The Raindrop Explodes

Update II: There is joy for those hoping the Romney campaign opens a new front in Pennsylvania: PAUL RYAN TO CAMPAIGN IN PITTSBURGH TOMORROW!

When: Saturday, October 20th, 2012
Doors Open 8:15 AM | Event Begins 10:15 AM
Where: Atlantic Aviation, 300 Horizon Drive in Moon Township, PA 15108

What is the current VP up to? Cover your faces in embarrassment: Biden now waving binders around during his stump speech. Division, subtraction, silliness, fear and smear is all the Obama campaign has left.

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Update: Obama is busy dividing and subtracting with hot button issues along with silly insults (“Romnesia”) to distract from his failures and bamboozle the populace. Mitt Romney is denouncing the Obama failure of leadership and is now broadcasting a new Romney ad on bipartisanship: “We need to have leadership in Washington that will bring people together”

As to Florida, we have an additional report, to add to those below, from all important Pinellas county:

“Hi All. Great piece Admin. Like Outris, I too live in Pinellas County near St. Pete Beach. A month or so ago there were about 5-6 Romney signs on my little island and ONE for Obama. (I know the Obama Lady and she behaves quite similarly to Old Joe did in the Veep Debate, sans the laughter and grinning.) about 2 weeks ago, I took a drive around my neighborhood and saw a remarkable sight! DOZENS AND DOZENS of Romney signs in people’s yards! In addition, I have friends who live across a main road and their little neighborhood was bare of any signs at all. I went to see them last weekend, turned down their street, and was almost blinded by a COMPLETE STREET full of Romney signs, red white and blue and shining in the sun! The demographic of my area used to be mostly retirees (of which I am not one) but over the last 4-5 years, it has changed to more young families and singles.

I don’t see many bumper stickers at all unless I am downtown (St. Pete) – and there are more BUMPER STICKERS for O, but in the neighborhoods I go through on the way, I would say that it’s about 2/1 Romney yard signs in those yards that have them at all. And some of those are the big 4×8 foot ones as previously mentioned. IN YARDS!”

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Sometimes all it takes is one more tiny raindrop on a soaked terrain to trigger a mudslide that brings the entire mountainside down on your head.

Watching Barack Obama, at last night’s Al Smith Dinner – all alone like a bachelor – as he was mercilessly mocked by host Al Smith IV (“President Obama, it’s never good when your opponent has produced more sons than you have jobs.”) and guest Mitt Romney (“As President Obama surveys the Waldorf banquet room, with everyone in white tie and finery, you have to wonder what he’s thinking: so little time, so much to redistribute.”) we could not help but wonder if David Axelrod has had “the talk” with Barack and Michelle Obama.

“The talk” is that conversation between campaign manager and candidate, typically held on the Monday before election day, when the campaign manager says “it’s over”. Perhaps that explains why Michelle’s scowl face was not at hubby’s side last night. “Why bother with them, why talk with them, why take their barbs, when we are going to lose?”

Michelle Obama has a lot to scowl about. Newspaper endorsements have less punch to them than in days of yore but the important Orlando Sentinel in the important I-4 Corridor of the important state of Florida, the paper that endorsed Obama in 2008 has today endorsed Mitt Romney and that surely bought a scowl unto the lantern jawed face of Michelle Obama:

“Economic growth, three years into the recovery, is anemic. Family incomes are down, poverty is up. Obama’s Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, highlighted these and other hard truths in this week’s second debate.

Even the September jobless numbers deserve an asterisk, because more than 4 million Americans have given up looking for work since January 2009.

And while the nation’s economy is still sputtering nearly four years after Obama took office, the federal government is more than $5 trillion deeper in debt. It just racked up its fourth straight 13-figure shortfall.

We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.

Obama’s defenders would argue that he inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, and would have made more progress if not for obstruction from Republicans in Congress. But Democrats held strong majorities in the House and Senate during his first two years.

Other presidents have succeeded even with the other party controlling Capitol Hill. Democrat Bill Clinton presided over an economic boom and balanced the budget working with Republicans. Leaders find a way.

Campaigns and Elections magazine in an article called “The 10 counties Romney needs to win” explains why the I-4 Corridor is the second most important county area in the country in presidential races:

“Pinellas County, Fla. Population: 916,542 Largest city: St. Petersburg

The top-two counties are both part of Florida’s I-4 Corridor, which runs through the Daytona Beach, Orlando and Tampa areas. The I-4 Corridor is the most important region in this presidential election. In Pinellas County, St. Petersburg has some neighborhoods that are solidly Democratic, but most of the territory is split 50/50. Every precinct could make the difference between winning and losing.

Past results: Bush was in a virtual tie with Kerry here while Obama bested Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) 54-46.”

In our comments section, Outris reports that the Romney signage in Pinellas County far outpaces, um, Obama’s. Also from the comments MoonOnPluto uploads some pertinent information on Romney leading in absentee ballots in Pinellas County. In September before the debates, NoMoBama wrote an eyewitness report which had some good news for Obama but which we also suspect has changed at least somewhat if the latest polling is to be believed:

“Ninety-five percent (95%) of likely voters in the Sunshine State say they are certain to vote in this year’s election. Among these voters, it’s Romney 51%, Obama 47%.

Florida allows early voting, and among voters who have already voted, Romney’s ahead 51% to 45%.

Among those who have yet to vote, 88% say they have already made up their minds which candidate they will vote for. Romney leads 54% to 45% among these voters.”

The mountainside is getting drenched and the scowl on Michelle’s face has turned to granite. The Tennessean which since the 1970s has not endorsed a Republican unleashes a thunderstorm on the mountainside:

“In 2012, the United States faces crippling debt; seemingly endless military conflicts and terror threats; an aging population; and sweeping workforce and geopolitical changes that threaten to turn our society upside down.

America needs strong leadership; yet, our leaders in Washington have seldom looked more impotent. [snip]

The next president must be the one with the best chance to get the crushing, $16 trillion national debt under control, coupled with the more immediate need of enabling a vibrant job market.

It is because the economy is paramount that The Tennessean endorses Gov. Mitt Romney for president. [snip]

President Obama’s steps to get spending under control and reduce the debt are too tentative, and again hark back to his inability to possess the leadership to break the partisan gridlock in Congress. [snip]

He has generally made poor choices of the people needed to get the job done, such as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. And the number of jobs created during his term simply has not kept up with demand. [snip]

But it’s clear whatever shaky bridges were burned in the push for health reform only emboldened Republicans to oppose his subsequent economic proposals. That has rendered much of his presidency ineffective.

Barack Obama was elected in 2008 with a call for hope and change. Perhaps the change he spoke of could only come with the help of Mitt Romney.

Like Goldilocks walking up to hostile bears surrounding her, Jewish Americans are waking up to the threat of Barack Obama. The Chicago Jewish Star, which in 2008 endorsed Obama, is pouring water on the mountaintop too:

“It is not only that Mr. Obama thus deserves to be a one-term proposition; it is that Mr. Romney is simply the better bet for our country.” – Chicago Jewish Star

The threat of Islamic terror, a depressed and failing economy, an unsure future for a troubled healthcare system, a genocidal-spewing Iran, an unbalanced Middle East– these are some of the problems which surfaced after that fateful September day and mutated afterwards in unexpected ways.

With his executive experience, belief in the enervating potential of the private sector, proven ability to deal with opposing views, positive outlook and quiet but admirable religious and charitable persona, Mitt Romney is the candidate who can best guide our country in the years ahead.

We like Mr. Romney- and strongly endorse his candidacy for president- because of his moderate, small-government views

We like Mr. Romney because he is able to travel to a hot-bed area like Israel and- openly, unapologetically, and accurately- commend the Jewish state for its achievements, while frankly acknowledging that it is Palestinian recalcitrance which has denied peace to the area.

We like Mr. Romney because he understands the need to create jobs by providing the right environment for the private sector to do so.

Finally, we like Mr. Romney because he, and his running mate Paul Ryan, have announced that they believe in accountability. The buck stops in the Oval Office.

Finally we like Mr. Romney in comparison to his opponent. The administration of Barack Obama has been a failure.

Contrary to the implications of Mr. Obama’s 2008 statement, Americans provided for the sick before his time; the rise of the oceans did not begin “to slow” and our planet did not begin “to heal”- not in a metaphoric sense and not in a real one.

Mr. Obama’s unsatisfactory direction for America was rooted in untenable assumptions, fueled by arrogance, and promoted by divisiveness. We don’t need more of that.

It is not only that Mr. Obama thus deserves to be a one-term proposition; it is that Mr. Romney is simply the better bet for our country.

The raindrops are exploding all over the place.

A.B. Stoddard was a reliable spinner of Obama lore. A.B. Stoddard today:

Obama spinning toward a loss

President Obama is losing. So says the latest Gallup poll, and so do those swelling numbers in key states like Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia and Ohio.

Democrats say wait, he won the second debate. They are holding their breath, hoping polls next week will show that this week’s debate brought the herky-jerk of the campaign back full swing, with Obama back to his September lead in the swing states and poised to win. But with two weeks to go, a sudden surge in voter support for a president as unpopular as this one, in an economy this weak, is simply hard to believe. Conservatives like Karl Rove note that this late in October, no candidate with support higher than 50 percent (see Mitt Romney: Gallup) has ever gone on to lose. [snip]

There is no obvious reason for Obama’s performance to reverse the course of the campaign and blunt Romney now. And though there is one final debate next week, a back-and-forth on national security and foreign policy isn’t likely to make the sale for anyone who still cannot make up his or her mind.

Romney is arguing Obama has still failed to articulate a reason, plan or purpose for a second term. He is correct. [snip]

Indeed, though President Obama was deemed the debate winner by numerous snap polls this week, the polls show just how firm Romney’s support has grown. In every poll he beat Obama by a wide margin on who is stronger on the economy.

Mitt Romney won the first debate in Denver. Mitt Romney won the second debate in Hofstra. Mitt Romney will win the third debate in Florida.

Bachelor Obama, walking down the lonely road, will soon find the mountain did not come to Mohammad, the mountain fell on him. Four years of boobery and treachery has been enough. It’s time for a change.

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318 thoughts on “The Raindrop Explodes

  1. Admin..

    Had I known my post would be referenced, I would have chosen the um, “one’s” name more appropriately. 😉

  2. An excellent synopsis.

    It captures the momentum of the debate.

    Newton’s first law of physics says this:

    A body in motion or at rest tends to stay in motion or at rest.

    And so it is here.

  3. Breaking on FOX . . . .

    New State Dept. Documents Reveal Concerns About Security in Libya Before Terror Attack (Fox News)
    Ambassador Stevens shown begging for help from State Department for weeks

    No link yet. Stay tuned!

  4. breaking news on Fox…devasting documents that unequivocally show that Amb Stevens was extremely worried about attacks, and in fact, on the day he died he had sent out a communication emphasizing his concerns…

    Mitt needs to absorb all of this and go into Monday’s debate and in his systematic style, tick off exactly what the hell was going on and then ASK who was denying the Amb his repeated requests for help in Bengazzi as everything was deteroriating around him…and then he was killed

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/19/documents-show-stevens-worried-about-libya-security-threats-al-qaeda-before/

  5. Correction: momentum of the ELECTION, of which the debates are most certainly a part, but now it is a bit more than that. And as the momentum gathers force, big media has three choices: Lead, follow or get out of the way. As noted, CBS is in an ideal position to establish an unassailable market position if they respond to this seismic change which has occurred. I will be very interested to see how they play the hand that fate has dealt to them on Monday night. Meanwile Crowley looks like a dinosaur, and her employer will soon be sucking bilge water.

  6. New State Dept. Documents Reveal Concerns About Security in Libya Before Terror Attack (Fox News)
    Ambassador Stevens shown begging for help from State Department for weeks
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    The Ultimate video:

    1. Scene 1: Ambassador begs for help

    2. Scene 2: Hillary cables to Obama asking for help.

    3. Scene 3: Ambassador, sodomized, dragged through streets, murdered.

    4. Scene 4: Obama: I killed Osama. I have al Qaeda on the run. However, there will be bumps in the road.

    The Obama logo, the Obama slogan, I am not responsible, then fade to black

  7. You don’t do this unless you are sure you are gonna win……

    Mitt Romney’s transition team is quietly talking with government officials and Capitol Hill to develop a plan, if he’s elected, to prevent massive cuts to the defense budget and extend tax cuts first passed under President George W. Bush.

    The Republican’s goal is to put his own stamp on legislation to fix the so-called fiscal cliff well before his Jan. 20 inauguration. The tax cuts are set to expire Jan. 1, and economists in both political parties warn say the reductions in spending combined with higher taxes would likely throw the country back into recession.

    The economic policy planning is a major element of what’s dubbed “The Readiness Project” inside the campaign. Led by former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, Romney’s transition team has been at work since summer preparing to choose Cabinet officials and build the new government if he’s elected. The team has held events to raise private money, hired more staff in Washington, and moved into bigger, government-provided offices Sept. 4. Some of Romney’s top campaign advisers, including former private equity colleague Bob White, are preparing to take on larger roles in the transition.

    Looming over the standard transition discussions is the big policy fight on the horizon — created by lawmakers trying to force a deal to reform entitlements and cut government spending — and what role Romney should take if elected.

    President Barack Obama also faced significant, pressing policy problems and began grappling with them before the inauguration. The country’s financial system was in crisis, work was beginning on an economic stimulus plan and U.S. automakers were still in trouble. In the early months of his term, Obama pushed a stimulus bill through Congress and restructured the auto companies in a bailout process that Bush had begun.

    http://news.yahoo.com/elected-romney-wants-fiscal-cliff-084434165–election.html

  8. here is what MOM said. 🙂

    Mother of Slain Diplomat To Obama – ” My Son Is Not Very Optimal – My Son Is Very Dead “

    (Mother Pat Smith is outraged over Barack Obama’s words regarding her son’s death in Benghazi.)

    The mother of an American diplomat killed during a terrorist raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has hit out at Barack Obama for describing the attack as ‘not optimal’, saying: ‘My son is not very optimal – he is also very dead.’
    During an interview shown on Comedy Central, Obama responded to a question about his administration’s confused communication after the assault by saying: ‘If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220241/Barack-Obama-Benghazi-attack-Mother-diplomat-criticises-Presidents-optimal-comment.html

  9. Gonna be a killer last 2 weeks….

    RNC raised $48.4 million in Sept / $82.6 million CoH

    (DNC has $4m left and $20 million in debt)

  10. CNN finally moving towards reality……

    CNN Florida poll shows 5 point move towards Romney. Now 49-48%. Romney up 1.

  11. After a lifetime of voting for and supporting Democrats — and even declining appointment to the U.S. Senate from a Democratic governor — Lee Iacocca Thursday endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president.

    The blessings of the onetime Chrysler chairman are expected to help Romney in two highly competitive states: Pennsylvania, where the 88-year-old Iacocca was born and raised and is still widely respected, and in Michigan, where Iacocca rose to become a major figure in the auto industry and won international praise for cobbling together the government-backed loans that saved Chrysler in 1980.

    Iacocca, who now lives in California, issued a statement saying he backed Romney because of his “dozens of years of experiences in the public and private sectors” and because the GOP nominee has a plan that “will enable a stronger America.”
    http://www.humanevents.com/2012/10/19/lee-iacocca-endorses-romney-for-president/

  12. Not the rain we’re talking about here, but it is Friday night and we haven’t had a video Friday in a while.

  13. Well, I will be off to work in a few hours, here’s to hoping Big Bird doesn’t do something foolish this w/e and get Americans killed in his attempt to wag the dog and win an election.

  14. Investors took stocks down hard Friday after a string of disappointing earnings from industry stalwarts — McDonald’s, General Electric, Microsoft, Google, to name a few — served as a reminder of the economy’s struggles.

    Analysts now expect S&P 500 earnings growth of 0.04%, essentially flat and the lowest growth rate since the third quarter of 2009.

    Some kind of recovery we’ve got here. Let’s check: Present day indices show almost no recovery whatsoever. Forward-looking indices show almost no anticipated recovery.

  15. Let’s hope this is just a rumor…

    Gloria Allred won’t address Drudge October surprise speculation

    Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred will not confirm or deny Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge’s speculation that she will soon “make a move” to affect the presidential election.

    Allred is so far not commenting 0n the rumor, chalking her silence up to client privacy.

    “I have no comment at this time about Mr. Drudge’s Tweet,” Allred told Radar Online. “I don’t discuss meetings with potential clients.”

    In early October, Allred met with President Obama during a campaign fundraiser at the Nokia Theater in L.A.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/19/gloria-allred-mum-on-drudge-october-surprise-speculation/#ixzz29mU0goN6

  16. http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/19/top-10-most-punchable-faces-in-media-slideshow/

    After Tuesday’s presidential debate, Mitt Romney’s eldest son, Tagg, said that he would like to take a swing at the president. In return, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell wants to punch Tagg Romney.

    In light these feeble threats of physical violence, we got to thinking about the 10 most punchable faces in the media.

    If anyone has a problem with this list, we’ll verbally punch you over Twitter or have some other type of non-physical confrontation. Be very afraid.
    *************

    I have a few I could add and not all male!

  17. Saw on another site that Gloria Alred is up to something. She won’t discuss what her meeting with ‘a client’ was about but just had a meeting around the first of October with Bambi.

    Who’s Alred gonna throw under the bus

  18. Lawrence O’Donnell
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    This low life bastard trained to be a priest? More like a devil worshipper.

  19. …just for the record…voting by mail has begun in Florida,

    however actual ‘early voting’ begins on:

    Sat, Oct 27 thru Sat, Nov 3rd from 7 am – 7 pm

  20. …this is good news…

    http://www.humanevents.com/2012/10/19/lee-iacocca-endorses-romney-for-president/

    Lee Iacocca endorses Romney for president

    By: John Gizzi
    10/19/2012 10:17 AM

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    After a lifetime of voting for and supporting Democrats — and even declining appointment to the U.S. Senate from a Democratic governor — Lee Iacocca Thursday endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president.

    The blessings of the onetime Chrysler chairman are expected to help Romney in two highly competitive states: Pennsylvania, where the 88-year-old Iacocca was born and raised and is still widely respected, and in Michigan, where Iacocca rose to become a major figure in the auto industry and won international praise for cobbling together the government-backed loans that saved Chrysler in 1980.

    Iacocca, who now lives in California, issued a statement saying he backed Romney because of his “dozens of years of experiences in the public and private sectors” and because the GOP nominee has a plan that “will enable a stronger America.”

    What makes Iacocca’s endorsement of Romney particularly newsworthy is that, although he has long insisted he is an independent, the onetime auto titan has a history of supporting more Democrats than Republicans. He backed George W. Bush for president in 2000, but then backed John Kerry in 2004. Four years ago, he endorsed then-Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico for the Democratic nomination for president. In 1991, following the death of Sen. John Heinz (R-Ill.), Pennsylvania’s then-Democratic Gov. Bob Casey Sr. publicly voiced a desire to appoint Keystone State son Iacocca to fill the vacancy in the Senate. But Iacocca declined, and the appointment went to Democrat Harris Wofford.

    Even more interesting about Iacocca lining up behind Romney is that, where the Republican nominee has been critical of the auto bailout, Iacocca told the Detroit News in 2010 that he supported the Obama administration’s plan to save General Motors and Chrysler. He did, however, say that the bailout plan cut out too many dealerships.

    In his 2009 book Leadership, Iacocca was highly critical of President Obama and his administration, and in his statement endorsing Romney, he said “hope and speeches won’t get our people back to work.”

  21. So he was at GMU in Fairfax I hear and started the supreme court nomination scare. Romney has already said that R v W is not on his agenda. I hope he can come out strongly and say it without the repercussions form stupid conservatives in his own party.

  22. Northern VA.. we have to see how much of that is in Obama’s corner. That will tip the scale one way or another.

  23. Hi All. Great piece Admin. Like Outris, I too live in Pinellas County near St. Pete Beach. A month or so ago there were about 5-6 Romney signs on my little island and ONE for Obama. (I know the Obama Lady and she behaves quite similarly to Old Joe did in the Veep Debate, sans the laughter and grinning.) about 2 weeks ago, I took a drive around my neighborhood and saw a remarkable sight! DOZENS AND DOZENS of Romney signs in people’s yards! In addition, I have friends who live across a main road and their little neighborhood was bare of any signs at all. I went to see them last weekend, turned down their street, and was almost blinded by a COMPLETE STREET full of Romney signs, red white and blue and shining in the sun! The demographic of my area used to be mostly retirees (of which I am not one) but over the last 4-5 years, it has changed to more young families and singles.

    I don’t see many bumper stickers at all unless I am downtown (St. Pete) – and there are more BUMPER STICKERS for O, but in the neighborhoods I go through on the way, I would say that it’s about 2/1 Romney yard signs in those yards that have them at all. And some of those are the big 4×8 foot ones as previously mentioned. IN YARDS!

  24. In addition to that, I had to go to my neighbor’s house yesterday to be there when the AC guys came to fix her AC unit. When they had finished they came inside. I had the TeeVee on and commented I would be glad when all this election stuff was over. They agreed. And one even said “Yep, I am ready for a REAL Change, if you know what I mean.” The other guy agreed. I said I did, and we discussed things a little more, but know that there are at least 2 TWENTY-SOMETHING year-old AC repairmen who are voting Romney – and one had voted for Obama in ’08. Just a little microcosm, I hope, of what is happening all over the country~

  25. “President Obama promised to ensure transparency and competence in government, but too often, nepotism trumps merit. Young and untried campaign aides are handed vital substantive portfolios (I could name names, but will charitably refrain, unless you buy me a drink), while those with deep expertise often find themselves sidelined. Cronyism also reigns supreme when it comes to determining who should attend White House meetings: increasingly, insiders say, meetings called by top NSS officials involve by-name requests for attendance, with no substitutions or “plus ones” permitted. As a result, dissenting voices are shut out, along with the voices of specialists who could provide valuable information and insights. The result? Shallow discussions and poor decisions.” (snip)

    Against this backdrop we have Barack freakin Hussein Obama, prevaricator-in-chief, claiming that there are only remnants of al Qaeda left.

