Obama’s Economy In Ditch With GM

It’s getting worse. It’s going in the wrong direction. It’s been four years:

[Note to Romney/RNC: It’s not a bad ad but as with most of your ads it desperately needs an audio track. Add a voice to the ad that reads the text in the ad. The voice will enhance the text. Besides, not all people watch (or are able to read due to partial blindness or age) ads with the intensity of political junkies. The voters you most want to reach are the least interested in politics so give them something to see and hear. PUT A DAMN AUDIO TRACK ON ALL YOUR ADS. It’s that simple.]

It’s the Obama Economy Still In the Ditch.

While most eyes are glancing at the mess which is the Obama Economy generally, let’s focus on GM specifically. In short, as Mickey Kaus calls it, it’s MAYHEM AT GM:

This wasn’t supposed to happen until Nov. 7: It’s like the last act of Titus Andronicus over at GM corporate headquarters.

Two weeks ago, Opel chief Karl-Friedrich Stracke presented numbers to Dan Akerson. Akerson fires him. Opel gets two interim chiefs in a week. Last Thursday, Opel’s new design chief Dave Lyon doesn’t even start his job. Today, media in the U.S. and Germany report that Lyon had been escorted from the building and to a waiting car by GM’s head of personnel. A day later, global marketing chief Joel Ewanick suddenly leaves. Instead of wishing him all the best for his future endeavors, GM spokesman Greg Martin puts a knife in Ewanick’s back: “He failed to meet the expectations the company has of an employee.”

Like Kaus we are scratching our heads. It’s the golden age of the golden calf isn’t it? Are we wrong? Is Kaus wrong?:

“I’m having trouble understanding all this. I’ve been told that after its Rattnerized bailout GM is “back,” a dramatic ”success story.” The president himself has boasted “General Motors is back on top.” Yet now a few weeks later Bloomberg says the company is in a “slump”–it’s right there, in the headline: “slump.” How can the bailed out, comebacked, turned around success story GM be in a slump when the U.S. auto market as a whole is growing rapidly? It’s almost as if an easily spun media wildly underestimated the problems at GM (and the inadequacy of the administration’s fixes) in a way that helped President Obama’s favored narrative (and pleased a major advertiser at the same time!) … [snip]

I’d forgotten that in April, 2010 President Obama told the nation (in his weekly radio address) “It won’t be too long before the stock the Treasury is holding in GM could be sold ….”

Two years later, the Treasury still owns more than 26% of GM. The stock price of the dramatic administration success story is too low to sell without taking gigantic, embarrassing losses.”

Kaus is not wrong. Cue the British press:

GM profits slip 41% as European struggles take their toll

America’s largest car firm made $1.5bn in the second quarter of 2012, with European division reporting operating loss of $361m

General Motors’ profits fell 41% in the second quarter as troubles in Europe undercut strong sales in North America. [snip]

While GM’s North America sales remain strong there are signs that the slowdown in the US economy is taking its toll. On Wednesday, GM and Ford announced that sales had slipped in July; GM deliveries fell 6.4% and Ford 3.8%, according to statements.”

It’s a lot of bad news but at least GM is selling cars, right? Well sure. The profits are up at the candy story because the candy store owner is buying the candy in the store:

“Government Motors: Feds keep expanding fleet of cars

Budgets may be tight, but the federal government has increased its fleet of cars to 449,000 vehicles — or nearly one for every seven federal employees — according to the Government Accountability Office.”

It’s easy to write a best-selling book: buy millions of copies of your own book. Wonder how many of the government cars are GM cars? Wonder no more:

“As it turns out, there’s a big reason GM experienced an increase in sales last month: “government purchases of GM vehicles rose a whopping 79% in June,” according to the National Legal and Policy Center’s Mark Modica.”

Does any of this concern Barack Obama? Well yesterday Barack Obama was “pretty nervous”:

“President Obama called into a sports radio show in Columbus, Ohio yesterday, and commented about the New York Jets quarterback controversy between newly acquired Tim Tebow and the Jets’ current quarterback Mark Sanchez.

“If I was a Jets fan, I’d be pretty nervous,” Obama said, noting that Sanchez “was not Tom Brady yet” but “led them to the playoffs two years in the row.” [snip]

Obama also spoke about baseball and the Olympics.”

Somehow the Obama priorities appear to be on the wrong track along with the Obama Economy. The unemployed or underemployed get no attention, but footfall fans, golf courses, celebrities, sports figures, layabouts, have Barack Obama’s interest. Must be because things are going so well, right?:

“Team Obama said in ’09 stimulus would have unemployment below 6% by 2012

Today’s news that the unemployment rate moved up to 8.3 percent is as good of a time as time as any to revisit the promises the then-incoming administration made in 2009 regarding the economic stimulus bill. Back then they said the stimulus would have unemployment below 6 percent by now. [snip]

Page four of the report features a chart projecting the unemployment levels with and without the stimulus. With the stimulus, the Romer and Bernstein predicted that unemployment would never rise past 8 percent, and would peak just under that in the third quarter of 2009 before steadily declining to around 5.6 percent by today. Without the stimulus, they predicted that unemployment would peak around 9 percent in the third quarter of 2010 before declining to around 6 percent today.

The then-Democrat majority Congress passed the $819 billion stimulus bill later that month. The projection turned out to be one of the few things connected to it that was shovel-ready. The unemployment rate reached 10.1 percent in late 2009. It has declined since then but has remained above 8 percent for 41 months straight, a record.

Barack Obama is somehow not “pretty nervous” about the failure of the economic promises he made. Unemployment is not at 5.6 percent as promised by Barack Obama. The money was spent but the lower level of unemployment is not as promised. No apologies, no shame, no resignation from Barack Obama. After being so wrong for so, long Barack Obama wants to persist on the wrong track and continue to plow “FORWARD” over the cliff.

In 2004 Barack Obama sniffed haughtily at what he considered beneath contempt – a mere 310,000 additional jobs added with a 5.6% unemployment rate:

Surprised by all this? You shouldn’t be. With Barack Obama at the helm we are all exploring hitherto unexplored worlds of hypocrisy and boobery. And corruption: Bombshell: Obama chief of staff Daley briefed on Solyndra concerns six months before bankruptcy. Not surprised are you? Crony capitalism never works to create jobs and a growing economy on a sustainable basis.

Crony capitalism, crap economy, celebrity cult – Obama built that. But that’s about it.

Yes Virginia, there is no Santa Claus that built that for you – that’s something Barack Obama has yet to learn as he proceeds FORWARD into the deeper ditch – dragging America deeper down.


274 thoughts on “Obama’s Economy In Ditch With GM

  1. Clint Eastwood endorses Romney. I dare Obama minions to play that super bowl half time ad. They may just do that to confuse and diffuse the real endorsement coming from Eastwood.

  2. “Government Motors: Feds keep expanding fleet of cars

    Budgets may be tight, but the federal government has increased its fleet of cars to 449,000 vehicles — or nearly one for every seven federal employees — according to the Government Accountability Office.”

    Why doesn’t that surprise me?

  3. Admin, it occurred to me that if they put an audio track on that ad above, it would all be very bleak and perhaps they are thinking that it would turn people away if they heard it rather than see it? It is a softer alarm.

  4. PM317, if that is the concern then use a very soft woman’s voice. They must have an audio track (especially when it is video of Obama they are riffing on).

  5. I notice Obama is appearing more in his ads. I think Romney will need to do the
    same to become more comfortable with folks on the fence.

  6. Good article. Not sure why she calls it a ‘Radical Claim’ because it should be apparent to most people that it was not the money(or capital) but the ideas and the innovation that made the economics of high standard of living possible — we oversimplify it by calling it capitalism but most people would agree that it is the innovation and the individual that are at the heart of it.

    Obama the ignorant stepped in it big, very big.


    There had always been enough capital. What was different, she maintains, is how people thought about new ideas. Creative destruction became not only accepted but also encouraged, as did individual enterprise. “What made us rich,” she writes, “was a new rhetoric that was favorable to unbounded innovation, imagination, alertness, persuasion, originality, with individual rewards often paid in a coin of honor or thankfulness — not individual accumulation restlessly stirring, or mere duty to a calling, which are ancient and routine and uncreative.”
    Radical Claim

    This is a radical claim, and one that McCloskey, having dispatched the alternatives, plans to demonstrate further in her next book, “The Treasured Bourgeoisie.” The idea will sound particularly strange if you learned your economic history, as many political intellectuals do, in a diluted version of Marx and Polanyi (on the left) or Weber (on the right) and thus assume that economic growth depends, first and foremost, on some accumulated store of wealth. You might be inclined, therefore, to sneer at innovation — or even, as Daniel Bell did, to write a book condemning it as a “cultural contradiction” of capitalism — and at bourgeois virtue. If you think that capital, not insight or innovation, is the critical ingredient, it’s also a short hop to the belief that the entrepreneur doesn’t deserve praise for building the business.

  7. Mayor Bloomberg of New York restating what we wrote in previous article:


    Critics trying to shut Chick-fil-A because its CEO opposes gay marriage are undermining the very essence of the Constitution, Mayor Bloomberg declared today in a stirring defense of the embattled fast food chain.

    It isn’t the right thing to do and it isn’t what America stands for,” Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show. “And those people who don’t like (Chick-fil-A) don’t understand their rights were protected by people who took a difficult position in the past and stood by it. They stood up so everybody else would be free.”

    The mayor, a staunch advocate of marriage equality, argued that Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has as much right to his views as does the Catholic Church, which also opposes same-sex marriage.

    “I don’t agree with this guy. I don’t agree with the position of the Catholic Church. That doesn’t mean I don’t have an enormous amount of respect for the two Cardinals we have here and the clergy and the people who are Catholic,” said Bloomberg.

    “What’s for sure is that government cannot in the United States, in America, under the Constitution, be run where you have a litmus test for the personal views of somebody when they want something in the commercial world.

    The mayor extended his views to Walmart, which hasn’t been able to open an outlet here because of pressure from unions that oppose its labor policies.

    “As long as they don’t break any laws and government — the City Council included — should not be out there criticizing because all that says to other companies that want to lcoate here is ‘what do I need that aggravation for?'”

  8. Barney Frank surprises:


    Congressman Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, gave me his thoughts on Thursday about the Chick fil A debate.

    “I think it’s entirely legitimate for individuals to say, ‘I don’t want to eat there.’ I don’t think government should discriminate against Chick fil A because of the views of the owner,” said Mr. Frank the only openly gay member of Congress who recently married his partner. “I wouldn’t want to personally eat there. I wouldn’t want to support a guy who thinks I shouldn’t have my rights, but I don’t think the government should do that.”

  9. In the brouhaha of Obama et al, I’d forgotten about GM, and appreciate the details given here.
    Can’t sleep over wondering if this election is going to be about Obama’s record or Romney’s tax returns.
    Just read where Michelle Malkin spoke at AFP summit and brought down the house with this:
    Michelle then pointed to the American Dream banner and told Barack Obama, “You didn’t build this!”
    The audience loved it!

  10. For Downton Abbey fans:


    Now comes word the hit Masterpiece Theatre series “Downton Abbey” is likely to return for a fourth go-round; and actress Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess has a job “for as long as she wants to be and I can tell you that even if she doesn’t want to be, she won’t die, she’ll go to the seaside just in case,” according to the series creator Julian Fellowes.

    P.S.: Veteran actress Shirley MacLaine, who will star as Lady Grantham’s American mother Martha Levinson, will only perform in two parts of the upcoming third series and will tangle with her old thespian pal, Maggie Smith.

    Maggie versus MacLaine. Minerva McGonagall versus Dolores Umbridge.

  11. Critics trying to shut Chick-fil-A because its CEO opposes gay marriage


    Now which critics would that be, I wonder? Not the mayors of Chicago and Boston, who did not threaten any official action.

  12. I don’t think government should discriminate against Chick fil A because of the views of the owner,” said Mr. Frank


    Apparently the mayors of Chicago and Boston agree, since they made their statements personal and from the community, rather than threatening government discrimination.

  13. If this is the worst statement that can be found from Lee, then it’s protected by Lee’s First Amendment right to express his opinion — as it does not contain any threat of official discrimination.

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee tweeted last week:
    “Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.” – @mayoredlee
    “Very disappointed #ChickFilA doesn’t share San Francisco’s values & strong commitment to equality for everyone.” – @mayoredlee

  14. For the record, there is a clear and obvious distinction when a government official speaks with the title of office. We note that Mayor Lee did not speak as Mr. Lee. The tweets came from the office of the Mayor. “I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer” is indeed an official threat. It is deceptive to claim otherwise. Barney Frank and Jon Stewart along with Mayor Bloomberg and just about everyone else understand this truly simple distinction.

  15. For the record, there is a clear and obvious distinction when a government official speaks with the title of office. We note that Mayor Lee did not speak as Mr. Lee. The tweets came from the office of the Mayor.


    If the distinction is whether official letterhead were used (or a government website etc) then sfaik that would leave out Rahm Emmanuel, whose quoted statement was made to a reporter.

    I’m not sure how a mayor would speak without “the title of office.” In the excerpt quoted above, Bloomberg was referred to as Mayor Bloomberg, not “Mr. Bloomberg”. However, I don’t think he was threatening to enforce his opinion of the Mayors of Chicago or Boston by sending the NYPD after them.

  16. If this is the worst statement that can be found from Lee, then it’s protected by Lee’s First Amendment right to express his opinion — as it does not contain any threat of official discrimination
    In 1892, Justice Holmes, speaking for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in McAuliffe v. Mayor of New Bedford, trenchantly dispatched the petition of a policeman who had been fired for violating a regulation which restricted his political activities:[1]

    The petitioner may have a constitutional right to talk politics, but he has no constitutional right to be a policeman.

    With customary bluntness Holmes went on to observe:[2]

    There are few employments for hire in which the servant does not agree to suspend his constitutional right of free speech, as well as of idleness, by the implied terms of his contract. The servant cannot complain, as he takes the employment on the terms which are offered him.

    With customary bluntness Holmes went on to observe:[2]

    There are few employments for hire in which the servant does not agree to suspend his constitutional right of free speech, as well as of idleness, by the implied terms of his contract. The servant cannot complain, as he takes the employment on the terms which are offered him.

    This is the old view. I believe the proper one. When a public official speaks with color of state authority to deprive an American citizen of its right to due process it is wrong.

    By the same token, when the treasurer and cfo of Vante decided to harass the young lady, he crossed the line from free speech to bullying. By comparison, racial ephitets are not protected by the first amendment.

    Furthermore, the decision by his company to fire him was entirely proper. His outrageous statements were a direct threat to their brand, contrary to their corporate philosophy which he was bound to comply with in his capacity as an officer of that company.

  17. The petitioner may have a constitutional right to talk politics, but he has no constitutional right to be a policeman.


    On that principle, the mayors should be fired rather than muzzled. 😉

  18. If this is the worst statement that can be found from Lee, then it’s protected by Lee’s First Amendment right to express his opinion — as it does not contain any threat of official discrimination
    On the contrary. This is exactly the way a mafia boss threatens–but never in writing.

    “Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.” – @mayoredlee

    By your logic, if a mafia boss makes you an offer you cannot refuse, then that too is free speech. All forms of extorion, then, are free speech as well.

    No way you say. Lee is no Mafia boss. He does not pack a gun.

    Well perhaps not. But he does have the power to use his bully pulpit to launch attacks that have a chilling effect on their buiness, to order health inspections etc.

    I suspect the president of the company sees the City By The Bay as Sodom and Gamorra and is less eager to service that town than the locals are to have him come in. So, this is really a red herring issue.

  19. This is one smug, nasty fellow – even when he is supposedly apologizing. He still does not understand how/why he is so wrong. It is not only that he as a high earning executive treated someone, not in a position to defend herself, so shabbily. It is the self righteousness and self absorption, the sureness that what he is doing (absent how he did it) is for the good of mankind and that he will lead us all to a greater glory of understanding.

    There is no sense whatsoever of any understanding that he needs to examine his life and ask himself if his “purposefulness” and “activism” is a disguise for authoritarian bullying.

    It’s clear why his company fired him. After his bully boy video he still did not understand that he needed a time out to reflect on his self-deceptions and public display of hatred/nastiness. The company told him to stand down but he wanted to produce more publicity – all in the name of enlightening the foolish masses about his high purpose and great intellectual “activism” and “purposefulness”.

    This nasty creature even has an explanation as to why he made it clear to the “collateral damage” that he was not gay. It wasn’t because he “didn’t have any gay” in him. No. This high minded “activist” wanted to display how even a straight man like himself could grace the gay community with his support. What a treasure.

    If our former compatriots on the left want to learn about why so many of them are hated this is a video they should watch and learn from. It’s why today’s “liberals” are so hated even by other liberals with a degree of common sense and a dollop of decency:



    Labor Department Waives 60-Day Layoff Notice to Help Obama Win in November

    On Thursday, Democrats in the Senate blocked an attempt by Republicans to enforce a provision of a 1980s law requiring all contractors doing business with the federal government to send out notices of potential layoffs four days before the presidential election in November.

    By a vote of 17-13 the Senate Appropriations Committee voted against an amendment offered by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) that would have overridden a policy directive issued earlier this week by the Labor Department informing federal contractors that they may ignore the law and not send out preemptive pink slips to their employees.

    The law in question is called the WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice) Act and per the applicable provision of that statute, employers must “provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs. This notice must be provided to either affected workers or their representatives (e.g., a labor union); to the State dislocated worker unit; and to the appropriate unit of local government.”


  21. What a surprise…not, where the defence comes from but then again we all expect it daily. The instigator arrives right on time.

  22. [Note to Romney/RNC] It’s not a bad ad but as with most of your ads it desperately needs an audio track. Add a voice to the ad that reads the text in the ad. The voice will enhance the text. Besides, not all people watch (or are able to read due to partial blindness or age) ads with the intensity of political junkies. The voters you most want to reach are the least interested in politics so give them something to see and hear. PUT A DAMN AUDIO TRACK ON ALL YOUR ADS. It’s that simple.]

    The ad speaks volumes. The RNC is not throwing it’s full support behind Romney. This is not the first ad they’ve sponsored uncharacteristically devoid of a suitable audio track, it may be the third or fourth. Romney is out there on his own. Haven’t you noticed the deafening silence from the establishment Republicans? The only politico who has come forward to defend Romney is Gingrich… Gingrich is an outsider as disposable to them as Kleenex. If you look at Romney’s donor list, none of them are establishment donors like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush Pioneers etc.

    Romney’s donors are the donors who sincerely believe they can get rid of Obama. They are all being played while the Neo-Con Republicans are pocketing the spoils of war..

    “- Last but not least, Texan super-donor Harold Simmons has handed over $800,000 to Restore Our Future — a tiny fraction of the millions he’s donated to right-leaning groups this cycle, with the lion’s share going to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads super PAC. He’s pledged to give $36 million of his $9 billion fortune to unseating Obama this election.”

    Nice little chunk of change Rove collected for pretending to do something to help Romney’s campaign.


