Quotes of the day

posted at 8:16 pm on September 16, 2012 by Allahpundit

With their back-to-back political conventions behind them and the general election season fully engaged, the poll found Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney running essentially even among those seen as the most probable to vote. Including those who lean toward a specific candidate, the president has 49 percent and Mr. Romney has 46 percent, a difference within the margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points on each candidate…

With 53 days remaining before the election, and only two weeks before early-voting begins in some states, the presidential contest has assumed a new feeling of urgency.

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Mitt Romney’s campaign for president appears to have quietly abandoned its guiding assumption, that the election would center on the struggling economy, and has visibly begun to feel for a new message…

“No one in Boston thinks this can only be about the economy anymore,” one top aide said last week. “The economy narrows the gap and puts us in contention, but we have to bring more to the table.”…

Ryan himself has emerged as a central player in this calculation, making the case internally for a clearer conservative policy message. One high level Republican with ties to the campaign told BuzzFeed that Ryan was chaffing at Boston constraining him from talking about and defending his policy ideas from Democratic attacks. Ryan wanted to be “unleashed,” the Republican said.

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Obama faced two very high-profile opponents in his first presidential campaign: Hillary Clinton and John McCain. They both became so vexed by their inability to puncture his positive image that they lost control of their campaigns against him.

Frustrated with their inability to win a single news cycle, their strategy ultimately devolved into a simple determination to score points wherever possible, even when it put them at odds with their original strategy. With Hillary Clinton, a campaign based on superior experience turned to accusations of plagiarism and flip-flopping. In the case of John McCain, a campaign based on patriotism and straight talk came to revolve around a random encounter Obama had with a plumber about taxes…

And now look at Romney, who set out in the general to focus voters’ attention, with relentless intensity, on the lackluster economy. As a result of losing news cycle after news cycle, he’s now throwing spaghetti, rigatoni, and fettucine against the wall, and hoping something will stick.

If there’s a teachers’ strike in Obama’s hometown, it’s time to pounce. If the Democrats at Obama’s convention fail to include “God” in their platform, it’s time to pounce. And if an ambassador gets murdered in Libya on Obama’s watch … you get the idea. Romney is all over the place, and the economy-first strategy is on the scrap heap.

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Republican lawmakers are grumbling about the direction of Mitt Romney’s campaign and say he needs to change course

The GOP members say Romney must do a better job of communicating to voters what to expect of him, either by making a bold pledge akin to George H.W. Bush’s 1988 “no new taxes” promise or fleshing policy proposals with more details…

Two legislators said Romney’s image as a seasoned Mr. Fix-it is undermined by the perceived vagueness of his policy agenda…

“If you’re going to bring it to the American people, you’ve got to show details,” said the lawmaker who questioned what he saw as efforts during the GOP convention to cast Romney as a warm and fuzzy candidate.

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Republican activists are incredulous: Why can’t Republican Mitt Romney seem to break open a tight race with President Barack Obama given the nation’s sluggish economy and conservative enthusiasm to beat the Democrat?

“He ought to be killing Obama, and he’s clearly not doing that,” said 32-year-old R.J. Robinson, one of the thousands of activists attending the annual Values Voters Summit this weekend. “He should be doing better.”

Added Mike Garner, a 27-year-old hawking “Reagan was right” buttons at the meeting: “If Romney loses this election, the party really needs to do some soul-searching.”…

[T]hey worry that the candidate himself isn’t doing enough to gain ground on Obama, who polls show has a slight edge nationally and in key states just seven weeks before the election. And they offered plenty of advice to Romney for changing the trajectory of the race in the coming weeks — echoing Republican presidential campaign veterans who over the past week have raised concerns about the state of the GOP nominee’s run and whether he was letting the race slip away from him.

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How did this happen? If there’s an overriding answer, I haven’t found it. A number of factors seem to have played a part: the press, incumbency, polling, the Obama and Romney campaigns…

• The Romney campaign. It hasn’t adjusted to the campaign as a choice. “That’s the problem,” says pollster Frank Luntz, who has conducted dozens of focus groups this year. “When your opponent has $1 billion to spend, it’s [no longer] a referendum. It’s a choice.” Swing voters and independents don’t believe Obama deserves reelection, Luntz says, but Romney “hasn’t made the case for himself.” There’s “no ‘not Obama’ lever. They’ll have to pull the Romney lever. At this point, they aren’t willing to do that. He hasn’t given them a reason why.” Were the election solely about Obama’s record, he wouldn’t need to.

Barack Obama isn’t Jimmy Carter. The economy won’t drag him down as it did Carter in 1980. In last week’s Fox News poll, Obama and Romney were tied on who voters “trust to do a better job on improving the economy and creating jobs.” The message to Romney here is so clear that even his campaign staff should be able to understand it.

