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  • Romney says US energy independence is achievable (Pledges 3 million new energy jobs created)

    08/23/2012 1:42:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | August 23, 2012 | Julie Pace and Matthew Daly
    HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Seeking to reset his economic message, Republican Mitt Romney pledged Thursday to create 3 million jobs and more than $1 trillion in revenue by ramping up offshore oil drilling and giving states more control over energy production on federal land. Romney, reviving a long-elusive goal pushed by presidents and presidential candidates for decades, said his plans would make the U.S., along with Canada and Mexico, energy independent by 2020. "This is not some pie in the sky kind of thing," Romney told voters in Hobbs, the heart of New Mexico's oil and gas industry. "This is...
  • Platform supporting marriage gets initial GOP approval

    08/23/2012 5:31:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | August 22, 2012
    Washington D.C., Aug 22, 2012 / 06:03 pm (CNA).- Platform drafters for the Republican Party have approved language asserting a firm commitment to the defense of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. “The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society,” the draft document states. “Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation.” The document says that both experience and studies indicate that marriage has physical, emotional, academic and economic benefits for children. It reaffirms the party's support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, while also...
  • With Ryan on the Ticket, Spotlight Focuses on the Catholic Church

    08/20/2012 1:45:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 20, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    After Mass on Sunday, North Carolina pastor Rev. Andre Mangango was approached by a man who, a day earlier, was introduced as Mitt Romney’s running-mate for the 2012 presidential election.“I am Representative Paul Ryan and this is my son,” the man said.Ryan reportedly attended the 7:30 mass that morning with a group of Secret Service agents at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina prior to campaign events later that day in the state.“Our rights come from nature and God, not government,” Ryan said, in his post-nomination speech. “We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.”Those words characterize Ryan’s understanding...
  • Is Gary Johnson the New Ross Perot? (Third party disaster in the works)

    08/20/2012 10:49:00 AM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 25 replies
    Conservative Daily News ^ | Aug 19, 2012 | Chris Enloe
    The Former Governor of New Mexico and current Libertarian Party candidate for president Gary Johnson isn’t likely going to become the next president, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have an effect on the outcome of the election come November.Johnson briefly participated in the Republican primaries and debates before switching over to the Libertarian ticket, and per Fox News, Johnson is polling about 5% nationwide, which isn’t particularly bad for a third party candidate. Despite his low numbers, Johnson isbeginning to show a little pull in a few battleground states out west which includes New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado....
  • Europe starts stockpiling oil as Iran conflict looms

    08/20/2012 5:52:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20 August 2012
    European governments are rushing to boost stockpiles of crude oil and fuel, anxious to comply with new EU rules and amid reports that Israel is preparing to launch an attack on Iran. Belgium and the Netherlands have issued tenders to import a total of around 250,000 tonnes of diesel and gasoline for delivery in September and October, their agencies said. France has also bought diesel and awarded a crude oil tender this week while Belgium is increasing its crude stocks. "This is yet another unexpected source of support for oil demand… [It] shows how the geopolitical concerns about Iran and...
  • Romney says Ryan won't oppose abortion in rape cases (Romney supports both rape & incest abortion)

    08/20/2012 5:17:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 290 replies
    JS Online ^ | Aug. 20, 2012 | James Rowen
    Odious remarks by GOP Missouri Senate candidate Cong. Todd Akin about how few pregnancies result from "legitimate rape" have done more than outrage people across the country and doom Akin's bid to move up from the House. It motivated the Romney campaign - - already trailing among women voters in recent polls - - to distance itself from Akin by assuring voters that Romney and Paul Ryan - - the "Romney-Ryan administration" - - should they win in November, would not oppose raped women's access to abortion. "Governor Romney and Congressman (Paul) Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin's statement, and a...
  • Romney and Ryan Turn the Tables on Obama

    08/19/2012 10:32:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan was supposed to be a problem for the Republicans. So said a chorus of chortling Democrats. So said a gaggle of anonymous seasoned Republican operatives. All of which was echoed gleefully by mainstream media. The problem, these purveyors of the conventional wisdom all said, was Medicare -- to be more specific, the future changes in Medicare set out in the budget resolutions Ryan fashioned as House Budget Committee chairman and persuaded almost all House and Senate Republicans to vote for. But while Democrats licked their chops at the prospect of scaring old ladies that...
  • Poverty takes its toll on life expectancy (Obama's America)

