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  • Liberalism, Manic & Depressive

    10/13/2012 12:26:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 22, 2012 vol | WIlliam Kristol
    The dreams of liberalism’s fathers don’t move today’s liberals. Whether in manic or depressed mode, they know liberalism’s been mugged by reality—though they dare not acknowledge it. Has Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech been overtaken, to say the least, by facts on the ground in 2012 in Benghazi? Don’t acknowledge the facts. Does all the talk about a green energy future seem empty and ridiculous? Keep talking the talk—while also taking credit for increases in oil and gas production you did nothing to make possible and that you, deep down, find distasteful. Is there a need for real tax reform? Ignore...
  • Mark Steyn: 'Politicized' Benghazi distracts from Big Bird

    10/13/2012 12:21:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | October 12, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    "The entire reason that this has become the political topic it is, is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan." Thus, Stephanie Cutter, President Obama's deputy campaign manager, speaking on CNN about an armed attack on the 9/11 anniversary that left a U.S. consulate a smoking ruin and killed four diplomatic staff, including the first American ambassador to be murdered in a third of a century. To discuss this event is apparently to "politicize" it and to distract from the real issues the American people are concerned about. For example, Obama spokesperson Jen Psaki, speaking on board Air Force One...
  • Benghazi: Osama's Revenge on Obama

    10/13/2012 12:01:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 13, 2012 | James Lewis
    Talk about chickens coming home to roost. Talk about the Mother of All Fiascos. It's the revenge of Osama bin Laden from the bottom of the ocean, and the message is plain: al-Qaeda is very much alive, and America is a paper tiger. The Middle East is beginning to fall apart -- Iran just sent a spy drone over Israel's sensitive defense installations, and the IDF waited hours to react; Turkey forced down a Syrian arms plane, and al-Qaeda's Al Zawahiri openly assaulted the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in a six-hour attack, working through al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM), while...
  • A dereliction of debating (Obama)

    10/12/2012 11:30:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 9, 2012 | Dennis Byrne
    Watching liberals unravel after last week's presidential debate has been almost as entertaining as witnessing the thumping that Republican candidate Mitt Romney applied to the Democratic incumbent Barack Obama. Spinning into orbit, liberals have concocted every known excuse for the trouncing: Obama was out of practice; he expected a different Romney to show up; he experienced incumbents' "opening debate syndrome" (that's a new one); he tried to look too presidential and above the fray; he inexplicably failed to exploit Romney's fallibilities (e.g. his reference to the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income tax). And so on. Most...
  • NYT Found Ryan 'Misleading' on Medicare, But Its 15-Plus Fact Checkers Missed Biden's Libya Flub

    10/12/2012 7:59:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | October 12, 2012 | Clay Waters
    The Biden-Ryan vice-presidential debate Thursday night brought out the media's "fact check" squads, including the New York Times, which had a squad of reporters evaluating the statements of Joe Biden and Paul Ryan online during the debate. Still, with perhaps 15 reporters on the job Thursday night, the paper still had to out-source a crucial Biden misstatement on Libya to the one-man fact-check machine at the Washington Post, Glenn Kessler, the next morning. The Times boiled down a few of its findings for Friday's print edition under "Check Point" on topics including Medicare, the stimulus, and the deadly assault on...
  • Private Citizen Buys Airtime to Do Job Mainstream Media Refuses to Do

    10/12/2012 7:17:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush ^ | October 12, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: There's a video, folks. It's clear as a bell. Have you heard -- we've got the audio coming up -- this television commercial of the immigrant from a socialist country who's become a wealthy man here? He's run his own ad warning Americans about socialism. Have you heard about that? His name is Thomas Peterffy, and he is a billionaire, Interactive Brokers founder and CEO. He produced his own ad called Freedom to Succeed. CNN has a headline on this: "Rich, Worried and Buying Ad Time." That's not what the message is here. This is a message...
  • The Clueless, Blind Hack Stephanie Cutter Blames Romney for Making Libya an Issue

