, at least) in Charlotte, North Carolina’s Time Warner Cable Arena from September 4-6.
    We may expect that Romney will surge ahead from the gridlock by the end of August and that Obama will re-tighten it after he appears amid Greek or Roman columns — whichever are lighter to deliver and cheaper to rent. Nevertheless, we also may anticipate that the Republicans will have so much more material to shellac during their four days, and the two conventions may end with a few points’ gap finally opening.
    As Labor Day passes, people will start paying closer attention. Romney will be allowed by law to start spending from his campaign war chest, and his advertising will shift into a new gear. People will be tired of hearing about Romney’s dog and his taxes and Bain Capital. They will become more interested in hearing about unemployment and disappointing jobs reports and misery indices. They will want to know how their Senate and House candidates will vote on repealing the ObamaCare they want repealed.
    Interest groups on the right will become increasingly riled, setting aside misgivings about Romney, surging into orbit as they contemplate the looming prospect of four more years of Obama if they falter. Latino voters will be invited to consider how much higher their jobless numbers have risen under Obama and to wonder why Obama did not address immigration issues when he and Pelosi controlled the House handily, while Harry Reid had a filibuster-proof Senate. Seniors will learn that their Medicare is imperiled by ObamaCare. College students, who were so jazzed four years ago about hope and change, will be less inclined to miss class or a concert or a TV episode on their laptops or iPads for the sketchy purpose of casting a vote for the president who has consigned them to the worst unemployment numbers that young people have known in generations, with bleak prospects in the forecast.
    And then there will be whatever debates transpire. They can be ultimate game-changers. Reagan won his elections at the debate podium. Ford lost his when he painted himself into a corner, claiming that Eastern Europe was not under Soviet hegemony. John McCain was awful — too polite, too correct, too little. He let Obama talk down to him, calling him “John,” and he let Obama slip one misstatement after another past him. He was too polite to discuss Obama’s associations with Rev. Jeremiah Wright or unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers or Tony Rezko. In short, as tough and heroic as he was in uniform, McCain was not suited to the task of running for president of the United States.
    We now know Obama. He is oh-so-cool, never touches a banisteras he walks down the airplane steps, performs on late-night talk shows. Yet he is not the Great Communicator. He is only as smooth as his nearest teleprompter. He can be challenged, and he has to defend numbers and facts that are not only appalling, but outright embarrassing: unemployment exceeding 8 percent, real underemployment at close to 15 percent, a national debt grown to 16 trillion, national security leaks from his White House, Fast and Furious, Solyndra, the Keystone pipeline. It will be Romney’s election to lose, and if Romney is not ready for Obama after some twenty Republican primary debates that spanned six months between August 2011 and February 2012, then he never will be.
    However, whether Romney is ready or not, the poll numbers that matter will unfold in the final weeks or days, the way they always do.
    Dov Fischer, adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School, is a columnist for several online magazines and is rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County. He blogs at rabbidov.com.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/07/wouldnt_touch_it_with_a_ten-foot_poll.html#ixzz22240GqPS

  41. The foregoing did not paragraph well. So if you skipped it because it was too long and dense on the page, try this: Here are what I consider the be the salient excerpts:

    As Labor Day passes, people will start paying closer attention. Romney will be allowed by law to start spending from his campaign war chest, and his advertising will shift into a new gear. People will be tired of hearing about Romney’s dog and his taxes and Bain Capital. They will become more interested in hearing about unemployment and disappointing jobs reports and misery indices. They will want to know how their Senate and House candidates will vote on repealing the ObamaCare they want repealed.

    Interest groups on the right will become increasingly riled, setting aside misgivings about Romney, surging into orbit as they contemplate the looming prospect of four more years of Obama if they falter. Latino voters will be invited to consider how much higher their jobless numbers have risen under Obama and to wonder why Obama did not address immigration issues when he and Pelosi controlled the House handily, while Harry Reid had a filibuster-proof Senate. Seniors will learn that their Medicare is imperiled by ObamaCare. College students, who were so jazzed four years ago about hope and change, will be less inclined to miss class or a concert or a TV episode on their laptops or iPads for the sketchy purpose of casting a vote for the president who has consigned them to the worst unemployment numbers that young people have known in generations, with bleak prospects in the forecast.

    And then there will be whatever debates transpire. They can be ultimate game-changers. Reagan won his elections at the debate podium. Ford lost his when he painted himself into a corner, claiming that Eastern Europe was not under Soviet hegemony. John McCain was awful — too polite, too correct, too little. He let Obama talk down to him, calling him “John,” and he let Obama slip one misstatement after another past him. He was too polite to discuss Obama’s associations with Rev. Jeremiah Wright or unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers or Tony Rezko. In short, as tough and heroic as he was in uniform, McCain was not suited to the task of running for president of the United States.

    We now know Obama. He is oh-so-cool, never touches a banisteras he walks down the airplane steps, performs on late-night talk shows. Yet he is not the Great Communicator. He is only as smooth as his nearest teleprompter. He can be challenged, and he has to defend numbers and facts that are not only appalling, but outright embarrassing: unemployment exceeding 8 percent, real underemployment at close to 15 percent, a national debt grown to 16 trillion, national security leaks from his White House, Fast and Furious, Solyndra, the Keystone pipeline.

    It will be Romney’s election to lose, and if Romney is not ready for Obama after some twenty Republican primary debates that spanned six months between August 2011 and February 2012, then he never will be

  42. By the way, Rubio’s emergency airplane landing was here in ABQ. Some sort of light I think.

  43. I don’t trust Karl Rove, but he very well may be one of the men who helps evict OTurd this November, so for that I will support his efforts, the CrossRoads PAC is very effective.

    I’ve noticed the Tea party events I’ve been to, most of them are small govt people, they’re not huge fans for Rove, but feel he is very good at this political game, and the tea party folks are absolutely against Barry and his minions. Many do like Hillary, which surprised me, a good mix of repub, dems, independents, all limited govt people, the TP has been so misrepresented by the Barry media.

  44. Ground Zero Victory mosque

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    It was not a mosque, it was not at Ground Zero, and it was a gesture of apology not of victory.

  45. many in congress like chuckie are not allies of the American middle class. Oh they’re against all this oil because the greenies contribute to their campaigns, etc,

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

    Do you really think the ‘greenies’ contribute more to those campaigns than the oil industry does? Cite, pls.

  46. Of course roads and bridges built businesses. Just like the English language and a pen wrote the collected works of Shakespeare.

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

    So was this post written by a finger in sand? And published how? Or did the poster himself invent the Internet?

  47. Shut up Cheney! Now the same man says picking Palin was a “mistake”, stupid establishment repub! No wonder the Tea party cannot stand the establishment repubs like Cheney. I can completely understand it. Really, how stupid are the establishment repubs, they are pissing off the very grassroots of their base, people like Palin, even reagan dems like her by insulting Palin and all who have some level of respect for her.
    Maybe Cheney will make fun of her daughters and little Trig also!

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  48. Admin, thanks for painting the backdrop of Romney’s Israel visit.
    Here’s something else I enjoyed finding this afternoon:

    Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 07/27/2012
    GDP: 1.5 percent
    By Jennifer Rubin
    He can blame George Bush. He can whine that he was handed a terrible economy. (Ronald Reagan inherited worse.) But there’s no spin that will make 1.5 percent growth in GDP anything but dismal. It is not a recovery we are in; this is what we need to recover from — anemic growth, endemically high unemployment and record poverty. What is the president’s big idea? Raise taxes on small business. What is he campaigning on? Mitt Romney’s tax returns. What’s his major rhetorical thrust? Businessmen shouldn’t claim credit for their success.
    You know why the media sycophants want to talk about David Cameron (the man who apologized to North Korea for a mix-up with flags and gave Obama smooches in 2008). You understand David Axelrod wants to flog a blind quote in a British newspaper. You can see why Obama isn’t asked hard questions. The latest news only points up how irrelevant, if not absurd, is most of the media coverage of the presidential campaign. The frenzy to highlight the trivial would be bad enough in good economic times. In the current basket case of an economy, it is farcical….
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/gdp-15-percent/2012/07/27/gJQAyjUvDX_blog.html

  49. He can whine that he was handed a terrible economy. (Ronald Reagan inherited worse.)

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

    Is the writer implying that Reagan improved the economy he inherited?

    Bill Clinton inherited a bad economy from Bush Sr’s one term. Does the writer think that Reagan improved the economy and then Bush Sr trashed it so quickly?

