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The Rick Perry campaign gets a much needed reorganization,  but does this advice hold, Perry shuffles campaign team:

The first thing [Joe] Allbaugh ought to do is send Perry to Dallas to apologize for badmouthing W. all over the country. I believe that we will see a slow but steady rise in Perry’s fortunes from this point forward.

In the natural ebb and flow of a campaign, it seems to me that perhaps Perry’s ebb has ended, Romney and Cain’s has started, and Newt’s watching and waiting on the shore, and building.

Ouch, Mark Steyn on Herman Cain.

Ugh, Gaddafi sodomized (h/t HotAir):

An analysis of video obtained by GlobalPost from a rebel fighter who recorded the moment when Col. Muammar Gaddafi was first captured confirms that another rebel fighter, whose identity is unknown, sodomized the former leader as he was being dragged from the drainpipe where he had taken cover.

Dems not too hot on Obama mortgage actions:

Just hours after the Obama administration unveiled enhancements to its anti-foreclosure efforts, House Democrats are already saying it doesn’t go nearly far enough to help the millions of homeowners still struggling from the housing bust.

Obama has opened a Tumblr site as a “huge collaborative storytelling effort.”  Isn’t this entire administration one “huge collaborative storytelling effort” aready? (BTW, they’re worried about trolls).  Really?  Considering how well their hashtag efforts are working on Twitter, why would they worry about that?

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MaggotAtBroadAndWall | October 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm

While Obama is busy funneling taxpayer money to support failed “green” companies of crony Democrats, America’s traditional oil and gas industry is set to produce 10x more shale energy by 2015 than it did in 2009. We currently produce 72% of the energy we consume, up from only 50% a decade ago.

Also, Boston Consulting Group has published at least two reports this year pushing the idea that manufacturing in America will, in the next five years, experience a major renaissance. Here’s the BCG report referenced in the Telegraph piece:

Here’s a BCG press release touting the same there from May:

If this stuff leads to the economy picking up steam in the next 6-8 months, Obama’s chances for re-election will improve dramatically.

I realize what a monster Qaddafi was, although what’s happening now might prove that the devil you know is better than the one you don’t.

The sodomizing of this foolish simpering devilish leader only proves what we all know. These are barbarians, so far from civilization that humane behavior is inconceivable. This kind of thing happened back with battles between soldiers and Tecumseh (and the like) but now? These people are barbaric and tribal, unreachable.

From the Halls of Montezuma…to the shores of Tripoli…

    It is a good thing that we checked who we would be allying with before we went into Libya…

    Oh, wait…

    Let’s not jump to any rash conclusions, here. Perhaps their customs are just….uh, different.

    For all we know, this could have been a Gaddafi supporter, who really, really loved and respected the former dictator.

    Then again, I could be wrong…

      On a broader note, my point is that they’ve never been anything but barbarians, just as the Marines fought them years ago to the “shores of Tripoli.”

      I’ve often thought their barbarism is biblical. If you go back to the story of Abraham, Ishmael and Hagar, you can understand why so many Arabs act out like the rejected son of Abraham, wandering the desert, bitter against the son Isaac who was accepted as the heir.

      Everyone has a choice in how to behave. These people have made and continue to make monstrous choices.

      Think about it. One of the first things they do is make polygamy legal? Doesn’t that speak to their baser motives?

      And why is it so often that they would punish homosexuality by torture and death but are known for participating in it in their little enclaves and forcefully with young boys.

nordic_prince | October 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm

The administration is certainly adept at “storytelling,” if by that you mean spinning yarn, fabricating tales, and engaging in all-around fantasy.

OT: Just read something that made me ill. Hamas will pay each of the released killers $2000 that will come from the U.S. aid money the Palestinians received. This is atrocious… When will we stop giving aid that goes to killers?????

The treatment of Gaddafi shows only what most of us have known for a long time; you cannot pull these people out of the 7th century, no matter how we cater to them. They are, and will remain, barbarians.

Libya will certainly fall into the hands of another dictator. So what did we gain with our $1.1 billion? Nothing. Shi’ria law will rule in the Middle East, Israel will be in even more danger, the various Islamic sects will ban together to destroy Israel, and then they will come after us. Obama supported the Libyan rebels without knowing who they were are what their goals actually were. Ousting Gaddafi was just one goal. Tie this is with our total withdrawing from Iraq. If we leave Iraq on Christmas Day, Iran will actively move in on December 26th.

