Saturday, May 5, 2012

Are We Satisfied? No!

Four years later, America is not better off. Just ask President Obama.

Even the photos on the website were carefully manipulated to make it appear that Ohio State's Schottenstein Arena was filled. Only it wasn't.

Today was the "official" kickoff of the Obama reelection campaign and, judging by the activity on the official Obama 2012 website, there's a serious, serious problem. - Doug Ross

Even the photos on the website were carefully manipulated to make it appear that Ohio State's Schottenstein Arena was filled. Only it wasn't.

OBAMA LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN IN EMPTY ARENA - Alexander Marlow/Breitbart's BIG Government
A photo posted to twitter by Mitt Romney's campaign spokesman Ryan Williams reveals sparse attendance. The above image, according to Williams, was taken during the President's first official campaign speech.
During the speech, Obama ripped into the presumptive GOP nominee and discussed nation building at home, but the most newsworthy item of the day was not the talking points Obama delivered: it was the crowd... or lack thereof. According to ABC News, the Obama campaign had expected an "overflow" of people. Instead, the arena looked half-empty. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Obama organizers even had people move from the seats to the floor of the gym in order to project a larger crowd on television.
Not #ReadyToGo? New Hashtag Doesn’t Fill Ohio Arena for Obama Campaign
- The Other McCain

Not The 'Overflow' Crowd Obama Hoped For - FOX
President Barack Obama today kicked off his re-election campaign in must-win Ohio.The Romney campaign kept a close eye on the proceedings. Romney’s national press secretary, Ryan Williams, found his way to a seat in the arena and later characterized the speech as "a retread, a cut-and-paste job of President Obama’s 2008 campaign rhetoric.

"Unfortunately," Williams continued, "for him this time around he has a record to defend, a record of exploding deficits, job losses and fiscal mismanagement in Washington." Twitter was abuzz with photos and comments about vast areas of empty seats in the arena’s upper deck.
#Obama2012 campaign officially kicks off today – unofficially going on since Day 1 - Sister Toldjah


Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is campaigning to win the White House as a Libertarian after receiving scant attention in the Republican presidential race - (The Blaze/AP)

Johnson easily became the party’s presidential nominee at the Libertarian national convention in Las Vegas on Saturday. He hopes to appeal to voters fed up with the traditional two-party system this November.

Johnson was a longshot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination when he announced in December that he would instead pursue the Libertarian ticket.

Romney to Obama: Where are the jobs, Mr. President?

The Obama campaign keeps trying to change the subject in this election from jobs and the economy to almost anything else — contraception, Swiss bank accounts, Seamus the Roof-Ridin’ Dog, whatever works. Republicans have countered these arguments, but when they do so, they run the risk of making the distractions work for Obama.

Yesterday, Mitt Romney wrote a lengthy column in the Cleveland Plain Dealer that put the focus of the election squarely on the issues that matter most to American voters:
Dear Mr. President,

Welcome to Ohio. I have a simple question for you: Where are the jobs?
...Blunt is the only thing that the Obama campaign understands … and fears. This is the theme that Romney needs to hammer over the next six months. Don’t get too distracted by War on Wimmenses and dog-crate nonsense. Obama and his team know they can’t compete on jobs and the economy and will do anything to change the subject. This op-ed is a good start in focusing voter attention back on jobs, the economy, and Obama’s disastrous performance on both.

California: Bill to allow some non-physician abortions is pulled

A controversial proposal to allow some nurses, midwives and physician's assistants to perform certain first-trimester abortions was pulled by its author Friday as she acknowledged it lacked the votes to pass a key legislative committee. - LA Times

The proposal, SB1338, would have positioned California in opposition to many other states that are restricting access to abortions. In its initial version, it would have allowed some medical workers to perform aspiration abortions, a less-invasive first trimester procedure that can currently be performed only by physicians in California.

The bill had the backing of the Democratic leaders of both houses of the Legislature and Planned Parenthood, which ran radio ads targeting legislators on the balking committee. But it was opposed by an influential nurses union and abortion foes.

'Just one person stands in way of tens of thousands of new American jobs'

“The multibillion-dollar Keystone XL pipeline project will reduce the United States’ dependence on foreign oil and support job growth by putting thousands of Americans to work” - Stephen Dinan/The Washington Times

The Canadian company seeking to build the massive Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline through the U.S. reapplied for a permit on Friday, pushing the politically sensitive issue back onto President Obama’s plate six months before the election.