  23. turndownobama
    August 3rd, 2012 at 9:16 pm
    That’s the point. All this extra paperwork is bad enough in an investment situation where there is plenty of time and money to take care of it. But it’s worse when what’s involved is making medical decisions or inheritance or child custody. That’s why the neat, legally clear term ‘marriage’ needs to be extended to gays as well.

    The Point is that words have meaning. ‘Marriage’ is a contract made between a man and woman. You can’t change the definition of something to mean something that it is not.

    Could I call my horse a puppy to make it easier for me to get him on the plane?

  24. yheitman
    August 4th, 2012 at 3:34 am
    By a vote of 17-13 the Senate Appropriations Committee voted against an amendment offered by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) that would have overridden a policy directive issued earlier this week by the Labor Department informing federal contractors that they may ignore the law and not send out preemptive pink slips to their employees.
    how convienient, the labor department policy directive issued earlier this week that federal contrators may ignore the law and not send out preemptive pink-slips.

    this was done because the POS doesn’t want tens of thousands of pink-slips issued 5 days before the GE.

  25. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha

    Chicken lips are scarce
    Great gay kiss-off lays a gigantic egg

    Andrea Peyser

    This was billed as the greatest protest since Occupy Wall Street. Thousands of scantily clad gay men and lesbians said they’d lock lips in a coast-to-coast red-hot make-out session.

    They were to blast anti-gay-marriage comments made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. But gays preferred staying home to watch “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

    Tumbleweeds could have rolled through the Paramus Park Mall in New Jersey yesterday as a symbol for the lack of stamina in the national kissing campaign.

    From Georgia to California, protests drew yawns, not saliva.

    Even in Atlanta, the home of Chick-fil-A, only two dozen kissers showed up. And there was a similar lack of necking in Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.


  26. alcina
    August 4th, 2012 at 6:33 am
    August 4th, 2012 at 3:34 am

    We are now a lawless barbaric nation where law is ignored. The man in power dictates by fiat just as any other authoritarian to maintain his power. He murders with drones unapologetically and without a peep from his subservient media, ruins millions of people financially to support his cronies who keep him in power, and is shamelessly ruining the sectors of our economy that made this nation the economic powerhouse of the world. He thinks he is a king and that he has the right to rule as he sees fit. Everyone is a serf and we are here to serve him. Those who support him think likewise and are his servants. Remember that when dealing with them.

  27. Get ready for your electric rates to skyrocket if the POS gets 4 more.

    Current coal KW hours are $16 but projections are for that to rise to $136 per KW hour in 2015.

    This is a direct result of the fascist EPA regulations which are strangling coal production. As the POS said in 2008, you can build a coal plant but we’re going to make it so expensive (through regulation) we’ll bankrupt you. (paraphrasing.)

  28. yheitman
    August 4th, 2012 at 3:34 am


    Labor Department Waives 60-Day Layoff Notice to Help Obama Win in November

    On Thursday, Democrats in the Senate blocked an attempt by Republicans to enforce a provision of a 1980s law requiring all contractors doing business with the federal government to send out notices of potential layoffs four days before the presidential election in November.

    This thing should go viral. Wow, this is totally unacceptable.

  29. And this isn’t meant to be satire… 🙂

    Nancy Pelosi called Harry Reid into her office one day and said,

    “Harry, I have a plan to win back Middle America in 2012!”

    “Great Nancy , but how?” asked Harry.

    “We’ll get some cheesy clothes and shoes, like most Middle Class Americans wear, then stop at the pound and pick up a Labrador retriever. Then, we’ll go to a nice old country bar in Montana and show them how much admiration and respect we have for the hard working people living there.”

    So they did, and found just the place they were looking for in Bozeman , Montana . With the dog in tow, they walked inside and stepped up to the bar.

    The Bartender took a step back and said, “Hey! Aren’t you Harry Reid and NancyPelosi?”

    “Yes we are!” said Nancy , “And what a lovely town you have here. We were passing through and Harry suggested we stop and take in some local color.”

    They ordered a round of bourbon for the whole bar, and started chatting up a storm with anyone who would listen.

    A few minutes later, a grizzled old rancher came in, walked up to the Labrador , lifted up its tail, looked underneath, shrugged his shoulders and walked out. A few moments later, in came another old rancher. He walked up to the dog, lifted up its tail, looked underneath, scratched his head and left the bar.

    For the next hour, another dozen ranchers came in, lifted the dog’s tail, and left shaking their heads.

    Finally, Nancy asked, “Why did all those old ranchers come in and look under the dog’s tail? Is it some sort of custom?”

    “Lord no,” said the bartender. “Someone’s out there running around town, claiming there’s a Labrador Retriever in here with two assholes!”

  30. turndownobama
    August 3rd, 2012 at 9:16 pm
    That’s the point. All this extra paperwork is bad enough in an investment situation where there is plenty of time and money to take care of it. But it’s worse when what’s involved is making medical decisions or inheritance or child custody. That’s why the neat, legally clear term ‘marriage’ needs to be extended to gays as well.

    No, the real point is that words have meaning. ‘Marriage’ is a contract made between a man and woman. You can’t change the definition of something to mean something else.

    Could I call my horse a puppy to make it easier for me to get him on the plane?

  31. This is creepy.

    Obama Campaign Releases App That Allows You To Locate Home Of The Nearest Obamabot…

    Who in their right mind thought this was a good idea?

    Curious how many Democrats live on your block? Just download the Obama campaign’s new mobile app.

    The app, released last week, includes a Google map for canvassers that recognizes your current location and marks nearby Democratic households with small blue flags.

    For each targeted address, the app displays the first name, age and gender of the voter or voters who live there: “Lori C., 58 F, Democrat.”


  32. haha- every now and again we need to enjoy a good laugh between friends.. which is traditionally provided by Basil and her funny videos..

    I’ve been saving this one to send to the IL’s for the grandson we share.

  33. BASIL99
    August 4th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    This is creepy.

    It is creepy but that is the (digital) age we live in. It is very easy to mine public information now if you have the resources. And this is not any different from the telephone numbers I was given from the campaign to do a call in for Hillary in 2008 — some people were indeed surprised about how I got their number. Irresponsible people who may want to use this information for purposes other than campaigning can now get this info easily and that is what is creepy. But unless such use and abuse gets into the mainstream, there is no evidence this is bad.

  34. BASIL99
    August 4th, 2012 at 11:01 am
    This is creepy.


    creepy, indeed. if they can locate dims, they can locate repubs and indies, too. i wouldn’t put it past any bot to use such a list for harassment purposes.

  35. ABM90, looks like Hillary is tweeting from Uganda at this very moment. Am thinking of a lazy Saturday near noon here and like you always say, she’s totally dedicated to working for us.

  36. The Company He Keeps

    Meet Obama’s circle: The same old America-hating Left.

    Why is Barack Obama so comfortable around people who so despise America and its allies? Maybe it’s because they’re so comfortable around him.

    He presents as the transcendent agent of “change.” Sounds platitudinous, but it’s really quite strategically vaporous. Sen. Obama is loath to get into the details of how we should change, and, as the media’s Chosen One, he hasn’t had to.

    But he’s not, as some hopefully dismiss him, a charismatic lightweight with a gift for sparkling the same old vapid cant. Judging from the company he chooses to keep, Obama’s change would radically alter this country. He eschews detail because most Americans don’t believe we’re a racist, heartless, imperialist cesspool of exploitation. The details would be disqualifying.


    So, instead, we get glimpses. The most profound influence in his life, his wife Michelle, is notoriously less circumspect than her careful husband about where she’s coming from. Her college thesis, which Princeton tried to keep under lock and key, testifies to a race-obsessed worldview. She may have refined it, but she’s never grown out of it.

    After four years at one of America’s most esteemed academic institutions, Michelle recoiled at the thought of “further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant.” That the sky has been the limit for her, that she has managed to ride the “periphery” from Princeton to Harvard Law School, to one of the country’s top law firms, and to a plethora of prestigious institutional positions, has not much altered her perspective. Through the windows of her mansion on Chicago’s south side, American society still appears as a caste system.

    The United States, says she, is “just downright mean.” Never, prior to her husband’s presidential run, had she had a reason to feel proud of it, she told a campaign throng. But by last November, with Barack’s pursuit of the brass ring catching momentum, she suddenly got plenty proud. And confident: so much so that she was moved to tell MSNBC, “Black America will wake up and get it” — unite and carry him over the finish line.


    Years earlier, the Obamas had gravitated to the baleful Rev. Jeremiah Wright, an unapologetic racist and hard Left firebrand. They were comfortable with him — and he with them.

    By the senator’s own account, Wright is the inspiration for his memoir, The Audacity of Hope — the title is cribbed from a Wright sermon (“The Audacity to Hope”). For Michelle, who had written that a racial “separationist” would have a better understanding of American blacks than “an integrationist who is ignorant to their plight,” Wright’s Trinity Church mission statement had to resonate, right from its opening declaration:

    We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain ‘true to our native land,’ the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.

    Rev. Wright inspired his congregation — of which the Obamas were 20-year members — with “black liberation theology.” The doctrine is itself the inspiration of James Hal Cone, a professor of “Systematic Theology” at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Cone is also the author of several books, which a tendentious Wright urged Sean Hannity to read during a recent interview.

    It’s a useful suggestion. For example, there is Cone’s 1969 opus, Black Theology and Black Power, in which he helpfully explains:

    Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community…. Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.

    Black liberation theology, as Wright has elaborated, is closely aligned with the “liberation theology” of Nicaragua during the seventies and eighties: i.e., the doctrine that catalyzed Marxist revolutionaries. It spurred an unabashedly Leftist movement that emphasized, you guessed it, the crying need for “change” — as George Russell aptly described it in a 2001 Time magazine analysis, “social change in the process of spiritual improvement.”

    It is this same drive for upheaval, for supplanting a political order which purportedly treats blacks as “less than human,” that impelled Wright’s plea for God to “damn America.” In the oppression narrative, the murder of 3000 Americans on 9/11 isn’t terrorism but social justice. America, after all, had it coming. For Wright, it was “chickens coming home to roost.” Indeed, Wright sometimes prefers to call our country “the U.S. of KKK A” — a grotesque sentiment which, we shall see, is shared by others with whom the Obamas choose to associate themselves.

    For their part, the Obamas couldn’t get enough of Wright. Barack and Michelle had him marry them. They chose him to baptize their children, who were routinely exposed to Wright’s race-baiting bombast.

    Obama and his supporters brusquely dismiss the drawing of sensible inferences from these gestures of admiration as “guilt by association.” In point of fact, though, the Obamas didn’t just associate with Wright. They subsidized him to the tune of over $20,000 — not exactly chump change from a couple without great means or any history of philanthropy to speak of. And until recent public attention to the pastor’s noxious rants threatened to derail his White House bid, Sen. Obama kept Wright officially on board as part of his campaign’s “African American Religious Leadership Committee.”


    With this as background, is it really all that startling that Sen. Obama enjoys a friendly relationship with Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, a pair of terrorists?

    I want to be clear here: Not terrorist sympathizers. Terrorists.

    The mainstream media, in their zeal to elect a Democrat, are assiduously airbrushing Ayers: “an aging lefty with a foolish past,” as the Chicago Sun-Times has so delicately put it. In fact, it is the press that is rife with foolish, aging lefties. Ayers, by contrast, is an unapologetic terrorist with a savage past — one who beat the system he so reviles when, after his years of fugitivity, terrorism charges were dropped due to government surveillance violations. He’s “guilty as sin,” by his own concession, but “free as a bird.”

    Ayers didn’t just carry a sign outside the Pentagon on May 19, 1972. He bombed it. As his memoir gleefully recalled, “Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon. The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.”

    Whether Pentagon bombing day was more or less ideal than other days, when he, Dohrn and their Weathermen comrades bombed the U.S. Capitol, the State Department, and sundry banks, police stations and courthouses, Ayers does not say. But on each occasion, there was surely optimism that the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.

    There were lots of bombs. There is no remorse. “I don’t regret setting bombs,” he told the New York Times in 2001, sorry only that he and the others “didn’t do enough.” Like what? We can’t be sure, though National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg recounts Ayers’s sentiments back in the day: “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at.”

    Ayers and Dohrn have done the actual dirty work of terror, while Jeremiah Wright draws the line at waving pom-poms. But the prism through which they assay the dirty work is precisely the same: America has it coming.

    For them, that makes all the difference. It’s not terror, just chickens coming home to roost. “Terrorists destroy randomly,” Ayers rationalizes with nauseating arrogance, “while our actions bore … the precise stamp of a cut diamond. Terrorists intimidate, while we aimed only to educate.” Right. As her companion Discover the Networks profile illustrates, Dohrn now goes even further: insisting their bombings weren’t terrorist acts at all: “We rejected terrorism. We were careful not to hurt anybody.”

    Maybe she’s forgotten the “bastards getting what was coming to them” part. Or maybe she’s just lying. She was, we can be confident, something less than a model of compassion back then — like at the Weathermen “War Council” meeting in 1969, when she famously gushed over the barbaric Manson Family murders of the pregnant actress Sharon Tate, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, and three others: “Dig it! First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them. They even shoved a fork into the victim’s stomach! Wild!”

    Charming. The “War Council,” it should be noted, concluded by first condemning the United States for — what else? — its pervasive racism, then formally declaring war against what the Weathermen called “AmeriKKKa.” Rev. Wright would have understood.

    It was at the Chicago home of Ayers and Dohrn that Obama, then an up-and-coming “community organizer,” had his political coming out party in 1995. Not content with this rite of passage in Lefty World — where unrepentant terrorists are regarded as progressive luminaries, still working “only to educate” — both Obamas tended to the relationship with the Ayers.

    Barack Obama made a joint appearance with Bill Ayers in 1997 at a University of Chicago panel on the outrage of treating juvenile criminals as if they were, well, criminals. Obama apologists say, “So what? People appear with other people all the time.” Nice try. This panel was orchestrated by none other than Michelle Obama, then an Associate Dean of Student Services. Ayers didn’t happen to be there — he was invited by the Obamas to educate students on the question before the house: “Should a Child Ever Be Called a ‘Super Predator?’”

    And here’s how the University’s press release chose to describe this would-be super predator:

    William Ayers, author of A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court (Beacon Press, 1997), says “We should call a child a child. A 13-year-old who picks up a gun isn’t suddenly an adult. We have to ask other questions: How did he get the gun? Where did it come from?”

    Ayers, who spent a year observing the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago, is one of four panelists who will speak on juvenile justice[.]

    The other panelists included “Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama … who is working to block proposed legislation that would throw more juvenile offenders into the adult system.” The goal was to promote change, to actuate the vision of “Chicago reformer” Jane Addams, who’d sought “the establishment of a separate court system for children which would act like a ‘kind and just parent’ for children in crisis.” Never mind the crises they’d caused the victims of their wanton murders and mayhem — the fault for those, surely, was our downright mean society.

    The Ayers and Obama, meantime, kept up. There was yet another panel in 2002, Obama and Ayers waxing on “Intellectuals in Times of Crisis.” Dohrn, too, was asked to weigh in, on a panel addressing the question, “Why Do Ideas Matter?” I’m sure it was, er, wild.


    In the interim, Ayers and Obama had teamed up for three years on the board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago charitable organization. Together, they voted to donate $75,000 of the largesse they controlled to the Arab American Action Network. The AAAN was co-founded by Rashid Khalidi, a longtime supporter of Palestinian “resistance” attacks against Israel, which he openly regards as a racist, apartheid state. Despite considerable evidence to the contrary, Khalidi peremptorily denies having been a PLO operative or having directed its official press agency for six years (from 1976 to 1982). There can be no gainsaying, though, that he was an influential apologist for Yasser Arafat, the terror master who spawned two Intifadas and ordered the murder of American diplomats.

    In the mean, besotted United States, of course, being a terrorist, a terror apologist, or simply raging at the machine qualifies one for a cushy academic soapbox. Thus did Khalidi eventually land on his feet at the University of Chicago, where he ran in the same circles as Associate Dean Michelle Obama, Law Professor Barack Obama, University of Illinois-Chicago Education Professor Bill Ayers, and Northwestern Law Professor Bernadine Dohrn (who prepared for a career in instructing future officers of the court with a stint in federal prison for flouting a judge’s order that she testify in a grand jury investigation into the Weathermen’s infamous Brinks robbery-murders).

    For Khalidi, though, greener pastures called: the opportunity to become a professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. There, he now directs Edward Said’s legacy: Columbia’s notoriously Israel-bashing Middle East Institute — though, much to the University’s chagrin, he was scratched in 2005 from a program designed educate teachers on instructing their young students about the Middle East. New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein concluded Khalidi’s splenetic meanderings mightn’t be the best model.

    They didn’t faze Barack Obama, though. He was front and center with Ayers and Dohrn at a farewell bash when Khalidi left Chicago for New York. It was only right. Khalidi, after all, had hosted a fundraiser for Obama in 2000, when the latter launched an unsuccessful campaign for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. And so it goes. A few weeks ago, Khalidi told worldnetdaily.com he supports Obama’s presidential run “because he is the only candidate who has expressed sympathy for the Palestinian cause,” and because Obama has promised negotiations with Iran.

    Ayres, too, provided a minor ($200) contribution to Obama, in 2001. That was the year of September 11, just a few days before the Times published its excerpt of Ayres’s remembrances of bombings past. Read the short interview and ask yourself: Could anyone, let alone someone as sophisticated as Barack Obama, chat with Bill Ayers for about 30 seconds and not know exactly where is coming from?

    Could they really have been friends? Well, Ayers is virtually channeling Michelle Obama and Jeremiah Wright when he wails that American “society is not a just and fair and decent place.”

    “God, what a great country,” he scoffed to the Times. “It makes me want to puke.”

    Hey, right back at you there, Professor. At least that’s how most of us are likely to feel. But not Sen. Obama. And that’s why Ayers — like Khalidi and Wright and Michelle Obama, and others who know the senator well while we’ve been told precious little — sees in Barack Obama the change he’s been waiting for.

    No thanks.



    This info from an article posted on April 11, 2008

    by — Andrew C. McCarthy is author of Willful Blindness: Memoir of the Jihad.

  37. Will @RomneyResponse become the hunter?

    Posted by William A. Jacobson Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 9:32am


    The Romney campaign has started a Twitter rapid response user account @RomneyResponse and associated Tumblr site.
    Given how Twitter can move an issue in minutes, Team Romney is smart to get more active.
    John Nolte at Breitbart.com has some good advice, much of which centers upon hunting the pro-Obama mainstream media:
    1. The over-arching goal of @RomneyResponse (RR) should be to mobilize the armies of New Media and Social Media. Through Facebook, Twitter and blogs, there are literally millions of Republicans eager and ready to go to battle with the corrupt media. RR needs to (quickly) earn its place as a leader in this army by offering material, guidance, ideas, truth, and a fearless fighting spirit (a sense of humor wouldn’t hurt, either).
    2. Whoever staffs RR needs to understand how media works, get up around four a.m. to read and watch those in the corrupt media who set the day’s narratives, and identify what those narratives will be. And…
    The first RR Tweets of the day should always be RR’s prediction of that day’s coming narratives.
    Doing this will literally alert millions and offer direction as to where that day’s battle with the media will take place….
    3. The second Tweets of the day should be RR’s predictions of the news damaging to Obama the corrupt media will cover up….
    And again, the sooner your army is aware of this, the sooner you can mobilize them to push the truth out through a new/social media counter-narrative.
    4. Name names. In a good-natured, professional, but aggressive way, RR should directly and publicly challenge media outlets and “journalists” who get their facts wrong and cover up bad news for Obama. Let them know you know and let them know you are letting the world know by challenging them openly….
    5. Reward your army with links and retweets. Once you flood the zone with your predicted narratives, cover ups, and challenges for the day, throw some love to those online who help you get the truth out. This can start a snowball effect that spreads the truth far and wide.
    The overall thrust of Nolte’s advice is on target. As he notes, the mainstream media is beyond repair:
    And if the media screaming taunts and heckling Romney on sacred ground in Poland doesn’t convince you of that, nothing will.
    Become the hunter, stop being the hunted. The hunted only can lose.