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But then came his surprise selection of Paul Ryan, which seemed designed to broaden the focus of the campaign to include the deficit and to shift the conversation from a pure referendum on the past four years to an agenda for the future. Yes, Ryan’s proposals were controversial, but Romney seemed to signal that moving from bland to bold, from management to vision, from incremental change to radical reform, was more than enough to compensate for the baggage he was taking on.

And then—Romney reverted to type, with an acceptance speech better suited to a Portman pick. When conflicts emerged between Ryan’s budget and positions the Romney campaign considered more politically convenient, the young vice-presidential nominee reversed course. And if Romney has been campaigning since the convention on a theme of bold reform, it has escaped the attention of the press corps and the American people…

If he ends up winning, the skeptics—of whom I have been one—will have to acknowledge that the Obama team understands something important about twenty-first century politics that we don’t. An Obama victory would suggest a more personalized, identity-based brand of politics can trump traditional economic metrics, even when times are tough.

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Now that both conventions are over, the dimensions of the likely Romney triumph are becoming clear. Both through an analysis of the polling and an examination of the rhetoric, the parameters of the victory are emerging…

All pollsters are using 2008 models of voter turnout. Some are combining ’04 and ’08 but skewing their samples to ’08 numbers. African Americans cast 11 percent of the national vote in ’04, but their participation swelled to 13 percent in ’08. These 2 million new black voters backed Obama overwhelmingly. Will they come out in such numbers again? Will college and under 30 voters do so as well? Will Latino turnout be at historic highs? All these questions have to be answered “yes” for the polling samples so widely published to be accurate…

The function of the conventions is to formulate and articulate each party’s view of the world. The fact that they were so similar and that each was willing to trust its fate to the question of, “Are you better off?” means that the Romney message will have a very strong advantage. The decision of the Democrats to embrace this choice and not to move to the center will make it impossible for them either to re-elect their president or to command a majority in the new Senate.

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Via Mediaite.


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Please. Santorum lasted for ages running on a shoestring. Romney was aided and abetted in the crucial state of FL by politicians selling their souls to vouch for him.

INC on September 17, 2012 at 1:06 AM

“Selling their souls” is a terrible charge to make without overpowering evidence. BTW, the media would have wrapped Akin and all manner of other things around Santorum by now and he would be sinking to the bottom of the ocean.

VorDaj on September 17, 2012 at 1:12 AM

JUST GOT PAID

thatsafactjack on September 16, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I approve; thanks for the link!

Midas on September 17, 2012 at 1:12 AM

I don’t think telling the truth about Obama is going to hurt Romney with anyone other than the media and the fools that are voting Obama anyway.

Night Owl on September 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Depends on how Romney tells those truths. He runs the risk of looking small if he’s perceived as complaining and whining about Obama. The trick is to rise above Obama and seem the stronger leader. Attacking him can work, and so far Romney has been attacking him well, but it’s a more delicate game than it appears.

Now, mocking Obama, otoh, that cannot be done too much. And I sincerely hope Romney goes more into that mode as the election nears.

happytobehere on September 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

VorDaj on September 17, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Of course, I didn’t mean that literally. Let me say instead, having their lack of principles laid bare. I’m from FL. I followed the race and during the primary, I named some FL politicians who were being political opportunists. Rubio is at the head of the class.

INC on September 17, 2012 at 1:18 AM

See, it’s really not that hard to play a soft lefty MSM Obama supporter. But try Alinsky tactics on these guys and they fold so fast it’s incredible.

happytobehere on September 17, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Perfect; unfortunately going full “sucking the brains out of unborn babies” route won’t be conducive to continuing my happy marriage (we are, after all, talking about my wife’s father, whom she still happens to love even though he’s a stubborn Obama supporter), nor to amicable conversation ’round the holiday dinner table.

Midas on September 17, 2012 at 1:22 AM

“there are two different kinds of good things, the merely human and the divine; the former are consequential on the latter. Hence a city which accepts the greater goods acquires the lesser along with them, but one which refuses them misses both. . . .” Plato, The Laws 361b-d (360 BC).

A sadness. That language isn’t even accessible to … I imagine, large numbers of people.

But anyone interested can hold this up to it, and possibly see this well-known bit a little differently:

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Axe on September 17, 2012 at 1:22 AM

happytobehere on September 17, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Perfect; unfortunately going full “sucking the brains out of unborn babies” route won’t be conducive to continuing my happy marriage (we are, after all, talking about my wife’s father, whom she still happens to love even though he’s a stubborn Obama supporter), nor to amicable conversation ’round the holiday dinner table.

Midas on September 17, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Apologies for butting in. I’ve been following. Midas’ holidays looking grim aside, I’ve been thinking … I just don’t want to be them.

Axe on September 17, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Obama shall add all the things you need unto you in government coupon form.

Mormontheman on September 17, 2012 at 1:34 AM

happytobehere on September 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Which brings us right back to Schadenfreude’s “Mock them out of town”!

Axe on September 17, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Thank you for posting that. I like what VorDaj posted too, but yours comes with a promise!

