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Fraud, etc.

Fraud, etc.

Some interesting doings:

  • He may not have stolen the whole election, but he may have stolen Indiana.
  • Via Sarah Palin, looks like Fast & Furious was purely political, to make the case for gun control, the smoking gun.
  • I know that people are sick of me posting stuff about Newt, but he’s crushing Romney in new polling from CNN in Iowa, SC, and Florida, and only 9 points behind in NH.
  • How good was Newt’s speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition today?  Pass the popcorn.
  • With all due respect, does anyone care who John McCain endorses?  What we all care about is who Meghan McCain endorses.
  • Obama really, really does not want that pipeline built, he’ll veto payroll tax deal if it’s included.
  • Colonel Potter has died.  R.I.P.  I’ll always remember him more from Dragnet.
  • What else?
  • Breaking:  Judge says Boston can kick out Occupy campers, it’s not speech it’s “a hostile act, an assertion of possession against the rights of another. The act of occupation, this court has determined as a matter of law, is not speech. Nor is it immune from criminal prosecution for trespass or other crimes.”  Of course, the wimpy Boston pols have no plans to actually do anything, according to the article.

Two new ads out.  Perry’s play for the evangelical vote is heavy-handed, and making an issue of gays in the military versus prayer in school is mixing apples and oranges, unless of course you consider being gay a religion.  Romney’s ad seems a bit too coy — we get it, you have a great marriage and Newt burned through two of them — but if you are suggesting that makes Newt unfit or you more fit, then show guts and come right out and say it, hopefully to Newt’s face on stage on Decembe3r 15.


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The “Indiana issue” is a problem for Hiliary and the Democrats to sort out. Once the Democratic Party convention picked Obama, he is the nominee. Whatever happened in the primary is a problem for the party to work out.

I’m not tired of you posting about Newt – he’s what’s making news right now –

I AM tired of the line “I’m so and so and I approved this message.” It’s tired, it had its place back in the day, but it wastes time in a :30 second spot and … ehhhh, won’t rant, just wish they’d stop it. Come up with something more creative, and unique to the candidate.

    dmacleo in reply to Rose. | December 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I thought there was some law on books now that requires them to state they approve the ad.
    didn’t this start about 2000 or so due to a fake ad?
    my memory is real fuzzy on that, just something thats in the back of my mind.

      It was part of the BiPartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (aka McCain-Feingold).

      One aspect of the McCain-Feingold Law is a rule known as the “stand by your ad” provision. This rule requires candidates to directly acknowledge that they approve of their campaign advertisements, resulting in the ubiquitous proclamation, “I’m [candidate’s name], and I approve this message.”

Hmmm…so do I have this right? Because Newt lived a wreck of a personal life until he was past 55, it’s out of bounds for Romney to put up what is referred to in politics as a “soft bio” spot of the sort used almost universally by candidates for just about everything? He can’t tout himself as a family man because one of his rivals is not? It’s only acceptable for him to mention his wife admiringly in an ad if he’s willing to denounce Newt’s philandering?

What nonsense. Do you really think that, if he could, Newt wouldn’t make the same spot? But of course, he can’t.

    Darkstar58 in reply to JEBurke. | December 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    A religious person (Mitt) who attacks a man who openly admits he made mistakes but has sense found his strength of faith and grown as an individual (Newt) will not help himself.

    If Romney were to do such an add, and it is perceived as an attempt to say “I’m really righteous, he isn’t,” Mitt will be the one hurt.

    Everyone already knows both candidates background anyway (Romney has been running 6 years now, and his family values are pointed out by other quite often) There is really no need to do such a bio, and the possible negative it could bring about on him from the faith community probably isnt worth the risk.

    If he gets the nomination, he’ll do one then.

Regarding the Oil Sands Pipeline – I hope that the Republicans DO attach a demand for quick approval to the Payroll Tax Holiday legislation and then call Obama’s bluff. It frames it perfectly for the Republicans to call Obama out on caring more about a couple of field mice and flowers than about American jobs and prosperity. Obama WILL sign it, because he’ll have to after all his ranting about Republicans being miserly for not passing it, lest he be openly called a hypocrite.

Regarding the Boston Court decisions – It’s nice to see a Judge using the proper “Adverse Possession” language against the Occu-Idiots. That’s really what this is: an adverse possession of (usually) public lands against the holder of record (the State). The Occupiers are holding the land Openly, Exclusively, Notoriously, Hostilely(in full violation of the owner’s express wishes) and attempting to get the Continuous requirement. It’s high time that the courts start treating the Occu-Idiots as trespassers.

