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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
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 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 Limbaugh.com ^ | 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 Limbaugh.com ^ | 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 Limbaugh.com ^ | 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
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 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
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 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
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 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 Air.com ^ | 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,...
  • Young People Turned Off by Biden's Act?

    10/12/2012 1:13:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: They're doing a little deal on Fox, they got their polling guy out there saying, "You know what, it was..." Oh, I'm trying to contain myself here, folks, trying to contain myself. I'm right a lot, it's no big deal most of the time. This one's big. One hour ago I said the way a lot of people are gonna watch that debate last night is a young son embarrassed of his bloated, overbearing father who's wrong about everything and his son is trying to tell his father the world has changed. And Fox is doing a...
  • People Died, Obama Lied

    10/12/2012 12:53:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 12, 2012 | Deroy Murdock
    An anonymous State Department official told the Associated Press last Tuesday: “That was not our conclusion” — namely, that a notorious YouTube video that lampooned the Islamic prophet Mohammed unleashed deadly mayhem upon America’s consulate in Benghazi, Libya.This denial should shock anyone who watched the news after U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were murdered on the eleventh anniversary of September 11. That anti-Islamic video’s culpability certainly was the “conclusion” among top administration officials, including President Obama. They fingered the video for eight days, even as...
  • Biden's Infuriating Benghazi Lies

    10/12/2012 12:40:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Something that we spoke about yesterday quite extensively, and that is the security situation in our embassies, particularly in Libya and Cairo. Now, in the debate last night Martha Raddatz, just to get it out of the way and just to show everybody she wasn't going to be the cheat that she turned out to be -- and let's make no mistake, I mean, she cheated, which is okay, we knew she was going to cheat. We know she's a liberal Democrat. We know she wants Biden to do well. We know that she wants Ryan to...
  • Joe Biden interrupted Paul Ryan 82 times in 90 minutes. The Democrats have become the rude party

    10/12/2012 12:38:04 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | October 12, 2012 | Tim Stanley
    No ones denying that Joe Biden delivered the more energetic performance in Thursdays vice presidential debate. He interrupted Paul Ryan 82 times in 90 minutes. Yet some polls say that Ryan won and many pundits are calling it a draw. How come? Two reasons. First, deconstruct the Biden bluster and some of what he said was nonsensical. In the first 10 minutes alone, Joe insisted that the US intelligence community was wrong on Libya but trustworthy on Iran. He claimed that the staff at the Benghazi embassy didnt want extra security when lots of sources say that they begged for...
  • Polling Data Breaking Big Toward Mitt

    10/12/2012 12:25:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 10, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let's look at a little polling data. Romney is now up seven in Virginia. A new poll from McLaughlin Associates, it's highlighted at Breitbart: Romney up seven in Virginia, 11 points with independents. Real Clear Politics, now, has moved Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin to toss-up status from leans Obama. Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, to toss-up status. I know people living in Pennsylvania, they can't believe this. Well, I know one guy who lives in Pennsylvania who does believe it. I know one guy who lives in Pennsylvania who thinks Romney's gonna win. I know...
  • The Real Debate is with Your Neighbor and Coworker

    10/12/2012 10:56:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Fritz Pfister
    The truth shall set you free has more meaning for the election of 2012 than at any time in Americas history. Due to a blatantly biased media committing both sins, the acts of commission and omission, your neighbor and coworker are being intentionally misled. They are voters too, with the likelihood of making bad decisions due to bad information. The real debate therefore must be with them if America is to be preserved as founded. The future of America is in jeopardy unless you engage. What does your neighbor believe? Ask them. On foreign policy do they believe the Benghazi...
  • So Much for Jobs Surprise; Thanks for Nothing California

    10/12/2012 10:47:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    For the second time in less than a week surprising jobs numbers came into play. This morning the Labor Department reported a four-year low of 339,000 first-time claims. Some claimed this validated last Friday's jobs report, a silly notion because the two are not that closely related and a single week of data is meaningless. I still think Friday's jobs report will be revised away, but I am positive today's "surprising" report will be (for the simple reason California forgot to report 30,000 claims). Please consider Jobless Claims Data Skewed Downward. Initial jobless claims, which are a measure of the...
  • Mean Joe: The Face of the Democrat Party

    10/12/2012 10:40:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You know what I was told earlier today, and actually last night, but mostly this morning? I was told, "Rush, you gotta be really on your game today because there are gonna be a lot of people tuning in to you today to find out what's what, and a lot of independents, Rush, are gonna be tuning in to you. You're the only guy who nobody knows his thoughts. Everybody else was all over TV and Twitter last night, but nobody knows what you think. You may have the largest audience you've had in a long time,...
  • Administration Welcomed Wolves Into The Sheepfold