INC on September 17, 2012 at 1:18 AM

A lot of the same whiners now are the one’s you are referring to from back then. Kind of sickening!

Good night!

Night Owl on September 17, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Night Owl on September 17, 2012 at 1:34 AM

You have made excellent posts!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 17, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Perfect; unfortunately going full “sucking the brains out of unborn babies” route won’t be conducive to continuing my happy marriage (we are, after all, talking about my wife’s father, whom she still happens to love even though he’s a stubborn Obama supporter), nor to amicable conversation ’round the holiday dinner table.

Midas on September 17, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Dude, I’m not trying to break up your marriage. For goodness sake don’t bring up abortion (unless he’s Catholic, just point it out in passing?)

Besides, you’re only dealing with one vote here and he’s your in-law probably not worth going full bore crazy on him.

But I’m a bit confused, is this fellow a fervent leftist Obama supporter? Because if he is there are no tactics, not even Alinsky that will put a pause in his crazy. I was under the impression that he was a soft Obama supporter, MSM leaning independent type that maybe voted for Bush or something. But if you’re saying he’s a far gone lefty, then all hope is lost and I would just avoid politics with him altogether.

Maybe just tell him you’ve seen the light and now you realize that Obama is a Lightworker and you’ll be voting for him.

happytobehere on September 17, 2012 at 1:51 AM

I’m from FL. I followed the race and during the primary, I named some FL politicians who were being political opportunists. Rubio is at the head of the class.

INC on September 17, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Yeah, some of these guys have a way of using Conservative principles and support to feather their own nests the same way those on the other side have of doing the same with Liberal ideals.

Those on the Conservative side get away with it by moving legislation forward that makes Conservative voters happy, while at the same time benefiting themselves and the cash cows they’re beholden to. Republican politicians are masters at developing new taxes and hidden taxes while making it seem on the surface that middle class folks are paying less.

On the Liberal side they get away with it by attacking Conservatives/Republicans and telling the voters that the uber rich are going to pay for it all. But they know full well those folks aren’t going to really pay more than they are now…because many of them are filthy rich themselves and have no intention of paying more than token taxes. Besides, they can get it all back and then some due to their positions, power and connections.

But I suppose our political opportunists are preferable to theirs.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 17, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Poll: Obama Holds Narrow Edge Over Romney

237 Obama/Biden Toss Ups 110 Romney/Ryan 191

(Real Clear Politics)

But we certainly have the most electable candidate evah!

What I find amazing is that criticism of Romney is being muted as if to send out negative waves to the sheeple electorate who pay attention to politics a few hours a year will somehow cause them to vote for Dear Leader.

Actually, it’s on major Conservative boards like this one where we should be sending a loud strong message to Romney’s team to get their act together.

But Romney’s team gets paid whether he wins or loses, and I really think Romney’s pretty happy with just finally getting nominated.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 17, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Good night!

Night Owl on September 17, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Night, Owl. :)

Axe on September 17, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 17, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Romney wants to win and he will. The only way he loses is with lower than McCain turnout. That is unlikely.

The polls we don’t see, the internals, are driving Obama to shore up support with fans of Pimp with a Limp on 9/11 and fervent liberals in college towns after the DNC.

The MSM will run stories about Romney’s “lackluster” campaign like they always were going to. What else are they going to report on, the mid east? Nothing is happening there… Look how unfit for office this Romney fellow is!

Don’t get discouraged. It will get worse before the election.

happytobehere on September 17, 2012 at 2:42 AM

Hopey/Changeys Navy Seal Book Kabucki Stripper Pole Dance!
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Details of bin Laden raid leaked first by aides
Sunday, September 16, 2012
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The Obama administration has gone to

extraordinary lengths to publicize details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden,
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even as it threatens to file criminal charges against a former Navy SEAL because he provided the same type of mission rundown in his recently published book.
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An examination by The Washington Times shows that several details in the book “No Easy Day”

already have appeared in print based on interviews with administration officials
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and likely will be included in an

upcoming movie and another book.
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Perhaps the most detailed account of the raid appeared in a 2011 New Yorker article based on authorized interviews with White House officials.
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A source close to SEAL Team 6, which carried out the May 2011 mission, said unit members were told after the article was published that it was based, in part, on an authorized interview with a mission planner.(A lot More…Page#1 of #4)
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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/16/details-of-bin-laden-raid-leaked-first-by-aides/

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 2:59 AM

The White House Twighlight Zone!
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September 16, 2012
The White House and Press Create a Fairy Tale Version of History
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When I was a kid, a popular TV show (and earlier a radio one) was You Are There, the theme of which was bringing the viewer into re-enacted historic events to better learn about them.

Watching the Middle East doings this week with any degree of care, news consumers can see quite clearly how mendacious officials, media and our enemies have created a false storyline about the uprisings in Cairo and Libya which, among other things have resulted in the murder of an Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his aides, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods and the loss of very important security information in Libya . (See this link is to the UK’s Daily Mail because the US press coverage has come nowhere near as detailed or accurate as this. The attacks didn’t even make it to the front page of the New York Times.)

