News That Alarms Us; News That Makes Us Smile

This is the type of news that worries and alarms us:

“Senior Mitt Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie said the campaign has a “no whining rule” when it comes to media coverage of the presidential race.

We have a ‘no whining’ rule in Boston about coverage in the media,” Gillespie told “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday. “We just deal with the facts.”

Republicans have long complained about a liberal bias in the mainstream media, and frustrations have been voiced in this cycle about soft coverage of President Obama and tough coverage of Romney.

Conservatives have also criticized a possible bias in polls that show Obama building a lead over Romney in several key swing states. President Obama has posted noticeable gains in most recent polling, which is magnified by the fact the race had been almost completely static ahead of the conventions.

In a post titled “Media double standards,” Washington Post conservative writer Jennifer Rubin on Wednesday criticized a lack of media outrage over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) comments that Romney had “sullied” Mormonism.

Rubin also said coverage of Obama’s remarks this week that violence in the Middle East represented “bumps in the road” was soft and showed a bias. “Media double standards are nothing new, but it seems that nothing will provoke more exacting coverage of the president,” she wrote.

Gillespie on Wednesday echoed an argument made by some conservatives in recent weeks that polling sample sizes are disproportionately weighted to include too many Democrats.”

This is a no whining zone also. No one is proposing that the Romney campaign “whine”. But we do think it is imperative that the Romney campaign recognize that Big Media is the threat. Big Media will protect Barack Obama and unless Mitt Romney overcomes that bias we are all going “forward” – into the abyss.

It’s good that in the same interview Gillespie discussed the skewed polls but this has to be part of a narrative and most certainly not a “whine”. Gillespie had this to say about the polls:

“It is not consistent with our polling,” Gillespie said. “In every single one of them they have a Democratic voter participation that is higher than the Democratic voter participation in 2008, I don’t know anyone on the ground in any of these swing states that believe there will be a higher percentage of the electorate in 2012 than 2008, and yet in every single one of these surveys there’s a higher percentage. Which explains, by the way, how Romney could be tied or leading among independents in these polls, and then losing the net poll to President Obama — it does not make sense.”

Sorry girlfriend, it makes perfect sense if you consider that Big Media is in the bag sniffing the Hopium for Obama. The problem is not just the skewed polls. The problem is Big Media and Mitt Romney’s campaign better stop whining about those of us who are alarmed at the lack of urgency in their tepid narrative which allows Big Media to write the narrative to Romney’s detriment.

Which polls are, or aren’t, legitimate? For those worried about the polls it is well to remember that the best polling of 2008 came from Rasmussen. You don’t need to “whine” about skewed polls, but just cite to Rasmussen and declare why: Rasmussen was the most consistent and reliable polling in 2008.

Some Republicans understand the nature of the skewed polls. A smart reliable analyst is Jay Cost who discusses the evidence of polls being skewed:

“One important “tell” in my opinion, is this president’s continued weak position with independent voters, who remain the true swing vote.

Obama’s average overall margin over Romney in these same polls is roughly 4 percent. Bottom line: You do not get a four-point lead overall with a tie among independents, unless you are squeezing substantially more votes out of your base than your opponent is. And more generally, you are not “winning” an election in any meaningful sense of the word when 3/5ths of unaffiliated voters are either undecided or against you.

So, I see two ways the polls are tilted in favor of the president.

First, many of the polls are guessing that Democrats are set to turn out at levels that match or sometimes exceed 2008. Take two examples – recent polls in Ohio and Florida. I’ve included the 2008 and 2004 exit polls as a baseline for consideration. [snip]

If it comes down to whether or not this will be a repeat of 2008 — which is basically what the latter camp of pollsters is suggesting — then my money is on no. Of course, it is possible that I am wrong. I have no crystal ball looking forward. All I can do is look back through history, where I see on average a nationwide Democratic identification edge of about 3 points, which is also roughly the midpoint between 2004 and 2008. That is my guess about 2012. It is an informed guess, but it is still a guess. If I’m right, then Rasmussen, Purple Poll, Mason-Dixon, and Survey USA are closer to the mark. But I could be wrong, in which case Fox, PPP andWashington Post are closer to the mark.

Importantly, the pollsters are guessing, too. They are guessing via the myriad of choices they make about when to poll, whom to poll, and how to poll. By Election Day, polling will be much more “scientific” than it is today; but now there is quite a bit of “art.” That’s how we wind up with two points of convergence, instead of just one. [snip]

Second major point: There is a subtler dimension to this Democratic polling advantage, one that nevertheless exercises a powerful effect on the margins between the two candidates. And it looks to apply to most of the polls, at least for the time being. It has to do with how tight of control the two sides have over their own coalitions. For instance, a recent Rasmussen poll had Romney winning 85 percent of Republicans, and Obama winning 11 percent. So, we might say that Romney is pulling a net of 74 percent from his own side. [snip]

As we can see, Obama has tighter control over his base at the moment. Now, the difference may seem insubstantial, but I assure you it is not. After all, this is a race that will see the two sides separated at most by 5 points, so this basically gives the president a one-point boost over Romney, simply by virtue of having a more unified base.

But is this historically accurate? Not really. In fact, over the last forty years, Republican candidatess [sic] have consistently had tighter control over their base than their Democratic counterparts. [snip]

In other words, the above national polls give Obama a 3.6 percent edge over Romney; if the two bases fall back into historical alignment, then that lead would be cut to about 1.5 percent. [snip]

Final thought: As I mentioned earlier, a big “tell” here is that Obama cannot build any kind of a lead among independent voters. That suggests to me that his advantage is built entirely on Democratic enthusiasm, which right now is above its historical trends and clearly on a post-DNC bump. Nobody in the postwar era has won the presidency by carrying less than 49 percent of independents, and Obama is quite a ways below that mark, even if some polls show him at or above 50 percent nationwide and in the key swing states.”

But enough on the polls. Some more alarming news: Today was the most sacred day on the Jewish Calendar, Yom Kippur. At the United Nations the featured speaker was Holocaust denier Mahmood Ahmadinejad. To this insulting outrage there there was silence, not a word of protest to change the schedule, from Barack Obama.

We’re not alone in being alarmed by recent events at the United Nations.

At the United Nations General Assembly it was stated by Obama: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”. Is English the native language of Barack Obama. Does Barack Obama understand the meaning of “slander”?

“Slander” is “defamation; calumny: rumors full of slander, a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report: a slander against his good name.” Someone who does not believe Mohammad to be “The Prophet” and all that goes with that is conceivably “slandering” Mohammad. Is Obama saying that we all have to convert to Islam and that the “the future most not belong to those” who do not believe Mohammad to be what/who believers in Islam believe him to be?

Something that make us smile is Mitt Romney moving in the needed direction. On Libya Mitt Romney has to build the narrative of the disasters Obama has spawned. Mitt Romney is getting there although we want a lot more of this = Romney on Libya: Why doesn’t Obama want the American people to know what happened?

“He doesn’t use the phrase “cover up” — but Ryan does, in saying that it’s up to Americans to decide why The One is reluctant to use the word “terrorism” to describe what happened in Benghazi even though some of his underlings aren’t. And yes, this talking point is officially part of the Romney/Ryan message on the trail today. CNN asked the same question that Carl Cameron did and got a similar answer:

When pressed on whether he stood by the attack, Romney said, “I’m not sure which developments in the Middle East he would consider bumps in the road.”

He then suggested the Obama administration was trying to hide the truth behind what really happened in Benghazi.

“The White House’s failure to acknowledge that – that the assassination of our ambassador was a terrorist attack, a terrorist event – suggests that they are trying to paper over the seriousness of what’s happening in the Middle East,” Romney told CNN.

Cameron actually gives Mitt an opportunity to go for the throat at 3:15 by asking whether he thinks Obama’s “bumps in the road” comment is a case of him misunderstanding the Middle East or a knowing attempt to minimize what’s happened there this month to cover his own ass. Romney’s answer: It’s proof that Obama misunderstands. Not sure I’d have gone the same route but that fits, at least, with the thrust of Mitt’s message that O’s in over his head on all things presidential. More of this, please — while bearing in mind Ace’s point that the economy is still the silver bullet here.”

A long time ago we wrote that Obama was not qualified to be president. It’s gotten much worse now. The views he is acting on are dangerous and add up to appeasement if not outright collaboration. Barack Obama’s focus on the “video” as a source of agitation is absolutely incorrect. The problem is the hatred of “freedom” that Islamist terrorists espouse.

Freedom will not be curtailed by Islamist terrorists however. Daniel Pipes in a recent article advocated a purposeful printing of cartoons of Mohammad until Islamist feigned outrage will have to occupy 24 hours of every day of their lives. Daniel Pipes might get more than cartoons:

“Is Islam’s prophet Muhammad to have more screen time?
A prohibition on depicting him has long been sacrosanct, but then came ‘Innocence of the Muslims.’ And two ex-Muslim filmmakers are seeking to develop biopics.

Botros is closely associated with several of the individuals behind “Innocence of Muslims,” and the filmmaker, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is a devout follower.

A second film in preproduction is the work of Ali Sina, an atheist raised Muslim in Iran. A prominent critic of Islam, he maintains websites that promote what he calls “the truth” about the religion.

To date he says he has raised $2 million from Southern California investors for the film, which does not yet have a title but will portray the prophet as a cult leader in the vein of David Koresh or Jim Jones. He hopes to raise a total of $10 million, he said, and begin filming next year.

Now a resident of Canada, Sina began contemplating a biopic about Muhammad a decade ago, but stepped up his effort in the last two years as technological advances made it feasible to circumvent government censors and wary exhibitors.

“We can bypass theaters completely and sell the movie online with a profit to a large number of people, especially Muslims,” Sina said. “They can download it and watch it even if they are living in Karachi or Mecca or Medina.”

The outrage is already outrageous over the very “idea” of these films:

“Reactions to the films, if they are ever finished, are likely to be severe.

This is crossing a line,” said Akbar Ahmed, a former Pakistani ambassador to the United Kingdom and now professor of Islamic studies at American University. “If there is an actor physically portraying Muhammad, there will be a violent reaction.”

Why is Islam not mocked just like any religion? Violence. The movie 2012 did not depict the destruction of Mecca because of the fear of violence. The hypocrite and cowardly filmmakers of 2012 showed Christian sites and other sites sacred to other religions being destroyed in their disaster epic but Islam was protected. It’s not the first time:

“In 2006, Comedy Central refused to air an episode of “South Park” because it depicted Muhammad, and four years later New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art acknowledged that it had removed all paintings and sculptures with images of the prophet — some centuries old — from public display for fear of inciting protest.”

These images at the Metropolitan Museum of Art have existed for centuries but only now do Islamist terrorists get their way because of the cowards and hypocrites who love every nasty story directed against Catholics, Christians, and Jews.

Cowardice and appeasement are Obama hallmarks too and they all will get us all killed.

Enough ugliness. Let’s get some happy news. For a long time we have advised Republicans/conservatives to stay focused on Barack Obama and not go E/I on Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton. We know that recently Bill Clinton especially has given Republicans/conservatives reason to get distracted from Barack Obama and instead indulge their hate of the Clintons. But smart Republicans/conservatives are staying focused on Barack Obama and using Hillary Clinton as the “secret weapon”.

Evidence of I/E Republicans using Hillary Clinton as a “secret weapon” against Barack Obama comes from a website owned by the Republican National Committee. The website states “How To View The Obama Presidency Hillary Clinton Meets With 8 World Leaders” and contrast that (in photographs) with Obama’s high level summit meeting with the ladies of The View.

Newt Gingrich, who forced through the impeachment of Bill Clinton and has no love for Hillary or Bill appeared yesterday on the Greta Van Susteren show. Gingrich stayed focused on Barack Obama and deployed the “secret weapon”.

Newt Gngrich had much to say:

“[Obama] really is like the substitute [National Football League] referees in the sense that he’s not a real president,” Gingrich told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Tuesday night. “He doesn’t do anything that presidents do, he doesn’t worry about any of the things the presidents do, but he has the White House, he has enormous power, and he’ll go down in history as the president, and I suspect that he’s pretty contemptuous of the rest of us.”

 [snip]



Gingrich called Obama a “false president,” saying he has a propensity to shirk his duties.



“This is a man who in an age of false celebrity-hood is sort of the perfect president, because he’s a false president,” he said. “He’s a guy that doesn’t do the president’s job.”



Gingrich questioned whether Obama has the stamina and desire to be president.



“You have to wonder what he’s doing,” Gingrich continued. “I’m assuming that there’s some rhythm to Barack Obama that the rest of us don’t understand. Whether he needs large amounts of rest, whether he needs to go play basketball for a while or watch ESPN, I mean, I don’t quite know what his rhythm is, but this is a guy that is a brilliant performer as an orator, who may very well get reelected at the present date, and who, frankly, he happens to be a partial, part-time president.”

Good to see Gingrich call Obama a “false president” – for a long time we have declared this “The Age of Fake.”

Newt Gingrich also had this to say about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, which is right on target:

“There’s a huge difference. Hillary Clinton is a serious person. Barack Obama is an ambitious person. They’re very different personalities. Hillary Clinton actually gets up every day thinking about public policy. Barack Obama gets up every day thinking about Barack Obama.”

Newt Gingrich understands narrative and the need to communicate urgency as well as the toxic role of Big Media in today’s politics. Listen to Newt, Mitt.

