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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Committee On Oversight & Government Reform

Committee On Oversight & Government Reform: " As an update on the Committee’s investigation into the loan guarantee program, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today released a memorandum to its members including over 150 emails that contradict statements by the President, Secretary Chu, and White House and Department of Energy officials that politics had nothing to do with the Department of Energy’s controversial 1705 loan guarantee program, which used taxpayer money to fund “green energy” companies like Solyndra and Abound Solar, both of which are now bankrupt and under investigation."

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Facebook admits error in censoring anti-Obama message - Erik Wemple - The Washington Post

Facebook admits error in censoring anti-Obama message - Erik Wemple - The Washington Post: " “Obama called the SEALs and THEY got bin Laden. When the SEALs called Obama, THEY GOT DENIED.” "

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Articles: It's Not Over

Articles: It's Not Over: "Obama has always been destined to lose -- America simply does not want what he is selling.  But after his performance in the debates, many who had been inclined to perhaps give him a second chance took another look and didn't like what they saw: a nasty, petulant, thin-skinned man, uninformed and without a plan to move forward -- and all this on top of his disastrous record."

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Benghazi Coverup Much Worse Than "Third-rate Burglary" | RealClearPolitics

Benghazi Coverup Much Worse Than "Third-rate Burglary" | RealClearPolitics: "Spooks and diplomats are angry at the attempt to make them scapegoats; furious that the president didn't lift a finger to help their comrades in the consulate during the seven-hour siege. More leaks may be on the way. If they fail to follow up, journalists could lose more credibility than the president. They haven't much credibility left to lose."

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The mysterious media Benghazi bugout - NYPOST.com

The mysterious media Benghazi bugout - NYPOST.com: "Of the five news shows last Sunday, only “Fox News Sunday” treated this as a major story. On the other four, the issue came up only when Republicans mentioned it. “Meet the Press” host David Gregory shushed a guest who tried to bring up the subject, saying, “Let’s get to Libya a little bit later.” He never did, but he saved plenty of time to dive deep into the question of what Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s comments on abortion and rape mean for the Romney campaign."

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A and B Decide what C Shall do for D

More Friedman wisdom.

Friedman Classics

Milton Friedman!

From 1978 or so, but the ideas are timeless, and timely!

Quarter-billion-dollar stimulus grant creates just 400 jobs - Washington Times

Quarter-billion-dollar stimulus grant creates just 400 jobs - Washington Times: "But even when the quarterly reports are combined, a total of 408 new positions were reported under the stimulus program since 2009, amounting to more than $300,000 spent for each new job reported."

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Rasmussen: Oddly, “finding out what’s in it” hasn’t done much for the merits of ObamaCare « Hot Air

Rasmussen: Oddly, “finding out what’s in it” hasn’t done much for the merits of ObamaCare « Hot Air: "In a nutshell, it seems that the steady stream of revelations concerning ObamaCare’s added bureaucracy, added costs, added taxes, not to mention a whole host of adverse neighborhood effects, haven’t done anything to win voters over to the health care overhaul’s side the way the Democrats promised us it inevitably would. If Romney & Friends are sure to keep hammering away ObamaCare on the stump over the next week, I think the more likely it is we’ll actually get this thing repealed."

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Halperin: Democrats now on defense in blue states « Hot Air

Halperin: Democrats now on defense in blue states « Hot Air: " But if Obama has to start defending Pennsylvania, that speaks volumes about his traction in more-Republican Ohio."

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Democratic desperation: Back to Bain-baiting in the final week « Hot Air

Democratic desperation: Back to Bain-baiting in the final week « Hot Air: "The only message this will send will be desperation.  And as Morrissey’s Axiom on Politics and Dating states, desperation is not an aphrodisiac."

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Claim: Obama campaign website accepted real donation from fake 'Osama bin Laden' | The Daily Caller

Claim: Obama campaign website accepted real donation from fake 'Osama bin Laden' | The Daily Caller: "A Jerusalem journalist writing for a conservative website reported Monday night that he was able to make two small financial contributions to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in the name of the late terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Aaron Klein, writing for WorldNetDaily, said he successfully made campaign donations of $15 and $5 through a “proxy” service that masked his location and provided the Obama campaign website with a Pakistani Internet Protocol (IP) address instead."

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Works and Days » Why Liberals Think What They Do

Works and Days » Why Liberals Think What They Do: "What, then, are the motivations that drive so many to such absurdities? "

Examining progressives.

Sunday Reflection: Repeal the Hollywood tax cuts! | WashingtonExaminer.com

Sunday Reflection: Repeal the Hollywood tax cuts! | WashingtonExaminer.com: "There's an old joke about a boy who complains to his mother that his little sister keeps pulling his hair.

"Oh," responds the mother, "she doesn't know that it hurts."

A few minutes later, the mother hears the girl scream and runs into the other room. "She knows now," the boy explains."

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Stand-Down Order In Benghazi Consulate Terrorist Attack A Mystery - Investors.com

Stand-Down Order In Benghazi Consulate Terrorist Attack A Mystery - Investors.com: "In an interview with Denver News 9 reporter Kyle Clark on Friday, President Obama dodged the question of whether cries for help were ignored and who gave the orders, saying only: "The election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened."

Oh, yes it does, Mr. President, just as it did in 1980.

You are the commander in chief, and the American people want to know what you did when the phone was ringing at 3 a.m. and why no help was sent.

At least President Carter tried to send help. You didn't. Why? And we don't need some lame excuse about faulty intelligence."

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The REAL reason CSGV hates the right to keep and bear arms--it works - St. Louis gun rights | Examiner.com

The REAL reason CSGV hates the right to keep and bear arms--it works - St. Louis gun rights | Examiner.com: "This "threat to the entire 'progressive' ['progressive' meaning, basically, 'unconstitutionally enormous government'] movement" stems not from any hypothetical "insurrection" that Constitutionalists might someday engage in, but from the fact that reminding people that their security and liberty are their responsibility--rather than the government's--is anathema to the "progressive" agenda of increased government control of nearly every aspect of citizens' lives."

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“I Said What?!?”: Recording Reveals Much About Obama (and Media too) : The Daily Witness

“I Said What?!?”: Recording Reveals Much About Obama (and Media too) : The Daily Witness: "At least one could admit that Obama was laudably forthcoming that day, pointing out that his political inclinations were generally unrepresentative of most of America, conceding that they wouldn’t likely “see the light of the day in either Springfield or Washington.” He recognized that he was planting his flag well to the left of most of the country but in good faith forwarded, however stridently, the substance of his convictions.  Today, he clothes his ideological extremism in centrist garb, feigning a pragmatic disdain for flights of philosophical attachment."

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Krauthammer slams Obama for "playing president"

This will leave a mark.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Benghazi scandal demands answers - BostonHerald.com

Benghazi scandal demands answers - BostonHerald.com: "The Benghazi controversy is not one, but four separate scandals — each of which calls into question the president’s leadership."

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Obama The Traitor: The Hits Keep Coming in [Market-Ticker]

Obama The Traitor: The Hits Keep Coming in [Market-Ticker]: "We had damn well better wake the hell up as a body politic because if we don't you're going to wake up one of these mornings due to a GE Turbofan engine coming crashing through your roof, on fire and in pieces, and that will just be the beginning of a nightmare that will not end for years.  This assumes that we don't find ourselves in the middle of WWIII with mushrooms sprouting as the fruits across our "magnificent" plain.  That was the ultimate "solution" to the Depression and I'd rather not do it again, especially in a world where the loser can and probably will play "push button vaporization of your nearest city" rather than go down with a whimper."

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» “Rogue”U.S. General Arrested for Activating Special Forces Teams; Ignoring Libya Stand-Down Order » Tea Party Tribune

» “Rogue”U.S. General Arrested for Activating Special Forces Teams; Ignoring Libya Stand-Down Order » Tea Party Tribune: "A General who made the decision to assist diplomatic and intelligence assets on the ground has been arrested and will likely be retired or worse, while those who ordered the removal of embassy security details and ordered U.S. forces to stand-down are left to go on about their business and likely risk more American lives in the future.