These incidents mark the start of a serious further destabilization of a strategically significant part of the world. By Friday, other Western Embassies had been attacked in the Sudan, there was a bomb threat by Al Qaeda at the University of Texas and the US Embassy in Tunisia was being sacked. In fact, a Google map of the entire world shows how extensive the demonstrations are, many of which haven’t been reported here.

Assuming you have a life and haven’t been able to keep track minute by minute of this re-writing of history, here is what’s going on behind the shadow puppet show screen.

Myth No 1: This Administration has strengthened our alliances and improved national security.

Obama jettisoned Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and gave aid to the Libyan rebels who deposed Moammar Gaddafi,acts entirely of his own doing, done without Congressional consent or bipartisan agreement. Mubarak, for all his faults, could be relied upon to keep out Embassy from being overrun and Gaddafi had been cooperating with us since the invasion of Iraq.

Obama okayed the killing of Osama bin Laden, but was so eager to get the credit for it that he crowed about it immediately and often, before we had an opportunity to act on the intelligence information about existing Al Qaeda operations around the world.

And he was certain these acts had strengthened our national security:

Here are Obama’s words in his Sept. 8, 2012 address [emphasis supplied]:

“Instead of pulling back from the world, we’ve strengthened our alliances while improving our security here at home. As Americans, we refuse to live in fear. Today, a new tower rises above the New York skyline. And our country is stronger, safer and more respected in the world.

“Instead of turning on each other, we’ve resisted the temptation to give in to mistrust and suspicion. I have always said that America is at war with al Qaeda and its affiliates – and we will never be at war with Islam or any other religion. We are the United States of America. Our freedom and diversity make us unique, and they will always be central to who we are as a nation.”

Here is the reality, from Jonathan S. Tobin of Commentary

What we are seeing on the screen is the meltdown, collapse of the Obama policy on the Muslim world,” Charles Krauthammer said on the panel segment of FOX News’ “Special Report” tonight. “The irony is that it began in Cairo, in the same place where the speech he made in the beginning of his presidency in which he said, you wanted a new beginning with mutual respect, implying under the other presidents, particularly Bush, there was a lack of mutual respect. Which was an insult to the United States, which had gone to war six times in the last 20 years on behalf of oppressed Muslims, in Kuwait, in Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.”

”So to imply that we somehow had mistreated Muslims which was the premise of his speech and how the Iraq War had inflamed the Arab world against us. Well there was no storming of the U.S. embassy in Cairo in those days,” the FOX News contributor and syndicated columnist said.

”What we’re seeing now is al-Qaeda developing in Libya, meltdown of our relations with Egypt, you have riots in Yemen, attacks on our embassy in Tunisia. This entire premise that we want to be loved and respected, we’ll apologize, has now yielded all of these results and these are the fruits of apology and retreat and lack of confidence in our own principles,” Krauthammer concluded.

Myth No. 2: The Administration and media lied that the attacks were occasioned by a film attacking Islam.

The responses to these lies draw into question Obama’s claim on September 8 that freedom ” will always be central to who we are as a nation.” Freedom of speech here is now in some practical, if not legal, jeopardy.

Michael Ledeen, like me, believes the attacks timed to occur on September 11, were not inspired by outrage at a film with attacked Islam, a YouTube low budget number available on line since sometime in 2011 which practically no one has seen.

[quote] No serious person believes that an obscure movie shown to less than a dozen people many months ago was the “cause” of the simultaneous assaults in Cairo and Benghazi. Or that the assaults were unrelated, let alone spontaneous. Or that there was no state actor involved in the operation.

The event is strikingly similar to the “cartoon riots” against Denmark. In both cases there was no reaction to the original “offense” against Islam. Many months passed before the cartoons – duly altered to enhance the presumed “Islamophobia” – were publicly displayed to justify a carefully planned campaign that turned out to have been crafted by the Iranian regime and its Syrian ally. In the current case, the Iranians were ready with a crowd to demonstrate at the Swiss embassy in Tehran (our surrogate in Iran).

If the cartoon crisis is a good model, it will be a while before we sort out the identities of the various actors. But it seems unlikely to me that those who chanted “Don’t shoot, Morsi made me do it” were truth-tellers. Manipulators do not come out early to take credit for their schemes. This thing took time to organize; and simultaneous terrorist attacks are the trademark of Hezbollah (aka Iran) who taught the technique to bin Laden in Afghanistan (or was it Sudan? Senior moments abound).[/quote]

Still US officials responding to this preposterous excuse, rushed to punish and dissuade Americans from exercising their constitutional right to free speech to question Islam. Attorney General Holder initiated an investigation into the production of the film. Worse, Chairman of the U.S. Military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey (heard last week insisting we’d be blamed if Israel attacked Iran) took it upon himself, preposterously, to try to dissuade the a Christian minister from continuing to support the film. Reuters photographer Lucy Nicholson and other news agencies exposed the man behind the film. And invaded his privacy, endangering him.