[The Gingrich video may be seen here and it is worth the full 15 minute watch: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/on-the-record/index.html#/v/1861429922001/gingrichs-take-obama-at-un-snubs-bumps-and-more/?playlist_id=86925 ]



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202 thoughts on “News That Alarms Us; News That Makes Us Smile

  1. Wbboei posted this last night before Chaos struck:

    Admin: Stan Kurtz believes the Rommey strategy is changing. Previously, it targeted the waivering 2008 voter, focused on the narrow question are you better off than you were four years ago, and ignored the damage done by a vicious anti American media. The new strategy will be more ideological, aimed at Obama’s head, and arguing how the path which Obama has charted is what Hayek called the road to serfdom. If this is done with the right tone, and persistence it could be a game changer. But in order to succeed he needs to dump Gillespie. That man is a serious liablity to any Republican campaign and a boon to the opposition.
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    Romney’s New Strategy
    By Stanley Kurtz
    September 25, 2012 9:59 P.M.
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    By kicking off his Ohio bus tour with an unusually blunt attack on Obama’s big-government philosophy, Mitt Romney appears to have adopted a new strategy. Romney described Obama’s vision of government as “entirely foreign to anything this nation has ever known.” He decried ”a larger government, taking more and more, intruding in your relationship with your doctor, investing, so to speak, in companies, picking winners and losers, or in his case, losers.” Then came the biggest applause line: “That is not the America I know. That is not the America that built Ohio.”
    Romney’s attacks on Obama’s 1998 remarks about redistribution could have been dismissed as an effort to divert attention from the 47 percent flap. Today’s Ohio campaign-speech appears to signal a more serious pivot. This is how Romney has chosen to open his tour of the ultimate battleground state. Gone is Obama the likable guy in over his head. Now we have Obama the transformative ideologue. You don’t need to screen clips from 2016, or even bring up European social democracy, to make the point.
    Romney’s earlier strategy of depending on reminders of Obama’s failed economic stewardship to gently wean voters away from Obama wasn’t crazy. Why alienate that thin sliver of Obama-sympathetic undecideds by making them feel like fools for having supported the president in the first place? Yet that framing made the election a choice between blaming Obama for our economic troubles or cutting him some slack for having been handed such a bad situation to begin with.
    This new strategy changes things. By highlighting Obama’s transformative policies, Romney gives voters a way to make sense of Obama’s role in our economic woes. This is how the 2010 election was won. Yes, the economy was bad back in 2010, but that alone can’t explain the GOP’s sweeping off-year victory. If a bad economy by itself was enough to account for 2010, Romney would be ahead right now.
    The secret to the big Republican win in 2010 was the connection voters made between the bad economy and Obama’s ambitious policies. The stimulus hadn’t worked as promised and was pushing us into bankruptcy. Health -care reform distracted Obama from the jobs battle, broke the bank, and paralyzed small business. Voters blamed Obama s’ high-profile policies for the bad economy in 2010, and that’s why Republicans won.
    Since losing the House, Obama has been forced to work his transformative ways via regulation: suspending work on the Keystone pipeline, pushing for cap-and-trade through the EPA, not protesting when his hand-picked NLRB blocked Boeing’s move to South Carolina, gutting the work requirements of welfare reform, and so on. By highlighting these concrete moves, and linking them to both Obama’s philosophy and the bad economy, Romney can convince undecided voters that Obama is to blame for our troubles.
    A sharper case against Obama may risk putting off some undecideds, but may also convince those who’d been inclined to cut Obama some slack that the economy isn’t just a terrible muddle that no president could figure out. On the contrary, it’s a problem Obama’s big-government policies have made worse. None of this will surprise conservatives, of course. But thanks to the mainstream media, voters who are still undecided at this point may never have heard the case for Obama’s role in mucking up the economy. You can’t make that case without implicitly or explicitly invoking Obama’s ideology.
    Obama’s own strategy plays into this. The president is running a much more openly left-leaning campaign than Democrats typically do. “You didn’t build that” was no fluke. It was embedded in a “we’re all in this together” communitarian narrative that pushes Obama’s big-government aspirations out into the open.
    Obama’s “personal” attacks on Romney are ideological too. Painting Romney as a heartless, tax-dodging, big-businessman is a way of painting capitalism as the source of our troubles. It’s not enough to parry this by simply retelling Romney’s impressive history of generosity, compassion, and kindness. Romney needs an implicitly ideological narrative capable of countering Obama’s own implicitly left-ideological campaign.
    Romney’s new narrative also happens to be true, a real advantage. Once you itemize Obama’s big government ploys, voters will get it. Obama’s aspirations for government’s role in the economy really are unprecedented.
    We can’t say for certain that Romney will keep at it, but the intensity of his attacks on Obama today do seem to indicate a new strategy. I think it’s a good idea.

  2. He was right, and I did not think I would ever say that about Newt.

    Hillary not only get up thinking about public policy, but worrying about the American People, and how she can help the American People. O gets up thinking about him self, and not worrying about us but if he can get a T time, or how much money he can raise, and how he could possible put it in his own pocket.

    The Clinton’s ended Bill’s 2nd term not all that rich.

  3. I saw part of the interview by the world’s most renown author, Rowlings. She came through very genuine. Her new book, released today is already number one on the best sellers list. She knows what it is like to be poor and on welfare. I was amazed at her truthful discussion on this, and how difficult it was for her to accept the fact that she had become wealth. When wealth people talk to her at functions, she feels like 10 years ago they would not have given her the time of day. I have never been a Harry Potter fan. However, I think this novel of hers will prove to be better than the Potter books. I really loved how truthful she was. She is a person who really understand what it is like to struggle.

    I wish her well in her new writing adventure.

  4. This does tell you something about the state of races but also the state of the whole state, look where DCCC is calling off advertising….also remember what i said about Pennsylvania 12th district, strong conservative democrat area that went 49/49 split in 2008. Obama losing in a big Dem district and the DCCC now cutting off funds to the race…….

    DCCC Moving TV Resources to More Competitive Races

    House Democrats shifted resources away from six races as the party continues to move money to more promising targets.

    According to two sources who monitor ad buys, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee cut its reservations in the following GOP-leaning House districts during the week of Oct. 9:

    Florida’s 16th district, where the DCCC originally reserved $229,800 in the Tampa market. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.
    Indiana’s 2nd district, where the DCCC originally booked $56,300 in the South Bend market. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.
    North Dakota’s at-large open seat, where the DCCC originally reserved $76,600 in the Fargo market. Roll Call rates this race as Likely Republican.
    Ohio’s 10th district, where the DCCC originally reserved $66,100 in the Dayton market. This is the committee’s second cancellation in this market in as many weeks. Roll Call rates this race as Safe Republican.
    Virginia’s 2nd district, where the DCCC originally reserved $77,700 in the Norfolk market. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.
    The DCCC trimmed — but did not cancel — in Pennsylvania’s 12th district, where Rep. Mark Critz (D) is in a tough race. The committee plans to continue with $160,000 worth of advertisements that week. Roll Call rates this race as a Tossup.

    The DCCC shifted resources to target the following House races instead:

    Rep. Dan Lungren’s (R) race in California’s 7th district. Roll Call rates this race as a Tossup.
    Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle’s (R) race in New York’s 24th district. Roll Call rates this race as a Tossup.
    Rep. Bill Johnson’s (R) race in Ohio’s 6th district. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.
    The open-seat race for retiring Rep. Timothy Johnson’s (R) seat in Illinois’ 13th district. Roll Call rates this race as Leans Republican.
    Rep. Mike McIntyre’s (D) race in North Carolina’s 7th district. Roll Call rates this race as a Tossup.

    Democrats pointed out the National Republican Congressional Committee has not reserved any airtime during the same week in the districts where the DCCC is pulling back reservations. But the cancellations come just a few days after the DCCC pulled additional reservations in North Carolina and Florida races.

    http://atr.rollcall.com/dccc-moving-tv-resources-to-more-competitive-races/

  5. MoonOnPluto, Yikes! If that story holds, Warren is going to be in deeper trouble. Soon the song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” will be used against her. the Scott Brown people, or whoever dug this out, are doing a lot of oppo research.

  6. Elizabeth Warren, looking like a fake indian, a fake lawyer and a big fat hypocrite. Its Coakley all over again.

  7. Warren has been such a surprise and shock in some respects. She makes look Obama competent that he didn’t appoint her as the head of the agency she helped create. If nothing else Obama minions are very good at oppo research and may have dug up all the stuff about her. They vet everybody else but nobody vets him.

  8. Monday will be the interesting day, it is the day that all pollsters will shift to the LV model, anyone who does’nt, forget about them.

    Rasmussen has already announced that from Mon 1st Oct, they will only show the LV model they use including leaners which currently stands at 47% each.

    Any poll from Mon that does not use the LV model, do not use it.

  9. Good morning all.

    Glad to see admin back, I was worried the Obot gremlins got to this site.

    BTW, this is a repost, but since the Obot MSM is positively jumping for joy in peddling for their Messiah, I thought I would post this link. Check out that SEEBS/NYT poll, the difference between registered voters and the actual current likely polling sample.
    And even worse, they use a higher skew of dems more than 2008!

    Absolutely laughable.
    http://datechguyblog.com/2012/09/26/i-think-i-think-it-is-probably-unlikely/

  10. and then Hugh Hewitt(HH) interviews the head guy for the poll(PB), check this out…

    “HH: Well, a lot of us look at a nine point advantage in Florida, and we say we know that to be the polling equivalent of pornography. Why am I wrong?

    PB: Because what we found when we made the actual calls is this kind of party ID.

    HH: Do you expect Democrats, this is a different question, do you, Peter Brown, expect Democrats to have a nine point registration advantage when the polls close on November 6th in Florida?

    PB: Well, first, you don’t mean registration.

    HH: I mean, yeah, turnout.

    PB: Do I think…I think it is probably unlikely. “

    LOL.

  11. NewMexicoFan
    September 27th, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I agree with you. Ms. Rowlings gave a subperb set of interviews when her book was shooting up the charts, a very strong lady, and she went on in that interview to say, yes she was temporarily on welfare while writing the book, but how the MSM wanted to embellish it for their own storytelling of her life.

    She seems like someone who would not take a lot of guff from anyone. a selfmade woman but also a confident one who doesn’t put on airs nor play the victim. I’ll try to find the interview, this was before the movies came out, the books were popular for a long time before the rights to the movie were bought.

  12. OMG, the media may actually be taking Obama to task over Libya and WaPo has started it rolling.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/morning-examiner-obamas-libya-lies-crumble/article/2509174?custom_click=rss

    Morning Examiner: Obama’s Libya lies crumble

    We seemed to have reached a tipping point in the liberal media’s coverage of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. This morning, The Washington Post has published to the web a devastating timeline of Obama administration statements on the attack that clearly demonstrate Obama has been lying about the incident for political gain from day one. The Post writes:

    In any kind of confused overseas event, initial reports are often wrong. But the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including the ambassador, is a case study of how an administration can carefully keep the focus as long as possible on one storyline — and then turn on a dime when it is no longer tenable.

    For political reasons, it certainly was in the White House’s interests to not portray the attack as a terrorist incident, especially one that took place on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Instead the administration kept the focus on what was ultimately a red herring — anger in the Arab world over anti-Muslim video posted on You Tube. With key phrases and message discipline, the administration was able to conflate an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt — which apparently was prompted by the video — with the deadly assault in Benghazi.

    President Obama appears to be the only member of his administration still sticking to the original lie that the Benghazi attack was prompted by a video. The head of Obama’s National Counterterrorism Center, White House Spokesman Jay Carney, and even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have all admitted that the Benghazi attack was terrorism. But there was Obama Tuesday in the United Nations, droning about the initial YouTube cover story. He’s going to have to admit his video cover story is false eventually. If not now, then definitely in the debate next week. And when he does, he will face a slew of related questions. The Wall Street Journal sums up:

    Imagine the uproar if, barely a month before Election Day, the Bush Administration had responded to a terrorist strike—on Sept. 11 no less—in this fashion. Obfuscating about what happened. Refusing to acknowledge that clear security warnings were apparently ignored. Then trying to shoot the messengers who bring these inconvenient truths to light in order to talk about anything but a stunning and deadly attack on U.S. sovereign territory.

    Four Americans lost their lives in Benghazi in a terrorist attack that evidence suggests should have been anticipated and might have been stopped. Rather than accept responsibility, the Administration has tried to stonewall and blame others. Congress should call hearings to hold someone accountable for this debacle.

    If Congress does not hold Obama accountable, eventually the American people will.

  13. Bad news for Bambi day……

    Obama’s economy: Q2 GDP just got revised downward from 1.7 to 1.3 — a 40 percent drop

  14. WaPo

    “We are still doing an investigation.”
    — President Obama, Sept. 25, 2012
    In any kind of confused overseas event, initial reports are often wrong. But the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including the ambassador, is a case study of how an administration can carefully keep the focus as long as possible on one storyline — and then turn on a dime when it is no longer tenable.
    For political reasons, it certainly was in the White House’s interests to not portray the attack as a terrorist incident, especially one that took place on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Instead the administration kept the focus on what was ultimately a red herring — anger in the Arab world over anti-Muslim video posted on You Tube. With key phrases and message discipline, the administration was able to conflate an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt — which apparently was prompted by the video — with the deadly assault in Benghazi.
    Officials were also able to dismiss pointed questions by referring to an ongoing investigation.
    Ultimately, when the head of the National Counterterrorism Center was asked pointblank on Capitol Hill whether it was a an act of terror — and he agreed — the administration talking points began to shift. (Tough news reporting — as well as statements by Libya’s president — also played a role.) Yet President Obama himself resisted using the “t” word, even as late as Tuesday, while keeping the focus on the video in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
    On Wednesday, however, White House spokesman Jay Carney acknowledged also that Obama himself believes the attack was terrorism — and more than two weeks after the attack the Rubicon finally was crossed.
    As a reader service, we have compiled a comprehensive timeline of administration statements, showing the evolution in talking points, with key phrases highlighted in bold. Many readers sent suggestions for this timeline, for which we are deeply grateful.
    We will leave it to readers to reach their own conclusions on whether this is merely the result of the fog of war and diplomacy — or a deliberate effort to steer the storyline away from more politically damaging questions. After all, in a competitive election, two weeks is a lifetime.

  15. this is a day Romney can economically murder Obama by getting on the news and explaining this to people.

    Seriously folks, this is serious downward shit, make no mistake about it.

    Wonder what the unemployment figures will come in as, will we get the trifecta.

  16. A key measure of the economy, especially in manufacturing, just had the bottom fall out. Orders for durable goods dropped 13.2% in August, the worst decrease in almost four years, and a large signal that the American economy is diving into a recession:

    New orders for manufactured durable goods in August decreased $30.1 billion or 13.2 percent to $198.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down following three consecutive monthly increases, was the largest decrease since January 2009 and followed a 3.3 percent July increase. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 1.6 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 12.4 percent. Transportation equipment, down following four consecutive monthly increases, had the largest decrease, $27.8 billion or 34.9 percent to $51.9 billion.

    The news was even worse for capital goods, indicating that businesses have stopped investing in themselves:

    Nondefense new orders for capital goods in August decreased $18.5 billion or 24.3 percent to $57.7 billion. Shipments decreased $1.2 billion or 1.7 percent to $69.5 billion. Unfilled orders decreased $11.9 billion or 2.0 percent to $580.5 billion. Inventories increased $1.5 billion or 0.9 percent to $171.9 billion. Defense new orders for capital goods in August decreased $4.1 billion or 40.1 percent to $6.1 billion. Shipments decreased $0.1 billion or 1.7 percent to $8.1 billion. Unfilled orders decreased $2.0 billion or 1.2 percent to $165.6 billion. Inventories increased $0.4 billion or 1.8 percent to $21.4 billion.