    For once, I agree with you, Retire 05.

    Cowboy Curtis in reply to retire05. | October 24, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    They could be dragged to 1900, but only by a tyrant that would make Stalin apologists cringe. Both their religion and their culture would have to be broken. The man to pull it off would make Saddam, probably even Stalin, look like a choirboy.

    Which is the problem with our current support of the overthrow of such men in the region. They may be sons-of-bitches, but they’re better than the alternative. As we learned in Iran three decades ago, and I fear, will learn over the next 30 years in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, et al. The entire region is a failed culture, stunted centuries ago, and unable to cope with the modern world. Any fix is going to be ugly- maybe even Mao-type ugly. Which we (the West) won’t allow to happen, so it won’t. So we’re in all likelihood stuck with what it for the duration.

    davod in reply to retire05. | October 25, 2011 at 3:28 am

    dictator. no Mullah yes.

Sadly, I think you are right on the money there Retire05. The Arab spring was nothing more than the rise of militant Islam and our bombers and money helped put them in power.

Another one to add to your list:

Makes me wonder if Ed Rollins was planted there to sabotage Michelle Bachmann’s campaign. She made it very clear to everyone that winning in IA was critical to her campaign yet her NH staff quits and pulls an Ed Rollins by issuing a scathing letter after they quit? That letter sounds so contrived. Who hired those whiners anyway?

And why is that the slightest “gaffe” and “misstep” by a conservative always serves as conclusive proof that they just aren’t serious candidates whereas the RINO candidates get pass after pass. How bad has Rick Perry been anyway? He sure stretches “nobody’s perfect” to ridiculous extremes as a defense.

It’s the same old Rovian progressive angle to attack conservatives who always get labeled as “flawed” as in “silly, unqualified, light-weight” whereas RINOs are merely “imperfect” as in “nobody’s perfect” and “perfection is the enemy of the good”.

    Ed Rollins is not so stupid as to attempt what you suggest. He was in it to win and the rewards, had Bachmann won, would have been great.

    But Bachmann has a reputation of being a bit of a prima donna. When the event was held that featured her, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry, Bachmann arrived early, but spent most of the day in her bus. Santorum hit the grounds late in the evening. Perry, on the other hand, was there early in the day, spending the entire day on the grounds doing retail politics. During Bachmann’s speech, Perry was in the audience, applauding with everyone else. At the end of her speech, Bachmann stood on stage and threw signed t-shirts at people, then left through an exit that offered the fewest people to talk to. Santorum left, and Perry stayed, again, shaking hands and answering questions that Iowans like to ask, until every last person was gone.

    The press has complained that Bachmann’s campaign team are too aggressive in trying to keep reporters away from her. She is not known to mingle with the crowds before, or after a speech.

    Bachmann made some strong points. But she doesn’t seem to know when to move on and stop dwelling on one issue. She should have made the points she wanted to and then moved on to other issues. She didn’t and her poll numbers fell because she looked a bit off kilter.

    Perry’s right; not one of the candidates standing on the debate stage are without warts. It all depends on whether you want to see the warts on the person you support, or not.

    @Pasadena Phil

    With regards to Ed Rollins, you have to think outside the box. Rollins is not a Movement Conservative. This is the guy who managed liberal GOP Christie Todd Whitman’s gubernatorial campaign. He also has managed a couple of folks who had very little chance at winning the nomination/presidency; Mike Huckabee and H Ross Perot. They ran spoiler campaigns; that is, they help other folks attain their goal of nomination/presidency.
    Huckabee attacked Romney in 2008 and seemed quite comfortable playing the role of McCain’s wingman. Perot, played a similar part in 1992 attacking Washington gridlock. This only helped the outsider Bill Clinton overcome his anti-war past. Folks bought the hope of Clinton or went with Perot, leaving Daddy Bush with 38%.

