Saturday, September 8, 2012

California's Prop. 31: One Small Step for Democrats, One Giant Leap Down the Road to Totalitarianism

Proposition 31 is an offense against America’s most fundamental concepts of liberty and self-government. - Doug Ross

Writing in National Review, author Stanley Kurtz describes California's Proposition 31 as "robbing the suburbs to pay for the cities."

Consider it three ominous portents of the radical Left's redistributionist agenda: to force more and more people into urban centers; to reduce mankind's greedy use of energy; and to greatly restrict personal freedom of movement (it's mass transit for you, bubba):

California’s Proposition 31 is the project of a collection of “good government” groups, in particular, California Forward. California Forward says its goal is “fundamental change.” They’re right about that. The change they have in mind, unfortunately, is creating a collection of de facto regional super-governments designed to undercut the political and economic independence of California’s suburbs. The goal is to redistribute suburban tax money to California’s failing cities.

Instead of taking on the mismanagement that is breaking California’s cities, Prop. 31 lets failing cities bail themselves out by raiding the pocketbooks of California’s suburbanites. In the process, Prop. 31 will kill off the system of local government at the root of American liberty.

...How does Prop. 31 work? It allows local governments to join together to form “Strategic Action Plans.” Supposedly, this pooling of local municipal services into a kind of de facto collective regional super-government would be voluntary. In fact, Prop. 31 deploys powerful incentives to effectively force the creation of these regional super-governments.

California’s Awful Prop. 31: Is This Your Future? - Stanley Kurtz/National Review

Wake up California. You are perilously close to ratifying Proposition 31, a sweepingly redistributionist and profoundly undemocratic transformation of your way of life, and you don’t even know what’s at stake. Suburbanites of California, you are the special targets of Prop. 31. Act now, or be turned into second-class citizens in your own state.

Wake up America. Look toward the regionalist revolution on California’s horizon. In an era of looming municipal bankruptcies, this could be your fate: robbing the suburbs to pay for the cities. The regionalist transformation now being quietly pressed on California is exactly the sort of change President Obama has in mind for America should he win a second term. In California and America both, the 2012 election could open the door for a regionalist movement in hot pursuit of a redistributionist remaking of American life.

Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities available at Amazon


The Case of the Missing Job Generator: Entrepreneurs, not government bureaucrats, have been the authors of past economic recoveries

Lawmakers typically have reduced tax and regulatory burdens to facilitate the entrepreneurial process. The sharp recovery from the awful recession of the early 1980s is a key example of these doctors at work. - William Beach/Heritage Foundation

While millions of Americans intuitively understand the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship to our economic well-being, this understanding does not run very deep in Washington. Nowhere else in this country will you find as many people who believe that government creates jobs and that innovation automatically occurs once government cuts a subsidy check.

When the latest recession struck, Washington decided not to enlist the army of innovators and entrepreneurs to lead us back to prosperity by making their economic lives easier. Instead, policymakers embraced a more than $1 trillion government-directed economic stimulus program.

What Oklahoma knows, but Obama doesn’t: Protect public-sector jobs, imperil the employment rate - Tina Korbe/HotAir

...If Oklahoma wants to continue to enjoy a low unemployment rate — and if the national administration seriously wants to energize the economy, lawmakers at every level of government would be wise to continue to develop policies with primarily private-sector job creation — i.e. entrepreneurship — in mind. ...Lots more, at the link.

Michael Moore: "No, Obama Didn't Save Detroit"

Despite Jennifer Granholm's DNC claims:

For several years the left and their media minions have claimed that by bailing out Chrysler and General Motors, President Obama saved Detroit. - Noel Sheppard/Newsbusters

On Friday, the perilously liberal schlockumentarian Michael Moore debunked this in ◼ an article at the Huffington Post astonishingly saying, "No, he didn't."

"Last week, I said on the HuffPost Live webcast that we had all better start practicing how to say 'President Romney' because, living in Michigan, I can tell you that there's trouble here on the two peninsulas...One recent poll here showed Romney leading Obama by four points! How can that be? Didn't Obama save Detroit?"

Moore answered his own question, "No, he didn't. He saved General Motors and Chrysler."

"'...Detroit' (and Flint and Pontiac and Saginaw)," continued Moore, "are not defined by the global corporations who suck our towns dry and then split town to make more money elsewhere (except, of course, they continued to design and built crap cars, so eventually they didn't make the money at all). These cities in Michigan are about the people who live here, and in the process of 'saving Detroit,' Mr. Obama had to fire thousands of these people, and reduce the benefits and pensions of those who were left."

Inconvenient truths the Obama-loving media don't want the public to know. But Moore wasn't finished.

"There's a lot of pissed off people in Michigan (and Wisconsin and Ohio), people who weren't saved even though the corporation was. I'm just stating a fact, and those of you who don't live here should know this."

Actually, those that don't live in these areas would know this if America had an honest media.

Democrats Double Down on Auto Bailout, but Michael Moore Says Obama Didn’t Save Detroit - Matt Vespa/HotAir's Green Room

...Obama and the Democrats need to stop saying “I am GM, hear me roar” because the facts simply don’t add up. Yes, GM’s doors maybe open, but the company is drowning in debt. It’s trading in the low 20s on the Dow Jones, which is indicative that the bailout from American taxpayers hasn’t been paid back in full....

Feinstein Walks Out On Reporter: Refuses to say why she won't debate Emken

Elizabeth Emken

Meet Elizabeth Emken, and watch the first Presidential debate in Eureka, Oct. 3rd, at Sea Grill. Watch for details.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Obama gave a lousy campaign speech Thursday night, but as a farewell address, it will do.


Obama the demigod comes down to Earth - Dana Milbank/Washington Post

As I parted with the Indiana delegation, James Taylor had taken the stage, and he performed “You’ve Got a Friend” for the delegates:

When you’re down and troubled
And you need a helping hand
And nothing, whoa, nothing is going right. . .

One important thing is still going right for Obama: He remains narrowly favored to win, which is no small feat in this grim economy. The party faithful in the hall, including the Hoosiers, remained passionately for him, and the convention speeches were coordinated and disciplined. But around the convention were worrying signs. More, at the link.

Why Obama Went Low Key in His Democratic Convention Speech - Discussion at Lucianne

Team Obama: Focus groups told us they wanted a speech that was flat, repetitive, and disappointing or something - Allahpundit/HotAir

Yeah, the problem with this embarrassingly feeble bit of spin is that, per Charles Cooke, O really only has one speech left in his repertoire. Whether the focus group loved it or not, that’s what America was going to get last night. He can’t do sweeping vistas and uplift anymore because literally no one outside the hardest-core Obama-bots takes it seriously.

Obama fell flat - Politico

Breitbart film bares roots of 'Occupy' movement

The Occupy Wall Street movement’s dark underbelly is on full display in an explosive new documentary set for release later this month. - FOX

"Occupy Unmasked," produced by the non-profit group Citizens United and the late Andrew Breitbart, in one of his last projects before his death last March, examines the movement and its possible links to organized labor and leftist groups. Its premiere in theaters on Sept. 21 follows the release of the documentary "2016: Obama's America," providing more cinematic fodder for the president’s critics ahead of the Nov. 6 election.... was given an advanced screening of the 70-plus minute film in which Breitbart presents the case against the Occupy Movement, suggesting it was not a spontaneous event that sprouted up in downtown Manhattan, but a methodically planned uprising carefully organized by unions, left-wing activists and even members of the mainstream media....

“Whenever we screened this, the people’s reaction was the same. They had no idea what was behind this movement,” said Stephen Bannon, Director of 'Occupy Unmasked'. “This was not done spontaneously. This was community organized,” Breitbart intones as the film opens; citing emails he said show the powerful Service Employees International Union played a big role in the effort....

Marco Rubio-"The Real Debt Problem"

It took Mr. Obama two years to destroy this potential, with an agenda that forced his party to field vote after debilitating vote—stimulus, ObamaCare, spending, climate change. The public backlash, combined with the president's mismanagement of the economy, has reversed Democrats' electoral gains and left a party smaller than at any time since the mid-1990s.