    The genesis of this resurgence of al Qaeda can be traced to when Obama rejected the idea that we were at war with transnational terrorism. This is more than a semantic difference. We’ve transitioned from a policy of pursuit of terrorism wherever it is to the notion that we can use a handful of drones and the TSA to defeat attacks on the United States.

    http://www.redstate.com/2012/10/19/obama-claims-al-qaeda-is-remnant-after-they-sack-our-consulate/

  26. Gloria Allred will most likely trot out some former employee who claims s/he was sexually harassed at Bain or in Gov Romney’s administration. Perhaps it will be about some illegal who worked for the Romneys. Gosh, if it deals with an affair which involves Romney then that would only humanize him further. She pulled this stunt with Meg Whitman in California during the race for governor. Yawn! I think the electorate has made up it’s mind in favor of Romney.

    Is the 22nd the day of the final presidential debate? If so, then whatever controversy she has up her sleeve will be to “rattle” Romney during the debate and dominate the post-debate analysis.
    Allred’s October Surprise will be followed by a November landslide for Romney. I hope someone throws a pie in her face at some point.

  27. Gloria Allred will most likely trot out some former employee who claims s/he was sexually harassed at Bain or in Gov Romney’s administration. Perhaps it will be about some illegal who worked for the Romneys. Gosh, if it deals with an affair which involves Romney then that would only humanize him further. She pulled this stunt with Meg Whitman in California during the race for governor. Yawn! I think the electorate has made up it’s mind in favor of Romney.

    Is the 22nd the day of the final presidential debate? If so, then whatever controversy she has up her sleeve will be to “rattle” Romney during the debate and dominate the post-debate analysis.
    Allred’s October Surprise will be followed by a November landslide for Romney. I hope someone throws a pie in her face at some point.

  28. At the route of our foreign policy meltdown . . .

    “President Obama promised to ensure transparency and competence in government, but too often, nepotism trumps merit. Young and untried campaign aides are handed vital substantive portfolios (I could name names, but will charitably refrain, unless you buy me a drink), while those with deep expertise often find themselves sidelined. Cronyism also reigns supreme when it comes to determining who should attend White House meetings: increasingly, insiders say, meetings called by top NSS officials involve by-name requests for attendance, with no substitutions or “plus ones” permitted. As a result, dissenting voices are shut out, along with the voices of specialists who could provide valuable information and insights. The result? Shallow discussions and poor decisions.” (snip)

    Against this backdrop we have Barack freakin Hussein Obama, prevaricator-in-chief, claiming that there are only remnants of al Qaeda left.

    The genesis of this resurgence can be traced to when Obama rejected the idea that we were at war with transnational terrorism. This is more than a semantic difference. We’ve transitioned from a policy of pursuit of terrorism wherever it is to the notion that we can use a handful of drones and the TSA to defeat attacks on the United States.

    http://www.redstate.com/2012/10/19/obama-claims-al-qaeda-is-remnant-after-they-sack-our-consulate/

  29. “President Obama promised to ensure transparency and competence in government, but too often, nepotism trumps merit. Young and untried campaign aides are handed vital substantive portfolios (I could name names, but will charitably refrain, unless you buy me a drink), while those with deep expertise often find themselves sidelined. Cronyism also reigns supreme when it comes to determining who should attend White House meetings: increasingly, insiders say, meetings called by top NSS officials involve by-name requests for attendance, with no substitutions or “plus ones” permitted. As a result, dissenting voices are shut out, along with the voices of specialists who could provide valuable information and insights. The result? Shallow discussions and poor decisions.”

  30. Update: Obama is busy dividing and subtracting with hot button issues along with silly insults (“Romnesia”) to distract from his failures and bamboozle the populace. Mitt Romney is denouncing the Obama failure of leadership and is now broadcasting a new Romney ad on bipartisanship: “We need to have leadership in Washington that will bring people together”

    As to Florida, we have an additional report, to add to those below, from all important Pinellas county:

    “Hi All. Great piece Admin. Like Outris, I too live in Pinellas County near St. Pete Beach. A month or so ago there were about 5-6 Romney signs on my little island and ONE for Obama. (I know the Obama Lady and she behaves quite similarly to Old Joe did in the Veep Debate, sans the laughter and grinning.) about 2 weeks ago, I took a drive around my neighborhood and saw a remarkable sight! DOZENS AND DOZENS of Romney signs in people’s yards! In addition, I have friends who live across a main road and their little neighborhood was bare of any signs at all. I went to see them last weekend, turned down their street, and was almost blinded by a COMPLETE STREET full of Romney signs, red white and blue and shining in the sun! The demographic of my area used to be mostly retirees (of which I am not one) but over the last 4-5 years, it has changed to more young families and singles.

    I don’t see many bumper stickers at all unless I am downtown (St. Pete) – and there are more BUMPER STICKERS for O, but in the neighborhoods I go through on the way, I would say that it’s about 2/1 Romney yard signs in those yards that have them at all. And some of those are the big 4×8 foot ones as previously mentioned. IN YARDS!”

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  31. I am here in California, ran into a woman in the mall with a Romney button on i said i see you are for Romney she kind looked at me funny until i said good for you. She offered to give me her button. I think she was relieved after she found out i was for Romney

    Can anyone tell me if the absentee ballots are counted right away or the day of the election. The reason i am asking this on Fox they are saying 20% more absentee ballots are for O. How do they know if the vote is for Romney or o

  32. 20% more absentee for Obummer? How do they even know whose ballot it is? I thought the ballots were kept in the envelope until election day

  33. From WZ

    According to the latest Gallup survey, Mitt Romney is polling 52% of likely voters. At this point in the race he is ahead of:

    Where Jimmy Carter was in 1976 (47%)

    Where Ronald Reagan was in 1980 (39% — Carter was six points up)

    Where George H.W. Bush was in 1988 (50%)

    Where Bill Clinton was in 1992 (40%)

    Where George W. Bush was in 2000 (48%)

    Where Barack Obama was in 2008 (49%)

    Washington Examiner

  34. Neetabug, it’s sad but too many people assume that African-Americans will automatically vote for Obama or voted for Obama against Hillary. While many blacks are voting for Obama out of affinity or misguided solidarity the record is that that loyalty is misplaced.

    Too bad you could not take a picture of the woman’s reaction we would have loved to have seen that “funny” look. You are a shining example of content of character.

  35. Neetabug, absentee ballots are treated differently from state to state. As to the estimates on who is voting for whom that comes mostly from looking at whether or not the ballots come from Ds or Rs they do not take into account Ds voting for Romney or insane Rs voting for Obama.

  36. On the other hand, maybe Allred will trot out for the Oct surprise an affair which includes Obama and a woman. This would be his/the Left’s explanation for why BO lost the election in a landslide. It will also give BO’s cover for surely what is about to come out about his closeted homosexuality.

    Okay, enough speculation…..

  37. The DailyKooks pollster now has Romney ahead by 1 in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/10/romney-leads-by-1-point-in-iowa-and-new-hampshire.html

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/19/poll-romney-now-leads-by-one-in-new-hampshire-and-iowa/

    RCP’s average already had New Hampshire within a point so the new PPP number there isn’t news. The Iowa number is. This is the first poll in a month showing Romney ahead in the state, notwithstanding his blockbuster debate two weeks ago. NBC’s poll last night, in fact, had O up by eight points in Iowa, a ridiculous figure given that Obama’s worried enough to have campaigned there just two days ago but consistent with the CW that it’s his state to lose.

  38. Ha Oh I just LOVE how Fox’s new Ohio poll has Obama up by 3 when Romney’s leading the Independent vote by TWENTY-FOUR POINTS with a D+8 sample.

  39. And two posts on Twitter from local, although recently nationally syndicated Radio Talk Show host, Todd Schnitt ( I don’t know how to past the “twitter look” thingie)

    Todd Schnitt ‏@toddschnitt

    Just stumbled upon a #RomneyRyan2012 rally at 4th/38th Ave St. Pete, FL pic.twitter.com/gVmp1kXp

    Todd Schnitt ‏@toddschnitt

    Fire #Obama, Ladies for #Romney. Here’s more… pic.twitter.com/0bgGSJmO

  40. Gloria Allred is a disgusting parasite and frankly if she does try something, i hope she gets mown down by the people, interfering in the electoral process like that, it would backfire immensely and everyone is going to point the finger at Obama for it. I think its just rumor to stir crap up.

  41. Update II: There is joy for those hoping the Romney campaign opens a new front in Pennsylvania: PAUL RYAN TO CAMPAIGN IN PITTSBURGH TOMORROW!

    When: Saturday, October 20th, 2012
    Doors Open 8:15 AM | Event Begins 10:15 AM
    Where: Atlantic Aviation, 300 Horizon Drive in Moon Township, PA 15108

    What is the current VP up to? Cover your faces in embarrassment: Biden now waving binders around during his stump speech. Division, subtraction, silliness, fear and smear is all the Obama campaign has left.

    ———————————————————————

  42. Wow. That HotAir article I saw a part of earlier here (may have been on the last thread) is DAMNING to Obama’s Foreign Policy!

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/19/former-obama-advisor-our-foreign-policy-is-a-mess-especially-in-the-middle-east/

    snip:
    “Brooks offers a devastating set of suggestions to improve the situation, each one an indictment of Obama’s foreign-policy management over the last four years:

    Get a strategy.
    Get some decent managers.
    Get people who actually know something.
    Get out of the bubble.
    Get a backbone.

    Er … shouldn’t those have been Day One tasks? If a President still has these five tasks on his to-do list on foreign policy almost four years into his term, it’s safe to say that he’s not interested — or competent — enough to accomplish them.”

    “Well, what did voters honestly expect when they elected a Chicago machine politician with no executive experience? I’m actually serious about that question. This was one of the big problems with giving a man his first executive experience as President of the United States.”

    and there is a lot more.

    ____________________________________

    WE TOLD YOU SO!

  43. Saw this posted at the Pumapac link above

    “Headclunker 10.19.12 at 1:37 pm
    I got my free Obama-Biden bumper sticker last week. I had ordered it some time ago. I found a nice recycle bin for it and added some arrows towards the bin opening to emphasize my point.

    Here in a VERY Democratic county in Florida, out and about today, bumper stickers are about 3:1 for Romney and yard signs about 10:1. One large Romney/Ryan sign had a gang-banger spray paint 47 across it. If the punks get ugly as they loose, it is just going to make it worse for them.”

  44. Oh Oturis! I must go look! Where is that? And pardon my ignorance, but what is the significance of the number 47?

  45. 47%:

    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-strikes-romneys-47-percent-025905747–election.html

    During the first debate, President Barack Obama never mentioned Mitt Romney’s videotaped remarks that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the government. This time it was his closing argument.

    Obama brought it up during the final question of the second debate, preventing Romney from answering.

    Asked about public misperceptions of their candidacies, Romney said Obama’s campaign tried to turn him into something he’s not.

    Romney said — quote — “I care about 100 percent of the American people.”

    Obama responded that when Romney said “behind closed doors” that 47 percent of the country considered themselves victims, “think about who he was talking about.”

    The president said that group included the elderly receiving Social Security, veterans, students and soldiers. He said: “If they succeed, I believe this country succeeds.”

  46. Lets do it!!!! Monday night here in Boca Mitt please be ready for anything and everything.You can do it!!! We want our country back!!!

  47. Norma…I read a few more of the posts by “Headbanger”. Must be in Boca Raton area.

    “Headclunker 10.19.12 at 4:45 pm
    I live nearby where the last debate is being held…”

  48. Drudge has a link saying Obama is under pressure to spell out 2nd term agenda. But, he has Romneysium, Romney induced amnesia.

  49. At yesterday’s Springsteen Rally in Ohio, Bill Clinton did no favors to BO with his “it’s-not-fixed” comment about the economy [see @ 9:00]. But what was even more stunning to me was the beginning of his speech where Clinton said he was “qualified” to be the opening act for Bruce Springsteen “because [he] was born in the USA”? It was obviously a play on those famous lyrics, but methinks also a dig at BO’s eligibility issue, [see @ 1:45].

    http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/Bill-Clinton-Bruce-Springsteen-Rally/10737435021-1/

  50. R should play that bi-partisan ad every single bloody day in all markets from now til election day. Best one I have seen.

  51. You’re on to something Trixta. They Clinton’s comment at 1:45 in the Cspan link.

    Why or why would they do that?

  52. RidUsOfZero
    October 19th, 2012 at 9:36 pm
    ooops meant to say they CUT Clinton’s comment at the 1:45 mark out of the video on the C-Span link

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

    Sorry! Try @ 2:10. [He starts setting up his comment @ 1:45.]

  53. Leanora
    October 19th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Among those cables there may be a note from Hillary requesting security.
    &&&&&

    I think this is where admin said, we expect Hillary will come out smelling like a rose…

    Hillary’s statement just before the second debate makes more sense…she said essentially, I take responsibility for security of State Dept…

    And I think in time, it will bear out that, yes, she did take responsible actions of what is under her realm. The implication is, “and what about the rest of the administration???”.

  54. How many legs does this story have?

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-libya-attack-20121020,0,95514.story

    WASHINGTON — The assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi last month appears to have been an opportunistic attack rather than a long-planned operation, and intelligence agencies have found no evidence that it was ordered by Al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials and witnesses interviewed in Libya.

    More at link

    This is SO TYPICAL of the O Admin. Put out a thousand different versions of the story so no one will be able to unravel the REAL “truth”

    And, it throws Romney off his line of attack.

    Bastards all. Talk about playing politics!

  55. THE SMELL OF A LOSING CAMPAIGN

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-emphasis-on-binders-best-sign-yet-for-romney/article/2511164#.UIINkK5uZjh

    Obama emphasis on “Binders” best sign yet for Romney
    ======================================

    October 18, 2012 | 6:50 pm
    Philip Klein

    Thursday brought a lot of good news for Mitt Romney’s campaign. National polls continue to move in his direction, with poll results starting to take into account the first day of polling after Tuesday night’s debate (though obviously we’ll need several more days of polling to see how the event affected the race). In Ohio, which could determine the outcome of the election, CNN reports that Republicans are significantly improving in early voting from four years ago, a key to winning the state. And the Romney campaign is so confident of victory in North Carolina (which Obama won last time) that it’s starting to pull staff out of the state. But the best sign for Romney may have actually been the the Obama campaign’s decision to make the main takeaway Tuesday’s debate Romney’s comment that he received “binders full of women” when he was trying to hire females to top positions as governor of Massachusetts.

    In the past two days, liberals have seized on the remarks and Obama has made the comment a part of his stump speech. “I don’t know if you were listening last night, but, see, we don’t have to order up some binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women to learn and teach and thrive and start businesses,” he said in Athens, Ohio on Wednesday. In Manchester, New Hampshire earlier today he said, “See, we don’t have to order up some binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women who can learn and excel in these fields right now.”

    The fact that Obama is making an issue of this suggests to me that his campaign is increasingly worried about signs that Romney is closing the gender gap, which would mean lights out for his reelection given Romney’s advantages among male voters.

    It’s hard to see what argument Obama is advancing here, however. The attack isn’t even that Romney didn’t hire enough women as governor. It’s that he had to consult a binder prepared by a women’s group to find more female candidates when he wanted to hire more women. Is the suggestion that if he cared about women more he would have just hired his friends and associates rather than draw from a wider applicant pool?

    In 2008, Obama was praised by his admirers for campaigning above the fray, for avoiding the temptation to score cheap points in the daily news cycle and instead focus on the big picture. When he all but sewed up the Democratic nomination after winning the North Carolina primary in May 2008, he said his win showed, “it’s possible to overcome the politics of division and distraction; that it’s possible to overcome the same old negative attacks that are always about scoring points and never about solving our problems.” Yet as the campaign enters its final serious stages, Obama is increasingly focusing on small things, like Romney’s mention of “Big Bird” and now this. This is typically the type of thing that you witness with losing campaigns — see, for instance, the hopes on the right in 2008 that Obama’s “spread the wealth around” comments to “Joe the Plumber” would show Americans the true Obama and thus provide a boost to John McCain.

    To be sure, polls in many states still suggest Romney has to make up ground in the final weeks to score an electoral victory over Obama and perhaps as more data come in post-debate, the momentum will shift back in Obama’s direction. But if Obama is going to lose this election, this is sort of what you’d expect the final stages of his campaign to look like.

  56. I live in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania was Hillary country and my Mayor Micheal Nutter supported Hillary in 2008 and was called even racist name by leftist hypocrits who dare to throw the race card at others. ( Micheal Nutter is black.) In the last three years we have endured young blkack flash mobs committing acts of terror aimed at white people and small business owners. We have endured the stinky smelly OWS parasites and a young woman was raped in front of city hall at the parasites OWS camp site while organizers told the OWS not to report incident of violence to the police. Another thinbg I noticed is that those shovel ready jobs sure are being draged out. I like having my streets repaved but I have never experienced such inconvience beng detored for streets that have been being worked on for months. Noce way to drag out public secto jobs to manipulate the employment rate Oblunder!
    I sure hope the Jewish voters in Philly who vote overwhelmingly democrat begin to understand that Obama loves the Muslim Brotherhood as much as Adolph Hitler did. He has destabalized all of North Africa with his ridiculous Spring Time for Hitler and The Muslim Brotherhood or Arab Spring. It is more than likey the America will need to go to war to fix the mess Obama na dleftist created in North Afric starting with Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn and their ship of fools sending aid from Turkey to Gaza just to screw with Israel. Then they left continued their aggitation of the Arab usful idiots with the help of Face Book in their ridiculously naive foreign policy.

  57. Online October Surprisers Admit They Were Rickrolling Pranksters

    This week, a mysterious website counting down to an “October Surprise” document drop that would change the election sparked frenzied speculation. Yesterday, the site was taken down after Politicker and others identified some of the developers who were behind it and connected them to past internet activity including a massive 2007 hoax prank involving a site that promised the release of a new Radiohead album and instead “Rickrolled” visitors by giving them a link to the video for Rick Astley’s 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up.” In a note posted on “October Surprise” last night, the site’s creators admitted that, rather than releasing explosive documents, they were planning to Rickroll people yet again.

    “Sorry folks. Did NOT expect this level of interest. Apologies! Jokes! Vote! Sorry for the most predictable rick roll ever,” the note on the site said.
    http://politicker.com/2012/10/online-october-surprisers-admit-they-were-rickrolling-pranksters/

  58. We’re very impressed. Part of the very smart Romney ground game:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/334033.php

    So the Romney campaign got in touch with me after I volunteered using the election day task force link in the sidebar. They sent me an online training course that took 10 minutes.

    Essentially, they are asking for volunteers to work striker lists in heavily Republican areas. You can can volunteer to to work morning, afternoon/evening or all day. I will be working in the morning.

    If you have a smart phone or IPad, they will be providing you with an election day app. It is essentially an electronic version of a striker list. You will sit in a polling place and mark voters off the list as they come in. That information will go directly to the Romney central command in your state. People will be working the phones and calling the Republican voters who have not showed up to the polls.

    There are two other aspects to the app. One to report trouble, foul play, or voting problems. The other to give them anecdotal updates. For example, if a poll worker says this is the highest turnout they’ve seen in ten years, then you text that back to the Romney command center. All of this helps them focus their efforts where it is needed.

    If you don’t have a smart phone or IPad, they will give you paper strike lists and a phone number to call in your reports at designated times.

    The Romney campaign really has their act together. This is the best I’ve ever seen from a Republican candidate. All they need now are volunteers. Have you volunteered? If you live in a dark blue state they might give you a job making phone calls.

    This is it. You’ve been complaining about Obama for four years. You’ve been living with/through Obama’s policies for four years. What are you going to do about it? Sit at home and comment on a right leaning website or go out and make a difference on election day?

  59. Romney campaign enlists over 300 military generals

    Gen. James Conway speaks with Marines, Aug. 24, 2009. Photo credit: DoD
    By: Hope Hodge
    10/18/2012 02:20 PM

    RESIZE: AAA
    Print104Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced this week he was beefing up his campaign with some top brass: more than 300 retired general and flag officers, who will serve in a consultant role on his campaign’s military advisory panel.

    The list, which contains more than two dozen retired four-stars, includes Gens. James Conway and Paul X Kelley, former commandants of the Marine Corps; Army Gen. Tommy Franks, who led the initial assault of the Taliban in Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and oversaw the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003; and Army Gen. James Joseph Lindsay, the first commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.

    A wildcard choice on the list is retired Army Gen. Hugh Shelton, who endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2008, but made a stir four years earlier by pointedly declining to endorse a fellow retired Army four-star on the Democratic ticket,, Gen. Wesley Clark.

    Shelton’s 2010 book, “Without Hesitation”, has been billed by some an indictment of neoconservatives in the George W. Bush administration, such as Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz.

    Shelton’s selection for the panel has the potential to create waves for Romney, who has shown a penchant for neoconservative thought in his policy statements on foreign affairs and defense.

    Human Events has reached out to Shelton for comment on his selection to the board.

    While Conway, who served as Marine Corps Commandant from 2006 until his retirement in 2010, advocated for the continuation of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy while in office, few of the prominent names of the list have a public political stance or a clear agenda.

    According to Foreign Policy’s The Cable, the panel members are not set to have any official meetings, but have indicated their willingness to support Romney publicly and to offer advice as needed.

    In a statement released by the campaign, Conway said he had joined Romney’s campaign because of a conviction that he “gets it.”

    “I consider the unprecedented national debt amongst the five greatest threats to the security of our great nation,” Conway said.