  17. Obama convenes economic advisors David Letterman, Barbara Walters, and Madonna at Jay-Z’s 18 foot tower of champagne.

  18. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows both President Obama and Mitt Romney attracting support from 46% of voters nationwide. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. See daily tracking history.

    When “leaners” are included, it’s tied at 48% apiece. Leaners are those who are initially uncommitted to the two leading candidates but lean towards one of them when asked a follow-up question. Beginning October 1, Rasmussen Reports will be basing its daily updates solely upon the results including leaners.

  19. Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on Obama family last year, perks questioned in new book

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/26/taxpayers-spent-1-4-billion-on-obama-family-last-year-perks-questioned-in-new-book/#ixzz27g5t9Cy2

    Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks.

    In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family.

    Author Robert Keith Gray writes in “Presidential Perks Gone Royal” that Obama isn’t the only president to have taken advantage of the expensive trappings of his office. But the amount of money spent on the first family, he argues, has risen tremendously under the Obama administration and needs to be reined in.

    Gray told The Daily Caller that the $1.4 billion spent on the Obama family last year is the “total cost of the presidency,” factoring the cost of the “biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever,” a 50 percent increase in the numbers of appointed czars and an Air Force One “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line.”

    “The most concerning thing, I think, is the use of taxpayer funds to actually abet his re-election,” Gray, who worked in the Eisenhower administration and for other Republican presidents, said in an interview with TheDC on Wednesday.

    “The press has been so slow in picking up on this extraordinary increase in the president’s expenses,” Gray told TheDC.

    Specifically, Gray said taxpayer dollars are subsidizing Obama’s re-election effort when he uses Air Force One to jet across the country campaigning.

    read on…………………

  20. WSJ: The more we learn, the more Benghazi looks like a gross security failure

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444180004578018534242887950.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    In his United Nations speech on Tuesday, President Obama talked about the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and declared that “there should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice.” What he didn’t say is how relentless he’ll be in tracking down the security lapses and intelligence failures that contributed to the murders. Let’s say there’s some doubt about that.

    None of the initial explanations offered by the White House and State Department since the assault on the Benghazi consulate has held up. First the Administration blamed protests provoked by an amateurish anti-Islam clip posted on YouTube. Cue Susan Rice, the U.N. Ambassador and leading candidate for Secretary of State in a second Obama term: “What happened initially was that it was a spontaneous reaction . . . as a consequence of the video, that people gathered outside the embassy and then it grew very violent.”

    Administration officials also maintained that the diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt, the site of the first attacks this September 11, were properly defended and that the U.S. had no reason to prepare for any attack. “The office of the director of National Intelligence has said we have no actionable intelligence that an attack on our post in Benghazi was planned or imminent,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week, calling the security measures in place there “robust.”

    Cell phone video footage and witness testimony from Benghazi soon undercut the Administration trope of an angry march “hijacked” by a few bad people. As it turned out, the assault was well-coordinated, with fighters armed with guns, RPGs and diesel canisters, which were used to set the buildings on fire. Ambassador Chris Stevens died of smoke inhalation. Briefing Congress, the Administration changed its story and said the attacks were pre-planned and linked to al Qaeda.

    You’d think this admission would focus attention on why the compound was so vulnerable to begin with. But the Administration wants to avoid this conversation. The removal of all staff from Benghazi, including a large component of intelligence officers, would also seem to hinder their ability to investigate the attacks and bring the killers to justice.

    Journalists have stayed on the case, however, and their reporting is filling in the Administration’s holes. On Friday, our WSJ colleagues showed that starting in spring, U.S. intelligence had been worried about radical militias in eastern Libya. These armed groups helped topple Moammar Ghadhafi last year but weren’t demobilized as a new government has slowly found its legs. As we’ve noted since last winter, the waning of American and European interest in Libya could have dangerous consequences.

    Deteriorating security was no secret. On April 10, for example, an explosive device was thrown at a convoy carrying U.N. envoy Ian Martin. On June 6, an improvised explosive device exploded outside the U.S. consulate. In late August, State warned American citizens who were planning to travel to Libya about the threat of assassinations and car bombings.

    Despite all this, U.S. diplomatic missions had minimal security. Officials told the Journal that the Administration put too much faith in weak Libyan police and military forces. The night of the Benghazi attack, four lightly armed Libyans and five American security offices were on duty. The complex lacked smoke-protection masks and fire extinguishers. Neither the consulate in Benghazi nor the embassy in Tripoli were guarded by U.S. Marines, whose deployment to Libya wasn’t a priority.

    Rummaging through the Benghazi compound, a CNN reporter found a seven-page notebook belonging to Ambassador Stevens. According to the network, the diary said he was concerned about the “never-ending” security threats in Benghazi and wrote that he was on an al Qaeda hit list. In deference to the family’s wishes, CNN didn’t quote directly from the diary and didn’t divulge any private information in it.

    His worries are newsworthy, however, and can inform America’s response. But Mrs. Clinton’s long-time and closest media adviser chose to attack CNN. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines called the network’s conduct “disgusting.” He then deployed words not fit for a family newspaper in an exchange with a reporter for the Web site BuzzFeed. Mr. Reines may wish to protect his boss’s legacy for her 2016 Presidential run, but that won’t be enhanced by the appearance of a cover-up.

    Imagine the uproar if, barely a month before Election Day, the Bush Administration had responded to a terrorist strike—on Sept. 11 no less—in this fashion. Obfuscating about what happened. Refusing to acknowledge that clear security warnings were apparently ignored. Then trying to shoot the messengers who bring these inconvenient truths to light in order to talk about anything but a stunning and deadly attack on U.S. sovereign territory.

    Four Americans lost their lives in Benghazi in a terrorist attack that evidence suggests should have been anticipated and might have been stopped. Rather than accept responsibility, the Administration has tried to stonewall and blame others. Congress should call hearings to hold someone accountable for this debacle.

    …………………………

    thats both the washington Post and the WSJ have both gone after Obama today.

  21. In the 11 swing states, the president earns 46% of the vote, and Mitt Romney is supported by 46%. Four percent (4%) are not sure, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

    The candidates have been tied or in a near tie every day but one for the past three weeks.

    In 2008, Obama won these states by a combined margin of 53% to 46%, virtually identical to his national margin.

    When “leaners” are factored in, Romney leads the president 48% to 47%. Leaners are those who are initially uncommitted to the two leading candidates but lean towards one of them when asked a follow-up question.

  22. VA GOP guys: Mitt “proved in the primary that elections are won & lost in the last 2 weeks & on the ground.”

    Romney Focusing on Final Weeks and GOTV?

    One of my guys plugged into GOP circles in Virginia reaches out to me with the opening declaration, “Short attention spans.”

    “That is the reason Team Mitt is holding back right now,” he says. “They know, as they proved in the primary, that elections are won and lost in the last two weeks and on the ground.”

    Here the evidence has a few exceptions, as Romney was pretty steady in New Hampshire, but the former Massachusetts Governor did come back strong in the closing weeks and days of primaries in Florida, Ohio, and Michigan, and showed a modest closing bump in Iowa,

    “With modern information overload, its not inconceivable for any candidate to turn things around in days. That was never the case prior to 2004 or 2008,” my source says. “If Mitt goes on an offensive over the next two weeks and performs well in the first debate, people will forget why they were down today AND Mitt will drive the comeback kid narrative.”

    At first glance, one might worry about holding back for the final two weeks in an era of early voting. As NBC News notes this morning, “voters in 30 states — including the battleground states of Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Virginia — are now casting ballots, either via absentee or early in-person voting, per NBC’s Kyle Inskeep. Today, early in-person voting begins in Iowa and Wyoming, while absentee ballots are now being sent to voters requesting them in Alabama, Wyoming, North Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. By the end of next week, voters in five more states, including Ohio and Florida, will join this list.”

    However, think about who votes early: the diehards, the most enthusiastic, the folks whose party loyalty is so strong that their vote was almost guaranteed before the campaign began. Paul Gronke, the Director of the Early Voting Information Center. told NPR the early voters are “the decided – they’re partisan, they’re ideological, better educated, higher income.”

    So the mission for the Romney campaign and the GOP right now is make sure your base is getting their absentee ballots in the mail, showing up for early voting, and so on, while readying the final pitch to those fickle undecided. As mentioned earlier, the remaining undecideds and persuadable voters are generally demographically favorable to Romney – male, white, married, disapproving of Obama and deeply pessimistic about the current direction of the country.

    Looking at his home state, this former GOP official declares, “I like what I’m seeing on the ground in Virginia. We have reversed Democrats advantages’ from four years ago. We have eight Republican Congressmen. If they gin up their turnout, we should be fine. And, as you pointed out, much of the time and effort (rightly) is being spent on get-out-the-vote. From all signs, it looks like we are way ahead of where we were in that regard four years ago.”

    Obama won Virginia by 232, 317 votes, or 6.3 percentage points, four years ago, so the Republican GOTV effort has to be way ahead of 2008 for Romney to have a chance.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/328629/romney-focusing-final-weeks-and-gotv

  23. Good to be to log back on. The headlines/photos on Drudge of Hillary meeting all the world leaders is great. Mitt needs to run a d like this. My evening was spent at break fast( meal after fasting on Yom Kippur) and had some incredibly heated arguments to where it got to the family said no more political discussions. Several neighbors attended informed me of fist fights among their friends over Israel/Obama and the end of decades old friendships (at least some good came out of this :)). Many, sadly, r still guzzling the hopium, and even those that r not, ask me “Who is Mitt Romney and what does he stand for”? .

  24. Breaking: Fox News confirms Obama admin designated Benghazi sacking a terror attack within first 24 hours

    Who told Susan Rice to deliberately lie?

    Fox News follows up on Eli Lake’s excellent reporting on the intel after the assassination of Ambassador Chris Stevens, confirming from their own sources that the US knew within the first twenty-four hours that the sacking of the Benghazi consulate was no “spontaneous demonstration” that spun out of control. In fact, they already suspected al-Qaeda of masterminding the planned terrorist attack on the compound days before even admitting that it had been a terror attack at all — and had designated the incident as terrorism in order to pursue one suspect:

    U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that it was a terrorist attack and suspected Al Qaeda-tied elements were involved, sources told Fox News — though it took the administration a week to acknowledge it.

    The account conflicts with claims on the Sunday after the attack by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice that the administration believed the strike was a “spontaneous” event triggered by protests in Egypt over an anti-Islam film.

    Two senior U.S. officials said the Obama administration internally labeled the attack terrorism from the first day in order to unlock and mobilize certain resources to respond, and that officials were looking for one specific suspect.

    Four days later, the White House sent UN Ambassador Susan Rice to five different Sunday talk shows to claim that the sacking and assassination sprang from a “spontaneous” demonstration. That no longer can be explained as initial confusion over conflicting reports; it is now clearly a lie told by the White House. Jennifer Rubin pointed this out at the Washington Post even before the Fox report, and wondered where the national media that screeched at every claim by George W. Bush has suddenly become so comfortable with an administration that flat-out lies to them:

    read on…..

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/09/27/breaking-fox-news-confirms-obama-admin-designated-benghazi-sacking-a-terror-attack-within-first-24-hours/

  25. tim
    September 27th, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Rawlings
    ________
    I have a friend that has one of her first Potter books in hard copy. There were very few copies and I think it had like two different names. Too bad it is not sign, or it would be worth a fortune. My friend happens to like that sort of writing and so picked up on her early.

    This new book is totally different, and has been closely guarded. It probably will appeal to a different audience, a more mature audience. She really is making a total change. She said the Potter days are over, and she is on to other subject which realistically might not be as popular. With her dough, she can just please herself if she wants too.

    I have to admire that, as most people would just continue to do the same thing for the money. I happen to think her new writing will also still earn her a lot of money.

  26. I know I haven’t commented here for a while but I am still reading here most every day. Today I need someplace to voice by rage.

    On the news this morning all I am hearing is how the whole Obama administration knew that the attack which killed Ambassador Stevens was a terrorist attack. The first persons I heard blaming the attack on a u-Tube video and throwing an American citizen under the horrifying Jihad bus was Hillary, then Obama, then Rice. They all knew they were misleading (lying) us, but they did it anyway. Today all the media people are harrumphing about the lies, but no one is mentioning the American Citizen and his family placed in danger by their lying. Is the American citizen just collateral damage? Some one had to take the fall after all. I am so angry! What was she thinking?

    We have an American citizen in hiding for proposing a cartoon day and still they put that man and his family in danger. How many times did that man who drew the original cartoon get stabbed? What are they doing to keep our citizen and his family safe? What is the explanation, why is CYA and hanging on to power more important then the safety of a fellow American?

    I will never get – it but I want a believable explanation from Hillary. I have followed, defended and supported (to the best of my ability) her for a long time – way back to when she announced she wanted to be known as Hillary Rodham Clinton. That support is now on hold till I understand why she did what she did.

    I have to go to work now, and sorry I have burdened you with my anger, but I feel the people here will understand what I am feeling more then anywhere else – and I need to express my feeling to people who can understand and know I am not just a Hillary basher.

  27. Interesting……this ad from Obama is being talked about a lot today, everyone thinks it sounds like an ad you do at the end of a campaign but why now, showing in all swing states but crucially and rather tellingly NC and WI have been cut from it, some sources i’ve heard are saying Wi and NC are gone, Obama campaign considers them lost.

  28. Warren up the creek with no paddle…..

    Elizabeth Warren defender: “With this bombshell, I would no longer view the case against her as weak”

    http://ordinary-gentlemen.com/blog/2012/09/new-facts-on-the-elizabeth-warren-upl-issue/

    New Facts on the Elizabeth Warren UPL Issue
    by MARK THOMPSON on SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
    in POLITICS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS
    Professor Jacobson has uncovered this morning a case in which Elizabeth Warren entered an appearance in a federal appellate court as a representative of a Massachusetts client in a case that appears to have clearly implicated Massachusetts law. Although this is still a federal appellate court, because we’re dealing with a Massachusetts client and issues of Massachusetts law, this looks really, really bad for Professor Warren. With this bombshell, I would no longer view the case against her as weak.

  29. They really are a bunch of creeps.

    Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki warned Mitt Romney on Thursday that any attempt to paint President Obama as a liar would be hypocritical.

    “Mitt Romney and his team have a tendency to you know, to look at the president and make outrageous accusations about his truthfulness,” she said

    ……………………….

    Obama is the biggest effing liar since the dawn of time.

  30. Wbboei, skewed or unskewed polls, how is it possible that this man (Romney) is losing? You would think with this economy a gerbil would be ahead? Please explain Romney’s utter failure as a campaigner.