TransCanada announced it has asked for permits to build the pipeline into Nebraska, and will eventually submit a new route skirting environmentally sensitive lands in Nebraska — the sticking point that caused the Obama administration to reject its previous application.

In a statement, TransCanada President Russ Girling made it clear he was appealing to Mr. Obama’s own stated goals of boosting American energy supplies. He also said the thousands of pages of environmental reviews already completed for the earlier application should convince the president to speed this new permit along.

A Better Life for Julia

Yesterday, President Obama’s team introduced the ◼ “Life of Julia,” a portrayal of a liberal vision of life for one woman. Our version shows how conservative policies, like the ones outlined in Heritage’s Saving the American Dream plan, can ◼ empower Julia and all Americans without government interference at every stage of life. (Follow the dueling slideshows, at the links)

What a coinky-dink! Occupy protests just happened to shut down the transportation services that are at issue in a public-sector labor standoff.

Video: Dark Knight says Occupiers are jokers, too

Yes, this is a palate-cleaner from Steven Crowder, but one that reminds us that the unions and the Occupiers are pretty much joined at the hip. To what extent? This report from KALW gives us a hint:
Tuesday’s May Day protests marked the re-emergence of the Occupy movement with coordinated protests around the Bay Area. But May Day—known around the world as International Workers Day—is traditionally a day when union members mobilize around labor issues. In San Francisco, those are ongoing.

The Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition – which represents 14 unions – and the Golden Gate Highway and Transportation District – which oversees the bridge, Golden Gate Transit buses – have been in contract negotiations since last year. At issue are healthcare premium costs, pay raises, and retirement benefits.

On May Day, union members and Occupy protesters joined forces—causing the Golden Gate Highway and Transportation District to cancel ferry service between Marin County and San Francisco for eight hours.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Another Triumph for Texas: Best/Worst States for Business 2012; California is the Worst State for Business 2012

In Chief Executive’s eighth annual survey of CEO opinion of Best and Worst States in which to do business, Texas easily clinched the No. 1 rank, the eighth successive time it has done so. California earns the dubious honor of being ranked dead last for the eighth consecutive year. -

Click here to see a slideshow of the 10 Best States for Business in 2012
Click here to see a slideshow of the 10 Worst States for Business in 2012

California is the Worst State for Business 2012

President Barack Obama has promised not to attack Pakistan-based al-Qaida leaders or fighters from bases inside Afghanistan. The surprising commitment effectively bars Obama and his successors from launching another nighttime helicopter raid like the one that that killed Osama bin Laden.

Say, you know who else wouldn’t get Osama bin Laden now? - Ed Morrissey/HotAir

The new agreement signed on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s demise would forbid exactly the kind of raid that Obama ordered, one originating from Afghanistan into Pakistan...

That’s not the only option Obama has taken off the table in the new agreement, either:
Obama’s commitment will also end the use of secretive drone-attacks from Afghanistan. Those attacks have killed hundreds of al-Qaida leaders since the mid-2000s. They’ve also been very popular with U.S voters, and usually have had tacit Pakistan approval. cynical can one be to accuse a political opponent of lacking the testicular fortitude to launch the kind of mission Obama green-lighted a year ago while negotiating a pact that forbids them in the future anyway? The only answer to this is that an American President might not feel bound to honor that part of the agreement, but that’s a poor answer. That would call our commitment to the entire pact into question, as well as our credibility on other treaties and pacts around the world. Besides, it doesn’t answer the question. Obama accused Romney of not having the guts to make the call, while agreeing with Karzai to never make a similar call himself. It’s hypocritical in the extreme, and the inclusion of such an agreement should have us questioning Obama’s intestinal fortitude in fighting terrorists in the region.

Anemic jobs data hit Obama launch

Official campaign starts under shadow - Financial Times
Labor Force Participation Lowest Since 1981 - Zerohedge
Disability applications soar - IBD
Gloom builds for euro zone, United States - Reuters
Oil Prices in Free Fall as Worries Spur Selling - CNBC
Weak Economy Disappoints Again -

Obama isn't working

Mitt Romney

Thursday, May 3, 2012

With his serious talk, Gingrich elevated GOP race

"I am here with very fine competitors, but no opponents," Gingrich concluded. "We only have one opponent, and that's Barrack Obama." The audience absolutely loved it. - Byron York/Washington Examiner

In an organizational sense, Gingrich never really had much of a campaign. But he is a serious man who has accomplished big things in his life, and his presence made the race a more substantial affair. And it's fair to say Romney became a better candidate after facing the Gingrich challenge. Even those Republicans who never wanted Gingrich to win should be glad he ran.

