Saturday, April 30, 2011

Romney stands by Bay State health law

Mitt Romney offered a tepid defense of the Massachusetts health care law, suggesting to an audience last night at the Granite State’s first forum of the 2012 presidential campaign that he would sign it again if given the chance. - Boston.com
Discussion at Lucianne

DNC amps up Mitt attack

Blitz trumps Donald’s blasts against Romney - Boston Herald
Donald Trump grabbed the spotlight in New Hampshire this week, but the national Democratic Party has its sights set firmly on former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney, attacking the GOP bigwig on everything from gas prices to campaign financing in a coordinated blitz.
Discussion at Lucianne

Potential GOP Presidential Candidates Go On Offense Against Obama in New Hampshire

Friday's event was an opening act to a long period of candidate vetting that many Granite State voters seem to take as seriously as a part-time job. - ABC

CALIFORNIA: Democrats threaten to target cuts in GOP legislators' districts

"That is shameless extortion," (Butte County Supervisor Larry Wahl) said. "He's trying to get me to call (Assemblyman Dan) Logue and (state Sen.) Doug LaMalfa and say 'Raise our taxes.' I'm not going to do that." - Sacramento Bee
"Quite frankly, it sounds like an April Fool's joke," said former Assemblyman Roger Niello, a Fair Oaks Republican who served as vice chair of the Assembly Budget Committee. "I have no idea how they would do this even if they're serious about it."

Republican Sen. Bob Huff of Diamond Bar, the vice chair of the Senate Budget Committee, called the tactic "just nuts."
California Democrats and Chicago mobsters … - Protein Wisdom

A NATO missile struck a house in Tripoli where Moammar Gadhafi and his wife were staying on Saturday, missing the Libyan leader but killing his youngest son and three grandchildren, a government spokesman said.

Ibrahim said the airstrike was an attempt to “assassinate the leader of this country,” which he said violated international law. - Washington Post
BREAKING: Libya Spokesman Says NATO Strike Killed 3 of Qaddafi’s Grandsons UPDATE: Attack Also Reportedly Kills Qaddafi’s Youngest Son, Saif al-Arab, 29 - The Other McCain
RSM has links to Al Jazeera, Reuters, BBC, AP and more...
Libya disabled children school hit in NATO strike - Alertnet

Illinois has agreed to pay a total of $422,000 to 16 state transportation workers who a federal jury determined were fired because they were Republicans

16 state workers laid off for politics will get $422,000 - Chicago Tribune
The 16 were laid off from jobs at the Illinois Department of Transportation in July 2004, the second year of Blagojevich's reign. They sued the agency for wrongful termination, and a federal jury agreed last month that they had been "fired for their political affiliations," said Donald Craven, an attorney for the workers.

Herman Cain: 2012 Presidential Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire



Herman Cain Wins 2012 Presidential Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire - The Other McCain
Herman Cain Dominates – 62% in New Hampshire Poll - citizens4cain.com
BC and AD - Straw Poll Surprise at the Concord Tea Party - granitegrok
AFP FULL VIDEO Presidential Forum From New Hampshire - 2012presidentialelectionnews.com
The event took place on April 29th, 2011. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.), Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and conservative talk radio host Herman Cain all attended the event and spoke.

It's not about race. When we talk about Obama and the policies, it's about the awful policies. It's about the inability to bring down debt. It’s about the inability to tackle the deficit. And when everybody says, “Oh, they're just after this because of race,” it is nonsense.

Tea Partier to MSNBCer: Media That Blame All Criticism of Obama on His Skin Color Are 'Racers'



Birthers, Truthers, Race-ers! - Tony Katz
After the election of Obama, the Main Stream Media spoke in wonderful prose: A black president in America! Racism is over! Who knew it would be Obama, and that same Main Stream Media, that would not only keep it alive, but encourage its use as a vicious weapon against free speech and political dissent?

