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Jun
08

Pauline Kael Returns

Final thoughts on Tuesday's vote back in the old stomping grounds.  This video went viral on Wednesday.

"We're not just disappointed, this is the end of democracy. We just got outspent $34 million to $4 million. This was the biggest election in America and I hope he keep me on tonight because this hurts us all. Every single one of you out there in the nation, if you're watching, democracy died tonight...I'm very emotional because we all had invested in this. This was it. If we didn't win tonight, the end of the U.S. as we know it just happened. This is it. We just got outspent $34 million to $4 million. And we don't have any more resource left but the people you see here behind me. And if the people you see here behind me can't get it done tonight, it's done. Democracy's dead,"

First to answer the "we got out spent 7 (or 8 or 9 depending on who you are listening to) to 1" meme, I send you to Karl - a Wisconsin resident posting at Hot Air.

These claims, depending on the phraseology, range from misleading to flatly false, even based on the sources from which the claims are made.

The spending story stems from a release by the liberal Center for Public Integrity, which took based its analysis on data from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (ostensibly nonpartisan, but a past recipient of Soros money and the sort of group whose director told CPI the spending was “outrageous and wrong”). However, according to that data, when you combine the spending of the candidates and their supporting groups, the gap shrinks to 2-to-1.

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Jun
07

More Bad News for Unions

Lost in the fog of recall reporting out of Wisconsin was this news from California - where two bastions of conservatism gutted union rights a la Scott Walker.

Voters in two major California cities overwhelmingly approved cuts to retirement benefits for city workers in what supporters said was a mandate that may lead to similar ballot initiatives in other states and cities buried under mounting pension obligations.

Public employee unions that aggressively fought the measures weren’t able to overcome the simple message supporters used to attract voters in San Diego and San Jose: Pensions for city workers are unaffordable and more generous than many private companies offer. The result is reduced public services in the form of such things as limited hours at public libraries and unfilled potholes.

Like Walker's victory....it was a squeeker.....

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Jun
06

Creating A Crisis

Interspersed in the news about the Wisconsin Gubernatorial Recall election (congratulations on your reaffirmation Gov. Walker) was this little gem....the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2011.

The Paycheck Fairness Act failed to garner the votes it needed to advance in the Senate, Tuesday.

The legislation, championed by President Obama and brought to the floor as a political ploy to paint Republicans (who had previously blocked the legislation in 2010) as anti-woman, needed 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. It failed in a vote of 52-47.

The legislation would have expanded protections for women to compare their salaries to men in the same position, created a grant program for women to improve their negotiation skills and allowed the government to collect salary information for use in enforcing possible pay discrimination.

Senate Republicans and the business community strongly opposed the legislation arguing that such a law would increase the cost of business, opening companies up to frivolous lawsuits.

The bill, which the Democrats claim is all about fairness, failed on a party line vote - leading Democrats back to the "War on Women" meme.  There is just one tiny little problem with this bill....IT IS NOT NECESSARY.

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Jun
04

Hypocrisy Abounds

The hypocrisy of the Obama Administration knows no bounds.  The latest example comes on the heels of the so-called GOP "War on Women".  While they were accusing the GOP of taking advantage of us wimmen folk, though they were the ones really taking advantage of women, as Katie Pavlich of Townhall found.

 

The White House wants to know, do you support equal pay for women?


Did You Know That Women Are Still Paid Less Than Men?

On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. This substantial gap is more than a statistic -- it has real life consequences. When women, who make up nearly half the workforce, bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their families, and over a lifetime of work, far less savings for retirement.

The gender wage gap puts women at a career-long disadvantage

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May
27

Therapy For The Uneducated

The New York Times is again carrying the Obama Campaign's water, running this piece about Ann Romney's riding.

As Ann Romney immersed herself in the elite world of riding over the last dozen years, she relied on Jan Ebeling as a trusted tutor and horse scout. In her, he found a deep-pocketed patron.

A German-born trainer and top-ranked equestrian, Mr. Ebeling was at ease with the wealthy women drawn to the sport of dressage, in which horses costing up to seven figures execute pirouettes and other dancelike moves for riders wearing tails and top hats.