The rush to pitch the First Amendment out the White House window inspired the great Iowahak to respond,

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog

Today I learned I have moderate liberal friends who are absolutely cool with the US govt conducting a nationwide manhunt for a movie maker.
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http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/the_white_house_and_press_create_a_fairy_tale_version_of_history.html

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 2:59 AM

Granting Obama a second term absolves white guilt – nutshell.

OldEnglish on September 17, 2012 at 3:24 AM

Hopefully, the events of the past week will start to sink in this week.

How can those polls be accurate? It doesn’t make sense that America will vote for American decline. I don’t believe it will happen.

Obama has failed. Romney will win.

petunia on September 17, 2012 at 3:27 AM

remember that fake Obama bounce that never happened? Well, it’s gone now…even though it was never there. We can officially call it the infanticide bounce.

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 3:58 AM

Win or lose, I say we put Burge and Breitbart up for the Congressional Medal of Freedom. Anyone care to second?

Christien on September 17, 2012 at 4:14 AM

sure, I’ll second that

Sandra Fluke for the Congressional Medal of Skankdom?

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 4:38 AM

Michael Vick for the Congressional Medal of Int/Fumbles?

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 4:40 AM

Myself for the Congressional Medal of Awesome?

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 4:41 AM

TIME FOR ANOTHER STICKY-NOTE CAMPAIGN.

Not just at the gas pumps – but in the grocery stores too.

You never know how many people it might influence.

stenwin77 on September 17, 2012 at 5:04 AM

-This box of tampons cost more because of Barack Obama-

sway some of those female votes

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 5:11 AM

mittens/lyinryan
lies, lies, and more lies stale, pale, males

Pragmatic on September 17, 2012 at 5:14 AM

-This box of tampons cost more because of Barack Obama-

sway some of those female votes

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 5:11 AM

Aren’t those things FREE yet? It’s a woman’s right, isn’t it? It’s a healthcare thingy, isn’t it?

stenwin77 on September 17, 2012 at 5:21 AM

I’m not sure if Prags is being sarcastic (?) or stupid.

what lies? specifically?

oh, and Paul Ryan may be pale, but he’s super sexy, girl

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 5:21 AM

hahahaha

no! they’re not free yet, and because my self pleasuring habits are somewhat unusual…I’m like a male Sandra Fluke – I’m mad as heck and I’m not gonna take it anymore.

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 5:23 AM

So,the Mullahs have upped the Fatwa,and the M.E gets Hotter!
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Iran increases price on ‘Satanic Verses’ author Salman Rushdie’s head by $500K
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By NBC News wire services

DUBAI — An Iranian religious foundation has increased its reward for the killing of British author Salman Rushdie, in response to a U.S.-made film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad, sparking protests across the Muslim world.

Rushdie, an Indian-born British novelist who has nothing to do with the film, was condemned to death in 1989 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran’s late leader, over his novel “The Satanic Verses,” saying its depiction of the Prophet Muhammad was blasphemous.

Khomeini’s fatwa – or religious edict – was condemned in the West as incitement to murder and an assault on freedom of speech, but a wealthy Iranian religious organization has offered a large reward to anyone carrying it out and decided to increase the bounty amid the furor over the online film.

“I am adding another $500,000 to the reward for killing Salman Rushdie,(More….)
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http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/17/13908002-iran-increases-price-on-satanic-verses-author-salman-rushdies-head-by-500k?lite

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 5:33 AM

exactly 9 minutes into the show joe scarborough begins to bash mitt. david gregory also waited 9 minutes yesterday to bash mitt.

renalin on September 17, 2012 at 6:14 AM

********* Alert **************

Sep 17, 5:21 AM EDT
Indonesians clash with police outside US Embassy
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesians enraged over an anti-Islam film clashed with police outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Monday, hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails and setting tires ablaze.
(More….)
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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_INDONESIA_PROPHET_FILM?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

And,Afghanistan!
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Violent anti-U.S. protests erupt in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia
Monday, 17 September 2012
Last Updated: Mon Sep 17, 2012
12:50 pm (KSA) 09:50 am (GMT)
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http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/09/17/238478.html

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 6:14 AM

Paul Ryan stole my heart the day he excoriated Obama after O invited him to a budget speech.

nothing can shake my affection for Paul Ryan

except Stalker laws I suppose

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 6:15 AM

Rich guy, classic good looks, -1 on the charisma scale, and the GOP puts him up there to give economic lectures, while the other side boos God Himself, celebrates the mass slaughter of innocent human babies, racist abuse of the black culture, has corrupted the family, education, news, the culture, perverted the very purpose of God-given sex, glorified envy, sloth, theft of property, and mastered coordinating the complicit lie with their media, used the environment as a weapon to worship, attacked Catholic and everyone’s conscience rights, laughed at congress, is stockpiling ammo for non-military use(?) freedom itself is in jeopardy, and the GOP wonder why we’re not ahead with the stuffed shirt bean-counter approach.

