Friday, August 31, 2012

Two Thirds Of Milwaukee's Black Voters Vanish

We can either believe that they were abducted by aliens, or that they never existed in the first place. Voter ID anyone?
This spring, the League of Young Voters, which was created to mobilize young minority communities, collaborated with the liberal Wisconsin Voices coalition to dispatch teams of young canvassers. Starting in April, they spent eight weeks knocking on 120,882 doors across 208 of Milwaukee’s 317 wards to raise awareness of the gubernatorial recall election scheduled for June.  The doors had one thing in common: the voter file said they were all home to a registered voter whom a commercial data vendor had flagged as likely to be African-American.

But the voter file represented a fiction, or at least a reality that had rapidly become out of date.  During those eight weeks, canvassers were able to successfully find and interact with only 31 percent of their targets. Twice that number were confirmed to no longer live at the address on file  — either because a structure was abandoned or condemned, or if a current resident reported that the targeted voter no longer lived there.

Obama Thought Of Going To New Orleans First!

According to spokes child Jay Carney. The historical record proves that he's a liar.
I already put this up as a headline: after Romney announced he was visiting New Orleans, Obama announced plans to visit on Monday.

When the story got around, Jay Carney announced that really, it had been planned all along. They thought of it first.

The only problem?  In the story linked above, Politco notes that …
Obama campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki told POLITICO earlier Friday that the president had no plans yet to visit the Gulf state and review damage from Hurricane Isaac, even though Mitt Romney announced plans to visit Friday.

Ryan Recall Obama Promise: MSM Outraged

Obama promised to keep General Motors' Janesville, Wisconsin assembly plant open. He didn't. And Paul Ryan reminded America of that particular broken promise.
From their fainting couches, the press corps "fact checkers" and the liberals who love them are having a spell over Paul Ryan's Tampa convention speech. How dare he so much as mention the Wisconsin assembly plant that President Obama promised to keep open but didn't?

The claim is that there was nothing the White House could do, because the General Motors facility in Mr. Ryan's hometown of Janesville was already starting to idle production and slated for closure when Mr. Obama took office. Therefore the empty production lines are George W. Bush's fault, like everything else in the last four years.

But so what? Mr. Ryan made the factual statement that "we were about to lose a major factory" (our emphasis). Basic comprehension of human language didn't deter Obama campaign functionary Stephanie Cutter from claiming on MSNBC Thursday that "There's no delicate way to put this, but he lied. He blatantly lied—and brazenly."

Coming from a specialist in the form, perhaps that was meant as a compliment, but then again all this is an enormous exercise in missing the point. Mr. Ryan wasn't saying Mr. Obama should have saved this particular plant, as if it were akin to the sea levels that he promised to command in his inaugural address. Mr. Ryan was mocking the President who promised on the record and apparently believed he could save the plant.

Does Michael Huckabee Have A Problem With Strong Women?

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (Fla.) fanned the flames of the so-called “war on women” Thursday morning, accusing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee of being “unfamiliar with the voice of a strong woman.”

Huckabee had jabbed Wasserman Schultz, chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), during his remarks Wednesday at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

“Tampa has been such a wonderful and hospitable city to us,” Huckabee told the convention audience. “The only hitch in an otherwise perfect week was the awful noise coming from the hotel room next door to mine. Turns out it was just Debbie Wasserman Schultz practicing her speech for the DNC in Charlotte next week. Bless her heart.”

Asked about the joke Thursday morning during a press conference held at the DNC’s Tampa headquarters, Wasserman Schultz unloaded on Huckabee, saying the 2008 presidential candidate has an issue with “strong” women.

“It’s obvious Gov. Huckabee is unfamiliar with the voice of a strong woman,” Wasserman Schultz said.

The controversial DNC chair went even further in a morning interview with U.S. News and World Report.

“Mike Huckabee has a problem with a strong woman’s voice,” Wasserman Shultz told the publication. “He must not be used to hearing the voice of a strong woman or comfortable with it.”

Eric Holder Halts Harassment Of CIA

If you're going to brag about "getting Bin Laden," maybe it's not the best political strategy to prosecute the guys who gave you Bin Laden.
It’s a good day for releasing bad news, and the presidents’ lawyers on Thursday announced they were dropping two long-standing criminal investigations of CIA officials.

The investigations were politically unpopular with the public, and potentially risky for President Barack Obama, whose relatively high poll ratings rest in part on his successful killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2010.

That popular killing was achieved with the aid of CIA and military interrogations that were being investigated by Holders’ deputies during the three-year investigation.

However, Thursday’s announcement still carries risks for Obama, in part because his deputies did not concede innocence to the CIA officials, or even accept the Justice Department’s secondary role in the long-standing war against foreign jihadis.

In fact, Attorney General Eric Holder even used the Aug. 30 announcement to undermine the legal and moral authority of the military and CIA.

MSNBC: Too Far Left For The New York Times?

Not a news outfit. Of course, because this is the Times, they have to compare MSNBC to Fox News.
Chris Matthews, who hosts a Sunday talk show syndicated by NBC and a daily MSNBC show, seemed determined during this convention to outflank his most outspoken rivals, including Mr. Sharpton. 

He started with a bruising harangue against Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee Chairman, that made even his hosts on “Morning Joe” wince. Mr. Matthews looked almost thuggish on Wednesday night when the Arizona governor, Jan Brewer, 67, speaking from the din of the convention floor, complained she couldn’t hear his question. 

“You can’t hear me?” he said. “Well, that’s convenient.” 