...his wife, Alicia, 31, grew up with tornadoes and knows enough not to test them. When she was about 8, a tornado destroyed her home; when she was 12, another tornado destroyed her home...

Losing Everything, Except What Really Matters - NYT

Friday, April 29, 2011

SF CHRONICLE: WHITE HOUSE LYING

Update: Chronicle responds after Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia, then claims they didn't - SF Gate - Bronstein at Large
Update: In a pants-on-fire moment, the White House press office today denied anyone there had issued threats to remove Carla Marinucci and possibly other Hearst reporters from the press pool covering the President in the Bay Area.

Chronicle editor Ward Bushee called the press office on its fib:

Sadly, we expected the White House to respond in this manner based on our experiences yesterday. It is not a truthful response. It follows a day of off-the-record exchanges with key people in the White House communications office who told us they would remove our reporter, then threatened retaliation to Chronicle and Hearst reporters if we reported on the ban, and then recanted to say our reporter might not be removed after all.

The Chronicle's report is accurate.
White House, newspaper clash over protest video - Yahoo! News
The Obama administration is pushing back against accusations of intimidation in a tussle with the San Francisco Chronicle after a high-dollar fundraiser in the city last week. - Politico
CARNEY: Paper 'violated the coverage rules'
THE VIDEO THAT STARTED IT ALL...

SF Chronicle: The White House is lying about banning our reporter - HotAir
In China you are not allowed to videotape the leadership without permission - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
Pass the Popcorn, Nahanni: Left Wing San Francisco Chronicle In All Out P.R. War With Most Transparent Administration Ever - Doug Ross

Firefighters Union Pulls Plug on Federal Campaign Donations

The nation’s largest firefighters union has decided to bail on federal candidates this election cycle, dealing President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats a major blow in their efforts to hold the White House and Senate.

Although the International Association of Fire Fighters gives to both Democrats and Republicans, the 300,000-member organization gives far more to the Democratic Party. In the most recent election cycle, Democrats received $1.9 million, and Republicans, just over $400,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

In announcing the move to suspend federal campaign contributions, union President Harold Schaitberger blasted both parties, charging that “extreme right-wing conservative and so-called tea party politicians are coming after firefighters, paramedics, and all public workers with a vengeance across the United States” and that “too few Democrats are standing up and fighting for us.”
Read the rest at Newsmax

Americans Favor GOP on Budget: Poll

Americans say Republicans in Congress would do a better job than Democrats in dealing with the U.S. budget, according to a poll released Friday that shows President Barack Obama's party at a disadvantage as lawmakers near another showdown over federal spending. - CNBC
The USA Today/Gallup survey of 1,013 U.S. adults looked at whether Americans expressed more confidence in the ability of Republicans or Democrats in Congress to deal with six major issues facing the country.

The federal budget was the only issue in which respondents clearly preferred one party over the other, with 48 percent favoring Republicans and 36 percent Democrats.

A little good news: Video: Americans express their seething rage at Paul Ryan’s budget by giving him a standing ovation



First Prosser spoils the left’s big comeback in Wisconsin, now “townhall backlash!” week ends with an honest-to-goodness standing O for a man who stands accused by progressives of wanting to fiscally euthanize America’s elderly. Is there no port in a storm for America’s hard-working liberal narrative-builders? - Michelle Malkin

Obama's Real Strategy

...On the union front, the Obama gang fostered maximum thuggery and rancor in Madison, as teachers became screaming harpies and schoolchildren pawns. The line was clearly drawn -- standing between fiscal prudence and public employee vested interests is Obama, so stick with him or else.... - James V Capua at American Thinker
Watching the machinations of Barack Obama, it seems as though he is creating what the Marxists call "internal contradictions."

Gas prices ready to breach the $5 mark, but a relentless Administration campaign against increased domestic energy production; midterm elections soundly rejecting the President and his party's command and control initiatives, but vigorous efforts to extend them in contempt not only of electoral, but legislative and judicial checks; foreign and defense policies that have produced nothing beyond betrayal of our interests and few remaining friends, but an eager embrace of fringe notions of a utopian internationalist order and our place in that order: every day brings new movements in this symphony of dissonance.