In some circles the actions of those at the very top of the command structure during the Bengzahi attacks would be considered traitorous."

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Exodus: Inner City Blacks Fleeing Obama, Democrats

Exodus: Inner City Blacks Fleeing Obama, Democrats: "Over the past few weeks we have begun to see the ultimate unraveling of support for the president, with women and youth fleeing from his side. But what is even more surprising and perhaps unimaginable to the president and his faithful media cult is that he is now also losing members of his normally deemed “untouchable” base of support—poor, inner-city black Americans."

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Benghazi: Obama Emerges from the Fog of War - Bing West - National Review Online

Benghazi: Obama Emerges from the Fog of War - Bing West - National Review Online: "The SecDef and the president have issued contradictory explanations. Either Mr. Obama ordered the Secretary of Defense to “do whatever we need to do,” or he didn’t. And either the secretary obeyed that order, or he didn’t. And he didn’t.

It is also not clear whether the SecDef countermanded the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who is the direct military adviser to the president. Did the president as commander-in-chief issue an unequivocal order that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs received but chose not to execute? Or did the chairman reply that he would do nothing?"

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The hidden real truth about Benghazi

The hidden real truth about Benghazi: "To those with discernment, it is obvious that we are at the precipice of World War III. Putin himself stated as much, noting that WW III will not start in Iran but Syria, his own “red line in the sand.”"

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Obama's Gun Control Not Working Out So Well In Chicago

Obama's Gun Control Not Working Out So Well In Chicago: "Yet even though Obama's gun control is such a demonstrable failure in Chicago, during the Oct. 16 debate he intimated he wants to enact more gun control on the federal level if he gets the chance--new gun control measures that would not only ban assault weapons but focus on certain classes of handguns as well.
Just think, this means that if Obama wins a second term the whole country will get a chance to enjoy the same kind of peace and tranquility Chicagoans enjoy on their gun-free streets everyday. "

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Media Blackout: Aside from FOX, Sunday News Hosts Fail to Raise Benghazi

Media Blackout: Aside from FOX, Sunday News Hosts Fail to Raise Benghazi: "The mainstream media's silence on the Benghazi disaster reached deafening levels on Sunday, as hosts of four out of the five major news shows--with the exception of Fox News Sunday--failed to raise the issue. "

Palace guards.

Benghazi: Obama polished rocket while Americans died

Watch this:

Gathering Storm: Time for Dems to Hit Panic Button

Gathering Storm: Time for Dems to Hit Panic Button: " In a time of economic uncertainty and looming fiscal crisis, the issues Obama focused on were ridiculous. They were patently unserious. "

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Obamateurism of the Day « Hot Air

Obamateurism of the Day « Hot Air: "That’s the kind of thing that one might expect someone who spent the last four years as C-in-C to know, even without trying to puff himself up as a military expert.  Only amateurs would make this kind of mistake, and on the biggest stage of them all, no less, in what was clearly a pre-planned attack line.  Didn’t Obama and his team even bother to check with their own people at the Pentagon before deploying this in the debate?  Apparently, Obama’s just as talented at research as he is at military expertise."

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Was Obama in Charge—or Not? | The Weekly Standard

Was Obama in Charge—or Not? | The Weekly Standard: "One only has to remember the now iconic picture relayed around the nation and the world the next day of the president, surrounded by aides, the vice president and the secretary of state, intently watching the feed from an overhead drone in the White House situation room as the operation against bin Laden’s compound went down to understand the role the president plays in such matters.

Of course, that was then.

There are no pictures of the president watching a live feed from the drone that was above Benghazi the night Ambassador Stevens was killed. There are no pictures of the president monitoring the hours-long assault on the American diplomatic compounds there or the resulting firefight between the Islamists militia and U.S. security guards, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, both of whom were killed early in the morning of September 12."

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mike’s Nobel Trick - By Mark Steyn - The Corner - National Review Online

Mike’s Nobel Trick - By Mark Steyn - The Corner - National Review Online: "So let’s see: A week ago, Michael Mann accused us of damaging his reputation – and seems to have made it a self-fulfilling prophecy. A week ago, he was a “Nobel prize recipient”. Now he’s not. Great work, Mike!"

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Obama offered to reestablish full ties with Iran, Israeli paper reports | The Times of Israel

Obama offered to reestablish full ties with Iran, Israeli paper reports | The Times of Israel: "Soon after he took office, President Barack Obama began a process ultimately designed to reestablish full US diplomatic relations with Iran, including a reopening of embassies, an Israeli daily reported Sunday. The initiative, part of a wider shift in America’s diplomatic orientation, aimed at reaching understandings with Tehran over suspending its nuclear program, Maariv claimed, citing “two Western diplomats very close to the administration.”"

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PBS Frontline climate change special cites bogus ‘consensus’ | Frontier Centre

PBS Frontline climate change special cites bogus ‘consensus’ | Frontier Centre: "Frontline repeatedly implied that there is an overwhelming consensus among climate scientists that our CO2 emissions are driving us to a global climate catastrophe. They cited 97% as the fraction of the climate science community who agreed with climate alarmism.

That number is easily dismissed. It comes from a 2009 online survey of 10,257 earth scientists, conducted by two researchers at the University of Illinois. Strangely, the researchers chose to eliminate almost all the scientists from the survey and so ended up with only 77 people, 75 of whom, or 97%, thought humans contributed to climate change."

"Climate Change" hysteria is mostly over, but this is an interesting article nonetheless.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Surprise! Obama floats new tax cut trial balloon « Hot Air

Surprise! Obama floats new tax cut trial balloon « Hot Air: "When I wrote on Thursday that Obama was out of gas intellectually and politically, I had no idea that he would prove me right again so soon.  This is nothing more than the gimmicky approach that has utterly failed already under Obama — twice.  This is a regurgitation of the Making Work Pay tax cut, passed in 2009, which was supposed to touch off a boom in consumer spending by allowing people to keep roughly $20 a week more from their paychecks.  It’s also the same kind of approach as the payroll-tax holiday passed at the beginning of 2011, which was also supposed to boost consumer spending and kick-start the economy into high gear, and which has failed equally.  (And let’s not forget that George Bush tried the same kind of “tax cut” stimulus in early 2008, with exactly the same amount of success.)"

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Mark Steyn: Benghazi bungle requires act of urgent political hygiene | obama, video, one - Opinion - The Orange County Register

Mark Steyn: Benghazi bungle requires act of urgent political hygiene | obama, video, one - Opinion - The Orange County Register: "Why would Obama and Biden do such a thing? Because to launch a military operation against an al-Qaida affiliate on the anniversary of 9/11 would have exposed the hollowness of their boast through convention week and the days thereafter – that Osama was dead, and al-Qaida was finished. And so Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Chris Stevens were left to die, and a decision taken to blame an entirely irrelevant video and, as Secretary Clinton threatened, "have that person arrested." And, in the weeks that followed, the government of the United States lied to its own citizens as thoroughly and energetically as any totalitarian state, complete with the midnight knock-on-the-door from not-so-secret policemen sent to haul the designated fall guy into custody."

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If a Drone Falls in the Forest and No Liberal Hears It… - By Mark Steyn - The Corner - National Review Online

If a Drone Falls in the Forest and No Liberal Hears It… - By Mark Steyn - The Corner - National Review Online: "Mullen told White House and counterterrorism officials that the Pakistani military chief had demanded an answer to a seemingly reasonable question: After hundreds of drone strikes, how could the United States possibly still be working its way through a “top 20” list?"

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Is voter fraud being committed in Ohio? - Conservative News

Is voter fraud being committed in Ohio? - Conservative News: " Two volunteer poll workers at an Ohio voting station told Human Events that they observed van loads of Ohio residents born in Somalia — the state is home to the second-largest Somali population in the United States — being driven to the voting station and guided by Democratic interpreters on the voting process. No Republican interpreters were present, according to these volunteers."

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White House considering new tax cut - The Washington Post

White House considering new tax cut - The Washington Post: "The White House is weighing the idea of a tax cut that it believes would lift Americans’ take-home pay and boost a still-struggling economy, according to people familiar with the administration’s thinking, as the presidential candidates continue battling over whose tax policies would do more for the country."