    08/18/2012 7:40:02 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/17/12
    We’re living in two Americas. But unlike 50 years ago, when Michael Harrington’s “The Other America” shone a spotlight on poverty among certain groups within the U.S., today’s “other America” is one of profound differences in the most precious of all commodities – the length of our lives. We’ve known for some time now of the health and longevity disparities between blacks and whites. But, as new findings by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society, recently published in Health Affairs, demonstrate, the story about these longevity gaps has gone through some rather startling changes.
  • Potentially Devastating News on the Obama Economy

    08/18/2012 9:31:18 AM PDT · by NMRed · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/18/2012 | William Tate
    The Gallup Organization had some bad news for Barack Obama on Friday. It's not that Obama fell behind Mitt Romney by two points in Gallup's daily tracking poll, although that couldn't have helped the the O-Team's spirits heading into the weekend. Between now and the election, polls are likely to be less stable than Joe Biden's thought process. The really bad news for the Chicago mob is that Gallup's unemployment survey shows the Obama economy is getting even worse. Gallup reported an uptick in joblessness in their latest survey of 30,000 households.
  • Obama Says: Doctor, You Did Not Graduate From Medical School

    08/18/2012 6:08:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2012 | Hal Scherz
    The reason that President Obama uses teleprompters, even when addressing elementary school children, is because he cannot help but reveal who he is and what he believes during moments that involve real spontaneity. He no doubt wishes that he had gotten a “mulligan” for that line that he inadvertently delivered: “you did not build that business”, but it says so much about the man, his agenda, and why he feels the moral superiority to enact it. Some dismissed the comment, while others called it a Freudian slip. But devotees of Freud maintain that a “slip” is actually caused by an...
  • Obama "Intellectually Exhausted, Out of Ideas, Energy"

    08/16/2012 6:13:09 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 46 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Geoffrey P. Hunt
    Mitt Romney finally caught up with the rest of us via a fiery speech in Ohio on Tuesday where he proclaimed three simple truths that frame Barack Obama: "Intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy." Those lines are still too charitable; Obama has been intellectually barren from the beginning. Yet it is irrefutable -- to steal an apt word from Paul Ryan describing Obama's raiding Medicare to finance ObamaCare -- that Obama's idea inventory consists of the expired date-stamped perishables of the collectivist state -- tax, confiscate, redistribute, and impoverish.**snip** Paul Ryan represents everything that Obama and the...
  • Obama Has Plenty of Time to Drop Biden

    08/15/2012 9:52:22 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 61 replies
    President Barack Obama has slightly more than 22 days to drop Vice Presidential Joe Biden from the 2012 Democratic presidential ticket, according to lawyers familiar with the party nominating process. That is, Democrats have until September 6 to formally nominate their presidential ticket which will then be qualified for the 50 state ballots
  • Ryan’s ‘Dissent’ (Does his “dissent” from “Catholic Social Teaching” make him not a good Catholic?)

    08/15/2012 7:32:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/2012 | Linda Bridges
    Michael Sean Winters, blogging for the National Catholic Reporter, has written a lengthy piece asserting that Paul Ryan’s “dissent” from “Catholic Social Teaching” makes him a not very good Catholic and a “dangerous” choice for vice president. Others are far more qualified than I to discuss Catholic social teaching and Ryan’s understanding of it (see, e.g., Michael Novak, “Jesuits Rebuke Ryan,” and George Weigel, “Ryan vs. Georgetown”). But Mr. Winters begins his piece with an account of William F. Buckley Jr.’s “dissent” from Catholic social teaching, and that account is wrong in nearly every particular. That, I am qualified to...
  • Navy SEALS Start 'Swift-Boating' Obama (Video at Link)

    08/15/2012 6:42:26 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 37 replies
    Special ops group attacks Obama over bin Laden bragging, leaks... A group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives is set to launch a media campaign, including TV ads, that scolds President Barack Obama for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and argues that high-level leaks are endangering American lives. Leaders of the group, the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc, say it is nonpartisan and unconnected to any political party or presidential campaign. It is registered as a so-called social welfare group, which means its primary purpose is to further the common good and its...
  • Obama Is In Over His Head – Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert!