Apples vs. oranges – they are both fruit.

Attaching that condition to the bill would require major “cojones” something a bit scarce these days among the leadership, methinks, but like you, I would love to see them call his bluff!

workingclass artist | December 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Perry’s ad is about tolerance. Gays can serve openly in the military but kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas at school. Christmas trees are called now holiday trees.

I think I’d by just as upset if secularists insisted on calling menorahs Holiday Candle holders.

Secularists love to preach tolerance while they co-opt traditions of faith(s) re-brand them and ridicule the faithful for standing up for their faith.

Ask Catholics if Obama hasn’t been at war with them as Democrats try to force Unions on Faculty at Catholic Schools, Abortion on Catholic Charity Hospitals, and Gay adoption on Catholic Charity Social Services in parishes all over the country. These “political” issues go to the heart of catholic liturgy of natural law. Even Newt seems to have missed out on when life begins in the liturgy.

To many people the war on traditional Faith(s) is a very real one.

The ad is targeted at a specific group in Iowa but it also re-enforces in action what Perry said at C-PAC…

“Our party cannot be all things to all people. It can’t be. Our loudest opponents on the left are never going to like us so let’s stop trying to curry favor with them.” – Rick Perry

Conservatives are for freedom and Gov. Perry is speaking up about the hypocrisy of the “Tolerant” Left enacted through Obama’s policies and federal priorities that divide this country.

If this ad strikes a nerve all to the good.

Gov. Perry has brought lots of conservative issues to the national table in this primary and has done it bluntly letting the chips fall where they may.

Social Security = Ponzi Scheme for younger americans
States Rights
Global Warming Scam
Obama placing Israel in Danger
Border Security and federal failure
American Energy Security
Obama is a Socialist who is wrecking the economy
Wall ST. – Washington Corruption
Bernake Failure
Part-Time Citizen Legislature
zero foreign aid negotiation start

He’s taken heat for every blunt statement he’s made but he’ll keep making them.

We don’t live in a “Theocracy” in Texas with Perry as our governor but he’s been fair and conservative. He’s been a consistent leader.

    Perry’s ad is not at all about tolerance. He is suggesting that it is wrong that gays can serve openly in the military. In what world is that tolerance?
    And he’s also wrong about schoolchildren not being able to celebrate Christmas or pray openly in school. Beyond an anecdotal case here and there, in which the courts roundly rebuked schools for doing exactly that, no child has been prevented from openly praying or celebrating a religious holiday.
    I consider myself a secularist, and I would agree that those who try to re-brand a Chirstmas Tree as a “holiday tree” or expunge Christmas from public life are misguided. Most people I know who consider themselves secularists don’t try to do that, Christmas has a legitimate right to be apart of civic life, religious aspects and all, because it is an important part of our heritage. I believe you’re confusing secularists, who think the government should discount their religious preferences when making decisions, with what I would call “theocratic Atheists”, who want to expunge any sign of religion from public life.

    workingclass artist said:

    “Gov. Perry has brought lots of conservative issues to the national table in this primary and has done it bluntly letting the chips fall where they may.”

    “Social Security = Ponzi Scheme for younger americans”

    Patently false. SS will be fixed and modified.

    “States Rights”

    Such as???

    “Global Warming Scam”

    A recent convert??

    “Obama placing Israel in Danger”

    Following the crowd…

    “Border Security and federal failure”

    Whatta joke.. Just went by Home Depot today and there more of ’em than ever. I’ll agree on the federal failure aspect.

    “American Energy Security”

    This ain’t going to come from Texas and the US’s energy supplies and independence will occur within the next ten years without Perry’s input simply due to technology advances.

    “Obama is a Socialist who is wrecking the economy”

    Following the crowd

    “Wall ST. – Washington Corruption”

    Better look into Perry’s role and performance in TX. He’s one slippery critter. Junk bonds to finance toll roads etc.

    “Bernake Failure”

    Following the crowd..

    “Part-Time Citizen Legislature”

    Whatta joke… They can cause as much damage in half the time it takes the pros in DC.

    “zero foreign aid negotiation start”

    Big talk but never will happen…

    “He’s taken heat for every blunt statement he’s made but he’ll keep making them.”

    Yep and he deserves all the heat!

    “We don’t live in a “Theocracy” in Texas with Perry as our governor but he’s been fair and conservative. He’s been a consistent leader.”