On Thursday, Mr. Matthews fulminated against Paul Ryan’s — admittedly misleading — assertion that Mr. Obama did nothing to prevent the closing of a GM plant in 2008. Then Fox News attacked media figures who attacked Mr. Ryan. CNN took the harder course of parsing the entire issue: The correspondent Tom Foreman gave a long, industrious analysis that explained where and how Mr. Ryan finessed the facts. 

MSNBC talk shows are to network newscasts what blogs are to newspaper columns, shaggier and often less considered. And increasingly, viewers, like readers, have a hard time distinguishing one from the other. But it’s all that attitude on MSNBC that raises eyebrows. 

Virginia’s governor, Bob McDonnell, who backed, then rescinded, a state bill that would require women seeking an abortion to first have an invasive ultrasound, is a favorite target. After his convention speech, the MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said sarcastically that Republicans might be nervous “standing next to a governor who represents a vision of small government that is small enough to put on the end of a transvaginal probe.” 

No wonder Brian Williams stays away.

The One Percenters Divide

Those who get rich and want to get richer from federal subsidies cast their lot with Obama. Those who prosper by producing what America actually needs, are all in for Romney.
The “patrician left” — a term that might have amused Marx — extends as well to Silicon Valley, where venture capitalists and techies have opened their wallets wider than ever before for the president. Microsoft and Google are two of Obama’s top three organizational sources of campaign contributions. Valley financiers are not always as selfless as they or their admirers imagine: Many have sought to feed at the Energy Department’s bounteous “green” energy trough and all face regulatory reviews by federal agencies.

The Republicans have turned increasingly to those patricians who depend on the more tangible economy. If you make your living from digging coal or exploring for oil wells, even if you don’t like him, Romney is you man. This saddles the GOP with the burden of being linked to one of America’s most hated interests: oil and gas companies. Almost as detested is the biggest source of Romney cash, large Wall Street banks. (In contrast, Democratic-leaning industries, such as Internet-related companies, enjoy relatively high public support.)

Immigrants Once Came Here To Escape Ideas Like Obama's

Once we attracted people who wanted an opportunity to make it on their own. Now we attract people who want to live off the state.

Is Mitt Growing As A Candidate?

And I mean, growing the best way - by growing more conservative.
This campaign is coming down to two competing views of America.  As it plays out, I think something very profound may be happening to Mitt Romney.  Romney reminds me of a good many smart businessmen I have known.  They live their own lives by a set of solid small-c conservative rules, but they are too busy solving smaller daily problems to think much about political conservatism as a coherent system.  Such people often pay lip service to the left-of-center conventional media wisdom about big government and public morality even as they rigorously practice all the bourgeois virtues of thrift, hard work, neighborliness, sobriety, and sexual continence in their personal affairs.

As long as the conventional wisdom doesn't impact their daily lives in a concrete way, why bother challenging it?  They have better uses for their time.  Now this very smart, very competitive man is facing an opponent who is perhaps the most rigidly ideological man ever to become president.  Romney doesn't like what he sees happening to the nation, nor does he much like the person he is running against.  Confronted with the problem of beating not just the person, but also the ideology, and then fixing what is broken, Romney may be discovering for the very first time that he is actually far more ideological than he ever thought he was.

Roll Call Falls For Fake Photo

The Democrats' War On Reality

We have now moved into what academics might call the “post-factual” portion of the Obama campaign. For example: Tuesday night Ann Romney gives a warm, charmingly earnest speech. Obama flak Robert Gibbs calls it an “angry” night “full of insults.” What “insults?” He doesn’t say. He just says “Republicans are angry!”

Why? Because he needs them to be.

The RNC features black Republicans like Condoleezza Rice, Rep. Artur Davis and Mia Love. CNN and MSNBC fill their panels with nuts like Toure and the Rev. Al Sharpton decrying the “racism” in Tampa. Their proof? They don’t need “proof.” For Obama to win, they need Republicans to be “racist” — so the pundits say they are.

Republican Mitch McCon- nell quips “Obama hasn’t been working to earn re-election. He’s been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour.” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell knows what’s up: “He’s aligning . . . the lifestyle of Tiger Woods to Obama.”

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Obama Sends Form Letter To Families Of Fallen Navy Seals

Last November Barack Obama sent a personal letter of condolence when rapper Heavy D passed away at 44.

Al Sharpton read the note at the funeral.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many contributions to American music. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.”
But when 17 members of the elite Navy SEALs were killed in the crash in Afghanistan back in August 2011, he sent their parents a form letter.

Jersey Shore Folds

After six seasons, MTV is turning off the techno music for Snooki, J-WOWW, The Situation, Pauly D, Deena, Vinny, Ronnie and Sammi, the network said in a statement Thursday.
Ever since The Situation went to rehab and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi decided to procreate, the future of the booze-soaked reality series was up in the air, since it would be far less entertaining with two (hopefully) sober cast members.

Michael Moore Concedes The Election

And discovers that Republicans aren't stupid.
“Mitt Romney is going to raise more money than Barack Obama,” Moore said. “That should guarantee his victory. I think people should start to practice the words ‘President Romney.’ To assume that the other side are just a bunch of ignoramuses who are supported by people who believe that Adam and Eve rode on dinosaurs 6,000 years ago is to completely misjudge the opposition.”

Crime Is Up 50% In The "Negrohood."

Heck, according to MSNBC, even mentioning crime is racist. Surely this has to be super duper racist. No, wait. I forgot. This guy is a Democrat. Never mind.
The Friends of Ben Akselrod sent the mailers last week, claiming that his opponent “has allowed crime to go up over 50% in our negrohood so far this year.”