The Party that Obama Un-Built - Kimberley Strassel/Wall St. Journal

...Of the 21 Blue Dogs elected since 2006, five remain in office. The caucus is on the verge of extinction, as members have retired, been defeated in primaries waged by liberal activists, or face impossible re-elections. The GOP is set to take Senate seats in North Dakota and Nebraska, and maybe to overturn Democratic toeholds in states from Montana to Virginia. There is today a GOP senator in Massachusetts. Republicans claim 29 governorships and may gain two to four more this year.

As for the presidential race, Republicans are in sight of taking back Virginia and North Carolina and are competitive in supposedly new Democratic strongholds like Colorado and New Mexico. The GOP is also making unexpected inroads in Wisconsin and Iowa. The real story of the Obama presidency is the degree to which he has pushed his party back toward its coastal and urban strongholds.

All this was vividly on display in Charlotte this week. While the party's most vulnerable members aren't in outright mutiny against Mr. Obama, more than two dozen didn't risk attending the convention. In contrast to last week's GOP celebration of reformist GOP governors, the Charlotte podium was largely dominated by activists (Sandra Fluke, Lilly Ledbetter), the liberal congressional faithful (Mrs. Pelosi, Harry Reid), and urban mayors from failing states (Los Angeles's Antonio Villaraigosa, Chicago's Rahm Emanuel).

While the GOP has feted its upcoming stars—including minority governors like New Mexico's Susana Martinez and Louisiana's Bobby Jindal—the president has done little to nurture his down-ballot partners. Where is the next generation of Democrats?

Ryan: Don't interfere with legalized medical pot

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan tells a Colorado television station that the federal government shouldn't interfere with states that have legalized medical marijuana. - Times Standard

Ryan told KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs that he personally doesn't approve of medical marijuana laws. But he said that states should have the right to choose whether to legalize the drug for medical purposes.

Packed house here in Sioux City Iowa to see @MittRomney #RomneyRyan2012

How 'Pro-Choice' are Democrats?

Redwood ACLU to Hold First Eureka Council Candidate Debate: September 12th

The Redwood Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is holding a Candidates' Debate on Civil Liberties for the candidates for Eureka City Council (Ward 2) on Wednesday, September 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on live television -- Access Humboldt Channel 11 -- out of the Community Media Center studio at Eureka High School.

This debate will be held before a televised audience and in cooperation with independent producers working with Access Humboldt it will also be aired several times on public access Channels 11 & 12 and will likewise be available for later viewing on-line.

The debate will be moderated by Redwood ACLU Treasurer Peter Martin, and shall be staffed by other members of the Board of Directors of the Redwood ACLU, although any persons who have made any sort of campaign contribution or endorsement of any of the candidates in this year's election are excluded from involvement.

"The voters of Eureka actually have a contested race in this ward," Redwood ACLU Chair Greg Allen said. "The Redwood Chapter ACLU is pleased to be able to give the candidates a forum, and the voters a chance to hear and see what the candidates have to say."

The candidates have already expressed their willingness to participate in this debate, and both Linda Atkins and Joe Bonino are expected to attend. It is believed that this will be the first TV debate between the incumbent and challenger for this seat.

Frustrated Californians Turn to Prop 32: Stop Special Interest Money

The Golden State could make the most noise on Election Day. - Tom Del Beccaro/National Review

California hasn’t been “in play” during a presidential race in years. Normally, California plays the role of the lead investor — i.e., the ATM — in presidential politics. This year, however, California is set to eclipse Wisconsin on the national Richter scale of political tremors.

On the November ballot is Proposition 32 — an initiative that would ban direct giving to candidates by corporations and unions and provide paycheck protection to public-employee-union members. It would require public unions to ask permission, every year, of each union member prior to making deductions from employee paychecks for the benefit of union political-action committees (PACs).

Between Prop 32, the dozen congressional seats that are up for grabs, and a huge tax increase that’s also on the ballot, California is truly a battleground state this year. Read the rest, at the link...
@TakeBackCA @tomdelbeccaro #StopSpecialInterestMoney @CAGOP

Romney on jobs report: If last night was the party, this morning is the hangover

US economy adds 96K jobs; unemployment rate falls to 8.1 pct. as more people end job searches - Christopher s Rugaber/Associated Press
368,000 DROPPED OUT - BLOOMBERG ◼ Via Drudge
Record 88,921,000 Americans ‘Not in Labor Force’—119,000 Fewer Employed in August Than July - CNS NEWS
Workforce participation rate for men 69.9% - lowest since 1948...President Barack Obama knew of figures before big speech - TOBY HARNDEN IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA/DAILY MAIL
ROMNEY: 'If last night was the party, this morning is the hangover'... - Justin Sink/The Hill
"For every net new job created, nearly four Americans gave up looking for work entirely. This is more of the same for middle class families who are suffering through the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression," Romney continued. "After 43 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, it is clear that President Obama just hasn't lived up to his promises and his policies haven't worked. We aren’t better off than they were four years ago."
RYAN: 'Failed Leadership'... - AP
White House broken record: Don’t ‘read too much into’ bad jobs numbers - Byron York/Washington Examiner
The answer is by warning Americans “not to read too much into any one monthly report.” Perhaps the bad news is an anomaly, Council of Economic Advisers chairman Alan Krueger warned Friday.

Of course, Krueger said the same thing last month. And the month before. And the month before. Noticing the depressing repetitiveness of the White House’s analysis, the Romney campaign last month dug through old reports and put together a list of 30 examples, going back to November, 2009, in which the administration warned Americans not to “read too much into” discouraging jobs numbers. Now, there are 31.

God, the Afterthought: America's cultural divide is now almost absolute; the Democratic Party, which once embraced Catholics and Jews, cannot conceal its contempt for religion.

The Democratic Party didn’t quite succeed in banning God from its platform, but it did its best to ensure that no-one would listen to him by putting a liberal clergyman who talks about anything except God in front of a deserted stadium. That checked the God box without allowing the Maker of Heaven to get a word in edgewise. - David P. Goldman/PJM

Rabbis from the wrongly named Conservative movement are used to preaching to empty rooms, but there was something surreal in the image of the Los Angeles Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe blessing a deserted stadium late Wednesday night long after the Democrats had departed. Named by Newsweek the most influential American rabbi, Wolpe beamed empathy and gestured eloquently to the vacant stadium. After the last-minute vote by acclamation to return God to the party platform, Wolpe’s benediction had deep symbolic overtones. Clint Eastwood talked to an empty chair, while Wolpe talked to ten thousand empty chairs....

The cultural divide in the United States is now almost absolute; Democratic Party liberalism, which once embraced devout Catholics and observant Jews, cannot conceal its contempt for religion. Even the clergy who cling to the Democratic Party have trouble concealing their lack of interest in religion. On the other hand, Americans of faith have rallied together as never before: Catholic and Jew, Evangelical and Mormon. For this observant Jew, hearing an Orthodox rabbi quote Torah to open the Republican convention was a milestone for America as well for the Jewish people (not to mention the fact that Rabbi Soloveichik is associate rabbi of my synagogue). And to hear an overwhelmingly Christian audience listen to this rabbi was a great event. The good news is that Americans who seek the love and guidance of the God of the Bible have put their differences aside where the good of the country is concerned. My prayer is: Let this not be too late.

Clint Eastwood: “President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people”

“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week. “Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.” - Paul Miller/The Carmel Pine Cone

Breaking his silence - For five days after he thrilled or horrified the nation by talking to an empty chair representing Obama on the night Mitt Romney accepted the Republican nomination for president, Eastwood remained silent while pundits and critics debated whether his remarks, and the rambling way he made them, had helped or hurt Romney’s chances of winning in November.