  31. How do you know he’s losing, you are only being told he is by the corrupt media. DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM.

    Everything else points otherwise.

  32. Mitt doesn’t need 2 even edit that “Obama buys me a phone” video. It should be put out in its entirety & run on continuos loop in EVERY SWING STATE!

  33. @ moononpluto

    That percentage is hopeless. I keep hoping that the lazy bots believe the polls and will stay home because the prez has it in the bag.

  34. I am biting my tongue and taping my mouth and weighing down my fingers so I don’t post anything negative about MR but GODDAMN it I do not like this come-from-behind-wait-until-the last-two-weeks strategy if, in fact, that’s what the plan is.

    It seems MR is, in fact, running a lousy friggin race with a bunch of lousy advisers.

    I saw his chief campaign staffer, Eric Fehrnstrom on Fox this morning and he looks like SH!T!

    He looked like he hadn’t had a haircut in months with pieces of straggled strands poking from behind each ear and he didn’t even bother to wear a tie. As the chief spokesperson for MR his appearance is abhorrent. He looked and sounded rumpled and frazzled.

    And the MR campaign is STILL sending out a$$hat Andrea Saul. I am disgusted.

    Plus I STILL have not received the gear I ordered TWO MONTHS ago, including an R2 tee shirt and a bumper sticker and attempts to get through to the campaign shop are fruitless – the message is the mailbox is full. I am beyond exasperated.

    Where is the professionalism? WTF did MR work so hard for the nomination only to go on vacay now?

    :shaking head:

    Apologies for the rant.

  35. moononpluto
    September 27th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    “OMG, the media may actually be taking Obama to task over Libya and WaPo has started it rolling.”

    Many of us on this site and other blogs immediately KNEW this was terror, not a sopntaneous uprising. Where the f**k are the so-called investigative journalists? Why is it taking so long for the story to come out? We are d@mned lucky the internet is taking up the slack for the presstitutes. I think some are reporting it now only because hey have been royally upstaged by their unpaid volunteer journalist counterparts in cyberspace.

    This is why the newspaper business is in a tailspin. Why buy or pay for two week old information when it’s available for free online?

    BTW, GREAT work today, moononpluto.

    😀

  36. The presstitutes are just the worst of the worst and we can do what we can to expose, we all do our part. Romney is fighting a battle on multiple fronts, i think holding up as well as he has right now is damn impressive.

  37. Bibi really laying into Obama…..

    The relevant q is not when Iran will get the bomb. The relevant question is at what stage we can no longer stop them. – Netanyahu

  38. Netanyahu has drawn a literal ‘red line’ on his diagram. Powerful message. Powerful moment. Basically saying NO FURTHER.

  39. I know MR has had extensive incoming to fight off but godd@mn it DO SOMETHING!

    BTW, your comment upthread,

    moononpluto
    September 27th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I honestly think that kind of technical economic report flies right over the heads of most voters. Sad, but true. Personally, I appreciate the info as no doubt most here do but the low info voter couldn’t care less. There’s a real problem identifying cause and effect or just sheer indifference.

  40. Also, that wait ’til the last couple of weeks strategy might work in a primary but it DOESN’T work in a general election where the opponent has been carpet bombing the airwaves with negative ads for more than six months.

    That is a STOOOOOPID analogy, IMHO. (The MR campaign assumptions, I mean)

  41. Hmmmmm….

    Labor revises job growth up by 386,000, giving Obama a boost
    By Peter Schroeder – 09/27/12 01:50 PM ET

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Thursday it had undercounted job growth, meaning the economy added 386,000 more jobs than previously estimated between April 2011 and March 2012.

    The new figures, which come just six weeks before an Election Day, give a better outlook on the labor market than had been cast by monthly reports. On average, the new figures would add more than 32,000 jobs per month to BLS’s initial job reports during the time span reviewed.

    The revision also would allow President Obama to argue that his first term has resulted in a net gains in jobs. The addition of the undercounted jobs swings the net new job numbers from February 2009 to present from a loss of 261,000 jobs to a gain of 125,000.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/economy/258957-us-job-growth-stronger-than-originally-believed-

  42. The bad, the worse, the ugly and a tiny bit of almost nice…

    Wall Street braces for an Obama win

    NEW YORK — Mitt Romney was Wall Street’s dream candidate, a former private equity executive committed to lower taxes and less regulation who would never rip bankers as “fat cats” as President Barack Obama famously did.

    But now many masters of the universe concede they may not get their man.

    Across Wall Street and the broader landscape of corporate America, even strong supporters of Romney acknowledge that swing state polling numbers and the direction of economic data and markets suggest it’s time to brace for a second Obama term.

    “It looks right now like it’s probably going to be Obama, so you have to start planning for that, even if it’s not what you would prefer,” said the chief executive of one of the largest companies in the United States who has criticized the president and spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to give a frank assessment of the state of the race. The executive added that plans were under way to work with a second Obama administration on selling a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff with major tax and entitlement reform that includes some new revenues.

    “We don’t really care if our taxes go up a little if we can just get this done and take this threat away from the economy,” the executive said, adding that support from CEOs could give cover to Republicans in Washington concerned about supporting any new taxes and angering tea party hardliners and anti-tax advocates such as Grover Norquist.

    They still go to Romney fundraisers, open their wallets and hope for the best, especially in the upcoming debates. It’s just that Wall Street and the business community tend to follow data and play percentages. And right now they favor the president.

    It makes for an uncomfortable moment for Wall Street, which came out much more aggressively for Romney than Obama this year, after Obama made significant inroads with the finance sector in 2008.

    The shift in tone among executives toward Obama was on display at the Clinton Global Initiative this week, where several CEOs softened their criticism of the president. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein acknowledged there had been widespread “disappointment” with Obama within his firm and across Wall Street.

    But he also said that it was time to move on and finally deal with rising debt and unsustainable entitlement programs. “People who have been pouting and holding their breath aren’t going to want to do that for four more years,” he said.

    John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems and a strong Romney supporter, spoke of bridging partisan divides on taxes and spending should Obama win a second term. And in an interview with Reuters, Chambers said whoever wins should govern like Bill Clinton. “There’s a lot to learn from President Clinton. It kills me as a strong Republican saying it, but he was the most effective president during my lifetime,” Chambers said.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81738.html?hp=f2

  43. Interesting, if Connecticut is so easy for the Dems, why are they spending all that money……..

    DSCC placed $203k in Hartford and $67k on NY cable for 9/28-10/1 in the Conn Senate race.

  44. Barry needs to hide behind Hillary skirt again…………..what an ahole!!!

    Obama WILL speak to Netanyahu but only on the phone and a day AFTER Hillary Clinton meets him in New York

    President Barack Obama is due to speak to Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone on Friday – a day after deputing Hillary Clinton to stand in for him by meeting the Israeli premier in New York.

    Jay Carney, Obama’s press secretary, confirmed that the two leaders would converse as Netanyahu prepared to speak at the United Nations in New York. Obama left the U.N. before he arrived and is spending most of Thursday campaigning in Virginia.

    The White House rejected an Israeli request for Netanyahu to meet Obama, either at the U.N. or in Washington – a sign of the icy relationship between the two men.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2209514/Obama-WILL-speak-Netanyahu-phone-day-AFTER-Hillary-Clinton-meets-New-York.html

  45. Time to rethink that saying “there’s no fool like an old fool” if young people vote for Obama again:

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/barone-obamas-war-on-young-voters-who-elected-him/article/2509016?utm_source=Washington%20Examiner:%20Opinion%20Digest%20-%2009/26/2012&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Washington%20Examiner:%20Opinion%20Digest#.UGL1fhj2Ez4

    Barone: Obama’s war on young voters who elected him

    In 2008, voters under 30 preferred Barack Obama over John McCain by a 66 to 32 percent margin. Among older voters, Obama led McCain by 50 to 49 percent.

    How has Obama paid back the Millennial generation, which provided almost all his margin of victory? With what American Interest superblogger Walter Russell Mead calls “Obama’s war on the young.”

    Mead is not a Tea Party crazy or Ayn Rand zealot. He is a history professor at Bard College and an expert on American foreign policy. He voted for Obama in 2008, and he’s not wild about Mitt Romney this year. [snip]

    In the meantime, the collective impact of Obamacare, Dodd-Frank and the fiscal cliff we are headed toward — all Obama policies — has cut job growth below the rate of population increase. Why?

    “If you are a small business,” Dallas Fed head Richard Fisher says, “… you are stymied by not knowing what your tax rate will be in future years, or how you should cost out the social overhead of your employees, or how you should budget from the proliferation of regulations flowing from Washington.”

    At the same time, Obama vows to resist any changes in Medicare, which is on a trajectory to welsh on its obligations well before the first Millennial turns 65.

    For the young, Obama promises to expand college loans. But just as housing policies created a housing bubble, college loan policies have created a higher education bubble. The flood of money has been captured by colleges and universities through above-inflation tuition increases and administrative bloat.

    But the Obama administration does not crack down on them, but on graduates or dropouts with thousands in college loan debt, which they can’t escape through bankruptcy.

    Overall, Obama stands for maintaining and expanding the welfare state that operated tolerably well in the big unit America of half a century ago but is coming apart in our early-stage information society today.

    His green energy programs have fizzled out as solar panel companies go bankrupt. Meanwhile, the private sector has developed bounteous supplies of oil and natural gas through fracking.

    His favorite high-tech project is to build enormously expensive high-speed rail lines like the one Jerry Brown is pushing in California.

    Meanwhile, Google is developing self-driving cars that will be able to move faster and more efficiently than current cars because their 21st-century technology, like the 19th-century technology of fixed rails, effectively prevents cars from colliding.

    Nineteenth-century fixed rails take you where the railroad, or its government subsidizer, wants you to go. Self-driving cars will take you where you want to go, with as many stops as you like along the way.

    That’s in line with the way Millennials lead their lives. The iPod/Facebook generation fashions its own playlists and friends lists rather than let central decision-makers choose for them.

    Obama’s policies, from Obamacare to high-speed rail, treat people as identical cogs in a very large machine, part of a mindless mass who would not be able to get along without government guidance.

    In the information age, these industrial-age policies have prevented the vibrant economic growth, which gives young people the opportunity to find work and community service that maximizes their own special talents and interests — to shape their own world and choose their own future.

  46. Re: Neal Cavuto, the last 2 times I watched him I wanted to hurl. He seems to be drinking the koolaid.

    Romney MUST win or this country will finish dying off.

    Seeing that stupid whining ass bitch on that free phone, minority, disabled video, standing with her friggin signs. She did not look ill to me or disabled. ALL of Cleveland she said, get the handouts so of course they gotta take the day outta their busy schedules and keep the man in. Hasn’t worked a day in her life I’ll bet dollars to donuts. Section 8, food stamps, welfare, free medical, free dental, free scripts, free electric.

    Thats what pisses me off.

  47. Wondering if the Tea folks will vote like they did in 2010 and support R2?

    Why are their crickets from all these folks?

  48. By the way, someone pointed out earlier to me that Obama’s approval rating was more or less where it is now is where it was at the 2010 election and they still lost in a landslide.

  49. moononpluto
    September 27th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    By the way, someone pointed out earlier to me that Obama’s approval rating was more or less where it is now is where it was at the 2010 election and they still lost in a landslide.
    —-

    But, that was because of the Tea folks and I can’t find concrete proof that these people will vote for R2. That worries me a lot.

  50. Florida officials find 198 non-citizens on voter rolls after extensive search

    Florida officially renewed its hunt for ineligible voters on Wednesday, sending a new list of 198 people suspected of being non-U.S. citizens to county election officials and asking them to start the process to remove them from the rolls.

    This new list is a far cry from the more than 2,600 registered voters that state election officials once targeted — but Republican Gov. Rick Scott and others have defended the continued effort.

    “I have not talked to one Floridian who says I want my vote diluted by somebody who has never had a right to vote in my state,” Scott said last week. “We are doing absolutely the right thing. We believe in honest and fair elections.”

    It’s not clear, however, if the latest effort by the state will result in voters being removed from the rolls prior to this year’s presidential election. Florida is a key swing state, and voting rights groups have criticized the purge as a way of discouraging legal immigrants and minorities from casting ballots.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/27/florida-officials-find-18-non-citizens-on-voter-rolls-after-extensive-search/

  51. http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/26/world/africa/libya-investigation/index.html

    “They had difficulty, and we understand there was some bureaucratic infighting between the FBI and Justice Department on the one hand, and the State Department on the other, and so it took them longer than they would have liked to get into country. They’ve now gotten there. But they still are unable to get permission to go to Benghazi.”

    FBI agents have made a request through the U.S. State Department for the crime scene to be secured, Townsend said, but that has not happened.

    “The senior law enforcement official I spoke to said, ‘If we get there now, it’s not clear that it will be of any use to us,’” Townsend said.

    The FBI team has conducted interviews of State Department and U.S. government personnel who were in Libya at the time of the attack, Townsend said, but the FBI’s request to directly question individuals who Libyan authorities have in custody was denied.

  52. Shadowfax
    September 27th, 2012 at 4:44 pm
    Wondering if the Tea folks will vote like they did in 2010 and support R2?

    Why are their crickets from all these folks?
    ______________________________________________________

    My best estimate is that rolling over the House in 2010 has provided a barrier of safety against asshole’s radical left agenda and they feel a little more at ease.

  53. Rep. Issa threatens to subpoena HHS over Medicare bonuses

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Thursday that he’s willing to subpoena documents from the Health and Human Services Department (HHS), alleging a conspiracy to hide the impact of President Obama’s healthcare law.

    Issa, as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is investigating an $8 billion demonstration project in which Medicare pays bonuses to certain private Medicare Advantage plans based on quality.

    The congressman has suggested that HHS is using the bonus payments to mask the healthcare law’s cuts to Medicare Advantage plans ahead of the election.

    Issa and Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) requested documents about the bonus payments in August. They said Thursday that they haven’t gotten a response and said they “will consider the use of compulsory process” if HHS doesn’t turn over the documents by Oct. 5.

    A committee spokeswoman confirmed that a “compulsory process” includes subpoenas.

    Obama’s healthcare law made several cuts in government payments to privately run Medicare Advantage plans, including a new system for giving bonus payments to high-quality plans.

    But in November 2010, HHS announced that it would not immediately implement the health law’s changes, and would instead test a different system — the demonstration program Issa is investigating. The demonstration program will mean bigger payments, delivered earlier, to more plans, according to the Government Accountability Office.

    GAO recommended that HHS cancel the demonstration, which it estimates will cost $8.3 billion over 10 years. Issa has repeatedly emphasized GAO’s recommendation, saying it’s the first time the auditing and investigative office has taken such a step.