    “And yet, I see no indication the current administration, if re-elected, is intent on changing that trajectory. Clearly Defense should bear a portion of the burden in order to regain control of our debt, but the idea of massive military cuts — at a time of increased global instability—should not even be in the cards.”

    Franks also published a statement, saying he was endorsing Romney because of the country’s need for “level-headed leadership which will protect our interests and defend our values with clarity and without apology.”

  60. Great idea. Beautifully executed. Now needs publicity.

    Americans For Prosperity Lowers Gas Prices, Liberals Unhappy – YouTube
    Merion PA. As reported by Fox29 News

  61. holdthemaccountable
    October 20th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    that gas station promo is GRAND! I imagine all those who got to fill up for $25-$30 insteas of $60-$75 are suddenly awakened to the obvious and it really drives the “are you better off today” point home.

  62. jbstonesfan
    October 20th, 2012 at 1:40 am
    “Can Romney lose Ohio and still win?”

    It’s a kind of superstition, really: Ohio has voted with the winner, never the loser R or D, for about 100 years. They call it the bellwether state.

  63. ED M. at Hotair has a post about when he realized Bush elder lost the election. He says this was in late October when Bush in a rally called Clinton-Gore Bozos and Gore, Ozone man. Is Obama calling Romney Romneysia a sign of losing? It would be if the fucking media pointed to the schoolyard tactics of Obama campaign.

  64. Romney 52 whatever, what interests me is Obama 45.

    In early September, I predicted a 55-45 win for Romney. I should have placed monty on it in the London market.

    I’m mailing my absentee ballot Monday (northern NJ). Top of the ticket Romney, but down ticket Dem.

    Incidentally, my brother who takes no interest in politics is struggling to stay afloat on a retirement income and will vote this time for Romney. He says he has seen no signs, stickers or pins for Obama but we didn’t see any in 2008 either because his little town in western Bergen County NJ has voted 70% Republican since the town was created a century ago. In 2008, I put an HRC sticker on his car and got a lot of smiles (not sardonic) from the neighbors when I stuck another sign on for McCain.

    I have no idea what this will translate to at the state level; but I don’t think we should write off “true blue” NJ as a win for Obama. After all, we voted for a Republican governor – Christie. I think NJ can go Republican pretty easily at the statewide and national level.

  65. I think Romney should bring up both hot mic “flexibility” with the Russians and ask what kind of agreement Obama will make with Iran? Plant the seed in the debate and follow it up with an ad that shows the hot mic with Russians and ask can we trust Obama. I think Romney must absolutely do something like this to thwart Obama’s surprise. Even if the surprise does not materialize, these are legit questions.

  66. Romney up by 4% in Rasmussen swing state daily tracking. Hitting the coveted 50% – Obama 46%.

    Still dont understand his swing state poll, he is kind of all over the place.

  67. I went out driving around Palm Beach County Florida, yesterday, looking for a good place to put my free Obama-Biden bumper sticker. The City of Boca Raton, that has a hard core of Tea Part members, is located here. For sure, Romney was speaking to his audience when he made his 47% pitch to them. Otherwise, the county is very Democrat. There were not alot of bumper stickers, but they were about 3:1 for Romney. Yard signs were about 10:1 for him.

    I located a very nice recycle bin for my sticker and drew some arrows on it pointing to the opening of the bin. I think it looked quite nice.

  68. trixta
    October 19th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    On the other hand, maybe Allred will trot out for the Oct surprise an affair which includes Obama and a woman. This would be his/the Left’s explanation for why BO lost the election in a landslide. It will also give BO’s cover for surely what is about to come out about his closeted homosexuality.

    Okay, enough speculation…..

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

    She is an OBOT. 😆

  69. heading north of manchester NH on I-93 there is a huge santa, planted year round, advertising a local business. the santa now holds a giant Romney Ryan sign in his hands.

    maybe santa will bring us an early Christmas present. a new president! 🙂

  70. It is significant that General Conway endorses Romney. Conway is a world class military leader–a marine’s marine. He knows a leader when he sees one. And what he said was also significant. He says Romney “gets it”. The clear inference is that Messiah Obama does not. Undoubtedly, that is the consensus of top military officers.

  71. Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told The Daily Caller it was “very courageous” for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take full responsibility for the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

    Ridge also said President Obama cannot “strut around taking credit” for “getting” 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden but at the same time not disclose “what truly happened” in Benghazi to the American public.

    “I think Secretary Clinton has more courage and conviction than the two people at the top of the chain of command. I think she’s trying to take responsibility to deflect ultimately the responsibility from the president – very courageous on her part,” said Ridge in a video interview at Hofstra University during the presidential debate.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/19/tom-ridge-clinton-has-more-courage-and-conviction-than-obama-and-biden-video/#ixzz29r2h1j2y

  72. Just to illustate my point the other day that Romney needs to concentrate on Obama’s dereliction of duty and wilful blindness in re.the Bengazi disaster, and stop trying to make a case for cover-up, the latest claim by intel is that the video did play a part, and the attackers may or may not have been al Qaeda. If Mitt, and FOX stick with the cover-up theory, they will be mired in quicksand. On the other hand, if they pursue the dereliction of duty and wilful blindness, then there is no contrary evidence to rebut the charge and the charge itself provides a coherent explanation as to why the country is failing at this point in history. Simply put, it is a failure of leadership by Obama writ large.

  73. Leonora, I appreciate you using my comments at other blogs…so much for that particular blog saying they have not heard a ‘peep’ from S and that I disappeared…guess they don’t mind using my words…
    S
    October 19th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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

    October 19, 2012 11:55 pm
    Leonora:

    Breaking news on Fox…devasting documents that unequivocally show that Amb Stevens was extremely worried about attacks, and in fact, on the day he died he had sent out a communication emphasizing his concerns…

    Mitt needs to absorb all of this and go into Monday’s debate and in his systematic style, tick off exactly what the hell was going on and then ASK who was denying the Amb his repeated requests for help in Bengazzi as everything was deteroriating around him…and then he was killed

  74. To put a finer point on it, my friend the journalism professor says Romney should agree to disagree over whether or not there was a cover-up, or leave that question to voters, and redirect his guns at the messiah on the deleliction of duty and wilful blindness lines of attack. If he redrafts the indictment on that basis, then the prosecution will flow forward like the Mississipi River–over every obstacle they can throw up, and it shifts the debate to the pivotal question of the campaign which is Obama’s incompetence–which is the 800 pound gorilla in the living room, that big media seeks distract us from seeing.

  75. wbboei…it would be nice if Mitt can corner O and lay out on camera, in the debate, the fact that the Ambassador’s repeated requests for more security were denied… Why? and by Whom? I am against Mitt asking O directly because that gives O the opportunity to start talking and deflect and waste Mitt’s time…and we know we cannot count on the moderator to keep things fair for Mitt…

    instead, Mitt needs to paint the picture…

    imho, it stretches credulity to believe that after repeated attacks that the Amb described that none of that info would have gotten through to the Pres…

    Isn’t that part of what his daily security briefings should be including?

    You know, the daily briefings O was ignoring and just getting on a piece of paper, rather than in a meeting where he could ask questions and probe in depth…as in, probe in depth the status of our nation’s security…here and abroad…

    …and at that point, with Mitt re-emphasizing again how distracted O has been with his constant campaigning, fundraisers, partying nonstop with celebs…then that is the perfect time for MR to pivot as you say to O’s dereliction of duty and gross imcompetence…

  76. And Fort Hood needs to be brought up as well. “Workplace Violence”

    AS far as I know, O never called him a terrorist either….

    truthaboutforthood.com

  77. Norma Desmond…nice try by NYT and WP except that:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/10/19/State-Dept-Cables-Prove-Benghazi-Attack-Was-Targeted-And-Discriminate

    The documents, 166 pages in total, contain a cable signed by Stevens and dated Aug 8. In that cable, Stevens wrote of how Benghazi had teetered from “trepidation to euphoria and back” through a “series of violent incidents.” And he took pains to point out that the incidents were not spontaneous outbursts, but “organized” attacks.

    Stevens put it this way: “What we have seen are not random crimes of opportunity, but rather targeted and discriminate attacks.”

    Another cable that bore Stevens’ signature was dated Sept 11 — the very day on which he was later killed. In this cable, Stevens expressed his concern about “growing frustration” in the Benghazi area and “growing problems with security” around the consulate.

    Stevens explicitly mentioned the Libyan police and security forces that were guarding the U.S. consulate. He said those forces “were too weak” to keep the site secure.

    These cables and the concerns expressed in them were nothing new. In late June, following attacks earlier that month, Stevens had written that the attackers “seemed to be targeting the Christians supervising the management of the consulate” and that “Islamic extremism appeared to be on the rise in eastern Libya.”

    In other words, months before the Sept 11 attacks took place, spontaneous uprisings were ruled out. The attack on Benghazi was “targeted and discriminate.”

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

    the bottom line…these attacks and violence have been going on for months…Stevens goes out of his way to say they are not random, but organized…and he emphasizes that Christians are being targeted…

    Stevens keeps asking for help and continues to inform Washington that they have a problem…and he continues to be denied…and ends up dead with four others…

    …that, as Wbboei suggests, certainly appears to be dereliction of duty and gross incompetence…especially if there are cables from the state dept notifying the WH of the problem and still being denied…that still needs to be identified, however is being suggested…

    Why did O, because he wanted a ‘hands off’ policy in Libya with the muslims, allow the Christians to be targeted?

    the whole thing is a colossal failure…

  78. Wow. Did not expect that. Very bad for obama. Gallup today unchanged: Romney 51% – Obama 45% with LV.

  79. As part of his 48 swing state blitz, Obama will be going through North Carolina….. thousands of feet in the air.

  80. I finally have the internets back….out of the cave and into the light.

    Love the rain songs posted.

    Hearing Beckle say over and over, not being scarcastic…it’s over for Barry, was amazing!

    Turns out my new apt manager is not only for R2 but also know most of the dirt on Barry that we do. He is a ‘conservative’ but even knows how badly Hillary was screwed over…also knows about the Chicago bath house stuff, possibly Barry having a different ‘real’ dad……finally, a real person in my world that I can talk to like the Big Pink gang!

  81. S – I agree completely! The spinning by the Times and Post is disgusting and transparent as hell. It is simply, IMO, to add try and add “uncertainty” to any argument Romney may have. They are evil this way. But as you note – the truth IS out. The only thing missing are States communications with the White House requesting security approval – or demanding it – with O saying no. And I feel sure they exist. Hillary is not so stupid as to trust Barack Obama and his cabal.

  82. I think there is a concerted effort by pollsters to hold the race tied in Ohio until the last minute to create a race because as soon as the dam breaks on Ohio ,we know its over and the pollsters lose their meal ticket because there is no way in hell Romney is tied in Ohio, if Obama is barely holding onto PA, Conn, Wi, Minn, NJ and Michigan, its just not credible and they know it.

  83. At this time, titles at RCP under “Commentary & Analysis”
    Stoddard: Obama Heading for Loss
    Bernstein: Obama Slightly Ahead
    Klein: Chicago Clearly Rattled
    Silver: Gallup vs. The World
    Barone: Obama’s Narrowing Map
    Avlon: President’s Ground Game
    Noonan: Year Debates Mattered

  84. ULSTERMAN [video features BO's new campaign song]

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

    “The President of the Free World Calls Springsteen ‘a couple of times a week'”

    “Ok – so in the midst of worsening Middle East violence, a stagnant economy, and a fast approaching fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama repeatedly calls a music entertainer and whines he doesn’t have “a campaign song”. Almost as pathetic as that scenario is the actual song Springsteen put together. This is now truly a campaign running on spent fumes…”

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/10/20/president-of-the-free-world-calls-springsteen-a-couple-times-a-week/

  85. President Obama’s jokes can’t hide the truth – BostonHerald.com
    …At an outdoor rally in downtown Manchester, the president tried his best to look confident, but in interviews with some supporters, there was an air of concern. Four years ago, Obama took New Hampshire by 9 points and now he’s deadlocked with a guy who could only manage to win 39 percent of the vote in the GOP primary….
    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view/20221019obamas_jokescant_hide_the_truth/srvc=news&position=also

  86. An interesting read at Ace of Spades today regarding the endorsement of Romney by the creator of the Dilbert cartoon.

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/334074.php

    Quoting Scott Adams the Dilbert cartoon guy as to why he is endorsing Romney:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/334074.php

    So while I don’t agree with Romney’s positions on most topics, I’m endorsing him for president starting today. I think we need to set a minimum standard for presidential behavior, and jailing American citizens for political gain simply has to be a firing offense no matter how awesome you might be in other ways.

    This leads to the Ace paragraph that caught our eye:

    Ace mentioned this phenomenon the other day. That centrist, libertarians, democrats and people who aren’t right leaning political hacks are openly pointing out that Obama isn’t doing a very good job. Each group has their own reasons, in Scott’s case it has to do with the unpresidential* actions of Barack Obama arresting quasi-legal marijuana users for political gain.

    The original post referred to, written by Ace himself, is this discussion of Lee Iacocca (and other left leaners) endorsing Romney:

    http://minx.cc/?post=334047

    I’ve said this before but whenever anyone wants to talk politics with me, one of my first question to them is “What are your friends and coworkers saying?”

    It’s very easy to get lost in a bubble of your own making if you’re only talking to like-minded people. So I like getting that occasional, very anecdotal reality check.

    Anecdotal, yes. But still. It’s something.

    So here’s the thing: Being partisans and ideologically-minded, we would naturally hold Obama’s failings against him more than your typical voter.

    But to what extent is the “Typical Voter” inclined to agree with us and say, “Yes, Obama’s failed in his most important duties”?

    That to me is the value of the Tennessean’s endorsement. And the Sentinel’s. And the Observer’s. It tells me that even in an environment which is overwhelmingly liberal, people, when they consider this, are inclined to agree: “Yes, Obama’s failed in his most important duties.”

    These surprise endorsements are flipping one way, and not the other. [snip]

    If liberal-leaning people are considering Romney– even endorsing him — then obviously most true centrists will vote for him. And obviously we will not have what we had in 2008, when the weakest conservative-leaning people actually voted for Obama. Those folks will vote Romney.

    Well, maybe not David Frum or David Brooks, but at least maybe Peggy Noonan.

    I mostly have conversations with like-minded people, but these endorsements are an indication of conversations between unlike-minded people I didn’t participate in. I don’t know exactly what their conversations were like, but I have an idea of the basic contours of it — given that ultimately they endorsed Romney.

    I know the most important aspect: They are not merely “disappointed” in Obama. I was disappointed in Prometheus, but I’m still recommending it for the amazing visuals. (Review to follow.)

    No, if they were merely disappointed, they would argue we should limp along and see what else this guy can accomplish with another four-year term. Who knows. Maybe this time he’ll get luckier, or something.

    They’re not doing that. They’re arguing it’s time for a change. They’re saying that, based on what they’ve seen before, they do not want to see another four years of Obama.

    They’re cutting him from the roster.

    There is a comforting thing here: I’m not crazy. And neither are you. We’re not, in fact, just wild partisans holding Obama up to impossible standards. It is confirmed that people who actually lean Democratic, and not just lean, but are genuine Democrats have had their fill of Obama and his many failures and his even more numerous excuses, too.

    He had his opportunity. He was given every chance. He had a unified all-Democratic government to rubber-stamp whatever he liked.

    He failed.

    And that is the conversation bubbling around America on this day, 18 days out from the election.

  87. oh dear, Bill Bill Bill Bill Bill……..

    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-bogged-down-race-white-house-due-impatient-045255700.html

    Washington, Oct. 20 (ANI): Former US President Bill Clinton has said that President Barack Obama is facing a tough re-election race because “impatient” Americans haven’t fully recognized an economy on the mend.

    Campaigning for Obama in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Clinton urged voters to judge Obama on the past three years since he took office, in which private sector job growth has made up for lost ground.

    “This shouldn’t be a race. The only reason it is, is because Americans are impatient on things not made before yesterday and they don’t understand why the economy is not totally hunky-dory again,” the Huffington Post quoted Clinton, as saying.

    According to the report, the former president said Obama’s difficulty in his race with Republican challenger Mitt Romney is that “people don’t feel it yet” even as the unemployment rate ticks down and the manufacturing sector perks up.

    Clinton believes Obama deserves credit for stabilizing a situation that saw the country hemorrhage jobs well into his first year itself, the report said.

    “Gov. Romney acts like from the minute the president took his hand off the Bible he was responsible for every lost job,” Clinton added.

  88. I told you PPP was dialing it back now……if Obama only up 1 in Ohio with PPP you can add about another 4 or 5% to it for Romney.

    ppppolls: Our new Ohio poll finds Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney 49-48, down from 51-46 last week

  89. Pollster on why Romney can win Pennsylvania:

    http://sprblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/mitt-romney-can-win-pennsylvania-because-he-is-winning-the-jobs-argument/

    Our latest Pennsylvania poll conducted 10/11-10/13 and released by the Washington Examiner October 18th shows Mitt Romney has taken the lead over President Obama by a 49-45 margin. This automated poll, conducted with 1,376 likely voters, was conducted on behalf of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, and released publicly by the Pa GOP shortly thereafter. This poll validates our last three publicly released polls showing the Keystone State as a tossup – including a pair of polls taken before the first televised presidential debate in Denver both showing the Keystone State was already in play even when other firms continued to suggest Obama would win by huge margins.

    The fact of the matter is that Mitt Romney is winning Pennsylvania because he is winning the “jobs” argument. Every statewide poll we have done the past three years shows Pennsylvanians want the economy fixed. According to our latest polls, the economy continues to be cited as the most important problem facing the Commonwealth– mentioned by nearly fifty percent and far ahead of any other issue. And the PA Labor Department released its revised unemployment report showing the state’s unemployment rate (8.2%) now officially higher than the nation’s 7.8%. So Pennsylvanians are still suffering from a bleak economy, more so perhaps than neighboring states like Ohio that can attribute their recent job gains to the auto industry. This explains why some need to warm up to the argument that Pa’s electoral votes could be up for grabs.

    More at link.

  90. just a thought

    should we prevail and the scum that occupies the WH slithers back under the rock from where they came, what happens to the pimply-kos crowd? who will be their new dear leader? or are they also doomed to eternal banishment?

  91. More good news from Ohio.

    The latest Gravis Marketing poll conducted in Ohio shows Governor Romney and President Obama locked in a virtual dead heat, 47% to 47%. Here are a few key findings from the survey:

    Romney leads by 6 percentage points among men (50 to 44 percent), while Obama leads by 4 percentage points among women (49 to 45 percent).

    Both sides are doing well to consolidate their bases in Ohio. 87 percent of Democrats say they will vote for President Obama and 92 percent of Republicans say they will vote for Governor Romney if the election were held today. Governor Romney leads with independents 52 to 33 percent.

    The president has a net negative job approval rating of 6 points, 44 percent approve of President Obama’s job performance while 50 percent do not.

    Ohio voters are more likely by a 6 percentage point margin to think the country is going in the wrong direction (49 percent) than in the right direction (43 percent).

  92. Can’t resist posting this. Hope jbstonesfan sees it.

    While we were all enjoying the ride while it lasted, I don’t know of anyone who expected Romney to still hold a six-point, 51-45%, lead in the Gallup poll when today’s numbers rolled in. But he did. This is the fifth day in a row where Romney’s been at 50 or above and the fourth day in a row he’s been ahead of Obama by six points or more.

    Lefties are comforting themselves with the fact that for right now this is an outlier poll — which is true — but a steady outlier with the name Gallup on it is my mind of outlier. Romney supporters still need to prepare themselves, though, for a tightening before election day. But again, do enjoy it while it lasts.

    The undeniable good news in the Gallup poll, though, is knowing that Romney’s high-water mark is 52. Obama’s never hit fifty. Also, what we’re seeing in Gallup matches the Rasmussen tracking poll. Both show Romney in the lead after the second presidential debate. Romney has also hit 50 for the first time in Rasmussen’s swing-state tracking poll, where he leads Obama, 50-46%.

    At this stage of the race, it’s all about momentum and there’s no question the momentum nationally and in the individual swing states is with Mitt Romney. The latest polls out of VA, FL, NC, NH, and IA show Romney leading. Colorado appears to be moving into his column and over the last 36 hours every poll out of Ohio shows major gains by Romney in what is now, undoubtedly, a tied race. Though they haven’t posted it on their website yet, Democratic pollster, PPP, just released a Ohio poll showing Obama only up one, 49-48%.

    Six days ago the President led by five.

    If you’re wondering why Barack Obama is acting like a terrified loser on the campaign trail these days — these numbers are why.

    We still have a long way to go with a lot of ups and downs ahead. It’s trench warfare-time now. Keep fighting like were three-points down because that could be exactly where we find ourselves a week from today if we don’t.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/20/Gallup-Shock-Romney-Holds-Six-point-Lead

  93. moononpluto
    October 20th, 2012 at 2:32 pm re: Bill Clinton speech

    Maybe I’m wrong but that doesn’t sound like Bill Clinton’s usual thought process. Given his recent comments on Romney he was probably told to toe the party line and was given the speech by the Obama campaign. I don’t recall Bill ever saying that the American people can’t figure out what’s going on or are too impatient to do so..that sounds like an Obama opinion. I think Bill is just “doing his duty” as a loyal Democrat for long term reasons that have been discussed here. He knows Obama is headed for defeat and the dung heap of history so what does it matter if he is pretending to campaign for him… I bet he laughs his butt off after these campaign events…

    I also think he will make another pro-Romney comment somewhere before the election..

  94. MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Obama can make all the jokes he want about Mitt Romney’s “binders,” but Obama’s the one in the bind. He’s tossed everything and the kitchen sink at Romney. He’s even thrown in Big Bird. Now he’s calling Mitt “sketchy” — a term women use to describe men who give them the willies. But scare tactics and one-liners won’t work anymore.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view/20221019obamas_jokescant_hide_the_truth/srvc=news&position=also

  95. CBS News is reporting that US military air assets could have been in Benghazi in an hour if they had been given the order.