    08/15/2012 8:22:32 AM PDT · by Signalman · 11 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 8/15/2012 | Dick Morris
    Dear Friend, In this video commentary, I discuss how to put the case against Obama to a friend. Tune in!
  • Obama is ready to sign up immigrants--Romney’s hands are tied on issue

    08/15/2012 8:36:59 AM PDT · by kcvl · 91 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | August 14, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    More than 1.7 million illegal immigrants could become eligible for tentative legal status Wednesday when President Obama’s non-deportation policy goes into effect, and after initial fears that the program would backfire, immigrant advocates are urging young immigrants to sign up. Activists say the policy is the biggest change on immigration in decades, and it has roiled the political landscape, solidifying Mr. Obama’s support among Hispanics and leaving presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney struggling to say what he would do. On Tuesday, the Obama administration laid out final details, including relaxed education standards that set a low bar. Under the...
  • Muslim Missouri Democratic Party caucus chairman launches 9-11 Truth PAC

    08/15/2012 6:37:26 AM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Aug 15, 2012 | Adam Kredo
    A Democratic Party caucus chairman who has speculated about Jewish involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks has launched a new political action committee dedicated to supporting “anti-Zionist” Muslim candidates who believe “the ‘war on terror’ is a hoax and that the official story of 9/11 is not true,” according to the group’s website. MD Rabbi Alam is an Obama campaign ally and Missouri-based Democratic activist who came under fire in July after he told the Free Beacon that “not a single Jew” was killed during the 9/11 attacks. (Alam is not a rabbi.) A veteran Democrat, Alam lost a...
  • Israel lowers the boom on Obama (Yes!)

    08/14/2012 10:26:13 AM PDT · by pabianice · 48 replies
    Fox News Channel (live) | 8/14/12
    Israeli ambassador now on Fox. Israel is giving Obama until September 25 to announce whether he will support an Israeli strike on Iran to stop those monsters from nuking Israel. According to the ambassador, "Yes, we can!" to coin a phrase. I wish I could be a fly on the wall in The One's Oval Office right now. His screeching must be audible in Maryland.
  • When They Come For Your Guns, You Will Turn Them Over

    08/13/2012 9:58:08 PM PDT · by blam · 631 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 8-13-2012 | Jim Karger
    When They Come For Your Guns, You Will Turn Them OverAugust 13, 2012 By Jim Karger “When they come for my gun, they will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands,” is a common refrain I often hear from the Neo-Cons when there is a threat, credible or otherwise, that the US government is going to take their firearms. And, when I hear this crazy talk, I agree with them openly. “You are right. They will pry your gun from your cold dead hands,” which I often follow with the question, “And where will that leave you...
  • 7 Things to Expect If Obama Is Elected to a Second Term

    08/14/2012 4:11:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2012 | John Hawkins
    "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility." -- Barack Obama So far, the message of the Obama campaign essentially seems to be, "I'm unable to effectively govern because Republicans won't do everything I want. Re-elect me so I can deliver more of the same. Oh, also Paul Ryan wants to push old people off a cliff while Mitt Romney will give you cancer." That doesn't tell you much about what Obama would try to do in his second term, but given that he appears to be largely indifferent to the law and the wishes of...
  • LGBT COALITION DECLARES WAR ON RYAN

    08/14/2012 4:25:46 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 100 replies
    WND ^ | Aug 14 2012 | Jerome R Corsi
    In the first 24 hours after his selection to be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate, LGBT (Lesbian, “Gay,” Bisexual, and Transgender) advocacy groups have declared war on Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, targeting him as a villain. But by doing so, LGBT activists risk putting a spotlight on controversial issues high on the cultural agenda of the political left, including same-sex marriage and open LGBT behavior in the military, issues that might not fly as high in some less-liberal regions of the nation, including some swing states. The Human Rights Coalition produced one of the most graphic attacks (above), summarizing...
  • Gas Prices Set to Rise for Rest of 2012?