Whaat?  I thought raising taxes was the way to economic recovery?  Are they admitting that taxes are too high?  Why did they wait so long?

Friday, October 26, 2012

WaPo fact check gives Obama seven Pinocchios on the sequester and mammograms at Planned Parenthood « Hot Air

WaPo fact check gives Obama seven Pinocchios on the sequester and mammograms at Planned Parenthood « Hot Air: "If you want to see why this administration can’t succeed at working across the aisle, this is a great example, although there are plenty of others (such as inviting Paul Ryan to a speech on the budget and then calling him un-American for his approach).  Obama managed to get Republicans to agree to the sequester trigger that his own team proposed, and the minute it went south, Obama blamed them not just for agreeing to it but falsely accusing his opponents of bringing it up in the first place."

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Petraeus Throws Obama Under the Bus | The Weekly Standard

Petraeus Throws Obama Under the Bus | The Weekly Standard: "Breaking news on Benghazi: the CIA spokesman, presumably at the direction of CIA director David Petraeus, has put out this statement: "No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. ” "

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Ann Coulter - October 24, 2012 - OBAMA: HALF-BLACK BUT ALL DEMOCRAT

Ann Coulter - October 24, 2012 - OBAMA: HALF-BLACK BUT ALL DEMOCRAT: "Black Democrats apparently can get elected to Congress only from majority black districts, whereas black Republicans are always elected from majority white districts: Gary Franks, J.C. Watts, Tim Scott, Allen West and (we hope!) Mia Love. "

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Obama Says To Look At "Videotape" For His Flip-Flops

Obama Says To Look At "Videotape" For His Flip-Flops: "The President hit Mitt Romney for flip-flopping today on the campaign trail in Iowa saying you can look at videotape of his past positions and not see flip-flops. The President, however, has engaged in his own of political gymnastics as well.
posted Oct 24, 2012 1:51pm EDT"

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Father of Slain SEAL: Who Made the Decision Not to Save My Son? | The Weekly Standard

Father of Slain SEAL: Who Made the Decision Not to Save My Son? | The Weekly Standard: "Woods says he was told by military officials that the military could have "come above [the area] and completely carpeted area," and therefore saved the officials in Benghazi, Libya. But that someone gave the command for the American military not to save the lives of the Americans under attack.

"When I heard, you know, that there's a very good chance that the White House as well as other members of the military knew what was going on and obviously someone had to say, don't go rescue them. Because every person in the military--their first response [would be], we're going to go rescue them. We need to find out who it was that gave that command--do not rescue them.""

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Father of Slain SEAL: Who Made the Decision Not to Save My Son? | The Weekly Standard

Father of Slain SEAL: Who Made the Decision Not to Save My Son? | The Weekly Standard: "“When [Obama] came over to our little area” at Andrew Air Force Base, says Woods, “he kind of just mumbled, you know, ‘I’m sorry.’ His face was looking at me, but his eyes were looking over my shoulder like he could not look me in the eye. And it was not a sincere, ‘I’m really sorry, you know, that your son died,’ but it was totally insincere, more of whining type, ‘I’m sorry.’”

Woods says that shaking President Obama’s hands at his son’s memorial service was “like shaking hands with a dead fish.”"

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Noonan: When Americans Saw the Real Obama - WSJ.com

Noonan: When Americans Saw the Real Obama - WSJ.com: " The portrait it contains of Mr. Obama—of a president who is at once over his head, out of his depth and wholly unaware of the fact—hasn't received the attention it deserves. Throughout the book, which is a journalistic history of the president's key economic negotiations with Capitol Hill, Mr. Obama is portrayed as having the appearance and presentation of an academic or intellectual while being strangely clueless in his reading of political situations and dynamics. He is bad at negotiating—in fact doesn't know how. His confidence is consistently greater than his acumen, his arrogance greater than his grasp."

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

The “second term agenda”: No immigration reform, no entitlement reform « Hot Air

The “second term agenda”: No immigration reform, no entitlement reform « Hot Air: "It’s regurgitated nonsense, mostly resurrected from the 2008 campaign in a desperate attempt to shift strategies at the last minute.  Its sole purpose is to reveal, finally, that this President ran out of gas intellectually and politically a long time ago — and his picture book illustrates that very well."

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Articles: Barack Obama is a Liar

Articles: Barack Obama is a Liar: "Absolutely mind boggling. Obama votes against the bill that includes the waiver designed to help people about whom he purports to care. Yet the bill passes despite his resistance. Obama nonetheless appears before a black audience not two weeks later and claims that the waiver for aid was never granted. Even more damnably, he clearly implies that this is due to white "racism.""

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Weasel Zippers | Scouring the bowels of the internet | Weasel Zippers

Weasel Zippers | Scouring the bowels of the internet | Weasel Zippers: "PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, the math stuff I was fine with up until 7th grade. But Malia is now a freshman in High School and I’m pretty lost. It’s tough. Fortunately, they are great students on their own. And if something doesn’t work I’ll call over to the Department of Energy to see if they have a physicist to come over!"

The Smartest Man In The Room can't do high-school algebra?

The Inflection Point - Ricochet.com

The Inflection Point - Ricochet.com: "Watching the final debate, the more I considered Barack Obama's deplorably non-presidential affect and attitude; his reliance on corny, crudely-made zingers; and his almost pathological string of lies and distortions, the more it struck me that, at some level, he knows this is over. His speeches since then show an edge that belies the old “No Drama Obama” who was going to heal the bitter partisan divisions of the past."

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Obama, Biden: Academic Transcripts and the Truth

Obama, Biden: Academic Transcripts and the Truth: "By disclosing to the media last year that he had “a B-plus” GPA at Occidental College and “a 3.7” GPA at Columbia College, President Obama has put himself in a situation comparable to then-Senator Biden during his 1987 campaign for the presidency. In that campaign, Biden’s disclosures about his academic performance led to the media demanding that he release his academic records. Biden capitulated, saying that such records were “legitimate questions of press inquiry.”"

Yeah, no doubt the mid-stream media is going to press this issue.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Obama's Meltdown Is No Surprise | RealClearPolitics

Obama's Meltdown Is No Surprise | RealClearPolitics: "I expected Romney to beat expectations and win the debate (though I had no clue how decisive his victory would be), not because I thought Romney was such a fantastic debater, but because Obama is the single most overrated politician of my lifetime. "

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Feel-good story of the day: Nobody cares about the Nutroots | The Daily Caller

Feel-good story of the day: Nobody cares about the Nutroots | The Daily Caller: "The Nutroots have failed for the same reason Obama has failed: Their ideas don’t work in the real world. Their fantasies, while comforting, are meaningless. And they’re unable to learn from their failures.

And they blame Obama.

If there’s a downside here, I’m having trouble seeing it."

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Obama: If Romney had been president, “we might not have an auto industry” right now « Hot Air

Obama: If Romney had been president, “we might not have an auto industry” right now « Hot Air: "If GM were to find itself in a repeat situation, would the president’s plan of action be to continue on with the vicious cycle of throwing billions of our dollars at them instead of forcing the industry to face the free-market music? For somebody who professes to disprove of eeevil corporations who’ve gotten “too big to fail,” Obama’s policies like bailouts and Dodd-Frank sure have a funny way of showing it."

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Obama: If Romney had been president, “we might not have an auto industry” right now « Hot Air

Obama: If Romney had been president, “we might not have an auto industry” right now « Hot Air: "Last night’s debate-focus was meant to stick to foreign policy, but President Obama managed to get in a few shots proudly touting his signature auto-industry bailout and criticizing how Mitt Romney would’ve handled the situation — which would’ve been fine, I suppose, if he hadn’t grossly mischaracterized how Mitt Romney would’ve handled the situation."

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Bayonets, horses, and ships, oh my « Hot Air

Bayonets, horses, and ships, oh my « Hot Air: "Given the constraints of Obama’s budgetary priorities, DOD envisions eventually sustaining a Navy whose size averages 298 ships through 2042.  Romney has articulated a national-security policy that emphasizes building faster and having a larger Navy, one that can better meet the requirements of US policy and the combatant commanders for naval power.  Obama has used sophomoric sarcasm to imply that Romney’s approach is ignorant and outdated.  That pretty much sums up the choice the voters have between them."