H/T Jazz Shaw.  Now I rode horses as a teen - had two of my own that I showed.  I even rode dressage for a few years - so I am very familiar with the discipline.  I also know that when you compete at a certain level you are bump into Olympic caliber riders.  Heck I even gave one his very first riding lesson many, many years ago.  I even took a few lessons from a former Olympic dressage rider - it was a cross discipline study for my horses (jumpers) and I. 

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May
22

Duck.....

Well who could not see this coming a mile away on a cloudy day.....

Sen. Orrin Hatch’s refusal to agree to a television debate is about to become a driving issue in his Republican primary race.

Hatch’s GOP opponent Dan Liljenquist will go up with his first television commercial Tuesday, urging viewers to pressure the six-term senator into agreeing to more debates, according to an advance copy of the spot provided to POLITICO.

“In 1976, he challenged his primary opponent to eight debates. I’ve issued the same challenge to Sen. Hatch,” says Liljenquist, looking straight into the camera in front of a simple white background. “But now he refuses to debate more than once. And he refuses to debate on television entirely.”

The ad is the beginning of a $125,000, two-week buy on broadcast television and Fox News Channel aimed at framing the final month ahead of the June 26 primary.

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May
21

NATO "Tea Party" Violence

Well those violent Tea Partiers were back at it...this time in Chicago at the NATO Summit.

It was the middle of the lunch rush Saturday, and Mike Winston was working in the kitchen of his Tinley Park restaurant, the Ashford House, when a waitress screamed a fight had broken out in the dining room.

Police call the melee at the restaurant a targeted assault by a mob that Winston said wielded metal batons and hammers. Ten diners were hurt in the attack, and three of those were hospitalized.

Tinley Park police had five suspected assailants in custody, and Winston said 18 young men, all wearing hooded jackets and obscuring their faces with scarves and other coverings, stormed into the restaurant.

We know that they HAVE to be Tea Partiers because the Tea Partiers ALWAYS protest with their faces covered....like this.

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May
18

Picking The Change Out Of Students Pockets

This story has been buzzing around for a couple of days now.

Davis High School has been fined $15,000 after they were caught selling soda pop during lunch hour, which is a violation of federal law.

The federally mandated law prohibits the sale of carbonated beverages after lunch is served. The program is an effort to help fight childhood obesity and to have young students make better food choices. 

The mandate allows for carbonated beverages to be sold before lunch, but restricts students from buying lunch, then purchasing carbonated drinks afterward.

“Before lunch you can come and buy a carbonated beverage. You can take it into the cafeteria and eat your lunch, but you can’t first go buy school lunch then come out in the hallway and buy a drink,” said Davis High Principal Dee Burton.

Principal Burton said he does not understand the law with rules that seem to be contradictory.

“We can sell a Snickers bar, but can’t sell licorice. We can’t sell Swedish Fish, we can’t sell Starburst, we can’t sell Skittles, but we can sell ice cream, we can sell the Snickers bar, Milky Ways, all that stuff,” said Burton.

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May
17

More Details Emerge

More details from the Trayon Martin autopsy are coming out and again, things are not looking good for the media's initial reporting on the subject....again.

Trayvon Martin had traces of drugs in his system when he was fatally shot earlier this year by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, according to autopsy results released Thursday.

In a 911 call just before the shooting, Zimmerman had speculated that the teen looked like he was "up to no good or he's on drugs or something."

But Martin's defenders have portrayed Zimmerman as the aggressor, accusing him of profiling the African-American teen. Plus, one expert notes the traces of the marijuana-related substance found in the teen's system -- as measured hours after his death -- don't necessarily speak to any level of intoxication, while another adds that marijuana use typically doesn't make people prone to aggression.

I said it before and I will say it again....there is a whole lot more to this story...let's let the judicial system do what it was designed to do it's thing BEFORE we convict anyone....

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May
17

Senator Hide And Seek

I was traveling over the weekend, so I am just now seeing this.

Orrin Hatch is not the first entrenched politician to try to deny a challenger the spotlight and credibility that come with a chance to debate the incumbent. And he won’t be the last.