But in a wide-ranging interview with The Pine Cone Tuesday from his home in Pebble Beach, he said he had conveyed the messages he wanted to convey, and that the spontaneous nature of his presentation was intentional, too.

“I had three points I wanted to make,” Eastwood said. “That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it.”

...Eastwood said people, including reporters, who were shocked by his remarks “are obviously on the left,” and he maintained that, while many Americans didn’t like the way he handled his convention appearance, millions more have something else on their minds.

“A lot of people are realizing they had the wool pulled over their eyes by Obama.”

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Obama Approval Index SINKS During DNC

Rasmussen: - Presidential Approval Index -19; Strongly Approve 25%; Strongly Disapprove 44%; Total Approve 46%; Total Disapprove 54%

Krauthammer Pans Obama: "He Gave One of the Emptiest Speeches I've Ever Heard"

Charles Krauthammer completely panned Obama’s lackluster effort tonight at the DNC. - Jim Hoft/Gateway Pundit

“I was stunned. This is a man who gave one of the great speeches of our time in 2004. And he gave one of the emptiest speeches I’ve ever heard on a national stage… There was nothing in it… At least Romney had a 5 point plan… He pulls number out of a hat… He doesn’t say how he’s going to get from A to B. It’s a vision. I have a vision of America where there’s no disease and everybody owns a private airplane. But, unless I tell you how we get there I’ve said nothing.”

Carville: 'Not the best speech of convention'

Initial reactions to President Barack Obama's convention speech...
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow: A big, big speech.
CNN's James Carville: Probably not the best speech of this convention....
Noel Sheppard: Watching CNN right now. @AndersonCooper looks like someone died. Very unhappy panel.

Obama: A Pedestrian and Overconfident Speech - Michael Tomasky /Daily Beast

No sale: Obama can’t obscure gap between his record and his rhetoric - By U-T San Diego Editorial Board

Americans are used to reality shows. Yet for the last four days, we’ve seen an alternate-reality show, courtesy of the Democratic convention – one that depicted the worst president in U.S. history as a compassionate genius held back from even more staggering feats only by the evil people in the other party.

But last night, when Barack Obama took center stage in Charlotte, N.C., and had to make the case either that his first term was far better than most people thought or that his second term would be far better than his first, he couldn’t do it. The gap between his record of the past four years and his typically soaring rhetoric was just too big. His failure to succeed with his past promises made his new promises impossible to swallow.

Obama Phones It In For DNC Finale - Kevin Drum/Mother Jones

...all of these riffs were just that: short collections of platitudes with no real meat behind them and no promise of what a second term might bring.

The Democrats' Soft Extremism - Obama is out of ideas, and Clinton's speech was unworthy of him. - Peggy Noonan/Wall St. Journal

Barack Obama is deeply overexposed and often boring. He never seems to be saying what he's thinking. His speech Thursday was weirdly anticlimactic. There's too much buildup, the crowd was tired, it all felt flat. He was somber, and his message was essentially banal: We've done better than you think. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

There were many straw men. There were phrases like "the shadow of a shuttered steel mill," which he considers writerly. But they sound empty and practiced now, like something you've heard in a commercial or an advertising campaign.

It was stale and empty. He's out of juice.

I'm shocked it was this bad - Jennifer Rubin/Washington Post
Obama at the DNC: That’s it? - Jennifer Rubin/Washington Post

It would have been better had he not spoken. Seriously. Like an aging rock star, President Obama, in a downsized venue, with downsized proposal and spewing downsized rhetoric only reminded us how far he has fallen from the heady days of 2008. The man, the agenda and the aura are faint imitations of their 2008 incarnations. And most importantly, he put forth an agenda that was entirely, and obviously, lacking, one that didn’t begin to match the demands of our time.

The trouble with Obama's rhetoric: It bites the man who reads it - John Kass/Chicago Tribune


Several high-profile former supporters of President Barack Obama in 2008 announced on Thursday they have now switched to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. - Tony Lee/Breitbart

The group launched a petition online on the day Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention, hammering home the point that Obama let down many Democrats and independents who believed in his rhetoric of hope and change in 2008.

Former NBA and UNLV Runnin' Rebel basketball player Greg Anthony and former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis join Ashley Bell, Hall County Commissioner, Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce Development, and Barney Bishop, Former Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party, on the national leadership team.

"I supported him then, and I am disappointed now," Anthony lamented. "President Obama presented himself as a different kind of politician, but all we've seen from him is politics as usual in Washington. If we are going to turn this around, we need a turn-around specialist, not a politician. We need Mitt Romney, and I am proud to support him.”

Davis, the Obama 2008 co-chair who spoke at the Republican National Convention, said he's "seen enough from an administration that has run out of ideas to turn our economy around, that has no real solutions beyond raising taxes and growing government, and that has provided the most ideological presidency in my lifetime."

"The Obama White House and the Democratic Party are wrong on the issues of the day, and Mitt Romney is right," Davis said. "Governor Romney will reverse the flailing policies of the team in the White House.”

Bishop, the former Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party, said he was "a lifelong Democrat, but this election is too important to simply be about political parties."

“President Obama’s policies over the past four years have failed to deliver on his campaign promises," Bishop said. "At a moment when Americans are looking for someone who will offer practical solutions, [Romney's] experience turning around troubled situations, in both the public and private sector, uniquely qualifies him for the White House at this critical moment.”

FACT CHECK: Steelworker Featured at DNC Didn’t Work for Bain

The Democratic National Convention on Wednesday featured three speakers billed as “former employees of companies controlled by Bain Capital.” - Jonathan Karl/ABC @jonkarl

“David Foster was never an employee of GST Steel’s Kansas City plant. He was employed by the United Steelworkers of America as their regional union director to represent GST Steel, but was not employed at our facility,” according to BC Huselton, who was head of HR at GST.

Instead, Foster was a union organizer, who negotiated for workers that did work for the company.

Thought Police Patrol Convention’s Radio Row

Conservative talk-show hosts who came to Charlotte to interview political figures are furious. For the first time in anyone’s memory, Radio Row — the designated set of booths available to visiting talk-show hosts — has seen restrictions placed on its use by Team Obama. DNC staffers at Radio Row will book leading Democrats for slots on conservative stations but then cancel the appearances an hour or so before broadcast “because you’re not our audience.” - National review


Media availability for Obama officials and acolytes has been shut up as tight as a clam for conservative media here at the Democratic National Convention. According to sources at Talk Radio News Service, placing a stringer outside the designated TV area to ask high-level Democrats to stop by radio row has been banned by the DNC – in fact, as one source told me, “You need permission from Obama for America.”

Give Me A Break

Romney Claims Clinton in Latest Ad - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard

Here's the transcript:

VOICEOVER: “As the economy gets worse, Barack Obama calls on Bill Clinton to help his failing campaign.

VIDEO TEXT: “Obama Economy Even Worse”

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “It’s about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment.”


VOICEOVER: “He’s a good soldier—helping his party’s president. But what did Bill Clinton say about Barack Obama in 2008?”

VIDEO TEXT: “What Did Clinton Say About Obama In 2008?”

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.”

VIDEO TEXT: “23 Million Americans Struggling For Work”

VOICEOVER: “23 million Americans struggling for work.”

VIDEO TEXT: “‘The Middle Class Falls Further Behind’”

VOICEOVER: “A middle class falling further behind.”

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “Give me a break.”

MITT ROMNEY: “I’m Mitt Romney and I approved this message.”

Balloting set -- filing can begin for Doug LaMalfa Senate seat

Candidates can begin filing for the state Senate seat vacated by Doug LaMalfa, now that Gov. Jerry Brown has set the primary election for Nov. 6 and, if necessary, a runoff for Jan 8. - Sacramento Bee

Contenders can file for the 4th District Senate election through Tuesday, Sept. 12, the secretary of state's office said.... To win LaMalfa's Senate seat outright in the Nov. 6 primary, a candidate must receive more than 50 percent of votes cast. Brown scheduled the 4th District primary in conjunction with California's statewide presidential election.