    08/13/2012 4:20:13 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 64 replies
    CNBC ^ | August 7,2012 | Sharon Epperson
    Gasoline and oil futures surged Tuesday to the highest prices since May, as traders predicted the damage from a fire at California's third largest refinery could take months to repair. The lowest retail gasoline prices of the year may already be behind us, some traders say, especially in light of this incident as well as refinery issues around the U.S. and across the Atlantic in the North Sea. September RBOB gasoline futures briefly topped $3 a gallon Tuesday, and settled just shy of that mark, near a 3-month high. The more than 2 percent gain in gasoline futures sparked big...
  • Election Day at Chick-fil-A

    08/13/2012 8:43:32 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Aug 13 2012 | Brian S Brown
    Hundreds of thousands voted with their presence, and their wallets. It was as if August 1 was an election day. Except the voters — people of faith, hundreds of thousands of them — didn’t go to polling places. They went to Chick-fil-A. And they weren’t voting with ballots. They were voting with their presence, and their wallets. By now you’ve seen the photos of the phenomenal crowds, which swamped virtually every one of the 1,600 Chick-fil-A locations nationwide. We saw lines of cars stretching blocks in every direction. To show his support, one man from Oregon drove to the nearest...
  • Poll Shows Strong Support for Voter ID

    08/13/2012 7:27:13 AM PDT · by eagleye85 · 15 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | August 13, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    According to a recent Washington Post poll, there is broad national support for Voter ID legislation despite concerns about voter suppression. “Almost three-quarters of all Americans support the idea that people should have to show photo identification to vote, even though they are nearly as concerned about voter suppression as they are about fraud in presidential elections…” reports the Post on August 11. “A controversy over voter ID laws is a prominent backdrop to this year’s election, with courtroom showdowns in Pennsylvania, Texas and elsewhere over voting rights and otherwise mundane election procedures.” “About half of those polled see voter...
  • Five years on, the Great Recession is turning into a life sentence

    08/12/2012 5:35:34 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/12/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Five years into the Long Slump it almost seems as if we are back to square one. China is sufficiently alarmed by the flint hardness of its "soft-landing" to talk up trillions of fresh stimulus. The European Central Bank is preparing to print “whatever it takes”to save Spain and Italy. Markets are pricing in an 80pc chance of yet more printing by the US Federal Reserve in September or soon after. There is no doubt that the three superpowers acting in concert can launch a mini-cycle of growth early next year - assuming they deliver on their rhetoric - but...
  • Romney's Choice of Ryan Aimed at Winning Middle Class

    08/11/2012 8:26:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 11, 2012 | Jim Tankersley
    AP Photo/Mary Altaffer Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and vice presidential candidate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wave at the crowd during a campaign event, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Va.   Thanks to Paul Ryan, Campaign 2012 is now a two-front class war.Mitt Romney wanted the election to be a straight-up referendum on President Obama’s handling of the economy. Obama responded by framing the race as a choice between an incumbent middle-class champion and a corporate raider whose plans would only help the rich.(RELATED: Romney's Pick of Ryan Brings Medicare to Center Stage)Polls suggested Obama’s...
  • Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate is a battle cry

    08/12/2012 1:36:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | August 12, 2012 | Masthead Editorial
    Republican ticket will force the real issues onto the table Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate is a boldly clarifying jolt for a presidential contest whose issues and stakes have been in desperate need of definition. Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan has been the architect of low tax, and lower spending, proposals that the Republicans advocate as catalysts for economic revival and American prosperity in the long run. He is also an able proponent of the view that overly large government has become a smothering weight on the country. By tapping the...
  • Ryan as VP Pick Continues Election Year Focus on Catholicism

    08/12/2012 5:59:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/11/12 | Dan Gilgoff and Dan Merica
    Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate promises to cast a spotlight on American Catholicism in an election year when the tradition has already been a major focus. Ryan, a Catholic who chairs the House Budget Committee, is better known for his outspoken fiscal conservatism than for leading on conservative Catholic social causes like opposing abortion and gay marriage. But Romney called attention to Ryan's religion Saturday in introducing him as his running mate: "A faithful Catholic, Paul believes in the worth and dignity of every human life," Romney said....
  • Some Seniors Worry Over Ryan Selection

    08/12/2012 7:45:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 90 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 12, 2012 | By ARIAN CAMPO-FLORES
    The news that Mitt Romney picked Rep. Paul Ryan, who has suggested changing Medicare, as his running mate sparked worries over the weekend among some residents at the Stella Maris retirement community in Miami Beach—concerns that could reverberate among seniors nationwide. Nancy Scarchilli, a 92-year-old registered Democrat who is undecided this year, said Medicare "just paid a beautiful penny for my hospitalization" for heart failure, adding that she likes the program "the way it is." Gisela Adán, another resident of the Stella Maris retirement community, said Saturday she relies on Social Security and Medicare but was unfamiliar with the details...
  • Smart Democrats Should Be Worried