    Ftm, Reagan inherited an economy that had been in GOP hands for quite a while before Carter. Is the writer suggesting that it was fine till Carter’s one term? Iirc, Carter, like Bill, was elected on his history of fixing bad state economies as governor.

  50. The latest news only points up how irrelevant, if not absurd, is most of the media coverage of the presidential campaign. The frenzy to highlight the trivial would be bad enough in good economic times. In the current basket case of an economy, it is farcical….

    ——————-
    If it were only . . . just . . . farcial.

    That is a guiness book understatement.

    For millions of Americans, it is tragic.

    Big media will pay for their treachery.

    If the only punishment they receive for this is a bad p & l, a corruption of their brand, and a loss in their prior role as opinion maker for this nation, then they will be lucky.

    In a just universe, they would be the target of pitch forks for what they have done to the American People.

  51. it was Democratic-leaning labor unions and liberal plutocrats such as hedge fund financier George Soros and insurance tycoon Peter Lewis who provoked the unlimited-outside-money boom. Whoever started the gonzo fundraising wars—and in 2010, the Supreme Court played an important, if misunderstood enabling role with Citizens United v. FEC—the Crossroads operation is way out in front this election cycle. Along with the billionaire Koch brothers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and other conservative allies, the Crossroads-led offensive is collectively poised to spend more than $1 billion on the 2012 elections, according to Republican operatives. That’s roughly twice—repeat: twice—what Democrats expect to spend by means of their super PACs and social welfare groups.
    ——————–
    The R’s will spend twice what dims will spend on the 2012 campaigns.

    P.S. say good night bambi, king of liars, big media darling, front man for the establishment, poseur etc.

  52. Clearly biased, but backed up with cites to good sources on the figures.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/07/27/romneys-big-economic-plan-cutting-military-pay-and-benefits/

    From USA Today:
    Mitt Romney’s spending plan includes a pledge to “align federal employee compensation with the private sector,” and it cites studies showing that “federal compensation exceeds private sector levels by as much as 30 to 40 percent when benefits are taken into account. This must be corrected.”

    [[ Including military disability payments and medical care? Yesterday Wisconsin, tomorrow the VA? ]]

    The vast majority (63%) are employed by the Department of Defense. [….] Of the 3.2 million DOD employees, nearly half are active duty military personnel.

    The implementation of Romney’s plan would be especially hard on military personnel and their families. It would also have a lasting negative impact on the military’s ability to recruit. Benefit cuts to military personnel would presumably include cuts to the GI Bill, a program which helps veterans obtain an education, making them more valuable to the workforce.

    Why do federal employees have better benefits?

    30 years ago, the types of benefits enjoyed by the public sector were pretty much the norm. However, as people have lost the ability to represent their own interests at work, through unionization, both wages and benefits have taken a dramatic hit. On the other end of the spectrum, CEO compensation has dramatically risen.

    The average CEO makes 142 times the average employee. In 1980, they made “just” 40 times the average worker.

    Benefits are becoming a thing of the past for many companies. Small companies, who employ nearly half of the nation’s workers, are the least likely to offer any benefits at all, meaning that people lose pay if they stay home with the flu. They are less likely to have health insurance, meaning the taxpayers could be stuck with the bill if an employee were to become seriously ill. They are also least likely to have any sort of retirement package.

  53. I’m certain she knows what is going on, but as to ANYONE in Congress using the window of opportunity-I have strong doubts. Obummer violates the Constitution and laws on an almost daily basis and we don’t hear a word from the Congressweasels. He is stealing money from this country with both hands and throwing it by the billions at companies and projects he knows are guaranteed to fail and the media praises him, his “Free Shit Army” idolizes him and Congress ignores it. I commend Feinstein for what she is apparently trying to do, but I suspect she is shoveling crap against the tide. Were she not such a high profile Congress member- I suspect they would have already ensured that she went room temperature from an “accident” or “natural causes”.

    This isn’t the normal political campaign based on differences in ideology within Constitutonal limitations. This is an all out war for totalitarian control of this country. This is the closest the far left has ever come to achieving their goals and they are a hair’s breadth away from creating the absolute dictatorship they dream of.Based on the things Obama has already done in violation of the Constitution, he should already have been tried and convicted of sedition and treason. But Congress does nothing. This should tell anyone paying attention that they will not do anything no matter what Obama does. Do I think Obama is the plotter and planner in this? Hell no. He’s an idiot savant. Look to Valjar and those she is working with or for- yet she remains unvetted, unscathed and in control of Obama’s every waking moment, every word out of his mouth, every stroke of his pen.
    ————————–

    A perceptive comment from the Ulsterman article. Obama as the savant, ValJar as Martin Borman, and the brains behind this takeover of the party and country? Soros, and his Open Society Institute. I am 100% sure of this. And, at some point, when it is too late, this will be a widely known fact.

  54. Follow the money:
    “***
    The banksters must also be allowed to continue looting and rigging the system, since they cannot survive, otherwise.

    It’s a helluva job, but somebody – like Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department – has to do it.

    Only in this context do Holder’s grants of immunity to Barclay’s Bank (British) and UBS (Swiss) in the LIBOR scandal make sense. Immunities are traditionally granted to smaller fry in order to indict bigger fish, but all sixteen of the banks potentially involved are huge (too-big-to-fail), and Barclay’s beat UBS to the punch in admitting wrongdoing and consenting to be fined $450 million. UBS, as New York Times financial columnist James B. Stewart reports, “is in a league of its own given its track record for scandals,” having been fined over a billion dollars by the feds in recent years. The bank was also forced to reimburse $22.7 billion defrauded from customers in a toxic securities scheme. If UBS gets immunity, then so will U.S. megabanks JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup. (One cannot imagine a prosecution of President Obama’s friend Robert Wolf, the outgoing chairman of UBS’s American operations, who vacations, golfs and plays basketball with the president, and has bundled $500,000 towards his re-election campaign.)”
    ***

    Robert Wolf, Leon Black, Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, etc., etc., ad nauseum and last but not least “no taxes” Jeffrey Immelt

  55. Robert Wolf is a Soros lieutenant. In January 2008, he met with Obama, at the behest of Soros, and he helped Obama plan his campaign–from a strategic and money raising standpoint.

  56. I saw the new “News”week cover calling Romney a wimp…. I’m confused, I thought Romney was a bully, wasn’t there a story about him supposedly cutting some kid’s hair in high school, so which is it dems? is he a wimp or a bully? can’t be both!

  57. is he a wimp or a bully? can’t be both!

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

    Are you serious? The classic bully is someone who bullies those weaker but runs from a strong oppenent.

    You know, like the Cowardly Lion. 😉

    (I don’t accept the hair cutting story. Too long ago, no evidence, conflicting testimony. Ann Romney sure did viciously attack Hilary Rosen, though; as Romney is attacking Obama, both on quotes out of context.)

  58. “And, at some point, when it is too late, this will be a widely known fact.”
    ___________

    I read a similar quote months ago:

    We won’t know what we’ve lost; if we fail to fight hard enough; until after the election.

  59. Scalia opens door for gun-control legislation, extends slow burning debate

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Sunday the Second Amendment leaves open the possibility of gun-control legislation, adding to what has become a slow-boiling debate on the issue since the Colorado movie theater massacre earlier this month.

    Scalia, one of the high court’s most conservative justices, said on “Fox News Sunday” that the majority opinion in the landmark 2008 case of District of Columbia v. Heller stated the extent of gun ownership “will have to be decided in future cases.”

    “We’ll see,” he said.
    __________________________

    video and read more at link:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/29/scalia-opens-door-for-gun-control-legislation/

  60. Scalia spoke of being an Originalist and a Textualist.

    Those were new words, but the concept I knew: static Constitution vs Living Document Constitution

  61. What would you like to bet that calling Mittens President Romney would make the incumbent’s head explode, along with all those idjits who support him?

  62. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/30/opinion/the-conversion-of-a-climate-change-skeptic.html?_r=2
    By RICHARD A. MULLER
    Published: July 28, 2012
    My total turnaround, in such a short time, is the result of careful and objective analysis by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, which I founded with my daughter Elizabeth. Our results show that the average temperature of the earth’s land has risen by two and a half degrees Fahrenheit over the past 250 years, including an increase of one and a half degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover, it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.

    These findings are stronger than those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations group that defines the scientific and diplomatic consensus on global warming.