    10/12/2012 10:28:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Diane West
    Imagine, pre-9/11/12, that you were responsible for arranging the defense of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Would you have considered American interests and personnel best protected by bringing in a local security outfit called the February 17 Martyrs Brigade? The question has yet to come up in House hearings, but I think it holds the key to the Obama administration's betrayal of the American people in "Benghazi-gate." To an American with common sense not subverted by advanced degrees, the thought of putting Islamic "martyrs" in charge of American "infidels" in Benghazi -- which, fun fact, literally means "city...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plans threatened by a determined Molly Munger

    10/12/2012 10:24:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/12/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Jerry Brown hoped a mix of politicking and good fortune would deter negative ads against his tax initiative in the campaign's final weeks. His luck expired in the last few days. Not one, but two, campaigns took aim at the governor's Proposition 30 on airwaves across the state, funded separately by two children of billionaire investor Charles Munger. The Democratic governor now faces a serious threat to the linchpin of his longer-term budget plan. Brown has been particularly frustrated by attorney Molly Munger's ad, which calls his campaign "misleading" and uses an animated sequence to depict politicians taking money...
  • To Promote "Fairness" Lunch Lady Ordered to Stop Making Good Food

    10/12/2012 10:11:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Since part of my job at the Cato Institute is to persuade skeptics to support a free society, Im always trying to figure out how best to convince people to favor liberty over statism. I start with the premise that most statists are misguided rather than evil and I try to understand how they see the world. If I know what makes them tick, after all, then perhaps I can explain to them how freedom is preferable to big government.In my efforts to win peoples hearts and minds, I run into the same obstacles over and over again. Many people...
  • Biden meltdown burns Obama campaign

    10/12/2012 10:02:49 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 43 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/12/12 | Brett Decker
    The 2012 presidential election is one of the most momentous crossroads in U.S. history. As Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOPs vice-presidential nominee, stated in his Thursday debate against Vice President Joe Biden, the outcome on Election Day will determine what kind of country we are going to give our kids. Under Obama-administration policies, out-of-control government spending has grown to such an extent that federal debt is now larger than the gross domestic product of the United States, the largest economy in the world. U.S. power and prestige in the world are in such dramatic decline that armed Islamists can...
  • Hardening Positions on Tax Policy Suggest Hard Times Ahead

    10/12/2012 10:01:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- No other issue is paralyzing the U.S. economy more than the unsettled question of where taxes are headed in the years to come. That question, raised by a tidal wave of expiring tax cuts that will hit most of us on Jan. 1, is the chief cause of the uncertainty that has swept through our economy, stalling business expansion, capital investment and job creation. The issue is further complicated by Obamacare and a regulatory maze of mandates, tax increases, penalties and fees that will hit businesses and middle-class Americans alike. Why hire more workers when the feds could...
  • Analysis: Feisty Biden gives Democrats reason to smile (and MSM gives Freepers reason to LOL)

    10/12/2012 9:46:02 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 12, 2012 | Brian Montopoli
    Vice President Joe Biden spent much of Thursday night's vice presidential debate smiling - often incredulously - at the comments of rival Paul Ryan. He wasn't the only Democrat smiling. Thanks to President Obama's widely-panned debate performance last week, supporters of the current administration have been despondent over polls that show Mitt Romney pulling even in the race. It wasn't just that the president's national polling lead had disappeared - it was that the man leading the charge was so passive and passionless when given the chance to make his case to the American people. No one is going to...
  • Is Paul Ryan fit to be president -- the unspoken question at the vice presidential debate

    10/12/2012 9:45:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 12, 2012 | Dr. Keith Ablow
    It was all psychology Thursday night at the vice presidential debate. The unspoken issueabout which nary a word was spokenwas really, in my opinion, all that mattered. Sigmund Freud himself would have enjoyed watching. Coming on the heels of a presidential debate in which challenger Mitt Romney outdistanced President Obama, leaving him to chase Romney in the polls, the bulk of the American electorate really only had one question left: If Mitt Romney were, tragically, to die in office, would Paul Ryan be able to take over and be a credible president of the United States? That unconscious questionwhich I...
  • The Bully vs. the Wonk: The Veep's strategy: Show contempt for your opponent