But the senior senator from Utah is being particularly cynical with his grudging agreement to a single joint appearance with his rival in the June 26 Republican primary — former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist. After weeks of claiming that pressing Senate business makes such a debate impossible, Hatch has deigned to a joint appearance with Liljenquist on KSL radio’s Doug Wright Show, sometime in late June.

Meaning no disrespect to the multitalented Mr. Wright, or to his popular radio broadcast, but this is not what the voters of Utah need and deserve. Even KSL, in cooperation with its corporate siblings at The Deseret News, had offered to host a prime-time radio and TV broadcast debate with the two candidates, with Deseret/KSL executives handling all the complicated details.

But Hatch refused.

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May
15

The Details Are Slowly Coming Out

If I said I was surprised to read this, I would be lying.  

A medical report compiled by the family physician of accused Trayvon Martin murderer George Zimmerman and obtained exclusively by ABC News found that Zimmerman was diagnosed with a "closed fracture" of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after he fatally shot Martin during an alleged altercation....

The morning after the shooting, on Feb. 27, Zimmerman sought treatment at the offices of a general physician at a family practice near Sanford, Fla. The doctor notes Zimmerman sought an appointment to get legal clearance to return to work.

The record shows that Zimmerman also suffered bruising in the upper lip and cheek and lower back pain. The two lacerations on the back of his head, one of them nearly an inch long, the other about a quarter-inch long, were first revealed in photos obtained exclusively by ABC News last month.

I seem to recall saying that there was more than was initially reported.

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May
15

Affordable Care Act Dollars At Work

I got the following from a non-political friend (yes I do have more than a few of them).

A controversial anti-obesity “slush fund” under Obamacare was used in Nashville, Tennessee to promote spaying dogs and cats. The reasoning: stray dogs scare people from exercising outdoors.

The Nashville health department issued a press release last year that told residents in one neighborhood that they could get free pet spaying, neutering, rabies shots and other services as part of $7.5 million grant from the Communities Putting Prevention to Work, which is part of the Public Health and Prevention Fund that will soar to $2 billion in 2015 under Obamacare. The program was initially funded by the Obama stimulus initiative.

In the release, the city said, “This targeted effort aims to address residents’ concerns that identify stray dogs as a barrier to outdoor physical activity.” It concluded, “the Nashville Public Health Department Communities Putting Prevention To Work campaign is funded fully by the Department of Health and Human Services, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.”

A recent Nashville Tennessean story said that the funding might not be continued, but that the city’s Humane Association would fund the vet services. A Humane Association official said the funding has been cut off.

Explaining the federally-funded program, the paper said, “it wasn’t fair to ask residents to get outside and walk for fitness when they had to worry about stray dogs nipping at their heels.”

Now the article has been corrected with the following...

Correction: The Nashville Health Department said that the funding did not pay for the spaying, but instead was used to promote the anti-obesity effort that included the neutering campaign. Also it funded the hiring of two animal control officers "for the purpose of increasing animal control presence and enforcement in neighborhoods where we knew there was a loose dog problem."

The correction does not really clarify or correct....it says that funds weren't used for spaying, but they were used in an effort that INCLUDED the neutering campaign.  How is that not paying for it?  But the other thing that I find unreal is that Affordable Care dollars were not used to provide health care for anyone...it was used to hire more government employees!

A recent Nashville Tennessean story said that the funding might not be continued, but that the city’s Humane Association would fund the vet services. A Humane Association official said the funding has been cut off.

Explaining the federally-funded program, the paper said, “it wasn’t fair to ask residents to get outside and walk for fitness when they had to worry about stray dogs nipping at their heels.”

The fund has been threatened by the GOP. Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee voted to repeal the program. The Republican House budget would also kill the program. And Speaker John Boehner wants to use some of the money from the program to pay for lowering student loan interest rates, a plan President Obama has threatened with a veto.

Democrats have praised the fund for covering expenses such as cancer screenings for women. But Republicans say the money is being used as a slush fund to prop up support for Obamacare.