  63. The totalitarian left is as bad as the totalitarian right. Unfortunately lately it is the left that is embracing totalitarianism. State sponsored discrimination is wrong and illegal and should remain so. Gay rights activists/supporters should attack the intolerant left that seeks to deny first amendment rights.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Dershowitz-chick-intolerance-mayors/2012/07/28/id/446872

    Mayors who have told the owners of Chick-fil-A that the restaurant chain is not welcome in their cities are displaying “terrible intolerance,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.

    No city is free to discriminate against a company based on the views of its owners, the renowned criminal appeals attorney said.

    “If you don’t like their principles, go to McDonald’s,” said Dershowitz.

    “I have no idea what McDonald’s principles are. I generally don’t select my chicken or my hamburgers based on the personal ideology of the person who is either flipping the hamburgers or making the money back at corporate headquarters.

    “But if people want to do that, they’re free to do it. What a city is not free to do is to discriminate against a company based on the views, religious or secular, of its owners. [snip]

    Mayors Thomas Menino of Boston and Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, vowed to stop further expansion of the restaurants in their cities. Emanuel weighed in after Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno said he would like to block the chain from opening its second Chicago location because of Cathy’s remarks.



    Moreno, Dershowitz said, is “clearly guilty of discrimination because he has made it clear that he’s going to use his power to deny permits, to make it harder for that company to come to his district in Chicago based, purely, on the ideology of the owner of the company.

    “There is no evidence that the company itself discriminates against gays, either in hiring or firing or who it will serve or how it will treat gay people when they walk through the door,” he pointed out.

    The move is “state-sponsored discrimination based on pure ideology in expression of religious views” Dershowitz said — and that is unconstitutional. “What Mayor Menino did was, as I understand it, just express his own views saying that, as far as he’s concerned, they wouldn’t be welcome in Boston. But as far I know, he hasn’t done anything to prevent them from coming in and, indeed, he’s even taken back some of his comments previously made.” [snip]

    Dershowitz is more concerned about the implications should cities make decisions based on the personal views of applicants. “If you have strong views on any other issue, and if a city or a mayor doesn’t agree with your strong views, can they make it more difficult for you to set up shop in their city? I would hope not,” he said.

    “The marketplace of ideas must remain open and the marketplace for chicken must remain open, and let people decide to buy their chicken either on the quality of the chicken or on the ideas of the owner of the chicken company.

    “But the state has no role to play in picking and choosing one ideology over the other.

    However, Dershowitz said, presidents and CEOs of public companies are “not entitled to send corporate funds to pursue their own private religious views. They have fiduciary obligations to their stockholders and they must do everything to maximize profits within ethical limits and principles. And what they can’t do is use their own religious beliefs in a way that minimizes profits or reduces profits.

    “If that happens,” he said, “then stockholders can bring derivative suits against corporations for failure to comply with their fiduciary duty. But as long as it doesn’t interfere with the profits of company, then a corporate president has the right to express any religious, political, ideological, ethical views he or she chooses to. That’s what the First Amendment protects.”

    Dershowitz said he “despises” the views expressed by Cathy but defends his right to express them “as long as he doesn’t act on them in a way that discriminates against protected classes.”

    Some in the gay community are “trying to silence the views of people they disagree with,” Dershowitz said. “Let them debate those views in the marketplace of ideas. I hope they will win. Let people contribute the way the president of Amazon has now contributed more than $1 million to help win a referendum in Washington State for gay marriage. That’s the way politics is supposed to operate.

    “The marketplace of ideas must be kept open and no city or state can make it more difficult for people with views they disagree with to make a living in that town or city, particularly at a time when there’s so much unemployment,” Dershowitz said. “The idea that an alderman would keep a business out of Chicago is not only a violation of the Constitution, but doesn’t make a lot of common sense.”

    Dershowitz said Cathy’s views are shared by a huge number — “if not a majority, certainly, a very large percentage” — of Americans.

    “We’re not talking about somebody who holds views that are extraordinarily remarkable in America. This is a majority view or at least a very substantial view.”

    The idea that a few politicians would impose their views on others “tells us something about intolerance,” Dershowitz said.

    “There’s a lot of intolerance. Ten or 20 years ago, the same people who are keeping these people out of the city probably would try to keep gay people out of owning restaurants.

    “When you discriminate against anyone, you discriminate against everyone. It’s a display of terrible intolerance.”

  64. Romney was right?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2180579/Olympics-2012-Row-row-seats–tickets-sent-foreign-VIPs-black-market.html

    Ticket touts disgrace: Row upon row of empty seats… as tickets sent to foreign VIPs go on the black market

    Large areas of empty seats seen in stadia for the second day running
    London 2012 chairman Lord Coe reveals students and teachers are also being called in at the last minute
    Every tout arrested had tickets sent to foreign VIPS
    Organisers Locog have begun an investigation into the ticketing fiasco

    Pictures at link.

  65. Bill : Please Don’t do it……………..

    Clinton to formally nominate Obama in Charlotte

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/30/us/politics/bill-clinton-to-have-marquee-role-at-democratic-convention.html?_r=2&hp

    WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton is set to play a central part in the Democratic convention, aides said, and will formally place President Obama’s name into nomination by delivering a prime-time speech designed to present a forceful economic argument for why Mr. Obama deserves to win a second term.

    The prominent role of Mr. Clinton, which is scheduled to be announced on Monday, signals an effort by the Obama campaign to pull out all the stops to rally Democrats when they gather for their party’s national convention in Charlotte, N.C. An even more important audience will be the voters across the country who will see the address carried by television networks.

    “There isn’t anybody on the planet who has a greater perspective on not just the last four years, but the last two decades, than Bill Clinton,” David Axelrod, a top strategist to the Obama campaign, said in an interview on Sunday. “He can really articulate the choice that is before people.”

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will appear on the final night of the convention, making the case for Mr. Obama before the largest audience of the week during an outdoor speech at the Bank of America Stadium. The vice president and Mr. Obama will appear together on stage before they accept the party’s nomination for a second term in the White House.

    It is unusual in recent election cycles, although not without precedent, for the vice president not to get the stage to himself during a night at the convention. But in his speech, aides said, Mr. Biden is expected to remind Americans about the last four years and the administration’s accomplishments in a difficult economic climate.

    The invitation for Mr. Clinton to be center stage at the convention signifies another milestone in the complicated and evolving relationship between the two presidents.

    At the party’s convention in Denver four years ago, all eyes were on Mr. Clinton as he offered a full-throated endorsement of Mr. Obama in a speech that served as something of a truce after a contentious primary fight with his wife.

    For Mr. Clinton, who has become one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party, the speech will be among the most high-profile roles yet that he has assumed for Mr. Obama. The address is intended to offer a strong contrast with the Republican ticket and will be closely watched, particularly given a string of blunt statements — and retractions — that Mr. Clinton has made this year when talking about the Obama administration.

    For example, Mr. Clinton called for temporarily extending all of the tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year, including the Bush-era rates, which put him at odds with the president. He later apologized for those comments, but not before the Republican National Committee seized on the controversy.

    ………………………………………

    What is evident from this is, Obama is begging The Clintons for help and the only star power left in the Dem party……..and Joe Biden is very out of favor.

    Biden has been sidelined….he must be pissed, he does’nt get his own night.

  66. What is evident from this is, Obama is begging The Clintons for help and the only star power left in the Dem party…….
    _____________

    Begging for and requiring reassurance having Bill as the keynote speaker, there are no covert plans by the Clintons for and end run around Obama for the nomination.

    Yes sir- it all works for Obama. Hamstring the Clintons- be sure to take them out of the equation so it’s one headache out of the way. That is, if the flying fickle finger of fate doesn’t come out of the blue scuttling Obama’s chances and Obama doesn’t get the nomination after all.

  67. Did Obama promise them the base at the NASA Space Centr as part of a deal? The Ruskies part of the Florida landscape? Nyet!

    “I’ll have more flexibility after the election”…yeah, right!

    (Short Termer… please fill in the rest..)

    Do click on the Ulsterman’s link. If you’re feeling tired, feeling like you can’t get out of your own way… ck out today’s pic of Obama.. post it on the fridge. Guarantee you will feel energized and skip breakfast …
    ____________

    Russia Plans Military Base Off Coast Of Florida

    Russian leader Vladimir Putin, a former member of the KGB, appears intent on returning to the Cold War glory days of Soviet Russia by giving strong indications of building a military base in Cuba – as well as other possible global locations.