    I saw a similar replay with Bachmann. Rollins had said/implied back in January that Bachmann could not win the nomination as she was not a serious player. Of course, that was before he was hired by Bachmann. Since Rollins came on board, Bachmann seemed to have two roles; attack Pawlenty and fend off Palin jumping into the race. When Perry jumped in, she went after Perry. Yet, nary a glove on Romney.
    When the Bachmann shtick was not resonating, causing lower poll numbers, Rollins took ‘senior status’. It seems the only people who believe she has a chance are Bachmann and some diehards. Bachmann served her purpose. Pawlenty is out and Palin did not run. Her attacks on Perry are not resonating as he is now seems to get stronger. Rollins was there to hide/gloss over Bachmann’s imperfections; no longer. You are probably seeing why Bachmann has had a high turnover in staff. Yet, for some, the warts are never there and the attacks on others continue.
    Bachmann has always been a ‘show horse’ and a side show this primary season. I think Rollins is right about one thing; it is a Perry/Romney race for the nomination.

    If that’s a recant, then I don’t know my Steyn.

BannedbytheGuardian | October 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm

These were no longer ‘rebels ‘ by the time they surrounded Sirte. They were the acknowledged power . Still they were making no headway until NATO did their bombing raids. So technically NATo bombed a besieged city. Still it took weeks & more bombing raids needed to squeeze out the escaping convoy. Then they bombed the convoy.

There is no way NATO is not responsible & armed with its ICC warrant – they could have easily captured Ghaddafi & close allies.

They did have SAS boots on the ground & logically in Sirte.

There is a deep breakdown in diplomacy & international ‘values’ that once broken will be difficult to resurrect when bigger battles appear .

Let me get this straight. Some international organization complained that the TNC, who is not signatory to the Geneva Conventions, and is largely composed of thugs pining for the 7th century, committed multiple barbaric acts on a despotic thug before murdering him in cold blood…

Who do you think sits on the governing council of the TNC? Mother Theresa is NOT the chief executive there. Everybody knew the TNC was largely composed of a different collection of thugs. And NOW, people are complaining that thugs acted like thugs when they captured another thug?

It won’t be long before Obama is sending in Predator drones with Hellfire missiles to take out these clowns…

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to WarEagle82. | October 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    My point is that NATO is the driving force & enabler of the TNC & all offensive actions by any Libyans that they assist . In this case the bombing of Sirte 7 & the convoy.

    davod in reply to connie. | October 25, 2011 at 3:35 am

    This is a refinement on the salt the law reviews with articles supporting your position. Or, better yet, quote a SCOTUS precedent deceptively by reversing the meanining to support your case.

    Situation normal.

Steyn has recanted!

“Re that Herman Cain video:

Okay, I take back everything I said yesterday about his lack of knowledge of foreign policy, national security, social issues, etc. He’s got my endorsement just for Mark Block’s cigarette exhalation. Haven’t seen anything like that since Sammy Davis Jr. took a drag in the instrumental break of ‘With A Song In My Heart’ at the Royal Albert Hall a couple of decades back.”

Just saw the first info on Perry’s tax plan. Have to see more details, but on first blush, it appears better thought out than 999.

The key thing is the Perry also addresses gov’t spending specifically. It doesn’t matter how taxes are collected nearlty as much as how they are spent. Perry’s plan caps federal spending to 18% of GDP. Good start!

Perry also said: ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank and Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley must be quickly repealed. Exactly!

Waiting to here more, but so far, this is the difference between leadership and salesmanship.

workingclass artist | October 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm


Perry’s plan is a good one and workable. Has some good reform proposals in it & neutralizes the usual democratic complaint by using a choice option.
His answer to the NYT class warfare baiting was great. He basically said he doesn’t care about it as long as it gets money back into the economy to create jobs and stimulate business growth and investment into the american economy.
I think this is a game changer. His speech in SC launching this plan was a good one.

    The part I like best it that he has some workalbe ideas on entitlement reform. That and the regulatory roll-backs he proposes are huge — bigger than the tax changes themselves.

    On the whole, he articulated a good comprehensive strategy that actually has a chance: tax reform, entitlement reform, regulatory sanity, spending reductions. It better (so far) than anything else I’ve seen.

    Of course, the absolutists are already out in in full cry. That in itself is a pretty good sign. (I could hope this would elevate the national debate on these issues, but I think that’s a hope too far.)

Agree. I also love that it limits Federal spending to 18% of GDP, and opens the door for private social security accounts. A lot to like in this plan, and no national sales tax.