Unfortunately, we are not simply enjoying a clarifying dialectic; we are in the middle of a high stakes race. The objective in this race is not a place; it is a date: Election Day, November 6, 2012.

The Other 2012 Presidential Election

The two heavyweights of Russian leadership have a big problem. There is still nearly a year to go before their presidential election next March and Russia can not afford what could turn out to be a less than gentlemanly contest. - George H. Wittman for The American Spectator
There is a vigorous battle going on - mostly behind the scenes - in Russia. The victor will be the next president of Russia. Will Medvedev atay or will Putin return? In ins and outs of this conflict is the theme of this week's column appearing today online in The American Spectator.

Democrats Make It Official: They'll Take Undisclosed Donations, Too (Full text of Memo)

Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action, the two companion committees, hope to raise $100 million to defend Obama, organizers said - National Journal
The organization will not live up to the same campaign finance standards by which Obama has pledged to run its campaign. They will take unregulated donations that do not require disclosure....

A spokesman for Crossroads, the conservative independent fundraising behemoth, immediately accused President Obama of "brazen hypocrisy." The president's "own political operatives are launching the very type of groupes they demagogued as 'shadowy threats to democracy,'" Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio said in a statement....
In memo, Priorities USA defends secret-money shift - Politico
The brand-new pro-White House group Priorities USA distributed a memo to backers this morning defending itself from the intense, expected fire this morning over its flouting President Obama's stated opposition not just to outside money, but to undisclosed outside money.

Here's the full memo, sent to Democratic activists and forwarded over by a Democrat:

The Royal Wedding


Kiss me Kate... and AGAIN! Double thrill for the crowds as William embraces his bride on Palace balcony after a fairytale wedding

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The 67 percent income tax rate increase Quinn and fellow Democrats approved in a January lame-duck session will bring in about $2.8 billion until the end of the budget year on June 30, but there’s “simply not enough money to go around,” according to the budget office.

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka today said the state will end the budget year $8 billion "in the red” unless changes are made.
“The prescription for our financial recovery is simple: stop spending more than we bring in,” said Topinka, a Republican. “But sadly, that still has not occurred.”

White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news - WITH UPDATE.

Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia - SFgate/Bronstein at Large
The Chronicle's Carla Marinucci - who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times - pulled out a small video camera last week and shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel....

Just the day before Carla's Stone Age infraction, Mr. Obama was at Facebook seated next to its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and may as well have been wearing an "I'm With Mark" t-shirt for all the mutual admiration going back and forth.

"The main reason we wanted to do this is," Obama said of his appearance, "first of all, because more and more people, especially young people, are getting their information through different media. And historically, part of what makes for a healthy democracy, what is good politics, is when you've got citizens who are informed, who are engaged."

Informed, in other words, through social and other digital media where videos of news are posted.

The President and his staffers deftly used social media like Twitter and Facebook in his election campaign and continue to extol the virtues and value. Except, apparently, when it comes to the press....


UPDATE: ◼ Chronicle responds after Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia, then claims they didn't

Read more:

Tornado victims: How to help


Tornado victims: How to help; Update: Obama to Alabama - Michelle Malkin
ABC News lists ways to help tornado survivors:
◼ You can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
◼ You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and donors can text “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Checks can be made out to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, Ga., 30384-0339.
◼ Alabama’s governor also has a relief fund donation page here.
◼ Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions will be touring affected areas today and also has a relief page here.
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Obama drops climate change talk as green movement fizzles

The public is increasingly skeptical of global warming and far more worried about the economy than the environment - Baltimore Sun
Telling voters that they have to pay high gas prices in order to ineffectually fight climate change would be honest but incalculably dumb, politically. Recent polling shows that Americans care about the economy more — a lot more — than global warming. Skepticism about the existence of a problem or its scope has been rising in the U.S. and Europe. When a Pew poll in January asked voters what their biggest priorities were, climate changed ranked second to last. Only obesity was deemed less of a priority. (Don't tell Michelle Obama.)