The message needs to be “fear” it’s real and untouched. It is the only justifiable weapon to counter the “free lunch and we’re all Marxist perverts anyway “crowd.

Don L on September 17, 2012 at 6:16 AM

exactly 9 minutes into the show joe scarborough begins to bash mitt. david gregory also waited 9 minutes yesterday to bash mitt.

renalin on September 17, 2012 at 6:14 AM

nine minutes is the exact time allotted to prove objectivity

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 6:18 AM

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canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Well,square this,Hopey Besmirchers Romney on China,so
he engages in (Election OneUpManShip),then,creates a Trade
WAR with China!!
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China files WTO dispute against USA to challenge duties on range of goods including paper, steel, chemicals, tyres, wind towers – @Reuters

5 mins ago by editor

China files WTO dispute against USA to challenge duties on range of goods including paper, steel, chemicals, tyres, wind towers – @Reuters

1 min ago by editor

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PRESIDENTIAL_CAMPAIGN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-09-16-21-25-45

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Moaning Schmoe is just sh!t.

Mika Boobinski’s “MUST READ” editorial: “Mitt the Twit” from the NY Slimes. Then they go around the table Romney bashing. They’re just in pure 110% Obama spin.

-Who’s your guest at noon today, Andrea?
Andrea: “blah-blah-blah, who’s highly critical of Mitt Romney.”

Marcus on September 17, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Le Crap,I posted China twice,heres Hopeys
WTO on China,the AP linky is correct tho
sorry,UGH!
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Report: Administration officials say Obama will launch a new trade enforcement case against China Monday – @AP

9 hours ago from hosted.ap.org by editor

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 6:55 AM

-Who’s your guest at noon today, Andrea?
Andrea: “blah-blah-blah, who’s highly critical of Mitt Romney.”

Marcus on September 17, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Marcus:

I have to say,oh and GoodMorning,is that MJ,is,

TOTALLY OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY!:)

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 6:57 AM

I saw this at Instapundit. Romney + 6 in North Carolina

Terrye on September 17, 2012 at 7:05 AM

SWalker on September 16, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Already forgotten. Cheers.

hawkdriver on September 17, 2012 at 7:06 AM

I’m coffeeeed the f up

it ain’t Morning Joe, I mean actual massive doses of caffeine

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Moaning Schmoe is just sh!t.

Mika Boobinski’s “MUST READ” editorial: “Mitt the Twit” from the NY Slimes. Then they go around the table Romney bashing. They’re just in pure 110% Obama spin.

-Who’s your guest at noon today, Andrea?
Andrea: “blah-blah-blah, who’s highly critical of Mitt Romney.”

Marcus on September 17, 2012 at 6:52 AM

So why watch it? Why give them ratings?

Terrye on September 17, 2012 at 7:07 AM

So,the Iranian`s Ante Up,going after (Rushdie)
a British Citizen,now they are threatening to
hunt down a US Citizen….an ACT OF WAR!
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Iran will pursue makers of anti-Islam film: vice-president
DUBAI | Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:30am EDT
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(Reuters) – Iran’s government will
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“track down” those responsible for making an amateurish film clip mocking the Prophet Mohammad,
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a senior official said, Iranian media reported on Monday.

The video made in California and posted on YouTube portrayed the Prophet Mohammad as a womanizer and a fool. It has ignited a week of violent protests across the Muslim world.

“The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran condemns … this inappropriate and offensive action,” First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said, according to the Mehr news agency.

“Certainly it will search for, track, and pursue this guilty person who … has insulted 1.5 billion Muslims in the world.”

The Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, condemned to death the Indian-born British novelist Salman Rushdie in 1989 for his novel “The Satanic Verses,” saying its depiction of the Prophet Mohammad was blasphemous.

Iranian officials have demanded that the United States apologize to Muslims for the movie, saying it is only the latest in a series of Western insults aimed at Islam’s holy figures.(More….)
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/17/us-protests-iran-idUSBRE88G0FQ20120917

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 7:08 AM

I watch Morning Joe for Mika’s helpful tips on Dominoes Pizza, and to see which drunken hooker Joe banged while she was snorting lines off the toilet tank.

not really

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Is Romney still running? I realize Texas is not swing state but other than the sign in my yard Romney has no presence in this area. He’s getting beaten to death by the media who are publishing nothing but negatives. He needs to get rid of that milquetoast staff and hire a fireball campaign manager quickly lest he become “McCain II”.

rplat on September 17, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Is Romney still running? I realize Texas is not swing state but other than the sign in my yard Romney has no presence in this area. He’s getting beaten to death by the media who are publishing nothing but negatives. He needs to get rid of that milquetoast staff and hire a fireball campaign manager quickly lest he become “McCain II”.

rplat on September 17, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Actually Romney is out there with Ryan on the campaign trail every day…and it is not just simple task of Romney getting a new campaign guy or something…the media is obviously refusing to cover him…and when he does interject himself into the news they respond by treating him like he has the pox or something.