    08/11/2012 2:48:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The National Review ^ | August 11, 2012 | John Fund
    Liberal pundits are already fanning out in force to attack and discredit Paul Ryan. Michael Tomasky, who recently wrote a Newsweek cover story calling Mitt Romney a “wimp,” has now decided that Romney’s bold move is “a terrible choice” because Ryan has proven himself to be an extremist on budget issues. No doubt there are many Democrats rubbing their hands in glee in contemplation of reviving some version of the ad that featured an actor playing Paul Ryan pushing a grandmother in a wheelchair off a cliff. But the smarter ones are worried. First, if Ryan is an extremist and...
  • Mark Steyn: 2012 Election Is The Last Exit Ramp Before The Death Spiral

    08/10/2012 4:54:41 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 87 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 10, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    The other day, I passed a Republican Party county office here in my home state, its window attractively emblazoned with placards declaring "Believe in America. Romney 2012" and "New Hampshire Believes. Romney 2012." There's not a lot of evidence for the latter proposition, but I'm certainly willing to believe that Romney believes that New Hampshire believes. [Snip] If it were up to me, the {Romney's] campaign slogan would be "You're screwed, losers. Steyn 2012" — or, after yielding to the consultants' internals showing that moderates want something more sunny and upbeat, maybe "Get real, you chumps. Steyn 2012." That's the...
  • It’s Not Romney’s ‘Hidden’ Tax Returns; It’s Obama’s Hidden Past

    08/09/2012 3:41:41 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 8 replies
    American Clarion ^ | August 9, 2012 | Gina Miller
    When several friends sent me e-mails with links to Wayne Allyn Root’s column, I knew it was viral, and then sure enough, on Tuesday, Rush featured excerpts of it on his radio show. By now, you may have read Mr. Root’s piece which was posted at The Blaze on Monday. The column, titled, “Obama’s College Classmate: ‘The Obama Scandal is at Columbia’,” echoes what I have been thinking long before this ridiculously desperate attempt by the Democrats to smear Mitt Romney with a stupidly false accusation about his taxes. How do I know the accusation is false? The pathetic Senate...
  • Democratic platform draft language on marriage equality, ENDA revealed

    08/09/2012 9:03:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    LGBTQ Nation / The Washington Blade ^ | August 9, 2012 | Chris Johnson
    The draft language in the Democratic Party platform endorsing marriage equality has been revealed and shown to say “we support marriage equality” is set to become a tenet of the party’s beliefs. In addition to endorsing marriage equality, the language also calls for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and urges passage of DOMA repeal legislation known as the Respect for Marriage Act. Notably, the language explicitly backs religious freedom for marriage, saying religions should “decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.” Buzzfeed was first to make the language public ahead of the scheduled...
  • Talking about Mormonism would help Mitt Romney

    08/09/2012 5:40:19 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 225 replies
    WASHINGTON — Concerning Mormons and Republicans, history offers a large helping of irony. In 1843, an Army officer named John C. Fremont led a geographical expedition of 39 men more than 1,700 miles to the shores of the Great Salt Lake. His report on the journey inspired hounded Mormons to mount their wagons and resettle in the Great Basin. Thirteen years later in Philadelphia, Fremont became the first presidential nominee of the Republican Party, which adopted a platform opposing the "twin relics of barbarism — Polygamy, and Slavery." The slogan, and the anti-Mormon sentiment behind it, caught on. A Republican...
  • Be Not Afraid: Mitt Romney Campaign Ad on Obama and Religious Persecution

    08/09/2012 1:50:23 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | August 9, 2012 | MittRomney
    President Obama has declared war on religion by forcing religious institutions to go against their faith. Mitt Romney will stand up and protect religious freedom whenever it is threatened.
  • Obamacare Causes Doctor Shortage – Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert!

    08/09/2012 8:30:25 AM PDT · by Signalman · 3 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 8/9/2012 | Dick Morris
    Dear Friend, In this video commentary, I discuss how Obamacare is triggering a national doctor shortage, decreasing the quality of care for us all. Tune in!
  • Can Obama Win It on Likability? (What's There to Like?)