    Issa has suggested that HHS is using the added payments under the demonstration program to ensure that seniors won’t see fewer Medicare Advantage options before the election.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/medicare/259023-issa-threatens-to-subpoena-hhs-in-medicare-probe

  54. Please stop posting politico articles telling us it’s all over, wall street bracing for an obama win. You know that shit is false.

    Same story, different candidate. Didn’t we go through this 2008 with Hillary? Damn, get your big pants on girls and boys, the show is on!

  55. I would love to see a mess of Hillary supports fill out one of these little videos and have Mitt used them.

    The Ending Spending Action Fund, a conservative super PAC, will launch a $10 million advertisement campaign Thursday in the swing states of Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The ad blitz will include television commercials with testimonials from voters who voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and will vote for Mitt Romney in 2012.

    Stephen K. Bannon produced the commercials, following the template of his movie “The Hope and The Change,” which recently aired on the HD Net channel.

    Some of the ads are featured on the website whyichangedmyvote.com and feature working class voters who have decided to vote for Romney. These voters include Jodi from Winfield, Illinois, who voted for Obama and contributed to his campaign in 2008, and Julie from Davenport, Iowa, a retired nurse and independent voter. The site also features a testimonial from Artur Davis, the former Democrat, Alabama congressman, and Obama 2008 co-chair who is now a Republican and supporting Romney.

    http://whyichangedmyvote.com/stories/

  56. This is what we are dealing with people. All the ads i the world CANNOT change these fools minds. You can not fix stupid and disgusting I might add.

    We need to work o getting the vote out.

    Lets get our butts to the phones and get these Repubs ad Indies to the voting booths!!!
    ******

    Obama Voters: Obama’s Got My Vote Because He Gave Me a Free Phone; Murdered Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens “Probably Had It Coming”
    —Ace

    http://youtu.be/LKKiWUFBXx8 This is disgusting.

  57. good for Pat. I love his show by the way.
    On Wednesday’s edition of “Wheel of Fortune,” host Pat Sajak seemingly jabbed at President Barack Obama ever-so sneakily over the president’s now infamous “you didn’t build that” remarks.

    After a contestant named “John” successfully guessed the phrase “A Thriving Business” in the “Thing” category, Sajak delivered his quip:

    “Did you build that?” he asked the contestant before quickly moving on. It is unclear whether the contestant or the audience caught the joke.

    “Our big winner — $13,000! John! John!” Sajak said.

    Watch the video of Sajak’s Obama joke here:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/wheel-of-fortune-host-pat-sajak-cracks-subtle-obama-joke-during-show-did-you-build-that/#ooid=lweGcwNjoPoRZ3Zh0pip0sucbG_OkdV3

    To be sure, Sajak is one of those rare Hollywood conservatives you hear about from time to time. The host was extremely critical of Obama when he initially told America “you didn’t build that.” Here’s what he said about the comments back in July:

    “It’s as if President Obama climbed into a tank, put on his helmet, talked about how his foray into Cambodia was seared in his memory, looked at his watch, misspelled ‘potato’ and pardoned Richard Nixon all in the same day. It’s fun to imagine the hand-wringing that must be going on within the White House as staffers try to figure out how to undo the damage their boss has done with his anti-entrepenurial riff. Defining moments in politics are strange beasts. Sometimes they’re only recognized in hindsight, while sometimes they throw the train off the tracks before a sentence has been completed. Sometimes their effect can be contained and minimized, while sometimes their effect on the political narrative mestastasizes. This one is very bad for the White House.”

  58. Iowa is voting early today, all the bots are out in force. So delusional, so sad. I hope their corn husks get stuck you know where.

    I have always hated Iowa. They gave us the fool.

  59. Huh. US pulling more staff from the embassy in Tripoli. Gee, I thought this was all because of some stupid movie?? Will the American MSM care? Of course not, they’re too busy in a conference call with Cutter and Axelhole on how to “shape the narrative”!

  60. Here is the video of Santelli on how the American GDP is going down the tubes.
    (the only reason the US markets are going up is because the Federal Reserve is flooring the system with cheap no interest monies, the market may go up, but the value of th eUS dollar will be destroyed in the process, hurting middle income, fixed income people, seniors the most)

  61. He can’t win if he loses Flotida and Ohio (and Ohio looks out of site). Why did he pick Ryan? He is not even winning Wisconsiin! I know a lot of posters were mad when that decision was challenged here, but absent Romney aggressively campaigning, attacking Obama,and performing stellar in the debates, IMHO, the VP choice looks to be as bad as many of us predicted. I hope to be wrong.

  62. wah wah wah…
    romney cant win….
    wah wah wah…
    obama is ahead in the polls…
    wah wah wah….

    for goodness sakes alive shut up about the polling… they are all wrong and we al know it.

    nobody but the superbots are voting for the fraud.

    the kids in school hate him.
    the old folks hate him.
    everyone hates what he has done and he will go down in flames….

  63. wah wah wah…
    romney cant win….
    wah wah wah…
    obama is ahead in the polls…
    wah wah wah….

    for goodness sakes alive shut up about the polling… they are all wrong and we al know it.

    nobody but the superbots are voting for the fraud.

    the kids in school hate him.
    the old folks hate him.
    everyone hates what he has done and he will go down in flames….

  64. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-09-27/final-q2-gdp-disaster-125-growth-comes-below-lowest-estimate

    “So much for the US recovery (we will never tire of saying that). After the first Q2 GDP revision bubbled up from 1.5% to 1.7%, the sellside brigade was confident that the rate of growth would continue and final Q2 GDP would be in line. Instead, we got an absolute shock of a print, with the final Q2 GDP print coming in at a ridiculously low 1.25% (rounded up to 1.3%), below the lowest Wall Street estimate of 1.4%, and the lowest number since the revised 0.1% reported in January 2011. Here is the final GDP trendline: Q4 2011: 4.1%; Q1 2012: 2.0%; Q2 2012: 1.25%. Luckily, at least “housing has bottomed.” The reason for the major contraction in the final print: a downward revision to all favorable components except Government which detracted the least from growth in years at just -0.14%. Of note – Personal Consumption was 1.06%, down from the 1.20% per the second revision. If nothing, we now know just what data Bernanke was looking at on an advance basis to come up with QEternity, and we also know the reason for the media and administration’s all in gamble to reflate housing yet again. If the housing market does not go up courtesy of infinite cheap leverage, it could be curtains for the Bernanke reflation experiment.

    Cont…”

  65. jbstonesfan

    He can’t win if he loses Flotida and Ohio (and Ohio looks out of site). Why did he pick Ryan?

    —-
    Here’s my guess:

    Ryan might bring the Tea folks over to R2 and prop up his fiscal conservative side? Many conservatives didn’t think Mitt was far enough to the right.

    Other than that, I have no clue.

  66. Its the ecoomy stupid! Get a load of the Bot DEM admitting the unemployment rate is 10%!

    Campbell Soup Shutting Down Sacramento Plant; 700 Jobs Being Cut
    September 27, 2012 12:11 PM

    Reporting Kristin Marshall
    Filed Under ( vote for Romney)

    Campbell Soup, Comcast, Sacramento, Trending

    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Campbell Soup plant in Sacramento is closing as of July 2013 as the company says it is taking steps to “improve supply chain productivity,” according to a company release.

    Employees were told of the closure during a 6 a.m. meeting Thursday at the plant.

    “We employ about 700 people at the Sacramento plant and unfortunately those jobs will be eliminated,” said Campbell Soup Company spokesperson Anthony Sanzio. “This is a tough day for the company, for the employees. No one likes to do this.”

    The company says the Sacramento plant, built in 1947, is the oldest in its network and has the highest production costs on a per-case basis.

    Many of the employees at the plant have worked there their entire lives, and several told CBS13 they had no idea what they’d do next.

    “This is devastating, really devastating,” worker Valerie Starr said. “A lot of us have been working here for years and we’re at that age where it’s hard to find other jobs.”

    Campbell’s Spokesman Explains Decision To Close

    Most of Sacramento’s production of soup, sauces and beverages will be shifted to Campbell’s three remaining thermal plants in North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.

    The company is also closing a spice plant in South Plainfield, New Jersey.

    “We recognize this is difficult news for employees in Sacramento and South Plainfield. Campbell is committed to helping them work through this transition,” said Mark Alexander, president, Campbell North America. “We expect the steps we’re announcing today to improve our competitiveness and performance by increasing our asset utilization, lowering our total delivered costs and enhancing the flexibility of our manufacturing network. These actions also will eliminate the capital investments needed to maintain the Sacramento plant.”

    The Sacramento plant is stopping production at the plant through this weekend. When it restarts, it will then begin to phase down production until it is officially closed down in July 2013.

    Campbell does have several other facilities in California that will remain open. There are about 450 full-time and seasonal employees at its tomato processing plants in Dixon and Stockton. They also own Bolthouse Farms in Bakersfield.

    RELATED: Comcast To Close 3 Northern California Call Centers; Shifting 1,000 Jobs Out-of-State

    The announcement comes just two days after Comcast announced it will close all three of its call centers in Northern California, including one is Sacramento, because of the high cost of doing business in the Golden State.

    “For over 65 years, the Campbell’s plant has been a major employer in our region,” Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) said in a statement after Campbell’s announcement. “It is unfortunate that Campbell’s has chosen to close their oldest plant and in the process lay-off 700 employees. As the economy slowly improves, closures like Campbell’s and Comcast here in our own backyard, reminds us all that unemployment is still at over 10 percent and we have a long way to go until a full economic recovery.”

    According to Comcast, 1,000 Comcast employees, including 300 in Sacramento, will see their jobs shifted to the other centers.

  67. By the way, where is the ACLU?

    ****************************************************************************************

    Blasphemer of the Prophet Arrested; All Is Well
    —Ace

    Praise Allah we have captured the infidel and ceased his lies and slanders.

    The future must not and will not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam, Allah be praised.

    According to TMZ, the guy’s probation report is sealed. Question for criminal defense attorneys: Is there any way to force it to be unsealed, or is that at the discretion of one or both of the parties? There’s a public interest at this point, I think, in knowing why they’re sending him back to prison. Did he commit a serious crime that we don’t know about, or are they using a technicality to punish him for blasphemy?
    Anyone want to bet he’ll be released on condition he stops slandering The Prophet of Islam and removes the video?

    And if that happens — who can argue this isn’t precisely what it obviously is?

  68. please embed this video!!!

    This is what we are dealing with people. All the ads i the world CANNOT change these fools minds. You can not fix stupid and disgusting I might add.

    We need to work o getting the vote out.

    Lets get our butts to the phones and get these Repubs ad Indies to the voting booths!!!
    ******

    Obama Voters: Obama’s Got My Vote Because He Gave Me a Free Phone; Murdered Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens “Probably Had It Coming”
    —Ace

    http://youtu.be/LKKiWUFBXx8

  69. RNC Research@RNCResearch
    WSJ: “GOP Pushes Back With Obama ‘Redistribution’ Audio” on.wsj.com/NAPAmg #MustRead

    CRS report: number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement bit.ly/NBOSFt#.UFnMQx…

  70. Morris on Greta..Romney going to win cuz polls skewed. Claims based on 2008 model. I think, however, Obama base will show up.

  71. jbstonesfan
    September 27th, 2012 at 10:15 pm
    Good ad. Unfortunately, 70% of Jews will vote democratic even if Hitler was
    running.
    jbstonesfan
    September 27th, 2012 at 10:27 pm
    Morris on Greta..Romney going to win cuz polls skewed. Claims based on 2008 model. I think, however, Obama
    _____________________________________________________

    Hey, jbstonesfan….this is just for you.

    http://www.hulu.com/#!watch/68225

  72. Tim

    On an ESPN board John Clayton wrote a piece about the replacement Refs and put in there that obama made a comment so the NFL had to pay attention.

    90% of the comments were anti obama…ya, little victory!

  73. Jake Tapper is being a journalist again:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-RZEg-lJV8

    Even the Dems are running for cover over the 9/11/12 attack in Libya.

    ____________________________________________________

    The wheels appear to be coming off a two week attempt by the Obama Administration to cover up its fatal security failures at our consulate in Libya and to cover up the very fact that this was a successful pre-planned terrorist attack that cost four American lives, including that of our Libyan Ambassador, Christopher Stevens.

    Not only has the scandal picked up steam in the mainstream press (Jake Tapper’s ABC News report tonight is a must-watch), but high-ranking members of the President’s own party are now demanding answers. This includes the man most often cited as a likely Secretary of State should Obama win a second term, Senator John Kerry:

    Senate Democrats joined Republicans Thursday in questioning the Obama administration’s handling of the fatal Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and why the administration refused for days to acknowledge that it was a terrorist attack linked to al Qaeda.

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., circulated a bipartisan letter addressed to Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, asking for an “accounting of the attacks against U.S. missions in Egypt, Libya and Yemen,” according to a copy obtained by The Washington Examiner.

    The lawmakers are also demanding to know whether the administration had any advance warnings of the Libyan attack and, if so, whether it had shared that information with U.S. personnel on the ground.

    The letter marks the first time congressional Democrats have so directly expressed their dissatisfaction with the administration’s response to inquiries about the attacks, which resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others and raised questions about U.S. security throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa.