If you are in Texas you will probably not see a lot of ads. I am not seeing a lot here in Indiana and while I am not seeing a lot of Romney signs..I am not seeing any Obama signs..not a one.

Right now Rasmussen has Romney up by 2 in the swing states, he is not out of this yet. And right now, the images that are filling our TV screens are not happy images of a prosperous America, they are images of yet another Obama failure.

And if oil hits $150 a barrel everyone is going to know what a disaster Obama really is..whether Romney is allowed to tell them that or not.

Terrye on September 17, 2012 at 7:23 AM

that’s funny

Mitt drinks a beer and smokes a phattie before he loses Tx

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Is Romney still running? I realize Texas is not swing state but other than the sign in my yard Romney has no presence in this area. He’s getting beaten to death by the media who are publishing nothing but negatives. He needs to get rid of that milquetoast staff and hire a fireball campaign manager quickly lest he become “McCain II”. rplat on September 17, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Why do you want Romney to waste money in Texas? Why do you rely upon biased polls? Romney is winning.

Basilsbest on September 17, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Already forgotten. Cheers.

hawkdriver on September 17, 2012 at 7:06 AM

hawkdriver:Good Morning Hawk:)
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The Proper Response To Good Morning
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVyUdcebIaY

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Is Romney still running? I realize Texas is not swing state but other than the sign in my yard Romney has no presence in this area. He’s getting beaten to death by the media who are publishing nothing but negatives. He needs to get rid of that milquetoast staff and hire a fireball campaign manager quickly lest he become “McCain II”.

rplat on September 17, 2012 at 7:16 AM

I was actually talking about this with a friend in Virginia this weekend. I’m in Texas too and while I haven’t seen many Romney signs or stickers, I see alot of anti-Obama bumperstickers. I’m guessing neither one is spending money here since it’s a lock for Romney. On the other hand, my friend in VA says that Romney and Obama ads are on constantly in Richmond. He needs to stop this, “Obama’s a nice buy, but incompetent.” He’s not a nice guy and he’s very competent at “transforming” America into a socialist cesspool.

TxAnn56 on September 17, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Moaning Schmoe is just sh!t.

Mika Boobinski’s “MUST READ” editorial: “Mitt the Twit” from the NY Slimes. Then they go around the table Romney bashing. They’re just in pure 110% Obama spin.

-Who’s your guest at noon today, Andrea?
Andrea: “blah-blah-blah, who’s highly critical of Mitt Romney.”

Marcus on September 17, 2012 at 6:52 AM

So why watch it? Why give them ratings?

Terrye on September 17, 2012 at 7:07 AM

I flip to it now and then. Do you work for Fox News? I’ll tell you why I “watch it”. The Fox and Friends kids are unwatchable and when they get a guest like Newt Gingrich or Paul Ryan they’re like 4-years olds trying to sit up straight at the dinner table and quit acting like brats for 5 minutes.

Marcus on September 17, 2012 at 7:32 AM

I saw this at Instapundit. Romney + 6 in North Carolina
Terrye on September 17, 2012 at 7:05 AM

Link to Rasmussen: R51- O45

Basilsbest on September 17, 2012 at 7:34 AM

remember that infanticide bounce for Obama?

that never was, just as unicorns never farted pixie dust

and still it’s gone

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 7:36 AM

not really

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 7:11 AM

I mean I don’t really watch MoJoe

but I did see that absurd MoJoe promotion with Mika jogging to work. I don’t hate women, but Mika might be dumber than my four year old. My four year old puppy.

Slade73 on September 17, 2012 at 7:40 AM

DONALD TRUMP KILLING IT on Fox News by phone. Love it. Lighting a brush-fire with gasoline.

Marcus on September 17, 2012 at 7:43 AM

rplat on September 17, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Why do you want Romney to waste money in Texas? Why do you rely upon biased polls? Romney is winning.

Basilsbest on September 17, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Ole Basil and I don’t have much in common, comment style wise but I’m gonna have to offer some advice in the manner of, read what he’s saying here. I cannot believe that Mitt Romney after all that happened and amid all the current events, that there is any way he’s really lagging in the polls.

Let’s just say focused on the trends. They were moving definitively in Romney’s favor prior to the conventions. They’ll pick back up and start moving that way again. After a debate or two, I say we got this.

hawkdriver on September 17, 2012 at 7:47 AM

***************** ALERT,Jihady Goons Round Two ****************

New protests erupt in Pakistan over anti-Islam film; protesters headed towards US consulate – @Reuters

5 mins ago from http://www.reuters.com by editor

UPDATE 2-New protests erupt in Pakistan over anti-Islam film
Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:35am EDT
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(Reuters) – Pakistani police fired in the air to disperse a crowd headed towards the U.S. consulate in the city of Karachi to protest against a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad.(More…)
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/17/film-protests-pakistan-idUSL3E8KH4WE20120917?type=marketsNews

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 7:49 AM

A good piece on how republics fail: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/321100/how-republics-fall-michael-knox-beran

The blame lies with a sycophantic media, unwilling to do their jobs.

onlineanalyst on September 17, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Is Romney still running?

rplat on September 17, 2012 at 7:16 AM

I was actually talking about this with a friend in Virginia this weekend. I’m in Texas too and while I haven’t seen many Romney signs or stickers, I see alot of anti-Obama bumperstickers.