    EXCERPT:

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia hopes to establish its first naval base abroad since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and is looking at Cuba, Vietnam and the Seychelles as possible locations, state-runRIA news agency quoted the navy chief as saying on Friday.

    Russia has been increasing the reach of its navy in recent years, sending warships further afield as part of an effort to restore pride project power in a world dominated by the U.S. military.

    “It’s true that we are continuing work on providing the navy with basing outside the Russian Federation,” RIA quoted Vice AdmiralViktor Chirkov as saying in an interview.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/07/28/russia-plans-military-base-off-coast-of-florida/

  68. Seriously are they trying to pitch the experience thing at Romney from Obama……

    “I think he’s demonstrated pretty repeatedly since he’s been out of the country that he lacks the experience, he lacks the preparation and the diplomatic skills to be able to be the commander in chief; to be able to be the president of the United States,” DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on “Face the Nation” today.

    …………………..

    Honey Dems lowered the bar on that quota in 2008 when you elected a community organiser cum freshman Senator who did screw all in the senate and then a year later ran for President.

  69. #WrongYearWrongClinton

    …“There isn’t anybody on the planet who has a greater perspective on not just the last four years, but the last two decades, than Bill Clinton,” David Axelrod, a top strategist to the Obama campaign, said in an interview on Sunday. “He can really articulate the choice that is before people.”
    Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will appear on the final night of the convention, making the case for Mr. Obama before the largest audience of the week during an outdoor speech at the Bank of America Stadium. The vice president and Mr. Obama will appear together on stage before they accept the party’s nomination for a second term in the White House.
    It is unusual in recent election cycles, although not without precedent, for the vice president not to get the stage to himself during a night at the convention. But in his speech, aides said, Mr. Biden is expected to remind Americans about the last four years and the administration’s accomplishments in a difficult economic climate….
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/30/us/politics/bill-clinton-to-have-marquee-role-at-democratic-convention.html

    But the Axelrod description of Bill’s capabilities cries out for comparison quotes from 2008. Guess this expression would or did fill the “bill:” RA-A-A-Y CIST.

  70. Honestly, complete contradictions…..

    Old and busted, last week: Romney’s a heartless vampire capitalist.

    New hotness this week : Romney too wimpy to be President

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/30/newsweek-that-heartless-vampire-capitalist-is-kind-of-a-wimp/

    Old and busted, leftist meme edition: Mitt Romney is a heartless vampire capitalist who eats businesses, chews up workers, and also buries his opponents in a slew of unfair, out-of-context attacks. New hotness: That heartless über-rich juggernaut is, er, kind of wimpy. No, seriously — this is Newsweek’s cover for this week:

    Well, gee, I don’t know … did Romney pen two memoirs pondering his identity crises, both personal and political? Oh, wait — that was the other guy, the one about whom the media never asked questions like “Is he too insecure to be President?”

    Romney himself scoffed at the attack from Newsweek:

    “If I worried about what the media said, I wouldn’t get much sleep, and I’ve been able to sleep pretty well,” Romney said when asked about the cover during an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation.

    He said that he couldn’t recall having been called a wimp previously in his life, but dismissed the label, saying that it didn’t mean much when Newsweek gave George H.W. Bush a similar cover treatment. A 1987 issue included a photo of the former president and the words “Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor.’”

    “They tried that on George Herbert Walker Bush,” Romney said. “He was a pretty great president and anything but.”

    Yes, but when they did that in 1987, Newsweek had millions of readers. These days, you can buy the whole company for a dollar, and they’re looking for ways not to print covers like this because they’re running out of readers and money. This is desperation, on more than one level.

    Update: How desperate is Newsweek? Six months ago, they portrayed him as Spartacus, as Jim Geraghty reminds us. Yeah, but he’s a wimpy Spartacus vampire capitalist heartless outsourcer out-of-context attacker, or something.

    …………………………..

    I mean seriously, he cant be both. Dems are seriously running around in circles and making it up as they go along, sooner or later, people are just gonna say enough already, this is bullshit.

  71. tim
    July 29th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I saw the new “News”week cover calling Romney a wimp…. I’m confused, I thought Romney was a bully, wasn’t there a story about him supposedly cutting some kid’s hair in high school, so which is it dems? is he a wimp or a bully? can’t be both!
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    Agree Tim. And please call me Foxy. all my friends do. 🙂

  72. Open mic “I’ll be more flexible” video..



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    A good introduction to my next post!

  73. from commenter on UM:

    Short on time, my source stated that the current resident of the White House has been tasked to implement a “robust agenda of change” using the agencies and government infrastructure previously created for him.

    “He’s been instructed to fully remove ‘God, guns and guts’ from America and Americans, to neuter our military, bankrupt our country, and force everyone into dependency through a well-planned economic disaster that was crafted long before he stepped foot into the Oval Office. The financial crash of September 2008 was one such well planned economic terrorist attack. It had the blessing of many bankers and politicians in the U.S. and now I’m finding, some overseas. It was an important part of the framework given to Obama to ‘grease the wheels’ for a complete financial collapse. And I’m sad to say that a lot of people I once thought were on our side played an important role in setting us up – all of us.”

    “The objective, or the agenda, is much bigger than I think anyone can comprehend,” stated my source. “It’s global in nature, and it involves other governments, communist governments,” he added. It’s evil in its simplicity. It’s to destroy our country from within and take away our ability to fight what’s coming. It’s to change our way of life, and he’s got the people in place to do it, at least for the most part. And forget about the Republicans versus the Democrats, because nearly all of them are all playing for the same team. Both sides have helped to get us to this point. They’ve allowed Communists to enter every government institution inside the beltway, and just about everyone let it happen, helped it happen or watched it happen.”

    http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/archives/6379#more-6379

  74. moononpluto
    July 30th, 2012 at 8:16 am
    —————-
    They are a tower of babble that cannot keep its lies straight, and all they can deliver to the American People is an agenda of decline. If they were not aided and abetted by an equally corrupt mainstream media, then they would have perished long before now. November will be it. However, do not be surprised if they do not run him again in 2016. Certainly, he has the infrastructure in place, and the cost control measures Romney will insert will outrage many factions, and big media will be keen to bring back Obama. Mind you, this is not rational. It is merely likely.

  75. Open mic “I’ll be more flexible” video..
    —————————-
    A good question for him at the debate. I am surprised “patriot” has not spirited Robert Wolf off to some exotic foreign land, plied his fat ass with bonbons and sweated a confession out of him on what the grand strategy really is. He is an architect of the Obama campaign (note: the meeting in January 2008). He is a Soros lieutenant who carries messages. Therefore, it is not unlikely he would know. The Republicans are playing the game by the rules of Hoyle, and within the sidelines, whereas the people behind Obama are playing outside the sidelines and are not above killing people who get in their way. When there is this much money and power at stake, everything is on the table.

  76. jbstonesfan
    July 30th, 2012 at 10:27 am
    Terrible if Bill does this….

    —————–
    Don’t sweat the small stuff. He is a politican. This is what they do.

  77. For those who think Romney does not take risks and does not stand for things, his declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital just set aside that notion.

    Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital since over a 1000 years before Christ and even longer before Mohammed. Despite being conquered, Jews have always been the primary residents of Jerusalem.

  78. I have the feeling the “Fool Me Twice” book has gotten into several hands before it’s official release…

    Another blog has a similar synopsis encapsulated here just posted at my site. The overall feeling is gloom and doom unless drastic steps are taken to prevent it.. There is a remedy, Impeachment.

    Will the Republican held House put Party/Greed/Guilt over Country? And will the Democrats standing on the sidelines let it happen?

    I hope they make the right choice or it is the end for US…

    Obama’s Plans for America in Full view…

  79. WHY DOESN’T OBAMA TOUT HIS SIGNATURE BILL???

    From a few days ago:

    http://news.investors.com/article/619306/201207250802/obamacare-could-add-to-uninsured.htm

    Could ObamaCare Make The Uninsured Problem Worse?
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    Tue, Jul 24 2012
    By JOHN MERLINE

    When President Obama was selling health reform, he often talked about providing universal coverage. But a Congressional Budget Office report out this week finds that goal getting more elusive.

    The report found that despite ObamaCare’s $1.2 trillion price tag, it would only cut the ranks of the uninsured in half, leaving 30 million without coverage. That’s seven million more uninsured than the CBO first projected in March 2010.