    10/12/2012 7:06:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Rush ^ | October 12, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Mitt Romney is all over the regime and Libya. Here he is this afternoon in Richmond, Virginia. ROMNEY: The vice president directly contradicted the sworn testimony of State Department officials. He's doubling down on denial. And we need to understand exactly what happened as opposed to just having people brush this aside. When the vice president of the United States directly contradicts the testimony, sworn testimony of State Department officials, American citizens have a right to know just what's going on. RUSH: Like I said three days ago, this scandal dwarfs Watergate, and like I said three...
  • Our Country Deserves Better Leadership

    10/12/2012 6:16:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Rush ^ | October 12, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, ladies and gentlemen, Obama started a war in Libya. This idea that Jay Carney just said, we had the sound bite in the last hour, the press briefing, (imitating Carney) "Well, I'm not saying the administration -- Biden wasn't saying that the administration writ large didn't know that there had been a request for security. It's just that the president and the vice president and the White House didn't know," as though that's gonna make it all okay? Who is the administration? If the White House, the vice president, the president, don't know, that's some sort...
  • ABC, NBC Morning Shows Decline to Fact Check Biden Whoppers

    10/12/2012 6:04:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | October 12, 2012 | Scott Whitlock
    The ABC and NBC morning shows on Friday showed no interest in fact checking some of Joe Biden's misstatements during Thursday's vice presidential debate. CBS This Morning partially debunked some of Biden's claims, ignoring the Vice President's suggestion that he opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the debate, Biden asserted, "It came from this man [Paul Ryan] voting to put two wars on a credit card...I was there. I voted against them. I said, ‘No, we can’t afford that.’" Actually, the then-senator voted to authorize force in both Afghanistan and Iraq. However, this point was ignored by ABC's...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama behind the eight ball

    10/12/2012 5:03:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 12, 2012 | Editorial
    Romney campaign seeking to run the electoral vote tableWith two disastrous debate performances behind it, the Obama-Biden ticket is in trouble. President Obamas supporters assumed the win was in the bag. Though Mitt Romney is taking the lead in national polls, Democratic strategists confidently argued Mr. Romney lacked a path to electoral victory because he would have to run the table of the swing states in order to win. Mr. Romney is turning out to be more of a pool shark than they expected. The latest battleground polls show a Romney surge in the critical swing states. The nine most...
  • Chevy Volts For War-Torn Vienna, Nothing For Benghazi

    10/12/2012 4:15:39 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 47 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 12, 2012
    Priorities: While our consulate in Benghazi was guarded by unarmed Libyan contractors making $4 an hour, our embassy in Vienna received an expensive charging station for its new electric cars to help fight climate change. Even MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell says Vice President Joe Biden lied during Thursday's debate when he said twice that no one in the Obama administration knew that requests for extra security had been made by our Libyan ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and other members of our consulate in Benghazi. The State Department knew "in real time," as Mitchell put it in her post-debate analysis, that requests had...
  • President Obama to Appear on Jon Stewart's Daily Show Next Thursday

    10/12/2012 4:14:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | October 12, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    He's sat down with David Letterman and the ladies of The View. Now according to a press release from Comedy Central, the President of the United States is going to take time out of his busy schedule to chat with Jon Stewart of the Daily Show next Thursday: President Barack Obama will make his sixth appearance as a guest on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" on Thursday, October 18 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, his second since taking office as President of the United States of America. President Obama's last appearance on "The Daily Show" was on October 27, 2010...
  • CNN's O'Brien Gushes Over Raddatz, Defends Boorish VP Biden

    10/12/2012 3:48:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | October 12, 2012 | Matt Vespa
    On this morning’s edition of CNN’s Starting Point, host Soledad O’ Brien praised vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz for her “commanding” performance last night. A performance that demonstrated that she too is in the running for the Vice Presidency of the United States. It took O’Brien less than five minutes to compliment Raddatz’s “ perfect pitch,” despite Vice President Biden’s pervasive interrupting, which muddied the debate and prevented a clear and cogent dissemination of the Ryan’s views. Furthermore, CNN correspondent Dana Bash trivialized the vice president petulance by saying that is “who he is.” When O’Brien interviewed Rep. Chris...
  • Why Lindsay Lohan's Endorsement of Romney Is Kinda Important