    10/12/2012 9:28:32 AM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/12/2012 | The Editors
    So now we know what Team Obama's comeback plan was following last week's defeat in the Presidential debate. Unleash Joe Biden to interrupt, filibuster, snarl, smirk and otherwise show contempt for Paul Ryan. The carnival act contributed to the least illuminating presidential or vice presidential debate of our lifetimes. From the opening bell, Mr. Biden seemed to take to heart the interpretation that President Obama offered this week of his debate performancethat he had been "too polite." That was not a problem for the Veep, whose marching orders were clearly to steamroll the overmatched moderator Martha Raddatz and dismiss everything...
  • They Called Him Punch

    10/12/2012 9:15:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    They called him Punch, and he earned the sobriquet. A Marine, he came home from serving in the Pacific theater, then in the Korean Conflict, to help run the family business, which in the case of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger was the New York Times. Imagine that -- somebody with a military background running the Times. Even harder to imagine these days, when the good gray New York Times has become as pretentious as it is ideological, is that it once had a publisher with a sense of humor. Punch Sulzberger used to say his family never worried about him when...
  • Preventable Tragedy: The WH Can't Spin It's Way Out of Blame for Benghazi

    10/12/2012 9:10:19 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 7 replies
    Testimony in a congressional hearing Wednesday on the Sept. 11 outrage against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi fueled a growing suspicion: President Barack Obamas administration was more concerned about projecting the image of improving stability in Libya, to bolster his re-election chances, than it was about ensuring the security of Americans on the ground there. The fact of a successful terrorist attack against the U.S. on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks a day, above all others, when security for American officials in volatile countries should be at its utmost is demoralizing and infuriating. After months of concern...
  • Vice President Loses Debate, Marbles

    10/12/2012 8:22:15 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 10-12-2012 | Jim Geraghty - Commentary
    October 12, 2012 Vice President Loses Debate, Marbles Jim Geraghty Joe Bidens Debate Slogan: Why So Serious? It was a weird debate, in that one candidates personality so totally dominated the proceedings, that your reaction to the debate will be decided almost entirely by what you think of Joe Biden when unplugged. It will not surprise you that I am not really a fan of Joe Biden, and in fact periodically have a hard time getting my head around the fact that he is a heartbeat away from being entrusted with the launch codes for the United States nuclear arsenal....
  • Pot and Politics on Venice Beach

    10/12/2012 8:09:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Gina Loudon
    Didn't mean to kill your buzz, but Dr Gina Loudon goes undercover to interview talking heads on Venice Beach about the burning issues of the day, puns intended. Spolier alert: Legalizing marijuana is a...a...a...I forget. Oh, yeah: It's a major issue, man. Pot and Politics on Venice Beach:California Venice Beach Politics (Spoiler Alert: Legalizing Pot is a Major Factor)
  • GLENN BECK Radio Program Friday Oct 12, 2012

    10/12/2012 8:05:50 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 2 replies
    http://www.glennbeck.com/content/radio/# ^ | Oct 12, 2012 | Glenn Beck
    The Glenn Beck ProgramListen Live 9am-Noon ET Weekdays Known for his quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality, Glenn Beck has attracted millions of viewers and listeners throughout the United States with The Glenn Beck Program. His radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, is heard on over 400 stations and is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. It is the third highest-rated national radio talk show among adults ages 25 to 54. Looking for audio and video from the radio program? If youre a TheBlaze TV Subscriber you can access all your audio and video links by clicking on the show...
  • Racial Preferences for the Privileged

    10/12/2012 7:43:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The Supreme Court this week took up a case that just might put an end to race-based college admissions. The justices heard arguments Wednesday involving an affirmative action program, at the University of Texas, whose whole purpose seems to be to give special preference to black and Hispanic applicants who come from middle-income and affluent homes. Long past are the days when affirmative action proponents could argue they were simply trying to help disadvantaged minorities, much less actual victims of discrimination. Now, the rallying cry is simply to bolster the number of black and Hispanic students on campus -- even...
  • Benghazi Burns and Petraeus Goes to Princeton?

    10/12/2012 7:12:29 AM PDT · by Milagros · 62 replies
    Diana West ^ | Oct. 12, 2012
    OCT12Written by:Diana WestFriday, October 12, 2012 12:52 AM David Petraeus accepting the James Madison Medal at Princeton, 2010---Two weeks ago, I wondered whether CIA Director Petraeus waspoliticizing the intelligenceafter a source told Fox News on September 27 thatthree days afterthe Benghazi assault, Petraeus briefed the House Intelligence Committeethat "Benghazi was an out-of-control demonstration prompted by the YouTube video.According to the source, this was `shocking' to some members who were present and saw the same intelligence pointing toward a terrorist attack."Knowing Petraeus' sensitivities to the faux-stimulus ofwhat he has called in Senate testimony"Arab anger,"such politicization, or, perhaps better, suchArabizingof the intelligence...
  • Biden's mom and dad taught him many things, but not manners Fox News