Poll: Obama is losing public's confidence on economy

Disapproval Hits A New High, 57%… - mcclatchydc
Public disapproval of President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy reached a new high in mid-April, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll, as gasoline prices neared $4 a gallon and Washington lawmakers fought a bitter battle over the federal budget.

Some 57 percent of registered voters said they disapproved of Obama’s economic management, while only 40 percent approved. That’s the lowest score of his presidency.

“These numbers spell political trouble,” said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the survey. “To get re-elected with a 57 percent disapproval rating would be a very tall order.”

Meanwhile, public pessimism is growing: Fifty-seven percent of U.S. adults said they thought the worst was yet to come for the U.S economy, up sharply from 39 percent in January. And 71 percent said the nation was still in a recession, even though the slump, which began in December 2007, officially ended in June 2009.

Leading Socialist Calls for Mass Actions, Law Breaking, to Re-Elect Obama in 2012

Bill Fletcher, Jr., is a Senior Scholar with the far left Institute for Policy Studies, and a member of both Democratic Socialists of America and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. In 2008, Fletcher co-founded Progressives for Obama...
Comrade Fletcher says “progressives” must;
1. Forget running a candidate against Obama in 2012. That would be a sure way to alienate much of his black and Latin base. Instead, there needs to be a progressive strategy focused on Congressional races. That means identifying key races to run genuine progressive candidates against conservative Democrats and/or Republicans.

2. We need to build an electoral organization that can run such candidates. There are examples of these around the country but we need to expand, ultimately building something at the national level that rivals the vision of the National Rainbow Coalition from the late 1980s. It needs to be an organization that has a mass base and can run candidates inside and outside the Democratic Party.

3. We desperately need mass action. Wisconsin was wonderful for many reasons but one important one was the sustained presence in the capitol. A protest movement focused on power needs to be prepared to break the law, not through the actions of a few individuals, but much as happened in Wisconsin, as well as in the Civil Rights movement, with masses of people making a situation untenable.

But we also have to develop key strategic targets for our actions where we are clear on what we want them to do. This will largely happen at the local level at first, but it can also happen at the national level, such as through selective boycotts.

4. We have to think and act globally and locally. We must link with social movements around the world challenging U.S. foreign policy, providing such movements with whatever level of support we can. We cannot allow more Honduras coup situations, and we have to make it clear that U.S. policy in Afghanistan is a disaster.
While many on the US left express disappointment with Obama, when push comes to shove, they will back their man to the hilt.

The US left understands that 2012 is decisive.

If a conservative Republican wins, they know that many of the US left’s hard fought gains will be rolled back.

If Obama wins, they know the socialist juggernaut will be virtually unstoppable.

Consequently the US left, from Democrats to socialists, to Marxist-Leninists, will throw every thing into this election. Look for mass protests, street violence, intimidation and mass law breaking, as the US left mounts a do or die, last gasp “Thet Offensive” against Middle America and its values.

More than half of Americans say the U.S. economy is in a recession or a depression despite official data that show a moderate recovery, according to a poll released on Thursday.

Most Americans say U.S. in recession despite data: (April 20-23 Gallup) poll - Reuters

Mr. Obama’s hostility to openness drives the public’s curiosity about the most basic facts of his life.

EDITORIAL: Birth certificate isn’t Obama’s only secret - White House aversion to transparency undermines good government - Washington Times
The fact that Mr. Obama did his own dirty laundry reminds that this president has no inkling how to act presidential. Standing at the podium over the seal of the presidency, he claimed, “We don’t have time for this silliness.” He then flew to Chicago with Michelle to tape the Oprah Winfrey show and attend three fundraisers. It’s not as if he didn’t have more important news to discuss such as the appointments of Leon E. Panetta as secretary of defense and Gen. David H. Petraeus as CIA director, Middle East turmoil or America’s multiple wars. Let a flack handle the tabloid fare.