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About Those Horses And Ships « Commentary Magazine

About Those Horses And Ships « Commentary Magazine: "One more point about those horses and bayonets. For all of his contempt for them, it bears remembering that horses played a not insignificant role in the armed forces’ successful fight in Afghanistan, a point that Obama should have remembered. The Army and the Marines operating Afghanistan still use bayonets in close combat."

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Obamateurism of the Day « Hot Air

Obamateurism of the Day « Hot Air: "Besides, if Obama’s correct about the fabulous economy creating higher gas prices, then household incomes should have roughly kept pace with pump costs.  What happened to median household income in that same period of time?  Oh, yeah — it fell by 4.8% during the recovery, more than during the recession itself.  Maybe Obama thinks that is a booming economy, but I doubt that middle-class households feel the same way."

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New Obama ad: Dude, I found my second-term agenda! « Hot Air

New Obama ad: Dude, I found my second-term agenda! « Hot Air: "This is an act of desperation on Team Obama’s part.  Until the debates, their entire strategy was to attack Mitt Romney as an unacceptable choice, as a vampire capitalist/weirdo who couldn’t possibly handle the presidency.  The decision to hold off on a second-term agenda was deliberate, as deliberate as their intent to paint Romney as The Other and toxify him so that Democrats could win a base turnout election.

Now that the debates are over, the Obama campaign belatedly realizes just how misguided that strategy turned out to be.  Now they want to rush an agenda out in order to make a positive claim for the office, because Romney turned out to be more presidential than Obama in the debates.  People will rightly ask why Obama waited until 14 days out from the election to bother to make a positive case for a second term — and come to the proper conclusion that Obama’s arrogance led him to believe he’d never have to make that case to voters at all.  He figured he was owed a second term."

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Monday, October 22, 2012

A Cancer at the Center of the Presidency: Robert Roche a Chinese Agent-Of-Influence?

A Cancer at the Center of the Presidency: Robert Roche a Chinese Agent-Of-Influence?: "Americans deserve to know immediately why an infomercial executive with direct business ties to the Chinese regime has gained such influence and proximity to power inside the Obama White House."

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The Volokh Conspiracy » When Fact Checkers Have Trouble with Facts

The Volokh Conspiracy » When Fact Checkers Have Trouble with Facts: "Media fact checkers not only have a problem characterizing matters upon which reasonable people can disagree as questions of “fact,” they also have problems with facts. "

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James Rosen: The Three Benghazi Timelines We Need Answers About - WSJ.com

James Rosen: The Three Benghazi Timelines We Need Answers About - WSJ.com: ""Everyone had the same intelligence," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Fox News last week. But that also appears untrue. How information immediately made known to an assistant secretary of state could somehow be withheld for eight days from the secretary of state herself—and from our U.N. ambassador, from the director of national intelligence, from the analytic corps at the Central Intelligence Agency, from the president's chief spokesman, and from the president himself—now forms the central question in the Benghazi affair."

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Roger L. Simon

Roger L. Simon: "Obama’s outrage during the second debate even at being questioned on his response to the terrorist killings is one of the ugliest displays of narcissism I have ever witnessed from a politician and certainly the ugliest if you consider the ramifications of his behavior."

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Optimal in Benghazi - By Mark Steyn - The Corner - National Review Online

Optimal in Benghazi - By Mark Steyn - The Corner - National Review Online: "Speaking from her home in San Diego, Mrs Smith, 72, continued: ‘It’s insensitive to say my son is not very optimal – he is also very dead. I’ve not been “optimal” since he died.’

I wonder if any of the expensively credentialed Columbia Journalism School graduates at dying US monodailies ever reflect on why Americans have to go to the foreign press to find a quote like that."

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Fluke takes center stage in Reno | Reno Gazette-Journal | rgj.com

Fluke takes center stage in Reno | Reno Gazette-Journal | rgj.com: "Sandra Fluke, the woman at the center of a media firestorm earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut,” spoke Saturday in front of about 10 people at the Sak ‘N Save in north Reno.

The speech was part of a daylong effort by Democrats to get Northern Nevadans to the polls on the first day of early voting.

“I’m trying to do everything I can for an election that I feel is very important. I have a unique opportunity for how I get to do that,” said Fluke, who is coming off recent campaign trips to Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire and Florida as a surrogate for Democratic President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign."

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EXCLUSIVE: Obama campaign fails to screen for foreign Web donations - NYPOST.com

EXCLUSIVE: Obama campaign fails to screen for foreign Web donations - NYPOST.com: "The Obama campaign says it “screens all credit-card contributions that originate from a foreign IP address” and requests proof of citizenship if questions arise.

But not only did Walker’s Obama donations go through, but he said he began receiving two to three e-mail solicitations a day to give more. The e-mails asked for $188 or more.

If Walker gave $188, his total contribution to Obama would be $198 — less than the $200 threshold at which campaigns have to identify the donor to the FEC.

“I have not had any e-mails asking for proof of identity,” Walker said.

The GAI report found the Obama campaign Web sites do not ask donors to provide their three-digit card-verification value, or CVV, numbers to ensure they are the legitimate holders of the card. Romney’s campaign asks for such information, which is considered a standard security measure."

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Complete List of Obama's Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Failures

The Complete List of Obama's Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Failures: "So far, 36 companies that were offered federal support from taxpayers are faltering — either having gone bankrupt or laying off workers or heading for bankruptcy. This list includes only those companies that received federal money from the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy and other agencies. The amount of money indicated does not reflect how much was actually received or spent but how much was offered. The amount also does not include other state, local, and federal tax credits and subsidies, which push the amount of money these companies have received from taxpayers even higher."

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Deputy secretary insists on security detail so he can fly business class | Washington Free Beacon

Deputy secretary insists on security detail so he can fly business class | Washington Free Beacon: "Special agents tasked with protecting the Department of Energy (DOE) have blown the whistle on what they describe as a dangerous culture of “fraud, waste, and abuse” that includes drinking on the job, mismanagement of weapons, falsification of security reports, and “wasteful spending” that reaches all the way to the deputy secretary of energy."

So what, exactly, is it that they are protecting, and from what are they protecting it?

Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s great gaffe - The Washington Post

Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s great gaffe - The Washington Post: "Unfortunately for Obama, there is one more debate — next week, entirely on foreign policy. The burning issue will be Libya and the scandalous parade of fictions told by this administration to explain away the debacle."

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The Great Binder Blunder - Mark Steyn - National Review Online

The Great Binder Blunder - Mark Steyn - National Review Online: "Sure, the Republicans still insist on bringing up trivial, peripheral distractions like Benghazi, Obamacare, multi-trillion-dollar debt, unsustainable entitlements, permanent long-term unemployment, and the looming January 1 “fiscal cliff.” But Democrats know that, if Romney gets his way, there’ll be nothing at the bottom of the fiscal cliff to break your fall except binders. In RomneyWorld, when the mullahs drop the big Iranian nuke, there’ll be nothing crawling out from the irradiated rubble except cockroaches and binders — or some hideous mutation of the two: bindroaches, vile creatures prowling the land on three pairs of jointed rings ready to snap shut on your daughters’ ankles as they attempt to access the last Planned Parenthood clinic in America."

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Obama Washington Wink-Winking like crazy at EPA | WashingtonExaminer.com

Obama Washington Wink-Winking like crazy at EPA | WashingtonExaminer.com: "For the second wink, Inhofe quotes Obama's former White House environmental czar Carol Browner, who recently reassured impatient environmentalists with these words: "I can tell you, having spent two years in the White House with the president, that this is not a fad. The president believes deeply in these issues ... there is no doubt in my mind this will be a big part of his to-do list and he will remain committed in the next four years."

In other words, Browner was saying, just wait, because Obama fears he might not get re-elected if he went ahead with his EPA plans before the election."

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The Bomb!

Entertaining video. Why didn't it spark attacks?