Thank you, Newt - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Without Newt in the campaign there would have been no campaign.

Hill Poll: Romney leads in respect on working women issue

lWhen it came to just women voters, 46 percent said Romney better understands their issues while 41 percent said Obama is better.nk - Ramsey Cox/The Hill

...Single voters were far more likely than married ones to say that Obama is better on women’s issues: 54 percent of singles held that view against 35 percent of married voters. Conversely, Romney was chosen by 47 percent of married voters and 26 percent of singles.

Fifty-five percent of married voters said Romney respects women who work outside the home, while 36 percent of singles said he did and 38 percent said he didn’t. ...

The life of a 'composite' woman

The Life Of Julia -

O’s campaign gets creepy - Treating women like children - John Podhoretz/New York Post

The political world was transfixed yesterday by the Obama campaign’s release of a Web slide show called “The Life of Julia.” It takes about two minutes to get through, and its purpose is to wow American women with all the glorious government goodies they can and should claim throughout their lives — just so long as Mitt Romney doesn’t get elected and take them all away.
It takes us on a chronological journey through Julia’s life. We stop every few years and are instructed about the ways in which government programs are cosseting her, guiding her, giving her a leg up, keeping her safe from harm and even graciously allowing her “not to worry about her health” so she can focus on her career as a Web designer....

In the real world, Internet entrepreneurs (myself included) launch web businesses without the SBA’s “help” and want only one thing — for Obama and his wealth-confiscators to leave us the hell alone. I’ve founded three web ventures without a penny of taxpayer money or government venture socialism and I will make sure to show my kids “The Life of Julia” to teach them how NOT to lead their lives tethered to the Nanny State. - Michelle Malkin

‘Julia’ Becomes Vehicle for Obama’s Messaging -

But ...if the campaign hoped to put a personal face on the president’s accomplishments, it has also managed to provoke a fury among conservatives, who took to Twitter to mock Julia and to condemn the implication that the fictional young woman should be dependent on government policies throughout her life.

Within moments of being posted online, the #Julia hashtag began trending on Twitter. The bulk of the comments came from people who expressed outrage the depiction of Julia’s life...

Mr. Obama’s supporters on Twitter praised the idea, calling it a creative way to explain the impact of the policy debate in Washington.

But those posts on Twitter were largely overwhelmed by the sarcastic ones from Mr. Obama’s critics:


It does pay to get on Twitter. Every voice counts. And yes, Twitter is a political battlespace. Get on it. - Michelle Malkin

Broken Promises: Energy

Mitt Romney

The "Hype and Blame" tour.

RNC campaign parodies Obama '08 sticker

The Republican National Committee is getting ahead of President Obama's official campaign kickoff in Ohio and Virginia on Saturday with a media blitz labeling his reelection as the "Hype and Blame" tour.

The RNC will sell "Hype and Blame 2012" bumper stickers — a twist on Mr. Obama's "hope and change" campaign of 2008 — accompanied by digital advertising, a fundraising strategy, radio and TV ads, and op-eds in local media. RNC Chairman Reince Preibus and state party chairmen will detail the strategy in a conference call with the media Thursday.

Mr. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will formally launch his reelection campaign Saturday with rallies at the Ohio State University in Columbus and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Obamanomics Failed To Live Up To The President’s Promises, So Now He Resorts To Blaming Everyone But Himself - RNC

Romney meets with 60 conservative magazine editors and bloggers in D.C.

Some conservative journalists left satisfied with what they heard. - Huffpo on HotAir

The attendees came from numerous conservative sites and right-of-center publications, including National Review, Daily Caller, American Spectator, Washington Examiner, Right Wing News, Powerline, Townhall, Ace of Spades, Riehl World View, WorldNetDaily, and Pajamas Media. RNC chairman Reince Preibus also attended…


Obama: 'New York girlfriend' was composite - Dylan Byers/Politico via Drudge

One of the more mysterious characters from President Obama's 1995 autobiography Dreams From My Father is the so-called 'New York girlfriend.' Obama never referred to her by name, or even by psuedonym, but he describes her appearance, her voice, and her mannerisms in specific detail.