The birth-certificate brouhaha reiterates an old political truth: It’s always the cover-up that causes the most trouble. Too bad Mr. Obama didn’t learn his lesson.

GOP chances in 2012

Barbour's withdrawal provides no clues about GOP chances in 2012 - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's abrupt withdrawal from the race for the Republican presidential nomination -- after hiring a top-notch New Hampshire campaign manager and planning to fly around the country next week -- has naturally inspired a lot of punditry on the Republican presidential race.... Romney seems sure to run and, despite the burden of his Massachusetts Romneycare program, may do better this time. Huckabee, enjoying his Fox News show, seems unlikely to run.

So does Sarah Palin. Polls show that all Republicans know her, most like her a lot and relatively few name her as their first choice. The electoral fates of Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell have been instructive. It's one thing to lose a Senate seat by nominating a candidate you love who can't win. It's another thing to lose the presidency that way.

There are plenty more potential contenders. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels surely would make any well-informed person's list of top 20 Republicans; he's mulling it over. So probably would former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is clearly running. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, out of office for 12 years, remains a fount of attractive ideas.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and current Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann have run behind the Republican base vote in their constituencies but can electrify a conservative crowd. Texas Rep. Ron Paul has his devoted set of true believers, a constituency probably transferable to his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

And then there's Donald Trump. I'll let you fill in the blanks.

The presidential nomination process remains the weakest part of our political system. It's too lengthy, its rules are too capricious and giving eternal first dibs to Iowa and New Hampshire is intellectually indefensible.

But some Republican will be nominated and will face a president whose positions on issues are currently unpopular. Those who want change must hope for the best. Read the rest...
Huckabee out? South Carolina staffers reportedly told to seek their fortunes elsewhere. - John Hayward/Human Events
Ron Paul Explores, World Reacts - Reason.com

WAL-MART: Our shoppers are 'running out of money'

Wal-Mart's core shoppers are running out of money much faster than a year ago due to rising gasoline prices, and the retail giant is worried, CEO Mike Duke said Wednesday. - Money/CNN
GDP: 1.8%... - CNBC, via Drudge
U.S. economic growth slowed more than expected in the first quarter as higher food and gasoline prices dampened consumer spending, and sent a broad measure of inflation rising at its fastest pace in 2-1/2 years.... But...
JOBLESS CLAIMS 429,000... - Finance/Yahoo
Dollar sell-off intensifies... - Wall Street Journal
BERNANKE: Here comes the inflation... - CNBC
Dollar Drops to Lowest Since 2008... Stocks Fall, Dollar Weakens on GDP, Jobs Reports; Gold Advances - Bloomberg

US Banks Warn Obama on Soaring Debt

“If the president doesn’t get serious about the need to address our fiscal nightmare, there’s a chance [a debt ceiling vote] could not happen,” John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House, told Politico on Monday. - CNBC

Bernanke: Fed Sees Slower Growth, Uptick in Inflation

In his first regular news conference, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank was continuing its stimulus policy because it was projecting slower growth in the economy with only a modest uptick in inflation. - CNBC

College Republicans: Fighting Back – Dispelling Liberal Myths About Paul Ryan’s Deficit Plan

Fighting Back – Dispelling Liberal Myths About Paul Ryan’s Deficit Plan - speakout.crnc.org/blog
Typically, I attempt to dispel one dumb liberal myth per blog post, but with the misconceptions flying fast and furious around Republicans’ deficit reduction plan, new measures must be taken. So here I’ll attempt to break down three: (1) That poor polling of the Medicare plan should derail attempts at reform, (2) that the Ryan plan’s tax cuts fly in the face of his deficit reduction attempts, and (3) that we don’t even need to discuss entitlement reform to solve the deficit....
Gallup: Seniors Most Favorable To Ryan Budget - National Journal
A new Gallup/USA Today poll contains a counterintuitive finding: the age group most receptive to House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's plan to deal with the budget - seniors.