  38. The king is in town, all you commoners must obey….


    Obama Fundraisers to Deny Thousands a Day at the Beach

    A popular Connecticut park and its 234 acres of wetlands, woodlands and beach on Long Island Sound will be shut down all day Monday so that President Obama can use the location as a base for fundraising nearby.

    The Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Connecticut will have to turn away thousands of bathers so that Obama can get to and from his events, including a $35,800 per head bash at the 9,000-square-foot, $8.3-million waterfront estate of movie mogul Harvey Wienstein, according to The Connecticut Post.

    Here’s a look at what people will be missing:

    The Obama incursion is already creating an uproar in the state, according to the Post.

    “Could you imagine if a Republican ever did such a thing? They’d be screaming from every corner,” said House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. ”This is supposed to be the party and the president of the people? To close this state park in August for purely partisan political reasons is outrageous. People are going to be on their one-week vacation and they can’t get into Sherwood Island?”

    The state senator representing the area that includes the park, which is set on a peninsula that juts out into the sound, said other less intrusive landing points were available to the president.

    Obama’s travel to Connecticut kicks off another heavy week of fundraising and campaigning that will include a two-day trip to Colorado Wednesday and Thursday.

  39. This is for jbstonesfan!

    I see Hinderaker on Gigot’s Journal editorial all the time. This is a good article. We all have to beat up the MSM every chance we get. If you google Romney’s name, the first page is filled with his purported gaffes in London. Why? His speech in NV yesterday was very good but who is talking about that? Unbelievable that the media has degenerated to this level in this country.

    Is Obama Slipping?

    The media-formerly-known-as-mainstream are doing their best –as a commentator who is more outspoken than I am put it–to “drag Barack Obama’s sorry ass across the finish line.”


  40. wbboei
    August 4th, 2012 at 12:09 pm
    Will @RomneyResponse become the hunter?

    Posted by William A. Jacobson Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 9:32am

    The Romney campaign has started a Twitter rapid response user account @RomneyResponse and associated Tumblr site.


    great news to know…thanks for sharing it Wbboei

  41. Reid sold out US interests for the Chinese, he should be booted out on his ass.


    Say this about U.S. Sen. Harry Reid: He really believes in renewable energy.

    Reid has beat up NV Energy pretty good in recent years. In the closing days of the George W. Bush administration, Reid blocked plans to build coal-fired power plants in Nevada. He said in April on the “Nevada Newsmakers” show, “I don’t think NV Energy has done enough to allow renewable energy to thrive.”

    But that same month, NV Energy reported it had exceeded its state-imposed green-energy requirement of 15 percent by purchasing 16.7 percent of its power from renewable sources. And that was in spite of the Public Utilities Commission rejecting a handful of renewable contracts in July 2011, saying the company hadn’t justified the purchases were necessary to meet its quota.

    Now Reid is pushing for a Chinese company he played a key role in recruiting to Nevada, ENN Mojave Energy LLC. The company plans a billion-dollar solar energy manufacturing and generating plant near Laughlin, but an ambitious development schedule is being threatened by a lack of green power customers.

    Steve Tetreault quoted Reid in Tuesday’s Review-Journal saying the project “would start tomorrow if NV Energy would purchase the power,” but the company “has not been willing to work on this and that’s such a shame.”

    Reid added: “NV Energy is a regulated monopoly. They control 95 percent of all the electricity that is produced in Nevada and they should go along with this.”

    They’re not, at least not yet.

    And there are some legitimate reasons: Power costs are passed directly to consumers, and green energy currently costs more than power generated by coal-fired or natural-gas burning plants. State law mandates NV Energy buy power as cheaply as possible, except when it’s required to buy more-expensive green energy to meet state-mandated quotas. But the more green energy you buy, the higher bills climb.

    NV Energy has already met its quota, and the PUC has already turned the company down when it proposed contracts that would have exceeded quotas. And when the company does buy power – which it plans to do next in 2014 – it does so by analyzing competitive bids.

    Reid says those weak excuses. He said in that April interview that if “NV Energy wanted to do more with renewable energy, they could.”

    There’s another factor, however, one more personal to Reid: His son, Rory Reid, is one of the attorneys for the ENN Mojave Energy project. A Reid spokeswoman said the senator did not suggest Reid’s firm – Lionel, Sawyer & Collins – to ENN, nor has the elder Reid spoken to this son about the deal. (Reid imposed a strict ban on family members lobbying his office in 2003 after the Los Angeles Times asked him about lobbying by three of his four sons.)

    But success for ENN in finding customers helps Rory Reid, and its failure could cost him a client. It’s an undeniable conflict that Harry Reid should keep in mind as he twists arms at the PUC and NV Energy, lest he earn himself an ethics complaint.

    Reid’s office points out developing more renewable power will create jobs in Nevada that can’t be outsourced and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. (It’s also good for the environment.)

    And while Reid said in that April interview that “Every day that goes by, the ability to produce solar [energy] is cheaper,” the fact is, it’s more expensive than coal and natural gas right now. Someday, green power may be cheaper than anything else. But that day isn’t here yet, and until it arrives, Reid must mind the costs and the conflicts.

  42. I Think an audit must be made to make sure Dingy Reid is not under some foreign external pressure….after all under his thought he may be a felon, he must prove he is is not working in a foreign powers interest?

  43. Radical Obama and his entourage vowed to change the country. The ignoranti who lead comfortable lives in safe havens, and have little understanding of what the hard left is capable of, fell for the con hook line and sinker. They either supported his candidacy, or lacked the energy, commitmment and sense of national purpose to oppose it. Like so many bougeois in history, they viewed his candidacy as simply a change in management, rather than the destruction of a constitutional republic, and an entire way of life. Today, there is a record extant which should convince the stupidest of voters, that the path these leftists have put the country on will leads only to despair. Look at Europe, or look at Chicago. The evidence is clear, cogent and convincing. And yet, if all these ignorant people do is listen the Geobbels media, aka NBC, CNN, ABC, then they will fail to grasp the magnitude of the threat, and, where a four more years of this will lead, namely from democracy to dictatorship, sure as God made little green apples. .

  44. We have Judases in our midst. Their names are Brian Williams, George Stephanopolis, and the entire rank and file of big media. What makes them Judases is the way they betray the American People, for thirty pieces of silver plus interest. And, they are so morally bankrupt that they do not see it, or do not wish to see it. Their bona fides, or lack thereof, are a matter of record. What is not clear at this point, is how many people will be deceived by their lies into following their lead. If you were to ask the pivotal question of how would Judas vote in 2012, the answer is he would definitely vote for Obama. In that vein, I commend to your attention the following article.

    Mitt Romney and the Culture War

    Posted by kipling (Diary)

    Saturday, August 4th at 11:30AM EDT

    One of Mitt Romney favorite topics on the stump is the role of culture in determining economic prosperity. Often, in the course of his remarks, he will refer to The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor by David S. Landes. According to Romney, Landes argues that “if you could learn anything from the economic history of the world it’s this: culture makes all the difference. Culture makes all the difference.“*

    Now, few would view Mitt Romney as a cultural warrior. But, in his remarks, he not only takes up the challenge of culture but essentially expands the accepted parameters of the culture war. To listen to the MSM – and even some on the right – the culture war deals primarily with abortion, homosexuality, pray in school, and whether or not we can openly wish someone a Merry Christmas. Romney however broadens the term to include how a culture views education, innovation, risk, the dignity of work, and the role of government. In doing so Romney makes an important distinction that separates himself from the normal Washington insider like John McCain and from the Republicans of 2008.

    Four years ago Barack Obama ran openly on the premise that he would fundamentally change the country. While conservatives understood the threat and fought accordingly, most Republicans dismissed the danger. To them, an Obama victory was simply a change in management. Now, four years later, more and more people have come to realize that Obama opposes traditional American values and that his presidency has put us on a course that will only lead to self-destruction. Mitt Romney appears to want to lead us back. He understands that the 2012 election is not about a simple change in management. It is about fundamentally changing the culture of the United States. To do so, he will have to reverse the trajectory of the culture war and restore what the locust [read Democrats and their rent seekers] have eaten. (Hat tip to the prophet Joel.)

    Although Romney has field tested his cultural critique in numerous stump speeches, the Democrats and the MSM responded for the first time on Tuesday after Romney made similar comments to supporters in Israel. A coordinated media broadside accused Romney of racism and cultural insensitivity. Headlines boldly proclaimed that Romney had snubbed the Palestinians and declared the Israelis racially superior. Palestinians, the MSM, and Democrats lined up to condemn the foreign policy gaff. The incident was completely manufactured. Although the MSM ran with the story for several days, it quickly lost steam when Romney released a text of his remarks. While charges of racism have become standard fare for the Obama administration and the MSM, it does show that the issue is one that hurts Team Obama.

    *The quote is from the text of the remarks delivered by Romney in Israel. Out of all the articles on the speech, none quote the actual remarks. Most deal simply with the reaction to the remarks. I found an abridged version of the remarks at http://www.sfgate.com.

  45. Is anyone really surprised?

    These dem people have no one ounce of shame. They will sell their own mothers and wives for power.


    “And conservative commentators are calling on Reid to put his money where his mouth is and release his own tax returns.

    But there’s one person who couldn’t care less: Harry Reid.

    The ruthless Senate majority leader sees political gold in his attack on Romney — and he’s got the blessing from President Barack Obama’s campaign for the attack, even if he lacks evidence on Romney’s failure to pay taxes.

    Reid has calculated that the frenzy created by his charge has accomplished exactly what he sought to do: Turn the focus back onto the GOP nominee’s unreleased tax returns, according to several people close to the leader and the campaign. For Reid, he’s got virtually nothing to lose: His approval ratings back home are still upside-down, and he may not even run for reelection when he’s up for a sixth term in 2016.”

  46. I was chairman of a Republican fundraiser in Sun Valley in 1998. I brought in David Horowitz (i.e. Radical Son) to speak to that group. Like the two producers of this film, he was a former left wing radical turned conservative activist. He converted to conservatism when he began to discern the real motives behind the anti-war movement, which he helped lead up to that point. This pair came along a generation later and reacted to the current anti American permutation, which is Soros sponsored and funded, and big media promoted. It appears they were warmly received at the Red State convention in Florida this week, and the following link presents an interesting pre view of their movie which shows, among other things, the concerted efforts of leftists, dimocrat politicians and big media to destroy our culture and our country. Reagan said tear down that wall Mr. Gorbachav. I say take off that flag Mr Obama, it does not belong on the lapel of a traitor like you.


  47. and we all expected it….


    Feeling Cost Crunch, U.S. Health Insurers Quietly Restrict Medical Care

    We may not know it until we need it. Some of the medical care we assumed we would get automatically will soon be harder to obtain. A few more obstacles, a few more restrictions, before we can receive the specialized medical treatment or surgery that we need, that we took for granted we could get immediately in a country like America.

    As our colleague William Bigelow reported earlier this week, the onset of ObamaCare is causing states to try to save money through rationing, i.e., limiting the number of prescription drugs Medicaid patients may obtain.

    Now, according to the Wall St. Journal, in an effort to gain control of costs, some of the nation’s largest health insurers are rather quietly building in more obstacles to medical care as we know it. These insurers are responding to pressure from employers to keep costs down and quality at a similar level across plans. For their part, many employers are banking on the notion that employees will accept trade-offs in order to prevent huge jumps in premiums.

    Eric Grossman, a senior partner at Mercer, said employers will be interested in “rigorous, aggressive medical management,” that will include prior authorization and limited networks of health care providers.

    It’s important to keep in mind that employers get tax credits for doing “our job” for us, i.e., the job of designing health insurance plans for us. Personally, I would like to decide the kind of health insurance plan my family needs, but for the reasons cited here, many of our citizens and congressional representatives have grown accustomed to the idea that our employers and bosses know the kind of health care plans our families want and/or need.

    Drawing on the “managed care” design common during the 1990’s, health insurers are going back to many of the cost-cutting techniques that were the cause of misery for both doctors and patients during that decade. Preparing themselves for 2014, when ObamaCare is in full operation, health insurers are gradually revealing the fact that President Obama’s promise to us, that we could keep our own doctors, was a politically expedient lie.

    President Obama’s lie aside, however, we should remember that big health insurers stand to get federal funds funneled to their doors through ObamaCare, so the relationship between the administration and health insurers is a co-dependent one, at best. Let’s not get distracted from the real issues when Obama and the Democrats start bad-mouthing the “greedy and heartless” health insurance companies for rationing care. They are all in it together.

    What are the changes we will begin to notice when we need medical care?

    First, insurers will begin to restrict our choices of doctors and hospitals. There may be no changes in some plans just yet, but keep aware since being caught off guard when we suddenly need medical care can be both frightening and frustrating. Doctors and health insurers will likely send out letters informing us of changes.

    Second, health insurers will be requiring additional criteria for referrals to specialists prior to authorizing payments to these doctors. In more cases as we go forward, if we do not obtain a referral from our primary care doctor, our health insurer may not authorize payment to a specialist, and we could end up with an unexpected bill. Primary care doctors will be acting more as “gatekeepers” to care once again, making sure patients meet required “criteria” before they are referred to specialists.

    Of course, health insurers are not going to come out and say they are rationing care, but we know rationing when we see it. Insurers say that new “technology” will be improving health care while it helps them to rein in costs. Personally, I hope that is true, but I fear it is not.

    Examples of the changes some of the major health insurers in the country are currently making are as follows:

    United Health Group, Cigna Corp., and some others will increase requirements to obtain authorization for patients to receive some specialized treatments. United Health specifically told employers that, over the next 18 months, coordination of patient care will be replaced by a new “prior authorization” process, and that, for some services and tests, including joint replacements and spine surgeries, “services determined to be not medically necessary” will not be covered.

    Cigna also is considering requiring prior authorization for procedures in radiation oncology and cardiology.

    WellPoint, Inc. is designing an authorization plan for certain cancer drugs and tests that diagnose sleep-related conditions.

    Although ObamaCare (Tax) needs to be repealed, we are wise to remember that simply repealing Obama’s signature law will not bring down health care costs to a manageable level. The United States must move toward a system of personal ownership of health insurance, a return to more direct fee for service payment arrangements with providers, and the election of lawmakers who will get government regulations out of the way so that free market principles will prevail in the health care industry.

  48. and of course we expected this..

    SEIU Officer Indicted on Embezzlement Charges


    In a sweeping indictment handed down on Tuesday, federal prosecutors charged the former president of the Service Employees International Union’s largest California local with multiple counts of mail fraud, embezzlement, and other crimes in a broad scheme to enrich himself and his relatives.

    Tyrone Ricky Freeman, who headed the United Long-Term Care Workers, stands accused of misappropriating more than 1.1 million in union dues – money that allegedly financed his lifestyle of $175 cognac, $250 bottles of wine, and a $3,400 trip to the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

    The 15-count indictment also includes allegations that he violated tax laws, gave false information to a mortgage lender, and billed his Hawaiian wedding to the SEIU.

    Most of the SEIU local’s 160,000 members care for the elderly or infirm and earn about $9 an hour.

    This is the same SEIU that recently sent their janitors on strike in Houston and excoriated Jamie Dimon for making too much money while the people cleaning his buildings live on poverty wages.

    No word from JP Morgan Chase on whether they are considering replacing Mr. Dimon with a janitor, or whether the SEIU and its Justice for Janitors will also be demanding positions as anesthesiologists, particle physicists, and NASA engineers.

    In a related civil complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against Mr. Freeman, his wife, Pilar Planells, is named as a co-defendant.

    The suit contends that Freeman directed at least $755,000 to his wife’s video enterprise, Lotus Stevens Productions, and that he had access to the funds after they were transferred.

    It further alleges that Freeman arranged for expenditures of more than $300,000 for a voter registration program known as the 2M+ Project. Some of that money went to a video firm called The Filming Co., which in turn made payments to Lotus Stevens.

    Other allegations are that Freeman had the local pay about $16,000 for his wife’s medical benefits when she was not entitled to them and that he got “kickbacks” from his mother-in-law’s daycare company worth tens of thousands of dollars.

    Freeman also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a luxury golf tournament, $9,800 at the Grand Havana Room, a Beverly Hills cigar lounge, and $16,000 to a now-defunct minor league basketball team coached by his brother-in-law.

    Too bad that more of the SEIU members were not related to Freeman, as a certified nurse’s assistant would undoubtedly appreciate a five-star restaurant and a golf resort as much as Freeman and his cronies.

    Freeman, a one-time protégé of SEIU president Andy Stern, had been a rising star in labor and Democratic political circles.

    In September of 2010, Alejandro Stephens, the former head of SEIU local 660 in Los Angeles, was sentenced to prison after a plea bargain in which he admitted to mail fraud, tax evasion, and defrauding a non-profit to launch his union reelection campaign.

  49. moononpluto
    August 4th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Its getting worse than that… fewer doctors are accepting medicaid and medicare, and the good ones that were are retiring soon.

    What a clustermess this is going to turn out to be, and then poof, they’ll be a single payer, very few choices, all controlled by govt. Step by step that is the left’s goal.

  50. pm317,

    You are wrong. It is one thing for a few campaign workers to have access to voter databases. It is another entirely for every Tom, Dick and Harry to have access to that database with the click of a finger.

    I am very glad my phone number is unlisted and I have no land line.

  51. so even the black pastors opposing barry are “astroturf” according to the washington pot.

    on twitter (thank you moon for the twitter tips, I’m finally getting the hang of twitter)

    WashPost’s Miller: Media Should Ignore ‘Astroturf’ Black Pastors Opposing Obama on Gay Marriage ow.ly/1lPqoE

  52. Economy in the ditch and as hard has the Obots try, you can’t shine shit:

    “The headline figure of jobs created, however, was contradicted by the rise in the unemployment rate, which is based on a different survey. According to this separate survey, the total number of officially unemployed people in the US actually rose to 12.8 million last month. The number of people with a job fell by 195,000, and the number of unemployed grew by 45,000.

    A rise in the unemployment rate can sometimes reflect an increase of rise in the number of people looking for work, which causes them to be categorized as officially unemployed. However, according to the government figure, the number of people in the labor force fell by 150,000, and the employment-population ratio fell by 0.2 percentage points, to 58.4. Thus, unemployment rose even as tens of thousands of people gave up looking for work and therefore are no longer counted as unemployed.