But Obama has now told biographer David Maraniss that the 'New York girlfriend' was actually a composite character, based off of multiple girlfriends he had both in New York City and in Chicago.

BARRY’S IMAGINARY GIRLFRIEND - John Hinderaker/Powerline

There has been a lot of hilarity today over the revelation that the “New York girlfriend” who plays a significant role in Barack Obama’s autobiography Dreams From My Father did not, strictly speaking, exist....

If Mormonism Is Fair Game, so Is Jeremiah Wright

A well-regarded Republican strategist at a private gathering recently warned, "And just wait until they play that Mormon card." By "they," he meant the Obama campaign and its complicit media cheerleaders. - Larry Elder/TownHall

Lawrence O'Donnell, only days later, gave his viewers a historical tutorial on the Mormon religion, darkly suggesting that we all should be afraid, very afraid. The Democratic governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer, called Mitt Romney's grandfather a "polygamist."

This is actually good news for the Romney campaign.

By making Romney's Mormonism an issue, the Obama campaign has, as trial lawyers like to say, "reopened" the issue of religion. The Romney campaign can therefore revisit the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Obama's close relationship to him. True, Obama apparently severed ties to Wright, but Obama did so only after the very salvation of his first presidential campaign depended upon it....

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Newt suspends campaign

“This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical leftist president in American history.”

De Modena holding meet and greet at Eureka Inn

Times-Standard Election Roundup - Annette De Modena, candidate for Humboldt County 1st District supervisor, is holding a meet and greet fundraiser and silent action on May 10 at the Eureka Inn. The event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Inn's Colonnade Room. According to a press release from De Modena, she is asking people to share their thoughts and ideas with her. Admission to the event is $20, which can be paid at the door. Advanced payment can be made at her website at ◼ Appetizers and beverages provided. For questions, call 476-0531.

Without a hypothetical, after all, there is no room for the false choice. Do you want an apocalypse or Cash for Clunkers?

The Hypothetical President - David Harsanyi/Human Events

...The president has, by his own account, prevented countless disasters and tackled an incalculable number of problems that don't exist yet....

As a political matter, "Things could have been worse, you know" is a far cry from "Hope." That's probably why the Obama campaign has settled on the slogan "Forward." That's not to say that the counterfactual tactic is unusual in politics -- we are, after all, engaging in some serious guesswork -- but rarely is the justification for re-election based almost entirely on a gigantic hypothetical. When there is no tangible accomplishment to grab, I guess you're left with few alternatives.

Gingrich to campaign for Romney

USA TODAY interview: Gingrich ready to support Romney - Susan Page/USA TODAY

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, on the eve of suspending his roller coaster presidential bid, said in an interview with USA TODAY that he will embrace Mitt Romney's candidacy Wednesday and is ready to campaign for his former rival.

The two men will make a joint appearance in a few weeks, when Gingrich will make an official endorsement. The Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee have offered to be helpful as Gingrich works to retire his campaign debt.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Gingrich said he had no regrets about his decision to run for president, but "I have regrets about not being smarter about how to run."

Obama's Chicago politics: Thuggery, not civility

Obama talks a good game on transparency and openness, but he's ready to flout the law by avoiding AVS and to break his high-minded campaign promises. - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner

...In the 2008 campaign cycle, he promised to take public financing for the general election. He broke that promise when it became apparent he could raise far more money on his own.

During much of this cycle, he's been criticizing Republican super-PACs as a perversion of the political process. But when he saw that Republicans might be able to raise as much money as Democrats, he broke that promise too and authorized Cabinet members to appear at fundraisers for the super-PAC headed by his former deputy press secretary.

Democrats outraised Republicans in 2004 and 2008. Evidently Obama considers it grossly unfair that they might not do so this year. That's not how things work in Chicago.

The "campaigner in chief," as the Washington Post's Dana Milbank dubbed him yesterday, also has a nasty habit of denouncing Republican and conservative contributors by name. He's followed lefty bloggers in trying to demonize the Koch brothers.