Congressional investigators and outside groups are scouring the grant program for embarrassing uses, and the Nashville spay and neuter program is just the latest. The federal website touting the Nashville program adds that it is also spending cash on bike sharing programs and to provide corner markets with fresh veggies.

As was stated repeatedly by many on the right, the Affordable Care Act was never about providing health care to anyone....it's about control...control and growing the government.

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May
09

The President's No-Good, Horrible, Very Bad Week

The President's first official week of campaigning for re-election started off a little shaky. Yahoo News Political Correspondent Jeff Greenfield is normally not one to fall prey to the knee jerk reaction to individual events.

If you don’t believe rigid mathematical formulas can tell you who will win a presidential election—and I don’t—you should be even more dubious about hunches divined from a stray incident or two.

and yet....

So why do I have the feeling that just such an incident—OK, make it four—made last week a very bad one for President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects?

Because they connect to much bigger problems that go to the heart of the Obama campaign’s arguments for a second term. Moreover, the time to repair these problems is rapidly running out.

The incidents in question?

Let’s take the first event, which on the surface may seem ludicrous: the Empty Seats in Columbus.

Obama semiofficially launched his re-election campaign—as opposed to the hundreds of “nonpolitical” appearances he has made over the past three years—at a rally Saturday at Ohio State University. Some 14,000 supporters filled the arena—or rather, did not fill the arena. Coverage of the event focused heavily on the 4,000 empty seats, and Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod was pressed by ABC’s Jake Tapper about whether the turnout demonstrated a lack of “enthusiasm” for the president.

The President's defenders claim that the pictures of the event (that were shown on Drudge and Breitbart) were taken before the event started and that more people showed up later and I don't doubt that for a minute.  However, the fact of the matter is, the campaign staged their kick off event in a venue designed to hold roughly 20,000 people and only 14,000 (approximately) showed up.  That IS a gaffe as Greenfield explains.

If that were the beginning and the end of the story, I’d be ashamed to be writing about it. Yes, advance teams try to fill halls. The founding father of such work, Jerry Bruno, always booked smaller halls so that the press would have to write that a candidate spoke to “an overflow crowd.” And yes, the press blow logistical mistakes out of all proportion. In 1988, ABC’s Sam Donaldson reported that a faulty sound system “called into question the competence of the Dukakis campaign.” (On the other hand, given that campaign, he may have been onto something.) By itself, the turnout for Obama was no big deal.

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May
07

Oh Those Wacky, Violent Tea-Partirs

Oh those violent whack jobs in the Tea Party....they are at it again....

What a lucky, lucky week this has been for Greater Cleveland -- especially for whichever unsuspecting souls were driving across the Ohio 82 bridge across the Cuyahoga Valley while five petty criminals associated with Occupy Cleveland were trying to community organize it.

Oh wait...what?????

The Occupiers, authorities tell us, thought they had rigged the span with plastic explosives that would detonate when they punched a code into a cellphone.

Occupiers???  Plotting violence against honest hard-working middle class commuters that PAY for all the crap that the Occupiers are demanding?  NOOOOOOOOOOOO - that would NEVEEEEEEERRRRRRR happen...

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May
06

Absences

Sorry to have been absent this past week.  Family issues have kept me mostly offline.  That has now been resolved and I am back in the blogging saddle again.

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May
07

Out Of Touch

Logical Lady Salena Zito is a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Her specialty is politics in Western Pennsylvania/eastern Ohio.  So this column is coming right from her wheelhouse....

Knocked off message for a second week by messy Secret Service and GSA scandals, President Obama on Wednesday tried to salvage things with a jobs rally among handpicked supporters in this Northeast Ohio town.

Standing behind him onstage were unemployed workers, ages 33 to 60, who went back to school to learn trades that might help them land jobs.

He began and ended his speech with now-familiar populist rhetoric about fairness and fair shakes. Sandwiched in between were out-of-place lines about free markets, personal responsibility and government not solving all of our problems.

At times the words felt awkward, forced. Six tepid applause lines in a 24-minute speech reflected a candidate testing out a new message that fell flat.

And fell flat it did...with a resounding thud...

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