    What rock are you living under??? Texas loses billions every year to gaming operations in neighboring states. Over 2.5 million visits to Vegas by TX residents annually. All because the born again Christian talaban lobby.

    So artist guy… How long have you been on the Perry payroll???

      workingclass artist in reply to GrumpyOne. | December 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      I’m not on the payroll…I’m a voter.

      Galveston is trying to have gambling again so we’ll see.

      Until then there’s always bingo in church basements.


      workingclass artist in reply to GrumpyOne. | December 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      When are you going to vote with your feet Grumpy One?

      I R A Darth Aggie in reply to GrumpyOne. | December 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

      “Social Security = Ponzi Scheme for younger americans”

      Patently false. SS will be fixed and modified.

      By whom?

      If you actually believe SS will be fixed in a way other than raising payroll taxes, I have a slightly used bridge for sale in NYC.

      Until then, SS = income redistribution from younger, less affluent workers to retired and more affluent geezers.

        workingclass artist in reply to I R A Darth Aggie. | December 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

        When LBJ moved SS into the general fund so that congress could dip into it the trouble started as to it’s sustainability. This would have to be the first thing accomplished with regards to reform.

        I like the option of choice to younger folks as to management of their account as well.

        I like that Gov. Perry is upfront about the “forbidden” topics like AGW & SS reform. Perry along with Libertarian Ron Paul, And Cain’s emphasis on Tax Reform is forcing the narrative. Let the chips fall where they may. It is a response to the times. Hopefully it helps build a stronger platform.

      beloved2 in reply to GrumpyOne. | December 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      When you have to revert to personal insults in debate, it reflects more on your integrity or lack of it than that of working class artist. If I wasn’t such a good Christian, I would ask you “What is your psychiatric diagnosis and why aren’t you taking your meds”? But I won’t ask you that.
      Governor Perry is a winner, if you don’t like Texas and our Governor there are lots of places to move to. Las Vegas, Nevada whom you mentioned has the highest home foreclosure, highest bankruptcy rate, highest unemployment rate in this nation but your dollars would be welcome there to gamble away.

    The real question to be answered is why has Obama gotten more money from Wall Street than all the GOP candidate combined ? Surely, it not because they want to be taxed to death. Is it all a shakedown by Obama ? If so, is it illegal ? .. or should it be illegal ?

workingclass artist | December 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm

When I was in school we celebrated/discussed Hanukkah & Christmas. The teachers had decorations in the class room and the kids had a party and exchanged gifts & candy. We lit a menorah each day during Hanukkah and had a christmas tree. We had different guests visit to explain the traditions starting with a Rabbi. A Catholic Priest taught about St. Nick. A Lutheran Priest taught about the Tannenbaum. A Preacher (usually baptist) told the Christmas Story. This was in a public school during the 60’s & 70’s.

It was also a way for teachers to talk about our constitution and the protection of religions. It’s how I learned about Maryland being founded by Catholics.

This was in the “bible belt” Texas, the land of Southern Baptists.

By the time I was in highschool it had changed a lot.

It’s one reason why I put my child in Catholic School & in Catholic School she learned as I did about different faiths/traditions during this season with different speakers. She learned tolerance & respect of the faith of others.

    You seem to be missing the larger point WCA, I don’t want to force a school to celebrate Christmas any more than I want to prevent a school from doing so. If the school is interfering with the right of a student to celebrate a religious holiday, then I have a problem, as that would appear to violate the first and fourteenth amendments. But requiring a school to celebrate Christmas just doesn’t make sense. If the local community wants this to be done, they can vote for new board members in their school board elections.
    Forcing Christmas is just as bad as preventing it.

      workingclass artist in reply to Awing1. | December 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Gov.Perry explained his position. He said to Wolf Blitzer that the constitution means freedom of religion not from religion and that the left has tried to drive people of faith from the public square and in certain cases has targeted Churches like Catholics & their charitable organizations. He also said speaking as a veteran of the Air Force that Obama has used the military as a political tool and this has taken a toll. He made the earlier argument of Obama telegraphing to our enemies troop withdrawal to appease his political base and sees this as irresponsible.

      He said the repeal of DADT particularly during military engagement of two wars was a political ploy to appease Obama’s base and could effect unit cohesion. (Disruption in Unit cohesion is the same argument preventing women from fighting in combat zones)

      Given that lawsuits by Gay Organizations have been launched in Boston to sue for partner benefits & changes on bases; It looks like a long and expensive battle is ahead that could cause division and rancor as people take sides. There is pushback from Military chaplains as the Pentagon scrambles to form coherent policy.