    The “real” unemployment rate, referred to as the “U6,” which includes those working part-time for economic reasons and those who have given up looking for work, hit 15 percent of the workforce. The figure has been growing steadily since April, when it was 14.5 percent.”
    Perhaps the most disastrous figure in the Labor Department report was the fact that hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory workers grew at their lowest level in figures dating back to 1965.

    Wages grew by only 1.3 percent over the course of the past year, compared to a 1.7 percent increase in consumer prices, meaning that real wages fell by a third of a percent in the past year.”

    The fall in “real wadges” is, IMO also a “cooked” number. The quoted inflation rate usually doesn’t include energy and food. So is you don’t have AC when the temp is >100 or don’t drive or eat then you only had a “small” decrease in real wadges.

  53. BASIL99
    August 4th, 2012 at 3:02 pm


    You are wrong.

    Not sure why my comments are generating so much hostility nowadays — if you dislike what I have to say so much and make it all so personal, skip over my comments. The irony is that I am actually saying the same thing you are saying. Bottomline is that it is public information and available to everybody who wants it and technology has made it easy and convenient to access globs of it in no time. Is it easier for campaign workers to have a map and a location they can go to to canvass for their candidate? Yes, boots on the ground. They did it with paper before and the access was restricted only because it was difficult to gather on a scale that is not possible and needed a lot of resources. Won’t a campaign take advantage of the digital revolution to make this info available to their campaign workers? Yes. Romney’s campaign would do the same, they would be foolish not to.

    Where we can fault the Obama campaign is that they are advertizing the capacity they have to spook us and we know how his minions intimidate voters and this is another instance of it. But the voters have to become smart — once they are in the voting booth, nobody need know who they vote for assuming there is no corruption there.

  54. great link pm317, I agree with Rove, the jerk Reid did this from the floor of Congress!!! that’s supposed to be for policies etc, if he wants to go after romney’s polices from the senate floor, at least I can sort of see that.
    But this PO$ Reid is actually acting like high school punk, “I heard from someone, someone secret that romney is a felon”. My God, how low have the dems fallen, disgusting, absolutely disgusting. And Reid a multimillionaire never once released any of his tax returns for the 30+ years he’s been in congress, he’s a multimillionaire, his son is too, how the hell do you become that rich working for the govt?? I’ll those tax returns he’s never shown has all the answers.

  55. and politico reports, this was all greenlighted by Axelrod and OTurd. How stupid do they think people are??!

  56. @ moonpluto

    We may not know it until we need it.

    I work in the field and no one really understands how salient that sentence is right now. There is change coming, but it’s not good.

  57. It is another entirely for every Tom, Dick and Harry to have access to that database with the click of a finger.


    Seems like a dangerous power for Obama to give to his opposition.


    Say this about U.S. Sen. Harry Reid: He really believes in renewable energy.

    Reid has beat up NV Energy pretty good in recent years. In the closing days of the George W. Bush administration, Reid blocked plans to build coal-fired power plants in Nevada. He said in April on the “Nevada Newsmakers” show, “I don’t think NV Energy has done enough to allow renewable energy to thrive.”

    But that same month, NV Energy reported it had exceeded its state-imposed green-energy requirement of 15 percent by purchasing 16.7 percent of its power from renewable sources. And that was in spite of the Public Utilities Commission rejecting a handful of renewable contracts in July 2011, saying the company hadn’t justified the purchases were necessary to meet its quota.

    Now Reid is pushing for a Chinese company he played a key role in recruiting to Nevada, ENN Mojave Energy LLC. The company plans a billion-dollar solar energy manufacturing and generating plant near Laughlin, but an ambitious development schedule is being threatened by a lack of green power customers.

    Steve Tetreault quoted Reid in Tuesday’s Review-Journal saying the project “would start tomorrow if NV Energy would purchase the power,” but the company “has not been willing to work on this and that’s such a shame.”

    Reid added: “NV Energy is a regulated monopoly. They control 95 percent of all the electricity that is produced in Nevada and they should go along with this.”

    They’re not, at least not yet.

    And there are some legitimate reasons: Power costs are passed directly to consumers, and green energy currently costs more than power generated by coal-fired or natural-gas burning plants. State law mandates NV Energy buy power as cheaply as possible, except when it’s required to buy more-expensive green energy to meet state-mandated quotas. But the more green energy you buy, the higher bills climb.

    NV Energy has already met its quota, and the PUC has already turned the company down when it proposed contracts that would have exceeded quotas. And when the company does buy power – which it plans to do next in 2014 – it does so by analyzing competitive bids.

    Reid says those weak excuses. He said in that April interview that if “NV Energy wanted to do more with renewable energy, they could.”

    There’s another factor, however, one more personal to Reid: His son, Rory Reid, is one of the attorneys for the ENN Mojave Energy project. A Reid spokeswoman said the senator did not suggest Reid’s firm – Lionel, Sawyer & Collins – to ENN, nor has the elder Reid spoken to this son about the deal. (Reid imposed a strict ban on family members lobbying his office in 2003 after the Los Angeles Times asked him about lobbying by three of his four sons.)

    But success for ENN in finding customers helps Rory Reid, and its failure could cost him a client. It’s an undeniable conflict that Harry Reid should keep in mind as he twists arms at the PUC and NV Energy, lest he earn himself an ethics complaint.

    Reid’s office points out developing more renewable power will create jobs in Nevada that can’t be outsourced and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. (It’s also good for the environment.)

    And while Reid said in that April interview that “Every day that goes by, the ability to produce solar [energy] is cheaper,” the fact is, it’s more expensive than coal and natural gas right now. Someday, green power may be cheaper than anything else. But that day isn’t here yet, and until it arrives, Reid must mind the costs and the conflicts.


  59. Amazing watching Britain and The USA take 1st and 2nd in the Mens 10,000 M. Standing side by side with the flags.

  60. Sometimes helping means you step aside and certainly you don’t invite yourself into a leadership or speakership type role at a convention like this. You try to work with the strategy the campaign has in place, and evidently Romney’s campaign has a strategy that they will implement. And whether I’m there or not as a speaker, I’m comfortable either way just like Newt Gingrich said he was comfortable either way — speaking or not.

    Palin also made clear that she and Governor Romney have a good relationship:

    Speaking personally, there is no hatchet to bury or olive branch that needs to be passed between Mitt Romney and myself. We have a good relationship and I have great respect for him and I am so thankful the GOP has a strong candidate who understands the private sector and what it takes to get the economy roaring again.

    This is gracious of the Governor, but I personally think Romney would be insane not to give the biggest and most effective star in the conservative movement the best speaking slot he possibly can.


  61. Pls note that all Alderman Moreno said was that he wanted to see an an anti-discrimination policy “before they go forward.”

    Not exactly a threat of total blockage forever. Note date July 25. Note unfair reporting here, in the same Boston Globe that accused the mayors.

    ‘‘They have nothing on the books that says they do not discriminate and they are open to everyone,’’ said Moreno, whose ward is on the northwest side. ‘‘I want to see that policy before they go forward.’’

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago alderman, angered by the president of Chick-fil-A’s comments that he is against gay marriage, said he will block the company from building a restaurant in his ward.
    Alderman Joe Moreno said Wednesday that unless the company comes up with a written anti-discrimination policy, Chick-fil-A will not open its first free-standing restaurant in the city as it plans to do.
    ‘‘They have nothing on the books that says they do not discriminate and they are open to everyone,’’ said Moreno, whose ward is on the northwest side. ‘‘I want to see that policy before they go forward.’’

  62. Obama Immigration Changes Overtaking America

    We all know President Obama is rewriting our immigration law on his own. He has issued new orders that grant certain illegal immigrants a waiver to deportation. Details of this new policy was released on Friday and for the paltry sum of $465, illegal immigrants that were brought to the United States as children can apply for a waiver and a work permit. In other words, trading illegal status for legal status. Sounds like a good deal, at least for them.

    In regards to these new immigration rules, ie. selective enforcement of current immigration law, we are learning about a new, very troubling trend in the leadership of the law enforcement agencies charged with enforcing immigration law.

    “To all Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, beware of who you are arresting. If your superiors consider your suspect to be unworthy of arrest, you could be punished.” The good Senator from Alabama has some questions that I would like answers to myself.

    (Fox News) Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is demanding answers after a report surfaced that a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent is facing punishment for arresting an illegal immigrant.

    The unidentified agent could face a three-day suspension after he arrested a 35-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico who had as many as 10 traffic violations. He was nabbed in Newark, Del.

    The agent was ordered by supervisors to release the individual because he was not a “priority target.” When the officer balked, he was threatened with a three-day suspension and the illegal alien was let go.

    “The actions that it appears were taken by your agency send a message to agents in the field that they will be punished for doing their duty and enforcing the law,” Sessions wrote in an letter to ICE Director John Morton and obtained exclusively by Fox News.

    The most troubling aspect of this, besides the ICE agent facing for doing his job, is the statement by the Newark Police Department that an American citizen, stopped under the same circumstances, would have been arrested. Since when is it standard operating procedure to give illegal immigrants preferential treatment over America citizens.

    At the risk of sounding crass and uncaring, when will it be time for our leaders to stand up for what is right for those of us who are in this country legally? What about the millions of immigrants who have come to America legally? They have followed the laws, paid their dues, and gained citizenship or legal status? I don’t care if the prime recipients of the new immigration policy from the Obama administration were brought here by their parents. They are still in this country illegally. I have no desire to see them treated inhumanely, but that doesn’t change their immigration status.

    What about the people who have been hurt by type of illegal immigrant the ICE agent tried to arrest? Doing a quick Google search shows many examples of American citizens being killed or hurt by illegal immigrants who were driving illegally, and/or drunk. Why is it considered a bad thing to want them off our streets and out of our country? I, for one, consider it to be a slap in the face, both to the legal immigrants in this country, and to American citizens.

    I hope Senator Sessions sticks to his guns on this issue. Maybe Representative Steve King (R., Iowa) can join his cause and help highlight the travesty of punishing this ICE agent for doing his job and protecting American citizens and legal residents in this country. If President Obama insists on changing our immigration policy, the least he could do is go through Congress. Instead, he is making wholesale changes because he believes they are necessary and proper. What about following the law of the land he claims to be an expert on? So much for the United States Constitution.


  63. There was no hostility, pm317. I was simply pointing out that it is indeed a cause for concern when information about all of us becomes so readily available to everyone in the country. I am a private person, I do not use facebook because I think it is entirely too gratuitous and anything posted there stays in cyberspace forever. So I certainly don’t want random obots knowing what my political affiliation is.

    As a matter of fact, while I am a registered Indie I just might change my identification to No Party because of this new app.

    I posted something I found creepy, you disagreed and I then disagreed with you. Why should you or I scroll by one another’s posts because of a disagreement?

    For me this new app smacks of big brother. I have carefully deleted my name from most companies mailing lists, installed the donottrack function admin posted and have no outstanding credit cards.

    Privacy is extremely important to me and I couldn’t care less is everyone else thinks it doesn’t mean anything. It does, to me. And I suspect it also matters to a lot of other people.

  64. BASIL99
    August 4th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    hello basil, do you know if a person has to be signed up with the Oturd campaign to use that tool? or can anyone use it?

    Heck, if that’s the case, maybe romney’s team can use it too!

    I agree with you though, it is creepy, I’m a registered independent and surprisingly I get more emails and mail letters from the dems than the repubs. Unfortunately no more pre-paid donation requests from the DNC, or I could have lots of fun with them and cost them money. I have all these phonebooks I need to recycle. LOL

  65. Here;s , . . . ANTOINE!

    The gay guy who charges gays are going from being bullied to becoming the bullies lays it on Adam Smith and sings Rachel’s praises (the employee who Smith berated)..

    You go girl. 😉

  66. OK, basil, no worries — we have been here long enough that we would like each other if we met. The thing is I didn’t disagree with you — I just added to your original comment from my research experience in what is going on. Privacy is a huge concern with everything that is happening, starting with for instance, google and its street map and so on. On the one hand it is really neat that I could go anywhere in the world, for instance to Paris and find my way around with my iPhone but where are the limits and how do we enforce it? This new app is not unique — everybody and its brother are going after mining public information and seeing how they can package it, say for example starting with good apps like finding the nearest fire hydrant in your neighborhood that the firefighters can use. But anybody using public information of private citizens have to tread a fine line and when they don’t, they should be called on it which is what in a way you, me and everybody is doing with this Obama app. They are trying to spook and intimidate the voters. These people are not nice and they are not running a responsible campaign.

  67. The Blue Angels are in town this week for the SeaFair festivities. I ran into a couple of them yesterday afternoon downtown, and today they are doing their precision flying. When I was at Annapolis, in the late 1960’s they would do their flyovers with F-4 Phantoms, but the aircraft they use today are faster and more maneuverable. And today, the pilots, are bigger and probably sharper than what we had then. I have noticed the same thing with the SEALs–in my time, they were called UDT–one of them was a good friend who taught me to dive, and during World War II they were called frogmen. The superintendant of Annapolis back then, Draper Kauffman was credited with starting the frogmen. He wanted to be a flyer, but wore glasses–which was grounds for rejection. I have mixed reactions when I see these guys today. On the one hand, they make me feel extremely proud. On the other hand, they make me feel even more old and irrelevant than I would otherwise. God bless them and god bless this country. And Goddam messiah Obama, reverend wright, the Pelosi/Reid juggarnut, big media, and the rest of the traitors.

    Well, I have said my piece on that. What follows is an article by Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated which describes with his trademark humor what it is like for a land lubber like him to sit in the co-pilots seat with a Top Gun navy pilot by the name of Biff, whose dad was the voice of Cape Canaval–which has brought us so much scientific development, and which the socialist in the White House proposes to share with the Muslim world, shut down, and rely on his buddy Putin. I am posting this because when and if the American People succumb to the siren song of big media, the Blue Anges will be shut down, and guys like Biff will be an artifact of history, or working for the United Nations.
    By Rick Reilly

    Fake your own death!

    Whatever you do.

    Do Not Go!!!

    I know.

    The U.S. Navy invited me to try it. I was thrilled. I was pumped. I was toast! I should have known when they told me my pilot would be Chip (Biff) King of Fighter Squadron 213 at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.

    Whatever you’re thinking a Top Gun named Chip (Biff) King looks like, triple it. He’s about six-foot, tan, ice-blue eyes, wavy surfer hair, finger-crippling handshake — the kind of man who wrestles dyspeptic alligators in his leisure time. If you see this man, run the other way, Fast.

    Biff King was born to fly. His father, Jack King, was for years the voice of NASA missions. (‘T-minus 15 seconds and counting .’ Remember?) Chip would charge neighborhood kids a quarter each to hear his dad. Jack would wake up from naps surrounded by nine-year-olds waiting for him to say, ‘We have liftoff’.

    Biff was to fly me in an F- 14D Tomcat, a ridiculously powerful $60 million weapon with nearly as much thrust as weight, not unlike Colin Montgomerie. I was worried about getting airsick, so the night before the flight I asked Biff if there was something I should eat the next morning.

    ‘Bananas,’ he said.

    ‘For the potassium?’ I asked.

    ‘No,’ Biff said, ‘because they taste about the same coming up as they do going down.’

    The next morning, out on the tarmac, I had on my flight suit with my name sewn over the left breast.

    (No call sign — like Crash or Sticky or Leadfoot. But, still, very cool.) I carried my helmet in the crook of my arm, as Biff had instructed. (snip).

    A fighter pilot named Psycho gave me a safety briefing and then fastened me into my ejection seat, which, when employed, would ‘egress’ me out of the plane at such a velocity that I would be immediately knocked unconscious.

    Just as I was thinking about aborting the flight, the canopy closed over me, and Biff gave the ground crew a thumbs-up. In minutes we were firing nose up at 600 mph. We leveled out and then canopy-rolled over another F-14.

    Those 20 minutes were the rush of my life. Unfortunately, the ride lasted 80.. It was like being on the roller coaster at Six Flags Over Hell. Only without rails. We did barrel rolls, snap rolls, loops, yanks and banks. We dived, rose and dived again, sometimes with a vertical velocity of 10,000 feet per minute. We chased another F-14, and it chased us.

    We broke the speed of sound. Sea was sky and sky was sea. Flying at 200 feet we did 90-degree turns at 550 mph, creating a G force of 6.5, which is to say I felt as if 6.5 times my body weight was smashing against me, thereby approximating life as Colin Montgomerie.

    And I egressed the bananas.

    And I egressed the pizza from the night before.

    And the lunch before that.

    I egressed a box of Milk Duds from the sixth grade.

    I made Linda Blair look polite. Because of the G’s, I was egressing stuff that never thought would be egressed.

    I went through not one airsick bag, but two.

    Biff said I passed out. Twice. I was coated in sweat. At one point, as we were coming in upside down in a banked curve on a mock bombing target and the G’s were flattening me like a tortilla and I was in and out of consciousness, I realized I was the first person in history to throw down.

    I used to know ‘cool’. Cool was Elway throwing a touchdown pass, or Norman making a five-iron bite. But now I really know ‘cool’. Cool is guys like Biff, men with cast-iron stomachs and freon nerves. I wouldn’t go up there again for Derek Jeter’s black book, but I’m glad Biff does every day, and for less a year than a rookie reliever makes in a home stand.

    A week later, when the spins finally stopped, Biff called. He said he and the fighters had the perfect call sign for me. Said he’d send it on a patch for my flight suit.

    What is it?? I asked.

    ‘Two Bags.’

    I love my country.

    It is the government I am afraid of.

    God Bless America.

    Rick Reilly, aka Two Bags.

  68. tim, I think they are using the registered voters database or the email lists if you have contributed to a dem campaign before. If you google my name my political contributions and my address will come up (I think huffingtonpost had a link to all the Dem contributors and their info in 2008.) I highly resent the fact that that is out there but there it is.

  69. Exactly, pm317.

    “They are trying to spook and intimidate the voters.”

    I do a lot of research myself and if material accessibility means I have to trek to the library, or to a town hall, or to a campaign office to find info I’m not likely to make that effort. But if it’s all available at my fingertips . . .

    Perhaps I’m more paranoid than most but as a former reporter I had a number of officials come after me for stories I wrote which were not, according to them, sufficiently laudatory and which actually told the truth.

    I can’t stand the idea of people I don’t want to communicate with knowing the details of my private life. Just a personal quirk.

  70. You can’t get any more out in the open and in your face than this that two of my FB ‘friends’ posted and commented on:

    L***** ***gs and N**** ***e commented on a link.

    ***** **** shared Vote Socialism 2012 – Durham and López – Freedom Socialist Party’s photo.
    It was a graphic with text from the Freedom Socialist Party’s site.

  71. From Politico..

    “Dirty Harry” star Clint Eastwood, who made waves when he appeared in the “it’s halftime in America” Super Bowl ad, was at a Mitt Romney fundraiser tonight, per a pool report flagged by POLITICO’s Ginger Gibson.

    Per Gibson’s pool report, Eastwood deadpanned, “I haven’t endorsed Gov. Romney,” and then laughed. He later added he was kidding.