    CBS News has been told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did seek clearances from Libya to fly in their airspace. Response unknown

    ………………………..

    Sounds like Obama refused to give the order.

  96. Mitt Romney Can Win Pennsylvania Because He Is Winning the “Jobs” Argument

    Posted on October 19, 2012. Filed under: General Surveys, In The News |

    Our latest Pennsylvania poll conducted 10/11-10/13 and released by the Washington Examiner October 18th shows Mitt Romney has taken the lead over President Obama by a 49-45 margin. This automated poll, conducted with 1,376 likely voters, was conducted on behalf of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, and released publicly by the Pa GOP shortly thereafter. This poll validates our last three publicly released polls showing the Keystone State as a tossup – including a pair of polls taken before the first televised presidential debate in Denver both showing the Keystone State was already in play even when other firms continued to suggest Obama would win by huge margins.

    The fact of the matter is that Mitt Romney is winning Pennsylvania because he is winning the “jobs” argument. Every statewide poll we have done the past three years shows Pennsylvanians want the economy fixed. According to our latest polls, the economy continues to be cited as the most important problem facing the Commonwealth– mentioned by nearly fifty percent and far ahead of any other issue. And the PA Labor Department released its revised unemployment report showing the state’s unemployment rate (8.2%) now officially higher than the nation’s 7.8%. So Pennsylvanians are still suffering from a bleak economy, more so perhaps than neighboring states like Ohio that can attribute their recent job gains to the auto industry. This explains why some need to warm up to the argument that Pa’s electoral votes could be up for grabs.

  97. THIS is where we’re headed if the POS gets another 4 years. Halloween is canceled.

    I’m in agreement with the first poster on this thread.

    F**k other cultures. Let people stay in their own country if they’re so offended by Amrican customs.

    SEATTLE (CBS SEATTLE) – A Seattle school has banned students from celebrating a new holiday this year: Halloween.

    Lafayette Elementary School has decided to not allow students to dress up in costume for Halloween this year. And there is still some discrepancy between parents and the administration as to why the ban has been implemented this fall.

    The decision was first reported by the district (Seattle Public Schools) as being a preventative measure in the event that Halloween costumes could offend and upset students who come from other cultures. Dozens of parents complained to the school over the measure demanding a detailed explanation.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/10/20/seattle-elementary-school-bans-halloween-costumes-to-avoid-offending-other-cultures/#disqus_thread

    Read the comments.

  98. Where’s my post.

    Anyway,one more time. This is where we’re headed if the POS gets another 4 years.

    Halloween canceled. Next it will be Xmas, then Thanksgiving, thjn Veteran’s Day, followed by Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Washington and Lincoln’s Birthdays.

    SEATTLE (CBS SEATTLE) – A Seattle school has banned students from celebrating a new holiday this year: Halloween.

    Lafayette Elementary School has decided to not allow students to dress up in costume for Halloween this year. And there is still some discrepancy between parents and the administration as to why the ban has been implemented this fall.

    The decision was first reported by the district (Seattle Public Schools) as being a preventative measure in the event that Halloween costumes could offend and upset students who come from other cultures. Dozens of parents complained to the school over the measure demanding a detailed explanation.

  99. Paging Norma Desmond…

    Was out and about today in the Clearwater, Largo areas. Appeared to be a slight uptick in Obama signs. Still no bumper stickers. Any changes in your neighborhood? FWIW, local candidate signs are everywhere.

  100. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/20/Media-Elite-Fret-Over-Obamas-Small-Campaign

    Media Elite Knock Obama for ‘Snarky, Belittling’ Campaign

    by John Nolte20 Oct 2012, 11:02 AM PDT158post a comment

    Winners act like winners. Losers act like losers. And according to members of the same media elite who have spent months protecting him, Barack Obama is now looking like a loser in the closing days of his reelection campaign. This morning, a few members of the elite “Gang of 500,” including Time’s Mark Halperin, The National Journal’s Ron Fournier, ABC’s Terry Moran, and Politico’s Roger Simon, publicly voiced their disapproval of a campaign they describe as “belittling,” “not confident,” “peevish” and worse:

    Terry Moran✔
    @TerryMoran

    The Obama campaign’s tone right now–snarky,belittling–seems off for the closing days. Like McCain’s “celebrity” attacks. Kind of flailing.

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    John Podhoretz@jpodhoretz 20 Oct 12

    @MarkHalperin @TerryMoran Well, it’s not the close yet but theory would be it’s now all about sowing doubt about Romney and snark might work

    Terry Moran✔
    @TerryMoran

    @jpodhoretz @MarkHalperin Agree–not the close. But it doesn’t feel very “forward” to me. Not confident. Not presidential. Kind of peevish.

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    John Podhoretz@jpodhoretz 20 Oct 12

    @MarkHalperin @TerryMoran Well, it’s not the close yet but theory would be it’s now all about sowing doubt about Romney and snark might work

    Mark Halperin✔
    @MarkHalperin

    @jpodhoretz @TerryMoran Another non-rhetorical question: What are examples of campaigns in which that has worked as a closing message?

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    lobsterstyle@lobsterstyle 20 Oct 12

    @ron_fournier @MarkHalperin @TerryMoran serious voters have made up mind long ago. Now its the pop culture voters turn: big bird, romnesia.

    Ron Fournier@ron_fournier

    @lobsterstyle @MarkHalperin @TerryMoran call me naive but I think persuadable voters are moved by ideas/character traits. Not snark/pop

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    Roger Simon@politicoroger

    Obama probably should not have done “Romnesia” himself. That’s what vice presidents are for. Presidents should be big.

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    Uh, oh.

    In 1984, President Reagan ran on “Morning In America.” In 1996, President Clinton ran on a “Bridge to the 21st Century.” In the final days of successful reelection campaigns, both Reagan and Clinton offered a unifying message meant to bring the country together. Their closing arguments were uplifting, forward-looking, and optimistic.

    Flash-forward to 2012 and all we’ve seen from the man who promised us hope, change, and a new kind of politics is a nakedly cynical divide and conquer crusade that’s only gotten worse in its closing days. While Romney focuses his closing argument on the future, his agenda, and the realities of governing, our president is literally going all in on Big Bird, contraception, Binder-gate, “Romnesia,” and aids flanking him at rallies holding signs that read: “Women’s Health Security.”

    This smallness and naked desperation is not only apparent, it’s familiar. I don’t mean to pick at an old scab, but in the closing days of the ’08 campaign, we saw the same kind of behavior from John McCain. He knew he was losing and in a desperate bid to gain traction, his message became erratic (suspending the campaign) and small (Joe the Plumber).

    Probably with good reason, Barack Obama is also not acting like a winner. So bad is his behavior, in fact, that he’s given Romney a massive opening to declare Obama’s behavior “unpresidential.” Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that Romney was beaten senseless for his lack of substance? The secret’s out: Obama has no second-term agenda.

    But the real problem is that Obama’s run out of nonsense to hurl. That’s why he’s left with “Romnesia” and binders. Certainly, the corrupt media’s been happy to go along with any nonsense Obama offers them, but guys like Halperin aren’t stupid. They know this silliness only serves to diminish the president and won’t move a single vote. Moreover, they know it likely means that the campaign is panicking over internal polling that shows it all going the wrong way.

    I’m not predicting a Romney victory, but with the polls as erratic as they are, one way to gauge where things are is by looking at the behavior of the candidates.

    Winners look like winners.

    Losers look like losers.

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  101. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82667.html?hp=l1

    But even if the conventional wisdom is that Pennsylvania still leans Democrat on the presidential and Senate map, the state was important enough for vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan to stump here Saturday, making a pit stop at an airport hangar to 800 cheering supporters brandishing signs bearing the words, “Pennsylvania believes.”

    Polls have shown there’s a reason for Republicans to believe they have some hope here. Two public polls in the past 10 days have suggested that Smith’s ad campaign — where he’s dubbed Casey as an “invisible senator” — has erased the Democrat’s double digit lead, dropping his lead down to single digits, with an Allentown Morning Call poll even putting the Democrat’s advantage at 2 points. According to a Quinnipiac poll, Romney has sliced Obama’s 12-point lead down to 4, while a GOP poll released Friday even put Romney ahead by 4 points here, and Smith up by 2.

  102. Thanks to Powerline for once again making us a “pick” (“picks” are located at the top of their website with very little fanfare in regular size fonts). http://www.powerlineblog.com/

    Something we have noticed is that when the DailyKooks would run articles prominently attacking us we received a few hundred, if that many, unique visitors from their site. A Powerline link, small but powerful, sometimes generates tens of thousands of unique visitors but certainly thousands – yet it is the DailyKooks that get all the attention as “influential”.

  103. With eighteen days till Election Day, the momentum is firmly on the Republican side in Ohio. President Obama has offered no positive vision for the next four years, and after voters heard from the two candidates during the debates, the GOP has surged in Ohio. For weeks our unprecedented ground game has been setting records in voter contacts, and now it is paying off. The proof is in absentee ballot and early voting totals.

    This week alone, Republicans have added nearly 35,000 new absentee requests and early votes. In the last twelve consecutive days, Republicans have been closing the gap with Democrats, chipping away day-by-day at the Democrats’ advantage.

    http://tinyurl.com/8wuqb64

  104. Outris
    October 19th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Norma…I read a few more of the posts by “Headbanger”. Must be in Boca Raton area.

    “Headclunker 10.19.12 at 4:45 pm
    I live nearby where the last debate is being held…”
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    I post over on Pumapac as Headclunker. And I would like to explain that the name is in reference to the glass ceiling and not any propensity of mine towards violence.

    I do live near Boca Raton. Palm Beach County is otherwise a mostly Democrat. Boca Raton is a very elitist, affluent community with a hard core Tea Party influence. I was toying with the idea of going to the debate area with a picket, maybe “Hey Barack – PUMA”

    We had a massive Obama ground game out here in 2008 but no sign of them so far this time.

  105. jbstonesfan
    October 20th, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Can Romney lose Ohio and still win?
    &&&&&

    Word is out that Obama’s “firewall” has cracked, to the point the NC is not being contested by either side, O’s hope for VA is starting to look bleak, FL has started to look much more “lean Romney” than “toss up”, PA and NH are in play for Mitt, and for heaven’s sake even NJ is now within striking distance for Mitt. So Ohio may not be indispensable, but I don’t see it as a long shot.

  106. admin
    October 20th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Pollster on why Romney can win Pennsylvania:
    &&&&&

    Indeed, Obama’s firewall is vaporizing.

    Hey, here in Central Jersey, not far from Great Adventure (I see jeswezey is a fellow Jerseyite), the signage situation is extremely telling.

    Okay, for background, here, and when we lived up Warren county back in the 1990s, both of these areas are and have been very Repubican. Say, 65-35%, or 60-40. So you’d expect yard signs to reflect a slight or stronger Romney tilt in these areas.

    Ha!!!

    Not even close.

    In today’s chores and traveling over 30 miles or so, and then 15 miles biking, I saw perhaps 50 Romney yard signs.

    In Allentown, I saw ONE Obama sign.

    That’s it. One. As in the number preceding “2”.

    Roughly 50 to 1 in enthusiasm. So there are Dems out in these here parts, but they’re not feeling it this time (oh, in the past, there were signs for Kerry, Gore, Clinton, and even the 2008 version of Obama). And on the other foot, the Repubs are shall we say, “energized”.

    BTW, I didn’t see as many signs prior to the first debate. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

  107. pm317
    October 20th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    So I heard on the radio — Iran is ready for talks?!

    How “flexible” was/is Obama?
    &&&&&&

    He’s already ordered Magic Pillow for his knees.

  108. Wow, I was hoping Romney would donate his salary as President. What a stark contrast to the Obamas’ taking government perks wherever and whenever they could. Such a difference in work ethic! If you have not seen the Michelle Obama “Party All the Time” video, I highly recommend it. These freeloaders need to be shown the door. I can’t wait!

  109. Remember the WND link re: Iran? Obama is SUCH a miracle worker! And with only two days to go before the National Security Debate! How Reaganesque!~ /s I guess the Ayatollah and Ahmadinejad have a “red” phone to the WH – so to speak.

    Ya see, that’s the problem with the Boy who cried Wolf – or one raised by wolves. NO ONE trusts them.

  110. From AmericanGal’s link to Debkafile:

    debkafile’s Washington sources disclose that a large group of former high-placed US diplomats, ex-officials and elder statesmen – Democrats and Republicans alike – has come forward to warn the Israeli prime minister to give up any expectation, ever, of Barack Obama’s cooperation on the Iranian nuclear issue. These former top Washingtonians all harbor strong reservations about the president’s foreign policy, especially on Iran.
    Some have called Netanyahu in person and warned him that the White House instituted an intelligence-sharing dialogue with Israel only as a device for delaying an Israeli attack on Iran. If reelected, they say, he will weasel out of his repeated pledges to prevent Iran attaining a nuclear weapon and certainly not countenance preventive military action by Israel.
    This is no secret to Tehran. Counting on Obama maintaining this posture and Israel’s compliance, the Iranians are certain they can go full speed ahead toward their nuclear goal without fear of interference.
    Our sources also disclose that three questions on Iran will be put to the president and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in their third and last debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, Monday, Oct. 22.

  111. As Hillary used to say, when it comes to politicians, one must pay less attention to what they say, and more attention to what they do. B Hussein Obama is not the egalitarian his campaign claims he is. On the contrary, he is a devotee of state capitalism, where GE for example can run a monopoly, and government protects them in exchange for campaign contributions. Romney on the other hand has some characteristics which could make him a 21st century progressive, as indicated in this article. And, Hillary’s stated goal was to tackle inequality without hurting economic growth–which is what this article is about. This article gives us a window through which we can glimpse into the future.
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    Inequality and the world economy

    TRUE PROGRESSIVISM

    A new form of radical centrist politics is needed to tackle inequality without hurting economic growth

    THE ECONOMIST, Oct 13th 2012 | from the print edition

    BY THE end of the 19th century, the first age of globalisation and a spate of new inventions had transformed the world economy. But the “Gilded Age” was also a famously unequal one, with America’s robber barons and Europe’s “Downton Abbey” classes amassing huge wealth: the concept of “conspicuous consumption” dates back to 1899. The rising gap between rich and poor (and the fear of socialist revolution) spawned a wave of reforms, from Theodore Roosevelt’s trust-busting to Lloyd George’s People’s Budget. Governments promoted competition, introduced progressive taxation and wove the first threads of a social safety net. The aim of this new “Progressive era”, as it was known in America, was to make society fairer without reducing its entrepreneurial vim.

    Modern politics needs to undergo a similar reinvention-to come up with ways of mitigating inequality without hurting economic growth. That dilemma is already at the centre of political debate, but it mostly produces heat, not light. Thus, on America’s campaign trail, the left attacks Mitt Romney as a robber baron and the right derides Barack Obama as a class warrior. In some European countries politicians have simply given in to the mob: witness François Hollande’s proposed 75% income-tax rate. In much of the emerging world leaders would rather sweep the issue of inequality under the carpet: witness China’s nervous embarrassment about the excesses of Ferrari-driving princelings, or India’s refusal to tackle corruption.

    At the core, there is a failure of ideas. The right is still not convinced that inequality matters. The left’s default position is to raise income-tax rates for the wealthy and to increase spending still further-unwise when sluggish economies need to attract entrepreneurs and when governments, already far bigger than Roosevelt or Lloyd George could have imagined, are overburdened with promises of future largesse. A far more dramatic rethink is needed: call it True Progressivism.

    TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT.

    Does inequality really need to be tackled? The twin forces of globalisation and technical innovation have actually narrowed inequality globally, as poorer countries catch up with richer ones. But within many countries income gaps have widened. More than two-thirds of the world’s people live in countries where income disparities have risen since 1980, often to a startling degree. In America the share of national income going to the top 0.01% (some 16,000 families) has risen from just over 1% in 1980 to almost 5% now-an even bigger slice than the top 0.01% got in the Gilded Age.

    It is also true that some measure of inequality is good for an economy. It sharpens incentives to work hard and take risks; it rewards the talented innovators who drive economic progress. Free-traders have always accepted that the more global a market, the greater the rewards will be for the winners. But as our special report this week argues, inequality has reached a stage where it can be inefficient and bad for growth.

    That is most obvious in the emerging world. In China credit is siphoned to state-owned enterprises and well-connected insiders; the elite also gain from a string of monopolies. In Russia the oligarchs’ wealth has even less to do with entrepreneurialism. In India, too often, the same is true.

    In the rich world the cronyism is better-hidden. One reason why Wall Street accounts for a disproportionate share of the wealthy is the implicit subsidy given to too-big-to-fail banks. From doctors to lawyers, many high-paying professions are full of unnecessary restrictive practices. And then there is the most unfair transfer of all-misdirected welfare spending. Social spending is often less about helping the poor than giving goodies to the relatively wealthy. In America the housing subsidy to the richest fifth (through mortgage-interest relief) is four times the amount spent on public housing for the poorest fifth.

    Even the sort of inequality produced by meritocracy can hurt growth. If income gaps get wide enough, they can lead to less equality of opportunity, especially in education. Social mobility in America, contrary to conventional wisdom, is lower than in most European countries. The gap in test scores between rich and poor American children is roughly 30-40% wider than it was 25 years ago. And by some measures class mobility is even stickier in China than in America.

    Some of those at the top of the pile will remain sceptical that inequality is a problem in itself. But even they have an interest in mitigating it, for if it continues to rise, momentum for change will build and may lead to a political outcome that serves nobody’s interests. Communism may be past reviving, but there are plenty of other bad ideas out there.

    Hence the need for a True Progressive agenda. Here is our suggestion, which steals ideas from both left and right to tackle inequality in three ways that do not harm growth.

    COMPETE, TARGET, REFORM

    The priority should be a Rooseveltian attack on monopolies and vested interests, be they state-owned enterprises in China or big banks on Wall Street. The emerging world, in particular, needs to introduce greater transparency in government contracts and effective anti-trust law. It is no coincidence that the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, made his money in Mexican telecoms, an industry where competitive pressures were low and prices were sky-high. In the rich world there is also plenty of opening up to do. Only a fraction of the European Union’s economy is a genuine single market. School reform and introducing choice is crucial: no Wall Street financier has done as much damage to American social mobility as the teachers’ unions have. Getting rid of distortions, such as labour laws in Europe or the remnants of China’s hukou system of household registration, would also make a huge difference.

    Next, target government spending on the poor and the young. In the emerging world too much cash goes to universal fuel subsidies that disproportionately favour the wealthy (in Asia) and unaffordable pensions that favour the relatively affluent (in Latin America). But the biggest target for reform is the welfare states of the rich world. Given their ageing societies, governments cannot hope to spend less on the elderly, but they can reduce the pace of increase-for instance, by raising retirement ages more dramatically and means-testing the goodies on offer. Some of the cash could go into education. The first Progressive era led to the introduction of publicly financed secondary schools; this time round the target should be pre-school education, as well as more retraining for the jobless.

    Last, reform taxes: not to punish the rich but to raise money more efficiently and progressively. In poorer economies, where tax avoidance is rife, the focus should be on lower rates and better enforcement. In rich ones the main gains should come from eliminating deductions that particularly benefit the wealthy (such as America’s mortgage-interest deduction); narrowing the gap between tax rates on wages and capital income; and relying more on efficient taxes that are paid disproportionately by the rich, such as some property taxes.

    Different parts of this agenda are already being embraced in different countries. Latin America has invested in schools and pioneered conditional cash transfers for the very poor; it is the only region where inequality in most countries has been falling. India and Indonesia are considering scaling back fuel subsidies. More generally, as they build their welfare states, Asian countries are determined to avoid the West’s extravagance. In the rich world Scandinavia is the most inventive region. Sweden has overhauled its admittedly huge welfare state and has a universal school-voucher system. Britain too is reforming schools and simplifying welfare. In America Mr Romney says he wants to means-test Medicare and cut tax deductions, though he is short on details. Meanwhile, Mr Obama, a Democrat, has invoked Theodore Roosevelt, and Ed Miliband, leader of Britain’s Labour Party, is now trying to wrap himself in Disraeli’s “One Nation” Tory cloak.

    Such cross-dressing is a sign of change, but politicians have a long way to go. The right’s instinct is too often to make government smaller, rather than better. The supposedly egalitarian left’s failure is more fundamental. Across the rich world, welfare states are running out of money, growth is slowing and inequality is rising-and yet the left’s only answer is higher tax rates on wealth-creators. Messrs Obama, Miliband and Hollande need to come up with something that promises both fairness and progress. Otherwise, everyone will pay.

    http://www.economist.com/node/21564556

  112. Obama must be really ticked off at the NYT. WH is already walking back this story. I guess NYT wasn’t supposed to release this “October surprise” until TUESDAY! ROFL!
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    The White House is denying a report that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program.

    The report — from The New York Times and based on discussions with Obama administration officials — came as Iran is believed to be building a nuclear weapon and as a result is under heavy economic sanctions. Iranian officials insisted that the talks wait until after the presidential election, an official told the newspaper.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, was said to have the last word on whether the first-ever talks should occur.

    “It’s not true that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections.” National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement released by the White House. “It has always been our goal for sanctions to pressure Iran to come in line with its obligations.”

    Israel is warned that Iran is close to achieving nuclear capability and has pushed for the United State vow to take military action if needed.

    Election Day is less than three weeks away. And the final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, on Monday, is about foreign policy.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/20/report-us-iran-to-hold-one-on-one-talks-about-tehran-nuclear-program/#ixzz29t6JHjxq

  113. Nora Desmond: I think that article is consistent with what I am saying. Romney must not get dragged into the cover-up business. It is a trap. It is easier to prove sheer incompetence than a cover-up. And incompetence is just as fatal to Obama’s hopes for a second term.