Akselrod didn’t specify Wednesday whether his campaign intended to use the word “neighborhood” instead.

He said he faced discrimination as a Jew in his native Russia, and rejects “any form of racial and ethnic bias.”

He also blasted his opponent’s supporters for focusing on the typo instead of addressing crime in the community.

University Of Texas Persecutes Faculty Member For Telling An Obvious Truth

A politically incorrect obvious truth.
The University of Texas at Austin announced Wednesday that it has it has closed an inquiry into allegations of scientific misconduct against one of its faculty members, Mark Regnerus, over a paper he wrote that found children are generally better off if they have a married mother and father. The paper, which appeared in the journal Social Science Research, has been highly controversial. Many scholars have said that his sampling techniques resulted in a pool of research subjects that resulted in unfairly negative assessments about the children of same-sex couples -- and one writer on the issue filed a complaint of scholarly misconduct. Critics of same-sex marriage have showered praise on the study.

Under Texas rules, all such complaints are evaluated to determine whether a full-scale investigation is needed, which in this case the university said was not needed. The university said that there was no evidence of scientific misconduct, even that scholarly disagreement could not be considered misconduct.

A memo released by the university outlined the reasons for dropping the matter: "Whether the research ... possessed significant limitations or was even perhaps seriously flawed is a determination that should be left to debates that are currently underway in the academy and future research that validates or invalidates his findings. Professor Regnerus has stated that the data on which the research at issue was based will soon be made publicly available. At that time scholars can examine the data themselves and arrive at their own conclusions."

Huge Cheating Scandal Erupts At Harvard University

Teddy Kennedy's spirit lives on.
"Harvard College's disciplinary board is investigating nearly half of the 279 students who enrolled in Government 1310: 'Introduction to Congress' last spring for allegedly plagiarizing answers or inappropriately collaborating on the class' final take-home exam."

"Chicago" Equals "Racism"

Matthews then demonstrates his mind-numbing ability to take an idiotic statement, amplify it, and subsequently make it exponentially more idiotic coming from his mouth, when he said this:
"Yea, well let me ask you about that gentleman.  What about now, is this constant barrage of assaults, saying the guy is basically playing an old game of demagoguery politics, where you take the money from the worker bees and give it to the poor people to buy votes.  That's basically what they're charging him with.  Old big-style, big-city machine of 50 years ago."

He added, "They keep saying Chicago by the way, have you noticed?  They keep saying Chicago.  That's another thing that sends that message - this guy's helping the poor people in the bad neighborhoods, screwing us in the 'burbs."
Hielemann helpfully interpreted Matthews statement, presumably for those too challenged to understand basic words (or as we in the business refer to them - Hardball viewers), by making this jaw-dropping statement:
"There's a lot of black people in Chicago."

Chris Matthews Hears Racist Dog Whistles - Again

Minutes after Paul Ryan finished his RNC speech on Wednesday, MSNBC's Chris Matthews slammed the Republican vice presidential candidate for supposedly ignoring blacks during his "very constricted, very negative, very nasty speech," and suggested that he was directing the address to racists: "It's clear that Paul Ryan was talking to people who think about rights as something...produced by Thomas Jefferson, ignoring the people for whom the rights only came in the 1960s."

Matthews added that "for some reason, they never mentioned those things, because
they're talking to people - let's be honest about this - who didn't feel – the benefit, at all, from those civil rights, and I think that's very important to point out."

Checking The MSM's Fact Checkers

Verdict: They're liars. This is a small sampling. It's a long article.
Here is just one example of the literally dozens of ‘fact check’ articles that have been breathlessly rushed out overnight after Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican convention. 

This one is from the stunningly ‘fact free’ propagandists at the Associated Press:

FACT CHECK: Ryan takes factual shortcuts in speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Laying out the first plans for his party’s presidential ticket, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took some factual shortcuts Wednesday night when he attacked President Barack Obama’s policies on Medicare, the economic stimulus and the budget deficit
The AP goes on to, once again, falsely claim that Obama-Care does not $716 billion dollars from Medicare, and that Obama’s stimulus was not a matter of political patronage and corporate welfare.
But here is how they present their latest big lie:
RYAN: Said Obama misled people in Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wis., by making them think a General Motors plant there threatened with closure could be saved. "A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: `I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.’ That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year."

THE FACTS: The plant halted production in December 2008, weeks before Obama took office and well before he enacted a more robust auto industry bailout that rescued GM and Chrysler and allowed the majority of their plants – though not the Janesville facility – to stay in operation. Ryan himself voted for an auto bailout under President George W. Bush that was designed to help GM, but he was a vocal critic of the one pushed through by Obama that has been widely credited with revitalizing both GM and Chrysler…
Unfortunately, there are several problems with the AP’s ‘facts.’

First of all, the Janesville plant did not close in December 2008, it closed in April 2009. But some ‘fact checkers’ quibble that, since GM announced it was going to close the Janesville plant in December of 2008, that is close enough. But the fact is the Janesville plant did not close until April 2009.

Also, it’s clear from Obama’s press release and speech back in February 2008 that Obama did indeed mislead people "by making them think a General Motors plant there threatened with closure could be saved."

Jobless Claims Higher Than Expected

And last week's jobless claims revised upward.
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits was unchanged last week, pointing to a labor market that was treading water. 

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits were a seasonally adjusted 374,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's figure was revised up to show 2,000 more applications than previously reported. 

In a separate report, consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in July, the best showing in five months and ahead of the 0.3 percent income gain. 

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims dipping to 370,000 last week. The four-week moving average for new claims, a better measure of labor market trends, rose 1,500 to 370,250.

