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Remember When: MoveOn.org’s Faulty Memories

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Media Matters Romney Smear

Picture posted at moveon.org

No Obama didn’t do those things, yuk yuk yuk… But here’s what I do remember Obama doing.

I remember when President Obama presided over a downgrade to the credit-rating of the United States twice, violated the War Powers Act, was held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, required all Americans to purchase a product from a third-party, and abrogated bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.

I remember when he by-passed Congress and implemented the Dream Act through executive fiat, sealed records from the largest US trial on terrorist funding organizations, known as the Holy Land Foundation Trial, to prevent a foreign policy disaster for his administration, actively tried to bankrupt an American industry (coal), and fired an inspector general of Ameri-Corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

I remember when President Obama filed lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN) when they tried to protect themselves, and told the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences”, and I remember when his Auto Bailout forced hundreds of independent car dealerships around the nation to close, costing this country about a hundred thousand jobs.

Those are the things I remember about this President that actually have an impact on the people of this country.

Romney’s dog, his tax returns, and his foreign accounts, have NO personal effect on me or any other American whatsoever.  ZERO. NADA.

MoveOn.org, it’s time to move out!

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Romney’s Gaffe O’the Day! (ALERT: Satirical Content to Follow)

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ALERT: the content of this blog post is satirical in nature and is not based on actual events, news reports, or quotes from MSM news-makers. Granted, it is extremely difficult to distinguish satire from reality when it comes to the news anymore. Hence, the alert.

September 28, 2012 – thelongversion.com – 1 hour ago

Mitt RomneyMitt Romney, at an 11:00 am rally with supporters in San Diego, California, opened his remarks with “Good morning my fellow Americans!” at which point the newswires lit up with expressions of disbelief.

Rachel Maddow: “Forget opening an airplane window, Mitt Romney doesn’t even know the difference between morning and afternoon. Doesn’t he know it’s 1 PM IN THE AFTERNOON in New York?”

Lawrence O’Donnell: “Romney is just trying to confuse the public and deflect from his failed potential future economic policies.”

Chris Matthews:”Can Mitt Romney even comprehend the magnitude of racial prejudice in telling someone to have a “Good Morning”? Millions of Americans DO NOT have good mornings every day! Besides, it’s afternoon here in New York. This guy is SO out of touch!”

What lunacy can I make up tomorrow that can rival and possibly mirror the actual News Cycle we’re seeing in the mainstream media?

Feel free to share your own made-up gaffes in the comments section.

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September 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm

The Journalist’s Creed

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I’ve stated on numerous occasions here in this blog and through social media how disappointed I am with my former profession. The media, the free press, given constitutional protection by the founders of this nation to be the watchdog over the “grand experiment” that was and is America, is failing in its responsibility and, in my opinion, sacred trust and duty to inform the citizenry of the actions of its government.

The American press is negligent and derelict in its duty.

Shortly after founding the Missouri School of Journalism in 1908, Walter Williams wrote a code of ethics known as The Journalist’s Creed.  I would be surprised if even a small majority of journalists have ever heard of it let alone read it or strive to work by it in their daily profession, though it stands in bronze at the National Press Club in Washington, DC for all to see.

How many walk by it daily without a second thought?

The Journalist's Creed

The Journalist’s Creed

I believe in the profession of Journalism.

I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of responsibility, trustees for the public; that all acceptance of lesser service than the public service is a betrayal of this trust.

I believe that clear thinking, clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.

I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true.

I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.

I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one’s own pocket book is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another’s instructions or another’s dividends.

I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.

I believe that the journalism which succeeds the best-and best deserves success-fears God and honors man; is stoutly independent; unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power; constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of the privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance, and as far as law, an honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship, is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.

It isn’t perfect, but neither is the profession occupied by imperfect human beings.  That, however, does not excuse the blatant disregard for most of the tenets of this creed by our current broadcast media, print media, and news organizations.

I challenge any and all who call themselves journalists, at any and all professional levels to read the creed and then perform a sincere inventory of his or her journalistic practices.

This country needs a voice it can believe, verify, and trust.  Who will be the journalists to accept that charge? Who will follow the creed and all other ethical codes of conduct?

Please step forward.  Now.

Polling to Discourage the Conservative Electorate? Interesting Weighting of the Major Polls.

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I’ve been having a fun conversation via Facebook with a good friend who also happens to be a pretty ardent liberal (he is a good guy and fair-minded).  I believe the mainstream media is indeed bias toward the left agenda, he thinks I’m nuts.  Numbers don’t lie however, and this information on how the major polls are weighting their results says more than any verbal sparring match.

Ever since the arguably skewed CNN poll of a few weeks back, conservative voters have been looking at the methodology of polling companies with an increasing amount of skepticism. The fact that most polls have used a model that tries to mimic the voter turnout in 2008, when Democrats beat Republican turnout by 7 points (as opposed to presidential elections like 2004, where turnout between the two parties was relatively even), has not improved this state of affairs.