This, coupled with a propensity to make jokes about siccing the Internal Revenue Service on people, looks like an attempt to chill opposition political speech. Especially when there are reports that Tea Party organizations are getting hassled by the IRS.

Obama also indulges often in reckless political rhetoric. He likes to say Republicans want no regulations at all on financial institutions and businesses.

It would be more politically astute, I think, and would certainly look less thuggish to draw intellectually defensible distinctions between his own regulatory policies and those of the opposition. Attacks like this sound like debates late at night in the dorm.

"If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun," Obama said during the 2008 cycle. That sounds like something you might hear from a community organizer. Or a Chicago pol....

The preezy of the United Steezy is making me queasy.

President Obama, campaigner in chief - Dana Milbank/Washington Post

I’m not troubled by President Obama’s slow jam with Jimmy Fallon, who dubbed the commander in chief “preezy” during Obama’s appearance on late-night TV. No, preezy is making me queasy because his nonstop campaigning is looking, well, sleazy — and his ad suggesting that Mitt Romney wouldn’t have killed Osama bin Laden is just the beginning of it.....

Decline or Decadence?

America is suffering from a lack of mastery over its own riches. - Victor Davis Hanson/National Review Online

...An average American with an average cell phone has more information at his fingertips than did a Goldman Sachs grandee 20 years ago. Over the last half-century, bizarre new words have entered the American vocabulary — triple-dipping, Botox, liposuction, jet set, COLA (cost of living adjustment), three-day weekend, Medi-something compounds (Medicare, Medicaid, Medi-Cal) — that do not reflect a deprived citizenry. In 1980, a knee or hip replacement was experimental surgery for the 1 percent; now it is a Medicare entitlement.

American poverty is not measured by absolute global standards of available food, shelter, and medical care, or by comparisons with prior generations, but by one American now having less stuff than another.... Read the rest.

...Hey, they know about the significance of what it means to spout off a bunch of revolutionary socialist verbiage while absconding with stuff that isn’t yours.

Meet the New Farm, Same as the Old Farm? Occupy Seizes Berkeley’s “Gill Tract”Crossposted at PJM

...on Earth Day, the Occupy movement illegally took over an entire farm and transformed it into…a farm!

The farm they seized was not a working farm per se, but rather a “research farm” for the University of California, near its Berkeley campus. The only difference between the way the farm used to be (prior to a week ago) and the way it is now is that the Occupiers have transformed what was essentially a well-maintained and important open-air laboratory into a disheveled and ultimately purposeless pretend-farm for trustafarian dropouts....

...prior to the Occupation, this tract of land was used exclusively for agricultural research (and not establishing a grunge encampment), there’s actually less farming going on now than there was before.

The preezy of the United Steezy is making me queasy.

President Obama, campaigner in chief - Dana Milbank/Washington Post

I’m not troubled by President Obama’s slow jam with Jimmy Fallon, who dubbed the commander in chief “preezy” during Obama’s appearance on late-night TV. No, preezy is making me queasy because his nonstop campaigning is looking, well, sleazy — and his ad suggesting that Mitt Romney wouldn’t have killed Osama bin Laden is just the beginning of it.....

Supervisor Forum Tonight on KEET

Wednesday, May 2, 7:00-8:00 P.M.
County Supervisor, District Two
Cosponsor: KEET-TV Channel 13
Candidates: ◼ Clif Clendenen, incumbent;Estelle Fennell

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Brutal ad slams Obama: Heroes don’t spike the football

America knows who deserves the credit for killing Osama Bin Laden - United States Navy SEALs and the American intelligence community. - the right scoop

Republicans Launch Facebook App to Defeat Obama

The Grand Old Party opened up a new media salvo with Tuesday’s launch of its ◼ “Social Victory Center,” billed as a one-stop-online-shop for Republican voters to organize, plan events and volunteer in local, state and national elections. - Mashable

And it’s all baked directly into a Facebook app, allowing the GOP to capitalize on the relationships that users on the social network have already built with one another.

“With the Social Victory Center, we are revolutionizing the way activists and volunteers participate in Republican campaigns,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement. “We’re breaking down geographic borders and connecting users to a nationwide grassroots network and a wealth of political resources.”

Users first register with a Facebook profile, and input additional informaiton such as their ZIP code and phone number. Then, they’re greeted by the “news” section, which features the latest Republican web ads and an assortment of Republican-friendly news stories, the selection of which depends on users’ location...

