Saturday, October 6, 2012

Contrary to conventional wisdom that debates are rarely, if ever, game-changers, the first presidential debate was a demolition derby.

And no amount of post-debate fact-checking, spinning or dances of one’s choice (Barack Obama has cited Mitt Romney’s tap-dancing and soft-shoe) is going to alter the impression of Romney’s winning-ness. - Kathleen Parker/Washington Post

It was quite simply a knockout performance by the Republican challenger. Or, as Notre Dame professor and political observer Robert Schmuhl put it, “Romney gets a gold medal, and Obama wasn’t even in the same competition.”

Schmuhl, a professor of American studies and the author of “Statecraft and Stagecraft: American Political Life in the Age of Personality,” told me that, on optics alone, the victor was clear:

“All one had to do on Wednesday night is turn down the volume and study the body language of the two figures. After a short period of time, there was no comparison in terms of performance.”

The Real Debate: The Good Father vs. The Abandoned Son - Roger L Simon/PJM

What we have before us in these debates is an almost archetypal confrontation – between a man who was and is an exceptionally good father and a man who was deserted by his.

Good fathering is the story of Mitt Romney’s life. He has five sons who are, by all accounts, devoted to him and vice-versa. These boys grew up with a father who, although wealthy and successful, worked like a demon, doted on them, and apparently devoted an extraordinary amount of time to charitable work, in which he also involved them. Indeed, I’ve never heard of a politician who did anything quite like it.

Almost the polar opposite, Barack Obama’s father abandoned him twice and then ended up an irresponsible drunken victim of multiple car crashes. This sad behavior precipitated a search by Obama that brought him in contact with several father surrogates, notably Frank Marshall Davis and Jeremiah Wright, that it would be hard to brand as anywhere near satisfactory. (Davis was a pornographer and about Wright the less said the better.) No Mitt Romneys there.

NO on Prop. 37: "Arbitrary Exemptions"

Listen to Michael Savage ONLINE

MICHAEL SAVAGE'S RADIO SHOW NO. 1 VIA INTERNET - Surpassed Limbaugh before legal victory made him free agent - WND

Only days after Michael Savage ended his relationship with the Talk Radio Network, his “Savage Nation” has been ranked the No. 1 talk show on the Internet for the third quarter.

After consistently winning the No. 2 spot, Savage now has surpassed Rush Limbaugh, according to TalkStreamLive.com.

“We have watched Michael consistently grow his audience over the last several quarters,” TalkStreamLive.com said in its report of the top 25 shows on the ‘Net. “All of his numbers are way up, especially via mobile and social radio.”

As ◼ WND reported, Savage announced Thursday he won his federal lawsuit against the Talk Radio Network via arbitration, which makes him a free agent.

Savage’s lawyer, Daniel Horowitz, told WND that Savage will not be on radio until he signs a contract with a new syndicator.

“Within an hour of knowing he was free, we were already talking to top names in the business,” Horowitz said.

In the meantime, he ◼ will irregularly broadcast talks via UStream. Listeners will be able to ◼ receive regular updates on the livestream talks, his status and the daily news via MichaelSavage.com

Sadness in the Savage Nation - Gina Miller/American Clarion

Uncommon Knowledge with Thomas Sowell



Hoover fellow and author Thomas Sowell discusses his essay "'Trickle Down Theory' and 'Tax Cuts for the Rich.'"

Obama's 'words have no credibility'



RNC Chairman Reince Priebus: Weekly Radio Address

"Why?"

8-point shift for Romney in Colorado



Romney leads in 1st post-debate poll in Colorado - Mark Harden/Denver Business Journal
New polls show Romney overtakes Obama in Colorado, nationally



A new poll shows Mitt Romney flipping a 5-point deficit in Colorado before the first presidential debate, which was held on Wednesday in Denver, to a 3.5-point advantage later in the week — another signal that Mr. Romney's comparatively strong debate performance has started to translate into rising poll numbers for the Republican.

Three University of Wisconsin professors irked at some details of Obama's rally

A trio of high-profile UW-Madison professors went public Wednesday with concerns about President Barack Obama's planned Thursday campaign rally, saying students who want to attend are unfairly being required to supply a phone number and email address to the campaign, even having to click "I'm In" to get a free ticket at the campaign's website. - Dan Simmons/Wisconsin State Journal

"If you want to go to this hugely important and interesting event you have to register with the campaign," said political science professor Donald Downs. "That raises questions."

Downs was joined by law professor Ann Althouse and political science professor Ken Mayer in raising concerns. Mayer sent a letter outlining four concerns to university administrators on Wednesday. Althouse later shared it with instapundit.com, a conservative-leaning blog run by a Texas law professor.

Ann Romney…


…appearing on the Jay Leno show: biker chic. - Neoneocon

Revolt of the Spooks

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

Weeks before the presidential election, President Barack Obama’s administration faces mounting opposition from within the ranks of U.S. intelligence agencies over what career officers say is a “cover up” of intelligence information about terrorism in North Africa....

Officials say the ODNI’s false information was either knowingly disseminated or was directed to be put out by senior policy officials for political reasons, since the statement was contradicted by numerous intelligence reports at the time of the attack indicating it was al Qaeda-related terrorism....

Officials with access to intelligence reports, based on both technical spying and human agents, said specific reporting revealed an alarming surge in clandestine al Qaeda activity months before the attack in Benghazi.

Yet the Obama administration sought to keep the information from becoming public to avoid exposing what the officials say is a Middle East policy failure by Obama.

Officials said that the administration appeared to engage in a disinformation campaign aimed at distancing the president personally during the peak of the presidential election campaign from the disaster in Benghazi, where numerous warning of an attack were ignored, resulting in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other officials.

The first part of the apparent campaign, officials said, was the false information provided to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who appeared on Sunday television shows after the attack to say the event was a “spontaneous” response to an anti-Muslim video trailer posted online.

Officials said Rice was given the false information to use in media appearances in order to promote the excuse that the obscure video was the cause of the attack, and not the Islamic concept of jihad....

GASMAGEDDON: Before and After Photos


#9724; Before and after Obama, that is. - Doug Ross

BOUNCE: R 49% O 47%


The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 49% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 47%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and two percent (2%) are undecided. - Rasmussen

...numbers reflect quite a debate bounce for Romney. Heading into Wednesday’s showdown, it was the president who enjoyed a two-point advantage. Today is the first time Romney has been ahead by even a single point since mid-September. See daily tracking history. As with all bounces, it remains to be seen whether it is a temporary blip or signals a lasting change in the race.

Both men have solidified their partisan base. Romney is supported by 89% of Republicans and Obama by 88% of Democrats. Among those not affiliated with either major party, Romney leads by 16.

Romney raises $12 million in 48 hours... Daily Mail (image source)

Mitt Romney's commanding performance in Wednesday night's first presidential debate has started to yield results.