    “I think the country needs a boost somewhere,” he added.

    UPDATE: Romney appeared pleased by the endorsement from Eastwood, whose Chrysler ad during the Super Bowl earlier this year was widely seen as a tacit nod to President Obama, even though he never said anything specifically about the campaign.

    From Gibson’s report, a transcription of Eastwood’s ode to his film Mystic River and how it brought him to Romney:

    Romney: “There is a guy here from the world of acting, who has pursed his dreams in a very unsuual way, he stood up to the industry and did things his own way.”

    The crowd applauded and some pointed to Eastwood.

    Romney: “Can I get Clint Eastwood to come up here and say hi to everybody?”

    Eastwood walked up and said something inaudible and Romney laughed.

    Eastwood: “This is very nice to be here today, tonight, today. Let’s clear the smoke.

    “I was doing a picture in early 2000s called Mystic River in his home state. At that time Gov. Romney was running for governor. I said, God this guy is too handsome to be governor but he does look like he could be president. As the years have gone by I’m beginning to think even more so that.”

    “He’s going to restore a decent tax system that we need badly so that there is a fairness and people are not pitted against one another of whose paying taxes and who isn’t.”

    “Also we don’t want anybody taking away the Olympic medals, tax wise, from the Olympic athletes. The government is talking about getting a couple of nickles.”

    “It’s now more important than ever that we need Gov. Romney and I’m going to be voting for him as I know most of you will be … we’ve got to just spread the word and get the whole country behind this…”

    Romney then took back the microphone: “He just made my day. What a guy.”

  72. tim,

    From what I understand Indies are often considered moderate democrats the same way conservatives are considered repubs.

  73. basil, I am a registered Indie and got Romney’s stuff in the mail couple of days ago. Nothing from the Dems. Maybe Romney is using the Huffingtonpost list of all Hillary contributors, :).

  74. ok, I just tried to download the app in Itunes, but I have to give my apple itunes info, since I don’t have an acctn I would have to create one, which I have intentions of doing.

    But while I was there, there are all these Obot comments on the app website, and these people are nuts, they are so excited over this stinking little application, many of the comments are hilarious. I’m thinking who has the time do do all this, unless you don’t work!

  75. basil, yep, I think you’re correct, my wife is more a moderate/right-of-center dem, now a registered independent, I was a conservative dem, now a registered independent.

  76. ok, everyone, try not to laugh.


    “The president and Democrats in Congress move into the August recess with clear momentum on the question of who to trust on taxes and, more broadly, whose economic agenda will benefit the middle class,” Plouffe wrote in the memo obtained by POLITICO. “Over the coming weeks, there is an opportunity to build on this momentum . . . .

  77. tim
    August 4th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    well, enough of computer time for today.

    Have a good evening everyone.


    Me too Tim.Say goodnight Gracie. 🙂

  78. This is gracious of the Governor, but I personally think Romney would be insane not to give the biggest and most effective star in the conservative movement the best speaking slot he possibly can.
    I agree. Even if he picks Rubio for vice president. It is fine to show how the Republican Party is the big tent, wheras the dimocrat party is the party of trust fund babies, blacks, wannabe white radicals, big media and bureaucrats. But to ignore Sarah would be madness. Why? Because that is where the voltage is with the party base. It is more important that she speak at the convention, than that Newt be given a speaking role.

  79. jbstones: waiting to hear your impressions after your visit to the Romney campaign headquarters..

    For pro-Israel voters, GOP candidate is the choice

    President Obama began in 2009 by making it clear, publicly, that he saw Israel as the obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

    Four years ago, Alan Dershowitz and I debated in these pages whether Barack Obama or John McCain would be a better president for Israel. I urged my teacher, mentor and friend to “judge the candidates on their actions, not their words.”

    Today, we can judge Obama on his record – and there is much that Dershowitz leaves out in his summary of why he has no “buyer’s remorse” for voting for Obama in 2008 – and again, apparently, in 2012.

    President Obama began in 2009 by making it clear, publicly, that he saw Israel as the obstacle to peace in the Middle East. He “shut the door” on natural growth in Israeli settlements, creating a new excuse Palestinians could use to avoid talks. He appeared “to link American efforts to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons to Israeli actions with regard to the settlements.” (I am quoting Dershowitz’s own criticisms from 2009).

    Instead of confronting Iran, Obama has pursued a policy of sanctions that has failed to set back Iran’s nuclear program “one iota,” according to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Even those loophole-filled sanctions were too much for Obama, who had to be dragged into supporting them – raising concerns that Obama could be the US’s own “Neville Chamberlain” (I am quoting Dershowitz’s own criticism from 2010).

    Worst of all were the public attacks by the Obama administration against construction in Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem. And who can forget when Obama said that Israel should negotiate with the Palestinians on the basis of the 1967 borders? President Obama “hurt the peace process gravely,” pushing the two sides “further away than ever before from negotiated peace.” (I am quoting Dershowitz again, from 2011.) IN 2008, Dershowitz based his support for Obama on the premise that “The election of Barack Obama – a liberal supporter of Israel – will enhance [the] weakening position among wavering liberals.” That has not happened – partly because the Obama administration has itself used radical proxy groups, such as J Street and Media Matters, to undermine support for Israel.

    In February 2012, Dershowitz said that he “could not vote for any candidate who had anything to do with Media Matters.” Has Obama disowned them? Dershowitz gives Obama credit for opposing the Goldstone Report – a slander the administration was actually slow to condemn, just as it was slow to boycott the Durban racism conferences.

    He also commends the president for security cooperation with Israel – cooperation that already had bipartisan support, and which has been undermined by the administration’s leaks about Israeli military plans against Iran.

    Even by Obama’s own standards, he has been a failure, breaking his promise to AIPAC in 2008 that “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

    More reliable are the words Obama said to then-Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in March: “This is my election. After my election I have more flexibility.” We know where Obama’s “flexibility” may lead. Pro-Israel voters cannot take that chance.

    OBAMA IS not the “pragmatic, centrist liberal” that Dershowitz describes. He is a man of the left who has set out to transform American society, often in direct contrast with the ideal of limited government established in our Constitution.

    In international affairs, he has adopted an illiberal, “anti-colonial” approach – reaching out to America’s enemies while abandoning our allies, and often ignoring human rights concerns in the process.

    For Israel to remain a bipartisan issue, both parties must show an equal commitment to Israel’s security and welfare. Many Democrats not only believe that Israeli policies are wrong, but that the US must pressure Israel to change them.

    Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois), whom I ran against in 2010 – with Dershowitz’s support – writes to defend Obama’s record in these pages. But she raised money with anti-Semite Helen Thomas, and backs J Street. Should we continue to let such radicals define US policy towards Israel? Mitt Romney is a personal friend of Netanyahu and a true friend of Israel. He supports Israel’s right to defend itself against Iran, considers Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and celebrates Israel’s entrepreneurial success.

    Some liberal Jews may reject him for being pro-life. But for those who truly love Israel, Romney is the obvious choice.


  80. Re: BASIL99
    August 4th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Not true. Most of us Independents are country over party. Do NOT ever consider me a Dimocrat. Neither are all conservatives Republicans just as all Republicans are not conservative, thus, the battle every four years against the ELITIST or Establishment Republican faction of that party and the conservative base – which the establishment Republicans do not seem to recognize even though it is their base. Now, just go figure.

  81. This is the first of a series of posts written by someone who has firsthand knowledge of what a communist state looks like:

    Straight from the horse’s mouth…

    is where this account comes from. It is from a ‘friend’ on my Facebook Community Page.

    All I can say is my jaw just hit the floor and my eyes are wide open. If she wants her name made public, then she can comment on this article with her name, otherwise, just know that it is somebody we all know.

    Below is the text in her own hand:

    I started backpacking Europe in the mid 80s. I bought a how-to book, a backpack and a Eurail pass. I was a college student with a history major and a political science minor. My goal was to see the places I had studied about and meet the people who lived in those places. I spent 3 weeks each year traveling, meeting people and keeping a journal. Sometimes a friend or family member would go with me but when I decided to go into communist countries no one wanted to go. Some didn’t want to go out of fear but others were just not interested in seeing communism up close and personal.
    In 1986, I persuaded my college adviser to help me design a 6 week trip to eastern Europe that would allow me to get college credit for the trip. I flew into Frankfort, Germany and took a train into Berlin where I entered the world of communism for the next six weeks. I had already made one side trip into Russia and Poland for a week and saw enough to know I wanted to return.
    Friends I had made in Poland gave me the use of an apartment that belonged to a family member. It was centrally located and my friends spoke a little English so I felt comfortable there. They had asked me to bring a bottle of cognac with me from America. That was the payment they wanted for me using the apartment. The price was right so I wagged the bottle all the way from Oklahoma to Sierpc, Poland.
    One of my Polish friends had a pregnant family member and no money to pay her doctor. They had subsidized health care provided by the government so the doctor was paid for but he would not provide any anesthesia because that was considered unnecessary. She’d had a difficult delivery with her first child and no anesthesia and was petrified of facing another delivery without it. The doctor had told her he would provide the anesthesia if she could get him a bottle of cognac from America. He thought it was an impossibility for her so he said it more as a taunt than anything. When I got there we marched into the doctor’s office with the bottle and through an interpreter I told him the bottle would be his AFTER the delivery of the child WITH anesthesia. At first he insisted on me giving him the bottle then but I refused and started to walk out with the bottle. He called me back and said I could bring him the bottle on the day of the delivery. I agreed but only with the stipulation that the baby be delivered before the bottle was. He agreed and that’s how she got her anesthesia for the birth of her 2nd child.
    This same doctor had treated her before she married for a broken nose she sustained from a car accident. The nose didn’t heal properly on its own so she went to the doctor to see what he could do. He told her he would have to rebreak it and he did……..with a rubber hammer…..without anesthesia.
    There you have ObamaCare in a nutshell.

  82. admin
    August 4th, 2012 at 2:18 am
    For the record, there is a clear and obvious distinction when a government official speaks with the title of office. We note that Mayor Lee did not speak as Mr. Lee. The tweets came from the office of the Mayor. “I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer” is indeed an official threat. It is deceptive to claim otherwise. Barney Frank and Jon Stewart along with Mayor Bloomberg and just about everyone else understand this truly simple distinction.
    Thank you for responding. I have read some recent comments from the commenter you comment is in response to, and have concluded that she is not being as fair as she thinks she is. I’ve stuck up for her in the past as far as indicating that she should not be silenced, but I wonder what her true agenda is on this site? It’s one thing to support Hillary, but the constant support of everything left to what is now borderin on unhinged is tiresome. Sorry, turndownobama, but it is. Write what you want, I suppose, as the self-annointed truth patrol, but sometimes your truths fly in the face of common sense. I feel like I am visiting firedog lake, the democratic underground, or some other leftie blog when I read your comments anymore. Not as nasty by any means, but of the same mould nonetheless.

  83. I don’t know why my “your”s always come out as “you”s. Believe me, I don’t talk like that! LOL!

  84. ShortTermer
    August 4th, 2012 at 8:22 pm
    So true! A conservative does not have to be a Republican, and many aren’t.

  85. BASIL99
    August 4th, 2012 at 6:39 pm
    Where did you get that from? It is probably true in many cases, but not all for sure. I know conservatives who are independents because the Republican party is the lesser of two evils. As it was put to me, “I am a conservative. I don’t belong to any party. I used to be a liberal Democrat until I woke up. I vote Republican because they are the lesser of two evils”. There is no true conservative party in the US. The base of the republican party is more conservative than many of its leaders. Makes me wonder how the leaders finagle their way up the leadership ladder without the base saying “no way”!

  86. This is just so messed up. The excuse of “it was windy” just doesn’t fly (no pun intended) when the other flags were still up. They should have stopped the ceremony immediately, reattached our flag and redid the ceremony.

    The IOC owes Serena and this nation one HUGE apology.

    Absolutely disgraceful. Mitt was right after all.

  87. Agenda 21 Cutting Off Electricity To US Cities! now… for real!

    City Moves to Cut 1/3 of Austin’s Power & Jack Up Prices


    August 4, 2012

    In Austin Texas where I live the city council has already shut down several “city” or citizen owned power pants and our electricity bills have gone up 100%+ in the last few years. Now they want to cut at least 33% more of our power in the name of saving the earth. A foreign army could not do this much harm. Select power plants are given wavers and get to stay open, and with their competition shut down they can charge more for less. This is pure criminal oppression run by mega corps and the politician whores they buy.

  88. VotingHillary
    August 5th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    It was symbolism at it’s best. I don’t believe the happening was aimed at Serena. It was more likely a message of disrespect aimed at the US as no longer a Super Power. (I don’t believe it was accidental.) If Obama is allowed to complete his planned Totalitarian takeover. The American flag, our Red White and Blue, will be no more than a distant memory.

    I am sure Obama has a redesigned flag ready to fly designated as The North American Union, the minute he is re-elected. (with his franken-face plastered on it.)

  89. I don’t think it was accident either, Mrs. Smith. Too damn convenient that it fell just as the verse “that our flag was still streaming” occurred.

    Hey, Obama, that was your “homegirl” that got disrepected after achieving the “Super Slam”. You going to defend her or is you’re “agenda” more important?

    I am so sick of living with this sense of impending doom for our nation.

  90. Obama is not merel the enemy of America. He is the enemy of the world. This video suggests why. Obama is killing the American space program. How? By abandoning half of it to the Russians to prove how flexible he is. And by sharing it with the Muslim world who is hell bent on destroying us. The arbitrator, who comes from the union side, is fond of calling him The Great Satan, which as you might expect, goes down like a mouth of grass burs with union people. However, many members of the rank and file that know him and like him have come around. It is the union leadership anymore who have become the problem. Like Obama they have forgotten who they represent, and are interested in nothing more than how much they can steal. Among rank and file union people, this is a well known fact.


  91. wbboei that Bananas and Milk Duds article you posted is hilarious. My husband saw me laughing so hard, tears were running down my face. He read it afterwards and we both got a big belly laugh out of it.


  92. I live on the other side of the country and know nothing about this measure which is up for a vote in SF. I sure does sound interesting though. I can’t even imagine being able to see the Yosemite Valley again after 80 years, What an intriguing thought. I don’t know how it would effect the local area though.

    “This fall San Franciscans will vote on a local measure with national implications: It could return to the American people a flooded gorge described as the twin of breathtaking Yosemite Valley”.

    I’m rather glad that I don’t have to vote on this, but I will be watching for the result with much curiosity.

  93. nomobama.

    Well, that’s how it was explained to me by the town and village party chair people and the county chair people when I covered 20 candidates during the 2011 local elections.

    I figured they knew what they were talking about. They said that in a majority of cases Indies vote for the Dim candidate if, as is usually the case, no Indie is running and Conservatives vote for the Repub candidate in such situations.

    Of course there are variations on that rule of thumb but according to those experts it happens more often than not.

    Maybe they are wrong. There are certainly many differences between Indies, Dims, cons and repubs but the point was that since the smaller groups often have no candidates running that dim-indie and con-repub alignment was the standard fallback position.

    Like I said, maybe those old party leaders were wrong. I have no problem with your interpretation and I certainly wouldn’t fight to the death to defend the issues as they were explained to me.

  94. Does Harry Reid know how to use a computer? Apparently not. In plain sight is the following:


    2011 Mitt & Ann Romney Estimated Return, 2010 Mitt & Andd Romney Return, 2010 Mitt Romney Trust Return, 2010 Ann Romney Trust Return, 2010 Family Trust Return, 2010 Tyler Charitable Foundation Return, 2007 Mitt Romney Federal Financial Disclosure, 2011 Mitt Romney Federal Financial Disclosure, 2012 Mitt Romney Federal Financial Disclosure, 2002 Mitt Romney State Financial Disclosure, 2003 Mitt Romney State Financial Disclosure, 2004 Mitt Romney State Financial Disclosure, 2005 Mitt Romney State Financial Disclosure, 2006 Mitt Romney State Financial Disclosure, 2007 Mitt Romney State Financial Disclosure

  95. I don’t understand, if lunatic Harry Reid says, in the last 10 years while Romney was working at Bain, some bogus source working at Bain said Romney didn’t pay taxes.

    Didn’t Romney resign in 1998 to help out with the olympics? and he’s never worked for Bain since… so 10 years ago means 2002, when Romney wasn’t even working for Bain, so now Reid is making up lies about Romney based on lies.

    The chicago way…..

    Plus, Rove said that Romney already has his returns online..its /return on his website… I went there, its all linked there.

    So what the hell is Reid even talking about, Romney’s released a million times more info about his taxes than Harry Reid has, who in the 32 decades in congress has NEVER released any of his taxes, he’s already a damn elected official! and not just any, he’s the majority leader!

  96. And I agree with Rove, this is 100% approved by the OTurd, they really must think americans, the ones who think for themselves are very stupid, I know they call them racists, bitter clingers, etc, but now it appears they think they’re stupid as dirt not to know this idiotic smear is all coordinated by OTurd and the WH.

  97. I saw this at HillBuzz.org, I’m going to try to see this movie when it comes out. Its produced by Dr. Aleveda King and some former heads of local chapters of NAACP across the country.


    Here is what Runaway Slave’s website has to say:

    “In RUNAWAY SLAVE, an intriguing new documentary that opens in theaters this summer, Rev. C.L. Bryant journeys across America to find answers. A one-time NAACP local chapter president, Rev. Bryant discovers that by buying into the entitlement mindset of ‘progressives,’ the black community has traded one form of tyranny for another.

    Using leading black conservatives as ‘conductors,’ Rev. Bryant believes it is time for a new Underground Railroad to help liberate all Americans from the Government plantation that has left the black community dealing with a new form of slavery: entitlements.

    ‘Why are we still thinking we are not free at last? What ideas are keeping us down?’ Rev. Bryant asks. ‘For too long, we have been depending on other people for our success. We have to pursue our happiness; our happiness is not provided to us. If we are relying on someone else for our wellbeing, that in itself is a form of slavery.’

    From our nation’s capital and freedom’s birthplace, to the dens of slavery and Jim Crow, to wherever a light for liberty is shining, this runaway slave looks to bring hope to the oppressed. Among the leaders he talks with along the way are Dr. King’s niece, Dr. Alveda King; former presidential candidate Herman Cain; Congressman Allen West; economist and author Dr. Thomas Sowell; talk-show host and author Glenn Beck; the late Andrew Breitbart. We also meet a new generation of young freedom fighters who are on the front lines of change!

    Rev. Bryant’s conclusion? It’s time to run. ‘Run away from economic slavery. Run toward the blessings of liberty. Let us remain strong in this fight. Run away from socialism; run away from progressivism. And if you get tired, America … run harder!’

    This summer, celebrate your freedom by running as fast and as hard as you can to see RUNAWAY SLAVE in theaters.”

    I strongly recommend going to see this film if it is playing in your community. The film’s creators are working to meet the criteria for public screenings so that this work can be considered for the Documentary category for the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) awards. Let’s help make that happen!”

    Here is the trailer.