Liberals Hear Another Racist Dog Whistle

"Holding down the fort" is racist.
John M. Robinson, the Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Department of State, wants America’s diplomats to know that common phrases and idioms like “holding down the fort” are, in fact, deeply racist.

Robinson, who also serves as director of the Department’s Office of Civil Rights, used his “Diversity Notes” feature in the July/August issue of the official “State Magazine” to examine the hateful roots of everyday sayings...

...And did you know using the phrase “holding down the fort” is the linguistic equivalent of scalping a Cherokee? According to Robinson, the phrase dates back to American soldiers on the western frontier who wanted to “hold down” all that land they stole.
“Handicap” and “rule of thumb” are two more figures of speech that Robinson, in his wisdom, has decreed offensive. The latter, Robinson says, refers to the width of a stick a man could once use to legally beat his wife.
Your tax dollars at work.

It's worth noting that the latter is a LONG discredited line of bullshit cooked up by the feverish minds within the National Organization for Women.

Delusional: Todd Akin Regains The Lead In Missouri!

And if you believe that...
A poll of likely Missouri general election voters released this morning shows that, far from being out of the race, embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin has regained his lead over Senator Claire McCaskill by a 45% to 42% margin, with 13% undecided. 

The survey conducted by Wenzel Strategies commissioned by Family Research Council Action also shows Akin leading by 10 points among independent voters. 
Heck I remember Harold Stassen releasing a poll showing himself leading all presidential contenders. 

Illinois' Descent Into Third World Status Accelerates

Illinois' credit rating was downgraded by Standard & Poor's on Wednesday, a move that came after Gov. Pat Quinn's inability to persuade lawmakers to cut costs in the state's debt-ridden public employee pension system.

The agency lowered the state's credit rating from A+ to A, citing a "lack of action" on changes aimed at decreasing the pension system's unfunded liability, which could hit $93 billion by next summer if nothing is done. Standard & Poor's also gave Illinois a "negative outlook," saying the state's budget future remains uncertain.

It's unclear what impact the new rating will have on Illinois' pocketbook, but it is likely that it will cost the state more to borrow money to finance construction projects including new schools, roads and bridges.

Only California is ranked lower than Illinois by the S&P, with a credit rating of A-.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Gwen Ifill Calls David Chalian "God's Gift To Journalism"

After he was caught on tape claiming that Republicans like to party while black people drown.
While conservatives were outraged when they heard Yahoo News’ DC bureau chief David Chalian remark that Republicans are “happy to have a party with black people drowning—a reference to the Republican convention taking place while Hurricane Isaac batters Louisiana—some of his fellow journalists rallied to his side.

Here are three political journalists who could not see what all the fuss was about.

Keep in mind: These are all unbiased and ever vigilant member of the mainstream news media who you should trust.

This Passes For Deep Thought At MSNBC

You don't suppose Mitch McConnell's quip had to do with Obama playing over a hundred rounds of golf? Even Martin Bashir has trouble digesting this shit.

Try to get your mind around that: Martin Bashir as the voice of reason at MSNBC? 

And speaking of racist dog whistles, when did Mitch McConnell mention Tiger Woods?

But, because he's an MSNBC host, he manages to buy into it.

David Chalian Apologizes: But He's Still An Asshole

Of course, any half wit knows that the only difference between David Chalian and, say, George Stephanopolous, or Andrea Mitchell, David Gregory and any of the rest of the mainstream news media is that he didn't know there was a live mic.

Here's his lame ass apology and an analysis.
Go watch the clip again. There’s nothing jokey or witty or clever about it. It’s a straightforward accusation of racism and callousness, and of course one of the other schmucks there laughs because he’s a nasty liberal hack too who’s thinking the same thing. It’s a laugh of recognition, and maybe a bit of surprise that Chalian would be willing to say that with mics around.

So here’s his attempt to make himself employable again:
I am profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke. I was commenting on the challenge of staging a convention during a hurricane and about campaign optics. I have apologized to the Romney campaign, and I want to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to Gov. and Mrs. Romney. I also regret causing any distraction from the exceptional coverage of the Republican convention by Yahoo News and ABC News.
If you believe that he was making a neutral comment about convention optics, you also need to believe that he would have said the same thing if Democrats had been holding their convention this week. Show of hands: Anybody?

Artur Davis Invites More Minorities To Leave The Democrats

Ex-Obama ally Artur Davis — the former Democratic congressman from Alabama who in 2008 gave a speech in support of Barack Obama at the Democratic convention, but has since renounced him — says he feels at home with the Republican Party and is encouraging others to leave the Democratic Party too.

“Thank you for welcoming me where I belong,” Davis told delegates who gave him roaring applause throughout his Tuesday night primetime speech at the Republican National Convention.

He used his speech to encourage “Democrats and independents whose minds are open to argument” to “listen closely to the Democratic Party that will gather in Charlotte and ask yourself if you ever hear your voice in the clamor.”

“Ask yourself if these Democrats still speak for you,” Davis said.

“Now, America is a land of second chances,” Davis said, “and I gather you have room for the estimated 6 million of us who know we got it wrong in 2008 and who want to fix it.”

Obama's Leadership: He Can't Even Convince Democrats To Spend

Liberals now say the president can't be blamed for the lousy recovery because he couldn't get his agenda enacted even when Democrats held a supermajority in Congress. And we should be confident in his leadership?

On the stump, Mitt Romney has started a new and very effective line of attack against Obama. "He got every piece of legislation he wanted passed, and it didn't work," Romney told Politico this week. "I think (voters) want someone who has a different record, and I do."