The Republican candidate has raised $12million in online donations over the last couple of days, and has also received a boost in some polls.

The news comes as Barack Obama's lacklustre showing continues to be mocked by top comedians - even those who are strong supporters of the President.

OBAMA RAISES $181 MILLION IN SEPT -- JUST 2% OF DONATIONS REPORTABLE...

JACK WELCH: Obama Is Manipulating The Jobs Numbers Because His Debate Performance Was Awful

Former G.E. CHAIRMAN Jack Welch and many others, say the Obama White House "cooked the books" on the latest unemployment numbers to make the President look....successful? In today's BUSINESS INSIDER.JACK WELCH: Obama Is Manipulating The Jobs Numbers Because His Debate Performance Was Awful - Kate Linebaugh/Wall St. Journal

Jack Welch: ‘I Wasn’t Kidding’

After setting off a minor social media firestorm with a tweet suggesting the Obama administration had manipulated the September jobs report, Jack Welch wants to get one thing straight: He meant it.

“I wasn’t kidding,” the pugnacious former CEO of General Electric said in an interview.

The 76-year-old retiree riled up the Twitterverse this morning with a tweet that said, “Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers.”

EDITORIAL: Obama’s fudged unemployment numbers - Washington Times.

It says a lot when a government jobs report is so out of line with reality that no thoughtful person can take it seriously. At best the new unemployment number is a fluke; at worst it is the product of partisan hacks.

The Department of Labor reported Friday that total nonfarm payroll employment increased by a net 114,000 in September. This poor showing — it reflects a 28,000 drop from the previous month — should have resulted in unemployment increasing by a tenth of a percent. Instead, it dropped by 0.3 percent to 7.8 percent. Call that Chicago-style math.

The official jobless rate is now down to around where it was when Mr. Obama took office, though still higher than what the White House promised it would be after blowing more than a trillion on stimulus programs. Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch was among the first to call shenanigans on the dramatically favorable unemployment figure, echoing a general skepticism from all but the most credulous of Mr. Obama’s defenders.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said she was “insulted” by charges that there was something fishy going on. She then betrayed her own ignorance of the facts by saying the 86,000 jobs that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) discovered in the last two months were private-sector jobs. They were actually government hires. Private-sector employment fell last month by a net of 5,000. Manufacturing jobs were down 16,000. Mrs. Solis threw her underlings under the bus, saying “the information that I received is given to me by our professional, civil service staff in the BLS.” Perhaps these are the same BLS economists whom the Washington Free Beacon reports have contributed thousands to the Obama campaign.... ◼ MORE at the link.

Must Read – What Women Should Know About Our Old Boss, Mitt Romney


Frankly, we were completely, totally, absolutely fed up. That’s what we told a reporter from the Milwaukee Sentinel today who asked us why a group of female executives are traveling the country telling women about our former boss Mitt Romney. - Newsninja

We were frustrated that so many women were getting a picture of Mitt from the media and negative ads that just doesn’t match up with the man we all know and worked with in Salt Lake and Massachusetts. We’re smart women; we know it’s a big country; and we know we’re only a few voices. But we also know we have insights and stories that women voters want to hear before they make up their minds – so we decided to hit the road and tell as many women as we can what Mitt Romney is really like from the perspective of the women who worked with him every day.

Amazingly, most women don’t know that Mitt had women at his side helping him turn around the Olympics in Salt Lake and fix the economy in Massachusetts. It doesn’t surprise me because I know how Mitt puts together his team. He hires the strongest talent he can find, so naturally he ends up with a lot of women. Mitt says he hires people who will “go through walls” to get the job done; the women who have worked with him over the years definitely fit that description. I worked with him for nine years and can tell you that my colleagues in Salt Lake and Massachusetts are as talented and incredible as any group of women in America.

Mitt was recognized every year he was Governor for having more women in Cabinet and senior positions than any other Governor in the country. Women made up half Mitt’s cabinet. Women were at the heart of the economic team he put together to create jobs, cut red-tape and streamline regulations and permitting. He personally chose and campaigned for his Lt. Governor – Kerry Healey – a hard-working, gracious, accomplished woman. His Chief of Staff, Beth Myers, was at the table with him giving advice and counsel throughout his administration – and she has continued to do that in the years since, as campaign manager for his 2008 campaign and as senior strategist in the campaign this time....

"One on One" — the New Yorker cover by Barry Blitt.


Remember Blitt's famous cover from the 2008 campaign. - Althouse
An empty Obama chair on the cover of The New Yorker smells like … victory - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

The blame game





Lamest Excuse for Obama's Performance: Because He's Black - ReaganCoalition

In case you want to spare yourself from watching this (second) video, this is what Toure said in a nutshell: Obama couldn't defend himself because doing so would make him look like an angry black man.

The Democrats are throwing out all sorts of excuses! Earth to Toure. Obama is not the great intellectual you thought he was. Obama got his butt handed to him by facts and figures.

Obama said he lost because he wasn't debating the real Romney.
Al Gore said Obama lost because of the altitude.
Zennie says Obama was passive on purpose.

Dems claim Obama lost the debate because of Mitt’s hanky panky - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
Inconceivable: ‘Unfair’ That Obama Couldn’t Use Teleprompter in Debate - ConservativeByte
"Does Barack Obama really want to be president?" - Althouse

The best news for Romney is this: He rose to the most difficult moment. When the need was greatest, and the stage was largest, he was exceptional. It is one of the things that presidents do.

Romney was exceptional when it counted

...For the first time in the general election, Romney seemed to realize that the presidency will not be awarded by default — that defeating Obama will require exceptional skills, strategy and ambition. And all were there when Romney needed them.

Romney was on the offensive from first to last, dominating the tone, content and flow of the debate. This seemed more than aggressiveness; something approaching authority. Romney’s attacks were genially relentless. Instead of merely criticizing Obamacare or the Dodd-Frank financial legislation, he dissected them. He fired statistics like shotgun pellets — 23 million unemployed, 1 in 6 in poverty, 50 percent of college graduates can’t find jobs. His critique was organized by a memorable theme — “trickle-down government.” (Obama’s apparent theme — a “new economic patriotism” — went entirely unexplained.)

Romney’s effective indictment of Obama’s record managed something difficult and important. It simultaneously steadied the confidence of Republicans in their own candidate while allowing Romney to adopt a more moderate, bipartisan tone on taxes, education and entitlements. This is politics successfully conducted at a high degree of difficulty....

Obama had not debated in years, and that also showed. He is a political orchid, thriving best in a hot, wet atmosphere of praise. Presented with serious, sustained criticism, he first seemed puzzled that his idiom wasn’t working properly. Then came the avalanche of tweeted adjectives: annoyed, grim, unhappy, disengaged, glaring, defensive. For me, the low point came when he protested, “I’m going to make an important point here, Jim.” Show, as they say, don’t tell. Obama’s words were instantly forgettable. But his performance will be remembered, studied and mocked for its body language. He looked down. He looked away. It was the surrender of the averted gaze.