  98. holdthemaccountable
    August 5th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I think they think they can just keep repeating lies and really with no lapdog media to push back, the public will believe it. And honestly if I had not seen what they did to Hillary & Palin (the RFK analogy Hillary used, or that Palin tried to ban books), I would believed every words of this lie, but I wonder how many others will fall for this nonsense.

  99. “I am so sick of living with this sense of impending doom for our nation.”

    I am trying to be patient. But I am hearing about so many who are are deathly afraid if BO is allowed to go through with his plans and there is no intervention by the good guys, the higher ups, people will start acting on their own especially our military.

    That flag falling yesterday, may have been some sort of meaningful signal by the Brits for the US. Watching that flag fall as if it was evaporating into thin air had an ominous chilling feeling. As I am sure millions of Americans watching felt the same way.

  100. VotingHillary, that was disgraceful and what was more, what appeared to be laughs from a lot of people. It is a mystery — it did look like it was windy but the US flag flapped more than the other two but seem to easily detach.

  101. tim, sadly for those who rely on tee vee, it can work. I get my best nourishment here. I do what I can to share the bigger picture as we see it. Only one person I send info to via USPS really wants it, but I mail (to a dozen or so depending upon subject matter) including a local tee vee station where I believe I may influence their staff on a personal level. Also to my Senators and House rep at their most local constituent offices, again in the hope of personally influencing staff. Do what I can to shake things up on Twitter, and use family FB status where I feel I’m influencing some, but aggravating others who quickly put up “be happy” stuff right after I’ve posted. My phone-calling, door knocking skills are counter productive. (I’ve tried.) Would be happy to stuff envelopes and such, but never see request for that. I am nearly totally consumed by this notion that I can make a difference.
    In the end, the chips will fall wherever they fall.

  102. From what I understand Agenda 21 is partly involved with implementing a green agenda by destroying traditional energy sources like coal, oil and nuclear and then creating a monopoly with overpriced unproven sources like solar, wind,and biofuels.

    People who support this (the green agenda) are out of their friggin minds and their stupidity, unfortunately, if this horrible strategy proceeds, will adversely affect the rest of us.

    I posted an article about coal currently selling for $16 per KW hour projected as rising to $136 per KW hour as a result of the crippling EPA regs designed to destroy any but green energy sources.

    As the POS said, very clearly, in 2008, he would let coal manufacturers build plants but the costs and fines would be so prohibitive they would be bankrupted.

    Add that to the ban on drilling, the refusal to grant permits for the Keystone Pipeline, the crackdown on natural gas fracking and we are faced with a prescription for disaster.

    In colonial times the FIRST thing people sought was a fuel/energy source. Without that they would not survive. Wonder how everyone including the resident troll is going to feel when they can’t run AC’s in the summer coz they can’t afford the bill or have to wear three sweaters in the winter coz fuel prices are so high?

    Those fothermuckers should be banished to third world countries for life.

    No one listened to the POS’s words which, I have to confess, clearly laid out his plans for the country except posters like us at His44.

    We have one more chance to get rid of him. I am still worried he will pull out another win through voter fraud, corruption, voting machine tampering and the like. He seems eerily convinced of his victory, just like in 2008. Once again he’s got LSM shilling and pushing and lying bout him and too many Americans still listen to those lying talking heads and the rags like Wapo, NYT, LAT along with online sources like Huffpo, Slate, the late night comediennes, etc.

    As soon as MR announces his running mate I’m going to buy a couple of signs and stick them on my front lawn. I agree with WHI that we all have to do what we can to defeat the POS.

  103. Just saw the flag flying away clip. Very bizarre. But I interpreted the crowd’s reaction as stunned and their utterances as groans.

    Could it be a sign? Possibly.

  104. The Jumping competition is on now.. nbc
    (a cleansing experience rather than watching mtp)

    UK’s Nick Skelton riding ‘Big Star’ is in the lead with a perfect round.

    One of the US qualifiers is McClain Ward, ‘The Kid’ on Antares.. We’ve been watching him ride at the Grand Prix level since the age of 14. an interesting point: He suffered a compound fracture of his left patella [kneecap] on 14 January, 2012. His knee collided with a standard (post) during one of his horse’s jumps. His kneecap was shattered in 22 pieces.


    The youngest Olympic qualifier ever for the US Olympic Show Jumping Team at 18 yrs old is Reed Kessler. You can read about her here.


  105. Obama has picked a fight with the military and they are responding with fury.


    Obama angers military groups with lawsuit against Ohio early voting law

    Fifteen Ohio military groups have gone to court to oppose an “offensive” lawsuit filed by President Obama’s campaign that challenges a law allowing military members to vote on days when the rest of the state cannot.

    “The Obama campaign’s and Democratic National Committee’s argument that it is arbitrary and unconstitutional to afford special consideration, flexibility, and accommodations to military voters to make it easier for them to vote in person is not only offensive, but flatly wrong as a matter of law,” the military groups — which include the Marine Corps League, the Association of the U.S. Army, and the Association of the U.S. Navy — argued in their filing.

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also attacked Obama over the issue. “President Obama’s lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period is an outrage,” Romney said in a statement today.

    Ohio’s current early voting law allows only members of the military to go to the polls during the three days before the elections. The early voting period for the rest of the citizenry ends on the Friday before the election.

    The Obama campaign told an Ohio federal judge that the law produces “arbitrary and inequitable treatment of similarly situated Ohio voters with respect to in-person early voting.” The campaign asked the court to block the law, “thereby
    restoring in-person early voting on the three days immediately preceding Election Day for all eligible Ohio voters,” according to the filing.

    “This lawsuit, at bottom, seeks to treat all Ohio citizens equally under the law,” Donald McTigue, general counsel for the Obama campaign in Ohio, told Bloomberg News in July.

    The Obama campaign is not requesting that the court limit the opportunities of military members to vote, but that might be the effect of their lawsuit if it succeeds. Secretary of State Jon Husted said that the old law did not create consistent early voting rights across the state, because most local jurisdictions decided to close for the weekend.

    “I didn’t see a lawsuit occur when six counties had weekend voting and extended hours and 82 of them didn’t,” Husted told The Associated Press. “I’m sympathetic to the idea that we should have consistency, because that’s exactly what we’ve been doing on a number of fronts.”

    The Obama campaign estimates that 93,000 people took advantage of the weekend early voting in 2008.

  106. A bunch of white liberal guys yelling at a homeless black preacher, wonder if Sharpton will call them racists.

  107. Does anyone know what this “crip walk” is? I saw Serena play in the finals, I actually didn’t even see her dance. Must have been a very quick dance.

  108. “On “State of the Union” (CNN) Robert Gibbs claims Americans are better off despite the increasing costs of living under the Obama economy (August 5, 2012).”

  109. Not all of Hollywood is feeling the LOVE for Obama:

    Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott landed a series on the air, ABC’s midseason conspiracy drama Zero Hour.

    Now the duo have netted one of ABC‘s first drama commitments of the new development cycle with another high-concept project.

    The network has bought drama pitch “Founding Fathers”, from Di Bonaventura Pictures TV and ABC Studios. Written by feature scribe Rich D’Ovidio (Exit Woods, Thir13en Ghosts), Founding Fathers is described as “Donnie Brasco set in the world of Texas militias.”

    It centers on Nick Keating who, after serving a third tour in Afghanistan, returns home to find his small Texas town under the control of a militia group led by his older foster brother. After being seduced by the militia’s surprisingly community-based motives, he accepts a rare invitation to join the group. But unbeknownst to his new “family,” Nick has a secret agenda that will put his life in jeopardy and lead him to question his allegiances.


    TV will be blammed with many new shows giving the notion the government is NOT acting in our best interests… Will give AA’s … pause..

  110. Look at Indiana, Holy Mary….


    Romney 51% Obama 35%

    Four years ago, President Obama became the first Democrat since 1964 to win Indiana. He looks unlikely to repeat that feat.

    A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds challenger Mitt Romney picking up 51% of the vote while the president earns just 35%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and 11% are undecided.


    Thats just hilarious.

  111. tim,

    Here’s the clip. I don’t see what the big deal is. There’s also a Spanish hurdler who does the shimmy every time she wins.

    Big deal.

    This has about as much significance as the monkey commercial. None. People with too much time on their hands making up stories just like Harry Reid.

    Btw, I can’t stand the Williams sisters but she did nothing wrong as far as I could see.


  112. did OTurd “win” Indiana in ’08?

    Was that where the whole Cook County blatant cheating against Hillary happen?

  113. Saw Axeldouche on Chris Wallace. He looks frazzled. Squinting eyes, pout mouth, cheek-sucking tongue over lips, bordering on hysterical in his comments. Refused to answer Wallace’s quesitons.

    He is a POS.

    But Schiefer shilling for the POS on FTN. His allegiance is so transparent.

  114. Obots I am surrounded by are the rich Romney-like that Obama purportedly despises. They don’t care about the unemployment or how incompetent he is. They are that fucking loyal to the party.

  115. As with most campaigns today, every concept has been thoroughly focused-grouped, leaving little art and too much science. Obama, a compelling 2008 candidate who stirred passion in voters, today looks more like the cardboard cutout of a president whom tourists pose beside for the obligatory Washington, D.C., vacation photo.

    In the spot, Obama first discusses “two plans” — his and Mitt Romney’s. He spends most of the ad recounting all of the terrible things Romney wants to bring back to the country, like deregulating banks — this was Bill Clinton-era legislation, mind you — and those hated tax breaks for rich people, which Obama and Democrats extended for two years to try and win the 2010 elections. (As Rick Perry might say: “Oops.”)


  116. Basil I agree with you, if I hadn’t seen that article, I would have no idea what that was except some celebatory dance, also agree with you, whole thing much to do about nothing, just like that monkey ad, which I still think is very cute, it was probably made long before they knew who was going to win, it just a cute ad.
    I don’t follow tennis, so not sure what to think of the williams sisters, I do rememeber Serena being very rude to the judge at some tournement, not good in my opinion.

  117. McCain won Indiana by 1%…if Romney is 16% ahead at present, O’Turd is gonna lose in a landslide.

  118. I get browbeaten when I speak what I think is commonsense about Palin here. I think Jen the Michigander (or was it VotingHillary?) had a comment a while back that made sense. If I remember correctly she mentioned that Romney’s camp may be weary of giving Palin a spot in the convention because she just takes over and everything becomes about her and the Obamedia lapdogs will bend over backwards to make it so. She is a lightening rod in a good and bad way. I think the way to circumvent that for Romney’s camp would be to test drive a campaign appearance with her somewhere but even that would generate a lot of media backlash and adverse attention and will definitely become a distraction, the media will make it so. Romney is in a tight spot with this one.

  119. I wonder if the flag falling was a reaction to that dance? All they had to do, whoever attached the flag to the rod, was to be sloppy.

  120. As with most campaigns today, every concept has been thoroughly focused-grouped, leaving little art and too much science. Obama, a compelling 2008 candidate who stirred passion in voters, today looks more like the cardboard cutout of a president whom tourists pose beside for the obligatory Washington, D.C., vacation photo.
    Mechanical, formulaic and wedded to the singular obsession that past is prologue. Too much science too little art says it all. Missing in spades, that mystical intuitive force which Napoleon called the Coup d’œil http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coup_d'%C5%93il. Political campaigns involve more than dry strategy. Like sporting events they involve passion, momentum and at this point those factors are not in the ascendant with the Obama campaign. Nor can all the piety and wit of Bill for the Democratic Party, or the serial lies and distortions of big media rekindle what is no longer there. It will sound the same, but there will be little passion at the places where it counts. Just death and endless night if we continue along the destructive path forged by Obama and his fellow traveller, which history has shown is a path which leads only to despair and from which no one ever returns.

  121. Another POV on Williams

    This was also the extraordinary American tennis star losing control for a moment and Crip-Walking at Wimbledon. Blinded by her joy, she walked all over her crowning moment.

    On the podium, the gold medal dangling from her neck as America’s national anthem played, the winds of Wimbledon struck down the American flag from its awning. The crowd gasped. Serena’s eyes got big, and she giggled. The flag fluttered to the ground and was balled up by an Olympic official. Later, Serena joked that the flag was just trying to fly toward her: “It was probably flying to come hug me because the flag was so happy.”


    Or maybe it was the Royal Gods of Wimbledon, giving Queen Serena a proper British slap on the wrist for her moment of innocent, though unfortunate, American celebration.


  122. today looks more like the cardboard cutout of a president
    A carboard cut out of a president? No. A campaigner, a bullshit artist, a worthless global celebrity, a narcisst, a dimished presence in a time of mortal problems for our nation. Yes. Guilty. But pleeeze . . . in no way, shape or form–a president–even a cardboard cutout of one. That is a bridge too far.

  123. pm317,

    I know what you mean but I think it’s time to bury the hatchet. Palin is a powerful force and her public endorsement of MR would be amazing for his campaign.

    I don’t think he could give her a slot without assurances she will stick to a certain script and I think if he reaches out to her she’ll fall in line.

    I also agree she has a tendency to pouting selfishness and grandstanding but it’s time for everyone to grow up. The country’s fate is at stake.

  124. Re Mitt and Palin. Mitt has just endorsed Mourdock. Palin endorsed Mourdock. Friend of a friend.Getting there.

  125. basil, yeah I agree. I don’t know who is holding back in this bury the hatchet dance. He might reach out and she may fall in line but the Obamedia will sure muck it up. What is the risk, what is the strategy are probably what they are weighing. But what she said recently like a day or ago was gracious and a good gesture.

  126. Or maybe it was the Royal Gods of Wimbledon, giving Queen Serena a proper British slap on the wrist for her moment of innocent, though unfortunate, American celebration
    I do not wish to seem prudish, by praytell which America are we talking about when we characterize what occurred as an American celebration? The one that won World War II? Or the ghetto drug dealing America promoted by Obama and big media. Lest we forget that is where the Crip dance originated. Now I happen to like Serena for her tennis, and I do not give a flying fuck what she does when she wins. Golfers like Peter Jacobsen have been known to dive in the lake, and Arnie would celebrate by having his intermediaries inquire what certain members wives were doing for dinner, etc. But for big media to try to re-define our culture in those terms sticks in my craw.

  127. S,

    After seeing that clip my opinion of the matter has changed. The bytch didn’t even put her hand over her heart during the Anthem. Before her award was granted she was jumping and wiggling and behaving in an unsportsmanlike manner to her competitors and she wore a sh!t-eating grin that you know was mirroring her mental song – Nah Nah Nah Nah, Nah Nah nah Nah.

    And when the flag blew away (not sown on clip) she turned to her competitor while the anthem was still playing and started talking .


    These black athletes have me seeing red. For them it’s all about being black, not about being Americans. It’s as if their country of origin is a second thought. It’s all about them, just like the POS in chief. Memememememe, IIIIIIII.

  128. Reid really does need investigating.

    A deal in the desert for Senator Reid? (Is Sen. Reid a Felon?)

    BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ. — It’s hard to buy undeveloped land in booming northern Arizona for $166 an acre. But now-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid effectively did just that when a longtime friend decided to sell property owned by the employee pension fund that he controlled.

    In 2002, Reid (D-Nev.) paid $10,000 to a pension fund controlled by Clair Haycock, a Las Vegas lubricants distributor and his friend for 50 years. The payment gave the senator full control of a 160-acre parcel in Bullhead City that Reid and the pension fund had jointly owned. Reid’s price for the equivalent of 60 acres of undeveloped desert was less than one-tenth of the value the assessor placed on it at the time.

    Six months after the deal closed, Reid introduced legislation to address the plight of lubricants dealers who had their supplies disrupted by the decisions of big oil companies. It was an issue the Haycock family had brought to Reid’s attention in 1994, according to a source familiar with the events.

    If Reid were to sell the property for any of the various estimates of its value, his gain on the $10,000 investment could range from $50,000 to $290,000.

    It is a potential violation of congressional ethics standards for a member to accept anything of value — including a real estate discount — from a person with interests before Congress.



    Read the whole thing, Reid really should be in jail for this.

  129. I don’t like PPP as a polling outfit but if they are only finding Obama up by 8 in connecticut, surely the alarm bells must be ringing at the WH.


    Barack Obama doesn’t appear to be in any danger of actually losing Connecticut this fall, but it might be up there for the state where he falls the furthest from 2008. PPP’s newest poll finds him ahead by just 8 points there, 51-43. He won it by 23 points against John McCain.

    There are a couple of groups in particular that Obama’s struggling with that are leading to the close race in the state. Only 41% of independents approve of the job he’s doing to 53% who disapprove, and as a result he trails Romney47-40 with that group. He’s also doing poorly with white voters, trailing Romney 48-46. You see the extent of Obama’s issues with white voters when he’s not winning them even in New England states.

    Obama has a narrowly positive approval rating in Connecticut with 50% of voters approving of him to 46% who disapprove. The race in the state might be even closer if not for the fact that Romney is pretty unpopular there, with only 41% of voters rating him favorably to 53% with a negative opinion.

    It speaks to Condoleezza Rice’s unique appeal that even in a strongly Democratic state like Connecticut she has a 57/32 favorability rating. She’s at 73/21 with Republicans, 55/32 with independents, and 46/40 even with Democrats. If she was on the ticket she’d pull Romney to within 5 points of Obama in the state, 48-43.
    None of the other potential Romney running mates who have received the most discussion would make much of an immediate impact on the race. Rob Portman and Bobby Jindal on the ticket both expand Obama’s lead to 10 points and Tim Pawlenty pushes it up to 11. Jindal has 53% name recognition, Pawlenty’s is 51%, and Portman’s is 38%.

    Obama will win Connecticut this fall but it is one state that’s looking a whole lot more like 2004 than 2008 in this year’s race.

  130. My view on the whole palin, romney, rnc convention thing, its all kicking up sand by the Obot media. Palin’s view and she said so, she’ll help in anyway possible, there is no hatchet to bury, she has a good relation with Romney. I remember him doing many events with her and Mccain in 2008.

    Honestly, I feel its like the LSM that is making this story kept alive. I can see why Romney’s team may not want Palin to have a prime speaking spot, she is a magnet for the Obot media, who are only more than willing to comply for their Messaih.

    If Palin’s fine with it, and she appears to be, then that’s all I think matters, the only think that does aggravate me is when people like Cheney call her VP pick a “mistake”, maybe Cheney needs to the shut up when it comes to Palin and focus solely on OTurd. Palin has done more to get more people to see corruption, doesn’t matter which party, and have more people elected to congress who are consitutional conservatives, and that is a good thing.

  131. Axeldouche caught BLATANTLY lying on Wallace. When asked about “Recovery Summer” Axeldouche swore up and down he had never used that phrase and asked for proof. Naturally Wallace didn’t have the article on hand.

    But in the June 2010 Politico here’s what was reported.

    Obama, Biden declare ‘Recovery Summer’

    By MIKE ALLEN | 6/17/10 5:06 AM EDT

    Vice President Joe Biden today will kick off the Obama administration’s “Recovery Summer,” a six-week-long push designed to highlight the jobs accompanying a surge in stimulus-funded projects to improve highways, parks, drinking water and other public works.

    David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the president, said: “This summer will be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with thousands of highly-visible road, bridge, water and other infrastructure projects breaking ground across the country, giving the American people a first-hand look at the Recovery Act in their own backyards and making it crystal clear what the cost would have been of doing nothing.”