    A Kerry aide confirmed that the committee intended to enlist the support of Republicans and Democrats and said the letter would likely be sent Friday. Another aide told The Examiner that the panel’s 10 Democrats and nine Republicans plan to sign it.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/09/27/Obama-Libya-Lies-Collapse-Sen-Dems-Demand-Answers

  74. jbstonesfan
    September 27th, 2012 at 10:27 pm
    Morris on Greta..Romney going to win cuz polls skewed. Claims based on 2008 model. I think, however, Obama base will show up.
    ————————————–
    I think the debates will be the inflection point. Karl Rove explains why:

    Obama’s Biggest Opponent Is the Truth
    Voters expect Mitt Romney to blow the whistle in the debates.
    When George Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney in a Sept. 14 “Good Morning America” interview what he’s learned about President Obama as a debater, the former Massachusetts governor replied, “I think he’s going to say a lot of things that aren’t accurate.”
    If Mr. Obama’s debate performance mirrors his campaign, Mr. Romney’s prediction will be dead on. To get a sense of how comprehensive the president’s assault on the truth has been, consider some of his false claims in recent speeches and ads.
    One Obama spot says, “To pay for huge, new tax breaks for millionaires like him, Romney would have to raise taxes on the middle class: $2,000 for a family with children.”
    That claim has been thoroughly discredited, including by PolitiFact Virginia and editorials in this newspaper. Mr. Romney, unlike the president, is committed to cutting taxes for everyone, including the middle class.
    Another ad says, “As a corporate raider, [Mr. Romney] shipped jobs to China and Mexico.” In response, the Washington Post editorialized, “On just about every level, this ad is misleading, unfair and untrue.” As recently as Sept. 17, Mr. Obama claimed in Ohio that Mr. Romney’s “experience has been owning companies that were called ‘pioneers’ in the business of outsourcing jobs to countries like China.” But that claim, too, is a fabrication.
    There is more. An Obama ad aimed at northern Virginia women intones, “Mitt Romney opposes requiring coverage for contraception.” In fact, Mr. Romney opposes the president’s unprecedented assault on religious liberties—in this case, the federal government forcing religious institutions (like church-sponsored hospitals, schools and charities) to provide insurance coverage for contraception in violation of their fundamental moral values and, incidentally, the First Amendment.
    Candidates always have disagreements, arguing over the meaning of events or evidence. But Mr. Obama has taken ordinary political differences beyond anything we’ve seen. Every day, it seems, he attempts to disqualify his opponent through deliberate and undeniable falsehoods.
    This is only one side of a two-sided coin. The president can’t tell the truth about his own record either.
    For example, Mr. Obama said at a Univision Town Hall on Sept. 20 that his biggest failure “is we haven’t gotten comprehensive immigration reform done.” The president then did what is second nature to him: He pinned the blame on Republicans. The problem with this excuse is that the Democrats controlled Congress by huge margins in the first two years of his presidency—and Mr. Obama never introduced an immigration bill or even provided the framework for one.
    In the same interview, Mr. Obama claimed that his Justice Department’s botched “Fast and Furious” gunrunning program was “begun under the previous administration.” This time it was ABC’s Jake Tapper correcting the record, pointing out, “it was started in October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency.”
    The most troubling recent example of Mr. Obama’s serial dishonesty is his administration’s effort to deny that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was a premeditated terrorist assault, as if the truth would somehow tarnish Mr. Obama’s foreign-policy credentials.
    Voters expect politicians to stretch the truth. But when the offender is as persistent with mistruths, half-truths and no-truths as Mr. Obama is, voters expect the other candidate to blow the whistle. They want their leaders to show toughness and be competitive. Which brings us back to the coming Oct. 3 debate, to be followed by two others on Oct. 16 and 22.
    During these widely watched events, Mr. Romney must call out the president. That is not so easy: Mr. Romney can’t call Mr. Obama a liar; that’s too harsh a word that would backfire. Mr. Romney must instead set the record straight in a presidential tone—firm, respectful, but not deferential. And a dash of humor is worth its weight in gold.
    While Mr. Romney must point out the president’s misrepresentations, he can’t take on the role of fact-checker-in-chief. He should deal comprehensively with several of Mr. Obama’s untruths and, having done so, dismiss the rest as more of the same.
    By carefully calling into question the president’s veracity, Mr. Romney will have the opportunity to provide context: Mr. Obama doesn’t shoot straight because he can’t defend his record and has no agenda for the future except the status quo, stay the course.
    What exactly about the past four years do Americans like? And why would they want four more years like them? Mr. Obama knows how most Americans would answer these questions, which is why he is being so fast and loose with the truth. Mr. Romney’s job is to shine a light on this for voters.

  75. To hear the Obama campaign tell it, the chances of the president out-debating Mitt Romney in Denver next week are roughly on par with the Washington Generals’ hopes of ever eking out a win against the Harlem Globetrotters.

    Obama press secretary Jen Psaki has been particularly emphatic in declaring the president an underdog. All week, she has lamented that the demands of the presidency have left him with only “a little bit of time” to prepare for the debates and not nearly as much opportunity as the campaign would like for him to “sharpen and cut down his tendency to give long, substantive answers.”

    Conversely, Psaki told reporters on Air Force One, Romney has taken more time to prepare “than any candidate in modern history”; she compared his training for the three candidate faces-offs to that of “an Olympic decathlete.”

    Asked on Wednesday what would be the worst thing that could happen at the first debate, Psaki’s wry reply suggested that she was in on the joke.

    “Well, he could fall off the stage,” she said.

    Meanwhile, chief Obama strategist David Axelrod has been particularly effusive in his praise for the Republican nominee, to whom he has otherwise offered almost nothing but unadulterated disparagement over the past six months.

    “Mitt Romney had many, many debates and he was very good in them,” Axelrod told Reuters. “By and large, when he needed to bring it, he did. He memorizes his set pieces and he delivers them well. He obviously has no hesitance at all about going after someone.”

    The expectations game is a quadrennial ritual that campaign operatives on both sides inevitably play ahead of the first general election debate, in the unlikely hope that their efforts will make an even competent performance by their candidate appear to be extraordinary.

    But this year, Republicans are scoffing to a greater degree than usual at how the Obama camp has downplayed the debating abilities of a man whose ascent to the presidency was due in part to his oratorical prowess.

    “Getting Ben LaBolt, David Axelrod, and Stephanie Cutter together to talk about how horrible Barack Obama is going to do in the debate would be a perfect skit for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in an interview on Thursday. “It’s like slapstick comedy. I can’t even believe they’re making that play. I mean, he’s the king at speeches and debating, and he’s the loser at following through with the promises in those speeches.”

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/09/28/debate_expectations_are_being_set_–_with_a_wink_115601.html

  76. Not long ago, Independents were the go-to demographic for determining who would win elections. How the Independents swung, so too would the election.

    In 2008, Barack Obama carried Independents in Ohio by 8 points and in Florida by 7 points. That victory among Independents contributed a great deal to his 2.8-point win in Florida and his 4.5 point win in Ohio. A victory by Romney among Independents could tilt both key states in his favor.

    Curiously, Independents seem to be mostly ignored this election cycle, and their presidential vote preference is almost unanimously ignored by the MSM. Instead, “women” have replaced Independents as the key demographic. This emphasis and sudden fascination conveniently ties in nicely with the Democrats’ fictitious “War on Women” meme.

    In both Ohio and Florida, Barack Obama’s “clear leads” all come from heavy over-sampling of Democrats, not from winning the crucial Indie vote. In fact, most of the polls that show Obama with big leads also show Romney handily winning Independent voters. Yet, somehow, Obama manages to increase his performance from 2008 despite Independents now opposing him. Let’s take a look at how Romney is competing among Independents in recent polls:

    Ohio – Leads Among Independents

    Ohio Newspaper Organization – Romney +28

    CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac – Romney +1

    American Research Group – Romney +16

    Fox News – Romney +4

    We Ask America – Romney +3

    Public Policy Polling – Romney +2

    Florida – Leads Among Independents

    CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac – Romney +3

    Gravis Marketing – Romney +4

    We Ask America – Romney +2

    American Research Group – Romney +1

    Florida Times Union – Romney +4

    Fox News – Obama +2

    Remember, these are states Obama won by small margins in 2008, primarily by winning Independents by 7 and 8 points. If Barack Obama were winning with Independents in every poll, it’s clear the media would be talking about it just as they did, to the point of annoyance, four years ago.

    Independents make up roughly one third of the electorate, and one would think they might get a little attention this time of year just as they do every other election year. If Romney turns the Independent vote his way like these polls suggest, his chances of winning turnout in even Florida and Ohio are excellent. But the reality is that the way Independents are now voting simply doesn’t mix with the media’s tidy narrative that Obama is running away with the election in key battleground states.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/09/27/Romney-Winning-Swing-State-Independents-Media-Ignores

  77. Read this and then tell me it’ll be like 2008……..massive drop in Dem registration.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/27/drop-in-ohio-voter-registration-especially-in-dem-strongholds-mirrors/

    Drop in Ohio voter registration, especially in Dem strongholds, mirrors nationwide trend

    “Don’t boo, vote,” President Obama often says in his stump speech whenever crowds boo a Romney plan.

    The off-hand call to vote may be by design. It comes amid a precipitous decline in Democratic voter registration in key swing states — nowhere more apparent than in Ohio.

    Voter registration in the Buckeye State is down by 490,000 people from 4 years ago. Of that reduction,. 44 percent is in Cleveland and surrounding Cuyahoga County, where Democrats outnumber Republicans more than two to one.

    “I think what we’re seeing is a lot of spin and hype on the part of the Obama campaign to try to make it appear that they’re going to cruise to victory in Ohio,” Cuyahoga County Republican Chairman Rob Frost said. “It’s not just Cuyahoga County. Nearly 350,000 of those voters are the decrease in the rolls in the three largest counties, Cuyahoga, Hamilton and Franklin.”

    Frost points out that those three counties all contain urban centers, where the largest Democrat vote traditionally has been.

    Ohio is not alone. An August study by the left-leaning think tank Third Way showed that the Democratic voter registration decline in eight key swing states outnumbered the Republican decline by a 10-to-one ratio. In Florida, Democratic registration is down 4.9 percent, in Iowa down 9.5 percent. And in New Hampshire, it’s down down 19.7 percent.

    “It’s understandable that enthusiasm is going to wane a little bit from that historic moment (in 2008),” says Michelle Diggles, the study co-author and senior policy adviser for Third Way. “You can only elect the first African-American president of this country once.”

    The dip in registration has been framed by some as the result of Republican efforts to suppress the vote – an accusation that Ohio Secretary of State John Husted, a Republican, categorically rejects.

    “That’s kind of a silly notion that removing deceased people and duplicate records from the roll has anything to do with voter suppression,” he said. “It actually has to do with voter integrity. They can’t point to one legally registered voter that’s actually been removed from the rolls.”

    The Third Way study, which was conducted in August, indicates the Democrats’ drop in registered voters coincides with a gain in independent voters.

    “There are about half a million more independents now than there were just for years ago,” Diggles said.

    One Democratic Party consultant told Fox News that independents in Ohio may be leaning Democratic – an effect that may be tied to the bailout of Chrysler and GM. One of eight people in Ohio work in businesses directly tied to the auto industry. The state has been carpeted with Obama ads that point to his bailout of the industry and it’s managed bankruptcy.

    Mitt Romney also favored a managed bankruptcy of the auto industry. But he criticized the expenditure of taxpayer money and the preferential treatment given to union-linked creditors over the industry’s secured creditors.

    Others question the bailout’s effect on swaying the minds of independent voters. In the words of Diggles, independents are “not a stable voting block at all.”

  78. Now lets work those numbers a bit and you’ll see exactly how Mitt Romney wins Ohio. Ohio

    2008 : Obama won Ohio by 270,000 votes, Dem Registration is now down nearly 400,000 votes since 2008………………….you do the math

    “It’s not just Cuyahoga County. Nearly 350,000 of those voters are the decrease in the rolls in the three largest counties, Cuyahoga, Hamilton and Franklin.” (these are huge dem districts, if numbers are way down and many don’t turn out Obama cannot win Ohio)

    Independent voters in Ohio are now up 500,000 votes and who’s leading the indy votes in Ohio, that’s right, Romney.

    So how do you equate a +9 dem skewed poll of Ohio with a 6-10% drop in Dem registration in that state……it does’nt compute, at best Ohio seems nearly a draw now in party advantage.

    Florida is down 4.9% of Dem voters, none of this computes to 2008 figures.

    Now will people get it into their heads, it can’t be like 2008 because there are not as many Dems signed up as there were 4 years ago, its just impossible.

  79. I actually think the interesting figure out of all of those is New Hampshire dem registration has dropped 19.7% since 2008….I mean that is just breathtaking, nearly 20% of the Dem party has disappeared there in 4 years.

    Goes to show how much crap Acorn and the Obama campaign pulled in 2008.

  80. why are we even there anymore? Our troops are getting to be more and more like sitting ducks. Get them out asap.

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

    As Hillary said in 2008, about Iraq.

  81. I really think this woman has serious problems. Now she has come up with another story, which has already been proven false. In other words – another lie!

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/fauxcahontas_latest_lame_excuse_AYSqBfv9C33dfuuDY1bsWN

    BTW why hasn’t she been disciplined for practicing law without a license? She should at least have had to drop out of the race. Doesn’t Massachusetts have an Attorney General?

    How come only democrats get away with these crimes?

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    *The Department of State’s Office of Press Relations during UNGA will be based out of the Waldorf Astoria’s Suite 24M. The phone number is: (646) 264-0221.

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a G8 Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition Foreign Ministers Meeting, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
    (OPEN PRESS FOR REMARKS AT TOP)
    Final access 8:15 a.m. in the Starlight Room.

    11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba and Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
    (OPEN PRESS FOR REMARKS AT TOP)
    Final access 10:15 a.m. in 24M.

    12:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts the Ad Hoc Friends of the Syrian People Ministerial, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
    (OPEN PRESS FOR REMARKS AT TOP)
    Final access 12 p.m. in the Starlight Room.

    3:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton participates in the U.S.-GCC Strategic Cooperation Forum, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
    (CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING).

    Our Hillary is fighting off the political leeches and the MSM but one day soon she is going to make her move for her country and BO and MO will be out the Door and enter the business world as experts on
    creating taxpayers waste spending as they milk the
    sacred cow of theivery in office.The oval office is just a cash register for them.

    By ABM94 and mad as hell.

  83. Leanora
    September 28th, 2012 at 5:54 am

    As a Harvard professor she can be a consutant “of council” on a case. That is not illegal.

  84. This is very interesting…someone is keeping tabs on absentee ballot/early voting ballot requests of 2012 vs 2008 in Ohio.

    The GOP are already at 101% of what was requested early in 2008 and Dems are only at 61% of what was done by ballot request voting in 2008.

    http://moelane.com/2012/09/27/tracking-ohios-absentee-ballot-requests/

    Seriously pollsters still think its gonna be 2008 reading this. In every county so far, GOP outstripping demand on Dems by quite a bit.

  85. Barack Obama, Master Debater?

    By Larry Johnson

    I don’t know if Obama is a masturbater, but he certainly is a jerk off. If you pay any attention to the increasingly irrelevant media you may have the impression that Romney might as well stay home next week. Why? Well, Obama is so smooth and so likable and so articulate that there is no way that Romney can win. He’s toast, you understand.

    Given the audacity of arrogance that is the Obama campaign, the Romney folks are celebrating quietly. Their man, while routinely disrespected and underestimated, has shown the ability to smoke more formidable opponents than Obama. Anyone think Obama could keep pace with Newt? I’m not a Newt fan by any stretch, but he is a nimble intellect and capable of thinking quickly on his feet. Recall what happened when he went toe-to-toe with Mitt. Newt took a drubbing.