    08/09/2012 7:26:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2012 | Michael Medved
    Will Barack Obama’s innate likability turn out to be the decisive factor that keeps him in the White House? Several polls suggest that the president’s biggest advantage over Mitt Romney involves the strong tendency of Americans to see him as more friendly, accessible, and personally appealing than his GOP challenger. Even with dark clouds surrounding the economy and highly energized, well-funded conservatives preparing to storm the seat of power, Obama strategists view Fortress Likability as the final, secure stronghold that will deliver them from all electoral dangers. The Romney camp counters with arguments that cite several emerging factors sure to...
  • Women, white people: Is that what campaign 2012 is coming down to?

    08/09/2012 6:23:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 8/9/12 | David Lauter
    President Obama appeals to women by pushing the issue of access to contraceptives, while Mitt Romney accuses him of watering down welfare reform — an issue that tends to stir up feelings about race among whites. With the election still locked in a near-tie, the politics of gender and race have moved into the spotlight of the presidential campaign. For most of the summer, the debate has focused on two things: the state of the economy and Mitt Romney's background in business. But in recent days, the two campaigns have added new, sharp-edged issues to the mix.
  • Pope: U.S. faces threats to religious freedom of ‘unprecedented gravity’

    08/08/2012 2:47:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 7, 2012 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    ROME, Italy, August 7, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope Benedict XVI is warning that the United States is facing threats of “unprecedented gravity” to religious freedom. In a letter on behalf of the pope to Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone observed that “concerted efforts are being made to redefine and restrict the exercise of the right to religious freedom.” The comments come as the U.S. bishops campaign for religious liberty in the face of attacks such as President Obama’s HHS mandate, which requires employers to cover contraceptives, sterilizations, and...
  • Rasmussen to Newsmax: 'No Way' Obama Re-elected If Economy Doesn't Improve

    08/08/2012 5:38:43 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 64 replies
    Newsmax ^ | AUGUST 8, 2012 | Jim Meyers and John Bachman
    Pollster and political analyst Scott Rasmussen tells Newsmax that if Americans’ satisfaction with their financial situation does not improve before November, there is “no way” President Obama will be re-elected. He also warns that if Romney does not take Florida, he has “no chance” of winning the White House — but adds that Obama is in trouble there because of seniors’ opposition to Obamacare. Rasmussen is founder and president of Rasmussen Reports and co-founder of the sports network ESPN. He has been an independent public opinion pollster for more than a decade, and most major news organizations cite his reports....
  • Mark Levin to Romney: Not ‘Standing Up’ for Chick-fil-A Is Wrong

    08/07/2012 6:49:05 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 92 replies
    http://www.newmax.com ^ | August 6, 2012 | Paul Scicchitano
    Conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin lashed out at GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for not “standing up” for Chick-fil-A and demanded that the former Massachusetts governor pick a conservative to be his running mate. “We want a little bit more than crumbs,” Levin asserted on Monday’s show. “We want a conservative running mate and we want some conservatives who have real speaking time at prime time.” Levin said he continues to be “very concerned” about Romney, particularly with the candidate’s public reticence in recent days to join conservatives who have made statements and appearances on behalf of the...
  • Romney launching new attack on Obama over welfare law (Obama to allow welfare for just laziness)

    08/07/2012 3:34:50 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    reuters ^ | 8/7/2012 | Steve Holland
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will launch a new attack against President Barack Obama on Tuesday, taking aim at the Democrat's plan to waive parts of a landmark welfare-to-work law. Romney is targeting Obama's plan to let states seek a waiver from the work requirements of a 1996 welfare law that was a signature bipartisan achievement of former Democratic President Bill Clinton's administration. Romney's attack, laid out in a new television ad and a topic he will address at a campaign event in the Chicago area, is aimed at bolstering his charge that Obama's solutions to many of America's...
  • Obama Campaign Dangerously Low on Cash, Leading to Panic

    08/06/2012 8:52:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | August 5, 2012 | Nick Chiles
    The Obama campaign has taken a huge risk by burning through hundreds of million of dollars in the early stages of the presidential campaign, opening offices in swing states, registering voters and getting to know local communities, but the expenditures have left the campaign dangerously low on cash heading into the final three months of the campaign. The analysis of the Obama expenditures by the New York Times shows that the campaign has spent $400 million from the beginning of 2011 to June 30, 2012. That number includes $86 million on advertising, $50 million on hiring Democratic party workers, $46...
  • Obama campaign: Romney fundraising edge means ‘we’re in trouble’