  114. Wbboei – I agree – ESPECIALLY if you read the NYT article –

    TO ME – it really sounds like a “be afraid, be very afraid” article should MR become POTUS. There is NO EVIDENCE in the story that it is anything but “maybe, might, if, when” all based on ” — a result of intense, secret exchanges between American and Iranian officials”

    So, again, if they are so secret, how come they are a Breaking News Story from the NYT?
    I HOPE you are sending your thoughts to Team Romney or the candidate.

    Her really must be cautious. Chicago gangland thugs are very dangerous folks. And they will do ANY THING to win. Even give away state secrets.

  115. Obama’s apparently worried about PA: his campaign is now leaking internal polling.

    Romney has now sent over 60 staffers to PA, I suspect something is happening because you do not waste 60+ staffers on a pipe dream.

    Apparently the Obama campaign is crapping themselves as they never expected PA to be in play and have no real ground game set up there, apparently its pandemonium in the campaign to get Dem staffers out there as it takes them away from other states that are in trouble too.

  116. Romney has now sent over 60 staffers to PA, I suspect something is happening because you do not waste 60+ staffers on a pipe dream.
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    Too many cooks? Staffers are the bette noire of the political process. Good ones are few and far between. And if they come in from out of state, then it is like that line from The Music Man–“but he doesn’t know the territory.” Home grown advocates are far more effective. And, I suspect that is who Romney is relying upon.

  117. Judge Jeanine on FOX must really be jealous of HIllary. She seems to LOVE to attack her. Sorry Judge, you will never, ever be as bright or talented as Hillary so get over it, Gal.

  118. B. Hussein Obama has only five (5) minor problems in Pennsylvania: white people, Catholics, the coal industry, gunowners, patriotism, and broken promises.

    But Barack the Hussy is such a bitter clinging son of a bitch that he thinks he can win against those odds.

    So he sends in the light brigade, who will be greeted with open arms, and, quite possibly pitchforks.

  119. The White House is denying a report that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program.
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    Obama fails to understand two (2) things: first, negotiations are a delay tactic by Tehran; second, Bibi will not fall for it. This revealation should provide cold comfort to American Jews who care about the survival of Israel.

  120. The agreement purportedly includes relaxing tough sanctions on Iran and Khomeni wants it in writing. So that is the flexibility Obama is offering the Iranians BEFORE the election. Most people should see this as appeasement for reelection effort. Most people should also realize that if he gets reelected he will do nothing, and Iran knows that. That is the flexibility he offers AFTER the election.

  121. The polls have a pychological effect on people which is why I was so pessimistic. Now that we are ahead in some, the dems feel the same pressure/stress. I really , for the first time last week, think Mitt can win.

  122. Isn’t it funny the amount of FP stinkbombs being thrown by the MSM before Monday’s debate. Coincidence? Sure.

  123. pm317
    October 20th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    The agreement purportedly includes relaxing tough sanctions on Iran and Khomeni wants it in writing.

    And in that agreement is language backed by the WH that Israel is complicit in the murder of Iranian scientist, though no country is named. This will allow Iran to put international pressure on Israel without the US explicitly naming Israel as the culprit, but with the U.S.’s blessing. Kinda like voting present, but really not. And THAT is how Bumbles treat our allies….

    Asshat.

    Also, the U.S. would announce that the killing of Iranian nuclear scientists was the work of a foreign country, though Israel would not be named, to increase legal pressure on Israel.

    Hillary 2012

  124. These people, along with their handlers in the MSM are the most disgusting since Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney IMO. And every bit as evil – if not more.

    Gotta work in the morning. Off to bed for me.

  125. Cry, the beloved Obot – Obama supporters need clinical help just like Jesse Jackson Jr. (warning link to Huff n’ Puff) :

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/19/obama-panic-presidents-supporters_n_1989933.html

    Obama Panic: President’s Supporters Discuss How They Cope

    It hasn’t been an easy task. Attendees at the George Mason University event described various means used to cope with political panic, whether prompted by a poor debate performance or a particularly gnawing poll.

    Lipitor,” said Edward Kimmel, an attorney, when asked how he stays calm. “I am a political junkie. I see all the talk. It makes me nervous. The first debate was tough. That was kind of like when Ted Kennedy died and we were watching health care slip away, or the night of the 2010 elections. But that just makes me work harder. I wanted to get out and go to work.” [snip]

    I felt like I was going to cry,” said Nancy Aboulmouna, of Arlington. “I have not yet. Not yet. I just wanted to. I talked to my parents and friends. But then I found out that some of them were Romney supporters and it got worse from there.”

    Faced with a campaign narrative not to their liking, some Obama supporters simply tuned out. Johana Posada, 25, of Arlington, said she stopped paying attention to the polls when they began to go south for Obama after that first debate. Lillie Reynolds, who came to Virginia via Mobile, Ala., said she put her faith in the divine rather than the daily tracking polls.

    “I talked to the Lord when this campaign started and he told me what was going to happen,” she explained. “We see each day in the day but we can’t see November 6th. You don’t get nervous about today because there is always tomorrow.”

    As such, Reynolds says she was “fine” with how the first Romney-Obama showdown transpired. “‘People are so stupid,’ that’s what I said after that first debate.”

    For others, however, turning off the TV, closing the computer, or placing election outcomes into the hands of God is, simply put, too hard to do. [snip]

    “Chris Matthews was unbelievable,” he said of the MSNBC host, whose utter disbelief over — and lengthy criticism of –the president’s performance capped off the evening. “He channeled my frustrations perfectly.”

    When McDonald finally went to bed, he tossed and turned for more than an hour. “I had trouble sleeping that night,” he said.

    Sleep deprivation was, indeed, a common theme. Several others copped to checking real estate listings in Canada (though those claims were always accompanied by a disclaimer that a cross-border move wasn’t likely). None confessed to hitting the bottle. A long walk around the block was more commonly cited as a remedy for election-related panic.

    Steve Kent, 56, of Fairfax, was one of the few who sought solace in writing. “He takes his frustrations out on his blog,” explained his wife, Cynthia Kent.

    But pouring your darkest political fears into a website comes with a downside: opening you up to the very information that feeds those fears. “I love reading MSNBC’s ‘First Read’,” said Steve Kent. “On the bad days, I’m not so happy doing it. But I read it anyway.”

    He’s a masochist, he acknowledges. “Some days though, it makes me very happy. And in the end, I do have faith that Obama will win.”

    The Mayo Clinic will be flooded with Hopium withdrawal patients in NOvember.

  126. Juan Williams is warning Romney not to bring up Benghazi, heh.
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    Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts, and idiot bots like Juan giving campaign advice to Romney.

  127. “Lipitor,” said Edward Kimmel, an attorney, when asked how he stays calm. “I am a political junkie. I see all the talk. It makes me nervous. The first debate was tough. That was kind of like when Ted Kennedy died and we were watching health care slip away, or the night of the 2010 elections
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    Well, now that is what makes a horserace. Lipitor will kill you. And when Kennedy died, I drank champagne. Champagne will not kill you. How would you like to have Ed as your attorney? All depressed and under the influence of Lipitor.

  128. Lu4PUMA

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    I post over on Pumapac as Headclunker.


    All these years, I have always wondered where the name at the Pac came from, thought it was trying to deal with Obots and it being like banging your head against the wall.
    Always admired all the work you and your team did for the O’false contributions.

  129. WOODSMAN1ST, LONG TIME OUTDOORSMAN & U.S. NAVY VET. A DEMOCRAT FOR 30 YEARS UNTIL I SAW THE DISPICABLE CHANGES AND LEFT THE PARTY 30 YEARS AGO. I DO MISS THE ONCE HONORABLE DEMOCRATIC PARTY; THEY HAVE BEEN HIJACKED BY COMMUNISTS, MARXISTS AND SOCIALISTS AND ARE NOW A DISGRACE TO AMERICA.

    Ch ew bacc a and Sa sqw atch were on the O’Reilly Show last night threatening to hunt down anyone they heard calling Mic helle by their names. They were angry and serious!

  130. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/national-govt-politics/ann-romney-touts-guy-that-i-know-at-mizner-event/nSjMW/

    photos at link above

    By Jeff Greer

    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    BOCA RATON — Ann Romney’s Saturday campaign swing through Florida had a clear objective: Reach out to women and continue the character-driven message that Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has emphasized in recent weeks as Election Day draws near.

    In her 15-minute speech at a packed Count de Hoernle Amphitheater in Mizner Park, Ann Romney told the stories that have become the centerpiece of the Romney campaign’s attempts to humanize its candidate and make inroads with women voters, as “Women for Mitt” signs and T-shirts provided the backdrop.

    “When you’re the president of the United States, you never know what decisions will come across your desk,” Romney told the crowd of roughly 1,500. “It’s also very nice to know what kind of character is sitting in that chair.”

    It was Romney’s third public appearance in Florida on Saturday, and a significant part of a final push by the Republicans’ campaign to lock up Florida, a state critical to the electoral math Mitt Romney needs to win the White House.

    She began the day in Orlando, where she participated in a breast cancer awareness walk a day after the Orlando Sentinel endorsed her husband. Romney then stopped for lunch at a Cuban restaurant near a campaign office in Fort Lauderdale, speaking candidly about her battle with multiple sclerosis with some 40 supporters.

    The stop in Boca came about 48 hours before the presidential candidates engage in their final 2012 debate, which will be held at 9 p.m. across town at Lynn University.

    That meeting will hash out the candidates’ differences on foreign policy and national security, but Saturday’s event made no mention of that clash, which could prove pivotal in the wake of new reports on the U.S. Embassy killings in Libya and the administration’s potential nuclear talks with Iran.

    Instead, the campaign on Saturday brought out familiar faces from the Republican National Convention.

    Pam Finlayson, a family friend of the Romneys, emotionally retold the story of the Romneys caring for her family in the early 1980s as her young daughter battled eventually fatal birth complications.

    Sharon Kingman, who worked for Romney during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, then talked about the relationship Romney had with women in the workplace, saying she was campaigning to “set the record straight.”

    Congressional candidate Adam Hasner, Florida state Sen. Anitere Flores and Boca Mayor Susan Whelchel also spoke, but Ann Romney got the most cheers.

    She opened with the story of her husband’s decision to again run for president in 2012 after losing in the Republican primary in 2008, then moved onto stories about “the guy that I know.”

    “Why do I feel so strongly?” she said. “This guy that I’m married to has exceptional skills and experience. He has unique experience of understanding turnarounds, of understanding how to fix things, of having very good judgment.

    “I’ve said it before and I said it at the convention: He will not fail.”

    More Photos:

    http://clikhear.palmbeachpost.com/2012/south-florida/palm-beach-county/ann-romney-touts-guy-that-i-know-in-boca-raton/

  131. Obama Panic: President’s Supporters Discuss How They Cope

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    Seems we have 5 years of experience with stress and disappointment, thinking back we can always tell them what they said to us:

    1- Sit down, shut up and get over it.

    2- Our reply back, Party Unity MY Ass! Karma is a bitch, served cold.

  132. TheRock
    October 20th, 2012 at 10:41 pm
    pm317
    October 20th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    The agreement purportedly includes relaxing tough sanctions on Iran and Khomeni wants it in writing.
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    Well, I will say this much for Khomnei. He knows enough not to trust Obama. With Obama a verbal contract is not worth the paper it is (not) written on. And even if he does agree, you Khomeni will need an enforcement mechanism when Obama breaches the agreement. Also, he will want collateral. I suggest Biden in a veil.

  133. Who said Hollywood is a liberal’s paradise?

    Last week, Lindsay Lohan and Stacy Dash surprisingly came out in support of Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, joining an “out and proud” group GOP-leaning Hollywood players like Scott Baio, Jon Voight, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Kelsey Grammer, Adam Sandler, Gary Sinise, Patricia Heaton, Bruce Willis, Gene Simmons, Stephen Baldwin, Joe Perry, James Caan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to more than a few.

    “A large number of celebrities are coming forward and declaring their support for a new administration,” publicist Angie Meyer told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “For the first time in a long time, conservatives in Hollywood are resisting the bullying from the left. They are ready to speak their minds.”

    OpenSecrets.org lists Romney campaign donations coming from the likes of Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns, country singer John Rich, and former Metro Goldwyn Mayer studio chief Harry Sloan, while the candidate’s victory fund has been upped by Jerry Bruckheimer and Scott Baio.

    Three Romney fund raisers have also taken place in the Hollywood vicinity this election cycle, compared to zero Hollywood fund raisers in 2008 for GOP candidate John McCain.

    Registered Republican Scott Baio (you may know him as Chachi), said the GOP community isn’t as small as many assume it to be.

    “The people who believe are much quieter about it,” Baio told us in an interview last week.

    Except for Kelsey Grammer.

    In 2008, Grammer told us in an interview for his film “Swing Vote” that while he has his own devout “political views,” he didn’t think “it was important to share.” Cut to four years later and the “Boss” star is all about sharing his stance. “Romney would make a terrific president. I think he’d be very good at it,” he enthused in a recent interview. “He’s a clear thinker. He’s a kind man, and he makes a lot of sense.”

    The Hollywood Congress of Republicans, a grass-roots organization affiliated with the California Republican Party, was formed in 2001. It boasts a website promoting regular meetings and mixers with the “intent on bringing people together socially and professionally to help transform the political landscape of the entertainment industry in Hollywood.” The site also features an extensive list of “recommended” Hollywood personalities listed as being “right” including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jessica Simpson, Marie Osmond, Robert Duvall, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sammy Hagar and Jean-Claude Van Damme, among many others.

    “It seems that more conservatives in Hollywood are ‘coming out.’ Whether it is ‘more acceptable’ (to be a conservative in Hollywood) remains to be seen. There is a real threat of losing work in the conservative Hollywood community,” explained the organization’s president Mell Flynn. “The ever tolerant Hollywood left isn’t really too tolerant at all. I personally think politics should be left out of the work place. If I am on set and others start speaking negatively about conservatives, I will jump in and defend them. I refuse to let the left get away with their spin and lies. More conservatives in Hollywood need to come out, there is power in numbers.”

    Yet as Flynn pointed out, the consequences of standing up for Republicans in Hollywood can sting. Most recently, Stacey Dash’s tweet expressing her Romney voting intention became fodder for extremely intense press coverage, debate and backlash, including vicious, racially-charged attacks from Obama supporters.

    “I have even more respect for Stacey’s brave statement supporting Romney. Given the outrageously cruel reaction to her tweet, I don’t expect many more celebrity endorsements. That’s very sad indeed,” noted Los Angeles-based comedian and radio host Moxie Cathedra. “An admission of being a conservative or libertarian is not quite career suicide, but you are guaranteed to lose some so-called friends who will be far less likely to bring you into their projects.”

    Cathedra said a very successful friend of hers in the film and television business, who at some point had “liked” Chick-fil-A on Facebook, came under fire when it was revealed that the owner of the fast food chain made donations to anti-gay marriage groups. “[My Friend] was harassed by liberal Hollywood industry colleagues until he removed that ‘like,’ but he did add that he still eats there and loves the food,” she said.

    Film producer and marketing expert Mark Joseph, a self-proclaimed registered independent, says that despite more Republicans’ increased ease expressing their political views, the majority of Tinseltown conservatives still prefer to keep their lips sealed.

    “Liberals feel the freedom to be more outspoken about their beliefs whereas conservatives tend to keep their beliefs to themselves for fear of backlash,” Joseph said. “My general rule in any election year is that I can tell who the conservatives are because they’re the ones who aren’t saying anything about either candidate. With each person who steps out for the GOP, whether it’s Clint Eastwood or Stacey Dash or Lindsay Lohan, whatever stigma there is, is lessoned.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/10/17/lohan-effect-hollywood-conservatives-feeling-more-comfortable-expressing-their/?intcmp=features#ixzz29u980iau

  134. The October Surprise
    October 20, 2012 – 7:16 pm – by Michael Ledeen

    The New York Times reports (and the White House denies) that “The United States and Iran have agreed for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.”

    Two of the three assertions in that lead paragraph are demonstrably false. One-on-one negotiations have been going on for years (most recently, according to my friend “Reza Kahlili,” in Doha, where, he was told, Valerie Jarrett and other American officials recently traveled for the latest talks). The only news here is that the talks would no longer be secret. And the notion that only diplomacy can avert “a military strike on Iran” is fanciful. There are at least two other ways: sanctions may compel the regime to stop its nuclear weapons program, or the Iranian people may find a way to overthrow the regime, thereby (perhaps, at least) rendering military action unnecessary.

    I rather suspect that you don’t have to do anything to avoid an American military strike on Iran. I can’t imagine an Obama Administration authorizing a military attack. An administration that can barely bring itself to fly air cover in Libya, and can’t bring itself to take any serious action in Syria, strikes me as very unlikely to unleash our armed forces against the mullahs.

    As for the claim that Iran has agreed to talks, even that seems problematic, as the Times admits further down in its story: “American officials said they were uncertain whether Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had signed off on the effort.” If there is no approval from the supreme leader, there is no agreement at all.

    The Times’ journalists–Helene Cooper and Mark Lander–then treat us to an attempt to calculate the political significance of their story, but that is as foggy as the report itself. Maybe it would help Obama claim some sort of breakthrough. On the other hand, maybe it would leave him open to the charge that Iran is using him to stall for time. Who knows? They quote America’s favorite negotiator, Dennis Ross, who is of course all for the talks, and even has a negotiating strategy all ready. And they quote Nicholas Burns, who is also supportive.

    This last is a bit curious, since Burns, who was Condoleezza Rice’s top negotiator with the Iranians, actually believed he had negotiated a “grand bargain” with the Iranians in 2006. The Iranians would suspend nuclear enrichment and we would lift sanctions. Except that the Iranians failed to show up for the signing ceremony at the United Nations, and Rice and Burns sat in New York waiting for the Iranian airplane to take off from Tehran. Apparently Mr.Burns didn’t learn the obvious lesson.

    At least one element of the Times story is true: the agreement, if there actually is one, is undoubtedly ” a result of intense, secret exchanges between American and Iranian officials that date almost to the beginning of President Obama’s term.” Indeed, there were talks between Iranian officials and a representative of the Obama campaign, even before the Inauguration. Secret talks between the two countries have been going on for decades, and I do not know of any American president from Jimmy Carter to the present who did not secretly pursue a deal with Tehran. (I participated in such talks in the mid-1980s during the Reagan Administration).

    So what is happening? The most likely explanation is that Obama is still desperately seeking his grand bargain, the one that would validate his (and the Nobel Committee’s) claim to be a talented peace maker. That deal is not available, because the Iranians don’t want it. But he wants something to show for his efforts, so he settled for a big nothingburger: an agreement to talk some more.

    Even if the story turns out to be true, I don’t think it will help him. “We’re going to talk to the Iranians!” isn’t a very sexy headline.

    The one (mildly) interesting feature is why the story was leaked. Did the leaker(s) think it would help the campaign? Or was the leaker trying to stop yet another embarrassing wasted effort?

    Give it a few days, maybe we’ll actually learn something interesting. Maybe it’ll even come up in Monday’s debate…

  135. It’s Code Red in Moonbat nation

    By Howie Carr
    Sunday, October 21, 2012 – Updated 54 seconds ago
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    The moonbats are melting down. They look at the polls, they see Romney ahead, and they react the only way they know how — badly.

    An outbreak of Bush Derangement Syndrome, a mental disorder previously believed to have been eradicated in 2009, was observed last week at Hofstra University.

    MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, the tough street kid from St. Sebastian’s and Harvard, challenges Tagg Romney, that wimp from Belmont Hill, to a fistfight. Preppie-on-preppie crime.

    Ann Romney is badgered on “The View” about Mormonism, by yentas who would never dare say anything negative about, say, Islam.

    After midnight the guilt-ridden trustafarians toss and turn in their beds, their prescription antidepressants and opiates powerless against the dread that fills their vacant skulls.

    President Mitt Romney? Aaaarrrrrgh!!!

    Barack Obama, reduced to the presidency … of the Choom Gang.

    Your average moonbat is approaching the checkout counter — sensible shoes, gray ponytails, tent-like dresses, handicap placards. And now, what’s left of their minds are going through the changes again.

    If Mitt wins, they’ll have to go back to holding candlelight vigils every Saturday night on their suburban commons. New bumper stickers will have be ordered — Mitt Lied, (Fill in the Blank) Died. They’ll think of somebody Mitt killed. After all, he’s a Republican.

    If their Messiah loses, the Patriot Act will suddenly become unconstitutional again. For the first time in four years, drone strikes in Afghanistan will be genocide.

    Hey hey, ho ho, Camp Gitmo’s gotta go.

    If Mitt wins, Barack won’t be able to finish lowering the sea levels?

    Come back Cindy Sheehan, all is forgiven. Ditto, Code Pink.

    Four-dollar-a-gallon gas — it won’t be good for the environment anymore, not if a Republican is living in the White House. It’ll be the biggest outrage of all time. Damn Big Oil!

    Moonbats hate Matt Drudge, but now they’re praying he was right when he speculated last night that Gloria Allred has found a new scorned woman who’s about to drop another big sex scandal on the GOP.

    Can you imagine the indignities of a Romney presidency? Who knows if most of these wrinkly moonbats will even survive long enough to see decorative French ticklers and hash pipes back on the White House Christmas tree, as in the glory days of the Clinton administration.