...The app will also feel comfortable to users, the Republican’s new media team says, because people are already familiar with Facebook and its myriad apps. Republicans built the app on Facebook instead of on their homepage,, partially for that reason....

Standing Up To Honor Killings.

It is stunning to me that a woman like Pamela, a warrior for women’s rights, would get so much “islamophobic” press, when she is simply trying to be a voice for women. A voice for a woman’s right to LIVE. The creeping sharia that is spreading across America is no joke. If you think it is, then watch this video and look at all of the faces of women who were murdered in the name of “honor”. - Hillbuzz

The prominent human rights organization American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), its Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) program and the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force (VAST) hosted the first-ever human rights conference dedicated to exposing the plight of women under Islamic law in Dearborn, Michigan on the anniversary of the honor murder of Jessica Mokdad: the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference.

For more information, contact Pamela Geller at

Various witness accounts say a group of between 50 and 100 people moved down Valencia St. smashing windows, throwing paint balls, and even attacking an unsuspecting police station.

May Day Eve Quickly Turns Ugly In San Francisco - Yahoo News

Businesses, Cars Vandalized During Protest - MissionLocal (image source)

t is not immediately known how many people were arrested. The Occupy San Francisco group released a statement early Tuesday Morning saying that the group of vandals were not part of the movement, but the statement was taken down shortly after.

Scott Anansi Rossi, who was at the scene last night, wrote in a blog post that the riots were not planned.

“I believe we were hijacked and it was an utter clusterfuck. It started out as sort of a “pep rally” type thing at Dolores Park, but maybe 20 minutes after we got there, it turned into a march,” Rossi wrote on his blog.

The vandalism began almost immediately after the group took off from Dolores Park at around 9 p.m. A group of protesters paint-bombed Tartine Bakery on 18th and Guerrero Streets. When they reached Farina one protester grabbed a chair and attempted to break the window, said police officer D. Daza. The protester was not successful. Several of the protesters, described as wearing all black and covering their faces, threw paint sacks and wrote anarchy signs and a message that read “Yuppies out!” at the restaurant’s windows.

Monday, April 30, 2012

SEALs slam Obama for using them as 'ammunition' in bid to take credit for bin Laden killing during election campaign

The SEALs spoke out to MailOnline after the Obama campaign released an ad entitled ‘One Chance’. - MailOnline via Drudge

The path to bin Laden’s death didn’t start with Obama - Jose A. Rodriguez/Washington Post
Maybe Running on Bin Laden Won’t Work - Jonathan S. Tobin/Commentary Magazine
Krauthammer: Obama’s use of bin Laden mission ‘unseemly’ - Daily Caller

Obama's tacky 'I Shot Bin Laden' ad has turned a military triumph into a political disaster - Time Stanley/Telegraph

Barack Obama’s “I Shot Bin Laden!” ad might be the worst political move he’s ever made. It tops the list because, unlike his many other foul-ups (50 percent structural youth unemployment, skyrocketing debt, supporting post-birth abortion), this is a rare example of him getting something completely right and then turning it into something horribly wrong. The man is so politically tone deaf he makes Joe Biden look like Machiavelli.

Republicans, in floor debate, said the state should not be delving so deeply into people's private lives and that the data collected is not likely to be accurate because of hesitancy in reporting sexuality

Bill would ask state contractors: Are you gay or lesbian? - Sacramento Bee

For the first time, California would ask its contractors if they are gay under legislation passed Monday by the Assembly.

The measure, Assembly Bill 1960, would enable the owners of businesses that contract with the state to identify themselves as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual. It would not require them to do so.

The Assembly vote was 47-24, with only one Republican supporting it.

The Department of General Services currently is required to collect data on contractors by race, ethnicity and gender. AB 1960 would add LGBT-owned businesses to that list.

The bill by Sacramento Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson seeks data involving state contracts for construction, professional services, and for the purchase of materials, supplies or equipment.

Arianna Huffington: President's bin Laden ad "despicable"

"I don't think there should be an ad about that," Huffington said Monday on "CBS This Morning." "I think it's one thing to celebrate the fact that they did such a great job (with television specials). All that is perfectly legitimate. But to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do." - CBS

The National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association – the organizations that invited bully extraordinaire Dan Savage to speak at their National High School Journalism Conference – have issued a press release denouncing Savage’s comments at the conference


As many as 100 high school students walked out of a national journalism conference after an anti-bullying speaker began cursing, attacked the Bible and reportedly called those who refused to listen to his rant “pansy assed.”