LaMalfa, R-Richvale, resigned from the Legislature to run for the congressional seat of Republican Wally Herger in a district that tilts strongly to the right.
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News from National Federation of Republican Women

NFRW President Addressed the RNC Convention

On the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, NFRW President Rae Chornenky delivered a speech highlighting the results of the 2012 NFRW Table Talk Survey. Citing the over 8,500 Republican women who took the survey, she touched on the two issues they are primarily concerned about: "less interference and fewer regulations controlling businesses," and "the kind of strong fiscal conservative leadership that only Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan can deliver."

President Chornenky also addressed the so-called "Republican War on Women," stating that "850,000 women have lost their jobs under Obama, and the family household income has dropped $4,300 since this president took office." She cited the Bureau of Labor Statistics, where it has been reported that "women lost 92% of all the jobs lost under the Obama administration."

NFRW Member at Large Highlighted at Convention

NFRW Member at Large Eileen Sobjack was highlighted by the Bellingham Herald in the midst of the Republican convention last week when she spoke about the tremendous leadership of fellow Republican women. Eileen referred to the fact that "there's a plethora of women leaders and that's just exciting...the Party is embracing women."

Directing media to the fact that many prominent Republican women in leadership positions served as an inspiration for delegates earned high praise for Eileen.

NFRW Women's Health Committee

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the NFRW Women's Health Issues Committee asks that State presidents and Board members please speak with club members about each club highlighting breast cancer awareness during the month of October.

Please contact the NFRW Women's Health Issues Committee Chairman, Joyce Waggoner, with details of what you will be doing to promote breast cancer research and awareness in your area.

If you do a special project, please take photos and send them to Joyce with a write-up at - Email: You may also send a summary of what you or members of your club or federation did to support breast cancer awareness or research during the past year as well.

The committee is looking forward to highlighting clubs or federations and the great care Republican women take regarding women's health issues.

California's Jean Pakes Honored

Jean Pakes, a long-time NFRW member and Regent, who serves as part of our timekeeper team, has been honored with a certificate from President and Mrs. George W. Bush. Jean was notified recently that President Bush has authorized her name to be placed in the Freedom Registry as a founding member of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Her certificate of induction was signed by both the President and his wife.

All of NFRW is so pleased for Jean and agree she most richly deserves having all of her volunteer hours and hard work recognized in such a wonderful way!

NFRW Teams Up with Barbara Bush Foundation to Promote Literacy

Each September, we promote literacy by honoring Former First Lady Barbara Bush, the continuing "First Lady of Literacy." This article is to remind all clubs to send in documentation of club literacy work for our Barbara Bush Literacy Program by October 31st. For details, visit


Strong America means peaceful world - Condoleezza Rice, James A. Baker, George P. Shultz and Henry A. Kissinger/Washington Times

Like the country we have been privileged to serve, we remain fundamentally optimistic about the future. We have endured a financial collapse, a protracted recession, a fiscal crisis that threatens the creditworthiness of the U.S. government, and polarized politics that makes it ever more difficult to govern. Pundits regularly remind us how other great powers, from Rome to Great Britain, all fell into eclipse.
We reject such pessimism. The United States remains the world’s most powerful and, above all, the most indispensable country — diplomatically, militarily, even economically.

American leadership remains critical to global peace and prosperity. No other country has used its resources to accomplish so many positive changes around the world. From the Cold War to the collapse of the Soviet challenge, from Bretton Woods to NAFTA, from NATO to the free-trade agreements with Korea and Colombia, America has promoted democratic values and vindicated our interests in global security.

The stakes are high. International terrorism remains a threat to the safety of each and every one of us. The same is true for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The dynamics of global power are shifting. The system ushered in by the end of the Cold War ended with the implosion of the Soviet empire. Countries like China, India and Brazil have emerged as shapers of international politics. Together with allies and partners, we need to construct a world of peace, justice and security.

But we cannot be strong militarily, politically or diplomatically unless we are strong economically. These past few years, we have experienced an anemic economic recovery, one that has weakened our influence in the world and shaken the confidence of our friends and allies. We need pro-growth strategies that will renew our ailing economy, just as they did when Ronald Reagan took over in 1980. If the U.S. economy continues to stagnate, then predictions of an American retreat from greatness could come true.

That is why we have endorsed Mitt Romney for president. He has the experience, strategy and temperament to lead a robust economic recovery and rein in the mounting federal debt that threatens our future. And he fully understands that our prosperity at home is inextricably linked to our influence abroad.

Mr. Romney has laid out a strong and mature vision of American leadership during his campaign. It is based on a consistent theme that peace abroad depends on American vitality.

Mr. Romney understands that the world remains a dangerous place. He is a staunch supporter of our alliances around the world. He believes in maintaining our military strength. He is committed to expanding free trade and investment. He will oppose the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. And he knows that no American president should ever be ashamed of espousing the democratic principles upon which our nation was founded.

Most of all, he recognizes that America is at its best when it assumes a leadership role on the world stage. Mr. Romney will devote himself to building an America that remains the hope of the world — a world of peace, justice and democracy.
Condoleezza Rice was secretary of state under President George W. Bush. James A. Baker was secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush. George P. Shultz was secretary of state under President Reagan. Henry A. Kissinger was secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford.


California Republican Party Officially Opposes Initiatives to Increase Taxes and Weaken Important Public Safety Programs - California Republican Party

(BURBANK, CA)—The California Republican Party has officially opposed Governor Jerry Brown’s tax increase measures, which will appear on the November ballot during its annual Fall Convention this weekend.

◼ Prop 30: Governor Brown's Tax Increase - OPPOSE
◼ Prop 31: State Budget Amendments - SUPPORT
◼ Prop 32: Paycheck Protection - SUPPORT
◼ Prop 33: Auto Insurance Coverage - SUPPORT
◼ Prop 34: Death Penalty Elimination - OPPOSE
◼ Prop 35: Human Trafficking Penalties - SUPPORT
◼ Prop 36: Three Strikes Reform - OPPOSE
◼ Prop 37: Genetically Engineered Food Labels - OPPOSE
◼ Prop 38: Tax Increase for Education - OPPOSE
◼ Prop 39: Multi-state Business Tax for Clean Energy - OPPOSE
◼ Prop 40: Redistricting Senate Districts - SUPPORT

◼ Prop 30: Governor Brown's Tax Increase - OPPOSE
◼ Prop 31: State Budget Amendments - NO POSITION
◼ Prop 32: Paycheck Protection - SUPPORT
◼ Prop 33: Auto Insurance Coverage - SUPPORT
◼ Prop 34: Death Penalty Elimination - OPPOSE
◼ Prop 35: Human Trafficking Penalties - SUPPORT
◼ Prop 36: Three Strikes Reform - OPPOSE
◼ Prop 37: Genetically Engineered Food Labels - OPPOSE
◼ Prop 38: Tax Increase for Education - OPPOSE
◼ Prop 39: Multi-state Business Tax for Clean Energy - OPPOSE
◼ Prop 40: Redistricting Senate Districts - SUPPORT
It is imperative that the Republican Women get out the vote this election. While everyone is so excited about our Romney/Ryan ticket, we don’t want voters to overlook these important propositions that will have serious implications for California. The Republican Women are informed voters, while the majority of other Californian voters are not. How else can we explain Governor Brown… again? Republican Women must work to inform and educate California voters in all walks of life. We must expand our spheres of influence and step out of our political comfort zones. It is time to politically engage people we wouldn’t have before- our mailmen, our grocers, our dentists, our friends, families and neighbors. This year is critical and we have a golden opportunity here in California to change our course.

The Breakup

Obama: the real radical

Four years ago, Barack Obama was America’s Rorschach test, upon whom voters could project their disparate yearnings. - George Will/Washington Post

“Government is a relation of give and take.” The “rulers” — FDR’s word — take power from the people, who in turn are given “certain rights.”