Paul Ryan used the same attack line in his first speech as Romney's VP pick. "No one disputes President Obama inherited a difficult situation," Ryan said. "And, in his first two years, with his party in complete control of Washington, he passed nearly every item on his agenda. But that didn't make things better."

The argument cuts to the core of Obama's claim that Republicans have stymied his ability to get anything done. Which is why the left is so intent on squashing it, even at the expense of making Obama look inept.

Talking Points Memo, an influential lefty opinion site, called Romney's claim "mostly ahistorical" and went on to say Republicans "used a record number of filibusters in the Senate to weaken — and in some cases thwart — large pieces of (Obama's) agenda." Well, not exactly.

Mainstream News Media Politicizes Hurrican Isaac

As Isaac bore down on New Orleans, the administration's media toadies preferred to talk not about substantive issues, but on how the "shadow of Bush and Katrina" hung over the delayed GOP convention in Tampa.

Those in the press whose legs tingle at every administration utterance apparently share the view that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. Isaac, barely making it as a hurricane, was seen as yet another chance to blame George W. Bush for something and resurrect media falsehoods about Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans seven years ago.

The Republican National Convention was pushed back a day by Isaac's threat, and NBC's chief White House correspondent, Chuck Todd, accomplished an amazing feat by managing to insert not only Katrina but also the controversy over GOP Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin into his GOP convention coverage.
Of course, an honest news media might cast the shadow of Gustav over the Democrats

The Racists Who Hear "Racial Dog Whistles" Are All Democrats

The Romney campaign criticizes the Obama administration for gutting welfare reform, and the Democratic chorus sings the familiar refrain: “Racist!” Leading the choir is tingly countertenor Chris Matthews of MSNBC: “When you start talking about work requirements,” he thundered at Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, “you know what game you’re playing, and everybody knows what game you’re playing: It’s a race card.” This judgment was immediately confirmed by Thomas Edsall of the New York Times and Timothy Noah of The New Republic, among others.

There is racial politics at work here, and, as usual, it is a Democratic initiative.

Before proceeding to the question of Democratic race-baiting, it is worth paying a moment’s attention to the substantive policy question here. As Mr. Noah disingenuously puts it, the Obama administration says it has the authority to give waivers to states “allowing them to experiment with alternative ways to meet the work requirement” imposed by the Clinton-Gingrich welfare reforms. One of the ways in which states could be allowed to “meet the work requirement” is by not meeting the work requirement, i.e., by sending out welfare checks without requiring that nearly half the recipients perform 30 hours of work-related activities (which is not a particularly burdensome standard to begin with). This is important because, as Jim Manzi and others have shown, work requirements are one of the only policy innovations that have been shown in real-world trials to be effective in moving people from welfare to work. Undermine the work requirement and you undermine welfare reform in toto.

Barack Hussein Obama And Infanticide

Racist MSNBC Declines To Broadcast Speeches By Minorities

One of the left’s favorite attacks on the Republican Party is that it is the party of old white people, devoid of diversity and probably racist.

If you were watching MSNBC’s coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday night, you might believe those assertions, since missing from the coverage was nearly every ethnic minority that spoke during Tuesday’s festivities.

In lieu of airing speeches from former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, a black American; Mia Love, a black candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah; and Texas senatorial hopeful Ted Cruz, a Latino American, MSNBC opted to show commentary anchored by Rachel Maddow from Rev. Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes and Steve Schmidt.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Obama/CIA/Motion Picture Documents Discovered

Oh, you mean THOSE documents!
Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Department of Defense (DOD) regarding meetings and communications between government agencies and Kathryn Bigelow, the Academy Award-winning director of The Hurt Locker, and screenwriter Mark Boal in preparation for their film Zero Dark Thirty, which details the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.  According to the records, the Obama administration granted Boal and Bigelow unusual access to agency information in preparation for their film, which was reportedly scheduled for an October 2012 release, just before the presidential election, but the trailers are running now until the rescheduled release in December.

The records – which should have been produced months ago pursuant to a court order in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on January 21, 2012 – include records from a “stack” of “overlooked” documents discovered by the CIA in July 2012. 

The New York Times Pays For This?

You have to read it all to fully appreciate what a waste of ink this is. David Brooks is starting to make me miss Maureen Dowd's intellectualism.

Democrats Fantasize About Isaac Hitting New Orleans

Consumer Confidence Falls Precipitously

The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes fell to 60.6 from a downwardly revised 65.4 the month before. Economists had expected an increase to 66, according to a Reuters poll. 

It was the lowest level since November. July was originally reported as 65.9.


You can't trust Politifact to get the facts right.
The website PolitiFact is going to be truth-squadding the Republican convention speakers this week, delivering verdicts on which claims are “mostly true” and which deserve a “pants on fire” rating. Our advice: Pay no attention to those ratings. PolitiFact can’t be trusted to get the story right.

Its recent rulings on Medicare have demonstrated the point thrice over. PolitiFact said that Romney’s comment that Obama had “robbed” Medicare of $716 billion to pay for Obamacare was “mostly false.” Among its reasons: “The money was not robbed in any literal sense of the word.” So if Romney led anyone to believe that Obama had held Medicare at gunpoint and ordered it to hand over its wallet, they can now rest easy, because PolitiFact is on the case.

PolitiFact’s other arguments are that Medicare spending will continue to rise and that Obama’s spending reductions are “mainly aimed at insurers and hospitals, not beneficiaries.” Leave aside the economic naïveté of that argument, and focus instead on the irrelevance. Romney said that Obama had taken money that was going to be spent on Medicare and instead spend it on Obamacare, and suggested that this was a bad thing. In other words: an absolutely true claim, and an opinion based on it. If PolitiFact disagrees with that opinion, let it publish its views under a different name.