Operation Swing State!

The presidential debate on Wednesday of this week was exciting to watch! Governor Romney showed the President and the rest of the nation what real leadership and vision can be for our country!

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The Presidential race is very close.

The race will be won or lost in the swing states.

A total of 8 swing states have early/absentee voting and voters in 4 of them have already started voting!!

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CFRW Capitol Update: Prop 36: NO!

The California Federation of Republican Women OPPOSE Prop 36! Proposition 36 would revise the current Three Strikes law and would allow current convicted felons serving 25-life under Three Strikes to petition for a reduced sentence. The Three Strikes law was passed in 1994 and shortly after its passage crime in California dropped and has remained at those lower levels. Violent crimes have decreased by 18% and homicide decreased by 31% since Three Strikes' inception. Prop 36 would modify the three strikes law to impose life sentence only when the new felony conviction is "serious or violent". It authorize re-sentencing for offenders currently serving life sentences if their third strike conviction was not "serious" or "violent" and if the judge determines that the re-sentence does not pose "unreasonable" risk to public safety. It would continue to impose a life sentence penalty if the third strike conviction was for "certain non-serious, non-violent sex or drug offenses or involved firearm possession" and maintain the life sentence penalty for felons with "non-serious, non-violent third strike if prior convictions were for rape, murder, or child molestation." Proponents of Prop 36 say that this would “make room for dangerous felons,” but the truth is only 6.6% of all prisoners in California are these “third strikers.” If Prop 36 passes, it would allow 4,388 “third strikers” petition the courts for a resentencing and some of these criminals could be released “without any parole or supervision.” These are criminals so dangerous they are serving 25 to life sentences as charged by a District Attorney, as convicted by a jury, as imposed by a judge, and whose legal appeals have been denied. Prop 36 would allow these same criminals ask a new judge for a reduced sentence or to be set free, some without any parole or supervision! Prop 36 is opposed by every major law enforcement organization and the California District Attorneys Association. Prop 36 is dangerous and needs to be defeated!

CFRW Official Ballot Positions and Talking Points!
Prop 30 - NO
Prop 31 - NO
Prop 32 - YES
Prop 33 - YES
Prop 34 - NO
Prop 35 - YES
Prop 36 - NO
Prop 37 - NO
Prop 38 - NO
Prop 39 - NO
Prop 40 - YES

For all the props and their talking points on one PDF document, ◼ CLICK HERE.
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Email Shows State Department Rejecting Request of Security Team at US Embassy in Libya



ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team at the Embassy of Libya to retain a DC-3 airplane in the country to better conduct their duties. - ABC News

Copied on the email was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in a terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11, 2012, along with three other Americans. That attack has prompted questions about whether the diplomatic personnel in that country were provided with adequate security support....

Earlier this week, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and another member of the committee wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listing 13 incidents leading up to the attack, ranging from IED and RPG attacks to a “posting on a pro-Gaddafi Facebook page” publicizing early morning runs taken by the late Ambassador Stevens and his security detail around Tripoli.

“Was State Department headquarters in Washington aware of all the above incidents?” they asked Secretary Clinton, requesting written responses by Oct. 8. “If not, why not? If so, what measures did the State Department take to match the level of security provided to the U.S. Mission in Libya to the level of threat?”

The subject line of the email, from Miki Rankin, the post management officer for Libya and Saudi Arabia, reads “Termination of Tripoli DC-3 Support.”

The Dinner Table



This is no jobs recovery - Jennifer Rubin/Washington Post
The Romney campaign’s initial statement summed up the general reaction on the right: “This is not what a real recovery looks like. We created fewer jobs in September than in August, and fewer jobs in August than in July, and we’ve lost over 600,000 manufacturing jobs since President Obama took office. If not for all the people who have simply dropped out of the labor force, the real unemployment rate would be closer to 11%. The results of President Obama’s failed policies are staggering – 23 million Americans struggling for work, nearly one in six living in poverty and 47 million people dependent on food stamps to feed themselves and their families. The choice in this election is clear. Under President Obama, we’ll get another four years like the last four years. If I’m elected, we will have a real recovery with pro-growth policies that will create 12 million new jobs and rising incomes for everyone.”
10.7% Unemployment - Liberty News

As always with these kinds of jobs reports… the devil is in the details.

So a 7.8% unemployment number will be tossed around and praised by the media and their allies in the left. But, as seen above, the use of that number to spin a positive message is incredibly disingenuous.

Screaming Falsehoods, Silent Reality - Smitty/The Other McCain

Friday, October 5, 2012

POST-DEBATE BOUNCE: ROMNEY TIED OR AHEAD IN OH, FL, VA

The first post-debate polls are just starting to get released, and in both Ohio, Florida, and Virginia (if you believed the wildly skewed media polls showing insurmountable leads for Obama), Mitt Romney has bounced back in ways the corrupt media said was impossible. - John Nolte/Breitbart

According Rasmussen, in Ohio, the race is statistically tied among likely voters with Obama ahead by only a single point: 50-49%. In a tighter screen meant to gauge enthusiasm and "certainty" of voting, it's Romney who takes the lead, 52-48%.

Rasmussen's numbers are back up by pollster We Ask America, which shows Romney leading 47-46%.

The deep dive numbers are even more impressive. Ohio voters trust Romney more on the economy by a margin of 49-45%, and bests Obama on national security, 48-47%.

In better news for Romney in Ohio, one of the great underreported stories is how well the GOP is doing in closing the early voting gap...

Ohio poll: Romney leads 51-48 among those certain to vote - Paul Bedard/Washington Examiner

Overall, the race is deadlocked with Obama over Romney 50 percent to 49 percent, according to the poll taken Thursday night.

But among the stunning 92 percent of all voters in the state who say that they are certain to go to the polls on Election Day, Romney leads 51 percent to 48 percent. And among the 83 percent who have already made up their minds how they will vote, Romney is ahead 52 percent to 48 percent.

via Drudge
POST-DEBATE BOUNCE IN POLLS:
ROMNEY PULLS AHEAD IN VIRGINIA...
Takes 3-point lead in Florida...
Ohio: Leads 51-48 among those 'certain' to vote...

Top Obama Fundraiser To Release Bin Laden Film 2 Days Before Election

“Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,” from The Weinstein Co. and Voltage Pictures, will air Sunday, Nov. 4, the channel said Thursday. President Barack Obama faces Republican challenger Mitt Romney at the polls two days later. - CBS Local DC

L.A. stations run out, close gas pumps



California Refiners Ration Gasoline as Prices Near Record - Bloomberg
Spiking above $5... Gas prices suddenly skyrocket in California. As wholesale gasoline prices set all-time highs, some filling stations run out of fuel and don't buy more. Others stay open and pass along costs to customers. - LA Times

..."If this keeps up, I'll be looking at $5-a-gallon gas by next Thursday," said Ali Mazarei, who owns an Arco station in Riverside County. On Thursday, Mazarei was charging $4.52 for a gallon of regular gasoline, up from $4.27 on Wednesday and $4.21 on Tuesday.

"I really don't have any choice here, and I won't be making money at $4.52 a gallon," he said.

Some fuel stops had already crossed the $5 threshold.

L.A. stations run out, close pumps... - KTLA

$4 gas: Get used to it; $5 coming... - Fortune/CNN Money

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Why Ryan’s Medicare Is Better for Seniors Than Obamacare’s Medicare

link - Peter Thomas and Peter Ferrara/FrontPageMag

...it was Obamacare that already changed Medicare as we know it, transforming it literally into a death trap for seniors. Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion over the next 10 years alone, mostly by slashing Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals. And that is just a downpayment on what is to come....

Crowd of 10,000 Rallies for Romney in Fisherville, Virginia (Video)


Battleground Watch reported Thursday night that the Romney campaign estimated the crowd at about 10 thousand post-debate, euphoric people. - Nice Deb

Mitt's New Momentum - RS McCain at American Spectator

...The massive turnout was proof that Mitt Romney's stunning victory in Wednesday's debate struck a spark of excitement, reviving a campaign that had sustained a month-long battering of negative media coverage. "The crowd was feeding off the energy from last night," said Amy Whitaker, who drove from Amherst County to attend the rally. "A lot of us didn't get to sleep until 2 in the morning, we were so hyped up.… We were just surprised [Romney] did so well, and how bad Obama did."...

Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter v. CNN



CUTTER CONCEDES $5 TRILLION ATTACK ON ROMNEY IS NOT TRUE

DEBATE DISSEMBLING: OBAMA'S OWN BUDGET PROVES HIS DEFICIT REDUCTION CLAIMS WRONG - Warner Todd Huston/Breitbart

..."Virtually no serious budget analyst agreed" with the President's claim. And on debate night, ABC News called the claim "mostly fiction."

Several others have noted that Obama's claims are wrong, too. But, unfortunately, too many Old Media sources continue to repeat the President's claim without any critical analysis.

Of course, that wasn't the only thing that Obama said in Wednesday's debate that is either false or misleading. For one, the President's jobs number claim is misleading and his claim that Romney's plan would raise taxes on the middle class is simply false.

ROMNEY'S BIG NIGHT

A Complete Victory. - Tom Del Beccaro/Political Vanguard

BOOM goes Sununu! “The Obama you saw last night is the same Obama that’s been in the WH for 4 years” - The Right Scoop

You need to watch this clip all the way to the very end because Sununu completely drops the bomb on Obama and it’s awesome.



Krauthammer: Romney dissolved $150 million in negative ads and turned them to dust last night - The Right Scoop


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Chicago won't go quietly. Be ready for trouble and able of rapid response.

Romney Deflates the President: The first debate was a surprise. Now the challenger has to prepare for more surprises. - Peggy Noonan/Wall St. Journal
Palin Warns: Obama Camp Will Not Go Down Without Swinging; Will Pull Something - Real Clear Politics

After debate failure, Obama consults most trusted adviser... Himself!

Because isolation and insularity have worked out so well for him thus far, right? ◼ Politico quotes an unnamed Obama confidant on President Eye-candy's post-debate demeanor. Having that famous first-rate temperament, he was just the right level of angry:
Nobody had to tell President Barack Obama he had whiffed when he walked off the stage in Denver Wednesday night — nor was he in the mood for a lot of advice. “You could tell he was pissed,” said a person close to the president.

We can't afford four more years

67 MILLION: RATINGS JUMP FOR DEBATE... 15 million more than '08...

That 67 million, however, falls very short of the Mother of All Presidential Debates: the Oct. 28, 1980 smackdown between President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, which had drawn a whopping 81 million viewers.

About 12 million of the 67 mil who watched President Obama square off with GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at the University of Denver were aged 18-34 years. Nearly 31 million of them were 55 years or older, Nielsen reported Thursday.

Was Obama rattled by developing donor scandal story?

President Obama's reelection campaign, rattled by his Wednesday night debate performance, could be in for even worse news. - Paul Bedard/Washington Examiner

According to knowledgeable sources, a national magazine and a national web site are preparing a blockbuster donor scandal story.

Sources told Secrets that the Obama campaign has been trying to block the story. But a key source said it plans to publish the story Friday or, more likely, Monday.

According to the sources, a taxpayer watchdog group conducted a nine-month investigation into presidential and congressional fundraising and has uncovered thousands of cases of credit card solicitations and donations to Obama and Capitol Hill, allegedly from unsecure accounts, and many from overseas. That might be a violation of federal election laws.

Gas prices in CA hit record highs, Supply shortages shut pumps

California Gas Stations Begin to Shut on Record-High Prices

Gasoline station owners in the Los Angeles area including Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) are beginning to shut pumps because of supply shortages that have driven wholesale fuel prices to record highs.

Costco’s outlet in Simi Valley, 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, ran out of regular gasoline yesterday and was selling premium fuel at the price of regular, Jeff Cole, Costco’s vice president of gasoline, said by telephone. The company hasn’t been able to find enough unbranded summer-grade gasoline to keep its stations supplied, he said....

Spot, or wholesale, gasoline in Los Angeles climbed 30 cents to $1.45 a gallon over gasoline futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange, data compiled by Bloomberg show. That’s the highest level for the fuel since at least November 2007, when Bloomberg began publishing prices there. The premium has surged $1 this week. On an outright basis, the fuel jumped to $4.3396 a gallon. More at the link.

TECHNICALITY KEEPS ROMNEY ENDORSEMENT FROM REPUBLICAN STATE PARTY LIST

When asked for a list of endorsed candidates for the Voter Information section of sample ballots, county registrars of voters (including Humboldt’s) received an August 14 letter from the chairman of the California Republican Party that omitted presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“The letter cited sections of the State Elections Code governing the matter. Apparently, a printing deadline required that the list be submitted prior to the Republican National Convenion when Gov. Romney was formally nominated, so the CRP did not include him. Ironically, the later Democrat convention made the deadline,” said Peter Hannaford, chairman of the Humboldt County Republican Party. “This technicality is unfortunate,” he continued, “because the Republican party is solidly behind the Romney-Ryan ticket.”
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Meanwhile...

Factory orders plunge most since Jan '09 - Bloomberg
Weekly jobless claims rise again - Reuters via CNBC
Fed's Latest Easing Has Little Impact -- Out of Bullets? - CNBC
CA gas prices set to spike... * - Contra Costa Times
In weak economy, US births down for 4th year - AP

NYT: 'President Xanax'...



Mitt Romney: "...what we're seeing right now is, in my view, a trickle-down government approach which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams. And it's not working. And the proof of that is 23 million people out of work. The proof of that is one out of six people in poverty. The proof of that is we've gone from 32 million on food stamps to 47 million on food stamps. The proof of that is that 50 percent of college graduates this year can't find work. The path we’re taking is not working. It is time for a new path....”

Team Obama struggles as Romney wins big - Byron York/Washington Examiner
"I just think he has a terrible record to defend," top Romney adviser Stuart Stevens said of the president "They've hidden behind almost a billion dollars in campaign expenditures. Now, you can't hide behind ads, you can't hide behind surrogates, you can't have Bill Clinton step in for you on that stage."

"I don't think he had a particularly bad debate," Stevens concluded. "He's had a bad four years."


Yesterday was National Empty Podium Day - Michelle Malkin
GORE BLAMES THE ALTITUDE! - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
There are two more chances for the president to change tactics, or at least to show up to the debates energized and nimble: President Xanax just doesn’t cut it. - Charles M. Blow/New York Times

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

In case you missed it: Here's the debate



(NYT notes, they have some trouble with the audio for the first couple minutes, otherwise, here it is in its entirety) h/t Blaine

ROUND WON:


Romney goes on offense, forcing Obama to defend record - Jerry Markon/Washington Post
Romney painted Obama’s first term as a time of rising poverty, slowing economic growth and struggle for millions of Americans. He pushed his own plans to lower taxes and bring down the federal deficit, saying his approach would revive the sputtering economy.
You Were Fighting For Obamacare, Not Jobs - Breitbart
Romney: 'The Path We’re Taking Is Not Working' - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
... what we're seeing right now is, in my view, a trickle-down government approach which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams. And it's not working. And the proof of that is 23 million people out of work. The proof of that is one out of six people in poverty. The proof of that is we've gone from 32 million on food stamps to 47 million on food stamps. The proof of that is that 50 percent of college graduates this year can't find work. The path we’re taking is not working. It is time for a new path....”
Incumbent Debate Curse: Barack Obama Falls to Mitt Romney - Ron Fournier/National Journal
If Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn’t win the first of three presidential debates outright, he more than covered the spread. He was personable, funny, and relentlessly on the attack against a heavily favored Obama.

The president looked peeved and flat as he carried a conversation, for the first time in four years, with somebody telling him he’s wrong.
Chris Matthews Freaks Out At Obama After Debate: Romney Was "Winning" - Real Clear Politics (video in post below)
Matthews then demanded that President Obama start watching cable news, specifically his program.

"Where was Obama tonight? He should watch -- well, not just Hardball, Rachel, he should watch you, he should watch the Reverend Al [Sharpton], he should watch Lawrence. He would learn something about this debate. There's a hot debate going on in this country. You know where it's been held? Here on this network is where we're having the debate," Matthews said.

"We have our knives out," Matthews said, admitting his network is trying their best to defend Obama and his policies. "We go after the people and the facts. What was he doing tonight? He went in their disarmed."
Obama spokesperson Stephanie Cutter took a swipe at moderator Jim Lehrer's largely passive debate performance tonight, saying the PBS anchor had allowed Mitt Romney to act as the moderator. - Dylan Byers/Politico
Andrew Sullivan: 'This was a disaster' - Live-Blogging The First Presidential Debate 2012 - The Daily Beast
Bewildered and lost without his teleprompter, President Obama flailed all around the debate stage last night. He was stuttering, nervous and petulant. It was like he had been called in front of the principal after goofing around for four years and blowing off all his homework.
Not since Jimmy Carter faced Ronald Reagan has the U.S. presidency been so embarrassingly represented in public. Actually, that’s an insult to Jimmy Carter.

The split screen was most devastating. Mitt Romney spoke forthrightly, with carefully studied facts and details at the ready. He looked right at the president and accused him of being miles out of his depth.

Mr. Obama? His eyes were glued to his lectern, looking guilty and angry and impatient with all the vagaries of Democracy. This debate was seriously chaffing him.

What exactly was Mr. Obama’s strategy here? Did he figure with so many people unemployed in this abomination of an economy he should go for the sympathy vote? Like voters could relate to a guy who is just scared pantsless that he is about to lose his job?...
The Early Read: Romney Won, and He Will Gain - White House Dossier
MSNBC’s Matthews gives epic smackdown of Obama - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
Who won? (POLL) - Althouse
According to a CNN/ORC International survey conducted right after the debate, 67% of debate watchers questioned said that the Republican nominee won the faceoff - CNN
More than six in ten said that president did worse than expected, with one in five saying that Obama performed better than expected. Compare that to the 82% who said that Romney performed better than expected. Only one in ten felt that the former Massachusetts governor performed worse than expected.
Best Debate Performance By a GOP Presidential Candidate in More than Two Decades - Bill Kristol/Weekly Standard

Chris Matthews loses it, after poor performance by President Obama



"I don't know what he was doing there." Chris Matthews exclaimed. "He had his head down. He was enduring rather than fighting."

"What was Romney doing?" asked Matthews. "He was winning."
- Charlie Spiering/Washington Examiner @CharlieSpiering
Obama under the gun: ‘Jim, you may wanna move on to another topic’ - Twitchy
Michael Moore: 'This is what happens when u pick John Kerry as your debate coach' - Kerry Picket/The Washington Times
Carville: 'Romney came with a chainsaw' - Daily Caller

WATCH THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WITH ELIZABETH EMKEN


Meet U.S. Senate Candidate Elizabeth Emken
and watch the first Romney-Obama Debate,
5-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 3
at the Sea Grill, 316 E St., Eureka.

emken2012.com

Tune in to ABCNews.com on Wednesday for livestreaming coverage of the first 2012 Presidential Debate from Denver, Colo.

Coverage kicks off with ABC News’ live preview show at noon, and full debate coverage begins at 8 p.m. ◼ CLICK HERE


Mike Kelly | This is Our America

Couldn't Say It Better



Sign our petition if you agree with Joe Biden – the middle class is buried! - NRCC

Devastating Side-By-Side Comparison Of Obama's Two Race Speeches



Side-by-Side Comparison of Obama’s ‘Race’ Speeches - Tammy Bruce

Daily Caller came out today with a remarkable speech from Obama in June 2007, a short 9 months before Obama’s campaign race speech. Let’s just say the two a very different. Tonight Hannity presented a clip comparing a few elements of the two speeches. Obama’s hypocrisy is astounding. At the end of the clip you’ll hear Hannity and Carlsen wonder which Obama is the real Obama.

Exclusive: In heated ’07 speech, Obama lavishes praise on Wright, says feds ‘don’t care’ about New Orleans [VIDEO]



...The racially charged and at times angry speech undermines Obama’s carefully-crafted image as a leader eager to build bridges between ethnic groups. For nearly 40 minutes, using an accent he almost never adopts in public, Obama describes a racist, zero-sum society, in which the white majority profits by exploiting black America. The mostly black audience shouts in agreement. The effect is closer to an Al Sharpton rally than a conventional campaign event...

Obama gave the speech in the middle of a hotly-contested presidential primary season, but his remarks escaped scrutiny. Reporters in the room seem to have missed or ignored his most controversial statements. The liberal blogger Andrew Sullivan linked to what he described as a “transcript” of the speech, which turned out not to be a transcript at all, but instead the prepared remarks provided by the campaign. In fact, Obama, who was not using a teleprompter, deviated from his script repeatedly and at length, ad libbing lines that he does not appear to have used before any other audience during his presidential run. A local newspaper posted a series of video clips of the speech, but left out key portions. No complete video of the Hampton speech was widely released.

Full 2007 Video of Obama Emerges of Then-Senator Obama Claiming Federal Discrimination Against New Orleans - Jake Tapper and Mary Bruce/ABC News
Carlson told Fox Tuesday night the clips were evidence the then-candidate was “whipping up race hatred and fear. Period.”

The clips, which were hyped online throughout the day by Fox News and conservative blogger Matt Drudge, were billed as something the “left wing press has been hiding since 2007.”

“That is racial rhetoric designed to make people fearful,” Carlson told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “This is the opposite of what a uniter does, this is what a demagoguer does, and it’s wrong.”
Maddow On Obama Tape: Right Wants You To Believe He's "Way More Black Than He Seems To You Now" - Real Clear Politics

How the Wright-Free Zone was Built - Ed Driscoll/PJM (7/2010)
Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright - Jonathan Strong/The Daily Caller

Paul Ryan: The Middle Class Has Been Buried Under Obama



Sign our petition if you agree with Joe Biden – the middle class is buried! - NRCC

Top Five Obama-Biden Tax Hikes Burying the Middle Class... - Americans for Tax Reform
1. The Obamacare Individual Mandate Non-Compliance Tax
2. The Obamacare Tax on Union Member and Early Retiree Health Insurance Plans
3. The Obamacare Flexible Spending Account Tax – a.k.a. “Special Needs Kids Tax”
4. The Obamacare Medicine Cabinet Tax
5. The Obamacare High Medical Bills Tax
Learn more at the link.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Only four students showed up to the event. The speakers pretended not to notice.

Small student showing at Democratic Rally - Zach Connerty-Marin/MaineCampus.com

Maine’s heavy-hitter Democrats gathered Tuesday to speak to students about the need for involvement in the political process. Congressman Mike Michaud, George Mitchell and Emily Cain — district representative for Orono — were just a few of the speakers at the event, which took place in the Wells Convention Center at the University of Maine.

Only four students showed up to the event. The speakers pretended not to notice.

NFRW on tomorrow's debate, and more

Obama's Disastrous Energy Policies

Tomorrow night President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will meet in Denver, Colorado, to debate domestic policy. The first point on Romney's five point economic plan is for the United States to become energy independent. In his first term, Obama has been no friend to the oil industry, but has taken credit for its success--a 4.5% growth in 2011, while overall GDP grew by 1.7%. Here are some talking points to consider before Romney and Obama spar over energy policy tomorrow night:
◼ Obama planned to open 75 percent of our offshore oil and gas resources for production, but only areas that have already been explored are included in that figure. According to the American Petroleum Institute (API), 85 percent of all offshore areas are still off-limits.

◼ The oil industry has a difficult time obtaining leases and then producing on that land because of regulations, slowing production. For example, the API reports that the oil industry spent $2.6 billion to obtain 487 leases in the Chukchi Sea, but so far the Obama administration has not allowed any wells to be drilled on that land.

◼ In February, Obama famously claimed that the United States only has 2 percent of the world's oil reserves, but he did not take into account our undiscovered resource potential or our shale gas resources, which are ten times the amount of our current oil reserves. These resources put the U.S. ahead of Saudi Arabia in the amount of oil and natural gas that can be recovered.

◼ Obama calls for an end to subsidizing oil companies, but in truth "there is not a single targeted tax credit in the Internal Revenue Code available to the oil and gas industry," according to the API. The oil and gas industry is allowed the same tax deductions that other businesses take, but at a lower rate. All U.S. manufacturers take a 9 percent tax deduction on their costs, while the oil and gas industry is allowed a 6 percent tax deduction.

◼ While making it more difficult for the oil industry to conduct business, the solar and wind industry received $9 billion in taxpayer subsidies between 2009 and 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal. These are direct handouts from taxpayer coffers, unlike the tax deductions the oil industry receives.

◼ While the oil industry struggles to build wells on land it already has leases for, the Department of Interior is opening 19 million acres for solar installations, which is a collection of land larger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont combined, according to the Wall Street Journal.

◼ Obama's 2013 budget called for raising taxes on the oil industry by $85 billion.
For more reading on the disparity of treatment for the oil industry vs. the solar and wind industry, read ◼ Big Oil, Bigger Taxes and ◼ The Solar Painted Desert from the Wall Street Journal. Check out the American Petroleum Institute's pamphlet ◼ Energy Myths & Facts for a breakdown of some of Obama's claims about the oil industry.

Planned Parenthood Begins Ad Blitz Against Romney

In its Tuesday, October 2, 2012 issue, The Hill newspaper reported that "Planned Parenthood's political wing is targeting Mitt Romney." The Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the Planned Parenthood Votes have prepared a new slew of anti-Romney messaging efforts. Both groups have been running ads against Romney and will renew their efforts against him starting with Colorado, ahead of the first debate on Wednesday.

Colorado is considered a swing state and its female voters may very well be decisive in the presidential race. Between the two Planned Parenthood groups, they plant to target television, mobile and on-line ads, and will hold a rally on Tuesday. The group also intends to place a large, movable chalk board on which passers-by can paint questions they have for Governor Romney to answer.

Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg has replied that Obama has "made it more difficult for women to start businesses, keep more money in the bank, or see their children graduate with good jobs on the horizon...despite what the Obama campaign says, women are concerned about what's happened over the last four years--and they can't afford another four years of the same."

October Debate Schedule

There are three presidential debates this month before the election on Tuesday, November 6. Here is a schedule of the debates and their topics:
◼ October 3, 2012: The candidates will discuss domestic policy with questions from Jim Lehrer, the host of NewsHour on PBS. Jim Lehrer has opened all of the presidential debates since 1988. This debate will be held at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

◼ October 11, 2012: This is the only debate featuring the Vice Presidential candidates, who will discuss foreign and domestic policy at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. It will start at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time with Martha Raddatz, an ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent, as moderator.

◼ October 16, 2012: The candidates will meet at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York for a town hall meeting debate on foreign and domestic policy. It will be moderated by Candy Crowley, the CNN Chief Political Correspondent. The Gallup organization will select undecided voters as the town hall meeting participants. The debate will start at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

◼ October 22, 2012: The candidates will meet at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, to discuss foreign policy. Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation on CBS, will moderate. Like the previous debates, this one starts at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
All of the debates are sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. To visit their website and learn more about the history of these debates, ◼ click here. To learn more about the debates this month, check out the ◼ 2012 Election Central.

Obama Campaign: 'Vote Like Your Lady Parts Depend On It'


Obama campaign posts e-card: ‘Vote like your lady parts depend on it’ - Charlie Spiering/Washington Examiner @CharlieSpiering

*Update* The e-card was deleted just hours after bloggers began criticizing the post.

Five reasons why Mitt Romney can win the first presidential TV debate (seriously)

HOW DO YOU DEBATE OBAMA? MAKE HIM OWN THE ECONOMY - David Harsanyi/HUMAN EVENTS @davidharsanyi

It’s simple. During the upcoming debates, no matter what question is thrown at him, Mitt Romney has to dump the economy onto the lap of its rightful owner. The president, Romney might suggest, shouldn’t be judged on the economy he campaigned so hard to inherit, but the recovery he has botched. As it stands, Obama is the owner of the most pathetic economic revival in American history. A recovery so weak, it’s difficult to believe that voters even think of it as one....

Five reasons why Mitt Romney can win the first presidential TV debate (seriously) - Peter Foster /THE TELEGRAPH

...5. The narrative: perhaps it’s a testament to Romney’s miserable month, but in the fickle world of the media, the moment is ripe for a change of tack. It might seem venal, but for the last six months the US electionn story has moved only in one direction (Romney’s campaign car-crash) but that narrative, reinforced by a slew of negative swing-state polls, is now getting repetitive. The pundits are itching for a comeback story. If Romney can give them even half a nibble of an excuse, they’ll bite. Hard.

In pre-debate spin, Romney is winning by losing - Neil Munro/DAILY CALLER

“The best news for Romney going into the debates is that voters have very low expectations for him and therefore the bar for him to change some minds is set lower than it is for the president,” said a survey released Oct. 2 by Quinnipiac University.

Fifty-four percent of respondents predicted Obama will win the debate, while only 28 percent thought Romney would win, said the poll of 1,912 likely voters.

Obama calls debate prep 'a drag' - Justin Sink/THE HILL

Survey: Doctors choose Romney over Obama

A new survey shows Mitt Romney with a commanding lead over President Barack Obama among doctors, with Obamacare helping to sway their votes. - Betsi Fores/Daily Caller

If the election were held today, 55 percent of physicians reported they would vote for Romney while just 36 percent support Obama, according to a survey released by Jackson & Coker, a division of Jackson Healthcare, the third largest health care staffing company in the United States

Fifteen percent of respondents said they were switching their vote from Obama in 2008 to Romney in 2012. The top reasons cited for this change was the Affordable Care Act and the failure to address tort reform.

Leadership style, failure to follow through on campaign promises, unemployment and the general state of the economy were also factors.... MORE at the link...

Already, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and other contractors have cancelled plans to notify employees of impending layoffs thanks to the Obama promise to reimburse legal fees derived from failure to follow the law.

Obama administration to contractors: Hold off announcing layoffs until after the election and taxpayers will cover your fines and costs

According to the WARN Act, employers must provide 60 days notice to workers, labor union reps, local governments, etc., in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs that fall within the parameters of the Act.

Defense contractor layoffs due to sequestration cuts (that Obama is pictured above announcing in January of this year) are looming January 2, 2013. This means that federal law will require those companies to issue thousands of “you’re out of a job” notices mere days before the November election. If you’re the Obama administration this makes you more nervous than watching Joe Biden start to talk about Dunkin’ Donuts. What to do? Simple — ask the contractors to ignore the law and promise them that taxpayers will cover possible fines and extra costs associated with any subsequent non-compliance judgments...

Read the memo for yourself (PDF). The federal government is offering to pay companies to violate federal law so as to not spoil one man’s re-election by exposing him to the fallout from the implementation of his own plan, and it’s all right there in an official memo for all to see (transparency promise: delivered)....

It’s been asked: This is a big deal. So why isn’t it on the front page of every major newspaper in America?...

Lockheed accepts Obama’s ‘guidance’ and will delay sending tens of thousands of layoff notices until after the election - Michelle Malkin

...the Obama administration has offered to cover expenses (court-ordered penalties, severence costs, etc) for contractors willing to ignore the WARN Act by delaying sending layoff notices to tens of thousands of their employees who will likely be hit by Pentagon budget cuts....

What’s not being answered is this: The Obama administration is arguing that the WARN Act isn’t applicable in cases involving sequestration. If that’s true, why are they putting taxpayers on the hook to cover costs the WARN Act mandates if that law doesn’t apply to this situation?

ALG praises Sen. Graham for denouncing Obama lawlessness - ALG

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today praised South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who denounced an Obama Administration move to reimburse the legal fees of defense contractors that do not follow federal requirements to give 60 days notice to employees of layoffs.

The layoffs are set to occur for contractors expecting cuts in the sequester budget Congress adopted last year. The notices would have been issued just days before the Nov. 6 election, an outcome thought to be politically damaging to Obama.

"I will do everything in my power to make sure not one taxpayer dollar is spent reimbursing companies for failure to comply with WARN Act," Graham said in an exclusive interview with The Hill. "That is so beyond the pale — I think it's patently illegal."

Already, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and other contractors have cancelled plans to notify employees of impending layoffs thanks to the Obama promise to reimburse legal fees derived from failure to follow the law.

Obama's own plan, announced in January: Obama announces Pentagon budget cuts

Memorial Service for Suzanne Seemann set for Saturday

A memorial service for Suzanne Seemann will be held at Freshwater School, 75 Greenwood Heights Drive, Eureka, on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10:30 a.m.








How to help:
The Six Rivers Running Club has set up medical and memorial funds at Umpqua Bank for the three women struck in Thursday's hit-and-run crash.
Jessica Hunt Medical Fund: 992682534
Terri Vroman-Little Medical Fund: 992682526
Seemann Family Memorial Fund: 992682542

SRA Fire Fee Meeting In PETROLIA Tuesday:

The meeting in Carlotta was very well attended and informative. 1st District Supervisor, Rex Bohn also attended and was inspired to help organize a meeting in Petrolia on Tuesday (10/2) at 6:30 PM. The place is to be determined but it will probably be at the school. I will have an update from Rex on Monday. If you have any questions, the links I provided earlier are very helpful. There will be several knowledgeable people in attendance at Tuesday's meeting.

Among the items to be discussed are:
1) The "Fee" itself.
2) The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association law suit to stop it.
3) How you can apply for for "Redetermination of Fee"
4) Open Forum

Via incoming Supervisor Estelle Fennell on Facebook

http://www.firetaxprotest.org/

Emken vs. Feinstein on Govt Accountability



Meet Elizabeth Emken this Wednesday night at the Sea Grill in Eureka. We'll be watching the first Presidential Debate, and looking forward to seeing Elizabeth herself get a chance to debate her opponent, incumbent Dianne Feinstein.
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5-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 3
at the Sea Grill, 316 E St., Eureka.
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Elizabeth Emken

Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway endorses Mitt Romney


"Governor Romney is a proven leader with the experience and background to turn around our struggling economy,” Elway said in a statement. - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard

"“In these tough economic times, we need a president who understands how to get America working again – by standing on the side of taxpayers and small-business owners who do the real job creating. I am endorsing Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan for President and Vice President because I know having the courage to make decisions and tackle challenges is what leads to results and real change. America needs a comeback team – Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are that team.

Leaders come in many forms, and John Elway has always exemplified leadership, first as a quarterback for the Super Bowl champion Broncos, and now as an executive vice president for the team,” Romney said in a statement. “He’s had to overcome challenges during his career, and he knows what it takes to turn things around when things get tough. I’m proud to have him on my team as we campaign to lead the comeback this nation desperately needs.


Jets owner Woody Johnson puts Mitt Romney win over Jets victory - Mike Vorkunov/The Star-Ledger

Asked whether he would rather the Jets have a winning season in 2012 or Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate that Johnson has backed, take the White House in November, Johnson replied that he would "put country first" and choose a Romney victory.

NFL political donations favor Republicans three to one - Charlie Spiering/Washington Examiner @CharlieSpiering

Eleven of the NFL team owners favor Romney, according to FEC campaign records – compiled by Business Insider’s Walter Hickey in September. These donors have donated directly to Romney’s campaign or through the Republican National Committee.

Chief among the Romney supporters is Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross who has donated $100,000 to the pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, $20,800 to the Republican National Committee, $5,000 to Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC and $2,500 to Mitt Romney.

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has donated $58,200 to the Republican National Committee this year, $2,500 to Mitt Romney and $5,000 to Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC. Johnson is one of the Romney campaign’s finance co-chairs.

Members of the Bidwell family, owners of the Arizona Cardinals, have donated over $154,000 to the Republican National Committee and $4,500 to Romney.

Other NFL owners donating to Romney include the Kansas City Chiefs co-owner Clark Hunt, Cincinnati Bengals’ Mike Brown, Cleveland Browns’ Jimmy Haslam III, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Houston Texans owner Robert McNair, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, and San Diego Chargers owner Alexander Spanos, and Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder....

Monday, October 1, 2012

Electronic monitoring by Justice Department on the rise under Obama, ACLU says

Orders to track phone calls increased 60 percent -- from 23,535 in 2009 to 37,616 in 2011 -- according to Justice Department documents, including ones recently acquired by the ACLU.

Orders to track emails and computer network data increased by 361 percent over the same period, though the number of orders was less compared to those for phone calls....

Naomi Gilens, writing in a blog for the ACLU, says the information in the documents “underscore the importance of regulating and overseeing the government’s surveillance power.”

She also calls both devices “powerfully invasive surveillance tools” and points out that nowadays no special equipment is needed to record such information because it is part of phone companies’ call-routing hardware, unlike 20 years ago.

Who's against Prop. 32? The state's teachers union has given the opposition nearly $18 million of its members' dues. The largest union for state workers has given nearly $6 million. State, county and city employee unions have given nearly $3 million more. And other unions make up almost all the rest of the No on 32 funding.

The truth about Prop. 32 - Gloria Romero/Orange County Register

Please note that these millions are being spent not because rank-and-file members have chosen to fight the proposition; rather, these millions are being spent by the unions' executive boards in Sacramento, without ever having to win the consent of the members. The "leaders" decide – the workers pay.

All those millions are funding television and radio ads that say Prop. 32 "isn't what it seems" and that it isn't "balanced" because there are "special exemptions" for its supporters.

Prop. 32 is exactly what it says it is.

Here's what the measure does, according to the official secretary of state-prepared ballot statement:
◼ "Prohibits unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. Applies same use prohibition to payroll deductions, if any, by corporations or government contractors."
Workers can still contribute to political campaigns – but unions and employers can't automatically deduct money from paychecks for politics.

Opponents argue that it isn't "balanced" because unions automatically deduct more money from paychecks than do corporations. But what is unbalanced about allowing workers to decide how to spend their own money on political causes and candidates? All workers will still have a voice, but they will now be able to make their own choices on which politicians to give to.
◼ "Prohibits union and corporate contributions to candidates and their committees."
In plain language, Prop. 32 cuts the money link between special interests and lawmakers and forces politicians to raise money from individual citizens....

What they're (The Unions) really afraid of is what will happen when their own members and employees actually have the real power to spend their own money on the political causes and candidates in which they believe.
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The California Republican Party and California Federation of Republican Women (CFRW) recommend a YES vote on Prop. 32. VOTE Tuesday, November 6th.

"Someone needs to ask the Governor why that sound economic logic doesn't apply to every other aspect of the economy. We need to ask Gov. Brown why he wants want to raise taxes on small businesses through Prop. 30 but lower them for the film industry?"

California GOP finds film tax credit curious - Evan Halper/LA Times

GOP officials used the credit approved by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday night, intended to help curb the flight of film productions out of California, to take a shot at him and his November ballot initiative to increase billions of dollars of other taxes.

"Presumably, the Governor believes that the lower tax rates will provide incentives for more films to be made here, resulting in more jobs," California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said in a statement. "More jobs will result in more tax revenue because working people pay more taxes."

Del Beccaro went on: "Someone needs to ask the Governor why that sound economic logic doesn't apply to every other aspect of the economy. We need to ask Gov. Brown why he wants want to raise taxes on small businesses through Prop. 30 but lower them for the film industry?"

Egyptian women fear regression on rights

FT's policy does not allow us to share excerpts from the article, but it's an interesting read, at the link.

It's about leadership

Christie responds to Obama whopper: ‘Stop lying, Mr. President.’



“Lying?!” an incredulous Stephanopoulos gasped. “What’s the lie there?” - Mary Katherine Ham/HotAir

As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made the Sunday talk show rounds, “This Week’s” George Stephanopoulos confronted him with a portion of President Obama’s recent two-minute-long ad, being that they don’t have time to run the Aeneid on TV:

“Gov. Romney believes that with even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy and fewer regulations on Wall St., all of us will prosper. In other words, he’d double down on the same trickle-down policies that led to the crisis in the first place.”

If Christie were on stage at Wednesday night’s debate, how would he respond, Stephanopoulos asked. “Stop lying, Mr. President.”

“Lying?!” an incredulous Stephanopoulos gasped. “What’s the lie there?” ...learn why at the link

The President’s $8 Billion Coincidence