    10/12/2012 6:27:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 11, 2012
    Complete Headline: Biden's mom and dad taught him many things, but not mannersFox News' Karl Rove, Joe Trippi, Ed Rollins and others review the VP debatePresident Obama in his debate with Gov. Romney seemed to be missing in action. Vice President Joe Biden should have been. He was rude, talked non-stop and did nothing to further the discussion in a serious way. He was like a Cheshire cat with his inappropriate smile, and it was like a political speech without anybody else in the dialogue. Paul Ryan was knowledgeable and tried to have a serious discussion on very important issues....
  • Like Ron Paul? Avoid Mitt Romney [punish Romney, Ryan and the GOP in swing states - vote Obama]

    10/12/2012 6:25:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 12, 2012 | Michael Tracey
    At a town hall event in Ohio last month, Rep. Paul Ryan was asked why supporters of Ron Paul the iconoclastic congressman from Texas should back this years Republican ticket. Appearing offended by the implication, Ryan scolded: Do you want Barack Obama to be reelected? Paul is a actually friend, he claimed, and the two are in agreement on key issues. Baloney. Paul is one of only three GOP House members to not endorse Mitt Romney and there are several reasons for this. Leave aside that Paul is a man of deep principle, while Romney appears to...
  • What Does $28.00 Mean to You?

    10/12/2012 6:24:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Tim Phillips
    Some had been waiting for more than an hour sitting in a line of cars that stretched for blocks. Others had arrived hours early, just to be the first in line. Local radio and morning television teased their audience with hints and sparse details before finally making the announcement. After that, the location and details spread like wildfire via text, Twitter and Facebook. What was so important that hundreds would wait in line so long? A new lifesaving medicine? Free hundred dollar bills? A fabulous celebrity cruise? No, nothing quite that glamorous. Americans for Prosperity was offering gasoline...
  • TWO THINGS WE LEARNED

    10/12/2012 6:16:56 AM PDT · by shortstop · 26 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 10/12/12 | Bob Lonsberry
    What a jackass. Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States. What a jackass. For all the talk about his mom and dad, he didnt represent them very well. He may have found the plastic surgeon and the tooth whitener and the hair plugger, but he lost his manners. And if one thing came out of last nights vice presidential debate, it is that Joe Biden has no manners. Hes a rude, condescending jerk. The laughing, the interrupting, the sighing. If my seventh-grader acted that way, Id take him out behind the woodshed. If a business colleague acted that...
  • The Most Famous Woman You've Never Met

    10/12/2012 6:03:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    The hottest ticket on Broadway continues to be "The Book of Mormon," a musical that pokes fun at the Mormon faith in particular and Christianity in general. It is also full of profanity and blasphemy. If there was a show called "The Book of Muhammad," the Eugene O'Neill Theatre probably would have been burned down by now. New Yorkers are selective when picking their targets. Now there's a new musical called "Scandalous," about a colorful, some would say corrupt, evangelist named Aimee Semple McPherson, founder of the Foursquare Church. In the early part of the 20th century, Aimee was more...
  • The Coming Romney Boom

    10/12/2012 5:58:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Mona Charen
    If Mitt Romney is elected and secures Republican control of both houses of Congress, the U.S. could be poised for a vertiginous economic snapback. To understand how, consider that the Democratic explanation for our current malaise is utterly fallacious. Mr. Obama and his allies identify the "Bush tax cuts," "two wars that weren't paid for," and "deregulation" as the causes of America's present economic doldrums. But federal outlays as a percentage of GDP under George W. Bush averaged 19.6 percent. Under Obama, spending has ballooned to 24.1 percent of GDP. Much of Bush's spending was temporary (the two wars, one...
  • The EU wins the Nobel Peace Prize: 40 years on, satire really is now obsolete

    10/12/2012 5:52:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | October 12, 2012 | Daniel Hannan
    Like most people, I reacted to the news that the EU had won the Nobel Peace Prize with a shout of delighted mirth. In picking this moment just as the euro brings national antagonisms to a new high the committee members have revealed a sublime comic genius. It is 40 years since, hearing that the award had gone to Henry Kissinger, Tom Lehrer declared 'satire is now obsolete'. But even Lehrer at his most fanciful couldn't have imagined the committee passing over Irena Sendler, who had repeatedly risked her life to save children from the Warsaw Ghetto, in...