This, says Kesler, is “the First Law of Big Government: the more power we give the government, the more rights it will give us.” It also is the ultimate American radicalism, striking at the roots of the American regime, the doctrine of natural rights. Remember this when next — perhaps tonight — Obama discourses on the radicalism of Paul Ryan.

As Kesler says, the logic of progressivism is: “Since our rights are dependent on government, why shouldn’t we be?” This is the real meaning of Obama’s most characteristic rhetorical trope, his incessant warning that Americans should be terrified of being “on your own.”

Obama, the fourth transformative progressive, had a chief of staff who said “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” More than a century before that, a man who would become the first such progressive said that a crisis is a terrible thing not to create. Crises, said Wilson, are periods of “unusual opportunity” for gaining “a controlling and guiding influence.” So, he said, leaders should maintain a crisis atmosphere “at all times.”

"A giant swing and a miss"

Krauthammer: Bill Clinton speech ‘a giant swing and a miss’ - Jeff Poor/Daily Caller

Bill Clinton: A good lawyer defending a guilty client - Dick Morris

The low point of Clinton’s speech was when he boldly charged into the fray – like the charge of the light brigade – and said that we are better off today than we were four years ago! Four years ago, with the US unemployment rate at just 6 percent, was worse than today with 8.3 percent? Four years ago, with just a $10 trillion debt, it was somehow not as good as today with a $16 trillion debt? Clinton’s arguments were obviously inadequate and sought to do something that cannot be done: speaking positively of Obama’s record.

In his obvious inability to win the argument, Clinton showed us how weak it is. As he recited his statistics, we came to understand how hollow they are. Is this all he can say about Obama’s record we all asked?

To save Obama, Clinton ignores his own deregulation moves - John Berlau/FOX
CLINTON, DOWNGRADED - Joel B. Pollak/Breitbart

Once, he was the “Comeback Kid.” Now, he’s “Boilerplate Bill.”

Former President Bill Clinton told the delegates to the Democratic National Convention everything they had already heard over the past two days. Even the smears were old.
The only interesting moment was when Clinton ad-libbed a Birther joke. (Racist!)
Otherwise, the speech was a dud. No surprises, just a loyal party member showing up to pay his dues. Even Clinton seemed bored....

Clinton couldn’t say much about the Obama record, so he framed the choice as between “you’re on your own” and “we’re all in it together. (Yes, you’ve heard it before.)
Clinton’s delivery was tired and plodding, with plenty of finger-wagging and lip-licking. It did have a certain folksy appeal--but largely because it contrasted so sharply in tone (not in content) from what had preceded it, particularly the overwrought exhortations of Sandra Fluke.

Why am I watching this collection of trained seals? I have no idea. The man's a liar. That's my first actual thought about him. It sums up his performance. - Crack Emcee/The Macho Response

Poll finds Mitt Romney closing favorability gap with President Obama

President Obama has the lowest pre-convention favorability ratings for any incumbent since the 1980s, a new poll finds, while his rival Mitt Romney is seeing gains following the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla. - Meghashyam Mali/The Hill

This isn't a winner's convention, it's Custer's Last Stand with balloons and lifelike politician puppets. It's the blowout that will rid the Democrats of some of their dead weight, like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, while keeping them competitive enough with target groups that they can blame their defeat on discrimination, rather than a popular revolt against their failed economic policies.

My Abortion,'Tis of Thee - Daniel Greenfield/Sultan Knish

There's a moment in every party when no one knows anymore why they are at the party or what the point of the party is. The party is just there and they're there and they're doing their best to pretend to be having fun, but worryingly they're not sure what fun is anymore. There's just noise, balloons and lots of bright colors. Someone makes a speech and everyone applauds because it's the thing to do. And everyone stays because that's also the thing to do. That's the Convention in a nutshell.

What the Democratic National Convention, 2012 edition, is really meant to accomplish is create a narrative where Obama lost, not because of the economy, but because he committed to liberal values, because he went all out on gay marriage, abortion and illegal immigration, and liberals failed to back him up. The story will not be that the election was a referendum on economics, but a way for the white majority to disenfranchise the voices of feminists, gays and minorities. It is the story that they will carry into their battle to retake Congress in 2014 and their attack on the White House in 2016.


Excellent new RNC ad exposes Obama’s hypocrisy over giving himself an ‘incomplete’ - The Right Scoop

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New Bob Woodward Book:

Debt Deal Collapse Led to 'Pure Fury' From President Obama - ABC News ◼ Via Drudge

An explosive mix of dysfunction, miscommunication, and misunderstandings inside and outside the White House led to the collapse of a historic spending and debt deal that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were on the verge of reaching last summer, according to revelations in author Bob Woodward's latest book.

The book, "The Price of Politics," on sale Sept. 11, 2012, shows how close the president and the House speaker were to defying Washington odds and establishing a spending framework that included both new revenues and major changes to long-sacred entitlement programs.

But at a critical juncture, with an agreement tantalizingly close, Obama pressed Boehner for additional taxes as part of a final deal -- a miscalculation, in retrospect, given how far the House speaker felt he'd already gone.

The president called three times to speak with Boehner about his latest offer, according to Woodward. But the speaker didn't return the president's phone call for most of an agonizing day, in what Woodward calls a "monumental communications lapse" between two of the most powerful men in the country.

When Boehner finally did call back, he jettisoned the entire deal. Obama lost his famous cool, according to Woodward, with a "flash of pure fury" coming from the president; one staffer in the room said Obama gripped the phone so tightly he thought he would break it....

Pelosi 'reached over and pressed mute button on her phone' as Obama talked...

WOODWARD: White House so stunned by 2010 GOP triumph, it didn't even have Boehner's phone number...

Speed Read: Juiciest Bits From Bob Woodward’s Book ‘Price of Politics’ - Miranda Green/Daily Beast (image source)

◼ The Price of Politics This title will be released on September 11, 2012. at Amazon

◼ You'll also want The Amateur, by Edward Klein

Atlas Shrugged Part II Official Trailer

Join us in The Gulch: Atlas Shrugged Part II in theaters 10.12.12


"Hit The Road, Barack" a newsstand hit. - AdAge

The Aug. 27 issue urging a Romney victory "may have just knocked one out of the park on newsstand sales," according to the Magazine Information Network, or MagNet, which tracks magazine sales.

The early read on sales suggests the issue could double Newsweek's newsstand average, MagNet said. It's also on track to land among the title's top three newsstand sellers since 2010, according to MagNet data....

IPad edition downloads on the issue's first day were 4.3 times higher than usual, the spokesman said.


Tonight, the Democratic National Committee suspended the rules of the convention and inserted language regarding God and the State of Israel back to its platform. They had to vote three times to do it – and they had to lie to deem it passed, even though it was clear that the measure did not pass a voice vote in the chamber. The original 2012 Democratic Party platform had excised all mention of God and Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.

...Sources also report that the language was changed "to reflect the president's personal view." This is bull. President Obama has never recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and neither has his spokesperson or State Department. He has never taken a public position against the so-called "right of return," which would destroy Israel as a Jewish state. And he has publicly stated that Israel should use the 1949 armistice lines as the baseline of any future negotiations. This was obviously a political move designed to prevent disillusioned Jewish voters from leaving the Democratic voters in droves. If Jews are smart -- and if they watch this tape -- they'll realize that the base of the Democratic Party simply does not support Israel, even if the DNC quashes their votes.
Jerusalem And God Vote Gets Booed At Dem Convention - Real Clear Politics
HALL DIVIDED... - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard ◼ Via Drudge
Democrats Fumble Major Israel Issue, Put Jerusalem As Capital In Platform; President Obama Hands Republicans A Gift; Jewish, Palestinian Leaders Fume - CBS NY
"In the floor process, we wanted to make clear that the president's personal views are reflected," the official said. "These issues are too important to make into political attacks." - The Cable

This afternoon, after enduring much criticism over their decisions to strip God and Jerusalem out of the party platform, Democrats decided to restore the missing language. This did not go over well with many delegates, who filled the convention hall with lusty “boos.” That’s probably not a scene Democrats really wanted America to see right now:


The Democratic National Committee banned dozens of Charlotte churches from distributing gift baskets to delegates because the congregations hold values that are contrary to the party platform, according to local religious leaders. “They told us our views on women’s rights are contrary to the Democratic party platform.”