Articles: What Happens When a Ponytailed Defense Attorney Gets Mugged?

Articles: What Happens When a Ponytailed Defense Attorney Gets Mugged?: "If you are a victim from the wrong ethnicity (white), nationality (American), or sexual orientation (heterosexual), you are no longer equal in the eyes of the law.  Ideally, there would be no hate crime laws, but so long as they exist, we lose moral ground and legal rights every time they are applied inequitably.
"Dyke" uttered by a rapist is grounds for enhanced bias crime sentencing; "b***h" thrown at a heterosexual rape victim is not.  A girl walking down the street engaging in a private, if crude, conversation can be called out by the media for being a hate criminal because someone else punched Ron Kuby, but killing 3,000 Americans because they are American doesn't count as hatred.
For if the 3,000 were "counted," then virtually all the victims of hate-crime murders over the past hundred years would be victims of anti-American hatred, and virtually all the worst hate criminals would be Muslims.
Hate crime laws certainly weren't drafted to achieve that outcome."

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Articles: Big Bird, Liberalism, and Perversion

Articles: Big Bird, Liberalism, and Perversion: "Notice the rage erupting from those who think of themselves as pure and good.  An important aspect shared by liberalism's true believers is their self-flattering conviction that they are good, smart, better in every way than non-liberals.  Infantile rage results when infantile fantasies go awry.
Almost any Paul Krugman or Maureen Dowd column is illustrative of the grandiose self-regard and rage of frustrated infants in grown-up bodies.  Notice the glee expressed when Joe Biden, the "elder statesman," behaved like a six-year-old.  They loved it!  Tantrums are a way helpless children sometimes force concessions from adults.  It is the effort by the powerless to coerce the powerful.  Bullies who compulsively smile and address the objects of their bullying as "my friend" are actually cowards."

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Former Obama advisor: Our foreign policy is a mess — especially in the Middle East « Hot Air

Former Obama advisor: Our foreign policy is a mess — especially in the Middle East « Hot Air: "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.  This is why it’s better to elect governors, military commanders, or people with extensive private-sector executive experience; they have already lived through the lessons of poor hiring decisions and are a lot smarter about it by the time they’re running the most powerful country in the world.  This is just another outcome of having someone in far over his head, and Americans have no one but themselves to blame for it.

Of course, they can correct that failure in about 18 days.  And if Mitt Romney isn’t committing Brooks’ damning indictment to memory for Monday’s debate in order to close the deal on the election, I’ll eat my hat."

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Is Biden Fit to be President? | The Blog on Obama: White House Dossier

Is Biden Fit to be President? | The Blog on Obama: White House Dossier: "That the vice president of the United States could put together a performance that was just one step short of Nikita Khrushchev pounding his shoe on a desk at the United Nations should be deeply disturbing to average Americans.

Though calculated, Biden’s outlandish behavior and his uncanny ability to pull it off belongs nowhere near the West Wing of the White House. Unless Biden’s debate prep partner was Al Pacino and the practice sessions were rehearsed at the Strasberg school for method acting in New York City, the behavior you saw last night has to be part of who Biden is: A crude, angry bully who may be a borderline lunatic.

Americans need to ask themselves not who won the debate, but whether they want such a man in charge of an office whose occupant steers the the future of the human race and, quite possibly, its fate."

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Ahead of Election, Obama Stops Releasing ‘Stimulus’ Reports | The Weekly Standard

Ahead of Election, Obama Stops Releasing ‘Stimulus’ Reports | The Weekly Standard: "One wonders how the administration would treat a private citizen who acted like such a scofflaw in response to one of Obama’s principal legislative initiatives.  It certainly appears that this administration, which is so very fond of regulating Americans’ lives — witness the 13,000 pages of Obamacare regulations it has already penned — doesn’t hold itself accountable to the same set of rules that it’s so eager to compel the American people to obey."

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Romney Stand-up

A very good performance by Gov. Romney.

Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

Obamateurism of the Day « Hot Air

Obamateurism of the Day « Hot Air: "Ha ha! That’s great — Obama got to tell Romney that his pension isn’t as big as Romney’s, reminding everyone that Romney’s rich. Unfortunately for Obama, not only did Romney turn out to be right about Obama’s investments in China and the Caymans, for which Obama has hammered Romney for months, Obama has far more lucrative pensions than Romney does "

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Articles: Debate Shows Obama's an 'African' Stuck in the '70s

Articles: Debate Shows Obama's an 'African' Stuck in the '70s: "Get this: the first "black" president of the United States, the man who worked as a South Side community organizer in Chicago, really believes that "folks" in the ghetto are still running around in afros, dashikis, and platform shoes, ducking behind Buick Electra 225s while taking potshots at each other with zip guns and .22s, once commonly referred to as "Saturday Night Specials."  Seriously?"

"Nothing in Obama's background speaks of the American experience. It's not difficult to understand why. Obama is the son of a white woman with jungle fever and a commie Kenyan. He was raised in circumstances that almost all Americans -- let alone blacks -- would find foreign. Obama is best described as an "African in America." (And no, I'm not a birther, despite the earlier "Nairobi" joke.) The difference between Obama's actual identity and an actual "black" person's is no small distinction. It explains how he could hold such an outdated view of the violence plaguing black communities across the nation. It explains why you never see him campaigning in black communities or dropping by for photo ops. (Well, that and because he knows that 95 percent of "those people" are going to vote for him anyway.)"

Wow. Whack!!

Tapper Busts Biden In VP Debate Lie, Narrative Gatekeepers Spike It

Tapper Busts Biden In VP Debate Lie, Narrative Gatekeepers Spike It: "Biden is a sitting VP, he's been caught red-handed lying by a respected journalist, and the lie occurred in front of about 60 million people during a nationally televised debate."

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Planned Parenthood Staff: The President is Wrong, We Don’t Provide Mammograms - By Eliana Johnson - The Corner - National Review Online

Planned Parenthood Staff: The President is Wrong, We Don’t Provide Mammograms - By Eliana Johnson - The Corner - National Review Online: "In last night’s debate, President Obama said the following:

When Governor Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for not just contraceptive care; they rely on it for mammograms, for cervical-cancer screenings. That’s a pocketbook issue for women and families all across the country, and it makes a difference in terms of how well and effectively women are able to work."

Appalling lying.  Chicago politics -- just say anything.

As it struggled, A123 showered Democrats with donations, hired pricey lobbyist | WashingtonGuardian

As it struggled, A123 showered Democrats with donations, hired pricey lobbyist | WashingtonGuardian: "Even as advanced battery maker A123 Systems struggled for financial viability, it played the Washington insider game, where political money and access go hand in hand.

The Massachusetts firm dished out nearly $1 million to hire a powerhouse lobbying firm with close ties to President Barack Obama between 2007 and 2009, and two of its top executives made personal donations to several high-profile Democrats in Congress as it won federal funding for its efforts to build the next generation of lithium batteries for electric vehicles."

The Chicago way.  Voters need to take the money away from these clowns.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

More evidence of deception - Right Turn - The Washington Post

More evidence of deception - Right Turn - The Washington Post: "Moreover, if he actually did instruct his team to heighten protection for the Libya Consulate, why was the consulate left unsecured so that CNN could waltz in to grab Ambassador Chris Stevens’s diary? Did Obama not make himself clear, or were his instructions not followed?"

It's a web of lies, and the more he wriggles the more tangled he becomes.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

.: United States Senator John McCain :: Press Office :.

.: United States Senator John McCain :: Press Office :.: "Furthermore, there is the separate issue of the insistence by members of the Administration, including the President himself, that the attack in Benghazi was the result of a spontaneous demonstration triggered by a hateful video, long after it had become clear that the real cause was a terrorist attack. The President also bears responsibility for this portrayal of the attack, and we continue to believe that the American people deserve to know why the Administration acted as it did.”"