    The latest downgrade comes in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, which gave states the freedom to reject ObamaCare’s massive expansion of Medicaid. Since then, governors in more than 25 states have said they will refuse to expand Medicaid or are leaning in that direction, despite the generous federal contributions.

    But the uninsured problem under ObamaCare could be much worse than the CBO projects.

    What the report doesn’t cover is the fact that the other legs of the ObamaCare stool designed to expand insurance coverage — the individual mandate, the employer mandate and the state insurance exchanges — are also buckling.

    As a result, ObamaCare will likely cover far fewer uninsured than advertized. There’s even a chance that, if all goes wrong, it could actually make the uninsured problem worse.

    The individual mandate, for example, is a cornerstone of ObamaCare’s effort to expand coverage. But tax experts who’ve studied how the IRS will enforce the mandate conclude that it’s likely to be ineffective, because the law makes it virtually impossible for the IRS to collect the tax penalty from those who don’t pay it.

    Under normal circumstances, the IRS has broad powers to collect taxes from those who don’t pay what they owe. It can charge civil and criminal penalties, impose liens, and seize assets and bank accounts.

    But ObamaCare specifically blocks the IRS from using these enforcement tools when it comes to collecting any unpaid ObamaCare tax penalties.

    These restrictions “make it unlikely the IRS can effectively enforce the individual mandate,” according to a detailed analysis of the tax penalty by Jordan Barry and Bryan Camp, law professors at the University of San Diego and Texas Tech University, respectively.

    “The individual mandate,” they conclude, “may not actually be mandatory after all.”

    The problem is that if the mandate doesn’t work, ObamaCare could make the uninsured problem worse, at least in the individual insurance market.

    That’s because ObamaCare’s insurance market reforms — called “guaranteed issue” and “community rating” — force insurers to cover anyone, regardless of their health status, while forbidding them from charging the sick more than the healthy.

    ObamaCare’s designers knew that without an effective individual mandate, these market reforms could cause a “death spiral” as healthy people dropped coverage knowing they could get it — guaranteed — whenever they got sick. This death spiral, in fact, is just what happened in states that tried those market reforms without imposing a mandate.

    ObamaCare backers say that generous subsidies offered through the ObamaCare “exchanges” will more than make up for a neutered mandate.

    But Obama’s solicitor general, Donald Verrilli, admitted before the Supreme Court that without an effective individual mandate, “guaranteed issue and community rating will, as the experience in the states showed, make matters worse, not better. There will be fewer people covered; it will cost more.”

    In addition to problems with the individual mandate, there are increasing concerns about the effectiveness of the employer mandate at maintaining the employer-based system of coverage, through which 154 million get insurance.

    Studies consistently predict that around four million people will lose workplace coverage as a result of ObamaCare, despite the fines imposed on businesses that don’t offer insurance. But the most recent analysis from the Congressional Budget Office says the number could be as high as 20 million.

    And a study out this week by Deloitte finds that almost one in 10 businesses expect to drop coverage, with another 10% saying they weren’t sure. A 2011 McKinsey & Co. survey found that 30% of companies “definitely or probably” would drop health benefits under ObamaCare.

    Finally, there’s a potentially fatal flaw in ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges, which are designed to let individuals pick from a variety of government-approved health plans and get subsidies if their incomes are below certain levels.

    As written, the law only allows state-run exchanges to offer subsidies, according to an analysis by Jonathan Adler and Michael Cannon published by Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Federally run exchanges, they concluded, aren’t allowed to.

    If federal exchanges can’t provide subsidies, that would dramatically undermine ObamaCare’s efforts to cover the uninsured, since as many as half the states might leave it to the feds to set up their exchanges.

    The lack of subsidies at federally run exchanges would mean far fewer could afford coverage. The CBO expects 25 million to join the exchanges, assuming all of them can offer subsidies to the 80% who would be eligible. It would also mean that businesses in those states would be exempt from the employer mandate.

    Under the law, that mandate only kicks in if an employee is eligible for subsidized coverage through an exchange.

    As a result, the “mandate is effectively unenforceable in states that decline to create an exchange,” Adler and Cannon conclude.

    To be sure, the topic is the subject of fierce debate, and the IRS has written rules assuming federal exchanges can offer subsidies.

    Whether all these worst-case scenarios actually come to pass is impossible to predict. States could all decide to expand Medicaid, people might respond to the mandate even without IRS enforcement, businesses could end up keeping their insurance benefits, and courts could decide that the federal exchanges can offer subsidies.

    But as IBD has previously reported, the history of state and federal health reforms show that they have consistently failed to live up to expectations.

  80. Funny, looking at that Wimp Newsweek link, I see Tomasky compares MR against Reagan and W… Why not Oturd?? Didn’t he kill Osama, and go nuts with drone killings…

    And what about the genteel Bush 41? Wasn’t he too wimpy for th…oh shoot, forget that argument, apparently Bush 41 was the 41st PRESIDENT.

    Mitt Romney’s Wimp Factor

    Jul 29, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Dodging reporters, fearing his base, hiding his taxes—is Mitt Romney just too insecure to be president? In Newsweek, Michael Tomasky surveys a history of presidential manliness and asks just where Mitt would fit amid the studly swagger of Dubya and Reagan.

  81. New poll from The Hill shows Team Obama demonization strategy isn’t working

    Poll shows Obama character-attack strategy flopping

    Barack Obama’s campaign has spent tens of millions of dollars attempting to paint Mitt Romney as an unsavory businessman, a clueless tycoon, and even accused him at one point of being a “felon.” Team Obama needed to make Romney toxic early, while it had a large advantage in primary-campaign cash, in order to avoid having to defend Obama’s economic record. So how did that strategy work out? After three solid months, a new poll by The Hill shows Romney holding a narrow edge on character issues over the incumbent President:

    Mitt Romney holds thin advantages over President Obama on leadership, personal values and honesty, according to a new poll for The Hill.

    The poll, conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, suggests voters see little difference between the candidates on character issues that Democrats have cited as key to Obama’s appeal.

    It found 48 percent of voters consider Romney the stronger leader, compared to 44 percent who favored Obama.

    Similarly, 47 percent of likely voters also said Romney most shares their values while 44 percent picked Obama.

    When asked which candidate voters considered more honest and trustworthy, 46 percent said Romney and 44 percent said Obama — a result within the poll’s 3 percentage point margin of error.

    The Hill doesn’t mention any earlier polls on this subject, but I think it’s safe to say that this isn’t an improvement since Romney became the presumptive nominee in late April. The sample in this case has a one-point advantage for Republicans, with a D/R/I of 34/35/31. That’s almost identical to the 2010 turnout model, and with Gallup finding a significant decline in Democratic enthusiasm, one that looks more likely to repeat itself rather than the D+7 2008 model.

    The internals are even worse for Obama. Instead of benefiting from a gender gap, Obama and Romney are tied among women on trust, 43/43, while Romney leads among men 50/44. They also tie among women on who is the strongest leader, 45/45. Even worse, Romney has a clear edge in both questions among voters under 40 years of age, 50/40 and 50/42, respectively. Romney edges Obama in both categories among independents by a single point, and Romney wins by large margins among all income demographics except those earning under $20K per year.

    The news isn’t much better for Obama on the question of values and relatability. Romney wins the question of who most closely shares voters’ values by three overall, 47/44, despite the demonization conducted by Team Obama over the last three months. Romney has a nine-point lead among men (52/43) while Obama has only a one-point edge among women (44/43). Younger voters choose Romney again, 48/41, but middle-agers choose Obama by three, 48/45; Romney wins seniors by 12, 52/40. Independents give Romney a one-point edge (45/44). Obama has more success with lower-income demos, but Romney wins everything above $40K, most of them by wide majorities.

    The window for Team Obama to define Romney as scary and untrustworthy is rapidly closing. In five weeks, Romney will unleash his growing general-election fund advantage and blanket the airwaves with both positive ads for himself and spots that focus on Obama’s sorry economic record. Unless the Obama campaign can figure out how to demonize Romney effectively, they will have wasted an entire summer and perhaps nine figures on an attack strategy that is clearly flopping. If anything, they’re damaging Obama more than Romney with the campaign strategy of constant attacks. People may really be wondering what Obama stands for rather than against, and why he’s not making a case for himself rather than a case against Romney.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/30/poll-shows-obama-character-attack-strategy-flopping/

    …………………………………

    The sample used in this poll is the sample id used by partisan trends, i/e correct. Obama is throwing money down the toilet.