The poll finds 48 percent of seniors (those 65 and over) support Ryan's plan over President Obama's plan, while 42 percent back the president.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Is Donald Trump the new Ronald Reagan?

Trump would like you to think so
“It’s the most audacious attempt by a potential candidate to wrap himself in Reagan’s mantle,” said Peter Hannaford, an adviser and speechwriter for Reagan. “It’s all bogus.”

Jon Kyl criticizes White House on Syria

“It has done little to aid the Syrian people who are being brutalized by the Assad regime — reportedly over 400 people have been killed by the regime in recent protests,” Kyl said. “At a minimum, the administration should recall Ambassador Ford, impose asset freezes and travel bans in cooperation with our European allies, and sanction any entity involved in cooperation between the Iranian leadership and the Assad regime.” - Politico

California Descends Deeper Into Self-Destruction


Self-esteem has run amok in Jerry Brown's state -- with active Obama administration participation - Ron Ross for The American Spectator
California -- it's the best place to live and it's the worst place to live. The physical climate is almost ideal and the political climate, if you're a conservative, is surreal. Through their politicians and bureaucrats Californians seem hell bent on destroying the state's vast potential. It's a painful sight to witness....
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Humboldt County note: Ron Ross Ph.D. is an economist who lives in Arcata, California. He is the author of The Unbeatable Market. Reach him at rossecon@gmail.com.

How Health Reform Punishes Work

The subsidies to buyers of 'qualifying' insurance policies will induce sharp reductions in the supply of labor. - Wall Street Journal
...Consider a wife in a family with $90,000 in income. If she were to earn an additional $3,700, her family would lose the insurance subsidy and be more than $10,000 poorer. In addition, she would also pay more in income and Social Security taxes. Taken together, these policies impose a substantial punishment on work effort....
Getting to know the HCR bill - neoneocon

Another state legislature passes labor union reform.

This time it is Massachusetts - RedState
Democrats Strip Unions of Bargaining Rights... - Boston.com via Drudge
Unions fought hard to stop the bill, launching a radio ad that assailed the plan and warning legislators that if they voted for the measure, they could lose their union backing in the next election. After the vote, labor leaders accused House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and other Democrats of turning their backs on public employees.

“It’s pretty stunning,’’ said Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. “These are the same Democrats that all these labor unions elected. The same Democrats who we contributed to in their campaigns. The same Democrats who tell us over and over again that they’re with us, that they believe in collective bargaining, that they believe in unions. . . . It’s a done deal for our relationship with the people inside that chamber.’’

“We are going to fight this thing to the bitter end,’’ he added. “Massachusetts is not the place that takes collective bargaining away from public employees.’’
Unions irate over Mass. House vote to limit health care bargaining telegram.com

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) says White House should be dealing with more important issues.


Cantor "Surprised" By Obama Birth Certificate Release

Video: Obama explains timing of birth-certificate release


at HotAir
The birth certificate circus - Michelle Malkin
VIDEO: Obama Sermonizes About This Silly Distraction From His Incompetence - The Other McCain
The White House provided the correspondence between Obama, his private lawyer, and Hawaii Director of Health Loretta J. Fuddy.
President Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate - The White House Blog
OBAMA: 'I've got better stuff to do'... - Reuters via Drudge
Heads to Chicago to tape Oprah show... - LA Times via Drudge

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Call it “Attack of the Impassioned Yet Empty Rhetoric.” But this version was even more unsettling than the earlier versions, in which the president delivered great speeches then failed to back up his words with the promised action. In this sequel, his words turned to broken promises as soon as they passed his lips.