  136. Another Obama cluster fuck. Obama tried to get an agreement with Iran before the election, whereby we would agree to lift sanctions, and they would agree to suspend their nuclear program for weapons purposes. Then it looked like there was no substantive agreement, merely an agreement to negotiate–a nothing burger. Then the Obama Aministration confesses that they do not know if the Supreme Leader in Iran is willing to negotiate. Now, finally, we get all we get is Adminstration denials. Coincidentally, Sneaky Boy Obama did not bother to inform our ally in the Middle East, Israel what he was doing. Evidently, he is so committed to the Muslim Brotherhood that he no longer sees Israel as an ally. Obviously, that is not what he said. But with Obama we are well past the point of believing anything he says. He is a pathological liar. Instead, we watch what he does.
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    PICKET: Report – Israel says Obama admin ‘had not informed’ them of upcoming U.S. talks with Iran (UPDATED)
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    By – The Washington TimesOctober 20, 2012, 05:31PM
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    UPDATE 1: (Via Politico ) The White House is denying the U.S. will be engaging in one on one talks with Iran:

    National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor offered a denial.

    “It’s not true that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections,” he said in a statement.

    “We continue to work with the P-5 on a diplomatic solution and have said from the outset that we would be prepared to meet bilaterally. The president has made clear that he will prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and we will do what we must to achieve that. It has always been our goal for sanctions to pressure Iran to come in line with its obligations. The onus is on the Iranians to do so, otherwise they will continue to face crippling sanctions and increased pressure.”

    —————————————————————————————————–

    The New York Times is reporting the Obama administration and Iran have agreed to direct one on one talks regarding Iran’s nuclear program:

    The United States and Iran have agreed for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.

    Iranian officials have insisted that the talks wait until after the presidential election, a senior administration official said, telling their American counterparts that they want to know which American president they would be negotiating with.

    News of the agreement — a result of intense, secret exchanges between American and Iranian officials that date almost to the beginning of President Obama’s term — comes at a critical moment in the presidential contest, just two weeks before Election Day and a day before the final debate, which is to focus on national security and foreign policy.

    However, The New York Times noted that Israel is critical of these direct talks and said that the Obama administration “had not informed” the Israeli government of the negotiations with Iran:

    Israeli officials initially expressed an awareness of, and openness to, a diplomatic initiative. But when asked for a response on Saturday, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Michael B. Oren, said the administration had not informed Israel, and that the Israeli government feared Iran would use new talks to “advance their nuclear weapons program.”

    “We do not think Iran should be rewarded with direct talks,” he said, “rather that sanctions and all other possible pressures on Iran must be increased.”Direct talks would also have implications for an existing series of negotiations involving a coalition of major powers, including the United States. These countries have imposed sanctions to pressure Iran over its nuclear program, which Tehran insists is for peaceful purposes but which Israel and many in the West believe is aimed at producing a weapon.

    On September 12, President Barack Obama has been criticized for not meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the threat of a nuclear Iran. According to CNN:

    President Barack Obama talked with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a call Tuesday night about the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, according to a White House statement.

    Obama placed the call to Netanyahu, a senior administration official told CNN.

    The one-paragraph statement from the White House, which referred to the Obama-Netanyahu discussion as “a part of their ongoing consultations,” followed reports earlier in the day that the White House had rejected a request by Netanyahu to meet with Obama this month to discuss Iran’s nuclear program.

    CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, citing Israeli sources, reported that the Israelis were told Obama’s schedule would not permit a meeting even though Israel offered to have Netanyahu travel to Washington.

    Red line for action in Iran U.S.-Israel heated exchange over Iran? Can music ‘heal’ Israel-Iran relations?Obama and Netanyahu are both due to address the United Nations in New York in late September but not at the same time.

    The Obama administration pushed back later Tuesday.

    “Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting ever denied,” the White House said Tuesday night in its statement, which made reference to “our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues.

    “Netanyahu has shown growing impatience with what he says is a lack of clarity by the Obama administration on articulating so-called “red lines” that Iran cannot cross if it wants to avoid war over its nuclear ambitions.

    The administration has resisted pressure to take that step.

    Vice President Joe Biden went after Vice Presidential Republican nominee Congressman Paul Ryan at the vice presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky when Rep. Ryan criticized the administration for freezing out Netanyahu.

    “They see us saying when we come into the administration, when they’re sworn in, we need more space with our ally, Israel. They see President Obama in New York City the same day Bibi Netanyahu is and he, instead of meeting with him, goes on a — on a daily talk show,” Rep. Ryan said.

    Vice President Biden responded, “Now, with regard to Bibi, who’s been my friend 39 years, the president has met with Bibi a dozen times. He’s spoken to Bibi Netanyahu as much as he’s spoken to anybody. The idea that we’re not — I was in a, just before he went to the U.N., I was in a conference call with the — with the president, with him talking to Bibi for well over an hour, in — in — in stark relief and detail of what was going on.”

    Read more: PICKET: Report – Israel says Obama admin ‘had not informed’ them of upcoming U.S. talks with Iran (UPDATED) – Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2012/oct/20/picket-israel-says-obama-admin-had-not-informed-th/#ixzz29uQlCN9G
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  137. Today’s New York Times has an insightful article into the management style of Mitt Romney, and it shows him to be an excellent leader. He immerses himself in the details, asks Socratic questions, is decisive and commands to respect of his people.

    Now that I believe.

    But even as they say these things, they worry about protecting Obama, and say two things which are ludicrous on their face:

    1. first, they claim that Obama immersed himself in details as well. Now that is complete and utter bullshit. Throughout his entire career Obama has been disengaged–a no show editor of the Harvard Law Review, voted present over 30 times as a state senator, missing in action as a US Senator, missing in action in the debt negotiations that led to the downgrading of our bonds by S&P and gladhandling and politiking no stop this past year rather than governing. If he is immersing himself in details, it is not the details that concern the welfare of the people of this county. The only thing he is immersed in is projects which benefit him, and too often at the expense of the country.

    2. second, they suggest that Romney may be too loyal to the people who work for him, and cite with approval the fact that Obama has been through three chiefs of staff. But again, this is bullshit. The reason Emanuel, and Daley resigned as chiefs of staff was not because Obama fired them, but because they did not want to deal with his rubber crutch, that officious intermedler Jarrett, whose judgment is deplorable and personality is even worse. When two successive chiefs of staff resign for that reason, it does not reflect well, it reflects very poorly, on the quality of his leadership. So spare me the make weight defenses NYT. The simple fact is that Romney is a leader, and B Hussein Obama is no leader, just a flake.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/20/us/politics/romney-as-a-manager-unhurried-and-socratic.html?_r=0

  138. I guess NYT must just make it up as they go along. But in that case, they really need to pick up a copy of the classical work Lying For Idiots. The first rule set forth in that book goes like this:

    If you are going to lie, make sure the lie you tell is believeable.

    The assertion that Obama is immersed in details and is a good human resource manager is not in any way shape or form believeable.

    Therefore, it is a transparent lie.

    But then again, consider the source/

  139. Quick note on first day early voting from Nevada and its very good news.

    http://battlegroundwatch.com/2012/10/21/nevada-early-voting-is-starting-and-day-one-results-come-out-tonight/

    Washoe County : The Democrat advantage of 34 points on the first day four years ago is now on 10 points . But just as interesting is the enthusiasm measure. The total early vote is up 3,084 but the Democrat vote increase is only 698 and the “Other” is up only 440. Republicans on the other hand are up 1,946, 3x as much as the Democrats. That type of enthusiasm and early vote ground game is quite similar to what we are seeing in Ohio. It’s only day one but it’s nice to come out of the gates strong. Heavily Democrat Clark County is the real test but expect incredible Democrat #s there just like Iowa. They key for Republicans will be to fight their way back from now until election day to “mind the gap.”

    Clark County : A 38 point spread in 2008 is now a 26 point gap in 2012. That is a big deal if these #s prove close to correct. Romney won’t win Clark but he needs to “mind the gap” which at least on Day 1 is exactly what he is doing. Great news for the GOP and Ralston is doing the dance of joy on behalf of the Democrats? I don’t know what is going on with him these day but he’s been unusually petty and partisan the last couple of weeks. It’s very unbecoming. As someone who respects his work, I’m disappointed he put out clearly wrong information when he had every reason to know it wasn’t so. Fool me once, shame on you …

  140. SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A family spokesman says former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, the Democrat who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide, has died at the age of 90.

    The spokesman, Steve Hildebrand, told The Associated Press by telephone that McGovern died at 5:15 a.m. Sunday at a hospice in Sioux Falls, surrounded by family and friends.

    McGovern was a bomber pilot in World War II who became an early critic of the Vietnam War and a leader of the Democrats’ liberal wing.

    He was elected to his first of three Senate terms in 1962.

    McGovern ran for president three times, also making a try for the nomination in 1968 and 1984.

    Despite the 1972 Watergate break-in, Nixon won a second term in one of the biggest landslides in modern history.

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/family-spokesman-george-mcgovern-dead-age-90

  141. I do find it so telling and rather disgusting that while the dems like lunatic Pelosi took over in 2006, its all Bush’s fault, even after the dems took over 2006 onwards, so a dem congress is completely without blame.

    However from 2010 – current, when its a repub’s control; 1/2 congress (they only control the House); its ALL congress’s fault.

    So I see now the pattern is, if dems’s in charge, its the repubs faults, when repubs in charge, its repubs fault as well. Doesn’t matter the circumstance, its always the repub’s fault, so says the disgusting dems, so says the Obot MSM that is party of the dems.

    No point in having a real discussion of real problems and real solutions, just blame blame blame the repubs, and they deserve a lot of blame, –BUT so do the dems… or blame the american people, or the private sector, of big bird, its always someone or something else’s fault, it is never the dem’s fault for the actual policies.

  142. Worth a read…I predicted this would happen, unemployment will continue to drop for only 2 reasons, neither of which is standard of living for the american worker is going up.

    1) people are dropping out of the workforce
    2)fulltime jobs are being converted/replaced to part time jobs, so this counted as a “new” job created

    http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2012/10/mish-obamacare-mailbag-expect-more-part.html

    from the link:

    I received a number of interesting emails from readers in response to Prepping for Obamacare, Olive Garden and Red Lobster Cut Workers’ Hours; Are Other Companies Doing the same? Tip Sharing Lowers Minimum Wage; Like One, Like All?.

    Here is a sampling of emails.

    Reader John, Owner of 37 Restaurants Chimes In

    Hello Mish,

    I own a chain of 37 fast food restaurants. I am doing the same thing as Olive Garden [going to part-time workers] as are many of my small (50 to 1000 employees) competitors. This ObamaCare tax will continue to cause a large shift in employment figures starting now and continuing for the next several years, decreasing the unemployment rate as each full time employee gets replaced with more than one part time employee.

    Cont…”

  143. pm317
    October 20th, 2012 at 10:38 pm
    Hopefully Bob Schieffer is not as incompetent or eager to lick Obama’s ass as Candy was.

    Don’t count on it. I used to like and respect him but can’t watch him anymore…he may as well be wearing an O for President T shirt.

  144. Newt Gingrich and Bill Richardson just had a “pre-debate debate” on CNN. “Moderated” by Candy Crowley.

    It was very polite and civilized even when Gingrich interrupted Richardson to correct him about Romney commenting prematurely about Benghazi.

    The best part was prior to that when Crowley –ever so gently– tried to interject and correct Richardson. If I remember correctly he seemed to concede her point and said “nonetheless” and kept going.

    Perhaps Crowley is trying to improve her reputation?

  145. pm317
    October 20th, 2012 at 10:38 pm
    Hopefully Bob Schieffer is not as incompetent or eager to lick Obama’s ass as Candy was.

    Unfortunately pm317, Bobby Scheiffer is an Obot. The most we can hope for is he acts like Jim Leherer did in the first debate, just stay out of the way. He will no doubt help his Messiah, but I’m hoping Romney will call them both out, at this point the MSM is no longer taking the role of seeking truth, speaking truth to power. They are the abusers of power themselves by falsely protecting those in power, namely the Obots and their dem minions.

  146. tim
    October 21st, 2012 at 8:43 am
    Worth a read…I predicted this would happen, unemployment will continue to drop for only 2 reasons, neither of which is standard of living for the american worker is going up.

    1) people are dropping out of the workforce
    2)fulltime jobs are being converted/replaced to part time jobs, so this counted as a “new” job created

    It’s even worse than that. From my observation people that were lucky enough to have good paying part time jobs are being displaced by younger people with more credentials that will work for the same amount of money, or less.

    As an example, I know a legal assistant who lost her job to a newly minted attorney. This new attorney had been working for the same attorney as a paralegal and now that she’s not in law school she can fill both positions … and then some.

    This isn’t going to show up anywhere in the unemployment numbers.

  147. I think anger (or frustration) got the better of Romney in the second debate about Benghazi. First, Obama made it look like they had done everything (to dumb voters) and yet 4 people died — that is he lied and politicized it and shamed Romney for bringing it up. Second he blatantly lied about calling it an attack and Candy stepped into it which definitely threw Romney off. I think Romney should have a list of FP failures that he would repeat (like he does with economy) regardless of Obama’s lies or sugarcoating. He also needs a better response to Obama’s — “OMG, 4 people died and you are “lying and politicizing” about my so called “failures”; shame on you!”

    Crowley saved Obama with that screwup. We never know what the voters would have heard and how they would have reacted if it had not been for her saving Obama’s ass.

  148. By the way, watch the polls from Tuesday onwards because that is when they get tracked for accuracy ratings after the election, watch them suddenly pull into line from Tuesday onwards.

  149. (10/20/2012) “Poll: Romney gaining ground in Ohio” (The Hill)
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/263163-poll-romney-gaining-ground-in-ohio
    President Obama’s lead over GOP challenger Mitt Romney in Ohio narrowed to just one percentage point, tumbling from the five-percentage-point advantage Obama had a week ago, according to a Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Saturday.

    The poll found Obama now has a 49-to-48-percent advantage over Romney among likely voters in the battleground state.

    PPP said Romney was able to tighten the gap in Ohio due to his seven-percentage-point lead over Obama among independents and a boost in Republican voters reporting that they plan to vote for the former Massachusetts governor. Roughly 90 percent of the Ohio Republican base said they would support Romney, up from 85 percent who gave the same answer a week ago.


  150. This was a very interesting commentary/read over at Market Ticker. I will add my own commentary, I fully 100% believe in a safety net, helping people when they are down to help them up, what I do not believe in is some permanent absolute “hand-out” welfare state! And frankly that is what the Undemocratic Party now represents. I became a dem for as soon as I could vote because I thought it was for the working man, to help them have a “fair shot” but not the way OTurd does it by taking from another and redistributing it, but rather having some level of a basic safety net but encouraging people to work, to pursue their own gifts, their own dreams (“pursuit of happiness”), but not to make them permanently dependent on the State , and if they achieved massive success pursuing their goals through hard work and smarts — hiring so many people along the way by creating something, then it was something to be celebrated, not scorned and berated and looked down upon, not something to make them feel guilty off.
    This new “democratic” party looks like its more interested in creating a permanent welfare state, and redistributing wealth, rather than creating new wealth, and real capitalism, not the crony kind, is truly the only way to remedy to poverty, to have a higher standard of living, true freedom, economic freedom.

    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=212833

    “And dozens more.

    And what’s got people all worked up? The possibility that they might have to work instead of simply suck off other people’s labor.

    Remember this?

    “It was the most-memorable day of my life. I won’t have to work.”

    Want to know why I’ve been rather “on” about where our nation is headed and what’s to come? Do you really need to know more after reading and seeing that — and realizing that this is not about a racial issue at all, in reality (despite how some people are spinning it) but rather simply about refusing to face the fact that our politicians have and are continuing to refuse to face the fact that without productive output there is literally nothing?

    There’s nothing to tax.

    There’s no way to “create demand.”

    The last 30 years have “taught” Americans that they don’t have to actually get off their fat asses and make an effort.

    Cont…

  151. Schieffer
    ————
    A few months back his typical news delivery for Mitt was “chuckle chuckle Romney can’t seem to win for losing heh heh ….”
    I wrote several rude complaints, then removed myself from his presence.
    Hopefully things will be different post Candy.

  152. http://hillbuzz.org/doom-antidote-todays-your-last-chance-to-join-the-romney-election-day-task-force-and-be-part-of-the-historic-defeat-of-obama-and-the-left-72265

    A great suggestion. If anyone is able to, please sign up with Romney’s team on this. Several of my family members live out in very rural areas, and they were still able to volunteer, by phones, calling potential undecideds. I remember in 2008 Hillary’s camp had something very similar. Romney’s camp seems very organized about this.

    3 weeks, please volunteer if you can, the info in on that link posted. A great read by the Kevin Dejuan and great info posted there by the folks at Hillbuzz.

  153. Romney leads Gallup’s LV tracking 51 to Obama’s 45. What did it look like on 10/20/08? Then – Obama: 51; McCain: 44. I see deja vu.

  154. Uh Oh….WI SENATE: BALDWIN TAKES $60K FROM PRO-IRAN GROUP, PLEADS IGNORANCE

    Tammy Baldwin has come under fire for taking a $60,000 contribution from the Council for Liveable World. In the October 18 debate with Gov. Tommy Thompson, Baldwin went on to deny having any knowledge of the group. The Council is a Pro-Iran operation that opposes sanctions against Iran and supports the current Iranian political regime.
    The Council’s position on Iran reads:(emphasis added)
    Unfortunately, United States policy has been to publicly threaten and insult Iran while taking provocative actions such as adopting a policy of regime change, attempting to increase unilateral sanctions, deploying additional military assets in the region, and arresting Iranian representatives in Iraq. Such policies are counterproductive, strengthening Iranian hardliners and weakening the position of anti-nuclear and pro-democracy elements in Iran.
    Baldwin has been supported by the Council since 1988.
    In fact, Baldwin recently flip-flopped on the issue of sanctioning Iran. Now that she has to answer to the state of Wisconsin in her Senate campaign, rather than her usual, more liberal constituency in Madison, Baldwin has flipped on her support for sanctions on Iran. According to Politifact, after opposing sanctions in 2006, 2009 and 2010, she did a 180 flip and voted for them in August of 2012.
    This is not the first instance of Baldwin’s alliance with extremist and progressive causes. Baldwin, a longtime supporter of Nancy Pelosi , introduced a bill that would require children who used HHS services be interrogated as to their sexual preference.
    Baldwin has stood consistently against the second amendment, rated with an “F” by both the NRA and Gun Owners of America. In 1996, Baldwin actually voted against inserting the phrase “right to keep and bear arms” in the Wisconsin State Constitution. In 2008, she voted to uphold the restrictions on firearm possession in Washington DC. (H.R. 6842, CQ Vote #601 )
    In a move that defies all logic, Baldwin voted against a House resolution that would commemorate the Americans murdered on 9/11. (H. Res. 994, CQ Vote #440) The resolutions reads “Adoption of the resolution that would express the sense of the House recognizing Sept. 11 as a day to remember those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks, extend sympathies to their loved ones and honor those who aided the victims and risked their lives following the attacks.”
    In addition, Baldwin co-sponsored legislation to block funding of body armor for US troops. A pro-Israel advocacy group recently made a large ad buy in Wisconsin, highlighting Baldwin’s foreign policy positions, which includes accusing Israel of war crimes.
    Rasmussen reports Baldwin with a small lead over her opponent, Governor Tommy Thompson. Perhaps the voters of Wisconsin aren’t familiar with Baldwin’s record?

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/21/Tammy-Baldwin-Iran-campaign-contribution

  155. Why is he borrowing money from BofA? Isn’t a billion dollars including foreign moneys not enough for him?
    The story about foreign contributions is back in NYPost.In the article they trace through a British citizen being able to make a contribution from England on Obama’s site.

    If he can’t run a simple website for raising money with checks and balances and dammit, integrity, the voters need to rethink what he is, who he is and all that stuff.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/bam_blind_eye_to_illegal_donors_8SWotytr1RvbhyDCRyyrEL

    The Obama re-election campaign has accepted at least one foreign donation in violation of the law — and does nothing to check on the provenance of millions of dollars in other contributions, a watchdog group alleges.

    Chris Walker, a British citizen who lives outside London, told The Post he was able to make two $5 donations to President Obama’s campaign this month through its Web site while a similar attempt to give Mitt Romney cash was rejected. It is illegal to knowingly solicit or accept money from foreign citizens.

    Walker said he used his actual street address in England but entered Arkansas as his state with the Schenectady, NY, ZIP code of 12345.

    “When I did Romney’s, the payment got rejected on the grounds that the address on the card did not match the address that I entered,” he said. “Romney’s Web site wanted the code from the back of card. Barack Obama’s didn’t.”

    In September, Obama’s campaign took in more than $2 million from donors who provided no ZIP code or incomplete ZIP codes, according to data posted on the Federal Election Commission Web site.

    The Obama campaign said the FEC data was the result of “a minor technical error.”

    “All the ZIP codes and numbers are real and can be verified,” spokesman Michael Czin said.

    The Obama campaign’s apparent lack of safeguards makes it possible to violate the law, says a report released by the Government Accountability Institute, a Florida-based watchdog group.

    The report found that one Obama site — Obama.com — gets almost half of its traffic from foreign computer addresses. The site directs users to an Obama donation page.

  156. Could’nt make it up…Lesbian Dem senate candidate supported by Pro-Iranian group which would have her stoned to death in Iran. Strange Bedfellows.

  157. I had wondering about this and saw a comment too yesterday.. Where is that poor guy who made the awful video that Obama and his minions used. Is he in jail?

  158. wow. WI’s Tammy Baldwin sounds like a complete nutjob. Will be sending that link to everyone on my email list. Nutjob is an understatement, voting against armor for our troops? An America hating nutjob.

  159. I think this is a good suggestion (seen on NQ):

    “At the next debate, rather than Romney getting into the weeds with this Libya thing, he should just announce that on his first day in office he will announce a bipartisan blue ribbon committee to investigate the whole damn thing.

    If he tries to get specific at the debate, Jarret will just have the intelligence community change something to make Mitt look like an idiot.”