      In Gov. Perry’s opinion DADT was a compromise that worked and kept the social politics from overwhelming the armed forces as a disruption that could affect unit cohesion. He’s just stating the other side of the argument. Blitzer didn’t like it but Perry didn’t back down either. When Blitzer read recent comments from some senior military personnel supporting Obama’s repeal Gov. Perry countered with the fact that he talks to a lot of people in the military as well and that they are not in agreement. Big Media wants the public to think this is a settled issue and it’s not.

      The bottom line is that this isn’t a settled issue and there is conservative pushback. To Perry Obama’s timing & methods are an issue.

      Another example of politicizing the Military by the Obama Administration…

      “Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday blasted the Defense Department for classifying the Fort Hood massacre as workplace violence and suggested political correctness is being placed above the security of the nation’s Armed Forces at home.”

      Read more:

      Obama has done this with Law Enforcement Agencies too as seen in recent e-mails from DOJ regarding Fast & Furious and using it to forward Gun Control legislation.

      There are always two sides to each argument and Gov. Perry is emphatically stating his conservative argument.

      Some folks will agree with him & some folks won’t, But like Social Security Reform he’s put it on the table.

Midwest Rhino (not RINO) | December 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Newt might still be making the best argument for conservatives, and he has a clear lead. Bolton seems pretty good.

But for some balance on the Newt/Beck interview, here is part of Beck’s response to the Obama and Newt claims to be kinda like Teddy Roosevelt.

Taking the senate seems more and more vital.

    “Taking the senate seems more and more vital”

    Agree completely….Newt says he is like Teddy Roosevelt without mentioning that TR’s beliefs were what I have always felt became the beginning of the Progressive movement that has led us to where we are now….Newt has one other thing in common with Teddy….an enormous ego.

    If Newt becomes President John Bolton is going to have to take extra vitamins to stay strong enough to rein him in when he gets another urge to sit on that famous Pelosi bench.

Apropos of none of the above, off and on throughout this 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, I’ve been roaming through YouTube looking at relevant videos. I love this one — a movie newsreel seen in theaters across the country in the dark days of 1942. Not primarily war footage or even war news. It’s the Marine Corps Band (and in part, an orchestra).

If you want to spend only a few minutes, skip to the 7 minute mark where the band marches to “Semper Fidelis.” Always makes me want to grab a rifle and march with them.

Henry Hawkins | December 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm

“I know that people are sick of me posting stuff about Newt, but he’s crushing Romney in new polling from CNN in Iowa, SC, and Florida, and only 9 points behind in NH.”

Am I the first to note that this rapid surge in Newt Gingrich’s popularity came immediately on the heels of Professor Jacobson’s endorsement?

Who’ll run the blog when he’s made Attorney General?

Prof— you’ve got to start posting what’s going down here in Washington State.

Taxpayers (2/3 landslide) voted to get the state out of the liquor business- which as a state and tribal owned monopoly.

Unions are now suing like crazy to overturn the vote.

The voter initiative was largely funded by Costco. The lawsuits to overturn are 100% funded by unions.

“What we all care about is who Meghan McCain endorses.”

Whoa! Wait a second! Like, okay . . . soooooo did you miss this maybe? Huh?

Like, you know, if she like thinks that Michelle Bachmann is “more smarter than Sarah Palin,” then how is that, like, not an endorsement?

Like, dude . . . get with it! See, you gotta be able to pick up on the stuff that is all nuanced out!

And whatnot!

while it may have some appeal to a small slice of the electorate, can perry truly believe that pining for the days when open discrimination against gay citizens was socially acceptable is the path to the whitehouse?

“They were giving themselves a license to legally lie,” Senator Grassley deadpanned. “This was supposed to be the most transparent administration we’ve ever seen. Well, they’re not.”

This Administration is at least as rotten as that of Richard Nixon.

I come away with a different take than you, Prof, on both ads.

Perry seems to me to be saying that openness is the issue. We’re an open society when it comes to gays but not to even such a small matter as saying “Merry Christmas” which isn’t even particularly Christian. Or praying, which also isn’t particularly Christian. The right to be who you are extends to every area of life but religion.

As for the Romney ad, if it’s a shot at Gingrich, it’s also a shot at Reagan who was divorced and changed political parties. I think it’s an appeal to Romney’s personal steadiness against the charges that he flip flops and follows what is politically convenient.

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