Arianna Huffington Develops Case of Obama Disillusionment Syndrome - HotAir

"Donald Trump says he's President Obama's worst nightmare," Jay Leno said last night. "No. Having to make a decision is President Obama's worst nightmare."

The increasingly odd political optics of Barack Obama - LA Times
It's one thing to urge Americans to vacation on the troubled Gulf coast last summer, while your wife flies off to Spain with a planeload of pals.

It's another to spend much of Earth Day in a 747 jumbo jet flying 2,300 miles cross-country back from a slew of multimillion-dollar West Coast fundraisers, as Obama did last week.

It's one thing to launch a war against Libya while packing up your wife, daughters, mother-in-law and her friend to tour South America.

It's another to wait nine whole days to bother explaining the unexpected combat to a puzzled nation. Or nearly two months to arrange an Oval Office address on the country's worst environmental disaster ever.

Daily Kos poll suggests Union movement no match for TEA Party

Markos Moulitsas himself is hyping the poll as showing an enthusiasm gap
"...whatever bump in enthusiasm Democrats may have gotten over Wisconsin is not lasting, and what appeared to some to be a revival of unionism in America is not shaping up to be a left-wing counterweight to the right-wing TEA party. Republicans have more intense excitement about defeating Barack Obama than do Democrats have in re-electing him, and the trend is in the wrong direction for Democrats."...

The Wisconsin GOP reports that Democrats in the Bay State are “using a fraudulent tactic to harass and intimidate constituents who favor recalling Democrat Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay.”


Wisconsin Watch: Partisan calls from…a hospital?; Plus: UW fake sick-note doctors to “face penalties” - Michelle Malkin

Sarah Palin: Please make up your mind, Mr. President.

Palin Launches Blistering Attack on Obama's 'Leadership' - FOX

America Deserves Libya Explanation Sarah Palin on Facebook
...It’s unbelievable to me that you spent last week in campaign mode, gallivanting around the country to start raising the billion dollars for your reelection bid that is still 19 months away “while Rome burns.” Our economy is in the tank; jobs are as scarce as ever; you’re asking Congress to let you incur even more unsustainable, immoral, freedom-stealing government debt; and many of our brave men and women in uniform are shaking their heads in disbelief over your befuddled military directions. Yet instead of working with Congress and a wise multitude of advisers to fix some problems, you choose all this campaigning, already? As was recently asked: When do you ever just “roll up your sleeves, unplug the teleprompter” and do the job of governing and administrating for which voters hired you?...

Overreach? "The use of sanctions such as exclusion and debarment to punish individuals where the government is unable to prove a direct legal or regulatory violation could have wide-ranging impact."

U.S. Effort to Remove Drug CEO Jolts Firms - Wall Street Journal
...Forest is sticking by its chief. "No one has ever alleged that Mr. Solomon did anything wrong, and excluding him [from the industry] is unjustified," said general counsel Herschel Weinstein. "It would also set an extremely troubling precedent that would create uncertainty throughout the industry and discourage regulatory settlements...."

A record 49 percent of Americans now disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan

up 8 points since January. And those who disapprove “strongly” outnumber strong approvers by nearly a 2-1 margin. - ABC
Views on the war could impact Obama’s fortunes in the next election: Among those who disapprove of his handling of the situation, 70 percent say they will definitely not vote for him for re-election in 2012.
Where Did All the Anti-War Protestors Go? - John Stossel is "struck by the hypocrisy of the supposedly “anti-war” politicians who voted against Iraq, like Nancy Pelosi. Since Obama was elected, she has voted to continue the war in Afghanistan … and supported the attack on Libya."

Monday, April 25, 2011

Ron Paul Launches Presidential Campaign

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, whose outspoken libertarian views and folksy style made him a cult hero during two previous presidential campaigns, will announce on Tuesday that he's going to try a third time. - National Journal
Sources close to Paul, who is in his 12th term in the House, said he will unveil an exploratory presidential committee, a key step in gearing up for a White House race. He will also unveil the campaign’s leadership team in Iowa, where the first votes of the presidential election will be cast in caucuses next year.