The speaker was Dan Savage, founder of the “It Gets Better” project, an anti-bullying campaign that has reached more than 40 million viewers with contributors ranging from President Obama to Hollywood stars. Savage also writes a sex advice column called “Savage Love.”
"My son is the first boy you see leaving on the video. My daughter is right behind him. They felt that they were there to hear about journalism and this man's fight against bullying. They had no idea, and neither did I, of who Dan Savage actually was.

"As he started to insult the children's God, Bible, and choice of lifestyle, my son felt he had enough and calmly got up to leave. My daughter followed him and then the rest of their 22 classmates all got up and left.

"After they had left the room Dan Savage made his derogatory remarks in a cowardly fashion about them not being able to take it."

Naman says that organizers failed to provide satisfactory answers as to why Savage had been allowed to speak in the first place.

"The attitude of the conference coordinators was as disturbing as Dan Savage's," he says. "They reportedly said that as journalists the kids should have been able to sit there and take it all in. They felt the only thing that they had failed at was to not clearly tell the attending schools about Dan Savage. If they had to warn the schools, why would they let him speak?

In addition, Naman says, some of Savage's remarks were sexual in nature, and inappropriate for an audience of high school students.

"He made lewd references to his mate in Speedos--something about having to be pried off of him to come to the session. In any context, speaking to highschoolers of any sexual type, that is flat out wrong. My 16-year-old daughter was there.

"This puke felt at ease enough to speak like that in front of a little girl. What a pig.""
DAN SAVAGE BRAGS ABOUT WHITE HOUSE TIES; 'DON'T NEED PERMISSION FROM PARENTS TO TALK TO THEIR KIDS' - Video he does not need parents' permission to talk to their kids about explicit, sexual issues.
In December 2010, Dan Savage did an interview with Newsweek magazine along with “Glee” star Jane Lynch. In that interview, in which Savage spoke for the It Gets Better Project endorsed by President Obama and members of his administration, Savage did double duty.... President Obama’s favorite anti-bullying advocate has a list of bullying victims a mile long. And the list keeps growing.
In 2006, Savage said that Green Party Senate candidate Carl Romanelli, who was running against Democrat Bob Casey (the eventual winner), “should be dragged behind a pickup truck until there’s nothing left but the rope.”
The White House’s favorite bully, Dan Savage, is the author of the syndicated column “Savage Love.” But he’s also a massively offensive bully on the political scene. Google Rick Santorum’s name, and you’ll get a vile, disgusting definition, which we won't reprint here. That’s because Savage, militant anti-religious author of the sex column “Savage Love,” coined the definition and Google-bombed it in order to slander Santorum for Santorum’s opposition to gay marriage.

Obama’s Falling Personal Popularity

◼ In this video Obama’s job approval has fallen for four years, but his personal favorability has stayed high. Not anymore. Now it’s crashing too. Tune in! at Dick Morris TV

The findings are not good news for Obama’s reelection campaign, and the president’s team knows it.

Young Obama voters turn on president - Paul Bedard/Washington Examiner

They lapped up President Obama’s 2008 promise of “hope” and “change,” but his inability to deliver has turned younger voters cynical and disillusioned, according to a new analysis of 18-29-year-olds who backed the president but are now skeptical of him.

“It will take a decade before they believe in hope and change,” said GOP pollster Ed Goeas. Worse, he said, younger voters are “disillusioned” with Obama and have turned “cynical” of his rhetoric.

He recently traveled to Raleigh, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio, to conduct focus groups with voters aged 18-29 who backed Obama in 2008. He found them gravely concerned about unemployment, the economy and gas prices. “They are very decidedly unhappy,” he said.

Mostly, they are upset that the president didn’t make good on his promises. “There is no belief that the economy is getting better,” he found.

The Road We Really Traveled

Sunday, April 29, 2012

In his campus speeches, Obama stumped for keeping low interest rates on student loans. But young people may be figuring out that colleges and universities are gobbling up the money government pours in, leaving them saddled with debt.