    I’m also far from being a Rush Limbaugh fan. As you know, Rush inaccurately and unfairly attacked me. However, Rush’s recent analysis about the bias of the media is spot on. As someone who has done a lot of punditry on air, I am in a position to comment on the media and its bias. Just a reminder, I am prominently featured in Robert Greenwald’s OUTFOXED, where I discuss how Fox tried to shape and manipulate stories. I saw it firsthand.

    Never in my experience have I witnessed such a pervasive, concerted effort by a majority of the print and electronic media to carry water for a Presidential candidate.
    The media at large is performing political fellatio on Barack Obama and working desperately to promote his inevitable victory and present Romney as a certifiable loser. Don’t buy that bullshit for a second. The shrinking audience for these media hacks does not dissuade them from trying to influence the outcome of the election. But they forget that the electorate is no longer under their spell as compared to past eras, such as 1980.

    The economy, as we were reminded again today, is barely limping along. On the foreign policy front, Obama’s ability to run as the “conqueror of Al Qaeda” has been derailed by Al Qaeda’s successful, deadly attack on our Ambassador and the CIA base in Benghazi. In fact, the biggest story from that attack is not the murder of the Ambassador, but the destruction of the CIA operation. Even the New York Times felt compelled to report on that debacle.

    Next week in Denver, the bloom on the Obama rose will fade. He will be forced to defend a record that cannot be defended and Romney, defying all expectations, will skewer the boy from Hawaii.

  86. If Kerry is pushing this from the left side of the aisle, then he is doing so to scapegoat Hillary and save Obama. Nothing could be more obvious. John Kerry never had a patriotic impulse in his life. Never once. Never, ever, evah. He is a plutocratic scum bag who bears a stiking resemblance to Mr. Ed–a malevolent Mr. Ed.

    Obama’s Libya Lies Collapse: Senate Democrats Demand Answers
    John Nolte
    Breitbart

    The wheels appear to be coming off a two week attempt by the Obama Administration to cover up its fatal security failures at our consulate in Libya and to cover up the very fact that this was a successful pre-planned terrorist attack that cost four American lives, including that of our Libyan Ambassador, Christopher Stevens.

    Not only has the scandal picked up steam in the mainstream press (Jake Tapper’s ABC News report tonight is a must-watch), but high-ranking members of the President’s own party are now demanding answers. This includes the man most often cited as a likely Secretary of State should Obama win a second term, Senator John Kerry:

    Senate Democrats joined Republicans Thursday in questioning the Obama administration’s handling of the fatal Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and why the administration refused for days to acknowledge that it was a terrorist attack linked to al Qaeda.

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., circulated a bipartisan letter addressed to Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, asking for an “accounting of the attacks against U.S. missions in Egypt, Libya and Yemen,” according to a copy obtained by The Washington Examiner.

    The lawmakers are also demanding to know whether the administration had any advance warnings of the Libyan attack and, if so, whether it had shared that information with U.S. personnel on the ground.

    The letter marks the first time congressional Democrats have so directly expressed their dissatisfaction with the administration’s response to inquiries about the attacks, which resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others and raised questions about U.S. security throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa.

    A Kerry aide confirmed that the committee intended to enlist the support of Republicans and Democrats and said the letter would likely be sent Friday. Another aide told The Examiner that the panel’s 10 Democrats and nine Republicans plan to sign it.

    The false White House narrative blaming the murders on a protest gone bad over a YouTube video never really passed the smell test. But Obama maintained that illusion straight through to his speech before the United Nations two days ago, even as reports surfaced that our government knew al-Qaeda was behind the attack within 24 hours. Apparently, this has become too much to sweep under the rug for some of the mainstream press and Democrats.

    The behavior of Obama and Secretary of State Clinton over the past 14 days is a scandal of the highest order. Lies, cover ups, and neglect for security of American intelligence and personnel that borders on criminal.

    I’ve been skeptical that the same media, that early on conspired in this cover up by intentionally pouring all of its focus and fire on Mitt Romney’s criticism of the Cairo Embassy apology, would go near this before the election. But the sins are so great and glaring, it doesn’t look as though ignoring it will be possible for another 40 days.

    Follow John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC

  87. If I had to guess, I would say Power was the one behind the cover-up, Rice is just stupid, and Hillary is trying to cover the disintegrating mantle of US power and things that were. This has the stench of Power to it. Remember she was one of the three key players in forcing Obama to intervene on behalf of the Kadafi rebels. Yes, it is speculative, but if I had to guess, that is where I would put my money. Power is a dog, in every sense of the word. I mean that in a pejorative sense, not to be confused with man’s best friend.

  88. tim
    September 27th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    ——Wow, thanks for posting that. I admit, I grew tired of watching the camera walk the long line going to see Mitt, but what it captured sure made me feel good.

  89. moononpluto
    September 28th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    This is very interesting…someone is keeping tabs on absentee ballot/early voting ballot requests of 2012 vs 2008 in Ohio.

    The GOP are already at 101% of what was requested early in 2008 and Dems are only at 61% of what was done by ballot request voting in 2008.

    http://moelane.com/2012/09/27/tracking-ohios-absentee-ballot-requests/

    Seriously pollsters still think its gonna be 2008 reading this. In every county so far, GOP outstripping demand on Dems by quite a bit.

    ——–
    I am more than happy that the GOP/R2 are trying to dig deep into voting and keep their eyes out for 2008 type corruption. That gives me some hope.
    And anyone that has a pair of eyes and two ears has to be aware that the youth vote that was ‘there’ in 2008 is barely there at all…up until now.

    The only way the Fraud will pull votes like 2008 is with MASSIVE cheating.

  90. All the negative info made up by the media can’t all be countered to our advantage. Politico has an article which Althouse likens to playing grade school tactics. That is what the MSM has degenerated to. Romney is almost irrelevant at this point. He can’t be any worse than Obama. What we defeat, defeating Obama in this election is the corrupt media which does not help the public and in fact is harming the welfare of the general public by misinformation and hiding information. That never works toward building a thriving democracy. Fuck the media and defeat it, vote Romney for that reason if not anything else.

  91. I cannot help but think of Humpty Dumpty about now. Along with everything else, there is this:
    Obama Miscalculated Politics of Terrorism | Fox News
    By Chris Stirewalt
    Published September 28, 2012
    Today in Iraq, there was a massive prison break in which dozens of baddies broke out of a prison in Saddam Hussein’s hometown. The inmates, including suspected al Qaeda members, took control of the prison and then shot their way out, leaving 10 guards dead. The scariest part of the proposition is that al Qaeda members on the outside may have helped their comrades pull it off. This is bad news for the West in general as it shows another sign of al Qaeda regaining a foothold in the Middle East after many years in decline. Just as prior to the U.S.-led war on the organization that began after the 9/11 attacks, the organization is finding weak, wicked or unstable countries in which to operate. But this is also bad news for the re-election hopes of President Obama,
    snip
    The daring raid that killed bin Laden was the high point of Obama’s term. While he had greater accomplishments, particularly his more than $1 trillion in stimulus measures, his 2010 health law and a massive package of bank regulations, those things were mostly unpopular. Killing the most hated man in what was once known as Christendom is all upside. This perception of Obama as the vanquisher of al Qaeda was not only reinforced by the president’s frequent mentions of it but by leaks from the administration that cast Obama as a philosopher/warrior contemplating a kill list for his armada of drones and weighing carefully his power of life and death over his enemies. The only times Obama has much talked about radical Islamist terrorism in the campaign, he has sought to reinforce the notion that the war is won and he won it. He promises constant vigilance, but suggests that the season of anxiety for the nation is over. Imagine then, the alarm that rose within Team Obama when on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, terrorists pulled off a daring, successful attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing the American ambassador and three others.
    Thanks to the reporting of FOX News colleague Bret Baier, we now know that the administration had evidence that the killings were part of a terrorist attack. For Islamists to have pulled off such as strike on Sept. 11 was bad enough. That they did it in a nation where NATO had just installed a new government was worse. After months of vouching for the ascendant Islamist movement across the region as moderate and peaceful, the president found his own ambassador killed at the hands of Islamists….
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/28/obama-miscalculated-politics-terrorism-389370923/

  92. Romney was very good today in Pennsylvania. He was animated and strong with a very good narrative against Obama. This is also very smart and it is being handled well:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/netanyahu-romney-speak-friday_653167.html?nopager=1

    THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has scheduled a phone call for late morning Friday with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    President Obama refused to meet with Netanyahu on his trip to the United States, and the Israeli government presumably thought a meeting with the opposition candidate in the absence of one with the sitting president would be too provocative. But there was apparently an eagerness on the Israeli prime minister’s part to talk with Romney in order to help win as broad American support as possible for the red lines he outlined in his United Nations speech with respect to the Iranian nuclear program.

    As for Romney, he expects to explore Netanyahu’s understanding of the red lines, and also, we are told, wants to hear Netanyahu’s perspective on developments elsewhere in the Middle East.

    Apparently at the request of both principals, neither of their offices has put a hard-stop on their schedules for this call, so the discussion is likely to be both substantive and substantial.

    It will be interesting to hear the readouts tomorrow from both the Netanyahu and Romney camps after the “principals only” phone call—and to see the White House reaction, as well.

    In the summer, Netanyahu hosted Romney in Israel for dinner, hours after Romney delivered an address in Jerusalem.

    “Mitt, I want to thank you for those very strong words of support and friendship for Israel and for Jerusalem that we heard today in your speech by the walls of Jerusalem,” Netanyahu told Romney as he welcomed him to the prime minister’s residence.

    “Jerusalem today is marking the destruction of the city thousands of years ago. As you see it’s been rebuilt by the Jewish people, open to all the three great faiths, vibrant, bustling, and as you said, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and Jerusalem will always be the capital of Israel. So welcome to Jerusalem, Mitt.”

    Netanyahu and Romney have known each other for almost 35 years, having worked together at Boston Consulting Group in 1976.

  93. Leanora
    September 28th, 2012 at 4:21 am
    How insulting!

    Obama’s ambassador to the UN Susan Rice also blew off Netanyahu’s speech today. She went to lunch with some other officials instead.
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/un-real-obama-ambassador-rice-blew-off-netanyahu-speech-today-too-video/#comments
    ***************************************

    Bolton was on Greta and he said that it was Hillary’s call that Rice NOT attend the speech and in fact Hillary was at the luncheon. This was a direct slap at Israel he went on to say. That was disheartening to say the least.

    I use to think Bolton was nuts when he would speak about the UN in disparaging terms. I now believe he is right.

    The UN is no friend to America, Democracy, Israel. It is full of dictators and zealots all fighting against our interests. Now they are talking about a world tax. A world tax. Call it what it is, an American tax to spread our wealth to the world.

    Hell no.

  94. Hold on to your hats, a piece of good news in this field of weeds…

    New poll: Romney overtakes Obama on terrorism

    The foreign-policy results of the new Bloomberg National Poll haven’t gotten much attention yet, but the survey contains some bad news for the Obama campaign. According to the poll, Mitt Romney has a 48-42 advantage over Barack Obama on the question of which candidate would be tougher on terrorism. Romney, in other words, has encroached on one of Obama’s signature strengths.

    http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/27/new_poll_romney_overtakes_obama_on_terrorism

  95. On another note, not to sound like Jones, but on FOX of all places, the anchor was mocking Romney’s statement in PA today that he was going to win Pennsylvania.

    They did have a newspaper guy from PA that said there is literally no advertisement in PA. Romney’s campaign has spent 10 million on ads since May in PA.

    He is down by 8.5 in most polls there. But we know the polls.

  96. This is just a dumb movie
    *************

    MATT DAMON!!!11!11! Shill For Mideast Oil Interests
    —DrewM.

    Yesterday Ace blogged about the upcoming anti-fracking movie Matt Damon is staring in and it’s problems keep the good guys and bad guys straight.

    Well, it turns out there are some interesting money folks behind the movie. Namely the people that run the United Arab Emirates.

    Now I wonder, why in the world would some of the world’s largest exporters of oil have an interest in demonizing domestic oil production in the US? Oh right, they want to shut down a major source of product not under their control thereby weakening their cartel’s ability to control supply and pricing.

    Huh.

    Matt Damon: Useful idiot for the biggest of Big Oil.

  97. Now this is the kind of hard hitting ads Romney needs to make. Jesus, lets get this done. The fraud has to be called out and made to stand for his sins.

    I have this fear Romney is going to try to “out nice” the fraud in the debates.

    IT WILL NOT WORK!!!THE MEDIA HATES YOU AND WILL SPIN FOR THE FOOL ON THE HILL…ALWAYS. YOU MUST HIT HIM BETWEEN THE EYES, YOU MUST HIT HIM IN HIS SOLAR PLEXUS.

    Allen West Does Not Screw Around…ACE

    FIGhttp://youtu.be/R-lDL9_qDDsHT MITT, FIGHT!!!

  98. I’m afraid the POS is going to get a pass on Libya. The administration has prevented the FBI from heading to Benghazi to investigate. It’s being swept under the rug so it won’t interfere with the POS’s campaign. Nothing to see here, move on by.

    It is sickening.

  99. Iowa may be toast. They can have that toast with their corn husks straight up the bum.

    They gave us the fraud, I will NEVER forgive them.

  100. gonzotx
    September 28th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    That’s what I have been seeing. Fox is turning and headed toward the POS tank. It is depressing. Fox has been the only source for balanced coverage. WTF.

  101. Well, it turns out there are some interesting money folks behind the [anti-fracking] movie. Namely the people that run the United Arab Emirates.

    Now I wonder, why in the world would some of the world’s largest exporters of oil have an interest in demonizing domestic oil production in the US? Oh right, they want to shut down a major source of product not under their control thereby weakening their cartel’s ability to control supply and pricing.

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

    Same thing might apply to demonizing of wind farms, solar energy, and green initiatives in general.

  102. Part was posted on UM….

    Give up — Barack Obama has won. With the election only weeks away, it is clear from recent swing state polling that Mitt Romney has lost this election. According to the Quinnipiac numbers, in the battleground states of Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania, the president is ahead by 10%, 9% and 12%, respectively.

    Romney can’t win. Just ask any journalist or newscaster. He is toast — stick a fork in him.

    Bull…

    If anything, the closer we get to Election Day, the more apparent it is that Obama is not only losing, but losing big. The Obama campaign, and by “campaign” I mean members of the media and polling organizations, is trying to convince prospective Romney voters to believe that all is lost — in which case, they hope, we will stay home.

    But just because they say so, that doesn’t make it true.