And now, the suspicion of poll bias appears to have yet one more piece of evidence to support it. Via a tweet by anonymous poll analyst NumbersCruncher comes the following graph showing the degree of over-sampling of Democrats employed by the most recent polls (all of which show Obama leading Romney):

Poll weighting heavy Democrat

 

Blogger keithbacker at Battleground Watch sums up the graph this way:

The real take-away which I have mentioned the times I blog national polls is that many of those national polls are HORRIBLE for Obama, namely the ABC/Washington Post and CBS/New York Times polls where you have large Democrat over-samplings but rather small leads for Obama. This means if Obama doesn’t meet or beat his stellar 2008 turnout advantage he’s in for a drubbing on election day. These over-samplings serve a few purposes but mainly drive down enthusiasm for Republicans while assisting the Obama campaign with “bandwagon” supporters who simply like being on the winning team (they’re real and they count).

If pollsters in conjunction with the Obama campaign create a negative feedback loop for Republicans such that the marginal voter doesn’t show up (definitely a well documented top priority for the Obama campaign) and assist with the bandwagon voter — a small but meaningful voter in close elections — then Obama can create the perfect storm he needs to eek out a close victory following one of the worst four-year performances for any President in modern times (Carter is the only arguable comparable).

That is the what and why pollsters are doing the massive Democrat over-sampling this election cycle.

(Rasmussen Reports polls are weighted D +1, not D -2 or R+2 however you see it)

This is a telling bit of information, and shows the power of polls to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Granted, most of the polls using a high Democrat over-sampling may be doing so simply as a means to estimate conservatively what could happen, if things stay the same from 2008. This is not unreasonable, given the enthusiasm gap that has recently been measured, but that enthusiasm gap is itself arguably reinforced by polling. The Romney ground game will need to push back aggressively if it wants to make up for that negative feedback loop.

Thanks to http://theblaze.com for this summary.

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September 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Raising Taxes Does NOT Raise Revenue: Debunking the Liberal Myth

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The politics of taxation are about to get a smack down.

The left argues that we need to tax the most affluent among us at a much higher rate than we currently do because, they have more and therefore should pay more.  That argument is fine as long as the word “fair” is left out of the debate.  Because making someone pay more of their income by percentage than someone else is simply not fair.

The right argues that we should tax the most affluent among us at a lower rate, suggesting this will encourage wealthy Americans to spend more of their disposable income to spur the economy if indeed they have more disposable income due to lower taxes.  The “trickle down” effect is disputed by the left as non-existent, arguing tax breaks for the wealthy do not translate into job growth or a better economy for the middle and lower classes.

Time to put the argument to rest and I believe this explanation of the Laffer Curve does just that.  Take the next 6 minutes and get a solid education on the economics of taxation from a UCLA Professor of Political Science and Economics.


 

This would give ample weight to the idea that corporate and individual income tax should not be higher than 33% and probably best between 25 and 30%.  Like former President Bill Clinton said at the Democrat National Convention, it’s arithmetic!

The numbers are hard to refute and even harder for the left since it was someone from their side that came to the end conclusion.

Despite the vast majority of Democratic opinion that rails against the Laffer Curve’s theoretical constructs (at least when it comes to lower-level tax rates), Dr. Tim Groseclose, Professor of Political Science and Economics at UCLA, claims that its tenets are “very uncontroversial among economists.”

President Obama’s plan will increase taxes on those making over $250,000 from 33% to 36%.  If he gets re-elected, it will be interesting to see how the Laffer Curve comes into play.

The Laffer Curve could turn Obama and the Democrats tax plan into a real “Laffer”.

 

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September 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Obama’s First Term in His Own Words

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President Obama is an intelligent man.  There are intelligent members of the Democrat party both in leadership and rank and file.  Contrary to what some on the right may say, the left is not stupid.

Having said that, this video, cataloging  the president’s own words at different times and with different audiences, leaves me to believe the Democrat leadership and this president have intentionally misled this country through;

  • misinformation
  • misappropriation
  • mischaracterization
  • miscommunication
  • misfeasance
  • misjudgment
  • mismanagement
  • misrepresentation
  • misspending
  • mistreatment
  • and misguidance

They can’t possibly be so stupid or shortsighted to not realize at some point the double-talk would be exposed.  You won’t see this comparison of the president’s speeches over the past 4 years on any major news network or in any major news publication.  It’s for this very reason that big government on both sides of the political aisle want to regulate the internet.  If not for the internet, few if any Americans would have the opportunity to evaluate these varying and contradictory statements spoken by candidate Obama and now President Obama.

This is more than just broken campaign promises.  This is a revealing expose’ on what the president says when in the company of the public and when he’s in the company of his ardent followers.  It proves, to me at least, the he will indeed say and do whatever is necessary to garner admiration, support, and votes.  His allies in the media have not held him accountable for the many contradicting messages over the past 4 years.

After watching this president for 4 years and hearing this compilation of his words, I have to conclude, voting for Barack Obama and giving him another 4 years in the White House would be a huge:

Mistake.

The Audacity of Narcissism

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No need to pontificate.  The video says it all.

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September 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm