Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Quick Hits - July 25, 2012

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen.”

This phrase continues to reverberate within the Presidential campaign.  President Obama, demonstrating once again his trait of being 'thin-skinned', told the attendees at a West Coast fundraiser yesterday that he's losing patience over Republican attacks on his comment.
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he’s losing his patience over the Republican attacks aimed at his “you didn’t build that” comment.

“I have to tell you, I generally have patience with what the other side says about me, that’s a requirement of this job,” Obama said during a $5,000-per-plate fundraiser here, according to the pool report.

“And if you don’t like folks talking about you, you probably shouldn’t run for president. The one thing I do have no patience for is this argument that somehow what I’m criticizing is success… I want to promote success,” Obama said.

And the government delivers 'success', Mr. President?

The other message that the President and his team is driving forward around this comment is that it was 'taken out of context' by those who are using it as a political football.

Football? Hmm, let's apply something from the National Football League and go to the instant replay in this new American Crossroads PAC advertisement....

Both Hot Air and The Weekly Standard address the similarities of the comments made by the President and by the progressive Massachusetts Senate candidate, Elizabeth Warren, in posts and, in the case of the Weekly Standard, with video.

As The Weekly Standard notes...

While Barack Obama has taken to swing state airwaves to walk back his recent comments that business owners “didn’t build” their businesses, Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is not backing down from similar comments she made last year.

In a 2011 video that went viral on left-wing blogs, Warren told a group of supporters that “there is nobody in this country who got rich on their own.

“Of course I stand by those remarks,” Warren said.

What's interesting about Warren's remarks and in contrast with those of Barack Obama is how they are delivered. Hot Air observes...
Where Warren’s delivery demonstrates anger and contempt for those who claim credit for their own success, Obama tries a somewhat softer approach of humor and disdain. Both, however, perfectly communicate the same idea: small businesses are parasites that only succeed through the beneficence of government, and therefore government has the right to seize whatever capital it wants from that success.

Yet, with all of this, Obama Senior Campaign official, David Axelrod, is insisting today that the 'You didn't build that' remark is helping the President's campaign.

But then, David Axelrod today also was insisting, with a straight face, that the real reason people are thinking the President is running a negative campaign is because of Romney's negative ads against the President, not because of the 19,000 + negative ads and the less than 150 positive ads the Obama campaign ran in one week....

That's almost as classic, Mr. Axelrod, as the President's latest campaign stump speech on the economy, and the efforts to link Mitt Romney's economic plan with George W. Bush's economic plan...
“We tried that and it didn’t work,” Obama said of Mitt Romney’s proposed tax cuts and spending cuts, which he dismissed as a Bush-style “top down” economic policy. “Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan — and it worked,” he added later in the speech. “That’s the difference. That’s the choice in this election. That’s why I’m running for a second term.” Obama made these comments in Oakland, where the unemployment rate was 13.7 percent in May 2012. The national unemployment rate is 8.2 percent — up from 8.1 percent in May — for the second straight month.

It worked? WTH?

That's working?  Must be a variation of Charlie Sheen's 'winning'....

Mitt Romney delivered a major foreign policy speech yesterday to the VFW - and received a very positive reaction from the crowd including cheers and a standing ovation.

"In dealing with other nations, he has given trust where it is not earned, insult where it was not deserved and apology where it was not due", however, nails the Washington Post for their exceptionally biased and denigrating reporting on the Republican candidate's speech, with the WaPoo calling the speech outdated and unrealistic.
WAPO: The lofty appeal to a mid-20th-century view of U.S. power stood in sharp contrast to Obama’s more calculated, realist approach to diplomacy. A Washington Post-ABC News poll published in May found that 48 percent of Americans supported Obama’s handling of foreign affairs, while 46 percent did not.
This is the relevant paragraph of the transcript:
ROMNEY: I am an unapologetic believer in the greatness of this country. I am not ashamed of American power. I take pride that throughout history our power has brought justice where there was tyranny, peace where there was conflict, and hope where there was affliction and despair. I do not view America as just one more point on the strategic map, one more power to be balanced. I believe our country is the greatest force for good the world has ever known, and that our influence is needed as much now as ever. And I am guided by one overwhelming conviction and passion: This century must be an American Century.
The Post was alarmed that Romney used harsh words to attack Obama:
Romney told the VFW audience, which heard from Obama the previous day, that “the last few years have been a time of declining influence and missed opportunity.” He used words such as “diminished,” “devastation,” “faltered,” “misjudgment” and “abandonment” to describe the president’s record.
[Ed note - That May poll, by the way, had the usual significant D+7-8 skew in the sampling...]

NBC News followed right down the path of the Washington Post. Again, highlights the commentary by Andrea Mitchell about Mitt Romney's speech...
NBC / MSNBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent (and Obama sycophant) Andrea Mitchell downplays the positive reception Romney received by VFW… "...this is a conservative group....This is a very conservative foreign policy group and there's no question that they would be predisposed, I think, more towards being in the Republican camp than the Democratic camp."
Another major element of today's political news is the effect that the latest version of the NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll is having on the race - finding that Barack Obama is now up by 6 points over Mitt Romney (49% to 43%).....'s Big Government asks a simple, but serious question...
Serious question: Does NBC just think we are all idiots? Have they been under a rock for the last decade and not realize that they no longer can control the information we hear?  
Do they think they can breathlessly report that their latest poll has Barack Obama leading Romney by 9-points and not mention that they are using a D+11 sample? Its only July. What games will they play in October? Use polls that only sample French adults?  
Today, NBC/WSJ released their latest poll on the presidential contest. They “find” that Obama is leading Romney by 6-points, 49%-43%. They use this finding to opine a great deal about the current state of the presidential campaign. 
What they don’t report, however, is that their poll sample is way overweighted for Democrats. Their sample is D+11, 46% Democrat, 35% Republican–a level we haven’t seen in the electorate since the post-Watergate GOP meltdown.
Why is this an issue? Hot Air provides the needed context...
The 2008 national exit poll sample, taken when Hopenchange fever was at its zenith, was 39D/32R/29I, or D+7. This one, after three years of Obamanomics dreck, is somehow D+11 if you include leaners and D+12(!) if you don’t.  
Anyone feel like taking these results seriously?   
And yet we soldier on, my friends, reminding ourselves at every step that lame content is still content.
One interesting takeaway: The attacks on Bain are driving Obama’s favorables down too, even with a very Democratic sample.
NBC News Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd did have to admit, while appearing this morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe program that 'our sample was a little Democrat heavy'.

Ya Think Chuck? 11-12 points heavy? This isn't polling. This isn't intended to provide us with a snapshot of the current status of the race, but is entirely intended to influence the race. This isn't news, it's propaganda. racist idiots if we intend to not vote for Barack Obama.

 The Washington Post also demonstrated their increasingly shrill bias as one of their leftist columnists dedicated his column to whinging about the GOP supported Voter ID initiatives in a number of states. Harold Meyerson's column was titled, 'GOPS Voter ID Tactics Could Undermine a Romney Win'...but the WaPoo's web editor decided that the article would get more attention if Voter ID was called 'voter supression' and 'could undermine a Romney win' would be better with the blurb, 'A Romney Presidency would be illegitimate'.

But this pales to the despicable Gary Trudeau, the cartoonist behind the over-the-hill Doonesbury strip which today depicts Pennsylvania's Voter ID law effort as a return to 'Jim Crow'. Trudeau should know quite well that it was the Democrats and the Democrat Party that developed, pushed for, and defended 'Jim Crow' laws - but then for loons like Trudeau, facts and truth mean little.

On this subject, former DoJ Voting Rights Division Attorney, J. Christian Adams, writing for PJ Media, provides a closer look at the Eric Holder / DoJ attack on Pennsylvania over their effort to enact a law that requires voters to provide a photo ID to confirm their identity when they cast a ballot. Said Adams...
The Eric Holder Justice Department has done it again, this time in Pennsylvania. Not content to use Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to shake down Texas and South Carolina, the DOJ yesterday sent a demand to the Keystone State for stacks of documents regarding Pennsylvania voter ID.     
This letter was a highly irregular and purely partisan exercise designed to stoke Obama’s electoral base in Philadelphia. It is also designed to placate the civil rights industry, which has quietly simmered about the lack of enforcement of the Voting Rights Act to help minorities over the last three years. (See, Wade Henderson – Cat Got Your Tongue?)      
The demand letter to Pennsylvania was sent pursuant to 42 U.S.C 1974. This law requires election officials to preserve election records for 22 months after an election. It is designed to ensure that no racial discrimination occurred in the conduct of a particular election. 
For example, poll books from 1966 would have to be kept for 22 months to ensure that both black and white voters who were properly registered were actually allowed to vote. Like so much with this Justice Department, the partisans have perverted the law and demanded far more than the law allows, so much so that even liberal former DOJ lawyers are surprised.
Note that Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez signed the letter. Normally, when I worked on cases involving 42 U.S.C. 1974, either the trial lawyer or section chief would sign the letter. It may be that Chris Herren, the current section chief, would do neither what the career partisans below him wanted nor what the political gangsters above him wanted. Internal dissent may be afoot, and with good reason.
One of the standard arguments from the progressive left is that there is not a voter fraud problem - based on the few prosecutions that are done on that basis. But this is nothing more than a canard. In Virginia, the Romney campaign is raising questions about a left-wing 'non-profit' group sending pre-populated forms to Virginia residents, dead Virginians, pets (living and dead), and others ineligible to vote.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign is asking Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to launch an investigation into voter-registration forms that are being sent to Virginia residents and addressed to deceased relatives, children, family pets and others ineligible to vote.   
The errant mailings from the Washington-based nonprofit group Voter Participation Center have befuddled many Virginia residents, leading to hundreds of complaints.    
The organization has been mass-mailing the forms — pre-populated with key information such as names and addresses — to primarily Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as young adults, unmarried women, African-Americans and Latinos.
Europe is sleepwalking towards imminent disaster, warn top economists...
The euro has completely broken down as a workable system and faces collapse with “incalculable economic losses and human suffering” unless there is a drastic change of course, according to a group of [17] leading economists...  
...“The sense of a neverending crisis, with one domino falling after another, must be reversed. The last domino, Spain, is days away from a liquidity crisis,” said the economists. They include two members of Germany’s Council of Economic Experts and leading euro specialists at the London of School of Economics, all euro supporters.
“This dramatic situation is the result of a eurozone system which, as currently constructed, is thoroughly broken. The cause is a systemic failure. It is the responsibility of all European nations that were parties to its flawed design, construction and implementation to contribute to a solution. Absent this collective response, the euro will disintegrate,” they added in a co-signed report for the Institute for New Economic Thinking.    
The warning came as contagion from Spain pushed Italy’s borrowing costs to danger levels, with two-year yields rocketing 40 basis points to more than 5pc. The Milan bourse tumbled 3pc, led by bank shares. Italian equities have been in freefall since it became clear two weeks ago that the EU’s June summit deal had failed to break the nexus between crippled banks and sovereign states.     
The crisis is starting to ricochet back into Germany, where the PMI manufacturing index for July fell to its lowest since mid-2009.  
Doubts are emerging about the creditworthiness of the German state itself.
With this, we have an editorial by a Senior fellow in Economic Studies at the far left Brookings Institute embraces John Maynard Keynes, Paul Krugman, Francois Hollande, and Barack Obama suggesting that the best course for America is to not only to go over the taxmegeddon cliff on January 1, but that we need to enact a new stimulus package (and probably increase taxes further). I guess he also believes that the President's 2009 plan worked out so well. Hey, it worked in Europe too, right?

Pentagon Islamic Adviser Reappears as Political Leader for Syrian Muslim Brotherhood-Dominated Group..
Louay Safi has been fairly influential in government circles. For several years, he was only one of two endorsing agents for the Pentagon’s Muslim military chaplain program as Director of Leadership Development for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He was also responsible for teaching about Islam to American troops deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. So it was particularly curious last year when Safi reappeared last August as the director of the political office of the newly-formed Syrian National Council (SNC), which is dominated by the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.
Wrapping up today’s report, we have yet another hyperventilating media headline to consider, ‘Greenland Ice Melt ‘Unprecedented’, says NASA… …but if this is so, what about this paragraph in the linked story?
"Ice cores from [Summit Station in central Greenland] show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time," says Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data.

What is it with journalists these days?

Today in History

1861 – The Crittenden-Johnson Resolution passes the US Congress – stated the limited aims of the Civil War was that the war was being fought to preserve the Union and not the end of slavery. The Resolution would be repealed by Congress in December 1861. The resolution was undertaken to keep Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri, all slave states, in the Union.

1909 – French aviator Louis Bleriot made the first flight across the English Channel in a monoplane – traveling from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes.

1914 – In response to the Austria-Hungarian ultimatum to Serbia, Russia declared that it would act to protect Serbian sovereignty.

1943 – Italian Fascist Dictator, Benito Mussolini was overthrown in a coup and arrested.

1999 – Lance Armstrong wins the Tour de France for the 1st time, becoming only the 2nd American to win the race.

2000 – An Air France Concorde jetliner crashes in flames just after takeoff in Paris, killing all 109 souls aboard. The fire was caused by a catastrophic tire failure which punctured the aircraft’s fuel tanks. The jet exhaust ignited the fuel…

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