Volt Plant Shuts Down - Again

A GM spokesman wouldn't confirm whether the company planned to idle the plant.

"We don't comment on production schedules," the spokesman said. "We continue to match supply and demand."

Fast And Furious Investigation Taking Longer Than Warren Commission

Telling the truth takes no time at all. Constructing lies can take forever.
A Friday letter sent by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz warned against delaying release of the long-awaited report on its Fast and Furious gunwalking investigation and summoned the IG to appear before the Committee on Sept. 11 for questioning. Additionally, the letter revealed that a copy of the report has been provided to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in addition to being sent to Justice.

The length of time the report has taken to prepare prompted Gun Rights Examiner to observe last December that it had already exceeded the time it took the Warren Commission to produce its report on the John F. Kennedy assassination. Cautions were also raised months back about the selection of Horowitz to replace then-acting IG Cynthia A. Schnedar, who had close ties to Attorney General Eric Holder, when this column pointed out his close ties to Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, identified early on as a person of interest in Fast and Furious by this column and citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars.

Monday, August 27, 2012

If Liberals Hear Racial Dog Whistles

Doesn't that make them racists?

Democrat Then And Now

John F. Kennedy "Ich bin ein Berliner!"

Joe Biden. "We're all gay!"

Outsourcing Critic Profits From Outsourcing

Of course, she's a Democrat.
Her family wealth comes from the Computer Task Group (CTG), a company that her father cofounded. CTG admitted as recently as last year to outsourcing jobs to Russia.

“In the past few years, more companies started using or are considering using low cost offshore outsourcing centers to perform technology-related work and complete projects,” the company stated in its last annual report to the SEC. “Currently, we have partnered with clients to perform services in Russia to mitigate and reduce this risk to our Company.”

CTG regularly does business with companies like the China Steel Corporation and the Chengdu Seamless Steel Tube Plant.

According to Hochul’s 2011 Financial Disclosure, Hochul also holds up to $45,000 in funds that invest in countries like Japan, China, South Korea and India.

Despite these ties, Hochul has attempted to make an issue of her opponent’s business background and has accused him of trying to “hide” his connection to businesses engaged in outsourcing.

Collins campaign aide Chris Grant said Hochul’s ties to outsourcing “highlights our opponent’s hypocrisy and just how weak her record is on job creation.”

It's Not Obama's Fault

Today, President Obama sent out a campaign email essentially blaming his supporters if he loses. See, he’s supposedly being outspent. And because he’s supposedly being outspent, he’s losing. And he can’t spend more money unless his supporters fork it over. 

This is the campaign version of Obama’s entire economic argument: he can’t fix the economy unless he spends more money. And unless we give him more money, he can’t spend it. So if the economy fails, it’s our fault.

Here’s the perverse logic:

Last week, when I was in Iowa, voters told me they were feeling it. The numbers back it up: Our side is getting outspent 2-to-1 on the air there. 

But the folks asking me about this don't want an explanation -- they want to know what I'm going to do about it. 

And the fact is that solving this problem is up to you ….

We're losing this air war right now. 

I don't have as much time to campaign this time as I did in 2008, so this whole thing is riding on you making it happen.

Perhaps the most laughable aspect of this latest desperate missive is Obama’s assertion that he doesn’t have “as much time to campaign this time as I did in 2008.” He’s done nothing but campaign since the beginning of the year. From January to mid-June, Obama held more than 160 fundraisers. During that same period in 2004, President George W. Bush had held just 79 fundraisers.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Obama Makes Neil Armstrong's Moonwalk About Himself

Well, if he's going to take credit for killing Osama bin Laden, why shouldn't he take credit for winning the space race too?

New York Time's Editor Jill Abramson Can't Handle The Truth

No doubt she'll be more careful to hire more liars who will only tell her what she wants to believe.
The executive editor of the New York Times is disputing an accusation of liberal bias made by her very own public editor, Arthur Brisbane.

In his final column for the Times, Brisbane wrote that his fellow staffers "share a kind of political and cultural progressivism" that "virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times." Brisbane even argued that Times reporters approached some liberal issues, like gay marriage and the Occupy movement, "more like causes than news subjects."

(See also: New York Times public editor: Progressive worldview 'bleeds through' the Times)

But Times executive editor Jill Abramson says she disagrees with Brisbane's "sweeping conclusions."
"In our newsroom we are always conscious that the way we view an issue in New York is not necessarily the way it is viewed in the rest of the country or world. I disagree with Mr. Brisbane's sweeping conclusions," Abramson told POLITICO Saturday night.

"I agree with another past public editor, Dan Okrent, and my predecessor as executive editor, Bill Keller, that in covering some social and cultural issues, the Times sometimes reflects its urban and cosmopolitan base," she continued. "But I also often quote, including in talks with Mr. Brisbane, another executive editor, Abe Rosenthal, who wanted to be remembered for keeping 'the paper straight.' That's essential."

Barack Hussein Obama's Relentless Negativity

While the more meek Mitt Romney has stuck to challenging the President on the issues of the day, like Obama’s feeble economic record, Obama’s campaign has spent weeks attacking Romney on everything but the issues.

Thus far, we’ve heard Obama disingenuously charge that Romney is anti-education and accuse him of not wanting to invest in the future — while also ridiculing Romney’s personal wealth. We’ve heard Obama aide Stephanie Cutter make unsubstantiated and off-the-wall claims that Romney could be a felon for allegedly not paying his taxes. Vice President Joe Biden has tried to convince voters that Romney wants to return to the days of slavery, and a pro-Obama Super PAC, Priorities USA, released an ad that accused Romney of causing a women’s death by shutting down a steel plant. Plus, there’s the whole spurious “war on women.”