    08/06/2012 8:13:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | August. 6, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    President Barack Obama's re-election campaign warned supporters in an email plea for cash on Monday that Mitt Romney's vast fundraising edge means "we're in trouble" with scarcely three months to go before Election Day. "We got beat three months in a row," the campaign said in the unsigned message. "If we don't step it up, we're in trouble." The appeal came hours after the two sides released their July fundraising totals, revealing that Romney and the Republican Party scooped up $101 million against the $75 million hauled in by Obama and the Democrats.
  • OBAMA TO TRANSFORM U.S. MILITARY INTO SOCIAL WORKERS: New focus on ‘global warming,’ poverty, etc

    08/06/2012 4:59:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Klein Online / WND ^ | July 31, 2012
    Progressive organizations behind White House policy have crafted specific, second term plans for President Obama to transform the U.S. Armed Forces into a social work-style organization designed to combat “global warming,” fight global poverty, remedy “injustice,” bolster the United Nations, and increase “peacekeeping” forces worldwide. The groups, already instrumental in influencing Obama’s first term defense agenda, call for massive, second term slashes to the military budget. The savings are to be used to invest in “sustainable energy” and in fighting worldwide climate change. These schemes and many more are documented in the soon-to-be-released book, Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans...
  • Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again

    08/06/2012 3:56:38 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 1 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 2011 | Donald Trump
    This is a pretty good read....we should send a copy to Mittens and the GOP.. The Donald tells us how great he is...if you are worth 7 billion I guess you can do it!!!
  • Coal Comfort - The EPA hates the carbon-heavy fuel, but it’s here to stay.

    08/06/2012 2:35:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2012 | Robert Bryce
    About one train per hour. ThatÂ’s the target loading rate for the massive silos, conveyors, and hoppers at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Wyoming, the most productive coal mine in the world. And on a cool, nearly windless day in late March, Scott Durgin, a regional vice president for Peabody Energy, was happy. Standing in the mineÂ’s dispatch office, Durgin pointed to a flat-panel display showing a list of trains that had recently passed through. It was exactly 12 noon, according to the clock on the wall, and since midnight, the mine had loaded 11 trains, each carrying...
  • “Mitt Romney, Mormonism and the Christian Vote”: A Biblical Call to Christian Ministers and Leaders

    08/05/2012 4:35:35 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 222 replies
    For the Sake of the Gospel.com | 2012
    “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” (1 Timothy 4:16) Copyright 2012 FortheSakeoftheGospel.com All Rights Reserved. Permission is hereby granted to repost under the condition that a link is provided encouraging Christians to add their names as signers.For the sake of the Gospel, we, the undersigned, call upon Christian leaders and their respective ministries and organizations, if you plan on endorsing Governor Mitt Romney for the office of President of the United States, do so by clearly and unequivocally distancing yourself and...
  • Pick a pro-life VP, Christie tells Romney

    08/06/2012 1:42:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 6, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    ASPEN, Colorado, August 6, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - New Jersey governor Chris Christie has advised Mitt Romney to steer clear of a vice presidential pick that supports abortion. Christie, a strongly pro-life GOP figure thought to be a possibility himself for Romney’s VP slot, told reporters after a meeting of GOP governors Wednesday evening in Colorado that he thought it was possible the candidate would pick a pro-choice running mate - but that it wouldn’t be a good idea. “Do I think it’s possible? I think it’s possible,” said the governor, who has won notoriety for his own tough stance...
  • What Obama Has in Store for Us (What he will do if, God forbid, he wins a second term)

    08/06/2012 8:33:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/06/2012 | John Fund
    The latest line of attack on Mitt Romney by Obama supporters is the most breathtaking yet: Romney, we are told, is a stealth candidate. Michael Tomasky, who wrote the controversial Newsweek cover story declaring that Romney is a “wimp,” now accuses Romney of a “desire to sneak into the White House all but unexamined by voters.” Holy Double Standard! Romney certainly could have handled the release of his tax returns better, and it’s likely he is concealing embarrassing details. But Barack Obama, aided and abetted by a subservient media, spent much of his 2008 campaign trying to conceal his radical...