  82. The following is from an article which appeared in McKinsey Quarterly, an on-line product of the premier global management consulting company McKinsey a few years back. Although it deals with the the banking industry, the principles it articulates apply with equal verve to big media. These insights could do them alot of good. But the problem is they are not honest with themselves, much less with us. (Note: You may want to subscribe to the McKinsey since this is the management consulting group Romney said he would turn to to reinvigorate our economy. It is free.Web: http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/newsletters/2012_07cl.htm )

    How Mental Biases Undermine Corporate Strategy

    Flaw 6: The herding instinct

    The banking industry, like many others, shows a strong herding instinct. It tends to lend too much money to the same kinds of borrowers at the same time—to UK property developers in the 1970s, less-developed countries in the 1980s, and technology, media, and telecommunications companies more recently. And banks tend to pursue the same strategies, be it creating Internet banks with strange-sounding names during the dot-com boom or building integrated investment banks at the time of the “big bang,” when the London stock market was liberalized.
    This desire to conform to the behavior and opinions of others is a fundamental human trait and an accepted principle of psychology.12 Warren Buffett put his finger on this flaw when he wrote, “Failing conventionally is the route to go; as a group, lemmings may have a rotten image, but no individual lemming has ever received bad press.”13 For most CEOs, only one thing is worse than making a huge strategic mistake: being the only person in the industry to make it.
    We all felt the tug of the herd during the dot-com era. It was lonely being a Luddite, arguing the case against setting up a stand-alone Internet bank or an on-line brokerage. At times of mass enthusiasm for a strategic trend, pressure to follow the herd rather than rely on one’s own information and analysis is almost irresistible. Yet the best strategies break away from the trend. Some actions may be necessary to match the competition—imagine a bank without ATMs or a good on-line banking offer. But these are not unique sources of strategic advantage, and finding such sources is what strategy is all about. “Me-too” strategies are often simply bad ones.14 Seeking out the new and the unusual should therefore be the strategist’s aim. Rather than copying what your most established competitors are doing, look to the periphery15 for innovative ideas, and look outside your own industry.
    Initially, an innovative strategy might draw skepticism from industry experts. They may be right, but as long as you kill a failing strategy early, your losses will be limited, and when they are wrong, the rewards will be great

    Flaw 8: False consensus

    People tend to overestimate the extent to which others share their views, beliefs, and experiences—the false-consensus effect. Research shows many causes, including these:

    •confirmation bias, the tendency to seek out opinions and facts that support our own beliefs and hypotheses
    •selective recall, the habit of remembering only facts and experiences that reinforce our assumptions
    •biased evaluation, the quick acceptance of evidence that supports our hypotheses, while contradictory evidence is subjected to rigorous evaluation and almost certain rejection; we often, for example, impute hostile motives to critics or question their competence
    •groupthink,16 the pressure to agree with others in team-based cultures
    Consider how many times you may have heard a CEO say something like, “the executive team is 100 percent behind the new strategy” (groupthink); “the chairman and the board are fully supportive and they all agree with our strategy” (false consensus); “I’ve heard only good things from dealers and customers about our new product range” (selective recall); “OK, so some analysts are still negative, but those ’teenage scribblers’ don’t understand our business—their latest reports were superficial and full of errors” (biased evaluation). This hypothetical CEO might be right but more likely is heading for trouble. The role of any strategic adviser should be to provide a counterbalance to this tendency toward false consensus. CEOs should welcome the challenge.

    False consensus often leads strategists to overlook important threats to their companies and to persist with doomed strategies
    False consensus, which ranks among the brain’s most pernicious flaws, can lead strategists to miss important threats to their companies and to persist with doomed strategies. But it can be extremely difficult to uncover—especially if those proposing a strategy are strong role models. We are easily influenced by dominant individuals and seek to emulate them. This can be a force for good if the role models are positive. But negative ones can prove an irresistible source of strategic error.

    Many of the worst financial-services strategies can be attributed to over-dominant individuals. The failure of several Lloyd’s syndicates in the 1980s and 1990s was due to powerful underwriters who controlled their own agencies. And overdominant individuals are associated with several more recent insurance failures. In banking, one European institution struggled to impose effective risk disciplines because its seemingly most successful employees were, in the eyes of junior staff, cavalier in their approach to compliance. Their behavior set the tone and created a culture of noncompliance.

    The dangers of false consensus can be minimized in several ways:

    1.Create a culture of challenge. As part of the strategic debate, management teams should value open and constructive criticism. Criticizing a fellow director’s strategy should be seen as a helpful, not a hostile, act. CEOs and strategic advisers should understand criticisms of their strategies, seek contrary views on industry trends, and, if in doubt, take steps to assure themselves that opposing views have been well researched. They shouldn’t automatically ascribe to critics bad intentions or a lack of understanding.
    2.Ensure that strong checks and balances control the dominant role models. A CEO should be particularly wary of dominant individuals who dismiss challenges to their own strategic proposals; the CEO should insist that these proposals undergo an independent review by respected experts. The board should be equally wary of a domineering CEO.
    3.Don’t “lead the witness.” Instead of asking for a validation of your strategy, ask for a detailed refutation. When setting up hypotheses at the start of a strategic analysis, impose contrarian hypotheses or require the team to set up equal and opposite hypotheses for each key analysis. Establish a “challenger team” to identify the flaws in the strategy being proposed by the strategy team.

  83. “They tried that on George Herbert Walker Bush,” Romney said. “He was a pretty great president and anything but.”

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    Romney thinks Bush Sr was a great president?!?

  84. 3.Don’t “lead the witness.” Instead of asking for a validation of your strategy, ask for a detailed refutation. When setting up hypotheses at the start of a strategic analysis, impose contrarian hypotheses or require the team to set up equal and opposite hypotheses for each key analysis. Establish a “challenger team” to identify the flaws in the strategy being proposed by the strategy team.

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    Apparently in that world, ‘contrariarn’ does not equal ‘troll’. 😉

  85. Romney comments at fundraiser outrage Palestinians

    Pals taking a page out of Obama’s book calling Romney a …’racist’…

    JERUSALEM (AP) – Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. His campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.

    “As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” the Republican presidential candidate told about 40 wealthy donors who ate breakfast at the luxurious King David Hotel.

    Romney said some economic histories have theorized that “culture makes all the difference.”

    “And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things,” Romney said, citing an innovative business climate, the Jewish history of thriving in difficult circumstances and the “hand of providence.” He said similar disparity exists between neighboring countries, like Mexico and the United States.

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20120730/DA0BABG02.html

  86. FYI,

    Several sites I frequent have been hacked, changed or taken down. I can count at least 6 over the past few days which have had problems. One that I visit every day was listed as an Attack Site. Another is trying to reinstall opening banner code.

    Just thought I’d pass it on.

  87. We all know whenever the Big Dawg is asked to speak the praises of the plastic calf, Barry ends up looking more like the amateur, riding around in circles without training wheels for the first time…

    and Bill reminds us of what we could have had with Hillary at the wheel.

  88. Two months ago, President Obama’s team refused to host former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize Lech Walesa at the White House, claiming that he was too “political” to participate in the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony.

    Today, Walesa — an anti-Communist freedom fighter — got political. “Gov. Romney, get your success, be successful!” Walesa said in Poland during a meeting with the former governor. “Poland and many other countries will certainly do their best for the United States to restore its leadership position. And after our conversation, I’m quite confident that you will be successful in doing that,” The Washington Post quoted him as saying.

    The endorsement comes two months after Obama refused to host Walesa at the White House. The Polish government had requested that Walesa receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom that was posthumously awarded to Jan Karski, who served in the Polish Underground during World War II.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/walesa-endorses-romney-after-obama-snubs-him/article/2503499

  89. “How Mental Biases Undermine Corporate Strategy”
    *********
    IMO, the biggest threat to corporate strategy, “free markets”, “capitalism”, etc. isn’t mental bias, socialism, communism but the increasing awareness that the system is “rigged” and that there is no accountability. The Obama/Holder DOJ makes Nixon/Mitchell or Bush/Gonzales seems like upstanding choir boys. Holder forcing a settlement on the State AGs for mortgage fraud that involved immunity, “LIBOR” immunity, 66% fewer prosecutions for financial crime than during the Clinton admin, etc., are corrosive to the concept of the “American Dream”.