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Lena Dunham book deal: People value potential over achievement in books, sports, politics. - Slate Magazine

Lena Dunham book deal: People value potential over achievement in books, sports, politics. - Slate Magazine: "The way we view uncertainty and accomplishment explains many judgments we make. In the case of the presidential election, most people are making an uneven comparison, sizing up Obama’s first term—what he has or hasn’t done over the past four years—with Romney’s potential over the next four years. Because we don’t know what a Romney administration would look like, we fill in the unknowns with what little information we have, coloring it in with our current reaction to his proposed policies. Being partial to potential also explains why Obama’s supporters were more jazzed in 2008, when they freely imagined that he really could solve the country’s problems overnight. Today, we’re forced to respond to his actual accomplishments, none of which hold a candle to our raging, hopeful imaginations."

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Colorado Springs Mayor: Romney-Obama Debate 'Microcosm' of Obama Failures

Colorado Springs Mayor: Romney-Obama Debate 'Microcosm' of Obama Failures: "This weekend in the Colorado Springs Gazette,  Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach wrote that the debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in Denver was "a microcosm of everything that has been wrong with the Obama presidency."
"President Obama was inconsistent and unfocused," Bach wrote. "He was high on rhetoric and low on specifics. He had little in the way of plans, and little in the way of explanation for why his policies haven’t worked over the last four years. And time and time again, President Obama’s platitudes were empty and lacking in substance.""

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Feds have more than 1,900 investigations open into alleged stimulus wrongdoing | WashingtonGuardian

Feds have more than 1,900 investigations open into alleged stimulus wrongdoing | WashingtonGuardian: "The government’s chief spending watchdogs have already secured nearly 600 convictions and judgments against people and companies accused of misusing stimulus funds and have a whopping 1,900 investigations currently open into possible wrongdoing, officials say."

Of course, this will be pursed after the election.

W.C. Varones: Rime of the Ancient Australian

W.C. Varones: Rime of the Ancient Australian: ""My wife doesn't like me talking about this. But I've lived under a dictatorship before. And that's exactly what you've got coming here," he finally confessed. "

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Google Reader (216)

Google Reader (216): "Which speaks to the essence of the Obama Campaign 2012. Sullivan exposed it. Obama is running on Bill Clinton's record and attacking George W. Bush. It's all he's got."

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Questions on Benghazi - Right Turn - The Washington Post

Questions on Benghazi - Right Turn - The Washington Post: "Where is CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus? He seems to be the missing man in the unfolding Benghazi debacle. It is his agency, among others, which is being fingered by the White House for getting the Libya attack wrong. However, we know that within a very short time after the murder of our ambassador (an extraordinary occurrence) and others, our intelligence community did have the story straight: This was an organized al-Qaeda attack. Is he to preside over a witchhunt? Or is he, who to date has been one of the most respected national security officials, going to be instrumental in shining light on the Libya fiasco and thereby truly serving the national interest and the memory of those killed?"

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Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released... and here is the chart to prove it | Mail Online

Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released... and here is the chart to prove it | Mail Online: "But decisions of far deeper and more costly significance than those derived from output figures have been and are still being made on the basis of climate predictions, not of the next three months but of the coming century – and this despite the fact that Phil Jones and his colleagues now admit they do not understand the role of ‘natural variability’.

The most depressing feature  of this debate is that anyone who questions the alarmist, doomsday scenario will automatically be labelled a climate change ‘denier’, and accused of jeopardising the future of humanity."

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Is Obama Running Out of Ammunition Against Romney?

Is Obama Running Out of Ammunition Against Romney?: "The Obama game plan was to knock Romney out early. It didn't happen. If they don't have another play, and I don't think they do, the Obama Administration is soon for the history books."

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

The American Spectator : The Spectacle Blog : Damn You to Hell, James Pogue

The American Spectator : The Spectacle Blog : Damn You to Hell, James Pogue: "And yet this sort of credulous naïveté, this blind willingness to accept as truth whatever institutional liberalism declares to be true, is hegemonic in the world of journalism. Such is the overwhelming preponderance of liberals in the industry that, at Time magazine and other prestigious news organizations, they might as well post a sign outside the personnel office: "Conservatives Need Not Apply.""

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Ace of Spades HQ

Ace of Spades HQ: "This debate will not strongly impact the race, but note that Ryan -- the crazy extremist who wants to kill your grandparents -- is viewed as likable by more than a majority of the public, whereas Biden has... the Democratic Client System base."

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Gingrich: Biden’s Benghazi response will “haunt” Obama « Hot Air

Gingrich: Biden’s Benghazi response will “haunt” Obama « Hot Air: "The State Department said flatly this week they never thought it related to the video, they always thought it was terrorism.  The State Department said they asked for the security.  The Ambassador’s own diary says that he had asked for the security.  You want to talk about trust?  Having an American ambassodor and three other Americans killed while the President lies to you is a pretty big question."

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Overcoming Obamaddiction

Overcoming Obamaddiction: ""Liberalism isn't a political philosophy -- it's a thought disorder. Because liberals are unable to think through the relationship between causes and effects, they're rarely able to anticipate the consequences of any action. For this reason, the main consequences of most liberal policies are the unintended consequences."

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Socialism from one whose been there.

Well said, Mr. Peterffy!

Articles: Media's Obama Narrative Collides with Reality

Articles: Media's Obama Narrative Collides with Reality: "As I read some of the more hysterical reactions, I suspect that the media itself has a profound Dunning-Kruger effect problem of its own.  It is sad to think the best we can expect is that a few members will become aware of how hapless they sound, even as they continue to deliver the same old Obama-praising claptrap disguised as news."

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Another Jobs Report Prompts Head Scratching - US Business News - CNBC

Another Jobs Report Prompts Head Scratching - US Business News - CNBC: "In other words, the drop of 30,000 last week had more to do with the lack of expected re-filings at the start of the fourth quarter than with any particular improvement in labor market conditions.

That also means that the decline which usually follows the spike won’t be as pronounced this time around, so the headline tally of jobless claims is likely to rebound next week.

All told, these two weeks’ worth of jobless claims will end up being more noise than signal. That may frustrate those who follow the series closely for clues into the health of the U.S. labor market. Coupled with last week’s payrolls report, it is also likely to fuel perception that labor market figures in general can’t be trusted.

The Labor Department appears to have had little choice in this matter, however; it couldn’t estimate what the one large state would or should have reported. Still, it may have been able to avoid more confusion had it more clearly articulated that in its weekly press release.

And now, there is one state’s labor department with plenty of explaining to do."

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Biden: 'You Ever See Me Rope-a-Dope?' | The Weekly Standard

Biden: 'You Ever See Me Rope-a-Dope?' | The Weekly Standard: "Joe Biden, on his way to tonight's vice presidential debate in Kentucky, asks the press, "You ever see me rope-a-dope?""

Funny Biden would use the word "dope"...

America = Nazi? Obama said it.

Unmasked Obama

And more...

Obama's fundraising off Romney's "radical" associations is an example of either chutzpah he will get away with or hubris that will come back to haunt him by inviting scrutiny of Obama's closeness with terrorists who appear with him in the suppressed Los Angeles Times video of a 2003 anti-Israel gathering -- former PLO operative Rashid Khalidi (who dedicated a book to Palestinian murderer Yasser Arafat), Bill Ayers (who dedicated a book to Palestinian murderer Sirhan Sirhan), and Bernardine Dohrn. The guest list also included Ali Abunimah, a close Obama ally who founded the Electronic Intifada website in 2001 (surely Obama realized that the word "intifada" is synonymous with suicide bombings) and the Sanabel debka troupe. Columnist Debbie Schlussel reported that she witnessed a performance of this Palestinian children's dance group that included "simulating beheadings and stomping on American, Israeli, and British flags." (Did they let the children use real swords when they acted out the beheadings? Maybe we'll find out when this comes up in the debates.)

Still more...

Obama, during a sit-down with Medvedev in Seoul, urged Moscow to give him "space" until after November. The conversation was relayed by a TV pool producer who listened to the recording from a Russian journalist. "This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility," Obama told Medvedev. Obama appeared to be asking Medvedev to relay this point to Vladimir Putin, who recently won election to return to the Russian presidency. "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense ... this can be solved but it's important for him to give me space," Obama said.

And this...