Second computer worm 'hits Iran'

Second computer worm 'hits Iran' - BREITBART
Iran has been hit with new malicious software as part of cyber attacks against the country, a military officer told Mehr news agency on Monday without specifying the target.

"Certain characteristics about the 'Stars' virus have been identified, including that it is compatible with the (targeted) system," Gholam Reza Jalali, commander of the Iranian civil defence organisation, told the agency.

"In the initial stage, the damage is low and it is likely to be mistaken for governmental executable files," Jalali said, adding that Iranian experts were still investigating the full scope of the malware's abilities.

SCOTUS denies Cuccinelli petition for expedited health care review

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s petition requesting an expedited review of the state’s lawsuit against the federal heatlh care law. - Washington Examiner
U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson ruled in Cuccinelli's case in December that the provision in the federal law mandating that most Americans eventually purchase health insurance is unconstitutional. The Justice Department subsequently appealed, and a hearing is scheduled for next month in the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SCOTUS Denial of ObamaCare Review Tells Us Little - Red State
It is folly to draw any conclusions because it’s extremely unusual for the Supreme Court to grant certiorari – that is, review – of a case while it’s still working its way through the lower federal courts.

Here’s What $80 Billion Bought us: 9 of the 11 “Worst Cars” are Made by Government Motors

GM, Chrysler dominate 'worst cars' list. Oh, and the UAW wants to thank you for bailing them out. - Washington Examiner
GM and Chrysler account for nine of the cars among the bottom eleven. IN other news, the UAW is grateful for your generosity in keeping their union from disappearing. It appears you've achieved little else with your donation.
In Pictures: The Worst Cars On The Road - Forbes
Here’s What $80 Billion Bought us: 9 of the 11 “Worst Cars” are Made by Government-Owned GM and Chrysler… - Weasel Zippers

NYT/CBS poll finds plurality supports Ryan's Medicare proposal

Despite a media narrative that House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare proposal is being rejected by the American people, a new New York Times/CBS poll finds that by a plurality of 47 percent to 41 percent, Americans actually approve of it. - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner

GOP Sen. Susan Collins says she opposes Ryan budget, "but at least he had the courage to put forward a plan to significantly reduce the debt..." - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner

Ryan and Obama: Mr. Fix It and Mr. Nix It - Big Government

Sunday, April 24, 2011

"A perfunctory speech, a lackluster response...and noticeable grumblings and lack of enthusiasm from his base."


Obama fails to fill the house....in SF Zombietime, cross posted at ◼ Pajamas Media "Obama Visits the S(lush) F(und) Bay Area"
...the reports of Obama's speech eliciting several standing ovations were arguably only true in the balcony if you included us getting up to leave. A perfunctory speech, a lackluster response...and noticeable grumblings and lack of enthusiasm from his base. The press reports made it seem otherwise, but if last night was any indication of where things are going, then Team Obama is in deep trouble....
Obama at Facebook: New media, traditional tone - SFgate

Tax Hikes on Top Earners? Bloomberg Says Now Is Not the Time

Tax Hikes on Top Earners? Bloomberg Says Now Is Not the Time - FOX
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday that a rating agency's decision to downgrade the U.S. debt outlook sends a "warning" about the need to balance the budget. But he said tax hikes on upper-income Americans are not the way to do it....

Bloomberg said Standard & Poor's decision last week to lower the U.S. debt outlook to "negative" from "stable" should send a message that it's time to get serious about the deficit. The agency upheld the country's credit rating, but cautioned that if political deadlock prevents a deficit-reduction plan from being approved, that credit rating could be in danger.
"I don't know that we're in big trouble, but we certainly could be very easily. I think this is a warning," Bloomberg said. "We cannot continue to spend money we don't have. Deficits do matter."