    The question is what will replace our current one party system when a critical mass of people without jobs, health care, or hope for a future is created?

  90. I hope the judge throws the book at them. Who the hell beats and robs a Muscular Distrophy wheelchair-bound man? Warning Distressing video.

    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/07/30/video-wheelchair-bound-man-beaten-robbed-in-upper-darby/

    UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) – Police in Delaware County are searching for one of two suspects who were caught on surveillance video assaulting and robbing a wheelchair-bound man inside his apartment.

    The incident happened at about 5:30 a.m. on July 26th inside an apartment in Upper Darby.

    According to investigators, the two suspects entered the victim’s apartment and pulled the victim, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, out of his wheelchair and began to beat him.

    The suspects left the victim on the floor and actually stood on him at one point.

    The suspects then ransacked the victim’s apartment, taking several items, including a flat-screen TV.

    Investigators say the suspects were apparently after Oxycodone, which the victim takes to deal with his pain.

    “There’s somebody who physically disabled because of muscular dystrophy and these bums walk in and do what they did. It’s cruel and inhumane … (if) they get convicted, they should throw them away forever,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.

    One of the suspects, 23-year-old Dominic Henderson, was arrested the same day. He is being held on $50,000 cash bail. A second suspect, identified by police as 21-year-old Keenan Smith, remains at large.

    Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is urged to contact police.

    ……………………

    Some people don’t deserve to breathe the same air as the rest of us.

  91. Sounds like someone is going to be paying very dearly for this.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/07/muslim-american-owner-of-santa-monica-shangra-la-hotel-get-the-expletive-jews-out-of-my-pool.html

    Muslim American Owner of Santa Monica Shangra-La hotel: “Get the [expletive] Jews out of my pool!”

    If it were anyone other than a Muslim supremacist Jew-hater, people would be going to jail. Hamas-CAIR would be demanding jail time under hate crime laws if it had been a Muslim in the pool.

    I expect his defense will be that Islamic Jew-hatred is in the quran. Obama say “respect it!”

    Pakistani-American Muslim Owner of Santa Monica Shangra-La hotel: “Get the [expletive] Jews out of my pool!” July 30, 2012, Quite Normal, (thanks to Howard)

    If such a story were the other way around, or involved any other minority, every state-run news agency in America would be squawking in indignation. But as it involves Muslims being Muslims, America isn’t likely to hear much of anything about it.

    The event happened 2 years ago, but is only now going to trial.

    An upscale hotel on a Santa Monica, California, beach is an odd place to be singled out from a crowd and removed because you are Jewish, but that’s what happened to 18 young professionals who are telling their story to a jury in a discrimination trial taking place in Santa Monica Superior Court this week.

    Ari Ryan is the grandson of a Ukranian Jew who lost most of his family in the Holocaust and narrowly escaped death at the hands of the Nazis. Ryan’s grandfather moved to Israel in 1942 and served as a captain in the Israel Defense Forces.

    Seventy years later Ryan says he got a small taste of what his grandfather lived through, but rather than in the forests of the Ukraine, it took place at an upscale hotel in Santa Monica. Ryan and more than a dozen others have brought a lawsuit alleging anti-Semitic discrimination against them by a multi-millionaire Muslim American hotel owner.

    Two years ago Ryan and other twenty-and thirty-something Jews planned to raise money to send children of fallen IDF soldiers to camp with a charity event at the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica, California.

    On the morning of July 11, 2010, Ryan and others arrived at the hotel and began setting up Friends of the IDF banners, literature and piles of shirts for the event guests.

    But the event was aborted after, according to one employee’s sworn testimony, the hotel’s owner told staff members, “Get the [expletive deleted] Jews out of my pool.” Then the hotel security and other employees began removing the materials and ordering the guests to leave.

    Ryan said, “Anyone wearing a blue wristband,” which identified them as being with the Friends of the IDF, “was asked to get out of the swimming pool and the hot tub.” In fact, no one who was identifiable as Jewish was so much as “allowed to dip their feet in the water.”

    …………………………………….

    Unbelievable.

  92. Can’t see how this helps Dems win at all in the fall as DNC adds Gay Marriage platform to convention.

    Gay Marriage Platform Complicates Dem Senate Campaigns

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/30/democrats-add-gay-marriage-plank-to-platform

    In yet another bid to put social issues at the forefront of the November campaign, Democrats are very publicly adding a plank to their convention platform supporting gay marriage. They will also include language calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law passed during the Clinton Administration that defined marriage as the union between and man and a woman. What isn’t clear though, is what specific form the endorsement of gay marriage will take.

    The debate over gay marriage has largely played out at the state level. Is the Democrats position simply that, as a party, they will support gay marriage wherever the debate rises in the states? Or, are they going to support a federal effort to enact a federal right to gay marriage. The current law defining marriage as between a man and a woman is already constitutionally dubious. Its doubtful that a federal law that was explicitly pro-gay marriage would fare any better. Also curious to see if their final language provides any kind of religious exemption. Can priests or imams refuse to web a gay couple?

    To a degree, the Democrats move was politically inevitable. The issue is wildly popular among its hard-core most activist base and donors. Still, its an interesting move at a convention held in North Carolina, a swing state whose voters recently overwhelmingly rejected gay marriage. And Obama’s struggles in the polls have been greatest among white, lower-income voters who tend to have more conservative views on such issues.

    Personally, I’m rabidly agnostic on the issue of gay marriage. Marriage is just something I don’t think the government has much business mucking about it in. I think eventually there will be fairly wide recognition of gay marriage, but that time is not now.

    This could complicate a number of campaigns, especially down-ballot. Democrats are engaged in tough Senate battles in Missouri, Virginia, Montana and West Virginia, where Democrat candidates may have to distance themselves from the new party stance. Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan are home to loads of blue-collar Democrats who still “cling” to a traditional view of marriage. Hard to imagine Sen. Bob Casey championing the new position, for example.

    In fact, the campaign’s battleground states are almost all places where support for gay marriage isn’t yet an electoral winner. I think this is mostly a case of a platform committee being swayed by an ardent, single-issue constituency, as has happened at times to both parties.

    No matter what the Democrats or the media tries to talk about, this campaign is going to be decided on economic issues. The more Democrats try to distract from that, the fewer chances they get to lay out an economic message that will sway voters.

  93. Ooooooooooooo. DC judge claims DOJ obstructed NBPP case.

    Today a Federal DC Judge confirmed that President Obama’s political appointees in the Department of Justice did in fact interfere with the prosecution of two New Black Panther party members after they were filmed outside of a Philadelphia polling place in 2008 wielding a billy club and intimidating voters. This is something the Justice Department has denied up to this point.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/07/30/obstruction_of_justice_dc_judge_rules_obamas_political_appointees_interfered_with_new_black_panther_case

  94. Fool Me Twice going viral before it even appears in print. Finally, glad to say my preview to Brenda’s book on ‘Pumas Unleashed’ has news outlets picking up on the revelations picked up by The Boston Globe and Breitbart writers the following day..

    TG they are listening.. Hopefully all of Brenda and Aaron’s meticulous research will pay off in spades for the Trojan Horse occupiers in our White House.

    “Leon Neyfakh, Revealed: Obama’s secret agenda, Boston Globe, July 22, 2012.
    . “FOOL ME TWICE”: A must read for Obama’s Blueprint for America…if re-elected, Pumas Unleashed, July 22, 2012.”

    http://fool-me-twice.com/news-reviews/

  95. More on the NBPP case decision.

    The documents reveal that political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ’s dismissal of claims in that case, which would appear to contradict Assistant Attorney General Perez’s testimony that political leadership was not involved in that decision. Surely the public has an interest in documents that cast doubt on the accuracy of government officials’ representations regarding the possible politicization of agency decision-making.

    In sum, the Court concludes that three of the four fee entitlement factors weigh in favor of awarding fees to Judicial Watch. Therefore, Judicial Watch is both eligible and entitled to fees and costs, and the Court must now consider the reasonableness of Judicial Watch’s requested award.

  96. Mrs. Smith,

    It sounds like a great book. My problem with buying and reading it is I think I have gotten a pretty good overview of the contents and its dozens of points. It’s hard for me to read stuff which I already know a lot about, like BHO, which is why I can’t get into the Klein or Maraniss books.

    Is it really worth the read for someone who’s aware of most of Klein’s and Elliots POV’s? I have been following both for years. Am I going to learn something I don’t know?