The PA official, speaking on condition his name be withheld, said that Obama promised to renew stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the basis of the 1967 borders, meaning an Israeli withdrawal from eastern sections of Jerusalem as well as from Judea and Samaria, also referred to as the West Bank. “We were asked by the (U.S.) administration not to make special demands or scandals during the elections,” said the official.

SCOTUS: What Elizabeth Warren Teaches Us About Affirmative Action

SCOTUS: What Elizabeth Warren Teaches Us About Affirmative Action: "Almost a century later, “Asian Americans are the new Jews,” explains Daniel Golden in his book The Price of Admission. “The nonacademic admission criteria established to exclude Jews … are now used to deny Asians.”
The excuses for discrimination have remained the same. Only the racial fashions have changed.  Let’s hope the Supreme Court uses the Texas case to vanquish those excuses."

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Phony in Chief - Thomas Sowell - [page]

Phony in Chief - Thomas Sowell - [page]: "Some people in the media have tried to dismiss this and other revelations of Barack Obama's real character that have belatedly come to light as "old news." But the truth is one thing that never wears out. The Pythagorean Theorem is 2,000 years old, but it can still tell you the distance from home plate to second base (127 ft.) without measuring it. And what happened five years ago can tell a lot about Barack Obama's character -- or lack of character.

Obama's true believers may not want to know the truth. But there are millions of other people who have simply projected their own desires for a post-racial America onto Barack Obama. These are the ones who need to be confronted with the truth, before they repeat the mistake they made when they voted four years ago."

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ACLU pressuring vice presidential debate moderator to emphasize GOP ‘war on women’ | WashingtonExaminer.com

ACLU pressuring vice presidential debate moderator to emphasize GOP ‘war on women’ | WashingtonExaminer.com: "Vice President Joe Biden’s debate with Republican rival Paul Ryan will be dominated by questions about abortion and contraception if the American Civil Liberties Union’s attempts to pressure the debate moderator succeed.

“[N]o topic needs to be discussed more than where the candidates stand on women’s access to reproductive healthcare,” the ACLU writes in an email to supporters. “Tell Martha Raddatz, the debate moderator, to make sure a woman’s right to make her own personal and private decisions isn’t ignored when Joe Biden and Paul Ryan debate.”"

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New O'Keefe video: Obama campaign staffer caught helping activist vote twice | The Daily Caller

New O'Keefe video: Obama campaign staffer caught helping activist vote twice | The Daily Caller: "Videographer James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas caught an official for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign helping who she thought was an Obama supporter set herself up to vote more than once in November."

The video ends with a challenge for the media: “Put your reputation on the line, journalists. Say this is an ‘isolated incident.’”

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America, Finally Seeing the Real Mitt Romney

America, Finally Seeing the Real Mitt Romney: "There is still time for the media to turn this election around. Over the next four weeks they will try every trick in the book. The media have too much invested to back up now. Like the cheap, transparent, Vegas magician, you can see the cards up their sleeve and they will pull them out and play them at every turn. It is what it is, except more people are now on to their sleight of hand."

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Backlash: Politico, NBC, ABC, MSNBC Criticize Team Obama's 'Absurd' Big Bird Ad

Backlash: Politico, NBC, ABC, MSNBC Criticize Team Obama's 'Absurd' Big Bird Ad: "With middle class incomes deflating, four Americans recently assassinated by al-Qaeda, poverty and gas prices increasing, and the debt already saddling our children and grand children with mortgage-sized debt, Americans aren’t likely  to be any more enamored than the media with Obama's non-stop "smallness.""

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Obama Supporter Brags About Illegal Foreign Donations on President's Own Website

Obama Supporter Brags About Illegal Foreign Donations on President's Own Website: "With a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report highlighting the threat of foreign online campaign donations making a buzz throughout the Beltway, Breitbart News has discovered blog entries on President Obama’s official website that highlight the pervasiveness of the problem. "

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ObamaCare transforming America into Part-Timer Nation? « Hot Air

ObamaCare transforming America into Part-Timer Nation? « Hot Air: "Under ObamaCare, companies of more than 50 workers who do not provide health-insurance coverage have to pay significant fines, although not nearly as costly as the insurance itself.  That alone might have employers bailing out of the health-insurance market, but the Orlando Sentinel reports that at least one company is testing a way to avoid both costs.  Employers do not have to provide health-insurance coverage to part-time workers under ObamaCare as long as they work less than 30 hours a week, and one restaurant company has begun experimenting with changing over entire staffs to part-time work to avoid the ObamaCare mandates and fines (via Instapundit):"

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Obama Slammed on Embassy

This one will leave a mark.

Obamanomics Punctured

Another well-produced video.

Stimulus Debunked

Good video from the American Center for Prosperity

Hey, how come Jay Carney’s not holding televised press briefings anymore? « Hot Air

Hey, how come Jay Carney’s not holding televised press briefings anymore? « Hot Air: "Question: Who in this administration is willing to face the media anymore? Carney’s AWOL, Biden hasn’t done a national interview since May, and the Empty Chair these days contents himself with outlets like Nickelodeon. The only people you still see are Axelrod and Plouffe on Sunday morning, and all they want to talk about is Big Bird and the war on women, blah blah blah. Note to O: The media’s rooting for you. They’ll be nice-ish if you just say hi. All you need to do is explain why you left the U.S. ambassador to Libya woefully unprepared to cope with a terror attack that pretty much everyone saw coming."

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Unions Finally Discover Relationship Between Enrollment and Staffing « The Greenroom

Unions Finally Discover Relationship Between Enrollment and Staffing « The Greenroom: "So you can argue that we are 300,000 education employees short of 2008, or you can argue that even after the Great Recession we are still 100,000 education employees ahead of 2004, which if I remember correctly was not exactly considered the Dark Ages of school hiring.

Had education staffing kept pace with enrollment, rather than greatly exceeding it, the current reductions in force would be greatly mitigated, perhaps even eliminated entirely. It was not some unforeseen cataclysm, but the inevitable result of policy choices we have made over the past decade."

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Report: Obama.com Vulnerable to Illegal Foreign Campaign Donations

Report: Obama.com Vulnerable to Illegal Foreign Campaign Donations: "And the report found that the website Obama.com, which is not owned by President Barack Obama's campaign but redirects to the campaign's official donation page, may make the Obama campaign the most susceptible to illicit foreign donations. Obama.com is connected to an Obama campaign bundler, Robert Roche, who is from Chicago but now lives and co-founded a corporation in China. Roche has direct ties to China's state-owned banking industry.
Peter Schweizer, president of GAI, told Breitbart News the ease with which foreigners could donate to American candidates puts America’s sovereignty in peril.
“Foreign donations mean that we no longer make our election decisions anymore,” Schweizer told Breitbart News."

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

More Goodness from Bill Whittle

Can't seem to find this video in previous posts. How could I have overlooked it?

Deficits Bush's Fault?

George Bush caused the deficits? Really?

Articles: Prohibiting Cheerleaders the Free Exercise of Religion

Articles: Prohibiting Cheerleaders the Free Exercise of Religion: "Our Founders not only tolerated the public expression of faith; they considered it indispensable.  It is a shame that liberals who now occupy the White House and dominate the courts have failed to consider President Washington's admonitions."

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The Hugh Hewitt Show

The Hugh Hewitt Show: "And never before has a sitting president relied upon a former president’s record so he could avoid talking about his own record."

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Mark Steyn: Will Big Bird ever leave the government nest? | big, bird, mitt - Opinion - The Orange County Register

Mark Steyn: Will Big Bird ever leave the government nest? | big, bird, mitt - Opinion - The Orange County Register: "The Queen of the Netherlands flies commercial, so does the Queen of Denmark. Prince William and his lovely bride, whom at least as many people want to get a piece of as Valerie Jarrett or Leon Panetta, flew to Los Angeles on a Royal Canadian Air Force boneshaker. It is profoundly unrepublican when minor public officials assume that private planes and entourages to hold the masses at bay are a standard perk of office. And it is even more disturbing that tens of millions of Americans are accepting of this. The entitlements are complicated, and will take some years and much negotiation. But, in a Romney administration, rolling back the nickel'n'dime stuff – ie, the million'n'billion stuff – should start on Day One."