  160. Stephen Hayes, my favorite guy on the right.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/twenty-questions_655089.html?nopager=1

    At roughly the same time the president was chatting with Stewart in New York City, another interview was taking place in Benghazi, Libya. The man suspected of organizing the attack on the U.S. consulate there, Ahmed Abu Khattala, “spent two leisurely hours .  .  . sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio” with a reporter from the New York Times and boasting that he hasn’t even been questioned by investigators from the governments of Libya or the United States. He has not gone into hiding and has no plans to do so. The Times reported that Abu Khattala, a leader of al Qaeda-linked Ansar al Sharia, “expressed a notable absence of remorse over the assault.” According to the story, “witnesses have said they saw him directing other fighters that night,” and both governments believe he was involved. Abu Khattala denied he masterminded the attack but confirmed reports that he was in the compound. Why? He happened to be in the area “to break up a traffic jam,” and after the fighting broke out he entered the -facility because he wanted to help Libyan guards working for the Americans.

    We commend Times reporter David Kirkpatrick for getting the interview, but it raises an obvious question. Why is it that, more than a month after the attack, a New York Times reporter can spend two leisurely hours with the alleged mastermind, yet no agent of the U.S. government has ever approached him?

    In his interview with Jon Stewart, Obama also claimed, implausibly, that his administration has been eager to share information about the attacks with the American people.

  161. From Hayes’ article, 20 questions for Obama, and Hayes is right, this is no parlor game though Obama might spin the event as a parlor game:

    If the president really wants to level with the American people, here are some questions he needs to answer.

    1. Were there references to Libyan security threats in the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) during the three weeks before the attacks in Benghazi?

    2. If there were, did President Obama participate in an intelligence briefing after the Libya threat was raised in the PDB?

    3. Did President Obama ask his CIA briefer about threats in Libya during the three weeks before the attacks?

    4. Were Libyan security threats discussed in any daily intelligence briefing that President Obama did not attend?

    5. How many morning intelligence briefings did President Obama participate in during the month prior to the Benghazi attack?

    6. Did any other governments or liaison intelligence services warn us about threats in Libya in the days before the attack in Benghazi?

    7. Did any of the communications from intelligence officials in Libya on September 10 include discussions of threats to the consulate in Benghazi or other U.S. interests? Will the administration make those communications available?

    8. The State Department’s timeline notes that Ambassador Stevens, who participated in meetings around Benghazi on September 10, was instructed to remain in the Benghazi compound on September 11, the day of the attack? Why? Were there specific threat warnings?

    9. Did any intelligence product—raw or finished—include detailed reporting on any protest outside the compound in Benghazi before the attack began?

    10. If not, why did administration officials repeatedly mention alleged protests? Where did those claims originate?

    11. A senior administration official told the Washington Post on September 13 that the compound in Benghazi featured a “robust American security presence.” Does the White House stand by that assessment?

    12. Why did U.N. ambassador Susan Rice, who has no direct involvement in the Libya attacks and no special intelligence knowledge on Libya, appear on multiple TV shows on September 16 to claim that spontaneous protests over the video led to the attack? Was Secretary Clinton or some other high official asked to represent the administration, before Rice was sent out instead?

    13. Did James Clapper, the director of national intelligence and CIA director David Petraeus clear Susan Rice’s talking points? If not, who did?

    14. A September 28 statement from Clapper’s office claiming that administration talking points had come from the intelligence community was not signed by Clapper. Why not?

    15. Who was on the interagency phone call on Saturday, September 15, to prepare Rice for her TV interviews?

    16. Did Rice talk to any senior Obama campaign advisers before she spoke for the administration?

    17. Is there any intelligence product—raw or finished—that links the attacks in Benghazi to the anti-Islam YouTube video?

    18. If not, why did President Obama himself make a direct link between the film and the attack during his September 18 appearance on the David Letterman show?

    19. Will the White House release unclassified versions of the PDBs and Daily Threat Briefs for the three weeks before the Benghazi attack?

    20. Will President Obama ever hold a news conference to address these and other unanswered questions about the attacks in Benghazi?

    That makes 20 questions for the president, but this is no parlor game. Four lives were lost, and the credibility of the administration is at stake.

  162. Couldn’t Romney’s campaign or the other PACS take an ad in the NYT and post those questions? Where are the answers, American people deserve to know and put Obama and his media whores on the spot with his spin and lies?

  163. Tim:

    De Tocquevill had the best response to what is happening to our country today, thanks to Obama:

    The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money. (misattributed)

    The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.
    Chapter II

    The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults. (though the 2012 election)

    “Discours de réception a L’Académie Française prononcé le 21 Avril 1842” Oeuvres complètes, vol. IX, p. 17
    I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. So far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress.

    We are sleeping on a volcano… A wind of revolution blows, the storm is on the horizon.
    Speaking in the Chamber of Deputies just prior to to outbreak of revolution in Europe (1848)

    Socialism is a new form of slavery.
    Notes for a Speech on Socialism (1848)

    As for me, I am deeply a democrat; this is why I am in no way a socialist. Democracy and socialism cannot go together. You can’t have it both ways.
    Notes for a Speech on Socialism (1848)

    Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

    Variant: Equality is a slogan based on envy. It signifies in the heart of every republican: “Nobody is going to occupy a place higher than I.”

  164. Perhaps Crowley is trying to improve her reputation?
    ————————-
    Improve?

    When you blow your lines on the opening night of a Broadway play,

    You cannot redeem your reputation in an off Broadway production.

    It doesn’t work that way.

    Crowley needs to be practical about all this.

    She should look herself in the mirror and say:

    Its been grand, its been great, once you had the whole world on a plate.

    But starting here, starting now, its over.

    And you have no one to blame but yourself.

  165. From here: http://thediplomad.blogspot.com/

    2) What was the response of the NCA? The attack began just before 9 pm Libya time; it lasted at least six hours. The attack, therefore, took place from about 3 pm to about 9 pm Washington DC time on a regular work day, a Tuesday, and on a day, September 11, during which the capital is particularly attentive to reports of terror activity. The DS reps have testified that they knew about the attack almost immediately, and, thanks to the very expensive and elaborate DS op center, followed the attack in “near real time.” So what happened? What did Secretaries Clinton and Panetta, CIA Director Petraeus, DNI Clapper, NSA Donilon, AFRICOM, SOCOM, and President Obama do? Somebody sent a slow flying UAV that managed to get there in time to monitor at least part of the attack. There apparently was a hastily put together rescue effort launched by the Embassy in Tripoli which encountered stiff resistance. But what did the NCA do? There are reports that the Pentagon determined that it would take 24 hours to get a rescue team on the ground in Benghazi. So? Why wasn’t it launched? Nobody apparently knew that the Ambassador already was dead. One thing I have learned from years in the “hard countries”: Do not let the creeps think they can get away with something. They should always fear an immediate and devastating response. American warriors on the ground with blood in their eyes would have sent a powerful message to the jihadis. The British ran the raucous North West Frontier with a handful of Political Agents (PA) who bribed the tribes and made it clear that a PA could conjure up the British Army if things got out of hand. Is it true that the President did not summon his national security team? That he just noted the information and then went off to Vegas on a fund-raiser after giving a vacuous speech at the Rose Garden?

    3) Was the cover-up really motivated by the need to protect the misadministration’s liberal delusions about their successes in the Middle East? Is it really that simple and despicable? Do these Obama people really have no shame? Are they really that sociopathic? They are willing like some sort of Mafia-chieftan or vile totalitarian to allow the lives of their subordinates to be snuffed out as part of some great political chess game? I ask but fear I already know the responses.

  166. Another Coinkydink!

    http://www.9news.com/news/world/295389/347/Gas-prices-could-soon-drop-50-cents-a-gallon

    “But Kloza expects retail prices to sink five to 15 cents a gallon over each of the next three weeks.

    The drop could provide a boost to consumer spending and influence next month’s presidential race, where gas prices have been a hot-button issue for much of the campaign. Several battleground states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, are enjoying big price drops.”

  167. Good article talking about NYT’s “leak” on Iran’s agreement.

    http://pjmedia.com/michaelledeen/2012/10/20/the-october-surprise/

    At least one element of the Times story is true: the agreement, if there actually is one, is undoubtedly “a result of intense, secret exchanges between American and Iranian officials that date almost to the beginning of President Obama’s term.” Indeed, there were talks between Iranian officials and a representative of the Obama campaign, even before the inauguration. Secret talks between the two countries have been going on for decades, and I do not know of any American president from Jimmy Carter to the present who did not secretly pursue a deal with Tehran. (I participated in such talks in the mid-1980s during the Reagan administration.)

    So what is happening? The most likely explanation is that Obama is still desperately seeking his grand bargain, the one that would validate his (and the Nobel Committee’s) claim to be a talented peace maker. That deal is not available, because the Iranians don’t want it. But he wants something to show for his efforts, so he settled for a big nothingburger: an agreement to talk some more.

    Even if the story turns out to be true, I don’t think it will help him. “We’re going to talk to the Iranians!” isn’t a very sexy headline.

    The one (mildly) interesting feature is why the story was leaked. Did the leaker(s) think it would help the campaign? Or was the leaker trying to stop yet another embarrassing wasted effort?

    Give it a few days, maybe we’ll actually learn something interesting. Maybe it’ll even come up in Monday’s debate…

  168. Norma Desmond, he is trying to live up to his reputation, you know, “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” 😉 for the last three weeks of his term.

  169. The drop could provide a boost to consumer spending and influence next month’s presidential race, where gas prices have been a hot-button issue for much of the campaign. Several battleground states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, are enjoying big price drops.”

    It will not get down to the 1.85 it was when he took office. :shock;

  170. foxyladi14
    October 21st, 2012 at 11:22 am
    ——————–

    That is a very neat ad, simple, to the point and good visuals and audio.

  171. moononpluto
    October 21st, 2012 at 10:36 am
    Rasmussen Swing States Sunday : Romney 50% Obama 46%

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_swing_state_tracking_poll
    ————————–
    That is the best swing state poll we have seen from Rasmussen–right. Gallup is one point better, but that was a nation-wide survey. It seems to me that this election comes down to one question: do you wish to preserve the liberty and security bequeathed to us by generations of previous Americans, or do you want to call them racist, wipe the entire slate clean, and start all over, making the quantum leap that things will somehow be better, and knowing that you will be inducing massive capital flight from the United States. To rational actors, the answer is self evident. To dimocrats it is not. What they need to realize is you cannot be partially pregnant.

  172. The drop could provide a boost to consumer spending and influence next month’s presidential race, where gas prices have been a hot-button issue for much of the campaign. Several battleground states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, are enjoying big price drops.”
    ————————————
    The operative word is could–and in some alternative universe it could– if it has happened last summer.

  173. I hate to curse this early in the morning, but there is no other way to put it. The man OTurd hates this country and he hates Israel even more. He truly is a PO$. A america-hating PO$! All evidence points to it:

    http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9010171941

    “Senior Iranian parliamentary sources revealed on Saturday that the Swiss envoy to Tehran has quoted US President Barack Obama as acknowledging Iran’s nuclear rights.

    Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Livia Leu Agosti attended a meeting with senior Iranian foreign ministry officials a few days ago to submit a letter from the US president to Tehran leaders.

    Vice-Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Ebrahimi told FNA that during the meeting, Agosti had told the Iranian officials that President Barack Obama recognizes Iran’s right of access and use of the nuclear technology.

    “There are a couple of points with regard to this (US) message (to Iran),” Ebrahimi said and added, “Firstly, during the session to submit the message, the Swiss ambassador to Tehran quoted the US president as saying that ‘we (the US) recognize your nuclear rights’.”

    As regards the second issue, the lawmaker said that the Swiss diplomat had also quoted Obama as saying that “I didn’t want to impose sanctions on your central bank but I had no options but to approve it since a Congress majority had approved the decision.” Cont…”

    http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9010171941

    And with lunatics like Tammy Baldwin running for the dem position, if she gets in, OTurd will have lots of company in his Israel and America hating ventures. No longer do I recognize this lunatic dem party.

  174. A simple price chart for the fluctating cost of gasoline would show periodic drops and rises similar to this. That is all that this is–fuctuation which ends in reversion to the mean. The mean is not $2 per gallon as it was when he took office. It is $4 per gallon where it is now. This is Obamamedia bullshit. In any event, a 50 cent drop will NOT spur a deluge of consumer spending between now and the election. Chistmas might, but that is too far off.

  175. if the signage is any indication…this rings true…

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/elections/fl-economic-forecast-election-results-20121020,0,451863.story

    Computer model predicts bad news for Obama in Broward, Palm Beach counties

    By Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel

    7:50 a.m. EDT, October 21, 2012
    Computer modeling of economic and political factors by the research firm Moody’s Analytics predicts President Barack Obama will perform so badly in the Democratic strongholds of Broward and Palm Beach counties that he’ll lose the state’s 29 electoral votes on Nov. 6.

    Democrats and Republicans agree Obama must run up big margins in the three big South Florida counties if he has any hope of offsetting Republican territory elsewhere and winning statewide.

    That won’t happen, according to the Moody’s Analytics forecast, which projects Obama winning 56.3 percent of the vote in Broward, 50.8 percent in Palm Beach County and 58.7 percent in Miami-Dade County.

    In 2008, Obama won 51 percent of the Florida vote after winning big in South Florida: 67 percent in Broward, 61 percent in Palm Beach County and 58 percent in Miami-Dade County.

    Though Moody’s predicts a Mitt Romney victory in Florida, it isn’t forecasting a Republican presidency. Its latest national model, released Sept. 28, predicts Obama will win 303 electoral votes, 33 more than required to win a second term. A new national forecast is due this week.

    Public opinion polling shows a tight statewide race. On Saturday, the Real Clear Politics average of Florida polls showed the candidates effectively tied with 48.8 percent for Romney and 46.7 percent for Obama.

    Moody’s economist Dan White said the national political forecast model has accurately projected each of the three presidential elections since it was developed in 2000. The county-by-county forecasts are new, he said, and potentially subject to more variations because they involve smaller samplings and somewhat different data.

    Besides economic indicators, the modeling uses voting patterns from previous elections and counties’ historic leanings.

    A major factor in the Florida county-by-county estimates is change in personal income in the previous two years. In Palm Beach County, for example, White said personal income has grown 3.6 percent, which is less than the 4.1 percent increase statewide.

    “That’s one of the things that kind of swings Florida to the Republicans if you look at the data over the last two years,” he said.

    Moody’s Analytics, based in West Chester, Pa., is the worldwide economic analysis arm of Moody’s Corp. The corporation’s other subsidiary, credit rating company Moody’s Investors Services, was criticized for failing to anticipate some of the problems that contributed to the Great Recession.

    The modeling doesn’t take into consideration factors like the Obama campaign’s efforts to organize supporters and register voters, which started well over a year ago when Republicans were still in the early stages of their long primary fight.

    That’s one reason Kevin Hill, a political scientist at Florida International University, isn’t buying the computer prediction. He said this kind of modeling doesn’t reflect what happens during campaigns, and could lead to false results. “In a close election, everything matters,” he said.

    U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat who represents parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, rejected the Moody’s conclusions.

    “There is no computer analysis that has ever been done of a president who took office when the economy was free-falling into a depression,” Deutch said. “That computer doesn’t take into account a Republican nominee that wants to repeat the policies of the last administration. I may not be smart enough to understand all the intricacies of that fancy economic modeling, but I do have a pretty good understanding of what the people of South Florida want, and that’s a president who is looking out for them.”

    Even Sid Dinerstein, chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party, said the kind of catastrophically weak showing for Obama predicted by the computer modeling seems unlikely.

    “It’s not like the economics of Palm Beach County are that awful. We haven’t had an implosion here,” he said.

    “I don’t see the economic indicators that would indicate an Obama collapse,” Dinerstein said. “But I do see the political indicators.”

    Dinerstein said Republicans would be delighted if Romney gets 40 percent of the vote in Palm Beach County and 35 percent in Broward. He said the rest of the state then would put the Republican over the top.

    David Di Pietro, Romney’s Broward campaign chairman, said he thinks his candidate will easily top 35 percent in the county.

    “I have felt so much momentum in the last month. It is huge,” he said. “Everywhere you go, people are talking about a Romney win.”

    Hill, the political scientist, said it’s a mistake to assume that the results are guaranteed just because a computer — he ridiculed it as a “magic box” — develops a finding based on a lot of data.

    snip…

    See each Florida county’s forecast at SunSentinel.com/BrowardPolitics

  176. Bob Casey is suddenly very busy with campaign rallies. Tom Smith, on the other hand, is delighted. It is news of several days ago, but this video adds historical background. & admittedly, I just like hearing the Susquehanna & other poll mentioned again.

    Senate Update: October 16, 2012
    Published on Oct 16, 2012 by HumanEvents
    John Gizzi explains the tight race in Pennsylvania between incumbent Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Tom Smith as we near Election Day
    YouTube.com/watch?v=zyqS28V1ETk&feature=youtu.be

    John Gizzi: Human Events Political Editor and a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund

  177. re: that article above from Sun-Sentinel and the Moody prediction for O at 58.7 from Miami-Dade…that may even be a stretch since it has already been reported that the Cuban Americans are supporting Romney in large numbers…

    …will be interesting to see the outcome…

    …also there is indication that women are swinging to Romney in Florida…and that would not surprise me a bit, because the constant flood of O ads for months down here have been so patronizing and insulting to any thinking woman, that I am sure a lot of women are just plain sick of hearing women talk about fearing for the rest of their lives…or how they start their day doing the laundry…

  178. Significant in Gallup that Romney also epanding lead in RV’s as well as LV’s Obama highline looks like 45-46 in either

  179. About signage, a comment seen on Althouse:

    “Just an update. Were up in Door Co.[WI] closing the house for the season and the Romney signs out number Obama’s about 2 to 1. We noticed the same thing during the Walker recall. This has always been a sold Dem stronghold and we were inundated with the “Hope” poster four years ago. The times they are a changing. “

  180. The diagnosis of the Obama foreign policy establishment, by a former insider, provides a baseline for the Monday night debate.–wbb
    ——————————————-
    Inside Obama’s Disastrous Foreign Policy
    By: streiff (Diary) | October 21st, 2012 at 12:46 PM | 1

    As a prelude to this week’s final presidential debate in which the subject will be foreign policy it is appropriate that Foreign Policy has published an essay by former Obama regime official Rosa Brooks. It is frighteningly titled The Case for Intervention… In Obama’s dysfunctional foreign-policy team.

    It is well worth the read if you are interested in how Obama has mismanaged our foreign policy and made us less respected and more susceptible to attacks now that at any time since the dark years of the Carter ineptocracy.

    She identifies six basic things Obama needs to do to turn around his disastrous foreign policy.

    1. Get a Strategy.

    We don’t currently seem to have one, grand or otherwise. We’ve got “the long war” — but we don’t seem to have a long game…And without a clear strategic vision of the world, there’s no way to evaluate the success or failure of different initiatives, and no way to distinguish the important from the marginal.

    Critical observation. What has animated the regime over the past four years has been attempting to look tough and to prove they aren’t Bush. One of those two goals is behind the unending cascade of debacles the Obama foreign policy clown car has experienced.

    2. Get some decent managers.

    National Security Advisor Tom Donilon reportedly scheduled more than 700 Deputies Committee meetings and 200 Principal’s Committee meetings between January 2009 and October 2011. Meetings occur at all times of the day and the week, with little prioritization, causing burn-out for exhausted staffers (and reducing institutional memory when the burned out staffers quit after a year or two).

    This circles back to point number one. Without a strategy you have data points. Each data point becomes the new shiny object for a meeting or two then a new shiny object takes precedence.

    3. Get some people who actually know something.

    Cronyism also reigns supreme when it comes to determining who should attend White House meetings: increasingly, insiders say, meetings called by top NSS officials involve by-name requests for attendance, with no substitutions or “plus ones” permitted. As a result, dissenting voices are shut out, along with the voices of specialists who could provide valuable information and insights. The result? Shallow discussions and poor decisions.

    This critique could be made of about 90% of the Obama regime departments and agencies. Everywhere you turn you encounter cronies, celebrities, and contributors who have influence because of their perceived value to Obama, personally. Does anyone think the nation has been well served by HHS or EPA or any other Obama agency?

    We are experiencing government by a middle school cool girls clique.

    4. Get out of the bubble.

    But if he wants good, candid feedback, President Obama needs to deal with more people. He should increase the number of press conferences he gives, increase the number of formal and informal meetings with members of Congress, and institute at least quarterly town-hall style meetings with his national security staff — invited based on position, not based on whether they’re in the in-club — and with other senior staff from State, Defense, and AID. He should also create internal “red teams,” tasked with pointing out the dangers and flaws of the policy approaches recommended by his senior staff — and he should require his staff to listen and respond to critics, instead of just repeating administration talking points.

    The problem is actually much deeper than merely getting out of the bubble. The locus of the problem is in Obama’s personality and inflated self image. As former aide Neera Tanden said in a recent NY Magazine interview.

    Clinton, being Clinton, had plenty of advice in mind and was desperate to impart it. But for the first two years of Obama’s term, the phone calls Clinton kept expecting rarely came. “People say the reason Obama wouldn’t call Clinton is because he doesn’t like him,” observes Tanden. “The truth is, Obama doesn’t call anyone, and he’s not close to almost anyone. It’s stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people. My analogy is that it’s like becoming Bill Gates without liking computers.”

    Someone who doesn’t like people isn’t going to seek out people for informal meetings. People who know they are poseurs don’t talk to smart people because nothing is worse that revealing yourself as a poseur.

    Somehow, over the years of coddling and social promotions, Obama has come to believe he is actually talented. As he has said:

    “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

    I think Ms. Brooks is missing another obvious reason why Obama is in the bubble: he thinks things are going just swimmingly and sees no reason to change.