TxAnn56 on September 17, 2012 at 7:32 AM

.
I’ll ask this one more time.
Do you know ANYONE – who is unsure of who they will vote for? A real undecided ?
Unfortunately, the only undecideds out there are a question mark as to whether they take time to vote. And they are the ones most easily bamboozled by the propagandist media.

One day it will be,
It’s the MEDIA, stupid !! campaign.

FlaMurph on September 17, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Why do you want Romney to waste money in Texas? Why do you rely upon biased polls? Romney is winning.

Romney of course shouldn’t “waste money” and I agree that most media polls are mathematical garbage.
Now, having said that, what is the basis for your belief that “Romney is winning”. If you know something the rest of us don’t, please let us in on it. Maintaing a positive attitude is commendable and necessary but burying ones head in the sand is not.

rplat on September 17, 2012 at 8:25 AM

who is this erik erikson they keep talking about on morning joe?

renalin on September 17, 2012 at 8:25 AM

…the media is obviously refusing to cover him…and when he does interject himself into the news they respond by treating him like he has the pox or something.

Terrye on September 17, 2012 at 7:23 AM

This is the oddest election coverage in a long time, if ever. The press appears to have a self-imposed black-out on covering R&R’s speeches. They are acting as if the political season is not underway, telling R&R to shut up on important and pertinent issues. Curiouser and curiouser…

I think the press is racist.

Fallon on September 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM

…the media is obviously refusing to cover him…and when he does interject himself into the news they respond by treating him like he has the pox or something.

Terrye on September 17, 2012 at 7:23 AM

This is the oddest election coverage in a long time, if ever. The press appears to have a self-imposed black-out on covering R&R’s speeches. They are acting as if the political season is not underway, telling R&R to shut up on important and pertinent issues. Curiouser and curiouser…

Fallon on September 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM

…like we said the other day…we need to begin a boycott of the institutional press and the parent companies that let them survive…let it spread all over the internet…I know people don’t believe in that…but the press have no shame at this point…what else can you do?

KOOLAID2 on September 17, 2012 at 8:47 AM

***************** ALERT ******************

From earlier this morning!!

Raw Video: Afghans Protest Anti-Islam Film

Published on Sep 17, 2012 by AssociatedPress
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Hundreds of Afghans burned cars and threw rocks at a U.S. military base as a demonstration against an anti-Islam film that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad turned violent in the Afghan capital early on Monday. (Sept. 17)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6vJU78gGrI&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I saw this at Instapundit. Romney + 6 in North Carolina

Terrye on September 17, 2012 at 7:05 AM

We’ve been working hard here! I’ll be back at my local headquarters tomorrow… I want an NC blowout.

lynncgb on September 17, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Peyton had no line, Sanders had no line either.

Plus Sanders played on Astro turf. Peyton played on grass. AstroTurf causes many injuries but you can turn on a dime.

SparkPlug on September 17, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Walter Payton was a tremendous runner, but he also played most of his career on turf. Soldier Field didn’t convert to natural grass until the end of his career in the late 80s.
When the Bears won the Super Bowl in ’85-86, Soldier Field was still turf, and that was late in his career.

Right Mover on September 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Why do you want Romney to waste money in Texas? Why do you rely upon biased polls? Romney is winning.

Romney of course shouldn’t “waste money” and I agree that most media polls are mathematical garbage.
Now, having said that, what is the basis for your belief that “Romney is winning”. If you know something the rest of us don’t, please let us in on it. Maintaing a positive attitude is commendable and necessary but burying ones head in the sand is not.

rplat on September 17, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Ten years ago I read Bernie Goldberg’s book bias in which he describes how CBS runs push polls and distorts the news.

What we are seeing is the use of dishonest polls by the MSM in a concerted effort to depress Republican enthusiasm and convince the undecideds that Obama is winning.

Obama is not winning. Rasmussen’s model is D+1 (which IMHO over-samples Democrats). Rasmussen has Romney up by 2 in the in Battleground States and overall.

It’s dismaying that the crew at Fox News and Laura Ingraham are too stupid to look at the internals of these Obama supporting polls.

Basilsbest on September 17, 2012 at 9:56 AM

There’s still hope but there must be a dramatic change in the campaign. As a start, Romney must get rid of that ineffective campaign staff and find another Rove or Atwater to lead his effort. In 1988 Lee Atwater brought Bush back from a 17 point deficit to a 40 state win and there’s still time to rehabilitate Romney.

rplat on September 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

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