FANTASTIC – CNN now openly mocking @DWSTweets for saying lying about dissent and 2/3rds vote on platform amendment - The Right Sphere

Not even CNN can take the bald-faced lies from Debbie Wasserman Schultz any more and are now openly mocking her. She told a CNN reporter that there was no dissent on the floor regarding the amendment to add Jerusalem/God back into the party platform and further stated that there was definitely a 2/3rds vote heard from the delegates.

Anderson Cooper says she’s in an “alternate universe”:

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: Hey, there was no discord on the floor over that God and Jerusalem language; Update: “Alternate universe”; Update: Interviews canceled - HotAir
Suicide: The Democratic Party's Self-Inflicted Wounds - Ricochet
Fiasco in Charlotte - Ed Driscoll/PJM

FACT CHECK: GAO confirms Obama changed welfare to work rules

In another blow to the so-called fact-checking propaganda wing of the Democrat Party, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), said yesterday that the Obama regime must give Congress the chance to block President Obama's scheme that lets states change, some say "gut," the Clinton-era welfare to work rules Obama long opposed - Dan Spencer/
"In July, the Obama administration offered states more latitude in how they can run cash-assistance programs that replaced the welfare system after the 1996 overhaul passed by Congress and signed in to law by President Bill Clinton. … 'It must be submitted to Congress and the comptroller general before taking effect,' wrote Lynn H. Gibson, GAO's general counsel, in a letter to the lawmakers on Tuesday."
According to the Wall Street Journal, the GAO's rebuke of the Obama scheme resulted from a request by Republicans, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, in which they asked the GAO to determine whether the administration's changes were the equivalent of a rule change that would require congressional approval. Hatch praised the GAO findings Tuesday, saying that they were further proof that the administration could not change the program without Congress's consent:
"This analysis is unequivocal that any changes must be submitted to Congress," he said. "Circumventing Congress, as this White House has done, is a flagrant abuse of our system of checks and balances and an insult to American taxpayers."

Monica Lewinsky’s Former Rabbi To Deliver Benediction After Bill Clinton Speaks At DNC

This could get awkward. - Michael Falcone

Not only was Wolpe the Lewinsky family’s rabbi, he also sharply condemned President Clinton at the time his sexual relationship with Lewinsky, then a 24-year-old White House intern, was dominating national headlines.

“He was a brilliant, talented, extraordinary child, and for the leader of the United States we need an adult,” Rabbi Wolpe told his temple, according to a 1998 Associated Press account. He said Clinton needed to “cleanse his soul.”


First Lady Michelle Obama’s pitch to voters last night relied on the premise that she and her husband understand what it is to struggle to make ends meet. She spoke movingly about their early years--about how a young Barack Obama drove a car that was “rusted out" and found his furniture “in a dumpster,” how they both came from families that had to “scrape by.” Her fairy tale--however well-delivered--was one great, big, colorful lie. - Joel B. Pollak

Both Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama began their adult lives with a leg up on the rest of America. They attended elite schools: Michelle went to Whitney Young, the public magnet school for Chicago’s upper class, while Barack attended Punahou, the private prep school for the top stratum of Hawaiian society. They were accepted to Ivy League schools despite undistinguished credentials, and both attended Harvard Law School....

They had expensive tastes, reflected in the $277,500 two-bedroom condo they bought in 1993--a high price even by today’s standards. Several years later, they moved into their $1.65 million mansion in Hyde Park--with the help of fraudster Tony Rezko. Barack often told a story of hardship on the campaign trail in 2008 about having his credit card declined--once. The fact that he thought this counted as real hardship speaks volumes.

As her husband moved onto the national political stage, Michelle Obama began to enjoy a lavish lifestyle at taxpayer expense, directly and indirectly. When Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, he obtained a $1 million earmark for the University of Chicago Hospital--and his wife’s salary as Vice President for Community Affairs jumped from $121,910 to $316,962. Her job: pushing poor, uninsured patients to other hospitals.... More - at the link.

CNN Fact Check: About those 4.5 million jobs... - CNN Wire Staff

AP: Exaggerations, Embellishments Abound on Day 1 of Convention... - TOM RAUM AND RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Julian Castro ‘doesn’t really speak Spanish’ - Geoffrey Malloy/Daily Caller

Top Ten Craziest Things that Happened at the Democrats’ Convention Last Night — DAY ONE - Kevin Dujan/Hillbuzz

Ramirez on the Democratic “better-off” dance

Michael Ramirez applies his Pulitzer Prize-winning talents to present the Democratic response to the question "Are you better off?" in one single frame: - Ed Morrissey ◼ Ramirez at IBD
Better Off? Let's Count the Ways We're Not - IBD Editorial
President Obama is running scared from the Reagan Metric - Ed Morrissey/The Week

"Are you better off than you were four years ago?" seems like a simple question. But for Team Obama, it's clearly terrifying

Godwin's Law | Know Your Meme: The person guilty of invoking Godwin's Law has effectively forfieted the argument

URBAN DICTIONARY - A term that originated on Usenet, Godwin's Law states that as an online argument grows longer and more heated, it becomes increasingly likely that somebody will bring up Adolf Hitler or the Nazis. When such an event occurs, the person guilty of invoking Godwin's Law has effectively forfieted the argument.
Another Delegate (Pat Lehman) Compares GOP To Hitler -
SC Dem Chair (Dick Harpootlian) Compares Nikki Haley To Hitler's Mistress... - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
John Burton, California Democratic Chief, Compares GOP Tactics To Nazi Propaganda - Huffington Post
Capitol Alert: John Burton leaves DNC -- heads home for root canal - Sacramento Bee
Calif. Dem. chair John Burton's past includes sexual harassment, bookmaking, cursing 'more than a West Coast rapper' - Daily Caller

Ohio Dem accuses Jewish Republican of being “candidate of the big lie” - Sean Higgins/Washington Examiner

Fla. Pol Resigns After Anti-Christian Comment Goes Viral - Breitbart News

Siegel, speaking to a conservative journalist in Charlotte, NC, said he wasn't a fan of Christianity because "the Christians just want [Jews] to be there so we can be slaughtered and converted and bring on the second coming of Jesus Christ."

California Republican Party Statement on Dem Chair Burton Comparing GOP to Nazi Propagandist

"This is exactly the kind of desperate, deranged rhetoric the Democrats are going to employ in order to distract voters from their failed record over the past four years. While Republicans are offering voters real solutions and bold choices, Democrats sound like they'll be resorting to personal attacks and insults."

"You Didn't Fill That!" — Obama won't be speaking in the 74,000-seat stadium.

If Obama Can't Fill Bank of America Stadium, We'll Say: You Didn't Fill That! - RUSH
DNC Dissing The Base: Moving Obama’s Speech Inside - BLACK & RIGHT
"You Didn't Fill That!" — Obama won't be speaking in the 74,000-seat stadium. - ALTHOUSE
Democrats WILL move Obama's big speech from 74,000-seater outdoor stadium to smaller indoor arena citing bad weather (but was it really because they couldn't fill it?) Crucial speech will now be held in 20,000 seater Time Warner indoor area - TOBY HARNDEN/DAILY MAIL
Crowd capacity downsized by 50,000 - POLITICO ◼ Via Drudge
Rahm Emanuel in June: 'When President Obama arrives the rain stops'... - Charlie Spiering/Washington Examiner @CharlieSpiering
Change: Obama’s convention speech moved from 73,000 seat outdoor stadium to 20,000 seat indoor arena - MICHELLE MALKIN

Creepy video: DNC propaganda clip asserts that “we” all “belong to” govt; Mitt Romney responds

Mitt Romney tweets: “We don’t belong to government, the government belongs to us.”

“Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To” - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

You could not have a more clear statement of the Democratic Party philosphy of government supremacy.

It’s a theme which resonates with liberal Democrats, but will it resonate with the remaining Blue Dog style Democrats and unaffiliated voters?

Rahm’s Ruined City

Chicago sees rise in violence, unemployment, cronyism, and debt as Emanuel takes DNC stage - Washington Free Beacon Staff

Democrats are looking to mayors to make their case to the country, but the mayor closest to the Obama White House is having plenty of trouble in his own city.

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, who addresses the convention tonight along with San Antonio mayor and keynote speaker Julian Castro, has presided over a city with escalating violence, high unemployment, political cronyism, and high debt.

...rising crime under Emanuel’s watch is coupled with high unemployment, which was at 9.2 percent in July, well above the national average.

Obama Call to Godfather: Rahm Quits Campaign, Heads Super PAC - Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten/Washington Post

Day one of the Democratic Convention

Day one of the Democratic Convention - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner

Amid the storm squalls that occasionally pelted rain on Charlotte, the Democrats in their opening day sent squalls of rhetoric toward Mitt Romney and the Republicans. Delegates heard from one speaker after another who massaged the politically erogenous zones of the party’s various core constituencies. Anyone listening heard over and over the Obama campaign’s talking points: 29 months of private sector job creation, the need to “invest” in education, Mitt Romney got rich by backing the original out-sourcers and has a Swiss bank account. There was plenty of material for mainstream media fact checkers if they haven’t decided to go on vacation this week. The Romney-Ryan Medicare plan doesn’t cost seniors $6,000 a year, for example.

There was an awful lot on “choice,” for example, the most since 1992. And the platform went to the extreme position of abortion at any time and with government financing. The Obama strategists are evidently eager to rally single women. Former Gov. Ted Strickland delivered a loud denunciation of the Republicans with some really good lines. But he is a former governor of a key target state (Ohio) for a reason: he lost in 2010.

Michelle Obama’s Speech in Word Cloud – Guess What Word She Used Most? - Sooper Mexican

I have some simple observations about the speeches tonight. I noticed that the Democrats focused very tightly on social issues, and barely mentioned any economic plan at all. This is smart, because it’s not Obama’s strong suit. However, going on the defensive is what a campaign does when it thinks it’s losing – Obama is shorting up his crazy extremist base, and not going after the middle.

To further corroborate this, notice also that nearly all the speeches were attempting to explain away Obama’s “you didn’t build it” gaffe. Nearly every speech. This is not a campaign that is confident in it’s chances to win, this is a campaign that fears losing.

Krauthammer On Michelle Obama's Speech: "I Didn't Buy A Line Of It" - Real Clear Politics

Charles Krauthammer: Her whole task was to say why. And her answer was, “Why? Because essentially he's a saint.” Because of his upbringing and because of his emotions and because of his humanity. He does of this because he cares. And the brilliance of it is this: It drained Obama of any, either, ideological motivation, or any having to do with self interest or ambition, which I think is sort of a more plausible explanation.

He's a man highly who is liked and highly ideological. A man of the left who sees the role of the government as ordering, the reorderering, of society in a way to make it more just, as he understands it . And also, extremely ambitious. A self made man who makes himself out of nothing, rises out of nowhere. But all of that, in her telling, doesn’t even exist. The only reason he does what he does, he cares about women, he cares about immigrants, he cares about the poor. He cares about the unemployed. He cares, he cares, he cares.

She told the story of a Gandhi. And, you know, looking at the scene, looking at how he's conducted himself in the presidency and particularly in the campaign, with ruthlessness and determination and drive, it’s not quite a plausible story. I’m sure in the arena, it was a plausible story. I saw the tears, but I’m afraid, I thought it was a great speech, but I didn't buy a line of it.

Hey, Fact Checkers! - Mickey Kaus/Daily Caller

It’s all about the fact checking in 2012, according to the Obama aides (Cutter, Messina, LaBolt) interviewed at the ABC News/Yahoo!Newsmakers Live event this morning in Charlotte. … One of the aides–Cutter, if I remember right–then cited Obama’s claim that, after the government-engineered bailout, ”GM is Number One” again. … The only problem with this is that the claim is … how to put it … not true. Toyota has now re-passed GM to become the No.1 auto maker in the world. You could look it up. … P.S....

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Red Carpet for Solyndra's Spinner at Democratic Convention

The Obama campaign rolled out the red carpet this week for a former top Energy Department official who was at the center of the ill-fated government loan to Solyndra, a California solar panel firm that wound up in bankruptcy. - BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) and MATTHEW MOSK (@mattmosk)/ABC

Steven J. Spinner joined other top fundraisers for a VIP tour of the Democratic National Convention floor in Charlotte Monday evening, posing and waving for a photographer while standing behind the podium. When he saw ABC News cameras, however, he ran for the exit.

The Essential Value Connection In Romney's Acceptance Speech

Mitt Romney is in nearly the identical position that Ronald Reagan was 32 years ago. - Thomas Del Beccaro/Forbes

Romney is in nearly the identical position Reagan was 32 years ago. Carter had lost the support of the American people. The media and Democrats were portraying Reagan as out of touch with the American people and uncaring of their needs. Even worse for Reagan, he was being portrayed as to far too dangerous in an era that featured a nuclear freeze movement.

Reagan’s eventual victory occurred in no small part because of his convention performance followed up by his debate performances. Despite the caricatures, Reagan proved not to have the devil’s horns and presented an image of far kinder man than voters were led to believe.

In doing so, Reagan gave more than enough voters the comfort to make a change and in convincing fashion they did.

In that context, on Romney’s big night, he held serve against Reagan’s convention performance. His entrance into the arena provided a mental image on par with a President walking to the podium in the House Chamber to give a state of the Union Address. His shaking of hands and smiling at people belied claims he didn’t have a common touch.

...Romney... spoke of people’s aspirations, not government’s abilities. Knowing that the Nation’s achievements are the sum of individual achievements, Romney engaged voters in participating in the recovery, not just getting the bill for their government’s efforts no matter how wayward they may be.

In the final analysis, this speech was valuable to Romney because Americans could plainly see his values – values that were not unlike their own. In the same way that Vice Presidential nominee Ryan emphasized, Romney spoke on common ground with the voters who need to be comfortable with change.

While this election is far from over, if Romney can continue to make that connection with voters, that change will be sure to come.

Obama’s Popularity Dips Underwater; For Romney, a Faint Favorability Bounce

Barack Obama approaches his nomination for a second term with the lowest pre-convention personal popularity of an incumbent president in ABC News/Washington Post polls since the 1980s. He’s also at his lowest of the year among registered voters, with trouble among women. - Gary Langer/ABC

Just 47 percent of registered voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll see Obama favorably overall, down 7 percentage points from his recent peak in April, while 49 percent rate him unfavorably. He’s numerically underwater in this group for the first time since February.

The decline has occurred entirely among women registered voters – from 57-39 percent favorable-unfavorable in April to a numerically negative 46-50 percent now. That’s Obama’s lowest score among women voters – a focus of recent political positioning – in ABC/Post polls since he took office. Unusually, his rating among men, 50-47 percent favorable-unfavorable, is numerically better than it is among women, albeit not by a significant margin.

POLL: Just 40% say he deserves second term...Voters say second term for Obama undeserved, country is worse off - Sheldon Alberts/The Hill


DEBT TOPS $16 Trillion - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard

The committee warns that under President Obama's proposed budget, the debt will surge to $25.4 trillion in 2012.

Senator Jeff Sessions, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, says: "This is a grim landmark for the United States. The gross debt of our federal government will, for the first time, surpass $16 trillion. That’s more government debt per person than Portugal, Italy, Spain, or Greece. Yet the President seems strangely unconcerned. His budget, which received zero votes in the House or Senate, would add another $66,000 in debt for every American household. And the President’s majority in the Senate, which is required by law to produce a budget plan every single year, has refused to do so for more than 1,200 days.