    5. Get a backbone.

    He came into office with a mandate and Democratic control of both houses of Congress. Had he been willing to use some political capital — and twist a few arms on the Hill — in those early months, Guantanamo would be closed, and the United States might have a more coherent approach to national security budgeting. But on these and other issues, the president backed off at the first sign of congressional resistance, apparently deciding (presumably on the advice of the campaign aides who already populated his national security staff) that these issues were political losers.

    Of course, it was a self-fulfilling prophesy; the issues became losers because the White House abandoned them. Ultimately, Congress began to view him as weak: a man who wouldn’t push them very hard. As a result, Congress pushed back hard on everything, including health care, economic stimulus, and regulation of the financial industry, and Obama was forced to live with watered-down legislation across the board.

    This seems to be the case, though Congress gets undue blame here. The regular presence of the islamo-fascists fellow travelers in CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House goes a long way towards explaining our policy in Libya, Egypt, and Israel. But this is a signature move of the Obama regime. The presence of industry lobbyists in the White House explains why oil and gas are sacrificed to highly subsidized market sectors.

    6. Get rid of the jerks.

    Insiders say that McDonough and Donilon can barely stand each other, contradicting each other publicly so often that no one’s ever sure who really speaks for the president. Both men are also famously rude to colleagues: it’s a rare individual who hasn’t been screamed at by one or the other. The nastiness demoralizes everyone and sends the message that rudeness and infighting are acceptable.

    A fish rots from the head down. When one looks at both Obamas and their inner circle one cannot help but notice the near universal qualities of overweening ego and unrequited sense of entitlement. As they say “A’s hire A’s and B’s hire C’s” heaven alone knows what C’s and D’s hire.

    Should Mitt Romney win in November he will be faced with a laundry list of imminent crises. Not the least among them is a foreign policy that has been burned and plowed with salt.

  181. The Obama foreign policy team, excluding Hillary, is absolutely, positively dysfunctional. This analysis by a former insider tells why. This is the perfect point of departure for Monday night. Romney will have to deal with the flotsam and jettsome of this after January 20, 2012.
    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Inside Obama’s Disastrous Foreign Policy
    By: streiff (Diary) | October 21st, 2012 at 12:46 PM | 1

    RESIZE: AAA

    As a prelude to this week’s final presidential debate in which the subject will be foreign policy it is appropriate that Foreign Policy has published an essay by former Obama regime official Rosa Brooks. It is frighteningly titled The Case for Intervention… In Obama’s dysfunctional foreign-policy team.

    It is well worth the read if you are interested in how Obama has mismanaged our foreign policy and made us less respected and more susceptible to attacks now that at any time since the dark years of the Carter ineptocracy.

    She identifies six basic things Obama needs to do to turn around his disastrous foreign policy.

    1. Get a Strategy.

    We don’t currently seem to have one, grand or otherwise. We’ve got “the long war” — but we don’t seem to have a long game…And without a clear strategic vision of the world, there’s no way to evaluate the success or failure of different initiatives, and no way to distinguish the important from the marginal.

    Critical observation. What has animated the regime over the past four years has been attempting to look tough and to prove they aren’t Bush. One of those two goals is behind the unending cascade of debacles the Obama foreign policy clown car has experienced.

    2. Get some decent managers.

    National Security Advisor Tom Donilon reportedly scheduled more than 700 Deputies Committee meetings and 200 Principal’s Committee meetings between January 2009 and October 2011. Meetings occur at all times of the day and the week, with little prioritization, causing burn-out for exhausted staffers (and reducing institutional memory when the burned out staffers quit after a year or two).

    This circles back to point number one. Without a strategy you have data points. Each data point becomes the new shiny object for a meeting or two then a new shiny object takes precedence.

    3. Get some people who actually know something.

    Cronyism also reigns supreme when it comes to determining who should attend White House meetings: increasingly, insiders say, meetings called by top NSS officials involve by-name requests for attendance, with no substitutions or “plus ones” permitted. As a result, dissenting voices are shut out, along with the voices of specialists who could provide valuable information and insights. The result? Shallow discussions and poor decisions.

    This critique could be made of about 90% of the Obama regime departments and agencies. Everywhere you turn you encounter cronies, celebrities, and contributors who have influence because of their perceived value to Obama, personally. Does anyone think the nation has been well served by HHS or EPA or any other Obama agency?

    We are experiencing government by a middle school cool girls clique.

    4. Get out of the bubble.

    But if he wants good, candid feedback, President Obama needs to deal with more people. He should increase the number of press conferences he gives, increase the number of formal and informal meetings with members of Congress, and institute at least quarterly town-hall style meetings with his national security staff — invited based on position, not based on whether they’re in the in-club — and with other senior staff from State, Defense, and AID. He should also create internal “red teams,” tasked with pointing out the dangers and flaws of the policy approaches recommended by his senior staff — and he should require his staff to listen and respond to critics, instead of just repeating administration talking points.

    The problem is actually much deeper than merely getting out of the bubble. The locus of the problem is in Obama’s personality and inflated self image. As former aide Neera Tanden said in a recent NY Magazine interview.

    Clinton, being Clinton, had plenty of advice in mind and was desperate to impart it. But for the first two years of Obama’s term, the phone calls Clinton kept expecting rarely came. “People say the reason Obama wouldn’t call Clinton is because he doesn’t like him,” observes Tanden. “The truth is, Obama doesn’t call anyone, and he’s not close to almost anyone. It’s stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people. My analogy is that it’s like becoming Bill Gates without liking computers.”

    Someone who doesn’t like people isn’t going to seek out people for informal meetings. People who know they are poseurs don’t talk to smart people because nothing is worse that revealing yourself as a poseur.

    Somehow, over the years of coddling and social promotions, Obama has come to believe he is actually talented. As he has said:

    “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

    I think Ms. Brooks is missing another obvious reason why Obama is in the bubble: he thinks things are going just swimmingly and sees no reason to change.

    5. Get a backbone.

    He came into office with a mandate and Democratic control of both houses of Congress. Had he been willing to use some political capital — and twist a few arms on the Hill — in those early months, Guantanamo would be closed, and the United States might have a more coherent approach to national security budgeting. But on these and other issues, the president backed off at the first sign of congressional resistance, apparently deciding (presumably on the advice of the campaign aides who already populated his national security staff) that these issues were political losers.

    Of course, it was a self-fulfilling prophesy; the issues became losers because the White House abandoned them. Ultimately, Congress began to view him as weak: a man who wouldn’t push them very hard. As a result, Congress pushed back hard on everything, including health care, economic stimulus, and regulation of the financial industry, and Obama was forced to live with watered-down legislation across the board.

    This seems to be the case, though Congress gets undue blame here. The regular presence of the islamo-fascists fellow travelers in CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House goes a long way towards explaining our policy in Libya, Egypt, and Israel. But this is a signature move of the Obama regime. The presence of industry lobbyists in the White House explains why oil and gas are sacrificed to highly subsidized market sectors.

    6. Get rid of the jerks.

    Insiders say that McDonough and Donilon can barely stand each other, contradicting each other publicly so often that no one’s ever sure who really speaks for the president. Both men are also famously rude to colleagues: it’s a rare individual who hasn’t been screamed at by one or the other. The nastiness demoralizes everyone and sends the message that rudeness and infighting are acceptable.

    A fish rots from the head down. When one looks at both Obamas and their inner circle one cannot help but notice the near universal qualities of overweening ego and unrequited sense of entitlement. As they say “A’s hire A’s and B’s hire C’s” heaven alone knows what C’s and D’s hire.

    Should Mitt Romney win in November he will be faced with a laundry list of imminent crises. Not the least among them is a foreign policy that has been burned and plowed with salt.

  182. moononpluto
    October 21st, 2012 at 1:08 pm
    Watch the libs explode….
    New Gallup: 52/45 Romney LVs; 49/46 Romney RVs Romney expanding lead again.
    …………………………………………………………………..

    sweet!!! the dkos crowd must be shittin’ !!!

  183. Very quiet today here in Boca. Some street
    closures tomorrow. Lots of Romney signs
    on Yamato Rd. 85 and sunny.

  184. This will percolate up in the next 24 hours and during the debate:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/us_watched_as_terror_raged_AypAEEA9OK23rPf7Z5BHWO

    The United States had an unmanned Predator drone over its consulate in Benghazi during the attack that slaughtered four Americans — which should have led to a quicker military response, it was revealed yesterday.

    “They stood, and they watched, and our people died,” former CIA commander Gary Berntsen told CBS News.
    [snip]

    Even as the administration continues to vow that the perpetrators will be brought to justice, the man identified by witnesses as a ringleader in the attack continues to walk the streets of Libya without fear of arrest.

    Ahmad Abu Khattala has admitted being at the consulate during the horrific attack but has yet to be questioned by any Libyan authorities.

    Abu Khattala spoke to a New York Times reporter Thursday from a hotel patio as he sipped a strawberry frappe and mocked the US and Libyan governments.

    “These reports say that no one knows where I am and that I am hiding,” he boasted. “But here I am in the open, sitting in a hotel with you.

  185. This I think is another instance where Obama could not make quick decision, he called in present and went to bed. Remember he needed to be taken kicking and screaming even for the Bin Laden raid. He also was indecisive in the very first incident dealing with Somali pirates.

    The United States had an unmanned Predator drone over its consulate in Benghazi during the attack that slaughtered four Americans — which should have led to a quicker military response, it was revealed yesterday.

    “They stood, and they watched, and our people died,” former CIA commander Gary Berntsen told CBS News.

  186. So we had a drone overhead but not a shot was fired. We can use drones to kill whoever if on their kill list but a drone watched while our people were slaughtered.

    Yes I am sure Obummer went to bed while all this was going on, he had to get his rest to campaign.

    God, please help America wake the fcuk up.

  187. Obama? (is) A Strong?? Responsive??? Leader????—Durbin.

    Question: if this is a multiple choice question, then how about “None of the Above”???????????

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    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Sunday the Obama administration’s handling of security for the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed is a “case study in failure” in American foreign policy.

    “This is Exhibit A of a failing national security policy,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.” “This is failed presidential leadership at its worst.”

    Graham’s comments are the latest following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in which U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. They also come one day before the final presidential debate, in which foreign policy will be the topic.

    Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, also raised concerns about reports of eight attacks on the consulate six months prior to the fatal attack and Stevens’ concerns and requests for additional security.

    The administration originally said the attack was a “spontaneous” assault sparked by an anti-Islam video, then fully acknowledged it was a planned act of terrorism.

    Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin on Fox defended the administration’s handling of the situation, saying President Obama is a “strong responsive leader.”

    The exchange followed a Capitol Hill hearing last week on the Libya by the Republican-led House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

    Committee Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., in connection with the hearing released 166 pages of documents related to the Libya security issue that administration officials said Saturday threatens the lives of several Libyans who are named in the documents and who worked with the United States

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/21/sen-graham-calls-admin-handling-libya-case-study-in-failure/?intcmp=trending#ixzz29xafKMYk

  188. S,

    That article states Moody’s projection is the POS will win the election.

    Though Moody’s predicts a Mitt Romney victory in Florida, it isn’t forecasting a Republican presidency. Its latest national model, released Sept. 28, predicts Obama will win 303 electoral votes, 33 more than required to win a second term. A new national forecast is due this week.

  189. Obama apologizes for us to everyone else in the world. Isn’t it high time that he apologized to the families of those killed in Bengazi and to the American People for being such a “strong, responsive, leader”, that he had not a clue that Bengazi was unsafe, that additional security was requested and that drone airplanes (his favorite toy) were overhead at the time of the attack and could have saved the lives of those Americans. If only his left hand and his right hand knew what they were doing. If only his big brain was engaged in something more than frivous campaigning.

  190. So only 15 days of campaigning left, not including today and really only 14 because tomorrow is a bust with the debate tomorrow evening.

    So tommorrow night when the debate finishes, its all guns blazing.

  191. that Moody’s model was released in September.

    Portman will be able to get into Ohio more for Romney as well after the debate tomorrow night

    I wish I was physically able to go to Ohio. I would go in a heartbeat if I were able.

    I’m so afraid for our country if bummer has another 4 years. We are in deep s h i t now and we can’t take another 4 years.

  192. Haha, read this to see what Allred may be up to. And It was too good for the plagiarist Obamaa to wait and not use it now. Obama gives away what Alred may be up to. This is such a laugh. Fine another abortion story for the lady parts people.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/21/Did-Obama-Give-Gloria-Allred-s-Game-Away

    In a speech on Friday in Virginia, President Barack Obama unveiled a new attack against his rival, accusing him of “Romnesia” (Romney + amnesia) about his past positions. The media treated the word as an innovation.

    But the term has a prior–and specific–history.

    According to the AlterNet article, which was published last Wednesday, “Romnesia” was the term created by Mormon feminists to describe his inability to recall specific details of his advice on abortion to female congregants. (Questions about Romney’s position on abortion, and his role as a church leader, first arose during his campaign for U.S. Senate in 1994.)

    That is Obama’s possible original source–the same story Allred may be mining.

  193. This is new to me; did I miss it earlier?
    International monitors at US polling spots draw criticism from voter fraud groups – The Hill – covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com
    ..The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers around the country on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places.
    Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with representatives from the OSCE this week to raise their fears about what they say are systematic efforts to suppress minority voters likely to vote for President Obama.
    The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP and the ACLU, among other groups, warned this month in a letter to Daan Everts, a senior official with OSCE, of “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans — particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities.”
    The request for foreign monitoring of election sites drew a strong rebuke from Catherine Engelbrecht, founder and president of True the Vote, a conservative-leaning group seeking to crack down on election fraud.
    “These activist groups sought assistance not from American sources, but from the United Nations,” she said in a statement to The Hill. “The United Nations has no jurisdiction over American elections.”
    The observers, from countries such as Germany, France, Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, will observe voting at polling places and other political activity.
    “They [will] observe the overall election process, not just the ballot casting,” said Giovanna Maiola, spokeswoman for OSCE. “They are focusing on a number of areas on the state level, including the legal system, election administration, the campaign, the campaign financing [and] new voting technologies used in the different states….”
    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/263141-international-monitors-at-polling-places-draw-criticism-from-voter-fraud-group

  194. Moody is from Sept 28 and a lot has happened since. Could we please check the dates and not post things that would make jbstones upset, 😉

  195. A new national forecast is due this week Re: Moody September was before any debate, it was while all the polls were oversamping Dems (they most likely still are)

    I’d be content to see Romney ahead in Ohio by 2% points .. game OVER if we see that.

    I firmly believe in prayer. I firmly believe that we need to pray for Romney tomorrow night.

  196. I honestly can say I do not ever see myself voting dem again. I used to think repubs were horrible, dems have have now taken their place, in my view at least.

    Dickie Durbin compares the Benghazi incident to a football game, while it can be said yes, ok its a bad example to use, there is no visceral retreat as soon as those words came out his mouth. They honestly do not see the slaughter of 4 Americans as a big deal, which is why they can make such insane insensitive comparisons.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/331073/durbin-compares-benghazi-football-game-eliana-johnson

  197. I heard Rove cite, that Bush II was 2.8% ahead at this time in 2004 and Obama was ahead 6 or 7% at this time in 2008.

  198. Spot On. Finish Him Off Mitt. Before The Cocksucker Can Finish Off America.
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    Romney must expose Obama’s lies

    By the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Editorial Staff

    Published: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 8:58 p.m.
    Updated 18 hours ago

    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debate for the third and final time Monday night. Foreign policy is the topic. And it’s the perfect time for Mr. Romney to dispatch with Mr. Obama once and for all by exposing the president’s proclivity for plasticine prevarication. For Obama all too easily, like clay, molds fictions into “facts” to avoid responsibility for failures.

    To wit, the administration repeatedly blamed the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed the life of the U.S. ambassador and three others, on a spontaneous citizen riot caused by an Internet video considered blasphemous by Muslims.

    But the media quickly ascertained there was no spontaneous protest. It was a terrorist attack. The Obama administration stuck to its false narrative for 14 days, even chastising the media for reporting otherwise — until the evidence made it impossible to lie anymore, that is.

    Then, during the debate of Tuesday last, President Obama attempted to rewrite history by saying he clearly labeled the attack an “act of terror” in a Rose Garden statement on Sept. 12.

    Never mind that the video clearly shows Obama’s words — actually “acts of terror” — were in reference to the 11th anniversary of 2001’s 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    There’s nothing “subject to interpretation,” as some claim.

    That Barack Obama can lie with such volubility is a tragedy for this nation. And that’s a point that Mitt Romney must be relentless in driving home on Monday night.

    Read more: http://triblive.com/opinion/2799795-74/obama-romney-attack-administration-barack-clearly-debate-expose-lie-lies#ixzz29xihF5sP
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  199. damn, admin. Thot maybe you had Sunday PM off. A very exciting time we are living, and you’re right on it with a new post. Thanking you profusely as I head over to it. 🙂

  200. Obama’s whole campaign can be summed up as Big Bird, lady parts and binders. That isn’t much of a reason to vote for him.
    Vote with your Lady smarts. 🙂

  201. dot48
    October 21st, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    A new national forecast is due this week Re: Moody September was before any debate, it was while all the polls were oversamping Dems (they most likely still are)
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    Yes dot. I was thinking the same thing when I saw that.

  202. wbboei
    October 20th, 2012 at 8:07 pm
    “Inequality and the world economy – TRUE PROGRESSIVISM”

    An insightful article that includes the sentence…

    “Social mobility in America, contrary to conventional wisdom, is lower than in most European countries.”

    This was a point I relayed from Webster Tarpley last year, to which one blogger responded that “nobody cares about social mobility.”

    Social mobility is the very essence of what we call “The American Dream” – the “rags to riches” story. Is it true that we don’t care about it anymore?

    Now, because European countries (except the UK) have bested us in this essential field, suddenly we don’t care about the American Dream any more. This is no doubt because, when stated as “social mobility” it contains the word “social” so it must be “socialist”, thus out the window with it and everything else European.

    In fact “social mobility” is indeed socialist. It means the possibility for a young person brought up in a modest family to become an engineer, a doctor, lawyer, teacher, salesman or politician and find him/herself better off than his parents, and perhaps even find a high place in society.

    The socialist formula for achieving this in today’s mature economies is by (i) stressing quality education free of charge and thus available to everyone; (ii) providing “social services” at low cost, including full medical coverage from conception to grave, research, public transit, urban planning; (iii) keeping corporate noses clean by enforcing anti-corruption laws, enforcing free and fair competition; (iv) moving toward a society of law; (v) limiting inequalities, even if it means very much stiffer income taxes for the very wealthy.

    Your article begins its proposals with, “The priority should be a Rooseveltian attack on monopolies and vested interests…”, which is indeed part of aspect (iii) above. The last we really leaned into trusts and robber barons was under Teddy Roosevelt. Now, throughout Europe, there are Competition Authorities in every country to ferret out cartels, with whistleblower protection, and three out of every four companies attacked are American-based “multi-nationals” who pay heavy damages and fines and leave Europe in a huff. On the face of it, then, this harms the European economies and is one reason why they are so sluggish. But we have to keep our eyes on the long run.

    The article goes awry, though, when it says, “Getting rid of distortions such as labour laws in Europe… would also make a huge difference” because Europe’s labor laws are not a distortion. They provide the necessary guide to the basic human-to-human relation of employment, a fundamental component of civil society, and they have driven the labor unions out of business and brought management together with the worker for the purpose of making money together. The cigar-smoking capitalist battling with striking proletarians in a “right-to-work” versus “big labor” context is a thing of the past.

    The suggestion to “narrow the gap between tax rates on wages and capital income” is kind of dumb. First of all, I see two kinds of “capital income” – (i) income from asset creation, which should be taxed at a very low rate or not at all; and (ii) income from speculative trading in securities such as derivatives, but also shares on the stock market, which could be taxed out of existence for all the good it does (or rather does not) do for the economy. At the very least, income from speculation should simply be included in one’s income tax, and the income tax itself should be raised back to the level that it was before Reagan – that is, something like the level of Hollande’s 75% for the highest bracket – with, however, a deduction for asset creation.

    The article comes back to reality when it says, “In the rich world Scandinavia is the most inventive region.” Again, Sweden is quite rich and is often touted as the most socialistic country in the world, yet the author finishes by saying, “…the left’s only answer is higher tax rates on wealth-creators” as if we are supposed to know who these wealth-creators are by some economic indicator.

  203. Shadowfax
    October 21st, 2012 at 12:02 am
    “… get over it.”

    Yes, that “get over it” was thrown at me many times and really riled me. It was as if the Obots had some advice to give me, talking to me like I was a hurt child or a supporter of a team that lost a match to the better team in a fair game well played.

    Actually, if the game had been fair and I could say “the best man won”, I would never have been a Puma. I wouldn’t have voted for Obama anyway, but perhaps I would not have gone so far as to vote McCain (that took a lot of soul-searching for me!).

    But the game was not well played. It reminded me of the football games between my native Hackensack NJ and the neighboring Lodi NJ. The Lodi team was dirty and would do anything to get higher numbers on the scoreboard. They paid off the referees and then did pretty much as they pleased, leaving our players injured as they did with other teams.

    Obama and his thugs muscled their way in, ignored the people and brought disgrace on the D party, bringing it down in 2010 and further again in 2012.

    To the credit of the D party, there were some Pumas among the elected officials. They did not endorse McCain, but they stood aside, aloof, and let O do his dirty deeds. Unfortunately, they paid a price in 2010 and others yet will pay a price this November.

    Eventually, though, like the Lodi team that was fined and disbanded for five years for paying off the referees, I think the Clintons will be able to resurrect an honorable Democratic Party, and tell the Obots to “get over it”.

  204. Sadly, either way, this makes future run for Hillary quite improbable. Hard to believe ..hopefully she she was not informed.

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