  132. Put another way, give up your company, or give up your religion.
    Not only is my father probably rolling over in his grave right now, but I would be so bold to say that FDR and John F. Kennedy are too.

    We have a president who thinks he’s a king. And America cannot afford four more years of a king who can so cavalierly discard the U.S. Constitution when it doesn’t suit his political agenda.

    I find it somewhat ironic that while the Justice Department is asking people to surrender their religion and their companies, some wealthy Democrats are giving up their passports to escape the tyranny of King Obama.

    Read more on Newsmax.com: God Save US from King Obama
    Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama’s Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

  133. moononpluto
    August 5th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    AH! so that’s how Reid is a multimillionaire never having worked a real job, never having built a company, never having created products etc. Its all influence peddling. Crony capitalism at its finest.

  134. This is what I worry about with the Romney team–too anal retentive. Newtons second law: for every action there is an equal and opposite re action. Big media inter alia created Obama. That was the action. The Tea Party rose to national prominence in response to Obama’s agenda. That is why big media is fixated on destroying them through lies, libel, slander, surveillance, and, truth to tell, far worse. The Tea Party has brought many excellent people into the congress–like Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, Colonel West and soon Ted Cruz to challenge establishment greed and corruption in both parties. And we have seen governors like Niki Haley, etc. But none of them is as closely identified with the grass roots and the tea party as a whole as Sarah Palin. She speaks directly for them is to deny her a presence and to deny her a presence is to deny them a presence. If Romney were Reagan he could do that because he was able to traverse all wings of the party. For Romney however it is different, just as it was for McCain. They have to prove beyond mere rhetoric that they speak for everyone in the party. Giving Sarah a role at the Convention would do that, much to the chargrin of Washington establishment geeks like Norman Orstein. But they are more concerned with defending their perks and privedges and promoting grand bargains, than saving the nation. A campaign that puts back benchers forward to speak for it, and does not recognize the importance of Palin is in trouble. It is not enough to merely say you are against Obama. You must show people that you are on their side and give them a set of ideas they can believe in. Romney has elected to reserve much of that until the convention, but that means he must get it done at the convention and that means Sarah must have a role–if he is smart.

  135. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/04/obama-campaign-sues-ohio-over-early-voting-law-for-military/
    Here, there, everwhere, we see Obama suing states to suppress lawful voting and encourage voter fraud. One side of the equation: suing the state of Ohio to restrict the time military people have to vote, knowing that they tend to vote republican and have service constraints on their time. The other side of the equation: suing states to prevent them from verifying the eligibility of voters, while granting amenesty to millions of illegals under the dream act. He is reaching the end of his tether. A mandate achieved by cheating is no mandate at all. That fact, plus a deteriorating economy would render this nation ungovernable if the electorate is suicidal enough to give him 4 more years.

  136. why would Team OTurd repudiate Harry Reid, he’s doing their bidding. Everyday, every week a new low for the dems.

  137. She is a lightening rod in a good and bad way. I think the way to circumvent that for Romney’s camp would be to test drive a campaign appearance with her somewhere but even that would generate a lot of media backlash and adverse attention and will definitely become a distraction, the media will make it so. Romney is in a tight spot with this one.


    I agree.

  138. So, it appears this TN dem US Senate candidate in this interview says he believes in marriage in the traditional sense and for that he says he is no longer supported by the tn dem party, by making gay marriage one of their platforms items, does it mean, if a dem doesn’t agree with it, they cannot be a dem anymore?

    I know in the repub party, the views are varied and still allowed in the party.

  139. implementing a green agenda by destroying traditional energy sources like coal, oil and nuclear and then creating a monopoly with overpriced unproven sources like solar, wind,and biofuels.


    LOL! Kind of hard to create a monopoly with things that people can do in their own backyards. Literally.

  140. @ BASIL99 & Mrs. Smith

    I have an advance copy of “Fool Me Twice” by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott. What you are seeing in the green movement is the agenda moving forward. The documentation is superb. I highly suggest you pick up a copy. It is chilling.

  141. Re: tim
    August 5th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    A sure win for the Republicans, as if the dims could afford to throw away any election. Idjits. roflmbo

  142. Thanks mcnorman. Mrs. S. who also has an advance copy has raved about the book.

    I’m also interested in the Valjar expose “Leading from Behind” due out on August 21.

  143. What’s up with the Lympic arem leaking? Also, anyone know if it’s customary for Olympic stadiums not to be covered?

  144. @ BASIL99

    I hope you or Mrs. Smith will review the book here. I know many would benefit from even a snippet.

  145. I believe Mrs. S is going to review it on her blog, is she hasn’t already. Maybe she will post it here.

  146. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-what-democracy

    Interesting article…

    “Rather than give the people a voice, democracy allows for the choking of life by men and women of state authority. When Occupy protestors were chanting “this is what democracy looks like” last fall, they wrongly saw the power of government as the best means to alleviate poverty. What modern day democracy really looks like is endless bailouts, special privileges, and imperial warfare all paid for on the back of the common man. None of this is to suggest that a transition to real democracy is the answer. The popular adage of democracy being “two wolves and lamb voting on what’s for lunch” is undeniably accurate. A system where one group of people can vote its hands into another’s pockets is not economically sustainable. Democracy’s pitting of individuals against each other leads to moral degeneration and impairs capital accumulation. It is no panacea for the rottenness that follows from centers of power. True human liberty with respect to property rights is the only foundation from which civilization can grow and thrive.


  147. Fox reporting that there was shooting at a Sihk temple in WI, 1 officer shot multiple times, hostages taken. The news saying not sure if more shooters still inside the temple.

  148. they are turning on Obama….you reap what you sow.

    Video Shows Occupy Vandals Smashing Windows at Obama Campaign HQ


    The remnants of Occupy Oakland have been staging a weekly “FTP” march to protest police brutality. This Friday the march also took up a new cause, the ability of vendors to get permits for a monthly street fair called “Art Murmur.” The protest consisted of about 100 people marching and dancing behind a portable PA system, blocking traffic, tearing down a fence, and at one point smashing the windows of an Obama campaign headquarters.

    Occupy uploaded their own video of the march to You Tube Saturday including a portion where a masked man with a hammer smashes windows at the campaign headquarters. This brings a cheer from the crowd. The editor of the video added the titles “Hope. Change. LOL.” At the same time the windows are smashed, another man dressed in black and wearing a motorcycle helmet attempts to enter the headquarters but is pushed away by someone who blocks the entrance. The vandalism occurs at 1:51 in the clip below.

    The video description identifies those responsible for the vandalism as members of the “East Bay Uncontrollables.” This is the same black bloc group which claimed credit for vandalizing two police cruisers and an Oakland PD substation on early Thursday morning.

    The video description also includes a portion of the “communique” which march organizers handed out. It reads in part:

    Oakland’s Art Murmur is supposed to be about art, culture, and community. But all that it represents to the Uptown, Downtown and KONO business district associations as well as the city administration is an opportunity for commercial expansion and business development, a tool to further their agenda of gentrification.

    This is far from the first time the weekly FTP march has resulted in vandalism. In April, the same march resulted in broken windows at “Starbucks, Wells Fargo, Leon Savoy Bail Bonds, Scott’s Trade and Quizno’s.” According to this Indy Bay report, the same march led to a broken window at a bar frequented by cops just last week.

    The vandalism at Obama’s campaign headquarters provides an interesting insight into how local and national media handle Occupy related stories differently. Local ABC affiliate KGO-TV in San Franscisco reported on the march and its connection to Occupy movement Friday evening. KGO-TV even used Occupy in its headline. On Saturday the AP produced a very brief story noting the destruction of the “a window” by unidentified “protesters.” There is no doubt this was an Occupy march, one which has been taking place weekly for several months. Why would the AP scrub the Occupy connection to the vandalism from its story?

  149. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/05/us/wisconsin-temple-shooting/index.html


    I can tell you Sikhs are the nicest people you will ever meet, this is awful.

    At least seven people, including a gunman shot by a police officer, have been killed in an attack on worshippers at a Sikh temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, on Sunday, police said.

    The officer was wounded but “returned fire, and that shooter was put down,” said Bradley Wentlandt, the police chief in nearby Greenfield, who briefed reporters. Investigators who picked through the building afterward found four bodies inside the temple and two other victims outside, plus the gunman, Wentlandt said.

    Though early reports had suggested there may have been more than one attacker, he said officers had not identified any other gunmen.

    The wounded officer, a 20-year veteran, was in surgery Sunday afternoon after being shot multiple times, but was expected to survive, Wentlandt said. He was sent to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, south of Milwaukee, after a 911 call about 10:25 a.m. (11:25 a.m. ET).

    Carolyn Bellin, a spokeswoman for Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital, said one of three men brought there from the incident was in surgery early Sunday morning, while another was in the surgical intensive care unit. The third was being evaluated in the emergency room. All three were in critical condition.

    The temple has a congregation of 250 to 400, according to its website.

    “I just want to say this temple was built a number of years ago and there have never been any problems with this temple,” Oak Creek Alderman Dan Jakubczyk said. “They’ve been a plus to this city and to my district.”

  150. moon, I think Nikki Haley’s family is sikh, aren’t they?

    I’m very surprised that people mistaken sikhs for muslims, but the turbans are completely different, and if I remember Sikh men don’t cut their hair which is why they wear that turban I think.

    Very sad, tv said some of the victims are kids. very tragic.

  151. Tim, I read that there were 7 killed at the Sikh temple, with 4 being killed inside, and 3 including the shooter being killed outside. The police officer who shot the gunman dead took a few gunshots himself and was sent to surgery. I hope that he survives. I read that the gunmen was a white man. I hope that he is not some rightwing supporter because the wacky left will have a field day. I have to wonder why anyone would attack the Sikhs since they seem very docile.

  152. The Sikhs are a very proud peaceful people until someone riles them up and them you better get out of the way, they all carry swords by the way in case you did’nt know.

  153. tim
    August 5th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Fox reporting that there was shooting at a Sikh temple in WI, 1 officer shot multiple times, hostages taken. The news saying not sure if more shooters still inside the temple.

    so sad.

  154. I’ve had dealings with one Sikh and it was awful. I am an RN and a Sikh MD treated the women RNs deplorably. We worked in an outpatient clinic and he was an gastroenterologist. He treated the women lower than dirt and he was disciplined repeatedly by the hospital for his treatment of the nurses. It didn’t make any difference and all the women nurses hated him. He was arrogant, condescending, disrespectful, and rude and he would scream at the nurses.

    I’m not saying they’re all like this but when one of them (the only one I’ve ever met or had dealings with) does something like this, it generally gives a bad impression of the whole sect. The ones you’ve dealt with may have been very nice but this one was a hateful, woman-hating man.

  155. Still doesn’t mean they deserve to have a shooter come into their house of worship and shoot them down. What a deplorable society we live in today.

  156. Considering my partner is indian and a hell of a lot of my friends are sikhs, i’d say that doctor of yours was very unrepresentative of sikhs in general.

  157. tim
    August 5th, 2012 at 8:00 am
    I’ve never heard of this young man, buthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCXlL apparently he has a pretty big following. Interesting commentary.

    Antone became a national celebrity a few years ago when a reported interviewed him after his sister was attacked at home, they made a video of him, music. He is great. Haven’t heard too much if him in awhile.


  158. Moonpluto I’m glad to hear he wasn’t representative of most Sikhs. This guy was so awful the large hospital I was working for wanted to get rid of him but the scuttlebutt was he threatened to sue for religious discrimination if they tried.

    We could see he had great interaction with male MDs and if he had treated everyone the same way, we could have learned a lot from him. It’s too bad because this was in the late 90s and when you have dealings with someone like that it can give people the wrong impression of what people as a whole can really be like. I don’t know anything about them or their religion but do believe you when you say they are peaceable and good people. There can be a few bad ones in every culture, religion, society, etc.

  159. AND by bad ones, I don’t mean just Sikhs. I mean blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, Catholics, etc. Everyone. Don’t want to sound like I’m picking on anyone in particular.

  160. So Rence calls Reid for what he is–lives in the Ritz Carlton, has not produced his own tax returns for 10 years, and is a dirty liar. Whereupon, the little cock roach Step in poop alot, says do you believe the Senate Majority leader is a dirty liar, and Rence affirms this in a sheepish way. In my view, Rence would have been far better off to have said, no, you weren’t listening, you took me out of context, all I said was he lives in the Carton therefore he is a hypocrite when he complains that Romney is rich, he has not filed his own taxes which suggest that he is the one who has something to hide, and he is, of course, a dirty liar, but no more than you are, George, you little cockroach.

  161. Harry Reid Is A Known Pedophile
    Red State Blog

    I got that from a reliable source who made me promise not to reveal his name. But he knows. Honest.

    Now I’m sure some would expect me to back up this claim with some of those “fact” thingys or maybe a link or two. Well, given that I’ve promise anonymity for my source, not happening. Just Google “Harry Reid pedophile” there are 1.79 million hits.

    I’ve known this for some time but I was reluctant to go public with the information because I always back up my writing with facts and links. Since I’m sworn to secrecy this time I was uncomfortable putting this story out until some seminal events occurred this week, and I figured “what’s good for the goose…”

    As I’m sure you know, Harry Reid (the pedophile), told a reporter that “somebody” at the evil Bain Capital told him that Mitt Romney won’t release his taxes because he didn’t pay any taxes for ten years. And today Harry Reid (the pedophile) doubled down on this statement in the Las Vegas Review Journal:

    On Wednesday, Reid stuck to his story, and broadened it.

    “I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination,” Reid said in a telephone call with Nevada reporters. “I have had a number of people tell me that.”

    Asked to elaborate on his sources, Reid declined. “No, that’s the best you’re going to get from me.”

    “I don’t think the burden should be on me,” Reid said. “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?”

    So, goose, meet gander.

    I’ve had what I consider to be very credible sources (multiple) tell me Harry Reid is a pedophile. One even said he’d seen child porn on Harry’s umm office computer. That’s a pretty specific charge and I think the Capitol Police should get a warrant.

    I’m expecting this story to be P1 above the fold in the NYT and WaPo in the next few days and Redstate traffic should get a real bump – you’re welcome Erick.

    Feel free to tell your friends, post on your blogs and drop a letter to the editor of your local paper. Harry Reid is a pedophile and one hell of a lot worse, and a bigger story, than Mitt’s taxes.

  162. Barry Oturd doesn’t like Romney this deeply because unlike Barry, Romney believes in the American system, and believes in the fundamental respect for an individual, Barry OTurd of course does not.


    ““Obama, a person close to him told me, didn’t even feel this strongly about conservative, combative House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Hill Republican he disliked the most,” Thrush writes. “At least Cantor stood for something, he’d say.”

    “When he talked about Romney, aides picked up a level of anger he never had for Clinton or McCain, even after Sarah Palin was picked as his running mate. ‘There was a baseline of respect for John McCain. The president always thought he was an honorable man and a war hero,’ said a longtime Obama adviser. ‘That doesn’t hold true for Romney. He was no goddamned war hero.’”

    So says the man who sat in a church listening to God D((m America sermons for over 2 decades.

  163. I just realised, the reason Oturd dislikes Romney this much is because its pretty clear Romney is no pushover like Mccain, Romney will play dirty and do it all under the covers, which frankly the only way to do it with chicago thugs.

    Does anyone seriously think Barry OTurd had “a baseline of respect” for Mccain. And really what does respect of man with friends and mentors like Ayers and Wright even worth?

    OTurd’s pissed that Romney ain’t John “my friends” Mccain.

  164. VotingHillary
    August 5th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you! I thought it was tommorow, will be watching. Very interesting to see how far technology can go.

  165. CURIOSITY has landed. First pics of wheels down. Gold medal performance by NASA!

    I haven’t been this excited since the moon landing.


  166. NASA Scientist: Climate change linked to rise in extreme weather

    “Our analysis shows that it is no longer enough to say that global warming will increase the likelihood of extreme weather and to repeat the caveat that no individual weather event can be directly linked to climate change. To the contrary, our analysis shows that, for the extreme hot weather of the recent past, there is virtually no explanation other than climate change.”

    The study, which was published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looks at the past six decades of global temperatures and finds what Hansen described as a “stunning” rise in the frequency of extremely hot summers.

    It compared what is happening now to what was happening between 1951-1980. In those years, extremely hot temperatures covered less than 0.2% of the planet. Now, those temperatures cover about 10% of the land area, the study said.

    It dismissed the idea that specific weather patterns are by themselves sufficient to explain today’s extreme anomalies. Phenomena like La Nina have always been around, but large areas of extreme warming have only come about with climate change, the study said.


  167. So Obama wants to put people on Mars by 2030 does he, wonder how he’s gonna do that after cancelling the space program, oh yeah that’s right by outsourcing it to europe, india and russia and china.

  168. From The Miami Herald, a story of hard work to build something and a ways to go yet:


    Hillary Clinton credited for pushing Sudan, South Sudan oil fee dispute resolution

    NAIROBI, Kenya — Bitter African foes Sudan and South Sudan reported Saturday that they had struck a deal that would let South Sudan re-start oil production and ship it through Sudan for a fee, but while U.S. officials hailed the accord, it remained unclear when, or even if, oil will start flowing.

    State Department officials credited Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a “great success” for bringing the two sides together. Clinton met with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Friday in that country’s capital, Juba, on Friday. “It should be seen as her achievement. It should be seen as a major diplomatic success,” said a senior State Department official who was authorized to speak only on condition of anonymity.

    But the word from Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, was less enthusiastic. “The agreement does not fulfill the ambitions of both sides,” spokesman for the Sudanese delegation Mutrif Siddig told Sudan’s state news agency, SUNA, according to the Reuters news agency. “Its implementation will start after understandings on security issues.”

    Those security issues, which include discussions of both countries’ support for rebel movements operating inside the other, may be far thornier to resolve.

    In remarks Saturday in Nairobi, Clinton praised both South Sudan and Sudan. “The future of South Sudan is now brighter,” she said. Sudan too “deserves credit for taking this step,” she said.

    Diplomatic efforts to bring the two sides together had stalled in the year since South Sudan was declared independent from Sudan after decades of civil war. On Friday, it took both African and American diplomats to arrange the oil deal.

    Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, the African Union mediator in the talks in Ethiopia, met throughout the day Friday with negotiators for both sides, but an agreement did not appear insight until Mbeki called Kiir Friday evening to seek his approval for the deal. The AU talks then resumed at 9:30 p.m. and ran until 2 a.m. Saturday.

    Clinton later told reporters that she had urged Kiir to compromise during their meeting Friday in Juba “because a percentage of something is better than a percentage of nothing.”

    Under the deal, South Sudan will pay Sudan an average of about $9.50 a barrel to export oil north through Sudan. The amount is far less than Sudan’s initial demand of $36 a barrel, and about $2 a barrel more than South Sudan had offered most recently.

    In addition, South Sudan will transfer $3 billion to Sudan as a financial grant over the next three and a half years to help compensate for Sudan’s loss of oil revenue when South Sudan seceded.

    The two countries agreed that the transport fees will be passed to companies buying South Sudan’s oil.