    I ask as an informed reader with too little time who values your opinion.

  97. BASIL99
    July 30th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Ah, then you know more than all of us so please elaborate how Obama’s plans will impact us if he is re-elected… Just asking- because the information contained in ‘Fool Me Twice’ is heavy going and intense reading for comprehension.. If you can give a brief synopsis what you already know, please do, it would be appreciated.

  98. slipped out on the sly….

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/30/Obama-s-Legacy-25-Trillion-in-Debt-by-2022

    Obama’s Legacy: $25 Trillion in Debt by 2022

    The Obama administration quietly released a new budget report Friday afternoon at a time calculated to make sure it received minimal attention. The highlights of the new report are a pair of new estimates, the first of this year’s deficit and the second of projected debt 10 years from now.

    As reported over the weekend, the new Obama budget document lowers growth estimates for the current year to a (still) high 2.6 percent and estimates this years’ deficit at $1.2 trillion. That will bring our national debt to $16.2 trillion by the end of the fiscal year.

    The more worrisome number in the new report is the estimated national debt at the end of the current 10-year budget widow. Senator Sessions, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee posted this chart of the anticipated growth of our debt. As you can see, we’ll be looking at over $25 trillion in debt by 2022:

  99. The question is what will replace our current one party system when a critical mass of people without jobs, health care, or hope for a future is created?
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    What the elites want, but may not get, is a boil the frog situation, where the loss of the Republic is gradual enough that those who act as the canary in the cave can be dismissed as crack pot conspiracy nuts. However, at the rate things are deteriorating, the day of reckoning may come sooner than we realize, and the evidence will be too graphic, too palpable and too real to be dismissed as maunderings from cloud cuckooland. Then the question will become why is this happening, and who is responsible. At that point, high profile members of the elite class and big media will be personally at risk. That is the impetus for the government security measures you see today, which threaten our civil liberties, i.e. eves dropping on private telephone conversations through the super computer, efforts to reign in the internet, the creation of an internal security force as mentioned by Obama in Denver in 2008, and the domestic use of drones. These are sold to the public as security measures in response to a potential terrorist strike, but the more likely possiblity is they are designed to protect the elites.

  100. BASIL99
    July 30th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

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    another good one Basil99…the bro gotta go!

  101. I have argued here and elsewhere that you cannot have an economy without a banking system. But the corollary to that is you cannot have an economy if you have a banking system, but there is NO accountablility. In that vein, I find Holders grant of immunity (use or transactional?) to the architect of the Obama campaign, Robert Wolf, repugnant to the rule of law. It is a classic example of what Obama has done throughout his political career–COVER-UP the illegal acts of his contributors and SCREW his constituents. If you are trolling for a reason to send this son of a bitch packing, that would be a good place to start. Anyone who would give this corrupt man a second term, in a time of national economic distress, is either dumber than owl shit or a party to his corruption.

  102. Basil- I know you haven’t read anything like this because to me, this book, is not just an author’s opinion. ‘Fool Me Twice’ is in point of fact a ‘thesis’ of Obama’s plans to remake America into a Socialist/Communist progressive government.
    ……….

    Just a sample of what I mean by the heavy going of Fool Me Twice:
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    Chapter 4:

    ‘A Jobs Plan for America’..

    (contains 9 sub-chapters.. covering 25 pages.)

    (There are 47 pages in all of footnotes denoting sourced information at the end of this book.)

    I’ll give you an example of a sub-chapter under Chapter 4:

    “The Role of Partisan Economics”-

    Examine the flaws in this argument:
    ……….

    “Demos officials Callahan and Draut contend that, because the US economy is stuck in a downturn, that is reason enough to make it “easier” for workers to join unions putting more disposable income in their pockets.

    To prop up this straw man, the authors cite a separate contemporary report by Demos staffer, Amy Traub who asserts that “organized labor has traditionally played a crucial role in ensuring that working people- who make up most consumers- receive a larger share of the economies gains.”
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    The authors go on to dissect this argument with foot noted facts pointing out the fallaciousness of Traub’s misleading statement. And after providing much more fact based information disqualifying hers and their assertions all based on the Progressive’s agenda… They then (the authors) proceed to elaborate how Obama would use a second term to push for a ‘living wage’ under the fallacious framework of a progressive agenda. Where their words are familiar to us as our traditional understanding of the meanings but their implementation of those traditional meanings are the ‘fools game’ that entrapped Americans in 08′- This is why, to me, this book is a critical roadmap exposing each and every policy Obama plans on pushing through after he is re-elected.

  103. It’s coming together, just as I’ve been predicting for a couple of months. They tried to sour his overseas trip by pouncing on the fact that he told the truth in London, but he hit it out of the park in Israel, and again did well in Poland.

    Now he’s bringing his positive record to the forefront ahead of the convention. Just in time for all the pundits to be on key complaining about the negativity of the campaigns so far. The Olympics is a great place to start considering the work he did that led to success and the current Olympic fever due to the London Games. Up next: Bain & the Governorship. He’s got what we need for the times. His choreography on this is inspiring to watch. 🙂

  104. “That is the impetus for the government security measures you see today, which threaten our civil liberties, i.e. eves dropping on private telephone conversations through the super computer, efforts to reign in the internet, the creation of an internal security force as mentioned by Obama in Denver in 2008, and the domestic use of drones. These are sold to the public as security measures in response to a potential terrorist strike, but the more likely possiblity is they are designed to protect the elites.”
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    Three years ago, I would have said that is “bat shit” crazy. Unfortunately, the history over the past 12 years seems to indicate that your hypothesis is the best fit for the facts. To me it was always odd that no matter how much Bush/Cheney destroyed an individuals Constitutional rights, the Dems. never seemed to be able to stop it; no matter how much hand wringing that they did. Never had a majority or a big enough majority. Now with with Obama in office, they don’t even pretend to oppose a totalitarian agenda.

    “Terrorism, socialism, free markets, capitalism, freeloaders”, etc., etc., is just street theater for what is happening to this economy and Country. SNAP, just a commie “give away program”…well who’s paying the bribes to expand the funding and prevent regulation? It isn’t socialists.

    “The Farm Bill is reapproved every five years; in the 2007 bill, the biggest lobbyists included the agriculture biotech giant Monsanto, which spent $8.8 million. Other large corporate lobbyists included American Farm Bureau, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo Inc., American Beverage Association, Tyson Foods, Coca-Cola Co, Wal-Mart Stores, and the GMA (Grocery Manufacturer Association)”
    **
    Lobbying also takes place at the state level, where Big Agriculture has been fighting off further regulation of SNAP.
    ***
    Nine states proposed bills to alter SNAP to make it a more health-conscious program, but none of the proposed measures passed due to the pushback by Big Agriculture.
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    States contract with large banks in order to administer SNAP benefits; such banks charge fees, mostly to the states, for the use of electronic benefit transfers (EBT). The largest of such banks is J.P. Morgan Chase, which has EBT contracts in 24 states and makes a fortune from the Food Stamp Industrial Complex. J.P. Morgan Chase signed two contracts to administer EBT for the states of New York and Florida totaling $209 million. So much for liberals’ supposed disgust for the 1%.

    Large retailers are also cashing in on SNAP benefits. Stocking the shelves with food stamp-approved foods, Wal-Mart made about half a billion dollars in SNAP purchases in two years just from the state of Oklahoma. That is a significant returns for Wal-Mart’s lobbying effort in the 2007 Farm Bill, where Wal-Mart lobbied for five provisions, all having to do with food stamps.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/19/food-stamps-inc

    Basically same story no matter the script for the phoney political play being presented to the voters. Keystone-XL, Shale gss, student loans, etc. etc…when your start digging, the same players are paying the bribes.

  105. Had a discussion with my Mortgage person this morning. The estimate on the value of our property is terrible. We have lost so much, we cannot leave this property until something good happens. This is a lifetime of investment, down the drain. We started talking and I said I was a Democrat, but when the party screwed HRC in 2008 it has changed my whole life. She could not wait to share with me that she was a Dem also, did not vote for O in 2008 and now is registered as a Rep. She knows several of the people in my development, and one Dem had told her who voted for O, but WILL NOT VOTE FOR HIM THIS TIME. There are others on this small street who have changed their minds about O. This area is a nice compliment of Dems, Reps, and Independents. However, now the Dems not only have changed their minds, but are telling people about it.

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