    10/12/2012 3:05:53 PM PDT · by drewh · 48 replies
    Tuscon Weekly ^ | Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 11:00 | Posted by David Mendez
    So, Lindsey Lohan plans on voting for Mitt Romney this November, according to a bit of information released by E! News. Now, I generally discount the words of a serial rehab center frequenter as much as anyone, but Business Insider has given me a reason to be concerned: Lohan, by all accounts, is a typical low-information voter. And low information voters, like it or not, will decide this election. BI's Walter Hickey then notes that Lohan isn't alone in her low-information selection of a candidate to back, making note of Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger: Bissinger was a low...
  • Reminder: Oil and gas production just keep falling under President Obama

    10/12/2012 2:55:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot ^ | October 12, 2012 | ERIKA JOHNON
    President Obama certainly knows how to talk a good game when it comes to energy policy; to the low-information layman, “all of the above” sounds like a superficially excellent plan. Work on green energy development, but keep the traditional fuel production comin’ — it’s the best of both worlds, right? Except that that’s not what the Obama administration has done at all. While the feds have poured billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars into picking economic winners and losers in the clean-energy field, Obama’s EPA/Energy/Interior team have waged a regulatory war on the coal industry and only allowed for relatively...
  • Is That a Fact-Check?

    10/12/2012 2:53:51 PM PDT · by neverdem
    Commentary ^ | October 2012 | Andrew Ferguson
    If Werner Heisenberg hadn’t been such a crackerjack physicist—also, if he weren’t dead—he might make a fine “public editor” for the New York Times, or maybe an “ombudsman” for the Washington Post. Ombudsmen are those unemployed people whom news organizations hire to assess reader complaints and rap the knuckles of reporters and editors who get out of line. My guess, though, is that none of his employers would have listened to Heisenberg. His great insight, the Uncertainty Principle, cuts straight through to the fantasy most cherished by the mainstreamers of the American press. Heisenberg’s principle can be crudely generalized (it’s...
  • Danville showdown: Biden, Ryan and a clash of styles

    10/12/2012 1:50:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 12, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
    DANVILLE, Ky. The old lion tried to whup the young pup. He tried by sneering, laughing, smiling, snickering and interrupting. He yelled. He dropped his voice. He crossed his arms and threw himself back against his chair in frustration. But the young one had a few tricks of his own. He kept his cool, stuck to his script, patiently explained things in his wonky way, and looked at his overwrought opponent with kindly concern.
  • Biden to the rescue

    10/12/2012 1:35:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | by Eugene Robinson
    <p>If the question is who did more to help his ticket, Joe Biden won the vice presidential debate by a mile.</p> <p>Republican Paul Ryan performed pretty well. He made no major mistakes, and a CNN instant poll of viewers actually had him winning narrowly, 48 percent to 44 percent. But my assessment of the debate agreed with that of a CBS instant poll of uncommitted voters, who saw Biden as the landslide winner by 50 percent to 31 percent.</p>
  • Revealed: Extreme Negligence in Benghazi

    10/12/2012 1:26:55 PM PDT · by Milagros · 6 replies
    FPM ^ | October 11, 2012 | Ryan Mauro
    The House of Representatives began its hearings on Wednesday regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The picture painted by sworn testimonies is one of extreme negligence and incompetence on the part of the Obama administration in protecting our fellow citizens in the field. The Obama administration is also under fire for its embarrassing insistence that the tragedy wasnt a pre-planned terrorist attack until a mound of evidence forced it to reverse course, long after the truth became obvious. The need for strong security...
  • The Game Changes - Obamas debate performance was not out of character and his supporters are...

    10/12/2012 1:20:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 11, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s debate performance was not out of character — and his supporters are worried. Usually after a presidential debate, both sides spin the results. But after the first face-off between President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, Obama’s exasperated handlers made no such effort. How could they when most opinion polls revealed that two-thirds of viewers thought Obama lost?Within minutes of the parting handshake, the liberal base went ballistic. Bill Maher, Chris Matthews, and Michael Moore all but accused Obama of embarrassing the progressive cause. The post-debate spin focused not on whether the president had been creamed by challenger Mitt Romney,...