They have gone too far. Negative advertising and targeted attacks on the stump can do damage. But they also run the risk of backfiring.

Polls do show that Obama's smear campaign against Romney has worked to a degree. But not without harm to himself: While there has been an uptick in Romney’s negatives, both candidates have suffered. Surprisingly, the negative tone of the campaign has taken a greater toll on Obama, the man responsible (if indirectly) for most of the vitriol. According to an NBC/WSJ poll conducted in late July, “very negative” views of both are now at a record high, with 32% holding a “very negative” view of Obama, and 24% of Romney.

Akin's Supporters Want Him Gone

Everybody except Todd Akin understands the stakes.
According to a new St. Louis Post-Dispatch/News 4 poll, self-described Akin supporters want him to quit by a 50-34 margin. His image in the new poll is abysmal, with just 17 percent viewing him favorably and 56 unfavorably.

And the bottom line on his chances of beating Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who he led comfortably before the scandal by five points is just as bad. He is currently nine points behind McCaskill, 50 percent to 41 percent.

The poll echoes a similar Rasmussen Report released Friday that showed a similar shift in the race that many analysts said was Akin's to win.

The poll reinforces efforts to convince Akin to drop out of the race. He has until September 25 to get his name off the ballot. Akin on Friday dismayed the GOP establishment by announce he was staying in the race. He suggested that he was going to run against the establishment, but even allies like conservative talk show hosts Mark Levin and Sean Hannity, as well as Romney and Ryan, have called on him to step down.

Anti-Akin forces Saturday were pointing to the fact that even Akin's own supporters want him out of the race and were hopeful that Akin would act on that finding.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Five Dollars Of Debt For Every Dollar Of Growth

If I were to cite the most damning statistic that should doom Barack Obama’s reelection prospects, it would be this: Obama has been running up five dollars worth of debt for every dollar of economic growth his spending generates.

That’s a really bad deal.

For the fourth consecutive year, Barack Obama has run up more than a trillion dollars in debt. And for the fourth consecutive year, economic growth has been feeble.

Do you remember September of 2009? Joe Biden boasted that Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package was succeeding beyond expectations: “In my wildest dreams, I never thought it would work this well.”

How’d that work out for you?

Does anyone remember Recovery Summer? That was in 2010. In June of that year, Obama sent Biden out again on a six week tour boasting about all the jobs that the stimulus package had created and was about to create.

By August, Recovery Summer was officially a flop. The administration’s official line was that Recovery Summer would usher in a new era of economic prosperity that would create between 250,000 and 500,000 jobs per month. During the months of May, June and July, the combined net jobs gain was only 83,000.

Ah, but 2011 was going to be so much better. The official forecast predicted that the Gross Domestic Product would soar by 3.7%. They actually bragged about this.

But Obamanomics couldn’t even deliver that. Last year the economy grew at a feeble 1.6%. That’s 56% below the forecast. The forecast for this year was for 4.0% growth. As of the most recent measurements, the economy is on course for a 1.8% growth in the GDP, and the pace has been steadily slowing. At this rate, we’ll be lucky to match last year’s growth.

And what little growth we’re getting is coming at the cost of more than a trillion dollars in debt added annually. Or, if you prefer, in order to prop up his historically feeble economy, Obama is borrowing five times as much money as his investments return, for a net loss of 80%.

Earlier this year, Obama ridiculed the notion that economic growth could be spurred by the simple removal of the shackles that he has placed on the economy. But his denial of the construction permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada destroyed tens of thousands of jobs in the short term and hundreds of thousands in the long term. And there might be no repairing that damage because Canada is now negotiating contracts that would sell the oil that pipeline would have carried to China.

Obama destroyed an estimated 100,000 jobs with his illegal Gulf of Mexico oil exploration moratorium.

The Pebble Mine in Alaska is estimated to contain a trillion dollars worth of gold and copper. But it’s unlikely that a spade will ever be turned because of Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency.

Who knows how many jobs will eventually be lost because of Obama’s war on coal? Scores of coal fired electrical power plants have been shut down or will soon be shut down because of regulations imposed by Barack Obama, just as he promised he would do early in 2008.

The oil and natural gas boom initiated by George W. Bush is predicted to create 3.6 million jobs and has the potential to add 3% to the GDP, assuming that it isn’t regulated out of existence. Obama has declared his opposition to oil exploration, explaining that allowing drilling "would merely prolong the failed energy policies we have seen from Washington for 30 years."

How about Obama’s failed energy policies of the last 3 years? Solyndra is just the most famous of many failed initiatives. Obama’s stimulus earmarked tens of billions of dollars of green energy companies that have been failing at a horrific rate.

As famous as the Solyndra failure was, the collapse of Amonix in Nevada was probably the most instructive. Even with Obama subsidies and with the brightest and most unrelenting sunlight in North America, the solar energy generator managed to go bust.

There’s a message there.

Obama’s hostile business climate has forced companies to sit on trillions of dollars that they’d rather invest. But they’re not going to invest it in this environment. Eighty percent losses don’t interest the real economy.

There is no greater impediment to American prosperity than this president. There could be no greater stimulus than his retirement.

Under Obama's Recovery, Incomes Plummet

Incomes have dropped more since the beginning of the recovery than they did during the recession itself, when they declined 2.6 percent, according to the report, which analyzed data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. The recession, the most severe since the Great Depression, lasted from December 2007 to June 2009.