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Black Community in Chicago Sees Obama Losing Election and Prepping Move to Hawaii

Black Community in Chicago Sees Obama Losing Election and Prepping Move to Hawaii: "“Listen bud, there’s no second term nothing and they know as much,” a Think Squader told me between bites of his bodacious sandwich. “All this is for show.  Axelrod has already moved on but no one knows what to do and they’re kind of just limping around without a plan hoping those Romney people mess up or the media drags them across the finish line.  But ain’t nobody in that top tier who thinks he’s going to win. It’s just not happening because they can’t fool people a second time”."

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Intelligence officials angered by Obama administration cover up of intelligence on Iranian, al Qaeda surge in Egypt and Libya | Washington Free Beacon

Intelligence officials angered by Obama administration cover up of intelligence on Iranian, al Qaeda surge in Egypt and Libya | Washington Free Beacon: "Intelligence held back from senior officials and the public includes numerous classified reports revealing clear Iranian support for jihadists throughout the tumultuous North Africa and Middle East region, as well as notably widespread al Qaeda penetration into Egypt and Libya in the months before the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

“The Iranian strategy is two-fold: upping the ante for the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against Iran and perceived cyber operations against Iran’s nuclear weapons program by conducting terror attacks on soft U.S. targets and cyber attacks against U.S. financial interests,” said one official, speaking confidentially.

The Iranian effort also seeks to take the international community’s spotlight off Iran’s support for its Syrian ally."

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A Fantasy Election, an Imaginary Man by Andrew Klavan - City Journal

A Fantasy Election, an Imaginary Man by Andrew Klavan - City Journal: "And it is revealed in Obama’s blankness, his make-believe greatness, and the suppression, ridicule, and dismissal of any evidence that he is not the man this powerful media faction once wanted so badly for him to be. No other modern president could have associated so intimately with lowlifes like Wright and Ayers and the now-imprisoned Tony Rezko and not had those associations exposed in every detail. No other president could have made the radical remarks he’s made—about wealth redistribution, religion, and the federal government’s alleged ill-treatment of blacks—and not had them headlined all over for weeks. No other could have presided over such a crippled economy and such universal failures at war and in foreign policy and escaped almost without mainstream blame."

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Sledding hill closed after Mishawaka man's death - WSBT-TV

Sledding hill closed after Mishawaka man's death - WSBT-TV: "Lavallee said it's a good idea to anticipate where you will end up."

General good advice all 'round.

EPA sued in federal court over illegal human testing | EPA Human Testing

EPA sued in federal court over illegal human testing | EPA Human Testing: "“EPA has broken every law and violated every standard established since World War II and the Tuskegee syphilis experiments for the protection of human subjects in scientific experiments,” said Milloy. “That EPA administrator Lisa Jackson permitted this heinous experimentation to occur under her watch shocks the conscience,” Milloy added."

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Career intel officers: Obama’s not telling you how far Al Qaeda has penetrated into Libya and Egypt « Hot Air

Career intel officers: Obama’s not telling you how far Al Qaeda has penetrated into Libya and Egypt « Hot Air: "I’d love to hear the Foreign Policy President explain why his State Department didn’t think to ramp up protection for Chris Stevens in Al Qaeda’s new backyard, but I think we all know what his “public statement” about the situation is going to be. No explanations forthcoming.

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Update: Fisker Karma Electric Car Gets Worse Mileage Than an SUV - Forbes

Update: Fisker Karma Electric Car Gets Worse Mileage Than an SUV - Forbes: " In the case of the Fisker Karma, we get a true MPGe of 19.  This makes it worse than even the city rating of a Ford Explorer SUV."

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Man Made Global Warming Disproved « JoNova: Science, carbon, climate and tax

Man Made Global Warming Disproved « JoNova: Science, carbon, climate and tax: "It takes only one experiment to disprove a theory. The climate models are predicting a global disaster, but the empirical evidence disagrees. The theory of catastrophic man-made global warming has been tested from many independent angles.

The heat is missing from oceans; it’s missing from the upper troposphere. The clouds are not behaving as predicted. The models can’t predict the short term, the regional, or the long term. They don’t predict the past. How could they predict the future?

The models didn’t correctly predict changes in outgoing radiation, or the humidity and temperature trends of the upper troposphere.  The single most important fact, dominating everything else, is that the ocean heat content has barely increased since 2003 (and quite possibly decreased) counter to the simulations. In a best case scenario, any increase reported is not enough. Models can’t predict local and regional patterns or seasonal effects, yet modelers add up all the erroneous micro-estimates and claim to produce an accurate macro global forecast. Most of the warming happened in a step change in 1977, yet CO2 has been rising annually."

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Articles: Is Barack Obama a Compulsive Liar?

Articles: Is Barack Obama a Compulsive Liar?: "There is now a near universal mistrust of Obama among world leaders as well as many members of Congress who candidly admit they cannot deal with Barack Obama, as he has proven himself to be untrustworthy and unbelievable -- particularly as he refuses to accept any responsibility for the outcome of his actions and policies.  The diminished status of the United States around the globe and the greatly eroded standard of living for the vast majority of Americans are testament to these character flaws."

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Articles: The Swedish Model: Government Austerity

Articles: The Swedish Model: Government Austerity: "Keynesians tell us that cutting government spending will slow economic growth.  The exact opposite happened with Sweden.  Once it started cutting spending, its economy started growing: 4% in 1994 and 3.9% in 1995.  In the 18 years since it started cutting, Sweden's economy grew at twice its previous rate, even faster than the U.S.'s.
And Sweden did not cut its debt and deficits by raising revenue levels.  Sweden's government took 62% of its GDP at the high point (1987-91).  By 2001, government revenue was under 54%, and in 2011, it was under 50%.
Sweden cut spending and taxes.  And its tax system is as flat as a tax system can be.
Instead of imitating Sweden's example of austerity, Obama and the Democrats are championing the exact opposite in every measure.  More spending, more taxes, more subsidies, a more progressive tax system, more Krugmanomics.  There's a word for that: delusional."

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Articles: Why Obama Sticks in my Craw

Articles: Why Obama Sticks in my Craw: "We seem to have been told one thing, and time has proven it untrue.  Is this not emblematic of this entire Obama administration and the past four years?
And one more final untruth.  Bill Daley suddenly leaves his chief of staff position after a short stint and apparently a shocking "peek" behind the curtain.  But not to worry; Daley will chair Obama's campaign.  But as time made us forget the NYC Air Force One story, we seem to not notice that Bill Daley is not Obama's campaign manager.  Perhaps the exit from chief of staff was not as it was pretended to be.  Perhaps the NYC flyby was indeed "megalomaniacal recreation."  Maybe that phrase best describes the past four years.  Megalomaniacal recreation.
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Weasel Zippers | Scouring the bowels of the internet | Weasel Zippers

Weasel Zippers | Scouring the bowels of the internet | Weasel Zippers: "I agree with former GE CEO Jack Welch, Chicago style politics is at work here. Somehow by manipulation of data we are all of a sudden below 8 percent unemployment, a month from the Presidential election. This is Orwellian to say the least and representative of Saul Alinsky tactics from the book “Rules for Radicals”- a must read for all who want to know how the left strategize . Trust the Obama administration? Sure, and the spontaneous reaction to a video caused the death of our Ambassador……and pigs fly."

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Weasel Zippers | Scouring the bowels of the internet | Weasel Zippers

Weasel Zippers | Scouring the bowels of the internet | Weasel Zippers: "The President of the South Suburban Branch of the NAACP alleges a director of the re-election campaign of Barack Obama has threatened and intimidated him because he doesn’t support the president.

David Lowery says he believes he was threatened during a phoneconversation with Louis Raymond, the Obama for America Illinois regional director.

Lowery says he doesn’t personally support the president because he’s not addressing issues important to the black community. He said he was explaining that to Raymond when the Obama campaign official told him, “You know what? I know everything about you.”

Lowery says Raymond added, “We’ve been watching you, and since you don’t support Obama, we’ll deal with you,” before hanging up."

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