Obama losing rock star status with young - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner

It's a side issue. The Harvard survey showed 58 percent of Millennials saying the economy was a top issue and only 41 percent approving Obama's handling of it. Like Romney, they seem to be saying, "It's the economy, and we're not stupid."

On 'Face the Nation,' Jerry Brown tries managing expectations

Asked by Bob Schieffer on the CBS public affairs show "Face the Nation" for any advice he might have for politicians, Brown said, "I've learned you don't get things done overnight. It does take time.

"Things that I was talking about 30 years ago - pension reform, renewable energy, completing the California water plan, high-speed rail, they're right at the top of the agenda today. So what do I say? Hey, you've got to take 30 years to get it done, because you can't get it done overnight, you can't get it in a term. But we're into instant gratification, get it done, if you don't do it in two years, you're a failure. Life doesn't work that way, at least from the point of view of somebody in their 74th year. It looks like things take longer, and now I'm kind of glad they do, because I still have something to do."

The Democratic governor, asked what he thought the presidential election would come down to, suggested one reason he may have been happy to keep quiet for months in his own gubernatorial contest in 2010.

“He is diminishing the presidency by picking fake fights and going after straw men every day”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) accused President Obama of “picking fake fights” with congressional Republicans. - Conservative Byte

TRENDING: Boehner explains jabs at Obama as 'help'

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TRENDING: Boehner explains jabs at Obama as 'help'

"The president is getting … some bad advice," Boehner said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Somebody needed to help him out, so I thought I would."

Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined

The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty, due to be published by University Press of Kansas in July, give statistical backing to the notion that Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than any other commander-in-chief of modern times. - Toby Harnden/Daily Mail

Doherty, who has compiled statistics about presidential travel and fundraising going back to President Jimmy Carter in 1977, found that Obama had held 104 fundraisers by March 6th this year, compared to 94 held by Presidents Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush combined.

Since then, Obama has held another 20 fundraisers, bringing his total to 124. Carter held four re-election fundraisers in 1980, Reagan zero in 1984, Bush Snr 19 in 1992, Clinton 14 in 1996 and Bush Jnr 57 in 2004.

...In his book, Doherty writes that in his first full month in office Obama visited Indiana, Florida, Colorado, Arizona and North Carolina – all battleground states. ‘Clearly, the White House made a point of the president travelling to key electoral states early in his term in office.’
This week, the Republican National Committee (RNC) lodged a formal complaint with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) about alleged misuse of taxpayer money by Obama.

The Obama campaign dismissed the complaint as a ‘stunt’ and the White House said that it would follow the same rules as previous administrations and refund the appropriate amounts.

In the complaint, Reince Priebus, RNC chairman, wrote: ‘Throughout his administration, but particularly in recent weeks, President Obama has been passing off campaign travel as “official events,” thereby allowing taxpayers, rather than his campaign, to pay for his re-election efforts.’

Meanwhile in Wisconsin, we've been pulled into a recall election to replace the current governor with someone who thinks Illinois has got the right idea.

"Illinois is a lesson in why companies are starting to pay more attention to the long-term fiscal prospects of governments." - Althouse

How Retirement Benefits May Sink the States - Steve Malanga/Wall St. Journal

Is there any place for a flying car in a low flow toilet culture?

The Flying Car Culture - Sultan Knish

...Flying cars don't have much of a place in a society with emissions standards, mandatory child seats, heavily taxed gasoline and government motor companies. They have even less of a place in one that banned the lawn dart, requires photo ID's to purchase cough syrup and treats toothpaste as a weapon. America has gone from a nation that idealized freedom and treated the car as a vehicle of autonomy to one overrun by central planners still dreaming of the perfect national rail system that no one will use, because unlike its graceful forebears, but like everything overseen by the humanitarian bureaucracy it will be designed to crush the human spirit....

Breitbart was there

at the White House Correspondents Dinner

Bill O’Reilly Destroys Pro-Open Borders Activist

Occupy Prepares Nationwide May Day Mayhem

Occupy’s plans for nationwide May Day chaos are going ahead full-speed ahead, with the movement boasting of “direct action” schemes that include protest marches, shutting down the financial sector, and blocking bridges and tunnels. - Patriot Update

The group’s official websites announce plans to “occupy” Manhattan-bound bridges and tunnels as well as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Tuesday.

Besides street protests, sympathizers are asked to engage in a U.S. general strike to “shut it down,” referring to the country’s economy.