    South Sudan, which found itself in possession of most of Sudan’s oil fields after independence, shut down all production in January after talks with Sudan deadlocked over the price for moving the oil through Sudan and Sudan announced it would begin confiscating what it believed was its fair share of the oil. South Sudan has no port facilities and must move its oil through a pipeline to Sudan’s Port Sudan for export.

    With no oil income, South Sudan was within weeks of running out of money – U.S. calculations said that moment would arrive between August and October – and U.S. officials said the accord came just in time to avert disaster.

    According to the senior State Department official, Clinton did not threaten punitive U.S. action if Kiir did not resolve the impasse. Instead, she tried to impress on the South Sudanese leader the severity of the crisis his new nation faced if the oil didn’t begin flowing again soon.

    How soon oil production will resume was unclear.

    A statement from the African Union on Saturday suggested that celebration is premature. While congratulating the two nations for agreeing on “financial matters” related to oil exports, it urged them to agree on all “remaining aspects of oil-related issues, in order for production and transportation to resume as soon as possible.”

    The two sides fought a bitter battle in April when South Sudan seized a disputed oil field that Sudan has long claimed at Heglig, then destroyed 50 percent of its production capacity as it withdrew its troops, according to State Department officials. In addition, both sides support rebel groups inside the other.

    (Alan Boswell is a McClatchy special correspondent. His reporting is underwritten in part by a grant from Humanity United, a California-based foundation that focuses on human rights issues.)

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/04/2932631/hillary-clinton-credited-for-pushing.html#storylink=cpy

  169. This is from a columnist writing in the “American Thinker”, essentially a (Jewish) Willard supporter pointing out the hypocrisy of the mass media when it comes to judging the merits of anyone but Obama. As admin has advised a number of times and for a long time, Olshaker uses the Republicans’ secret weapon: Hillary Clinton.

    When Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Insulted Palestinian Culture
    By Edward Olshaker

    Anyone who doubts that the media are intent on defeating Mitt Romney need only compare their coverage of his brief, innocuous comments about Israeli and Palestinian cultural differences with Hillary Clinton’s remarks on the same subject when she ran for president.

    Sen. Clinton’s blunt condemnation of the “hate-filled, violent” Palestinian culture makes Romney’s speech in Israel, in which he briefly noted the link between culture and prosperity, seem truly mild by comparison — yet only Romney’s statement was treated as a scandal by the media.

    Clinton, then the frontrunner for the presidential nomination, joined with Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) to highlight how the “moderate” Palestinian Authority undermines any chance for peace by instilling hatred and glorifying murder in school textbooks:
    Clinton called the textbooks “disturbing,” adding that the content “profoundly poisons the mind of these children.”

    “Hate has no place in the curriculum of schools and the glorification of violence has no place in the education of children,” she said, calling on the Palestinian Authority to repudiate the texts it has already approved.

    “… You cannot build a peaceful, stable, safe future on such a hate-filled, violent and radical foundation.”

    The report Clinton helped publicize found that Palestinian indoctrination of children includes inciting hatred against Israel, vilifying Jews, praising America’s enemies as “brave resistance” fighters, accusing the U.S. of nefarious intentions in its involvements overseas, labeling Israel imperialistic, and denying its legitimacy as a state (essentially the checklist of items Barack Obama looks for when choosing a church to attend).

    As a result of the unsettling education Clinton gained from her in-depth examination of Palestinian culture in partnership with PMW, she claimed that it was virtually impossible for Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to be a peace partner while he was promoting a culture of “child abuse.” (How rude of her. She certainly disqualified herself for any future diplomatic role.)

    “There are no good options,” she told the Jerusalem Post, her eyes having been opened (at least temporarily) to the inconvenient truth that the Fatah and Hamas terror factions share the same beliefs and goals.

    Romney, at least in that particular speech, did not similarly emphasize the long history of Palestinian leadership (and the huge majority of the population that elects them) encouraging, committing, and celebrating the senseless murder of innocent civilians. He did not mention the PA’s death penalty for selling property to Jews; the acting speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, on PA television, calling for the murder of every last Jew and American; or a Fatah official admitting that terror on a grand scale will resume when Fatah is “capable,” and that “our goal has never been peace[.]” Romney’s comment was the equivalent of politely noting that due to cultural differences between Colorado theater shooter James Holmes and his neighbors, he has earned less money than they have for the past couple of weeks.
    All of which brings us back to the breathtaking difference in media coverage. While that one line in Romney’s speech was labeled a diplomatic blunder, a disastrous gaffe, and even “deeply offensive” by the mainstream media (who successfully placed him on the defensive once again), Clinton’s far more blistering rhetoric was a non-story that barely turns up at all in an internet search.

    None of this is surprising, coming after so many prominent political reporters were found to have colluded to cover up unwanted news such as the Reverend Wright story. Obama’s election was openly celebrated by the New York Times and by NBC, which sold “Yes We Did” t-shirts.

    The media’s mission is to destroy Romney personally by creating a negative caricature, and in their zeal, they no longer even bother to be logical or consistent about it. PBS’ Mark Shields echoed the narrative shared by many of his colleagues when he said, “… what you have with Romney is you have an awkward, emotionally detached, sort of personally inept candidate who has not been able to connect with voters.” Shields’ comment was stunning because he said it on April 13, three days after Santorum’s exit clinched the nomination for Romney (much sooner than Obama did the same in 2008). Similarly, Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post depicted Santorum’s collapse and Romney’s victory as evidence of a failure for Romney: “… it’s that lack of Santorum’s authenticity that’s making Romney a hard sell for just about anyone.”

    Paradoxically, the media mocked Romney as a panderer who tries to be all things to all people, and then vilified him for not pandering when his straight talk at the NAACP convention and in a British interview inevitably displeased a few people. He’s unfit for office because he’s a bully (a talking point eagerly repeated by the Obama campaign), and also unfit because he’s a wimp. And it’s a certainty that virtually everything he says and does from now until November 6 will be reported as a damaging gaffe or a blunder.

    Edward Olshaker is a longtime freelance journalist whose work has appeared in History News Network, The Jewish Press, FrontPage Magazine, and other publications.

  170. The other stories of HRC in the news revolve around her trip to Kenya “to press democracy”, warning Kenya on the price to be paid if the “bloodshed and economic loss suffered during the last vote five years ago” were ever repeated. She spoke before a meeting with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and Civil Society in Nairobi.

    At the same time, she expressed encouragement that Somalia’s political leaders were making progress toward meeting an August 20 deadline to lay the groundwork for a new constitutional government. She also offered praise and continued American support to Malawi, which she visited after South Africa.

  171. President Obama cheers Mars rover landing by agency whose planetary exploration budget he slashed


    Just last month, NASA supporters and scientists resorted to bake sales and carwash fund-raisers to make up for robotic planetary exploration program funds slashed by President Obama. Flashback:

    Scientists are trading telescopes for aprons this week to sell Milky Way cupcakes, Saturn cake, and chocolate chip Opportunity cookies in an effort to salvage U.S. planetary science projects.

    The 2013 budget proposal submitted by the Obama administration earlier this year would cut funding for NASA‘s planetary science projects by about $300 million. While Congress is still deliberating over the federal budget, groups of scientists are planning a series of demonstrations — in the form of bake sales, car washes and other events — for Saturday (June 9) to plead their case.

    Though planet-studying spacecraft usually cost millions, or even billions, of dollars, every penny helps. That’s the reasoning behind the Planetary Exploration Car Wash and Bake Sale to be held by University of Central Florida students and professors who hope to sway lawmakers into providing more money for studying the solar system. It is one of nearly 20 planned demonstrations for Saturday at sites across the country, organizers said.

    “We’re not asking for more of the pie, we’re asking for less of a bite out of the pie,” Laura Seward, a graduate student at the university who organized the event, said in a statement. “A strong robotic planetary exploration program is essential for a strong human planetary exploration program.”

    Late tonight, the world watched and cheered as NASA oversaw the landing of the lab robot rover Curiosity on Mars. We’ve got comprehensive social media coverage of the event at Twitchy in case you missed the live landing.

    The White House was quick to put out a statement:


    Read on at link.

  172. Obama is flailing and will not like this…

    More than 90% of Mitt’s donations under $250 in July. Damn those Citizens United Fat Cats!!!

    Romney / RNC: Approximately $185.9 Million Cash On Hand

    Romney Victory Effort Raises $101.3 Million In July

    Today, Romney for President, Romney Victory, and the Republican National Committee announced fundraising totals of over $101.3 million in July. The campaign, RNC and state party participants have approximately $185.9 million cash on hand.

    Announcing the numbers, Romney Victory National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said, “Once again we see that for many people, this is more than a campaign, it is a cause.” Zwick went on to say, “We are honored to have the support of a broad spectrum of donors—Independents, Democrats and Republicans—whose support of Governor Romney shows that he has the needed plan to jumpstart our economy and get the country on the right track again. We are well on track to raise the money to be successful in November. If you haven’t given, show your support by joining the group of donors who have shown their commitment to Governor Romney and the Romney Victory effort.”

    “Americans are clearly looking for a change in the White House,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “While President Obama claims that his economic plan ‘worked,’ the American people know that his policies haven’t worked and he has failed to fix our economy. Mitt Romney has a plan that will create jobs, grow the economy, and build a stronger middle class – that is why he is seeing such strong support.”

  173. Leanora
    August 6th, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Thousands of people won’t be able to enjoy the beach today because barack hussein obama has closed it down for a fundraiser.

    Same thing for Long Island. Miles of beaches closed for another fundraiser. Obama just loves feeling important, it feeds his ego-

    The flip side is.. if he needs so much security; then why is that? Isn’t he the most beloved president in US history? Why would anyone want to harm a president so beloved? Maybe, he isn’t so adored as he would have people think.. Maybe the level of security needed is an indication of how much he is reviled by a majority of US voters!

  174. Black violence against Gays widespread and growing. You never see this reported on in the LSM

    Black mob violence against “gay” people is a perfect storm of three secret worlds: Newspapers do not report the predators, victims do not report the crimes and being “gay” is “about the worst thing you can be in black culture,” CNN anchor Don Lemon told the New York Times.

    That is why a growing number of people – black and white, “gay” and straight – say this violence is more widespread and less reported than most people think.
    Newspapers in Atlanta – and the rest of the country – are getting more and more perplexed about what to do with citizen reporters not trained to ignore racial violence.

    Such was the case when hundreds of black people raged through a crowd at an outdoor summer movie festival in an Atlanta “gay” neighborhood. One witness was so unhappy at the newspaper’s lack of coverage, he reported it himself on YouTube.

    “What happened last night (June 3) at Screen on the Green was not simply ‘fights’ between unruly teens as the local TV stations would like their audiences to believe. These savages went ape—- and hunted down ‘gays’ and lesbians to attack!” the report said.

    “They specifically began targeting members of the LGBT community around Blake’s and along 10th St. The local news media is acting as if this were a simple scuffle and that’s totally unacceptable.

    “It was like a riot in a third world country,” the report said.

    At least one other article about the widespread black-on-”gay” violence appeared in the local “gay” paper. According to Jesse Rhodes, a “gay” person: “We felt like sitting ducks. They were definitely targeting gay people. One of my good friends, who is gay and works at Swinging Richards, got jumped by five people and beat up.


  175. Forget buying this book.

    A book set for release on Aug 20th details Obama’s dislike of Romney. The book title written by Politico’s Glenn Thrush is ‘Obama’s Last Stand’-

    You can read a short excerpt which is pure unadulterated propaganda at the link:


    Obama had no trouble cutting Hillary down with caustic bullying remarks during the debates when he no longer had John Edwards doing his dirty work for him.

  176. Someone’s reading our blog. Second lip in a row with a clear concise sound track.

    It’s not getting better.

  177. Interesting, does this tell us anything by who’s not listed.

    RNC announces 1st list of convention speakers: Haley, Huck, Kasich, Martinez, McCain, Rice, Scott.

  178. Plouffe taking money from Iran connections, hello alarm bells

    Do we underestimate how much of Obama’s 2008 appeal was based on his fury over “the same old game playing in DC”?


    Pick out the more surprising news here:

    1) David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser who was President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, accepted a $100,000 speaking fee in 2010 from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran’s government.

    2) David Plouffe gets $50,000 per speech.

    As the Post reports:

    Since Plouffe’s speeches, MTN Group has come under intensified scrutiny from U.S. authorities because of its activities in Iran and Syria, which are under international sanctions intended to limit the countries’ access to sensitive technology. At the time of Plouffe’s speeches, MTN had been in a widely reported partnership for five years with a state-owned Iranian telecommunications firm.

    There were no legal or ethical restrictions on Plouffe being paid to speak to the MTN subsidiary as a private citizen. But for a close Obama aide to have accepted payment from a company involved in Iran could prove troublesome for the president as the White House toughens its stance toward the Islamic republic. In recent weeks, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has accused the administration of being soft on Iran.

    If you want to argue that the Obama administration’s policies towards Iran are soft because of a speech that David Plouffe gave in 2010 to a South African company, you can go ahead and do that. I think the simpler explanation is that President Obama is the man who declared in a Democratic presidential debate that he was willing to meet with Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without preconditions. This is not a man with gut-level revulsion for the Iranian regime, which announced its worldview and intent to the world by taking Americans hostage and parading them before television cameras, which spent the following decades becoming the preeminent state sponsor of terror and blew up 19 U.S. Airmen in Khobar Towers in 1996. President Obama is a man who really does believe, or did believe, that America and Iran could “get past” previous acts of mass murder and come to a peaceful agreement.

    No, the bigger story out of the Plouffe speeches is that President Obama, who campaigned so passionately against what he called the “revolving door” between the highest levels of government and the lobbying/influence business, has absolutely no problem with it when his friends do it.

    The White House assures us that Plouffe merely went to speak to the company about “mobile technology and digital communications.” It was merely his technical expertise, and not his connection to the president, that spurred MTN Group to spend $100,000, and probably about $5,000-$10,000 on air fare (how likely is it that Plouffe flew coach, or had many layovers?) and more on lodging.

    Now, how many speeches are worth $110,000 to a company? What could President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager have to say about “mobile technology and digital communications” that would create $110,000 in value to a telecommunications company?

    Perhaps Plouffe really is that smart. Or perhaps what made him worth the expense was his relationship to the president – and perhaps MTN Group, like many large international business, felt it would be good to have friends in high places. Friends in high places are often for sale once the campaigns end or they leave government work. It’s all legal, both sides do it, and attempting to ban it would probably create more problems than it solves. (For example, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle provides “strategic advice on public policy matters” to a law firm that is one of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington, but he insists that he does not lobby.)

    Government work and campaign work often don’t pay very well. But those who choose that path can develop relationships with powerful people – and thus, once a campaign or government worker has built up enough solid relationships with powerful lawmakers, they can cash in on the decades of effort with highly-compensated “totally not a lobbyist” jobs like Daschle’s, or through extremely well-compensated speaking gigs like Plouffe. Again, both sides do it.

    But as a candidate, Obama explicitly and loudly denounced this phenomenon, and he ran ads on it: “The chairman of the committee who pushed the law through went to work for the pharmaceutical industry, making $2 million a year. Imagine that! That’s an example of the same-old game playing in Washington. I don’t want to play the game better, I want to put an end to the game-playing.”

    Of course, since then, we’ve seen this bold opposition and determination reach its expiration date. This was one of the first promises that PolitiFact declared explicitly “broken”:

    Obama’s ethics proposals specifically spelled out that former lobbyists would not be allowed to “work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years.” On his first full day in office, Obama signed an executive order to that effect. But the order has a loophole — a “waiver” clause that allows former lobbyists to serve. That waiver clause has been used at least three times, and in some cases, the administration allows former lobbyists to serve without a waiver. After examining the administration’s actions for the past two months, we have concluded that Obama has broken this promise.

    More than 40 lobbyists served or serve in top-level positions within the Obama administration.

    Top lobbyists are among those who visit the White House most frequently. And we’ve seen that in order to avoid meetings with lobbyists showing up in the White House logs, Obama staffers meet with them at the Caribou Coffee just down the street from the White House. There’s your reform, lobbyists; under Obama, the staffers come closer to you.

    Obama proudly declares he doesn’t accept donations from lobbyists… so the lobbyists give to the DNC, which runs ads on behalf of Obama.

    President Obama is very pleased with a slipshod illusion of reform. Deals like MTN Group’s one with Plouffe reveal what he really thinks of “the same-old game playing in Washington.”

  179. Obama got beat again…..

    Obama Campaign/DNC Fund reporting it raised over $75-million in July. Compares to $101-million raised by Romney/ RNC.

  180. moononpluto
    August 6th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Obama got beat again…..

    Obama Campaign/DNC Fund reporting it raised over $75-million in July. Compares to $101-million raised by Romney/ RNC.


    😆 MADE MY DAY!!! 😆

  181. Joe Biden Takes Another Week Off! (The Dumping rumors gather pace)


    According to his official White House schedule, “The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will be in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. There are no public events scheduled.” Just one month ago, Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, took the week of July 4 to vacation. That vacation was also spent at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

    Biden’s second week-long vacation in as many months is likely to fuel speculation that President Barack Obama is considering dropping the veteran politician from the ticket this election. Biden’s frequent errors and gaffes in office and on the campaign trail have been the source of much consternation for the Obama administration, and have resulted in strong calls for Biden to be dropped from the ticket.

    The decision of whether Biden will again be nominated to be Obama’s vice president has not been made official, though Democratic officials have so far been quick to shut down any such rumors that he might be dropped.

    Nevertheless, Biden’s absence–again–might fuel speculation that Obama could be better helped by picking another vice presidential candidate.

    The November election is just three months away.


    Would they dare…yeah they probably would. The only scenario i can think of is that Biden has been moved to speak before Obama on the Thursday, which is unusual. Also that Bill Clinton spot the day before usually is the VP spot, is it really for Bill or is he really there to just introduce someone else……….? Please God No.

  182. Here’s the clip about the book from that blog.

    It’s not what he’s done
    It’s about what he’s going to do next

  183. Just ckd in- the weather is so oppressive have to get errands done early before we can no longer breathe.

    August 5th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    @ BASIL99 & Mrs. Smith

    I have an advance copy of “Fool Me Twice” by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott. What you are seeing in the green movement is the agenda moving forward. The documentation is superb. I highly suggest you pick up a copy. It is chilling.

    McN- I haven’t done a review of the book because it isn’t officially available to the public until tomorrow, the 7th.. so I wanted to wait at least another week giving people time to read and process the book then discuss it here chapter by chapter. The book is that intense.

    McNorman, I use Pumas Unleashed as an archive resource more than a posting site. To me this is Obama Central open for discussion where hundreds of readers get the latest CORRECT information about what is going on in DC.

    I will promote the book on my site Pumas Unleashed again tomorrow as it will officially be available in hard cover and Kindle to all. The Kindle price is, I believe $7.99..

    The information contained in this book is so revealing and startling I can barely look at or listen to videos of Obama on mainstream or read Big Media’s headlines of how much money he has Fund Raised (stolen) from Americans who continue to believe, unaware Obama is set to bury them in debt by Taxing them to Death.

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