"We are on a dramatically unsustainable path. Forty cents of every dollar we spend is borrowed. Systemic factors, such as our aging population, make this the most serious financial challenge our nation has ever faced. This year will mark the fourth straight deficit in excess of a trillion dollars. In the last 3 months, more people have been permanently been added to the disability rolls than have found jobs. The IRS is mailing billions of dollars in tax credits to illegal aliens, and the USDA is partnering with Mexico to boost enrollment in food stamps. Washington is disconnected from reality.

"But this crisis cannot be ducked. By failing to outline any serious plan for the financial future of this country, Democrats who run the Senate and the White House have no basis on which to ask to be kept in their majority. The nation is in desperate need of strong executive leadership to end the financial chaos, restore discipline to government, and lead us to an economic renaissance.”

The tall tales Michelle Obama will bolster tonight

The tall tales Michelle Obama will bolster tonight - Michelle Malkin
Like the fable of Joe Soptic’s wife’s death-by-lack-of-health-insurance and the fable of Obama’s mother’s death-by-lack-of health insurance, the White House has peddled an entire volume of false narratives about Obamacare.... Tell your friends and neighbors and co-workers the truth.
The expanding catalogue of Obamacare fables - Michelle Malkin
Like the fable of Joe Soptic’s wife’s death-by-lack-of-health-insurance (Twitchy) ◼ and the fable of Obama’s mother’s death-by-lack-of health insurance (ABC News)
MICHELLE O TO OPEN - Charlotte Observer
NYT: 'Will try to present herself as caring, wifely figure' - Jodi Kantor/NYT

Drudge Headlines tell a story...

POLL: Just 40% say Obama deserves second term - Sheldon Alberts/The Hill
KING: Presidency has been time of deep Dem decline - John King/CNN
Frustrated union leader throws empty chair - “Charlotte wouldn’t have been our choice as a city.” Lee Saunders beats the hell out of a chair. - Rosie Gray/Buzzfeed
PAPER: Must build case for government - FT
MICHELLE O TO OPEN - Charlotte Observer
NYT: 'Will try to present herself as caring, wifely figure' - Jodi Kantor/NYT
Her Second-Term Agenda: 'Impact Nature of Food in Grocery Stores' - Elizabeth Harrington/CNS News
RYAN: President 'running campaign based on envy and division' - National Journal
'Four Years Into Presidency And It's Incomplete?' - Real Clear Politics
Says Carter's Leadership 'The Good Old Days' - Jonathan Easley/The Hill
Top California Dem likens Ryan to Nazi propagandist - CBS/SF
Pelosi Refuses to Condemn - Jim Hoft/Gateway Pundit

Monday, September 3, 2012



In another sign that Clint Eastwood's RNC talk to an empty chair has tapped in to broadly held opinions that President Obama is not getting the job done, word spread rapidly over the weekend among conservative new media outlets that an impromptu "National Empty Chair Day" is being planned for Monday.

The Twitter hashtag is #EmptyChairDay

Send me your “empty chair” photos on Monday, and I’ll run them. - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

"We've Heard It All Before" (Extended Cut)

Yes, that's right, Nickelodeon directs your children to a Twitter account filled with sexist talk of bleached assholes, incest (complete with photos), "cock," photos of dildos, and Chick-fil-A trashing.


Late last week during the Republican convention, we learned that "American Pie" star Jason Biggs isn't anything like his onscreen persona. That sweet, good-hearted character is in reality played by a vicious, unfunny pig who obviously has some issues with women.

Nickelodeon not only hired Biggs to voice a cartoon version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," but as our friends at Twitchy have documented, the children's network promotes his vile Twitter account.

...the story here isn’t yet one more actor revealing himself as a intolerant, woman-hating, sexual degenerate -- it's that parents cannot trust Nickelodeon to protect their children from pornographic talk, hate, and religious bigotry. In fact, Nickelodeon encourages your children to click their way into this world.

If you're at all interested in protecting your children's innocence, Nickelodeon has proven itself a shatterer of that innocence.

Stay away, parents… and keep your children even further away.

American Idiot: Pig-Maher-in-training Jason Biggs sends out sick tweets about Paul and Janna Ryan; Update: Deletes tweets - Twitchy
American Idiot 2: Jason Biggs knocks Christians; targets Ann Romney and Janna Ryan with vile tweets - Twitchy
Pressure mounting for Nickelodeon to throw the pie at American idiot Jason Biggs - Twitchy
Jason Biggs’ wife laments death of free speech - Twitchy

Image Source: JASON BIGGS' WIFE REVEALS ALL -- his wife, actress Jenny Mollen, wrote all about their escapades with a Las Vegas prostitute for a new post on Playboy site The Smoking Jacket.

Jason Biggs dismisses his anti-Christian and misogynist filth with ‘I put my dick in a pie’ - Twitchy
American Weasel: Jason Biggs quietly deletes vile tweets about Ann Romney and Janna Ryan - Twitchy
Nickelodeon has not responded publicly to calls for the misogynist pastry-raper to lose his job. But Biggs cravenly deleting the evidence is unlikely to be enough for parents of young viewers. Many don’t want their kids watching anything associated with Biggs’ filth. And they find Nickelodeon’s continued silence appalling.
Nickelodeon now including Jason Biggs’ Twitter handle in promotions - Twitchy
Hey Nickelodeon, how’s that anti-bullying campaign going? - Twitchy
The wit and wisdom of Nickelodeon’s Jason Biggs - Twitchy
Parents put pressure on Nickelodeon’s advertisers - Twitchy

Here is a list of Nickelodeon advertisers mentioned at (This is not necessarily a complete list of Nickelodeon’s advertisers.)

General Mills CONTACT US@generalmills
Mattel CONTACT US@mattel
Kelloggs CONTACT US@kelloggs_us
Xbox CONTACT US @xbox ◼ @billgates
Kmart CONTACT US@kmart
Toyota CONTACT US@toyota
Marriott CONTACT US @marriott
Cici’s Pizza CONTACT US@CiCis_Pizza
Target CONTACT US@target
Bird’s Eye CONTACT US(Pinnacle Foods)@birdseye
Ubisoft CONTACT US@ubisoft
Sears CONTACT US@sears
Sears responds: "We do not condone this behavior."

Hershey’s CONTACT US@hersheys
Luvs CONTACT US(Procter & Gamble)@luvs @ProcterGamble
Reebok CONTACT US ◼ @reebok
Old Navy CONTACT US@oldnavy
Capri Sun CONTACT US (Kraft Foods) @kraftfoods
Big Lots CONTACT US @BigLots
Volkswagen CONTACT US @Volkswagen
Kimberly-Clark CONTACT US @KCCorp
Nintendo CONTACT US @nintendoamerica
Post Cereal CONTACT US @postcereals
Kleenex CONTACT US (Kimberly-Clark) @KCCorp
Lysol CONTACT US (Reckitt Benckiser) @lysolproducts
Kodak CONTACT US @Kodak
Walmart CONTACT US @Walmart
McDonald’s CONTACT US @McDonalds
Del Monte CONTACT US @DelMonteFoods
Got Milk? CONTACT US @GotMilk
Dell CONTACT US @Dell @MichaelDell
Mucinex CONTACT US (Reckitt Benckiser) @Mucinex
Norwegian Cruise Line CONTACT US @CruiseNorwegian
Hasbro CONTACT US @HasbroNews
Safe Kids CONTACT US @safekidsusa
Honda Odyssey CONTACT US @Honda @HondaCustSvc
100% Pure Florida CONTACT US @TropicanaOJ
Burger King CONTACT US @burgerking
It does pay to get on Twitter. Every voice counts. And yes, Twitter is a political battlespace. Get on it. - Michelle Malkin

Note: We're working on making the list clickable here, but it is a tedious process. You can find the full clickable list at ◼ Twitchy