Overall, median income is 7.2 percent below its December 2007 level and 8.1 percent below where it stood in January 2000, when it was $55,470, according to the report.

Friday, August 24, 2012

No, Deportations Are Not At Record Levels

Internal documents obtained by the House Judiciary Committee show that the Obama administration has been “cooking the books” in order to reach their “record” number of deported illegal immigrants, chairman Rep. Lamar Smith said Friday.

Based on the internal U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) documents, the number of removals are actually down, the opposite of what the administration has been claiming.

According to the committee’s review, in 2011 officials at the Department of Homeland Security began including the number of individuals removed through the Alien Transfer Exit Program (ATEP) in its annual removal numbers. ATEP is a program which moves apprehended illegal immigrants to another point along the border.

The committee chair claims that counting those individuals as removals is misleading because there are no repercussions for illegal immigrants who are deported through the program, and they can simply try to re-enter.

“It is dishonest to count illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol along the border as ICE removals,” Smith explained in a statement. “And these ‘removals’ from the Border Patrol program do not subject the illegal immigrant to any penalties or bars for returning to the U.S.  This means a single illegal immigrant can show up at the border and be removed numerous times in a single year – and counted each time as a removal.”

70% Of Obama's Twitter Followers Are Fake

President Obama's Twitter account has 18.8 million followers -- but more than half of them really don't exist, according to reports.

A new Web tool has determined that 70% of Obama's crowd includes "fake followers," The New York Times reports in a story about how Twitter followers can be purchased.

"The practice has become so widespread that StatusPeople, a social media management company in London, released a Web tool last month called the Fake Follower Check that it says can ascertain how many fake followers you and your friends have," the Times reports.

"Fake accounts tend to follow a lot of people but have few followers," said Rob Waller, a founder of StatusPeople. "We then combine that with a few other metrics to confirm the account is fake."

Obama Lies In New Campaign Ad

If you live in a swing state, your nation sends its apologies. Perhaps you can just break your television. No grown man or woman should be subjected to something like $1 billion in negative advertising, which is what you are about to face. For everyone else, here’s a sneak peak at what you will be missing, the latest attack ad from Barack Obama, which is centered on a clear untruth.

Here is the part that is false: “Romney backed a law that outlaws all abortion even in cases of rape or incest.” Romney has not backed a law like that.

His stated position since 2005, when he went from being a pro-choice politician to a pro-life politician, is that he supports an exemption for rape, incest and risk to the life of the mother. He said it here to the Des Moines Register in December of 2011, and here in the National Review in June of 2011. He said it all through the 2007 campaign. He even said it in 2005 in a Boston Globe Op-Ed announcing the end of his pro-choice approach to politics. “I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother,” he wrote. Not much nuance there.
Not surprising that Obama wants to change the subject
Thirty-two years ago, Ronald Reagan asked voters a simple question that devastated Jimmy Carter’s chances for a second term, and that presidential candidates have had to answer ever since: Are you better off now than you were four years ago?  In 1980, voters overwhelmingly said no and gave Carter the heave-ho.  When times are good, incumbents ask that question, and when times are bad, challengers ask it.  It’s a personal question, one that has a different answer for each voter.

Overall, though, the Washington Post reports that the answer isn’t just no, but hell no.  Household incomes have dropped 4.8% during the Obama recovery, and are now at a level below the recession:

Democrats Want To Change The Subject

Can you blame them?

A Navy General?

Just imagine how the mainstream news media would have treated this if George W. Bush had said it.
‘I'd advise that you talk to General McRaven, who's in charge of our Special Ops. I think he has a point of view in terms of how deeply I care about what these folks do each and every day to protect our freedom.’ Obama said.

The difficulty with this is that William McRaven is an admiral not a general. As a SEAL, he is member of the US Navy, not US Army or US Marines.

Obama has made mistakes with military terminology before. In February 2010, he mispronounced ‘corpsman’ – as ‘corpse-man’ instead of ‘core-man’ several times.

Last year, he mixed up two Medal of Honor recipients, saying that ‘Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honour to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously’.

A Porn Star Juggles Work And Motherhood

At first, she and boyfriend Glendon Crain, drummer and part-time Wicked Pictures editor and adult star, didn’t think they would ever have children. But something changed for Daniels after just a couple of months of dating Crain; she realized she’d met the right guy.

Daniels and Crain carefully planned when they would become parents and didn’t conceive by accident. The 33-year-old Daniels says, “I had to work really hard and prepare a lot to have a baby because I’m not like a normal mom. I can’t work while I’m pregnant. I did two years of work in one year.”

Chicagoans Smarter Than Democrats Think

Guns don't kill people - gangs do. If Democrats can't even fool Chicagoans, then who can they fool?
While liberal activists like the Rev. Jesse Jackson are calling for more gun laws in response to the spike in violent crimes in Chicago, a poll indicates that residents are largely not blaming the violence on the notion there are too many guns on the streets.

The main reason for the spate in crime, they say, are gangs.

Asked by Illinois-based pollster Michael McKeon to finger the major cause of the increase of violent crimes in Chicago neighborhoods, 20 percent of Cook County, Ill., residents blamed gangs as the major reason for violence in a poll conducted of 629 residents Aug. 15-17.

Thirteen percent blamed a lack of parental guidance, 12 percent blamed a lack of economic opportunities, eight percent blamed the need for more police officers and seven percent blamed young people having nothing to do.

The option that polled the least is the notion that there are too many guns. Only six percent of those polled blamed the violence on access to guns.