    Everyone knew from the outset that Obama, with his sad record of continuous failure on almost every front, was going to air out his inner bitterness and envy, and campaign negatively. But did anyone suspect that his sole hope for victory would rest on trying to suppress the vote of his opponent with naked media bias and polling — most of which assumes a higher Democrat turnout than in 2008, when the electorate, many Republicans included, swallowed whole Obama’s vision of “hope and change”?

    Well, three and a half years later, the digestion of that particular meal has given America and Americans an ulcer — a bleeding ulcer. I can attest to that — every time I see the man or hear him speak, it makes me sick to my stomach.

    It is ludicrous to maintain that Obama, a curiously small giant of humanity, is ahead anywhere in this nation by 10%. The recent meme of the inevitability of Barack Obama is merely the delusional desperation of sycophantic minions. What else do they have? What else can they say?

    The polls allege Obama is ahead by 10% in Ohio (or should I use the Hawaiian spelling, “Oiho”) — a mining state — where part of the economy depends on King Coal and the money it brings in. This is the man who, through his agents at the EPA, has singlehandedly destroyed the coal industry in America.

    He is said to be ahead by 12% in Pennsylvania — also a mining state, and home of the Marcellus Shale natural gas field. Yet even the uninformed know that under Barack Obama there will be no drilling for oil, mining coal, or building nuclear power plants. And probably in a second term, the EPA will shut down fracking, which means no natural gas either.

    Yeah…he’s way ahead.

    In Florida, he is leading by 9%. It is beyond belief that the state, with its large population of seniors and Jews, is going to vote overwhelmingly for the man whose signature legislation, ObamaCare, decimates Medicare and who has marginalized and insulted Israel repeatedly during his entire term. Remember, he had time for Whoopi, but not for Netanyahu.

    And let’s not forget that Florida is a state with no state income tax. In fact, many people move there for that reason — how do you think they got Lebron? Yet we are supposed to believe they will vote for the man who gave us 20 new taxes through Obamacare and plans to raise taxes all around? And if you don’t think his proposed one-year extension for most of the Bush tax cuts, set to expire January 1, 2013, is not a plan to let all tax rates rise a year later, you haven’t been paying attention.

    Yeah…he’s going to win big there.

    The truth is plain to see. Obama is not going to pick up any new voters with his record of economic destruction and the misery he has foisted upon the electorate. He will bleed support as his base withers away in the harsh glare of the Obama reality.

    Take his vote total from 2008 and subtract out some portion of the voters who bought the dream but lived the nightmare.

    Then, subtract out some portion of the youth vote, who have discovered that hope means no jobs and student loans they can’t pay, while change means whatever coins they can find underneath the cushions of their mother’s sofa — in whose house they are relegated to live because of poor prospects and lack of opportunity.

    Remove the women who don’t agree with abortion on demand and contraceptives for all — free and clear.

    Remove the Catholics and other religious “folks” (a favorite Obama term) for the same reason, in addition to his assault on religious freedom, support of same-sex marriage, and antipathy for insulting the prophet of Islam, while accepting any slight on the Judeo-Christian American tradition.

    …Oh my goodness, did I just hurt the feelings of Muslims by not capitalizing “prophet”? I anxiously await the knock on the door from the Obama secret police.

    Remove the Jews who are appalled at his treatment of Israel and his obvious sympathy for Islamists.

    Remove the sensible, who recognize Obama’s impotence in the face of Iran’s steady march toward acquiring a nuclear weapon. After all, we have nothing to fear from Iran, a nation whose leaders continuously call for the destruction of Israel and America.

    Take out all those people who can no longer afford the drive to work, now that Obama has allowed the price of gasoline to double during his tenure.

    In addition, many blacks, who have suffered most under this man’s policies, will not be there for him this time around. They may not vote against him — racial solidarity, and all that — but many will certainly stay home.

    Remove the voters who do not like the fact that for Barack, the buck always stops at Bush.

    Simply put, people will not go out of their way to support someone who has tortured them into submission for three and a half years. Even though they may not tell pollsters that.

    With that in mind, can anyone say there is the same level of electoral enthusiasm for the president as there was in 2008?

    For many supporters, who still believe in the myth of Obama but are not so far gone they cannot see what he hath wrought lo these last few years, a second term for the president is like a colonoscopy — they have to say yes. But really, who looks forward to it?

    The once unstoppable Obama movement has constipated to a halt. He was once a god, and now he is man — a nasty, unsuccessful man, who blames everyone and everything for his serial failures.

    After all is said and done, what is he left with? The same hardcore group of delusional ideologues who would vote for him even if they came home from work and caught him beating their grandmothers to death with his Nobel Prize — but these voters were never in play anyway.

    Obama is going to lose in a landslide. And Barack Obama, the media, and the polling organizations will be appropriately shocked.

    Shocked, I say!

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/its_over.html
    Round up the usual suspects.

  103. Wake Up, Jews!
    By Rabbi Aryeh Spero

    No doubt, it’s hard for people to give up their lifelong attachments and identity. But there are moments in history when a turning point arrives, and those with eyes to see and ears to hear recognize it. Many Jews have made political liberalism their religion and personal identity and the Democrat Party their unexamined home and comfort zone. But everything changed early September.

    Rarely do modern-day political conventions startle. The Democratic National Convention, however, was earthshaking and a warning to Jews to wake up. Democrat delegates decided to stick it to Israel. We no longer care, they roared, if Israel remains a Jewish state; flood her heartland with millions of so-called Palestinians whose goal is to make the state Islamic. We will not condemn Hamas for targeting Jewish population centers with rockets. Jerusalem is not Israel’s indivisible capital but should be divided, like Berlin was. Such was the undeniable sentiment of the delegates at the Convention.

    After objections from outside the Convention, the chairman reinstated support for Jerusalem. But he was resoundingly booed. The world saw how those boos far outweighed the yeas. My fellow Jews, the boos were for you; those boos were for Israel, a successful Israel that sticks in the craw of a leftist, socialist mindset that sees Israel not as the beacon of freedom and accomplishment she is, but as something outside the leftist ideological orbit. Sure, they will take your contributions and your votes, but they don’t want your Israel, and they expect you to forgo distinctly Jewish needs on the altar of leftism. We saw not liberalism, but hardcore leftism, and we saw a home where the welcome mat is quite conditional and worn out.

    The prophet Daniel saw the writing on the wall. All too often throughout our history, we Jews, and especially heads of major Jewish organizations, have failed to see the writing on the wall. We are afraid to see that which is a game-changer, and so we deny events we wish were not happening. After all, who wants to change the comfort zone?

    It was a convention, like the last four years of the Obama administration, reveling in class warfare. Class warfare, like Occupy Wall Street and other scapegoating calls, has never been good for the Jews. We are often the scapegoat of those envious. Knowing this, Ahmadinejad scheduled a meeting with Occupy, a movement endorsed last year by many bigwigs in the Democratic Party and even President Obama himself. Jihadists and much of Islam want to delegitimize the concept of a Jewish state by tarnishing Jews as “those rich capitalists” unworthy of a state among the community of nations.

    Too often, we Jews have been beguiled into believing that Jews in positions of power have our interests at heart. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is but the latest who would have us think she is “doing what is good for the Jews” when, in fact, she is doing and will continue to do what is good for Debbie and her power base. Similarly, the heads of the major Jewish organizations have been conspicuously silent — a silence that would not prevail if a Republican were doing the things to Israel Obama is doing.

    Job openings are way down; 50% of college graduates, our children, can’t find jobs; and Mr. Obama will continue to weaken national security and thus the safety of our families…and continue to make it more difficult for Israel to survive. For many, all this is secondary and expendable for their more important agenda of abortion on demand and gay marriage. How frivolous; how irresponsible!

    We can determine what truly is important to a person when he is forced to choose between two values. Since when is it a Jewish value to condemn Israel to misery just so one can be assured of abortion at any time, under any circumstance? Most of your grandparents would have chosen Israel over abortion and gay marriage. As our sages tell us: “The wages of immorality are further immorality.”

    President Obama has time to meet with Muslim Brotherhood Morsi of Egypt, who has declared his intention to get rid Israel, but Mr. Obama has no time to meet with Israel’s Netanyahu, whose country is under imminent nuclear threat from Iran. Israel’s concern about a possible nuclear Holocaust is, for Mr. Obama, dismissed as mere noise, while his delegates at the U.N. on Sept. 24 are ordered to sit and listen to the vile noise of the Holocaust-denier and Iranian Jew-hater-in-chief. It is clear that Mr. Obama’s underlying sympathy is with the Muslim Brotherhood and its spread and influence around the world. He is coaxing us to accept Islamic attitudes and norms. This speaks volumes — to those willing to see the facts as they truly are.

    My friends, get off the train, now. The track is pointing in a very dangerous direction. You will not prevail over the trend; on the contrary, you will become part of the trend. As an elder clergyman, I’m horrified as I watch many Jews — young and old — slowly evolve into proponents of positions unwholesome, dangerous, and destined toward spiritual and physical suicide.

    True, you will be forced to stop your demonizing of Republicans. You may have to vote for Romney, a candidate singular in his passion and love for Israel as a living concept, an indivisible Jerusalem, and for Israelis and Jews as Jews. You will have to wipe away the gruesome fantasies you have concocted about Republicans and conservative Americans. That’s OK. In fact, it is a nice thing to do and is good for the soul.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/wake-up_jews.html

  104. George Soros Panics About Romney Win, Mother Jones Scrubs Story

    [snip]

    Now the circle is complete. Soros is giving $1 million to the type of super PAC he has historically said he didn’t approve of–and he’s giving to the very super PAC that David Brock has essentially taken under his wing. The Brock / Begala team clearly has a lot of sway with major donors. What did they say to convince Soros to go against his long-standing aversion to ad-based “special interest” PACs?

    Is there possibly some panic among the liberal elite that the media are not telling us about? Amazingly, Mother Jones might have accidentally provided a clue–and then quickly covered it up.

    When you go to that last link, you’ll find the story was removed. Luckily, we have a screen cap of what used to be there.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/09/28/PANIC-George-Soros-To-Give-1-Million-to-Pro-Obama-PAC

  105. T A COMMENT
    If you’re going to believe the polls released from CBS/New York Times this morning — you know, the polls the media’s currently using to beat Romney senseless and to depress Republican enthusiasm, you have to believe that the turnout advantage for Democrats over Republicans will blow away every previous record and common sense.

    It’s that simple. Because these polls are not only telling us that Romney is losing OH, PA, and FL by insurmountable margins; these polls are also telling us that Democrat turnout is projected to blow away every modern record.

    But these media polls don’t headline what they’re seeing as far as the Democrat turnout advantage because no one would believe it. In fact, no one believes Obama will match the D+7 nationwide advantage he enjoyed in 2008. And no one certainly believes he will surpass it.

    Oh, except this non-stop litany of media polls being wielded like weapons by the corrupt media.

    Here are the CBS/New York Times internals. And here’s the con the CBS/NYTs is attempting to pull:

    Florida:

    In 2004 the vote was R+4.

    In 2008 the vote was D+3

    CBS/NYTs is reporting that in 2012 we will see D+9.

    Ohio:

    In 2004 the vote was R+5

    In 2008 the vote was D+8

    CBS/NYTs is reporting that in 2012 we will see D+9

    Pennsylvania:

    In 2010 the vote was D+3

    In 2008 the vote was D+7

    JUICED: PRO-OBAMA POLLS RELY ON RECORD DEM TURNOUT

    CBS/NYTs is reporting that in 2012 we will see D+9.

    Again, why won’t the media report the dramatic news that Democrats are expected to turnout in record numbers against Republicans?

    Because the media doesn’t believe it.

    And yet, that’s exactly what media polls claim will happen.

  106. Barry is too busy to meet leaders of other nations at the UN, he is too busy to get security briefings for about have of his time as pResident and now he is too busy to prepare for the debates.

    How low do we set expectations for his happy times campaigning and playing golf?

    ———-
    Spokeswoman: Obama Too Busy For Debate Prep

    Today, aboard Air Force One, traveling press secretary for the Obama campaign Jen Psaki doubled down on the Obama team strategy of playing down expectations for next week’s debate with Mitt Romney. She explained to the press:

    The President will have some time to prepare, and he’s been doing some studying. But it is certainly less than we anticipated because of the events in the Middle East, because of his busy travel schedule, because of just the constraints of governing. So it is less than we originally planned.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/27/Obama-no-time-prep-debate

  107. This ranting against the “media” while citing the media to buttress your contentions is a form of cognitive dissonance.

    “They’re all liars except for this source that I happen to agree with”…

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2012/09/27/fox-news-poll-voters-want-change-president-to-stand-up-for-free-speech/

    It’s FOX news…are they also part of this conspiracy?

    Perhaps the candidate and his campaign bear some small responsibility…

  108. TheRealist
    September 28th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    We had found that Fox was usually fair, and dare I say balanced in the last few years, outside of their hatred of the Clintons, which had been mellowing out. I guess when the reality of the fraud hit them.

    Now, sarcastic towards Romney, is this how you win?

    Do they think it will make him change directions, be more forceful?

    Hell, all I know, it doesn’t help to have 100% against you.

  109. Anyone seen this one coming?

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    I wonder how much worse the real facts about Obama are when they finally bubble up to the surface from the cesspool they were flung.

  110. We already knew that Ann Durham posed nude when she was young. I can’t see any benefit in dragging these pictures out again.

    I am not one to stick up for obama – but this is his mother for goodness sake! Leave it alone!

    Besides, whatever she did back then has nothing to do with him.

    This is getting too low for me.

  111. @ Leonora

    I know. I saw those pictures years ago. I don’t think that this will help anyone. Another bit of vetting coming to light.

    You would think that a program to spend “$20 million per year for 10 years to aid 10,000 minority students each year, including blacks, Arabs, Hispanics, Asians and native Americans” would be referred to somewhere other than one obscure 1979 column, but I haven’t found any other word of it.

    Maybe the funding materialized, maybe it didn’t, but what’s particularly noteworthy is that this black Islamic lawyer who “for several years [had] urged the rich Arab kingdoms to cultivate stronger ties to America’s blacks by supporting black businesses and black colleges and giving financial help to disadvantaged students” was also the same lawyer who allegedly helped arrange for the entrance of Barack Obama into Harvard Law School in 1988.

    That tale had surfaced in 2008 when Barack Obama was a candidate for president and one of the leading black politicians in the country — Percy Sutton of New York — told an interviewer on a Manhattan TV news show that he had been introduced to Obama “by a friend who was raising money for him. The friend’s name is Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, from Texas. He is the principal adviser to one of the world’s richest men. He told me about Obama.” (2)


    1979 Newspaper Article By Valerie Jarrett Father-In-Law Reveals Start Of Arab Purchase Of U.S. Presidency

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